General Electric Corp (GE) is meeting with management from Alstom SA in an attempt acquire the French train and power plant maker for $13 billion. If consummated, the deal would be the biggest in GE’s long history and bring its acquisitions in 2014 to more than $75 billion. The company’s growth this year should keep investors happy, as will its ability to dodge a hefty bill from Uncle Sam. Like many multinationals, GE keeps a massive stash of cash offshore to avoid repatriation taxes. At last count, that amount was $57 billion — more than enough for Alstom and investors alike.
GE’s $13-Billon Deal for Alstom SA Is Its Biggest Ever
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