General Electric narrowed its losses in its third quarter as it trimmed expenses and managed to post an adjusted profit that surprised Wall Street.
GE lost $1.19 billion, or 14 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. A year earlier the Boston-based company lost $9.47 billion, or 15 cents per share.
Earnings, adjusted for one-time costs and asset impairment costs, were 6 cents per share. That beat the expectations of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research, who were calling for a loss of 6 cents per share.
Total costs and expenses dropped to $20.56 billion from $24.77 billion.
“We are managing through a still-difficult environment with better operational execution across our businesses, and we are on track with our cost and cash actions," CEO H. Lawrence Culp Jr. said in a statement.
GE lowered its debt by $2.6 billion in the third quarter. For the year to date, it has reduced debt by $11.7 billion, including $8.1 billion in GE Industrial debt and $3.6 billion in GE Capital debt.
Quarterly revenue declined to $19.42 billion from $23.36 billion, but still topped the $19.15 billion that analysts predicted.
Shares of General Electric Co. rose 62 cents, or 8.7%, to $7.72 in Wednesday morning trading.