GE fraud report fails to make compelling argument, says Deutsche Bank
Harry Markopolos' presentation on why he believes General Electric is headed toward bankruptcy fails to make a compelling argument, Deutsche Bank analyst Nicole DeBlase tells investors in a research note. Despite obvious headwinds in the company's "messy" long-term care insurance business, the logic put forth in the presentation "appears largely poorly reasoned," says the analyst. She believes Markopolos mismatched accounting treatments and made comparisons based on data sets too small from which to draw conclusions. "Our aim was to complete an analysis of this broadside, but we find some of its arguments to be weak while others are plainly incorrect," writes DeBlase. The analyst admits, "We find ourselves in the unenviable position of having to defend the reserve adequacy of a business about whose future claim projections we have very deep concerns." She has, and keeps, a Hold rating on shares of General Electric.