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Berkshire Hathaway Deserves More Credit for the Investments It's Made This Year

Greggory Warren, CFA Sector Strategist

Analyst Note

| Greggory Warren, CFA |

For much of the past decade, investors have bemoaned the fact that wide-moat Berkshire Hathaway has made few meaningfully sized acquisitions, allowing excess cash to build up on its balance sheet. But now that the insurer is on pace to commit $12 billion to acquisitions and another $53 billion to stock investments this year, the market seems to be shrugging it off, worried more about the gyrations of the investment portfolio and ongoing weakness at Geico and BNSF relative to peers, as opposed to the positives coming from a lot of the firm's other subsidiaries, as well as the benefits we expect Berkshire to extract from Alleghany now that it is part of its broader operations.

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Business Description

Berkshire Hathaway is a holding company with a wide array of subsidiaries engaged in diverse activities. The firm's core business segment is insurance, run primarily through Geico, Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group, and Berkshire Hathaway Primary Group. Berkshire has used the excess cash thrown off from these and its other operations over the years to acquire Burlington Northern Santa Fe (railroad), Berkshire Hathaway Energy (utilities and energy distributors), and the firms that make up its manufacturing, service, and retailing operations (which include five of Berkshire's largest noninsurance pretax earnings generators: Precision Castparts, Lubrizol, Clayton Homes, Marmon, and IMC/ISCAR). The conglomerate is unique in that it is run on a completely decentralized basis.

3555 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE, 68131
T +1 402 346-1400
Industry Insurance - Diversified
Most Recent Earnings Sep 30, 2022
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2022
Employees 372,000

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