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Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class A BRK.A

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Valuing Berkshire Hathaway Is an Arduous Task; FVE Remains at $380,000 ($253) per Class A (B) Share

Greggory Warren, CFA Sector Strategist

Analyst Note

| Greggory Warren, CFA |

Valuing wide-moat-rated Berkshire Hathaway requires both time and prudence. The firm operates as a decentralized conglomerate, with operations spanning several different market sectors and a multitude of industries. The company is also far less transparent than it should be when reporting results for some parts of its business. As such, valuing the firm can be a challenge, as the potential for error (of both commission and omission) expands the more simplistic or complex a valuation effort gets.

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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
Sector Financial Services
Industry Insurance - Diversified
Most Recent Earnings Sep 30, 2020
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2020
Stock Type Aggressive Growth
Employees 391,500