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Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B BRK.B

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Berkshire Continues Deploying Capital by Buying Back Shares and Adding to Its Equity Portfolio

Greggory Warren, CFA Sector Strategist

Analyst Note

| Greggory Warren, CFA |

Wide-moat-rated Berkshire Hathaway has started putting money to work more strategically the past few months. Following up on the repurchase of $5.1 billion of its own shares in May and June, it looks like Berkshire may have bought back another $2.4 billion worth of stock in July (based on reported shares outstanding in the company's 10-Q filing at the end of June and shares outstanding as of July 30, 2020). The insurer also committed $4 billion in early July to the acquisition of nearly all of Dominion Energy's natural gas transmission and storage operations, and announced this week that over the past 12 months it had purchased 5% stakes in each of five leading Japanese trading companies--Itochu, Marubeni, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, and Sumitomo--which are currently worth around $6 billion.

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