Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate led by Warren Buffett, has added Diageo plc to its ever-expanding portfolio. Diageo, a renowned liquor purveyor, boasts a vast array of over 200 brands, with a global presence in more than 180 countries.
In a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Berkshire disclosed its acquisition of 227,750 shares of Diageo. This investment represents a relatively modest 0.04% ownership stake in the company, but it signifies Berkshire’s interest in the liquor giant.
Diageo, a name synonymous with top-quality beverages, offers a stellar lineup of best-selling brands, including the iconic Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky, Tanqueray gin, Smirnoff vodka, Guinness stout, and Baileys cream liqueur. These brands have long been favorites among consumers and have played a significant role in establishing Diageo as a leading player in the spirits industry.
Notably, Diageo has set ambitious goals for the future. Currently holding a 4.7% share of the global Total Beverage Alcohol (TBA) market, the company has its sights set on increasing that value share to an impressive 6% by the year 2030. This aspiration reflects Diageo’s commitment to growth and innovation within the dynamic world of beverages.
Moreover, Diageo recently announced a share buy-back program, demonstrating their dedication to creating value for their shareholders. This program aims to return up to $1.0 billion of capital to investors and is scheduled to be completed before June 26, 2024. The buy-back follows the successful completion of Diageo’s return of capital program during the second half of fiscal 2023, in which £0.5 billion of capital was returned to shareholders.
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