Berkshire Hathaway Granted Approval to Substantially Increase Stake in Occidental Petroleum

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has greenlit Berkshire Hathaway’s expansion of its stake in Occidental Petroleum, deeming it “consistent with the public interest.” This move permits Berkshire to boost its ownership in the energy giant up to fifty percent.

Warren Buffett, the driving force behind Berkshire Hathaway’s major investment decisions, has articulated the company’s positive stance on Occidental Petroleum. At the 2023 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, Buffett expressed favor towards Occidental’s position in the Permian Basin, highlighting its strategic significance. However, he emphasized that Berkshire has no intentions of acquiring a controlling interest in the company. Buffett reiterated confidence in Occidental’s existing management, asserting, “we wouldn’t know what to do with it.”

In addition to its ongoing open market purchases, Berkshire Hathaway holds warrants enabling it to acquire 80 million Occidental shares at an exercise price of $62.50 per share. These warrants were obtained in 2019 when Berkshire provided $10 billion, facilitating Occidental’s successful bid of $38 billion to acquire Anadarko Petroleum, outbidding industry heavyweight Chevron.

Berkshire Hathaway’s increasing stake in Occidental Petroleum underscores its continued confidence in the energy sector and strategic investments aligned with its long-term vision.

© 2024 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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