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Berkshire Hathaway Share Repurchases Continued in Q1

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Berkshire Hathaway continued its stock buybacks in the first quarter of 2024. Berkshire Hathaway, the renowned conglomerate led by Warren Buffett, reaffirmed its commitment to stock buybacks with its latest move repurchases. The company allocated a substantial $2.6 billion towards repurchasing shares of both Class A and Class B common stock.

As of March 31, 2024, Berkshire Hathaway had successfully acquired shares equivalent to 1,437,251 Class A shares. This strategic decision reflects the company’s confidence in its own value and a belief that investing in its own shares presents an attractive opportunity.

This buyback initiative not only demonstrates Berkshire Hathaway’s financial strength but also underscores management’s confidence in the company’s long-term prospects. By repurchasing its own shares, Berkshire Hathaway signals to investors that it views them as undervalued and expects favorable returns in the future.

The company’s proactive approach to capital allocation highlights its commitment to enhancing shareholder value.

Berkshire’s stock buyback initiative allows the company to purchase its Class A and Class B shares whenever Warren Buffett, Berkshire’s Chairman and CEO, deems the repurchase price to be below the company’s conservatively estimated intrinsic value. These repurchases can occur through open market transactions or privately negotiated deals.

Berkshire’s cash reserves has continued to grow, reaching just under $190 billion.

© 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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Berkshire Hathaway Enters Strategic Agreement with DaVita to Maintain Ownership Balance

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Berkshire Hathaway has solidified its relationship with DaVita, a prominent global healthcare company specializing in kidney care. With Berkshire holding just under 40 percent ownership in DaVita, a strategic stock buyback agreement has been established to prevent Berkshire from attaining a majority stake in the company.

The Share Repurchase Agreement outlines the terms for maintaining ownership balance. Should Berkshire’s ownership reach at least 45.0% of DaVita’s common stock, the company will engage in quarterly repurchases to adjust Berkshire’s stake back to 45.0%. These repurchases will be executed at the volume-weighted average per share price paid by DaVita during the applicable period. Additionally, if Berkshire’s ownership surpasses 49.5%, immediate share repurchases will be triggered.

Furthermore, Berkshire has agreed to vote shares exceeding 40% in accordance with DaVita’s Board of Directors’ recommendations. This agreement supplements the existing standstill letter agreement between the two parties, ensuring alignment with DaVita’s governance structure.

DaVita’s presence extends across the United States and ten other countries, bolstering its stature in the healthcare sector. Berkshire’s substantial investment in DaVita, holding over 36 million shares as of December 31, 2023, underscores its confidence in the company’s growth prospects.

The investment has proven lucrative for Berkshire, as evidenced by DaVita’s recent stock surge to an all-time high. DaVita’s share buyback program has contributed to this success, allowing Berkshire to increase its stake without additional investment.

This strategic agreement highlights the collaborative approach between Berkshire Hathaway and DaVita, ensuring mutual benefit while maintaining a balanced ownership structure.

© 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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Berkshire Hathaway Share Repurchases Doubled in Q4

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Berkshire Hathaway accelerated its stock buybacks in the fourth quarter of 2023. The repurchases doubled the $1.1 billion in the third quarter. The company reported that “approximately $2.2 billion was used to repurchase Berkshire shares during the fourth quarter of 2023 bringing the total for the year to approximately $9.2 billion. On December 31, 2023 there were 1,441,483 Class A equivalent shares outstanding.”

Berkshire’s stock buyback initiative allows the company to purchase its Class A and Class B shares whenever Warren Buffett, Berkshire’s Chairman and CEO, deems the repurchase price to be below the company’s conservatively estimated intrinsic value. These repurchases can occur through open market transactions or privately negotiated deals.

The conglomerate reported strong operating earnings in Q4 of $8.481 billion as compared to $6.625 billion in Q4 2022. Operating earnings for the full year were a robust $37.350 billion as compared to $30.853 in the full year of 2022.

Berkshire’s cash reserves has continued to grow, reaching $167.6 billion.

© 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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Berkshire Hathaway Continued Stock Buybacks & Posts Robust Earnings in Q3 2023

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Berkshire Hathaway has continued its stock buybacks in the third quarter of 2023, reporting that “approximately $1.1 billion was used to repurchase Berkshire shares during the third quarter bringing the nine month total to approximately $7.0 billion. On September 30, 2023 there were 1,445,546 Class A equivalent shares outstanding.”

The conglomerate reported strong operating earnings in Q3 of $10.761 Billion as compared to $7.651 billion in Q3 2022. Operating earnings for the first nine months were a robust $28.869 billion as compared to $24.228 in the first nine months of 2022.

Despite recent acquisitions of Allegany Corp., the controlling interest in Pilot Corp., and buying Dominion Energy’s 50% limited partnership stake in the Cove Point LNG facility, Berkshire’s cash reserves has continued to grow, reaching $157 billion.

© 2023 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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Berkshire Earnings Strong, as Buybacks Continue

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Berkshire Hathaway’s overall operating earnings for Q2 2023 were a strong $10.043 billion, representing a solid increase from the second quarter of 2022, which recorded operating earnings of $9.417 billion. The 6.6 percent rise in earnings came as the conglomerate’s cash position grew to just over $147 billion, which is up from 130.6 billion in Q1 2023.

Insurance-underwriting was particularly strong with earnings 1,247 billion in Q2 2023, as compared to $715 million in Q2 2022.
At June 30, 2023, insurance float was approximately $166 billion, an increase of approximately $2 billion from yearend 2022.

Berkshire Hathaway continued its stock buybacks with approximately $1.4 billion used to repurchase Berkshire shares during the second quarter of 2023. This brings the six-month total share repurchases to $5.8 billion.

© 2023 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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Berkshire Hathaway Ups Stock Buybacks in First Quarter

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Berkshire Hathaway, the multinational conglomerate headed by the legendary investor Warren Buffett, has continued its trend of buying back its own stock in the first quarter of 2023. The company committed $4.4 billion to the repurchase of shares of both Class A and Class B common stock. This represents an increase from the $2.6 billion that was spent on stock buybacks in the fourth quarter of 2022.

This move by Berkshire is a continuation of the company’s buyback program that started in 2011. In 2022, Berkshire Hathaway bought back a total of $7.9 billion of its stock. The recent purchase of $4.4 billion shows the company’s continued confidence in its own business prospects.

Warren Buffett has long been a proponent of share buybacks, and he defended Berkshire’s buybacks in his recent Chairman’s Letter. He wrote, “The math isn’t complicated: When the share count goes down, your interest in our many businesses goes up. Every small bit helps if repurchases are made at value-accretive prices.”

Buffett has also been critical of those who oppose share buybacks. He has referred to them as “economic illiterates” or “silver-tongued demagogues” who do not understand the benefits of the practice. He believes that buybacks can be a useful tool in returning value to shareholders and that they should be conducted when the company’s shares are undervalued.

Berkshire Hathaway’s commitment to share buybacks reflects its confidence in its own business prospects and its belief that the company’s shares are undervalued. For investors, this move may signal a positive outlook for Berkshire Hathaway’s future performance.

© 2023 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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Berkshire Buys Back $1.05 Billion in Stock in 3rd Quarter

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Warren Buffett continues to see Berkshire Hathaway stock as a good value and use of Berkshire’s profits. Approximately $1.05 billion was used to repurchase Berkshire shares during the third quarter bringing the nine month total to approximately $5.25 billion.

The buybacks come as Berkshire posted $7,761 billion in operating earnings for the third quarter, up from $6,466 billion for the same quarter in 2021.

At September 30, 2022, insurance float (the net liabilities we assume under insurance contracts) was approximately $150 billion, an increase of $3 billion since yearend 2021.

An analysis of Berkshire’s operating earnings follows (dollar amounts are in millions).

Third Quarter

First Nine Months

2022

2021

2022

2021

Insurance-underwriting

$

(962

)

$

(784

)

$

(334

)

$

356

Insurance-investment income

1,408

1,161

4,484

3,588

Railroad

1,442

1,538

4,477

4,305

Utilities and energy

1,585

1,496

3,101

2,939

Other controlled businesses

3,247

2,706

9,521

8,329

Non controlled businesses*

362

310

874

665

Other**

679

39

1,961

(12

)

Operating earnings

$

7,761

$

6,466

$

24,084

$

20,170

* Includes certain businesses in which Berkshire has between a 20% and 50% ownership interest.

© 2022 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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Berkshire Hathaway Slows Stock Buybacks in Q2

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Berkshire Hathaway spent roughly $1 Billion on stock buybacks in the second quarter of 2020, less than a third of what the company repurchased in the first quarter.

The buybacks have slowed dramatically from 2021’s pace, reflecting Berkshire’s rising share price. In the fourth quarter of 2021, Berkshire repurchased $6.9 billion in combined Class A and Class B common stock, and Berkshire’s $27 billion in buybacks for 2021 was a record for the company.

© 2022 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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Berkshire Hathaway Continued Stock Buybacks in Q1 2022

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Berkshire Hathaway has continued its stock buybacks in the first quarter of 2022, reporting that “Approximately $3.2 billion was used to purchase shares of Class A and Class B common stock during the first quarter of 2022. On March 31, 2022, there were 1,470,875 Class A equivalent shares outstanding.”

The buybacks have slowed considerably from 2021’s pace, reflecting Berkshire’s rising share price. In the fourth quarter of 2021, Berkshire repurchased $6.9 billion in combined Class A and Class B common stock.

Berkshire’s $27 billion in buybacks for 2021 was a record for the company.

At the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, Buffett revealed that he didn’t repurchase any shares in April 2022.

© 2022 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.