Berkshire Hathaway’s annual report attracts a great deal of attention primarily because it includes Warren Buffett’s letter to shareholders. Diligent reporters and investors often read the annual report itself but it is not common for Berkshire’s 10-K filing to attract
MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, will host a fixed-income investor conference on March 30, 2011. Read this article for a brief description of the presentation and a link to the slides released by MidAmerican today in an SEC filing.
Warren Buffett is not a proponent of using the concept of “synergies” to justify acquisitions and generally encourages Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries to operate independently. Business unit managers, or “all stars” as Mr. Buffett referred to them in his biennial letter
Berkshire Hathaway posted sharply higher operating profits for the second quarter of 2010 thanks to strength in the insurance operations and major improvements in the company’s diverse collection of economically sensitive subsidiaries. However, quarterly net earnings declined to $1.97 billion from $3.3 billion in the prior year period primarily due to losses in the derivatives portfolio caused by broad declines in market indices in the second quarter. Book value per share declined to $86,661 per Class A share, down 3 percent for the quarter due to unrealized losses in Berkshire’s large portfolio of publicly traded stocks. Read this article for full details on Q2 Results.
Berkshire Hathaway reported strong results for the first quarter of 2010 with book value per share rising 5.8 percent to $89,374 per Class A share which represents a record high (all per share figures in this article will refer to Class A shares). Operating earnings, which excludes the impact of volatile investment and derivatives gains or losses, rose to $1,390 per share from $1,100 for the first quarter of 2009 representing a 26.3 percent increase. Read this article for more details.