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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 6/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.79
BRK.A's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
64% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.94 vs. BRK.A: 0.79 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.62   Max: 5.7
Current: 0.79

0.62
5.7
Equity to Asset 0.46
BRK.A's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
94% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.12 vs. BRK.A: 0.46 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.36   Max: 0.58
Current: 0.46

0.36
0.58
Interest Coverage 8.64
BRK.A's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
65% of the 202 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 10.28 vs. BRK.A: 8.64 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 3.86   Max: 40.58
Current: 8.64

3.86
40.58
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 1.70
WACC vs ROIC
7.46%
8.02%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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industry
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Operating margin (%) 14.44
BRK.A's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 8.39 vs. BRK.A: 14.44 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 7.03   Max: 31.98
Current: 14.44

7.03
31.98
Net-margin (%) 10.21
BRK.A's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 5.14 vs. BRK.A: 10.21 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.06   Max: 21.25
Current: 10.21

2.06
21.25
ROE (%) 8.56
BRK.A's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9.52 vs. BRK.A: 8.56 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 1.33   Max: 11.53
Current: 8.56

1.33
11.53
ROA (%) 3.93
BRK.A's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.91 vs. BRK.A: 3.93 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.53   Max: 5.07
Current: 3.93

0.53
5.07
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 21.84
BRK.A's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 211 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 223.90 vs. BRK.A: 21.84 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 15.83   Max: 344.74
Current: 21.84

15.83
344.74
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 10.80
BRK.A's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 193 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.50 vs. BRK.A: 10.80 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 51.9
Current: 10.8

0
51.9
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 19.70
BRK.A's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 164 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 15.00 vs. BRK.A: 19.70 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 67.9
Current: 19.7

0
67.9
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 24.80
BRK.A's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 148 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 13.30 vs. BRK.A: 24.80 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -38.9   Max: 109.9
Current: 24.8

-38.9
109.9
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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

BRK.A Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Charles de Vaulx 1,359 sh (+1.49%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 3,947 sh (+0.74%)
Francis Chou 300 sh (unchged)
Chuck Akre 52 sh (unchged)
Wallace Weitz 69 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 6 sh (unchged)
John Keeley 2 sh (unchged)
Bill Frels 3 sh (unchged)
Bruce Berkowitz 3 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher 9 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 29 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 1,078 sh (unchged)
Dodge & Cox 5 sh (unchged)
Tweedy Browne Global Value 436 sh (unchged)
Donald Yacktman 30 sh (unchged)
Mason Hawkins 7 sh (unchged)
Tweedy Browne 1,179 sh (-0.42%)
Tom Russo 5,072 sh (-0.72%)
Ruane Cunniff 10,461 sh (-1.13%)
Murray Stahl 99 sh (-2.94%)
Chris Davis 8,058 sh (-5.71%)
Lou Simpson 21 sh (-36.36%)
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Q3 2014

BRK.A Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jeff Auxier 1 sh (New)
Charles de Vaulx 1,379 sh (+1.47%)
Tom Russo 5,082 sh (+0.20%)
Chris Davis 8,061 sh (+0.04%)
Bill Frels 3 sh (unchged)
Chuck Akre 52 sh (unchged)
Wallace Weitz 69 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 29 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 6 sh (unchged)
John Keeley 2 sh (unchged)
Tweedy Browne Global Value 436 sh (unchged)
Bruce Berkowitz 3 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher 9 sh (unchged)
Francis Chou 300 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 1,078 sh (unchged)
Dodge & Cox 5 sh (unchged)
Lou Simpson 21 sh (unchged)
Donald Yacktman 30 sh (unchged)
Tweedy Browne 1,179 sh (unchged)
Mason Hawkins 7 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 97 sh (-2.02%)
Ruane Cunniff 10,223 sh (-2.28%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 3,773 sh (-4.41%)
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Q4 2014

BRK.A Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Charles de Vaulx 1,382 sh (+0.22%)
John Keeley 2 sh (unchged)
Tweedy Browne Global Value 436 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 1 sh (unchged)
Bruce Berkowitz 3 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher 9 sh (unchged)
Francis Chou 300 sh (unchged)
Dodge & Cox 5 sh (unchged)
Lou Simpson 21 sh (unchged)
Donald Yacktman 30 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 97 sh (unchged)
Bill Frels 3 sh (unchged)
Wallace Weitz 69 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 29 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 6 sh (unchged)
Mason Hawkins Sold Out
Tweedy Browne 1,177 sh (-0.17%)
Tom Russo 5,060 sh (-0.43%)
Chuck Akre 51 sh (-1.92%)
Ruane Cunniff 9,824 sh (-3.90%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 3,521 sh (-6.68%)
Chris Davis 6,518 sh (-19.14%)
Tom Gayner 275 sh (-74.49%)
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Q1 2015

BRK.A Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Francis Chou 300 sh (unchged)
Tweedy Browne Global Value 436 sh (unchged)
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Guru Investment Theses on Berkshire Hathaway Inc

Mario Gabelli Comments on Berkshire Hathaway Inc - Mar 12, 2015

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (1.3%) (BRK.A – $226,000.00 – NYSE), based in Omaha, Nebraska, is the holding company for a diverse group of operating subsidiaries, including insurance, freight rail transportation, utilities and energy, finance, services, and retailing. The subsidiaries operate in an autonomous fashion, while investment and capital allocation decisions are managed by 82 year-old Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) in consultation with 89 year-old Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio). From 1995 through December 31, 2013, the firm had an annual compounded gain on book value of 19.7%.

From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)’s Asset Fund Q4 2014 Commentary.

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Mario Gabelli Comments on Berkshire Hathaway Inc
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (1.3%) (BRK.A – $226,000.00 – NYSE), based in Omaha, Nebraska, is the holding company for a diverse group of operating subsidiaries, including insurance, freight rail transportation, utilities and energy, finance, services, and retailing. The subsidiaries operate in an autonomous fashion, while investment and capital allocation decisions are managed by 82 year-old Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) in consultation with 89 year-old Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio). From 1995 through December 31, 2013, the firm had an annual compounded gain on book value of 19.7%. Read more...
Mason Hawkins Comments on Berkshire Hathaway
Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) appreciated 28% for the year after its fourth quarter gain of 10%. The company’s underlying operating businesses performed well. In insurance, GEICO revenues grew 10% driven 2/3 by units and 1/3 by pricing. Reinsurance endured no major catastrophes and some positive currency impact. BNSF grew 4% with gains in both volume and pricing. In the fourth quarter, Berkshire announced the acquisition of Duracell from Proctor & Gamble in a tax efficient exchange for appreciated Berkshire stock. The stock reached our appraisal, and we sold it. Berkshire rarely sells at enough of a discount to meet our criteria given its quality businesses and management, but we were able to purchase it for the second time in our history in 2012. The stock returned over 89% in our two year holding period. Read more...
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Mason Hawkins Comments on Berkshire Hathaway
Another large contributor for the quarter was Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A BRK.B) which rose 9%. YTD the company advanced 17%. The company’s myriad of businesses performed well. In insurance, GEICO grew premiums 11% and wrote at a 92% combined ratio. Reinsurance was helped by few natural disaster claims. In rail, Burlington Northern’s revenues rose 8% as volumes increased and pricing improved, particularly in agricultural products following a record grain harvest and limited supply given increased oil shipments. Berkshire’s U.S. and U.K. utility revenues also grew. The manufacturing, service, and retailing businesses increased revenues and earnings. Overall, corporate revenues from these diverse businesses grew 6%, earnings increased 17%, and our appraisal increased. Read more...
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 16.80
BRK.A's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
75% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 16.80 vs. BRK.A: 16.80 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 10.94   Max: 55.04
Current: 16.8

10.94
55.04
Forward P/E 0.01
BRK.A's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
100% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 18.52 vs. BRK.A: 0.01 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 16.80
BRK.A's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
80% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 16.80 vs. BRK.A: 16.80 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 10.93   Max: 54.95
Current: 16.8

10.93
54.95
P/B 1.40
BRK.A's P/B is ranked higher than
74% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.38 vs. BRK.A: 1.40 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.97   Max: 1.81
Current: 1.4

0.97
1.81
P/S 1.70
BRK.A's P/S is ranked higher than
60% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.09 vs. BRK.A: 1.70 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.98   Max: 1.85
Current: 1.7

0.98
1.85
PFCF 19.80
BRK.A's PFCF is ranked higher than
77% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 35.02 vs. BRK.A: 19.80 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 11.24   Max: 79.5
Current: 19.8

11.24
79.5
POCF 10.42
BRK.A's POCF is ranked higher than
83% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 16.62 vs. BRK.A: 10.42 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 7.65   Max: 21.38
Current: 10.42

7.65
21.38
EV-to-EBIT 12.51
BRK.A's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
77% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 11.90 vs. BRK.A: 12.51 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.6   Max: 45
Current: 12.51

7.6
45
PEG 1.01
BRK.A's PEG is ranked higher than
94% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. BRK.A: 1.01 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 133.08
Current: 1.01

0.17
133.08
Shiller P/E 22.70
BRK.A's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
86% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. BRK.A: 22.70 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 11.21   Max: 33.94
Current: 22.7

11.21
33.94
Days Sales Outstanding 40.97
BRK.A's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
98% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. BRK.A: 40.97 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 24.82   Max: 190.63
Current: 40.97

24.82
190.63

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Tangible Book 1.85
BRK.A's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
77% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.90 vs. BRK.A: 1.85 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.49   Max: 6.46
Current: 1.85

1.49
6.46
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.97
BRK.A's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
90% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. BRK.A: 0.97 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.8   Max: 2.49
Current: 0.97

0.8
2.49
Price/Median PS Value 1.15
BRK.A's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
79% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. BRK.A: 1.15 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.84   Max: 9.08
Current: 1.15

0.84
9.08
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.21
BRK.A's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
94% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. BRK.A: 1.21 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 17.24
Current: 1.21

0.57
17.24
Price/Graham Number 1.16
BRK.A's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
79% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. BRK.A: 1.16 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.02   Max: 4.47
Current: 1.16

1.02
4.47
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.00
BRK.A's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
62% of the 226 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 11.00 vs. BRK.A: 8.00 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.2   Max: 13.1
Current: 8

2.2
13.1
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 18.04
BRK.A's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
85% of the 131 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 18.04 vs. BRK.A: 18.04 )
BRK.A' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 1   Max: 68.1
Current: 18.04

1
68.1

Business Description

Industry: Insurance » Insurance - Diversified
Compare:ALIZF, AXAHY, ZFSVF, AIZ, ING » details
Traded in other countries:BRH.Germany, BRYN.Germany, BERK34.Brazil, BRKB.Mexico, 0R37.UK, BRK/B.Switzerland,
Berkshire Hathaway Inc was incorporated in the state of Delaware on June 16, 1998 under the name NBH, Inc. The Company is a holding company owning subsidiaries engaged in a number of diverse business activities, including insurance and reinsurance, freight rail transportation, utilities and energy, finance, manufacturing, service and retailing. The Company's insurance and reinsurance business activities are conducted through numerous domestic and foreign-based insurance entities. Its insurance businesses provide insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks world-wide and also reinsure life, accident and health risks internationally. The Company's insurance underwriting operations are comprised of the sub-groups namely GEICO and its subsidiaries; General Re and its subsidiaries; Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group; and Berkshire Hathaway Primary Group. General Re's property/casualty reinsurance business in North America is conducted through General Reinsurance Corporation, domiciled in Delaware and licensed in the District of Columbia and all states but Hawaii where it is an accredited reinsurer. Property/casualty operations in North America are headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, and are also conducted through 16 branch offices in the U.S. and Canada. Reinsurance activities are marketed directly to clients without involving a broker or intermediary. General Re's North American and international life, health, long-term care and disability reinsurance coverages are written on an individual and group basis. Most of this business is written on a proportional treaty basis, with the exception of the U.S. group health and disability business which is predominately written on an excess treaty basis. Lesser amounts of life and disability business are written on a facultative basis. The life/health business is marketed on a direct basis. The Company's apparel manufacturing businesses include manufacturers of a number of clothing and footwear. Businesses engaged in the manufacture and distribution of clothing products includes Fruit of the Loom, Russell Corporation, Vanity Fair Brands, Garan and Fechheimer Brothers. Its footwear businesses include H.H. Brown Shoe Group and Justin Brands.
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