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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

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.83
NYSE:BRK.B's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
76% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.49 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 0.83 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.22   Max: 5.7
Current: 0.83

0.22
5.7
Equity to Asset 0.46
NYSE:BRK.B's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
97% of the 181 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.09 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 0.46 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.37   Max: 0.58
Current: 0.46

0.37
0.58
Interest Coverage 10.28
NYSE:BRK.B's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
81% of the 170 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 7.86 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 10.28 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 3.86   Max: 40.58
Current: 10.28

3.86
40.58
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 1.73
WACC vs ROIC
6.85%
8.53%
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 : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 15.25
NYSE:BRK.B's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 6.68 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 15.25 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 7.03   Max: 31.98
Current: 15.25

7.03
31.98
Net-margin (%) 10.70
NYSE:BRK.B's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 5.13 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 10.70 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.06   Max: 21.25
Current: 10.7

2.06
21.25
ROE (%) 9.17
NYSE:BRK.B's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9.71 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 9.17 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 1.33   Max: 11.53
Current: 9.17

1.33
11.53
ROA (%) 4.21
NYSE:BRK.B's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.85 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 4.21 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.53   Max: 5.07
Current: 4.21

0.53
5.07
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 23.97
NYSE:BRK.B's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 166 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 198.02 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 23.97 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 15.83   Max: 344.74
Current: 23.97

15.83
344.74
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 10.00
NYSE:BRK.B's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: -0.60 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 10.00 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 51.9
Current: 10

0
51.9
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 13.60
NYSE:BRK.B's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 154 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 13.60 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 67.9
Current: 13.6

0
67.9
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 14.30
NYSE:BRK.B's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 147 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 14.30 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -38.9   Max: 109.9
Current: 14.3

-38.9
109.9
» NYSE:BRK.B's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Equity & Asset
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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

BRK.B Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 17,190 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 93,308 sh (New)
Mohnish Pabrai 7,025 sh (New)
Charles de Vaulx 332,343 sh (+230.81%)
Louis Moore Bacon 7,621 sh (+74.35%)
David Rolfe 4,347,827 sh (+61.09%)
Lou Simpson 2,067,741 sh (+17.86%)
Prem Watsa 24,500 sh (+16.11%)
Bill Frels 17,181 sh (+10.68%)
Wallace Weitz 1,229,050 sh (+9.84%)
John Rogers 31,324 sh (+6.34%)
Jim Simons 621,000 sh (+5.42%)
Tom Russo 2,405,629 sh (+3.79%)
Chuck Akre 312,019 sh (+2.96%)
Mason Hawkins 4,333,496 sh (+2.2%)
Ruane Cunniff 4,837,924 sh (+1.34%)
Scott Black 204,074 sh (+0.81%)
Wintergreen Fund 911,834 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 21,900 sh (unchged)
Donald Yacktman 16,079 sh (unchged)
Zeke Ashton 25,000 sh (unchged)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 1,669 sh (unchged)
Tweedy Browne Global Value 301 sh (unchged)
Tweedy Browne 412,914 sh (unchged)
PRIMECAP Management Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ronald Muhlenkamp 117,350 sh (-0.24%)
Dodge & Cox 17,350 sh (-0.57%)
Mario Gabelli 72,548 sh (-0.62%)
Arnold Van Den Berg 376,250 sh (-0.72%)
Tom Gayner 1,511,607 sh (-1.02%)
David Winters 1,207,613 sh (-1.18%)
Bestinfond 101 sh (-1.94%)
Ken Fisher 5,118,992 sh (-2.3%)
Murray Stahl 478,564 sh (-3.14%)
Chuck Royce 83,500 sh (-5.65%)
Bill Gates 77,039,804 sh (-6.09%)
Jeremy Grantham 392,800 sh (-6.12%)
Pioneer Investments 7,855 sh (-8.29%)
Chris Davis 2,049,354 sh (-15.46%)
Whitney Tilson 38,231 sh (-21.69%)
Bruce Berkowitz 288,925 sh (-59.32%)
Steven Cohen 28,667 sh (-67.25%)
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Q2 2014

BRK.B Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Zeke Ashton 25,000 sh (New)
John Rogers 47,832 sh (+52.7%)
Wallace Weitz 1,382,646 sh (+12.5%)
Ken Fisher 5,417,853 sh (+5.84%)
Lou Simpson 2,180,950 sh (+5.48%)
Louis Moore Bacon 7,848 sh (+2.98%)
Tom Russo 2,432,159 sh (+1.1%)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 117,825 sh (+0.4%)
Dodge & Cox 17,350 sh (unchged)
Donald Yacktman 16,079 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 21,900 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 24,500 sh (unchged)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 1,669 sh (unchged)
Tweedy Browne Global Value 301 sh (unchged)
Mohnish Pabrai 7,025 sh (unchged)
Charles de Vaulx 332,343 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 1,511,607 sh (unchged)
Zeke Ashton 25,000 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
David Winters Sold Out
Bruce Berkowitz 288,625 sh (-0.1%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 17,140 sh (-0.29%)
Chuck Akre 310,611 sh (-0.45%)
Ruane Cunniff 4,815,066 sh (-0.47%)
Mason Hawkins 4,302,129 sh (-0.72%)
Arnold Van Den Berg 373,026 sh (-0.86%)
Tweedy Browne 408,852 sh (-0.98%)
Whitney Tilson 37,662 sh (-1.49%)
Chris Davis 1,961,337 sh (-4.29%)
Bestinfond 96 sh (-4.95%)
Mario Gabelli 68,948 sh (-4.96%)
Bill Gates 72,039,804 sh (-6.49%)
David Rolfe 4,048,166 sh (-6.89%)
Jeremy Grantham 364,000 sh (-7.33%)
Murray Stahl 428,366 sh (-10.49%)
Pioneer Investments 6,933 sh (-11.74%)
Bill Frels 15,064 sh (-12.32%)
Chuck Royce 67,000 sh (-19.76%)
Scott Black 155,956 sh (-23.58%)
Jim Simons 422,400 sh (-31.98%)
Wintergreen Fund 100 sh (-99.99%)
» More
Q3 2014

BRK.B Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Ray Dalio 32,966 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 5,896 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 550,400 sh (+51.21%)
Bill Gates 83,625,314 sh (+16.08%)
Louis Moore Bacon 8,771 sh (+11.76%)
Bestinfond 101 sh (+5.21%)
Bill Frels 15,814 sh (+4.98%)
David Rolfe 4,234,269 sh (+4.6%)
Charles de Vaulx 342,554 sh (+3.07%)
Wallace Weitz 1,419,123 sh (+2.64%)
John Rogers 49,016 sh (+2.48%)
Ruane Cunniff 4,916,475 sh (+2.11%)
Lou Simpson 2,216,667 sh (+1.64%)
Tom Russo 2,457,392 sh (+1.04%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 17,230 sh (+0.53%)
Ken Fisher 5,435,596 sh (+0.33%)
Scott Black 156,126 sh (+0.11%)
Tom Gayner 1,511,607 sh (unchged)
Dodge & Cox 17,350 sh (unchged)
Tweedy Browne Global Value 301 sh (unchged)
Wintergreen Fund 100 sh (unchged)
Mohnish Pabrai 7,025 sh (unchged)
Donald Yacktman 16,079 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 24,500 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 21,900 sh (unchged)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 1,669 sh (unchged)
Zeke Ashton 25,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Chuck Akre 308,180 sh (-0.78%)
Mario Gabelli 67,948 sh (-1.45%)
Tweedy Browne 402,538 sh (-1.54%)
Bruce Berkowitz 283,700 sh (-1.71%)
Mason Hawkins 4,201,482 sh (-2.34%)
Chris Davis 1,908,289 sh (-2.7%)
Murray Stahl 416,407 sh (-2.79%)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 112,825 sh (-4.24%)
Arnold Van Den Berg 353,858 sh (-5.14%)
Whitney Tilson 31,132 sh (-17.34%)
Pioneer Investments 5,147 sh (-25.76%)
Chuck Royce 40,000 sh (-40.3%)
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Q4 2014

BRK.B Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Tweedy Browne Global Value 301 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher 5,431,068 sh (-0.08%)
Arnold Van Den Berg 326,440 sh (-7.75%)
Bestinfond 92 sh (-8.91%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with NYSE:BRK.B

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Arnold Van Den Berg 2014-12-31 Reduce -7.75%0.37%$134.7 - $152.67 $ 143.910%326440
Bill Gates 2014-09-30 Add 16.08%7.37%$125.43 - $141.28 $ 143.918%83625314
Whitney Tilson 2014-09-30 Reduce -17.34%1.23%$125.43 - $141.28 $ 143.918%31132
Arnold Van Den Berg 2014-09-30 Reduce -5.14%0.21%$125.43 - $141.28 $ 143.918%353858
Lou Simpson 2014-09-30 Add 1.64%0.19%$125.43 - $141.28 $ 143.918%2216667
Wallace Weitz 2014-09-30 Add 2.64%0.15%$125.43 - $141.28 $ 143.918%1419123
Ronald Muhlenkamp 2014-09-30 Reduce -4.24%0.11%$125.43 - $141.28 $ 143.918%112825
Ray Dalio 2014-09-30 New Buy0.04%$125.43 - $141.28 $ 143.918%32966
David Winters 2014-06-30 Sold Out 17.7%$121.7 - $129.06 $ 143.9114%0
Bill Gates 2014-06-30 Reduce -6.49%3.15%$121.7 - $129.06 $ 143.9114%72039804
Scott Black 2014-06-30 Reduce -23.58%0.66%$121.7 - $129.06 $ 143.9114%155956
Lou Simpson 2014-06-30 Add 5.48%0.59%$121.7 - $129.06 $ 143.9114%2180950
Wallace Weitz 2014-06-30 Add 12.5%0.59%$121.7 - $129.06 $ 143.9114%1382646
Whitney Tilson 2014-06-30 Reduce -1.49%0.11%$121.7 - $129.06 $ 143.9114%37662
Ray Dalio 2014-06-30 Sold Out 0.1%$121.7 - $129.06 $ 143.9114%0
John Rogers 2014-06-30 Add 52.7%0.03%$121.7 - $129.06 $ 143.9114%47832
Bill Gates 2014-03-31 Reduce -6.09%2.95%$108.78 - $125.2 $ 143.9123%77039804
Whitney Tilson 2014-03-31 Reduce -21.69%2.04%$108.78 - $125.2 $ 143.9123%38231
Lou Simpson 2014-03-31 Add 17.86%1.7%$108.78 - $125.2 $ 143.9123%2067741
PRIMECAP Management 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.55%$108.78 - $125.2 $ 143.9123%0
Bruce Berkowitz 2014-03-31 Reduce -59.32%0.52%$108.78 - $125.2 $ 143.9123%288925
Wallace Weitz 2014-03-31 Add 9.84%0.44%$108.78 - $125.2 $ 143.9123%1229050
David Winters 2014-03-31 Reduce -1.18%0.19%$108.78 - $125.2 $ 143.9123%1207613
Mohnish Pabrai 2014-03-31 New Buy0.19%$108.78 - $125.2 $ 143.9123%7025
Chris Davis 2014-03-31 Reduce -15.46%0.11%$108.78 - $125.2 $ 143.9123%2049354
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 New Buy0.1%$108.78 - $125.2 $ 143.9123%93308
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$108.78 - $125.2 $ 143.9123%0
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 16.30
NYSE:BRK.B's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
80% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 13.40 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 16.30 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 10.94   Max: 55.04
Current: 16.3

10.94
55.04
Forward P/E 0.01
NYSE:BRK.B's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
99% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 10.57 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 0.01 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 16.30
NYSE:BRK.B's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
81% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 14.70 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 16.30 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 10.93   Max: 54.95
Current: 16.3

10.93
54.95
P/B 1.42
NYSE:BRK.B's P/B is ranked higher than
79% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 1.42 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.97   Max: 1.81
Current: 1.42

0.97
1.81
P/S 1.75
NYSE:BRK.B's P/S is ranked higher than
77% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.61 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 1.75 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.98   Max: 1.98
Current: 1.75

0.98
1.98
PFCF 19.19
NYSE:BRK.B's PFCF is ranked higher than
81% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 14.59 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 19.19 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 11.24   Max: 79.5
Current: 19.19

11.24
79.5
POCF 10.85
NYSE:BRK.B's POCF is ranked higher than
81% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9.37 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 10.85 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 7.65   Max: 21.38
Current: 10.85

7.65
21.38
EV-to-EBIT 11.91
NYSE:BRK.B's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
78% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 8.87 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 11.91 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.6   Max: 45
Current: 11.91

7.6
45
PEG 0.87
NYSE:BRK.B's PEG is ranked higher than
95% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 0.87 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 133.08
Current: 0.87

0.17
133.08
Shiller P/E 24.01
NYSE:BRK.B's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
85% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 24.57 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 24.01 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 11.23   Max: 35.34
Current: 24.01

11.23
35.34
Days Sales Outstanding 23.60
NYSE:BRK.B's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
98% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 23.60 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 20.7   Max: 190.63
Current: 23.6

20.7
190.63

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 1.88
NYSE:BRK.B's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
80% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.61 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 1.88 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.49   Max: 6.46
Current: 1.88

1.49
6.46
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.99
NYSE:BRK.B's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
85% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.92 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 0.99 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.78   Max: 2.49
Current: 0.99

0.78
2.49
Price/Median PS Value 1.17
NYSE:BRK.B's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
80% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.22 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 1.17 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.79   Max: 18.06
Current: 1.17

0.79
18.06
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.06
NYSE:BRK.B's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
94% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 1.06 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.44   Max: 17.24
Current: 1.06

0.44
17.24
Price/Graham Number 1.16
NYSE:BRK.B's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
83% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 1.16 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.98   Max: 11.76
Current: 1.16

0.98
11.76
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.40
NYSE:BRK.B's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
77% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 12.20 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 8.40 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.2   Max: 13.1
Current: 8.4

2.2
13.1
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 19.48
NYSE:BRK.B's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
86% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 19.34 vs. NYSE:BRK.B: 19.48 )
NYSE:BRK.B' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 1   Max: 68.1
Current: 19.48

1
68.1

Business Description

Industry: Insurance » Insurance - Diversified
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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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