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Business Description

Industry: Insurance » Insurance - Diversified    NAICS: 524126    SIC: 6331
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Traded in other countries:BERK34.Brazil, BRYN.Germany, BRKB.Mexico, BRK/B.Switzerland, 0R37.UK,
Headquarter Location:USA
Berkshire Hathaway Inc is engaged in the financial services domain. Its core activity includes provision of insurance services.

Berkshire Hathaway is a holding company with a wide array of subsidiaries engaged in diverse activities. The firm's core business segment is insurance, run primarily through Geico, General Re, Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group, and Berkshire Hathaway Primary Group. The company's second-largest segment includes Burlington Northern Santa Fe (railroad) and Berkshire Hathaway Energy (utilities and energy distributors). The rest of Berkshire's operations consist of finance, manufacturing, service, and retailing firms.

Guru Investment Theses on Berkshire Hathaway Inc

Zeke Ashton Comments on Berkshire Hathaway - Jan 06, 2017

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B) is of course managed by Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), who is justifiably recognized as one of the world’s most successful investors and the torch-bearer for the value investing style of capital allocation. Unlike many stocks in today’s expensive environment, Berkshire Hathaway remains very reasonably valued on historical measures relative to earnings and book value, and we believe the company’s immense balance sheet strength remains a rare competitive advantage.



From Zeke Ashton (Trades, Portfolio)'s Centaur Management 2016 annual letter to investors.

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Ratios

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PE Ratio 18.79
BRK.B's PE Ratio is ranked lower than
70% of the 168 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 12.48 vs. BRK.B: 18.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio only.
BRK.B' s PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.49  Med: 16.25 Max: 58.61
Current: 18.79
11.49
58.61
Forward PE Ratio 21.46
BRK.B's Forward PE Ratio is ranked lower than
95% of the 21 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 11.76 vs. BRK.B: 21.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward PE Ratio only.
N/A
PE Ratio without NRI 18.79
BRK.B's PE Ratio without NRI is ranked lower than
70% of the 168 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 12.48 vs. BRK.B: 18.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio without NRI only.
BRK.B' s PE Ratio without NRI Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.49  Med: 16.25 Max: 58.61
Current: 18.79
11.49
58.61
Price-to-Owner-Earnings 10.66
BRK.B's Price-to-Owner-Earnings is ranked lower than
53% of the 103 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9.41 vs. BRK.B: 10.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Owner-Earnings only.
BRK.B' s Price-to-Owner-Earnings Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.13  Med: 13.8 Max: 125.46
Current: 10.66
10.13
125.46
PB Ratio 1.44
BRK.B's PB Ratio is ranked lower than
57% of the 189 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.26 vs. BRK.B: 1.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
BRK.B' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.03  Med: 1.36 Max: 1.9
Current: 1.44
1.03
1.9
PS Ratio 1.79
BRK.B's PS Ratio is ranked lower than
67% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. BRK.B: 1.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
BRK.B' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.08  Med: 1.57 Max: 2.05
Current: 1.79
1.08
2.05
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 13.71
BRK.B's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
65% of the 103 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 8.99 vs. BRK.B: 13.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
BRK.B' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.82  Med: 19.98 Max: 57.33
Current: 13.71
11.82
57.33
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 9.77
BRK.B's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
55% of the 121 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 8.46 vs. BRK.B: 9.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
BRK.B' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.05  Med: 11.21 Max: 23.65
Current: 9.77
8.05
23.65
EV-to-EBIT 11.96
BRK.B's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
70% of the 145 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 7.52 vs. BRK.B: 11.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
BRK.B' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.5  Med: 10.7 Max: 31.6
Current: 11.96
6.5
31.6
EV-to-EBITDA 9.58
BRK.B's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
65% of the 146 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 6.99 vs. BRK.B: 9.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
BRK.B' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.5  Med: 9 Max: 26
Current: 9.58
6.5
26
PEG Ratio 1.25
BRK.B's PEG Ratio is ranked higher than
52% of the 69 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.25 vs. BRK.B: 1.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG Ratio only.
BRK.B' s PEG Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.19  Med: 0.97 Max: 278
Current: 1.25
0.19
278
Shiller PE Ratio 25.70
BRK.B's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked lower than
78% of the 23 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 17.47 vs. BRK.B: 25.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
BRK.B' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 16.45  Med: 23.21 Max: 33.77
Current: 25.7
16.45
33.77

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Valuation & Return

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Price-to-Tangible-Book 2.35
BRK.B's Price-to-Tangible-Book is ranked lower than
68% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.46 vs. BRK.B: 2.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Tangible-Book only.
BRK.B' s Price-to-Tangible-Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.32  Med: 2.11 Max: 6.78
Current: 2.35
1.32
6.78
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 0.91
BRK.B's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked lower than
65% of the 69 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.70 vs. BRK.B: 0.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
BRK.B' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.8  Med: 1.09 Max: 2.12
Current: 0.91
0.8
2.12
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) 1.19
BRK.B's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked lower than
100% of the 2 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.59 vs. BRK.B: 1.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) only.
N/A
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 1.14
BRK.B's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked lower than
65% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.02 vs. BRK.B: 1.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
BRK.B' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.79  Med: 1.49 Max: 9.04
Current: 1.14
0.79
9.04
Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value 1.65
BRK.B's Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value is ranked lower than
73% of the 26 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.92 vs. BRK.B: 1.65 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value only.
BRK.B' s Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.47  Med: 1.24 Max: 17.63
Current: 1.65
0.47
17.63
Price-to-Graham-Number 1.40
BRK.B's Price-to-Graham-Number is ranked lower than
70% of the 158 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. BRK.B: 1.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Graham-Number only.
BRK.B' s Price-to-Graham-Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.03  Med: 1.34 Max: 4.52
Current: 1.4
1.03
4.52
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % 8.36
BRK.B's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
56% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 10.40 vs. BRK.B: 8.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
BRK.B' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.2  Med: 9.3 Max: 15.4
Current: 8.36
3.2
15.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % 16.70
BRK.B's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked higher than
55% of the 67 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 15.28 vs. BRK.B: 16.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % only.
BRK.B' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.1  Med: 18.6 Max: 66.8
Current: 16.7
1.1
66.8

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $236,388.00
EPS (TTM) $ 9.14
Beta0.85
Short Percentage of Float0.68%
52-Week Range $141.92 - 177.86
Shares Outstanding (Mil)2,466.87

Analyst Estimate

Dec17 Dec18
Revenue (Mil $)
EPS ($) 8.40 9.60
EPS without NRI ($) 8.40 9.60
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
2.00%
Dividends per Share ($)
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