January 30, 2012
By analyzing the financial statements and Warren Buffett’s investment philosophy, a conclusion must be drawn as to whether the acquisition of PacifiCorp increased Berkshire Hathaway’s intrinsic value. Background or Historical Perspective:
Berkshire Hathaway was incorporated in 1889 as Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing and later merged with Hathaway manufacturing in 1955. In 1965, Warren Buffett and some partners gained control of Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett invested in companies from various sectors of the market ranging from insurance to clothing apparel. Over the next few decades since Buffett originally acquired Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett became famous as investment genius with an unbelievable growth percentage of 24%. Class A shares of Berkshire Hathaway traded at $102 in 1997 to $85,500 in 2005. Analysis and discussion:
The stock price jump for both Berkshire Hathaway and Scottish Power plc means that investors are very optimistic about this move. The increase in Berkshire Hathaway’s market value of $2.55 billion means that the intrinsic value of PacifiCorp will add value to Berkshire Hathaway. The value of PacifiCorp ranges from $6.25 Billion to the $9.4 Billion paid to acquire PacifiCorp. The only aspect of this acquisition is why did Berkshire Hathaway pay so much for this acquisition? The only reason why Berkshire Hathaway would pay so much for an acquisition is that Buffett perceive PacifiCorp’s intrinsic value as more than $6.25 Billion. Berkshire Hathaway has performed extremely well with an annual growth percentage of 24%. By comparing Berkshire Hathaway’s Class A stock with the S&P 500 composite index over the last 30 years, Berkshire Hathaway growth has been exponential in comparison to the S&P 500. The big four represent roughly a third of Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio. All four are from different sectors of the market. Buffett has done a great job diversifying Berkshire Hathaway’s...
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