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Berkshire Hathaway
Berkshire Hathaway
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Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 5
Previous rank: 7
CEO: Warren E. Buffett

Berkshire Hathaway’s per-share book value rose 14.4% in 2012, but it was less than the Standard & Poor 500’s 16-percent gain. Amid a stock market that hit record highs, the index has outperformed Berkshire over the past four years.

CEO Warren Buffett called 2012 a “subpar” year, saying if the market continues to gain this year, the benchmark stock index could have its first five-year win ever. Though the Omaha, Neb.-based holding company made no major acquisitions, it started 2013 with a big one: Ketchup! Berkshire teamed up with 3G Capital for a $23 billion acquisition of H.J. Heinz.

Beyond all that’s Americana, Berkshire continued to see opportunities in the printed word. It spent $344 million to buy 28 daily newspapers. In the future, Buffett expects more purchases of newspapers if the price is right

Headquarters:
3555 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE. 68131
402-346-1400
Website: www.berkshirehathaway.com
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Key financials
$ millions
% change from 2011
Revenues
162,463
13.1
Profits
14,824
44.6
Assets
427,452
Stockholder's equity
187,647
Market cap (on 3/29/2013)
256,768
Profits as % of
Revenues
9.1
Assets
3.5
Stockholders' equity
7.9
Earnings per share
2012$
8,977
% change from 2011
44.4
2002-2012 annual growth rate %
12.4
Total return to investors
%
2012
16.8
2002-2012 annual rate
6.3
From the May 20, 2013 issue


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