The investment company of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in the II quarter 2020 net income increased due to higher cost of investment after the rise of stock markets and the collapse in the first quarter due to coronavirus pandemic.
During the reporting period the company received $ 26.3 billion in net profit to $ 14.1 billion a year earlier. Profit per share of class “A” rose to $ 16.314 compared with $ 8.608 a year earlier.
Net income takes into account write-offs of $ 9.8 billion, affiliated with Precision Castparts, which Berkshire bought in 2016 for $ 32 billion. The write-off of goodwill and other intangible assets of Precision Castparts, a manufacturer of equipment for the aerospace and energy industries, is due to a serious deterioration in the company’s position due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the first half of the year the company was forced to cut 10,000 jobs due to falling demand for products.
Operating profit of Berkshire, which Buffett calls the more significant, because it does not include highly volatile performance gains / losses on investments and derivatives, in the second quarter decreased from 10% to $ 5.5 billion.
Quarterly revenue of Berkshire decreased by 11% – to $ 56.84 billion. Revenue of an insurance business declined by 10% to $ 47.61 billion, despite on the fact that the volume of collected premiums increased by 5% to $ 15.6 billion. Division of income, which includes rail, energy and municipal business dropped by 15% to $ 9.23 billion.
Berkshire’s investment income soared almost 4-fold – to $ 40.09 billion.
The total amount of investment assets at the end of the second quarter amounted to $ 788.133 billion euros against $ 817.729 billion in the results of 2019.
Including portfolio of shares, owned by Berkshire, valued at $ 207.454 billion ($ 248.027 billion at the end of 2019). Approximately 71% of this amount is concentrated in the shares of four companies: American Express ($ 14.4 billion), Apple ($ 91.5 billion), Bank of America ($ 22.6 billion) and Coca-Cola ($ 17.9 billion).). As of December 31, 2019, the total share of these companies in the total portfolio was about 60%.
Last quarter, Berkshire Hathaway bought back own shares worth $ 5.1 billion, for the first half – $ 6.7 billion.
Since the beginning of this year, the shares of class “A” investment companies have fallen by 7.4%.
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