Berkshire Hathaway Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Diversified Company

Berkshire Hathaway has acquired 67 companies, including 1 in the last 5 years. A total of 3 acquisitions came from private equity firms.

Berkshire Hathaway’s largest acquisition to date was in 2009, when it acquired BNSF Railway for $44.0B. Berkshire Hathaway has acquired in 24 different US states, and 4 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include apparel/textiles (13%) and retail (13%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity65
    • M&A Buy Activity65
  • Total Sectors Invested 24
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 16
  • M&A Advisors 3

Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

3555 Farnam Street, Suite 1440,
Omaha, Nebraska 68131
United States,
(402) 346-1400
www.berkshirehathaway.com

Berkshire Hathaway and its subsidiaries engage in diverse business activities including property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, utilities and energy, freight rail transportation, finance, manufacturing, retailing and services. Berkshire Hathaway was founded in 1889 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 65 - - - - - 65
vol $219.4B $219.4B
Sell (0.0/yr) # - - - - - - 0
  65

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Precision Castparts Corp. 2015-08-10 37.2B USD Add-on Acquisition
Portland, Oregon · www.precast.com
Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. 2015-04-08 - Stake Purchase
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · www.axalta.com
Detlev Louis Motorradvertriebs GmbH 2015-02-20 451M EUR Add-on Acquisition
Hamburg, Germany · www.louis.eu
Charter Brokerage LLC 2014-12-15 - Add-on Acquisition
Norwalk, Connecticut · www.charterbrokerage.net
Duracell International, Inc. 2014-11-13 4.7B USD Divestiture
Bethel, Connecticut · www.duracell.com
Van Tuyl Group, Inc. 2014-10-02 - Add-on Acquisition
Irving, Texas · www.vantuylgroup.com
Tim Hortons Inc. 2014-08-26 - Merger
Oakville, Ontario · www.timhortons.com
WPLG-TV10 2014-07-01 328M USD Divestiture
Pembroke Park, Florida · www.local10.com
Phillips Specialty Products, Inc. 2013-12-30 1.4B USD Divestiture
, United States
IMC International Metalworking Companies B.V. 2013-05-01 2.1B USD Stake Purchase
Goudse Poort, Netherlands · www.imc-companies.com
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Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
BH Media Group Inc.    - BH Media Group Inc. - The Buffalo News & Publications 2020-01-29 1
Omaha, Nebraska · www.bhmginc.com Omaha, Nebraska
MiTek Industries, Inc. 2001-06-12 iN4 Solutions, Inc. 2020-01-24 12
Chesterfield, Missouri · www.mii.com Marysville, California · www.hornetsaw.com
Johns Manville Corp. 2001-02-27 ITW Insulation Systems, Inc. 2019-11-21 2
Denver, Colorado · www.jm.com Houston, Texas · www.itwinsulation.com
The Lubrizol Corp. 2011-09-16 Bavaria Medizin Technologie GmbH 2019-07-15 10
Wickliffe, Ohio · www.lubrizol.com Wessling, Germany · www.bavaria-medizin.de
HomeServices of America, Inc.    - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty 2019-01-09 5
Minneapolis, Minnesota · www.homeservices.com , Florida · www.bhhsfloridarealty.com
Kraft-Heinz, Inc. 2013-02-14 Primal Nutrition LLC (Primal Kitche) 2018-11-29 2
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · www.heinz.com Oxnard, California · www.primalkitchen.com
Shaw Industries Group, Inc.,    - Tricycle, Inc. 2017-10-12 3
Dalton, Georgia · www.shawfloors.com Chattanooga, Tennessee · www.tricycleinc.com
HomeServices of America, Inc.    - The Long & Foster Companies, Inc. 2017-09-07 4
Minneapolis, Minnesota · www.homeservices.com Chantilly, Virginia · www.longandfoster.com
Forest River, Inc. 2005-07-20 Turtle Top, Inc. 2017-06-28 3
Elkhart, Indiana · www.forestriverinc.com New Paris, Indiana · www.turtletop.com
MiTek Industries, Inc. 2001-06-12 Mezzanine International Ltd. 2017-06-14 11
Chesterfield, Missouri · www.mii.com Kent, United Kingdom · www.mezzanine.co.uk

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Apparel/Textiles 8 (12%) 869M (< 1%) - -
Retail 8 (12%) 511M (< 1%) - -
Insurance 7 (11%) 26.5B (12%) - -
Building Materials 5 (8%) 3.1B (1%) - -
Chemicals 4 (6%) 26.0B (12%) - -
Consumer Products 4 (6%) 410M (< 1%) - -
Transportation 4 (6%) 46.1B (21%) - -
Food 3 (5%) 51.0B (23%) - -
Machinery 3 (5%) 7.1B (3%) - -
Aerospace 2 (3%) 2.2B (1%) - -
Automotive 2 (3%) - - -
Financial Services 2 (3%) 548M (< 1%) - -
Media 2 (3%) 528M (< 1%) - -
Business Services 1 (2%) - - -
Construction 1 (2%) 1.7B (1%) - -
Electrical Equipment 1 (2%) 4.7B (2%) - -
Electronics 1 (2%) - - -
Energy Services and Equipment 1 (2%) 1.4B (1%) - -
Forest Products 1 (2%) - - -
Franchising 1 (2%) 585M (< 1%) - -
Manufacturing 1 (2%) - - -
Metals/Mining 1 (2%) 37.2B (17%) - -
Renewable Energy 1 (2%) 9.0B (4%) - -
Restaurants 1 (2%) - - -
Total 65 $219.4B - -

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 61 211.9B - -
  Texas 6 46.1B - -
  Nebraska 6 260M - -
  Ohio 4 10.8B - -
  Georgia 4 2.5B - -
  Connecticut 4 26.7B - -
  California 4 573M - -
  Washington 3 1.4B - -
  Pennsylvania 3 43.3B - -
  New York 3 1.8B - -
  Missouri 3 590M - -
  Indiana 3 825M - -
  Illinois 3 23.0B - -
  Kentucky 2 598M - -
  Florida 2 328M - -
  District of Columbia 2 2.3B - -
  Utah 1 - - -
  Tennessee 1 1.7B - -
  Oregon 1 37.2B - -
  New Jersey 1 1.0B - -
  Minnesota 1 585M - -
  Massachusetts 1 - - -
  Iowa 1 9.0B - -
  Colorado 1 - - -
Netherlands 2 7.1B - -
Canada 1 - - -
  Ontario 1 - - -
Germany 1 451M - -
Domestic 61 (94%) 211.9B (97%) - -
Cross-border 4 (6%) 7.5B (3%) - -
Total 65 $219.4B - -

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Lazard Ltd.
1
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
1
Legal Deals
Munger Tolles & Olson LLP
9

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 19 $212.8B
$100M to $1B 13 $6.5B
< $100M 3 $131M
TOTAL $219.4B
Largest BNSF Railway Co.
$44.0B (2009-11-03)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
27%
3 27%
Strategic(s)
73%
8 73%

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