Berkshire Hathaway - M&A Summary and Business Overview

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Berkshire Hathaway M&A Summary

Berkshire Hathaway has acquired 71 companies, including 2 in the last 5 years. A total of 3 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 2 assets.

Berkshire Hathaway’s largest acquisition to date was in 2009, when it acquired BNSF Railway for $44.0B. Berkshire Hathaway has acquired in 25 different US states, and 5 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include retail (12%) and insurance (12%).

Berkshire Hathaway Business Overview

Where is Berkshire Hathaway headquartered?

Berkshire Hathaway is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

What is Berkshire Hathaway’s revenue?

Berkshire Hathaway disclosed revenue of 234,190M USD for 2022 and 354,636M USD for 2021.

How many employees does Berkshire Hathaway have?

Berkshire Hathaway has 360,000 employees.

What sector is Berkshire Hathaway in?

Berkshire Hathaway is a diversified company.

When was Berkshire Hathaway founded?

Berkshire Hathaway was founded in 1998.

M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity71
    • M&A Buy Activity69
    • M&A Sell Activity2
  • Total Sectors Invested 25
  • Total Countries Invested 5
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 19
  • M&A Advisors 3

Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

3555 Farnam Street,
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 1998 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (0.4/yr) # 67 1 - 1 - - 69
vol $219.4B $9.7B $11.6B $240.7B
Sell (0.4/yr) # - - 2 - - - 2
  71

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Alleghany Corp. 2022-03-21 11.6B USD Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.alleghany.com
One97 Communications Ltd. 2021-11-08 - IPO
Noida, India · www.paytm.com
Kirby Opco LLC 2021-07-22 - Divestiture
Cleveland, Ohio · www.kirby.com
Dominion Energy, Inc. - Gas Transmission & Storage Segment Assets 2020-07-05 9.7B USD Divestiture
Richmond, Virginia
One97 Communications Ltd. 2018-08-28 - Add-on Acquisition
Noida, India · www.paytm.com
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
Glen Mills, 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
View All >>

Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Applied Underwriters, Inc. 2006-05-22 Centauri Insurance 2024-04-18 1
Omaha, Nebraska · www.auw.com Sarasota, Florida · www.centauriinsurance.com
Forest River, Inc. 2005-07-20 Collins Bus Corp. 2024-01-29 4
Elkhart, Indiana · www.forestriverinc.com Hutchinson, Kansas · www.collinsbus.com
The Lubrizol Corp. 2011-09-16 Particle Sciences, Inc. 2023-12-18 2
Wickliffe, Ohio · www.lubrizol.com Bethlehem, Pennsylvania · www.particlesciences.com
The Lubrizol Corp. 2011-09-16 Lubrizol - Warwick Chemical Mostyn Site 2023-10-04 1
Wickliffe, Ohio · www.lubrizol.com Wales, United Kingdom
BNSF Railway Co. 2009-11-03 BNSF - Brokerage Operations 2023-09-14 1
Fort Worth, Texas · www.bnsf.com Fort Worth, Texas
Applied Underwriters, Inc. 2006-05-22 Catlin Specialty Insurance Co. 2022-02-23 6
Omaha, Nebraska · www.auw.com Stamford, Connecticut
HomeServices of America, Inc.    - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate and Alliance Title Group 2022-01-11 10
Minneapolis, Minnesota · www.homeservices.com St. Louis, Missouri · www.bhhsall.com
HomeServices of America, Inc.    - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida 2022-01-11 9
Minneapolis, Minnesota · www.homeservices.com Santa Rosa Beach, Florida · www.bhhsbeachpropertiesofflorida.com
Applied Underwriters, Inc. 2006-05-22 Assicurazioni Generali - US Specialty Lines Division 2021-07-12 5
Omaha, Nebraska · www.auw.com New York, New York
McLane Company, Inc. 2003-05-02 Velocity Freight Transport, Inc. 2021-07-06 1
Temple, Texas · www.mclaneco.com Plano, Texas · www.velocitytransport.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Apparel/Textiles 8 (12%) 869M (< 1%) - -
Insurance 8 (12%) 38.1B (16%) - -
Retail 8 (12%) 511M (< 1%) - -
Building Materials 5 (7%) 3.1B (1%) - -
Consumer Products 4 (6%) 410M (< 1%) 1 (50%) -
Chemicals 4 (6%) 26.0B (11%) - -
Transportation 4 (6%) 46.1B (19%) - -
Food 3 (4%) 51.0B (21%) - -
Machinery 3 (4%) 7.1B (3%) - -
Aerospace 2 (3%) 2.2B (1%) - -
Automotive 2 (3%) - - -
Business Services 2 (3%) - - -
Financial Services 2 (3%) 548M (< 1%) - -
Manufacturing 2 (3%) 37.2B (15%) - -
Media 2 (3%) 528M (< 1%) - -
Communications 1 (1%) - 1 (50%) -
Construction 1 (1%) 1.7B (1%) - -
Electrical Equipment 1 (1%) 4.7B (2%) - -
Electronics 1 (1%) - - -
Energy Services and Equipment 1 (1%) 1.4B (1%) - -
Forest Products 1 (1%) - - -
Franchising 1 (1%) 585M (< 1%) - -
Oil/Gas Exploration 1 (1%) 9.7B (4%) - -
Renewable Energy 1 (1%) 9.0B (4%) - -
Restaurants 1 (1%) - - -
Total 69 $240.7B 2 -

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 64 233.2B 1 -
  Texas 6 46.1B - -
  Nebraska 6 260M - -
  New York 5 13.4B - -
  Ohio 4 10.8B 1 -
  Georgia 4 2.5B - -
  Connecticut 4 26.7B - -
  California 4 573M - -
  Washington 3 1.4B - -
  Pennsylvania 3 43.3B - -
  Missouri 3 590M - -
  Indiana 3 825M - -
  Illinois 3 23.0B - -
  Kentucky 2 598M - -
  Florida 2 328M - -
  District of Columbia 2 2.3B - -
  Virginia 1 9.7B - -
  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 - - -
India 1 - 1 -
Netherlands 2 7.1B - -
Canada 1 - - -
  Ontario 1 - - -
Germany 1 451M - -
Domestic 64 (93%) 233.2B (97%) 1 (50%) -
Cross-border 5 (7%) 7.5B (3%) 1 (50%) -
Total 69 $240.7B 2 -

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
J.P. Morgan Securities
1
Lazard Ltd.
1
Legal Deals
Munger Tolles & Olson
10

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 21 $234.1B
$100M to $1B 13 $6.5B
< $100M 3 $131M
TOTAL $240.7B
Largest BNSF Railway Co.
$44.0B (2009-11-03)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
1%
1 (1%)
Strategic(s)
13%
9 (13%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
50%
1 (50%)

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