What Options for Buffett Who Has $90 Billion To Invest?

Short answer:  Not Many.

Facts: Cash & cash equivalents at Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) reached $116 billion at the end of 2017, compared with $86.4 billion at the start of the year. Per Morningstar’s Gregg Warren estimates, Buffett finds himself with « around $90 billion in dry powder that could be committed to investments, acquisitions, share repurchases and dividends. » Continuer la lecture de « What Options for Buffett Who Has $90 Billion To Invest? »

Berkshire Hathaway : Lollapalooza Earnings & The Bet

Numbers are staggering. Berkshire Hathaway, the holding chaired by Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, earned $44.94 billion last year vs $24.07 billion in 2016, in large part thanks to tax cuts decided by the Trump administration. Operating earnings actually declined to $14.46 billion from 17.58 billion a year ago, mainly because the insurance business lost money. Tax cut contributed $29.11 billion to results, which « derives from a reduction of net deferred income tax liabilities that arose as a result of the reduction in the U.S. corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%. »

A more meaningful number for understanding the valuation of BRK is the evolution of the net asset per share or book value per share. Last year, the number grew 23% to $211,750, outperforming S&P 500 by 1.2%. CAGR return for book value per share over 1965-2017 is 19.1% vs 9.9% for S&P 500. Patience, discipline, opportunistic approach, great deal of focus on price and knowing his circle of competence explain such an amazing performance.

The most important part of BRK release of its annual report is Buffett’s letter to shareholder. This year, Buffett covers the following topics :

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Markets Keep Going Up. Where Are the Risks ?

Rule of thumb: the more expensive a financial asset is, the lower its prospective return. That’s simple. But sentiment and markets can become and stay irrational longer than investors can stay solvant, they say. So if you cannot predict when the markets will turn, it’s probably better to check where the risks are and monitor them the best you can. And invest with a margin of safety. Always…

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Unibail Rodamco-Westfield: 2 Views from the same Broker

Unibail Rodamco (UL) announced a friendly takeover offer for Australia-based Westfield (WFD) in a deal that values the Australian mall operator at c$25 bn (on EV basis).

Interestingly, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has analysts covering both companies. Following the transaction, the team covering UL has maintained its Buy rating while the one covering Westfield has moved to « Not Rated », arguing that « WFD is no longer trading on the basis of fundamentals. » Continuer la lecture de « Unibail Rodamco-Westfield: 2 Views from the same Broker »

Une JV PSA-General Motors serait surtout favorable à GM

Vendredi dernier, on apprenait l’existence d’un projet de rapprochement entre Opel, filiale déficitaire de General Motors et PSA Peugeot-Citroên. Une opération qui semble logique dans un contexte de surcapacités au sein de l’industrie automobile européenne. Mais qui profiterait sans doute plus au constructeur américain qu’à son homologue français, même s’il n’est pas dénué de gros risques (politiques entre autres). Continuer la lecture de « Une JV PSA-General Motors serait surtout favorable à GM »

Valeurs moyennes: la thématique des retraits, fusions… relancée

Pour le courtier Oddo Securities, la thématique des fusions, acquisitions et retraits de la cote revient doucement sur le devant de la scène, avec plusieurs opérations de rachats sur des valeurs moyennes (CFAO, LVL Médical).Ce thème des fusions renvoie à la thèse de la « de-equitisation » du marché (retrait de la liquidité des actions), lequel pourrait bien s’amplifier en ces temps d’austérité budgétaire. Continuer la lecture de « Valeurs moyennes: la thématique des retraits, fusions… relancée »