- Previous Rank7
- CEOWarren E. Buffett
- Address3555 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68131
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 $344 million to buy 28 daily newspapers. In the future, Buffett expects more purchases of newspapers if the price is right.
|$ Millions||% change|
|Total Shareholder Equity||187,647||-|
|Market Value (on March 29, 2013)||256,768||-|
Profit as a % of
|Profit Percent Sales||256,768|
|Profit Percent Assets||3.5|
|Profit Percent Shareholder Equity||7.9|
Earnings Per Share
|Earnings Per Share||8,977|
|EPS % Change (from 2012)||44.4|
|EPS Change (5 year)||1|
|EPS Change (10 year)||12.4|
Total Return to Investors
|Total Return to Investors||16.8|
|Total Return to Investors (5 year)||-1.1|
|Total Return to Investors (10 year)|