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More big deals ahead for Buffett?

  • Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.A, BRK.B) annual letter hints now might not be the end of major purchases for the conglomerate, specifically in energy. “NV Energy will not be MidAmerican’s last major acquisition,” Warren Buffett writes of last year's $5.6B purchase.
  • It's been a year since Berkshire crafted the food industry's biggest takeover with its part in the $28B purchase of Heinz, a "partnership template that may be used by Berkshire in future acquisitions of size," Buffett writes.
  • "During the next decade, you will read a lot of news -- bad news -- about public pension plans," he writes, warning about the "gigantic financial tapeworm" created when "promises were made that conflicted with a willingness to fund them."
  • No real clues about succession, but promise of a rock-solid business after he's gone: "A century hence, BNSF and MidAmerican Energy will still be playing major roles in our economy," Buffett wrote.
  • Berkshire's full annual report
Comments (15)
  • DeepValueLover
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    Warren Buffett is looking at:

     

    (HUM)

     

    (http://bit.ly/1klKuun)

     

    (http://bit.ly/1aqdgzv)

     

    (http://bit.ly/1klKvhO)

     

    (http://bit.ly/12wbM2Z)

     

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    Look for Berkshire to acquire one or more of the above companies over the next two years.

     

    BTW...I actually don't know, of course, but those are the best options I can think of for public companies that fit his criteria.
    1 Mar, 07:31 PM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    Also look out for (CLX) and (NWL)...
    2 Mar, 01:58 PM Reply Like
  • maybenot
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    hmmm...CLX...yeah, that could be one...but it does have the debt issue everyone likes to point out.

     

    But what a product moat.
    2 Mar, 02:13 PM Reply Like
  • tuliptown
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    why would they not purchase all of DVA? They keep nibbling.
    2 Mar, 08:08 PM Reply Like
  • Kimer62
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    I don't think it will be LUK! They just put in place a pretty strong succession plan!
    1 Mar, 08:03 PM Reply Like
  • Mark Krieger
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    Will Uncle Carl go after $SWY now that it has put itself up for sale. It is a way for Buffett to attain a vast empire of real estate as well as take control of the second largest US grocer in the process.
    1 Mar, 09:35 PM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    2.10% operating margins

     

    3.80% ROA

     

    I (SWY) may be a pass but the Oracle could surprise us all!
    2 Mar, 01:53 PM Reply Like
  • maybenot
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    MKC
    2 Mar, 12:45 AM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    Yeah..(MKC).

     

    I forgot about that one...good choice!
    2 Mar, 01:55 PM Reply Like
  • u01bsb0
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    DVA might be a good shout. I know there is an agreement not to acquire more than 25% but they have been constantly buying over the last few months and might be able to give DVA an offer they can't refuse.
    2 Mar, 08:07 AM Reply Like
  • Tony Pow
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    The best investor in our generation cannot beat the market! His portfolio is too big and most of his strategies are not suitable to retail investors as illustrated in my book Debunk the Myths in Investing (500+ pages from amazon).
    2 Mar, 10:18 AM Reply Like
  • u01bsb0
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    this happens very rarely for him, try finding someone else who has beaten the market the number of times over years as he has.

     

    ....and nice trying to advertise on this site.
    2 Mar, 10:52 AM Reply Like
  • Tony Pow
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    Try his last 3 year performance.
    3 Mar, 09:44 AM Reply Like
  • whidbey
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    Warren's dream is to be the market one day, the only market that matters. He only wants the heart of the melon.
    2 Mar, 11:56 AM Reply Like
  • Realtoi
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    $UGI, although it might be too small for him..
    2 Mar, 09:30 PM Reply Like
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