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About Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., as a holding company, engages in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance; utilities and energy; finance; manufacturing; and retailing and services.
Insurance and Reinsurance Businesses
Berkshires insurance and reinsurance business activities are conducted through approximately 60 domestic and foreign-based insurance entities. Berkshires insurance businesses provide insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks worldwide and also reinsure life, accident and health risks worldwide. Berkshires insurance underwriting operations include: GEICO and its subsidiaries, General Re and its subsidiaries, Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group, and Berkshire Hathaway Primary Group.
GEICOs primary insurance subsidiaries include: Government Employees Insurance Company, GEICO General Insurance Company, GEICO Indemnity Company and GEICO Casualty Company. These companies primarily offer private passenger automobile insurance to individuals in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
General Re affiliates include Kölnische Rückversicherungs Gesellschaft AG (Cologne Re), a major international reinsurer based in Germany. General Re holds a 95% ownership interest in Cologne Re. General Re subsidiaries conduct global reinsurance business in 61 cities and provide reinsurance coverage worldwide. General Re operates the reinsurance businesses, including: North American property/casualty, International property/casualty, which primarily consists of Cologne Re and the Faraday operations, and life/health reinsurance.
Property/Casualty Reinsurance: General Res North American property/casualty business is marketed directly to clients located throughout the United States and Canada without involving a broker or intermediary. The North American property/casualty business underwrites excess coverages. The operations are conducted through 16 branch offices. The business is licensed in the District of Columbia and all states.
North American property/casualty business also includes a few smaller specialty insurers. These insurers underwrite primarily liability and workers compensation coverages on an excess and surplus basis. Also, they underwrite excess insurance for self-insured programs.
General Res International property/casualty reinsurance business operations are conducted on a direct basis and through brokers. Cologne Re as well as various other General Re subsidiaries in 25 countries provide multiple lines of property and casualty reinsurance coverage worldwide.
In 2006, the International property/casualty operations primarily wrote direct reinsurance in the form of treaties with lesser amounts written on a facultative basis. International business through brokers is primarily written through Faraday, which owns the managing agent of Syndicate 435 at Lloyds of London and provides capacity and participates in the results of Syndicate 435. Faraday writes property, casualty and aviation business on risks worldwide.
Life/Health Reinsurance: The companys Life/Health Reinsurance operations provide life, health, long-term care and disability reinsurance on an individual and group basis. Most of this business is written on a proportional treaty basis, with the exception of U.S. group health and disability business which is written on an excess treaty basis. Lesser amounts of life and disability business are also written on a facultative basis. The life/health business is marketed on a direct basis.
Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group
The Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group (BHRG) operates from offices located in Stamford, Connecticut. Business activities are conducted through a group of subsidiary companies, led by National Indemnity Company (NICO) and Columbia Insurance Company. BHRG provides primarily excess and quota-share reinsurance to other property and casualty insurers and reinsurers.
BHRG has written catastrophe excess of loss treaty reinsurance contracts. BHRG has also written individual policies for primarily excess property risks on both a primary and facultative reinsurance basis, known as individual risk. Individual risk business in
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1. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. COMPANY PROFILE
1.1. Key facts
1.2. Financial Performance
1.3. Key Executives
1.4. Ownership and Major Holders
1.5. Company History
2. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. BUSINESS OVERVIEW
2.1. Business Description
2.2. Major Products and Services
2.3. Markets and Sales Activities
2.4. Locations, Subsidiaries, Operating Units
3. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. SWOT ANALYSIS
4. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. FINANCIAL ANALYSIS
4.1. Financial Statements
4.1.1. Income Statement
4.1.2. Balance Sheet
4.1.3. Cash Flow
4.2. Financial Ratios
4.2.2. Margin Analysis
4.2.3. Asset Turnover
4.2.4. Credit Ratios
4.2.5. Long-Term Solvency
4.2.6. Growth Over Prior Year
4.2.7. Financial Ratios Charts
4.3. Stock Market Snapshot
5. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. COMPETITORS AND INDUSTRY ANALYSIS
5.1. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Direct Competitors
5.2. Comparison of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Direct Competitors Financial Ratios
5.3. Comparison of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Direct Competitors Stock Charts
5.4. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Industry Analysis
5.4.1. Insurance Industry Snapshot
5.4.2. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Industry Position Analysis
6. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. NEWS & EVENTS
6.1. News & PR Activity Analysis
6.2. IR Corporate News
6.3. Marketing News
6.4. Corporate Events
7. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. EXPERTS REVIEW1
7.1. Experts Opinion
7.2. Experts Estimates
8. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. ENHANCED SWOT ANALYSIS2
9. UNITED STATES PESTEL ANALYSIS2
9.1. Political Factors
9.2. Economic Factors
9.3. Social Factors
9.4. Technological Factors
9.5. Environmental Factors
9.6. Legal Factors
10. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. IFE, EFE, IE MATRICES2
10.1. Internal Factor Evaluation Matrix
10.2. External Factor Evaluation Matrix
10.3. Internal External Matrix
11. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. PORTER FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS2
12. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. VRIO ANALYSIS2
APPENDIX: RATIO DEFINITIONS
LIST OF TABLES
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Key Facts
Income Statement Key Figures
Balance Sheet Key Figures
Cash Flow Statement Key Figures
Financial Performance Abbreviation Guide
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Key Executives
Key Executives Biographies1
Key Executives Compensations1
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Major Shareholders
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. History
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Products
Revenues by Segment
Revenues by Region
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Offices and Representations
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. SWOT Analysis
Yearly Income Statement Including Trends
Income Statement Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
Yearly Balance Sheet Including Trends
Balance Sheet Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
Yearly Cash Flow Including Trends
Cash Flow Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Profitability Ratios
Margin Analysis Ratios
Asset Turnover Ratios
Long-Term Solvency Ratios
Financial Ratios Growth Over Prior Year
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Capital Market Snapshot
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Direct Competitors Key Facts
Direct Competitors Profitability Ratios
Direct Competitors Margin Analysis Ratios
Direct Competitors Asset Turnover Ratios
Direct Competitors Credit Ratios
Direct Competitors Long-Term Solvency Ratios
Insurance Industry Statistics
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Industry Position
Company vs. Industry Income Statement Analysis
Company vs. Industry Balance Sheet Analysis
Company vs. Industry Cash Flow Analysis
Company vs. Industry Ratios Comparison
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Consensus Recommendations1
Analyst Recommendation Summary1
Price Target Summary1
Experts Recommendation Trends1
Revenue Estimates Analysis1
Earnings Estimates Analysis1
Revenue Estimates Trend1
Earnings Estimates Trend1
LIST OF FIGURES
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Annual Revenues in Comparison with Cost of Goods Sold and Gross Profit
Profit Margin Chart
Operating Margin Chart
Return on Equity (ROE) Chart
Return on Assets (ROA) Chart
Debt to Equity Chart
Current Ratio Chart
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 1-year Stock Charts
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 5-year Stock Charts
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. vs. Main Indexes 1-year Stock Chart
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. vs. Direct Competitors 1-year Stock Charts
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Article Density Chart
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Enhanced SWOT Analysis
Enhanced SWOT is a 3×3 grid that arranges strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats into one scheme:
- How to use the strengths to take advantage of the opportunities?
- How to use the strengths to reduce likelihood and impact of the threats?
- How to overcome the weaknesses that obstruct taking advantage of the opportunities?
- How to overcome the weaknesses that can make the threats a reality?
Upon answering these questions a company can develop a project plan to improve its business performance.
PESTEL (also termed as PESTLE) is an ideal tool to strategically analyze what influence different outside factors – political, economic, sociocultural, technological, environmental and legal – exert on a business to later chart its long term targets.
Being part of the external analysis when carrying out a strategic assessment or performing a market study, PESTEL gives an overview of diverse macro-environmental factors that any company should thoughtfully consider. By perceiving these outside environments, businesses can maximally benefit from the opportunities while minimizing the threats to the organization.
Key Factors Examined by PESTEL Analysis:
- Political – What opportunities and pressures are brought by political bodies and what is the degree of public regulations’ impact on the business?
- Economic – What economic policies, trends and structures are expected to affect the organization, what is this influence’s degree?
- Sociological – What cultural and societal aspects will work upon the demand for the business’s products and operations?
- Technological – What impact do the technological aspects, innovations, incentives and barriers have on the organization?
- Environmental – What environmental and ecological facets, both locally and farther afield, are likely to predetermine the business?
- Legal – What laws and legislation will exert influence on the style the business is carried out?
IFE, EFE, IE Matrices
The Internal Factor Evaluation matrix (IFE matrix) is a strategic management tool helping audit or evaluate major weaknesses and strengths in a business’s functional areas. In addition, IFE matrix serves as a basis for identifying and assessing relationships amongst those areas. The IFE matrix is utilised in strategy formulation.
The External Factor Evaluation matrix (EFE matrix) is a tool of strategic management that is typically utilised to assess current market conditions. It is an ideal instrument for visualising and prioritising the threats and opportunities a firm is facing.
The essential difference between the above mentioned matrices lies in the type of factors incorporated in the model; whilst the latter is engaged in internal factors, the former deals exceptionally with external factors – those exposed to social, political, economic, legal, etc. external forces.
Being a continuation of the EFE matrix and IFE matrix models, the Internal External matrix (IE matrix) rests upon an investigation of external and internal business factors integrated into one suggestive model.
Porter Five Forces Analysis
The Porter’s five forces analysis studies the industry of operation and helps the company find new sources of competitive advantage. The analysis surveys an industry through five major questions:
- What composes a threat of substitute products and services?
- Is there a threat of new competitors entering the market?
- What is the intensity of competitive rivalry?
- How big is the bargaining power of buyers?
- How significant is the bargaining power of suppliers?
VRIO stands for Value, Rarity, Imitability, Organization. This analysis helps to evaluate all company’s resources and capabilities and bring them together into one aggregate table that includes:
- Tangible resources
- Intangible resources
- Innovation and Creativity
- Organizational capabilities
The result of the analysis gives a clear picture of company’s competitive and economic implications, answering the questions if the resources mentioned above are:
- Costly to imitate?
- Organized properly?