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Berkshire Hathaway Inc is an insurance-diversified business based in the US. Berkshire Hathaway shares (BRK-B) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Berkshire Hathaway employs 391,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$248 billion.
|52-week range||USD$159.5 - USD$251.34|
|50-day moving average||USD$237.803|
|200-day moving average||USD$223.7667|
|Wall St. target price||USD$260|
|Dividend yield||N/A (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$22232.215|
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Valuing Berkshire Hathaway stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Berkshire Hathaway's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Berkshire Hathaway's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 0x. In other words, Berkshire Hathaway shares trade at around 0x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Berkshire Hathaway's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.2601. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Berkshire Hathaway's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Berkshire Hathaway's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$71.5 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Berkshire Hathaway's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$248 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||24.68%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$105.5 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||4.73%|
|Return on equity TTM||8.86%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$581.5 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 11.0 million Berkshire Hathaway shares held short by investors – that's known as Berkshire Hathaway's "short interest". This figure is 0.4% up from 11.0 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Berkshire Hathaway shares can be evaluated.
Berkshire Hathaway's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Berkshire Hathaway shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Berkshire Hathaway shares traded daily (recently around 4.7 million). Berkshire Hathaway's SIR currently stands at 2.36. In other words for every 100,000 Berkshire Hathaway shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2360 shares are currently held short.
However Berkshire Hathaway's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Berkshire Hathaway shares, or, against the total number of tradable Berkshire Hathaway shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Berkshire Hathaway's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Berkshire Hathaway shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0094% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Berkshire Hathaway shares, roughly 9 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Berkshire Hathaway.
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Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Berkshire Hathaway.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 19.08
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Berkshire Hathaway's overall score of 19.08 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 16th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Berkshire Hathaway is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Environmental score: 3.6/100
Berkshire Hathaway's environmental score of 3.6 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Berkshire Hathaway is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 7.75/100
Berkshire Hathaway's social score of 7.75 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Berkshire Hathaway is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 17.22/100
Berkshire Hathaway's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Berkshire Hathaway is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 1/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Berkshire Hathaway scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Berkshire Hathaway has managed to keep its nose clean.
|Total ESG score||19.08|
|Total ESG percentile||15.78|
|Environmental score percentile||6|
|Social score percentile||6|
|Governance score percentile||6|
|Level of controversy||1|
We're not expecting Berkshire Hathaway to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.
Berkshire Hathaway's shares were split on a 50:1 basis on 21 January 2010. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 50 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Berkshire Hathaway shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 98% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Berkshire Hathaway shares which in turn could have impacted Berkshire Hathaway's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Berkshire Hathaway's shares have ranged in value from as little as $159.5 up to $251.34. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Berkshire Hathaway's is 0.8842. This would suggest that Berkshire Hathaway's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Berkshire Hathaway Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in insurance, freight rail transportation, and utility businesses. It provides property, casualty, life, accident, and health insurance and reinsurance; and operates railroad systems in North America. The company also generates, transmits, stores, and distributes electricity from natural gas, coal, wind, solar, hydro, nuclear, and geothermal sources; operates natural gas distribution and storage facilities, interstate pipelines, and compressor and meter stations; and holds interest in coal mining assets. In addition, it offers real estate brokerage services; and leases transportation equipment and furniture. Further, the company manufactures boxed chocolates and other confectionery products; specialty chemicals, metal cutting tools, and components for aerospace and power generation applications; flooring, insulation, roofing and engineered, building and engineered components, paints and coatings, and bricks and masonry products, as well as offers homebuilding and manufactured housing finance; and recreational vehicles, apparel products, jewelry, and custom picture framing products, and alkaline batteries. Additionally, it manufactures castings, forgings, fasteners/fastener systems, and aerostructures; and seamless pipes, fittings, downhole casing and tubing, and various mill forms. The company distributes newspapers, televisions, and information; franchises and services quick service restaurants; distributes electronic components; and offers logistics services, grocery and foodservice distribution services, and professional aviation training and fractional aircraft ownership programs. It also retails automobiles; furniture, bedding, and accessories; household appliances, electronics, and computers; jewelry, watches, crystal, china, stemware, flatware, gifts, and collectibles; kitchenware; and motorcycle accessories. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.
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