Looking to buy Berkshire Hathaway stock in Canada? Here’s everything you need to know, including the current Berkshire Hathaway stock price, online brokers with access to BRKB stock and the answer to the question, “Is it a good time to buy Berkshire Hathaway stock?” Read our guide below.
Berkshire Hathaway is a business based in the US. Berkshire Hathaway stocks (BRKB.US) 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 $249.9 billion.
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|Latest market close||$N/A|
|52-week range||$197.81 - $272.97|
|50-day moving average||$1788.5187|
|200-day moving average||$1788.5187|
|Dividend yield||N/A (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$49845.8|
Note: The dollar amounts in the table below are in Canadian dollars.
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 6x. In other words, Berkshire Hathaway stocks trade at around 6x 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 stocks or simply that they're under-valued.
Berkshire Hathaway's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$53.7 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$249.9 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||17.35%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$105.5 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||3.5%|
|Return on equity TTM||5.77%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$518 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
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: 22.08
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Berkshire Hathaway's overall score of 22.08 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 19th 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: 6.6/100
Berkshire Hathaway's environmental score of 6.6 puts it squarely in the 9th 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: 10.75/100
Berkshire Hathaway's social score of 10.75 puts it squarely in the 9th 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: 20.22/100
Berkshire Hathaway's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th 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||22.08|
|Total ESG percentile||18.78|
|Environmental score percentile||9|
|Social score percentile||9|
|Governance score percentile||9|
|Level of controversy||1|
We're not expecting Berkshire Hathaway to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying stocks in our guide.
Berkshire Hathaway stocks were split on a 1:50 basis on 21 January 2010. So if you had owned 50 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Berkshire Hathaway stocks – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 4900% higher stock price could have impacted the market appetite for Berkshire Hathaway stocks which in turn could have impacted Berkshire Hathaway's stock price.
Over the last 12 months, Berkshire Hathaway's stocks have ranged in value from as little as $197.81 up to $272.97. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a stocks volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Berkshire Hathaway's is 0.8053. This would suggest that Berkshire Hathaway's stocks 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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