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Berkshire Utilities’ Next Big Utility Bite

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 19, 2019

I’ve personally owned Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK/B) long enough to build up unrealized gains five times my initial investment. That hardly makes me unique. Nor do my concerns about the next act for this investment company/conglomerate, now at $516 billion in market capitalization.

One road ahead would be to keep investing massive free cash flows ($22.8 billion last year) in well-run businesses at good prices. Management may also tie its disparate units more closely by finding new ways to work together, or they could double down on some and sell others. Also, though Mr. Buffett owns 37.34 percent of the “A” shares, activist investors are no doubt salivating about getting their hooks in eventually.

Whatever happens to Berkshire Hathaway will have huge consequences not just for shareholders, but for the industries it operates in as well. One of them is electricity.

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