Warren Buffet Case Solution

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Case 1 | Warren Buffet | Group 7 | According to the case, there are stock price changes for Berkshire Hathaway and Scottish Power plc on the day of the acquisition announcement. Also, the bid price for PacifiCorp is $9.4 billion. After knowing this announcement, Berkshire Hathaway’s Class A shares price went up and make them gained in market value $2.17 billion. In Berkshire and other investors’ point of view, After Berkshire takeover PacifiCorp, it might have a good development and future so that the stock price went up. Berkshire believed that PacifiCorp can have good earning returns in the future. The intrinsic value is more valuable than its cost so they are willing to pay $9.4 billion to acquire. Moreover, based on the multiples…show more content…
Warren E. Buffett is to measure performance by gain in intrinsic value on a per-share basis, not accounting profit. In my viewpoint, this would not be true since both individual and the whole performance should be taken into account. The fifth sentence would be how much value we should use for the risk and discount rate. Buffett asserted that his investment is with certainty. Therefore, he used the rate of 30-year US Treasury bond as a discount rate. By all means, this would be wrong according to the academic study that says all investments have difference degrees of risks but if he can be definitely sure that his investment is analogous to be risk-free, it might be possible that this rate is till appropriate. The sixth point that Mr. Buffett disagreed with is diversification. To be honest, I would like to divide investors into two groups, one is big and the other is small. For a small investor, diversification would undoubtedly cost so much that it is better to concentrate on one or two stocks. Nevertheless, it would be more terrific for a big investor to diversify not only because of reducing the firm-specific risk, but also the market risk by investing stocks with correlation not equal to one. Hence, this statement still remains some questions. Nevertheless, if we look the investments of Berkshire Hathaway, it does diversify its business in insurance, apparel, building products, finance and even flight
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