Warren Buffett’s Deal Toys: Just in Time for a (Virtual) BH 2020

April 29, 2020 by David Parry

He’s been called “the greatest investor in history”… “The most fascinating American success story of our time”…. “The inventor and caretaker of a rare persona that has no equivalent in American business”… Who is he? No, sorry…it’s not Ashton Kutcher—not this time, or at least, not quite yet. Good guess though. 50 Cent? Nas? Jared Leto?…Troy Carter? Sorry again: turns out it’s actually just Warren Buffett… Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting will proceed this Saturday, but the Oracle of Omaha will be one of only two participants actually in Omaha. Minus the usual 30,000 attendees, Buffett will field questions joined only by Greg Abel, vice chairman of Berkshire’s non-insurance operations. But the event will, as usual, be live-streamed by Yahoo Finance beginning at 4:00 EST. And, as we have every spring, we again wanted to share a few of the Buffett-related deals we’ve commemorated over the years. So get in the spirit of the now-virtual  “Woodstock for capitalists”. Take our quick visual tour now. 100_1745_mod In 2006 Berkshire Hathaway paid $4 billion for an 80% stake in ISCAR–at the time, the firm’s largest investment outside the U.S. BH bought the remaining 20% of the Israeli tool firm in 2013. 100_1746_mod The 2013 deal put the total value of ISCAR (now formally known as International Metalworking, or IMC) at approximately $10 billion—or roughly twice its 2006 valuation. 063616B_GSJ_Russell_2_modCompetition in the athletic apparel sector has become increasingly fierce since this 2006 acquisition–especially due to Under Armour. Even so, Russell’s margins benefit from BH’s status as one of the world’s largest cotton buyers (in addition to Russell parent Fruit of the Loom, it also owns children’s clothing company Garanimals). heinz-Lucite-tombstone-deal-toy-the-corporate-presence-636x381 Looking for fresh insight into this 2013 mega-deal? Check out Malcolm Gladwell’s essay identifying The Ketchup Conundrum: while mustard brands have proliferated over the years, ketchup sales still disproportionately favor just two brands—-Heinz and Hunts. The essay was written in 2004. paint_can2.jpg_mod Baseball fans may want to check out Benjamin Moore’s Fenway Collection. Color selections include Foul Pole Yellow, Baseline White, and, of course, Green Monster. paint_can_mod A Guardian columnist recently listed interior design disputes among the top-10 reasons couples fight. It ranked just ahead of money and relatives. button

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