OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett’s company more than quadrupled its third-quarter profits because of a huge paper gain in the value of its investments, although its insurance and railroad businesses also improved.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Saturday that it earned .54 billion, or .52 per Class B share. That’s up from last year’s .47 billion, or .65 per B share, when insurance losses from several hurricanes hurt results.
Buffett says Berkshire’s operating earnings offer a better view of quarterly performance because they exclude investments and derivatives, which can vary widely.
By that measure, Berkshire reported operating earnings of .88 billion, or about .79 per Class B share. That’s up from .44 billion, or about .40 per B share.
Berkshire’s revenue grew to .45 billion in the quarter, up from .5 billion last year.