Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway agrees to buy insurance company Alleghany for $11.6 billion – What We Know!

Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual assembly in Los Angeles, California. Might 1, 2021.

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Warren Buffett is making strikes.

Berkshire Hathaway stated Monday morning it agreed to purchase insurance coverage firm Alleghany for $11.6 billion, or $848.02 per share, in money. The conglomerate stated the deal “represents a a number of of 1.26 occasions Alleghany’s guide worth at December 31, 2021,” in addition to a 16% premium to Alleghany’s common inventory worth prior to now 30 days. The deal is predicted to shut within the fourth quarter of this 12 months.

Alleghany shares rallied greater than 15% within the premarket.

“Berkshire would be the excellent everlasting residence for Alleghany, an organization that I’ve carefully noticed for 60 years,” Buffett, Berkshire’s chairman and CEO, stated in an announcement.

Alleghany CEO Joseph Brandon — who beforehand led Berkshire-owned Common Re — hailed the deal as a “terrific transaction for Alleghany’s homeowners, companies, prospects, and staff,” noting that “the worth of this transaction displays the standard of our franchises and is the product of the onerous work, persistence, and dedication of the Alleghany staff over many years.”

The deal could shock some Berkshire shareholders, as Buffett and his right-hand man — vice chairman Charlie Munger — have expressed frustration of their seek for a giant acquisition. In his 2022 annual letter to shareholders, Buffett stated he and Munger discovered little that “excites” them when it comes to massive acquisitions.

To make certain, $11.6 billion is a small quantity when put next with Berkshire’s huge money hoard of $146.72 billion on the finish of 2021.

“That is Berkshire’s largest full acquisition shortly, though the quantity being spent ($11.6B) is comparatively small and positively doesn’t represent the kind of ‘elephant deal’ Buffett has repeatedly talked about,” Adam Crisafulli of Very important Information stated in a be aware.

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