Berkshire Profits Up 74%

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Warren Buffett's company says its second-quarter profit jumped 74% because the value of its derivative contracts increased and a number of its non-insurance businesses improved. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Friday that it generated $3.4 billion in net income, or about $1.38 per Class B share. Excluding investment and derivative gains, it earned $1.09 a share.

That's nearly double last year's results and better than the adjusted $1.08 per Class B shares analysts had expected. The Omaha-based company said its revenue grew to $38.3 billion in this year's quarter.

Last year, $1.4 billion in paper losses on Berkshire's derivative contracts clipped the company's second-quarter profits even though the railroad, insurance and manufacturing businesses performed well.

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