# Berkshire Valuation

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Simple valuation from the 2012 lettter:

Investments - 114k

Pre tax earnings - 8k

So, 114k + 10x8k=80k = 194k

Sound right?

-CM

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Simple valuation from the 2012 lettter:

Investments - 114k

Pre tax earnings - 8k

So, 114k + 10x8k=80k = 194k

Sound right?

-CM

Whitney Tilson has used the same method in his calculation. However, over the last couple of years Tilson has used a more conservative multiplier of 8 on pre-tax earnings per share.

So Tilson's method would be

114k+8x8k=178k

I think your method is probably closer to the true intrinsic value, but even with a conservative calculation Berkshire is still selling well below intrinsic value.

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Simple valuation from the 2012 lettter:

Investments - 114k

Pre tax earnings - 8k

So, 114k + 10x8k=80k = 194k

Sound right?

-CM

Whitney Tilson has used the same method in his calculation. However, over the last couple of years Tilson has used a more conservative multiplier of 8 on pre-tax earnings per share.

So Tilson's method would be

114k+8x8k=178k

I think your method is probably closer to the true intrinsic value, but even with a conservative calculation Berkshire is still selling well below intrinsic value.

Although, Tilson does account for underwriting profits whereas Buffett does not. So all in all, if he uses an 8 multiple, the IV calculation is probably very similar to Buffett's.

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If you are going to capitalize earnings x8-10, shouldn't you take out debt?

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Simple valuation from the 2012 lettter:

Investments - 114k

Pre tax earnings - 8k

So, 114k + 10x8k=80k = 194k

Sound right?

-CM

I find that valuation both reasonable and rational.

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