Letter - Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Feb 27, 2016 - spends considerably more on advertising aimed at promoting growth.) With the price advantage GEICO's low costs allow, it's not surprising that several years ago the company seized the number two spot in auto insurance from Allstate. GEICO is also gaining ground on State Farm, though it is still far ahead ...
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Berkshire’s Performance vs. the S&P 500

Year 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

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in Per-Share Book Value of Berkshire 23.8 20.3 11.0 19.0 16.2 12.0 16.4 21.7 4.7 5.5 21.9 59.3 31.9 24.0 35.7 19.3 31.4 40.0 32.3 13.6 48.2 26.1 19.5 20.1 44.4 7.4 39.6 20.3 14.3 13.9 43.1 31.8 34.1 48.3 0.5 6.5 (6.2) 10.0 21.0 10.5 6.4 18.4 11.0 (9.6) 19.8 13.0 4.6 14.4 18.2 8.3 6.4

Compounded Annual Gain – 1965-2015 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Overall Gain – 1964-2015 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

19.2% 798,981%

Annual Percentage Change in Per-Share Market Value of Berkshire 49.5 (3.4) 13.3 77.8 19.4 (4.6) 80.5 8.1 (2.5) (48.7) 2.5 129.3 46.8 14.5 102.5 32.8 31.8 38.4 69.0 (2.7) 93.7 14.2 4.6 59.3 84.6 (23.1) 35.6 29.8 38.9 25.0 57.4 6.2 34.9 52.2 (19.9) 26.6 6.5 (3.8) 15.8 4.3 0.8 24.1 28.7 (31.8) 2.7 21.4 (4.7) 16.8 32.7 27.0 (12.5) 20.8% 1,598,284%

in S&P 500 with Dividends Included 10.0 (11.7) 30.9 11.0 (8.4) 3.9 14.6 18.9 (14.8) (26.4) 37.2 23.6 (7.4) 6.4 18.2 32.3 (5.0) 21.4 22.4 6.1 31.6 18.6 5.1 16.6 31.7 (3.1) 30.5 7.6 10.1 1.3 37.6 23.0 33.4 28.6 21.0 (9.1) (11.9) (22.1) 28.7 10.9 4.9 15.8 5.5 (37.0) 26.5 15.1 2.1 16.0 32.4