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Berkshire Hathaway buying Precision Castparts for $32.3B

Manufacturer of components for aircraft, power plants and other industries also has subsidiaries with locations in Canada.


August 10, 2015
by The Canadian Press

OMAHA, Neb. – Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is buying Precision Castparts Corp. for about US$32.36 billion.

The announcement ended a weekend of speculation that a deal was in the works between the legendary investor and the maker of components for aircraft, power plants and other industrial uses.

Berkshire will pay $235 per share in cash for Precision Castparts’ outstanding stock. The deal is valued at about $37.2 billion, including debt.

Precision Castparts will keep its name and continue to be based in Portland, Oregon. According to the company’s website, it also has subsidiaries with several locations in Canada – including PCC Aerostructures Dorval Inc. near Montreal, Centra Industries in Cambridge, Ont. and two Southwest United sites in the Greater Toronto Area.

The company does a lot of business with the energy sector, and it has taken a hit with oil prices now nearing a six-year low.

Berkshire Hathaway is known for being involved in large transactions, among them the combination of Kraft and Heinz. It owns various businesses, including insurance and railroad companies, utility, clothing, furniture, brick, carpet, jewelry and pilot training firms. Berkshire Hathaway also has major investments in such companies as Coca-Cola, IBM and Wells Fargo & Co.

Buffett told CNBC that he would have bought the company even if he knew that energy prices were in the midst of a multiyear slump.

“We’re going to be in this business for 100 years, so it doesn’t really make any difference what oil and gas does in the next year,” Buffett said.

The boards of Precision Castparts and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. unanimously approved the transaction, which is expected to close in 2016’s first quarter.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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