Skip to comments.Berkshire Hathaway’s $5 Billion Investment in Goldman Sachs in 2008 Has Resulted in a 50% Return
Posted on 02/02/2012 7:48:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind
On September 24, 2008, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), (BRK.B) and Goldman Sachs (GS) entered into an agreement in which Berkshire Hathaway purchased $5 billion of Goldmans preferred shares paying a 10% dividend. Berkshire also received warrants granting it the right to buy $5 billion of Goldman Sachs common stock at $115 per share (or 43.5 million shares) through October 1, 2013.
Goldman Sachs called the preferred stock for redemption on April 18, 2011 at a premium of 10% over par value, plus accrued and unpaid dividends. As a result, Berkshire Hathaway earned approximately $1.75 billion ($1.25 billion in dividends plus a redemption premium of $500 million) in 2½ years on its investment of $5 billion. This represents a return of 35% over this time period from the preferred stock alone.
At Goldman Sachss closing price of $109.73 per share on January 30, 2012, what are its warrants worth? Although these warrants are currently out of the money since the underlying common shares are selling below the strike price of $115, they have considerable value which can be estimated using a Black Scholes calculator.
When applying a strike price of $115, stock price of $109.73, time remaining of 605 days, historical volatility of 38.8% (source: TD Ameritrade), and a risk free interest rate of 0.2% (2-Year U.S. Treasury), each warrant is valued at $19.76. Therefore, Berkshires 43.5 million warrants have a total current value of $860 million.
When adding the current value of $860 million from its Goldman Sachs warrants to its return of $1.75 billion from Goldmans preferred stock, Berkshires total return can be valued at approximately $2.6 billion, or more than 50% of its $5 billion investment.
This provides further evidence of how Warren Buffett has recently created shareholder value for Berkshire Hathaway.
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And this came AFTER Hank Paulson called Buffett and asked him what to do re: Wall Street bank meltdown. This series of conversations are dutifully note in Paulson’s book so there is no question as to where the info came from, how it was transmitted and what and how much Buffett was buying along with his demands for preferred stock.