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10% Warren Buffett Premium in Berkshire: Analyst


If you’re a serious investor, chances are you’ll have an ear perked toward Nebraska this week-end.

More than 40,000 people are heading to Omaha for Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting.

Of course investors will be looking to hear about the business performance and Buffett’s outlook on the economy – but this year, the number one question will undoubtedly have to do with Warren Buffett’s health.

Last month Buffettstunned the Street by announcing he intended to undergo treatment for prostate cancer in July. However, he was quick to add, his prognosis was very, very good.

Although Buffett is typically reluctant to reveal details about his personal life - Stifel Nicolaus analyst Meyer Shields thinks that won’t be an option this year.

“I think embedded in Berkshire is a Warren Bufftett premium of around 10%,” he says. Knowing about Warren Buffett’s health is crucial.

Shields has a hold rating on the stock.

Famed market timer Doug Kass told us something similar on April 17th. “Valuations must now be adjusted,” he said at the time. "The premium accorded in the marketplace for Buffett must be reduced because there is an unknown now."

Hedge fund manager Whitney Tilsonis on the other side of the trade entirely.

“We believe there’s a good chance that Buffett will be running the company for the next 5 years and maybe even the next 10 years and the cancer announcement doesn’t change that," he said on April 19th.

Tilson has a rough price target on Berkshire of $180,000 per Berkshire A-share and says, "we do not factor in one dollar of Warren Buffett premium. We simply take the investments per share and put a modest multiple on the operating earnings on the business."

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