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What to Expect from Berkshire Hathaway’s 1Q18 Earnings

Robert Karr
What to Expect from Berkshire Hathaway’s 1Q18 Earnings

In 1Q18, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) is expected to post EPS (earnings per share) of $3,115, a rise of 44% on a YoY (year-over-year) basis aided by lower taxes, targeted efficiencies in BNSF, and an expected decline in claims from its insurance business. Berkshire is expected to see a 9.9% fall in its top line to $58.7 billion in 1Q18 due to subdued growth in underwriting fees and the services sector. In 4Q17, Berkshire posted EPS of $2,029, which were affected by underwriting losses and the subdued performance of its energy subsidiary.