Berkshire Hathaway's profit drops 37 percent on lower investment values, insurance losses

MarketsAssociated Press

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway reported a 37 percent drop in its second-quarter profit as the paper value of its investments fell and its insurance companies reported an underwriting loss.

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Berkshire Hathaway's net income fell to $4.01 billion, or $2,442 per Class A share. That's down from last year's $6.4 billion, or $3,889 per share. Those results were helped by a $1.1 billion paper gain on a stock exchange deal.

Revenue grew 3 percent to $51.4 billion.

The four analysts surveyed by FactSet expected Berkshire to report operating earnings per Class A share of $2,997.14. By that measure — which excludes investments and derivatives — Berkshire reported per share profit of $2,367, down from $2,634.