Buffett on Good Businesses

By Warren Buffett This article is an excerpt from Warren Buffett’s Letter to Berkshire Shareholders, 1987 Gypsy Rose Lee announced on one of her later birthdays: “I have everything I had last year; it’s just that it’s all two inches lower.” As the table shows, during 1987 almost all of our businesses aged in a more upbeat way. […]

Buffett’s Valuation Metrics

Question: What valuation metrics do you use? Buffett: The appropriate multiple for a business compared to the S&P 500 depends on its return on equity and return on incremental invested capital. I wouldn’t look at a single valuation metric like relative P/E ratio. I don’t think price-to-earnings, price-to-book or price-to-sales ratios tell you very much. […]

Warren Buffett’s Discount Rate

Question: When you estimate intrinsic value in capital intensive companies like McDonald’s and Walgreens where a very healthy and growing operating cash flow is largely offset by expenditures for new stores, restaurants, etc how do you estimate future free cash flow? And at what rate do you discount those cash flows? Warren Buffett: We use […]

Buffett’s Hurdle Rate

Question: What’s your investment hurdle rate? Warren Buffett: 10% is the figure we quit on — we don’t want to buy equities when the real return we expect is less than 10%, whether interest rates are 6% or 1%. It’s arbitrary. 10% is not that great after tax. [CM: We’re guessing at our future opportunity […]

Buffett Talks about Diversification

Question: What are your views on diversification? Buffett: I have 2 views on diversification. If you are a professional and have confidence, then I would advocate lots of concentration. For everyone else, if it’s not your game, participate in total diversification. The economy will do fine over time. Make sure you don’t buy at the […]

Buffett on Asset Allocation

Question: What do you think of setting an asset allocation? Warren Buffett: We don’t hold any committee meetings. The business of saying you should have 50% in stocks, 30% in bonds…it’s nonsense. The idea of recommending that assets should be split 60/40 [between stocks and bonds], and then have a big announcement that you’re moving […]

Buffett on Share Repurchases

Gillette doesn’t repurchase their shares … Coke consistently repurchases their shares. We generally like the policy of companies that have really wonderful businesses repurchasing their shares. The problem with most companies repurchasing their shares is that they are frequently so-so businesses and they are repurchasing shares for purposes other than intensifying the interest of shareholders […]