“Berkshire has repurchased about 1% of its outstanding shares during each quarter in 2021. Its current market value is around $648 billion. Berkshire has repurchased $20.2 billion of stock so far in 2021 and is on pace for about $27 billion for the full year, above the $24.7 billion repurchased in 2020.”

If you’re in a secular bull market in oil and the offer side on new assets is too high you should be shrinking the denominator, right?

The Fine Print

Two items brought up by readers in the past 24 hours:

#1: White card lays down a footnote to make clear their opinion on where the vote stands.  We start with an excerpt from the letter that Barry and Norris sent to HK and Tessler:

While we were pleased to receive the recommendation from ISS yesterday, we understand that this will remain a close election.1

Here is the corresponding footnote.

1         SoftVest, L.P., Horizon Kinetics LLC and ART-FGT Family Partners disagree with this statement.


#2:  The following two statements can be found in the recently published 10-Q.  The two, when read together, indicate that the Trust didn’t repurchase any shares in all of April.  A few possibilities come to mind: 1) the Trust is somehow restricted on the stock due to the pending vote, 2) the Trust is dedicating marginal cash to PP&E, or 3) Trust management is avoiding further concentrating the ownership stakes of those that they consider dissidents.  Must be a pretty big deal to deviate from a capital return strategy that is decades/centuries in the making and we know the balance sheet is anything but cash poor.

Sub-share Certificates in Certificates of Proprietary Interest, par value $.03 1/3 each; outstanding 7,756,156 and 7,762,414 Sub-share Certificates as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively

As of April 30, 2019, the Registrant had 7,756,156 Sub-share Certificates outstanding.