It’s the turn of Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) parent firm Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to reveal its interim financial results – and it’s a half-full/half-empty scenario, depending on what period you’re looking at.
In the second quarter of 2020, the multinational conglomerate enjoyed $26.30 billion in net earnings attributable to Berkshire shareholders – a major rebound from Q1’s $49.75 billion attributable net loss. The amount also signifies a significant improvement from the earnings ($14.07 billion) made in last year’s second quarter.
In terms of operating earnings for the group’s insurance underwriting business, the Q2 figure stood at $806 million, which is an increase from $353 million in 2019. Insurance investment income in the quarter went up as well, albeit only slightly.
The first-half numbers, however, tell a different story for Berkshire.
For the six-month span, the BHSI parent was hit with a $23.45 billion net loss attributable to Berkshire shareholders. In the same period in 2019, the group posted attributable earnings worth $35.73 billion.
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