OMAHA, Neb., Aug 01, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B)

Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B)’s operating results for the second quarter and first six months of 2014 are summarized in the following paragraphs. However, we urge investors and reporters to read our 10-Q, which has been posted at . The limited information that follows in this press release is not adequate for making an informed investment judgment.

Earnings of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries for the second quarter and first six months of 2014 and 2013 are summarized below. Earnings are stated on an after-tax basis. (Dollar amounts are in millions, except for per share amounts).

Second QuarterFirst Six Months
Operating earnings$4,331$3,919$7,864$7,701
Investment and derivative gains/losses –
Net earnings attributable to Berkshire shareholders$6,395$4,541$11,100$9,433
Operating earnings per Class A equivalent share$2,634$2,384$4,783$4,686
Investment and derivative gains/losses per Class A equivalent share1,2553791,9681,054
Net earnings per Class A equivalent share attributable to Berkshire shareholders$3,889$2,763$6,751$5,740
Average Class A equivalent shares outstanding1,644,3701,643,5991,644,2151,643,391
Note:  Per share amounts for the Class B shares are 1/1,500th those shown for the Class A.
An analysis of Berkshire’s operating earnings follows (dollar amounts are in millions).
Second QuarterFirst Six Months
Insurance-investment income1,1311,1441,8511,943
Non-insurance businesses2,8352,3725,1824,617
Operating earnings$4,331$3,919$7,864$7,701

In the table at the top of the page (which, as noted, reports after-tax results), we give investment and derivative gains (losses) lines of their own because the amounts of these in any given quarter or year is often meaningless.

Since the beginning of the year, Berkshire’s shareholders’ equity has increased $12.1 billion and our book value per Class A equivalent share has increased by 5.6% to $142,483. Insurance float (the net liabilities we assume under insurance contracts) at June 30, 2014 was $78.5 billion.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures. The reconciliations of such measures to the most comparable GAAP figures in accordance with Regulation G

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