Berkshire Hathaway Invests $560 Million For 8.7% Stake In Axalta

Berkshire Hathaway Invests $560 Million For 8.7% Stake In Axalta by Dr. David Kass

Berkshire Hathaway is investing $560 million to acquire 20 million shares of Axalta Coating Systems Ltd (AXTA) at $28.00 per share for an 8.7% stake from controlling shareholder Carlyle Group which currently owns 74% of the company.

Berkshire owns Lubrizol, the maker of lubricants and Benjamin Moore, which sells paint for use in buildings. Axalta’s paints and coatings are used for vehicles and pipelines, with automobile repair shops being its primary customers.

Carlyle bought AXTA from DuPont in 2013 in a $4.9 billion deal and took the company public in November, 2014 in a $1 billion offering that was priced at $19.50 a share.

Berkshire Hathaway Invests $560 Million For 8.7% Stake In Axalta



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Dr. David Kass
David I Kass Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Finance Ph.D., Harvard University Robert H. Smith School of Business 4412 Van Munching Hall University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742-1815 Phone: 301-405-9683 Email: dkass@rhsmith.umd.edu (link sends e-mail) Dr. David Kass has published articles in corporate finance, industrial organization, and health economics. He currently teaches Advanced Financial Management and Business Finance, and is the Faculty Champion for the Accelerated Finance Fellows. Prior to joining the faculty of the Smith School in 2004, he held senior positions with the Federal Government (Federal Trade Commission, General Accounting Office, Department of Defense, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis). Dr. Kass has recently appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, PBS Nightly Business Report, Maryland Public Television, Business News Network TV (Canada), Fox TV, American Public Media's Marketplace Radio, and WYPR Radio (Baltimore), and has been quoted on numerous occasions by Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal, where he has primarily discussed Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway. He has also launched a Smith School “Warren Buffett” blog. Dr. Kass has accompanied MBA students on trips to Omaha for private meetings with Warren Buffett, and Finance Fellows to Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meetings. He is an officer of the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, DC, and is a member of the investment and budget committees of a local nonprofit organization. Dr. Kass received a Smith School “Top 15% Teaching Award” for the 2009-2010 academic year.