Berkshire Enters into Agreement to Acquire Wesco; “Afternoon With Charlie” Planned

Berkshire Hathaway and Wesco Financial Corporation have announced a definitive merger agreement in which Berkshire will acquire the remaining 19.9 percent of Wesco’s common stock that it does not currently own. Berkshire announced its intention to pursue the acquisition in August 2010 and the final terms of the agreement appear to mirror the initial offer. Read this article for more details.

Berkshire Hathaway Will Not Increase Wesco Bid

Warren Buffett is not planning to increase the terms of his offer for the 19.9 percent stake in Wesco Financial Corporation that Berkshire does not already own. In a filing with the SEC today, Mr. Buffett characterizes the current offer as “fair” and clearly states that Berkshire has “no interest in effecting a transaction at a higher price”. Read this article for more details.

CORT Acquires Lounge22 Rental Business

According to a press release issued today, CORT has acquired the rental operations of Lounge22, including product and exclusive rights to market the rental brand on a global basis. CORT is a subsidiary of Wesco Financial Corporation which is an 80 percent owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. Last week, Berkshire Hathaway filed a disclosure with the SEC indicating that it will attempt to acquire the 20 percent of Wesco that it does not already own. Read this article for more details.

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