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Berkshire Hathaway reported record annual profit

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said fourth-quarter profit rose 9.6 percent on gains at insurance units.

Net income climbed to $4.99 billion, or $3,035 a share, from $4.55 billion, or $2,757, a year earlier, Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire said today in a statement. Operating earnings were $2,297 per share, beating the $2,204 average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

For the full year, Berkshire’s profit was $19.5 billion, eclipsing the 2012 record annual profit of $14.8 billion. Buffett’s cash hoard stood at $48.2 billion on Dec. 31, compared with $42.1 billion at the end of September.

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