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Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) Q2 Earnings: What's In Store?

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. BRK.B is expected to report second-quarter 2017 results on Aug 4 after the market closes. Last quarter, the company delivered a negative earnings surprise of 15.79%. Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

Factors to be Considered this Quarter

Berkshire Hathaway is likely to report higher catastrophe losses in the soon-to-be-reported quarter, which in turn will render volatility to the company’s earnings. The company has also likely witnessed weaker underwriting results in the second quarter.

The property and casualty (P&C) insurer has also likely experienced a decline in operating earnings across Insurance Operations and Finance & Financial products segments.

Further, the company’s most non-insurance subsidiary, BNSF, has likely incurred higher capital expenditure in the second quarter.

However, the company’s Railroad, Utilities and Energy units have likely witnessed a rise in operating revenues. In addition, the segment has possibly displayed improved net earnings in the yet-to-be-reported quarter, driven by increased earnings from the railroad as well as energy businesses.

With respect to the surprise trend, the company delivered...


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