Billionaire Buffett details his worst year leading Berkshire in a shareholder letter issued Saturday.
Berkshire reported $4.99 billion net income, or $3,224 per share, in 2008. That’s down from $13.21 billion, or $8,548, in 2007.
Buffett says the Omaha-based company’s book value assets minus liabilities declined 9.6 per cent to $70,530 per share in 2008.
Berkshire’s book value declined only one other time under Buffett, and that was a 6.2 per cent decline in 2001.
Two analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters on average expected Berkshire to report a 2008 profit of $5,534.50 per share.