Despite the significant volatility in the US stock market, there still appear to be deals worth pursuing – at least according to Warren Buffet. The billionaire’s Berkshire Hathaway has caved in and purchased Dominion Energy’s natural gas transmission and storage assets for a total of $4 billion and $5.7 billion in debt.
This significant purchase marks the first for the conglomerate since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting market crash. Back in May, Buffet stated that Berkshire had been hoarding a total of approximately $137 billion in cash while stock markets collapsed due to lack of feasible deals – until now.
With Berkshire’s new acquisition, Dominion has been focusing on transitioning to a pure-play regulated utility firm with a concentration on deriving clean energy from solar, wind, and natural gas. As such, the company is anticipating that at least 90% of its future earnings will be derived from its various utility companies that deliver energy to over 7 million customers across the US.
In the meantime, Dominion revealed that it will be terminating the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline project alongside Duke Energy, and will also be anticipating a reduction in its operating earnings for the remainder of the year. However, Berkshire sees this new acquisition as a positive step towards developing its footprint in the natural gas market.
Before the acquisition, Berkshire accounted for 8% of interstate natural gas transmission across the US; now however, the conglomerate will be responsible for 18% of natural gas transmission. Furthermore, with the 100% purchase of Dominion, Berkshire will also be acquiring Carolina Gas Transmission and Questar Pipeline, in addition to 50% of the Ironquois Gas Transmission System, and 25% of Cove Point LNG.
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