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Warren Buffett's company to buy Duracell for $3B

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Posted at 7:32 AM, Nov 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-13 08:32:22-05

Warren Buffett's company Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying the Duracell battery brand in what is speculated to be the most lucrative sale ever for Procter & Gamble Co.

The announcement was made Thursday morning by Berkshire Hathaway officials, indicating the deal would be worth approximately $3 billion.

Procter & Gamble announced it was exiting the battery business on Oct. 24, putting Duracell up for sale. The brand generated $2 billion in annual sales for Cincinnati-based P&G, according to WCPO. The company absorbed Duracell in 2005 as part of the Gillette family of brands.

The Associated Press reported that the new purchase will include P&G receiving shares of its own stock currently held by Berkshire Hathaway. Those shares are currently worth about $4.7 billion. The deal won't close until the second half of 2015, according to the AP.

The Duracell deal may be P&G's biggest sale ever, according to financial data firm S&P Capital IQ.

 

 

S&P Capital IQ also reported this was the biggest acquisition made by Berkshire Hathaway since February 2013 when it bought Heinz for $28.6 billion.