Warren Buffett and Dividends

I am quoted in a Chicago Tribune (Kiplinger’s) article today on Warren Buffett and dividends:

This year’s annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders on May 2 promises to be extra special as Berkshire celebrates its 50th anniversary. CEO Warren Buffett, who is 84 years old, and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, 91, are likely to address what’s ahead for the company.

One question that could come up is whether Berkshire will ever pay a dividend. And Buffett’s answer is likely to be, “Not while I’m CEO,” says David Kass, a finance professor at the University of Maryland who follows Buffett closely. “Buffett likes receiving dividends, not paying them,” he says. However, Buffett recently hinted that Berkshire could start paying dividends in 10 to 20 years, when, presumably, he will no longer be calling the shots.”

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This article is based on an earlier Kiplinger’s article (March 2, 2015):

“When it comes to dividends, Warren Buffett is happy to collect them but not to pay them. His holding company, Berkshire Hathaway (symbol BRK-B), has never paid out any of its profits to shareholders. But when the Oracle of Omaha looks for companies to invest in, he often focuses on businesses that repurchase shares or issue dividends, or both. “Buffett likes companies that return cash to shareholders,” says David Kass, a finance professor at the University of Maryland who owns Berkshire shares and follows Buffett’s moves closely.”

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