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Warren Buffett invests in Lanxess

by Alex Scott
June 5, 2017 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 95, ISSUE 23

Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company run by famed investor Warren Buffett, has acquired a 3% stake in specialty chemical producer Lanxess for $208 million. News of the purchase boosted Lanxess’s share price by about 10%. Berkshire’s investment appears to endorse Lanxess’s strategy to reduce costs, off-load commodity chemicals, and expand into specialties. Lanxess sold half its rubber business to Saudi Aramco for $1.3 billion in 2015 and acquired Chemtura for $2.5 billion last year. Buffett has a fondness for the chemical industry. Berkshire owns the chemical maker Lubrizol and for eight years owned $3 billion in preferred Dow Chemical shares.

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