“At the time I felt that GEICO possessed an extraordinary business advantage in a very large industry that was going to continue to grow. Since that time they never have lost that advantage – the ability to give the policyholder back in losses a greater percentage of the premium dollar than any other auto insurance company in the country, while still providing a profit to the company. I always have been attracted to the low cost operator in any business and, when you can find a combination of (i) an extremely large business, (ii) a more or less homogenous product, and (iii) a very large gap in operating costs between the low cost operator and all of the other companies in the industry, you have a really attractive investment situation. That situation prevailed twenty-five years ago when I first became interested in the company, and it still prevails.”
“Warren Buffett recently gave the WSJ a letter he wrote in 1976 to one of Berkshire’s top executives. In the letter, Warren Buffett explained his reasoning behind the GEICO purchase.” (Source: ValueWalk.com)
See here for this letter about GEICO, written by Warren back in 1976.
1951 GEICO Research Report
Another good read, also about GEICO, is the reprinted research report The Security I Like the Best, written by Warren back in the end of 1951.
See here for this report that was included in the Berkshire Annual report from 2005 on page 24.
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