Berkshire Hathaway Increases Verisign Position ~ market folly

Monday, August 4, 2014

Berkshire Hathaway Increases Verisign Position

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has filed an amended 13G with the SEC.  Per the filing, Berkshire Hathaway no owns 10.4% of the company with 12,985,000 shares.

This marks an increase of over 1.29 million shares since the end of the first quarter.  The filing was made due to activity on July 31st.

This investment was likely originally made by Buffett's newest portfolio managers: Todd Combs and Ted Weschler.  Since they've joined, Berkshire has accumulated shares.  Thus far this year, VRSN has slipped from $62.95 down to a low of $46.45 before rebounding slightly to current levels of $54.84.

Verisign has been hit with a bit of uncertainty as news came out earlier in the year that the US Department of Commerce will relinquish control of ICANN.

Per Google Finance, Verisign "is a provider of Internet infrastructure services. The Company provides network confidence and availability for mission-critical Internet services, such as domain name registry services and infrastructure assurance services. Its service capabilities enable real-time name resolution for a number of global top level domains (TLDs), enable domain name registration through registrars, and provide security intelligence and cloud-based network availability services to enterprise customers. It has one reportable segment is Naming Services, which consists of Registry Services and Network Intelligence and Availability (NIA) Services. It has operations inside as well as outside the United States (U.S.). Registry Services operates the authoritative directory of all .com, .net, .cc, .tv, and .name domain names and the back-end systems for all .gov, .jobs and .edu domain names."

For more, check out notes from Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting as well as Warren Buffett's annual letter.

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