Saturday, February 19, 2011

Buffet Likes Companies With Pricing Power

From Bloomberg, "Buffett Says Pricing Power Beats Good Management When Evaluating Companies" by Andrew Frye and Dakin Campbell:
Warren Buffett, the billionaire chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., said he rates businesses on their ability to raise prices and sometimes doesn’t even consider the people in charge.

“The single most important decision in evaluating a business is pricing power,” Buffett told the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in an interview released by the panel last week. “If you’ve got the power to raise prices without losing business to a competitor, you’ve got a very good business. And if you have to have a prayer session before raising the price by 10 percent, then you’ve got a terrible business.”

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