Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who came to the aid of a struggling Bank of America back in 2011 with a $5 billion investment, has turned that into a paper profit of more than $11 billion after exercising his right to buy 700 million shares of the bank’s common stock at a bargain-basement price.
After Tuesday’s market close, Bank of America confirmed in a press release that Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway had exercised its warrants to buy 700 million of the bank’s common stock at $7.14 per share, a steep discount to the bank’s Tuesday’s closing price of $23.58. The purchase was made with preferred shares Berkshire acquired through its investment in the bank in August 2011.
The deal makes Buffett’s Berkshire the largest shareholder of Bank of America.
Source: USA Today