Charlie Munger: Why Berkshire Bought Anadarko Petroleum? | Redlands Forum 2020【C:C.M Ep.185】

Charlie Munger: Why Berkshire Bought Anadarko Petroleum? | Redlands Forum 2020【C:C.M Ep.185】



JACK DANGERMOND: Last summer, you bought Anadarko big oil company.




JACK DANGERMOND: And you described – I think you just gotten back from being with Warren for the weekend.




JACK DANGERMOND: You were describing that you didn't do all the analytics and you didn't do all of the research but you used your bag of tricks. And you flew out to Omaha, you and Warren spent the weekend, you called up the president Bank of America, got the money, made the deal.


CHARLIE MUNGER: No, I didn't go to Omaha.


JACK DANGERMOND: Where did you go?


CHARLIE MUNGER: No, no, I stay. We have a telephone. (Laughter & Applause)


JACK DANGERMOND: You talk – (Laughter) Okay, you talked to Warren about it.


CHARLIE MUNGER: Anyway – (Laughter)


JACK DANGERMOND: Yeah, but you made it in about two days and it was like –






CHARLIE MUNGER: Warren didn't need. Warren and I have been together so long that just one grunt we can speak of volume. (Laughter)

And no, it's perfectly obvious the Permian Basin is our number one oil reservoir and we don't have another like it. And it's perfectly obvious, you have a preferred stock that you have an advantage over everybody else and plus an upside. And so we've done this kind of thing before too. So, of course we did it.

And it's not very difficult, but you're right, there are all kinds of organizations, endless due diligence and... We knew enough to act –


JACK DANGERMOND: Based on the rules.


CHARLIE MUNGER: – where they were in a hurry. Yes, but, you don't need perfect. If you're 96 percent sure that's all you're entitled to in many cases.

And I see these people doing this due diligence and the weaker they are as a thinkers the more due diligence they do. And of course, it's just a way of allaying and enter and security. And of course, it doesn't work.

You got to be able to quickly understand, how much brains does it take to know the Permian Basin is America's best oil reserve? It's layer after layer after layer, you know, there is nothing like comparable.




CHARLIE MUNGER: And if you have an eight percent dividend off the top, from a perfectly reputable place, very talented people. The woman that runs that is a production engineer, she's good. And they get better results in that shale than other people. And so it's a no-brainer. At least it's a no-brainer if you don't make it hard.

But I see people, if you – In America now, they do these leveraged buyouts and these firms do what they call due diligence and they will send armies of young lawyers out at high rates per hour riffle through all the purchasing orders at a place like Esri.


JACK DANGERMOND: Don't even think about it. (Laughter)


CHARLIE MUNGER: No, I'm not thinking about. But they – my point is they knew Esri wouldn't.

You don't have to look through the purchasing orders to know Esri is a good business. And yeah, I don't think people are that insecure mentally ought to be in positions of decision-making power. (Applause)



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