FORT WORTH, Texas — The boards of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. announced a definitive agreement for Berkshire Hathaway to acquire for $100 per share in cash and stock the remaining 77.4 percent of outstanding BNI shares not currently owned to increase its holdings to 100 percent. Based on the number of outstanding BNI shares — including shares currently owned by Berkshire — on Nov. 2, the transaction is valued at approximately $44 billion, including $10 billion of outstanding BNSF debt, making it the largest acquisition in Berkshire Hathaway history.
GREENWICH, Conn. — Genesee & Wyoming Inc. reported net income in the third quarter of 2009 of $21.7 million, compared with net income of $21.2 million in the third quarter of 2008. GWI’s diluted earnings per share (EPS) in the third quarter of 2009 were $0.53 with 41.2 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared with diluted EPS of $0.58 with 36.6 million weighted average shares outstanding in the third quarter of 2008. GWI’s income from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2009 was $19.6 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared with income from continuing operations of $20.1 million,
PHILADELPHIA — Norfolk Southern and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are investing $11 million in the railroad’s Philadelphia Navy Yard intermodal facility to expand track and parking capacity. The expansion is part of Norfolk Southern’s multi-state Crescent Corridor initiative to establish a high-speed intermodal freight rail route between the Gulf Coast and the Northeast. The proposed investment — $6 million from Norfolk Southern and $5 million from Pennsylvania — will create the capacity to handle more than 72,000 containers and trailers annually. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2010. “Because of its strategic location to Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware,