BREAKING NEWS: Berkshire to Acquire $560 Million Axalta Stake

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April 7, 2015—Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to buy $560 million of stock in Axalta Coating Systems, according to a company press release.

Warren Buffett's company will purchase the stock from affiliates of the Carlyle Group LP.

Axalta said in a statement Tuesday that Berkshire is buying 20 million shares for $28 each.

“Berkshire is the type of quality investor that Axalta has been fortunate to attract since our IPO last year,” Axalta Chief Executive Officer Charlie Shaver said in a statement.

The Carlyle Group will still hold a 45 percent stake in the company after the sale.

Berkshire has made a quick ascension to becoming a major player in the collision repair industry over the last year. In October, the company reached an agreement to acquire the Van Tuyl Group, a 78-location dealership group with 32 body shops. Van Tuyl now operates under the name Berkshire Hathaway Automotive. 

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