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Berkshire Hathaway Agrees to $4.1 Million Iran Sanctions Settlement

By Lou Whiteman – Updated Oct 20, 2020 at 12:25PM

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A Turkish subsidiary got caught up in international intrigue.

Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A 0.05%) (BRK.B -0.03%) has agreed to pay $4.1 million to settle charges a Turkish subsidiary illegally did business with Iran between 2012 and 2016.

The U.S. Treasury Department today announced the settlement stemming from 144 apparent violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations.

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The charges involve Berkshire subsidiary Iscar Turkey, which exported 144 shipments of cutting tools and related products with a total value of $383,443 to two third-party Turkish distributors. The Treasury says that Iscar Turkey knew the products were to be shipped to a distributor in Iran for resale to Iranian users, including several entities later identified as meeting the definition of the Government of Iran.

Iscar Turkey is part of IMC International Metalworking, an Israeli company that Berkshire first invested in in 2006 and acquired outright for $2 billion in 2013.

The Treasury said that Berkshire self-disclosed the apparent violations on behalf of Iscar Turkey, and that the apparent violations would constitute an egregious case.

Lou Whiteman owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway (B shares). The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Berkshire Hathaway (B shares) and recommends the following options: short January 2021 $200 puts on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares), long January 2021 $200 calls on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares), and short December 2020 $210 calls on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares). The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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