Shares of Markel fell hard after announcing that it would be buying Alterra Capital . Why did the market take this acquisition so badly? In this video, Motley Fool analyst Matt Koppenheffer discusses how this deal is going to cause share dilution for shareholders, and why the market may feel that this "Baby Berkshire" may not have the best track record of growing through acquisitions. He also gives his final thumbs-up or thumbs-down on the deal and tells us why.

Warren Buffett's long track record of success has made him one of the best investors of all time. With Buffett at the helm, Berkshire Hathaway has grown book value per share at a compounded annual rate of 19.8% for nearly 50 years! Despite an incredible historical track record, investors have to understand the key issues to watch moving forward. To help investors, the Fool's resident Berkshire Hathaway expert, Joe Magyer, has created this premium research report on the company. Inside you'll receive ongoing updates as key news hits, as well as reasons to both buy and sell the stock. Claim a copy by clicking here now.


The article A Brutal Beating for Baby Berkshire originally appeared on Fool.com.

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