Buffett-owned DaVita plunges 9% after soaring on midterm elections

DaVita shares plunged more than 9 percent Thursday, threatening to erase all of the dialysis provider’s gains the day before.

Investors sold off DaVita after the Denver-based company reported late Wednesday third-quarter earnings of 56 cents per share on revenue of $2.85 billion, missing Wall Street projections on both. Analysts had expected earnings of 87 cents per share in addition to $2.93 billion in revenue, according to data compiled by Refinitiv.

The disappointing earnings erased almost all of the 9.9 percent rally within the shares Wednesday after California voters rejected a measure in which could have cut into the company’s profits.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns a 23 percent stake in DaVita.

The ballot measure could have capped the amount of money dialysis providers within the state can earn on treating certain patients.

Pushed by the Service Employees International Union, the measure could have limited the revenue dialysis providers could earn through rates through privately insured patients to 115 percent of the costs to provide the care.

DaVita, which operates half of all the chronic dialysis clinics within the state, had shelled out $66.6 million of the more than $110 million spent by the industry lobbying against Proposition 8.

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