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“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”

— Warren Buffett

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a twenty year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Newell Brands Inc (NASD: NWL)? Today, we examine the outcome of a twenty year investment into the stock back in 1999.

Start date: 04/26/1999


End date: 04/24/2019
Start price/share: $49.44
End price/share: $14.23
Starting shares: 202.28
Ending shares: 353.39
Dividends reinvested/share: $14.15
Total return: -49.71%
Average annual return: -3.38%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $5,025.95

As shown above, the twenty year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of -3.38%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $5,025.95 today (as of 04/24/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of -49.71% (something to think about: how might NWL shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Newell Brands Inc paid investors a total of $14.15/share in dividends over the 20 holding period, marking a second component of the total return beyond share price change alone. Much like watering a tree, reinvesting dividends can help an investment to grow over time — for the above calculations we assume dividend reinvestment (and for this exercise the closing price on ex-date is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).

Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of .92/share, we calculate that NWL has a current yield of approximately 6.47%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .92 against the original $49.44/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 13.09%.

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.” — Warren Buffett