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“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

— Warren Buffett

The above quote from Warren Buffett is timeless, and brings into focus the choice about time horizon that any investor should think about before buying a stock they are considering. Behind every stock is an actual business; what will that business look like over a twenty year period?

Today, let’s look backwards in time to 1999, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a twenty year holding period.

Start date: 05/03/1999


End date: 05/02/2019
Start price/share: $8.62
End price/share: $127.85
Starting shares: 1,159.42
Ending shares: 1,295.73
Dividends reinvested/share: $3.04
Total return: 1,556.59%
Average annual return: 15.06%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $165,636.12

As shown above, the twenty year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 15.06%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $165,636.12 today (as of 05/02/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,556.59% (something to think about: how might PVH shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that PVH Corp paid investors a total of $3.04/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 .15/share, we calculate that PVH has a current yield of approximately 0.12%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .15 against the original $8.62/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 1.39%.

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“This company looks cheap, that company looks cheap, but the overall economy could completely screw it up. The key is to wait. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to do nothing.” — David Tepper