“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”
— Warren Buffett
The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a longterm investment horizon, where a decadelong holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Hess Corp (NYSE: HES)? Today, we examine the outcome of a decadelong investment into the stock back in 2009.
Start date:  05/13/2009 


End date:  05/10/2019  
Start price/share:  $59.91  
End price/share:  $63.58  
Starting shares:  166.92  
Ending shares:  189.49  
Dividends reinvested/share:  $7.45  
Total return:  20.48%  
Average annual return:  1.88%  
Starting investment:  $10,000.00  
Ending investment:  $12,046.68 
The above analysis shows the decadelong investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 1.88%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $12,046.68 today (as of 05/10/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 20.48% (something to think about: how might HES shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Hess Corp paid investors a total of $7.45/share in dividends over the 10 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 exdate is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 1/share, we calculate that HES has a current yield of approximately 1.57%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1 against the original $59.91/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 2.62%.
One more investment quote to leave you with:
“He who earns and does not invest will have to work for the rest of his life.” — Debasish Mridha