“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 two-decade 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 Idexx Laboratories, Inc. (NASD: IDXX), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a two-decade holding period.
|Average annual return:||20.33%|
As shown above, the two-decade investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 20.33%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $405,432.67 today (as of 05/29/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 3,956.56% (something to think about: how might IDXX shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Another great investment quote to think about:
“Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up.” — Charlie Munger