“I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.”
— Warren Buffett
The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a longterm investment horizon, where a five year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Baker Hughes, A GE Company (NYSE: BHGE)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2014.
Start date:  05/07/2014 


End date:  05/06/2019  
Start price/share:  $71.29  
End price/share:  $23.94  
Starting shares:  140.27  
Ending shares:  151.78  
Dividends reinvested/share:  $3.29  
Total return:  63.66%  
Average annual return:  18.33%  
Starting investment:  $10,000.00  
Ending investment:  $3,633.40 
As we can see, the five year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of 18.33%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $3,633.40 today (as of 05/06/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 63.66% (something to think about: how might BHGE shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Baker Hughes, A GE Company paid investors a total of $3.29/share in dividends over the 5 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 .72/share, we calculate that BHGE has a current yield of approximately 3.01%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .72 against the original $71.29/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 4.22%.
More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Anyone who is not investing now is missing a tremendous opportunity.” — Carlos Slim