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“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 long-term 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 ex-date 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