“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 DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc (NASD: XRAY)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2014.
Start date:  05/15/2014 


End date:  05/14/2019  
Start price/share:  $45.96  
End price/share:  $54.87  
Starting shares:  217.58  
Ending shares:  224.29  
Dividends reinvested/share:  $1.59  
Total return:  23.07%  
Average annual return:  4.24%  
Starting investment:  $10,000.00  
Ending investment:  $12,307.56 
As we can see, the five year investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 4.24%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $12,307.56 today (as of 05/14/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 23.07% (something to think about: how might XRAY shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc paid investors a total of $1.59/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 .35/share, we calculate that XRAY has a current yield of approximately 0.64%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .35 against the original $45.96/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 1.39%.
One more investment quote to leave you with:
“It’s not how much money you make, but how much money you keep.” — Robert Kiyosaki