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“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”

— 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 SBA Communications Corp (NASD: SBAC), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a two-decade holding period.

Start date: 06/17/1999


End date: 06/11/2019
Start price/share: $8.69
End price/share: $223.27
Starting shares: 1,151.08
Ending shares: 1,151.08
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 2,470.01%
Average annual return: 17.63%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $257,139.47

The above analysis shows the two-decade investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 17.63%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $257,139.47 today (as of 06/11/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 2,470.01% (something to think about: how might SBAC shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine.” — Benjamin Graham