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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 Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2014.

Start date: 06/04/2014


End date: 06/03/2019
Start price/share: $65.39
End price/share: $21.60
Starting shares: 152.93
Ending shares: 165.88
Dividends reinvested/share: $3.39
Total return: -64.17%
Average annual return: -18.56%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $3,582.52

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of -18.56%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $3,582.52 today (as of 06/03/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of -64.17% (something to think about: how might HAL shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Halliburton Company paid investors a total of $3.39/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 HAL has a current yield of approximately 3.33%. 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 $65.39/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 5.09%.

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“When you sell in desperation, you always sell cheap.” — Peter Lynch