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“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”

— Warren Buffett

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a decade-long holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Hess Corp (NYSE: HES)? Today, we examine the outcome of a decade-long investment into the stock back in 2009.

Start date: 07/02/2009


End date: 07/01/2019
Start price/share: $49.65
End price/share: $64.27
Starting shares: 201.41
Ending shares: 229.26
Dividends reinvested/share: $7.60
Total return: 47.35%
Average annual return: 3.95%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $14,732.99

As we can see, the decade-long investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 3.95%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $14,732.99 today (as of 07/01/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 47.35% (something to think about: how might HES shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Dividends are always an important investment factor to consider, and Hess Corp has paid $7.60/share in dividends to shareholders over the past 10 years we looked at above. Many an investor will only invest in stocks that pay dividends, so this component of total return is always an important consideration. Automated reinvestment of dividends into additional shares of stock can be a great way for an investor to compound their returns. The above calculations are done with the assuption that dividends received over time are reinvested (the calcuations use the closing price on ex-date).

Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 1/share, we calculate that HES has a current yield of approximately 1.56%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1 against the original $49.65/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 3.14%.

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“While some might mistakenly consider value investing a mechanical tool for identifying bargains, it is actually a comprehensive investment philosophy that emphasizes the need to perform in-depth fundamental analysis, pursue long-term investment results, limit risk, and resist crowd psychology.” — Seth Klarman