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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 twenty year 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 Hasbro, Inc. (NASD: HAS), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a twenty year holding period.

Start date: 09/16/1999


End date: 09/13/2019
Start price/share: $22.69
End price/share: $119.78
Starting shares: 440.77
Ending shares: 688.30
Dividends reinvested/share: $21.01
Total return: 724.45%
Average annual return: 11.12%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $82,431.95

As shown above, the twenty year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 11.12%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $82,431.95 today (as of 09/13/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 724.45% (something to think about: how might HAS shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Hasbro, Inc. paid investors a total of $21.01/share in dividends over the 20 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 2.72/share, we calculate that HAS has a current yield of approximately 2.27%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 2.72 against the original $22.69/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 10.00%.

Another great investment quote to think about:
“Don’t wait for the perfect time, you will wait forever. Always take advantage of the time you’re given and make it perfect.” — Daymond John