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

— Warren Buffett

One of the most important things investors can learn from Warren Buffett, is about how they approach their time horizon for an investment into a stock under consideration. Because immediately after buying shares of a given stock, investors will then be able to check on the day-to-day (and even minute-by-minute) market value. Some days the stock market will be up, other days down. These daily fluctuations can often distract from the long-term view. Today, we look at the result of a twenty year holding period for an investor who was considering People’s United Financial Inc (NASD: PBCT) back in 1999, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 09/20/1999


End date: 09/18/2019
Start price/share: $5.13
End price/share: $16.29
Starting shares: 1,949.32
Ending shares: 4,638.02
Dividends reinvested/share: $10.62
Total return: 655.53%
Average annual return: 10.64%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $75,614.36

As we can see, the twenty year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 10.64%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $75,614.36 today (as of 09/18/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 655.53% (something to think about: how might PBCT shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that People’s United Financial Inc paid investors a total of $10.62/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 .71/share, we calculate that PBCT has a current yield of approximately 4.36%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .71 against the original $5.13/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 84.99%.

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Anyone who is not investing now is missing a tremendous opportunity.” — Carlos Slim