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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 investment philosophy practiced by Warren Buffett calls for investors to take a long-term horizon when making an investment, such as a five year holding period (or even longer), and reconsider making the investment in the first place if unable to envision holding the stock for at least five years. Today, we look at how such a long-term strategy would have done for investors in KLA Corp (NASD: KLAC) back in 2014, holding through to today.

Start date: 12/03/2014


End date: 12/02/2019
Start price/share: $71.02
End price/share: $161.06
Starting shares: 140.81
Ending shares: 161.86
Dividends reinvested/share: $12.34
Total return: 160.69%
Average annual return: 21.12%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $26,066.30

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 21.12%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $26,066.30 today (as of 12/02/2019). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 160.69% (something to think about: how might KLAC shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that KLA Corp paid investors a total of $12.34/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 3.4/share, we calculate that KLAC has a current yield of approximately 2.11%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 3.4 against the original $71.02/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 2.97%.

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“The most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect. You need a temperament that neither derives great pleasure from being with the crowd or against the crowd.” — Warren Buffett