“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
— Warren Buffett
The wisdom of Warren Buffett reflects a value-based philosophy about investing that says investors are buying shares in a business, and encourages strategic thinking about investment time horizon. Before placing a buy order for a stock, a great question we can ask is whether we would still be comfortable making the investment if we couldn’t sell it for many years?
A “buy-and-hold” approach may call for a time horizon that spans a long period of time — maybe even lasting for a twenty year holding period. Suppose such a “buy-and-hold” investor had looked into buying shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Co (NYSE: PXD) back in 2000. Let’s take a look at how such an investment would have worked out for that buy-and-hold investor:
|Average annual return:||15.90%|
As we can see, the twenty year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 15.90%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $191,356.97 today (as of 02/18/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,812.53% (something to think about: how might PXD shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Pioneer Natural Resources Co paid investors a total of $3.48/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 .88/share, we calculate that PXD has a current yield of approximately 0.65%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .88 against the original $7.44/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 8.74%.
More investment wisdom to ponder:
“It’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong.” — George Soros