“I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.”
— Warren Buffett
The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a longterm investment horizon, where a five year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into HanesBrands Inc (NYSE: HBI)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2015.
Start date:  04/07/2015 


End date:  04/06/2020  
Start price/share:  $33.79  
End price/share:  $8.05  
Starting shares:  295.95  
Ending shares:  338.95  
Dividends reinvested/share:  $2.69  
Total return:  72.71%  
Average annual return:  22.87%  
Starting investment:  $10,000.00  
Ending investment:  $2,727.77 
As we can see, the five year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of 22.87%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $2,727.77 today (as of 04/06/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 72.71% (something to think about: how might HBI shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that HanesBrands Inc paid investors a total of $2.69/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 exdate is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of .6/share, we calculate that HBI has a current yield of approximately 7.45%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .6 against the original $33.79/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 22.05%.
Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“If you’re prepared to invest in a company, then you ought to be able to explain why in simple language that a fifth grader could understand, and quickly enough so the fifth grader won’t get bored.” — Peter Lynch