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“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”

— Warren Buffett

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a decade-long holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE: BMY)? Today, we examine the outcome of a decade-long investment into the stock back in 2010.

Start date: 06/17/2010


End date: 06/16/2020
Start price/share: $25.86
End price/share: $57.06
Starting shares: 386.70
Ending shares: 534.56
Dividends reinvested/share: $14.86
Total return: 205.02%
Average annual return: 11.79%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $30,499.64

As we can see, the decade-long investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 11.79%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $30,499.64 today (as of 06/16/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 205.02% (something to think about: how might BMY shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Always an important consideration with a dividend-paying company is: should we reinvest our dividends?Over the past 10 years, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has paid $14.86/share in dividends. For the above analysis, we assume that the investor reinvests dividends into new shares of stock (for the above calculations, the reinvestment is performed using closing price on ex-div date for that dividend).

Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 1.8/share, we calculate that BMY has a current yield of approximately 3.15%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1.8 against the original $25.86/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 12.18%.

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Taking risks is really the only way to consistently achieve above-average returns.” — Sam Zell