“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
— Warren Buffett
The above quote from Warren Buffett is timeless, and brings into focus the choice about time horizon that any investor should think about before buying a stock they are considering. Behind every stock is an actual business; what will that business look like over a twenty year period?
Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2000, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a twenty year holding period.
|Average annual return:||24.90%|
As shown above, the twenty year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 24.90%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $855,150.26 today (as of 06/17/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 8,454.11% (something to think about: how might HUM shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Humana Inc. paid investors a total of $12.70/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 2.5/share, we calculate that HUM has a current yield of approximately 0.66%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 2.5 against the original $4.81/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 13.72%.
Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“I learned early that there is nothing new in Wall Street. There can’t be because speculation is as old as the hills. Whatever happens in the stock market today has happened before and will happen again. I’ve never forgotten that.” — Jesse Livermore