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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

One of the most important things investors can learn from Warren Buffett, is about how they approach their time horizon for an investment into a stock under consideration. Because immediately after buying shares of a given stock, investors will then be able to check on the day-to-day (and even minute-by-minute) market value. Some days the stock market will be up, other days down. These daily fluctuations can often distract from the long-term view. Today, we look at the result of a five year holding period for an investor who was considering Lennar Corp (NYSE: LEN) back in 2015, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 07/22/2015


End date: 07/21/2020
Start price/share: $52.30
End price/share: $68.35
Starting shares: 191.20
Ending shares: 195.18
Dividends reinvested/share: $1.05
Total return: 33.40%
Average annual return: 5.93%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $13,340.23

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 5.93%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $13,340.23 today (as of 07/21/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 33.40% (something to think about: how might LEN shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Lennar Corp paid investors a total of $1.05/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 .5/share, we calculate that LEN has a current yield of approximately 0.73%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .5 against the original $52.30/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 1.40%.

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Never is there a better time to buy a stock than when a basically sound company, for whatever reason, temporarily falls out of favor with the investment community.” — Geraldine Weiss