“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 H & R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2015.
Start date:  07/13/2015 


End date:  07/10/2020  
Start price/share:  $31.53  
End price/share:  $13.96  
Starting shares:  317.16  
Ending shares:  386.07  
Dividends reinvested/share:  $4.74  
Total return:  46.10%  
Average annual return:  11.63%  
Starting investment:  $10,000.00  
Ending investment:  $5,391.03 
The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of 11.63%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $5,391.03 today (as of 07/10/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 46.10% (something to think about: how might HRB shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that H & R Block, Inc. paid investors a total of $4.74/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 1.04/share, we calculate that HRB 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 1.04 against the original $31.53/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 23.63%.
One more investment quote to leave you with:
“A riskreward ratio is important, but so is an aggravationsatisfaction ratio.” — Muriel Siebert