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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

Such a great quote from Warren Buffett, highlighting the importance of investment time horizon when considering making an investment. In the short run, who knows what the stock market will do? A week or two after buying any given stock, could the entire stock market fall out of bed? Quite possibly! Should that happen, how would you react? It is an excellent question to think about before hitting the buy button.

For investors who take a multi-year time horizon, the important thing is not what happens in the next week or two, but what the result will be over the long haul. Today, we look at the result investors of the year 2015 experienced, who considered an investment in shares of Constellation Brands Inc (NYSE: STZ) and decided upon a five year investment time horizon.

Start date: 08/13/2015


End date: 08/12/2020
Start price/share: $127.53
End price/share: $175.50
Starting shares: 78.41
Ending shares: 83.60
Dividends reinvested/share: $11.76
Total return: 46.72%
Average annual return: 7.96%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $14,669.17

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 7.96%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $14,669.17 today (as of 08/12/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 46.72% (something to think about: how might STZ shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Constellation Brands Inc paid investors a total of $11.76/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 3/share, we calculate that STZ has a current yield of approximately 1.71%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 3 against the original $127.53/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 1.34%.

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“The right time for a company to finance its growth is not when it needs capital, but rather when the market is most receptive to providing capital.” — Michael Milken