“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”
— Warren Buffett
The investment philosophy practiced by Warren Buffett calls for investors to take a long-term horizon when making an investment, such as a ten year holding period (or even longer), and reconsider making the investment in the first place if unable to envision holding the stock for at least five years. Today, we look at how such a long-term strategy would have done for investors in Digital Realty Trust Inc (NYSE: DLR) back in 2010, holding through to today.
|Average annual return:||13.89%|
As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 13.89%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $36,716.05 today (as of 10/02/2020). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 267.26% (something to think about: how might DLR shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Beyond share price change, another component of DLR’s total return these past 10 years has been the payment by Digital Realty Trust Inc of $34.97/share in dividends to shareholders. Automatic reinvestment of dividends can be a wonderful way to compound returns, and for the above calculations we presume that dividends are reinvested into additional shares of stock. (For the purpose of these calcuations, the closing price on ex-date is used).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 4.48/share, we calculate that DLR has a current yield of approximately 3.00%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 4.48 against the original $62.27/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 4.82%.
Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Unless you can watch your stock holding decline by 50% without becoming panic-stricken, you should not be in the stock market.” — Warren Buffett