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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

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 five year period?

Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2016, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASD: JKHY), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a five year holding period.

Start date: 01/14/2016


End date: 01/13/2021
Start price/share: $77.12
End price/share: $157.89
Starting shares: 129.67
Ending shares: 137.45
Dividends reinvested/share: $7.16
Total return: 117.02%
Average annual return: 16.75%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $21,700.45

As we can see, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 16.75%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $21,700.45 today (as of 01/13/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 117.02% (something to think about: how might JKHY shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. paid investors a total of $7.16/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 1.72/share, we calculate that JKHY has a current yield of approximately 1.09%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1.72 against the original $77.12/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 1.41%.

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“October is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.” — Mark Twain