“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
— Warren Buffett
The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a twenty year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into CenterPoint Energy, Inc (NYSE: CNP)? Today, we examine the outcome of a twenty year investment into the stock back in 2001.
|Average annual return:||2.63%|
As shown above, the twenty year investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 2.63%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $16,809.25 today (as of 03/05/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 68.07% (something to think about: how might CNP shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that CenterPoint Energy, Inc paid investors a total of $17.61/share in dividends over the 20 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 .64/share, we calculate that CNP has a current yield of approximately 3.10%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .64 against the original $35.14/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 8.82%.
One more investment quote to leave you with:
“Everyone has the brainpower to make money in stocks. Not everyone has the stomach. If you are susceptible to selling everything in a panic, you ought to avoid stocks and mutual funds altogether.” — Peter Lynch