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“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

— Warren Buffett

One of the most important things investors can learn from Warren Buffett, is about how they approach their time horizon for an investment into a stock under consideration. Because immediately after buying shares of a given stock, investors will then be able to check on the day-to-day (and even minute-by-minute) market value. Some days the stock market will be up, other days down. These daily fluctuations can often distract from the long-term view. Today, we look at the result of a two-decade holding period for an investor who was considering Texas Instruments Inc. (NASD: TXN) back in 2001, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 04/23/2001


End date: 04/22/2021
Start price/share: $35.68
End price/share: $185.80
Starting shares: 280.27
Ending shares: 398.66
Dividends reinvested/share: $21.54
Total return: 640.71%
Average annual return: 10.52%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $74,010.54

As shown above, the two-decade investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 10.52%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $74,010.54 today (as of 04/22/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 640.71% (something to think about: how might TXN shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Texas Instruments Inc. paid investors a total of $21.54/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 4.08/share, we calculate that TXN has a current yield of approximately 2.20%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 4.08 against the original $35.68/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 6.17%.

Another great investment quote to think about:
“A market downturn doesn’t bother us. It is an opportunity to increase our ownership of great companies with great management at good prices.” — Warren Buffett