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“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”

— 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 Honeywell International Inc (NYSE: HON)? Today, we examine the outcome of a twenty year investment into the stock back in 2001.

Start date: 04/09/2001


End date: 04/06/2021
Start price/share: $37.75
End price/share: $219.19
Starting shares: 264.90
Ending shares: 421.45
Dividends reinvested/share: $32.70
Total return: 823.78%
Average annual return: 11.75%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $92,302.83

The above analysis shows the twenty year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 11.75%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $92,302.83 today (as of 04/06/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 823.78% (something to think about: how might HON shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Honeywell International Inc paid investors a total of $32.70/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 3.72/share, we calculate that HON has a current yield of approximately 1.70%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 3.72 against the original $37.75/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 4.50%.

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“In the long run, it’s not just how much money you make that will determine your future prosperity. It’s how much of that money you put to work by saving it and investing it.” — Peter Lynch