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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 Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a five year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Newell Brands Inc (NASD: NWL)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2016.

Start date: 04/12/2016


End date: 04/09/2021
Start price/share: $43.81
End price/share: $27.03
Starting shares: 228.26
Ending shares: 276.89
Dividends reinvested/share: $4.44
Total return: -25.16%
Average annual return: -5.64%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $7,483.04

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of -5.64%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $7,483.04 today (as of 04/09/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of -25.16% (something to think about: how might NWL shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Newell Brands Inc paid investors a total of $4.44/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 .92/share, we calculate that NWL has a current yield of approximately 3.40%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .92 against the original $43.81/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 7.76%.

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“If you’re prepared to invest in a company, then you ought to be able to explain why in simple language that a fifth grader could understand, and quickly enough so the fifth grader won’t get bored.” — Peter Lynch