“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”
— Warren Buffett
The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a longterm investment horizon, where a ten year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI)? Today, we examine the outcome of a ten year investment into the stock back in 2011.
Start date:  06/15/2011 


End date:  06/14/2021  
Start price/share:  $29.36  
End price/share:  $18.84  
Starting shares:  340.60  
Ending shares:  533.83  
Dividends reinvested/share:  $11.38  
Total return:  0.57%  
Average annual return:  0.06%  
Starting investment:  $10,000.00  
Ending investment:  $10,060.20 
As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 0.06%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $10,060.20 today (as of 06/14/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 0.57% (something to think about: how might KMI shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Kinder Morgan Inc. paid investors a total of $11.38/share in dividends over the 10 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 exdate is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 1.08/share, we calculate that KMI has a current yield of approximately 5.73%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1.08 against the original $29.36/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 19.52%.
More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Taking risks is really the only way to consistently achieve aboveaverage returns.” — Sam Zell