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“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 long-term 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 Devon Energy Corp. (NYSE: DVN)? Today, we examine the outcome of a ten year investment into the stock back in 2011.

Start date: 07/08/2011


End date: 07/07/2021
Start price/share: $80.32
End price/share: $27.53
Starting shares: 124.50
Ending shares: 151.67
Dividends reinvested/share: $6.53
Total return: -58.25%
Average annual return: -8.36%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $4,174.87

As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of -8.36%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $4,174.87 today (as of 07/07/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of -58.25% (something to think about: how might DVN shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Dividends are always an important investment factor to consider, and Devon Energy Corp. has paid $6.53/share in dividends to shareholders over the past 10 years we looked at above. Many an investor will only invest in stocks that pay dividends, so this component of total return is always an important consideration. Automated reinvestment of dividends into additional shares of stock can be a great way for an investor to compound their returns. The above calculations are done with the assuption that dividends received over time are reinvested (the calcuations use the closing price on ex-date).

Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of .44/share, we calculate that DVN has a current yield of approximately 1.60%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .44 against the original $80.32/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 1.99%.

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Value investing requires a great deal of hard work, unusually strict discipline, and a long-term investment horizon. Few are willing and able to devote sufficient time and effort to become value investors, and only a fraction of those have the proper mind-set to succeed.” — Seth Klarman