“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 Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM)? Today, we examine the outcome of a twenty year investment into the stock back in 2001.
|Average annual return:||4.87%|
As we can see, the twenty year investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 4.87%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $25,897.13 today (as of 08/02/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 159.07% (something to think about: how might XOM shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Exxon Mobil Corp paid investors a total of $42.15/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 3.48/share, we calculate that XOM has a current yield of approximately 6.04%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 3.48 against the original $41.26/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 14.64%.
One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“When everyone is going right, look left.” — Sam Zell