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“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

— Warren Buffett

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a two-decade holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Huntington Bancshares Inc (NASD: HBAN)? Today, we examine the outcome of a two-decade investment into the stock back in 2001.

Start date: 09/17/2001


End date: 09/14/2021
Start price/share: $16.85
End price/share: $15.04
Starting shares: 593.47
Ending shares: 1,154.59
Dividends reinvested/share: $9.56
Total return: 73.65%
Average annual return: 2.80%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $17,375.13

As we can see, the two-decade investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 2.80%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $17,375.13 today (as of 09/14/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 73.65% (something to think about: how might HBAN shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Huntington Bancshares Inc paid investors a total of $9.56/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 .6/share, we calculate that HBAN has a current yield of approximately 3.99%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .6 against the original $16.85/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 23.68%.

Another great investment quote to think about:
“The older I get, the more I see a straight path where I want to go. If you’re going to hunt elephants, don’t get off the trail for a rabbit.” — T. Boone Pickens