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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 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 Baxter International Inc (NYSE: BAX)? Today, we examine the outcome of a twenty year investment into the stock back in 2001.

Start date: 10/01/2001


End date: 09/29/2021
Start price/share: $30.15
End price/share: $81.81
Starting shares: 331.67
Ending shares: 476.81
Dividends reinvested/share: $12.95
Total return: 290.08%
Average annual return: 7.04%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $39,009.00

As shown above, the twenty year investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 7.04%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $39,009.00 today (as of 09/29/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 290.08% (something to think about: how might BAX shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Baxter International Inc paid investors a total of $12.95/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 1.12/share, we calculate that BAX has a current yield of approximately 1.37%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1.12 against the original $30.15/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 4.54%.

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.” — Phillip Fisher