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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 Danaher Corp (NYSE: DHR)? Today, we examine the outcome of a ten year investment into the stock back in 2011.

Start date: 10/17/2011


End date: 10/14/2021
Start price/share: $33.34
End price/share: $300.43
Starting shares: 299.94
Ending shares: 313.96
Dividends reinvested/share: $4.61
Total return: 843.24%
Average annual return: 25.16%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $94,331.24

As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 25.16%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $94,331.24 today (as of 10/14/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 843.24% (something to think about: how might DHR shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Danaher Corp paid investors a total of $4.61/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 ex-date is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).

Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of .84/share, we calculate that DHR has a current yield of approximately 0.28%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .84 against the original $33.34/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 0.84%.

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with 130 IQ.” — Warren Buffett