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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 Juniper Networks Inc (NYSE: JNPR)? Today, we examine the outcome of a twenty year investment into the stock back in 2001.

Start date: 10/29/2001


End date: 10/28/2021
Start price/share: $24.00
End price/share: $29.70
Starting shares: 416.67
Ending shares: 493.34
Dividends reinvested/share: $4.28
Total return: 46.52%
Average annual return: 1.93%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $14,659.15

The above analysis shows the twenty year investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 1.93%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $14,659.15 today (as of 10/28/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 46.52% (something to think about: how might JNPR shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Juniper Networks Inc paid investors a total of $4.28/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 .8/share, we calculate that JNPR has a current yield of approximately 2.69%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .8 against the original $24.00/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 11.21%.

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“People who succeed in the stock market also accept periodic losses, setbacks, and unexpected occurrences. Calamitous drops do not scare them out of the game.” — Peter Lynch