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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 above quote from Warren Buffett is timeless, and brings into focus the choice about time horizon that any investor should think about before buying a stock they are considering. Behind every stock is an actual business; what will that business look like over a ten year period?

Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2011, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about DXC Technology Co (NYSE: DXC), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a ten year holding period.

Start date: 11/08/2011


End date: 11/05/2021
Start price/share: $16.38
End price/share: $34.33
Starting shares: 610.50
Ending shares: 939.61
Dividends reinvested/share: $13.71
Total return: 222.57%
Average annual return: 12.43%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $32,261.36

As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 12.43%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $32,261.36 today (as of 11/05/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 222.57% (something to think about: how might DXC shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that DXC Technology Co paid investors a total of $13.71/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 DXC has a current yield of approximately 2.45%. 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 $16.38/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 14.96%.

One more investment quote to leave you with:
“I learned early that there is nothing new in Wall Street. There can’t be because speculation is as old as the hills. Whatever happens in the stock market today has happened before and will happen again. I’ve never forgotten that.” — Jesse Livermore