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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 decade-long holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Crown Castle International Corp (NYSE: CCI)? Today, we examine the outcome of a decade-long investment into the stock back in 2011.

Start date: 12/08/2011


End date: 12/07/2021
Start price/share: $42.48
End price/share: $192.15
Starting shares: 235.40
Ending shares: 308.58
Dividends reinvested/share: $30.49
Total return: 492.94%
Average annual return: 19.47%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $59,294.17

The above analysis shows the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 19.47%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $59,294.17 today (as of 12/07/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 492.94% (something to think about: how might CCI shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Crown Castle International Corp paid investors a total of $30.49/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 5.88/share, we calculate that CCI has a current yield of approximately 3.06%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 5.88 against the original $42.48/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 7.20%.

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“The four most dangerous words in investing are: ‘this time it’s different.'” — Sir John Templeton