“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 two-decade holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV)? Today, we examine the outcome of a two-decade investment into the stock back in 2001.
|Average annual return:||4.38%|
The above analysis shows the two-decade investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 4.38%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $23,574.79 today (as of 12/17/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 135.57% (something to think about: how might LUV shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Beyond share price change, another component of LUV’s total return these past 20 years has been the payment by Southwest Airlines Co of $3.21/share in dividends to shareholders. Automatic reinvestment of dividends can be a wonderful way to compound returns, and for the above calculations we presume that dividends are reinvested into additional shares of stock. (For the purpose of these calcuations, the closing price on ex-date is used).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of .72/share, we calculate that LUV has a current yield of approximately 1.82%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .72 against the original $18.39/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 9.90%.
One more investment quote to leave you with:
“Your success in investing will depend in part on your character and guts and in part on your ability to realize, at the height of ebullience and the depth of despair alike, that this too, shall pass.” — Jack Bogle