“I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.”
— Warren Buffett
The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a longterm investment horizon, where a five year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Conagra Brands Inc (NYSE: CAG)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2017.
Start date:  02/22/2017 


End date:  02/18/2022  
Start price/share:  $40.48  
End price/share:  $36.02  
Starting shares:  247.04  
Ending shares:  284.70  
Dividends reinvested/share:  $4.73  
Total return:  2.55%  
Average annual return:  0.51%  
Starting investment:  $10,000.00  
Ending investment:  $10,257.19 
As we can see, the five year investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 0.51%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $10,257.19 today (as of 02/18/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 2.55% (something to think about: how might CAG shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Conagra Brands Inc paid investors a total of $4.73/share in dividends over the 5 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 exdate is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 1.25/share, we calculate that CAG has a current yield of approximately 3.47%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1.25 against the original $40.48/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 8.57%.
Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.” — Jawaharlal Nehru