“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 Cerner Corp. (NASD: CERN)? Today, we examine the outcome of a two-decade investment into the stock back in 2002.
|Average annual return:||14.84%|
As shown above, the two-decade investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 14.84%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $159,291.63 today (as of 03/23/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,491.80% (something to think about: how might CERN shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Always an important consideration with a dividend-paying company is: should we reinvest our dividends?Over the past 20 years, Cerner Corp. has paid $2.23/share in dividends. For the above analysis, we assume that the investor reinvests dividends into new shares of stock (for the above calculations, the reinvestment is performed using closing price on ex-div date for that dividend).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 1.08/share, we calculate that CERN has a current yield of approximately 1.15%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1.08 against the original $6.06/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 18.98%.
One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“In trading you have to be defensive and aggressive at the same time. If you are not aggressive, you are not going to make money, and if you are not defensive, you are not going to keep money.” — Ray Dalio