“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”
— Warren Buffett
The investment philosophy practiced by Warren Buffett calls for investors to take a long-term horizon when making an investment, such as a decade-long holding period (or even longer), and reconsider making the investment in the first place if unable to envision holding the stock for at least five years. Today, we look at how such a long-term strategy would have done for investors in Lockheed Martin Corp (NYSE: LMT) back in 2012, holding through to today.
|Average annual return:||21.15%|
As shown above, the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 21.15%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $68,077.86 today (as of 04/20/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 580.81% (something to think about: how might LMT shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Many investors out there refuse to own any stock that lacks a dividend; in the case of Lockheed Martin Corp, investors have received $74.20/share in dividends these past 10 years examined in the exercise above. This means total return was driven not just by share price, but also by the dividends received (and what the investor did with those dividends). For this exercise, what we’ve done with the dividends is to assume they are reinvestted — i.e. used to purchase additional shares (the calculations use closing price on ex-date).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 11.2/share, we calculate that LMT has a current yield of approximately 2.47%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 11.2 against the original $90.53/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 2.73%.
Another great investment quote to think about:
“The older I get, the more I see a straight path where I want to go. If you’re going to hunt elephants, don’t get off the trail for a rabbit.” — T. Boone Pickens