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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

Investors can learn a lot from Warren Buffett, whose above quote teaches the importance of thinking about investment time horizon, and asking ourselves before buying any given stock: can we envision holding onto it for years — even a ten year holding period possibly?

Suppose a “buy-and-hold” investor was considering an investment into McCormick & Co Inc (NYSE: MKC) back in 2012: back then, such an investor may have been pondering this very same question. Had they answered “yes” to a full ten year investment time horizon and then actually held for these past 10 years, here’s how that investment would have turned out.

Start date: 04/20/2012


End date: 04/19/2022
Start price/share: $27.71
End price/share: $101.53
Starting shares: 360.88
Ending shares: 431.73
Dividends reinvested/share: $9.85
Total return: 338.34%
Average annual return: 15.92%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $43,828.79

As we can see, the ten year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 15.92%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $43,828.79 today (as of 04/19/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 338.34% (something to think about: how might MKC shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that McCormick & Co Inc paid investors a total of $9.85/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 1.48/share, we calculate that MKC has a current yield of approximately 1.46%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1.48 against the original $27.71/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 5.27%.

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“October is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.” — Mark Twain