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“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 long-term 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 DuPont (NYSE: DD)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2017.

Start date: 05/04/2017


End date: 05/03/2022
Start price/share: $129.99
End price/share: $66.38
Starting shares: 76.93
Ending shares: 85.45
Dividends reinvested/share: $10.40
Total return: -43.28%
Average annual return: -10.72%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $5,672.45

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of -10.72%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $5,672.45 today (as of 05/03/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of -43.28% (something to think about: how might DD shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that DuPont paid investors a total of $10.40/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 ex-date is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).

Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 1.32/share, we calculate that DD has a current yield of approximately 1.99%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1.32 against the original $129.99/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 1.53%.

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“If I’ve learned one thing in this life it’s this: even if you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” — Daymond John