“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”
— Warren Buffett
The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a longterm investment horizon, where a ten year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE: COO)? Today, we examine the outcome of a ten year investment into the stock back in 2012.
Start date:  06/15/2012 


End date:  06/14/2022  
Start price/share:  $78.95  
End price/share:  $314.92  
Starting shares:  126.66  
Ending shares:  127.08  
Dividends reinvested/share:  $0.60  
Total return:  300.19%  
Average annual return:  14.87%  
Starting investment:  $10,000.00  
Ending investment:  $40,015.77 
The above analysis shows the ten year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 14.87%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $40,015.77 today (as of 06/14/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 300.19% (something to think about: how might COO shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Cooper Companies, Inc. paid investors a total of $0.60/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 exdate is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of .06/share, we calculate that COO has a current yield of approximately 0.02%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .06 against the original $78.95/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 0.03%.
Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Behind every stock is a company. Find out what it’s doing.” — Peter Lynch