“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 long-term 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 Cisco Systems Inc (NASD: CSCO)? Today, we examine the outcome of a ten year investment into the stock back in 2012.
|Average annual return:||14.01%|
As we can see, the ten year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 14.01%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $37,118.08 today (as of 06/06/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 271.08% (something to think about: how might CSCO shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Beyond share price change, another component of CSCO’s total return these past 10 years has been the payment by Cisco Systems Inc of $10.86/share in dividends to shareholders. Automatic reinvestment of dividends can be a wonderful way to compound returns, and for the above calculations we presume that dividends are reinvested into additional shares of stock. (For the purpose of these calcuations, the closing price on ex-date is used).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 1.52/share, we calculate that CSCO has a current yield of approximately 3.35%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1.52 against the original $16.58/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 20.21%.
Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.” — Jawaharlal Nehru