“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”
— Warren Buffett
One of the most important things investors can learn from Warren Buffett, is about how they approach their time horizon for an investment into a stock under consideration. Because immediately after buying shares of a given stock, investors will then be able to check on the day-to-day (and even minute-by-minute) market value. Some days the stock market will be up, other days down. These daily fluctuations can often distract from the long-term view. Today, we look at the result of a ten year holding period for an investor who was considering Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB) back in 2012, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.
|Average annual return:||8.27%|
As we can see, the ten year investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 8.27%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $22,139.91 today (as of 06/13/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 121.40% (something to think about: how might KMB shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Kimberly-Clark Corp. paid investors a total of $38.14/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 4.64/share, we calculate that KMB has a current yield of approximately 3.66%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 4.64 against the original $79.17/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 4.62%.
One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.” — Charlie Munger