“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
— Warren Buffett
The wisdom of Warren Buffett reflects a value-based philosophy about investing that says investors are buying shares in a business, and encourages strategic thinking about investment time horizon. Before placing a buy order for a stock, a great question we can ask is whether we would still be comfortable making the investment if we couldn’t sell it for many years?
A “buy-and-hold” approach may call for a time horizon that spans a long period of time — maybe even lasting for a two-decade holding period. Suppose such a “buy-and-hold” investor had looked into buying shares of PPL Corp (NYSE: PPL) back in 2002. Let’s take a look at how such an investment would have worked out for that buy-and-hold investor:
|Average annual return:||7.78%|
As we can see, the two-decade investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 7.78%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $44,783.72 today (as of 06/23/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 347.97% (something to think about: how might PPL shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Beyond share price change, another component of PPL’s total return these past 20 years has been the payment by PPL Corp of $25.96/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 .9/share, we calculate that PPL has a current yield of approximately 3.38%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .9 against the original $14.56/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 23.21%.
Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Value investing means really asking what are the best values, and not assuming that because something looks expensive that it is, or assuming that because a stock is down in price and trades at low multiples that it is a bargain.” — Bill Miller