“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 Western Digital Corp (NASD: WDC)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2017.
|Average annual return:||-5.95%|
The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of -5.95%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $7,358.58 today (as of 06/06/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of -26.43% (something to think about: how might WDC shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Western Digital Corp paid investors a total of $6.00/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 2/share, we calculate that WDC 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 2 against the original $89.93/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 3.73%.
Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Never is there a better time to buy a stock than when a basically sound company, for whatever reason, temporarily falls out of favor with the investment community.” — Geraldine Weiss