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“I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five 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 five year holding period for an investor who was considering Prologis Inc (NYSE: PLD) back in 2017, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.

Start date: 07/21/2017


End date: 07/20/2022
Start price/share: $58.99
End price/share: $124.57
Starting shares: 169.52
Ending shares: 192.34
Dividends reinvested/share: $11.34
Total return: 139.60%
Average annual return: 19.10%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $23,963.97

The above analysis shows the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 19.10%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $23,963.97 today (as of 07/20/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 139.60% (something to think about: how might PLD shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Prologis Inc paid investors a total of $11.34/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 3.16/share, we calculate that PLD has a current yield of approximately 2.54%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 3.16 against the original $58.99/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 4.31%.

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Markets are constantly in a state of uncertainty and flux and money is made by discounting the obvious and betting on the unexpected.” — George Soros