“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 United Parcel Service Inc (NYSE: UPS) back in 2017, bought the stock, ignored the market’s ups and downs, and simply held through to today.
|Average annual return:||14.09%|
As we can see, the five year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 14.09%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $19,316.31 today (as of 07/22/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 93.13% (something to think about: how might UPS shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that United Parcel Service Inc paid investors a total of $20.30/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 6.08/share, we calculate that UPS has a current yield of approximately 3.23%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 6.08 against the original $113.22/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 2.85%.
More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Generally, the greater the stigma or revulsion, the better the bargain.” — Seth Klarman