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“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”

— Warren Buffett

The investment philosophy practiced by Warren Buffett calls for investors to take a long-term horizon when making an investment, such as a two-decade holding period (or even longer), and reconsider making the investment in the first place if unable to envision holding the stock for at least five years. Today, we look at how such a long-term strategy would have done for investors in Henry Schein Inc (NASD: HSIC) back in 2002, holding through to today.

Start date: 07/29/2002


End date: 07/26/2022
Start price/share: $8.67
End price/share: $77.56
Starting shares: 1,153.40
Ending shares: 1,153.40
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 794.58%
Average annual return: 11.58%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $89,533.98

As shown above, the two-decade investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 11.58%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $89,533.98 today (as of 07/26/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 794.58% (something to think about: how might HSIC shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“Games are won by players who focus on the playing field, not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard.” — Warren Buffett