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“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”

— Warren Buffett

The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a long-term investment horizon, where a ten year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Las Vegas Sands Corp (NYSE: LVS)? Today, we examine the outcome of a ten year investment into the stock back in 2012.

Start date: 08/03/2012


End date: 08/02/2022
Start price/share: $38.75
End price/share: $38.15
Starting shares: 258.06
Ending shares: 382.56
Dividends reinvested/share: $21.92
Total return: 45.95%
Average annual return: 3.85%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $14,591.84

As we can see, the ten year investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 3.85%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $14,591.84 today (as of 08/02/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 45.95% (something to think about: how might LVS shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Las Vegas Sands Corp paid investors a total of $21.92/share in dividends over the 10 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 LVS has a current yield of approximately 8.28%. 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 $38.75/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 21.37%.

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“Twenty years in this business convinces me that any normal person using the customary three percent of the brain can pick stocks just as well, if not better, than the average Wall Street expert.” — Peter Lynch