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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

Investors can learn a lot from Warren Buffett, whose above quote teaches the importance of thinking about investment time horizon, and asking ourselves before buying any given stock: can we envision holding onto it for years — even a ten year holding period possibly?

Suppose a “buy-and-hold” investor was considering an investment into LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE: LYB) back in 2012: back then, such an investor may have been pondering this very same question. Had they answered “yes” to a full ten year investment time horizon and then actually held for these past 10 years, here’s how that investment would have turned out.

Start date: 08/06/2012


End date: 08/03/2022
Start price/share: $45.96
End price/share: $85.65
Starting shares: 217.58
Ending shares: 348.61
Dividends reinvested/share: $39.72
Total return: 198.58%
Average annual return: 11.56%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $29,850.73

As we can see, the ten year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 11.56%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $29,850.73 today (as of 08/03/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 198.58% (something to think about: how might LYB shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Always an important consideration with a dividend-paying company is: should we reinvest our dividends?Over the past 10 years, LyondellBasell Industries NV has paid $39.72/share in dividends. For the above analysis, we assume that the investor reinvests dividends into new shares of stock (for the above calculations, the reinvestment is performed using closing price on ex-div date for that dividend).

Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 4.76/share, we calculate that LYB has a current yield of approximately 5.56%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 4.76 against the original $45.96/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 12.10%.

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.” — Phillip Fisher