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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 decade-long holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI)? Today, we examine the outcome of a decade-long investment into the stock back in 2012.

Start date: 09/06/2012


End date: 09/02/2022
Start price/share: $27.06
End price/share: $76.06
Starting shares: 369.55
Ending shares: 445.73
Dividends reinvested/share: $10.68
Total return: 239.02%
Average annual return: 12.99%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $33,892.96

As shown above, the decade-long investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 12.99%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $33,892.96 today (as of 09/02/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 239.02% (something to think about: how might RHI shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Notice that Robert Half International Inc. paid investors a total of $10.68/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 1.72/share, we calculate that RHI has a current yield of approximately 2.26%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1.72 against the original $27.06/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 8.35%.

More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Every day that you’re not selling an asset in your portfolio, you’re choosing to buy it.” — Sam Zell