“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”
— Warren Buffett
The wisdom of Warren Buffett reflects a value-based philosophy about investing that says investors are buying shares in a business, and encourages strategic thinking about investment time horizon. Before placing a buy order for a stock, a great question we can ask is whether we would still be comfortable making the investment if we couldn’t sell it for many years?
A “buy-and-hold” approach may call for a time horizon that spans a long period of time — maybe even lasting for a decade-long holding period. Suppose such a “buy-and-hold” investor had looked into buying shares of Lockheed Martin Corp (NYSE: LMT) back in 2012. Let’s take a look at how such an investment would have worked out for that buy-and-hold investor:
|Average annual return:||19.42%|
The above analysis shows the decade-long investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 19.42%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $58,988.95 today (as of 10/13/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 490.07% (something to think about: how might LMT shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Beyond share price change, another component of LMT’s total return these past 10 years has been the payment by Lockheed Martin Corp of $77.80/share in dividends to shareholders. Automatic reinvestment of dividends can be a wonderful way to compound returns, and for the above calculations we presume that dividends are reinvested into additional shares of stock. (For the purpose of these calcuations, the closing price on ex-date is used).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 12/share, we calculate that LMT has a current yield of approximately 2.96%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 12 against the original $92.50/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 3.20%.
Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Games are won by players who focus on the playing field, not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard.” — Warren Buffett