“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 FirstEnergy Corp (NYSE: FE)? Today, we examine the outcome of a decade-long investment into the stock back in 2012.
|Average annual return:||2.32%|
The above analysis shows the decade-long investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 2.32%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $12,576.24 today (as of 10/27/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 25.78% (something to think about: how might FE shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that FirstEnergy Corp paid investors a total of $15.76/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 1.56/share, we calculate that FE has a current yield of approximately 4.19%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1.56 against the original $45.72/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 9.16%.
More investment wisdom to ponder:
“Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.” — Warren Buffett