“I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.”
— Warren Buffett
The Warren Buffett investment philosophy calls for a longterm investment horizon, where a five year holding period, or even longer, would fit right into the strategy. How would such a strategy have worked out for an investment into Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASD: ATVI)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2017.
Start date:  12/12/2017 


End date:  12/09/2022  
Start price/share:  $64.40  
End price/share:  $75.16  
Starting shares:  155.28  
Ending shares:  160.08  
Dividends reinvested/share:  $2.06  
Total return:  20.32%  
Average annual return:  3.77%  
Starting investment:  $10,000.00  
Ending investment:  $12,030.15 
As shown above, the five year investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 3.77%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $12,030.15 today (as of 12/09/2022). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 20.32% (something to think about: how might ATVI shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Activision Blizzard, Inc. paid investors a total of $2.06/share in dividends over the 5 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 exdate is used for the reinvestment of a given dividend).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of .47/share, we calculate that ATVI has a current yield of approximately 0.63%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of .47 against the original $64.40/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 0.98%.
One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“Go for a business that any idiot can run â€“ because sooner or later, any idiot probably is going to run it.” — Peter Lynch