“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 Las Vegas Sands Corp (NYSE: LVS)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2018.
Start date:  03/06/2018 


End date:  03/03/2023  
Start price/share:  $72.64  
End price/share:  $60.80  
Starting shares:  137.67  
Ending shares:  154.47  
Dividends reinvested/share:  $6.87  
Total return:  6.08%  
Average annual return:  1.25%  
Starting investment:  $10,000.00  
Ending investment:  $9,391.08 
As shown above, the five year investment result worked out poorly, with an annualized rate of return of 1.25%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $9,391.08 today (as of 03/03/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 6.08% (something to think about: how might LVS shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Las Vegas Sands Corp paid investors a total of $6.87/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 3.16/share, we calculate that LVS has a current yield of approximately 5.20%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 3.16 against the original $72.64/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 7.16%.
One more investment quote to leave you with:
“Generally, the greater the stigma or revulsion, the better the bargain.” — Seth Klarman