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“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

— Warren Buffett

The investment philosophy practiced by Warren Buffett calls for investors to take a long-term horizon when making an investment, such as a twenty year holding period (or even longer), and reconsider making the investment in the first place if unable to envision holding the stock for at least five years. Today, we look at how such a long-term strategy would have done for investors in Charles River Laboratories International Inc. (NYSE: CRL) back in 2003, holding through to today.

Start date: 05/09/2003


End date: 05/08/2023
Start price/share: $28.25
End price/share: $189.88
Starting shares: 353.98
Ending shares: 353.98
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 572.14%
Average annual return: 9.99%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $67,222.90

The above analysis shows the twenty year investment result worked out well, with an annualized rate of return of 9.99%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $67,222.90 today (as of 05/08/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 572.14% (something to think about: how might CRL shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“I learned early that there is nothing new in Wall Street. There can’t be because speculation is as old as the hills. Whatever happens in the stock market today has happened before and will happen again. I’ve never forgotten that.” — Jesse Livermore