“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”
— 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 Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM) back in 2003, holding through to today.
|Average annual return:||12.86%|
As we can see, the twenty year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 12.86%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 20 years ago into $112,558.09 today (as of 06/08/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 1,025.03% (something to think about: how might WM shares perform over the next 20 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Always an important consideration with a dividend-paying company is: should we reinvest our dividends?Over the past 20 years, Waste Management, Inc. has paid $29.91/share in dividends. For the above analysis, we assume that the investor reinvests dividends into new shares of stock (for the above calculations, the reinvestment is performed using closing price on ex-div date for that dividend).
Based upon the most recent annualized dividend rate of 2.8/share, we calculate that WM has a current yield of approximately 1.72%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 2.8 against the original $24.93/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 6.90%.
Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Twenty years in this business convinces me that any normal person using the customary three percent of the brain can pick stocks just as well, if not better, than the average Wall Street expert.” — Peter Lynch