“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”
— Warren Buffett
The above quote from Warren Buffett is timeless, and brings into focus the choice about time horizon that any investor should think about before buying a stock they are considering. Behind every stock is an actual business; what will that business look like over a ten year period?
Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2013, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about Tractor Supply Co. (NASD: TSCO), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a ten year holding period.
|Average annual return:||13.51%|
As shown above, the ten year investment result worked out quite well, with an annualized rate of return of 13.51%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 10 years ago into $35,496.90 today (as of 10/11/2023). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 255.02% (something to think about: how might TSCO shares perform over the next 10 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Tractor Supply Co. paid investors a total of $16.38/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 4.12/share, we calculate that TSCO has a current yield of approximately 2.02%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 4.12 against the original $65.71/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 3.07%.
One more investment quote to leave you with:
“The individual investor should act consistently as an investor and not as a speculator.” — Benjamin Graham