“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 Sysco Corp (NYSE: SYY)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2019.
Start date:  06/03/2019 


End date:  05/31/2024  
Start price/share:  $68.96  
End price/share:  $72.82  
Starting shares:  145.01  
Ending shares:  165.18  
Dividends reinvested/share:  $9.32  
Total return:  20.28%  
Average annual return:  3.76%  
Starting investment:  $10,000.00  
Ending investment:  $12,025.58 
As shown above, the five year investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 3.76%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $12,025.58 today (as of 05/31/2024). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 20.28% (something to think about: how might SYY shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that Sysco Corp paid investors a total of $9.32/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 2.04/share, we calculate that SYY has a current yield of approximately 2.80%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 2.04 against the original $68.96/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 4.06%.
One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“All intelligent investing is value investing: acquiring more that you are paying for. You must value the business in order to value the stock.” — Charlie Munger