“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 DuPont (NYSE: DD)? Today, we examine the outcome of a five year investment into the stock back in 2019.
Start date:  07/11/2019 


End date:  07/10/2024  
Start price/share:  $69.50  
End price/share:  $79.57  
Starting shares:  143.88  
Ending shares:  158.41  
Dividends reinvested/share:  $6.52  
Total return:  26.05%  
Average annual return:  4.74%  
Starting investment:  $10,000.00  
Ending investment:  $12,607.18 
As we can see, the five year investment result worked out as follows, with an annualized rate of return of 4.74%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $12,607.18 today (as of 07/10/2024). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 26.05% (something to think about: how might DD shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]
Notice that DuPont paid investors a total of $6.52/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 1.52/share, we calculate that DD has a current yield of approximately 1.91%. Another interesting datapoint we can examine is ‘yield on cost’ — in other words, we can express the current annualized dividend of 1.52 against the original $69.50/share purchase price. This works out to a yield on cost of 2.75%.
One more piece of investment wisdom to leave you with:
“In the long run, we are all dead.” — John Maynard Keynes