When Warren Buffett purchased Coca-Cola stock, a purchase that took place between 1987 and 1994 with the most intensive buying occurring in 1988 and 1989, he managed to acquired 400 million shares at an average price of $3.25 per share. Discussions of this successful investment focus on the fact that the $3.25 has grown into $42 over a 20+ year time span.
What gets less attention are the dividend payouts which are sent to Berkshire’s headquarters as cold, hard cash. Every 90 days, Warren Buffett receives 10% of his initial purchase price back when he gets sent a check for $140,000,000.
The superficially exciting number will be when Coca-Cola’s quarterly dividend hits or crosses the $0.8125 mark sometime in the early 2020s. That will mark the moment when Berkshire Hathaway shareholders collect as much in a given year from their dividends as Buffett initially made to fund the investment. … Read the rest of this article!