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Aetna Inc. Message Board

  • noidoldtimer noidoldtimer Feb 14, 2000 6:05 PM Flag


    of reading all the messages from the old time holders that Aetna has had a pathetic performance over the last 25 or so years. That's BS. How quickly we forget what Aetna was.

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    • You may be getting tired of reading about the
      dismal performace of AET stock over the past 25 years.
      I'm one of those long-term holders, and my posts must
      make you very tired! But it is a matter of record (I
      have the record) and there is no opinion to it. You
      have no basis to think that the stock performance has
      been other than poor (choose your word)! I'm quite
      sure that Mr. Huber would be among the first to agree;
      I'm sure that he is very unhappy with it. If AET were
      $118 (the all-time high), even that would not be so
      hot. But that price...or $99.. would certainly look
      good relative to AET stock's historical performance.
      Sure, AET was a great company-and may be now-but AET
      stock has not been a great investment for us
      long-termers; we are the ones who are tired....and tired of it!
      All of my less-than-happy posts on AET are related
      only to the stock. PS: I'm not aware that any posts on
      this message board are required reading. When I don't
      want to read a post, I don't read it! (Just something
      for you to consider.) I'm looking for some swift and
      bold action from AET. It's time !

      • 2 Replies to TxAggie60_60
      • on what has happened over the last 25 years. Here
        is mine. I was working for Aetna when it first
        offered us the Incentive Savings Plan (401). I went into
        mutual funds at the beginning and they did poorly. After
        a while I transferred to Aetna stock. My $1,500
        bought me 100 shares. That�s $15 per share. Aetna split
        a few years later 2 for 1 and again a few years
        later 3 for 2. So, those initial shares grew to 300,
        costing $5 per. Aetna has paid a dividend in the 5% range
        for most of the last 25-30 years. In the ISP, those
        dividends are credited as shares of stock . At 5% a year,
        my 100 shares grew to about 875 at the point the
        stock was selling for $115, or about $100,000. If I got
        out at that time, I would have had a compounded
        annual return of 20%. If I made that same comparison 10
        years later, with the stock selling for $50, I still
        get a 12% annual rate of return based on the $115. If
        I use $90 as the stock price (which I firmly
        believe it will be in 12-18 months) I get a 17.3% return
        on those initial 100 shares and a 8.8% return based
        on 15 years and $50 cost. For non-ISP owners, if you
        re-invested your after tax dividends into stock, you�d have
        about 70% of my numbers. Not great but not as awful as
        you make it out to be. The point I�m trying to make
        is that the growth in the price of a stock isn�t the
        only measure for how well a company has done for its�
        stockholders. Those dividends were a big attraction, pre-USHC.

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    • hit the send key before I was ready. The point I
      wanted to make was that Aetna was not a growth company
      prior to being taken over by USHC. Where are the
      dividends factored into your return analysis. That $2.85 (I
      think) dividend return on a stock selling in the $50s
      wasn't bad at the time. That's why you old timers held
      on the stock. And, when it changed, you should have
      been smart enough to get out at $100+. It was going to
      be a different ballgame from what you originally
      bought it for. Right or wrong???

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