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The most profitable publicly listed companies in Germany that appeared in the Forbes Global 2000 list for this year are listed below:

Rank Company Ticker Industry Sales ($bil) Profits ($bil)
1 E.ON OTCQX:EONGY Utilities 117.38 12.05
2 Deutsche Bank DB Banking 62.98 6.93
3 Allianz OTCQX:AZSEY Insurance 130.06 6.16
4 RWE Group OTCPK:RWEOY Utilities 66.57 4.98
5 Munich Re Insurance 59.31 3.67
6 Siemens SI Conglomerates 112.23 3.36
7 SAP SAP Software & Services 15.29 2.56
8 HeidelbergCement Construction 19.76 2.52
9 BASF OTCQX:BASFY Chemicals 72.63 2.02
10 Bayer Group OTCPK:BAYRY Chemicals 43.46 1.9
11 K+S Chemicals 6.68 1.21
12 EnBW-Energie Baden Utilities 22.3 1.1
13 Salzgitter Materials 17.41 0.94
14 Deutsche Post DHL Transportation 66.29 0.92
15 Linde Chemicals 16.09 0.85
16 Henkel Group OTCPK:HENKY Household & Personal Products 18.93 0.84
17 Axel Springer Media 3.8 0.78
18 Fresenius Health Care Equipment & Svcs 20.29 0.71
19 Deutsche Boerse Diversified Financials 2.95 0.71
20 Metro AG Food Markets 94.65 0.56
21 Kl?ckner & Co Materials 9.4 0.55
22 Beiersdorf Household & Personal Products 8.23 0.54
23 Merck Drugs & Biotechnology 11.1 0.52
24 Deutsche Telekom DT Telecommunications Services 90.08 0.49
25 BMW Group Consumer Durables 74.09 0.45
26 Freenet Telecommunications Services 5.23 0.37
27 Adidas OTCQX:ADDYY Household & Personal Products 14.87 0.35
28 Tognum Capital Goods 4.36 0.29
29 TUI Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure 24.22 0.26
30 Hochtief Construction 26.61 0.24
31 Lanxess Chemicals 9.16 0.24
32 Sudzucker Food, Drink & Tobacco 7.46 0.21
33 Fraport Transportation 2.83 0.21
34 ProSiebenSat.1 Media Media 3.96 0.21
35 Bilfinger & Berger Construction 14.35 0.2
36 Rheinmetall Consumer Durables 5.39 0.19
37 DVB Bank Banking 1.36 0.15
38 GEA Group Conglomerates 7.21 0.14
39 Deutsche Postbank Banking 13.1 0.11
40 W&W-Wustenrot Diversified Financials 10.07 0.09
41 BayWa Food, Drink & Tobacco 12.25 0.08
42 Aareal Bank Banking 0.88 0.07
43 Nurnberger Beteiligungs Insurance 6.28 0.04
44 Landesbank Berlin Banking 10.52 0.02
45 Celesio Health Care Equipment & Svcs 30.4 -0.03
46 Aurubis Materials 9.79 -0.07
47 Wacker Chemie Chemicals 5.3 -0.11
48 Deutsche Lufthansa Transportation 31.1 -0.16
49 Hannover Re Insurance 11.22 -0.18
50 MAN Capital Goods 17.23 -0.39
51 IKB Banking 2.98 -0.76
52 Infineon Technologies OTCQX:IFNNY Semiconductors 4.43 -0.91
53 Continental Consumer Durables 28.79 -2.36
54 ThyssenKrupp Group Conglomerates 59.39 -2.72
55 Porsche Consumer Durables 81.31 -3.6
56 Daimler DAI Consumer Durables 110.06 -3.69
57 Commerzbank OTCPK:CRZBY Banking 37.37 -6.5

Source: Forbes

Electric and natural gas utility E.ON (OTCQX:EONGY) topped the list with profits of $12.05B. Currently E.ON ADR has a 5.80% dividend yield. The second and third most profitable companies are the banking giant Deutsche Bank (DB) and the insurance company Allianz (OTCQX:AZSEY). The world’s leading chemical makers BASF (OTCQX:BASFY) and Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY) took the 9th and 10th spots respectively with profits of about $2B each. RWE AG (OTCPK:RWEOY), the other electric utility on this list pays a 6.01% dividend.

The iShares MSCI Germany Index ETF (EWG) offers exposure to most of the firms noted above. The fund has 51 holdings and total assets of $997M. Some of the reasons to invest in Germany can be found here.

Source: The 57 Most Profitable German Companies