The ten most profitable publicly-listed British companies that made it to the Forbes Global 2000 list for 2010 are listed below.
|Rank||Company||Ticker||Industry||Sales ($bil)||Profits ($bil)|
|1||BP||BP||Oil & Gas Operations||239.27||16.58|
|3||GlaxoSmithKline||GSK||Drugs & Biotechnology||45.83||8.94|
|4||AstraZeneca||AZN||Drugs & Biotechnology||32.8||7.52|
|6||Lloyds Banking Group||LYG||Banking||106.67||4.57|
|8||British Amer Tobacco||BTI||Food, Drink & Tobacco||22.95||4.38|
|9||Rolls-Royce Group||OTCPK:RYCEY||Aerospace & Defense||16.82||3.59|
|10||BG Group||OTCQX:BRGYY||Oil & Gas Operations||16.5||3.5|
All the firms noted above are also part of the FTSE 100 index. The oil giant BP plc (NYSE:BP) is the most profitable British company. The current yield on the BP ADR is 7.54%. After the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico BP’s stock has taken a hit falling from over $60 to $43.86 Friday. Oil and Gas company BG Group plc (OTCQX:BRGYY) and Rolls Royce Group (OTCPK:RYCEY) trade on the OTC markets.The three banking stocks in the list can be avoided now due to many uncertainties in that sector.
Drug firms AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) and GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) are excellent long term high yield plays. Currently they pay 8.34% and 5.52% dividends respectively due in part to lower stock prices. British American Tobacco (NYSEMKT:BTI) revenue totaled about $23B last year. Similar to US tobacco giant Altria Group (NYSE:MO), BTI also offers a high dividend yield that currently stands at 7.66%. Telecom services provider Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD) has a strong presence in many emerging markets.