Here are some quick facts:
The northeastern part of the country has one of the largest natural gas fields in the world. It is ranked tenth among all countries in terms of GDP (nominal) per capita. It has the 16th largest economy in the world. Inflation is only 1.3%. It has the lowest unemployment rate of all European Union member states. It is number 3 in terms of of agricultural exports. 85% of its total population speaks English.
Here are some Dutch stocks worth investigating, most of which trade on the New York Stock Exchange, and almost all pay dividends.
ABN AMRO Holding NV ADS (ABN) is an Amsterdam-based company that owns one of the largest banks in Europe. The stock has a yield of 2.9%, and a P/E of 14.3.
Aegon NV (AEG), one of the world’s largest insurance companies has a forward P/E 10.1, and a PEG is 2.2. It has paid dividends twice a year for 15 years, and has a yield of 3.6%.
Arcelor Mittal (MT) is a manufacturer of steel and steel products, and carries a yield of 1.7%. The stock has a P/E of 10.9.
CNH Global NV (CNH) makes agricultural and construction equipment. It pays a small yield of 0.5%, and has a P/E of 35.
Crucell NV (CRXL) is a biotech company involved in the production of antibodies, and vaccines that treat, and prevent diseases. The company has had negative earnings.
Head N.V. (HED), is the famous maker of Head skis. It manufactures and sells sporting goods relating to skiing, racket sports, and diving. Its yield is a high 8.1%, based on last year’s annual dividend. It has only paid dividends in three of the last six years, and has generated negative earnings.
Heineken NV ADR (OTC:HINKY), the noted brewery, has a forward P/E of 17.4, and a yield of 1%.
ING Group NV ADS (ING), is in the business of banking, insurance and investment management services. It has a yield of 2.2%, and its forward P/E is 8.85.
Koninklijke Ahold N.V. (AHO) operates retail stores in Europe, and the United States. Its P/E is 16.9. It hasn’t paid dividends since 2002.
Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (PHG), produces healthcare, lifestyle, and technology electronics. It has a yield of 1.6%, and a P/E of 6.
OCE ADR (OTC:OCENY), which trades on NASDAQ, develops and sells printing and document management systems. It yields 5.8%, and has a P/E of 23. Its dividends have been paid twice a year for the last 12 years.
Reed Elsevier NV (ENL), is the publishing company that owns Elsevier, LexisNexis, Harcourt Education, and Reed Business. It has a yield of 3.6% and a P/E of 24.6.
Royal Dutch Shell (RDS-A) , is one of the largest oil, and gas companies in the world. It has a forward P/E of 10.9, and yield of 3.3%. It pays dividends quarterly.
Royal KPN NV (KPN), is a Dutch telecommunications company. It has a forward P/E of 15.3, and its yield is 4%. It pays dividends twice a year, and has done so for the last 12 years.
TNT NV (OTC:TNTTY), is an express delivery company. Its P/E is 14.4, and its yield is 1.2%.
Unilever NV (UN), is the well-known consumer goods, food, and personal care product manufacturer. It has a yield of 3.6%, and a P/E of 14.
van der Moolen Holdings NV (VDM) , is an international investment brokerage, and trading company. It has a yield of 3%. This is based on last year’s dividend, which has been very erratic. Its earnings have been negative.
By the way, if you are looking for a resource on ADRs of countries around the world, I strongly recommend ADR.com.
Disclosure: The author does not own any of the above.