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French Dividend Bank: BNP Paribas SA

Company Overview

France is one of the best highly industrialized countries in the world that have high levels of technological capabilities. Approximately 40% of the workforce is employed in the industrial sector while about half of the GBP comes from the same sector. Investing in French companies can be a profitable investment for you. I would say that while investing in Les dividendes plus élevés en France you should also focus on the BNP Paribas SA which is a French bank. Let's read more about it.

BNP Paribas SA

It is a France-based bank and financial services company which is headquartered in Paris and a second global headquartered in London. The company has four core businesses: Retail banking, Corporate & Investment Banking, Investment Solutions and Other Activities. With a presence in 80 countries, including all the main international financial markets, the company can boast one of the most extensive global banking networks. BNP Paribas has taken a new step forward in its services to corporate clients with One Bank for Corporates in Europe and Beyond. The company also provides integrated banking solutions based on dynamic cross-selling approach, with a network of 150 business centers in 23 European countries.

The company has built up 3 major complementary areas of activity, on which the strategic focus on the group's activities is centered and where its financial strength essentially lies. Its Investment Solutions division offers private banking, asset management, securities services, and real estate and insurance services.

Corporate History

BNP Paribas was formed through the merger of banque Nationale de Paris and Paribas in 2000 and is one of the largest banks in the world. On March 7, 1848 by the French Provisional Government founded the Comptoir national d'escompte de Paris (CEP) in response to the financial shock caused by the revolution of February 1848. Separately on April 18, 1932 the French Government replace Banque nationale de credit (BNC) which failed a s a result of the 1930s recession with the new bank Banque nationale pour le commerce et I'industrie.

The bank initially grew rapidly through absorbing a number of regional banks which got into financial trouble. After the Second World War it continued to grow steadily. The bank grew its retail business in France and its commercial business overseas in the French colonial empire.


In 2012, during the announcement result, the company has been specified that the Board of Directors will propose to the Annual General Meeting the payment in cash of a dividend of $1.50 per share. The Board of Directors will also propose to the Annual General Meeting that the dividend be detached from the share on May 21th 2013. The payment will take place on May, 24th, 2012(1). On August 15, 2013 the company set a new 52-week high during Thursday's trading session when it reached 50.67. Over this period the share price is up 42.47%.

It has a current market capitalization of 61.96 Billion, EPS is 3.95, P/E ratio is 12.62 and the dividend yield is 3.01% at the annual dividend payout of 1.50.

The Bottom Line

BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking model across Mediterranean basin countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Solutions activities, the company also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fast-rowing businesses in Asia-Pacific.

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