International Investing With French Stocks

Jul. 24, 2013 2:12 AM ET
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France plays an important role in the European and worldwide market as it is the largest country in Western Europe and the fifth economic power. The country has the second largest population in Western Europe and behind Germany and a good purchasing power. These two things make the country more attractive market for a large variety of products and services. Watch these Les actions Francaises avec des dividends stocks to make an investment in French stock market.

Schneider Electric SA (EPA: SU)

Schneider Electric SA is a Franc-based company that specializes in electricity distribution, automation management and produces installation components for energy management. it has five operating segment: Energy and Infrastructure, Industry, Buildings, Data centers and networks, and Residential which is engaged in solutions for saving electricity bills by combining lighting and heating control features, among others. In March 29, 2013, the company acquired Electroshied TM Samara.

The company has a market capitalization of 30.08 Billion, EPS is 3.36, P/E ratio is 16.37 and the dividend yield is 3.40% at the annual dividend payout of 1.87.

Danone SA (EPA: BN)

Danone SA is a food company which is primarily produces fresh milk products, baby foods, biscuits, cereal products and medical nutrition products. The company also co-produces bottled water. Its brands and products portfolio include Danone which is a brand of fresh dairy products; Evian, a brand of bottled still water; Volvic, its international brand of bottled still water, and Aqua, a brand of packaged water in Indonesia. In May 13, 2013 the company announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire an equity interest of over 90% in Happy Family, a baby food producer.

It has a market capitalization of 33.69 Billion, EPS is 2.77, P/E ratio is 20.48 and the dividend yield is 2.55% at the annual dividend payout of 1.45.

Bongrain SA (EPA: BH)

Bongrain SA is mainly engaged in the production of cheese and other dairy products. It produces a range of dairy products, which include cheese, butter and cream, for the retail market and food service professionals, as well as technical butters and highly specific dairy proteins for the food, dietic and health industries. Its brands include Aperivrais de Saint Moret, Boursault, Elle & Vire, Bakony, Chavrie and Saladena, among many others. In April 30, 2013, the company announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Fromagerie Bethaut in order to develop its offering of cheese specialty products.

The company has a market capitalization of 669.26 Million, EPS is 4.35, P/E ratio is 10.98 and the dividend yield is 2.72% at the annual dividend payout of 1.30.

Fromageries Bel SA (EPA: FBEL)

The company is engaged in the manufacture of branded cheeses. Its portfolio of products includes brands such as: Kiri, Baybel, The laughing Cow, Boursin and Leerdammer, Cantadou, Boursin, Karicka, Bonbel, Kaukauna, Maredsous, Gervais, Limiano, Merkts, Mini Babybel, Picon, Port Salut, among others. As of December 31, 2011, Formageries Bel SA was in 67.45% owned by Unibel and in 24.06%-owned by Societer pour le Financement de I Industrie Laitiere.

It has a market capitalization of 1.98 Billion, EPS is 18.73, P/E ratio is 15.48 and the dividend yield is 2.16% at the annual dividend payout of 6.25.

Thales SA (EPA: HO)

It is a Franc-based provider of onboard and ground systems for the civil aerospace market. The company operates in numerous countries through its divisions which include Aerospace, Space, Defense, Security which offer the emergence of new types of threats-from terrorism and organized crime to drug trafficking, mass immigration and cyber-attacks and Transportation, which offers a wide range of railways signaling solutions and integrated transportation systems, to ensure safe and secure transportation of goods and people.

The company has a market capitalization of 7.59 Billion, EPS is 2.69, P/E ratio is 14.16 and the dividend yield is 2.31% at the annual dividend payout of 0.63.

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