Dividend giants

Dividend giants


This rating covers companies with the highest dividend rates in 2015. All of the companies have market capitalization of more than $24B, which is a fairly high criterion. We chose such companies to make sure we list only the most sustainable market players; as we all know, dividends as they are do not indicate any stability, which is proved even by the companies in our short list. Most of the large successful companies pay comparably small dividends (around 5% per annum), an if you encounter assets that promise significantly higher rates, it should be a reason to stop and think what could be wrong with it. In any case, such cases should be analyzed very carefully - or you should diversify your high-dividend portfolio to make sure that you get at least something after all.

It is worth mentioning that most companies from our today’s ranking have a low P/E coefficient. And this is the point: the combination of high profits and cheap stocks allows them to pay high dividends per share. As of today, most of the stocks listed here are traded at very low prices - that’s why they may be really worth investing. But you should never forget that a company can stop paying dividends at any moment.

The companies listed in the Dividend Giants ranking are represented in the indices of their countries (Danish OMXC 20, Russian MOEX, Swiss SMI, US S&P 500, Brazilian Bovespa, French CAC 40, British FTSE 100). Some of them are even listed in Global Dow. The price charts are represented in the traded currency. The capitalization and the annual turnover are converted into US dollars.


1. Møller-Mærsk Gruppen

  • Ticker: MAERSK-B
  • Stock Exchange: Copenhagen Stock Exchange 
  • Currency: DKK (Danish krone)
  • Country: Denmark
  • Capitalization: $31B
  • Annual turnover: $48B
  • P/E: 7.6
  • Annual dividend income: 20%

The ubiquitous containers with the famous logo. Maersk Sealand logo is often confused with the tiny country Sealand.

One of the largest ship operators in the world, it is ranked number one in container shipping. The company was founded in 1904. It took active part in World War II by supporting American troops, which led to significant losses: half of the company’s fleet was devastated. Today Møller-Mærsk owns 387 container ships and several dozens of ships of other types. The company is known to the public under brand name Maersk and has branches in 130 countries.

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Møller-Mærsk stock prices are so volatile that even the crisis of 2008 looks rather usual. For example, in the first half of 2015 the prices grew by 35% and fell back again. However, judging by the P/E these stocks are underestimated and can be expected to grow.


2. Norilsk Nickel

  • Ticker: GMKN
  • Stock Exchange: Moscow Exchange (MOEX) 
  • Currency: RUB (Russian ruble)
  • Country: Russia
  • Capitalization: $24B
  • Annual turnover (2012): $12B
  • P/E: 11
  • Annual dividend income: 13%

The fantastic view of the Russian Far North where Norilsk Nickel plants are situated.

Russian leading company in the production of precious and non-ferrous metals. Norilsk Nickel was founded in 1989as a result of cooperation of the Norilsk metal works and several other miners and processors. The Norilsk works, in its turn, was created in 1935 and started operating in 1939. The works were constructed by the Soviet political prisoners - including prominent scientists and engineers. In 1993 Norilsk Nickel became private and continued operation. At the moment it produces 38% of all palladium in the world, 9% of platinum, 11% of cobalt, 3% of copper and remains the unbeatable leader in production of nickel.

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Norilsk Nickel is one of the most successful Russian companies with a years-long positive share price trend. The company recovered from 2008 already by 2011, and since 2014 they are beating all their past records.


3. Petrobras

  • Ticker: PETR4
  • Stock Exchange: Bovespa Stock Exchange 
  • Currency: BRL (Brazilian real)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Capitalization: $28B
  • Annual turnover: $140B
  • P/E: ?
  • Annual dividend income: 11%

Sunny petrol stations from the sunny country.

The greatest Brazilian oil and gas company controlled by the government. It was founded in 1953 by the President Getúlio Vargas who thus ensured monopolistic rights to produce oil and gas. Until 1997 the Brazilian government owned 100% of Petrobras shares. By 2015 almost a half of stocks was sold to private investors, but the government remains the main stakeholder. Petrobras operates in 16 countries, mostly in the South and North America, and also in Africa. It is listed in the Global Dow index.


The share price movement, however, can hardly be called ‘sunny’. Today the share price is 5 times lower than it used to be in 2008, and it still continues to fall.


4. Blackstone Group

  • Ticker: BX
  • Stock Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
  • Currency: USD (US dollar)
  • Country: USA
  • Capitalization: $41B
  • Annual turnover: $7.5B
  • P/E: 20
  • Annual dividend income: 9.9%

Barack Obama made of wax. Even he is only a wax doll under control of the financial giants of the Blackstone Group!

The group of nvestment companies founded in 1985. It is engaged in financial and strategic consultancy, works on the real estate market, it owns six investment funds and manages assets of over $88B. Blackstone Group specializes in both direct investments and in acquisitions with further restructuring and re-selling. Apart from that all, the group owns Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.


Unlike many of the companies listed in this ranking, Blackstone Group’s shares are on the rise - not a very stable one, though.


5. Vivendi

  • Ticker: VIV
  • Stock Exchange: Euronext
  • Currency: EUR (euro)
  • Country: France
  • Capitalization: $28B
  • Annual turnover: $11B
  • P/E: 89
  • Annual dividend income: 8.9%

Vivendi is not widely-known outside France, but the logo of its Universal Music branch is always recognizable.

Media conglomerate that works in telecom and media production creating films, TV shows, music and computer games. Vivendi owns the world leading music company Universal Music Group. Moreover, it is a majority stakeholder of the second largest French mobile operator SFR, controls Maroc Telecom and cable TV channel Canal+. It is worth mentioning that for the bigger part of its lifecycle Vivendi operated in an absolutely different sphere: it was a water supplier for Lion. In 1980s Vivendi started broadening its area of focus: it worked with real estate, machinery, transportation, but soon got interested in the media business. The combination of high P/E and high dividends that we see in this company is quite unusual, and obviously cannot last for a long time, so we expect a decrease of one of the parameters in the near future. 

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The prices of Vivendi shares do not change drastically: even in 2008 they decreased only by a third. Nowadays they reached a local maximum, but this may be a rather unstable result due to the high P/E.


6. BP (British Petroleum)

  • Ticker: BP
  • Stock Exchange: London Stock Exchange (LSE)
  • Currency: GBP (UK pound)
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Capitalization: $105B
  • Annual turnover: $359B
  • P/E: ?
  • Annual dividend income: 8.6%

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The transnational oil and gas company is one of the Seven Sisters of the oil industry. Founded in 1909 to produce oil in Persia (now Iran), it was initially called Anglo-Persian Oil, later Anglo-Iranian Oil. The most active growth period of the company started in 1920s when the UK experienced a transportation boom. In the second half of the XX century after the UK lost its colonial power BP started scaling down the oil production in the Middle East and focused on the Atlantic ocean. The company continues its operation quite successfully and pays generous dividends - even after the great scandal caused by the ecological catastrophe in 2010, when a BP’s oil extracting site caused an affection of almost 1000 square kilometers of the Gulf of Mexico with oil.

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BP did not suffer much from the crisis of 2008, but the catastrophe of 2010 almost devastated its well-being by decreasing the quotes more than two times. The fall was partly overcome already by 2011, but the prices are not going to reach the initial position till today.


7. Swiss Re 

  • Ticker: SREN
  • Stock Exchange: SIX Swiss Exchange
  • Currency: CHF (Swiss franc)
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Capitalization: $33B
  • Annual turnover (2013): $29B
  • P/E: 9.3
  • Annual dividend income: 7.9%

Mary Axe skyscraper, the famous London headquarters of the Swiss company.

The second greatest reinsurance company in the world. Reinsurance implies that the company partly undertakes risks (together with risk premiums) of other insurance companies. This activities help market players create a well-balanced portfolio, ensure financial stability and profitability of insurance. The company was created in 1863; now it has branches in 25 countries, including Europe, Asia and Africa.

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Swiss Re suffered a lot from the 2008 instability. By 2015, the stock prices have recovered significantly, but never reached the initial level. However, P/E says they still have the room to grow.

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