Sanofi Aventis (NYSE:SNY) is a lesser-known healthcare play, but another dividend-paying giant in the Berkshire portfolio. Like GSK, Sanofi is a foreign drugmaker and thus has a less reliable dividend policy.
In fact, this company pays annual dividends instead of quarterly ones. SNY paid a regular dividend $1.43 in May for a yield of 3.8% on current shares. That’s a good yield — but it’s worth noting the payday won’t come around again for roughly 10 months, so take that into account.
But the kicker this year was an additional special dividend of$1.48 a share on top of the regular payment. That brings the nominal yield to 7.8% annualized, though it’s admittedly a stretch to imagine that payout sticking for good.