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15 Stocks and Companies that will Suffer if Europe Collapses


Where do Coke, McDonald's, and Phillip Morris fall?

Austerity, slowing growth, and the threat of sovereign default pose major risks to companies and countries with significant exposure to Europe.

S&P 500 companies derive 14 percent of sales and 18 percent of profits from Europe, according to a report by Bank of America. The staff at Business Insider put together a list of 15 companies with the most sales exposure to Europe.

The majority of this exposure is in core Europe, with tech being particularly volatile.

[Author's note: Europe sales indicates what portion of business a company does with the EU. Foreign sales is the total amount of business it does worldwide; excludes domestic sales.]

15. AON Corp

  • Europe sales: 39 percent
  • Foreign sales: 60 percent

American multinational company AON Corp. provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage and consulting services.


14. McDonald's Corp.

  • Europe sales: 40 percent
  • Foreign sales: 66 percent

The world's largest burger chain, McDonald's is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois.



13. Gilead Sciences Inc.

  • Europe sales: 40 percent
  • Foreign sales: 47 percent

Biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences largely focuses on antiviral drugs to treat people with HIV, Hepatitis B, or influenza.


12. Dentsply International Inc.

  • Europe sales: 40 percent
  • Foreign sales: 62 percent

Dentsply International is a dental equipment maker, and producer of dental consumables like tooth whiteners.

11. Autodesk Inc.

  • Europe sales: 40 percent
  • Foreign sales: 71 percent

Founded in 1982, Autodesk Inc. is an American multinational corporation that produces computer software used in architecture, engineering, manufacturing and media industries.


10. Western Union Co.

  • Europe sales: 41 percent
  • Foreign sales: 71 percent

Financial services and communications company Western Union is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.



9. Philip Morris International Inc.

  • Europe sales: 41 percent
  • Foreign sales: 100 percent

International tobacco company Philip Morris spun off from Altria Group in 2008. Its most prominent brands include Marlboro, L&M, Bond Street, Red & White.

[Editor's note: Phillip Morris International Inc. should not to be confused with Phillip Morris USA. Phillip Morris International Inc. was established for the sole purpose of marketing to the international community. Therefore, Foreign sales are "100 percent" of business.]

8. Owens-Illinois Inc.

  • Europe sales: 42 percent
  • Foreign sales: 72 percent

Owens-Illinois manufactures packaging products and specializes in container glass products.


7. Accenture PLC

  • Europe sales: 44 percent
  • Foreign sales: 56 percent

Accenture is a management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company with offices in 53 countries.


6. Priceline.com Inc.

  • Europe sales: 45 percent
  • Foreign sales: 45 percent

Priceline.com is an online travel company that offers consumers discount rates for airline tickets and hotel stays.


5. Sigma-Aldrich Corp.

  • Europe sales: 45 percent
  • Foreign sales: 63 percent

Sigma-Aldrich is a life science and high technology company which operates in 40 countries.


4. XL Capital Ltd.

  • Europe sales: 48 percent
  • Foreign sales: 60 percent

XL Group is a financial services company headquartered in Ireland with executive offices in Bermuda. It was previously known as XL Capital Ltd. The company operates in insurance, reinsurance and life operations.

3. Harman International Industries

  • Europe sales: 60 percent
  • Foreign sales: 80 percent

Harman International Industries is an international audio and infotainment equipment company. The company sells branded auto systems to car makers like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors.

2. First Solar Inc.

  • Europe sales: 60 percent
  • Foreign sales: 87 percent

First Solar manufactures solar modules with an advanced thin-film semiconductor technology.


1. Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.

  • Europe sales: 100 percent
  • Foreign sales: 100 percent

Coca-Cola enterprises markets, produces and distributes Coca-Cola products and is the bottler for Western Europe. Its products include Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dasani, and Fanta among others.

[Editor's note: Much like the aforementioned Phillip Morris International Inc., Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. is the international arm of the main Coca-Cola corporation. Therefore, Foreign sales and Europe sales are "100 percent."]

Sources: Bank of America, Business Insider.

[Editor's note: the above is a cross post that originally appeared on Wall St. Cheat Sheet.]

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