These Five Income Stocks Will Gain From Sterling Weakness: GlaxoSmithKline plc (ADR) (GSK), AstraZeneca plc (ADR) (AZN)

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LONDON — So far this year, the pound has fallen more than 7% against the dollar, and it’s now trading at its lowest level since July 2010.

It looks likely to get worse before it gets better, with fears of a triple-dip recession, the loss of the AAA rating, fudged coalition politics, Mervyn King voting for more QE, and an even more inflation-tolerant Bank of England Governor waiting in the wings.

GlaxoSmithKline plc (ADR) (NYSE:GSK)Dividends
With 70% of FTSE 100 company earnings coming from overseas, a weak pound can be a boost for the index. It should also be good news for dividends.

Brokers Shore Capital estimate that dividend growth in the FTSE 350 could double if sterling continues to fall against the dollar. Some of the big beneficiaries are the miners, which I looked at last week. But they start from a low base yield.

So I’ve trawled the FTSE’s top 20 highest-yield stocks to screen for those with substantial overseas earnings, especially U.S.-based. With the euro looking at least as vulnerable as the pound, I’ve screened out companies with high European earnings.

These are the five high-income stocks, all with prospective yields of more than 4.5%, which should benefit most from sterling’s woes:

1. BAE Systems plc (LON:BA)
The U.S. is by far the most important market for BAE Systems , accounting for nearly half its revenues. The U.K. contributes a fifth, and my guess is that much of BAE’s other revenues are dollar denominated.

The imminent impact of sequestration is a threat to BAE’s U.S. sales, but, ultimately, I don’t believe the U.S. will allow its national defense to be compromised. So I see BAE as a good long-term buy, with a prospective yield of 5.8%.

2. GlaxoSmithKline plc (ADR) (NYSE:GSK)
GlaxoSmithKline plc (ADR) (NYSE:GSK)’s response to the patent cliff — moving into over-the-counter medicines and emerging markets — shows up in its revenue split. Just 6% of sales are in the U.K., with the U.S. contributing a third of the total.

Pharmaceutical shares demonstrated their defensive mettle in the 2007/2008 crash, losing just 15% as the FTSE halved. With a broad spread of revenues, a growing emerging markets franchise, and a yield of 5.3%, GSK is all things to all men. Why wouldn’t you own it?

3. AstraZeneca plc (ADR) (NYSE:AZN)
AstraZeneca plc (ADR) (NYSE:AZN) gets nearly 40% of its revenues from the Americas, with a quarter each from the U.K. and continental Europe. At 6%, it has one of the FTSE’s highest yields, with fears over the company’s patent cliff weighing on the shares. Already, it’s seeing declining revenues.

New CEO Pascal Soriot should update investors with his strategy this month. That seems aimed at repositioning Astra back to scientific innovation, with maybe some biotech acquisitions or joint ventures. It would be a markedly different strategy from rival GSK.

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