Preliminary results for the second quarter 2019 – Daimler adjusts its earnings guidance

Preliminary results for the second quarter 2019

Due to items listed below, Daimler AG has achieved a Group EBIT for the second quarter 2019 that is significantly below market expectations. Group EBIT sums up to EUR minus 1.6 billion (Q2 2018: EUR 2.6 billion).

EBIT for the divisions amounts to:

  • Mercedes-Benz Cars: EUR minus 0.7 billion (Q2 2018: EUR 1.9 billion)
  • Daimler Trucks: EUR 0.7 billion (Q2 2018: EUR 0.5 billion)
  • Mercedes-Benz Vans: EUR minus 2.0 billion (Q2 2018: EUR 0.2 billion)
  • Daimler Buses: EUR 0.1 billion (Q2 2018: EUR 0.1 billion)
  • Daimler Financial Services: EUR 0.4 billion (Q2 2018: EUR 0.1 billion)
  • Reconciliation: EUR minus 0.1 billion (Q2 2018: EUR minus 0.1 billion)

All mentioned figures are preliminary and unaudited.

In addition to the facts already disclosed in our ad-hoc notification dated June 23, 2019, the following major items had an impact on EBIT:

  • New information lead to a revised risk assessment with regard to provisions for an extended recall in Europe and Rest of World in connection with Takata airbags. Provisions had to be increased by around EUR 1.0 billion.
  • In addition, EBIT was impacted by a reassessment made today in connection with ongoing governmental and court proceedings and measures relating to Mercedes-Benz Diesel vehicles in various regions, which lead to an increase in expected expenses by around EUR 1.6 billion.
  • Finally, a decision by the Board of Management in the context of the product portfolio review and prioritization, which was taken today, will affect earnings of the Mercedes-Benz Vans division in the second quarter 2019 by around EUR 0.5 billion.

When reassessing the earnings outlook for 2019, in addition to the factors mentioned above, also adjusted sales and earnings projections resulting from the following factors had to be taken into account:

  • Slower product ramp ups affecting product availability throughout 2019 and
  • lower growth in automotive markets than expected.

As a result, Daimler now has the following outlook for Group EBIT and for the Return on Sales (RoS) of the divisions:

  • Outlook for Group EBIT now expected to be significantly below prior year level (previously in the same magnitude)
  • Mercedes-Benz Cars now expected to be 3 % to 5 % RoS (previously 6 % to 8 %)
  • Daimler Trucks unchanged 7 % to 9 % RoS
  • Mercedes-Benz Vans now expected to be minus 15 % to minus 17 % RoS (previously minus 2 % to minus 4 %)
  • Daimler Buses unchanged 5 % to 7 % RoS
  • Daimler Financial Services unchanged 17 % to 19 % Return on Equity

The free cash flow of the industrial business for the second quarter 2019 is expected to be below the respective previous year quarter.

For the financial year 2019 the free cash flow of the industrial business can no longer be expected to be slightly higher than 2018.

EBIT and Return on Sales are defined as on p. 344/345 of the Daimler Annual Report 2018.s

SOURCE: Daimler AG

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