Current Group Key Figures

Here you will find the latest Daimler key figures such as EBIT, Net Profit or Net Liquidity of the second quarter 2020 - including a brief explanation. For some key figures we have created charts showing the quarterly development in the past three years.

Due to the unprecedented covid-19 pandemic, we had to endure a challenging quarter. But our net industrial liquidity is a testament to effective cost control and cash management, which we must continue to enforce. We are now seeing the first signs of a sales recovery – especially at Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, where we are experiencing strong demand for our top end models and our electrified vehicles. Going forward, we are firmly determined to continue to improve the cost base of our company. At the same time, we are committed to our key strategic objectives: to lead in electrification and digitalization.

Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG

How was Daimler's financial result?

30,184 mn


Q2 2019: € 42,650 mn

-1,682 mn


Q2 2019: € -1,558 mn

-1,906 mn

Net profit

Q2 2019: € -1,242 mn

  • Revenue
  • EBIT
  • Net profit (loss)

How is Daimler positioned in financial terms?

Compared with December 31, 2019, the net liquidity of the Industrial Business decreased by €1.5 billion to €9.5 billion. The decrease is mainly due to the negative free cash flow of the Industrial Business. Net debt at Group level, which primarily results from refinancing the leasing and sales-financing business, decreased compared with December 31, 2019 by €7.0 billion to €126.7 billion.

Despite a very volatile market environment, the Daimler Group once again utilized attractive conditions in the international money and capital markets for refinancing in the second quarter of 2020. In the second quarter of 2020, Daimler had a cash inflow of €5.2 billion from the issuance of bonds (Q2 2019: €0.4 billion). The redemption of bonds resulted in cash outflows of €7.4 billion (Q2 2019: €2.8 billion). A large proportion of the issuance volume was carried out in the form of so-called benchmark bonds (bonds with high nominal values).

Furthermore, we agreed with a consortium of international banks on an additional credit line of €12 billion at the beginning of April. Following capital market transactions led to a reduction of this credit line in the second quarter 2020, the available amount was adjusted to €9.9 billion.

How much does Daimler invest in its future?

2,424 mn

Capital expenditure

Q2 2019: € 2,753 mn

1,602 mn

Investment (industrial business) in ppe

Q2 2019: € 1,722 mn

2,255 mn

R&D expenditure

Q2 2019: € 2,357 mn

The Daimler Group invested €3.2 billion in property, plant and equipment in the first half of this year (Q1-2 2019: €3.4 billion). Most of that investment, €2.9 billion, was at Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans (Q1-2 2019: €2.9 billion). The main focus of capital expenditure was on production preparations for the new S-Class and the successor models of the compact cars, as well as preparing for the launch of the new C-Class. High investments also continued to be made in battery production. At Daimler Trucks & Buses, the main investments in the first half of 2020 were for successor generations of existing products, future projects, global engine and transmission projects and the optimization of our worldwide production and sales network.

The Daimler Group’s research and development spending in the first half of the year amounted to €4.6 billion (Q1-2 2019: €4.7 billion), of which €1.3 billion was capitalized (Q1-2 2019: €1.5 billion). More than three quarters, €3.9 billion, of the research and development expenditure was at Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans (Q1-2 2019: €4.0 billion). The main areas of development expenditure were for the next generation of electric vehicles and battery production. Furthermore, the topics of digitization and autonomous driving are constantly being pushed forward. The most important projects at Daimler Trucks & Buses were in the areas of emission standards and fuel efficiency, as well as tailored products and technologies for major growth markets. In addition, an important role is played by the future technologies of automated and autonomous driving, electric mobility and connectivity.

  • Capital expenditure
  • R&D expenditure

Key Figures about employees and sales



End of year 2019: 298,655 employees


Sold vehicles

Q2 2019: 821,700 vehicles


At the end of the second quarter of 2020, the Daimler Group employed 293,688 people worldwide (end of 2019: 298,655). Of that total, 169,593 were employed in Germany (end of 2019: 173,813), 25,543 in the United States (end of 2019: 25,788), 11,335 in Brazil (end of 2019: 11,128) and 11,473 in Japan (end of 2019: 10,056). Our consolidated companies in China employed 4,255 people at the end of June 2020 (end of 2019: 4,439).

Sold vehicles

The Group’s total unit sales decreased by 34% to 541,800 passenger cars and commercial vehicles (Q2 2019: 821,700).

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