Daimler Group EBIT of 1.2 billion EUR in the first quarter above market expectations

Daimler AG / Quarter Results

19.04.2010 20:23

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Daimler Group EBIT of 1.2 billion EUR in the first quarter above market expectations

* Mercedes-Benz Cars EBIT: 806 Mio. EUR
* Daimler Trucks EBIT: 130 Mio. EUR
Stuttgart - Daimler AG (stock-exchange abbreviation DAI) today releases its preliminary figures for the first quarter of 2010. Group revenues amount to 21.2 billion EUR, while Group Earnings before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) including special reporting items amount to 1.2 (2009: -1.4) billion EUR.
The EBIT in the first quarter was supported by very solid results at Mercedes-Benz Cars in consequence of strong sales, model mix and pricing as well as a favourable overall cost position during the first quarter.
The divisions' preliminary EBITs are:
Mercedes-Benz Cars 806 million EUR;
Daimler Trucks 130 million EUR;
Mercedes-Benz Vans 64 million EUR;
Daimler Buses 41 million EUR;
Daimler Financial Services 119 million EUR.

Negative special reporting items are included in the division results in Daimler Trucks and Daimler Financial Services. The gain from the sale of the stake in Tata and the negative impact from EADS are at similar levels.
The divisions' revenues are:
Mercedes-Benz Cars 11.6 billion EUR;
Daimler Trucks 4.9 billion EUR;
Mercedes-Benz Vans 1.7 billion EUR;
Daimler Buses 1.0 billion EUR;
Daimler Financial Services 3.1 billion EUR.

EBIT Outlook 2010

Mercedes-Benz Cars expects an EBIT of 2,5 to 3 billion EUR from ongoing business. Daimler Trucks anticipates an EBIT of 500 to 700 million EUR from ongoing business.

These Q1 figures are preliminary and not reviewed by the auditor. Daimler will publish final numbers and the group guidance as well as further details of its quarterly financial statements on April 27, 2010.  

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About Daimler 
Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides its customers with a full range of automotive financial services including financing, leasing, insurance and fleet management. The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As an automotive pioneer, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility. The Group applies innovative and green technologies to produce safe and superior vehicles which fascinate and delight its customers. With the development of alternative drive systems, Daimler is the only vehicle producer investing in hybrid drive, electric motors and fuel-cell systems, with the goal of achieving emission-free mobility in the long term. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world's most valuable automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Maybach, Freightliner, Western Star, Fuso, Setra, Orion and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt, New York and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2009, the Group sold 1.6 million vehicles and employed a workforce of more than 256,000 people; revenue totaled EUR78.9 billion and EBIT amounted minus EUR1.5 billion.

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Language:     English
Company:      Daimler AG
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