Third-quarter cash flow better than market expectations

Daimler AG / Quarter Results


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Third-quarter cash flow better than market expectations
* Earnings also better than anticipated
Stuttgart -Daimler AG (stock-exchange abbreviation DAI) today presented its preliminary figures for the third quarter of 2009.
Group revenue amounted to EUR19.3 billion, while Group EBIT including adjustments and special items at Freightliner and Fuso amounted to EUR470 million; the industrial business generated a free cash flow of EUR2.3 billion in the first nine months of this year (Q3 2009: EUR2.0 billion).
The divisions' earnings (EBIT) were as follows: 
* Mercedes-Benz Cars: EUR355 million 
* Daimler Trucks: minus EUR127 million
* Mercedes-Benz Vans: EUR1 million 
* Daimler Buses: EUR23 million 
* Daimler Financial Services: EUR101 million 

The industrial business generated a free cash flow of EUR2.3 billion in the first nine months of this year (Q3 2009: EUR2.0 billion). Net liquidity thus increased to approximately EUR6.7 billion at September 30, 2009.
The free cash flow of the industrial business in the third quarter was affected by an increase in liabilities due to the higher production volume after the production break in August, as well as positive management of accounts receivables. There was also an impact from payments within the Group that were received by the industrial business from the financial services business within the context of fiscal unities (EUR0.6 billion).
Daimler anticipates a positive free cash flow in the industrial business in full-year 2009.

These figures surpass analysts' consensus estimates of which the Group is currently aware.

The Daimler Group will publish further details of its quarterly financial statements on October 27, 2009.

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About Daimler 
Daimler AG, Stuttgart, with its businesses Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Daimler Financial Services, Mercedes-Benz Vans and Daimler Buses, is a globally leading producer of premium passenger cars and the global market leader of heavy- and medium-duty trucks as well as buses. The Daimler Financial Services division has a broad offering of financial services, including vehicle financing, leasing, insurance and fleet management. Daimler sells its products in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, continued to make automotive history following their invention of the automobile in 1886. As an automotive pioneer, Daimler and its employees willingly accept an obligation to act responsibly towards society and the environment and to shape the future of safe and sustainable mobility with groundbreaking technologies and high-quality products. The current brand portfolio includes the world's most valuable automobile brand, Mercedes-Benz, as well as smart, AMG, Maybach, Freightliner, Western Star, Mitsubishi Fuso, Setra, Orion and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt, New York and Stuttgart (stock exchange abbreviation DAI). In 2008, the Group sold 2.1 million vehicles and employed a workforce of over 270,000 people; revenue totaled EUR95.9 billion and EBIT amounted to EUR2.7 billion. Daimler is an automotive Group with a commitment to excellence, and aims to achieve sustainable growth and industry-leading profitability.

19.10.2009  financial News transmitted by DGAP

Language:     English
Company:      Daimler AG
              Mercedesstrasse 137
              70327 Stuttgart
Phone:        +49 (0)711 179 22 61
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