Adjustment of the forecasting

January 19, 2019 - Adjustment of the forecasting method for the Group and the divisions effective as of financial year 2019

Stuttgart, Germany - With the guidance for the 2019 financial year, for forecasting the profitability of the divisions, Daimler will change over to using return on sales instead of EBIT for the automotive divisions and return on equity for Daimler Financial Services. This will create a link between our expectations for the current financial year and our strategic targets.

In the future, divisional return on sales and return on equity will be forecast on the basis of bandwidths.

For the Daimler Group’s EBIT, we will retain the current method of a comparative forecast; however, we will adjust the forecast sensitivities:

  • The forecast “at the prior-year level” represents a change compared with the prior-year figure of -5% to +5%.
  • The forecast “slightly above/below the prior-year level” represents a change compared with the prior-year figure of > +/-5%.
  • The forecast “significantly above/below the prior-year level” represents a change compared with the prior-year figure of > +/-15%.

In addition, for both the Group and the divisions, we are adjusting the forecast sensitivities for the less volatile reporting parameters unit sales and revenue as follows:

  • The forecast “at the prior-year level” represents a change compared with the prior-year figure of -2% to +2%.
  • The forecast “slightly above/below the prior-year level” represents a change compared with the prior-year figure of > +/-2%.
  • The forecast “significantly above/below the prior-year level” represents a change compared with the prior-year figure of > +/-7.5%.

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