Daimler performance resilient in third quarter – News Nation USA

STUTTGART, Germany, Oct. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Unit sales at Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans decreased due to semiconductor shortage
  • Group revenue of €40.1 billion (Q3 2020: €40.3 billion) at prior-year level
  • EBIT of €3,579 million (Q3 2020: €3,070 million)
  • Industrial free cash flow of €2,249 million (Q3 2020: €5,139 million)
  • Net industrial liquidity of €23.5 billion (end of Q2 2021: €20.9 billion)
  • Group net profit of €2,573 million (Q3 2020: €2,158 million)
  • Outlook for fiscal year 2021 (Daimler Trucks & Buses included for 12 months): Group EBIT to be significantly above the prior-year level. Free cash flow of the industrial business is now expected to be at the prior-year level

Daimler AG’s (ticker symbol: DAI) business performance demonstrated resilience in the third quarter ending September 30, 2021. Despite considerably lower production and sales due to the semiconductor shortage, revenue remained at the prior-year level. Group EBIT increased thanks to improved product mix, revenue quality and a tight grip on fixed costs. Demand for all products remains strong in all markets as the world’s pre-eminent luxury brand continues its global rollout of electric-only vehicles.

Total unitsales decreased by 25% to 577,800 passenger cars and commercial vehicles (Q3 2020: 772,700) mainly due to the global supply constraints. Grouprevenue remained at €40.1 billion (Q3 2020: €40.3 billion). The share from discontinued operations was €8.4 billion (Q3 2020: €8.7 billion). GroupEBIT was €3,579 million (Q3 2020: €3,070 million). The share from discontinued operations was €680 million (Q3 2020: €559 million). Adjusted EBIT, reflecting the underlying business, was €3,611 million (Q3 2020: €3,479 million). Groupnet profit was €2,573 million (Q3 2020: €2,158 million). The share from discontinued operations was €549 million (Q3 2020: €347 million).

“We remain on track to meet our full-year targets thanks to a more robust business – resulting in an EBIT increase despite a challenging environment,” stated Harald Wilhelm, Chief Financial Officer of Daimler AG. “At the same time, we made substantial progress with our strategic agenda: continuing the rollout of highly desirable electric vehicles, laying the groundwork for scaled up battery cell production with our intended stake in ACC, and through gaining shareholder approval for creating two pure-play companies.”

On July 30, 2021, the Board of Management of Daimler AG, with the approval of the Supervisory Board, resolved to spin off the former Daimler Trucks & Buses division, including the associated financial services business (Daimler Commercial Vehicles business). At the Extraordinary General Meeting on October 1, 2021, the shareholders of Daimler AG approved the spin-off with 99.9% of the represented share capital. As a result, the criteria for classification as discontinued operations and asassets and liabilitiesheld for distribution or sale, have been met. Group figures within financial statements have been split into continued and discontinued operations. Continued operations are presented in the consolidated income statement; the result of the discontinued operations after taxes is shown in a separate line. The previous year’s figures have been adjusted accordingly.

Investments, free cash flow and liquidity

A tight grip on fixed costs, working capital and investment translated into a comfortable level of free cash flow. The free cash flow of the industrial business was €2,249 million (Q3 2020: €5,139 million), including important upfront investments in future products. The adjusted free cash flow of the industrialbusiness was €2,833 million (Q3 2020: €5,345 million). The net liquidity of the industrial business amounted to €23.5 billion at the end of the third quarter, compared with €20.9 billion at the end of the second quarter 2021 and €17.9 billion at year-end 2020. The Group’s investments in property, plant and equipment in the third quarter totaled €1,106 million (Q3 2020: €1,193 million). Research & developmentexpenditure amounted to €2,212 million (Q3 2020: €2,126 million).

Divisional results

Sales at the Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans division decreased by 30% to 471,400 vehicles in the third quarter (Q3 2020: 673,400). High-end vehicles including Mercedes-Maybach, Mercedes-AMG, the S-Class and G-Class as well as the GLE and GLS showed strong growth, with favorable mix and net pricing helping to partially offset semiconductor-driven supply constraints and raw material headwinds.

Revenue was €25.6 billion (Q3 2020: €25.8 billion). EBIT amounted to €2,004 million (Q3 2020: €2,118 million) and the return on sales was 7.8% (Q3 2020: 8.2%). Adjusted EBIT reached €2,175 million (Q3 2020: €2,417 million) with the adjusted return on sales at 8.5% (Q3 2020: 9.4%). Cash flow before interest and taxes (CFBIT) was €3,652 million (Q3 2020: €4,617 million). Adjusted CFBIT amounted to €4,127 million (Q3 2020: €4,821 million). The adjusted cash conversion rate (CCR) was 1.9 (Q3 2020: 2.0).

Sales at Mercedes-Benz Cars declined by 32% to 383,500 vehicles in the third quarter (Q3 2020: 566,600). The presentation of four new electric concepts and vehicles at the Munich IAA underlined the brand’s unrelenting focus on luxury and tech in the area of passenger cars. Mercedes-Benz Vans‘ sales decreased by 18% to 88,000 vehicles (Q3 2020: 106,900). In the Vans segment, Mercedes-Benz introduced its new Citan and eCitan, launched a new battery variant for its eVito Tourer and started sales of its Sprinter 4×4.

For Daimler Trucks & Buses the third quarter was also a challenging one. The division’s operations and financial performance were impacted by supply chain constraints, mainly shortages of semiconductors, affecting especially the heavy duty segment. The division showed an increase in unit sales of 7% to 106,400 vehicles in the third quarter (Q3 2020: 99,300). Revenue was €8.9 billion (Q3 2020: €9.2 billion). EBIT amounted to €482 million (Q3 2020: €541 million) and the return on sales was 5.4% (Q3 2020: 5.9%). Adjusted EBIT was €489 million (Q3 2020: €603 million) and adjusted return on sales was 5.5% (Q3 2020: 6.5%). Cash flow before interest and taxes (CFBIT) showed an outflow of €576 million (Q3 2020: inflow of €1,142 million). Adjusted CFBIT amounted to an outflow of €527 million (Q3 2020: inflow of €1,142 million). The adjusted cash conversion rate (CCR) was minus 1.1 (Q3 2020: 1.9).

Unit sales at Daimler Trucks increased by 8% to 101,700 vehicles in the third quarter (Q3 2020: 94,100). Headwinds from raw materials were partially offset through increased net pricing. The North America order book for 2022 showed record incoming orders. Daimler Buses sold 4,700 vehicles, a decrease of 8% (Q3 2020: 5,100).

At Daimler Mobility, new business decreased by 22% to €14.6 billion in the third quarter (Q3 2020: €18.7 billion) due to the semiconductor related lower sales level. Contract volume was €148.1 billion at the end of the quarter (end of the second quarter 2021: €150.6 billion / end of 2020: €150.6 billion). Revenue was €6.9 billion (Q3 2020: €6.9 billion). The division’s EBIT amounted to €943 million (Q3 2020: €589 million). At 23.3%, return on equity was much higher than the 16.2% in the prior-year period. Adjusted EBIT was €943 million (Q3 2020: €601 million) and adjusted return on equity was 23.3% (Q3 2020: 16.5%).

The financial performance of the division strongly benefitted from lower refinancing costs and the strong credit quality of the portfolio. Daimler Mobility is expanding its offering of support for EV sales but these remain at a level equivalent to ICE vehicles.

Outlook for Daimler and the divisions

The economic conditions for worldwide demand for cars are likely to remain favorable during the rest of the year. It remains difficult to deliver an accurate forecast on how the supply situation will continue to develop. Daimler assumes that strained supply chains and bottlenecks for key components will continue to have a considerable impact on worldwide vehicle production also in the fourth quarter of the year. Daimler assumes in the fourth quarter an improved semiconductor supply situation compared with Q3, despite limited visibility and high volatility. The overriding structural shortage of semiconductors is expected to remain an issue in 2022 but should improve compared to 2021.

Based on the divisions’ current assessments, Daimler now expects Group revenues and Group EBIT in full-year to be significantly above the level of the previous year. Daimler assumes that the worldwide semiconductor shortage will affect Mercedes-Benz Cars and Mercedes-Benz Vansunit sales in the fourth quarter. Mercedes-Benz Cars now anticipates slightly lower unit sales in the full-year 2021 than in the previous year. Mercedes-Benz Vans now expects its unit sales in 2021 to be at the prior-year level. Following the drop in demand in 2020, major truck markets are expected to recover in 2021, which should also benefit the sales of Daimler Trucks & Buses. The division continues to anticipate a significant increase in unit sales, mainly reflecting the expectations for the markets in North America, Indonesia and the EU region.

Based on the performance in the first nine month of the year and the above mentioned assumptions, the divisions expect the following adjusted returns in the year 2021:

  • Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans: adjusted return on sales of 10 – 12% (unchanged)
  • Daimler Trucks & Buses: adjusted return on sales of 6 – 8% (unchanged, excluding effects from the spin-off)
  • Daimler Mobility: adjusted return on equity of 20 – 22% (previously: 17 – 19%)

The calculation of the adjusted return on equity of the Daimler Mobility division does not include any impact on division EBIT from the deconsolidation of parts of the financial services business.

The adjusted cash conversion rate (ratio of cash flow to EBIT) for the Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans division is now expected to be between 0.8 and 1.0 in 2021 (previously: 0.7 and 0.9). For Daimler Trucks & Buses, the adjusted cash conversion rate for full-year 2021 is also likely to be between 0.8 and 1.0 (unchanged, excluding effects from the spin-off).

Investments in property, plant and equipment in 2021 on a group level are expected to be slightly below the magnitude of the previous year (previously: in the magnitude of previous year); research & developmentinvestments on a group level are expected to be slightly (previously: significantly) above the prior year’s level.

Daimler now expects the free cash flow of the industrial business for 2021 to be at the prior-year level, excluding spin-off effects from Trucks & Buses (previously: slightly below 2020’s figure). This includes payments agreed in the third quarter of 2020 in the context of the settlement with the US-regulators and plaintiff representatives of the consumer class actions relating to diesel emissions, cash-outs due to the restructuring program, higher cash taxes than in 2020, as well as costs related to the planned spin-off of Daimler Truck.

Link to capital market presentation third quarter:

www.daimler.com/q3-2021/en

Link to sales release Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans third quarter:

Quarterly sales release Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans

The figures in this document are preliminary and have neither been approved yet by the Supervisory Board nor audited by the external auditor.

This document contains forward-looking statements that reflect our current views about future events. The words “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “can,” “could,” “plan,” “project,” “should” and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to many risks and uncertainties, including an adverse development of global economic conditions, in particular a decline of demand in our most important markets; a deterioration of our refinancing possibilities on the credit and financial markets; events of force majeure including natural disasters, pandemics, acts of terrorism, political unrest, armed conflicts, industrial accidents and their effects on our sales, purchasing, production or financial services activities; changes in currency exchange rates and tariff regulations; a shift in consumer preferences towards smaller, lower-margin vehicles; a possible lack of acceptance of our products or services which limits our ability to achieve prices and adequately utilize our production capacities; price increases for fuel or raw materials; disruption of production due to shortages of materials, labor strikes or supplier insolvencies; a decline in resale prices of used vehicles; the effective implementation of cost-reduction and efficiency-optimization measures; the business outlook for companies in which we hold a significant equity interest; the successful implementation of strategic cooperations and joint ventures; changes in laws, regulations and government policies, particularly those relating to vehicle emissions, fuel economy and safety; the resolution of pending government investigations or of investigations requested by governments and the conclusion of pending or threatened future legal proceedings; and other risks and uncertainties, some of which we describe under the heading “Risk and Opportunity Report” in the current Annual Report. If any of these risks and uncertainties materializes or if the assumptions underlying any of our forward-looking statements prove to be incorrect, the actual results may be materially different from those we express or imply by such statements. We do not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements since they are based solely on the circumstances at the date of publication.

Daimler at a glance

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans, Daimler Trucks & Buses and Daimler Mobility divisions, the Group is one of the leading global suppliers of premium cars and one of the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles. Daimler Mobility offers financing, leasing, fleet management, investments, credit card and insurance brokerage as well as innovative mobility services. The company founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history by inventing the automobile in 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler sees shaping the future of mobility in a safe and sustainable way as both a motivation and obligation. The company’s focus therefore remains on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior vehicles that both captivate and inspire. Daimler continues to invest systematically in the development of efficient powertrains – from high-tech combustion engines and hybrid vehicles to all-electric powertrains with battery or fuel cell – with the goal of making locally emission-free driving possible in the long term. The company’s efforts are also focused on the intelligent connectivity of its vehicles, autonomous driving and new mobility concepts. Daimler regards it as its aspiration and obligation to live up to its responsibility to society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly every country of the world and has production facilities in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. In addition to Mercedes-Benz, the world’s most valuable premium automotive brand (source: Interbrand study, 17 Oct. 2019), and Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes me, its brand portfolio includes smart, EQ, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, FUSO, Setra and Thomas Built Buses as well as the brands of Daimler Mobility: Mercedes-Benz Bank, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Daimler Truck Financial. The company is listed on the Frankfurt and Stuttgart stock exchanges (ticker symbol DAI). In 2019, the Group had a workforce of around 298,700 and sold 3.3 million vehicles. Group revenues amounted to €172.7 billion and Group EBIT to €4.3 billion.

Figures for the 3rd quarter 2021

Daimler Group Q3 Q3 Change YTD YTD Change
2021 2020 21/20 2021 2020 21/20
 Sales, in units 577,848 772,703 -25% 2,042,842 1,958,852 +4%
 Revenue, in millions of € 40,083 40,281 -0% 124,582 107,688 +16%
    thereof from discontinued activities 8,436 8,661 -3% 25,929 22,594 +15%
 EBIT, in millions of € 3,579 3,070 +17% 14,512 2,005 +624%
    thereof from discontinued activities 680 559 +22% 2,530 80
 EBIT adjusted, in millions of € 3,611 3,479 +4% 13,999 3,490 +301%
 Net profit/loss, in millions of € 2,573 2,158 +19% 10,650 420
    thereof from discontinued activities 549 347 +58% 2,008 -297
 Earnings per share (EPS), in € 2.31 1.91 +21% 9.68 0.13
    thereof from discontinued activities 0.50 0.32 +56% 1.85 -0.28
 Employees (September 30) 289,282 291,770 -1% 289,282 291,770 -1%
 Net liquidity (industrial business, September 30), in millions of € 23,458 13,079 +79% 23,458 13,079 +79%
 Free cash flow (industrial business), in millions of € 2,249 5,139 -56% 6,645 3,508 +89%
 Free cash flow (industrial business) adjusted, in millions of € 2,833 5,345 -47% 8,615 4,261 +102%
Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans Q3 Q3 Change YTD YTD Change
2021 2020 21/20 2021 2020 21/20
 Sales, in units 471,404 673,447 -30% 1,718,249 1,700,989 +1%
    Sales Mercedes-Benz Cars, in units 383,450 566,581 -32% 1,443,509 1,446,086 -0%
    Sales Mercedes-Benz Vans, in units 87,954 106,866 -18% 274,740 254,903 +8%
 Revenue, in millions of € 25,603 25,818 -1% 80,641 67,963 +19%
 EBIT, in millions of € 2,004 2,118 -5% 9,520 1,503 +533%
 EBIT adjusted, in millions of € 2,175 2,417 -10% 9,620 2,736 +252%
 Return on Sales (RoS), in % 7.8% 8.2% -0.4pts 11.8% 2.2% +9.6%pts
 Return on Sales (RoS) adjusted, in % 8.5% 9.4% -0.9pts 11.9% 4.0% +7.9%pts
 Cash Flow Before Interest and Tax (CFBIT), in millions of € 3,652 4,617 -21% 8,122 3,318 +145%
 Cash Flow Before Interest and Tax (CFBIT) adjusted, in millions of € 4,127 4,821 -14% 10,061 4,062 +148%
 Cash Conversion Rate (CCR) adjusted 1.9 2.0 1.0 1.5
Daimler Trucks & Buses Q3 Q3 Change YTD YTD Change
2021 2020 21/20 2021 2020 21/20
 Sales, in units 106,444 99,256 +7% 324,593 257,863 +26%
    Sales Daimler Trucks, in units 101,715 94,141 +8% 311,439 244,554 +27%
    Sales Daimler Buses, in units 4,729 5,115 -8% 13,154 13,309 -1%
 Revenue, in millions of € 8,890 9,230 -4% 27,567 24,174 +14%
 EBIT, in millions of € 482 541 -11% 2,342 32
 EBIT adjusted, in millions of € 489 603 -19% 1,838 103
 Return on Sales (RoS), in % 5.4% 5.9% -0.5pts 8.5% 0.1% +8.4%pts
 Return on Sales (RoS) adjusted, in % 5.5% 6.5% -1.0pts 6.7% 0.4% +6.3%pts
 Cash Flow Before Interest and Tax (CFBIT), in millions of € -576 1,142 712 936 -24%
 Cash Flow Before Interest and Tax (CFBIT) adjusted, in millions of € -527 1,142 601 936 -36%
 Cash Conversion Rate (CCR) adjusted -1.1 1.9 0.3 9.1
Daimler Mobility Q2 Q2 Change YTD YTD Change
2021 2020 21/20 2021 2020 21/20
 Revenue, in millions of € 6,855 6,877 -0% 20,695 20,428 +1%
 New business, in millions of € 14,633 18,676 -22% 48,588 48,821 -0%
 Contract volume (September 30), in millions of € 148,091 149,816 -1% 148,091 149,816 -1%
 EBIT, in millions of € 943 589 +60% 2,611 852 +206%
 EBIT adjusted, in millions of € 943 601 +57% 2,564 972 +164%
 Return on Equity (RoE), in % 23.3% 16.2% +7.1pts 22.5% 7.8% +14.7%pts
 Return on Equity (RoE) adjusted, in % 23.3% 16.5% +6.8pts 22.1% 8.8% +13.3%pts

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