Daimler reports second-quarter 2020 results

STUTTGART, Germany, July 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —
Revenue of €30.2 billion (Q2 2019: €42.7…

STUTTGART, Germany, July 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Revenue of €30.2 billion (Q2 2019: €42.7 billion)
  • Positive industrial free cash flow of €685 million (Q2 2019: minus €1,302 million)
  • Industrial net liquidity of €9.5 billion (end of Q1 2020: €9.3 billion)
  • Adjusted EBIT of minus €708 million (Q2 2019: plus €2,447 million)
  • Group net loss of €1,906 million (Q2 2019: net loss of €1,242 million)
  • Group EBIT and industrial free cash flow full year 2020 to be positive but lower than in previous year

Daimler AG (ticker symbol: DAI) today reported its results for the second quarter, which ended June 30, 2020. The key figures were strongly influenced by the corona pandemic and the resulting decline in demand for cars, vans, trucks and buses. The Group’s total unit sales decreased by 34% to 541,800 passenger cars and commercial vehicles (Q2 2019: 821,700). Revenue slipped significantly by 29% to €30.2 billion (Q2 2019: €42.7 billion). EBIT was minus €1,682 million (Q2 2019: minus €1,558 million). Adjusted EBIT, reflecting the underlying business, was minus €708 million (Q2 2019: plus €2,447 million). Net loss was €1,906 million (Q2 2019: net loss of €1,242 million). Industrial free cash flow was positive in the quarter, and industrial net liquidity remained on a solid level versus first quarter 2020.

Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG: «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.»

Following a positive start to the year, the COVID-19 pandemic and the related countermeasures brought economic activity worldwide to a temporary standstill. Daimler countered the drop in demand by quickly suspending production in March, April and May, and by introducing short-time work. To safeguard the company’s financial strength, expenditure was reduced and investments were focused on the most critical future projects. Working capital was managed carefully with a focus on inventory reduction. These measures were successful: At the end of the second quarter, the net liquidity of the industrial business was €9.5 billion (end of Q1 2020: €9.3 billion). The free cash flow of the industrial business was €685 million (Q2 2019: minus €1,302 million). The adjusted free cash flow of the industrial business, which was still influenced by high upfront investments in future products, was €778 million (Q2 2019: minus €1,208 million).

While the worldwide effects of the pandemic led to a significant decrease in earnings at Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans, Daimler Trucks & Buses and Daimler Mobility, implemented cost-cutting measures countered the negative effects.

Sales of the Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans division decreased by 30% to 480,800 vehicles in the second quarter (Q2 2019: 686,800). Adjusted EBIT, reflecting the underlying business, was minus €284 million (Q2 2019: plus €1,148 million) and adjusted return on sales was minus 1.5% (Q2 2019: plus 4.5%). A favorable model mix, driven particularly by the success of the newest products, contributed positively to profitability. Restructuring expenses for capacity adjustments in the global production network, e.g. in Hambach, Tuscaloosa and Aguascalientes (€687 million), and the initiated personnel cost reduction program (€101 million), had a negative impact. Both initiatives will reduce fixed costs in the medium and long term.

The Daimler Trucks & Buses division showed a decrease in unit sales of 55% to 61,000 vehicles in the second quarter (Q2 2019: 134,900). Adjusted EBIT amounted to minus €747 million (Q2 2019: plus €834 million) and adjusted return on sales was minus 12.0% (Q2 2019: plus 7.2%). Declining volumes had a strong impact on earnings while restructuring activities, which will improve long-term competitiveness, helped reduce fixed costs significantly. Encouragingly, order intake is now developing positively in nearly all core regions.

At Daimler Mobility, new business decreased by 24% to €14.0 billion in the second quarter (Q2 2019: €18.4 billion). Adjusted EBIT amounted to €313 million (Q2 2019: €483 million) and adjusted return on equity was 8.6% (Q2 2019: 14.0%). Due to the economic slowdown in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, higher credit loss expenses had a negative impact on EBIT. Furthermore, EBIT was reduced by expenses (€105 million) in connection with the adjustment of the YOUR NOW Group.

The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have a strong impact on developments during the rest of the year. From today’s perspective, a considerable decline in global economic output must be expected for full-year 2020. Daimler assumes that the pandemic-related decrease in unit sales will not be offset in the remainder of this year. Therefore, efficiency and capacity measures are to be intensified.

Assuming that the economic recovery continues in the second half of the year and that there is no new major wave of COVID-19 infections in our key sales markets, Daimler expects both Group EBIT and the free cash flow of the industrial business to be positive in 2020, but lower than in the previous year. The free cash flow of the industrial business does not take into account possible expenses in connection with legal and governmental proceedings. As EBIT of the Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans division was burdened by substantial special effects in 2019, EBIT is expected to be above the prior-year level despite the effects of the pandemic. Daimler Mobility’s adjusted return on equity is not expected to reach the level of the prior year.

Link to capital market presentation second quarter: www.daimler.com/press/q220

Further information from Daimler is available at:

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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 2nd quarter 2020


 Daimler Group

Q2

Q2

Change

YTD

YTD

Change


2020

2019

20/19

2020

2019

20/19

 Sales, in units

541,833

821,666

-34%

1,186,149

1,595,462

-26%

 Revenue, in millions of EUR

30,184

42,650

-29%

67,407

82,348

-18%

 EBIT, in millions of EUR

-1,682

-1,558

-1,065

1,240

 EBIT adjusted, in millions of EUR

-708

2,447

11

4,757

 Net profit/loss, in millions of EUR

-1,906

-1,242

-1,738

907

 Earnings per share (EPS), in EUR

-1.87

-1.24

-1.78

0.72

 Employees (June 30)

293,688

304,065

-3%

293,688

304,065

-3%

 Net liquidity (industrial business, June 30), in millions of EUR

9,481

6,618

+43%

9,481

6,618

+43%

 Free cash flow (industrial business), in millions of EUR

685

-1,302

-1,631

-3,341

 Free cash flow (industrial business) adjusted, in millions of EUR

778

-1,208

-1,084

-3,168






















 Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans

Q2

Q2

Change

YTD

YTD

Change


2020

2019

20/19

2020

2019

20/19

 Sales, in units

480,800

686,757

-30%

1,027,542

1,339,107

-23%

    Sales Mercedes-Benz Cars, in units

408,924

575,639

-29%

879,505

1,130,951

-22%

    Sales Mercedes-Benz Vans, in units

71,876

111,118

-35%

148,037

208,156

-29%

 Revenue, in millions of EUR

18,949

25,418

-25%

42,145

49,481

-15%

 EBIT, in millions of EUR

-1,125

-2,784

-615

-1,641

 EBIT adjusted, in millions of EUR

-284

1,148

319

2,520

-87%

 Return on Sales (RoS), in %

-5.9%

-11.0%

+5.1%pts

-1.5%

-3.3%

+1.8%pts

 Return on Sales (RoS) adjusted, in %

-1.5%

4.5%

-6.0%pts

0.8%

5.1%

-4.3%pts

 Cash Flow Before Interest and Tax (CFBIT), in millions of EUR

430

-2,141

-1,299

-2,976

 Cash Flow Before Interest and Tax (CFBIT) adjusted, in millions of EUR 

522

-2,047

-759

-2,803

 Cash Conversion Rate adjusted

-1.8

-1.8

-2.4

-1.1






















 Daimler Trucks & Buses

Q2

Q2

Change

YTD

YTD

Change


2020

2019

20/19

2020

2019

20/19

 Sales, in units

61,033

134,909

-55%

158,607

256,355

-38%

    Sales Daimler Trucks, in units

57,945

126,474

-54%

150,413

242,394

-38%

    Sales Daimler Buses, in units

3,088

8,435

-63%

8,194

13,961

-41%

 Revenue, in millions of EUR

6,200

11,581

-46%

14,944

21.755

-31%

 EBIT, in millions of EUR

-756

834

-509

1.387

 EBIT adjusted, in millions of EUR

-747

834

-500

1.387

 Return on Sales (RoS), in %

-12.2%

7.2%

-19.4%pts

-3.4%

6.4%

-9.8%pts

 Return on Sales (RoS) adjusted, in %

-12.0%

7.2%

-19.2%pts

-3.3%

6.4%

-9.7%pts

 Cash Flow Before Interest and Tax (CFBIT), in millions of EUR

-121

1,027

-206

795

 Cash Flow Before Interest and Tax (CFBIT) adjusted, in millions of EUR 

-121

1,027

-206

795

 Cash Conversion Rate adjusted

0.2

1.2

0.4

0.6






















 Daimler Mobility

Q2

Q2

Change

YTD

YTD

Change


2020

2019

20/19

2020

2019

20/19

 Revenue, in millions of EUR

6,450

7,145

-10%

13,551

14,026

-3%

 New business, in millions of EUR

13,971

18,363

-24%

30,145

35,687

-16%

 Contract volume (June 30), in millions of EUR

153,704

156,458

-2%

153,704

156,458

-2%

 EBIT, in millions of EUR

205

431

-52%

263

1,640

-84%

 EBIT adjusted, in millions of EUR

313

483

-35%

371

974

-62%

 Return on Equity (RoE), in %

5.6%

12.5%

-6.9%pts

3.6%

24.0%

-20.4%pts

 Return on Equity (RoE) adjusted, in %

8.6%

14.0%

-5.4%pts

5.0%

14.2%

-9.2%pts

 

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