Daimler Group's EBIT significantly better than market expectations in first quarter 2017

Daimler AG / Key word(s): Quarterly / Interim Statement/Quarter Results

11-Apr-2017 / 21:32 CET/CEST
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April 11, 2017

Ad hoc:

Daimler Group's EBIT significantly better than market expectations in first quarter 2017

Stuttgart (Germany) - Daimler AG (ticker symbol: DAI) has achieved a Group EBIT for the first quarter 2017 that is significantly above market expectations. Group EBIT sums up to EUR4,008 million (Q1 2016: EUR2,148 million). All mentioned figures are preliminary and unaudited.

The EBIT figures reached:

Mercedes-Benz Cars: EUR2,234 million (Q1 2016: EUR1,395 million)
Daimler Trucks: EUR668 million (Q1 2016: EUR516 million)
Mercedes-Benz Vans: EUR357 million (Q1 2016: EUR301 million)
Daimler Buses: EUR65 million (Q1 2016: EUR39 million)
Daimler Financial Services: EUR524 million (Q1 2016: EUR432 million)
Reconciliation: EUR160 million (Q1 2016: -EUR535 million)

The Return on Sales reached:

Mercedes-Benz Cars: 9.8% (Q1 2016: 7.0%)
Daimler Trucks: 8.4% (Q1 2016: 6.3%)
Mercedes-Benz Vans: 11.9% (Q1 2016: 10.7%)
Daimler Buses: 7.2% (Q1 2016: 4.7%)
Automotive Business: 10.6% (Q1 2016: 5.7%)

Impact of following earnings effects are included in the above mentioned EBIT and RoS figures for the first quarter 2017:

- Positive Valuation effect in connection with new partners/investors in HERE EUR183 million

- Gain from the sale of real estate at MFTBC (Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation) EUR267 million

- Reversal of impairment of investment in BAIC Motor EUR240 million

EBIT is defined as: earnings before income taxes minus interest income plus interest expenses plus amortization of capitalized borrowing costs. Return on Sales (RoS) is defined as the quotient of EBIT and revenue.

The full quarterly results will be published on April 26, 2017.

Jörg Howe, + 49 711 17-41341, joerg.howe@daimler.com
Hendrik Sackmann, + 49 711 17-35014, hendrik.sackmann@daimler.com
Silke Walters, + 49 711 17-40624, silke.walters@daimler.com

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Hendrik Sackmann
Tel.: +49 (0)711 17 35014

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