New method of accounting for EADS shares at Daimler

STUTTGART, Germany, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --


  • Daimler is withdrawing from current EADS shareholder pact as planned
  • Therefore end of "at equity"-method accounting and revaluation of EADS shares
  • One-time positive EBIT effect of approximately €2,7 billion with no cash-flow effects
  • Earnings per share effect of plus €1.25 in 2013
  • Cash-flow boost from future sale of EADS shares
  • Bodo Uebber, Daimler CFO: "As a founding member, we have successfully supported EADS on its way to becoming the global market leader over a period of more than ten years. At the same time, we want to focus on our core business, so we intend to sell our remaining shares in EADS as we have previously announced."

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The resolutions passed by today's extraordinary shareholders' meeting of EADS will result in changes in the consolidated financial statements of Daimler AG because the current shareholder pact, of which Daimler is a member, will be terminated in the next few days. This means that Daimler will lose significant influence over EADS, which is relevant for accounting, with the following effects on the measurement of the shares in its books:

  • As of the second quarter, Daimler's EADS shares will no longer be measured using the "at-equity method". They will be remeasured at their current, higher stock-market value.
  • This remeasurement will increase the Group's second-quarter EBIT by approximately €2.7 billion. Of that total, about €1.35 billion is related to the approximately 7.5% EADS shares held by Daimler and about €1.35 billion is related to the EADS shares held by the Dedalus consortium.
  • The remeasurement of the approximately 7.5% of EADS shares (61.1 million shares) held by Daimler will increase Daimler's earnings per share (EPS) in 2013 by approximately €1.25.

The impact of the revaluation on EBIT is purely a book gain without any effects on cash flows. The aforementioned EBIT and EPS effects are calculated with an assumed EADS share price of €38. The finally relevant EADS share price depends on the exact date when the current governance structure of EADS is terminated.

"As a founding member, we have successfully supported EADS on its way to becoming the global market leader over a period of more than ten years. We welcome the reorganization of the shareholder structure with a free float of approximately 70 percent that has been decided upon today. Together with the protective mechanism of restricted voting rights, this means that EADS is ideally positioned for the future," stated Bodo Uebber, CFO of Daimler AG and Chairman of the Administrative Board of EADS until last year.

"At the same time, we want to focus on our core business, so we intend to sell our remaining shares in EADS as we have previously announced. No decision has yet been made on exactly when the shares will be sold," continued Uebber.

The disposal of the remaining approximately 7,5% of EADS shares would have a positive impact on the cash flow, as did the sale of EADS shares in 2012.

Table: Effects on key figures 1  


Number of EADS shares

122,225,136


Effect on EBIT 1

plus €2,702 million

Income taxes

- €20 million

Effect on net profit 1

plus €2,682 million

   thereof attributable to non-controlling
   interests

€1,346 million

   therefore attributable to Daimler
   shareholders

€1,336 million


Effect on earnings per share 1

plus €1.25


1 calculated on the basis of an EADS share price of €38; in the case of a disposal, transaction cost will have
  to be considered.


Further information from Daimler is available at:
www.media.daimler.com and www.daimler.com

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About Daimler
Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services. The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group's focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. For many years now, Daimler has been investing continually in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now has the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world's most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2012, the Group sold 2.2 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 275,000 people; revenue totaled €114.3 billion and EBIT amounted to €8.6 billion.

 

 



 

 

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