Daimler Q2 EBIT €2.6 billionStaff Writer | July 26, 2018
Daimler continued its growth in the second quarter of 2018 and once again increased its total unit sales compared with the same quarter of the previous year.
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This development was primarily driven by Mercedes-Benz Vans, with a new second-quarter record of 110,900 units sold, and by Daimler Trucks. Group revenue amounted to €40.8 billion in the second quarter of this year (Q2 2017: €41.2 billion). Adjusted for exchange-rate effects, revenue increased by 2%.
The Daimler Group achieved second-quarter EBIT of €2,640 million in 2018, which is significantly below its prior-year earnings of €3,747 million.
Net profit of €1,825 million for the second quarter of 2018 was significantly below the prior-year figure of €2,512 million. Net profit attributable to the shareholders of Daimler AG amounts to €1,726 million (Q2 2017: €2,444 million), representing a decrease in earnings per share to €1.61 (Q2 2017: €2.28).
The Mercedes-Benz Cars division was not able to achieve its earnings of the prior-year quarter due to a temporarily weaker pricing including tariffs.
In the first six months of 2018, the free cash flow of the industrial business amounted to €1.8 billion (Q1-2 2017: €3.0 billion). This decrease resulted primarily from the development of working capital and the general business performance.
Compared with December 31, 2017, the net liquidity of the industrial business decreased by €2.1 billion to €14.5 billion.
The dividend payment to shareholders of Daimler AG led to a decrease in net liquidity that was only partially offset by the positive free cash flow and positive exchange-rate effects. ■