Daimler to spin-off commercial vehicle business

By Mike Brezonick03 February 2021

Daimler AG announced plans to split its commercial vehicle business, the largest of its type in the world, and its passenger car business into separate independent businesses.

Daimler AG has announced plans to fundamentally change its structure, including a spin-off of Daimler truck into a separate independent business.

The company’s Supervisory Board and Board of Management have agreed to evaluate a spin-off of its Truck and Bus business and begin preparations for a separate listing of Daimler Truck. A significant majority stake in Daimler Truck will be distributed to Daimler shareholders, the company said.

The Daimler Truck business will have fully independent management, stand-alone corporate governance including an independent chairman of the Supervisory Board, and is targeted to qualify as a DAX (Deutscher Aktien Index) company. The transaction and the listing of Daimler Truck on the Frankfurt stock exchange is expected to be complete before the end of the year.

It is also Daimler’s intention to rename itself as Mercedes-Benz at the appropriate time.

“This is a historic moment for Daimler,” said Ola Källenius, chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz. “It represents the start of a profound reshaping of the company.

Ola Källenius

“Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans and Daimler Trucks & Buses are different businesses with specific customer groups, technology paths and capital needs. Mercedes-Benz is the world’s most valuable luxury car brand, offering the most desirable cars to discerning customers. Daimler Truck supplies industry leading transportation solutions and services to customers.

“Both companies operate in industries that are facing major technological and structural changes. Given this context, we believe they will be able to operate most effectively as independent entities, equipped with strong net liquidity and free from the constraints of a conglomerate structure.”

As part of a more focused corporate structure, both Mercedes-Benz and Daimler Truck will also be supported by dedicated captive financial and mobility service entities, driving sales with tailor-made financing, leasing and mobility solutions, increasing retention and building customer loyalty. In this process, the company plans to assign resources and teams from today’s Daimler Mobility to both Mercedes-Benz and Daimler Truck.

“We have confidence in the financial and operational strength of our two vehicle divisions. And we are convinced that independent management and governance will allow them to operate even faster, invest more ambitiously, target growth and cooperation, and thus be significantly more agile and competitive,” added Källenius.

Daimler Truck to target growth and accelerate new technologies

Daimler Truck intends to generate value for its shareholders by accelerating the execution of its strategic plans, raising its profitability and driving forward with its development of emissions-free technologies for trucks and buses.

Martin Daum

Daimler Truck is the world’s largest truck and bus producer, with more than 35 main locations around the globe. With more than 100,000 employees, it unites seven brands under one roof: BharatBenz, Freightliner, Fuso, Mercedes-Benz, Setra, Thomas Built Buses and Western Star.

In 2019, a total of around half a million trucks and buses were delivered to customers. Revenue in 2019 for the individual divisions were €40.2 billion for Daimler Trucks and €4.7 billion for Daimler Buses.

“This is a pivotal moment for Daimler Truck,” said Martin Daum, member of the Board of Management of Daimler and chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck. “With independence comes greater opportunity, greater visibility and transparency. We will grow further and continue our leadership in alternative powertrains and automation.

“We have already defined the future of our business with battery-electric and fuel-cell trucks, as well as strong positions in autonomous driving. With targeted partnerships we will accelerate the development of key technologies to bring best-in-class products to our customers rapidly.

“Daimler Truck already has a solid financial basis, and our business model is robust. We will continue to work on our cash flow management and we know how to deal with industry market cycles – we have proven that again in the significant COVID-related global market reduction. We have clear strategies to raise our financial performance and accelerate our execution. We will use our strong and well-known global brands, our scale and our exceptional technology to deliver industry-leading returns.”

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