Mercedes-Benz Delivers Strong Full Year Results In 2022

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  • Profitable growth: Group EBIT substantially improved by 28% to €20.5 billion (2021: €16.0 billion) as revenue increased by 12% to €150.0 billion (2021: €133.9 billion)

  • Resilient operations: Mercedes-Benz Cars adjusted Return on Sales (RoS) reaches 14.6% (2021: 13.1%), 11.2% for Mercedes-Benz Vans (2021: 8.3%), and an adjusted Return on Equity (RoE) of 16.8% for Mercedes-Benz Mobility (2021: 22.0%) despite macro challenges

  • Transformation continues: Announced global charging network, realigned production network to scale EVs, Level 3 conditionally automated driving approved in Nevada, new partnerships for sourcing raw materials and semiconductors established

  • Dividend increased: Proposal of €5.20 (2021: €5.00)

  • Share buyback: Shares worth up to €4 billion to be repurchased over 2 years

  • Outlook 2023: Group revenue expected at prior-year level, EBIT seen slightly below 2022 level, Free Cash Flow (Industrial Business) at prior-year level, Mercedes-Benz Cars adjusted RoS seen in the range of 12%-14%, Mercedes-Benz Vans adjusted RoS seen at 9%-11% and Mercedes-Benz Mobility adjusted RoE at 12%-14%

STUTTGART, Germany, February 17, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mercedes-Benz Group AG’s (ticker symbol: MBG) sharpened focus on high-end passenger cars and premium vans, combined with tight cost control, helped to lift Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) by 28% to €20.5 billion (2021: €16.0 billion) last year, outpacing a 12% rise in revenue to €150.0 billion (2021: €133.9 billion) during the same period.

In its first year after the Daimler Truck spin-off, Mercedes-Benz Group continued its transformation amid geopolitical and macroeconomic challenges. Strong results underline the improved profitability, even as the COVID-19 pandemic and semiconductor supply-chain bottlenecks and the fallout from Russia’s war against Ukraine continued to affect the business.

"We have redesigned Mercedes-Benz to be a more profitable company thanks to our focus on desirable products and disciplined margin and cost management. We cannot control macro or world events, but 2022 is a case in point that we are moving in the right direction," said Ola Kaellenius, Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-Benz Group AG.

"In addition to delivering strong financial results, the team accelerated our pace as a technology leader in electric and automated driving. The next chapter in our transformation will be revealed during the Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update in California on February 22 focusing on the Mercedes-Benz Operating System (MB.OS)."

Mercedes-Benz Group*

Q4 2022

Q4 2021

Change

22/21

FY

2022

FY

2021

Change

22/21

Revenue**

41,003

35,240

+16%

150,017

133,893

+12%

EBIT**

5,411

4,115

+31%

20,458

16,028

+28%

EBIT adjusted**

5,071

5,044

+1%

20,655

17,158

+20%

Net profit/loss**

4,027

2,477

+63%

14,809

11,050

+34%

Free cash flow (industrial business)**

2,479

1,421

+74%

8,128

7,880

+3%

Free cash flow (industrial business) adjusted**

2,706

1,615

+68%

9,294

10,125

-8%

Earnings per share (EPS) in EUR

3.72

2.24

+66%

13.55

10.00

+35%

* from continuing operations

** in millions of €

Transformation accelerated
Mercedes-Benz expanded its offering of battery electric vehicles to 9 cars and 4 vans, including the new EQS SUV and EQE SUV and most recently unveiled a new eSprinter. To scale manufacturing of zero-emission vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz cars and vans production network was retooled, and new deals with suppliers were struck. Mercedes-Benz will source battery cells from a new factory built by Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd (CATL) in Debrecen, Hungary. An annual supply agreement for an average 10,000 tons of lithium hydroxide from Canadian-German start-up Rock Tech Lithium Inc. was signed. In addition, Mercedes-Benz announced plans to launch a global high-power charging network across North America, Europe, China and other key markets.

Investments, free cash flow and liquidity
The free cash flow of the industrial business rose to €8.1 billion (2021: €7.9 billion). The net liquidity of the industrial business rose to €26.6 billion (end of 2021: €21.0 billion). The Group’s investments in property, plant and equipment in the full year totaled €3.5 billion (2021: €4.6 billion*). Research & development expenditure amounted to €8.5 billion (2021: €9.1 billion*).

*In 2021, Daimler’s commercial vehicle business is included until the time of the spin-off and hive-down

Divisional results
In a challenging macroeconomic environment, Mercedes-Benz Cars sold 2,040,719 vehicles (+5%). In line with the strategy to focus on EVs, Mercedes-Benz had strong BEV sales of 149,227 units incl. smart (+67%). Sales in the Top-End segment increased by 8% driven by the S-Class (+6%) and additionally its all-electric version EQS, with more than 23,400 vehicles sold. Q4 marked the best sales quarter for this all-electric flagship. Furthermore, Mercedes-Maybach achieved a new record year with sales up 41%. Strong sales of C-Class, the top-seller GLC and the new EQE led to a rise in sales in the Core segment of 9%. The adjusted Return on Sales (RoS) for Mercedes-Benz Cars rose to 14.6% from 13.1% in the year-earlier period.

In the fourth quarter, deliberate decisions to make payments to selected suppliers and the impact of the so-called "inflation bonus" for eligible staff in Germany resulted in slight headwinds and an adjusted Return on Sales of a still high 13.4%.

Mercedes-Benz Cars

Q4 2022

Q4 2021

Change

22/21

FY

2022

FY

2021

Change

22/21

Sales in units

536,181

500,421

+7%

2,040,719

1,943,930

+5%

-thereof xEV

111,046

89,161

+25%

333,490

271,847

+23%

-thereof BEV

53,539

31,676

+69%

149,227

89,571

+67%

Revenue*

30,557

25,380

+20%

111,601

96,712

+15%

EBIT*

4,243

3,838

+11%

16,340

12,487

+31%

EBIT adjusted*

4,088

3,988

+3%

16,245

12,689

+28%

Return on Sales (RoS) in %

13.9

15.1

-1.2%pts

14.6

12.9

+1.7%pts

Return on Sales (RoS) adjusted in %

13.4

15.7

-2.3%pts

14.6

13.1

+1.5%pts

Cash Flow Before Interest and Tax (CFBIT)*

3,104

1,533

+102%

10,718

9,344

+15%

Cash Flow Before Interest and Tax (CFBIT) adjusted*

3,233

1,646

+96%

11,413

10,714

+7%

Cash Conversion Rate adjusted

0.8

0.4

-

0.7

0.8

-

*in millions of €

At Mercedes-Benz Vans, full-year unit sales reached 415,344 vehicles worldwide (+8%), thanks to a comprehensive portfolio of commercial and private vans, despite the ongoing global challenges in the areas of parts supply and logistics. In the year under review, 15,000 eVans were sold (+15%), thereof around two thirds commercial eVans. The adjusted Return on Sales (RoS) for Mercedes-Benz Vans rose to 11.2% (2021: 8.3%). In 2022, the all-electric small vans eCitan and EQT [power consumption combined (WLTP): 18.99 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km], were presented, so that the entire product range is fully electric. A few days ago the eSprinter had its world premiere.

Mercedes-Benz Vans

Q4 2022

Q4 2021

Change

22/21

FY

2022

FY

2021

Change

22/21

Sales in units

122,733

111,499

+10%

415,344

386,239

+8%

Revenue*

5,114

4,122

+24%

17,217

14,735

+17%

EBIT*

670

256

+162%

1,897

1,143

+66%

EBIT adjusted*

501

294

+70%

1,927

1,229

+57%

Return on Sales (RoS) in %

13.1

6.2

+6.9%pts

11.0

7.8

+3.2%pts

Return on Sales (RoS) adjusted in %

9.8

7.1

+2.7%pts

11.2

8.3

+2.9%pts

Cash Flow Before Interest and Tax (CFBIT)*

665

519

+28%

1,731

826

+110%

Cash Flow Before Interest and Tax (CFBIT) adjusted*

740

592

+25%

2,039

1,581

+29%

Cash Conversion Rate adjusted

1.5

2.0

-

1.1

1.3

-

*in millions of €

Mercedes-Benz Mobility saw new business decline to €58.0 billion (2021: €63.6 billion). However, the prior-year figure still included the new business from Daimler Trucks & Buses prior to the Daimler commercial vehicle business spin-off. At the end of 2022, contract volume amounted to €132.4 billion and was thus at the same level as at the end of last year (2021: €133.7 billion). For financed and leased electric and hybrid vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Mobility was able to significantly increase its contract volume, compared to end of last year. Overall, in 2022 adjusted EBIT decreased to €2.4 billion (2021: €3.4 billion), driven by the increase in cost of credit risk caused by a subdued economic outlook as well as higher refinancing costs and lower volumes following to the Daimler Truck spin-off. Consequently, adjusted Return on Equity (RoE) was below the last year’s level with 16.8% (2021: 22.0%).

Mercedes-Benz Mobility

Q4 2022

Q4 2021

Change

22/21

FY

2022

FY

2021

Change

22/21

Revenue*

6,858

7,246

-5%

26,954

27,941

-4%

New business*

15,121

15,043

+1%

58,031

63,631

-9%

Contract volume (December, 31)*

132,379

133,687

-1%

132,379

133,687

-1%

EBIT*

494

882

-44%

2,428

3,493

-30%

EBIT adjusted*

494

885

-44%

2,428

3,449

-30%

Return on Equity (RoE) in %

14.0

21.6

-7.6%pts

16.8

22.3

-5.5%pts

Return on Equity (RoE) adjusted in %

14.0

21.7

-7.7%pts

16.8

22.0

-5.2%pts

*in millions of €

Dividend and share buyback
At the Annual General Meeting on May 3, 2023, the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board will propose a dividend of €5.20 per share (2021: €5.00). For 2022 the total payout would amount to €5.6 billion (2021: €5.35 billion).

To optimise the company’s capital structure and to create value for shareholders, Mercedes-Benz announced a share buyback to repurchase own shares worth up to € 4 billion (not including incidental costs) on the stock exchange over a period of up to two years. The repurchased shares shall subsequently be cancelled. On the back of strong operating performance and continued strong cash generation the programme is scheduled to start in March 2023. The buyback will be funded by Mercedes-Benz’s expected future excess free cash flow and is fully compatible with the company’s strategic priorities and its dividend policy. Mercedes-Benz remains committed to a strong investment grade credit rating and targets an A rating by the major agencies. Further details on the share buyback programme will be announced separately prior to the start of the programme.

Outlook
The global economy faces an exceptional degree of uncertainty regarding geopolitical and macroeconomic developments such as the war in Ukraine, the development of trade between China the European Union and the United States, and the further course of the COVID-19 pandemic. These may impact supply chains and the development of prices for raw materials and energy. In addition, continued inflationary pressure for consumers and companies and the associated central bank increases in interest rates, as well as a more pronounced growth slowdown in the economy, make the outlook more difficult. The worldwide shortage of semiconductors is easing, however individual issues remain, causing supply constraints.

Overall demand: In Europe, incoming orders are more sluggish, however the order bank supports sales into the first half of the year. In the United States, demand is seen on a good level. In China, the fourth-quarter COVID-19 effect has led to a spill over impact on sentiment in the first quarter. Momentum is seen returning post Chinese New Year, preliminary indications show.

Sales guidance: The company is taking a prudent view and sees unit sales of Mercedes-Benz Cars at the prior-year level. Overall Top-End vehicle sales are expected to be slightly above prior year, thanks to new additions to the portfolio, including the new EQS SUV and later the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV. Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEV) are expected to approximately double. The adjusted Return on Sales (RoS) is expected in the range of 12% to 14%. Net pricing is expected to be slightly positive. Based on current assumptions it is targeted to compensate inflation-related cost increases, supply chain interruptions and one-time commodity charges. The used vehicle business is expected to be slightly negative versus 2022. Research & Development spending is expected to be slightly above the prior year. Investments in property plant & equipment are seen significantly above, mainly due to the MMA platform.

Total Mercedes-Benz Vans sales are seen flat and the adjusted RoS is seen in the range of 9% to 11%. Net pricing is expected to remain flat. Based on current assumptions, it is targeted to compensate inflation-related cost increases, supply chain interruptions, and one time commodity charges. Investment in property, plants & equipment and research & development spending are seen significantly above the prior-year level due to investments into the VAN.EA electric platform.

The portfolio volume of Mercedes-Benz Mobility is seen slightly lower. The adjusted Return on Equity is seen in the range of 12% to 14% for 2023. This includes Operational Expenditures (OpEx) increases of the recently announced charging network.

The Mercedes-Benz Group expects the Group's revenue in 2023 to remain at the prior-year level. In a market environment that remains challenging, the Group expects EBIT to be slightly below the previous year's level based on the development of the segments. The Mercedes-Benz Group expects the Free Cash Flow of the industrial business at the previous year's level in 2023. Higher tax payments are expected than in the previous year.

The Mercedes-Benz Group expects the average CO2 fleet of new passenger cars in Europe (European Union, Norway and Iceland) for 2023 to decline significantly compared to the previous year. With the further expansion of the fleet of electric vehicles, it can be assumed that the CO2 requirements in Europe will also be met in 2023.

Link to press release "Sales figures 2022":
Mercedes-Benz Cars: group-media.mercedes-benz.com/annual sales/cars
Mercedes-Benz Vans: group-media.mercedes-benz.com/annual sales/vans

Link to capital market presentation on full year 2022: group.mercedes-benz.com/results-2022

Pictures of the Annual Results Conference 2022 will be available here: group-media.mercedes-benz.com

Further information on Mercedes-Benz Group AG is available at:

group-media.mercedes-benz.com and group.mercedes-benz.com

The figures in this document are preliminary and have neither been approved yet by the Supervisory Board nor audited by the external auditor.

Forward-looking statements:
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, customs and foreign trade provisions; 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 raw materials or energy; disruption of production due to shortages of materials or energy, labour 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 governmental investigations or of investigations requested by governments and the outcome of pending or threatened future legal proceedings; and other risks and uncertainties, some of which are described under the heading "Risk and Opportunity Report" in this 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.

Mercedes-Benz Group at a glance
Mercedes-Benz Group AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With Mercedes-Benz AG, the Group is one of the leading global suppliers of high-end passenger cars and premium vans. Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG offers financing, leasing, car subscription and car rental, fleet management, digital services for charging and payment, 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, Mercedes-Benz 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. Mercedes-Benz continues to invest systematically in the development of efficient powertrains and sets the course for an all-electric future: The brand with the three-pointed star pursues the goal to go all-electric by 2030, where market conditions allow. Shifting from electric-first to electric-only, the world’s pre-eminent car company is accelerating toward a fully electric and software-driven future. The company's efforts are also focused on the intelligent connectivity of its vehicles, autonomous driving and new mobility concepts as Mercedes-Benz regards it as its aspiration and obligation to live up to its responsibility to society and the environment. Mercedes-Benz sells its vehicles and services in nearly every country of the world and has production facilities in Europe, North and Latin America, Asia and Africa. In addition to Mercedes-Benz, the world's most valuable luxury automotive brand (source: Interbrand study, 03 Nov. 2022), Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach, Mercedes-EQ and Mercedes me as well as the brands of Mercedes-Benz Mobility: Mercedes-Benz Bank, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Athlon. The company is listed on the Frankfurt and Stuttgart stock exchanges (ticker symbol MBG). In 2022, the Group had a workforce of around 170,000 and sold around 2.5 million vehicles. Group revenues amounted to €150.0 billion and Group EBIT to €20.5 billion.

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