Daimler 4Q/FY09 provisional results comment & tables

Daimler 4Q/FY09 provisional results comment: Group EBIT slightly down qoq despite greater than expected margin improvement at M-B Cars and M-B Vans. Decision to pay no dividend for 2009 does not reflect on FY10 outlook and is actually shareholder friendly, according to management. M-B Cars generated a 4Q09 EBIT of EUR 608m and a 5.3% margin. Management guidance for FY10 is a group EBIT in excess of EUR 2.3bn driven by M-B cars and Trucks. Conservative assumptions regarding market developments, in particular at trucks, point towards the guidance being a floor, in our view.

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