Daimler in the fast lane: 3Q10 results & FY10E-12E

Mercedes-Benz Cars keeps driving earnings upgrade FY10E-12E. Earnings upgrade for FY10E.  Our view: At EUR 48.40, Daimler shares are currently valued at 7.9x prospective 2012E earnings, which is at a 32% discount to the 5-year (2004-08) low historic valuation of 11.7x and a 21% discount to the 10-year (1999-2008) low historic valuation of 10.0x. This is inconsistent with the implication that our estimates for 2012E EPS (EUR 6.12), which we do not expect to be peak earnings, are 60% above 2007’s pre- crisis EUR 3.83 and the 10-year average of EUR 3.84 and 98% above the 5-year average of EUR 3.08. (See pp. 24-25 for details.)

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