Annual Report 2020

Risks and opportunities

The business development of Daimler AG as the operational and strategic management holding company mainly depends on the development of its worldwide subsidiaries and is therefore – through the profit and loss contributions from subsidiaries and associated companies – fundamentally subject to the same risks and opportunities as the Daimler Group. Daimler AG generally participates in the risks of its subsidiaries and associated companies in line with the percentage of its respective equity interest. The risks and opportunities are described in the chapter »Risk and Opportunity Report«. Risks may additionally arise from relations with subsidiaries and associated companies in connection with statutory or contractual obligations (in particular with regard to financing), as well as from the impairment of investments in subsidiaries and associated companies. Based on the criteria stated in the Risk and Opportunity Report, the possible impact and probability of occurrence of the risks are assessed as medium.

Furthermore, pursuant to Section 133 Subsections 1 and 3 of the German Transformation Act (UmwG), Daimler AG is jointly and severally liable for liabilities of €14.3 billion that were transferred to Mercedes-Benz AG and Daimler Truck AG within the framework of “Project Future.” According to the current appraisal, due to the assessment of the creditworthiness of Mercedes-Benz AG and Daimler Truck AG, an actual cash outflow for Daimler AG is considered to be unlikely.

Financial position, liquidity and financial resources