Commitments upon termination of service

Retirement provision. The pension agreements of some Board of Management members include a commitment to an annual retirement pension, calculated as a proportion of the former base salary and depending on the number of years of service. Those pension rights were granted until 2005 and remain valid; they have been frozen at that level, however.

Retirement pensions start upon request when the term of service ends at or after the age of 60, or are paid as disability pensions if the term of service ends before the age of 60 due to disability. The agreements provide for a 3.5% annual increase in benefits (with the exception that Wilfried Porth’s benefits are adjusted in accordance with applicable law). The agreements include a provision by which a spouse of a deceased Board of Management member is entitled to 60% of that member’s pension. That amount can increase by up to 30 percentage points depending on the number of dependent children.

Effective as of January 1, 2006, we replaced the pension agreements of the Board of Management members with a new arrangement, the so-called Pension Capital system. Under this system, each Board of Management member is credited with a capital component each year. This capital component comprises an amount equal to 15% of the sum of the Board of Management member’s fixed base salary and the actual annual bonus for 2012, multiplied by an age factor equivalent to a rate of return of 6% until 2015 and 5% as of 2016 (Wolfgang Bernhard and Wilfried Porth: 5% for all years). In accordance with the regulations in force at Daimler AG, contributions to pension plans are only granted until the age of 60. The benefit from the pension plan is payable to surviving Board of Management members upon retirement at or after the age of 60, or as a disability pension upon retirement before the age of 60 due to disability.

Daimler has introduced a new company retirement benefit plan for new entrants and new appointments for employees paid according to collective bargaining wage tariffs as well as for executives: the “Daimler Pensions Plan”. As before, the new retirement benefit system features the payment of annual contributions by Daimler, but is orie nted towards the capital market, combined with Daimler’s commitment to guarantee the contributions paid. The Supervisory Board of Daimler AG has approved the application of this system for all newly appointed members of the Board of Management (2012: Mr. Troska).

Members of the Board of Management are credited with a capital component each year. This amount is calculated from 15% of the total of the base salary and the actual annual bonus. The contribution period ends when the contract of service ends. The benefit from the pension plan is payable to surviving Board of Management members upon retirement at or after the age of 62, or as a disability pension upon retirement before the age of 62 due to disability.

Payments under the Pension Capital system and the Daimler Pensions Plan can be made in three ways:

  • in a single amount;
  • in twelve annual installments, whereby interest accrues on each partial amount until it is paid out;
  • as a pension with or without benefits for surviving dependents, with an annual increase (see above).

The contracts specify that if a Board of Management member passes away before retiring for reason of age, the spouse or dependent children is/are entitled to the full committed amount in the case of the Pension Capital system, and to the credit amount reached plus an imputed amount until the age of 62 in the case of the Daimler Pensions Plan. If a Board of Management member passes away after retiring for reason of age, in the case of payment of twelve annual installments, the heirs are entitled to the remaining present value. In the case of a pension with benefits for surviving dependents, the spouse/registered partner or dependent children is/are entitled to 60% of the discounted terminal value (Pension Capital), or the spouse/registered partner is entitled to 60% of the actual pension (Daimler Pensions Plan).

Departing Board of Management members receive, for the period beginning after the end of the original service period, payments in the amounts of the pension commitments granted as described in the previous section, as well as the use of a company car, in some case for a defined period. These payments are made until the age of 60, possibly reduced due to other sources of income, and are subject to the aforementioned annual increases.

Service costs for pension obligations according to IFRS amounted to €2.4 million in 2012 (2011: €2.2 million). The present value of the total defined benefit obligation according to IFRS amounted to €81.7 million at December 31, 2012 (2011: €56.8 million). Taking age and period of service into account, the individual entitlements, service costs and present values are shown in the table. (See table 3.45)

Commitments upon early termination of service. No severance payments are foreseen for Board of Management members in the case of early termination of their service contracts. Solely in the case of early termination of a service contract by mutual consent, Board of Management service contracts include a commitment to payment of the base salary and provision of a company car until the end of the original service period. Such persons are only entitled to payment of the performance-related component of remuneration pro rata for the period until they leave the Company. Entitlement to payment of the performance-related component of remuneration with a long-term incentive effect is defined by the exercise conditions specified in the respective plans. In the case of early termination of service by mutual consent, the total of the payments described above including fringe benefits is limited, to the extent that they are subject to the regulations of the German Corporate Governance Code on the so-called severance-payment cap, to double the annual remuneration and may not exceed the total remuneration for the remaining period of the service contract.

Sideline activities of Board of Management members. The members of the Board of Management should accept management board or supervisory board positions and/or any other administrative or honorary functions outside the Group only to a limited extent. Furthermore, they require the consent of the Supervisory Board before commencing any sideline activities. This ensures that neither the time required nor the remuneration paid for such activities leads to any conflict with the members’ duties to the Group. Insofar as such sideline activities are memberships of other supervisory boards or comparable boards, they are disclosed in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements of Daimler AG and on our website. No remuneration is paid to Board of Management members for board positions held at other companies of the Group.

Loans to members of the Board of Management. In 2012, no advances or loans were made to members of the Board of Management of Daimler AG.

Payments made to former members of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and their survivors. Payments made in 2012 to former members of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and their survivors amounted to €15.4 million (2011: €13.9 million). Pension provisions for former members of the Board of Management and their survivors amounted to €225.9 million at December 31, 2012 (2011: €195.9 million).

3.45

Individual entitlements, service costs and present values for members of the Board of Management  
    Annual pension
(as regulated
until 2005)
as of age 60
Service cost
(for pension,
pension capital and
Daimler Pensions Plan)
Present value
of obligations
(for pension,
pension capital and Daimler Pensions Plan)
In thousands of euros      
     
Dr. Dieter Zetsche 2012 1,050 872 39,597
  2011 1,050 794 29,633
Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard 2012 265 1,494
  2011 234 715
Wilfried Porth 2012 156 156 6,472
  2011 156 140 4,303
Andreas Renschler 2012 250 309 10,243
  2011 250 278 7,067
Hubertus Troska 2012 5 2,227
  2011
Bodo Uebber 2012 275 510 9,974
  2011 275 461 6,439
Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber 2012 300 333 11,701
  2011 300 303 8,682
         
Total 2012 2,031 2,450 81,708
  2011 2,031 2,210 56,839
The service cost for Mr. Troska is derived from the new Daimler Pensions Plan as of his appointment to the Board of Management on December 13, 2012. Dr. Hohmann-Dennhardt has no entitlement to a company retirement benefit.