- BMW and Daimler are leading global automakers in the luxury car space with huge brand presence. Both pay dividends, making them solid brand-dividend plays too.
- For past several years, BMW has outperformed Daimler in terms of revenues, earnings, industrial free cash flows, other profitability metrics, and has longer dividend-paying and dividend-raising streaks.
- Despite a 93% earnings increase, Daimler missed analysts' estimate for earnings in Q1 2014, while BMW reported results in line with analysts' expectations.
- Outlook 2014: BMW top line and bottom line expected to grow 5.3% and 7.7%, respectively. Daimler top line forecast to grow 6.5%, but bottom line to decline 4.8%.