TORONTO, Feb. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Firan Technology Group Corporation (TSX:FTG) today announced financial results for the full year and fourth quarter 2017.

  • Achieved record annual sales of $94.7M, an increase of 9% over full year 2016
  • Completed the integration of PhotoEtch and closed the facility in December 2016
  • Closed the Teledyne PCT facility in May and ramped up production in Chatsworth in Q4
  • Completed equipment installation for a dedicated outer layer production facility for Aerospace circuit boards at FTG Printronics Circuit – the joint venture in Tianjin China

“2017 was a year of transitioning work from the acquired facilities in 2016 to FTG facilities.  There were many challenges in the transitions and it took longer than expected but by year end the transitions were complete,” stated Brad Bourne, President and Chief Executive Officer. He added, “Going into 2018, we are pleased with our position in the market and our growth opportunities that could materialize from organic sales and from acquisitions.”

Full Year Results:  (twelve months ended Nov 30, 2017 compared with twelve months ended Nov 30, 2016)
  FY 2017  FY 2016 
Sales$94,695,000  $87,114,000  
   
Gross Margin 23,125,000   19,353,000  
Gross Margin (%) 24.4% 22.2%
   
Operating Earnings (1):    10,013,000  7,669,000 
   
  •  Net R&D Investment 6,277,000   3,238,000  
  •  Bargain Purchase Gain -  (7,189,000)
  •  Restructuring Expense -  4,051,000  
  •  Foreign Exchange (Gain) Loss (211,000) 110,000  
  •  Recovery of Investment Tax Credits (657,000) (594,000)
  •  Amortization of Intangibles 1,107,000   479,000  
   
Net Earnings before tax 3,497,000  7,574,000 
   
  •  Income Tax 2,290,000   1,642,000  
  •  Non-controlling Interests (62,000) 17,000  
   
Net Earnings after tax$1,269,000  $5,915,000  
Earnings per share  
 - basic$0.06  $0.29  
 - diluted$0.05  $0.27  

Fourth Quarter Results: (three months ended Nov 30, 2017 compared with three months ended Nov 30, 2016)

  Q4 2017  Q4 2016 
Sales$22,866,000  $27,233,000  
   
Gross Margin 5,287,000   5,730,000  
Gross Margin (%) 23.1% 21.0%
   
Operating Earnings (1):    2,137,000  2,216,000 
   
  •  Net R&D Investment 1,353,000   966,000  
  •  Bargain Purchase Gain -  - 
  •  Restructuring Expense -  136,000  
  •  Foreign Exchange (Gain) Loss 18,000  (208,000 )
  •  Recovery of Investment Tax Credits (162,000) (95,000)
  •  Amortization of Intangibles 267,000   281,000  
   
Net Earnings before Tax 661,000  1,136,000 
   
  •  Tax Expense 498,000   506,000  
  •  Non-controlling Interests (28,000) -  
   
Net Earnings After Tax$191,000  $630,000  
   
Earnings per share  
 - basic$0.01  $0.03  
 - diluted$0.01  $0.03  
   

(1) Operating Earnings is not a measure recognized under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).  Management believes that this measure is important to many of the Corporation’s shareholders, creditors and other stakeholders. The Corporation’s method of calculating Operating Earnings may differ from other corporations and accordingly may not be comparable to measures used by other corporations.

Business Highlights

FTG accomplished many goals in 2017 that continue to improve the Corporation and position it for the future, including:

  • Announced a renewed 3 year agreement to supply circuit boards to a wide range of aircraft in a contract valued at over $12M USD
  • Announced the transition of PhotoEtch’s largest customer to FTG’s existing sites with 100% retention rate
  • Closed the PhotoEtch facility in December 2016, and opened a small engineering office in Fort Worth to retain the PhotoEtch engineering team
  • Achieved sales resulting from the PhotoEtch acquisition of $8.7M in 2017 versus the target of $6.0M
  • Completed certification of Circuits Chatsworth facility for one type of rigid flex technology used at Teledyne PCT under the US Department of Defense MIL-PRF-31032 certification
  • Closed the Teledyne PCT facility at the end of May
  • Completed installation and commissioning of the Teledyne PCT related equipment in the Chatsworth facility
  • Achieved sales resulting from the Teledyne PCT acquisition of $22.2M in 2017 versus the target of $16M
  • Achieved sales resulting from the Teledyne PCT acquisition of $4.9M in Q4 in the Chatsworth facility versus the target of $4M per quarter
  • Completed equipment installation for a dedicated outer layer production facility for Aerospace circuit boards at FTG Printronics Circuit – the joint venture in Tianjin China
  • FTG cockpit products flew on the first flight of the COMAC C919 aircraft in China

For FTG, overall sales increased by $7.6M or 8.7% from $87.1M in 2016 to $94.7M in 2017.  The increase was attributable to both segments. Year over year, the USD/CAD exchange rate dropped by about 2.5% and this negatively impacted sales by $2M.  In Q4 2017 compared to Q4 2016, sales were down $4.4M due to lower sales from the acquired sites of $9.7M offset by an increase in sales at the Aerospace Chatsworth site of $5.2M.  The high sales from the acquired sites last year was partially due to customers ordering safety stock ahead of the transition of production to FTG sites.  From Q4 this year to Q4 last year, the USD/CAD exchange rate dropped by almost 7 cents impacting sales by $1.4M.  Sales activity in Q4 in the Circuits Chatsworth business were down $0.6M compared to Q4 2016 and $0.7M sequentially due to some temporary operational issues encountered during the quarter.

Revenues from the PhotoEtch acquisition contributed $8.7 M in incremental sales during 2017, compared to $6.0M last year (9 months of activity in 2016). Revenues from the Teledyne PCT contributed $22.2M in 2017 compared to $11.4M last year (5 months of activity in 2016).  In Q4, revenue from Teledyne PCT customers totaled $4.9M versus our target of $4.0M, and revenue from PhotoEtch totaled $1.6M versus our target of $1.5M.  Teledyne related sales were up $3.0M sequentially due to the ramp up of activity in Chatsworth and PhotoEtch related sales were down sequentially by $0.3M due to timing of production orders.

The Circuits Segment sales increased by $2.3M or 4.0% in 2017 versus 2016.  The increase was from the Toronto facility.  In Q4 sales were down $3.1M due to the above mentioned operational issues in Chatsworth reducing sales by $0.6M, and a lower USD/CAD exchange rate of almost 7 cents in Q4 2017 versus the same quarter last year, impacting sales by $0.8M.

For the Aerospace segment, sales in 2017 were $35.6M compared to $30.3M last year. The increase is primarily attributable to the inclusion of a full year of sales from the PhotoEtch and Teledyne PCT acquisitions in 2017 results.  In Q4, sales were down $1.7M compared to the same quarter last year due to lower sales to Teledyne customers of approximately $2.5M offset by increased activity with other customers and the impact of the lower USD/CAD exchange rate.

Gross margins in 2017 were $23.1M (24.4%) compared to $19.4M (22.2%) in 2016.  In Q4 gross margin was $5.3M (23.1%) compared to $5.7M (21.0%) as a result of lower sales, offset by lower operating costs due to the elimination of the two acquired facilities in 2017.  Q4 2017 was impacted by the operational issues in Circuits Chatsworth, the lower USD/CAD exchange rate and various temporary costs to ramp up Aerospace Chatsworth such as expedite costs, outsourcing costs, travel, etc.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for FTG for trailing twelve months is $7.6M.

The following table reconciles EBITDA(2)  to the net earnings for Q4 2017 and trailing 12 months.

  Trailing 12
Months
   
Net earnings  1,207,000
Add:  
Interest  487,000
Income taxes/ITC/JV  1,695,000
Depreciation/Amortization  4,225,000
   
EBITDA $7,614,000

(2) EBITDA is not a measure recognized under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).  Management believes that this measure is important to many of the Corporation’s shareholders, creditors and other stakeholders. The Corporation’s method of calculating EBITDA may differ from other corporations and accordingly may not be comparable to measures used by other corporations.

Net earnings attributable to equity holders of FTG in 2017 were $1.3M compared to a net profit of $5.9M in 2016.  The decrease is due to the one-time gains on acquisition recognized in the prior year with respect to the PhotoEtch and Teledyne PCT transactions which contributed a net of $2.7M to last year, an increase of $3.0M in R&D costs in 2017 due in large part to the transition of work from the acquired work, and higher amortization of intangible costs in 2017 of $0.6M, offset by higher revenues and costs saved by closing the acquired facilities.

The Circuits segment net earnings before corporate and interest and other costs was $8.5M in 2017 compared to $9.8M in 2016.  The earnings in 2016 had a net gain of $0.6M as a result of the bargain purchase gain offset by restructuring expenses.

The Aerospace net earnings (loss) before corporate and interest and other costs decreased to ($2.5M) versus $2.5M in 2016. In 2016, the bargain purchase gain offset by restructuring expenses increased net earnings by $2.5M. 

As at Nov 30, 2017, the Corporation’s net working capital was $24.4M, an increase of $2.0M over year end 2016.

The Corporation will host a live conference call on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 8:30 am (EST) to discuss the results of fiscal year 2017.

Anyone wishing to participate in the call should dial 1-800-478-9326 or 416-340-2219 and identify that you are calling to participate in the FTG conference call. The Chairperson is Mr. Brad Bourne.  A replay of the call will be available until February 18, 2018 and will be available on the FTG website at www.ftgcorp.com. The number to call for a rebroadcast is at 1-800-408-3053 or 905-694-9451, pass code 1309846 #.

ABOUT FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION

FTG is an aerospace and defense electronics product and subsystem supplier to customers around the globe.  FTG has two operating units:

FTG Circuits is a manufacturer of high technology, high reliability printed circuit boards.  Our customers are leaders in the aviation, defense, and high technology industries.  FTG Circuits has operations in Toronto, Ontario, Chatsworth, California and a joint venture in Tianjin, China.

FTG Aerospace manufactures illuminated cockpit panels, keyboards and sub-assemblies for original equipment manufacturers of aerospace and defense equipment.  FTG Aerospace has operations in Toronto, Ontario, Chatsworth, California, Fort Worth, Texas and Tianjin, China.

The Corporation's shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol FTG.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are related to, but not limited to, FTG’s operations, anticipated financial performance, business prospects and strategies. Forward-looking information typically contains words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan” or similar words suggesting future outcomes.  Such statements are based on the current expectations of management of the Corporation and inherently involve numerous risks and uncertainties, known and unknown, including economic factors and the Corporation’s industry, generally.  The preceding list is not exhaustive of all possible factors.  Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual events and results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements made by the Corporation.  The reader is cautioned to consider these and other factors carefully when making decisions with respect to the Corporation and not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Other than as may be required by law, FTG disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For further information please contact: 
    
Bradley C. Bourne, President and CEO  Tel:  (416) 299-4000 x 314
Firan Technology Group Corporation  bradbourne@ftgcorp.com 
    
Melinda Diebel, Vice President and CFO  Tel:  (416) 299-4000 x 264
Firan Technology Group Corporation  melindadiebel@ftgcorp.com 

 Additional information can be found at the Corporation’s website www.ftgcorp.com

 

FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION   
Consolidated Balance Sheets   
       
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)November 30,November 30, 
As at  2017 2016 
ASSETS    
Current assets   
Cash  $   2,752 $  3,152 
Accounts receivable   17,983    21,022 
Taxes receivable   209    259 
Inventories    25,079    22,464 
Prepaid expenses   1,506    1,776 
       47,529    48,673 
Non-current assets   
Plant and equipment, net   12,222    8,851 
Deferred income tax assets    395    1,327 
Investment tax credits receivable    6,420    7,330 
Deferred development costs    681    739 
Intangible assets, net   3,768    5,066 
Total assets $   71,015 $  71,986 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   
Current liabilities   
Bank indebtedness$   6,444 $  6,983 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   13,341    15,105 
Provisions    390    2,349 
Customer deposits   1,268    308 
Current portion of long-term bank debt    1,726    1,510 
       23,169    26,255 
Non-current liabilities   
Long-term bank debt    6,040    6,079 
Deferred tax payable   1,696    1,573 
Total liabilities   30,905    33,907 
Equity    
Retained earnings$   8,812 $  7,543 
Accumulated other comprehensive income   187    443 
       8,999    7,986 
Share capital    
Common shares   19,295    19,051 
Preferred shares   2,218    2,218 
Contributed surplus      8,384    8,381 
Total equity attributable to FTG's shareholders      38,896    37,636 
Non-controlling interest   1,214    443 
Total equity    40,110    38,079 
Total liabilities and equity$   71,015 $  71,986 
       
       

 

    
FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION   
Consolidated Statements of Earnings   
      
    Years ended 
   November 30, November 30,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)2017 2016
      
Sales $   94,695   $  87,114 
      
Cost of sales    
 Cost of sales   68,754      65,446 
 Depreciation of plant and equipment   2,816      2,315 
Total cost of sales   71,570      67,761 
Gross margin   23,125      19,353 
      
Expenses   
 Selling, general and administrative   12,508      11,259 
 Research and development costs    6,497      3,567 
 Recovery of research and development costs   (220)    (329)
 Recovery of investment tax credits   (657)    (594)
 Depreciation of plant and equipment    117      118 
 Amortization of intangible assets   1,107      479 
 Interest expense on short-term debt   258      100 
 Interest expense on long-term debt    229      207 
 Foreign exchange (gain) loss    (211)    110 
 Bargain purchase gain    -      (7,189)
 Restructuring expenses   -      4,051 
Total expenses   19,628      11,779 
      
Earnings before income taxes   3,497      7,574 
      
Current income tax (recovery) expense    (42)    56 
Deferred income tax expense   2,332      1,586 
Total income tax expense   2,290      1,642 
      
Net earnings$   1,207   $  5,932 
      
Attributable to:   
Non-controlling interest$   (62) $  17 
Equity holders of FTG   1,269      5,915 
      
Earnings per share, attributable to the equity holders of FTG   
 Basic $   0.06   $  0.29 
 Diluted$   0.05   $  0.27 
      
      

 

   
FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION  
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income  
      
    Years ended 
   November 30, November 30,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)2017 2016
      
Net earnings$   1,207   $  5,932 
      
Other comprehensive income (loss) to be reclassified to net earnings   
 in subsequent periods:   
      
 Foreign currency translation adjustments   (458)    1,340 
 Net unrealized gain (loss) on derivative financial instruments    
  designated as cash flow hedges    282      (876)
 Tax impact   (71)    219 
      
      (247)    683 
      
Total comprehensive income$   960   $  6,615 
      
Attributable to:   
Equity holders of FTG$   1,013   $  6,591 
Non-controlling interest$   (53) $  24 
      
      

 

      
FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION     
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity      
          
   Years ended November 30, 2017 and November 30, 2016  
    Attributed to the equity holders of FTG   
      Accumulated   
      Other  Non- 
  CommonPreferredRetainedContributedComprehensive  controlling Total
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)SharesSharesEarningsSurplusIncome (Loss)Totalinterestequity
          
Balance, November 30, 2015$  13,075$  2,218$  1,628$  8,373 $  (233)$  25,061 $  29 $  25,090 
Net earnings - -   5,915 -  -    5,915    17    5,932 
Stock-based compensation - - - 47  -    47  -    47 
Common shares issued on exercise of         
 share options    157   (39)    118  -    118 
Common shares issued  5,819 - - -  -  5,819  -    5,819 
Foreign currency translation adjustments - - - -  1,333  1,333  7    1,340 
Net unrealized loss on derivative financial         
 instruments designated as cash flow         
 hedges, net of tax impact    -     -     -     -    (657) (657) -    (657)
Contribution from non-controlling        
  interest - - - -  -  -  390    390 
Balance, November 30, 2016$  19,051 $   2,218 $   7,543 $   8,381  $   443  $  37,636  $   443  $  38,079  
Net earnings   -     -     1,269    -      -      1,269     (62)   1,207  
Stock-based compensation   -     -     -     173     -      173     -      173  
Common shares issued on exercise of         
 share options and PSU's    244    -     -     (170)   -      74     -      74  
Foreign currency translation adjustments   -     -     -     -      (467)   (467)   9     (458)
Net unrealized gain on derivative financial         
 instruments designated as cash flow        
 hedges, net of tax impact   -     -     -     -      211     211     -      211  
Contribution from non-controlling        
  interest   -     -     -     -      -      -      824     824  
Balance, November 30, 2017$  19,295 $   2,218 $   8,812 $   8,384  $   187  $  38,896  $   1,214  $  40,110  

 

     
     
FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION    
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows    
        
      Years ended 
     November 30, November 30,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) 2017 2016
Net inflow (outflow) of cash related to the following:    
Operating activities    
Net earnings  $   1,207   $  5,932 
Items not affecting cash:    
 Non-controlling interest share of net (earnings)    62      (17)
 Stock-based compensation    173      47 
 (Gain) on disposal of plant and equipment    (17)    -  
 Effect of exchange rates on US dollar debt    (230)    136 
 Depreciation of plant and equipment    2,933      2,433 
 Amortization of intangible assets     1,107      479 
 Amortization of deferred financing costs     12      11 
 Deferred income tax expense    932      1,662 
 Investment tax credits expense (recovery)    1,033      (594)
 Decrease in net unrealized loss on derivative    
     financial instruments designated as cash flow hedges     868      227 
Net change in non-cash operating working capital     (2,053)    (14,672)
        6,027      (4,356)
Investing activities    
 Additions to plant and equipment     (7,086)    (2,210)
 Additions to plant and equipment - acquisitions      -       (3,340)
 Additions to intangible assets - acquisitions    -       (5,296)
 Recovery (additions) of deferred development costs     59      (352)
 Additions to deferred financing costs    -       (11)
 Proceeds from disposal of plant and equipment    81      -  
        (6,946)    (11,209)
Net cash flow from operating and investing activities    (919)    (15,565)
Financing activities    
 (Decrease) increase in bank indebtedness     (539)    6,983 
 Proceeds from long-term bank debt       1,921      3,390 
 Repayments of long-term bank debt     (1,526)    (1,229)
 Funding from non-controlling interest    824      390 
 Proceeds from issue of Common shares    74      5,937 
        754      15,471 
Effects of foreign exchange rate changes on cash flow    (235)    86 
Net increase (decrease) in cash flow    (400)    (8)
Cash, beginning of the year    3,152      3,160 
Cash, end of year  $  2,752   $  3,152 
        
Disclosure of cash payments    
 Payment for interest $   490   $  286 
 Payments for income taxes $   6   $  12