TORONTO, Oct. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Firan Technology Group Corporation (TSX: FTG) today announced financial results for the third quarter 2019.

  • Booked $34M in new orders in Q3, with over $8M related to simulator products
  • Achieved sales of $28M, a 12% increase over Q3 2018
  • Achieved 28.3% gross margin, a 20% increase over the Q3 2018 gross margin of 23.6%
  • Achieved Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) of $4.1M in Q3 2019, an increase of $1.4M or 55% over Q3 last year
  • Achieved trailing twelve month EBITDA of $15.3M
  • Achieved net income of $1.8M and diluted earnings per share of $0.07 in Q3 2019, a $1.1M or 176% increase over Q3 2018
  • On July 15, 2019,  FTG successfully closed the acquisition of Colonial Circuits Inc., in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Achieved quarterly free cash flow of $6.0M in Q3 2019 inclusive of $1.4M  of additions to plant and equipment, but exclusive of the $3.8M of net cash consideration paid for the Colonial business
  • Net debt at quarter end was $0.0M, after paying for Colonial Circuits

“The third quarter of 2019 was a solid quarter for FTG, particularly as this quarter can be slower due to summer holidays.  We improved our balance sheet in the quarter and this resulted in $6M of positive cash flow,” stated Brad Bourne, President and Chief Executive Officer. He added, “We closed the acquisition of Colonial Circuits mid-quarter and this will add much needed capacity for standard circuit board manufacturing freeing up capacity in existing sites for higher-end product and expand our offering for the US defense market.”

Third Quarter Results: (three months ended August 30, 2019 compared with three months ended August 31, 2018)

  Q3 2019  Q3 2018 
Sales$27,953,000 $25,001,000 
   
Gross Margin 7,923,000  5,909,000 
Gross Margin (%) 28.3% 23.6%
   
Operating Earnings (1):    4,367,000  2,580,000 
   
•  Net R&D Investment 1,223,000  979,000 
•  Foreign Exchange Loss (Gain) 236,000  (34,000)
•  Recovery of Investment Tax Credits (214,000) (205,000)
•  Amortization of Intangibles 284,000  266,000 
   
Net Earnings before Tax 2,838,000  1,574,000 
   
•  Tax Expense 1,087,000  931,000 
•  Non-controlling Interests (32,000) (4,000)
Net Earnings After Tax$1,783,000 $647,000 
   
Earnings per share  
- basic$0.08 $0.03 
- diluted$0.07 $0.03 
   

Year-to-Date: (nine months ended August 30, 2019 compared with nine months ended August 31, 2018)

  YTD 2019  YTD 2018 
Sales$85,578,000 $81,407,000 
   
Gross Margin 24,394,000  17,998,000 
Gross Margin (%) 28.5% 22.1%
   
Operating Earnings (1):    13,316,000  7,720,000 
   
  •  Net R&D Investment 3,727,000  3,200,000 
  •  Foreign Exchange Loss (Gain) 532,000  (164,000)
  •  Recovery of Investment Tax Credits (629,000) (568,000)
  •  Amortization of Intangibles 827,000  783,000 
  •  Restructuring expense 243,000  195,000 
   
Net Earnings before Tax 8,616,000  4,274,000 
   
  •  Tax Expense 3,242,000  2,646,000 
  •  Non-controlling Interests (109,000) (21,000)
Net Earnings After Tax$5,483,000 $1,649,000 
   
Earnings per share  
 - basic$0.24 $0.07 
 - diluted$0.22 $0.07 
   

(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 Q3 2019 that continue to improve the Corporation and position it for the future, including:

  • Booked $34M in new orders in the quarter including over $8M in orders related to the simulator market
  • Achieved sales of $28M, a 12% increase over Q3 2018
  • Achieved trailing twelve month EBITDA of $15.3M
  • Achieved net income of $1.8M and diluted earnings per share of $0.07 in Q3 2019, a $1.1M or 176% increase over Q3 2018
  • On July 15, 2019,  FTG successfully closed the acquisition of Colonial Circuits Inc., in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Achieved sales from Colonial of approximately $1.2M in the second half of Q3, and $0.1M EBITDA contribution from this period
  • Began the certification process for the Colonial facility to the Aerospace AS9100 certification with completion planned for early 2020, opening up significant new market opportunities for that site
  • Worked with key suppliers to achieve material cost savings for the Colonial site, in line with costs at other existing FTG sites.
  • Reduced net debt to $0 at quarter end

For FTG, overall sales increased by $3.0M or 11.8% from $25.0M in Q3 2018 to $28.0M in Q3 2019. Both the Circuits and Aerospace segments contributed to the growth. Colonial Circuits contributed $1.2M in growth, for the Circuits segment.  The Canadian dollar was 1 cent weaker in Q3 2019 compared to the same quarter last year.  Year-to-date 2019 sales increased by $4.2M or 5.1%.  Year-to-date 2018 included a $5M one-time adjustment with respect to the C919 development contract.  Excluding this, the growth was $9.2M or 11.3%.

The Circuits Segment sales in Q3 2019 were $18.3M, up $1.9M or 11.8% versus Q3 2018.  The growth came from Circuits Toronto, as well as the Colonial acquisition.  For the year-to-date, sales were $52.8M compared to $46.7M in the same period last year.

For the Aerospace segment, sales in Q3 2019 were $9.6M compared to $8.6M in Q3 of last year.  Aerospace Toronto and Tianjin were up whereas Aerospace Chatsworth was down slightly compared to the same quarter last year.  On a year-to-date basis, sales were down $1.9M but excluding the one-time adjustment on the C919 development program, sales were up $3.1M or 8.9%.

Gross margins of $7.9M in Q3 2019 were up $2.0M compared to Q3 2018.  The increase is due to higher sales, improved operating performance, and a small contribution from the Colonial Circuits acquisition.  For the year-to-date, gross margins were $24.4M, up $6.4M or 35.5%.  Year-to-date gross margins are 28.5% compared to 22.1% last year.  The one-time $5M revenue adjustment on the C919 program last year was at very low margins.  Operating performance in 2019 was improved across the Corporation.

Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) for FTG in Q3 2019 was $4.1M compared to $2.6M in Q3 2018.  Trailing twelve month EBITDA is $15.3M.  The Colonial Circuits acquisition contributed $0.1M of EBITDA in Q3 2019.

The following table reconciles EBITDA(2)  to the net earnings for the trailing 12 months as at August 30, 2019.

 Q3 2019
 Trailing 12 Months
   
Net earnings 1,783,000  6,709,000
Add:  
Interest 69,000  335,000
Income taxes/ITC 873,000  3,319,000
Depreciation/Amortization/Stock Comp 1,340,000  4,939,000
   
EBITDA$4,065,000 $15,302,000
      

(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 profit after tax at FTG in Q3 2019 was $1.8M compared to a net profit of $0.6M in Q3 2018.  Higher margins, were partially offset by higher R&D and SG&A costs and higher foreign exchange losses.  For the year-to-date, net profit was $5.5M compared to $1.6M for the same period last year.   

The Circuits segment net earnings before corporate and interest and other costs was $3.3M in Q3 2019 compared to $3.0M in Q3 2018.

The Aerospace net earnings before corporate and interest and other costs in Q3 2019 was $0.1M versus ($0.7M) in Q3 2018.

As at August 30, 2019, the Corporation’s net working capital was $31.3M, an increase of $2.6M over year-end 2018.  Colonial added approximately $1.0M in working capital on closing. 

Cash flow in Q3 2019 was $6.0M compared to $0.5M in Q3 last year, after investments in capital equipment and deferred development.  In Q3 2019, $3.8M was paid for the acquisition of Colonial Circuits, net of cash acquired.  For the year-to-date period, cash flow was $6.4M compared to $3.7M last year.

Net debt to EBITDA was 0:1 for the trailing 12 month period, as the net debt at the end of Q3 2019 was $nil.

Subsequent to quarter end, Jamie Crichton was hired as Chief Financial Officer of FTG.  Jamie brings significant experience in the Aerospace and Defense industry in a variety of senior finance positions in both private and public companies.

Also subsequent to quarter end, FTG was the subject of a cyberattack that impacted FTG’s systems across North America.  This had a negative impact on operations at FTG’s North American sites in September.  Each site was impacted differently with reduced operations ranging from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the impact to the site’s infrastructure.  Overall lost production is estimated at about 10% of quarterly sales but efforts are underway to mitigate this impact by quarter end.  FTG is working with experts to determine the methodology used in the attack and steps to be taken to reduce the chances, and impact, of future attacks. Accelerated investments in network/system is planned in the coming months to address the findings.

The Corporation will host a live conference call on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 8:30 am (EDT) to discuss the results of Q3 2019.

Anyone wishing to participate in the call should dial 647-427-2311 or 1-866-521-4909 and the conference ID is 8979843. The Chairperson is Mr. Brad Bourne.  A replay of the call will be available until November 20, 2019 and will be available on the FTG website at www.ftgcorp.com.  The number to call for a rebroadcast is 416-621-4642 or 1-800-585-8367, Conference ID 8979843.

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, Fredericksburg, Virginia 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
Firan Technology Group Corporation
Tel: (416) 299-4000 x314
bradbourne@ftgcorp.com

Jamie Crichton, Vice President and CFO
Firan Technology Group Corporation
Tel:(416) 299-4000 x264
jamiecrichton@ftgcorp.com

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

FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION  
Interim Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
   
(Unaudited)August 30,November 30,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)20192018
ASSETS  
Current assets  
Cash$ 5,910 $5,026 
Accounts receivable 18,843  18,051 
Contract assets 213  645 
Taxes recoverable -  189 
Inventories 23,295  24,634 
Prepaid expenses 1,321  1,816 
  49,582  50,361 
Non-current assets  
Plant and equipment, net 14,137  12,078 
Deferred income tax assets 732  732 
Investment tax credits recoverable 3,463  4,620 
Contract costs 279  276 
Intangible assets and other assets, net 2,883  3,069 
Total assets$ 71,076 $71,136 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY  
Current liabilities  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$ 14,422 $16,278 
Provisions 963  849 
Contract liabilities 315  1,966 
Current portion of long-term bank debt 2,030  2,019 
Income tax payable 541  563 
  18,271  21,675 
Non-current liabilities  
Long-term bank debt 3,891  5,404 
Deferred tax payable 1,930  1,750 
Total liabilities 24,092  28,829 
Equity  
Retained earnings$ 17,170 $11,687 
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) (1,677) (774)
  15,493  10,913 
Share capital  
Common shares 19,323  19,323 
Preferred shares 2,218  2,218 
Contributed surplus 8,906  8,672 
Total equity attributable to FTG's shareholders 45,940  41,126 
Non-controlling interest 1,044  1,181 
Total equity 46,984  42,307 
Total liabilities and equity$ 71,076 $71,136 
   


FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION       
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings       
        
 Three months endedNine months ended
(Unaudited)August 30, August 31, August 30, August 31,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)2019 2018 2019 2018
        
Sales$ 27,953  $25,001  $ 85,578  $81,407 
        
Cost of sales       
Cost of sales 19,097   18,304   58,564   61,142 
Depreciation of plant and equipment 933   788   2,620   2,267 
Total cost of sales 20,030   19,092   61,184   63,409 
Gross margin 7,923   5,909   24,394   17,998 
        
Expenses       
Selling, general and administrative 3,447   3,156   10,719   9,757 
Research and development costs 1,223   1,034   3,507   3,365 
Reversal (recovery) of Ontario innovation tax credit -   (55)  220   (165)
Recovery of investment tax credits (214)  (205)  (629)  (568)
Depreciation of plant and equipment 40   34   123   99 
Amortization of intangible assets 284   266   827   783 
Interest expense on short-term debt 6   47   30   200 
Interest expense on long-term debt 63   92   206   222 
Foreign exchange loss (gain) 236   (34)  532   (164)
Restructuring expenses -   -   243   195 
Total expenses 5,085   4,335   15,778   13,724 
        
Earnings before income taxes 2,838   1,574   8,616   4,274 
        
Current income tax expense 1,044   890   3,115   2,532 
Deferred income tax expense 43   41   127   114 
Total income tax expense 1,087   931   3,242   2,646 
        
Net earnings$ 1,751  $643  $ 5,374  $1,628 
        
Attributable to:       
Non-controlling interest$ (32) $(4) $ (109) $(21)
Equity holders of FTG$ 1,783  $647  $ 5,483  $1,649 
        
Earnings per share, attributable to the equity holders of FTG       
Basic$ 0.08  $0.03  $ 0.24  $0.07 
Diluted$ 0.07  $0.03  $ 0.22  $0.07 
        


FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION       
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income    
        
 Three months endedNine months ended
(Unaudited)August 30, August 31, August 30, August 31,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)2019 2018 2019 2018
        
Net earnings$ 1,751  $643  $ 5,374  $1,628 
        
Other comprehensive income (loss) to be reclassified to net earnings in subsequent periods:       
        
Foreign currency translation adjustments (634)  (166)  849   (210)
Net unrealized gain (loss) on derivative financial instruments designated as cash flow hedges 543   (420)  (2,373)  (551)
Tax impact (136)  105   593   138 
        
  (227)  (481)  (931)  (623)
        
Total comprehensive income$ 1,524  $162  $ 4,443  $1,005 
        
Attributable to:       
Equity holders of FTG$ 1,613  $233  $ 4,580  $1,050 
Non-controlling interest$ (89) $(71) $ (137) $(45)
        


FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION      
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity    
         
         
Nine months ended August 30, 2019Attributed to the equity holders of FTG  
     Accumulated   
     Other  Non- 
(Unaudited)CommonPreferredRetainedContributedComprehensive
   controlling Total
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)sharessharesearningssurplusincome (loss)Totalinterestequity
Balance, November 30, 2018$ 19,323$ 2,218$ 11,687$ 8,672 $ (774)$ 41,126 $ 1,181 $ 42,307 
Net earnings (loss) - - 5,483 -  -  5,483  (109) 5,374 
Stock-based compensation - - - 234  -  234  -  234 
Foreign currency translation adjustments - - - -  877  877  (28) 849 
Net unrealized loss on derivative financial instruments designated as cash flow hedges, net of tax impact - - - -  (1,780) (1,780) -  (1,780)
Balance, August 30, 2019$ 19,323$ 2,218$ 17,170$ 8,906 $ (1,677)$ 45,940 $ 1,044 $ 46,984 
         
Nine months ended August 31, 2018Attributed to the equity holders of FTG  
     Accumulated   
     Other Non- 
(Unaudited)CommonPreferredRetainedContributedComprehensive controllingTotal
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)sharessharesearningssurplusincome (loss)Totalinterestequity
Balance, November 30, 2017$19,295$2,218$8,812$8,384 $187 $38,896 $1,214 $40,110 
Net earnings (loss) - - 1,649 -  -  1,649  (21) 1,628 
Stock-based compensation - - - 222  -  222  -  222 
Common shares issued on exercise of share options and PSUs 28 - - (8) -  20  -  20 
Foreign currency translation adjustments - - - -  (186) (186) (24) (210)
Net unrealized loss on derivative financial instruments designated as cash flow hedges net of tax impact - - - -  (413) (413) -  (413)
Balance, August 31, 2018$19,323$2,218$10,461$8,598 $(412)$40,188 $1,169 $41,357 
         


FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION       
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows       
        
 Three months endedNine months ended
(Unaudited)August 30, August 31, August 30, August 31,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)2019 2018 2019 2018
Net inflow (outflow) of cash related to the following:       
Operating activities       
Net earnings$ 1,751  $643  $ 5,374  $1,628 
Items not affecting cash:       
Non-controlling interest share of net loss 32   4   109   21 
Stock-based compensation 80   74   234   222 
Gain on disposal of plant and equipment -   (2)  (1)  (2)
Effect of exchange rates on US dollar debt (111)  69   15   139 
Depreciation of plant and equipment 973   823   2,743   2,366 
Amortization of intangible assets 284   266   827   783 
Amortization of deferred financing costs 3   3   9   9 
Deferred income tax expense 993   488   1,966   2,060 
Investment tax credits (recovery) (214)  (205)  (629)  (568)
Increase in net unrealized loss, decrease in net unrealized gain on derivative financial instruments designated as cash flow hedges (35)  (360)  (907)  (624)
Net change in non-cash operating working capital 3,603   (837)  (1,001)  (859)
  7,359   966   8,739   5,175 
Investing activities       
Additions to plant and equipment (1,374)  (481)  (2,375)  (1,687)
Acquisition of Colonial Circuits Inc., net of cash acquired (3,817)  -   (3,817)  - 
(Additions to) recovery of - contract costs, other 13   5   (6)  226 
Proceeds from disposal of plant and equipment -   3   -   3 
  (5,178)  (473)  (6,198)  (1,458)
Net cash flow used by operating and investing activities 2,181   493   2,541   3,717 
Financing activities       
Decrease in bank indebtedness -   (1,278)  -   (3,833)
Proceeds from long-term bank debt -   -   -   1,289 
Repayments of long-term bank debt (505)  (501)  (1,526)  (1,428)
Proceeds from issue of Common shares -   8   -   20 
  (505)  (1,771)  (1,526)  (3,952)
Effects of foreign exchange rate changes on cash flow (84)  (38)  (131)  (36)
Net increase (decrease) in cash flow 1,592   (1,316)  884   (271)
Cash, beginning of the period 4,318   3,797   5,026   2,752 
Cash, end of period$ 5,910  $2,481  $ 5,910  $2,481 
        
Disclosure of cash payments       
Payment for interest$ 74  $125  $ 245  $425 
Payments for income taxes$ 265  $1  $ 1,386  $14