Firan Technology Group Corporation
TSX : FTG

Firan Technology Group Corporation

April 12, 2017 17:10 ET

Firan Technology Group ("FTG") Announces First Quarter 2017 Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 12, 2017) - Firan Technology Group Corporation (TSX:FTG) today announced financial results for the first quarter 2017.

  • Achieved record first quarter sales of $27.2M in Q1 2017, an increase of more than 60% over Q1 2016
  • Grew Aerospace segment by 168% over Q1 last year
  • Grew Circuits segment sales by 23% over Q1 last year
  • Gross margins increased by $3.1M or 83% over Q1 last year
  • Net Income increase by 78% in Q1 2017 versus Q1 2016
  • Cash flow from operations was $1.0M in Q1 2017 compared to cash usage of $0.6M in Q1 last year
  • Completed the integration of PhotoEtch and closed the facility in December 2016
  • Continued the transition of Teledyne PCT, expect transition to continue through Q2 2017

"The first quarter of 2017 saw the continued benefit on the top line from the two acquisitions last year," stated Brad Bourne, President and Chief Executive Officer. He added, "With the closure of PhotoEtch complete and the planned closure of Teledyne PCT in Q2, the benefits of these acquisitions will translate to improved bottom line results as well."

First Quarter Results: (three months ended March 3, 2017 compared with three months ended Feb 26, 2016)

Q1 2017 Q1 2016
Sales $ 27,172,000 $ 16,929,000
Gross Margin 6,886,000 3,752,000
Gross Margin (%) 25.3 % 22.2 %
Operating Earnings (1): 3,017,000 1,232,000
• Net R&D Investment 1,410,000 717,000
• Foreign Exchange Loss (Gain) 161,000 (55,000 )
• Recovery of Investment Tax Credits (141,000 ) (167,000 )
• Amortization of Intangibles 281,000 12,000
Net Earnings before Tax 1,306,000 725,000
• Current Tax Expense 17,000 16,000
• Deferred Tax Expense 488,000 259,000
• Non-controlling Interests 1,000 0
Net Earnings After Tax $ 800,000 $ 450,000
Earnings per share
- basic $ 0.04 $ 0.02
- diluted $ 0.03 $ 0.02
(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 the first quarter of 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 $12.0M USD.
  • Subsequent to quarter end, announced the transition of PhotoEtch's largest customer to FTG's existing sites with 100% retention rate.
  • 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 PhotoEtch facility in December 2016, and opened a small engineering office in Fort Worth to retain the PhotoEtch engineering team.
  • Began equipment installation for a dedicated outer layer production facility for Aerospace circuit boards at FTG Printronics Circuit - the joint venture in Tianjin, China.

For FTG, overall sales increased by $10.2M or 60%, from $16.9M in Q1 2016 to $27.2M in Q1 2017. Both Circuits and Aerospace participated in the growth.

Revenues benefited from the PhotoEtch acquisition which closed on March 18, 2016 and the Teledyne PCT acquisition which closed on July 8, 2016. Total revenues related to the acquisitions was approximately $10.0M with about $8.0M coming from the Teledyne PCT facility in Hudson, NH and the balance coming from activity transitioned to existing FTG sites.

The Circuits Segment sales were up $2.9M or 23% in Q1 2017 versus Q1 2016.

For the Aerospace segment, sales in Q1 2017 were $11.7M compared to $4.4M in Q1 last year resulting in a 168% growth rate.

Gross margins in Q1 2017 were up $3.1M, or 83%, compared to Q1 2016. On a percentage basis, margins increased from 22.2% to 25.3% from Q1 last year to Q1 this year. While the benefits of the acquisitions are seen immediately in revenues, the benefits to gross margins will only result once the acquired facilities are closed and the manufacturing activity is moved to existing FTG facilities.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for Q1 2017 was $2.2M, an increase from $1.2M in Q1 2016.

The following table reconciles EBITDA(2) to the net earnings for Q1, 2016.

Q1 2017 Q1 2016
Net earnings $ 800,000 $ 450,000
Add:
Interest 123,000 40,000
Income taxes 505,000 275,000
Recovery of ITCs (141,000 ) (167,000 )
Depreciation/Amortization 884,000 567,000
EBITDA $ 2,171,000 $ 1,165,000
(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 at FTG in Q1 2017 was $0.8M compared to a net profit of $0.5M in Q1 2016. The profit in Q1 2017 was positively impacted by the increased activity from the acquisitions as well as the closure of the PhotoEtch plant in December 2016, offset by the ramp up of costs in the Chatsworth facilities in anticipation of the closure of the Teledyne PCT facility at the end of Q2, increased interest costs, a negative foreign exchange impact and amortization of intangible assets resulting from the two acquisitions last year. The amortization of intangible assets and deferred income taxes in Q1 both years are non-cash expenses.

The Circuits segment net earnings before corporate and interest and other costs was $2.4M in Q1 2017 compared to $1.4M in Q1 2016.

The Aerospace net earnings before corporate and interest and other costs was ($0.3M) in Q1 2017 versus ($0.2M) in Q1 2016. This segment will see the largest benefit from the closure of the Teledyne PCT facility and is currently incurring increased costs related to the ramp up in Chatsworth. It is also being allocated the majority of the amortization of intangible assets resulting from the acquisitions last year, and is still being impacted by lower engineering activity on development programs which results in more costs being expensed rather than going into deferred development.

Cash flow from operations after investments in capital equipment and deferred development, was $1.0M in Q1 2017 compared to cash usage of $0.6M in Q1 last year. Capital asset additions in Q1 2017 were $1.5M versus $0.4M in Q1 2016 with the majority of the expenditures related to the build of an outer layer manufacturing facility in the circuit board joint venture in China. The disposal of plant and equipment of $0.6M in Q1 2017 was non cash and related to the disposal of some assets from the Teledyne PCT acquisition that are not required at any FTG facility.

As at March 3, 2017, the Corporation's net working capital was $23.9M, an increase of $1.5M over November 30, 2016, primarily due to lower provisions and lower short term debt partially offset by lower accounts receivables.

The Corporation will host a live conference call on Thursday April 13, 2017 at 8:30 am (EST) to discuss the results of the first quarter of 2017.

Anyone wishing to participate in the call should dial 416-340-2220 or 1-866-225-2055 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 April 27, 2017 and will be available on the FTG website at www.ftgcorp.com. The number to call for a rebroadcast is 905-694-9451 or 1-800-408-3053, Passcode 1236437#.

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, Hudson, New Hampshire 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.

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

FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION
Interim Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited) March 03, November 30,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) 2017 2016
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash $ 2,801 $ 3,152
Accounts receivable 20,496 21,022
Taxes receivable 329 259
Inventories 22,734 22,464
Prepaid expenses 1,145 1,776
47,505 48,673
Non-current assets
Plant and equipment, net 9,192 8,851
Deferred income tax assets 876 1,327
Investment tax credits receivable 7,471 7,330
Deferred development costs 605 739
Intangible assets, net 4,763 5,066
Total assets $ 70,412 $ 71,986
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities
Bank indebtedness $ 5,353 $ 6,983
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 15,024 15,105
Provisions 1,411 2,349
Customer deposits, net of deferred development 307 308
Current portion of long-term bank debt 1,505 1,510
23,600 26,255
Non-current liabilities
Long-term bank debt 5,682 6,079
Deferred tax payable 1,599 1,573
Total liabilities 30,881 33,907
Equity
Retained earnings $ 8,343 $ 7,543
Accumulated other comprehensive income 288 443
8,631 7,986
Share capital
Common shares 19,195 19,051
Preferred shares 2,218 2,218
Contributed surplus 8,240 8,381
Total equity attributable to FTG's shareholders 38,284 37,636
Non-controlling interest 1,247 443
Total equity 39,531 38,079
Total liabilities and equity $ 70,412 $ 71,986
FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings
Three months ended
(Unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)
March 03,
2017
February 26,
2016
Sales $ 27,172 $ 16,929
Cost of sales
Cost of sales 19,718 12,664
Depreciation of plant and equipment 568 513
Total cost of sales 20,286 13,177
Gross margin 6,886 3,752
Expenses
Selling, general and administrative 3,714 2,452
Research and development costs 1,480 787
Recovery of research and development costs (70 ) (70 )
Recovery of investment tax credits (141 ) (167 )
Depreciation of plant and equipment 32 28
Amortization of intangible assets 281 12
Interest expense on short-term debt 57 -
Interest expense on long-term debt 66 40
Foreign exchange loss (gain) 161 (55 )
Total expenses 5,580 3,027
Earnings before income taxes 1,306 725
Current income tax expense 17 16
Deferred income tax expense 488 259
Total income tax expense 505 275
Net earnings $ 801 $ 450
Attributable to:
Non-controlling interest 1 -
Equity holders of FTG 800 450
Earnings per share, attributable to the equity holders of FTG
Basic $ 0.04 $ 0.02
Diluted $ 0.03 $ 0.02
FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (loss)
Three months ended
(Unaudited) March 03, February 26,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) 2017 2016
Net earnings $ 801 $ 450
Other comprehensive income (loss) to be reclassified to net earnings in subsequent periods:
Foreign currency translation adjustments 513 859
Net unrealized (loss) on derivative financial instruments designated as cash flow hedges (918 ) (645 )
Tax impact 229 161
(176 ) 375
Total comprehensive income $ 625 $ 825
Attributable to:
Equity holders of FTG $ 645 $ 825
Non-controlling interest $ (20 ) $ -
FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity
Three months ended March 03, 2017 Attributed to the equity holders of FTG


(Unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)


Common
Shares


Preferred
Shares


Retained
Earnings


Contributed
Surplus
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)



Total

Non-
controlling
interest


Total
equity
Balance, November 30, 2016 $ 19,051 $ 2,218 $ 7,543 $ 8,381 $ 443 $ 37,636 $ 443 $ 38,079
Net earnings - - 800 - - 800 1 801
Stock-based compensation - - - - - - - -
Common shares issued on exercise of share options and PSU's 144 (141 ) - 3 - 3
Foreign currency translation adjustments - - - - 534 534 (21 ) 513
Net unrealized loss on derivative financial instruments designated as cash flow hedges, net of tax impact - - - - (689 ) (689 ) - (689 )
Contribution from non-controlling interest - - - - - - 824 824
Balance, March 03, 2017 $ 19,195 $ 2,218 $ 8,343 $ 8,240 $ 288 $ 38,284 $ 1,247 $ 39,531
Three months ended February 26, 2016 Attributed to the equity holders of FTG



(in thousands of Canadian dollars)


Common
Shares


Preferred
Shares


Retained
Earnings


Contributed
Surplus
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)



Total

Non-
controlling
interest


Total
equity
Balance, November 30, 2015 $ 13,075 $ 2,218 $ 1,628 $ 8,373 $ (233 ) $ 25,061 $ 29 $ 25,090
Net earnings - - 450 - - 450 - 450
Stock-based compensation - - - 12 - 12 - 12
Common shares issued on exercise of share options 15 - - (4 ) - 11 - 11
Foreign currency translation adjustments - - - - 859 859 - 859
Net unrealized loss on derivative financial instruments designated as cash flow hedges - - - - (484 ) (484 ) - (484 )
Balance, February 26, 2016 $ 13,090 $ 2,218 $ 2,078 $ 8,381 $ 142 $ 25,909 $ 29 $ 25,938
FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Three months ended
(Unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
March 03,
2017
February 26,
2016
Net inflow (outflow) of cash related to the following:
Operating activities
Net earnings $ 801 $ 450
Items not affecting cash:
Non-controlling interest share of net (earnings) (1 ) -
Stock-based compensation - 12
Effect of exchange rates on US dollar debt (19 ) 78
Depreciation of plant and equipment 600 541
Amortization of intangible assets 281 12
Amortization of deferred financing costs 3 2
Deferred income tax expense 478 393
Investment tax credits (recovery) (141 ) (167 )
(Increase) decrease in net unrealized loss on derivative financial instruments designated as cash flow hedges (31 ) 399
Net change in non-cash operating working capital (194 ) (1,887 )
1,777 (167 )
Investing activities
Additions to plant and equipment (1,507 ) (389 )
Disposals of plant and equipment 614 -
Additions (decrease) to deferred development costs 135 (75 )
(758 ) (464 )
Net cash flow from operating and investing activities 1,019 (631 )
Financing activities
Decrease in bank indebtedness (1,630 ) -
Repayments of long-term bank debt (387 ) (282 )
Funding from non-controlling interests 824 -
Proceeds from issue of Common shares 3 11
(1,190 ) (271 )
Effects of foreign exchange rate changes on cash flow (180 ) (30 )
Net (decrease) increase in cash flow (351 ) (932 )
Cash, beginning of the period 3,152 3,160
Cash, end of the period 2,801 $ 2,228
Disclosure of cash payments
Payment for interest $ 129 $ 40
Payments for income taxes $ 4 $ 7

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