Firan Technology Group Corporation (“FTG” or “the Corporation”) Announces Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results

TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2020 — Firan Technology Group Corporation (TSX: FTG) today announced financial results for the full year and fourth quarter 2019.

  • Achieved record full year sales of $112.7M, an increase of $8.2M after excluding a $5M revenue adjustment on a development contract from Q1 last year
  • Achieved EBITDA of $14.6M, an increase of $4.1M (39%) over last year
  • Achieved net income of $6.1M and diluted earnings per share of $0.25, an increase of 111% over 2018
  • Generated $8.5M in full year free cash flow, inclusive of capital expenditures of $3.1M but exclusive of $3.8M of net cash consideration paid for the Colonial business (now referred to as FTG Circuits-Fredericksburg)
  • At year end, had net cash of $2.2M on the balance sheet.
 
Full Year Results: (twelve months ended Nov 30, 2019 compared with twelve months ended Nov 30, 2018)
 
  FY 2019   FY 2018 
Sales$112,653,000  $109,420,000 
   
Gross Margin 30,264,000   25,262,000 
Gross Margin (%) 26.9%  23.1%
   
Operating Earnings (1): 15,818,000   10,978,000 
   
•  Net R&D Investment 4,846,000   4,740,000 
•  R&D Tax Credits (669,000)  (1,016,000)
•  Foreign Exchange Loss (Gain) 785,000   (75,000)
•  Amortization of Intangibles 1,128,000   1,049,000 
   
Net Earnings before Tax 9,728,000   6,280,000 
   
•  Income Tax 3,746,000   3,415,000 
•  Non-controlling Interests (76,000)  (10,000)
   
Net Earnings after tax$6,058,000  $2,875,000 
Earnings per share  
– basic$0.27  $0.13 
– diluted$0.25  $0.12 

Fourth Quarter Results: (three months ended Nov 30, 2019 compared with three months ended Nov 30, 2018)

  Q4 2019   Q4 2018 
Sales$27,075,000  $28,013,000 
   
Gross Margin 5,870,000   7,264,000 
Gross Margin (%) 21.7%  25.9%
   
Operating Earnings (1): 2,745,000   3,453,000 
   
•  Net R&D Investment 1,339,000   1,375,000 
•  R&D Tax Credits (260,000)  (283,000)
•  Foreign Exchange Loss 253,000   89,000 
•  Amortization of Intangibles 301,000   266,000 
   
Net Earnings before Tax 1,112,000   2,006,000 
   
•  Income Tax 504,000   769,000 
•  Non-controlling Interests 33,000   11,000 
   
Net Earnings After Tax$575,000  $1,226,000 
   
Earnings per share  
– basic$0.03  $0.05 
– diluted$0.03  $0.05 
 
(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 2019 that continue to improve the Corporation and position it for the future, including:

  • Received Canadian Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval for a Cursor Control Device enabling FTG to begin production of this product under development over the past 3 years
  • On July 15, 2019, FTG successfully closed the acquisition of Colonial Circuits Inc., in Fredericksburg Virginia
  • Achieved sales from Colonial of approximately $3.6M from July to November
  • 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.
  • In November, FTG reached agreement with its represented staff at FTG Aerospace Toronto. The contract is for four years, with improvements in benefits and wages in line with typical collective agreements in Ontario this year.

For FTG, overall sales increased by $3.2M or 3.0% from $109.4M in 2018 to $112.7M in 2019. Adjusting for the revenue recognition impact of $5M from the C919 program in Q1 2018, the increase in sales is $8.2M or 7.9%. In Q4, FTG was the subject of a cyber-attack that impacted all sites in North America, except the recently acquired business in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The affected sites lost production from a few days to a few weeks. This impacted the 2019 sales in the quarter and the year as deliveries were delayed beyond year end. The acquisition of FTG Circuits Fredericksburg business, which closed July 15, 2019, contributed $3.6M to 2019 sales. Also contributing to the growth was the weakening of the Canadian dollar by 3.8 cents in 2019 compared to the prior year, which added approximately $3M to annual sales. 

FTG’s China sites were not impacted by the cyber-attack in Q4. They are however being impacted by measures taken by the Chinese government in Q1 2020 to control the spread of the corona virus outbreak and are expected to lose approximately 10 days of production in the quarter.

Q4 2019 sales of $27.1M were $0.9M lower than Q4 2018, net of the contribution of $2.4M from the acquisition of the FTG Circuits Fredericksburg business. In September 2019, FTG was the subject of a cyber-attack which impacted FTG’s systems across North America. Overall lost production was approximately 10% of normal quarterly sales. Also in Q4 2019 compared to Q4 2018, shipments of products for the simulator market were down temporarily by approximately $3M as previous orders were completed and new orders could not be assembled until the arrival of longer lead components. Simulator related revenues are expected to rebound in the second half of 2020. 

The Circuits Segment sales were $71.4M, up $7.4M or 11.5% in 2019 versus 2018. In Q4 sales were $18.6M compared to $17.4M in Q4 last year. In Q4 2019, sales were impacted by the cyber-attack but offset by the incremental $2.4M in sales from the acquired business in Virginia.

For the Aerospace segment, sales in 2019 were $41.2M compared to $45.3M last year. 2018 had the $5M one-time adjustment in program revenue. In Q4 2019 sales were $8.4M compared to $10.7M in Q4 2018. The drop in Q4 2019 is due partly to the cyber-attack as well as a drop in simulator activity of $3M year-over-year. The drop in simulator activity is the result the conclusion of existing orders and a gap in shipments until longer lead components arrive. Simulator revenues are expected to rebound in the second half of 2020 as the backlog in simulator work at year end was over $8.0M.

Gross margins in 2019 were $30.3M or 26.9% compared to $25.3M or 23.1% in 2018. The benefit of increased sales was combined with improving operational efficiency across the company. The cyber-attack in Q4 2019 negatively impacted gross margins in the quarter and the full year.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for FTG for 2019 was $14.6M compared to $10.5M in 2018.

The following table reconciles EBITDA(2) to the net earnings for 2019.

  2019
  
Net earnings 6,058,000
Add: 
Interest 290,000
Income taxes/ITC 3,077,000
Depreciation/Amortization/Stock Comp 5,165,000
  
EBITDA$14,590,000
 
(2) EBITDA are not measures recognized under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). Management believes that these measures are 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 2019 was $6.1M or $0.25 per diluted share compared to a net profit of $2.9M or $0.12 per diluted share in 2018. Net profit after tax in Q4 2019 was $0.6M, a decrease of $0.6M compared to Q4 2018. The decrease is the result of lower sales (cyber-attack and lower simulator activity) offset by the income from the new Virginia facility.

The Circuits segment net earnings before corporate and interest and other costs was $12.0M in 2019 compared to $9.4M in 2018.

The Aerospace net earnings before corporate and interest and other costs in the quarter was $0.7M in 2019 versus ($0.4M) in 2018.

As at November 30, 2019, the Corporation’s net working capital was $28.6M, compared to $28.7M at year end in 2018. At year-end 2019, all debt is classified as current as the bank facility agreement currently in place expires in less than 12 months. Activity is underway to obtain a new bank facility in 2020.

Net cash at the end of 2019 was $2.2M compared to net debt of $2.4M at the end of 2018. Excluding the Colonial purchase price of $3.8M, the year-end 2019 net cash position would have been $6.0M, with annual free cash flow of $8.5M.

The Corporation will host a live conference call on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 10:000 am (Eastern) to discuss the results of 2019.

Anyone wishing to participate in the call should dial 647-427-2311 or 1-866-521-4909 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 March 15, 2020 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 8595811.

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 [email protected]

Jamie Crichton, Vice President and CFO Firan Technology Group Corporation Tel:(416) 299-4000 x264 [email protected]

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

 
FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
   
As atNovember 30,  November 30,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) 2019   2018 
ASSETS  
Current assets  
Cash$ 7,647  $5,026 
Accounts receivable 21,085   18,051 
Contract assets 432   645 
Taxes recoverable    189 
Inventories 21,990   24,634 
Prepaid expenses 1,770   1,816 
  52,924   50,361 
Non-current assets  
Plant and equipment, net 13,830   12,078 
Deferred income tax assets 724   732 
Investment tax credits receivable 3,035   4,620 
Deferred development costs 279   276 
Intangible assets and other assets, net 2,585   3,069 
Total assets$ 73,377  $71,136 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY  
Current liabilities  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$ 17,104  $16,278 
Provisions 946   849 
Contract liabilities 216   1,966 
Current portion of bank debt 5,416   2,019 
Income tax payable 639   563 
  24,321   21,675 
Non-current liabilities  
Bank debt    5,404 
Deferred tax payable 1,297   1,750 
Total liabilities 25,618   28,829 
Equity  
Retained earnings$ 17,745  $11,687 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,554)  (774)
  16,191   10,913 
Share capital  
Common Shares 19,323   19,323 
Preferred Shares 2,218   2,218 
Contributed surplus 8,933   8,672 
Total equity attributable to FTG’s shareholders 46,665   41,126 
Non-controlling interest 1,094   1,181 
Total equity 47,759   42,307 
Total liabilities and equity$ 73,377  $71,136 
FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION   
Consolidated Statements of Earnings   
    
 Years ended
 November 30, November 30,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts) 2019   2018 
    
Sales$ 112,653  $109,420 
    
Cost of sales   
Cost of sales 78,788   81,143 
Depreciation of plant and equipment 3,601   3,015 
Total cost of sales 82,389   84,158 
Gross margin 30,264   25,262 
    
Expenses   
Selling, general and administrative 13,732   13,333 
Research and development costs 4,846   4,740 
Recovery of investment tax credits (669)  (1,016)
Depreciation of plant and equipment 163   134 
Amortization of intangible assets 1,128   1,049 
Interest expense on bank debt 290   521 
Stock based compensation 261   296 
Foreign exchange loss (gain) 785   (75)
Total expenses 20,536   18,982 
    
Earnings before income taxes 9,728   6,280 
    
Current income tax expense 4,296   3,230 
Deferred income tax (recovery) expense (550)  185 
Total income tax expense 3,746   3,415 
    
Net earnings$ 5,982  $2,865 
    
Attributable to:   
Non-controlling interest$ (76) $(10)
Equity holders of FTG$ 6,058  $2,875 
    
Earnings per share, attributable to the equity holders of FTG   
Basic$ 0.27  $0.13 
Diluted$ 0.25  $0.12 
FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION    
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income    
     
  Years ended
  November 30, November 30,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)  2019   2018 
     
Net earnings $ 5,982  $2,865 
     
Other comprehensive loss to be reclassified to net earnings    
in subsequent periods:    
     
Change in foreign currency translation adjustments  (308)  421 
Change in net unrealized loss on derivative financial instruments    
designated as cash flow hedges  (644)  (1,873)
Change in tax impact  161   468 
     
   (791)  (984)
     
Total comprehensive income $ 5,191  $1,881 
     
Attributable to:    
Equity holders of FTG $ 5,278  $1,914 
Non-controlling interest $ (87) $(33)
FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity
         
 Years ended November 30, 2019 and November 30, 2018
 Attributed to the equity holders of FTG  
     Accumulated   
     other  Non- 
 CommonPreferredRetainedContributedcomprehensive  controlling Total
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)sharessharesearningssurpluslossTotalinterestequity
Balance, November 30, 2017$19,295 $2,218 $8,812 $8,384 $187 $38,896 $1,214 $40,110 
Net earnings (loss)     2,875      2,875  (10) 2,865 
Stock-based compensation       296    296    296 
Common Shares issued on exercise of        
share options 28      (8)   20    20 
Change in foreign currency translation adjustments         443  443  (23) 420 
Change in net unrealized loss on derivative financial        
instruments designated as cash flow hedges, net of          
tax impact         (1,404) (1,404)   (1,404)
Balance, November 30, 2018$ 19,323 $ 2,218 $ 11,687 $ 8,672 $ (774)$ 41,126 $ 1,181 $ 42,307 
Net earnings (loss)     6,058      6,058  (76) 5,982 
Stock-based compensation       261    261    261 
Change in foreign currency translation adjustments         (297) (297) (11) (308)
Change in net unrealized loss on derivative financial          
instruments designated as cash flow hedges, net of          
tax impact         (483) (483)   (483)
Balance, November 30, 2019$ 19,323 $ 2,218 $ 17,745 $ 8,933 $ (1,554)$ 46,665 $ 1,094 $ 47,759 
FIRAN TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORPORATION
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
     
  Years ended
  November 30, November 30,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)  2019   2018 
Net inflow (outflow) of cash related to the following:    
Operating activities    
Net earnings (attributable to Equity holders of FTG) $ 5,982  $2,865 
Items not affecting cash:    
Stock-based compensation  261   296 
(Gain) loss on disposal of plant and equipment  (53)  25 
Effect of exchange rates on US dollar debt  24   284 
Depreciation of plant and equipment  3,764   3,149 
Amortization of intangible assets  1,128   1,049 
Amortization of deferred financing costs  12   12 
Investment tax credits/deferred income taxes  1,546   2,640 
Investment tax credits recovery  (669)  (1,016)
Increase in net unrealized loss, decrease in net unrealized gain on    
derivative financial instruments designated as cash flow hedges  (483)  (1,404)
Net change in non-cash operating working capital  395   3,869 
   11,907   11,769 
Investing activities    
Additions to plant and equipment  (3,069)  (3,021)
Acquisition of Colonial Circuits Inc., net of cash acquired  (3,817)   
(Additions to) recovery of deferred development costs, other  (11)  143 
Proceeds from disposal of plant and equipment  53   30 
   (6,844)  (2,848)
Net cash flow from operating and investing activities  5,063   8,921 
Financing activities    
(Decrease) in bank indebtedness     (6,444)
Proceeds from bank debt     1,289 
Repayments of bank debt  (2,031)  (1,928)
Proceeds from issue of Common Shares     20 
   (2,031)  (7,063)
Effects of foreign exchange rate changes on cash flow  (411)  416 
Net increase in cash flow  2,621   2,274 
Cash, beginning of the year  5,026   2,752 
Cash, end of year $ 7,647  $5,026 
     
Disclosure of cash payments    
Payment for interest $ 306  $529 
Payments for income taxes $ 1,750  $24 
     

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