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For Immediate Release: July 09, 2012
FTG Announces Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results
Toronto, July 9, 2012 – Firan Technology Group Corporation (TSX:FTG) today announced financial results for the second quarter 2012.

• Grew sales by 4% over second quarter 2011 and by 7% over year-to-date 2011
• Fifth consecutive profitable quarter
• Earnings increased 50% over Q2 2011, with $0.2M expenses related to startup of FTG Aerospace Tianjin and FTG Aerospace Chatsworth
• Began production in FTG Aerospace-Tianjin facility
• Signed Letter of Intent for first significant program in China on C919 single aisle aircraft being developed

“The second quarter of 2012 saw significant breakthroughs for FTG with the first shipments from our FTG Aerospace – Tianjin facility and the signing of a Letter of Intent for the design and production of Cockpit Panel Assemblies for the Chinese C919 single aisle aircraft currently under development. The business is performing well and strategic initiatives put in place in prior years are coming to fruition”, stated Brad Bourne, President and Chief Executive Officer. He added, “FTG continues to invest in equipment and R&D to move FTG up the value chain and capture content on key new aircraft platforms being developed worldwide.”

Second Quarter Results: (three months ended June 1, 2012 compared with three months ended May 27, 2011)

Q2 2012

Sales: $14,396,000
Operating Earnings (1): $1,286,000
• Net R&D Investment: $655,000
• Tax: $0.00
Net Earnings: $631,000

Earnings per share
- basic: $0.04
- diluted: $0.03

Q2 2011

Sales: $13,874,000
Operating Earnings (1): $1,260,000
• Net R&D Investment: $840,000
• Tax: $0.00
Net Earnings: $420,000

Earnings per share
- basic: $0.02
- diluted: $0.02

(1) Operating Earnings is not a measure recognized under the 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.


Year-To-Date Results: (six months ended June 1, 2012 compared with six months ended May 27, 2011)

Year-To-Date 2012

Sales: $27,870,000

Operating Earnings(1): $1,901,000
• Net R&D Investment: $1,230,000
• Tax: $2,000
Net Earnings: $669,000

Earnings per share
- basic: $0.04
- diluted: $0.03

Year-To-Date 2011

Sales: $26,087,000

Operating Earnings(1): $1,738,000
• Net R&D Investment: $1,507,000
• Tax: $2,000
Net Earnings: $229,000

Earnings per share
- basic: $0.01
- diluted: $0.01


Business Highlights

FTG accomplished many goals in our second quarter 2012 that continue to improve the Corporation and position it for the future, including:

• Achieved 4% year-over-year sales growth despite softness in the North American printed circuit board industry
• Installed third Laser Direct Imaging (LDI) system in FTG Circuits – Toronto
• Completed 3-year MIL-P-55110 and MIL-P-50884 validation audit at FTG Circuits - Chatsworth
• Signed Letter of Intent for C919 cockpit panel assemblies
• Shipped first parts from FTG Aerospace – Tianjin
• Assembled first parts at FTG Aerospace - Chatsworth
• Completed implementation of new ERP system for FTG Aerospace – Toronto and began implementation at FTG Aerospace – Tianjin and FTG Aerospace – Chatsworth
• Completed AS9100 C surveillance audit at FTG Aerospace - Toronto

For FTG overall sales increased by $0.5M (4%), from $13.9M in Q2 2011 to $14.4M in Q2 2012. FTG Aerospace – Toronto drove the growth in the quarter. For the first six months, sales were $27.9M, an increase of $1.8M or 7% over the same period last year.

The Circuits Segment sales were down $0.4M or 4% in Q2 2012 versus Q2 2011. Year-to-date Circuits sales were up $0.5M or 3%.

For the Aerospace segment, sales in Q2 2012 were up $0.9M or 31% to $3.9M compared to $3.0M in Q2 2011. This growth resulted from strong demand for commercial aerospace products. Year-to-date sales were up $1.3M or 21%.

Net earnings at FTG in Q2 2012 were $0.6M compared to $0.4M in Q2 2011. Included in this year’s earnings are expenses of $0.2M incurred in the quarter related to the startup of FTG Aerospace – Tianjin and FTG Aerospace – Chatsworth. For the six month period, net earnings were $0.7M versus $0.2M last year, an increase of 190%.

The Circuits segment net earnings before corporate, interest and tax costs was $1.2M in Q2 2012 compared to $0.9M in Q2 2011. On a year-to-date basis, earnings were $1.6M, an increase of $0.6m or 60%. The improvement was due to higher activity and strong operational performance.

The Aerospace net earnings before corporate and interest costs was $0M in Q2 2012 versus $0.1M in Q2 2011. The results are due to higher activity, offset by implementation costs related to the new ERP system and startup costs at the two new facilities in California and China. For the first six months 2012, earnings were $0.3M, a drop of $0.1M, again due to the above noted one-time costs.

As at June 1, 2012, the Corporation’s primary source of liquidity included cash of $0.3M, accounts receivable of $10.7M and inventory of $8.8M. Inventories increased in the quarter due to higher activity and ongoing investment in one large aerospace program where shipments began late in Q2. Net working capital at November 30, 2011 was $10.9M.

The Corporation will host a live conference call on July 11, 2012 at 11:30 am (EST) to discuss the results of the second quarter 2012.

Anyone wishing to participate in the call should dial 416-340-8527 or 1-877-240-9772 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 July 25, 2012 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, pass code 8807452.

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 and Chatsworth, California.

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 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 x314
Firan Technology Group Corporation bradbourne@ftgcorp.com

Joseph R. Ricci, Vice President and CFO
Tel:(416) 299-4000 x309
Firan Technology Group Corporation joericci@ftgcorp.com


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

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