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For Immediate Release: July 11, 2016
FTG Announces Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results
Toronto, July 11, 2016 – Firan Technology Group Corporation (TSX:FTG) today announced financial results for the second quarter 2016.

• Achieved record sales of $19.8M
• Completed acquisition of the assets of PhotoEtch
• Signed Agreement to purchase the assets of Teledyne Printed Circuit Technology (PCT) and subsequent to quarter end closed the transaction
• Signed underwriting agreement to raise equity via a bought deal to support the above acquisitions

“The second quarter of 2016 saw record sales for FTG”, stated Brad Bourne, President and Chief Executive Officer. He added, “These record sales are enabling us to report strong earnings while still investing in our future. In the quarter, we completed one acquisition and signed an agreement for a second one. In both cases, the acquisitions increase our access to key new markets and customers. Our intentions are to transition the work to existing FTG facilities and rapidly drive up our utilization rates thereby maximizing the profit potential of these deals.”

Second Quarter Results: (three months ended May 27, 2016 compared with three months ended May 29, 2015)

Q2 2016

Sales: $19,765,000

Gross Margin: $4,860,000
Gross Margin (%): 24.6%

Operating Earnings (1): $2,197,000

• Net R&D Investment: $807,000
• Bargain Purchase Gain: ($1,611,000)
• Restructuring Expense: $670,000
• Deal Related Costs: $117,000
• PhotoEtch Operating Losses: $380,000

Net Earnings before Tax: $1,834,000

• Tax Expense: $478,000
• Non-controlling Interests: $6,000

Net Earnings After Tax: $1,350,000
Earnings per share
- basic: $0.07
- diluted: $0.07

Q2 2015

Sales: $18,769,000

Gross Margin: $4,903,000
Gross Margin (%): 26.1%

Operating Earnings (1): $2,242,000

• Net R&D Investment: $1,106,000
• Bargain Purchase Gain: $0.00
• Restructuring Expense: $0.00
• Deal Related Costs: $0.00
• PhotoEtch Operating Losses: $0.00

Net Earnings before Tax: $1,136,000

• Tax Expense: $73,000
• Non-controlling Interests: $6,000

Net Earnings After Tax: $1,057,000
Earnings per share
- basic: $0.06
- diluted: $0.05


Year-to-Date Results: (six months ended May 27, 2016 compared with six months ended May 29, 2015)

YTD 2016

Sales: $36,694,000

Gross Margin: $8,612,000
Gross Margin (%): 23.5%

Operating Earnings: (1) $3,639,000

• Net R&D Investment: $1,524,000
• Bargain Purchase Gain: ($1,161,000)
• Restructuring Expense: $670,000
• Deal Related Costs: $117,000
• PhotoEtch Operating Losses: $380,000

Net Earnings before tax: $2,559,000

• Income Tax: $753,000
• Non-controlling Interests: $6,000

Net Earnings after tax: $1,800,000

Earnings per share
- basic: $0.10
- diluted: $0.09

YTD 2015

Sales: $35,076,000

Gross Margin: $7,972,000
Gross Margin (%): 22.7%

Operating Earnings: (1) $3,752,000

• Net R&D Investment: $2,119,000
• Bargain Purchase Gain: $0.00
• Restructuring Expense: $0.00
• Deal Related Costs: $0.00
• PhotoEtch Operating Losses: $0.00

Net Earnings before tax: $1,633,000

• Income Tax: $144,000
• Non-controlling Interests: $10,000

Net Earnings after tax: $1,479,000

Earnings per share
- basic: $0.08
- diluted: $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 the second quarter of 2016 that continue to improve the Corporation and position it for the future, including:

• Completed the acquisition of the assets of PhotoEtch
• Signed a purchase agreement for the assets of Teledyne PCT, subject to third party consents
• Subsequent to quarter end, closed the acquisition of Teledyne PCT
• Entered into a bought deal to raise $6.9M (gross) of new equity to support the above transactions
• Announced five year agreement with Esterline Korry to supply cockpit products for the Bombardier C Series aircraft
• Subsequent to quarter end, entered into an agreement to license the eSurface technology as a semi additive manufacturing process for certain advanced technology printed circuit boards

For FTG, overall sales increased by $1.0M or 5.3% from $18.8M in Q2 2015 to $19.8M in Q2 2016. Both business segments contributed to the growth. Revenues benefited from the PhotoEtch acquisition which closed on March 18th and contributed $1.3M in incremental sales during the quarter. The Teledyne PCT acquisition closed after the quarter end and therefore did not contribute to sales in Q2. Revenues also benefited from the weakening of the Canadian dollar versus the US dollar which was down 6 cents (5%) in Q2 2016 versus the same quarter last year. Over 80% of FTG’s revenues are denominated in US dollars. For the year-to-date, sales were up $1.6M or 4.6%.

The Circuits Segment sales were up $0.4M or 3.1% in Q2 2016 versus Q2 2015. On a year-to-date basis, Circuits sales were up $0.2M or 1%.

For the Aerospace segment, sales in Q2 2016 were $5.6M compared to $5.0M in the same quarter last year resulting in an 11% growth rate. Included in the Q2 2016 results are $1.3M in sales from the acquisition of PhotoEtch. Year-to-date sales were up $1.4M or 16%.

Gross margins in Q2 2016 were flat compared to Q2 2015. The benefit of increased sales were offset by negligible margins at the Fort Worth facility subsequent to its acquisition.

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 Q2, 2016 and trailing 12 months.


Q2 2016

Net earnings: $1,356,000
Add:
Interest : $64,000
Income taxes/ITC/JV: $292,000
Depreciation/Amortization: $600,000

EBITDA: $2,492,000


Trailing 12 Months

Net earnings: $9,865,000
Add:
Interest : $896,000
Income taxes/ITC/JV: ($5,448,000)
Depreciation/Amortization: $2,309,000

EBITDA: $7,622,000

(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 Q2 2016 was $1.4M compared to a net profit of $1.1M in Q2 2015. This improvement is the result of higher sales, the gain on the purchase of PhotoEtch and lower R&D spending offset by the restructuring charge and by higher foreign exchange losses.

The Circuits segment net earnings before corporate and interest and other costs was $1.7M in Q2 2016 compared to $1.6M in Q1 2015. The Circuits joint venture in China did not have a material impact on profitability.

The Aerospace net earnings before corporate and interest and other costs increased to $0.7M versus $0.2M in Q2 2015. The results benefited from the gain on the acquisition of PhotoEtch offset by a restructuring charge and operating losses at PhotoEtch in the two months after its acquisition. Costs related to the development of the C919 cockpit assemblies and one new program were treated as deferred development and not expensed.

As at May 27, 2016, the Corporation’s net working capital was $17.0M, an increase of $2.0M over year end 2015, primarily due to the assets acquired from PhotoEtch.

The Corporation will host a live conference call on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 8:30 am (EDT) to discuss the results of Q2 2016.

Anyone wishing to participate in the call should dial 416-340-2216 or 1-866-223-7781 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, 2016 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 1100669.

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 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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