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Our March 5, 2024 Skull Session Fireside Chat with Brad Bourne, the CEO of aerospace prodcuts company Firan Technology Group Corporation (FTGFF) (“FTG”), came on the heels of a February 14, 2024 Cliff Note by research contributor MS Microcaps that prompted us to look into the company a bit deeper than we already had through a few of the company’s prior earnings reports. We weren’t too sure about how we felt about the FTG until the discussion with Bourne, who has been with the company for 22 years. His career has been deeply rooted in the aerospace and defense sectors, reflecting a long-standing passion for these industries. He joined FTG when it was a relatively small enterprise based in Toronto, operating with a revenue of about $20 million. Under his leadership, FTG has aimed to double its business every five years, a goal that, despite challenges such as the pandemic, has seen substantial progress.

According to the Aerospace & Defense Global Market Report 2022, the A&D market is expected to grow from $700.30 billion in 2021 to $755.24 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8%. The market is expected to reach $1047.07 billion in 2026 at a CAGR of 8.5%. These optimistic outlooks are being driven in part by the trends in commercial air travel and customer order activity being more robust than earlier post-COVID expectations, and by the fact that the defense industry was more insulated from the global impact of COVID-19 than the commercial aerospace industry. This momentum is helping bring more focus to new technologies and evolving business models and the push for more digital and operational efficiencies. Source (

The conversation centered on FTG’s strategic focus, growth trajectory, and future plans. Brad discussed FTG’s specialization, particularly in manufacturing cockpit products and printed circuit boards. He shared insights into FTG’s growth strategies, including a new hire charged with ensuring operational excellence (Director of Operational Excellence), market expansion, and strategic acquisitions, highlighting recent additions like IMI and Holiday Circuits to enhance technological capabilities and market reach. The discussion covers FTG’s response to market challenges, its financial performance, and Brad’s optimistic outlook supported by the aerospace market’s recovery since COVID-19 and defense sector growth. The complete discussion covers:
  • FTG’s specialization in aerospace and defense.
  • Manufacturing of cockpit products and printed circuit boards.
  • Growth strategies: Addition of “Director of Operational Excellence“, market expansion, strategic acquisitions.
  • Recent acquisitions: IMI and Holiday Circuits.
  • Response to market challenges, including the pandemic.
  • Financial performance: revenue and EBITDA growth.
  • Optimistic outlook based on aerospace market recovery and defense sector growth.
  • Technological investments and advancements.
  • Geographic expansion, particularly in the U.S.
  • Financing  strategy concerning acquisitions.
  • The role of quality and dependable delivery in securing more work.
  • The importance of U.S. military approvals for securing circuit boards contracts and a competitive advantage
  • FTG’s strategic presence in China 
  • Challenges faced, including recently resolved union strike.
  • Seasonal influences on manufacturing and quarterly results.
  • Simulator market’s contribution to FTG’s business.
We’ve selected a few clips to highlight today that we feel capture the essence of key aspects of some of the subjects above. All the clips can be found here. Brad Bourne On his Career and the Company’s History [Complementary]
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