TrueBlue Inc Valuation – October 2018 $TBI

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): TrueBlue, Inc., incorporated on March 18, 1985, is a provider of specialized workforce solutions. The Company is engaged in providing staffing, on-site workforce management and recruitment process outsourcing services. The Company operates through three segments: PeopleReady, PeopleManagement and PeopleScout. Its PeopleReady segment provides blue-collar contingent staffing through the PeopleReady service line. Its PeopleManagement segment provides primarily on-premise contingent staffing and on-premise management of those contingent staffing services through four segments: Staff Management a SMX (Staff Management), SIMOS Insourcing Solutions Corporation (SIMOS), Centerline and PlaneTechs. Its PeopleScout segment provides permanent employee recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and management of outsourced labor service providers through two segments: PeopleScout and PeopleScout MSP. Through its subsidiary, TMP Holdings LTD, the Company provides employer branding and recruitment marketing solutions.


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ModernGraham Valuation of TBI – October 2018

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $1,029,902,476 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.98 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 112.23% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 19.85 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.82 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 1.98 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.55 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $1.28
MG Growth Estimate 2.08%
MG Value $16.16
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $18.52
MG Value based on 0% Growth $10.86
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.67%
Current Price $25.35
% of Intrinsic Value 156.84%

Trueblue Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings stability over the last five years, and the lack of dividends. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.12 in 2014 to an estimated $1.28 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 5.67% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Trueblue Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $24.52. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 19.85, which was below the industry average of 27.67, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-3.16.

Trueblue Inc scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$3.16
Graham Number $24.52
PEmg 19.85
Current Ratio 1.98
PB Ratio 1.82
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2018
Total Current Assets $432,966,000
Total Current Liabilities $219,129,000
Long-Term Debt $117,199,000
Total Assets $1,124,220,000
Intangible Assets $341,455,000
Total Liabilities $560,919,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 40,469,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.98
Dec2017 $1.34
Dec2016 -$0.37
Dec2015 $1.71
Dec2014 $1.59
Dec2013 $1.11
Dec2012 $0.84
Dec2011 $0.73
Dec2010 $0.46
Dec2009 $0.20
Dec2008 -$0.10
Dec2007 $1.44
Dec2006 $1.45
Dec2005 $1.18
Dec2004 $0.75
Dec2003 $0.41
Dec2002 $0.28
Dec2001 $0.23
Dec2000 $0.24
Dec1999 $0.53
Dec1998 $0.46

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.28
Dec2017 $0.98
Dec2016 $0.85
Dec2015 $1.38
Dec2014 $1.12
Dec2013 $0.81
Dec2012 $0.59
Dec2011 $0.49
Dec2010 $0.48
Dec2009 $0.60
Dec2008 $0.85
Dec2007 $1.23
Dec2006 $1.02
Dec2005 $0.73
Dec2004 $0.46
Dec2003 $0.32
Dec2002 $0.30

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