TrueBlue Reports 2014 First Quarter Results

TACOMA, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TrueBlue, Inc. (NYSE:TBI) today reported revenue for the first quarter of 2014 of $396 million, an increase of 14 percent compared to revenue of $346 million for the first quarter of 2013. Net income for the quarter was $1.7 million or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of ($1.1) million or ($0.03) per diluted share for the first quarter of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA* for the first quarter was $7.6 million compared to $2.4 million for the first quarter of 2013. The company expanded adjusted EBITDA margin by 120 basis points.

“I’m pleased to report that TrueBlue is performing well, with 14 percent revenue growth and continued success in our efforts to control costs and operate more efficiently in our markets,” TrueBlue CEO Steve Cooper said, noting that TrueBlue consolidated 20 branches during the first quarter and expects to consolidate another 40 over the remainder of the year.

“The demand for our services is strong and we’ve created good momentum for future earnings,” he said. “We’re using new technology and innovative approaches to better serve our customers. I’m very proud of the way our employees across all our service lines are working together to find the specialized solutions our customers need and get people on the job.”

Cooper added that the company has seen a revenue upturn in April following weather-related disruptions experienced in February and March.

For the second quarter of 2014, TrueBlue estimates revenue in the range of $458 million to $468 million and net income per diluted share for the quarter of $0.33 to $0.38.

Management will discuss first quarter 2014 results on a conference call at 7 a.m. (PT), today, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The conference call can be accessed on TrueBlue’s web site:

* This is a non-GAAP financial measure for which reconciliation is provided along with the financial statements accompanying this release.

About TrueBlue

TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI) is the leading provider of blue-collar staffing and helps over 130,000 businesses be more productive through easy access to dependable temporary labor. TrueBlue provides specialized blue-collar staffing solutions to industries that include construction, manufacturing, transportation, aviation, waste, hospitality, retail, renewable energy and more. TrueBlue connects approximately 375,000 people to work annually across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about TrueBlue at

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(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
13 Weeks Ended
March 28, 2014 March 29, 2013
Revenue from services 396,063 346,498
Cost of services   296,504     259,859  
Gross profit 99,559 86,639
Selling, general and administrative expenses 91,982 88,432
Depreciation and amortization   5,161     5,159  
Income (loss) from operations 2,416 (6,952 )
Interest and other income, net   344     477  
Income (loss) before tax expense 2,760 (6,475 )
Income tax expense (benefit)   1,104     (5,399 )
Net income (loss) $ 1,656   $ (1,076 )
Net income (loss) per common share
Basic 0.04 (0.03 )
Diluted 0.04 (0.03 )
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic 40,572 39,784
Diluted 40,891 39,784
(Unaudited, in thousands)
March 28, 2014 December 27, 2013
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 128,818 $ 122,003
Marketable securities 31,777 14,745
Accounts receivable, net 186,084 199,519
Other current assets   17,343     20,191  
Total current assets 364,022 356,458
Property and equipment, net 53,317 54,473
Restricted cash and investments 151,381 154,558
Other assets, net   152,975     153,972  
Total assets $ 721,695   $ 719,461  
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities $ 118,686 $ 121,409
Long-term liabilities   206,213     204,692  
Total liabilities 324,899 326,101
Shareholders' equity   396,796     393,360  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 721,695   $ 719,461  
(Unaudited, in thousands)
13 Weeks Ended
March 28, 2014 March 29, 2013
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income (loss) $ 1,656 $ (1,076 )

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash from operating activities

Depreciation and amortization 5,161 5,159
Provision for doubtful accounts 3,487 1,652
Stock-based compensation 2,876 2,880
Deferred income taxes (1,433 ) (3,573 )
Other operating activities (435 ) 180

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisition

Accounts receivable 9,949 4,982
Income taxes 3,567 (2,136 )
Other assets (331 ) 251
Accounts payable and other accrued expenses (3,307 ) (6,990 )
Accrued wages and benefits 1,380 4,061
Workers' compensation claims reserve 261 549
Other liabilities   664     158  
Net cash provided by operating activities   23,495     6,097  
Cash flows from investing activities
Capital expenditures (2,091 ) (3,952 )
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired (53,248 )
Purchases of marketable securities (25,057 )

Sales and maturities of marketable securities

Change in restricted cash and cash equivalents (1,491 ) (4,489 )
Purchases of restricted investments (1,365 )
Maturities of restricted investments   4,215     4,128  
Net cash used in investing activities   (14,974 )   (58,926 )
Cash flows from financing activities

Net proceeds from stock option exercises and employee stock purchase plans

602 2,266

Common stock repurchases for taxes upon vesting of restricted stock

(2,474 ) (2,010 )
Proceeds from note payable 34,000
Payments on debt and other liabilities (567 ) (397 )
Other   973     479  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (1,466 )   34,338  
Effect of exchange rates on cash   (240 )   (222 )
Net change in cash and cash equivalents 6,815 (18,713 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period   122,003     129,513  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period $ 128,818   $ 110,800  
(Unaudited, in thousands)
13 Weeks Ended
March 28, 2014 March 29, 2013
Net income (loss) $ 1,656 $ (1,076 )
Income tax expense (benefit) 1,104 (5,399 )
Interest and other income, net (344 ) (477 )
Depreciation and amortization   5,161     5,159  
EBITDA* $ 7,577 $ (1,793 )
Non-recurring acquisition costs       4,160  
Adjusted EBITDA* $ 7,577   $ 2,367  


* EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. EBITDA excludes interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization from net income (loss). Adjusted EBITDA further excludes from EBITDA non-recurring costs related to the purchase, integration, reorganization and shutdown activities related to acquisitions. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are key measures used by management in evaluating performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a measure of financial performance in isolation or as an alternative to income (loss) from operations in the Consolidated Statements of Operations in accordance with GAAP, and, as presented, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

TrueBlue, Inc.
Derrek Gafford, 253-680-8214
VP of Corporate Communications
Stacey Burke, 253-680-8291

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