TrueBlue Reports Q4 and Full Year 2012 Results

TrueBlue Reports Q4 and Full Year 2012 Results

TACOMA, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TrueBlue, Inc. (NYS: TBI) today reported revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $345 million, a decrease of two percent compared to revenue of $350 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $7.4 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to net income of $7.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011.

Revenue for the full fiscal year of 2012 was $1.39 billion, an increase of six percent compared to $1.32 billion for 2011. Net income for 2012 was $33.6 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, compared to $30.8 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, for the prior year.

"We had steady revenue growth of four percent this quarter, excluding the impact of one large project," said TrueBlue CEO Steve Cooper. "Solid execution across our business, along with an improving construction market, contributed to our results. Our customers value the services we provide and we continued to expand our gross margin this quarter."

Cooper added that TrueBlue also had another year of improved results from its safety practices and that the company is proud of its efforts to ensure that its temporary associates are working safely while providing services customers want.

"We remain optimistic about the outlook for the staffing industry as businesses increasingly look for a flexible workforce to increase productivity and control costs," Cooper said. "We are also excited about the improving trends in construction and the demand it creates in many of the industries we serve."

For the first quarter of 2013, TrueBlue estimates revenue in the range of $335 million to $345 million, and estimates net loss per diluted share of ($0.05) to $0.00. This includes the operations from the purchase of substantially all of the assets of MDT Personnel, the third largest general labor staffing firm in the U.S., which TrueBlue announced today. More information about the transaction is contained in the company's 8-K also filed today.

Management will discuss fourth quarter 2012 results on a conference call at 6 a.m. (PT) today, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. The conference call can be accessed on TrueBlue's web site:

About TrueBlue

TrueBlue, Inc. is a leading provider of blue-collar staffing. In 2012, TrueBlue connected approximately 350,000 people to work through the following brands: Labor Ready, Spartan Staffing, CLP Resources, PlaneTechs, and Centerline, and served approximately 140,000 businesses in the retail, wholesale, manufacturing, transportation, aviation, services, and construction industries. TrueBlue, Inc. is headquartered in Tacoma, Wash. For more information, visit TrueBlue's website at

Forward-looking Statements

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(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
13 Weeks Ended52 Weeks Ended
December 28,December 30,December 28,December 30,
Revenue from services$344,614$350,155$1,389,530$1,316,013
Cost of services 250,231 258,324 1,017,145 968,967
Gross profit94,38391,831372,385347,046
Selling, general and administrative expenses79,21576,755300,459282,828
Depreciation and amortization 4,734 4,395 18,890 16,384
Income from operations10,43410,68153,03647,834
Interest and other income, net 483 693 1,569 1,490
Income before tax expense10,91711,37454,60549,324
Income tax expense 3,502 3,810 20,976 18,533
Net income$7,415$7,564$33,629$30,791
Net income per common share
Weighted average shares outstanding
(Unaudited, in thousands)
December 28,December 30,
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$129,513$109,311
Accounts receivable, net167,292153,878
Other current assets 20,361 17,426

Total current assets

Property and equipment, net58,17156,239
Restricted cash and investments136,259130,498
Other assets, net 90,147 93,417
Total assets$601,743$560,769
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities$113,556$112,289
Long-term liabilities 154,513 154,901
Total liabilities268,069267,190
Shareholders' equity 333,674 293,579
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$601,743$560,769
(Unaudited, in thousands)
52 Weeks Ended
December 28,December 30,
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income$33,629$30,791

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities

Depreciation and amortization18,89016,384
Provision for doubtful accounts6,9946,638
Stock-based compensation7,9177,432
Deferred income taxes3,091(1,910)
Other operating activities1,946(473)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities
Accounts receivable(20,408)(51,824)
Income taxes(3,748)3,513
Other assets(1,214)(1,244)
Accounts payable and other accrued expenses1,5245,423
Accrued wages and benefits(182)10,793
Workers' compensation claims reserve3,7464,537
Other liabilities 138  529 
Net cash provided by operating activities 52,323  30,589 
Cash flows from investing activities
Capital expenditures(17,826)(9,707)
Change in restricted cash and cash equivalents7,58768,504
Purchases of restricted investments(33,778)(88,173)
Maturities of restricted investments18,1169,238
Other (250) (6,800)
Net cash used in investing activities (26,151) (26,938)
Cash flows from financing activities
Purchases and retirement of common stock(4,386)(56,932)

Net proceeds from stock option exercises and employee stock purchase plans


Common stock repurchases for taxes upon vesting of restricted stock

Payments on other liabilities(4,548)(302)
Other 751  664 
Net cash used in financing activities (6,173) (57,215)
Effect of exchange rates on cash 203  (278)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents20,202(53,842)
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period 109,311  163,153 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period$129,513 $109,311 

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

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