TrueBlue Reports Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter Results

10/19/2016

TACOMA, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TrueBlue, Inc. (NYSE:TBI) announced today its fiscal third quarter results for the period ending Sept. 23, 2016.

Revenue for the fiscal third quarter of 2016 was $697 million, an increase of two percent, compared to $684 million for the fiscal third quarter of 2015. Net income was $23 million or $0.56 per diluted share, compared to $20 million or $0.48 per diluted share for the fiscal third quarter of 2015. Adjusted net income* was $30 million or $0.70 per diluted share, compared to $26 million or $0.60 per diluted share for the fiscal third quarter of 2015.

"Our team delivered growth in revenue and net income this quarter while sustaining a high level of service quality with our customers," TrueBlue CEO Steve Cooper said. "Given the challenging growth environment, we have maintained a sharp focus on the management of our expenses."

Cooper continued, "Our cost management actions have been decisive and balanced as we remain committed to our long-term technology and growth strategies. We are taking the right steps to preserve our profitability while maintaining our readiness to accelerate growth."

The company also shared its outlook for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2016 on a comparable 13-week basis. The company estimates revenue in the range of $670 million to $686 million and net income per diluted share of $0.40 to $0.45 ($0.54 to $0.59 on an adjusted basis*). The company's fiscal fourth quarter of 2016 will include a 14th week and the company plans to change its week-ending date from Friday to the following Sunday to better align its week-ending date with that of its customers. This will result in our year-end being the Sunday closest to Dec. 31st every year, with our 2016 fiscal year-end occurring on Jan. 1st, 2017. Further discussion on the financial impact of the additional week and week-ending date can be found in the financial schedules following this release and on the company's website at www.trueblue.com.

Management will discuss fiscal third quarter 2016 results on a conference call at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET), today, Wednesday, Oct. 19. The conference call can be accessed on TrueBlue’s web site: www.trueblue.com

*See the financial statements accompanying the release and the company’s website for more information on non-GAAP definitions.

About TrueBlue:

TrueBlue (NYSE:TBI) is a leading provider of specialized workforce solutions including staffing, large-volume on-site workforce management, and recruitment process outsourcing to fill full-time positions. Based in Tacoma, Wash., TrueBlue serves clients globally and connects as many as 840,000 people to work each year in a wide variety of industries. Learn more at www.trueblue.com.

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TRUEBLUE, INC.
SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)

 
13 Weeks Ended     39 Weeks Ended
September 23,   September 25, September 23,   September 25,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Revenue from services $ 697,097 $ 683,918 $ 2,015,689 $ 1,884,947
Cost of services 518,702   515,051   1,516,858   1,434,278  
Gross profit 178,395 168,867 498,831 450,669
Selling, general and administrative expenses 134,679 125,117 401,090 354,569
Depreciation and amortization 11,690 10,498 34,673 31,415
Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge (1) 4,275     103,544    
Income (loss) from operations 27,751 33,252 (40,476 ) 64,685
Interest and other expense, net (867 ) (366 ) (2,773 ) (1,102 )
Income (loss) before tax expense 26,884 32,886 (43,249 ) 63,583
Income tax expense (benefit) 3,455   12,796   (9,911 ) 20,504  
Net income (loss) $ 23,429   $ 20,090   $ (33,338 ) $ 43,079  
 
Net income (loss) per common share:
Basic $ 0.56 $ 0.49 $ (0.80 ) $ 1.05
Diluted $ 0.56 $ 0.48 $ (0.80 ) $ 1.04
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 41,762 41,296 41,651 41,189
Diluted 42,056 41,620 41,651 41,546
 
(1)   The goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge for the thirteen weeks ended September 23, 2016, relates to the CLP and Spartan reporting unit trade names/trademarks of $4.3 million that were written-off due to the re-branding to PeopleReady. The goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge for the thirty-nine weeks ended September 23, 2016, further includes $99.3 million of impairment charges recorded in the second quarter of 2016 relating to our Staff Management | SMX, hrX, and PlaneTechs reporting units.
 
     
TRUEBLUE, INC.
SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited, in thousands)

 
September 23, December 25,
2016 2015
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 24,781 $ 29,781
Accounts receivable, net 364,618 461,476
Other current assets 46,437   51,708
Total current assets 435,836 542,965
Property and equipment, net 59,898 57,530
Restricted cash and investments 212,968 188,412
Goodwill and intangible assets, net 357,733 422,354
Other assets, net 57,673       48,181
Total assets $ 1,124,108   $ 1,259,442
 
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities $ 243,427 $ 227,976
Long-term debt, less current portion 137,111 243,397
Other long-term liabilities 231,095   252,496
Total liabilities 611,633 723,869
Shareholders' equity 512,475   535,573
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,124,108   $ 1,259,442
 
 
TRUEBLUE, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited, in thousands)

 

39 Weeks Ended

September 23,     September 25,
2016 2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss) $ (33,338 ) $ 43,079
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash from operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

34,673 31,415
Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges 103,544
Provision for doubtful accounts 6,361 4,483
Stock-based compensation 7,443 8,283
Deferred income taxes (23,874 ) (6,029 )
Other operating activities 5,603 20
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 102,722 (6,597 )
Income tax receivable 4,018 9,673
Other assets (3,563 ) (3,685 )
Accounts payable and other accrued expenses (3,764 ) 17,453
Accrued wages and benefits (3,254 ) 10,315
Workers’ compensation claims reserve 11,938 10,024
Other liabilities 4,740   1,883  
Net cash provided by operating activities 213,249   120,317  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures (17,766 ) (12,590 )
Acquisition of business (71,863 )
Sales and maturities of marketable securities 1,500
Change in restricted cash and cash equivalents 732 13,070
Purchases of restricted investments (35,940 ) (38,818 )
Maturities of restricted investments 12,273   11,047  
Net cash used in investing activities (112,564 ) (25,791 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Net proceeds from stock option exercises and employee stock purchase plans 1,183 1,164
Common stock repurchases for taxes upon vesting of restricted stock (2,692 ) (3,725 )
Net change in revolving credit facility (104,586 ) (85,994 )
Payments on debt (1,700 ) (1,700 )
Other 20   1,134  
Net cash used in financing activities (107,775 ) (89,121 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 2,090   (1,839 )
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (5,000 ) 3,566
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period 29,781   19,666  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period $ 24,781   $ 23,232  
 
     
TRUEBLUE, INC.
SEGMENT DATA

(Unaudited, in thousands)

 
13 Weeks Ended 39 Weeks Ended

September 23,
2016

 

September 25,
2015

September 23,
2016

 

September 25,
2015

Revenue from services
Staffing Services $ 652,617 $ 656,619 $ 1,880,730 $ 1,807,434
Managed Services 44,480   27,299   134,959   77,513  
Total Company 697,097   683,918   2,015,689   1,884,947  
 

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

Staffing Services $ 47,181 $ 50,437 $ 101,861

 

 

$ 114,295
Managed Services 9,260   3,175   30,324   10,979  
56,441 53,612 132,185 125,274
Corporate unallocated (7,129 ) (9,715 ) (24,641 ) (24,445 )
Total company Adjusted EBITDA 49,312 43,897 107,544 100,829
Acquisition and integration costs (2) (1,410 ) (4,789 ) (3,787 )

Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge (3)

(4,275 ) (103,544 )

Work Opportunity Tax Credit processing fees (4)

(754 ) (147 ) (1,582 ) (942 )
Other charges (5) (3,432 )   (3,432 )  
EBITDA (1) 39,441 43,750 (5,803 ) 96,100
Depreciation and amortization 11,690 10,498 34,673 31,415
Interest and other expense, net 867   366  

 

2,773  

 

1,102  
Income (loss) before tax expense 26,884

 

32,886

 

(43,249 )

 

63,583
Income tax expense (benefit) 3,455   12,796   (9,911 ) 20,504  
Net income (loss) $ 23,429   $ 20,090   $ (33,338 ) $ 43,079  
 
(1)   EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. EBITDA excludes interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA further excludes from EBITDA, costs related to acquisition and integration, goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges, other charges, and Work Opportunity Tax Credit third-party processing fees. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are key measures used by management to assess performance and, in our opinion, enhance comparability and provide investors with useful insight into the underlying trends of the business. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered measures of financial performance in isolation or as an alternative to Income from operations in the Consolidated Statements of Operations in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.
 
(2)

Acquistion and integration costs relate to the acquisition of the recruitment process outsourcing business of Aon Hewitt, which was completed on January 4, 2016.

 
(3) The goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge for the thirteen weeks ended September 23, 2016, relates to the CLP and Spartan reporting unit trade names/trademarks of $4.3 million that were written-off due to the re-branding to PeopleReady. The goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge for the thirty-nine weeks ended September 23, 2016, further includes $99.3 million of impairment charges recorded in the second quarter of 2016 relating to our Staff Management | SMX, hrX, and PlaneTechs reporting units.
 
(4) These third-party processing fees are associated with generating the Work Opportunity Tax Credits, which are designed to encourage employers to hire workers from certain targeted groups with higher than average unemployment rates and reduce our income taxes.
 
(5) These charges primarily consist of branch signage write-offs of $1.6 million due to our re-branding to PeopleReady as well as costs of $1.8 million associated with our exit from the Amazon delivery business.
 
 
TRUEBLUE, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP NET INCOME TO ADJUSTED NET INCOME AND

RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP NET INCOME PER DILUTED SHARE TO ADJUSTED NET INCOME PER

DILUTED SHARE

 
13 Weeks Ended
September 23, 2016     September 25, 2015
(Unaudited, in thousands, except for per share data) Amount  

Per
Diluted
Share

Amount  

Per
Diluted
Share

Net income $ 23,429 $ 0.56 $ 20,090 $ 0.48
Acquisition and integration costs (1) 1,410 0.03
Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge (2) 4,275 0.10
Other charges (3) 3,432 0.08
Work Opportunity Tax Credit processing fees (4) 754 0.02 147
Amortization of intangible assets of acquired businesses (5) 6,831 0.16 4,593 0.11
Tax effective of adjustments to net income (6) (5,345 ) (0.13 ) (1,517 ) (0.04 )
Adjust income taxes to normalized effective rate (7) (5,148 ) (0.12 ) 2,272   0.05  
Adjusted net income (8) $ 29,638   $ 0.70   $ 25,585   $ 0.60  
 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 42,056 41,620
 
  Outlook *
13 Weeks Ended
December 25, 2016
(Unaudited, in thousands, except for per share data) Amount  

Per Diluted
Share

Net income $

17,000 — $19,000

$

0.40 — $0.45

Acquisition and integration costs (1) 1,800 0.04
Work Opportunity Tax Credit processing fees (4) 300 0.01
Amortization of intangible assets of acquired businesses (5)

6,200

0.15

Tax effective of adjustments to net income (6)

(2,700)

(0.06)

Adjusted net income (8) $

22,600 — $24,700

$

0.54 — $0.59

       
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 42,100
 
 

RECONCILIATION OF U.S. GAAP NET INCOME TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA

 
13 Weeks Ended
(Unaudited, in thousands) September 23, 2016   September 25, 2015
Net income $ 23,429 $ 20,090
Income tax expense 3,455 12,796
Interest expense, net 867 366
Depreciation and amortization 11,690 10,498
EBITDA (9) 39,441 43,750
Acquisition and integration costs (1) 1,410
Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge (2) 4,275
Other charges (3) 3,432
Work Opportunity Tax Credit processing fees (4) 754 147
Adjusted EBITDA (9) $ 49,312 $ 43,897
 
 

Outlook *

13 Weeks Ended
(Unaudited, in thousands) December 25, 2016
Net income $

17,000 — $19,000

Income tax expense

8,000 — 9,000

Interest expense, net 900
Depreciation and amortization

10,000

EBITDA (9)

35,900 — 38,900

Acquisition and integration costs (1) 1,800

Work Opportunity Tax Credit processing fees (4)

300

Adjusted EBITDA (9)

$

38,000 — $41,000

* Neutral impact on profit due to low seasonal volume for the 14th week ending January 1, 2017. Figures may not sum due to rounding.
 
(1)

Acquisition and integration costs relate to the acquisition of the recruitment process outsourcing business of Aon Hewitt, which was completed on January 4, 2016.

 
(2)

The intangible asset impairment charge for the thirteen weeks ended September 23, 2016, relates to the CLP and Spartan reporting unit trade names/trademarks which were written-off due to the re-branding to PeopleReady.

 
(3) These charges primarily consist of branch signage write-offs of $1.6 million due to our re-branding to PeopleReady as well as costs of $1.8 million associated with our exit from the Amazon delivery business.
 
(4) These third-party processing fees are associated with generating the Work Opportunity Tax Credits, which are designed to encourage employers to hire workers from certain targeted groups with higher than average unemployment rates and reduce our income taxes.
 
(5) Amortization of intangible assets of acquired businesses as well as accretion expense related to acquisition earn-out.
 
(6) Total tax effect of each of the adjustments to U.S. GAAP net income per diluted share using the ongoing rate of 32%.
 
(7) Adjusts the effective income tax rate to the expected, ongoing rate of 32%.
 
(8) Adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share are non-GAAP financial measures which exclude from net income and net income on a per diluted share basis costs related to acquisition and integration, goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges, other charges, Work Opportunity Tax Credit third-party processing fees, amortization of intangibles of acquired businesses as well as accretion expense related to acquisition earn-out, tax effect of each adjustment to U.S. GAAP net income, and adjusts income taxes to the expected ongoing effective tax rate. Adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share are key measures used by management to assess performance and, in our opinion, enhance comparability and provide investors with useful insight into the underlying trends of the business. Adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share should not be considered measures of financial performance in isolation or as an alternative to net income or net income per diluted share in the Consolidated Statements of Operations in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.
 
(9) EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. EBITDA excludes interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA further excludes from EBITDA, costs related to acquisition and integration, goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges, other charges, and Work Opportunity Tax Credit third-party processing fees. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are key measures used by management to assess performance and, in our opinion, enhance comparability and provide investors with useful insight into the underlying trends of the business. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered measures of financial performance in isolation or as an alternative to Income from operations in the Consolidated Statements of Operations in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Source: TrueBlue, Inc.

TrueBlue, Inc.

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EVP & CFO

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About TrueBlue

TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI) is a leading provider of specialized workforce solutions, helping clients improve growth and performance by providing staffing, workforce management, and recruitment process outsourcing solutions. The company’s specialized workforce solutions meet clients’ needs for a reliable, efficient workforce in a wide variety of industries. TrueBlue connects as many as 840,000 people to work each year.