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TrueBlue Inc. is a provider of temporary blue-collar staffing service with a $1.1-billion (U.S.) market cap. The company has a network of 691 branches in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, which supply its customers with temporary workers.

TrueBlue has grown EPS at a 44-per-cent clip over the long term (using avg of 3 & 4 yr EPS growth rates), part of why it gets strong interest from the Peter Lynch model. The Lynch model also likes its 0.54 P/E-to-growth ratio.

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The company has $48-million in annual earnings versus just $29-million in long-term debt, which the Warren Buffett model likes.

TrueBlue has increased EPS in each year of past half decade, helping it earn strong interest from the James O'Shaughnessy growth approach. The O'Shaughnessy model also likes its combination of a high relative strength (70) and low price/sales ratio (0.66)

A solid 0.66 price/sales ratio is part of why the Kenneth Fisher model has some interest. And TrueBlue has a 3.1 current ratio, which the Benjamin Graham-based approach likes.

John Reese is long TBI

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