Head-To-Head Survey: ManpowerGroup (MAN) and TrueBlue (TBI)

TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI) and ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares TrueBlue and ManpowerGroup’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TrueBlue $2.67 billion 0.42 $142.54 million ($0.43) -61.98
ManpowerGroup $19.82 billion 0.36 $845.00 million $6.43 16.58

ManpowerGroup has higher revenue and earnings than TrueBlue. TrueBlue is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ManpowerGroup, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


ManpowerGroup pays an annual dividend of $1.86 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. TrueBlue does not pay a dividend. ManpowerGroup pays out 28.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ManpowerGroup has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.7% of TrueBlue shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.4% of ManpowerGroup shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of TrueBlue shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of ManpowerGroup shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for TrueBlue and ManpowerGroup, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TrueBlue 0 3 0 0 2.00
ManpowerGroup 0 5 5 0 2.50

TrueBlue presently has a consensus target price of $20.33, indicating a potential downside of 23.70%. ManpowerGroup has a consensus target price of $85.50, indicating a potential downside of 19.78%. Given ManpowerGroup’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe ManpowerGroup is more favorable than TrueBlue.

Volatility and Risk

TrueBlue has a beta of 2.32, meaning that its stock price is 132% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ManpowerGroup has a beta of 1.38, meaning that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares TrueBlue and ManpowerGroup’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TrueBlue -0.66% 16.30% 7.61%
ManpowerGroup 2.25% 17.72% 5.79%


ManpowerGroup beats TrueBlue on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TrueBlue

TrueBlue, Inc. 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.

About ManpowerGroup

ManpowerGroup Inc. is a provider of workforce solutions and services. The Company’s segments include Americas, Southern Europe, Northern Europe, Asia Pacific Middle East (APME), Right Management and Corporate. The Company’s Americas segment includes operations in the United States and Other Americas. Its Southern Europe segment includes operations in France, Italy and Other Southern Europe. Its Northern Europe segment includes operations in the United Kingdom, the Nordics, Germany and the Netherlands. The Company’s APME operations provide a range of workforce solutions and services offered through Manpower, Experis and ManpowerGroup Solutions, including permanent, temporary and contract recruitment, assessment and selection, training and outsourcing. The Company’s Right Management segment provides talent and career management workforce solutions. The Company provides services under its Experis brand, particularly in the areas of information technology (IT), engineering and finance.

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