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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 5/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.09
ASGN's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
67% of the 151 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.55 vs. ASGN: 0.09 )
ASGN' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.06   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.09

Equity to Asset 0.51
ASGN's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
62% of the 154 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. ASGN: 0.51 )
ASGN' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.48   Max: 0.92
Current: 0.51

0.48
0.92
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 3.73
M-Score: -2.28
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 7.60
ASGN's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 153 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.49 vs. ASGN: 7.60 )
ASGN' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -39.68   Max: 14.45
Current: 7.6

-39.68
14.45
Net-margin (%) 5.18
ASGN's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 153 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.94 vs. ASGN: 5.18 )
ASGN' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -39.04   Max: 9.87
Current: 5.18

-39.04
9.87
ROE (%) 13.20
ASGN's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 152 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.19 vs. ASGN: 13.20 )
ASGN' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -70.59   Max: 23.91
Current: 13.2

-70.59
23.91
ROA (%) 6.70
ASGN's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 153 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 vs. ASGN: 6.70 )
ASGN' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -61.98   Max: 20.5
Current: 6.7

-61.98
20.5
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 64.54
ASGN's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 153 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 65.63 vs. ASGN: 64.54 )
ASGN' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -304.62   Max: 122.1
Current: 64.54

-304.62
122.1
Revenue Growth (%) 35.50
ASGN's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 123 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.50 vs. ASGN: 35.50 )
ASGN' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -8.8   Max: 35.5
Current: 35.5

-8.8
35.5
EBITDA Growth (%) 108.80
ASGN's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 98 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.00 vs. ASGN: 108.80 )
ASGN' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -39.5   Max: 108.8
Current: 108.8

-39.5
108.8
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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

ASGN Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Chuck Royce 501,500 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 1,000,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 278,507 sh (-40.93%)
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Q2 2013

ASGN Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Steven Cohen 233,000 sh (New)
Ron Baron 1,000,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
Chuck Royce 460,400 sh (-8.2%)
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Q3 2013

ASGN Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Joel Greenblatt 71,324 sh (New)
Ron Baron 1,097,250 sh (+9.73%)
Chuck Royce 460,400 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 16,225 sh (-93.04%)
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Q4 2013

ASGN Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Jim Simons 151,294 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 83,089 sh (+16.5%)
Ron Baron 1,097,250 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 435,400 sh (-5.43%)
Steven Cohen 11,487 sh (-29.2%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with ASGN

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 New Buy0.08%$27.02 - $33.6 $ 35.8816%71324
Ron Baron 2012-09-30 New Buy0.13%$14.72 - $20.59 $ 35.88114%1000000
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Guru Investment Theses on On Assignment, Inc.

Baron Funds Comments on On Assignment Inc. - Dec 07, 2012

On Assignment, Inc. (ASGN) is a leading professional staffing provider, serving the technology, healthcare and life science verticals. ASGN focuses on higher-end math and science skills that are specialized knowledge bases in demand in this recovery. The company has been one of the fastest growing public staffing companies and has the highest profit margins. ASGN made an important acquisition of Apex Systems during the quarter, and we participated in a public offering in conjunction with the deal. Apex more than doubled the revenue base of ASGN and tilted the mix of revenues, now to about 75%, in the faster growing IT sector. The deal is nicely accretive, and we feel comfortable that the substantial debt being assumed is appropriate and will enhance shareholder returns. We had an investment in ASGN a decade ago and have been tracking its renaissance for some time. We expect strong margin increases and free cash flow to drive earnings growth, though we are mindful of cyclical risks, and we believe the company is an attractive acquisition target down the road.

From Baron Funds third quarter letter.


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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 23.00
ASGN's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
57% of the 134 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 22.30 vs. ASGN: 23.00 )
ASGN' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 2.83   Max: 6145
Current: 23

2.83
6145
P/B 3.00
ASGN's P/B is ranked lower than
59% of the 149 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. ASGN: 3.00 )
ASGN' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 4.41
Current: 3

0.24
4.41
P/S 1.20
ASGN's P/S is ranked lower than
70% of the 155 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.55 vs. ASGN: 1.20 )
ASGN' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.09   Max: 1.36
Current: 1.2

0.09
1.36
PFCF 20.90
ASGN's PFCF is ranked higher than
61% of the 109 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 21.60 vs. ASGN: 20.90 )
ASGN' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 1.31   Max: 1332
Current: 20.9

1.31
1332
EV-to-EBIT 19.20
ASGN's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
58% of the 142 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 14.17 vs. ASGN: 19.20 )
ASGN' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 2.9   Max: 145.7
Current: 19.2

2.9
145.7
PEG 0.60
ASGN's PEG is ranked higher than
83% of the 69 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.89 vs. ASGN: 0.60 )
ASGN' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 5.06
Current: 0.6

0.6
5.06
Shiller P/E 60.80
ASGN's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
75% of the 79 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 28.85 vs. ASGN: 60.80 )
ASGN' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 23.55   Max: 806
Current: 60.8

23.55
806

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 1.90
ASGN's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked lower than
65% of the 94 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. ASGN: 1.90 )
ASGN' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 9.96
Current: 1.9

0.6
9.96
Price/Median PS Value 1.70
ASGN's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
66% of the 145 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. ASGN: 1.70 )
ASGN' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 4.74
Current: 1.7

0.01
4.74
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.40
ASGN's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
57% of the 40 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. ASGN: 1.40 )
ASGN' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.46   Max: 3.29
Current: 1.4

0.46
3.29
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.20
ASGN's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
53% of the 146 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.80 vs. ASGN: 5.20 )
ASGN' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 34.1
Current: 5.2

0.7
34.1
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 35.60
ASGN's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
94% of the 114 Companies
in the Global Staffing & Outsourcing Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.10 vs. ASGN: 35.60 )
ASGN' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -10   Max: 63.1
Current: 35.6

-10
63.1

Business Description

Industry: Employment Services » Staffing & Outsourcing Services
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Traded in other countries:OA2.Germany
On Assignment, Inc. was incorporated on December 30, 1985. is a provider of highly skilled, hard-to-find professionals in the growing life sciences, healthcare, and technology sectors. The Company matches résumés with job descriptions to match people they know into positions they understand, for contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire assignments. The Company's business currently consists of five operating segments: Apex, Oxford, Life Sciences, Healthcare and Physician. The Apex segment provides mission-critical IT operations professionals for contract, contract-to-hire and permanent placement positions to Fortune 1000 and mid-market clients across the United States, and offers consulting services for other select project-based needs. Apex provides staffing and services support for companies from all major industries, including financial services, business services, consumer and industrials, technology, healthcare, government services, and communications. The Oxford segment provides high-end contract and direct placement services of information technology and engineering professionals with expertise in specialized information technology; software and hardware engineering; and mechanical, electrical, validation and telecommunications engineering fields. The Life Sciences segment provides contract, contract-to-permanent and direct placement services of laboratory and scientific professionals to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, medical device, personal care, chemical and environmental industries. These contract staffing specialties include chemists, clinical research associates, clinical lab assistants, engineers, biologists, biochemists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, food scientists, regulatory affairs specialists, lab assistants and other skilled scientific professionals. The Healthcare segment includes the combined results of the Nurse Travel and Allied Healthcare lines of business. The lines of business have been aggregated into the Healthcare segment based on similar economic characteristics, end-market customers and management personnel. The Healthcare segment provides contract, contract-to-permanent and direct placement of professionals from a number of healthcare, medical financial and allied occupations. These contract staffing specialties include nurses, specialty nurses, respiratory therapists, surgical technicians, imaging technicians, x-ray technicians, medical technologists, phlebotomists, coders, billers, claims processors and collections staff. The Physician segment provides contract and direct placement physicians to healthcare organizations. The Physician segment works with nearly all medical specialties, placing locum tenens physicians in hospitals, community-based practices, and federal, state and local facilities. The healthcare industry is subject to extensive and complex federal and state laws and regulations related to professional licensure, certification, conduct of opera

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