Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.76

RAC Acceptance Revenues Increased 52.5%


Repurchased Approximately 4,592,000 Shares of Common Stock

Raises 2013 EPS Guidance

PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rent-A-Center, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII), the nation's largest rent-to-own operator, today announced revenues and earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Second Quarter 2013 Results

Total revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, were $760.5 million, an increase of $10.8 million from total revenues of $749.7 million for the same period in the prior year. This 1.4% increase in total revenues was primarily due to increases of approximately $40.4 million in the RAC Acceptance segment and approximately $5.2 million in the International segment, partially offset by a decrease of approximately $34.7 million in the Core U.S. segment. For the quarter ended June 30, 2013, same store sales declined 1.6%, primarily attributable to a decrease in the Core U.S. segment, partially offset by an increase in both the RAC Acceptance and International segments.

Net earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, were $42.0 million and $0.76, respectively, as compared to $44.2 million and $0.74, respectively, for the same period in the prior year. These results include dilution related to the Company's international growth initiatives of approximately $0.08 per share in both the quarter ended June 30, 2013, and the same period in the prior year.

"I am pleased with our progress in building our portfolio of agreements in our Core U.S. business with a continuing period-over-period improvement in demand as measured by our 6.6% increase in deliveries for the quarter. Therefore, we believe our portfolio of agreements will surpass prior year levels in the third quarter and produce positive same store sales growth in the Core U.S. business in the fourth quarter," said Mark E. Speese, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our growth initiatives continue to perform very well. RAC Acceptance revenues were over $117 million in the quarter, an increase of over 52% and contributed over 15% of our total revenues and approximately 23% of our total operating profit. Mexico grew revenues over 137% and ended the quarter with 130 locations. We believe we will generate positive store level or four-wall monthly operating profit in Mexico by the last month of this year," Speese continued. "We believe the Core U.S. business will continually improve throughout the balance of the year and our growth initiatives will remain on their productive path. We are also incorporating the benefit of our 4.6 million share repurchase as part of the accelerated stock buyback (ASB) program and, as a result, raising our 2013 diluted earnings per share range to $3.03 to $3.15," Speese concluded.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 Results

Total revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2013, were $1,579.8 million, a decrease of $5.2 million from total revenues of $1,585.0 million for the same period in the prior year. This 0.3% decrease in total revenues was primarily due to a decrease of approximately $92.9 million in the Core U.S. segment, partially offset by an increase of approximately $79.9 million in the RAC Acceptance segment and approximately $9.8 million in the International segment. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, same store sales declined 3.0%, primarily attributable to a decrease in the Core U.S. segment, partially offset by an increase in both the RAC Acceptance and International segments.

Net earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2013, were $88.5 million and $1.56, respectively, as compared to $96.1 million and $1.61, respectively, for the same period in the prior year. These results include dilution related to the Company's international growth initiatives of approximately $0.14 per share for the six months ended June 30, 2013, and approximately $0.15 per share for the same period in the prior year.

Through the six month period ended June 30, 2013, the Company generated cash flow from operations of approximately $115.5 million, while ending the quarter with $78.5 million of cash on hand. A portion of the Company's continuing strong cash flow will be used to return value to the Company's stockholders with its thirteenth consecutive quarterly cash dividend on July 25, 2013.

Reflecting continued confidence in its strong cash flows, the Company announced on April 26, 2013 that its Board of Directors increased the authorization for stock repurchases under the Company's common stock repurchase plan from $1 billion to $1.25 billion. Subsequently, on May 2, 2013, the Company completed an offering of $250 million of senior unsecured notes due 2021. As previously reported, the Company used the net proceeds from the offering to repay $46 million of the revolving loans outstanding under its revolving credit facility and to repurchase $200 million of the Company's common stock under the accelerated stock buyback program discussed below.

During the six months ended June 30, 2013, the Company repurchased 5,057,458 shares for approximately $217.4 million. This includes the initial delivery of approximately 4.6 million shares for $200 million pursuant to the previously announced accelerated stock buyback ("ASB") program, which represents approximately 80% of the shares expected to be purchased in the ASB transaction. The total number of shares that the Company ultimately purchases in the ASB transaction will be determined based on the average of the daily volume-weighted average share price of its common stock over the duration of the ASB transaction, less an agreed discount, and is subject to certain adjustments under the terms of the ASB agreement.

To date, the Company has utilized approximately $994.8 million of the $1.25 billion authorized by its Board of Directors since the inception of the plan.

2013 Guidance

  • Approximately 3.0% total revenue growth.

    • Approximately $515 million contribution from RAC Acceptance.

  • Approximately flat to 1.0% same store sales growth.

  • Approximately 25 basis points gross profit margin decrease.

    • Due to the impact of RAC Acceptance.

  • Approximately 25 basis points operating profit margin decrease.

  • EBITDA of approximately $400 million.

  • Annual effective tax rate of approximately 37.3%.

  • Diluted earnings per share in the range of $3.03 to $3.15, including approximately $0.25 per share dilution related to our international growth initiatives.

  • Capital expenditures of approximately $115 million.

  • The Company expects to open approximately 365 domestic RAC Acceptance kiosks and net approximately 325.

  • The Company expects to open approximately 60 rent-to-own store locations in Mexico.

  • The 2013 guidance does not include the potential impact of any repurchases of common stock the Company may make, changes in future dividends, material changes in outstanding indebtedness, or the potential impact of acquisitions, dispositions or store closures that may be completed or occur after July 22, 2013.

Rent-A-Center, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss the second quarter results, guidance and other operational matters on Tuesday morning, July 23, 2013, at 10:45 a.m. ET. For a live webcast of the call, visit http://investor.rentacenter.com. Certain financial and other statistical information that will be discussed during the conference call will also be provided on the same website.

Rent-A-Center, Inc., headquartered in Plano, Texas, is the largest rent-to-own operator in North America, focused on improving the quality of life for its customers by providing them the opportunity to obtain ownership of high-quality, durable goods such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories, under flexible rental purchase agreements with no long-term obligation. The Company owns and operates approximately 3,120 stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, and approximately 1,155 RAC Acceptance kiosk locations in the United States and Puerto Rico. ColorTyme, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, is a national franchiser of approximately 220 rent-to-own stores operating under the trade name of "ColorTyme." For additional information about the Company, please visit www.rentacenter.com.

This press release and the guidance above contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "could," "estimate," "should," "anticipate," or "believe," or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are accurate. However, there can be no assurance that such expectations will occur. The Company's actual future performance could differ materially from such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: uncertainties regarding the ability to open new locations; the Company's ability to acquire additional stores or customer accounts on favorable terms; the Company's ability to control costs and increase profitability; the Company's ability to enhance the performance of acquired stores; the Company's ability to retain the revenue associated with acquired customer accounts; the Company's ability to identify and successfully market products and services that appeal to its customer demographic; the Company's ability to enter into new and collect on its rental or lease purchase agreements; the passage of legislation adversely affecting the rent-to-own industry; the Company's compliance with applicable statutes or regulations governing its transactions; changes in interest rates; changes in the unemployment rate; economic pressures, such as high fuel costs, affecting the disposable income available to the Company's current and potential customers; the general strength of the economy and other economic conditions affecting consumer preferences and spending; adverse changes in the economic conditions of the industries, countries or markets that the Company serves; changes in the Company's stock price, the number of shares of common stock that it may or may not repurchase, and future dividends, if any; changes in estimates relating to self-insurance liabilities and income tax and litigation reserves; changes in the Company's effective tax rate; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; information technology and data security costs; the Company's ability to maintain an effective system of internal controls; the resolution of the Company's litigation; and the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, the Company is not obligated to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect the events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries

STATEMENT OF EARNINGS HIGHLIGHTS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended June 30,

2013

2012

Total Revenues

$

760,511

$

749,698

Operating Profit

77,437

79,027

Net Earnings

42,004

44,182

Diluted Earnings per Common Share

$

0.76

$

0.74

Adjusted EBITDA

$

97,362

$

98,846

Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA:

Earnings Before Income Taxes

$

67,764

$

70,806

Add back:

Interest Expense, net

9,673

8,221

Depreciation of Property Assets

18,760

18,338

Amortization and Write-down of Intangibles

1,165

1,481

Adjusted EBITDA

$

97,362

$

98,846

(In thousands of dollars, except per share data)

Six Months Ended June 30,

2013

2012

Total Revenues

$

1,579,792

$

1,584,952

Operating Profit

156,720

171,061

Net Earnings

88,461

96,123

Diluted Earnings per Common Share

$

1.56

$

1.61

Adjusted EBITDA

$

196,008

$

210,209

Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA:

Earnings Before Income Taxes

$

139,339

$

154,044

Add back:

Interest Expense, net

17,381

17,017

Depreciation of Property Assets

37,233

36,332

Amortization and Write-down of Intangibles

2,055

2,816

Adjusted EBITDA

$

196,008

$

210,209

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET HIGHLIGHTS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands of dollars)

June 30,

2013

2012

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

78,491

$

101,131

Receivables, net

48,279

45,383

Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets

70,441

70,207

Rental Merchandise, net

On Rent

849,288

731,433

Held for Rent

218,263

189,203

Total Assets

$

2,940,452

$

2,789,383

Senior Debt

$

323,775

$

367,755

Senior Notes

550,000

300,000

Total Liabilities

1,614,193

1,355,885

Stockholders' Equity

$

1,326,259

$

1,433,498

Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2013

2012

2013

2012

Revenues

Store

Rentals and fees

$

668,947

$

658,987

$

1,342,551

$

1,336,968

Merchandise sales

59,790

60,622

173,363

183,481

Installment sales

17,537

16,170

34,664

33,665

Other

5,001

4,537

9,761

9,469

Franchise

Merchandise sales

7,843

8,022

16,676

18,635

Royalty income and fees

1,393

1,360

2,777

2,734

760,511

749,698

1,579,792

1,584,952

Cost of revenues

Store

Cost of rentals and fees

168,928

159,790

336,847

323,149

Cost of merchandise sold

47,260

49,525

133,559

144,541

Cost of installment sales

6,189

5,728

12,158

12,026

Franchise cost of merchandise sold

7,514

7,682

15,930

17,846

229,891

222,725

498,494

497,562

Gross profit

530,620

526,973

1,081,298

1,087,390

Operating expenses

Salaries and other expenses

413,658

410,210

845,350

838,039

General and administrative expenses

38,360

36,255

77,173

75,474

Amortization and write-down of intangibles

1,165

1,481

2,055

2,816

453,183

447,946

924,578

916,329

Operating profit

77,437

79,027

156,720

171,061

Interest expense

9,856

8,343

17,857

17,320

Interest income

(183

)

(122

)

(476

)

(303

)

Earnings before income taxes

67,764

70,806

139,339

154,044

Income tax expense

25,760

26,624

50,878

57,921

NET EARNINGS

$

42,004

$

44,182

$

88,461

$

96,123

Basic weighted average shares

54,885

59,160

56,416

59,206

Basic earnings per common share

$

0.77

$

0.75

$

1.57

$

1.62

Diluted weighted average shares

55,253

59,578

56,794

59,757

Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.76

$

0.74

$

1.56

$

1.61

Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries

SEGMENT INFORMATION HIGHLIGHTS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands of dollars)

Three Months Ended June 30, 2013

Core U.S.

RAC Acceptance

International

ColorTyme

Total

Revenue

$

619,687

$

117,493

$

14,095

$

9,236

$

760,511

Gross profit

449,944

68,770

10,184

1,722

530,620

Operating profit (loss)

66,029

17,612

(6,746

)

542