Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:13pm EDT

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Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Total Revenues Increased 5.0%

Same Store Sales Increased 1.2%

Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.67

Board Increases Stock Repurchase Authorization by $200 million

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 September 30, 2012.

Third Quarter 2012 Results

Total revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, were $739.3 million, an increase of $35.0 million from total revenues of $704.3 million for the same period in the prior year. This 5.0% increase in total revenues was primarily due to growth in the RAC Acceptance segment. For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, the same store sales increase of 1.2% was primarily attributable to growth in the RAC Acceptance segment, partially offset by a decrease in the Core U.S. segment.

Net earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the three months ended September 30, 2012, were $39.9 million and $0.67, respectively, as compared to $31.2 million and $0.52, respectively, for the same period in the prior year. Net earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the three months ended September 30, 2011, were reduced by $7.6 million, and approximately $0.08 per share, respectively, due to a pre-tax restructuring charge related to store closings, as discussed below.

Net earnings per diluted share for the three months ended September 30, 2012, were $0.67, as compared to adjusted net earnings per diluted share of $0.60, when excluding the pre-tax restructuring charge above, for the three months ended September 30, 2011, an increase of 11.7%. These results include dilution related to the Company's international growth initiatives of approximately $0.10 per share for the three months ended September 30, 2012, and $0.04 per share for the same period in the prior year.

“We are generally pleased with our results in the quarter, as total revenues increased 5% and earnings per diluted share increased approximately 12%,” said Mark E. Speese, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The RAC Acceptance segment continued to perform commendably, growing revenue over 60% from a year ago to $84 million, with a gross margin of 59.3% and an operating profit of over $7 million and ending the quarter with 882 stores,” Speese continued. “For the first nine months of the year, each of our business segments has grown their revenue and all segments combined grew 8.4% and, with the exception of our international segment, have contributed to our year-to-date earnings per diluted share of $2.28. As such, we remain optimistic in achieving our 2012 total revenue and earnings per diluted share guidance outlined in our 2011 fourth quarter earnings press release,” Speese concluded.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012 Results

Total revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, were $2.324 billion, an increase of $179.6 million from total revenues of $2.145 billion for the same period in the prior year. This 8.4% increase in total revenues was primarily due to growth in the RAC Acceptance segment as well as growth in both the Core U.S. and International segments. Same store sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, increased 2.8%.

Net earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, were $136.0 million and $2.28, respectively, as compared to $115.3 million and $1.84, respectively, for the same period in the prior year.

Net earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, were impacted by the following significant items, as discussed below:

  • A $7.6 million pre-tax restructuring charge, or approximately $0.08 per share, related to store closings;
  • A $4.9 million pre-tax restructuring charge, or approximately $0.05 per share, related to the acquisition of The Rental Store, Inc.;
  • A $7.3 million pre-tax impairment charge, or approximately $0.07 per share, related to the discontinuation of the financial services business; and
  • A $2.8 million pre-tax litigation expense, or approximately $0.03 per share, related to the settlement of wage and hour claims in California.

Collectively, these items reduced net earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.23 for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

Net earnings per diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, were $2.28, as compared to adjusted net earnings per diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, of $2.07 when excluding the items above, an increase of 10.1%. These results include dilution related to the Company's international growth initiatives of approximately $0.25 per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, and $0.08 per share for the same period in the prior year.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has increased the authorization for stock repurchases under the Company's common stock repurchase plan from $800 million to $1 billion. Under the Company's common stock repurchase plan, shares may, from time to time, be repurchased in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions at amounts considered appropriate by the Company. To date, the Company has repurchased a total of 30,189,738 shares for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $745.6 million since the inception of the plan. During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company repurchased 866,985 shares for approximately $30.1 million in cash.

Through the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company generated cash flow from operations of approximately $258.7 million, while ending the quarter with approximately $81.8 million of cash on hand. Also, reflecting continued confidence in its strong cash flows by returning cash to stockholders, the Company will pay its tenth consecutive quarterly cash dividend on October 24, 2012.

2012 Guidance

The Company began presenting segmented financial information commencing with its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. Accordingly, quarterly segmented operating results were initiated with the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The Company is committed to high levels of disclosure and transparency with respect to its operating segments.

In addition, the Company made certain changes to its guidance practices. Beginning with the fourth quarter 2011 earnings press release, the Company began providing annual guidance with quarterly updates on the metrics below. The Company will no longer provide quarterly earnings per share guidance; however, the Company has made available on its web site (investor.rentacenter.com) a range of the percentage contribution to full year diluted earnings per share by quarter based on historical results since 2009. In future years, the Company will provide its initial annual guidance for the following fiscal year with the fourth quarter earnings press release. We believe these changes in guidance practice will allow management to focus on the Company's long-term performance and the execution of our strategic plan as communicated in November 2010.

2012 Guidance

  • 7.0% to 8.5% total revenue growth.
    • Low single digit growth in the Core U.S.
    • Over $325 million contribution from RAC Acceptance.
  • Approximately 2.0% same store sales growth.
    • The fourth quarter same store sales growth is expected to be approximately 2.0%.
  • Approximately 175 basis points gross profit margin decrease.
  • Approximately 50 basis points operating profit margin decrease.
  • Diluted earnings per share in the range of $3.05 to $3.15, including approximately $0.30 per share dilution related to our international growth initiatives, which now includes corporate allocations consistent with our segment reporting.
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $105 million.
  • The Company expects to open approximately 35 domestic rent-to-own store locations.
  • The Company expects to open approximately 300 domestic RAC Acceptance kiosks.
  • The Company expects to open approximately 40 rent-to-own store locations in Mexico.
  • The Company expects to open 6 rent-to-own store locations in Canada.
  • The 2012 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 October 22, 2012.

2011 Significant Items

Restructuring Charges. As previously reported, the Company recorded a $7.6 million pre-tax restructuring charge during the third quarter of 2011 related to lease terminations, fixed asset disposals and other miscellaneous items in connection with the closure of eight Home Choice stores in Illinois and 24 RAC Limited locations within third party grocery stores, all of which had been operated on a test basis, as well as the closure of 26 core rent-to-own stores following the sale of all customer accounts at those locations. This pre-tax restructuring charge of $7.6 million reduced net earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.08 in both the three month and nine month periods ended September 30, 2011.

Also previously reported, the Company recorded a $4.9 million pre-tax restructuring charge during the second quarter of 2011 related to post-acquisition lease terminations in connection with the December 2010 acquisition of The Rental Store, Inc. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, this pre-tax restructuring charge of $4.9 million reduced net earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.05.

Financial Services Charge. As previously reported, the Company recorded a pre-tax impairment charge of $7.3 million during the first quarter of 2011 related primarily to loan write-downs, fixed asset disposals (store reconstruction) and other miscellaneous items in connection with the discontinuation of the financial services business. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, this pre-tax impairment charge of $7.3 million reduced net earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.07.

Settlement of Wage & Hour Claims in California. As previously reported, the Company recorded a $2.8 million pre-tax litigation expense during the first quarter of 2011 in connection with the settlement of certain putative class actions pending in California alleging various claims, including violations of California wage and hour laws. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, this pre-tax litigation expense of $2.8 million reduced net earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.03.

Rent-A-Center, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss the third quarter results, guidance and other operational matters on Tuesday morning, October 23, 2012, 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 3,100 stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, and approximately 880 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. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements will prove to be correct, the Company can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. The actual future performance of the Company 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 failure to comply 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; 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 security costs; the Company's ability to maintain an effective system of internal controls; changes in the number of share-based compensation grants, methods used to value future share-based payments and changes in estimated forfeiture rates with respect to share-based compensation; 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, 2011 and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2012 and June 30, 2012 . 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.

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STATEMENT OF EARNINGS HIGHLIGHTS

 
Three Months Ended September 30,
2012     2011     2011
After Before After
Significant Items Significant Items Significant Items
(GAAP (Non-GAAP (GAAP
(In thousands of dollars, except per share data) Earnings) Earnings) Earnings)
Total Revenues $ 739,314 $ 704,271 $ 704,271
Operating Profit 68,113 65,382 57,796

(1)

Net Earnings 39,910 36,033 31,224

(1)

Diluted Earnings per Common Share $ 0.67 $ 0.60 $ 0.52

(1)

Adjusted EBITDA $ 88,972 $ 82,750 $ 82,750
Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA:
Earnings Before Income Taxes $ 60,184 $ 56,662 $ 49,076
Add back:
Restructuring Charge 7,586
Interest Expense, net 7,929 8,720 8,720
Depreciation of Property Assets 18,412 16,107 16,107
Amortization and Write-down of Intangibles   2,447   1,261   1,261
Adjusted EBITDA $ 88,972 $ 82,750 $ 82,750
 
  Nine Months Ended September 30,
2012     2011     2011
After Before After
Significant Items Significant Items Significant Items
(GAAP (Non-GAAP (GAAP
(In thousands of dollars, except per share data) Earnings) Earnings) Earnings)
Total Revenues $ 2,324,266 $ 2,144,702 $ 2,144,702
Operating Profit 239,174 234,006 211,367

(1)(2)(3)(4)

Net Earnings 136,033 129,559 115,342

(1)(2)(3)(4)

Diluted Earnings per Common Share $ 2.28 $ 2.07 $ 1.84

(1)(2)(3)(4)

Adjusted EBITDA $ 299,181 $ 285,195 $ 285,195
Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA:
Earnings Before Income Taxes $ 214,228 $ 206,304 $ 183,665
Add back:
Restructuring Charge 12,519
Impairment Charge 7,320
Litigation Expense 2,800
Interest Expense, net 24,946 27,702 27,702
Depreciation of Property Assets 54,744 47,938 47,938
Amortization and Write-down of Intangibles   5,263   3,251   3,251
Adjusted EBITDA $ 299,181 $ 285,195 $ 285,195

(1) Includes the effects of a $7.6 million pre-tax restructuring charge in the third quarter of 2011 related to the closure of eight Home Choice stores in Illinois and 24 RAC Limited locations within third party grocery stores, as well as the closure of 26 core rent-to-own stores following the sale of all customer accounts at these locations. The charge reduced net earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.08 for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2011.

(2) Includes the effects of a $4.9 million pre-tax restructuring charge in the second quarter of 2011 for lease terminations related to The Rental Store acquisition. The charge reduced net earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.05 for the nine month period ended September 30, 2011.

(3) Includes the effects of a $7.3 million pre-tax impairment charge in the first quarter of 2011 related to the discontinuation of the financial services business. The charge reduced net earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.07 for the nine month period ended September 30, 2011.

(4) Includes the effects of a $2.8 million pre-tax litigation expense in the first quarter of 2011 related to the settlement of wage and hour claims in California. The charge reduced net earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.03 for the nine month period ended September 30, 2011.

 

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET HIGHLIGHTS

 
September 30,
(In thousands of dollars) 2012     2011
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 81,800 $ 76,025
Receivables, net 44,284 43,441
Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets 71,914 65,366
Rental Merchandise, net
On Rent 733,724 689,975
Held for Rent 214,158 187,342
Total Assets $ 2,799,915 $ 2,666,517
 
Senior Debt $ 293,300 $ 388,340
Senior Notes 300,000 300,000
Total Liabilities 1,339,117 1,347,147
Stockholders' Equity $ 1,460,798 $ 1,319,370
 
       
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
 
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2012     2011 2012     2011
(In thousands, except per share data) Unaudited Unaudited
Revenues
Store
Rentals and fees $ 652,059 $ 622,474 $ 1,989,027 $ 1,850,698
Merchandise sales 58,854 52,802 242,335 203,041
Installment sales 15,560 16,348 49,225 49,606
Other 2,811 4,147 12,280 13,629
Franchise
Merchandise sales 8,697 7,250 27,332 23,921
Royalty income and fees   1,333     1,250     4,067     3,807  
739,314 704,271 2,324,266 2,144,702
Cost of revenues
Store
Cost of rentals and fees 158,805 142,796 481,954 417,740
Cost of merchandise sold 47,497 43,170 192,038 151,259
Cost of installment sales 5,376 5,655 17,402 17,601
Franchise cost of merchandise sold   8,295     6,926     26,141     22,875  
219,973 198,547 717,535 609,475
Gross profit 519,341 505,724 1,606,731 1,535,227
Operating expenses
Salaries and other expenses 412,567 405,633 1,255,405 1,197,922
General and administrative expenses 36,214 33,448 106,889 100,048
Amortization and write-down of intangibles 2,447 1,261 5,263 3,251
Restructuring charge 7,586 12,519
Impairment charge 7,320
Litigation expense               2,800  
451,228 447,928 1,367,557 1,323,860
Operating profit 68,113 57,796 239,174 211,367
Interest expense 8,096 8,811 25,416 28,184
Interest income   (167 )   (91 )   (470 )   (482 )
Earnings before income taxes 60,184 49,076 214,228 183,665
Income tax expense   20,274     17,852     78,195     68,323  
NET EARNINGS $ 39,910   $ 31,224   $ 136,033   $ 115,342  
 
Basic weighted average shares   58,882     60,030     59,098     61,944  
 
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.68   $ 0.52   $ 2.30   $ 1.86  
 
Diluted weighted average shares   59,312     60,504     59,609     62,648  
 
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.67   $ 0.52   $ 2.28   $ 1.84  
 
 
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SEGMENT INFORMATION HIGHLIGHTS
 
(In thousands of dollars) Three Months Ended September 30, 2012
Core U.S.     RAC Acceptance     International     ColorTyme     Total
Revenue $ 634,575 $ 83,838 $ 10,871 $ 10,030 $ 739,314
Gross profit 460,353 49,737 7,516 1,735 519,341
Operating profit 69,544 7,259 (9,046 ) 356 68,113
Depreciation of property assets 15,981 936 1,475 20 18,412
Amortization and write-down of intangibles 583 897 967 2,447
Capital expenditures 22,056 1,191 1,536 24,783
 
 
(In thousands of dollars) Three Months Ended September 30, 2011
Core U.S. RAC Acceptance International ColorTyme Total
Revenue $ 639,806 $ 51,310 $ 4,655 $ 8,500 $ 704,271
Gross profit 470,185 30,717 3,248 1,574 505,724
Operating profit 63,590 (3,356 ) (3,342 ) 904 57,796
Depreciation of property assets 14,890 595 595 27 16,107
Amortization and write-down of intangibles 365 896 1,261
Capital expenditures 28,901 1,643 2,219 32,763
 
 
(In thousands of dollars) Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012
Core U.S. RAC Acceptance International ColorTyme Total
Revenue $ 2,016,761 $ 248,626 $ 27,480 $ 31,399 $ 2,324,266
Gross profit 1,444,824 137,524 19,125 5,258 1,606,731
Operating profit 244,215 17,024 (23,617 ) 1,552 239,174
Depreciation of property assets 47,689 2,620 4,366 69 54,744
Amortization and write-down of intangibles 1,606 2,690 967 5,263
Capital expenditures 59,089 3,582 10,432 73,103
Rental merchandise, net
On rent 534,812 184,372 14,540 733,724
Held for rent 204,235 3,099 6,824 214,158
Total assets 2,464,875 265,496 67,907 1,637 2,799,915
 
 
(In thousands of dollars) Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011
Core U.S. RAC Acceptance International ColorTyme Total
Revenue $ 1,973,465 $ 130,615 $ 12,894 $ 27,728 $ 2,144,702
Gross profit 1,443,518 77,761 9,095 4,853 1,535,227
Operating profit 228,206 (11,482 ) (7,721 ) 2,364 211,367
Depreciation of property assets 44,942 1,520 1,370 106 47,938
Amortization and write-down of intangibles 565 2,686 3,251
Capital expenditures 77,168 4,362 10,449 91,979
Rental merchandise, net
On rent 565,186 118,995 5,794 689,975
Held for rent 181,592 1,846 3,904 187,342
Total assets 2,437,063 197,485 29,196 2,773 2,666,517
 
 
Location Activity - Three Months Ended September 30, 2012
Core U.S.     RAC Acceptance     International     ColorTyme     Total
Locations at beginning of period 2,973 811 99 219 4,102
New location openings 11 100 16 5 132
Acquired locations remaining open 2 2
Closed locations
Merged with existing locations 2 29 1 32
Sold or closed with no surviving location 1 4 5
Locations at end of period 2,983 882 114 220 4,199
Acquired locations closed and accounts merged with existing locations 9 9
 
 
Location Activity - Three Months Ended September 30, 2011
Core U.S. RAC Acceptance International ColorTyme Total
Locations at beginning of period 2,989 611 33 210 3,843
New location openings 16 120 11 5 152
Acquired locations remaining open 5 2 7
Closed locations
Merged with existing locations 16 3 19
Sold or closed with no surviving location 36 9 2 47
Locations at end of period 2,958 721 44 213 3,936
Acquired locations closed and accounts merged with existing locations 23 23
 
 
Location Activity - Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012
Core U.S. RAC Acceptance International ColorTyme Total
Locations at beginning of period 2,994 750 80 216 4,040
New location openings 23 222 36 11 292
Acquired locations remaining open 2 2
Closed locations
Merged with existing locations 31 76 1 108
Sold or closed with no surviving location 5 14 1 7 27
Locations at end of period 2,983 882 114 220 4,199
Acquired locations closed and accounts merged with existing locations 15 15
 
 
Location Activity - Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011
Core U.S. RAC Acceptance International ColorTyme Total
Locations at beginning of period 2,985 384 23 209 3,601
New location openings 31 359 21 8 419
Acquired locations remaining open 5 5 2 12
Closed locations
Merged with existing locations 24 9 6 39
Sold or closed with no surviving location 39 18 57
Locations at end of period 2,958 721 44 213 3,936
Acquired locations closed and accounts merged with existing locations 29 29

Rent-A-Center, Inc.
David E. Carpenter, 972-801-1214
Vice President of Investor Relations
david.carpenter@rentacenter.com