Profile: Rent-A-Center Inc (RCII.O)
Rent-A-Center, Inc., incorporated on November 26, 2002, is a rent-to-own operator in North America. The Company provides an opportunity to obtain ownership of products, such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers (including tablets), smartphones and furniture (including accessories), under rental purchase agreements. The Company operates in four segments: Core U.S., Acceptance Now, Mexico, and Franchising. The Company offers brands, such as LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio home electronics; Frigidaire, General Electric, LG, Samsung and Whirlpool appliances; Acer, Apple, Asus, Samsung and Toshiba computers and/or tablets; LG and Samsung smartphones, and Ashley, Powell and Standard furniture. Its Core U.S. and Mexico stores generally offer merchandise from over five basic product categories: consumer electronics, appliances, computers (including tablets), smartphones and furniture (including accessories). Consumer electronic products offered by its stores include high definition televisions, home theater systems, video game consoles and stereos. Appliances include refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dryers and ranges. The Company offers desktop, laptop, tablet computers and smartphones. Its furniture products include dining room, living room and bedroom furniture featuring a number of styles, materials and colors. Its accessories include lamps and tables, and are rented as part of a package of items, such as a complete room of furniture.
The Company's customers make payments on a weekly, semi-monthly or monthly basis in its stores, kiosks, online or by telephone. Approximately 83% and 92% of its rental purchase agreements are on a weekly term in its Core U.S. rent-to-own stores and its Mexico segment, respectively. The Company provides any required service or repair. Repair services are provided through its network of service centers. If the product cannot be repaired at the customer's residence, the Company provides a temporary replacement while the product is being repaired.
The Company operates over 2,670 Company-owned stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Its stores include over 40 retail installment sales stores under the names, Get It Now and Home Choice.
The Company's Acceptance Now segment provides an on-site rent-to-own option at a third-party retailer's location. In the event a retail purchase credit application is declined, the customer can be introduced to an in-store Acceptance Now representative explaining an alternative transaction for acquiring the use and ownership of the merchandise. The Company relies on its third-party retail partners to deliver merchandise rented by the customer. Merchandise returned from an Acceptance Now kiosk location is offered for rent at one of its Core U.S. rent-to-own stores. Acceptance Now locations offer the merchandise as available at the applicable third-party retailer, primarily furniture and accessories, consumer electronics and appliances. Each Acceptance Now kiosk location consists of an area with a computer, desk and chairs. It operates over 1,440 staffed kiosk locations inside furniture and electronics retailers located in over 40 states and Puerto Rico, and over 530 virtual (direct) locations.
The Company's Mexico segment consists of the Company-owned rent-to-own stores in Mexico. The Company operates over 140 stores in this segment.
The stores in its Franchising segment use Rent-A-Center's, ColorTyme's or RimTyme's trade names, service marks, trademarks and logos. Its Franchising segment engages in the sale of rental merchandise to its franchisees who, in turn, offer the merchandise to the general public for rent or purchase under a rent-to-own transaction. Its segment franchises approximately 230 stores in over 30 states operating under the Rent-A-Center (over 150 stores), ColorTyme (over 40 stores) and RimTyme (over 40 stores) names. Its rent-to-own stores primarily offer products, such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories, wheels and tires.
5501 Headquarters Dr
PLANO TX 75024-5837
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- BRIEF-Rent-A-Center reports key operating metrics for February
- BRIEF-Glenn W. Welling reports 13.7 pct stake in Rent-A-Center as of March 15
- BRIEF-Rent-A-Center says on March 2 Board designated Steven L. Pepper as lead independent director
- BRIEF-Rent-A-Center inc's U.S. same store sales down 11.5 pct
- BRIEF-Rent-A-Center confirms receipt of director nominations from Engaged Capital