PLANO, Texas - April 27, 2016 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Rent-A-Center, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII) today announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.
Notable Items for the Quarter
Excluding Special Items (see non-GAAP reconciliation below)
"We have made significant progress on our profit optimization initiatives and capital allocation strategy. In the Core business, our pricing and supply chain initiatives increased gross profit margin and our flexible labor initiative continues to improve productivity. Additionally, more efficient use of working capital allowed us to improve leverage more swiftly than anticipated, and our path to achieve profitability in Mexico is ahead of plan," said Robert D. Davis, the Chief Executive Officer of Rent-A-Center, Inc.
Mr. Davis continued, "Our first quarter sales results were impacted by macro as well as company-specific headwinds, the latter of which reflect some conscious decisions to improve our profitability. We are also making significant progress with our new Acceptance Now commercial capabilities team which has already translated into a stronger pipeline of new retail partner opportunities," Mr. Davis concluded.
|SAME STORE SALES|
|Three months ended March 31,||(3.8||)%||(0.0||)%||9.7||%||(2.5||)%||1.0||%||34.1||%||15.1||%||8.0||%|
Note: Same store sales are reported on a constant currency basis.
Explanations of performance are excluding special items and compared to the prior year unless otherwise noted.
ACCEPTANCE NOW first quarter revenues of $230.4 million increased 2.7 percent driven by revenue growth in locations open less than 12 months. Gross profit as a percent of total revenue versus prior year improved sequentially by 360 basis points driven by completing the lap of 90 day option pricing changes by the end of the quarter, and the Company's increased focus on driving profitable sales. Labor, as a percent of store revenue, was essentially flat. Other store expenses, as a percent of store revenue, were negatively impacted by higher skip/stolen losses.
CORE U.S. first quarter revenues of $584.4 million decreased 7.1 percent year over year primarily due to lower same store sales and the continued rationalization of our Core U.S. store base. In addition, the new point of sale system was rolled out to fewer locations than expected in the quarter, which allowed for implementation of identified system enhancements. Gross profit as a percent of total revenue increased 40 basis points and was positively impacted by our pricing and supply chain initiatives, and revenue mix. Labor, as a percent of store revenue, was negatively impacted by sales deleverage and higher health care expenses, partially offset by improved labor productivity, the flexible labor initiative, and lower incentive compensation. Other store expenses, as a percent of store revenue, were negatively impacted by sales deleverage, partially offset by a lower store count, initial improvements in fleet productivity, and lower losses.
MEXICO first quarter revenues decreased 23.3 percent driven by currency fluctuations and store closures. Same store sales were up 9.7 percent. Operating losses improved by $2.9 million and EBITDA was positive.
FRANCHISING first quarter revenues increased 14.7 percent and operating profit increased by $0.2 million.
To supplement the Company's financial results presented on a GAAP basis, Rent-A-Center uses the non-GAAP measures ("special items”) indicated in Tables 2 and 3 below, which exclude restructuring charges in 2016 for the closure of certain Mexico stores and discrete income tax items. Gains or charges related to sales of stores, store closures, and discrete adjustments to tax reserves will generally recur with the occurrence of these events in the future. The presentation of these financial measures is not in accordance with, or an alternative for, accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and should be read in conjunction with the Company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Rent-A-Center management believes that excluding special items from the GAAP financial results provides investors a clearer perspective of the Company's ongoing operating performance and a more relevant comparison to prior period results.
Reconciliation of net earnings to net earnings excluding special items (in thousands, except per share data):
|Table 2||Three Months Ended||Three Months Ended|
|March 31, 2016||March 31, 2015|
|Amount||Per Share||Amount||Per Share|
|Special items, net of taxes:|
|Discrete income tax items||(981||)||(0.02||)||—||—|
|Net earnings excluding special items||$||25,656||$||0.48||$||27,541||$||0.52|
Rent-A-Center, Inc. provides annual guidance as it relates to diluted earnings per share and will only provide updates if there is a material change versus the original guidance. The Company believes providing diluted earnings per share guidance provides investors the appropriate insight into the Company’s ongoing operating performance. Management will not discuss intra-period sales or other key operating results not yet reported as the limited data may not accurately reflect the final results of the period or quarter referenced.
Rent-A-Center, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss the first quarter results, guidance and other operational matters on Thursday morning, April 28, 2016, at 8:30 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.
A rent-to-own industry leader, Plano, TX-based, Rent-A-Center, Inc., is focused on improving the quality of life for its customers by providing them the opportunity to obtain ownership of high-quality, durable products such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories, and smartphones, under flexible rental purchase agreements with no long-term obligation. The Company owns and operates approximately 2,790 stores in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico, and approximately 1,960 Acceptance Now locations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Rent-A-Center Franchising International, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, is a national franchiser of approximately 225 rent-to-own stores operating under the trade names of "Rent-A-Center", "ColorTyme", and "RimTyme". For additional information about the Company, please visit our website at 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: the general strength of the economy and other economic conditions affecting consumer preferences and spending; factors affecting the disposable income available to the Company's current and potential customers; changes in the unemployment rate; difficulties encountered in improving the financial and operational performance of the Company's business segments; failure to manage the Company's store labor (including overtime pay) and other store expenses; the Company’s ability to develop and successfully execute strategic initiatives; the Company's ability to successfully implement its new store information management system and a new finance/HR enterprise system; the Company’s ability to successfully market smartphones and related services to its customers; the Company's ability to develop and successfully implement virtual or e-commerce capabilities; failure to achieve the anticipated profitability enhancements from the changes to the 90 day option pricing program and the development of dedicated commercial sales capabilities; disruptions in the Company's supply chain; limitations of, or disruptions in, the Company's distribution network; rapid inflation or deflation in the prices of the Company's products; the Company's ability to execute and the effectiveness of a store consolidation, including the Company's ability to retain the revenue from customer accounts merged into another store location as a result of a store consolidation; the Company's available cash flow; the Company's ability to identify and successfully market products and services that appeal to its customer demographic; consumer preferences and perceptions of the Company's brand; 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 retain the revenue associated with acquired customer accounts and enhance the performance of acquired stores; 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; adverse changes in the economic conditions of the industries, countries or markets that the Company serves; information technology and data security costs; the impact of any breaches in data security or other disturbances to the Company's information technology and other networks and the Company's ability to protect the integrity and security of individually identifiable data of its customers and employees; 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; 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, 2015. 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|
|Table 3||Three Months Ended March 31,|
|(In thousands, except per share data)||Before||After||Before||After|
|Special Items||Special Items||Special Items||Special Items|
|Diluted earnings per common share||$||0.48||
|Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA:|
|Earnings before income taxes||$||38,985||
|Interest expense, net||11,880||11,880||12,388||12,388|
|Depreciation, amortization and write-down of intangibles||19,824||19,824||19,764||19,764|
|(1)||Excludes the effects of $2.4 million of pre-tax restructuring charges related to the closure of 14 Mexico stores. These charges reduced net earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2016, by approximately $1.6 million and $0.03, respectively.|
|(2)||Excludes the effects of $1.0 million of discrete income tax adjustments that increased net earnings per diluted share by $0.02.|
Excludes the effects of $0.3 million of pre-tax charges related to store closures in Mexico in the first quarter of 2015 and $0.1 million of pre-tax charges for lease buyouts related to Core U.S. store closures in the second quarter of 2014. These charges reduced net earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2015, by approximately $0.2 million and $0.01, respectively.
SELECTED BALANCE SHEET HIGHLIGHTS - UNAUDITED
|Table 4||March 31,|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$||46,362||$||93,115|
|Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets||62,147||63,047||
|Rental Merchandise, net|
|Held for Rent||251,329||266,872|
|Senior Debt, net||207,971||
|Senior Notes, net||536,509||
|(4)||In accordance with a newly adopted accounting standard, debt balances are now presented net of unamortized debt issuance costs, and the 2015 amounts have been revised to conform to the current period presentation. Unamortized debt issuance costs related to Senior Debt were $5.5 million and $7.4 million at March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Unamortized debt issuance costs related to Senior Notes were $6.2 million and $7.6 million at March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. These unamortized debt issuance costs were previously presented in Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets.|
|Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS - UNAUDITED|
|Table 5||Three Months Ended March 31,|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|Rentals and fees||$||674,295||$||711,450|
|Total store revenues||828,510||871,414|
|Royalty income and fees||2,195||1,838|
|Cost of revenues|
|Cost of rentals and fees||176,241||185,118|
|Cost of merchandise sold||113,886||117,722|
|Cost of installment sales||6,025||6,157|
|Total cost of store revenues||296,152||308,997|
|Franchise cost of merchandise sold||4,556||4,049|
|Total cost of revenues||300,708||313,046|
|Other store expenses||211,807||224,175|
|General and administrative expenses||43,061||42,691|
|Depreciation, amortization and write-down of intangibles||19,824||19,764|
|Total operating expenses||486,514||507,995|
|Earnings before income taxes||36,550||44,210|
|Income tax expense||11,489||
|Basic weighted average shares||53,085||53,033|
|Basic earnings per common share||$||0.47||$||0.51|
|Diluted weighted average shares||53,342||53,377|
|Diluted earnings per common share||$||0.47||$||0.51|
Includes $2.4 million of restructuring charges related to the closure of 14 Mexico stores.
|Includes $1.0 million of discrete income tax adjustments.|
Includes $0.3 million of charges related to store closures in Mexico in the first quarter of 2015 and $0.1 million of pre-tax charges for lease buyouts related to store closures in the second quarter of 2014.
|Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries|
|SEGMENT INFORMATION HIGHLIGHTS - UNAUDITED|
|Table 6||Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Table 7||Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Total gross profit||$||534,944||$||564,593|
|Table 8||Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Operating profit (loss)|
|Total segment operating profit||90,408||99,867|
|Total operating profit||$||48,430||$||56,598|
|Includes $2.4 million of restructuring charges related to the closure of 14 Mexico stores.|
|(2)||Includes $0.1 million of charges for lease buyouts related to store closures in the second quarter of 2014.|
|(3)||Includes $0.3 million of charges related to store closures in Mexico in the first quarter of 2015.|
|Table 9||Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Depreciation, amortization and write-down of intangibles|
|Total depreciation, amortization and write-down of intangibles||$||19,824||$||19,764|
|Table 10||Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Total capital expenditures||$||14,440||$||14,245|
|Table 11||On Rent at March 31,||Held for Rent at March 31,|
|Rental merchandise, net|
|Total rental merchandise, net||$||822,821||$||950,890||$||251,329||$||266,872|
|Table 12||March 31,|
|Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries|
|LOCATION ACTIVITY - UNAUDITED|
|Table 13||Three Months Ended March 31, 2016|
|Locations at beginning of period||2,672||1,444||532||143||227||5,018|
|New location openings||—||16||5||—||—||21|
|Acquired locations remaining open||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Merged with existing locations||(6||)||(25||)||(10||)||(4||)||—||(45||)|
|Sold or closed with no surviving location||(4||)||—||—||(10||)||—||(14||)|
|Locations at end of period||2,662||1,436||526||129||227||4,980|
|Acquired locations closed and accounts merged with existing locations||2||—||—||—||—||2|
|Table 14||Three Months Ended March 31, 2015|
|Locations at beginning of period||2,824||1,406||—||177||187||4,594|
|New location openings||—||53||1||—||4||58|
|Acquired locations remaining open||4||—||—||—||—||4|
|Merged with existing locations||(4||)||(27||)||—||(8||)||—||(39||)|
|Sold or closed with no surviving location||(4||)||—||—||—||(7||)||(11||)|
|Locations at end of period||2,820||1,432||1||169||184||4,606|
|Acquired locations closed and accounts merged with existing locations||15||—||—||—||—||15|
SOURCE Rent-A-Center, Inc.
Senior Vice President
Finance, Investor Relations and Treasury
Rent-A-Center, Inc., headquartered in Plano, Texas, is the largest rent-to-own operator in North America.