Aaron's, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

  • Total Revenues $815.6 Million; Diluted EPS $0.51
  • Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $0.68, Up 15%
  • Progressive Revenues Up 25%; Active Doors Up 37%
  • Increasing 2017 Outlook for both the Aaron's Business and Progressive

ATLANTA - July 28, 2017 // PRNewswire // - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, today announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.

"We're very pleased with our second quarter results," said John Robinson, Chief Executive Officer. "Strong growth at Progressive Leasing and disciplined execution in the Aaron's Business drove increased revenues and improved profitability in the quarter."

"Progressive had an exceptional quarter driven by a significant increase in total invoice volume and strong lease portfolio performance. The business has impressive momentum across a diverse mix of verticals and we expect to continue to drive long-term growth with our leading virtual lease-to-own model," Mr. Robinson stated.

"The Aaron's Business outperformed our expectations primarily due to higher lease margin and strong cost control," continued Mr. Robinson. "We're making additional investments in the Aaron's Business to improve our direct-to-consumer platform, and our long-term confidence in the business is also demonstrated by the accretive acquisition of Aaron's largest franchisee, announced in a separate press release today."

"We remain conservatively capitalized, with a proforma net debt to capitalization of approximately 14.5% following the acquisition. We'll continue to look for ways to leverage our unique set of assets to serve more customers and create value for our shareholders, associates, franchisees and retail partners," Mr. Robinson concluded.

Financial Summary

Aaron's, Inc. (the "Company") conducts its operations through three primary businesses: 1) Aaron's branded Company-operated and franchised lease-to-own stores, Aarons.com and Woodhaven, the Company's furniture manufacturing operations (collectively, the "Aaron's Business"); 2) Progressive Leasing's virtual lease-to-own business ("Progressive Leasing"); and 3) Dent-A-Med, Inc. ("DAMI"), our second-look financing business.

For the second quarter of 2017, Company revenues were $815.6 million compared with $789.4 million for the second quarter of 2016. Net earnings were $36.3 million compared with $38.5 million in the prior year period. Diluted earnings per share were $0.51 compared with $0.53 a year ago. The effective tax rate for the three months ended June 30, 2017 was 36.2% compared with 37.0% for the prior year period.

On a non-GAAP basis, net earnings for the second quarter of 2017 increased to $48.5 million compared with $43.3 million for the same period in 2016, and non-GAAP earnings per share assuming dilution were $0.68 in the second quarter of 2017 compared with $0.59 for the same quarter in 2016.

For the second quarter of 2017, non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share exclude the effects of amortization expense resulting from our 2014 acquisition of Progressive Leasing, and exclude restructuring charges for the Aaron's Business and DAMI. For the second quarter of 2016, non-GAAP results exclude the effects of Progressive Leasing amortization and an impairment charge resulting from the Company's sale of its HomeSmart business. Adjusted EBITDA for the Company, which excludes the charges and adjustments mentioned above, was $95.7 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with $88.2 million for the same period in 2016. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" and the related non-GAAP reconciliation accompanying this press release.

During the first six months of 2017, revenues increased 1.0% to $1.660 billion compared with $1.644 billion for the prior year period. Net earnings were $89.6 million versus $88.2 million for the first six months last year. Diluted earnings per share were $1.24 compared with $1.20 a year ago. The effective tax rate for the comparable six months ended on June 30, was 35.8% for 2017 compared with 37.4% for 2016.

On a non-GAAP basis, net earnings for the first six months of 2017 were $106.3 million compared with $95.3 million for the same period in 2016 and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $1.48 compared with $1.30 for the same six month period in 2016. Non-GAAP net earnings and diluted earnings per share in 2017 exclude the effects of amortization expense resulting from the 2014 acquisition of Progressive Leasing and exclude restructuring charges for the Aaron's Business and DAMI. In 2016, non-GAAP results exclude the effects of Progressive Leasing amortization, a gain on the sale of the Company's headquarters building, retirement and severance charges and loss resulting from the Company's disposition of HomeSmart. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" and the related non-GAAP reconciliation accompanying this press release.

Adjusted EBITDA for the Company, which excludes the charges and adjustments discussed above, was $205.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 compared with $192.2 million for the same period in 2016.

The Company generated $115.6 million in cash from operations during the six months ended June 30, 2017 and ended the second quarter with $260.3 million in cash compared with $308.6 million at the end of 2016. The reduction in cash was due primarily to scheduled amortization of the Company's term loan and unsecured notes offset by cash from operations.

Progressive Leasing Results

Progressive Leasing's revenue in the second quarter of 2017 increased 25.1% to $373.5 million from $298.6 million in the second quarter of 2016. Progressive Leasing's revenue in the first six months of 2017 increased 22.2% to $739.6 million from $605.2 million for the same period of 2016. Active doors increased 37% in the second quarter of 2017 to approximately 19,000. Invoice volume per active door declined 4.3% in the quarter, driven by strong growth in new doors. Progressive Leasing had 646,000 customers at June 30, 2017, a 23% increase from June 30, 2016.

Earnings before income taxes for Progressive Leasing were $38.2 million and $74.0 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 compared with $29.1 million and $51.0 million for the same periods a year ago. EBITDA for the second quarter and first six months of 2017 was $50.1 million and $98.6 million, respectively, compared with $41.8 million and $76.5 million, for the same periods of 2016. As a percentage of revenues, EBITDA was 13.4% and 13.3%, respectively, for the second quarter and first six months of 2017 compared with 14.0% and 12.6% for the same periods in 2016. Write offs for damaged, lost or unsaleable merchandise were 5.5% of revenue in the second quarter of 2017, compared with 4.5% in the same period of 2016. Bad debt as a percent of revenue was 9.7% in the second quarter of 2017, compared with 9.5% in the same period of 2016.

DAMI Results

Revenue for DAMI was $8.5 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with $5.3 million in the second quarter of 2016. DAMI's revenue for the first six months of 2017 was $16.7 million versus $10.1 million for the same period of 2016. DAMI's loss before income taxes was $2.7 million and $4.5 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, compared with a loss before income taxes of $2.3 million and $5.2 million for the same periods in 2016. DAMI's pre-tax, pre-provision loss was $0.9 million and $2.1 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 compared with $0.8 million and $2.0 million for the same periods a year ago. DAMI has performed in line with the Company's expectations.

Pre-tax, pre-provision loss is a non-GAAP measure that represents loss before income taxes adjusted so that loan charge-offs and recoveries are recognized in earnings as they occur by excluding the effect on earnings of changes to management's provision for estimated future loan losses. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" and the related non-GAAP reconciliation accompanying this press release for more information regarding the calculation of pre-tax, pre-provision loss.

The Aaron's Business Results

For the second quarter of 2017, overall revenues for the Aaron's Business decreased 10.7% to $433.6 million from $485.5 million in the second quarter of 2016. Revenues for the first six months of 2017 decreased 12.1% to $903.9 million compared with $1.028 billion from the same period a year ago.

Lease revenue and fees for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 decreased 11.7% and 12.5% compared with the same periods in 2016. Non-retail sales, which primarily consist of merchandise sales to the Company's franchisees, decreased 4.1% and 8.5% for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2017 compared with the same periods of the prior year.

On May 13, 2016, the Company completed the sale of its HomeSmart business. Revenues for HomeSmart in the second quarter and first six months of 2016 were $7.5 million and $25.4 million, respectively. Excluding HomeSmart, total revenues for the Aaron's Business decreased 9.3% and 9.9% for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2017, compared with the same periods of the prior-year.

Earnings before income taxes for the Aaron's Business were $21.5 million and $70.1 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, compared with $34.3 million and $95.0 million for the same periods a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA in the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 was $46.7 million and $107.9 million compared with $47.5 million and $118.4 million for the same periods in 2016. As a percentage of revenue, Adjusted EBITDA was 10.8% and 11.9% for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, respectively, compared with 9.8% and 11.5% for the same periods last year. Write-offs for damaged, lost or unsaleable merchandise were 3.6% of revenues in the second quarter of 2017, compared with 3.7% for the same period last year.

Same store revenues (revenues earned in Company-operated stores open for the entirety of the second quarter of 2017 and 2016) decreased 8.1% during the second quarter of 2017, compared with the second quarter of 2016, and customer count on a same store basis was down 4.8%. Company-operated Aaron's stores had 932,000 customers at June 30, 2017, a 7.2% decrease from the second quarter of 2016, excluding HomeSmart customers for both periods.

At June 30, 2017, the Aaron's Business had 1,093 Company-operated stores and 680 franchised stores. During the second quarter of 2017, 62 Company-operated stores and six franchised stores were consolidated or closed. Two franchised stores were sold to a third party.

Company-operated stores that were closed are related to the Company's previously disclosed program to identify underperforming stores and right size the footprint in existing markets. During the second quarter of 2017, the Aaron's Business incurred a pre-tax restructuring charge of $13.3 million related to these closures. In the first half of 2017, the aggregate pre-tax restructuring charge related to these store closures was $13.5 million.

Significant Components of Revenue

Consolidated lease revenues and fees for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 increased 4.3% and 2.2%, respectively, over the same prior year periods. Franchise royalties and fees decreased 13.2% in the second quarter of 2017 and 13.0% for the first six months of 2017 compared with the same periods a year ago. The decrease in franchise royalties and fees was the combined result of decreases in both revenues generated by the Company's franchisees and the number of franchised stores. The Company's franchisee revenues totaled $206.9 million and $437.4 million in the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, a decrease of 9.3% and 8.5% from the same periods for the prior year. Same store revenues for franchised stores were down 6.1% and same store customer counts were down 4.5% for the second quarter of 2017 compared with the same quarter in 2016. Franchised stores had 517,000 customers at the end of the second quarter, a 7.7% decline from the prior year ago period. Revenues and customers of franchisees are not revenues and customers of the Aaron's Business or the Company.

2017 Outlook

The Company is updating its outlook for the 2017 year to reflect current trends in the business.

Diluted earnings per share is presented both on a GAAP basis and on a non-GAAP basis excluding Progressive and franchisee acquisition related intangible amortization and any future one-time or unusual items. Adjusted EBITDA also excludes any future one-time or unusual items. The Company currently expects to achieve the following:

Aaron's Inc. (Consolidated)

  • Revenues of approximately $3.33 billion to $3.44 billion compared with the previous outlook of $3.10 billion to $3.31 billion.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $355 million to $378 million compared with the previous outlook of $320 million to $353 million.
  • Diluted earnings per share in the range of $2.10 to $2.30 compared with the previous outlook of $1.85 to $2.10.
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in the range of $2.45 to $2.65 compared with the previous outlook of $2.15 to $2.40.

Progressive Leasing

  • Total revenues of approximately $1.55 billion to $1.60 billion compared with the previous outlook of $1.40 billion to $1.50 billion.
  • EBITDA of $190 million to $200 million compared with the previous outlook of $170 million to $185 million.

The Aaron's Business

  • Total revenues of approximately $1.75 billion to $1.80 billion compared with the previous outlook of $1.68 billion to $1.78 billion.
  • Lease revenues, which are included in total revenues above, of approximately $1.40 billion to $1.45 billion compared with the previous outlook of $1.30 billion to $1.40 billion.
  • Same store revenues of approximately negative 9% to negative 7% compared with the previous outlook of negative 12% to negative 8%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $170 million to $180 million compared with the previous outlook of $155 million to $170 million.
  • The revised outlook includes accretion from the Company's acquisition of its largest franchisee announced in a separate press release today, offset by additional investment in strategic initiatives.
  • The Company continues to evaluate its store base for strategic growth and consolidation opportunities.

DAMI

  • No update to previous outlook.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its quarterly results on Friday, July 28, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The public is invited to listen to the conference call by webcast accessible through the Company's Investor Relations website, investor.aarons.com. The webcast will be archived for playback at that same site.

About Aaron's, Inc.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), is a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. The Aaron's Business engages in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories through its more than 1,770 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada, as well as its e-commerce platform, Aarons.com. In addition, Progressive Leasing, a virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 24,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through federally insured banks. For more information, visit investor.aarons.com, Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this news release regarding our business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "outlook," "expect," "will," "expectations," and "trends" and similar terminology. These risks and uncertainties include factors such as changes in general economic conditions, competition, pricing, legal and regulatory proceedings, customer privacy, information security, customer demand, the execution and results of our strategy and expense reduction and store closure and consolidation initiatives, risks related to our recent acquisition of our largest franchisee, including the risk that its financial performance does not meet expectations, risks related to Progressive Leasing's "virtual" lease-to-own business, the outcome of Progressive Leasing's pilot or test programs with various retailers and the results of Progressive Leasing's efforts to expand its relationships with existing retailer partners and establish new partnerships with additional retailers, and the other risks and uncertainties discussed under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 as updated in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2017. Statements in this release that are "forward-looking" include without limitation statements regarding: the Company's projected results (including Progressive Leasing's and DAMI's results) and the updated Outlook for the Company on a consolidated basis, and for the Aaron's Business and Progressive Leasing, individually; Progressive Leasing's role in driving long-term growth for the Company; and the results of our investments in our direct-to-consumer platform. 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 undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances after the date of this press release.

For complete wide spreadsheets, please go to: [http://investor.aarons.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=104698&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2289836].

Contacts:

Kelly Wall
Aaron's, Inc.
VP Finance
Investor Relations & Treasury
678.402.3399
Kelly.Wall@aarons.com

Jeff Black
SCR Partners
615.760.3679
JBlack@scr-ir.com

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