Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2012 Results

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2012 Results

Total Revenues Increased 2.8% for Quarter and 7% for Year

Revenue for RAC Acceptance Increased Over 77% and for International Over 117% for Year


Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.81 for Quarter and $3.09 for Year

Repurchased Approximately 931,000 Shares of Common Stock for Quarter and 1.8 Million for Year

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 and year ended December 31, 2012.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

Total revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, were $758.4 million, an increase of $20.9 million from total revenues of $737.5 million for the same period in the prior year. This 2.8% increase in total revenues was primarily due to growth in both the RAC Acceptance and International segments, partially offset by a decrease in the Core U.S. segment. For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, same store sales declined 0.2%, 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 December 31, 2012, were $47.5 million and $0.81, respectively, as compared to $49.3 million and $0.83, respectively, for the same period in the prior year. These results include dilution related to the Company's international growth initiatives of approximately $0.07 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, and $0.06 per share for the same period in the prior year.

Net earnings per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, were $0.81, as compared to adjusted net earnings per diluted share of $0.85 for the same period in the prior year, after giving effect to a pre-tax restructuring charge of $1.4 million (approximately $0.02 per share) related to the acquisition of 58 rent-to-own stores in November 2011, as discussed below.

"We are generally pleased with our overall 2012 results as we achieved total revenue growth of 7% and over a 6% increase in net earnings per diluted share to $3.09, both within our annual guidance issued last January," said Mark E. Speese, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The core rent-to-own business generated total revenue growth of 1% in 2012," Speese continued. "In addition, the RAC Acceptance business continued to generate impressive results, with revenue growth of over 77% in 2012 to $343 million, an operating profit for the year of over $28 million and 966 kiosks open at December 31, 2012," Speese commented. "In 2013, we intend to continue focusing on keeping the core business strong and further investing in our strategic initiatives, while continuing to return value to our shareholders through dividends and opportunistic common stock repurchases," Speese concluded.

Year Ended December 31, 2012 Results

Total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2012, were $3.083 billion, an increase of $200.5 million from total revenues of $2.882 billion in the prior year. This 7.0% 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 year ended December 31, 2012, increased 1.4%, primarily attributable to the RAC Acceptance segment.

Net earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2012, were $183.5 million and $3.09, respectively, as compared to $164.6 million and $2.66, respectively, in the prior year. These results include dilution related to the Company's international growth initiatives of approximately $0.33 per share for the year ended December 31, 2012, and $0.14 per share in the prior year.

Net earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2011, were impacted by the following significant items, as discussed below:

  • A $1.4 million pre-tax restructuring charge, or approximately $0.01 per share, related to the acquisition of 58 rent-to-own stores;
  • 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 $0.08 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 $0.25 for the year ended December 31, 2011.

Net earnings per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2012, were $3.09, as compared to adjusted net earnings per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2011, of $2.91 when excluding the items above, an increase of 6.2%.

For the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company generated cash flow from operations of approximately $217.9 million, while ending the quarter with approximately $61.1 million of cash on hand. During the quarter ended December 31, 2012, the Company repurchased 930,541 shares for approximately $31.7 million, and for the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company repurchased 1,797,526 shares for approximately $61.9 million in cash under its common stock repurchase program. To date, the Company has repurchased a total of 31,120,279 shares and has utilized approximately $777.3 million of the $1 billion authorized by its Board of Directors since the inception of the plan. Also, reflecting continued confidence in its strong cash flows, the Company announced on December 17, 2012, that its Board of Directors approved a 31% increase in its quarterly cash dividend from $0.16 per share to $0.21 per share, beginning with the dividend for the first quarter of 2013. The Company paid its eleventh consecutive quarterly cash dividend on January 24, 2013.

Same Store Sales (SSS) Methodology Change

The Company also announced that it is modifying the methodology it uses to calculate same store sales, beginning with the first quarter of 2013. The 2013 guidance set forth below reflects the new methodology. The Company believes these modifications bring its same store sales calculation into alignment with the methods used by other major retailers. Below is a comparison of the current and revised methodologies.

Current Methodology       Revised Methodology

New or acquired store added to the SSS base in the
fifth full quarter of operation. Inclusion in the year-to-
date/annual SSS calculation required a store to be in
operation for each of the entire year-to-date periods
in the current and previous year.

     

New or acquired stores will be added to the SSS
base in the 13th full month of operation

     

We will continue to exclude from the same store sales base any store that receives a certain level of customer accounts from another store (acquisition or merger). The receiving store will be eligible for inclusion in the same store sales base in the sixth full quarter following the account transfer.

2013 Guidance

  • 5.0% to 8.0% total revenue growth.
    • In the first quarter, the Core U.S. is expected to decrease approximately 4.0%; but expected to remain flat for 2013.
    • Approximately $540 million contribution from RAC Acceptance.
  • Approximately 2.0% to 4.0% same store sales growth.
    • In the first quarter, consolidated same store sales is expected to decrease approximately 2.0%.
  • Approximately 50 basis points gross profit margin decrease.
    • Primarily due to the impact of RAC Acceptance.
    • In the first quarter, the RAC Acceptance gross profit margin is expected to be approximately 50% due to seasonality.
  • Approximately flat operating profit margin.
  • EBITDA in the range of $415 to $435 million.
  • Diluted earnings per share in the range of $3.25 to $3.40, including approximately $0.25 per share dilution related to our international growth initiatives.
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $120 million.
  • The Company expects to open approximately 425 domestic RAC Acceptance kiosks and net approximately 350.
  • 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 January 28, 2013.
  • Updated new store economics will be posted on the Company's website (http://investor.rentacenter.com) just prior to the January 29, 2013 conference call.

2011 Significant Items

Restructuring Charges. As previously reported, the Company recorded a $1.4 million pre-tax restructuring charge during the fourth quarter of 2011 in connection with the acquisition in November 2011 of 58 rent-to-own stores. This charge relates primarily to post-acquisition lease terminations. This pre-tax restructuring charge of $1.4 million reduced net earnings per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2011 by approximately $0.02 and for the year ended December 31, 2011 by approximately $0.01.

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. For the year ended December 31, 2011, this pre-tax restructuring charge of $7.6 million reduced net earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.08.

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 year ended December 31, 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 year ended December 31, 2011, this pre-tax impairment charge of $7.3 million reduced net earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.08.

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 year ended December 31, 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 fourth quarter results, guidance and other operational matters on Tuesday morning, January 29, 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 3,095 stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, and approximately 965 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 225 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; 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 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, June 30, 2012, and September 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.

 
Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries
 
STATEMENT OF EARNINGS HIGHLIGHTS
         
Three Months Ended December 31,
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 $ 758,380 $ 737,482 $ 737,482
Operating Profit 79,298 83,214 81,790 (1)
Net Earnings 47,459 50,510 49,295 (1)
Diluted Earnings per Common Share $ 0.81 $ 0.85 $ 0.83 (1)
Adjusted EBITDA $ 98,541 $ 101,914 $ 101,914
 
Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA:
 
Earnings Before Income Taxes $ 73,021 $ 74,309 $ 72,885
Add back:
Restructuring Charge 1,424
Interest Expense, net 6,277 8,905 8,905
Depreciation of Property Assets 18,617 17,276 17,276
Amortization and Write-down of Intangibles   626     1,424     1,424  
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 98,541 $ 101,914 $ 101,914
 
           
Year Ended December 31,  
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 $ 3,082,646 $ 2,882,184 $ 2,882,184
Operating Profit 318,472 317,220 293,157 (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)
Net Earnings 183,492 180,069 164,637 (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)
Diluted Earnings per Common Share $ 3.09 $ 2.91 $ 2.66 (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)
Adjusted EBITDA $ 397,722 $ 387,109 $ 387,109
 
Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA:
 
Earnings Before Income Taxes $ 287,249 $ 280,613 $ 256,550
Add back:
Restructuring Charge 13,943
Impairment Charge 7,320
Litigation Expense 2,800
Interest Expense, net 31,223 36,607 36,607
Depreciation of Property Assets 73,361 65,214 65,214
Amortization and Write-down of Intangibles   5,889     4,675     4,675  
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 397,722 $ 387,109 $ 387,109
 

(1) Includes the effects of a $1.4 million pre-tax restructuring charge in the fourth quarter of 2011 in connection with the acquisition in November 2011 of 58 rent-to-own stores. The charge reduced net earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.02 for the fourth quarter of 2011 and by $0.01 for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2011.

(2) 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 twelve month period ended December 31, 2011.

(3) 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, Inc. acquisition. The charge reduced net earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.05 for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2011.

(4) 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 $0.08 for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2011.

(5) 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 twelve month period ended December 31, 2011.

 

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET HIGHLIGHTS

       
December 31,
2012           2011
(In thousands of dollars)

Unaudited

 
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 61,087 $ 88,065
Receivables, net 48,822 48,221
Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets 71,963 69,326
Rental Merchandise, net
On Rent 821,887 766,425
Held for Rent 198,917 186,768
Total Assets $ 2,869,105 $ 2,801,378
 
Senior Debt $ 387,500 $ 440,675
Senior Notes 300,000 300,000
Total Liabilities

1,399,242

1,442,169
Stockholders' Equity $

1,469,863

$ 1,359,209
 
             
Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
 
 
Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,

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