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Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results

  • Same Store Sales Increase 2.7%


  • Reported Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.58


  • Board Increases Stock Repurchase Authorization by $100 Million

PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 30, 2007--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 June 30, 2007.

Second Quarter 2007 Results

The Company reported total revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2007 of $724.2 million, a $140.6 million increase from the reported total revenues of $583.6 million for the same period in the prior year. This 24.1% increase in revenues was primarily driven by the Rent-Way acquisition that closed on November 15, 2006, and a 2.7% increase in same store sales.

Reported net earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2007 were $41.3 million, an increase of $1.5 million, or 3.8% from the reported net earnings of $39.8 million for the same period in the prior year. Reported diluted earnings per share were $0.58, an increase of $0.02, or 3.6% from the reported diluted earnings per share of $0.56 for the same period in the prior year.

"Although our second quarter financial results for revenue and earnings per diluted share were within our guidance range and our same store sales increased 2.7%, the business environment has been very challenging as of late," commented Mark E. Speese, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe that the financial challenges facing our customers have increased recently, resulting in a softer outlook for the balance of this year. As a result, we are lowering our guidance for the remainder of 2007," Speese continued. "We will continue to invest in our core business and carry out initiatives to improve execution at the store level as we work our way through, what we believe, will be a temporarily difficult period," Speese stated.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2007 Results

Total reported revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2007 increased to $1.479 billion, a 24.2% increase from $1.191 billion for the same period in the prior year. Same store revenues for the six month period ending June 30, 2007 increased 2.8%.

Reported net earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2007 were $56.4 million, when including the Perez litigation charges discussed below, a decrease of $23.8 million from the reported net earnings of $80.2 million for the same period in the prior year. Reported diluted earnings per share were $0.79, when including the Perez litigation charges discussed below, a decrease of $0.35 from the reported diluted earnings per share of $1.14 for the same period in the prior year.

Net earnings, when adjusting for the $51.3 million Perez litigation charge discussed below, for the six months ended June 30, 2007 were $88.5 million, an increase of $8.3 million, or 10.3% from the reported net earnings of $80.2 million for the same period in the prior year. Diluted earnings per share, when adjusting for the $51.3 million Perez litigation charge discussed below, were $1.25, an increase of $0.11, or 9.7% from the reported diluted earnings per share of $1.14 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 $400 million to $500 million. Under the Company's common stock repurchase plan, shares may be repurchased in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions at times and amounts considered appropriate by the Company. To date, the Company has repurchased a total of 15,928,550 shares for approximately $395.8 million in cash under the plan since inception. Through the six month period ended June 30, 2007, the Company has repurchased a total of 1,299,750 shares for approximately $35.0 million in cash.

Through the six month period ended June 30, 2007, the Company generated cash flow from operations of approximately $143.1 million, while ending the quarter with approximately $79.0 million of cash on hand.

Operations Highlights

During the second quarter of 2007, the Company opened four new store locations, acquired 13 stores as well as accounts from three locations, consolidated 19 stores into existing locations and sold one store, for a net reduction of three stores and an ending balance as of June 30, 2007 of 3,375 company-owned stores. During the second quarter of 2007, the Company added financial services to 58 existing rent-to-own store locations, consolidated five stores with financial services into existing locations, and closed nine locations, ending the quarter with a total of 221 stores providing these services.

Through the six month period ended June 30, 2007, the Company opened 10 new store locations, acquired 13 stores as well as accounts from six additional locations, consolidated 52 stores into existing locations, and sold two stores, for a net reduction of 31 stores since December 31, 2006. Through the six month period ending June 30, 2007, the Company added financial services to 87 existing rent-to-own store locations, consolidated seven stores with financial services into existing locations, and closed nine locations, for a net addition of 71 stores providing these services.

Since June 30, 2007, the Company has opened two new store locations, acquired three stores and consolidated three stores into existing locations. The Company has added financial services to 21 existing rent-to-own store locations since June 30, 2007.

2007 Litigation Expense

Hilda Perez. As previously announced on April 30, 2007, the Company has reached a settlement with the plaintiffs to resolve the Hilda Perez v. Rent-A-Center matter, a putative class action filed in the Superior Court, Law Division, Camden County, New Jersey. Under the terms of the settlement, which has now been documented and preliminarily approved by the court, we anticipate we will pay into the settlement fund an aggregate of approximately $85.8 million in cash, to be distributed to an agreed upon class of our customers who entered into rent-to-own agreements in New Jersey from April 23, 1999 through March 16, 2006. We also anticipate paying the plaintiffs' attorneys fees and costs to administer the settlement, in the aggregate amount of approximately $23.5 million. Under the terms of the settlement, we are entitled to 50% of any undistributed monies in the settlement fund. In connection with the settlement, we are not admitting liability for our past business practices in New Jersey. The Company recorded a pre-tax expense of $58.0 million in connection with the Perez matter during the fourth quarter of 2006, and an additional pre-tax charge of $51.3 million in the first quarter of 2007, to account for the aforementioned costs. The litigation expense with respect to the Perez settlement reduced diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.45 in the first quarter of 2007 and by approximately $0.46 for the six month period ended June 30, 2007.

The Company expects to fund the settlement with cash flow generated from operations, together with amounts available under its senior credit facilities. The hearing on a motion for final approval of the settlement is scheduled for September 14, 2007, and funding of the settlement is anticipated to occur in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Rent-A-Center will host a conference call to discuss the second quarter results, guidance and other operational matters on Tuesday morning, July 31, 2007, at 10:45 a.m. EST. 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, currently operates approximately 3,380 company-owned stores nationwide and in Canada and Puerto Rico. The stores generally offer high-quality, durable goods such as major consumer electronics, appliances, computers and furniture and accessories under flexible rental purchase agreements that generally allow the customer to obtain ownership of the merchandise at the conclusion of an agreed upon rental period. ColorTyme, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, is a national franchiser of approximately 270 rent-to-own stores operating under the trade name of "ColorTyme."

The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. These statements do not include the potential impact of any repurchases of common stock the Company may make, the $51.3 million pre-tax litigation expense in the first quarter of 2007 associated with the settlement in the Perez case, or the potential impact of acquisitions or dispositions that may be completed after June 30, 2007.

THIRD QUARTER 2007 GUIDANCE:

Revenues

  • The Company expects total revenues to be in the range of $695 million to $710 million.


  • Store rental and fee revenues are expected to be between $633 million and $645 million.


  • Total store revenues are expected to be in the range of $686 million to $701 million.


  • Same store sales are expected to be flat to (1.5%).


  • The Company expects to open 8 - 12 new rent-to-own store locations.


  • The Company expects to add financial services to 55 - 75 rent-to-own store locations.

Expenses

  • The Company expects cost of rental and fees to be between 22.0% and 22.4% of store rental and fee revenue and cost of merchandise sold to be between 74% and 78% of store merchandise sales.


  • Store salaries and other expenses are expected to be in the range of 60.7% to 62.2% of total store revenue.


  • General and administrative expenses are expected to be between 4.3% and 4.5% of total revenue.


  • Net interest expense is expected to be approximately $22 million, depreciation of property assets is expected to be approximately $18 million and amortization of intangibles is expected to be approximately $4 million.


  • The effective tax rate is expected to be approximately 36.5% of pre-tax income.


  • Diluted earnings per share are estimated to be in the range of $0.30 to $0.36.


  • Diluted shares outstanding are estimated to be between 70.6 million and 71.6 million.

FISCAL 2007 GUIDANCE:

Revenues

  • The Company expects total revenues to be in the range of $2.905 billion and $2.935 billion.


  • Store rental and fee revenues are expected to be between $2.610 billion and $2.640 billion.


  • Total store revenues are expected to be in the range of $2.864 billion and $2.894 billion.


  • Same store sales are expected to be in the 1.0% to 2.0% range.


  • The Company expects to open approximately 30 new rent-to-own store locations.


  • The Company expects to add financial services to approximately 200 rent-to-own store locations.

Expenses

  • The Company expects cost of rental and fees to be between 21.8% and 22.2% of store rental and fee revenue and cost of merchandise sold to be between 70% and 75% of store merchandise sales.


  • Store salaries and other expenses are expected to be in the range of 58.0% to 59.5% of total store revenue.


  • General and administrative expenses are expected to be between 4.1% and 4.3% of total revenue.


  • Net interest expense is expected to be between $85 million and $89 million, depreciation of property assets is expected to be between $68 million and $73 million and amortization of intangibles is expected to be approximately $16 million.


  • The effective tax rate is expected to be approximately 36.5% of pre-tax income.


  • Diluted earnings per share are estimated to be in the range of $2.06 to $2.14.


  • Diluted shares outstanding are estimated to be between 70.6 million and 71.6 million.

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 rent-to-own stores; the Company's ability to acquire additional rent-to-own stores on favorable terms; the Company's ability to identify and successfully enter new lines of business offering products and services that appeal to its customer demographic, including its financial services products; the Company's ability to enhance the performance of acquired stores, including the Rent-Way stores acquired in November 2006; the Company's ability to control costs; 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 purchase agreements; the Company's ability to enter into new and collect on its short term loans; the passage of legislation adversely affecting the rent-to-own or financial services industries; interest rates; economic pressures affecting the disposable income available to the Company's targeted consumers, such as high fuel and utility costs; changes in the Company's stock price and the number of shares of common stock that it may or may not repurchase; changes in estimates relating to self-insurance liabilities and income tax and litigation reserves; changes in the Company's effective tax rate; 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; the court hearing the Perez case could refuse to approve the settlement or could require changes to the settlement that are unacceptable to the Company or the plaintiffs; one or more parties filing an objection to the settlement of the Perez case; and the other risks detailed from time to time in our SEC reports, including but not limited to, the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, and its quarterly report for the quarter ended March 31, 2007. 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

(In Thousands of Dollars, except                  Three Months Ended
per share data)                                         June 30,
                                                 ---------------------
                                                    2007        2006
                                                 ---------   ---------

Total Revenue                                     $724,158    $583,623
Operating Profit                                    87,024      75,193
Net Earnings                                        41,251      39,843
Diluted Earnings per Common Share                 $   0.58    $   0.56
Adjusted EBITDA                                   $108,608    $ 89,670

Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA:

Earnings before income taxes                        65,066      63,291
Add back:
 Interest expense, net                              21,958      11,902
 Depreciation of property assets                    17,650      13,527
 Amortization of intangibles                         3,934         950
                                                 ---------   ---------

Adjusted EBITDA                                   $108,608    $ 89,670
(In Thousands of Dollars,             Six Months Ended June 30,
 except per share data)
                               ---------------------------------------
                                   2007         2007           2006
                               ------------ --------------- ----------
                                 Before       After
                                Litigation   Litigation
                               ------------ --------------- ----------

Total Revenue                   $1,479,457   $1,479,457     $1,190,598
Operating Profit                   184,429      133,179(1)     150,677
Net Earnings                        88,545       56,354(1)      80,171
Diluted Earnings per Common
 Share                          $     1.25   $     0.79(1)  $     1.14
Adjusted EBITDA                 $  226,978   $  226,978     $  179,507

Reconciliation to Adjusted
 EBITDA:

Earnings before income taxes       140,136       88,886        127,212
Add back:
 Litigation expense                     --       51,250             --
 Interest expense, net              44,293       44,293         23,465
 Depreciation of property
  assets                            34,577       34,577         26,994
 Amortization of intangibles         7,972        7,972          1,836
                               ------------ --------------- ----------

Adjusted EBITDA                 $  226,978   $  226,978     $  179,507

(1) Includes the effects of a $51.3 million pre-tax litigation expense
    in the first quarter of 2007 associated with the prospective
    settlement in the Perez case. The expense decreased diluted
    earnings per share by $0.46 for the six months ended
    June 30, 2007.

Selected Balance Sheet Data:                   June 30,     June 30,
(in Thousands of Dollars)                         2007         2006
                                              ------------ -----------

       Cash and cash equivalents               $   79,020   $   41,174
       Prepaid expenses and other assets           47,300       34,133
       Rental merchandise, net
              On rent                             798,285      633,749
              Held for rent                       237,876      178,667
       Total Assets                             2,726,243    2,006,846

       Senior debt                                932,974      417,155
       Subordinated notes payable                 300,000      300,000
       Total Liabilities                        1,753,831    1,091,096
       Stockholders' Equity                       972,412      915,750

                 Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries
                 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(In Thousands of Dollars, except                  Three Months Ended
per share data)                                         June 30,
                                                  --------------------
                                                    2007       2006
                                                  ---------  ---------
                                                       Unaudited

Store Revenue
   Rentals and Fees                               $662,096   $527,076
   Merchandise Sales                                39,584     38,428
   Installment Sales                                 7,646      5,728
   Other                                             6,570      3,254
                                                  ---------  ---------

                                                   715,896    574,486

Franchise Revenue
   Franchise Merchandise Sales                       6,955      7,892
   Royalty Income and Fees                           1,307      1,245
                                                  ---------  ---------

      Total Revenue                                724,158    583,623

Operating Expenses
   Direct Store Expenses
      Cost of Rentals and Fees                     145,927    114,733
      Cost of Merchandise Sold                      29,948     28,403
      Cost of Installment Sales                      3,129      2,398
      Salaries and Other Expenses                  417,114    333,113
      Franchise Cost of Merchandise Sold             6,663      7,580
                                                  ---------  ---------

                                                   602,781    486,227

   General and Administrative Expenses              30,419     21,253
   Amortization of Intangibles                       3,934        950
                                                  ---------  ---------

      Total Operating Expenses                     637,134    508,430
                                                  ---------  ---------

      Operating Profit                              87,024     75,193

Interest Expense                                    23,431     13,301
Interest Income                                     (1,473)    (1,399)
                                                  ---------  ---------

      Earnings before Income Taxes                  65,066     63,291

Income Tax Expense                                  23,815     23,448
                                                  ---------  ---------

      NET EARNINGS                                  41,251     39,843

BASIC WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES                       69,822     69,545
                                                  =========  =========

BASIC EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE                   $   0.59   $   0.57
                                                  =========  =========

DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES                     70,764     70,640
                                                  =========  =========

DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE                 $   0.58   $   0.56
                                                  =========  =========

                 Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries
                 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(In Thousands of Dollars, except                 Six Months Ended
per share data)                                       June 30,
                                              ------------------------
                                                 2007         2006
                                              -----------  -----------
                                                     Unaudited

Store Revenue
   Rentals and Fees                           $1,322,209   $1,047,459
   Merchandise Sales                             107,921      102,591
   Installment Sales                              16,056       11,579
   Other                                          13,746        6,540
                                              -----------  -----------

                                               1,459,932    1,168,169

Franchise Revenue
   Franchise Merchandise Sales                    16,880       19,973
   Royalty Income and Fees                         2,645        2,456
                                              -----------  -----------

      Total Revenue                            1,479,457    1,190,598

Operating Expenses
   Direct Store Expenses
      Cost of Rentals and Fees                   288,996      227,500
      Cost of Merchandise Sold                    75,978       72,533
      Cost of Installment Sales                    6,674        4,821
      Salaries and Other Expenses                837,841      671,884
      Franchise Cost of Merchandise Sold          16,150       19,136
                                              -----------  -----------

                                               1,225,639      995,874

   General and Administrative Expenses            61,417       42,211
   Amortization of Intangibles                     7,972        1,836
   Litigation settlement/(reversion)              51,250           --
                                              -----------  -----------

      Total Operating Expenses                 1,346,278    1,039,921
                                              -----------  -----------

      Operating Profit                           133,179      150,677

Interest Expense                                  47,527       26,324
Interest Income                                   (3,234)      (2,859)
                                              -----------  -----------

      Earnings before Income Taxes                88,886      127,212

Income Tax Expense                                32,532       47,041
                                              -----------  -----------

      NET EARNINGS                                56,354       80,171

BASIC WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES                     70,054       69,401
                                              ===========  ===========

BASIC EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE               $     0.80   $     1.16
                                              ===========  ===========

DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES                   71,051       70,445
                                              ===========  ===========

DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE             $     0.79   $     1.14
                                              ===========  ===========

CONTACT: Rent-A-Center, Inc.
David E. Carpenter, 972-801-1214
Vice President of Investor Relations
dcarpenter@racenter.com

SOURCE: Rent-A-Center, Inc.



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