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

Reported Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.37

Repurchased 2.3 Million Shares of Common Stock and Reduced Debt by $31.2 Million

Cash Flow from Operations Exceeds $270 Million for the Year to Date

PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 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 September 30, 2007.

Third Quarter 2007 Results

The Company reported total revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2007 of $709.7 million, an increase of $122.5 million from the reported total revenues of $587.2 million for the same period in the prior year. This 20.9% increase in revenues was primarily driven by the Rent-Way acquisition that closed on November 15, 2006. Same store revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2007 decreased 1.8%.

Reported net earnings for the quarter ended September 30, 2007 were $25.3 million, an increase of $0.1 million or 0.4% from the reported net earnings of $25.2 million for the same period in the prior year.

Reported diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2007 were $0.37, an increase of $0.01, or 2.8% from the reported diluted earnings per share of $0.36 for the same period in the prior year. Reported net earnings per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2007 includes $0.04 per share as a result of the receipt of accelerated royalty payments from former franchisees in consideration of the termination of their franchise agreements, as discussed below.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2007, the Company generated cash flow from operations of approximately $127.2 million, while ending the quarter with $100.3 million of cash on hand. During the quarter ended September 30, 2007, the Company repurchased 2,307,400 shares of its common stock for $45.1 million in cash under its common stock repurchase program. To date, the Company has repurchased a total of 18,235,950 shares and has utilized approximately $441.0 million of the $500.0 million authorized by its Board of Directors since the inception of the plan. In addition, during the quarter ended September 30, 2007, the Company reduced its outstanding indebtedness by approximately $31.2 million.

"Our third quarter financial results for total revenue and earnings per diluted share were within our guidance range; however, the business environment was very challenging throughout the quarter," commented Mark E. Speese, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Although we believe that our customer continues to face financial challenges, we have been encouraged by the positive results from our operational initiatives, as well as an increase in demand in October," Speese continued. "As we prepare to enter 2008, we intend to focus on enhancing store level operations, improving operational efficiencies, and further investing in our financial services business, while maintaining a solid balance sheet," Speese stated.

The Company also announced today that it has reached a prospective settlement with the plaintiffs to resolve Terry Walker, et al. v. Rent-A-Center, Inc., et al., a putative class action filed in federal court in Texarkana, Texas, alleging that the Company and certain of its current and former officers and directors violated various federal securities laws. Under the terms contemplated, the Company anticipates its insurance carrier will pay an aggregate of approximately $3.6 million in cash, which will be distributed to an agreed upon class of claimants who purchased the Company's common stock from April 25, 2001 through October 8, 2001, as well as used to pay costs of notice and settlement administration, and attorneys' fees and expenses. In connection with the settlement, neither the Company nor any officer and director defendants are admitting liability for any securities laws violations.

The terms of the prospective settlement are subject to the parties entering into a definitive settlement agreement and obtaining court approval. While the Company believes that the terms of this prospective settlement are fair, there can be no assurance that the settlement, if completed, will be approved by the court in its present form. The Company expects its insurance carrier to fund the prospective settlement and related costs.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2007 Results

Total reported revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 were $2.189 billion, an increase of $0.411 billion, or 23.1% from the reported total revenues of $1.778 billion for the same period in the prior year. Same store revenues for the nine month period ending September 30, 2007 increased 1.4%.

Reported net earnings for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 were $81.6 million, a decrease of $23.8 million from the reported net earnings of $105.4 million for the same period in the prior year. This decrease is primarily a result of the $51.3 million litigation expense recorded in the first quarter of 2007 in connection with the settlement of the Perez matter, as discussed below.

Reported diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 were $1.16, a decrease of $0.33 from the reported diluted earnings per share of $1.49 for the same period in the prior year. The decrease in the reported diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 is primarily driven by the $0.47 per share effect for the Perez litigation settlement expense, as discussed below.

Through the nine month period ended September 30, 2007, the Company generated cash flow from operations of approximately $270.3 million. During the nine month period ended September 30, 2007, the Company repurchased 3,607,150 shares of its common stock for $80.1 million in cash under its common stock repurchase program. In addition, during the nine month period ended September 30, 2007, the Company reduced its outstanding indebtedness by approximately $91.5 million.

Operations Highlights

During the third quarter of 2007, the Company opened 10 new store locations, acquired one store as well as accounts from 24 additional locations, consolidated 24 stores into existing locations, and sold one store, for a net reduction of 14 stores and an ending balance as of September 30, 2007 of 3,361 company-owned stores. During the third quarter of 2007, the Company added financial services to 61 existing rent-to-own store locations, ending the quarter with a total of 282 stores providing these services.

Through the nine month period ended September 30, 2007, the Company opened 20 new store locations, acquired 14 stores as well as accounts from 30 additional locations, consolidated 76 stores into existing locations, and sold three stores, for a net reduction of 45 stores since December 31, 2006. Through the nine month period ending September 30, 2007, the Company added financial services to 148 existing rent-to-own store locations, consolidated seven stores with financial services into existing locations, and closed nine locations, for a net addition of 132 stores providing these services.

Since September 30, 2007, the Company has opened three new store locations and acquired accounts from one location. The Company has added financial services to four existing rent-to-own store locations since September 30, 2007.

2007 Significant Items

Settlement with ColorTyme Franchisees. On July 31, 2007, ColorTyme entered into a settlement agreement with five affiliated ColorTyme franchisees pursuant to which the franchise agreements with respect to approximately 65 ColorTyme stores were terminated. ColorTyme received a cash payment in satisfaction of the contractually required, future royalties owed to ColorTyme pursuant to the franchise agreements. This settlement payment increased diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.04 in both the third quarter of 2007 and for the nine month period ended September 30, 2007.

Hilda Perez. On September 14, 2007, the settlement of the Hilda Perez v. Rent-A-Center matter pending in New Jersey received final approval from the court. Under the terms of the settlement approved by the court, the Company agreed to pay an aggregate of approximately $85.8 million in cash, to be distributed to an agreed-upon class of its customers from April 23, 1999 through March 16, 2006. The Company also agreed to pay 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, the Company is entitled to 50% of any undistributed monies in the settlement. In connection with the settlement, the Company is not admitting liability for its past business practices in New Jersey. As previously reported, 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 $0.47 for the nine month period ended September 30, 2007.

The Company expects to fund the settlement with cash flow generated from operations, together with amounts available under its senior credit facilities, in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Rent-A-Center will host a conference call to discuss the third quarter results, guidance and other operational matters on Tuesday morning, October 30, 2007, at 10:45 a.m. EDT. 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 3,360 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 210 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, or the potential impact of acquisitions or dispositions that may be completed after October 29, 2007.

FOURTH QUARTER 2007 GUIDANCE:

Revenues

  • The Company expects total revenues to be in the range of $708 million to $723 million.


  • Store rental and fee revenues are expected to be between $638 million and $650 million.


  • Total store revenues are expected to be in the range of $700 million to $715 million.


  • Same store sales are expected to be flat.


  • The Company expects to open 5 - 10 new rent-to-own store locations.


  • The Company expects to add financial services to approximately 5 rent-to-own store locations.

Expenses

  • The Company expects cost of rental and fees to be between 22.1% and 22.5% of store rental and fee revenue and cost of merchandise sold to be between 76% and 80% of store merchandise sales.


  • Store salaries and other expenses are expected to be in the range of 59.5% to 61.0% 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 $21 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 36.0% of pre-tax income.


  • Diluted earnings per share are estimated to be in the range of $0.38 to $0.44.


  • Diluted shares outstanding are estimated to be between 67.2 million and 68.2 million.

FISCAL 2008 GUIDANCE:

Revenues

  • The Company expects total revenues to be in the range of $2.920 billion and $2.960 billion.


  • Store rental and fee revenues are expected to be between $2.585 billion and $2.625 billion.


  • Total store revenues are expected to be in the range of $2.890 billion and $2.930 billion.


  • Same store sales are expected to be in the flat to 2% range.


  • The Company expects to open approximately 40 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 22.1% and 22.5% of store rental and fee revenue and cost of merchandise sold to be between 72% and 76% of store merchandise sales.


  • Store salaries and other expenses are expected to be in the range of 58.5% to 60.0% 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 between $80 million and $85 million, depreciation of property assets is expected to be between $68 million and $73 million and amortization of intangibles is expected to be approximately $12 million.


  • The effective tax rate is expected to be approximately 37.0% of pre-tax income.


  • Diluted earnings per share are estimated to be in the range of $1.95 to $2.10.


  • Diluted shares outstanding are estimated to be between 67.5 million and 68.5 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 Walker 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 Walker 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 reports for the quarters ended March 31, 2007, and June 30, 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 per share data)            Three Months Ended September 30,
                                --------------------------------------
                                      2007            2007
                                ---------------- -------------- ---
                                Before Royalty   After Royalty
                                     Payment         Payment
                                   (Non-GAAP)        (GAAP)
                                ---------------- -------------- ---

Total Revenue                     $      705,801    $  709,701  (1)
Operating Profit                          56,675        60,575  (1)
Net Earnings                              22,723        25,275  (1)
Diluted Earnings per Common
 Share                            $         0.33    $     0.37  (1)
Adjusted EBITDA                   $       78,656    $   78,656

Reconciliation to Adjusted
 EBITDA:

Earnings before income taxes              34,959        38,859
Add back:
  Litigation settlement expense               --            --
  Finance charge from
   refinancing                                --            --
  ColorTyme franchisees
   settlement                                 --        (3,900)
  Interest expense, net                   21,716        21,716
  Depreciation of property
   assets                                 18,028        18,028
  Amortization of intangibles              3,953         3,953
                                ---------------- -------------- ---

Adjusted EBITDA                   $       78,656    $   78,656

(In Thousands of Dollars,
 except per share data)           Three Months Ended September 30,
                               ---------------------------------------
                                    2006           2006
                               -------------- -------------- ---------
                                   Before         After
                                 Refinancing   Refinancing
                                  Charge &       Charge &
                                    Legal         Legal
                                 Settlements    Settlements
                                 (Non-GAAP)       (GAAP)
                               -------------- -------------- ---------

Total Revenue                    $    587,184  $     587,184
Operating Profit                       67,171         51,871
Net Earnings                           36,380         25,241 (2)(3)(4)
Diluted Earnings per Common
 Share                           $       0.51  $        0.36 (2)(3)(4)
Adjusted EBITDA                  $     81,666  $      81,666

Reconciliation to Adjusted
 EBITDA:

Earnings before income taxes           55,184         37,719
Add back:
  Litigation settlement expense            --         15,300
  Finance charge from
   refinancing                             --          2,165
  ColorTyme franchisees
   settlement                              --             --
  Interest expense, net                11,987         11,987
  Depreciation of property
   assets                              13,486         13,486
  Amortization of intangibles           1,009          1,009
                               -------------- --------------

Adjusted EBITDA                  $     81,666  $      81,666
(In Thousands of Dollars,
 except per share data)            Nine Months Ended September 30,
                                --------------------------------------
                                     2007            2007
                                --------------- -------------- -------
                                Before Royalty  After Royalty
                                   Payment &      Payment &
                                     Legal          Legal
                                   Settlement     Settlement
                                  (Non-GAAP)        (GAAP)
                                --------------- -------------- -------

Total Revenue                    $    2,185,258  $  2,189,158  (1)
Operating Profit                        241,104       193,754  (1)(5)
Net Earnings                            111,886        81,629  (1)(5)
Diluted Earnings per Common
 Share                           $         1.59  $       1.16  (1)(5)
Adjusted EBITDA                  $      305,635  $    305,635

Reconciliation to Adjusted
 EBITDA:

Earnings before income taxes            175,095       127,745
Add back:
  Litigation settlement expense              --        51,250
  Finance charge from
   refinancing                               --            --
  ColorTyme franchisees
   settlement                                --        (3,900)
  Interest expense, net                  66,009        66,009
  Depreciation of property
   assets                                52,606        52,606
  Amortization of intangibles            11,925        11,925
                                --------------- -------------- -------

Adjusted EBITDA                  $      305,635  $    305,635

(In Thousands of Dollars,
 except per share data)            Nine Months Ended September 30,
                               ---------------------------------------
                                     2006         2006
                                 ------------ ------------- ----------
                                   Before        After
                                  Refinancing  Refinancing
                                   Charge &     Charge &
                                    Legal         Legal
                                  Settlements  Settlements
                                  (Non-GAAP)     (GAAP)
                                 ------------ ------------- ----------

Total Revenue                    $  1,777,782 $   1,777,782
Operating Profit                      217,848       202,548
Net Earnings                          116,551       105,412 (2)(3)(4)
Diluted Earnings per Common
 Share                           $       1.65 $        1.49 (2)(3)(4)
Adjusted EBITDA                  $    261,172 $     261,172

Reconciliation to Adjusted
 EBITDA:

Earnings before income taxes          182,396       164,931
Add back:
  Litigation settlement expense            --        15,300
  Finance charge from
   refinancing                             --         2,165
  ColorTyme franchisees
   settlement                              --            --
  Interest expense, net                35,452        35,452
  Depreciation of property
   assets                              40,479        40,479
  Amortization of intangibles           2,845         2,845
                                 ------------ -------------

Adjusted EBITDA                  $    261,172 $     261,172

(1) Includes the effects of $3.9 million in franchise royalty income in the third quarter of 2007 for the settlement agreement with five affiliated ColorTyme franchisees. The royalty income increased diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.04 in both the third quarter of 2007 and the nine month period ended September 30, 2007.

(2) Includes the effects of a $2.2 million pre-tax expense in the third quarter of 2006 to write off the remaining unamortized balance of financing costs from the Company's previous credit agreement. This refinancing expense reduced diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.02 in both the third quarter of 2006 and for the nine month period ended September 30, 2006.

(3) Includes the effects of a $4.95 million pre-tax expense recorded in the third quarter of 2006 to account for the settlement amount and attorneys' fees pursuant to the settlement with the plaintiffs to resolve the Jeremy Burdusis, et al. v. Rent-A-Center, Inc., et al./Israel French, et al. v. Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Kris Corso, et al. v. Rent-A-Center, Inc. coordinated matters pending in state court in Los Angeles, California. The expense reduced diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.04 in the third quarter of 2006 and by approximately $0.05 for the nine month period ended September 30, 2006. The settlement was funded in the first quarter of 2007.

(4) Includes the effects of a $10.35 million pre-tax expense recorded in the third quarter of 2006 to account for the settlement amount and defense costs associated with resolving the inquiry by the California Attorney General. The Company is working with the Attorney General and the settlement administrator to finalize the implementation procedures for the agreed restitution program and expects to fund the restitution account in the fourth quarter of 2007. The Company also agreed to a civil penalty in the amount of $750,000, which was paid in the first quarter of 2007. The expense reduced diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.09 in both the third quarter of 2006 and the nine month period ended September 30, 2006.

(5) Includes the effects of a $51.3 million pre-tax litigation expense in the first quarter of 2007 associated with the settlement in the Perez case. The expense reduced diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.47 for the nine month period ended September 30, 2007.



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

   Cash and cash equivalents                     $  100,337 $   53,706
   Prepaid expenses and other assets                 60,897     47,303
   Rental merchandise, net
     On rent                                        728,922    638,091
     Held for rent                                  236,782    195,086
   Total Assets                                   2,665,286  2,064,725

   Senior debt                                      901,802    358,468
   Subordinated notes payable                       300,000    300,000
   Total Liabilities                              1,711,000  1,117,145
   Stockholders' Equity                             954,286    947,580

                 Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries

                 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

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

Store Revenue
   Rentals and Fees                                $631,132  $532,260
   Merchandise Sales                                 53,574    36,343
   Installment Sales                                  8,593     6,798
   Other                                              3,940     3,723
                                                   --------- ---------

                                                    697,239   579,124

Franchise Revenue
   Franchisee Merchandise Sales                       7,376     6,779
   Royalty Income and Fees                            5,086     1,281
                                                   --------- ---------

       Total Revenue                                709,701   587,184

Operating Expenses
   Direct Store Expenses
       Cost of Rentals and Fees                     140,219   117,018
       Cost of Merchandise Sold                      41,065    28,422
       Cost of Installment Sales                      2,822     2,856
       Salaries and Other Expenses                  422,294   340,379
       Franchise Cost of Merchandise Sold             7,072     6,523
                                                   --------- ---------

                                                    613,472   495,198

   General and Administrative Expenses               31,701    23,806
   Amortization of Intangibles                        3,953     1,009
   Litigation Settlement Expense                         --    15,300
                                                   --------- ---------

       Total Operating Expenses                     649,126   535,313
                                                   --------- ---------

       Operating Profit                              60,575    51,871

Finance Charges from Refinancing                         --     2,165
Interest Expense                                     23,419    13,322
Interest Income                                      (1,703)   (1,335)
                                                   --------- ---------

       Earnings before Income Taxes                  38,859    37,719

Income Tax Expense                                   13,584    12,478
                                                   --------- ---------

       NET EARNINGS                                  25,275    25,241

BASIC WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES                        67,939    69,808
                                                   ========= =========

BASIC EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE                    $   0.37  $   0.36
                                                   ========= =========

DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES                      68,587    70,853
                                                   ========= =========

DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE                  $   0.37  $   0.36
                                                   ========= =========


                 Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries

                 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

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

Store Revenue
   Rentals and Fees                            $1,953,341  $1,579,719
   Merchandise Sales                              161,495     138,934
   Installment Sales                               24,649      18,377
   Other                                           17,686      10,263
                                               ----------- -----------

                                                2,157,171   1,747,293

Franchise Revenue
   Franchisee Merchandise Sales                    24,256      26,752
   Royalty Income and Fees                          7,731       3,737
                                               ----------- -----------

       Total Revenue                            2,189,158   1,777,782

Operating Expenses
   Direct Store Expenses
       Cost of Rentals and Fees                   429,215     344,518
       Cost of Merchandise Sold                   117,043     100,955
       Cost of Installment Sales                    9,496       7,677
       Salaries and Other Expenses              1,260,135   1,012,263
       Franchise Cost of Merchandise Sold          23,222      25,659
                                               ----------- -----------

                                                1,839,111   1,491,072

   General and Administrative Expenses             93,118      66,017
   Amortization of Intangibles                     11,925       2,845
   Litigation Settlement Expense                   51,250      15,300
                                               ----------- -----------

       Total Operating Expenses                 1,995,404   1,575,234
                                               ----------- -----------

       Operating Profit                           193,754     202,548

Finance Charges from Refinancing                                2,165
Interest Expense                                   70,946      39,646
Interest Income                                    (4,937)     (4,194)
                                               ----------- -----------

       Earnings before Income Taxes               127,745     164,931

Income Tax Expense                                 46,116      59,519
                                               ----------- -----------

       NET EARNINGS                                81,629     105,412

BASIC WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES                      69,349      69,536
                                               =========== ===========

BASIC EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE                $     1.18  $     1.52
                                               =========== ===========

DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES                    70,229      70,581
                                               =========== ===========

DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE              $     1.16  $     1.49
                                               =========== ===========

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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