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Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2006 Results; Same Store Sales Increase 1.1% Reported Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.56

PLANO, Texas, Jul 24, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Rent-A-Center, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:RCII), the nation's largest rent-to-own operator, today announced revenues and net earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2006.

Second Quarter 2006 Results

The Company reported total revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 of $583.6 million, a $3.0 million increase from $580.6 million for the same period in the prior year. This increase of 0.5% in revenues was primarily driven by a 1.1% increase in same store sales plus an increase in incremental revenues generated in new and acquired stores, offset by the revenue lost from stores that were closed or sold during the previous twelve months.

Reported net earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 were $39.8 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, representing an increase of 7.7% from the $0.52 per diluted share, or net earnings of $39.6 million for the same period in the prior year, when excluding the benefit of the 2005 tax audit reserve credit discussed below. The increase in reported net earnings per diluted share is primarily attributable to the increase in same store sales, as well as the reduction in the number of the Company's outstanding shares, offset by increases in normal operating costs, such as utility and fuel costs, and expenses related to stock options. When including the 2005 tax audit reserve credit discussed below, reported net earnings per diluted share for the quarter increased 1.8% from the $0.55 per diluted share, or reported net earnings of $41.7 million for the same period in the prior year.

Reported net earnings per diluted share also increased as a result of a $2.0 million insurance reserve credit resulting from the use of certain company specific loss development factors developed by independent actuaries, rather than the general industry loss development factors previously used by the Company. The $2.0 million insurance reserve credit had an approximate $0.02 per diluted share benefit in the quarter ended June 30, 2006.

"Our second quarter same store sales continued a positive trend in 2006," commented Mark E. Speese, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our same store sales increased 1.1% for the quarter, which is primarily related to changes in our promotional activities as well as an increase in the number of units on rent," Speese continued. "In addition, we believe our customer has adjusted to the current level of fuel costs. As a result of these factors, we are raising our fiscal 2006 guidance to $2.08 to $2.15 diluted earnings per share from $2.00 to $2.10," Speese stated.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2006 Results

Total reported revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2006 increased to $1.191 billion, a 0.8% increase from $1.182 billion for the same period in the prior year. Same store revenues for the six month period ending June 30, 2006 increased 1.4%.

Reported net earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2006 were $80.2 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, representing an increase of 5.6% from the $1.08 per diluted share, or net earnings of $82.3 million for the same period in the prior year, when excluding the benefit of the 2005 tax audit reserve and litigation reversion credits discussed below. When including these benefits in 2005, reported net earnings per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2006 decreased 3.4% from the $1.18 per diluted share, or reported net earnings of $89.4 million for the same period in the prior year.

Through the six month period ended June 30, 2006, the Company generated cash flow from operations of approximately $35.0 million, while ending the quarter with $41.2 million of cash on hand. During the six month period ended June 30, 2006, the Company repurchased 202,800 shares of its common stock for $4.7 million in cash under its common stock repurchase program and has utilized a total of $360.8 million of the $400 million authorized by its Board of Directors since the inception of the plan.

Operations Highlights

During the second quarter of 2006, the Company opened 9 new rent-to-own store locations, acquired 16 stores as well as accounts from 15 additional locations, consolidated 19 stores into existing locations, and sold 12 stores, for a net reduction of six stores and an ending balance of 2,749 stores. During the second quarter of 2006, the Company added financial services to 21 existing rent-to-own store locations and ended the quarter with a total of 77 stores providing these services.

Through the six month period ending June 30, 2006, the Company opened 19 new rent-to-own store locations, acquired 18 stores as well as accounts from 20 additional locations, consolidated 33 stores into existing locations, and sold 15 stores, for a net reduction of 11 stores. Through the six month period ending June 30, 2006, the Company added financial services to 38 existing rent-to-own store locations and consolidated one store with financial services into an existing location, for a net addition of 37 stores providing these services.

Since June 30, 2006, the Company has opened 1 new rent-to-own store location and acquired 1 store, as well as accounts from 4 additional locations. The Company has added financial services to 4 existing rent-to-own store locations since June 30, 2006.

2005 Reserve Adjustment Credits

2005 Tax Audit Reserve Credit. During the second quarter of 2005, the Company recorded a $2.0 million tax audit reserve credit associated with the examination and favorable resolution of the Company's 1998 and 1999 federal tax returns. The tax audit reserve credit increased diluted earnings per share in the second quarter of 2005 by $0.03, from $0.52 per diluted earnings per share to the reported diluted earnings per share of $0.55.

2005 Litigation Reversion Credit. In addition, the Company recorded an $8.0 million pre-tax credit in the first quarter of 2005 associated with the settlement of the Griego/Carrillo litigation. This pre-tax litigation reversion credit increased diluted earnings per share for the six month period ended June 30, 2005 by $0.07. The litigation reversion credit, combined with the tax audit reserve credit in the second quarter of 2005, increased diluted earnings per share for the six month period ended June 30, 2005 by $0.10 to the reported diluted earnings per share of $1.18.

Rent-A-Center will host a conference call to discuss the first quarter results on Tuesday morning, July 25, 2006, 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 2,751 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 292 rent-to-own stores, 284 of which operate under the trade name of "ColorTyme," and the remaining 8 of which operate under the "Rent-A-Center" name.

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 estimated $2.2 million non-cash charge in the third quarter to write off the remaining unamortized balance of financing costs from our previous credit agreement, or the potential impact of acquisitions or dispositions that may be completed after July 24, 2006.

THIRD QUARTER 2006 GUIDANCE:

Revenues

-- The Company expects total revenues to be in the range of $584 million to $592 million.

-- Store rental and fee revenues are expected to be between $528 million and $534 million.

-- Total store revenues are expected to be in the range of $575 million to $583 million.

-- Same store sales are expected to be in the 2.5% to 3.5% range.

-- The Company expects to open 5-15 new rent-to-own store locations.

-- The Company expects to add financial services to 20-30 rent-to-own store locations.

Expenses

-- The Company expects cost of rental and fees to be between 21.7% and 22.1% of store rental and fee revenue and cost of merchandise sold to be between 73% and 78% 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 3.6% and 3.8% of total revenue.

-- Net interest expense is expected to be approximately $12.0 million, depreciation of property assets to be approximately $13.5 million and amortization of intangibles is expected to be approximately $1.1 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 $0.46 to $0.50.

-- Diluted shares outstanding are estimated to be between 70.5 million and 71.5 million.

FISCAL 2006 GUIDANCE:

Revenues

-- The Company expects total revenues to be in the range of $2.360 billion and $2.380 billion.

-- Store rental and fee revenues are expected to be between $2.100 billion and $2.118 billion.

-- Total store revenues are expected to be in the range of $2.318 billion and $2.338 billion.

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

-- The Company expects to open 60-70 new store locations.

-- The Company expects to add financial services to 100-120 rent-to-own store locations.

Expenses

-- The Company expects cost of rental and fees to be between 21.6% and 22.0% 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 57.5% to 59.0% of total store revenue.

-- General and administrative expenses are expected to be between 3.6% and 3.8% of total revenue.

-- Net interest expense is expected to be between $43.0 million and $48.0 million, depreciation of property assets is expected to be between $52.0 million and $57.0 million and amortization of intangibles is expected to be approximately $4.0 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 $2.08 to $2.15.

-- Diluted shares outstanding are estimated to be between 70.0 million and 71.5 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 Company's 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 enhance the performance of these acquired stores; the Company's ability to control store level costs; the Company's ability to identify and successfully market products and services that appeal to the Company's customer demographic; the Company's ability to identify and successfully enter into new lines of business offering products and services that appeal to the Company's customer demographic, including the Company's financial services products; the results of the Company's litigation; the passage of legislation adversely affecting the rent-to-own or financial services industries; interest rates; the Company's ability to enter into new and collect on the Company's rental purchase agreements; the Company's ability to enter into new and collect on the Company's short term loans; economic pressures affecting the disposable income available to the Company's targeted consumers, such as high fuel and utility costs; changes in estimates with respect to self insurance liabilities and income tax 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; changes in the Company's stock price and the number of shares of common stock that we may or may not repurchase; and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including but not limited to, the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005 and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2006. 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,          Three Months Ended June 30,
  except per share data)       ------------------------------------
                                   2006       2005        2005
                               ------------------------------------
                                           Before Tax   After Tax
                                              Audit       Audit
                                             Reserve     Reserve
                                              Credit      Credit
                               ------------------------------------

Total Revenue                     $583,623    $580,578    $580,578
Operating Profit                    75,193      72,988      72,988
Net Earnings                        39,843      39,620      41,742 (1)
Diluted Earnings per Common
 Share                               $0.56       $0.52       $0.55 (1)
EBITDA                             $89,670     $88,414     $88,414

Reconciliation to EBITDA:

Reported earnings before income
 taxes                              63,291      63,553      63,553
Add back:
    Interest expense, net           11,902       9,435       9,435
    Depreciation of property
     assets                         13,527      13,271      13,271
    Amortization of intangibles        950       2,155       2,155
                               ------------------------------------

EBITDA                             $89,670     $88,414     $88,414


                                    Six Months Ended June 30,
                               ------------------------------------
                                   2006       2005        2005
                               ------------------------------------
                                            Before Tax  After Tax
                                              Audit       Audit
                                             Reserve    Reserve and
                                               and      Litigation
                                            Litigation    Credits
                                              Credits
                               ------------------------------------

Total Revenue                   $1,190,598  $1,182,387  $1,182,387
Operating Profit                   150,677     150,980     158,980
Net Earnings                        80,171      82,305      89,411 (2)
Diluted Earnings per Common
 Share                               $1.14       $1.08       $1.18 (2)
EBITDA                            $179,507    $181,966    $181,966

Reconciliation to EBITDA:

Reported earnings before income
 taxes                             127,212     132,079     140,079
Add back:
    Litigation Reversion                --          --      (8,000)
    Interest expense, net           23,465      18,901      18,901
    Depreciation of property
     assets                         26,994      26,534      26,534
    Amortization of intangibles      1,836       4,452       4,452
                               ------------------------------------

EBITDA                            $179,507    $181,966    $181,966


    (1) Including the effects of a $2.0 million tax audit reserve
        credit associated with the examination and favorable
        resolution of the Company's 1998 and 1999 federal tax returns.
        This credit increased diluted earnings per share in the second
        quarter by $0.03, from $0.52 per diluted earnings per share to
        the reported diluted earnings per share of $0.55.

    (2) Including the effects of an $8.0 million pre-tax credit in the
        first quarter associated with the settlement of the
        Griego/Carrillo litigation reversion. This pre-tax credit
        increased diluted earnings per share for the six month period
        ended June 30, 2005 by $0.07. The litigation reversion credit,
        combined with the $2.0 million tax audit reserve credit in the
        second quarter of 2005, increased diluted earnings per share
        for the six month period ended June 30, 2005 by $0.10 to the
        reported diluted earnings per share of $1.18.


Selected Balance Sheet Data:  (in Thousands of   June 30,   June 30,
 Dollars)                                           2006       2005
                                                 ---------- ----------

  Cash and cash equivalents                        $41,174    $25,119
  Prepaid expenses and other assets                 34,133     52,566
  Rental merchandise, net
       On rent                                     633,749    574,080
       Held for rent                               178,667    197,639
  Total Assets                                   2,006,846  1,930,793

  Senior debt                                      417,155    364,500
  Subordinated notes payable                       300,000    300,000
  Total Liabilities                              1,091,096  1,041,531
  Stockholders' Equity                             915,750    889,262



                 Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries

                 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(In Thousands of Dollars, except per share data)   Three Months Ended
                                                         June 30,
                                                   -------------------
                                                     2006      2005
                                                   --------- ---------
                                                        Unaudited

Store Revenue
   Rentals and Fees                                $527,076  $526,639
   Merchandise Sales                                 38,428    37,498
        Installment Sales                             5,728     6,618
   Other                                              3,254       997
                                                   --------- ---------
                                                    574,486   571,752

Franchise Revenue
   Franchise Merchandise Sales                        7,892     7,443
   Royalty Income and Fees                            1,245     1,383
                                                   --------- ---------
       Total Revenue                                583,623   580,578

Operating Expenses
   Direct Store Expenses
       Cost of Rental and Fees                      114,733   114,068
       Cost of Merchandise Sold                      28,403    28,225
                Cost of Installment Sales             2,398     2,750
       Salaries and Other Expenses                  333,113   332,939
   Franchise Operation Expenses
       Cost of Franchise Merchandise Sales            7,580     7,163
                                                   --------- ---------
                                                    486,227   485,145


   General and Administrative Expenses               21,253    20,290
   Amortization of Intangibles                          950     2,155
                                                   --------- ---------

       Total Operating Expenses                     508,430   507,590
                                                   --------- ---------

       Operating Profit                              75,193    72,988

Interest Income                                      (1,399)   (1,351)
Interest Expense                                     13,301    10,786
                                                   --------- ---------

       Earnings before Income Taxes                  63,291    63,553

Income Tax Expense                                   23,448    21,811
                                                   --------- ---------

       NET EARNINGS                                  39,843    41,742
                                                   ========= =========

BASIC WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES                        69,545    74,747
                                                   ========= =========

BASIC EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE                       $0.57     $0.56
                                                   ========= =========

DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES                      70,640    76,001
                                                   ========= =========

DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE                     $0.56     $0.55
                                                   ========= =========


                 Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries

                 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(In Thousands of Dollars, except per share        Six Months Ended
 data)                                                June 30,
                                               -----------------------
                                                  2006        2005
                                               ----------- -----------
                                                      Unaudited

Store Revenue
   Rentals and Fees                            $1,047,459  $1,045,261
   Merchandise Sales                              102,591     100,268
        Installment Sales                          11,579      13,202
   Other                                            6,540       2,075
                                               ----------- -----------
                                                1,168,169   1,160,806

Franchise Revenue
   Franchise Merchandise Sales                     19,973      18,787
   Royalty Income and Fees                          2,456       2,794
                                               ----------- -----------
       Total Revenue                            1,190,598   1,182,387

Operating Expenses
   Direct Store Expenses
       Cost of rental and fees                    227,500     226,536
       Cost of Merchandise Sold                    72,533      70,292
                Cost of Installment Sales           4,821       5,613
       Salaries and Other Expenses                671,884     666,980
   Franchise Operation Expenses
       Cost of Franchise Merchandise Sales         19,136      18,029
                                               ----------- -----------
                                                  995,874     987,450


   General and Administrative Expenses             42,211      39,505
   Amortization of Intangibles                      1,836       4,452
   Litigation Reversion                                --      (8,000)
                                               ----------- -----------

       Total Operating Expenses                 1,039,921   1,023,407
                                               ----------- -----------

       Operating Profit                           150,677     158,980

Interest Income                                    (2,859)     (2,753)
Interest Expense                                   26,324      21,654
                                               ----------- -----------

       Earnings before Income Taxes               127,212     140,079

Income Tax Expense                                 47,041      50,668
                                               ----------- -----------

                NET EARNINGS                       80,171      89,411
                                               =========== ===========

BASIC WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES                      69,401      74,653
                                               =========== ===========

BASIC EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE                     $1.16       $1.20
                                               =========== ===========

DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES                    70,445      76,036
                                               =========== ===========

DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE                   $1.14       $1.18
                                               =========== ===========

SOURCE: Rent-A-Center, Inc.

Rent-A-Center, Inc., Plano
David E. Carpenter, 972-801-1214
dcarpenter@racenter.com



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