Rent-A-Center, Inc. Provides Business Update
Revenue and Earnings Guidance Provided for the Third Quarter
Increased Guidance for 2020
“Our business is continuing to perform very well driving better than expected financial results,” said
Third Quarter Guidance
The Company expects consolidated revenues to be between
$695 millionand $715 million, Adjusted EBITDA between $85 millionand $95 million, and Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share between $0.95and $1.05.
For the Rent-A-Center Business, revenues are expected to be between
$465 millionand $475 millionand Adjusted EBITDA between $100 millionand $105 million.
- Same store sales are expected to be between 10 and 12% for the third quarter.
- Skip/stolen losses for the third quarter are expected to be approximately 2% of revenue. The Company continues to believe its skip/stolen loss reserves do not require any adjustments for potential adverse trends related to the pandemic.
For the Preferred Lease business, revenues are expected to be between
$190 millionand $200 millionand Adjusted EBITDA between $15 millionand $20 million.
- Invoice volume growth is expected to be approximately 35% for the third quarter on a year over year basis, sequentially better than the 25% growth in the second quarter.
- Skip/stolen losses in the third quarter are expected to be between 11% and 12% of revenue. The Company believes it has adequately reserved for potential adverse trends related to the pandemic and does not anticipate incremental pandemic related charges to be taken in the third or fourth quarters.
Updated 2020 Guidance (1)
The Company has increased full year 2020 guidance and now expects the following consolidated results:
$2.780to $2.830 billion
Adjusted EBITDA of
$295to $320 million(2)
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of
Free Cash Flow of
$155to $180 million(2)
(1) Includes Rent-A-Center Business, Preferred Lease,
(2) Non-GAAP financial measure. See descriptions below in this release. Because of the inherent uncertainty related to the special items discussed below, management does not believe it is able to provide a meaningful forecast of the comparable GAAP measures or reconciliation to any forecasted GAAP measure without unreasonable effort.
Forward Looking Statements
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," "predict," "continue," "should," "anticipate," "believe," or “confident,” or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology and including, among others, statements concerning the Company’s business outlook and guidance for the third quarter and full year 2020 and the expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are accurate. However, there can be no assurance that such expectations will occur. The Company's actual future performance could differ materially and adversely from such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: (1) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government and regulatory restrictions issued to combat the pandemic, including adverse changes in such restrictions, and impacts on (i) demand for the Company's lease-to-own products offered in the Company's operating segments, (ii) the Company's Preferred Lease retail partners, (iii) the Company's customers and their willingness and ability to satisfy their lease obligations, (iv) the Company's suppliers’ ability to satisfy merchandise needs, (v) the Company's coworkers, including the ability to adequately staff operating locations, (vi) the Company's financial and operational performance, and (vii) the Company's liquidity; (2) the general strength of the economy and other economic conditions affecting consumer preferences and spending; (3) factors affecting the disposable income available to the Company's current and potential customers; (4) changes in the unemployment rate; (5) capital market conditions, including availability of funding sources for the Company; (6) changes in the Company's credit ratings; (7) difficulties encountered in improving the financial and operational performance of the Company's business segments; (8) risks associated with pricing changes and strategies being deployed in the Company's businesses; (9) the Company's ability to continue to realize benefits from its initiatives regarding cost-savings and other EBITDA enhancements, efficiencies and working capital improvements; (10) the Company's ability to continue to effectively execute its strategic initiatives; (11) failure to manage the Company's store labor and other store expenses, including merchandise losses; (12) disruptions caused by the operation of the Company's store information management systems; (13) risks related to the Company's virtual lease-to-own business, including the Company's ability to continue to develop and successfully implement the necessary technologies; (14) the Company's ability to achieve the benefits expected from its integrated retail preferred offering, Preferred Lease, including its ability to integrate its historic retail partner business (Acceptance Now) and the Merchants Preferred business under the Preferred Lease offering and to successfully grow this business segment; (15) exposure to potential operating margin degradation due to the Company's higher merchandise losses; (16) the Company's transition to more-readily scalable “cloud-based” solutions; (17) the Company's ability to develop and successfully implement digital or E-commerce capabilities, including mobile applications; (18) disruptions in the Company's supply chain; (19) limitations of, or disruptions in, the Company's distribution network; (20) rapid inflation or deflation in the prices of the Company's products; (21) the Company's ability to execute and the effectiveness of store consolidations, including the Company's ability to retain the revenue from customer accounts merged into another store location as a result of a store consolidation; (22) the Company's available cash flow and its ability to generate sufficient cash flow to continue paying dividends; (23) increased competition from traditional competitors, virtual lease-to-own competitors, online retailers and other competitors, including subprime lenders; (24) the Company's ability to identify and successfully market products and services that appeal to its current and future targeted customer segments; (25) consumer preferences and perceptions of the Company's brands and those of its retail partners; (26) the Company's ability to retain the revenue associated with acquired customer accounts and enhance the performance of acquired stores; (27) the Company's ability to enter into new, and collect on, its rental or lease purchase agreements; (28) changes in the enforcement of existing laws and regulations and the enactment of new laws and regulations adversely affecting the Company's businesses; (29) the Company's compliance with applicable statutes or regulations governing its businesses; (30) changes in interest rates; (31) changes in tariff policies; (32) adverse changes in the economic conditions of the industries, countries or markets that the Company serves; (33) information technology and data security costs; (34) the impact of any breaches in data security or other disturbances to the Company's information technology and other networks and the Company's ability to protect the integrity and security of individually identifiable data of its customers and employees; (35) changes in estimates relating to self-insurance liabilities and income tax and litigation reserves; (36) changes in the Company's effective tax rate; (37) fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; (38) the Company's ability to maintain an effective system of internal controls; (39) litigation or administrative proceedings to which the Company is or may be a party to from time to time; and (40) the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This release contains certain financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with
These non-GAAP measures are additional tools intended to assist our management in comparing our performance on a more consistent basis for purposes of business decision-making by removing the impact of certain items management believes do not directly reflect our core operations. These measures are intended to assist management in evaluating operating performance and liquidity, comparing performance and liquidity across periods, planning and forecasting future business operations, helping determine levels of operating and capital investments and identifying and assessing additional trends potentially impacting our company that may not be shown solely by comparisons of GAAP measures. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow are also used as part of our incentive compensation program for our executive officers and others.
We believe these non-GAAP financial measures also provide supplemental information that is useful to investors, analysts and other external users of our consolidated financial statements in understanding our financial results and evaluating our performance and liquidity from period to period. However, non-GAAP financial measures have inherent limitations and are not substitutes for or superior to, and they should be read together with, our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Further, because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare such measures to the non-GAAP financial measures presented by other companies, even if they have the same or similar names.
EVP, Chief Financial Officer