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Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

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, 2012.

Third Quarter 2012 Results

Total revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, were $739.3 million, an increase of $35.0 million from total revenues of $704.3 million for the same period in the prior year. This 5.0% increase in total revenues was primarily due to growth in the RAC Acceptance segment. For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, the same store sales increase of 1.2% was primarily attributable to growth in the RAC Acceptance segment, partially offset by a decrease in the Core U.S. segment.

Net earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the three months ended September 30, 2012, were $39.9 million and $0.67, respectively, as compared to $31.2 million and $0.52, respectively, for the same period in the prior year. Net earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the three months ended September 30, 2011, were reduced by $7.6 million, and approximately $0.08 per share, respectively, due to a pre-tax restructuring charge related to store closings, as discussed below.

Net earnings per diluted share for the three months ended September 30, 2012, were $0.67, as compared to adjusted net earnings per diluted share of $0.60, when excluding the pre-tax restructuring charge above, for the three months ended September 30, 2011, an increase of 11.7%. These results include dilution related to the Company's international growth initiatives of approximately $0.10 per share for the three months ended September 30, 2012, and $0.04 per share for the same period in the prior year.

“We are generally pleased with our results in the quarter, as total revenues increased 5% and earnings per diluted share increased approximately 12%,” said Mark E. Speese, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The RAC Acceptance segment continued to perform commendably, growing revenue over 60% from a year ago to $84 million, with a gross margin of 59.3% and an operating profit of over $7 million and ending the quarter with 882 stores,” Speese continued. “For the first nine months of the year, each of our business segments has grown their revenue and all segments combined grew 8.4% and, with the exception of our international segment, have contributed to our year-to-date earnings per diluted share of $2.28. As such, we remain optimistic in achieving our 2012 total revenue and earnings per diluted share guidance outlined in our 2011 fourth quarter earnings press release,” Speese concluded.

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