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Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2013 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 June 30, 2013.

Second Quarter 2013 Results

Total revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, were $760.5 million, an increase of $10.8 million from total revenues of $749.7 million for the same period in the prior year. This 1.4% increase in total revenues was primarily due to increases of approximately $40.4 million in the RAC Acceptance segment and approximately $5.2 million in the International segment, partially offset by a decrease of approximately $34.7 million in the Core U.S. segment. For the quarter ended June 30, 2013, same store sales declined 1.6%, primarily attributable to a decrease in the Core U.S. segment, partially offset by an increase in both the RAC Acceptance and International segments.

Net earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, were $42.0 million and $0.76, respectively, as compared to $44.2 million and $0.74, respectively, for the same period in the prior year. These results include dilution related to the Company's international growth initiatives of approximately $0.08 per share in both the quarter ended June 30, 2013, and the same period in the prior year.

"I am pleased with our progress in building our portfolio of agreements in our Core U.S. business with a continuing period-over-period improvement in demand as measured by our 6.6% increase in deliveries for the quarter. Therefore, we believe our portfolio of agreements will surpass prior year levels in the third quarter and produce positive same store sales growth in the Core U.S. business in the fourth quarter," said Mark E. Speese, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our growth initiatives continue to perform very well. RAC Acceptance revenues were over $117 million in the quarter, an increase of over 52% and contributed over 15% of our total revenues and approximately 23% of our total operating profit. Mexico grew revenues over 137% and ended the quarter with 130 locations. We believe we will generate positive store level or four-wall monthly operating profit in Mexico by the last month of this year," Speese continued. "We believe the Core U.S. business will continually improve throughout the balance of the year and our growth initiatives will remain on their productive path. We are also incorporating the benefit of our 4.6 million share repurchase as part of the accelerated stock buyback (ASB) program and, as a result, raising our 2013 diluted earnings per share range to $3.03 to $3.15," Speese concluded.

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