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 and year ended December 31, 2013.
Fourth Quarter 2013 Results
Total revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, were $769.6 million, an increase of $11.2 million from total revenues of $758.4 million for the same period in the prior year. This 1.5% increase in total revenues was primarily due to an increase of approximately $38.9 million in the Acceptance Now segment and approximately $4.3 million in the International segment, partially offset by a decrease of approximately $28.7 million in the Core U.S. segment. For the quarter ended December 31, 2013, same store sales declined 1.1% as compared to the same period in the prior year, primarily attributable to a 5.5% decrease in the Core U.S. segment, partially offset by increases of 26.4% and 25.7% in the Acceptance Now and International segments, respectively.
“We continue to face meaningful headwinds in our domestic U.S. rent-to-own business, including a customer under severe economic pressure and an intensified promotional environment. These conditions significantly impacted our Core U.S. segment customer agreement growth in December, which was the most challenging in years. While our Acceptance Now segment grew quarterly revenue over 41% year-over-year, this business also faced similar challenges and did not meet our revenue target. As a result, revenue and earnings for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013 are well below expectations,” said Mark E. Speese, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Net earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, were $13.1 million and $0.25, respectively, as compared to $47.2 million and $0.80, respectively, for the same period in the prior year. These results include dilution related to the Company's international growth initiatives of approximately $0.09 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, and approximately $0.07 per share for the same period in the prior year. The $0.55 year-over-year decline in net earnings per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 is largely attributable to a reduction in gross profit in the Core U.S. segment and an overall increase in operating expenses.