PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS:RCII) (“Rent-A-Center” or the “Company”), the nation's largest rent-to-own operator, today confirmed that Engaged Capital, LLC (“Engaged Capital”) has provided notice of its intent to nominate five individuals to stand for the three available positions up for election to the Rent-A-Center Board of Directors at the Company’s 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
The Rent-A-Center Board and management team are committed to taking actions in the best interests of all stockholders. The entire Board is mindful of its fiduciary duties and regularly considers all value-enhancing opportunities. To that end, and at the direction of the Board, the Rent-A-Center management team is taking decisive and immediate action to drive operational improvements at the Company in the near term. In addition, the Board continues to evaluate a number of cost-saving and revenue-driving opportunities, which are expected to generate increased value for all Rent-A-Center stockholders over the long term. The Board will continue to oversee the execution of these value-enhancing initiatives to ensure the Company is positioned as a stronger, more competitive and profitable organization.
The Company’s capital structure, including debt and equity financing initiatives, is overseen by the Board’s Finance Committee. This standing Committee is led by an independent director and is majority-composed of independent directors.
The Rent-A-Center Board comprises seven highly qualified directors, a majority of whom are independent, all of whom are actively engaged and possess strong retail, finance, marketing, technology, strategic planning and C-suite expertise critical to Rent-A-Center’s business. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee regularly reviews the composition and size of the Board in order to ensure that the Board has the appropriate expertise, that its membership consists of persons with excellent backgrounds and qualifications and that it operates in the best interests of all stockholders.
The Rent-A-Center Board and its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will review Engaged Capital’s proposed nominees and present the Board’s recommendation in the Company’s definitive proxy materials. These materials will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and mailed to all stockholders eligible to vote at the 2017 Annual Meeting.
The date of the Company’s 2017 Annual Meeting has not yet been announced. Rent-A-Center stockholders are not required to take action at this time.
J.P. Morgan is serving as financial advisor and Winston & Strawn LLP is serving as legal advisor to Rent-A-Center.
About Rent-A-Center, Inc.
A rent-to-own industry leader, Plano, Texas-based, Rent-A-Center, Inc., is focused on improving the quality of life for its customers by providing them the opportunity to obtain ownership of high-quality, durable products such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories, under flexible rental purchase agreements with no long-term obligation. The Company owns and operates approximately 2,600 stores in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico, and approximately 1,870 Acceptance Now kiosk locations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Rent-A-Center Franchising International, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, is a national franchiser of approximately 230 rent-to-own stores operating under the trade names of "Rent-A-Center," "ColorTyme," and "RimTyme."
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. 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 from such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the general strength of the economy and other economic conditions affecting consumer preferences and spending; factors affecting the disposable income available to the Company's current and potential customers; changes in the unemployment rate; difficulties encountered in improving the financial and operational performance of the Company's business segments; our chief executive officer and chief financial officer transitions, including our ability to effectively operate and execute our strategies during the interim period and difficulties or delays in identifying and attracting a permanent chief executive officer and chief financial officer, each with the required level of experience and expertise; failure to manage the Company's store labor (including overtime pay) and other store expenses; the Company’s ability to develop and successfully execute strategic initiatives; disruptions caused by the implementation and operation of the Company's new store information management system, including capacity-related outages; the Company’s ability to successfully market smartphones and related services to its customers; the Company's ability to develop and successfully implement virtual or e-commerce capabilities; failure to achieve the anticipated profitability enhancements from the changes to the 90 day option pricing program and the development of dedicated commercial sales capabilities; disruptions in the Company's supply chain; limitations of, or disruptions in, the Company's distribution network; rapid inflation or deflation in the prices of the Company's products; the Company's ability to execute and the effectiveness of a store consolidation, including the Company's ability to retain the revenue from customer accounts merged into another store location as a result of a store consolidation; the Company's available cash flow; the Company's ability to identify and successfully market products and services that appeal to its customer demographic; consumer preferences and perceptions of the Company's brand; uncertainties regarding the ability to open new locations; the Company's ability to acquire additional stores or customer accounts on favorable terms; the Company's ability to control costs and increase profitability; the Company's ability to retain the revenue associated with acquired customer accounts and enhance the performance of acquired stores; the Company's ability to enter into new and collect on its rental or lease purchase agreements; the passage of legislation adversely affecting the rent-to-own industry; the Company's compliance with applicable statutes or regulations governing its transactions; changes in interest rates; adverse changes in the economic conditions of the industries, countries or markets that the Company serves; information technology and data security costs; 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; changes in the Company's stock price, the number of shares of common stock that it may or may not repurchase, and future dividends, if any; changes in estimates relating to self-insurance liabilities and income tax and litigation reserves; changes in the Company's effective tax rate; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the Company's ability to maintain an effective system of internal controls; the resolution of the Company's litigation; and the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including but not limited to, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2016, June 30, 2016, and September 30, 2016. 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 hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.