American public furniture and electronics rent-to-own company, Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII), estimates Core U.S. same store sales for the three months ended September 30, 2016 to be down approximately 12 percent, and Acceptance Now same store sales to be essentially flat. Core U.S. gross profit, as a percent of total revenue, is estimated to be flat compared to the third quarter of last year as ongoing benefits from the changes made to the Company’s sourcing model were offset by a third-quarter clearance event focused on previously-rented product. Diluted earnings per share for the third quarter 2016 on both a GAAP basis and excluding special items are expected to be between $0.05 and $0.15 and the consensus estimate is for EPS of $0.39.
Rent-A-Center has gapped open sharply lower this morning and is now down $4.50 on above average volume. The stock has broken support and has set a new low for the year.
“Following the implementation of our new point-of-sale system, we experienced system performance issues and outages that resulted in a larger than expected negative impact on Core sales,” said Robert D. Davis, Chief Executive Officer of Rent-A-Center, Inc. “While we expect it to take several quarters to fully recover from the impact to the Core portfolio, system performance has improved dramatically and we have started to see early indicators of collections improvement.”
The Company recently obtained an amendment to its credit agreement which reduces the minimum Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio from 1.75 to 1.00 to 1.50 to 1.00, beginning with the quarter ended September 30, 2016. See the Current Report on Form 8-K filed today by the Company for additional details regarding the amendment.