The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Rent-A-Center missed estimates on revenues and beat slightly on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew slightly. GAAP earnings per share increased slightly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Rent-A-Center reported revenue of $760.5 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $785.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 1.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $749.7 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.
EPS came in at $0.76. The nine earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.75 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.76 for Q2 were 2.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.74 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 69.8%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.2%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.5%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $784.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.65.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.18 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.10.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 116 members out of 136 rating the stock outperform, and 20 members rating it underperform. Among 51 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 48 give Rent-A-Center a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Rent-A-Center is outperform, with an average price target of $40.71.
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