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Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

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Rent-A-Center achieves positive same store sales across all operating
segments with stronger than expected portfolio performance, free cash
flow, and debt reduction

Rent-A-Center, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII) today announced
results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.

"During the first quarter, strong portfolio performance helped
Rent-A-Center achieve positive same store sales across all operating
segments. In addition, we began the execution of our Strategic Plan,
both of which resulted in delivering free cash flow of approximately $85
million putting the Company on a positive trajectory going forward,"
stated Mitch Fadel, Chief Executive Officer of Rent-A-Center.

Mr. Fadel continued, "We announced a plan to capture at least $100
million in annualized EBITDA and working capital opportunities last
quarter and have been busy implementing that plan. These actions were
necessary to improve the performance of the business. I am pleased to
say that we are currently exceeding expectations on these critical
initiatives and I am further encouraged by our operational performance."

Strategic Plan

The Company's Strategic Plan focuses on several improvement areas
including a cost savings plan, a more targeted value proposition and a
more robust franchising program. Significant progress has been made in
all three areas of the Strategic Plan. Through April 2018, the Company
has already executed initiatives expected to generate $70 million in
annualized cost savings and $25 million in one-time working capital
benefits, effectively capturing substantially all the savings outlined
in the Company's previously announced guidance.

Cost Savings - Overhead

  • Corporate overhead was reduced by approximately 250 positions, or 25
    percent of the corporate office, in March, resulting in $28 million in
    annualized run-rate savings, with $20 million to be realized in 2018.
  • Field overhead was reduced by approximately 60 positions, in April,
    resulting in $9 million in annualized run-rate savings with $6 million
    to be realized in 2018.

Cost Savings - Other Store Expense

  • Other Store Expense savings primarily include cost rationalization of
    indirect spend at the store level. Targeted savings of $15 million
    annually have been identified, with 20 percent of the targeted savings
    already realized.

Cost Savings - Supply Chain

  • The Company restructured its supply chain organization supporting
    Acceptance NOW by closing all collection centers which included a
    reduction of over 500 positions and nearly 400 vehicles, in March,
    resulting in over $25 million in annualized run-rate savings, with $20
    million to be realized in 2018.
  • The Company has identified and largely executed $7 million in
    annualized run-rate savings within its Core U.S. product service
    centers through the optimization of routes with $5 million to be
    realized in 2018.

Working Capital Optimization

  • Actions were taken during the first quarter to right size the
    inventory in the Core U.S. segment, which resulted in a one-time
    working capital benefit of $25 million.
  • The Company made the decision to revert back to a direct to store
    supply chain and discontinue the third party distribution center
    network, resulting in $12 million in annualized working capital
    reduction and cost of goods run rate savings, with $6 million in
    working capital savings to be realized in 2018. The direct to store
    network is expected to be fully operational in the latter half of 2018.
  • The Company also expects to realize a one-time working capital benefit
    of $15 million due to the elimination of third party distribution
    centers in 2018.

Value Proposition

  • The enhanced value proposition was launched nationally in the Core
    U.S. segment within the quarter. The changes reflect a more targeted
    approach to competitively pricing elastic categories offsetting those
    changes from a margin perspective within inelastic categories.
  • In the Acceptance NOW segment, a new value proposition was rolled out
    to all partners. The value proposition lowers the total cost of
    ownership over a shorter term in order to improve ownership and
    retention.

Franchising

  • The Company franchised 31 Core U.S. locations in one transaction
    during the quarter, enabling the Company to maintain and grow its
    presence while using proceeds from the refranchising efforts for debt
    reduction.

Consolidated Overview

Explanations of performance are excluding special items and compared to
the prior year unless otherwise noted.

On a consolidated basis, total revenues of $698.0 million declined by
5.9 percent primarily due to closures of certain Core U.S. and
Acceptance NOW locations, offset by a consolidated same store sales
increase of 0.8 percent. Net loss and diluted loss per share, on a GAAP
basis, were $19.8 million and $0.37 compared to net loss and diluted
loss per share of $6.7 million and $0.13 in the first quarter of last
year.

Special items of $17.5 million included $10.3 million related to cost
savings initiatives primarily driven by severance, $4.4 million related
to store closure costs, $1.9 million in capitalized software
write-downs, $1.7 in incremental legal and advisory fees and ($0.8)
million related to the 2017 hurricanes (Refer to Table 4).

Excluding special items, the Company's diluted loss per share was $0.08
and the Company generated $25.1 million in adjusted EBITDA in the first
quarter compared to earnings per diluted share of $0.04 and adjusted
EBITDA of $33.3 million in the first quarter of last year. Adjusted
EBITDA as a percent of revenue increased 490 basis points sequentially
versus the fourth quarter of last year.

For the three months ended March 31, 2018, the Company generated $84.5
million of cash from operations, ended the first quarter with $81.4
million of cash and cash equivalents, and reduced its outstanding debt
balance by $77.6 million. Subsequent to quarter end, debt on the
revolver was reduced to a zero balance as of April 30, 2018.

Segment Operating Performance

CORE U.S. first quarter revenues of $482.0 million decreased 1.8 percent
primarily due to the rationalization of the Core U.S. store base
partially offset by a same store sales increase of 0.3 percent. Gross
profit as a percent of total revenue versus prior year increased 100
basis points primarily due to the intercompany book value adjustment on
returned Acceptance Now products. Labor decreased $2.4 million versus
prior year driven primarily by lower store count. Other store expenses
decreased $7.2 million driven by store count and timing related to
advertising expense. EBITDA was $40.0 million or 8.3 percent of revenue.

ACCEPTANCE NOW first quarter revenues of $197.0 million decreased 16.0
percent primarily due to closures of the Company's Conn's and HHGregg
locations partially offset by a same store sales increase of 3.3
percent. Gross profit as a percent of total revenue versus prior year
decreased 370 basis points primarily due to the intercompany book value
adjustment on returned Acceptance NOW products, discounting early payout
amounts to encourage ownership, and the new value proposition changes.
Labor, as a percent of store revenue, improved 100 basis points versus
the prior year. EBITDA was $20.3 million or 10.3 percent of revenue.

MEXICO first quarter revenues were flat on a constant currency basis.
Gross profit as a percent of total revenue versus prior year decreased
130 basis points driven by lower rental sales gross margin and
merchandise sales gross margin. EBITDA was $1.2 million or 10.1 percent
of revenue.

FRANCHISING first quarter revenues were $7.0 million and EBITDA was $1.3
million.

CORPORATE operating expenses increased $6.1 million compared to the
prior year primarily due to a one-time benefit, in the first quarter of
2017, resulting from the reversal of unvested stock compensation
previously granted to former executives.

 
 
SAME STORE SALES
(Unaudited)
 
Table 1      
Period Core U.S.    

Acceptance
Now

    Mexico     Total
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 (1) 0.3 % 3.3 % 0.7 % 0.8 %
Three Months Ended December 31, 2017 (1) (3.6 )% 6.7 % (2.3 )% (2.0 )%
Three Months Ended March 31, 2017 (12.5 )% 2.9 % (6.0 )% (7.8 )%

Note : Same store sale methodology - Same store sales generally
represents revenue earned in stores that were operated by us for 13
months or more and are reported on a constant currency basis. The
Company excludes from the same store sales base any store that receives
a certain level of customer accounts from closed stores or acquisitions.
The receiving store will be eligible for inclusion in the same store
sales base in the 24th full month following account transfer.

(1) Given the severity of the recent natural disasters, the
Company instituted a change to the same store sales store selection
starting in the month of September, excluding geographically impacted
regions for 18 months.

2018 Selected Guidance

As the Company remains in the midst of a strategic and financial
alternatives review process, the following selected guidance is being
updated at this time:

  • The Company has identified annualized cost savings opportunities of
    $75 to $95 million, increased from the previously communicated range
    of $65 to $85 million. The Company expects two thirds of the benefit
    to be realized in 2018. These cost savings opportunities include:
    • Overhead of $30 to $40 million
    • Supply Chain of $35 to $40 million, an increase from the previous
      guidance of $25 to $30 million
    • Other Store Expenses of $10 to $15 million
  • Working capital benefits of $40 to $45 million, an increase from the
    previous guidance of $20 to 25 million, 100 percent of which is
    expected to be realized in 2018
  • Free Cash Flow of at least $170 million, an increase from the previous
    guidance of at least $130 million

Guidance Policy

The Company provides selected guidance and will only provide updates if
there is a material change versus the original guidance.

Strategic & Financial Alternatives Update

The Company's Board of Directors and its advisors remain actively
engaged with parties interested in acquiring the Company and continue to
expect to reach a determination during the second quarter of 2018. The
Company does not intend to make any additional comments regarding these
discussions or any potential transaction unless and until a formal
agreement has been reached or the Company's Board of Directors has
approved a definitive course of action with respect to its ongoing
financial and strategic alternatives review.

Non-GAAP Reconciliation

To supplement the Company's financial results presented on a GAAP basis,
Rent-A-Center uses the non-GAAP measures ("special items") indicated in
Table 2 below, which primarily excludes charges in the first quarter of
2018 related to cost savings initiatives, including reductions in
overhead and supply chain, store closures, incremental legal and
advisory fees, capitalized software write-downs, and impacts related to
the 2017 hurricanes and previous store closure plans. Gains or charges
related to store closures will generally recur with the occurrence of
these events in the future. The presentation of these financial measures
is not in accordance with, or an alternative for, accounting principles
generally accepted in the United States and should be read in
conjunction with the Company's consolidated financial statements
prepared in accordance with GAAP. Rent-A-Center management believes that
excluding special items from the GAAP financial results provides
investors a clearer perspective of the Company's ongoing operating
performance and a more relevant comparison to prior period results. This
press release also refers to the non-GAAP measures EBITDA (earnings
before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) and Free Cash
Flow (operating cash flow less investing activities). Reconciliation to
the most comparable GAAP measures are provided in Tables 3 and 4, below.
The Company believes that presentation of EBITDA is useful to investors,
as among other things, this information impacts certain financial
covenants under the Company's senior credit facilities and the
indentures governing its 6.625% senior unsecured notes due November 2020
and its 4.75% senior unsecured notes due May 2021. The Company believes
that presentation of free cash flow provides investors with meaningful
additional information regarding the Company's liquidity. While
management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful in
evaluating the Company, this information should be considered as
supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for or superior to the
related financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Further,
these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similar measures
presented by other companies.

Reconciliation of net loss to net (loss) earnings excluding special
items:

Table 2     Three Months Ended March 31,
2018     2017
(in thousands, except per share data) Amount     Per Share Amount     Per Share
Net loss $ (19,843 ) $ (0.37 ) $ (6,679 ) $ (0.13 )
Special items, net of taxes:
Other charges (1) 15,633 0.29 8,687 0.17
Discrete income tax items   62         123      
Net (loss) earnings excluding special items $ (4,148 ) $ (0.08 ) $ 2,131   $ 0.04  

(1) Other charges for the three months ended March 31, 2018
primarily includes charges, net of tax, related to cost savings
initiatives, including reductions in overhead and supply chain, store
closures, capitalized software write-downs, incremental legal and
advisory fees, and impacts related to the 2017 hurricanes. Other charges
for the three months ended March 31, 2017 primarily includes closure of
Acceptance Now locations, reductions in our field support center,
incremental legal and advisory fees, and litigation claims settlement.
Charges related to store closures are primarily comprised of losses on
rental merchandise, lease obligation costs, employee severance, asset
disposals, and miscellaneous costs incurred as a result of the closures.

Reconciliation of net cash provided by operations to free cash flow:

Table 3     Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands) 2018     2017
Net cash provided by operating activities 84,477 59,317
Cash flows from investing activities
Purchase of property assets (8,649 ) (22,048 )
Proceeds from sale of stores 9,463 475
Acquisitions of businesses (440 )  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 374   (21,573 )
Free cash flow 84,851   37,744  
 

Webcast Information

Rent-A-Center, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss the first
quarter results, guidance and other operational matters on Tuesday
morning, May 1, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. ET. For a live webcast of the call,
visit http://investor.rentacenter.com.
Certain financial and other statistical information that will be
discussed during the conference call will also be provided on the same
website. Residents of the United States and Canada can listen to the
call by dialing (800) 399-0012. International participants can access
the call by dialing (404) 665-9632.

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 2,400 stores in the United States, Mexico, Canada and
Puerto Rico, and approximately 1,250 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 250 rent-to-own stores operating
under the trade names of "Rent-A-Center", "ColorTyme", and "RimTyme".
For additional information about the Company, please visit our website
at www.rentacenter.com.

Forward Looking Statements

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," "believe," or "confident," 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; uncertainties concerning the outcome,
impact, effects and results of the Company's exploration of its
strategic and financial alternatives; difficulties encountered in
improving the financial and operational performance of the Company's
business segments; the Company's ability to refinance its senior credit
facility expiring in early 2019 on favorable terms, if at all; risks
associated with pricing changes and strategies being deployed in the
Company's businesses; the Company's ability to realize any benefits from
its initiatives regarding cost-savings and other EBITDA enhancements,
efficiencies and working capital improvements; the Company's chief
executive officer transition, including the Company's ability to
effectively operate and execute its strategies during the transition
period; the Company's ability to execute its franchise strategy; failure
to manage the Company's store labor and other store expenses; the
Company's ability to develop and successfully execute strategic
initiatives; disruptions caused by the operation of the Company's store
information management system; the Company's transition to more-readily
scalable, "cloud-based" solutions; the Company's ability to develop and
successfully implement digital or E-commerce capabilities, including
mobile applications; disruptions in the Company's supply chain;
limitations of, or disruptions in, the Company's distribution network,
and the impact, effects and results of the changes we have made and are
making to our distribution methods; 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; 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 the Company's dividend policy and any
changes thereto, 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, 2017. 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.

 
 
Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries
 
STATEMENT OF EARNINGS (LOSS) HIGHLIGHTS - UNAUDITED
 
Table 4     Three Months Ended March 31,
2018       2018       2017       2017
Before After Before After
Special Items Special Items Special Items Special Items
(Non-GAAP (GAAP (Non-GAAP (GAAP
(In thousands, except per share data) Earnings) Earnings) Earnings) Earnings)
Total revenues $ 698,043 $ 698,043 $ 741,986 $ 741,986
Operating profit (loss) 7,185

(1)

(10,270 ) 14,803

(3)

1,152
Net (loss) earnings (4,148 )

(1)(2)

(19,843 ) 2,131

(3)(4)

(6,679 )
Diluted (loss) earnings per common share $ (0.08 )

(1)(2)

$ (0.37 ) $ 0.04

(3)(4)

$ (0.13 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 25,085 $ 25,085 $ 33,344 $ 33,344
Reconciliation to Adjusted EBITDA:
(Loss) earnings before income taxes $ (3,966 )

(1)

$ (21,421 ) $ 3,329

(3)

$ (10,322 )
Add back:
Other charges 17,455 13,651
Interest expense, net 11,151 11,151 11,474 11,474
Depreciation, amortization and impairment of intangibles   17,900     17,900     18,541   18,541  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 25,085   $ 25,085   $ 33,344 $ 33,344  

(1) Excludes the effects of approximately $17.5 million of
pre-tax charges including $10.3 million related to cost savings
initiatives, $4.4 million related to store closure costs, $1.9 million
in capitalized software write-downs, $1.7 million in incremental legal
and advisory fees, and ($0.8) million related to the 2017 hurricanes.
These charges increased net losses and net losses per diluted share for
the three months ended March 31, 2018, by approximately $15.6 million
and $0.29, respectively.

(2) Excludes the effects of $0.1 million of discrete income
tax adjustments.

(3) Excludes the effects of approximately $13.7 million
pre-tax charges including $9.6 million for the closure of Acceptance Now
locations, $2.5 million related to reductions in our field support
center, $1.0 million in incremental legal and advisory fees, and $0.6
million for litigation claims settlement, These charges decreased net
earnings and net earnings per diluted share for the three months ended
March 31, 2017, by approximately $8.7 million and $0.17, respectively.

(4) Excludes the effects of $0.1 million of discrete income
tax adjustments.

 
 

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET HIGHLIGHTS - UNAUDITED

 
Table 5     March 31,
(In thousands) 2018     2017
Cash and cash equivalents $ 81,393 $ 58,128
Receivables, net 64,823 66,606
Prepaid expenses and other assets 67,517 52,159
Rental merchandise, net
On rent 649,891 754,824
Held for rent 162,625 190,629
Goodwill 56,784 55,308
Total assets 1,386,438 1,494,974
 
Senior debt, net $ 57,426 $ 115,625
Senior notes, net 539,078 537,799
Total liabilities 1,131,457 1,236,538
Stockholders' equity 254,981 258,436
 
 
Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (LOSS) - UNAUDITED
 
Table 6     Three Months Ended March 31,  
(In thousands, except per share data)   2018           2017  
Revenues
Store
Rentals and fees $ 564,714 $ 595,414
Merchandise sales 107,356 121,722
Installment sales 16,404 16,757
Other   2,584     2,652  
Total store revenues 691,058 736,545
Franchise
Merchandise sales 3,634 3,321
Royalty income and fees   3,351     2,120  
Total revenues 698,043 741,986
Cost of revenues
Store
Cost of rentals and fees 156,095 162,033
Cost of merchandise sold 96,353 109,124
Cost of installment sales   5,242     5,184  
Total cost of store revenues 257,690 276,341
Franchise cost of merchandise sold   3,375     2,982  
Total cost of revenues   261,065     279,323  
Gross profit 436,978 462,663
Operating expenses
Store expenses
Labor 181,074 192,107
Other store expenses 185,949 197,440
General and administrative expenses 44,870 39,772
Depreciation, amortization and impairment of intangibles 17,900 18,541
Other charges   17,455  

(1)

  13,651  

(3)

Total operating expenses

447,248 461,511
Operating (loss) profit (10,270 ) 1,152
Interest expense 11,360 11,630
Interest income   (209 )   (156 )
Loss before income taxes (21,421 ) (10,322 )
Income tax benefit   (1,578 )

(2)

  (3,643 )

(4)

Net loss $ (19,843 ) $ (6,679 )
Basic weighted average shares   53,406     53,217  
Basic loss per common share $ (0.37 ) $ (0.13 )
Diluted weighted average shares   53,406     53,217  
Diluted loss per common share $ (0.37 ) $ (0.13 )

(1) Includes pre-tax charges of $10.3 million for cost
savings initiatives, $4.4 million related to store closures costs, $1.9
million in capitalized software write-downs, $1.7 million for
incremental legal and advisory fees, and ($0.8) million related to the
2017 hurricanes.

(2) Includes $0.1 million of discrete income tax adjustments.

(3) Includes pre-tax charges of $9.6 million for the closure
of Acceptance Now locations, $2.5 million for reductions in our field
support center, $1.0 million in incremental legal and advisory fees, and
$0.6 million for litigation claims settlement.

(4) Includes $0.1 million of discrete income tax adjustments.

 
 
Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries
 
SEGMENT INFORMATION HIGHLIGHTS - UNAUDITED
 
Table 7     Three Months Ended March 31,  
(In thousands)   2018           2017  
Revenues
Core U.S. $ 482,041 $ 490,899
Acceptance Now 196,986 234,546
Mexico 12,031 11,100
Franchising   6,985     5,441  
Total revenues $ 698,043   $ 741,986  
 
 
Table 8 Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands)   2018     2017  
Gross profit
Core U.S. $ 336,241 $ 337,954
Acceptance Now 88,805 114,429
Mexico 8,322 7,821
Franchising   3,610     2,459  
Total gross profit $ 436,978   $ 462,663  
 
 
Table 9 Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands)   2018     2017  
Operating (loss) profit
Core U.S. $ 28,387

(1)

$ 24,402

(5)

Acceptance Now 15,430

(2)

20,619

(6)

Mexico 497

(3)

161
Franchising   1,256     1,441  
Total segments 45,570 46,623
Corporate   (55,840 )

(4)

  (45,471 )

(7)

Total operating (loss) profit $ (10,270 ) $ 1,152  

(1) Includes approximately $4.8 million of pre-tax charges
primarily related to $1.1 million in cost savings initiatives, $4.4
million for store closure plans, and ($0.7) million related to the 2017
hurricanes.

(2) Includes approximately $4.5 million of pre-tax charges
primarily related to $3.1 million in cost savings initiatives, $1.9
million in capitalized software write-downs, ($0.4) related to previous
store closure plans, and ($0.1) million related to the 2017 hurricanes.

(3) Includes approximately $0.4 million of pre-tax charges
related to store closures.

(4) Includes approximately $7.8 million of pre-tax charges
primarily related to $6.1 million in cost savings initiatives, $1.7
million for incremental legal and advisory fees.

(5) Includes approximately $0.6 million of pre-tax charges
related to a litigation claims settlement.

(6) Includes approximately $9.6 million of pre-tax charges
related to the closure of Acceptance Now locations.

(7) Includes approximately $2.5 million of pre-tax charges
related to reductions in our field support center, and approximately
$1.0 million of pretax incremental legal and advisory fees.

     
 
Table 10 Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands) 2018     2017
Depreciation, amortization and impairment of intangibles
Core U.S. $ 6,826 $ 8,108
Acceptance Now 435 786

(1)

Mexico 344 527
Franchising   44   44
Total segments 7,649 9,465
Corporate   10,251   9,076
Total depreciation, amortization and impairment of intangibles $ 17,900 $ 18,541

(1) We recorded an impairment charge of $3.9 million to our
intangible assets, related to a vendor relationship, in the first
quarter of 2017 that is not included in the table above.

   
 
Table 11 Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands) 2018     2017
Capital expenditures
Core U.S. $ 4,890 $ 6,108
Acceptance Now 45 483
Mexico   3   23
Total segments 4,938 6,614
Corporate   3,711   15,434
Total capital expenditures $ 8,649 $ 22,048
       
 
Table 12 On Rent at March 31, Held for Rent at March 31,
(In thousands) 2018     2017 2018     2017
Rental merchandise, net
Core U.S. $ 380,449 $ 388,871 $ 155,405 $ 174,453
Acceptance Now 253,906 351,672 1,714 9,447
Mexico   15,536   14,281   5,506   6,729
Total rental merchandise, net $ 649,891 $ 754,824 $ 162,625 $ 190,629
   
 
Table 13 March 31,
(In thousands) 2018     2017
Assets
Core U.S. $ 736,092 $ 785,800
Acceptance Now 321,524 427,541
Mexico 35,619 32,641
Franchising   4,503   2,237
Total segments 1,097,738 1,248,219
Corporate   288,700   246,755
Total assets $ 1,386,438 $ 1,494,974
 
 
Rent-A-Center, Inc. and Subsidiaries
 
LOCATION ACTIVITY - UNAUDITED
 
Table 14     Three Months Ended March 31, 2018
Core U.S.    

Acceptance Now
Staffed

   

Acceptance Now
Direct

    Mexico     Franchising     Total
Locations at beginning of period 2,381 1,106 125 131 225 3,968
New location openings 47 5 52
Acquired locations remaining open 1 31 32
Conversions (4 ) 4
Closed locations
Merged with existing locations (62 ) (35 ) (5 ) (8 ) (110 )
Sold or closed with no surviving location (33 )       (4 ) (37 )
Locations at end of period 2,287 1,114 129   123 252 3,905
 
 
Table 15 Three Months Ended March 31, 2017
Core U.S.

Acceptance Now
Staffed

Acceptance Now
Direct

Mexico Franchising Total
Locations at beginning of period 2,463 1,431 478 130 229 4,731
New location openings 63 2 1 66
Acquired locations remaining open 3 3
Conversions 3 (3 )
Closed locations
Merged with existing locations (7 ) (108 ) (381 ) (496 )
Sold or closed with no surviving location (3 )       (3 ) (6 )
Locations at end of period 2,453   1,389   96   131   229   4,298  
 

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