To allow for greater consumer choice as to whether they want to buy or lease merchandise, Rent-A-Center has entered a partnership with ChargeAfter that will allow retailers to add a preferred lease option to ChargeAfter’s consumer point of sale financing product.
As the COVID-19 outbreak advanced, Rent-A-Center reported that January and February sales trended positively, running about 4% up compared to the year-prior months. But March revenues trended down about 5% year over year as national efforts to contain the virus took hold.
Rent-A-Center is offering its Preferred Lease program, a new integrated retail partner offering.
Weeks after settling litigation related to a purchase deal, Rent-A-Center has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of C/C Financial Corp., which does business as Merchants Preferred, a nationwide provider of virtual rent-to-own services.
Rent-A-Center has agreed in principle to settle all litigation with Vintage Capital Management, and B. Riley Financial relating to the company’s termination of an agreement and plan of merger last year with certain affiliates of Vintage Capital.
Rent-A-Center said that the company has terminated a previously announced merger agreement plan with certain affiliates of Vintage Capital Management, LLC.
In a special meeting on September 18, Rent-A-Center shareholders approved a merger deal with Vintage Rodeo, an affiliate of Vintage Capital Management, according to a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
In the midst of an acquisition process, Rent-A-Center posted an earnings increase for its second quarter while its ongoing merger was questioned in court.
For the fourth quarter, and as it put in place a new strategic plan, Rent-A-Center posted net earnings and diluted earnings per share of $34.8 million and 65 cents versus a net loss and diluted loss per share of $146.4 million and $2.76 in the year-earlier period.
As the retailer posted a third quarter loss, the Rent-A-Center board of directors has initiated a process to explore strategic and financial alternatives.
Rent-A-Center has appointed Mark Speese to the CEO role and launched a new strategic plan developed to restore growth, improve profitability and maximize value by strengthening the core business in the United States while growing its AcceptanceNow business and leveraging technology investments.
Engaged Capital, an activist investing firm, has issued a letter to the Rent-A-Center board challenging the direction in which the management is taking the company, and Rent-A-Center has responded.