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Aaron's, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter Revenue and Earnings

- Revenues of $1.0 Billion; Non-GAAP Revenues Up 8.4%
- Diluted EPS ($1.60); Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $1.15, Up 12.7%
- Progressive Reports Record Revenues; Invoice Growth Accelerates to 34.4%
- Aaron's Business Same Store Revenues up 0.4%
- Progressive Reaches Agreement In Principle with FTC Staff, Records $179 million charge

ATLANTA, Feb. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, today announced financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2019.

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"Aaron's finished the year on a positive note with record annual revenues, adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP EPS. Progressive's invoice growth accelerated significantly in the fourth quarter, up 34.4% compared to the prior year.  In addition, collections performance at the Aaron's Business improved significantly during the quarter, contributing to positive same-store revenues and strong adjusted EBITDA," said John Robinson, Chief Executive Officer.

"Finally, I'm pleased to report that Progressive has reached an agreement in principle with the staff of the FTC regarding the Civil Investigative Demand Progressive received in July 2018.  Under the proposed agreement, which requires final approval by FTC Commissioners and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Progressive will make a payment of $175 million and enhance certain compliance-related activities, including monitoring, disclosure and reporting requirements.  We have agreed to settle this matter to avoid the distraction and uncertainty caused by protracted litigation and allow Progressive to remain focused on providing competitive, flexible and affordable purchase options to credit-challenged consumers," Mr. Robinson concluded.

Consolidated Results

For the fourth quarter of 2019, consolidated revenues were $1.0 billion compared with $993.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2018. Calculated on a basis consistent with the 2019 adoption of ASC 842 related to lease accounting, revenues increased $77.5 million, or 8.4%, compared to the prior year period.  The increase in consolidated revenues was primarily due to increases in revenues at Progressive and the revenue contribution from franchised locations acquired by the Aaron's Business in 2018, partially offset by the closure of Aaron's stores during 2019.

The Company reported a net loss for the fourth quarter of 2019 of $107.1 million compared to net earnings of $61.7 million in the prior year period. The net loss in the fourth quarter of 2019 included $179 million of charges related to the Progressive FTC settlement and $2.5 million in pre-tax restructuring charges.  Adjusted EBITDA for the Company was $125.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with $112.7 million for the same period in 2018, an increase of $12.5 million, or 11.1%. As a percentage of revenues, adjusted EBITDA was 12.5% in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with 12.2% for the same period in 2018 when calculated on a basis consistent with the 2019 adoption of ASC 842. Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2019 includes $5.6 million of gains in the Aaron's Business related to real estate sales.

Diluted losses per share for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $1.60 compared with diluted earnings per share of $0.89 in the year ago period. On a non-GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share were $1.15 in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with $1.02 for the same quarter in 2018, an increase of $0.13 or 12.7%.

The Company generated $317.2 million in cash from operations during the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and ended the fourth quarter with $57.8 million in cash, compared with a cash balance of $15.3 million at the end of 2018. During the fourth quarter, the Company repurchased 513,900 shares of its common stock for $29.8 million at an average purchase price of $58.05 per share.

Progressive Leasing Segment Results

Progressive Leasing reported record revenues in the fourth quarter of 2019 of $559.5 million compared to reported revenues of $524.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. Calculated on a basis consistent with the 2019 adoption of ASC 842, revenues increased $102.2 million or 22.3%. Fourth quarter invoice volume increased 34.4% compared to the prior year quarter, driven by a 23.3% increase in invoice volume per active door and a 9.0% increase in active doors to approximately 22,000. The increase in active door count was primarily due to the addition of new national retail partner locations in the fourth quarter, partially offset by a reduction in locations in our mattress and mobile phone verticals in previous quarters. Progressive Leasing had 1,072,000 customers at December 31, 2019, a 22.4% increase from December 31, 2018.

Losses before income taxes for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $111.6 million, as a result of a $179 million pre-tax charge related to the tentative settlement of the FTC matter. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $77.1 million compared with EBITDA of $65.5 million for the same period of 2018, an increase of 17.6%.  This increase was due primarily to strong revenue growth, partially offset by slightly higher than expected onboarding costs for national retailers and a year over year increase in write-offs.

As a percentage of revenues, adjusted EBITDA was 13.8% for the fourth quarter of 2019, a decrease of 50 basis points compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, calculated on a basis consistent with the 2019 adoption of ASC 842.

The provision for lease merchandise write-offs was 6.6% of revenues in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with 5.8% in the same period of 2018, calculated on a basis consistent with the 2019 adoption of ASC 842, and well within our annual target range of 6% to 8% of revenues. The increase in write-offs was a result of accelerating invoice growth in the quarter which drove an increase in the impairment reserve on leased assets.

The Aaron's Business Segment Results

For the fourth quarter of 2019, total revenues for the Aaron's Business decreased 5.4% to $435.0 million from $459.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. The decrease was primarily due to the net reduction of 145 stores during 2019, the expected attrition of revenue from prior year store mergers and lower collections, partially offset by the positive contributions from 152 franchised locations acquired throughout 2018. Same-store revenues were up 0.4% in the fourth quarter of 2019, an improvement of 95 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2018. Contributing to the fourth quarter increase in same store revenues was the favorable impact of improved sequential collections as well at the continuing increase in e-commerce recurring revenues written, which was up 35.3% in the fourth quarter. For the full year, same store revenues were flat, an improvement of 143 basis points from 2018. Customer count on a same-store basis was down 4.8% during the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. Company-operated Aaron's stores had 946,000 customers at December 31, 2019, an 8.9% decrease from December 31, 2018.

Lease revenue and fees for the three months ended December 31, 2019 decreased 1.2% compared with the same period in 2018.  Non-retail sales, which primarily consist of merchandise sales to the Company's franchisees, decreased 30.8% for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with the same period of the prior year.  The decline is attributable primarily to the franchisee acquisitions completed in 2018.

Earnings before income taxes for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $28.1 million, and adjusted EBITDA was $49.3 million, an increase of $1.7 million or 3.6% compared to the same period in 2018. The increase in adjusted EBITDA was due primarily to a recovery in collections performance, expense management, and gains from real estate sales.

The provision for lease merchandise write-offs was 7.3% of revenues in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with 5.1% for the same period last year.  Contributing to the increase in write-offs was the reduction in collection performance in the third quarter that resulted from the implementation of our new sales program, store closure activity during the first half of 2019, and an increasing mix of e-commerce as a percent of revenue.

At December 31, 2019, the Aaron's Business had 1,167 Company-operated stores and 335 franchised stores.

Significant Components of Revenue and Franchise Performance

Consolidated lease revenues and fees for the three months ended December 31, 2019 increased 11.6% over the same period of the prior year, calculated on a basis consistent with the 2019 adoption of ASC 842.  Franchise royalties and fees decreased 22.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with the same period a year ago, primarily as a result of the lower number of franchised stores.  Franchise revenues totaled $101.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, a decrease of 13.5% from the same period for the prior year.  For franchised stores, same-store revenues decreased 1.2% and same-store customer counts declined 4.9% for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with the same quarter in 2018.  Franchised stores had 239,000 customers at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019.  Revenues and customers of franchisees are not revenues and customers of the Aaron's Business or the Company.

2020 Outlook



2020 Outlook

(In thousands, except per share amounts)


Low

High

Aaron's Inc. - Total Revenues


$

4,150,000


$

4,300,000


Aaron's Inc. - EBITDA


430,000


458,000


Aaron's Inc. - Diluted EPS


3.50


3.70


Aaron's Inc. - Diluted Non-GAAP EPS


3.80


4.00


Aaron's Inc. - Capital Expenditures


90,000


100,000






Progressive - Total Revenues


2,540,000


2,635,000


Progressive - EBITDA


310,000


325,000






Aaron's Business - Total Revenues


1,575,000


1,625,000


Aaron's Business - EBITDA


125,000


135,000


Aaron's Business - Annual Same-Store Revenues


-4.0%


-2.0%






Vive - Total Revenues


35,000


40,000


Vive - EBITDA


(5,000)


(2,000)



Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its quarterly results on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.  The public is invited to listen to the conference call by webcast accessible through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, aarons.com.  The webcast will be archived for playback at that same site.

About Aaron's, Inc.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), is a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions.  Progressive Leasing provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 22,000 retail and e-commerce partner locations in 46 states and the District of Columbia. The Aaron's Business engages in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, home appliances, consumer electronics and accessories through its approximately 1,500 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, as well as its e-commerce platform, Aarons.com. Vive Financial ("Vive", formerly Dent-A-Med, Inc.), provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through federally-insured banks.  For more information, visit investor.aarons.com, Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and ViveCard.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this news release regarding our business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "will," "outlook," "believe," "expect," "continue," "guidance," "expectations," and "trends" and similar terminology.  These risks and uncertainties include factors such as the effects on our business and reputation resulting from our announcement of Progressive's proposed agreement in principle with the Staff of the FTC, including the risk of losing existing retail partners  or  being unable to establish new partnerships with additional retailers, and of any follow-on regulatory and/or civil litigation arising therefrom; other types of legal and regulatory proceedings and investigations, including those related to customer privacy, third party and employee fraud; information security, customer demand, the risks associated with our business transformation strategy for our Aaron's Business not being successful, including our e-commerce  and real estate repositioning and optimization initiatives (including the risk that the costs associated with these initiatives exceeds our expectations); risks associated with the challenges faced by our Aaron's Business, including the commoditization of consumer electronics and the high fixed-cost operating model of the Aaron's Business; risks related to M&A activities, including the risk that the financial performance from such activities, such as our acquisitions of Aaron's Business franchisees, may not meet our expectations; increases in lease merchandise write-offs for our Aaron's Business; increases in lease merchandise write-offs and the provision for returns and uncollectible renewal payments associated with Progressive Leasing's growth; and the other risks and uncertainties discussed under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. Statements in this press release that are "forward-looking" include without limitation statements about the proposed agreement and principle we have reached with the staff of the FTC and our 2020 Outlook. 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 undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances after the date of this press release.

Aaron's, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(In thousands, except per share amounts)




(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended

(Unaudited)
 Twelve Months Ended



December 31,

December 31,



2019

2018

2019

2018

Revenues:






Lease Revenues and Fees


$

939,993


$

909,542


$

3,698,491


$

3,506,418


Retail Sales


7,913


8,543


38,474


31,271


Non-Retail Sales


38,760


56,003


140,950


207,262


Franchise Royalties and Fees


7,533


9,675


33,432


44,815


Interest and Fees on Loans Receivable


9,103


9,060


35,046


37,318


Other


302


361


1,263


1,839


Total


1,003,604


993,184


3,947,656


3,828,923








Costs and Expenses:






Depreciation of Lease Merchandise


507,471


437,889


1,972,358


1,727,904


Retail Cost of Sales


3,999


5,124


24,024


19,819


Non-Retail Cost of Sales


30,172


43,878


113,229


174,180


Operating Expenses


370,793


419,252


1,524,849


1,618,423


Restructuring Expenses, Net


2,455


544


39,990


1,105


Legal and Regulatory Expense


179,261



179,261



Other Operating Income, Net


(7,217)


(1,830)


(11,929)


(2,116)


Total


1,086,934


904,857


3,841,782


3,539,315








Operating (Loss) Profit


(83,330)


88,327


105,874


289,608


Interest Income


385


80


1,790


454


Interest Expense


(3,720)


(4,572)


(16,967)


(16,440)


Impairment of Investment





(20,098)


Other Non-Operating Income (Expense), Net


661


(1,778)


2,091


(1,320)


(Losses) Earnings Before Income Tax Expense


(86,004)


82,057


92,788


252,204








Income Tax Expense


21,053


20,314


61,316


55,994


Net (Losses) Earnings


$

(107,057)


$

61,743


$

31,472


$

196,210








(Losses) Earnings Per Share


$

(1.60)


$

0.91


$

0.47


$

2.84


(Losses) Earnings Per Share Assuming Dilution


$

(1.60)


$

0.89


$

0.46


$

2.78








Weighted Average Shares Outstanding


66,908


67,959


67,322


69,128


Weighted Average Shares Outstanding Assuming Dilution


66,908


69,408


68,631


70,597



 

Aaron's, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)




(Unaudited)




December 31, 2019


December 31, 2018


ASSETS:






Cash and Cash Equivalents


$

57,755



$

15,278



Accounts Receivable (net of allowances of $76,293 in 2019
and $62,704 in 2018)


104,159



98,159



Lease Merchandise (net of accumulated depreciation and
allowances of $896,056 in 2019 and $816,928 in 2018)


1,433,417



1,318,470



Loans Receivable (net of allowances and unamortized fees of
$21,134 in 2019 and $19,941 in 2018)


75,253



76,153



Property, Plant and Equipment, Net


237,666



229,492



Operating Lease Right-of-Use Assets


329,211





Goodwill


736,582



733,170



Other Intangibles, Net


190,796



228,600



Income Tax Receivable


18,690



29,148



Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets


114,271



98,222



Total Assets


$

3,297,800



$

2,826,692



LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:






Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses


$

272,816



$

293,153



Accrued Regulatory Expense


175,000





Deferred Income Taxes Payable


310,395



267,500



Customer Deposits and Advance Payments


91,914



80,579



Operating Lease Liabilities


369,386





Debt


341,030



424,752



Total Liabilities


1,560,541



1,065,984



SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:






Common Stock, Par Value $0.50 Per Share: Authorized:
225,000,000 Shares at December 31, 2019 and 2018; Shares
Issued: 90,752,123 at December 31, 2019 and 2018


45,376



45,376



Additional Paid-in Capital


290,229



278,922



Retained Earnings


2,029,613



2,005,344



Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss


(19)



(1,087)



Less: Treasury Shares at Cost






Common Stock: 24,034,053 Shares at December 31, 2019 and
23,567,979 at December 31, 2018


(627,940)



(567,847)



Total Shareholders' Equity


1,737,259



1,760,708



Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity


$

3,297,800



$

2,826,692



 

Aaron's, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows


(Unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended
 December 31,

(In Thousands)

2019


2018

OPERATING ACTIVITIES:




Net Earnings

$

31,472



$

196,210


Adjustments to Reconcile Net Earnings to Net Cash Provided by Operating
Activities:




Depreciation of Lease Merchandise

1,972,358



1,727,904


Other Depreciation and Amortization

105,061



94,150


Accounts Receivable Provision

322,963



268,088


Provision for Credit Losses on Loans Receivable

21,667



21,063


Stock-Based Compensation

26,548



28,182


Deferred Income Taxes

49,967



48,359


Impairment of Assets

30,344



20,098


Non-Cash Lease Expense

114,934




Other Changes, Net

(9,886)



(2,198)


Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities, Net of Effects of Acquisitions and
Dispositions:




Additions to Lease Merchandise

(2,484,755)



(2,234,646)


Book Value of Lease Merchandise Sold or Disposed

401,960



398,748


Accounts Receivable

(331,636)



(270,888)


Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets

(25,860)



5,903


Income Tax Receivable

10,458



70,875


Operating Lease Right-of-Use Assets and Liabilities

(124,384)




Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses

20,183



(20,367)


Accrued Regulatory Expense

175,000




Customer Deposits and Advance Payments

10,791



5,017


Cash Provided by Operating Activities

317,185



356,498


INVESTING ACTIVITIES:




Investments in Loans Receivable

(70,313)



(64,914)


Proceeds from Loans Receivable

53,170



57,328


Proceeds from Investments

1,212



3,066


Outflows on Purchases of Property, Plant & Equipment

(92,963)



(78,845)


Proceeds from Property, Plant, and Equipment

14,090



9,191


Outflows on Acquisitions of Businesses and Customer Agreements, Net of Cash
Acquired

(14,285)



(189,901)


Proceeds from Dispositions of Businesses and Customer Agreements, Net of Cash
Disposed

2,813



942


Cash Used in Investing Activities

(106,276)



(263,133)


FINANCING ACTIVITIES:




(Repayments) Borrowings on Revolving Facility, Net

(16,000)



16,000


Proceeds from Debt



137,500


Repayments on Debt

(68,531)



(97,583)


Acquisition of Treasury Stock

(69,255)



(168,735)


Dividends Paid

(9,437)



(6,243)


Issuance of Stock Under Stock Option Plans

7,749



7,975


Shares Withheld for Tax Payments

(13,038)



(17,347)


Debt Issuance Costs

(40)



(535)


Cash Used in Financing Activities

(168,552)



(128,968)


EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH AND CASH
EQUIVALENTS

120



(156)


Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents

42,477



(35,759)


Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Year

15,278



51,037


Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Year

$

57,755



$

15,278



 

Aaron's, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Quarterly Revenues by Segment

(In thousands)



(Unaudited)


Three Months Ended


December 31, 2019


Progressive Leasing1

Aaron's Business

Vive

Consolidated Total

Lease Revenues and Fees

$

559,549


$

380,444


$


$

939,993


Retail Sales


7,913



7,913


Non-Retail Sales


38,760



38,760


Franchise Royalties and Fees


7,533



7,533


Interest and Fees on Loans Receivable



9,103


9,103


Other


302



302


Total Revenues

$

559,549


$

434,952


$

9,103


$

1,003,604



1

For the three months ended December 31, 2019, Progressive Leasing incurred bad debt expense of $81,037 which was recorded as a reduction to Lease Revenues and Fees as a result of the Company's adoption of ASC 842, Leases.

 


(Unaudited)


Three Months Ended


December 31, 2018


Progressive Leasing

Aaron's Business

Vive

Consolidated Total

Lease Revenues and Fees

$

524,391


$

385,151


$


$

909,542


Retail Sales


8,543



8,543


Non-Retail Sales


56,003



56,003


Franchise Royalties and Fees


9,675



9,675


Interest and Fees on Loans Receivable



9,060


9,060


Other


361



361


Total Revenues

$

524,391


$

459,733


$

9,060


$

993,184


Progressive Bad Debt Expense

67,040




67,040


Total Revenues, net of Progressive
Bad Debt Expense1

$

457,351


$

459,733


$

9,060


$

926,144



1

 See the "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" section accompanying this press release.

 

Aaron's, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Twelve Months Revenues by Segment

(In thousands)



(Unaudited)


Twelve Months Ended


December 31, 2019


Progressive Leasing1

Aaron's Business

Vive

Consolidated Total

Lease Revenues and Fees

$

2,128,133


$

1,570,358


$


$

3,698,491


Retail Sales


38,474



38,474


Non-Retail Sales


140,950



140,950


Franchise Royalties and Fees


33,432



33,432


Interest and Fees on Loans Receivable



35,046


35,046


Other


1,263



1,263


Total Revenues

$

2,128,133


$

1,784,477


$

35,046


$

3,947,656



1

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, Progressive Leasing incurred bad debt expense of $274,905 which was recorded as a reduction to Lease Revenues and Fees as a result of the Company's adoption of ASC 842, Leases.

 


(Unaudited)


Twelve Months Ended


December 31, 2018


Progressive Leasing

Aaron's Business

Vive

Consolidated Total

Lease Revenues and Fees

$

1,998,981


$

1,507,437


$


$

3,506,418


Retail Sales


31,271



31,271


Non-Retail Sales


207,262



207,262


Franchise Royalties and Fees


44,815



44,815


Interest and Fees on Loans Receivable



37,318


37,318


Other


1,839



1,839


Total Revenues

$

1,998,981


$

1,792,624


$

37,318


$

3,828,923


Progressive Bad Debt Expense

227,813




227,813


Total Revenues, net of Progressive
Bad Debt Expense1

$

1,771,168


$

1,792,624


$

37,318


$

3,601,110



1

See the "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" section accompanying this press release.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information:

Non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are supplemental measures of our performance that are not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP").  Non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for 2019 exclude Progressive Leasing-related intangible amortization expense, amortization expense resulting from franchisee acquisitions, restructuring charges, the regulatory charge related to Progressive Leasing's tentative settlement of the FTC matter, legal expenses incurred related to the FTC matter and acquisition transaction and transition costs. Non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for 2018 exclude Progressive Leasing-related intangible amortization expense, amortization expense resulting from franchisee acquisitions, acquisition transaction and transition costs related to franchisee acquisitions, restructuring charges, gain on the sale of a building, tax expense as an indirect result of the Tax Act and charges related to the full impairment of the Company's PerfectHome Investment and the related expenses incurred. The amounts for these after-tax non-GAAP adjustments can be found in the Reconciliation of Net Earnings and Earnings Per Share Assuming Dilution to Non-GAAP Net Earnings and Earnings Per Share Assuming Dilution table in this press release.

The EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA figures presented in this press release are calculated as the Company's earnings before interest expense, depreciation on property, plant and equipment, amortization of intangible assets and income taxes.  Adjusted EBITDA also excludes the other adjustments described in the calculation of non-GAAP net earnings above. The amounts for these pre-tax non-GAAP adjustments can be found in the Quarterly and Twelve Months Segment EBITDA tables in this press release.

Management believes that non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provide relevant and useful information, and are widely used by analysts, investors and competitors in our industry as well as by our management in assessing both consolidated and business unit performance.

Non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted earnings provide management and investors with an understanding of the results from the primary operations of our business by excluding the effects of certain items that generally arose from larger, one-time transactions that are not reflective of the ordinary earnings activity of our operations or transactions that have variability and volatility of the amount.  This measure may be useful to an investor in evaluating the underlying operating performance of our business.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA also provide management and investors with an understanding of one aspect of earnings before the impact of investing and financing charges and income taxes.  These measures may be useful to an investor in evaluating our operating performance and liquidity because the measures:

  • Are widely used by investors to measure a company's operating performance without regard to items excluded from the calculation of such measure, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon accounting methods, book value of assets, capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired, among other factors.
  • Are a financial measurement that is used by rating agencies, lenders and other parties to evaluate our creditworthiness.
  • Are used by our management for various purposes, including as a measure of performance of our operating entities and as a basis for strategic planning and forecasting.

This press release also discloses non-GAAP revenues for periods prior to January 1, 2019 as if the lessor accounting impacts of ASC 842 were in effect during the twelve months ended months ended December 31, 2018. "Total Revenues, net of Progressive Bad Debt Expense" and the related percentages for the comparable prior year periods are a supplemental measure of our performance that are not calculated in accordance with GAAP in place during 2018. These non-GAAP measures assume that Progressive bad debt expense is recorded as a reduction to lease revenues and fees instead of within operating expenses in 2018. Please see Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements and the "Results of Operations" section of our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 for a more comprehensive disclosure of bad debt expense and the impact of the adoption of ASC 842 related to accounting for leases for the prospective periods beginning with the first quarter of 2019.

Management believes these non-GAAP measures for 2018 provide relevant and useful information for users of our financial statements, as they provide comparability with the financial results we are reporting beginning in 2019 when ASC 842 became effective and we began reporting Progressive's bad debt expense as a reduction to lease revenues and fees. We believe these non-GAAP measures provide management and investors the ability to better understand the results from the primary operations of our business in 2019 compared with 2018 by classifying Progressive's bad debt expense consistently between the periods.

The Company also discusses a non-GAAP measure for the Aaron's Business Recurring Revenue Written into the portfolio. Recurring Revenue Written is the expected recurring monthly lease payments from lease agreements originated in a given period. Recurring Revenue Written is not lease revenue as it does not adjust for certain items such as uncollectible payments, charge offs, and/or lease non-renewals.

Finally, this press release presents pre-tax, pre-provision loss for Vive, which is also a supplemental measure not calculated in accordance with GAAP.  Management believes this measure is useful because it gives management and investors an additional, supplemental metric to assess Vive's underlying operational performance for the period. Management uses this measure as one of its bases for strategic planning and forecasting for Vive.  Our use of pre-provision, pre-tax loss may not be comparable to similar measures disclosed by other companies, because not all companies and analysts calculate these measures in the same manner.

Non-GAAP financial measures, however, should not be used as a substitute for, or considered superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP, such as the Company's GAAP basis net earnings and diluted earnings per share and the GAAP revenues and earnings before income taxes of the Company's segments, which are also presented in the press release.  Further, we caution investors that amounts presented in accordance with our definitions of non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Total revenues net of Progressive's bad debt expense and the related percentages for the comparable prior year period, and pre-tax, pre-provision loss may not be comparable to similar measures disclosed by other companies, because not all companies and analysts calculate these measures in the same manner.

Reconciliation of Net Earnings and Earnings Per Share Assuming Dilution to Non-GAAP

Net Earnings and Earnings Per Share Assuming Dilution

(In thousands, except per share)



(Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended


(Unaudited)
 Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2019

2018


2019

2018

Net (Losses) Earnings

$

(107,057)


$

61,743



$

31,472


$

196,210


Add Progressive Leasing-Related Intangible Amortization Expense (1)(2)

4,139


4,194



16,718


16,824


Add Franchisee-Related Intangible Amortization Expense(3)(4)

1,459


2,607



9,239


6,778


Add Restructuring Expense, net (5)(6)

1,874


421



30,833


857


Add Acquisition Transaction and Transition Costs(7)(8)

76


653



567


1,156


Add FTC Legal Expenses(9)

3,253




3,285



Add FTC Tentative Settlement

175,000




175,000



Less Impairment of Investment and Related Expenses(10)





16,779


Less Tax Act Adjustments


1,744




(529)


Less Gain on Sale of Building(11)


(600)




(601)


Non-GAAP Net Earnings

$

78,744


$

70,762



$

267,114


$

237,474








(Losses) Earnings Per Share Assuming Dilution

$

(1.60)


$

0.89



$

0.46


$

2.78


Add Progressive Leasing-Related Intangible Amortization Expense (1)(2)

0.06


0.06



0.24


0.24


Add Franchisee-Related Intangible Amortization Expense(3)(4)

0.02


0.04



0.13


0.10


Add Restructuring Expense, net(5)(6)

0.03


0.01



0.45


0.01


Add Acquisition Transaction and Transition Costs(7)(8)


0.01



0.01


0.02


Add FTC Legal Expenses(9)

0.05




0.05



Add FTC Tentative Settlement

2.56




2.55



Less Impairment of Investment and Related Expenses(10)





0.24


Less Tax Act Adjustments


0.03




(0.01)


Less Gain on Sale of Building(11)


(0.01)




(0.01)


Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share Assuming Dilution(12)

$

1.15


$

1.02



$

3.89


$

3.36








Weighted Average Shares Outstanding Assuming Dilution

68,308


69,408



68,631


70,597



(1)

Net of taxes of $1,282 and $4,965 for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 calculated using the estimated tax rates of 23.66% and 22.90% for the respective periods.

(2)

Net of taxes of $1,227 and $4,859 for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 calculated using the estimated tax rates of 22.63% and 22.41% for the respective periods.

(3)

Net of taxes of $452 and $2,744 for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 calculated using the estimated tax rates of 23.66% and 22.90% for the respective periods.

(4)

Net of taxes of $763 and $1,958 for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 calculated using the estimated tax rates of 22.63% and 22.41% for the respective periods.

(5)

Net of taxes of $581 and $9,157 for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 calculated using the estimated tax rates of 23.66% and 22.90% for the respective periods.

(6)

Net of taxes of $123 and $248 for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 calculated using the estimated tax rates of 22.63% and 22.41% for the respective periods.

(7)

Net of taxes of $24 and $168 for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 calculated using the estimated tax rates of 23.66% and 22.90% for the respective periods.

(8)

Net of taxes of $191 and $334 for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 calculated using the estimated tax rates of 22.63% and 22.41% for the respective periods.

(9)

Net of taxes of $1,008 and $976 for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 calculated using the estimated tax rates of 23.66% and 22.90% for the respective periods.

(10)

Net of taxes of $4,846 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 calculated using the estimated tax rate of 22.41% for the period.

(11)

Net of taxes of $175 and $174 for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 calculated using the estimated tax rates of 22.63% and 22.41% for the respective periods.

(12)

In some cases, the sum of individual EPS amounts may not equal total non-GAAP EPS calculations due to rounding.


 

Vive Pre-tax, Pre-provision Loss

(In thousands)



(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended

(Unaudited)
 Twelve Months Ended


December 31,

December 31,


2019

2018

2019

2018

Loss Before Income Taxes

$

(2,521)


$

(831)


$

(9,654)


$

(7,494)


Adjustment to Increase (Decrease) Allowance for Loan Losses
During Period

857


(168)


1,941


1,516


Pre-tax, Pre-provision Loss

$

(1,664)


$

(999)


$

(7,713)


$

(5,978)



 

Aaron's, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Non-GAAP Financial Information

Quarterly Segment EBITDA

(In thousands)



(Unaudited)


Three Months Ended


December 31, 2019


Progressive
Leasing

Aaron's
Business

Vive

Consolidated
Total

Net Loss




$

(107,057)


Income Taxes1




21,053


(Loss) Earnings Before Income Taxes

$

(111,556)


$

28,073


$

(2,521)


(86,004)


Interest Expense

1,698


1,095


927


3,720


Depreciation

2,288


15,385


209


17,882


Amortization

5,421


2,194


145


7,760


EBITDA

$

(102,149)


$

46,747


$

(1,240)


$

(56,642)


Restructuring Expenses


2,455



2,455


Acquisition Transaction and Transition Costs


100



100


Legal and Regulatory Expenses

179,261




179,261


Adjusted EBITDA

$

77,112


$

49,302


$

(1,240)


$

125,174




(Unaudited)


Three Months Ended


December 31, 2018


Progressive
Leasing

Aaron's
Business

Vive

Consolidated
Total

Net Earnings




$

61,743


Income Taxes1




20,314


Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes

$

54,622


$

28,266


$

(831)


82,057


Interest Expense

3,745


49


778


4,572


Depreciation

1,758


14,230


192


16,180


Amortization

5,421


3,674


145


9,240


EBITDA

$

65,546


$

46,219


$

284


$

112,049


Restructuring Expenses


544



544


Acquisition Transaction and Transition Costs


844



844


Gain on Sale of Building



(775)


(775)


Adjusted EBITDA

$

65,546


$

47,607


$

(491)


$

112,662



(1)

Taxes are calculated on a consolidated basis and are not identifiable by Company segments.

 

Aaron's, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Non-GAAP Financial Information

Twelve Months Segment EBITDA

(In thousands)



(Unaudited)


Twelve Months Ended


December 31, 2019


Progressive
Leasing

Aaron's
Business

Vive

Consolidated
Total

Net Earnings




$

31,472


Income Taxes1




61,316


Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes

$

55,711


$

46,731


$

(9,654)


92,788


Interest Expense

8,572


4,868


3,527


16,967


Depreciation

8,284


60,415


805


69,504


Amortization

21,683


13,294


580


35,557


EBITDA

$

94,250


$

125,308


$

(4,742)


$

214,816


Restructuring Expenses


39,990



39,990


Acquisition Transaction and Transition Costs


735



735


Legal and Regulatory Expenses

179,261




179,261


Adjusted EBITDA

$

273,511


$

166,033


$

(4,742)


$

434,802








(Unaudited)


Twelve Months Ended


December 31, 2018


Progressive
Leasing

Aaron's
Business

Vive

Consolidated
Total

Net Earnings




$

196,210


Income Taxes1




55,994


Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes

$

175,015


$

84,683


$

(7,494)


252,204


Interest Expense

16,288


(2,944)


3,096


16,440


Depreciation

6,291


54,022


852


61,165


Amortization

21,683


10,722


580


32,985


EBITDA

$

219,277


$

146,483


$

(2,966)


$

362,794


Restructuring Expenses (Reversals), Net


1,115


(10)


1,105


Impairment of Investment and Related Expenses


21,625



21,625


Acquisition Transaction and Transition Costs


1,490



1,490


Gain on Sale of Building



(775)


(775)


Adjusted EBITDA

$

219,277


$

170,713


$

(3,751)


$

386,239



(1)

Taxes are calculated on a consolidated basis and are not identifiable by Company segments.


 

Reconciliation of 2020 Outlook for EBITDA

(In thousands)



Fiscal Year 2020 Ranges


Progressive Leasing

Aaron's Business

Vive

Consolidated Total

Estimated Net Earnings




$233,500 - $255,000

Taxes1




74,000 - 80,500

Projected Earnings Before Taxes

$260,500 - $275,500

$58,000 - $68,000

$(11,000) - $(8,000)

307,500 - 335,500

Interest Expense

17,000

(6,000)

4,000

15,000

Depreciation

10,500

68,000

1,000

79,500

Amortization

22,000

5,000

1,000

28,000

Projected EBITDA

310,000 - 325,000

125,000 - 135,000

(5,000) - (2,000)

430,000- 458,000


(1)

Taxes are calculated on a consolidated basis and are not identifiable by Company segments.

 

Reconciliation of 2020 Outlook for Earnings Per Share

Assuming Dilution to Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share Assuming Dilution



Fiscal Year 2020 Range


Low

High

Projected Earnings Per Share Assuming Dilution

$

3.50


$

3.70


Add Projected Intangible Amortization Expense1

0.30


0.30


Projected Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share Assuming Dilution

$

3.80


$

4.00



(1)

Includes projected amortization expense related to the acquisition of Progressive Leasing and the franchisee acquisitions.

 

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