Aaron's Holdings Reports Record Third Quarter Revenues and Earnings
October 29, 2020 at 07:00 AM EDT
ATLANTA, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Aaron's Holdings Company, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, today announced financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2020.
"We are pleased to announce record third quarter revenues and earnings. Progressive Leasing and the Aaron's Business continued to perform well during this period of uncertainty caused by the ongoing pandemic. I am proud of our teams for executing at such a high level during the quarter despite supply chain disruptions, changing consumer behavior and ongoing retail restrictions in certain markets. Our team has done an outstanding job effectively managing our business in a very challenging environment," said John Robinson, Chief Executive Officer at Aaron's Holdings Company, Inc. "Regarding our previously announced separation, we believe the Company is on track to complete the transaction during the fourth quarter."
For the third quarter of 2020, consolidated revenues were $1.05 billion compared with $963.8 million for the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 9.2%. The increase in consolidated revenues was due to continued strength in customer payment activity across our businesses, which the Company believes is partially a result of various government stimulus programs enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Net earnings for the third quarter of 2020 were $109.3 million compared to net earnings of $39.8 million in the prior year period. Net earnings in the third quarter of 2020 included $8.3 million in pre-tax spin-related separation charges and $4.0 million in pre-tax restructuring charges. Net earnings in the third quarter of 2019 included $5.5 million in pre-tax restructuring charges.
Adjusted EBITDA for the Company was $178.3 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared with $87.1 million for the same period in 2019, an increase of $91.3 million, or 104.8%. As a percentage of revenues, adjusted EBITDA was 16.9% in the third quarter of 2020 compared with 9.0% for the same period in 2019.
Diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2020 were $1.60 compared with diluted earnings per share of $0.58 in the year ago period. On a non-GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share were $1.80 in the third quarter of 2020. This compares with non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.73 for the same quarter in 2019, an increase of $1.07 or 147%.
The Company generated $551.8 million in cash from operations during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and ended the third quarter with $470.2 million in cash, compared with a cash balance of $57.8 million at the end of 2019. Total available liquidity was $956.3 million as of September 30, 2020.
Progressive Leasing Segment Results
Progressive Leasing's revenues in the third quarter of 2020 increased 13.7% to $601.1 million compared to $528.9 million in the third quarter of 2019. Third quarter invoice volume increased 3.4%, with improving customer demand partially offset by shortages of available products in many of its retail partners, primarily in the furniture, electronics and appliance categories. Invoice volume per active door was up 3.0% and active doors were up 0.4% to approximately 20,000. Progressive Leasing had 892,000 customers at September 30, 2020, a 1.9% decrease from September 30, 2019 primarily as a result of higher than prior year early lease buyout activity.
Earnings before income taxes for the third quarter of 2020 were $103.8 million compared to $53.5 million in the prior year period. Earnings before income taxes for the third quarter of 2020 included $1.8 million in spin-related separation charges. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2020 was $115.2 million compared with $62.9 million for the same period of 2019, an increase of 83.4%. As a percentage of revenues, adjusted EBITDA was 19.2% for the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 730 basis points compared to the third quarter of 2019. The margin improvement was due primarily to strong portfolio performance and operating expense control.
The provision for lease merchandise write-offs was 2.1% of revenues in the third quarter of 2020 compared with 7.7% in the same period of 2019. The decrease in the provision for lease merchandise write-offs as a percent of revenues was due primarily to strong customer payment activity and the positive impact of more conservative decisioning implemented at the onset of the COVID pandemic.
The Aaron's Business Segment Results
For the third quarter of 2020, total revenues for the Aaron's Business increased 3.4% to $441.0 million from $426.3 million in the third quarter of 2019. The increase was due to strong customer payment activity and higher merchandise sales to our franchisees, partially offset by a reduction of 134 stores during the 15-month period ended September 30, 2020. Same-store revenues increased 7.3% due primarily to strong customer payment activity. Customer count on a same-store basis was down 3.7% during the third quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Company-operated Aaron's stores had 902,000 customers at September 30, 2020, an 8.3% decrease from September 30, 2019. At September 30, 2020, the Aaron's Business had 1,086 Company-operated stores and 308 franchised stores compared to 1,163 and 341 company-operated and franchised stores, respectively, at the end of the prior year period.
Lease revenue and fees for the three months ended September 30, 2020 increased 1.7% compared with the same period in 2019. Retail sales increased 53.1% compared with the same period in 2019. Non-retail sales, which primarily consist of merchandise sales to the Company's franchisees, increased 12.0% for the third quarter of 2020 compared with the prior year period.
Earnings before income taxes for the third quarter of 2020 were $39.8 million, which includes the impact of $6.5 million in spin-related separation charges and $4.0 million in restructuring charges. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2020 was $65.1 million compared to $25.7 million for the same period in 2019, an increase of $39.4 million or 153.1%. As a percentage of revenues, adjusted EBITDA was 14.8% in the third quarter of 2020 compared to 6.0% in the prior year quarter. The increase in adjusted EBITDA was due primarily to strong customer payment activity and lower merchandise write-offs, partially offset by the impact of a slightly lower portfolio balance entering the third quarter as compared to the same period in the prior year.
The provision for lease merchandise write-offs was 2.4% of revenues in the third quarter of 2020, compared with 7.4% for the same period last year. Contributing to the year-over-year improvement in write-offs was strong customer payment activity, in both our store and e-commerce channels.
Significant Components of Revenue and Franchise Performance
Consolidated lease revenues and fees for the three months ended September 30, 2020 increased 8.7% over the prior year period. Franchise royalties and fees were flat in the third quarter of 2020 compared with the same period a year ago. Franchisee revenues totaled $101.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, a decrease of 2.2% from the prior year period. Same-store revenues for franchised stores increased 5.8% and same-store customer counts declined 5.8% for the third quarter of 2020 compared with the same quarter in 2019. Franchised stores had 210,000 customers at the end of the third quarter of 2020. Revenues and customers of franchisees are not revenues and customers of the Aaron's Business or the Company.
For the fourth quarter, we expect consolidated revenues between $1.025 billion and $1.045 billion and Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share of between $1.20 and $1.30. This outlook assumes no significant deterioration in the current retail environment or in the state of the U.S. economy as compared to its current condition and a gradual improvement in global supply chain conditions. Estimated fourth quarter Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share assumes no reduction in the COVID-specific reserves established at the end of the first quarter of 2020.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Items
Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its quarterly results on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The public is invited to listen to the conference call by webcast accessible through the Company's investor relations website, investor.aarons.com. The webcast will be archived for playback at that same site.
About Aaron's Holdings Company, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron's Holdings Company, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), is a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. Progressive Leasing provides lease-purchase solutions through more than 20,000 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 1,400 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, as well as its e-commerce platform, Aarons.com. Vive Financial 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 "expected", "believe", "outlook" and similar terminology. These risks and uncertainties include factors such as (i) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related measures taken by governmental or regulatory authorities to combat the pandemic, and whether additional government stimulus payments or supplemental unemployment benefits will be approved, and the nature, amount and timing of any such payments or benefits, including the impact of the pandemic and such measures on: (a) demand for the lease-to-own products offered by our Progressive Leasing and Aaron's Business segments, (b) Progressive Leasing's retail partners, (c) our customers, including their ability and willingness to satisfy their obligations under their lease agreements, (d) our suppliers' ability to provide us with the merchandise we need to obtain from them, (e) our employees and labor needs, including our ability to adequately staff our operations, (f) our financial and operational performance, and (g) our liquidity; (ii) uncertainties as to the timing of the separation and whether it will be completed; (iii) the possibility that various closing conditions for the separation may not be satisfied; (iv) failure of the separation to qualify for the expected tax treatment; (v) the risk that the Aaron's and Progressive businesses will not be separated successfully or such separation may be more difficult, time-consuming and/or costly than expected; (vi) the possibility that the operational, strategic and shareholder value creation opportunities from the separation may not be achieved; (vii) changes in the enforcement of existing laws and regulations and the adoption of new laws and regulations that may unfavorably impact our businesses; (viii) the effects on our business and reputation resulting from Progressive's announced settlement and related consent order with 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; (ix) other types of legal and regulatory proceedings and investigations, including those related to customer privacy, third party and employee fraud and information security; (x) 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); (xi) 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; (xii) increased competition from traditional and virtual lease-to-own competitors, as well as from traditional and on-line retailers and other competitors; (xiii) financial challenges faced by our franchisees, which we believe may be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and related governmental or regulatory measures to combat the pandemic; (xiv) increases in lease merchandise write-offs for our Aaron's Business and increases in lease merchandise write-offs and the provision for returns and uncollectible renewal payments for Progressive Leasing, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; 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 and in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. Statements in this press release that are "forward-looking" include without limitation statements about (i) the strength of our businesses during the ongoing economic uncertainty caused by the COVID pandemic, (ii) the expected timing for the completion of our previously announced spin transaction and our ability to complete it; and (iii) our outlook for our consolidated financial performance for the fourth quarter of 2020. 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.
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 2020 exclude Progressive Leasing-related intangible amortization expense and insurance reimbursements for certain legal costs, as well as certain Aaron's Business charges including amortization expense resulting from franchisee acquisitions, restructuring charges, early termination charges incurred to terminate a sales and marketing agreement, goodwill impairment charges, legal, accounting and personnel expenses incurred in conjunction with the Company's implementation of a holding company structure and the planned separation and distribution of the Aaron's Business into a separate company, and an income tax benefit resulting from the revaluation of a net operating loss carryback. Non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for 2019 exclude Progressive Leasing-related intangible amortization expense, certain Aaron's Business charges including amortization expense resulting from franchisee acquisitions, acquisition transaction and transition costs related to franchisee acquisitions and restructuring charges. The amounts for these after-tax non-GAAP adjustments, which are calculated using estimated tax rates which are commensurate with non-GAAP pre-tax earnings, 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 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:
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, 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.
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