Rent-A-Center to Acquire Acima, for $1.650 Billion


Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII), a Plano, Texas-based omni-channel lease-to-own provider for the credit constrained customer, is to acquire Acima Holdings LLC, a provider of virtual lease-to-own solutions.

Total consideration consists of $1.273 billion in cash and approximately 10.8 million shares of Rent-A-Center common stock currently valued at $377m. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2021 subject to customary closing conditions, including clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.

Acima is a LTO fintech company with a national presence in retail partner stores and e-commerce platforms, and a broad range of product verticals. Founded in 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Acima has grown annual revenues from $97 million in 2016 to an expected $1.25 billion in 2020. Acima will continue to operate out of Salt Lake City and will incorporate the complementary Preferred Dynamix platform to create a frictionless LTO experience for consumers and retail partners.

Upon the closing of the transaction, the current Acima management team will report to Preferred Dynamix Executive Vice President Jason Hogg, and the combined business will be reported in the Preferred Lease segment.

Led by Mitch Fadel, Chief Executive Officer, Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ: RCII) is an omni-channel lease-to-own provider for the credit constrained customer. The company focuses on improving the quality of life for its customers by providing access and the opportunity to obtain ownership of high-quality, durable products via small payments over time under a flexible lease-purchase agreement and no long-term debt obligation. The Rent-A-Center Business and Mexico segments provide lease-to-own options on products such as furniture, appliances, consumer electronics, and computers in approximately 1,950 Rent-A-Center stores in the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico and on its e-commerce platform, The Franchising segment is a national franchiser of approximately 460 franchise locations.