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RCII Rent a Center Inc De

Filed: 27 Feb 20, 5:06pm


     
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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FORM 8-K
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CURRENT REPORT
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of Report:
(Date of earliest event reported)
February 21, 2020
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RENT-A-CENTER, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
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Delaware 001-38047 45-0491516
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(Commission
File Number)
 
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
5501 Headquarters Drive
Plano, Texas 75024
(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)
(972) 801-1100
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
N/A
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $.01 Par ValueRCIINASDAQ
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On February 21, 2020, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the "FTC") issued a proposed Agreement Containing Consent Order (the "Consent Agreement") entered into by the FTC and Rent-A-Center, Inc. (the "Company"). The Company executed the Consent Agreement to resolved all matters contained in the previously disclosed FTC investigation of the Company and other rent-to-own companies related to the reciprocal purchase and sale of customer lease agreements, and whether such transactions violated the FTC Act. Following a 30-day public comment period, the Consent Agreement will become effective upon final approval by the FTC.
Under the terms of the Consent Agreement, the Company agrees not to (1) enter into certain reciprocal purchase agreements with other rent-to-own companies and (2) enforce non-competition provisions that were part of existing reciprocal purchase agreements. The Consent Agreement also requires the Company to establish a compliance program to ensure adherence to the terms of the Consent Agreement. The Company will not pay any penalties or fines to the FTC or any other party under the Consent Agreement.
The Company entered into the Consent Agreement to avoid the expense, management distraction and uncertainty caused by protracted litigation, and the Consent Agreement does not involve an admission of wrongdoing on the part of the Company.
The foregoing description of the Consent Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the copy of the Consent Agreement filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) The following exhibits are being filed herewith:
Exhibit No. Description
10.1 
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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
     
 
  
 RENT-A-CENTER, INC.
    
Date:February 27, 2020 By:/s/ Dawn M. Wolverton
    Dawn M. Wolverton
    Interim General Counsel and Secretary