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Engaged Capital LLC SEC Filing Form SC 13D/A 2/2017, submited: 2017-06-19

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SC 13D/A 1 sc13da809455023_06162017.htm AMENDMENT NO. 8 TO THE SCHEDULE 13D

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 13D

(Rule 13d-101)

INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN STATEMENTS FILED PURSUANT

TO § 240.13d-1(a) AND AMENDMENTS THERETO FILED PURSUANT TO

§ 240.13d-2(a)

(Amendment No. 8)1

Rent-A-Center, Inc.

(Name of Issuer)

Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share

(Title of Class of Securities)

76009N100

(CUSIP Number)

  

glenn w. welling

engaged capital, llc

610 Newport Center Drive, Suite 250

Newport Beach, California 92660

(949) 734-7900

 

STEVE WOLOSKY

OLSHAN FROME WOLOSKY LLP

1325 Avenue of the Americas

New York, New York 10019

(212) 451-2300

(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person

Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)

 

June 19, 2017

(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of This Statement)

 

If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of §§ 240.13d-1(e), 240.13d-1(f) or 240.13d-1(g), check the following box ¨.

Note:  Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits.  See § 240.13d-7 for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.

 

 

1              The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person’s initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

 

CUSIP NO. 76009N100

  1   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        Engaged Capital Flagship Master Fund, LP  
  2   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (a) ☐
        (b) ☐
           
  3   SEC USE ONLY    
           
           
  4   SOURCE OF FUNDS  
         
        WC  
  5   CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)     ☐
       
           
  6   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION  
         
        CAYMAN ISLANDS  
NUMBER OF   7   SOLE VOTING POWER  
SHARES          
BENEFICIALLY         2,519,969  
OWNED BY   8   SHARED VOTING POWER  
EACH          
REPORTING         - 0 -  
PERSON WITH   9   SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  
         
          2,519,969  
    10   SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  
           
          - 0 -  
  11   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON  
         
        2,519,969  
  12   CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES     ☐
       
           
  13   PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)  
         
        4.7%  
  14   TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        PN  

  

2

CUSIP NO. 76009N100

  1   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        Engaged Capital Co-Invest V, LP  
  2   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (a) ☐
        (b) ☐
           
  3   SEC USE ONLY    
           
           
  4   SOURCE OF FUNDS  
         
        WC  
  5   CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)     ☐
       
           
  6   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION  
         
        DELAWARE  
NUMBER OF   7   SOLE VOTING POWER  
SHARES          
BENEFICIALLY         2,703,611  
OWNED BY   8   SHARED VOTING POWER  
EACH          
REPORTING         - 0 -  
PERSON WITH   9   SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  
         
          2,703,611  
    10   SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  
           
          - 0 -  
  11   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON  
         
        2,703,611  
  12   CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES     ☐
       
           
  13   PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)  
         
        5.1%  
  14   TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        PN  

  

3

CUSIP NO. 76009N100

 

  1   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        Engaged Capital Co-Invest V-A, LP  
  2   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (a) ☐
        (b) ☐
           
  3   SEC USE ONLY    
           
           
  4   SOURCE OF FUNDS  
         
        WC  
  5   CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)     ☐
       
           
  6   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION  
         
        DELAWARE  
NUMBER OF   7   SOLE VOTING POWER  
SHARES          
BENEFICIALLY         3,390,148  
OWNED BY   8   SHARED VOTING POWER  
EACH          
REPORTING         - 0 -  
PERSON WITH   9   SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  
         
          3,390,148  
    10   SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  
           
          - 0 -  
  11   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON  
         
        3,390,148  
  12   CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES     ☐
       
           
  13   PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)  
         
        6.4%  
  14   TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        PN  

  

4

CUSIP NO. 76009N100

 

  1   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        Engaged Capital Flagship Fund, LP  
  2   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (a) ☐
        (b) ☐
           
  3   SEC USE ONLY    
           
           
  4   SOURCE OF FUNDS  
         
        OO  
  5   CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)     ☐
       
           
  6   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION  
         
        DELAWARE  
NUMBER OF   7   SOLE VOTING POWER  
SHARES          
BENEFICIALLY         2,519,969  
OWNED BY   8   SHARED VOTING POWER  
EACH          
REPORTING         - 0 -  
PERSON WITH   9   SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  
         
          2,519,969  
    10   SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  
           
          - 0 -  
  11   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON  
         
        2,519,969  
  12   CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES     ☐
       
           
  13   PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)  
         
        4.7%  
  14   TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        PN  

  

5

CUSIP NO. 76009N100

 

  1   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        Engaged Capital Flagship Fund, Ltd.  
  2   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (a) ☐
        (b) ☐
           
  3   SEC USE ONLY    
           
           
  4   SOURCE OF FUNDS  
         
        OO  
  5   CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)     ☐
       
           
  6   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION  
         
        CAYMAN ISLANDS  
NUMBER OF   7   SOLE VOTING POWER  
SHARES          
BENEFICIALLY         2,519,969  
OWNED BY   8   SHARED VOTING POWER  
EACH          
REPORTING         - 0 -  
PERSON WITH   9   SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  
         
          2,519,969  
    10   SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  
           
          - 0 -  
  11   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON  
         
        2,519,969  
  12   CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES     ☐
       
           
  13   PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)  
         
        4.7%  
  14   TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        CO  

  

6

CUSIP NO. 76009N100

 

  1   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        Engaged Capital, LLC  
  2   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (a) ☐
        (b) ☐
           
  3   SEC USE ONLY    
           
           
  4   SOURCE OF FUNDS  
         
        OO  
  5   CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)     ☐
       
           
  6   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION  
         
        DELAWARE  
NUMBER OF   7   SOLE VOTING POWER  
SHARES          
BENEFICIALLY         8,983,609  
OWNED BY   8   SHARED VOTING POWER  
EACH          
REPORTING         - 0 -  
PERSON WITH   9   SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  
         
          8,983,609  
    10   SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  
           
          - 0 -  
  11   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON  
         
        8,983,609  
  12   CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES     ☐
       
           
  13   PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)  
         
        16.9%  
  14   TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        OO  

  

7

CUSIP NO. 76009N100

 

  1   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        Engaged Capital Holdings, LLC  
  2   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (a) ☐
        (b) ☐
           
  3   SEC USE ONLY    
           
           
  4   SOURCE OF FUNDS  
         
        OO  
  5   CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)     ☐
       
           
  6   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION  
         
        DELAWARE  
NUMBER OF   7   SOLE VOTING POWER  
SHARES          
BENEFICIALLY         8,983,609  
OWNED BY   8   SHARED VOTING POWER  
EACH          
REPORTING         - 0 -  
PERSON WITH   9   SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  
         
          8,983,609  
    10   SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  
           
          - 0 -  
  11   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON  
         
        8,983,609  
  12   CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES     ☐
       
           
  13   PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)  
         
        16.9%  
  14   TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        OO  

  

8

CUSIP NO. 76009N100

 

  1   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        Glenn W. Welling  
  2   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (a) ☐
        (b) ☐
           
  3   SEC USE ONLY    
           
           
  4   SOURCE OF FUNDS  
         
        OO  
  5   CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)     ☐
       
           
  6   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION  
         
        USA  
NUMBER OF   7   SOLE VOTING POWER  
SHARES          
BENEFICIALLY         8,983,609  
OWNED BY   8   SHARED VOTING POWER  
EACH          
REPORTING         - 0 -  
PERSON WITH   9   SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  
         
          8,983,609  
    10   SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  
           
          - 0 -  
  11   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON  
         
        8,983,609  
  12   CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES     ☐
       
           
  13   PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)  
         
        16.9%  
  14   TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        IN  

  

9

CUSIP NO. 76009N100

 

  1   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        Christopher B. Hetrick  
  2   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (a) ☐
        (b) ☐
           
  3   SEC USE ONLY    
           
           
  4   SOURCE OF FUNDS  
         
           
  5   CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)     ☐
       
           
  6   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION  
         
        USA  
NUMBER OF   7   SOLE VOTING POWER  
SHARES          
BENEFICIALLY         - 0 -  
OWNED BY   8   SHARED VOTING POWER  
EACH          
REPORTING         - 0 -  
PERSON WITH   9   SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  
         
          - 0 -  
    10   SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  
           
          - 0 -  
  11   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON  
         
        - 0 -  
  12   CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES     ☐
       
           
  13   PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)  
         
        0%  
  14   TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        IN  

  

10

CUSIP NO. 76009N100

The following constitutes Amendment No. 8 to the Schedule 13D filed by the undersigned (“Amendment No. 8”). This Amendment No. 8 amends the Schedule 13D as specifically set forth herein.

 

Item 4.Purpose of Transaction.

Item 4 is hereby amended to add the following:

On June 19, 2017, Engaged Capital delivered a letter to the remaining incumbent directors, Michael J. Gade, Rishi Garg, J. V. Lentell and Steven L. Pepper, on the Issuer’s Board of Directors (the “Board”). In the letter, Engaged Capital chronicled how, immediately following the conclusion of the June 8th annual meeting, Mr. Pepper (who was named as Chairman of the Board following the ouster of Mark E. Speese) informed Mr. Welling that he would be leaving on a two-month vacation and would be unavailable until August and that there was no need for the new Board to convene at any time prior to his return. Engaged Capital expressed great concern that despite the decisive and unequivocal mandate for change that stockholders delivered to the Board at the annual meeting, the remaining incumbents appear committed to maintaining the status quo and ignoring the will of the Issuer’s stockholders. Engaged Capital also expressed its disapproval of the Issuer’s continued delay in onboarding the recently elected directors, Jeffrey J. Brown, Mitchell E. Fadel and Christopher B. Hetrick, and reminded the incumbents that they have an obligation to act in stockholders’ best interests – not those of Mr. Speese. Engaged Capital also cautioned the incumbents against establishing an Executive Committee of the Board to conduct business without Messrs. Brown, Fadel and Hetrick or taking any other action to ostracize them. Engaged Capital concluded by making clear that it hopes the incumbents heed the wishes of stockholders and immediately begin working with the newly elected directors; however, if the incumbents fail to do so, Engaged Capital is fully prepared to utilize all tools at its disposal to protect stockholder value. The full text of the letter is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 7.Material to be Filed as Exhibits.

Item 7 is hereby amended to add the following exhibit:

99.1Letter to Incumbent Directors, dated June 19, 2017.

11

CUSIP NO. 76009N100

SIGNATURES

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of his knowledge and belief, the undersigned certifies that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

Dated: June 19, 2017

 

 

  Engaged Capital Flagship Master Fund, LP
   
  By: Engaged Capital, LLC
General Partner
   
  By: /s/ Glenn W. Welling
    Name: Glenn W. Welling
    Title: Founder and Chief Investment Officer

 

 

  Engaged Capital Co-Invest V, LP
   
  By: Engaged Capital, LLC
General Partner
   
  By: /s/ Glenn W. Welling
    Name: Glenn W. Welling
    Title: Founder and Chief Investment Officer

 

 

  Engaged Capital Co-Invest V-A, LP
   
  By: Engaged Capital, LLC
General Partner
   
  By: /s/ Glenn W. Welling
    Name: Glenn W. Welling
    Title: Founder and Chief Investment Officer

 

 

  Engaged Capital Flagship Fund, LP
     
  By: Engaged Capital, LLC
General Partner
   
  By: /s/ Glenn W. Welling
    Name: Glenn W. Welling

 

 

  Title: Founder and Chief Investment Officer

 

12

CUSIP NO. 76009N100

 

  Engaged Capital Flagship Fund, Ltd.
     
  By: /s/ Glenn W. Welling
    Name: Glenn W. Welling
    Title: Director

 

 

  Engaged Capital, LLC
   
  By: /s/ Glenn W. Welling
    Name: Glenn W. Welling

 

 

  Title: Founder and Chief Investment Officer

 

 

  Engaged Capital Holdings, LLC
   
  By: /s/ Glenn W. Welling
    Name: Glenn W. Welling
    Title: Sole Member

 

 

  /s/ Glenn W. Welling
  Glenn W. Welling

 

  /s/ Christopher B. Hetrick
  Christopher B. Hetrick

 

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