|[01T5N9-M Daniel O'Rourke]|
|Mitchell E. Fadel||Rent-A-Center, Inc.|
|Maureen B. Short||Rent-A-Center, Inc.|
|Beryl Bugatch||Raymond James & Associates, Inc.|
|Kyle Joseph||Jefferies LLC|
|Bradley B. Thomas||KeyBanc Capital Markets, Inc.|
|John Allen Baugh||Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc.|
|Carla Casella||JPMorgan Securities LLC|
|Anthony Chukumba||Loop Capital Markets LLC|
|Vincent Caintic||Stephens, Inc.|
|John Rowan||Janney Montgomery Scott LLC|
Good morning and thank you for holding. Welcome to Rent-A-Center's First Quarter Earnings Conference Call.
As a reminder, this conference is being recorded, Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
Your speakers today are Mr. Mitch Fadel, Chief Executive Officer of Rent-A-Center; Ms.