Equities analysts expect Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) to post earnings per share of $5.02 for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Nine analysts have provided estimates for Alliance Data Systems’ earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $5.18 and the lowest estimate coming in at $4.98. Alliance Data Systems posted earnings of $4.67 per share during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 7.5%. The firm is expected to report its next quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 25th.
According to Zacks, analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems will report full year earnings of $18.10 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $17.85 to $18.27. For the next year, analysts expect that the company will report earnings of $21.42 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $20.29 to $22.00. Zacks’ EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that follow Alliance Data Systems.
Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $4.80 by $0.55. The business had revenue of $1.91 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.97 billion. Alliance Data Systems had a return on equity of 62.95% and a net margin of 7.09%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $4.74 earnings per share.
A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on ADS shares. Oppenheimer set a $208.00 price target on Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $235.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. ValuEngine upgraded Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, October 21st. Credit Suisse Group restated an “underperform” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Tuesday, September 5th. Finally, SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and set a $310.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $258.50.
In other news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $235.00, for a total value of $500,080.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 2.60% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Northern Trust Corp raised its position in Alliance Data Systems by 41.3% during the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 1,308,680 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $335,925,000 after purchasing an additional 382,814 shares during the last quarter. Turtle Creek Asset Management Inc. raised its position in Alliance Data Systems by 3,379.9% during the 3rd quarter. Turtle Creek Asset Management Inc. now owns 259,250 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $57,437,000 after purchasing an additional 251,800 shares during the last quarter. Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company LLC raised its position in Alliance Data Systems by 1,939.2% during the 2nd quarter. Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company LLC now owns 230,506 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $45,161,000 after purchasing an additional 219,202 shares during the last quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC grew its holdings in Alliance Data Systems by 53.6% during the 3rd quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC now owns 572,862 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $126,917,000 after acquiring an additional 199,877 shares during the period. Finally, Caisse DE Depot ET Placement DU Quebec grew its holdings in Alliance Data Systems by 67.7% during the 3rd quarter. Caisse DE Depot ET Placement DU Quebec now owns 304,511 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $67,748,000 after acquiring an additional 122,900 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 94.57% of the company’s stock.
Shares of Alliance Data Systems (ADS) opened at $250.42 on Thursday. The stock has a market capitalization of $13,850.00, a P/E ratio of 26.56, a P/E/G ratio of 1.09 and a beta of 1.79. Alliance Data Systems has a 12-month low of $209.00 and a 12-month high of $266.25. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.53, a quick ratio of 2.09 and a current ratio of 2.11.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 19th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 14th were paid a $0.52 dividend. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.83%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 13th. Alliance Data Systems’s payout ratio is 22.06%.
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Alliance Data Systems Company Profile
Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a range of industries. The Company offers a portfolio of integrated outsourced marketing solutions, including customer loyalty programs, database marketing services, end-to-end marketing services, analytics and creative services, direct marketing services, and private label and co-brand retail credit card programs.
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