Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) – Stock analysts at William Blair decreased their Q1 2017 earnings per share estimates for shares of Alliance Data Systems in a note issued to investors on Tuesday. William Blair analyst R. Napoli now expects that the business services provider will post earnings per share of $3.58 for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $3.65. William Blair also issued estimates for Alliance Data Systems’ Q2 2017 earnings at $3.48 EPS and Q4 2017 earnings at $5.42 EPS.

Several other research firms have also weighed in on ADS. CIBC reissued an “underperform” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Tuesday, April 11th. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. began coverage on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Tuesday, April 11th. They set an “underperform” rating and a $185.00 target price on the stock. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating and set a $278.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Friday, March 24th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $235.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Monday. Finally, Cowen and Company reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $255.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Wednesday. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $235.59.

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Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) opened at 240.64 on Thursday. Alliance Data Systems has a 12-month low of $185.02 and a 12-month high of $254.94. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $244.96 and a 200 day moving average of $228.93. The firm has a market capitalization of $13.46 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.78 and a beta of 1.65.

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Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 20th. The business services provider reported $3.91 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.86 by $0.05. Alliance Data Systems had a net margin of 7.23% and a return on equity of 54.59%. The firm had revenue of $1.88 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.81 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $3.84 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 12.1% on a year-over-year basis.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. ValueAct Holdings L.P. increased its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 52.1% in the third quarter. ValueAct Holdings L.P. now owns 5,000,000 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,072,650,000 after buying an additional 1,712,090 shares in the last quarter. Edgewood Management LLC increased its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. Edgewood Management LLC now owns 2,611,871 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $596,813,000 after buying an additional 22,768 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp increased its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 2,323,086 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $530,832,000 after buying an additional 53,518 shares in the last quarter. FMR LLC increased its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 5.2% in the fourth quarter. FMR LLC now owns 2,294,836 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $524,370,000 after buying an additional 113,323 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. increased its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 0.9% in the third quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 1,498,758 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $321,529,000 after buying an additional 12,636 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 93.75% of the company’s stock.

In other news, EVP Bryan A. Pearson sold 3,450 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, February 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $247.32, for a total transaction of $853,254.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Roger H. Ballou sold 648 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $225.71, for a total value of $146,260.08. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have bought 477,600 shares of company stock valued at $108,498,272 and have sold 6,882 shares valued at $1,685,575. 2.50% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 19th. Stockholders of record on Monday, May 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.52 per share. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.86%. Alliance Data Systems’s payout ratio is 28.42%.

About Alliance Data Systems

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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