Analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) will post earnings per share of $5.08 for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Ten analysts have provided estimates for Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $5.55 and the lowest estimate coming in at $4.98. Alliance Data Systems Corporation reported earnings of $4.74 per share during the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 7.2%. The firm is scheduled to issue its next earnings results on Thursday, October 19th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will report full year earnings of $18.12 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $17.63 to $18.56. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the firm will report earnings of $21.38 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $20.20 to $21.88. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that that provide coverage for Alliance Data Systems Corporation.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 20th. The business services provider reported $3.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.47 by $0.37. The business had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.85 billion. Alliance Data Systems Corporation had a net margin of 6.77% and a return on equity of 59.67%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $3.68 EPS.

ADS has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $278.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $270.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Barclays PLC downgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and reduced their price objective for the company from $285.00 to $265.00 in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company. Alliance Data Systems Corporation currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $252.31.

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Shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS) opened at 221.27 on Friday. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a 52-week low of $196.40 and a 52-week high of $266.25. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $243.69 and its 200 day moving average is $244.69. The stock has a market capitalization of $12.28 billion, a PE ratio of 25.23 and a beta of 1.76.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Investors of record on Monday, August 14th will be given a $0.52 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 10th. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.94%. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is presently 23.69%.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock buyback plan on Thursday, July 27th that permits the company to repurchase $500.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the business services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are often an indication that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Johnson Financial Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 9.8% in the first quarter. Johnson Financial Group Inc. now owns 426 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $106,000 after buying an additional 38 shares in the last quarter. Fiduciary Trust Co. purchased a new stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation during the second quarter valued at $108,000. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. increased its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 68.6% in the first quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 462 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $115,000 after buying an additional 188 shares in the last quarter. ETF Managers Group LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation during the second quarter valued at $128,000. Finally, FNY Partners Fund LP increased its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 163.0% in the first quarter. FNY Partners Fund LP now owns 526 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $130,000 after buying an additional 326 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 98.89% of the company’s stock.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation 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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