Analysts expect Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) to post earnings per share of $5.08 for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Ten analysts have issued estimates for Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $5.55 and the lowest is $4.98. Alliance Data Systems Corporation reported earnings per share of $4.74 during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year-over-year growth rate of 7.2%. The company is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Thursday, October 19th.

On average, analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will report full year earnings of $18.12 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $17.63 to $18.56. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the company will report earnings of $21.38 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $20.20 to $21.88. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are an 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 results on Thursday, July 20th. The business services provider reported $3.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.47 by $0.37. The business had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.85 billion. Alliance Data Systems Corporation had a return on equity of 59.67% and a net margin of 6.77%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $3.68 EPS.

A number of brokerages have weighed in on ADS. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Friday, August 25th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. set a $191.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $300.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Thursday, August 31st. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. Alliance Data Systems Corporation presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $255.47.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE ADS) traded down 1.96% during trading on Thursday, reaching $216.05. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 517,188 shares. The firm has a market cap of $11.99 billion, a PE ratio of 24.64 and a beta of 1.76. The company has a 50-day moving average of $231.10 and a 200 day moving average of $244.41. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a one year low of $197.69 and a one year high of $266.25.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback program on Thursday, July 27th that authorizes the company to repurchase $500.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the business services provider to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are typically a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Investors of record on Monday, August 14th will be issued a $0.52 dividend. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.96%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 10th. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 23.69%.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Fiduciary Trust Co. purchased a new stake in Alliance Data Systems Corporation in the second quarter worth approximately $108,000. Johnson Financial Group Inc. boosted its holdings in 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 worth $106,000 after purchasing an additional 38 shares during the last quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. boosted its holdings in 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 worth $115,000 after purchasing an additional 188 shares during the last quarter. ETF Managers Group LLC purchased a new stake in Alliance Data Systems Corporation in the second quarter worth approximately $128,000. Finally, FNY Partners Fund LP boosted its holdings in 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 worth $130,000 after purchasing an additional 326 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 96.09% of the company’s stock.

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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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