Shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the twenty-five ratings firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, ten have issued a hold recommendation and ten have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price objective among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $260.21.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on ADS shares. ValuEngine raised Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 20th. Zacks Investment Research raised Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $288.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, June 20th. Argus started coverage on Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $309.00 price target on the stock. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $278.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research report on Monday, July 10th. Finally, BidaskClub raised Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 23rd.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS) opened at 214.32 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $11.89 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.44 and a beta of 1.76. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a 12 month low of $197.69 and a 12 month high of $266.25. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $229.05 and a 200 day moving average price of $243.99.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The business services provider reported $3.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.47 by $0.37. The company had revenue of $1.82 billion for 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 firm’s revenue was up 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $3.68 earnings per share. Equities analysts anticipate that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will post $18.06 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 14th will be paid a dividend of $0.52 per share. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.97%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 10th. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is 23.69%.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation declared that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program on Thursday, July 27th that allows the company to buyback $500.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization allows the business services provider to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are usually an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in ADS. Glen Harbor Capital Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 5.0% in the first quarter. Glen Harbor Capital Management LLC now owns 1,344 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $335,000 after acquiring an additional 64 shares during the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 152.9% in the first quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 74,462 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $18,541,000 after acquiring an additional 45,013 shares during the last quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 924.5% in the first quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 2,049 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $510,000 after acquiring an additional 1,849 shares during the last quarter. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 79.9% in the first quarter. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale now owns 9,360 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $2,378,000 after acquiring an additional 4,158 shares during the last quarter. Finally, US Bancorp DE raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 20.4% in the first quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 12,599 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $3,137,000 after acquiring an additional 2,132 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other 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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