Shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the twenty-four brokerages that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $264.29.

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on ADS shares. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “underperform” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Tuesday, September 5th. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $278.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $300.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Thursday, August 31st. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $270.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of ADS. USS Investment Management Ltd raised its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 321.7% in the second quarter. USS Investment Management Ltd now owns 506,000 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $129,926,000 after purchasing an additional 386,000 shares during the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp raised its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 41.3% in the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 1,308,680 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $335,925,000 after purchasing an additional 382,814 shares during the last quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC acquired a new stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in the second quarter valued at approximately $83,142,000. Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company LLC raised its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 1,939.2% in the second quarter. Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company LLC now owns 230,506 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $45,161,000 after purchasing an additional 219,202 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Nomura Holdings Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 100.7% in the first quarter. Nomura Holdings Inc. now owns 821 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $204,000 after purchasing an additional 116,138 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 96.20% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE ADS) opened at 231.83 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $12.86 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.43 and a beta of 1.75. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a 12-month low of $198.06 and a 12-month high of $266.25. The company has a 50 day moving average of $224.40 and a 200-day moving average of $238.73.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $4.80 by $0.55. The company had revenue of $1.91 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.97 billion. Alliance Data Systems Corporation had a net margin of 7.09% and a return on equity of 62.95%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $4.74 EPS. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will post $18.12 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation announced that its board has initiated a share buyback plan on Thursday, July 27th that allows the company to repurchase $500.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the business services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are typically a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 19th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 14th will be issued a dividend of $0.52 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 13th. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.90%. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 22.06%.

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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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