Equities analysts expect Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) to post earnings per share of $5.02 for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Ten analysts have made estimates for Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $5.18 and the lowest is $4.98. Alliance Data Systems Corporation reported earnings per share of $4.67 in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 7.5%. The company is expected to announce its next earnings results on Thursday, January 25th.

On average, analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will report full-year earnings of $18.07 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $17.45 to $18.27. For the next year, analysts forecast that the company will report earnings of $21.40 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $20.29 to $21.72. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that follow Alliance Data Systems Corporation.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $4.80 by $0.55. The company had revenue of $1.91 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.97 billion. Alliance Data Systems Corporation had a net margin of 7.09% and a return on equity of 62.95%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $4.74 earnings per share.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on ADS. Credit Suisse Group reiterated an “underperform” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a report on Tuesday, September 5th. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. set a $191.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $300.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a report on Friday, October 6th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $310.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $278.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a report on Monday, July 10th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $257.00.

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Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. TimesSquare Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 2.9% during the second quarter. TimesSquare Capital Management LLC now owns 676,889 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $173,751,000 after buying an additional 18,922 shares during the last quarter. Artemis Investment Management LLP raised its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 164.5% during the second quarter. Artemis Investment Management LLP now owns 26,365 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $6,770,000 after buying an additional 16,396 shares during the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. raised its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 1.1% during the second quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 81,417 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $20,899,000 after buying an additional 875 shares during the last quarter. Delta Lloyd Asset Management N.V. acquired a new position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation during the second quarter valued at about $1,150,000. Finally, Laurion Capital Management LP acquired a new position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation during the second quarter valued at about $4,007,000. 96.05% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS) traded down $0.61 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $225.59. 275,973 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 554,321. The company has a market cap of $12.55 billion, a PE ratio of 13.44 and a beta of 1.78.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 19th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 14th will be given a dividend of $0.52 per share. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.92%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 13th. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 22.06%.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation declared that its Board of Directors has approved a share buyback plan on Thursday, July 27th that authorizes the company to buyback $500.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the business services provider to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are typically a sign that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

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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