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

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $235.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research report on Wednesday. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research report on Friday, August 25th. Argus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $290.00 target price (down from $309.00) on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research report on Sunday, July 30th. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $302.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $300.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research report on Friday, October 6th.

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Shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) opened at $221.81 on Thursday. The stock has a market capitalization of $12,366.86, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.30, a PEG ratio of 0.97 and a beta of 1.78. The company has a current ratio of 2.11, a quick ratio of 2.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.53. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a 52-week low of $209.00 and a 52-week high of $266.25.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates 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 return on equity of 62.95% and a net margin of 7.09%. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $4.74 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will post 17.12 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation declared that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase 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 reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are usually a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 19th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 14th will be paid a $0.52 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 13th. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.94%. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 22.06%.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Green Square Capital LLC grew its stake in Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 0.3% in the second quarter. Green Square Capital LLC now owns 3,054 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $784,000 after purchasing an additional 8 shares in the last quarter. Citizens Financial Group Inc RI grew its stake in Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 2.2% in the second quarter. Citizens Financial Group Inc RI now owns 909 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $233,000 after purchasing an additional 20 shares in the last quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. grew its stake in Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 5.6% in the second quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 488 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $125,000 after purchasing an additional 26 shares in the last quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. grew its stake in Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 1.7% in the second quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 2,240 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $574,000 after purchasing an additional 37 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Advisor Partners LLC grew its stake in Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 3.5% in the second quarter. Advisor Partners LLC now owns 1,364 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $350,000 after purchasing an additional 46 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 94.72% of the company’s stock.

About Alliance Data Systems Corporation

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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