Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) – Analysts at Oppenheimer lowered their FY2017 earnings per share estimates for Alliance Data Systems in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday. Oppenheimer analyst B. Chittenden now expects that the business services provider will post earnings per share of $16.94 for the year, down from their previous estimate of $17.11. Oppenheimer currently has a “Sell” rating and a $208.00 price objective on the stock. Oppenheimer also issued estimates for Alliance Data Systems’ FY2018 earnings at $21.21 EPS.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $4.80 by $0.55. The company had revenue of $1.91 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.97 billion. Alliance Data Systems had a return on equity of 62.95% and a net margin of 7.09%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $4.74 earnings per share.

A number of other research analysts have also recently commented on the company. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $293.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Thursday. Stephens set a $304.00 price target on Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Barclays upgraded Alliance Data Systems from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $265.00 to $310.00 in a research note on Wednesday. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $235.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Wednesday, November 22nd. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, October 21st. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $265.40.

Alliance Data Systems (ADS) opened at $264.05 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.53, a quick ratio of 2.09 and a current ratio of 2.11. Alliance Data Systems has a 52 week low of $209.00 and a 52 week high of $266.25. The company has a market capitalization of $14,368.52, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.00, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.96 and a beta of 1.79.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 19th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 14th were paid a $0.52 dividend. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.79%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 13th. Alliance Data Systems’s payout ratio is currently 22.06%.

In other news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $235.00, for a total value of $500,080.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 2.60% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Fiduciary Trust Co. acquired a new stake in Alliance Data Systems in the second quarter valued at $108,000. ETF Managers Group LLC acquired a new stake in Alliance Data Systems in the second quarter valued at $128,000. WFG Advisors LP raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 135.9% in the second quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 677 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $174,000 after buying an additional 390 shares in the last quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 66.6% in the second quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 728 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $185,000 after buying an additional 291 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Simonbaker & Partners LLC acquired a new stake in Alliance Data Systems in the second quarter valued at $202,000. Institutional investors own 94.57% of the company’s stock.

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Alliance Data Systems 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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