FY2017 Earnings Estimate for Alliance Data Systems Co. Issued By William Blair (ADS)

Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) – Equities research analysts at William Blair decreased their FY2017 EPS estimates for Alliance Data Systems in a research note issued on Wednesday. William Blair analyst R. Napoli now expects that the business services provider will post earnings per share of $17.07 for the year, down from their prior estimate of $17.16.

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

A number of other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $368.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Alliance Data Systems from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Credit Suisse Group reiterated an “underperform” rating and set a $218.00 price objective (up from $193.00) on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Wednesday. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $270.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Barclays reiterated an “equal weight” rating and set a $298.00 price objective (up from $278.00) on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $274.06.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE ADS) opened at $255.94 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $14,268.52, a P/E ratio of 27.14, a P/E/G ratio of 0.93 and a beta of 1.79. Alliance Data Systems has a 12-month low of $209.00 and a 12-month high of $278.33. The company has a current ratio of 2.11, a quick ratio of 2.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.53.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. ETF Managers Group LLC acquired a new position in Alliance Data Systems in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $128,000. WFG Advisors LP increased its position in Alliance Data Systems by 135.9% in the 2nd quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 677 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $174,000 after acquiring an additional 390 shares during the period. Simonbaker & Partners LLC acquired a new position in Alliance Data Systems in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $202,000. TLP Group LLC acquired a new position in Alliance Data Systems in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $263,000. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP acquired a new position in Alliance Data Systems in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $266,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 94.59% of the company’s stock.

In other Alliance Data Systems news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 30th. The shares were 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 Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 2.60% 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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