Q4 2017 EPS Estimates for Alliance Data Systems Co. Decreased by Analyst (ADS)

Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) – William Blair decreased their Q4 2017 earnings estimates for shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report issued on Wednesday. William Blair analyst R. Napoli now expects that the business services provider will post earnings per share of $4.74 for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $4.80. William Blair also issued estimates for Alliance Data Systems’ Q1 2018 earnings at $4.66 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $4.59 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $5.11 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $6.11 EPS.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ 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 firm had revenue of $1.91 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.97 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $4.74 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.4% on a year-over-year basis.

ADS has been the subject of several other research reports. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $293.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $300.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Friday, October 6th. Credit Suisse Group reissued an “underperform” rating and issued a $218.00 price target (up previously from $193.00) on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Wednesday. Barclays raised shares of Alliance Data Systems from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and raised their price target for the company from $265.00 to $310.00 in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $235.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $274.06.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) opened at $255.94 on Thursday. Alliance Data Systems has a 1-year low of $209.00 and a 1-year high of $278.33. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.53, a current ratio of 2.11 and a quick ratio of 2.09. The firm 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.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ADS. ETF Managers Group LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems during the 2nd quarter worth $128,000. WFG Advisors LP lifted its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 135.9% during the 2nd quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 677 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $174,000 after purchasing an additional 390 shares during the last quarter. Simonbaker & Partners LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems during the 2nd quarter worth $202,000. TLP Group LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems during the 2nd quarter worth $263,000. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP purchased a new stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems during the 2nd quarter worth $266,000. 94.59% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of Alliance Data Systems stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $235.00, for a total transaction of $500,080.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Company insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.

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About Alliance Data Systems

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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