Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) Receives Average Rating of “Hold” from Brokerages

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Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) has been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the seventeen analysts that are covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have assigned a hold recommendation and seven have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $215.36.

A number of research analysts have commented on ADS shares. SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and issued a $180.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Friday, June 14th. Deutsche Bank lowered their target price on Alliance Data Systems from $188.00 to $162.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, April 26th. Stephens upgraded Alliance Data Systems from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $160.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Monday, April 29th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Alliance Data Systems from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 9th. Finally, Oppenheimer restated a “hold” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Friday, April 26th.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ADS. Malaga Cove Capital LLC lifted its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 3.0% during the 1st quarter. Malaga Cove Capital LLC now owns 2,637 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $461,000 after purchasing an additional 76 shares during the last quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC lifted its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 3.6% during the 1st quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 2,312 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $405,000 after purchasing an additional 81 shares during the last quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. lifted its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 5.8% during the 4th quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. now owns 1,822 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $273,000 after purchasing an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. lifted its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 130.8% during the 4th quarter. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. now owns 180 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $27,000 after purchasing an additional 102 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Nissay Asset Management Corp Japan ADV lifted its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 2.3% during the 1st quarter. Nissay Asset Management Corp Japan ADV now owns 4,643 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $812,000 after purchasing an additional 103 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 92.24% of the company’s stock.

Shares of ADS stock traded up $0.85 on Friday, reaching $135.27. 21,616 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 576,499. Alliance Data Systems has a 12-month low of $133.56 and a 12-month high of $250.27. The company has a quick ratio of 2.53, a current ratio of 2.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.00. The company has a market capitalization of $7.10 billion, a P/E ratio of 6.28, a P/E/G ratio of 0.43 and a beta of 1.71. The company has a 50 day moving average of $141.97.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 25th. The business services provider reported $3.72 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.76 by ($0.04). Alliance Data Systems had a net margin of 13.10% and a return on equity of 51.42%. The business had revenue of $1.33 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.81 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $4.44 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 3.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems will post 18.92 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, June 18th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, May 14th were paid a dividend of $0.63 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, May 13th. This represents a $2.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.86%. Alliance Data Systems’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 11.69%.

Alliance Data Systems Company Profile

Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions worldwide. It operates through three segments: LoyaltyOne, Epsilon, and Card Services. 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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