Analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) will report $2.14 billion in sales for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Ten analysts have provided estimates for Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s earnings. The lowest sales estimate is $2.05 billion and the highest is $2.20 billion. Alliance Data Systems Corporation reported sales of $1.83 billion in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year over year growth rate of 16.9%. The business is scheduled to announce its next earnings results on Thursday, January 25th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will report full-year sales of $2.14 billion for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $7.67 billion to $7.81 billion. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the firm will post sales of $8.61 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $8.53 billion to $8.67 billion. Zacks’ sales averages are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that follow Alliance Data Systems Corporation.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $4.80 by $0.55. Alliance Data Systems Corporation 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 analysts’ expectations of $1.97 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $4.74 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year.

ADS has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $235.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research report on Wednesday. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. set a $208.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, October 21st. SunTrust Banks, Inc. restated a “buy” rating and set a $310.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and set a $300.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $258.27.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. State of Alaska Department of Revenue grew its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 6.3% in the second quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 847 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $217,000 after purchasing an additional 50 shares during the period. LS Investment Advisors LLC grew its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 7.7% in the second quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 1,904 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $489,000 after purchasing an additional 136 shares during the period. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System grew its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 2.9% in the second quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 3,500 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $898,000 after purchasing an additional 100 shares during the period. Aperio Group LLC grew its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 12.6% in the second quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 26,921 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $6,910,000 after purchasing an additional 3,017 shares during the period. Finally, US Bancorp DE grew its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 18.6% in the second quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 14,946 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $3,837,000 after purchasing an additional 2,347 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.72% of the company’s stock.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE ADS) opened at $221.81 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 2.09, a current ratio of 2.11 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.53. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a 12 month low of $209.00 and a 12 month high of $266.25. The stock has a market cap of $12,254.71, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.18, a P/E/G ratio of 0.96 and a beta of 1.78.

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

Alliance Data Systems Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share buyback plan on Thursday, July 27th that allows the company to repurchase $500.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization allows the business services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are typically a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

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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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