Several analysts have recently updated their ratings and price targets for Alliance Data Systems (NYSE: ADS):

  • 11/19/2018 – Alliance Data Systems had its price target lowered by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc. to $250.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 11/14/2018 – Alliance Data Systems is now covered by analysts at Barclays PLC. They set an “overweight” rating and a $254.00 price target on the stock.
  • 11/12/2018 – Alliance Data Systems was given a new $247.00 price target on by analysts at Stephens. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.
  • 11/1/2018 – Alliance Data Systems was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating.
  • 10/19/2018 – Alliance Data Systems had its price target lowered by analysts at Wells Fargo & Co from $295.00 to $275.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 10/19/2018 – Alliance Data Systems had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc..
  • 10/5/2018 – Alliance Data Systems had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc..

ADS traded down $0.47 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $192.51. 538,068 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 582,639. Alliance Data Systems Co. has a 1 year low of $189.23 and a 1 year high of $278.33. The company has a current ratio of 2.41, a quick ratio of 2.38 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.32. The firm has a market capitalization of $10.79 billion, a PE ratio of 10.53, a P/E/G ratio of 0.75 and a beta of 1.71.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 18th. The business services provider reported $6.26 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $6.19 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $2.02 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.03 billion. Alliance Data Systems had a net margin of 12.11% and a return on equity of 56.33%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $5.35 EPS. As a group, analysts predict that Alliance Data Systems Co. will post 21.53 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 19th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 14th will be issued a dividend of $0.57 per share. This represents a $2.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.18%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 13th. Alliance Data Systems’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 12.47%.

In other news, insider Valueact Capital Master Fund, sold 675,000 shares of Alliance Data Systems stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $200.00, for a total transaction of $135,000,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 2.60% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of ADS. ValueAct Holdings L.P. boosted its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 3.5% during the 2nd quarter. ValueAct Holdings L.P. now owns 6,082,646 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,418,473,000 after purchasing an additional 205,246 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 3.5% during the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 258,065 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $60,186,000 after purchasing an additional 8,800 shares during the last quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group boosted its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 142.8% during the 2nd quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 84,743 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $19,962,000 after purchasing an additional 49,845 shares during the last quarter. IFM Investors Pty Ltd boosted its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 16.5% during the 3rd quarter. IFM Investors Pty Ltd now owns 2,722 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $643,000 after purchasing an additional 385 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 1.6% during the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,164,367 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $737,931,000 after purchasing an additional 48,926 shares during the last quarter. 94.63% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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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