First Analysis Comments on Alliance Data Systems Co.’s Q4 2018 Earnings (ADS)

Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) – Equities research analysts at First Analysis issued their Q4 2018 earnings estimates for Alliance Data Systems in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday. First Analysis analyst expects that the business services provider will earn $6.49 per share for the quarter.

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Other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports about the stock. Edward Jones raised shares of Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $368.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Thursday, January 18th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $296.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $293.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Finally, Stephens set a $304.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $275.05.

Alliance Data Systems stock traded down $2.15 on Monday, reaching $227.70. 92,650 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 650,198. The company has a market cap of $12,705.63, a PE ratio of 16.27, a P/E/G ratio of 0.82 and a beta of 1.69. Alliance Data Systems has a 1-year low of $209.00 and a 1-year high of $278.33. The company has a quick ratio of 2.41, a current ratio of 2.43 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.69.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 25th. The business services provider reported $6.10 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $4.72 by $1.38. The business had revenue of $2.11 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.15 billion. Alliance Data Systems had a net margin of 10.22% and a return on equity of 66.17%. The firm’s revenue was up 15.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $4.67 EPS.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ADS. Citizens & Northern Corp grew its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 3.8% in the 3rd quarter. Citizens & Northern Corp now owns 6,721 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,489,000 after buying an additional 243 shares during the last quarter. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. grew its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 8.1% in the 4th quarter. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. now owns 3,342 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $859,000 after buying an additional 250 shares during the last quarter. Davidson Investment Advisors grew its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 0.7% in the 4th quarter. Davidson Investment Advisors now owns 39,484 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $10,008,000 after buying an additional 260 shares during the last quarter. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. grew its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 4.3% in the 3rd quarter. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 6,750 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,495,000 after buying an additional 279 shares during the last quarter. Finally, ING Groep NV grew its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 22.1% in the 4th quarter. ING Groep NV now owns 1,670 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $423,000 after buying an additional 302 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 94.60% of the company’s stock.

In other news, insider Edward J. Heffernan sold 21,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $244.83, for a total transaction of $5,141,430.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 264,668 shares in the company, valued at approximately $64,798,666.44. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Melisa A. Miller sold 12,246 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $245.09, for a total transaction of $3,001,372.14. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 42,654 shares in the company, valued at $10,454,068.86. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.60% of the stock is owned by insiders.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 20th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 14th will be paid a dividend of $0.57 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 13th. This is a positive change from Alliance Data Systems’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.52. This represents a $2.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.00%. Alliance Data Systems’s payout ratio is currently 16.14%.

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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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