Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) is scheduled to be releasing its earnings data before the market opens on Thursday, October 19th. Analysts expect Alliance Data Systems Corporation to post earnings of $5.24 per share for the quarter. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has set its FY18 guidance at $21.50 EPS.
Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 20th. The business services provider reported $3.84 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $3.47 by $0.37. The company had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.85 billion. Alliance Data Systems Corporation had a net margin of 6.77% and a return on equity of 59.67%. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $3.68 EPS. On average, analysts expect Alliance Data Systems Corporation to post $18.07 EPS for the current fiscal year and $21.42 EPS for the next fiscal year.
Shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) opened at 224.80 on Thursday. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a 1-year low of $197.69 and a 1-year high of $266.25. The company has a market cap of $12.47 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.63 and a beta of 1.75. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $221.04 and a 200 day moving average of $240.08.
Alliance Data Systems Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program on Thursday, July 27th that allows the company to repurchase $500.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization allows the business services provider to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are usually a sign that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Investors of record on Monday, August 14th were paid a $0.52 dividend. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.93%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, August 10th. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s payout ratio is 23.69%.
A number of brokerages recently commented on ADS. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $300.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “underperform” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Tuesday, September 5th. ValuEngine lowered Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. set a $191.00 price target on Alliance Data Systems Corporation and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Friday, August 25th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. Alliance Data Systems Corporation currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $252.33.
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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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