William Blair Analysts Reduce Earnings Estimates for Alliance Data Systems Co. (ADS)

Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) – William Blair decreased their Q4 2017 earnings per share estimates for shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report released on Wednesday. William Blair analyst R. Napoli now expects that the business services provider will post earnings per share of $4.74 for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $4.80. William Blair also issued estimates for Alliance Data Systems’ Q1 2018 earnings at $4.66 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $4.59 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $5.11 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $6.11 EPS.

Other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $296.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $293.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Stephens set a $304.00 price objective on Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. ValuEngine upgraded Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, October 21st. Finally, SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and set a $310.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Four equities research 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’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $270.18.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems (NYSE ADS) opened at $258.26 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.53, a quick ratio of 2.09 and a current ratio of 2.11. The firm has a market capitalization of $14,270.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.39, a P/E/G ratio of 0.93 and a beta of 1.79. Alliance Data Systems has a 12 month low of $209.00 and a 12 month high of $278.33.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $4.80 by $0.55. The business had revenue of $1.91 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.97 billion. Alliance Data Systems had a return on equity of 62.95% and a net margin of 7.09%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $4.74 EPS.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Cryder Capital Partners LLP increased its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 6.9% in the third quarter. Cryder Capital Partners LLP now owns 140,071 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $31,033,000 after purchasing an additional 9,063 shares during the period. Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C increased its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 3.7% in the third quarter. Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C now owns 140,187 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $31,059,000 after purchasing an additional 4,980 shares during the period. Court Place Advisors LLC increased its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 6.9% in the third quarter. Court Place Advisors LLC now owns 11,013 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $2,440,000 after purchasing an additional 715 shares during the period. Macquarie Group Ltd. increased its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 1,310.0% in the second quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 1,410 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $362,000 after purchasing an additional 1,310 shares during the period. Finally, Dupont Capital Management Corp increased its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 33.6% in the third quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp now owns 14,833 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $3,286,000 after purchasing an additional 3,733 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 94.59% of the company’s stock.

In other Alliance Data Systems news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $235.00, for a total value of $500,080.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Company insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.

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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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