Q4 2017 EPS Estimates for Alliance Data Systems Co. Reduced by Analyst (ADS)

Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) – Analysts at William Blair dropped their Q4 2017 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. William Blair analyst R. Napoli now expects that the business services provider will earn $4.74 per share for the quarter, down from their previous forecast 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.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $4.80 by $0.55. The company had revenue of $1.91 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.97 billion. Alliance Data Systems had a return on equity of 62.95% and a net margin of 7.09%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $4.74 earnings per share.

A number of other equities analysts have also weighed in on the company. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “buy” rating and set a $368.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Alliance Data Systems from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Credit Suisse Group restated an “underperform” rating and issued a $218.00 target price (up previously from $193.00) on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Wednesday. Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating and issued a $270.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Barclays restated an “equal weight” rating and issued a $298.00 target price (up previously from $278.00) on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $274.06.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) opened at $261.82 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $14,140.35, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.76, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.92 and a beta of 1.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.53, a quick ratio of 2.09 and a current ratio of 2.11. Alliance Data Systems has a 12 month low of $209.00 and a 12 month high of $278.33.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of ADS. ETF Managers Group LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems in the 2nd quarter valued at $128,000. WFG Advisors LP raised its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 135.9% in the 2nd quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 677 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $174,000 after buying an additional 390 shares during the period. Simonbaker & Partners LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems in the 2nd quarter valued at $202,000. TLP Group LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems in the 2nd quarter valued at $263,000. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP purchased a new stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems in the 2nd quarter valued at $266,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 94.59% of the company’s stock.

In related news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on 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 filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. 2.60% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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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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