Alliance Data Systems (ADS) Releases FY19 Earnings Guidance

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Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) updated its FY19 earnings guidance on Thursday. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $22.00 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $24.64. The company issued revenue guidance of ~$8.1 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $8.25 billion.Alliance Data Systems also updated its FY 2019 guidance to $22.00-22.00 EPS.

Shares of ADS stock opened at $164.32 on Friday. Alliance Data Systems has a 12-month low of $142.58 and a 12-month high of $250.93. The company has a current ratio of 1.83, a quick ratio of 2.38 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 5.74. The stock has a market capitalization of $8.84 billion, a PE ratio of 7.62, a PEG ratio of 0.58 and a beta of 1.88.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 7th. The business services provider reported $7.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $6.78 by $0.26. Alliance Data Systems had a return on equity of 54.62% and a net margin of 12.36%. The firm had revenue of $2.06 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.13 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $6.26 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was down 2.4% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, analysts predict that Alliance Data Systems will post 23.05 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 19th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 21st will be issued a $0.63 dividend. This represents a $2.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.53%. This is a boost from Alliance Data Systems’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.57. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 20th. Alliance Data Systems’s payout ratio is 10.58%.

ADS has been the topic of several research reports. Citigroup reduced their target price on Alliance Data Systems to $218.00 in a report on Wednesday, November 28th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. SunTrust Banks reduced their target price on Alliance Data Systems to $250.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a report on Monday, November 19th. Deutsche Bank set a $188.00 target price on Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Friday. TheStreet cut Alliance Data Systems from a b- rating to a c+ rating in a report on Monday, November 26th. Finally, Stephens set a $227.00 target price on Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock an equal weight rating in a report on Tuesday, November 27th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $239.58.

In other news, Director Holdings L.P. Valueact sold 125,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $199.10, for a total transaction of $24,887,500.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Valueact Capital Master Fund, sold 200,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $198.60, for a total value of $39,720,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.

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About Alliance Data Systems

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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