Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) updated its FY 2019 earnings guidance on Thursday. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $22.00-22.00 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $24.67. The company issued revenue guidance of $8.1-8.1 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $8.24 billion.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on ADS. Zacks Investment Research cut Alliance Data Systems from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 16th. Oppenheimer reaffirmed a hold rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Friday, October 19th. TheStreet downgraded Alliance Data Systems from a b- rating to a c+ rating in a research report on Monday, November 26th. Citigroup reduced their price target on Alliance Data Systems to $218.00 in a research report on Wednesday, November 28th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Stephens set a $247.00 price target on Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Monday, November 12th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $246.74.

NYSE ADS opened at $179.88 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $9.89 billion, a PE ratio of 9.84, a P/E/G ratio of 0.64 and a beta of 1.88. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.32, a current ratio of 2.41 and a quick ratio of 2.38. Alliance Data Systems has a 12 month low of $142.58 and a 12 month high of $250.93.

The business also recently disclosed 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 1.40%. This is an increase from Alliance Data Systems’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.57. Alliance Data Systems’s dividend payout ratio is presently 12.47%.

In other Alliance Data Systems news, Director Holdings L.P. Valueact sold 125,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction 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 sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, insider Valueact Capital Master Fund, sold 200,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction 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. Corporate 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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