Shares of Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-one analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have issued a hold recommendation and nine have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $230.46.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Alliance Data Systems from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Deutsche Bank set a $188.00 price target on Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 8th. Stephens set a $188.00 price target on Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 8th. SunTrust Banks raised their price target on Alliance Data Systems from $190.00 to $210.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 2nd. Finally, Robert W. Baird lowered Alliance Data Systems from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $171.00 price target for the company. in a research note on Friday, February 8th.

NYSE:ADS opened at $177.70 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $9.39 billion, a PE ratio of 8.24, a P/E/G ratio of 0.71 and a beta of 1.78. Alliance Data Systems has a 1 year low of $142.58 and a 1 year high of $250.27. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 6.77, a current ratio of 2.15 and a quick ratio of 2.13.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 7th. The business services provider reported $7.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $6.78 by $0.26. The business had revenue of $2.06 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.13 billion. Alliance Data Systems had a return on equity of 54.62% and a net margin of 12.36%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company earned $6.26 EPS. Research analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems will post 20.92 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, March 19th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 21st were paid a dividend of $0.63 per share. This is a positive change from Alliance Data Systems’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.57. This represents a $2.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.42%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, February 20th. Alliance Data Systems’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 11.69%.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD raised its position in Alliance Data Systems by 2.1% during the 4th quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD now owns 3,570 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $535,000 after purchasing an additional 75 shares in the last quarter. Patriot Financial Group Insurance Agency LLC raised its position in Alliance Data Systems by 11.9% during the 4th quarter. Patriot Financial Group Insurance Agency LLC now owns 900 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $135,000 after purchasing an additional 96 shares in the last quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. raised its position in Alliance Data Systems by 5.8% during the 4th quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. now owns 1,822 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $273,000 after purchasing an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. raised its position in Alliance Data Systems by 130.8% during the 4th quarter. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. now owns 180 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $27,000 after purchasing an additional 102 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State of Alaska Department of Revenue raised its position in Alliance Data Systems by 1.5% during the 1st quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 9,992 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,748,000 after purchasing an additional 150 shares in the last quarter. 93.47% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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