Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) issued an update on its FY 2018 earnings guidance on Thursday morning. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $22.50-23.00 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $22.74. The company issued revenue guidance of $7.9-7.9 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $8.08 billion.

ADS opened at $211.46 on Thursday. Alliance Data Systems has a twelve month low of $192.02 and a twelve month high of $278.33. The company has a quick ratio of 2.12, a current ratio of 2.14 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.25. The firm has a market cap of $12.98 billion, a PE ratio of 11.57, a PEG ratio of 0.89 and a beta of 1.76.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 19th. The business services provider reported $5.01 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $4.64 by $0.37. Alliance Data Systems had a net margin of 11.35% and a return on equity of 59.18%. The company had revenue of $1.97 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.93 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $3.84 earnings per share. Alliance Data Systems’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.1% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, research analysts anticipate that Alliance Data Systems will post 21.6 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Alliance Data Systems announced that its board has approved a share repurchase program on Monday, July 30th that authorizes the company to repurchase $500.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the business services provider to purchase up to 4% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are usually a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

ADS has been the subject of a number of research reports. Stephens cut shares of Alliance Data Systems from an overweight rating to an equal rating and set a $288.00 price target for the company. in a report on Monday, September 17th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Bank of America initiated coverage on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Monday, September 17th. They issued a buy rating and a $290.00 price target for the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems from a neutral rating to an overweight rating and set a $281.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, August 14th. Deutsche Bank set a $253.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Thursday, September 20th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a report on Friday, July 20th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company. Alliance Data Systems presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $262.06.

In other Alliance Data Systems news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 16,035 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $232.58, for a total value of $3,729,420.30. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 28,688 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,672,255.04. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, EVP Bryan A. Pearson sold 3,424 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $231.67, for a total transaction of $793,238.08. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.60% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Alliance Data Systems Company Profile

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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