Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) was upgraded by investment analysts at Oppenheimer from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report issued on Monday, MarketBeat reports. The firm presently has a $125.00 target price on the business services provider’s stock. Oppenheimer’s target price suggests a potential upside of 17.25% from the company’s previous close. Oppenheimer also issued estimates for Alliance Data Systems’ Q4 2019 earnings at $4.30 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $4.21 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $4.64 EPS, Q3 2020 earnings at $5.95 EPS, Q4 2020 earnings at $6.61 EPS, FY2020 earnings at $21.43 EPS and FY2021 earnings at $23.34 EPS.

Other equities research analysts have also issued reports about the company. UBS Group dropped their price target on Alliance Data Systems from $155.00 to $143.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, October 30th. HSBC reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $300.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Friday, October 18th. Wolfe Research set a $125.00 target price on Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 25th. Edward Jones downgraded Alliance Data Systems from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 25th. Finally, Robert W. Baird set a $173.00 target price on Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, July 19th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $182.44.

Shares of NYSE ADS traded down $0.57 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $106.61. 504,874 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 820,403. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 8.91, a quick ratio of 2.08 and a current ratio of 2.10. Alliance Data Systems has a 52 week low of $99.20 and a 52 week high of $203.84. The company has a market cap of $4.98 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 4.94, a PEG ratio of 0.52 and a beta of 1.63. The stock has a fifty day moving average price of $115.79 and a 200-day moving average price of $136.03.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 24th. The business services provider reported $5.05 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $5.08 by ($0.03). Alliance Data Systems had a net margin of 7.54% and a return on equity of 47.40%. The firm had revenue of $1.44 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.45 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $5.37 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.1% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, sell-side analysts predict that Alliance Data Systems will post 16.65 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, major shareholder Holdings L.P. Valueact sold 2,000,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $101.50, for a total value of $203,000,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, insider Valueact Capital Master Fund, sold 960,007 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.43, for a total value of $15,772,915.01. Insiders own 2.80% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Rational Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 83.4% in the third quarter. Rational Advisors LLC now owns 310 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $40,000 after purchasing an additional 141 shares during the last quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 105.0% in the third quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC now owns 66,796 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $8,559,000 after purchasing an additional 34,208 shares during the last quarter. Eqis Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 5.0% in the third quarter. Eqis Capital Management Inc. now owns 2,247 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $288,000 after purchasing an additional 107 shares during the last quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 48.1% in the third quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 3,787 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $485,000 after purchasing an additional 1,230 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Whitnell & Co. purchased a new position in shares of Alliance Data Systems in the third quarter worth $36,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 89.44% of the company’s stock.

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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