Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s ADS fourth-quarter 2019 operating earnings of $4.12 per share missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 0.9%. The bottom line declined nearly 29% year over year. Earnings were weighed down by restructuring and strategic transaction costs. Shares of the company lost 0.61% in the pre-market trading session owing to lower-than- expected results. Alliance Data Systems Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Behind the Headlines Alliance Data reported total revenues of $1.46 billion, flat year over year. The top line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.7%. Operating expenses increased 20.5% year over year to $1.15 billion. Adjusted EBITDA (net of funding costs) declined 39% year over year to $278 million. Full Year Results
The company reported earnings per share of $16.77, down 14% year over year. Revenues of $5.58 billion declined 2% year over year.
Segment Update Card Services revenues were $1.13 billion, flat year over year. Adjusted EBITDA was $209.6 million, down 51% year over year. LoyaltyOne revenues totaled $332 million, flat year over year. Adjusted EBITDA increased 19% to $80.3 million. AIR MILES reward miles issued was up 1% year over year.
The company incurred $33 million in restructuring and other charges.
Financial Update As of Dec 31, 2019, cash and cash equivalents was $3.9 billion, up 1.5% from Dec 31, 2018-level. At quarter end, debt level dropped 50.2% from 2018-end to $2.85 billion. For the full year, the company generated cash from operations of $1.2 billion, down 24.4% year over year. Capital expenditure at Alliance Data declined 28.8% year over year to $142.3 million in the same period. 2020 Guidance Alliance Data estimates core EPS of $20.5, indicating growth of 22% year over year. Revenues are expected to remain unchanged year over year at $5.6 billion. Business Update Alliance Data shifted its client base in Card Services toward faster growing companies and verticals by selling approximately $2.1 billion in non-strategic receivables. It divested Epsilon and Precima units. The company extended the debt maturity ladder providing liquidity that can be used to re-invest in the business. A seasoned industry veteran, Ralph Andretta, was hired from Citigroup to lead the company. Zacks Rank & Key Picks Alliance Data currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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Envestnet, Global Payments and Fidelity National Information surpassed earnings estimates in each of the four trailing quarters, with positive surprise of 3.51%, 2.42% and 2.92%, on average, respectively.
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