Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions, based in Plano, Texas, USA.
It was formed in 1996 following a merger of J.C. Penney’s credit card processing unit and World Financial Network National Bank.
The company has a diversified portfolio of outsourced marketing solutions, such as: customer loyalty programs, marketing strategy consulting, database marketing services, analytics and creative services, private label and co-brand retail credit card programs, in addition to direct marketing services.
It has a client base of over 1,300 companies, including well-known brands such as: General Motors, Bank of America, Bank of Montreal, Procter & Gamble, AstraZeneca, FedEx, Kraft, Hilton Victoria’s Secret, Lane Bryant, Ann Taylor, J. Crew and Pottery Barn.
Alliance Data Systems is comprised of three major business segments:
LoyaltyOne – provider of loyalty marketing and programs.
Epsilon – marketing services firm, with a broad array of data-driven, multichannel marketing solutions.
Private Label Services and Credit – Underwriting and risk management, receivables funding, and processing services.
It is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the stock ticker symbol ‘ADS’.
- President and CEO: Ed Heffernan
- Industry: Marketing services
- Type: Public
- Listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
- NYSE stock symbol: ADS
- S&P 500 Component
- Formed: 1996 (following a merger)
- Revenue: $5.302 billion USD (2014)
- Net income: $506.293 million USD (2014)
- Diluted earnings per share: $7.87 USD (2014)
- Company head office: 7500 Dallas Parkway, Suite 700 Plano, TX 75024, USA
- Employees: 15,000 (2014)
- Website: http://www.alliancedata.com/
- Investor relations number: 212-850-5600
Alliance Data Systems Corporation Financial Results, Years Ended December 31
|Operating data (in $ thousands)||2014||2013|
|Cost of operations||$3,218,774||$2,549,159|
|Provision for loan loss||$425,205||$345,758|
|General and administrative costs||$141,468||$109,115|
|Total operating expenses||$4,204,473||$3,220,151|
|Income from continuing operations before income taxes||$837,941||$793,412|
|Balance sheet data (in $ thousands)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||$2,396,380||$855,761|
|Common share data (in $)|
|Basic earnings per share||$8.72||$10.09|
|Diluted earnings per share||$7.87||$7.42|
|Cash flow data (in $ thousands)|
|Cash flows from operating activities||$1,344,159||$1,003,492|
|Cash flows from investing activities||$(4,737,121)||$(1,619,416)|
|Cash flows from financing activities||$3,516,146||$704,152|
Source: “Alliance Data Systems Corporation Form 10-K 2014”