Alliance Data Systems (NYSE: ADS) reported earnings on July 30. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Alliance Data Systems met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly. Non-GAAP earnings per share grew. GAAP earnings per share grew.

Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details
Alliance Data Systems tallied revenue of $1.03 billion. The 19 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $1.03 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 19% higher than the prior-year quarter's $866.5 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $2.41. The 20 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $2.30 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $2.41 for Q2 were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.13 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.71 for Q2 were 4.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.63 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 31.4%, 410 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 26.2%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.3%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.07 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $2.66.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.28 billion. The average EPS estimate is $9.96.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 197 members out of 231 rating the stock outperform, and 34 members rating it underperform. Among 76 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 70 give Alliance Data Systems a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Alliance Data Systems is outperform, with an average price target of $186.16.

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