Should You Be Tempted To ‘Sell’ Alliance Data Systems (ADS) Stock

If you are looking for the best ideas for your portfolio you may want to consider some of Tao Value’s top stock picks. Tao Value, an investment management firm, is cautious about Alliance Data Systems Corp (NYSE:ADS) stock. In its Q4 2019 investor letter – you can download a copy here – the firm discussed its investment thesis on Alliance Data Systems Corp (NYSE:ADS) stock. Alliance Data Systems Corp (NYSE:ADS) provides loyalty and marketing services. The stock is down 49.3% since Tao Value’s pitch. Tao Value said the following in the letter:

“Alliance Data Systems (ticker: ADS) dragged our portfolio by -61 bps this quarter. I believe it is moving toward the right direction of de-risking its retail portfolio, yet maybe in a slower than anticipated pace. One major update however is that ADS announced in November to name a new CEO Ralph Andretta, a long time Citi card business executive, just 5 months after they promoted the last CEO Melissa Miller from its own card business. The management shuffle seems excessive and created some uncertainty to our original thesis. Note that we believed ADS would use proceeds from selling non-core businesses wisely for stock buyback and improve per share earning power. I will watch out for new CEO’s capital allocation plan.”

In Q1 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Alliance Data Systems Corp (NYSE:ADS) stock decreased by about 33% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers seem to agree with Alliance Data Systems downside potential. Our calculations showed that Alliance Data Systems Corp (NYSE:ADS) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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