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Alliance Data Announces Expansion and Extension of Stock Repurchase Program
$400 Million Available for Repurchases During 2013

DALLAS, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS), a leading provider of loyalty and marketing solutions derived from transaction-rich data, today announced that its board of directors has approved a new stock repurchase program to acquire up to $400 million of the Company's common stock during 2013.  The program increases the Company's combined repurchase authorizations to approximately $2.8 billion since the first quarter of 2008, of which approximately $2.0 billion has been used to purchase approximately 36.3 million shares, representing approximately 46 percent of the Company's fully diluted shares outstanding when this program began in 2008. The new repurchase program replaces the existing program, which expired at the end of 2012.

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Repurchases will be financed through free cash flow.  The Company expects to maintain moderate levels of debt over the course of the repurchase program, providing flexibility to pursue tuck-in acquisitions, portfolio purchases and/or international loyalty coalition program expansions.

Charles Horn, chief financial officer of Alliance Data, said, "We are very optimistic about the Company's outlook for 2013 and are pleased to announce that we will continue our commitment to maximizing stockholder value through this new repurchase program.  As communicated since 2007, we will always seek the right opportunities to repurchase our stock, and to do so while maintaining ample liquidity to support future growth of the business as needs dictate."

Under this repurchase program the Company is authorized to repurchase shares in open market purchases as well as in privately negotiated transactions from time to time through December 31, 2013. Stock purchased as part of this program will be held as treasury stock. The repurchase program's terms have been structured to comply with the SEC's Rule 10b-18, and the program is subject to market conditions, applicable legal requirements, contractual obligations, and other factors. The repurchase program does not obligate the Company to acquire any specific number of shares and may be suspended or terminated at any time.

About Alliance Data
Alliance Data® (NYSE:  ADS) and its combined businesses is North America's largest and most comprehensive provider of transaction-based, data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The Company creates and deploys customized solutions, enhancing the critical customer marketing experience; the result is measurably changing consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today's most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its clients create and increase customer loyalty through solutions that engage millions of customers each day across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and other emerging technologies. Headquartered in Dallas, Alliance Data and its three businesses employ approximately 11,000 associates at more than 70 locations worldwide.

Alliance Data consists of three businesses: Alliance Data Retail Services, a leading provider of marketing-driven credit solutions; Epsilon®, a leading provider of multichannel, data-driven technologies and marketing services; and LoyaltyOne®, which owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program. For more information about the company, visit our web site, www.AllianceData.com, or you can follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/AllianceData.

Alliance Data's Safe Harbor Statement/Forward Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements may use words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "predict," "project" and similar expressions as they relate to us or our management. When we make forward-looking statements, we are basing them on our management's beliefs and assumptions, using information currently available to us. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, these forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

If one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may vary materially from what we projected. Any forward-looking statements contained in this presentation reflect our current views with respect to future events and are subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to our operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. We have no intention, and disclaim any obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future results or otherwise, except as required by law.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this presentation regarding Alliance Data Systems Corporation's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year. Risk factors may be updated in Item 1A in each of the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for each quarterly period subsequent to the Company's most recent Form 10-K.

SOURCE Alliance Data

Julie Prozeller - Analysts/Investors, FTI Consulting, +1-212-850-5721, alliancedata@fticonsulting.com; Shelley Whiddon - Media, Alliance Data, +1-214-494-3811, shelley.whiddon@alliancedata.com

 
ABOUT ALLIANCE DATA
We're a leading provider of marketing, loyalty, and credit solutions that uses the power of data to achieve results for our clients. Together, our three lines of business manage more than 100 MILLION consumer relationships for some of the world's leading brands.
  • Know more. Sell more. is our commitment - we deliver branded credit programs that drive sales and customer loyalty for our partners.
    26M
    More than 26 million cardholder customers.
    25+
    Over 25 years experience in driving sales for our partners.
    120M
    Managing more than 100 credit
    programs for leading brands.
    3100 Easton Square Place Columbus / OH 43219
  • LoyaltyOne is a global leader in the design and implementation of coalition loyalty programs, customer analytics and loyalty management solutions.
    2/3
    of Canadian households with active AIR MILES accounts.
    20+
    years of global coalition loyalty leadership.
    120M
    120 million customer relationships influenced.
    438 University Avenue / Toronto ON M5G 2L1
  • 1-800-309-0505 /info@epsilon.com
    Epsilon is the global leader in delivering direct-to-customer connections that drive business performance.
    42B
    Over 42 billion permission-based emails annually.
    #1
    Ad Age's 2012 top-ranked U.S. agency from all disciplines.
    180M
    180 million loyalty members worldwide.
    4401 Regent Boulevard / Irving, TX 75063
  • OUR BUSINESSES
    valuedcustomers
    Alliance Data is made up of three successful businesses:
    Alliance Data Retail Services, LoyaltyOne, and Epsilon.
LoyaltyOne:
Privacy, Profit And The New Paradigm
OUR LEADERSHIP
ED HEFFERNAN
Ed's contrarian approach and bold moves has helped Alliance Data rank in the top 1% of companies in terms of shareholder return.
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$4.3B
Stellar performance
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Our 12,000 associates
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It's about doing the right thing - for our clients, our community, and our associates. Our commitment to corporate responsibility is part of our DNA. It's ingrained in our culture. It defines everything we do. How we treat associates. How we support our communities and the environment. And how we protect and manage consumer data.

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LOCATION
Alliance Data Corporate headquarters
7500 Dallas Parkway, Suite 700
Plano, TX 75024
214-494-3000
MEDIA CONTACT
Shelley Whiddon
Sr. Director, External communications
214-494-3811
shelley.whiddon@alliancedata.com
INVESTOR RELATIONS
CONTACT
Tiffany Louder
Investor Relations
Alliance Data
214-494-3048
InvestorRelations@alliancedata.com
Julie Prozeller
FTI Consulting
(212) 850-5721
alliancedata@fticonsulting.com