Contact: Ronald Jasper
Becton, Dickinson and Company
(November 23, 1999) -- Franklin Lakes, NJ (November 23, 1999) – The Board of Directors of Becton, Dickinson and Company (“BD”) (NYSE: BDX) has declared a quarterly dividend of 9 ¼ cents per common share, an increase of 9 percent, or ¾ cent per share, over the previous quarterly payment. It will be payable on January 7, 2000 to holders of record on December 14, 1999. The current indicated annual dividend rate is 37 cents per share.
BD manufactures and sells a broad range of medical supplies and devices and diagnostic systems for use by health care professionals, medical research institutions and the general public. For fiscal year ended September 30, 1999 BD reported revenues of $3.4 billion.