newratings.com  2 hrs ago  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Medical technology company Becton, Dickinson and Co. (BDX), or BD, on Monday said it has bought GenCell Biosystems, a privately-held Irish biotech company, for undisclosed financial terms. GenCell has developed an...
Reuters  Oct 7  Comment 
Medical equipment supplier Becton Dickinson & Co's acquisition of medical device manufacturer CareFusion will be financed with a $9.1 billion bridge loan, bankers said on...
Motley Fool  Oct 7  Comment 
Becton, Dickinson and Company has upped its dividend for 42 years, but questions suggest there may be better dividend stocks to buy.
TheStreet.com  Oct 7  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- RATINGS CHANGES Allegheny was downgraded at Keybanc to hold from buy. Estimates were also cut, given nickel volatility, Keybanc said. Blackberry was initiated with an in-line rating at Imperial Capital. Twelve-month...
Benzinga  Oct 7  Comment 
In a report published Tuesday, Bank of America analyst Bob Hopkins moved the rating on CareFusion Corporation (NYSE: CFN) from Buy to No Rating, and removed the $50.00 price target. In the report, Bank of America noted, “On Sunday night, BDX...
Benzinga  Oct 7  Comment 
Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE: BDX) from Hold to Buy. The price target for Becton, Dickinson is set to $153. Becton, Dickinson shares have surged 27.10% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500...
Benzinga  Oct 7  Comment 
StreetInsider.com  Oct 6  Comment 
Market wrap for October 6th End of the Day: S&P 500 down 3.1 to 1,964.82; Dow Jones down 17.8 to 16,991.91; Nasdaq down 20.8 to 4,454.80 * Becton Dickinson (NYSE: BDX) said it has agreed to acquire CareFusion (NYSE: CFN) for $58 per share in...
Forbes  Oct 6  Comment 
The best performing sector as of midday Monday is the Healthcare sector, up 0.2%. Within that group, CareFusion  (NYSE: CFN) and Becton, Dickinson (NYSE: BDX) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 23.2% and 7.2%, respectively. Among...
SeekingAlpha  Oct 6  Comment 
By The Value Investor: Becton, Dickinson Co (NYSE:BDX) jumped on Merger Monday as it is set to acquire CareFusion (NYSE:CFN) in a multi-billion deal. Investors in both companies are cheering on the back of both the operational as well as financial...
Benzinga  Oct 6  Comment 
CareFusion (NYSE: CFN) shares moved up 23.13% to $56.85. The volume of CareFusion shares traded was 2932% higher than normal. Becton Dickinson & Co (NYSE: BDX) announced its plans to acquire CareFusion for $12.2 billion in cash and stock....
Benzinga  Oct 6  Comment 


Becton, Dickinson and Company(NYSE:BDX) is a leading hospital supply company with 2007 revenues of $6,360 million. BDX generates revenues through three business divisions: Medical (54%), Diagnostics (30%) and Biosciences (16%). [1] Through its Medical divison, BDX is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of products such as needles and syringes. In fact, BDX built the first factory in the U.S. specifically for producing needles, syringes, and thermometers. [2]The disagnostic division deals with safely collecting and analyzing various specimens to detect diseases and the Biosciences division sells research and clinical tools which are used in the study of cells. [3]

Although BDX built its business manufacturing basic instruments such as needles and scalpels, the company has grown in recent years by introducting safety engineered products. [4] For example, the company introduced the auto-disable injection device, which is a syringe that locks in automatically once used and cannot be reused. BDX's technological improvements also make their products safer for the staff that uses them. For example, BDX's safety-guarded sharps prevent needlestick injuries for doctors and nurses, and are now mandatory in most of the hospitals across the U.S. [5] One further benefit is that safety engineered products also carry higher margins than traditional products. [6]

Business Overview

BD has three main operating segments: BD Medical, BD Diagnostics and BD Biosciences.

  • BD Medical: is the largest and most profitable division of the company. It produces a broad array of medical devices such as needles, syringes, surgical blades & scalpels, IV catheters, and syringes and pen needles for the self-injection of insulin and other drugs used in the treatment of diabetes. The primary markets served by BD Medical are hospitals, clinics, physician offices, and retail pharmacies.[7]
  • BD Diagnostics: provides systems used to collect medical samples and diagnostic systems for testing the samples. This includes products such as safety-engineered blood collection systems, cervical cancer screening systems, and others. The primary markets served by BD Diagnostics include hospitals, laboratories, blood banks, and physician offices. [8]
  • BD Biosciences: produces research and clinical tools for the study of cells, which is used to treat patients, develop new drugs, vaccines, etc. Products include devices which sort and analyze cells, cell imaging systems, and other products. The primary markets served by BD Biosciences include research and clinical laboratories, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals.[9]

BD got its start through syringes and other basic products, and to this day, BD Medical division remains the core of the company, contributing 54% of revenue in 2007. Diagnostics (30%) and Biosciences (16%) constituted the remaining 46% of revenues. [10]

BDX 2007 Annual Report
BDX 2007 Annual Report[11]

In 2007, BDX had revenue of $6,360 million, an increase of 11% from the prior year.[12] Medical revenues increased 10% to $3.4 billion, Biosciences revenues increased 13% to $1.0 billion, and Diagnostics revenue increased 11% to $1.9 billion.[13]

BDX 2007 Annual Report
BDX 2007 Annual Report[14]

International revenues accounted for 52% of the company's business, with Europe being the largest international market. US sales accounted for the remaining 48% of business. Both international and US sales grew by 11% in 2007. [15]

BDX 2007 Annual Report
BDX 2007 Annual Report[16]

Key Trends and Forces

Medicare coverage patterns

Health coverage is an important determining factor when patients and doctors choose among various treatment options and medical products. Medicare coverage is particularly significant in that it directly affects over forty million Americans, how much patients have to pay for BDX products (primarily BD Medical products), and how much BDX will receive in payments from Medicare. Currently, Medicare and other third party payors are emphasizing more cost-effective products, by limiting the reimbursement they will cover. Furthermore, even if a new BDX product is cleared by the FDA, BDX faces limited demand until Medicare and other payors approve it for reimbursement. Both of these factors can affect BDX's sales.

Government Regulation

BDX and its competitors are all heavily affected by government regulation, especially by the FDA, which is responsible for regulating food, dietary supplements, drugs, medical devices, and other products in the United States. Without FDA approval, BDX cannot sell any of its medical products to the public. If any of BDX's devices fail FDA approval, it can adversely affect the company's sales.


Diabetes currently affects around 200 million people worldwide, including 21 million people in the U.S. It is estimated that more than $132 billion is spent annually on diabetes and its complications. BDX currently has several products such as syringes and pen needles for the injection of insulin, which is essential for the treatment of diabetes. In 2007, Diabetes Care products generated nearly $700 M in revenue for the firm. These and future diabetes related products represent an opportunity for BDX to generate additional revenue in this large and expanding market.


BDX faces tough competition in all of its business divisions. It competes with Covidien in the Medical division, Gen-Probe (GPRO) in Diagnostics division, and Beckman Coulter (BEC) in its Biosciences division.

BDX and Top Competitors (2007)
Company Total Sales Net Income
BDX $6,359 M [17] $890 M [18]
Covidien $10,170 M [19] ($342 M) [20]
Gen-Probe (GPRO) $325 M [21] $59 M [22]
Beckman Coulter (BEC) $2,528 M [23] $187 M [24]


  1. BDX 2007 10k, Ex 13
  2. Company Website
  3. BDX 2007 10k, Item 1
  4. BDX 2007 10k, Item 1
  5. Needlestick.org
  6. BDX 2007 10k, Ex 13, Pg 21
  7. BDX 2007 10k, Pg 1
  8. BDX 2007 10k, Pg 1
  9. BDX 2007 10k, Pg 1
  10. BDX 2007 10k, Ex 13
  11. BDX 2007 10k, Ex 13
  12. BDX 2007 10k, Ex 13, Pg 20
  13. BDX 2007 10k, Ex 13, Pgs 21-22
  14. BDX 2007 10k, Ex 13
  15. BDX 2007 10k, Ex 13
  16. BDX 2007 10k, II-3
  17. BDX 2007 10k, Ex 13
  18. BDX 2007 10k, Ex 13
  19. COV 2007 10k
  20. COV 2007 10k
  21. GPRO 2006 10k
  22. GPRO 2006 10k
  23. BEC 2006 10k
  24. BEC 2006 10k
Wikinvest © 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. Use of this site is subject to express Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, and Disclaimer. By continuing past this page, you agree to abide by these terms. Any information provided by Wikinvest, including but not limited to company data, competitors, business analysis, market share, sales revenues and other operating metrics, earnings call analysis, conference call transcripts, industry information, or price targets should not be construed as research, trading tips or recommendations, or investment advice and is provided with no warrants as to its accuracy. Stock market data, including US and International equity symbols, stock quotes, share prices, earnings ratios, and other fundamental data is provided by data partners. Stock market quotes delayed at least 15 minutes for NASDAQ, 20 mins for NYSE and AMEX. Market data by Xignite. See data providers for more details. Company names, products, services and branding cited herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. The use of trademarks or service marks of another is not a representation that the other is affiliated with, sponsors, is sponsored by, endorses, or is endorsed by Wikinvest.
Powered by MediaWiki