Analysts Expect Becton Dickinson and Co (BDX) Will Announce Quarterly Sales of $4.12 Billion

Analysts forecast that Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX) will report sales of $4.12 billion for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Nine analysts have provided estimates for Becton Dickinson and’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $4.07 billion to $4.17 billion. Becton Dickinson and posted sales of $2.97 billion during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 38.7%. The business is scheduled to issue its next earnings results before the market opens on Thursday, May 3rd.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Becton Dickinson and will report full-year sales of $15.83 billion for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $15.75 billion to $15.90 billion. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the business will report sales of $17.71 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $17.65 billion to $17.83 billion. Zacks’ sales calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that that provide coverage for Becton Dickinson and.

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Becton Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, February 6th. The medical instruments supplier reported $2.48 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.41 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $3.08 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.05 billion. Becton Dickinson and had a net margin of 2.71% and a return on equity of 16.19%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $2.33 EPS.

BDX has been the topic of several research reports. Deutsche Bank set a $260.00 price objective on shares of Becton Dickinson and and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 29th. Evercore ISI initiated coverage on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. They set an “outperform” rating and a $245.00 price objective on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Becton Dickinson and from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $240.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. KeyCorp initiated coverage on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Friday, January 5th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $260.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Citigroup raised shares of Becton Dickinson and from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $241.19.

In other Becton Dickinson and news, Director Timothy M. Ring sold 269,661 shares of Becton Dickinson and stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $217.82, for a total value of $58,737,559.02. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 295,753 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $64,420,918.46. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Timothy M. Ring sold 176 shares of Becton Dickinson and stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $218.27, for a total transaction of $38,415.52. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 170,688 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $37,256,069.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 281,108 shares of company stock valued at $61,321,396 over the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of BDX. Buckingham Capital Management Inc. raised its holdings in Becton Dickinson and by 6.8% in the third quarter. Buckingham Capital Management Inc. now owns 13,895 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock worth $2,723,000 after buying an additional 883 shares during the last quarter. Engineers Gate Manager LP purchased a new position in shares of Becton Dickinson and during the third quarter valued at approximately $1,090,000. Segall Bryant & Hamill LLC raised its holdings in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 7.4% during the third quarter. Segall Bryant & Hamill LLC now owns 5,292 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock valued at $1,037,000 after purchasing an additional 365 shares during the last quarter. Vident Investment Advisory LLC purchased a new position in shares of Becton Dickinson and during the third quarter valued at approximately $650,000. Finally, Madison Investment Holdings Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 1.7% during the third quarter. Madison Investment Holdings Inc. now owns 29,931 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock valued at $5,865,000 after purchasing an additional 506 shares during the last quarter. 83.46% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of BDX traded up $4.20 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $229.57. 1,176,843 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,400,027. The firm has a market capitalization of $60,003.07, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.22, a PEG ratio of 1.64 and a beta of 1.15. The company has a current ratio of 1.54, a quick ratio of 0.93 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04. Becton Dickinson and has a 12 month low of $175.66 and a 12 month high of $248.39.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 9th were issued a $0.75 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 8th. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.31%. Becton Dickinson and’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 31.65%.

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About Becton Dickinson and

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) is a global medical technology company engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of a range of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. The Company operates through two segments: BD Medical and BD Life Sciences. The BD Medical segment produces an array of medical technologies and devices that are used to help improve healthcare delivery in a range of settings.

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