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Becton, Dickinson and Company Q4 Profit Increases, beats estimates

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) reported earnings for its fourth quarter that increased from last year and beat the Street estimates.

The company's bottom line totaled $265 million, or $0.92 per share. This compares with $242 million, or $0.84 per share, in last year's fourth quarter.

Excluding items, Becton, Dickinson and Company reported adjusted earnings of $2.75 per share for the period.

Analysts on average had expected the company to earn $2.74 per share, according to figures compiled by Thomson Reuters. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special items.

The company's revenue for the quarter fell 1.9% to $4.76 billion from $4.85 billion last year.

Becton, Dickinson and Company earnings at a glance (GAAP) :

-Earnings (Q4): $265 Mln. vs. $242 Mln. last year.
-EPS (Q4): $0.92 vs. $0.84 last year.
-Analyst Estimate: $2.74
-Revenue (Q4): $4.76 Bln vs. $4.85 Bln last year.

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