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Results of Operations and Financial Condition, Financial Statements and Exh


On May 2, 2013, Becton, Dickinson and Company ("BD") issued a press release announcing its financial results for its second fiscal quarter ending March 31, 2013. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report.

The press release furnished as Exhibit 99.1 contains certain financial measures that differ from those presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("non-GAAP measures"), as follows:

Revenues. We present international and total revenue growth rates (for the total company and each of its segments and units, and for our safety-engineered devices) after eliminating the effect of foreign currency translation. We believe that these measures of revenue growth allow investors to better understand the underlying operating results of BD and facilitate comparisons to prior periods.

Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations. We present the percentage growth in diluted earnings per share from continuing operations ("EPS") for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal year 2013 compared to the prior year periods after eliminating the effect of foreign currency translation and the impact of the medical device excise tax that went into effect in January 2013 under the U.S. healthcare reform law. We believe that eliminating the effect of foreign currency translation allows investors to better understand the underlying operating results of BD and facilitates comparisons to prior periods. Eliminating the impact of the medical device excise tax also facilitates comparisons to prior periods as this tax was not in effect for those prior periods.

We also present estimated EPS guidance for fiscal year 2013 after adjusting fiscal year 2012 EPS to exclude the pension settlement charge recorded in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 and by eliminating the impact of foreign currency translation and the impact of the medical device excise tax. The pension settlement charge is not considered by management to be part of ordinary operations, and management believes eliminating this charge when providing fiscal year 2013 EPS guidance allows investors to better understand our guidance in relation to fiscal year 2012. Eliminating the effects of foreign currency translation and the excise tax allows investors to better understand the anticipated underlying performance of BD and assess BD's earnings guidance relative to prior periods.

BD's management uses each of these non-GAAP measures in its own evaluation of BD's performance, particularly when comparing performance to past periods and to the performance of peer companies. Management also uses the non-GAAP results for budget planning purposes on a quarterly and annual basis.

BD provides non-GAAP measures to investors on a supplemental basis, as they provide additional insight into BD's financial results. Management believes the non-GAAP results provide a reasonable measure of BD's underlying performance before the effects of items that are considered by management to be outside of BD's underlying operational results or that affect period to period comparability.

Non-GAAP results should not be considered in isolation and are not in accordance with, or a substitute for, GAAP results. Our non-GAAP results may differ from similar measures used by other companies, even if similar terms are used to identify such measures. Although BD's management believes non-GAAP results are useful in evaluating the performance of its business, its reliance on these measures is limited since items excluded from such measures may have a material impact on BD's net income, earnings per share or cash flows calculated in accordance with GAAP. Therefore, management typically uses non-GAAP results in conjunction with GAAP results to address these limitations. Investors should also consider these limitations when evaluating BD's results.


Exhibit 99.1 Press release dated May 2, 2013, which is furnished pursuant to Item 2.02

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