Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) announced a quarterly dividend on Monday, November 20th, RTT News reports. Investors of record on Friday, December 8th will be given a dividend of 0.75 per share by the medical instruments supplier on Friday, December 29th. This represents a $3.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.35%. This is a positive change from Becton, Dickinson and’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.73.

Becton, Dickinson and has increased its dividend payment by an average of 10.1% per year over the last three years and has increased its dividend annually for the last 45 consecutive years. Becton, Dickinson and has a payout ratio of 27.5% indicating that its dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Analysts expect Becton, Dickinson and to earn $11.79 per share next year, which means the company should continue to be able to cover its $2.92 annual dividend with an expected future payout ratio of 24.8%.

Becton, Dickinson and (BDX) traded up $1.19 on Monday, hitting $221.50. 807,948 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,322,965. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.48, a quick ratio of 5.01 and a current ratio of 5.56. Becton, Dickinson and has a 1-year low of $161.29 and a 1-year high of $225.23. The company has a market cap of $50,130.00, a PE ratio of 23.22, a P/E/G ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 1.04.

Becton, Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The medical instruments supplier reported $2.40 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.37 by $0.03. Becton, Dickinson and had a net margin of 8.52% and a return on equity of 22.51%. The business had revenue of $3.17 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.14 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $2.12 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 2.0% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts predict that Becton, Dickinson and will post 10.63 earnings per share for the current year.

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In related news, insider Gary M. Cohen sold 15,044 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $200.43, for a total value of $3,015,268.92. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 95,270 shares in the company, valued at approximately $19,094,966.10. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Gary M. Cohen sold 15,512 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $203.77, for a total transaction of $3,160,880.24. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 95,781 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $19,517,294.37. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 47,038 shares of company stock valued at $9,480,225. Company insiders own 1.40% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on the company. BidaskClub upgraded Becton, Dickinson and from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, August 14th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $210.00 target price on shares of Becton, Dickinson and in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Becton, Dickinson and from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $234.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. Cowen and Company reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $230.00 target price on shares of Becton, Dickinson and in a report on Monday, August 14th. Finally, Barclays PLC reiterated an “equal weight” rating and set a $210.00 target price (up previously from $205.00) on shares of Becton, Dickinson and in a report on Thursday, August 10th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Becton, Dickinson and presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $214.79.

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.

Dividend History for Becton, Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX)

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