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  • b_zerkley b_zerkley Jun 17, 1999 10:34 AM Flag

    Takeover 4

    is here again. The last couple of days I've
    talked to several people at B-D and they say the company
    is back in the BUNKER mindset. Staff cuts, travel
    cuts, projects cut or on hold, and another round of
    write offs (early retirement program is a catch all for
    the big bath).
    Let me say this up front...B-D is
    a company with some GREAT products and some
    EXCEPTIONAL talents (mostly in production). However, their
    great products are in slow growth markets where they
    already have exceptionally high market shares (90% plus
    for some products). A return to the old B-D and it's
    risk adverse ways isn't going to get 10% top line
    growth. IMHO year 2000 top line growth will be back at
    the 2% level if they only focus on downsizing the
    organization & cut expenses (haven't they been doing that for
    the last 3 years already).
    But don't worry, this
    baby is ripe for a take over and shortly I'll take a
    shot at predicting the candidates and explain why they
    would love to have B-D at it's new reduced price tag.

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