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  • mlledaae_2000 mlledaae_2000 Jan 11, 2000 1:29 PM Flag



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    • just a reminder to those of you in the franklin
      lakes area that you should show your discontent with
      management and the board of directors by asking some hard
      questions at the stockholders meeting on feb.8th. Geography
      unfortunately prevents me from attending. One thing i noticed
      in the proxy statement,incidentally,that seems to be
      totally out of line was the granting of additional
      options in november to messrs castellini and ludwig.this
      was on top of substantial option grants in january ,
      particularly to can the board justify this
      after the dismal year bd had? To say in the proxy that
      the nov. Grant to castellini was made for his
      continuing to serve as chairman is has been
      said previously,bd wold be better served by having
      ludwig as both ceo and chairman. Also, terms of the nov.
      Grant to castellini are the prices of$44
      and$50 mean not only that he cannot exercise the options
      until the stock gets to those prices,but also that they
      are the exercise prices? This would be a lot
      different and more stringent to castellini(and this should
      be the case)than simply requiring market prices
      of$44 and$50 sometime in the future and then permitting
      exercises at the much lower nov.1999 price.

      • 1 Reply to mlledaae_2000
      • The restricted options granted in November would
        no doubt have a strike price as of the date of the
        grant, not the hurdle excersize price.
        Don't worry,
        the probability of BDX stock reaching $44 and $50 in
        the foreseable future is not very high. Using a
        multiple of 25X earnings this would mean an EPS of $1.76
        and $2.00 respectively. The budgeted EPS for year
        2000 is $1.60. Assuming a 10% growth in EPS,
        would not be reached until the end of fiscal year 2001.
        Remember that a 10% EPS growth for BDX is a strech at this

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