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  • mlledaae_2000 mlledaae_2000 Jan 11, 2000 2:38 PM Flag

    FEBRUARY 8TH MEETING

    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 castellini.how 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 insulting.as 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 confusing.do 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.

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    • 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,
      $1.76
      would not be reached until the end of fiscal year 2001.
      Remember that a 10% EPS growth for BDX is a strech at this
      point.

 
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