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Becton, Dickinson and Company -- Moody's affirms Becton Dickinson's ratings (CFR at Ba1), outlook revised to positive

Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") today affirmed all of Becton, Dickinson & Company's ("BD") ratings including the Ba1 Corporate Family Rating, Ba1-PD Probability of Default Rating, Not Prime commercial paper rating, SGL-1 Speculative Grade Liquidity rating and the Ba1 senior unsecured rating. "The revision in the outlook to positive considers the deleveraging progress that BD has made since the closing of the Bard acquisition in December 2017" said Moody's Senior Vice President Scott Tuhy.