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Becton Dickinson issues debt to fund Bard acquisition

Becton Dickinson Co. announced a multibillion-dollar debt issue to fund the acquisition of C.R. Bard Inc.

The offering comprised $725 million worth of 2.133% notes due 2019; $1 billion of 2.404% notes due 2020; $1.8 billion of 2.894% notes due June 6, 2022; $1.75 billion of 3.363% notes due 2024; $2.4 billion of 3.70% notes due 2027; and $1.5 billion of 4.669% notes due 2047.

The company also issued $500 million worth of floating-rate notes due 2022 and €700 million of 0.368% notes due 2019.

The notes were issued under a 1997 indenture between the company and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. NA.