FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, today reported quarterly revenues of $2.014 billion for the third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2011, representing an increase of 10.0 percent from the prior-year period. On a foreign currency-neutral basis, revenues increased 4.8 percent.
“We are pleased with our solid results this quarter, with all three segments contributing to growth,” said Edward J. Ludwig, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Gross margin expansion reflecting favorable product mix has offset some of the headwinds we have been facing as a result of a challenging macroeconomic environment and increased raw material costs.”
Agreement to Acquire Carmel Pharma, ABOn July 27, 2011, the Company announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Carmel Pharma, AB, a Swedish company that manufactures the PhaSeal® System. This is the leading closed-system drug transfer device for the safe handling of hazardous drugs that are packaged in vials. The acquisition is expected to close prior to the end of this fiscal year.
Third Quarter and Nine-Month Fiscal 2011 Operating ResultsReported diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the third quarter were $1.51, compared with $1.23 in the prior-year period, representing a 22.8 percent increase, or 13.8 percent on a currency-neutral basis.
For the nine-month period ending June 30, 2011, reported diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $4.23, compared with $3.66 in the prior-year period. The prior-year period included a non-cash charge of $8.9 million, or $0.04 per share, related to healthcare reform impacting Medicare Part D reimbursements. Excluding that item, earnings per share from continuing operations incr