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Becton Dickinson Agrees to Acquire CareFusion for $12.2B

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Becton, Dickinson & Co. agreed to buy CareFusion Corp. for $12.2 billion in a cash-and-stock deal that will enhance the company’s role in providing drug management and patient safety services to hospitals.

CareFusion stockholders will get $49 in cash and 0.0777 of a Becton Dickinson share for each share they own, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey-based Becton Dickinson said in a statement yesterday. Based on Becton Dickinson’s Oct. 3 price, the deal’s value of $58 a share is a 26 percent premium for investors in San Diego-based CareFusion. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2015.