C. R. Bard and Becton, Dickinson have announced the results of Bard’s special meeting of shareholders, held on August 8, 2017 and at which a quorum was present, for Bard shareholders to consider and vote upon the proposed merger of Bard with BD.
Bard said that its shareholders approved the definitive merger agreement, with approximately 99% of shares voting cast in favor of the proposal.
As previously announced on April 23, 2017, Bard and BD entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which BD would acquire Bard in a stock and cash transaction. Bard shareholder approval was a condition to the transaction. The proposed transaction remains subject to certain other conditions and approvals, and is presently expected to close in the fourth calendar quarter of 2017, the companies said.