MURRAY HILL, NJ--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 21, 2004--C. R. Bard, Inc.
(NYSE-BCR) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a
regular quarterly dividend of 23 cents per share on Bard's common
stock and, in a separate action to take effect after the payment of
the quarterly dividend, announced a two-for-one stock split.
A regular quarterly dividend of 23 cents per share on Bard's
common stock is payable on May 14, 2004 to shareholders of record on
May 3, 2004. Bard's current indicated annual dividend rate is 92 cents
per share or 46 cents per share after the stock split is effective.
The stock split will entitle all shareholders of record on May 17,
2004 to receive one additional share of Bard common stock for each
share held on that date. The additional shares of common stock will be
distributed to shareholders in the form of a stock dividend on May 28,
2004 by the company's transfer agent, EquiServe Trust Company, N.A.
C. R. Bard, Inc. (www.crbard.com), headquartered in Murray Hill,
N.J., is a leading multinational developer, manufacturer, and marketer
of innovative, life-enhancing medical technologies in the fields of
vascular, urology, oncology, and surgical specialty products.
CONTACT: For C. R. Bard, Inc.
Eric J. Shick
Vice President, Investor Relations
Holly P. Glass
Vice President, Government and Public Affairs
SOURCE: C. R. Bard, Inc.