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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Outlines Strategy and Productivity Transformation Initiative During Update to Investment Community
Date:12/5/2007

een eliminated in 2007 and the substantial majority of positions will be eliminated in 2008 and 2009. "It is difficult to see our valued colleagues leave the company, but right-sizing our workforce across all areas is critical to achieving our productivity goals and enhancing the competitive position of the company. While we are reducing headcount in certain functions, we will continue to invest in R&D, biologics and commercialization talent," said Mr. Cornelius.

The productivity initiative is expected to generate approximately $1.5 billion in cost reductions and avoidance on a pre-tax basis versus the company's previous strategic plan for 2010. Costs associated with the implementation of the Productivity Transformation Initiative are estimated to be between $0.9 billion to $1.1 billion on a pre-tax basis, with approximately $300 million expected to be incurred in 2007 and $400 million to $500 million expected to be incurred in 2008. The ultimate timing of the recording of the charges cannot be predicted with certainty and will be affected by the occurrence of triggering events for expense recognition under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), among other factors.

Indicative Dividend Increase for 2008 and Quarterly Dividend

Today, the company announced that the Board of Directors declared an 11 percent dividend increase, the first increase since 2002. The dividend increase will result in a quarterly dividend of thirty-one cents ($.31) per share on the company's Common Stock for an indicative dividend for the full year of 2008 of $1.24 per share, subject to the normal quarterly review by the Board. The next quarterly dividend on the $.10 par value Common Stock of the company will be payable on February 1, 2008 to stockholders of record at the close of business on January 4, 2008.

The Directors also declared a quarterly dividend of fifty cents ($0.50) per share on the $2.00 Convertible Preferred Stock of the corporation, pa
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