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Boston Scientific Announces Results for Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2008
Date:1/28/2009

as reasons for excluding each of these individual items:

  • Intangible asset impairment charges - These amounts represent non-cash write-downs of certain of the Company's intangible assets. Following the Company's acquisition of Guidant in 2006, and the related increase in the Company's debt, management has heightened its focus on cash generation and debt pay down. Management removes the impact of these charges from the Company's operating performance to assist in assessing the Company's cash generated from operations. Management believes this is a critical metric for the Company in measuring the Company's ability to generate cash and pay down debt. Therefore, these charges are excluded from management's assessment of operating performance and are also excluded from the measures management uses to set employee compensation. Accordingly, management believes this may be useful information to users of its financial statements and therefore has excluded these charges for purposes of calculating these non-GAAP measures to facilitate an evaluation of the Company's current operating performance, particularly in terms of liquidity.

  • Acquisition-related (credits) charges - These adjustments consist of a gain resulting from the receipt of an acquisition-related milestone payment, purchased research and development, integration costs associated with the Company's acquisition of Guidant, and a fair value adjustment related to the sharing of proceeds feature of the Abbott stock purchase. The acquisition-related milestone payment is one of two payments the Company expects to receive as a result of Guidant's sale of its vascular intervention and endovascular solutions businesses to Abbott and are not indicative of future operating results. Purchased research and development is a highly variable charge based on valuation assumptions. Management removes the impact of purchase
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