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ATS Medical Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2009 Results
Date:1/11/2010

operating loss and net loss for the fourth quarter and full year of 2009 both on an as reported and as adjusted basis. This compares to previous guidance of positive operating profit for the quarter and year and near breakeven to slightly positive net income for the quarter.

Commenting on the announcement, Michael Dale, President and CEO of ATS Medical, said, "In the fourth quarter we experienced an unexpected slowdown in growth for our legacy businesses, namely mechanical heart valves and CryoMaze surgical ablation products. We continue to believe these products present growth opportunities and we are keenly focused on the market development activities required to recapture momentum. Regarding our tissue valve platform, we've made encouraging progress in the fourth quarter with our ongoing launch in the U.S. of our ATS 3f Aortic Bioprosthesis tissue valve and remain very excited by our progress with our sutureless heart valve platforms."

The Company also announced that its preliminary revenue growth expectation for 2010 is in the range of 8% to 10%.

"While we acknowledge that our 2010 revenue growth guidance is expected to be below rates of the last few years, we are projecting that our growth will begin to re-accelerate in the latter half of 2010 as we expand the rollout of our ATS 3f Enable sutureless valve in international markets," commented Mr. Dale. "We believe our Enable valve with both its minimally invasive surgical and transcatheter beating heart delivery methods holds tremendous potential for our participation in the largest and fastest growing market opportunities within structural heart disease."

Interested parties are invited to listen to a live audio webcast of ATS Medical's Investor Presentation at the J.P. Morgan Conference which can be accessed on the investor section of the Company's website at

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