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Boston Scientific Completes Acquisition Of Bard Electrophysiology

NATICK, Mass., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today closed on its previously announced agreement to acquire Bard EP, the electrophysiology (EP) business of C.R. Bard, Inc.   The completion of this transaction advances Boston Scientific's ability to more comprehensively serve the rapidly expanding global EP market.

The acquisition enables Boston Scientific to provide a broader portfolio of EP tools, including solutions for cardiac catheter ablations.  The addition of the legacy Bard electrophysiology global business in advanced therapeutic catheters, diagnostic catheters, electrophysiology recording systems and intracardiac access devices gives Boston Scientific additional scale and scope to serve a $2.5 billion EP market that is growing at nearly 10 percent annually. 

"Completing this transaction is an important part of our global strategy to grow and transform our EP business," said Pete Sommerness, general manager, Electrophysiology, Boston Scientific.  "We believe that the complementary capabilities that this transaction brings, including expertise in capital equipment sales and service, will enable us to offer more complete solutions to help electrophysiologists diagnose and treat patients with cardiac arrhythmias."

Boston Scientific also expects the additional capabilities brought by the acquisition, including extended reach in strategic global markets, will help accelerate launches of key EP technologies such as the recently approved IntellaTip MiFi™ XP ablation catheter and next-generation Rhythmia™ Mapping System.

Boston Scientific currently expects the net impact of the transaction on adjusted earnings per share to be immaterial in 2013 and approximately one cent accretive in 2014, and dilutive on a GAAP basis in both years as a result of acquisition-related net charges and amortization, which will be determined subsequent to today's closing.  

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "anticipate," "expect," "project," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "intend" and similar words.  These forward-looking statements are based on our beliefs, assumptions and estimates using information available to us at the time and are not intended to be guarantees of future events or performance.  These forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding our business plans and impact of the transaction on our business, markets for our products, new product launches and launch cadence, product performance and portfolio, competitive offerings, expected accretion and dilution.  If our underlying assumptions turn out to be incorrect, or if certain risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from the expectations and projections expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements.  These factors, in some cases, have affected and in the future (together with other factors) could affect our ability to implement our business strategy and may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the statements expressed in this press release.  As a result, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of our forward-looking statements.  

Factors that may cause such differences include, among other things: future economic, competitive, reimbursement and regulatory conditions; new product introductions; demographic trends; intellectual property; litigation; financial market conditions; and future business decisions made by us and our competitors.  All of these factors are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of them are beyond our control.  For a further list and description of these and other important risks and uncertainties that may affect our future operations, see Part I, Item 1A – Risk Factors in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which we may update in Part II, Item 1A – Risk Factors in Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q we have filed or will file hereafter.  We disclaim any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or in events, conditions or circumstances on which those expectations may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.  This cautionary statement is applicable to all forward-looking statements contained in this document.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, we disclose certain non-GAAP financial measures including adjusted earnings per share.  Adjusted earnings per share excludes goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges; acquisition-, divestiture-, litigation- and restructuring-related charges and credits; certain discrete tax items and amortization expense.  Non-GAAP measures such as adjusted earnings per share are not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.  The GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to adjusted earnings per share is GAAP earnings per share.  The difference between our estimated impact of the acquisition on our GAAP and adjusted earnings per share relates to amortization expense on acquired intangible assets and acquisition-related net charges, which include contingent consideration expense and acquisition-related fair value adjustments.  These amounts are excluded by the Company for purposes of measuring adjusted earnings per share.

Management uses adjusted earnings per share along with other supplemental non-GAAP measures to evaluate performance period over period, to analyze the underlying trends in our business, to assess its performance relative to its competitors, and to establish operational goals and forecasts that are used in allocating resources.  Non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted earnings per share, should not be considered in isolation from or as a replacement for GAAP financial measures.  We believe that presenting non-GAAP financial measures in addition to GAAP financial measures provides investors greater transparency to the information used by our management for its financial and operational decision-making and allows investors to see our results "through the eyes" of management.  We further believe that providing this information better enables our investors to understand our operating performance and to evaluate the methodology used by management to evaluate and measure such performance.

Peter Lucht
508-650-8796 (office)
Global Media Relations
Boston Scientific Corporation 

Michael Campbell
508-650-8023 (office)
Investor Relations
Boston Scientific Corporation 

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