Boston Scientific To Acquire C.R. Bard Electrophysiology Business Transaction to Accelerate Boston Scientific Expansion in Growing Electrophysiology Market

NATICK, Mass., June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move that would significantly boost its capabilities in the fast-growing market for advanced electrophysiology procedures, Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bard EP, the electrophysiology (EP) business of C.R. Bard, for $275 million in cash.  The company expects to close the transaction in the second half of 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.

This transaction supports Boston Scientific's strategy to provide a robust portfolio of solutions for cardiac catheter ablations and other EP tools to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions in which the heart beats abnormally.  The addition of Bard EP's strong commercial team and complementary portfolio, including catheter and recording device technologies, would enable Boston Scientific to better serve the rapidly growing global EP market with a stronger and more comprehensive offering.  Electrophysiology is a $2.5 billion global market that is growing at nearly 10 percent annually.

"We expect this acquisition to accelerate the expansion of our global electrophysiology business and we are pleased to welcome Bard EP to the Boston Scientific team," said Mike Mahoney, president and chief executive officer, Boston Scientific.  "We believe the innovation and global reach that Bard EP delivers will meaningfully advance our position in this fast-growing market, enabling us to more effectively serve the needs of patients who suffer from cardiac arrhythmias."

Bard EP would become part of the existing Boston Scientific EP business within the company's Rhythm Management unit.

Headquartered in Lowell, Mass., with nearly 180 employees around the world, Bard EP offers a comprehensive portfolio including advanced therapeutic catheters, diagnostic catheters, electrophysiology recording systems and intracardiac access devices.  Bard EP generated sales of $111 million in 2012. 

The agreement calls for an up-front payment of $275 million, payable upon transaction closing.  Boston Scientific currently expects the net impact of this transaction on adjusted earnings per share to be immaterial for 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 following the closing. 

About Boston Scientific    
Boston Scientific transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world.  As a global medical technology leader for more than 30 years, we advance science for life by providing a broad range of high performance solutions that address unmet patient needs and reduce the cost of healthcare.  For more information, visit www.bostonscientific.com and connect on Twitter and Facebook.

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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.

CONTACT:     
Peter Lucht    
508-650-8796 (office)    
Global Media Relations    
Boston Scientific Corporation     
media@bsci.com

Michael Campbell    
508-650-8023 (office)    
Investor Relations    
Boston Scientific Corporation     
investor_relations@bsci.com

SOURCE Boston Scientific Corporation



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