Boston Scientific Announces Offer to Acquire Guidant at $80 Per Share.Clearly Superior to Johnson & Johnson Offer
Boston Scientific The Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) (abbreviated BSC), is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a range of interventional medical specialties, including interventional cardiology, peripheral interventions, Maintains Similar Credit Profile to Previous Offers
NATICK, Mass., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation today announced a compelling offer of $80 per share, or approximately $27 billion in the aggregate, to acquire Guidant Corporation . This offer is set forth in a merger agreement that was executed by Boston Scientific and delivered to Guidant today.
"Our $80 per share offer for Guidant is compelling," said Pete Nicholas, Chairman of Boston Scientific. "We are providing Guidant shareholders with certainty of completion, significant upside potential Upside potential
The amount by which analysts or investors expect the price of a security may increase.
The potential price or gain that may be expected in a security or in a security average, generally stated as the dollar and substantially more value today than the Johnson & Johnson transaction. By any objective measure, our offer is clearly superior to Johnson & Johnson's."
Under the terms of the amended offer, Boston Scientific will provide Guidant shareholders with:
Compelling Price: Boston Scientific will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Guidant for $80 per share, $42.00 in cash and $38.00 in Boston Scientific common stock, subject to a collar.
-- Significant premium -- Boston Scientific's offer price represents a premium of $3.3 billion (or $9 per share) over the purchase price proposed to be paid by Johnson & Johnson, based on the closing price of Johnson & Johnson common stock on Friday, January 13, 2006. -- Substantial ownership -- Guidant shareholders will own approximately 36 percent in the combined company with significant upside potential and value (see attached exhibit).
Certainty of Value: Boston Scientific's price of $80 per share includes an expanded collar that provides more certainty to Guidant shareholders and interest payments for Guidant shareholders if the transaction does not close by the end of the first quarter of 2006.
-- Expanded collar through closing -- To provide Guidant shareholders with additional certainty of value, Boston Scientific has adjusted the bottom of the collar around the stock portion of the merger consideration by $1 from $23.62 to $22.62, which is approximately 10 percent below the closing price of Boston Scientific stock on Friday, January 13, 2006. The top of the collar remains $28.86. In addition, Boston Scientific has moved the timing of the collar from just prior to the date of the Guidant shareholders meeting until just prior to the closing date. -- Interest payments -- If the closing of the transaction does not occur by March 31, 2006, the $80 per share price would be increased by $0.0132 in cash for each day between April 1, 2006 and the date of closing (representing an annual interest rate of 6 percent).
Credit Profile Maintained: Despite amending its offer, Boston Scientific continues to maintain a credit profile similar to that of its previous offers, including an investment grade rating.
Amended agreement with Abbott: Boston Scientific has amended its agreement with Abbott under which Boston Scientific has agreed to divest To deprive or take away.
Divest is usually used in reference to the relinquishment of authority, power, property, or title. If, for example, an individual is disinherited, he or she is divested of the right to inherit money. Guidant's vascular vascular /vas·cu·lar/ (vas´ku-ler)
1. pertaining to vessels, particularly blood vessels.
2. indicative of a copious blood supply.
adj. intervention A procedure used in a lawsuit by which the court allows a third person who was not originally a party to the suit to become a party, by joining with either the plaintiff or the defendant. and endovascular businesses, while agreeing to share rights to Guidant's drug-eluting stent In cardiology, a drug-eluting stent is a stent (a scaffold) placed into narrowed, diseased coronary arteries that slowly releases a drug to block cell proliferation. This prevents scar-tissue–like growth that, together with clots (thrombus), could otherwise block the stented program. Under the amended agreement with Abbott: the upfront purchase price that Abbott agreed to pay Boston Scientific for the Guidant businesses will increase from $3.8 billion to $4.1 billion; the amount of the loan that Abbott has agreed to make to Boston Scientific will increase from $700 million to $900 million (with a 4 percent interest rate).
Abbott has also agreed to purchase $1.4 billion of Boston Scientific common stock (approximately 56 million shares), contingent upon Adj. 1. contingent upon - determined by conditions or circumstances that follow; "arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"
contingent on, dependant on, dependant upon, dependent on, dependent upon, depending on, contingent the closing of the Guidant acquisition. This would represent approximately 4 percent of the combined company.
In total, under the amended agreement, Boston Scientific will receive $6.4 billion in cash from Abbott on or around the closing date of the Guidant transaction. This amount includes $4.1 billion in purchase price and the remainder in equity and a loan.
Certainty of Completion: Boston Scientific has agreed that, if required, it will divest all overlapping assets. As previously stated, this addresses any perceived antitrust Antitrust
The antitrust laws apply to virtually all industries and to every level of business, including manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and marketing. They prohibit a variety of practices that restrain trade. concerns articulated to Boston Scientific by Guidant. Boston Scientific expects to complete the transaction by the end of the first quarter of 2006.
-- No financing condition -- The amended offer is not subject to any financing condition. Boston Scientific's commitment letter from Bank of America, N.A. and Merrill Lynch & Co. has been amended to reflect the terms of the offer. -- Shareholder support -- Holders of approximately 30 percent of Boston Scientific shares have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the proposed transaction.
In a letter to Guidant's Board of Directors, Boston Scientific said that its amended offer will expire at 5:00 p.m. ET on January 17, 2006, unless the Guidant Board has declared Boston Scientific's improved offer superior to the current Johnson & Johnson $71 per share offer (based on the closing price of Johnson & Johnson's common stock on Friday, January 13, 2006). If the Guidant Board declares Boston Scientific's amended offer superior by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 17, 2006, Boston Scientific's offer will remain open until close of business on January 25, 2006.
Under the terms of the amended Boston Scientific offer, each share of Guidant common stock will be exchanged for $42.00 in cash and $38.00 in Boston Scientific common stock, based on the average closing price of Boston Scientific common stock during the 20 consecutive trading day In Business, the trading day is the time span that a particular stock exchange is open. For example, the New York Stock Exchange is, as of 2006, open from 09:30AM to 4:00PM. Trading days never take place on weekends. period ending three days prior to the closing date. If the average closing price of Boston Scientific common stock during such period is less than $22.62, Guidant shareholders will receive 1.6799 Boston Scientific shares for each share of Guidant common stock, and if the average closing price of Boston Scientific common stock during such period is greater than $28.86, Guidant shareholders will receive 1.3167 Boston Scientific shares for each share of Guidant common stock.
Boston Scientific intends to file its offer letter, the attachments and the revised Merger Agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission today, January 17, 2006.
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Boston Scientific's amended offer is outlined in a letter from Boston Scientific Chairman Pete Nicholas and President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Tobin James Anthony Tobin, known as Abba Dabba, (December 27, 1912, Oakland, California—May 19, 1969, Oakland) was a right-handed major league baseball pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Bees/Braves and Detroit Tigers from 1937 to 1945. to Guidant Chairman James M. Cornelius. The text of the letter is included below.
January 17, 2006 Board of Directors Guidant Corporation 111 Monument Circle, Suite 2900 Indianapolis, IN 46204 Attn: James M. Cornelius Chairman of the Board Dear Jim:
We are submitting a further revised offer to combine the businesses of our two companies. The terms and conditions of our revised offer are reflected in the signed copy of the revised merger agreement that we have attached to this letter and are otherwise described herein. Our revised offer supersedes the offer submitted to Guidant on January 12, 2006.
The principal revisions to our offer are as follows: Purchase Price -- We have revised our offer to increase the purchase price from $73 per Guidant share to $80 per Guidant share, which represents $2.5 billion of additional aggregate value over our January 12 offer and $3.3 billion of additional aggregate value over the purchase price proposed to be paid by Johnson & Johnson on January 13, 2006. Cash and Stock Components of Purchase Price -- Cash represents the substantial portion of the additional consideration included in our revised offer. Under our revised offer, each share of Guidant common stock will be exchanged for $42 in cash and $38 in Boston Scientific common stock, subject to the revised collar described below. -- Based upon Friday's closing price of our shares, upon consummation of the proposed transaction, Guidant shareholders would own approximately 36% of the combined company. Collar -- To provide your shareholders with additional certainty of value, we have decreased the low end of the collar by $1 to $22.62 (representing 10.25% below Friday's closing price of our shares). -- In order to provide Guidant shareholders with even more certainty of value, we have moved the timing of the collar from just prior to the date of the Guidant shareholders meeting until just prior to the closing date.
The foregoing changes represent the principal revisions to our January 12 offer, and the other features of our previous offer remain the same, including our agreement to divest overlapping assets and to pay interest on the merger consideration at an annual rate of 6% if the closing of the proposed transaction is delayed beyond March 31, 2006.
In addition to the $9 difference in the face value between the price we are offering to pay and the price proposed to be paid by Johnson & Johnson, we strongly believe that owning our stock will present your shareholders with significant upside potential. To further your understanding of this, we attach a letter that explains the potential strategic benefits associated with the combination of our two companies.
We have amended our agreement with Abbott under which we have agreed to divest Guidant's vascular intervention and endovascular businesses, while agreeing to share rights to Guidant's drug eluting stent stent (stent)
1. a device or mold of a suitable material, used to hold a skin graft in place.
2. a slender rodlike or threadlike device used to provide support for tubular structures that are being anastomosed, or program. Under the amended agreement, Abbott has agreed to increase the purchase price for the divested assets from $3.8 billion to $4.1 billion, as well as to increase the aggregate funds that Abbott has agreed to lend us from $700 million to $900 million (with a 4% interest rate). Additionally, Abbott has agreed to purchase $1.4 billion of our common stock (approximately 56 million shares), contingent upon closing of the proposed Boston Scientific-Guidant merger.
Our commitment letter from Bank of America
Bank of America (NYSE: BAC TYO: 8648 ) is the largest commercial bank in the United States in terms of deposits, and the largest company of its kind in the world. , N.A. and Merrill Lynch & Co. has been amended to reflect the terms of our revised offer. A copy of the amended letter will be sent to you shortly.
Our board of directors has unanimously approved the submission of our revised offer as reflected in the signed merger agreement that is attached hereto here·to
To this document, matter, or proposition.
Formal or law to this place, matter, or document
Adv. 1. and as otherwise contemplated by this letter. In addition, holders of approximately 30% of Boston Scientific shares have agreed to vote their shares in favor of upon the side of; favorable to; for the advantage of.
See also: favor the proposed transaction. We believe that our revised offer constitutes a "superior proposal" as contemplated by the terms of Guidant's amended merger agreement.
Our revised offer will remain open for acceptance until 4:00 pm on January 25, 2006, provided that our offer will automatically terminate at 5:00 pm today, Tuesday, January 17, 2006, if you have not delivered written notice to us prior to such time that: (i) your board of directors has determined that our revised offer constitutes a "superior proposal" under the terms of Guidant's amended merger agreement with Johnson & Johnson and (ii) you have notified Johnson & Johnson of your intention to terminate the amended merger agreement pursuant to the terms of Section 4.02 thereof. Assuming that you have delivered the foregoing notice to us, you may accept our revised offer by signing and returning a copy of the attached merger agreement to us by 4:00 pm on January 25, 2006.
We believe that our revised offer presents a compelling opportunity for both our companies, and look forward to your prompt response.
Very truly yours, /s/ Pete Nicholas /s/ Jim Tobin Boston Scientific Corporation
Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties Medical Specialties
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This press release contains "forward-looking statements," including, among other statements, statements regarding the proposed business combination between Boston Scientific Corporation and Guidant Corporation, and the anticipated consequences and benefits of such transaction. Statements made in the future tense future tense
A verb tense expressing future time.
Noun 1. future tense - a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the future
future , and words such as "anticipate", "expect", "project", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "intend", "will", "may" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations, but are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are beyond the control of Boston Scientific. Relevant risks and uncertainties include those referenced in Boston Scientific's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") (which can be obtained as described in "Additional Information" below), and include: general industry conditions and competition; economic conditions, such as interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; technological advances and patents attained by competitors; challenges inherent in new product development, including obtaining regulatory approvals; domestic and foreign health care reforms and governmental laws and regulations; and trends toward health care cost containment cost containment,
n the features of a dental benefits program or of the administration of the program designed to reduce or eliminate certain charges to the plan. . Risks and uncertainties relating to relating to relate prep → concernant
relating to relate prep → bezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc the proposed transaction include: Boston Scientific and Guidant will not enter into any definitive agreement with respect to the proposed transaction; required regulatory approvals will not be obtained in a timely manner, if at all; the proposed transaction will not be consummated con·sum·mate
tr.v. con·sum·mat·ed, con·sum·mat·ing, con·sum·mates
a. To bring to completion or fruition; conclude: consummate a business transaction.
b. ; the anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction will not be realized; and the integration of Guidant's operations with Boston Scientific will be materially delayed or will be more costly or difficult than expected. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements, and therefore should be carefully considered. Boston Scientific assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments.
This material is not a substitute for the prospectus/proxy statement and any other documents Boston Scientific and Guidant would file with the SEC if a definitive agreement with Guidant is executed. Investors and security holders are urged to read such prospectus/proxy statement and any other such documents, when available, which would contain important information about the proposed transaction. The prospectus/proxy statement would be, and other documents filed or to be filed by Boston Scientific and Guidant with the SEC are or will be, available free of charge at the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov/) or from Boston Scientific by directing a request to Boston Scientific Corporation, One Boston Scientific Place, Natick, Massachusetts Natick (Pronunciation IPA: /ˈneɪtɪk/) is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. Natick is located near the center of the MetroWest region of Massachusetts, with a population of 32,170 at the 01760-1537, Attention: Milan Kofol, Investor Relations.
Boston Scientific is not currently engaged in a solicitation solicitation
In criminal law, the act of asking, inducing, or directing someone to commit a crime. The person soliciting another becomes an accomplice to the crime. The term also refers to the act of obtaining bribes, as well as to the crime of a prostitute who offers sexual of proxies from the security holders of Boston Scientific or Guidant in connection with Boston Scientific's proposed acquisition of Guidant or in connection with Johnson & Johnson's proposed acquisition of Guidant. If a proxy solicitation commences, Boston Scientific, Guidant and their respective directors, executive officers and other employees may be deemed to be participants in such solicitation. Information about Boston Scientific's directors and executive officers is available in Boston Scientific's proxy statement Proxy Statement
A document containing the information that a company is required by the SEC to provide to shareholders so they can make informed decisions about matters that will be brought up at an annual stockholder meeting. , dated April 4, 2005, for its 2005 annual meeting of stockholders. Additional information about the interests of potential participants will be included in the prospectus/proxy statement Boston Scientific and Guidant would file if a definitive agreement with Guidant is executed.
Contacts Milan Kofol (508-650-8569) (cell: 617-834-8595) Investor Relations, Boston Scientific Corporation Paul Donovan (508-650-8541) (cell: 508-667-5165) Media Relations, Boston Scientific Corporation Steve Frankel / Steve Silva (212-355-4449) Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher ### One Boston Scientific Place Natick, MA 01760 Tel: 508-650-8567 Fax: 508-650-8960 January 17, 2006 Board of Directors Guidant Corporation 111 Monument Circle, Suite 2900 Indianapolis, IN 46204 To The Guidant Board of Directors:
We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our enthusiasm for the strategic combination of Guidant and Boston Scientific, as evidenced by our third superior offer to Guidant outlined in the letter to which this Exhibit is attached. Our continued efforts to consummate To carry into completion; to fulfill; to accomplish.
A Common-Law Marriage is consummated when the parties live in a manner intended to bring about public recognition of their relationship as Husband and Wife. a transaction with your company reflect our deep conviction that the strategic merits of this industry-transforming combination would create substantial value for your shareholders as well as for ours. The investment community (including numerous large Guidant shareholders) and financial analysts who closely follow our industry and our respective companies have widely articulated this sentiment.
Our message is simple: Boston Scientific represents the best partner for Guidant, and our combination provides the most upside Upside
The potential dollar amount by which the market or a stock could rise.
This is basically an educated guess on how high a stock could go in the near future.
See also: Bull, Downside to Guidant's shareholders. We believe it is extremely important that the Board of Guidant fully understands and appreciates the strategic and financial benefits and the immediate- and long-term value that this combination provides to our collective shareholders. We strongly believe that the clear upside potential in our stock should this transaction occur makes our proposal worth more than our $80 per share offer. The dynamic that our stock increases when the market believes Boston Scientific will prevail in its bid for Guidant demonstrates this potential upside and must be taken into account when reviewing our proposal relative to any counter-proposal from Johnson & Johnson ("J&J"). To ensure that there is clarity among your Board and shareholders about these merits, the balance of this letter outlines why we believe that partnering with Boston Scientific represents the most sustainable, value-enhancing opportunity for Guidant, its shareholders and its employees.
Boston Scientific's common stock provides Guidant's shareholders with significantly more upside potential than J&J's common stock.
Our commitment to innovation and ability to execute on our strategy has resulted in significant historical returns for Boston Scientific shareholders. Similar to Guidant, we have a proud history of entrepreneurial innovation, having developed and acquired over 15,000 products used to improve the health of millions of patients over the past 25 years. Our remarkable growth over this period reflects this innovation and achievement with compounded annual revenue growth of approximately 18% over the past 10 years (see exhibit 1). For Boston Scientific's shareholders, this performance has translated into approximately 240% stock price appreciation over the last five years and nearly 500% appreciation since the company's initial public offering in 1992 (see exhibit 2). These shareholder returns are superior to those of J&J's common stock over the respective periods; in particular, since 2001, Boston Scientific shares have significantly outperformed J&J shares by a factor of approximately eight times on a return basis. Boston Scientific has built an enviable en·vi·a·ble
So desirable as to arouse envy: "the enviable English quality of being able to be mute without unrest" Henry James. product portfolio with 80% of current revenues derived from products with leading market positions (see exhibit 3). The company also has a robust product development pipeline, including a leading neuromodulation platform, which will enable us to continue to drive our growth and strong financial performance (see exhibit 4). The Boston Scientific founders and management team that have delivered these spectacular results remain deeply engaged in setting the strategy and executing on the operations of the current organization and, as significant shareholders of Boston Scientific, are acutely focused on stockholder returns and interests.
The business and growth profile of a combined Boston Scientific-Guidant is extremely attractive and should be compelling to Guidant's Board and shareholders. We believe the combined company would create significant value for Boston Scientific and Guidant shareholders through diversification Diversification
A risk management technique that mixes a wide variety of investments within a portfolio. It is designed to minimize the impact of any one security on overall portfolio performance.
Diversification is possibly the greatest way to reduce the risk. , growth and transformational operating capabilities. With respect to diversification, the combined company would consist of a balanced mix of leading platforms in the interventional cardiology interventional cardiology Cardiology The subspecialty of cardiology dedicated to the diagnosis, medical and mechanical therapy, pre- and post-procedure management of adult patients with acute and chronic forms of cardiovascular disease amenable to catheter-based , CRM (Customer Relationship Management) An integrated information system that is used to plan, schedule and control the presales and postsales activities in an organization. , neuromodulation and endosurgery segments (see exhibit 5), each powerful contributors to the future growth prospects of the combined company. With respect to growth, we expect that the combined entity would generate consistent, double-digit top-line growth in excess of 12% per annum Per annum
Yearly. , growth in cash flow of approximately 18%, and growth in earnings of 20% (see exhibit 6). These growth rates Growth Rates
The compounded annualized rate of growth of a company's revenues, earnings, dividends, or other figures.
Remember, historically high growth rates don't always mean a high rate of growth looking into the future. would far exceed J&J's expected growth; our combination would not expose your shareholders to the slow (to negative) growth of the pharmaceutical or consumer businesses (see exhibit 7). In addition, the strong financial profile articulated above, coupled with the pro forma As a matter of form or for the sake of form. Used to describe accounting, financial, and other statements or conclusions based upon assumed or anticipated facts.
The phrase pro forma capitalization capitalization n. 1) the act of counting anticipated earnings and expenses as capital assets (property, equipment, fixtures) for accounting purposes. 2) the amount of anticipated net earnings which hypothetically can be used for conversion into capital assets. of the combined company, would provide your shareholders ownership in what we and our financial advisors fully expect to be a strong and growing investment-grade company. Finally, with respect to transformational capabilities, the leadership positions of our combined businesses and enhanced operating capabilities will create the opportunity to pursue significant revenue and operating synergies. Through our combination, we will establish the company as the second largest, "pure-play" medical device company in the world with total revenue in 2006 approximating $9.0 billion. Moreover, the combined company would offer the most comprehensive portfolio of innovative cardiovascular devices to patients and physicians, with cardiovascular sales in excess of $7.0 billion rivaling that of Medtronic (see exhibit 8).
Our proposed transaction allows Guidant and its shareholders to be "true partners" with Boston Scientific and to significantly share in the "upside" of the combined company. We believe the 36% ownership position your shareholders would obtain post-transaction is more compelling than the 5% ownership they would receive under the transaction with J&J. Based on the history and fundamental quality of your business, you have repeatedly expressed to us the deep conviction that your CRM market share will recover. A transaction with Boston Scientific affords Guidant's shareholders the opportunity to share in this upside in a significantly more meaningful way than under a transaction with J&J. Specifically, we estimate our transaction would give your shareholders 10x the upside potential from the expansion of CRM market share over Guidant's current estimates, as compared to a transaction with J&J (see exhibit 9). Their larger pro forma ownership in the combined company will provide Guidant shareholders the ability to participate in the expected intermediate-term recovery of your CRM business, the continued strength of our DES and endosurgery franchises and our emerging opportunity in neuromodulation. Moreover, we believe the combination of our product pipeline with Guidant's CRM and DES product development initiatives will provide a sustainable competitive advantage and steep growth trajectory Trajectory
The curve described by a body moving through space, as of a meteor through the atmosphere, a planet around the Sun, a projectile fired from a gun, or a rocket in flight. into the future.
Boston Scientific's demonstrated ability to acquire and integrate companies optimizes the success of this powerful combination. We have a history of successful, shareholder value-enhancing acquisitions, with over 25 acquisitions completed since 1995. We are adept at integrating these businesses and the talent they bring in an extremely efficient and productive manner. Acquisitions like Scimed, Schneider and Advanced Bionics represent a sampling of our success stories, realized, in part, because of the innovative, merit-based culture we foster and talent retention we enjoy as a result.
We believe the success of our transactions begins with delivering fair value to our acquired businesses. Unlike J&J, we do not exploit opportunities to deprive de·prive
1. To take something from someone or something.
2. To keep from possessing or enjoying something. target shareholders of value as it is attempting to do in this transaction. J&J's actions in publicly and privately criticizing the value and long-term prospects of the Guidant franchise by claiming that a "Material Adverse Change" had occurred, only acted to damage your company's strong business and excellent franchise. These claims by J&J regarding your business and its prospects are contradictory, puzzling and somewhat irreconcilable with their recent actions in twice raising their (reduced) price to pursue this transaction. We do not believe that these types of unduly "heavy handed" and unfair negotiations lead to sustainable and productive relationships. Rather, we believe in negotiating in "good faith" and incentivizing our partners by sharing in the upside. Acquisitions are long-term relationships based on solid strategic and financial logic, retention of talent and trust.
Once we acquire companies, we seek to leverage and capitalize on Cap´i`tal`ize on`
v. t. 1. To turn (an opportunity) to one's advantage; to take advantage of (a situation); to profit from; as, to capitalize on an opponent's mistakes s>. growth opportunities and enhance their strength. Over the past five years, we have spent $2.3 billion on R&D and $3.5 billion on external investment across all our business lines, existing and acquired. The on-going support and investment in our acquired businesses is also another factor in the repeated success of our transactions. Given the importance of your CRM business to our combined companies and to the strategic logic of the transaction, it will undoubtedly receive all the significant resources and management attention needed to ensure its growth and success. Your CRM business within our organization will not be another division of a large conglomerate conglomerate, in business
conglomerate, corporation whose asset growth, often very rapid, comes largely through the acquisition of, or merger with, other firms whose products are largely unrelated to each other or to that of the parent company. . We believe our organizations have complementary philosophies and entrepreneurial cultures that will allow us to successfully combine our businesses and create a truly unique company. We look forward to the prospect of welcoming the Guidant managers, employees and shareholders into the Boston Scientific family. We fully expect to live up to our past performance and track record of successful and productive integrations.
The positive market reaction to Boston Scientific's proposed acquisition of Guidant is validation See validate.
validation - The stage in the software life-cycle at the end of the development process where software is evaluated to ensure that it complies with the requirements. of the sound strategic and financial rationales for the transaction that will lead to superior stock market returns. The investment community clearly recognizes the value that the Boston Scientific-Guidant combination provides to shareholders. Unlike many large proposed acquisitions, the financial markets have embraced this transaction, and it has been extremely well-received and understood. Selected Wall Street commentary(1) about the Boston Scientific-Guidant combination includes the following:
"We believe an acquisition [of Guidant] would make Boston Scientific a 'must own' stock in the medical device sector ... " -- UBS, 12/20/05 "Assuming BSX successfully completes (and integrates) the GDT acquisition, we believe the shares could see 35-40% upside..." -- Lehman Brothers, 1/3/06 "The combined Boston Scientific-Guidant franchise would create a powerful company -- essentially recreating the 'old Guidant' and then some -- that would rival the size and strength of Medtronic." -- UBS, 1/12/06 "With potential 56% return in two years, BSX ... has the greatest upside in our big-cap coverage. At JNJ's growth rate -- if it can be maintained at 10% and an incremental 1% dividend over GDT -- it would take five and a half years to garner the same return as the BSX deal would bring in two." -- JMP Securities, 1/9/06 "Should Boston Scientific prevail in its bid for Guidant, then we think that the stock could be materially higher (up >30% relative to the market) within 18 months." -- SG Cowen, 1/9/06 "We believe the GDT/BSX [transaction] makes complete sense ... if the GDT/BSX deal goes through, we believe BSX could offer more potential upside than any large cap stock in our universe." -- Jefferies & Co., 1/10/06
In addition, Wall Street analysts are forecasting immediate enhanced shareholder value and significant multiple expansion for the combined company's stock. Looking across a wide sample of these forecasts, the average price target is $35.73 for pro forma Boston Scientific-Guidant, representing a premium in excess of 40% over Boston Scientific's current trading price Trading price
The price at which a security is currently selling. of $25.20 as of January 13, 2006. Based on this average target price, Guidant shareholders could realize almost $16 of stock price appreciation under a Boston Scientific transaction as compared with approximately $4 of potential appreciation based on J&J's projected price target per Wall Street research (see exhibit 10).(2) Furthermore, many of Guidant and Boston Scientific's large shareholders have expressed enthusiasm for this combination and appreciation for the potential sustainable upside that this combination provides.
The timing and certainty issues relating to Boston Scientific's proposed acquisition of Guidant are overstated o·ver·state
tr.v. o·ver·stat·ed, o·ver·stat·ing, o·ver·states
To state in exaggerated terms. See Synonyms at exaggerate.
o and have been adequately addressed.
Our due diligence Research; analysis; your homework. This term has caught on in all industries, because it sounds so "wired." Who would want to do analysis or research when they can do due diligence. See wired. and extensive discussions with the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC FTC
See Federal Trade Commission (FTC). ") should provide Guidant's Board with substantial comfort regarding our ability to close the transaction expeditiously ex·pe·di·tious
Acting or done with speed and efficiency. See Synonyms at fast1.
ex . The Boston Scientific offer provides certainty of closing in the near-term, with down-side risk protection for any unforeseen regulatory delays. As an experienced acquiror of medical technology companies, we, along with our legal and financial advisors, are acutely aware of the potential regulatory and antitrust issues that may arise with acquisitions. The FTC, having recently reviewed the J&J transaction, is familiar with the cardiovascular industry, as well as the players and competitive landscape. We have had extensive discussions with the FTC regarding potential antitrust issues with our proposed transaction and believe that regulatory clearance can be obtained expeditiously. The sale of the Vascular Intervention and Endovascular businesses to Abbott Laboratories has been specifically crafted to address the potential antitrust issues that may exist and has also been discussed extensively with the FTC. The collective confidence of Boston Scientific and our advisors in the antitrust solution we have proposed is evidenced by our agreement to divest all overlapping assets if necessary.
We have strong incentives to close the transaction efficiently and expeditiously. Our second offer delivered on January 12, 2006, and our current offer delivered today express the confidence we have in a timely close by providing your shareholders with incremental cash consideration in the event of a delay of our proposed closing date of March 31, 2006 (see exhibit 11). Finally, we have every intention of combining the companies as soon as possible so we can begin to capitalize on the strength of the Boston Scientific-Guidant platforms and deliver shareholder value.
We are committed to consummating a transaction with you.
In conclusion, we would like to stress our commitment and excitement regarding the Boston Scientific-Guidant combination. We believe that there are extremely sound financial and strategic rationales underlying this transaction that will translate into business successes and significant returns for both Boston Scientific and Guidant shareholders. Joining our two companies together and leveraging our collective strengths would represent a most unique opportunity to create a leading pure-play medical device company that would continuously innovate in·no·vate
v. in·no·vat·ed, in·no·vat·ing, in·no·vates
To begin or introduce (something new) for or as if for the first time.
To begin or introduce something new. to deliver life-saving technologies to patients and redefine Verb 1. redefine - give a new or different definition to; "She redefined his duties"
define, delimit, delimitate, delineate, specify - determine the essential quality of
2. the most important product categories in the medical device field today. We look forward to a positive recommendation from the Guidant Board that will allow us to pursue this transaction and deliver significant shareholder value.
Respectfully yours, Pete Nicholas Chairman & Founder Boston Scientific Corporation (1) Permission to use the Wall Street quotes listed was neither sought nor received. (2) This analysis is based solely on recent Wall Street estimates and projections.
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