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Boston Scientific's Credit Rating Raised to Investment Grade

Thu, 07/21/2011 - 11:48am
Boston Scientific

NATICK, Mass., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announces that Fitch Ratings has upgraded the Company's corporate credit rating to an investment grade rating, BBB-, with a stable outlook.

Additionally, Moody's Investors Service recently raised the Company's Ba1 rating outlook to positive from stable.  Standard & Poor's currently has the Company's corporate credit rating at an investment grade BBB-, with a stable outlook.  The positive ratings actions reduce the Company's borrowing costs under its $2 billion credit facility.

"We are pleased to achieve an investment grade credit rating from Fitch, and we remain committed to a strong capital structure and improved profitability, while retaining the capacity to fund investments in our Priority Growth Initiatives and other programs to increase shareholder value," said Jeff Capello, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Please refer to the Fitch Ratings announcement at the following link for more information:

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110721006498/en/Fitch-Upgrades-Boston-Scientifics-IDR-BBB--Outlook.

About Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties.  For more information, please visit: www.bostonscientific.com.  

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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 capital structure, financial performance and condition, business plans and investments.  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.

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