Boston Scientific sets up new $3B credit line
Medical device titan Boston Scientific Corp. has pulled together two deals worth $3 billion combined in loans and credit to replace its existing $1.75 billion revolving credit facility and pay some upcoming notes.
According to officials at Natick-based Boston Scientific, the existing revolving credit facility is set to mature in April 2011. With the some of the remaining $1.25 billion, the company will immediately pay in full a $900 million term loan from Abbot Laboratories that is also due in April of 2011. In addition, Boston Scientific will add some of its own cash on hand to repay $850 million in senior notes, some of which will mature in January 2011 and the rest in June 2011.
The new $3 billion credit line is made up of a $1 billion, three-year term loan and a $2 billion, three-year revolving credit facility. The package comes from a syndicate, according to Boston Scientific, (NYSE:BSX) which did not disclose the entities involved.
Almost one month after getting approval from the European Union  to sell its third-generation drug-eluting stent, the Taxus Element Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent System, Boston Scientific got its first patient receiving the implant .
The drug-eluting stent has yet to be approved in the U.S., but Boston Scientific officials have said that the company expects approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in mid-2011.