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Moody's Raises Boston Scientific's Credit Rating To Investment Grade

Monday, February 13, 2012

Moody's Raises Boston Scientific's Credit Rating To Investment Grade12:07 EST Monday, February 13, 2012NATICK, Mass., Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announces that Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the Company's corporate credit rating to an investment grade rating, Baa3, with a stable outlook.  Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's currently rate the Company's corporate credit as investment grade at BBB-, with a stable outlook.  "We are pleased to achieve an investment grade rating from all three major credit rating agencies, recognizing the strength of our balance sheet, strong cash flow, recent drug-eluting stent and cardiac rhythm management product launches, as well as other tangible signs of the progress we are making in driving value with our POWER strategy," said Jeff Capello, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  "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."Please refer to the Moody's Investor Service announcement for more information.About Boston ScientificBoston 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 StatementsThis 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 financial performance and business plans.  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.CONTACT:   Denise Kaigler 508-650-8330 (office) Media Relations Boston Scientific Corporation denise.kaigler@bsci.com   Lorie Fiber 310-854-8256 (office) Media Relations Weber Shandwick lfiber@webershandwick.com   Sean Wirtjes 508-652-5305 (office) Investor Relations Boston Scientific Corporation investor_relations@bsci.comSOURCE Boston Scientific Corporation