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Spectranetics to Acquire Stellarex(TM) Drug Coated Balloon Assets From Covidien

Conference Call Monday at 8:30 a.m. ET

Expands Spectranetics' portfolio of solutions to treat complex vascular conditions in projected $700 million drug coated balloon segment

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., and DUBLIN, Ireland, Nov. 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Spectranetics Corporation (Nasdaq:SPNC) and Covidien plc (NYSE:COV) today announced a definitive agreement under which Spectranetics will acquire Covidien's Stellarex™ drug coated angioplasty balloon (DCB) platform for $30 million.

The transaction is subject to approval by the Federal Trade Commission and other regulatory agencies, as well as closure of the pending acquisition of Covidien by Medtronic, which is expected to occur in early 2015.

It is anticipated that the Stellarex DCB platform will receive European CE mark approval in late 2014 or early 2015. Spectranetics expects a European launch of the product immediately upon CE mark approval, with U.S. commercialization in the 2017 timeframe, following FDA approval.

"This acquisition advances SPNC's objective to provide comprehensive solutions to cross, prepare and treat the most complex vascular conditions," said Scott Drake, president and CEO, Spectranetics. "Drug coated balloons are and will be an integral part of the vascular landscape for many years to come. Global thought leaders believe that primary patency is the most important clinical metric, and Stellarex's feasibility data stands apart. We believe this technology will meaningfully add to our near-term revenue growth and expand operating leverage over time."

"The Stellarex team has made significant progress developing this advanced technology and we are confident that Spectranetics is the right organization to advance the program," said Brian Verrier, president, Peripheral Vascular, Covidien. "Pending completion of the Medtronic transaction, Covidien looks forward to collaborating with Spectranetics to transfer this technology as well as ensure investigators of the ILLUMENATE trial series are transitioned appropriately."

Financial Impact to Spectranetics

Spectranetics management expects the acquisition of the Stellarex platform will provide a revenue growth catalyst beginning in 2015, and has the potential to contribute at least $100 million of revenue within two to three years of commercialization in the United States. The investment required to capitalize on this opportunity will lead to estimated dilution to 2015 earnings per share in the range of $28.0 million to $32.0 million, or $0.65 to $0.75 per share driven primarily by research and development costs associated with the ongoing Stellarex clinical trial program. The Company anticipates the transaction to be accretive to adjusted operating income, excluding special items, in the first full year following U.S. commercialization.

Conference Call

Spectranetics management will host an investment community conference call today beginning at 6:30 a.m. MT/8:30 a.m. ET. Individuals interested in listening to the conference call may dial 877-561-2747 for domestic callers or 973-409-9689 for international callers, or access the webcast on the investor relations section of the Company's website at: www.spectranetics.com. The webcast will be available on the Company's website for 14 days following the completion of the call.

About the Stellarex™ DCB Platform

The Stellarex DCB platform is designed to treat peripheral arterial disease. Stellarex uses EnduraCoat™ technology, a durable, uniform coating designed to prevent drug loss during transit and facilitate controlled, efficient drug delivery to the treatment site. The Stellarex DCB platform currently is not approved for sale in any market.

About ILLUMENATE First-in-Human (FIH) Study

Data from the ILLUMENATE FIH Study was reported at the EuroPCR Scientific Congress in May 2014. The ILLUMENATE FIH study is a prospective, multi-center, single-arm study designed to assess the clinical performance of the Stellarex DCB. In the study, 58 superficial femoral and/or popliteal lesions (up to 15 cm in length) in 50 patients were pre-dilated with an uncoated angioplasty balloon, followed by treatment with the Stellarex DCB. Clinical events were adjudicated by independent angiographic and sonographic core laboratories. The study found the Stellarex DCB to be safe, with durable results to 24 months reported on 44 patients, including:

  • Primary patency (defined as the treated artery remaining open without further treatment required or renewed blockage detected by ultrasound scanning) was 89.5 percent at 12 months and 80.3 percent at 24 months.
  • Freedom from clinically driven target lesion revascularization at 24 months was 85.8 percent.
  • No amputations or cardiovascular deaths were reported.

About ILLUMENATE Clinical Trials

The Stellarex DCB platform is being studied in an active Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) trial in the United States and internationally. There are four active ILLUMENATE clinical trials in addition to the First-in-Human ILLUMENATE trial, described above:

  • ILLUMENATE Pharmacokinetic Study – to evaluate the drug levels in the blood; 25 patients to be enrolled at up to two sites
  • ILLUMENATE Pivotal Trial – randomized trial to support PMA in the United States; 360 patients to be enrolled at up to 45 sites
  • ILLUMENATE European Randomized Trial – similar to the U.S. Pivotal trial; 360 patients to be enrolled at up to 30 sites
  • ILLUMENATE Global Registry – non-randomized; 500 patients to be enrolled at up to 65 sites

These five clinical trials will be used to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Stellarex DCB platform and support U.S. and Canada regulatory approval.

About Spectranetics

SPNC develops, manufactures, markets and distributes single-use medical devices used in minimally invasive procedures within the cardiovascular system. The Company's products are sold in over 65 countries and are used to treat arterial blockages in the heart and legs and in the removal of pacemaker and defibrillator leads.

The Company's Vascular Intervention (VI) products include a range of laser catheters for ablation of blockages in arteries above and below the knee as well as the AngioSculpt® scoring balloon used in both peripheral and coronary procedures. The Company also markets support catheters to facilitate crossing of peripheral and coronary arterial blockages, and retrograde access and guidewire retrieval devices used in the treatment of peripheral arterial blockages, including chronic total occlusions. The Company markets aspiration and cardiac laser catheters to treat blockages in the heart.

The Lead Management (LM) product line includes excimer laser sheaths, dilator sheaths, mechanical sheaths and accessories for the removal of pacemaker and defibrillator cardiac leads.

For more information, visit www.spectranetics.com.

About Covidien

Covidien is a global health care leader that understands the challenges faced by providers and their patients and works to address them with innovative medical technology solutions and patient care products. Inspired by patients and caregivers, Covidien's team of dedicated professionals is privileged to help save and improve lives around the world. With more than 38,000 employees, Covidien operates in 150-plus countries and had 2013 revenue of $10.2 billion. To learn more about our business visit www.covidien.com or connect with us on Twitter.

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IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC

Medtronic Holdings Limited ("New Medtronic") has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes the preliminary Joint Proxy Statement of Medtronic, Inc. ("Medtronic") and Covidien plc ("Covidien") that also constitutes a preliminary Prospectus of New Medtronic. The registration statement is not complete and will be further amended. Medtronic and Covidien plan to mail to their respective shareholders the final Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus (including the Scheme) in connection with the transactions. INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PRELIMINARY JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS (INCLUDING THE SCHEME) AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT MEDTRONIC, COVIDIEN, NEW MEDTRONIC, THE TRANSACTIONS AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the preliminary Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus (including the Scheme) and other documents filed with the SEC by New Medtronic, Medtronic and Covidien through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and shareholders are able to obtain free copies of the preliminary Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus (including the Scheme) and other documents filed by Medtronic and New Medtronic with the SEC by contacting Medtronic Investor Relations at investor.relations@medtronic.com or by calling 763-505-2696, and will be able to obtain free copies of the preliminary Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus (including the Scheme) and other documents filed by Covidien by contacting Covidien Investor Relations at investor.relations@covidien.com or by calling 508-452-4650.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION

Medtronic, New Medtronic and Covidien and certain of their respective directors and executive officers and employees may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies from the respective shareholders of Medtronic and Covidien in respect of the transactions contemplated by the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of the respective shareholders of Medtronic and Covidien in connection with the proposed transactions, including a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the final Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus when it is filed with the SEC. Information regarding Medtronic's directors and executive officers is contained in Medtronic's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 25, 2014, and its Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A, dated July 11, 2014, which are filed with the SEC. Information regarding Covidien's directors and executive officers is contained in Covidien's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2013, and its Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A, dated January 24, 2014, which are filed with the SEC.

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CONTACT: Guy Childs Chief Financial Officer Spectranetics 719-633-8333 guy.childs@spnc.com Lynn Pieper Westwicke Partners 415-202-5678 lynn.pieper@westwicke.com or Peter Lucht Vice President, External Communications Covidien 508-452-4168 peter.lucht@covidien.com Coleman Lannum, CFA Vice President, Investor Relations Covidien 508-452-4343 cole.lannum@covidien.comSource:The Spectranetics Corporation