NATICK, Mass., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX) today closed on its previously announced agreement to acquire Bard EP, the electrophysiology (EP) business of C.R. Bard, Inc. The completion of this transaction advances Boston Scientific's ability to more comprehensively serve the rapidly expanding global EP market. The acquisition enables Boston Scientific to provide a broader portfolio of EP tools, including solutions for cardiac catheter ablations. The addition of the legacy Bard electrophysiology global business in advanced therapeutic catheters, diagnostic catheters, electrophysiology recording systems and intracardiac access devices gives Boston Scientific additional scale and scope to serve a $2.5 billion EP market that is growing at nearly 10 percent annually. "Completing this transaction is an important part of our global strategy to grow and transform our EP business," said Pete Sommerness, general manager, Electrophysiology, Boston Scientific. "We believe that the complementary capabilities that this transaction brings, including expertise in capital equipment sales and service, will enable us to offer more complete solutions to help electrophysiologists diagnose and treat patients with cardiac arrhythmias." Boston Scientific also expects the additional capabilities brought by the acquisition, including extended reach in strategic global markets, will help accelerate launches of key EP technologies such as the recently approved IntellaTip MiFi™ XP ablation catheter and next-generation Rhythmia™ Mapping System. Boston Scientific currently expects the net impact of the transaction on adjusted earnings per share to be immaterial in 2013 and approximately one cent accretive in 2014, and dilutive on a GAAP basis in both years as a result of acquisition-related net charges and amortization, which will be determined subsequent to today's closing. Click here for additional information on the Boston Scientific electrophysiology product portfolio. About Boston ScientificBoston Scientific transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. As a global medical technology leader for more than 30 years, we advance science for life by providing a broad range of high performance solutions that address unmet patient needs and reduce the cost of healthcare. For more information, visit www.bostonscientific.com and connect on Twitter and Facebook. 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 business plans and impact of the transaction on our business, markets for our products, new product launches and launch cadence, product performance and portfolio, competitive offerings, expected accretion and dilution. 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.