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Covidien Announces Pricing of $1.250 Billion Senior Notes Offering

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 22, 2012-- Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Covidien International Finance S.A. (CIFSA), priced an underwritten offering of $600 million aggregate principal amount of 1.350% senior notes due 2015 and $650 million aggregate principal amount of 3.200% senior notes due 2022. The offering is expected to close on May 30, 2012.

The notes will be CIFSA’s senior unsecured obligations and will rank equally in right of payment with all of its existing and future senior debt, and senior to any subordinated indebtedness that CIFSA may incur. These notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by Covidien plc and its subsidiary, Covidien Ltd.

CIFSA intends to use the net proceeds of this offering to fund the redemption of all of its outstanding 5.450% senior notes due October 2012 and for general corporate purposes.

BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. CIFSA, Covidien plc and Covidien Ltd. have filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement, the related preliminary prospectus supplement and other documents that have been filed with the SEC for more complete information about CIFSA, Covidien plc and Covidien Ltd. and the offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC web site at Alternatively, the prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained by calling BNP Paribas Securities Corp. toll free at 1-800-854-5674, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. toll free at 1-877-858-5407 or Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. toll free at 1-800-503-4611.

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of offers to buy any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation, or sale of any security in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful.


Any statements contained in this communication that do not describe historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on our management's current beliefs and expectations, but are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances, which may cause actual results or Covidien actions to differ materially from what is expressed or implied by these statements. The factors that could cause actual future results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, our ability to effectively introduce and market new products or keep pace with advances in technology, the reimbursement practices of a small number of large public and private insurers, cost-containment efforts of customers, purchasing groups, third-party payors and governmental organizations, intellectual property rights disputes, complex and costly regulation, including healthcare fraud and abuse regulations and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, manufacturing or supply chain problems or disruptions, rising commodity costs, recalls or safety alerts and negative publicity relating to Covidien or its products, product liability losses and other litigation liability, divestitures of some of our businesses or product lines, our ability to execute strategic acquisitions of, investments in or alliances with other companies and businesses, competition, risks associated with doing business outside of the United States, foreign currency exchange rates and environmental remediation costs. These and other factors are identified and described in more detail in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011, and in subsequent filings with the SEC. We disclaim any obligation to update these forward-looking statements other than as required by law.

Source: Covidien

Eric Kraus, 508-261-8305
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
Coleman Lannum, CFA, 508-452-4343
Vice President
Investor Relations
Bruce Farmer, 508-452-4372
Vice President
Public Relations
Todd Carpenter, 508-452-4363
Investor Relations