Filed by Medtronic, Inc. (SEC File No.: 001-07707)
pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933
and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Subject Company: Covidien plc
Form S-4 File No.: 333-197406
Date: September 4, 2014
Covidiens Vice President for Integration, Bill Burke, on integration planning
As plans move forward for the acquisition of Covidien by Medtronic, one of the keys to the success of the future organization will be a smooth integration of both companies. Bill Burke, most recently the Chief Financial Officer for Covidien Europe, is now Covidiens Vice President, Integration. As head of planning and implementation he will oversee the teams that have been formed to work on various aspects of the integration planning.
Q&A with Bill Burke, Covidiens Vice President of Integration
What are the goals of integration planning?
We want to ensure a smooth transition upon the closing of the acquisition of Covidien by Medtronic. While the closing is not expected until the end of this year or the beginning of next, we are going to do everything we can to make that transition as seamless as possible. Its critical that we do so in a way that enables us to maintain our business momentum. Thats our top priority. It is also important that we put ourselves in a position to meet our growth and cost targets. Another key goal is to accelerate our journey toward becoming a fully integrated healthcare product and services company, so that together, Covidien and Medtronic will be able to offer a much broader portfolio of products and services. To accomplish that goal, both companies must be on the same page throughout the integration process, which is why we are working collaboratively with our counterparts at Medtronic.
What is your role with regard to integration planning?
I see my role as being a conduit for delivering value from the combination of our two companies, which means identifying opportunities for growth and for efficiencies from the combination of our businesses.
There are a number of integration planning teams. What are their responsibilities?
We have a core team as part of our integration management office. We also have functional integration planning teams and value driver teams. While they all have different areas of responsibility, collectively their charge is to come up with ideas and plans that support our integration planning goals and then execute those plans. All of this is designed to prepare us not only for day-one of the future organization, but for the days, weeks and months that follow so that we can hit the ground running and sustain our business performance.
What are some of the tasks and work streams that the teams will focus on?
There are several, but here are a few of the most significant. One is master planning maintaining governance of the integration process and putting various operating mechanisms in place to help us get to our goals. A second is value-capture making sure that our functional work streams achieve the savings targets that we need to achieve. A third involves the culture of our new joint entity. We need to understand the cultural similarities as well as the differences between Covidien and Medtronic and shape what the new culture will become. And, theres a team responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive communications plan so that you and your colleagues will stay informed about what is happening with regard to our integration planning efforts. Beyond the functional tasks, we have teams looking at some of the big picture issues and decisions. For example, how might our two companies do things differently to accelerate growth? Should certain product and service portfolios be handled by us or by Medtronic or both? Whats the best way to go to market? How do we approach our providers and hospitals as this new business entity? We have very capable people working on developing the answers to those questions.
What are the immediate next steps? What will we see happening?
We are still in the preparation stage. Our U.S. integration team leaders have just completed a boot camp a comprehensive training session. Were preparing a similar session for team leaders who are outside the U.S. Were in the process of establishing and finalizing cost and synergy savings targets. Were currently developing the communications plan I mentioned earlier. In short, a lot of prep work is happening right now.
What do you want our employees to keep top-of-mind about the integration?
I would ask everyone to remember that that we are only in the planning process at this point in time. We must continue to run our companies independently and deliver on our current commitments to our customers. That shouldnt stop while we plan for integration to take place.
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IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Medtronic Holdings Limited, which will be renamed Medtronic plc (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 make available 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 Medtronics directors and executive officers is contained in Medtronics 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 Covidiens directors and executive officers is contained in Covidiens 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.
Medtronic Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Statements contained in this communication that refer to New Medtronics and/or Medtronics estimated or anticipated future results, including estimated synergies, or other non-historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect Medtronics current perspective of existing trends and information as of the date of this communication. Forward-looking statements generally will be accompanied by words such as anticipate, believe, plan, could, should, estimate, expect, forecast, outlook, guidance, intend, may, might, will, possible, potential, predict, project, or other similar words, phrases or expressions. It is important to note that Medtronics goals and expectations are not predictions of actual performance. Actual results may differ materially from Medtronics current expectations depending upon a number of factors affecting New Medtronics business, Medtronics business, Covidiens business and risks associated with the proposed transactions. These factors include, among others, the inherent uncertainty associated with financial projections; restructuring in connection with, and successful close of, the Covidien acquisition; subsequent integration of the Covidien acquisition and the ability to recognize the anticipated synergies and benefits of the Covidien acquisition; the risk that the required regulatory approvals for the proposed transactions are not obtained, are delayed or are subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the anticipated size of the markets and continued demand for Medtronics and Covidiens products; the impact of competitive products and pricing; access to available financing (including financing for the acquisition or refinancing of Medtronic or Covidien debt) on a timely basis and on reasonable terms; the risks of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the risks and uncertainties normally incident to the medical device industry, including competition in the medical device industry; product liability claims; the difficulty of predicting the timing or outcome of pending or future litigation or government investigations; variability of trade buying patterns; the timing and success of product launches; the difficulty of predicting the timing or outcome of product development efforts and regulatory agency approvals or actions, if any; potential for adverse pricing movement; costs and efforts to defend or enforce intellectual property rights; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; reduction or
interruption in supply; product quality problems; the availability and pricing of third-party sourced products and materials; risks associated with self-insurance and commercial insurance; successful compliance with governmental regulations applicable to New Medtronics, Medtronics and Covidiens facilities, products and/or businesses; changes in the laws and regulations, affecting among other things, pricing and reimbursement of pharmaceutical products; health care policy changes; risks associated with international operations; changes in tax laws or interpretations that could increase New Medtronics or Medtronics consolidated tax liabilities, including, if the transaction is consummated, changes in tax laws that would result in New Medtronic being treated as a domestic corporation for United States federal tax purposes; the loss of key senior management or scientific staff; and such other risks and uncertainties detailed in Medtronics periodic public filings with the SEC, including but not limited to Medtronics Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 25, 2014 and from time to time in Medtronics other investor communications. Except as expressly required by law, each of New Medtronic and Medtronic disclaims any intent or obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements.
Covidien Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Statements contained in this communication that refer to Covidiens estimated or anticipated future results, including estimated synergies, or other non-historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect Covidiens current perspective of existing trends and information as of the date of this communication. Forward-looking statements generally will be accompanied by words such as anticipate, believe, plan, could, should, estimate, expect, forecast, outlook, guidance, intend, may, might, will, possible, potential, predict, project, or other similar words, phrases or expressions. It is important to note that Covidiens goals and expectations are not predictions of actual performance. Actual results may differ materially from Covidiens current expectations depending upon a number of factors affecting Covidiens business, Medtronics business and risks associated with the proposed transactions. These factors include, among others, the inherent uncertainty associated with financial projections; the timing to consummate the proposed transactions; the risk that a condition to closing of the proposed transactions may not be satisfied; the risk that the required regulatory approvals for the proposed transactions are not obtained, are delayed or are subject to conditions that are not anticipated; New Medtronics ability to achieve the synergies and value creation contemplated by the proposed transactions; the anticipated size of the markets and continued demand for Medtronics and Covidiens products; New Medtronics ability to promptly and effectively integrate Medtronics and Covidiens businesses; the diversion of management time on transaction-related issues; competitive factors and market conditions in the industry in which Covidien operates; Covidiens ability to obtain regulatory approval and customer acceptance of new products, and continued customer acceptance of Covidiens existing products; and the other risks identified in Covidiens periodic filings including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2013, and from time to time in Covidiens other investor communications. We caution you that the foregoing list of important factors is not exclusive. In addition, in light of these risks and uncertainties, the matters referred to in Covidiens forward-looking statements may not occur. Covidien undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.
Statement Required by the Irish Takeover Rules
The directors of Medtronic accept responsibility for the information contained in this announcement other than that relating to Covidien and the Covidien Group and the directors of Covidien and members of their immediate families, related trusts and persons connected with them. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the directors of Medtronic (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this announcement for which they accept responsibility is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.
The directors of Covidien accept responsibility for the information contained in this announcement relating to Covidien and the directors of Covidien and members of their immediate families, related trusts and persons connected with them. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the directors of Covidien (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure such is the case), the information contained in this announcement for which they accept responsibility is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.