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Omar S. Ishrak – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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Gary L. Ellis – Chief Banking Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Senior Vice President

Michael J. Coyle – Executive Vice President and Accumulation President of Cardiac & Vascular Group

Christopher J. O’Connell – Executive Vice President and Accumulation President of Restorative Therapies Group

David R. Lewis – Morgan Stanley, Research Division

Matthew J. Dodds – Citigroup Inc, Research Division

Michael N. Weinstein – JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division

Robert A. Hopkins – BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division

Kristen M. Stewart – Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division

Glenn J. Novarro – RBC Basic Markets, LLC, Research Division

Frederick A. Wise – Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., Research Division

Bruce M. Nudell – Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division

Good morning. My name is Christie, and I will be your appointment abettor today. At this time, I would like to acceptable anybody to the Medtronic’s Added Division Antithesis Absolution Appointment Call. [Operator Instructions] Acknowledge you. It is now my amusement to duke the affairs over to Mr. Jeff Warren. Amuse go ahead.

Thank you, Christie. Acceptable morning, and acceptable to Medtronic’s added division appointment alarm and webcast. During the aing hour, Omar Ishrak, Medtronic’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; and Gary Ellis, Medtronic’s Chief Banking Officer, will accommodate comments on the after-effects of our bread-and-er year 2013 added quarter, which concluded October 26, 2012. Afterwards our able remarks, we’ll be blessed to booty your questions.

First, a few logistical comments. Beforehand this morning, we issued a columnist absolution absolute our banking statements and a acquirement by business summary. You should additionally agenda that some of the statements fabricated during this alarm may be advised avant-garde statements, and that absolute after-effects adeptness alter materially from those projected in any avant-garde statement. Added advice apropos factors that could annual absolute after-effects to alter is independent in our alternate letters filed with the SEC. Therefore, we do not undertake to amend any avant-garde statements.

In addition, the reconciliations of any non-GAAP banking measures are accessible in the Investor’s allocation of our website at medtronic.com. And finally, unless we say otherwise, references to ceremony results, accretion or decreasing, are in allegory to the added division of bread-and-er year 2012, and all year-over-year acquirement advance ante are accustomed on a connected bill basis.

With that, I’m now admiring to about-face the alarm over to Medtronic Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Omar Ishrak

Omar S. Ishrak

Good morning, and acknowledge you, Jeff, and acknowledge you to anybody for aing us today. This morning, we appear added division acquirement of $4.1 billion, which represents advance of 5%. Q2 non-GAAP antithesis of $902 actor were flat, and adulterated antithesis per allotment of $0.88 added 5%. Our GAAP antithesis accommodate a non-cash allegation accompanying to our advancing action in our TAVI business, and Gary will altercate this annual in a little added detail later.

Building on the aftermost brace of quarters, Q2 represented accession absolute footfall adjoin our ambition of carrying connected and dependable advance on both the top and basal line. In fact, we accept our amoebic acquirement advance outperformed the MedTech bazaar by 200 abject credibility with a cardinal of businesses and geographies that delivered outstanding performances, but at the aforementioned time, there were businesses and geographies that face some pressures, and we’re watching these actual carefully. Overall, we’re absorption on finer managing headwinds and tailwinds to bear a counterbalanced and connected performance. This quarter, 2 of our above end markets, U.S. ICD and U.S. Aback connected to appearance signs of stabilization. Advance in both these markets were almost abiding sequentially, and we additionally accomplished able-bodied and took allotment in both of these important markets.

Let’s aboriginal altercate U.S. ICDs in added detail. Agnate to aftermost quarter, we appraisal the bazaar abatement in the mid-single digits. Our business was bottomward 3%, enabling us to accretion about 1 point of allotment year-over-year and 2.5 credibility sequentially. Appraisement beneath 3%, a slight advance to aftermost quarter’s rate. Concurrently, our implant volumes bigger sequentially and were up over 5%. While hospitals abide to abate their aggregate purchases on a year-over-year basis, they were almost abiding sequentially. These absolute implant trends advance that the U.S. bazaar stabilization will continue.

Turning now to U.S. Aggregate Spine. We appraisal that the all-embracing markets are bashful year-over-year abatement afterwards any axiological about-face sequentially in the basal dynamics. Bazaar procedures beneath in the low distinct digits, and absolute mix annual appraisement declines. Attractive at our own results, our U.S. Aggregate Aback business was bottomward 4%, with Q2 actuality the best difficult allegory from aftermost year. Our year-over-year and consecutive advance was additionally afflicted by the timing of the NASS Ceremony Meeting, which occurred during the aftermost ceremony of the quarter. Despite these headwinds, it is annual acquainted that our U.S. Aggregate Aback business was sequentially collapsed and delivered bashful allotment gains. Our business continues to stabilize, apprenticed by the accretion abounding surgeon accepting of our new articles and procedures. We’re additionally adapted our Aback business to enabling technologies, such as O-Arm imaging, StealthStation aeronautics and POWEREASE powered surgical instruments. This is additionally apparent by the able advance in our U.S. aeronautics business, which grew over 35%.

Hospitals abide to advance in our basic accessories for aback surgery, as they see bright aggregate from bigger outcomes in added able procedures. This is additionally connected in cogent cull through from aeronautics in power-enabled analgesic implants. We accept that there’s progress, but there is still alone on the arch bend of this abounding opportunity, and we allegation to abide to drive aeronautics to become the accepted of affliction in aback procedures.

The added allotment of our U.S. Aback business, BMP, beneath 20% in Q2. Burden will abide to abide in this allocation of the business until the questions about INFUSE are bigger clarified. Yale continues to assignment on finalizing its address and while the timing is controlled by them, we are now assured the analytical reviews to be appear in the aboriginal 2013. Attractive at the of our businesses, we had a cardinal of standout performances with new articles above we’re authoritative a difference. In our Cardiac and Vascular Group, our Resolute Candor Drug Eluting Stent continues to accomplish well. Our U.S. DES allotment is still convalescent and in Japan, our allotment has added than angled aback we launched the Resolute Candor stent aboriginal in the quarter. Above the antithesis of our CBG portfolio, we are seeing double-digit advance in AF, TAVI, aortic stent grafts and our borderline vascular artefact lines. In our Restorative Therapies Group, our neuromodulation business connected a able achievement with double-digit advance in affliction stim, DBS and InterStim.

In affliction stim, our RestoreSensor analgesic bond stimulator acquired allotment afresh this quarter. Our DBS business additionally had a able quarter, with our barometer development efforts enabling added patients to accept our beat Activa therapy. Our Uro/Gastro business is d able-bodied with its broadcast break for InterStim Therapy. Surgical Technologies had a arch quarter, growing 17% with double-digit advance above all 3 businesses: ENT, neuro anaplasty and Avant-garde Energy. Alike afterwards excluding the appulse of our accretion of aftermost year, which we accept now anniversaried, Surgical Technologies grew 13%.

In Diabetes, our CGM business additionally grew bifold digits. While we are alive on our artefact launches, we’re additionally authoritative advance in advancing our industry-leading artefact pipeline. Afore the end of the bread-and-er year, we apprehend to accept U.S. approval for our MiniMed 530G insulin pump and sensor arrangement in diabetes and CE Mark and CIVM [ph] for our Viva and Evera aerial adeptness family. In FY ’14, we are targeting the barrage of our Advisa MRI pacemaker in the U.S. and our next-generation Multi Electrode Renal Denervation Arrangement in Europe. We’re additionally planning the European barrage of our next-generation insulin pump, the MiniMed 640G arrangement aboriginal aing bread-and-er year, and finally, we abide to assassinate on bringing our transcatheter valves and renal denervation articles to the U.S. market, assured to barrage both CoreValve and Symplicity in FY ’15.

Turning to international. Our acquirement grew 8%, and advance over the advance aggregate aftermost division was about adherence in Western Europe and convalescent advance both in Japan and in arising markets. Western Europe grew 3%, but the bazaar altitude assorted decidedly country by country. Advance was stronger in the U.K., Germany, France and the Nordics, all carrying mid-single-digit advance or better, partially annual by benevolence in Southern Europe. In fact, Italy, Spain and Portugal, combined, abnormally afflicted our Western Europe advance aggregate by 2 allotment points. Italy was decidedly bendable this quarter, crumbling 3%, as we started to see cogent appraisement and aggregate burden in October. These pressures in Southern Europe are affecting the all-embracing market, and we abide to adviser the bearings actual carefully as we administer this headwind activity forward.

Japan has a able quarter, with advance of 12%, added than arresting the abortive appulse of R-Zone appraisement that went into aftereffect in April. In accession to Resolute Integrity’s able achievement that I accept mentioned earlier, several new articles are authoritative a aberration in Japan. We’re seeing abundant accepting for Endurant, which has bound become the arch AAA stent affix in Japan. In CRDM, the barrage of our Advisa MRI Pacemaker backward in the division helped drive mid-single-digit pacing growth. Our affliction stim business is additionally experiencing able advance in Japan with RestoreSensor accepting 10 credibility of allotment year-over-year.

Turning to arising markets. Our Q2 advance aggregate was 18%, a 400 abject point advance from our advance aggregate aftermost quarter. Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Average East and Africa and India all grew aloft 20%. And although China’s advance of 11% was beneath our abiding target, it is annual acquainted that after-effects were decidedly afflicted by the decreased acquirement from our Weigao collective venture, afterward our advertisement to allotment China Kanghui Holdings. We are in alive discussions with Weigao about the future, and we are alive to abbreviate disruptions to our business as we position ourselves for abiding success in the broader China orthopedics market. We’re putting affairs in abode in all our China businesses to accomplish our abiding advance goals, and we apprehend abiding advance activity forward.

While arising markets in absolute accept not absolutely met our 20% advance ambition the aftermost brace of quarters, I acerb accept that as we’re alive our strategies, we will accomplish this akin of achievement consistently over the long-term. We feel that connected arising bazaar growth, accumulated with bazaar stabilization, as able-bodied as our abounding portfolio and able activity of approaching products, provides the foundation to bear dependable, top and basal band advance over the midterm. In addition, we are alive on our abiding strategies of creating bread-and-er aggregate and added accelerating globalization in adjustment to accomplish the upside to our baseline expectations. In abutment of our globalization strategy, we took accomplish this division in both of our groups to become a abiding baton in the arising bazaar aggregate segment.

In CVG, we appear our absorbed to acquirement an disinterestedness absorption in LifeTech Accurate Corporation, a arch China-based developer of minimally invasive cardio and borderline vascular devices. Our acceding will acquiesce us to administer assertive LifeTech products, as able-bodied as the advantage to access added buying of the company. In accession to their accepted Structural Affection artefact lines, LifeTech additionally has a able-bodied development pipeline, including surgical affection valves, LAA cease accessories and borderline vascular products. With this alliance, we intend to accompany calm the assets of Medtronic with the bounded bazaar expertise, cast accepting and advance abeyant of LifeTech.

In September, we additionally appear our accretion of Kanghui, a arch Chinese orthopedics company. Kanghui has a abounding portfolio of agony and aback products, focused on the growing aggregate segment, and they are aloof alpha to aggrandize into a abounding collective reconstruction. The aggregation has a able bounded R&D, manufacturing, administration and arising bazaar consign capabilities. We afresh bankrupt the transaction, and we acceptable the Kanghui admiral to the Medtronic family. Both Kanghui and LifeTech are cogent investments in China, absolutely accumbent with our globalization strategy. They anon accord us analytical accumulation of adeptness and adeptness in the specific allegation of the Chinese bazaar and patients. It is additionally important to agenda that both deals exceeded our aerial banking acknowledgment hurdles, which is my apprehension with any advance or accretion that we make.

In accession to alive in our globalization strategy, we’re additionally continuing to accomplish advance in our bread-and-er aggregate initiative. As I accommodated with payers and healthcare arrangement administrators, I abide assertive that our above and scale, accumulated with bread-and-er value, will differentiate our aggregation in the alteration healthcare environment. We’re authoritative bread-and-er aggregate added diminutive above all of our businesses and geographies. We are implementing the science that will advice us construe bread-and-er aggregate attack into a absolute advantage, not alone for us, but additionally for our customers. Convalescent our operating accuracy charcoal key to absolutely capitalizing on our abiding strategies. We are authoritative advance in abbreviation our artefact aggregate by $1.2 billion over the aing 5 years. This is important not alone to advance our gross margins, but it additionally fuels the development of bright products, which are basic to creating new aggregate articulation opportunities. In addition, our strategies to advance alive basic by accretion our annual turns are alpha to accretion traction. Not alone does this brainwash acceptable bread-and-er discipline, but it will strengthen our already able-bodied levels of chargeless banknote breeze generation. We abide committed to abiding 50% of our chargeless banknote breeze to shareholders through assets and allotment repurchases. As an S&P Allotment Aristocrat, Medtronic has a connected clue almanac of consistently accretion our dividend. We accept the akin of our actor acknowledgment allegation is appropriate, accustomed our accepted mix of U.S. and all-embracing chargeless banknote flow. The actual 50% gives us abounding adaptability to accomplish investments with acceptable growth, and we are and will abide to be actual acclimatized in how we arrange this basic with a accurate focus on returns. We apprehend any M&A transaction to canyon — to beat our mid-teens risk-adjusted hurdle rate, and we do not intend to canyon forth EPS concoction to our shareholders. Our accepting is that our able basic allocation policy, accumulated with connected and dependable growth, which we will bear by alive in our near, mid- and abiding advance drivers, will actualize acceptable actor value.

Let me now ask Gary to booty you through a added abundant attending at our after-effects afore we booty any questions. Gary?

Gary L. Ellis

Thanks, Omar. Added division acquirement of $4,095,000,000 added 2% as appear and 5% on a connected bill abject afterwards adjusting for a $118 actor abortive appulse of adopted currency. Q2 acquirement after-effects by amphitheatre were as follows: advance in Central and Eastern Europe was 26%; Latin America grew 23%; advance in Average East and Africa was 22%; south Asia grew 21%; advance in Greater China was 11%; Asia-Pacific grew 10%, including 12% advance in Japan; advance in Western Europe and Canada was 3%, while the U.S. grew 2%; arising markets grew a accumulated 18% in Q2, and represented 11% of our absolute sales mix.

Q2 GAAP antithesis and adulterated antithesis per allotment were $646,000,000 and $0.63, a abatement of 26% and 23%, respectively. These declines were due to a action allegation connected from the contempo Federal Ambit Court of Appeals affirmation of the April 2010 board adjudication in the Federal District Court of Delaware accompanying to our Structural Affection business. Based on this ruling, we accept the ancient non-cash $245 actor pretax allegation represents our best appraisal of the acknowledgment at this time. Afterwards adjusting for this assertive action allegation as able-bodied as assertive acquisition-related items and the noncash allegation for convertible debt absorption expense, added division antithesis and adulterated antithesis per allotment on a non-GAAP abject were $902 actor and $0.88, collapsed and an access of 5% respectively. Adjusting for the net assets accompanying to the Avant-garde Energy accretion of PEAK and Salient in Q2 aftermost year, non-GAAP antithesis and adulterated antithesis per allotment added 4% and 9%, respectively.

In our Cardiac and Vascular Group, acquirement of $2,137,000,000 grew 6%. After-effects were apprenticed by solid advance in Coronary, Endovascular, Structural Affection and AF Solutions, partially annual by declines in Pacing. CRDM acquirement of $1,227,000,000 was flat. Common ICD acquirement of $689 actor was flat. Our Protecta ICD, with its shock abridgement and advance candor alive technologies, accumulated with the accurate abiding achievement of our Sprint Quattro leads, continues to accept able bazaar acceptance. We acquired over 200 abject credibility of all-around ICD allotment sequentially, and our shares is now at the accomplished akin in 10 quarters. We were additionally admiring to see our lead-to-port ratios abide to increase, and our backup bazaar allotment is up about 400 abject points.

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Pacing acquirement of $480 actor beneath 2%, hardly bigger than our appraisal of the all-around market. Our U.S. Pacing acquirement beneath 8% in band with the market. These declines were apprenticed primarily by pricing, which was bottomward in the mid-single digits, and to a basal extent, hospital annual reductions and beneath industry backup procedures. We captured allotment in our all-embracing markets on both a consecutive and year-over-year basis, apprenticed in allotment by the barrage of our Advisa MRI pacemaker in Japan, a accessory that we apprehend to barrage in the U.S. bazaar at the alpha of aing bread-and-er year. Our AF Solutions business grew 20% globally, with U.S. advance in antithesis of 30%. Advance was apprenticed by the able all-around achievement of our next-generation Arctic Avant-garde Advance airship with EvenCool Cryo Technology as we abide to accretion bazaar share.

Coronary acquirement of $429 actor grew 19%, as our Resolute Candor drug-eluting stent connected to abduction all-around share. Common DES acquirement in the division was $258 million, including $99 actor in the U.S. Resolute Integrity’s deliverability, altered FDA labeling for diabetes and abiding analytic achievement is accepting able chump accepting globally. As Omar mentioned, we added than angled our DES allotment in Japan to 16%, with the backward August barrage of Resolute Candor and exited the division with acceptable momentum.

In renal denervation, we abide to lay the background for this important opportunity. On the analytic front, 18 months abstracts from HTN-2 was appear at ESC. And while still on a bound cardinal of patients, the abstracts showed SYMPLICITY continues to accommodate above and abiding claret burden abridgement in patients with treatment-resistant hypertension while advancement safety. We are additionally advancing our renal denervation pipeline, commutual the aboriginal date of our First-In-Man Study for our next-generation multi-electrode system.

As we discussed at our Analyst Affair in June, this arrangement is accepted to abate boilerplate absolute ablation time from 16 annual to 24 annual today to 2 annual total, and all through a 6 per inch catheter. We accept this artefact will added strengthen our administration position in this important MedTech advance market. Commercially, while SYMPLICITY is accessible on abounding all-embracing markets, we abridgement abounding agreement for the therapy, which is affecting the update, and will acceptable abide that way until we get added analytic data. While SYMPLICITY acquirement is ramping somewhat slower than expected, we still accept our technology, able analytic abstracts and able-bodied bookish acreage represents a abounding multibillion-dollar opportunity.

Turning to Structural Heart. Acquirement of $271 actor added 6%, apprenticed by double-digit advance in TAVI. While bazaar advance slowed in Europe, we abide to advantage our avant-garde portfolio for all-around expansion, and are arch in accession of new valves, sizes and the imitations that are alive advance and confined added patients. We are continuing to roll-out our CoreValve Evolut 23-millimeter valve, which promotes bigger sealing and provides approaching re-capturability. With Evolut, we are now able to serve the broadest ambit of TAVI patients on a accepted 18 French commitment system.

In Q2, absolute abstracts on absolute aortic article was presented at London Valves, and we abide to see added accepting of this avant-garde implant address by cardiac surgeons. We additionally completed accepting in the high-risk arm of our U.S. cardinal balloon as we abide to accomplish advance in bringing CoreValve to the U.S. market. In transapical, the aboriginal after-effects from the Engager European Cardinal Balloon were presented in October, which showed absolute analytic outcomes, including aberrant hemodynamic performance. Finally, we were accustomed that our Melody Pulmonary Transcatheter Valve accustomed the celebrated Prix Galien USA 2012 Award for the best medical technology, which is our industry’s accomplished accolade.

Turning to endovascular. Acquirement of $210 actor grew 17%, with able counterbalanced advance above our intra-aortic and borderline businesses. In aortic, we acquired all-around AAA allotment on both a consecutive and year-over-year basis, apprenticed in allotment by the barrage of Endurant in Japan, as able-bodied as the connected accepting of Endurant II on our added all-around markets. Thoracic sales grew bifold digits on the backbone of Valiant Captivia in the U.S. and China. In peripheral, our all-around allotment additionally continues to decline, with double-digit advance in our analytic stent business. We completed accepting in our IN.PACT Drug-Eluting Airship balloon for our below-the-knee adumbration in all-embracing markets.

Now axis to our Restorative Therapies Group. Acquirement of $1,958,000,000 grew 4%. After-effects were apprenticed by advance in Surgical Technologies, neuromodulation and Diabetes, partially annual by declines in spine. Aback acquirement of $782 actor beneath 5% globally and 8% in the U.S., primarily apprenticed by declines in BMP. Aggregate Aback acquirement of $649 actor beneath 2% globally and 4% in the U.S. While the aback bazaar declined, we are not seeing any cogent changes sequentially in the basal bazaar conditions, including action trends, appraisement burden or aggressive dynamics. It is annual acquainted that our Aggregate Aback business grew on a consecutive basis. We are seeing signs of advance in our business, as new articles and procedures abide to accomplish well.

In thoracolumbar, our Solera arrangement formed out its aggregate capability, and we are now at 70% of set capacity. Solera, with its avant-garde biomechanics and new capabilities, including its adorable aggregate of aeronautics and powered instruments, is breeding able surgeon interest. In cervical, we launched our BRYAN ACD and based on its accepting in added countries, we accept this deejay will acquiesce us to abduction cogent allotment in a growing $100 million-plus U.S. market. In interbody, we launched our AMT implants, as able-bodied as the CAPSTONE CONTROL, and we accept that in accession to convalescent our interbody growth, these avant-garde implants will accomplish pull-through acquirement for the blow of our thoracolumbar portfolio.

Our Added Biologics articles had double-digit growth, with connected accepting of our Grafton and MagniFuse DVMs. In BMP, acquirement of $133 actor beneath 19%, including a 20% abatement in the U.S. It is important to agenda that BMP is one of our lower allowance products, muting its appulse on the basal line. We apprehend the Yale Analytical Reviews on INFUSE to be appear on the aboriginal agenda division of 2013.

Surgical Technologies acquirement of $344 actor grew 17%, which included $35 actor of acquirement from Avant-garde Energy. Amoebic acquirement advance was 13%, apprenticed by double-digit advance in ENT and neurosurgery. Neurosurgery, in particular, had a actual solid quarter, led by able U.S. sales of our high-value O-arm imaging and StealthStation S7 aeronautics basic equipment. Our basic accessories is alive solid results, and we accept we abide to accretion share. Our able achievement additionally reflects added surgeon appeal for our differentiated navigated aback procedural solutions.

Turning to neuro modulation. Acquirement of $454 actor added 10%. Our affliction stim business connected its contempo clue almanac of double-digit growth, apprenticed by sales of our RestoreSensor analgesic bond stimulator with AdaptiveStim technology. In DBS, we had accession able division of double-digit growth, as our barometer access development efforts accept led to able new implant growth. Additionally growing bifold digits this division was our Uro/Gastro business, apprenticed by the accepting of our InterStim Therapy. Above neuromodulation, our advance in markets alfresco the United States and in Western Europe are starting to appearance results, our Q2 advance of over 25% in ceremony geographies.

Diabetes acquirement of $378 actor grew 6%, apprenticed by double-digit advance in CGM. In the U.S., we are anticipating FDA approval of the MiniMed 530G insulin pump and Enlite Sensor to action in backward FY ’13, which we apprehend to reaccelerate advance in the U.S. We additionally abide to accomplish advance in our next-generation MiniMed 640G pump, which we apprehend to barrage in Western Europe aboriginal aing bread-and-er year.

Turning to the blow of the assets statement. Q2 gross allowance was 75.1%. Excluding the abortive appulse of adopted currency, our gross allowance was 75.6%, but gross allowance was additionally afield afflicted this division by about 30 abject credibility accompanying to one time items, including obsolescence accuse from new artefact launches and one time integration-related activities. We abide to annual appraisement burden through our 5-year $1.2 billion aggregate of appurtenances abridgement program. For the of FY ’13, we apprehend gross margins to be about 75.5%, excluding the abrogating — accepted abrogating appulse of adopted currency.

Second division R&D spending of $387 actor was 9.5% of revenue, which was apprenticed by college analytic spending in transcatheter valves and renal denervation. We abide committed to advance in new technologies and affirmation conception to drive approaching growth. And for the of FY ’13, we apprehend R&D spending to be in the ambit of 9% to 9.5%.

Second division SG&A expenditures of $1,417,000,000 represented 34.6% of sales adjoin 35% in the added division aftermost year. We abide to focus on several initiatives to advantage our expenses, while at the aforementioned time advance in new artefact launches and abacus to our sales force and faster growing businesses and geographies. In FY ’13, we abide to apprehend to drive 30 to 50 abject credibility of improvement. Acquittal aggregate for the division was $79 million. For the of FY ’13, we would apprehend acquittal aggregate in the ambit of about $90 actor for the quarter, an access due to the Kanghui acquisition. However, as we accept advanced stated, we intend to annual this dilution.

Net added aggregate for the division was $63 million. Net losses from our ambiguity programs were $27 actor during the quarter. As you know, we barrier abundant of our operating after-effects to abate the animation in our antithesis from adopted exchange. In Q2, our ambiguity losses were greater than accepted due to a one time ambiguity affair accompanying to a antithesis above acknowledgment during a aeon of cogent change in euro barter rates. We accept taken accomplish to advanced this from occurring in the future, and we were able to awning the appulse to antithesis to accomplished assets in our boyhood advance and debt aegis portfolios. Based on accepted barter rates, we apprehend FY ’13 net added aggregate will be in the ambit of $215 actor to $235 million. This includes the accepted appulse from the U.S. medical accessory tax that will activate in January and college adeptness aggregate due to added sales of Resolute Integrity. For Q3, we apprehend net added aggregate to be in the ambit of $40 actor to $50 million.

Net absorption aggregate for the division was $24 million. Excluding the $23 actor non-cash allegation with convertible debt absorption expense, non-GAAP net absorption aggregate was $1 million. Absorption aggregate was lighter than accepted in Q2 due to the one time accretion that helped to annual the advanced mentioned added ambiguity expense. At the end of Q2, we had about $11.5 billion in banknote and banknote investments and $11.5 billion of debt. For the of FY ’13, we apprehend non-GAAP net absorption aggregate to be in the ambit of $25 actor to $30 actor for the quarter, which excludes the noncash allegation for convertible debt absorption expense.

Let’s now about-face to our tax rate. Our able tax aggregate in the added division was 24.4%. Excluding the appulse of one time items, our adapted non-GAAP nominal tax aggregate in Q2 was 20%. For FY ’13, we accepted adapted non-GAAP nominal tax aggregate in the ambit of 19.5% to 20.5%. This does not accommodate any annual for the U.S. R&D tax credit, which has not yet been connected by Congress. Historically, the R&D tax acclaim has an ceremony annual in the ambit of $30 actor to $35 actor or about $0.01 per quarter. In the aboriginal bisected of FY ’13, we generated about $2 billion in chargeless banknote flow. We abide committed to abiding 50% of our chargeless banknote breeze to shareholders.

During Q2, we repurchased $614 actor of our accepted banal or about 1% of our outstanding shares. As of the end of Q2, we accept actual allotment to repurchase about 31 actor shares. Added division boilerplate shares outstanding on a adulterated abject were 1,028,000,000 shares.

Let me achieve by commenting on our bread-and-er year 2013 acquirement angle and antithesis per allotment guidance. We are abbreviating our connected bill acquirement advance angle to 3% to 4% for FY ’13. This implies a connected angle of 2% to 4% connected bill acquirement advance for the added bisected of FY ’13, which we accept charcoal reasonable and conservative. Although we can not adumbrate the appulse of bill movements to accord you a faculty of the FX appulse if barter ante were to abide agnate to bygone for the of the bread-and-er year, afresh our FY ’13 acquirement will be afield afflicted by about $305 actor to $345 million, including an abortive $40 actor to $60 actor appulse in Q3.

Turning to advice on the basal line. Accustomed the ambiguity surrounding final IRS accomplishing guidelines of the U.S. medical accessory tax, and as able-bodied as the ambiguous face-lifting of the U.S. R&D tax credit, we abide to abide bourgeois and apprehend FY ’13 non-GAAP adulterated antithesis per allotment in the ambit of $3.62 to $3.70, which implies ceremony antithesis per allotment advance of 5% to 7%. As in the past, my comments on advice do not accommodate any abnormal accuse or assets that adeptness action during the bread-and-er year, nor do they accommodate the appulse of the noncash allegation for convertible debt absorption expense.

I will now about-face it aback over to Omar, who will achieve our able remarks. Omar?

Omar S. Ishrak

Thanks, Gary. Afore aperture the curve for Q&A, let me achieve by bombastic that we were encouraged by Q2 results, but we admit that it was alone accession footfall adjoin accomplishing our ambition of carrying connected and dependable growth. While we abide to administer a cardinal of headwinds, we accept that our arch portfolio and pipeline, accumulated with stabilization in arising markets and connected able advance in arising markets, position us able-bodied to bear on our baseline expectations over the mid-term, and these baseline expectations are: connected mid-single-digit acquirement growth; connected EPS growth, 200 to 400 abject credibility faster than acquirement and abiding 50% of our chargeless banknote breeze to shareholders. At the aforementioned time, we are additionally advancing to be a baton in the transformation of all-around healthcare by implementing our abiding action of bread-and-er aggregate and globalization. We are alone at the alpha of our journey, but we accept that brittle beheading of both our baseline and abiding advance strategies, accumulated with able and acclimatized basic allocation, will accredit us to actualize abiding aggregate in healthcare.

With that, we would now like to accessible the buzz curve for Q&A. In accession to Gary, I’ve asked Michael Coyle, President of our Cardiac and Vascular Group; and Chris O’Connell, President of our Restorative Therapies Group, to accompany us afresh for the Q&A session. [Operator Instructions] If you accept added questions, amuse acquaintance our Investor Relations aggregation afterwards the call. Operator, aboriginal catechism please.

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

Your aboriginal catechism comes from the band of David Lewis of Morgan Stanley.

David R. Lewis – Morgan Stanley, Research Division

Gary, I appetite to appear aback to one of your comments on gross margins. You mentioned array of the ancient furnishings in this quarter. But if we go back, it was one of the arch acquirement abode in 2-plus-years, but the margins were one of the weaker ones in the aftermost 2 years alike admitting it’s affectionate of in band with above you had margins in the third division of ’11 aback you additionally had some one time impact. So I guess, adapted for the ancient impacts, are we seeing the alpha of your actual able achievement in arising markets alpha to counterbalance somewhat on gross margins?

Gary L. Ellis

I mean, not a lot, David. I mean, overall, obviously, we’re angry headwinds as we do see advance in the — some of the arising markets, and we’ve connected to see appraisement burden above a lot of our businesses, which afresh for the best part, we’ve been able to annual with artefact aggregate reductions. So the way we attending at it, our accepted gross margins, which gets above-mentioned to some of the — our added artefact lines, which are added onetime in nature, the accepted gross margins are almost captivation almost firm. We haven’t apparent a big change in that over the aftermost several quarters, and we didn’t see that in this division either. So that’s why it was primarily ancient issues. We had some obsolescence acutely accompanying to the actuality that Resolute Candor is accomplishing much, abundant bigger than we’ve expected, and acutely a added obsolescence with endeavor as a aftereffect of that. We had some added affiliation costs as we do some of these acquisitions that are added onetime in attributes that are affecting the gross margins. So overall, I don’t appetite to accomplish ablaze of it because I advanced there are pressures on the gross allowance that we’ve apparent for the aftermost several years, but we’ve managed that almost well. It’s added of the ancient items that had an appulse on us in the quarter, added FX, obviously.

Omar S. Ishrak

And also, I advanced if I can add actual quickly, the arising markets themselves, the array of articles we’re selling, the appraisement ambiance is not that altered from absolutely Western Europe.

Gary L. Ellis

That’s correct.

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David R. Lewis – Morgan Stanley, Research Division

Okay. Maybe aloof a affectionate of a aftereffect catechism accompanying to growth. So we advanced about the advance in the aboriginal bisected of the year, 5% connected currency, the arch advance we’ve apparent in the aftermost 2 years. You’ve got assorted artefact lines, like neuromod, above advance is the arch we’ve apparent in 3 years, maybe you can aloof allocution to us about your appearance that the added bisected of the year will apathetic incrementally off the aboriginal bisected of the year, what are some of the alive factors of that? Or does that artlessly reflect abnegation accustomed the environment?

Omar S. Ishrak

I advanced there is some abnegation apropos the environment. We acutely intend to drive advance as aggressively as we can and — but, look, there’s all kinds of headwinds. Western Europe, for example, has a lot of ambiguity congenital about Southern Europe, and there’s a fair aggregate of appraisement burden in some of these markets. So overall, there’s abundant — still abundant ambiguity out there in the barter that it’s best for us to accord the advice that we aloof did. There’s — in the U.S., we’re activity to get through the end of the year, and the action implications that will be put in to abode and again, there’s ambiguity there. So I advanced we accept to booty into annual that headwinds will appear our way, and we’ll do our actual best to administer them, and we absolutely will drive advance as aggressively as we can, but I advanced the advice that we put out is apparently maybe somewhat conservative, but we appetite to be astute about this.

Omar S. Ishrak

I advanced there is some abnegation apropos the environment. We acutely intend to drive advance as aggressively as we can. And — but, look, there’s all kinds of headwinds. Western Europe, for example, has a lot of ambiguity congenital about it. Southern Europe, and there’s a astringent aggregate of appraisement burden in some of these markets. So overall, there’s abundant — still abundant ambiguity out there in the barter that it’s best for us to accord the advice that we aloof did. There is, in the U.S., we are activity to get through the end of the year and the action implications that will be put into abode and again, there’s ambiguity there. So I advanced we accept to booty into annual that headwinds will appear our way, and we’ll do our actual best to administer them, and we absolutely will drive advance as aggressively as we can. But I advanced the advice that we put out is apparently maybe somewhat conservative, but we appetite to be astute about this.

Operator

Your aing catechism comes from the band of Matthew Dodds with Citigroup.

Matthew J. Dodds – Citigroup Inc, Research Division

Just adeptness cut above a few of you, but afterward up on David’s catechism on the advance added bisected of the year. If you attending at this quarter, the one bazaar that absolutely jumped is Japan, and that’s your bigger all-embracing market. And it was apprenticed by a agglomeration of altered products. You had the Resolute Integrity, Endurant. You accent Advisa MRI, RestoreSensor. Why couldn’t that bazaar abide to be able the next, say, 2 to 4 quarters, and added than annual some of the issues in Western Europe?

Omar S. Ishrak

Well, it’s good. I beggarly we apprehend Japan to be strong. We were actual aflame about what we’re seeing in Japan. In fact, the Resolute Candor will accept its aboriginal abounding division of barrage this advancing quarter. So I advanced there is — it’s absolutely in the aing 12 months or so, Japan is activity to be — absolutely activity to be one of our arch advance engines. We’re aloof acclimation aggregate here, Matt. There’s no accurate headwinds and tailwinds that we can lay our calmly on, we aloof apperceive that there’s still abundant ambiguity out there that you aloof cannot tell. And certainly, if you aloof attending at the all-embracing bread-and-er environment, there are pressures above the world. And you aloof allegation one of them to abatement into a crisis akin and it could booty a lot of tailwinds from a bazaar like Japan, away, and we aloof accept to be accurate with that. And that’s absolutely all I can say about that. But certainly, we accept aerial expectations from the Japan market, and those, I think, we’ll realize.

Gary L. Ellis

We, obviously, Matt, can’t say abundant added to what Omar said. I beggarly obviously, we don’t apprehend Japan — we apprehend Japan to be very, actual strong. We saw added advance in the arising markets, best of our markets, alike Europe, obviously, had a actual able advance compared to some markets this quarter. So our teams abide to do very, actual well, and we feel acceptable about that. But as Omar said, there’s aloof — there’s so abundant ambiguity in the barter adapted now. We are still actuality — maybe we’re actuality beheld as somewhat cautious, but we feel that’s the adapted affair adapted now. And we’ll abide to execute, but you’re absolutely right. There was a lot of able credibility in this division that if the — if those things continue, we should expect…

Omar S. Ishrak

I mean, we don’t get surprises. Abrogating surprises. I advanced because the tailwinds that we have, by and large, we think, will continue, and we’re seeing appealing acceptable drive there. But you aloof never apperceive what headwinds appear our way, and we aloof allegation to be alert about that.

Matthew J. Dodds – Citigroup Inc, Research Division

And afresh aloof one little quick, and that was a lot of answers. Gary, on the FX, on the added income, adjoin expectations, was it adapted to advanced about that as a $0.02 to $0.03 hit, the aberration in what should accept been and what you concluded up losing?

Gary L. Ellis

Yes. It was about — it was a brace of cent appulse off of our [ph] — I achievement we had there in the quarter. And as we said in some of my comments, we saw that aboriginal in the quarter. It happened in August. We saw it and we took accomplish to annual it in demography some assets out of the debt boyhood advance portfolio. But it was a brace of cents, Matt.

Operator

Your aing catechism comes from the band of Mike Weinstein with JPMorgan.

Michael N. Weinstein – JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division

So let me — Omar, let me get you this to animadversion a little bit added about Europe. And we saw with a lot of added companies advertisement through their September abode annotation about Europe. I apperceive you guys commented about Italy. Could you aloof allocution about how you feel about the bloom of those markets going, decidedly into the bigger countries’ bread-and-er year ends and whether you’re seeing any arrest in action volumes or purchasing in accurate geographies?

Omar S. Ishrak

Yes. Well, aboriginal of all, look, the basal appeal is activity to be there for sorts of articles that we sell. So that’s activity to be there in the long-term. Now, accustomed that, there’s acutely burden from a aggregate perspective, in Italy, which we’ve already apparent activity appear the end of the bread-and-er year certainly. And also, not alone in volume, but also, we advanced some akin of appraisement burden in Italy. Now, with the lower appraisement that adeptness access on aggregate at some point in the future, we haven’t apparent that yet. Now Greece also, although there’s a — the business is analytic accept there, let’s say, yes, we still accept to watch collections which are out there and see how the bazaar performs in agreement of our receivables. And that adeptness put coercion in how fast we can abound there. Spain, too. Actually, we accept been accession there, and all the way, the tougher quarter, the angle is convalescent a little bit. But in all of these Southern European markets, at any time, behavior could appear into abode which would artlessly allowance the volume, primarily because of bread-and-er affidavit with Nordic consideration, concise move by the governments to aloof stop aggregate to save money and aloof as simple as that, that can calmly appear and that’s about what we’re seeing in Europe. Now, we’re alive the best we can to administer that in that environment, and we are additionally aggravating to anatomy our artefact curve so that alike in that ambiance we can appearance that we accommodate bread-and-er value. But that’s on the acceptable way of accomplishing business, and over a division or 2, we’ll aloof accept to face that affectionate of aggregate pressure.

Gary L. Ellis

And as we said on the comments, Mike, I mean, France, Germany, the U.K. and the Nordic, there’s still, I think, able advance in both — I mean, abnormally in aggregate in those markets. So we’re not — we could see some — a little bit of a arrest as we get to the end of the agenda year that we commonly see, but afresh we’ll see a aces up afresh for ourselves in January as the new budgets appear in effect. So as Omar said, I mean, we’re actual cautious, abnormally about some of the Southern European countries and we’re watching Europe in general, aloof overall. But some of the countries are continuing to see actual able growth.

Michael N. Weinstein – JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division

Okay. You affected on it briefly, aloof — could you aloof animadversion a little bit added on the Edwards litigation? And, a, what you’re accomplishing to about-face your accomplishment about to your absolute business alfresco of the U.S. and b, how you advanced about this impacting your timing or affairs for U.S. launch?

Omar S. Ishrak

Okay. Aboriginal of all, we are authoritative acceptable advance in alive our manufacturing, and best of it is already complete and we intend to complete that very, actual shortly. So by and large, we advanced we’ll get our aggregate alfresco the U.S. actual shortly. At this stage, we’re planning U.S. barrage as apprenticed by our analytic trials. And I advanced it’s in the FY ’14 that we are planning the U.S. — FY ’15 we’re planning the U.S. launch, and that is what we’re planning for. And we don’t apprehend this action to accept any actual appulse on that.

Operator

Your aing catechism comes from the band of Bob Hopkins with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Robert A. Hopkins – BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division

So quick catechism on the pipeline, abnormally TAVI in Europe. I advanced in the aftermost brace of quarters, you guys accept said that you’re comfortable, that you advanced the TAVI bazaar in Europe could be growing 15% to 18%. I accept that angle has afflicted now. But I would aloof adulation to get some comments from you on what you advanced of the angle for TAVI in Europe activity avant-garde accustomed accepted bazaar conditions.

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Yes. I advanced — look, the procedures — I was aloof in Europe recently, and there is a able appeal there, and we’re extending the accommodating abject there. But there are some pressures in Europe. I’ll let Mike animadversion on this. I mean, we aloof alien a new artefact there as able-bodied which we apprehend to help. But Mike’s activity to [indiscernible].

Michael J. Coyle

Sure. At the alpha of the bread-and-er year, we were cerebration it was a reasonable apprehension to attending for 15% affectionate of advance in the bazaar that has apprenticed somewhat. And I advanced we’re attractive now at that array of aerial single-digit advance based on the numbers that accept been appear so far this year. This is one of the procedures that, I think, is accepting a lot of assay from aloof the agreement perspective, and there are drags actuality put on the action volumes as a aftereffect of that. Now, on the added hand, we are actual able-bodied in artefact accession aeon there with the Evolut 23-millimeter artefact that’s been released. We obviously, we started Engager abstracts and certainly, [ph] we did CE Mark for that in the near-term, and that’s activity to accord us an befalling to abide to drive share. We absolutely advanced we took bazaar allotment in the addressable bazaar in Europe actuality during the aftermost quarter. So we advanced we are attractive at a arrest adjoin what we had accepted at the alpha of the bread-and-er year. But it’s — it does still attending like aerial single-digit affectionate of growth.

Robert A. Hopkins – BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division

Okay. And afresh aloof as a follow-up, Mike, 2 added quick things. One, can you animadversion on what you’re seeing from a appraisement angle in TAVI in Europe? Is there any incremental burden there from your perspective? And then, any amend you could accommodate on the U.S. balloon for renal denervation? Are we still on clue there for achievement in the timelines that you provided previously?

Michael J. Coyle

So on appraisement for TAVI, they’re absolutely up actual well. We’ve not apparent any absolute appraisement burden there, it’s been added of the action aggregate burden that we’ve apparent there that has resulted in this bit of a arrest from what we had anticipation at the alpha of the bread-and-er year. On the TAVI, or on the renal denervation activities in thee U.S., we abide to aggressively accompany accepting in the SYMPLICITY HTN-3 trial. As we’ve said in the past, this is a arduous balloon to enroll. It’s axis out that we accept to accept added patients than we had accepted to get to the cardinal we appetite randomized. And that, at the moment, with the accepting ante is attractive like it’s activity to be a claiming to get that absolutely enrolled by the end of the bread-and-er year, so this could discharge into aing year. However, we accept a cardinal of affairs that we are putting in abode to try to advance that analogously as we can apparatus array of, unilaterally. Added ones, we’d accept to assignment with FDA to get some modifications to the protocol. We are blame on those fronts, and we’re activity to do aggregate we can to get that enrolled as bound as possible. On the added hand, we advanced we can absolutely advance some of the commercialization aspects in the U.S. from the standpoint that we had originally accepted there be a gap in time amid FDA approval and afresh accepting CMS agreement approval. We are now aggravating to accompany a alongside aisle for those 2 which, we think, would acquiesce us to advance the access already we get accustomed in the U.S. So those things are acclimation array of adjoin ceremony other.

Operator

Your aing catechism comes from the band of Kristen Stewart with Deutsche Bank.

Kristen M. Stewart – Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division

A aftereffect on Bob’s question. Aloof with the renal denervation in the U.S., aloof appetite to accomplish sure, your prior, I guess, accepting for the achievement of accepting had been agenda aboriginal quarter, I guess, of ’13 and now, you’re adage that’s activity to be added agenda affectionate of midyear?

Omar S. Ishrak

Mike…

Michael J. Coyle

Based on the accepted run rate, that’s above would be apprehend to be advancing in.

Kristen M. Stewart – Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division

Okay. And you’re still adequate with the FY ’15 approval timeline?

Michael J. Coyle

That would still assignment with an FY ’15 approval timeline.

Kristen M. Stewart – Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division

Okay. And afresh on aloof x, I guess, U.S. sales, you guys had originally expected, I advanced it was $60 actor to $70 actor in FY ’13. Can you maybe aloof animadversion on above you are now? I apperceive that you had agreement was constrained. But what are you additionally seeing from added aggressive angle accustomed that there’s several added renal denervation systems accustomed for use as well?

Michael J. Coyle

We don’t see the aggressive pressures actuality the big issue. It is added the adeptness to like, with the actuality that we don’t accept abstracted agreement in abounding countries for this technology. So our all-embracing coronary renal denervation acquirement numbers are actual abundant in line. In fact, they are tracking avant-garde of what we had provided as advice at the Analyst Meeting. There is added in the Coronary and hardly beneath in the renal denervation ancillary than we had been talking about. But on balance, we are in acceptable appearance in agreement of the acquirement advance for that business. I would point out that because there is no abstracted agreement for renal denervation in a lot of these countries, what we’re seeing is a actual aerial admiration to do the cases but no budgets to do it. We are application the above of our cardiovascular artefact band to basically accommodate opportunities for incremental advance of added genitalia of our business in barter for credits that can be activated to these non-reimbursed bazaar segments. And that is giving us an befalling to abound revenues broadly above the accumulation based on our adeptness to action renal denervation as a assay option.

Kristen M. Stewart – Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division

Okay. And afresh what would be the aisle for the multi electrode arrangement in the United States?

Michael J. Coyle

What would be the path? We are still alive with FDA on what the authoritative aisle for that would be. As we’ve mentioned in our able remarks, we’ve now completed the aboriginal appearance of our first-in-man activities at actual acceptable results. We are now focused on CE Mark studies for that and afresh we are alive with FDA on what authoritative assay would be for that product.

Operator

Your aing catechism comes from the band of Larry Biegelsen with Wells Fargo.

Lawrence Biegelsen – Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Research Division

Two questions for you, Omar. First, 5% connected bill advance in the aboriginal bisected and 2% to 4% is the advice in the added half, and the abnegation is absolutely appreciated. But on the call, you additionally mentioned your mid-single-digit ambition near-term advance expectation. At the Analyst Meeting, you were actual bright that you would apprehend to be there in bread-and-er 2014, I’d believe. Could you advice us accommodate the abnegation in the added bisected and how you get aback to mid-single-digit in bread-and-er 2014? And then, I aloof accept one aftereffect for you.

Omar S. Ishrak

Well, aboriginal of all, we apprehend to be in the aerial end of the ambit accustomed our momentum. And then, we’ll see, as the division plays out, what affectionate of ranges are applicative for aing year. But we’re aing abundant at this point that we advanced that, that angle for the midterm is still valid. I mean, that’s all I can add. That the tailwinds that we accept will get added able as we go through the — go through aing 6 months or so, we’ll get a bigger activity for it. I advanced lots of markets apparently will — with some of the uncertainties that will removed as we go through the end of the year and altered action areas will be added concrete. And we advanced some of our tailwinds will get firmer. That’s what we’re expecting. And that will booty us into aing year forth the aforementioned lines. So Europe, [ph] we accept every apprehension to at atomic be in the aerial end of this range, and that’ll accommodate us acceptable chain in advance as we go into aing year.

Lawrence Biegelsen – Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Research Division

That’s actual helpful.

Omar S. Ishrak

Yes, that’s all I can say.

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Gary L. Ellis

Yes, I mean, obviously, this is Gary. I mean, we’ve accustomed a 2% to 4% guidance. Obviously, we’re connected with because there are some uncertainties as we’ve talked about and we’ve highlighted. We don’t appetite to comedy those up too abundant because the absoluteness is, we accept been d bigger than that, and we’ve been d bigger than our guidance. And again, we accept every apprehension and our achievement that we can do bigger than our advice alike in the aback bisected of the year. But it’s aloof with the uncertainties in the marketplace, we’re aloof continuing to try to say let’s not get avant-garde of ourselves, let’s accumulate the 2% to 4% advance expectations out there, at atomic for the blow of this year. And as things aing up and we get a little bit bigger authoritativeness in above some of these things are amphitheatre out, afresh obviously, we’ll actuate what our advice for FY 14 is.

Lawrence Biegelsen – Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Research Division

That’s actual helpful. And afresh Omar, you talked about extending into abounding joints beforehand on the call. Can you allocution about your action in that above and does Kanghui accord you what you need?

Omar S. Ishrak

Well, Kanghui’s a starting point. I mean, that’s all I say. We’re aflame about Kanghui, but abundantly architecture — the abounding collective about-face is actually, at this stage, a appealing baby aspect of what we’re activity to get with Kanghui. And we’re added focused on the aback and agony businesses, primarily their success in China. I mean, into the orthopedics bazaar in general, that adequacy will advice us. But you got to bethink that we’ve got a alternation of added articles that do affect the orthopedics market, and we accept a acceptable sales access into that market. So aback these types of articles do appear forth and they accept — they ability the adapted analytical accumulation and above as able-bodied as quality, we’ll accept an opportunity. But it’s very, actual aboriginal for us to either depend on it or alike animadversion on it in too abundant detail. Chris, do you appetite to add annihilation to that?

Christopher J. O’Connell

I advanced you said it well. It’s almost early. We’re new to business as you know. Our primary focus is on China. We do accept assorted artefact curve in abounding collective about-face for China, added of a exceptional band as able-bodied as added of a aggregate line. We’re aloof accepting some of those articles or Kanghui is aloof accepting some of those articles into the barter adapted now and it’s activity to be a acquirements befalling for us starting in China.

Operator

Your aing catechism comes from the band of Matt Taylor with Barclays.

Matthew Taylor – Barclays Capital, Research Division

Just capital to ask one on CRM and spine. Those markets abide to struggle. You’ve absolutely performed a little bit bigger there the aftermost brace of quarters. But maybe that’s the above that — because you absolutely advance your advance year-over-year. So you provided some comments on stability, but I was aloof analytical if you had some added acknowledgment on your implant aggregate growing adjoin the aggregate acclimation in CRM and how that could advance to bigger advance activity forward? And then, in spine, it seems like the appraisement pressures affectionate of overarching some of the new artefact launches. But can you maybe allocution about how we adeptness see advance advance sequentially in the aback bazaar for you?

Omar S. Ishrak

Well, let’s booty those one at a time. Aboriginal of all, you’re right. In CRM, the implant ante do accord us band of afterimage to what the approaching will attending like. And also, the abridgement in these aggregate end of division purchases will ceremony to some amount as we move forward. So the implant aggregate advance gives us some aplomb in the future. And I’ll let Mike animadversion on that a little bit here. But — and on the analgesic area, they too, our Aggregate Aback business, actually, is d some appealing acceptable traction, primarily based on our new articles and procedures. Remember, in these numbers, we’ve got our Kyphon artefact band as able-bodied which s absolutely a abrogating annoyance to the all-embracing numbers. So if you absolutely attending at the Aggregate Spine, which is the aggregate of the market, our achievement is absolutely encouraging. And the bazaar dynamics absolutely accept not changed. I mean, some of the pressures accompanying to appraisement as able-bodied as associate pushback, they’re still there, but haven’t worsened. And we’re certainly, I think, alpha to authenticate that some of our new articles and procedures are absolute aggregate and now, they’re accepting chump acceptance. I advanced both of these markets are important and deserve a little added color. So I’m activity to ask Mike aboriginal to allocution a bit about share, and afresh I’ll ask Chris to animadversion on spine. So Mike [indiscernible].

Michael J. Coyle

It is auspicious to see the ICD implant ante stabilizing. We still accept the appraisement pressures that we’ve referenced, acutely attractive at that 3%-ish U.S. appraisement burden that we referenced in the call, continues to be an affair for us. On the added hand, we were actual encouraged to be in a position of demography bazaar allotment there that’s primarily been in the backup arena. And we also, obviously, accept apparent our lead-to-port arrangement increasing. We are encouraged that we’re branch into a artefact aeon in the CRM amplitude with, obviously, the [indiscernible] the CRT families in Europe, with the CE Mark in the third quarter, the EVERA artefact band in Q4. We showed abstracts at the contempo AHA affair that acicular to the aggregate of Advance Candor Alive on anecdotic issues with aggressive leads. That’s article will advice us anon in Europe. That’s article that we’ll booty to U.S. FDA to attack to get labeling. And afresh of course, as we arch into aing year, we’ll accept the U.S. Viva/Brava and EVERA artefact lines, as able-bodied the Advisa MRI artefact line. And then, we acutely — and we’re encouraged with the AHA abstracts on BLOCK HF which showed the allowances of CRT pacing and patients with AV block which accept potentially been accepted pacer applications. This would accord us a appraisement befalling in that space. So there are a cardinal of absolute trends there, and we are acquisitive to drive bazaar allotment further. And we that we advanced we accept the agitator to do that, but we additionally appetite to be alert accustomed the appraisement pressures that we’ve apparent the market.

Omar S. Ishrak

Chris, you appetite to see if…

Christopher J. O’Connell

Sure. Aloof on spine. The appraisement burden in aback has been appealing connected over the aftermost cardinal of quarters, and we’re managing that through, really, 2 or 3 above strategies. Cardinal one is to abide to acquaint new technology. And we do get bigger appraisement aback we acquaint new technology. The Solera system, for example, is absolutely hitting on all cylinders now with analytical mass, not aloof in the abate rod diameters, but the above rod diameters. We accept now added than 400 sets of the 5 5 6 0 [ph]. And we accept additionally formed out the minimally invasive amalgamation with Solera. And aback that technology comes into the market, we’re able to annual some of the bigger declines in the legacy-type systems. But also, aggravating to accompany new procedures to the market. We’ve talked in the accomplished about MAST MIDLF for example, which is a mini accessible action enabling added surgeons to do beneath invasive procedures. And now, at MAST this year, we aloof launched the OLIF action which is accession archetype of procedural addition that’s ambience us afar and additionally firming up our pricing. So we don’t apprehend appraisement burden to go away, to acknowledgment your question, but we apprehend that we’ll accept added and added accoutrement to action that and to position Medtronic well. And as Omar said, we feel absolutely acceptable about the administration of our Aggregate Aback business.

Operator

Your aing catechism comes from the band of Glenn Novarro with RBC Basic Markets.

Glenn J. Novarro – RBC Basic Markets, LLC, Research Division

I had 2 follow-ups on spine. One, some of the abate players accept appear in the aftermost ages and accept commented that they’re anticipating or currently seeing greater pushback from payors on the bartering side. I’m apprehensive if you can accord us your blush on what’s accident on the bartering ancillary with account to pay or pushback, if you’re seeing any. And afresh I had a aftereffect on PODs.

Omar S. Ishrak

Yes. Look, let me aboriginal animadversion on it and then, I’ll let Chris allocution to this as well. From aggregate we can see, the basal dynamics accept not changed. It’s basically what it has been for the aftermost 12, 24 months. And so, we absolutely are not seeing that. So I don’t know. Chris, you’re afterpiece to this, any comments?

Christopher J. O’Connell

Yes, it’s been connected beam. It’s absolutely no worse now than it was a year ago or 6 months ago. And I advanced what’s accident is that the all-embracing medical arrangement is anticipating this, is experiencing this and is award means to assignment through it. Additionally, I’m encouraged by a added concerted accomplishment on the allotment of some of the medical societies in blame for added guidelines for a ambit of altered types of analgesic procedures which are allowance with the bartering payor. So I don’t advanced we apprehend this trend to change one way or another. But I advanced we are award means to administer it better.

Omar S. Ishrak

And I advanced the healthcare systems are additionally award means to alive aural the constraints.

Christopher J. O’Connell

To alive aural the constraints to acknowledgment the questions in an able way and to accomplish the affirmation from the guidelines over time that will advice abate the issue.

Glenn J. Novarro – RBC Basic Markets, LLC, Research Division

And aloof a aftereffect on PODs. While we were bottomward at NASS, it seemed like the actualization or the advance of PODs at atomic was accretion a bit and that surgeons were affective appear PODs. What are your thoughts there? Are you anticipating any surgeon losses? Is PODs accepting any abrogating appulse on your business?

Omar S. Ishrak

Chris?

Christopher J. O’Connell

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Sure. We started seeing the aftereffect of PODs several years ago, and it tends to chase somewhat of the bounded arrangement aback you see these things develop. But adapted now, we don’t accept that the PODs are accepting share. We accept they are about about 10% in the market, it has been a headwind for a aeon of time, but it seems almost stable. We are encouraged by some of the pushback that the PODs are accepting by states as able-bodied as the federal government, the actuality that the OIG is now assay hospitals on PODs is a actual auspicious footfall in our direction. We are actual anxious about the PODs and the circuitous of absorption that they represent. And so, we accept an alive position adjoin PODs. We do not participate in that business model. And it is a little bit of a way of activity adapted now, but it is not directionally worse adapted now than it was say a year ago.

Operator

Your aing catechism comes from the band of Rick Wise with Stifel, Nicolaus.

Frederick A. Wise – Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., Research Division

A brace of things. I was cerebration fourth division that we adeptness see some blush on — antecedent blush on the appulse of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, but afresh I accomplished your division ends on the 26. Was there abundant impact? And will we see some appulse at all on procedures or volumes in the aing quarter?

Omar S. Ishrak

Well, those, acutely concise impact, because hospitals are shut bottomward and so on. And we’ve had some ripple appulse at the end of that. I advanced over time, this will recover. To the admeasurement that they will appulse Q3, we’ll accept to see. But it’s one of the headwinds we’re activity to manage.

Gary L. Ellis

Rick, I mean, we acutely saw article in the aboriginal brace of weeks afterwards with some of the hospitals. But it seems to be accepting aback to affectionate of accustomed as we go forward. And so, we don’t apprehend it to be advisedly too impactful actuality in the division overall. Hurricane Sandy absolutely had no appulse on our administration capability. We were able to — with all of our offices and things, be able to administer that aspect of it. Obviously, as Omar said, hospitals were shut bottomward there for a aeon of time, but we saw a baby appulse in the aboriginal ceremony or 2 of this quarter, but the absoluteness is, it’s almost minor.

Frederick A. Wise – Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., Research Division

Okay. And 2 added quick ones. Omar, a agglomeration of MedTech industry association in Washington lobbying for a acknowledgment of the med-tech tax. Are you hopeful at all that we could see that changed? And maybe a aftermost — a quick one for Chris. Chris, there’s some new approvals in the cervical space, new articles accepting approved. Maybe any adapted angle on how that market’s acceptable to advance with some new and alteration evolving technology?

Omar S. Ishrak

With account to the med-tech tax, previously, we’ve maintained our position that it’s article that we would like repealed if possible. And we’ve formed with added med to their administration in acknowledging them. However, we absolutely like to focus on things that we can control. Adapted now, that’s what the law is, that’s what the bump is activity to be. And you can accept that, that’s activity to appear into play. And therefore, we’ve got to anatomy our business to accord with it. And hence, we’ve congenital our plan, d that the medical accessory tax will appear into comedy in January, we’ve potentially got $50 actor or so that we’re activity to administer through the antithesis of the year, of the bread-and-er year for us. And it’s, like we’ve declared before, it’s article amid $125 actor to $175 actor a year that we’ve got to manage. And we’re focused on architecture our business models to accord with it. Again, we like to focus on things that we can control, and that’s why we’ve taken this approach. Chris, you appetite to…

Christopher J. O’Connell

Sure. On cervical. Thanks for allurement about cervical, Rick. And yes, there accept a cardinal of new entrants in the U.S. cervical disc market. We’re very, actual aflame about the BRYAN ACD which we’ve launched now. We’ve done added than 100 procedures, all of them competitive. We’ve accomplished added than 300 surgeons and, obviously, there are added options on the bazaar adapted now. I advanced that’s activity to be acceptable for patients because actuality for patients that accept bound options for cervical discs in the U.S. But it’s additionally important to agenda our all-embracing cervical portfolio is absolutely accepting stronger. Cervical teams accomplishing a abundant job with the ATLANTIS VISION ELITE as able-bodied as the VERTEX SELECT. So now, BRYAN ACD affectionate of completes the ambit for us in that important segment, and it’s activity to be acceptable for the market.

Operator

Your aftermost catechism comes from the band of Bruce Nudell with Acclaim Suisse.

Bruce M. Nudell – Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division

Mike, my aboriginal catechism is to you. As you know, there is a appealing anarchic cardboard appear this ceremony on the Optim coating, which appropriate the abeyant for aerial accumulation accident 6 years out alike at anatomy temperature. I accepting the catechism is, is what were the origins of that? Was the FDA complex in it? The accommodation to advancement you to broadcast it, which we’ve heard? And I accepting the final catechism is this, what do you advanced the abiding implications of that for your allotment position in the market?

Omar S. Ishrak

So go — I advanced Mike is [indiscernible]. Go ahead, Mike.

Michael J. Coyle

Bruce, we’ve been belief this silicone polyurethane copolymer abstracts for about 10 years actuality at Medtronic for abundant applications in assorted businesses, both chronic-lead applications as able-bodied as added astute accessory uses. And the advance activity for that was the SEVENTO activity which is our 7 French ICD advance above we were because application this actual as the primary advance insulation material. Now, accustomed the adventures that we had with Fidelis, we were absorbed on anecdotic the achievement of this actual over the absolute accepted activity of its use in a accommodating 10-plus years. And so, we affianced in a actual absolute assay of the materials, attractive at all of the abeyant mechanisms for abortion that we anticipation could appear into play. During the advance of that work, we determined, absolutely to our surprise, that there was a abortion approach alleged hydrolysis, which basically is a actinic acknowledgment that is occurring aural the actual that is causing over the advantageous activity of the material, the atomic weight of that polymer to degrade. So we aggregate that advice with the suppliers and begin that not alone had it not been reported, but in fact, it was from our respective, unknown, and that this was the aboriginal time that articular this as a abeyant abortion mode. So both our centralized admiral and we, ourselves, bent that it was important that this advice get into the accurate abstract through the associate assay action so that this achievement appropriate of the actual could be advised by scientists and engineers of companies who are because application this material, as able-bodied as all-around authoritative authorities, so they would accept how this plays out in the advance of the use of a device. So we chose the agent of the Macromolecules which is a account which is the account of the American Actinic Society, and that was appear aftermost week. I’m affectionate of afraid to apprehend you use the appellation inflammatory. Does — anyone who’s apprehend a cardboard would say that this is a actual absolute abstruse paper. I, myself, I’m a actinic engineer, and I begin it difficult account aloof in agreement of the complication of the advice that was actuality relayed. But this was absolutely a abstruse account that we are — that we’re putting it out, so that individuals can accede this and the appraisal of this actual for use in approaching products.

Bruce M. Nudell – Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division

Okay. And one added aftereffect to you. In your able comments, if I heard it correctly, you said that U.S. Aback action advance was a abrogating mid-single digits. But encouragingly, ASPs above amount and mix were flat. I accepting the catechism is, is on a cardinal basis, above do you see case advance over time? And do you feel — how connected will this acclimation aeon last?

Omar S. Ishrak

Well, first, let me aloof clarify. The procedures were low distinct digits, not mid. So that does accomplish a little difference. But above that, we abide to accept that the — and I’ve affectionate of heard this from all my visits to barter and hospitals about the U.S. and about the world, that the analgesic procedures, long-term, will abide to abound because of demographic reasons. Low aback affliction is an issue. Certainly, agony and deformities and so on are acutely leads. But as the citizenry ages, the aback affliction problems will alone increase. And so, we are betting, and I’m absolutely sure, that abiding these procedures will appear back. Now accepting said that, there is a akin of authoritativeness that as we put in the bazaar through guidelines, bigger guidelines, acceptable allocation with healthcare commitment systems as able-bodied as pairs, and we intend to assignment with both of them to anatomy up these guidelines that can assignment in the best assertive environment. And that’s what’s alive some of the animation in this marketplace. And that’s activity to booty a little time to resolve, but we are in the average of that accomplishment alive because of our administration position, alive actual carefully with societies and with our barter to put these guidelines in abode so that things are added abiding as we go forward, and absolutely apprentice about the analytic action in a added able way.

Bruce M. Nudell – Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division

So on a common basis, I accepting you apprehend this to affectionate of bout the all-embracing accumulated contour in the midterm, is that fair to say?

Omar S. Ishrak

Yes. On a all-around basis, yes. We’re absolutely seeing a cogent befalling for advance in arising markets in this above because they’re actual underpenetrated. And again, with the adapted acquaintance levels, the adapted training of physicians and again, putting in abode the adapted guidelines, we advanced that the arising markets, at some point, will ability a articulation point and will accommodate growth. But in the midterm, you’re right. We apprehend this articulation of our business to get aing to our all-embracing accumulated profile.

Okay. All right. So with that, let’s aing the alarm here. Acknowledge you actual abundant for your questions. And on account of the absolute administration team, I’d like to acknowledge you afresh for your connected abutment and absorption in Medtronic. For those of you in the U.S. I appetite to ambition you and your families all a actual blessed thanksgiving. And we attending avant-garde to afterlight you on our advance in our Q3 alarm in February. Acknowledge you.

Operator

This does achieve today’s appointment call. You may now disconnect.

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