Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Agreement with Consenting Noteholders to Amend Terms under the Floating Rate Note Support Agreement

VANCOUVER, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Angiotech" or the "Company") today announced that it has reached an agreement (the "Sixth Amendment") with the holders (the "Consenting Noteholders") of a majority of the Company's existing Senior Floating Rate Notes due 2013 (the "Existing Floating Rate Notes") to amend the terms of the previously announced Floating Rate Note Support Agreement, dated as of October 29, 2010 (as amended, the "FRN Support Agreement") in connection with the Company's proposed exchange (the "FRN Exchange Offer") of its Existing Floating Rate Notes for new floating rate notes due 2013 (the "New Floating Rate Notes").

Under the terms of the Sixth Amendment, the Company agreed to amend the FRN Support Agreement to provide that, among other things: (i) the New Floating Rate Notes to be issued in connection with the FRN Exchange Offer would accrue interest subject to a LIBOR floor of 1.25%; (ii) the indenture governing the New Floating Rate Notes would impose restrictions on the Company's ability to apply net proceeds received from certain asset sales; and (iii) the Consenting Noteholders party to the FRN Support Agreement would not oppose the recapitalization transactions currently contemplated by the Company.  Concurrent with the execution of the Sixth Amendment, additional holders of Existing Floating Rate Notes executed joinders to the FRN Support Agreement, thereby bringing the aggregate level of support for the FRN Exchange Offer to approximately 89% of the outstanding Existing Floating Rate Notes.

As previously announced, the FRN Exchange Offer will be open to all qualifying holders of the Existing Floating Rate Notes.  New Floating Rate Notes will be secured by second-priority liens over the assets, property and undertakings of the Company and certain of its subsidiaries and will otherwise be issued on substantially similar terms as the Existing Floating Rate Notes, other than as noted above and certain previously announced amendments to covenants in respect of the incurrence of additional indebtedness, asset sales and the definitions of permitted liens and change of control.

The Sixth Amendment will be filed by the Company on both SEDAR and EDGAR, and the above description of the Sixth Amendment is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Sixth Amendment.

More information about Angiotech's restructuring process can be found at

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Given these uncertainties, assumptions and risk factors, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, we disclaim any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect future results, events or developments.

©2011 Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About Angiotech

Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company. Angiotech discovers, develops and markets innovative treatment solutions for diseases or complications associated with medical device implants, surgical interventions and acute injury. To find out more about Angiotech (TSX: ANP), please visit our website at

SOURCE Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

For further information:

Carrie Oughton
Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(604) 221-6933

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