UPDATE 2-Stryker to cut jobs to offset excise tax impact

Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:18pm EST

Nov 10 (Reuters) - Medical device maker Stryker Corp said it will cut 5 percent, or about 1000 jobs to largely offset costs related to the scheduled implementation of the new Medical Device Excise Tax in 2013.

"While it is still uncertain whether the device tax will exist in its current form come 2013, we believe that companies across the space will make moves to mitigate the P&L impact of the new excise tax," Susquehanna International Group analyst David Turkaly wrote in a note.

The maker of hip and knee replacements and surgical products, which expects to save about $100 million from the restructuring, said it will record $85-$95 million of the entire $150-$175 million charge in the current quarter.

Stryker expects to complete the restructuring activity by 2012-end.

Stryker shares closed at $48.27 on Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange.

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