distributions to its parent companies except for limited purposes, including, but not limited to: (i) customary and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, legal and accounting fees and expenses
and overhead of such parent companies incurred in the ordinary course of business to the extent attributable to the business of Sensata Technologies B.V. and its subsidiaries and in the aggregate not to exceed $5 million in any fiscal year, plus
reasonable and customary indemnification claims made by directors or officers of the issuer attributable to the ownership of Sensata Technologies B.V. and its Restricted Subsidiaries, (ii) franchise taxes, general corporate and operating
expenses, certain advisory fees and customary compensation of officers and employees of such parent companies, (iii) tax liabilities to the extent attributable to the business of Sensata Technologies B.V. and its subsidiaries,
(iv) repurchase, retirement or other acquisition of equity interests of the issuer from certain present, future and former employees, directors, managers, consultants of the parent companies, Sensata Technologies B.V. or its subsidiaries in an
aggregate amount not to exceed $7.5 million in any fiscal year, plus the amount of cash proceeds from certain equity issuances to such persons, the amount of equity interests subject to a certain deferred compensation plan and the amount of certain
key-man life insurance proceeds, (v) payment of dividends or distributions with proceeds from the disposition of certain assets (net of mandatory prepayments) in an amount not to exceed $200 million and (vi) dividends and other
distributions in an aggregate amount not to exceed $25 million (subject to increase to $35 million if the leverage ratio is less than 5.0 to 1.0 and to $50 million if the leverage ratio is less than 4.0 to 1.0, plus, if the leverage ratio is less
than 5.0 to 1.0, the amount of excess cash flow not otherwise applied).
The indentures generally provide that Sensata Technologies B.V. can pay dividends and make other distributions to its parent companies in an amount not to exceed (i) 50% of Sensata Technologies
B.V.s consolidated net income for the period beginning March 31, 2006 and ending as of the end of the last fiscal quarter before the proposed payment, plus (ii) 100% of the aggregate amount of cash and the fair market value of
property and marketable securities received by Sensata Technologies B.V. after April 27, 2006 from the issuance and sale of equity interests of Sensata Technologies B.V. (subject to certain exceptions), plus (iii) 100% of the aggregate
amount of cash and the fair market value of property and marketable securities contributed to the capital of Sensata Technologies B.V. after April 27, 2006, plus (iv) 100% of the aggregate amount received in cash and the fair market value
of property and marketable securities received after April 27, 2007 from the sale of certain investments or the sale of certain subsidiaries, provided that certain conditions are satisfied, including that Sensata Technologies B.V. has a
consolidated interest coverage ratio of greater than 2.0 to 1.0. The restrictions on dividends and other distributions contained in the indentures are subject to certain exceptions, including (i) the payment of dividends following the first
public offering of the common stock of any of its direct or indirect parent companies in an amount up to 6.0% per annum of the net cash proceeds contributed to Sensata Technologies B.V. in any such offering, (ii) the payment of dividends
to permit any of its parent companies to pay taxes, general corporate and operating expenses, certain advisory fees and customary compensation of officers and employees of such parent companies and (iii) dividends and other distributions in an
aggregate amount not to exceed $75.0 million.
On March 3, 2009,
Sensata Technologies B.V. announced the commencement of two separate cash tender offers related to our Senior Notes and our Senior Subordinated Notes. The cash tender offers settled during the three months ended June 30, 2009. The aggregate
principal amount of the Senior Notes validly tendered was $110.0 million, representing 24.4% of the outstanding Senior Notes. The aggregate principal amount of the Senior Subordinated Notes tendered was 72.1 million, representing
approximately 19.6% of the outstanding Senior Subordinated Notes. The tender offer for our Senior Subordinated Notes was oversubscribed and Sensata Technologies B.V. accepted for purchase a pro rata portion of the Senior Subordinated Notes tendered.
The aggregate principal amount accepted for repurchase totaled 44.3 million ($58.4 million at the closing foreign exchange rate of $1.317 to 1.00) representing approximately 12.0% of the outstanding Senior Subordinated Notes.
Sensata Technologies B.V. paid $50.7 million ($40.7 million for the Senior Notes and 7.6 million for the Senior Subordinated Notes) to settle the tender offers and retire the debt on April 1, 2009.