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Sensata Technologies Holding N.V.'s SEC Filings

SENSATA TECHNOLOGIES HOLDING PLC filed this Form S-1/A on 03/09/2010
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Quantitative And Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk


We are exposed to changes in interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates because we finance certain operations through fixed and variable rate debt instruments and denominate our transactions in a variety of foreign currencies. Changes in these rates may have an impact on future cash flow and earnings. We manage these risks through normal operating and financing activities and, when deemed appropriate, through the use of derivative financial instruments.


We do not enter into financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes.


By using derivative instruments, we are subject to credit and market risk. The fair market value of the derivative instruments is determined by using valuation models whose inputs are derived using market observable inputs, including interest rate yield curves, as well as foreign exchange and commodity spot and forward rates, and reflects the asset or liability position as of the end of each reporting period. When the fair value of a derivative contract is positive, the counterparty owes us, thus creating a receivable risk for us. We are exposed to counterparty credit risk in the event of non-performance by counterparties to our derivative agreements. We minimize counterparty credit (or repayment) risk by entering into transactions with major financial institutions of investment grade credit rating.


Our exposure to market risk is not hedged in a manner that completely eliminates the effects of changing market conditions on earnings or cash flow.


Interest Rate Risk


Given the leveraged nature of our company, we have significant exposure to changes in interest rates. From time to time, we may execute a variety of interest rate derivative instruments to manage interest rate risk. Consistent with our risk management objective and strategy to reduce exposure to variability in cash flows relating to interest payments on our outstanding and forecasted debt, we have executed interest rate swaps, interest rate collars and interest rate caps.


In June 2006, we executed U.S. dollar interest rate swap contracts covering $485.0 million of variable rate debt. The interest rate swaps amortize from $485.0 million on the effective date to $25.0 million at maturity in January 2011. We entered into the interest rate swaps to hedge a portion of our exposure to potentially adverse movements in the LIBOR variable interest rates of the debt by converting a portion of our variable rate debt to fixed rates.


The swaps are accounted for in accordance with ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging, or “ASC 815.” No ineffective portion was recorded to earnings during the fiscal years 2009, 2008 or 2007. The critical terms of the interest rate swap are identical to those of the designated variable rate debt under our Senior Secured Credit Facility. The 3-month LIBOR rate was 0.25% as of December 31, 2009.


The terms of the swap as of December 31, 2009 are shown in the following table:


Current Notional Principal
    (U.S. dollars in millions)    


Maturity Date


Receive Variable Rate


Pay Fixed Rate


   January 27, 2011    3 Month LIBOR    5.377%


In June 2006, we executed several Euro interest rate collar contracts covering €750.0 million of variable rate debt. Since June 2006, certain Euro interest rate collars have expired. These contracts hedge the risk of changes in cash flows attributable to changes in interest rates above the cap rate and below the floor rate on a portion of our Euro-denominated debt. In other words, we are protected from paying an interest rate higher than the cap rate, but will not benefit if the benchmark interest rate falls below the floor rate. At interest rates between the cap rate and the floor rate, we will make payments on our Euro-denominated variable rate debt at prevailing market rates. The 3-month EURIBOR rate was 0.7% as of December 31, 2009.