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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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Permitted asset classes include equity securities that are traded on the official stock exchange(s) of the respective countries, fixed income securities with a credit rating of BBB or above for Japanese securities and AA or above for non-Japanese securities, and cash and cash equivalents.


All other investments other than those mentioned above are prohibited. In addition, if the credit rating of fixed income securities in which the plans invest falls below BBB for Japanese securities and AA for non-Japanese securities, such securities are sold.


The Netherlands Plan Assets


The assets of the Netherlands defined benefit plan are comprised of an insurance policy with Nationale Nederlanden (“NN”). NN provides specified future benefit payments to the Plan participants in return for the contributions (or premiums) paid to the plan by the Company. The contributions paid by the Company are commingled with contributions paid to NN by other employers with similar retirement benefit plans, and the accumulated contributions are used by NN as an asset pool to back the liabilities to pay the specified benefit payments.


The following table presents information about the plan assets measured at fair value as of December 31, 2009, aggregated by the level in the fair value hierarchy within which those measurements fall:


Asset Class

   Quoted Prices in
Active Markets
for Identical Assets
(Level 1)
   Significant Other
Observable Inputs
(Level 2)
(Level 3)
   December 31,

Other (insurance policy)

   $ —      $ —      $ 2,468    $ 2,468


   $ —      $ —      $ 2,468    $ 2,468


The following table outlines the rollforward of the Company’s Level 3 plan assets for the year ended December 31, 2009:


     Fair value measurement using
significant unobservable
inputs (Level 3)

Beginning balance as of January 1, 2009

   $ 1,979   

Actual return on plan assets still held at reporting date


Purchases, sales and settlements


Ending balance as of December 31, 2009

   $ 2,468   


The fair value of the insurance contracts are measured based on the future benefit payments that would be made by the insurance company to plan participants if the Company were to switch to another insurance company without actually surrendering its policy. In this case, the insurance company would guarantee to pay the benefits at retirement accrued under the plan based on current salaries and service to date (i.e., no allowance for future salary increases or pension increases). The cash flows of the future benefit payments are discounted using the same discount rate as is used to value the defined benefit plan liabilities; the discount rate is based on yields of Euro-denominated AA-rated corporate bonds.


14. Share-Based Payment Plans


On April 27, 2006 (inception), the Company, in connection with the 2006 Acquisition, implemented management compensation plans to align compensation for certain key executives with the performance of the Company. The objective of the plans is to promote the long-term growth and profitability of the Company and its subsidiaries by providing those persons who are involved in the Company with an opportunity to acquire an