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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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December 8, 2009 to $14.80, the fair market value of the ordinary shares on September 4, 2009. All other terms and provisions of the options granted, including the dates of vesting, remained unchanged and in full force and effect. In addition, the Company granted 380,900 restricted securities on December 9, 2009. The Company accounted for these transactions as a modification of the September 4, 2009 awards under ASC 718.


The Company performed a contemporaneous valuation of the ordinary shares of the Company in connection with the issuance of share-based payment awards. The Company relied on these valuation analyses in determining the fair value of the share-based payment awards. Each valuation analysis of the ordinary shares of the Company utilized a combination of the discounted cash flow method and the guideline company method. For the discounted cash flow method, the Company prepared detailed annual projections of future cash flows for fiscal years 2009 through 2014 (the “Discrete Projection Period”). The Company estimated the total value of the cash flow beyond fiscal year 2014 (the “Terminal Year”) by applying a multiple to its projected fiscal year 2014 net earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”). The cash flows from the Discrete Projection Period and the Terminal Year were discounted at an estimated weighted-average cost of capital (12.0% for the awards issued in September 4, 2009 and 11.0% for the awards issued on December 9, 2009). The estimated weighted-average cost of capital was derived, in part, from the median capital structure of comparable companies within similar industries. The Company believes that its procedures for estimating discounted future cash flows, including the Terminal Year valuation, were reasonable and consistent with accepted valuation practices. For the guideline company method, the Company performed an analysis to identify a group of publicly-traded companies that were comparable to the Company. Many of the companies with whom the Company competes are smaller, privately-held companies or divisions within large publicly-traded companies. Therefore, in order to develop market-based multiples, the Company turned to publicly-traded companies that the Company believes operates in industries similar to its own. The Company calculated an implied EBITDA multiple (enterprise value/EBITDA) for each of the guideline companies and selected the high multiple to apply to the Company’s fiscal year 2010 projected EBITDA. The resulting enterprise value under this guideline company method was within 10% of the enterprise value under the discounted cash flow method. The Company utilized the average of the two methods to determine the fair value of the ordinary shares. In addition, we apply a marketability discount (6.0% for the awards issued on September 4, 2009 and 5.0% for the award issued on December 9, 2009) to the implied value of equity. The Company believes that this approach is consistent with the principles and guidance set forth in the 2004 AICPA Practice Aid on Valuation of Privately-Held-Company Equity Securities Issued as Compensation.


The Company recognized non-cash compensation expense of $2,168, $2,005 and $1,812 for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. The Company did not recognize a tax benefit associated with these expenses during the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007. As of December 31, 2009, there was $11,684 of unrecognized compensation expense related to non-vested Tranche 1 options. The Company expects to recognize this expense on average over the next 2.3 years.


Tranche 2 and 3 Options


Tranche 2 and 3 options vest based on the passage of time (over 5 years identical to Tranche 1) and the completion of a liquidity event that results in specified returns on the Sponsors’ investment. Prior to the Amendment to the Stock Option Plan during the three months ended September 30, 2009, the only difference between the terms of Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 awards was the amount of the required return on the Sponsors’ investment.


Such liquidity events would include an initial public offering or a change-in-control transaction under which the investor group disposes of or sells more than 50 percent of the total voting power or economic interest in the Company to one or more independent third parties. These options expire ten years from the date of grant. Except as otherwise provided in specific option award agreements, if a participant ceases to be employed by the Company for any reason, options not yet vested expire at the termination date and options that are fully vested expire 60 days after termination of the participant’s employment for any reason other than termination for cause