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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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Sufficiently adverse financial performance, including the failure to achieve our financial forecasts, could result in default under current and future ratio levels, particularly the ratio of total indebtedness to Adjusted EBITDA. Additionally, creditors may challenge the nature of our add-backs to EBITDA, possibly increasing the risk of default. If there were an event of default under any of our debt instruments that was not cured or waived, the holders of the defaulted debt could cause all amounts outstanding with respect to the debt to be due and payable immediately, which in turn would result in cross defaults under our other debt instruments. Our assets and cash flow may not be sufficient to fully repay borrowings if accelerated upon an event of default.


If, when required, we are unable to repay, refinance or restructure our indebtedness under, or amend the covenants contained in, our credit agreement, or if a default otherwise occurs, the lenders under our Senior Secured Credit Facility could elect to terminate their commitments thereunder, cease making further loans, declare all borrowings outstanding, together with accrued interest and other fees, to be immediately due and payable, institute foreclosure proceedings against those assets that secure the borrowings under our Senior Secured Credit Facility and prevent us from making payments on the notes. Any such actions could force us into bankruptcy or liquidation, and we might not be able to repay our obligations in such an event.


Our limited history as a stand-alone company could pose challenges in the operation of our business.


Prior to April 27, 2006, we operated as a business of Texas Instruments. Following the 2006 Acquisition, Texas Instruments no longer has any ownership interest in our Company. Historically, as part of Texas Instruments, we had access to the administrative services and internal controls provided by Texas Instruments. Until September 30, 2008, Texas Instruments provided the Company with certain administrative services, including real estate, finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, warehousing and logistics, record retention and security consulting services. As a result of the expiration of the transition services agreement, we have had to establish all of our own services, systems and controls and we may be unable to operate such services, systems and controls at the costs we paid to Texas Instruments under that agreement and reflected in our historical financial statements.


In the future, we may not secure financing necessary to operate and grow our business or to exploit opportunities.


Our future liquidity and capital requirements will depend upon numerous factors, some of which are outside our control, including the future development of the markets in which we participate. We may need to raise additional funds to support expansion, develop new or enhanced services, respond to competitive pressures, acquire complementary businesses or technologies or take advantage of unanticipated opportunities. If our capital resources are not sufficient to satisfy our liquidity needs, we may seek to sell additional debt or equity securities or obtain other debt financing. The incurrence of debt would result in increased expenses and could include covenants that would further restrict our operations. If the credit markets remain tight, we may not be able to obtain additional financing, if required, in amounts or on terms acceptable to us, or at all.


We have reported significant net losses for periods following the 2006 Acquisition and may not achieve profitability in the foreseeable future.


We incurred a significant amount of indebtedness in connection with the 2006 Acquisition and the subsequent acquisitions of First Technology Automotive and Airpax and, as a result, our interest expense has been substantial for periods following the 2006 Acquisition. Due, in part, to this significant interest expense and the amortization of intangible assets also related to these acquisitions, we have reported net losses of $252.5 million, $134.5 million and $27.7 million for fiscal years 2007, 2008 and 2009, respectively. Although we intend to use a significant portion of the net proceeds of this offering to reduce our indebtedness, we will continue to have a significant amount of indebtedness following this offering and, as a result, expect to continue to report net losses for the foreseeable future due to the significant interest expense associated with such indebtedness and the continued amortization of intangible assets. As a result, we cannot assure you that we will achieve profitability in the near term.