This excerpt taken from the ATU 10-Q filed Jan 8, 2009.


WHEREAS, Actuant Corporation (the “Company”) maintains the Actuant Corporation Outside Directors’ Deferred Compensation Plan (the “Plan”); and

WHEREAS, it is now considered desirable to amend the Plan to update the Plan for the requirements of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code and the Regulations and other guidance thereunder;

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED THAT, pursuant to the power reserved to the Company by Section 6.4 of the Plan, the Plan be and it hereby is amended, effective as of January 1, 2005, in the following particulars:

1. By substituting the following for Section 2.1 of the Plan:


  “2.1 The Company maintains the Plan for the benefit of non-employee Directors of the Company, to provide such Directors with certain deferred compensation benefits. Each Director who receives compensation under Section 3.1 is eligible to participate in the Plan. The Plan is designed to comply with the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, as amended (the ‘Jobs Act’), and Section 409A of the Code, and final Treasury regulations issued thereunder, with respect to Non-Grandfathered Amounts under the Plan. ‘Grandfathered Amounts’ shall mean the portion of the Participant’s Deferred Shares Account balance under the Plan as of December 31, 2004, the right to which was earned and vested (within the meaning of Treasury Regulation §1.409A-6(a)(2)) as of December 31, 2004, plus the right to future contributions to the Account the right to which was earned and vested (within the meaning of Treasury Regulation. §1.409A-6(a)(2)) as of December 31, 2004, to the extent such contributions are actually made, each determined by reference to the terms of the Plan in effect as of October 3, 2004, but only to the extent such Plan terms have not been materially modified (within the meaning of Treasury Regulation §1.409A-6(a)(4)) after October 3, 2004. Grandfathered Amounts shall include any earnings (within the meaning of Treasury Regulation. §1.409A-1(o)) attributable thereto. ‘Non-Grandfathered Amounts’ shall mean the Participant’s Account balance under the Plan less any portion of the Participant’s Deferred Shares Account balance under the Plan constituting Grandfathered Amounts. Prior to January 1, 2009, it is intended that the Plan be interpreted according to a good faith interpretation of the Jobs Act and Section 409A of the Code, and consistent with published guidance thereunder, including, without limitation, IRS Notice 2005-1 and the proposed and final Treasury regulations under Section 409A of the Code. Treatment of amounts deferred under the Plan pursuant to and in accordance with any transition rules provided under all IRS published guidance and other applicable authorities in connection with the Jobs Act or Section 409A of the Code, including, without limitation, the adoption of the transition rules prescribed under Q&As 20 and 21 of IRS Notice 2005-1, shall be expressly authorized hereunder and shall be administered in accordance with procedures established by the Company or the Committee, as the case may be. In the event of any inconsistency between the terms of the Plan and the Jobs Act or Section 409A of the Code with respect to Non-Grandfathered Amounts, the terms of the Jobs Act and Section 409A of the Code shall prevail and govern.”
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