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Benchmark Electronics 8-K 2008

Documents found in this filing:

  1. 8-K
  2. Ex-4.1
  3. Ex-4.1
Unassociated Document
Washington, D.C.  20549


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 10, 2008

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction
(I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation)
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(Address of principal executive offices)
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Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (979) 849-6550

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On December 10, 2008, the Board of Directors of Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (the “Company”), authorized and approved Amendment No. 1 (the “Amendment”) to the Rights Agreement dated as of December 11, 1998 (as amended, the “Rights Agreement”), between the Company and ComputerShare Trust Company, N.A., as rights agent (as successor rights agent to Harris Trust and Savings Bank) (the “Rights Agent”), in order to (i) extend the Final Expiration Date (as defined in the Rights Agreement) until December 11, 2018, (ii) amend the definition of “Beneficial Owner” and “beneficial ownership” to clarify that a person will be deemed to beneficially own any securities that are the subject of specified derivative transactions entered into by such person or such person’s affiliates or associates and (iii) make certain other changes that the Board of Directors determined were necessary or desirable and did not adversely affect the interests of the holders of the Rights (as defined in the Rights Agreement).

The foregoing summary of the Amendment is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Amendment, which is filed as Exhibit 4.1 hereto, and the full text of the unamended Rights Agreement, which was filed as Exhibit 1 to the Company’s Form 8-A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 11, 1998, which is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 3.03.  Material Modifications to Rights of Security Holders.

The information set forth in Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

Exhibit 4.1  Amendment No. 1 dated as of December 10, 2008, to the Rights Agreement dated as of December 11, 1998, between Benchmark Electronics, Inc., and ComputerShare Trust Company, N.A.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Dated:  December 10, 2008
/s/ CARY T. FU
Cary T. Fu
Chief Executive Officer

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