Annual Report of Employee Stock Plans (11-k)

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Annual Report of Employee Stock Plans (11-k)





UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 11-K

ý ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the year ended December 31, 2018

o TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF
1934

For the transition period     from         to

Commission File Number: 0-2816

A. Full title of the plan and the address of the plan, if different from that of the issuer named below:

Methode Electronics, Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan

B. Name of issuer of the securities held pursuant to the plan and the address of its principal executive office:

Methode Electronics, Inc.
8750 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60631-3518




















FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE
Methode Electronics, Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan
Years Ended December 31, 2018 and 2017






Methode Electronics, Inc.
401(k) Savings Plan

Financial Statements and
Supplemental Schedule

Years Ended December 31, 2018 and 2017

Contents

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
 
 
Financial Statements
 
 
 
Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits
Statements of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits
Notes to Financial Statements
 
 
Supplemental Schedule
 
 
 
Schedule H, Line 4i - Schedule of Assets (Held at End of Year)
 
 
Signatures







Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Administration Committee
And Plan Participants
Methode Electronics, Inc.
401(k) Savings Plan

Opinion on the Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying statements of net assets available for benefits of Methode Electronics, Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, and the related statements of changes in net assets available for benefits for the years then ended, and the related notes (collectively, the “financial statements”). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the net assets available for benefits of the Plan as of December 31, 2018 and 2017 and the changes in net assets available for benefits for the years then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
Basis for Opinion
These financial statements are the responsibility of the Plan’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Plan’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Accounting Company Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”) and are required to be independent with respect to the Plan in accordance with the U.S. Federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Plan is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Plan’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.
Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risk of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks, Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also include evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by the Plans’ management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Supplemental Information
The supplemental information in the Schedule H, Part I, Line 4i - Schedule of Assets (Held at End of Year) as of December 31, 2018 has been subjected to audit procedures performed in conjunction with the audit of the Plan’s financial statements. The supplemental information is presented for the purpose of additional analysis and is not a required part of the financial statements but included supplemental information required by the Department of Labor’s Rules and Regulations for Reporting and Disclosure under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The supplemental information is the responsibility of the Plan’s management. Our audit procedures included determining whether the supplemental information reconciles to the financial statements or the underling accounting and other records, as applicable, and supplemental information. In forming our opinion on the supplemental information, we evaluated whether the supplemental information, including its form and content, is presented in conformity with the Department of Labor’s Rules and Regulations for Reporting and Disclosure under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. In our opinion, the supplemental information is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the financial statements as a whole.
/s/ Sassetti LLC
We have served as the Plan’s auditor since 2005.
June 26, 2019
Oak Park, Illinois

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Methode Electronics, Inc.
401(k) Savings Plan
Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits

 
December 31,
 
2018
2017
Assets
 
 
Investments, at fair value:
 
 
Mutual funds
$
54,620,875

$
56,477,863

Methode common stock fund
4,319,599

3,823,073

Total investments, at fair value
58,940,474

60,300,936

Investments, at contract value
11,209,009

13,730,170

Total Investments
70,149,483

74,031,106

 
 
 
Receivables:
 
 
Notes receivable from participants
805,722

672,143

 
 
 
Total assets
70,955,205

74,703,249

 
 
 
Liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
Total liabilities


 
 
 
Net assets available for benefits
$
70,955,205

$
74,703,249


See accompanying notes.

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Methode Electronics, Inc.
401(k) Savings Plan
Statements of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits

 
December 31,
 
2018
2017
Additions:
 
 
Additions to net assets attributed to:
 
 
Investment Income:
 
 
Interest and dividends
$
3,672,022

$
2,994,457

    Net appreciation/(depreciation) in fair value of investments
(7,037,959
)
6,372,689

    Total investment gain/(loss)
(3,365,937
)
9,367,146

 
 
 
Contributions:




Participants
3,422,015

2,811,436

Employer
1,526,459

1,357,307

Rollovers
90,208

655,819

Total Contributions
5,038,682

4,824,562

Total additions, net
1,672,745

14,191,708

 
 
 
Deductions:


Deductions from net assets attributed to:


Benefits paid to participants
5,210,818

6,593,911

Administrative expenses
209,971

92,365

Total deductions
5,420,789

6,686,276

 
 
 
Net increase/(decrease)
(3,748,044
)
7,505,432

Net assets available for benefits:
 
 
Beginning of year
74,703,249

67,197,817

End of year
$
70,955,205

$
74,703,249


See accompanying notes.

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M ethode Electronics, Inc.
401(k) Savings Plan
Notes to Financial Statements


1. Description of the Plan
The following description of the Methode Electronics, Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan (Plan) provides only general information. Participants should refer to the Plan agreement or Summary Plan Description (SPD) for a more complete description of the Plan’s provisions. Copies of the SPD are available from Methode Electronics, Inc.
General
The Plan is a defined-contribution plan established to provide additional retirement and other benefits for eligible employees, to enable eligible employees, through systematic savings, to accumulate funds on a tax-advantageous basis, and to provide a vehicle through which the plan sponsor, Methode Electronics, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the Company), can attract and retain qualified employees.

Participation
Participation in the Methode Electronics, Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan begins on the employee’s hire date and is accomplished through an automatic enrollment process. The participant is automatically enrolled to contribute 3% of their eligible wages into the American Balance Fund, the Plan’s Qualified Default Investment Alternative, on a pre-tax basis unless they elect to opt-out on contributing to the Plan all together or elect to make their own investment election.

Contributions
Participants may elect to contribute a minimum of 2% of their annual compensation (as defined in the Plan) pre-tax, after tax Roth 401(k) or any combination, up to the maximum annual dollar limit allowable by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The Company contributes to the Plan, on behalf of each participant, a “safe-harbor” non-elective contribution of 3% of each participant’s eligible compensation (as defined by the Plan), subject to the IRS maximum amount, for the portion of the Plan year in which the employee was a participant in the Plan.
Participants may direct contributions into various investment options offered by the Plan.

Participant Withdrawals
Withdrawals are permitted in the event of termination of employment, disability, death, retirement, attainment of age 59 1/2, or financial hardship. A financial hardship withdrawal is currently permitted by the IRS for certain authorized purposes with the approval by the 401(k) Hardship Committee. Such withdrawals must be approved by the 401(k) Hardship Committee. Withdrawals prior to the attainment of age 59 1/2 may be subject to an additional 10% tax penalty.
Vesting
Participants are immediately vested in Company contributions, their contributions, and actual earnings (losses) thereon.

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M ethode Electronics, Inc.
401(k) Savings Plan
Notes to Financial Statements


Participant Loans
Participants may borrow a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum equal to the lesser of $50,000 or 50% of their account balance from their fund accounts. Loan terms range from 1 to 5 years or up to 15 years for the purchase of a primary residence. The loans are secured by the balance in the participant’s account and bear interest at the prime rate plus 1%. Principal and interest are paid ratably through payroll deductions.
Participant loans are measured at their unpaid principal balance plus any accrued but unpaid interest. Delinquent participant loans are reclassified as distributions based upon the terms of the Plan.
Participant Accounts
Each participant’s account is credited with the participant’s contributions and allocations of Company contributions and Plan earnings (losses). Allocations are based on participant earnings or account balances as defined. The benefit to which a participant is entitled is the benefit that can be provided from the participant’s account.
Plan Termination
Although it has not expressed any intent to do so, the Company has the right under the Plan to discontinue its contributions at any time and to terminate the Plan subject to the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

2. Significant Accounting Policies
Basis of Accounting
The financial statements have been prepared on the accrual basis of accounting.
Valuation of Investments
The shares of mutual funds and the Methode Electronics Common Stock Fund are reported at fair value. See note 4 for discussion of fair value measurements.
Purchases and sales are recorded on a trade-date basis. Interest is recorded on the accrual basis. Dividends are recorded on the ex-dividend date.
Under generally accepted accounting principles, the following fixed income investments qualify as fully benefit responsive investments and are reported at contract value:
The Hartford group annuity contract value is determined by MassMutual Financial Services. The contract value represents contributions made, plus interest at the contract rate, less funds used to pay participants’ benefits. The Plan does not allow for new investment in this contract. There are significant penalties if the entire contract were prematurely terminated. The interest guarantee is based on Hartford’s ability to meet its financial obligations from its general assets.

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M ethode Electronics, Inc.
401(k) Savings Plan
Notes to Financial Statements


The Hartford group annuity contract had an average yield (annualized) and a crediting interest rate of 3.00% for each of the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017. The crediting interest rate is set at the beginning of the calendar year and is periodically reviewed for adjustment. The balance in the Hartford group annuity contract was $570,200 and $600,411 as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
The Lincoln Stable Value Account is a fixed group annuity issued by The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company. Contract value is the relevant measure attributed to that portion of the net assets available for benefits of a defined contribution plan attributable to fully benefit-responsive investment contracts because contract value is the amount participants would receive if they were to initiate permitted transactions under the terms of the contract.
The Lincoln contract had an average yield of 2.31% and 2.04% (annualized) for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively with a guaranteed minimum interest rate of 1.00%. At December 31, 2018 and 2017 the crediting interest rate was 2.47% and 2.10%, respectively. The crediting interest rate is set at the beginning of each calendar quarter and is based upon the three - year average of the Barclays Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Credit Index plus 35 basis points. The guarantee is based on Lincoln’s ability to meet its financial obligations from its general assets. The balance in the Lincoln stable value account was $10,638,809 and $13,129,759 as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
Use of Estimates
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
Risks and Uncertainties
The Plan invests in various investment securities. Investment securities are exposed to various risks such as interest rate, market, and credit risks. Due to the level of risk associated with certain investment securities, it is at least reasonably possible that changes in the values of investment securities will occur in the near term and that such changes could materially affect participants’ account balances and the amounts reported in the statements of net assets available for benefits.
Administrative Expenses
At the end of March 2017, the Plan changed its fund lineup from share classes with revenue sharing to those which have zero revenue sharing. Prior to the change and depending on the participant’s investments, they shared the operational costs of the Plan unequally. As a result of the change, 17 basis points annually is now charged to all participants’ account balances, thus all participants share equally in the operational costs of the Plan.
Payment of Benefits
Benefits are recorded when paid.


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M ethode Electronics, Inc.
401(k) Savings Plan
Notes to Financial Statements


3. Investments
The Plan’s investments income by type (including interest, dividends, investments purchased, sold, as well as held during the year) appreciated (depreciated) in fair value as follows:

 
 
Years Ended December 31
 
 
2018
 
2017
Fixed income
 
$
297,240

 
$
307,472

Mutual funds
 
(2,099,292
)
 
9,109,854

Methode common stock fund
 
(1,563,885
)
 
(50,180
)
Total investment gain/(loss)
 
$
(3,365,937
)
 
$
9,367,146



4. Fair Value Measurements
Accounting Standards Codification Topic 820 (ASC 820) defines fair value as the price that would be received from selling an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. When determining the fair value measurements for assets and liabilities they are required to be recorded at their fair value, the Plan considers the principal or most advantageous market in which it would transact and considers assumptions that market participants would use when pricing the asset or liability, such as inherent risk, transfer restrictions, and risk of nonperformance.
ASC 820 also establishes a fair value hierarchy which requires the Plan to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value.
A financial instrument’s categorization within the fair value hierarchy is based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. The standard establishes three levels of inputs that may be used to measure fair value:
Level 1: quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities;
Level 2: inputs other than Level 1 that are observable, either directly or indirectly, such as quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities, quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active, or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities ; or
Level 3: unobservable inputs that are supported by little or no market activity and that are significant to the fair value of the assets or liabilities.
The Plan’s valuation methodologies used for measuring the fair values are as follows:
Mutual funds: valued at quoted market price, which represent the estimated fair value of the shares held in such funds.
Methode Electronics, Inc. Common Stock Fund: the fund invests primarily in Methode Electronics, Inc. common stock, which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol (MEI) and is valued at its quoted market price at the daily close of the NYSE. A small portion of the fund is invested

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M ethode Electronics, Inc.
401(k) Savings Plan
Notes to Financial Statements


in short-term money market instruments. The money market portion of the fund provides liquidity, which enables the Plan participants to transfer money daily among all investment choices.
There have been no changes in these methodologies used at December 31, 2018 or 2017.
The following summarizes the classification of Investments by classification and method of valuation for the year ended December 31, 2018:
 
 
2018
Fair Value Measurements Using Input Type
 
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
Mutual Funds
 
$
54,620,875

 
$

 
$

 
$
54,620,875

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Methode Common Stock Fund
 
4,319,599

 

 

 
4,319,599

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Investments, at fair value
 
$
58,940,474

 
$

 
$

 
$
58,940,474


The following summarizes the classification of Investments by classification and method of valuation for the year ended December 31, 2017:
 
 
2017
Fair Value Measurements Using Input Type
 
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
Mutual Funds
 
$
56,477,863

 
$

 
$

 
$
56,477,863

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Methode Common Stock Fund
 
3,823,073

 

 

 
3,823,073

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Investments, at fair value
 
$
60,300,936

 
$

 
$

 
$
60,300,936


5. Income Tax Status
The Plan has received a determination letter from the IRS dated October 28, 2011, stating that the Plan is qualified under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) and, therefore, the related trust is exempt from taxation. Subsequent to this determination by the IRS, the Plan was amended. Although the Plan has been amended since receiving the determination letter, the Plan administrator and the Plan’s tax counsel believe that the Plan is designed, and is currently being operated, in compliance with the applicable requirements of the Internal Revenue Code and, therefore, believe that the Plan is qualified, and the related trust is tax-exempt.
Generally accepted accounting principles require plan management to evaluate tax positions taken by the plan and recognize a tax liability if the plan has taken an uncertain position that more likely than not would not be sustained upon examination by the IRS or DOL. The plan administrator has analyzed the tax positions taken by the plan, and has concluded that as of December 31, 2018, there are no uncertain positions taken or expected to be taken that would require recognition of a liability or disclosure in the financial statements. The plan is subject to routine audits by taxing jurisdictions; however, there are

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M ethode Electronics, Inc.
401(k) Savings Plan
Notes to Financial Statements


currently no audits for any tax periods in progress. The plan administrator believes it is no longer subject to income tax examinations for years prior to 2015.

6. Related Party Transactions
Lincoln Financial Group, the Plan’s record keeper, is an affiliate of the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, which the Plan has an insurance investment contract. The Plan also invests in Methode Electronics, Inc. Common Stock. These transactions qualify as related party and party-in-interest transactions.
Lincoln Financial Group provides certain administrative services to the Plan pursuant to a Recordkeeping Services Agreement (RSA) between the Company and Lincoln. Lincoln Financial Group receives revenue from certain mutual fund service providers for services Lincoln provides to the funds. This revenue may be used to offset certain amounts owed to Lincoln for its administrative services to the Plan.
If the revenue received by Lincoln Financial Group from such mutual fund service providers exceeds the amount owed under the RSA, Lincoln remits the excess to the Plan's trust on a quarterly basis. Such amounts may be applied to pay Plan administrative expenses or allocated to the accounts of the participants. During 2018 and 2017, $0 and $19,054, respectively, was received by the Plan as part of the revenue sharing agreement and all amounts have been allocated to participants’ accounts. As of March 31, 2017, the Plan’s investments no longer generate revenue sharing and participants are charged an annual percentage to cover these administrative services.
At December 31, 2018 and 2017 the Plan held 187,890 and 98,533 shares, respectively, of common stock of the Company, the sponsoring employer.



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Supplemental Schedule
Methode Electronics, Inc.
401(k) Savings Plan
Schedule H, Line 4i - Schedule of Assets
(Held at End of Year)
EIN #36-2090085 Plan #002
December 31, 2018
(a.)
 
(b.)
 
(c.)
 
 
 
(d.)
 
(e.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shares
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description of
 
or
 
 
 
Current
 
 
Identity of Issue
 
Investment
 
Units
 
Cost
 
Value
 
 
Mutual funds
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The American Funds Group
 
American Balanced Fund
 
645,035

 
**
 
$
16,067,826

 
 
 
 
American Mutual Fund
 
150,044

 
**
 
5,628,156

 
 
 
 
Europacific Growth Fund
 
80,721

 
**
 
3,631,625

 
 
 
 
Growth Fund of America
 
192,060

 
**
 
8,210,548

 
 
 
 
New Economy Fund
 
74,603

 
**
 
2,899,090

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Delaware Investments
 
Delaware Diversified Income
 
394,077

 
**
 
3,243,257

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ivy
 
Ivy Mid Cap Growth I
 
93,986

 
**
 
2,150,406

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vanguard
 
Total Stock Market Index
 
55,466

 
**
 
3,443,887

 
 
 
 
FTSE All-World ex US Index Inv
 
20,286

 
**
 
575,505

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goldman Sachs
 
Small Cap Value Inst
 
34,503

 
**
 
1,603,687

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
T Rowe Price Dividend Growth Adv
 
Dividend Growth Adv
 
97,207

 
**
 
4,030,220

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TIAA - CREF
 
Institutional Bond
 
312,729

 
**
 
3,136,668

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common stock fund
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
 
Methode Electronics, Inc.
 
Methode Electronics, Inc.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common Stock
 
187,890

 
**
 
4,319,599

 
 
Total investments at fair value
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
58,940,474

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Investments at contract value
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hartford Life Insurance Company
 
Group Annuity Contract
 
N/A
 
**
 
570,200

*
 
Lincoln Financial Group
 
Lincoln Stable Value Fund
 
9,171,387

 
 
 
10,638,809

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total investments at contract value
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11,209,009

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total investments
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
70,149,483

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
 
Participant loans
 
Interest rate - 4.25% - 6.25%
 
 
 
-
 
805,722

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
70,955,205


* Party in interest
** Cost information is not required for participant directed investments and has been omitted.

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SIGNATURE

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

METHODE ELECTRONICS, INC.

Date: June 26, 2019                    By:     /s/ RONALD L.G. TSOUMAS        
Ronald L.G. Tsoumas
Chief Financial Officer


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