EX-10.1 2 a10-19546_1ex10d1.htm EX-10.1

EXHIBIT 10.1

 

 

$250,000,000

 

CREDIT AGREEMENT

 

among

 

OSI SYSTEMS, INC.,

as Borrower,

 

CERTAIN DOMESTIC SUBSIDIARIES OF THE BORROWER

FROM TIME TO TIME PARTY HERETO,

as Guarantors,

 

THE LENDERS PARTY HERETO,

 

WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,

as Administrative Agent,

 

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,

as Syndication Agent,

 

U.S. BANK N.A.,

as Joint Documentation Agent

 

and

 

HSBC BANK USA, N.A.,

as Joint Documentation Agent

 

Dated as of October 15, 2010

 

WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, LLC,

as Joint Lead Arranger and Joint Bookrunner

 

and

 

BANC OF AMERICA SECURITIES LLC

as Joint Lead Arranger and Joint Bookrunner

 

 

Prepared by:

 



 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

Page

ARTICLE I  DEFINITIONS

1

Section 1.1

Defined Terms

1

Section 1.2

Other Definitional Provisions

32

Section 1.3

Accounting Terms

33

Section 1.4

Time References

34

Section 1.5

Execution of Documents

34

ARTICLE II THE LOANS; AMOUNT AND TERMS

34

Section 2.1

Revolving Loans and Incremental Revolving Loans

34

Section 2.2

Reserved

38

Section 2.4

Swingline Loan Subfacility

43

Section 2.5

Fees

45

Section 2.6

Commitment Reductions

46

Section 2.7

Prepayments

46

Section 2.8

Default Rate and Payment Dates

47

Section 2.9

Conversion Options

48

Section 2.10

Computation of Interest and Fees; Usury

48

Section 2.11

Pro Rata Treatment and Payments

50

Section 2.12

Non-Receipt of Funds by the Administrative Agent

52

Section 2.13

Inability to Determine Interest Rate

53

Section 2.14

Yield Protection

54

Section 2.15

Compensation for Losses; Eurocurrency Liabilities

55

Section 2.16

Taxes

56

Section 2.17

Indemnification; Nature of Issuing Lender’s Duties

58

Section 2.18

Illegality

60

Section 2.19

Replacement of Lenders

60

Section 2.20

Cash Collateral

62

Section 2.21

Defaulting Lenders

63

ARTICLE III REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

65

Section 3.1

Financial Condition

65

Section 3.2

No Material Adverse Effect; Internal Control Event

66

Section 3.3

Corporate Existence; Compliance with Law

66

Section 3.4

Corporate Power; Authorization; Enforceable Obligations

67

Section 3.5

No Legal Bar; No Default

67

Section 3.6

No Material Litigation

67

Section 3.7

Investment Company Act; etc.

68

Section 3.8

Margin Regulations

68

Section 3.9

ERISA

68

Section 3.10

Environmental Matters

68

Section 3.11

Use of Proceeds

70

Section 3.12

Subsidiaries; Joint Ventures; Partnerships

70

Section 3.13

Ownership

70

Section 3.14

Indebtedness

70

Section 3.15

Taxes

71

 

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Section 3.16

Intellectual Property Rights

71

Section 3.17

Solvency

72

Section 3.18

Investments

72

Section 3.19

Location of Collateral

72

Section 3.20

No Burdensome Restrictions

72

Section 3.21

Brokers’ Fees

72

Section 3.22

Labor Matters

73

Section 3.23

Accuracy and Completeness of Information

73

Section 3.24

Material Contracts

73

Section 3.25

Insurance

73

Section 3.26

Security Documents

74

Section 3.27

Regulation H

74

Section 3.28

Classification of Senior Indebtedness

74

Section 3.29

Anti-Terrorism Laws

74

Section 3.30

Compliance with OFAC Rules and Regulations

74

Section 3.31

Compliance with FCPA

75

Section 3.32

Consent; Governmental Authorizations

75

Section 3.33

Government Contracts

75

Section 3.34

Assignment of Payments

75

ARTICLE IV CONDITIONS PRECEDENT

76

Section 4.1

Conditions to Closing Date

76

Section 4.2

Conditions to All Extensions of Credit

81

ARTICLE V AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS

82

Section 5.1

Financial Statements

82

Section 5.2

Certificates; Other Information

83

Section 5.3

Payment of Taxes and Other Obligations

84

Section 5.4

Conduct of Business and Maintenance of Existence

84

Section 5.5

Maintenance of Property; Insurance

85

Section 5.6

Inspection of Property; Books and Records; Discussions

85

Section 5.7

Notices

86

Section 5.8

Environmental Laws

87

Section 5.9

Financial Covenants

88

Section 5.10

Additional Guarantors

88

Section 5.11

Compliance with Law

89

Section 5.12

Pledged Assets

89

Section 5.13

Covenants Regarding Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights

90

Section 5.14

Landlord Waivers

91

Section 5.15

Federal Assignment of Claims Act

91

Section 5.16

Further Assurances

92

ARTICLE VI NEGATIVE COVENANTS

93

Section 6.1

Indebtedness

93

Section 6.2

Liens

94

Section 6.3

Nature of Business

95

Section 6.4

Consolidation, Merger, Sale or Purchase of Assets, etc.

95

Section 6.5

Advances, Investments and Loans

96

 

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Section 6.6

Transactions with Affiliates

96

Section 6.7

Ownership of Subsidiaries; Restrictions

96

Section 6.8

Corporate Changes; Material Contracts

97

Section 6.9

Limitation on Restricted Actions

97

Section 6.10

Restricted Payments

97

Section 6.11

Amendment of Subordinated Debt

98

Section 6.12

Sale Leasebacks

98

Section 6.13

No Further Negative Pledges

98

Section 6.14

Bank Accounts

99

ARTICLE VII EVENTS OF DEFAULT

99

Section 7.1

Events of Default

99

Section 7.2

Acceleration; Remedies

102

ARTICLE VIII THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT

103

Section 8.1

Appointment and Authority

103

Section 8.2

Nature of Duties

103

Section 8.3

Exculpatory Provisions

104

Section 8.4

Reliance by Administrative Agent

105

Section 8.5

Notice of Default

105

Section 8.6

Non-Reliance on Administrative Agent and Other Lenders

105

Section 8.7

Indemnification

106

Section 8.8

Administrative Agent in Its Individual Capacity

106

Section 8.9

Successor Administrative Agent

106

Section  8.10

Collateral and Guaranty Matters

107

ARTICLE IX MISCELLANEOUS

108

Section 9.1

Amendments, Waivers and Release of Collateral

108

Section 9.2

Notices

111

Section 9.3

No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies

112

Section 9.4

Survival of Representations and Warranties

113

Section 9.5

Payment of Expenses and Taxes; Indemnity

113

Section 9.6

Successors and Assigns; Participations

115

Section 9.7

Right of Set-off; Sharing of Payments

119

Section 9.8

Table of Contents and Section Headings

120

Section 9.9

Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness; Electronic Execution

120

Section 9.10

Severability

121

Section 9.11

Integration

121

Section 9.12

Governing Law

121

Section 9.13

Consent to Jurisdiction; Service of Process and Venue

121

Section 9.14

Confidentiality

122

Section 9.15

Acknowledgments

123

Section 9.16

Waivers of Jury Trial; Waiver of Consequential Damages

123

Section 9.17

Patriot Act Notice

124

Section 9.18

Resolution of Drafting Ambiguities

124

Section 9.19

Continuing Agreement

124

Section 9.20

Lender Consent

124

Section 9.22

Press Releases and Related Matters

125

 

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Section 9.23

No Advisory or Fiduciary Responsibility

125

ARTICLE X GUARANTY

126

Section 10.1

The Guaranty

126

Section 10.2

Bankruptcy

127

Section 10.3

Nature of Liability

127

Section 10.4

Independent Obligation

128

Section 10.5

Authorization

128

Section 10.6

Reliance

128

Section 10.7

Waiver

128

Section 10.8

Limitation on Enforcement

130

Section 10.9

Confirmation of Payment

130

 

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Schedules

 

 

 

Schedule 1.1(a)

Investments

Schedule 1.1(b)

Liens

Schedule 3.3

Jurisdictions of Organization and Qualification

Schedule 3.12

Subsidiaries

Schedule 3.16

Intellectual Property

Schedule 3.19(a)

Location of Real Property

Schedule 3.19(b)

Location of Collateral

Schedule 3.19(c)

Chief Executive Offices

Schedule 3.19(d)

Mortgaged Properties

Schedule 3.22

Labor Matters

 

 

Exhibits

 

 

 

Exhibit 1.1(a)

Form of Account Designation Notice

Exhibit 1.1(b)

Form of Assignment and Assumption

Exhibit 1.1(c)

Form of Joinder Agreement

Exhibit 1.1(d)

Form of Notice of Borrowing

Exhibit 1.1(e)

Form of Notice of Conversion/Extension

Exhibit 1.1(f)

Form of Permitted Acquisition Certificate

Exhibit 2.1(a)

Form of Funding Indemnity Letter

Exhibit 2.1(e)

Form of Revolving Note

Exhibit 2.4(d)

Form of Swingline Note

Exhibit 4.1(a)

Form of Lender Consent

Exhibit 4.1(b)

Form of Officer’s Certificate

Exhibit 4.1(d)

Form of Landlord Waiver

Exhibit 4.1(g)

Form of Solvency Certificate

Exhibit 4.1(p)

Form of Financial Condition Certificate

Exhibit 4.1(q)

Form of Patriot Act Certificate

Exhibit 5.2(b)

Form of Officer’s Compliance Certificate

 

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CREDIT AGREEMENT, dated as of October 15, 2010 among OSI SYSTEMS, INC., a Delaware corporation (the “Borrower”), each of those Domestic Subsidiaries of the Borrower identified as a “Guarantor” on the signature pages hereto and such other Domestic Subsidiaries of the Borrower as may from time to time become a party hereto (such Subsidiaries, each a “Guarantor” and collectively, the “Guarantors”), the several banks and other financial institutions as are, or may from time to time become parties to this Agreement (each a “Lender” and, collectively, the “Lenders”), and WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (successor-by-merger to Wachovia Bank, National Association), a national banking association, as administrative agent for the Lenders hereunder (in such capacity, the “Administrative Agent”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H:

 

WHEREAS, the Credit Parties (as hereinafter defined) have requested that the Lenders make loans and other financial accommodations to the Credit Parties in an aggregate amount of up to $250,000,000, as more particularly described herein; and

 

WHEREAS, the Lenders have agreed to make such loans and other financial accommodations to the Credit Parties on the terms and conditions contained herein.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged by the parties hereto, such parties hereby agree as follows:

 

ARTICLE I

 

DEFINITIONS

 

Section 1.1            Defined Terms.

 

As used in this Agreement, terms defined in the preamble to this Agreement have the meanings therein indicated, and the following terms have the following meanings:

 

ABR Default Rate” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.8.

 

Account Designation Notice” shall mean the Account Designation Notice dated as of the Closing Date from the Borrower to the Administrative Agent in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit 1.1(a).

 

Additional Credit Party” shall mean each Person that becomes a Guarantor by execution of a Joinder Agreement in accordance with Section 5.10.

 

Additional Revolving Loan” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.1(f).

 

Administrative Agent” or “Agent” shall have the meaning set forth in the first paragraph of this Agreement and shall include any successors in such capacity.

 



 

Administrative Questionnaire” shall mean an Administrative Questionnaire in a form supplied by the Administrative Agent.

 

Affiliate” shall mean, with respect to a specified Person, another Person that directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, Controls or is Controlled by or is under common Control with the Person specified.

 

Agreement” or “Credit Agreement” shall mean this Agreement, as amended, modified, extended, restated, replaced, or supplemented from time to time in accordance with its terms.

 

Alternate Base Rate” shall mean, for any day, a rate per annum equal to the greater of (a) the Prime Rate in effect on such day and (b) the Federal Funds Effective Rate in effect on such day plus 1/2 of 1% and (c) the sum of (i) LIBOR (as determined pursuant to the definition of LIBOR), for an Interest Period of one (1) month commencing on such day plus (ii) 1.00%.  For purposes hereof: “Prime Rate” shall mean, at any time, the rate of interest per annum publicly announced or otherwise identified from time to time by Wells Fargo at its principal office in Charlotte, North Carolina as its prime rate.  Each change in the Prime Rate shall be effective as of the opening of business on the day such change in the Prime Rate occurs.  The parties hereto acknowledge that the rate announced publicly by Wells Fargo as its Prime Rate is an index or base rate and shall not necessarily be its lowest or best rate charged to its customers or other banks; and “Federal Funds Effective Rate” shall mean, for any day, the weighted average of the rates on overnight federal funds transactions with members of the Federal Reserve System arranged by federal funds brokers, as published on the next succeeding Business Day by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, or, if such rate is not so published on the next succeeding Business Day, the average of the quotations for the day of such transactions received by the Administrative Agent from three federal funds brokers of recognized standing selected by it.  If for any reason the Administrative Agent shall have determined (which determination shall be conclusive in the absence of manifest error) that it is unable to ascertain the Federal Funds Effective Rate, for any reason, including the inability or failure of the Administrative Agent to obtain sufficient quotations in accordance with the terms above, the Alternate Base Rate shall be determined without regard to clause (b) of the first sentence of this definition, as appropriate, until the circumstances giving rise to such inability no longer exist.  Any change in the Alternate Base Rate due to a change in the Prime Rate or the Federal Funds Effective Rate shall be effective on the opening of business on the date of such change.

 

Alternate Base Rate Loans” shall mean Loans that bear interest at an interest rate based on the Alternate Base Rate.

 

Applicable Percentage” shall mean, for any day, the rate per annum set forth below opposite the applicable level then in effect (based on the Consolidated Leverage Ratio), it being understood that the Applicable Percentage for (a) Revolving Loans that are Alternate Base Rate Loans shall be the percentage set forth under the column “Base Rate Margin”, (b) Revolving Loans that are LIBOR Rate Loans shall be the percentage set forth under the column “LIBOR Margin & Letter of Credit Fee”, (c) the Letter of Credit Fee shall be the percentage set forth

 

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under the column “LIBOR Margin & Letter of Credit Fee”, and (d) the Commitment Fee shall be the percentage set forth under the column “Commitment Fee”:

 

Applicable Percentage

 

Level

 

Consolidated
Leverage Ratio

 

LIBOR
Margin
& Letter of
Credit Fee

 

Base Rate
Margin

 

Commitment
Fee

 

I

 

< 2.00 to 1.0

 

2.00

%

1.00

%

0.375

%

II

 

<2.75 to 1.0 but >2.00 to 1.0

 

2.25

%

1.25

%

0.375

%

III

 

> 2.75 to 1.0

 

2.50

%

1.50

%

0.500

%

 

The Applicable Percentage shall, in each case, be determined and adjusted quarterly on the date five (5) Business Days after the date on which the Administrative Agent has received from the Borrower the quarterly financial information (in the case of the first three fiscal quarters of the Borrower’s fiscal year), the annual financial information (in the case of the fourth fiscal quarter of the Borrower’s fiscal year) and the certifications required to be delivered to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders in accordance with the provisions of Sections 5.1(a), 5.1(b) and 5.2(b) (each an “Interest Determination Date”).  Such Applicable Percentage shall be effective from such Interest Determination Date until the next such Interest Determination Date.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the initial Applicable Percentages shall be set at Level I until the applicable financial information and certificates required to be delivered pursuant to Section 5.1 and 5.2 for the fiscal quarter ending March 31, 2011 have been delivered to the Administrative Agent.  After the Closing Date, if the Credit Parties shall fail to provide the financial information or certifications in accordance with the provisions of Sections 5.1(a), 5.1(b) and 5.2(b), the Applicable Percentage shall, on the date five (5) Business Days after the date by which the Credit Parties were so required to provide such financial information or certifications to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, be based on Level III until such time as such information or certifications or corrected information or corrected certificates are provided, whereupon the Level shall be determined by the then current Consolidated Leverage Ratio.  In the event that any financial statement or certification delivered pursuant to Section 5.1 is shown to be inaccurate (regardless of whether this Agreement or the Commitments are in effect when such inaccuracy is discovered), and such inaccuracy, if corrected, would have led to the application of a higher Applicable Percentage for any period (an “Applicable Period”) than the Applicable Percentage applied for such Applicable Period, then for so long as this Agreement shall be in effect the Borrower shall immediately (i) deliver to the Administrative Agent a corrected compliance certificate for such Applicable Period, (ii) determine the Applicable Percentage for such Applicable Period based upon the corrected compliance certificate, and (iii) pay to the Administrative Agent the accrued additional interest owing as a result of such increased Applicable Percentage for such Applicable Period, which payment shall be promptly applied by the Administrative Agent in accordance with Section 2.11.  It is acknowledged and agreed that

 

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nothing contained herein shall limit the rights of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders under the Credit Documents, including their rights under Sections 2.8 and 7.1 and other of their respective rights under this Agreement.

 

Approved Bank” shall have the meaning set forth in the definition of “Cash Equivalents.”

 

Approved Fund” shall mean any Fund that is administered, managed or underwritten by (a) a Lender, (b) an Affiliate of a Lender or (c) an entity or an Affiliate of an entity that administers or manages a Lender.

 

Arrangers” shall mean Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, together with its successors and assigns, and Banc of America Securities LLC, together with its successors and assigns.

 

Assignment and Assumption” shall mean an assignment and assumption entered into by a Lender and an Eligible Assignee (with the consent of any party whose consent is required by the definition of Eligible Assignee and Section 9.6), and accepted by the Administrative Agent, in substantially the form of Exhibit 1.1(b) or any other form approved by the Administrative Agent.

 

Availability” shall mean, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to the sum of (a) the Revolver Availability plus (b) cash and Cash Equivalents on hand.

 

Bankruptcy Code” shall mean the Bankruptcy Code in Title 11 of the United States Code, as amended, modified, succeeded or replaced from time to time.

 

Bankruptcy Event” shall mean any of the events described in Section 7.1(f).

 

Bankruptcy Event of Default” shall mean an Event of Default specified in Section 7.1(f).

 

Borrower” shall have the meaning set forth in the first paragraph of this Agreement.

 

Borrowing Date” shall mean, in respect of any Loan, the date such Loan is made.

 

Business” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.10.

 

Business Day” shall mean any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or other day on which commercial banks in Charlotte, North Carolina, New York, New York or Los Angeles, California are authorized or required by law to close; provided, however, that when used in connection with a rate determination, borrowing or payment in respect of a LIBOR Rate Loan, the term “Business Day” shall also exclude any day on which banks in London, England are not open for dealings in Dollar deposits in the London interbank market.

 

Canadian Dollars” or “CAD” shall mean dollars in the lawful currency of Canada.

 

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Capital Lease” shall mean any lease of property, real or personal, the obligations with respect to which are required to be capitalized on a balance sheet of the lessee in accordance with GAAP.

 

Capital Lease Obligations” shall mean the capitalized lease obligations relating to a Capital Lease determined in accordance with GAAP.

 

Cash Collateralize” shall mean to pledge and deposit with or deliver to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender or Swingline Lender (as applicable) and the Lenders, as collateral for LOC Obligations, obligations in respect of Swingline Loans, or obligations of Lenders to fund participations in respect of either thereof (as the context may require), cash or deposit account balances or, if the Issuing Lender or Swingline Lender benefiting from such collateral shall agree in its sole discretion, other credit support, in each case pursuant to documentation in form and substance satisfactory to (a) the Administrative Agent and (b) the applicable Issuing Lender or the Swingline Lender.  “Cash Collateral” shall have a meaning correlative to the foregoing and shall include the proceeds of such cash collateral and other credit support.

 

Cash Equivalents” shall mean (a) securities issued or directly and fully guaranteed or insured by the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof (provided that the full faith and credit of the United States of America is pledged in support thereof) having maturities of not more than twelve months from the date of acquisition (“Government Obligations”), (b) Dollar denominated time deposits, certificates of deposit, Eurodollar time deposits and Eurodollar certificates of deposit of (i) any domestic commercial bank of recognized standing having capital and surplus in excess of $250,000,000 or (ii) any bank whose short-term commercial paper rating at the time of the acquisition thereof is at least A-1 or the equivalent thereof from S&P or from Moody’s is at least P-1 or the equivalent thereof from Moody’s (any such bank being an “Approved Bank”), in each case with maturities of not more than 364 days from the date of acquisition, (c) commercial paper and variable or fixed rate notes issued by any Approved Bank (or by the parent company thereof) or any variable rate notes issued by, or guaranteed by any domestic corporation rated A-1 (or the equivalent thereof) or better by S&P or P-1 (or the equivalent thereof) or better by Moody’s and maturing within six months of the date of acquisition, (d) repurchase agreements with a bank or trust company (including a Lender) or a recognized securities dealer having capital and surplus in excess of $500,000,000 for direct obligations issued by or fully guaranteed by the United States of America, (e) obligations of any state of the United States or any political subdivision thereof for the payment of the principal and redemption price of and interest on which there shall have been irrevocably deposited Government Obligations maturing as to principal and interest at times and in amounts sufficient to provide such payment, (f) auction preferred stock rated in the highest short-term credit rating category by S&P or Moody’s, (g) money market accounts subject to Rule 2a-7 of the Exchange Act (“SEC Rule 2a-7”) which consist primarily of cash and cash equivalents set forth in clauses (a) through (f) above and of which 95% shall at all times be comprised of First Tier Securities (as defined in SEC Rule 2a-7) and any remaining amount shall at all times be comprised of Second Tier Securities (as defined in SEC Rule 2a-7) and (h) shares of any so-called “money market fund,” provided that such fund is registered under the

 

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Investment Company Act of 1940, has net assets of at least $100,000,000 and has an investment portfolio with an average maturity of 365 days or less.

 

Change in Law” shall mean the occurrence, after the date of this Agreement, of any of the following: (a) the adoption or taking effect of any law, rule, regulation or treaty, (b) any change in any law, rule, regulation or treaty or in the administration, interpretation or application thereof by any Governmental Authority or (c) the making or issuance of any request, guideline or directive (whether or not having the force of law) by any Governmental Authority.

 

Change of Control” shall mean at any time the occurrence of any of the following events:  (a) any “person” or “group” (as such terms are used in Section 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act), is or becomes the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Exchange Act, except that a person shall be deemed to have “beneficial ownership” of all securities that such person has the right to acquire, whether such right is exercisable immediately or only after the passage of time), directly or indirectly, of thirty-five percent (35%) or more of the then outstanding Voting Stock of the Borrower; or (b) the replacement of a majority of the Board of Directors of the Borrower over a two-year period from the directors who constituted the Board of Directors at the beginning of such period, and such replacement shall not have been approved by a vote of at least a majority of the Board of Directors of the Borrower then still in office who either were members of such Board of Directors at the beginning of such period or whose election as a member of such Board of Directors was previously so approved.

 

Closing Date” shall mean the date of this Agreement.

 

Code” shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time.

 

Collateral” shall mean a collective reference to the collateral which is identified in, and at any time will be covered by, the Security Documents and any other property or assets of a Credit Party, whether tangible or intangible and whether real or personal, that may from time to time secure the Credit Party Obligations; provided that there shall be excluded from the Collateral (a) any account, instrument, chattel paper or other obligation or property of any kind due from, owed by, or belonging to, a Sanctioned Person or Sanctioned Entity or (b) any lease in which the lessee is a Sanctioned Person or Sanctioned Entity.

 

Committed Funded Exposure” shall mean, as to any Lender at any time, the aggregate principal amount at such time of its outstanding Loans, LOC Obligations and Swingline Obligations at such time.

 

Commitment” shall mean the Revolving Commitments, the LOC Commitment and the Swingline Commitment, individually or collectively, as appropriate.

 

Commitment Fee” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.5(a).

 

Commitment Percentage” shall mean, for each Lender, the percentage identified as its Commitment Percentage in its Lender Commitment Letter or in the Assignment and Assumption

 

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pursuant to which such Lender became a Lender hereunder, as such percentage may be modified in connection with any assignment made in accordance with the provisions of Section 9.6(c).

 

Commitment Period” shall mean (a) with respect to Revolving Loans and Swingline Loans, the period from and including the Closing Date to but excluding the Maturity Date and (b) with respect to Letters of Credit, the period from and including the Closing Date to but excluding the date that is thirty (30) days prior to the Maturity Date.

 

Commonly Controlled Entity” shall mean an entity, whether or not incorporated, which is under common control with the Borrower within the meaning of Section 4001(b)(1) of ERISA or is part of a group which includes the Borrower and which is treated as a single employer under Section 414(b) or 414(c) of the Code or, solely for purposes of Section 412 of the Code to the extent required by such section, Section 414(m) or 414(o) of the Code.

 

Consolidated” shall mean, when used with reference to financial statements or financial statement items of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries or any other Person, such statements or items on a consolidated basis in accordance with the consolidation principles of GAAP.

 

Consolidated Capital Expenditures” shall mean, as of any date of determination for the four consecutive fiscal quarter period ending on such date, all expenditures of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a Consolidated basis for such period that in accordance with GAAP would be classified as capital expenditures, including, without limitation, Capital Lease Obligations.  The term “Consolidated Capital Expenditures” shall not include (a) any Permitted Acquisition or (b) capital expenditures in respect of the reinvestment of proceeds from Extraordinary Receipts.

 

Consolidated EBITDA” shall mean, as of any date of determination for the four consecutive fiscal quarter period ending on such date, without duplication, (a) Consolidated Net Income for such period plus (b) the sum of the following to the extent deducted in calculating Consolidated Net Income:  (i) Consolidated Interest Expense for such period, (ii) tax expense (including, without limitation, any federal, state, local and foreign income and similar taxes) of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for such period, (iii) non-cash amounts attributed to any third party’s minority interest in any Credit Party or any Subsidiary thereof, (iv) depreciation and amortization expense of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for such period, (v) non-cash stock based compensation expense, (vi) (A) non-recurring cash charges for such period in an aggregate amount not to exceed five (5%) percent of Consolidated EBITDA for such period and (B) non-recurring cash charges for such period not otherwise permitted under clause (vi)(A) as approved by the Administrative Agent and (vii) other non-cash charges (excluding reserves for future cash charges) of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for such period minus (c) non-cash charges previously added back to Consolidated Net Income in determining Consolidated EBITDA to the extent such non-cash charges have become cash charges during such period except to the extent such cash charges are permitted as an add-back under clause (b)(vi) above minus (d) extraordinary losses and gains and all non-cash income, interest income and tax credits, rebates and other benefits to the extent otherwise included in Consolidated Net Income minus (e) unusual or non-recurring gains to the extent otherwise included in Consolidated Net Income including, without limitation, gains in connection with material litigation.

 

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Consolidated Funded Debt” shall mean, as of any date of determination, Funded Debt of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a Consolidated basis.

 

Consolidated Interest Expense” shall mean, as of any date of determination for the four consecutive fiscal quarter period ending on such date, all interest expense (excluding amortization of debt discount and premium, but including the interest component under Capital Leases and synthetic leases, tax retention operating leases, off-balance sheet loans and similar off-balance sheet financing products) for such period of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a Consolidated basis.

 

Consolidated Leverage Ratio” shall mean, as of the last day of any fiscal quarter of the Borrower, for the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a Consolidated basis, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Funded Debt of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on such date less the outstanding amount of all Performance Letters of Credit (including Letters of Credit issued hereunder that are Performance Letters of Credit) to the extent undrawn to (b) Consolidated EBITDA.

 

Consolidated Net Income” shall mean, as of any date of determination for the four consecutive fiscal quarter period ending on such date, the net income of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a Consolidated basis for such period, all as determined in accordance with GAAP.

 

Contractual Obligation” shall mean, as to any Person, any provision of any security issued by such Person or of any contract, agreement, instrument or undertaking to which such Person is a party or by which it or any of its property is bound.

 

Control” shall mean the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management or policies of a Person, whether through the ability to exercise voting power, by contract or otherwise.  “Controlling” and “Controlled” have meanings correlative thereto.

 

Copyright Licenses” shall mean any agreement, whether written or oral, providing for the grant by or to a Person of any right under any Copyright, including, without limitation, any thereof referred to in Schedule 3.16.

 

Copyrights” shall mean all copyrights of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries in all Works, now existing or hereafter created or acquired, all registrations and recordings thereof, and all applications in connection therewith, including, without limitation, registrations, recordings and applications in the United States Copyright Office or in any similar office or agency of the United States, any state thereof or any other country or any political subdivision thereof, or otherwise, including, without limitation, any thereof referred to in Schedule 3.16 and all renewals thereof.

 

Credit Documents” shall mean this Agreement, each of the Notes, any Joinder Agreement, the Letters of Credit, LOC Documents, Disclosure Letter and the Security Documents and all other agreements, documents, certificates and instruments delivered to the

 

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Administrative Agent or any Lender by any Credit Party in connection therewith (other than any agreement, document, certificate or instrument related to a Hedging Agreement).

 

Credit Exposure” shall mean, as to any Lender at any time (a) if its Commitment is in existence at such time, the amount of its Commitment and (b) if its Commitment is not in existence at such time, the amount of its Committed Funded Exposure.

 

Credit Party” shall mean any of the Borrower or the Guarantors.

 

Credit Party Obligations” shall mean, without duplication, (a) all of the obligations, indebtedness and liabilities of the Credit Parties to the Lenders (including the Issuing Lender) and the Administrative Agent, whenever arising, under this Agreement, the Notes or any of the other Credit Documents, including principal, interest, fees, reimbursements and indemnification obligations and other amounts (including, but not limited to, any interest accruing after the occurrence of a filing of a petition of bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy Code with respect to any Credit Party, regardless of whether such interest is an allowed claim under the Bankruptcy Code) and (b) all liabilities and obligations, whenever arising, owing from any Credit Party or any of their Subsidiaries to any Hedging Agreement Provider arising under any Secured Hedging Agreement.

 

Debtor Relief Laws” shall mean the Bankruptcy Code and all other liquidation, conservatorship, bankruptcy, assignment for the benefit of creditors, moratorium, rearrangement, receivership, insolvency, reorganization, or similar debtor relief Laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdictions from time to time in effect.

 

Default” shall mean any of the events specified in Section 7.1, whether or not any requirement for the giving of notice or the lapse of time, or both, or any other condition, has been satisfied.

 

Defaulting Lender” shall mean, subject to Section 2.21(b) any Lender that, as determined by the Administrative Agent (with notice to the Borrower of such determination), (a) has failed to perform any of its funding obligations hereunder,  including in respect of its Loans or participations in Letters of Credit or Swingline Loans, within three Business Days of the date required to be funded by it hereunder, unless such obligation is the subject of a good faith dispute, (b) has notified the Borrower or the Administrative Agent that it does not intend to comply with its funding obligations or has made a public statement to that effect with respect to its funding obligations hereunder or, except in connection with a good faith dispute, under other agreements in which it commits to extend credit, (c) has failed, within three Business Days after request by the Administrative Agent, to confirm in a manner satisfactory to the Administrative Agent that it will comply with its funding obligations, or (d) has, or has a direct or indirect parent company that has, (i) become the subject of a proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, or (ii) had appointed for it a receiver, custodian, conservator, trustee, administrator, assignee for the benefit of creditors or similar Person charged with reorganization or liquidation of its business or assets, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other state or federal regulatory authority acting in such a capacity; provided that a Lender shall not be a Defaulting

 

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Lender solely by virtue of the ownership or acquisition of any equity interest in that Lender or any direct or indirect parent company thereof by a Governmental Authority.

 

Disclosure Letter” shall mean that certain side letter dated as of the date hereof between the Borrower and the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Lenders, pursuant to which the Borrower has attached (a) as Schedule 1 thereto, a complete and accurate list of all Material Contracts of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries in effect as of the Closing Date, (b) as Schedule 2 thereto, the federal tax identification number for each Credit Party as of the Closing Date, (c) as Schedule 3 thereto, the Existing Letters of Credit, (d) as Schedule 4 thereto, the insurance coverage of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries as of the Closing Date, setting forth the carrier, policy number, expiration date, type and amount, (e) as Schedule 5 thereto, the Indebtedness of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries existing as of the Closing Date as referenced in the financial statements referenced in Section 3.1 hereof and (f) as Schedule 6 thereto, a complete and accurate list of all checking, savings or other accounts (including securities accounts) of the Credit Parties at any bank or other financial institution, or any other account where money is or may be deposited or maintained with any Person as of the Closing Date.

 

Documentation Agents” shall mean U.S. Bank N.A., together with its successors and assigns, and HSBC Bank USA, N.A., together with its successors and assigns, in their capacity as documentation agents hereunder.

 

Dollar Equivalent” shall mean, at any time, (a) with respect to Dollars or an amount denominated in Dollars, such amount and (b) with respect to an amount in Foreign Currency or an amount denominated in any Foreign Currency, the equivalent amount thereof in Dollars as determined by the Administrative Agent or the applicable Issuing Lender, as the case may be, at such time on the basis of the Spot Rate (determined by the Administrative Agent or such Issuing Lender as of the most recent Revaluation Date) for the purchase of Dollars with such Foreign Currency.

 

Dollars” and “$” shall mean dollars in lawful currency of the United States of America.

 

Domestic Lending Office” shall mean, initially, the office of each Lender designated as such Lender’s Domestic Lending Office shown in such Lender’s Administrative Questionnaire; and thereafter, such other office of such Lender as such Lender may from time to time specify to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower as the office of such Lender at which Alternate Base Rate Loans of such Lender are to be made.

 

Domestic Subsidiary” shall mean any Subsidiary that is organized and existing under the laws of the United States or any state or commonwealth thereof or under the laws of the District of Columbia.

 

Eligible Assignee” shall mean (a) a Lender, (b) an Affiliate of a Lender, (c) an Approved Fund, and (d) any other Person (other than a natural person) approved by (i) the Administrative Agent, (ii) in the case of any assignment of a Revolving Commitment, the Issuing Lender, and (iii) unless an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing and so long as the primary syndication of the Loans has been completed as determined by Wells Fargo, the

 

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Borrower (each such approval not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed); provided that notwithstanding the foregoing, “Eligible Assignee” shall not include the Borrower or any of the Borrower’s Affiliates or Subsidiaries.

 

EMU Legislation” means the legislative measures of the European Council for the introduction of, changeover to or operation of a single or unified European currency.

 

Environmental Laws” shall mean any and all applicable foreign, federal, state, local or municipal laws, rules, orders, regulations, statutes, ordinances, codes, decrees, requirements of any Governmental Authority or other Requirement of Law (including common law) regulating, relating to or imposing liability or standards of conduct concerning protection of human health or the environment, as now or may at any time be in effect during the term of this Agreement.

 

Equity Interest” shall mean (a) in the case of a corporation, capital stock, (b) in the case of an association or business entity, any and all shares, interests, participations, rights or other equivalents (however designated) of capital stock, (c) in the case of a partnership, partnership interests (whether general or limited), (d) in the case of a limited liability company, membership interests and (e) any other interest or participation that confers on a Person the right to receive a share of the profits and losses of, or distributions of assets of, the issuing Person.

 

ERISA” shall mean the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended from time to time.

 

Euro” and “EUR” mean the lawful currency of the Participating Member States introduced in accordance with the EMU Legislation.

 

Event of Default” shall mean any of the events specified in Section 7.1; provided, however, that any requirement for the giving of notice or the lapse of time, or both, or any other condition, has been satisfied.

 

Exchange Act” shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

Excluded Taxes” shall mean, with respect to the Administrative Agent, any Lender, the Issuing Lender or any other recipient of any payment to be made by or on account of any obligation of the Borrower hereunder, (a) taxes imposed on or measured by its overall net income (however denominated), and franchise taxes imposed on it (in lieu of net income taxes), by the jurisdiction (or any political subdivision thereof) under the laws of which such recipient is organized or in which its principal office is located or, in the case of any Lender, in which its applicable lending office is located, (b) any branch profits taxes imposed by the United States of America or any similar tax imposed by any other jurisdiction in which the Borrower is located and (c) in the case of a Foreign Lender, any withholding tax that is imposed on amounts payable to such Foreign Lender at the time such Foreign Lender becomes a party hereto (or designates a new lending office) or is attributable to such Foreign Lender’s failure or inability (other than as a result of a Change in Law) to comply with Section 2.16, except to the extent that such Foreign Lender (or its assignor, if any) was entitled, at the time of designation of a new lending office (or

 

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assignment), to receive additional amounts from the Borrower with respect to such withholding tax pursuant to Section 2.16.

 

Existing Credit Facility” shall mean the credit facility of the Borrower existing immediately prior to the closing date as evidenced by that certain Credit Agreement dated as of July 27, 2007 by and among the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the lenders from time to time party thereto.

 

Existing Letter of Credit” shall mean each of the letters of credit described by applicant, date of issuance, letter of credit number, amount, beneficiary and date of expiry on Schedule 3 to the Disclosure Letter.

 

Exposed LOC Obligations” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.21(a)(iii)(B).

 

Extension of Credit” shall mean, as to any Lender, the making of a Loan by such Lender, any conversion of a Loan from one Type to another Type, any extension of any Loan or the issuance of, or participation in, a Letter of Credit or Swingline Loan by such Lender.

 

Extraordinary Receipt” shall mean any cash received by or paid to or for the account of any Person not in the ordinary course of business, including proceeds of insurance (other than proceeds of business interruption insurance to the extent such proceeds constitute compensation for lost earnings), condemnation awards (and payments in lieu thereof), indemnity payments and any purchase price adjustments.

 

Federal Funds Effective Rate” shall have the meaning set forth in the definition of “Alternate Base Rate”.

 

Fee Letter” shall mean the letter agreement dated September 1, 2010, addressed to the Borrower from Wells Fargo and WFS, as amended, modified, extended, restated, replaced, or supplemented from time to time.

 

Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio” shall mean, as of the last day of any fiscal quarter of the Borrower, for the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a Consolidated basis, the ratio of (a)  Consolidated EBITDA minus Consolidated Capital Expenditures to (b) the sum of (i) Consolidated Interest Expense to the extent paid or payable in cash during such period, (ii) all cash income taxes paid during such period and (iii) Scheduled Funded Debt Payments for such period.

 

Flood Hazard Property” shall mean any Mortgaged Property that is in an area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as having special flood or mudslide hazards.

 

Foreign Currency” shall mean any of the following:  (a) Euro, Sterling and Canadian Dollars and (b) any other currency that is freely tradable and convertible into Dollars that is approved by the applicable Issuing Lender and the Administrative Agent.

 

Foreign Currency Letter of Credit” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.3(j).

 

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Foreign Lender” shall mean any Lender that is organized under the laws of a jurisdiction other than that in which the Borrower is resident for tax purposes.  For purposes of this definition, the United States of America, each State thereof and the District of Columbia shall be deemed to constitute a single jurisdiction.

 

Foreign Mortgage Indebtedness” shall mean all Indebtedness incurred by (a) any Foreign Subsidiary (including Capital Lease Obligations) to finance the purchase of real estate to the extent such Indebtedness is secured only by such real estate so purchased and (b) all Guaranty Obligations of the Borrower with respect to Indebtedness of the type described in clause (a) hereof to the extent such guaranty is permitted hereunder.

 

Foreign Subsidiary” shall mean any Subsidiary that is not a Domestic Subsidiary.

 

Foreign Subsidiary Indebtedness” shall mean, as of any date of determination, the sum of the outstanding amount of all Indebtedness of Foreign Subsidiaries (other than Foreign Mortgage Indebtedness).

 

Fronting Exposure” shall mean, at any time there is a Defaulting Lender, (a) with respect to any Issuing Lender, such Defaulting Lender’s Applicable Percentage of the outstanding LOC Obligations with respect to Letters of Credit issued by such Issuing Lender other than LOC Obligations as to which such Defaulting Lender’s participation obligation has been reallocated to other Lenders or Cash Collateralized in accordance with the terms hereof, and (b) with respect to any Swingline Lender, such Defaulting Lender’s Applicable Percentage of outstanding Swingline Loans made by such Swingline Lender other than Swingline Loans as to which such Defaulting Lender’s participation obligation has been reallocated to other Lenders or Cash Collateralized in accordance with the terms hereof.

 

Fund” shall mean any Person (other than a natural person) that is (or will be) engaged in making, purchasing, holding or otherwise investing in commercial loans and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course of its business.

 

Funded Debt” shall mean, with respect to any Person, without duplication with respect to any items which might be categorized as more than one of the following, (a) all obligations of such Person for borrowed money, (b) all obligations of such Person evidenced by bonds, debentures, notes or similar instruments, or upon which interest payments are customarily made, (c) all obligations of such Person under conditional sale or other title retention agreements relating to property purchased by such Person (other than customary reservations or retentions of title under agreements with suppliers entered into in the ordinary course of business), (d) all obligations (including, without limitation, earnout obligations) of such Person incurred, issued or assumed as the deferred purchase price of property or services purchased by such Person (other than trade debt incurred in the ordinary course of business and due within nine (9) months of the incurrence thereof) which would appear as liabilities on a balance sheet of such Person prepared in accordance with GAAP, (e) the principal portion of all obligations of such Person under Capital Leases, (f) the maximum amount of all letters of credit issued or bankers’ acceptances facilities created for the account of such Person and, without duplication, all drafts drawn thereunder (to the extent unreimbursed), (g) all preferred Equity Interest or other equity interests issued by such Person and

 

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which by the terms thereof could be (at the request of the holders thereof or otherwise) subject to mandatory sinking fund payments, redemption or other acceleration, (h) the principal balance outstanding under any synthetic lease, tax retention operating lease, off-balance sheet loan or similar off-balance sheet financing product, (i) obligations of such Person under non-compete agreements to the extent such obligations are quantified contingent obligations of such Person, (j) all obligations of such Person under Hedging Agreements, excluding any portion thereof which would be accounted for as interest expense under GAAP, (k) all Indebtedness of others of the type described in clauses (a) through (j) hereof secured by (or for which the holder of such Indebtedness has an existing right, contingent or otherwise, to be secured by) any Lien on, or payable out of the proceeds of production from, property owned or acquired by such Person, whether or not the obligations secured thereby have been assumed, (l) all Guaranty Obligations of such Person with respect to Indebtedness of another Person of the type described in clauses (a) through (j) hereof, only to the extent of the amount of the underlying obligation and (m) all Indebtedness of the type described in clauses (a) through (j) hereof of any partnership or unincorporated joint venture in which such Person is a general partner or a joint venturer to the extent such Indebtedness is recourse to such Person.

 

GAAP” shall mean generally accepted accounting principles in effect in the United States of America applied on a consistent basis, subject, however, to the provisions of Section 1.3.

 

Government Acts” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.17.

 

Government Contract” shall mean any contract entered into between the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries and the government of the United States of America, or any department, agency, public corporation, or other instrumentality or any state government or any department, agency or instrumentality providing for the sale of products or services to a Governmental Authority.

 

Government Obligations” shall have the meaning set forth in the definition of “Cash Equivalents.”

 

Governmental Authority” shall mean the government of the United States of America or any other nation, or of any political subdivision thereof, whether state or local, and any agency, authority, instrumentality, regulatory body, court, central bank or other entity exercising executive, legislative, judicial, taxing, regulatory or administrative powers or functions of or pertaining to government (including any supra-national bodies such as the European Union or the European Central Bank).

 

Guarantor” shall mean each Domestic Subsidiary of the Borrower from time to time party hereto.

 

Guaranty” shall mean the guaranty of the Guarantors set forth in Article X.

 

Guaranty Obligations” shall mean, with respect to any Person, without duplication with respect to any items which might be categorized as more than one of the following, any obligations

 

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of such Person (other than endorsements in the ordinary course of business of negotiable instruments for deposit or collection) guaranteeing or intended to guarantee any Indebtedness of any other Person in any manner, whether direct or indirect, and including without limitation any obligation, whether or not contingent, (a) to purchase any such Indebtedness or any property constituting security therefor, (b) to advance or provide funds or other support for the payment or purchase of any such Indebtedness or to maintain working capital, solvency or other balance sheet condition of such other Person (including without limitation keep well agreements, maintenance agreements, comfort letters or similar agreements or arrangements) for the benefit of any holder of Indebtedness of such other Person, (c) to lease or purchase property, securities or services primarily for the purpose of assuring the holder of such Indebtedness, or (d) to otherwise assure or hold harmless the holder of such Indebtedness against loss in respect thereof.  The amount of any Guaranty Obligation hereunder shall (subject to any limitations set forth therein) be deemed to be an amount equal to the outstanding principal amount (or maximum principal amount, if larger) of the Indebtedness in respect of which such Guaranty Obligation is made.

 

Hawthorne Property” shall mean the real property owned by the Borrower which is located in Hawthorne, California.

 

Hedging Agreement Provider” shall mean any Person that enters into a Secured Hedging Agreement with a Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries that is permitted by Section 6.1(e) to the extent such Person is a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or any other Person that was a Lender (or an Affiliate of a Lender) at any time (or whose Affiliate has ceased to be a Lender) under the Credit Agreement; provided, in the case of a Secured Hedging Agreement with a Person who is no longer a Lender, such Person shall be considered a Hedging Agreement Provider only through the stated maturity date (without extension or renewal) of such Secured Hedging Agreement.

 

Hedging Agreements” shall mean, with respect to any Person, any agreement entered into to protect such Person against fluctuations in interest rates, or currency or raw materials values, including, without limitation, any interest rate swap, cap or collar agreement or similar arrangement between such Person and one or more counterparties, any foreign currency exchange agreement, currency protection agreements, commodity purchase or option agreements or other interest or exchange rate hedging agreements.

 

Incremental Revolving Facility” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.1(f).

 

Indebtedness” shall mean, with respect to any Person, without duplication with respect to any items which might be categorized as more than one of the following, (a) all obligations of such Person for borrowed money, (b) all obligations of such Person evidenced by bonds, debentures, notes or similar instruments, or upon which interest payments are customarily made, (c) all obligations of such Person under conditional sale or other title retention agreements relating to property purchased by such Person (other than customary reservations or retentions of title under agreements with suppliers entered into in the ordinary course of business), (d) all obligations (including, without limitation, earnout obligations) of such Person incurred, issued or assumed as the deferred purchase price of property or services purchased by such Person (other than trade debt incurred in the ordinary course of business and due within nine (9) months of the incurrence thereof) which would appear as liabilities on a balance sheet of such Person, (e) all obligations of

 

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such Person under take-or-pay or similar arrangements or under commodities agreements, (f) all Indebtedness of others secured by (or for which the holder of such Indebtedness has an existing right, contingent or otherwise, to be secured by) any Lien on, or payable out of the proceeds of production from, property owned or acquired by such Person, whether or not the obligations secured thereby have been assumed, (g) the principal portion of all Capital Lease Obligations plus any accrued interest thereon, (h) all obligations of such Person under Hedging Agreements, excluding any portion thereof which would be accounted for as interest expense under GAAP, (i) the maximum amount of all letters of credit issued or bankers’ acceptances facilities created for the account of such Person and, without duplication, all drafts drawn thereunder (to the extent unreimbursed), (j) all preferred Equity Interest issued by such Person and which by the terms thereof could be (at the request of the holders thereof or otherwise) subject to mandatory sinking fund payments, redemption or other acceleration, (k) the principal balance outstanding under any synthetic lease, tax retention operating lease, off-balance sheet loan or similar off-balance sheet financing product plus any accrued interest thereon, (l) obligations of such Person under non-compete agreements to the extent such obligations are quantified contingent obligations of such Person, (m) all Guaranty Obligations of such Person with respect to Indebtedness of another Person of the type described in clauses (a) through (l) hereof, only to the extent of the amount of the underlying obligation, and (n) all indebtedness of the type described in clauses (a) through (l) of any partnership or unincorporated joint venture in which such Person is a general partner or a joint venturer to the extent such Indebtedness is recourse to such Person.

 

Indemnified Taxes” shall mean Taxes other than Excluded Taxes.

 

Indemnitee” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 9.5(b).

 

Insolvency” shall mean, with respect to any Multiemployer Plan, the condition that such Plan is insolvent within the meaning of such term as used in Section 4245 of ERISA.

 

Intellectual Property” shall mean, collectively, all Copyrights, Copyright Licenses, Patents, Patent Licenses, Trademarks and Trademark Licenses of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries, all goodwill associated therewith and all rights to sue for infringement thereof.

 

Interest Determination Date” shall have the meaning specified in the definition of “Applicable Percentage”.

 

Interest Payment Date” shall mean (a) as to any Alternate Base Rate Loan, the last Business Day of each March, June, September and December and on the applicable Maturity Date, (b) as to any LIBOR Rate Loan having an Interest Period of three months or less, the last day of such Interest Period, (c) as to any LIBOR Rate Loan having an Interest Period longer than three months, (i) each three (3) month anniversary following the first day of such Interest Period and (ii) the last day of such Interest Period and (d) as to any Loan which is the subject of a mandatory prepayment required pursuant to Section 2.7(b), the date on which such mandatory prepayment is due.

 

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Interest Period” shall mean, with respect to any LIBOR Rate Loan,

 

(a)           initially, the period commencing on the Borrowing Date or conversion date, as the case may be, with respect to such LIBOR Rate Loan and ending one, two, three or six months thereafter, subject to availability to all applicable Lenders, as selected by the Borrower in the Notice of Borrowing or Notice of Conversion given with respect thereto; and

 

(b)           thereafter, each period commencing on the last day of the immediately preceding Interest Period applicable to such LIBOR Rate Loan and ending one, two, three or six months thereafter, subject to availability to all applicable Lenders, as selected by the Borrower by irrevocable notice to the Administrative Agent not less than three Business Days prior to the last day of the then current Interest Period with respect thereto; provided that the foregoing provisions are subject to the following:

 

(i)            if any Interest Period pertaining to a LIBOR Rate Loan would otherwise end on a day that is not a Business Day, such Interest Period shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day unless the result of such extension would be to carry such Interest Period into another calendar month in which event such Interest Period shall end on the immediately preceding Business Day;

 

(ii)           any Interest Period pertaining to a LIBOR Rate Loan that begins on the last Business Day of a calendar month (or on a day for which there is no numerically corresponding day in the calendar month at the end of such Interest Period) shall end on the last Business Day of the relevant calendar month;

 

(iii)          if the Borrower shall fail to give notice as provided above, the Borrower shall be deemed to have selected an Alternate Base Rate Loan to replace the affected LIBOR Rate Loan;

 

(iv)          no Interest Period in respect of any Loan shall extend beyond the Maturity Date; and

 

(v)           no more than six (6) LIBOR Rate Loans may be in effect at any time.  For purposes hereof, LIBOR Rate Loans with different Interest Periods shall be considered as separate LIBOR Rate Loans, even if they shall begin on the same date and have the same duration, although borrowings, extensions and conversions may, in accordance with the provisions hereof, be combined at the end of existing Interest Periods to constitute a new LIBOR Rate Loan with a single Interest Period.

 

Internal Control Event” shall mean a material weakness in, or fraud that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in, any Credit Party’s internal controls over financial reporting, in each case as described in the Securities Laws.

 

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Investment” shall mean (a) the acquisition (whether for cash, property, services, assumption of Indebtedness, securities or otherwise) of shares of Equity Interest, other ownership interests or other securities of any Person or bonds, notes, debentures or all or substantially all of the assets of any Person, (b) any deposit with, or advance, loan or other extension of credit to, any Person (other than deposits made in the ordinary course of business) or (c) any other capital contribution to or investment in any Person, including, without limitation, any Guaranty Obligation, only to the extent of the amount of the underlying obligation (including any support for a letter of credit issued on behalf of such Person, but excluding Guaranty Obligations relating to the guaranty of Subsidiaries’ performance under real property leases or product sales or service agreements) incurred for the benefit of such Person.

 

Issuing Lender” shall mean Wells Fargo or any other Lender agreed to by the Borrower and the Administrative Agent, together with any successor to any such issuing lender hereunder.

 

Issuing Lender Fees” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.5(c).

 

Joinder Agreement” shall mean a Joinder Agreement in substantially the form of Exhibit 1.1(c), executed and delivered by an Additional Credit Party in accordance with the provisions of Section 5.10.

 

L/C Credit Extension” means, with respect to any Letter of Credit, the issuance thereof or extension of the expiry date thereof, or the increase of the amount thereof.

 

Lender” shall have the meaning set forth in the first paragraph of this Agreement and shall include the Revolving Lenders, the Issuing Lender and the Swingline Lender.

 

Lender Commitment Letter” shall mean, with respect to any Lender, the letter (or other correspondence) to such Lender from the Administrative Agent notifying such Lender of its LOC Commitment and/or Commitment Percentage.

 

Lender Consent” shall mean any lender consent delivered by a Lender on the Closing Date in the form of Exhibit 4.1(a).

 

Letter of Credit” shall mean any letter of credit issued by the Issuing Lender pursuant to the terms hereof, as such letter of credit may be amended, modified, restated, extended, renewed, increased, replaced or supplemented from time to time.  A Letter of Credit may be issued in Dollars or in a Foreign Currency, in accordance with Section 2.3.

 

Letter of Credit Facing Fee” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.5(c).

 

Letter of Credit Fee” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.5(b).

 

LIBOR” shall mean, for any LIBOR Rate Loan for any Interest Period therefor, the rate per annum (rounded upwards, if necessary, to the nearest 1/100 of 1%) appearing on Reuters Screen LIBOR01 Page (or any successor page) as the London interbank offered rate for deposits in Dollars at approximately 11:00 A.M. (London time) two Business Days prior to the first day of such Interest

 

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Period for a term comparable to such Interest Period.  If for any reason such rate is not available, then “LIBOR” shall mean the rate per annum at which, as determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with its customary practices, Dollars in an amount comparable to the Loans then requested are being offered to leading banks at approximately 11:00 A.M. London time, two (2) Business Days prior to the commencement of the applicable Interest Period for settlement in immediately available funds by leading banks in the London interbank market for a period equal to the Interest Period selected.

 

LIBOR Lending Office” shall mean, initially, the office(s) of each Lender designated as such Lender’s LIBOR Lending Office in such Lender’s Administrative Questionnaire; and thereafter, such other office of such Lender as such Lender may from time to time specify to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower as the office of such Lender at which the LIBOR Rate Loans of such Lender are to be made.

 

LIBOR Rate” shall mean a LIBOR rate per annum (rounded upwards, if necessary, to the next higher 1/100th of 1%) determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with the definition of “LIBOR”.

 

LIBOR Rate Loan” shall mean Loans the rate of interest applicable to which is based on the LIBOR Rate.

 

Lien” shall mean any mortgage, pledge, hypothecation, assignment, deposit arrangement, encumbrance, lien (statutory or other), charge or other security interest or any preference, priority or other security agreement or preferential arrangement of any kind or nature whatsoever (including, without limitation, any conditional sale or other title retention agreement and any Capital Lease having substantially the same economic effect as any of the foregoing).

 

Loan” shall mean a Revolving Loan and/or a Swingline Loan, as appropriate.

 

LOC Commitment” shall mean the commitment of the Issuing Lender to issue Letters of Credit and with respect to each Revolving Lender, the commitment of such Revolving Lender to purchase Participation Interests in the Letters of Credit up to such Lender’s Commitment Percentage as specified in the Lender Commitment Letter or in the Register, or in the applicable Assignment and Assumption, as such amount may be reduced from time to time in accordance with the provisions hereof.

 

LOC Committed Amount” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.3(a).

 

LOC Documents” shall mean, with respect to each Letter of Credit, such Letter of Credit, any amendments thereto, any documents delivered in connection therewith, any application therefor, and any agreements, instruments, guarantees or other documents (whether general in application or applicable only to such Letter of Credit) governing or providing for (a) the rights and obligations of the parties concerned or (b) any Collateral for such obligations.

 

LOC Obligations” shall mean, at any date of determination, the sum of (a) with respect to all Letters of Credit issued in Dollars, the Dollar Equivalent of the maximum amount which is,

 

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or at any time thereafter may become, available to be drawn under such Letters of Credit then outstanding, assuming compliance with all requirements for drawings referred to in such Letters of Credit, (b) with respect to all Letters of Credit issued in a Foreign Currency, the Dollar Equivalent of the maximum amount which is, or at any time thereafter may become, available to be drawn under such Letter of Credit then outstanding, assuming compliance with all requirements for drawings referred to in such Letters of Credit and (c) the aggregate amount of all drawings under Letters of Credit honored by the Issuing Lender but not theretofore reimbursed.

 

Mandatory LOC Borrowing” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.3(e).

 

Mandatory Swingline Borrowing” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.4(b)(ii).

 

Material Adverse Effect” shall mean a material adverse effect on (a) the business, operations, property, assets, condition (financial or otherwise) or prospects of the Borrower or of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole, (b) the ability of the Borrower or any Guarantor to perform its obligations, when such obligations are required to be performed, under this Agreement, any of the Notes or any other Credit Document or (c) the validity or enforceability of this Agreement, any of the Notes or any of the other Credit Documents or the rights or remedies of the Administrative Agent or the Lenders hereunder or thereunder.

 

Material Contract” shall mean (a) any contract or other agreement listed on Schedule 1 of the Disclosure Letter, (b) any contract or other agreement, written or oral, of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries representing at least 10.0% of the total Consolidated revenues of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for any fiscal year and (c) any other contract, agreement, permit or license, written or oral, of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries as to which the breach, nonperformance, cancellation or failure to renew by any party thereto, individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

Material Government Contract” shall mean a Government Contract with potential payment obligations by a Governmental Authority to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries representing at least 10.0% of the total Consolidated revenues of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for any fiscal year.

 

Materials of Environmental Concern” shall mean any gasoline or petroleum (including crude oil or any extraction thereof) or petroleum products or any hazardous or toxic substances, materials or wastes, defined or regulated as such in or under any Environmental Law, including, without limitation, asbestos, perchlorate, polychlorinated biphenyls and urea-formaldehyde insulation.

 

Maturity Date” shall mean the date that is five (5) years following the Closing Date.

 

Moody’s” shall mean Moody’s Investors Service, Inc.

 

Mortgage Instrument” shall mean any mortgage, deed of trust or deed to secure debt executed by a Credit Party in favor of the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Secured

 

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Parties, pursuant to the terms of Section 5.10 or 5.12, as the same may be amended, modified, extended, restated, replaced, or supplemented from time to time.

 

Mortgage Policy” shall mean, with respect to any Mortgage Instrument, an ALTA mortgagee title insurance policy issued by a title insurance company (the “Title Insurance Company”) selected by the Administrative Agent in an amount satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

 

Mortgaged Property” shall mean any owned real property of a Credit Party listed on Schedule 3.19(d).

 

Multiemployer Plan” shall mean a Plan that is a multiemployer plan as defined in Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA.

 

Non-Defaulting Lender” shall mean, at any time, each Lender that is not a Defaulting Lender at such time.

 

Note” or “Notes” shall mean the Revolving Notes and/or the Swingline Note, collectively, separately or individually, as appropriate.

 

Notice of Borrowing” shall mean a request for a Revolving Loan borrowing pursuant to Section 2.1(b)(i) or a request for a Swingline Loan borrowing pursuant to Section 2.4(b)(i), as appropriate.  A Form of Notice of Borrowing is attached as Exhibit 1.1(d).

 

Notice of Conversion/Extension” shall mean the written notice of conversion of a LIBOR Rate Loan to an Alternate Base Rate Loan or an Alternate Base Rate Loan to a LIBOR Rate Loan, or extension of a LIBOR Rate Loan, in each case substantially in the form of Exhibit 1.1(e).

 

Obligations” shall mean, collectively, Loans, LOC Obligations, and all other obligations of the Credit Parties to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders under the Credit Documents.

 

OFAC” shall mean the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

 

Operating Lease” shall mean, as applied to any Person, any lease (including, without limitation, leases which may be terminated by the lessee at any time) of any property (whether real, personal or mixed) which is not a Capital Lease other than any such lease in which that Person is the lessor.

 

Other Taxes” shall mean all present or future stamp or documentary taxes or any other excise or property taxes, charges or similar levies arising from any payment made hereunder or under any other Credit Document or from the execution, delivery or enforcement of, or otherwise with respect to, this Agreement or any other Credit Document.

 

Participant” has the meaning assigned to such term in clause (d) of Section 9.6.

 

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Participating Member State” means each state so described in any EMU Legislation.

 

Participation Interest” shall mean a participation interest purchased by a Revolving Lender in LOC Obligations as provided in Section 2.3(c) and in Swingline Loans as provided in Section 2.4.

 

Patent Licenses” shall mean all agreements, whether written or oral, providing for the grant by or to a Person of any right to manufacture, use or sell any invention covered by a Patent, including, without limitation, any thereof referred to in Schedule 3.16.

 

Patents” shall mean (a) all letters patent of the United States or any other country, now existing or hereafter arising, and all improvement patents, reissues, reexaminations, patents of additions, renewals and extensions thereof, including, without limitation, any thereof referred to in Schedule 3.16, and (b) all applications for letters patent of the United States or any other country, now existing or hereafter arising, and all provisionals, divisions, continuations and continuations-in-part and substitutes thereof, including, without limitation, any thereof referred to in Schedule 3.16.

 

Patriot Act” shall mean The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (Title III of Pub. L. No. 107-56 (signed into law October 26, 2001)), as amended or modified from time to time.

 

PBGC” shall mean the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation established pursuant to Subtitle A of Title IV of ERISA.

 

Performance Letter of Credit” means a standby letter of credit issued to ensure or otherwise support the performance of services and/or delivery of goods (including, without limitation, standby letters of credit issued (a) in connection with bids for the performance of services and/or delivery of goods or (b) in connection with advance payments for the performance of services and/or delivery of goods) by or on behalf of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

Permitted Acquisition” shall mean an acquisition or any series of related acquisitions by the Borrower or its Subsidiaries of (a) all or substantially all of the assets or a majority of the outstanding Voting Stock or economic interests of a Person or (b) any division, line of business or other business unit of a Person (such Person or such division, line of business or other business unit of such Person shall be referred to herein as the “Target”), in each case that is a type of business (or assets used in a type of business) permitted to be engaged in by the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries pursuant to Section 6.3, in each case so long as:

 

(i) no Default or Event of Default shall then exist or would exist after giving effect thereto;

 

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(ii) the Credit Parties shall demonstrate to the reasonable satisfaction of the Administrative Agent that, after giving effect to the acquisition on a Pro Forma Basis the Consolidated Leverage Ratio is less than or equal to 2.75 to 1.0;

 

(iii) the Administrative Agent, on behalf of the Secured Parties, shall have received (or shall receive within thirty (30) days of the closing of such acquisition) a first priority perfected security interest in all property (including, without limitation, Equity Interest) acquired with respect to the Target to the extent required pursuant to the terms of Sections 5.10 and 5.12 and the Target, if a Person, shall have executed a Joinder Agreement to the extent required pursuant to the terms of Section 5.10;

 

(iv) for any Permitted Acquisition with total consideration in excess of $35,000,000, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders shall have received (A) a description of the material terms of such acquisition (B) audited financial statements (or, if unavailable, management-prepared financial statements) of the Target for its two most recent fiscal years and for any fiscal quarters ended within the fiscal year to date, (C) Consolidated projected income statements of the Borrower and its Consolidated Subsidiaries (giving effect to such acquisition), and (D) not less than five (5) Business Days prior to the consummation of any such acquisition, a certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit 1.1(f), executed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower certifying that such Permitted Acquisition complies with the requirements of this Agreement;

 

(v) such acquisition shall not be a “hostile” acquisition and shall have been approved by the Board of Directors (or equivalent) and/or shareholders (or equivalent) of the applicable Credit Party, to the extent required, and the Target;

 

(vi) after giving effect to such acquisition, there shall be at least $15,000,000 of Revolver Availability; and

 

(vii) the aggregate cash consideration (including without limitation earn outs or deferred compensation or non-competition arrangements and the amount of Indebtedness and other liabilities incurred or assumed by the Borrower and its Subsidiaries) paid by the Borrower and its Subsidiaries in connection with any single acquisition shall not exceed $75,000,000.

 

Permitted Investments” shall mean:

 

(a)                                  cash and Cash Equivalents;

 

(b)                                 Investments existing as of the Closing Date as set forth on Schedule 1.1(a);

 

(c)                                  receivables owing to the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries or any receivables and advances to suppliers and advances to vendors, in each case if created, acquired or made in the ordinary course of business and payable or dischargeable in accordance with customary trade terms;

 

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(d)                                 Investments in and loans to any Credit Party;

 

(e)                                  loans and advances to officers, directors and employees in an aggregate amount not to exceed $500,000 at any time outstanding; provided that such loans and advances shall comply with all applicable Requirements of Law (including Sarbanes-Oxley);

 

(f)                                    Investments (including debt obligations) received in connection with the bankruptcy or reorganization of suppliers and customers and in settlement of delinquent obligations of, and other disputes with, customers and suppliers arising in the ordinary course of business;

 

(g)                                 Investments, acquisitions or transactions permitted under Section 6.4(b);

 

(h)                                 Permitted Acquisitions;

 

(i)                                     Hedging Agreements to the extent permitted hereunder;

 

(j)                                     Investments in and loans to Foreign Subsidiaries including those created or acquired after the Closing Date in an aggregate amount for all such investments and loans not to exceed $10,000,000 in any fiscal year of the Borrower;

 

(k)                                  additional loan advances and/or Investments of a nature not contemplated by the foregoing clauses hereof; provided that such loans, advances and/or Investments made after the Closing Date pursuant to this clause shall not exceed an aggregate amount of $10,000,000 at any one time outstanding; and

 

(l)                                     Investments made in the ordinary course of business in any deferred compensation plans maintained by the Borrower or its Subsidiaries

 

Permitted Liens” shall mean:

 

(a)                                  Liens created by or otherwise existing under or in connection with this Agreement or the other Credit Documents in favor of the Administrative Agent on behalf of the Secured Parties or in favor of the Issuing Lender with respect to Letters of Credit;

 

(b)                                 Liens in favor of a Hedging Agreement Provider in connection with a Secured Hedging Agreement; provided that such Liens shall secure the Credit Party Obligations and the obligations under such Secured Hedging Agreement on a pari passu basis;

 

(c)                                  Liens securing purchase money Indebtedness and Capital Lease Obligations to the extent permitted under Section 6.1(c); provided, that (i) any such Lien attaches to such property concurrently with or within thirty (30) days after the acquisition thereof and (ii) such Lien attaches solely to the property so acquired in such transaction;

 

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(d)                                 Liens for taxes, assessments, charges or other governmental levies not yet due or as to which the period of grace (not to exceed sixty (60) days), if any, related thereto has not expired or which are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings; provided that adequate reserves with respect thereto are maintained on the books of any Credit Party or its Subsidiaries, as the case may be, in conformity with GAAP;

 

(e)                                  statutory Liens such as carriers’, warehousemen’s, mechanics’, materialmen’s, landlords’, repairmen’s or other like Liens arising in the ordinary course of business which are not overdue for a period of more than thirty (30) days or which are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings; provided that a reserve or other appropriate provision shall have been made therefor;

 

(f)                                    pledges or deposits in connection with workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and other social security legislation and deposits securing liability to insurance carriers under insurance or self-insurance arrangements;

 

(g)                                 deposits to secure the performance of bids, trade contracts (other than for borrowed money), leases, statutory obligations, surety and appeal bonds, performance bonds and other obligations of a like nature incurred in the ordinary course of business;

 

(h)                                 easements, rights of way, restrictions and other similar encumbrances affecting real property which, in the aggregate, are not substantial in amount, and which do not in any case materially detract from the value of the property subject thereto or materially interfere with the ordinary conduct of the business of the applicable Person;

 

(i)                                     Liens existing on the Closing Date and set forth on Schedule 1.1(b); provided that (i) no such Lien shall at any time be extended to cover property or assets other than the property or assets subject thereto on the Closing Date and improvements thereon and (ii) the principal amount of the Indebtedness secured by such Lien shall not be extended, renewed, refunded or refinanced;

 

(j)                                     any extension, renewal or replacement (or successive extensions, renewals or replacements), in whole or in part, of any Lien referred to in this definition (other than Liens set forth on Schedule 1.1(b)); provided that such extension, renewal or replacement Lien shall be limited to all or a part of the property which secured the Lien so extended, renewed or replaced (plus improvements on such property);

 

(k)                                  Liens arising in the ordinary course of business by virtue of any contractual, statutory or common law provision relating to banker’s Liens, rights of set-off or similar rights and remedies covering deposit or securities accounts (including funds or other assets credited thereto) or other funds maintained with a depository institution or securities intermediary;

 

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(l)                                     any zoning, building or similar laws or rights reserved to or vested in any Governmental Authority;

 

(m)                               restrictions on transfers of securities imposed by applicable Securities Laws;

 

(n)                                 Liens arising out of judgments or awards not resulting in an Event of Default; provided that the applicable Credit Party or Subsidiary shall in good faith be prosecuting an appeal or proceedings for review;

 

(o)                                 Liens on the property of a Person existing at the time such Person becomes a Subsidiary of a Credit Party in a transaction permitted hereunder securing Indebtedness permitted under Section 6.1(f) consisting of letters of credit (which must be either terminated or replaced with Letters of Credit within ninety (90) days after such acquisition), Indebtedness incurred to provide all or a portion of the purchase price or cost of construction of an asset, Capital Leases and mortgages, in each case only to the extent existing at the time of such acquisition and not incurred in contemplation thereof; provided, however, that any such Lien may not extend to any other property of any Credit Party or any other Subsidiary that is not a Subsidiary of such Person;

 

(p)                                 any interest or title of a lessor, licensor or sublessor under any lease, license or sublease entered into by any Credit Party or any Subsidiary thereof in the ordinary course of its business and covering only the assets so leased, licensed or subleased;

 

(q)                                 assignments of insurance or condemnation proceeds provided to landlords (or their mortgagees) pursuant to the terms of any lease and Liens or rights reserved in any lease for rent or for compliance with the terms of such lease;

 

(r)                                    cash collateral securing letters of credit permitted to the extent permitted under Section 6.1(j) in an aggregate amount not to exceed $50,000,000 at any time outstanding;

 

(s)                                  Liens securing obligations in respect of export/import bank financing arrangements of the Borrower, so long as the principal amount of Indebtedness and other obligations secured thereby does not exceed $10,000,000 in the aggregate; and

 

(t)                                    additional Liens so long as the principal amount of Indebtedness and other obligations secured thereby does not exceed $2,500,000 in the aggregate and in no event shall such Liens extend to the Hawthorne Property.

 

Person” shall mean any natural person, corporation, limited liability company, trust, joint venture, association, company, partnership, Governmental Authority or other entity.

 

Plan” shall mean, as of any date of determination, any employee benefit plan which is covered by Title IV of ERISA and in respect of which any Credit Party or a Commonly

 

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Controlled Entity is (or, if such plan were terminated at such time, would under Section 4069 of ERISA be deemed to be) an “employer” as defined in Section 3(5) of ERISA.

 

Pledge Agreement” shall mean that certain Pledge Agreement dated as of the Closing Date executed by the Credit Parties in favor of the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, as the same may from time to time be amended, modified, extended, restated, replaced, or supplemented from time to time in accordance with the terms hereof and thereof.

 

Prime Rate” shall have the meaning set forth in the definition of Alternate Base Rate.

 

Pro Forma Basis” shall mean, with respect to any transaction, that such transaction shall be deemed to have occurred as of the first day of the year-to-date period ending as of the most recent quarter end preceding the date of such transaction.

 

Properties” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.10(a).

 

Register” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 9.6(c).

 

Reimbursement Obligation” shall mean the obligation of the Borrower to reimburse the Issuing Lender pursuant to Section 2.3(d) for amounts drawn under Letters of Credit.

 

Related Parties” shall mean, with respect to any Person, such Person’s Affiliates and the partners, directors, officers, employees, agents and advisors of such Person and of such Person’s Affiliates.

 

Reorganization” shall mean, with respect to any Multiemployer Plan, the condition that such Plan is in reorganization within the meaning of such term as used in Section 4241 of ERISA.

 

Reportable Event” shall mean any of the events set forth in Section 4043(c) of ERISA, other than those events as to which the thirty-day notice period is waived under PBGC Reg. §4043.

 

Required Lenders” shall mean, as of any date of determination, Lenders having Credit Exposures representing more than 50% of the Credit Exposures of all Lenders. The Credit Exposure of any Defaulting Lender shall be disregarded in determining Required Lenders at any time.

 

Requirement of Law” shall mean, as to any Person, (a) the articles or certificate of incorporation, by-laws or other organizational or governing documents of such Person, and (b) all international, foreign, Federal, state and local statutes, treaties, rules, guidelines, regulations, ordinances, codes, executive orders, and administrative or judicial precedents or authorities, including the interpretation or administration thereof by any Governmental Authority charged with the enforcement, interpretation or administration thereof, and all applicable administrative orders, directed duties, requests, licenses, authorizations and permits of, and agreements with, any Governmental Authority (in each case whether or not having the force of

 

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law); in each case applicable to or binding upon such Person or any of its property or to which such Person or any of its property is subject.

 

Responsible Officer” shall mean, for any Credit Party, any duly authorized officer thereof and in which the Administrative Agent has an incumbency certificate indicating such officer is a duly authorized officer thereof.

 

Restricted Payment” shall mean (a) any dividend or other distribution, direct or indirect, on account of any shares (or equivalent) of any class of Equity Interest of any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries, now or hereafter outstanding, (b) any redemption, retirement, sinking fund or similar payment, purchase or other acquisition for value, direct or indirect, of any shares (or equivalent) of any class of Equity Interest of any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries, now or hereafter outstanding, (c) any payment made to retire, or to obtain the surrender of, any outstanding warrants, options or other rights to acquire shares of any class of Equity Interest of any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries, now or hereafter outstanding, (d) any payment with respect to any earnout obligation, (e) any payment or prepayment of principal of, premium, if any, or interest on, redemption, purchase, retirement, defeasance, sinking fund or similar payment with respect to, any Subordinated Debt of any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries and (f) the payment by any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries of any extraordinary salary, bonus or other form of compensation to any Person who is directly or indirectly a significant partner, shareholder, owner or executive officer of any such Person, to the extent such extraordinary salary, bonus or other form of compensation is not included in the corporate overhead of such Credit Party or such Subsidiary.

 

Revaluation Date” shall mean each of the following:  (a) each date a Loan is borrowed or a Letter of Credit is issued; (b) each date there is a drawing under any Foreign Currency Letter of Credit; (c) the last Business Day of each calendar month; and (d) such additional dates as the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender, the Required Lenders or the Borrower shall specify.

 

Revolver Availability” shall mean, as of any date of determination, the amount that the Borrower is able to borrow on such date under the Revolving Committed Amount without a Default or Event of Default occurring or existing after giving pro forma effect to such borrowing.

 

Revolving Commitment” shall mean, with respect to each Revolving Lender, the commitment of such Revolving Lender to make Revolving Loans in an aggregate principal amount at any time outstanding up to an amount equal to such Revolving Lender’s Commitment Percentage of the Revolving Committed Amount.

 

Revolving Committed Amount” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.1(a).

 

Revolving Lender” shall mean, as of any date of determination, a Lender holding a Revolving Commitment, a Revolving Loan or a Participation Interest on such date.

 

Revolving Loan” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.1.

 

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Revolving Note” or “Revolving Notes” shall mean the promissory notes of the Borrower provided pursuant to Section 2.1(e) in favor of any of the Revolving Lenders evidencing the Revolving Loan provided by any such Revolving Lender pursuant to Section 2.1(a), individually or collectively, as appropriate, as such promissory notes may be amended, modified, extended, restated, replaced, or supplemented from time to time.

 

S&P” shall mean Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, a division of The McGraw Hill Companies, Inc.

 

Sanctioned Entity” shall mean (a) a country or a government of a country, (b) an agency of the government of a country, (c) an organization directly or indirectly controlled by a country or its government, or (d) a person or entity resident in or determined to be resident in a country, that is subject to a country sanctions program administered and enforced by OFAC.

 

Sanctioned Person” shall mean a person named on the list of Specially Designated Nationals maintained by OFAC.

 

Sarbanes-Oxley” shall mean the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

Scheduled Funded Debt Payments” shall mean, as of any date of determination for the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, the sum of all scheduled payments of principal on Funded Debt for the applicable period ending on the date of determination (including payments due on Capital Leases and mortgaged real properties (including any Mortgaged Properties) during the applicable period ending on the date of determination).

 

SEC” shall mean the Securities and Exchange Commission or any successor Governmental Authority.

 

Secured Hedging Agreement” shall mean any Hedging Agreement between a Credit Party and a Hedging Agreement Provider, as amended, modified, extended, restated, replaced, or supplemented from time to time.

 

Secured Parties” shall mean the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Hedging Agreement Providers.

 

Securities Act” shall mean the Securities Act of 1933, together with any amendment thereto or replacement thereof and any rules or regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

Securities Laws” shall mean the Securities Act, the Exchange Act, Sarbanes-Oxley and the applicable accounting and auditing principles, rules, standards and practices promulgated, approved or incorporated by the SEC or the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, as each of the foregoing may be amended and in effect on any applicable date hereunder.

 

Security Agreement” shall mean that certain Security Agreement dated as of the Closing Date executed by the Credit Parties in favor of the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the

 

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Secured Parties, as amended, modified, extended, restated, replaced, or supplemented from time to time in accordance with its terms.

 

Security Documents” shall mean the Security Agreement, the Pledge Agreement, the Mortgage Instruments and all other agreements, documents and instruments relating to, arising out of, or in any way connected with any of the foregoing documents or granting to the Administrative Agent, Liens or security interests to secure, inter alia, the Credit Party Obligations whether now or hereafter executed and/or filed, each as may be amended from time to time in accordance with the terms hereof, executed and delivered in connection with the granting, attachment and perfection of the Administrative Agent’s security interests and liens arising thereunder, including, without limitation, UCC financing statements.

 

Single Employer Plan” shall mean any Plan that is not a Multiemployer Plan.

 

Spot Rate” for any Foreign Currency on any date means the rate determined by the Administrative Agent or the applicable Issuing Lender, as applicable, to be the rate quoted by the Person acting in such capacity as the spot rate for the purchase by such Person of such currency with another currency through its principal foreign exchange trading office at approximately 11:00 a.m. on the date two (2) Business Days prior to the date as of which the foreign exchange computation is made; provided that the Administrative Agent or the applicable Issuing Lender may obtain such spot rate from another financial institution designated by the Administrative Agent or the applicable Issuing Lender if the Person acting in such capacity does not have as of the date of determination a spot buying rate for any such currency; and provided further that the Issuing Lender may use such spot rate quoted on the date as of which the foreign exchange computation is made in the case of any Letter of Credit denominated in a Foreign Currency.

 

Sterling” and “£” mean the lawful currency of the United Kingdom.

 

Subordinated Debt” shall mean any Indebtedness incurred by any Credit Party which by its terms is specifically subordinated in right of payment to the prior payment of the Credit Party Obligations and contains subordination and other terms acceptable to the Administrative Agent.

 

Subsidiary” shall mean, as to any Person, a corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity of which shares of stock or other ownership interests having ordinary voting power (other than stock or such other ownership interests having such power only by reason of the happening of a contingency) to elect a majority of the board of directors or other managers of such corporation, limited liability company, partnership or other entity are at the time owned, or the management of which is otherwise controlled, directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, or both, by such Person.  Unless otherwise qualified, all references to a “Subsidiary” or to “Subsidiaries” in this Agreement shall refer to a Subsidiary or Subsidiaries of the Borrower.

 

Swingline Commitment” shall mean the commitment of the Swingline Lender to make Swingline Loans in an aggregate principal amount at any time outstanding up to the Swingline Committed Amount, and the commitment of the Revolving Lenders to purchase participation

 

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interests in the Swingline Loans as provided in Section 2.4(b)(ii), as such amounts may be reduced from time to time in accordance with the provisions hereof.

 

Swingline Committed Amount” shall mean the amount of the Swingline Lender’s Swingline Commitment as specified in Section 2.4(a).

 

Swingline Lender” shall mean Wells Fargo and any successor swingline lender.

 

Swingline Loan” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.4(a).

 

Swingline Note” shall mean the promissory note of the Borrower in favor of the Swingline Lender evidencing the Swingline Loans provided pursuant to Section 2.4(d), as such promissory note may be amended, modified, extended, restated, replaced, or supplemented from time to time.

 

Syndication Agent” shall mean Bank of America, N.A., together with its successors and assigns, in its capacity as syndication agent hereunder.

 

Target” shall have the meaning set forth in the definition of “Permitted Acquisition”.

 

Taxes” shall mean all present or future taxes, levies, imposts, duties, deductions, withholdings, assessments, fees or other charges imposed by any Governmental Authority, including any interest, additions to tax or penalties applicable thereto.

 

Title Insurance Company” shall have the meaning set forth in the definition of “Mortgage Policy”.

 

Trademark License” shall mean any agreement, whether written or oral, providing for the grant by or to a Person of any right to use any Trademark, including, without limitation, any thereof referred to in Schedule 3.16.

 

Trademarks” shall mean (a) all trademarks, trade names, corporate names, company names, business names, fictitious business names, service marks, elements of package or trade dress of goods or services, logos and other source or business identifiers, together with the goodwill associated therewith, now existing or hereafter adopted or acquired, all registrations and recordings thereof, and all applications in connection therewith, whether in the United States Patent and Trademark Office or in any similar office or agency of the United States, any State thereof or any other country or any political subdivision thereof, including, without limitation, any thereof referred to in Schedule 3.16 and (b) all renewals thereof including, without limitation, any thereof referred to in Schedule 3.16.

 

Tranche” shall mean the collective reference to (a) LIBOR Rate Loans whose Interest Periods begin and end on the same day and (b) Alternate Base Rate Loans made on the same day.

 

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Transactions” shall mean the closing of this Agreement, the other Credit Documents and the other transactions contemplated hereby to occur in connection with such closing (including, without limitation, the initial borrowings under the Credit Documents and the payment of fees and expenses in connection with all of the foregoing).

 

Transfer Effective Date” shall have the meaning set forth in each Assignment and Assumption.

 

Type” shall mean, as to any Loan, its nature as an Alternate Base Rate Loan or LIBOR Rate Loan, as the case may be.

 

UCC” shall mean the Uniform Commercial Code from time to time in effect in any applicable jurisdiction.

 

Voting Stock” shall mean, with respect to any Person, Equity Interest issued by such Person the holders of which are ordinarily, in the absence of contingencies, entitled to vote for the election of directors (or persons performing similar functions) of such Person, even though the right so to vote may be or have been suspended by the happening of such a contingency.

 

Wells Fargo” shall mean Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, a national banking association, together with its successors and/or assigns.

 

WFS” shall mean Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, together with its successors and assigns.

 

Withholding Agent” shall mean a Credit Party, the Administrative Agent, or, in the case of any Lender that is treated as a partnership for U.S. federal income tax purposes, such Lender or any partnership for U.S. federal income tax purposes that is a direct or indirect (through a chain of entities treated as flow-through entities for U.S. federal income tax purposes) beneficial owner of such Lender, or any of their respective agents, that is required under applicable law to deduct or withhold any Tax from a payment by or on account of any obligation of any Credit Party under any Credit Document.

 

Works” shall mean all works which are subject to copyright protection pursuant to Title 17 of the United States Code.

 

Section 1.2                                   Other Definitional Provisions.

 

The definitions of terms herein shall apply equally to the singular and plural forms of the terms defined.  Whenever the context may require, any pronoun shall include the corresponding masculine, feminine and neuter forms.  The words “include,” “includes” and “including” shall be deemed to be followed by the phrase “without limitation.”  The word “will” shall be construed to have the same meaning and effect as the word “shall.”  Unless the context requires otherwise (a) any definition of or reference to any agreement, instrument or other document herein shall be construed as referring to such agreement, instrument or other document as from time to time amended, supplemented or otherwise modified (subject to any restrictions on such amendments, supplements or modifications set forth herein), (b) any reference herein to any Person shall be

 

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construed to include such Person’s successors and assigns, (c) the words “herein,” “hereof” and “hereunder,” and words of similar import, shall be construed to refer to this Agreement in its entirety and not to any particular provision hereof, (d) all references herein to Articles, Sections, Exhibits and Schedules shall be construed to refer to Articles and Sections of, and Exhibits and Schedules to, this Agreement, (e) any reference to any law or regulation herein shall, unless otherwise specified, refer to such law or regulation as amended, modified or supplemented from time to time and (f) the words “asset” and “property” shall be construed to have the same meaning and effect and to refer to any and all tangible and intangible assets and properties, including cash, securities, accounts and contract rights.

 

Section 1.3                                   Accounting Terms.

 

Unless otherwise specified herein, all accounting terms used herein shall be interpreted, all accounting determinations hereunder shall be made, and all financial statements required to be delivered hereunder shall be prepared in accordance with GAAP applied on a basis consistent with the most recent audited Consolidated financial statements of the Borrower delivered to the Lenders.  It is acknowledged and agreed that if at any time any change in GAAP would affect the computation of any financial ratio or requirement set forth in the Credit Agreement, and either the Borrower or the Required Lenders shall so request, the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Borrower shall negotiate in good faith to amend such ratio or requirement to preserve the original intent thereof in light of such change in GAAP (subject to the approval of the Required Lenders, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld); provided that, until so amended, (i) such ratio or requirement shall continue to be computed in accordance with GAAP prior to such change therein and (ii) the Borrower shall provide to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders financial statements and other documents required under the Credit Agreement or as reasonably requested thereunder setting forth a reconciliation between calculations of such ratio or requirement made before and after giving effect to such change in GAAP.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, (a) all references to leases of any kind in this Agreement or the other Credit Documents, including without limitation the determination of Capital Leases, Operating Leases and Capital Lease Obligations, shall be determined in accordance with GAAP as in effect as of the Closing Date for all purposes, including without limitation the calculation of any covenant in this Agreement or the calculation of the Consolidated Leverage Ratio, Consolidated Funded Debt or Indebtedness; irrespective of whether there occurs after the Closing Date any change in GAAP that would otherwise affect any such calculation or covenant and (b) the Borrower shall not be required to provide a reconciliation between calculations concerning the changes in GAAP referenced in the above clause (a), but will be required to provide any additional financial information reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent in connection with such calculations.

 

For purposes of computing the financial covenants set forth in Section 5.9 for any applicable test period, any Permitted Acquisition or permitted sale of assets (including a stock sale) shall be given pro forma effect as if such transaction had taken place as of the first day of such applicable test period.

 

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Section 1.4                                   Time References.

 

Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to times of day shall be references to Eastern time (daylight or standard, as applicable).

 

Section 1.5                                   Execution of Documents.

 

Unless otherwise specified, all Credit Documents and all other certificates executed in connection therewith must be signed by a Responsible Officer.

 

Section 1.6                                   Foreign Currency.

 

(a)                                 The Administrative Agent shall determine the Spot Rates as of each Revaluation Date to be used for calculating Dollar Equivalent amounts of L/C Credit Extensions and outstanding LOC Obligations denominated in Foreign Currencies.  Such Spot Rates shall become effective as of such Revaluation Date and shall be the Spot Rates employed in converting any amounts between the applicable currencies until the next Revaluation Date to occur.  Except for purposes of financial statements delivered by the Credit Parties hereunder or calculating financial covenants hereunder or except as otherwise provided herein, the applicable amount of any currency (other than Dollars) for purposes of the Credit Documents shall be such Dollar Equivalent amount as so determined by the Administrative Agent.

 

(b)                                 Any request for a Letter of Credit in a currency other than Dollars shall be made to the Administrative Agent and the applicable Issuing Lender, not later than 11:00 A.M., five (5) Business Days prior to the date of the desired L/C Credit Extension (or such other time or date as may be agreed by the Administrative Agent and the applicable Issuing Lender, in their sole discretion). The Administrative Agent and the applicable Issuing Lender shall promptly notify the Borrower of the response to any request pursuant to this Section.

 

(c)                                  At the Borrower’s request, the Administrative Agent shall advise the Borrower of the outstanding LOC Obligations as of the last Revaluation Date.

 

ARTICLE II

 

THE LOANS; AMOUNT AND TERMS

 

Section 2.1                                   Revolving Loans and Incremental Revolving Loans.

 

(a)                                 Revolving Commitment.  During the Commitment Period, subject to the terms and conditions hereof, each Revolving Lender severally, but not jointly, agrees to make revolving credit loans in Dollars (“Revolving Loans”) to the Borrower from time to time in an aggregate principal amount of up to TWO HUNDRED FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS ($250,000,000) (as increased from time to time as provided in Section 2.1(f) and as such aggregate maximum amount may be reduced from time to time as provided in Section 2.6, the “Revolving Committed Amount”) for the purposes hereinafter set

 

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forth; provided, however, that (i) with regard to each Revolving Lender individually, the sum of such Revolving Lender’s Commitment Percentage of the aggregate principal amount of outstanding Revolving Loans plus such Revolving Lender’s Commitment Percentage of outstanding Swingline Loans plus such Revolving Lender’s Commitment Percentage of outstanding LOC Obligations shall not exceed such Revolving Lender’s Revolving Commitment and (ii) with regard to the Revolving Lenders collectively, the sum of the aggregate principal amount of outstanding Revolving Loans plus outstanding Swingline Loans plus outstanding LOC Obligations shall not exceed the Revolving Committed Amount then in effect.  Revolving Loans may consist of Alternate Base Rate Loans or LIBOR Rate Loans, or a combination thereof, as the Borrower may request, and may be repaid and reborrowed in accordance with the provisions hereof; provided, however, the Revolving Loans made on the Closing Date or any of the three (3) Business Days following the Closing Date, may only consist of Alternate Base Rate Loans unless the Borrower delivers a funding indemnity letter, substantially in the form of Exhibit 2.1(a), reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent not less than three (3) Business Days prior to the Closing Date.  LIBOR Rate Loans shall be made by each Revolving Lender at its LIBOR Lending Office and Alternate Base Rate Loans at its Domestic Lending Office.

 

(b)                                 Revolving Loan Borrowings.

 

(i)                                     Notice of Borrowing.  The Borrower shall request a Revolving Loan borrowing by delivering a written Notice of Borrowing (or telephone notice promptly confirmed in writing by delivery of a written Notice of Borrowing, which delivery may be by fax) to the Administrative Agent not later than 1:00 P.M. on the Business Day of the requested borrowing in the case of Alternate Base Rate Loans, and on the third Business Day prior to the date of the requested borrowing in the case of LIBOR Rate Loans.  Each such Notice of Borrowing shall be irrevocable and shall specify (A) that a Revolving Loan is requested, (B) the date of the requested borrowing (which shall be a Business Day), (C) the aggregate principal amount to be borrowed and (D) whether the borrowing shall be comprised of Alternate Base Rate Loans, LIBOR Rate Loans or a combination thereof, and if LIBOR Rate Loans are requested, the Interest Period(s) therefor.  If the Borrower shall fail to specify in any such Notice of Borrowing (1) an applicable Interest Period in the case of a LIBOR Rate Loan, then such notice shall be deemed to be a request for an Interest Period of one month, or (2) the Type of Revolving Loan requested, then such notice shall be deemed to be a request for an Alternate Base Rate Loan hereunder.  The Administrative Agent shall give notice to each Revolving Lender promptly upon receipt of each Notice of Borrowing, the contents thereof and each such Revolving Lender’s share thereof.

 

(ii)                                  Minimum Amounts.  Each Revolving Loan that is made as an Alternate Base Rate Loan shall be in a minimum aggregate amount of $500,000 and in integral multiples of $100,000 in excess thereof (or the remaining amount of the Revolving Committed Amount, if less).  Each Revolving Loan that is made

 

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as a LIBOR Rate Loan shall be in a minimum aggregate amount of $500,000 and in integral multiples of $100,000 in excess thereof (or the remaining amount of the Revolving Committed Amount, if less).

 

(iii)                               Advances.  Each Revolving Lender will make its Commitment Percentage of each Revolving Loan borrowing available to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Borrower at the office of the Administrative Agent specified in Section 9.2, or at such other office as the Administrative Agent may designate in writing, by 3:00 P.M. on the date specified in the applicable Notice of Borrowing, in Dollars and in funds immediately available to the Administrative Agent.  Such borrowing will then be made available to the Borrower by the Administrative Agent by crediting the account of the Borrower on the books of such office (or such other account that the Borrower may designate in writing to the Administrative Agent) with the aggregate of the amounts made available to the Administrative Agent by the Revolving Lenders and in like funds as received by the Administrative Agent.

 

(c)                                  Repayment.  Subject to the terms of this Agreement, Revolving Loans may be borrowed, repaid and reborrowed during the Commitment Period.  The principal amount of all Revolving Loans shall be due and payable in full on the Maturity Date, unless accelerated sooner pursuant to Section 7.2.  The Borrower shall have the right to repay Revolving Loans in whole or in part from time to time; provided, however; that each partial repayment of a Revolving Loan shall be in a minimum principal amount of $500,000 and integral multiples of $100,000 in excess thereof (or the remaining outstanding principal amount).

 

(d)                                 Interest.  Subject to the provisions of Section 2.8, Revolving Loans shall bear interest as follows:

 

(i)                                     Alternate Base Rate Loans.  During such periods as any Revolving Loans shall be comprised of Alternate Base Rate Loans, each such Alternate Base Rate Loan shall bear interest at a per annum rate equal to the sum of the Alternate Base Rate plus the Applicable Percentage; and

 

(ii)                                  LIBOR Rate Loans.  During such periods as Revolving Loans shall be comprised of LIBOR Rate Loans, each such LIBOR Rate Loan shall bear interest at a per annum rate equal to the sum of the LIBOR Rate plus the Applicable Percentage.

 

Interest on Revolving Loans shall be payable in arrears on each Interest Payment Date.

 

(e)                                  Revolving Notes; Covenant to Pay.  The Borrower’s obligation to pay each Revolving Lender shall be evidenced by this Agreement and, upon such Revolving Lender’s request, by a duly executed promissory note of the Borrower to such Revolving

 

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Lender in substantially the form of Exhibit 2.1(e).  The Borrower covenants and agrees to pay the Revolving Loans in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

 

(f)                                   Incremental Revolving Loans.  Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, the Borrower shall have the right, at any time and from time to time after the Closing Date and prior to the Maturity Date, to incur additional Indebtedness under this Credit Agreement in the form of an increase to the Revolving Committed Amount (each an “Incremental Revolving Facility”) by an aggregate amount of up to $100,000,000.  The following terms and conditions shall apply to each Incremental Revolving Facility:  (i) the loans made under any such Incremental Revolving Facility (each an “Additional Revolving Loan”) shall constitute Credit Party Obligations and will be secured and guaranteed with the other Credit Party Obligations on a pari passu basis, (ii) any such Incremental Revolving Facility shall be entitled to the same voting rights as the existing Revolving Loans and shall be entitled to receive proceeds of prepayments on the same basis as the existing Revolving Loans, (iii) any such Incremental Revolving Facility shall be obtained from existing Lenders or from other banks, financial institutions or investment funds; provided that no existing Lender shall be required to participate in or fund any Incremental Revolving Facility, (iv) any such Incremental Revolving Facility shall be in a minimum principal amount of $10,000,000 and integral multiples of $1,000,000 in excess thereof, (v) the proceeds of any Additional Revolving Loan will be used for the purposes set forth in Section 3.11, (vi) the Borrower shall execute a Revolving Note in favor of any new Lender or any existing Lender requesting a Revolving Note whose Revolving Committed Amount is increased, (vii) the conditions to Extensions of Credit in Section 4.2 shall have been satisfied, (viii) the Administrative Agent shall have received an opinion or opinions (including, if reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent, local counsel opinions) of counsel for the Credit Parties, addressed to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, and such other documentation as the Administrative Agent deems reasonably necessary to effectuate such increase, with all of the foregoing to be in form and substance acceptable to the Administrative Agent, (ix) the Administrative Agent shall have received from the Borrower updated financial projections and an officer’s certificate, in each case in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, demonstrating that, after giving effect to any such Incremental Revolving Facility on a Pro Forma Basis, the Borrower will be in compliance with the financial covenants set forth in Section 5.9, (x) the outstanding Revolving Loans and Participation Interests shall be reallocated by causing such fundings and repayments (which shall not be subject to any processing and/or recordation fees) among the Revolving Lenders (which the Borrower shall be responsible for any costs arising under Section 2.15 resulting from such reallocation and repayments) of Revolving Loans as necessary such that, after giving effect to such Incremental Revolving Facility, each Revolving Lender will hold Revolving Loans and Participation Interests based on its Commitment Percentage (after giving effect to such Incremental Revolving Facility) and (xi) any Incremental Revolving Facility shall also include a proportional increase in the LOC Committed Amount.  The Borrower may invite other banks, financial institutions and investment funds reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent to join this Credit Agreement as Lenders hereunder for the portion of such Incremental Revolving Facility not taken by existing Lenders, provided that such other banks, financial

 

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institutions and investment funds shall enter into such joinder agreements to give effect thereto as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request.  The Administrative Agent is authorized to enter into, on behalf of the Lenders, any amendment to this Credit Agreement or any other Credit Document as may be necessary to incorporate the terms of any new Incremental Revolving Facility therein.

 

Section 2.2                                   Reserved.

 

Section 2.3                                   Letter of Credit Subfacility.

 

(a)                                 Issuance.  Subject to the terms and conditions hereof and of the LOC Documents, if any, and any other terms and conditions which the Issuing Lender may reasonably require, during the Commitment Period the Issuing Lender shall issue, and the Revolving Lenders shall participate in, standby Letters of Credit for the account of the Borrower from time to time upon request in a form acceptable to the Issuing Lender; provided, however, that (i) the aggregate amount of LOC Obligations shall not at any time exceed ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS ($155,000,000) (as increased from time to time as provided in Section 2.1(f) and as such aggregate maximum amount may be reduced from time to time as provided in Section 2.6, the “LOC Committed Amount”), (ii) the sum of the aggregate principal amount of outstanding Revolving Loans plus outstanding Swingline Loans plus outstanding LOC Obligations shall not at any time exceed the Revolving Committed Amount then in effect, (iii) all Letters of Credit shall be denominated in Dollars or, subject to Section 2.3(j), in a Foreign Currency and (iv) Letters of Credit shall be issued for any lawful corporate purposes and shall be issued as standby letters of credit, including in connection with workers’ compensation and other insurance programs.  Except as otherwise expressly agreed upon by all the Revolving Lenders, no Letter of Credit shall have an original expiry date more than eighteen (18) months from the date of issuance; provided, however, so long as no Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing and subject to the other terms and conditions to the issuance of Letters of Credit hereunder, the expiry dates of Letters of Credit may be extended annually or periodically from time to time on the request of the Borrower or by operation of the terms of the applicable Letter of Credit to a date not more than eighteen (18) months from the date of extension; provided, further, that for any Letter of Credit with an expiry date extending beyond the Maturity Date, the Borrower shall provide cash collateral for the benefit of the applicable Issuing Lender on or prior to the date of issuance or renewal in an amount as shall be agreed to by the Borrower and the Issuing Lender and pursuant to documentation satisfactory to such Issuing Lender.  Each Letter of Credit shall comply with the related LOC Documents.  The issuance and expiry date of each Letter of Credit shall be a Business Day.  Each Letter of Credit issued hereunder shall be in a minimum original face amount of $50,000 or such lesser amount as approved by the Issuing Lender.   The Issuing Lender shall be under no obligation to issue any Letter of Credit if any Lender is at such time a Defaulting Lender and the reallocation described in Section 2.21(a)(iv) cannot be completely effected, unless the Issuing Lender has entered into arrangements satisfactory to the Issuing Lender with the Borrower or such Lender to eliminate the Issuing Lender’s risk with respect to such Lender’s LOC Obligations. The Borrower’s

 

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Reimbursement Obligations in respect of each Existing Letter of Credit, and each Revolving Lender’s participation obligations in connection therewith, shall be governed by the terms of this Credit Agreement.  The Existing Letters of Credit shall, as of the Closing Date, be deemed to have been issued as Letters of Credit hereunder and subject to and governed by the terms of this Agreement.

 

(b)                                 Notice and Reports.  The request for the issuance of a Letter of Credit shall be submitted to the Issuing Lender at least five (5) Business Days prior to the requested date of issuance.  The Issuing Lender will promptly upon request provide to the Administrative Agent for dissemination to the Revolving Lenders a detailed report specifying the Letters of Credit which are then issued and outstanding and any activity with respect thereto which may have occurred since the date of any prior report, and including therein, among other things, the account party, the beneficiary, the face amount, expiry date as well as any payments or expirations which may have occurred.  The Issuing Lender will further provide to the Administrative Agent promptly upon request copies of the Letters of Credit.  The Issuing Lender will provide to the Administrative Agent promptly upon request a summary report of the nature and extent of LOC Obligations then outstanding.

 

(c)                                  Participations.  Each Revolving Lender, upon issuance of a Letter of Credit, shall be deemed to have purchased without recourse a risk participation from the Issuing Lender in such Letter of Credit and the obligations arising thereunder and any Collateral relating thereto, in each case in an amount equal to its Commitment Percentage of the obligations under such Letter of Credit and shall absolutely, unconditionally and irrevocably assume, as primary obligor and not as surety, and be obligated to pay to the Issuing Lender therefor and discharge when due, its Commitment Percentage of the obligations arising under such Letter of Credit; provided that any Person that becomes a Revolving Lender after the Closing Date shall be deemed to have purchased a Participation Interest in all outstanding Letters of Credit on the date it becomes a Lender hereunder and any Letter of Credit issued on or after such date, in each case in accordance with the foregoing terms.  Without limiting the scope and nature of each Revolving Lender’s participation in any Letter of Credit, to the extent that the Issuing Lender has not been reimbursed as required hereunder or under any LOC Document, each such Revolving Lender shall pay to the Issuing Lender its Commitment Percentage of such unreimbursed drawing in same day funds pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of subsection (d) hereof.  The obligation of each Revolving Lender to so reimburse the Issuing Lender shall be absolute and unconditional and shall not be affected by the occurrence of a Default, an Event of Default or any other occurrence or event.  Any such reimbursement shall not relieve or otherwise impair the obligation of the Borrower to reimburse the Issuing Lender under any Letter of Credit, together with interest as hereinafter provided.

 

(d)                                 Reimbursement.  In the event of any drawing under any Letter of Credit, the Issuing Lender will promptly notify the Borrower and the Administrative Agent.  The Borrower shall reimburse the Issuing Lender on the day of drawing under any Letter of Credit if notified prior to 11:00 A.M. on a Business Day or, if after 11:00 A.M., on the

 

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following Business Day (either with the proceeds of a Revolving Loan obtained hereunder or otherwise) in same day funds as provided herein or in the LOC Documents.  If the Borrower shall fail to reimburse the Issuing Lender as provided herein, the unreimbursed amount of such drawing shall bear interest at a per annum rate equal to the ABR Default Rate.  Unless the Borrower shall immediately notify the Issuing Lender and the Administrative Agent of its intent to otherwise reimburse the Issuing Lender, the Borrower shall be deemed to have requested a Mandatory LOC Borrowing in the amount of the drawing as provided in subsection (e) hereof, the proceeds of which will be used to satisfy the Reimbursement Obligations.  The Borrower’s Reimbursement Obligations hereunder shall be absolute and unconditional under all circumstances irrespective of any rights of set-off, counterclaim or defense to payment the Borrower may claim or have against the Issuing Lender, the Administrative Agent, the Lenders, the beneficiary of the Letter of Credit drawn upon or any other Person, including without limitation any defense based on any failure of the Borrower to receive consideration or the legality, validity, regularity or unenforceability of the Letter of Credit.  The Issuing Lender will promptly notify the other Revolving Lenders of the amount of any unreimbursed drawing and each Revolving Lender shall promptly pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Issuing Lender, in Dollars and in immediately available funds, the amount of such Revolving Lender’s Commitment Percentage of such unreimbursed drawing.  Such payment shall be made on the day such notice is received by such Revolving Lender from the Issuing Lender if such notice is received at or before 2:00 P.M., otherwise such payment shall be made at or before 12:00 P.M. on the Business Day next succeeding the day such notice is received.  If such Revolving Lender does not pay such amount to the Issuing Lender in full upon such request, such Revolving Lender shall, on demand, pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Issuing Lender interest on the unpaid amount during the period from the date of such drawing until such Revolving Lender pays such amount to the Issuing Lender in full at a rate per annum equal to, if paid within two (2) Business Days of the date of drawing, the Federal Funds Effective Rate and thereafter at a rate equal to the Alternate Base Rate.  Each Revolving Lender’s obligation to make such payment to the Issuing Lender, and the right of the Issuing Lender to receive the same, shall be absolute and unconditional, shall not be affected by any circumstance whatsoever and without regard to the termination of this Agreement or the Commitments hereunder, the existence of a Default or Event of Default or the acceleration of the Credit Party Obligations hereunder and shall be made without any offset, abatement, withholding or reduction whatsoever.

 

(e)                                  Repayment with Revolving Loans.  On any day on which the Borrower shall have requested, or been deemed to have requested, a Revolving Loan to reimburse a drawing under a Letter of Credit, the Administrative Agent shall give notice to the Revolving Lenders that a Revolving Loan has been requested or deemed requested in connection with a drawing under a Letter of Credit, in which case a Revolving Loan borrowing comprised entirely of Alternate Base Rate Loans (each such borrowing, a “Mandatory LOC Borrowing”) shall be made (without giving effect to any termination of the Commitments pursuant to Section 7.2) pro rata based on each Revolving Lender’s respective Commitment Percentage (determined before giving effect to any termination of the Commitments pursuant to Section 7.2) and the proceeds thereof shall be paid

 

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directly to the Issuing Lender for application to the respective LOC Obligations.  Each Revolving Lender hereby irrevocably agrees to make such Revolving Loans on the day such notice is received by the Revolving Lenders from the Administrative Agent if such notice is received at or before 2:00 P.M., otherwise such payment shall be made at or before 12:00 P.M. on the Business Day next succeeding the day such notice is received, in each case notwithstanding (i) the amount of Mandatory LOC Borrowing may not comply with the minimum amount for borrowings of Revolving Loans otherwise required hereunder, (ii) whether any conditions specified in Section 4.2 are then satisfied, (iii) whether a Default or an Event of Default then exists, (iv) failure for any such request or deemed request for Revolving Loan to be made by the time otherwise required in Section 2.1(b), (v) the date of such Mandatory LOC Borrowing, or (vi) any reduction in the Revolving Committed Amount after any such Letter of Credit may have been drawn upon.  In the event that any Mandatory LOC Borrowing cannot for any reason be made on the date otherwise required above (including, without limitation, as a result of the occurrence of a Bankruptcy Event), then each such Revolving Lender hereby agrees that it shall forthwith fund (as of the date the Mandatory LOC Borrowing would otherwise have occurred, but adjusted for any payments received from the Borrower on or after such date and prior to such purchase) its Participation Interests in the outstanding LOC Obligations; provided, further, that in the event any Revolving Lender shall fail to fund its Participation Interest on the day the Mandatory LOC Borrowing would otherwise have occurred, then the amount of such Revolving Lender’s unfunded Participation Interest therein shall bear interest payable by such Revolving Lender to the Issuing Lender upon demand, at the rate equal to, if paid within two (2) Business Days of such date, the Federal Funds Effective Rate, and thereafter at a rate equal to the Alternate Base Rate.

 

(f)                                   Modification, Extension.  The issuance of any supplement, modification, amendment, renewal, or extension to any Letter of Credit shall, for purposes hereof, be treated in all respects the same as the issuance of a new Letter of Credit hereunder.

 

(g)                                  ISP98.  Unless otherwise expressly agreed by the Issuing Lender and the Borrower, when a Letter of Credit is issued, the rules of the “International Standby Practices 1998,” published by the Institute of International Banking Law & Practice (or such later version thereof as may be in effect at the time of issuance) shall apply to each standby Letter of Credit.

 

(h)                                 Conflict with LOC Documents.  In the event of any conflict between this Agreement and any LOC Document, this Agreement shall control.

 

(i)                                     Designation of Subsidiaries as Account Parties.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in this Agreement, including without limitation Section 2.3(a), a Letter of Credit issued hereunder may contain a statement to the effect that such Letter of Credit is issued for the account of a Subsidiary of the Borrower; provided that, notwithstanding such statement, the Borrower shall be the actual account party for all purposes of this Agreement for such Letter of Credit and such statement shall not affect the Borrower’s Reimbursement Obligations hereunder with respect to such Letter of Credit.

 

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(j)                                    The Borrower may request, and any Issuing Lender may issue, Letters of Credit denominated in any Foreign Currency (any such Letter of Credit, a “Foreign Currency Letter of Credit”), subject to the following provisions:

 

(i)                                     all provisions of Section 2.3 shall be satisfied with respect to such Foreign Currency Letter of Credit;

 

(ii)                                  any drawing under any Foreign Currency Letter of Credit shall be deemed to be a drawing under a Letter of Credit hereunder in Dollars in an amount equal to the Dollar Equivalent of such drawing, and such drawing shall be reimbursed or repaid with Revolving Loans as provided in Sections 2.3(d) and (e) hereof as if such drawing had been made in Dollars in an amount equal to the Dollar Equivalent of such drawing;

 

(iii)                               [Reserved].

 

(iv)                              the obligation of the Borrower to reimburse the Issuing Lender for each drawing under such Foreign Currency Letter of Credit shall be absolute, unconditional and irrevocable under all circumstances, including, without limitation, any adverse change in the relevant exchange rates or in the availability of any such Foreign Currency to the Borrower or any Subsidiary or in the relevant currency markets generally; and

 

(v)                                 within five days of demand therefor by the applicable Issuing Lender, the Borrower shall reimburse such Issuing Lender for any Foreign Currency Letter of Credit, for any costs, expenses, losses or liabilities (including foreign currency exchange costs and losses) incurred by such Issuing Lender in connection with any drawing under such Foreign Currency Letter of Credit and the reimbursement of such drawing in Dollars rather than the applicable Foreign Currency, including, without limitation, any costs, expenses, losses or liabilities resulting from the determination of the Spot Rate two Business Days prior to the date a drawing under such Foreign Currency Letter of Credit is reimbursed.

 

(k)                                 Issuing Lenders. Each Issuing Lender shall (i) prior to the issuance, renewal or extension of any Letter of Credit, receive written confirmation from the Administrative Agent that such issuance, renewal or extension meets the requirements set forth in Section 2.3, (ii) provide to the Administrative Agent, upon the issuance, renewal or extension of any Letter of Credit and on a monthly basis, a report that details the activity with respect to each Letter of Credit issued by such Issuing Lender (including an indication of the maximum amount then in effect with respect to each such Letter of Credit) and (iii) upon the Administrative Agent’s request, any other documentation relating to any such Letter of Credit (including, without limitation, copies of such Letters of Credit).

 

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(l)                                     Cash Collateral.  At any point in time in which there is a Defaulting Lender, the Issuing Lender may require the Borrower to Cash Collateralize the LOC Obligations pursuant to Section 2.20.

 

Section 2.4                                   Swingline Loan Subfacility.

 

(a)                                 Swingline Commitment.  During the Commitment Period, subject to the terms and conditions hereof (including those set forth in Section 4.2), the Swingline Lender, in its individual capacity, agrees to make certain revolving credit loans to the Borrower (each a “Swingline Loan” and, collectively, the “Swingline Loans”) for the purposes hereinafter set forth; provided, however, (i) the aggregate principal amount of Swingline Loans outstanding at any time shall not exceed FIVE MILLION DOLLARS ($5,000,000) (the “Swingline Committed Amount”), and (ii) the sum of the aggregate principal amount of outstanding Revolving Loans plus outstanding Swingline Loans plus outstanding LOC Obligations shall not exceed the Revolving Committed Amount then in effect.  Swingline Loans hereunder may be repaid and reborrowed in accordance with the provisions hereof.

 

(b)                                 Swingline Loan Borrowings.

 

(i)                                     Notice of Borrowing and Disbursement.  Upon receiving a Notice of Borrowing from the Borrower not later than 1:00 P.M. on any Business Day requesting that a Swingline Loan be made, the Swingline Lender will make Swingline Loans available to the Borrower on the same Business Day such request is received by the Administrative Agent.  Swingline Loan borrowings hereunder shall be made in minimum amounts of $100,000 (or the remaining available amount of the Swingline Committed Amount if less) and in integral amounts of $100,000 in excess thereof.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Swingline Lender shall not at any time be obligated to make any Swingline Loan hereunder if any Lender is at such time a Defaulting Lender, unless the Swingline Lender has entered into arrangements satisfactory to the Swingline Lender with the Borrower or such Lender to eliminate the Swingline Lender’s risk with respect to such Lender’s obligations in respect of its Swingline Commitment.

 

(ii)                                  Repayment of Swingline Loans.  Each Swingline Loan borrowing shall be due and payable on the Maturity Date.  The Swingline Lender may, at any time, in its sole discretion, by written notice to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent, demand repayment of its Swingline Loans by way of a Revolving Loan borrowing, in which case the Borrower shall be deemed to have requested a Revolving Loan borrowing comprised entirely of Alternate Base Rate Loans in the amount of such Swingline Loans; provided, however, that, in the following circumstances, any such demand shall also be deemed to have been given one Business Day prior to each of (A) the Maturity Date, (B) the occurrence of any Bankruptcy Event, (C) upon acceleration of the Credit Party Obligations

 

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hereunder, whether on account of a Bankruptcy Event or any other Event of Default, and (D) the exercise of remedies in accordance with the provisions of Section 7.2 hereof (each such Revolving Loan borrowing made on account of any such deemed request therefor as provided herein being hereinafter referred to as “Mandatory Swingline Borrowing”).  Each Revolving Lender hereby irrevocably agrees to make such Revolving Loans promptly upon any such request or deemed request on account of each Mandatory Swingline Borrowing in the amount and in the manner specified in the preceding sentence on the date such notice is received by the Revolving Lenders from the Administrative Agent if such notice is received at or before 2:00 P.M., otherwise such payment shall be made at or before 12:00 P.M. on the Business Day next succeeding the date such notice is received notwithstanding (1) the amount of Mandatory Swingline Borrowing may not comply with the minimum amount for borrowings of Revolving Loans otherwise required hereunder, (2) whether any conditions specified in Section 4.2 are then satisfied, (3) whether a Default or an Event of Default then exists, (4) failure of any such request or deemed request for Revolving Loans to be made by the time otherwise required in Section 2.1(b)(i), (5) the date of such Mandatory Swingline Borrowing, or (6) any reduction in the Revolving Committed Amount or termination of the Revolving Commitments immediately prior to such Mandatory Swingline Borrowing or contemporaneously therewith.  In the event that any Mandatory Swingline Borrowing cannot for any reason be made on the date otherwise required above (including, without limitation, as a result of the commencement of a proceeding under the Bankruptcy Code), then each Revolving Lender hereby agrees that it shall forthwith purchase (as of the date the Mandatory Swingline Borrowing would otherwise have occurred, but adjusted for any payments received from the Borrower on or after such date and prior to such purchase) from the Swingline Lender such Participation Interest in the outstanding Swingline Loans as shall be necessary to cause each such Revolving Lender to share in such Swingline Loans ratably based upon its respective Commitment Percentage (determined before giving effect to any termination of the Commitments pursuant to Section 7.2); provided that (x) all interest payable on the Swingline Loans shall be for the account of the Swingline Lender until the date as of which the respective Participation Interest is purchased, and (y) at the time any purchase of a Participation Interest pursuant to this sentence is actually made, the purchasing Revolving Lender shall be required to pay to the Swingline Lender interest on the principal amount of such Participation Interest purchased for each day from and including the day upon which the Mandatory Swingline Borrowing would otherwise have occurred to but excluding the date of payment for such Participation Interest, at the rate equal to, if paid within two (2) Business Days of the date of the Mandatory Swingline Borrowing, the Federal Funds Effective Rate, and thereafter at a rate equal to the Alternate Base Rate.  The Borrower shall have the right to repay the Swingline Loan in whole or in part from time to time; provided, however; that each partial repayment of a Swingline Loan shall be in a minimum principal amount of $100,000 and integral multiples of $100,000 in excess thereof (or the remaining outstanding principal amount).

 

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(c)                                  Interest on Swingline Loans.  Subject to the provisions of Section 2.8, Swingline Loans shall bear interest at a per annum rate equal to the Alternate Base Rate plus the Applicable Percentage for Revolving Loans that are Alternate Base Rate Loans.  Interest on Swingline Loans shall be payable in arrears on each Interest Payment Date.

 

(d)                                 Swingline Note; Covenant to Pay.  The Swingline Loans shall be evidenced by this Agreement and, upon request of the Swingline Lender, by a duly executed promissory note of the Borrower in favor of the Swingline Lender in the original amount of the Swingline Committed Amount and substantially in the form of Exhibit 2.4(d).  The Borrower covenants and agrees to pay the Swingline Loans in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

 

(e)                                  Cash Collateral.  At any point in time in which there is a Defaulting Lender, the Swingline Lender may require the Borrower to Cash Collateralize the outstanding Swingline Loans pursuant to Section 2.20.

 

Section 2.5                                   Fees.

 

(a)                                 Commitment Fee.  In consideration of the Revolving Commitments, the Borrower agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent, for the ratable benefit of the Revolving Lenders, a commitment fee (the “Commitment Fee”) in an amount equal to the Applicable Percentage per annum on the average daily unused amount of the Revolving Committed Amount.  For purposes of computation of the Commitment Fee, LOC Obligations shall be considered usage of the Revolving Committed Amount but Swingline Loans shall not be considered usage of the Revolving Committed Amount.  The Commitment Fee shall be payable quarterly in arrears on the last Business Day of each calendar quarter.

 

(b)                                 Letter of Credit Fees.  In consideration of the LOC Commitments, the Borrower agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent, for the ratable benefit of the Revolving Lenders, a fee (the “Letter of Credit Fee”) equal to the Applicable Percentage for Revolving Loans that are LIBOR Rate Loans per annum on the average daily maximum amount available to be drawn under each Letter of Credit from the date of issuance to the date of expiration.  The Letter of Credit Fee shall each be payable quarterly in arrears on the last Business Day of each calendar quarter.

 

(c)                                  Issuing Lender Fees.  In addition to the Letter of Credit Fees payable pursuant to subsection (b) hereof, the Borrower shall pay to the Issuing Lender for its own account without sharing by the other Lenders the reasonable and customary charges from time to time of the Issuing Lender with respect to the amendment, transfer, administration, cancellation and conversion of, and drawings under, such Letters of Credit (collectively, the “Issuing Lender Fees”).  The Issuing Lender may charge, and retain for its own account without sharing by the other Lenders, an additional facing fee (the “Letter of Credit Facing Fee”) of 0.125% per annum on the average daily maximum amount available to be drawn under each such Letter of Credit issued by it.  The Issuing

 

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Lender Fees and the Letter of Credit Facing Fee shall be payable quarterly in arrears on the last Business Day of each calendar quarter.

 

(d)                                 Administrative Fee.  The Borrower agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent the annual administrative fee as described in the Fee Letter.

 

Section 2.6                                   Commitment Reductions.

 

(a)                                 Voluntary Reductions.  The Borrower shall have the right to terminate or permanently reduce the unused portion of the Revolving Committed Amount at any time or from time to time upon not less than five (5) Business Days’ prior written notice to the Administrative Agent (which shall notify the Lenders thereof as soon as practicable) of each such termination or reduction, which notice shall specify the effective date thereof and the amount of any such reduction which shall be in a minimum amount of $1,000,000 or a whole multiple of $1,000,000 in excess thereof and shall be irrevocable and effective upon receipt by the Administrative Agent; provided that no such reduction or termination shall be permitted if after giving effect thereto, and to any prepayments of the Revolving Loans made on the effective date thereof, the sum of the aggregate principal amount of outstanding Revolving Loans plus outstanding Swingline Loans plus outstanding LOC Obligations would exceed the Revolving Committed Amount then in effect.

 

(b)                                 Swingline Committed Amount.  If the Revolving Committed Amount is reduced below the then current Swingline Committed Amount, the Swingline Committed Amount shall automatically be reduced by an amount such that the Swingline Committed Amount equals the Revolving Committed Amount.

 

(c)                                  Maturity Date.  The Revolving Commitments, the Swingline Commitment and the LOC Commitment shall automatically terminate on the Maturity Date.

 

Section 2.7                                   Prepayments.

 

(a)                                 Optional Repayments.  The Borrower shall have the right to repay Loans in whole or in part from time to time. The Borrower shall give three Business Days’ irrevocable notice of repayment in the case of LIBOR Rate Loans and same-day irrevocable notice on any Business Day in the case of Alternate Base Rate Loans, to the Administrative Agent (which shall notify the Lenders thereof as soon as practicable).  Within the foregoing parameters, repayments under this Section shall be applied first to Alternate Base Rate Loans and then to LIBOR Rate Loans in direct order of Interest Period maturities.  All repayments under this Section shall be subject to Section 2.15, but otherwise without premium or penalty.  Interest on the principal amount prepaid shall be payable on the next occurring Interest Payment Date that would have occurred had such loan not been prepaid or, at the request of the Administrative Agent, interest on the principal amount prepaid shall be payable on any date that a repayment is made hereunder through the date of repayment.

 

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(b)                                 Mandatory Prepayments.  If at any time after the Closing Date, (y) the sum of the aggregate principal amount of outstanding Revolving Loans plus outstanding Swingline Loans plus outstanding LOC Obligations shall exceed the Revolving Committed Amount, the Borrower shall immediately prepay the Revolving Loans and Swingline Loans (first to outstanding Swingline Loans and second to outstanding Revolving Loans) and (after all Revolving Loans and Swingline Loans have been repaid) cash collateralize the LOC Obligations in an amount sufficient to eliminate such excess.

 

(c)                                  Hedging Obligations Unaffected.  Any repayment or prepayment made pursuant to this Section shall not affect the Borrower’s obligation to continue to make payments under any Secured Hedging Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect notwithstanding such repayment or prepayment, subject to the terms of such Secured Hedging Agreement.

 

Section 2.8                                   Default Rate and Payment Dates.

 

(a)                                 If all or a portion of the principal amount of any Loan which is a LIBOR Rate Loan shall not be paid when due or continued as a LIBOR Rate Loan in accordance with the provisions of Section 2.9 (whether at the stated maturity, by acceleration or otherwise), such overdue principal amount of such Loan shall be converted to an Alternate Base Rate Loan at the end of the Interest Period applicable thereto.

 

(b)                                 (i) If all or a portion of the principal amount of any LIBOR Rate Loan shall not be paid when due, such overdue amount shall bear interest at a rate per annum which is equal to the rate that would otherwise be applicable thereto plus 2%, until the end of the Interest Period applicable thereto, and thereafter at a rate per annum which is equal to the Alternate Base Rate plus the sum of the Applicable Percentage then in effect for Alternate Base Rate Loans and 2% (the “ABR Default Rate”) or (ii) if any interest payable on the principal amount of any Loan or any fee or other amount, including the principal amount of any Alternate Base Rate Loan, payable hereunder shall not be paid when due (whether at the stated maturity, by acceleration or otherwise), such overdue amount shall bear interest at a rate per annum which is equal to the ABR Default Rate, in each case from the date of such non-payment until such amount is paid in full (after as well as before judgment).  Upon the occurrence, and during the continuance, of any other Event of Default hereunder, at the option of the Required Lenders, the principal of and, to the extent permitted by law, interest on the Loans and any other amounts owing hereunder or under the other Credit Documents shall bear interest, payable on demand, at a per annum rate which is (A) in the case of principal, the rate that would otherwise be applicable thereto plus 2% or (B) in the case of interest, fees or other amounts, the ABR Default Rate (after as well as before judgment).

 

(c)                                  Interest on each Loan shall be payable in arrears on each Interest Payment Date; provided that interest accruing pursuant to paragraph (b) of this Section shall be payable from time to time on demand.

 

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Section 2.9                                   Conversion Options.

 

(a)                                 The Borrower may, in the case of Revolving Loans, elect from time to time to convert Alternate Base Rate Loans to LIBOR Rate Loans, by delivering a Notice of Conversion/Extension to the Administrative Agent at least three Business Days prior to the proposed date of conversion.  In addition, the Borrower may elect from time to time to convert all or any portion of a LIBOR Rate Loan to an Alternate Base Rate Loan by giving the Administrative Agent irrevocable written notice thereof by 1:00 P.M. one (1) Business Day prior to the proposed date of conversion.  If the date upon which an Alternate Base Rate Loan is to be converted to a LIBOR Rate Loan is not a Business Day, then such conversion shall be made on the next succeeding Business Day and during the period from such last day of an Interest Period to such succeeding Business Day such Loan shall bear interest as if it were an Alternate Base Rate Loan.  LIBOR Rate Loans may only be converted to Alternate Base Rate Loans on the last day of the applicable Interest Period.  If the date upon which a LIBOR Rate Loan is to be converted to an Alternate Base Rate Loan is not a Business Day, then such conversion shall be made on the next succeeding Business Day and during the period from such last day of an Interest Period to such succeeding Business Day such Loan shall bear interest as if it were an Alternate Base Rate Loan.  All or any part of outstanding Alternate Base Rate Loans may be converted as provided herein; provided that (i) no Loan may be converted into a LIBOR Rate Loan when any Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing and (ii) partial conversions shall be in an aggregate principal amount of $500,000 or a whole multiple of $100,000 in excess thereof.  All or any part of outstanding LIBOR Rate Loans may be converted as provided herein; provided that partial conversions shall be in an aggregate principal amount of $500,000 or a whole multiple of $100,000 in excess thereof.

 

(b)                                 Any LIBOR Rate Loans may be continued as such upon the expiration of an Interest Period with respect thereto by compliance by the Borrower with the notice provisions contained in Section 2.9(a); provided, that no LIBOR Rate Loan may be continued as such when any Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, in which case such Loan shall be automatically converted to an Alternate Base Rate Loan at the end of the applicable Interest Period with respect thereto.  If the Borrower shall fail to give timely notice of an election to continue a LIBOR Rate Loan, or the continuation of LIBOR Rate Loans is not permitted hereunder, such LIBOR Rate Loans shall be automatically converted to Alternate Base Rate Loans at the end of the applicable Interest Period with respect thereto.

 

Section 2.10                            Computation of Interest and Fees; Usury.

 

(a)                                 Interest payable hereunder with respect to any Alternate Base Rate Loan based on the Prime Rate shall be calculated on the basis of a year of 365 days (or 366 days, as applicable) for the actual days elapsed.  All other fees, interest and all other amounts payable hereunder shall be calculated on the basis of a 360-day year for the actual days elapsed.  The Administrative Agent shall as soon as practicable notify the Borrower and the Lenders of each determination of a LIBOR Rate on the Business Day

 

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of the determination thereof.  Any change in the interest rate on a Loan resulting from a change in the Alternate Base Rate shall become effective as of the opening of business on the day on which such change in the Alternate Base Rate shall become effective.  The Administrative Agent shall as soon as practicable notify the Borrower and the Lenders of the effective date and the amount of each such change.

 

(b)                                 Each determination of an interest rate by the Administrative Agent pursuant to any provision of this Agreement shall be conclusive and binding on the Borrower and the Lenders in the absence of manifest error.  The Administrative Agent shall, at the request of the Borrower, deliver to the Borrower a statement showing the computations used by the Administrative Agent in determining any interest rate.

 

(c)                                  It is the intent of the Lenders and the Credit Parties to conform to and contract in strict compliance with applicable usury law from time to time in effect.  All agreements between the Lenders and the Credit Parties are hereby limited by the provisions of this subsection which shall override and control all such agreements, whether now existing or hereafter arising and whether written or oral.  In no way, nor in any event or contingency (including but not limited to prepayment or acceleration of the maturity of any Credit Party Obligation), shall the interest taken, reserved, contracted for, charged, or received under this Agreement, under the Notes or otherwise, exceed the maximum nonusurious amount permissible under applicable law.  If, from any possible construction of any of the Credit Documents or any other document, interest would otherwise be payable in excess of the maximum nonusurious amount, any such construction shall be subject to the provisions of this paragraph and such interest shall be automatically reduced to the maximum nonusurious amount permitted under applicable law, without the necessity of execution of any amendment or new document.  If any Lender shall ever receive anything of value which is characterized as interest on the Loans under applicable law and which would, apart from this provision, be in excess of the maximum nonusurious amount, an amount equal to the amount which would have been excessive interest shall, without penalty, be applied to the reduction of the principal amount owing on the Loans and not to the payment of interest, or refunded to the Borrower or the other payor thereof if and to the extent such amount which would have been excessive exceeds such unpaid principal amount of the Loans.  The right to demand payment of the Loans or any other Indebtedness evidenced by any of the Credit Documents does not include the right to receive any interest which has not otherwise accrued on the date of such demand, and the Lenders do not intend to charge or receive any unearned interest in the event of such demand.  All interest paid or agreed to be paid to the Lenders with respect to the Loans shall, to the extent permitted by applicable law, be amortized, prorated, allocated, and spread throughout the full stated term (including any renewal or extension) of the Loans so that the amount of interest on account of such Indebtedness does not exceed the maximum nonusurious amount permitted by applicable law.

 

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Section 2.11                            Pro Rata Treatment and Payments.

 

(a)                                 Allocation of Payments Prior to Exercise of Remedies.  Each borrowing of Revolving Loans and any reduction of the Revolving Commitments shall be made pro rata according to the respective Commitment Percentages of the Revolving Lenders.  Unless otherwise required by the terms of this Agreement, each payment under this Agreement or any Note shall be applied, first, to any fees then due and owing by the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.5, second, to interest then due and owing hereunder and under the Notes of the Borrower and, third, to principal then due and owing hereunder and under the Notes of the Borrower.  Each payment on account of any fees pursuant to Section 2.5 shall be made pro rata in accordance with the respective amounts due and owing (except as to the Letter of Credit Facing Fees and the Issuing Lender Fees).  Each optional repayment by the Borrower on account of principal of and interest on the Revolving Loans shall be applied to such Loans on a pro rata basis and to the extent applicable in accordance with the terms of Section 2.7(a) hereof.  Each mandatory prepayment on account of principal of the Loans shall be applied to such Loans on a pro rata basis and to the extent applicable in accordance with Section 2.7(b).  All payments (including prepayments) to be made by the Borrower on account of principal, interest and fees shall be made without defense, set-off or counterclaim and shall be made to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Lenders at the Administrative Agent’s office specified on Section 9.2 in Dollars and in immediately available funds not later than 3:00 P.M. on the date when due.  The Administrative Agent shall distribute such payments to the Lenders entitled thereto promptly upon receipt in like funds as received.  If any payment hereunder (other than payments on the LIBOR Rate Loans) becomes due and payable on a day other than a Business Day, such payment shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day, and, with respect to payments of principal, interest thereon shall be payable at the then applicable rate during such extension.  If any payment on a LIBOR Rate Loan becomes due and payable on a day other than a Business Day, such payment date shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day unless the result of such extension would be to extend such payment into another calendar month, in which event such payment shall be made on the immediately preceding Business Day.

 

(b)                                 Allocation of Payments After Exercise of Remedies.  Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Agreement to the contrary, after the exercise of remedies (other than the invocation of default interest pursuant to Section 2.8) by the Administrative Agent or the Lenders pursuant to Section 7.2 (or after the Commitments shall automatically terminate and the Loans (with accrued interest thereon) and all other amounts under the Credit Documents (including without limitation the maximum amount of all contingent liabilities under Letters of Credit) shall automatically become due and payable in accordance with the terms of such Section), all amounts collected or received by the Administrative Agent or any Lender on account of the Credit Party Obligations or any other amounts outstanding under any of the Credit Documents or in respect of the Collateral shall be paid over or delivered as follows (irrespective of whether the following costs, expenses, fees, interest, premiums, scheduled periodic payments or Credit Party Obligations are allowed, permitted or recognized as a claim in any proceeding resulting from the occurrence of a Bankruptcy Event):

 

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FIRST, to the payment of all reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses (including without limitation reasonable attorneys’ fees) of the Administrative Agent in connection with enforcing the rights of the Lenders under the Credit Documents and any protective advances made by the Administrative Agent with respect to the Collateral under or pursuant to the terms of the Security Documents;

 

SECOND, to the payment of any fees owed to the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Lender

 

THIRD, to the payment of all reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses (including without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees) of each of the Lenders in connection with enforcing its rights under the Credit Documents; provided all Lenders shall be represented by a single counsel (unless any such Lender, in good faith, shall reasonably determine that there is a conflict of interest that causes it to be necessary for such Lender to be represented by separate counsel), or otherwise with respect to the Credit Party Obligations owing to such Lender;

 

FOURTH, to the payment of all of the Credit Party Obligations consisting of accrued fees and interest, and including, with respect to any Secured Hedging Agreement, any fees, premiums and scheduled periodic payments due under such Secured Hedging Agreement and any interest accrued thereon;

 

FIFTH, to the payment of the outstanding principal amount of the Credit Party Obligations and the payment or cash collateralization of the outstanding LOC Obligations, and including with respect to any Secured Hedging Agreement, any breakage, termination or other payments due under such Secured Hedging Agreement and any interest accrued thereon;

 

SIXTH, to all other Credit Party Obligations and other obligations which shall have become due and payable under the Credit Documents or otherwise and not repaid pursuant to clauses “FIRST” through “FIFTH” above; and

 

SEVENTH, to the payment of the surplus, if any, to whoever may be lawfully entitled to receive such surplus.

 

In carrying out the foregoing, (a) amounts received shall be applied in the numerical order provided until exhausted prior to application to the next succeeding category; (b) each of the Lenders and any Hedging Agreement Provider shall receive an amount equal to its pro rata share (based on the proportion that the then outstanding Loans and LOC Obligations held by such Lender or the outstanding obligations payable to such Hedging Agreement Provider bears to the aggregate then outstanding Loans and LOC Obligations and obligations payable under all Secured Hedging Agreements) of amounts available to be applied pursuant to clauses “THIRD”, “FOURTH”, “FIFTH” and “SIXTH” above; and (c) to the extent that any amounts available for distribution pursuant

 

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to clause “FIFTH” above are attributable to the issued but undrawn amount of outstanding Letters of Credit, such amounts shall be held by the Administrative Agent in a cash collateral account and applied (i) first, to reimburse the Issuing Lender from time to time for any drawings under such Letters of Credit and (ii) then, following the expiration of all Letters of Credit, to all other obligations of the types described in clauses “FIFTH” and “SIXTH” above in the manner provided in this Section.  Notwithstanding the foregoing terms of this Section, only Collateral proceeds and payments under the Guaranty (as opposed to ordinary course principal, interest and fee payments hereunder) shall be applied to obligations under any Secured Hedging Agreement.

 

Section 2.12         Non-Receipt of Funds by the Administrative Agent.

 

(a)           Funding by Lenders; Presumption by Administrative Agent.  Unless the Administrative Agent shall have received written notice from a Lender prior to the proposed date of any Extension of Credit that such Lender will not make available to the Administrative Agent such Lender’s share of such Extension of Credit, the Administrative Agent may assume that such Lender has made such share available on such date in accordance with this Agreement and may, in reliance upon such assumption, make available to the Borrower a corresponding amount.  In such event, if a Lender has not in fact made its share of the applicable Extension of Credit available to the Administrative Agent, then the applicable Lender and the Borrower severally agree to pay to the Administrative Agent forthwith on demand such corresponding amount with interest thereon, for each day from and including the date such amount is made available to the Borrower to but excluding the date of payment to the Administrative Agent, at (i) in the case of a payment to be made by such Lender, the greater of the Federal Funds Effective Rate and a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation and (ii) in the case of a payment to be made by the Borrower, the interest rate applicable to Alternate Base Rate Loans.  If the Borrower and such Lender shall pay such interest to the Administrative Agent for the same or an overlapping period, the Administrative Agent shall promptly remit to the Borrower the amount of such interest paid by the Borrower for such period.  If such Lender pays its share of the applicable Extension of Credit to the Administrative Agent, then the amount so paid shall constitute such Lender’s Loan included in such Extension of Credit.  Any payment by the Borrower shall be without prejudice to any claim the Borrower may have against a Lender that shall have failed to make such payment to the Administrative Agent.

 

(b)           Payments by Borrower; Presumptions by Administrative Agent.  Unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from the Borrower prior to the date on which any payment is due to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Lenders or the Issuing Lender hereunder that the Borrower will not make such payment, the Administrative Agent may assume that the Borrower has made such payment on such date in accordance herewith and may, in reliance upon such assumption, distribute to the Lenders or the Issuing Lender, as the case may be, the amount due.  In such event, if the Borrower has not in fact made such payment, then each of the Lenders or the Issuing

 

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Lender, as the case may be, severally agrees to repay to the Administrative Agent forthwith on demand the amount so distributed to such Lender or the Issuing Lender, with interest thereon, for each day from and including the date such amount is distributed to it to but excluding the date of payment to the Administrative Agent, at the greater of the Federal Funds Effective Rate and a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation.

 

A notice of the Administrative Agent to any Lender or the Borrower with respect to any amount owing under subsections (a) and (b) of this Section shall be conclusive, absent manifest error.

 

(c)           Failure to Satisfy Conditions Precedent.  If any Lender makes available to the Administrative Agent funds for any Loan to be made by such Lender as provided in the foregoing provisions of this Article II, and such funds are not made available to the Borrower by the Administrative Agent because the conditions to the applicable Extension of Credit set forth in Article IV are not satisfied or waived in accordance with the terms thereof, the Administrative Agent shall return such funds (in like funds as received from such Lender) to such Lender, without interest.

 

(d)           Obligations of Lenders Several.  The obligations of the Lenders hereunder to make Revolving Loans, to fund participations in Letters of Credit and Swingline Loans and to make payments pursuant to Section 9.5(c) are several and not joint.  The failure of any Lender to make any Loan, to fund any such participation or to make any such payment under Section 9.5(c) on any date required hereunder shall not relieve any other Lender of its corresponding obligation to do so on such date, and no Lender shall be responsible for the failure of any other Lender to so make its Loan, to purchase its participation or to make its payment under Section 9.5(c).

 

(e)           Funding Source.  Nothing herein shall be deemed to obligate any Lender to obtain the funds for any Loan in any particular place or manner or to constitute a representation by any Lender that it has obtained or will obtain the funds for any Loan in any particular place or manner.

 

Section 2.13         Inability to Determine Interest Rate.

 

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, if (a) the Administrative Agent shall reasonably determine (which determination shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error) that, by reason of circumstances affecting the relevant market, reasonable and adequate means do not exist for ascertaining the LIBOR Rate for such Interest Period, or (b) the Required Lenders shall reasonably determine (which determination shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error) that the LIBOR Rate does not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lenders of funding LIBOR Rate Loans that the Borrower has requested be outstanding as a LIBOR Tranche during such Interest Period, the Administrative Agent shall forthwith give telephone notice of such determination, confirmed in writing, to the Borrower, and the Lenders at least two (2) Business Days prior to the first day of such Interest Period.  Unless the Borrower shall have notified the Administrative Agent upon receipt of such telephone notice that it wishes

 

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to rescind or modify its request regarding such LIBOR Rate Loans, any Loans that were requested to be made as LIBOR Rate Loans shall be made as Alternate Base Rate Loans and any Loans that were requested to be converted into or continued as LIBOR Rate Loans shall remain as or be converted into Alternate Base Rate Loans.  Until any such notice has been withdrawn by the Administrative Agent, no further Loans shall be made as, continued as, or converted into, LIBOR Rate Loans for the Interest Periods so affected.

 

Section 2.14         Yield Protection.

 

(a)           Increased Costs Generally.  If any Change in Law shall:

 

(i)            impose, modify or deem applicable any reserve, special deposit, compulsory loan, insurance charge or similar requirement against assets of, deposits with or for the account of, or credit extended or participated in by, any Lender (except any reserve requirement reflected in the LIBOR Rate) or the Issuing Lender;

 

(ii)           subject any Lender or the Issuing Lender to any tax of any kind whatsoever with respect to this Agreement, any Letter of Credit, any participation in a Letter of Credit or any LIBOR Rate Loan made by it, or change the basis of taxation of payments to such Lender or the Issuing Lender in respect thereof (except for Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes covered by Section 2.16 and the imposition of, or any change in the rate of, any Excluded Tax payable by such Lender or the Issuing Lender); or

 

(iii)          impose on any Lender or the Issuing Lender or the London interbank market any other condition, cost or expense affecting this Agreement or LIBOR Rate Loans made by such Lender or any Letter of Credit or participation therein;

 

and the result of any of the foregoing shall be to increase the cost to such Lender of making or maintaining any LIBOR Rate Loan (or, in the case of clause (ii), any Loan or any participation in any Loan) or of maintaining its obligation to make any such Loan), or to increase the cost to such Lender or the Issuing Lender of participating in, issuing or maintaining any Letter of Credit (or of maintaining its obligation to participate in or to issue any Letter of Credit), or to reduce the amount of any sum received or receivable by such Administrative Agent, Lender, the Issuing Lender or other recipient hereunder (whether of principal, interest or any other amount) then, upon request of such Administrative Agent, Lender, the Issuing Lender, or other recipient, the Borrower will pay to such Administrative Agent, Lender, the Issuing Lender or other recipient, as the case may be, such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Administrative Agent, Lender, Issuing Lender or other recipient, as the case may be, for such additional costs incurred or reduction suffered.

 

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of such Lender or such Lender’s or the Issuing Lender’s holding company, if any, regarding capital requirements has or would have the effect of reducing the rate of return on such Lender’s or the Issuing Lender’s capital or on the capital of such Lender’s or the Issuing Lender’s holding company, if any, as a consequence of this Agreement, the Commitments of such Lender or the Loans made by, or participations in Letters of Credit held by, such Lender, or the Letters of Credit issued by the Issuing Lender, to a level below that which such Lender or the Issuing Lender or such Lender’s or the Issuing Lender’s holding company could have achieved but for such Change in Law (taking into consideration such Lender’s or the Issuing Lender’s policies and the policies of such Lender’s or the Issuing Lender’s holding company with respect to capital adequacy), then from time to time the Borrower will pay to such Lender or the Issuing Lender, as the case may be, such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender or the Issuing Lender or such Lender’s or the Issuing Lender’s holding company for any such reduction suffered.

 

(c)           Certificates for Reimbursement.  A certificate of a Lender or the Issuing Lender setting forth the amount or amounts necessary to compensate such Lender or the Issuing Lender or its holding company, as the case may be, as specified in paragraph (a) or (b) of this Section and delivered to the Borrower shall be conclusive absent manifest error.  The Borrower shall pay such Lender or the Issuing Lender, as the case may be, the amount shown as due on any such certificate within ten (10) days after receipt thereof.

 

(d)           Delay in Requests.  Failure or delay on the part of any Lender or the Issuing Lender to demand compensation pursuant to this Section shall not constitute a waiver of such Lender’s or the Issuing Lender’s right to demand such compensation, provided that the Borrower shall not be required to compensate a Lender or the Issuing Lender pursuant to this Section for any increased costs incurred or reductions suffered, as the case may be, to the extent that such Lender or the Issuing Lender fails to make a demand for such compensation more than six (6) months after becoming aware of such Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions.

 

Section 2.15         Compensation for Losses; Eurocurrency Liabilities.

 

(a) Compensation for Losses.  Upon demand of any Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), which demand must made within 60 days from the date upon which the Lender becomes aware of the event that is the basis for the demand, the Borrower shall promptly compensate such Lender for and hold such Lender harmless from any loss, cost or expense incurred by it as a result of:

 

(i)            any continuation, conversion, payment or prepayment of any Loan other than an Alternate Base Rate Loan on a day other than the last day of the Interest Period for such Loan (whether voluntary, mandatory, automatic, by reason of acceleration, or otherwise);

 

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other than an Alternate Base Rate Loan on the date or in the amount notified by the Borrower; or

 

(iii)          any assignment of a LIBOR Rate Loan on a day other than the last day of the Interest Period therefor as a result of a request by the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.19;

 

including any loss of anticipated profits and any loss or expense arising from the liquidation or reemployment of funds obtained by it to maintain such Loan or from fees payable to terminate the deposits from which such funds were obtained.  The Borrower shall also pay any customary administrative fees charged by such Lender in connection with the foregoing.

 

For purposes of calculating amounts payable by the Borrower to the Lenders under this Section, each Lender shall be deemed to have funded each LIBOR Rate Loan made by it at the LIBOR Rate for such Loan by a matching deposit or other borrowing in the London interbank eurodollar market for a comparable amount and for a comparable period, whether or not such LIBOR Rate Loan was in fact so funded.

 

(b)           The Borrower shall pay to each Lender, as long as such Lender shall be required to maintain reserves under Regulation D with respect to “Eurocurrency liabilities” within the meaning of Regulation D, or under any similar or successor regulation with respect to Eurocurrency liabilities or Eurocurrency funding, additional interest on the unpaid principal amount of each LIBOR Loan equal to the actual costs of such reserves allocated to such LIBOR Loan by such Lender (as determined by such Lender in good faith, which determination shall be conclusive), which shall be due and payable on each date on which interest is payable on such LIBOR Loan, provided the Borrower shall have received at least fifteen (15) days prior notice (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) of such additional interest from such Lender.  If a Lender fails to give notice fifteen (15) days prior to the relevant interest payment date, such additional interest shall be due and payable fifteen (15) days from receipt of such notice.

 

Section 2.16         Taxes.

 

(a)           Payments Free of Taxes.  Any and all payments by or on account of any obligation of the Borrower hereunder or under any other Credit Document shall be made free and clear of and without reduction or withholding for any Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes, provided that if the Borrower shall be required by applicable law to deduct any Indemnified Taxes (including any Other Taxes) from such payments, then (i) the sum payable shall be increased as necessary so that after making all required deductions (including deductions applicable to additional sums payable under this Section) the Administrative Agent, any Lender or Issuing Lender, as the case may be, receives an amount equal to the sum it would have received had no such deductions been made, (ii) the Borrower shall make such deductions and (iii) the Borrower shall timely pay the full amount deducted to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable law.

 

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(b)           Payment of Other Taxes by the Borrower.  Without limiting the provisions of paragraph (a) above, the Borrower shall timely pay any Other Taxes to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable law.

 

(c)           Indemnification by the Borrower.  The Borrower shall indemnify the Administrative Agent, each Lender and the Issuing Lender, within ten (10) days after demand therefor, which demand must be made within 60 days from the date upon which the Lender becomes aware of the event that is the basis for the demand, for the full amount of any Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes (including Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes imposed or asserted on or attributable to amounts payable under this Section) paid by the Administrative Agent, such Lender or the Issuing Lender, as the case may be, and any penalties, interest and reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority.  A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to the Borrower by a Lender or the Issuing Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), or by the Administrative Agent on its own behalf or on behalf of a Lender or the Issuing Lender, shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

 

(d)           [Reserved.]

 

(e)           Status of Lenders.  Any Foreign Lender that is entitled to an exemption from or reduction of withholding tax under the law of the jurisdiction in which the Borrower is resident for tax purposes, or any treaty to which such jurisdiction is a party, with respect to payments hereunder or under any other Credit Document shall deliver to the Borrower (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), at the time or times prescribed by applicable law or reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, such properly completed and executed documentation prescribed by applicable law as will permit such payments to be made without withholding or at a reduced rate of withholding.  In addition, any Lender, if requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, shall deliver such other documentation prescribed by applicable law or reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent as will enable the Borrower or the Administrative Agent to determine whether or not such Lender is subject to backup withholding or information reporting requirements.

 

(f)            Foreign Lenders.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in the event that the Borrower is resident for tax purposes in the United States of America, any Foreign Lender shall deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent (in such number of copies as shall be requested by the recipient) on or prior to the date on which such Foreign Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the request of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, but only if such Foreign Lender is legally entitled to do so), whichever of the following is applicable:

 

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(i)            duly completed copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8BEN claiming eligibility for benefits of an income tax treaty to which the United States of America is a party,

 

(ii)           duly completed copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8ECI,

 

(iii)          in the case of a Foreign Lender claiming the benefits of the exemption for portfolio interest under section 881(c) of the Code, (i) a certificate to the effect that such Foreign Lender is not (A) a “bank” within the meaning of section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code, (B) a “10 percent shareholder” of the Borrower within the meaning of section 881(c)(3)(B) of the Code, or (C) a “controlled foreign corporation” described in section 881(c)(3)(C) of the Code and (ii) duly completed copies of  Internal Revenue Service Form W-8BEN, or

 

(iii)          any other form prescribed by applicable law as a basis for claiming exemption from or a reduction in United States Federal withholding tax duly completed together with such supplementary documentation as may be prescribed by applicable law to permit the Borrower to determine the withholding or deduction required to be made.

 

(g)           Treatment of Certain Refunds.  If the Administrative Agent, a Lender or the Issuing Lender determines, in its sole discretion, that it has received a refund of any Taxes or Other Taxes as to which it has been indemnified by the Borrower or with respect to which the Borrower has paid additional amounts pursuant to this Section, it shall pay to the Borrower an amount equal to such refund (but only to the extent of indemnity payments made, or additional amounts paid, by the Borrower under this Section with respect to the Taxes or Other Taxes giving rise to such refund), net of all out-of-pocket expenses of the Administrative Agent directly incurred in connection with payment of the refund to the Borrower, such Lender or the Issuing Lender, as the case may be, and without interest (other than any interest paid by the relevant Governmental Authority with respect to such refund), provided that the Borrower, upon the request of the Administrative Agent, such Lender or the Issuing Lender, agrees to repay the amount paid over to the Borrower (plus any penalties, interest or other charges imposed by the relevant Governmental Authority) to the Administrative Agent, such Lender or the Issuing Lender in the event the Administrative Agent, such Lender or the Issuing Lender is required to repay such refund to such Governmental Authority.  This paragraph shall not be construed to require the Administrative Agent, any Lender or the Issuing Lender to make available its tax returns (or any other information relating to its taxes that it deems confidential) to the Borrower or any other Person.

 

Section 2.17         Indemnification; Nature of Issuing Lender’s Duties.

 

(a)           In addition to its other obligations under Section 2.3, the Credit Parties hereby agree to protect, indemnify, pay and save the Issuing Lender and each Lender harmless from and against any and all claims, demands, liabilities, damages, losses, costs, charges and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) that the Issuing Lender or

 

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such Lender may incur or be subject to as a consequence, direct or indirect, of (i) the issuance of any Letter of Credit or (ii) the failure of the Issuing Lender to honor a drawing under a Letter of Credit as a result of any act or omission, whether rightful or wrongful, of any present or future de jure or de facto government or Governmental Authority (all such acts or omissions, herein called “Government Acts”).

 

(b)           As between the Credit Parties, the Issuing Lender and each Lender, the Credit Parties shall assume all risks of the acts, omissions or misuse of any Letter of Credit by the beneficiary thereof.  Neither the Issuing Lender nor any Lender shall be responsible: (i) for the form, validity, sufficiency, accuracy, genuineness or legal effect of any document submitted by any party in connection with the application for and issuance of any Letter of Credit, even if it should in fact prove to be in any or all respects invalid, insufficient, inaccurate, fraudulent or forged; (ii) for the validity or sufficiency of any instrument transferring or assigning or purporting to transfer or assign any Letter of Credit or the rights or benefits thereunder or proceeds thereof, in whole or in part, that may prove to be invalid or ineffective for any reason; (iii) for failure of the beneficiary of a Letter of Credit to comply fully with conditions required in order to draw upon a Letter of Credit; (iv) for errors, omissions, interruptions or delays in transmission or delivery of any messages, by mail, cable, telegraph, telex or otherwise, whether or not they be in cipher; (v) for errors in interpretation of technical terms; (vi) for any loss or delay in the transmission or otherwise of any document required in order to make a drawing under a Letter of Credit or of the proceeds thereof; and (vii) for any consequences arising from causes beyond the control of the Issuing Lender or any Lender, including, without limitation, any Government Acts.  None of the above shall affect, impair, or prevent the vesting of the Issuing Lender’s rights or powers hereunder.

 

(c)           In furtherance and extension and not in limitation of the specific provisions hereinabove set forth, any action taken or omitted by the Issuing Lender or any Lender, under or in connection with any Letter of Credit or the related certificates, if taken or omitted in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct, shall not put such Issuing Lender or such Lender under any resulting liability to the Credit Parties.  It is the intention of the parties that this Agreement shall be construed and applied to protect and indemnify the Issuing Lender and each Lender against any and all risks involved in the issuance of the Letters of Credit, all of which risks are hereby assumed by the Credit Parties, including, without limitation, any and all risks of the acts or omissions, whether rightful or wrongful, of any Government Authority.  The Issuing Lender  and the Lenders shall not, in any way, be liable for any failure by the Issuing Lender or anyone else to pay any drawing under any Letter of Credit as a result of any Government Acts or any other cause beyond the control of the Issuing Lender and the Lenders.

 

(d)           Nothing in this Section is intended to limit the Reimbursement Obligation of the Borrower contained in Section 2.3(d) hereof.  The obligations of the Credit Parties under this Section shall survive the termination of this Agreement.  No act or omissions of any current or prior beneficiary of a Letter of Credit shall in any way affect or impair the rights of the Issuing Lender and the Lenders to enforce any right, power or benefit under this Agreement.

 

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(e)           Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Section, the Credit Parties shall have no obligation to indemnify the Issuing Lender or any Lender in respect of any liability incurred by the Issuing Lender or such Lender arising out of the gross negligence or willful misconduct of the Issuing Lender (including action not taken by the Issuing Lender or such Lender), as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction or pursuant to arbitration.

 

Section 2.18         Illegality.

 

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Credit Agreement, if any Change in Law shall make it unlawful for such Lender or its LIBOR Lending Office to make or maintain LIBOR Rate Loans as contemplated by this Credit Agreement or to obtain in the interbank eurodollar market through its LIBOR Lending Office the funds with which to make such Loans, (a) such Lender shall promptly notify the Administrative Agent and the Borrower thereof, (b) the commitment of such Lender hereunder to make LIBOR Rate Loans or continue LIBOR Rate Loans as such shall forthwith be suspended until the Administrative Agent shall give notice that the condition or situation which gave rise to the suspension shall no longer exist, and (c) such Lender’s Loans then outstanding as LIBOR Rate Loans, if any, shall be converted on the last day of the Interest Period for such Loans or within such earlier period as required by law as Alternate Base Rate Loans.  The Borrower hereby agrees to promptly pay any Lender, upon its demand, any additional amounts necessary to compensate such Lender for actual and direct costs (but not including anticipated profits) reasonably incurred by such Lender in making any repayment in accordance with this Section including, but not limited to, any interest or fees payable by such Lender to lenders of funds obtained by it in order to make or maintain its LIBOR Rate Loans hereunder.  A certificate (which certificate shall include a description of the basis for the computation) as to any additional amounts payable pursuant to this Section submitted by such Lender, through the Administrative Agent, to the Borrower shall be conclusive in the absence of manifest error.  Each Lender agrees to use reasonable efforts (including reasonable efforts to change its LIBOR Lending Office) to avoid or to minimize any amounts which may otherwise be payable pursuant to this Section; provided, however, that such efforts shall not cause the imposition on such Lender of any additional costs or legal or regulatory burdens deemed by such Lender in its sole discretion to be material.

 

Section 2.19         Replacement of Lenders.

 

(a)           Designation of a Different Lending Office.  If any Lender requests compensation under Section 2.14, or requires the Borrower to pay any Indemnified Taxes or additional amount to any Lender or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender pursuant to Section 2.16, then such Lender shall use reasonable efforts to designate a different lending office for funding or booking its Loans hereunder or to assign its rights and obligations hereunder to another of its offices, branches or affiliates, if, in the judgment of such Lender, such designation or assignment (i) would eliminate or reduce amounts payable pursuant to Section 2.14 or Section 2.16, as the case may be, in the future and (ii) would not subject such Lender to any unreimbursed cost or expense and would not otherwise be disadvantageous to such Lender.  The Borrower hereby

 

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agrees to pay all reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses incurred by any Lender in connection with any such designation or assignment.

 

(b)           Replacement of Lenders.  If (i) any Lender requests compensation under Section 2.14, (ii) the Borrower is required to pay any Indemnified Taxes or additional amount to any Lender or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender pursuant to Section 2.16, (iii) any Lender becomes a Defaulting Lender or (iv) any Lender (other than Wells Fargo) fails to consent to any proposed amendment, modification, termination, waiver or consent with respect to any provision hereof or of any other Credit Document that requires the unanimous approval of all of the Lenders, the approval of all of the Lenders affected thereby or the approval of a class of Lenders, in each case in accordance with the terms of Section 9.1, then the Borrower may, at its sole expense and effort, upon notice to such Lender and the Administrative Agent, require such Lender to assign (at par) and delegate, without recourse (in accordance with and subject to the restrictions contained in, and consents required by, Section 9.6), all of its interests, rights and obligations under this Agreement and the related Credit Documents to an assignee that shall assume such obligations (which assignee may be another Lender, if a Lender accepts such assignment), provided that:

 

(A)          the Borrower shall have paid to the Administrative Agent the assignment fee (if any) specified in Section 9.6;

 

(B)           such Lender shall have received payment of an amount equal to the outstanding principal of its Loans and shall have been relieved of its obligations under its participations in Letters of Credit, accrued interest thereon, accrued fees and all other amounts payable to it hereunder and under the other Credit Documents (including any amounts under Section 2.15) from the assignee (to the extent of such outstanding principal and accrued interest and fees) or the Borrower (in the case of all other amounts);

 

(C)           in the case of any such assignment resulting from a claim for compensation under Section 2.14 or payments required to be made pursuant to Section 2.16, such assignment will result in a reduction in such compensation or payments thereafter;

 

(D)          in the case of any such assignment resulting from a Lender’s failure to consent as described in clause (iv), the consent of the Required Lenders shall have been obtained with respect to such amendment, modification, termination, waiver or consent; and

 

(E)           such assignment does not conflict with applicable law.

 

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Section 2.20         Cash Collateral.

 

(a)           Cash Collateral.  At any time that there shall exist a Defaulting Lender, immediately upon the request of the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Lender or the Swingline Lender, the Borrower shall deliver to the Administrative Agent Cash Collateral in an amount sufficient to cover all Fronting Exposure (after giving effect to Section 2.21 and any Cash Collateral provided by the Defaulting Lender).

 

(b)           Grant of Security Interest.  All Cash Collateral (other than credit support not constituting funds subject to deposit) shall be maintained in blocked deposit accounts with the Administrative Agent, which accounts shall, if reasonably available, be interest-bearing accounts.  The Borrower, and to the extent provided by any Lender, such Lender, hereby grants to (and subjects to the control of) the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lenders and the Lenders (including the Swingline Lender), and agrees to maintain, a first priority security interest in all such cash, deposit accounts and all balances therein as security for the obligations to which such Cash Collateral may be applied pursuant to clause (c) below.  If at any time the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Lender or the Swingline Lender reasonably determines that Cash Collateral is subject to any right or claim of any Person other than the Administrative Agent as herein provided, or that the total amount of such Cash Collateral is less than the applicable Fronting Exposure and other obligations secured thereby, the Borrower or the relevant Defaulting Lender will, promptly upon demand by the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Lender or the Swingline Lender, pay or provide to the Administrative Agent additional Cash Collateral in an amount sufficient to eliminate such deficiency.

 

(c)           Application.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, Cash Collateral provided under any of this Section or Section 2.21  in respect of Letters of Credit or Swingline Loans, shall be held and applied to the satisfaction of the specific LOC Obligations, Swingline Loans, obligations to fund participations therein (including, as to Cash Collateral provided by a Defaulting Lender, any interest accrued on such obligation) and other obligations for which the Cash Collateral was so provided, prior to any other application of such property as may be provided for herein.

 

(d)           Release.  Cash Collateral (or the appropriate portion thereof) provided to reduce Fronting Exposure, together with accrued interest thereon (if any), shall be released promptly following (i) the elimination of the applicable Fronting Exposure giving rise thereto (including by the termination of Defaulting Lender status of the applicable Lender (or, as appropriate, its assignee)), or (ii) the Administrative Agent’s good faith determination that there exists excess Cash Collateral (which determination shall be confirmed by any Issuing Lender or Swingline Lender affected by such release of Cash Collateral); provided, however, (A) that Cash Collateral furnished by or on behalf of a Credit Party shall not be released during the continuance of a Default (and following application as provided in this Section may be otherwise applied in accordance with Section 2.13), and (B) the Person providing Cash Collateral and each applicable Issuing

 

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Lender or Swingline Lender may agree that Cash Collateral shall not be released but instead held to support future anticipated Fronting Exposure.

 

Section 2.21         Defaulting Lenders.

 

(a)           Adjustments.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, if any Lender becomes a Defaulting Lender, then, until such time as such Lender is no longer a Defaulting Lender, to the extent permitted by applicable law:

 

(i)            Waivers and Amendments.  Such Defaulting Lender’s right to approve or disapprove any amendment, waiver or consent with respect to this Agreement shall be restricted as set forth in the definition of Required Lenders and Section 9.1.

 

(ii)           Reallocation of Payments. Any payment of principal, interest, fees or other amounts received by the Administrative Agent for the account of such Defaulting Lender (whether voluntary or mandatory, at maturity, pursuant to Article VII or otherwise) shall be applied at such time or times as may be determined by the Administrative Agent as follows: first, to the payment of any amounts owing by such Defaulting Lender to the Administrative Agent hereunder; second, to the payment on a pro rata basis of any amounts owing by such Defaulting Lender to any Issuing Lender or Swingline Lender hereunder; third, as the Borrower may request (so long as no Default exists), to the funding of any Loan in respect of which that Defaulting Lender has failed to fund its portion thereof as required by this Agreement, as determined by the Administrative Agent; fourth, if so determined by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, to be held in a non-interest bearing deposit account and released in order to satisfy obligations of such Defaulting Lender to fund Loans under this Agreement; fifth, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Lenders, the Issuing Lenders or Swingline Lender as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by any Lender, any Issuing Lenders or the Swingline Lender against that Defaulting Lender as a result of such Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; sixth, so long as no Default exists, to the payment of any amounts owing to any Borrower as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by any Borrower against such Defaulting Lender as a result of such Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; and seventh, to such Defaulting Lender or as otherwise directed by a court of competent jurisdiction; provided that if such payment is a payment of the principal amount of any Loans or LOC Obligations in respect of which such Defaulting Lender has not fully funded its appropriate share, and such Loans were made or the related Letters of Credit were issued at a time when the conditions set forth in Section 4.2 were satisfied or waived, such payment shall be applied solely to pay the Loans of, and LOC Obligations owed to, all Non-Defaulting Lenders on a pro rata basis prior to being applied to the payment of any Loans of, or LOC Obligations owed to, such Defaulting Lender. Any payments, prepayments or other amounts paid or payable to a Defaulting

 

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Lender that are applied (or held) to pay amounts owed by a Defaulting Lender or to post Cash Collateral pursuant to this Section shall be deemed paid to and redirected by such Defaulting Lender, and each Lender irrevocably consents hereto.

 

(iii)          Certain Fees.

 

(A)          Commitment Fees. (1) No Commitment Fee shall accrue on any of the Commitments of a Defaulting Lender so long as such Lender shall be a Defaulting Lender and (2) any Commitment Fee accrued with respect to the Commitments of a Defaulting Lender during the period prior to the time such Lender became a Defaulting Lender and unpaid at such time shall not be payable by the Borrower so long as such Lender shall be a Defaulting Lender.

 

(B)           Letter of Credit Fees.  A Defaulting Lender shall not be entitled to receive any Letter of Credit Fee for any period during which it is a Defaulting Lender, except that a Defaulting Lender shall be entitled to receive a Letter of Credit Fee with respect to each Letter of Credit or portion thereof for which it has provided Cash Collateral pursuant to Section 2.20.  With respect to any Letter of Credit Fee that a Defaulting Lender is not entitled to receive in accordance with the terms of this Section, such Letter of Credit Fee shall be paid to the non-Defaulting Lenders to the extent such Defaulting Lender’s LOC Obligations have been reallocated to the Non-Defaulting Lenders in accordance with clause (iv) below; provided that if any portion of such Defaulting Lender’s LOC Obligations have not been reallocated to the Non-Defaulting Lenders and have not been Cash Collateralized by the Defaulting Lender (the “Exposed LOC Obligations”), the Letter of Credit Fees corresponding to the Exposed LOC Obligations (1) shall not be payable by the Borrower to the extent the Borrower has Cash Collateralized such Exposed LOC Obligations and (2) shall be payable to the Issuing Lender to the extent the Borrower has not Cash Collateralized such Exposed LOC Obligations.

 

(iv)          Reallocation of Participations to Reduce Fronting Exposure.  All or any part of such Defaulting Lender’s LOC Obligations and its Swingline Exposure shall automatically (effective on the day such Lender becomes a Defaulting Lender) be reallocated among the Non-Defaulting Lenders in accordance with their respective Applicable Percentages (calculated without regard to such Defaulting Lender’s Commitment) but only to the extent that such reallocation does not cause the aggregate Committed Funded Exposure of any Non-Defaulting Lender to exceed such Non-Defaulting Lender’s Commitment.

 

(v)           Cash Collateral.  If the reallocation described in clause (iv) above cannot, or can only partially, be effected, the Borrower shall, without prejudice to any right or remedy available to them hereunder or under law, immediately

 

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following notice by the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Lender or the Swingline Lender, Cash Collateralize such Defaulting Lender’s LOC Obligations and its Swingline Exposure (after giving effect to any partial reallocation pursuant to clause (iv) above) in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 2.20 for so long as such LOC Obligations or Swingline Loans are outstanding.

 

(b)           Defaulting Lender Cure.  If the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the Swingline Lender and all Issuing Lenders agree in writing in their sole discretion that a Defaulting Lender should no longer be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender, the Administrative Agent will so notify the parties hereto, whereupon as of the effective date specified in such notice and subject to any conditions set forth therein (which may include arrangements with respect to any Cash Collateral), such Lender will, to the extent applicable, purchase that portion of outstanding Loans of the other Lenders or take such other actions as the Administrative Agent may determine to be necessary to cause the Committed Loans and funded and unfunded participations in Letters of Credit and Swingline Loans to be held on a pro rata basis by the Lenders in accordance with their Applicable Percentages (without giving effect to Section 2.21(a)(iv)), whereupon such Lender will cease to be a Defaulting Lender; provided that no adjustments will be made retroactively with respect to fees accrued or payments made by or on behalf of the Borrower while such Lender was a Defaulting Lender; and provided, further, that except to the extent otherwise expressly agreed by the affected parties, no change hereunder from Defaulting Lender to Lender will constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder arising from such Lender’s having been a Defaulting Lender.

 

ARTICLE III

 

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

 

To induce the Lenders to enter into this Agreement and to make the Extensions of Credit herein provided for, the Credit Parties hereby represent and warrant to the Administrative Agent and to each Lender that:

 

Section 3.1            Financial Condition.

 

(a)           (i) The audited Consolidated financial statements of the Borrower and its Consolidated Subsidiaries for the fiscal years ended 2007, 2008 and 2009 together with the related Consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ equity and of cash flows for the fiscal years ended on such dates, (ii) the unaudited Consolidated financial statements of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for the year-to-date period ending on June 30, 2010, together with the related Consolidated statements of operations for the year-to-date period ending on such date and (iii) a pro forma balance sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as of June 30, 2010:

 

(A)          were prepared in accordance with GAAP but without footnotes for the unaudited statements, consistently applied throughout the period covered thereby, except as otherwise expressly noted therein;

 

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(B)           fairly present the financial condition of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, as applicable, as of the date thereof (subject, in the case of the unaudited financial statements, to normal year-end adjustments) and results of operations for the period covered thereby; and

 

(C)           show all material Indebtedness and other liabilities, direct or contingent, as required by GAAP, of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as of the date thereof, including liabilities for taxes, material commitments and contingent obligations.

 

(b)           The three-year projections of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries delivered to the Lenders on or prior to the Closing Date have been prepared in good faith based upon reasonable assumptions.

 

Section 3.2            No Material Adverse Effect; Internal Control Event.

 

Since June 30, 2010 (and, in addition, after delivery of annual audited financial statements in accordance with Section 5.1(a), from the date of the most recently delivered annual audited financial statements), there has been no development or event which has had or could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect and (b) no known Internal Control Event has occurred that has not been (i) disclosed to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders and (ii) remedied or otherwise diligently addressed (or is in the process of being diligently addressed) by the Borrower and/or the applicable Credit Party.

 

Section 3.3            Corporate Existence; Compliance with Law.

 

Each of the Credit Parties (a) is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation, organization or formation, (b) has the requisite power and authority and the legal right to own and operate all its property, to lease the property it operates as lessee and to conduct the business in which it is currently engaged and has taken all actions necessary to maintain all rights, privileges, licenses and franchises necessary or required in the normal conduct of its business,  except to the extent such failure could not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, (c) is duly qualified to conduct business and in good standing under the laws of (i) the jurisdiction of its organization or formation, (ii) the jurisdiction where its chief executive office is located and (iii) each other jurisdiction where its ownership, lease or operation of property or the conduct of its business requires such qualification except to the extent that the failure to so qualify or be in good standing in any such other jurisdiction could not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect on the business or operations of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries in such jurisdiction and (d) is in compliance with all Requirements of Law, organizational documents, government permits and government licenses except to the extent such non-compliance could not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  Set forth on Schedule 3.3 as of the Closing Date, or as of the last date such Schedule was required to be updated in accordance with Section 5.2, is the following information for each Credit Party:  the exact legal name and any former legal

 

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names of such Credit Party in the four (4) months prior to the Closing Date, the state of incorporation or organization, the type of organization, the jurisdictions in which such Credit Party is qualified to do business, the chief executive office, the principal place of business, the business phone number, the organization identification number and ownership information (e.g. publicly held, if private or partnership, the owners and partners of each of the Credit Parties).  Set forth on Schedule 2 to the Disclosure Letter is the federal tax identification number for each Credit Party as of the Closing Date.

 

Section 3.4            Corporate Power; Authorization; Enforceable Obligations.

 

Each of the Credit Parties has full power and authority and the legal right to make, deliver and perform the Credit Documents to which it is party and has taken all necessary limited liability company, partnership or corporate action to authorize the execution, delivery and performance by it of the Credit Documents to which it is party.  Each Credit Document to which it is a party has been duly executed and delivered on behalf of each Credit Party.  Each Credit Document to which it is a party constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of each Credit Party, enforceable against such Credit Party in accordance with its terms, except as enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar laws affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally and by general equitable principles (whether enforcement is sought by proceedings in equity or at law).

 

Section 3.5            No Legal Bar; No Default.

 

The execution, delivery and performance by each Credit Party of the Credit Documents to which such Credit Party is a party, the borrowings thereunder and the use of the proceeds of the Loans (a) will not violate any Requirement of Law or any Contractual Obligation of any Credit Party (except those as to which waivers or consents have been obtained), (b) will not conflict with, result in a breach of or constitute a default under the articles of incorporation, bylaws, articles of organization, operating agreement or other organization documents of the Credit Parties or any material agreement or other material instrument to which such Person is a party or by which any of its properties may be bound or any material approval or material consent from any Governmental Authority relating to such Person, and (c) will not result in, or require, the creation or imposition of any Lien on any Credit Party’s properties or revenues pursuant to any Requirement of Law or Contractual Obligation other than the Liens arising under or contemplated in connection with the Credit Documents or Permitted Liens.  No Credit Party is in default under or with respect to any of its Contractual Obligations in any material respect.  No Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing.

 

Section 3.6            No Material Litigation.

 

No litigation, investigation, claim, criminal prosecution, civil investigative demand, imposition of criminal or civil fines and penalties, or any other proceeding of or before any arbitrator or Governmental Authority is pending or, to the best knowledge of the Credit Parties, threatened by or against any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries or against any of its or their respective properties or revenues (a) with respect to the Credit Documents or any Extension of Credit or any of the transactions contemplated hereby, or (b) which could reasonably be expected

 

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to have a Material Adverse Effect.  No permanent injunction, temporary restraining order or similar decree has been issued against any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries which could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

Section 3.7            Investment Company Act; etc.

 

No Credit Party is an “investment company”, or a company “controlled” by an “investment company”, within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.  No Credit Party is subject to regulation under the Federal Power Act, the Interstate Commerce Act, or any federal or state statute or regulation limiting its ability to incur the Credit Party Obligations.

 

Section 3.8            Margin Regulations.

 

No part of the proceeds of any Extension of Credit hereunder will be used directly or indirectly for any purpose that violates, or that would require any Lender to make any filings in accordance with, the provisions of Regulation T, U or X of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as now and from time to time hereafter in effect.  The Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries (a) are not engaged, principally or as one of their important activities, in the business of extending credit for the purpose of “purchasing” or “carrying” “margin stock” within the respective meanings of each of such terms under Regulation U and (b) taken as a group do not own “margin stock” except as identified in the financial statements referred to in Section 3.1 or delivered pursuant to Section 5.1 and the aggregate value of all “margin stock” owned by the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries taken as a group does not exceed 25% of the value of their assets.

 

Section 3.9            ERISA.

 

Neither a Reportable Event nor an “accumulated funding deficiency” (within the meaning of Section 412 of the Code or Section 302 of ERISA) has occurred during the five-year period prior to the date on which this representation is made or deemed made with respect to any Plan, and each Plan has complied in all material respects with the applicable provisions of ERISA and the Code.  No termination of a Single Employer Plan has occurred resulting in any liability that has remained underfunded, and no Lien in favor of the PBGC or a Plan has arisen, during such five-year period.  The present value of all accrued benefits under each Single Employer Plan (based on those assumptions used to fund such Plans) did not, as of the last annual valuation date prior to the date on which this representation is made or deemed made, exceed the value of the assets of such Plan allocable to such accrued benefits.  Neither any Credit Party nor any Commonly Controlled Entity is currently subject to any liability for a complete or partial withdrawal from a Multiemployer Plan.

 

Section 3.10         Environmental Matters.

 

Except as could not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect:

 

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(a)           The facilities and properties owned, leased or operated by the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries (the “Properties”) do not contain any Materials of Environmental Concern in amounts or concentrations which (i) constitute a violation of, or (ii) could give rise to liability on behalf of any Credit Party under, any Environmental Law.

 

(b)           The Properties and all operations of the Credit Parties and/or their Subsidiaries at the Properties are in compliance, and have in the last five years been in compliance, with all applicable Environmental Laws, and there is no contamination at, under or about the Properties or violation of any Environmental Law with respect to the Properties or the business operated by the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries (the “Business”).

 

(c)           Neither the Credit Parties nor their Subsidiaries have received any written or actual notice of violation, alleged violation, non-compliance, liability or potential liability on behalf of any Credit Party with respect to environmental matters or Environmental Laws regarding any of the Properties or the Business, nor do the Credit Parties or their Subsidiaries have knowledge or reason to believe that any such notice will be received or is being threatened.

 

(d)           Materials of Environmental Concern have not been transported or disposed of from the Properties in violation of, or in a manner or to a location that could reasonably be expected to give rise to liability on behalf of any Credit Party under any Environmental Law, and no Materials of Environmental Concern have been generated, treated, stored or disposed of at, on or under any of the Properties in violation of, or in a manner that could reasonably be expected to give rise to liability on behalf of any Credit Party under, any applicable Environmental Law.

 

(e)           No judicial proceeding or governmental or administrative action is pending or, to the knowledge of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries, threatened, under any Environmental Law to which any Credit Party or any Subsidiary is or will be named as a party with respect to the Properties or the Business, nor are there any consent decrees or other decrees, consent orders, administrative orders or other orders, or other administrative or judicial requirements outstanding under any Environmental Law with respect to the Properties or the Business.

 

(f)            There has been no release or threat of release of Materials of Environmental Concern at or from the Properties, or arising from or related to the operations of any Credit Party or any Subsidiary in connection with the Properties or otherwise in connection with the Business, in violation of or in amounts or in a manner that could give rise to liability on behalf of any Credit Party under Environmental Laws.

 

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Section 3.11         Use of Proceeds.

 

The proceeds of the Extensions of Credit shall be used by the Borrower solely (a) to refinance certain existing Indebtedness of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries, (b) to pay any costs, fees and expenses associated with this Agreement on the Closing Date, (c) to finance Permitted Acquisitions, (d) to provide for the working capital and other general corporate purposes of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries, (e) to repurchase shares of the Borrower’s Equity Interests to the extent permitted under this Agreement and (f) for such other purposes as may be agreed upon by the Required Lenders from time to time.

 

Section 3.12         Subsidiaries; Joint Ventures; Partnerships.

 

Set forth on Schedule 3.12 is a complete and accurate list of all Subsidiaries, joint ventures and partnerships of the Credit Parties as of the Closing Date.  Information on the attached Schedule includes the following:  (a) the number of shares of each class of Equity Interest or other equity interests of each Subsidiary outstanding and (b) the number and percentage of outstanding shares of each class of Equity Interest owned by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries.  The outstanding Equity Interest and other equity interests of all such Subsidiaries is validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable and is owned free and clear of all Liens (other than those arising under or contemplated in connection with the Credit Documents).  There are no outstanding subscriptions, options, warrants, calls, rights or other agreements or commitments (other than stock options granted to employees or directors and directors’ qualifying shares) of any nature relating to any Equity Interest of the Borrower or any Subsidiary, except as contemplated in connection with the Credit Documents.  The Borrower shall update Schedule 3.12 from time to time, in accordance with Section 5.2, by providing a replacement Schedule 3.12 to the Administrative Agent.

 

Section 3.13         Ownership.

 

Each of the Credit Parties and its Subsidiaries is the owner of, and has good and marketable title to or a valid leasehold interest in, all of its respective assets, which, together with assets leased or licensed by the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries, represents all assets in the aggregate material to the conduct of the business of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries, and (after giving effect to the Transactions) none of such assets is subject to any Lien other than Permitted Liens.  Each Credit Party and its Subsidiaries enjoys peaceful and undisturbed possession under all of its leases and all such leases are valid and subsisting and in full force and effect.

 

Section 3.14         Indebtedness.

 

Except as otherwise permitted under Section 6.1, the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries have no Indebtedness.

 

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Section 3.15         Taxes.

 

Each of the Credit Parties and its Subsidiaries has filed, or caused to be filed, all income tax returns and all other material tax returns (federal, state, local and foreign) required to be filed and paid (a) all amounts of taxes shown thereon to be due (including interest and penalties) and (b) all other taxes, fees, assessments and other governmental charges (including mortgage recording taxes, documentary stamp taxes and intangibles taxes) owing by it, except for such taxes (i) that are not yet delinquent or (ii) that are being contested in good faith and by proper proceedings, and against which adequate reserves are being maintained in accordance with GAAP.  None of the Credit Parties or their Subsidiaries is aware as of the Closing Date of any proposed tax assessments against it or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

Section 3.16         Intellectual Property Rights.

 

Each of the Credit Parties and its Subsidiaries owns, or has the legal right to use, all material Intellectual Property necessary for each of them to conduct its business as currently conducted.  Set forth on Schedule 3.16 is a list of all registered or issued Intellectual Property (including all applications for registration and issuance) owned by each of the Credit Parties or that each of the Credit Parties has the right to use as of the Closing Date or as of the date such Schedule was last updated in accordance with the terms of Section 5.2 (including name/title, current owner, registration or application number, and registration or application date).  Except as disclosed in Schedule 3.16 hereto, (a) each Credit Party has the right to use its material Intellectual Property in perpetuity and without payment of royalties, (b) all registrations with and applications to Governmental Authorities in respect of such material Intellectual Property are valid and in full force and effect and are not subject to the payment of any taxes or maintenance fees or the taking of any interest therein, held by any of the Credit Parties to maintain their validity or effectiveness, and (c) there are no restrictions on the direct or indirect transfer of any Contractual Obligation, or any interest therein, held by any of the Credit Parties in respect of such material Intellectual Property which has not been obtained.  None of the Credit Parties is in default (or with the giving of notice or lapse of time or both, would be in default) under any license to use its material Intellectual Property; no claim has been asserted and is pending by any Person challenging or questioning the use of any such material Intellectual Property or the validity or effectiveness of any such material Intellectual Property, nor do the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries know of any such claim; and, to the knowledge of the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries, the use of such material Intellectual Property by any of the Credit Parties or any of its Subsidiaries does not infringe on the rights of any Person.  The Credit Parties have recorded or deposited with and paid to the United States Copyright Office, the Register of Copyrights, the Copyrights Royalty Tribunal or other Governmental Authority, all notices, statements of account, royalty fees and other documents and instruments required under the terms and conditions of any Contractual Obligation of the Credit Parties and/or under Title 17 of the United States Code and the rules and regulations issued thereunder (collectively, the “Copyright Act”), and are not liable to any Person for copyright infringement under the Copyright Act or any other law, rule, regulation, contract or license as a result of their business operations.  Schedule 3.16 shall be updated from time to time, in accordance with Section 5.2, by the Borrower to include new Intellectual Property acquired after the Closing Date by giving written notice thereof to the Administrative Agent.

 

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Section 3.17         Solvency.

 

After giving effect to the Transactions, (a) each of the Credit Parties is solvent and is able to pay its debts and other liabilities, contingent obligations and other commitments as they mature in the normal course of business, and (b) the fair saleable value of each Credit Party’s assets, measured on a going concern basis, exceeds all probable liabilities, including those to be incurred pursuant to this Agreement.  After giving effect to the Transactions, none of the Credit Parties (i) has unreasonably small capital in relation to the business in which it is or proposes to be engaged or (ii) has incurred, or believes that it will incur debts beyond its ability to pay such debts as they become due.  In executing the Credit Documents and consummating the Transactions, none of the Credit Parties intends to hinder, delay or defraud either present or future creditors or other Persons to which one or more of the Credit Parties is or will become indebted.

 

Section 3.18         Investments.

 

All Investments of each of the Credit Parties and its Subsidiaries are Permitted Investments.

 

Section 3.19         Location of Collateral.

 

Set forth on Schedule 3.19(a) is a list of all Properties of the Credit Parties as of the Closing Date with street address, county and state where located.  Set forth on Schedule 3.19(b) is a list of all locations where any tangible personal property of the Credit Parties (excluding (a) inventory in transit or on temporary display at a customer location or (b) locations where the value of such tangible personal property is less than $100,000) is located as of the Closing Date, including county and state where located.  Set forth on Schedule 3.19(c) is the state of incorporation or organization, the chief executive office, the principal place of business and organization identification number of each of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries as of the Closing Date.

 

Section 3.20         No Burdensome Restrictions.

 

None of the Credit Parties or their Subsidiaries is a party to any agreement or instrument or subject to any other obligation or any charter or corporate restriction or any provision of any applicable law, rule or regulation which, individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

Section 3.21         Brokers’ Fees.

 

None of the Credit Parties or their Subsidiaries has any obligation to any Person in respect of any finder’s, broker’s, investment banking or other similar fee in connection with any of the transactions contemplated under the Credit Documents other than the closing and other fees payable pursuant to this Agreement and as set forth in the Fee Letter.

 

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Section 3.22         Labor Matters.

 

There are no collective bargaining agreements or Multiemployer Plans covering the employees of the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries as of the Closing Date, other than as set forth in Schedule 3.22 hereto, and none of the Credit Parties or their Subsidiaries (a) has suffered any strikes, walkouts, work stoppages or other material labor difficulty within the last five years, other than as set forth in Schedule 3.22 hereto, or (b) has knowledge of any potential or pending strike, walkout or work stoppage.  Other than as set forth on Schedule 3.22, no unfair labor practice complaint is pending against any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries.   There are no strikes, walkouts, work stoppages or other material labor difficulty pending or threatened against any Credit Party.

 

Section 3.23         Accuracy and Completeness of Information.

 

All factual information heretofore, contemporaneously or hereafter furnished by or on behalf of any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries to the Administrative Agent, the Arrangers or any Lender for purposes of or in connection with this Agreement or any other Credit Document, or any transaction contemplated hereby or thereby, is or will be true and accurate in all material respects and not incomplete by omitting to state any material fact necessary to make such information not misleading.  There is no fact now known to any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries which, individually or in the aggregate, has, or could reasonably be expected to have, a Material Adverse Effect, which fact has not been set forth herein, in the financial statements of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries furnished to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, or in any certificate, opinion or other written statement made or furnished by any Credit Party to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders.

 

Section 3.24         Material Contracts.

 

Schedule 1 of the Disclosure Letter sets forth a complete and accurate list of all Material Contracts of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries in effect as of the Closing Date.  Each Material Contract is, and after giving effect to the Transactions will be, in full force and effect in accordance with the terms thereof.  The Credit Parties have delivered to the Administrative Agent a true and complete copy of each Material Contract.  Schedule 1 of the Disclosure Letter shall be updated from time to time, in accordance with Section 5.2 by the Borrower to include new Material Contracts by giving written notice thereof to the Administrative Agent.

 

Section 3.25         Insurance.

 

The insurance coverage of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries as of the Closing Date is outlined as to carrier, policy number, expiration date, type and amount on Schedule 4 to the Disclosure Letter and such insurance coverage complies with the requirements set forth in Section 5.5(b).  Schedule 4 to the Disclosure Letter shall be updated from time to time, in accordance with Section 5.2 by the Borrower to include additional insurance coverage.

 

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Section 3.26         Security Documents.

 

The Security Documents create valid security interests in, and Liens on, the Collateral purported to be covered thereby.  Except as set forth in the Security Documents, such security interests and Liens are currently (or will be, upon (a) the filing of appropriate financing statements with the Secretary of State of the state of incorporation or organization for each Credit Party, the filing of appropriate assignments or notices with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States Copyright Office, and the recordation of the Mortgage Instruments, in each case in favor of the Administrative Agent, on behalf of the Lenders, and (b) the Administrative Agent obtaining Control (as defined in the Security Agreement) or possession over those items of Collateral in which a security interest is perfected through Control or possession) perfected security interests and Liens, prior to all other Liens other than Permitted Liens.

 

Section 3.27         Regulation H.

 

No Mortgaged Property is a Flood Hazard Property.

 

Section 3.28         Classification of Senior Indebtedness.

 

The Credit Party Obligations constitute “Senior Indebtedness”, “Designated Senior Indebtedness” or any similar designation under and as defined in any agreement governing any Subordinated Debt and the subordination provisions set forth in each such agreement are legally valid and enforceable against the parties thereto.

 

Section 3.29         Anti-Terrorism Laws.

 

Neither any Credit Party nor any of its Subsidiaries is an “enemy” or an “ally of the enemy” within the meaning of Section 2 of the Trading with the Enemy Act of the United States of America (50 U.S.C. App. §§ 1 et seq.), as amended.  Neither any Credit Party nor any or its Subsidiaries is in violation of (a) the Trading with the Enemy Act, as amended, (b) any of the foreign assets control regulations of the United States Treasury Department (31 CFR, Subtitle B, Chapter V, as amended) or any enabling legislation or executive order relating thereto or (c) the Patriot Act.  None of the Credit Parties (i) is a blocked person described in Section 1 of the Anti-Terrorism Order or (ii) to the best of its knowledge, engages in any dealings or transactions, or is otherwise associated, with any such blocked person.

 

Section 3.30         Compliance with OFAC Rules and Regulations.

 

None of the Credit Parties or their Subsidiaries or their respective Affiliates (a) is a Sanctioned Person, (b) has more than 15% of its assets in Sanctioned Countries, or (c) derives more than 15% of its operating income from investments in, or transactions with Sanctioned Persons or Sanctioned Countries.  No part of the proceeds of any Extension of Credit hereunder will be used directly or indirectly to fund any operations in, finance any investments or activities in or make any payments to, a Sanctioned Person or a Sanctioned Country.

 

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Section 3.31         Compliance with FCPA.

 

Each of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries is in compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 78dd-1, et seq., and any foreign counterpart thereto.  None of the Credit Parties or their Subsidiaries has made a payment, offering, or promise to pay, or authorized the payment of, money or anything of value (a) in order to assist in obtaining or retaining business for or with, or directing business to, any foreign official, foreign political party, party official or candidate for foreign political office, (b) to a foreign official, foreign political party or party official or any candidate for foreign political office, and (c) with the intent to induce the recipient to misuse his or her official position to direct business wrongfully to such Credit Party or its Subsidiary or to any other Person, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 78dd-1, et seq.

 

Section 3.32         Consent; Governmental Authorizations.

 

No approval, consent or authorization of, filing with, notice to or other act by or in respect of, any Governmental Authority or any other Person is required in connection with acceptance of Extensions of Credit by the Borrower or the making of the Guaranty hereunder or with the execution, delivery or performance of any Credit Document by the Credit Parties (other than those which have been obtained) or with the validity or enforceability of any Credit Document against the Credit Parties (except such filings as are necessary in connection with the perfection of the Liens created by such Credit Documents).

 

Section 3.33         Government Contracts.

 

No Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries is materially in default as to the terms of any Material Government Contract or has received any notices of default or notices to cure under any Material Government Contract for which the performance deficiency noted by any Governmental Authority has not been cured or otherwise resolved to such Governmental Authority’s satisfaction.

 

Section 3.34         Assignment of Payments.

 

Except with respect to contracts for which the government has determined that a prohibition on assignment of claims is in the government’s interest, each of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries has the right to assign to the Administrative Agent all payments due or to become due under each of such Person’s Government Contracts, and there exists no uncancelled prior assignment of payments under any of such Credit Party’s Government Contracts.

 

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ARTICLE IV

 

CONDITIONS PRECEDENT

 

Section 4.1            Conditions to Closing Date.

 

This Agreement shall become effective upon, and the obligation of each Lender to make the initial Revolving Loans on the Closing Date is subject to, the satisfaction of the following conditions precedent:

 

(a)           Execution of Credit Agreement; Credit Documents and Lender Consents.  The Administrative Agent shall have received (i) counterparts of this Agreement, executed by a duly authorized officer of each party hereto, (ii) for the account of each Revolving Lender requesting a promissory note, a Revolving Note, (iii) for the account of the Swingline Lender requesting a promissory note, the Swingline Note, (iv) counterparts of the Security Agreement and the Pledge Agreement, in each case conforming to the requirements of this Agreement and executed by duly authorized officers of the Credit Parties or other Person, as applicable, (v) counterparts of any other Credit Document, executed by the duly authorized officers of the parties thereto, including without limitation the Disclosure Letter, and (vi) executed  Lender Consents from each Lender authorizing the Administrative Agent to enter this Credit Agreement on their behalf.

 

(b)           Authority Documents.  The Administrative Agent shall have received the following:

 

(i)            Articles of Incorporation/Charter Documents.  Original certified articles of incorporation or other charter documents, as applicable, of each Credit Party certified (A) by an officer of such Credit Party (pursuant to an officer’s certificate in substantially the form of Exhibit 4.1(b) attached hereto) as of the Closing Date to be true and correct and in force and effect as of such date, and (B) to be true and complete as of a recent date by the appropriate Governmental Authority of the state of its incorporation or organization, as applicable.

 

(ii)           Resolutions.  Copies of resolutions of the board of directors or comparable managing body of each Credit Party approving and adopting the Credit Documents, the transactions contemplated therein and authorizing execution and delivery thereof, certified by an officer of such Credit Party (pursuant to an officer’s certificate in substantially the form of Exhibit 4.1(b) attached hereto) as of the Closing Date to be true and correct and in force and effect as of such date.

 

(iii)          Bylaws/Operating Agreement.  A copy of the bylaws or comparable operating agreement of each Credit Party certified by an officer of such Credit Party (pursuant to an officer’s certificate in substantially the form of Exhibit 4.1(b) attached hereto) as of the Closing Date to be true and correct and in force and effect as of such date.

 

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(iv)          Good Standing.  Original certificates of good standing, existence or its equivalent with respect to each Credit Party certified as of a recent date by the appropriate Governmental Authorities of the state of incorporation or organization and each other state in which the failure to so qualify and be in good standing could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(v)           Incumbency.  An incumbency certificate of each Credit Party certified by an officer (pursuant to an officer’s certificate in substantially the form of Exhibit 4.1(b) attached hereto) to be true and correct as of the Closing Date.

 

(c)           Legal Opinion of Counsel.  The Administrative Agent shall have received an opinion or opinions (including, if reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent, local counsel opinions) of counsel for the Credit Parties, dated the Closing Date and addressed to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, in form and substance acceptable to the Administrative Agent (which shall include, without limitation, opinions with respect to the due organization and valid existence of each Credit Party, opinions as to perfection of the Liens granted to the Administrative Agent pursuant to the Security Documents and opinions as to the non-contravention of the Credit Parties’ organizational documents and Material Contracts).

 

(d)           Personal Property Collateral.  The Administrative Agent shall have received, in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent:

 

(i)            (A) searches of UCC filings in the jurisdiction of incorporation or formation, as applicable, of each Credit Party and each jurisdiction where any Collateral is located or where a filing would need to be made in order to perfect the Administrative Agent’s security interest in the Collateral, copies of the financing statements on file in such jurisdictions and evidence that no Liens exist other than Permitted Liens and (B) tax lien, judgment and pending litigation searches;

 

(ii)           searches of ownership of Intellectual Property in the appropriate governmental offices and such patent/trademark/copyright filings as requested by the Administrative Agent in order to perfect the Administrative Agent’s security interest in the Intellectual Property;

 

(iii)          completed UCC financing statements for each appropriate jurisdiction as is necessary, in the Administrative Agent’s sole discretion, to perfect the Administrative Agent’s security interest in the Collateral;

 

(iv)          stock or membership certificates, if any, evidencing the Equity Interest pledged to the Administrative Agent pursuant to the Pledge Agreement and duly executed in blank undated stock or transfer powers;

 

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(v)           duly executed consents as are necessary, in the Administrative Agent’s sole discretion, to perfect the Lenders’ security interest in the Collateral;

 

(vi)          to the extent required by the Administrative Agent, in the case of any personal property Collateral with an aggregate value in excess of $1,000,000 located at premises leased by a Credit Party and set forth on Schedule 3.19(a) such estoppel letters, consents and waivers from the landlords of such real property to the extent the Borrower is able to secure such letters, consents and waivers after using commercially reasonable efforts (such letters, consents and waivers shall be in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, it being acknowledged and agreed that any landlord waiver in the form of Exhibit 4.1(d) is satisfactory to the Administrative Agent);

 

(vii)         all instruments and chattel paper in the possession of any of the Credit Parties, together with allonges or assignments as may be necessary or appropriate to perfect the Administrative Agent’s and the Lenders’ security interest in the Collateral;

 

(viii)        with respect to the prior Indebtedness of the Credit Parties, such documentation as may be required by the Administrative Agent to demonstrate that any previously executed deposit account control agreements with respect to the Credit Parties’ deposit accounts have been terminated;

 

(ix)           with respect to the prior Indebtedness of the Credit Parties, such documentation as may be required by the Administrative Agent to demonstrate that any previously executed securities account control agreements with respect to the Credit Parties’ securities accounts have been terminated; and

 

(x)            such documentation as may be required by the Administrative Agent to comply with the Federal Assignment of Claims Act; and the Credit Parties shall take such actions as may be required by the Administrative Agent to file such documentation with the appropriate Governmental Authorities.

 

(e)           Real Property Collateral.  The Administrative Agent shall have received copies of fully executed releases of any Mortgage Instruments encumbering the Hawthorne Property.

 

(f)            Liability, Casualty, Property and Business Interruption Insurance.  The Administrative Agent shall have received copies of insurance policies or certificates and endorsements of insurance evidencing liability, casualty, property and business interruption insurance meeting the requirements set forth herein or in the Security Documents.  The Administrative Agent shall be named (i) as lender’s loss payee, as its interest may appear, with respect to any such insurance providing coverage in respect of any Collateral and (ii) as additional insured, as its interest may appear, with respect to any such insurance providing liability coverage, and the Borrower will use its commercially reasonable efforts to have each provider of any such insurance agree, by

 

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endorsement upon the policy or policies issued by it or by independent instruments to be furnished to the Administrative Agent, that it will give the Administrative Agent thirty (30) days prior written notice before any such policy or policies shall be altered or cancelled.

 

(g)           Solvency Certificate.  The Administrative Agent shall have received an officer’s certificate prepared by the chief financial officer of the Borrower as to the financial condition, solvency and related matters of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries, after giving effect to the initial borrowings under the Credit Documents, in substantially the form of Exhibit 4.1(g) hereto.

 

(h)           Account Designation Notice.  The Administrative Agent shall have received the executed Account Designation Notice in the form of Exhibit 1.1(a) hereto.

 

(i)            Notice of Borrowing.  The Administrative Agent shall have received a Notice of Borrowing with respect to the Loans to be made on the Closing Date.

 

(j)            Consents.  The Administrative Agent shall have received evidence that all boards of directors, governmental, shareholder and material third party consents and approvals necessary in connection with the Transactions have been obtained and all applicable waiting periods have expired without any action being taken by any authority that could restrain, prevent or impose any material adverse conditions on such transactions or that could seek or threaten any of the foregoing.

 

(k)           Compliance with Laws.  The financings and other Transactions contemplated hereby shall be in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations (including all applicable securities and banking laws, rules and regulations).

 

(l)            Bankruptcy.  There shall be no bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings pending with respect to any Credit Party or any Subsidiary thereof.

 

(m)          Existing Indebtedness of the Credit Parties.  All of the existing Indebtedness for borrowed money of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries (including, without limitation, the Existing Credit Facility but excluding Indebtedness permitted to exist pursuant to Section 6.1) shall be repaid in full and all security interests related thereto shall be terminated on or prior to the Closing Date.

 

(n)           Financial Statements.  The Administrative Agent and the Lenders shall have received copies of the financial statements referred to in Section 3.1, each in form and substance satisfactory to it.

 

(o)           No Material Adverse ChangeSince June 30, 2010, there shall have been no material adverse change in the business, properties, operations or condition (financial or otherwise) of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

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(p)           Financial Condition Certificate.  The Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate or certificates executed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower as of the Closing Date, substantially in the form of Exhibit 4.1(p) stating that (i) there does not exist any pending or threatened (a) litigation, injunction, order or claim with respect to the Borrower or any of its subsidiaries which could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect on the Credit Parties taken as a whole or (b) bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings with respect to the Credit Parties, (ii) immediately after giving effect to this Agreement, the other Credit Documents, and all the Transactions contemplated to occur on such date, (A) no Default or Event of Default exists, (B) all representations and warranties contained herein and in the other Credit Documents are true and correct, and (C) the Credit Parties are in pro forma compliance with each of the initial financial covenants set forth in Section 5.9 (as evidenced through detailed calculations of such financial covenants on a schedule to such certificate) as of June 30, 2010 and (iii) each of the other conditions precedent in Section 4.1 have been satisfied, except to the extent the satisfaction of any such condition is subject to the judgment or discretion of the Administrative Agent or any Lender.

 

(q)           Patriot Act Certificate.  At least five (5) Business Days prior to the Closing Date, the Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate satisfactory thereto, substantially in the form of Exhibit 4.1(q), for benefit of itself and the Lenders, provided by the Borrower that sets forth information required by the Patriot Act including, without limitation, the identity of the Credit Parties, the name and address of the Credit Parties and other information that will allow the Administrative Agent or any Lender, as applicable, to identify the Credit Parties in accordance with the Patriot Act.

 

(r)            Material Contracts.  The Administrative Agent shall have received true and complete copies, certified by an officer of the Borrower as true and complete, of all Material Contracts not previously delivered to the Administrative Agent, together with all exhibits and schedules.

 

(s)           Consolidated Funded Debt.  The Administrative Agent shall have received evidence reasonably satisfactory thereto provided by the Credit Parties that Consolidated Funded Debt minus the outstanding amount of all Performance Letters of Credit (including Letters of Credit issued hereunder that are Performance Letters of Credit) is less than or equal to $100,000,000.00 after giving effect to the initial borrowings under the Credit Agreement and the consummation of the Transactions.

 

(t)            Fees and Expenses.  The Administrative Agent and the Lenders shall have received all fees and expenses, if any, owing pursuant to the Fee Letter and Section 2.5.

 

(u)           Additional Matters.  All other documents and legal matters in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement shall be reasonably satisfactory in form and substance to the Administrative Agent and its counsel.

 

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Section 4.2            Conditions to All Extensions of Credit.

 

The obligation of each Lender to make any Extension of Credit hereunder is subject to the satisfaction of the following conditions precedent on the date of making such Extension of Credit:

 

(a)           Representations and Warranties.  The representations and warranties made by the Credit Parties herein, in the Security Documents and which are contained in any certificate furnished at any time under or in connection herewith shall (i) with respect to representations and warranties that contain a materiality qualification, be true and correct and (ii) with respect to representations and warranties that do not contain a materiality qualification, be true and correct in all material respects, in each case on and as of the date of such Extension of Credit as if made on and as of such date except for any representation or warranty made as of an earlier date, which representation and warranty shall remain true and correct as of such earlier date.

 

(b)           No Default or Event of Default.  No Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing on such date or after giving effect to the Extension of Credit to be made on such date unless such Default or Event of Default shall have been waived in accordance with this Agreement.

 

(c)           Compliance with Commitments.  Immediately after giving effect to the making of any such Extension of Credit (and the application of the proceeds thereof), (i) the sum of the aggregate principal amount of outstanding Revolving Loans plus outstanding Swingline Loans plus outstanding LOC Obligations shall not exceed the Revolving Committed Amount then in effect, (ii) the outstanding LOC Obligations shall not exceed the LOC Committed Amount, and (iii) the outstanding Swingline Loans shall not exceed the Swingline Committed Amount.

 

(d)           Additional Conditions to Revolving Loans.  If a Revolving Loan is requested, all conditions set forth in Section 2.1 shall have been satisfied.

 

(e)           Additional Conditions to Letters of Credit.  If the issuance of a Letter of Credit is requested, all conditions set forth in Section 2.3 shall have been satisfied.

 

(f)            Additional Conditions to Swingline Loans.  If a Swingline Loan is requested, all conditions set forth in Section 2.4 shall have been satisfied.

 

Each request for an Extension of Credit and each acceptance by the Borrower of any such Extension of Credit shall be deemed to constitute representations and warranties by the Credit Parties as of the date of such Extension of Credit that the conditions set forth above in paragraphs (a) through (f), as applicable, have been satisfied.

 

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ARTICLE V

 

AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS

 

Each of the Credit Parties hereby covenants and agrees that on the Closing Date, and thereafter (a) for so long as this Agreement is in effect, (b) until the Commitments have terminated, and (c) until no Note remains outstanding and unpaid and the Credit Party Obligations and all other amounts owing to the Administrative Agent or any Lender hereunder are paid in full, such Credit Party shall, and shall cause each of their Subsidiaries (other than in the case of Sections 5.1 or 5.2 hereof), to:

 

Section 5.1            Financial Statements.

 

Furnish to the Administrative Agent and each of the Lenders:

 

(a)           Annual Financial Statements.  As soon as available and in any event no later than the earlier of (i) to the extent applicable, the date the Borrower is required by the SEC to deliver its Form 10-K for each fiscal year of the Borrower and (ii) ninety (90) days after the end of each fiscal year of the Borrower, a copy of the Consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Consolidated Subsidiaries as at the end of such fiscal year and the related Consolidated statements of operations and changes in stockholders’ equity and of cash flows of the Borrower and its Consolidated Subsidiaries for such year, which shall be audited by a firm of independent certified public accountants of nationally recognized standing reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent (including Moss Adams LLP), setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the previous year, reported on without a “going concern” or like qualification or exception, or qualification indicating that the scope of the audit was inadequate to permit such independent certified public accountants to certify such financial statements without such qualification;

 

(b)           Quarterly Financial Statements.  As soon as available and in any event no later than the earlier of (i) to the extent applicable, the date the Borrower is required by the SEC to deliver its Form 10-Q for any fiscal quarter of the Borrower and (ii) forty-five (45) days after the end of each fiscal quarter of the Borrower, a copy of the Consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Consolidated Subsidiaries as at the end of such period and related Consolidated statements of operations for the Borrower and its Consolidated Subsidiaries for such quarterly period; and

 

(c)           Annual Income Statement and Cash Flow Projections.  As soon as available, but in any event within sixty (60) days after the end of each fiscal year, a copy of the detailed annual income statement and cash flow projections of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for the next four fiscal quarter period prepared on a quarterly basis, in form and detail reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, together with a summary of the material assumptions made in the preparation of such annual budget or plan;

 

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all such financial statements to be complete and correct in all material respects (subject, in the case of interim statements, to normal recurring year-end audit adjustments) and to be prepared in reasonable detail and, in the case of the annual, quarterly financial statements provided in accordance with subsections (a) and (b) and above, in accordance with GAAP applied consistently throughout the periods reflected therein and further accompanied by a description of, and an estimation of the effect on the financial statements on account of, a change, if any, in the application of accounting principles as provided in Section 1.3.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, financial statements and reports required to be delivered pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this Section may be delivered electronically and if so, shall be deemed to have been delivered on the date on which the Administrative Agent receives such reports from the Borrower through electronic mail; provided that, upon the Administrative Agent’s request, the Borrower shall provide paper copies of any documents required hereby to the Administrative Agent.

 

Section 5.2            Certificates; Other Information.

 

Furnish to the Administrative Agent and each of the Lenders:

 

(a)           [Reserved].

 

(b)           Officer’s Certificate. Concurrently with the delivery of the financial statements referred to in Sections 5.1(a) and 5.1(b) above, a certificate of a Responsible Officer substantially in the form of Exhibit 5.2(b) stating that (i) (A) such financial statements present fairly the financial position of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for the periods indicated in conformity with GAAP applied on a consistent basis, (B) each of the Credit Parties during such period observed or performed all of its covenants and other agreements, and satisfied every condition, contained in this Agreement to be observed, performed or satisfied by it, and (C) such Responsible Officer has obtained no knowledge of any Default or Event of Default except as specified in such certificate and such certificate shall include the calculations in reasonable detail required to indicate compliance with Section 5.9 as of the last day of such period.

 

(c)           Updated Schedules.  Concurrently with or prior to the delivery of the financial statements referred to in Sections 5.1(a) and 5.1(b) above, (i) an updated copy of Schedule 3.3 and Schedule 3.12 if the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries has formed or acquired a new Subsidiary since the Closing Date or since such Schedule was last updated, as applicable, (ii) an updated copy of Schedule 3.16 if the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries has registered, applied for registration of, acquired or otherwise obtained ownership of any new Intellectual Property since the Closing Date or since Schedule 3.16 was last updated, as applicable, (iii) an updated copy of Schedule 1 to the Disclosure Letter if any new Material Contract has been entered into since the Closing Date or since Schedule 1 to the Disclosure Letter was last updated, as applicable, together with a copy of each new Material Contract, and (iv) an updated copy of Schedule 4 to the Disclosure Letter if the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries has altered or acquired any insurance

 

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policies since the Closing Date or since Schedule 4 to the Disclosure Letter was last updated.

 

(d)           Reports; SEC Filings; Regulatory Reports; Press Releases; Etc.  Promptly upon their becoming available, (i) copies of all reports (other than those provided pursuant to Section 5.1 and those which are of a promotional nature) and other financial information which the Borrower sends to its shareholders, (ii) copies of all reports and all registration statements and prospectuses, if any, which the Borrower may make to, or file with, the SEC (or any successor or analogous Governmental Authority) or any securities exchange or other private regulatory authority and (iii) all material regulatory reports.

 

(e)           Calculations.  Within ninety (90) days after the end of each fiscal year of the Borrower, a certificate containing the amount of all acquisitions and all Investments (including Permitted Acquisitions) made during the prior fiscal year.

 

(f)            Management Letters; Etc.  Promptly upon receipt thereof, a copy or summary of any other report, or “management letter” or similar report submitted by independent accountants to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries in connection with any annual, interim or special audit of the books of such Person.

 

(g)           General Information. Promptly, such additional financial and other information as the Administrative Agent, on behalf of any Lender, may from time to time reasonably request.

 

Section 5.3            Payment of Taxes and Other Obligations.

 

Pay, discharge or otherwise satisfy at or before maturity or before they become delinquent, as the case may be, subject, where applicable, to specified grace periods, (a) all of its taxes (Federal, state, local and any other taxes) and (b) all of its other obligations and liabilities of whatever nature in accordance with industry practice and (c) any additional costs that are imposed as a result of any failure to so pay, discharge or otherwise satisfy such taxes, obligations and liabilities, except when the amount or validity of any such taxes, obligations and liabilities is currently being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and reserves, if applicable, in conformity with GAAP with respect thereto have been provided on the books of the Credit Parties.

 

Section 5.4            Conduct of Business and Maintenance of Existence.

 

Except as permitted by Section 6.4, continue to engage in business of the same general type as now conducted by it on the Closing Date and preserve, renew and keep in full force and effect its corporate or other formative existence and good standing, take all reasonable action to maintain all rights, privileges and franchises necessary or desirable in the normal conduct of its business and to maintain its goodwill and comply with all contractual obligations and Requirements of Law.

 

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Section 5.5            Maintenance of Property; Insurance.

 

(a)           Keep all material property useful and necessary in its business in good working order and condition (ordinary wear and tear and obsolescence excepted).

 

(b)           Maintain with financially sound and reputable insurance companies liability, casualty, property and business interruption insurance (including, without limitation, insurance with respect to its tangible Collateral) in at least such amounts and against at least such risks as are usually insured against in the same general area by companies engaged in the same or a similar business; and furnish to the Administrative Agent, upon the request of the Administrative Agent, full information as to the insurance carried. The Administrative Agent shall be named (i) as Lender’s loss payee, as its interest may appear with respect to any property insurance, and (ii) as additional insured, as its interest may appear, with respect to any such liability insurance, and each provider of any such insurance shall agree, by endorsement upon the policy or policies issued by it or by independent instruments to be furnished to the Administrative Agent, that it will give the Administrative Agent thirty (30) days prior written notice before any such policy or policies shall be altered or canceled, and such policies shall provide that no act or default of the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries or any other Person shall affect the rights of the Administrative Agent or the Lenders under such policy or policies.

 

(c)           In case of any material loss, damage to or destruction of the Collateral of any Credit Party or any part thereof, such Credit Party shall promptly give written notice thereof to the Administrative Agent generally describing the nature and extent of such damage or destruction.  In case of any such material loss, damage to or destruction of the Collateral of any Credit Party or any part thereof, if required by the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders, such Credit Party (whether or not the insurance proceeds, if any, received on account of such damage or destruction shall be sufficient for that purpose), at such Credit Party’s cost and expense, will promptly repair or replace the Collateral of such Credit Party so lost, damaged or destroyed.

 

Section 5.6            Inspection of Property; Books and Records; Discussions.

 

Keep proper books, records and accounts in which full, true and correct entries in conformity with GAAP and all Requirements of Law shall be made of all dealings and transactions in relation to its businesses and activities; and permit, during regular business hours and upon reasonable notice by the Administrative Agent or any Lender, the Administrative Agent or any Lender to visit and inspect any of its properties and examine and make abstracts from any of its books and records at any reasonable time and as often as may reasonably be desired, and to discuss the business, operations, properties, financial conditions and other conditions of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries with officers and employees of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries and with its independent certified public accountants.

 

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Section 5.7            Notices.

 

Give notice in writing to the Administrative Agent (which shall promptly transmit such notice to each Lender):

 

(a)           promptly, but in any event within three (3) Business Days after any Credit Party knows thereof, the occurrence of any Default or Event of Default;

 

(b)           promptly, any default or event of default under any Contractual Obligation of any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries which, individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect or involve a monetary claim in excess of $5,000,000;

 

(c)           promptly, any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding known or threatened to any Credit Party (i) affecting any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries which, individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect or involve a monetary claim in excess of $5,000,000 or involving injunctions or requesting injunctive relief by or against any Credit Party or any Subsidiary of any Credit Party, (ii) affecting or with respect to this Agreement, any other Credit Document or any security interest or Lien created thereunder, (iii) involving an environmental claim or potential liability under Environmental Laws which could reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect, or (iv) by any Governmental Authority relating to the Borrower or any Subsidiary thereof and alleging fraud, deception or willful misconduct by such Person;

 

(d)           of any labor controversy that has resulted in, or threatens to result in, a strike or other work action against any Credit Party which could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect;

 

(e)           of any attachment, judgment, lien, levy or order exceeding $5,000,000 that may be assessed against or threatened against any Credit Party other than Permitted Liens;

 

(f)            as soon as possible and in any event within thirty (30) days after any Credit Party knows or has reason to know thereof: (i) the occurrence or expected occurrence of any Reportable Event with respect to any Plan, a failure to make any required contribution to a Plan, the creation of any Lien in favor of the PBGC (other than a Permitted Lien) or a Plan or any withdrawal from, or the termination, Reorganization or Insolvency of, any Multiemployer Plan or (ii) the institution of proceedings or the taking of any other action by the PBGC or any Credit Party, any Commonly Controlled Entity or any Multiemployer Plan, with respect to the withdrawal from, or the terminating, Reorganization or Insolvency of, any Plan;

 

(g)           promptly after becoming aware of the occurrence of any Internal Control Event;

 

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(h)           as soon as possible and in any event within ten (10) days prior to creating a Domestic Subsidiary, notice of the creation of such Domestic Subsidiary;

 

(i)            promptly, any notice of any material violation received by any Credit Party from any Governmental Authority including, without limitation, any notice of material violation of Environmental Laws; and

 

(j)            promptly, any other development or event which could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

Each notice pursuant to this Section shall be accompanied by a statement of a Responsible Officer setting forth details of the occurrence referred to therein and stating what action the Credit Parties propose to take with respect thereto.  In the case of any notice of a Default or Event of Default, the Borrower shall specify that such notice is a Default or Event of Default notice on the face thereof.

 

Section 5.8            Environmental Laws.

 

(a)           Except as could not reasonably be expected, either individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect, comply with, and ensure compliance in all material respects by all tenants and subtenants, if any, with, all applicable Environmental Laws and obtain and comply with and maintain, and ensure that all tenants and subtenants obtain and comply with and maintain, any and all licenses, approvals, notifications, registrations or permits required by applicable Environmental Laws;

 

(b)           Except as could not reasonably be expected, either individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect, conduct and complete all investigations, studies, sampling and testing, and all remedial, removal and other actions required under Environmental Laws and promptly comply with all lawful orders and directives of all Governmental Authorities regarding Environmental Laws except to the extent that the same are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings; and

 

(c)           Defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, and their respective employees, agents, officers and directors and affiliates, from and against any and all claims, demands, penalties, fines, liabilities, settlements, damages, costs and expenses of whatever kind or nature known or unknown, contingent or otherwise, arising out of, or in any way relating to the violation of, noncompliance with or liability under, any Environmental Law applicable to the operations of the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries or the Properties, or any orders, requirements or demands of Governmental Authorities related thereto, including, without limitation, reasonable attorney’s and consultant’s fees, investigation and laboratory fees, response costs, court costs and litigation expenses, except to the extent that any of the foregoing arise out of the gross negligence or willful misconduct of the party seeking indemnification therefor.  The agreements in this paragraph shall survive repayment of the Credit Party Obligations and all other amounts payable hereunder and termination of the Commitments and the Credit Documents.

 

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Section 5.9            Financial Covenants.

 

Comply with the following financial covenants:

 

(a)           Consolidated Leverage Ratio.  The Consolidated Leverage Ratio, for the four consecutive fiscal quarter period ending as of each fiscal quarter end, shall be less than or equal 3.25 to 1.0 at all times.

 

(b)           Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio.  Beginning with the quarter ended December 31, 2010, the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio, for the four consecutive fiscal quarter period ending as of each fiscal quarter end, shall be greater than or equal to 1.20 to 1.0.

 

Notwithstanding the above, the parties hereto acknowledge and agree that, for purposes of all calculations made in determining compliance for any applicable period with the financial covenants set forth in this Section, (i) after consummation of any Permitted Acquisition, (A) income statement items and other balance sheet items (whether positive or negative) attributable to the Target acquired in such transaction shall be included in such calculations to the extent relating to such applicable period by adding any cost saving synergies associated with such Permitted Acquisition in a manner reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, subject to adjustments mutually acceptable to the Borrower and the Required Lenders, and (B) Indebtedness of a Target which is retired in connection with a Permitted Acquisition shall be excluded from such calculations and deemed to have been retired as of the first day of such applicable period and (ii) after any disposition permitted by Section 6.4(a)(vi), (A) income statement items, cash flow statement items and other balance sheet items (whether positive or negative) attributable to the property or assets disposed of shall be excluded in such calculations to the extent relating to such applicable period, subject to adjustments mutually acceptable to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent (after consultation with the Lenders) and (B) Indebtedness that is repaid with the proceeds of such disposition shall be excluded from such calculations and deemed to have been repaid as of the first day of such applicable period.

 

Section 5.10         Additional Guarantors.

 

The Credit Parties will cause each of their Domestic Subsidiaries, whether newly formed, after acquired or otherwise existing to promptly (and in any event within thirty (30) days after such Domestic Subsidiary is formed or acquired (or such longer period of time as agreed to by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion)) become a Guarantor hereunder by way of execution of a Joinder Agreement.  In connection therewith, the Credit Parties shall give notice to the Administrative Agent not less than ten (10) days prior to creating a Domestic Subsidiary (or such shorter period of time as agreed to by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion), or acquiring the Equity Interest of any other Person.  The Credit Party Obligations shall be secured by, among other things, a first priority perfected security interest in the Collateral of such new Guarantor and a pledge of 100% of the Equity Interest of such new Guarantor and its Domestic Subsidiaries and 65% (or such higher percentage that would not result in material adverse tax consequences for such new Guarantor) of the voting Equity Interest and 100% of the non-voting Equity Interest of its first-tier Foreign Subsidiaries.  In connection

 

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with the foregoing, the Credit Parties shall deliver to the Administrative Agent, with respect to each new Guarantor to the extent applicable, substantially the same documentation required pursuant to Sections 4.1(b) — (f), (j) and 5.12 and such other documents or agreements as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request.

 

Section 5.11         Compliance with Law.

 

(a)           Comply with all Requirements of Law and orders (including Environmental Laws), and all applicable restrictions imposed by all Governmental Authorities, applicable to it and the Collateral if noncompliance with any such Requirements of Law, order or restriction could reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(b)           Comply in all material respects with all Contractual Obligations.

 

Section 5.12         Pledged Assets.

 

(a)           Each Credit Party will cause 100% of the Equity Interest in each of its direct or indirect Domestic Subsidiaries (unless such Domestic Subsidiary is owned by a Foreign Subsidiary) and 65% (to the extent the pledge of a greater percentage would be unlawful or would cause any materially adverse tax consequences to the Borrower or any Guarantor) of the voting Equity Interest and 100% of the non-voting Equity Interest of its first-tier Foreign Subsidiaries, in each case to the extent owned by such Credit Party, to be subject at all times to a first priority, perfected Lien in favor of the Administrative Agent pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Security Documents or such other security documents as the Administrative Agent shall reasonably request.

 

(b)           Subject to the terms of subsection (c) below, each Credit Party will cause its real property located in the United States acquired after the Closing Date and all tangible and intangible personal property now owned or hereafter acquired to be subject at all times to a first priority, perfected Lien (subject in each case to Permitted Liens) in favor of the Administrative Agent pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Security Documents or such other security documents as the Administrative Agent shall reasonably request.  Each Credit Party shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, adhere to the covenants set forth in the Security Documents.

 

(c)           To the extent otherwise permitted hereunder, if any Credit Party intends to acquire a fee ownership interest in any real property (“Real Estate”) after the Closing Date and such Real Estate has a fair market value in excess of $5,000,000, it shall provide to the Administrative Agent promptly (i) such security documentation as the Administrative Agent may request to cause such Real Estate to be subject at all times to a first priority, perfected Lien (subject in each case to Permitted Liens) in favor of the Administrative Agent and (ii) such other documentation as the Administrative agent may reasonably request in connection with the foregoing, including, without limitation, title, insurance policies, surveys, environmental reports and opinions of counsel, all in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

 

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(d)           Each Credit Party shall timely and fully pay and perform its obligations under all leases and other agreements with respect to each leased location or public warehouse where any Collateral is or may be located.

 

Section 5.13         Covenants Regarding Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights.

 

(a)           Notify the Administrative Agent promptly if it knows that any material application, letters patent or registration relating to any material Patent, Patent License, Trademark or Trademark License of the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries may become abandoned, or of any adverse determination or development (including, without limitation, the institution of, or any such determination or development in, any proceeding in the United States Patent and Trademark Office or any court) regarding any Credit Party’s or any of its Subsidiary’s ownership of any material Patent or Trademark, its right to patent or register the same, or to enforce, keep and maintain the same, or its rights under any material Patent License or Trademark License.

 

(b)           Notify the Administrative Agent promptly after it knows of any adverse determination or development (including, without limitation, the institution of, or any such determination or development in, any proceeding in any court) regarding any material Copyright or Copyright License of the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries, whether (i) such material Copyright or Copyright License may become invalid or unenforceable prior to its expiration or termination, or (ii) any Credit Party’s or any of its Subsidiary’s ownership of such material Copyright, its right to register the same or to enforce, keep and maintain the same, or its rights under such material Copyright License, may become affected.

 

(c)           (i)            Promptly notify the Administrative Agent of any filing by any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries, either itself or through any agent, employee, licensee or designee (but in no event later than the fifteenth day following such filing), of any application for registration by any Credit Party of any Intellectual Property with the United States Copyright Office or United States Patent and Trademark Office or any similar office or agency in any other country or any political subdivision thereof.

 

(ii)           In accordance with Section 5.2, provide the Administrative Agent and its counsel a complete and correct list of all Intellectual Property owned by or licensed to the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries that have not been set forth as annexes of such documents and instruments showing all filings and recordings for the protection of the security interest of the Administrative Agent therein pursuant to the agreements of the United States Patent and Trademark Office or the United States Copyright Office.

 

(iii)          Upon request of the Administrative Agent, execute and deliver any and all agreements, instruments, documents, and papers as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request to evidence the Administrative Agent’s security interest in the Intellectual Property and the general intangibles referred to in

 

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clauses (i) and (ii), including, without limitation, the goodwill of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries relating thereto or represented thereby (or such other Intellectual Property or the general intangibles relating thereto or represented thereby as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request).

 

(d)           Take all necessary actions, including, without limitation, in any proceeding before the United States Patent and Trademark Office or the United States Copyright Office, to maintain each item of material Intellectual Property of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries, including, without limitation, payment of maintenance fees, filing of applications for renewal, affidavits of use, affidavits of incontestability and opposition, interference and cancellation proceedings.

 

(e)           In the event that any Credit Party becomes aware that any material Intellectual Property owned by any Credit Party is infringed, misappropriated or diluted by a third party in any material respect, notify the Administrative Agent promptly after it learns thereof and, unless the Credit Parties shall reasonably determine that such Intellectual Property is not material to the business of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries taken as a whole, promptly use reasonable efforts to pursue claims for infringement, misappropriation or dilution and to recover damages for such infringement, misappropriation or dilution as reasonably determined by the Credit Parties to be appropriate, and take such other actions as the Credit Parties shall reasonably deem appropriate under the circumstances to protect such material Intellectual Property.

 

Section 5.14         Landlord Waivers.

 

In the case of any personal property Collateral located at premises leased by a Credit Party with a value in excess of $1,000,000, the Credit Parties will promptly provide the Administrative Agent with such estoppel letters, consents and waivers from the landlords on such real property to the extent Borrower is able to secure such letters, consents and waivers after using commercially reasonable efforts (such letters, consents and waivers shall be in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, it being acknowledged and agreed that any landlord waiver in the form of Exhibit 4.1(d) is satisfactory to the Administrative Agent); provided that it is acknowledged and agreed that to the extent such estoppel letters, consents and/or waivers are not delivered prior to the Closing Date, the Credit Parties will provide such estoppel letters, consents and/or waivers to the Administrative Agent within thirty (30) days of the Closing Date (or such other time period as agreed to by the Administrative Agent) to the extent the Borrower is able to secure such letters, consents and waivers after using commercially reasonable efforts.

 

Section 5.15         Federal Assignment of Claims Act.

 

The Borrower will execute all documents necessary to comply with the Federal Assignment of Claims Act and comparable state law with respect to the accounts arising from any Material Government Contract (to the extent not already delivered to the Administrative Agent), in each case within sixty (60) days (or such extended period of time as agreed to by the Administrative Agent) after entering into such Material Government Contract, such documents

 

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to be held in escrow by the Administrative Agent in accordance with the terms of Section 10(b) of the Security Agreement.

 

Section 5.16         Further Assurances.

 

(a)           Public/Private Designation.  Borrower will cooperate with the Administrative Agent in connection with the publication certain materials and/or information provided by or on behalf of the Borrower to the Administrative Agent and Lenders (collectively, “Information Materials”) pursuant to this Article V and will designate Information Materials (i) that are either available to the public or not material with respect to the Borrower and its Subsidiaries or any of their respective securities for purposes of United States federal and state securities laws, as “Public Information” and (ii) that are not Public Information as “Private Information”.

 

(b)           Intellectual Property.  Within ninety (90) days after the Closing Date (or such extended period of time as agreed to by the Administrative Agent) the Administrative Agent shall have received evidence that (i) all chain-of-title issues with respect to the Intellectual Property of the Credit Parties have been resolved to the satisfaction of the Administrative Agent,  (ii) all third party security interests with respect to the Intellectual Property of the Credit Parties have been released of record with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States Copyright Office; provided that any Indebtedness associated with such security interests shall have been paid in full and terminated on or prior to the Closing Date and (iii) the patent/trademark/copyright filings requested by the Administrative Agent in order to perfect the Administrative Agent’s security interest in the Intellectual Property have been properly filed in the appropriate filing offices; provided, however, that with respect to clauses (i) and (ii) above, the Administrative Agent shall be able to waive such requirements to the extent the Administrative Agent shall have received satisfactory evidence from the Credit Parties that the Credit Parties have used commercially reasonable efforts to resolve such chain-of-title issues or obtain such releases and have been unsuccessful.

 

(c)           Other Further Assurances. Upon the reasonable request of the Administrative Agent, promptly perform or cause to be performed any and all acts and execute or cause to be executed any and all documents for filing under the provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code or any other Requirement of Law which are necessary or advisable to maintain in favor of the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, Liens on the Collateral that are duly perfected in accordance with the requirements of, or the obligations of the Credit Parties under, the Credit Documents and all applicable Requirements of Law.

 

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ARTICLE VI

 

NEGATIVE COVENANTS

 

Each of the Credit Parties hereby covenants and agrees that on the Closing Date, and thereafter (a) for so long as this Agreement is in effect, (b) until the Commitments have terminated, (c) until no Note remains outstanding and unpaid and the Credit Party Obligations and (d) until all other amounts owing to the Administrative Agent or any Lender hereunder are paid in full:

 

Section 6.1            Indebtedness.

 

No Credit Party will, nor will it permit any Subsidiary to, contract, create, incur, assume or permit to exist any Indebtedness, except:

 

(a)           Indebtedness arising or existing under this Agreement and the other Credit Documents;

 

(b)           Indebtedness of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries existing as of the Closing Date as referenced in the financial statements referenced in Section 3.1 (and set out more specifically in Schedule 5 to the Disclosure Letter) and any renewals, refinancings or extensions thereof in a principal amount not in excess of that outstanding as of the date of such renewal, refinancing or extension;

 

(c)           Indebtedness of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries incurred after the Closing Date consisting of Capital Leases or Indebtedness incurred to provide all or a portion of the purchase price or cost of construction of an asset; provided that (i) such Indebtedness when incurred shall not exceed the purchase price or cost of construction of such asset; (ii) no such Indebtedness shall be renewed, refinanced or extended for a principal amount in excess of the principal balance outstanding thereon at the time of such renewal, refinancing or extension; and (iii) the total amount of all such Indebtedness shall not exceed $20,000,000 at any time outstanding;

 

(d)           Unsecured intercompany Indebtedness among the Credit Parties;

 

(e)           Indebtedness and obligations owing under Secured Hedging Agreements and other Hedging Agreements entered into in order to manage existing or anticipated interest rate, exchange rate or commodity price risks and not for speculative purposes;

 

(f)            Indebtedness of a Person existing at the time such Person becomes a Subsidiary of a Credit Party in a transaction permitted hereunder in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $50,000,000 for all such Persons during the term of this Agreement; provided that any such Indebtedness was not created in anticipation of or in connection with the transaction or series of transactions pursuant to which such Person became a Subsidiary of a Credit Party;

 

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(g)           Guaranty Obligations (a) in respect of Indebtedness of any Subsidiary to the extent such Indebtedness is permitted to exist or be incurred pursuant to this Section, and (b) to the extent such Guaranty Obligations guaranty the performance of Subsidiaries under real property lease agreements or product sales and service agreements and are entered into in the ordinary course of business;

 

(h)           so long as no Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing or would otherwise arise as a result of the incurrence of such Indebtedness, subordinated or unsecured high yield or convertible debt of the Borrower and refinancings, exchanges, extensions and renewals thereof; provided that (i) such Indebtedness shall have a maturity date at least 365 days after the Maturity Date, (ii) the terms and conditions of such Indebtedness shall be consistent with market terms for similar issuances at such time, (iii) such Indebtedness shall otherwise be on terms and conditions reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, and (iv) after giving effect to any such incurrence, the Consolidated Leverage Ratio, on a pro forma basis, shall be less than or equal to 2.75:1.0;

 

(i)            (A) Foreign Subsidiaries organized under the laws of the United Kingdom may incur cash borrowings (excluding Foreign Mortgage Indebtedness) in an aggregate amount not to exceed $20,000,000, (B) Foreign Subsidiaries not organized under the laws of the United Kingdom may incur cash borrowings (excluding Foreign Mortgage Indebtedness and non-cash Indebtedness under foreign lines of credit) in an aggregate amount not to exceed $15,000,000 and (C) Foreign Subsidiaries may collectively incur Indebtedness under letters of credit in an aggregate amount not to exceed $50,000,000;

 

(j)            letters of credit (to the extent fully cash collateralized) in an aggregate amount not to exceed $50,000,000 at any time outstanding;

 

(k)           other unsecured Indebtedness of the Credit Parties which does not exceed $10,000,000 in the aggregate at any time outstanding; and

 

(l)            Obligations in respect of export/import bank financing arrangements of the Borrower with a lender that is reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, subject to execution and delivery by all relevant parties of documentation (such loan agreements, security agreements and intercreditor agreements) that is reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent, so long as the principal amount of Indebtedness and other obligations secured thereby does not exceed $10,000,000 in the aggregate.

 

Section 6.2            Liens.

 

The Credit Parties will not, nor will they permit any Subsidiary to, contract, create, incur, assume or permit to exist any Lien with respect to any of their respective property or assets of any kind (whether real or personal, tangible or intangible), whether now owned or hereafter acquired, except for Permitted Liens.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a Credit Party shall grant a Lien on any of its assets in violation of this Section, then it shall be deemed to have simultaneously granted an equal and ratable Lien on any such assets in favor of the

 

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Administrative Agent for the ratable benefit of the Lenders and the Hedging Agreement Providers, to the extent such Lien has not already been granted to the Administrative Agent.

 

Section 6.3            Nature of Business.

 

No Credit Party will, nor will it permit any Subsidiary to, alter the character of its business in any material respect from that conducted as of the Closing Date.

 

Section 6.4            Consolidation, Merger, Sale or Purchase of Assets, etc.

 

The Credit Parties will not, nor will they permit any Subsidiary to,

 

(a)           dissolve, liquidate or wind up its affairs, or sell, transfer, lease or otherwise dispose of its property or assets or agree to do so at a future time, except the following, without duplication, shall be expressly permitted:

 

(i)            (A) the sale, transfer, lease or other disposition of inventory and materials in the ordinary course of business and (B) the conversion of cash into Cash Equivalents and Cash Equivalents into cash;

 

(ii)           Dispositions resulting in Extraordinary Receipts for which such Credit Party or such Subsidiary has received any cash insurance proceeds or condemnation or expropriation award with respect to such property or assets;

 

(iii)          the sale, lease, transfer or other disposition of machinery, parts and equipment no longer used or useful in the conduct of the business of the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries;

 

(iv)          (A) the sale, lease or transfer of property or assets from one Credit Party to another Credit Party, (B) the sale, lease or transfer of property or assets from a Subsidiary to a Credit Party, (C) the sale, lease or transfer of property or assets from a Subsidiary that is not a Credit Party to another Subsidiary that is not a Credit Party, (D) the dissolution of any Credit Party to the extent any and all assets of such Credit Party at the time of such dissolution are distributed to another Credit Party, (E) the dissolution of a Subsidiary that is not a Credit Party to the extent any and all assets of such Subsidiary at the time of such dissolution are distributed to another Subsidiary;

 

(v)           the termination of any Hedging Agreement;

 

(vi)          the sale, lease or transfer of property or assets not to exceed $10,000,000 in the aggregate in any fiscal year, excluding transfers made pursuant to Section 6.4(a)(iv);

 

provided that (A) with respect to clauses (i)(A), (ii), (iii) and (vi) above, at least 75% of the consideration received therefor by the Credit Parties or any such Subsidiary shall be

 

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in the form of cash or Cash Equivalents, (B) after giving effect to any disposition pursuant to clause (vi) above, the Credit Parties shall be in compliance on a Pro Forma Basis with the financial covenants set forth in Section 5.9 hereof, recalculated for the most recently ended month for which information is available, and (C) with respect to clauses (iv), (v) and (vi) above, no Default or Event of Default shall exist or shall result therefrom; provided, further, that with respect to sales of assets permitted hereunder only, the Administrative Agent shall be entitled, without the consent of any Lender, to release its Liens relating to the particular assets sold; or

 

(b)           (i) purchase, lease or otherwise acquire (in a single transaction or a series of related transactions) the property or assets of any Person, other than (A) Permitted Acquisitions and Permitted Investments and (B) except as otherwise limited or prohibited herein, purchases or other acquisitions of inventory, materials, property and equipment in the ordinary course of business, or (ii) enter into any transaction of merger or consolidation, except for (A)  Investments or acquisitions permitted pursuant to Section 6.5 so long as the Credit Party subject to such merger or consolidation is the surviving entity, (B) (y) the merger or consolidation of a Subsidiary that is not a Credit Party with and into a Credit Party; provided that such Credit Party will be the surviving entity and (z) the merger or consolidation of a Credit Party with and into another Credit Party; provided that if the Borrower is a party thereto, the Borrower will be the surviving corporation, and (C) the merger or consolidation of a Subsidiary that is not a Credit Party with and into another Subsidiary that is not a Credit Party.

 

For avoidance of doubt, an issuance by the Borrower of its Equity Interests shall not be prohibited by this Section 6.4.

 

Section 6.5            Advances, Investments and Loans.

 

The Credit Parties will not, nor will they permit any Subsidiary to, make any Investment except for Permitted Investments.

 

Section 6.6            Transactions with Affiliates.

 

The Credit Parties will not, nor will they permit any Subsidiary to, enter into any transaction or series of transactions, whether or not in the ordinary course of business, with any officer, director, shareholder or Affiliate other than on terms and conditions substantially as favorable as would be obtainable in a comparable arm’s-length transaction with a Person other than an officer, director, shareholder or Affiliate.

 

Section 6.7            Ownership of Subsidiaries; Restrictions.

 

The Credit Parties will not, nor will they permit any Subsidiary to, create, form or acquire any Subsidiaries, except for (i) Domestic Subsidiaries that are joined as Additional Credit Parties as required by the terms hereof and (ii) Foreign Subsidiaries.  The Credit Parties will not sell, transfer, pledge or otherwise dispose of any Equity Interest or other equity interests in any of their Subsidiaries, nor will they permit any of their Subsidiaries to issue, sell, transfer, pledge or

 

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otherwise dispose of any of their Equity Interest or other equity interests, except in a transaction permitted by Section 6.4.

 

Section 6.8            Corporate Changes; Material Contracts.

 

No Credit Party will, nor will it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, (a) change its fiscal year, (b) amend, modify or change its articles of incorporation, certificate of designation (or corporate charter or other similar organizational document) operating agreement or bylaws (or other similar document) in any respect materially adverse to the interests of the Lenders without the prior written consent of the Required Lenders, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld (c) amend, modify, cancel or terminate or fail to renew or extend or permit the amendment, modification, cancellation or termination of any of its Material Contracts in any respect adverse to the interests of the Lenders without the prior written consent of the Required Lenders, except in the normal course of business, (d) change its state of incorporation, organization or formation without the consent of the Administrative Agent or have more than one state of incorporation, organization or formation or (e) change its accounting method (except in accordance with GAAP) in any manner adverse to the interests of the Lenders without the prior written consent of the Required Lenders, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld.

 

Section 6.9            Limitation on Restricted Actions.

 

The Credit Parties will not, nor will they permit any Subsidiary to, directly or indirectly, create or otherwise cause or suffer to exist or become effective any encumbrance or restriction on the ability of any such Person to (a) pay dividends or make any other distributions to any Credit Party on its Equity Interest or with respect to any other interest or participation in, or measured by, its profits, (b) pay any Indebtedness or other obligation owed to any Credit Party, (c) make loans or advances to any Credit Party, (d) sell, lease or transfer any of its properties or assets to any Credit Party, or (e) act as a Guarantor and pledge its assets pursuant to the Credit Documents or any renewals, refinancings, exchanges, refundings or extension thereof, except (in respect of any of the matters referred to in clauses (a)-(d) above) for such encumbrances or restrictions existing under or by reason of (i) this Agreement and the other Credit Documents, (ii) applicable law, (iii) any document or instrument governing Indebtedness incurred pursuant to Section 6.1(c); provided that any such restriction contained therein relates only to the asset or assets constructed or acquired in connection therewith, or (iv) any Permitted Lien or any document or instrument governing any Permitted Lien; provided that any such restriction contained therein relates only to the asset or assets subject to such Permitted Lien.

 

Section 6.10         Restricted Payments.

 

The Credit Parties will not, nor will they permit any Subsidiary to, directly or indirectly, declare, order, make or set apart any sum for or pay any Restricted Payment, except (a) to make dividends payable solely in the same class of Equity Interest of such Person, (b) to make dividends or other distributions payable to the Credit Parties (directly or indirectly through its Subsidiaries), (c) so long as (i) no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would result therefrom and (ii) the Borrower shall be in pro forma compliance with the financial covenants set forth in Sections 5.9 after giving effect to any such payment, (A) the

 

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Credit Parties may purchase shares (or the equivalent, or rights to acquire shares or the equivalent) held by directors, officers and employees of such Credit Party, (B) the Credit Parties may make regularly scheduled interest payments with respect to Subordinated Debt and (C) the Borrower may repurchase shares of its Equity Interests under the Borrower’s stock purchase program in an aggregate amount not to exceed $50,000,000 during the term of this Agreement as measured by the purchase price paid by the Borrower for such Equity Interests; provided, however, that after giving effect to any such repurchase (y) there shall be at least $25,000,000 of Revolver Availability and (z) the Credit Parties shall demonstrate to the reasonable satisfaction of the Administrative Agent that the Consolidated Leverage Ratio is less than or equal to 2.00 to 1.0 on a Pro Forma Basis.

 

Section 6.11         Amendment of Subordinated Debt.

 

The Credit Parties will not, nor will they permit any Subsidiary to, without the prior written consent of the Required Lenders, amend, modify, waive or extend or permit the amendment, modification, waiver or extension of any term of any document governing or relating to any Subordinated Debt in a manner that is materially adverse to the interests of the Lenders.

 

Section 6.12         Sale Leasebacks.

 

The Credit Parties will not, nor will they permit any Subsidiary to, directly or indirectly, become or remain liable as lessee or as guarantor or other surety with respect to any lease, whether an Operating Lease or a Capital Lease, of any property (whether real, personal or mixed), whether now owned or hereafter acquired, (a) which any Credit Party or any Subsidiary has sold or transferred or is to sell or transfer to a Person which is not a Credit Party or a Subsidiary or (b) which any Credit Party or any Subsidiary intends to use for substantially the same purpose as any other property which has been sold or is to be sold or transferred by a Credit Party or a Subsidiary to another Person which is not a Credit Party or a Subsidiary in connection with such lease.

 

Section 6.13         No Further Negative Pledges.

 

The Credit Parties will not, nor will they permit any Subsidiary to, enter into, assume or become subject to any agreement prohibiting or otherwise restricting the creation or assumption of any Lien upon any of their properties or assets, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, or requiring the grant of any security for such obligation if security is given for some other obligation, except (a) pursuant to this Agreement and the other Credit Documents, (b) pursuant to any document or instrument governing Indebtedness incurred pursuant to Section 6.1(c); provided that any such restriction contained therein relates only to the asset or assets constructed or acquired in connection therewith, and (c) in connection with any Permitted Lien or any document or instrument governing any Permitted Lien; provided that any such restriction contained therein relates only to the asset or assets subject to such Permitted Lien.

 

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Section 6.14         Bank Accounts.

 

Set forth on Schedule 6 to the Disclosure Letter is a complete and accurate list of all checking, savings or other accounts (including securities accounts) of the Credit Parties at any bank or other financial institution, or any other account where money is or may be deposited or maintained with any Person as of the Closing Date.  Upon the Administrative Agent’s request, the Credit Parties agree to execute and delivery any deposit account control agreements or securities account control agreements as the Administrative Agent, in its sole discretion, may deem reasonably necessary; provided that in no event shall deposit account control agreements or securities account control agreement be required for (a) deposit accounts established solely as payroll and other zero balance accounts and (b) deposit accounts, so long the balance in any such account does not exceed $100,000 and the aggregate balance in all such accounts does not exceed $500,000.

 

ARTICLE VII

 

EVENTS OF DEFAULT

 

Section 7.1            Events of Default.

 

An Event of Default shall exist upon the occurrence of any of the following specified events (each an “Event of Default”):

 

(a)           Payment.  (i) The Borrower shall fail to pay any principal on any Loan or Note when due (whether at maturity, by reason of acceleration or otherwise) in accordance with the terms hereof or thereof; or (ii) the Borrower shall fail to reimburse the Issuing Lender for any LOC Obligations when due (whether at maturity, by reason of acceleration or otherwise)  in accordance with the terms hereof; or (iii) the Borrower shall fail to pay any interest on any Loan or any fee or other amount payable hereunder when due (whether at maturity, by reason of acceleration or otherwise) in accordance with the terms hereof and such failure shall continue unremedied for three (3) days; or (iv) or any Guarantor shall fail to pay on the Guaranty in respect of any of the foregoing or in respect of any other Guaranty Obligations hereunder (after giving effect to the grace period in clause (iii)); or

 

(b)           Misrepresentation.  Any representation or warranty made or deemed made herein, in the Security Documents or in any of the other Credit Documents or which is contained in any certificate, document or financial or other statement furnished at any time under or in connection with this Agreement shall prove to have been incorrect, false or misleading in any material respect on or as of the date made or deemed made; or

 

(c)           Covenant Default.  (i) Any Credit Party shall fail to perform, comply with or observe any term, covenant or agreement applicable to it contained in Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.7, 5.9, 5.11, 5.13, or Article VI hereof (other than as set forth in Section 7.1(c)(ii)); (ii) any Credit Party shall fail to perform, comply with or observe any term, covenant or agreement applicable to it contained in Sections 5.1 or 5.2 (to the extent

 

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curable) and such breach or failure to comply is not cured within three (3) Business Days of its occurrence;  or (iii) any Credit Party shall fail to comply with any other covenant contained in this Agreement or the other Credit Documents or any other agreement, document or instrument among any Credit Party, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders or executed by any Credit Party in favor of the Administrative Agent or the Lenders (other than as described in Sections 7.1(a) or 7.1(c)(i) above), and such breach or failure to comply is not cured within thirty (30) days of its occurrence; or

 

(d)           Indebtedness Cross-Default.  (i) Any Credit Party shall default in any payment of principal of or interest on any Indebtedness (other than the Loans, Reimbursement Obligations and the Guaranty) in a principal amount outstanding of at least $5,000,000 for the Borrower and any of its Subsidiaries in the aggregate beyond any applicable grace period (not to exceed 30 days), if any, provided in the instrument or agreement under which such Indebtedness was created; or (ii) any Credit Party shall default in the observance or performance of any other agreement or condition relating to any Indebtedness (other than the Loans, Reimbursement Obligations and the Guaranty) in a principal amount outstanding of at least $5,000,000 in the aggregate for the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries or contained in any instrument or agreement evidencing, securing or relating thereto, or any other event shall occur or condition exist, the effect of which default or other event or condition is to cause, or to permit the holder or holders of such Indebtedness or beneficiary or beneficiaries of such Indebtedness (or a trustee or agent on behalf of such holder or holders or beneficiary or beneficiaries) to cause, with the giving of notice if required, such Indebtedness to become due prior to its stated maturity or to be repurchased, prepaid, deferred or redeemed (automatically or otherwise); or (iii) any Credit Party shall breach or default any payment obligation under any Secured Hedging Agreement; or

 

(e)           Other Cross-Defaults.  The occurrence of any of the following events: (i) the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries shall default in the payment when due under any Material Contract, (ii) the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries shall default in the performance or observance, of any obligation or condition of any Material Contract and such failure to perform or observe such other obligation or condition continues unremedied for a period of thirty (30) days after notice of the occurrence of such default unless, but only as long as, the existence of any such default is being contested by the Credit Parties in good faith by appropriate proceedings and adequate reserves in respect thereof have been established on the books of the Credit Parties to the extent required by GAAP, (iii) the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries shall be debarred or suspended from contracting with any Governmental Authority, (iv) a notice of debarment or suspension shall have been issued to or received by the Borrower or any Subsidiary thereof, or (v) the actual termination of a Material Government Contract or other Material Contract due to alleged fraud, deception or willful misconduct; or

 

(f)            Bankruptcy Default.  (i) A Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries shall commence any case, proceeding or other action (A) under any existing or future law of any jurisdiction, domestic or foreign, relating to bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or relief of debtors, seeking to have an order for relief entered with respect to it, or

 

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seeking to adjudicate it a bankrupt or insolvent, or seeking reorganization, arrangement, adjustment, winding-up, liquidation, dissolution, composition or other relief with respect to it or its debts, or (B) seeking appointment of a receiver, trustee, custodian, conservator or other similar official for it or for all or any substantial part of its assets, or a Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries shall make a general assignment for the benefit of its creditors; or (ii) there shall be commenced against a Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries any case, proceeding or other action of a nature referred to in clause (i) above which (A) results in the entry of an order for relief or any such adjudication or appointment or (B) remains undismissed, undischarged or unbonded for a period of sixty (60) days; or (iii) there shall be commenced against a Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries any case, proceeding or other action seeking issuance of a warrant of attachment, execution, distraint or similar process against all or any substantial part of their assets which results in the entry of an order for any such relief which shall not have been vacated, discharged, or stayed or bonded pending appeal within sixty (60) days from the entry thereof; or (iv) a Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries shall take any action in furtherance of, or indicating its consent to, approval of, or acquiescence in, any of the acts set forth in clause (i), (ii), or (iii) above; or (v) a Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries shall generally not, or shall be unable to, or shall admit in writing their inability to, pay its debts as they become due; or

 

(g)           Judgment Default.  One or more judgments or decrees shall be entered against a Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries involving in the aggregate a liability (to the extent not covered by insurance) of $5,000,000 or more and all such judgments or decrees shall not have been paid and satisfied, vacated, discharged, stayed or bonded pending appeal within ten (10) Business Days from the entry thereof or any injunction, temporary restraining order or similar decree shall be issued against a Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries that, individually or in the aggregate, could result in a Material Adverse Effect; or

 

(h)           ERISA Default.  (i) Any Person shall engage in any “prohibited transaction” (as defined in Section 406 of ERISA or Section 4975 of the Code) involving any Plan, (ii) any material “accumulated funding deficiency” (as defined in Section 302 of ERISA), whether or not waived, shall exist with respect to any Plan or any Lien in favor of the PBGC or a Plan (other than a Permitted Lien) shall arise on the assets of the Credit Parties or any Commonly Controlled Entity, (iii) a Reportable Event shall occur with respect to, or proceedings shall commence to have a trustee appointed, or a trustee shall be appointed, to administer or to terminate, any Single Employer Plan, which Reportable Event or commencement of proceedings or appointment of a trustee is, in the reasonable opinion of the Required Lenders, likely to result in the termination of such Plan for purposes of Title IV of ERISA, (iv) any Single Employer Plan shall terminate for purposes of Title IV of ERISA, (v) a Credit Party, any of its Subsidiaries or any Commonly Controlled Entity shall incur any liability in connection with a withdrawal from, or the Insolvency or Reorganization of, any Multiemployer Plan or (vi) any other similar event or condition shall occur or exist with respect to a Plan; or

 

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(j)            Invalidity of Guaranty.  At any time after the execution and delivery thereof, the Guaranty, for any reason other than the satisfaction in full of all Credit Party Obligations, shall cease to be in full force and effect (other than in accordance with its terms) or shall be declared to be null and void, or any Credit Party shall contest the validity, enforceability, perfection or priority of the Guaranty, any Credit Document, or any Lien granted thereunder in writing or deny in writing that it has any further liability, including with respect to future advances by the Lenders, under any Credit Document to which it is a party; or

 

(k)           Invalidity of Credit Documents.  Any other Credit Document shall fail to be in full force and effect or to give the Administrative Agent and/or the Lenders the security interests, liens, rights, powers, priority and privileges purported to be created thereby (except as such documents may be terminated or no longer in force and effect in accordance with the terms thereof, other than those indemnities and provisions which by their terms shall survive) or any Lien granted pursuant to any Credit Document shall fail, in violation of the terms of this Agreement, to be a first priority, perfected Lien on a material portion of the Collateral; or

 

(l)            Subordinated Debt.  Any default (which is not waived or cured within the applicable period of grace) or event of default shall occur under any Subordinated Debt or the subordination provisions contained therein shall cease to be in full force and effect or shall cease to give the Lenders the rights, powers and privileges purported to be created thereby; or

 

(m)          Uninsured Loss.  Any uninsured damage to or loss, theft or destruction of any assets of the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries shall occur that is in excess of $5,000,000.

 

Section 7.2            Acceleration; Remedies.

 

Upon the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default, then, and in any such event, (a) if such event is a Bankruptcy Event of Default, automatically the Commitments shall immediately terminate and the Loans (with accrued interest thereon), and all other amounts under the Credit Documents (including without limitation the maximum amount of all contingent liabilities under Letters of Credit) shall immediately become due and payable, and (b) if such event is any other Event of Default, any or all of the following actions may be taken:  (i) with the written consent of the Required Lenders, the Administrative Agent may, or upon the written request of the Required Lenders, the Administrative Agent shall, declare the Commitments to be terminated forthwith, whereupon the Commitments shall immediately terminate; (ii) the Administrative Agent may, or upon the written request of the Required Lenders, the Administrative Agent shall, declare the Loans (with accrued interest thereon) and all other amounts owing under this Agreement and the Notes to be due and payable forthwith and direct the Borrower to pay to the Administrative Agent cash collateral as security for the LOC Obligations for subsequent drawings under then outstanding Letters of Credit an amount equal to the maximum amount of which may be drawn under Letters of Credit then outstanding,

 

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whereupon the same shall immediately become due and payable; and/or (iii) with the written consent of the Required Lenders, the Administrative Agent may, or upon the written request of the Required Lenders, the Administrative Agent shall, exercise such other rights and remedies as provided under the Credit Documents and under applicable law.

 

ARTICLE VIII

 

THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT

 

Section 8.1            Appointment and Authority.

 

Each of the Lenders and the Issuing Lender hereby irrevocably appoints Wells Fargo to act on its behalf as the Administrative Agent hereunder and under the other Credit Documents and authorizes the Administrative Agent to take such actions on its behalf and to exercise such powers as are delegated to the Administrative Agent by the terms hereof or thereof, together with such actions and powers as are reasonably incidental thereto.  The provisions of this Article are solely for the benefit of the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Issuing Lender, and neither the Borrower nor any other Credit Party shall have rights as a third party beneficiary of any of such provisions.

 

Section 8.2            Nature of Duties.

 

Anything herein to the contrary notwithstanding, none of the Bookrunners,  Arrangers or other agents listed on the cover page hereof shall have any powers, duties or responsibilities under this Agreement or any of the other Credit Documents, except in its capacity, as applicable, as the Administrative Agent, a Lender or the Issuing Lender hereunder.  Without limiting the foregoing, none of the Lenders or other Persons so identified shall have or be deemed to have any fiduciary relationship with any Lender.  Each Lender acknowledges that it has not relied, and will not rely, on any of the Lenders or other Persons so identified in deciding to enter into this Agreement or in taking or not taking action hereunder.

 

The Administrative Agent may perform any and all of its duties and exercise its rights and powers hereunder or under any other Credit Document by or through any one or more sub-agents appointed by the Administrative Agent.  The Administrative Agent and any such sub-agent may perform any and all of its duties and exercise its rights and powers by or through their respective Related Parties.  The exculpatory provisions of this Article shall apply to any such sub-agent and to the Related Parties of the Administrative Agent and any such sub-agent, and shall apply to their respective activities in connection with the syndication of the credit facilities provided for herein as well as activities as Administrative Agent.

 

Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement to the contrary, the Syndication Agent and Documentation Agents are named as such for recognition purposes only and in their capacities as such shall have no powers, duties, responsibilities or liabilities with respect to this Agreement or the other Credit Documents or the Transactions; it being understood and agreed that the Syndication Agent and the Documentation Agents shall be entitled to all indemnification

 

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and reimbursement rights in favor of the Administrative Agent, as and to the extent, otherwise provided for in this Agreement. Without limitation of the foregoing, the Syndication Agent and the Documentation Agents shall not, solely by reason of this Agreement or any other Credit Document, have any fiduciary relationship in respect of any Lender or any other Person.

 

Section 8.3            Exculpatory Provisions.

 

The Administrative Agent shall not have any duties or obligations except those expressly set forth herein and in the other Credit Documents.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Administrative Agent:

 

(a)           shall not be subject to any fiduciary or other implied duties, regardless of whether a Default has occurred and is continuing;

 

(b)           shall not have any duty to take any discretionary action or exercise any discretionary powers, except discretionary rights and powers expressly contemplated hereby or by the other Credit Documents that the Administrative Agent is required to exercise as directed in writing by the Required Lenders (or such other number or percentage of the Lenders as shall be expressly provided for herein or in the other Credit Documents), provided that the Administrative Agent shall not be required to take any action that, in its opinion or the opinion of its counsel, may expose the Administrative Agent to liability or that is contrary to any Credit Document or applicable law; and

 

(c)           shall not, except as expressly set forth herein and in the other Credit Documents, have any duty to disclose, and shall not be liable for the failure to disclose, any information relating to the Borrower or any of its Affiliates that is communicated to or obtained by the Person serving as the Administrative Agent or any of its Affiliates in any capacity.

 

The Administrative Agent shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken by it (i) with the consent or at the request of the Required Lenders (or such other number or percentage of the Lenders as shall be necessary, or as the Administrative Agent shall believe in good faith shall be necessary, under the circumstances as provided in Sections 9.1 and 7.2) or (ii) in the absence of its own gross negligence or willful misconduct.

 

The Administrative Agent shall not be responsible for or have any duty to ascertain or inquire into (i) any statement, warranty or representation made in or in connection with this Agreement or any other Credit Document, (ii) the contents of any certificate, report or other document delivered hereunder or thereunder or in connection herewith or therewith, (iii) the performance or observance of any of the covenants, agreements or other terms or conditions set forth herein or therein or the occurrence of any Default, (iv) the validity, enforceability, effectiveness or genuineness of this Agreement, any other Credit Document or any other agreement, instrument or document or (v) the satisfaction of any condition set forth in Article IV or elsewhere herein, other than to confirm receipt of items expressly required to be delivered to the Administrative Agent.

 

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Section 8.4            Reliance by Administrative Agent.

 

The Administrative Agent shall be entitled to rely upon, and shall not incur any liability for relying upon, any notice, request, certificate, consent, statement, instrument, document or other writing (including any electronic message, Internet or intranet website posting or other distribution) believed by it to be genuine and to have been signed, sent or otherwise authenticated by the proper Person.  The Administrative Agent also may rely upon any statement made to it orally or by telephone and believed by it to have been made by the proper Person, and shall not incur any liability for relying thereon.  In determining compliance with any condition hereunder to the making of a Loan, or the issuance of a Letter of Credit, that by its terms must be fulfilled to the satisfaction of a Lender or the Issuing Lender, the Administrative Agent may presume that such condition is satisfactory to such Lender or the Issuing Lender unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice to the contrary from such Lender or the Issuing Lender prior to the making of such Loan or the issuance of such Letter of Credit.  The Administrative Agent may consult with legal counsel (who may be counsel for the Borrower), independent accountants and other experts selected by it, and shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken by it in accordance with the advice of any such counsel, accountants or experts.

 

Section 8.5            Notice of Default.

 

The Administrative Agent shall not be deemed to have knowledge or notice of the occurrence of any Default or Event of Default hereunder unless the Administrative Agent has received written notice from a Lender or the Borrower referring to this Agreement, describing such Default or Event of Default and stating that such notice is a “notice of default”.  In the event that the Administrative Agent receives such a notice, the Administrative Agent shall give prompt notice thereof to the Lenders.  The Administrative Agent shall take such action with respect to such Default or Event of Default as shall be reasonably directed by the Required Lenders; provided, however, that unless and until the Administrative Agent shall have received such directions, the Administrative Agent may (but shall not be obligated to) take such action, or refrain from taking such action, with respect to such Default or Event of Default as it shall deem advisable in the best interests of the Lenders except to the extent that this Agreement expressly requires that such action be taken, or not taken, only with the consent or upon the authorization of the Required Lenders, or all of the Lenders, as the case may be.

 

Section 8.6            Non-Reliance on Administrative Agent and Other Lenders.

 

Each Lender and the Issuing Lender expressly acknowledges that neither the Administrative Agent nor any of its officers, directors, employees, agents, attorneys-in-fact or affiliates has made any representation or warranty to it and that no act by the Administrative Agent hereinafter taken, including any review of the affairs of any Credit Party, shall be deemed to constitute any representation or warranty by the Administrative Agent to any Lender.  Each Lender and the Issuing Lender acknowledges that it has, independently and without reliance upon the Administrative Agent or any other Lender or any of their Related Parties and based on such documents and information as it has deemed appropriate, made its own credit analysis and decision to enter into this Agreement.  Each Lender and the Issuing Lender also acknowledges

 

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that it will, independently and without reliance upon the Administrative Agent or any other Lender or any of their Related Parties and based on such documents and information as it shall from time to time deem appropriate, continue to make its own decisions in taking or not taking action under or based upon this Agreement, any other Credit Document or any related agreement or any document furnished hereunder or thereunder.

 

Section 8.7            Indemnification.

 

The Lenders agree to indemnify the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender, and the Swingline Lender in its capacity hereunder and their Affiliates and their respective officers, directors, agents and employees (to the extent not reimbursed by the Borrower and without limiting the obligation of the Borrower to do so), ratably according to their respective Commitment Percentages in effect on the date on which indemnification is sought under this Section, from and against any and all liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, costs, expenses or disbursements of any kind whatsoever which may at any time (including, without limitation, at any time following the payment of the Credit Party Obligations) be imposed on, incurred by or asserted against any such indemnitee in any way relating to or arising out of any Credit Document or any documents contemplated by or referred to herein or therein or the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby or any action taken or omitted by any such indemnitee under or in connection with any of the foregoing; provided, however, that no Lender shall be liable for the payment of any portion of such liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, costs, expenses or disbursements to the extent resulting from such indemnitee’s gross negligence or willful misconduct, as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.  The agreements in this Section shall survive the termination of this Agreement and payment of the Notes, any Reimbursement Obligation and all other amounts payable hereunder.

 

Section 8.8            Administrative Agent in Its Individual Capacity.

 

The Person serving as the Administrative Agent hereunder shall have the same rights and powers in its capacity as a Lender as any other Lender and may exercise the same as though it were not the Administrative Agent and the term “Lender” or “Lenders” shall, unless otherwise expressly indicated or unless the context otherwise requires, include the Person serving as the Administrative Agent hereunder in its individual capacity.  Such Person and its Affiliates may accept deposits from, lend money to, act as the financial advisor or in any other advisory capacity for and generally engage in any kind of business with the Borrower or any Subsidiary or other Affiliate thereof as if such Person were not the Administrative Agent hereunder and without any duty to account therefor to the Lenders.

 

Section 8.9            Successor Administrative Agent.

 

The Administrative Agent may at any time give notice of its resignation to the Lenders, the Issuing Lender and the Borrower.  Upon receipt of any such notice of resignation, the Required Lenders shall have the right, in consultation with the Borrower, to appoint a successor, or an Affiliate of any such bank.  If no such successor shall have been so appointed by the Required Lenders and shall have accepted such appointment within thirty (30) days after the

 

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retiring Administrative Agent gives notice of its resignation, then the retiring Administrative Agent may on behalf of the Lenders and the Issuing Lender, appoint a successor Administrative Agent meeting the qualifications set forth above provided that if the Administrative Agent shall notify the Borrower and the Lenders that no qualifying Person has accepted such appointment, then such resignation shall nonetheless become effective in accordance with such notice and (a) the retiring Administrative Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations hereunder and under the other Credit Documents (except that in the case of any Collateral held by the Administrative Agent on behalf of the Lenders or the Issuing Lender under any of the Credit Documents, the retiring Administrative Agent shall continue to hold such Collateral until such time as a successor Administrative Agent is appointed) and (2) all payments, communications and determinations provided to be made by, to or through the Administrative Agent shall instead be made by or to each Lender and the Issuing Lender directly, until such time as the Required Lenders appoint a successor Administrative Agent as provided for above in this paragraph.  Upon the acceptance of a successor’s appointment as Administrative Agent hereunder, such successor shall succeed to and become vested with all of the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring (or retired) Administrative Agent, and the retiring Administrative Agent shall be discharged from all of its duties and obligations hereunder or under the other Credit Documents (if not already discharged therefrom as provided above in this paragraph).  The fees payable by the Borrower to a successor Administrative Agent shall be the same as those payable to its predecessor unless otherwise agreed between the Borrower and such successor.  After the retiring Administrative Agent’s resignation hereunder and under the other Credit Documents, the provisions of this Article and Section 9.5 shall continue in effect for the benefit of such retiring Administrative Agent, its sub-agents and their respective Related Parties in respect of any actions taken or omitted to be taken by any of them while the retiring Administrative Agent was acting as Administrative Agent.

 

Any resignation by Wells Fargo Bank, as Administrative Agent pursuant to this Section shall also constitute its resignation as Issuing Lender and Swingline Lender.  Upon the acceptance of a successor’s appointment as Administrative Agent hereunder, (a) such successor shall succeed to and become vested with all of the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring Issuing Lender and Swingline Lender, (b) the retiring Issuing Lender and Swingline Lender shall be discharged from all of their respective duties and obligations hereunder or under the other Credit Documents, and (c) the successor Issuing Lender shall issue letters of credit in substitution for the Letters of Credit, if any, outstanding at the time of such succession or make other arrangements satisfactory to the retiring Issuing Lender to effectively assume the obligations of the retiring Issuing Lender with respect to such Letters of Credit.

 

Section 8.10         Collateral and Guaranty Matters.

 

(a)           The Lenders irrevocably authorize and direct the Administrative Agent:

 

(i)            to release any Lien on any Collateral granted to or held by the Administrative Agent under any Credit Document (i) upon termination of the Revolving Commitments and payment in full of all Credit Party Obligations (other than contingent indemnification obligations) and the expiration or termination of all Letters of Credit, (ii) that is transferred or to be transferred as part of or in connection with any sale or other

 

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disposition permitted under Section 6.4 or (iii) subject to Section 9.1, if approved, authorized or ratified in writing by the Required Lenders;

 

(ii)           to subordinate any Lien on any Collateral granted to or held by the Administrative Agent under any Credit Document to the holder of any Lien on such Collateral that is permitted by Section 6.2;

 

(iii)          to release any Guarantor from its obligations under the applicable Guaranty if such Person ceases to be a Guarantor as a result of a transaction permitted hereunder; and

 

(iv)          as provided in Sections 4.1(d)(viii), 4.1(d)(ix) and 4.1(e), to release any Lien on any Collateral granted to or held by the Administrative Agent with respect to any prior Indebtedness.

 

(b)           In connection with a termination or release pursuant to this Section, the Administrative Agent shall promptly execute and deliver to the applicable Credit Party, at the Borrower’s expense, all documents that the applicable Credit Party shall reasonably request to evidence such termination or release.  Upon request by the Administrative Agent at any time, the Required Lenders will confirm in writing the Administrative Agent’s authority to release or subordinate its interest in particular types or items of Collateral, or to release any Guarantor from its obligations under the Guaranty pursuant to this Section.

 

ARTICLE IX

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Section 9.1            Amendments, Waivers and Release of Collateral.

 

Neither this Agreement nor any of the other Credit Documents, nor any terms hereof or thereof may be amended, modified, extended, restated, replaced, or supplemented (by amendment, waiver, consent or otherwise) except in accordance with the provisions of this Section nor may Collateral be released except as specifically provided herein or in the Security Documents or in accordance with the provisions of this Section.  The Required Lenders may or, with the written consent of the Required Lenders, the Administrative Agent may, from time to time, (a) enter into with the Borrower written amendments, supplements or modifications hereto and to the other Credit Documents for the purpose of adding any provisions to this Agreement or the other Credit Documents or changing in any manner the rights of the Lenders or of the Borrower hereunder or thereunder or (b) waive or consent to the departure from, on such terms and conditions as the Required Lenders may specify in such instrument, any of the requirements of this Agreement or the other Credit Documents or any Default or Event of Default and its consequences; provided, however, that no such amendment, supplement, modification, release, waiver or consent shall:

 

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(i)            reduce the amount or extend the scheduled date of maturity of any Loan or Note or any installment thereon, or reduce the stated rate of any interest or fee payable hereunder (except in connection with a waiver of interest at the increased post-default rate set forth in Section 2.8 which shall be determined by a vote of the Required Lenders) or extend the scheduled date of any payment thereof or increase the amount or extend the expiration date of any Lender’s Commitment, in each case without the written consent of each Lender directly affected thereby; or

 

(ii)           amend, modify or waive any provision of this Section or reduce the percentage specified in the definition of Required Lenders, without the written consent of all the Lenders; or

 

(iii)          release the Borrower or all or substantially all of the Guarantors from obligations under the Guaranty, without the written consent of all of the Lenders and Hedging Agreement Providers; or

 

(iv)          release all or substantially all of the Collateral without the written consent of all of the Lenders and Hedging Agreement Providers; or

 

(v)           subordinate the Loans to any other Indebtedness without the written consent of all of the Lenders; or

 

(vi)          permit a Letter of Credit to have an original expiry date more than eighteen (18) months from the date of issuance without the consent of each of the Revolving Lenders; provided, that the expiry date of any Letter of Credit may be extended in accordance with the terms of Section 2.3(a); or

 

(vii)         permit the Borrower to assign or transfer any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement or other Credit Documents without the written consent of all of the Lenders; or

 

(viii)        amend, modify or waive any provision of the Credit Documents requiring consent, approval or request of the Required Lenders or all Lenders without the written consent of the Required Lenders or all the Lenders as appropriate; or

 

(ix)          amend, modify or waive the order in which Credit Party Obligations are paid or in a manner that would alter the pro rata sharing of payments by and among the Lenders in Section 2.11(b) without the written consent of each Lender and each Hedging Agreement Provider directly affected thereby; or

 

(x)           amend, modify or waive any provision of Article VIII without the written consent of the then Administrative Agent; or

 

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(xi)          amend or modify the definition of Credit Party Obligations to delete or exclude any obligation or liability described therein without the written consent of each Lender and each Hedging Agreement directly affected thereby; or

 

(xii)         amend the definitions of “Hedging Agreement,” “Secured Hedging Agreement,” or “Hedging Agreement Provider” without the consent of any Hedging Agreement Provider that would be adversely affected thereby;

 

provided, further, that no amendment, waiver or consent affecting the rights or duties of the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender or the Swingline Lender under any Credit Document shall in any event be effective, unless in writing and signed by the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender and/or the Swingline Lender, as applicable, in addition to the Lenders required hereinabove to take such action.

 

Any such waiver, any such amendment, supplement or modification and any such release shall apply equally to each of the Lenders and shall be binding upon the Borrower, the other Credit Parties, the Lenders, the Administrative Agent and all future Participants, Lenders or assignees.  In the case of any waiver, the Borrower, the other Credit Parties, the Lenders and the Administrative Agent shall be restored to their former position and rights hereunder and under the outstanding Loans and Notes and other Credit Documents, and any Default or Event of Default waived shall be deemed to be cured and not continuing; but no such waiver shall extend to any subsequent or other Default or Event of Default, or impair any right consequent thereon.

 

Notwithstanding any of the foregoing to the contrary, the consent of the Borrower and the other Credit Parties shall not be required for any amendment, modification or waiver of the provisions of Article VIII (other than the provisions of Section 8.9).

 

Notwithstanding the fact that the consent of all the Lenders is required in certain circumstances as set forth above, (a) each Lender is entitled to vote as such Lender sees fit on any bankruptcy reorganization plan that affects the Loans, and each Lender acknowledges that the provisions of Section 1126(c) of the Bankruptcy Code supersedes the unanimous consent provisions set forth herein and (b) the Required Lenders may consent to allow a Credit Party to use cash collateral in the context of a bankruptcy or insolvency proceeding.

 

For the avoidance of doubt and notwithstanding any provision to the contrary contained in this Section 9.1, this Agreement may be amended (or amended and restated) with the written consent of the Credit Parties and the Required Lenders (i) to increase the aggregate Commitments of the Lenders (provided that no Lender shall be required to increase its commitment without its consent), (ii) to add one or more additional borrowing Tranches to this Agreement and to provide for the ratable sharing of the benefits of this Agreement and the other Credit Documents with the other then outstanding Credit Party Obligations in respect of the extensions of credit from time to time outstanding under such additional borrowing Tranche(s) and the accrued interest and fees in respect thereof and (iii) to include appropriately the lenders under such additional borrowing Tranches in any determination of the Required Lenders and/or to provide consent rights to such lenders under subsections (ix) and/or (x) of Section 9.1 corresponding to the consent rights of the other Lenders thereunder.

 

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Section 9.2                                   Notices.

 

(a)                                  Notices Generally.  Except in the case of notices and other communications expressly permitted to be given by telephone (and except as provided in paragraph (b) below), all notices and other communications provided for herein shall be in writing and shall be delivered by hand or overnight courier service, mailed by certified or registered mail or sent by telecopier as follows:

 

(i)            If to the Borrower or any other Credit Party:

 

12525 Chadron Avenue

Hawthorne, CA 90250

Attention:              Chief Financial Officer

Telephone:            (310) 978-0516

Fax:                         (310) 644-6765

 

With a copy to:

 

12525 Chadron Avenue

Hawthorne, CA 90250

Attention: General Counsel

Telephone:            (310) 978-0516

Fax:                         (310) 970-0862

 

(ii)           If to the Administrative Agent:

 

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Administrative Agent

Commercial Banking Group

South Bay RCBO

MAC E2076-052

111 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 530

Long Beach, CA  90802

Attention:              Tom Sigurdson, Vice President

Telephone:            (562) 628-2108

Fax:                         (562) 437-6698

Email:                      sigurdt@wellsfargo.com

 

With a copy to:

 

Moore & Van Allen PLLC

100 N. Tryon St.

Suite 4700

Charlotte, NC 28202

Attention:              William H. Fuller

Telephone:            (704) 331-1059

 

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Fax:                         (704) 378-2059

Email:                      billfuller@mvalaw.com

 

(iii)          if to a Lender, to it at its address (or telecopier number) set forth in its Administrative Questionnaire.

 

Notices sent by hand or overnight courier service, or mailed by certified or registered mail, shall be deemed to have been given when received; notices sent by telecopier shall be deemed to have been given when sent (except that, if not given during normal business hours for the recipient, shall be deemed to have been given at the opening of business on the next business day for the recipient).  Notices delivered through electronic communications to the extent provided in paragraph (b) below, shall be effective as provided in said paragraph (b).

 

(b)                                 Electronic Communications.  Notices and other communications to the Lenders and the Issuing Lender hereunder may be delivered or furnished by electronic communication (including e-mail and Internet or intranet websites) pursuant to procedures approved by the Administrative Agent, provided that the foregoing shall not apply to notices to any Lender or the Issuing Lender pursuant to Article II if such Lender or the Issuing Lender, as applicable, has notified the Administrative Agent that it is incapable of receiving notices under such Article by electronic communication.  The Administrative Agent or the Borrower may, in its discretion, agree to accept notices and other communications to it hereunder by electronic communications pursuant to procedures approved by it, provided that approval of such procedures may be limited to particular notices or communications.

 

Unless the Administrative Agent otherwise prescribes, (i) notices and other communications sent to an e-mail address shall be deemed received upon the sender’s receipt of an acknowledgement from the intended recipient (such as by the “return receipt requested” function, as available, return e-mail or other written acknowledgement), provided that if such notice or other communication is not sent during the normal business hours of the recipient, such notice or communication shall be deemed to have been sent at the opening of business on the next business day for the recipient, and (ii) notices or communications posted to an Internet or intranet website shall be deemed received upon the deemed receipt by the intended recipient at its e-mail address as described in the foregoing clause (i) of notification that such notice or communication is available and identifying the website address therefor.

 

(c)                                  Change of Address, Etc.  Any party hereto may change its address or telecopier number for notices and other communications hereunder by notice to the other parties hereto.

 

Section 9.3                                   No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies.

 

No failure to exercise and no delay in exercising, on the part of the Administrative Agent or any Lender, any right, remedy, power or privilege hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof;

 

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nor shall any single or partial exercise of any right, remedy, power or privilege hereunder preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right, remedy, power or privilege.  The rights, remedies, powers and privileges herein provided are cumulative and not exclusive of any rights, remedies, powers and privileges provided by law.

 

Section 9.4                                   Survival of Representations and Warranties.

 

All representations and warranties made hereunder and in any document, certificate or statement delivered pursuant hereto or in connection herewith shall survive the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the Notes and the making of the Loans; provided that all such representations and warranties shall terminate on the date upon which the Commitments have been terminated and all amounts owing hereunder and under any Notes have been paid in full.

 

Section 9.5                                   Payment of Expenses and Taxes; Indemnity.

 

(a)                                  Costs and Expenses.  The Borrower shall pay (i) all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Administrative Agent and its Affiliates (including the reasonable fees, charges and disbursements of counsel for the Administrative Agent), and shall pay all fees and time charges and disbursements for attorneys who may be employees of the Administrative Agent, in connection with the syndication of the credit facilities provided for herein, the preparation, negotiation, execution, delivery and administration of this Agreement and the other Credit Documents or any amendments, modifications or waivers of the provisions hereof or thereof (whether or not the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby shall be consummated), (ii) all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Issuing Lender and the Swingline Lender in connection with the issuance, amendment, renewal or extension of any Letter of Credit or Swingline Loan or any demand for payment thereunder and (iii) all out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Administrative Agent, any Lender, the Issuing Lender or the Swingline Lender (including the fees, charges and disbursements of any counsel for the Administrative Agent, any Lender or the Issuing Lender), and shall pay all fees and time charges for attorneys who may be employees of the Administrative Agent, any Lender, the Issuing Lender or the Swingline Lender, in connection with the enforcement or protection of its rights (A) in connection with this Agreement and the other Credit Documents, including its rights under this Section, or (B) in connection with the Loans made or Letters of Credit issued hereunder, including all such out-of-pocket expenses incurred during any workout, restructuring or negotiations in respect of such Loans or Letters of Credit; provided, however, that with respect to the above clause (iii), the Borrower shall only pay the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for a single counsel selected by the Administrative Agent and a single counsel selected by all of the Lenders (unless any such Lender, in good faith, shall reasonably determine that there is a conflict of interest that causes it to be necessary for such Lender to be represented by separate counsel).

 

(b)                                 Indemnification by the Borrower.  The Borrower shall indemnify the Administrative Agent (and any sub-agent thereof), each Lender, the Issuing Lender and the Swingline Lender, and each Related Party of any of the foregoing Persons (each such

 

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Person being called an “Indemnitee”) against, and hold each Indemnitee harmless from, any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities and related expenses (including the reasonable and documented fees, charges and disbursements of any one counsel for the Indemnitees collectively, and, if reasonably necessary, a conflicts counsel), and shall indemnify and hold harmless each Indemnitee from all fees and time charges and disbursements for attorneys who may be employees of any Indemnitee, incurred by any Indemnitee or asserted against any Indemnitee by any third party or by the Borrower or any other Credit Party arising out of, in connection with, or as a result of (i) the execution or delivery of this Agreement, any other Credit Document or any agreement or instrument contemplated hereby or thereby, the performance by the parties hereto of their respective obligations hereunder or thereunder or the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby, (ii) any Loan or Letter of Credit or the use or proposed use of the proceeds therefrom (including any refusal by the Issuing Lender to honor a demand for payment under a Letter of Credit if the documents presented in connection with such demand do not strictly comply with the terms of such Letter of Credit), (iii) any actual or alleged presence or release of Materials of Environmental Concern on or from any property owned or operated by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, or any liability under Environmental Law related in any way to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, or (iv) any actual or prospective claim, litigation, investigation or proceeding relating to any of the foregoing, whether based on contract, tort or any other theory, whether brought by a third party or by the Borrower or any other Credit Party, and regardless of whether any Indemnitee is a party thereto, provided that such indemnity shall not, as to any Indemnitee, be available to the extent that such losses, claims, damages, liabilities or related expenses (A) are determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final and nonappealable judgment to have resulted from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of such Indemnitee or (B) result from a claim brought by the Borrower or any other Credit Party against an Indemnitee for breach in bad faith of such Indemnitee’s obligations hereunder or under any other Credit Document, if the Borrower or such Credit Party has obtained a final and nonappealable judgment in its favor on such claim as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.

 

(c)                                  Reimbursement by Lenders.  To the extent that the Borrower for any reason fails to indefeasibly pay any amount required under paragraph (a) or (b) of this Section to be paid by it to the Administrative Agent (or any sub-agent thereof), the Issuing Lender, Swingline Lender or any Related Party of any of the foregoing, each Lender severally agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent (or any such sub-agent), the Issuing Lender, Swingline Lender or such Related Party, as the case may be, such Lender’s Commitment Percentage (determined as of the time that the applicable unreimbursed expense or indemnity payment is sought) of such unpaid amount, provided that the unreimbursed expense or indemnified loss, claim, damage, liability or related expense, as the case may be, was incurred by or asserted against the Administrative Agent (or any such sub-agent), the Issuing Lender or Swingline Lender in its capacity as such, or against any Related Party of any of the foregoing acting for the Administrative Agent (or any such sub-agent), Issuing Lender or Swingline Lender in connection with such capacity.

 

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(d)                                 Waiver of Consequential Damages, Etc.  To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the Credit Parties shall not assert, and hereby waives, any claim against any Indemnitee, on any theory of liability, for special, indirect, consequential or punitive damages (as opposed to direct or actual damages) arising out of, in connection with, or as a result of, this Agreement, any other Credit Document or any agreement or instrument contemplated hereby, the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby, any Loan or Letter of Credit or the use of the proceeds thereof.  No Indemnitee referred to in paragraph (b) above shall be liable for any damages arising from the use by unintended recipients of any information or other materials distributed by it through telecommunications, electronic or other information transmission systems in connection with this Agreement or the other Credit Documents or the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby.

 

(e)                                  Payments.  All amounts due under this Section shall be payable promptly/not later than five (5) Business Days after written demand therefor.

 

Section 9.6                                   Successors and Assigns; Participations.

 

(a)                                  Successors and Assigns Generally.  The provisions of this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns permitted hereby, except that neither the Borrower nor any other Credit Party may assign or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of the Administrative Agent and each Lender and no Lender may assign or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations hereunder except (i) to an assignee in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (b) of this Section, (ii) by way of participation in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (d) of this Section or (iii) by way of pledge or assignment of a security interest subject to the restrictions of paragraph (f) of this Section (and any other attempted assignment or transfer by any party hereto shall be null and void).  Nothing in this Agreement, expressed or implied, shall be construed to confer upon any Person (other than the parties hereto, their respective successors and assigns permitted hereby, Participants to the extent provided in paragraph (d) of this Section and, to the extent expressly contemplated hereby, the Related Parties of each of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders) any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or by reason of this Agreement.

 

(b)                                 Assignments by Lenders.  Any Lender may at any time assign to one or more assignees all or a portion of its rights and obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and the Loans at the time owing to it); provided that any such assignment shall be subject to the following conditions:

 

(i)                                     Minimum Amounts.

 

(A)                              in the case of an assignment of the entire remaining amount of the assigning Lender’s Commitment and the Loans at the time owing to it or in the case of an assignment to a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund, no minimum amount need be assigned; and

 

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(B)                                in any case not described in paragraph (b)(i)(A) of this Section, the aggregate amount of the Commitment (which for this purpose includes Loans outstanding thereunder) or, if the applicable Commitment is not then in effect, the principal outstanding balance of the Loans of the assigning Lender subject to each such assignment (determined as of the date the Assignment and Assumption with respect to such assignment is delivered to the Administrative Agent or, if “Trade Date” is specified in the Assignment and Assumption, as of the Trade Date) shall not be less than $1,000,000, unless each of the Administrative Agent and, so long as no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, the Borrower otherwise consents (each such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed).

 

(ii)                                  Proportionate Amounts.  Each partial assignment shall be made as an assignment of a proportionate part of all the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement with respect to the Loan or the Commitment assigned.

 

(iii)                               Required Consents.  No consent shall be required for any assignment except to the extent required by paragraph (b)(i)(B) of this Section and, in addition:

 

(A)                              the consent of the Borrower (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) shall be required unless (x) a Default or an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing at the time of such assignment or (y) such assignment is to a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund; provided that the Borrower shall be deemed to have consented to any such assignment unless it shall object thereto by written notice to the Administrative Agent within five (5) Business Days after having received notice thereof;

 

(B)                                the consent of the Administrative Agent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) shall be required for assignments if such assignment is to a Person that is not a Lender with a Commitment in respect of such facility, an Affiliate of such Lender or an Approved Fund with respect to such Lender; and

 

(C)                                the consent of the Issuing Lender and Swingline Lender (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) shall be required for assignments in respect of a Revolving Commitment.

 

(iv)                              Assignment and Assumption.  The parties to each assignment shall execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent an Assignment and Assumption and, if such assignee is not a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved

 

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Fund, a processing and recordation fee of $3,500, and the assignee, if it is not a Lender, shall deliver to the Administrative Agent an Administrative Questionnaire.

 

(v)                                 No Assignment to Certain Persons.  No such assignment shall be made to (A) any Credit Party or any Credit Party’s Affiliates or Subsidiaries or (B) any Defaulting Lender or any of its Subsidiaries or any Person who, upon becoming a Lender hereunder, would constitute any of the foregoing Persons described in this clause (B).

 

(vi)                              No Assignment to Natural Persons.  No such assignment shall be made to a natural person.

 

(vii)                           Certain Additional Payments.  In connection with any assignment of rights and obligations of any Defaulting Lender hereunder, no such assignment shall be effective unless and until, in addition to the other conditions thereto set forth herein, the parties to the assignment shall make such additional payments to the Administrative Agent in an aggregate amount sufficient, upon distribution thereof as appropriate (which may be outright payment, purchases by the assignee of participations or subparticipations, or other compensating actions, including funding, with the consent of the Borrower and the Administrative Agent, the applicable pro rata share of Loans previously requested but not funded by the Defaulting Lender, to each of which the applicable assignee and assignor hereby irrevocably consent), to (A) pay and satisfy in full all payment liabilities then owed by such Defaulting Lender to the Administrative Agent or any Lender hereunder (and interest accrued thereon), and (B) acquire (and fund as appropriate) its full pro rata share of all Loans and participations in Letters of Credit and Swingline Loans in accordance with its Applicable Percentage.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that any assignment of rights and obligations of any Defaulting Lender hereunder shall become effective under applicable Law without compliance with the provisions of this paragraph, then the assignee of such interest shall be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender for all purposes of this Agreement until such compliance occurs.

 

Subject to acceptance and recording thereof by the Administrative Agent pursuant to paragraph (c) of this Section, from and after the effective date specified in each Assignment and Assumption, the assignee thereunder shall be a party to this Agreement and, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Assumption, have the rights and obligations of a Lender under this Agreement, and the assigning Lender thereunder shall, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Assumption, be released from its obligations under this Agreement (and, in the case of an Assignment and Assumption covering all of the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement, such Lender shall cease to be a party hereto) but shall continue to be entitled to the benefits of Sections 2.14 and 9.5 with respect to facts and circumstances occurring prior to the effective date of such assignment.  Any assignment or transfer by a Lender of rights or obligations under this Agreement that does not comply with this

 

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paragraph shall be treated for purposes of this Agreement as a sale by such Lender of a participation in such rights and obligations in accordance with paragraph (d) of this Section.

 

(c)                                  Register.  The Administrative Agent, acting solely for this purpose as an agent of the Borrower, shall maintain at one of its offices in Charlotte, North Carolina a copy of each Assignment and Assumption delivered to it and a register for the recordation of the names and addresses of the Lenders, and the Commitments of, and principal amounts of the Loans owing to, each Lender pursuant to the terms hereof from time to time (the “Register”).  The entries in the Register shall be conclusive, and the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders may treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Register pursuant to the terms hereof as a Lender hereunder for all purposes of this Agreement, notwithstanding notice to the contrary.  The Register shall be available for inspection by the Borrower and any Lender, at any reasonable time and from time to time upon reasonable prior notice.

 

(d)                                 Participations.  Any Lender may at any time, without the consent of, or notice to, the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, sell participations to any Person (other than a natural person or the Borrower or any of the Borrower’s Affiliates or Subsidiaries) (each, a “Participant”) in all or a portion of such Lender’s rights and/or obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and/or the Loans owing to it); provided that (i) such Lender’s obligations under this Agreement shall remain unchanged, (ii) such Lender shall remain solely responsible to the other parties hereto for the performance of such obligations and (iii) the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, Issuing Lender and Swingline Lender shall continue to deal solely and directly with such Lender in connection with such Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement.

 

Any agreement or instrument pursuant to which a Lender sells such a participation shall provide that such Lender shall retain the sole right to enforce this Agreement and to approve any amendment, modification or waiver of any provision of this Agreement; provided that such agreement or instrument may provide that such Lender will not, without the consent of the Participant, agree to any amendment, modification or waiver that affects such Participant.  Subject to paragraph (e) of this Section, the Borrower agrees that each Participant shall be entitled to the benefits of Sections 2.14 and 2.16 to the same extent as if it were a Lender and had acquired its interest by assignment pursuant to paragraph (b) of this Section; provided such Participant agrees to be subject to Section 2.19 as if it were a Lender.  To the extent permitted by law, each Participant also shall be entitled to the benefits of Section 9.7 as though it were a Lender, provided such Participant agrees to be subject to Section 2.11 as though it were a Lender.  Each Lender that sells a participation shall, acting solely for this purpose as a non-fiduciary agent of the Borrower, maintain a register in the United States on which it enters the name and address of each Participant and the principal amounts (and stated interest) of each Participant’s interest in the Loans or other obligations under the Credit Documents (the “Participant Register”).  The entries in the Participant Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and such Lender shall treat each person whose

 

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name is recorded in the Participant register as the owner of such participation for all purposes of this Agreement notwithstanding any notice to the contrary.

 

(e)                                  Limitations Upon Participant Rights.  A Participant shall not be entitled to receive any greater payment under Sections 2.14 and 2.16 than the applicable Lender would have been entitled to receive with respect to the participation sold to such Participant, unless the sale of the participation to such Participant is made with the Borrower’s prior written consent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed).

 

(f)                                    Certain Pledges.  Any Lender may at any time pledge or assign a security interest in all or any portion of its rights under this Agreement to secure obligations of such Lender, including any pledge or assignment to secure obligations to a Federal Reserve Bank; provided that no such pledge or assignment shall release such Lender from any of its obligations hereunder or substitute any such pledgee or assignee for such Lender as a party hereto.

 

Section 9.7                                   Right of Set-off; Sharing of Payments.

 

(a)                                  If an Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, each Lender, the Issuing Lender, and each of their respective Affiliates is hereby authorized at any time and from time to time, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, to set off and apply any and all deposits (general or special, time or demand, provisional or final, in whatever currency) at any time held and other obligations (in whatever currency) at any time owing by such Lender, the Issuing Lender or any such Affiliate to or for the credit or the account of the Borrower or any other Credit Party against any and all of the obligations of the Borrower or such Credit Party now or hereafter existing under this Agreement or any other Credit Document to such Lender or the Issuing Lender, irrespective of whether or not such Lender or the Issuing Lender shall have made any demand under this Agreement or any other Credit Document and although such obligations of the Borrower or such Credit Party may be contingent or unmatured or are owed to a branch or office of such Lender or the Issuing Lender different from the branch or office holding such deposit or obligated on such indebtedness.  The rights of each Lender, the Issuing Lender and their respective Affiliates under this Section are in addition to other rights and remedies (including other rights of setoff) that such Lender, the Issuing Lender or their respective Affiliates may have.  Each Lender and the Issuing Lender agrees to notify the Borrower and the Administrative Agent promptly after any such setoff and application, provided that the failure to give such notice shall not affect the validity of such setoff and application.

 

(b)                                 If any Lender shall, by exercising any right of setoff or counterclaim or otherwise, obtain payment in respect of any principal of or interest on any of its Loans or other obligations hereunder resulting in such Lender’s receiving payment of a proportion of the aggregate amount of its Loans and accrued interest thereon or other such obligations greater than its pro rata share thereof as provided herein, then the Lender receiving such greater proportion shall (i) notify the Administrative Agent of such fact,

 

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and (ii) purchase (for cash at face value) participations in the Loans and such other obligations of the other Lenders, or make such other adjustments as shall be equitable, so that the benefit of all such payments shall be shared by the Lenders ratably in accordance with the aggregate amount of principal of and accrued interest on their respective Loans and other amounts owing them, provided that:

 

(i)                                     if any such participations are purchased and all or any portion of the payment giving rise thereto is recovered, such participations shall be rescinded and the purchase price restored to the extent of such recovery, without interest; and

 

(ii)                                  the provisions of this paragraph shall not be construed to apply to (A)         any payment made by the Borrower pursuant to and in accordance with the express terms of this Agreement or (B) any payment obtained by a Lender as consideration for the assignment of or sale of a participation in any of its Loans or participations in Letters of Credit to any assignee or participant, other than to the Borrower or any Subsidiary thereof (as to which the provisions of this paragraph shall apply).

 

(c)                                  Each Credit Party consents to the foregoing and agrees, to the extent it may effectively do so under applicable law, that any Lender acquiring a participation pursuant to the foregoing arrangements may exercise against each Credit Party rights of setoff and counterclaim with respect to such participation as fully as if such Lender were a direct creditor of each Credit Party in the amount of such participation.

 

Section 9.8                                   Table of Contents and Section Headings.

 

The table of contents and the Section and subsection headings herein are intended for convenience only and shall be ignored in construing this Agreement.

 

Section 9.9                                   Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness; Electronic Execution.

 

(a)                                  Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness.  This Agreement may be executed in counterparts (and by different parties hereto in different counterparts), each of which shall constitute an original, but all of which when taken together shall constitute a single contract.  This Agreement and the other Credit Documents, and any separate letter agreements with respect to fees payable to the Administrative Agent, constitute the entire contract among the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersede any and all previous agreements and understandings, oral or written, relating to the subject matter hereof.  Except as provided in Section 4.1, this Agreement shall become effective when it shall have been executed by the Administrative Agent and when the Administrative Agent shall have received counterparts hereof that, when taken together, bear the signatures of each of the other parties hereto.  Delivery of an executed counterpart of a signature page of this Agreement by telecopy or email shall be effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart of this Agreement.

 

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(b) Electronic Execution of Assignments.  The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature,” and words of like import in any Assignment and Assumption shall be deemed to include electronic signatures or the keeping of records in electronic form, each of which shall be of the same legal effect, validity or enforceability as a manually executed signature or the use of a paper-based recordkeeping system, as the case may be, to the extent and as provided for in any applicable law, including the Federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, the New York State Electronic Signatures and Records Act, or any other similar state laws based on the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.

 

Section 9.10                            Severability.

 

Any provision of this Agreement which is prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability without invalidating the remaining provisions hereof, and any such prohibition or unenforceability in any jurisdiction shall not invalidate or render unenforceable such provision in any other jurisdiction.

 

Section 9.11                            Integration.

 

This Agreement and the other Credit Documents represent the agreement of the Borrower, the other Credit Parties, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders with respect to the subject matter hereof, and there are no promises, undertakings, representations or warranties by the Administrative Agent, the Borrower, the other Credit Parties, or any Lender relative to the subject matter hereof not expressly set forth or referred to herein or therein.

 

Section 9.12                            Governing Law.

 

This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the law of the State of New York.

 

Section 9.13                            Consent to Jurisdiction; Service of Process and Venue.

 

(a)                                  Consent to Jurisdiction. The Borrower and each other Credit Party irrevocably and unconditionally submits, for itself and its property, to the nonexclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of New York and any appellate court from any thereof, in any action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or any other Credit Document, or for recognition or enforcement of any judgment, and each of the parties hereto irrevocably and unconditionally agrees that all claims in respect of any such action or proceeding may be heard and determined in such New York sitting State court or, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, in such Federal court.  Each of the parties hereto agrees that a final judgment in any such action or proceeding shall be conclusive and may be enforced in other jurisdictions by suit on the judgment or in any other manner provided by law.  Nothing in this Agreement or in any other Credit Document shall affect any right that the Administrative Agent, any Lender or the Issuing Lender may otherwise have to bring any action or proceeding relating to this Agreement

 

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or any other Credit Document against the Borrower or any other Credit Party or its properties in the courts of any jurisdiction.

 

(b)                                 Service of Process. Each party hereto irrevocably consents to service of process in the manner provided for notices in Section 9.2.  Nothing in this Agreement will affect the right of any party hereto to serve process in any other manner permitted by applicable law.

 

(c)                                  Venue. The Borrower and each other Credit Party irrevocably and unconditionally waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any objection that it may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or any other Credit Document in any court referred to in paragraph (b) of this Section.  Each of the parties hereto hereby irrevocably waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the defense of an inconvenient forum to the maintenance of such action or proceeding in any such court.

 

Section 9.14                            Confidentiality.

 

Each of the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Issuing Lender agrees to maintain the confidentiality of the Information (as defined below), except that Information may be disclosed (a) to its Affiliates and to its and its Affiliates’ respective partners, directors, officers, employees, agents, advisors and other representatives (it being understood that the Persons to whom such disclosure is made will be informed of the confidential nature of such Information and instructed to keep such Information confidential), (b) to the extent requested by any regulatory authority purporting to have jurisdiction over it (including any self-regulatory authority, such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners), (c) to the extent required by applicable laws or regulations or by any subpoena or similar legal process, (d) to any other party hereto, (e) in connection with the exercise of any remedies hereunder, under any other Credit Document or Secured Hedging Agreement or any action or proceeding relating to this Agreement, any other Credit Document or Secured Hedging Agreement or the enforcement of rights hereunder or thereunder, (f) subject to an agreement containing provisions substantially the same as those of this Section, to any assignee of or Participant in, or any prospective assignee of or Participant in, any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement, (g) (i) any actual or prospective counterparty (or its advisors) to any swap or derivative transaction relating to the Borrower and its obligations, (ii) an investor or prospective investor in securities issued by an Approved Fund that also agrees that Information shall be used solely for the purpose of evaluating an investment in such securities issued by the Approved Fund, (iii) a trustee, collateral manager, servicer, backup servicer, noteholder or secured party in connection with the administration, servicing and reporting on the assets serving as collateral for securities issued by an Approved Fund, or (iv) a nationally recognized rating agency that requires access to information regarding the Credit Parties, the Loans and Credit Documents in connection with ratings issued in respect of securities issued by an Approved Fund (in each case, it being understood that the Persons to whom such disclosure is made will be informed of the confidential nature of such information and instructed to keep such information confidential), (h) with the consent of the Borrower or (i) to the extent such Information (x) becomes publicly available other than as a result of a breach of this Section or (y) becomes available to the

 

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Administrative Agent, any Lender, the Issuing Lender or any of their respective Affiliates on a nonconfidential basis from a source other than the Borrower.

 

For purposes of this Section, “Information” means all information received from the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries relating to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective businesses, other than any such information that is available to the Administrative Agent, any Lender or the Issuing Lender on a nonconfidential basis prior to disclosure by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, provided that, in the case of information received from the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries after the date hereof, such information is clearly identified at the time of delivery as confidential.  Any Person required to maintain the confidentiality of Information as provided in this Section shall be considered to have complied with its obligation to do so if such Person has exercised the same degree of care to maintain the confidentiality of such Information as such Person would accord to its own confidential information.

 

Section 9.15                            Acknowledgments.

 

The Borrower and the other Credit Parties each hereby acknowledges that:

 

(a)                                  it has been advised by counsel in the negotiation, execution and delivery of each Credit Document;

 

(b)                                 neither the Administrative Agent nor any Lender has any fiduciary relationship with or duty to the Borrower or any other Credit Party arising out of or in connection with this Agreement and the relationship between the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, on one hand, and the Borrower and the other Credit Parties, on the other hand, in connection herewith is solely that of debtor and creditor; and

 

(c)                                  no joint venture exists among the Lenders or among the Borrower or the other Credit Parties and the Lenders.

 

Section 9.16                            Waivers of Jury Trial; Waiver of Consequential Damages.

 

EACH PARTY HERETO HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY OTHER CREDIT DOCUMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY OR THEREBY (WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER THEORY).  EACH PARTY HERETO (A) CERTIFIES THAT NO REPRESENTATIVE, AGENT OR ATTORNEY OF ANY OTHER PERSON HAS REPRESENTED, EXPRESSLY OR OTHERWISE, THAT SUCH OTHER PERSON WOULD NOT, IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION, SEEK TO ENFORCE THE FOREGOING WAIVER AND (B) ACKNOWLEDGES THAT IT AND THE OTHER PARTIES HERETO HAVE BEEN INDUCED TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT AND THE OTHER CREDIT DOCUMENTS BY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE MUTUAL WAIVERS AND CERTIFICATIONS IN THIS SECTION.

 

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Section 9.17                            Patriot Act Notice.

 

Each Lender and the Administrative Agent (for itself and not on behalf of any other party) hereby notifies the Borrower that, pursuant to the requirements of the Patriot Act, it is required to obtain, verify and record information that identifies the Borrower and the other Credit Parties, which information includes the name and address of the Borrower and the other Credit Parties and other information that will allow such Lender or the Administrative Agent, as applicable, to identify the Borrower and the other Credit Parties in accordance with the Patriot Act.

 

Section 9.18                            Resolution of Drafting Ambiguities.

 

Each Credit Party acknowledges and agrees that it was represented by counsel in connection with the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the other Credit Documents to which it is a party, that it and its counsel reviewed and participated in the preparation and negotiation hereof and thereof and that any rule of construction to the effect that ambiguities are to be resolved against the drafting party shall not be employed in the interpretation hereof or thereof.

 

Section 9.19                            Continuing Agreement.

 

This Credit Agreement shall be a continuing agreement and shall remain in full force and effect until all Loans, LOC Obligations, interest, fees and other Credit Party Obligations (other than those obligations that expressly survive the termination of this Credit Agreement) have been paid in full and all Commitments and Letters of Credit have been terminated.  Upon termination, the Credit Parties shall have no further obligations (other than those obligations that expressly survive the termination of this Credit Agreement) under the Credit Documents and the Administrative Agent shall, at the request and expense of the Borrower, deliver all the Collateral in its possession to the Borrower and release all Liens on the Collateral; provided that should any payment, in whole or in part, of the Credit Party Obligations be rescinded or otherwise required to be restored or returned by the Administrative Agent or any Lender, whether as a result of any proceedings in bankruptcy or reorganization or otherwise, then the Credit Documents shall automatically be reinstated and all Liens of the Administrative Agent shall reattach to the Collateral and all amounts required to be restored or returned and all costs and expenses incurred by the Administrative Agent or any Lender in connection therewith shall be deemed included as part of the Credit Party Obligations.

 

Section 9.20                            Lender Consent

 

Each Person signing a Lender Consent (a) approves the Credit Agreement, (b) authorizes and appoints the Administrative Agent as its agent in accordance with the terms of Article VIII, (c) authorizes the Administrative Agent to execute and deliver this Agreement on its behalf, and (d) is a Lender hereunder and therefore shall have all the rights and obligations of a Lender under this Agreement as if such Person had directly executed and delivered a signature page to this Agreement.

 

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Section 9.21                            Judgment Currency.

 

If, for the purposes of obtaining judgment in any court, it is necessary to convert a sum due hereunder or any other Credit Document in one currency into another currency, the rate of exchange used shall be that at which in accordance with normal banking procedures the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender or other applicable Lender could purchase the first currency with such other currency on the Business Day preceding that on which final judgment is given.  The obligation of the Borrower in respect of any such sum due from it to Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender or other applicable Lender hereunder or under the other Credit Documents shall, notwithstanding any judgment in a currency (the “Judgment Currency”) other than that in which such sum is denominated in accordance with the applicable provisions of this Agreement (the “Agreement Currency”), be discharged only to the extent that on the Business Day following receipt by the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender or other applicable Lender of any sum adjudged to be so due in the Judgment Currency, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender or other applicable Lender may in accordance with normal banking procedures purchase the Agreement Currency with the Judgment Currency.  If the amount of the Agreement Currency so purchased is less than the sum originally due to the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender or other applicable Lender from the Borrower in the Agreement Currency, the Borrower agrees, as a separate obligation and notwithstanding any such judgment, to indemnify the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender or other applicable Lender against such loss.  If the amount of the Agreement Currency so purchased is greater than the sum originally due to the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender or other applicable Lender in such currency, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender or other applicable Lender agrees to return the amount of any excess to the Borrower (or to any other Person who may be entitled thereto under applicable law).

 

Section 9.22                            Press Releases and Related Matters.

 

The Credit Parties and their Affiliates agree that they will not in the future issue any press releases or other public disclosure using the name of Administrative Agent or any Lender or their respective Affiliates or referring to this Agreement or any of the Credit Documents without the prior written consent of such Person, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed, unless (and only to the extent that) the Credit Parties or such Affiliate is required to do so under law and then, in any event, the Credit Parties or such Affiliate will consult with such Person before issuing such press release or other public disclosure.  The Credit Parties consent to the publication by Administrative Agent or any Lender of customary advertising material relating to the Transactions using the name, product photographs, logo or trademark of the Credit Parties.

 

Section 9.23                            No Advisory or Fiduciary Responsibility.

 

In connection with all aspects of each Transaction, each of the Credit Parties acknowledges and agrees, and acknowledges its Affiliates’ understanding, that:  (a) the credit facility provided for hereunder and any related arranging or other services in connection therewith (including in connection with any amendment, waiver or other modification hereof or of any other Credit Document) are an arm’s-length commercial transaction between the Credit

 

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Parties and their Affiliates, on the one hand, and the Administrative Agent and the Arrangers, on the other hand, and the Credit Parties are capable of evaluating and understanding and understands and accepts the terms, risks and conditions of the Transactions and by the other Credit Documents (including any amendment, waiver or other modification hereof or thereof); (b) in connection with the process leading to such transaction, the Administrative Agent and the Arrangers each are and have been acting solely as a principal and is not the financial advisor, agent or fiduciary, for any Credit Party or any of their Affiliates, stockholders, creditors or employees or any other Person; (c) neither the Administrative Agent nor the Arrangers have assumed or will assume an advisory, agency or fiduciary responsibility in favor of any Credit Party with respect to any of the Transactions or the process leading thereto, including with respect to any amendment, waiver or other modification hereof or of any other Credit Document (irrespective of whether the Administrative Agent or the Arrangers have advised or are currently advising any Credit Party or any of its Affiliates on other matters) and neither the Administrative Agent nor the Arrangers have any obligation to any Credit Party or any of their Affiliates with respect to the Transactions except those obligations expressly set forth herein and in the other Credit Documents; (d) the Administrative Agent and the Arrangers and their respective Affiliates may be engaged in a broad range of transactions that involve interests that differ from those of the Credit Parties and their Affiliates, and neither the Administrative Agent nor the Arrangers have any obligation to disclose any of such interests by virtue of any advisory, agency or fiduciary relationship; and (e) the Administrative Agent and the Arrangers have not provided and will not provide any legal, accounting, regulatory or tax advice with respect to any of the Transactions (including any amendment, waiver or other modification hereof or of any other Credit Document) and the Credit Parties have consulted their own legal, accounting, regulatory and tax advisors to the extent it has deemed appropriate.  Each of the Credit Parties hereby waives and releases, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any claims that it may have against the Administrative Agent or the Arrangers with respect to any breach or alleged breach of agency or fiduciary duty.

 

ARTICLE X

 

GUARANTY

 

Section 10.1                            The Guaranty.

 

In order to induce the Lenders to enter into this Agreement and any Hedging Agreement Provider to enter into any Secured Hedging Agreement and to extend credit hereunder and thereunder and in recognition of the direct benefits to be received by the Guarantors from the Extensions of Credit hereunder and any Secured Hedging Agreement, each of the Guarantors hereby agrees with the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Hedging Agreement Providers as follows:  each Guarantor hereby unconditionally and irrevocably jointly and severally guarantees as primary obligor and not merely as surety the full and prompt payment when due, whether upon maturity, by acceleration or otherwise, of any and all Credit Party Obligations.  If any or all of the indebtedness becomes due and payable hereunder or under any Secured Hedging Agreement, each Guarantor unconditionally promises to pay such indebtedness to the Administrative Agent, the Lenders, the Hedging Agreement Providers, or their respective order, or demand, together with any and all reasonable expenses which may be incurred by the

 

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Administrative Agent or the Lenders in collecting any of the Credit Party Obligations.  The Guaranty set forth in this Article X is a guaranty of timely payment and not of collection.  The word “indebtedness” is used in this Article X in its most comprehensive sense and includes any and all advances, debts, obligations and liabilities of the Borrower, including specifically all Credit Party Obligations, arising in connection with this Agreement, the other Credit Documents or any Secured Hedging Agreement, in each case, heretofore, now, or hereafter made, incurred or created, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, absolute or contingent, liquidated or unliquidated, determined or undetermined, whether or not such indebtedness is from time to time reduced, or extinguished and thereafter increased or incurred, whether the Borrower may be liable individually or jointly with others, whether or not recovery upon such indebtedness may be or hereafter become barred by any statute of limitations, and whether or not such indebtedness may be or hereafter become otherwise unenforceable.

 

Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary contained herein or in any other of the Credit Documents, to the extent the obligations of a Guarantor shall be adjudicated to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason (including, without limitation, because of any applicable state or federal law relating to fraudulent conveyances or transfers) then the obligations of each such Guarantor hereunder shall be limited to the maximum amount that is permissible under applicable law (whether federal or state and including, without limitation, the Bankruptcy Code).

 

Section 10.2                            Bankruptcy.

 

Additionally, each of the Guarantors unconditionally and irrevocably guarantees jointly and severally the payment of any and all Credit Party Obligations of the Borrower to the Lenders and any Hedging Agreement Provider whether or not due or payable by the Borrower upon the occurrence of any Bankruptcy Event and unconditionally promises to pay such Credit Party Obligations to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Lenders and to any such Hedging Agreement Provider, or order, on demand, in lawful money of the United States.  Each of the Guarantors further agrees that to the extent that the Borrower or a Guarantor shall make a payment or a transfer of an interest in any property to the Administrative Agent, any Lender or any Hedging Agreement Provider, which payment or transfer or any part thereof is subsequently invalidated, declared to be fraudulent or preferential, or otherwise is avoided, and/or required to be repaid to the Borrower or a Guarantor, the estate of the Borrower or a Guarantor, a trustee, receiver or any other party under any bankruptcy law, state or federal law, common law or equitable cause, then to the extent of such avoidance or repayment, the obligation or part thereof intended to be satisfied shall be revived and continued in full force and effect as if said payment had not been made.

 

Section 10.3                            Nature of Liability.

 

The liability of each Guarantor hereunder is exclusive and independent of any security for or other guaranty of the Credit Party Obligations of the Borrower whether executed by any such Guarantor, any other guarantor or by any other party, and no Guarantor’s liability hereunder shall be affected or impaired by (a) any direction as to application of payment by the Borrower or by any other party, or (b) any other continuing or other guaranty, undertaking or maximum liability of a guarantor or of any other party as to the Credit Party Obligations of the Borrower,

 

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or (c) any payment on or in reduction of any such other guaranty or undertaking, or (d) any dissolution, termination or increase, decrease or change in personnel by the Borrower, or (e) any payment made to the Administrative Agent, the Lenders or any Hedging Agreement Provider on the Credit Party Obligations which the Administrative Agent, such Lenders or such Hedging Agreement Provider repay the Borrower pursuant to court order in any bankruptcy, reorganization, arrangement, moratorium or other debtor relief proceeding, and each of the Guarantors waives any right to the deferral or modification of its obligations hereunder by reason of any such proceeding.

 

Section 10.4                            Independent Obligation.

 

The obligations of each Guarantor hereunder are independent of the obligations of any other Guarantor or the Borrower, and a separate action or actions may be brought and prosecuted against each Guarantor whether or not action is brought against any other Guarantor or the Borrower and whether or not any other Guarantor or the Borrower is joined in any such action or actions.

 

Section 10.5                            Authorization.

 

Each of the Guarantors authorizes the Administrative Agent, each Lender and each Hedging Agreement Provider without notice or demand (except as shall be required by applicable statute and cannot be waived), and without affecting or impairing its liability hereunder, from time to time to (a) renew, compromise, extend, increase, accelerate or otherwise change the time for payment of, or otherwise change the terms of the Credit Party Obligations or any part thereof in accordance with this Agreement and any Secured Hedging Agreement, as applicable, including any increase or decrease of the rate of interest thereon, (b) take and hold security from any Guarantor or any other party for the payment of this Guaranty or the Credit Party Obligations and exchange, enforce waive and release any such security, (c) apply such security and direct the order or manner of sale thereof as the Administrative Agent and the Lenders in their discretion may determine, (d) release or substitute any one or more endorsers, Guarantors, the Borrower or other obligors and (e) to the extent otherwise permitted herein, release or substitute any Collateral.

 

Section 10.6                            Reliance.

 

It is not necessary for the Administrative Agent, the Lenders or any Hedging Agreement Provider to inquire into the capacity or powers of the Borrower or the officers, directors, members, partners or agents acting or purporting to act on its behalf, and any Credit Party Obligations made or created in reliance upon the professed exercise of such powers shall be guaranteed hereunder.

 

Section 10.7                            Waiver.

 

(a)                                  Each of the Guarantors waives any right (except as shall be required by applicable statute and cannot be waived) to require the Administrative Agent, any Lender or any Hedging Agreement Provider to (i) proceed against the Borrower, any other

 

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guarantor or any other party, (ii) proceed against or exhaust any security held from the Borrower, any other guarantor or any other party, or (iii) pursue any other remedy in the Administrative Agent’s, any Lender’s or any Hedging Agreement Provider’s power whatsoever.  Each of the Guarantors waives any defense based on or arising out of any defense of the Borrower, any other guarantor or any other party other than payment in full of the Credit Party Obligations (other than contingent indemnity obligations), including without limitation any defense based on or arising out of the disability of the Borrower, any other guarantor or any other party, or the unenforceability of the Credit Party Obligations or any part thereof from any cause, or the cessation from any cause of the liability of the Borrower other than payment in full of the Credit Party Obligations.  The Administrative Agent may, at its election, foreclose on any security held by the Administrative Agent or a Lender by one or more judicial or nonjudicial sales, whether or not every aspect of any such sale is commercially reasonable (to the extent such sale is permitted by applicable law), or exercise any other right or remedy the Administrative Agent or any Lender may have against the Borrower or any other party, or any security, without affecting or impairing in any way the liability of any Guarantor hereunder except to the extent the Credit Party Obligations have been paid in full and the Commitments have been terminated.  Each of the Guarantors waives any defense arising out of any such election by the Administrative Agent or any of the Lenders, even though such election operates to impair or extinguish any right of reimbursement or subrogation or other right or remedy of the Guarantors against the Borrower or any other party or any security.

 

(b)                                 Each of the Guarantors waives all presentments, demands for performance, protests and notices, including without limitation notices of nonperformance, notice of protest, notices of dishonor, notices of acceptance of this Guaranty, and notices of the existence, creation or incurring of new or additional Credit Party Obligations.  Each Guarantor assumes all responsibility for being and keeping itself informed of the Borrower’s financial condition and assets, and of all other circumstances bearing upon the risk of nonpayment of the Credit Party Obligations and the nature, scope and extent of the risks which such Guarantor assumes and incurs hereunder, and agrees that neither the Administrative Agent nor any Lender shall have any duty to advise such Guarantor of information known to it regarding such circumstances or risks.

 

(c)                                  Each of the Guarantors hereby agrees it will not exercise any rights of subrogation which it may at any time otherwise have as a result of this Guaranty (whether contractual, under Section 509 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, or otherwise) to the claims of the Lenders or any Hedging Agreement Provider against the Borrower or any other guarantor of the Credit Party Obligations of the Borrower owing to the Lenders or such Hedging Agreement Provider (collectively, the “Other Parties”) and all contractual, statutory or common law rights of reimbursement, contribution or indemnity from any Other Party which it may at any time otherwise have as a result of this Guaranty until such time as the Credit Party Obligations shall have been paid in full and the Commitments have been terminated.  Each of the Guarantors hereby further agrees not to exercise any right to enforce any other remedy which the Administrative Agent, the Lenders or any Hedging Agreement Provider now have or may hereafter have against any Other Party, any endorser or any other guarantor of all or any part of the Credit Party

 

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Obligations of the Borrower and any benefit of, and any right to participate in, any security or collateral given to or for the benefit of the Lenders and/or the Hedging Agreement Providers to secure payment of the Credit Party Obligations of the Borrower until such time as the Credit Party Obligations (other than contingent indemnity obligations) shall have been paid in full and the Commitments have been terminated.

 

Section 10.8                            Limitation on Enforcement.

 

The Lenders and the Hedging Agreement Providers agree that this Guaranty may be enforced only by the action of the Administrative Agent acting upon the instructions of the Required Lenders or such Hedging Agreement Provider (only with respect to obligations under the applicable Secured Hedging Agreement) and that no Lender or Hedging Agreement Provider shall have any right individually to seek to enforce or to enforce this Guaranty, it being understood and agreed that such rights and remedies may be exercised by the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Lenders under the terms of this Agreement and for the benefit of any Hedging Agreement Provider under any Secured Hedging Agreement.  The Lenders and the Hedging Agreement Providers further agree that this Guaranty may not be enforced against any director, officer, employee or stockholder of the Guarantors.

 

Section 10.9                            Confirmation of Payment.

 

The Administrative Agent and the Lenders will, upon request after payment of the Credit Party Obligations which are the subject of this Guaranty and termination of the Commitments relating thereto, confirm to the Borrower, the Guarantors or any other Person that such indebtedness and obligations have been paid and the Commitments relating thereto terminated, subject to the provisions of Section 10.2.

 

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OSI SYSTEMS, INC.

CREDIT AGREEMENT

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be duly executed and delivered by its proper and duly authorized officers as of the day and year first above written.

 

 

BORROWER:

OSI SYSTEMS, INC.,

 

a Delaware corporation

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Alan Edrick

 

Name: Alan Edrick

 

Title: Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

GUARANTORS:

DOLPHIN MEDICAL, INC.,

 

a California corporation

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Deepak Chopra

 

Name: Deepak Chopra

 

Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

 

FERSON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.,

 

a California corporation

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Alan Edrick

 

Name: Alan Edrick

 

Title: Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

 

METOREX SECURITY PRODUCTS, INC.,

 

a California corporation

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Deepak Chopra

 

Name: Deepak Chopra

 

Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

 

OSI DEFENSE SYSTEMS, LLC,

 

a Florida limited liability company

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Alan Edrick

 

Name: Alan Edrick

 

Title: Chief Financial Officer

 



 

OSI SYSTEMS, INC.

CREDIT AGREEMENT

 

 

OSI ELECTRONCS, INC.,

 

a California corporation

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Alan Edrick

 

Name: Alan Edrick

 

Title: Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

 

OSI OPTOELECTRONICS, INC.,

 

a California corporation

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Alan Edrick

 

Name: Alan Edrick

 

Title: Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

 

OSTEOMETER MEDITECH, INC.,

 

a California corporation

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Alan Edrick

 

Name: Alan Edrick

 

Title: Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

 

RAPISCAN LABORATORIES, INC.,

 

a Delaware corporation

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Shiva Kumar

 

Name: Shiva Kumar

 

Title: President

 



 

 

RAPISCAN SYSTEMS, INC.,

 

a California corporation