EX-10.5 8 a18-14563_2ex10d5.htm EX-10.5

Exhibit 10.5

 

Execution Version

 

 

CREDIT AGREEMENT

 

Dated as of May 31, 2018

 

among

 

WYNDHAM DESTINATIONS, INC.,
as the Borrower,

 

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,
as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent,

 

THE LENDERS PARTY HERETO,

 

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A
and
MERRILL LYNCH, PIERCE, FENNER & SMITH INCORPORATED,
as Joint Bookrunners,

 

and

 

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.,
MERRILL LYNCH, PIERCE, FENNER & SMITH INCORPORATED,
BARCLAYS BANK PLC,
DEUTSCHE BANK SECURITIES INC.,
CREDIT SUISSE SECURITIES (USA) LLC,
GOLDMAN SACHS BANK USA,
WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, LLC,
SUNTRUST ROBINSON HUMPHREY, INC.,
THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA
and
MUFG BANK, LTD.

 

as Joint Lead Arrangers for the Revolving Credit Facility

 

and

 

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A
MERRILL LYNCH, PIERCE, FENNER & SMITH INCORPORATED,
BARCLAYS BANK PLC,
DEUTSCHE BANK SECURITIES INC.,
CREDIT SUISSE SECURITIES (USA) LLC,
GOLDMAN SACHS BANK USA,
WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, LLC,
SUNTRUST ROBINSON HUMPHREY, INC.,
THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA
MUFG BANK, LTD.
and
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,

 

as Joint Lead Arrangers for the Term B Facility

 

 



 

Table of Contents

 

 

 

 

 

Page

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE I

 

 

 

 

 

DEFINITIONS AND ACCOUNTING TERMS

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 1.01

 

Defined Terms

 

1

SECTION 1.02

 

Other Interpretive Provisions

 

60

SECTION 1.03

 

Accounting Terms

 

61

SECTION 1.04

 

Rounding

 

61

SECTION 1.05

 

References to Agreements, Laws, Etc.

 

61

SECTION 1.06

 

Times of Day

 

62

SECTION 1.07

 

Timing of Payment or Performance

 

62

SECTION 1.08

 

Exchange Rates; Currency Equivalents Generally

 

62

SECTION 1.09

 

Letter of Credit Amounts

 

63

SECTION 1.10

 

Limited Condition Transactions

 

63

SECTION 1.11

 

Leverage Ratios

 

64

SECTION 1.12

 

Cashless Rolls

 

65

SECTION 1.13

 

Certain Calculations and Tests

 

65

SECTION 1.14

 

Additional Alternative Currencies

 

65

SECTION 1.15

 

Change of Currency

 

66

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE II

 

 

 

 

 

THE COMMITMENTS AND CREDIT EXTENSIONS

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 2.01

 

The Loans

 

66

SECTION 2.02

 

Borrowings, Conversions and Continuation of Loans

 

66

SECTION 2.03

 

Letters of Credit

 

68

SECTION 2.04

 

[Reserved]

 

75

SECTION 2.05

 

Prepayments

 

75

SECTION 2.06

 

Termination or Reduction of Commitments

 

80

SECTION 2.07

 

Repayment of Loans

 

81

SECTION 2.08

 

Interest

 

81

SECTION 2.09

 

Fees

 

82

SECTION 2.10

 

Computation of Interest and Fees

 

82

SECTION 2.11

 

Evidence of Indebtedness

 

82

SECTION 2.12

 

Payments Generally

 

83

SECTION 2.13

 

Sharing of Payments

 

84

SECTION 2.14

 

Incremental Credit Extensions

 

85

SECTION 2.15

 

Extensions of Term Loans and Revolving Credit Commitments

 

87

SECTION 2.16

 

Defaulting Lenders

 

89

SECTION 2.17

 

Permitted Debt Exchanges

 

91

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE III

 

 

 

 

 

TAXES, INCREASED COSTS PROTECTION AND ILLEGALITY

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 3.01

 

Taxes

 

93

SECTION 3.02

 

Inability to Determine Rates

 

96

SECTION 3.03

 

Increased Cost and Reduced Return; Capital Adequacy; Reserves on Eurocurrency Rate Loans

 

97

SECTION 3.04

 

Funding Losses

 

98

SECTION 3.05

 

Matters Applicable to All Requests for Compensation

 

98

 

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SECTION 3.06

 

Replacement of Lenders under Certain Circumstances

 

99

SECTION 3.07

 

Illegality

 

100

SECTION 3.08

 

Survival

 

100

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE IV

 

 

 

 

 

CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO CREDIT EXTENSIONS

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 4.01

 

Conditions to Initial Credit Extension

 

100

SECTION 4.02

 

Conditions to All Credit Extensions

 

102

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE V

 

 

 

 

 

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 5.01

 

Existence, Qualification and Power; Compliance with Laws

 

103

SECTION 5.02

 

Authorization; No Contravention

 

103

SECTION 5.03

 

Governmental Authorization; Other Consents

 

103

SECTION 5.04

 

Binding Effect

 

104

SECTION 5.05

 

Financial Statements; No Material Adverse Effect

 

104

SECTION 5.06

 

Litigation

 

104

SECTION 5.07

 

Ownership of Property; Liens

 

104

SECTION 5.08

 

Environmental Compliance

 

105

SECTION 5.09

 

Taxes

 

105

SECTION 5.10

 

Compliance with ERISA

 

105

SECTION 5.11

 

Subsidiaries; Equity Interests

 

106

SECTION 5.12

 

Margin Regulations; Investment Company Act

 

106

SECTION 5.13

 

Disclosure

 

106

SECTION 5.14

 

Intellectual Property; Licenses, Etc.

 

106

SECTION 5.15

 

Solvency

 

106

SECTION 5.16

 

Collateral Documents

 

106

SECTION 5.17

 

Use of Proceeds

 

107

SECTION 5.18

 

Patriot Act

 

107

SECTION 5.19

 

Sanctioned Persons

 

107

SECTION 5.20

 

FCPA

 

107

SECTION 5.21

 

No EEA Financial Institution

 

107

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE VI

 

 

 

 

 

AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 6.01

 

Financial Statements

 

108

SECTION 6.02

 

Certificates; Other Information

 

108

SECTION 6.03

 

Notices

 

110

SECTION 6.04

 

Maintenance of Existence

 

110

SECTION 6.05

 

Maintenance of Properties

 

110

SECTION 6.06

 

Maintenance of Insurance

 

110

SECTION 6.07

 

Compliance with Laws

 

111

SECTION 6.08

 

Books and Records

 

111

SECTION 6.09

 

Inspection Rights

 

111

SECTION 6.10

 

Covenant to Guarantee Obligations and Give Security

 

111

SECTION 6.11

 

Use of Proceeds

 

113

SECTION 6.12

 

Further Assurances and Post-Closing Covenants

 

113

SECTION 6.13

 

Designation of Subsidiaries

 

113

SECTION 6.14

 

Payment of Taxes

 

114

SECTION 6.15

 

Maintenance of Ratings

 

114

 

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SECTION 6.16

 

Nature of Business

 

114

SECTION 6.17

 

Fiscal Year

 

114

SECTION 6.18

 

U.S. Timeshare Real Property

 

114

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE VII

 

 

 

 

 

NEGATIVE COVENANTS

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 7.01

 

Liens

 

115

SECTION 7.02

 

Investments

 

119

SECTION 7.03

 

Indebtedness

 

122

SECTION 7.04

 

Fundamental Changes

 

126

SECTION 7.05

 

Dispositions

 

127

SECTION 7.06

 

Restricted Payments

 

129

SECTION 7.07

 

Transactions with Affiliates

 

132

SECTION 7.08

 

Prepayments, Etc., of Indebtedness

 

134

SECTION 7.09

 

Financial Covenants

 

135

SECTION 7.10

 

Amendments or Waivers of Organizational Documents

 

135

SECTION 7.11

 

Restrictions on Subsidiaries’ Distributions

 

135

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE VIII

 

 

 

 

 

EVENTS OF DEFAULT AND REMEDIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 8.01

 

Events of Default

 

135

SECTION 8.02

 

Remedies Upon Event of Default

 

138

SECTION 8.03

 

Exclusion of Immaterial Subsidiaries

 

138

SECTION 8.04

 

Application of Funds

 

138

SECTION 8.05

 

Right to Cure

 

140

SECTION 8.06

 

Change of Control

 

140

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE IX

 

 

 

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT AND OTHER AGENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 9.01

 

Appointment and Authorization of Agents

 

141

SECTION 9.02

 

Delegation of Duties

 

142

SECTION 9.03

 

Liability of Agents

 

142

SECTION 9.04

 

Reliance by Agents

 

143

SECTION 9.05

 

Notice of Default

 

144

SECTION 9.06

 

Credit Decision; Disclosure of Information by Agents

 

144

SECTION 9.07

 

Indemnification of Agents

 

144

SECTION 9.08

 

Agents in their Individual Capacities

 

145

SECTION 9.09

 

Successor Agents

 

145

SECTION 9.10

 

Administrative Agent May File Proofs of Claim; Credit Bidding

 

146

SECTION 9.11

 

Collateral and Guaranty Matters

 

147

SECTION 9.12

 

Other Agents; Arrangers and Managers

 

148

SECTION 9.13

 

Appointment of Supplemental Administrative Agents

 

149

SECTION 9.14

 

Withholding Tax

 

149

SECTION 9.15

 

Cash Management Obligations; Secured Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Obligations; Secured Hedge Agreements

 

150

SECTION 9.16

 

[Reserved]

 

150

SECTION 9.17

 

Certain ERISA Matters

 

150

 

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ARTICLE X

 

 

 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 10.01

 

Amendments, Etc.

 

152

SECTION 10.02

 

Notices and Other Communications; Facsimile Copies

 

154

SECTION 10.03

 

No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies

 

156

SECTION 10.04

 

Attorney Costs and Expenses

 

156

SECTION 10.05

 

Indemnification by the Borrower

 

156

SECTION 10.06

 

Payments Set Aside

 

158

SECTION 10.07

 

Successors and Assigns

 

158

SECTION 10.08

 

Confidentiality

 

163

SECTION 10.09

 

Setoff

 

164

SECTION 10.10

 

Counterparts

 

164

SECTION 10.11

 

Integration

 

165

SECTION 10.12

 

Survival of Representations and Warranties

 

165

SECTION 10.13

 

Severability

 

165

SECTION 10.14

 

GOVERNING LAW, JURISDICTION, SERVICE OF PROCESS

 

165

SECTION 10.15

 

WAIVER OF RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY

 

166

SECTION 10.16

 

Binding Effect

 

166

SECTION 10.17

 

[Reserved]

 

166

SECTION 10.18

 

Lender Action

 

166

SECTION 10.19

 

USA PATRIOT Act

 

166

SECTION 10.20

 

Acceptable Intercreditor Agreements

 

166

SECTION 10.21

 

Obligations Absolute

 

167

SECTION 10.22

 

No Advisory or Fiduciary Responsibility

 

167

SECTION 10.23

 

Acknowledgement and Consent to Bail-In of EEA Financial Institutions

 

167

SECTION 10.24

 

Spin-Off Related Provisions

 

168

SECTION 10.25

 

Covenant Suspension Period

 

168

 

SCHEDULES

 

1.01A

 

 

Guarantors

1.01B

 

 

Excluded Subsidiaries

1.01C

 

 

Unrestricted Subsidiaries

1.01D

 

 

Existing Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit

2.01

 

 

Commitments

2.03(a)

 

 

Existing Letters of Credit

5.06

 

 

Litigation

5.07

 

 

Material Real Property

5.08

 

 

 

Environmental Compliance

5.11

 

 

Subsidiaries and Other Equity Investments

6.12

 

 

Post-Closing Covenants

7.01(b)

 

 

Existing Liens

7.02

 

 

Existing Investments

7.03(c)

 

 

Surviving Indebtedness

7.07

 

 

Transactions with Affiliates

10.02

 

 

Administrative Agent’s Office, Principal Office, Certain Addresses for Notices

 

EXHIBITS

 

Form of

 

A

 

 

Assignment and Assumption

B

 

 

Committed Loan Notice

C

 

 

Compliance Certificate

 

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D-1

 

 

First Lien Intercreditor Agreement

D-2

 

 

Second Lien Intercreditor Agreement

E

 

 

Guaranty

F-1

 

 

Revolving Credit Note

F-2

 

 

Term Note

G

 

 

Security Agreement

H

 

 

Discounted Prepayment Option Notice

I

 

 

Lender Participation Notice

J

 

 

Discounted Voluntary Prepayment Notice

K

 

 

United States Tax Compliance Certificates

L

 

 

Officer’s Certificate

M

 

 

Holdings Covenant

 

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CREDIT AGREEMENT

 

This CREDIT AGREEMENT is entered into as of May 31, 2018, among Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (formerly known as Wyndham Worldwide Corporation), a Delaware corporation (the “Borrower”), Bank of America, N.A. (“Bank of America”), as Administrative Agent, Collateral Agent and each lender from time to time party hereto (collectively, the “Lenders” and individually, a “Lender”).

 

PRELIMINARY STATEMENTS

 

1.                                      The Borrower intends to repay the principal, accrued and unpaid interest, fees, premium, if any, and other amounts, under the Existing Revolving Facilities, terminate all commitments thereunder and have all guarantees released (the “Refinancing”).

 

2.                                      Pursuant to an internal reorganization, the Borrower will spin-off of the equity interests of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (“WHR”), its subsidiaries and the hotel management and franchise business of the foregoing, in accordance with the Form 10 (the foregoing, including all transactions necessary to consummate the foregoing, collectively, the “Spin-Off”).

 

3.                                      The Borrower has requested that the Lenders extend credit to the Borrower in the form of (a) Term B Loans in an initial aggregate principal amount of $300,000,000 (“the Term B Facility”) and (b) Revolving Credit Commitments in an initial aggregate principal amount of $1,000,000,000 (the “Initial Revolving Facility”).  The Initial Revolving Facility may include one or more Letters of Credit from time to time.

 

4.                                      The proceeds of the Term B Loans will be used, together with cash on hand of the Borrower and its subsidiaries and subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, to consummate, the Refinancing, the Spin-Off and the other Transactions and for working capital and other general corporate purposes.  Existing letters of credit issued by a Revolving Credit Lender (or an Affiliate thereof) may be “rolled over” on the Closing Date and/or backstopped or replaced by new Letters of Credit issued on the Closing Date.  The proceeds of Revolving Credit Loans made on and after the Closing Date will be used for working capital and other general corporate purposes of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, including Capital Expenditures and the financing of Permitted Acquisitions.

 

7.                                      The applicable Lenders have indicated their willingness to lend, and the L/C Issuer has indicated its willingness to issue Letters of Credit, in each case, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein.

 

In consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements herein contained, the parties hereto covenant and agree as follows:

 

ARTICLE I

 

Definitions and Accounting Terms

 

SECTION 1.01                        Defined Terms.  As used in this Agreement, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:

 

2022 Notes” means the 4.25% senior unsecured notes of the Borrower due 2022.

 

2023 Notes” means the 3.90% senior unsecured notes of the Borrower due 2023.

 

Acceptable Discount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(d)(iii).

 

Acceptable Intercreditor Agreement” means a customary intercreditor agreement, subordination agreement, collateral trust agreement or other intercreditor arrangement (which may, if applicable, consist of a payment waterfall) in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower,

 



 

which shall be deemed reasonably acceptable to the Lenders if (a) substantially in the form of the First Lien Intercreditor Agreement and/or Second Lien Intercreditor Agreement or (b) it (or any material changes to any such agreement specified in clause (a) or previously entered into pursuant to clause (b)) is posted to the Platform and (i) is accepted by the Required Lenders and/or (ii) not otherwise objected to by the Required Lenders within 5 Business Days of being posted.

 

Acceptance Date” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(d)(ii).

 

Accounting Changes” has the meaning specified in Section 1.03(d).

 

Acquired EBITDA” means, with respect to any Acquired Entity or Business or any Converted Restricted Subsidiary for any period, the amount for such period of Consolidated EBITDA of such Acquired Entity or Business or Converted Restricted Subsidiary, as applicable, all as determined on a consolidated basis for such Acquired Entity or Business or Converted Restricted Subsidiary, as applicable.

 

Acquired Entity or Business” has the meaning specified in the definition of the term “Consolidated EBITDA.”

 

Additional Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(e).

 

Additional Revolving Credit Commitment” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(a).

 

Administrative Agent” means, subject to Section 9.13, Bank of America, in its capacity as administrative agent under the Loan Documents, or any successor administrative agent appointed in accordance with Section 9.09.

 

Administrative Agent’s Office” means, with respect to any currency, the Administrative Agent’s address and, as appropriate, account as set forth on Schedule 10.02 with respect to such currency, or such other address or account as the Administrative Agent may from time to time notify the Borrower and the Lenders.

 

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

 

Affiliate” means, with respect to any 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.  “Control” means 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.

 

Affiliated Lender” means the Borrower and its Subsidiaries.

 

After Year-End Transaction” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(b)(i).

 

Agent-Related Persons” means the Agents, together with their respective Affiliates, and the partners, officers, directors, employees, agents, trustees, administrators, managers, advisors, other representatives and attorneys-in-fact and successors and permitted assigns of such Persons and Affiliates.

 

Agents” means, collectively, the Administrative Agent, the Collateral Agent, and the Supplemental Administrative Agents (if any).

 

Aggregate Commitments” means the Commitments of all the Lenders.

 

Aggregate Revolving Credit Commitments” means the Revolving Credit Commitments of all the Revolving Credit Lenders.  The amount of the Aggregate Revolving Credit Commitments on the Closing Date is $1,000,000,000.

 

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Agreement” means this Credit Agreement.

 

Agreement Currency” has the meaning specified in Section 1.08(f).

 

All-In-Rate” means, as to any Indebtedness, the effective yield applicable thereto calculated by the Administrative Agent in consultation with the Borrower in a manner consistent with generally accepted financial practices, taking into account (a) interest rates and interest rate margins (with such interest rate and interest rate margins to be determined by reference to the Eurocurrency Rate), (b) interest rate floors (subject to the proviso set forth below), (c) any amendment to the relevant interest rate margins and interest rate floors prior to the applicable date of determination and (d) original issue discount and upfront or similar fees (based on an assumed four-year life to maturity) paid by the Borrower to the Lenders in connection with the Term B Loans or any applicable Incremental Term Loan Class, but excluding (i) any arrangement, commitment, structuring, underwriting, and any similar fees paid to any arranger (or its affiliates) in connection with the commitment or syndication of such Indebtedness, ticking, unused line fees, consent fees paid to consenting lenders and/or amendment fees and (ii) any other fee that is not paid directly by the Borrower generally to all relevant lenders ratably in the primary syndication of such Indebtedness; provided, however, that (A) to the extent that the LIBOR Screen Rate (with an Interest Period of three months) or Base Rate (without giving effect to any floor specified in the definition thereof) is less than any floor applicable to the Term Loans in respect of which the All-In-Rate is being calculated on the date on which the All-In-Rate is determined, the amount of the resulting difference will be deemed added to the interest rate margin applicable to the relevant Indebtedness for purposes of calculating the All-In-Rate, (B) to the extent that the LIBOR Screen Rate (for a period of three months) or Base Rate (without giving effect to any floor specified in the definition thereof) is greater than any applicable floor on the date on which the All-In-Rate is determined, the floor will be disregarded in calculating the All-In-Rate and (C) any stepdowns in interest rate margins shall be disregarded in calculating the All-In-Rate.

 

Alternative Currency” means, with respect to Revolving Loans and Letters of Credit, Euros, Canadian Dollars and Pounds Sterling and other currencies as may be added with the consent of all Revolving Credit Lenders in accordance with Section 1.14.

 

Alternative Currency Equivalent” means, with respect to an amount denominated in any Alternative Currency, such amount, and with respect to an amount denominated in Dollars or another Alternative Currency, the equivalent in such Alternative Currency of such amount determined at the Exchange Rate on the applicable Valuation Date.

 

Applicable Asset Sale Proceeds” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(b)(ii).

 

Applicable Discount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(d)(iii).

 

Applicable ECF Proceeds” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(b).

 

Applicable Lending Office” means for any Lender, such Lender’s office, branch or affiliate designated for Eurocurrency Rate Loans, Base Rate Loans, L/C Advances or Letters of Credit, as applicable, as notified to the Administrative Agent, any of which offices may be changed by such Lender.

 

Applicable Percentage” means, at any time (a) with respect to any Lender with a Commitment of any Class, the percentage equal to a fraction the numerator of which is the amount of such Lender’s Commitment of such Class at such time and the denominator of which is the aggregate amount of all Commitments of such Class of all Lenders (and with respect to any Letters of Credit issued or participations purchased therein by any Revolving Credit Lender, the percentage equal to a fraction the numerator of which is the amount of such Revolving Credit Lender’s Revolving Credit Commitment at such time and the denominator of which is the Revolving Credit Commitments of all Revolving Credit Lenders) (provided that (i) in the case of Section 2.16 when a Defaulting Lender shall exist, “Applicable Percentage” with respect to any Revolving Credit Facility shall be determined by disregarding any Defaulting Lender’s Revolving Credit Commitment under such Revolving Credit Facility and (ii) if the Revolving Credit Commitments under any Revolving Credit Facility have terminated or expired, the Applicable Percentages of the Lenders under such Revolving Credit Facility shall be determined based upon the

 

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Revolving Credit Commitments most recently in effect) and (b) with respect to the Loans of any Class, a percentage equal to a fraction the numerator of which is such Lender’s Outstanding Amount of the Loans of such Class and the denominator of which is the aggregate Outstanding Amount of all Loans of such Class.

 

Applicable Rate” means a percentage per annum equal to:

 

(a)                                 (i) for Eurocurrency Rate Loans that are Term B Loans, 2.25% and (ii) for Base Rate Loans that are Term B Loans, 1.25%:

 

(b)                                 (i) until delivery of financial statements and a related Compliance Certificate for the first full fiscal quarter commencing after the Closing Date pursuant to Section 6.01, (A) for Eurocurrency Rate Loans that are Revolving Credit Loans, 2.00%, (B) for Base Rate Loans that are Revolving Credit Loans, 1.00% and (C) for Letter of Credit fees pursuant to Section 2.03(g), 2.00% per annum and (ii) thereafter, in connection with Revolving Credit Loans and Letter of Credit fees, the percentages per annum set forth in the table below, based upon the First Lien Leverage Ratio as set forth in the most recent Compliance Certificate received by the Administrative Agent pursuant to Section 6.02(a):

 

Applicable Rate for Revolving Credit Loans

 

Pricing
Level

 

First Lien Leverage
Ratio

 

Letter of
Credit Fees

 

Base Rate for
Revolving
Credit Loans

 

Eurocurrency Rate
for Revolving
Credit Loans

 

I

 

> 3.75:1.00

 

2.25

%

1.25

%

2.25

%

II

 

< 3.75:1.00 and
> 2.50:1.00

 

2.00

%

1.00

%

2.00

%

III

 

< 2.50:1.00

 

1.75

%

0.75

%

1.75

%

 

Any increase or decrease in the Applicable Rate pursuant to clauses (a) and (b) above resulting from a change in the First Lien Leverage Ratio shall become effective as of the first Business Day immediately following the date a Compliance Certificate is delivered pursuant to Section 6.02(a); provided that, if a Compliance Certificate is not delivered within the time frame set forth in Section 6.02(a), the Applicable Rate set forth in “Pricing Level I,” in the applicable table, shall apply commencing with the first Business Day immediately following such date and continuing until the first Business Day immediately following the delivery of such Compliance Certificate.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Applicable Rate in respect of any Class of Additional Revolving Credit Commitments or Extended Revolving Credit Commitments and any Incremental Term Loans, Extended Term Loans or Revolving Credit Loans made pursuant to any Additional Revolving Credit Commitments or Extended Revolving Credit Commitments shall be the applicable percentages per annum set forth in the relevant Incremental Facility Amendment or Extension Offer.

 

In the event that any financial statements or Compliance Certificate delivered pursuant to Section 6.01 or 6.02(a) are, or are shown to be, inaccurate and such inaccuracy, if corrected, would have led to a higher Applicable Rate for any period (an “Applicable Period”) than the Applicable Rate applied for such Applicable Period, then (i) the Borrower shall promptly (and in no event later than five (5) Business Days thereafter) deliver to the Administrative Agent a correct Compliance Certificate for such Applicable Period, (ii) the Applicable Rate shall be determined by reference to the corrected Compliance Certificate and (iii) the Borrower shall pay to the Administrative Agent promptly upon demand (and in no event later than five (5) Business Days after such Compliance Certificate was required to be delivered) any additional interest or Letter of Credit fee owing as a result of such increased Applicable Rate for such Applicable Period, which payment shall be promptly applied by the Administrative Agent in accordance with the terms hereof.  Nothing contained in this paragraph shall in any way limit the rights of the Administrative Agent or the Lenders with respect to Sections 2.08(b) and 8.01; provided, that any underpayment due to change in Applicable Rate shall not in itself constitute a Default or Event of Default under Section 8.01 so long as such additional interest or fees are paid within the time period set forth above.

 

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Appropriate Lender” means, at any time, (a) with respect to Loans of any Class, the Lenders of such Class and (b) with respect to any Letters of Credit, (i) the relevant L/C Issuer and (ii) the Revolving Credit Lenders.

 

Approved Currency” means Dollars and any Alternative Currency.

 

Approved Foreign Bank” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Cash Equivalents.”

 

Approved Fund” means, with respect to any Lender, any Fund that is administered, advised or managed by (a) such Lender, (b) an Affiliate of such Lender or (c) an entity or an Affiliate of an entity that administers, advises or manages such Lender.

 

Arrangers” means, collectively, the Lead Arrangers.

 

Asset Sale Percentage” means, as of any date of determination (a) if the First Lien Leverage Ratio is greater than 3.00:1.00, 100%, (b) if the First Lien Leverage Ratio is less than or equal to 3.00:1.00 and greater than 2.50:1.00, 50%, and (c) if the First Lien Leverage Ratio is less than or equal to 2.50:1.00, 0%.

 

Assignees” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07(b).

 

Assignment and Assumption” means (a) an Assignment and Assumption substantially in the form of Exhibit A and (b) in the case of any assignment of Term Loans in connection with a Permitted Debt Exchange conducted in accordance with Section 2.17, such form of assignment (if any) as may have been requested by the Administrative Agent in accordance with Section 2.17(a)(viii) or, in each case, any other form (including electronic documentation generated by Clearpar® or other electronic platform) approved by the Administrative Agent.

 

Attorney Costs” means and includes all reasonable and documented fees, expenses and disbursements of any law firm or other external legal counsel.

 

Attributable Indebtedness” means, on any date, in respect of any Capitalized Lease of any Person, the capitalized amount thereof that would appear on a balance sheet of such Person prepared as of such date in accordance with GAAP.

 

Audited Financial Statements” means the audited consolidated balance sheets of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2015, December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2017.

 

Auto-Extension Letter of Credit” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(b)(iii).

 

Availability Period” means, the period from the Closing Date to but excluding the earlier of the Maturity Date for such Revolving Credit Facility and the date of termination of the Revolving Credit Commitments under such Revolving Credit Facility in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement.

 

Available Amount” means, at any time (the “Available Amount Reference Time”), without duplication, an amount (which shall not be less than zero) equal to the sum of:

 

(a)                                 the greater of (x) $430,000,000 and (y) 45.0% of Consolidated EBITDA as of the last day of the most recently ended Test Period, plus:

 

(b)                                 50% of Consolidated Net Income for the period from the first day of the fiscal quarter of the Borrower during which the Closing Date occurred to and including the last day of the most recently ended fiscal quarter of the Borrower prior to the Available Amount Reference Time (the amount under this clause (b), the “Growth Amount”); provided that the Growth Amount shall not be less than zero; plus

 

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(c)                                  the amount of any capital contributions (including mergers or consolidations that have a similar effect, with the amount of any non-cash contributions made in connection therewith being determined based on the fair market value (as reasonably determined by the Borrower) thereof) or Net Cash Proceeds from any Permitted Equity Issuance (or issuance of debt securities that have been converted into or exchanged for Qualified Equity Interests) (other than any Cure Amount or any other capital contributions or equity or debt issuances to the extent utilized in connection with other transactions permitted pursuant to Section 7.02, Section 7.03, Section 7.06 or Section 7.08) received by or made to the Borrower during the period from and including the Business Day immediately following the Closing Date through and including the Available Amount Reference Time; plus

 

(d)                                 the aggregate amount of Retained Declined Proceeds and Specified Asset Sale Proceeds during the period from the Business Day immediately following the Closing Date through and including the Available Amount Reference Time; plus

 

(e)                                  to the extent not (i) already included in the calculation of Consolidated Net Income of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries or (ii) already reflected as a return of capital or deemed reduction in the amount of such Investment pursuant to clauses (f), (g), (h) or (i) of this definition or any other provision of Section 7.02, the aggregate amount of all cash dividends and other cash distributions received by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary from any Unrestricted Subsidiary, JV Entity or minority Investment during the period from the Business Day immediately following the Closing Date through and including the Available Amount Reference Time with respect to Investments made under Section 7.02(n), without duplication of any amounts included in clause (e)(1) above from the Business Day immediately following the Closing Date through and including the Available Amount Reference Time; plus

 

(f)                                   to the extent not (i) already included in the calculation of Consolidated Net Income of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, (ii) already reflected as a return of capital or deemed reduction in the amount of such Investment pursuant to clauses (e), (g), (h) or (i) of this definition or any other provision of Section 7.02, or (iii) used to prepay Term Loans in accordance with Section 2.05(b)(ii), the aggregate amount of all cash proceeds received by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in connection with (x) the sale, transfer or other disposition of its direct or indirect ownership interest (including Equity Interests) in any Unrestricted Subsidiary, JV Entity or minority Investment or (y) the sale, transfer or other disposition of any assets of any Unrestricted Subsidiary, JV Entity or minority Investment, in each case, from the Business Day immediately following the Closing Date through and including the Available Amount Reference Time; plus

 

(g)                                  to the extent not (i) already included in the calculation of Consolidated Net Income of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries or (ii) already reflected as a return of capital or deemed reduction in the amount of such Investment pursuant to clauses (e), (f), (h) or (i) of this definition or any other provision of Section 7.02, the aggregate amount of all cash or Cash Equivalent interest, returns of principal, cash repayments and similar payments received by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary from any Unrestricted Subsidiary, JV Entity or minority Investment, from the Business Day immediately following the Closing Date through and including the Available Amount Reference Time in respect of Loans or advances made by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to such Unrestricted Subsidiary, JV Entity or minority Investment; plus

 

(h)                                 to the extent not (i) already included in the calculation of Consolidated Net Income of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries or (ii) already reflected as a return of capital or deemed reduction in the amount of such Investment pursuant to clauses (e), (f), (g) or (i) of this definition or any other provision of Section 7.02, (1) an amount equal to any returns in cash and Cash Equivalents (including dividends, interest, distributions, returns of principal, sale proceeds, repayments, income and similar amounts) actually received by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in respect of any Investments pursuant to Section 7.02; provided, that with respect to Investments made under Section 7.02(n), in no case shall such amount exceed the amount of such Investment made using the Available Amount pursuant to Section 7.02(n) and (2) the fair market value of any Unrestricted Subsidiary which is re-designated as a Restricted Subsidiary or merged, liquidated, consolidated or amalgamated into the Borrower or any

 

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Restricted Subsidiary, in each case, from the Business Day immediately following the Closing Date through and including the Available Amount Reference Time; minus

 

(i)                                     the aggregate amount of (i) any Investments made pursuant to Section 7.02(n) (net of any return of capital in respect of such Investment or deemed reduction in the amount of such Investment, including, without limitation, upon the redesignation of any Unrestricted Subsidiary as a Restricted Subsidiary or the sale, transfer, lease or other disposition of any such Investment), (ii) the initial principal amount of any Indebtedness incurred prior to such time pursuant to Section 7.03(v) (net of any forgiveness of principal of such Indebtedness by the lender thereof), (iii) any Restricted Payment made pursuant to Section 7.06(k) and (iv) any payments made pursuant to Section 7.08(a)(iii)(B), in each case, during the period commencing on the Closing Date through and including the Available Amount Reference Time (and, for purposes of this clause (i), without taking account of the intended usage of the Available Amount at such Available Amount Reference Time).

 

Available Amount Reference Time” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Available Amount.”

 

Bail-In Action” means the exercise of any Write-Down and Conversion Powers by the applicable EEA Resolution Authority in respect of any liability of an EEA Financial Institution.

 

Bail-In Legislation” means, with respect to any EEA Member Country implementing Article 55 of Directive 2014/59/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union, the implementing law for such EEA Member Country from time to time which is described in the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule.

 

Bank of America” has the meaning specified in the recitals hereto.

 

Bankruptcy Code” means Title 11 of the United States Code, as amended.

 

Base Rate” means a fluctuating interest rate per annum in effect from time to time, which rate per annum shall at all times be equal to the highest of:

 

(a)                                 the rate of interest in effect for such day as publicly announced from time to time by Bank of America as its “prime rate”;

 

(b)                                 ½ of 1.00% per annum above the Federal Funds Rate;

 

(c)                                  1.00% per annum; and

 

(d)                                 the Eurocurrency Rate for Dollar deposits for a one month Interest Period on such day (or if such day is not a Business Day, the immediately preceding Business Day) plus 1.00%; provided that, for the avoidance of doubt, the Eurocurrency Rate for any day shall be based on the LIBOR Screen Rate at approximately 11:00 a.m. London time on such day (without any rounding).

 

The “prime rate” is a rate set by Bank of America based upon various factors including Bank of America’s costs, general economic conditions and other factors, and is used as a reference point for pricing some loans, which may be priced at, above, or below such announced rate.  Any change in such prime rate announced by Bank of America shall take effect at the opening of business on the day specified in the public announcement of such change.

 

Base Rate Loan” means a Loan that bears interest at a rate based on the Base Rate.

 

Benefit Plan” means any of (a) an “employee benefit plan” (as defined in ERISA) that is subject to Title I of ERISA, (b) a “plan” as defined in Section 4975 of the Code or (c) any Person whose assets include (for purposes of ERISA Section 3(42) or otherwise for purposes of Title I of ERISA or Section 4975 of the Code) the assets of any such “employee benefit plan” or “plan”.

 

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Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit” means any letter of credit issued by a Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Lender for the account of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower, including all Existing Bi-Lateral Letters of Credit; provided that the aggregate face amount of all undrawn Bi-Lateral Letters of Credit, together with the aggregate amount of outstanding Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Obligations, shall not exceed $100,000,000 at any time.

 

Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Lender” means any Person that is a Lender, Arranger, an Agent or an Affiliate of a Lender, Arranger, or an Agent as of either (i) the date of issuance or deemed issuance (or amendment, renewal or extension) of the applicable Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit or (ii) the date of designation of the applicable Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Obligation as a “Secured Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Obligation” in accordance with the definition thereof (it being agreed as of the Closing Date, that The Bank of Nova Scotia shall be a Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Lender).

 

Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Obligation” means any reimbursement obligation or other payment obligation of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower owing to any Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Lender in connection with any Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit issued by such Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Lender; provided that the aggregate face amount of all undrawn Bi-Lateral Letters of Credit, together with the aggregate amount of outstanding Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Obligations, shall not exceed $100,000,000 at any time.

 

Bona Fide Lending Affiliate” means, with respect to any Competitor, any debt fund, investment vehicle, regulated bank entity or unregulated lending entity (in each case, other than a Person separately identified to the Arrangers in writing on or prior to January 17, 2018) that is (i) engaged in making, purchasing, holding or otherwise investing in commercial loans and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course of business and (ii) managed, sponsored or advised by any Person that is controlling, controlled by or under common control with such Competitor or Affiliate thereof, as applicable, but only to the extent that no personnel involved with the investment in such Competitor or affiliate thereof, as applicable, (x) makes (or has the right to make or participate with others in making) investment decisions on behalf of such debt fund, investment vehicle, regulated bank entity or unregulated lending entity or (y) has access to any information (other than information that is publicly available) relating to the Borrower or any entity that forms a part of its businesses (including any of its Subsidiaries or parent entities).

 

Borrower” have the meaning specified in the introductory paragraph to this Agreement.

 

Borrower Materials” has the meaning specified in Section 6.02.

 

Borrowing” means Loans of the same Class, Type and currency, made, converted or continued on the same date and, in the case of Eurocurrency Rate Loans, as to which a single Interest Period is in effect.

 

Borrowing Minimum” means (a) with respect to Eurocurrency Rate Loans, $1,000,000 and (b) with respect to Base Rate Loans, $100,000.

 

Borrowing Multiple” means $100,000.

 

Business Day” means any day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or other day on which commercial banks in the state where the Administrative Agent’s office is located are authorized or required by law to remain closed, or are in fact closed; provided that when used in connection with a Eurocurrency Rate Loan, the term “Business Day” shall also exclude any day on which banks are not open for dealings in Dollar deposits in the London interbank market.

 

Canadian Dollars” means the lawful money of Canada.

 

Capital Expenditures” means, for any period, the aggregate of, without duplication, (a) all expenditures (whether paid in cash or accrued as liabilities and including Capitalized Research and Development Costs and Capitalized Software Expenditures) by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries during such period that, in conformity with GAAP, are or are required to be included as additions during such period to property, plant

 

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or equipment reflected in the consolidated balance sheets of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries and (b) Capitalized Lease Obligations incurred by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries during such period.

 

Capitalized Lease Obligation” means, at the time any determination thereof is to be made, the amount of the liability in respect of a Capitalized Lease that would at such time be required to be capitalized and reflected as a liability on a balance sheet (excluding the footnotes thereto) prepared in accordance with GAAP.

 

Capitalized Leases” means all leases that are required to be, in accordance with GAAP, recorded as capitalized or financing leases; provided that for all purposes hereunder the amount of obligations under any Capitalized Lease shall be the amount thereof accounted for as a liability in accordance with GAAP; provided that all obligations of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries that are or would be characterized as an operating lease as determined in accordance with GAAP as in effect on the Closing Date (whether or not such operating lease was in effect on such date) shall continue to be accounted for as an operating lease (and not as a Capitalized Lease) for purposes of this Agreement regardless of any change in GAAP following the Closing Date (or any change in the implementation in GAAP for future periods that are contemplated as of the Closing Date) that would otherwise require such obligation to be recharacterized as a Capitalized Lease.

 

Capitalized Research and Development Costs” means research and development costs that are required to be, in accordance with GAAP, capitalized.

 

Capitalized Software Expenditures” means, for any period, the aggregate of all expenditures (whether paid in cash or accrued as liabilities) by a Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries during such period in respect of purchased software or internally developed software and software enhancements that, in conformity with GAAP, are or are required to be reflected as capitalized costs on the consolidated balance sheet of a Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries.

 

Cash Collateral Account” means a deposit account at a commercial bank selected by the Administrative Agent in the name of the Administrative Agent and under the sole dominion and control of the Administrative Agent, and otherwise established in a manner reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

 

Cash Collateralize” means to pledge and deposit with or deliver to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Administrative Agent or any L/C Issuer (as applicable) and the Revolving Credit Lenders, as collateral for L/C Obligations or obligations of Revolving Credit Lenders to fund participations in respect thereof, cash or deposit account balances denominated,  in the case of collateral for L/C Obligations, in the Approved Currency in which the applicable Letter of Credit was issued, or, if the applicable L/C Issuer benefitting from such collateral agrees in its reasonable discretion, other credit support (including by backstopping with other letters of credit), in each case pursuant to documentation in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to (a) the Administrative Agent, (b) the applicable L/C Issuer and (c) the Borrower (which documents are hereby consented to by the Lenders).  “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” means any of the following types of Investments, to the extent owned by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary:

 

(1)                                 (a) Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Euros, or any national currency of any member state of the European Union or (b) any other foreign currency held by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business;

 

(2)                                 securities issued or directly and fully and unconditionally guaranteed or insured by the United States or Canadian governments, a member state of the European Union or, in each case, any agency or instrumentality thereof (provided that the full faith and credit of such country or such member state is pledged in support thereof), having maturities of not more than two years from the date of acquisition;

 

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(3)                                 certificates of deposit, time deposits, eurodollar time deposits, overnight bank deposits or bankers’ acceptances with maturities of one year or less from the date of acquisition, with any domestic or foreign commercial bank having capital and surplus of not less than $500,000,000 in the case of U.S. banks and $100,000,000 (or the Dollar Equivalent as of the date of determination) in the case of non-U.S. banks;

 

(4)                                 repurchase obligations for underlying securities of the types described in clauses (2), (3) and (7) of this definition entered into with any financial institution meeting the qualifications specified in clause (3) above;

 

(5)                                 commercial paper rated at least “P-2” by Moody’s or at least “A-2” by S&P, and in each case maturing within 24 months after the date of creation thereof and Indebtedness or preferred stock issued by Persons with an Investment Grade Rating from S&P or Moody’s, with maturities of 24 months or less from the date of acquisition;

 

(6)                                 marketable short-term money market and similar securities having a rating of at least “P-2” or “A-2” from either Moody’s or S&P, respectively (or, if at any time neither Moody’s nor S&P shall be rating such obligations, an equivalent rating from another nationally recognized statistical rating agency selected by the Borrower) and in each case maturing within 24 months after the date of creation or acquisition thereof;

 

(7)                                 readily marketable direct obligations issued by any state, commonwealth or territory of the United States or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof having an Investment Grade Rating from Moody’s or S&P with maturities of 24 months or less from the date of acquisition;

 

(8)                                 readily marketable direct obligations issued by any foreign government or any political subdivision or public instrumentality thereof, in each case having an Investment Grade Rating from Moody’s or S&P with maturities of 24 months or less from the date of acquisition;

 

(9)                                 Investments with average maturities of 12 months or less from the date of acquisition in money market funds rated within the top three ratings category by S&P or Moody’s;

 

(10)                          with respect to any Foreign Subsidiary: (i) obligations of the national government of the country in which such Foreign Subsidiary maintains its chief executive office and principal place of business; provided such country is a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in each case maturing within one year after the date of investment therein, (ii) certificates of deposit of, bankers acceptances of, or time deposits with, any commercial bank which is organized and existing under the laws of the country in which such Foreign Subsidiary maintains its chief executive office and principal place of business; provided such country is a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and whose short-term commercial paper rating from S&P is at least “A-1” or the equivalent thereof or from Moody’s is at least “P-1” or the equivalent thereof (any such bank being an “Approved Foreign Bank”), and in each case with maturities of not more than 270 days from the date of acquisition and (iii) the equivalent of demand deposit accounts which are maintained with an Approved Foreign Bank;

 

(11)                          bills of exchange issued in the United States, Canada, a member state of the European Union or Japan eligible for rediscount at the relevant central bank and accepted by a bank (or any dematerialized equivalent);

 

(12)                          Cash Equivalents of the types described in clauses (1) through (11) above denominated in Dollars; and

 

(13)                          investment funds investing at least 90% of their assets in Cash Equivalents of the types described in clauses (1) through (12) above.

 

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Cash Management Agreement” means any agreement to provide cash management services, including treasury, depository, overdraft, netting services, cash pooling arrangements, credit or debit card, purchasing card, electronic funds transfer, foreign exchange facilities and other cash management arrangements.

 

Cash Management Obligations” means the obligations owed by the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries to any Cash Management Bank under any Cash Management Agreement entered into by and between the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries and any Cash Management Bank.

 

Cash Management Bank” means any Person that, is a Lender, Arranger, an Agent or an Affiliate of a Lender, Arranger, or an Agent (x) on the Closing Date, with respect to Cash Management Agreements existing on the Closing Date or (y) at the time it enters into a Cash Management Agreement, in each case, in its capacity as a party to such Cash Management Agreement (regardless of whether such Person subsequently ceases to be a Lender, Arranger or Agent or an Affiliate of the foregoing).

 

Casualty Event” means any event that gives rise to the receipt by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary of any insurance proceeds or condemnation awards in respect of any equipment, fixed assets or real property (including any improvements thereon) to replace or repair such equipment, fixed assets or real property.

 

CDOR Rate” means, with respect to each day during an Interest Period pertaining to a Loan denominated in Canadian Dollars, the interest rate per annum which is the rate based on the average rate applicable to Canadian Dollar bankers’ acceptances, for a term comparable to such Interest Period, appearing on the applicable Bloomberg screen page at approximately 10:00 a.m. (Toronto, Ontario time) on the first day of such Interest Period (or such other day as is generally treated as the rate fixing day by market practice in such interbank market, as reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent), or if such date is not a Business Day, then on the immediately preceding Business Day; provided, that to the extent a comparable or successor rate is approved by the Administrative Agent in connection with any rate set forth in this definition, the approved rate shall be applied in a manner consistent with market practice; provided, further that to the extent such market practice is not administratively feasible for the Administrative Agent, such approved rate shall be applied in a manner as otherwise reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent, in consultation with the Borrower; provided further that, in no event shall the CDOR Rate be less than 0.00%.

 

CFC” means a “controlled foreign corporation” within the meaning of Section 957 of the Code.

 

Change in Law” means 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, implementation or application thereof by any Governmental Authority or (c) the making or issuance of any request, rule, guideline or directive (whether or not having the force of law) by any Governmental Authority; provided that notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, (x) the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and all requests, rules, guidelines or directives thereunder or issued in connection therewith and (y) all requests, rules, guidelines or directives promulgated by the Bank for International settlements, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (or any successor or similar authority) or the United States or foreign regulatory authorities, in each case pursuant to Basel III, shall in each case be deemed to be a “Change in Law,” regardless of the date enacted, adopted or issued.

 

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Change of Control” means, subject to Section 8.06, (i) the consummation of any transaction (including, without limitation, any merger or consolidation) the result of which is that any “person” (as such term is used in Sections 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act), becomes the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rules 13(d)-3 under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of more than fifty percent (50%) of the total voting power of all shares of the capital stock of the Borrower entitled to vote generally in elections of directors, (ii) the direct or indirect sale, transfer, conveyance or other disposition (other than by way of merger or consolidation), in one or a series of related transactions, of all or substantially all of the assets of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries taken as a whole to any ‘‘person’’ (as that term is used in Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act); (iii) after the consummation of a transaction described in clause (a) of Section 8.06, Holdings ceases to own, directly or indirectly through any one or more wholly-owned Restricted Subsidiaries, 100% of the Equity Interests of the Borrower; or (iv) a “Change of Control” (or similar event) shall occur under the Existing Indebtedness or any Permitted Refinancing thereof.

 

Class” (a) when used with respect to Lenders, refers to whether such Lenders hold a particular Class of Commitments or Loans, (b) when used with respect to Commitments, refers to whether such Commitments are Revolving Credit Commitments, Term B Commitments, Extended Revolving Credit Commitments that are designated as an additional Class of Commitments, Additional Revolving Credit Commitments that are designated as an additional Class of Commitments or commitments in respect of any Incremental Term Loans that are designated as an additional Class of Term Loans and (c) when used with respect to Loans or a Borrowing, refers to whether such Loans, or the Loans comprising such Borrowing, are Revolving Credit Loans, Term B Loans, Extended Term Loans that are designated as an additional Class of Term Loans, Incremental Term Loans that are designated as an additional Class of Term Loans and any Loans made pursuant to any other Class of Commitments.

 

Closing Date” means the date all the conditions precedent in Section 4.01 are satisfied or waived in accordance with Section 10.01.

 

Code” means the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 

Collateral” means all the “Collateral” (or similar term) as defined in the Collateral Documents and all other property of whatever kind and nature pledged, charged or in which a Lien is granted or purported to be granted under any Collateral Document, and shall include the Mortgaged Properties; provided that, “Collateral” shall not include any Excluded Property.

 

Collateral Agent” means Bank of America, in its capacity as collateral agent under any of the Loan Documents, or any successor collateral agent appointed in accordance with Section 9.09.

 

Collateral and Guarantee Requirement” means, subject to Section 10.24, at any time, the requirement that:

 

(a)                                 the Collateral Agent shall have received each Collateral Document required to be delivered on the Closing Date pursuant to Section 4.01(a) or thereafter pursuant to Section 6.10 or Section 6.12 duly executed by each Loan Party that is a party thereto;

 

(b)                                 all Obligations shall have been unconditionally guaranteed (the “Guarantees”), jointly and severally, by (i) the Borrower and each Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower (other than any Excluded Subsidiary) including as of the Closing Date those that are listed on Schedule 1.01A hereto and (ii) with respect to (x) all Obligations (other than its own Obligations) and (y) the payment and performance by each Specified Loan Party of its obligations under its Guaranty with respect to all Swap Obligations (other than those of the Borrower), the Borrower (each, a “Guarantor”);

 

(c)                                  (i) the Obligations and the Guarantees shall have been secured pursuant to the Security Agreement or other applicable Collateral Document by a first-priority security interest in all Equity Interests (other than Excluded Equity) held directly by the Borrower and the Subsidiary Guarantors, subject to no Liens other than Permitted Liens and the Collateral Agent shall have received, to the extent the relevant Equity Interests are certificated, certificates or other instruments representing all such Equity Interests, together with undated stock powers or other instruments of transfer with respect thereto endorsed

 

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in blank and (ii) all Indebtedness owing to any Loan Party that is evidenced by a promissory note or other instrument with an individual outstanding principal amount in excess of $25,000,000 shall have been delivered to the Collateral Agent pursuant to the Security Agreement or other applicable Collateral Documents (provided that any promissory notes issued to employees, officers and directors of any of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries shall not be required to be delivered) together with undated instruments of transfer with respect thereto endorsed in blank, and all intercompany loans shall have been pledged to the Collateral Agent pursuant to the Security Agreement or other applicable Collateral Documents;

 

(d)                                 except to the extent otherwise provided hereunder or under any Collateral Document, the Obligations and the Guarantees shall have been secured by a perfected security interest in, and mortgages on, substantially all tangible and intangible assets of the Borrower and each Subsidiary Guarantor (including, without limitation, accounts receivable, inventory, equipment, investment property, United States intellectual property, intercompany receivables, other general intangibles (including contract rights), owned (but not leased) real property and proceeds of the foregoing), in each case, to the extent, and with the priority, required by the Collateral Documents; provided that security interests in real property shall be limited to the Mortgaged Properties;

 

(e)                                  none of the Collateral shall be subject to any Liens other than Permitted Liens;

 

(f)                                   the Collateral Agent shall have received (i) counterparts of a Mortgage with respect to each Material Real Property that is not Excluded Property required to be delivered pursuant to Section 6.10 and/or Section 6.12, as applicable, duly executed and delivered by the record owner of such property, (ii) a title insurance policy for such Mortgaged Property (or marked-up title insurance commitment having the effect of a title insurance policy) (the “Mortgage Policies”) insuring the Lien of each such Mortgage as a valid first priority Lien on the property described therein, in an amount not less than 100% of the fair market value of the real property covered thereby and free of any other Liens except Permitted Liens, together with such endorsements, coinsurance and reinsurance as the Collateral Agent may reasonably request and to the extent available in each applicable jurisdiction, (iii) a Survey with respect to each Mortgaged Property, provided, however, that a Survey shall not be required to the extent that (A) an existing survey together with an “affidavit of no change” satisfactory to the Title Company is delivered to the Collateral Agent and the Title Company and (B) the Title Company removes the standard survey exception and provides reasonable and customary survey-related endorsements and other coverages in the applicable Mortgage Policy, (iv) a completed “Life-of-Loan” Federal Emergency Management Agency standard flood hazard determination with respect to each Mortgaged Property (together with a notice about special flood hazard area status and flood disaster assistance duly executed by the Borrower), (v) [reserved], and (vi) such existing abstracts, appraisals, legal opinions (each such opinion to be in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent) and other documents as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request with respect to any such Mortgaged Property; and

 

(g)                                  except as otherwise contemplated by this Agreement or any Collateral Document, all certificates, agreements, documents and instruments, including Uniform Commercial Code financing statements and filings with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and United States Copyright Office, required by the Collateral Documents or applicable Law to create the Liens on the Collateral intended to be created by the Collateral Documents and perfect such Liens to the extent required by, and with the priority required by, the Collateral Documents and the other provisions of the term “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement,” shall have been filed, registered or recorded or delivered to the Collateral Agent for filing, registration or recording.

 

The foregoing definition shall not require the creation or perfection of pledges of or security interests in, or the obtaining of the title insurance or surveys with respect to, particular assets if and for so long as the Administrative Agent and the Borrower agree in writing that the cost of creating or perfecting such pledges or security interests in such assets or obtaining title insurance or surveys in respect of such assets shall be excessive in view of the benefits to be obtained by the Lenders therefrom.

 

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The Administrative Agent may grant extensions of time for the perfection of security interests in or the obtaining of title insurance and surveys with respect to particular assets (including extensions beyond the Closing Date for the perfection of security interests in the assets of the Loan Parties on such date) required by the Collateral and Guarantee Requirement where it reasonably determines, in consultation with the Borrower, that perfection cannot be accomplished without undue effort or expense by the time or times at which it would otherwise be required by this Agreement or the Collateral Documents.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this definition or anything in this Agreement or any other Loan Document to the contrary:

 

(A)                               Liens required to be granted from time to time pursuant to the Collateral and Guarantee Requirement shall be subject to exceptions and limitations set forth in this Agreement and the Collateral Documents and, to the extent appropriate in the applicable jurisdiction, as agreed between the Administrative Agent and the Borrower;

 

(B)                               the Collateral and Guarantee Requirement shall not apply to any Excluded Property;

 

(C)                               no deposit account control agreement, securities account control agreement or other control agreements or control arrangements shall be required with respect to any deposit account or securities account;

 

(D)                               no actions in any jurisdiction outside of the United States or required by the Laws of any jurisdiction outside of the United States, shall be required in order to create any security interests in assets located, titled, registered or filed outside of the United States, or to perfect such security interests (it being understood that there shall be no security agreements, pledge agreements, or share charge (or mortgage) agreements governed under the Laws of any jurisdiction outside of the United States; and

 

(E)                                no stock certificates evidencing Excluded Equity shall be required to be delivered to the Collateral Agent.

 

Collateral Documents” means, collectively, the Security Agreement, the Mortgages, each of the collateral assignments, Security Agreement Supplements, security agreements, intellectual property security agreements, pledge agreements or other similar agreements delivered to the Administrative Agent or the Collateral Agent pursuant to Section 4.01, Section 6.10 or Section 6.12, and each of the other agreements, instruments or documents that creates or purports to create a Lien or Guarantee in favor of the Collateral Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties.

 

Commitment” means a Term B Commitment, a Revolving Credit Commitment, an Extended Revolving Credit Commitment, an Incremental Revolving Credit Commitment, a Refinancing Revolving Credit Commitment, a commitment in respect of any Incremental Term Loans, or a commitment in respect of any Extended Term Loans or any combination thereof, as the context may require.

 

Commitment Fee” has the meaning provided in Section 2.09(a).

 

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Commitment Fee Rate” means (i) a percentage per annum equal to until delivery of financial statements and a related Compliance Certificate for the first full fiscal quarter commencing after the Closing Date pursuant to Section 6.01, 0.30% per annum and (ii) thereafter, the percentages per annum set forth in the table below, based upon the First Lien Leverage Ratio as set forth in the most recent Compliance Certificate received by the Administrative Agent pursuant to Section 6.02(a):

 

Level

 

First Lien Leverage Ratio

 

Commitment Fee Rate

 

I

 

> 3.75:1.00

 

0.35% per annum

 

II

 

< 3.75:1.00 and > 2.50:1.00

 

0.30% per annum

 

III

 

< 2.50:1.00

 

0.25% per annum

 

 

Any increase or decrease in the Commitment Fee Rate resulting from a change in the First Lien Leverage Ratio shall become effective as of the first Business Day immediately following the date a Compliance Certificate is delivered pursuant to Section 6.02(a); provided that, if a Compliance Certificate is not delivered within the time frame set forth in Section 6.02(a), the Commitment Fee Rate set forth in “Pricing Level I,” in the applicable table, shall apply commencing with the first Business Day immediately following such date and continuing until the first Business Day immediately following the delivery of such Compliance Certificate.

 

In the event that any financial statements or Compliance Certificate delivered pursuant to Section 6.01 or 6.02(a) are, or are shown to be, inaccurate and such inaccuracy, if corrected, would have led to a higher Commitment Fee Rate for any period (an “Applicable Period”) than the Commitment Fee Rate applied for such Applicable Period, then (i) the Borrower shall promptly (and in no event later than five (5) Business Days thereafter) deliver to the Administrative Agent a correct Compliance Certificate for such Applicable Period, (ii) the Commitment Fee Rate shall be determined by reference to the corrected Compliance Certificate and (iii) the Borrower shall pay to the Administrative Agent promptly upon demand (and in no event later than five (5) Business Days after such Compliance Certificate was required to be delivered) any additional interest or Letter of Credit fee owing as a result of such increased Commitment Fee Rate for such Applicable Period, which payment shall be promptly applied by the Administrative Agent in accordance with the terms hereof.  Nothing contained in this paragraph shall in any way limit the rights of the Administrative Agent or the Lenders with respect to Sections 2.08(b) and 8.01; provided, that any underpayment due to change in Commitment Fee Rate shall not in itself constitute a Default or Event of Default under Section 8.01 so long as such additional interest or fees are paid within the time period set forth above.

 

Committed Loan Notice” means a notice of (a) a Term Borrowing, (b) a Revolving Credit Borrowing, (c) a conversion of Loans from one Type to the other, or (d) a continuation of Eurocurrency Rate Loans pursuant to Section 2.02(a), which, if in writing, shall be substantially in the form of Exhibit B or such other form as may be reasonably approved by the Administrative Agent (including any form on an electronic platform or electronic transmission system as shall be approved by the Administrative Agent), appropriately completed and signed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower.

 

Commodity Exchange Act” means the Commodity Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. § 1 et seq.), as amended from time to time, and any successor statute.

 

Compass Sale” means the Disposition by Wyndham Destination Network, LLC, a Subsidiary of the Borrower of the Wyndham Vacation Rentals Europe business, to Compass IV Limited in accordance with the Amendment and Restatement Deed to Sale and Purchase Agreement, amending the Share Sale Agreement, dated March 27, 2018, in each case, as in effect on the Closing Date.

 

Compensation Period” has the meaning specified in Section 2.12(c)(ii).

 

Competitor” means a competitor of, the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

Compliance Certificate” means a certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit C.

 

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Consolidated Depreciation and Amortization Expense” means, with respect to any Person for any period, the total amount of depreciation and amortization expense, including the amortization of deferred financing fees or costs, capitalized expenditures, customer acquisition costs and incentive payments, conversion costs and contract acquisition costs, the amortization of original issue discount resulting from the issuance of Indebtedness at less than par and amortization of favorable or unfavorable lease assets or liabilities, of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such period on a consolidated basis and otherwise determined in accordance with GAAP.

 

Consolidated EBITDA” means, with respect to any Person for any period, the Consolidated Net Income of such Person for such period:

 

(a)                                 increased (without duplication) by the following:

 

(i)            provision for taxes based on income or profits or capital, including, without limitation, state franchise, excise and similar taxes, property taxes and foreign withholding taxes of such Person paid or accrued during such period, including any penalties and interest relating to any tax examinations, deducted (and not added back) in computing Consolidated Net Income; plus

 

(ii)           (w) consolidated interest expense (other than with respect to any Qualified Securitization Financing) of such Person for such period, (x) net losses or any obligations under any Swap Contracts or other derivative instruments entered into for the purpose of hedging interest rate, currency or commodities risk, (y) bank fees and (z) costs of surety bonds in connection with financing activities, to the extent the same were deducted (and not added back) in calculating such Consolidated Net Income; plus

 

(iii)                               Consolidated Depreciation and Amortization Expense of such Person for such period to the extent the same were deducted (and not added back) in computing Consolidated Net Income; plus

 

(iv)          any other non-cash charges, write-downs, expenses, losses or items reducing Consolidated Net Income for such period including any impairment charges or the impact of purchase accounting, (excluding any such non-cash charge, write-down or item to the extent it represents an accrual or reserve for a cash expenditure for a future period) or other items classified by the Borrower as special items less other non-cash items of income increasing Consolidated Net Income (excluding any such non-cash item of income to the extent it represents a receipt of cash in any future period); plus

 

(v)           without duplication of any amounts added back pursuant to clause (xiii) below, the amount of any minority interest expense consisting of Subsidiary income attributable to minority equity interests of third parties in any non-Wholly-Owned Subsidiary; plus

 

(vi)                              the amount of (A) pro forma “run rate” cost savings, operating expense reductions and other synergies (in each case, net of amounts actually realized) related to the Transactions that are reasonably identifiable, factually supportable and projected by the Borrower in good faith to result from actions (x) that have been taken, (y) with respect to which substantial steps have been taken or that are expected to be taken (in the good faith determination of the Borrower) within 24 months after the Closing Date or (B) pro forma adjustments, including pro forma “run rate” cost savings, operating expense reductions, and other synergies (in each case net of amounts actually realized) related to acquisitions, dispositions and other Specified Transactions, or related to restructuring initiatives, cost savings initiatives, entry into new contracts and other initiatives that are reasonably identifiable, factually supportable and projected by the Borrower in good faith to result from actions that have either been taken, with respect to which substantial steps have been taken or that are expected to be taken (in the good faith determination of the Borrower) within 24 months after the date of consummation of such acquisition, disposition or other Specified Transaction or the initiation of such restructuring initiative, cost savings initiative or other initiatives (including any entry into new contracts); plus

 

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(vii)                           cash receipts (or any netting arrangements resulting in reduced cash expenditures) not representing Consolidated EBITDA or Consolidated Net Income in any period to the extent non-cash gains relating to such income were deducted in the calculation of Consolidated EBITDA pursuant to paragraph (b) below for any previous period and not added back; plus

 

(viii)                        any net loss included in Consolidated Net Income attributable to non-controlling interests pursuant to the application of Accounting Standards Codification Topic 810-10-45; plus

 

(ix)                              realized foreign exchange losses resulting from the impact of foreign currency changes on the valuation of assets or liabilities on the balance sheets of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries; plus

 

(x)                                 net realized losses from Swap Contracts or embedded derivatives that require similar accounting treatment and the application of Accounting Standard Codification Topic 815 and related pronouncements; plus

 

(xi)                              the amount of any charges, expenses, costs or other payments in respect of (x) facilities no longer used or useful in the conduct of the business of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, (y) abandoned, closed, disposed or discontinued operations and (z) any losses on disposal of abandoned, closed or discontinued operations; plus

 

(xii)                           any non-cash losses realized in such period in connection with adjustments to any Plan due to changes in actuarial assumptions, valuation or studies; plus

 

(xiii)                        any net pension or other post-employment benefit costs representing amortization of unrecognized prior service costs, actuarial losses, including amortization of such amounts arising in prior periods, amortization of the unrecognized net obligation (and loss or cost) existing at the date of the initial application of FASB Accounting Standards Codification 715, and any other items of a similar nature; plus

 

(xiv)                       adjustments and addbacks set forth in the financial model provided to the Lead Arrangers prior to the Closing Date (net of amounts actually realized and in the case of projected costs, after such costs are actually incurred, limited to such actual costs); plus

 

(xv)                          “run-rate” start-up costs, losses and charges resulting from the establishment of new facilities and the first year of operation thereof; and

 

(b)                                 decreased (without duplication) by the following:

 

(i)                                     non-cash gains increasing Consolidated Net Income of such Person for such period, excluding any non-cash gains to the extent they represent the reversal of an accrual or cash reserve for a potential cash item that reduced Consolidated EBITDA in any prior period and any non-cash gains with respect to cash actually received in a prior period so long as such cash did not increase Consolidated EBITDA in such prior period; plus

 

(ii)                                  realized foreign exchange income or gains resulting from the impact of foreign currency changes on the valuation of assets or liabilities on the balance sheet of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries; plus

 

(iii)                               any net realized income or gains from any obligations under any Swap Contracts or embedded derivatives that require similar accounting treatment and the application of Accounting Standard Codification Topic 815 and related pronouncements; plus

 

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(iv)                              any amount included in Consolidated Net Income of such Person for such period attributable to non-controlling interests pursuant to the application of Accounting Standards Codification Topic 810-10-45; plus

 

(v)                                 any gains on disposal of abandoned, closed or discontinued operations;

 

(c)                                  increased or decreased (without duplication) by, as applicable, any adjustments resulting from the application of Accounting Standards Codification Topic 460 or any comparable regulation; and

 

(d)                                 increased or decreased (to the extent not already included in determining Consolidated EBITDA) by any Pro Forma Adjustment;

 

There shall be included in determining Consolidated EBITDA for any period, without duplication, (A) the Acquired EBITDA of any Person, property, business or asset acquired by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary during such period (but not the Acquired EBITDA of any related Person, property, business or assets to the extent not so acquired), to the extent not subsequently sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary during such period (each such Person, property, business or asset acquired and not subsequently so disposed of, an “Acquired Entity or Business”), and the Acquired EBITDA of any Unrestricted Subsidiary that is converted into a Restricted Subsidiary during such period (each a “Converted Restricted Subsidiary”), based on the actual Acquired EBITDA of such Acquired Entity or Business or Converted Restricted Subsidiary for such period (including the portion thereof occurring prior to such acquisition) and (B) an adjustment in respect of each Acquired Entity or Business equal to the amount of the Pro Forma Adjustment with respect to such Acquired Entity or Business for such period (including the portion thereof occurring prior to such acquisition) as specified in a certificate executed by a Responsible Officer and delivered to the Lenders and the Administrative Agent.  For purposes of determining Consolidated EBITDA for any period, there shall be excluded the Disposed EBITDA of any Person, property, business or asset (other than an Unrestricted Subsidiary) sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of, closed or classified as discontinued operations by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary during such period (each such Person, property, business or asset so sold or disposed of, a “Sold Entity or Business”) and the Disposed EBITDA of any Restricted Subsidiary that is converted into an Unrestricted Subsidiary during such period (each a “Converted Unrestricted Subsidiary”), based on the actual Disposed EBITDA of such Sold Entity or Business or Converted Unrestricted Subsidiary for such period (including the portion thereof occurring prior to such sale, transfer or disposition).  Notwithstanding the foregoing, Consolidated EBITDA shall be $233,000,000, $257,000,000, $234,000,000 and $197,000,000 for the fiscal quarters ended June 30, 2017, September 31, 2017, December 31, 2017 and March 31, 2018, respectively, in each case after giving pro forma effect to the Transactions and any adjustment set forth above.  Any adjustments in the calculation of Consolidated Net Income shall be without duplication of any adjustment to Consolidated EBITDA, and any adjustments to Consolidated EBITDA shall be without duplication of any adjustments to Consolidated Net Income. Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to a “Consolidated EBITDA” shall refer to the Consolidated EBITDA of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis.

 

Consolidated First Lien Debt” means, as to the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis at any date of determination, the aggregate principal amount of Consolidated Total Debt outstanding on such date that is secured by a Lien on property or assets of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary other than (i) the portion of such Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary included in Consolidated Total Debt that is not secured by any Lien on property or assets of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary and (ii) the portion of Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary included in Consolidated Total Debt that is secured by Liens on property or assets of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, which Liens are expressly subordinated or junior to the Liens securing the Obligations.

 

Consolidated Interest Expense” means, as of any date for the applicable period ending on such date with respect to any Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, the amount payable as cash interest expense (including that attributable to capital lease), net of cash interest income of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries, with respect to all outstanding Indebtedness of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries (but for the avoidance of doubt, excluding obligations under or in respect of any Qualified Securitization Financing), including financing and net cash costs (less net cash payments) under any Swap Contract, all commissions, discounts and other cash fees and charges owed with respect to letter of credit and bankers’ acceptance and the cash

 

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interest expense of Indebtedness for which the proceeds are held in Escrow (except, excluding the interest expense in respect thereof that is covered by such proceeds held in Escrow), but excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, (a) any non-cash interest expense (including any non-cash capitalized interest), (b) the amortization of original issue discount resulting from the issuance of indebtedness at less than par, (c) amortization of deferred financing costs, debt issuance costs, commissions, fees and expenses, (d) any expenses resulting from discounting of indebtedness in connection with the application of recapitalization accounting or purchase accounting, (e) penalties or interest related to taxes and any other amounts of non-cash interest resulting from the effects of acquisition method accounting or pushdown accounting, (f) the accretion or accrual of, or accrued interest on, discounted liabilities (other than Indebtedness) during such period, (g) non-cash interest expense attributable to the movement of the mark-to-market valuation of obligations under Swap Contracts or other derivative instruments pursuant to ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging, (h) any one-time cash costs associated with breakage in respect of hedging agreements for interest rates, (i) any payments with respect to make whole premiums or other breakage costs of any Indebtedness, (j) all non-recurring interest expense consisting of liquidated damages for failure to timely comply with registration rights obligations, all as calculated on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP and (k) expensing of bridge, arrangement, structuring, commitment, amendment or other financing fees.

 

For purposes of this definition, interest on a Capitalized Lease Obligation shall be deemed to accrue at an interest rate reasonably determined by such Person to be the rate of interest implicit in such Capitalized Lease Obligation in accordance with GAAP.  Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to a “Consolidated Interest Expense” shall refer to the Consolidated Interest Expense of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis.

 

Consolidated Net Income” means, with respect to any Person for any period, the net income (loss) of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such period determined on a consolidated basis on the basis of GAAP; provided, however, that there will not be included in such Consolidated Net Income:

 

(1)                                 any net income (loss) of any Person if such Person is not a Restricted Subsidiary, except that the Borrower’s equity in the net income of any such Person for such period will be included in such Consolidated Net Income up to the aggregate amount of cash or Cash Equivalents actually distributed (or, so long as such Person is an Unrestricted Subsidiary, that (as reasonably determined by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower) could have been distributed by such Person during such period to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary) as a dividend or other distribution or return on investment, subject, in the case of a dividend or other distribution or return on investment to a Restricted Subsidiary, to the limitations contained in clause (2) below;

 

(2)                                 solely for the purpose of determining the Available Amount, any net income (loss) of any Restricted Subsidiary (other than any Guarantor) if such Subsidiary is subject to restrictions, directly or indirectly, on the payment of dividends or the making of distributions by such Restricted Subsidiary, directly or indirectly, to the Borrower or a Guarantor by operation of the terms of such Restricted Subsidiary’s charter or any agreement, instrument, judgment, decree, order, statute or governmental rule or regulation applicable to such Restricted Subsidiary or its shareholders (other than (a) restrictions that have been waived or otherwise released and (b) restrictions pursuant to the Loan Documents), except that the Borrower’s equity in the net income of any such Restricted Subsidiary for such period will be included in such Consolidated Net Income up to the aggregate amount of cash or Cash Equivalents actually distributed or that could have been distributed by such Restricted Subsidiary during such period to the Borrower or another Restricted Subsidiary as a dividend or other distribution (subject, in the case of a dividend to another Restricted Subsidiary, to the limitation contained above in this clause (2));

 

(3)                                 any net gain (or loss) from disposed, abandoned or discontinued operations and any net gain (or loss) on disposal of disposed, discontinued or abandoned operations;

 

(4)                                 any net gain (or loss) realized upon the sale or other disposition of any asset (including pursuant to any sale/leaseback transaction) which is not sold or otherwise disposed of in the ordinary course of business (as determined in good faith by a Responsible Officer or the board of directors of the Borrower);

 

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(5)                                 any extraordinary, exceptional, unusual or nonrecurring gain, loss, charge or expense (including relating to the Transaction Expenses), or any charges, expenses or reserves in respect of any restructuring, relocation, redundancy or severance expense, new product introductions or one-time compensation charges;

 

(6)                                 the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principles;

 

(7)                                 any (i) non-cash compensation charge or expense arising from any grant of stock, stock options or other equity based awards and any non-cash deemed finance charges in respect of any pension liabilities or other provisions and (ii) income (loss) attributable to deferred compensation plans or trusts;

 

(8)                                 all deferred financing costs written off and premiums paid or other expenses incurred directly in connection with any early extinguishment of Indebtedness and any net gain (loss) from any write-off or forgiveness of Indebtedness;

 

(9)                                 any unrealized gains or losses in respect of any obligations under any Swap Contracts or any ineffectiveness recognized in earnings related to hedge transactions or the fair value of changes therein recognized in earnings for derivatives that do not qualify as hedge transactions, in each case, in respect of any obligations under any Swap Contracts;

 

(10)                          any unrealized foreign currency translation gains or losses in respect of Indebtedness of any Person denominated in a currency other than the functional currency of such Person and any unrealized foreign exchange gains or losses relating to translation of assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies;

 

(11)                          any unrealized foreign currency translation or transaction gains or losses in respect of Indebtedness or other obligations of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary owing to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary;

 

(12)                          any recapitalization accounting or purchase accounting effects including, but not limited to, adjustments to inventory, property and equipment, software and other intangible assets and deferred revenue in component amounts required or permitted by GAAP and related authoritative pronouncements (including the effects of such adjustments pushed down to the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries), as a result of any consummated acquisition, or the amortization or write-off of any amounts thereof (including any write-off of in process research and development);

 

(13)                          any impairment charge, write-down or write-off, including impairment charges, write-downs or write-offs relating to goodwill, intangible assets, long-lived assets, investments in debt and equity securities or as a result of a change in law or regulation;

 

(14)                          any effect of income (loss) from the early extinguishment or cancellation of Indebtedness or any obligations under any Swap Contracts or other derivative instruments;

 

(15)                          accruals and reserves that are established within twelve months after the Closing Date that are so required to be established as a result of the Transactions in accordance with GAAP;

 

(16)                          any net unrealized gains and losses resulting from Swap Contracts or embedded derivatives that require similar accounting treatment and the application of Accounting Standards Codification Topic 815 and related pronouncements;

 

(17)                          any non-cash expenses, accruals or reserves related to adjustments to historical tax exposures and any deferred tax expense associated with tax deductions or net operating losses arising as a result of the Transactions, or the release of any valuation allowances related to such item;

 

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(18)                          any unrealized or realized gain or loss due solely to fluctuations in currency values and the related tax effects, determined in accordance with GAAP,

 

(19)                          effects of adjustments to accruals and reserves during a period relating to any change in the methodology of calculating reserves for returns, rebates and other chargebacks,

 

(20)                          any expenses or charges (other than depreciation or amortization expense) related to any equity offering, Investment, acquisition, disposition or recapitalization or the incurrence of Indebtedness (including a refinancing thereof) (in each case, whether or not successful), including (A) such fees, expenses or charges (including rating agency fees and related expenses) related to the offering or incurrence of the Loans and any other credit facilities or the offering or incurrence of any other debt securities and any Securitization Fees and (B) any amendment or other modification of this Agreement and/or any Securitization/Receivables Facility and any other credit facilities or any other debt securities, in each case, deducted (and not added back) in computing Consolidated Net Income,

 

(21)                          (A) the amount of any restructuring charge, accrual or reserve (and adjustments to existing reserves), integration cost or other business optimization expense or cost (including charges directly related to the implementation of cost-savings initiatives) that is deducted (and not added back) in such period in computing Consolidated Net Income, including any one-time costs incurred in connection with acquisitions or divestitures after the Closing Date, including those related to any severance, retention, signing bonuses, relocation, recruiting and other employee related costs, internal costs in respect of strategic initiatives and curtailments or modifications to pension and post-retirement employment benefit plans (including any settlement of pension liabilities), systems development and establishment costs, future lease commitments and costs related to the opening and closure and/or consolidation of facilities and to exiting lines of business and consulting fees incurred with any of the foregoing and (B) fees, costs and expenses associated with acquisition related litigation and settlements thereof,

 

(22)                          (x) any costs or expense incurred by the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary pursuant to any management equity plan or stock option plan or any other management or employee benefit plan or agreement or any stock subscription or shareholder agreement, to the extent that such cost or expenses are non-cash costs or expenses and/or otherwise funded with cash proceeds contributed to the capital of the Borrower or Net Cash Proceeds of an issuance of Equity Interests (other than Disqualified Equity Interests) of  the Borrower and (y) the amount of expenses relating to payments made to option holders of the Borrower in connection with, or as a result of, any distribution being made to equityholders in connection with, or as a result of, any distribution being made to equityholders of such Person, which payments are being made to compensate such option holders as though they were equityholders at the time of, and entitled to share in, such distribution, to the extent permitted under this Agreement,

 

(23)                          earnout and contingent consideration obligations (including to the extent accounted for as bonuses or otherwise) and adjustments thereof and purchase price adjustments,

 

(24)                          costs related to the implementation of operational and reporting systems and technology initiatives,

 

(25)                          the amount of loss or discount on sale of Securitization Assets in connection with a Securitization/Receivables Facility permitted hereunder, and

 

(26)                          any costs or expenses associated with the Transactions (including the Spin-Off).

 

provided that, Consolidated Net Income shall exclude net interest income generated during any Specified Period by receivables subject to Indebtedness incurred in respect of a Securitization/Receivables Facility giving rise to such Specified Period.

 

In addition, to the extent not already excluded (or included, as applicable) from the Consolidated Net Income of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the

 

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foregoing, Consolidated Net Income shall, without duplication, (1) be increased by business interruption insurance in an amount representing the earnings for the applicable period that such proceeds are intended to replace (whether or not received so long as such Person in good faith expects to receive the same within the next four fiscal quarters (it being understood that to the extent not actually received within such fiscal quarters, such proceeds shall be deducted in calculating Consolidated Net Income for such fiscal quarters)) and (2) not include (i) any expenses and charges that are reimbursed by indemnification or other reimbursement provisions in connection with any investment or any sale, conveyance, transfer or other disposition of assets permitted hereunder or other contractual reimbursement obligations of a third party, (ii) to the extent covered by insurance (including business interruption insurance) and actually reimbursed, or, so long as the Borrower has made a determination that there exists reasonable evidence that such amount will in fact be reimbursed by the insurer and only to the extent that such amount is (A) not denied by the applicable carrier in writing within 180 days and (B) in fact reimbursed within 365 days of the date of such evidence (with a deduction for any amount so added back to the extent not so reimbursed within such 365 days), expenses with respect to liability or casualty events or business interruption, (iii) the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principles during such period, (iv) any net after-tax income or loss (less all fees and expenses or charges relating thereto) attributable to the early extinguishment of Indebtedness, (v) any non cash charges resulting from mark to market accounting relating to Equity Interests, (vi) any unrealized net gain or loss resulting from currency translation or unrealized transaction gains or losses impacting net income (including currency remeasurements of Indebtedness) and any unrealized foreign currency translation or transaction gains or losses shall be excluded, including those resulting from intercompany Indebtedness and any unrealized net gains and losses resulting from obligations in respect of any Swap Contracts in accordance with GAAP or any other derivative instrument pursuant the application of FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging and (vii) any non-cash impairment charges resulting from the application of ASC Topic 350, IntangiblesGoodwill and Other and the amortization of intangibles including those arising pursuant to ASC Topic 805, Business Combinations, and, provided, further that solely for purposes of calculating Excess Cash Flow and the Available Amount, the income or loss of any Person accrued prior to the date on which such Person becomes a Restricted Subsidiary of such Person or is merged into or consolidated with such Person or any Restricted Subsidiary of such Person or the date that such other Person’s assets are acquired by such Person or any Restricted Subsidiary of such Person, in each case, shall be excluded in calculating Consolidated Net Income.  Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to a “Consolidated Net Income” shall refer to the Consolidated Net Income of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis.

 

Consolidated Secured Debt” means, as to the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis at any date of determination, the aggregate principal amount of Consolidated Total Debt outstanding on such date that is secured by a Lien on property or assets of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary.

 

Consolidated Total Assets” means, as to the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis at any date of determination, all amounts that would, in conformity with GAAP, be set forth opposite the caption “total assets” (or any like caption) on a consolidated balance sheet of the applicable Person at such date.

 

Consolidated Total Debt” means, as to the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis at any date of determination, the aggregate principal amount of all third party Indebtedness for borrowed money, Capitalized Leases and purchase money Indebtedness (but excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, undrawn letters of credit, banker’s acceptances and/or bank guarantees); provided that “Consolidated Total Debt” shall be calculated (i) net of the Unrestricted Cash Amount, (ii) excluding any obligation, liability or indebtedness of any such Person if, upon or prior to the maturity thereof, such Person has irrevocably deposited with the proper Person in trust or escrow the necessary funds (or evidences of indebtedness) for the payment, redemption or satisfaction of such obligation, liability or indebtedness, and thereafter such funds and evidences of such obligation, liability or indebtedness or other security so deposited are not included in the calculation of Unrestricted Cash Amount and (iii) based on the initial stated principal amount of any Indebtedness that is issued at a discount to its initial stated principal amount without giving effect to any such discounts; provided that Consolidated Total Debt shall not include (w) Letters of Credit (or other letters of credit, bankers’ acceptances and bank guarantees), except to the extent of Unreimbursed Amounts (or unreimbursed amounts) thereunder, (x) obligations under Swap Contracts entered into, (y) Indebtedness in respect of any Qualified Securitization Financing and (z) Indebtedness incurred in advance of, and the proceeds of which are to be applied in connection with, the consummation of a

 

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transaction solely to the extent and for so long as the proceeds thereof are and continue to be held in an Escrow and are not otherwise made available to the relevant Person (it being understood that in any event, any such proceeds subject to such Escrow shall be deemed to constitute “restricted cash” for purposes of cash netting) (provided that such Escrow is secured only by proceeds of such Indebtedness and the proceeds thereof shall be promptly applied to satisfy and discharge such Indebtedness if the definitive agreement for such transaction is terminated prior to the consummation thereof).

 

Consolidated Working Capital” means, at any date, the excess of (a) all amounts (other than cash and Cash Equivalents) that would, in conformity with GAAP, be set forth opposite the caption “total current assets” (or any like caption) on a consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis at such date, excluding the current portion of current and deferred income taxes over (b) the sum of all amounts that would, in conformity with GAAP, be set forth opposite the caption “total current liabilities” (or any like caption) on a consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis on such date, but excluding, without duplication, (i) the current portion of any Funded Debt or other long-term liabilities, (ii) all Indebtedness consisting of Revolving Credit Loans and L/C Obligations to the extent otherwise included therein, (iii) the current portion of interest, (iv) the current portion of current and deferred income taxes, (v) the current portion of any Capitalized Lease Obligations, (vi) deferred revenue arising from cash receipts that are earmarked for specific projects, (vii) the current portion of deferred acquisition costs and (viii) current accrued costs associated with any restructuring or business optimization (including accrued severance and accrued facility closure costs).

 

Contract Consideration” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Excess Cash Flow.”

 

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

 

Control” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Affiliate.”

 

Converted Restricted Subsidiary” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Consolidated EBITDA.”

 

Converted Unrestricted Subsidiary” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Consolidated EBITDA.”

 

Corporate Investment Grade Rating” means a corporate family rating and corporate rating equal to or higher than Baa3 (or the equivalent) by Moody’s and BBB- (or the equivalent) by S&P.

 

Credit Extension” means each of the following:  (a) a Borrowing and (b) an L/C Credit Extension.

 

Cure Amount” has the meaning specified in Section 8.05(a).

 

Cure Right” has the meaning specified in Section 8.05(a).

 

Customary Term A Loans” means any term loans that contain provisions customary for “term A loans,” as reasonably determined by the Borrower in consultation with the Administrative Agent, that are syndicated primarily to Persons regulated as banks in the primary syndication thereof and that do not mature prior to the Maturity Date of the Revolving Credit Facility.

 

Debtor Relief Laws” means the Bankruptcy Code of the United States 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 and affecting the rights of creditors generally.

 

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Declined Proceeds” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(b)(v).

 

Default” means any event or condition that constitutes an Event of Default or that, with the giving of any notice, the passage of time, or both, would be an Event of Default (other than any event or condition that, with the giving of any notice, the passage of time, or both, would become an Event of Default solely as a result of Section 8.01(e)).

 

Default Rate” means an interest rate equal to (a) with respect to any overdue principal for any Loan, the applicable interest rate for such Loan plus 2.00% per annum (provided that with respect to Eurocurrency Rate Loans, the determination of the applicable interest rate is subject to Section 2.02(c) to the extent that Eurocurrency Rate Loans may not be converted to, or continued as, Eurocurrency Rate Loans, pursuant thereto) and (b) with respect to any other overdue amount, including overdue interest, the interest rate applicable to Base Rate Loans that are Term Loans plus 2.00% per annum, in each case, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Laws.

 

Defaulting Lender” means, subject to Section 2.16(e), any Lender that (a) has failed, within two (2) Business Days of the date required to be funded or paid, to (i) fund any portion of its Loans required to be funded by it, (ii) fund any portion of its participations in Letters of Credit required to be funded by it or (iii) pay over to the Administrative Agent, any L/C Issuer or any other Lender any other amount required to be paid by it hereunder (including in respect of its participation in Letters of Credit), unless, in the case of clause (i) above, such Lender notifies the Administrative Agent or such L/C Issuer in writing that such failure is the result of such Lender’s good faith determination that a condition precedent to funding (specifically identified and including the particular default, if any) has not been satisfied, (b) has notified the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, the L/C Issuer or any other Lender in writing that it does not intend or expect to comply with any of its funding obligations under this Agreement (unless such writing relates to such Lender’s obligation to fund a Loan hereunder and states that such position is based on such Lender’s good faith determination that a condition precedent (specifically identified and including the particular default, if any) to funding a Loan cannot be satisfied), (c) has failed, within three (3) Business Days after request by the Administrative Agent, any L/C Issuer or any other Lender, acting in good faith, to provide a certification in writing from an authorized officer of such Lender that it will comply with its obligations to fund prospective Loans and participations in then outstanding Letters of Credit under this Agreement, provided that such Lender shall cease to be a Defaulting Lender pursuant to this clause (c) upon such Administrative Agent’s, L/C Issuer’s or Lender’s receipt of such certification in form and substance satisfactory to it and the Administrative Agent, or (d) has, or has a direct or indirect parent company that has, in any such case (i) become the subject of a proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, (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 and/or (iii) become the subject of a Bail-In Action; provided that, in the case of clause (d), a Lender shall not be a Defaulting 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 so long as such ownership interest does not result in or provide such Lender with immunity from the jurisdiction of courts within the United States or from the enforcement of judgments or writs of attachment on its assets or permit such Lender (or such Government Authority) to reject, repudiate, disavow or disaffirm any contracts or agreements made with such Lender.  Any determination by the Administrative Agent that a Lender is a Defaulting Lender under any one or more of clauses (a) through (d) above, and of the effective date of such status, shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error, and such Lender shall be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender (subject to Section 2.16(e)) as of the date established therefor by the Administrative Agent in a written notice of such determination, which shall be delivered by the Administrative Agent to the Borrower, the L/C Issuer and each other Lender promptly following such determination.

 

Discount Range” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(d)(ii).

 

Discounted Prepayment Option Notice” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(d)(ii).

 

Discounted Voluntary Prepayment” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(d)(i).

 

Discounted Voluntary Prepayment Notice” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(d)(v).

 

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Disposed EBITDA” means, with respect to any Sold Entity or Business or any Converted Unrestricted Subsidiary for any period, the amount for such period of Consolidated EBITDA of such Sold Entity or Business or such Converted Unrestricted Subsidiary, all as determined on a consolidated basis for such Sold Entity or Business or such Converted Unrestricted Subsidiary.

 

Disposition” or “Dispose” means the sale, transfer, license, lease or other disposition (including any Sale Leaseback and any sale of Equity Interests) of any property by any Person, including any sale, assignment, transfer or other disposal, with or without recourse, of any notes or accounts receivable or any rights and claims associated therewith; provided that “Disposition” and “Dispose” shall not be deemed to include any issuance by the Borrower of any of its Equity Interests to another Person.

 

Disqualified Equity Interests” means any Equity Interest which, by its terms (or by the terms of any security or other Equity Interests into which it is convertible or for which it is exchangeable), or upon the happening of any event or condition (a) matures or is mandatorily redeemable (other than solely for Qualified Equity Interests), pursuant to a sinking fund obligation or otherwise, (b) is redeemable at the option of the holder thereof (other than solely for Qualified Equity Interests and/or cash in lieu of fractional shares of such Equity Interests), in whole or in part, (c) provides for the scheduled payments of dividends in cash, or (d) is or becomes convertible into or exchangeable for Indebtedness or any other Equity Interests that would constitute Disqualified Equity Interests, in each case, prior to the date that is ninety-one (91) days after the Latest Maturity Date at the time such Equity Interests are issued; provided that (x) an Equity Interest in any Person that would constitute a Disqualified Equity Interest but for terms thereof giving holders thereof the right to require such Person to redeem or purchase such Equity Interest upon the occurrence of an “asset sale,” a “change of control” or similar event shall not constitute a Disqualified Equity Interest if any such requirement becomes operative only after repayment in full of the Loans and all other Loan Obligations that are accrued and payable and the termination of the Commitments and all outstanding Letters of Credit (or the cash collateralization or backstop thereof in a manner permitted hereunder) and (y) if an Equity Interest in any Person is issued pursuant to any plan for the benefit of employees of the Borrower (or any direct or indirect parent thereof) or any of the Subsidiaries, or by any such plan to such employees, such Equity Interest shall not constitute a Disqualified Equity Interest solely because it may be required to be repurchased by the Borrower (or any direct or indirect parent company thereof) or any of the Subsidiaries in order to satisfy applicable statutory or regulatory obligations of such Person.

 

Disqualified Lenders” means (i) such Persons (or related funds of such Persons) that have been specified by name in writing to the Administrative Agent prior to January 17, 2018, (ii) Competitors that have been specified by name in writing to the Administrative Agent from time to time and (iii) in the case of clauses (i) and (ii), any of their Affiliates (other than, in the case of clause (ii), Affiliates that are Bona Fide Lending Affiliates) that are (A) specified by name in writing to the Administrative Agent from time to time or (B) reasonably identifiable on the basis of such Affiliate’s name; it being understood that any subsequent designation of a Disqualified Lender shall not apply retroactively to disqualify any person that has been assigned any Loans or any participation therein.

 

Dollar” and “$” mean lawful money of the United States.

 

Dollar Equivalent” means, on any date of determination, (a) with respect to any amount denominated in Dollars, such amount, and (b) with respect to any amount denominated in any Alternative Currency or any other currency, the equivalent in Dollars of such amount, determined at the Exchange Rate on the applicable Valuation Date.  In making the determination of the Dollar Equivalent for purposes of determining the aggregate available Revolving Credit Commitments on any date of any Credit Extension, the Administrative Agent or a relevant L/C Issuer, as applicable, pursuant to Section 1.08 shall use the Exchange Rate in effect at the date on which the Borrower requests the Credit Extension for such date or as otherwise provided pursuant to the provisions of such Section.

 

Domestic Foreign Holding Company” means any Domestic Subsidiary of the Borrower that owns no material assets (held directly or indirectly through one or more disregarded entities) other than capital stock (or capital stock and/or debt) of one or more Foreign Subsidiaries that are CFCs and/or Domestic Foreign Holding Companies.

 

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Domestic Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary that is organized under the laws of the United States, any State thereof or the District of Columbia.

 

EEA Financial Institution” means (a) any credit institution or investment firm established in any EEA Member Country which is subject to the supervision of an EEA Resolution Authority, (b) any entity established in an EEA Member Country which is a parent of an institution described in clause (a) of this definition, or (c) any financial institution established in an EEA Member Country which is a subsidiary of an institution described in clause (a) or (b) of this definition and is subject to consolidated supervision with its parent;

 

EEA Member Country” means any of the member states of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.

 

EEA Resolution Authority” means any public administrative authority or any person entrusted with public administrative authority of any EEA Member Country (including any delegee) having responsibility for the resolution of any EEA Financial Institution.

 

Eligible Assignee” means any Assignee permitted by and consented to in accordance with Section 10.07(b) and/or Section 10.07(l) (subject to such consents, if any, as may be required under Section 10.07). For the avoidance of doubt, any Disqualified Lender is subject to Section 10.07(l).

 

Environment” means air, surface water, groundwater, drinking water, soil, surface and subsurface strata, and natural resources such as wetlands, flora and fauna.

 

Environmental Laws” means any and all applicable Laws relating to pollution, the protection of the Environment the generation, transport, storage, use, treatment, Release or threat of Release of any Hazardous Materials or, to the extent relating to exposure to Hazardous Materials, human health and safety.

 

Environmental Liability” means any liability, contingent or otherwise (including any liability for damages, costs of environmental remediation, fines, penalties or indemnities) directly or indirectly resulting from or based upon (a) actual or alleged violation of any Environmental Law, (b) the generation, use, handling, transportation, storage or treatment of any Hazardous Materials, (c) exposure of any Person to any Hazardous Materials or (d) the Release or threatened Release of any Hazardous Materials into the Environment, including, in each case, any such liability which any Loan Party has retained or assumed either contractually or by operation of Law.

 

Equity Interests” means, with respect to any Person, all of the shares, interests, rights, participations or other equivalents (however designated) of capital stock of (or other ownership or profit interests or units in) such Person and all of the warrants, options or other rights for the purchase, acquisition or exchange from such Person of any of the foregoing (including through convertible securities).

 

ERISA” means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended from time to time, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

ERISA Affiliate” means any trade or business (whether or not incorporated) that is under common control with any Loan Party and is treated as a single employer within the meaning of Section 414 of the Code or Section 4001 of ERISA.

 

ERISA Event” means (a) a Reportable Event with respect to a Pension Plan; (b) a withdrawal by any Loan Party or any ERISA Affiliate from a Pension Plan subject to Section 4063 of ERISA during a plan year in which it was a substantial employer (as defined in Section 4001(a)(2) of ERISA) or a cessation of operations that is treated as such a withdrawal under Section 4062(e) of ERISA; (c) a failure to satisfy the minimum funding standard under Section 412 of the Code or Section 302 of ERISA with respect to a Pension Plan, whether or not waived, or a failure to make any required contribution to a Multiemployer Plan; (d) a complete or partial withdrawal by any Loan Party or any ERISA Affiliate from a Multiemployer Plan, notification of any Loan Party or ERISA Affiliate concerning the imposition of Withdrawal Liability or notification that a Multiemployer Plan is insolvent within the

 

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meaning of Title IV of ERISA or in endangered or critical status, within the meaning of Section 305 of ERISA; (e) the filing of a notice of intent to terminate, the treatment of a Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan amendment as a termination under Section 4041 or 4041A of ERISA, or the commencement of proceedings by the PBGC to terminate a Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan; (f) an event or condition which constitutes grounds under Section 4042 of ERISA for the termination of, or the appointment of a trustee to administer, any Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan; (g) the imposition of any liability under Title IV of ERISA, other than for PBGC premiums due but not delinquent under Section 4007 of ERISA, upon any Loan Party or any ERISA Affiliate; (h) a determination that any Pension Plan is, or is expected to be, in “at-risk” status (within the meaning of Section 303(i)(4)(A) of ERISA or Section 430(i)(4)(A) of the Code); (i) the occurrence of a non-exempt prohibited transaction with respect to any Pension Plan maintained or contributed to by any Loan Party (within the meaning of Section 4975 of the Code or Section 406 of ERISA) which would reasonably be expected to result in liability to any Loan Party; (j) the filing pursuant to Section 431 of the Code or Section 304 of ERISA of an application for the extension of any amortization period; or (k) the filing pursuant to Section 412(c) of the Code of an application for a waiver of the minimum funding standard with respect to any Plan.

 

Escrow” means an escrow, trust, collateral or similar account or arrangement holding proceeds of Indebtedness solely for the benefit of an unaffiliated third party.

 

EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule” means the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule published by the Loan Market Association (or any successor person), as in effect from time to time.

 

Euro” or “” means the single currency of the European Union as constituted by the Treaty on European Union and as referred to in the legislative measures of the European Union for the introduction of, changeover to or operation of the Euro in one or more member states, being in part legislative measures to implement the European and Monetary Union as contemplated in the Treaty on European Union.

 

Eurocurrency Rate” means, for any Interest Period with respect to any Eurocurrency Rate Loan, (I) in relation to a Loan denominated in Canadian Dollars, the CDOR Rate, (II) in relation to a Loan denominated in another LIBOR Quoted Currency, the rate per annum equal to the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) or a comparable or successor rate which rate is approved by the Administrative Agent, as published on the applicable Bloomberg screen page (or such other commercially available source providing such quotations as may be designated by the Administrative Agent from time to time) at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, two Business Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period, for deposits in the relevant currency (for delivery on the first day of such Interest Period) with a term equivalent to such Interest Period and (III) in relation to an Alternative Currency that is not a LIBOR Quoted Currency, the rate per annum as designated with respect to such Alternative Currency at the time such Alternative Currency is approved by the Administrative Agent and the Lenders pursuant to Section 1.14(a); provided that to the extent a comparable or successor rate is approved by the Administrative Agent in connection with any rate set forth in this definition, the approved rate shall be applied in a manner consistent with market practice; provided, further that to the extent such market practice is not administratively feasible for the Administrative Agent, such approved rate shall be applied in a manner as otherwise reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent.

 

Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, and without limiting the provisions of Section 3.02, in the event that the Administrative Agent shall have determined (which determination shall be final and conclusive and binding upon all parties hereto), or the Borrower or the Required Lenders notify the Administrative Agent (with, in the case of the Required Lenders, a copy to Borrower) that the Borrower or Required Lenders (as applicable) have determined, that:

 

(i)                                     adequate and reasonable means do not exist for ascertaining Eurocurrency Rate for any requested Interest Period, including, without limitation, because the LIBOR Screen Rate is not available or published on a current basis and such circumstances are unlikely to be temporary; or

 

(ii)                                  the administrator of the LIBOR Screen Rate or a Governmental Authority having jurisdiction over the Administrative Agent has made a public statement identifying a specific date after which Eurocurrency Rate or the LIBOR Screen Rate shall no longer be made available, or used for determining the interest rate of loans (such specific date, the “Scheduled Unavailability Date”), or

 

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(iii)                               syndicated loans currently being executed, or that include language similar to that contained in this Section, are being executed or amended (as applicable) to incorporate or adopt a new benchmark interest rate to replace Eurocurrency Rate,

 

then, reasonably promptly after such determination by the Administrative Agent or receipt by the Administrative Agent of such notice, as applicable,  the Administrative Agent and the Borrower may amend this Agreement to replace Eurocurrency Rate with an alternate benchmark rate (including any mathematical or other adjustments to the benchmark (if any) incorporated therein), giving due consideration to any evolving or then existing convention for similar U.S. dollar denominated syndicated credit facilities for such alternative benchmarks (any such proposed rate, a “LIBOR Successor Rate”), together with any proposed LIBOR Successor Rate Conforming Changes (as defined below) and any such amendment shall become effective at 5:00 p.m. (New York time) on the fifth Business Day after the Administrative Agent shall have posted such proposed amendment to all Lenders and the Borrower unless, prior to such time, Lenders comprising the Required Lenders have delivered to the Administrative Agent written notice that such Required Lenders do not accept such amendment.

 

If no LIBOR Successor Rate has been determined and the circumstances under clause (i) above exist or the Scheduled Unavailability Date has occurred (as applicable), the Administrative Agent will promptly so notify the Borrower and each Lender.  Thereafter, (x) the obligation of the Lenders to make or maintain Eurodollar Rate Loans shall be suspended, (to the extent of the affected Eurodollar Rate Loans or Interest Periods), and (y) the Eurodollar Rate component shall no longer be utilized in determining the Base Rate.  Upon receipt of such notice, the Borrower may revoke any pending request for a Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans (to the extent of the affected Eurodollar Rate Loans or Interest Periods) or, failing that, will be deemed to have converted such request into a request for a Borrowing of Base Rate Loans (subject to the foregoing clause (y)) in the amount specified therein.  Notwithstanding anything else herein, any definition of LIBOR Successor Rate shall provide that in no event shall such LIBOR Successor Rate be less than zero for purposes of this Agreement.

 

As used above:

 

LIBOR Screen Rate” means the LIBOR quote on the applicable screen page the Administrative Agent designates to determine LIBOR (or such other commercially available source providing such quotations as may be designated by the Administrative Agent from time to time).

 

LIBOR Successor Rate Conforming Changes” means, with respect to any proposed LIBOR Successor Rate, any conforming changes to the definition of Base Rate, Interest Period, timing and frequency of determining rates and making payments of interest and other administrative matters as may be appropriate, in the discretion of the Administrative Agent, to reflect the adoption of such LIBOR Successor Rate and to permit the administration thereof by the Administrative Agent in a manner substantially consistent with market practice (or, if the Administrative Agent determines that adoption of any portion of such market practice is not administratively feasible or that no market practice for the administration of such LIBOR Successor Rate exists, in such other manner of administration as the Administrative Agent determines in consultation with the Borrower).

 

Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in this Agreement, if the Eurocurrency Rate at any date of determination is less than 0% then such rate shall be deemed to be 0.00% per annum.

 

Eurocurrency Rate Loan” means a Loan that bears interest at a rate based on the Eurocurrency Rate.

 

Event of Default” has the meaning specified in Section 8.01.

 

Excess Cash Flow” means, for any Excess Cash Flow Period, an amount equal to the excess of:

 

(a)                                 the sum, without duplication, of:

 

(i)                          Consolidated Net Income for such Excess Cash Flow Period;

 

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(ii)                          an amount equal to the amount of all non-cash charges (including depreciation and amortization) to the extent deducted in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income but excluding any non-cash charge to the extent that it represents an accrual or reserve for potential cash charge in any future Excess Cash Flow Period or amortization of a prepaid cash gain that was paid in a prior Excess Cash Flow Period, in each case, for such Excess Cash Flow Period;

 

(iii)                           decreases in Consolidated Working Capital for such applicable period (other than any such decreases arising from acquisitions by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries completed during such Excess Cash Flow Period or the application of purchase accounting);

 

(iv)                         an amount equal to the aggregate net non-cash loss on Dispositions by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries during such Excess Cash Flow Period (other than Dispositions in the ordinary course of business) to the extent deducted in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income; and

 

(v)                         cash receipts in respect of Swap Contracts during such Excess Cash Flow Period to the extent not otherwise included in Consolidated Net Income; over

 

(b)                                 the sum, without duplication, of:

 

(i)                          an amount equal to the amount of all non-cash credits included in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income and cash charges to the extent included in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income (excluding any non-cash gain to the extent it represents the reversal of an accrual or reserve for a potential cash item that reduced Consolidated Net Income in any prior Excess Cash Flow Period);

 

(ii)                          without duplication of amounts subtracted pursuant to clause (x) below in prior Excess Cash Flow Periods, the amount of Capital Expenditures or acquisitions made in cash during such Excess Cash Flow Period, except to the extent that such Capital Expenditures or acquisitions were financed with the proceeds of an incurrence or issuance of long term Indebtedness of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries (other than revolving Indebtedness);

 

(iii)                           the aggregate amount of all principal payments of Indebtedness of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries (including (A) the principal component of Capitalized Lease Obligations and (B) the amount of repayments of Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.07(a) and any mandatory prepayment of Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.05(b)(ii) to the extent required due to a Disposition that resulted in an increase to such Consolidated Net Income and not in excess of the amount of such increase but excluding (X) all other prepayments of Term Loans, (Y) all prepayments under any Revolving Credit Facility and (Z) all prepayments in respect of any other revolving credit facility, except, in the case of clause (Z), to the extent there is an equivalent permanent reduction in commitments thereunder) made during such Excess Cash Flow Period in cash, except to the extent financed with the proceeds of an incurrence or issuance of other long term Indebtedness of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries (other than revolving Indebtedness);

 

(iv)                         an amount equal to the aggregate net non-cash gain on Dispositions by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries during such Excess Cash Flow Period (other than Dispositions in the ordinary course of business) to the extent included in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income;

 

(v)                         increases in Consolidated Working Capital for such Excess Cash Flow Period (other than any such increases arising from acquisitions by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries completed during such Excess Cash Flow Period or the application of purchase accounting);

 

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(vi)                         cash payments by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries during such Excess Cash Flow Period in respect of long-term liabilities of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries other than long term Indebtedness (including such Indebtedness specified in clause (b)(iii) above);

 

(vii)                          without duplication of amounts deducted pursuant to clause (xi) below in prior Excess Cash Flow Periods, the amount of Investments and acquisitions made during such Excess Cash Flow Period in each case in cash pursuant to Section 7.02 (other than Section 7.02(a), (d), (f) or (n)) except to the extent that such Investments and acquisitions were financed with the proceeds of an incurrence or issuance of long-term Indebtedness of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries (other than revolving Indebtedness);

 

(viii)                           the amount of Restricted Payments paid in cash during such Excess Cash Flow Period pursuant to Section 7.06 (other than Section 7.06(b) and (c)) except to the extent that such Restricted Payments were financed with the proceeds of an incurrence or issuance of long-term Indebtedness of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries (other than revolving Indebtedness);

 

(ix)                         the aggregate amount of any premium, make-whole or penalty payments actually paid in cash by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries during such Excess Cash Flow Period that are required to be made in connection with any prepayment of Indebtedness except to the extent that such amounts were financed with the proceeds of an incurrence or issuance of long-term Indebtedness of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries (other than revolving Indebtedness);

 

(x)                         the aggregate amount of expenditures actually made by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in cash during such Excess Cash Flow Period (including expenditures for the payment of financing fees) to the extent that such expenditures are not expensed during such Excess Cash Flow Period and were not financed with the proceeds of an incurrence or issuance of long-term Indebtedness of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries (other than revolving Indebtedness);

 

(xi)                         without duplication of amounts deducted from Excess Cash Flow in prior Excess Cash Flow Periods, the aggregate consideration required to be paid in cash by the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries pursuant to binding contracts (the “Contract Consideration”) entered into prior to or during such Excess Cash Flow Period relating to Permitted Acquisitions, Capital Expenditures or acquisitions to be consummated or made during the Excess Cash Flow Period of four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Borrower following the end of such Excess Cash Flow Period except to the extent intended to be financed with the proceeds of an incurrence or issuance of other long-term Indebtedness of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries (other than revolving Indebtedness); provided that to the extent the aggregate amount utilized to finance such Permitted Acquisitions, Capital Expenditures or acquisitions during such Excess Cash Flow Period of four consecutive fiscal quarters is less than the Contract Consideration, the amount of such shortfall, shall be added to the calculation of Excess Cash Flow at the end of such Excess Cash Flow Period of four consecutive fiscal quarters;

 

(xii)                          the amount of cash taxes and Tax Distributions (including penalties and interest) paid or tax reserves set aside or payable (without duplication) in such period to the extent they exceed the amount of tax expense deducted in determining Consolidated Net Income for such Excess Cash Flow Period; and

 

(xiii)                           cash expenditures in respect of Swap Contracts during such Excess Cash Flow Period to the extent not deducted in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income.

 

Excess Cash Flow Percentage” means, as of any date of determination (a) if the First Lien Leverage Ratio is greater than 3.00:1.00, 50%, (b) if the First Lien Leverage Ratio is less than or equal to 3.00:1.00 and greater than 2.50:1.00, 25%, and (c) if the First Lien Leverage Ratio is less than or equal to 2.50:1.00, 0%; it

 

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being understood and agreed that, for purposes of this definition as it applies to the determination of the amount of Excess Cash Flow that is required to be applied to prepay the Term Loans under Section 2.05(b)(i) for any fiscal year, the First Lien Leverage Ratio shall be determined on a Pro Forma Basis on the scheduled date of prepayment (after giving effect to all voluntary prepayments, Permitted Acquisitions, Investments and Capital Expenditures described in Section 2.05(b)(i)(1), (2), (3) and (4) for such Excess Cash Flow Period and including any such applicable After Year-End Transactions as of the date of such prepayment).

 

Excess Cash Flow Period” means each fiscal year of the Borrower (commencing with the first full fiscal year ending after the Closing Date).

 

Excess Cash Flow Threshold” means $30,000,000.

 

Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

 

Exchange Rate” means for a currency means the rate determined by the Administrative Agent or the L/C Issuer, as applicable, to be the rate quoted by the Person acting in such capacity as the spot rate for the purchase (or in the case of such Person being Goldman Sachs Bank USA or any of its Affiliates, the sale) 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 Business Days prior to the date as of which the foreign exchange computation is made; provided that the Administrative Agent or the L/C Issuer may obtain such spot rate from another financial institution designated by the Administrative Agent or the L/C Issuer 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 L/C Issuer 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 an Alternative Currency.

 

Excluded Equity” means Equity Interests (i) of any Unrestricted Subsidiary, (ii) of a Foreign Subsidiary or a Subsidiary that is a Domestic Foreign Holding Company of the Borrower or a Subsidiary Guarantor, in each case, other than 65% of the issued and outstanding voting (and 100% of the non-voting) Equity Interests of a First Tier Foreign Subsidiary or Domestic Foreign Holding Company; provided that, for the avoidance of doubt, Excluded Equity shall not include any non-voting Equity Interests of any such Foreign Subsidiary or Domestic Foreign Holding Company, (iii) of a Subsidiary of any Person described in clause (ii), (iv) of any Immaterial Subsidiary that is not a Guarantor, (v) of any Subsidiary with respect to which the Administrative Agent and the Borrower have determined in their reasonable judgment and agreed in writing that the costs of providing a pledge of such Equity Interests or perfection thereof is excessive in view of the benefits to be obtained by the Secured Parties therefrom, (vi) Equity Interests in any Person other than the Borrower and wholly-owned Subsidiaries to the extent not permitted to be pledged by the terms of such Person’s Organization Documents, shareholder agreement or joint venture documents after giving effect to the applicable anti-assignment provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code or other applicable law and other than proceeds thereof; (vii) of any captive insurance companies, not-for-profit Subsidiaries, special purpose entities (including any Securitization Subsidiary used solely to effect a Qualified Securitization Financing), (viii) that constitute margin stock (within the meaning of Regulation U), (ix) of any Subsidiary of the Borrower or any Subsidiary Guarantor, the pledge of which is prohibited by applicable Laws after giving effect to the applicable anti-assignment provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code or other applicable law and (x) of any Subsidiary of the Borrower or any Subsidiary Guarantor acquired pursuant to a Permitted Acquisition or other Investment subject to assumed secured Indebtedness permitted hereunder not incurred in contemplation of such Permitted Acquisition or other Investment permitted hereunder if such Equity Interests are pledged as security for such Indebtedness pursuant to a Lien that is a permitted Lien and if and for so long as the terms of such Indebtedness (not entered into in contemplation of such Permitted Acquisition of Investment) prohibit the creation of any other Lien on such Equity Interests after giving effect to the applicable anti-assignment provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code or other applicable law; provided, however, that Excluded Equity shall not include any proceeds, substitutions or replacements of any Excluded Equity referred to in clauses (i) through (x) (unless such proceeds, substitutions or replacements would constitute Excluded Equity referred to in clauses (i) through (x)).

 

Excluded Property” means (i) any (w) Timeshare Real Property or other Timeshare Inventory, (x) fee-owned real property other than Material Real Property, (y) fee-owned real property located in a special flood hazard area (as determined by the Borrower or any Revolving Credit Lender) and (z) all leasehold interests in real property, including the requirement to deliver landlord waivers, estoppels or collateral access letters, (ii) motor

 

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vehicles and other assets subject to certificates of title, (iii) letter of credit rights to the extent a Lien thereon cannot be perfected by the filing of a UCC financing statement, (iv) commercial tort claims with a value of less than $25,000,000, (v) assets for which a pledge thereof or a security interest therein is prohibited by applicable Laws after giving effect to the applicable anti-assignment provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code and other applicable law, (vi) any cash and cash equivalents, deposit accounts and securities accounts (including securities entitlements and related assets held in a securities account) (it being understood that this exclusion shall not affect the grant of the Lien on proceeds of Collateral and all proceeds of Collateral shall be Collateral), (vii) any lease, license or other agreements, or any property subject to a purchase money security interest, Capitalized Lease Obligation or similar arrangements, in each case to the extent permitted under the Loan Documents, to the extent that a pledge thereof or a security interest therein would violate or invalidate such lease, license or agreement, purchase money, Capitalized Lease or similar arrangement, or create a right of termination in favor of any other party thereto (other than the Borrower and its Subsidiaries) after giving effect to the applicable anti-assignment clauses of the Uniform Commercial Code and applicable Laws, other than the proceeds and receivables thereof the assignment of which is expressly deemed effective under applicable Laws notwithstanding such prohibition, (viii) any assets to the extent a security interest in such assets would result in material adverse tax consequences to the Borrower or its Subsidiaries (other than on account of any non-income taxes payable in connection with filings, recordings, registrations, stampings and any similar actions in connection with the creation or perfection of Liens), as reasonably determined by the Borrower in consultation with (but without the consent of) the Administrative Agent, but for the avoidance of doubt, including the assets and properties of any Domestic Foreign Holding Company or any Foreign Subsidiary, (ix) any intent-to-use trademark application in the United States prior to the filing and acceptance of a “Statement of Use” or “Amendment to Allege Use” with respect thereto, to the extent, if any, that, and solely during the period, if any, in which, the grant, attachment, or enforcement of a security interest therein would impair the validity or enforceability, or result in the voiding, of such intent-to-use trademark application or any registration issuing therefrom under applicable Federal law, (x) any Securitization Assets to the extent Disposed of or pledged in connection with a Qualified Securitization Financing, (xi) any segregated funds held in escrow for a the benefit of an unaffiliated third party (including such funds in Escrow), (xii) Excluded Equity and Equity Interests of any Excluded Subsidiary or Equity Interests in any Person other than a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of the Borrower or any Subsidiary Guarantor (in each case, other than 65% of the issued and outstanding voting (and 100% of the non-voting) Equity Interests of any First Tier Foreign Subsidiary or a Subsidiary that is a Domestic Foreign Holding Company of the Borrower or a Subsidiary Guarantor) to the extent not permitted to be pledged by the terms of such Person’s Organization Documents, shareholder agreement or joint venture documents after giving effect to the applicable anti-assignment provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code or other applicable law and other than proceeds thereof, (xiii) any Equity Interests of any Subsidiary of the Borrower in excess of the maximum amount of such Equity Interests that could be included in the Collateral without creating a requirement pursuant to Rule 3-16 of Regulation S-X under the Securities Act for separate financial statements of such Subsidiary to be included in filings by the Borrower, any Restricted Subsidiary or parent entity with the SEC (or any other governmental agency) and (xiv) those assets as to which the Administrative Agent and the Borrower reasonably agree that the cost of obtaining such a security interest or perfection thereof are excessive in relation to the benefit to the Lenders of the security to be afforded thereby; provided, however, that Excluded Property shall not include any proceeds, substitutions or replacements of any Excluded Property referred to in clauses (i) through (xiv) (unless such proceeds, substitutions or replacements would constitute Excluded Property referred to in clauses (i) through (xiv)).

 

Excluded Subsidiary” means (a) each Subsidiary of the Borrower listed on Schedule 1.01B hereto, (b) any Subsidiary that is prohibited by applicable Law or by any contractual obligation existing on the Closing Date or at the time such Subsidiary is acquired and not incurred in contemplation of such acquisition, as applicable, from guaranteeing the Obligations or which would require governmental (including regulatory) consent, approval, license or authorization to provide a Guarantee unless such consent, approval, license or authorization has been received, or any Subsidiary of the Borrower for which the provision of a guarantee would result in a material adverse tax consequence to the Borrower or its subsidiaries or direct or indirect parent companies (as reasonably determined by the Borrower in consultation with the Administrative Agent), (c) any Foreign Subsidiary, (d) any Domestic Subsidiary of a Foreign Subsidiary of the Borrower that is a CFC, (e) any Domestic Foreign Holding Company, (f) any Immaterial Subsidiary, (g) captive insurance companies, (h) not-for-profit Subsidiaries, (i) special purpose entities (including Securitization Subsidiaries used solely to effect any Qualified Securitization Financing), (j) any Unrestricted Subsidiary, (k) any non-Wholly-Owned joint venture, (l) any non-Wholly-Owned Subsidiary, (m) any Subsidiary of the Borrower acquired pursuant to a Permitted Acquisition or other Investment permitted

 

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hereunder that, at the time of such Permitted Acquisition or other Investment, has assumed secured Indebtedness permitted hereunder not incurred in contemplation of such Permitted Acquisition or other Investment, and each Restricted Subsidiary that is a Subsidiary thereof that guarantees such Indebtedness at the time of such Permitted Acquisition, in each case, to the extent such secured Indebtedness prohibits such Subsidiary from becoming a Guarantor (provided that such prohibition was not entered into in contemplation of such Permitted Acquisition or Investment, and each such Subsidiary shall cease to be an Excluded Subsidiary under this clause (m) if such secured Indebtedness is repaid or becomes unsecured, if such Restricted Subsidiary ceases to be an obligor with respect to such secured Indebtedness or such prohibition no longer exists, as applicable) and (n) any other Subsidiary in circumstances where the Borrower and the Administrative Agent reasonably agree that the cost or burden of providing a Guaranty outweighs the benefit afforded thereby.

 

Excluded Swap Obligation” means, with respect to any Guarantor, any Swap Obligation if, and solely to the extent that, all or a portion of the Guarantee of such Guarantor of, or the grant by such Guarantor of a security interest pursuant to the Collateral Documents to secure, such Swap Obligation (or any Guarantee thereof) is or becomes illegal or unlawful under the Commodity Exchange Act or any rule, regulation or order of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (or the application or official interpretation of any thereof) by virtue of such Guarantor’s failure for any reason to constitute an “eligible contract participant” (determined after giving effect to any applicable keep well, support or other agreement for the benefit of such Guarantor and any and all Guarantees of such Guarantor’s Swap Obligations by other Loan Parties) as defined in the Commodity Exchange Act at the time the Guarantee of such Guarantor or the grant of such security interest would otherwise have become effective with respect to such related Swap Obligation but for such Guarantor’s failure to constitute an “eligible contract participant” at such time.  If a Swap Obligation arises under a Master Agreement governing more than one Swap Contract, such exclusion shall apply only to the portion of such Swap Obligation that is attributable to Swap Contracts for which such Guarantee or security interest is or becomes excluded in accordance with the first sentence of this definition.

 

Excluded Taxes” means, with respect to any Agent, any Lender, any L/C Issuer or any other recipient of any payment to be made by or on account of any obligation of any Loan Party under any Loan Document (each, a “Recipient”), (a) Taxes imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated), franchise Taxes, and branch profits Taxes, in each case, that are Other Connection Taxes or otherwise imposed by any jurisdiction as a result of such Recipient being organized under the laws of, or having its principal office in or maintaining an Applicable Lending Office in such jurisdiction (or any political subdivision thereof), (b) any U.S. federal withholding Tax that is imposed on amounts payable to a Recipient pursuant to a law in effect at the time such Recipient becomes a party to this Agreement (other than pursuant to an assignment request by the Borrower under Section 3.06) or changes its Applicable Lending Office; provided that, this clause (b) shall not apply to the extent that (x) the indemnity payments or additional amounts any Recipient would be entitled to receive (without regard to this clause (b)) do not exceed the indemnity payment or additional amounts that the Recipient’s assignor (if any) was entitled to receive immediately prior to the assignment to such Recipient, or that such Recipient was entitled to receive immediately prior to its change in Applicable Lending Office, as applicable, (c) any withholding Tax resulting from a failure of such Recipient to comply with Section 3.01(f) or Section 3.01(g), as applicable, and (d) any withholding Tax imposed pursuant to FATCA.

 

Existing Bi-Lateral Letters of Credit” means the Letters of Credit listed on Schedule 1.01D.

 

Existing Indebtedness” means the Borrower’s Indebtedness under (a) the 7.375% senior unsecured notes due 2020, (e) the 5.625% senior unsecured notes due 2021, (f) the 2022 Notes, (g) the 2023 Notes, (h) the 4.15% senior unsecured notes due 2024, (i) the 5.10% senior unsecured notes due 2025 and (j) the 4.50% senior unsecured notes due 2027.

 

Existing Letters of Credit” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(i).

 

Existing Revolving Facilities” means (a) the revolving facility under the Credit Agreement dated as of March 26, 2015, among the Borrower, Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent and the other lenders party thereto and (b) the revolving facility under the Credit Agreement dated as of November 21, 2017, among the Borrower, Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent and the other lenders party thereto.

 

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Extended Revolving Credit Commitment” has the meaning specified in Section 2.15(a)(i).

 

Extended Term Loans” has the meaning specified in Section 2.15(a)(ii).

 

Extension” has the meaning specified in Section 2.15(a).

 

Extension Offer” has the meaning specified in Section 2.15(a).

 

Facility” means a Class of Term Loans or the Revolving Credit Facility, as the context may require.

 

FATCA” means Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, as of the date of this Agreement (and any amended or successor version that is substantively comparable and not materially more onerous to comply with) or any current or future Treasury regulations with respect thereto or other official administrative interpretations thereof, any agreements entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b)(1) of the Code, as of the date of this Agreement (or any amended or successor version described above) and any intergovernmental agreements (and any related laws, regulations or official administrative guidance) implementing the foregoing.

 

FCPA” has the meaning specified in Section 5.20.

 

Federal Funds Rate” means, for any day, the rate per annum equal to the weighted average of the rates on overnight Federal funds transactions with members of the Federal Reserve System, as published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on the Business Day next succeeding such day; provided that (a) if such day is not a Business Day, the Federal Funds Rate for such day shall be such rate on such transactions on the next preceding Business Day as so published on the next succeeding Business Day, and (b) if no such rate is so published on such next succeeding Business Day, the Federal Funds Rate for such day shall be the average rate (rounded upward, if necessary, to a whole multiple of 1/100 of 1%) charged to Bank of America on such day on such transactions as reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent; provided that in no event shall the Federal Funds Rate at any time be less than 0.00% per annum.

 

Financial Covenants” means the covenants set forth in Section 7.09.

 

First Lien Intercreditor Agreement” means the Intercreditor Agreement, substantially in the form of Exhibit D-1, with any changes thereto implemented in accordance with the definition of “Acceptable Intercreditor Agreement” or otherwise reasonably agreed by the Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders.

 

First Lien Leverage Ratio” means, with respect to any Test Period, the ratio of (a) Consolidated First Lien Debt as of the last day of such Test Period to (b) Consolidated EBITDA for such Test Period.

 

First Tier Foreign Subsidiary” means a Foreign Subsidiary whose Equity Interests are directly owned by the Borrower or a Subsidiary Guarantor.

 

Fixed Amounts” has the meaning specified in Section 1.13.

 

Fixed Incremental Amount” means (i) the greater of $920,000,000 and 100% of Consolidated EBITDA as of the last day of the most recently ended Test Period minus (ii) the aggregate outstanding principal amount of all Incremental Facilities, Incremental Equivalent Debt and/or Indebtedness incurred pursuant to Section 7.03(r)(ii)(A), in each case incurred or issued in reliance on this definition.

 

Foreign Plan” means any employee benefit plan, program, policy, arrangement or agreement maintained or contributed to by, or entered into with, any Loan Party or any Restricted Subsidiary with respect to employees outside the United States.

 

Foreign Subsidiary” means any direct or indirect Subsidiary of the Borrower which is not a Domestic Subsidiary.

 

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Form 10” means the Form 10 filed by the Borrower with the SEC on March 19, 2018, as such filing may be amended, supplemented or otherwise modified or updated from time to time, and including any separation and distribution agreement, tax matters agreement, employee matters agreement, transition services agreement and/or any other agreement relating to the Spin-Off that is made an exhibit or otherwise attached thereto (as such agreements may be amended, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time); provided that (x) any such amendment, supplementation, modification or update to the Form 10 (or exhibit or other attachment thereto) does not amend or otherwise modify the Form 10 (or exhibit or other attachment thereto) as of the date hereof in a manner that has a material adverse effect on the Lenders (taken as a whole), in their capacity as such and (y) to the extent such amendments, supplementations, modifications or updates referred to in clause (x) have been posted to the Platform (or publicly filed) and not been objected to by the Required Lenders within three (3) Business Days, such amendments, modifications or updates shall be deemed not to be materially adverse to the Lenders.

 

FRB” means the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System of the United States.

 

Fronting Fee” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(h).

 

Fund” means 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 activities.

 

Funded Debt” means all Indebtedness of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries for borrowed money that matures more than one year from the date of its creation or matures within one year from such date that is renewable or extendable, at the option of such Person, to a date more than one year from such date or arises under a revolving credit or similar agreement that obligates the lender or lenders to extend credit during a period of more than one year from such date, including Indebtedness in respect of the Loans.

 

GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, as in effect from time to time; provided that (A) if the Borrower notifies the Administrative Agent that it requests an amendment to any provision hereof to eliminate the effect of any change occurring after the Closing Date in GAAP or in the application thereof on the operation of such provision (or if the Administrative Agent notifies the Borrower that the Required Lenders request an amendment to any provision hereof for such purpose), regardless of whether any such notice is given before or after such change in GAAP or in the application thereof, then such provision shall be interpreted on the basis of GAAP as in effect and applied immediately before such change shall have become effective until such notice shall have been withdrawn or such provision amended in accordance herewith, (B) at any time after the Closing Date, the Borrower may elect, upon notice to the Administrative Agent, to apply IFRS accounting principles in lieu of GAAP and, upon any such election, references herein to GAAP shall thereafter be construed to mean IFRS (except as otherwise provided herein), including as to the ability of the Borrower or the Required Lenders to make an election pursuant to clause (A) of this proviso, (C) any election made pursuant to clause (B) of this proviso, once made, shall be irrevocable, (D) any calculation or determination in this Agreement that requires the application of GAAP for periods that include fiscal quarters ended prior to the Borrower’s election to apply IFRS shall remain as previously calculated or determined in accordance with GAAP and (E) the Borrower may only make an election pursuant to clause (B) of this proviso if it also elects to report any subsequent financial reports required to be made by the Borrower, including pursuant to Sections 6.01(a) and (b), in IFRS.

 

Governmental Authority” means any nation or government, any state, provincial, country, territorial or other political subdivision thereof, any agency, authority, instrumentality, regulatory body, court, administrative tribunal, 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).

 

Granting Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07(h).

 

Guarantee Obligations” means, as to any Person, without duplication, (a) any obligation, contingent or otherwise, of such Person guaranteeing or having the economic effect of guaranteeing any Indebtedness or other monetary obligation payable or performable by another Person (the “primary obligor”) in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, and including any obligation of such Person, direct or indirect, (i) to purchase

 

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or pay (or advance or supply funds for the purchase or payment of) such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation, (ii) to purchase or lease property, securities or services for the purpose of assuring the obligee in respect of such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation of the payment or performance of such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation, (iii) to maintain working capital, equity capital or any other financial statement condition or liquidity or level of income or cash flow of the primary obligor so as to enable the primary obligor to pay such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation, or (iv) entered into for the purpose of assuring in any other manner the obligee in respect of such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation of the payment or performance thereof or to protect such obligee against loss in respect thereof (in whole or in part), or (b) any Lien on any assets of such Person securing any Indebtedness or other monetary obligation of any other Person, whether or not such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation is assumed by such Person (or any right, contingent or otherwise, of any holder of such Indebtedness to obtain any such Lien); provided that the term “Guarantee Obligations” shall not include endorsements for collection or deposit, in either case in the ordinary course of business, or customary and reasonable indemnity obligations in effect on the Closing Date or entered into in connection with any acquisition or disposition of assets permitted under this Agreement (other than such obligations with respect to Indebtedness).  The amount of any Guarantee Obligation shall be deemed to be an amount equal to the stated or determinable amount of the related primary obligation, or portion thereof, in respect of which such Guarantee Obligation is made or, if not stated or determinable, the maximum reasonably anticipated liability in respect thereof as determined by the guaranteeing Person in good faith.

 

Guarantees” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement.”

 

Guarantors” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement.”  For avoidance of doubt, the Borrower in its sole discretion may cause any Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Guarantor to Guarantee the Obligations by causing such Restricted Subsidiary to execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent a Guaranty Supplement (as defined in the Guaranty), and any such Restricted Subsidiary shall thereafter be a Guarantor, Loan Party and Subsidiary Guarantor hereunder for all purposes and shall comply with the Collateral and Guarantee Requirement; provided that with respect to any Restricted Subsidiary that is a Foreign Subsidiary, the jurisdiction of such Subsidiary shall be reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent; it being understood and agreed that the United States or any jurisdiction thereof, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, and in each case any jurisdiction, state or subdivision of the foregoing, shall be deemed reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

 

Guaranty” means, collectively, (a) the Guaranty substantially in the form of Exhibit E and (b) each other guaranty and guaranty supplement delivered pursuant to Section 6.10.

 

Hazardous Materials” means all explosive or radioactive substances or wastes, and all other chemicals, pollutants, contaminants, substances or wastes of any nature regulated pursuant to any Environmental Law due to their hazardous, toxic, dangerous or deleterious characteristics, including petroleum or petroleum distillates, friable asbestos or asbestos-containing materials, polychlorinated biphenyls, radon gas and toxic mold.

 

Hedge Bank” means any Person that is a Lender, Arranger or Agent or an Affiliate of the foregoing (x) at the time it enters into (including by way of novation) a Swap Contract (regardless of whether such Person subsequently ceases to be a Lender, Arranger or Agent or an Affiliate of the foregoing) or (y) as of the Closing Date (regardless of whether such Person subsequently ceases to be a Lender, Arranger or Agent or an Affiliate of the foregoing) and that is a party to a Swap Contract in existence on the Closing Date, in each case, with a Loan Party or any Restricted Subsidiary, in its capacity as a counterparty to such Swap Contract.

 

Holdings” has the meaning specified in Section 8.06.

 

Honor Date” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(c)(i).

 

IFRS” means International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted in the European Union.

 

Immaterial Subsidiary” means, at any date of determination, each Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower that has been designated by the Borrower in writing to the Administrative Agent as an “Immaterial

 

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Subsidiary” for purposes of this Agreement (and not redesignated as a Material Subsidiary as provided below), provided that (a) for purposes of this Agreement, at the time of such designation the Consolidated Total Assets of all Immaterial Subsidiaries (other than Foreign Subsidiaries and Unrestricted Subsidiaries) at the last day of the most recent Test Period shall not equal or exceed 5.0% of the Consolidated Total Assets of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries at such date, (b) the Borrower shall not designate any new Immaterial Subsidiary if such designation would not comply with the provisions set forth in clause (a) above, and (c) if the Consolidated Total Assets of all Restricted Subsidiaries so designated by the Borrower as “Immaterial Subsidiaries” (and not redesignated as “Material Subsidiaries”) shall at any time exceed the limits set forth in clause (a) above, then all such Restricted Subsidiaries shall be deemed to be Material Subsidiaries unless and until the Borrower shall redesignate one or more Immaterial Subsidiaries as Material Subsidiaries, in each case in a written notice to the Administrative Agent, and, as a result thereof, the Consolidated Total Assets of all Restricted Subsidiaries still designated as “Immaterial Subsidiaries” do not exceed such limits; and provided further that the Borrower may designate and re-designate a Restricted Subsidiary as an Immaterial Subsidiary at any time, subject to the terms set forth in this definition.

 

Impacted Loans” has the meaning specified in Section 3.02.

 

Incremental Cap” means

 

(a)                                 the Fixed Incremental Amount, plus

 

(b)                                 (i) the amount of any optional prepayment of any Term Loan in accordance with Section 2.05(a) and/or the amount of any permanent reduction of any Initial Revolving Credit Commitment and (ii) the amount paid in Cash in respect of any reduction in the outstanding amount of any Term Loan resulting from any assignment of such Term B Loan to (and/or purchase of such Term B Loan by) the Borrower and/or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries, and/or application of any “yank-a-bank” provisions, so long as, in the case of any such optional prepayment, assignment and/or purchase, the relevant prepayment or assignment and/or purchase was not funded with the proceeds of any long-term Indebtedness, plus

 

(c)                                  an unlimited amount so long as, in the case of this clause (c), after giving effect to the relevant Incremental Facility, the Borrower is in compliance with the Financial Covenants and (i) if such Incremental Facility is secured by a Lien on the Collateral that is pari passu with the Lien securing the Obligations on a first lien basis, the First Lien Leverage Ratio does not exceed 3.75:1.00 (or, to the extent such Incremental Facility is incurred in connection with any acquisition or similar investment not prohibited by this Agreement, the greater of 3.75:1.00 and the First Lien Leverage Ratio at the end of the most recently ended Test Period), (ii) if such Incremental Facility is secured by a Lien on the Collateral that is junior to the Lien securing the Secured Obligations (as defined in the Security Agreement) that are secured on a first lien basis, the Secured Leverage Ratio does not exceed 4.25:1.00 (or, to the extent such Incremental Facility is incurred in connection with any acquisition or similar investment not prohibited by this Agreement, the greater of 4.25:1.00 and the Secured Leverage Ratio at the end of the most recently ended Test Period) or (iii) if such Incremental Facility is unsecured, the Total Leverage Ratio does not exceed 4.25:1.00 (or, to the extent such Incremental Facility is incurred in connection with any acquisition or similar investment not prohibited by this Agreement, the greater of 4.25:1.00 and the Total Leverage Ratio at the end of the most recently ended Test Period), in each case described in this clause (c), calculated on a Pro Forma Basis, including the application of the proceeds thereof (without “netting” the cash proceeds of the applicable Incremental Facility on the consolidated statement of financial position of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries), and in the case of any Incremental Revolving Credit Commitments, assuming a full drawing of such Incremental Revolving Commitments;

 

provided that:

 

(x)                                 Incremental Facilities and Incremental Equivalent Debt may be incurred under one or more of clauses (a) through (c) of this definition as selected by the Borrower in its sole discretion,

 

(y)                                 if Incremental Facilities or Incremental Equivalent Debt are intended to be incurred under clause (c) of this definition and any other clause of this definition in a single transaction or series of related

 

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transactions, (A) incurrence of the portion of such Incremental Facilities or Incremental Equivalent Debt to be incurred under clause (c) of this definition shall first be calculated without giving effect to any Incremental Facilities or Incremental Equivalent Debt to be incurred under all other clauses of this definition, but giving full pro forma effect to the use of proceeds of all such Incremental Facilities or Incremental Equivalent Debt and related transactions, and (B) thereafter, incurrence of the portion of such Incremental Facilities or Incremental Equivalent Debt to be incurred under such other applicable clauses of this definition shall be calculated, and

 

(z)                                  any portion of Incremental Facilities or Incremental Equivalent Debt incurred under clauses (a) and (b) of this definition may be reclassified, as the Borrower elects from time to time, as incurred under clause (c) of this definition if such portion of Incremental Facilities or Incremental Equivalent Debt could at such time be incurred under clause (c) of this definition on a pro forma basis; provided, that upon delivery of any financial statements pursuant to Section 6.01 following the initial incurrence of such Incremental Facilities or Incremental Equivalent Debt under clauses (a) and (b) of this definition, if such Incremental Facilities or Incremental Equivalent Debt could, based on any such financial statements, have been incurred under clause (c) of this definition, then such Incremental Facilities or Incremental Equivalent Debt shall automatically be reclassified as incurred under the applicable provision of clause (c) above.  Once such Incremental Facilities or Incremental Equivalent Debt is reclassified in accordance with the preceding sentence, it shall not further be reclassified as incurred under the original basket pursuant to which such item was originally incurred.

 

Incremental Equivalent Debt” means Indebtedness incurred by the Loan Parties in the form of senior secured or unsecured notes or loans or junior secured or unsecured notes or loans and/or commitments in respect of any of the foregoing issued, incurred or implemented in lieu of loans under an Incremental Facility; provided, that:

 

(a)                                 the aggregate outstanding amount thereof shall not exceed the Incremental Cap (as in effect at the time of determination, including giving effect to any reclassification on or prior to such date of determination),

 

(b)                                 except as otherwise agreed by the lenders or holders providing such notes or loans, no Event of Default exists immediately prior to or after giving effect to such notes or loans,

 

(c)                                  the Weighted Average Life to Maturity applicable to such notes or loans (other than Inside Maturity Loans) is no shorter than the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of the then-existing Term B Loans (without giving effect to any prepayments thereof),

 

(d)                                 the final maturity date with respect to such notes or loans (other than Inside Maturity Loans) is no earlier than the Latest Maturity Date on the date of the issuance or incurrence, as applicable, thereof,

 

(e)                                  subject to clauses (c) and (d), may otherwise have an amortization schedule as determined by the Borrower and the lenders providing such Incremental Equivalent Debt,

 

(f)                                   in the case of any such Indebtedness in the form of Qualifying Term Loans incurred in reliance on clause (c) of the Incremental Cap, the MFN Provision shall apply,

 

(g)                                  if such Incremental Equivalent Debt is secured, such Incremental Equivalent Debt shall be subject to an Acceptable Intercreditor Agreement,

 

(h)                                 such Indebtedness shall be in compliance with Section 2.14(b)(v) as if such Indebtedness were incurred thereunder and

 

(i)                                     no such Indebtedness may be (x) guaranteed by any Person which is not a Loan Party or (y) secured by any assets other than the Collateral (provided that, in the case of any Incremental Equivalent

 

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Debt that is funded into Escrow, such Incremental Equivalent Debt may be secured by the applicable funds and related assets held in Escrow (and the proceeds thereof until such Incremental Equivalent Debt is released from Escrow)).

 

Incremental Facilities” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(a).

 

Incremental Facility Amendment” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(e).

 

Incremental Facility Closing Date” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(e).

 

Incremental Revolving Credit Commitments” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(a).

 

Incremental Revolving Increase Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(e).

 

Incremental Term Loans” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(a).

 

Incurrence Based Amounts” has the meaning specified in Section 1.10(b).

 

Indebtedness” means, as to any Person at a particular time, without duplication, all of the following, whether or not included as indebtedness or liabilities in accordance with GAAP:

 

(a)                                 all obligations of such Person for borrowed money and all obligations of such Person evidenced by bonds, debentures, notes, loan agreements or other similar instruments to the extent the same would appear as a liability on a balance sheet (excluding footnotes thereto) of such Person in accordance with GAAP;

 

(b)                                 the maximum amount (after giving effect to any prior drawings or reductions which may have been reimbursed) of all letters of credit (including standby and commercial), banker’s acceptances, bank guaranties, surety bonds, performance bonds and similar instruments issued or created by or for the account of such Person;

 

(c)                                  net obligations of such Person under any Swap Contract (with the amount of such net obligations being deemed to be the aggregate Swap Termination Value thereof as of such date);

 

(d)                                 all obligations of such Person to pay the deferred purchase price of property or services (other than (i) trade accounts payable in the ordinary course of business, (ii) any earn-out obligation until such obligation becomes a liability on the balance sheet of such Person in accordance with GAAP and if not paid within thirty (30) days after becoming due and payable, (iii) any other obligation that appears in the liabilities section of the balance sheet of such Person, to the extent (A) such Person is indemnified for the payment thereof by a solvent Person reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent or (B) amounts to be applied to the payment therefor are in escrow and (iv) liabilities associated with customer prepayments and deposits);

 

(e)                                  indebtedness (excluding prepaid interest thereon) secured by a Lien on property owned or being purchased by such Person (including indebtedness arising under conditional sales or other title retention agreements and mortgage, industrial revenue bond, industrial development bond and similar financings), whether or not such indebtedness shall have been assumed by such Person or is limited in recourse;

 

(f)                                   all Attributable Indebtedness;

 

(g)                                  all obligations of such Person in respect of Disqualified Equity Interests; and

 

(h)                                 all Guarantee Obligations of such Person in respect of any of the foregoing.

 

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provided that (i) in no event shall any obligations under any Swap Contracts be deemed “Indebtedness” for any calculation of the Total Leverage Ratio, the First Lien Leverage Ratio, the Secured Leverage Ratio, the Interest Coverage Ratio or any other financial ratio under this Agreement, (ii) the amount of Indebtedness of any Person for purposes of clause (e) shall be deemed to be equal to the lesser of (A) the aggregate unpaid amount of such Indebtedness and (B) the fair market value of the property encumbered thereby as determined by such Person in good faith and (iii) the Indebtedness of any person shall, except for purposes of calculating the Interest Coverage Ratio to the extent the interest expense in respect thereof is not covered by proceeds held in Escrow or in connection with any test date of any Limited Condition Transaction or any test related to a subsequent transaction, exclude Indebtedness incurred in advance of, and the proceeds of which are to be applied in connection with, the consummation of a transaction solely to the extent the proceeds thereof are and continue to be held in an Escrow and are not otherwise made available to such person.

 

For all purposes hereof, the Indebtedness of any Person shall (A) include the Indebtedness of any partnership or joint venture (other than a joint venture that is itself a corporation, company, or limited liability company) in which such Person is a general partner or a joint venturer, except to the extent such Person’s liability for such Indebtedness is otherwise limited and only to the extent such Indebtedness would be included in the calculation of Consolidated Total Debt, (B) in the case of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, exclude intercompany liabilities arising from their cash management, tax, and accounting operations and intercompany loans, advances or Indebtedness having a term not exceeding 364 days (inclusive of any roll-over or extensions of terms) and made in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice, (C) exclude (i) deferred or prepaid revenue, (ii) purchase price holdbacks in respect of a portion of the purchase price of an asset to satisfy warranty or other unperformed obligations of the seller and (iii) Indebtedness of any parent company appearing on the balance sheet of the Borrower solely by reason of push down accounting under GAAP and (D) exclude obligations under or in respect of any Qualified Securitization Financing.

 

Indemnified Liabilities” has the meaning specified in Section 10.05.

 

Indemnified Taxes” means (a) all Taxes, other than Excluded Taxes, imposed on or in respect of any payment made by or on account of any obligation of any Loan Party under any Loan Document and (b) to the extent not otherwise included in (a), Other Taxes.

 

Indemnitees” has the meaning specified in Section 10.05.

 

Information” has the meaning specified in Section 10.08.

 

Initial Revolving Borrowing” means Letters of Credit that are “rolled over” or issued in order to, among other things, backstop or replace Existing Letters of Credit outstanding on the Closing Date.

 

Inside Maturity Loans” means (i) any customary bridge facility, so long as the long-term debt into which any customary bridge facility is to be converted satisfies any maturity and weighted average life limitations, (ii) any Customary Term A Loans and/or (iii) other Indebtedness under this clause (iii) in the aggregate amount not to exceed $100,000,000.

 

Interest Coverage Ratio” shall mean, as of any date of determination, the ratio of (i) Consolidated EBITDA for the Test Period then last ended to (ii) the Consolidated Interest Expense for such Test Period.

 

Interest Payment Date” means (a) as to any Loan other than a Base Rate Loan, the last day of each Interest Period applicable to such Loan and the Maturity Date of the Facility under which such Loan was made; provided that if any Interest Period for a Eurocurrency Rate Loan exceeds three months, the respective dates that fall every three months after the beginning of such Interest Period shall also be Interest Payment Dates; and (b) as to any Base Rate Loan, the last Business Day of each March, June, September and December and the Maturity Date of the Facility under which such Loan was made.

 

Interest Period” means, as to each Eurocurrency Rate Loan, the period commencing on the date such Loan is disbursed or converted to or continued as a Eurocurrency Rate Loan and ending on the date one, two,

 

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three or six months thereafter (in each case, subject to availability) as selected by the Borrower in its Committed Loan Notice, or such other period that is twelve months, less than one month or such other period as may be requested by the Borrower and in each case, consented to by all the Lenders of such Eurocurrency Rate Loan; provided that:

 

(a)                                 any Interest Period that would otherwise end on a day that is not a Business Day shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day unless, in the case of a Eurocurrency Rate Loan, such Business Day falls in another calendar month, in which case such Interest Period shall end on the next preceding Business Day;

 

(b)                                 any Interest Period pertaining to a Eurocurrency 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 calendar month at the end of such Interest Period; and

 

(c)                                  no Interest Period shall extend beyond the Maturity Date of the Facility under which such Loan was made.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Borrower may select an initial Interest Period for the Term B Loans ending on the date that is no more than 3 months after the Closing Date that is, subject to clause (a) of this definition of “Interest Period,” the first Business Day of the first fiscal quarter following the Closing Date.

 

Investment” means, as to any Person, any direct or indirect acquisition or investment by such Person, whether by means of (a) the purchase or other acquisition of Equity Interests or debt or other securities of another Person, (b) a loan, advance or capital contribution to, Guarantee Obligation with respect to any Obligation of, or purchase or other acquisition of any other debt or equity participation or interest in, another Person, including any partnership or joint venture interest in such other Person (excluding, in the case of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, intercompany loans, advances, or Indebtedness having a term not exceeding 364 days (inclusive of any roll-over or extensions of terms) and made in the ordinary course of business) or (c) the purchase or other acquisition (in one transaction or a series of transactions) of all or substantially all of the property and assets or business of another Person or assets constituting a business unit, line of business or division of such Person.  For purposes of covenant compliance, the amount of any Investment shall be the amount actually invested, without adjustment for subsequent increases or decreases in the value of such Investment, but in each case, without duplication of any adjustments to the amount of Investments permitted under Section 7.02 (other than Section 7.02(y)), net of any return in respect thereof, including dividends, interest, distributions, returns of principal, profits on sale, repayments, income and similar amounts.

 

Investment Grade Rating” means a rating equal to or higher than Baa3 (or the equivalent) by Moody’s and BBB- (or the equivalent) by S&P, or an equivalent rating by S&P, or an equivalent rating by Fitch, Inc.

 

IP Rights” has the meaning specified in Section 5.14.

 

ISP” means with respect to any Letter of Credit, the “International Standby Practices 1998” published by the Institute of International Banking Law & Practice, Inc. (or such later version thereof as may be in effect at the time of issuance).

 

Junior Debt” means any third party Indebtedness for borrowed money (excluding any intercompany Indebtedness) that is expressly subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations with an outstanding principal amount in excess of the Threshold Amount.

 

Judgment Currency” has the meaning specified in Section 1.08(f).

 

Junior Debt Documents” means the agreements governing any Junior Debt.

 

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JV Entity” means any joint venture of either the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries that is not a Subsidiary.

 

L/C Advance” means, with respect to each Revolving Credit Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility, such Lender’s funding of its participation in any relevant L/C Borrowing in accordance with its Applicable Percentage.

 

L/C Borrowing” means an extension of credit resulting from a drawing under any Letter of Credit which has not been reimbursed on the applicable Honor Date or refinanced as a Revolving Credit Borrowing under the Revolving Credit Facility.

 

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.

 

L/C Commitment” means, as to any L/C Issuer, its commitment to issue Letters of Credit, and to amend or extend Letters of Credit previously issued by it, pursuant to Section 2.03, in an aggregate amount at any time outstanding not to exceed (a) in the case of any L/C Issuer party hereto as of the Closing Date, the amount set forth opposite such L/C Issuer’s name on Schedule 2.01 under the heading “Letter of Credit Commitments” and (b) in the case of any Revolving Lender that becomes a L/C Issuer hereunder thereafter, that amount which shall be set forth in the written agreement by which such Lender shall become an L/C Issuer, in each case as the maximum outstanding amount of Letters of Credit to be issued by such L/C Issuer, as such commitment may be changed from time to time pursuant to the terms hereof or with the agreement in writing of such Lender, the Borrower and the Administrative Agent and, in the event such commitment is decreased, the other L/C Issuers. The aggregate L/C Commitments of all the L/C Issuers shall be less than or equal to the Letter of Credit Sublimit at all times.

 

L/C Exposure” means, at any time, the sum of (a) the undrawn portion of the Outstanding Amount of all Letters of Credit at such time and (b) the Outstanding Amount of all L/C Borrowings in respect of Letters of Credit that have not yet been reimbursed by or on behalf of the Borrower at such time.  The L/C Exposure of (i) any L/C Issuer under the Revolving Credit Facility shall be the aggregate L/C Exposure in respect of all Letters of Credit issued by that L/C Issuer (other than for purposes of determining such aggregate L/C Exposure for purposes of determining such L/C Issuer’s unused L/C Commitment, net of any participations by other Revolving Credit Lenders in such Letters of Credit) and (ii) any Revolving Credit Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility at any time shall be the aggregate amount of all participations by that Lender in the aggregate L/C Exposure at such time which shall be in an amount equal to its Applicable Percentage of the aggregate L/C Exposure at such time.

 

L/C Issuer” means, initially, Bank of America, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch, Credit Suisse AG, Cayman Islands Branch, Goldman Sachs Bank USA, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, SunTrust Bank, The Bank of Nova Scotia and MUFG Bank, Ltd., each in its capacity as issuer of Letters of Credit hereunder and each other Revolving Credit Lender reasonably acceptable to each of the Administrative Agent and the Borrower that has entered into a letter of credit issuer agreement in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, in each case, in its capacity as an issuer of Letters of Credit hereunder, together with their respective permitted successors and assigns in such capacity.  Each L/C Issuer may arrange for one or more Letters of Credit to be issued by Affiliates of such L/C Issuer, in which case the L/C Issuer shall include any such Affiliate with respect to Letters of Credit issued by such Affiliate. In the event that there is more than one L/C Issuer at any time, references herein and in the other Loan Documents to the L/C Issuer shall be deemed to refer to the L/C Issuer in respect of the applicable Letter of Credit or to all L/C Issuers, as the context requires.

 

L/C Obligations” means, as at any date of determination, the aggregate maximum amount then available to be drawn under all outstanding Letters of Credit plus the aggregate of all Unreimbursed Amounts in respect of Letters of Credit, including all L/C Borrowings in respect thereof.  For purposes of computing the amount available to be drawn under any Letter of Credit, the amount of such Letter of Credit shall be determined in accordance with Section 1.09.  For all purposes under this Agreement, if on any date of determination a Letter of Credit has expired by its terms but any amount may still be drawn thereunder by reason of the operation of Rule 3.13 or 3.14 of the ISP, article 29 of the UCP, or any similar provision under the applicable law or the express terms

 

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of the Letter of Credit, the “Outstanding Amount” of such Letter of Credit shall be deemed to be the amount so remaining available to be drawn.

 

Latest Maturity Date” means, at any date of determination, the latest Maturity Date applicable to any Loan or Commitment hereunder at such time, including the latest maturity date of any Extended Revolving Credit Commitment, Additional Revolving Credit Commitment, Extended Term Loan or Incremental Term Loan, in each case as extended in accordance with this Agreement from time to time.

 

Laws” means, collectively, all international, foreign, federal, state, provincial and local statutes, treaties, rules, guidelines, regulations, ordinances, codes 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.

 

LCT Provisions” means the provisions of Section 1.10.

 

Lead Arrangers” means JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (or any other registered broker-dealer wholly-owned by Bank of America Corporation to which all or substantially all of Bank of America Corporation’s or any of its subsidiaries’ investment banking, commercial lending services or related businesses may be transferred following the date of this Agreement) (or one of its designated affiliates), Barclays Bank PLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Goldman Sachs Bank USA, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., The Bank of Nova Scotia, MUFG Bank, Ltd. and U.S. Bank National Association, each in their capacities as Lead Arrangers under this Agreement.

 

Legal Reservations” means (a) the principle that equitable remedies are remedies which may be granted or refused at the discretion of the court and principles of good faith and fair dealing, (b) applicable Debtor Relief Laws, (c) the existence of timing limitations with respect to the bringing of claims under applicable limitation laws and the defenses of acquiescence, set-off or counterclaim and the possibility that an undertaking to assume liability for, or to indemnify a Person against, non-payment of stamp duty may be void, (d) the principle that in certain jurisdictions and under certain circumstances a Lien granted by way of fixed charge may be re-characterized as a floating charge or that security purported to be constituted as an assignment may be re-characterized as a charge, (e) the principle that additional interest imposed pursuant to any relevant agreement may be held to be unenforceable on the grounds that it is a penalty and thus void, (f) the principle that a court may not give effect to an indemnity for legal costs incurred by an unsuccessful litigant, (g) the principle that the creation or purported creation of collateral over any claim, other right, contract or agreement which is subject to a prohibition on transfer, assignment or charging may be void, ineffective or invalid and may give rise to a breach of the contract or agreement (or contract or agreement relating to or governing the claim or other right) over which security has purportedly been created, (h) the principle that a court may not give effect to any parallel debt provisions, covenants to pay or other similar provisions, (i) the principle that certain remedies in relation to regulated entities may require further approval from government or regulatory bodies or pursuant to agreements with such bodies, (j) the principles of private and procedural laws which affect the enforcement of a foreign court judgment, (k) similar principles, rights and defenses under the laws of any relevant jurisdiction and (l) any other matters which are set out as qualifications or reservations (however described) in any legal opinion delivered pursuant to the Loan Documents.

 

Lender” has the meaning specified in the introductory paragraph to this Agreement and, as the context requires (including, without limitation, for purposes of Sections 3.03 and 10.22), includes any L/C Issuer, and its successors and assigns as permitted hereunder, each of which is referred to herein as a “Lender.”

 

Lender Participation Notice” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(d)(iii).

 

Letter of Credit” means any letter of credit issued hereunder (including, in the case of any Existing Letter of Credit, deemed to be issued hereunder).  Each Letter of Credit shall be a standby letter of credit.

 

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Letter of Credit Application” means an application and agreement for the issuance or amendment of a Letter of Credit in the form from time to time in use by the relevant L/C Issuer.

 

Letter of Credit Facility Expiration Date” means, for Letters of Credit under the Revolving Credit Facility, the day that is five (5) Business Days prior to the scheduled Maturity Date then in effect for the Revolving Credit Facility (or, if such day is not a Business Day, the next preceding Business Day).

 

Letter of Credit Sublimit” means an amount equal to the lesser of (a) $100,000,000 and (b) the Aggregate Revolving Credit Commitments.  The Letter of Credit Sublimit is part of, and not in addition to, the Revolving Credit Facilities.

 

LIBORhas the meaning assigned to it in the definition of “Eurocurrency Rate”.

 

LIBOR Quoted Currency” means each of the following currencies: Dollars; Euro; Sterling; Yen; and Swiss Franc; in each case as long as there is a published LIBOR rate with respect thereto.

 

LIBOR Screen Rate” has the meaning assigned to it in the definition of “Eurocurrency Rate”.

 

LIBOR Successor Ratehas the meaning assigned to it in the definition of “Eurocurrency Rate”.

 

LIBOR Successor Rate Conforming Changeshas the meaning assigned to it in the definition of “Eurocurrency Rate”.

 

Lien” means any mortgage, pledge, hypothecation, assignment, deposit arrangement, encumbrance, lien (statutory or other), charge, assignment (by way of security or otherwise), deemed trust, or preference, priority or other security interest or preferential arrangement of any kind or nature whatsoever (including any conditional sale or other title retention agreement, any easement, right of way or other encumbrance on title to real property, and any Capitalized Lease having substantially the same economic effect as any of the foregoing).

 

Limited Condition Acquisition” means any acquisition, including by way of merger, amalgamation or consolidation, by one or more of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries of any assets, business or Person, the consummation of which is not conditioned on the availability of, or on obtaining, third party acquisition financing.

 

Limited Condition Transaction” means (i) a Limited Condition Acquisition or (ii) any redemption, repurchase, defeasance, satisfaction and discharge or repayment of indebtedness requiring irrevocable notice in advance of such redemption, repurchase, defeasance, satisfaction and discharge or repayment.

 

Loan” means an extension of credit by a Lender to the Borrower under Article II in the form of a Term Loan or a Revolving Credit Loan (including any Incremental Term Loans, any Extended Term Loans, loans made pursuant to any Additional Revolving Credit Commitment, loans made pursuant to Extended Revolving Credit Commitments).

 

Loan Documents” means, collectively, (i) this Agreement, (ii) the Notes, (iii) each Guaranty, (iv) the Collateral Documents and (v) any Acceptable Intercreditor Agreement that is entered into, in each case as amended.

 

Loan Obligations” means all advances to, and debts, liabilities, obligations, covenants and duties of, any Loan Party or other Subsidiary arising under any Loan Document or otherwise with respect to any Loan or Letter of Credit, whether direct or indirect (including those acquired by assumption), absolute or contingent, due or to become due, now existing or hereafter arising and including interest, fees and other amounts that accrue after the commencement by or against any Loan Party or any other Subsidiary of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Laws naming such Person as the debtor in such proceeding, regardless of whether such interest, fees and other amounts are allowed or allowable in such proceeding.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Loan Obligations of the Loan Parties under the Loan Documents (and of any of their Subsidiaries to the extent they have

 

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obligations under the Loan Documents) include (a) the obligation (including guarantee obligations) to pay principal, interest, Letter of Credit commissions, reimbursement obligations, charges, expenses, fees, Attorney Costs, indemnities and other amounts, in each case, payable by any Loan Party or any other Subsidiary under any Loan Document and (b) the obligation of any Loan Party or any other Subsidiary to reimburse any amount in respect of any of the foregoing that any Agent or Lender, in its sole discretion, may elect to pay or advance on behalf of such Loan Party or such Subsidiary.

 

Loan Parties” means, collectively, the Borrower and each Subsidiary Guarantor.

 

Local Time” means local time in New York City.

 

Market Capitalization” means an amount equal to (i) the total number of issued and outstanding shares of common stock or common equity interests of the Borrower or its direct or indirect parent on the date of the declaration of a Restricted Payment multiplied by (ii) the arithmetic mean of the closing prices per share of such common stock or common equity interests on the principal securities exchange on which such common stock or common equity interests are traded for the thirty (30) consecutive trading days immediately preceding the date of declaration of such Restricted Payment.

 

Master Agreement” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Swap Contract.”

 

Material Adverse Effect” means a material adverse effect on the (a) business, result of operations or financial condition of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, (b) ability of the Loan Parties (taken as a whole) to perform their payment obligations under any Loan Document to which any of the Loan Parties is a party or (c) rights and remedies of the Agents (acting on behalf of the Lenders) under any Loan Document.

 

Material Real Property” means any fee owned real property of a Loan Party as of the Closing Date and/or acquired by any Loan Party after the Closing Date and located in the United States with a book value in excess of $25,000,000 (as reasonably determined by the Borrower in good faith as of the Closing Date or, if acquired thereafter, as of the date of such acquisition, as applicable).

 

Material Subsidiary” means, at any date of determination, each Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower that is not an Immaterial Subsidiary (but including, in any case, any Restricted Subsidiary that has been designated as a Material Subsidiary as provided in, or has been designated as an Immaterial Subsidiary in a manner that does not comply with, the definition of “Immaterial Subsidiary”).

 

Maturity Date” means (a)(x) with respect to each Revolving Credit Facility, the fifth anniversary of the Closing Date and (y) with respect to any Additional Revolving Credit Commitments or Extended Revolving Credit Commitments, the maturity date applicable to such Additional Revolving Credit Commitments or Extended Revolving Credit Commitments in accordance with the terms hereof and (b)(x) with respect to Term B Loans, the earlier of (i) the seventh year anniversary of the Closing Date (the “Term B Loan Maturity Date”) and (ii) the Springing Maturity Date (subject to the proviso contained in the definition thereof) or (y) with respect to any (i) Extended Term Loan, the maturity date applicable to such Extended Term Loan in accordance with the terms hereof or (ii) Incremental Term Loan, the maturity date applicable to such Incremental Term Loan in accordance with the terms hereof; provided that if any such day is not a Business Day, the Maturity Date shall be the Business Day immediately preceding such day.

 

Maximum Tender Condition” has the meaning specified in Section 2.17(b).

 

MFN Provision” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(b).

 

Minimum Extension Condition” has the meaning specified in Section 2.15(b).

 

Minimum Tender Condition” has the meaning specified in Section 2.17(b).

 

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Moody’s” means Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and any successor thereto.

 

Mortgage” means, collectively, the deeds of trust, trust deeds, deeds of hypothecation, security deeds, and mortgages creating and evidencing a Lien on a Mortgaged Property made by the Loan Parties in favor or for the benefit of the Collateral Agent on behalf of the Secured Parties in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Collateral Agent, and any other mortgages executed and delivered pursuant to Section 6.10 and/or Section 6.12, as applicable.

 

Mortgage Policies” has the meaning specified in paragraph (f) of the definition of “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement.”

 

Mortgaged Property” means each real property owned by any Loan Party, if any, which shall be subject to a Mortgage delivered pursuant to Section 6.10 and/or Section 6.12, as applicable.

 

Multiemployer Plan” means any employee benefit plan of the type described in Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA, to which any Loan Party or any ERISA Affiliate makes or is obligated to make contributions, or during the immediately preceding six (6) years, has made or been obligated to make contributions.

 

Net Cash Proceeds” means:

 

(a)                                 with respect to the Disposition of any asset by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary or any Casualty Event, the excess, if any, of (i) the sum of cash and Cash Equivalents received in connection with such Disposition or Casualty Event (including any cash or Cash Equivalents received by way of deferred payment pursuant to, or by monetization of, a note receivable or otherwise, but only as and when so received and, with respect to any Casualty Event, any insurance proceeds or condemnation awards in respect of such Casualty Event actually received by or paid to or for the account of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary (excluding any business interruption insurance proceeds)) over (ii) the sum of (A) the principal amount, premium or penalty, if any, interest and other amounts on any Indebtedness that is secured by the asset subject to such Disposition or Casualty Event and that is required to be repaid (and is timely repaid) in connection with such Disposition or Casualty Event (other than Indebtedness under the Loan Documents and Indebtedness that is secured by Liens ranking junior to or pari passu with the Liens securing Indebtedness under the Loan Documents), (B) the out-of-pocket fees and expenses (including attorneys’ fees, investment banking fees, survey costs, title insurance premiums, and related search and recording charges, transfer taxes, deed or mortgage recording taxes, other customary expenses and brokerage, consultant and other customary fees) actually incurred by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary in connection with such Disposition or Casualty Event, (C) taxes and Tax Distributions paid or reasonably estimated to be actually payable in connection therewith (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any income, withholding and other taxes payable as a result of the distribution of such proceeds to the Borrower), (D) [reserved] and (E) any reserve for adjustment in respect of (x) the sale price of such asset or assets established in accordance with GAAP and (y) any liabilities associated with such asset or assets and retained by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary after such sale or other disposition thereof, including pension and other post-employment benefit liabilities and liabilities related to environmental matters or with respect to any indemnification obligations associated with such transaction, it being understood that “Net Cash Proceeds” shall include (i) any cash or Cash Equivalents received upon the Disposition of any non-cash consideration by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in any such Disposition and (ii) upon the reversal (without the satisfaction of any applicable liabilities in cash in a corresponding amount) of any reserve described in clause (E) above or if such liabilities have not been satisfied in cash and such reserve is not reversed within 365 days after such Disposition or Casualty Event, the amount of such reserve; provided that no net cash proceeds calculated in accordance with the foregoing realized in a single transaction or series of related transactions shall constitute Net Cash Proceeds under this clause (a) unless such net cash proceeds shall exceed $25,000,000 or in any fiscal year until the aggregate amount of all such net cash proceeds in such fiscal year shall exceed $50,000,000 (and thereafter only net cash proceeds in excess of such amount shall constitute Net Cash Proceeds under this clause (a)); and

 

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incurrence or issuance over (y) the investment banking fees, underwriting discounts, commissions, costs and other out-of-pocket expenses and other customary expenses incurred by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary (or, in the case of taxes, any member thereof) in connection with such incurrence or issuance and, in the case of Indebtedness of any Foreign Subsidiary of the Borrower, deductions in respect of withholding taxes that are or would otherwise be payable in cash if such funds were repatriated to the United States and (ii) with respect to any Permitted Equity Issuance by any direct or indirect parent of the Borrower, the amount of cash from such Permitted Equity Issuance contributed to the capital of the Borrower.

 

Non-Consenting Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 3.06(d).

 

Non-Extending Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 3.06(d).

 

Non-Loan Party” means any Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower that is not a Loan Party.

 

Non-extension Notice Date” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(b)(iii).

 

Note” means a Term Note or a Revolving Credit Note as the context may require.

 

Notes Obligations” has the meaning specified in the Security Agreement.

 

Obligations” means all (w) Loan Obligations, (x) obligations of any Loan Party or any Restricted Subsidiary arising under any Secured Hedge Agreement, (y) Secured Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Obligations and (z) Cash Management Obligations; provided that the “Obligations” shall exclude any Excluded Swap Obligations.

 

OFAC” has the meaning specified in Section 5.19.

 

Offered Loans” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(d)(iii).

 

Organization Documents” means (a) with respect to any corporation or company, the certificate or articles of incorporation, the memorandum and articles of association, any certificates of change of name and/or the bylaws (or equivalent or comparable constitutive documents with respect to any non-U.S. jurisdiction); (b) with respect to any limited liability company, the certificate or articles of formation or organization and operating agreement (or equivalent or comparable constitutive documents with respect to any non-U.S. jurisdiction); and (c) with respect to any partnership, joint venture, trust or other form of business entity, the partnership, joint venture or other applicable agreement of formation or organization (or equivalent or comparable constitutive documents with respect to any non-U.S. jurisdiction) and any agreement, declaration, instrument, filing or notice with respect thereto filed in connection with its formation or organization with the applicable Governmental Authority in the jurisdiction of its formation or organization and, if applicable, any certificate or articles of formation or organization of such entity.

 

Other Pari Indebtedness” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(b)(i).

 

Other Connection Taxes” means, with respect to any Recipient, Taxes imposed as a result of a present or former connection between such recipient and the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (other than connections arising from such recipient having executed, delivered, become a party to, performed its obligations under, received payments under, received or perfected a security interest under, engaged in any other transaction pursuant to or enforced any Loan Document, or sold or assigned an interest in any Loan or Loan Document).

 

Other Taxes” means all present or future stamp, court or documentary Taxes and any other property, intangible, recording or similar Taxes which arise from any payment made under any Loan Document or from the execution, delivery, performance, enforcement or registration of, from the receipt or perfection of a security interest under, or otherwise with respect to, any Loan Document, excluding, in each case, any such Tax that is an Other Connection Tax resulting from an Assignment and Assumption or transfer or assignment (other than an assignment pursuant to a request by the Borrower under Section 3.06).

 

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Outstanding Amount” means (a) with respect to any Loan on any date, the outstanding principal amount thereof after giving effect to any borrowings and prepayments or repayments thereof (including any refinancing of outstanding Unreimbursed Amounts under Letters of Credit or L/C Borrowings as a Revolving Credit Borrowing) occurring on such date; and (b) with respect to any Letter of Credit, Unreimbursed Amount, L/C Borrowing or L/C Obligations on any date, the outstanding amount thereof on such date after giving effect to any related L/C Credit Extension occurring on such date and any other changes thereto as of such date, including as a result of any reimbursements of outstanding Unreimbursed Amounts under related Letters of Credit (including any refinancing of outstanding Unreimbursed Amounts under related Letters of Credit or related L/C Credit Extensions as a Revolving Credit Borrowing) or any reductions in the maximum amount available for drawing under related Letters of Credit taking effect on such date.

 

Overnight Rate” means, for any day, (a) with respect to any amount denominated in Dollars, the greater of (i) the Federal Funds Rate and (ii) an overnight rate reasonably determined in good faith by the Administrative Agent or the applicable L/C Issuer, as the case may be, in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation, and (b) with respect to any amount denominated in an Alternative Currency, the rate of interest per annum at which overnight deposits in the applicable Alternative Currency, in an amount approximately equal to the amount with respect to which such rate is being determined, would be offered for such day by a branch or Affiliate of Bank of America in the applicable offshore interbank market for such currency to major banks in such interbank market.

 

Participant” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07(e).

 

Participant Register” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07(e).

 

PBGC” means the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

 

Pension Plan” means any “employee pension benefit plan” (as such term is defined in Section 3(2) of ERISA) other than a Multiemployer Plan, that is subject to Title IV of ERISA and is sponsored or maintained by any Loan Party or any ERISA Affiliate or to which any Loan Party or any ERISA Affiliate contributes or has an obligation to contribute, or in the case of a multiple employer or other plan described in Section 4064(a) of ERISA, has made contributions at any time during the immediately preceding six (6) years.

 

Permitted Acquisition” has the meaning specified in Section 7.02(j).

 

Permitted Debt Exchange” has the meaning specified in Section 2.17(a).

 

Permitted Debt Exchange Securities” has the meaning specified in Section 2.17(a).

 

Permitted Debt Exchange Offer” has the meaning specified in Section 2.17(a).

 

Permitted Equity Issuance” means any sale or issuance of any Qualified Equity Interests.

 

Permitted Liens” means any Liens permitted by Section 7.01.

 

Permitted Refinancing” means, with respect to any Person, any modification (other than a release of such Person), refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension of any Indebtedness of such Person; provided that (a) the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) thereof does not exceed the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) of the Indebtedness so modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended except by an amount equal to unpaid accrued interest and premium thereon plus other reasonable amounts paid, and fees and expenses reasonably incurred, in connection with such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension and by an amount equal to any existing commitments unutilized thereunder, and as otherwise permitted under Section 7.03, (b) other than with respect to a Permitted Refinancing in respect of Indebtedness permitted pursuant to Section 7.03(f), such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension (other than any Inside Maturity Loans) has a final maturity date equal to or later than the final maturity date of, and has a Weighted Average Life to Maturity equal to or greater than the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of, the Indebtedness being modified,

 

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refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended, (c) to the extent such Indebtedness being so modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended is secured by a Lien on the Collateral, the Lien securing such Indebtedness as modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended shall not be senior in priority to the Lien on the Collateral securing the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended unless such Lien is otherwise permitted hereunder and/or an Acceptable Intercreditor Agreement is entered into and, subject to clause (h) of the “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement” shall not be secured by any additional Collateral unless such additional Collateral substantially simultaneously secures the Obligations or is otherwise permitted under this Agreement, (d) to the extent such Indebtedness being so modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended is guaranteed by a Guarantee, such Indebtedness as modified, refinanced, renewed or extended shall not have any additional guarantees unless such additional guarantees are substantially simultaneously provided in respect of the Loans and Commitments under this Agreement and (e) if such Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended is Indebtedness permitted pursuant to Section 7.03(c), (i) to the extent such Indebtedness being so modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended is subordinated in right of payment to the Loan Obligations, such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension is subordinated in right of payment to the Loan Obligations on terms at least as favorable to the Lenders as those contained in the documentation governing the Indebtedness being so modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended, (ii) the terms and conditions of such Indebtedness (excluding pricing, call protection, premiums and optional prepayment or redemption terms or covenants or other provisions applicable only to periods after the maturity date of the Loans being refinanced) shall be either, taken as a whole, no more favorable to the lenders providing such Indebtedness, in their capacity as such or be on market terms at the time of the establishment of such Indebtedness (in each case, as reasonably determined by the Borrower) (except for (x) covenants or other provisions applicable only to periods after the latest maturity date of the relevant Loans being refinanced or (y) to the extent any more restrictive covenant or provision is added for the benefit of (A) with respect to any such Indebtedness incurred as term B loans, such covenant or provision is also added for the benefit of each Facility remaining outstanding after the incurrence or issuance of such Indebtedness or (B) with respect to any revolving facility or Customary Term A Loans, such covenant or provision (except to the extent only applicable after the maturity date of the Revolving Credit Facility) is also added for the benefit of the Revolving Credit Facility to the extent it remains outstanding after the incurrence of such Indebtedness; it being understood and agreed that in each such case, no consent of the Administrative Agent and/or any Lender shall be required in connection with adding such covenant or provision); provided that a certificate of a Responsible Officer delivered to the Administrative Agent at least five (5) Business Days prior to the incurrence of such Indebtedness, together with a reasonably detailed description of the material terms and conditions of such Indebtedness or drafts of the documentation relating thereto, stating that the Borrower has determined in good faith that such terms and conditions satisfy the foregoing requirement, shall be conclusive evidence that such terms and conditions satisfy the foregoing requirement unless the Administrative Agent notifies the Borrower within such five Business Day period that it disagrees with such determination (including a reasonable description of the basis upon which it disagrees) and (iii) such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension is incurred by a Person who is the obligor of the Indebtedness being so modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended.

 

Permitted Sale Leaseback” means any Sale Leaseback consummated by the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries after the Closing Date for an aggregate amount for all such Sale Leasebacks not to exceed the greater of (x) $185,000,000 and (y) 20.0% of Consolidated EBITDA as of the last day of the most recently ended Test Period; provided that any such Sale Leaseback not between (a) a Loan Party and another Loan Party or (b) a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party and another Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party must be, in each case, consummated for fair value as determined at the time of consummation in good faith by (i) the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary and (ii) in the case of any Sale Leaseback (or series of related Sale Leasebacks) the aggregate proceeds of which exceed the greater of (x) $115,000,000 and (y) 12.5% of Consolidated EBITDA as of the last day of the most recently ended Test Period, the board of managers or directors, as applicable, of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary (which such determination may take into account any retained interest or other Investment of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary in connection with, and any other material economic terms of, such Sale Leaseback).

 

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

 

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Plan” means any “employee benefit plan” (as such term is defined in Section 3(3) of ERISA) other than a Foreign Plan, established or maintained by any Loan Party or, with respect to any such plan that is subject to Section 412 of the Code or Title IV of ERISA, any ERISA Affiliate.

 

Platform” has the meaning specified in Section 6.02.

 

Post-Acquisition Period” means, with respect to any Permitted Acquisition or the conversion of any Unrestricted Subsidiary into a Restricted Subsidiary, the period beginning on the date such Permitted Acquisition or conversion is consummated and ending on the last day of the fourth full consecutive fiscal quarter immediately following the date on which such Permitted Acquisition or conversion is consummated.

 

Pounds Sterling” means the lawful currency of the United Kingdom.

 

Prepayment Asset Sale” means a Disposition under Sections 7.05(l), 7.05(m) and 7.05(n).

 

Principal Office” means, for each of the Administrative Agent and each L/C Issuer, such Person’s address and, as appropriate, account as set forth on Schedule 10.02, or such other address or account as such Person may from time to time notify in writing to the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the L/C Issuers.

 

Pro Forma Adjustment” means, for any Test Period that includes all or any part of a fiscal quarter included in any Post-Acquisition Period, with respect to the Acquired EBITDA of the applicable Acquired Entity or Business or Converted Restricted Subsidiary or the Consolidated EBITDA, (a) the pro forma increase or decrease in such Acquired EBITDA or such Consolidated EBITDA, as the case may be, that is expected to have a continuing impact and (b) additional good faith pro forma adjustments arising out of cost savings initiatives attributable to such transaction and additional costs associated with the combination of the operations of such Acquired Entity or Business or Converted Restricted Subsidiary with the operations of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, in each case being given pro forma effect, which actions (i) have been taken or (ii) will be taken or implemented within the succeeding eighteen (18) months following such transaction and, in each case, including, but not limited to, (w) reduction in personnel expenses, (x) reduction of costs related to administrative functions, (y) reductions of costs related to leased or owned properties and (z) reductions from the consolidation of operations and streamlining of corporate overhead) taking into account, for purposes of determining such compliance, the historical financial statements of the Acquired Entity or Business or Converted Restricted Subsidiary and the consolidated financial statements of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, assuming such Permitted Acquisition or conversion, and all other Permitted Acquisitions or conversions that have been consummated during the period, and any Indebtedness or other liabilities repaid in connection therewith had been consummated and incurred or repaid at the beginning of such period (and assuming that such Indebtedness to be incurred bears interest during any portion of the applicable measurement period prior to the relevant acquisition at the interest rate which is or would be in effect with respect to such Indebtedness as at the relevant date of determination); provided that, so long as such actions are initiated during such Post-Acquisition Period or such costs are incurred during such Post-Acquisition Period, as applicable, for purposes of projecting such pro forma increase or decrease to such Acquired EBITDA or such Consolidated EBITDA, as the case may be, it may be assumed that such cost savings will be realizable during the entirety of such Test Period, or such additional costs, as applicable, will be incurred during the entirety of such Test Period; provided further that at the election of the Borrower, such Pro Forma Adjustment shall not be required to be determined for any Acquired Entity or Business or Converted Restricted Subsidiary to the extent the aggregate consideration paid in connection with such acquisition was less than $35,000,000.

 

Pro Forma Basis” and “Pro Forma Effect” mean, with respect to compliance with any test hereunder for an applicable period of measurement, that (A) to the extent applicable, the Pro Forma Adjustment shall have been made and (B) all Specified Transactions and the following transactions in connection therewith that have been made during the applicable period of measurement or subsequent to such period and prior to or simultaneously with the event for which the calculation is made shall be deemed to have occurred as of the first day of the applicable period of measurement (as of the last date in the case of a balance sheet item) in such test:  (a) income statement items (whether positive or negative) attributable to the property or Person subject to such Specified Transaction, (i) in the case of a Disposition of all or substantially all Equity Interests in any Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower or any division, product line, or facility used for operations of the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries, shall be excluded, and (ii) in the case of a Permitted Acquisition or Investment described in

 

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the definition of “Specified Transaction,” shall be included, (b) any retirement of Indebtedness, and (c) any Indebtedness incurred or assumed by the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries in connection therewith and if such Indebtedness has a floating or formula rate, shall have an implied rate of interest for the applicable period for purposes of this definition determined by utilizing the rate which is or would be in effect with respect to such Indebtedness as at the relevant date of determination; provided that, (1) without limiting the application of the Pro Forma Adjustment pursuant to clause (A) above, the foregoing pro forma adjustments may be applied to any such test solely to the extent that such adjustments are consistent with the definition of “Consolidated EBITDA” and give effect to events (including cost savings, synergies and operating expense reductions) that are (as determined by the Borrower in good faith) (i) (x) directly attributable to such transaction, (y) expected to have a continuing impact on the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries and (z) factually supportable or (ii) otherwise consistent with the definition of “Pro Forma Adjustment” and (2) in connection with any Specified Transaction that is the incurrence of Indebtedness in respect of which compliance with any specified leverage ratio test is by the terms of this Agreement required to be calculated on a Pro Forma Basis,  the proceeds of such Indebtedness shall not be netted from Indebtedness in the calculation of the applicable leverage ratio test.

 

Proposed Discounted Prepayment Amount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(d)(ii).

 

PTE” means a prohibited transaction class exemption issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, as any such exemption may be amended from time to time.

 

Public Company Costs means, as to the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, costs associated with, or in anticipation of, or preparation for, compliance with the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules and regulations promulgated in connection therewith and costs relating to compliance with the provisions of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act or any other comparable body of laws, rules or regulations, as companies with listed equity, directors’ compensation, fees and expense reimbursement, costs relating to investor relations, shareholder meetings and reports to shareholders, directors’ and officers’ insurance and other executive costs, legal and other professional fees, and listing fees, in each case to the extent arising by virtue of the listing of the Borrower’s or its direct or indirect parent’s equity or issuance by the Borrower or its Subsidiaries of public debt securities.

 

Public Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 6.02.

 

Qualified Equity Interests” means any Equity Interests of the Borrower that are not Disqualified Equity Interests.

 

Qualified Securitization Financing” means any Securitization/Receivables Facility that meets the following conditions: (i) the Borrower shall have determined in good faith that such Securitization/Receivables Facility is in the aggregate economically fair and reasonable to the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, (ii) all sales of Securitization Assets by the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries to the Securitization Subsidiary or any other Person are made for fair market value (as determined in good faith by the Borrower Representative), (iii) the financing terms, covenants, termination events and other provisions thereof shall be fair and reasonable terms (as determined in good faith by the Borrower Representative) and may include Standard Securitization Undertakings and (iv) the obligations of which are non-recourse (except to the extent of Standard Securitization Undertakings) to the Restricted Group (other than a Securitization Subsidiary).

 

Qualifying Lenders” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(d)(iv).

 

Qualifying Loans” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(d)(iv).

 

Qualifying Term Loansmeans term loans that are (i) effective prior to the 6 month anniversary of the Closing Date, (ii) denominated in Dollars in the form of syndicated term loans (other than customary bridge loans or Customary Term A Loans), secured by the Collateral on a pari passu basis with the Term B Loans in right of payment and with respect to security, (iii) the maturity of which is prior to the date one year after the Term B Loan Maturity Date and (iv) is in an aggregate original principal amount for all term loans incurred with respect to the applicable provision, in excess of $100,000,000.

 

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Quotation Date” means, in respect of the determination of the Eurocurrency Rate for any Interest Period for a Eurocurrency Rate Loan, the day that is two Business Days prior to the first day of such Interest Period.

 

Refinancing” has the meaning specified in the recitals hereto.

 

Refinancing Revolving Credit Commitments” means Incremental Revolving Credit Commitments that are designated by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower as “Refinancing Revolving Credit Commitments” in a certificate of a Responsible Officer of the Borrower delivered to the Administrative Agent on or prior to the date of incurrence.

 

Refinancing Term Loans” means Incremental Term Loans that are designated by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower as “Refinancing Term Loans” in a certificate of a Responsible Officer of the Borrower delivered to the Administrative Agent on or prior to the date of incurrence.

 

Register” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07(d).

 

Rejection Notice” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(b)(v).

 

Release” means any release, spill, emission, discharge, disposal, leaking, pumping, pouring, dumping, emptying, injection or leaching of Hazardous Materials into or through the Environment or into, from or through any building, structure or facility.

 

Reorganization” means any reorganization of any of the Borrower and/or its Subsidiaries implemented in order to optimize the tax position of such entities or any parent thereof (as reasonably determined by the Borrower in good faith) so long as such reorganization does not materially impair any Guarantee or security interests of the Lenders and is otherwise not materially adverse to the Lenders in their capacity as such, taken as a whole, and after giving effect to such re-structuring, the Loan Parties and their Restricted Subsidiaries otherwise comply with the definition of “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement” and Section 6.10.

 

Reportable Event” means, with respect to any Pension Plan, any of the events set forth in Section 4043(c) of ERISA or the regulations issued thereunder, other than events for which the thirty (30) day notice period has been waived.

 

Repricing Event” means with respect to the Term B Loans (i) any prepayment or repayment of Term B Loans with the proceeds of, or any conversion of Term B Loans into, any new or replacement tranche of term loans secured on a pari passu basis with the Term B Loans that is broadly syndicated bearing interest with an All-in-Rate less than the All-in-Rate applicable to the Term B Loans prepaid, repaid or replaced and (ii) any amendment (including pursuant to a replacement term loan as contemplated by Section 10.01 and any assignment of Term B Loans pursuant to Section 3.06) to the Term B Loans which reduces the All-in-Rate applicable to any Term B Loans, but in each case of clauses (i) and (ii) excluding in connection with (x) a Transformative Transaction or (y) a Change of Control; provided, that in the cases of clauses (i) and (ii), the primary purpose of such prepayment, repayment or amendment is to reduce the All-In Rate.

 

Request for Credit Extension means (a) with respect to a Borrowing, conversion or continuation of Term Loans or Revolving Credit Loans, a Committed Loan Notice and (b) with respect to an L/C Credit Extension, a Letter of Credit Application.

 

Required Debt Terms” shall mean in respect of any Indebtedness, compliance with (a) Section 2.14(b)(v) (or, in the case of Indebtedness of non-Loan Parties, incurrence on then current market terms (as reasonably determined by the Borrower in good faith)) and other than in the case of Inside Maturity Loans, Sections 2.14(b)(iii) and (iv), in each case, as if such Indebtedness were incurred thereunder and (b) solely in the case of Qualifying Term Loans and only to the extent incurred in reliance on clause (c) of the Incremental Cap, Section 7.03(r)(ii)(B)(x), Section 7.03(r)(iii)(x) or Section 7.03(v)), the MFN Provisions.

 

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Required Lenders” means, as of any date of determination, Lenders holding more than 50% of the sum of the (a) Total Outstandings (with the aggregate Outstanding Amount of each Lender’s Revolving Credit Exposure being deemed “held” by such Lender for purposes of this definition), (b) aggregate unused Term Commitments and (c) aggregate unused Revolving Credit Commitments; provided that the unused Term Commitment and unused Revolving Credit Commitment of, and the portion of the Total Outstandings held or deemed held by any Defaulting Lender shall be excluded for all purposes of making a determination of Required Lenders.

 

Required Revolving Credit Lenders” means, as of any date of determination, Lenders having more than 50.0% in the aggregate of the Revolving Credit Commitments plus after the termination of the Revolving Credit Commitments under any Revolving Credit Facility, the Revolving Credit Exposure under such Revolving Credit Facility of all Lenders; provided that the Revolving Credit Commitment and the Revolving Credit Exposure of any Defaulting Lender shall be excluded for all purposes of making a determination of Required Revolving Credit Lenders.

 

Responsible Officer” means the chief executive officer, president, chief financial officer, treasurer, assistant treasurer, controller or other similar officer of a Loan Party and, as to any document delivered on the Closing Date, any secretary or assistant secretary of a Loan Party and, solely for purposes of notices given pursuant to Article II, any other officer of the applicable Loan Party so designated by any of the foregoing officers in a notice to the Administrative Agent or any other officer or employee of the applicable Loan Party designated in or pursuant to an agreement between the applicable Loan Party and the Administrative Agent.  Any document delivered hereunder that is signed by a Responsible Officer of a Loan Party shall be conclusively presumed to have been authorized by all necessary corporate, partnership and/or other action on the part of such Loan Party and such Responsible Officer shall be conclusively presumed to have acted on behalf of such Loan Party.

 

Restricted Casualty Event” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(b)(vi).

 

Restricted Disposition” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(b)(vi).

 

Restricted Group” means, collectively, the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries.

 

Restricted Payment” means any dividend or other distribution (whether in cash, securities or other property) with respect to any Equity Interest in the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, or any payment (whether in cash, securities or other property), including any sinking fund or similar deposit, on account of the purchase, redemption, retirement, defeasance, acquisition, cancellation or termination of any such Equity Interest, or on account of any return of capital to the holders of Equity Interests of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary.

 

Restricted Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary of the Borrower other than an Unrestricted Subsidiary; it being agreed that, unless otherwise specified, “Restricted Subsidiary” shall mean any Restricted Subsidiary of Borrower.

 

Retained Declined Proceeds” has the meaning specified in Section 2.05(b)(v).

 

Revolving Credit Borrowing means a borrowing consisting of Revolving Credit Loans of the same Class, Type and currency, made, converted or continued on the same date and, in the case of Eurocurrency Rate Loans, as to which a single Interest Period is in effect.

 

Revolving Credit Commitment means, with respect to each Lender, the commitment, if any, of such Lender to make Revolving Credit Loans and to acquire participations in Letters of Credit, expressed as an amount representing the maximum possible aggregate amount of such Lender’s Revolving Credit Exposure hereunder, as such commitment may be (a) reduced from time to time pursuant to Section 2.06 and (b) increased from time to time pursuant to Section 2.14.  The initial amount of each Lender’s Revolving Credit Commitment on the Closing Date is set forth on Schedule 2.01 under the caption “Revolving Credit Commitment”, or in the Assignment and Assumption pursuant to which such Lender shall have assumed its Revolving Credit Commitment,

 

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as the case may be.  The initial aggregate amount of the Lenders’ Revolving Credit Commitments on the Closing Date is $1,000,000,000.

 

Revolving Credit Exposure means, at any time for any Lender, the sum of (a) the Outstanding Amount of the Revolving Credit Loans of such Lender outstanding at such time and (b) the L/C Exposure of such Lender at such time.

 

Revolving Credit Facility” means the Revolving Credit Commitments and the extension of credit made thereunder.

 

Revolving Credit Lender means a Lender with a Revolving Credit Commitment or, if the Revolving Credit Commitments have terminated or expired, a Lender with Revolving Credit Exposure.

 

Revolving Credit Loan means a Loan made pursuant to Section 2.01(b).

 

Revolving Credit Note” means a promissory note of the Borrower payable to any Revolving Credit Lender or its registered assigns, in substantially the form of Exhibit F-1 hereto with appropriate insertions, evidencing the aggregate Indebtedness of the Borrower to such Revolving Credit Lender resulting from the Revolving Credit Loans made by such Revolving Credit Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility.

 

S&P” means Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. and any successor thereto.

 

Sale Leaseback” means any transaction or series of related transactions pursuant to which the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries (a) sells, transfers or otherwise disposes of any property, real or personal, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, and (b) as part of such transaction, thereafter rents or leases such property or other property that it intends to use for substantially the same purpose or purposes as the property being sold, transferred or disposed.

 

SEC” means the Securities and Exchange Commission or any Governmental Authority succeeding to any of its principal functions.

 

Second Lien Intercreditor Agreement” means the Intercreditor Agreement, substantially in the form of Exhibit D-2, with any changes thereto implemented in accordance with the definition of an Acceptable Intercreditor Agreement or otherwise reasonably agreed by the Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders.

 

Secured Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Obligations” means the Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Obligations that are designated by the Borrower in writing as “Secured Bi- Lateral Letter of Credit Obligations” to the Administrative Agent (it being agreed as of the Closing Date, that The Bank of Nova Scotia shall be deemed so designated); provided that (a) a single notice of a specified facility agreement or reimbursement agreement shall be deemed to designate all Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Obligations under such agreement as a “Secured Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Obligation” and (b) any such designation of a Secured Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Obligation shall be irrevocable unless the relevant Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Lender consents in writing to such revocation.

 

Secured Hedge Agreement” means any Swap Contract permitted hereunder that is entered into by and between (a) any Loan Party or any Restricted Subsidiary (or any Person that merges into or becomes a Restricted Subsidiary) designated by the Borrower to the Administrative Agent, and (b) any Hedge Bank; provided that (a) a single notice of a specified Master Agreement shall be deemed to designate all swaps under such Master Agreement as a “Secured Hedge Agreement” and (b) any such designation of a Secured Hedge Agreement shall be irrevocable unless the relevant Hedge Bank consents in writing to such revocation.

 

Secured Leverage Ratio” means, with respect to any Test Period, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Secured Debt as of the last day of such Test Period to (b) Consolidated EBITDA for such Test Period.

 

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Secured Parties” means, collectively, the Administrative Agent, the Collateral Agent, the Arrangers, the Lenders, L/C Issuers, the Hedge Banks, the Cash Management Banks, the Bi-Lateral Letter of Credit Lenders, the Supplemental Administrative Agent and each co-agent or sub-agent appointed by the Administrative Agent from time to time pursuant to Section 9.01(c).

 

Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933.

 

Securitization Asset” means (a) any accounts receivable, mortgage receivables, loan receivables, receivables or loans relating to the financing of insurance premiums, royalty, patent or other revenue streams and other rights to payment or related assets and the proceeds thereof and (b) all collateral securing such receivable or asset, all contracts and contract rights, guarantees or other obligations in respect of such receivable or asset, lockbox accounts and records with respect to such account or asset and any other assets customarily transferred (or in respect of which security interests are customarily granted) together with accounts or assets in connection with a securitization, factoring or receivable sale transaction.

 

Securitization/Receivables Facility” means any of one or more securitization, bank conduit receivables or warehouse financing, factoring transactions. hypothecation facility and/or receivables sale and repurchase transactions, pursuant to which the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary sells, transfers, pledges or otherwise conveys any Securitization Assets (whether now existing or arising in the future) to a Securitization Subsidiary or any other Person for the purpose of obtaining financing thereon.

 

Securitization Fees” means distributions or payments made directly or by means of discounts with respect to any Securitization Asset or participation interest therein issued or sold in connection with, and other fees and expenses (including reasonable fees and expenses of legal counsel) paid in connection with, any Qualified Securitization Financing.

 

Securitization Repurchase Obligation” means any obligation of a seller of Securitization Assets in a Qualified Securitization Financing to repurchase or otherwise make payments with respect to Securitization Assets arising as a result of a breach of a representation, warranty or covenant or otherwise, including as a result of a receivable or portion thereof becoming subject to any asserted defense, dispute, offset or counterclaim of any kind as a result of any action taken by, any failure to take action by or any other event relating to the seller.

 

Securitization Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary of the Borrower formed for the purpose of and that solely engages in one or more Qualified Securitization Financings and other activities reasonably related thereto or another Person formed for this purpose.

 

Security Agreement” means, collectively, the Security Agreement executed by the Borrower, the Subsidiary Guarantors and the Collateral Agent on the Closing Date substantially in the form of Exhibit G, as supplemented by any Security Agreement Supplement executed and delivered pursuant to Section 6.10.

 

Security Agreement Supplement” has the meaning specified in the Security Agreement.

 

Similar Business” means (a) any businesses, services or activities engaged in by the Borrower or its Subsidiaries on the Closing Date and (b) any businesses, services and activities engaged in by the Borrower or its Subsidiaries that are related, complementary, incidental, ancillary or similar to any of the foregoing or are extensions or developments of any thereof.

 

Sold Entity or Business” has the meaning specified in the definition of the term “Consolidated EBITDA.”

 

Solvent” and “Solvency” mean, with respect to any Person on any date of determination, that on such date (i) the fair value of the property of such Person is greater than the total amount of debts and liabilities, contingent, subordinated or otherwise, of such Person, (ii) the present fair salable value of the assets of such Person is not less than the amount that will be required to pay the liability of such Person on its debts as they become absolute and matured, (iii) such Person will be able to pay its debts and liabilities, subordinated, contingent or

 

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otherwise, as they become absolute and matured and (iv) such Person is not engaged in business or a transaction, and is not about to engage in business or a transaction, for which such Person’s property would constitute an unreasonably small capital; provided that the amount of contingent liabilities at any time shall be computed as the amount that, in light of all the facts and circumstances existing at such time, represents the amount that can reasonably be expected to become an actual or matured liability.

 

SPC” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07(h).

 

Specified Asset Sale Proceeds” means the Net Cash Proceeds of any Prepayment Asset Sale not required to be applied to prepay the Term Loans, which Net Cash Proceeds have not otherwise been reinvested in accordance with Section 2.05(b)(ii) or used to prepay any Other Pari Indebtedness.

 

Specified Event of Default” means any Event of Default under Section 8.01(a), Section 8.01(f) or Section 8.01(g).

 

Specified Loan Party” means any Loan Party that is not an “eligible contract participant” as defined in the Commodity Exchange Act (determined prior to giving effect to any applicable keep well, support or other agreement for the benefit of such Guarantor and any and all Guarantees of such Guarantor’s Swap Obligations by other Loan Parties).

 

Specified Period” means, with respect to any Indebtedness incurred in respect of a Securitization/Receivables Facility, such period of time for which the collected receivables and other payments generated by the receivables subject to such Securitization/Receivables Facility are not available for distribution to the obligor of such Indebtedness (or to an affiliate of such obligor to which such distributions are to be made) pursuant to the terms of the relevant documentation governing such Indebtedness.

 

Specified Transaction” means any Investment, Disposition (including any Disposition that results in a Restricted Subsidiary ceasing to be a Subsidiary of the Borrower or, any asset sale of a business unit, line of business or division), incurrence or repayment of Indebtedness, Restricted Payment, Subsidiary designation, Incremental Term Loan or Incremental Revolving Credit Commitments that by the terms of this Agreement requires such test to be calculated on a “Pro Forma Basis” or after giving “Pro Forma Effect.”

 

Spin-Off” has the meaning specified in the recitals hereto.

 

Springing Maturity Date” means the date that is 91 days prior to the stated maturity date of (a) the 2022 Notes if, on such date, any such 2022 Notes remain outstanding or (b) the 2023 Notes if, on such date, any 2023 Notes remain outstanding; provided that the Springing Maturity Date shall not apply for any purpose under this Agreement if, on the applicable date, Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries have Liquidity (as defined below) of at least the sum of (x) the outstanding principal amount of the notes referred to above next maturing (and triggering such Springing Maturity Date) plus (y) $50,000,000.  For purposes hereof, “Liquidity” shall mean, at any time, the sum of (i) the Unrestricted Cash Amount of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries and (ii)(A) the aggregate Revolving Credit Commitments of all Revolving Credit Lenders at such time over (B) the aggregate Total Revolving Outstandings at such time, provided that, with respect to this clause (ii), the conditions set forth in Sections 4.02(a) and (b) shall be satisfied at such time.

 

Standard Securitization Undertakings” means representations, warranties, covenants, guarantees and indemnities entered into by the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower which the Borrower has determined in good faith to be customary in a Securitization/Receivables Facility, including those relating to the servicing of the assets of a Securitization Subsidiary, it being understood that any Securitization Repurchase Obligation shall be deemed to be a Standard Securitization Undertaking.

 

Subsidiary” of a Person means a corporation, company, partnership, joint venture, limited liability company or other business entity of which a majority of the shares of securities or other interests having ordinary voting power for the election of directors or other governing body (other than securities or interests having such power only by reason of the happening of a contingency) are at the time beneficially owned, or the

 

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management of which is otherwise controlled, directly or indirectly, through one or more intermediaries, or both, by such Person.  Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to a “Subsidiary” or to “Subsidiaries” shall refer to a Subsidiary or Subsidiaries of the Borrower.

 

Subsidiary Guarantor” means, collectively, the Subsidiaries of the Borrower that are Guarantors.

 

Successor Company” has the meaning specified in Section 7.04(d).

 

Supplemental Administrative Agent” has the meaning specified in Section 9.13(a) and “Supplemental Administrative Agents” shall have the corresponding meaning.

 

Survey” means a survey of any Mortgaged Property (and all improvements thereon) which is (a) (i) prepared by a surveyor or engineer licensed to perform surveys in the jurisdiction where such Mortgaged Property is located, (ii) dated (or redated) not earlier than six months prior to the date of delivery thereof unless there shall have occurred within six months prior to such date of delivery any exterior construction on the site of such Mortgaged Property or any easement, right of way or other interest in the Mortgaged Property has been granted or become effective through operation of law or otherwise with respect to such Mortgaged Property which, in either case, can be depicted on a survey, in which events, as applicable, such survey shall be dated (or redated) after the completion of such construction or if such construction shall not have been completed as of such date of delivery, not earlier than 20 days prior to such date of delivery, or after the grant or effectiveness of any such easement, right of way or other interest in the Mortgaged Property, (iii) certified by the surveyor (in a manner reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent) to the Administrative Agent, the Collateral Agent and the Title Company, (iv) complying in all respects with the minimum detail requirements of the American Land Title Association as such requirements are in effect on the date of preparation of such survey, (v) sufficient for the Title Company to remove all standard survey exceptions from the Mortgage Policy relating to such Mortgaged Property and issue the endorsements of the type required by paragraph (f) of the definition of “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement” and (vi) otherwise reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent.

 

Swap Contract” means (a) any and all rate swap transactions, basis swaps, credit derivative transactions, forward rate transactions, commodity swaps, commodity options, forward commodity contracts, equity or equity index swaps or options, bond or bond price or bond index swaps or options or forward bond or forward bond price or forward bond index transactions, interest rate options, forward foreign exchange transactions, cap transactions, floor transactions, collar transactions, currency swap transactions, cross-currency rate swap transactions, currency options, spot contracts, or any other similar transactions or any combination of any of the foregoing (including any options to enter into any of the foregoing), whether or not any such transaction is governed by or subject to any master agreement, and (b) any and all transactions of any kind, and the related confirmations, which are subject to the terms and conditions of, or governed by, any form of master agreement published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc., any International Foreign Exchange Master Agreement, or any other master agreement (any such master agreement, together with any related schedules, a “Master Agreement”), including any such obligations or liabilities under any Master Agreement.

 

Swap Obligation” means, with respect to any Guarantor, any obligation to pay or perform under any agreement, contract or transaction that constitutes a “swap” within the meaning of section 1a(47) of the Commodity Exchange Act.

 

Swap Termination Value” means, in respect of any one or more Swap Contracts, after taking into account the effect of any legally enforceable netting agreement relating to such Swap Contracts, (a) for any date on or after the date such Swap Contracts have been closed out and termination value(s) determined in accordance therewith, such termination value(s), and (b) for any date prior to the date referenced in clause (a), the amount(s) determined as the mark to market value(s) for such Swap Contracts, as determined by the Hedge Bank (or the Borrower, if no Hedge Bank is party to such Swap Contract) in accordance with the terms thereof and in accordance with customary methods for calculating mark-to-market values under similar arrangements by the Hedge Bank (or the Borrower, if no Hedge Bank is party to such Swap Contract).

 

Tax Distributions” mean the Restricted Payment permitted pursuant to Section 7.06(g)(i).

 

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Taxes” means all present or future taxes, duties, levies, imposts, deductions, assessments, fees, withholdings or similar charges, and all liabilities (including additions to tax, penalties and interest) with respect thereto.

 

Term B Loan Maturity Date” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Maturity Date.”

 

Term B Commitments” means, as to each Term B Lender, its obligation to make a Term B Loan to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01(a) in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed the amount set forth opposite such Lender’s name on Schedule 2.01 under the caption “Term B Commitment” or in the Assignment and Assumption pursuant to which such Term B Lender becomes a party hereto, as applicable, as such amount may be adjusted from time to time in accordance with this Agreement.  The initial aggregate amount of the Term B Commitments is $300,000,000.

 

Term B Facility” has the meaning specified in the recitals hereto.

 

Term B Lender” means, at any time, any Lender that has a Term B Commitment or a Term B Loan at such time.

 

Term B Loan” means a Loan made pursuant to Section 2.01(a).

 

Term Borrowing” means a Borrowing in respect of a Class of Term Loans.

 

Term Commitments” means a Term B Commitment or a commitment in respect of any Incremental Term Loans or any combination thereof, as the context may require.

 

Term Lenders” means the Term B Lenders, the Lenders with Incremental Term Loans and the Lenders with Extended Term Loans.

 

Term Loans” means the Term B Loans, the Incremental Term Loans and the Extended Term Loans.

 

Term Note” means a promissory note of the Borrower payable to any Term Lender or its registered assigns, in substantially the form of Exhibit F-2 hereto with appropriate insertions, evidencing the aggregate Indebtedness of the Borrower to such Term Lender resulting from any Class of Term Loans made by such Term Lender.

 

Test Period” means, at any date of determination, the most recently completed four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Borrower ending on or prior to such date for which financial statements have been or are required to be delivered pursuant to Section 6.01(a) or 6.01(b).

 

Threshold Amount” means $50,000,000.

 

Timeshare Inventory” means (i) inventory available to occupy as a dwelling or accommodation, and which may be coupled with an estate in real estate or limited to a right to use real estate without an estate or ownership interest, pursuant to any time share arrangement, plan, scheme, or similar device, in any legal form or structure (including trusts or associations) (including units physically located within a project that are currently used for sales and/or administrative purposes and that have received certificates of occupancy for such use) or (ii) any real property interest completed and available to occupy as a dwelling or accommodation and intended by Borrower to be dedicated to any such time share arrangement (including units physically located within a project that are currently used for sales and/or administrative purposes and that have received certificates of occupancy for such use).

 

Timeshare Real Property” means fee-owned real property of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries constituting Timeshare Inventory.

 

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Title Company” means any title insurance company as shall be retained by Borrower to issue the Mortgage Policies and reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent.

 

Total Leverage Ratio” means, with respect to any Test Period, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Total Debt as of the last day of such Test Period to (b) Consolidated EBITDA for such Test Period.

 

Total Outstandings” means the aggregate Outstanding Amount of all Loans and all L/C Obligations.

 

Total Revolving Outstandings” means, as at any date of determination, the Dollar Equivalent, as applicable, of the sum of the aggregate Outstanding Amount of Revolving Credit Loans and L/C Obligations.

 

Transaction Expenses” means any fees or expenses incurred or paid by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in connection with the Transactions, this Agreement and the other Loan Documents and the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby in connection therewith.

 

Transactions” means, collectively, (a) the funding of the Term B Loans and any other Credit Extension (including, if applicable, the deemed issuance of the Existing Letters of Credit) on the Closing Date, (b) the Refinancing, (c) the Spin-Off, (d) the consummation of any other transactions in connection with the foregoing and (e) the payment of Transaction Expenses.

 

Transformative Transaction” means, any acquisition, disposition or investment by the Restricted Group that either (a) is not permitted by the terms of the Loan Documents immediately prior to the consummation of such transaction or (b) if permitted by the terms of the Loan Documents immediately prior to the consummation of such acquisition, would not provide the Restricted Group with adequate flexibility under the Loan Documents for the continuation and/or expansion of their combined operations following such consummation, as determined by the Borrower acting in good faith.

 

Type” means, with respect to a Loan denominated in Dollars, its character as a Base Rate Loan or a Eurocurrency Rate Loan.

 

UCP” means, with respect to any Letter of Credit, the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits, International Chamber of Commerce Publication No. 600 (or such later version thereof as may be in effect at the time of issuance).

 

Unaudited Financial Statements” means unaudited interim consolidated financial statements for (i) the fiscal quarters ending March 31, 2017, June 30, 2017, September 30, 2017 and March 31, 2018 and (ii) for each fiscal quarter (other than the fourth fiscal quarter of any fiscal year) subsequent to March 31, 2018 and ended at least 45 days prior to the Closing Date of the Borrower and its consolidated Subsidiaries.

 

Uniform Commercial Code” or “UCC” means the Uniform Commercial Code as the same may from time to time be in effect in the State of New York or the Uniform Commercial Code (or similar code or statute) of another jurisdiction, to the extent it may be required to apply to any item or items of Collateral.

 

United States” and “U.S.” mean the United States of America.

 

United States Tax Compliance Certificate” has the meaning specified in Section 3.01.

 

Unreimbursed Amount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(c)(i).

 

Unrestricted Cash Amount” means, as to any Person on any date of determination, the amount of (a) unrestricted Cash and Cash Equivalents of such Person whether or not held in an account pledged to the Collateral Agent and (b) Cash and Cash Equivalents of such Person restricted in favor of the Facilities (which may also include Cash and Cash Equivalents securing other Indebtedness secured by a Lien on any Collateral along with

 

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the Facilities), in each case as determined in accordance with GAAP; it being understood and agreed that proceeds subject to Escrow shall be deemed to constitute “restricted cash” for purposes of the Unrestricted Cash Amount.

 

Unrestricted Subsidiary” means (i) each Subsidiary of the Borrower listed on Schedule 1.01C, (ii) any Subsidiary of the Borrower designated by the Borrower as an Unrestricted Subsidiary pursuant to Section 6.13 subsequent to the date hereof and (iii) any Subsidiary of an Unrestricted Subsidiary.

 

USA PATRIOT Act” means 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.

 

Valuation Date” means (a) with respect to any Loan, each of the following:  (i) each date of a Borrowing of a Eurocurrency Rate Loan denominated in an Alternative Currency, (ii) each date of a continuation of a Eurocurrency Rate Loan denominated in an Alternative Currency pursuant to Section 2.02, and (iii) such additional dates as the Administrative Agent shall determine or the Required Lenders shall require; and (b) with respect to any Letter of Credit, each of the following:  (i) each date of issuance of a Letter of Credit denominated in an Alternative Currency, (ii) each date of an amendment of any such Letter of Credit having the effect of increasing the amount thereof, (iii) each date of any payment by a L/C Issuer under any Letter of Credit denominated in an Alternative Currency, (iv) in the case of all Existing Letters of Credit denominated in Alternative Currencies, the Closing Date, and (v) such additional dates as the Administrative Agent or a L/C Issuer shall determine or the Required Lenders shall require.

 

Weighted Average Life to Maturity” means, when applied to any Indebtedness at any date, the number of years obtained by dividing:  (i) the sum of the products obtained by multiplying (a) the amount of each then remaining installment, sinking fund, serial maturity or other required payments of principal, including payment at final maturity, in respect thereof, by (b) the number of years (calculated to the nearest one-twelfth) that will elapse between such date and the making of such payment by (ii) the then outstanding principal amount of such Indebtedness.

 

Wholly-Owned” means, with respect to a Subsidiary of a Person, a Subsidiary of such Person all of the outstanding Equity Interests of which (other than (x) director’s qualifying shares and (y) shares issued to foreign nationals to the extent required by applicable Law) are owned by such Person and/or by one or more wholly-owned Subsidiaries of such Person.

 

Withdrawal Liability” means the liability to a Multiemployer Plan, as a result of a complete or partial withdrawal from such Multiemployer Plan, as such terms are defined in Part I of Subtitle E of Title IV of ERISA.

 

Write-Down and Conversion Powers” means, with respect to any EEA Resolution Authority, the write-down and conversion powers of such EEA Resolution Authority from time to time under the Bail-In Legislation for the applicable EEA Member Country, which write-down and conversion powers are described in the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule.

 

SECTION 1.02        Other Interpretive Provisions.  With reference to this Agreement and each other Loan Document, unless otherwise specified herein or in such other Loan Document:

 

(a)           The meanings of defined terms are equally applicable to the singular and plural forms of the defined terms.

 

(b)           (i) The words “herein,” “hereto,” “hereof” and “hereunder” and words of similar import when used in any Loan Document shall refer to such Loan Document as a whole and not to any particular provision thereof.

 

(c)           Article, Section, Exhibit and Schedule references are to the Loan Document in which such reference appears.

 

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(d)           The term “including” is by way of example and not limitation.

 

(e)           The term “documents” includes any and all instruments, documents, agreements, certificates, notices, reports, financial statements and other writings, however evidenced, whether in physical or electronic form.

 

(f)            In the computation of periods of time from a specified date to a later specified date, the word “from” means “from and including”; the words “to” and “until” each mean “to but excluding”; and the word “through” means “to and including.”

 

(g)           Section headings herein and in the other Loan Documents are included for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement or any other Loan Document.

 

SECTION 1.03        Accounting Terms.

 

(a)           All accounting terms not specifically or completely defined herein shall be construed in conformity with, and all financial data (including financial ratios and other financial calculations) required to be submitted pursuant to this Agreement shall be prepared in conformity with, GAAP, applied in a manner consistent with that used in preparing the Audited Financial Statements, except as otherwise specifically prescribed herein.

 

(b)           Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, for purposes of determining compliance with any test contained in this Agreement with respect to any period during which any Specified Transactions occur or subsequent to such period and prior to or simultaneously with the event for which the calculation is made, the Total Leverage Ratio, the First Lien Leverage Ratio, the Secured Leverage Ratio and Consolidated EBITDA shall be calculated with respect to such period and such Specified Transactions on a Pro Forma Basis and shall be calculated for the applicable period of measurement (which may, at the Borrower’s election, be the most recently ended twelve months) for which quarterly or fiscal year-end financial statements are internally available, as determined by the Borrower, immediately preceding the date of such event.

 

(c)           Where reference is made to “the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis” or similar language, such consolidation shall not include any Subsidiaries of the Borrower other than Restricted Subsidiaries.

 

(d)           In the event that the Borrower (or any parent company) elects to prepare its financial statements in accordance with IFRS and such election results in a change in the method of calculation of financial covenants, standards or terms (collectively, the “Accounting Changes”) in this Agreement, the Borrower, the Lenders and the Administrative Agent agree to enter into good faith negotiations in order to amend such provisions of this Agreement (including the levels applicable herein to any computation of the Total Leverage Ratio, the Secured Leverage Ratio and the First Lien Leverage Ratio) so as to reflect equitably the Accounting Changes with the desired result that the criteria for evaluating the Borrower’s financial condition shall be substantially the same after such change as if such change had not been made. Until such time as such an amendment shall have been executed and delivered by the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders, all financial covenants, standards and terms in this Agreement shall continue to be calculated or construed in accordance with GAAP (as determined in good faith by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower) (it being agreed that the reconciliation between GAAP and IFRS used in such determination shall be made available to Lenders) as if such change had not occurred.

 

SECTION 1.04        Rounding.  Any financial ratios required to be satisfied in order for a specific action to be permitted under this Agreement shall be calculated by dividing the appropriate component by the other component, carrying the result to one place more than the number of places by which such ratio is expressed herein and rounding the result up or down to the nearest number (with a rounding-up if there is no nearest number).

 

SECTION 1.05        References to Agreements, Laws, Etc.  Unless otherwise expressly provided herein, (a) references to Organization Documents, agreements (including the Loan Documents) and other contractual instruments shall be deemed to include all subsequent amendments, restatements, extensions, supplements and other

 

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modifications thereto, but only to the extent that such amendments, restatements, extensions, supplements and other modifications are permitted by any Loan Document; and (b) references to any Law shall include all statutory and regulatory provisions consolidating, amending, replacing, supplementing or interpreting such Law.

 

SECTION 1.06        Times of Day.  Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to times of day shall be references to Eastern time (daylight or standard, as applicable).

 

SECTION 1.07        Timing of Payment or Performance.  When the payment of any obligation or the performance of any covenant, duty or obligation is stated to be due or performance required on a day which is not a Business Day, the date of such payment (other than as described in the definition of “Interest Period”) or performance shall extend to the immediately succeeding Business Day.

 

SECTION 1.08        Exchange Rates; Currency Equivalents Generally.

 

(a)             The Administrative Agent or each relevant L/C Issuer, as applicable, shall determine the Exchange Rates as of each Valuation Date to be used for calculating Alternative Currency Equivalent and Dollar Equivalent amounts of Credit Extensions and amounts outstanding hereunder denominated in Alternative Currencies.  Such Exchange Rates shall become effective as of such Valuation Date and shall be the Exchange Rates employed in converting any amounts between the applicable currencies until the next Valuation Date to occur.  Except for purposes of financial statements delivered by the Borrower hereunder or except as otherwise provided herein, the applicable amount of any currency (other than Dollars) for purposes of the Loan Documents shall be the Dollar Equivalent of such currency as so determined by the Administrative Agent (or, where applicable, each relevant L/C Issuer) at the Exchange Rate as of any Valuation Date.

 

(b)             Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the case of Loans and Letters of Credit denominated in an Alternative Currency, the Administrative Agent and each relevant L/C Issuer may at periodic intervals (no more frequently than monthly (for both the Administrative Agent and such relevant L/C Issuer), or more frequently during the continuance of an Event of Default) recalculate the aggregate exposure under such Loans and Letters of Credit to account for fluctuations in the Exchange Rate affecting the Alternative Currency in which any such Loans and/or Letters of Credit are denominated.  If, as a result of such recalculation (i) the Total Revolving Outstandings exceed an amount equal to 105% of the Revolving Credit Commitments then in effect, the Borrower will prepay Revolving Credit Loans and, if necessary, Cash Collateralize the outstanding amount of Letters of Credit in the amount necessary to eliminate the excess over the Revolving Credit Commitments then in effect or (ii) the aggregate L/C Obligations exceeds an amount equal to 105% of the Letter of Credit Sublimit, the Borrower will repay Revolving Credit Loans and, if necessary, Cash Collateralize the outstanding amount of Letters of Credit in the amount necessary to eliminate such excess over the Letter of Credit Sublimit.

 

(c)             Whenever in this Agreement in connection with a borrowing, conversion, continuation or prepayment of a Eurocurrency Rate Loan or the issuance, amendment or extension of a Letter of Credit, an amount, such as a required minimum or multiple amount, is expressed in Dollars, but such borrowing, Eurocurrency Rate Loan or Letter of Credit is denominated in an Alternative Currency, such amount shall be the relevant Alternative Currency Equivalent of such Dollar amount (rounded to the nearest unit of such Alternative Currency, with 0.5 or a unit being rounded upward), as determined by the Administrative Agent or each relevant L/C issuer, as the case may be.

 

(d)             For the avoidance of doubt, in the case of a Loan denominated in an Alternative Currency, except as expressly provided herein, all interest and fees shall accrue and be payable thereon based on the actual amount outstanding in such Alternative Currency (without any translation into the Dollar Equivalent thereof).

 

(e)             If at any time on or following the Closing Date all of the Participating Member States that had adopted the Euro as their lawful currency on or prior to the Closing Date cease to have the Euro as their lawful national currency unit, then the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, and the Lenders will negotiate in good faith to amend the Loan Documents to (a) follow any generally accepted conventions and market practice with respect to redenomination of obligations originally denominated in Euro and (b) otherwise appropriately reflect the change in currency.

 

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(f)              If, for the purposes of obtaining judgment in any court, it is necessary to convert a sum due hereunder or any other Loan Document in one currency into another currency, the rate of exchange used shall be the Exchange Rate.  The obligation of each Loan Party in respect of any such sum due from it to the Administrative Agent or the Lenders hereunder or under the other Loan 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 of any sum adjudged to be so due in the Judgment Currency, the Administrative Agent 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 from such Loan Party in the Agreement Currency, such Loan Party each agrees, as a separate obligation and notwithstanding any such judgment, to indemnify the Administrative Agent or the Person to whom such obligation was owing against such loss.  If the amount of the Agreement Currency so purchased is greater than the sum originally due to the Administrative Agent in such currency, the Administrative Agent agrees to return the amount of any excess to such Loan Party (or to any other Person who may be entitled thereto under applicable law).

 

(g)             Notwithstanding the foregoing, for purposes of determining compliance with Sections 7.01, 7.02 and 7.03 with respect to any amount of Indebtedness or Investment in a currency other than Dollars, no Default shall be deemed to have occurred solely as a result of changes in rates of exchange occurring after the time such Lien, Indebtedness or Investment is incurred; provided that, for the avoidance of doubt, the foregoing provisions of this Section 1.08 shall otherwise apply to such Sections, including with respect to determining whether any Indebtedness or Investment may be incurred at any time under such Sections.

 

(h)             For purposes of determining compliance under the covenants herein, any amount in a currency other than Dollars will be converted to Dollars in a manner consistent with that used in calculating net income in the Borrower’s annual financial statements delivered pursuant to Section 6.01(a); provided, however, that the foregoing shall not be deemed to apply to the determination of whether Indebtedness is permitted to be incurred hereunder (which shall be subject to clause (i) below).

 

(i)              For purposes of determining compliance with any restriction on the incurrence of Indebtedness, the Dollar Equivalent of the principal amount of Indebtedness denominated in a foreign currency shall be calculated based on the exchange rate in effect on the date such Indebtedness was incurred, in the case of term debt, or first committed, in the case of revolving credit debt; provided that if such Indebtedness is incurred to extend, replace, refund, refinance, renew or defease other Indebtedness denominated in a foreign currency, and such extension, replacement, refunding, refinancing, renewal or defeasance would cause the applicable restriction to be exceeded if calculated at the relevant currency exchange rate in effect on the date of such extension, replacement, refunding, refinancing, renewal or defeasance, such restriction shall be deemed not to have been exceeded so long as the principal amount of such refinancing Indebtedness does not exceed the principal amount of such Indebtedness being extended, replaced, refunded, refinanced, renewed or defeased plus accrued amounts, and any costs, fees and premiums paid in connection therewith.

 

SECTION 1.09        Letter of Credit Amounts.  Unless otherwise specified herein, the amount of a Letter of Credit at any time shall be deemed to be the Dollar Equivalent of the amount available to be drawn under such Letter of Credit in effect at such time; provided, however, that with respect to any Letter of Credit that, by its terms or the terms of any Letter of Credit Application related thereto, provides for one or more automatic increases in the amount thereof, the amount of such Letter of Credit shall be deemed to be the Dollar Equivalent of the maximum amount available to be drawn under such Letter of Credit after giving effect to all such increases, whether or not such maximum amount at such times.

 

SECTION 1.10        Limited Condition Transactions.

 

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case, at the option of the Borrower (the Borrower’s election to exercise such option in connection with any Limited Condition Transaction, an “LCT Election”), the date of determination of whether any such transaction is permitted hereunder shall be deemed to be the date (the “LCT Test Date”), (x) the definitive agreement for such Limited Condition Transaction is entered into (or, in respect of any transaction described in clause (ii) of the definition of “Limited Condition Transaction,” delivery of irrevocable notice, declaration of dividend or similar event), and not at the time of consummation of such Limited Condition Transaction or (y) solely in connection with an acquisition to which the United Kingdom City Code on Takeovers and Mergers applies (or similar law in another jurisdiction), the date on which a “Rule 2.7 announcement” of a firm intention to make an offer (or equivalent announcement in another jurisdiction) (a “Public Offer”) in respect of a target of such acquisition, and if, after giving pro forma effect to the Limited Condition Transaction and the other transactions to be entered into in connection therewith (including any incurrence of Indebtedness and the use of proceeds thereof) as if they had occurred at the beginning of the most recent test period ending prior to the LCT Test Date, the Borrower could have taken such action on the relevant LCT Test Date in compliance with such ratio or basket, such ratio or basket shall be deemed to have been complied with.

 

(b)           For the avoidance of doubt, if the Borrower has made an LCT Election and any of the ratios or baskets for which compliance was determined or tested as of the LCT Test Date are exceeded as a result of fluctuations in any such ratio or basket, including due to fluctuations in Consolidated Total Assets or Consolidated EBITDA on a consolidated basis or the Person subject to such Limited Condition Transaction, at or prior to the consummation of the relevant transaction or action, such baskets or ratios will not be deemed to have been exceeded as a result of such fluctuations solely for purposes of determining whether the relevant transaction or action is permitted to be consummated or taken; provided that if such ratios or baskets improve as a result of such fluctuations, such improved ratios and/or baskets may be utilized.  If the Borrower has made an LCT Election for any Limited Condition Transaction, then in connection with any subsequent calculation of any ratio or basket availability with respect to the incurrence of Indebtedness or Liens, or the making of Restricted Payments, mergers, the conveyance, lease or other transfer of all or substantially all of the assets of the Borrower, the prepayment, redemption, purchase, defeasance or other satisfaction of Indebtedness, or the designation of an Unrestricted Subsidiary on or following the relevant LCT Test Date and prior to the earlier of the date on which such Limited Condition Transaction is consummated or the definitive agreement for such Limited Condition Transaction is terminated or expires (or, if applicable, the irrevocable notice, declaration of dividend or similar event is terminated or expires or, as applicable, the offer in respect of a Public Offer for, such acquisition is terminated) without consummation of such Limited Condition Acquisition, any such ratio or basket shall be tested by calculating the availability under such ratio or basket on a Pro Forma Basis assuming such Limited Condition Transaction and other transactions in connection therewith have been consummated (including any incurrence of Indebtedness and any associated Lien and the use of proceeds thereof; provided that Consolidated Interest Expense for purposes of the Interest Coverage Ratio will be calculated using an assumed interest rate based on the indicative interest margin contained in any financing commitment documentation with respect to such Indebtedness or, if no such indicative interest margin exists, as reasonably determined by the Borrower in good faith).

 

(c)           In connection with any action being taken in connection with a Limited Condition Transaction, for purposes of determining compliance with any provision of this Agreement which requires that no Default, Event of Default or Specified Event of Default, as applicable, has occurred, is continuing or would result from any such action, as applicable, such condition shall, at the option of the Borrower, be deemed satisfied, so long as no Default, Event of Default or Specified Event of Default, as applicable, exists on the date the definitive agreements for such Limited Condition Transaction are entered into.  For the avoidance of doubt, if the Borrower has exercised its option under this Section 1.10, and any Default, Event of Default or Specified Event of Default occurs following the date the definitive agreements for the applicable Limited Condition Transaction were entered into and prior to the consummation of such Limited Condition Transaction, any such Default, Event of Default or specified Event of Default shall be deemed to not have occurred or be continuing for purposes of determining whether any action being taken in connection with such Limited Condition Transaction is permitted hereunder.

 

SECTION 1.11        Leverage Ratios.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, for purposes of calculating any leverage ratio herein in connection with the incurrence of any Indebtedness, (a) there shall be no netting of the cash proceeds proposed to be received in connection with the incurrence of such Indebtedness and (b) to the extent the Indebtedness to be incurred is revolving Indebtedness, such incurred revolving Indebtedness (or if applicable, the portion (and only such portion) of the increased commitments thereunder) shall be treated as fully drawn.

 

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SECTION 1.12        Cashless Rolls.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement or in any other Loan Document, to the extent that any Lender extends the maturity date of, or replaces, renews or refinances, any of its then-existing Loans with Incremental Term Loans, any Extended Term Loans, loans made pursuant to any Additional Revolving Credit Commitment, loans made pursuant to Extended Revolving Credit Commitments or loans incurred under a new credit facility, in each case, to the extent such extension, replacement, renewal or refinancing is effected by means of a “cashless roll” by such Lender, such extension, replacement, renewal or refinancing shall be deemed to comply with any requirement hereunder or any other Loan Document that such payment be made “in Dollars,” “in immediately available funds,” “in cash” or any other similar requirement.

 

SECTION 1.13        Certain Calculations and Tests.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, with respect to any amounts incurred or transactions entered into (or consummated) in reliance on a provision of the same section of any Loan Document that does not require compliance with a financial ratio or test (including, without limitation, pro forma compliance with Section 7.09 hereof (but not actual compliance therewith), any Interest Coverage Ratio, any First Lien Leverage Ratio test, any Secured Leverage Ratio test and/or any Total Leverage Ratio test) (any such amounts, the “Fixed Amounts”) substantially concurrently with any amounts incurred or transactions entered into (or consummated) in reliance on a provision of the same section of any Loan Document that requires compliance with any such financial ratio or test (any such amounts, the “Incurrence Based Amounts”), it is understood and agreed that, for purposes of this Agreement, the Fixed Amounts under such section shall be disregarded in the calculation of the financial ratio or test applicable to the Incurrence Based Amounts in connection with such substantially concurrent incurrence.

 

SECTION 1.14        Additional Alternative Currencies.

 

(a)           The Borrower may from time to time request that Eurocurrency Rate Loans be made and/or Letters of Credit be issued in a currency other than those specifically listed in the definition of “Alternative Currency;” provided that such requested currency is a lawful currency (other than Dollars).  In the case of any such request with respect to the making of Eurocurrency Rate Loans, such request shall be subject to the approval of the Administrative Agent and the Revolving Credit Lenders; and in the case of any such request with respect to the issuance of Letters of Credit, such request shall be subject to the approval of the Administrative Agent and the L/C Issuers.

 

(i)         Any such request shall be made to the Administrative Agent not later than 11:00 a.m., 15 Business Days prior to the date of the desired Credit Extension (or such other time or date as may be agreed by the Administrative Agent and, in the case of any such request pertaining to Letters of Credit, each L/C Issuer, in its or their sole discretion).  In the case of any such request pertaining to Eurocurrency Rate Loans, the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Revolving Credit Lender thereof; and in the case of any such request pertaining to Letters of Credit, the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each L/C Issuer thereof.  Each Revolving Credit Lender (in the case of any such request pertaining to Eurocurrency Rate Loans) or each L/C Issuer (in the case of a request pertaining to Letters of Credit) shall notify the Administrative Agent, not later than 11:00 a.m., ten Business Days after receipt of such request whether it consents, in its sole discretion, to the making of Eurocurrency Rate Loans or the issuance of Letters of Credit, as the case may be, in such requested currency.

 

(ii)        Any failure by a Revolving Credit Lender or L/C Issuer, as the case may be, to respond to such request within the time period specified in the preceding sentence shall be deemed to be a refusal by such Revolving Credit Lender or L/C Issuer, as the case may be, to permit Eurocurrency Rate Loans to be made or Letters of Credit to be issued in such requested currency.  If the Administrative Agent and all the Revolving Credit Lenders consent to making Eurocurrency Rate Loans in such requested currency, the Administrative Agent shall so notify the Borrower and such currency shall thereupon be deemed for all purposes to be an Alternative Currency hereunder for purposes of any Borrowings of Eurocurrency Rate Loans; and if the Administrative Agent and the L/C Issuers consent to the issuance of Letters of Credit in such requested currency, the Administrative Agent shall so notify the Borrower and such currency shall thereupon be deemed for all purposes to be an Alternative Currency hereunder for purposes of any Letter of Credit issuances.  If the Administrative Agent shall fail to obtain consent to any request for an additional currency under this Section 1.14, the Administrative Agent shall promptly so notify the Borrower.

 

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SECTION 1.15        Change of Currency.  Each obligation of the Borrower to make a payment denominated in the national currency unit of any member state of the European Union that adopts the Euro as its lawful currency after the date hereof shall be redenominated into Euro at the time of such adoption.  If, in relation to the currency of any such member state, the basis of accrual of interest expressed in this Agreement in respect of that currency shall be inconsistent with any convention or practice in the London interbank market for the basis of accrual of interest in respect of the Euro, such expressed basis shall be replaced by such convention or practice with effect from the date on which such member state adopts the Euro as its lawful currency; provided that if any Borrowing in the currency of such member state is outstanding immediately prior to such date, such replacement shall take effect, with respect to such Borrowing, at the end of the then current Interest Period. Each provision of this Agreement shall be subject to such reasonable changes of construction as the Administrative Agent may from time to time specify to be appropriate to reflect the adoption of the Euro by any member state of the European Union and any relevant market conventions or practices relating to the Euro. Each provision of this Agreement also shall be subject to such reasonable changes of construction as the Administrative Agent may from time to time specify to be appropriate to reflect a change in currency of any other country and any relevant market conventions or practices relating to the change in currency

 

ARTICLE II

 

The Commitments and Credit Extensions

 

SECTION 2.01        The Loans. Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein:

 

(a)           The Term B Borrowings.  Each Term B Lender severally agrees to make to the Borrower (including by way of conversion) a single loan denominated in Dollars in a principal amount equal to such Term B Lender’s Term B Commitment on the Closing Date.  Amounts borrowed under this Section 2.01(a) and repaid or prepaid may not be reborrowed.  Term B Loans may be Base Rate Loans or Eurocurrency Rate Loans, as further provided herein.

 

(b)           The Revolving Credit Borrowings.  Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, each Revolving Credit Lender severally agrees to make (or cause its Applicable Lending Office to make) Revolving Credit Loans from time to time during the Availability Period for the Revolving Credit Facility in Dollars or in an Approved Currency in an aggregate principal amount that will not result in such Lender’s Revolving Credit Exposure exceeding such Lender’s Revolving Credit Commitment; provided that, after giving effect to the making of any Revolving Credit Loans, in no event shall the Total Revolving Outstandings exceed the Revolving Credit Commitments then in effect.  Within the limits of each Lender’s Revolving Credit Commitment, and subject to the other terms and conditions hereof, the Borrower may borrow under this Section 2.01(b), prepay under Section 2.05, and reborrow under this Section 2.01(b).  Revolving Credit Loans may be Base Rate Loans or Eurocurrency Rate Loans Borrowings, Conversions and Continuations of Loans.

 

SECTION 2.02        Borrowings, Conversions and Continuation of Loans.

 

(a)           Each Term Borrowing, each Revolving Credit Borrowing, each conversion of Loans from one Type to the other, and each continuation of Eurocurrency Rate Loans shall be made upon the Borrower’s irrevocable notice (which notice may be telephonic if promptly followed by a written notice signed by a Responsible Officer), to the Administrative Agent.  Each such notice must be received by the Administrative Agent not later than (i) 12:00 noon Local Time (A) three (3) Business Days prior to the requested date of any Dollar-denominated Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of Eurocurrency Rate Loans or any conversion of Eurocurrency Rate Loans to Base Rate Loans (provided that, if such Dollar-denominated Borrowing is an initial Credit Extension of Term B Loans to be made on the Closing Date, notice must be received by the Administrative Agent not later than a time period prior to the Closing Date to be agreed between the Borrower and the Administrative Agent) and (B) four (4) Business Days prior to the requested date of any Borrowing of Eurocurrency Rate Loans denominated in an Alternative Currency, (ii) 2:00 p.m. Local Time on the requested date of any Borrowing of Base Rate Loans.  Each Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of Eurocurrency Rate Loans shall be in a principal amount of the Borrowing Minimum or a whole multiple of the Borrowing Multiple in excess thereof.  Except as provided in Section 2.03(c), each Borrowing of, or conversion to, Base Rate Loans shall be in a principal amount of the

 

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Borrowing Minimum or a whole multiple of the Borrowing Multiple in excess thereof.  Each Committed Loan Notice shall specify (i) whether the Borrower is requesting a Term Borrowing, a Revolving Credit Borrowing, a conversion of Loans from one Type to the other, or a continuation of Eurocurrency Rate Loans, (ii) in the case of any Revolving Credit Borrowing, the Approved Currency for the requested Borrowing, (iii) the requested date of the Borrowing, conversion or continuation, as the case may be (which shall be a Business Day), (iv) the Class, currency and principal amount of Loans to be borrowed, converted or continued, (v) in the case of Loans in Dollars, the Type of Loans to be borrowed or to which existing Loans are to be converted, (vi) if applicable, the duration of the Interest Period with respect thereto and (vii) the account of the Borrower to be credited with the proceeds of such Borrowing.  If the Borrower fails to specify a Type of Loan in a Committed Loan Notice with respect to a Borrowing in Dollars or fails to give a timely notice requesting a conversion or continuation with respect to a Borrowing in Dollars, then the applicable Loans shall be made or continued as, or converted to Eurocurrency Rate Loans with an Interest Period of one (1) month (subject to the definition of “Interest Period”).  Any such automatic conversion or continuation shall be effective as of the last day of the Interest Period then in effect with respect to the applicable Eurocurrency Rate Loans. If the Borrower fails to give a timely notice requesting a conversion or continuation with respect to a Borrowing in an Alternative Currency, then it will be deemed to have requested a conversion or continuation for an Interest Period of one (1) month. If the Borrower requests a Borrowing of, conversion to, or continuation of Eurocurrency Rate Loans in any such Committed Loan Notice, but fails to specify an Interest Period, it will be deemed to have specified an Interest Period of one (1) month.  For the avoidance of doubt, the Borrower and Lenders acknowledge and agree that any conversion or continuation of an existing Loan shall be deemed to be a continuation of that Loan with a converted interest rate methodology and not a new Loan.

 

(b)           Following receipt of a Committed Loan Notice, the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Appropriate Lender of the amount of its Applicable Percentage of the applicable Class of Loans, and if no timely notice of a conversion or continuation is provided by the Borrower, the Administrative Agent shall notify each Appropriate Lender of the details of any automatic conversion to Base Rate Loans or continuation described in Section 2.02(a).  In the case of each Borrowing, each Appropriate Lender shall make (or cause its Applicable Lending Office to make) the amount of its Loan available to the Administrative Agent by wire transfer in immediately available funds at the Administrative Agent’s Principal Office not later than 1:00 p.m. Local Time for Eurocurrency Rate Loans and 3:00 p.m. Local Time for Base Rate Loans on the Business Day specified in the applicable Committed Loan Notice.  Upon satisfaction of the applicable conditions set forth in Section 4.02 (and, if such Borrowing is the initial Credit Extension, Section 4.01), the Administrative Agent shall make all funds so received available to the Borrower in like funds as received by the Administrative Agent either by (i) crediting the account of the Borrower maintained with the Administrative Agent with the amount of such funds or (ii) wire transfer of such funds, in each case in accordance with instructions provided to (and reasonably acceptable to) the Administrative Agent by the Borrower; provided that if, on the date the Committed Loan Notice with respect to such Borrowing is given by the Borrower, there are L/C Borrowings outstanding, then the proceeds of such Borrowing shall be applied first, to the payment in full of any such L/C Borrowings and second, to the Borrower as provided above.

 

(c)           Except as otherwise provided herein, a Eurocurrency Rate Loan may be continued or converted only on the last day of an Interest Period for such Eurocurrency Rate Loan unless the Borrower pays the amount due, if any, under Section 3.04 in connection therewith.  During the existence of an Event of Default, the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders may require that (i) no Loans may be converted to or continued as Eurocurrency Rate Loans and (ii) unless repaid, each Eurocurrency Rate Loan denominated in Dollars shall be converted to a Base Rate Loan at the end of the Interest Period applicable thereto.

 

(d)           The Administrative Agent shall promptly notify the Borrower and the Appropriate Lenders of the interest rate applicable to any Interest Period for Eurocurrency Rate Loans upon determination of such interest rate.  The determination of the Eurocurrency Rate by the Administrative Agent shall be conclusive in the absence of manifest error.

 

(e)           Anything in clauses (a) through (d) above to the contrary notwithstanding, after giving effect to all Term Borrowings and Revolving Credit Borrowings, all conversions of Term Loans and Revolving Credit Loans from one Type to the other, and all continuations of Term Loans and Revolving Credit Loans as the same Type, there shall not be more than twenty (20) Interest Periods in effect at any time for all Borrowings of Eurocurrency Rate Loans plus up to three (3) additional Interest Periods in respect of each Incremental Facility.

 

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(f)            The failure of any Lender to make the Loan to be made by it as part of any Borrowing shall not relieve any other Lender of its obligation, if any, hereunder to make its Loan on the date of such Borrowing, but no Lender shall be responsible for the failure of any other Lender to make the Loan to be made by such other Lender on the date of any Borrowing.

 

(g)           For the avoidance of doubt, no conversion or continuation of any Loan pursuant to this Section shall affect the currency in which such Loan is denominated prior to any such conversion or continuation and each such Loan shall remain outstanding denominated in the currency originally issued.

 

SECTION 2.03        Letters of Credit.

 

(a)           The Letter of Credit Commitments.

 

(i)            Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, (1) each L/C Issuer agrees, in reliance upon the agreements of the Revolving Credit Lenders under the Revolving Credit Facility set forth in this Section 2.03, (x) from time to time on any Business Day following the Closing Date during the Availability Period for the Revolving Credit Facility, to issue Letters of Credit for the account of the Borrower (provided that any Letter of Credit may be for the account of any Subsidiary of the Borrower; provided, further that the Borrower hereby acknowledges that the issuance of Letters of Credit for the account of Subsidiaries inures to the benefit of the Borrower, and that the Borrower’s business derives substantial benefits from the businesses of such Subsidiaries, and the Borrower hereby irrevocably agrees to be bound jointly and severally to reimburse the applicable L/C Issuer for amounts drawn on any Letter of Credit issued for the account of any Subsidiary) and to amend or extend Letters of Credit previously issued by it, in accordance with Section 2.03(b), and (y) to honor drafts under the Letters of Credit and (2) the Revolving Credit Lenders under the Revolving Credit Facility severally agree to participate in Letters of Credit issued pursuant to this Section 2.03; provided that no L/C Issuer shall be obligated to make any L/C Credit Extension with respect to any Letter of Credit and no Revolving Credit Lender shall be obligated to participate in any Letter of Credit if immediately after giving effect to such L/C Credit Extension, (w) the Total Revolving Outstandings would exceed the Revolving Credit Commitments then in effect, (x) the sum of the aggregate Outstanding Amount of the Revolving Credit Loans of any Revolving Credit Lender, plus such Lender’s Applicable Percentage of the Outstanding Amount of all L/C Obligations, would exceed such Lender’s Revolving Credit  Commitment, (y) the aggregate L/C Exposure would exceed the Letter of Credit Sublimit or (z) the aggregate L/C Exposure in respect of Letters of Credit issued by such L/C Issuer would exceed such L/C Issuer’s L/C Commitment.  Letters of Credit shall constitute utilization of the Revolving Credit Commitments.  Within the foregoing limits, and subject to the terms and conditions hereof, the Borrower’s ability to obtain Letters of Credit shall be fully revolving, and accordingly the Borrower may, during the foregoing period, obtain Letters of Credit to replace Letters of Credit that have expired or that have been drawn upon and reimbursed.  It is hereby acknowledged and agreed that each of the letters of credit described on Schedule 2.03(a) (the “Existing Letters of Credit”) shall constitute a “Letter of Credit” for all purposes of this Agreement and shall be deemed issued under this Agreement on the Closing Date.

 

(ii)           An L/C Issuer shall be under no obligation to issue any Letter of Credit if:

 

(A)          any order, judgment or decree of any Governmental Authority or arbitrator shall by its terms purport to enjoin or restrain such L/C Issuer from issuing such Letter of Credit, or any Law applicable to such L/C Issuer or any directive (whether or not having the force of law) from any Governmental Authority with jurisdiction over such L/C Issuer shall prohibit, or direct that such L/C Issuer refrain from, the issuance of letters of credit generally or such Letter of Credit in particular or shall impose upon such L/C Issuer with respect to such Letter of Credit any restriction, reserve or capital requirement (for which such L/C Issuer is not otherwise compensated hereunder) not in effect on the Closing Date, or shall impose upon such L/C Issuer any unreimbursed loss, cost or expense which was not applicable on the Closing Date and which the L/C Issuer in good faith deems material to it;

 

(B)          subject to Section 2.03(b)(iii), the expiry date of such requested Letter of Credit would occur more than twelve months after the date of issuance or last extension, unless the relevant L/C Issuer has approved such expiry date;

 

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(C)          the expiry date of such requested Letter of Credit would occur after the Letter of Credit Facility Expiration Date, unless the relevant L/C Issuer has approved such expiry date (it being understood that the participations of the Revolving Credit Lenders under the Revolving Credit Facility in any undrawn Letter of Credit shall in any event terminate on the Letter of Credit Facility Expiration Date);

 

(D)          in the case of Letters of Credit, if such Letter of Credit is to be denominated in a currency other than Dollars or an Approved Currency; or

 

(E)           any Revolving Lender of the applicable Class is at such time a Defaulting Lender, nor shall any L/C Issuer be under any obligation to extend or amend existing Letters of Credit, unless such L/C Issuer has entered into arrangements, including reallocation of such Lender’s Applicable Percentage of the applicable outstanding L/C Obligations pursuant to Section 2.16 or the delivery of Cash Collateral, with the Borrower or such Lender to eliminate such L/C Issuer’s actual or potential L/C Exposure (after giving effect to Section 2.16) with respect to such Lender arising from either the Letter of Credit then proposed to be issued or such Letter of Credit and all other L/C Obligations as to which such L/C Issuer has actual or potential L/C Exposure; or

 

(F)           the issuance of such Letter of Credit would violate any Laws binding upon such L/C Issuer or one or more policies of such L/C Issuer applicable to letters of credit in general;

 

(G)          such Letter of Credit is not a standby letter of credit; or

 

(H)          such Letter of Credit is in an initial amount less than $10,000.

 

(iii)          An L/C Issuer shall be under no obligation to amend any Letter of Credit if (A) such L/C Issuer would have no obligation at such time to issue such Letter of Credit in its amended form under the terms hereof, or (B) the beneficiary of such Letter of Credit does not accept the proposed amendment to such Letter of Credit.

 

(iv)          The aggregate L/C Commitments of all the L/C Issuers shall be less than or equal to the Letter of Credit Sublimit at all times.

 

(b)           Procedures for Issuance and Amendment of Letters of Credit; Auto-Extension Letters of Credit.

 

(i)            Each Letter of Credit shall be issued or amended, as the case may be, upon the request of the Borrower hand delivered or facsimiled (or transmitted by electronic communication, if arrangements for doing so have been approved by the L/C Issuer) to the L/C Issuer in the form of a Letter of Credit Application, appropriately completed and signed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower.  Such Letter of Credit Application must be received by the relevant L/C Issuer not later than 1:00 p.m., Local Time, at least three (3) Business Days prior to the proposed issuance date or date of amendment, as the case may be; or, in each case, such later date and time as the relevant L/C Issuer may agree in a particular instance in its sole discretion.  In the case of a request for the issuance of a Letter of Credit, such Letter of Credit Application shall specify in form and detail reasonably satisfactory to the relevant L/C Issuer:  (a) the proposed issuance date of the requested Letter of Credit (which shall be a Business Day); (b) the amount thereof in Dollars and, in the case of Letters of Credit denominated in an Alternative Currency, the Approved Currency thereof; (c) the expiry date thereof; (d) the name and address of the beneficiary thereof; (e) the documents to be presented by such beneficiary in case of any drawing thereunder; (f) the full text of any certificate to be presented by such beneficiary in case of any drawing thereunder; and (g) such other matters as the relevant L/C Issuer may reasonably request.  If requested by the L/C Issuer, the Borrower also shall submit a letter of credit application on the L/C Issuer’s standard form in connection with any request for a Letter of Credit. In the case of a request for an amendment of any outstanding Letter of Credit, such Letter of Credit Application shall specify in form and detail reasonably satisfactory to the relevant L/C Issuer (1) the Letter of Credit to be amended; (2) the proposed date of amendment thereof (which shall be a Business Day); (3) the nature of the proposed amendment; and (4) such other matters as the relevant L/C Issuer may reasonably request.

 

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(ii)           The Borrower shall provide the Administrative Agent with a copy of any Letter of Credit Application.  Upon receipt by the relevant L/C Issuer of confirmation from the Administrative Agent that the requested issuance or amendment is permitted in accordance with the terms hereof, then, subject to the terms and conditions hereof, such L/C Issuer shall, on the requested date, issue a Letter of Credit for the account of the Borrower or enter into the applicable amendment, as the case may be.  Immediately upon the issuance of each Letter of Credit, each Revolving Credit Lender shall be deemed to, and hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agrees to, acquire from the relevant L/C Issuer a risk participation in such Letter of Credit in an amount equal to the product of such Revolving Credit Lender’s Applicable Percentage of the Revolving Credit Facility times the amount of such Letter of Credit.

 

(iii)          If the Borrower so requests in any applicable Letter of Credit Application, the relevant L/C Issuer shall agree to issue a Letter of Credit that has automatic extension provisions (each, an “Auto-Extension Letter of Credit”); provided that any such Auto-Extension Letter of Credit must permit the relevant L/C Issuer to prevent any such extension at least once in each twelve-month period (commencing with the date of issuance of such Letter of Credit) by giving prior notice to the beneficiary thereof not later than a day (the “Non-extension Notice Date”) in each such twelve-month period to be agreed upon at the time such Letter of Credit is issued.  Unless otherwise directed by the relevant L/C Issuer, the Borrower shall not be required to make a specific request to the relevant L/C Issuer for any such extension.  Once an Auto-Extension Letter of Credit has been issued, the applicable Lenders shall be deemed to have authorized (but may not require) the relevant L/C Issuer to permit the extension of such Letter of Credit at any time to an expiry date not later than the Letter of Credit Facility Expiration Date; provided that the relevant L/C Issuer shall not permit any such extension if (A) the relevant L/C Issuer has determined that it would have no obligation at such time to issue such Letter of Credit in its extended form under the terms hereof (by reason of the provisions of Section 2.03(a)(ii) or otherwise), or (B) it has received notice on or before the day that is five (5) Business Days before the Non-extension Notice Date from the Administrative Agent or any Revolving Credit Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility, as applicable, or the Borrower that one or more of the applicable conditions specified in Section 4.02 is not then satisfied.

 

(iv)          Promptly after its delivery of any Letter of Credit or any amendment to a Letter of Credit to an advising bank with respect thereto or to the beneficiary thereof, the relevant L/C Issuer will also deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent a true and complete copy of such Letter of Credit or amendment.

 

(c)           Drawings and Reimbursements; Funding of Participations.

 

(i)            Upon receipt from the beneficiary of any Letter of Credit of any compliant drawing under such Letter of Credit, the relevant L/C Issuer shall notify promptly the Borrower and the Administrative Agent thereof.  On the Business Day immediately following the Business Day on which the Borrower shall have received notice of any payment by an L/C Issuer under a Letter of Credit (or, if the Borrower shall have received such notice later than 1:00 p.m. Local Time on any Business Day, on the second succeeding Business Day) (such date of payment, an “Honor Date”), the Borrower shall reimburse such L/C Issuer through the Administrative Agent in an amount equal to the amount of such drawing (which reimbursement, in the case of a Letter of Credit denominated in an Alternative Currency, shall be in such Alternative Currency).  If the Borrower fails to so reimburse such L/C Issuer on the Honor Date (or if any such reimbursement payment is required to be refunded to the Borrower for any reason), then the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify the applicable L/C Issuer and each Appropriate Lender of the Honor Date, the amount of the unreimbursed drawing (the “Unreimbursed Amount”), and the amount of such Appropriate Lender’s Applicable Percentage thereof.  In the event that the Borrower does not reimburse the L/C Issuer on the Business Day following the date it receives notice of the Honor Date (or, if the Borrower shall have received such notice later than 1:00 p.m. Local Time on any Business Day, on the second succeeding Business Day), the Borrower shall be deemed to have requested, for the account of the Borrower, a Revolving Credit Borrowing of Base Rate Loans (in the case of any Unreimbursed Amount in respect of a Letter of Credit denominated in Dollars) or Eurocurrency Rate Loans with a period of one month (in the case of any Unreimbursed Amount in respect of a Letter of Credit denominated in an Alternative Currency which Eurocurrency Rate Loans shall be in the same Alternative Currency in which the relevant Letter of Credit is denominated) to be disbursed on such date in an amount equal to the Unreimbursed Amount, without regard to the minimum and multiples specified in Section 2.02 for the principal amount of Base Rate Loans or Eurocurrency Rate Loans, as applicable, nor the conditions set forth in Section 4.02, but subject to the amount of the unutilized portion of the relevant Revolving Credit Commitments in respect of the Revolving Credit Facility.  For the avoidance of doubt, if any drawing occurs under a Letter of Credit

 

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and such drawing is not reimbursed on the same day as the day on which it is paid, such drawing shall, without duplication, accrue interest at the rate applicable to Base Rate Loans or Eurocurrency Rate Loans, as applicable, under the Revolving Credit Facility until the date of reimbursement.

 

(ii)           Each Revolving Credit Lender of the applicable Class (including any such Lender acting as an L/C Issuer) shall upon any notice pursuant to Section 2.03(c)(i) make funds available to the Administrative Agent for the account of the relevant L/C Issuer at the Administrative Agent’s Principal Office for payments in an amount equal to its Applicable Percentage of any Unreimbursed Amount in respect of a relevant Letter of Credit not later than 1:00 p.m., Local Time, on the Business Day specified in such notice by the Administrative Agent, whereupon, subject to the provisions of Section 2.03(c)(iii), each Revolving Credit Lender that so makes funds available shall be deemed to have made a Base Rate Loan (or, in the case of any Unreimbursed Amount in respect of a Letter of Credit denominated in an Alternative Currency, a Eurocurrency Rate Loan with an interest period of one month denominated in such Alternative Currency) to the Borrower in such amount.  The Administrative Agent shall remit the funds so received to the relevant L/C Issuer in accordance with the instructions provided to the Administrative Agent by such L/C Issuer (which instructions may include standing payment instructions, which may be updated from time to time by such L/C Issuer, provided that, unless the Administrative Agent shall otherwise agree, any such update shall not take effect until the Business Day immediately following the date on which such update is provided to the Administrative Agent).

 

(iii)          With respect to any Unreimbursed Amount in respect of a Letter of Credit that is not fully refinanced by a Revolving Credit Borrowing for any reason, the Borrower shall be deemed to have incurred from the relevant L/C Issuer an L/C Borrowing in Dollars (with respect to a Dollar denominated Letter of Credit) or in Alternative Currency (with respective to an Alternative Currency denominated Letter of Credit), in each case in the amount of the Unreimbursed Amount that is not so refinanced, which L/C Borrowing shall be due and payable on demand (together with interest) and shall bear interest at the Default Rate then applicable to Base Rate Loans under the Revolving Credit Facility or Eurocurrency Rate Loans with an interest period of one month under the Revolving Credit Facility, as applicable.  In such event, each Revolving Credit Lender’s payment under the Revolving Credit Facility to the Administrative Agent for the account of the relevant L/C Issuer pursuant to Section 2.03(c)(ii) shall be deemed payment in respect of its participation in such L/C Borrowing and shall constitute an L/C Advance from such Lender in satisfaction of its participation obligation under this Section 2.03.

 

(iv)          Until each Revolving Credit Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility funds its Revolving Credit Loan under the Revolving Credit Facility or relevant L/C Advance pursuant to this Section 2.03(c) to reimburse the relevant L/C Issuer for any amount drawn under any relevant Letter of Credit, interest in respect of such Revolving Credit Lender’s Applicable Percentage of such amount shall be solely for the account of the relevant L/C Issuer.

 

(v)           Each Revolving Credit Lender’s obligation to make Revolving Credit Loans or relevant L/C Advances to reimburse an L/C Issuer for amounts drawn under relevant Letters of Credit, as contemplated by this Section 2.03(c), shall be absolute and unconditional and shall not be affected by any circumstance, including (A) any setoff, counterclaim, recoupment, defense or other right which such Lender may have against the relevant L/C Issuer, the Borrower or any other Person for any reason whatsoever; (B) the occurrence or continuance of a Default; or (C) any other occurrence, event or condition, whether or not similar to any of the foregoing, and shall survive the payment in full of the Obligations and the termination of this Agreement.  No such making of an L/C Advance shall relieve or otherwise impair the obligation of the Borrower to reimburse the relevant L/C Issuer for the amount of any payment made by such L/C Issuer under any relevant Letter of Credit, together with interest as provided herein.

 

(vi)          If any Revolving Credit Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility fails to make available to the Administrative Agent for the account of the relevant L/C Issuer any amount required to be paid by such Lender pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this Section 2.03(c) by the time specified in Section 2.03(c)(ii), such L/C Issuer shall be entitled to recover from such Lender (acting through the Administrative Agent), on demand, such amount with interest thereon for the period from the date such payment is required to the date on which such payment is immediately available to such L/C Issuer at the Overnight Rate.  A certificate of the relevant L/C Issuer submitted to any Revolving Credit Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility (through the Administrative Agent) with respect to any amounts owing under this Section 2.03(c)(vi) shall be conclusive absent demonstrable error.

 

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(vii)         If, at any time after an L/C Issuer has made a payment under any Letter of Credit and has received from any Revolving Credit Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility such Lender’s L/C Advance in respect of such payment in accordance with this Section 2.03(c), the Administrative Agent receives for the account of such L/C Issuer any payment in respect of the related Unreimbursed Amount or interest thereon (whether directly from the Borrower or otherwise, including proceeds of Cash Collateral applied thereto by the Administrative Agent), the Administrative Agent will distribute to each Revolving Credit Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility its Applicable Percentage thereof (appropriately adjusted, in the case of interest payments, to reflect the period of time during which such Lender’s L/C Advance was outstanding) in the same funds as those received by the Administrative Agent.

 

(viii)        If any payment received by the Administrative Agent for the account of an L/C Issuer pursuant to Section 2.03(c)(i) is required to be returned under any of the circumstances described in Section 10.06 (including pursuant to any settlement entered into by such L/C Issuer in its discretion), each Revolving Credit Lender of the applicable Class shall pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of such L/C Issuer its Applicable Percentage thereof on demand of the Administrative Agent, plus interest thereon from the date of such demand to the date such amount is returned by such Lender, at a rate per annum equal to the Federal Funds Rate.

 

(d)           Obligations Absolute.  The obligation of the Borrower to reimburse the relevant L/C Issuer for each drawing under each Letter of Credit issued by it and to repay each L/C Borrowing shall be absolute, unconditional and irrevocable, and shall be paid strictly in accordance with the terms of this Agreement under all circumstances, including the following:

 

(i)         any lack of validity or enforceability of such Letter of Credit, this Agreement, or any other agreement or instrument relating thereto;

 

(ii)        the existence of any claim, counterclaim, setoff, defense or other right that any Loan Party may have at any time against any beneficiary or any transferee of such Letter of Credit (or any Person for whom any such beneficiary or any such transferee may be acting), the relevant L/C Issuer or any other Person, whether in connection with this Agreement, the transactions contemplated hereby or by such Letter of Credit or any agreement or instrument relating thereto, or any unrelated transaction;

 

(iii)       any draft, demand, certificate or other document presented under such Letter of Credit proving to be forged, fraudulent, invalid or insufficient in any respect or any statement therein being untrue or inaccurate in any respect; or any loss or delay in the transmission or otherwise of any document required in order to make a drawing under such Letter of Credit;

 

(iv)       any payment by the relevant L/C Issuer under such Letter of Credit against presentation of a document that does not strictly comply with the terms of such Letter of Credit; or any payment made by the relevant L/C Issuer under such Letter of Credit to any Person purporting to be a trustee in bankruptcy, debtor-in-possession, assignee for the benefit of creditors, liquidator, receiver or other representative of or successor to any beneficiary or any transferee of such Letter of Credit, including any arising in connection with any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law;

 

(v)        any exchange, release or non-perfection of any Collateral, or any release or amendment or waiver of or consent to departure from the Guaranty or any other guarantee, for all or any of the Loan Obligations of any Loan Party in respect of such Letter of Credit; or

 

(vi)       any other circumstance or happening whatsoever, whether or not similar to any of the foregoing, including any other circumstance that might otherwise constitute a defense available to, or a discharge of, any Loan Party;

 

provided that the foregoing shall not excuse any L/C Issuer from liability to the Borrower to the extent of any direct damages (as opposed to special, indirect, consequential or punitive damages, claims in respect of which are waived by the Borrower to the extent permitted by applicable Law) suffered by the Borrower that are caused by such L/C Issuer’s gross negligence or willful misconduct (as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in a final and

 

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non-appealable decision) when determining whether drafts and other documents presented under a Letter of Credit comply with the terms thereof.

 

(e)           Role of L/C Issuers.  Each Lender and the Borrower agrees that, in paying any drawing under a Letter of Credit, the relevant L/C Issuer shall not have any responsibility to obtain any document (other than documents expressly required by the Letter of Credit) or to ascertain or inquire as to the validity or accuracy of any such document or the authority of the Person executing or delivering any such document.  None of the L/C Issuers, any Agent-Related Person nor any of the respective correspondents, participants or assignees of any L/C Issuer shall be liable to any Lender for (i) any action taken or omitted in connection herewith at the request or with the approval of the Required Lenders or the Required Revolving Credit Lenders, as applicable; (ii) any action taken or omitted in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct (as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in a final non-appealable decision); or (iii) the due execution, effectiveness, validity or enforceability of any document or instrument related to any Letter of Credit or Letter of Credit Application.  The Borrower hereby assumes all risks of the acts or omissions of any beneficiary or transferee with respect to its use of any Letter of Credit; provided that this assumption is not intended to, and shall not, preclude the Borrower’s pursuing such rights and remedies as it may have against the beneficiary or transferee at law or under any other agreement.  None of the L/C Issuers, any Agent-Related Person, nor any of the respective correspondents, participants or assignees of any L/C Issuer, shall be liable or responsible for any of the matters described in clauses (i) through (iii) of this Section 2.03(e); provided that anything in such clauses to the contrary notwithstanding, the Borrower may have a claim against an L/C Issuer, and such L/C Issuer may be liable to the Borrower, to the extent, but only to the extent, of any direct, as opposed to consequential or exemplary, damages suffered by the Borrower caused by such L/C Issuer’s willful misconduct or gross negligence or such L/C Issuer’s willful or grossly negligent failure to pay under any Letter of Credit after the presentation to it by the beneficiary of documents strictly complying with the terms and conditions of a Letter of Credit (in each case, as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in a final non-appealable decision).  In furtherance and not in limitation of the foregoing, each L/C Issuer may accept documents that appear on their face to be in order, without responsibility for further investigation, regardless of any notice or information to the contrary, and no L/C Issuer shall be responsible for the validity or sufficiency of any instrument transferring or assigning or purporting to transfer or assign a Letter of Credit or the rights or benefits thereunder or proceeds thereof, in whole or in part, which may prove to be invalid or ineffective for any reason.

 

(f)            Cash Collateral.  In addition to any other provision under this Agreement requiring Cash Collateral to be provided, (i) if the relevant L/C Issuer has honored any full or partial drawing under any Letter of Credit and such drawing has resulted in an L/C Borrowing for reasons other than the failure of a Revolving Credit Lender to fulfill its obligations under clause (c)(ii) above, (ii) if, as of the Letter of Credit Facility Expiration Date, any L/C Obligation for any reason remains outstanding, (iii) if any Event of Default occurs and is continuing and the Administrative Agent or the Required Revolving Credit Lenders or the Required Lenders, as applicable, require the Borrower to Cash Collateralize the L/C Obligations pursuant to Section 8.02(c) or (iv) an Event of Default set forth under Section 8.01(f) or (g) occurs and is continuing, then the Borrower shall Cash Collateralize the then Outstanding Amount of all L/C Obligations (in an amount equal to such Outstanding Amount plus any accrued or unpaid fees thereon determined as of the date such Cash Collateral is provided).

 

The Borrower hereby grants to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the L/C Issuers and the Revolving Credit Lenders under the Revolving Credit Facility, a security interest in all such cash, deposit accounts, Cash Collateral Account and all balances therein and all proceeds of the foregoing that secure any of its L/C Obligations.  The Administrative Agent shall have exclusive dominion and control, including the exclusive right of withdrawal, over such account.  Interest or profits, if any, on such investments shall accumulate in such account for the benefit of the Borrower.  Cash Collateral shall be maintained in accounts satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, in the name of the Administrative Agent and for the benefit of the Revolving Credit Lenders under the Revolving Credit Facility and may be invested in readily available Cash Equivalents at its sole discretion.  If at any time the Administrative Agent determines that any funds held as Cash Collateral are subject to any right or claim of any Person other than the Administrative Agent (on behalf of the Secured Parties) or that the total amount of such funds is less than the L/C Exposure, the Borrower will, forthwith upon demand by the Administrative Agent, pay to the Administrative Agent, as additional funds to be deposited and held in the deposit accounts specified by the Administrative Agent, an amount equal to the excess of (a) such L/C Exposure over (b) the total amount of funds, if any, then held as Cash Collateral that the Administrative Agent reasonably determines to be free and clear of any such right and claim.  Upon the drawing of any Letter of Credit for which funds are on deposit as Cash Collateral,

 

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such funds shall be applied, to the extent permitted under applicable Law, to reimburse the relevant L/C Issuer.  To the extent the amount of any Cash Collateral exceeds the L/C Exposure plus costs incidental thereto and so long as no other Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, the excess shall be refunded to the Borrower.  If such Event of Default is cured or waived and no other Event of Default is then occurring and continuing, the amount of any Cash Collateral (including any accrued interest thereon) shall be refunded to the Borrower.

 

(g)           Letter of Credit Fees.  The Borrower shall pay to the Administrative Agent in Dollars for the account of each Revolving Credit Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility in accordance with its Applicable Percentage, a relevant Letter of Credit fee for each relevant Letter of Credit issued on its behalf pursuant to this Agreement equal to the product of (i) the Applicable Rate for relevant Letter of Credit fees and (ii) the daily maximum amount then available to be drawn under such Letter of Credit.  Such letter of credit fees shall be computed on a quarterly basis in arrears.  Such Letter of Credit fees shall be due and payable on the first Business Day after the end of each March, June, September and December, commencing with the first such date to occur after the issuance of such Letter of Credit, on the Letter of Credit Facility Expiration Date and thereafter on demand.  If there is any change in the Applicable Rate during any quarter, the daily maximum amount of each Letter of Credit shall be computed and multiplied by the Applicable Rate separately for each period during such quarter that such Applicable Rate was in effect.

 

(h)           Fronting Fee and Documentary and Processing Charges Payable to L/C Issuers.  The Borrower shall pay directly to each L/C Issuer for its own account a fronting fee (a “Fronting Fee”) in Dollars with respect to each Letter of Credit issued by such L/C Issuer in an amount to be agreed between the Borrower and such L/C Issuer (but in any case, not to exceed 0.125% per annum) of the daily maximum amount then available to be drawn under such Letter of Credit, subject to a minimum Fronting Fee of $500 for each Letter of Credit.  Such Fronting Fees shall be computed on a quarterly basis in arrears.  Such Fronting Fees shall be due and payable on the tenth Business Day (or in the case of Letters of Credit issued by Credit Suisse AG, Cayman Islands Branch, or any of its Affiliates, the first Business Day) after the end of each March, June, September and December, commencing with the first such date to occur after the issuance of such Letter of Credit, on the Letter of Credit Facility Expiration Date and thereafter on demand.  In addition, the Borrower shall pay directly to each L/C Issuer for its own account the customary issuance, presentation, amendment and other processing fees, and other standard costs and charges, of such L/C Issuer relating to letters of credit as from time to time in effect.  Such customary fees and standard costs and charges are due and payable within ten (10) Business Days of demand and are nonrefundable.

 

(i)            Conflict with Letter of Credit Application.  Notwithstanding anything else to the contrary in any Letter of Credit Application, in the event of any conflict between the terms hereof and the terms of any Letter of Credit Application, the terms hereof shall control.

 

(j)            Addition of an L/C Issuer.  A Revolving Credit Lender (or any of its Subsidiaries or affiliates) under the Revolving Credit Facility may become an additional L/C Issuer hereunder pursuant to a written agreement among the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and such Revolving Credit Lender.  The Administrative Agent shall notify the Revolving Credit Lenders of any such additional L/C Issuer.

 

(k)           Applicability of ISP and UCP. Unless otherwise expressly agreed by the L/C Issuer and the Borrower when a Letter of Credit is issued (including any such agreement applicable to an Existing Letter of Credit) the rules of the ISP shall be stated therein and apply to each Letter of Credit.

 

(l)            Indemnification of L/C Issuers.  To the extent not indemnified by the Borrower or any other Loan Party pursuant to Section 10.05, the Revolving Credit Lenders hereby agree to indemnify each L/C Issuer for all Indemnified Liabilities, subject to the terms and limitations set forth in Section 10.05.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, no L/C Issuer shall be responsible to the Borrower for, and no L/C Issuer’s rights and remedies against the Borrower shall be impaired by, any action or inaction of such L/C Issuer required or permitted under any law, order, or practice that is required or permitted to be applied to any Letter of Credit or this Agreement, including the Law or any order of a jurisdiction where the applicable L/C Issuer or the beneficiary is located, the practice stated in the ISP or UCP, as applicable, or in the decisions, opinions, practice statements, or official commentary of the ICC Banking Commission, the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT), or the Institute of International Banking Law & Practice, whether or not any Letter of Credit chooses such law or practice.

 

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SECTION 2.04        [Reserved].

 

SECTION 2.05        Prepayments.

 

(a)           Optional Prepayments.

 

(i)            The Borrower may, upon notice to the Administrative Agent, at any time or from time to time voluntarily prepay any Borrowing of any Class in whole or in part without premium or penalty (except as set forth in Section 2.05(a)(iii)); provided that (1) such notice must be received by the Administrative Agent not later than 1:00 p.m., Local Time (A) three (3) Business Days prior to any date of prepayment of Eurocurrency Rate Loans and (B) on the date of prepayment of Base Rate Loans and (2) any prepayment of Loans shall be in a principal amount of the Borrowing Minimum or a whole multiple of the Borrowing Multiple in excess thereof or, in each case, the entire principal amount thereof then outstanding.  Each such notice shall specify the date and amount of such prepayment and the Class(es) and Type(s) of Loans to be prepaid.  The Administrative Agent will promptly notify each Appropriate Lender of its receipt of each such notice, and of the amount of such Lender’s Applicable Percentage of such prepayment.  If such notice is given by the Borrower, the Borrower shall make such prepayment and the payment amount specified in such notice shall be due and payable on the date specified therein.  Any prepayment of a Eurocurrency Rate Loan shall be accompanied by all accrued interest thereon, together with any additional amounts required pursuant to Section 3.04.  Each prepayment of the Loans pursuant to this Section 2.05(a) shall be applied as directed by the Borrower (it being understood and agreed that if the Borrower does not so direct at the time of such prepayment, such prepayment shall be applied to prepay the Term Loans on a pro rata basis across Classes and pro rata among Lenders within each Class in accordance with the respective outstanding principal amounts thereof (which prepayments shall be applied to against the scheduled repayments of Term Loans of the relevant Class under Section 2.07 in direct order of maturity)) and shall be paid to the Appropriate Lenders in accordance with their respective Applicable Percentages.

 

(ii)           Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, the Borrower may rescind any notice of prepayment under Section 2.05(a) if such prepayment would have resulted from a refinancing of all of the Facilities, which refinancing shall not be consummated or shall otherwise be delayed.

 

(iii)          In the event that, on or prior to the date that is six (6) months after the Closing Date, the Borrower (i) makes any prepayment of Term B Loans in connection with any Repricing Event or (ii) effects any amendment of this Agreement resulting in a Repricing Event, the Borrower shall pay or cause to be paid to the Administrative Agent, for the ratable account of each of the applicable Term B Lenders, (x) in the case of clause (i), a prepayment premium of 1.00% of the amount of the Term B Loans being prepaid and (y) in the case of clause (ii), an amount equal to 1.00% of the aggregate amount of the applicable Term B Loans outstanding immediately prior to such amendment.

 

(b)           Mandatory Prepayments.

 

(i)            Within five (5) Business Days after financial statements have been delivered pursuant to Section 6.01(a) and the related Compliance Certificate has been delivered pursuant to Section 6.02(a) for the relevant Excess Cash Flow Period, the Borrower shall cause to be prepaid an aggregate principal amount of Term Loans equal to (A) the Excess Cash Flow Percentage of Excess Cash Flow, if any, for the Excess Cash Flow Period covered by such financial statements, minus (B) the sum of

 

(1) without duplication of amounts deducted pursuant to clause (b)(iii) or (b)(ix) of the definition of Excess Cash Flow, all voluntary prepayments of Term Loans and any other prepayments of Incremental Equivalent Debt and/or other Indebtedness secured by Liens on the Collateral on a pari passu basis or senior basis to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Term B Loans (including in connection with debt buybacks made by the Borrower in an amount equal to the discounted amount actually paid in respect thereof pursuant to Section 2.05(d), Section 10.07 and/or otherwise, and/or application of any “yank-a-bank” provisions), plus

 

(2) without duplication of amounts deducted pursuant to clause (b)(iii) or (b)(ix) of the definition of Excess Cash Flow, all voluntary prepayments of Revolving Credit Loans to the extent the applicable Revolving

 

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Credit Commitments are permanently reduced by the amount of such payments or any voluntary prepayments of revolving loans or other revolving Indebtedness constituting Incremental Equivalent Debt or an Additional Revolving Credit Commitment secured by Liens on the Collateral on a pari passu basis or senior basis to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Revolving Credit Loans to the extent the applicable commitments are permanently reduced by the amount of such payments, plus

 

(3)  without duplication of amounts deducted pursuant to clauses (b)(ii) or (b)(x) of the definition of Excess Cash Flow, the amount of cash consideration paid by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in connection with Capital Expenditures, plus

 

(4)  without duplication of amounts deducted pursuant to clauses (b)(vii) or (b)(xi) of the definition of Excess Cash Flow, the amount of cash consideration paid by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in connection with Investments permitted by Section 7.02 (other than pursuant to Section 7.02(a), (d) or (f)), plus

 

in each case of this Clause (B), during such Excess Cash Flow Period or after the end of such Excess Cash Flow Period and prior to the prepayment date in clause (b)(i) (any such transaction made following the fiscal year end but prior to the making of such prepayment date, an “After Year-End Transaction”), and to the extent such prepayments, expenditures, Investments, Capital Expenditures or acquisitions are not funded with the proceeds of Indebtedness constituting Funded Debt (other than Indebtedness under a revolving facility) or any Cure Amount (such amount, as may be further reduced by applicable of clause (x) of the proviso hereto, the “Applicable ECF Proceeds”); provided that (x) to the extent the voluntary prepayments pursuant to clause (B) would reduce the Applicable ECF Proceeds to an amount less than $0, such excess voluntary prepayments may be credited against the Excess Cash Flow Percentage of Excess Cash Flow dollar-for-dollar for the immediately subsequent Excess Cash Flow Period, when taken together with the amounts of any other prepayments required for such Excess Cash Flow Period, (y) if at the time that any such prepayment would be required, the Borrower is required to offer to repurchase any Indebtedness outstanding at such time that is secured by a Lien on the Collateral ranking pari passu with the Lien securing the Term B Loans (such Indebtedness, “Other Pari Indebtedness”) pursuant to the terms of the documentation governing such Indebtedness with the Excess Cash Flow, then the Borrower, at its election, may apply the Applicable ECF Proceeds on a pro rata basis (determined on the basis of the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Term Loans and Other Pari Indebtedness at such time) and the remaining Excess Cash Flow to the prepayment of such Other Pari Indebtedness and (z) prepayments under this Section 2.05(b) shall only be required if the Applicable ECF Proceeds are in excess of the Excess Cash Flow Threshold and solely to the amount of such Applicable ECF Proceeds in excess thereof; provided, that to the extent so elected by the Borrower, following the consummation of any After Year-End Transaction, (1) the First Lien Leverage Ratio shall be recalculated giving Pro Forma Effect to such After Year-End Transaction as if the transaction was consummated during the fiscal year of the applicable Excess Cash Flow prepayment and the Excess Cash Flow Percentage for purposes of making such Excess Cash Flow prepayment shall be determined by reference to such recalculated First Lien Leverage Ratio and (2) such After Year-End Transaction shall not be applied to the calculation of the First Lien Leverage Ratio in connection with the determination of the Excess Cash Flow Percentage for purposes of any subsequent Excess Cash Flow prepayment.

 

(ii)           (A)  Subject to Section 2.05(b)(ii)(B), if following the Closing Date (x) the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries makes any Prepayment Asset Sale, or (y) any Casualty Event occurs, which in the aggregate results in the realization or receipt by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary of Net Cash Proceeds, the Borrower shall make a prepayment, in accordance with Section 2.05(b)(ii)(C), of an aggregate principal amount of Term Loans equal to the Asset Sale Percentage of such excess Net Cash Proceeds realized or received (the “Applicable Asset Sale Proceeds”); provided that (1) no such prepayment shall be required pursuant to this Section 2.05(b)(ii)(A) with respect to such portion of such Net Cash Proceeds that the Borrower shall have, on or prior to such date, given written notice to the Administrative Agent of its intent to utilize in accordance with Section 2.05(b)(ii)(B) and (2) if at the time that any such prepayment would be required, the Borrower is required to offer to repurchase any Other Pari Indebtedness, then the Borrower, at its election, may apply the Applicable Asset Sale Proceeds on a pro rata basis (determined on the basis of the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Term Loans and Other Pari Indebtedness at such time) and the remaining Net Cash Proceeds so received to the prepayment of such Other Pari Indebtedness.

 

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(B)          With respect to any Net Cash Proceeds realized or received with respect to any Disposition (other than any Disposition specifically excluded from the application of Section 2.05(b)(ii)(A)) or any Casualty Event, at the option of the Borrower, the Borrower may reinvest an amount equal to all or any portion of such Net Cash Proceeds in assets useful for its business (other than working capital, except for short term capital assets) and in Permitted Acquisitions and other similar Investments not prohibited hereunder and capital expenditures, in each case, within (x) twelve (12) months following receipt of such Net Cash Proceeds or (y) if the Borrower enters into a legally binding commitment to reinvest such Net Cash Proceeds in assets useful for its business within twelve (12) months following receipt thereof, one hundred eighty (180) days after the twelve (12) month period that follows receipt of such Net Cash Proceeds; provided that if any Net Cash Proceeds are not so reinvested by the deadline specified in clause (x) or (y) above, as applicable, or if any such Net Cash Proceeds are no longer intended to be or cannot be so reinvested, any such Net Cash Proceeds shall be applied, in accordance with Section 2.05(b)(ii)(C), to the prepayment of the Term Loans as set forth in this Section 2.05.

 

(C)          On each occasion that the Borrower must make a prepayment of the Term Loans pursuant to this Section 2.05(b)(ii), the Borrower shall, within five (5) Business Days after the date of realization or receipt of such Net Cash Proceeds in the minimum amount specified above (or, in the case of prepayments required pursuant to Section 2.05(b)(ii)(B), within five (5) Business Days of the deadline specified in clause (x) or (y) thereof, as applicable, or of the date the Borrower reasonably determines that such Net Cash Proceeds are no longer intended to be or cannot be so reinvested, as the case may be), make a prepayment, in accordance with Section 2.05(b)(v) below, of the principal amount of Term Loans to the extent required by, and subject to the qualifications of, Section 2.05(b)(ii)(A).

 

(iii)          If the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries incurs or issues any (A) Refinancing Term Loans, (B) Indebtedness pursuant to Section 7.03(w) incurred to repay Term Loans or (C) Indebtedness not expressly permitted to be incurred or issued pursuant to Section 7.03, the Borrower shall cause to be prepaid an aggregate principal amount of Term Loans equal to 100% of all Net Cash Proceeds received therefrom on or prior to the date which is five (5) Business Days after the receipt of such Net Cash Proceeds.  If the Borrower obtains any (A) Refinancing Revolving Credit Commitments or (B) Indebtedness pursuant to Section 7.03(w) incurred to replace Revolving Credit Commitments, the Borrower shall, concurrently with the receipt thereof, terminate Revolving Credit Commitments in an equivalent amount pursuant to Section 2.06.

 

(iv)          Each prepayment of Term Loans pursuant to this Section 2.05(b) shall be, unless otherwise specified by the Borrower, applied to the installments thereof in direct order of maturity; provided that any mandatory prepayment pursuant to Section 2.05 shall be applied to the Term B Loans on a pro rata basis in accordance with the terms hereof and, except to the extent required pursuant to the applicable Incremental Facility Amendment or Extension Offer with respect to any applicable Class of Incremental Term Loans or Extended Term Loans, any prepayment of any Term Loans pursuant to this Section 2.05(c) may be applied to any Class of Term Loans as directed by the Borrower, which prepayment may not be directed towards a later maturing Class of Term Loans without at least a pro rata repayment of any earlier maturity Class of Term Loans.  Each such prepayment of any Class of Term Loans shall be paid to the Lenders in accordance with their respective Applicable Percentages subject to clause (v) of this Section 2.05(b).

 

(v)           The Borrower shall notify the Administrative Agent in writing of any mandatory prepayment of Term Loans required to be made pursuant to clauses (i) and (ii) of this Section 2.05(b) prior to 1:00 p.m. Local Time at least five (5) Business Days on the date of such prepayment.  Each such notice shall specify the date of such prepayment and provide a reasonably detailed calculation of the amount of such prepayment.  The Administrative Agent will promptly notify each Appropriate Lender of the contents of the Borrower’s prepayment notice and of such Appropriate Lender’s Applicable Percentage of the prepayment with respect to any Class of Term Loans.  Each Appropriate Lender may reject all or a portion of its Applicable Percentage of any mandatory prepayment (such declined amounts, the “Declined Proceeds”) of Term Loans required to be made pursuant to clause (i) or (ii) of this Section 2.05(b) by providing written notice (each, a “Rejection Notice”) to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower no later than 5:00 p.m. Local Time three (3) Business Days after the date of such Lender’s receipt of notice from the Administrative Agent regarding such prepayment.  Each Rejection Notice from a given Lender shall specify the principal amount of the mandatory prepayment of Term Loans to be rejected by such Lender.  If a Lender fails to deliver a Rejection Notice to the Administrative Agent within the time frame specified above or such Rejection Notice fails to specify the principal amount of the Term Loans to be rejected, any

 

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such failure will be deemed an acceptance of the total amount of such mandatory repayment of Term Loans.  Any Declined Proceeds shall be retained by the Borrower (“Retained Declined Proceeds”).

 

(vi)          Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section 2.05(b), (i) to the extent that any or all of the Net Cash Proceeds of any Disposition by a Restricted Subsidiary otherwise giving rise to a prepayment pursuant to Section 2.05(b)(ii) (a “Restricted Disposition”), the Net Cash Proceeds of any Casualty Event of a Restricted Subsidiary that is a Foreign Subsidiary (a “Restricted Casualty Event”), or Excess Cash Flow, in each case would be prohibited or delayed by applicable local law from being repatriated to the United States, the realization or receipt of the portion of such Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow so affected will not be required to be used to repay Term Loans at the times provided in Section 2.05(b)(i) (after determining the amount of Excess Cash Flow required to be used to prepay Term Loans, assuming such amounts are included in the calculation of Excess Cash Flow), or the Borrower shall not be required to make a prepayment at the time provided in Section 2.05(b)(ii) (after determining the amount of Net Cash Proceeds are available from Dispositions), as the case may be, for so long, but only so long, as the applicable local law will not permit repatriation to the United States (the Borrower hereby agreeing to cause the applicable Foreign Subsidiary to promptly take all commercially reasonable actions available under the applicable local law to permit such repatriation), and once repatriation of any of such affected Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow is permitted under the applicable local law, an amount equal to such Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow permitted to be repatriated (net of additional taxes payable or reserved against as a result thereof) will be promptly (and in any event not later than three (3) Business Days after such repatriation is permitted) taken into account in measuring the Borrower’s obligation to repay the Term Loans pursuant to this Section 2.05(b) to the extent provided herein and (ii) to the extent that the Borrower has reasonably determined in good faith (as set forth in a written notice delivered to the Administrative Agent) that repatriation of any or all of the Net Cash Proceeds of any Restricted Disposition or any Restricted Casualty Event or Excess Cash Flow could reasonably be expected to have an adverse tax consequence (taking into account any foreign tax credit or benefit received in connection with such repatriation) with respect to such Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow, the amount of the Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow so affected shall not be taken into account in measuring the Borrower’s obligation to repay Term Loans pursuant to this Section 2.05(b); provided that, to the extent the situations specified in clauses (i) and/or (ii) are in effect for a period of more than 365 days, the Borrower’s obligations to repay any Term Loans pursuant to Sections 2.05(b)(i) and 2.05(b)(ii) shall expire and no longer be in effect after the expiration of such 365 day period.

 

(vii)         If for any reason the aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure of all Lenders under any Revolving Credit Facility at any time exceeds the aggregate Revolving Credit Commitments under such Revolving Credit Facility then in effect, the Borrower shall promptly prepay or cause to be promptly prepaid Revolving Credit Loans under such Revolving Credit Facility and/or Cash Collateralize the L/C Obligations under such Revolving Credit Facility in an aggregate amount equal to such excess; provided that the Borrower shall not be required to Cash Collateralize the L/C Obligations under such Revolving Credit Facility pursuant to this Section 2.05(b)(vii) unless after the prepayment in full of the Revolving Credit Loans under such Revolving Credit Facility the aggregate Revolving Credit Exposures under such Revolving Credit Facility exceed the aggregate Revolving Credit Commitments under such Revolving Credit Facility.

 

(c)           Interest, Funding Losses, Etc.  All prepayments under this Section 2.05 shall be accompanied by all accrued interest thereon in the currency in which such Loan is denominated, together with, in the case of any such prepayment of a Eurocurrency Rate Loan on a date other than the last day of an Interest Period therefor, any amounts owing in respect of such Eurocurrency Rate Loan pursuant to Section 3.04.

 

Notwithstanding any of the other provisions of this Section 2.05, so long as no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, if any prepayment of Eurocurrency Rate Loans is required to be made under this Section 2.05, prior to the last day of the Interest Period therefor, in lieu of making any payment pursuant to this Section 2.05 in respect of any such Eurocurrency Rate Loan prior to the last day of the Interest Period therefor, the Borrower may, in its sole discretion, deposit with the Administrative Agent in the currency in which such Loan is denominated the amount of any such prepayment otherwise required to be made thereunder into a Cash Collateral Account hereunder until the last day of such Interest Period, at which time the Administrative Agent shall be authorized (without any further action by or notice to or from the Borrower or any other Loan Party) to apply such amount to the prepayment of such Loans in accordance with this Section 2.05.  Such deposit shall constitute cash

 

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collateral for the Eurocurrency Rate Loans to be so prepaid, provided that the Borrower may at any time direct that such deposit be applied to make the applicable payment required pursuant to this Section 2.05.

 

(d)           Discounted Voluntary Prepayments.

 

(i)            Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in this Agreement (including Section 2.13) or any other Loan Document, the Borrower shall have the right at any time and from time to time to prepay one or more Classes of Term Loans to the Lenders at a discount to the par value of such Loans and on a non pro rata basis (each, a “Discounted Voluntary Prepayment”) pursuant to the procedures described in this Section 2.05(d); provided that (A) no proceeds from Revolving Credit Loans shall be used to consummate any such Discounted Voluntary Prepayment, (B) any Discounted Voluntary Prepayment shall be offered to all Term Lenders of such Class on a pro rata basis, and (C) the Borrower shall deliver to the Administrative Agent, together with each Discounted Prepayment Option Notice, a certificate of a Responsible Officer of the Borrower (1) stating that no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing or would result from the Discounted Voluntary Prepayment, (2) stating that each of the conditions to such Discounted Voluntary Prepayment contained in this Section 2.05(d) has been satisfied and (3) specifying the aggregate principal amount of Term Loans of any Class offered to be prepaid pursuant to such Discounted Voluntary Prepayment.

 

(ii)           To the extent the Borrower seeks to make a Discounted Voluntary Prepayment, the Borrower will provide written notice to the Administrative Agent substantially in the form of Exhibit H hereto (each, a “Discounted Prepayment Option Notice”) that the Borrower desires to prepay Term Loans of one or more specified Classes in an aggregate principal amount specified therein by the Borrower (each, a “Proposed Discounted Prepayment Amount”), in each case at a discount to the par value of such Loans as specified below.  The Proposed Discounted Prepayment Amount of any Loans shall not be less than $5,000,000.  The Discounted Prepayment Option Notice shall further specify with respect to the proposed Discounted Voluntary Prepayment (A) the Proposed Discounted Prepayment Amount for Loans to be prepaid, (B) a discount range (which may be a single percentage) selected by the Borrower with respect to such proposed Discounted Voluntary Prepayment equal to a percentage of par of the principal amount of the Loans to be prepaid (the “Discount Range”), and (C) the date by which Lenders are required to indicate their election to participate in such proposed Discounted Voluntary Prepayment, which shall be at least five Business Days from and including the date of the Discounted Prepayment Option Notice (the “Acceptance Date”).

 

(iii)          Upon receipt of a Discounted Prepayment Option Notice, the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each applicable Lender thereof.  On or prior to the Acceptance Date, each such Lender may specify by written notice substantially in the form of Exhibit I hereto (each, a “Lender Participation Notice”) to the Administrative Agent (A) a maximum discount to par (the “Acceptable Discount”) within the Discount Range (for example, a Lender specifying a discount to par of 20% would accept a purchase price of 80% of the par value of the Loans to be prepaid) and (B) a maximum principal amount (subject to rounding requirements specified by the Administrative Agent) of the Term Loans to be prepaid held by such Lender with respect to which such Lender is willing to permit a Discounted Voluntary Prepayment at the Acceptable Discount (“Offered Loans”).  Based on the Acceptable Discounts and principal amounts of the Term Loans to be prepaid specified by the Lenders in the applicable Lender Participation Notice, the Administrative Agent, in consultation with the Borrower, shall determine the applicable discount for such Term Loans to be prepaid (the “Applicable Discount”), which Applicable Discount shall be (A) the percentage specified by the Borrower if the Borrower has selected a single percentage pursuant to Section 2.05(d)(ii)) for the Discounted Voluntary Prepayment or (B) otherwise, the highest Acceptable Discount at which the Borrower can pay the Proposed Discounted Prepayment Amount in full (determined by adding the Outstanding Amount of Offered Loans commencing with the Offered Loans with the highest Acceptable Discount); provided, however, that in the event that such Proposed Discounted Prepayment Amount cannot be repaid in full at any Acceptable Discount, the Applicable Discount shall be the lowest Acceptable Discount specified by the Lenders that is within the Discount Range.  The Applicable Discount shall be applicable for all Lenders who have offered to participate in the Discounted Voluntary Prepayment and have Qualifying Loans.  Any Lender with outstanding Term Loans to be prepaid whose Lender Participation Notice is not received by the Administrative Agent by the Acceptance Date shall be deemed to have declined to accept a Discounted Voluntary Prepayment of any of its Loans at any discount to their par value within the Applicable Discount.

 

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(iv)          The Borrower shall make a Discounted Voluntary Prepayment by prepaying those Term Loans to be prepaid (or the respective portions thereof) offered by the Lenders (“Qualifying Lenders”) that specify an Acceptable Discount that is equal to or greater than the Applicable Discount (“Qualifying Loans”) at the Applicable Discount, provided that if the aggregate proceeds required to prepay all Qualifying Loans (disregarding any interest payable at such time) would exceed the amount of aggregate proceeds required to prepay the Proposed Discounted Prepayment Amount, such amounts in each case calculated by applying the Applicable Discount, the Borrower shall prepay such Qualifying Loans ratably among the Qualifying Lenders based on their respective principal amounts of such Qualifying Loans (subject to rounding requirements specified by the Administrative Agent).  If the aggregate proceeds required to prepay all Qualifying Loans (disregarding any interest payable at such time) would be less than the amount of aggregate proceeds required to prepay the Proposed Discounted Prepayment Amount, such amounts in each case calculated by applying the Applicable Discount, the Borrower shall prepay all Qualifying Loans.

 

(v)           Each Discounted Voluntary Prepayment shall be made within five (5) Business Days of the Acceptance Date (or such later date as the Administrative Agent shall reasonably agree, given the time required to calculate the Applicable Discount and determine the amount and holders of Qualifying Loans), without premium or penalty (but subject to Section 3.04), upon irrevocable notice substantially in the form of Exhibit J hereto (each a “Discounted Voluntary Prepayment Notice”), delivered to the Administrative Agent no later than 1:00 p.m., Local Time, three (3) Business Days prior to the date of such Discounted Voluntary Prepayment, which notice shall specify the date and amount of the Discounted Voluntary Prepayment and the Applicable Discount determined by the Administrative Agent.  Upon receipt of any Discounted Voluntary Prepayment Notice, the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each relevant Lender thereof.  If any Discounted Voluntary Prepayment Notice is given, the amount specified in such notice shall be due and payable to the applicable Lenders, subject to the Applicable Discount on the applicable Loans, on the date specified therein together with accrued interest (on the par principal amount) to but not including such date on the amount prepaid.  The par principal amount of each Discounted Voluntary Prepayment of a Term Loan shall be applied ratably to reduce the remaining installments of such Class of Term Loans (as applicable).

 

(vi)          To the extent not expressly provided for herein, each Discounted Voluntary Prepayment shall be consummated pursuant to procedures (including as to timing, rounding, minimum amounts, Type and Interest Periods and calculation of Applicable Discount in accordance with Section 2.05(d)(ii) above) established by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, each acting reasonably.

 

(vii)         Prior to the delivery of a Discounted Voluntary Prepayment Notice, (A) upon written notice to the Administrative Agent, the Borrower may withdraw or modify its offer to make a Discounted Voluntary Prepayment pursuant to any Discounted Prepayment Option Notice and (B) no Lender may withdraw its offer to participate in a Discounted Voluntary Prepayment pursuant to any Lender Participation Notice unless the terms of such proposed Discounted Voluntary Prepayment have been modified by the Borrower after the date of such Lender Participation Notice.

 

(viii)        Nothing in this Section 2.05(d) shall require the Borrower to undertake any Discounted Voluntary Prepayment.

 

(ix)          Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Administrative Agent shall be under no obligation to act as manager for any Discounted Voluntary Prepayment and to the extent the Administrative Agent shall choose not to act as manager for any Discounted Voluntary Prepayment, each reference in this Section 2.05(d) to “Administrative Agent” shall be deemed to mean and be a reference to the Person that has been appointed by the Borrower and has agreed to act as the manager for such Discounted Voluntary Prepayment.

 

SECTION 2.06        Termination or Reduction of Commitments.

 

(a)           Optional.  The Borrower may, upon written notice to the Administrative Agent, terminate the unused Commitments of any Class, or from time to time permanently reduce the unused Commitments of any Class; provided that (i) any such notice shall be received by the Administrative Agent three (3) Business Days prior to the date of termination or reduction, (ii) any such partial reduction shall be in an aggregate amount of $1,000,000 or any whole multiple of $100,000 in excess thereof and (iii) the Borrower shall not terminate or reduce, (A) the

 

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Revolving Credit Commitments if, after giving effect thereto and to any concurrent prepayments hereunder, the Total Revolving Outstandings would exceed the Aggregate Revolving Credit Commitments or (B) the Letter of Credit Sublimit if, after giving effect thereto, the Outstanding Amount of all L/C Obligations would exceed the Letter of Credit Sublimit; provided, further, that, upon any such partial reduction of the Letter of Credit Sublimit, unless the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the relevant L/C Issuer otherwise agree, the commitment of each L/C Issuer to issue Letters of Credit will be reduced proportionately by the amount of such reduction.  The amount of any such Commitment reduction shall not be applied to the Letter of Credit Sublimit unless, after giving effect to any reduction of the Commitments, the Letter of Credit Sublimit exceeds the amount of the Revolving Credit Facility, in which case such sublimit shall be automatically reduced by the amount of such excess.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Borrower may rescind or postpone any notice of termination of the Commitments if such termination would have resulted from a refinancing, which refinancing shall not be consummated or otherwise shall be delayed.

 

(b)                                 Mandatory.  The Term B Commitment of each Term Lender shall be automatically and permanently reduced to $0 upon the making of such Term Lender’s Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.01(a).  The Revolving Credit Commitments shall terminate on the Maturity Date therefor.  The Extended Revolving Credit Commitments and any Additional Revolving Credit Commitments shall terminate on the respective maturity dates applicable thereto.

 

(c)                                  Application of Commitment Reductions; Payment of Fees.  The Administrative Agent will promptly notify the Lenders of any termination or reduction of unused Commitments of any Class under this Section 2.06.  Upon any reduction of unused Commitments of any Class, the Commitment of each Lender of such Class shall be reduced by such Lender’s Applicable Percentage of the amount by which such Commitments are reduced (other than the termination of the Commitment of any Lender as provided in Section 3.06).  All Commitment Fees accrued until the effective date of any termination of the Revolving Credit Commitments shall be paid on the effective date of such termination.

 

SECTION 2.07                        Repayment of Loans.

 

(a)                                 Term Loans. The Borrower shall repay to the Administrative Agent for the ratable account of the relevant Term Lenders holding Term B Loans in Dollars (i) on the last Business Day of each March, June, September and December, commencing with the first such date to occur for the second full fiscal quarter after the Closing Date, an aggregate amount equal to 0.25% of the initial aggregate principal amount of all Term B Loans made on the Closing Date and (ii) on the Maturity Date for the Term B Loans, the aggregate principal amount of all Term B Loans outstanding on such date; provided that payments required by Section 2.07(a)(i) above shall be reduced as a result of the application of prepayments in accordance with Section 2.05.  In the event any Incremental Term Loans or Extended Term Loans are made, such Incremental Term Loans or Extended Term Loans, as applicable, shall be repaid by the Borrower in the amounts and on the dates set forth in the definitive documentation with respect thereto and on the applicable Maturity Date thereof.

 

(b)                                 Revolving Credit Loans.  The Borrower shall repay to the Administrative Agent for the ratable account of the Appropriate Lenders on the Maturity Date for each Revolving Credit Facility the principal amount of each of its Revolving Credit Loans outstanding on such date under such Revolving Credit Facility.

 

SECTION 2.08                        Interest.

 

(a)                                 Subject to the provisions of Section 2.08(b), (i) each Eurocurrency Rate Loan shall bear interest on the outstanding principal amount thereof for each Interest Period at a rate per annum equal to the Eurocurrency Rate for such Interest Period plus the Applicable Rate and (ii) each Base Rate Loan shall bear interest on the outstanding principal amount thereof from the applicable borrowing date at a rate per annum equal to the Base Rate plus the Applicable Rate.

 

(b)                                 The Borrower shall pay interest on past due amounts under this Agreement at a fluctuating interest rate per annum at all times equal to the Default Rate to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Laws.  Accrued and unpaid interest on past due amounts (including interest on past due interest) shall be due and

 

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payable upon demand to the fullest extent permitted by and subject to applicable Laws, including in relation to any required additional agreements.

 

(c)                                  Interest on each Loan shall be due and payable in arrears on each Interest Payment Date applicable thereto and at such other times as may be specified herein.  Interest hereunder shall be due and payable in accordance with the terms hereof before and after judgment, and before and after the commencement of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law.

 

SECTION 2.09                        Fees.  In addition to certain fees described in Sections 2.03(g) and (h):

 

(a)                                 Commitment Fee.  The Borrower shall pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of each Revolving Credit Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility in accordance with its Applicable Percentage, a commitment fee (the “Commitment Fee”) in Dollars equal to the Commitment Fee Rate on the average daily amount by which the Revolving Credit Commitment of such Revolving Credit Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility exceeds the Revolving Credit Exposure of such Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility.  The Commitment Fee for the Revolving Credit Facility shall accrue at all times from the Closing Date until the Maturity Date for the Revolving Credit Facility, including at any time during which one or more of the conditions in Article IV is not met, and shall be due and payable quarterly in arrears on the last Business Day of each March, June, September and December, commencing with the first such date to occur for the first full fiscal quarter after the Closing Date, and on the Maturity Date for the Revolving Credit Facility.  The Commitment Fee shall be calculated quarterly in arrears.

 

(b)                                 Other Fees.  The Borrower shall pay to the Agents such fees as shall have been separately agreed upon in writing in the amounts and at the times so specified.  Such fees shall be fully earned when paid and shall not be refundable for any reason whatsoever (except as expressly agreed between the Borrower and the applicable Agent).

 

SECTION 2.10                        Computation of Interest and Fees.  All computations of interest for Base Rate Loans shall be made on the basis of a year of three hundred sixty-five (365) days or three hundred sixty-six (366) days, as the case may be, and actual days elapsed.  All other computations of fees and interest shall be made on the basis of a three hundred sixty (360) day year and actual days elapsed.  Interest shall accrue on each Loan for the day on which such Loan is made, and shall not accrue on such Loan, or any portion thereof, for the day on which such Loan or such portion is paid; provided that any such Loan that is repaid on the same day on which it is made shall, subject to Section 2.12(a), bear interest for one (1) day.  Each determination by the Administrative Agent of an interest rate or fee hereunder shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes, absent manifest error. For the purposes of the Interest Act (Canada) and disclosure thereunder, whenever any interest or any fee to be paid hereunder or in connection herewith is to be calculated on the basis of a 360-day or 365-day year, the yearly rate of interest to which the rate used in such calculation is equivalent is the rate so used multiplied by the actual number of days in the calendar year in which the same is to be ascertained and divided by 360 or 365, as applicable.  The rates of interest under this Agreement are nominal rates, and not effective rates or yields.  The principle of deemed reinvestment of interest does not apply to any interest calculation under this Agreement.

 

SECTION 2.11                        Evidence of Indebtedness.

 

(a)                                 The Credit Extensions made by each Lender shall be evidenced by one or more accounts or records maintained by such Lender and by one or more entries in the Register.  The accounts or records maintained by the Administrative Agent and each Lender shall be prima facie evidence absent manifest error of the amount of the Credit Extensions made by the Lenders to the Borrower and the interest and payments thereon.  Any failure to so record or any error in doing so shall not, however, limit or otherwise affect the obligation of the Borrower hereunder to pay any amount owing with respect to the Loan Obligations.  In the event of any conflict between the accounts and records maintained by any Lender and the Register, the Register shall be conclusive in the absence of demonstrable error.  Upon the request of any Lender made through the Administrative Agent, the Borrower shall execute and deliver to such Lender (through the Administrative Agent) a Note payable to such Lender or its registered assigns, which shall evidence such Lender’s Loans in addition to such accounts or records.  Each Lender may attach schedules to its Note and endorse thereon the date, Type (if applicable), amount and maturity of its Loans and payments with respect thereto.

 

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(b)                                 In addition to the accounts and records referred to in Section 2.11(a), each Lender and the Administrative Agent shall maintain in accordance with its usual practice accounts or records and, in the case of the Administrative Agent, entries in the Register, evidencing the purchases and sales by such Lender of participations in Letters of Credit.  In the event of any conflict between the Register and the accounts and records of any Lender in respect of such matters, the Register shall be conclusive in the absence of demonstrable error.

 

SECTION 2.12                        Payments Generally.

 

(a)                                 All payments by the Borrower of principal, interest, fees and other Obligations shall be made (i) with respect to the Term B Loans in Dollars, and (ii) with respect to the Revolving Credit Commitments and Letters of Credit, in the applicable Approved Currency in which such Obligations are denominated, without condition or deduction for any counterclaim, defense, recoupment or setoff.  Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, all payments by the Borrower hereunder shall be made to the Administrative Agent, for the account of the respective Lenders to which such payment is owed, at the applicable Administrative Agent’s Office and in immediately available funds not later than 2:00 p.m., Local Time, on the date specified herein.  The Administrative Agent will promptly distribute to each Lender its Applicable Percentage (or other applicable share as provided herein) of such payment in like funds as received by wire transfer to such Lender’s Applicable Lending Office.  All payments received by the Administrative Agent after 2:00 p.m., Local Time, shall (in the sole discretion of the Administrative Agent) be deemed received on the next succeeding Business Day and any applicable interest or fee shall continue to accrue. Other than as specified herein, all payments under each Loan Document of principal or interest in respect of any Loan (or of any breakage indemnity in respect of any Loan) shall be made in Dollars.

 

(b)                                 If any payment to be made by the Borrower shall come due on a day other than a Business Day, payment shall be made on the next following Business Day, and such extension of time shall be reflected in computing interest or fees, as the case may be; provided that, if such extension would cause payment of interest on or principal of Eurocurrency Rate Loans to be made in the next succeeding calendar month, such payment shall be made on the immediately preceding Business Day.

 

(c)                                  Unless the Borrower or any Lender has notified the Administrative Agent, prior to the date any payment is required to be made by it to the Administrative Agent hereunder, that the Borrower or such Lender, as the case may be, will not make such payment, the Administrative Agent may assume that the Borrower or such Lender, as the case may be, has timely made such payment on such date in accordance with Section 2.02 and may (but shall not be so required to), in reliance thereon, make available a corresponding amount to the Person entitled thereto.  If and to the extent that such payment was not in fact made to the Administrative Agent in immediately available funds, then

 

(i)                  if the Borrower failed to make such payment, then each of the applicable Lenders severally agree to pay to the Administrative Agent forthwith on demand the portion of such assumed payment that was made available to such Lenders in immediately available funds, together with interest thereon in respect of each day from and including the date such amount was made available by the Administrative Agent to such Lenders to the date such amount is repaid to the Administrative Agent in immediately available funds at the Overnight Rate plus, to the extent reasonably requested in writing by the Administrative Agent, any administrative, processing or similar fees to the extent customarily charged by such Administrative Agent to generally similarly situated borrowers (but not necessarily all such borrowers) in connection with the foregoing; it being understood that nothing herein shall be deemed to relieve any Lender from its obligation to fulfill its Commitment or to prejudice any rights which the Administrative Agent or the Borrower may have against any Lender as a result of any default by such Lender hereunder; and

 

(ii)               if any Lender failed to make such payment, such Lender shall forthwith on demand pay to the Administrative Agent the amount thereof in immediately available funds, together with interest thereon for the period from the date such amount was made available by the Administrative Agent to the Borrower to the date such amount is recovered by the Administrative Agent (the “Compensation Period”) at the Overnight Rate, plus any administrative, processing or similar fees customarily charged by the Administrative Agent in connection with the foregoing plus, to the extent reasonably requested in writing by the Administrative Agent, any administrative, processing or similar fees to the extent customarily

 

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charged by such Administrative Agent to generally similarly situated borrowers (but not necessarily all such borrowers) in connection with the foregoing.  When such Lender makes payment to the Administrative Agent (together with all accrued interest thereon), then such payment amount (excluding the amount of any interest which may have accrued and been paid in respect of such late payment) shall constitute such Lender’s Loan included in the applicable Borrowing.  If such Lender does not pay such amount forthwith upon the Administrative Agent’s demand therefor, the Administrative Agent may make a demand therefor upon the Borrower, and the Borrower shall pay such amount to the Administrative Agent, together with interest thereon for the Compensation Period at the interest rate applicable to such Loan.  Nothing herein shall be deemed to relieve any Lender from its obligation to fulfill its Commitment or to prejudice any rights which the Administrative Agent or the Borrower may have against any Lender as a result of any default by such Lender hereunder.

 

A notice of the Administrative Agent to any Lender or the Borrower with respect to any amount owing under this Section 2.12(c) shall be conclusive, absent demonstrable error.

 

(d)                                 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 Credit Extension set forth in Article IV are not satisfied or waived in accordance with the terms hereof, the Administrative Agent shall return such funds (in like funds as received from such Lender) to such Lender, without interest.

 

(e)                                  The obligations of the Lenders hereunder to make Loans, to fund participations in Letters of Credit and to make its payment under Section 9.07 are several and not joint.  The failure of any Lender to make any Loan or to fund any such participation 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 or purchase its participation or to make its payment under Section 9.07.

 

(f)                                   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.

 

(g)                                  Whenever any payment received by the Administrative Agent under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents is insufficient to pay in full all amounts due and payable to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders under or in respect of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents on any date, such payment shall be distributed by the Administrative Agent and applied by the Administrative Agent and the Lenders in the order of priority set forth in Section 8.04.  If the Administrative Agent receives funds for application to the Loan Obligations of the Loan Parties under or in respect of the Loan Documents under circumstances for which the Loan Documents do not specify the manner in which such funds are to be applied, the Administrative Agent may, but shall not be obligated to, elect to distribute such funds to each of the Lenders in accordance with such Lender’s Applicable Percentage of the sum of (a) the Outstanding Amount of all Loans outstanding at such time and (b) the Outstanding Amount of all L/C Obligations outstanding at such time, in repayment or prepayment of such of the outstanding Loans or other Loan Obligations then owing to such Lender.

 

SECTION 2.13                        Sharing of Payments.  If, other than as expressly provided elsewhere herein, any Lender shall obtain on account of the Loans made by it, or its participations in L/C Obligations, any payment (whether voluntary, involuntary, through the exercise of any right of setoff, or otherwise) in excess of its ratable share (or other share contemplated hereunder) thereof, such Lender shall immediately (a) notify the Administrative Agent of such fact, and (b) purchase from the other Lenders such participations in the Loans made by them and/or such subparticipations in the participations in L/C Obligations held by them, as the case may be, as shall be necessary to cause such purchasing Lender to share the excess payment in respect of such Loans or such participations, as the case may be, pro rata with each of them; provided that (x) if all or any portion of such excess payment is thereafter recovered from the purchasing Lender under any of the circumstances described in Section 10.06 (including pursuant to any settlement entered into by the purchasing Lender in its discretion), such purchase shall to that extent be rescinded and each other Lender shall repay to the purchasing Lender the purchase price paid therefor, together with an amount equal to such paying Lender’s ratable share (according to the proportion of (i) the amount of such paying Lender’s required repayment to (ii) the total amount so recovered from the purchasing

 

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Lender) of any interest or other amount paid or payable by the purchasing Lender in respect of the total amount so recovered, without further interest thereon and (y) the provisions of this Section 2.13 shall not be construed to apply to any payment made by the Borrower pursuant to and in accordance with the express terms of this Agreement or 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 L/C Obligations to any assignee or participant or the application of Cash Collateral pursuant to, and in accordance with, the terms of this Agreement.  The Borrower agrees that any Lender so purchasing a participation from another Lender may, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Law, exercise all its rights of payment (including the right of setoff, but subject to Section 10.09) with respect to such participation as fully as if such Lender were the direct creditor of the Borrower in the amount of such participation.  The Administrative Agent will keep records (which shall be conclusive and binding in the absence of demonstrable error) of participations purchased under this Section 2.13 and will in each case notify the Lenders following any such purchases or repayments.  Each Lender that purchases a participation pursuant to this Section 2.13 shall from and after such purchase have the right to give all notices, requests, demands, directions and other communications under this Agreement with respect to the portion of the Loan Obligations purchased to the same extent as though the purchasing Lender were the original owner of the Loan Obligations purchased.

 

SECTION 2.14                        Incremental Credit Extensions.

 

(a)                                 At any time and from time to time, subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, the Loan Parties may, by notice to the Administrative Agent (whereupon the Administrative Agent shall promptly deliver a copy to each of the Lenders), request to increase the amount of Term B Loans of any Class or add one or more additional tranches of term loans (any such Term B Loans or additional tranche of term loans, the “Incremental Term Loans”) and/or one or more increases in the Revolving Credit Commitments under the Revolving Credit Facility (a “Revolving Credit Commitment Increase”) and/or the establishment of one or more new revolving credit commitments (an “Additional Revolving Credit Commitment” and, together any Revolving Credit Commitment Increases, the “Incremental Revolving Credit Commitments”; together with the Incremental Term Loans, the “Incremental Facilities”).  Notwithstanding anything to contrary herein, the aggregate Dollar Equivalent amount of all Incremental Facilities (other than Refinancing Term Loans and Refinancing Revolving Credit Commitments) (determined at the time of incurrence), together with the aggregate principal amount of all Incremental Equivalent Debt and Indebtedness incurred in reliance on Section 7.03(r)(ii)(A), shall not exceed the Incremental Cap.  Each Incremental Facility shall be in an integral multiple of $1,000,000 and be in an aggregate principal amount that is not less than $10,000,000 in case of Incremental Term Loans or $5,000,000 in case of Incremental Revolving Credit Commitments, provided that such amount may be less than the applicable minimum amount if such amount represents all the remaining availability hereunder as set forth above.  Each Incremental Facility shall have the same guarantees as, and to the extent secured, shall be secured only by (and on an equal or junior priority basis with) the Collateral securing, all of the other Loan Obligations under this Agreement (provided that, in the case of any Incremental Facility that is funded into Escrow, such Incremental Facility may be secured by the applicable funds and related assets held in Escrow (and the proceeds thereof) until such Incremental Facility is released from Escrow) and shall be subject to an Acceptable Intercreditor Agreement.

 

(b)                                 Any Incremental Term Loans (i) for purposes of prepayments, shall be treated substantially the same as (and in any event no more favorably than) the Term B Loans, (ii) shall have interest rate margins and (subject to clauses (iii) and (iv)) amortization schedules as determined by the Borrower and the lenders thereunder (provided that, except in the case of Refinancing Term Loans, if such Incremental Term Loans are Qualifying Term Loans incurred in reliance on clause (c) of the Incremental Cap, the All-In-Rate applicable thereto will not be more than 0.50% per annum higher than the All-In-Rate in respect of the Term B Loans unless the Applicable Rate (and/or, as provided in the proviso below, the Base Rate floor or Eurocurrency Rate floor) with respect to the Term B Loans is adjusted to be equal to the All-In-Rate applicable to such Indebtedness, minus 0.50% per annum, provided that, unless otherwise agreed by the Borrower in its sole discretion, any increase in All-In-Rate to any Term B Loan due to the application or imposition of a Base Rate floor or Eurocurrency Rate floor on any such Indebtedness shall be effected solely through an increase in (or implementation of, as applicable) any Base Rate floor or Eurocurrency Rate floor applicable to such Term B Loan (this proviso to this clause (b)(ii), the “MFN Provision”)), (iii) any Incremental Term Loan (other than Inside Maturity Loans) shall not have a final maturity date earlier than the Maturity Date applicable to the Term B Loans), (iv) any Incremental Term Loan (other than Inside Maturity Loans) shall not have a Weighted Average Life to Maturity that is shorter than the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of the Term B Loans) and (v) shall be, taken as a whole, no more favorable to the lenders providing such

 

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Incremental Facility, in their capacity as such (as reasonably determined by the Borrower) (excluding (x) pricing, rate floors, original issue discounts or call protection, premiums and optional prepayment or redemption terms and (y) (I) covenants or other provisions applicable only to periods after the latest maturity date of the applicable Facility or (II) any more restrictive covenant, to the extent that (A) if such more restrictive covenant is added for the benefit of any Incremental Facility consisting of term loans other than Customary Term A Loans, such covenant (except to the extent only applicable after the maturity date of the Term B Loans) is also added for the benefit of all of the Facilities or (B) if such more restrictive covenant is added for the benefit of any Incremental Facility consisting of a revolving facility or Customary Term A Loans, such covenant (except to the extent only applicable after the maturity date of the Revolving Credit Facility) is also added for the benefit of the Revolving Credit Facility; it being understood and agreed that in each such case of clauses (A) and (B), no consent of any Agent and/or any Lender shall be required in connection with adding such covenant).

 

(c)                                  Any Revolving Credit Commitment Increase shall (i) have the same maturity date as the Revolving Credit Commitments under such Revolving Credit Facility that is being increased, (ii) require no scheduled amortization or mandatory commitment reduction prior to the final maturity of the Revolving Credit Commitments and (iii) be on the same terms and pursuant to the same documentation applicable to the Revolving Credit Commitments under such Revolving Credit Facility that is being increased (it being understood that, if required to consummate a Revolving Credit Commitment Increase, the pricing, interest margin, rate floors and commitment fees shall be increased so long as such increases apply to the entire Revolving Credit Facility (provided additional upfront or similar fees may be payable to the Lenders participating in the Revolving Credit Commitment Increase without any requirement to pay such amounts to Lenders holding existing Revolving Credit Commitments)).  Any Additional Revolving Credit Commitments (i) shall have interest rate margins and, subject to clause (ii), have amortization schedules as determined by the Borrower and the lenders thereunder but shall not require scheduled amortization or mandatory commitment reductions prior to the Maturity Date of the Revolving Credit Facility, (ii) other than Inside Maturity Loans, mature no earlier than, and will require no mandatory commitment reduction prior to, the Maturity Date applicable to the Revolving Credit Commitments, (iii) which are Refinancing Revolving Credit Commitments shall not have a final maturity date earlier than the Maturity Date applicable to the Revolving Credit Commitments being refinanced thereby and (iv) shall have the same terms as the Revolving Credit Commitments or such terms as are reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, it being understood that no consent shall be required from the Administrative Agent for terms and conditions that are more restrictive than the existing Revolving Credit Commitments to the extent that they apply to periods after the Maturity Date applicable to the Revolving Credit Commitments or are otherwise added for the benefit of the Revolving Credit Lenders hereunder (which shall not require the consent of any Revolving Credit Lender or any Agent); provided that to the extent any covenant that is more restrictive than the Financial Covenants is added for the benefit of any Additional Revolving Commitments, such covenant (except to the extent only applicable after the maturity date of each Revolving Credit Facility) is also added for the benefit of each Revolving Credit Facility; it being understood and agreed that in each such case, no consent of any Agent and/or any Lender shall be required in connection with adding such covenant); provided that notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 2.14(c), (1) the borrowing and repayment (except for (A) payments of interest and fees at different rates on Additional Revolving Credit Commitments (and related outstandings), (B) repayments required upon the maturity date of the applicable Revolving Credit Commitments and (C) repayment made in connection with a permanent repayment and termination of commitments (subject to clause (3) below)) of Revolving Credit Loans with respect to Additional Revolving Credit Commitments shall be made on a no less than pro rata basis (with respect to borrowings) and a no greater than pro rata basis (with respect to repayments) with all other Revolving Credit Commitments, (2) all Letters of Credit may be participated on a pro rata basis by all Lenders with Commitments in accordance with their percentage of the Revolving Credit Commitments, (3) the permanent repayment of commitments with respect to, and termination of, Additional Revolving Credit Commitments prior to the Maturity Date applicable to the Revolving Credit Commitments at the time of incurrence of such Additional Revolving Credit Commitments shall be made on a pro rata basis with all other Revolving Credit Commitments, except that the Borrower shall be permitted to permanently repay and terminate commitments of any Class of Revolving Credit Commitments on a better than a pro rata basis as compared to any other Class with a later maturity date than such Class and (4) assignments and participations of Additional Revolving Credit Commitments (and Revolving Credit Loans made thereunder) shall be governed by the same or equivalent assignment and participation provisions applicable to the Revolving Credit Commitments and Revolving Credit Loans.

 

(d)                                 [Reserved].

 

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(e)                                  Each notice from the applicable Loan Party pursuant to this Section 2.14 shall set forth the requested amount and proposed terms of the relevant Incremental Term Loans and/or Incremental Revolving Credit Commitments. Any additional bank, financial institution, existing Lender or other Person that elects to extend Incremental Term Loans or Incremental Revolving Credit Commitments shall be reasonably satisfactory to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent (any such bank, financial institution, existing Lender or other Person being called an “Additional Lender”) and, if not already a Lender, shall become a Lender under this Agreement pursuant to an amendment (an “Incremental Facility Amendment”) to this Agreement and, as appropriate, the other Loan Documents, executed by the Borrower and such Additional Lender, and, in the case of any Incremental Revolving Credit Commitments, each L/C Issuer.  For the avoidance of doubt, no L/C Issuer is required to act as such for any Additional Revolving Credit Commitments unless they so consent. No Incremental Facility Amendment shall require the consent of any Lenders other than the Additional Lenders with respect to such Incremental Facility Amendment.  No Lender shall be obligated to provide any Incremental Term Loans or Incremental Revolving Credit Commitments, unless it so agrees.  Commitments in respect of any Incremental Term Loans or Incremental Revolving Credit Commitments may become Commitments under this Agreement.  An Incremental Facility Amendment may, without the consent of any other Lenders, effect such amendments to any Loan Documents as may be necessary or appropriate, in the opinion of the Administrative Agent, to effect the provisions of this Section 2.14. The effectiveness of any Incremental Facility Amendment shall, unless otherwise agreed to by the Additional Lenders, be subject to the satisfaction on the date thereof (each, an “Incremental Facility Closing Date”) of each of the conditions set forth in Section 4.02 (it being understood that (i) all references to “the date of such Credit Extension” in Section 4.02 shall be deemed to refer to the Incremental Facility Closing Date and (ii) if the proceeds of such Incremental Facility are to be used, in whole or in part, to (x) finance a Permitted Acquisition or other Investment, (1) such incurrence shall be subject to the LCT Provisions and (2) no Specified Event of Default shall exist on the Incremental Facility Closing Date or (y) for any other purpose, no Event of Default shall exist on the Incremental Facility Closing Date).  The proceeds of any Incremental Term Loans will be used for general corporate purposes and any other use not prohibited hereunder. Upon each increase in the Revolving Credit Commitments under any Revolving Credit Facility pursuant to this Section 2.14 that is in the form of a Revolving Credit Commitment Increase, each Revolving Credit Lender immediately prior to such increase will automatically and without further act be deemed to have assigned to each Lender providing a portion of the Incremental Revolving Credit Commitment (each, an “Incremental Revolving Increase Lender”) in respect of such Revolving Credit Commitment Increase, and each such Incremental Revolving Increase Lender will automatically and without further act be deemed to have assumed, a portion of such Revolving Credit Lender’s participations hereunder in outstanding Letters of Credit such that, after giving effect to each such deemed assignment and assumption of participations, the percentage of the aggregate outstanding participations hereunder in Letters of Credit held by each Revolving Credit Lender (including each such Incremental Revolving Increase Lender) will equal the percentage of the aggregate Revolving Credit Commitments of all Revolving Credit Lenders represented by such Revolving Credit Lender’s Revolving Credit Commitment after giving effect to such Revolving Credit Commitment Increase.  Additionally, if any Revolving Credit Loans are outstanding under a Revolving Credit Facility at the time any Revolving Credit Commitment Increase is implemented under such Revolving Credit Facility, the Revolving Credit Lenders immediately after effectiveness of such Revolving Credit Commitment Increase shall purchase and assign at par such amounts of the Revolving Credit Loans outstanding under such Revolving Credit Facility at such time as the Administrative Agent may require such that each Revolving Credit Lender holds its Applicable Percentage of all Revolving Credit Loans outstanding under such Revolving Credit Facility immediately after giving effect to all such assignments.  The Administrative Agent and the Lenders hereby agree that the minimum borrowing, pro rata borrowing and pro rata payment requirements contained elsewhere in this Agreement shall not apply to the transactions effected pursuant to this Section 2.14.

 

SECTION 2.15                        Extensions of Term Loans and Revolving Credit Commitments.

 

(a)                                 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, pursuant to one or more offers (each, an “Extension Offer”) made from time to time by the Borrower to all Lenders of any Class of Term Loans or any Class of Revolving Credit Commitments, in each case on a pro rata basis (based on the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the respective Term Loans or Revolving Credit Commitments of the applicable Class) and on the same terms to each such Lender, the Borrower is hereby permitted to consummate from time to time transactions with individual Lenders that accept the terms contained in such Extension Offers to extend the maturity date of each such Lender’s Term Loans and/or Revolving Credit Commitments of the applicable Class and otherwise modify the terms of such Term Loans and/or Revolving Credit Commitments pursuant to the terms of the

 

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relevant Extension Offer (including, without limitation, by increasing the interest rate or fees payable in respect of such Term Loans and/or Revolving Credit Commitments (and related outstandings), modifying the amortization schedule in respect of such Lender’s Term Loans and/or modifying any prepayment premium or call protection in respect of such Lender’s Term Loans) (each, an “Extension,” and each group of Term Loans or Revolving Credit Commitments, as applicable, in each case as so extended, as well as the original Term Loans and the original Revolving Credit Commitments (in each case not so extended), being a separate Class of Term Loans from the Class of Term Loans from which they were converted, and any Extended Revolving Credit Commitments (as defined below) shall constitute a separate Class of Revolving Credit Commitments from the Class of Revolving Credit Commitments from which they were converted, it being understood that an Extension may be in the form of an increase in the amount of any outstanding Class of Term Loans or Revolving Credit Commitments otherwise satisfying the criteria set forth below), so long as the following terms are satisfied:

 

(i)                                     except as to interest rates, fees and final maturity (which shall be determined by the Borrower and set forth in the relevant Extension Offer), the Revolving Credit Commitment of any Revolving Credit Lender that agrees to an extension with respect to such Revolving Credit Commitment extended pursuant to an Extension (an “Extended Revolving Credit Commitment”), and the related outstandings, shall be a Revolving Credit Commitment (or related outstandings, as the case may be) with the same terms as the original Class of Revolving Credit Commitments (and related outstandings); provided that at no time shall there be Revolving Credit Commitments hereunder (including Extended Revolving Credit Commitments and any original Revolving Credit Commitments) which have more than three different maturity dates,

 

(ii)                                  except as to interest rates, fees, amortization, final maturity date, premium, required prepayment dates and participation in prepayments (which shall, subject to immediately succeeding clauses (iii), (iv) and (v), be determined by the Borrower and set forth in the relevant Extension Offer), the Term Loans of any Term Lender that agrees to an extension with respect to such Term Loans extended pursuant to any Extension (“Extended Term Loans”) shall have the same terms as the Class of Term Loans subject to such Extension Offer,

 

(iii)                               the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of any Extended Term Loans shall be no shorter than the remaining Weighted Average Life to Maturity of the Term Loans extended thereby, and the maturity of any Extended Term Loans shall not be shorter than the maturity of the Term Loans extended thereby,

 

(iv)                              any Extended Term Loans may participate (x) on a pro rata basis, greater than pro rata or a less than pro rata basis in any voluntary repayments or prepayments hereunder and (y) on a pro rata basis or a less than pro rata basis (but not greater than a pro rata basis) in any mandatory repayments or prepayments hereunder, in each case as specified in the respective Extension Offer,

 

(v)                                 if the aggregate principal amount of the Class of Term Loans (calculated on the face amount thereof) or Revolving Credit Commitments, as the case may be, in respect of which Term Lenders or Revolving Credit Lenders, as the case may be, shall have accepted the relevant Extension Offer shall exceed the maximum aggregate principal amount of Term Loans or Revolving Credit Commitments of such Class, as the case may be, offered to be extended by the Borrower pursuant to such Extension Offer, then the Term Loans or Revolving Credit Commitments of such Class, as the case may be, of such Term Lenders or Revolving Credit Lenders, as the case may be, shall be extended ratably up to such maximum amount based on the respective principal amounts (but not to exceed actual holdings of record) with respect to which such Term Lenders or Revolving Credit Lenders, as the case may be, have accepted such Extension Offer,

 

(vi)                              all documentation in respect of such Extension shall be consistent with the foregoing, and

 

(vii)                           any applicable Minimum Extension Condition shall be satisfied unless waived by the Borrower and no Lender shall be obligated to extend its Term Loans or Revolving Credit Commitments unless it so agrees.

 

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(b)                                 With respect to all Extensions consummated by the Borrower pursuant to this Section 2.15, (i) such Extensions shall not constitute voluntary or mandatory payments or prepayments for purposes of Section 2.05 and (ii) no Extension Offer is required to be in any minimum amount or any minimum increment, provided that the Borrower may at its election specify as a condition (a “Minimum Extension Condition”) to consummating any such Extension that a minimum amount (to be determined and specified in the relevant Extension Offer in the Borrower’s sole discretion and may be waived by the Borrower) of Term Loans or Revolving Credit Commitments (as applicable) of any or all applicable Classes be tendered.  The Administrative Agent and the Lenders hereby consent to the transactions contemplated by this Section 2.15 (including, for the avoidance of doubt, payment of any interest, fees or premium in respect of any Extended Term Loans and/or Extended Revolving Credit Commitments on the such terms as may be set forth in the relevant Extension Offer) and hereby waive the requirements of any provision of this Agreement (including, without limitation, Sections 2.05, 2.12 and 2.13) or any other Loan Document that may otherwise prohibit any such Extension or any other transaction contemplated by this Section 2.15.

 

(c)                                  No consent of any Lender or the Administrative Agent shall be required to effectuate any Extension, other than (A) the consent of each Lender agreeing to such Extension with respect to one or more of its Term Loans and/or Revolving Credit Commitments (or a portion thereof) and (B) with respect to any Extension of any Class of Revolving Credit Commitments, the consent of the relevant L/C Issuer (if such L/C Issuer is being requested to issue letters of credit with respect to the Class of Extended Revolving Credit Commitments).  All Extended Term Loans, Extended Revolving Credit Commitments and all obligations in respect thereof shall be Loan Obligations under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents that are secured by the Collateral on a pari passu basis with all other applicable Loan Obligations under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents.  The Lenders hereby irrevocably authorize and direct the Administrative Agent to enter into amendments to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents with the Borrower as may be necessary in order to establish new Classes in respect of Revolving Credit Commitments or Term Loans so extended and such technical amendments as may be necessary or appropriate in the reasonable opinion of the Administrative Agent and the Borrower in connection with the establishment of such new Classes, in each case on terms consistent with this Section 2.15 (and to the extent any such amendment is consistent with the terms of this Section 2.15 (as reasonably determined by the Borrower), the Administrative Agent shall be deemed to have consented to such amendment, and no such consent of the Administrative Agent shall be necessary to have such amendment become effective).

 

(d)                                 In connection with any Extension, the Borrower shall provide the Administrative Agent at least five (5) Business Days’ (or such shorter period as may be agreed by the Administrative Agent) prior written notice thereof, and shall agree to such procedures (including, without limitation, regarding timing, rounding and other adjustments and to ensure reasonable administrative management of the credit facilities hereunder after such Extension), if any, as may be established by, or acceptable to, the Administrative Agent, in each case acting reasonably to accomplish the purposes of this Section 2.15; provided that, failure to give such notice shall in no way affect the effectiveness of any amendment entered into to effectuate such Extension in accordance with this Section 2.15.

 

SECTION 2.16                        Defaulting Lenders.  Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, if any Lender becomes a Defaulting Lender, then the following provisions shall apply for so long as such Lender is a Defaulting Lender:

 

(a)                                 the Commitment Fee shall cease to accrue on any of the Revolving Credit Commitments of such Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 2.09(a);

 

(b)                                 the Commitment, Outstanding Amount of Term Loans and Revolving Credit Exposure of such Defaulting Lender shall not be included in determining whether all Lenders, the Required Lenders or the Required Revolving Credit Lenders have taken or may take any action hereunder (including any consent to any amendment, waiver or other modification pursuant to Section 10.01); provided that any waiver, amendment or modification of a type described in clause (a), (b) or (c) of the first proviso in Section 10.01 that would apply to the Commitments or Loan Obligations owing to such Defaulting Lender shall require the consent of such Defaulting Lender with respect to the effectiveness of such waiver, amendment or modification with respect to the Commitments or Loan Obligations owing to such Defaulting Lender;

 

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(c)                                  if any L/C Exposure exists at the time a Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility becomes a Defaulting Lender then:

 

(i)                     all or any part of the L/C Exposure of such Defaulting Lender shall be reallocated among the non-Defaulting Lenders in accordance with their respective Applicable Percentages but only to the extent the sum of all non-Defaulting Lenders’ Revolving Credit Exposures plus such Defaulting Lender’s L/C Exposure does not exceed the total of all non-Defaulting Lenders’ relevant Commitments;

 

(ii)       if the reallocation described in clause (i) above cannot, or can only partially, be effected, the Borrower shall within three (3) Business Days following notice by the Administrative Agent, Cash Collateralize for the benefit of the L/C Issuer only the Borrower’s obligations corresponding to such Defaulting Lender’s L/C Exposure and (after giving effect to any partial reallocation pursuant to clause (i) above) in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 2.03(f) for so long as such L/C Exposure is outstanding and;

 

(iii)                      if the Borrower Cash Collateralizes any portion of such Defaulting Lender’s L/C Exposure pursuant to clause (ii) above, the Borrower shall not be required to pay any fees to such Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 2.03(h) with respect to such Defaulting Lender’s L/C Exposure during the period such Defaulting Lender’s L/C Exposure is Cash Collateralized;

 

(iv)                    if the L/C Exposures of the non-Defaulting Lenders are increased pursuant to clause (i) above, then the fees payable to the Lenders pursuant to Sections 2.09(a) and 2.03(h) shall be adjusted in accordance with such non-Defaulting Lenders’ Applicable Percentages;

 

(v)                    if all or any portion of such Defaulting Lender’s L/C Exposure is neither reallocated nor Cash Collateralized pursuant to clause (i) or (ii) above, then, without prejudice to any rights or remedies of the L/C Issuer or any other Lender hereunder, all letter of credit fees payable under Section 2.03(h) with respect to such portion of such Defaulting Lender’s L/C Exposure shall be payable to the L/C Issuer until and to the extent that such L/C Exposure is reallocated and/or Cash Collateralized; and

 

(vi)                    subject to Section 10.23, no reallocation pursuant to this Section 2.16 shall constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder against a Defaulting Lender arising from that Lender having become a Defaulting Lender, including any claim of a non-Defaulting Lender as a result of such non-Defaulting Lender’s increased exposure following such reallocation.

 

(d)                                 so long as such Lender is a Defaulting Lender under the Revolving Credit Facility, the relevant L/C Issuer shall not be required to issue, amend or increase any Letter of Credit, unless it has received assurances satisfactory to it that non-Defaulting Lenders will cover the related exposure and/or Cash Collateral will be provided by the Borrower in accordance with Section 2.16(c), and participating interests in any newly issued or increased Letter of Credit shall be allocated among non-Defaulting Lenders in a manner consistent with Section 2.16(c)(i) (and such Defaulting Lender shall not participate therein).

 

(e)                                  In the event that the Administrative Agent, the Borrower and the relevant L/C Issuer each agrees that a Defaulting Lender has adequately remedied all matters that caused such Lender to be a Defaulting Lender, then the relevant L/C Exposures shall be readjusted to reflect the inclusion of such Lender’s Revolving Credit Commitment and on such date such Lender shall purchase at par such of the Revolving Credit Loans of the other Revolving Credit Lenders as the Administrative Agent shall determine may be necessary in order for such Lender to hold such Revolving Credit Loans in accordance with its Applicable Percentage.

 

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SECTION 2.17                        Permitted Debt Exchanges.

 

(a)                                 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, pursuant to one or more offers (each, a “Permitted Debt Exchange Offer”) made from time to time by the Borrower to all Lenders (other than, with respect to any Permitted Debt Exchange Offer that constitutes an offering of securities, any Lender that, if requested by the Borrower, is unable to certify that it is (i) a “qualified institutional buyer” (as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act), (ii) an institutional “accredited investor” (as defined in Rule 501 under the Securities Act) or (iii) not a “U.S. person” (as defined in Rule 902 under the Securities Act)) with outstanding Term Loans of a particular Class, the Borrower may from time to time consummate one or more exchanges of such Term Loans for Indebtedness (in the form of senior secured, senior unsecured, senior subordinated, or subordinated notes or term loans) or Qualified Equity Interests (such Indebtedness or Qualified Equity Interests, “Permitted Debt Exchange Securities” and each such exchange, a “Permitted Debt Exchange”), so long as the following conditions are satisfied:

 

(i)                                     each such Permitted Debt Exchange Offer shall be made on a pro rata basis to the Term Lenders (other than, (x) with respect to any Permitted Debt Exchange Offer that constitutes an offering of securities, any Lender that, if requested by the Borrower, is unable to certify that it is (i) a “qualified institutional buyer” (as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act), (ii) an institutional “accredited investor” (as defined in Rule 501 under the Securities Act) or (iii) not a “U.S. person” (as defined in Rule 902 under the Securities Act) or (y) any Lender that, if requested by the Borrower, is unable to certify that it can receive the type of Permitted Debt Exchange Securities being offered in connection with such Permitted Debt Exchange) of each applicable Class based on their respective aggregate principal amounts of outstanding Term Loans under each such Class;

 

(ii)                                  the aggregate principal amount (calculated on the face amount thereof) of such Permitted Debt Exchange Securities shall not exceed the aggregate principal amount (calculated on the face amount thereof) of Term Loans so refinanced, except by an amount equal to any fees, expenses, commissions, underwriting discounts and premiums payable in connection with such Permitted Debt Exchange;

 

(iii)                               the stated final maturity of such Permitted Debt Exchange Securities is not earlier than the latest Maturity Date for the Class or Classes of Term Loans being exchanged, and such stated final maturity is not subject to any conditions that could result in such stated final maturity occurring on a date that precedes such latest maturity date (it being understood that acceleration or mandatory repayment, prepayment, redemption or repurchase of such Permitted Debt Exchange Securities upon the occurrence of an event of default, a change in control, an event of loss or an asset disposition shall not be deemed to constitute a change in the stated final maturity thereof);

 

(iv)                              such Permitted Debt Exchange Securities are not required to be repaid, prepaid, redeemed, repurchased or defeased, whether on one or more fixed dates, upon the occurrence of one or more events or at the option of any holder thereof (except, in each case, upon the occurrence of an event of default, a change in control, an event of loss or an asset disposition) prior to the latest Maturity Date for the Class or Classes of Term Loans being exchanged, provided that, notwithstanding the foregoing, scheduled amortization payments (however denominated, including scheduled offers to repurchase) of such Permitted Debt Exchange Securities shall be permitted so long as the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of such Indebtedness shall be longer than the remaining Weighted Average Life to Maturity of the Class or Classes of Term Loans being exchanged;

 

(v)                                 no Restricted Subsidiary is a borrower or guarantor with respect to such Indebtedness unless such Restricted Subsidiary is or substantially concurrently becomes a Loan Party;

 

(vi)                              if such Permitted Debt Exchange Securities are secured, such Permitted Debt Exchange Securities are secured on a pari passu basis or junior priority basis to the Obligations and (A) such Permitted Debt Exchange Securities are not secured by any assets not securing the Obligations unless such assets substantially concurrently secure the Obligations and (B) the beneficiaries thereof (or an agent or trustee on their behalf) shall have become party to an Acceptable Intercreditor Agreement with the Collateral Agent;

 

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(vii)                           the terms and conditions of such Permitted Debt Exchange Securities (excluding pricing and optional prepayment or redemption terms or covenants or other provisions applicable only to periods after the Maturity Date of the Class or Classes of Term Loans being exchanged) reflect market terms and conditions at the time of incurrence or issuance; provided that if such Permitted Debt Exchange Securities contain any financial maintenance covenants, such covenants shall not be more restrictive than (or in addition to) those contained in this Agreement (unless such covenants are also added for the benefit of the Lenders under this Agreement, which amendment to add such covenants to this Agreement shall not require the consent of any Lender or Agent hereunder);

 

(viii)                        all Term Loans exchanged under each applicable Class by the Borrower pursuant to any Permitted Debt Exchange shall automatically be cancelled and retired by the Borrower on date of the settlement thereof (and, if requested by the Administrative Agent, any applicable exchanging Lender shall execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent an Assignment and Assumption, or such other form as may be reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent, in respect thereof pursuant to which the respective Lender assigns its interest in the Term Loans being exchanged pursuant to the Permitted Debt Exchange to the Borrower for immediate cancellation), and accrued and unpaid interest on such Term Loans shall be paid to the exchanging Lenders on the date of consummation of such Permitted Debt Exchange, or, if agreed to by the Borrower and the Administrative Agent, the next scheduled Interest Payment Date with respect to such Term Loans (with such interest accruing until the date of consummation of such Permitted Debt Exchange);

 

(ix)                              if the aggregate principal amount of all Term Loans (calculated on the face amount thereof) of a given Class tendered by Lenders in respect of the relevant Permitted Debt Exchange Offer (with no Lender being permitted to tender a principal amount of Term Loans which exceeds the principal amount thereof of the applicable Class actually held by it) shall exceed the maximum aggregate principal amount of Term Loans of such Class offered to be exchanged by the Borrower pursuant to such Permitted Debt Exchange Offer, then the Borrower shall exchange Term Loans under the relevant Class tendered by such Lenders ratably up to such maximum based on the respective principal amounts so tendered, or, if such Permitted Debt Exchange Offer shall have been made with respect to multiple Classes without specifying a maximum aggregate principal amount offered to be exchanged for each Class, and the aggregate principal amount of all Term Loans (calculated on the face amount thereof) of all Classes tendered by Lenders in respect of the relevant Permitted Debt Exchange Offer (with no Lender being permitted to tender a principal amount of Term Loans which exceeds the principal amount thereof actually held by it) shall exceed the maximum aggregate principal amount of Term Loans of all relevant Classes offered to be exchanged by the Borrower pursuant to such Permitted Debt Exchange Offer, then the Borrower shall exchange Term Loans across all Classes subject to such Permitted Debt Exchange Offer tendered by such Lenders ratably up to such maximum amount based on the respective principal amounts so tendered;

 

(x)                                 all documentation in respect of such Permitted Debt Exchange shall be consistent with the foregoing, and all written communications generally directed to the Lenders in connection therewith shall be in form and substance consistent with the foregoing and made in consultation with the Borrower and the Administrative Agent; and

 

(xi)                              any applicable Minimum Tender Condition or Maximum Tender Condition, as the case may be, shall be satisfied or waived by the Borrower.

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, no Lender shall have any obligation to agree to have any of its Loans or Commitments exchanged pursuant to any Permitted Debt Exchange Offer.

 

(b)                                 With respect to all Permitted Debt Exchanges effected by the Borrower pursuant to this Section 2.17, such Permitted Debt Exchange Offer shall be made for not less than $25,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of Term Loans, provided that subject to the foregoing the Borrower may at its election specify (A) as a condition (a “Minimum Tender Condition”) to consummating any such Permitted Debt Exchange that a minimum amount (to be determined and specified in the relevant Permitted Debt Exchange Offer in the Borrower’s discretion) of Term Loans of any or all applicable Classes be tendered and/or (B) as a condition (a “Maximum

 

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Tender Condition”) to consummating any such Permitted Debt Exchange that no more than a maximum amount (to be determined and specified in the relevant Permitted Debt Exchange Offer in the Borrower’s discretion) of Term Loans of any or all applicable Classes will be accepted for exchange.  The Administrative Agent and the Lenders hereby acknowledge and agree that the provisions of Sections 2.05, 2.06 and 2.13 do not apply to the Permitted Debt Exchange and the other transactions contemplated by this Section 2.17 and hereby agree not to assert any Default or Event of Default in connection with the implementation of any such Permitted Debt Exchange or any other transaction contemplated by this Section 2.17.

 

(c)                                  In connection with each Permitted Debt Exchange, (i) the Borrower shall provide the Administrative Agent at least five (5) Business Days’ (or such shorter period as may be agreed by the Administrative Agent) prior written notice thereof; provided that, failure to give such notice shall in no way affect the effectiveness of any Permitted Debt Exchange consummated in accordance with this Section 2.17 and (ii) the Borrower, in consultation with the Administrative Agent, acting reasonably, shall establish such procedures as may be necessary or advisable to accomplish the purposes of this Section 2.17; provided that the terms of any Permitted Debt Exchange Offer shall provide that the date by which the relevant Lenders are required to indicate their election to participate in such Permitted Debt Exchange shall be not less than five (5) Business Days following the date on which the Permitted Debt Exchange Offer is made.  The Borrower shall provide the final results of such Permitted Debt Exchange to the Administrative Agent no later than three (3) Business Days prior to the proposed date of effectiveness for such Permitted Debt Exchange (or such shorter period agreed to by the Administrative Agent in its sole discretion) and the Administrative Agent shall be entitled to conclusively rely on such results.

 

(d)                                 The Borrower shall be responsible for compliance with, and hereby agrees to comply with, all applicable securities and other laws in connection with each Permitted Debt Exchange, it being understood and agreed that (i) neither the Administrative Agent nor any Lender assumes any responsibility in connection with the Borrower’s compliance with such laws in connection with any Permitted Debt Exchange and (ii) each Lender shall be solely responsible for its compliance with any applicable “insider trading” laws and regulations to which such Lender may be subject under the Exchange Act.

 

ARTICLE III

 

Taxes, Increased Costs Protection and Illegality

 

SECTION 3.01                        Taxes.

 

(a)                                 Except as provided in this Section 3.01, any and all payments by or on account of any obligation of any Loan Party under any Loan Document shall be made free and clear of and without deduction for any Taxes, except as required by applicable Laws (as determined in the good faith discretion of the applicable withholding agent). If any applicable withholding agent shall be required by any Laws to deduct any Taxes from or in respect of any sum payable under any Loan Document, (i) if such Taxes are Indemnified Taxes, the sum payable by the applicable Loan Party shall be increased as necessary so that after all required deductions have been made (including deductions applicable to additional sums payable under this Section 3.01), the applicable Lender or Agent (or, in the case of payments made to the Administrative Agent for its own account, the Administrative Agent) receives an amount equal to the sum it would have received had no such deductions been made, (ii) the applicable withholding agent shall make such deductions, (iii) the applicable withholding agent shall pay the full amount deducted to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable Laws, and (iv) as soon as practicable after the date of any such payment by any Loan Party, such Loan Party (or the Borrower) shall furnish to the Administrative Agent the original or a certified copy of a receipt issued by such Governmental Authority evidencing payment thereof, or other written proof of payment thereof that is reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

 

(b)                           In addition, and without duplication of any obligation set forth in Section 3.01(a), the Borrower shall timely pay to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable Laws, or at the option of the Administrative Agent reimburse it for the payment of, any Other Taxes.

 

(c)                            Without duplication of any amounts paid pursuant to Section 3.01(a) or Section 3.01(b), the Borrower shall jointly and severally indemnify each Agent and each Lender within 10 days of receipt of a

 

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written demand thereof for (i) the full amount of Indemnified Taxes (including any Indemnified Taxes imposed or asserted by any jurisdiction in respect of amounts payable under this Section 3.01) payable or paid by such Agent and such Lender and (ii) any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, in each case whether or not such Indemnified 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 Agent (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), or by the Administrative Agent on its own behalf or on behalf of a Lender or Agent, shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

 

(d)                           If any Lender or Agent determines, in its reasonable discretion, that it has received a refund in respect of any Indemnified Taxes as to which indemnification or additional amounts have been paid to it by any Loan Party pursuant to this Section 3.01, it shall promptly remit an amount equal to such refund as soon as practicable after it is determined that such refund pertains to Indemnified Taxes (but only to the extent of indemnity payments made, or additional amounts paid, by the Loan Parties under this Section 3.01 with respect to the Indemnified Taxes giving rise to such refund) to the Borrower, net of all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses (including any Taxes) of the Lender or Agent, as the case may be and without interest (other than any interest paid by the relevant taxing authority with respect to such refund); provided that the Borrower, upon the request of the Lender or Agent, as the case may be, shall promptly return an amount equal to such refund (plus any applicable interest, additions to tax or penalties) to such party in the event such party is required to repay such refund to the relevant Governmental Authority.  Such Lender or Agent, as the case may be, shall, at the Borrower’s request, provide the Borrower with a copy of any notice of assessment or other evidence of the requirement to repay such refund received from the relevant Governmental Authority (provided that such Lender or Agent may delete any information therein that such Lender or Agent deems confidential).  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 3.01(d), in no event will any Lender or Agent be required to pay any amount to any Loan Party pursuant to this Section 3.01(d) the payment of which would place such Lender or Agent in a less favorable net after-Tax position than it would have been in if the Tax subject to indemnification or additional amounts and giving rise to such refund had not been deducted, withheld or otherwise imposed and the indemnification payments or additional amounts with respect to such Tax had never been paid.  Nothing herein contained shall interfere with the right of a Lender or Agent to arrange its Tax affairs in whatever manner it thinks fit nor oblige any Lender or Agent to claim any refund or to make available its Tax returns or disclose any information relating to its Tax affairs (or any other information that it deems confidential) or any computations in respect thereof or require any Lender or Agent to do anything that would prejudice its ability to benefit from any other refunds, credits, reliefs, remissions or repayments to which it may be entitled.

 

(e)                            Each Lender agrees that, upon the occurrence of any event giving rise to the operation of Section 3.01(a) or (c) with respect to such Lender it will, if requested by the Borrower, use commercially reasonable efforts (subject to legal and regulatory restrictions), at the Borrower’s expense, to designate another Applicable Lending Office for any Loan or Letter of Credit affected by such event if doing so would reduce or eliminate amounts payable under Section 3.01(a) or (c); provided that such efforts are made on terms that, in the judgment of such Lender, cause such Lender and its Applicable Lending Office(s) to suffer no material economic, legal or regulatory disadvantage, and provided further that nothing in this Section 3.01(e) shall affect or postpone any of the Obligations of the Borrower or the rights of such Lender pursuant to Section 3.01(a) or (c).

 

(f)                             Each Lender shall, at such times as are reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, provide the Borrower and the Administrative Agent with any documentation prescribed by applicable Laws, or reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, certifying as to any entitlement of such Lender to an exemption from, or reduction in, any withholding Tax with respect to any payments to be made to such Lender under any Loan Document.  Each such Lender shall, whenever a lapse in time or change in circumstances renders such documentation (including any documentation specifically referenced below) expired, obsolete or inaccurate in any material respect, deliver promptly to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent updated or other appropriate documentation (including any new documentation reasonably requested by the applicable withholding agent) or promptly notify the Borrower and the Administrative Agent in writing of its legal ineligibility to do so.

 

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Without limiting the generality of the foregoing:

 

(i)                                     Each Lender that is a “United States person” (as defined in Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code) shall deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent on or before the date on which it becomes a party to this Agreement two properly completed and duly signed original copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 (or any successor form) certifying that such Lender is exempt from U.S. federal backup withholding;

 

(ii)                                  Each Lender that is not a “United States person” (as defined in Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code) shall deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent on or before the date on which it becomes a party to this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter when required by applicable Laws or upon the reasonable request of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent), two properly completed and duly signed original copies of whichever of the following is applicable:

 

(A)    Internal Revenue Service Forms W-8BEN or Form W-8BEN-E, as applicable (or any successor forms), claiming eligibility for benefits of an income tax treaty to which the United States is a party,

 

(B)             Internal Revenue Service Forms W-8ECI (or any successor forms),

 

(C)             in the case of a Lender claiming the benefits of the exemption for portfolio interest under Section 881(c) or the Code, (x) a certificate, in substantially the form of Exhibit K (any such certificate a “United States Tax Compliance Certificate”), or any other form approved by the Administrative Agent, to the effect that such 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 that no interest payments under any Loan Documents are effectively connected with such Lender’s conduct of a U.S. trade or business, and (y) Internal Revenue Service Forms W-8BEN or Forms W-8BEN-E, as applicable (or any successor forms),

 

(D)             to the extent a Lender is not the beneficial owner (for example, where the Lender is a partnership, or is a Lender that has granted a participation), Internal Revenue Service Form W-8IMY (or any successor forms) of the Lender, accompanied by an Internal Revenue Service Form W-8ECI, W-8BEN, W-8BEN-E, a United States Tax Compliance Certificate, Internal Revenue Service Form W-9, Form W-8IMY (or other successor forms) or any other required information from each beneficial owner, as applicable (provided that, if the Lender is a partnership and one or more direct or indirect partners are claiming the portfolio interest exemption, the United States Tax Compliance Certificate may be provided by such Lender on behalf of such direct or indirect partner(s)), or

 

(E)              any other form prescribed by applicable U.S. federal income tax laws (including the Treasury regulations) as a basis for claiming a complete exemption from, or a reduction in, U.S. federal withholding tax on any payments to such Lender under the Loan Documents, together with such supplemental documentation as may be prescribed by applicable laws to permit the Borrower or the Administrative Agent to determine the withholding or deduction required to be made.

 

(iii)                               If a payment made to a Lender under any Loan Document would be subject to U.S. federal withholding Tax imposed by FATCA if such Lender were to fail to comply with the applicable reporting requirements of FATCA (including those contained in Sections 1471(b) or 1472(b) of the Code, as applicable), such Lender shall deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent at the time or times prescribed by applicable Laws and at such time or times reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent such documentation prescribed by applicable Laws (including as prescribed by Section 1471(b)(3)(C)(i) of the Code) and such additional documentation reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent as may be necessary for the Borrower and the Administrative Agent to comply with their FATCA obligations, to determine whether such Lender has or has not complied with

 

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such Lender’s FATCA obligations and to determine the amount, if any, to deduct and withhold from such payment.  Solely for purposes of this clause (iii), “FATCA” shall include any amendments made to FATCA after the date of this Agreement.

 

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section 3.01(f), a Lender shall not be required to deliver any form that such Lender is not legally eligible to deliver.

 

Each Lender hereby authorizes the Administrative Agent to deliver to the Loan Parties and to any successor Administrative Agent any documentation provided by such Lender to the Administrative Agent pursuant to this Section 3.01(f).

 

(g)   &