EX-10.5 2 a105crc-amendedandrestated.htm EX-10.5 Document
Exhibit 10.5
Certain portions of this exhibit (indicated by “[*****]”) have been omitted pursuant to Item 601(b)(10) of Regulation S-K.
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AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT
Dated as of April 26, 2023
among
CALIFORNIA RESOURCES CORPORATION
as the Borrower,
The Several Lenders
from Time to Time Parties Hereto,
and
CITIBANK, N.A.,
as Administrative Agent, Collateral Agent and an Issuing Bank


CITIBANK, N.A., KEYBANC CAPITAL MARKETS INC., MIZUHO BANK, LTD.,
MUFG BANK, LTD. and RBC CAPITAL MARKETS,
as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners

CITIBANK, N.A.,
as Syndication Agent

CITIBANK, N.A.,
as Documentation Agent



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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Section 1.    Definitions.
1.1    Defined Terms
1.2    Other Interpretive Provisions
1.3    Accounting Terms
1.4    Rounding
1.5    References to Agreements, Laws, Etc
1.6    Times of Day
1.7    Timing of Payment or Performance
1.8    Classification of Loans and Borrowings
1.9    Hedging Requirements Generally
1.10    Certain Determinations
1.11    Pro Forma and Other Calculations
1.12    Rates
1.13    Divisions
Section 2.    Amount and Terms of Credit
2.1    Commitments
2.2    Minimum Amount of Each Borrowing; Maximum Number of Borrowings
2.3    Notice of Borrowing
2.4    Disbursement of Funds
2.5    Repayment of Loans; Evidence of Debt
2.6    Conversions and Continuations
2.7    Pro Rata Borrowings
2.8    Interest
2.9    Interest Periods
2.10    Increased Costs, Illegality, Changed Circumstances, Etc
2.11    Compensation
2.12    Change of Lending Office
2.13    Notice of Certain Costs
2.14    Borrowing Base
2.15    Defaulting Lenders
2.16    Termination, Revision and Reduction of Commitments and Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts; Increase, Reduction and Termination of Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount
Section 3.    Letters of Credit
3.1    Letters of Credit
3.2    Letter of Credit Applications
3.3    Letter of Credit Participations
3.4    Agreement to Repay Letter of Credit Drawings
3.5    New or Successor Issuing Bank
3.6    Role of Issuing Bank
3.7    Cash Collateral
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3.8    Applicability of ISP and UCP
3.9    Conflict with Issuer Documents
3.10    Letters of Credit Issued for Subsidiaries
3.11    Increased Costs
3.12    Independence
Section 4.    Fees.
4.1    Fees
Section 5.    Payments.
5.1    Voluntary Prepayments
5.2    Mandatory Prepayments
5.3    Method and Place of Payment
5.4    Net Payments
5.5    Computations of Interest and Fees
5.6    Limit on Rate of Interest
Section 6.    Conditions Precedent to Initial Borrowing.
Section 7.    Conditions Precedent to All Subsequent Credit Events.
Section 8.    Representations, Warranties and Agreements
8.1    Existence, Qualification and Power
8.2    Corporate Power and Authority; Enforceability; Binding Effect
8.3    No Violation
8.4    Litigation
8.5    Margin Regulations
8.6    Governmental Authorization
8.7    Investment Company Act
8.8    True and Complete Disclosure
8.9    Tax Matters
8.10    Compliance with ERISA
8.11    Subsidiaries
8.12    Intellectual Property
8.13    Environmental Laws
8.14    Properties
8.15    Solvency
8.16    Security Documents; Restrictions on Liens
8.18    Marketing of Production
8.19    Financial Statements
8.20    OFAC; Patriot Act; FCPA; Use of Proceeds
8.21    Hedge Agreements
8.22    EEA Financial Institutions
8.23    Compliance with Laws and Agreements; No Default
8.24    Insurance
8.25    Foreign Operations
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Section 9.    Affirmative Covenants
9.1    Information Covenants
9.2    Books, Records and Inspections
9.3    Maintenance of Insurance
9.4    Payment of Obligations; Performance of Obligations under Credit Documents
9.5    Preservation of Existence, Compliance, Etc
9.6    Compliance with Requirements of Law
9.7    ERISA
9.8    Maintenance of Properties
9.9    Compliance with Environmental Laws
9.10    Additional Guarantors, Grantors and Collateral
9.11    Use of Proceeds
9.12    Further Assurances
9.13    Reserve Reports
9.14    Reserved
9.15    Title Information
9.16    Deposit Account, Securities Account and Commodity Account Control Agreements
9.17    Minimum Hedged Volumes
9.18    Unrestricted Subsidiaries
9.19    Marketing Activities
9.20    Keepwell
Section 10.    Negative Covenants.
10.1    Limitation on Indebtedness
10.2    Limitation on Liens
10.3    Limitation on Fundamental Changes
10.4    Limitation on Sale of Assets
10.5    Limitation on Investments
10.6    Limitation on Restricted Payments
10.7    Limitations on Debt Payments and Amendments
10.8    Negative Pledge Agreements
10.9    Limitation on Subsidiary Distributions
10.10    Hedge Agreements
10.11    Financial Covenants
10.12    Accounting Changes; Amendments to Organization Documents
10.13    Change in Business
10.14    Transactions with Affiliates
10.15    Sale or Discount of Receivables
10.16    Gas Imbalances
10.17    ERISA Compliance
10.18    Production Sharing Entities; Production Sharing Contracts
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Section 11.    Events of Default
11.1    Payments
11.2    Representations, Etc
11.3    Covenants
11.4    Default Under Other Agreements
11.5    Bankruptcy, Etc
11.6    ERISA
11.7    Credit Documents
11.8    Security Documents
11.9    Judgments
11.10    Change of Control
11.11    Intercreditor Agreements
11.12    Application of Proceeds
11.13    Equity Cure
Section 12.    The Agents
12.1    Appointment
12.2    Delegation of Duties
12.3    Exculpatory Provisions
12.4    Reliance by Agents
12.5    Notice of Default
12.6    Non-Reliance on Administrative Agent, Collateral Agent and Other Lenders
12.7    Indemnification
12.8    Agents in Its Individual Capacities
12.9    Successor Agents
12.10    Security Documents and Collateral Agent under Security Documents and Guarantee
12.11    Right to Realize on Collateral and Enforce Guarantee
12.12    Administrative Agent May File Proofs of Claim
12.13    Certain ERISA Matters
12.14    Credit Bidding
12.15    Erroneous Payments
Section 13.    Miscellaneous.
13.1    Amendments, Waivers and Releases
13.2    Notices
13.3    No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies
13.4    Survival of Representations and Warranties
13.5    Payment of Expenses; Indemnification
13.6    Successors and Assigns; Participations and Assignments
13.7    Replacements of Lenders under Certain Circumstances
13.8    Adjustments; Set-off
13.9    Counterparts
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13.10    Severability
13.11    Integration
13.12    GOVERNING LAW
13.13    Submission to Jurisdiction; Waivers
13.14    Acknowledgments
13.15    WAIVERS OF JURY TRIAL
13.16    Confidentiality
13.17    Release of Collateral and Guarantee Obligations
13.18    Patriot Act
13.19    Payments Set Aside
13.20    Reinstatement
13.21    Disposition of Proceeds
13.22    Collateral Matters; Hedge Agreements
13.23    Agency of the Borrower for the Other Credit Parties
13.24    Acknowledgement and Consent to Bail-In of EEA Financial Institutions
13.25    Acknowledgement Regarding Any Supported QFCs
13.26    Existing Credit Agreement
13.27    Exiting Lenders.

EXHIBITS

Exhibit A    Form of Reserve Report Certificate
Exhibit B    Form of Notice of Borrowing
Exhibit C    Form of Guarantee
Exhibit D    Form of Mortgage/Deed of Trust
Exhibit E    Form of Collateral Agreement
Exhibit F    Form of Assignment and Assumption
Exhibit G    Form of Promissory Note (Loan)
Exhibit H    Form of Solvency Certificate
Exhibit I    Form of Non-Bank Tax Certificate
Exhibit J    Form of Intercompany Note
Exhibit K    Form of Elected Commitment Increase Certificate
Exhibit L    Form of Additional Lender Certificate

SCHEDULES

Schedule 1.1(a)    Commitments
Schedule 1.1(b)    Excluded Equity Interests
Schedule 1.1(c)    Closing Date Subsidiary Guarantors and Subsidiary Grantors
Schedule 1.1(d)    Existing Letters of Credit
Schedule 1.1(e)    Closing Date Unrestricted Subsidiaries
Schedule 8.4    Litigation
Schedule 8.10(a)    Closing Date ERISA Matters
Schedule 8.11    Subsidiaries
Schedule 8.14    Properties
Schedule 8.17    Closing Date Gas Imbalance
Schedule 8.18    Closing Date Marketing Agreements
Schedule 8.21    Closing Date Hedge Agreements
Schedule 10.1    Closing Date Indebtedness
Schedule 10.2(d)    Closing Date Liens
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Schedule 10.4(n)    Scheduled Dispositions
Schedule 10.5(d)    Closing Date Investments
Schedule 10.8    Closing Date Negative Pledge Agreements
Schedule 10.14    Closing Date Affiliate Transactions
Schedule 10.17(c)    Continuing ERISA Plans
Schedule 13.2    Notice Addresses
Schedule 13.17    Closing Date Released Collateral


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This AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT, dated as of April 26, 2023, among California Resources Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Borrower”), the banks, financial institutions and other lending institutions from time to time parties as lenders hereto (each a “Lender” and, collectively, the “Lenders”), Citibank, N.A. (“Citi”), as administrative agent and collateral agent for the Lenders and an Issuing Bank, and each other Issuing Bank from time to time party hereto.
WHEREAS, the Borrower, Citi and certain Lenders (as defined therein) entered into that certain Credit Agreement dated as of October 27, 2020 (as amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time prior to the date hereof, the “Existing Credit Agreement”), pursuant to which such Lenders (as defined therein) provided certain loans and extensions of credit to the Borrower; and
WHEREAS, subject to the conditions precedent set forth herein, the parties hereto desire to amend and restate the Existing Credit Agreement in its entirety in the form of this Agreement on the terms and conditions set forth herein to amend certain terms of the Existing Credit Agreement as provided in this Agreement; and
WHEREAS, in connection with the foregoing, (a) the Borrower has requested that (i) the Lenders provide certain loans to and extensions of credit on behalf of the Borrower and (ii) at any time and from time to time after the Closing Date and prior to the Maturity Date, the Lenders provide Loans to the Borrower subject to the Available Commitment and (b) the Borrower has requested that at any time and from time to time after the Closing Date and prior to the L/C Maturity Date, each Issuing Bank issue Letters of Credit (subject to the Available Commitment); and
WHEREAS, the Lenders and the Issuing Banks are willing to make available to the Borrower such revolving credit and letter of credit facilities, in each case, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the covenants and agreements contained herein, the parties hereto hereby agree that the Existing Credit Agreement shall be amended and restated in its entirety as follows:
Section 1.DEFINITIONS.
1.1Defined Terms.
As used herein, the following terms shall have the meanings specified below:
ABR” shall mean for any day a fluctuating rate per annum equal to the highest of (a) the Federal Funds Rate plus ½ of one percent (1.0%), (b) the Prime Rate in effect on such day and (c) Adjusted Term SOFR for a one-month tenor in effect on such day plus one percent (1.00%). Any change in the ABR due to a change in the Prime Rate, the Federal Funds Rate or Adjusted Term SOFR shall take effect at the opening of business on the day specified in the public announcement of such change in the Prime Rate, the Federal Funds Rate or Adjusted Term SOFR, respectively. If the ABR is being used as an alternate rate of interest pursuant to Section 2.10 (for the avoidance of doubt, only until any amendment has become effective pursuant to Section 2.10(d)), then the ABR shall be the greater of clauses (a) and (b) above and shall be determined without reference to clause (c) above; provided further, that if ABR shall be less than one percent (1.00%), such rate shall be deemed to be one percent (1.00%) for purposes of this Agreement.
ABR Loan” shall mean each Loan bearing interest based on the ABR.
ABR Term SOFR Determination Day” shall have the meaning specified in the definition of “Term SOFR”.
Acceptable Commodity Hedge Agreements” shall mean Hedge Agreements entered into with Approved Counterparties in respect of Hydrocarbons for the purpose of reducing the Credit Parties’ commodity price risk in respect of crude oil.



Acceptable Security Interest” shall mean (i) with respect to Mortgaged Properties that are not subject to a “Production Sharing Contract”, a first priority, perfected Mortgage; provided that Liens which are permitted by the terms of Section 10.2 may exist and have whatever priority such Liens have at such time under applicable law and (ii) with respect to Oil and Gas Properties that are subject to a Production Sharing Contract, a first priority, perfected security interest in one hundred percent (100%) of the Equity Interests of the Production Sharing Entity that is the direct owner of the Production Sharing Contract with respect to such Oil and Gas Properties; provided that such Production Sharing Entity is in compliance with Section 10.18.
Additional Lender” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.16(c)(i).
Adjusted Term SOFR” shall mean, for purposes of any calculation, the rate per annum equal to (a) Term SOFR for such calculation plus (b) the Term SOFR Adjustment; provided that if Adjusted Term SOFR as so determined shall ever be less than the Floor, then Adjusted Term SOFR shall be deemed to be the Floor.
Adjusted Total Commitment” shall mean, at any time, the Total Commitment less the aggregate amount of Commitments of all Defaulting Lenders.
Administrative Agent” shall mean Citi, as the administrative agent for the Lenders under this Agreement and the other Credit Documents, or any successor administrative agent appointed in accordance with the provisions of Section 12.9.
Administrative Agent’s Office” shall mean the Administrative Agent’s address and, as appropriate, account as set forth on Schedule 13.2, or such other address or account as the Administrative Agent may from time to time notify in writing to the Borrower and the Lenders.
Administrative Questionnaire” shall mean, for each Lender, an administrative questionnaire in a form approved by the Administrative Agent.
Affected Financial Institution” shall mean (a) any EEA Financial Institution or (b) any UK Financial Institution.
Affiliate” shall mean, with respect to any Person, any other Person directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or under direct or indirect common control with such Person. A Person shall be deemed to control another Person if such Person possesses, directly or indirectly, the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of such other Person, whether through the ownership of Voting Equity, by contract or otherwise. “Controlling” and “controlled” shall have meanings correlative thereto. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, no Person (or any of its Subsidiaries) whose Equity Interests are publicly traded shall be considered an Affiliate of another Person (or any of its Subsidiaries) whose Equity Interests are publicly traded. For purposes of this Agreement and the other Credit Documents, Jefferies LLC and its Affiliates shall be deemed to be Affiliates of Jefferies Finance LLC and its Affiliates.
Agent-Related Party” shall mean, with respect to any Agent, its Affiliates and the officers, directors, employees, agents, attorney-in-fact, partners, trustees and advisors of such Agent and of such Agent’s Affiliates.
Agents” shall mean the Administrative Agent and the Collateral Agent.
Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount” shall mean, at any time, an amount equal to the sum of the aggregate Elected Commitments, as the same may be increased, reduced or terminated pursuant to Section 2.16. The Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount as of the Closing Date is $592,010,923.53.
Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts” at any time shall equal the sum of the Maximum Credit Amounts, as the same may be reduced or terminated pursuant to Section 2.16. The Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts of the Lenders as of the Closing Date is $1,250,000,000.
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Agreement” shall mean this Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, as may be amended, restated, amended and restated, extended, replaced, exchanged, refinanced, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.
Applicable Margin” shall mean, for any day, with respect to any ABR Loan or SOFR Loan, as the case may be, or the Commitment Fee Rate, the rate per annum set forth in the grid below based upon the Utilization Percentage in effect on such day:
Utilization Grid
Utilization Percentage
X < 25%
25% < X < 50%
50% < X < 75%
75% < X < 90%
X > 90%
SOFR Loans2.50%2.75%3.00%3.25%3.50%
ABR Loans1.50%1.75%2.00%2.25%2.50%
Commitment Fee Rate0.375%0.375%0.50%0.50%0.50%

Each change in the Commitment Fee Rate or Applicable Margin shall apply during the period commencing on the effective date of such change and ending on the date immediately preceding the effective date of the next such change.
Approved Bank” shall have the meaning assigned to such term in the definition of “Permitted Investments”.
Approved Counterparty” shall mean (a) any Hedge Bank and (b) any Person (other than a Hedge Bank) whose long term senior unsecured debt rating is A-/A3 by S&P or Moody’s (or their equivalent) or higher at the time of entering into any Hedge Agreement and whose Hedge Agreements remain unsecured and do not contain margin call rights.
Approved Petroleum Engineers” shall mean (a) Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc., (b) Ryder Scott Company, L.P., (c) DeGolyer and MacNaughton and (d) at the Borrower’s option, any other independent petroleum engineers selected by the Borrower and reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent.
Arrangers” shall mean Citi, Keybanc Capital Markets Inc., Mizuho Bank, Ltd., MUFG Bank, Ltd. and RBC Capital Markets, each in its capacity as a joint lead arranger and joint bookrunner in respect of the Facility.
Assignment and Assumption” shall mean an assignment and assumption substantially in the form of Exhibit F or such other form as may be approved by the Administrative Agent.
Attorney Costs” shall mean all reasonable and documented fees, expenses and disbursements of any law firm or other external legal counsel.
Authorized Officer” shall mean as to any Person, the President, the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Operating Officer, the Treasurer, the Assistant or Vice Treasurer, the Vice President-Finance, the General Counsel, any Senior Vice President, any Executive Vice President and any manager, managing member or general partner, in each case, of such Person, and any other senior officer designated as such in writing to the Administrative Agent by such Person. Any document delivered hereunder that is signed by an Authorized Officer shall be conclusively presumed to have been authorized by all necessary corporate, limited liability company, partnership and/or other action on the part of the Borrower or any other Credit Party and such Authorized Officer shall be conclusively presumed to have acted on behalf of such Person.
Auto-Extension Letter of Credit” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.2(b).
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Available Commitment” shall mean, at any time, (a) the Total Commitment at such time minus (b) the aggregate Total Exposures of all Lenders at such time.
Available Tenor” shall mean, as of any date of determination and with respect to the then-current Benchmark, as applicable, (x) if such Benchmark is a term rate, any tenor for such Benchmark (or component thereof) that is or may be used for determining the length of an interest period pursuant to this Agreement or (y) otherwise, any payment period for interest calculated with reference to such Benchmark (or component thereof) that is or may be used for determining any frequency of making payments of interest calculated with reference to such Benchmark pursuant to this Agreement, in each case, as of such date and not including, for the avoidance of doubt, any tenor for such Benchmark that is then-removed from the definition of “Interest Period” pursuant to Section 2.10(d)(iv).
Bail-In Action” shall mean the exercise of any Write-Down and Conversion Powers by the applicable Resolution Authority in respect of any liability of an Affected Financial Institution.
Bail-In Legislation” shall mean (a) 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, regulation rule or requirement for such EEA Member Country from time to time which is described in the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule and (b) with respect to the United Kingdom, Part I of the United Kingdom Banking Act 2009 (as amended from time to time) and any other law, regulation or rule applicable in the United Kingdom relating to the resolution of unsound or failing banks, investment firms or other financial institutions or their affiliates (other than through liquidation, administration or other insolvency proceedings).
Bank Price Deck” shall mean the Administrative Agent’s most recent internal price deck on a forward curve basis for each of oil, natural gas and other Hydrocarbons, as applicable, furnished to the Borrower by the Administrative Agent from time to time in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
Bankruptcy Code” shall have the meaning provided in Section 11.5.
Benchmark” shall mean, initially, the Term SOFR Reference Rate; provided that if a Benchmark Transition Event has occurred with respect to the Term SOFR Reference Rate or the then-current Benchmark, then “Benchmark” shall mean the applicable Benchmark Replacement to the extent that such Benchmark Replacement has replaced such prior benchmark rate pursuant to Section 2.10(d)(i).
Benchmark Replacement” shall mean, with respect to any Benchmark Transition Event, the sum of: (a) the alternate benchmark rate that has been selected by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower giving due consideration to (i) any selection or recommendation of a replacement benchmark rate or the mechanism for determining such a rate by the Relevant Governmental Body or (ii) any evolving or then-prevailing market convention for determining a benchmark rate as a replacement to the then-current Benchmark for Dollar-denominated syndicated credit facilities at such time and (b) the related Benchmark Replacement Adjustment; provided that, if such Benchmark Replacement as so determined would be less than the Floor, such Benchmark Replacement will be deemed to be the Floor for the purposes of this Agreement and the other Credit Documents.
Benchmark Replacement Adjustment” shall mean, with respect to any replacement of the then-current Benchmark with an Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement, the spread adjustment, or method for calculating or determining such spread adjustment, (which may be a positive or negative value or zero) that has been selected by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower giving due consideration to (a) any selection or recommendation of a spread adjustment, or method for calculating or determining such spread adjustment, for the replacement of such Benchmark with the applicable Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement by the Relevant Governmental Body or (b) any evolving or then-prevailing market convention for determining a spread adjustment, or method for calculating or determining such spread adjustment, for the replacement of such Benchmark with the applicable Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement for Dollar-denominated syndicated credit facilities at such time.
Benchmark Replacement Date” shall mean the earliest to occur of the following events with respect to the then-current Benchmark:
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(a)in the case of clause (a) or (b) of the definition of “Benchmark Transition Event,” the later of (i) the date of the public statement or publication of information referenced therein and (ii) the date on which the administrator of such Benchmark (or the published component used in the calculation thereof) permanently or indefinitely ceases to provide all Available Tenors of such Benchmark (or such component thereof); or
(b)in the case of clause (c) of the definition of “Benchmark Transition Event,” the first date on which such Benchmark (or the published component used in the calculation thereof) has been determined and announced by the regulatory supervisor for the administrator of such Benchmark (or such component thereof) to be non-representative; provided that such non-representativeness will be determined by reference to the most recent statement or publication referenced in such clause (c) and even if any Available Tenor of such Benchmark (or such component thereof) continues to be provided on such date.
For the avoidance of doubt, the “Benchmark Replacement Date” will be deemed to have occurred in the case of clause (a) or (b) with respect to any Benchmark upon the occurrence of the applicable event or events set forth therein with respect to all then-current Available Tenors of such Benchmark (or the published component used in the calculation thereof).
Benchmark Transition Event” shall mean the occurrence of one or more of the following events with respect to the then-current Benchmark:
(c)a public statement or publication of information by or on behalf of the administrator of such Benchmark (or the published component used in the calculation thereof) announcing that such administrator has ceased or will cease to provide all Available Tenors of such Benchmark (or such component thereof), permanently or indefinitely; provided that, at the time of such statement or publication, there is no successor administrator that will continue to provide any Available Tenor of such Benchmark (or such component thereof);
(d)a public statement or publication of information by the regulatory supervisor for the administrator of such Benchmark (or the published component used in the calculation thereof), the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, an insolvency official with jurisdiction over the administrator for such Benchmark (or such component), a resolution authority with jurisdiction over the administrator for such Benchmark (or such component) or a court or an entity with similar insolvency or resolution authority over the administrator for such Benchmark (or such component), which states that the administrator of such Benchmark (or such component) has ceased or will cease to provide all Available Tenors of such Benchmark (or such component thereof) permanently or indefinitely; provided that, at the time of such statement or publication, there is no successor administrator that will continue to provide any Available Tenor of such Benchmark (or such component thereof); or
(e)a public statement or publication of information by the regulatory supervisor for the administrator of such Benchmark (or the published component used in the calculation thereof) announcing that all Available Tenors of such Benchmark (or such component thereof) are not, or as of a specified future date will not be, representative.
For the avoidance of doubt, a “Benchmark Transition Event” will be deemed to have occurred with respect to any Benchmark if a public statement or publication of information set forth above has occurred with respect to each then-current Available Tenor of such Benchmark (or the published component used in the calculation thereof).
Benchmark Transition Start Date” shall mean, in the case of a Benchmark Transition Event, the earlier of (a) the applicable Benchmark Replacement Date and (b) if such Benchmark Transition Event is a public statement or publication of information of a prospective event, the ninetieth (90th) day prior to the expected date of such event as of such public statement or publication of information (or if the expected date of such prospective event is fewer than ninety (90) days after such statement or publication, the date of such statement or publication).
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Benchmark Unavailability Period” shall mean, the period (if any) (a) beginning at the time that a Benchmark Replacement Date has occurred if, at such time, no Benchmark Replacement has replaced the then-current Benchmark for all purposes hereunder and under any Credit Document in accordance with Section 2.10(d) and (b) ending at the time that a Benchmark Replacement has replaced the then-current Benchmark for all purposes hereunder and under any Credit Document in accordance with Section 2.10(d).
Beneficial Ownership Certification” shall mean a certification regarding beneficial ownership as required by the Beneficial Ownership Regulation.
Beneficial Ownership Regulation” shall mean 31 C.F.R. § 1010.230.
Benefit Plan” shall mean 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 and subject to 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”.
Benefited Lender” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.8(a).
BHC Act Affiliate” of a party shall mean an “affiliate” (as such term is defined under, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. 1841(k)) of such party.
Board” shall mean the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System of the United States of America (or any successor).
Board of Directors” shall mean, as to any Person, the board of directors or other governing body of such Person, or if such Person is owned or managed by a single entity, the board of directors or other governing body of such entity.
Borrower” shall have the meaning provided in the introductory paragraph hereto.
Borrowing” shall mean the incurrence of one Type of Loan on a given date (or resulting from conversions on a given date) having, in the case of SOFR Loans, the same Interest Period (provided that ABR Loans incurred pursuant to Section 2.10(b) shall be considered part of any related Borrowing of SOFR Loans).
Borrowing Base” shall mean, at any time, an amount determined in accordance with Section 2.14, as may be adjusted from time to time pursuant to Section 2.14. As of the Closing Date, the Borrowing Base will be $1,200,000,000. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, not more than fifteen percent (15%) of the Borrowing Base may be comprised of the PV-9 of Proved Reserves associated with Production Sharing Contracts.
Borrowing Base Deficiency” occurs if, at any time, the aggregate Total Exposure of all Lenders exceeds the Borrowing Base then in effect. The amount of the Borrowing Base Deficiency is the amount by which the aggregate Total Exposure of all Lenders exceeds the Borrowing Base then in effect.
Borrowing Base Properties” shall mean the Oil and Gas Properties of the Credit Parties included in the Initial Reserve Report and thereafter in the Reserve Report most recently delivered pursuant to Section 2.14 or Section 9.13, as applicable.
Borrowing Base Reduction Debt” shall mean Permitted Additional Debt issued or incurred in accordance with Sections 10.1(j) or (n), as applicable.
Borrowing Base Value” shall mean, (a) with respect to any Oil and Gas Property of the Borrower, or any Grantor, the value attributed to such Oil and Gas Property in the most recent Borrowing Base redetermination or adjustment, as determined by the Administrative Agent and (b) with respect to any Hedge Agreement of the Borrower or any Grantor in respect of commodities, the value attributable to
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such Hedge Agreement in the most recent Borrowing Base redetermination or adjustment, as determined by the Administrative Agent; provided that (x) any Borrowing Base Value calculation by the Administrative Agent that would result in a reduction of the Borrowing Base pursuant to Section 2.14(f) shall be submitted to the Lenders for approval and (y) the failure of the Required Lenders to object to such Borrowing Base Value within five (5) Business Days shall be deemed to be an approval of such Borrowing Base Value by the Lenders.
Budget” shall have the meaning provided in Section 9.1(p).
Building” shall have the meaning assigned to such term in the applicable Flood Insurance Regulation.
Business Day” shall mean any day excluding Saturday, Sunday and any other day on which banking institutions in New York City, New York or Los Angeles, California are authorized by law or other governmental actions to close.
Capitalized Lease” shall mean, as applied to any Person, any lease of any property (whether real, personal or mixed) by that Person as lessee that, in conformity with GAAP, is, or is required to be, accounted for as a capital lease on the balance sheet of that Person; provided that for all purposes hereunder the amount of obligations under any Capitalized Lease shall be the amount thereof accounted for as a liability on the balance sheet of such Person in accordance with GAAP; provided, further, that for purposes of calculations made pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, GAAP will be deemed to treat leases in a manner consistent with its treatment under generally accepted accounting principles as of January 1, 2018, notwithstanding any modifications or interpretative changes thereto that may occur. For the avoidance of doubt, any lease that would have been characterized as an operating lease in accordance with GAAP as of January 1, 2018 (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 that would otherwise require such lease to be re-characterized (on a prospective or retroactive basis or otherwise) as a Capitalized Lease.
Cash Collateralize” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.7(c).
Cash Management Agreement” shall mean any agreement entered into from time to time by the Borrower or any of the Borrower’s Restricted Subsidiaries in connection with cash management services for collections, other Cash Management Services and for operating, payroll and trust accounts of such Person, including automatic clearing house services, controlled disbursement services, electronic funds transfer services, lockbox services, stop payment services and wire transfer services.
Cash Management Bank” shall mean any Person that either (a) at the time it provides Cash Management Services, (b) on the Closing Date or (c) at any time after it has provided any Cash Management Services, is a Lender or an Agent or an Affiliate of a Lender or an Agent.
Cash Management Obligations” shall mean obligations owed by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to any Cash Management Bank in connection with, or in respect of, any Cash Management Services.
Cash Management Services” shall mean (a) commercial credit cards, merchant card services, purchase or debit cards, including non-card e-payables services, (b) treasury management services (including controlled disbursement, overdraft, automated clearing house fund transfer services, return items and interstate depository network services) and (c) any other demand deposit or operating account relationships or other cash management services, including any Cash Management Agreement.
Casualty Event” shall mean, with respect to any Collateral, (a) any damage to, destruction of, or other casualty or loss involving, any property or asset or (b) any seizure, condemnation, confiscation or taking under the power of eminent domain of, or any requisition of title or use of, or relating to, or any similar event in respect of, any property or asset.
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CFC” shall mean a “controlled foreign corporation” within the meaning of Section 957 of the Code.
Change in Law” shall mean (a) the adoption of any law, treaty, order, policy, rule or regulation after the Closing Date, (b) any change in any law, treaty, order, policy, rule or regulation or in the interpretation, implementation or application thereof by any Governmental Authority after the Closing Date or (c) compliance by any Lender with any guideline, request, directive or order enacted or promulgated after the Closing Date by any central bank or other governmental or quasi-governmental authority (whether or not having the force of law); provided that notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Basel Committee on Banking Regulations and Supervisory Practices (or any successor or similar authority) and all guidelines, requests, directives, orders, rules and regulations adopted, enacted or promulgated in connection therewith shall be deemed to have gone into effect after the Closing Date regardless of the date adopted, enacted or promulgated and shall be included as a Change in Law but solely for such costs that would have been included if they would have otherwise been imposed under clauses (a)(ii) and (c) of Section 2.10 or Section 3.11 and only to the extent a Lender is imposing applicable increased costs or costs in connection with capital adequacy requirements similar to those described in clauses (a)(ii) and (c) of Section 2.10 or Section 3.11 generally on other borrowers of comparable loans under United States reserve based credit facilities under credit agreements having similar reimbursement provisions.
Change of Control” shall mean and be deemed to have occurred if:
(f)any person or “group” (within the meaning of Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Exchange Act as in effect on the Closing Date) shall have acquired beneficial ownership of more than thirty-five percent (35%), on a fully diluted basis, of the Voting Equity in the Borrower; or
(g)a “change of control” (or any other defined term describing a similar event or having a similar purpose or meaning) shall occur under any Material Indebtedness; or
(h)occupation of a majority of the seats (other than vacant seats) on the board of directors of the Borrower by Persons who were not one or more of the following: (i) directors of the Borrower on the Closing Date, (ii) nominated or appointed by the board of directors of the Borrower or (iii) approved by the board of directors of the Borrower as director candidates prior to their election shall occur.
Notwithstanding the preceding or any provision of Section 13d-3 of the Exchange Act, a Person or group shall not be deemed to beneficially own Equity Interests subject to a stock or asset purchase agreement, merger agreement, option agreement, warrant agreement or similar agreement (or voting or option or similar agreement related thereto) until the consummation of the acquisition of the Equity Interests in connection with the transactions contemplated by such agreement.
Citi” shall have the meaning assigned in the introductory paragraph hereto.
Closing Date” shall mean the date on which the conditions precedent of Section 6 have been satisfied except as otherwise agreed or waived pursuant to Section 13.1.
Code” shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time.
Collateral” shall have the meaning provided for such term in each of the Security Documents and shall include any and all assets securing or intended to secure any or all of the Obligations; provided that with respect to any Mortgages, Collateral (as defined herein), shall include “Deed of Trust Property” (as defined therein).
Collateral Agent” shall mean Citi, as collateral agent under the Security Documents, or any successor collateral agent appointed in accordance with the provisions of Section 12.9.
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Collateral Agreement” shall mean that certain Amended and Restated Collateral Agreement dated as of the date hereof, by and among the Borrower, the other grantors party thereto and the Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, substantially in the form of Exhibit E hereto.
Collateral Coverage Minimum” shall mean that the Mortgaged Properties (excluding any Oil and Gas Properties subject to Production Sharing Contracts) shall represent at least eighty-five percent (85%) of the PV-9 of the Borrowing Base Properties (excluding the PV-9 of any Production Sharing Contracts), in each case, included either in the Initial Reserve Report or in the most recent Reserve Report delivered to the Administrative Agent.
Commitment” shall mean, with respect to each Lender, the commitment of such Lender to make Loans and to acquire participations in Letters of Credit hereunder, as such commitment may be (a) modified from time to time pursuant to Section 2.16, (b) modified from time to time pursuant to assignments by or to such Lender pursuant to Section 13.6(b) or (c) modified by any other amendment or modification of such commitment permitted under this Agreement. The amount representing each Lender’s Commitment shall at any time be the least of (i) such Lender’s Maximum Credit Amount, (ii) such Lender’s Commitment Percentage of the then-effective Borrowing Base and (iii) such Lender’s Elected Commitment.
Commitment Fee” shall have the meaning provided in Section 4.1(a).
Commitment Fee Rate” shall mean, for any day, with respect to the Available Commitment on such day, the applicable rate per annum set forth next to the row heading “Commitment Fee Rate” in the definition of “Applicable Margin” and based upon the Utilization Percentage in effect on such day.
Commitment Percentage” shall mean, at any time, for each Lender, the percentage obtained by dividing (a) such Lender’s Commitment at such time by (b) the amount of the Total Commitment at such time; provided that at any time when the Total Commitment shall have been terminated, each Lender’s Commitment Percentage shall be the percentage obtained by dividing (i) such Lender’s Total Exposure at such time by (ii) the aggregate Total Exposures of all Lenders at such time (with such Total Exposure, and the components thereof, calculated using (x) any applicable Lender’s outstanding principal amount of Loans plus (y) such Lender’s Letter of Credit Exposure based on the Commitment Percentage of such Lender immediately prior to the termination of the Total Commitment).
Commodity Account” shall mean any commodity account maintained by the Credit Parties, including any “commodity accounts” under Article 9 of the UCC. All funds in such Commodity Accounts (other than Excluded Accounts) shall be conclusively presumed to be Collateral and proceeds of Collateral and the Agents and the Lenders shall have no duty to inquire as to the source of the amounts on deposit in the Commodity Accounts.
Commodity Account Control Agreement” has the meaning specified in Section 9.16(a).
Commodity Exchange Act” shall mean the Commodity Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. § 1 et seq.), as amended from time to time, and any successor statute, and any regulations promulgated thereunder.
Confidential Information” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.16.
Conforming Changes” shall mean, with respect to either the use or administration of Term SOFR or the use, administration, adoption or implementation of any Benchmark Replacement, any technical, administrative or operational changes (including changes to the definition of “ABR,” the definition of “Business Day,” the definition of “U.S. Government Securities Business Day,” the definition of “Interest Period” or any similar or analogous definition (or the addition of a concept of “interest period”), timing and frequency of determining rates and making payments of interest, timing of borrowing requests or prepayment, conversion or continuation notices, the applicability and length of lookback periods, the applicability of Section 2.11 and other technical, administrative or operational matters) that the Administrative Agent decides may be appropriate to reflect the adoption and implementation of any such rate or to permit the use and administration thereof by the Administrative Agent in a manner substantially consistent with market practice (or, if the Administrative Agent decides
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that adoption of any portion of such market practice is not administratively feasible or if the Administrative Agent determines that no market practice for the administration of any such rate exists, in such other manner of administration as the Administrative Agent decides is reasonably necessary in connection with the administration of this Agreement and the other Credit Documents).
Connection Income Taxes” shall mean Other Connection Taxes that are imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated) or that are franchise Taxes or branch profits Taxes.
Consolidated Current Assets” shall mean, as at any date of determination, without duplication, the sum of all amounts 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 such date, plus the Available Commitment then available to be borrowed, but excluding the amount of any non-cash asset under Accounting Standards Codification Topic No. 410 and Accounting Standards Codification Topic No. 815.
Consolidated Current Liabilities” shall mean, as at any date of determination, without duplication, 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 such date, but excluding, without duplication, (a) the amount of any non-cash liabilities under Accounting Standards Codification Topic No. 410 and Accounting Standards Codification Topic No. 815, (b) the current portion of current and deferred income taxes (c) the current portion of any Loans and other long-term liabilities and (d) any non-cash liabilities recorded in connection with stock-based or similar incentive-based compensation awards or arrangements.
Consolidated EBITDAX” shall mean, for any period, for the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, an amount equal to Consolidated Net Income for such period plus (a) the following to the extent deducted (and not added back) in calculating such Consolidated Net Income: (i) Consolidated Interest Expenses for such period, (ii) an amount equal to the provision for federal, state, and local income and franchise taxes, (iii) depletion, depreciation, amortization and exploration expense for such period (including all drilling, completion, geological and geophysical costs), (iv) losses from asset Dispositions (excluding Hydrocarbons Disposed of in the ordinary course of business), (v) all other non- cash items reducing such Consolidated Net Income for such period, (vi) non-recurring losses in an amount not to exceed five percent (5.0%) of Consolidated EBITDAX (prior to giving effect to such addbacks) for such period in the aggregate during such time, (vii) fees, costs and expenses of any party incurred with regard to negotiation, execution and delivery of (A) this Agreement and the other Credit Documents and (B) any Permitted Additional Debt and Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness, in each case, including any amendments thereto, and (viii) fees, costs and expenses and other transaction costs incurred through June 30, 2023, in connection with the Transactions and the other transactions contemplated hereby or thereby (including the Transaction Expenses); all determined on a consolidated basis with respect to the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP, using the results of the twelve-month period ending with that reporting period, and minus (b) the following to the extent included in (and not deducted from) calculating such Consolidated Net Income: (i) federal, state and local income tax credits of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such period, (ii) gains from asset Dispositions (excluding Hydrocarbons Disposed of in the ordinary course of business), (iii) all other non-cash items increasing Consolidated Net Income for such period and (iv) non-recurring gains; provided that, with respect to the determination of the Borrower’s compliance with the Financial Performance Covenants set forth in Section 10.11 for any period, Consolidated EBITDAX shall be adjusted to give effect, on a pro forma basis, to any Qualified Acquisition or Qualified Disposition made during such period, as if such acquisition or Disposition had occurred on the first (1st) day of such period.
Consolidated EBITDAX shall be calculated for each four-fiscal quarter period using the Consolidated EBITDAX for the four most recently ended fiscal quarters.
For the avoidance of doubt, Consolidated EBITDAX shall be calculated in accordance with Section 1.11.
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Consolidated Interest Expense” shall mean, with respect to any Person for any period, without duplication, the sum of:
(i)consolidated interest expense of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such period, to the extent such expense was deducted (and not added back) in computing Consolidated Net Income (including (A) amortization of original issue discount resulting from the issuance of Indebtedness at less than par, (B) all commissions, discounts and other fees and charges owed with respect to letters of credit or bankers acceptances, (C) non-cash interest payments (but excluding any non-cash interest expense attributable to the movement in the mark to market valuation of Hedging Obligations or other derivative instruments pursuant to GAAP), (D) the interest component of obligations under any Capitalized Lease, and (E) net payments, if any, made (less net payments, if any, received), pursuant to interest rate Hedge Agreements with respect to Indebtedness, and excluding (F) costs associated with obtaining Hedge Agreements and breakage costs in respect of Hedge Agreements related to interest rates, (G) any expense resulting from the discounting of any Indebtedness in connection with the application of recapitalization accounting or, if applicable, recapitalization or purchase accounting in connection with the Transactions or any acquisition, (H) penalties and interest relating to income taxes, (I)  any “additional interest” or “liquidated damages” with respect to other securities for failure to timely comply with registration rights obligations, (J) amortization or expensing of deferred financing fees, amendment and consent fees, debt issuance costs, commissions, fees and expenses and discounted liabilities, (K) any expensing of bridge, commitment and other financing fees and any other fees related to the Transactions or any acquisitions after the Closing Date, (L) any accretion of accrued interest on discounted liabilities and any prepayment premium or penalty (other than Indebtedness except to the extent arising from the application of purchase or recapitalization accounting) and (M) annual agency fees paid to the administrative agents and collateral agents under any credit facilities or other debt instruments or document); plus
(ii)consolidated capitalized interest of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such period, whether paid or accrued; less
(iii)interest income of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such period.
For purposes of this definition, interest on obligations in respect of Capitalized Leases shall be deemed to accrue at an interest rate reasonably determined by such Person to be the rate of interest implicit in such obligations in accordance with GAAP.
Consolidated Net Income shall mean, for any period, for the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, the net income (loss) of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries (excluding extraordinary gains and extraordinary losses and the net income (loss) of any Person (other than the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary) in which the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries own any Equity Interests for that period, except to the extent of the amount of dividends and distributions actually received by the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary), provided that the calculation of Consolidated Net Income shall exclude any non-cash charges or losses and any non-cash income or gains, in each case, required to be included in net income of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as a result of the application of FASB Accounting Standards Codifications 718, 815, 410 and 360, but shall expressly include any cash charges or payments that have been incurred as a result of the termination of any Hedge Agreement.
Consolidated Secured Net Leverage Ratio” shall mean, as of any date of determination, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Total Debt as of the last day of the most recent Test Period that is secured by a Lien on the Collateral to (b) Consolidated EBITDAX of the Borrower for such Test Period.
Consolidated Total Assets” shall mean the total assets of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP, as shown on the most recent consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower delivered pursuant to Section 9.1(a) or (b) (and, in the case of any determination relating to any incurrence of Indebtedness or any Investment or other acquisition, on a pro forma basis including any property or assets being acquired in connection therewith).
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Consolidated Total Debt” shall mean, as of any date of determination, (a) the sum of (without duplication) all Indebtedness of the types described in clause (a) and clause (b) (other than intercompany Indebtedness owing to the Borrower or any Subsidiary), clause (d) (but, in the case of clause (d), only to the extent of any unreimbursed drawings under any letter of credit that has not been cash collateralized), clause (e), clauses (h) through (i) and clause (k) (but, in the case of clause (k) only to the extent of Guarantee Obligations with respect to Indebtedness otherwise included in this definition of “Consolidated Total Debt”) of the definition thereof, in each case actually owing by the Borrower and the Subsidiaries on such date and to the extent appearing on the balance sheet of the Borrower determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP, minus (b) the aggregate amount of all Unrestricted Cash and cash equivalents included on the consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries as of such date; provided that (i) clause (a) above shall not include Indebtedness (A) in respect of letters of credit, bank guarantees and performance or similar bonds except to the extent of unreimbursed amounts thereunder and (B) of Unrestricted Subsidiaries; and (ii) if as of any date of determination, the Total Exposure (other than Letter of Credit Exposure) is greater than $0, the amount of Unrestricted Cash and cash equivalents deducted pursuant to clause (b) above shall not exceed $100,000,000.
Consolidated Total Net Leverage Ratio” shall mean, as of any date of determination, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Total Debt as of the last day of the most recent Test Period to (b) Consolidated EBITDAX of the Borrower for such Test Period.
Contractual Requirement” shall have the meaning provided in Section 8.3.
Controlled Account” shall mean a Deposit Account, a Securities Account or a Commodity Account that is subject to a Deposit Account Control Agreement, a Securities Account Control Agreement or a Commodity Account Control Agreement, as the case may be.
Covered Entity” shall mean any of the following:
(a)a “covered entity” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 252.82(b);
(b)a “covered bank” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 47.3(b); or
(c)a “covered FSI” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 382.2(b).
Covered Party” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.25.
Credit Documents” shall mean this Agreement, the Guarantee, the Security Documents, each Letter of Credit Application, any Notes issued by the Borrower to a Lender under this Agreement and any other document, instrument or agreement (other than Secured Hedge Agreements or Secured Cash Management Agreements) now or hereafter delivered by or on behalf of a Credit Party under this Agreement.
Credit Event” shall mean and include the making (but not the conversion or continuation) of a Loan and the issuance of a Letter of Credit.
Credit Party” shall mean each of the Borrower and the Grantors.
Cure Amount” shall have the meaning provided in Section 11.13(a).
Cure Deadline” shall have the meaning provided in Section 11.13(a)
Cure Right” shall have the meaning provided in Section 11.13(a).
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Current Ratio” shall mean, as of any date of determination, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Current Assets to (b) Consolidated Current Liabilities.
Current Ratio Covenant” shall mean the covenant of the Borrower set forth in Section 10.11(b).
Debtor Relief Laws” shall mean 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.
Default” shall mean any event, act or condition that constitutes an Event of Default or with notice or lapse of time, or both, would constitute an Event of Default.
Default Rate” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.8(c).
Defaulting Lender” shall mean any Lender whose acts or failure to act, whether directly or indirectly, cause it to meet any part of the definition of “Lender Default”.
Deposit Account” shall mean any checking or other demand deposit account maintained by the Credit Parties, including any “deposit accounts” under Article 9 of the UCC. All funds in such Deposit Accounts (other than Excluded Accounts) shall be conclusively presumed to be Collateral and proceeds of Collateral and the Agents and the Lenders shall have no duty to inquire as to the source of the amounts on deposit in the Deposit Accounts.
Deposit Account Control Agreement” shall have the meaning provided in Section 9.16(a).
Dispose” or “Disposed of” shall have a correlative meaning to the defined term of “Disposition”.
Disposition” shall have the meaning provided in Section 10.4.
Disqualified Stock” shall mean any Equity Interest that, 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, scheduled redemption or otherwise (except as a result of a change of control or asset sale so long as any rights of the holders thereof upon the occurrence of a change of control or asset sale event shall be subject to the prior Payment in Full), (b) is redeemable at the option of the holder thereof (other than solely for Qualified Equity Interests and other than as a result of a change of control or asset sale so long as any rights of the holders thereof upon the occurrence of a change of control or asset sale event shall be subject to the prior Payment in Full), (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 Stock, in the case of each of clauses (a), (b), (c) and (d), prior to the date that is one hundred eighty-one (181) days after the Maturity Date; provided, that if such Equity Interests are issued pursuant to any plan for the benefit of future, current or former employees, directors, officers, members of management or consultants of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries or by any such plan to such employees, directors, officers, members of management or consultants, such Equity Interests shall not constitute Disqualified Stock solely because they may be required to be repurchased by the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries in order to satisfy applicable statutory or regulatory obligations or as a result of such employee’s, director’s, officer’s, management member’s or consultant’s termination, death or disability; provided, further, that any Equity Interests held by any future, current or former employee, director, officer, member of management or consultant of the Borrower, any of its Restricted Subsidiaries or any other entity in which the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary has an Investment and is designated in good faith as an “affiliate” by the Board of Directors of the Borrower (or the compensation committee thereof), in each case pursuant to any stock subscription or shareholders’ agreement, management equity plan or stock option plan or any other management or employee benefit plan or agreement shall not constitute Disqualified Stock solely because it may be required to be repurchased by the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries in order to satisfy applicable statutory or regulatory obligations or as a result of such employee’s, director’s, officer’s, management member’s or consultant’s termination, death or disability.
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Distressed Person” shall have the meaning provided in the definition of “Lender-Related Distress Event”.
Distributable Free Cash Flow” shall mean, as of any time of determination, an amount equal to (a) Free Cash Flow as of the last day of the most recently ended Test Period for which financial statements have been delivered pursuant to clause (a) or (b) of Section 9.1 minus (b) the positive difference, if any, between (i) aggregate amount of the Free Cash Flow Utilizations that occur during such Test Period and through such time of determination minus (ii) aggregate amount of Free Cash Flow Utilizations that occurred during such Test Period and which are attributable to Free Cash Flow generated during the four fiscal quarter period ending immediately prior to such Test Period. For the avoidance of doubt, any amount deducted in calculating Distributable Free Cash Flow as of any time of determination shall be without duplication of amounts deducted in calculating Free Cash Flow for purposes of such calculation of Distributable Free Cash Flow.
Dollars” and “$” shall mean dollars in lawful currency of the United States of America.
Domestic Subsidiary” shall mean each Subsidiary of the Borrower that is organized under the laws of the United States or any state thereof, or the District of Columbia.
Drawing” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.4(b).
ECP” shall mean any Person who qualifies as an “eligible contract participant” under Section 2(e) of the Commodity Exchange Act.
EEA Financial Institution” shall mean (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 clauses (a) or (b) of this definition and is subject to consolidated supervision with its parent.
EEA Member Country” shall mean any of the member states of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
EEA Resolution Authority” shall mean 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.
EHP” shall mean Elk Hills Power, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.
EHP Designation Date” shall mean the date on which (i) the Borrower designates each of the EHP Entities as an “Unrestricted Subsidiary”, (ii) no Event of Default or Borrowing Base Deficiency shall have occurred and be continuing, (iii) none of the EHP Entities guarantee any Material Indebtedness, (iv) such Investment is permitted under Section 10.5 on the date of such designation and (v) the Borrower shall have delivered to the Administrative Agent a certificate of an Authorized Officer certifying as to clauses (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) of this definition.
EHP Entities” shall mean EHP Topco, EHP Midco, EHP, and their respective Subsidiaries.
EHP Midco” shall mean EHP Midco Holding Company, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.
EHP Topco” shall mean EHP Topco Holding Company, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.
Elected Commitment” shall mean, as to each Lender, the amount set forth opposite such Lender’s name on Schedule 1.1(a) under the caption “Elected Commitment”, as the same may be
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increased, reduced or terminated from time to time in connection with an optional increase, reduction or termination of the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount pursuant to Section 2.16(b) or (c).
Elected Commitment Increase Certificate” shall have the meaning given to such term in Section 2.16(c)(ii)(F).
Energy Business” shall mean:
(d)the business of acquiring, exploring, exploiting, developing, producing, operating and disposing of interests in oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas and other Hydrocarbons and mineral properties or products produced in association with any of the foregoing;
(e)the business of gathering, marketing, distributing, treating, processing, storing, refining, selling and transporting of any production from interests in oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas and other Hydrocarbons and mineral properties or products produced in association therewith; and the marketing of oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas and other Hydrocarbons and minerals obtained from unrelated Persons;
(f)the business of developing, constructing, owning, operating and maintaining (i) low carbon, carbon management, carbon sequestration and/or carbon offsetting technologies, assets, infrastructure and businesses, including carbon dioxide and associated gases capture (including direct air capture and pre- and post-combustion capture processes), transportation, utilization and/or sequestration technologies, facilities or assets, (ii) solar, wind, geothermal or other renewable power generation or deployment technologies, facilities or assets, (iii) the production, storage, or transportation of hydrogen, ammonia or other substances, and (iv) energy storage or other clean energy technologies, facilities or assets; and
(g)any business or activity relating to, arising from, or necessary, appropriate, incidental or ancillary to the activities described in the foregoing clauses (a), (b) or (c) of this definition.
Engineering Reports” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.14(c)(i).
Environmental Claims” shall mean any and all written actions, suits, orders, decrees, demands, demand letters, claims, liens, notices of liability, noncompliance, violation or proceedings arising under or based upon any Environmental Law or any Environmental Permit (hereinafter, “Claims”), including, without limitation, (i) any and all Claims by any Governmental Authority for enforcement, investigation, cleanup, removal, response, remedial, reclamation, closure, plugging and abandonment, or other actions, damages, or civil or criminal sanctions pursuant to any applicable Environmental Law and (ii) any and all Claims by any third party seeking damages, contribution, indemnification, cost recovery, compensation or injunctive relief regarding the presence, Release or threatened Release of Hazardous Materials or arising from alleged injury or threat of injury to health or safety (to the extent relating to human exposure to Hazardous Materials), or the environment including, without limitation, air, surface water, groundwater, land surface and subsurface strata and natural resources such as wetlands, or pertaining to alleged public or private nuisance.
Environmental Law” shall mean any applicable federal, state, foreign or local statute, law, rule, regulation, ordinance, code, guidance, and common law now or hereafter in effect and in each case as amended, and any binding judicial or administrative interpretation thereof, including any binding judicial or administrative order, consent decree or judgment, as well as any permit or approval, relating to the pollution or protection of the environment, including, without limitation, ambient or indoor air, surface water, groundwater, greenhouse gases or climate change, endangered species, land surface and subsurface strata and natural resources such as wetlands, or human health or safety (to the extent relating to human exposure to hazardous materials or any Release or recycling of, or exposure to, any pollutants, contaminants or chemicals or any toxic or otherwise hazardous substances, materials or wastes).
Environmental Permit” shall mean any permit, approval, identification number, registration, license or other authorization required under any applicable Environmental Law.
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Equity Interests” of any person shall mean any and all shares, interests, rights to purchase or otherwise acquire, warrants, options, participations or other equivalents of or interests in (however designated) equity or ownership of such person, including any preferred stock, any limited or general partnership interest and any limited liability company membership interest, and any securities or other rights or interests convertible into or exchangeable for any of the foregoing, excluding any debt security that is convertible or exchangeable into any Equity Interests; provided that (i) any instrument evidencing Indebtedness convertible or exchangeable into Equity Interests (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any Permitted Convertible Debt), whether or not such debt securities include any right of participation with Equity Interests, shall not be deemed to be Equity Interests unless and until such instrument is so converted or exchanged and (ii) “Equity Interests” shall not include any Permitted Bond Hedge Transaction or Permitted Warrant Transaction until any Equity Interests have been issued pursuant to the terms thereof.
ERISA” shall mean the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended from time to time, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
ERISA Affiliate” shall mean each person (as defined in Section 3(9) of ERISA) that together with any Credit Party would be deemed to be a “single employer” within the meaning of Section 4001(b)(1) of ERISA or Section 414(b) or (c) of the Code or, solely for purposes of Section 302 of ERISA and Section 412 of the Code, is treated as a single employer under Section 414 of the Code.
ERISA Event” shall mean (a) a Reportable Event with respect to a Pension Plan; (b) a withdrawal by the Borrower 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) the failure of a Credit Party or any ERISA Affiliate to make by its due date a required installment under Section 430(j) of the Code with respect to any Pension Plan; (d) a failure to satisfy the minimum funding standard under Section 412 of the Code or Section 302 of ERISA, or the filing pursuant to Section 412(c) of the Code or Section 302(c) of ERISA of an application for a waiver of the minimum funding standard, in each case with respect to a Pension Plan, whether or not waived, or a failure to make any required contribution to a Multiemployer Plan; (e) a complete or partial withdrawal by a Credit Party or any ERISA Affiliate from a Multiemployer Plan or notification that a Multiemployer Plan is insolvent within the meaning of Title IV of ERISA or is in endangered or critical status, within the meaning of Section 305 of ERISA; (f) the filing of a notice of intent to terminate, the treatment of a Pension Plan amendment as a termination under Section 4041 or 4041A of ERISA, respectively, or the commencement of proceedings by the PBGC to terminate a Pension Plan; (g) the appointment of a trustee to administer, any Pension Plan; (h) the imposition of any liability under Title IV of ERISA, including the imposition of a lien under Section 412 or 430(k) of the Code or Section 303 or 4068 of ERISA on any property (or rights to property, whether real or personal) of a Credit Party or any ERISA Affiliate, but excluding PBGC premiums due but not delinquent under Section 4007 of ERISA, upon such Credit Party or any ERISA Affiliate; (i) 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) or (j) the occurrence of a non-exempt prohibited transaction with respect to any Pension Plan maintained or contributed to by any Credit Party (within the meaning of Section 4975 of the Code or Section 406 of ERISA) which could reasonably be excepted to result in material liability to such Credit Party.
Erroneous Payment” shall have the meaning provided in Section 12.15(a).
Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment” shall have the meaning provided in Section 12.15(d)(i).
Erroneous Payment Impacted Class” shall have the meaning provided in Section 12.15(d)(i).
Erroneous Payment Return Deficiency” shall have the meaning provided in Section 12.15(d)(i).
Erroneous Payment Subrogation Rights” shall have the meaning provided in Section 12.15(e).
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EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule” shall mean the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule published by the Loan Market Association (or any successor person), as in effect from time to time.
Event of Default” shall have the meaning provided in Section 11.
Excess Cash” shall mean, as of any date of determination, cash and cash equivalents of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries other than (a) any cash allocated for, reserved or otherwise set aside to pay royalty obligations, working interest obligations, vendor payments, suspense payments, similar payments as are customary in the oil and gas industry, severance and ad valorem taxes, payroll, payroll taxes, other taxes, and employee wage and benefit payment obligations of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary then due and owing (or to be due and owing within five (5) days of such date), in each case other than such payments that would be due and owing in connection with or in contemplation of the commencement of proceedings under Debtor Relief Laws, and for which the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary either (x) has issued checks or has initiated wires or ACH transfers or (y) reasonably anticipates in good faith that it will issue checks or initiate wires or ACH transfers within five (5) days of such date, (b) any cash allocated for, reserved or otherwise set aside to pay other amounts permitted to be paid by the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries in accordance with this Agreement and other Credit Documents due and owing as of such date (or to be due and owing within five (5) days of such date), in each case other than such payments that would be due and owing in connection with or in contemplation of the commencement of proceedings under Debtor Relief Laws, to Persons who are not Affiliates of the Credit Parties and for which obligations the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries have (x) issued checks or have initiated wires or ACH transfers or (y) reasonably anticipates in good faith that it will issue checks or initiate wires or ACH transfers within five (5) days of such date, as certified by the Borrower in any Notice of Borrowing with sufficient detail as is reasonably acceptable to the Agent, (c) any cash of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries constituting pledges and/or deposits securing any binding and enforceable purchase and sale agreement with any Persons who are not Affiliates of the Credit Parties, in each case to the extent permitted by this Agreement, (d) cash deposited with the Issuing Bank to cash collateralize Letters of Credit and (e) cash deposited to cash collateralize previously issued letters of credit, as permitted under Section 10.2(d).
Exchange Act” shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the SEC promulgated thereunder.
Excluded Accounts” shall mean (a) each account all of the deposits in which consist of amounts utilized solely to fund payroll, employee benefit or tax obligations of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, (b) fiduciary accounts, (c) segregated accounts of the Borrower and the Grantors solely holding royalty obligations owed to a person other than the Borrower or a Guarantor, suspense funds, royalty payments, net profits interest payments and other similar payments constituting property of a third party, (d) escrow or trust accounts pending litigation or other settlement claims, (e) accounts solely holding purchase price deposits held in escrow pursuant to a purchase and sale agreement with a third party containing customary provisions regarding the payment and refunding of such deposits, (f) accounts solely holding cash collateral to secure letters of credit permitted pursuant to Section 10.2(d) and (g) other accounts selected by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries so long as the average daily maximum balance in any such other account over a thirty (30) day period does not at any time exceed $10,000,000; provided that the aggregate daily maximum balance for all such bank accounts excluded pursuant to this clause (g) on any day shall not exceed $20,000,000.
Excluded Assets” shall have the meaning assigned to such term in the Collateral Agreement.
Excluded Equity Interests” shall mean (a) any Equity Interests with respect to which, in the reasonable judgment of the Administrative Agent (confirmed in writing by notice to the Borrower), the cost or other consequences of pledging such Equity Interests in favor of the Secured Parties under the Security Documents shall be excessive in view of the benefits to be obtained by the Secured Parties therefrom, (b) any Equity Interests to the extent the pledge thereof would be prohibited by any Requirement of Law, (c) in the case of any Equity Interests of any Subsidiary to the extent the pledge of such Equity Interests is prohibited by Contractual Requirements existing on the Closing Date or at the time such Subsidiary is acquired (provided that such Contractual Requirements have not been entered into in contemplation of this Agreement or such Subsidiary being acquired), any Equity Interests of each such
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Subsidiary to the extent (A) that a pledge thereof to secure the Obligations is prohibited by such Contractual Requirement (other than customary non-assignment provisions which are ineffective under the UCC or other applicable Requirements of Law), (B) such Contractual Requirement prohibits such a pledge without the consent of any other party other than if (1) such other party is a Credit Party or a Subsidiary, (2) such consent is solely contingent or conditioned upon a commercially reasonable undertaking by the Borrower or any Subsidiary which is in its reasonable control or (3) such consent has been obtained (it being understood that this clause (3) shall not be deemed to obligate the Borrower or any Subsidiary to obtain any such consent) and only for so long as such Contractual Requirement is in effect, or (C) a pledge thereof to secure the Obligations would give any other party (other than a Credit Party or a Subsidiary) to such Contractual Requirement the right to terminate its obligations thereunder (in each case under clauses (A), (B) and (C), other than customary non-assignment provisions that are ineffective under the UCC or other applicable Requirement of Law), (d) the Equity Interests of any Unrestricted Subsidiary, (e) the Equity Interests set forth on Schedule 1.1(b) which have been identified on or prior to the Closing Date in writing to the Administrative Agent by an Authorized Officer of the Borrower and agreed to by the Administrative Agent, (f) Margin Stock and (g) solely in the case of any pledge of Equity Interests of any CFC or FSHCO to secure the Obligations, any Equity Interests in excess of sixty-five percent (65%) of the outstanding Voting Equity of such CFC or FSHCO (such percentages to be adjusted upon any change of law as may be required to avoid adverse U.S. federal income tax consequences to the Borrower or any Subsidiary). Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Equity Interests of any Production Sharing Entity that is the direct owner of any Production Sharing Contract shall not be Excluded Equity Interests.
Excluded Subsidiary” shall mean (a) each Immaterial Subsidiary, for so long as any such Subsidiary constitutes an Immaterial Subsidiary pursuant to the terms hereof, (b) each Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Wholly owned Subsidiary (for so long as such Subsidiary remains a non-wholly owned Restricted Subsidiary); provided, that a Material Subsidiary shall not be excluded pursuant to this clause (b), (c) each Restricted Subsidiary that is prohibited by any applicable Contractual Requirement (other than customary non-assignment provisions that are ineffective under the UCC or other applicable Requirement of Law or any term, covenant, condition or provision that would be waived by the Borrower or its Affiliates) not entered into in contemplation of this Agreement or of such Subsidiary becoming a Subsidiary or a Restricted Subsidiary or Requirement of Law from guaranteeing or granting Liens to secure the Obligations at the time such Person becomes a Subsidiary or Restricted Subsidiary, and for so long as such restriction is in effect and was not entered into in contemplation of this Agreement or such Person becoming a Subsidiary or a Restricted Subsidiary or that would require a consent, approval, license or authorization of a Governmental Authority to guarantee or grant Liens to secure the Obligations at the time such Person becomes a Subsidiary or a Restricted Subsidiary (unless such consent, approval, license or authorization has been received), (d)(i) any FSHCO, (ii) any direct or indirect Subsidiary of the Borrower that is a CFC and (iii) any Domestic Subsidiary that is a direct or indirect subsidiary of a Foreign Subsidiary of the Borrower that is a CFC and (e) each Unrestricted Subsidiary. For the avoidance of doubt, any Subsidiary which is an Excluded Subsidiary (as defined in the Existing Credit Agreement) immediately prior to the Closing Date shall be an Excluded Subsidiary under this Agreement as of the Closing Date.
Excluded Swap Obligation” shall mean with respect to any Guarantor, any Hedging Obligation if, and to the extent that, and only for so long as, all or a portion of the guarantee of such Guarantor of, or the grant by such Guarantor of a security interest to secure, as applicable, such Hedging 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) or any other applicable Requirement of Law. If a Hedging Obligation arises under a master agreement governing more than one Hedge Agreement, such exclusion shall apply only to the portion of such Hedging Obligation that is attributable to Hedge Agreements for which such guarantee or security interest is or becomes illegal.
Excluded Taxes” shall mean any (a) Taxes imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated), franchise Taxes, and branch profits Taxes, in each case, (i) imposed as a result of such recipient being organized under the laws of, or having its principal office or, in the case of any Lender, its applicable lending office located in, the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (or any political subdivision thereof) or (ii) that are Other Connection Taxes, (b) in the case of a Lender, U.S. federal withholding
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Taxes imposed on amounts payable to or for the account of such Lender with respect to an applicable interest in a Loan or Commitment pursuant to a law in effect on the date on which (i) such Lender acquires such interest in the Loan or Commitment (other than pursuant to an assignment request by the Borrower under Section 13.7) or (ii) such Lender changes its lending office, except in each case to the extent that, pursuant to Section 5.4 amounts with respect to such Taxes were payable either to such Lender’s assignor immediately before such Lender became a party hereto or to such Lender immediately before it changed its lending office, (c) Taxes attributable to such recipient’s failure to comply with Section 5.4(f) and (d) any withholding Taxes imposed under FATCA, in each case of the foregoing clauses (a)-(d), which Taxes are imposed on or with respect to a Recipient or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to a Recipient.
Existing Credit Agreement” shall have the meaning provided in the preamble.
Existing Letters of Credit” shall mean each letter of credit that is outstanding immediately prior to the Closing Date by each of Citi, KeyBank National Association, MUFG Bank, Ltd., Royal Bank of Canada, Mizuho Bank, Ltd., and any of their respective Affiliates, each, as issuing bank, and which are further described on Schedule 1.1(d).
Exiting Lender” means any lender that is a party to the Existing Credit Agreement that has not executed and delivered this Agreement (and will not have a Commitment hereunder) as of the Closing Date.
Expected Cure Amount” shall have the meaning provided in Section 11.13(a)(iii).
Facility” shall mean this Agreement and the Commitments and the extensions of credit made hereunder.
Fair Market Value” shall mean, with respect to any asset or group of assets on any date of determination, the value of the consideration obtainable in a Disposition of such asset at such date of determination assuming a Disposition by a willing seller to a willing purchaser dealing at arm’s length and arranged in an orderly manner over a reasonable period of time having regard to the nature and characteristics of such asset, as reasonably determined by the Borrower in good faith.
Farm-In Agreement” shall mean an agreement, joint venture or contractual relationship whereby a Person agrees, among other things, to pay all or a share of the drilling, completion or other expenses of one or more wells or perform the drilling, completion or other operation on such well or wells as all or a part of the consideration provided in exchange for an ownership interest in an Oil and Gas Property or which has been formed for the purpose of exploring for and/or developing Oil and Gas Properties, where each of the parties thereto has either contributed or agreed to contribute cash, services, Oil and Gas Properties, other assets, or any combination of the foregoing.
Farm-Out Agreement” shall mean a Farm-In Agreement, viewed from the standpoint of the party that grants to another party the right to earn an ownership interest in an Oil and Gas Property.
FATCA” shall mean Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, as of the date of this Agreement (or any amended or successor version that is substantively comparable and not materially more onerous to comply with), any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, any agreements entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b)(1) of the Code and any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement, treaty or convention among Governmental Authorities and implementing such Sections of the Code.
Federal Funds Rate” shall mean, for any day, the weighted average of the per annum rates on overnight federal funds transactions with members of the Federal Reserve System arranged by federal funds brokers on such day, as published on the next succeeding Business Day on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Website or, (a) if such rate is not so published for any date that is a Business Day, the Federal Funds Rate for such day shall be such rate on such transactions on the immediately preceding Business Day as so published on the next succeeding Business Day and 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 charged
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to the Administrative Agent on such day on such transactions as determined by the Administrative Agent; provided that if the Federal Funds Rate as so determined would be less than zero, such rate shall be deemed to be zero for the purposes of this Agreement.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Website” shall mean the website of the NYFRB at http://www.newyorkfed.org, or any successor source.
Financial Officer” of any Person shall mean the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, principal accounting officer, Controller, Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer of such Person.
Financial Performance Covenants” shall mean the covenants of the Borrower set forth in Section 10.11.
Flood Insurance Regulations” shall mean (a) the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto, (b) the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto, (c) the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 (amending 42 USC § 4001, et seq.), as the same may be amended or recodified from time to time or any successor statute thereto, (d) the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004 as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto, and (e) the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto, together with all statutory and regulatory provisions consolidating, amending, replacing, supplementing, implementing or interpreting any of the foregoing, as amended or modified from time to time.
Floor” shall mean a rate of interest equal to zero percent (0.00%).
Foreign Lender” shall mean a Lender that is not a U.S. Person.
Foreign Plan” shall mean any employee benefit plan, program, policy, arrangement or agreement maintained or contributed to by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries with respect to employees employed outside the United States.
Foreign Subsidiary” shall mean each Subsidiary of the Borrower that is not a Domestic Subsidiary.
Free Cash Flow” shall mean, for any Test Period, Consolidated EBITDAX of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries minus the increase (or plus the decrease) in non-cash Working Capital (without duplication of any working capital changes already considered elsewhere and excluding the Available Commitment from the calculation of Consolidated Current Assets) from the previous Test Period minus the sum, in each case without duplication, of the following amounts in respect of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such period: (a) voluntary and scheduled cash prepayments and repayments of Indebtedness (other than the Loans) which cannot be reborrowed pursuant to the terms of such Indebtedness (other than any repayments of Other Debt and other transactions contemplated by Section 10.7(a)(iii)), (b) cash paid for capital expenditures, (c)(i) cash payments for amounts described in clauses (i) and (ii) of the definition of Consolidated Interest Expense minus (ii) amounts described in clause (iii) of the definition of Consolidated Interest Expense, (d) income and franchise taxes paid in cash, (e) exploration expenses paid in cash, (f)(i) Investments made in cash during such period (other than those made in reliance on Section 10.5(i)) and (ii) Restricted Payments made in cash during such period (other than those made in reliance on Section 10.6(i)) and (g) to the extent not included in the foregoing and added back in the calculation of Consolidated EBITDAX, any other cash charge that reduces the earnings of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, except (i) in the case of each of the forgoing clauses in this definition, to the extent financed with proceeds of any Qualified Equity Interests (excluding any Cure Amount) and (ii) in the case of the foregoing clauses (a), (b), (e), and (f)(i) (except to the extent made in reliance on Section 10.5(k)), to the extent financed with long term Indebtedness permitted in the Credit Documents (other than the Loans), plus aggregate Net Cash Proceeds from Dispositions not required to be applied to repay the Loans under Section 5.2 so long as no Loans are outstanding at the time of determination of “Free Cash Flow”.
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Free Cash Flow Utilizations” shall mean each of the following transactions that occur in reliance on clause (a)(iv) of the definition of “Restricted Payment Conditions”: (a) Investments made in reliance on Section 10.5(i) and clause (a) of the definition of “Restricted Payment Conditions”, (b) Restricted Payments made in reliance on Section 10.6(j) and clause (a) of the definition of “Restricted Payment Conditions” and (c) repayments of Other Debt and other transactions contemplated by Section 10.7(a)(iii).
Fronting Fee” shall have the meaning provided in Section 4.1(c).
FSHCO” shall mean any Domestic Subsidiary substantially all of the assets of which constitute the Equity Interests and/or Indebtedness of CFCs.
Fund” shall mean any Person (other than a natural person) that is (or will be) engaged in making, purchasing, holding or otherwise investing in commercial loans and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course.
GAAP” shall mean generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America, as in effect from time to time; provided, however, that (i) if the Borrower notifies the Administrative Agent that the Borrower requests that any provision hereof be applied in a way 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, (ii) GAAP shall be construed, and all computations of amounts and ratios referred to herein shall be made, without giving effect to any election under Accounting Standards Codification Topic No. 825 (or any other Financial Accounting Standard having a similar result or effect) to value any Indebtedness or other liabilities of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries at “fair value,” as defined therein, and Indebtedness shall be measured at the aggregate principal amount thereof, and (iii) the accounting for operating leases and capital leases shall be determined in compliance with the definition of “Capitalized Lease”.
Governmental Authority” shall mean any nation, sovereign or government, any state, province, city, territory or other political subdivision thereof, and any entity or authority exercising executive, legislative, judicial, taxing, regulatory or administrative functions of or pertaining to government, including a central bank or stock exchange and any port authority.
Granting Lender” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.6(g).
Grantors” shall mean the Borrower, each Guarantor and each Production Sharing Entity.
Guarantee” shall mean that certain Amended and Restated Guarantee dated as of the date hereof, by the Borrower and the Guarantors from time to time party thereto in favor of the Collateral Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties, substantially in the form of Exhibit C.
Guarantee Obligations” shall mean, as to any Person, any obligation of such Person guaranteeing or intended to guarantee any Indebtedness of any other Person (the “primary obligor”) in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, including any obligation of such Person, whether or not contingent, (a) to purchase any such Indebtedness or any property constituting direct or indirect security therefor, (b) to advance or supply funds (i) for the purchase or payment of any such Indebtedness or (ii) to maintain working capital or equity capital of the primary obligor or otherwise to maintain financial condition or liquidity of the primary obligor so as to enable the primary obligor to pay such Indebtedness, (c) to purchase property, securities or services primarily for the purpose of assuring the owner of any such Indebtedness of the ability of the primary obligor to make payment of such Indebtedness or (d) otherwise to assure or hold harmless the owner of such Indebtedness against loss in respect thereof; provided, however, that the term “Guarantee Obligations” shall not include endorsements of instruments for deposit or collection in the ordinary course of business or customary and reasonable indemnity obligations in
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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 Indebtedness 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 such Person in good faith.
Guarantors” shall mean (a) each Restricted Subsidiary listed on Schedule 1.1(c) that becomes a party to the Guarantee on the Closing Date (except to the extent such subsidiary is released from its Guarantee in accordance with the terms hereof); provided that, for the avoidance of doubt, each Restricted Subsidiary listed on Schedule 1.1(c) shall be required to become a party to the Guarantee on the Closing Date (other than (x) an Excluded Subsidiary or (y) a Production Sharing Entity for so long as such Subsidiary is party to a Production Sharing Contract (except, in each case, to the extent provided below)), and (b) each other Restricted Subsidiary (other than (x) an Excluded Subsidiary or (y) a Production Sharing Entity for so long as such Subsidiary is party to a Production Sharing Contract (except, in each case, to the extent provided below)) that becomes a party to the Guarantee after the Closing Date pursuant to Section 9.10 or otherwise; provided that, for the avoidance of doubt, the Borrower in its sole discretion may cause any Restricted Subsidiary that is not required to be a Guarantor hereunder or pursuant to the Security Documents to provide a Guarantee by causing such Restricted Subsidiary to execute a Guarantee and such Restricted Subsidiary shall be a Guarantor and Credit Party for all purposes hereunder except to the extent released from such Guarantee in accordance with the terms hereof.
Hazardous Materials” shall mean (a) any petroleum or petroleum products, natural gas or natural gas liquids, radioactive materials, friable asbestos, urea formaldehyde foam insulation, polychlorinated biphenyls, and radon gas and (b) any chemicals, materials, substances, or wastes defined as or included in the definition of or otherwise classified or regulated as “hazardous substances”, “hazardous waste”, “hazardous materials”, “extremely hazardous waste”, “restricted hazardous waste”, “toxic substances”, “toxic pollutants”, “contaminants”, or “pollutants”, or words of similar import, under any applicable Environmental Law or that would otherwise reasonably be expected to result in liability under any Environmental Law.
Hedge Agreements” shall mean (a) any and all rate swap transactions, basis swaps, credit derivative transactions, forward rate transactions, commodity swaps, commodity options, forward commodity contracts, future 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, total return swap, credit spread transaction, repurchase transaction, reserve repurchase transaction, securities lending transaction, weather index transaction, spot contracts, fixed-price physical delivery contracts of crude oil with a tenor ending over ninety (90) days from the date of execution (it being understood that such fixed-price physical delivery contracts with a tenor of ninety (90) days or shorter shall not be “Hedge Agreements” for purposes of this clause (a)), fixed-price physical delivery contracts of natural gas or natural gas liquids with a tenor ending over thirty (30) months from the date of execution (it being understood that such fixed-price physical delivery contracts with a tenor of thirty (30) months or shorter shall not be “Hedge Agreements” for purposes of this clause (a)), in each case whether or not exchange traded, 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., or any International Foreign Exchange Master Agreement (any such master agreement, together with any related schedules, a “Master Agreement”), including any such obligations or liabilities under any Master Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, agreements or obligations to physically sell any commodity at any index-based price shall not be considered Hedge Agreements. For the avoidance of doubt, any agreement entered into in connection with any Permitted Bond Hedge Transaction or Permitted Warrant Transaction will not constitute a Hedge Agreement.
Hedge Bank” shall mean any Person that either (a) at the time it entered into a Secured Hedge Agreement or a Cash Management Agreement, as applicable, in its capacity as a party thereto, (b) on the
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Closing Date or (c) at any time after it has entered into a Secured Hedge Agreement or a Cash Management Agreement, as applicable, in its capacity as a party thereto, is an Agent, Lender or any Affiliate of an Agent or Lender.
Hedging Compliance Certificate” shall have the meaning provided in Section 9.1(g).
Hedging Obligations” shall mean, with respect to any Person, the obligations of such Person under Hedge Agreements.
Highest Lawful Rate” shall mean, with respect to each Lender, the maximum nonusurious interest rate, if any, that at any time or from time to time may be contracted for, taken, reserved, charged or received on the Loans under laws applicable to such Lender which are presently in effect or, to the extent allowed by law, under such applicable laws which may hereafter be in effect and which allow a higher maximum nonusurious interest rate than applicable laws allow as of the date hereof.
Hydrocarbon Interests” shall mean all rights, titles, interests and estates now or hereafter acquired in and to oil and gas leases, oil, gas and mineral leases, or other liquid or gaseous hydrocarbon leases, mineral fee interests, overriding royalty and royalty interests, net profit interests and production payment interests, including any reserved or residual interests of whatever nature.
Hydrocarbons” shall mean oil, gas, casinghead gas, drip gasoline, natural gasoline, condensate, distillate, liquid hydrocarbons, gaseous hydrocarbons and all products refined or separated therefrom.
ICC” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.8.
ICC Rule” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.8.
Immaterial Subsidiary” shall mean any Subsidiary that is not a Material Subsidiary.
Indebtedness” of any Person shall mean (a) all indebtedness of such Person for borrowed money, (b) all obligations of such Person evidenced by bonds, debentures, notes, loan agreements or other similar instruments, (c) the deferred purchase price of assets or services that in accordance with GAAP would be included as a liability on the balance sheet of such Person (other than (i) any earn-out obligation until such obligation becomes a liability on the balance sheet of such Person in accordance with GAAP, and (ii) obligations resulting under firm transportation contracts, supply agreements, take or pay contracts (including in connection with the purchase of power from solar power projects) or other similar agreements entered into in the ordinary course of business), (d) the maximum amount (after giving effect to any prior drawings or reductions which may have been reimbursed) of all outstanding letters of credit (including standby and commercial), bankers’ acceptances, bank guaranties, surety bonds, performance bonds and similar instruments issued or created by or for the account of such Person, (e) the principal component of all obligations in respect of Capitalized Leases of such Person, (f) net Hedging Obligations of such Person, (g) obligations to deliver commodities, goods or services, including Hydrocarbons, in consideration of one or more advance payments received by such Person, made more than one (1) month in advance of the month in which the commodities, good or services are to be delivered, other than obligations relating to net oil, natural gas liquids or natural gas balancing arrangements arising in the ordinary course of business, (h) all indebtedness (excluding prepaid interest thereon) of any other Person secured by any Lien on any property owned by such Person, whether or not such indebtedness has been assumed by such Person or is limited in recourse, (i) the amount of all obligations of such Person with respect to the redemption, repayment or other repurchase in respect of Disqualified Stock (excluding accrued dividends that have not increased the liquidation preference of such Disqualified Stock), (j) the undischarged balance of any Production Payments and Reserve Sales created by such Person or for the creation of which such Person directly or indirectly received payment and (k) without duplication, all Guarantee Obligations of such Person in respect of the items described in clauses (a) through (j) above; provided that Indebtedness shall not include (i) trade and other ordinary-course payables (including payroll) and accrued expenses (which are not more than ninety (90) days past the due date of payment unless the subject of a good faith dispute), (ii) deferred or prepaid revenues, (iii) purchase price holdbacks in respect of a portion of the purchase price of an asset to satisfy warranty or other unperformed obligations of the respective seller, (iv) in the case of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, all
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intercompany Indebtedness made in the ordinary course of business, (v) guaranties, bonds and surety obligations incurred in the ordinary course of business and required by governmental requirements in connection with the exploration, development or operation of Oil and Gas Properties, (vi) in-kind obligations relating to net oil, natural gas liquids or natural gas balancing positions arising in the ordinary course of business, (vii) any obligation in respect of a Farm-In Agreement or similar arrangement whereby such Person agrees to pay all or a share of the drilling, completion or other expenses of an exploratory or development well (which agreement may be subject to a maximum payment obligation, after which expenses are shared in accordance with the working or participation interest therein or in accordance with the agreement of the parties) or perform the drilling, completion or other operation on such well in exchange for an ownership interest in an oil or gas property, (viii) operating leases or sale and leaseback transactions (except any resulting obligations under any Capitalized Lease), (ix) any Guarantee Obligations incurred in the ordinary course of business to the extent not guaranteeing Indebtedness, (x) prepayments for gas and crude oil production not in excess of $20,000,000 in the aggregate at any time outstanding and (xi) obligations to deliver commodities or pay royalties or other payments in connection with and obligations arising from net profits interests, working interests, overriding, non-participating or other royalty interests or similar real property interests. The amount of any net Hedging Obligations on any date shall be deemed to be the Swap Termination Value thereof as of such date. The amount of Indebtedness of any Person for purposes of clause (g) above shall be deemed to be equal to the lesser of (i) the aggregate unpaid amount of such Indebtedness and (ii) the fair market value of the property encumbered thereby as determined by such Person in good faith. Notwithstanding anything in this definition to the contrary, Indebtedness shall be calculated without giving effect to the effects of Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification 815 and related interpretations to the extent such effects would otherwise increase or decrease an amount of Indebtedness for any purpose hereunder as a result of accounting for any embedded derivatives created by the terms of such Indebtedness.
Indemnified Liabilities” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.5(b).
Indemnified Taxes” shall mean (a) Taxes, other than Excluded Taxes, imposed on or with respect to any payment made by or on account of any obligation of the Borrower or any Guarantor under any Credit Document and (b) to the extent not otherwise described in (a), Other Taxes.
Indemnitees” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.5(b).
Industry Investments” shall mean Investments and/or expenditures made in the ordinary course of, and of a nature that is or shall have become customary in, the Energy Business as a means of actively engaging therein through agreements, transactions, interests or arrangements that permit one to share risks or costs, comply with regulatory requirements regarding local ownership or satisfy other objectives customarily achieved through the conduct of Energy Business jointly with third parties, including: (1) direct ownership interests in Oil and Gas Properties or gathering, transportation, processing, or related systems or assets or other interests related to Energy Business; and (2) Investments and/or expenditures in the form of or pursuant to operating agreements, processing agreements, Farm-In Agreements, Farm-Out Agreements, development agreements, area of mutual interest agreements, unitization agreements, pooling arrangements, joint bidding agreements, service contracts, joint venture agreements, carbon management agreements and other similar agreements (including for limited liability companies) with third parties (other than a joint venture in the form of a partnership, corporation or limited liability company).
Information” shall have the meaning provided in Section 8.8(a).
Initial Reserve Report” shall mean the reserve engineers’ report evaluating the Proved Developed Producing Reserves of the Credit Parties prepared by the Approved Petroleum Engineers as of December 31, 2022, delivered to the Administrative Agent prior to the date hereof under the Existing Credit Agreement.
Intercompany Note” shall mean a promissory note substantially in the form of Exhibit J hereto.
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Interest Period” shall mean, with respect to any Loan, the interest period applicable thereto, as determined pursuant to Section 2.9.
Interim Redetermination” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.14(b).
Investment” shall have the meaning provided in Section 10.5.
Investment Grade Rating” shall mean 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 any other rating agency selected by the Borrower.
IRS” shall mean the United States Internal Revenue Service.
ISP” shall mean, with respect to any Letter of Credit, the “International Standby Practices 1998” published by the Institute of International Banking Law & Practice (or such later version thereof as may be in effect at the time of issuance).
ISP 98” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.8.
Issuer Documents” shall mean, with respect to any Letter of Credit, the Letter of Credit Application, and any other document, agreement and instrument entered into by the applicable Issuing Bank and the Borrower (or any Restricted Subsidiary) or in favor of the applicable Issuing Bank and relating to such Letter of Credit.
Issuing Bank” shall mean (a) each of Citi, KeyBank National Association, MUFG Bank, Ltd., Royal Bank of Canada, Mizuho Bank, Ltd. and any of their respective Affiliates, (b) those Lenders identified as Issuing Banks on Schedule 1.1(a) hereto and (c) if requested by the Borrower and reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, any other Person who is a Lender at the time of such request and who accepts such appointment (it being understood that, if any such Person ceases to be a Lender hereunder, such Person will remain an Issuing Bank with respect to any Letter of Credit issued by such Person that remained outstanding as of the date such Person ceased to be a Lender). References herein and in the other Credit Documents to an Issuing Bank shall be deemed to refer to the Issuing Bank in respect of the applicable Letter of Credit or to all Issuing Banks, as the context requires. Any Lender may, from time to time, become an Issuing Bank under this Agreement with the protections and rights afforded to Issuing Banks hereunder by executing a joinder, in a form reasonably satisfactory to (and acknowledged and accepted by) the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, indicating such Lender’s “Letter of Credit Commitment” and upon the execution and delivery of any such joinder, such Lender shall be an Issuing Bank for all purposes hereof.
Junior Lien” shall mean a Lien on the Collateral that is subordinated to the Liens granted under the Credit Documents pursuant to a Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement (it being understood that Junior Liens are not required to be pari passu with other Junior Liens, and that Indebtedness secured by Junior Liens may have Liens that are senior in priority to, or pari passu with, or junior in priority to, other Liens constituting Junior Liens).
Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement” shall mean a customary intercreditor agreement in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, the Collateral Agent, the Borrower and the Majority Lenders, as it may be amended, restated, amended and restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time in accordance with, and as permitted by, this Agreement, which agreement shall provide that the Liens on the Collateral securing such Indebtedness shall rank junior to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Obligations.
L/C Borrowing” shall mean an extension of credit resulting from a drawing under any Letter of Credit which has not been reimbursed on the date when made or refinanced as a Borrowing. All L/C Borrowings shall be denominated in Dollars.
L/C Maturity Date” shall mean the date that is five (5) Business Days prior to the Maturity Date.
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L/C Obligations” shall mean, as at any date of determination, the aggregate amount available to be drawn under all outstanding Letters of Credit plus the aggregate of all Unpaid Drawings, including all L/C Borrowings. For all purposes of 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 3.14 of the ISP, such Letter of Credit shall be deemed to be “outstanding” in the amount so remaining available to be drawn.
L/C Participant” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.3(a).
L/C Participation” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.3(a).
Lender” shall have the meaning provided in the preamble to this Agreement. Unless the context otherwise requires, the term “Lenders” includes the Issuing Banks. For avoidance of doubt, each Additional Lender shall be deemed a “Lender” for purposes of this Agreement and each other Credit Document.
Lender Default” shall mean (i) the refusal (which may be given verbally or in writing and has not been retracted) or failure of any Lender to make available its portion of any incurrence of Loans or participations in Letters of Credit or reimbursement obligations required to be made by it, which refusal or failure is not cured within one (1) Business Day after the date of such refusal or failure, unless such Lender notifies the Administrative Agent and the Borrower in writing that such failure is the result of such Lender’s determination that one or more conditions precedent to funding (each of which conditions precedent, together with any applicable default, shall be specifically identified in such writing) has not been satisfied; (ii) the failure of any Lender to pay over to the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Bank or any other Lender any other amount required to be paid by it hereunder within two (2) Business Days of the date when due; (iii) a Lender has notified the Borrower, the Administrative Agent or any Issuing Bank in writing that it does not intend or expect to comply with any of its funding obligations, or has made a public statement to that effect with respect to its funding obligations under the Facility (unless such writing or public statement relates to such Lender’s obligation to fund a Loan hereunder and states that such position is based on such Lender’s determination that a condition precedent to funding (which condition precedent, together with any applicable default, shall be specifically identified in such writing or public statement) cannot be satisfied); (iv) a Lender has failed, within three (3) Business Days after a written request by the Administrative Agent, to confirm in writing that it will comply with its funding obligations under the Facility (provided that such Lender shall cease to be a Defaulting Lender pursuant to this clause (iv) upon receipt of such written confirmation by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower) or (v) a Distressed Person has admitted in writing that it is insolvent or such Distressed Person becomes subject to a Lender-Related Distress Event or a Bail-In Action. Any determination by the Administrative Agent that a Lender Default has occurred under any one or more of clauses (i) through (v) above shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error, and the applicable Lender shall be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender upon delivery of written notice of such determination to the Borrower, each Issuing Bank and each Lender.
Lender-Related Distress Event” shall mean, with respect to any Lender, that such Lender or any Person that directly or indirectly controls such Lender (each, a “Distressed Person”), as the case may be, is or becomes subject to a voluntary or involuntary case with respect to such Distressed Person under any Debtor Relief Law, or a custodian, conservator, receiver or similar official is appointed for such Distressed Person or any substantial part of such Distressed Person’s assets, or such Distressed Person or any Person that directly or indirectly controls such Distressed Person is subject to a forced liquidation, or such Distressed Person makes a general assignment for the benefit of creditors or is otherwise adjudicated as, or determined by any Governmental Authority having regulatory authority over such Distressed Person or its assets to be, insolvent or bankrupt; provided that a Lender-Related Distress Event shall not be deemed to have occurred solely by virtue of the ownership or acquisition of any equity interests in any Lender or any Person that directly or indirectly controls such Lender by a Governmental Authority or an instrumentality thereof, 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 Governmental Authority) to reject, repudiate, disavow or disaffirm any contracts or agreements made with such Lender.
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Letter of Credit” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.1.
Letter of Credit Application” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.2(a).
Letter of Credit Commitment” shall mean the lesser of (x) $250,000,000, as the same may be reduced from time to time pursuant to Section 3.1 and (y) the Total Commitment; provided that the Letter of Credit Commitment with respect to Letters of Credit shall be allocated to the Issuing Banks in accordance with the following table:
Issuing BankLetter of Credit Commitment
Citi$50,000,000.00
KeyBank National Association$50,000,000.00
Mizuho Bank, Ltd.$50,000,000.00
MUFG Bank, Ltd.$50,000,000.00
Royal Bank of Canada$50,000,000.00

Letter of Credit Exposure” shall mean, with respect to any Lender, at any time, the sum of (a) the principal amount of any Unpaid Drawings in respect of which such Lender has made (or is required to have made) payments to the applicable Issuing Bank pursuant to Section 3.4(a) at such time and (b) such Lender’s Commitment Percentage of the Letters of Credit Outstanding at such time (excluding the portion thereof consisting of Unpaid Drawings in respect of which the Lenders have made (or are required to have made) payments to the applicable Issuing Bank pursuant to Section 3.4(a)) minus the amount of cash or deposit account balances held by the Administrative Agent to Cash Collateralize outstanding Letters of Credit and Unpaid Drawings under Section 3.7.
Letter of Credit Fee” shall have the meaning provided in Section 4.1(b).
Letters of Credit Outstanding” shall mean, at any time, the sum of, without duplication, (a) the aggregate Stated Amount of all outstanding Letters of Credit and (b) the aggregate principal amount of all Unpaid Drawings in respect of all Letters of Credit.
Leverage Ratio Covenant” shall mean the covenant of the Borrower set forth in Section 10.11(a).
Lien” shall mean, with respect to any asset, (a) any mortgage, preferred mortgage, deed of trust, lien, notice of claim of lien, hypothecation, pledge, charge, security interest or similar encumbrance in or on such asset, (b) production payments and the like payable out of Oil and Gas Properties or (c) the interest of a vendor or a lessor under any conditional sale agreement, capital lease or title retention agreement (or any financing lease having substantially the same economic effect as any of the foregoing) relating to such asset; provided that in no event shall an operating lease be deemed to be a Lien under GAAP.
Loans” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.1(a).
Majority Lenders” shall mean, at any date, (a) Non-Defaulting Lenders having or holding a majority of the Adjusted Total Commitment at such date, or (b) if the Total Commitment has been terminated or for the purposes of acceleration pursuant to Section 11, Non-Defaulting Lenders having or
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holding a majority of the outstanding principal amount of the Loans and Letter of Credit Exposure (excluding the Loans and Letter of Credit Exposure of Defaulting Lenders) in the aggregate at such date.
Manufactured (Mobile) Home” shall have the meaning assigned to such term in the applicable Flood Insurance Regulation.
Margin Stock” shall have the meaning assigned to such terms in Regulation U.
Master Agreement” shall have the meaning assigned to such term in the definition of “Hedge Agreements.”
Material Adverse Effect” shall mean a circumstance or condition affecting the business, assets, operations, properties or financial condition of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, that, individually or in the aggregate, would materially adversely affect (a) the business, assets, operations, properties or financial condition of the Borrower and the other Credit Parties, taken as a whole, (b) the ability of the Borrower and the other Credit Parties, taken as a whole, to perform their material obligations under the Credit Documents, or (c) the rights and remedies of the Agents and the Lenders under the Credit Documents.
Material Indebtedness” shall mean any Indebtedness (other than Loans and Letters of Credit) of any one or more of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in an aggregate principal amount exceeding the greater of (a) $75,000,000 and (b) five percent (5.0%) of the Borrowing Base.
Material Subsidiary” shall mean, at any date of determination (a) each wholly-owned (directly or indirectly) Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower such that the Consolidated Total Assets of the Immaterial Subsidiaries (when combined with the assets of each such Subsidiary’s Subsidiaries, after eliminating intercompany obligations) at the last day of the Test Period for which financial statements have been delivered, or required to be delivered, pursuant to Section 9.1(a) or Section 9.1(b) are equal to or less than five percent (5.0%) of the Consolidated Total Assets of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries at such date, determined in accordance with GAAP and (b) any Subsidiary (other than the Excluded Subsidiaries) that (x) owns any Borrowing Base Properties or (y) incurs or guarantees any obligations under any Material Indebtedness.
Maturity Date” shall mean July 31, 2027; provided, that the Maturity Date shall be August 4, 2025, if any of the 7.125% senior notes issued pursuant to the Senior Notes Indenture, are outstanding on such date.
Maximum Credit Amount” shall mean, as to each Lender, the amount set forth opposite such Lender’s name on Schedule 1.1(a) under the caption “Maximum Credit Amounts”, as the same may be (a) reduced or terminated from time to time in connection with a reduction or termination of the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts pursuant to Section 2.16(b), (b) modified from time to time pursuant to Section 2.16(c) or (c) increased, created or modified from time to time pursuant to any assignment permitted by Section 13.6(b) or amendment or other modification to this Agreement.
Minimum Borrowing Amount” shall mean, with respect to any Borrowing of Loans, $500,000 (or, if less, the entire remaining Commitments at the time of such Borrowing).
Minority Investment” shall mean any Person (other than a Subsidiary) in which the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary owns Equity Interests.
Moody’s” shall mean Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. or any successor by merger or consolidation to its business.
Mortgage” shall mean a mortgage or a deed of trust, deed to secure debt, trust deed, assignment of as-extracted collateral, fixture filing or other security document entered into by the owner of a Mortgaged Property and the Collateral Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties in respect of that Mortgaged Property, substantially in the form of Exhibit D (with such changes thereto as may be
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necessary to account for local law matters) or otherwise in such form as agreed between the Borrower and the Collateral Agent; provided, that any Mortgage encumbering Oil and Gas Properties shall exclude any Building or Manufactured (Mobile) Home (including, for the avoidance of doubt, the contents thereof) that is located on any such Oil and Gas Property covered by (or intended to be covered by) such Mortgage.
Mortgaged Property” shall mean, at any time, all Borrowing Base Properties with respect to which a Mortgage is required to be granted and/or which are required to be subject to an Acceptable Security Interest under the Credit Documents. Notwithstanding any provision in this Agreement or any other Credit Document to the contrary, in no event is any Building (as defined in the applicable Flood Insurance Regulation) or Manufactured (Mobile) Home (as defined in the applicable Flood Insurance Regulation) included in this definition and no Building or Manufactured (Mobile) Home is hereby encumbered by this Agreement or any other Credit Document.
Multiemployer Plan” shall mean a multiemployer plan as defined in Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA.
Necessary Cure Amount” shall have the meaning provided in Section 11.13(a)(iii).
Net Cash Proceeds” shall mean (a) with respect to any Disposition, the cash proceeds thereof (including cash proceeds subsequently received (as and when received) in respect of noncash consideration initially received), net of, in respect of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries’ (i) selling expenses (including reasonable broker’s fees or commissions, legal, accounting and investment banking fees and expenses, title insurance premiums, survey costs, transfer and similar taxes and the Borrower’s good faith estimate of income taxes paid or payable in connection with such sale), (ii) amounts provided as a reserve, in accordance with GAAP, against any liabilities under any indemnification obligations or purchase price adjustment associated with such Disposition (provided that, to the extent and at the time any such amounts are released from such reserve, such amounts shall constitute Net Cash Proceeds), and (iii) the principal amount, premium or penalty, if any, interest and other amounts on any Indebtedness permitted hereunder that is secured by a Lien permitted hereunder (other than any Lien pursuant to a Security Document) on the asset disposed of in such Disposition and required to be repaid with such proceeds (other than any such Indebtedness assumed by the purchaser of such asset), (b) with respect to any Casualty Event, the cash proceeds received pursuant to any casualty insurance policy in respect of a covered loss thereunder of any assets of the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries, net of any actual out-of-pocket costs and expenses incurred by the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries in connection with the adjustment, settlement or collection of any claims of the Borrower or the applicable Restricted Subsidiary in respect thereof and the Borrower’s good faith estimate of income taxes paid or payable in connection with such Casualty Event and (c) with respect to any issuance or incurrence of Indebtedness, the cash proceeds thereof, net of all taxes and attorneys’ fees, accountants’ fees, underwriters’ or placement agents’ fees, listing fees, commissions and brokerage, consultant and other customary fees and charges actually incurred by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in connection with such issuance.
New Borrowing Base Notice” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.14(d).
Non-Consenting Lender” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.7(b).
Non-Defaulting Lender” shall mean and include each Lender other than a Defaulting Lender.
Non-Extension Notice Date” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.2(b).
Notes” shall mean the promissory notes of the Borrower described in Section 2.5(e) and being substantially in the form of Exhibit G, together with all amendments, modifications, replacements, extensions and rearrangements thereof.
Notice of Borrowing” shall mean a request of the Borrower in accordance with the terms of Section 2.3(a) and substantially in the form of Exhibit B or such other form as shall be approved by the Administrative Agent (acting reasonably).
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Notice of Conversion or Continuation” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.6(a).
NYFRB” shall mean the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Obligations” shall mean all advances to, and debts, liabilities, obligations, covenants and duties of, any Credit Party arising under any Credit Document or otherwise with respect to any Loan or Letter of Credit or under any Secured Cash Management Agreement or Secured Hedge Agreement (including all Secured Hedge Agreements (other than in respect of the Specified Hedge Agreements) and transactions thereunder regardless of whether entered into with any Hedge Bank prior to, on or after the Closing Date), in each case, entered into with the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries, 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 and fees that accrue after the commencement by or against any Credit Party or any Affiliate thereof in any proceeding under any bankruptcy or insolvency law naming such Person as the debtor in such proceeding, regardless of whether such interest and fees are allowed claims in such proceeding. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Obligations of the Credit Parties under the Credit Documents (and any of their Restricted Subsidiaries to the extent they have obligations under the Credit Documents) include the obligation (including Guarantee Obligations) to pay principal, interest, charges, expenses, fees, attorney costs, indemnities and other amounts payable by any Credit Party under any Credit Document. Notwithstanding the foregoing, (a) Excluded Swap Obligations shall not constitute Obligations, (b) the obligations of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary under any Secured Hedge Agreement and under any Secured Cash Management Agreement shall be secured and guaranteed pursuant to the Security Documents and the Guarantee only to the extent that, and for so long as, the other Obligations are so secured and guaranteed and (c) any release of Collateral or Guarantors effected in the manner permitted by this Agreement and the other Credit Documents shall not require the consent of the holders of Hedging Obligations under Secured Hedge Agreements or of the holders of Cash Management Obligations under Secured Cash Management Agreements.
OFAC” shall mean the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Oil and Gas Properties” shall mean (a) Hydrocarbon Interests, (b) the properties now or hereafter pooled or unitized with Hydrocarbon Interests, (c) all presently existing or future unitization agreements, pooling agreements and declarations of pooled or unitized units and the units created thereby (including all units created under orders, regulations and rules of any Governmental Authority) which may affect all or any portion of any Hydrocarbon Interests, (d) all operating agreements, contracts and other agreements, including Production Sharing Contracts and other production sharing contracts and agreements, which relate to any Hydrocarbon Interests or the production, sale, purchase, exchange or processing of Hydrocarbons from or attributable to such Hydrocarbon Interests, (e) all Hydrocarbons in and under and which may be produced and saved or attributable to Hydrocarbon Interests, including all oil in tanks, and all rents, issues, profits, proceeds, products, revenues and other incomes from or attributable to Hydrocarbon Interests, (f) all tenements, hereditaments, appurtenances and properties in any manner appertaining, belonging, affixed or incidental to Hydrocarbon Interests and (g) all properties, rights, titles, interests and estates described or referred to above, including any and all property, real or personal, now owned or hereafter acquired and situated upon, used, held for use or useful in connection with the operating, working or development of any Hydrocarbon Interests or property (excluding drilling rigs, automotive equipment, rental equipment or other personal property which may be on such premises for the purpose of drilling a well or for other similar temporary uses) and including any and all oil wells, gas wells, injection wells or other wells, structures, fuel separators, liquid extraction plants, plant compressors, pumps, pumping units, field gathering systems, gas processing plants and pipeline systems, power and cogeneration facilities, steam flood facilities and any related infrastructure to any thereof, tanks and tank batteries, fixtures, valves, fittings, machinery and parts, engines, boilers, meters, apparatus, equipment, appliances, tools, implements, cables, wires, towers, casing, tubing and rods, surface leases, rights-of-way, easements and servitudes together with all additions, substitutions, replacements, accessions and attachments to any and all of the foregoing.
Ongoing Hedges” shall have the meaning provided in Section 10.10(a).
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Organization Documents” shall mean (a) with respect to any corporation, the certificate or articles of incorporation and 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; 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 and any agreement, 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 Connection Taxes” shall mean, 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 under any Credit Document, or sold or assigned an interest in any Loan, Commitment or any other interest under any Credit Document).
Other Debt” shall have the meaning provided in Section 10.7(a).
Other Taxes” shall mean all present or future stamp, court or documentary, intangible, recording, filing or similar Taxes that arise from any payment made under, 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 Credit Document, except any such Taxes that are Other Connection Taxes imposed with respect to an assignment (other than an assignment made pursuant to Section 13.7(a)).
Overnight Rate” shall mean, for any day, the greater of (a) the Federal Funds Rate and (b) an overnight rate determined by the Administrative Agent or the applicable Issuing Bank, as the case may be, in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation.
Participant” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.6(c)(i).
Participant Register” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.6(c)(ii).
Patriot Act” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.18.
Payment in Full” shall mean the day the Total Commitment and each Letter of Credit have terminated (unless such Letters of Credit have been collateralized on terms and conditions reasonably satisfactory to each applicable Issuing Bank following the termination of the Total Commitment) and the Loans and Unpaid Drawings, together with interest, fees and all other Obligations incurred hereunder (other than contingent indemnification obligations not then due and payable) and Hedging Obligations under Secured Hedge Agreements and Cash Management Obligations under Secured Cash Management Agreements (except as to which arrangements satisfactory to the applicable Hedge Bank or Cash Management Bank, as the case may be, shall have been made), are paid in full in cash.
Payment Recipient” shall have the meaning provided in Section 12.15(a).
PBGC” shall mean the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation established pursuant to Section 4002 of ERISA, or any successor thereto.
Pension Plan” shall mean 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 Credit Party or any ERISA Affiliate or to which any Credit 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.
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Periodic Term SOFR Determination Day” shall have the meaning specified in the definition of “Term SOFR”.
Permitted Acquisition” shall mean the acquisition, by merger or otherwise, by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries of assets (including any assets constituting a business unit, line of business or division) or Equity Interests, so long as (a) if such acquisition involves the acquisition of Equity Interests of a Person that upon such acquisition would become a Subsidiary, such acquisition shall result in the issuer of such Equity Interests becoming a Restricted Subsidiary and, to the extent required by Section 9.10, a Guarantor or a Grantor; (b) such acquisition shall result in the Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, being granted a security interest in any Equity Interests or any assets so acquired to the extent required by Section 9.10; (c) immediately after giving effect to such acquisition, the Restricted Payment Conditions shall have been satisfied; and (d) immediately after giving effect to such acquisition, the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries shall be in compliance with Section 10.13.
Permitted Additional Debt” shall mean Junior Lien Indebtedness, any Permitted Convertible Debt and any unsecured senior, unsecured senior subordinated or unsecured subordinated loans or notes issued by the Borrower or a Guarantor after the Closing Date (a) the terms of which do not provide for any scheduled repayment, mandatory redemption or sinking fund obligation prior to the 181st day after the Maturity Date (other than customary offers to purchase upon a change of control (including customary offers to repurchase any Permitted Convertible Debt in connection with “fundamental change”), AHYDO payments, customary asset sale or casualty or condemnation event prepayments and customary acceleration rights after an event of default prior to the 181st day after the Maturity Date, any right of any holder of any Permitted Convertible Debt to convert, exchange or exercise such Permitted Convertible Debt, or any actual conversion, exchange or exercise of any Permitted Convertible Debt, in each case into or for common stock or other common equity interests of the Borrower and/or cash (in an amount determined by reference to the price of such common stock or other common equity interest), any optional right of the issuer of Permitted Convertible Debt to call such Permitted Convertible Debt for redemption or in the case of any loans or notes or other Indebtedness that are convertible into Qualified Equity Interests (including any Permitted Convertible Debt), payments in respect of any fractional shares that would otherwise be issued upon such conversion) and has a Weighted Average Life to Maturity equal to or greater than the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of the Facility, if applicable, (b) if such Indebtedness is subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations, the terms of such Indebtedness provide for customary subordination of such Indebtedness to the Obligations and is subject to a Subordination Agreement, (c) no Subsidiary of the Borrower (other than a Guarantor) is a borrower or guarantor with respect to such Indebtedness, (d) that does not restrict, by its terms, the prepayment or repayment of the Obligations, (e) the covenants, events of default, guarantees and other terms of which (other than interest rate, fees, funding discounts and redemption or prepayment premiums reasonably determined by the Borrower to be “market” rates, fees, discounts and premiums at the time of issuance or incurrence of any such Indebtedness), taken as a whole, shall be customary for high yield debt securities or Junior Lien Indebtedness (or in the case of any Permitted Convertible Debt, taken as a whole, shall be customary for convertible debt securities of such nature) and are determined by the Borrower to be no more restrictive on or less favorable to the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries than the terms of this Agreement (as in effect at the time of such issuance or incurrence), taken as a whole, except to the extent this Agreement is amended to incorporate any terms more restrictive than this Agreement, (f) shall not include any financial maintenance covenants nor prohibit prior repayment or prepayment of the Loans; provided that a certificate of an Authorized Officer of the Borrower delivered to the Administrative Agent at least five (5) Business Days prior to the incurrence or issuance of such Indebtedness (or such later date as may be acceptable to the Administrative Agent), 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 requirements shall be conclusive evidence that such terms and conditions satisfy the foregoing requirements and (g) if the Permitted Additional Debt constitutes Junior Lien Indebtedness, such Permitted Additional Debt shall be subject to a Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement and shall not be secured by any assets other than the Collateral.
Permitted Bond Hedge Transaction(s)” means any call or capped call option (or substantively equivalent derivative transaction) entered into by the Borrower in connection with the issuance of any Permitted Convertible Debt and requiring the counterparty thereto to deliver to the Borrower (i) shares of
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common stock of the Borrower (or other securities or property following a merger event or other change of the common stock of the Borrower), (ii) the cash value thereof or (iii) a combination thereof, in each case, from time to time upon exercise of such option; provided that (a) the purchase price for such Permitted Bond Hedge Transaction, less the proceeds received by the Borrower from the sale of any related Permitted Warrant Transaction, does not exceed the net proceeds received by the Borrower from the sale of such Permitted Convertible Debt issued in connection with the Permitted Bond Hedge Transaction and (b) the terms, conditions and covenants of each such transaction shall be such as are reasonable and customary for transactions of such type (as determined by Borrower in good faith and in its reasonable discretion).
Permitted Convertible Debt” means Indebtedness that is either (i) convertible into a fixed number (subject to customary anti-dilution adjustments, “make-whole” increases and other customary changes thereto) of shares of common stock of Borrower (and cash in lieu of fractional shares) (or other securities or property following a merger event or other change of the common stock of the Borrower), cash or any combination thereof (with the amount of such cash or such combination determined by reference to the market price of such common stock or such other securities) or (ii) sold as units with call options, warrants or rights to purchase (or substantially equivalent derivative transactions) that are exercisable for shares of common stock of the Borrower (and cash in lieu of fractional shares) (or other securities or property following a merger event or other change of the common stock of Borrower), cash or any combination thereof (with the amount of such cash or such combination determined by reference to the market price of such common stock or such other securities).
Permitted Intercompany Activities” shall mean any transactions between or among the Borrower and its Subsidiaries or Affiliates (for the avoidance of doubt, including Unrestricted Subsidiaries) that (x) in respect of clause (i) through (iii) below, are entered into in the ordinary course of business of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries and (y) in the good faith judgment of the Borrower, are necessary or advisable in connection with the ownership or operation of the business of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries or Affiliates, including (i) payroll, cash management, purchasing, insurance, indemnity and liability sharing and hedging arrangements (other than the hedging arrangements of any Unrestricted Subsidiaries), (ii) management, technology and licensing arrangements, but excluding other payments to the EHP Entities, (iii) purchase and sale of Hydrocarbons in connection with marketing activities, (iv) any Credit Party’s purchase of steam or electric power from the EHP Entity or any Credit Party’s transfer of water or Hydrocarbons to the EHP Entity; provided that such Credit Party shall receive consideration in connection with such transactions at least equal to its associated cost of production and shall pay an otherwise not unreasonable amount from a financial point of view for steam or electric power, (v) the lease between California Resources Elk Hills, LLC (formerly known as Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc.) and EHP, dated as of April 23, 2001 (and any subsequent amendments, extensions or modifications which are not materially adverse to the Lenders) and (vi) any rights-of-way, easements and servitudes granted by any Credit Party in favor of EHP.
Permitted Investments” shall mean:
(a)United States dollars;
(b)securities issued or directly and fully and unconditionally guaranteed or insured by the United States government or any agency or instrumentality thereof the securities of which are unconditionally guaranteed as a full faith and credit obligation of such government with maturities of twenty-four (24) months or less from the date of acquisition;
(c)certificates of deposit, time deposits and eurodollar time deposits with maturities of twenty-four (24) months or less from the date of acquisition, demand deposits, bankers’ acceptances with maturities not exceeding three (3) years and overnight bank deposits, in each case with any domestic or foreign commercial bank having capital and surplus of not less than $250,000,000 in the case of U.S. banks and $100,000,000 (or the United States dollar equivalent as of the date of determination) in the case of non-U.S. banks (any such bank in the forgoing an “Approved Bank”);
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(d)repurchase obligations for underlying securities of the types described in clauses (b) and (c) above or clauses (f) and (g) below entered into with any financial institution or recognized securities dealer meeting the qualifications specified in clause (c) above;
(e)commercial paper and variable or fixed rate notes issued by an Approved Bank (or by the parent company thereof) or any variable or fixed rate note issued by, or guaranteed by, a corporation by, a corporation (other than structured investment vehicles and other than corporations used in structured financing transactions) rated at least A-2 (or the equivalent thereof) by S&P or at least P-2 (or the equivalent thereof) or better by Moody’s (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 twelve (12) months after the date of acquisition thereof;
(f)marketable short-term money market and similar liquid funds having a rating of at least P-2 (or the equivalent thereof) or A-2 (or the equivalent thereof) 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);
(g)readily marketable direct obligations issued or fully guaranteed by any state, commonwealth or territory of the United States or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof; provided, that each such readily marketable direct obligation shall have an Investment Grade Rating from either Moody’s or S&P or Moody’s (or the equivalent thereof) (or, if at any time neither Moody’s nor S&P or Moody’s (or the equivalent thereof) shall be rating such obligations, an equivalent rating from another nationally recognized statistical rating agency selected by the Borrower) with maturities of thirty-six (36) months or less from the date of acquisition;
(h)Investments with average maturities of twelve (12) months or less from the date of acquisition in money market funds rated AAA- (or the equivalent thereof) or better by S&P or Aaa3 (or the equivalent thereof) or better by Moody’s (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
(i)investment funds investing substantially all of their assets in securities of the types described in clauses (a) through (h) above.
Permitted Liens” shall mean:
(a)Liens for taxes, assessments or governmental charges or claims not yet overdue for a period of more than thirty (30) days or that are being contested in good faith and by appropriate proceedings diligently conducted, for which appropriate reserves have been established in accordance with GAAP (or in the case of any Foreign Subsidiary, the comparable accounting principles in the relevant jurisdiction), or for property taxes on property that the Borrower or one of its Subsidiaries has determined to abandon if the sole recourse for such tax, assessment, charge or claim is to such property;
(b)Liens in respect of property or assets of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries imposed by law, such as landlords’, sublandlords’, vendors’, operators’, suppliers’, carriers’, warehousemen’s, repairmen’s, construction contractors’, workers’, materialmen’s and mechanics’ Liens and other similar Liens arising in the ordinary course of business or incident to the exploration, development, operation or maintenance of Oil and Gas Properties, in each case so long as such Liens arise in the ordinary course of business and do not individually or in the aggregate have a Material Adverse Effect and (i) are not overdue for a period of more than sixty (60) days or (ii) are being contested in good faith by appropriate action and for which adequate reserves have been maintained in accordance with GAAP;
(c)Liens arising from judgments or decrees in circumstances not constituting an Event of Default under Section 11.9;
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(d)Liens incurred or pledges or deposits made in connection with workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and other types of social security, old age pension, public liability obligations or similar legislation, and deposits securing liabilities to insurance carriers under insurance or self-insurance arrangements in respect of such obligations, or to secure (or secure the Liens securing) liability for reimbursement or indemnification obligations of (including obligations in respect of letters of credit or bank guarantees for the benefit of) insurance carriers providing property, casualty or liability insurance to the Borrower or any Subsidiary;
(e)deposits and other Liens securing (or securing the bonds or similar instruments securing) the performance of tenders, statutory obligations, plugging and abandonment or decommissioning obligations, surety, stay, customs and appeal bonds, bids, leases, government contracts, trade contracts, performance and return-of-money bonds and other similar obligations (including letters of credit issued in lieu of such bonds or to support the issuance thereof) incurred in the ordinary course of business or in a manner consistent with past practice or industry practice including those incurred to secure health, safety and environmental obligations in the ordinary course of business, or otherwise constituting Investments permitted by Section 10.5;
(f)ground leases, subleases, licenses or sublicenses in respect of real property (other than any Oil and Gas Properties) on which facilities owned or leased by the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries are located;
(g)easements, rights-of-way, restrictive covenants, licenses, restrictions (including zoning restrictions), title defects, exceptions, reservations, deficiencies or irregularities in title, encroachments, protrusions, servitudes, rights, eminent domain or condemnation rights, permits, conditions and covenants and other similar charges or encumbrances (including in any rights-of-way or other property of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries for the purpose of roads, pipelines, transmission lines, transportation lines, distribution lines for the removal of gas, oil or other minerals or timber, and other like purposes, or for joint or common use of real estate, rights of way, facilities and equipment) not (i) interfering in any material respect with the business of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, (ii) securing monetary obligations or (iii) materially impairing the value of the affected Borrowing Base Properties, taken as a whole and, to the extent reasonably agreed by the Administrative Agent, any exception on the title reports issued in connection with any Borrowing Base Property;
(h)(i) any interest or title of a lessor, sublessor, licensor or sublicensor under any lease, liens reserved in oil, gas or other Hydrocarbons, minerals, leases for bonus, royalty or rental payments and for compliance with the terms of such lease and (ii) any interest or title of a lessor, sublessor, licensor or sublicensor or secured by a lessor’s, sublessor’s, licensor’s or sublicensor’s interest under any lease, sublease, license or sublicense entered into by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in the ordinary course of business or otherwise permitted by this Agreement and not securing Indebtedness;
(i)Liens in favor of customs and revenue authorities arising as a matter of law to secure payment of customs duties in connection with the importation of goods;
(j)Liens on goods or inventory the purchase, shipment or storage price of which is financed by a documentary letter of credit or bankers’ acceptance issued for the account of the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries; provided that such Lien secures only the obligations of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiaries in respect of such letter of credit or bankers’ acceptance to the extent permitted under Section 10.1;
(k)leases, licenses, subleases or sublicenses granted to others not (i) interfering in any material respect with the business of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole or (ii) securing any Indebtedness for borrowed money;
(l)Liens arising from precautionary UCC financing statement or similar filings made in respect of operating leases entered into by the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries;
(m)Liens created in the ordinary course of business in favor of banks and other financial institutions over credit balances of any bank accounts, commodity trading accounts or other brokerage
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accounts of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries held at such banks or financial institutions, as the case may be, in the ordinary course of business;
(n)Liens which arise in the ordinary course of business under operating agreements (including preferential purchase rights, consents to assignment and other restraints on alienation), joint operating agreements, joint venture agreements, oil and gas partnership agreements, oil and gas leases, Farm-Out Agreements, Farm-In Agreements, division orders, contracts for the sale, gathering, transportation or exchange of oil and natural gas, unitization and pooling declarations and agreements, area of mutual interest agreements, royalty and overriding royalty agreements, reversionary interests, marketing agreements, processing agreements, net profits agreements, development agreements, gas balancing or deferred production agreements, injection, repressuring and recycling agreements, salt water or other disposal agreements, seismic or other geophysical permits or agreements, and other agreements that are usual or customary in the Energy Business and are for claims which are not delinquent or that are being contested in good faith and by appropriate proceedings for which appropriate reserves have been established to the extent required by and in accordance with GAAP; provided that any such Lien referred to in this clause does not materially impair the use of the property covered by such Lien for the purposes for which such property is held by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary or materially impair the value of the affected Borrowing Base Properties, taken as a whole;
(o)Liens on pipelines, pipeline facilities and other midstream assets or facilities that arise by operation of law or other like Liens arising by operation of law in the ordinary course of business and incidental to the exploration, development, operation and maintenance of Oil and Gas Properties;
(p)(i) zoning, building, entitlement and other land use regulations by Governmental Authorities with which the normal operation of the business complies and (ii) any zoning or similar law or right reserved to or vested in any Governmental Authority to control or regulate the use of any real property that does not materially interfere with the ordinary conduct of the business of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole;
(q)Liens on equipment of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary granted in the ordinary course of business to the Borrower’s or such Restricted Subsidiary’s client at which such equipment is located;
(r)security given to a public utility or any municipality or governmental authority when required by such utility or authority in connection with the operations of that Person in the ordinary course of business;
(s)Liens arising under statutory provisions of applicable law with respect to production purchased from others; and
(t)deposits of cash with the owner or lessor of premises leased and operated by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries to secure the performance of the Borrower’s or such Subsidiary’s obligations under the terms of the lease for such premises.
Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness” shall mean, with respect to any Indebtedness (the “Refinanced Indebtedness”), any Indebtedness issued or incurred in exchange for, or the net proceeds of which are used to modify, extend, refinance, renew, replace or refund (collectively to “Refinance” or a “Refinancing” or “Refinanced”), such Refinanced Indebtedness (or previous refinancing thereof constituting Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness); provided that (A) the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) of any such Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness does not exceed the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) of the Refinanced Indebtedness outstanding immediately prior to such Refinancing except by an amount equal to the unpaid accrued interest and premium thereon and other amounts paid in connection with the defeasance or discharge of such Indebtedness plus other amounts paid consisting of original issue discount or fees and expenses incurred in connection with such Refinancing, (B) the direct and contingent obligors with respect to such Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness immediately prior to such Refinancing are not changed as a result of such Refinancing (except that a Guarantor may be added as an additional obligor and except as may change pursuant to subclause (G) below), (C) other than with respect to a Refinancing in respect of Indebtedness incurred
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pursuant to Section 10.1(g), such Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness shall have 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 Refinanced Indebtedness, (D) subject to clause (G) below, the terms and conditions of any such Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness, taken as a whole, are not materially less favorable to the Lenders than the terms and conditions of the Refinanced Indebtedness being Refinanced (including, if applicable, as to collateral priority and subordination, but excluding as to interest rates, fees, floors, funding discounts and redemption or prepayment premiums) or are customary for similar Indebtedness in light of current market conditions, (E) if the Refinanced Indebtedness is subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations, such Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness shall be subordinated to the Obligations, subject to a Subordination Agreement on terms no less favorable to the Secured Parties than such Refinanced Indebtedness, (F) if the Refinanced Indebtedness constitutes Junior Lien Indebtedness, such Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness shall be pari passu in right of payment with any other Junior Lien Indebtedness and unsecured, or if secured, subject to a Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement and shall not be secured by any assets other than the Collateral and (G) if the Refinanced Indebtedness is secured as permitted by Section 10.2(f), such Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness shall be unsecured, or if secured, subject to a Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement and shall not be secured by any assets that do not secure such Refinanced Indebtedness. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness in respect of Permitted Additional Debt must constitute Permitted Additional Debt. A certificate of an Authorized Officer of the Borrower delivered to the Administrative Agent at least five (5) Business Days prior to the incurrence or issuance of such Indebtedness (or such later date as may be acceptable to the Administrative Agent), 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 requirements set forth in the definition of “Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness” shall be conclusive evidence that such terms and conditions satisfy the foregoing requirements.
Permitted Warrant Transaction(s)” means any call option, warrant or right to purchase (or substantively equivalent derivative transaction) relating to the Borrower’s common stock (or other securities or property following a merger event or other change of the common stock of the Borrower) and/or cash (in an amount determined by reference to the price of such common stock or such other securities) sold by the Borrower substantially concurrently with any purchase by the Borrower of a related Permitted Bond Hedge Transaction; provided that the terms, conditions and covenants of each such transaction shall be such as are reasonable and customary for transactions of such type (as determined by Borrower in good faith and in its reasonable discretion).
Person” shall mean any individual, partnership, joint venture, firm, corporation, limited liability company, association, trust or other enterprise or any Governmental Authority.
Petroleum Industry Standards” shall mean the Definitions for Oil and Gas Reserves promulgated by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (or any generally recognized successor) as in effect at the time in question.
Plan” shall mean any employee benefit plan within the meaning of Section 3(3) of ERISA, that is or was within any of the preceding six plan years sponsored, maintained for or contributed to by (or to which there is or was an obligation to contribute or to make payments to) any Credit Party, or with respect to which any Credit Party has any actual or contingent liability.
Prime Rate” shall mean the rate of interest per annum determined and publicly announced by Citi from time to time as its prime commercial lending rate for Dollar loans in the United States for such day. The Prime Rate is not necessarily the lowest rate that Citi is charging any corporate customer.
Proceeding” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.5(b).
Production Payments and Reserve Sales” shall mean the grant or transfer by the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries to any Person of the right to receive all or a portion of the production or the proceeds from the sale of production attributable to such properties where the holder of such interest has recourse solely to such production or proceeds of production, subject to the obligation of the grantor or transferor to operate and maintain, or cause the subject interests to be operated and maintained, in a
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reasonably prudent manner or other customary standard or subject to the obligation of the grantor or transferor to indemnify for environmental, title or other matters customary in the oil and gas exploration and development business, including any such grants or transfers.
Production Sharing Contract” shall mean one or more contracts, agreements or similar instruments governing the sharing of production constituting Proved Reserves, on which Proved Reserves or contracts, agreements or similar instruments, a Lien cannot be granted without the consent of a third party or on which a Lien is contractually or statutorily prohibited.
Production Sharing Entities” shall mean (i) California Resources Long Beach, Inc., a Delaware corporation, for so long as it is party to a Production Sharing Contract, (ii) Tidelands Oil Production Company, LLC, a Texas limited liability company, for so long as it is party to a Production Sharing Contract, (iii) Thums Long Beach Company, a Delaware corporation, for so long as it is party to a Production Sharing Contract and (iv) any other Subsidiary party to any Production Sharing Contract, for so long as it is party to a Production Sharing Contract.
Projections” shall mean financial estimates, forecasts and other forward-looking information prepared by or on behalf of the Borrower or any of its representatives and that have been made available to any Lenders or the Administrative Agent in connection with the Transactions or the other transactions contemplated hereby.
Proposed Acquisition” shall have the meaning provided in Section 10.10(a).
Proposed Borrowing Base” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.14(c)(i).
Proposed Borrowing Base Notice” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.14(c)(ii).
Proved Developed Producing Reserves” shall mean oil and gas mineral interests that, in accordance with Petroleum Industry Standards, are classified as both “Proved Reserves” and “Developed Producing Reserves.”
Proved Developed Reserves” shall mean oil and gas mineral interests that, in accordance with Petroleum Industry Standards, are classified as both “Proved Reserves” and one of the following: (a) “Developed Producing Reserves” or (b) “Developed Non-Producing Reserves.”
Proved Reserves” shall mean oil and gas mineral interests that, in accordance with Petroleum Industry Standards, are classified as both “Proved Reserves” and one of the following: (a) “Developed Producing Reserves”, (b) “Developed Non-Producing Reserves” or (c) “Undeveloped Reserves”.
PTE” shall mean a prohibited transaction class exemption issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, as any such exemption may be amended from time to time.
PV-9” shall mean, with respect to any Proved Reserves expected to be produced from any Borrowing Base Properties, the net present value, discounted at nine percent (9%) per annum, of the future net revenues expected to accrue to the Borrower and Grantors’ collective interests in such reserves during the remaining expected economic lives of such reserves, calculated in accordance with the Bank Price Deck.
QFC” shall have the meaning assigned to the term “qualified financial contract” in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. 5390(c)(8)(D).
QFC Credit Support” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.25.
Qualified Acquisition” shall mean an acquisition or a series of related acquisitions in which the consideration paid by the Credit Parties is equal to or greater than $50,000,000.
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Qualified Disposition” shall mean a Disposition or a series of related Dispositions in which the consideration received by the Credit Parties is equal to or greater than $50,000,000.
Qualified ECP Guarantor” shall mean, in respect of any Swap Obligation, each of the Borrower, any Restricted Subsidiary and any Guarantor that has total assets exceeding $10,000,000 at the time such Swap Obligation is incurred or such other person as constitutes an ECP under the Commodity Exchange Act or any regulations promulgated thereunder.
Qualified Equity Interests” shall mean any Equity Interests of the Borrower other than Disqualified Stock.
Recipient” shall mean (a) any Agent or (b) any Lender, as applicable.
Redetermination Date” shall mean, with respect to any Scheduled Redetermination or any Interim Redetermination, the date that the redetermined Borrowing Base related thereto becomes effective pursuant to Section 2.14(d).
Refinance” shall have the meaning provided in the definition of “Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness.”
Refinanced Indebtedness” shall have the meaning assigned to such term in the definition of “Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness.”
Register” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.6(b)(iv).
Regulation T” shall mean Regulation T of the Board as from time to time in effect and any successor to all or a portion thereof establishing margin requirements.
Regulation U” shall mean Regulation U of the Board as from time to time in effect and any successor to all or a portion thereof establishing margin requirements.
Regulation X” shall mean Regulation X of the Board as from time to time in effect and any successor to all or a portion thereof establishing margin requirements.
Reimbursement Date” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.4(a).
Related Indemnified Person” shall mean, with respect to an Indemnitee, (1) any controlling Person or controlled Affiliate of such Indemnitee, (2) the respective directors, officers, or employees of such Indemnitee or any of its controlling Persons or controlled Affiliates and (3) the respective agents and representatives of such Indemnitee or any of its controlling Persons or controlled Affiliates, in the case of this clause (3), acting at the instructions of such Indemnitee, controlling Person or such controlled Affiliate.
Related Party” shall mean, with respect to any Agent or any Lender, its Affiliates and the officers, directors, employees, agents, attorney-in-fact, attorneys, representatives, partners, members, trustees and advisors of such Agent or Lender and of such Agent’s or Lender’s Affiliates.
Release” shall mean any release, spill, emission, discharge, disposal, leaking, pumping, pouring, dumping, emitting, migrating, emptying, injecting or leaching into, through, or from the air, surface water, groundwater, sediment, land surface or subsurface strata.
Relevant Governmental Body” shall mean the Board or the NYFRB, or a committee officially endorsed or convened by Board or the NYFRB, or any successor thereto.
Reportable Event” shall mean an event described in Section 4043(c) of ERISA and the regulations thereunder, other than any event as to which the thirty (30) day notice period has been waived.
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Required Cash Collateral Amount” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.7(c).
Required Lenders” shall mean, at any date, (a) Non-Defaulting Lenders having or holding at least sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66.67%) of the Adjusted Total Commitment at such date or (b) if the Total Commitment has been terminated, Non-Defaulting Lenders having or holding at least sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66.67%) of the outstanding principal amount of the Loans and Letter of Credit Exposure (excluding the Loans and Letter of Credit Exposure of Defaulting Lenders) in the aggregate at such date.
Requirement of Law” shall mean, as to any Person, any law, treaty, rule, regulation, statute, order, ordinance, decree, judgment, consent decree, writ, injunction, settlement agreement or governmental requirement enacted, promulgated or imposed or entered into or agreed by any Governmental Authority, in each case applicable to or binding upon such Person or any of its property or assets or to which such Person or any of its property or assets is subject.
Reserve Report” shall mean (a) the Initial Reserve Report, (b) any other subsequent report, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, or (c) any other engineering data reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, setting forth, as of each December 31 or June 30 (or such other date as contemplated by this Agreement with respect to Interim Redeterminations or otherwise reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent) the Proved Reserves and the Proved Developed Reserves of the Borrower and the Credit Parties (or of Oil and Gas Properties to be acquired, provided that any Oil and Gas Properties not yet acquired shall be expressly designated as such), together with a projection of the rate of production and future net revenues, operating expenses (including production taxes and ad valorem expenses) and capital expenditures with respect thereto as of such date, based upon the PV-9 of the Proved Reserves and Proved Developed Reserves set forth therein; provided that in connection with any Interim Redeterminations of the Borrowing Base pursuant to the last sentence of Section 2.14(b), the Borrower shall only be required, for purposes of updating the Reserve Report, to set forth such additional Proved Reserves and related information as are the subject of such acquisition.
Reserve Report Certificate” shall mean a certificate of an Authorized Officer in substantially the form of Exhibit A certifying as to the matters set forth in Section 9.13(c).
Resolution Authority” shall mean an EEA Resolution Authority or, with respect to any UK Financial Institution, a UK Resolution Authority.
Restricted Payment Conditions” shall mean as of any date of determination, on a pro forma basis for the transaction with respect to which the Restricted Payment Conditions are being evaluated, either:
(u)(i) no Default, Event of Default or Borrowing Base Deficiency shall have occurred and be continuing, (ii) the Available Commitment is not less than twenty percent (20.0%) of the Total Commitment, (iii) the Consolidated Total Net Leverage Ratio is less than or equal to 2.50 to 1.00 and (iv) Distributable Free Cash Flow is greater than or equal to zero on such date of determination; or
(v)(i) no Default, Event of Default or Borrowing Base Deficiency shall have occurred and be continuing, (ii) the Available Commitment is not less than twenty five percent (25.0%) of the Total Commitment and (iii) the Consolidated Total Net Leverage Ratio is less than or equal to 1.75 to 1.00.
Restricted Payments” shall have the meaning provided in Section 10.6.
Restricted Subsidiary” shall mean any Subsidiary of the Borrower other than an Unrestricted Subsidiary.
S&P” shall mean Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services or any successor by merger or consolidation to its business.
Sanctions” shall mean economic or financial sanctions or trade embargoes imposed, administered or enforced from time to time by (a) the U.S. government, including those administered by
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OFAC or the U.S. Department of State or (b) the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, His Majesty’s Treasury of the United Kingdom or other applicable sanctions authority.
Sanctions Laws” shall mean the following, in each case, to the extent enacted and in effect: (a) laws, regulations, and rules promulgated or administered by OFAC to implement U.S. sanctions programs, including any enabling legislation or Executive Order related thereto, as amended from time to time; (b) the US Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act and the regulations and rules promulgated thereunder, as amended from time to time; (c) the U.S. Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act and the regulations and rules promulgated thereunder, as amended from time to time; (d) the US Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act and the regulations and rules promulgated thereunder (e) the sanctions and other restrictive measures applied by the European Union in pursuit of the Common Foreign and Security Policy objectives set out in the Treaty on European Union; and (f) any similar sanctions laws as may be enacted from time to time in the future by the U.S., the European Union (and its member states), or the U.N. Security Council or any other legislative body of the United Nations; and any corresponding laws of jurisdictions in which the Borrower operates or in which the proceeds of the Loans will be used or from which repayments of the Obligations will be derived.
Scheduled Redetermination” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.14(b).
Scheduled Redetermination Date” shall mean the date on which a Borrowing Base that has been redetermined pursuant to a Scheduled Redetermination becomes effective as provided in Section 2.14.
SEC” shall mean the Securities and Exchange Commission or any successor thereto.
Secured Cash Management Agreement” shall mean any agreement related to Cash Management Services by and between the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries and any Cash Management Bank.
Secured Hedge Agreement” shall mean (i) any Hedge Agreement by and between the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries and any Hedge Bank and (ii) the Specified Hedge Agreements.
Secured Parties” shall mean, collectively, the Administrative Agent, the Collateral Agent, each Issuing Bank, each Lender, each Hedge Bank that is party to any Secured Hedge Agreement, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (or its Affiliates) (solely to the extent of the Specified Hedge Agreements as in existence on the Closing Date), each Cash Management Bank that is a party to any Secured Cash Management Agreement and each sub-agent appointed pursuant to Section 12.2 by the Administrative Agent with respect to matters relating to the Credit Documents or by the Collateral Agent with respect to matters relating to any Security Document.
Securities Account” shall mean any securities account maintained by the Credit Parties, including any “security accounts” under Article 9 of the UCC. All funds in such Securities Accounts (other than Excluded Accounts) shall be conclusively presumed to be Collateral and proceeds of Collateral and the Agents and the Lenders shall have no duty to inquire as to the source of the amounts on deposit in the Securities Accounts.
Securities Account Control Agreement” has the meaning specified in Section 9.16(a).
Security Documents” shall mean, collectively, (a) the Collateral Agreement, (b)  the Mortgages, (c) any Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement and (d) each other security agreement or other instrument or document executed and delivered pursuant to Section 9.10 or 9.12 or pursuant to any other such Security Documents or otherwise in order to secure or perfect the security interest in any or all of the Obligations.
Senior Notes” shall mean those certain 7.125% senior notes issued pursuant to the Senior Notes Indenture, as such Senior Notes may be amended, restated, amended and restated, supplemented, extended, replaced, exchanged, refinanced or otherwise modified from time to time in accordance with, and as permitted by, this Agreement.
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Senior Notes Indenture” shall mean that certain Indenture dated as of January 20, 2021, by and among the Borrower, as issuer and Wilmington Trust, National Association, as trustee, as may be amended, restated, amended and restated, supplemented, extended, replaced, exchanged, refinanced or otherwise modified from time to time in accordance with, and as permitted by, this Agreement.
Service Agreement Undertakings” shall mean agreements to pay fees and other consideration in respect of agreed quantities of marketing, transportation and/or other similar services in connection with reasonably anticipated (i) production from Oil and Gas Properties of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries and (ii) associated production of non-operators and royalty and similar interest owners, in each case which fees and other consideration are payable whether or not such services are utilized.
SFAS 87” has the meaning set forth in the definition of the term “Unfunded Current Liability”.
SOFR” shall mean a rate equal to the secured overnight financing rate as administered by the SOFR Administrator.
SOFR Administrator” shall mean the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (or a successor administrator of the secured overnight financing rate).
SOFR Loan” shall mean a Loan that bears interest at a rate based on Adjusted Term SOFR, other than pursuant to clause (c) of the definition of “ABR”.
Solvent” shall mean, with respect to any Person on any date of determination, that on such date (i)(a) the fair value of the assets of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, exceeds, on a consolidated basis, their debts and liabilities, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, (b) the present fair saleable value of the property of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, is greater than the amount that will be required to pay the probable liability, on a consolidated basis, of their debts and other liabilities, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, as such debts and other liabilities become absolute and matured or (c) such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, are able to pay their debts and liabilities, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, as such liabilities become absolute and matured and (ii) such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, are not engaged in, and are not about to engage in, business for which they have unreasonably small capital. The amount of any contingent liability at any time shall be computed as the amount that would reasonably be expected to become an actual and matured liability.
Specified Hedge Agreements” means any Hedge Agreement as of the Closing Date governed by that certain ISDA 2002 Master Agreement, dated as of July 20, 2021, including the schedules and trade confirmations thereto, between JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (or its Affiliates) and one or more Credit Parties; provided, that only such trade confirmations and hedge transactions in existence as of the Closing Date shall constitute a Specified Hedge Agreement hereunder (but not any Hedge Agreements or trade confirmations entered into after the Closing Date, nor any extension of any Hedge Agreement or trade confirmation in existence as of the Closing Date).
Specified Transaction” shall mean any acquisition, Investment, Disposition, incurrence or repayment of Indebtedness, Restricted Payment or Subsidiary designation that by the terms of this Agreement requires a financial ratio or test to be calculated on a pro forma basis.
SPV” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.6(g).
SPV Loan” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.6(c)(ii).
Stated Amount” of any Letter of Credit shall mean the maximum amount from time to time available to be drawn thereunder, determined without regard to whether any conditions to drawing could then be met.
Subagent” shall have the meaning provided in Section 12.2.
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Subordination Agreement” shall mean a subordination agreement in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent and/or the Collateral Agent, the Borrower and the Majority Lenders, among the Administrative Agent, the representative on behalf of any holders of senior subordinated or subordinated Permitted Additional Debt, the Borrower, the Guarantors and the other parties party thereto from time to time.
Subsidiary” shall mean, with respect to any Person: (1) any corporation, association, or other business entity (other than a partnership, joint venture, limited liability company or similar entity) of which more than fifty percent (50.0%) of the total Voting Equity is at the time of determination owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by such Person or one or more of the other Subsidiaries of that Person or a combination thereof; and (2) any partnership, joint venture, limited liability company or similar entity of which: (a) more than fifty percent (50.0%) of the Voting Equity or general partnership interests, as applicable, are owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by such Person or one or more of the other Subsidiaries of that Person or a combination thereof whether in the form of membership, general, special or limited partnership or otherwise, and (b) such Person or any Restricted Subsidiary of such Person is a controlling general partner or otherwise controls such entity.
Subsidiary Grantor” shall mean each Subsidiary Guarantor and each Production Sharing Entity.
Subsidiary Guarantor” shall mean each Subsidiary that is a Guarantor.
Subsidiary Redesignation” shall have the meaning provided in the definition of “Unrestricted Subsidiary” contained in this Section 1.1.
Successor Borrower” shall have the meaning provided in Section 10.3(a)(i).
Supported QFC” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 13.25.
Swap Obligation” shall mean, 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 PV” shall mean, with respect to any commodity Hedge Agreement, the present value, discounted at nine percent (9%) per annum, of the future receipts expected to be paid to the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries under such Hedge Agreement netted against the Administrative Agent’s then current Bank Price Deck; provided, that the “Swap PV” shall never be less than $0.00.
Swap Termination Value” shall mean, in respect of any one or more Hedge Agreements, after taking into account the effect of any legally enforceable netting agreement relating to such Hedge Agreements, (a) for any date on or after the date such Hedge Agreements have been closed out and termination value(s) determined in accordance therewith, the sum of any unpaid amount in respect of such Hedge Agreement and 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 Hedge Agreements, as determined based upon one or more mid-market or other readily available quotations provided by any recognized dealer in such Hedge Agreements (which may include a Lender or any Affiliate of a Lender).
Taxes” shall mean all present or future taxes, levies, imposts, duties, deductions, withholdings (including backup withholding), assessments, fees or other charges imposed by any Governmental Authority, including any interest, additions to tax or penalties applicable thereto.
Term SOFR” shall mean,
(w)for any calculation with respect to a SOFR Loan, the Term SOFR Reference Rate for a tenor comparable to the applicable Interest Period on the day (such day, the “Periodic Term SOFR Determination Day”) that is two (2) U.S. Government Securities Business Days prior to the first (1st) day of such Interest Period, as such rate is published by the Term SOFR Administrator; provided, however, that if as of 5:00 p.m. (New York City time) on any Periodic Term SOFR Determination Day the Term
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SOFR Reference Rate for the applicable tenor has not been published by the Term SOFR Administrator and a Benchmark Replacement Date with respect to the Term SOFR Reference Rate has not occurred, then Term SOFR will be the Term SOFR Reference Rate for such tenor as published by the Term SOFR Administrator on the first preceding U.S. Government Securities Business Day for which such Term SOFR Reference Rate for such tenor was published by the Term SOFR Administrator so long as such first preceding U.S. Government Securities Business Day is not more than three (3) U.S. Government Securities Business Days prior to such Periodic Term SOFR Determination Day, and
(x)for any calculation with respect to an ABR Loan on any day, the Term SOFR Reference Rate for a tenor of one (1) month on the day (such day, the “ABR Term SOFR Determination Day”) that is two (2) U.S. Government Securities Business Days prior to such day as such rate is published by the Term SOFR Administrator; provided, however, that if as of 5:00 p.m. (New York City time) on any ABR Term SOFR Determination Day the Term SOFR Reference Rate for the applicable tenor has not been published by the Term SOFR Administrator and a Benchmark Replacement Date with respect to the Term SOFR Reference Rate has not occurred, then Term SOFR will be the Term SOFR Reference Rate for such tenor as published by the Term SOFR Administrator on the first preceding U.S. Government Securities Business Day for which such Term SOFR Reference Rate for such tenor was published by the Term SOFR Administrator so long as such first preceding U.S. Government Securities Business Day is not more than three (3) U.S. Government Securities Business Days prior to such ABR Term SOFR Determination day.
Term SOFR Adjustment” shall mean, for any calculation with respect to a SOFR Loan, 0.10%.
Term SOFR Administrator” shall mean CME Group Benchmark Administration Limited (CBA) (or a successor administrator of the Term SOFR Reference Rate selected by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion).
Term SOFR Reference Rate” shall mean the forward-looking term rate based on SOFR.
Termination Date” shall mean the earlier to occur of (a) the Maturity Date and (b) the date on which the Total Commitment shall have terminated.
Test Period” shall mean, for any date of determination under this Agreement, any period of four (4) consecutive fiscal quarters ending on the last day of such applicable fiscal quarter.
Total Commitment” shall mean the sum of the Commitments of the Lenders.
Total Exposure” shall mean, with respect to any Lender at any time, the sum of (a) the aggregate principal amount of the Loans of such Lender then outstanding and (b) such Lender’s Letter of Credit Exposure at such time.
Transaction Expenses” shall mean any fees or expenses incurred or paid by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries in connection with the Transactions (including expenses in connection with hedging transactions (including termination or amendment thereof), if any, payments to officers, employees and directors as change of control payments, severance payments or special or retention bonuses and payments or charges for payments on account of phantom stock units, restricted stock, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock units and options (including the repurchase or rollover of, or modifications to, the foregoing awards)), this Agreement and the other Credit Documents and the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby.
Transactions” shall mean, collectively, the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement and the other Credit Documents, the borrowing of the Loans, the use of the proceeds thereof, the issuance of Letters of Credit hereunder, the payment of Transaction Expenses and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the Credit Documents.
Transferee” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.6(e).
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Type” shall mean, as to any Loan, its nature as an ABR Loan or a SOFR Loan.
UCC” shall mean the Uniform Commercial Code of the State of New York or of any other state the laws of which are required to be applied in connection with the perfection of security interests in any Collateral.
UCP” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.8.
UK Financial Institution” shall mean any BRRD Undertaking (as such term is defined under the PRA Rulebook (as amended form time to time) promulgated by the United Kingdom Prudential Regulation Authority) or any person falling within IFPRU 11.6 of the FCA Handbook (as amended from time to time) promulgated by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority, which includes certain credit institutions and investment firms, and certain affiliates of such credit institutions or investment firms.
UK Resolution Authority” shall mean the Bank of England or any other public administrative authority having responsibility for the resolution of any UK Financial Institution.
Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement” shall mean the applicable Benchmark Replacement excluding the related Benchmark Replacement Adjustment.
Unfunded Current Liability” of any Plan shall mean the amount, if any, by which the Accumulated Benefit Obligation (as defined under Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 87 (“SFAS 87”)) under the Plan as of the close of its most recent plan year, determined in accordance with SFAS 87 as in effect on the date hereof, exceeds the Fair Market Value of the assets allocable thereto.
Uniform Customs” shall mean, with respect to any Letter of Credit, the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits as approved by the International Chamber of Commerce, commencing on July 1, 2007 (or such later version thereof as may be in effect at the time of issuance).
Unpaid Drawing” shall have the meaning provided in Section 3.4(a).
Unrestricted Cash” shall mean cash or cash equivalents (including Permitted Investments) of the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries that would not appear as “restricted” on a consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries; provided (a) cash or cash equivalents (including Permitted Investments) that would appear as “restricted” on a consolidated balance sheet of Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries solely because such cash or cash equivalents (including Permitted Investments) are subject to a Deposit Account Control Agreement or a Securities Account Control Agreement in favor of the Collateral Agent shall constitute Unrestricted Cash hereunder, (b) cash and cash equivalents shall be included in the determination of Unrestricted Cash only to the extent that such cash and cash equivalents are maintained in accounts subject to a Deposit Account Control Agreement or a Securities Account Control Agreement in favor of the Collateral Agent shall constitute Unrestricted Cash and (c) cash and cash equivalents that are maintained in accounts to the extent required under this Agreement to cash collateralize Letter of Credit Exposure shall not be included in Unrestricted Cash.
Unrestricted Subsidiary” shall mean (a) any Subsidiary of the Borrower that is formed or acquired after the Closing Date if, at such time or promptly thereafter, the Borrower designates such Subsidiary as an “Unrestricted Subsidiary” in a written notice to the Administrative Agent, (b) any Restricted Subsidiary designated as an Unrestricted Subsidiary by the Borrower in a written notice to the Administrative Agent; provided that in the case of each of clauses (a) and (b), (i) such designation shall be deemed to be an Investment (or reduction in an outstanding Investment, in the case of a designation of an Unrestricted Subsidiary as a Restricted Subsidiary) on the date of such designation in an amount equal to the Fair Market Value of the Borrower’s investment therein on such date and such designation shall be permitted only to the extent such Investment is permitted under Section 10.5 on the date of such designation, (ii) in the case of clauses (a) and (b), such designation shall be deemed to be a Disposition pursuant to which the provisions of Section 2.14(f) will apply to the extent contemplated thereby, (iii) no Default, Event of Default or Borrowing Base Deficiency exists or would result from such designation
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immediately after giving effect thereto, (iv) immediately after giving pro forma effect to such designation, the Borrower shall be in compliance with the Financial Performance Covenants on a pro forma basis, (v) all representations and warranties made by any Credit Party contained herein or in the other Credit Documents shall be true and correct in all material respects with the same effect as though such representations and warranties had been made on and as of the date of such designation (except where such representations and warranties expressly relate to an earlier date, in which case such representations and warranties shall have been true and correct in all material respects as of such earlier date and except that any representation and warranty that is qualified as to “materiality,” “Material Adverse Effect” or similar language shall be true and correct (after giving effect to any qualification therein) in all respects on such respective dates) and (vi) at the time of such designation, if such Subsidiary owns any Borrowing Base Properties, such designation shall be deemed a Disposition of such Borrowing Base Properties and shall otherwise be in compliance with this Agreement, (c) each Subsidiary of an Unrestricted Subsidiary and (d) upon the EHP Designation Date, the EHP Entities. Other than the EHP Entities, no Subsidiary may be designated as an Unrestricted Subsidiary if, after such designation, it would be a “Restricted Subsidiary” for the purpose of any Permitted Additional Debt or any Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof or if, immediately prior to such designation, such Subsidiary is a party to a Secured Hedge Agreement (except if arrangements satisfactory to the applicable Hedge Bank have been made). The Borrower may, by written notice to the Administrative Agent, re-designate any Unrestricted Subsidiary as a Restricted Subsidiary (each, a “Subsidiary Redesignation”), and thereafter, such Subsidiary shall no longer constitute an Unrestricted Subsidiary, but only if no Event of Default would result from such Subsidiary Redesignation. Any such Subsidiary Redesignation shall be deemed to constitute the incurrence by the Borrower at the time of redesignation of any Investment, Indebtedness, or Liens of such Subsidiary existing at such time, and the Borrower shall be in compliance with Sections 10.1, 10.2 and 10.5 after giving effect to such redesignation. As of the Closing Date, the Unrestricted Subsidiaries are listed on Schedule 1.1(e). Notwithstanding the foregoing, no Production Sharing Entity that is the direct owner of any Production Sharing Contract shall be designated as an Unrestricted Subsidiary.
U.S. Government Securities Business Day” shall mean any day except for (a) a Saturday, (b) a Sunday or (c) a day on which the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association recommends that the fixed income departments of its members be closed for the entire day for purposes of trading in United States government securities.
U.S. Person” shall mean any Person that is a “United States Person” as defined in Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code.
U.S. Special Resolution Regimes” shall have the meaning provided in Section 13.25.
U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate” has the meaning specified in Section 5.4(f).
Utilization Percentage” shall mean, as of any day, the fraction expressed as a percentage, the numerator of which is the aggregate Total Exposures of all Lenders on such day, and the denominator of which are the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount in effect on such day.
Voting Equity” shall mean, with respect to any Person, such Person’s Equity Interests having the voting power entitled (without regard to the occurrence of any contingency) to vote in the election of directors (or equivalent thereof), members of management or trustees thereof under ordinary circumstances.
Weighted Average Life to Maturity” shall mean, 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 scheduled installment, sinking fund, serial maturity or other required scheduled payments of principal, including payment at final scheduled 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; provided that the effects of any prepayments made on such Indebtedness shall be disregarded in making such calculation.
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Wholly owned Subsidiary” of any person shall mean a subsidiary of such person, all of the Equity Interests of which (other than directors’ qualifying shares or nominee or other similar shares required pursuant to applicable law) are owned by such person or another Wholly owned Subsidiary of such person.
Withdrawal Liability” shall mean 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.
Withholding Agent” shall mean the Borrower and the Administrative Agent.
Working Capital” shall mean, as at any date of determination, the difference of Consolidated Current Assets minus Consolidated Current Liabilities.
Write-Down and Conversion Powers” shall mean, (a) 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, and (b) with respect to the United Kingdom, any powers of the applicable Resolution Authority under the Bail-In Legislation to cancel, reduce, modify or change the form of a liability of any UK Financial Institution or any contract or instrument under which that liability arises, to convert all or part of that liability into shares, securities or obligations of that person or any other person, to provide that any such contract or instrument is to have effect as if a right had been exercised under it or to suspend any obligation in respect of that liability or any of the powers under that Bail-In Legislation that are related to or ancillary to any of those powers.
1.2Other Interpretive Provisions. With reference to this Agreement and each other Credit Document, unless otherwise specified herein or in such other Credit Document:
(a)The meanings of defined terms are equally applicable to the singular and plural forms of the defined terms.
(b)The words “herein”, “hereto”, “hereof” and “hereunder” and words of similar import when used in any Credit Document shall refer to such Credit Document as a whole and not to any particular provision thereof.
(c)Article, Section, Exhibit and Schedule references are to the Credit Document in which such reference appears.
(d)The terms “include,” “includes” and “including” are 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” shall mean “from and including”; the words “to” and “until” each mean “to but excluding”; and the word “through” shall mean “to and including”.
(g)Section headings herein and in the other Credit Documents are included for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement or any other Credit Document.
(h)Any reference to any Person shall be constructed to include such Person’s successors or assigns (subject to any restrictions on assignment set forth herein) and, in the case of any Governmental Authority, any other Governmental Authority that shall have succeeded to any or all of the functions thereof.
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(i)Whenever the context may require, any pronoun shall include the corresponding masculine, feminine and neuter forms.
(j)The word “will” shall be construed to have the same meaning as the word “shall”.
(k)The words “asset” and “property” shall be construed to have the same meaning and effect and to refer to any and all tangible and intangible assets and properties, including cash, securities, accounts and contract rights.
(l)The principal amount of any non-interest bearing Indebtedness or other discount security constituting Indebtedness at any date shall be the principal amount thereof that would be shown on a balance sheet of the Borrower dated such date prepared in accordance with GAAP.
1.3Accounting Terms.
(a)Generally. 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 on a consistent basis, as in effect from time to time, applied in a manner consistent with that used in preparing the first audited financial statements delivered under Section 9.1(a), except as otherwise specifically prescribed herein. Notwithstanding any other provision contained herein, all terms of an accounting or financial nature used herein shall be construed, and all computations of amounts and ratios referred to herein shall be made (i) without giving effect to any election under Accounting Standards Codification 825-10-25 (or any other Accounting Standards Codification or Financial Accounting Standard having a similar result or effect) to value any Indebtedness or other liabilities of the Borrower or any Subsidiary at “fair value”, as defined therein and (ii) without giving effect to any treatment of Indebtedness in respect of convertible debt instruments under Accounting Standards Codification 470-20 (or any other Accounting Standards Codification or Financial Accounting Standard having a similar result or effect) to value any such Indebtedness in a reduced or bifurcated manner as described therein, and such Indebtedness shall at all times be valued at the full stated principal amount thereof.
(b)Computation of Certain Financial Covenants. Unless otherwise specified herein, all defined financial terms (and all other definitions used to determine such terms) shall be determined and computed in respect of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis.
1.4Rounding. Any financial ratios required to be maintained or complied with by the Borrower pursuant to this Agreement (or 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).
1.5References to Agreements, Laws, Etc. Unless otherwise expressly provided herein, (a) references to organizational documents, agreements (including the Credit Documents) and other Contractual Requirements shall be deemed to include all subsequent amendments, restatements, amendment and restatements, extensions, supplements and other modifications thereto, but only to the extent that such amendments, restatements, amendment and restatements, extensions, supplements and other modifications are permitted by any Credit Document and (b) references to any Requirement of Law shall include all statutory and regulatory provisions consolidating, amending, replacing, supplementing or interpreting such Requirement of Law.
1.6Times of Day. Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to times of day shall be references to New York City (daylight saving or standard, as applicable).
1.7Timing 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
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which is not a Business Day, the date of such payment (other than as described in Section 2.9) or performance shall extend to the immediately succeeding Business Day.
1.8Classification of Loans and Borrowings. For purposes of this Agreement, Loans may be classified and referred to by Type (e.g., a “SOFR Loan”).
1.9Hedging Requirements Generally. For purposes of any determination with respect to compliance with Section 10.10 or any other calculation under or requirement of this Agreement in respect of hedging, such determination or calculation shall be calculated separately for crude, gas and natural gas liquid.
1.10Certain Determinations. For purposes of determining compliance with any of the covenants set forth in Section 9 or Section 10 below, but subject to any limitation expressly set forth therein, as applicable, at any time (whether at the time of incurrence or thereafter) that any Lien, Investment, Indebtedness, Disposition, Restricted Payment, Affiliate transaction, prepayment, redemption or the consummation of any other transaction meets the criteria of one, or more than one, of the categories permitted pursuant to Section 9 or Section 10 below, as applicable, the Borrower shall, in its sole discretion, determine under which category such Lien, Investment, Indebtedness, Disposition, Restricted Payment, Affiliate transaction, prepayment, redemption or the consummation of any other transaction (or, in each case, any portion thereof) is permitted.
1.11Pro Forma and Other Calculations.
(a)Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, for purposes of determining compliance with any test or covenant contained in this Agreement with respect to any period during which any Specified Transaction occurs, the Consolidated Secured Net Leverage Ratio, the Consolidated Total Net Leverage Ratio and the Current Ratio shall be calculated with respect to such period and such Specified Transaction on a pro forma basis and in the manner prescribed by this Section 1.11.
(b)If since the beginning of any applicable Test Period any Person that subsequently became a Restricted Subsidiary or was merged, amalgamated or consolidated with or into the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries since the beginning of such Test Period shall have made any Specified Transaction that would have required adjustment pursuant to this Section 1.11, then such financial ratio or test (or Consolidated Total Assets) shall be calculated to give pro forma effect thereto in accordance with this Section 1.11.
(c)Whenever pro forma effect is to be given to a Specified Transaction, the pro forma calculations shall be made in good faith by a Financial Officer of the Borrower.
(d)In the event that the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary issues, repurchases or redeems Disqualified Stock (i) during the applicable Test Period or (ii) subsequent to the end of the applicable Test Period and prior to or simultaneously with the event for which the calculation of any such ratio is made, then such financial ratio or test shall be calculated giving pro forma effect to such issuance, refinancing or redemption of Disqualified Stock to the extent required, as if the same had occurred on the last day of the applicable Test Period.
1.12Rates. The Administrative Agent does not warrant or accept responsibility for, and shall not have any liability with respect to (a) the continuation of, administration of, submission of, calculation of or any other matter related to ABR, the Term SOFR Reference Rate, Adjusted Term SOFR or Term SOFR, or any component definition thereof or rates referred to in the definition thereof, or any alternative, successor or replacement rate thereto (including any Benchmark Replacement), including whether the composition or characteristics of any such alternative, successor or replacement rate (including any Benchmark Replacement) will be similar to, or produce the same value or economic equivalence of, or have the same volume or liquidity as, ABR, the Term SOFR Reference Rate, Adjusted Term SOFR, Term SOFR or any other Benchmark prior to its discontinuance or unavailability, or (b) the effect, implementation or composition of any Conforming Changes. The Administrative Agent and its affiliates or other related entities may engage in transactions that affect the calculation of ABR, the Term SOFR Reference Rate, Term SOFR, Adjusted Term SOFR, any alternative, successor or replacement rate
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(including any Benchmark Replacement) or any relevant adjustments thereto, in each case, in a manner adverse to the Borrower. The Administrative Agent may select information sources or services in its reasonable discretion to ascertain ABR, the Term SOFR Reference Rate, Term SOFR, Adjusted Term SOFR or any other Benchmark, in each case pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, and shall have no liability to the Borrower, any Lender or any other person or entity for damages of any kind, including direct or indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, costs, losses or expenses (whether in tort, contract or otherwise and whether at law or in equity), for any error or calculation of any such rate (or component thereof) provided by any such information source or service.
1.13Divisions. For all purposes under the Credit Documents, in connection with any division or plan of division under Delaware law (or any comparable event under a different jurisdiction’s laws): (a) if any asset, right, obligation or liability of any Person becomes the asset, right, obligation or liability of a different Person, then it shall be deemed to have been transferred from the original Person to the subsequent Person, and (b) if any new Person comes into existence, such new Person shall be deemed to have been organized on the first date of its existence by the holders of its Equity Interests at such time.
Section 2.AMOUNT AND TERMS OF CREDIT
1.1Commitments.
(a)Subject to and upon the terms and conditions herein set forth, each Lender severally, but not jointly, agrees to make a loan or loans denominated in Dollars (each a “Loan” and, collectively, the “Loans”) to the Borrower, which Loans (i) shall be made at any time and from time to time on and after the Closing Date and prior to the Termination Date, (ii) may, at the option of the Borrower, be incurred and maintained as, and/or converted into, ABR Loans or SOFR Loans; provided that all Loans made by each of the Lenders pursuant to the same Borrowing shall, unless otherwise specifically provided herein, consist entirely of Loans of the same Type, (iii) may be repaid and reborrowed in accordance with the provisions hereof, (iv) shall not, for any Lender at any time, after giving effect thereto and to the application of the proceeds thereof, result in such Lender’s Total Exposure at such time exceeding such Lender’s Commitment Percentage at such time of the Total Commitment and (v) shall not, after giving effect thereto and to the application of the proceeds thereof, result in the aggregate amount of all Lenders’ Total Exposures at such time exceeding the Total Commitment (i.e., the least of (A) the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts, (B) the then-effective Borrowing Base and (C) the then-effective Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount).
(b)Each Lender may at its option make any SOFR Loan by causing any domestic or foreign branch or Affiliate of such Lender to make such Loan, provided that (i) any exercise of such option shall not affect the obligation of the Borrower to repay such Loan and (ii) in exercising such option, such Lender shall use its reasonable efforts to minimize any increased costs to the Borrower resulting therefrom (which obligation of the Lender shall not require it to take, or refrain from taking, actions that it determines would result in increased costs for which it will not be compensated hereunder or that it determines would be otherwise disadvantageous to it and in the event of such request for costs for which compensation is provided under this Agreement, the provisions of Section 2.10 shall apply).
1.2Minimum Amount of Each Borrowing; Maximum Number of Borrowings. The aggregate principal amount of each Borrowing shall be in a minimum amount of at least the Minimum Borrowing Amount for such Type of Loans and in a multiple of $100,000 in excess thereof (except that Loans to reimburse the applicable Issuing Bank with respect to any Unpaid Drawing shall be made in the amounts required by Section 3.3 or Section 3.4, as applicable). More than one Borrowing may be incurred on any date; provided, that at no time shall there be outstanding more than ten Borrowings of SOFR Loans under this Agreement.
1.3Notice of Borrowing.
(a)Whenever the Borrower desires to incur Loans (other than borrowings to repay Unpaid Drawings), the Borrower shall give the Administrative Agent at the Administrative Agent’s Office, (i) prior to 1:00 p.m. (New York City time) at least three (3) U.S. Government Securities Business Days’ prior written notice (or telephonic notice promptly confirmed in writing) of each Borrowing of Loans if
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such Loans are to be initially SOFR Loans and (ii) (A) in the case of any ABR Loans incurred on the Closing Date, prior to 1:00 p.m. (New York City time) at least one (1) Business Day prior written notice (or telephonic notice promptly confirmed in writing) of each Borrowing of Loans and (B) in the case of any ABR Loans incurred after the Closing Date, written notice (or telephonic notice promptly confirmed in writing) prior to 1:00 p.m. (New York City time) on the date of each Borrowing of Loans that are to be ABR Loans. Such notice (a “Notice of Borrowing”) shall specify (A) the aggregate principal amount of the Loans to be made pursuant to such Borrowing, (B) the date of the Borrowing (which shall be a Business Day), (C) whether the respective Borrowing shall consist of ABR Loans and/or SOFR Loans and, if SOFR Loans, the Interest Period to be initially applicable thereto (if no Interest Period is selected, the Borrower shall be deemed to have selected an Interest Period of one (1) month’s duration) and (D) the amount of the then-effective Borrowing Base, the amount of the then-effective Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount, the current aggregate Total Exposures of all Lenders (without regard to the requested Borrowing) and the pro forma aggregate Total Exposures of all Lenders (giving effect to the requested Borrowing). The Administrative Agent shall promptly give each Lender written notice (or telephonic notice promptly confirmed in writing) of each proposed Borrowing of Loans, of such Lender’s Commitment Percentage thereof and of the other matters covered by the related Notice of Borrowing.
(b) Borrowings to reimburse Unpaid Drawings shall be made upon the notice specified in Section 3.4(a)
(c)Without in any way limiting the obligation of the Borrower to confirm in writing any notice it may give hereunder by telephone, the Administrative Agent may act prior to receipt of written confirmation without liability upon the basis of such telephonic notice believed by the Administrative Agent in good faith to be from an Authorized Officer of the Borrower.
1.4Disbursement of Funds.
(a)No later than 2:00 p.m. (New York City time) on the date specified in each Notice of Borrowing, each Lender will make available its pro rata portion of each Borrowing requested to be made on such date in the manner provided below; provided that on the Closing Date, such funds shall be made available by 10:00 a.m. (New York City time) or such earlier time as may be agreed among the Lenders, the Borrower and the Administrative Agent for the purpose of consummating the Transactions.
(b)Each Lender shall make available all amounts it is to fund to the Borrower under any Borrowing in immediately available funds to the Administrative Agent at the Administrative Agent’s Office in Dollars, and the Administrative Agent will (except in the case of Borrowings to repay Unpaid Drawings) make available to the Borrower, by depositing or wiring to an account (such account to be a Controlled Account on and after the date referred to in Section 9.16) as designated by the Borrower in the Notice of Borrowing to the Administrative Agent the aggregate of the amounts so made available in Dollars. Unless the Administrative Agent shall have been notified by any Lender prior to the date of any such Borrowing (or, with respect to an ABR Loan, the date of such Borrowing prior to 1:00 p.m. (New York City time)) that such Lender does not intend to make available to the Administrative Agent its portion of the Borrowing or Borrowings to be made on such date, the Administrative Agent may assume that such Lender has made such amount available to the Administrative Agent on such date of Borrowing, and the Administrative Agent, in reliance upon such assumption, may (in its sole discretion and without any obligation to do so) make available to the Borrower a corresponding amount. If such corresponding amount is not in fact made available to the Administrative Agent by such Lender and the Administrative Agent has made available such amount to the Borrower, the Administrative Agent shall be entitled to recover such corresponding amount from such Lender. If such Lender does not pay such corresponding amount forthwith upon the Administrative Agent’s demand therefor the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify the Borrower and the Borrower shall immediately pay such corresponding amount to the Administrative Agent in Dollars. The Administrative Agent shall also be entitled to recover from such Lender or the Borrower, as the case may be, interest on such corresponding amount in respect of each day from the date such corresponding amount was made available by the Administrative Agent to the Borrower to the date such corresponding amount is recovered by the Administrative Agent, at a rate per annum equal to (i) if paid by such Lender, the Overnight Rate or (ii) if paid by the Borrower, the then-applicable rate of interest or fees, calculated in accordance with Section 2.8, for the respective Loans.
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(c)Nothing in this Section 2.4 shall be deemed to relieve any Lender from its obligation to fulfill its commitments hereunder or to prejudice any rights that the Borrower may have against any Lender as a result of any default by such Lender hereunder (it being understood, however, that no Lender shall be responsible for the failure of any other Lender to fulfill its commitments hereunder).
1.5Repayment of Loans; Evidence of Debt.
(a)The Borrower agrees to repay to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the applicable Lenders, the principal amount outstanding as of such date, together with all accrued and unpaid interest as of such date, and all fees and all other Obligations incurred and unpaid hereunder and under each other Credit Document (other than contingent or indemnification obligations not then due and payable) as of such date in respect of all Loans on the earlier of (X) the Termination Date and (Y) the Maturity Date.
(b)Each Lender shall maintain in accordance with its usual practice an account or accounts evidencing the indebtedness of the Borrower to the appropriate lending office of such Lender resulting from each Loan made by such lending office from time to time, including the amounts of principal and interest payable and paid to such lending office from time to time under this Agreement.
(c)The Administrative Agent, acting solely for this purpose as a non-fiduciary agent of the Borrower, shall maintain the Register pursuant to Section 13.6(b)(iv), and a subaccount for each Lender, in which Register and subaccounts (taken together) shall be recorded (i) the amount of each Loan made hereunder, the Type of each Loan made and the Interest Period applicable thereto, (ii) the amount of any principal or interest due and payable or to become due and payable from the Borrower to each Lender hereunder and (iii) the amount of any sum received by the Administrative Agent hereunder from the Borrower and each Lender’s share thereof.
(d)The entries made in the Register and accounts and subaccounts maintained pursuant to clauses (b) and (c) of this Section 2.5 shall, to the extent permitted by applicable Requirements of Law, be prima facie evidence of the existence and amounts of the obligations of the Borrower therein recorded; provided, however, that the failure of any Lender or the Administrative Agent to maintain such account, such Register or such subaccount, as applicable, or any error therein, shall not in any manner affect the obligation of the Borrower to repay (with applicable interest) the Loans made to the Borrower by such Lender in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
(e)If requested by a Lender, the Loans made by each Lender shall be evidenced by a single promissory note of the Borrower in substantially the form of Exhibit G, dated, in the case of (i) any Lender party hereto as of the Closing Date, as of the Closing Date, (ii) any Lender that becomes a party hereto pursuant to an Assignment and Assumption or amendment or other modification to this Agreement, as of the effective date of the Assignment and Assumption, amendment or other modification, as applicable, or (iii) in the case of any Lender that becomes a party hereto in connection with an increase in the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount pursuant to Section 2.16(c), as of the effective date of such increase, in each case, payable to such Lender in a principal amount equal to its Maximum Credit Amount as in effect on such date, and otherwise duly completed. In the event that any Lender’s Maximum Credit Amount increases or decreases for any reason (whether pursuant to Section 2.16, Section 13.6(b) or otherwise), the Borrower shall deliver or cause to be delivered, to the extent such Lender is then holding a Note, on the effective date of such increase or decrease, a new Note payable to such Lender in a principal amount equal to its Maximum Credit Amount after giving effect to such increase or decrease, and otherwise duly completed and such Lender shall promptly return to the Borrower the previously issued Note held by such Lender. The date, amount, Type, interest rate and, if applicable, Interest Period of each Loan made by each Lender, and all payments made on account of the principal thereof, shall be recorded by such Lender on its books and/or its Note, if applicable. Failure to make any such recordation shall not affect any Lender’s or the Borrower’s rights or obligations in respect of Loans by a Lender or affect the validity of any transfer by a Lender of its Note.
1.6Conversions and Continuations.
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(a)Subject to the penultimate sentence of this clause (a), (i) the Borrower shall have the option on any Business Day to convert all or a portion equal to at least the Minimum Borrowing Amount (and in multiples of $100,000 in excess thereof) of the outstanding principal amount of Loans of one Type into a Borrowing or Borrowings of another Type and (ii) the Borrower shall have the option on any Business Day to continue the outstanding principal amount of any SOFR Loans as SOFR Loans for an additional Interest Period; provided that (A) no partial conversion of SOFR Loans shall reduce the outstanding principal amount of SOFR Loans made pursuant to a single Borrowing to less than the Minimum Borrowing Amount, (B) ABR Loans may not be converted into SOFR Loans if an Event of Default is in existence on the date of the conversion and the Administrative Agent has or the Majority Lenders have determined in its or their sole discretion not to permit such conversion, (C) SOFR Loans may not be continued as SOFR Loans for an additional Interest Period if an Event of Default is in existence on the date of the proposed continuation and the Administrative Agent has or the Majority Lenders have determined in its or their sole discretion not to permit such continuation, and (D) Borrowings resulting from conversions pursuant to this Section 2.6 shall be limited in number as provided in Section 2.2. Each such conversion or continuation shall be effected by the Borrower by giving the Administrative Agent at the Administrative Agent’s Office prior to 2:00 p.m. (New York City time) at least (1) three (3) U.S. Government Securities Business Days’, in the case of a continuation of or conversion to SOFR Loans or (2) the date of conversion, in the case of a conversion into ABR Loans, prior written notice (or telephonic notice promptly confirmed in writing) (each, a “Notice of Conversion or Continuation”) specifying the Loans to be so converted or continued, the Type of Loans to be converted into or continued and, if such Loans are to be converted into or continued as SOFR Loans, the Interest Period to be initially applicable thereto (if no Interest Period is selected, the Borrower shall be deemed to have selected an Interest Period of one (1) month’s duration). The Administrative Agent shall give each applicable Lender notice as promptly as practicable of any such proposed conversion or continuation affecting any of its Loans.
(b)If any Event of Default is in existence at the time of any proposed continuation of any SOFR Loans and the Administrative Agent has or the Majority Lenders have determined in its or their sole discretion not to permit such continuation, such SOFR Loans shall be automatically converted on the last day of the current Interest Period into ABR Loans. If upon the expiration of any Interest Period in respect of SOFR Loans, the Borrower has failed to elect a new Interest Period to be applicable thereto as provided in clause (a) above, the Borrower shall be deemed to have elected to continue such Borrowing of SOFR Loans into a Borrowing of SOFR Loans having an interest period of one (1) month, effective as of the expiration date of such current Interest Period.
(c)Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the Borrower may deliver a Notice of Conversion or Continuation pursuant to which the Borrower elects to irrevocably continue the outstanding principal amount of any Loan subject to an interest rate Hedge Agreement as SOFR Loans for each Interest Period until the expiration of the term of such applicable Hedge Agreement; provided that any Notice of Conversion or Continuation delivered pursuant to this Section 2.6(c) shall include a schedule attaching the relevant interest rate Hedge Agreement or related trade confirmation.
1.7Pro Rata Borrowings. Each Borrowing of Loans under this Agreement shall be made by the Lenders pro rata on the basis of their then applicable Commitment Percentages. It is understood that (a) no Lender shall be responsible for any default by any other Lender in its obligation to make Loans hereunder and that each Lender severally but not jointly shall be obligated to make the Loans provided to be made by it hereunder, regardless of the failure of any other Lender to fulfill its commitments hereunder and (b) failure by a Lender to perform any of its obligations under any of the Credit Documents shall not release any Person from performance of its obligation under any Credit Document.
1.8Interest.
(a)The unpaid principal amount of each ABR Loan shall bear interest from the date of the Borrowing thereof until maturity (whether by acceleration or otherwise) at a rate per annum that shall at all times be the Applicable Margin plus the ABR, in each case, in effect from time to time.
(b)The unpaid principal amount of each SOFR Loan shall bear interest from the date of the Borrowing thereof until maturity thereof (whether by acceleration or otherwise) at a rate per annum that
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shall at all times be the Applicable Margin plus Adjusted Term SOFR, in each case, in effect from time to time.
(c)Upon the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default, the Loans and all other amounts outstanding under the Credit Documents shall bear interest at a rate per annum, after as well as before judgment, that is (the “Default Rate”) (A) in the case of outstanding principal, fees and other obligations, the rate that would otherwise be applicable thereto plus two percent (2%) or (B) in the case of any overdue interest, to the extent permitted by applicable Requirements of Law, the rate described in Section 2.8(a) plus two percent (2%) from the date of such non-payment to the date on which such amount is paid in full.
(d)Interest on each Loan shall accrue from and including the date of any Borrowing to but excluding the date of any repayment thereof and shall be payable in Dollars; provided that any Loan that is repaid on the same date on which it is made shall bear interest for one (1) day. Except as provided below, interest shall be payable (i) in respect of each ABR Loan, quarterly in arrears on the last Business Day of each March, June, September and December, (ii) in respect of each SOFR Loan, on the last day of each Interest Period applicable thereto and, in the case of an Interest Period in excess of three (3) months, on each date occurring at three-month intervals after the first (1st) day of such Interest Period, (iii) in respect of each Loan, (A) on any prepayment (on the amount prepaid), (B) at maturity (whether by acceleration or otherwise) and (C) after such maturity, on demand.
(e)All computations of interest hereunder shall be made in accordance with Section 5.5.
(f)The Administrative Agent, upon determining the interest rate for any Borrowing of SOFR Loans, shall promptly notify the Borrower and the relevant Lenders thereof. Each such determination shall, absent clearly demonstrable error, be final and conclusive and binding on all parties hereto.
(g)In connection with the use or administration of Term SOFR, the Administrative Agent will have the right to make Conforming Changes from time to time and, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Credit Document, any amendments implementing such Conforming Changes will become effective without any further action or consent of any other party to this Agreement or any other Credit Document. The Administrative Agent will promptly notify the Borrower and the Lenders of the effectiveness of any Conforming Changes in connection with the use or administration of Term SOFR.
1.9Interest Periods. At the time the Borrower gives a Notice of Borrowing or Notice of Conversion or Continuation in respect of the making of, or conversion into or continuation as, a Borrowing of SOFR Loans in accordance with Section 2.6(a), the Borrower shall give the Administrative Agent written notice (or telephonic notice promptly confirmed in writing) of the Interest Period applicable to such Borrowing, which Interest Period shall, at the option of the Borrower be a one-, three- or six-month period as requested by the Borrower.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained above:
(a)the initial Interest Period for any Borrowing of SOFR Loans shall commence on the date of such Borrowing (including the date of any conversion from a Borrowing of ABR Loans) and each Interest Period occurring thereafter in respect of such Borrowing shall commence on the day on which the next preceding Interest Period expires;
(b)if any Interest Period relating to a Borrowing of SOFR Loans begins on the last Business Day of a calendar month or begins on a day for which there is no numerically corresponding day in the calendar month at the end of such Interest Period, such Interest Period shall end on the last Business Day of the calendar month at the end of such Interest Period;
(c)if any Interest Period would otherwise expire on a day that is not a Business Day, such Interest Period shall expire on the next succeeding Business Day; provided that, if any Interest Period in respect of a SOFR Loan would otherwise expire on a day that is not a Business Day, but is a day of the
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month after which no further Business Day occurs in such month, such Interest Period shall expire on the next preceding Business Day;
(d)the Borrower shall not be entitled to elect any Interest Period in respect of any SOFR Loan if such Interest Period would extend beyond the Maturity Date; and
(e)no tenor that has been removed from the definition of “Interest Period” pursuant to Section 2.10(d)(iv) shall be available for specification by the Borrower in any Notice of Borrowing or Notice of Conversion or Continuation.
1.10Increased Costs, Illegality, Changed Circumstances, Etc.
(a)Subject to Section 2.10(d), in the event that (x) in the case of clause (i) below, the Majority Lenders (or the Administrative Agent, as applicable) or (y) in the case of clauses (ii) and (iii) below, any Lender (or the Administrative Agent, as applicable), shall have reasonably determined (which determination shall, absent clearly demonstrable error, be final and conclusive and binding upon all parties hereto):
(i)on any date for determining SOFR, the Term SOFR Reference Rate, Adjusted Term SOFR or Term SOFR for any Interest Period that (A) deposits in the principal amounts of the Loans comprising such Borrowing of SOFR Loans are not generally available in the relevant market or (B) adequate and fair means do not exist for ascertaining the applicable interest rate on the basis provided for in the definition of Term SOFR; or
(ii)that a Change in Law occurring at any time after the Closing Date shall (A) impose, modify or deem applicable any reserve, special deposit, compulsory loan, insurance charge or similar requirement against assets of, deposits with or for the account of, or credit extended by, any Lender, (B) subject any Lender (including any Issuing Bank) and the Administrative Agent to any Tax (other than (i) Indemnified Taxes, (ii) Taxes described in clauses (b) through (d) of the definition of Excluded Taxes and (iii) Connection Income Taxes) on its loans, loan principal, letters of credit, commitments, or other obligations, or its deposits, reserves, other liabilities or capital attributable thereto, or (C) impose on any Lender any other condition, cost or expense (in each case, other than Taxes) affecting this Agreement or SOFR Loans made by such Lender, which results in the cost to such Lender of making, converting into, continuing or maintaining SOFR Loans or participating in Letters of Credit (in each case hereunder) increasing by an amount which such Lender reasonably deems material or the amounts received or receivable by such Lender hereunder with respect to the foregoing shall be reduced; or
(iii)at any time, that the making or continuance of any SOFR Loan has become unlawful as a result of compliance by such Lender in good faith with any Requirement of Law (or would conflict with any such Requirement of Law not having the force of law even though the failure to comply therewith would not be unlawful);
then, and in any such event, such Lenders (or the Administrative Agent, in the case of clause (i) and (ii)(B) above) shall within a reasonable time thereafter give notice (if by telephone, confirmed in writing) to the Borrower and to the Administrative Agent of such determination (which notice the Administrative Agent shall promptly transmit to each of the other Lenders). Thereafter (x) in the case of clause (i) above, SOFR Loans shall no longer be available until such time as the Administrative Agent notifies the Borrower and the Lenders that the circumstances giving rise to such notice by the Administrative Agent no longer exist (which notice the Administrative Agent agrees to give at such time when such circumstances no longer exist), and any Notice of Borrowing or Notice of Conversion or Continuation given by the Borrower with respect to SOFR Loans that have not yet been incurred shall be deemed rescinded by the Borrower, (y) in the case of clause (ii) above, the Borrower shall pay to such Lender (or the Administrative Agent, as applicable), promptly (but no later than fifteen (15) days) after receipt of written demand therefor such additional amounts as shall be required to compensate such Lender (or the Administrative Agent, as applicable) for such increased costs or reductions in amounts receivable hereunder (it being agreed that a written notice as to the additional amounts owed to such Lender (or the
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Administrative Agent, as applicable), showing in reasonable detail the basis for the calculation thereof, submitted to the Borrower by such Lender (or the Administrative Agent, as applicable) shall, absent clearly demonstrable error, be final and conclusive and binding upon all parties hereto) and (z) in the case of clause (iii) above, the Borrower shall take one of the actions specified in Section 2.10(b) as promptly as possible and, in any event, within the time period required by applicable Requirements of Law.
(b)At any time that any SOFR Loan is affected by the circumstances described in Section 2.10(a)(ii) or (iii), the Borrower may (and in the case of a SOFR Loan affected pursuant to Section 2.10(a)(iii) shall) either if the affected SOFR Loan is then being made pursuant to a Borrowing, cancel such Borrowing by giving the Administrative Agent telephonic notice (confirmed promptly in writing) thereof on the same date that the Borrower was notified by a Lender pursuant to Section 2.10(a)(ii) or (iii) or if the affected SOFR Loan is then outstanding, upon at least three (3) Business Days’ notice to the Administrative Agent, require the affected Lender to convert each such SOFR Loan into an ABR Loan; provided that if more than one Lender are affected at any time, then all affected Lenders must be treated in the same manner pursuant to this Section 2.10(b).
(c)If, after the Closing Date, any Change in Law relating to capital adequacy or liquidity requirements of any Lender or compliance by any Lender or its parent with any Change in Law relating to capital adequacy or liquidity requirements occurring after the Closing Date, has or would have the effect of reducing the rate of return on such Lender’s or its parent’s capital or assets as a consequence of such Lender’s commitments or obligations hereunder to a level below that which such Lender or its parent could have achieved but for such Change in Law (taking into consideration such Lender’s or its parent’s policies with respect to capital adequacy or liquidity requirements), then from time to time, promptly (but in any event no later than fifteen (15) days) after written demand by such Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), the Borrower shall pay to such Lender such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender or its parent for such reduction, it being understood and agreed, however, that a Lender shall not be entitled to such compensation as a result of such Lender’s compliance with, or pursuant to any request or directive to comply with, any applicable Requirement of Law as in effect on the Closing Date. Each Lender, upon determining in good faith that any additional amounts will be payable pursuant to this Section 2.10(c), will give prompt written notice thereof to the Borrower, which notice shall set forth in reasonable detail the basis of the calculation of such additional amounts, although the failure to give any such notice shall not, subject to Section 2.13, release or diminish the Borrower’s obligations to pay additional amounts pursuant to this Section 2.10(c) upon receipt of such notice.
(d)
(i)Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Credit Document, upon the occurrence of a Benchmark Transition Event, the Administrative Agent and the Borrower may amend this Agreement to replace the then-current Benchmark with a Benchmark Replacement. Any such amendment with respect to a Benchmark Transition Event will become effective at 5:00 p.m. (New York City time) on the fifth (5th) Business Day after the Administrative Agent has posted such proposed amendment to all affected Lenders and the Borrower so long as the Administrative Agent has not received, by such time, written notice of objection to such amendment from Lenders comprising the Required Lenders. No replacement of a Benchmark with a Benchmark Replacement pursuant to this Section 2.10(d)(i) will occur prior to the applicable Benchmark Transition Start Date.
(ii)In connection with the use, administration, adoption or implementation of a Benchmark Replacement, the Administrative Agent will have the right (in consultation with the Borrower) to make Conforming Changes from time to time and, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Credit Document, any amendments implementing such Conforming Changes will become effective without any further action or consent of any other party to this Agreement or any other Credit Document.
(iii)The Administrative Agent will promptly notify the Borrower and the Lenders of (i) the implementation of any Benchmark Replacement and (ii) the effectiveness of any Conforming Changes in connection with the use, administration, adoption or implementation of a Benchmark Replacement. The Administrative Agent will promptly notify the Borrower of the
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removal or reinstatement of any tenor of a Benchmark pursuant to Section 2.10(d)(iv) below. Any determination, decision or election that may be made by the Administrative Agent or, if applicable, any Lender (or group of Lenders) pursuant to this Section 2.10(d), including any determination with respect to a tenor, rate or adjustment or of the occurrence or non-occurrence of an event, circumstance or date and any decision to take or refrain from taking any action or any selection, will be conclusive and binding absent manifest error and may be made in its or their sole discretion and without consent from any other party to this Agreement or any other Credit Document, except, in each case, as expressly required pursuant to this Section 2.10(d).
(iv)Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Credit Document, at any time (including in connection with the implementation of a Benchmark Replacement), (i) if the then-current Benchmark is a term rate (including the Term SOFR Reference Rate) and either (A) any tenor for such Benchmark is not displayed on a screen or other information service that publishes such rate from time to time as selected by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion or (B) the regulatory supervisor for the administrator of such Benchmark has provided a public statement or publication of information announcing that any tenor for such Benchmark is not or will not be representative, then the Administrative Agent may modify the definition of “Interest Period” (or any similar or analogous definition) for any Benchmark settings at or after such time to remove such unavailable or non-representative tenor and (ii) if a tenor that was removed pursuant to clause (i) above either (A) is subsequently displayed on a screen or information service for a Benchmark (including a Benchmark Replacement) or (B) is not, or is no longer, subject to an announcement that it is not or will not be representative for a Benchmark (including a Benchmark Replacement), then the Administrative Agent may modify the definition of “Interest Period” (or any similar or analogous definition) for all Benchmark settings at or after such time to reinstate such previously removed tenor.
(v)Upon the Borrower’s receipt of notice of the commencement of a Benchmark Unavailability Period, the Borrower may revoke any pending request for a SOFR Loan of, conversion to or continuation of SOFR Loans to be made, converted or continued during any Benchmark Unavailability Period and, failing that, the Borrower will be deemed to have converted any such request into a request for a Borrowing of or conversion to ABR Loans. During any Benchmark Unavailability Period or at any time that a tenor for the then-current Benchmark is not an Available Tenor, the component of ABR based upon the then-current Benchmark or such tenor for such Benchmark, as applicable, will not be used in any determination of ABR.
1.11Compensation. If (a) any payment of principal of any SOFR Loan is made by the Borrower to or for the account of a Lender other than on the last day of the Interest Period for such SOFR Loan as a result of a payment or conversion pursuant to Section 2.5, 2.6, 2.10, 5.1, 5.2 or 13.7, as a result of acceleration of the maturity of the Loans pursuant to Section 11 or for any other reason, (b) any Borrowing of SOFR Loans is not made on the date specified in a Notice of Borrowing, (c) any ABR Loan is not converted into a SOFR Loan on the date specified in a Notice of Conversion or Continuation, (d) any SOFR Loan is not continued as a SOFR Loan on the date specified in a Notice of Conversion or Continuation or (e) any prepayment of principal of any SOFR Loan is not made as a result of a withdrawn notice of prepayment pursuant to Section 5.1 or 5.2, the Borrower shall after the Borrower’s receipt of a written request by such Lender (which request shall set forth in reasonable detail the basis for requesting such amount and shall be conclusive and binding in the absence of manifest error), pay to the Administrative Agent (within fifteen (15) days after such request) for the account of such Lender any amounts required to compensate such Lender for any additional losses, costs or expenses that such Lender may reasonably incur as a result of such payment, failure to convert, failure to continue or failure to prepay, including any loss, cost or expense (excluding loss of anticipated profits) actually incurred by reason of the liquidation or reemployment of deposits or other funds acquired by any Lender to fund or maintain such SOFR Loan.
1.12Change of Lending Office. Each Lender agrees that, upon the occurrence of any event giving rise to the operation of Section 2.10(a)(ii), 2.10(a)(iii), 2.10(c), 3.11 or 5.4 with respect to such Lender, it will, if requested by the Borrower use reasonable efforts (subject to overall policy
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considerations of such Lender) to designate another lending office for any Loans affected by such event; provided that such designation does not cause such Lender or its lending office to suffer any economic, legal or regulatory disadvantage, with the object of avoiding the consequence of the event giving rise to the operation of any such Section. Nothing in this Section 2.12 shall affect or postpone any of the obligations of the Borrower or the right of any Lender provided in Section 2.10, 3.11 or 5.4.
1.13Notice of Certain Costs. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, to the extent any notice required by Section 2.10 or 2.11 is given by any Lender more than one hundred eighty (180) days after such Lender has knowledge (or should have had knowledge) of the occurrence of the event giving rise to the additional cost, reduction in amounts, loss or other additional amounts described in such Sections, such Lender shall not be entitled to compensation under Section 2.10 or 2.11, as the case may be, for any such amounts incurred or accruing prior to the 181st day prior to the giving of such notice to the Borrower; provided that if the circumstance giving rise to such claim is retroactive, then such one hundred eighty (180)-day period referred to above shall be extended to include the period of retroactive effect thereof.
1.14Borrowing Base.
(a)Initial Borrowing Base. For the period from and including the Closing Date to but excluding the first Redetermination Date, the Borrowing Base shall be equal to $1,200,000,000. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Borrowing Base may be subject to further adjustments from time to time pursuant to this Section 2.14.
(b)Scheduled and Interim Redeterminations. The Borrowing Base shall be redetermined semi-annually in accordance with this Section 2.14 (a “Scheduled Redetermination”), and, subject to Section 2.14(d), such redetermined Borrowing Base shall become effective and applicable to the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Banks and the Lenders on or about April 1st and October 1st of each year (or as promptly as possible thereafter), commencing on or about October 1, 2023. In addition, following the first Scheduled Redetermination Date of October 1, 2023, (i) the Borrower may at any time, by notifying the Administrative Agent thereof not more than once during any period between Scheduled Redeterminations and not more than once during any fiscal year; and (ii) the Administrative Agent, may at any time, at the written direction of the Required Lenders, by written notice to the Borrower thereof, not more than once during any period between Scheduled Redeterminations and not more than once during any fiscal year, in each case, elect to cause the Borrowing Base to be redetermined between Scheduled Redeterminations (an “Interim Redetermination”) in accordance with this Section 2.14. In addition to, and not including and/or limited by the annual Interim Redeterminations allowed above, the Borrower may, by notifying the Administrative Agent thereof, at any time between Scheduled Redeterminations, request additional Interim Redeterminations of the Borrowing Base in the event that a Credit Party acquires Oil and Gas Properties which are to be Borrowing Base Properties with Proved Reserves having a PV-9 value (calculated at the time of acquisition) in excess of five percent (5.0%) of the Borrowing Base in effect immediately prior to such acquisition (and for purposes of the foregoing, the designation of an Unrestricted Subsidiary owning Oil and Gas Properties with Proved Reserves as a Restricted Subsidiary shall be deemed to constitute an acquisition by a Credit Party of Oil and Gas Properties with Proved Reserves).
(c)Scheduled and Interim Redetermination Procedure.
(i)Each Scheduled Redetermination and each Interim Redetermination shall be effectuated as follows: Upon receipt by the Administrative Agent of the Reserve Report, the Reserve Report Certificate, the information provided pursuant to Section 9.13(c) and such other related reports, data and supplemental information as the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders may reasonably request (the Reserve Report, such Reserve Report Certificate and such other related reports, data and information being the “Engineering Reports”), the Administrative Agent shall evaluate the information contained in the Engineering Reports and shall in good faith and based upon its sole credit discretion propose a new Borrowing Base (the “Proposed Borrowing Base”) based upon such information and such other related information (including the status of title information with respect to the Borrowing Base Properties as described in the Engineering Reports and the existence of any Hedge Agreements) in good faith in accordance
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with its usual and customary oil and gas lending criteria as they exist at the particular time. For the avoidance of doubt, in the case of an Interim Redetermination, the Administrative Agent may utilize the Engineering Reports delivered in connection with the last Scheduled Redetermination, provided, however, the Administrative Agent may in its sole discretion request Borrower-generated supplemental Engineering Reports in connection with such Interim Redetermination.
(ii)The Administrative Agent shall notify the Borrower and the Lenders of the Proposed Borrowing Base (the “Proposed Borrowing Base Notice”):
(A)in the case of a Scheduled Redetermination, (1) if the Administrative Agent shall have received the Engineering Reports required to be delivered by the Borrower pursuant to Sections 9.13(a) and (c) in a timely manner, within ten (10) Business Days following its receipt of such Engineering Reports or (2) if the Administrative Agent shall not have received the Engineering Reports required to be delivered by the Borrower pursuant to Sections 9.13(a) and (c) in a timely manner, then promptly after the Administrative Agent has received complete Engineering Reports from the Borrower and has had a reasonable opportunity to determine the Proposed Borrowing Base in accordance with Section 2.14(c)(i); and
(B)in the case of an Interim Redetermination, promptly, and in any event, within fifteen (15) days after the Administrative Agent has received the required Engineering Reports (or such later date to which the Borrower and the Administrative Agent may agree in their respective sole discretion).
(iii)Any Proposed Borrowing Base that would increase the Borrowing Base then in effect must be approved by each Lender in each such Lender’s sole discretion and consistent with each such Lender’s normal and customary oil and gas lending criteria as they exist at the particular time as provided in this Section 2.14(c) and any Proposed Borrowing Base that would decrease or maintain the Borrowing Base then in effect must be approved by Lenders constituting at least the Required Lenders in each such Lender’s sole discretion and consistent with each such Lender’s normal and customary oil and gas lending criteria as they exist at the particular time as provided in this Section 2.14(c). Upon receipt of the Proposed Borrowing Base Notice, each Lender shall have fifteen (15) Business Days to agree with the Proposed Borrowing Base or disagree with the Proposed Borrowing Base by proposing an alternate Borrowing Base. If at the end of such 15-Business Day period, all of the Lenders, in the case of a Proposed Borrowing Base that would increase the Borrowing Base then in effect, or the Required Lenders, in the case of a Proposed Borrowing Base that would decrease or maintain the Borrowing Base then in effect, have approved, then the Proposed Borrowing Base shall become the new Borrowing Base, effective on the date specified in Section 2.14(d). If, however, at the end of such 15-Business Day period, all Lenders or the Required Lenders, as applicable, have not approved, then the Administrative Agent shall promptly thereafter poll the Lenders to ascertain the highest Borrowing Base then acceptable to (a) in the case of a decrease or reaffirmation, a number of Lenders sufficient to constitute the Required Lenders or (b) in the case of an increase, all of the Lenders, and such amount shall become the new Borrowing Base, effective on the date specified in Section 2.14(d).
(d)Effectiveness of a Redetermined Borrowing Base. Subject to Section 2.14(h), after a redetermined Borrowing Base is approved by each Lender or the Required Lenders, as applicable, pursuant to Section 2.14(c), the Administrative Agent shall promptly thereafter notify the Borrower and the Lenders of the amount of the redetermined Borrowing Base (the “New Borrowing Base Notice”), and such amount shall become the new Borrowing Base, effective and applicable to the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Banks and the Lenders:
(i)in the case of a Scheduled Redetermination, on the earlier to occur of (A) April 1 or October 1, as applicable, following such notice, or (B) if such notice is not delivered on or before April 1 or October 1, as applicable, then on the day of delivery of such New Borrowing Base Notice; and
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(ii)in the case of an Interim Redetermination, on the day of delivery of such New Borrowing Base Notice.
Such amount shall then become the Borrowing Base until the next Scheduled Redetermination Date, the next redetermination or modification thereof hereunder. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no Scheduled Redetermination or Interim Redetermination shall become effective until the New Borrowing Base Notice related thereto delivered to the Borrower in accordance with Section 13.2.
(e)Reduction of Borrowing Base Upon Incurrence of Borrowing Base Reduction Debt. The Borrowing Base shall be reduced upon the issuance or incurrence of any Borrowing Base Reduction Debt after the Closing Date (other than Borrowing Base Reduction Debt constituting Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness incurred to Refinance such Indebtedness, but only to the extent that the aggregate principal amount of Permitted Refinancing Indebtedness incurred to Refinance such Indebtedness does not exceed the principal amount of the Refinanced Indebtedness) by an amount equal to the product of 0.25 multiplied by the stated principal amount of such Borrowing Base Reduction Debt (without regard to any original issue discount), and the Borrowing Base as so reduced shall become the new Borrowing Base immediately upon the date of such issuance or incurrence, effective and applicable to the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Banks and the Lenders on such date until the next redetermination or modification thereof hereunder.
(f)Reduction of Borrowing Base Upon Termination of Hedge Positions and Asset Dispositions.
(i)If the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary shall terminate, unwind or create any off-setting positions in respect of any commodity hedge positions (whether evidenced by a floor, put or Hedge Agreement) (for the avoidance of doubt, excluding any novation of any Hedge Agreements with respect to which the Borrower or applicable Restricted Subsidiary remains a party), and/or
(ii)If the Borrower or one of the other Credit Parties Disposes of Borrowing Base Properties (including pursuant to an Investment or designation of Unrestricted Subsidiary) or Disposes of any Equity Interests in any Restricted Subsidiary owning Borrowing Base Properties, and
(iii)the sum of (x) the aggregate Borrowing Base Value of all such terminated, unwound and/or offsetting positions (after taking into account any other similar Hedge Agreement executed contemporaneously with the taking of such actions acceptable to the Required Lenders) plus (y) the aggregate Borrowing Base Value of all such Borrowing Base Properties Disposed of (after giving effect to any acquisitions of and other investments in Oil and Gas Properties by the Borrower and the Grantors with respect to which the Borrower has delivered a Reserve Report in accordance with Section 9.13(b) since the last Borrowing Base redetermination or adjustment pursuant to this Section 2.14(f)), in each case, since the later of (A) the most recent Scheduled Redetermination Date and (B) the last adjustment of the Borrowing Base made pursuant to this Section 2.14(f), exceeds five percent (5.0%) of the then-effective Borrowing Base, then upon the approval or deemed approval of the Borrowing Base Value pursuant to the definition thereof, the Borrowing Base shall automatically reduce by an amount equal to the sum of (1) the Borrowing Base Value, if any, attributable to such terminated, unwound or off-setting hedge positions in the calculation of the then-effective Borrowing Base (after taking into account any other similar Hedge Agreement executed contemporaneously with the taking of such actions acceptable to the Required Lenders) and (2) an amount equal to the Borrowing Base Value, if any, attributable to such Disposed Borrowing Base Properties in the calculation of the then-effective Borrowing Base (after giving effect to any acquisitions of and other investments in Oil and Gas Properties by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries with respect to which the Borrower has delivered a Reserve Report in accordance with Section 9.13(b) since the last Borrowing Base redetermination or adjustment pursuant to this Section 2.14(f)). The Administrative Agent shall promptly notify the Borrower in writing of the Borrowing Base Value, if any, attributable to such terminated, unwound or offsetting hedge positions and Disposed of Borrowing Base Properties in the calculation of the then-effective Borrowing Base
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and, upon receipt of such notice, the Borrowing Base shall be simultaneously reduced by such amount.
(iv)For the purposes of this Section 2.14(f), a “Disposition” of Oil and Gas Properties shall include the designation of a Restricted Subsidiary owning Oil and Gas Properties as an Unrestricted Subsidiary, any Investment or capital contribution of Oil and Gas Properties, and the Disposition or other transfer of Oil and Gas Properties or the Equity Interests in any Restricted Subsidiary owning Oil and Gas Properties to an Unrestricted Subsidiary or any other Person that is not the Borrower or a Guarantor; provided, that the transfer of a Production Sharing Contract to a Production Sharing Entity shall not be deemed a Disposition for purposes of this Section 2.14(f).
(g)Reduction of Borrowing Base Related to Title. If (i) the Borrower fails to provide the information required by Section 9.15(a) within the time periods specified therein or (ii) any title defect or exception requested by the Administrative Agent to be cured pursuant to Section 9.15(b) is not cured within the time period specified therein, the Required Lenders shall have the right to adjust the Borrowing Base upon written notice (which such notice shall include the effective date of reduction) such that, after giving effect to such reduction, the Borrower shall have provided reasonably satisfactory title information in respect of the required percentage of the value of the Borrowing Base Properties, and upon the effective date of the reduction specified in the notice described above, the new Borrowing Base will become effective.
(h)Borrower’s Right to Elect Reduced Borrowing Base. Within three (3) Business Days of its receipt of a New Borrowing Base Notice, the Borrower may provide written notice to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders that specifies for the period from the effective date of the New Borrowing Base Notice until the next succeeding Scheduled Redetermination Date, the Borrowing Base will be a lesser amount than the amount set forth in such New Borrowing Base Notice, whereupon such specified lesser amount will become the new Borrowing Base. The Borrower’s notice under this Section 2.14(h) shall be irrevocable, but without prejudice to its rights to initiate Interim Redeterminations.
(i)Administrative Agent Data. The Administrative Agent hereby agrees to provide an updated Bank Price Deck to the Borrower promptly, and in any event within three (3) Business Days, following (i) its receipt of a request by the Borrower or (ii) its request for an Interim Redetermination. In addition, the Administrative Agent agrees, upon request, to meet with the Borrower to discuss its evaluation of the reservoir engineering of the Oil and Gas Properties included in the Reserve Report and their respective methodologies for valuing such properties and the other factors considered in calculating the Borrowing Base.
1.15Defaulting 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)Commitment Fees shall cease to accrue on the unfunded portion of the Commitment of such Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 4.1(a);
(b)The Commitment and Total Exposure of such Defaulting Lender shall not be included in determining whether all Lenders, the Majority Lenders or the Required Lenders or each affected Lender have taken or may take any action hereunder (including any consent to any amendment or waiver pursuant to Section 13.1); provided that (i) any waiver, amendment or modification requiring the consent of all Lenders pursuant to Section 13.1 (other than Section 13.1(a)(x)) or requiring the consent of each affected Lender pursuant to Section 13.1(a)(i) or (ix) shall require the consent of such Defaulting Lender (which for the avoidance of doubt would include any change to the Maturity Date applicable to such Defaulting Lender, decreasing or forgiving any principal or interest due to such Defaulting Lender, any decrease of any interest rate applicable to Loans made by such Defaulting Lender (other than the waiving of post-default interest rates) and any increase in or extension of such Defaulting Lender’s Commitment) and (ii) any redetermination, whether an increase, decrease or affirmation, of the Borrowing Base shall occur without the participation of a Defaulting Lender, but the Commitment (i.e., the Commitment
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Percentage of the Borrowing Base) of a Defaulting Lender may not be increased without the consent of such Defaulting Lender;
(c)If any Letter of Credit Exposure exists at the time a Lender becomes a Defaulting Lender, then (i) all or any part of such Letter of Credit Exposure of such Defaulting Lender will, subject to the limitation in the first proviso below, automatically be reallocated (effective on the day such Lender becomes a Defaulting Lender) among the Non-Defaulting Lenders pro rata in accordance with their respective Commitment Percentages; provided that (A) each Non-Defaulting Lender’s Total Exposure may not in any event exceed the Commitment Percentage of the Commitment of such Non-Defaulting Lender as in effect at the time of such reallocation and (B) neither such reallocation nor any payment by a Non-Defaulting Lender pursuant thereto will constitute a waiver or release of any claim the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Banks or any other Lender may have against such Defaulting Lender or cause such Defaulting Lender to be a Non-Defaulting Lender, (ii) to the extent that all or any portion of the Defaulting Lender’s Letter of Credit Exposure cannot, or can only partially, be so reallocated to Non-Defaulting Lenders, whether by reason of the first proviso in Section 2.15(c)(i) or otherwise, the Borrower shall within two (2) Business Days following notice by the Administrative Agent Cash Collateralize for the benefit of the applicable Issuing Bank only the Borrower’s obligations corresponding to such Defaulting Lender’s Letter of Credit Exposure (after giving effect to any partial reallocation pursuant to clause (i) above), in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 3.7 for so long as such Letter of Credit Exposure is outstanding, (iii) if the Borrower Cash Collateralizes any portion of such Defaulting Lender’s Letter of Credit Exposure pursuant to this Section 2.15(c), the Borrower shall not be required to pay any fees to such Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 4.1(b) with respect to such Defaulting Lender’s Letter of Credit Exposure during the period such Defaulting Lender’s Letter of Credit Exposure is Cash Collateralized (and such fees shall be payable to the Issuing Banks), (iv) if the Letter of Credit Exposure of the Non-Defaulting Lenders is reallocated pursuant to this Section 2.15(c), then the Letter of Credit Fees payable for the account of the Lenders pursuant to Section 4.1(b) shall be adjusted in accordance with such Non-Defaulting Lenders’ Commitment Percentages and the Borrower shall not be required to pay any Letter of Credit Fees to the Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 4.1(b) with respect to such Defaulting Lender’s Letter of Credit Exposure during the period that such Defaulting Lender’s Letter of Credit Exposure is reallocated, or (v) if any Defaulting Lender’s Letter of Credit Exposure is neither Cash Collateralized nor reallocated pursuant to this Section 2.15(c), then, without prejudice to any rights or remedies of any Issuing Bank or any Lender hereunder, all Letter of Credit Fees payable under Section 4.1(b) with respect to such Defaulting Lender’s Letter of Credit Exposure shall be payable to such Issuing Bank until such Letter of Credit Exposure is Cash Collateralized and/or reallocated;
(d)So long as any Lender is a Defaulting Lender, no Issuing Bank will be required to issue any new Letter of Credit or amend any outstanding Letter of Credit to increase the Stated Amount thereof, alter the drawing terms thereunder or extend the expiry date thereof, unless each Issuing Bank is reasonably satisfied that any exposure that would result from the exposure to such Defaulting Lender is eliminated or fully covered by the Commitments of the Non-Defaulting Lenders or by Cash Collateralization or a combination thereof in accordance with clause (c) above or otherwise in a manner reasonably satisfactory to such Issuing Bank, and participating interests in any such newly issued or increased Letter of Credit shall be allocated among Non-Defaulting Lenders in a manner consistent with Section 2.15(c)(i) (and Defaulting Lenders shall not participate therein);
(e)If the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and each Issuing Bank agree in writing in their discretion that a Lender that is a Defaulting Lender should no longer be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender, the Administrative Agent will so notify the parties hereto, whereupon, as of the effective date specified in such notice and subject to any conditions set forth therein, such Lender will cease to be a Defaulting Lender and will be a Non-Defaulting Lender and any applicable Cash Collateral shall be promptly returned to the Borrower and any Letter of Credit Exposure of such Lender reallocated pursuant to Section 2.15(c) shall be reallocated back to such Lender; provided that, except to the extent otherwise expressly agreed by the affected parties, no change hereunder from Defaulting Lender to Non-Defaulting Lender will constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder arising from such Lender’s having been a Defaulting Lender; and
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(f)Any payment of principal, interest, fees or other amounts received by the Administrative Agent for the account of that Defaulting Lender (whether voluntary or mandatory, at maturity, pursuant to Section 11 or otherwise, and including any amounts made available to the Administrative Agent by that Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 13.8), shall be applied at such time or times as may be determined by the Administrative Agent as follows: first, to the payment of any amounts owing by that Defaulting Lender to the Administrative Agent hereunder; second, to the payment on a pro rata basis of any amounts owing by that Defaulting Lender to each Issuing Bank hereunder; third, as the Borrower may request (so long as no Default or Event of Default exists), to the funding of any Loan in respect of which that Defaulting Lender has failed to fund its portion thereof as required by this Agreement, as determined by the Administrative Agent; fourth, if so determined by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, to be held in a non-interest bearing deposit account and released in order to satisfy obligations of that Defaulting Lender to fund Loans under this Agreement; fifth, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Lenders, each Issuing Bank as a result of any final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by any Lender, such Issuing Bank against that Defaulting Lender as a result of that Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; sixth, so long as no Default or Event of Default exists, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Borrower as a result of any final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by the Borrower against that Defaulting Lender as a result of that Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; and seventh, to that Defaulting Lender or as otherwise directed by a court of competent jurisdiction; provided that if such payment is a payment of the principal amount of any Loans or Unpaid Drawings, such payment shall be applied solely to pay the relevant Loans of, and Unpaid Drawings owed to, the relevant non-Defaulting Lenders on a pro rata basis prior to being applied in the manner set forth in this Section 2.15(f). Any payments, prepayments or other amounts paid or payable to a Defaulting Lender that are applied (or held) to pay amounts owed by a Defaulting Lender or to post Cash Collateral pursuant to Section 3.7 shall be deemed paid to and redirected by that Defaulting Lender, and each Lender irrevocably consents hereto.
1.16Termination, Revision and Reduction of Commitments and Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts; Increase, Reduction and Termination of Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount.
(a)Scheduled Termination of Commitments. Unless previously terminated, the Commitments shall terminate on the Maturity Date. If at any time the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts, the Borrowing Base or the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount is terminated or reduced to zero, then the Commitments shall terminate on the effective date of such termination or reduction.
(b)Optional Termination and Reduction of Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts.
(i)The Borrower may at any time terminate, or from time to time reduce, the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts; provided that (A) each reduction of the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts shall be in an amount that is an integral multiple of $1,000,000 and not less than $5,000,000 and (B) the Borrower shall not terminate or reduce the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts if, (1) after giving effect to any concurrent prepayment of the Loans in accordance with Section 5.2, the aggregate Total Exposures of all Lenders would exceed the Total Commitment or (2) the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amount would be less than $5,000,000 (unless, with respect to this clause (2), the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts are reduced to $0), and (C) upon any reduction of the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts that would otherwise result in the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts being less than the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount, the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount shall be automatically reduced (ratably among the Lenders in accordance with each Lender’s Commitment Percentage) so that they equal the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts as so reduced.
(ii)The Borrower shall notify the Administrative Agent of any election to terminate or reduce the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts under Section 2.16(b)(i) at least three (3) Business Days prior to the effective date of such termination or reduction, specifying such election and the effective date thereof. Promptly following receipt of any notice, the Administrative Agent shall advise the Lenders of the contents thereof. Each notice delivered by the Borrower pursuant to this Section 2.16(b)(ii) shall be irrevocable; provided that a notice of termination or reduction of the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts delivered by the Borrower
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may state that such notice is conditioned upon the effectiveness of other credit facilities or the closing of a specified transaction, in which case such notice may be revoked by the Borrower (by notice to the Administrative Agent on or prior to the specified effective date) if such condition is not satisfied. Any termination or reduction of the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts shall be permanent and may not be reinstated. Each reduction of the Aggregate Maximum Credit Amounts shall be made ratably among the Lenders in accordance with each Lender’s Commitment Percentage.
(c)Increases, Reductions and Terminations of Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount.
(i)Subject to the conditions set forth in Section 2.16(c)(ii) and the prior written approval of the Administrative Agent (not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), the Borrower may increase the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount then in effect by increasing the Elected Commitment of a Lender and/or by causing a Person that is reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent that at such time is not a Lender to become a Lender (any such Person that is not at such time a Lender and becomes a Lender, an “Additional Lender”). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, in no case shall an Additional Lender be a natural person, the Borrower or any Affiliate of the Borrower.
(ii)Any increase in the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount shall be subject to the following additional conditions:
(A)such increase shall not be less than $25,000,000 unless the Administrative Agent otherwise consents, and no such increase shall be permitted if after giving effect thereto the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount exceeds the Borrowing Base then in effect;
(B)following any Scheduled Redetermination Date, the Borrower may not increase the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount more than once before the next Scheduled Redetermination Date (for the sake of clarity, all increases in the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount effective on a single date shall be deemed a single increase in the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount for purposes of this Section 2.16(c)(ii)(B));
(C)no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing on the effective date of such increase;
(D)on the effective date of such increase, no Borrowings of SOFR Loans shall be outstanding or if any Borrowings of SOFR Loans are outstanding, then the effective date of such increase shall be the last day of the Interest Period in respect of such Borrowings of SOFR Loans unless the Borrower pays any compensation required by Section 2.11;
(E)no Lender’s Elected Commitment may be increased without the consent of such Lender;
(F)if the Borrower elects to increase the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount by increasing the Elected Commitment of a Lender, the Borrower and such Lender shall execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent a certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit K (an “Elected Commitment Increase Certificate”);
(G)if the Borrower elects to increase the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount by causing an Additional Lender to become a party to this Agreement, then the Borrower and such Additional Lender shall execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent a certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit L (an “Additional Lender Certificate”), together with an Administrative Questionnaire and a processing and recordation fee of $3,500 (provided that the Administrative Agent may, in its discretion, elect to waive such processing and recordation fee in connection with any such increase),
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the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Banks shall have given their prior written consent (to the extent that such Additional Lender is not an existing Lender’s Affiliate and in each case, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) and the Borrower shall (1) if requested by the Additional Lender, deliver a Note payable to such Additional Lender in a principal amount equal to its Maximum Credit Amount, and otherwise duly completed and (2) pay any applicable fees as may have been agreed to between the Borrower and the Additional Lender, and, to the extent applicable and agreed to by the Borrower, the Administrative Agent; and
(iii)Subject to acceptance and recording thereof pursuant to Section 2.16(c)(iv), from and after the effective date specified in the Elected Commitment Increase Certificate or the Additional Lender Certificate (or if any Borrowings of SOFR Loans are outstanding, then the last day of the Interest Period in respect of such Borrowings of SOFR Loans, unless the Borrower has paid any compensation required by Section 2.11): (A) the amount of the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount shall be increased as set forth therein, and (B) in the case of an Additional Lender Certificate, any Additional Lender party thereto shall be a party to this Agreement and have the rights and obligations of a Lender under this Agreement and the other Credit Documents. In addition, the Lender or the Additional Lender, as applicable, shall purchase a pro rata portion of the outstanding Loans (and participation interests in Letters of Credit) of each of the other Lenders (and such Lenders hereby agree to sell and to take all such further action to effectuate such sale) such that each Lender (including any Additional Lender, if applicable) shall hold its Commitment Percentage of the outstanding Loans (and participation interests) after giving effect to the increase in the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount (and the resulting modifications of each Lender’s Maximum Credit Amount pursuant to Section 2.16(c)(iv) or Section 2.16(c)(v)).
(iv)Upon its receipt of a duly completed Elected Commitment Increase Certificate or an Additional Lender Certificate, executed by the Borrower and the Lender or by the Borrower and the Additional Lender party thereto, as applicable, the processing and recording fee referred to in Section 2.16(c)(ii), if required, the Administrative Questionnaire referred to in Section 2.16(c)(ii) and the break-funding payments from the Borrower, if any, required by Section 2.11, if applicable, the Administrative Agent shall accept such Elected Commitment Increase Certificate or Additional Lender Certificate and record the information contained therein in the Register required to be maintained by the Administrative Agent pursuant to Section 13.6(b). No increase in the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount shall be effective for purposes of this Agreement unless it has been recorded in the Register as provided in this Section 2.16(c)(iv).
(v)Upon any increase in the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount pursuant to Section 2.16(c)(iv), (A) each Lender’s Maximum Credit Amount shall be automatically deemed amended to the extent necessary so that each such Lender’s Commitment Percentage equals the percentage of the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount represented by such Lender’s Elected Commitment, in each case after giving effect to such increase, and (B) Schedule 1.1(a) to this Agreement shall be deemed amended to reflect the Elected Commitment of each Lender (including any Additional Lender) as thereby increased, any changes in the Lenders’ Maximum Credit Amounts pursuant to the foregoing clause (A), and any resulting changes in the Lenders’ Commitment Percentages.
(vi)The Borrower may from time to time terminate or reduce the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount; provided that (A) each reduction of the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount shall be in an amount that is an integral multiple of $1,000,000 and not less than $5,000,000 and (B) the Borrower shall not reduce the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount if, after giving effect to any concurrent prepayment of the Loans in accordance with Section 5.2, the aggregate Total Exposures of all Lenders would exceed the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount as reduced.
(vii)The Borrower shall notify the Administrative Agent of any election to terminate or reduce the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount under Section 2.16(c)(vi) at least three (3) Business Days prior to the effective date of such termination or reduction (or such lesser period as
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may be reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent), specifying such election and the effective date thereof. Promptly following receipt of any notice, the Administrative Agent shall advise the Lenders of the contents thereof. Each notice delivered by the Borrower pursuant to this Section 2.16(c)(vii) shall be irrevocable; provided that a notice of termination or reduction of the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount delivered by the Borrower may state that such notice is conditioned upon the effectiveness of other credit facilities or the closing of a specified transaction, in which case such notice may be revoked by the Borrower (by notice to the Administrative Agent on or prior to the specified effective date of such termination) if such condition is not satisfied. Any termination or reduction of the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount shall be permanent and may not be reinstated, except pursuant to Section 2.16(c)(i). Each reduction of the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount shall be made ratably among the Lenders in accordance with each Lender’s Commitment Percentage.
(viii)Upon any redetermination or other adjustment in the Borrowing Base pursuant to this Agreement that would otherwise result in the Borrowing Base becoming less than the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount, the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount shall be automatically reduced (ratably among the Lenders in accordance with each Lender’s Commitment Percentage) so that they equal such redetermined Borrowing Base (and Schedule 1.1(a) shall be deemed amended to reflect such amendments to each Lender’s Elected Commitment and the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount).
(ix)Contemporaneously with any increase in the Borrowing Base pursuant to this Agreement, if (A) the Borrower elects to increase the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount and (B) each Lender has consented to such increase in its Elected Commitment, then the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount shall be increased (ratably among the Lenders in accordance with each Lender’s Commitment Percentage) by the amount requested by the Borrower without the requirement that any Lender deliver an Elected Commitment Increase Certificate or that the Borrower pay any amounts under Section 2.11, and Schedule 1.1(a) shall be deemed amended to reflect such amendments to each Lender’s Elected Commitment and the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount. The Administrative Agent shall record the information regarding such increases in the Register required to be maintained by the Administrative Agent pursuant to Section 13.6(b).
If, after giving effect to any reduction in the Aggregate Elected Commitment Amount pursuant to this Section 2.16(c), the aggregate Total Exposures of all Lenders exceeds the Total Commitment, then the Borrower shall (A) prepay the Borrowings on the date of such termination or reduction in an aggregate principal amount equal to such excess, and (B) if any excess remains after prepaying all of the Borrowings as a result of Letter of Credit Exposure, transfer to the Administrative Agent on behalf of the Lenders an amount equal to such excess to be held as cash collateral as provided in Section 3.7.
Section 3.LETTERS OF CREDIT
1.1Letters of Credit.
(a)Subject to and upon the terms and conditions herein set forth, (i) the Existing Letters of Credit shall be refunded, refinanced, replaced and deemed issued hereunder and, on and after the Closing Date, shall constitute Letters of Credit for all purposes hereunder and under the Credit Documents and (ii) at any time and from time to time on and after the Closing Date and prior to the L/C Maturity Date, each Issuing Bank, severally, and not jointly, agrees, in reliance upon the agreements of the Lenders set forth in this Section 3, to issue upon the request of the Borrower and for the direct or indirect benefit of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, a letter of credit or letters of credit in Dollars (the “Letters of Credit” and each, a “Letter of Credit”) in such form and with such Issuer Documents as may be approved by the applicable Issuing Bank in its reasonable discretion; provided that the Borrower shall be a co-applicant of, and jointly and severally liable with respect to, each Letter of Credit issued for the account of a Subsidiary; provided further that up to $50,000,000 of Letters of Credit may be requested by the Borrower in support of any obligations of, or for the account of, any Unrestricted Subsidiary, subject to constituting an Investment permitted by Section 10.5.
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(b)Notwithstanding the foregoing, (i) no Letter of Credit shall be issued the Stated Amount of which, when added to the Letters of Credit Outstanding at such time, would exceed the Letter of Credit Commitment then in effect, (ii) no Letter of Credit shall be issued the Stated Amount of which would cause the aggregate Total Exposures of all Lenders at such time to exceed the Total Commitment then in effect, (iii) each Letter of Credit shall have an expiration date occurring no later than twelve (12) months after the date of issuance or such longer period of time as may be agreed by the applicable Issuing Bank, unless otherwise agreed upon by the Administrative Agent and the applicable Issuing Bank or as provided under Section 3.2(b); provided that any Letter of Credit may provide for automatic renewal thereof for additional periods of up to twelve (12) months or such longer period of time as may be agreed upon by the applicable Issuing Bank, subject to the provisions of Section 3.2(b); provided, further, that in no event shall such expiration date occur later than the L/C Maturity Date unless arrangements which are reasonably satisfactory to the applicable Issuing Bank to Cash Collateralize (or backstop) such Letter of Credit have been made (provided, however, that no Lenders shall be obligated to fund participations in respect of any Letter of Credit after the Maturity Date), (iv) no Letter of Credit shall be issued if it would be illegal under any applicable Requirement of Law for the beneficiary of the Letter of Credit to have a Letter of Credit issued in its favor, (v) no Letter of Credit shall be issued by an Issuing Bank after it has received a written notice from the Administrative Agent or the Majority Lenders stating that a Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing until such time as such Issuing Bank shall have received a written notice (A) of rescission of such notice from the party or parties originally delivering such notice, (B) of the waiver of such Default or Event of Default in accordance with the provisions of Section 13.1 or (C) that such Default or Event of Default is no longer continuing and (vi) without the consent of the applicable Issuing Bank, no Letter of Credit shall be issued in any currency other than Dollars.
(c)Upon at least one (1) Business Day’s prior written notice (or telephonic notice promptly confirmed in writing) to the Administrative Agent and the applicable Issuing Bank (which notice the Administrative Agent shall promptly transmit to each of the applicable Lenders), the Borrower shall have the right, on any day, permanently to terminate or reduce the Letter of Credit Commitment in whole or in part; provided that, after giving effect to such termination or reduction, the Letters of Credit Outstanding (other than with respect to the Existing Letters of Credit) shall not exceed the Letter of Credit Commitment.
1.2Letter of Credit Applications.
(a)Whenever the Borrower desires that a Letter of Credit be issued, amended or renewed for its account on its own behalf, or on behalf of its Subsidiaries, the Borrower shall hand deliver or telecopy (or transmit by electronic communication, if arrangements for doing so have been approved by the applicable Issuing Bank) to the applicable Issuing Bank and the Administrative Agent a Letter of Credit application, amendment request or any such document in the Issuing Bank’s customary form or, if the relevant Issuing Bank does not maintain such a form, in such form as may be approved by the applicable Issuing Bank (each, a “Letter of Credit Application”). Upon receipt of any Letter of Credit Application or amendment request, the applicable Issuing Bank will issue such Letter of Credit or amendment on the second (or such lesser number as may be agreed upon by the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Bank) Business Day after the relevant Letter of Credit Application is received, so long as such Letter of Credit Application is received no later than 3:00 p.m. (New York City time) on such Business Day, or if received after such time or on a day that is not a Business Day, the third (3rd) Business Day next succeeding receipt of such Letter of Credit Application. No Issuing Bank shall issue any Letters of Credit unless such Issuing Bank shall have received notice from the Administrative Agent that the conditions to such issuance have been met.
(b)If the Borrower so requests in any applicable Letter of Credit Application, the applicable Issuing Bank may, in its sole and absolute discretion, 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 such Issuing Bank to prevent any such extension at least once in each twelve (12)-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 (12)-month period to be agreed upon at the time such Letter of Credit is issued. Unless otherwise directed by the applicable Issuing Bank, the Borrower shall not be required to make a specific request to such Issuing Bank for any such extension. Once an Auto-Extension Letter of Credit has been issued, the
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Lenders shall be deemed to have authorized (but may not require) the applicable Issuing Bank to permit the extension of such Letter of Credit at any time to an expiry date not later than the L/C Maturity Date; provided, however, that such Issuing Bank shall not permit any such extension if (i) such Issuing Bank has determined that it would not be permitted, or would have no obligation, at such time to issue such Letter of Credit in its revised form (as extended) under the terms hereof (by reason of the provisions of clause (b) of Section 3.1 or otherwise), or (ii) it has received notice (which may be by telephone or in writing) on or before the day that is five (5) Business Days before the Non-Extension Notice Date from the Administrative Agent that one or more of the applicable conditions specified in Section 7 are not then satisfied, and in each such case directing such Issuing Bank not to permit such extension.
(c)Each Issuing Bank (other than the Administrative Agent or any of its Affiliates) shall provide the Administrative Agent with a reasonably detailed notice upon its issuance or amendment of any Letter of Credit, or upon any drawing under any Letter of Credit issued by it; provided that, upon written request from the Administrative Agent, such Issuing Bank shall promptly provide the Administrative Agent with a list of all Letters of Credit issued by it that are outstanding at such time.
1.3Letter of Credit Participations.
(a)Immediately upon the issuance by an Issuing Bank of any Letter of Credit, such Issuing Bank shall be deemed to have sold and transferred to each Lender (each such Lender, in its capacity under this Section 3.3, an “L/C Participant”), and each such L/C Participant shall be deemed irrevocably and unconditionally to have purchased and received from such Issuing Bank, without recourse or warranty, an undivided interest and participation (each an “L/C Participation”), to the extent of such L/C Participant’s Commitment Percentage, in each Letter of Credit, each substitute therefor, each drawing made thereunder and the obligations of the Borrower under this Agreement with respect thereto, and any security therefor or guaranty pertaining thereto.
(b)In determining whether to pay under any Letter of Credit, the relevant Issuing Bank shall have no obligation relative to the L/C Participants other than to confirm that (i) any documents required to be delivered under such Letter of Credit have been delivered, (ii) such Issuing Bank has examined the documents with reasonable care and (iii) the documents appear to comply on their face with the requirements of such Letter of Credit. Any action taken or omitted to be taken by the relevant Issuing Bank under or in connection with any Letter of Credit issued by it, if taken or omitted in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct (as finally determined by a court of competent jurisdiction), shall not create for such Issuing Bank any resulting liability.
(c)In the event that an Issuing Bank makes any payment under any Letter of Credit issued by it and the Borrower shall not have repaid such amount in full to such Issuing Bank pursuant to Section 3.4(a), such Issuing Bank shall promptly notify the Administrative Agent (which shall promptly notify each L/C Participant) of such failure, and each such L/C Participant shall promptly and unconditionally pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of such Issuing Bank, the amount of such L/C Participant’s Commitment Percentage of such unreimbursed payment in Dollars and in immediately available funds. Each L/C Participant shall make available to the Administrative Agent for the account of the relevant Issuing Bank such L/C Participant’s Commitment Percentage of the amount of such payment no later than 1:00 p.m. (New York City time) on the first (1st) Business Day after the date notified by such Issuing Bank in immediately available funds. If and to the extent such L/C Participant shall not have so made its Commitment Percentage of the amount of such payment available to the Administrative Agent for the account of the relevant Issuing Bank, such L/C Participant agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of such Issuing Bank, forthwith on demand, such amount, together with interest thereon for each day from such date until the date such amount is paid to the Administrative Agent for the account of such Issuing Bank at a rate per annum equal to the Overnight Rate from time to time then in effect, plus any administrative, processing or similar fees customarily charged by such Issuing Bank in connection with the foregoing. The failure of any L/C Participant to make available to the Administrative Agent for the account of any Issuing Bank its Commitment Percentage of any payment under any Letter of Credit shall not relieve any other L/C Participant of its obligation hereunder to make available to the Administrative Agent for the account of such Issuing Bank its Commitment Percentage of any payment under such Letter of Credit on the date required, as specified above, but no L/C Participant
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shall be responsible for the failure of any other L/C Participant to make available to the Administrative Agent such other L/C Participant’s Commitment Percentage of any such payment.
(d)Whenever an Issuing Bank receives a payment in respect of an unpaid reimbursement obligation as to which the Administrative Agent has received for the account of such Issuing Bank any payments from the L/C Participants pursuant to clause (c) above, such Issuing Bank shall pay to the Administrative Agent and the Administrative Agent shall promptly pay to each L/C Participant that has paid its Commitment Percentage of such reimbursement obligation, in Dollars and in immediately available funds, an amount equal to such L/C Participant’s share (based upon the proportionate aggregate amount originally funded by such L/C Participant to the aggregate amount funded by all L/C Participants) of the principal amount so paid in respect of such reimbursement obligation and interest thereon accruing after the purchase of the respective L/C Participations at the Overnight Rate.
(e)The obligations of the L/C Participants to make payments to the Administrative Agent for the account of an Issuing Bank with respect to Letters of Credit shall be irrevocable and not subject to counterclaim, set-off or other defense or any other qualification or exception whatsoever and shall be made in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement under all circumstances, including under any of the following circumstances:
(i)any lack of validity or enforceability of this Agreement or any of the other Credit Documents;
(ii)the existence of any claim, set-off, defense or other right that the Borrower or any other Person (including an L/C Participant) may have at any time against a beneficiary named in a Letter of Credit, any transferee of any Letter of Credit (or any Person for whom any such transferee may be acting), the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Bank, any Lender or other Person, whether in connection with this Agreement, any Letter of Credit, the transactions contemplated herein or any unrelated transactions (including any underlying transaction between the Borrower and the beneficiary named in any such Letter of Credit);
(iii)any draft, certificate or any other document presented under any 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;
(iv)the surrender or impairment of any security for the performance or observance of any of the terms of any of the Credit Documents; or
(v)the occurrence of any Default or Event of Default; or
(vi)any other event, condition of circumstance, whether or not similar to the foregoing.
1.4Agreement to Repay Letter of Credit Drawings.
(a)The Borrower hereby agrees to reimburse the relevant Issuing Bank by making payment in Dollars or to the Administrative Agent for the account of such Issuing Bank (whether with its own funds or with proceeds of the Loans) in immediately available funds, for any payment or disbursement made by such Issuing Bank under any Letter of Credit issued by it (each such amount so paid until reimbursed, an “Unpaid Drawing”) (i) within one (1) Business Day of the date of such payment or disbursement if such Issuing Bank provides notice to the Borrower of such payment or disbursement prior to 11:00 a.m. (New York City time) on such next succeeding Business Day (from the date of such payment or disbursement) or (ii) if such notice is received after such time, on the next Business Day following the date of receipt of such notice (such required date for reimbursement under clause (i) or (ii), as applicable, on such Business Day (the “Reimbursement Date”)), with interest on the amount so paid or disbursed by such Issuing Bank, from and including the date of such payment or disbursement to but excluding the Reimbursement Date, at the per annum rate for each day equal to the rate described in Section 2.8(a); provided that, notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement to the contrary, with respect to any Letter of Credit, (i) unless the Borrower shall have notified the Administrative Agent and
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such Issuing Bank prior to 11:00 a.m. (New York City time) on the Reimbursement Date that the Borrower intends to reimburse such Issuing Bank for the amount of such drawing with funds other than the proceeds of Loans, the Borrower shall be deemed to have given a Notice of Borrowing requesting that the Lenders make Loans (which shall be ABR Loans) on the Reimbursement Date in an amount equal to the amount at such drawing, and (ii) the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each L/C Participant of such drawing and the amount of its Loan to be made in respect thereof, and each L/C Participant shall be irrevocably obligated to make a Loan to the Borrower in the manner deemed to have been requested in the amount of its Commitment Percentage of the applicable Unpaid Drawing by 12:00 noon (New York City time) on such Reimbursement Date by making the amount of such Loan available to the Administrative Agent. Such Loans made in respect of such Unpaid Drawing on such Reimbursement Date shall be made without regard to the Minimum Borrowing Amount and without regard to the satisfaction of the conditions set forth in Section 7. The Administrative Agent shall use the proceeds of such Loans solely for purpose of reimbursing the relevant Issuing Bank for the related Unpaid Drawing. In the event that the Borrower fails to Cash Collateralize any Letter of Credit that is outstanding on the L/C Maturity Date, the full amount of the Letters of Credit Outstanding in respect of such Letter of Credit shall be deemed to be an Unpaid Drawing subject to the provisions of this Section 3.4 except that such Issuing Bank shall hold the proceeds received from the Lenders as contemplated above as cash collateral for such Letter of Credit to reimburse any Drawing under such Letter of Credit and shall use such proceeds first, to reimburse itself for any Drawings made in respect of such Letter of Credit following the L/C Maturity Date, second, to the extent such Letter of Credit expires or is returned undrawn while any such cash collateral remains, to the repayment of obligations in respect of any Loans that have not paid at such time and third, to the Borrower or as otherwise directed by a court of competent jurisdiction. Nothing in this Section 3.4(a) shall affect the Borrower’s obligation to repay all outstanding Loans when due in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
(b)The obligations of the Borrower under this Section 3.4 to reimburse the relevant Issuing Bank with respect to Unpaid Drawings (including, in each case, interest thereon) shall be absolute, unconditional and irrevocable under any and all circumstances and irrespective of any set-off, counterclaim or defense to payment that the Borrower or any other Person may have or have had against such Issuing Bank, the Administrative Agent or any Lender (including in its capacity as an L/C Participant), including any defense based upon (i) the failure of any drawing under a Letter of Credit (each a “Drawing”) to conform to the terms of the Letter of Credit, (ii) any non-application or misapplication by the beneficiary of the proceeds of such Drawing, (iii) any lack of validity or enforceability of any Letter of Credit or this Agreement, or any term or provision therein, (iv) any draft or other document presented under a Letter of Credit proving to be forged, fraudulent or invalid in any respect or any statement therein being untrue or inaccurate in any respect or (v) any other event or circumstance whatsoever, whether or not similar to any of the foregoing, that might, but for the provisions of this Section 3.4, constitute a legal or equitable discharge of, or provide a right of setoff against, the Borrower’s obligations hereunder; provided that the foregoing shall not be construed to excuse the relevant Issuing Bank 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 hereby waived by the Borrower to the extent permitted by applicable law) suffered by the Borrower that are caused by such Issuing Bank’s failure to exercise care pursuant to the applicable ICC Rule or applicable law when determining whether drafts and other documents presented under a Letter of Credit comply with the terms thereof. The Borrower agrees that any action taken or omitted to be taken by an Issuing Bank under or in connection with any Letter of Credit or the related drafts or documents, if done in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct (as finally determined by a court of competent jurisdiction), shall be binding on the Borrower and shall not result in any liability of such Issuing Bank to the Borrower; provided that the foregoing shall not be construed to excuse such Issuing Bank from liability to the Borrower to the extent of any direct damages suffered by the Borrower that are caused by such Issuing Bank’s failure to exercise care, when determining whether drafts and other documents presented under a Letter of Credit comply with the terms thereof as determined by a final and non-appealable judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction. In furtherance of the foregoing, the parties hereto agree that, with respect to documents presented which appear on their face to be in compliance with the terms of a Letter of Credit, the Issuing Bank that issued such Letter of Credit may in its sole discretion either accept or make payment upon such documents without responsibility for further investigation, regardless of any notice or information to the contrary, or refuse to accept and make payment upon such documents if such
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documents are not in strict compliance with the terms of such Letter of Credit (unless the Borrower shall consent to payment thereon not withstanding such lack of strict compliance).
1.5New or Successor Issuing Bank.
(a)Any Issuing Bank may resign as an Issuing Bank upon thirty (30) days’ prior written notice to the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Borrower. The Borrower may replace any Issuing Bank for any reason upon written notice to such Issuing Bank and the Administrative Agent and may add Issuing Banks at any time upon notice to the Administrative Agent. If an Issuing Bank shall resign or be replaced, or if the Borrower shall decide to add a new Issuing Bank under this Agreement, then the Borrower may appoint from among the Lenders (who have agreed to act as successor issuer of Letters of Credit or a new Issuing Bank) a successor issuer of Letters of Credit or a new Issuing Bank, as the case may be, or, with the consent of the Administrative Agent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld) and such new Issuing Bank, another successor or new issuer of Letters of Credit, whereupon such successor issuer shall succeed to the rights, powers and duties of the replaced or resigning Issuing Bank under this Agreement and the other Credit Documents, or such new issuer of Letters of Credit shall be granted the rights, powers and duties of an Issuing Bank hereunder, and the term “Issuing Bank” shall mean such successor or such new issuer of Letters of Credit effective upon such appointment. The acceptance of any appointment as an Issuing Bank hereunder whether as a successor issuer or new issuer of Letters of Credit in accordance with this Agreement, shall be evidenced by an agreement entered into by such new or successor issuer of Letters of Credit, in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent and, from and after the effective date of such agreement, such new or successor issuer of Letters of Credit shall become an “Issuing Bank” hereunder. After the resignation or replacement of an Issuing Bank hereunder, the resigning or replaced Issuing Bank shall remain a party hereto and shall continue to have all the rights and obligations of an Issuing Bank under this Agreement and the other Credit Documents with respect to Letters of Credit issued by it prior to such resignation or replacement, but shall not be required to issue additional Letters of Credit. In connection with any resignation or replacement pursuant to this clause (a) (but, in case of any such resignation, only to the extent that a successor issuer of Letters of Credit shall have been appointed), either (i) the Borrower, the resigning or replaced Issuing Bank and the successor issuer of Letters of Credit shall arrange to have any outstanding Letters of Credit issued by the resigning or replaced Issuing Bank replaced with Letters of Credit issued by the successor issuer of Letters of Credit or (ii) the Borrower shall cause the successor issuer of Letters of Credit, if such successor issuer is reasonably satisfactory to the replaced or resigning Issuing Bank, to issue “back-stop” Letters of Credit naming the resigning or replaced Issuing Bank as beneficiary for each outstanding Letter of Credit issued by the resigning or replaced Issuing Bank, which new Letters of Credit shall have a Stated Amount equal to the Letters of Credit being back-stopped and the sole requirement for drawing on such new Letters of Credit shall be a drawing on the corresponding back-stopped Letters of Credit (for the avoidance of doubt, the Stated Amount of such backstopped Letters of Credit shall no longer be deemed outstanding under the Facility). After any resigning or replaced Issuing Bank’s resignation or replacement as Issuing Bank, the provisions of this Agreement relating to an Issuing Bank shall inure to its benefit as to any actions taken or omitted to be taken by it (A) while it was an Issuing Bank under this Agreement or (B) at any time with respect to Letters of Credit issued by such Issuing Bank.
(b)To the extent that there are, at the time of any resignation or replacement as set forth in clause (a) above, any outstanding Letters of Credit, nothing herein shall be deemed to impact or impair any rights and obligations of any of the parties hereto with respect to such outstanding Letters of Credit (including any obligations related to the payment of fees or the reimbursement or funding of amounts drawn), except that the Borrower, the resigning or replaced Issuing Bank and the successor issuer of Letters of Credit shall have the obligations regarding outstanding Letters of Credit described in clause (a) above.
1.6Role of Issuing Bank. Each Lender and the Borrower agree that, in paying any drawing under a Letter of Credit, no Issuing Bank shall have any responsibility to obtain any document (other than any sight draft, certificates and 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 Issuing Banks, the Administrative Agent, any of their respective affiliates nor any correspondent, participant or assignee of any Issuing Bank shall be liable to
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any Lender for (a) any action taken or omitted in connection herewith at the request or with the approval of the Majority Lenders, (b) any action taken or omitted in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct or (c) the due execution, effectiveness, validity or enforceability of any document or instrument related to any Letter of Credit or Issuer Document. 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 Issuing Banks, the Administrative Agent, any of their respective affiliates nor any correspondent, participant or assignee of any Issuing Bank shall be liable or responsible for any of the matters described in Section 3.3(e); provided that anything in such Section 3.3(e) to the contrary notwithstanding, the Borrower may have a claim against an Issuing Bank, and such Issuing Bank 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 which the Borrower proves were caused by such Issuing Bank’s willful misconduct or gross negligence (as finally determined by a court of competent jurisdiction) or such Issuing Bank’s unlawful failure (as finally determined by a court of competent jurisdiction) to pay under any Letter of Credit after the presentation to it by the beneficiary of a sight draft and certificate(s) strictly complying with the terms and conditions of a Letter of Credit. In furtherance and not in limitation of the foregoing, any Issuing Bank 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 Issuing Bank 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.
1.7Cash Collateral.
(a)(i) Upon the request of the Majority Lenders if, as of the L/C Maturity Date, there are any Letters of Credit Outstanding, or (ii) if the Letter of Credit Exposure exceeds the Letter of Credit Commitment at any time as a result of a reduction in the Borrowing Base or the Elected Commitments, the Borrower shall immediately Cash Collateralize the Letters of Credit Outstanding.
(b)If any Event of Default shall occur and be continuing and the Loans shall have been accelerated in accordance with Section 11, the Majority Lenders may require that the L/C Obligations be Cash Collateralized; provided that, upon the occurrence of an Event of Default referred to in Section 11.5 with respect to the Borrower, the Borrower shall immediately Cash Collateralize the Letters of Credit then outstanding and no notice or request by or consent from the Majority Lenders shall be required.
(c)For purposes of this Agreement, “Cash Collateralize” shall mean to (i) pledge and deposit with or deliver to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Issuing Banks and the Lenders, as collateral for the L/C Obligations, cash or deposit account balances (“Cash Collateral”) in an amount equal to the amount of the Letters of Credit Outstanding required to be Cash Collateralized (the “Required Cash Collateral Amount”) or (ii) if the relevant Issuing Bank benefiting from such collateral shall agree in its reasonable discretion, other forms of credit support (including any backstop letter of credit) in a face amount equal to one hundred and three percent (103%) of the Required Cash Collateral Amount from an issuer reasonably satisfactory to such Issuing Bank, in each case under clause (i) and (ii) above pursuant to documentation in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and the relevant Issuing Bank (which documents are hereby consented to by the Lenders). Derivatives of such term have corresponding meanings. The Borrower hereby grants to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Issuing Banks and the L/C Participants, a security interest in all such cash, deposit accounts and all balances therein and all proceeds of the foregoing. Such cash Collateral shall be maintained in blocked, interest bearing deposit accounts established by and in the name of the Borrower, but under the “control” (as defined in Section 9-104 of the UCC) of the Administrative Agent.
1.8Applicability of ISP and UCP. The Borrower agrees that any Issuing Bank may issue Letters of Credit hereunder subject to the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits, International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) Publication Nos. 600 (2007 Revision) (“UCP 600”) or, at such Issuing Bank’s option, such later revision thereof in effect at the time of issuance of the Letter of Credit or the International Standby Practices 1998, ICC Publication No. 590 or, at such Issuing Bank’s option, such later revision thereof in effect at the time of issuance of any such Letter of Credit (“ISP 98”,
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and each of the UCP 600 and the ISP 98, an “ICC Rule”). Each Issuing Bank’s privileges, rights and remedies under such ICC Rules shall be in addition to, and not in limitation of, its privileges, rights and remedies expressly provided for herein. The Borrower agrees for matters not addressed by the chosen ICC Rule, each Letter of Credit shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the State of New York and applicable United States Federal laws; provided that if at Borrower’s request, a Letter of Credit chooses a state or country law other than New York State law and United States Federal law or is silent with respect to the choice of an ICC Rule or a governing law, the Issuing Bank shall not be liable for any payment, cost, expense or loss resulting from any action or inaction taken by the Issuing Bank if such action or inaction is or would be justified under an ICC Rule, New York law or applicable United States Federal law, and Borrower shall indemnify Issuing Bank for all such payments, costs, expenses or losses.
1.9Conflict with Issuer Documents. In the event of any conflict between the terms hereof and the terms of any Issuer Document, the terms hereof shall control.
1.10Letters of Credit Issued for Subsidiaries. Notwithstanding that a Letter of Credit issued or outstanding hereunder is in support of any obligations of, or is for the account of, a Subsidiary, the Borrower shall be obligated to reimburse the relevant Issuing Bank hereunder for any and all drawings under such Letter of Credit. 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.
1.11Increased Costs. If, after the Closing Date, the adoption of any Change in Law shall either (a) impose, modify or make applicable any reserve, deposit, capital adequacy or similar requirement against Letters of Credit issued by any Issuing Bank, or any L/C Participant’s L/C Participation therein, or (b) impose on any Issuing Bank or any L/C Participant any other conditions, costs or expenses affecting its obligations under this Agreement in respect of Letters of Credit or L/C Participations therein or any Letter of Credit or such L/C Participant’s L/C Participation therein, and the result of any of the foregoing is to increase the cost to such Issuing Bank or such L/C Participant of issuing, maintaining or participating in any Letter of Credit, or to reduce the amount of any sum received or receivable by such Issuing Bank or such L/C Participant hereunder (other than (i) Taxes indemnifiable under Section 5.4, or (ii) Excluded Taxes) in respect of Letters of Credit or L/C Participations therein, then, promptly (and in any event no later than fifteen (15) days) after receipt of written demand to the Borrower by such Issuing Bank or such L/C Participant, as the case may be (a copy of which notice shall be sent by such Issuing Bank or such L/C Participant to the Administrative Agent), the Borrower shall pay to such Issuing Bank or such L/C Participant such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Issuing Bank or such L/C Participant for such increased cost or reduction, it being understood and agreed, however, that no Issuing Bank or L/C Participant shall be entitled to such compensation as a result of such Person’s compliance with, or pursuant to any request or directive to comply with, any such Requirement of Law as in effect on the Closing Date. A certificate submitted to the Borrower by the relevant Issuing Bank or an L/C Participant, as the case may be (a copy of which certificate shall be sent by such Issuing Bank or such L/C Participant to the Administrative Agent), setting forth in reasonable detail the basis for the determination of such additional amount or amounts necessary to compensate such Issuing Bank or such L/C Participant as aforesaid shall be conclusive and binding on the Borrower absent clearly demonstrable error.
1.12Independence. The Borrower acknowledges that the rights and obligations of each Issuing Bank under each Letter of Credit issued by it are independent of the existence, performance or nonperformance of any contract or arrangement underlying such Letter of Credit, including contracts or arrangements between such Issuing Bank and the Borrower (other than the Credit Documents and the Issuer Documents) and between the Borrower and the relevant beneficiary.
Section 4.FEES.
1.1Fees.
(a)The Borrower agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent in Dollars, for the account of each Lender (in each case pro rata according to the respective Commitment Percentages of the Lenders), a commitment fee (the “Commitment Fee”) for each day from the Closing Date until but excluding the
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Termination Date. Each Commitment Fee shall be payable by the Borrower quarterly in arrears on the last Business Day of each March, June, September and December (for the three-month period (or portion thereof) ended on such day for which no payment has been received) and on the Termination Date (for the period ended on such date for which no payment has been received), and shall be computed for each day during such period at a rate per annum equal to the Commitment Fee Rate in effect on such day on the Available Commitment in effect on such day.
(b)The Borrower agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent in Dollars for the account of the Lenders pro rata on the basis of their respective Letter of Credit Exposure, a fee in respect of each Letter of Credit (the “Letter of Credit Fee”), for the period from the date of issuance of such Letter of Credit until the termination or expiration date of such Letter of Credit computed at the per annum rate for each day equal to the Applicable Margin for SOFR Loans on the average daily Stated Amount of such Letter of Credit. Such Letter of Credit Fees shall be due and payable (i) quarterly in arrears on the last Business Day of each March, June, September and December and (ii) on the Termination Date (for the period for which no payment has been received pursuant to clause (i) above).
(c)The Borrower agrees to pay to each Issuing Bank a fee in respect of each Letter of Credit issued by it (the “Fronting Fee”), for the period from the date of issuance of such Letter of Credit to the termination or expiration date of such Letter of Credit, computed at the rate for each day equal to one-fifth of one percentage point (0.20%) per annum (or such other amount as may be agreed in a separate writing between the Borrower and the relevant Issuing Bank) on the average daily Stated Amount of such Letter of Credit (or at such other rate per annum as agreed in writing between the Borrower and the relevant Issuing Bank). Such Fronting Fees shall be due and payable by the Borrower (i) quarterly in arrears on the last Business Day of each March, June, September and December and (ii) on the Termination Date (for the period for which no payment has been received pursuant to clause (i) above).
(d)The Borrower agrees to pay directly to each Issuing Bank upon each issuance of, drawing under, and/or amendment of, a Letter of Credit issued by it such amount as the relevant Issuing Bank and the Borrower shall have agreed upon for issuances of, drawings under or amendments of, letters of credit issued by it.
(e)The Borrower agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent the administrative agent fees in the amounts and on the dates as set forth in writing from time to time between the Administrative Agent and the Borrower.
Section 5.PAYMENTS.
1.1Voluntary Prepayments. The Borrower shall have the right to prepay Loans without premium or penalty, in whole or in part from time to time on the following terms and conditions:
(a)the Borrower shall give the Administrative Agent at the Administrative Agent’s Office written notice (or telephonic notice promptly confirmed in writing) of its intent to make such prepayment, the amount of such prepayment and (in the case of SOFR Loans) the specific Borrowing(s) being prepaid, which notice shall be given by the Borrower no later than 1:00 p.m. (New York City time) (i) in the case of SOFR Loans, three (3) U.S. Government Securities Business Days prior to the date of such prepayment and (ii) in the case of ABR Loans on the date of such prepayment and shall promptly be transmitted by the Administrative Agent to each of the Lenders;
(b)each partial prepayment of (i) SOFR Loans shall be in a minimum amount of $500,000 and in multiples of $100,000 in excess thereof or a lesser amount to the extent such less