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Exhibit 10.10

CREDIT AGREEMENT

dated as of

March 23, 2016,

among

TWIST HOLDINGS, LLC

and

ADVANCE HOLDINGS, LLC.,
as co-Parents and Guarantors,

ALLIANCE APPAREL GROUP, INC.,

EMINENT, INC.

and

ADVANCE DEVELOPMENT, INC.
as co-Borrowers

THE SUBSIDIARIES OF PARENT PARTY HERETO FROM TIME TO TIME AS GUARANTORS,

THE LENDERS PARTY HERETO,

and

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,
as Administrative Agent, Lead Arranger and Bookrunner

 

 

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

Page

ARTICLE I General Conditions

1

1.1

Definitions

1

1.2

Terms Generally

52

1.3

Accounting Terms

53

1.4

Rounding

53

1.5

Times of Day; Rates

53

1.6

Letter of Credit Amounts

54

1.7

Pro Forma Basis

54

ARTICLE II Amount and Terms of Credit

56

2.1

Commitment of the Lenders

56

2.2

Increase in Total Commitments

56

2.3

Reserves

58

2.4

Revolving Credit Loans

58

2.5

Overadvances

62

2.6

Computation of Interest and Fees

63

2.7

Evidence of Debt; Notes

63

2.8

Interest on Loans; Default Rate

63

2.9

Inability to Determine Rates

64

2.10

Illegality

65

2.11

Letters of Credit

65

2.12

Increased Costs

72

2.13

Termination or Reduction of Commitments

73

2.14

Optional Prepayment of Revolving Credit Loans; Reimbursement of Lenders

74

2.15

Mandatory Prepayment; Cash Collateral

75

2.16

Credit Card Arrangements; Cash Management

76

2.17

Fees

79

2.18

Maintenance of Loan Account; Statements of Account

80

2.19

Payments

81

2.20

Settlement Amongst Lenders

83

2.21

Taxes

84

2.22

Mitigation Obligations; Replacement of Lenders

88

2.23

Cash Collateral

89

2.24

Defaulting Lenders

90

2.25

Sharing of Payments by Lenders

92

ARTICLE III Representations and Warranties

93

3.1

Existence, Qualification and Power; Compliance with Laws

93

3.2

Authorization; No Contravention

94

3.3

Governmental Authorization; Other Consents

94

3.4

Enforceability

94

 

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Page

3.5

Financial Statements; No Material Adverse Effect

94

3.6

Litigation

95

3.7

No Default

95

3.8

Ownership of Property; Liens

95

3.9

Environmental Compliance

96

3.10

Taxes

97

3.11

ERISA Compliance

97

3.12

Subsidiaries; Equity Interests; Investments

98

3.13

Use of Proceeds; Margin Regulations; Investment Company Act

99

3.14

Disclosure

99

3.15

Intellectual Property; Licenses, Etc

99

3.16

Solvency

100

3.17

No Casualty, Etc

100

3.18

Insurance

100

3.19

Compliance with Laws and Agreements

100

3.20

Labor Matters

101

3.21

Security Documents

101

3.22

Merchantable Inventory; Compliance with FLSA

101

3.23

OSHA Compliance

102

3.24

OFAC

102

3.25

Anti-Corruption Laws

102

3.26

EEA

102

ARTICLE IV Conditions

102

4.1

Conditions to Effectiveness of Credit Agreement

102

4.2

Conditions Precedent to Each Credit Extension

105

ARTICLE V Affirmative Covenants

106

5.1

Financial Statements

106

5.2

Certificates; Other Information

108

5.3

Notices

111

5.4

Payment of Taxes, Etc

112

5.5

Preservation of Existence, Etc

112

5.6

Maintenance of Properties

112

5.7

Maintenance of Insurance

112

5.8

Compliance with Laws and Material Contracts

113

5.9

Books and Records

114

5.10

Inspection Rights

114

5.11

Covenant to Become a Loan Party, Give Security and Grant License

115

5.12

Compliance with Environmental Laws

117

5.13

Further Assurances

117

 

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Page

5.14

Information Regarding Loan Parties and Collateral

117

5.15

Physical Inventories

117

5.16

Use of Proceeds of Credit Extensions

118

5.17

Pension Plans

118

5.18

Lien Searches

118

5.19

Designation as Senior Indebtedness

118

5.20

Lease Obligations

118

5.21

Anti-Corruption Laws

118

5.22

Collateral Access Agreements

118

5.23

Factoring Arrangements

119

ARTICLE VI Negative Covenants

119

6.1

Liens

119

6.2

Investments

122

6.3

Indebtedness

124

6.4

Fundamental Changes

126

6.5

Dispositions

127

6.6

Restricted Payments

129

6.7

Change in Nature of Business

130

6.8

Transactions with Affiliates

131

6.9

Burdensome Agreements

132

6.10

Accounting Changes

132

6.11

Prepayments, Etc., of Indebtedness

132

6.12

Amendment of Material Documents

133

6.13

Use of Proceeds

133

6.14

Designation of Other Senior Debt

134

6.15

Minimum Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio

134

6.16

Sanctions

134

ARTICLE VII Events of Default

134

7.1

Events of Default

134

7.2

Remedies Upon Event of Default

137

7.3

Application of Proceeds

138

7.4

Curative Equity

139

ARTICLE VIII The Administrative Agent

140

8.1

Appointment and Authority

140

8.2

Rights as a Lender

141

8.3

Exculpatory Provisions

141

8.4

Reliance by Administrative Agent

142

8.5

Delegation of Duties

142

8.6

Resignation of Administrative Agent

143

 

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8.7

Non-Reliance on Administrative Agent and Other Lenders

144

8.8

No Other Duties, Etc

145

8.9

Administrative Agent May File Proofs of Claim; Credit Bidding

145

8.10

Collateral and Guaranty Matters

146

8.11

Loan Documents

147

8.12

Other Liabilities

147

ARTICLE IX Miscellaneous

148

9.1

Amendments, Etc

148

9.2

Notices; Effectiveness; Electronic Communication

149

9.3

No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies

152

9.4

Expenses; Indemnity; Damage Waiver

152

9.5

Payments Set Aside

154

9.6

Successors and Assigns

155

9.7

Confidentiality

159

9.8

Setoff; Sharing of Excess Payments

161

9.9

Interest Rate Limitation

162

9.10

Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness

163

9.11

[Reserved]

163

9.12

Severability

163

9.13

Replacement of Lenders

163

9.14

GOVERNING LAW; JURISDICTION; ETC

164

9.15

WAIVER OF RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY

165

9.16

Agency for Perfection

166

9.17

USA PATRIOT ACT, ETC

166

9.18

No Advisory or Fiduciary Responsibility

166

9.19

Survival of Representations and Warranties

167

9.20

Press Releases and Related Matters

167

9.21

Electronic Execution of Assignments and Certain Other Documents

167

9.22

ENTIRE AGREEMENT

167

9.23

Judgment Currency

168

9.24

Joint and Several Liability; Waivers

168

9.25

Acknowledgement and Consent to Bail-In of EEA Financial Institutions

172

 

 

 

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EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit A:

Form of Assignment and Acceptance

Exhibit B:

Form of Notice of Borrowing

Exhibit C:

Form of Joinder

Exhibit D:

Form of Credit Card Notification

Exhibit E:

Form of Compliance Certificate

Exhibit F:

Form of Borrowing Base Certificate

Exhibit G(1) – (4)

Forms of U.S Tax Compliance Certificates

Exhibit H

Form of Certificate Regarding Payment Conditions

SCHEDULES

 

Schedule 1.1:

Lenders and Commitments

Schedule 1.1(a)

Existing Letters of Credit

Schedule 1.1(b)

Permitted Holders

Schedule 1.1(c)

Intellectual Property

Schedule 2.16(a):

Credit Card Arrangements

Schedule 2.16(b):

DDAs

Schedule 3.08(b)(i):

Owned Real Estate

Schedule 3.08(b)(ii):

Leased Real Estate

Schedule 3.09(b):

Environmental Matters

Schedule 3.09(d):

Environmental Investigation

Schedule 3.11:

ERISA and Other Pension Matters

Schedule 3.12:

Subsidiaries; Guarantors; Equity Interests

Schedule 3.20

Labor Relations

Schedule 5.02(e):

Reporting Requirements

Schedule 5.07(c)

Insurance Policies as on Closing Date

Schedule 6.01:

Permitted Encumbrances

Schedule 6.02:

Permitted Investments

Schedule 6.03:

Existing Indebtedness

Schedule 6.08:

Affiliate Transactions

Schedule 6.09:

Burdensome Agreements

Schedule 9.02:

Administrative Agent’s Office, Certain Addresses for Notices

 

 

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CREDIT AGREEMENT

This CREDIT AGREEMENT dated as of March 23, 2016, is among ALLIANCE APPAREL GROUP, INC. a Delaware corporation, EMINENT, INC., a Delaware corporation and ADVANCE DEVELOPMENT, INC., a Delaware corporation (each a “Borrower” and together, the “Borrowers”), TWIST HOLDINGS, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Twist Holdings”), ADVANCE HOLDINGS, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Advance Holdings” and, collectively or individually, together with Twist Holdings, the (“Parents” and each a “Parent”), and the Subsidiaries of Parents party hereto from time to time as Guarantors, the Lenders, and BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., as administrative agent and collateral agent (in such capacity, including any successor thereto, the “Administrative Agent”) for itself and the other Lenders and BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., as Lead Arranger and Bookrunner.

W I T N E S S E T H:

The Borrowers have requested that the Lenders provide a revolving credit facility, and the Lenders are willing to extend such credit to the Borrowers on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein.  Accordingly, the parties hereto agree as follows:

ARTICLE I

General Conditions

1.1Definitions

As used in this Agreement, the following terms have the meanings specified below:

ACH” means automated clearing house transfers.

Accommodation Payment” has the meaning provided in Section 9.24(d).

Account(s)” means (i) ”accounts” as defined in the UCC, (ii) all Payment Intangibles consisting of amounts owing from credit card and debit card issuers and processors and all rights under contracts relating to the creation or collection of such Payment Intangibles and (iii) a right to payment of a monetary obligation, whether or not earned by performance, (a) for property that has been or is to be sold, leased, licensed, assigned, or otherwise disposed of, (b) for services rendered or to be rendered, or (c) arising out of the use of a credit or charge card or information contained on or for use with the card. The term “Account” does not include (i) rights to payment evidenced by chattel paper or an instrument, (ii) commercial tort claims, (iii) deposit accounts, (iv) investment property, or (v) letter-of-credit rights or letters of credit.

Account Debtor” means the customer of a Loan Party who is obligated on or under an Account.

 


 

Account Reserves means such reserves as may be established from time to time by the Administrative Agent in the Administrative Agents Permitted Discretion with respect to the collectability of any Eligible Credit Card Receivable and/or Eligible Wholesale Receivable, including, without limitation, the Dilution Reserve.

Acknowledgement” means that certain Acknowledgement, dated as of the Closing Date, by Capretto, LLC, Advance Development, Inc. and Elyse Walker, in her individual capacity, pursuant to which each party acknowledges and agrees, among other things, that Forward by Elyse Walker, LLC, a California limited liability company, has entered into the Facility Guarantee and the Security Agreement.

Acquisition” means, with respect to a specified Person, (a) a purchase or acquisition of a fifty percent (50.00%) or greater interest in the Capital Stock of any other Person, (b) a purchase or acquisition of all or substantially all of the assets of any other Person, (c) a purchase or acquisition of assets constituting a business unit, line of business or division of any other Person, or (d) any merger, amalgamation or consolidation of such Person with any other Person or other transaction or series of transactions resulting in the acquisition of all or substantially all of the assets, or a fifty percent (50.00%) or greater interest in the Capital Stock of, any Person, in each case in any transaction or group of transactions which are part of a common plan.

Additional Commitment Lender” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.02(a).

Adjusted LIBO Rate” means an interest rate per annum (rounded upwards, if necessary, to the next 1/100 of one percent) equal to (a) the LIBO Rate multiplied by (b) the Statutory Reserve Rate.  The Adjusted LIBO Rate will be adjusted automatically as of the effective date of any change in the Statutory Reserve Rate.

Adjustment Date” has the meaning provided in clause (b) of the definition of “Applicable Margin.”

Administrative Agent” has the meaning provided in the preamble to this Agreement.

Administrative Agent’s Account” has the meaning provided in Section 2.16(d).

Administrative Agent’s Office” means the Administrative Agent’s address and, as appropriate, account as set forth on Schedule 9.02, or such other address or account as the Administrative Agent may from time to time notify to the Borrowers and the Lenders.

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

Advance Holdings” means Advance Holdings, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.

 

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Affiliate means, with respect to a specified Person, any other Person that directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries Controls, is Controlled by or is under common Control with the Person specified.

Agreement” means this Credit Agreement, as modified, amended, supplemented or restated, and in effect from time to time.

Applicable Law” means as to any Person, all international, foreign, Federal, state and local statutes, treaties, rules, guidelines, regulations, ordinances, codes and administrative or judicial precedents or authorities, including the interpretation or administration thereof by any Governmental Authority charged with the enforcement, interpretation or administration thereof, and all applicable administrative orders, directed duties, requests, licenses, authorizations and permits of, and agreements with, any Governmental Authority, in each case, whether or not having the force of law and applicable to such Person.

Applicable Margin” means, with respect to other Loans and other Obligations,

(i)from and after the Closing Date until the first Adjustment Date, the percentages per annum set forth in Level II of the pricing grid below; and

(ii)on the first day of each calendar quarter (each, an Adjustment Date”), commencing with the calendar quarter beginning on July 1, 2016, the applicable percentages per annum set forth below determined by reference to the Average Daily Excess Availability Percentage for the most recently ended Fiscal Quarter immediately preceding such Adjustment Date.

 

Level

Average Daily Excess
Availability Percentage

LIBOR Loans

Prime
Rate
Loans

I

Greater than 40%

1.25%

0.25%

II

Less than or equal to 40%
and greater than 25%

1.50%

0.50%

III

Less than or equal to 25%

1.75%

0.75%

If any Borrowing Base Certificate delivered pursuant to this Agreement is at any time restated or otherwise revised, or if the information set forth in any such Borrowing Base Certificate otherwise proves to be false or incorrect such that the Applicable Margin would have been higher than was otherwise in effect during any period, without constituting a waiver of any Default or Event of Default arising as a result thereof, interest due under this Agreement shall be immediately recalculated at such higher rate for any applicable periods and shall be due and payable on demand.

 

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Appraised Value means (a) with respect to Eligible Inventory, the appraised net orderly liquidation value of the Loan Parties Inventory (expressed as a percentage of the Cost of such Inventory) as reasonably determined from time to time by reference to the most recent appraisal received by the Administrative Agent conducted by an independent appraiser reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and (b) with respect to Eligible Intellectual Property, the appraised forced liquidation value of the Loan Parties Eligible Intellectual Property as reasonably determined from time to time by reference to the most recent appraisal received by the Administrative Agent conducted by an independent appraiser reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

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

Arranger” or “Arrangers” means Bank of America, N.A., in its capacity as lead arranger and bookrunner.

Assignee Group” means two or more Eligible Assignees that are Affiliates of one another or two or more Approved Funds managed by the same investment advisor.

Assignment and Acceptance” means an assignment and acceptance entered into by a Lender and an Eligible Assignee (with the consent of any party whose consent is required by Section 9.06(b)), and accepted by the Administrative Agent, in substantially the form of Exhibit A or any other form (including electronic documentation generated by use of an electronic platform) approved by the Administrative Agent.

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

Audited Financial Statements” means the audited combined, consolidated balance sheet of Parents and their Subsidiaries for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014, and the related combined, consolidated statements of income, stockholders’ equity and cash flows of Parents and their Subsidiaries, audited by KPMG, LLP, independent registered public accountants.

Availability Reserves” means, without duplication of any other Reserves or items that are otherwise addressed or excluded through eligibility criteria, (a) the Customer Credit Liability Reserve, (b) the Rent and Charges Reserve, (c) reserves in respect of Bank Products and Cash Management Services established by the Administrative Agent in its Permitted Discretion, (d) reserves for accrued but unpaid ad valorem, excise, and personal property tax liability and for sale, use, or similar taxes and (e) such other reserves, as the Administrative Agent from time to time determines in its Permitted Discretion, to reflect (i) any impediments to the realization upon the Collateral (including, without limitation, claims and liabilities that the Administrative Agent determines will need to be satisfied in connection with the realization upon such Collateral), and (ii) events, conditions, contingencies or risks which adversely affect any component of the Borrowing Base, the Collateral included in the Borrowing Base or the validity or enforceability of this Agreement or the other Loan Documents or any of the rights or remedies of the Secured Parties hereunder or thereunder.

 

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Average Daily Excess Availability Percentage means, for any period, the percentage derived by dividing (a) the average daily Excess Availability during such period by (b) the average daily Maximum Borrowing Amount during such period.

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

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

Bank of America” means Bank of America, N.A., a national banking association, and its successors.

Bank Products” means, collectively, (in each case, whether existing on the Closing Date or arising thereafter) (a) any services or facilities (other than Cash Management Services) provided to any Loan Party by any Lender or any Affiliate of a Lender on account of (i) credit or debit cards, (ii) purchase cards, (iii) merchant services, (iv) lease financing or related services, and (v) supply chain financing, and (b) any Swap Contracts provided to any Loan Party by any Swap Contract Secured Party, provided that any Bank Product for the benefit of any Foreign Subsidiary shall name a Borrower as the party thereto.

Bankruptcy Code” means (Title 11 of the United States Code (11 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq.)) as now or hereafter in effect, or any successor thereto.

Blocked Account” has the meaning provided in Section 2.16(c).

Blocked Account Agreement” has the meaning provided in Section 2.16(c).

Blocked Account Banks” means the banks with whom deposit accounts are maintained in which funds of any of the Loan Parties from one or more DDAs are deposited and with whom a Blocked Account Agreement has been, or is required to be, executed in accordance with the terms hereof.

Borrowers” means, collectively, Twist Holdings and Advance Holdings and each other Person (other than an Excluded Subsidiary) who becomes a Borrower hereunder in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

Borrower Materials” has the meaning provided in Section 5.02.

Borrowing” means the incurrence of Revolving Credit Loans of a single Type, on a single date and having, in the case of LIBOR Loans, a single Interest Period.

 

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Borrowing Base means, at any time of calculation, an amount equal to:

(a)the Cost of Eligible Inventory of the Loan Parties, net of Inventory Reserves, multiplied by ninety percent (90.00%) (or, solely during the Seasonal Advance Period, ninety-two and one-half of one percent (92.50%)) multiplied by the Appraised Value of Eligible Inventory of the Loan Parties;

plus

(b)the face amount of Eligible Credit Card Receivables of the Borrowers, net of Account Reserves, multiplied by ninety percent (90.00%);

plus

(c)the face amount of the Eligible Wholesale Receivables of the Borrowers, net of Account Reserves, if any, in respect thereof, multiplied by eighty-five percent (85.00%);

plus

(d)the Appraised Value of the Eligible Intellectual Property (i) multiplied by fifty percent (50%) until the one year anniversary of the Closing Date, (ii) multiplied by forty-five percent (45%) between the one year anniversary of the Closing Date and the two year anniversary of the Closing Date, (iii) multiplied by forty percent (40%) between the two year anniversary of the Closing Date and the three year anniversary of the Closing Date, (iv) multiplied by thirty-five percent (35%) between the three year anniversary of the Closing Date and the four year anniversary of the Closing Date and (v) multiplied by thirty percent (30%) between the four year anniversary of the Closing Date and the five year anniversary of the Closing Date; provided that the amount of this clause (d) shall not exceed 20% of the Maximum Borrowing Amount, after accounting for the inclusion of Eligible Intellectual Property;

minus

(e)the then amount of all Availability Reserves.

Borrowing Base Certificate” means a certificate in substantially the form of Exhibit F, certified as complete and correct in all material respects on behalf of the Borrowers by a Responsible Officer of each respective Borrower.

Borrowing Request” means a request by the Borrowers for a Borrowing in accordance with Section 2.04 or Section 2.06, as the case may be.

Breakage Costs” has the meaning provided in Section 2.14(b).

 

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Business Day means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or other day on which commercial banks are authorized to close under the laws of, or are in fact closed in, the state where the Administrative Agents Office is located, and if such day relates to any LIBOR Loan, means any such day that is also a London Banking Day.

Capital Expenditures” means, with respect to the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries for any period, any expenditure in respect of the purchase or other acquisition of any fixed or capital asset (excluding normal replacements and maintenance which are properly charged to current operations).  For purposes of this definition, the purchase price of equipment that is purchased simultaneously with the trade-in of existing equipment or with insurance proceeds shall be included in Capital Expenditures only to the extent of the gross amount by which such purchase price exceeds the credit granted by the seller of such equipment for the equipment being traded in at such time or the amount of such insurance proceeds, as the case may be.

Capitalized Leases” means all leases that have been or should be, in accordance with GAAP, recorded as capitalized leases; provided that for all purposes hereunder the amount of obligations under any Capitalized Lease shall be the amount thereof accounted for as a liability in accordance with GAAP.

Capital Stock” shall mean, as to any Person that is a corporation, the authorized shares of such Person’s capital stock, including all classes of common, preferred, voting and nonvoting capital stock, and, as to any Person that is not a corporation or an individual, the membership or other ownership interests in such Person, including, without limitation, the right to share in profits and losses, the right to receive distributions of cash and other property, and the right to receive allocations of items of income, gain, loss, deduction and credit and similar items from such Person, whether or not such interests include voting or similar rights entitling the holder thereof to exercise Control over such Person, collectively with, in any such case, all warrants, options and other rights to purchase or otherwise acquire, and all other instruments convertible into or exchangeable for, any of the foregoing.

Cash Collateralize” means to pledge and deposit with or deliver to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of one or more of the Issuing Bank or the Lenders, as collateral for Obligations in respect of Letters of Credit, or obligations of the Lenders to fund participations in respect thereof, cash or deposit account balances or, if the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Bank shall agree in their sole discretion, other credit support, in each case pursuant to documentation in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Bank.  “Cash Collateral” shall have a meaning correlative to the foregoing and shall include the proceeds of such cash collateral and other credit support.

Cash Dominion Event” means either (a) the occurrence and continuance of any Specified Event of Default, or (b) the failure of the Borrowers, at any time, to maintain Excess Availability in an amount at least equal to the greater of (i) twelve and one-half of one percent (12.50%) of the Maximum Borrowing Amount or (ii) $7,000,000.  For purposes of this Agreement, the occurrence of a Cash Dominion Event shall be deemed continuing (x) so long as such Specified Event of Default is

 

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continuing or has not been waived, and/or (y) if the Cash Dominion Event arises as a result of the Borrowers failure to achieve Excess Availability as required under clause (b) above, until Excess Availability has exceeded the amount required by clause (b) above for sixty (60) consecutive days, in which case a Cash Dominion Event shall no longer be deemed to be continuing for purposes of this Agreement; provided, however, that a Cash Dominion Event may not be so cured on more than five (5) times over the term of this Agreement.

Cash Equivalents” means any of the following types of Investments, to the extent owned by either Borrower or any of their respective Subsidiaries free and clear of all Liens (other than Liens created under the Security Documents):

(a)in the case of any Foreign Subsidiary, such local currencies held by them from time to time in the ordinary course of business and not for speculation;

(b)readily marketable obligations issued or directly and fully guaranteed or insured by the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof having maturities of not more than three hundred sixty (360) days from the date of acquisition thereof; provided that the full faith and credit of the United States is pledged in support thereof;

(c)time deposits with, or insured certificates of deposit or bankers’ acceptances of, any commercial bank that (i) (A) is a Lender or (B) is organized under the laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia or is the principal banking subsidiary of a bank holding company organized under the laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia, and is a member of the Federal Reserve System, (ii) issues (or the parent of which issues) commercial paper rated as described in clause (c) of this definition and (iii) has combined capital and surplus of at least $1,000,000,000, in each case with maturities of not more than 180 days from the date of acquisition thereof;

(d)commercial paper issued by any Person organized under the laws of any state of the United States and rated at least “Prime-1” (or the then equivalent grade) by Moody’s or at least “A-1” (or the then equivalent grade) by S&P, in each case with maturities of not more than one hundred eighty (180) days from the date of acquisition thereof;

(e)other short-term investments utilized by Foreign Subsidiaries in accordance with normal investment practices for cash management in investments of a type analogous to the foregoing; and

(f)Investments, classified in accordance with GAAP as current assets of either Borrower or any of their Subsidiaries, in money market investment programs registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, which are administered by financial institutions that have the highest rating obtainable from either Moody’s or S&P, and the portfolios of which are limited solely to Investments of the character, quality and maturity described in clauses (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) of this definition.

 

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Cash Management Services means any one or more of the following types of services or facilities provided to any Loan Party by any Lender or any Affiliate of a Lender (in each case, whether existing on the Closing Date or arising thereafter): (a) ACH transactions, (b) treasury and/or cash management services, including, without limitation, controlled disbursement services, depository, overdraft and electronic funds transfer services, and (c) deposit and other accounts.  For the avoidance of doubt, Cash Management Services do not include Swap Contracts.

Cash Receipts” has the meaning provided in Section 2.16(d).

CERCLA” means the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq.

CERCLIS” means the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Information System maintained by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Change in Control” means an event or series of events by which:

(a)at any time prior to an Initial Public Offering, the Permitted Holders shall cease to own directly or indirectly at least fifty-one percent (51%) or more of the equity securities of Twist Holdings entitled to vote for members of the board of directors or equivalent governing body of Twist Holdings on a fully-diluted basis; or

(b)at any time prior to an Initial Public Offering, the Permitted Holders shall cease to own directly or indirectly at least fifty-one percent (51%) or more of the equity securities of Advance Holdings entitled to vote for members of the board of directors or equivalent governing body of Advance Holdings on a fully-diluted basis; or

(c)at any time after an Initial Public Offering, any “person” or “group” (within the meaning of Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Exchange Act) other than the Permitted Holders, directly or indirectly (1) shall have acquired beneficial ownership of (A) more than thirty-five percent (35%) on a fully diluted basis of the economic and/or voting interests in the Capital Stock of Advance Holdings and (B) a percentage of the voting and/or economic interest in the Capital Stock of Advance Holdings on a fully-diluted basis that is greater than the percentage of the voting and/or economic interest in the Capital Stock of Advance Holdings on a fully-diluted basis then held by the Permitted Holders or (2) shall have obtained the power (whether or not exercised) to elect a majority of the members of the board of directors (or similar governing body) of Advance Holdings; or

(d)at any time after an Initial Public Offering, any “person” or “group” (within the meaning of Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Exchange Act) other than the Permitted Holders, directly or indirectly (1) shall have acquired beneficial ownership of (A) more than thirty-five percent (35%) on a fully diluted basis of the economic and/or voting interests in the Capital Stock of Twist Holdings and (B) a percentage of the voting and/or economic interest in the Capital Stock of Twist Holdings on a fully-diluted basis that is greater than the percentage of the voting and/or economic interest in the Capital Stock of Twist Holdings on a fully-diluted basis then held by the Permitted Holders or (2) shall have obtained the power (whether or not exercised) to elect a majority of the members of the board of directors (or similar governing body) of Twist Holdings; or

(e)Parents shall cease, directly or indirectly, to own and control legally and beneficially all of the Capital Stock of each Borrower.

 

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

Closing Date” means March 23, 2016.

Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Treasury regulations promulgated thereunder, as amended from time to time.

Collateral” means any and all “Collateral” or words of similar intent as defined in any applicable Security Document with respect to the applicable Loan Party.

Collateral Access Agreement” means an agreement reasonably satisfactory in form and substance to the Administrative Agent executed by (a) a bailee or other Person in possession of Collateral, including, without limitation, any warehouseman and (b) a landlord of Real Estate leased by any Loan Party (including, without limitation, any warehouse or distribution center), pursuant to which such Person (i) acknowledges the Administrative Agent’s Lien on the Collateral, (ii) releases or subordinates such Person’s Liens in the Collateral held by such Person or located on such Real Estate, (iii) agrees to furnish the Administrative Agent with access to the Collateral in such Person’s possession or on the Real Estate for the purposes of conducting a Liquidation, and (iv) makes such other agreements with the Administrative Agent as the Administrative Agent may reasonably require.

Commercial Letter of Credit” means any Letter of Credit issued for the purpose of providing the primary payment mechanism in connection with the purchase of any materials, goods or services by a Borrower or a Subsidiary in the ordinary course of business of such Borrower or Subsidiary.

Commitment” shall mean, with respect to each Lender, the commitment of such Lender hereunder set forth as its “Commitment” opposite its name on Schedule 1.1 hereto or as may subsequently be set forth in the Register from time to time, and as the same may be increased or reduced from time to time pursuant to this Agreement.

Commitment Increase” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.02(a).

Commitment Increase Date” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.02(c).

 

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Commitment Percentage means with respect to any Lender at any time, the percentage (carried out to the ninth decimal place) of the Total Commitments represented by such Lenders Commitment at such time, subject to adjustment as provided herein.  If the commitment of each Lender to make Loans and the obligation of the Issuing Bank to issue Letters of Credit have been terminated or if the Total Commitments have expired, then the Commitment Percentage of each Lender shall be determined based on the Commitment Percentage of such Lender most recently in effect, giving effect to any subsequent assignments.  The initial Commitment Percentage of each Lender is set forth opposite the name of such Lender on Schedule 1.1 or in the Assignment and Assumption pursuant to which such Lender becomes a party hereto, as applicable.

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

Compliance Certificate” has the meaning provided in Section 5.02(a).

Connection Income Taxes” means Other Connection Taxes that are imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated) or that are franchise Taxes or branch profits Taxes.

Consolidated” means, when used to modify a financial term, test, statement, or report of a Person, the application or preparation of such term, test, statement or report (as applicable) based upon the consolidation, in accordance with GAAP, of the financial position, cash flows, or operating results of such Person and its Subsidiaries.

Consolidated EBITDA” means, with respect to any Person for any period, the Consolidated Net Income of such Person for such period plus (without duplication of either (x) any item described in any other clause, below, or (y) any item excluded in the calculation of Consolidated Net Income)

a) the following to the extent deducted in calculating such Consolidated Net Income:

i.Consolidated Interest Expense,

ii.the provision for Federal, state, local and foreign income Taxes,

iii.depreciation and amortization expense,

iv.non-cash charges, losses or expenses (provided that if any such non-cash charges represent an accrual or reserve for potential cash items in any future period, (1) the Borrowers may determine not to add back such non-cash charge in the current period and (2) to the extent the Borrowers do decide to add back such non-cash charge, the cash payment in respect thereof in such future period shall be subtracted from Consolidated EBITDA to such extent),

v.fees (including termination fees) and expenses paid or accrued pursuant to the Sponsor Management Agreement,

 

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vi.cash received in respect of a non-cash gain deducted from Consolidated EBITDA pursuant to clause (b)(ii) below in a prior period,

vii.the amount of “run rate” net cost savings, operating expense reductions and revenue increases projected by the Borrowers in good faith to be realized during the period of twelve (12) months from the determination of Consolidated EBITDA and which are projected to result from actions taken prior to the date of determination of Consolidated EBITDA (and which revenue increases must result from written contractual agreements entered into by the Borrowers and their Subsidiaries with vendors and other third parties prior to the date of determination of Consolidated EBITDA) (calculated on a pro forma basis as though such cost savings, operating expense reductions and revenue increases, as applicable, had been realized on the first day of the period for which Consolidated EBITDA is being determined and if such cost savings, operating expense reductions and revenue increases, as applicable, were realized during the entirety of such period), net of the amount of actual benefits realized during such period from such agreements that, a financial officer of the Borrowers shall have certified to the Administrative Agent that such cost savings, operating expense reductions and revenue increases are reasonably identifiable, quantifiable and factually supportable (it being understood that any such adjustments shall be without duplication of cost savings or additional costs already deducted from net income, or included as an addback to Consolidated EBITDA, for such period, including any pro forma adjustments); provided that, such savings, reductions or revenue increases contemplated by this paragraph (a)(vii), together with those amounts contemplated by paragraphs (a)(viii), (a)(ix) and (a)(x) of this definition of “Consolidated EBITDA” do not exceed in the aggregate 25.0% of Consolidated EBITDA in any four consecutive Fiscal Quarters; provided, further, that projected amounts (and not yet realized) may no longer be added in calculating Consolidated EBITDA pursuant to this paragraph (a)(vii) to the extent occurring more than four full fiscal quarters after the specified action taken in order to realize such projected cost savings,

viii.the amount of any non-recurring severance costs, recruiting costs, restructuring costs and business optimization expenses for such period; provided that, such costs and expenses contemplated by this paragraph (a)(viii), together with those amounts contemplated by paragraphs (a)(vii), (a)(ix) and (a)(x) of this definition of “Consolidated EBITDA” do not exceed in the aggregate 25.0% of Consolidated EBITDA in any four consecutive Fiscal Quarters

ix.any non-recurring fees, charges and other expenses (including severance costs) made or incurred during such period, or any amortization thereof for such period, in connection with any acquisition or investment, the issuance, repayment or amendment of Indebtedness (in each case, whether or not consummated), any disposition, or issuance of capital stock, including the capital stock of any parent company, and including, in each case, permitted to be incurred by this Agreement and whether or not successful or completed (that are paid or otherwise accounted for within 365 days of such transactions (or the proposed transactions to the extent not consummated); provided that, such fees, charges and expenses contemplated by this paragraph (a)(ix), together with those amounts contemplated by paragraphs (a)(vii), (a)(viii) and (a)(x) of this definition of “Consolidated EBITDA” do not exceed in the aggregate 25.0% of Consolidated EBITDA in any four consecutive Fiscal Quarters

 

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x.pre-opening and opening costs and expenses (including related consulting fees) in connection with new business segments; provided that, such costs and expenses contemplated by this paragraph (a)(x), together with those amounts contemplated by paragraphs (a)(vii), (a)(viii) and (a)(ix) of this definition of Consolidated EBITDA do not exceed in the aggregate 25.0% of Consolidated EBITDA in any four consecutive Fiscal Quarters,

xi.any costs fees and expenses in connection with an Initial Public Offering,

xii.cash losses realized upon the sale, disposition or discontinuance of assets that are not sold or otherwise disposed of in the ordinary course of business,

xiii.cash payments in respect of earn outs and contingent consideration obligations (including to the extent accounted for as bonus or otherwise), and

xiv.any expenses, charges or losses to the extent covered by insurance or indemnity and actually reimbursed, or, so long as the Borrowers have made a determination that there exists reasonable evidence that such amount will in fact be reimbursed by the insurer or indemnifying party and only to the extent that such amount is (i) not denied by the applicable carrier or indemnifying party in writing within 180 days and (ii) in fact reimbursed within 365 days of the date of such evidence (with a deduction for any amount so added back to the extent not so reimbursed within 365 days),

minus

b) the following to the extent included in calculating such Consolidated Net Income:

i.Federal, state, local and foreign income tax credits,

ii.all non-cash items increasing Consolidated Net Income, all as determined on a Consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP and

iii.any cash payments made during such period in respect of non-cash charges, losses or expenses added back pursuant to clause (a)(iv) above during a prior period.

Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio” means, with respect to Parents and each of their respective Subsidiaries for any period, the ratio of (a) (i) Consolidated EBITDA for such period minus (ii) the sum of (A) Capital Expenditures made during such period which are not financed with net proceeds of Permitted Indebtedness during such period plus (B) the aggregate amount (but not less than $0) of Federal, state, local and foreign income taxes paid in cash during such period to (b) the sum of (i) Debt Service Charges paid in cash during such period plus (ii) Restricted Payments paid in cash during such period.

 

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Consolidated Interest Expense means, with respect to Parents and each of their respective Subsidiaries on a Consolidated basis for any period, (a) all interest, premium payments, debt discount, fees, charges and related expenses in connection with borrowed money (including capitalized interest) or in connection with the deferred purchase price of assets, in each case to the extent treated as interest in accordance with GAAP, (b) all interest paid or payable with respect to discontinued operations and (c) the portion of rent expense under Capitalized Leases that is treated as interest in accordance with GAAP.

Consolidated Net Income” means, with respect to Parents for any period, the aggregate of the net income (loss) of each Borrower and each of its respective Subsidiaries for such period, on a Consolidated basis, and otherwise determined in accordance with GAAP; provided that Consolidated Net Income shall exclude (a) extraordinary gains and extraordinary losses for such period, (b) the net income of any Subsidiary during such period to the extent that the declaration or payment of dividends or similar distributions by such Subsidiary of such income is not permitted by operation of the terms of its Organization Documents or any agreement, instrument or Applicable Law to such Subsidiary during such period, except that each Parent’s equity in any net loss of any such Subsidiary for such period shall be included in determining Consolidated Net Income, (c) any income (or loss) for such period of any Person if such Person is not a Subsidiary, except that each Parent’s equity in the net income of any such Person for such period shall be included in Consolidated Net Income up to the aggregate amount of cash actually distributed by such Person during such period to Parents or any of their Subsidiaries as a dividend or other distribution (and in the case of a dividend or other distribution to a Subsidiary, such Subsidiary is not precluded from further distributing such amount to Parents as described in clause (b) of this proviso), (d) the effects of adjustments (including the effects of such adjustments pushed down to Borrowers and their Subsidiaries) in any line item in the Borrowers’ consolidated financial statements required or permitted by Financial Accounting Standards Codification No. 805 – Business Combinations and No. 350 – Intangibles-Goodwill and Other (ASC 805 and ASC 350) (formerly Financial Accounting Standards Board Statement Nos. 141 and 142, respectively) resulting from the application of purchase accounting, including in relation to any acquisition that is consummated on or after the Closing Date or the amortization or write-off of any amounts thereof, net of taxes, (e) any net unrealized gain or loss (after any offset) resulting in such period from Swap Agreements and from the application of Accounting Standards Codification Topic No. 815, Derivatives and Hedging, (f) any non-cash net gain or loss (after any offset) resulting in such period from currency transaction or translation gains or losses (including those related to currency remeasurements of Indebtedness (including any net loss or gain resulting from (A) swap agreements for currency exchange risk and (B) resulting from intercompany indebtedness among such Person and its Subsidiaries)), (g) any non-cash adjustments resulting from the application of Accounting Standards Codification Topic No. 460, Guarantees, or any comparable regulation; and (h) non-cash gains and losses from the early extinguishment of debt and swap contracts.

In addition, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the foregoing, to the extent not already included in Consolidated Net Income in any period and so long as the expenses, charges and losses with respect to which such amounts relate have not been excluded from Consolidated Net Income in any period, Consolidated Net Income shall include (x) the amount of proceeds received

 

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from business interruption insurance and (y) reimbursements of any expenses and charges that are covered by indemnification or other reimbursement provisions in connection with any acquisition, Investment or any sale, conveyance, transfer or other disposition of assets permitted under this Agreement.

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

Cost” means the cost of the Loan Parties’ Inventory determined according to the accounting policies used in the preparation of Parents’ audited financial statements as in effect on the Closing Date, and as may be modified after the Closing Date; provided that any such modification is consistent with the determination of Cost used by the appraiser in the most recent appraisal to determine Appraised Value.

Credit Card Notifications” has the meaning provided in Section 2.16(c).

Credit Extension” means each of the following: (a) a Borrowing and (b) with respect to any Letter of Credit, the issuance thereof or extension of the expiry date thereof, or the increase of the amount thereof.

Credit Party” means (a) the Lenders, (b) the Administrative Agent and its respective Affiliates and branches, (c) the Issuing Bank, (d) the Arranger and its Affiliates and branches and (e) the successors and permitted assigns of each of the foregoing.

Curative Equity” means the net amount of common equity contributions made directly or indirectly to Parents in immediately available funds which Parents contribute as additional common equity contributions to Borrowers in immediately available funds and which is designated “Curative Equity” by Borrowers under Section 7.04 of this Agreement at the time it is contributed.

Customer Credit Liability Reserve” means, at any time, an Availability Reserve in respect of the aggregate remaining balance reflected on the books and records of the Loan Parties at such time of (a) outstanding gift certificates and gift cards of the Loan Parties entitling the holder thereof to use all or a portion of the gift certificate or gift card to pay all or a portion of the purchase price for any Inventory (it being understood that, as of the Closing Date, the reserve in this clause (a) shall be limited to 50% of the amount of such gift certificates and gift cards), and (b) outstanding merchandise credits and customer deposits of the Loan Parties.

DDAs” means any checking or other demand deposit account maintained by the Loan Parties. All funds in such DDAs shall be conclusively presumed to be Collateral and proceeds of Collateral and the Administrative Agent or the Lenders shall have no duty to inquire as to the source of the amounts on deposit in the DDAs.

 

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Debt Service Charges means, for any period, the sum of (a) Consolidated Interest Expense plus (b) principal payments or redemptions or similar acquisitions for value made or required to be made (other than any (x) principal payments required to be made at maturity which are made with proceeds of a Permitted Refinancing and (y) optional redemptions or prepayments pursuant to a Permitted Refinancing) on account of Indebtedness for borrowed money (including, without limitation, obligations with respect to Capitalized Leases) for such period, in each case determined in accordance with GAAP.

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

Default” means any event or condition described in Section 7.01 that constitutes an Event of Default or that upon notice, lapse of any cure period set forth in Section 7.01, or both, would, unless cured or waived, become an Event of Default.

Default Rate” means (a) when used with respect to Obligations other than Letter of Credit Fees, an interest rate equal to (i) the Prime Rate plus (ii) the Applicable Margin applicable to Prime Rate Loans plus (iii) two percent (2.00%) per annum; provided, however, that with respect to a LIBOR Loan, the Default Rate shall be an interest rate equal to the interest rate (including any Applicable Margin) otherwise applicable to such Loan plus two percent (2.00%) per annum and (b) when used with respect to Letter of Credit Fees, a rate equal to the Applicable Margin for LIBOR Loans plus two percent (2.00%) per annum.

Defaulting Lender” means, subject to Section 2.24(b), any Lender that (a) has failed to (i) fund all or any portion of its Loans within two (2) Business Days of the date such Loans were required to be funded hereunder unless such Lender notifies the Administrative Agent and the Borrowers 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, or (ii) pay to the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Bank or any Lender any other amount required to be paid by it hereunder (including in respect of its participation in Letters of Credit) within two (2) Business Days of the date when due, (b) has notified any Borrower, the Administrative Agent or the Issuing Bank in writing that it does not intend to comply with its funding obligations hereunder, or has made a public statement to that effect (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), (c) has failed, within three (3) Business Days after written request by the Administrative Agent or the Borrowers, to confirm in writing to the Administrative Agent and the Borrowers that it will comply with its prospective funding obligations hereunder (provided that such Lender shall cease to be a Defaulting Lender pursuant to this clause (c) upon receipt of such written confirmation by the Administrative Agent and the Borrowers), or ((d) has, or has a direct or indirect parent company that

 

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has, (i) become the subject of a proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, (ii) had appointed for it a receiver, custodian, conservator, trustee, administrator, assignee for the benefit of creditors or similar Person charged with reorganization or liquidation of its business or assets, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other state or federal regulatory authority acting in such a capacity, or (iii) become the subject of a Bail-in Action; provided that a Lender shall not be a Defaulting Lender solely by virtue of the ownership or acquisition of any Capital Stock in that Lender or any direct or indirect parent company thereof by a Governmental Authority so long as such ownership interest does not result in or provide such Lender with immunity from the jurisdiction of courts within the United States or from the enforcement of judgments or writs of attachment on its assets or permit such Lender (or such Governmental Authority) to reject, repudiate, disavow or disaffirm any contracts or agreements made with such Lender.  Any determination by the Administrative Agent that a Lender is a Defaulting Lender under any one or more of clauses (a) through (d) above, and of the effective date of such status, shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error, and such Lender shall be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender (subject to Section 2.24(b)) as of the date established therefor by the Administrative Agent in a written notice of such determination, which shall be delivered by the Administrative Agent to the Borrower, the Issuing Bank and each Lender promptly following such determination.

Deposit Account” means any deposit account (as that term is defined in the UCC).

Designated Jurisdiction” means any country or territory to the extent such country or territory itself is the subject of any Sanction.

Dilution Factors” shall mean, without duplication, with respect to any period, the aggregate amount of all deductions, credit memos, returns, adjustments, allowances, bad debt write-offs, charge-offs and other non-cash credits and account adjustments which are recorded to reduce Accounts in a manner consistent with current and historical accounting practices of the Borrowers.  The Dilution Factors shall be determined separately for Eligible Wholesale Receivables.

Dilution Ratio” shall mean, for any relevant period of determination (as selected by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable judgment), the amount (expressed as a percentage) equal to (a) the aggregate amount of the applicable Dilution Factors for such period with respect to the relevant Accounts divided by (b) the aggregate amount of sales comprising such relevant Accounts for such period. The Dilution Ratio shall be determined separately for Eligible Wholesale Receivables.

Dilution Reserve” shall mean, at any date, an amount sufficient to reduce the advance rate against Eligible Wholesale Receivables, as applicable, by 1 percentage point for each percentage point by which the applicable Dilution Ratio exceeds 5%.

Disposition” or “Dispose” means the sale, transfer, license, lease or other disposition (including any sale and leaseback transaction) of any property (including, without limitation, an Capital Stock of any other Person held by a specified Person) by any Person, including any sale, assignment, transfer or other disposal, with or without recourse, of any notes or accounts receivable or any rights and claims associated therewith.

 

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Disqualified Capital Stock means any Capital Stock which, by its terms (or by the terms of any security or other Capital Stock into which it is convertible or for which it is exchangeable), is putable or exchangeable, or upon the happening of any event or condition (a) matures or is mandatorily redeemable (other than solely for Capital Stock (other than Disqualified Capital Stock)), pursuant to a sinking fund obligation 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 repayment in full of all Obligations and the termination of the Commitments), (b) is redeemable at the option of the holder thereof (other than solely for Capital Stock (other than Disqualified Capital Stock)), in whole or in part, (c) provides for the scheduled payments of dividends in cash, or (d) is or becomes convertible into or exchangeable for Indebtedness or any other Capital Stock that would constitute Disqualified Capital Stock, in each case, prior to the date that is ninety-one (91) days after the Maturity Date.

Dollars” or “$” refers to lawful money of the United States.

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

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

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

Eligible Assignee” means any Person that meets the requirements to be an assignee under Section 9.06(b)(iii) and (v) (subject to such consents, if any, as may be required under Section 9.06(b)(iii)).

 

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Eligible Credit Card Receivables means, as of any date of determination, Accounts due to a Loan Party from VISA, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, PayPal and Alipay and such other credit card processors and credit providers as shall be reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent which arise in the ordinary course of business from the sale of goods or the rendition of services and which have been earned by performance that the Administrative Agent has not determined, in its Permitted Discretion, to exclude from Eligible Credit Card Receivables and is not otherwise excluded as ineligible by virtue of one or more of the criteria set forth below (without duplication of any Reserves established by the Administrative Agent).  The amount of Eligible Credit Card Receivables shall be calculated net of unapplied cash.  None of the following shall be deemed to be Eligible Credit Card Receivables:

(a)Accounts due from credit card and debit card processors that have been outstanding for more than five (5) Business Days from the date of sale, or for such longer period(s) as may be approved by the Administrative Agent in its Permitted Discretion;

(b)Accounts due from credit card and debit card processors with respect to which the applicable Loan Party does not have good, valid and marketable title thereto, free and clear of any Lien (other than Liens granted to the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties pursuant to the Security Documents and Permitted Encumbrances);

(c)Accounts due from credit card and debit card processors that are not subject to a perfected first priority security interest in favor of the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties (other than Permitted Encumbrances permitted under Section 6.01(c), (d) or (k) having priority by operation of Applicable Law over the Lien of the Administrative Agent acting as the collateral agent) (the foregoing not being intended to limit the ability of the Administrative Agent to change, establish or eliminate any Reserves in its Permitted Discretion on account of any such Liens);

(d)Accounts due from credit card and debit card processors which are disputed, or with respect to which a claim, counterclaim, offset or chargeback has been asserted, by the related credit card processor (but only to the extent of such dispute, counterclaim, offset or chargeback);

(e)Except as otherwise approved by the Administrative Agent in its Permitted Discretion, Accounts due from credit card and debit card processors as to which the credit card processor or debit card processor has the right under certain circumstances to require a Loan Party to repurchase the Accounts from such credit card or debit card processor;

(f)Except as otherwise approved by the Administrative Agent in its Permitted Discretion, Accounts arising from any private label credit card program or other similar credit arrangement of a Loan Party;

(g)Accounts due from credit card processors which are not located in the United States;

(h)Accounts that are not denominated in Dollars; and

 

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(i)Accounts acquired in a Permitted Acquisition, unless the Administrative Agent shall have received or conducted a field examination and such other due diligence as the Administrative Agent may reasonably require, all of the results of the foregoing to be reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent; provided, however, that any such collateral audits and examinations shall not be subject to (and shall not be included in) the limitations set forth in Section 5.10 on the number of collateral audits, examination, and appraisals for which the Administrative Agent is entitled to be reimbursed in any period; and

(j)Accounts due from credit card and debit card processors which the Administrative Agent determines in its Permitted Discretion and upon notice to the Borrowers to be unlikely to be collected.

The Administrative Agent shall have the right to establish, modify or eliminate Reserves against Eligible Credit Card Receivables (including, without limitation, for estimates, chargeback or other accrued liabilities or offsets by credit card processors and amounts to adjust for material claims, offsets, defenses or counterclaims or other material disputes with an Account Debtor) from time to time in its Permitted Discretion.

Eligible Intellectual Property” means Intellectual Property of a Borrower, as specified on Schedule 1.1(c), determined by the Administrative Agent, in its Permitted Discretion, to be eligible for inclusion in the calculation of the Borrowing Base.  Without limiting the foregoing, no Intellectual Property shall be Eligible Intellectual Property unless:

(a)Such Intellectual Property is validly registered with the PTO or the U.S. Copyright Office, as applicable, or such other equivalent foreign filing or registration office that is acceptable to the Administrative Agent;

(b)A Borrower owns, and has good and valid title to, such Intellectual Property;

(c)Such Borrower is in compliance with the representations, warranties and covenants set forth in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents relating to such Intellectual Property;

(d)The Administrative Agent shall have received evidence that all actions that the Administrative Agent may reasonably deem necessary or appropriate in order to create valid, perfected and enforceable first priority Lien on such Intellectual Property under applicable law (including, without limitation, filings at the PTO or such other equivalent foreign filing or registration office) has been taken; and

(e)Such Intellectual Property conforms with the covenants or representation and warranties in the Loan Documents.

 

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Eligible Inventory means, as of any date of determination, items of Inventory of a Loan Party that are finished goods, merchantable and readily saleable to the public in the ordinary course that the Administrative Agent has not determined, in its Permitted Discretion, to exclude from Eligible Inventory and is not otherwise excluded as ineligible by virtue of one or more of the criteria set forth below (without duplication of any Reserves established by the Administrative Agent).  None of the following shall be deemed to be Eligible Inventory:

(a)Inventory with respect to which a Loan Party does not have good, valid and marketable title thereto, free and clear of any Lien (other than Liens granted to the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties pursuant to the Security Documents and Permitted Encumbrances), or is leased by or is on consignment to or by a Loan Party, or that is not solely owned by a Loan Party;

(b)Inventory that (i) is not located in the United States of America or (ii) is located at a location that is not owned or leased by a Loan Party, except to the extent that a Loan Party has furnished the Administrative Agent with (A) any UCC financing statements registration statements or other filings that the Administrative Agent may reasonably determine to be necessary to perfect its security interest in such Inventory at such location, and (B) unless otherwise agreed by the Administrative Agent in its Permitted Discretion, a Collateral Access Agreement executed by the Person owning any such location on terms reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent;

(c)Inventory that represents goods which (i) are damaged, defective, “seconds,” excess, obsolete, shopworn or otherwise unmerchantable, (ii) are to be returned to the vendor and which is no longer reflected in the Loan Parties’ stock ledger, (iii) are special-order items, work in process, raw materials, or that constitute tooling or spare parts, shipping materials or supplies used or consumed in a Loan Party’s business, or (iv) are bill and hold goods;

(d)Inventory that represents goods that do not conform in all material respects to the representations and warranties contained in this Agreement or any of the Security Documents;

(e)Inventory that is not subject to a perfected first priority security interest in favor of the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties (subject only to Permitted Encumbrances under Section 6.01(c), (d) or (k) having priority by operation by Applicable Law);

(f)Inventory which consists of samples, labels, bags, packaging materials, and other similar non-merchandise categories;

(g)Inventory as to which casualty insurance in compliance with the provisions of Section 5.07 hereof is not in effect;

(h)Inventory which has been sold but not yet shipped or Inventory to the extent that a Loan Party has accepted a deposit therefor;

 

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(i)Inventory subject to any licensing, trademark, trade name or copyright agreements with any third parties which would require any consent of any third party for the sale or disposition of that Inventory (which consent has not been obtained) or the payment of any monies to any third party upon such sale or other disposition (to the extent of such monies);

(j)[reserved];

(k)Inventory that is subject to progress billing or retainage, or is Inventory for which a performance, surety or completion bond or similar assurance has been issued;

(l)Inventory acquired in a Permitted Acquisition, unless the Administrative Agent shall have received or conducted (A) appraisals, from appraisers reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, of such Inventory to be acquired in such Acquisition and (B) a field examination and such other due diligence as the Administrative Agent may reasonably require, all of the results of the foregoing to be reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent; provided, however, that any such collateral audits, examinations and appraisals shall not be subject to (and shall not be included in) the limitations set forth on Section 5.10 on the number of collateral audits, examinations and appraisals for which the Administrative Agent is entitled to be reimbursed in any period;

(m)Inventory consisting of perishable items;

(n)Inventory designated as “non-merchandise” in the most recent appraisal performed for the Administrative Agent; and

(o)Inventory consisting of consigned merchandise or consisting of warranties.

The Administrative Agent shall have the right to establish, modify, or eliminate Reserves against Eligible Inventory from time to time in its Permitted Discretion.

Eligible Wholesale Receivables” shall mean and include with respect to any Borrower, each Account (other than Accounts constituting Eligible Credit Card Receivables) of such Borrower arising in the Ordinary Course of Business of such Borrower’s business which the Administrative Agent has not determined, in its Permitted Discretion, to exclude from Eligible Wholesale Receivables (which Eligible Wholesale Receivables may include, without limitation, Accounts (other than Accounts constituting Eligible Credit Card Receivables).  No Account shall be an Eligible Wholesale Receivable if any of the conditions identified below exist:

(a)such Account arises out of a sale made by such Borrower to an Affiliate of such Borrower or to a Person controlled by an Affiliate of such Borrower;

(b)such Account is (i) more than sixty (60) days past due according to the original terms of sale or (ii) more than one hundred and ninety (90) days past the original invoice date;

 

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(c)50% or more of the outstanding Accounts of the Account Debtor have become ineligible pursuant to the preceding clause (b) or the Administrative Agent has determined, in its Permitted Discretion, to exclude all Accounts of such Account Debtor from Eligible Wholesale Receivables;

(d)the total Accounts of the Account Debtor to the Borrowers represent more than twenty percent (20%) of the Eligible Wholesale Receivables of the Borrowers at such time, but only to the extent of such excess; provided that the foregoing percentages may, from time to time, be increased in the Administrative Agent’s discretion (as indicated in writing by the Administrative Agent), or decreased in the Administrative Agent’s Permitted Discretion;

(e)(i) any representation or warranty contained in the Loan Documents with respect to such Account has been breached in any material respect or (ii) any covenant contained in the Loan Documents with respect to such Account has been breached in any material respect;

(f)the applicable Account Debtor shall (i) apply for, suffer, or consent to the appointment of, or the taking possession by, a receiver, custodian, trustee or liquidator of itself or of all or a substantial part of its property or call a meeting of its creditors, (ii) admit in writing its inability, or be generally unable, to pay its debts as they become due or cease operations of its present business, or liquidate, dissolve or wind up its affairs, (iii) make a general assignment for the benefit of creditors, (iv) commence a voluntary case under any state or federal bankruptcy laws (as now or hereafter in effect), (v) be adjudicated bankrupt or insolvent, (vi) file a petition seeking to take advantage of any other law providing for the relief of debtors, (vii) acquiesce to, or fail to have dismissed, any petition which is filed against it in any involuntary case under such bankruptcy laws, or (viii) take any action for the purpose of effecting any of the foregoing, in each case unless, (x) such Account is supported by a letter of credit satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, in its Permitted Discretion (as to form, substance, amount, and issuer or domestic confirming bank), that has been delivered to the Administrative Agent and is directly drawable by the Administrative Agent, (y) with respect to post-petition Accounts of the applicable Account Debtor, such Account Debtor has received debtor-in-possession financing sufficient as determined by the Administrative Agent in its sole discretion (as indicated in writing by the Administrative Agent) to finance the ongoing business activities of such Account Debtor or (z) such Account constitutes an administrative claim under Section 503 of the Bankruptcy Code and the Administrative Agent has determined in its sole discretion (as indicated in writing by the Administrative Agent) to include such Account as an Eligible Wholesale Receivable;

(g)the chief executive office or other principal office of the Account Debtor with respect to such Account is not located in the United States of America;

(h)the sale to the applicable Account Debtor is on a bill-and-hold, guaranteed sale, sale-and-return, sale on approval, consignment or any other repurchase or return basis or is evidenced by chattel paper;

 

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(i)Administrative Agent believes, in its reasonable judgment, that collection of such Account is insecure or that such Account may not be paid by reason of the applicable Account Debtors financial inability to pay;

(j)the applicable Account Debtor is the United States of America or any state, province, territory, municipality or any department, agency or instrumentality of any of them, unless such Borrower assigns its right to payment of such Account to Administrative Agent pursuant to the Assignment of Claims Act of 1940, as amended (31 U.S.C. Sub-Section 3727 et seq. and 41 U.S.C. Sub-Section 15 et seq.) or has otherwise complied with other Applicable Laws;

(k)the goods giving rise to such Account have not been shipped to and accepted by the applicable Account Debtor or the services giving rise to such Account have not been performed by such Borrower and accepted by such Account Debtor or the Account otherwise does not represent a final sale;

(l)such Account is subject to a Permitted Factoring Agreement;

(m)the Account is subject to any offset, deduction, defense, dispute, or counterclaim, the applicable Account Debtor is also a creditor or supplier of such Borrower or the Account is contingent in any respect for any reason; provided, however, that such Account shall be ineligible pursuant to this clause (m) only to the extent (i) of such offset, deduction, defense, dispute, counterclaim or contingency and (ii) in the case the applicable Account Debtor is also a creditor or supplier of such Borrower, of the amount owed to such creditor or supplier by such Borrower;

(n)such Account is acquired by such Borrower or such Guarantor Subsidiary pursuant to a Permitted Acquisition and such Account has not been subject to a collateral audit, examination and appraisal by Administrative Agent provided, however, that any such collateral audits, examinations and appraisals shall not be subject to (and shall not be included in) the limitations set forth on Section 5.10 on the number of collateral audits, examinations and appraisals for which the Administrative Agent is entitled to be reimbursed in any period;

(o)the Company has made any agreement with any Account Debtor for any deduction therefrom, but only to the extent of any such deduction;

(p)shipment of the merchandise or the rendition of services with respect to such Account has not been completed;

(q)any return, rejection or repossession of the merchandise with respect to such Account has occurred, but only to the extent of the amount of such Account attributable to the returned, rejected or repossessed merchandise;

(r)such Account is not payable to such Borrower;

(s)the sale represented by such Account is denominated in a currency other than Dollars;

 

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(t)such Account is not evidenced by an invoice or other writing in form reasonably acceptable to Administrative Agent;

(u)Accounts with respect to which the applicable Account Debtor is located in New Jersey, Minnesota, or any other jurisdiction denying creditors access to its courts in the absence of a Notice of Business Activities Report or other similar filing, unless such Borrower is incorporated under the laws of such jurisdiction or has either qualified as a foreign corporation authorized to transact business in such jurisdiction or has filed a Notice of Business Activities Report or similar filing with the applicable Governmental Authority for the then current year;

(v)such Account is not subject to a perfected first priority security interest in favor of the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties; or

(w)Accounts, to the extent consisting of interest, fees or late charges.

The Administrative Agent shall have the right to establish, modify, or eliminate Reserves against Eligible Wholesale Receivables from time to time in its Permitted Discretion.

Environmental Laws” means all Applicable Laws relating to pollution and the protection of the environment or the release of any materials into the environment, including those related to Hazardous Materials or wastes, air emissions and discharges to waste or public systems.

Environmental Liability” means any liability, contingent or otherwise (including, without limitation, any liability for damages, natural resource damage, costs of environmental remediation, administrative oversight costs, fines, penalties or indemnities), of any Loan Party directly or indirectly resulting from or based upon (a) violation of any Environmental Law, (b) the generation, use, handling, transportation, storage, treatment or disposal of any Hazardous Materials, (c) exposure to any Hazardous Materials, (d) the Release or threatened Release of any Hazardous Materials into the environment or (e) any contract, agreement or other consensual arrangement pursuant to which liability is assumed or imposed with respect to any of the foregoing.

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

ERISA Affiliate” means any trade or business (whether or not incorporated) under common control with any Borrower within the meaning of Section 414(b) or (c) of the Code (and Sections 414(m) and (o) of the Code for purposes of provisions relating to Section 412 of the Code).

ERISA Event” means (a) a Reportable Event with respect to a Pension Plan; (b) the withdrawal of any Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate from a Pension Plan subject to Section 4063 of ERISA during a plan year in which such entity was a “substantial employer” (as defined in Section 4001(a)(2) of ERISA) or a cessation of operations that is treated as such a withdrawal under Section 4062(e) of ERISA; (c) a complete or partial withdrawal by any Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate from a Multiemployer Plan or notification that a Multiemployer Plan is in reorganization; (d) 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; (e) the institution by the PBGC of proceedings

 

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to terminate a Pension Plan; (f) any event or condition which constitutes grounds under Section 4042 of ERISA for the termination of, or the appointment of a trustee to administer, any Pension Plan; (g) the determination that any Pension Plan is considered an at-risk plan or a plan in endangered or critical status within the meaning of Sections 430, 431 and 432 of the Code or Sections 303, 304 and 305 of ERISA; or (h) the imposition of any liability under Title IV of ERISA, other than for PBGC premiums due but not delinquent under Section 4007 of ERISA, upon any Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate.

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

Event of Default” has the meaning provided in Section 7.01. An “Event of Default” shall be deemed to have occurred and to be continuing unless and until that Event of Default has been duly waived in writing by the Administrative Agent with the consent of the Required Lenders or all Lenders (as applicable) in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

Excess Availability” means, at any time, an amount equal to (a) the Maximum Borrowing Amount at such time minus (b)the Total Outstandings to, or for the account of, the Borrowers at such time.

Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

Excluded Deposit Accounts” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.16(d).

Excluded Subsidiary” means (a) any Foreign Subsidiary, (b) any Subsidiary substantially all of the assets of which constitute (or are treated as constituting for U.S. Federal income tax purposes) the Capital Stock of Foreign Subsidiaries and/or intercompany loans, indebtedness or receivables owed by any Foreign Subsidiaries or treated as owed by any Foreign Subsidiaries for U.S. Federal income tax purposes, (c) any direct or indirect Domestic Subsidiary that is a Subsidiary of a Foreign Subsidiary that is a controlled foreign corporation within the meaning of Section 957 of the Code, in each case, that shall not be a Guarantor, and (d) any Immaterial Subsidiary.  For the avoidance of any doubt, no assets of any Excluded Subsidiary shall be included in the Borrowing Base.

Excluded Swap Obligation” means, with respect to any Loan Party, any Swap Obligation if, and to the extent that, all or a portion of any Guarantee of such Loan Party of, or the grant by such Loan Party of a security interest to secure, such Swap Obligation (or any Guarantee thereof) is or becomes illegal under the Commodity Exchange Act or any rule, regulation or order of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (or the application or official interpretation of any thereof) by virtue of such Loan Party’s failure for any reason to constitute an “eligible contract participant” as defined in the Commodity Exchange Act (determined after giving effect to Section 9.13 and any other “keepwell” provision of any Guarantee and any other “keepwell, support or other agreement” for the benefit of such Loan Party and any and all guarantees of such Loan Party’s Swap Obligations by other Loan Parties) at the time any Guarantee of such Loan Party, or a grant by such Loan Party of a security interest, becomes effective with respect to such Swap Obligation.  If a Swap Obligation arises under a master agreement governing more than one swap, such exclusion shall apply only to the portion of such Swap Obligation that is attributable to swaps for which such Guarantee or security interest is or becomes excluded in accordance with the first sentence of this definition.

 

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Excluded Taxes means any of the following Taxes imposed on or with respect to any Recipient or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to a Recipient, (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 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 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 Borrowers under Section 2.22(b)) or (ii) such Lender changes its Lending Office, except in each case to the extent that, pursuant to Section 2.21(a)(ii), (a)(iii) or (c), amounts with respect to such Taxes were payable either to such Lenders 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 Recipients failure to comply with Section 2.21(e) and (d) any U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed pursuant to FATCA.

Facility Guarantee” means any Guarantee of the Obligations executed in favor of the Administrative Agent and the other Secured Parties pursuant to Section 5.11.

FASB ASC” means the Accounting Standards Codification of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

FATCA” means 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) and any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof and any agreements entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b)(1) of the Code.

FCCR Initial Test Date” means the date upon which an FCCR Trigger Event occurs.

FCCR Test Period” means, for any date of determination under this Agreement, the most recent period of twelve (12) consecutive Fiscal Months of Parents and their Subsidiaries ended on or prior to such date.

FCCR Trigger Event” means, at any time, the failure of the Borrowers to maintain Excess Availability at least equal to the greater of (i) ten percent (10%) of the Maximum Borrowing Amount and (ii) $7,000,000.  For purposes of this Agreement, the occurrence of a FCCR Trigger Event shall be deemed continuing until Excess Availability has exceeded the amount required by the first sentence of this definition for sixty (60)] consecutive days, in which case a FCCR Trigger Event shall no longer be deemed to be continuing for purposes of this Agreement.

Federal Funds Effective Rate” means, for any day, the rate per annum equal to the weighted average of the rates on overnight federal funds transactions with members of the Federal Reserve System, as published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on the Business Day next succeeding such day; provided that (a) if such day is not a Business Day, the Federal Funds Rate for such day shall be such rate on such transactions on the next preceding Business Day as so published

 

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on the next succeeding Business Day, and (b) if no such rate is so published on such next succeeding Business Day, the Federal Funds Rate for such day shall be the average rate (rounded upward, if necessary, to a whole multiple of 1/100 of 1%) charged to Bank of America on such day on such transactions as determined by the Administrative Agent.

Financial Performance Projections” means (i) the projected Consolidated balance sheets, statements of income, cash flows, and stockholders’ equity of Parents and their Subsidiaries, (ii) the projected Borrowing Base and (iii) Excess Availability forecasts, in each case, prepared by management of each Borrower and in form reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent (w) as of the Closing Date, (x) on a monthly basis for the twelve full Fiscal Months ended after the Closing Date, (y) in the case of the financial statements required pursuant to clause (i) above, on an annual basis through the fifth anniversary of the Closing Date and (z) giving effect to the Transactions.

Financial Officer” means, with respect to any Loan Party, the chief financial officer, chief accounting officer, treasurer, assistant treasurer, controller or assistant controller of such Loan Party.

Fiscal Day” means each day as determined by the 4-5-4 retail calendar provided by the National Retail Federation.

“Fiscal Month” means each month as determined by the 4-5-4 retail calendar provided by the National Retail Federation of each Fiscal Year.

“Fiscal Quarter” means each quarter as determined by the 4-5-4 retail calendar provided by the National Retail Federation of each Fiscal Year, which quarters shall end on the last Fiscal Day of each April, July, October, and January of such Fiscal Year.

“Fiscal Year” means the period of twelve (12) consecutive months ending on the last day of the 4-5-4 retail calendar provided by the National Retail Federation.

Foreign Lender” means (a) if the Borrower is a U.S. Person, a Lender that is not a U.S. Person, and (b) if the Borrower is not a U.S. Person, a Lender that is resident or organized under the laws of a jurisdiction other than that in which the Borrower is a resident for tax purposes.  For purposes of this definition, the United States, each State thereof and the District of Columbia shall be deemed to constitute a single jurisdiction.

Foreign Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary that is organized under the laws of a jurisdiction other than the United States or any state thereof or the District of Columbia, or any of its territories or possessions.

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

 

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Fronting Exposure means, at any time there is a Defaulting Lender, with respect to the Issuing Bank, such Defaulting Lenders Commitment Percentage of the outstanding Obligations in respect of Letters of Credit other than Obligations in respect of Letters of Credit as to which such Defaulting Lenders participation obligation has been reallocated to other Lenders or Cash Collateralized in accordance with the terms hereof.

Fronting Fee” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.17(c) hereof.

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

GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles in the United States set forth in the opinions and pronouncements of the Accounting Principles Board and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and statements and pronouncements of the Financial Accounting Standards Board or such other principles as may be approved by a significant segment of the accounting profession in the United States, that are applicable to the circumstances as of the date of determination, consistently applied; provided, however, that if the Borrowers notify the Administrative Agent that the Borrowers request an amendment to any provision hereof to eliminate the effect of any change occurring after the Closing Date in GAAP or in the application thereof on the operation of such provision (or if the Administrative Agent notifies the Borrowers 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.

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

Guarantee” means, as to any Person, without duplication, (a) any obligation, contingent or otherwise, of such Person guaranteeing or having the economic effect of guaranteeing any Indebtedness or other obligation payable or performable by another Person (the “primary obligor”) in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, and including any obligation of such Person, direct or indirect, (i) to purchase or pay (or advance or supply funds for the purchase or payment of) such Indebtedness or other obligation, (ii) to purchase or lease property, securities or services for the purpose of assuring the obligee in respect of such Indebtedness or other obligation of the payment or performance of such Indebtedness or other obligation, (iii) to maintain working capital, equity capital or any other financial statement condition or liquidity or level of income or cash flow of the primary obligor so as to enable the primary obligor to pay such Indebtedness or other obligation, or (iv) entered into for the purpose of assuring in any other manner the obligee in respect of such

 

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Indebtedness or other obligation of the payment or performance thereof or to protect such obligee against loss in respect thereof (in whole or in part), or (b) any Lien on any assets of such Person securing any Indebtedness or other obligation of any other Person, whether or not such Indebtedness or other obligation is assumed by such Person (or any right, contingent or otherwise, of any holder of such Indebtedness to obtain any such Lien); provided that the term Guarantee shall not include endorsements for collection or deposit, in either case in the ordinary course of business, or customary and reasonable indemnity obligations in effect on the Closing Date or entered into in connection with any acquisition or Disposition of assets permitted under this Agreement (other than such obligations with respect to Indebtedness).  The amount of any Guarantee shall be deemed to be an amount equal to the stated or determinable amount of the related primary obligation, or portion thereof, in respect of which such Guarantee is made or, if not stated or determinable, the maximum reasonably anticipated liability in respect thereof as determined by the guaranteeing Person in good faith.  The term Guarantee as a verb has a corresponding meaning.

Guarantor” means, collectively, (a) Parents (b) each Subsidiary of Parents listed on Schedule 3.12 and identified as a “Guarantor” and each other Subsidiary of Parents that shall be required to execute and deliver a Guarantee of the Obligations pursuant to Section 5.11 and (b) with respect to (i) Obligations owing by any Loan Party or any Subsidiary of a Loan Party (other than a Borrower) under any Bank Product or any Cash Management Services or otherwise and (ii) the payment and performance by each Specified Loan Party of its obligations under its Facility Guarantee with respect to all Swap Obligations, the Borrowers.

Hazardous Materials” means all explosive or radioactive substances or wastes and all hazardous or toxic substances, wastes or other pollutants, including petroleum or petroleum distillates, asbestos or asbestos containing materials, polychlorinated biphenyls, radon gas, infectious or medical wastes and all other substances or wastes of any nature regulated pursuant to any Environmental Law.

Immaterial Subsidiary” means a Subsidiary of Parents (other than any Borrower) for which (a) the assets of such Subsidiary constitute less than or equal to one percent (1.00%) of the total assets of Parents and their Subsidiaries on a Consolidated basis and collectively with all Immaterial Subsidiaries, less than or equal to five percent (5.00%) of the total assets of Parents and their Subsidiaries on a Consolidated basis, and (b) the revenues of such Subsidiary account for less than or equal to one percent (1.00%) of the total revenues of Parents and their Subsidiaries on a Consolidated basis and collectively with all Immaterial Subsidiaries, less than or equal to five percent (5.00%) of the total revenues of Parents and their Subsidiaries on a Consolidated basis.

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

(a)all obligations of such Person for borrowed money and all obligations of such Person evidenced by bonds, debentures, notes, loan agreements or other similar instruments;

 

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(b)all direct or contingent obligations of such Person arising under letters of credit (including standby letters of credit and commercial letters of credit), bankers acceptances, bank guaranties, surety bonds, performance bonds and similar instruments issued or created by or for the account of such Person;

(c)net obligations of such Person under any Swap Contract;

(d)all obligations of such Person to pay the deferred purchase price of property or services (other than (i) trade payables in the ordinary course of business (ii) any earn-out obligation until such earn-out obligation becomes due and payable and only to the extent that the contingent consideration relating to such earn-out is not paid within 30 days after such date and (iii) liabilities accrued in the ordinary course and, in each case, not past due for more than sixty (60) days after the date on which such trade account was created);

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

(f)all Attributable Indebtedness and Synthetic Lease Obligations;

(g)all obligations of such Person to purchase, redeem, retire, defease or otherwise make any payment in respect of any Capital Stock in such Person or any other Person, valued, in the case of a redeemable preferred interest, at the greater of its voluntary or involuntary liquidation preference plus accrued and unpaid dividends; and

(h)to the extent not otherwise included above, all Guarantees of such Person in respect of any of the foregoing.

For all purposes hereof, the Indebtedness of any Person shall include the Indebtedness of any partnership or joint venture (other than a joint venture that is itself a corporation or limited liability company) in which such Person is a general partner or a joint venturer, unless such Indebtedness is expressly made non-recourse to such Person.  The amount of any net obligation under any Swap Contract on any date shall be deemed to be the Swap Termination Value thereof as of such date.

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

Indemnitee” has the meaning provided in Section 9.04(b).

Information” has the meaning provided in Section 9.07.

 

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Initial Public Offering means the initial offering by Parents or any direct or indirect parent of Parents of its common Capital Stock after the Closing Date in an underwritten primary public offering (other than a public offering pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-8) pursuant to an effective registration statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with the Securities Act (whether alone or in connection with or solely pursuant to a secondary public offering).

Intellectual Property” means all present and future: trade secrets, know-how and other proprietary information; trademarks, Internet domain names, service marks, trade dress, trade names, business names, designs, logos, slogans (and all translations, adaptations, derivations and combinations of the foregoing), indicia and other source and/or business identifiers, all of the goodwill related thereto, and all registrations and applications for registrations thereof; works of authorship and other copyrighted works (including copyrights for computer programs), and all registrations and applications for registrations thereof; inventions (whether or not patentable) and all improvements thereto; patents and patent applications, together with all continuances, continuations, divisions, revisions, extensions, reissuances, and reexaminations thereof; industrial design applications and registered industrial designs; books, records, writings, computer tapes or disks, flow diagrams, specification sheets, computer software, source codes, object codes, executable code, data, databases and other physical manifestations, embodiments or incorporations of any of the foregoing; all other intellectual property; all rights to sue and recover at law or in equity for any past, present or future infringement, dilution or misappropriation, or other violation thereof; and all common law and other rights throughout the world in and to all of the foregoing.

Intellectual Property Security Agreements” means the Trademark Security Agreement, Patent Security Agreement and Copyright Security Agreement, each dated as of March 23, 2016, among certain Loan Parties and the Administrative Agent, as the same may be amended, modified, substituted, extended or restated, from time to time.

Interest Payment Date” means (a) with respect to any Loan other than a Prime Rate Loan, the last day of each Interest Period applicable to such Loan and the Maturity Date; provided, however, that if any Interest Period for a LIBOR Loan exceeds three (3) months, the respective dates that fall every three (3) months after the beginning of such Interest Period shall also be Interest Payment Dates, and (b) as to any Prime Rate Loan, the first day of each calendar quarter and the Maturity Date.

Interest Period” means, as to each LIBOR Loan, the period commencing on the date such LIBOR Loan is disbursed or converted to or continued as a LIBOR Loan and ending on the date one (1), three (3) or six (6) months thereafter (in each case, subject to availability), as selected by the Borrowers in the Notice of Borrowing; provided that

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

 

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

(c)no Interest Period shall extend beyond the Maturity Date.

Inventory” has the meaning assigned to such term in the Security Agreement.

Inventory Reserves” means such reserves as may be established from time to time by the Administrative Agent, in its Permitted Discretion, with respect to the saleability of the Eligible Inventory or which reflect such other factors as negatively affect the market value of the Eligible Inventory or which reflect a cost with respect to the salability of such Eligible Inventory.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in the Administrative Agent’s Permitted Discretion, Inventory Reserves may include (but are not limited to) reserves based on (i) shrink; (ii) capitalized freight and internal profit reserves used in the Borrowers’ calculation of cost of goods sold; (iii) obsolescence; (iv) reasonably anticipated changes in appraised value of Inventory between appraisals; (v) retail markdowns and markups inconsistent with prior period practice and performance; industry standards; current business plans; or advertising calendar and planned advertising events and (vi) “freight in” charges.

Investment” means, as to any Person, any direct or indirect Acquisition or investment by such Person, whether by means of (a) the purchase or other Acquisition of Capital Stock or debt or other securities of another Person, (b) a loan, advance or capital contribution to, Guarantee or assumption of Indebtedness of, or purchase or other acquisition of any other debt or equity participation or interest in, another Person, including any partnership or joint venture interest in such other Person or (c) any other Acquisition.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, neither the creation of accounts receivable, credit card receivables and debit card receivables due to a Loan Party nor the obtaining of trade credit and the deferred payment of other expenses, in each case, incurred in the ordinary course of business, nor the incurrence of contingent obligations or performance guaranties in the ordinary course of business in respect of obligations not constituting Indebtedness, shall be deemed “Investments.” For purposes of covenant compliance, the amount of any Investment shall be the amount actually invested, without adjustment for subsequent increases or decreases in the value of such Investment less all cash returns, cash dividends and cash distributions (or the fair market value of any non-cash returns, dividends and distributions) received by such Person).

IP Rights” shall have the meaning given such term in Section 3.15.

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

Issuer Documents” means with respect to any Letter of Credit, the letter of credit application, and any other document, agreement and instrument entered into by the Issuing Bank and any Borrower (or any Subsidiary) or in favor of the Issuing Bank and relating to such Letter of Credit.

 

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Issuing Bank means Bank of America, in its capacity as an Issuing Bank hereunder.

Joinder Agreement” shall mean an agreement, in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit C, pursuant to which, among other things, a Person becomes a party to, and bound by the terms of, this Agreement and/or the other Loan Documents in the same capacity and to the same extent as a Guarantor.

Landlord Lien State” means any state in which a landlord’s claim for rent has or may have priority by operation of Applicable Law over the Lien of the Administrative Agent in any of the Collateral.

Large Inventory Location” means any distribution center, warehouse, fabrication or manufacturing facility, cross-docking station or storage facility at which Inventory is located.

Lease” means any agreement pursuant to which a Loan Party is entitled to the use or occupancy of any space in a structure, land, improvements or premises for any period of time.

Lenders” means the Lenders having Commitments from time to time or at any time, and each assignee that becomes a party to this Agreement as set forth in Section 9.06 and each Additional Commitment Lender that becomes a party to this Agreement as set forth in Section 2.02.

Lending Office” means, as to any Lender, the office or offices of such Lender described as such in such Lender’s Administrative Questionnaire, or such other office or offices as a Lender may from time to time notify the Borrowers and the Administrative Agent, which office may include any Affiliate of such Lender or any domestic or foreign branch of Lender or such Affiliate.  Unless the context otherwise requires, each reference to a Lender shall include its applicable Lending Office.

Letter of Credit” means (a) each Existing Letter of Credit, (b) a letter of credit that (i) is issued by the Issuing Bank pursuant to this Agreement for the account of a Borrower or a Subsidiary, (ii) constitutes a Standby Letter of Credit or Commercial Letter of Credit (and for which the Issuing Bank is not otherwise prohibited from issuing such letter of credit due to the internal general policies of the Issuing Bank), and (iii) is in form reasonably satisfactory to the Issuing Bank and (c) a bankers’ acceptance or time draft issued by the Issuing Bank to a beneficiary of any letter of credit described in foregoing clauses (a) or (b), in form reasonably satisfactory to the Issuing Bank.

Letter of Credit Disbursement” means a payment made by the Issuing Bank to the beneficiary of, and pursuant to, a Letter of Credit.

Letter of Credit Fees” means the fees payable in respect of Letters of Credit pursuant to Section 2.17(b).

 

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Letter of Credit Outstandings means, at any time, the sum of (a) the amount of all Letters of Credit outstanding at such time, plus, without duplication, (b) all amounts theretofore drawn or paid under Letters of Credit for which the Issuing Bank has not then been reimbursed.  For purposes of computing the amount available to be drawn under any Letter of Credit, the amount of such Letter of Credit shall be determined in accordance with Section 1.06.  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.

Letter-of-Credit Rights” has the meaning assigned to such term in the Security Agreement.

Letter of Credit Sublimit” means an amount equal to the lesser of (a) $10,000,000 and (b) the Commitments.  The Letter of Credit Sublimit is part of, and not in addition to, the Commitments.

LIBOR” has the meaning specified in the definition of LIBO Rate.

LIBOR Borrowing” means a Borrowing comprised of LIBOR Loans.

LIBOR Loan” shall mean any Revolving Credit Loan bearing interest at the Adjusted LIBO Rate in accordance with the provisions of Article II.

LIBO Rate” means:

(a)for any Interest Period with respect to a LIBOR Loan, the rate per annum determined by the Administrative Agent at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, on the day that is two (2) Business Days prior to the first day of such Interest Period by reference to the ICE Benchmark Administration London Interbank Offered Rate or such other rate per annum as is widely recognized as the successor thereto if the ICE Benchmark Administration is no longer making a London Interbank Offered Rate available (“LIBOR”), as published by Bloomberg (or other commercially available source providing quotations of LIBOR as designated by the Administrative Agent from time to time) for Dollar deposits (for delivery on the first day of such Interest Period) with a term equivalent to such Interest Period; and if the LIBO Rate shall be less than zero, such rate shall be deemed to be zero for purposes of this Agreement; and

(b)for any interest calculation with respect to a Prime Rate Loan on any date, the rate per annum equal to LIBOR, at or about 11:00 a.m., London time determined two (2) Business Days prior to such date for U.S. Dollar deposits with a term of one (1) month commencing that day;

provided that to the extent a comparable or successor rate is approved by the Administrative Agent in connection herewith, the approved rate shall be applied in a manner consistent with market practice; provided, further that to the extent such market practice is not administratively feasible for the Administrative Agent, such approved rate shall be applied in a manner as otherwise reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent.

 

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Lien means any mortgage, deed of trust, pledge, hypothecation, assignment, deposit arrangement, encumbrance, lien (statutory or other), charge, or preference, priority or other security interest or preferential arrangement of any kind or nature whatsoever (including any conditional sale or other title retention agreement, any easement, right of way or other encumbrance on title to real property, and any Capitalized Lease having substantially the same economic effect as any of the foregoing) whether or not filed, recorded or perfected under Applicable Law, and in the case of securities, any purchase option, call or similar right of a third party with respect to such securities.

Liquidation” means the exercise by the Administrative Agent of those rights and remedies accorded to the Administrative Agent under the Loan Documents and Applicable Law as a creditor of the Loan Parties, including (after the occurrence and during the continuation of an Event of Default) the conduct by any or all of the Loan Parties, acting with the consent of the Administrative Agent, of any public, private or “Going-Out-Of-Business Sale” or other Disposition of Collateral for the purpose of liquidating the Collateral.  Derivations of the word “Liquidation” (such as “Liquidate”) are used with like meaning in this Agreement.

Loan Account” has the meaning provided in Section 2.18.

Loan Documents” means this Agreement, any Note, the Letters of Credit, all Borrowing Base Certificates, the Acknowledgement, the Security Documents (including, without limitation, the Security Agreement, the Facility Guarantees, the Blocked Account Agreements, the Credit Card Notifications, the Intellectual Property Security Agreements and the Mortgages and the Mortgage Related Documents, if any), the Perfection Certificate, any agreement creating or perfecting rights in Cash Collateral pursuant to the provisions of Section 2.23 of this Agreement and any other agreement now or hereafter executed and delivered in connection herewith (excluding agreements entered into in connection with any transaction arising out of any Bank Products or Cash Management Services), each as amended and in effect from time to time.

Loan Party” or “Loan Parties” means the Borrowers and the Guarantors.

Loans” means as applicable, and as the context may require, either (a) a Revolving Credit Loan or (b) collectively, the Revolving Credit Loans.

London Banking Day” means any day on which dealings in Dollar deposits are conducted by and between banks in the London interbank eurodollar market.

Margin Stock” has the meaning assigned to such term in Regulation U.

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

Material Adverse Effect” means a material adverse change in, or a material adverse effect upon (a) the operations, business, assets, liabilities (actual or contingent), condition (financial or otherwise) of Parents or any of their Subsidiaries taken as a whole; (b) the rights and remedies of the Administrative Agent or any Lender under any Loan Document, taken as a whole, or of the ability of any Loan Party to perform its obligations under any loan documentation to which it is a party; or (c) the legality, validity, binding effect or enforceability against any Loan Party of any Loan Document to which it is a party.

 

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Material Contract means, with respect to any Loan Party or any Subsidiary of a Loan Party, any document or agreement relating to or evidencing Material Indebtedness and each other contract to which such Person is a party involving aggregate consideration payable to or by such Person of $1,000,000 or more in any year or otherwise material to the business, condition (financial or otherwise), operations, performance, properties or prospects of such Person.

Material Indebtedness” means Indebtedness (other than the Obligations) of the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries, individually or in the aggregate, having an aggregate principal amount exceeding $1,000,000.

Material Real Estate” means Real Estate owned by the Loan Parties with a fair market value of $500,000 or more.

Maturity Date” means March 23, 2021.

Maximum Borrowing Amount” means, at any time, the lesser of (a) the Revolving Credit Ceiling at such time and (b) the Borrowing Base at such time.

Maximum Rate” has the meaning provided in Section 9.09.

Minimum Collateral Amount” means, at any time, (i) with respect to Cash Collateral consisting of cash or deposit account balances provided to reduce or eliminate Fronting Exposure during the existence of a Defaulting Lender, an amount equal to 100% of the Fronting Exposure of the Issuing Bank with respect to Letters of Credit issued and outstanding at such time, (ii) with respect to Cash Collateral consisting of cash or deposit account balances provided in accordance with the provisions of Section 2.23(a)(i), (a)(ii) or (a)(iii), an amount equal 105% of the Letter of Credit Outstandings, and (iii) otherwise, an amount determined by the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Bank in their sole discretion.

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

Mortgage” means a mortgage, deed of trust or deed to secure debt pursuant to which a Loan Party grants to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Credit Parties, a Lien upon any Material Real Estate of such Loan Party, as security for the Obligations.

Mortgage Related Documents” means, with respect to any Material Real Estate, the following, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and, with respect to any item described in clause (c), received by the Administrative Agent for review at least 15 days prior to the effective date of the Mortgage (or such shorter length of time as is acceptable to the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion):

(a)a duly executed and effective Mortgage with respect to such Real Property;

(b)a favorable opinion of counsel to the Loan Parties covering such matters as to the applicable Mortgage as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request; and

 

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(c)each of the following:

(i)a mortgagee title policy (or binder therefor) covering the Administrative Agent’s interest under the Mortgage, in a form and amount and by an insurer reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, which must be fully paid on such effective date of the Mortgage;

(ii)such assignments of leases, rents, estoppel letters, attornment agreements, consents, waivers and releases as the Administrative Agent may require with respect to other Persons having an interest in the Real Estate;

(iii)if requested by the Administrative Agent, a current, as-built survey of the Real Estate, containing a metes and bounds property description and flood plain certification, and certified by a licensed surveyor reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent;

(iv)if requested by the Administrative Agent, a current appraisal of the Real Estate of such Real Estate complying with the requirements of FIRREA by a third party appraiser reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent;

(v)if requested by the Administrative Agent, a Phase I (and to the extent appropriate, Phase II) environmental assessment report, prepared by an environmental consulting firm reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, and accompanied by such reports, certificates, studies or data as Agent may reasonably require;

(vi)the results of title searches;

(vii)(x) the results of flood zone determinations with respect to such Real Estate, (y) duly executed flood zone notifications by the applicable Loan Party to the extent such Real Estate is determined to be located in a flood zone, and (z) flood insurance in an amount, with endorsements and by an insurer reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, if the Real Estate is within a flood zone; and

(ix)such other documents, instruments, reports, surveys and information as may be reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion, including, without limitation, such as may be necessary to comply with FIRREA.

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

Multiple Employer Plan” means a Plan which has two or more contributing sponsors (including any Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate) at least two of whom are not under common control, as such a plan is described in Section 4064 of ERISA.

 

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New Lending Office shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.21(e)(i).

Noncompliance Notice” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2.06(b).

Non-Consenting Lender” means any Lender that does not approve any consent, waiver or amendment that requires that (i) requires the approval of all Lenders or all affected Lenders in accordance with the terms of Section 9.01 and (ii) has been approved by the Required Lenders.

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

Note” means a promissory note, in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, in favor of any Lender evidencing the Loans of such Lender.

Notice of Borrowing” means a notice of (a) Borrowing, (b) a conversion of Loans from one Type to the other, or (c) a continuation of LIBOR Loans, pursuant to Section 2.04(b), which shall be substantially in the form of Exhibit B or such other form as may be approved by the Administrative Agent (including any form on an electronic platform or electronic transmission system as shall be approved by the Administrative Agent) appropriately completed and signed by a Responsible Officer of each Borrower.

NPL” means the National Priorities List under CERCLA.

Obligations” means (x) all Loans, other Credit Extensions and advances to, and debts, liabilities, obligations, covenants and duties of, any Loan Party and its Subsidiaries arising under any Loan Document or otherwise with respect to any Loan or Letter of Credit, whether direct or indirect (including those acquired by assumption), absolute or contingent, due or to become due, now existing or hereafter arising and including charges, interest, expenses, fees, attorneys’ fees, indemnities and other amounts that accrue after the commencement by or against any Loan Party or Subsidiary of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, naming such Person as the debtor in such proceeding, regardless of whether such charges, interest, expenses, fees, attorneys’ fees, indemnities and other amounts are allowed claims in such proceeding, and (y) obligations of any Loan Party and its Subsidiaries arising with respect to any Other Liabilities.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Obligations of the Loan Parties under the Loan Documents (and of their Subsidiaries to the extent they have obligations under the Loan Documents) include (a) the obligation (including guarantee obligations) to pay principal, interest, Letter of Credit commissions, reimbursement obligations, charges, expenses, fees, attorneys’ fees, indemnities and other amounts payable by any Loan Party or its Subsidiaries under any Loan Document, including charges, interest, expenses, fees, attorneys’ fees, indemnities and other amounts that accrue after the commencement by or against any Loan Party or Subsidiary of any proceeding under Debtor Relief Law, naming such Person as the debtor in such proceeding, regardless of whether such interest and fees are allowed claims in such proceeding, and (b) the obligation of any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries to reimburse any amount in respect of any of the foregoing that any Lender, in its sole discretion, may elect to pay or advance on behalf of such Loan Party or such Subsidiary in accordance with, and to the extent permitted, by the Loan Documents.

 

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OFAC means the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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

Other Liabilities” means outstanding liabilities with respect to or arising from (a) any Cash Management Services furnished to any of the Loan Parties or any of their Subsidiaries and/or (b) any transaction which arises out of any Bank Product entered into with any Loan Party, as each may be amended from time to time; provided that the “Other Liabilities” shall exclude any Excluded Swap Obligations.

Other Taxes” means 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 Loan Document, except any such Taxes that are Other Connection Taxes imposed with respect to an assignment (other than an assignment made pursuant to Section 2.22(b)).

Overadvance” means the existence of, or the making or issuance of any Loan or a Letter of Credit which shall cause Excess Availability to be less than zero.

Parent” shall have the meaning provided in the first paragraph of this Agreement.

Participant” shall have the meaning provided in Section 9.06(d).

Participant Register” has the meaning specified in Section 9.06(d).

 

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Payment Conditions means, at the time of determination (a) with respect to Specified Payments other than Restricted Payments, that (i) no Default or Event of Default then exists or would arise as a result of the entering into such transaction or the making of such payment and (ii) after giving effect to such Specified Payment, (x) the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio, on a Pro Forma Basis for the twelve Fiscal Months most recently preceding such transaction or payment (provided that, if any such transaction or payment is to be consummated within thirty (30) days after the end of any Fiscal Month, such calculation shall be made with respect to the twelve Fiscal Months most recently preceding such transaction or payment for which financial statements have been required to be delivered pursuant to Sections 5.01(a), (b)  and (c) hereof), is equal to or greater than 1.00:1.00 and (y) Pro Forma Availability shall be greater than the greater of (A) fifteen percent (15.00%) of the Maximum Borrowing Amount and (B) $15,000,000 and (b) with respect to Restricted Payments, that (i) no Default or Event of Default then exists or would arise as a result of the entering into such transaction or the making of such payment and (ii) after giving effect to such Restricted Payment, (x) the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio, on a Pro Forma Basis for the twelve Fiscal Months most recently preceding such transaction or payment (provided that, if any such transaction or payment is to be consummated within thirty (30) days after the end of any Fiscal Month, such calculation shall be made with respect to the twelve Fiscal Months most recently preceding such transaction or payment for which financial statements have been required to be delivered pursuant to Sections  5.01(a), (b) and (c) hereof), is equal to or greater than 1.00:1.00 and (y) Pro Forma Availability shall be greater than the greater of (A) twenty percent (20.00%) of the Maximum Borrowing Amount and (B) $20,000,000.  In accordance with Section 5.02(g) hereof, at least five (5) Business Days prior to the making of any Specified Payment, the Loan Parties shall deliver to the Administrative Agent a certificate of a Responsible Officer of each Borrower as described in Section 5.02(g) substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit H.

Payment Intangibles” has the meaning assigned to such term in the Security Agreement.

PBGC” means the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Pension Act” means the Pension Protection Act of 2006.

Pension Funding Rules” means the rules of the Code and ERISA regarding minimum required contributions (including any installment payment thereof) to Pension Plans and set forth in, with respect to plan years ending prior to the effective date of the Pension Act, Section 412 of the Code and Section 302 of ERISA, each as in effect prior to the Pension Act and, thereafter, Section 412, 430, 431, 432 and 436 of the Code and Sections 302, 303, 304 and 305 of ERISA.

Pension Plan” means any employee pension benefit plan (including a Multiple Employer Plan or a Multiemployer Plan), that is maintained or is contributed to by any Borrower and any ERISA Affiliate and is either covered by Title IV of ERISA or is subject to the minimum funding standards under Section 412 of the Code.

 

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Permitted Acquisition means an Acquisition in which each of the following conditions are satisfied:

(a)No Default or Event of Default then exists or would arise from the consummation of such Acquisition;

(b)If the Acquisition is an Acquisition of Capital Stock, (i) such Acquisition shall be consensual and shall have been approved by the board of directors of such Person being acquired and (ii) the Person being acquired shall become a Subsidiary of Parents and, unless such Subsidiary shall be an Excluded Subsidiary, such Subsidiary shall become a Guarantor or a Borrower hereunder and provide security to the Administrative Agent in accordance with Section 5.11;

(c)Any material assets acquired shall be utilized in, and if the Acquisition involves a merger, amalgamation, consolidation or stock acquisition, the Person which is the subject of such Acquisition shall be engaged in, a business otherwise permitted to be engaged in by a Loan Party under this Agreement;

(d)All transactions in connection therewith shall be consummated, in all material respects, in accordance with all Requirements of Law;

(e)To the extent the assets acquired are to be included in the Borrowing Base, due diligence (including, without limitation field examinations and appraisals) in respect of such acquired assets in a manner, and with results, satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, in its Permitted Discretion, shall have been completed before they are eligible for inclusion in the Borrowing Base; provided that, notwithstanding anything provided in this paragraph (e) to the contrary, such acquired assets may, in the Administrative Agent’s Permitted Discretion, be included in the determination of the Borrowing Base for not more than thirty (30) days after such assets are acquired if such assets are of the type that are similar to the assets already included in the determination Borrowing Base at such time (as determined by the Administrative Agent in its Permitted Discretion); and

(f)The Borrowers shall have satisfied the Payment Conditions.

Permitted Discretion” means a determination made by the Administrative Agent in good faith in the exercise of its reasonable (from the perspective of a secured asset-based lender) business judgment.

Permitted Disposition” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 6.05.

Permitted Equity Issuance” means any sale or issuance of any Capital Stock of the Borrowers to the extent permitted hereunder (including any capital contribution).

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Permitted Factoring Agreement means that certain Collection Factoring Agreement among Merchant Factors Corp. and Alliance Apparel Group, Inc., undated, together with other documents related thererto, copies of each of which have been provided to the Administrative Agent on or prior to the Closing Date, and any modifications or replacements thereof which are approved in writing by the Administrative Agent.

Permitted Holders” means (i) those individuals and entities listed as beneficial owners as more particularly set forth on Schedule 1.1(b) hereto (ii) any member of any such Person’s family and (iii) any direct or indirect transferee of any of the foregoing by gift (in trust or otherwise) or testamentary bequest.

Permitted Indebtedness” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.03.

Permitted Investments” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.02.

Permitted Junior Liens” means Liens securing Indebtedness permitted under Section 6.03(h) so long as, if (i) the holder of such Liens (or their representative) shall have entered into an intercreditor agreement satisfactory to the Administrative Agent in its Permitted Discretion, and (ii) the priority of all such Liens on Collateral securing such Indebtedness shall be subject and junior in all respects to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Obligations.

Permitted Overadvance” means an Overadvance that is made, or is permitted to remain outstanding, by the Administrative Agent, in its reasonable discretion, to:

(a)maintain, protect or preserve the Collateral and/or the Secured Parties’ rights under the Loan Documents or which is otherwise for the benefit of the Secured Parties; or

(b)enhance the likelihood of, or maximize the amount of, repayment of any Obligation; or

(c)pay any other amount chargeable to the Borrowers hereunder;

provided that, (a) at the time the Administrative Agent shall elect to make, or permit to such Overadvance to remain outstanding, such Overadvance together with all other Permitted Overadvances then outstanding, shall not exceed ten percent (10.00%) of the Maximum Borrowing Amount at such time, (ii) unless a Liquidation is taking place, such Overadvance may not remain outstanding for more than ninety (90) consecutive days and (iii) no Overadvance shall be made or permitted to remain outstanding, if after giving effect thereto, the Total Outstandings (including all Overadvances) shall exceed the Revolving Credit Ceiling (as in effect prior to any termination of Commitments pursuant to Section 7.02 hereof).

 

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Permitted Refinancing means, with respect to any Person, any modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension of any Indebtedness of such Person; provided that (a) the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) thereof does not exceed the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) of the Indebtedness so modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended except by an amount equal to unpaid accrued interest and premium thereon plus other reasonable amounts paid, and fees and expenses reasonably incurred (including upfront fees and original issue discount), in connection with such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension and by an amount equal to any existing commitments unutilized thereunder, (b) such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension has a final maturity date equal to or later than the final maturity date of, and has a Weighted Average Life to Maturity equal to or greater than the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of, the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended (except by virtue of prior amortization or prior prepayments of the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended), (c) at the time thereof, no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, (d) if a Loan Party was not an obligor under the Indebtedness being so refinanced, then no Loan Party shall be an obligor under such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension, (e) the collateral, if applicable, granted pursuant to any such refinancing Indebtedness is the same or less than the collateral under the Indebtedness being extended, renewed or replaced, (f) to the extent such Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended is subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations, (i) such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension is subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations on terms at least as favorable to the Lenders as those contained in the documentation governing the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended, and (ii) the terms and conditions (including, if applicable, as to collateral but excluding as to subordination, interest rate, redemption premium and optional prepayment or optional redemption) of any such modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended Indebtedness, taken as a whole, are not materially less favorable to the Loan Parties and/or the Lenders than the terms and conditions of the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended and (g) to the extent that the holders of such Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended are subject to an intercreditor agreement or arrangement with the Lenders, the holders of such refinancing Indebtedness shall enter into a similar intercreditor agreement or arrangement with the Lenders on terms at least as favorable to the Lenders as those contained in the intercreditor agreement or arrangement governing the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended (as determined by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion).

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

Perfection Certificate” means, collectively, (a) that certain Perfection Certificate of each Loan Party existing as of the Closing Date, dated as of the Closing Date and (b) each other perfection certificate which shall be delivered by any Subsidiary of the Borrowers pursuant to the terms hereof.

Plan” means any employee benefit plan within the meaning of Section 3(3) of ERISA (including a Pension Plan), maintained for employees of any Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate or any such Plan to which any Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate is required to contribute on behalf of any of its employees.

 

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Platform has the meaning provided in Section 5.02.

Prime Rate” means for any day a fluctuating rate per annum equal to the highest of (a) the Federal Funds Effective Rate plus 1/2 of 1% (b) the rate of interest in effect for such day as publicly announced from time to time by Bank of America as its “prime rate,” and (c) the LIBO Rate plus 1.00%; and if Prime Rate shall be less than 0.25%, such rate shall be deemed to 0.25% for purposes of this Agreement.  The “prime rate” is a rate set by Bank of America based upon various factors including Bank of America’s costs and desired return, general economic conditions and other factors, and is used as a reference point for pricing some loans, which may be priced at, above, or below such announced rate.  Any change in such prime rate announced by Bank of America shall take effect at the opening of business on the day specified in the public announcement of such change.

Prime Rate Loan” means any Loan bearing interest at a rate determined by reference to the Prime Rate in accordance with the provisions of Article II.

Pro Forma Availability” means, for any date of calculation, Excess Availability as of the date of any Specified Payment and the projected Excess Availability at the end of each Fiscal Month during the immediately succeeding six (6) Fiscal Month period.

Pro Forma Basis”, “Pro Forma Compliance” and “Pro Forma Effect” means, in connection with determining compliance with any test or covenant hereunder, calculating such test or covenant as if all Specified Transactions and all of the following transactions in connection with such Specified Transaction occurred as of the first day of the applicable period of measurement in such test or covenant: (a) income statement items (whether positive or negative) attributable to the property or Person subject to such Specified Transaction shall be (i) excluded, in the case of a Disposition of all or substantially all Capital Stock in or assets of any Subsidiary of the Borrowers or any division, business unit, line of business or facility used for operations of the Borrowers or any of its Subsidiaries, and (ii) included, in the case of a Permitted Acquisition or Investment described in the definition of “Specified Transaction”, (b) any retirement of Indebtedness of Parents or their Subsidiaries, and (c) any Indebtedness incurred or assumed by Parents or any of their Subsidiaries in connection therewith and if such Indebtedness has a floating or formula rate, shall have an implied rate of interest for the applicable period for purposes of this definition determined by utilizing the rate which is or would be in effect with respect to such Indebtedness as at the relevant date of determination.

Projections” shall have the meaning given such term in Section 5.01(d).

Public Lender” has the meaning provided in Section 5.02.

Real Estate” means all Leases and all land, tenements, hereditaments and any estate or interest therein, together with the buildings, structures, parking areas, and other improvements thereon (including all fixtures), now or hereafter owned by any Loan Party, including all easements, rights-of-way, and similar rights relating thereto and all leases, tenancies, and occupancies thereof.

 

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Recipient means the Administrative Agent, any Lender, the Issuing Bank or any other recipient of any payment to be made by or on account of any obligation of any Loan Party hereunder.

Register” has the meaning provided in Section 9.06(c).

Regulation U” means Regulation U of the FRB as from time to time in effect and all official rulings and interpretations thereunder or thereof.

Regulation X” means Regulation X of the FRB as from time to time in effect and all official rulings and interpretations thereunder or thereof.

Related Parties” means, with respect to any Person, such Person’s Affiliates and the partners, directors, officers, employees, agents, trustees, administrators, managers, advisors and representatives of such Person and of such Person’s Affiliates.

Release” has the meaning provided in Section 101(22) of CERCLA.

Rent and Charges Reserve” means the aggregate of (a) all rent and other amounts (including common area maintenance charges) owing by any Loan Party, that is not paid when due, to any landlord, warehouseman, processor, repairman, mechanic, shipper, freight forwarder or other Person who possesses or is in control of any Collateral or could assert a Lien on any Collateral, (b) in the case of Inventory located at a leased premise located in a Landlord Lien State or at a Large Inventory Location, a reserve equal to one month’s rent and other charges payable to any such Person, unless such Person has executed a lien waiver satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

Reportable Event” means any of the events set forth in Section 4043(c) of ERISA, other than events for which the thirty (30) day notice period has been waived.

Required Lenders” means, at any time, Lenders (other than Defaulting Lenders) having Commitments aggregating more than fifty percent (50.00%) of the Total Commitments, or if the Commitments have been terminated, Lenders (other than Defaulting Lenders) whose percentage of the Total Outstandings aggregate more than fifty percent (50.00%) of such Total Outstandings.

Reserves” means all Inventory Reserves, Account Reserves and Availability Reserves.

Responsible Officer” means the chief executive officer, president, vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer or assistant treasurer or other similar officer of a Loan Party and, solely for purposes of the delivery of incumbency certificates pursuant to Section 4.01, the secretary or assistant secretary of a Loan Party and, solely for purposes of notices given pursuant to Article II, any other officer or employee of the applicable Loan Party so designated by any of the foregoing officers in a notice to the Administrative Agent or any other officer or employee of the applicable Loan Party designated in or pursuant to an agreement between the applicable Loan Party and the Administrative Agent.  Any document delivered hereunder that is signed by a Responsible Officer of a Loan Party shall be conclusively presumed to have been authorized by all necessary corporate, partnership and/or other action on the part of such Loan Party and such Responsible Officer shall be conclusively presumed to have acted on behalf of such Loan Party.

 

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Restricted Payment means any dividend or other distribution (whether in cash, securities or other property) with respect to any Capital Stock of Parents or any Subsidiary, or any payment (whether in cash, securities or other property), including any sinking fund or similar deposit, on account of the purchase, redemption, retirement, acquisition, cancellation or termination of any such Capital Stock, or on account of any return of capital to Parents or any Subsidiarys stockholders, partners or members (or the equivalent Persons thereof).

Revolving Credit Ceiling” means the amount of the Total Commitments from time to time in effect.

Revolving Credit Loans” has the meaning provided in Section 2.04(a).

Sarbanes-Oxley Act” means the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as amended.

Sanction(s)” means any sanction administered or enforced by the United States Government (including, without limitation, OFAC), the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, Her Majesty’s Treasury (“HMT”) or other relevant sanctions authority.

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

Seasonal Advance Period” means calendar months of July, August and October of each year.

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

Secured Party” means (a) each Credit Party, (b) any Lender or Affiliate of a Lender providing Cash Management Services or entering into or furnishing any Bank Products (including any Swap Contract Secured Party), (c) the beneficiaries of each indemnification obligation undertaken by any Loan Party under any Loan Document, and (d) the successors and, subject to any limitations contained in this Agreement, assigns of each of the foregoing.

Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Security Agreement” means (a) the Security Agreement dated as of the Closing Date among the Loan Parties and the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties and (b) each other security agreement delivered pursuant to Section 5.11 of this Agreement.

Security Documents” means the Security Agreement, the Facility Guarantees, the Intellectual Property Security Agreements, the Mortgages and the Mortgage Related Documents, if any, and each other security agreement or other instrument or document executed and delivered pursuant to this Agreement or any other Loan Document that creates a Lien in favor of the Administrative Agent to secure any of the Obligations.

 

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Settlement Date has the meaning provided in Section 2.20(a).

Specified Event of Default” means the occurrence of any Event of Default of the type described in Sections 7.01(a), 7.01(b)(i), 7.01(b)(ii), 7.01(e), 7.01(f) or 7.01(g) hereof.

Specified Loan Party” means any Loan Party that is not an “eligible contract participant” under the Commodity Exchange Act (determined prior to giving effect to any “keepwell” provision of any Guarantee).

Specified Payment” means any Permitted Acquisition, Permitted Investment, Restricted Payment or prepayment with respect to Indebtedness subject to satisfaction of the Payment Conditions or any component thereof.

Specified Transaction” means, with respect to any period, any Investment, Disposition of all or substantially all of the Capital Stock in or assets of any Subsidiary of Parents or any division, business unit, line of business or facility used for the operations of Parents or any of its Subsidiaries, incurrence or repayment of Indebtedness, the making of any Restricted Payment, or any asset classified as discontinued operations by Parents or any Subsidiary that by the terms of this Agreement requires “Pro Forma Compliance” with a test or covenant hereunder or requires such test or covenant to be tested on a “Pro Forma Basis.”

Sponsor” means any of TSG6 Management, LLC, and its Affiliates, and any fund or partnership managed or advised by any such Person, but not including, however, any portfolio companies of any of the foregoing.

Sponsor Management Agreement” shall mean that certain Management Agreement, dated as of December 31, 2012, by and among Twist Holdings, LLC and Sponsor as in effect on the Closing Date and as the same may be amended, supplement or otherwise modified in a manner not prohibited hereunder.

Standby Letter of Credit” means any Letter of Credit other than a Commercial Letter of Credit.

Statutory Reserve Rate” means, for any day during any Interest Period, the reserve percentage (expressed as a decimal, carried out to five decimal places) in effect on such day, whether or not applicable to any particular Lender, under regulations issued from time to time by the FRB for determining the maximum reserve requirement (including any emergency, supplemental or other marginal reserve requirement) with respect to eurodollar funding (currently referred to as “Eurocurrency liabilities”).  The Statutory Reserve Rate for each outstanding LIBOR Loan shall be adjusted automatically as of the effective date of any change in the Statutory Reserve Rate.

Store” means any physical retail store (which includes any real property, fixtures, equipment, inventory and other property related thereto) operated, or to be operated, by any Loan Party.

 

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Subordinated Indebtedness means Indebtedness which is expressly subordinated in right of payment to the prior payment in full of the Obligations on terms reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent.

Subsidiary” of a Person means a corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited liability company, or other business entity of which a majority of the shares of securities or other interests having ordinary voting power for the election of directors or other governing body (other than securities or interests having such power only by reason of the happening of a contingency) are at the time beneficially owned, or the management of which is otherwise Controlled, directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, or both, by such Person.  Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to a “Subsidiary” or to “Subsidiaries” shall refer to a Subsidiary or Subsidiaries of Parents.

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

Swap Contract Secured Parties” means, with respect to any Swap Contract, collectively, (a) the Administrative Agent or an Affiliate of the Administrative Agent and (b) any Lender or any Affiliate of a Lender.

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

Swap Termination Value” means, in respect of any one or more Swap Contracts, after taking into account the effect of any legally enforceable netting agreement relating to such Swap Contracts, (a) for any date on or after the date such Swap Contracts have been closed out and termination value(s) determined in accordance therewith, such termination value(s), and (b) for any date prior to the date referenced in clause (a), the amount(s) determined as the mark-to-market value(s) for such Swap Contracts, as determined based upon one or more mid-market or other readily available quotations provided by any recognized dealer in such Swap Contracts (which may include a Lender or any Affiliate of a Lender).

 

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Synthetic Lease Obligation means the monetary obligation of a Person under (a) a so-called synthetic, off-balance sheet or tax retention lease or (b) an agreement for the use or possession of property creating obligations that do not appear on the balance sheet of such Person but which, upon the insolvency or bankruptcy of such Person, would be characterized as the indebtedness of such Person (without regard to accounting treatment).

Taxes” means 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.

Termination Date” means the earlier to occur of (i) the Maturity Date, or (ii) the date on which the maturity of the Obligations (other than the Other Liabilities) is accelerated (or deemed accelerated) and the Commitments are irrevocably terminated (or deemed terminated) in accordance with Article VII.

Total Commitments” means the aggregate of the Commitments of all Lenders.  The Total Commitments on the Closing Date are $75,000,000.

Total Outstandings” means, at any time, the aggregate outstanding amount of (a) all Loans at such time, and (b) the Letter of Credit Outstandings at such time.

Transactions” means, collectively, (a) the execution and delivery by the Loan Parties of the Loan Documents to which they are a party and the making of the Loans and the issuance of Letters of Credit (if any) on the Closing Date and (b) the payment of the Transaction Expenses.

Transaction Expenses” shall mean any fees or expenses incurred or paid by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries in connection with the Transactions to occur on the Closing Date (including in connection with this Agreement and the other Loan Documents).

Twist Holdings” means Twist Holdings, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.

Type”, when used in reference to any Loan or Borrowing, refers to whether the rate of interest on such Loan, or on the Loans comprising such Borrowing, is determined by reference to the Adjusted LIBO Rate or the Prime Rate.

UCC” means the Uniform Commercial Code as in effect from time to time in the State of New York provided, however, that if a term is defined in Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code differently than in another Article thereof, the term shall have the meaning set forth in Article 9; provided further that, if by reason of mandatory provisions of law, perfection, or the effect of perfection or non-perfection, of a security interest in any Collateral or the availability of any remedy hereunder is governed by the Uniform Commercial Code as in effect in a jurisdiction other than New York, “Uniform Commercial Code” means the Uniform Commercial Code as in effect in such other jurisdiction for purposes of the provisions hereof relating to such perfection or effect of perfection or non-perfection or availability of such remedy, as the case may be.

 

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

Unaudited Financial Statements” means the unaudited combined, consolidated balance sheets and related statements of income, stockholders’ equity and cash flows of Parents and their consolidated Subsidiaries as at the end of and for the Fiscal Quarters ended November 30, 2015, certified by a Financial Officer of each Borrower.

Unfunded Pension Liability” means the excess of a Pension Plan’s benefit liabilities under Section 4001(a)(16) of ERISA, over the current value of that Pension Plan’s assets, determined in accordance with the assumptions used for funding the Pension Plan pursuant to Section 412 of the Code for the applicable plan year.

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

U.S. Person” means any Person that is a “United States Person” as defined in Section 7701(a)(30)Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code.

U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate” has the meaning specified in Section 2.21  (e)(ii)(B)(III).

Unused Commitment” shall mean, at any time (a) the then Total Commitments, minus (b) the then Total Outstandings.

Unused Fee Rate” means 0.25%.

Unused Fee” has the meaning provided in Section 2.17(a).

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

Withdrawal Liability” means 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 1 of Subtitle E of Title IV of ERISA.

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

 

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1.2Terms Generally. 

With reference to this Agreement and each other Loan Document, unless otherwise specified herein or in such other Loan Document:

(a)The definitions of terms herein shall apply equally to the singular and plural forms of the terms defined.  Whenever the context may require, any pronoun shall include the corresponding masculine, feminine and neuter forms.  The words “include,” “includes” and “including” shall be deemed to be followed by the phrase “without limitation.” The word “will” shall be construed to have the same meaning and effect as the word “shall.” Unless the context requires otherwise, (i) any definition of or reference to any agreement, instrument or other document (including any Organization Document) shall be construed as referring to such agreement, instrument or other document as from time to time amended, supplemented or otherwise modified (subject to any restrictions on such amendments, supplements or modifications set forth herein or in any other Loan Document), (ii) any reference herein to any Person shall be construed to include such Person’s successors and assigns, (iii) the words “hereto,” “herein,” “hereof” and “hereunder,” and words of similar import when used in any Loan Document, shall be construed to refer to such Loan Document in its entirety and not to any particular provision thereof, (iv) all references in a Loan Document to Articles, Sections, Exhibits and Schedules shall be construed to refer to Articles and Sections of, and Exhibits and Schedules to, the Loan Document in which such references appear, (v) any reference to any law shall include all statutory and regulatory provisions consolidating, amending, replacing or interpreting such law and any reference to any law or regulation shall, unless otherwise specified, refer to such law or regulation as amended, modified or supplemented from time to time, (vi) 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, and (vii) all references to “$” or “dollars” or to amounts of money and all calculations of Excess Availability, Borrowing Base, permitted “baskets” and other similar matters shall be deemed to be references to the lawful currency of the United States.

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

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

(d)This Agreement and the other Loan Documents are the result of negotiation among, and have been reviewed by counsel to, among others, the Loan Parties and the Administrative Agent and are the product of discussions and negotiations among all parties.  Accordingly, this Agreement and the other Loan Documents are not intended to be construed against the Administrative Agent or any of the Lenders merely on account of the Administrative Agent’s or any Lender’s involvement in the preparation of such documents.

 

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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 Audited Financial Statements, except as otherwise specifically prescribed herein.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, for purposes of determining compliance with any covenant (including the computation of any financial covenant) contained herein, Indebtedness of the Borrowers and their Subsidiaries shall be deemed to be carried at 100% of the outstanding principal amount thereof, and the effects of FASB ASC 825 on financial liabilities shall be disregarded.

(b)Changes in GAAP.  If at any time any change in GAAP would affect the computation of any financial ratio or requirement set forth in any Loan Document, and if either Borrower or the Required Lenders shall so request, the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Borrowers shall negotiate in good faith to amend such ratio or requirement to preserve the original intent thereof in light of such change in GAAP (subject to the approval of the Required Lenders); provided that, until so amended, (A) such ratio or requirement shall continue to be computed in accordance with GAAP prior to such change therein and (B) each Borrower shall provide to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders financial statements and other documents required under this Agreement or as reasonably requested hereunder setting forth a reconciliation between calculations of such ratio or requirement made before and after giving effect to such change in GAAP.  Without limiting the foregoing, leases shall continue to be classified and accounted for on a basis consistent with that reflected in the Audited Financial Statements for all purposes of this Agreement, notwithstanding any change in GAAP relating thereto, unless the parties hereto shall enter into a mutually acceptable amendment addressing such changes, as provided for above.

(c)Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities. All references herein to consolidated financial statements of Parents and their Subsidiaries or to the determination of any amount for Parents and their Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis or any similar reference shall, in each case, be deemed to include each variable interest entity that Parents are required to consolidate pursuant to FASB ASC 810 as if such variable interest entity were a Subsidiary as defined herein.

1.4Rounding.  Any financial ratios required to be maintained by the Borrowers pursuant to 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).

1.5Times of Day; Rates.  Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to times of day shall be references to Eastern time (daylight or standard, as applicable).

The Administrative Agent does not warrant, nor accept responsibility, nor shall the Administrative Agent have any liability with respect to the administration, submission or any other matter related to the rates in the definition of “LIBO Rate” or with respect to any comparable or successor rate thereto.

 

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1.6Letter of Credit Amounts.  Unless otherwise specified herein, the amount of a Letter of Credit at any time shall be deemed to be the stated amount of such Letter of Credit in effect at such time; provided, however, that with respect to any Letter of Credit that, by its terms or the terms of any Issuer Document related thereto, provides for one or more automatic increases in the stated amount thereof, the amount of such Letter of Credit shall be deemed to be the maximum stated amount of such Letter of Credit after giving effect to all such increases, whether or not such maximum stated amount is in effect at such time.

1.7Pro Forma Basis

(a)Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio shall be calculated in the manner prescribed by this Section 1.07; provided, that notwithstanding anything to the contrary in clauses (b), (c) or (d) of this Section 1.07, when calculating the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio for purposes of determining actual compliance (and not compliance on a Pro Forma Basis) with Section 6.15, the events described in this Section 1.07 that occurred subsequent to the end of the applicable FCCR Test Period shall not be given pro forma effect.

(b)For purposes of calculating the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio, Specified Transactions (and the incurrence or repayment of any Indebtedness in connection therewith) that have been made (i) during the applicable FCCR Test Period or (ii) subsequent to such FCCR Test Period and prior to or simultaneously with the event for which the calculation of the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio is made shall be calculated on a pro forma basis assuming that all such Specified Transactions (and any increase or decrease in Consolidated EBITDA and the component financial definitions used therein attributable to any Specified Transaction) had occurred on the first day of the applicable FCCR Test Period.  If since the beginning of any applicable FCCR Test Period any Person that subsequently became a Subsidiary or was merged, amalgamated or consolidated with or into the Borrowers or any of its Subsidiaries since the beginning of such FCCR Test Period shall have made any Specified Transaction that would have required adjustment pursuant to this Section 1.07, then the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio shall be calculated to give pro forma effect thereto in accordance with this Section 1.07.

(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 responsible financial or accounting officer of the Borrowers and may include, for the avoidance of doubt, the amount of cost savings, operating expense reductions and synergies projected by the Borrowers in good faith to be realized as a result of specified actions taken, committed to be taken, or expected to be taken (calculated on a pro forma basis as though such cost savings, operating expense reductions and synergies had been realized on the first day of such period and as if such cost savings, operating expense reductions and synergies were realized during the entirety of such period) relating to such Specified Transaction, net of the amount of actual benefits realized during such period from such actions; provided, that (A) such amounts are reasonably identifiable, quantifiable and factually supportable in the good faith judgment of the Borrowers, (B) such actions are taken, committed to be taken or expected to be taken no later than twelve (12) months after the date of such Specified Transaction, (C) any cost savings, operating expense reductions and synergies that are not actually realized during such period

 

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may no longer be added pursuant to this clause (c) after the end of the fourth full fiscal quarter ending after the date of such Specified Transaction, and (D) no amounts shall be added pursuant to this clause (c) to the extent duplicative of any amounts that are otherwise added back in computing Consolidated EBITDA, whether through a pro forma adjustment or otherwise, with respect to such period.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, (A) all pro forma adjustments under this clause (c) shall not increase pro forma Consolidated EBITDA by more than 10% for any FCCR Test Period and (B) no pro forma adjustments under this clause (c) shall be made in respect of the Transactions (the foregoing not being intended to limit the operation of paragraph (a)(vii) of the definition of Consolidated EBITDA).

(d)In the event that the Borrowers or any Subsidiary incurs (including by assumption or guarantees) or repays (including by redemption, repayment, retirement or extinguishment) any Indebtedness included in the calculation of the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio (in each case, other than Indebtedness incurred or repaid under this Agreement in the ordinary course of business for working capital purposes), (i) during the applicable FCCR Test Period or (ii) subsequent to the end of the applicable FCCR Test Period and prior to or simultaneously with the event for which the calculation of the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio is made, then the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio shall be calculated giving pro forma effect to such incurrence or repayment of Indebtedness, to the extent required, as if the same had occurred on the first day of the applicable FCCR Test Period.  If any Indebtedness bears a floating rate of interest and is being given pro forma effect, the interest on such Indebtedness shall be calculated as if the rate in effect on the date of the event for which the calculation of the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio is made had been the applicable rate for the entire period (taking into account any hedging obligations applicable to such Indebtedness).  Interest on a Capitalized Lease shall be deemed to accrue at an interest rate reasonably determined by a responsible financial or accounting officer of the Borrowers to be the rate of interest implicit in such Capitalized Lease in accordance with GAAP.  Interest on Indebtedness that may optionally be determined at an interest rate based upon a factor of a prime or similar rate, a London interbank offered rate, or other rate, shall be determined to have been based upon the rate actually chosen, or if none, then based upon such optional rate chosen as the Borrowers or Subsidiary may designate.

(e)Whenever any provision of this Agreement requires the Borrowers to be in compliance on a Pro Forma Basis (or in Pro Forma Compliance) with a specified Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio in connection with any action to be taken, the Borrowers hereunder shall deliver to the Administrative Agent a certificate of a Responsible Officer setting forth in reasonable detail the calculations demonstrating such compliance.

 

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ARTICLE II

Amount and Terms of Credit

2.1Commitment of the Lenders

(a)Upon the terms and subject to the conditions herein set forth, each Lender, severally and not jointly with any other Lender, agrees to make Loans and the Issuing Bank agrees to issue Letters of Credit, to or for the benefit of the Borrowers, subject in each case to the following limitations:

(i)Total Outstandings (other than as a result of any Permitted Overadvance) shall not at any time exceed the Maximum Borrowing Amount at such time;

(ii)No Lender shall be obligated to make any Credit Extension to the Borrowers, if after giving effect to such Credit Extension, Total Outstandings shall exceed the Revolving Credit Ceiling;

(iii)No Lender shall be obligated to make any Credit Extension to the Borrowers, if after giving effect to such Credit Extension, the sum of (A) the outstanding principal amount of such Lender’s Revolving Credit Loans plus (B) an amount equal to such Lender’s Commitment Percentage of the aggregate principal amount of all Letter of Credit Outstandings and outstanding Permitted Overadvances, shall exceed such Lender’s Commitment; and

(iv)The Issuing Bank shall not be obligated to issue, amend, or extend any Letter of Credit, if after giving effect to any such issuance, amendment or extension, the Letter of Credit Outstandings shall exceed the Letter of Credit Sublimit.

(b)The obligations of the Lenders hereunder to make Loans, to fund participations in Letters of Credit and to make payments pursuant to Section 9.04(c) are several and not joint.  The failure of any Lender to make any Loan, to fund any such participation or to make any payment under Section 9.04(c) on any date required hereunder shall not relieve any other Lender of its corresponding obligation to do so on such date, and no Lender shall be responsible for the failure of any other Lender to so make its Loans, to purchase its participation or to make its payment under Section 9.04(c).

2.2Increase in Total Commitments

(a)Increase of Total Commitments.  At any time and from time to time on or after the Closing Date, so long as no Default or Event of Default exists or would arise therefrom, the Borrowers shall have the right to request an increase of Total Commitments then outstanding by an aggregate amount not to exceed $25,000,000 for all such requests; provided that after giving effect to any increase in the Total Commitments, the Total Commitments shall in no event exceed $100,000,000.  The Administrative Agent and the Borrowers shall determine the effective date of such increase and any such requested increase shall be first made available to all existing Lenders on

 

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a pro rata basis and, to the extent that, on or before the tenth (10th) day following such request for an increase hereunder, such Lenders decline to increase their Commitments (and any Lender who does not respond to a request for an increase in the Commitments requested by the Borrowers shall be deemed to decline such request), or decline to increase their Commitments to the amount requested by the Borrowers, the Borrowers may arrange (or request the Arranger to arrange) for other Eligible Assignees to become a Lender hereunder and to issue commitments in an amount equal to the amount of the increase in the Commitments requested by the Borrowers and not accepted by the existing Lenders (each such increase by either means, a Commitment Increase, and each Eligible Assignee issuing a, or any Lender increasing its, Commitment, an Additional Commitment Lender), provided, however, that (i) no Lender shall be obligated to provide a Commitment Increase, (ii) any Additional Commitment Lender which is not an existing Lender shall be subject to the approval of the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Bank and each Borrower (which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld), and (iii) without the consent of the Administrative Agent, at no time shall the Commitment of any Additional Commitment Lender under this Agreement be less than $10,000,000.  Each Commitment Increase shall be in a minimum aggregate amount of at least $10,000,000 and in integral multiples of $5,000,000 in excess thereof.  Any increase in the Total Commitments shall be made on the same terms (including, without limitation, interest terms, payment terms and maturity terms), and shall be subject to the same conditions as the Commitments of the existing Lenders.

(b)Conditions to Effectiveness of each Commitment Increase.  No Commitment Increase shall become effective unless and until each of the following conditions has been satisfied or waived:

(i)Each Borrower, the Administrative Agent, and any Additional Commitment Lender that is not an existing Lender shall have executed and delivered a joinder to the Loan Documents in such form as the Administrative Agent shall reasonably require;

(ii)The Borrowers shall have paid such fees and other compensation to the Additional Commitment Lenders and the Arranger as the Borrowers, such Additional Commitment Lenders and the Arranger shall agree;

(iii)If requested by the Administrative Agent, the Borrowers shall deliver to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders an opinion or opinions, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, from counsel to the Borrowers and dated the effective date of such Commitment Increase;

(iv)A Note (to the extent requested) will be issued at the Borrowers’ expense, to each such Additional Commitment Lender, to be in conformity with requirements of Section 2.07 (with appropriate modification) to the extent necessary to reflect the new Commitment of each Additional Commitment Lender;

(v)The Borrowers and each Additional Commitment Lender shall have delivered such other instruments, documents and agreements as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request in order to effectuate the foregoing;

 

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(vi)No Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or shall result from the consummation of the Commitment Increase; and

(vii)All representations and warranties contained in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents or otherwise made in writing in connection herewith or therewith shall be true and correct on and as of the effective date of each Commitment Increase with the same effect as if made on and as of such date, other than representations and warranties that relate solely to an earlier date, which shall be true and correct in all material respects as of such earlier date.

(c)Notification by Administrative Agent.  The Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Lender as to the effectiveness of each Commitment Increase (with each date of such effectiveness being referred to herein as a “Commitment Increase Date”), and at such time (i) the Total Commitments under, and for all purposes of, this Agreement shall be increased by the aggregate amount of each such Commitment Increase, (ii) Schedule 1.1 shall be deemed modified, without further action, to reflect the revised Total Commitments and the Commitment Percentages of the Lenders, and (iii) this Agreement shall be deemed amended, without further action, to the extent necessary to reflect such increased Total Commitments.

(d)Other Provisions.  In connection with Commitment Increases hereunder, the Lenders and the Borrowers agree that, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, (i) the Borrowers shall, in coordination with the Administrative Agent, (x) repay outstanding Loans of certain Lenders, and obtain Loans from certain other Lenders (including the Additional Commitment Lenders), or (y) take such other actions as may be reasonably required by the Administrative Agent, in each case to the extent necessary, to have all of the Lenders effectively participate in each of the outstanding Credit Extensions pro rata on the basis of their Commitment Percentages (determined after giving effect to any Commitment Increase pursuant to this Section 2.02), and (ii) the Borrowers shall pay to the Lenders any costs of the type referred to in Section 2.14(b) in connection with any repayment and/or Loans required pursuant to preceding clause (i).

2.3Reserves.  The Administrative Agent shall have the right from time to time, in its Permitted Discretion, to establish, modify, or eliminate any applicable Reserves against the Borrowing Base, Eligible Credit Card Receivables and Eligible Inventory.

2.4Revolving Credit Loans

(a)Borrowing Procedures.

(i)Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, each Lender severally agrees to make loans (each such loan, a “Revolving Credit Loan”) to the Borrowers from time to time, on any Business Day prior to the Termination Date, in an aggregate amount not to exceed at any time outstanding the amount of such Lender’s Commitment; provided that, after giving effect to such Revolving Credit Loan, each of the conditions set forth in Sections 2.01(a)(i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) shall be satisfied.  Revolving Credit Loans shall be either Prime Rate Loans or LIBOR Loans as the Borrowers may request.  All Revolving Credit Loans made pursuant to the

 

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same Borrowing shall, unless otherwise specifically provided herein, be Revolving Credit Loans of the same Type.  Each Lender may fulfill its Commitment with respect to any Revolving Credit Loan by causing any lending office of such Lender to make such Revolving Credit Loan; provided, however, that any such use of a lending office shall not affect the obligation of the Borrowers to repay such Revolving Credit Loan in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents.  Within the limits of each Lenders Commitment, and subject to the other terms and conditions hereof, the Borrowers may borrow under this Section 2.04, prepay under Section 2.14, and reborrow under this Section 2.04.

(ii)Each Borrowing of Revolving Credit Loans shall be made upon each Borrower’s irrevocable notice to the Administrative Agent, which may be given by (A) telephone or (B) a Notice of Borrowing; provided that any telephonic notice must be confirmed immediately by delivery to the Administrative Agent of a Notice of Borrowing.  Each such Notice of Borrowing must be received by the Administrative Agent not later than 11:00 a.m. (i) three (3) Business Days prior to the requested date of any Borrowing of LIBOR Loans and (ii) on the requested date of any Borrowing of Prime Rate Loans.  Such Notice of Borrowing shall contain disbursement instructions and shall specify: (i) whether the Borrowing then being requested is to be a Borrowing of Prime Rate Loans or LIBOR Loans and, if LIBOR Loans, the Interest Period with respect thereto, provided that all Revolving Credit Loans to be made on the Closing Date shall be Prime Rate Loans; (ii) the amount of the proposed Borrowing (which shall be in an integral multiple of $100,000, but not less than $2,000,000 in the case of LIBOR Loans); and (iii) the date of the proposed Borrowing (which shall be a Business Day).  If no election of Interest Period is specified in any such notice for a Borrowing of LIBOR Loans, such notice shall be deemed a request for an Interest Period of one (1) month.  If no election is made as to the Type of Revolving Credit Loan, such notice shall be deemed a request for Borrowing of Prime Rate Loans.  The Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Lender of its proportionate share of such Borrowing, the date of such Borrowing, the Type of Borrowing being requested and the Interest Period or Interest Periods applicable thereto, as appropriate.  On the borrowing date specified in such Notice of Borrowing, each Lender shall make its share of the Borrowing available at the Administrative Agent’s Office no later than 2:00 p.m., in immediately available funds.  Upon satisfaction of the applicable conditions set forth in Section  4.02 (and, if such Borrowing is the initial Credit Extension on the Closing Date, Section 4.01), the Administrative Agent shall make all funds received in respect of Borrowing of Revolving Credit Loans available to the Borrowers in like funds as received by the Administrative Agent either by (i) crediting the Loan Account with the amount of such funds or (ii) wire transfer of such funds, in each case in accordance with instructions provided to (and reasonably acceptable to) the Administrative Agent by the Borrowers; provided, however, that if, on the date a Borrowing Request is made with respect to a Revolving Credit Loan, there are Letter of Credit Disbursements outstanding, then the proceeds of such Revolving Credit Loans, first, shall be applied to the payment in full of any such Letter of Credit Disbursements, and second, shall be made available to the Borrowers as provided above.

 

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(b)Conversion and Continuation of Revolving Credit Loans.

(i)Each conversion of Revolving Credit Loans from one Type to the other, and each continuation of LIBOR Loans shall be made upon the Borrowers’ irrevocable notice to the Administrative Agent, which may be given by (A) telephone or (B) a Notice of Borrowing; provided that any telephonic notice must be confirmed immediately by delivery to the Administrative Agent of a Notice of Borrowing.  Each such Notice of Borrowing must be received by the Administrative Agent not later than 11:00 a.m. three (3) Business Days prior to the requested date of any conversion to or continuation of LIBOR Loans or of any conversion of LIBOR Loans to Prime Rate Loans.  Each such Notice of Borrowing shall specify (1) whether the Borrowers are requesting a conversion of Revolving Credit Loans from one Type to the other, or a continuation of LIBOR Loans, (2) the requested date of the conversion or continuation, as the case may be (which shall be a Business Day), (3) the principal amount of Revolving Credit Loans to be converted or continued, (4) the Type of Revolving Credit Loans to which existing Revolving Credit Loans are to be converted and (5) if applicable, the duration of the Interest Period with respect thereto.  Notwithstanding the foregoing to the contrary:

(A)No Borrowing of Revolving Credit Loans may be converted into, or continued as, LIBOR Loans at any time when any Event of Default has occurred and is continuing;

(B)If less than a full Borrowing of Revolving Credit Loans is converted, such conversion shall be made pro rata among the Lenders based upon their Commitment Percentages in accordance with the respective principal amounts of the Revolving Credit Loans comprising such Borrowing held by such Lenders immediately prior to such conversion;

(C)The aggregate principal amount of Prime Rate Loans being converted into or continued as LIBOR Loans shall be in an integral of $100,000 and at least $2,000,000;

(D)Each Lender shall effect each conversion by applying the proceeds of its new LIBOR Loan or Prime Rate Loan, as the case may be, to its Revolving Credit Loan being so converted;

(E)The Interest Period with respect to a Borrowing of LIBOR Loans effected by a conversion or in respect to the Borrowing of LIBOR Loans being continued as LIBOR Loans shall commence on the date of conversion or the expiration of the current Interest Period applicable to such continuing Borrowing, as the case may be;

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(G)Each request for a conversion or continuation of a Borrowing of LIBOR Loans which fails to state an applicable Interest Period shall be deemed to be a request for an Interest Period of one (1) month.

(ii)If the Borrowers do not give notice to convert any Borrowing of LIBOR Loans, or does not give notice to continue, or does not have the right to continue, any Borrowing as LIBOR Loans, in each case as provided in Section 2.04(b)(ii) above, such Borrowing shall automatically be converted to, or continued as, as applicable, a Borrowing of LIBOR Loans with an Interest Period of one (1) month, at the expiration of the then-current Interest Period, provided that if an Event of Default then exists and is continuing, such Borrowing shall be converted to, or continued as a Prime Rate Loan.  The Administrative Agent shall, after it receives notice from each Borrower, promptly give each Lender notice of any conversion, in whole or part, of any Revolving Credit Loan made by such Lender.

(c)Charges to Loan Account.  To the extent not paid by the Borrowers when due (after taking into consideration any applicable grace period), the Administrative Agent, without the request of the Borrowers, may advance any interest, fee, or other payment required under any Loan Document to which any Credit Party is entitled and may charge the same to the Loan Account notwithstanding that an Overadvance may result thereby and notwithstanding any failure to satisfy the conditions set forth in Section 4.02; provided that such charges do not cause the Total Outstandings to exceed the Total Commitments at such time.  The Administrative Agent shall advise the Borrowers of any such advance or charge promptly after the making thereof.  Such action on the part of the Administrative Agent shall not constitute a waiver of the Administrative Agent’s rights and the Borrowers’ obligations under Section 2.15(a).  Any amount which is added to the principal balance of the Loan Account as provided in this Section 2.04(c) shall bear interest at the interest rate then and thereafter applicable to Prime Rate Loans.

(d)Notification of Interest Rate.  The Administrative Agent shall promptly notify the Borrowers and the Lenders of the interest rate applicable to any Interest Period for LIBOR Loans upon determination of such interest rate.  At any time that Prime Rate Loans are outstanding, the Administrative Agent shall notify the Borrowers and the Lenders of any change of Bank of America’s prime rate used in determining the Prime Rate promptly following the public announcement of such change.

(e)Number of Interest Periods.  After giving effect to all Borrowings, all conversions of Revolving Credit Loans from one Type to the other, and all continuations of Loans as the same Type, there not be more than six Interest Periods in effect with respect to the Loans.

(f)Cashless Settlement.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, any Lender may exchange, continue or rollover all of the portion of its Loans in connection with any refinancing, extension, loan modification or similar transaction permitted by the terms of this Agreement, pursuant to a cashless settlement mechanism approved by each Borrower, the Administrative Agent, and such Lender.

 

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2.5Overadvances. 

(a)Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, if the Borrowers shall request that Credit Parties make, or permit to remain outstanding, any Loans or Letters of Credit which shall cause an Overadvance, the Administrative Agent may, in its sole discretion, elect to make, or permit to remain outstanding such Overadvance to the extent such Overadvance constitutes a Permitted Overadvance.  If a Permitted Overadvance is made, or permitted to remain outstanding, pursuant to the preceding sentence, then all Lenders shall be bound to make, or permit to remain outstanding, such Permitted Overadvance based upon their Commitment Percentage in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, regardless of whether the conditions to lending set forth in Section 4.02 have been met.  A Permitted Overadvance may be made as a Revolving Credit Loan or as an issuance of a Letter of Credit and each Lender and the Issuing Bank, as applicable, agrees to make any such requested Revolving Credit Loan or Letter of Credit available to the Borrowers.  The obligation of each Lender and the Issuing Bank, as applicable, to participate in each Permitted Overadvance shall be absolute and unconditional and shall not be affected by any circumstance, including (i) any setoff, counterclaim, recoupment, defense or other right which such Person may have against any other Credit Party, the Borrowers or any other Person for any reason whatsoever, (ii) the occurrence or continuance of a Default, or (iii) any other occurrence, event or condition.  The making of any such Permitted Overadvance on any one occasion shall not obligate the Administrative Agent or any Lender to make or permit any Permitted Overadvance on any other occasion.  No funding of a Permitted Overadvance or sufferance of an Overadvance shall constitute a waiver by Administrative Agent or the Lenders of any Event of Default caused thereby.  In no event shall any Borrower or other Loan Party be deemed a beneficiary of this Section 2.05 nor authorized to enforce any of its terms.  The Required Lenders may, upon not less than five (5) Business Days prior written notice, revoke the authority of the Administrative Agent to make further Permitted Overadvances.

(b)No Permitted Overadvance shall modify or abrogate any of the provisions of Section 2.11(d) or Section 2.11(g) regarding the Lenders’ obligations to reimburse any Letter of Credit Disbursement and to purchase participations with respect to Letter of Credit Disbursements, respectively.  Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, no event or circumstance shall result in any claim or liability against the Administrative Agent for any “inadvertent Overadvances” resulting from changed circumstances beyond the control of the Administrative Agent (such as a reduction in the value of Collateral included in the Borrowing Base)), and such “inadvertent Overadvances” shall not reduce the amount of Permitted Overadvances allowed hereunder.

(c)All Permitted Overadvances shall be payable by the Borrowers on demand by Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders.  All other Overadvances (other than Permitted Overadvances) shall be payable in accordance with the requirements of Section 2.15(a).  All Permitted Overadvances and other Overadvances shall constitute Obligations secured by the Collateral and entitled to all benefits of the Loan Documents.

 

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2.6Computation of Interest and Fees.  All computations of interest for Prime Rate Loans (including Prime Rate Loans determined by reference to the LIBO Rate) shall be made on the basis of a year of 365 or 366 days, as the case may be, and actual days elapsed.  All other computations of fees and interest shall be made on the basis of a 360-day year and actual days elapsed (which results in more fees or interest, as applicable, being paid than if computed on the basis of a 365-day year).  Interest shall accrue on each Loan for the day on which the Loan is made, and shall not accrue on a Loan, or any portion thereof, for the day on which the Loan or such portion is paid; provided that any Loan that is repaid on the same day on which it is made shall, subject to Section 2.19(a), bear interest for one day.  Each determination by the Administrative Agent of an interest rate or fee hereunder shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes, absent manifest error.

2.7Evidence of Debt; Notes

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

(b)In addition to the accounts and records referred to in Section 2.07(a), each Lender and the Administrative Agent shall maintain in accordance with its usual practice accounts or records evidencing the purchases and sales by such Lender of participations in Letters of Credit.  In the event of any conflict between the accounts and records maintained by the Administrative Agent and the accounts and records of any Lender in respect of such matters, the accounts and records of the Administrative Agent shall control in the absence of manifest error.

2.8Interest on Loans; Default Rate

(a)(i)Subject to the provisions of subsection (b) below, (i) each LIBOR Loan shall bear interest on the outstanding principal amount thereof for each Interest Period at a rate per annum equal to the LIBO Rate for such Interest Period plus the Applicable Margin; and (ii) each Prime Rate Loan shall bear interest on the outstanding principal amount thereof from the applicable borrowing date at a rate per annum equal to the Prime Rate plus the Applicable Margin.

 

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(i)During the continuance of any Specified Event of Default, all outstanding Obligations hereunder shall bear interest at a fluctuating interest rate per annum at all times equal to the Default Rate to the fullest extent permitted by Applicable Law.  All such interest shall be due and payable upon demand.

(ii)Subject to Section 2.08(b), Interest on each Loan shall be due and payable in arrears on each Interest Payment Date applicable thereto, the Termination Date and at such other times as may be specified herein.  Accrued interest on all Loans after the Termination Date shall be payable on demand.  Interest hereunder shall be due and payable in accordance with the terms hereof before and after judgment, and before and after the commencement of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law.

2.9Inability to Determine Rates.  If in connection with any request for a LIBOR Loan or a conversion to or continuation thereof, (a) the Administrative Agent determines that (i) Dollar deposits are not being offered to banks in the London interbank eurodollar market for the applicable amount and Interest Period of such LIBOR Loan, or (ii) adequate and reasonable means do not exist for determining the LIBO Rate for any requested Interest Period with respect to a proposed Eurodollar Rate Loan or in connection with an existing or proposed Prime Rate Loan (in each case, with respect to clause (a)(i) above, “Impacted Loans”), or (b) the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders determine that for any reason the LIBO Rate for any requested Interest Period with respect to a proposed LIBOR Loan does not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lenders of funding such LIBOR Loan, the Administrative Agent will promptly so notify each Borrower and each Lender.  Thereafter, (x) the obligation of the Lenders to make or maintain LIBOR Loans shall be suspended, to the extent of the affected LIBOR Loans or Interest Periods, and (y) in the event of a determination described in the preceding sentence with respect to the LIBO Rate component of the Prime Rate, the utilization of the LIBO Rate component in determining the Prime Rate shall be suspended, in each case, until the Administrative Agent upon the instruction of the Required Lenders revokes such notice.  Upon receipt of such notice, the Borrowers may revoke any pending request for a Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of LIBOR Loans (to the extent of the affected LIBOR Loans or Interest Periods) or, failing that, will be deemed to have converted such request into a request for a Borrowing of Prime Rate Loans in the amount specified therein.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Administrative Agent has made the determination described in clause (a)(i) of this Section, the Administrative Agent, in consultation with the Borrowers and the affected Lenders, may establish an alternative interest rate for the Impacted Loans, in which case, such alternative rate of interest shall apply with respect to the Impacted Loans until (1) the Administrative Agent revokes the notice delivered with respect to the Impacted Loans under clause (a) of the first sentence of this Section, (2) the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders notify the Administrative Agent and the Borrowers that such alternative interest rate does not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lenders of funding the Impacted Loans, or (3) any Lender determines that any Applicable Law has made it unlawful, or that any Governmental Authority has asserted that it is unlawful, for such Lender or its applicable Lending Office to make, maintain or fund Loans whose interest is determined by reference to such alternative rate of interest or to determine or charge interest rates based upon such rate or any Governmental Authority has imposed material restrictions on the authority of such Lender to do any of the foregoing and provides the Administrative Agent and the Borrowers written notice thereof.

 

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2.10Illegality.  If any Lender determines that any Applicable Law has made it unlawful, or that any Governmental Authority has asserted that it is unlawful, for any Lender or its Lending Office to perform any of its obligations hereunder or make, maintain or fund or charge interest with respect to any Credit Extension or to determine or charge interest rates based upon the Adjusted LIBO Rate, or any Governmental Authority has imposed material restrictions on the authority of such Lender to purchase or sell, or to take deposits of, Dollars in the London interbank market, then, on notice thereof by such Lender to each Borrower through the Administrative Agent, (a) any obligation of such Lender to issue, make, maintain, fund or charge interest with respect to any such Credit Extension or continue LIBOR Loans or to convert Prime Rate Loans to LIBOR Loans shall be suspended, and (b) if such notice asserts the illegality of such Lender making or maintaining Prime Rate Loans the interest rate on which is determined by reference to the LIBO Rate component of the Prime Rate, the interest rate on which Prime Rate Loans of such Lender shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by the Administrative Agent without reference to the LIBO Rate component of the Prime Rate, in each case until such Lender notifies the Administrative Agent and each Borrower that the circumstances giving rise to such determination no longer exist.  Upon receipt of such notice, (x) the Borrowers shall, upon demand from such Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), prepay or, if applicable, convert all LIBOR Loans of such Lender to Prime Rate Loans (the interest rate on which Prime Rate Loans of such Lender shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by the Administrative Agent without reference to the LIBO Rate component of the Prime Rate), either on the last day of the Interest Period therefor, if such Lender may lawfully continue to maintain such LIBOR Loans to such day, or immediately, if such Lender may not lawfully continue to maintain such LIBOR Loans and (y) if such notice asserts the illegality of such Lender determining or charging interest rates based upon the LIBO Rate, the Administrative Agent shall during the period of such suspension compute the Prime Rate applicable to such Lender without reference to the LIBO Rate component thereof until the Administrative Agent is advised in writing by such Lender that it is no longer illegal for such Lender to determine or charge interest rates based upon LIBO Rate.  Upon any such prepayment or conversion, the Borrowers shall also pay accrued interest on the amount so prepaid or converted.

2.11Letters of Credit

(a)Upon the terms and subject to the conditions herein set forth, at any time and from time to time after the date hereof and prior to the Termination Date, the Borrowers may request the Issuing Bank to issue, and subject to the terms and conditions contained herein, (A) the Issuing Bank shall, in reliance upon the agreements of the Lenders set forth in this Section 2.11, issue, for the account of the Borrowers or a Subsidiary, one or more Letters of Credit denominated in Dollars and (B) the Lenders severally agree to participate in each such Letter of Credit issued for the account of the Borrowers or its Subsidiaries and any drawings thereunder; provided, however, that no Credit Extension in respect of a Letter of Credit shall be made if after giving effect to such Credit Extension (i) the aggregate Letter of Credit Outstandings shall exceed the Letter of Credit Sublimit, or (ii) any of the conditions set forth in Sections 2.01(a)(i), (ii) or (iii) would not be satisfied; provided, further, that no Letter of Credit shall be issued unless the Issuing Bank shall have received notice from the Administrative Agent that the conditions to such issuance have been met; provided further that any Letter of Credit issued for the benefit of any Subsidiary that is not a Borrower or a Guarantor shall

 

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be issued naming the Borrowers as the account party on any such Letter of Credit but such Letter of Credit may contain a statement that it is being issued for the benefit of such Subsidiary; providedfurther that the Issuing Bank shall not be required to make any Credit Extension in respect of any Letter of Credit, if, in its reasonable discretion: (A) any order, judgment or decree of any Governmental Authority or arbitrator shall by its terms purport to enjoin or restrain the Issuing Bank from issuing such Letter of Credit, or any Applicable Law relating to the Issuing Bank or any request or directive (whether or not having the force of law) from any Governmental Authority with jurisdiction over the Issuing Bank shall prohibit, or request that the Issuing Bank refrain from, the issuance of letters of credit generally or such Letter of Credit in particular or shall impose upon the Issuing Bank with respect to such Letter of Credit any restriction, reserve or capital requirement (for which the Issuing Bank is not otherwise compensated hereunder) not in effect on the Closing Date, or shall impose upon the Issuing Bank any unreimbursed loss, cost or expense which was not applicable on the Closing Date and which the Issuing Bank in good faith deems material to it, (B) the issuance of such Letter of Credit would violate one or more policies of the Issuing Bank applicable to letters of credit generally, (C) except as otherwise agreed by the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Bank, such Letter of Credit is to be denominated in a currency other than Dollars; or (D) any Lender is at that time a Defaulting Lender, unless the Issuing Bank has entered into arrangements, including the delivery of Cash Collateral, satisfactory to the Issuing Bank (in its sole discretion) with the Borrowers or such Lender to eliminate the Issuing Banks actual or potential Fronting Exposure (after giving effect to Section  2.24(a)(iv)) with respect to the Defaulting Lender arising from either the Letter of Credit then proposed to be issued or that Letter of Credit and all other Obligations in respect of Letters of Credit as to which the Issuing Bank has actual or potential Fronting Exposure, as it may elect in its sole discretion.  The Issuing Bank shall not be under any obligation to amend any Letter of Credit if (A) the Issuing Bank would have no obligation at such time to issue such Letter of Credit in its amended form under the terms hereof, or (B) the beneficiary of such Letter of Credit does not accept the proposed amendment to such Letter of Credit.  The Issuing Bank (unless the Issuing Bank is Bank of America or any of its Affiliates) shall notify the Administrative Agent in writing on each Business Day of all Letters of Credit issued on the prior Business Day by the Issuing Bank.

(b)Each Standby Letter of Credit shall expire at or prior to the close of business on the earlier of the date which is (i) one (1) year after the date of the issuance of such Letter of Credit (or, in the case of any renewal or extension thereof, one (1) year after such renewal or extension) and (ii) five (5) Business Days prior to the Maturity Date; provided, however, that (A) each Standby Letter of Credit may, upon the request of the Borrowers, include a provision whereby such Letter of Credit shall be renewed automatically (unless the Issuing Bank notifies the beneficiary thereof at least thirty (30) days prior to the then-applicable expiration date that such Letter of Credit will not be renewed) for additional consecutive periods of twelve (12) months or less (but not beyond the date that is five (5) Business Days prior to the Maturity Date) and (B) with the prior written consent of the Issuing Bank and the Administrative Agent, a Standby Letter of Credit may have an expiry date after the Maturity Date, so long as such Letter of Credit is Cash Collateralized (in an amount equal to one hundred five percent (105%) of the maximum amount thereof) not less than sixty (60) days prior to the Maturity Date.

 

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(c)Each Commercial Letter of Credit shall expire at or prior to the close of business on the earlier of the date which is (i) ninety (90) days after the date of the issuance of such Commercial Letter of Credit and (ii) five (5) Business Days prior to the Maturity Date.

(d)Upon receipt from the beneficiary of any Letter of Credit of any notice of a drawing under such Letter of Credit, the Issuing Bank shall notify each Borrower and the Administrative Agent thereof.  Drafts drawn under each Letter of Credit shall be reimbursed by the Borrowers by paying to the Administrative Agent an amount equal to such drawing not later than 11:00 a.m. on the date of any payment by the Issuing Bank under a Letter of Credit, provided that (i) in the absence of written notice to the contrary from the Borrowers, and subject to the other provisions of this Agreement, such payments shall be financed when due with a Prime Rate Loan to the Borrowers in an equivalent amount (without regard to the minimum and multiples specified in for the principal amount of any such Loan) and, to the extent so financed, the Borrowers’ obligation to make such payment shall be discharged and replaced by the resulting Prime Rate Loan, and (ii) in the event that the Borrowers have notified the Administrative Agent that it will not so finance any such payments, the Borrowers will make payment directly to the Issuing Bank when due.  The Administrative Agent shall promptly remit the proceeds from any Loans made pursuant to clause (i) or clause (iii) above (and the Administrative Agent may apply Cash Collateral provided for this purpose) in reimbursement of a draw under a Letter of Credit to the Issuing Bank.  The Issuing Bank shall, promptly following its receipt thereof, examine all documents purporting to represent a demand for payment under a Letter of Credit.  The Issuing Bank shall promptly notify the Administrative Agent and each Borrower by telephone (confirmed by telecopy) of such demand for payment and whether the Issuing Bank has made or will make payment thereunder; provided, however, that any failure to give or delay in giving such notice shall not relieve the Borrowers of their obligation to reimburse the Issuing Bank and the Lenders with respect to any such payment.

(e)If the Issuing Bank shall make any Letter of Credit Disbursement, then, unless the Borrowers shall reimburse the Issuing Bank in full on the date provided in Section 2.11(d) above, the unpaid amount thereof shall bear interest at the rate per annum then applicable to Prime Rate Loans for each day from and including the date such payment is made to, but excluding, the date that the Borrowers reimburses the Issuing Bank therefor, provided, however, that, if the Borrowers fail to reimburse the Issuing Bank when due pursuant to Section 2.11(d), then interest shall accrue at the Default Rate.  Interest accrued pursuant to this paragraph shall be for the account of, and promptly remitted by the Administrative Agent, upon receipt to, the Issuing Bank, except that interest accrued on and after the date of payment by any Lender pursuant to Section 2.11(g) to reimburse the Issuing Bank shall be for the account of such Lender to the extent of such payment.

(f)Immediately upon the issuance of any Letter of Credit by the Issuing Bank (or the amendment of a Letter of Credit increasing the amount thereof), and without any further action on the part of the Issuing Bank, the Issuing Bank shall be deemed to have sold to each Lender, and each such Lender shall be deemed unconditionally and irrevocably to have purchased from the Issuing Bank, without recourse or warranty, an undivided interest and participation, to the extent of such Lender’s Commitment Percentage, in such Letter of Credit, each drawing thereunder and the obligations of the Borrowers under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents with respect

 

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thereto.  Upon any change in the Total Commitments pursuant to Section 2.02, Section 2.13, Section 2.15 or Section 9.06 of this Agreement, it is hereby agreed that with respect to all Letter of Credit Outstandings, there shall be an automatic adjustment to the participations hereby created to reflect the new Commitment Percentages of the assigning and assignee Lenders and the Additional Commitment Lenders, if applicable.  Any action taken or omitted by the Issuing Bank under or in connection with a Letter of Credit, if taken or omitted in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct, shall not create for the Issuing Bank any resulting liability to any Lender.

(g)In the event that the Issuing Bank makes any Letter of Credit Disbursement and the Borrowers shall not have reimbursed such amount in full to the Issuing Bank pursuant to this Section 2.11(d), the Issuing Bank shall promptly notify the Administrative Agent, which shall promptly notify each Lender of such failure, and each Lender shall promptly and unconditionally pay to the Administrative Agent (and the Administrative Agent may apply Cash Collateral provided for this purpose), for the account of the Issuing Bank the amount of such Lender’s Commitment Percentage of such unreimbursed payment and in same day funds.  If the Issuing Bank so notifies the Administrative Agent and the Administrative Agent so notifies the Lenders prior to 11:00 a.m. on any Business Day, each such Lender shall make available to the Issuing Bank such Lender’s Commitment Percentage of the amount of such payment on such Business Day in same day funds (or if such notice is received by the Lenders after 11:00 a.m. on the day of receipt, payment shall be made on the immediately following Business Day in same day funds).  Each lender’s obligation to reimburse the Issuing Bank for amounts drawn under Letters of Credit, as contemplated by this Section 2.12(g), shall be absolute and unconditional and shall not be affected by any circumstance, including (A) any setoff, counterclaim, recoupment, defense or other right which such Lender may have against the Issuing Bank, either Borrower or any other Person for any reason whatsoever; (B) the occurrence or continuance of a Default; or (C) any pother occurrence, event or condition, whether or not similar to any of the foregoing.  No such reimbursement by the Lenders shall relieve or otherwise impair the obligation of the Borrowers to reimburse the Issuing Bank for the amount of any payment made by the Issuing Bank under any Letter of Credit, together with interest as provided herein.  If and to the extent such Lender shall not have so made its Commitment Percentage of the amount of such payment available to the Issuing Bank, such Lender agrees to pay to the 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 the Issuing Bank at the greater of the Federal Funds Effective Rate and a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation, plus any administrative, processing or similar fees customarily charged by the Issuing Bank in connection with the foregoing.  Each Lender agrees to fund its Commitment Percentage of such unreimbursed payment notwithstanding a failure to satisfy any applicable lending conditions or the provisions of Section 2.01 or Section 2.06, or the occurrence of the Termination Date.  The failure of any Lender to make available to the Issuing Bank its Commitment Percentage of any payment under any Letter of Credit shall neither relieve any Lender of its obligation hereunder to make available to the Issuing Bank its Commitment Percentage of any payment under any Letter of Credit on the date required, as specified above, nor increase the obligation of such other Lender.  Subject to the provisions of Section 2.24, whenever any Lender has made payments to the Issuing Bank in respect of any reimbursement obligation for any Letter of Credit, such Lender shall be entitled to share ratably,

 

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based on its Commitment Percentage, in all payments and collections thereafter received on account of such reimbursement obligation (whether directly from the Borrowers or otherwise, including proceeds of Cash Collateral applied thereto by the Administrative Agent).

(h)Whenever the Borrowers desire that the Issuing Bank issue a Letter of Credit (or the amendment, renewal or extension (other than automatic renewal or extensions) of an outstanding Letter of Credit), each Borrower shall give to the Issuing Bank and the Administrative Agent at least three (3) Business Days’ (or such shorter period as may be agreed to by the Issuing Bank, in its sole discretion) prior written (including, without limitation, by telegraphic, telex, facsimile or cable communication) notice specifying the date on which the proposed Letter of Credit is to be issued, amended, renewed or extended (which shall be a Business Day), the amount of the Letter of Credit so requested, the expiration date of such Letter of Credit, the name and address of the beneficiary thereof, and the provisions thereof.  If requested by the Issuing Bank, the Borrowers shall also submit documentation (including, any Issuer Documents) on the Issuing Bank’s standard form in connection with any request for the issuance, amendment, renewal or extension of a Letter of Credit, provided that in the event of a conflict or inconsistency between the terms of such documentation (including, any Issuer Documents) and this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement shall supersede any inconsistent or contrary terms in such documentation and this Agreement shall control.

(i)Subject to the limitations set forth below, the obligations of the Borrowers to reimburse the Issuing Bank for any Letter of Credit Disbursement shall be unconditional and irrevocable and shall be paid strictly in accordance with the terms of this Agreement under all circumstances, including, without limitation (it being understood that any such payment by the Borrowers shall be without prejudice to, and shall not constitute a waiver of, any rights the Borrowers might have or might acquire hereunder as a result of the payment by the Issuing Bank of any draft or the reimbursement by the Borrowers thereof): (i) any lack of validity or enforceability of a Letter of Credit, this Agreement, or any other Loan Document; (ii) the existence of any claim, counterclaim, setoff, defense or other right that any Borrower or any Subsidiary may have at any time against any beneficiary or any transferee of such Letter of Credit (or any Person for whom any such beneficiary or any such transferee may be acting), the Issuing Bank or any of the other Lenders, whether in connection with this Agreement, the transactions contemplated hereby or by such Letter of Credit or any agreement or instrument relating thereto, or any unrelated transaction; (iii) any draft, demand, certificate or other document presented under such Letter of Credit proving to be forged, fraudulent, invalid or insufficient in any respect or any statement therein being untrue or inaccurate in any respect; or any loss or delay in the transmission or otherwise of any document required in order to make a drawing under such Letter of Credit; (iv) waiver by the Issuing Bank of any requirement that exists for the Issuing Bank’s protection and not the protection of the Borrowers or any waiver by the Issuing Bank which does not in fact materially prejudice the Borrowers; (v) honor of a demand for payment presented electronically even if such Letter of Credit requires that demand be in the form of a draft; (vi) any payment made by the Issuing Bank in respect of an otherwise complying item presented after the date specified as the expiration date of, or the date by which documents must be received under such Letter of Credit if presentation after such date is authorized by the UCC, the ISP or the UCP, as applicable; (vii) any payment by the Issuing Bank under such

 

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Letter of Credit against presentation of a draft or certificate that does not strictly comply with the terms of such Letter of Credit; or any payment made by the Issuing Bank under such Letter of Credit to any Person purporting to be a trustee in bankruptcy, debtor-in-possession, assignee for the benefit of creditors, liquidator, receiver or other representative of or successor to any beneficiary or any transferee of such Letter of Credit, including any arising in connection with any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law; (viii) any other circumstance or happening whatsoever, whether or not similar to any of the foregoing, that might, but for the provisions of this Section 2.11, constitute defense available to, a legal or equitable discharge of, or provide a right of setoff against, any Loan Partys obligations hereunder; (ix) the fact that any Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing; or (x) any adverse change in the relevant exchange rates.  No Credit Party shall have any liability or responsibility by reason of or in connection with the issuance or transfer of any Letter of Credit or any payment or failure to make any payment thereunder (irrespective of any of the circumstances referred to in the preceding sentence), or any error, omission, interruption, loss or delay in transmission or delivery of any draft, notice or other communication under or relating to any Letter of Credit (including any document required to make a drawing thereunder), any error in interpretation of technical terms or any consequence arising from causes beyond the control of the Issuing Bank.  The parties hereto expressly agree that, in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of the Issuing Bank (as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction or another independent tribunal having jurisdiction), the Issuing Bank shall be deemed to have exercised care in each such determination.  In furtherance of the foregoing and without limiting the generality thereof, the parties agree that, with respect to documents presented that appear on their face to be in compliance with the terms of a Letter of Credit, the Issuing Bank may, in its reasonable discretion, either accept and 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 documents are not in strict compliance with the terms of such Letter of Credit.  The Borrowers shall promptly examine a copy of each Letter of Credit and each amendment thereto that is delivered to it and, in the event of any claim of noncompliance with the Borrowers instructions or other irregularity, the Borrowers will immediately notify the Issuing Bank.

(j)Each Lender and each Loan Party agrees that, in paying any drawing under a Letter of Credit, the Issuing Bank shall not 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 Bank, the Administrative Agent, any of their respective Related Parties nor any correspondent, participant or assignee of the Issuing Bank shall be liable to any Lender for (i) any action taken or omitted in connection herewith at the request or with the approval of the Lenders or the Required Lenders, as applicable; (ii) any action taken or omitted in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct; or (iii) the due execution, effectiveness, validity or enforceability of any document or instrument related to any Letter of Credit or Issuer Document.  The Borrowers hereby assume all risks of the acts or omissions of any beneficiary or transferee with respect to its use of any Letter of Credit; provided, however, that this assumption is not intended to, and shall not, preclude the Borrowers’ 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 Bank, the Administrative Agent, any of their respective Related Parties nor any

 

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correspondent, participant or assignee of the Issuing Bank shall be liable or responsible for any of the matters described in clauses (i) through (x) of Section 2.11(i); provided, however, that anything in such clauses to the contrary notwithstanding, the Borrowers may have a claim against the Issuing Bank, and Issuing Bank may be liable to the Borrowers, to the extent, but only to the extent, of any direct, as opposed to consequential or exemplary, damages suffered by the Borrowers which the Borrowers prove were caused by the Issuing Banks willful misconduct or gross negligence or the Issuing Banks willful failure 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, the 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 the Issuing Bank shall not 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.  The Issuing Bank may send a Letter of Credit or conduct any communication to or from the beneficiary via the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) message or overnight courier, or any other commercially reasonable means of communicating with a beneficiary.

(k)Unless otherwise expressly agreed by the Issuing Bank and the Borrowers when a Letter of Credit is issued (including any such agreement applicable to an Existing Letter of Credit), (i) the rules of the ISP shall apply to each standby Letter of Credit, and (ii) the rules of the UCP shall apply to each commercial Letter of Credit.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Issuing Bank shall not be responsible to the Borrowers for, and the Issuing Bank’s rights and remedies against the Borrowers shall not be impaired by, any action or inaction of the Issuing Bank required or permitted under any law, order, or practice that is required or permitted to be applied to any Letter of Credit or this Agreement, including Applicable Law or any order of a jurisdiction where the Issuing Bank or the beneficiary is located, the practice stated in the ISP or UCP, as applicable, or in the decisions, opinions, practice statements, or official commentary of the ICC Banking Commission, the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade - International Financial Services Association (“BAFT-IFSA”), or the Institute of International Banking Law & Practice, whether or not any Letter of Credit chooses such law or practice.

(l)In the event of any conflict between the terms hereof and the terms of any Issuer Document, the terms hereof shall control.

(m)The Borrowers shall pay directly to the Issuing Bank for its own account the customary issuance, presentation, amendment and other processing fees, and other standard costs and charges, of the Issuing Bank relating to letters of credit as from time to time in effect.  Such customary fees and standard costs and charges are due and payable on demand and are nonrefundable.

 

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2.12Increased Costs. 

(a)If any Change in Law shall:

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

(ii)subject any Recipient to any Taxes (other than (A) Indemnified Taxes, (B) Taxes described in clauses (b) through (d) of the definition of Excluded Taxes and (C) 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

(iii)impose on any Lender or the Issuing Bank or the London interbank market any other condition, cost or expense affecting this Agreement or LIBOR Loans made by such Lender or any Letter of Credit or participation therein; and the result of any of the foregoing shall be to increase the cost to such Lender of making, converting to, continuing or maintaining any Loan the interest on which is determined by reference to the LIBOR Rate (or, in the case of clause (ii) above, any Loan), or of maintaining its obligation to make any such Loan, or to increase the cost to such Lender or the Issuing Bank of participating in, issuing or maintaining any Letter of Credit (or of maintaining its obligation to participate in or to issue any Letter of Credit), or to reduce the amount of any sum received or receivable by such Lender or the Issuing Bank hereunder (whether of principal, interest or any other amount), then upon the request of such Lender or the Issuing Bank, the Borrowers will pay to such Lender or the Issuing Bank, as the case may be, such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender or the Issuing Bank, as the case may be, for such additional costs incurred or reduction suffered.

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

 

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(c)A certificate of a Lender or the Issuing Bank setting forth the amount or amounts necessary to compensate such Lender or the Issuing Bank or its holding company, as the case may be, as specified in paragraph (a) or (b) of this Section 2.12 and delivered to each Borrower shall be conclusive absent manifest error.  The Borrowers shall pay such Lender or the Issuing Bank, as the case may be, the amount shown as due on any such certificate within ten (10) days after receipt thereof.

(d)Failure or delay on the part of any Lender or the Issuing Bank to demand compensation pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this Section 2.12 shall not constitute a waiver of such Lender’s or the Issuing Bank’s right to demand such compensation, provided that the Borrowers shall not be required to compensate a Lender or the Issuing Bank pursuant to the foregoing provisions this Section for any increased costs incurred or reductions suffered more than nine (9) months prior to the date that such Lender or the Issuing Bank, as the case may be, notifies the Borrowers of the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions and of such Lender’s or the Issuing Bank’s intention to claim compensation therefor (except that, if the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions is retroactive, then the nine-month period referred to above shall be extended to include the period of retroactive effect thereof).

(e)Each Borrower’s obligations under this Section 2.12 shall survive the replacement of a Lender or the Issuing Bank, the termination of the Commitments and the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all other Obligations.

2.13Termination or Reduction of Commitments

(a)Termination or Reduction of Total Commitments.  Upon at least five (5) Business Days’ prior written notice to the Administrative Agent, the Borrowers may, at any time, in whole permanently terminate, or from time to time in part permanently reduce, the Total Commitments.  Each such reduction shall be in the principal amount of $5,000,000 or any integral multiple thereof.  Each such reduction or termination shall (i) be applied ratably to the Commitments of each Lender and (ii) be irrevocable at the effective time of any such termination or reduction.  The Borrowers shall pay to the Administrative Agent for application as provided herein (i) at the effective time of any such termination (but not any partial reduction), all earned and unpaid fees on account of the Total Commitments so terminated, and (ii) at the effective time of any such reduction or termination, all Breakage Costs incurred in connection therewith and any amount by which the Total Outstandings on such date exceed the amount to which the Total Commitments are to be reduced effective on such date.  The Borrowers shall not terminate or reduce the Total Commitments if, after giving effect thereto and to any concurrent prepayments hereunder, the Total Outstandings would exceed the Total Commitment.  A permanent reduction of the Total Commitments shall not require a corresponding pro rata reduction in the Letter of Credit Sublimit; provided, however, that if the Total Commitments are reduced to an amount less than the Letter of Credit Sublimit, then the Letter of Credit Sublimit shall be reduced to an amount equal to the Total Commitments.

 

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(b)Termination Date.  Upon the Termination Date, the Commitments of the Lenders shall be terminated in full, and the Borrowers shall pay, in full and in cash, all outstanding Loans and all other outstanding Obligations then owing by them to the Lenders (including, without limitation, all Breakage Costs incurred in connection therewith).

2.14Optional Prepayment of Revolving Credit Loans; Reimbursement of Lenders

(a)The Borrowers shall have the right at any time and from time to time to prepay without premium or penalty (but subject to payment of Breakage Costs as provided herein) (without a reduction in the Total Commitments) outstanding Loans in whole or in part, (x) with respect to LIBOR Loans, upon at least two (2) Business Days’ prior written, telex or facsimile notice to the Administrative Agent, prior to 1:00 p.m., and (y) with respect to Prime Rate Loans, on the same Business Day as such notice is furnished to the Administrative Agent, prior to 1:00 p.m., subject in each case to the following limitations:

(i)Subject to Section 2.15, all prepayments shall be paid to the Administrative Agent for application to the prepayment of outstanding Revolving Credit Loans ratably in accordance with each Lender’s Commitment Percentage;

(ii)Subject to the foregoing, outstanding Prime Rate Loans of the Borrowers shall be prepaid before outstanding LIBOR Loans of the Borrowers are prepaid (except as otherwise directed by the Borrowers).  Each partial prepayment of LIBOR Loans shall be in an integral multiple of $100,000 (but in no event less than $2,000,000).  No prepayment of LIBOR Loans shall be permitted pursuant to this Section 2.14 prior to the last day of an Interest Period applicable thereto, unless the Borrowers reimburse the Lenders for all Breakage Costs associated therewith, within five (5) Business Days of receiving a written demand for such reimbursement which sets forth the calculation of such Breakage Costs in reasonable detail.  No partial prepayment of a Borrowing of LIBOR Loans shall result in the aggregate principal amount of the LIBOR Loans remaining outstanding pursuant to such Borrowing being less than $2,000,000 (unless all such outstanding LIBOR Loans are being prepaid in full); and

(iii)Each notice of prepayment shall specify (1) the prepayment date, (2) the principal amount and Type of the Loans to be prepaid and (3) in the case of LIBOR Loans, the Borrowing or Borrowings pursuant to which such Loans were made.  Each notice of prepayment shall be revocable, provided that, with five (5) Business Days of receiving a written demand for such reimbursement which sets forth the calculation of such Breakage Costs in reasonable detail the Borrowers shall reimburse the Lenders for all Breakage Costs associated with the revocation of any notice of prepayment.  The Administrative Agent shall, promptly after receiving notice from a Borrower hereunder, notify each applicable Lender of the principal amount and Type of the Loans held by such Lender which are to be prepaid, the prepayment date and the manner of application of the prepayment.

 

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(b)The Borrowers shall reimburse each Lender as set forth below for any loss, cost or expense (herein, collectively, Breakage Costs) incurred or to be incurred by such Lender as a result of (i) any continuation, conversion, payment or prepayment of any Revolving Credit Loan other than a Prime Rate Loan on a day other than the last day of the Interest Period for such Revolving Credit Loan (whether voluntary, mandatory, automatic, by reason of acceleration, or otherwise), (ii) any failure by the Borrowers (for a reason other than the failure of such Lender to make a Revolving Credit Loan) to prepay, borrow, continue or convert any Revolving Credit Loan other than a Prime Rate Loan on the date or in the amount notified by the Borrowers, (iii) in the event that after a Borrower delivers a notice of commitment reduction under Section 2.13 or a notice of prepayment under Section 2.14 in respect of LIBOR Loans, such commitment reductions or such prepayments are not made on the day specified in such notice of reduction or prepayment or (iv) any assignment of a LIBOR Loan on a day other than the last day of the Interest Period therefor as a result of a request by the Borrowers pursuant to Section 2.22, including any loss of anticipated profits and any loss or expense arising from the liquidation or reemployment of funds obtained by it to maintain such Revolving Credit Loan or from fees payable to terminate the deposits from which such funds were obtained.  The Borrowers shall also pay any customary administrative fees charged by such Lender in connection with the foregoing.  For purposes of calculating amounts payable by the Borrowers to the Lenders under this Section 2.14(b), each Lender shall be deemed to have funded each LIBOR Loan made by it at the LIBO Rate used in determining the Adjusted LIBO Rate for such Revolving Credit Loan by a matching deposit or other borrowing in the London interbank eurodollar market for a comparable amount and for a comparable period, whether or not such LIBOR Loan was in fact so funded.  Any Lender demanding reimbursement for such loss shall deliver to the Borrowers from time to time one or more certificates setting forth the amount of such loss as determined by such Lender and setting forth in reasonable detail the manner in which such amount was determined and such amounts shall be due within ten (10) Business Days after the receipt of such notice.  Each Borrowers obligations under this Section 2.14 shall survive the replacement of a Lender or the Issuing Bank, the termination of the Commitments and the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all other Obligations.

(c)Subject to the foregoing, whenever any partial prepayment of Revolving Credit Loans are to be applied to LIBOR Loans, such LIBOR Loans shall be prepaid in the chronological order of their Interest Payment Dates or as the Borrowers may otherwise designate in writing.

2.15Mandatory Prepayment; Cash Collateral

The outstanding Obligations shall be subject to prepayment as follows:

(a)If at any time the amount of Total Outstandings cause Excess Availability to be less than zero, the Borrowers will, immediately (y) prepay the Loans in an amount necessary to eliminate such deficiency; and (z) if, after giving effect to the prepayment in full of all outstanding Loans, such deficiency has not been eliminated, Cash Collateralize Letter of Credit Outstandings in an amount necessary to eliminate such deficiency.

 

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(b)The Loans shall be repaid daily in accordance with (and to the extent required under) the provisions of Section 2.16, to the extent then applicable and without regard to minimum and integral amounts).

(c)Except during the continuance of a Cash Dominion Event, any Cash Receipts and other payments received by the Administrative Agent shall be applied as the Borrowers shall direct the Administrative Agent in writing, and otherwise consistent with the provisions of Section 2.14.

(d)The Borrowers shall prepay the Obligations (without a reduction in the Total Commitments) with 100% of the net cash proceeds received by the Borrowers or any other Loan Party in connection with any asset sale made pursuant to Section 6.05(h), such prepayment to be made contemporaneously with the receipt of such proceeds.

(e)The Borrowers shall prepay the Obligations (without a reduction in the Total Commitments) with 100% of the net cash proceeds received by the Borrowers or any other Loan Party from any casualty or other loss with respect to any Collateral, such prepayment to be made contemporaneously with the receipt of such proceeds; provided, however (i) the amount of such prepayment may be net of amounts required to be paid to any holder of Indebtedness which is secured by a senior lien on such Collateral and (ii) so long as (x) the amount of such proceeds does not exceed $250,000 and (y) no Default or Event of Default shall have then occurred or would exist after giving effect to such casualty or other loss with respect to such Collateral, the Borrowers may retain such proceeds to replace or repair such Collateral, so long as (A) such repair or replacement is completed within one (1) year of such casualty or loss and (2) any remaining proceeds are thereafter applied to the prepayment of the Obligations.

(f)The Borrowers shall repay the Obligations as required pursuant to Section 2.13(b).

(g)The Borrowers shall prepay the Obligations (without a reduction in the Total Commitments) with 100% of the proceeds of Curative Equity received by the Borrowers or any other Loan Party pursuant to Section 7.04, such prepayment to be made contemporaneously with the receipt of such proceeds.

2.16Credit Card Arrangements; Cash Management

(a)Annexed hereto as Schedule 2.16(a) is a list describing, as of the Closing Date, all arrangements to which any Loan Party is a party with respect to the payment to such Loan Party of the proceeds of all credit card and debit card charges for sales by such Loan Party.

(b)Annexed hereto as Schedule 2.16(b) is a list describing, as of the Closing Date, all Deposit Accounts (including DDAs) of each Loan Party.  Promptly upon the request of the Administrative Agent, the Borrowers shall deliver to the Administrative Agent an update to Schedule 2.16(b), setting forth all Deposit Accounts (including DDAs) that are maintained by the Loan Parties as of such date, which schedule shall include, with respect to each depository (i) the name and address of such depository; (ii) the account number(s) maintained with such depository; and (iii) a contact person responsible for the maintenance of such accounts at such depository.

 

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(c)To the extent not previously delivered, each Loan Party shall:

(i)on or prior to the thirty (30) day anniversary of the Closing Date or such later date as the Administrative Agent shall agree in writing, deliver to the Administrative Agent notifications (each, a “Credit Card Notification”) substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit D which have been executed on behalf of such Loan Party and addressed to such Loan Party’s credit card and debit card clearinghouses and processors listed on Schedule 2.16(b); and

(ii)on or prior to the sixty (60) day anniversary of the Closing Date, or such later date as to which the Administrative Agent, in its discretion, shall agree (such date, the “Blocked Account Date”), enter into a blocked account agreement (each, a “Blocked Account Agreement”), reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, with each Blocked Account Bank, with respect to each Deposit Account (including, for the avoidance of doubt, those accounts described in Section 2.16(c)(iii) below) in which funds of any Loan Party are concentrated (collectively, the “Blocked Accounts”).

(iii)on or prior to the one hundred eighty (180) day anniversary of the Closing Date, or such later date as to which the Administrative Agent, in its discretion, shall agree, move its main concentration accounts and disbursement accounts to an account with the Administrative Agent.

(d)Each Loan Party covenants that it shall cause, and each Credit Card Notification and Blocked Account Agreement entered into by a Loan Party shall require, during the continuance of a Cash Dominion Event (and delivery of notice thereof from the Administrative Agent), the ACH or wire transfer on each Business Day (and whether or not there is then an outstanding balance in the Loan Account) of all available cash receipts (the “Cash Receipts”) to the account maintained by the Administrative Agent at Bank of America (the “Administrative Agent’s Account”), from:

(i)the sale of Inventory and other Collateral;

(ii)all proceeds of collections of Accounts;

(iii)each Blocked Account (including all cash deposited therein from each DDA); and

(iv)the cash proceeds of all credit card and debit card charges.

If any cash or Cash Equivalents owned by any Loan Party (other than (i) petty cash accounts funded in the ordinary course of business, the deposits in which shall not aggregate more than $100,000 or exceed $25,000 with respect to any one account (or in each case, such greater amounts to which the Administrative Agent may agree), and (ii) payroll, trust and tax withholding accounts funded in the ordinary course of business and required by Applicable Law (collectively, the “Excluded Deposit Accounts”)) are deposited to any account, or held or invested in any manner, otherwise than in a Blocked Account that is subject to a Blocked Account Agreement (or a Deposit

 

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Account which is swept daily to a Blocked Account), then the Borrowers shall cause all funds in such accounts or so held or so invested to be transferred with such frequency as may be required by the Administrative Agent to a Blocked Account that is subject to a Blocked Account Agreement (or a Deposit Account which is swept daily to a Blocked Account).

(e)The Loan Parties may close Deposit Accounts or Blocked Accounts and/or open new DDAs or Blocked Accounts, subject to the execution and delivery to the Administrative Agent of appropriate Blocked Account Agreements (except with respect to any payroll, trust and tax withholding accounts or unless expressly waived by the Administrative Agent) consistent with the provisions of this Section 2.16 and otherwise reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.  The Loan Parties shall furnish the Administrative Agent with prior written notice of their intention to open or close a Blocked Account and the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Borrower as to whether the Administrative Agent shall require a Blocked Account Agreement with the Person with whom such account will be maintained.  Unless consented to in writing by the Administrative Agent, the Loan Parties shall not enter into any agreements with credit card or debit card processors other than the ones expressly contemplated herein unless contemporaneously therewith, a Credit Card Notification, is executed and delivered to the Administrative Agent.  The Loan Parties may also maintain one or more disbursement accounts to be used by the Loan Parties for disbursements and payments (including payroll) in the ordinary course of business or as otherwise permitted hereunder.

(f)The Loan Parties shall establish and maintain cash management arrangements and procedures, including Blocked Accounts and Deposit Account concentration arrangements, reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

(g)The Administrative Agent’s Account shall at all times be under the sole dominion and control of the Administrative Agent.  The Borrowers hereby acknowledge and agree that (i) they have no right of withdrawal from the Administrative Agent’s Account, (ii) the funds on deposit in the Administrative Agent’s Account shall at all times continue to be collateral security for all of the Obligations, and (iii) the funds on deposit in the Administrative Agent’s Account shall be applied as provided in this Agreement.  After the occurrence and during the continuance of a Cash Dominion Event, the Borrowers shall prepay the Loans with proceeds and collections received by the Loan Parties and transferred into the Administrative Agent’s Account in accordance with Section 2.16(d).  In the event that, notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 2.16, during the continuation of a Cash Dominion Event, any Borrower receives or otherwise has dominion and control of any such proceeds or collections, such proceeds and collections shall be held in trust by such Borrower for the Administrative Agent, shall not be commingled with any of such Borrower’s other funds or deposited in any account of such Borrower and shall promptly be deposited into the Administrative Agent’s Account or dealt with in such other fashion as such Borrower may be instructed by the Administrative Agent.

(h)Any amounts received in the Administrative Agent’s Account at any time when all of the Obligations then due have been and remain fully repaid shall be remitted to the operating account of the Borrowers maintained with the Administrative Agent.

 

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(i)The Administrative Agent shall promptly (but in any event within five (5) Business Day) furnish written notice to each Person with whom a Blocked Account is maintained of any termination of a Cash Dominion Event.

(j)The following shall apply to deposits and payments under and pursuant to this Agreement:

(i)Funds shall be deemed to have been deposited to the Administrative Agent’s Account on the Business Day on which deposited, provided that such deposit is available to the Administrative Agent by 4:00 p.m. on that Business Day (except that if the Obligations are being paid in full, by 2:00 p.m., on that Business Day);

(ii)Funds paid to the Administrative Agent, other than by deposit to the Administrative Agent’s Account, shall be deemed to have been received on the Business Day when they are good and collected funds, provided that such payment is available to the Administrative Agent by 4:00 p.m. on that Business Day (except that if the Obligations are being paid in full, by 2:00 p.m., on that Business Day);

(iii)If a deposit to the Administrative Agent’s Account or payment is not available to the Administrative Agent until after 4:00 p.m. on a Business Day, such deposit or payment shall be deemed to have been made at 9:00 a.m. on the then next Business Day;

(iv)If any item deposited to the Administrative Agent’s Account and credited to the Loan Account is dishonored or returned unpaid for any reason, whether or not such return is rightful or timely, the Administrative Agent shall have the right to reverse such credit and charge the amount of such item to the applicable Loan Account and the Borrowers shall indemnify the Secured Parties against all out-of-pocket claims and losses resulting from such dishonor or return; and

(v)All amounts received under this Section 2.16 shall be applied in the manner set forth in Section 7.03.

2.17Fees

(a)The Borrowers shall pay the Administrative Agent, for the account of the Lenders, an aggregate fee (the “Unused Fee”) equal to the Unused Fee Rate per annum (on the basis of actual days elapsed in a year of 360 days) of the average daily balance of the Lenders’ respective Unused Commitment during the Fiscal Quarter just ended (or relevant period with respect to the payment being made through the first Fiscal Quarter ending after the Closing Date or on the Termination Date), subject to adjustment as provided in Section 2.24.  The Unused Fee shall be paid in arrears, on the first day of each Fiscal Quarter after the execution of this Agreement and on the Termination Date.  The Administrative Agent shall pay the Unused Fee to the Lenders upon the Administrative Agent’s receipt of the Unused Fee based upon each Lender’s pro rata share of the average daily balance of the Lenders’ Unused Commitment, subject to adjustment as provided in Section 2.24.

 

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(b)The Borrowers shall pay the Administrative Agent, for the account of the Lenders who are then participating in the Letters of Credit, subject to Section 2.24, on the first day of each Fiscal Quarter and on demand after the Termination Date, in arrears, a fee calculated on the basis of a 360 day year, as applicable and actual days elapsed (each, a Letter of Credit Fee), equal to the then Applicable Margin for LIBOR Loans.

(c)The Borrowers shall pay to the Issuing Bank, in addition to all Letter of Credit Fees otherwise provided for herein, (i) the reasonable and customary fees and charges of the Issuing Bank in connection with the negotiation, settlement and amendment of each Letter of Credit issued by the Issuing Bank and (ii) a fronting fee (each, a “Fronting Fee”) equal to one-eighth of one percent (0.125%) on the amount of all Letters of Credit.  Each such Fronting Fee shall be payable on the first day of each Fiscal Quarter and on demand after the Termination Date, in arrears.  In addition, but without duplication, the Borrowers shall pay directly to the Issuing Bank for its own account the customary issuance, presentation, amendment and other processing fees, and other standard costs and charges, of the Issuing Bank relating to letters of credit as from time to time in effect.

(d)All fees shall be paid on the dates due, in immediately available funds, to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Administrative Agent and other Credit Parties as provided herein.  Once due, all fees shall be fully earned and shall not be refundable when paid under any circumstances.

2.18Maintenance of Loan Account; Statements of Account

(a)The Administrative Agent shall maintain an account on its books in the name of the Borrowers (each, the “Loan Account”) which will reflect (i) all Loans and other advances made by the Lenders to the Borrowers or for the Borrowers’ account, (ii) all Letter of Credit Disbursements, fees and interest that have become payable as herein set forth, and (iii) any and all other monetary Obligations that have become payable; provided that any failure to so record or any error in doing so shall not, however, limit or otherwise affect the obligation of the Borrowers hereunder to pay any amount owing with respect to the Obligations.

(b)The Loan Account will be credited with all amounts received by the Administrative Agent from the Borrowers or from other Persons for the Borrowers’ account, including all amounts received in the Administrative Agent’s Account from the Blocked Account Banks, and the amounts so credited shall be applied as set forth in and to the extent required by Section 2.15 or Section 7.03, as applicable.  After the end of each calendar quarter, the Administrative Agent shall send to the Borrowers a statement accounting for the charges (including interest), loans, advances and other transactions occurring among and between the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Borrowers during such calendar quarter.  The quarterly statements, absent manifest error, shall be deemed presumptively correct (provided however that no error in any such statement shall limit or otherwise affect the obligation of any Borrower hereunder to pay any amount owing with respect to the Obligations).

 

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2.19Payments. 

(a)All payments to be made by the Borrowers under the Loan Documents shall be made free and clear of and without condition or deduction for any counterclaim, defense, recoupment or setoff.  The Borrowers shall make each payment required to be made hereunder or under any other Loan Document prior to 2:00 p.m. on the date when due. Any amounts received after such time on any date may, in the discretion of the Administrative Agent, be deemed to have been received on the next succeeding Business Day for purposes of calculating interest thereon.  All such payments shall be made to the Administrative Agent at the Administrative Agent’s Office, except payments to be made directly to the Issuing Bank as expressly provided herein and except that payments pursuant to Section 2.12, Section 2.14(b), Section 2.21, and Section 9.04 shall be made directly to the Persons entitled thereto and payments pursuant to other Loan Documents shall be made to the Persons specified therein.  The Administrative Agent shall distribute any such payments to the appropriate recipient promptly following receipt thereof.  If any payment under any Loan Document shall be due on a day that is not a Business Day, except with respect to LIBOR Borrowings, the date for payment shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day, and, if any payment due with respect to LIBOR Borrowings shall be due on a day that is not a Business Day, the date for payment shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day, unless that succeeding Business Day is in the next calendar month, in which event, the date of such payment shall be on the last Business Day of subject calendar month, and, in the case of any payment accruing interest, interest thereon shall be payable for the period of such extension.

(b)All funds received by and available to the Administrative Agent to pay principal, unreimbursed drawings under Letters of Credit, interest, fees and other amounts then due hereunder, shall, subject to Section 2.15, be applied in accordance with the provisions of Section  2.15 or Section 7.03 ratably among the parties entitled thereto in accordance with the amounts of principal, unreimbursed drawings under Letters of Credit, interest, fees and other amounts then due to such respective parties.  For purposes of calculating interest due to a Lender, that Lender shall be entitled to receive interest on the actual amount contributed by that Lender towards the principal balance of the Loans outstanding during the applicable period covered by the interest payment made by the Borrowers.  Any net principal reductions to the Loans received by the Administrative Agent in accordance with the Loan Documents during such period shall not reduce such actual amount so contributed, for purposes of calculation of interest due to that Lender, until the Administrative Agent has distributed to the applicable Lender its Commitment Percentage thereof.  All credits against the Obligations shall be conditioned upon final payment to the Administrative Agent of the items giving rise to such credits.  If any item credited to the Loan Account is dishonored or returned unpaid for any reason, whether or not such return is rightful or timely, the Administrative Agent shall have the right to reverse such credit and charge the amount of such item to the Loan Account and the Borrowers shall indemnify the Secured Parties against all claims and losses resulting from such dishonor or return.

 

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(c)Unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from the Borrowers prior to the date on which any payment is due to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Lenders or the Issuing Bank hereunder that the Borrowers will not make such payment, the Administrative Agent may assume that the Borrowers have made such payment on such date in accordance herewith and may, in reliance upon such assumption, distribute to the Lenders or the Issuing Bank, as the case may be, the amount due.  In such event, if the Borrowers have not in fact made such payment, then each of the Lenders or the Issuing Bank, as the case may be, severally agrees to repay to the Administrative Agent forthwith on demand the amount so distributed to such Lender or the Issuing Bank with interest thereon, for each day from and including the date such amount is distributed to it to but excluding the date of payment to the Administrative Agent, at the greater of the Federal Funds Effective Rate and a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation.  A notice of the Administrative Agent to the Borrowers with respect to any amount owing under this clause (c) shall be conclusive, absent manifest error.

(d)Unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from a Lender prior to the proposed date of any Borrowing of LIBOR Loans (or, in the case of any Borrowing of Prime Rate Loans, prior to 12:00 noon on the date of such Borrowing) that such Lender will not make available to the Administrative Agent such Lender’s share of such Borrowing, the Administrative Agent may assume that such Lender has made such share available on such date in accordance with the terms hereof and may, in reliance upon such assumption, make available to the Borrowers a corresponding amount.  In such event, if a Lender has not in fact made its share of the applicable Borrowing available to the Administrative Agent, then the applicable Lender and the Borrowers severally agree to pay to the Administrative Agent forthwith on demand such corresponding amount in immediately available funds with interest thereon, for each day from and including the date such amount is made available to the Borrowers to but excluding the date of payment to the Administrative Agent, at (A) in the case of a payment to be made by such Lender, the greater of the Federal Funds Effective Rate and a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation, plus any administrative, processing or similar fees customarily charged by the Administrative Agent in connection with the foregoing, and (B) in the case of a payment to be made by the Borrowers, the interest rate applicable to Prime Rate Loans.  If the Borrowers and such Lender shall pay such interest to the Administrative Agent for the same or an overlapping period, the Administrative Agent shall promptly remit to the Borrowers the amount of such interest paid by the Borrowers for such period.  If such Lender pays its share of the applicable Borrowing to the Administrative Agent, then the amount so paid shall constitute such Lender’s Loan included in such Borrowing.  Any payment by the Borrowers shall be without prejudice to any claim the Borrowers may have against a Lender that shall have failed to make such payment to the Administrative Agent.  A notice of the Administrative Agent to any Lender with respect to any amount owing under this clause (d) shall be conclusive, absent manifest error.

 

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

(f)The obligations of the Lenders hereunder to make Loans, to fund participations in Letters of Credit and to make payments pursuant to Section 9.04(c) are several and not joint.  The failure of any Lender to make any Loan, to fund any participation or to make any payment under Section 9.04(c) on any date required hereunder shall not relieve any other Lender of its corresponding obligation to do so on such date, and no Lender shall be responsible for the failure of any other Lender to so make its Loan, to purchase it participation or to make its payment under Section 9.04(c).

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

2.20Settlement Amongst Lenders

(a)The amount of each Lender’s Commitment Percentage of outstanding Revolving Credit Loans shall be computed weekly (or more frequently in the Administrative Agent’s discretion) and shall be adjusted upward or downward based on all Loans and repayments of Loans received by the Administrative Agent as of 3:00 p.m. on the first Business Day (such date, the “Settlement Date”) following the end of the period specified by the Administrative Agent.

(b)The Administrative Agent shall deliver to each of the Lenders promptly after a Settlement Date a summary statement of the amount of outstanding Loans for the period and the amount of repayments received for the period.  As reflected on the summary statement, subject to the provisions of, and adjustments pursuant to, Section 2.24, (i) the Administrative Agent shall transfer to each Lender its Commitment Percentage of repayments, and (ii) each Lender shall transfer to the Administrative Agent (as provided below) or the Administrative Agent shall transfer to each Lender, such amounts as are necessary to insure that, after giving effect to all such transfers, the amount of Revolving Credit Loans made by each Lender with respect to Revolving Credit Loans to the Borrowers shall be equal to such Lender’s Commitment Percentage of Revolving Credit Loans, as applicable, outstanding as of such Settlement Date.  If the summary statement requires transfers to be made to the Administrative Agent by the Lenders and is received prior to 1:00 p.m. on a Business Day, such transfers shall be made in immediately available funds no later than 3:00 p.m. that day; and, if received after 1:00 p.m., then no later than 3:00 p.m. on the next Business Day.  The obligation of each Lender to transfer such funds is irrevocable, unconditional and without recourse to or warranty by the Administrative Agent.  If and to the extent any Lender shall not have so made its transfer to the Administrative Agent, such Lender agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent, 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, at the Federal Funds Effective Rate.

 

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2.21Taxes. 

(a)Payments Free of Taxes; Obligation to Withhold; Payments on Account of Taxes.

(i)Any and all payments by or on account of any obligation of any Loan Party under any Loan Document shall be made without deduction or withholding for any Taxes, except as required by Applicable Laws.  If any Applicable Laws (as determined in the good faith discretion of the Administrative Agent) require the deduction or withholding of any Tax from any such payment by the Administrative Agent or a Loan Party, then the Administrative Agent or such Loan Party shall be entitled to make such deduction or withholding, upon the basis of the information and documentation to be delivered pursuant to subsection (e) below.

(ii)If any Loan Party or the Administrative Agent shall be required by the Code to withhold or deduct any Taxes, including both United States Federal backup withholding and withholding taxes, from any payment, then (A) the Administrative Agent shall withhold or make such deductions as are determined by the Administrative Agent to be required based upon the information and documentation it has received pursuant to subsection (e) below, (B) the Administrative Agent shall timely pay the full amount withheld or deducted to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with the Code, and (C) to the extent that the withholding or deduction is made on account of Indemnified Taxes, the sum payable by the applicable Loan Party shall be increased as necessary so that after any required withholding or the making of all required deductions (including deductions applicable to additional sums payable under this Section 2.21) the applicable Recipient receives an amount equal to the sum it would have received had no such withholding or deduction been made.

(iii)If any Loan Party or the Administrative Agent shall be required by any Applicable Laws other than the Code to withhold or deduct any Taxes from any payment, then (A) such Loan Party or the Administrative Agent, as required by such Laws, shall withhold or make such deductions as are determined by it to be required based upon the information and documentation it has received pursuant to subsection (e) below, (B) such Loan Party or the Administrative Agent, to the extent required by such Laws, shall timely pay the full amount withheld or deducted to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with such Laws, and (C) to the extent that the withholding or deduction is made on account of Indemnified Taxes, the sum payable by the applicable Loan Party shall be increased as necessary so that after any required withholding or the making of all required deductions (including deductions applicable to additional sums payable under this Section 2.21) the applicable Recipient receives an amount equal to the sum it would have received had no such withholding or deduction been made.

(b)Payment of Other Taxes by the Loan Parties.  Without limiting the provisions of subsection (a) above, the Loan Parties shall timely pay to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with Applicable Law, or at the option of the Administrative Agent timely reimburse it for the payment of, any Other Taxes.

 

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(c)Tax Indemnifications.  (i) Each of the Loan Parties shall, and do hereby jointly and severally indemnify each Recipient, and shall make payment in respect thereof within ten (10) days after demand therefor, for the full amount of any Indemnified Taxes (including Indemnified Taxes imposed or asserted on or attributable to amounts payable under this Section 2.21) payable or paid by such Recipient or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to such Recipient, and any penalties, interest and reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Indemnified Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority.  A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to each Borrower by a Lender or the Issuing Bank (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), or by the Administrative Agent on its own behalf or on behalf of a Lender or the Issuing Bank, shall be conclusive absent manifest error.  Each of the Loan Parties shall, and does hereby, jointly and severally, indemnify the Administrative Agent, and shall make payment in respect thereof within ten (10) days after demand therefor, for any amount which a Lender or the Issuing Bank for any reason fails to pay indefeasibly to the Administrative Agent as required pursuant to Section 2.21(c)(ii) below.

(ii)Each Lender and the Issuing Bank shall, and does hereby, severally indemnify, and shall make payment in respect thereof within ten (10) days after demand therefor, (x) the Administrative Agent against any Indemnified Taxes attributable to such Lender or the Issuing Bank (but only to the extent that no Loan Party has not already indemnified the Administrative Agent for such Indemnified Taxes and without limiting the obligation of any Loan Party to do so), (y) the Administrative Agent and the Loan Parties, as applicable, against any Taxes attributable to such Lender’s failure to comply with the provisions of Section 9.06(d)  relating to the maintenance of a Participant Register and (z) the Administrative Agent and the Loan Parties, as applicable, against any Excluded Taxes attributable to such Lender or the Issuing Bank, in each case, that are payable or paid by the Administrative Agent or the Loan Parties in connection with any Loan Document, and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority.  A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to any Lender by the Administrative Agent shall be conclusive absent manifest error.  Each Lender and the Issuing Bank hereby authorizes the Administrative Agent to set off and apply any and all amounts at any time owing to such Lender or the Issuing Bank, as the case may be, under this Agreement or any other Loan Document against any amount due to the Administrative Agent under this clause (ii).

(d)Evidence of Payments.  As soon as practicable after any payment of Taxes by the Loan Parties to a Governmental Authority as provided in this Section 2.21, each Borrower shall deliver to the Administrative Agent the original or a certified copy of a receipt issued by such Governmental Authority evidencing such payment, a copy of any return required by Applicable Laws to report such payment or other evidence of such payment reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

 

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(e)Status of Lenders; Tax Documentation.

(i)Any Lender that is entitled to an exemption from or reduction of withholding Tax with respect to payments made under any Loan Document shall deliver to the Borrowers and the Administrative Agent, at the time or times reasonably requested by either Borrower or the Administrative Agent, such properly completed and executed documentation reasonably requested by the such Borrower or the Administrative Agent as will permit such payments to be made without withholding or at a reduced rate of withholding.  In addition, any Lender, if reasonably requested by either Borrower or the Administrative Agent, shall deliver such other documentation prescribed by Applicable Law or reasonably requested by such Borrower or the Administrative Agent as will enable the Borrowers or the Administrative Agent to determine whether or not such Lender is subject to backup withholding or information reporting requirements.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the preceding two sentences, the completion, execution and submission of such documentation (other than such documentation set forth in Section 2.21(e)(ii)(A), (ii)(B) and (ii)(D) below) shall not be required if in the Lender’s reasonable judgment such completion, execution or submission would subject such Lender to any material unreimbursed cost or expense or would materially prejudice the legal or commercial position of such Lender.

(ii)Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in the event that any Borrower is a U.S. Person,

(A)any Lender that is a U.S. Person shall deliver to the Borrowers and the Administrative Agent on or prior to the date on which such Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of either Borrower or the Administrative Agent), executed copies of IRS Form W-9 certifying that such Lender is exempt from U.S. federal backup withholding tax;

(B)any Foreign Lender shall, to the extent it is legally entitled to do so, deliver to the Borrowers and the Administrative Agent (in such number of copies as shall be requested by the recipient) on or prior to the date on which such Foreign Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of either Borrower or the Administrative Agent), whichever of the following is applicable:

(I)in the case of a Foreign Lender claiming the benefits of an income tax treaty to which the United States is a party (x) with respect to payments of interest under any Loan Document, executed copies of IRS Form W-8BEN-E (or W-8BEN, as applicable) establishing an exemption from, or reduction of, U.S. federal withholding Tax pursuant to the “interest” article of such tax treaty and (y) with respect to any other applicable payments under any Loan Document, IRS Form W-8BEN-E (or W-8BEN, as applicable) establishing an exemption from, or reduction of, U.S. federal withholding Tax pursuant to the “business profits” or “other income” article of such tax treaty;

 

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(II)executed originals of IRS Form W-8ECI;

(III)in the case of a Foreign Lender claiming the benefits of the exemption for portfolio interest under Section 881(c) of the Code, (x) a certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit G-1 to the effect that such Foreign Lender is not a “bank” within the meaning of Section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code, a “10 percent shareholder” of any Borrower within the meaning of Section 881(c)(3)(B) of the Code, or a “controlled foreign corporation” described in Section 881(c)(3)(C) of the Code (a “U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate”) and (y) executed copies of IRS Form W-8BEN-E (or W-8BEN, as applicable); or

(IV)to the extent a Foreign Lender is not the beneficial owner, executed copies of IRS Form W-8IMY, accompanied by IRS Form W-8ECI, IRS Form W-8BEN-E (or W-8BEN, as applicable), a U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit G-2 or Exhibit G-3, IRS Form W-9, and/or other certification documents from each beneficial owner, as applicable; provided that if the Foreign Lender is a partnership and one or more direct or indirect partners of such Foreign Lender are claiming the portfolio interest exemption, such Foreign Lender may provide a U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit G-4 on behalf of each such direct and indirect partner.

(C)any Foreign Lender shall, to the extent it is legally entitled to do so, deliver to the Borrowers and the Administrative Agent (in such number of copies as shall be requested by the recipient) on or prior to the date on which such Foreign Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of either Borrower or the Administrative Agent), executed copies (or originals, as required) of any other form prescribed by Applicable Law as a basis for claiming exemption from or a reduction in U.S. federal withholding Tax, duly completed, together with such supplementary documentation as may be prescribed by Applicable Law to permit the Borrowers or the Administrative Agent to determine the withholding or deduction required to be made; and

(D)if a payment made to a Lender under any Loan Document would be subject to U.S. federal withholding Tax imposed by FATCA if such Lender were to fail to comply with the applicable reporting requirements of FATCA (including those contained in Section 1471(b) or 1472(b) of the Code, as applicable), such Lender shall deliver to the Borrowers and the Administrative Agent at the time or times prescribed by law and at such time or times reasonably requested by either Borrower or the Administrative Agent such documentation prescribed by Applicable Law (including as prescribed by Section 1471(b)(3)(C)(i) of the Code) and such additional documentation reasonably requested by either Borrower or the Administrative Agent as may be necessary for such Borrower and the Administrative Agent to comply with their obligations under FATCA and to determine that such Lender has complied with such Lender’s obligations under FATCA or to determine the amount to deduct and withhold from such payment.  Solely for purposes of this clause (D), “FATCA” shall include any amendments made to FATCA after the date of this Agreement.

 

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(iii)Each Lender agrees that if any form or certification it previously delivered pursuant to this Section 2.21 expires or becomes obsolete or inaccurate in any respect, it shall update such form or certification or promptly notify the Borrowers and the Administrative Agent in writing of its legal inability to do so.

(f)Treatment of Certain Refunds.  Unless required by Applicable Laws, at no time shall the Administrative Agent have any obligation to file for or otherwise pursue on behalf of a Lender or the Issuing Bank, or have any obligation to pay to any Lender or the Issuing Bank, any refund of Taxes withheld or deducted from funds paid for the account of such Lender or the Issuing Bank, as the case may be.  If any Recipient determines, in its sole discretion exercised in good faith, that it has received a refund of any Taxes as to which it has been indemnified by any Loan Party or with respect to which any Loan Party has paid additional amounts pursuant to this Section 2.21, it shall pay to such Loan Party an amount equal to such refund (but only to the extent of indemnity payments made, or additional amounts paid, by such Loan Party under this Section 2.21 with respect to the Taxes giving rise to such refund), net of all out-of-pocket expenses (including Taxes) incurred by such Recipient, as the case may be, and without interest (other than any interest paid by the relevant Governmental Authority with respect to such refund), provided that each Loan Party, upon the request of the Recipient, agrees to repay the amount paid over to the such Loan Party (plus any penalties, interest or other charges imposed by the relevant Governmental Authority) to the Recipient in the event the Recipient is required to repay such refund to such Governmental Authority.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this subsection, in no event will the applicable Recipient be required to pay any amount to such Loan Party pursuant to this subsection the payment of which would place the Recipient in a less favorable net after-Tax position than such Recipient would have been in if the Tax subject to indemnification and giving rise to such refund had not been deducted, withheld or otherwise imposed and the indemnification payments or additional amounts with respect to such Tax had never been paid.  This subsection shall not be construed to require any Recipient to make available its tax returns (or any other information relating to its taxes that it deems confidential) to any Loan Party or any other Person.

(g)Survival.  Each party’s obligations under this Section 2.21 shall survive the resignation or replacement of the Administrative Agent or any assignment of rights by, or the replacement of, a Lender or the Issuing Bank, the termination of the Commitments and the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all other Obligations.

2.22Mitigation Obligations; Replacement of Lenders

(a)Designation of a Different Lending Office.  Each Lender may make any Credit Extension to any Borrower through any Lending Office, provided that the exercise of this option shall not affect the obligation of any Borrower to repay the Credit Extension in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.  If any Lender requests compensation under Section 2.12, or requires any Borrower to pay any Indemnified Taxes or additional amounts to any Lender, the Issuing Bank, or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender or the Issuing Bank pursuant to Section 2.21, or if any Lender gives a notice pursuant to Section 2.10, then at the request of either Borrower such Lender or the Issuing Bank shall, as applicable, use reasonable efforts to

 

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designate a different Lending Office for funding or booking its Loans hereunder or to assign its rights and obligations hereunder to another of its offices, branches or affiliates, if, in the judgment of such Lender or the Issuing Bank, such designation or assignment (i) would eliminate or reduce amounts payable pursuant to Section 2.12 or 2.21, as the case may be, in the future, or eliminate the need for the notice pursuant to Section 2.10, as applicable, and (ii) in each case, would not subject such Lender or the Issuing Bank, as the case may be, to any unreimbursed cost or expense and would not otherwise be disadvantageous to such Lender or the Issuing Bank, as the case may be.  The Borrowers hereby agree to pay all reasonable costs and expenses incurred by any Lender or Issuing Bank in connection with any such designation or assignment.

(b)Replacement of Lenders.  If any Lender requests compensation under Section 2.12, or if any Borrower is required to pay any Indemnified Taxes or additional amounts to any Lender or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender pursuant to Section 2.21  and, in each case, such Lender has declined or is unable to designate a different lending office in accordance with Section 2.22(a), the Borrowers may replace such Lender in accordance with Section 9.13.

2.23Cash Collateral

(a)Certain Credit Support Events.  If (i) the Issuing Bank has honored any full or partial drawing request under any Letter of Credit and such drawing has resulted in an unreimbursed Letter of Credit Disbursement, (ii) as of the date that is five (5) days prior to the Termination Date, there shall exist any Letter of Credit Outstandings, (iii) the Borrowers shall be required to provide Cash Collateral pursuant to Section 2.11(b) or Section 7.02 or (iv) there shall exist a Defaulting Lender, the Borrowers shall immediately (in the case of clause (iii) above) or within three (3) Business Days (in all other cases) following any request by the Administrative Agent or the Issuing Bank, provide Cash Collateral in an amount not less than the applicable Minimum Collateral Amount (determined in the case of Cash Collateral provided pursuant to clause (iv) above, after giving effect to Section 2.24(a)(iv) and any Cash Collateral provided by the Defaulting Lender).

(b)Grant of Security Interest.  The Borrowers, and to the extent provided by any Defaulting Lender, such Defaulting Lender, hereby grants to (and subjects to the control of) the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Bank and the Lenders, and agrees to maintain, a first priority security interest in all such cash, deposit accounts and all balances therein, and all other property so provided as collateral pursuant hereto, and in all proceeds of the foregoing, all as security for the obligations to which such Cash Collateral may be applied pursuant to Section 2.23(c).  If at any time the Administrative Agent determines that Cash Collateral is subject to any right or claim of any Person other than the Administrative Agent or the Issuing Bank as herein provided, or that the total amount of such Cash Collateral is less than the Minimum Collateral Amount, the Borrowers will, promptly upon demand by the Administrative Agent, pay or provide to the Administrative Agent additional Cash Collateral in an amount sufficient to eliminate such deficiency.  All Cash Collateral (other than credit support not constituting funds subject to deposit) shall be maintained in blocked, non-interest bearing deposit accounts at Bank of America.  The Borrowers shall pay on demand therefor from time to time all customary account opening, activity and other administrative fees and charges in connection with the maintenance and disbursement of Cash Collateral.

 

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(c)Application.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, Cash Collateral provided under any of this Section 2.23 or Sections 2.06, 2.11, 2.15, 2.24 or 7.02 in respect of Letters of Credit shall be held and applied to the satisfaction of the specific Letter of Credit Outstandings, obligations to fund participations therein (including, as to Cash Collateral provided by a Defaulting Lender, any interest accrued on such obligation) and other obligations for which the Cash Collateral was so provided, prior to any other application of such property as may be otherwise provided for herein.

(d)Release.  Cash Collateral (or the appropriate portion thereof) provided to reduce Fronting Exposure or to secure other obligations shall be released promptly following (i) the elimination of the applicable Fronting Exposure or other obligations giving rise thereto (including by the termination of Defaulting Lender status of the applicable Lender (or, as appropriate, its assignee following compliance with Section 9.06(b)(vi))) or (ii) the determination by the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Bank that there exists excess Cash Collateral; provided, however, (x) that Cash Collateral furnished by or on behalf of a Loan Party shall not be released during the continuance of a Default or Event of Default (and following application as provided in this Section 2.23 may be otherwise applied in accordance with Section 7.03), and (y) the Person providing Cash Collateral and the Issuing Bank may agree that Cash Collateral shall not be released but instead held to support future anticipated Fronting Exposure or other obligations.

2.24Defaulting Lenders

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

(i)Waivers and Amendments.  Such Defaulting Lender’s right to approve or disapprove any amendment, waiver or consent with respect to this Agreement shall be restricted as set forth in the definition of “Required Lenders” and Section 9.01.

(ii)Defaulting Lender Waterfall.  Any payment of principal, interest, fees or other amounts received by the Administrative Agent for the account of such Defaulting Lender (whether voluntary or mandatory, at maturity, pursuant to Article VII or otherwise, or received by the Administrative Agent from a Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 9.08), shall be applied at such time or times as may be determined by the Administrative Agent as follows: first, to the payment of any amounts owing by such Defaulting Lender to the Administrative Agent hereunder; second, to the payment on a pro rata basis of any amounts owing by such Defaulting Lender to the Issuing Bank hereunder; third, to Cash Collateralize the Issuing Bank’s Fronting Exposure with respect to such Defaulting Lender in accordance with Section 2.23; fourth, as the Borrowers may request (so long as no Default or Event of Default exists), to the funding of any Loan in respect of which such Defaulting Lender has failed to fund its portion thereof as required by this Agreement, as determined by the Administrative Agent; fifth, if so determined by the Administrative Agent and the Borrowers, to be held in a deposit account and released pro rata in order to (x) satisfy such Defaulting Lender’s potential future funding obligations with respect to Loans under this Agreement

 

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and (y) Cash Collateralize the Issuing Banks future Fronting Exposure with respect to such Defaulting Lender with respect to future Letters of Credit issued under this Agreement, in accordance with Section 2.23; sixth, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Lenders or the Issuing Bank as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by any Lender or the Issuing Bank against such Defaulting Lender as a result of such Defaulting Lenders breach of its obligations under this Agreement; seventh, so long as no Default or Event of Default exists, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Borrowers as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by the Borrowers against such Defaulting Lender as a result of such Defaulting Lenders breach of its obligations under this Agreement; and eighth, to such Defaulting Lender or as otherwise directed by a court of competent jurisdiction; provided that if (x) such payment is a payment of the principal amount of any Loans or unreimbursed drawing under any Letter of Credit in respect of which such Defaulting Lender has not fully funded its appropriate share, and (y) such Loans were made or the related Letters of Credit were issued at a time when the conditions set forth in Section 4.02 were satisfied or waived, such payment shall be applied solely to pay the Loans of, and Obligations in respect of Letters of Credit owed to, all Non-Defaulting Lenders on a pro rata basis prior to being applied to the payment of any Loans of, or Obligations in respect of Letters of Credit owed to, such Defaulting Lender until such time as all Loans and funded and unfunded participations in Obligations in respect of Letters of Credit are held by the Lenders pro rata in accordance with the Commitments hereunder without giving effect to Section 2.24(a)(iv).  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 this Section 2.24(a)(ii) shall be deemed paid to and redirected by such Defaulting Lender, and each Lender irrevocably consents hereto.

(iii)Certain Fees.

(A)No Defaulting Lender shall be entitled to receive any Unused Fee pursuant to Section 2.17(a) for any period during which that Lender is a Defaulting Lender (and the Borrowers shall not be required to pay any such fee that otherwise would have been required to have been paid to that Defaulting Lender).

(B)Each Defaulting Lender shall be entitled to receive Letter of Credit Fees for any period during which that Lender is a Defaulting Lender only to the extent allocable to its Commitment Percentage of the stated amount of Letters of Credit for which it has provided Cash Collateral pursuant to Section 2.23.

(C)With respect to any fee payable under Section 2.17(c) not required to be paid to any Defaulting Lender pursuant to clause (B) above, the Borrowers shall (x) pay to each Non-Defaulting Lender that portion of any such fee otherwise payable to such Defaulting Lender with respect to such Defaulting Lender’s participation in Letters of Credit that has been reallocated to such Non-Defaulting Lender pursuant to clause (iv)  below, (y) pay to the Issuing Bank the amount of any such fee otherwise payable to such Defaulting Lender to the extent allocable to such Issuing Bank’s Fronting Exposure to such Defaulting Lender, and (z) not be required to pay the remaining amount of any such fee.

 

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(iv)Reallocation of Applicable Percentages to Reduce Fronting Exposure.  All or any part of such Defaulting Lenders participation in Letters of Credit shall be reallocated among the Non-Defaulting Lenders in accordance with their respective Commitment Percentages (calculated without regard to such Defaulting Lenders Commitment) but only to the extent that (x) the conditions set forth in Section 4.02 are satisfied at the time of such reallocation (and, unless the Borrowers shall have otherwise notified the Administrative Agent at such time, the Borrowers shall be deemed to have represented and warranted that such conditions are satisfied at such time) and (y) such reallocation does not cause the sum of (A) the outstanding principal amount of any Non-Defaulting Lenders Revolving Credit Loans plus (B) an amount equal to such Non-Defaulting Lenders Commitment Percentage of the aggregate principal amount of all Letter of Credit Outstandings and outstanding Permitted Overadvances to exceed such Non-Defaulting Lenders Commitment.  Subject to Section 9.03, no reallocation hereunder shall constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder against a Defaulting Lender arising from that Lender having become a Defaulting Lender, including any claim of a Non-Defaulting Lender as a result of such Non-Defaulting Lenders increased exposure following such reallocation.

(v)Cash Collateral.  If the reallocation described in clause (a)(iv) above cannot, or can only partially, be effected, the Borrowers shall, without prejudice to any right or remedy available to it hereunder or under Applicable Law, Cash Collateralize the Issuing Bank’s Fronting Exposure in accordance with procedures set forth in Section 2.23.

(b)Defaulting Lender Cure.  If the Borrowers, the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Bank agree in writing that a Lender is no longer a Defaulting Lender, the Administrative Agent will so notify the parties hereto, whereupon as of the effective date specified in such notice and subject to any conditions set forth therein (which may include arrangements with respect to any Cash Collateral), that Lender will, to the extent applicable, purchase at par that portion of outstanding Loans of the other Lenders or take such other actions as the Administrative Agent may determine to be necessary to cause the Loans and funded and unfunded participations in Letters of Credit to be held on a pro rata basis by the Lenders in accordance with their Commitment Percentages (without giving effect to Section 2.24(a)(iv)), whereupon such Lender will cease to be a Defaulting Lender; provided that no adjustments will be made retroactively with respect to fees accrued or payments made by or on behalf of the Borrowers while that Lender was a Defaulting Lender; and provided, further, that except to the extent otherwise expressly agreed by the affected parties, no change hereunder from Defaulting Lender to Lender will constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder arising from that Lender’s having been a Defaulting Lender.

2.25Sharing of Payments by Lenders.  If any Lender shall, by exercising any right of setoff or counterclaim or otherwise, obtain payment in respect of any principal of or interest on any of the Loans made by it, or the participations in Obligations in respect of Letters of Credit held by it resulting in such Lender’s receiving payment of a proportion of the aggregate amount of such Loans or participations and accrued interest thereon greater than its pro rata share thereof as provided herein, then the Lender receiving such greater proportion shall (a) notify the Administrative Agent of such fact, and (b) purchase (for cash at face value) participations in the Loans and subparticipations in Obligations in respect of Letters of Credit of the other Lenders, or make such other adjustments as

 

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shall be equitable, so that the benefit of all such payments shall be shared by the Lenders ratably in accordance with the aggregate amount of principal of and accrued interest on their respective Loans and other amounts owing them, provided that:

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

(ii)the provisions of this Section shall not be construed to apply to (A) any payment made by or on behalf of the Borrowers pursuant to and in accordance with the express terms of this Agreement (including the application of funds arising from the existence of a Defaulting Lender), (B) the application of Cash Collateral provided for in Section 2.23, or (C) any payment obtained by a Lender as consideration for the assignment of or sale of a participation in any of its Loans or subparticipations in Obligations in respect of Letters of Credit to any assignee or participant, other than an assignment to any Borrower or any Affiliate thereof (as to which the provisions of this Section shall apply).

Each Borrower consents to the foregoing and agrees, to the extent it may effectively do so under Applicable Law, that any Lender acquiring a participation pursuant to the foregoing arrangements may exercise against such Borrower rights of setoff and counterclaim with respect to such participation as fully as if such Lender were a direct creditor of such Borrower in the amount of such participation.

ARTICLE III

Representations and Warranties

To induce the Credit Parties to make the Loans and to issue Letters of Credit, the Loan Parties, jointly and severally, make the following representations and warranties to each Credit Party with respect to each Loan Party:

3.1Existence, Qualification and Power; Compliance with Laws.  Each Loan Party and each of its Subsidiaries (a) is a Person duly organized or formed, validly existing and in good standing under the Applicable Laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation or organization, (b) has all requisite power and authority and all requisite governmental licenses, authorizations, consents and approvals to (i) own or lease its assets and carry on its business and (ii) execute, deliver and perform its obligations under the Loan Documents to which it is a party (including, with respect to the Borrowers, to borrow money and request Letters of Credit hereunder), (c) is duly qualified and is licensed and, as applicable, in good standing under the Applicable Laws of each jurisdiction where its ownership, lease or operation of properties or the conduct of its business requires such qualification, and (d) has all requisite governmental licenses, authorizations, consents and approvals to operate its business as currently conducted; except in each case referred to in clause (b), (c) or (d), to the extent that failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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3.2Authorization; No Contravention.  The execution, delivery and performance by each Loan Party of each Loan Document to which such Person is a party (a) are within such Loan Partys corporate or other powers and have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate or other organizational action, and (b) do not and will not (i) contravene the terms of any of such Persons Organization Documents, (ii) conflict with or result in any breach or contravention of, or the creation of (or requirement to create) any Lien under or require any payment to be made under (x) any contractual obligation to which such Person is a party or affecting such Person or the properties of such Person or any of its Subsidiaries or (y) any order, injunction, writ or decree of any Governmental Authority or any arbitral award to which such Person or its property is subject; or (iii) violate any Applicable Law; except with respect to any conflict, breach or contravention or payment (but not creation of Liens) referred to in clause (ii)(x), to the extent that such conflict, breach, contravention or payment, individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

3.3Governmental Authorization; Other Consents.  No approval, consent, exemption, authorization, or other action by, or notice to, or filing with, any Governmental Authority or any other Person is necessary or required in connection with (a) the execution, delivery or performance by, or enforcement against, any Loan Party of this Agreement or any other Loan Document, (b) the grant by any Loan Party of the Liens granted by it pursuant to the Security Documents, (c) the perfection or maintenance of the Liens created under the Security Documents (including the priority thereof) or (d) the exercise by the Administrative Agent or any Lender of their rights under the Loan Documents or the remedies in respect of the Collateral pursuant to the Security Documents, except for (i) filings necessary to perfect the Liens on the Collateral granted by the Loan Parties in favor of the Secured Parties and (ii) the approvals, consents, exemptions, authorizations, actions, notices and filings which have been duly obtained, taken, given or made and are in full force and effect.

3.4Enforceability.  This Agreement and each other Loan Document has been duly executed and delivered by each Loan Party that is party thereto.  This Agreement and each other Loan Document constitutes, a legal, valid and binding obligation of each such Loan Party, enforceable against each Loan Party that is party thereto in accordance with its terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and by general principles of equity.

3.5Financial Statements; No Material Adverse Effect. 

(a)(i) The Audited Financial Statements fairly present in all material respects the financial condition of Parents and their consolidated Subsidiaries as of the dates thereof and their results of operations for the period covered thereby in accordance with GAAP consistently applied throughout the periods covered thereby, except as otherwise expressly noted therein and (ii) the Unaudited Financial Statements fairly present in all material respects the financial condition of Parents and their consolidated Subsidiaries as of the dates thereof and their results of operations, cash flows and changes in shareholders’ equity for the period covered thereby in accordance with GAAP consistently applied throughout the periods covered thereby, except as otherwise expressly noted therein, subject to normal year-end audit adjustments and the absence of footnotes.

 

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(b)Since December 31, 2014 there has been no event or circumstance, either individually or in the aggregate, that has had or could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

(c)As of the Closing Date, neither any Loan Party nor any Subsidiary has any Material Indebtedness or other material obligations or liabilities (including liabilities for taxes and material commitments), direct or contingent other than (i) the liabilities reflected on Schedule 6.03, and (ii) obligations arising under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents.

(d)As of the Closing Date, the Financial Performance Projections delivered to the Administrative Agent represent the Borrowers’ best good faith estimate of future financial performance and are based on assumptions believed by the Borrowers to be fair and reasonable in light of current market conditions, it being acknowledged and agreed by Administrative Agent and Lenders that projections as to future events are not to be viewed as facts and that the actual results during the period or periods covered by such Financial Performance Projections may differ from the projected results set forth therein.

3.6Litigation.  There are no actions, suits, proceedings, investigations, claims or disputes pending or, to the knowledge of the Loan Parties after due and diligent investigation, threatened or contemplated, at law, in equity, in arbitration or before any Governmental Authority, by or against any Loan Party or any Subsidiary or against any of their properties or revenues that (a) purport to affect or pertain to this Agreement or any other Loan Document, or any of the Transactions contemplated hereby, or (b) either individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

3.7No Default.  Neither any Loan Party nor any Subsidiary thereof is in default under or with respect to, or a party to, any contractual obligation that could, either individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  No Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing or would result from the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or any other Loan Document.

3.8Ownership of Property; Liens

(a)Each Loan Party and each of its Subsidiaries has good record and marketable title in fee simple to, or valid leasehold interests in, or easements or other limited property interests in, all real property necessary in the ordinary conduct of its business, free and clear of all Liens except (i) for minor defects in title that do not materially interfere with its ability to conduct its business or to utilize such assets for their intended purposes, (ii) Liens permitted by Section 6.01 and except (iii) where the failure to have such title could not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect.

(b)Schedule 3.08(b)(i) sets forth the address (including county) of all Real Estate that is owned by the Loan Parties as of the Closing Date.  Schedule 3.08(b)(ii) sets forth the address of all Real Estate that is leased by the Loan Parties as of the Closing Date, together with a list of the lessor with respect to each such Lease.  Except as would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, each such Lease is in full force and effect and the Loan Parties are not in default of the terms thereof.

 

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3.9Environmental Compliance. 

(a)There are no claims, actions, suits, or proceedings alleging potential liability or responsibility for violation of, or otherwise relating to, any Environmental Law that could, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

(b)Except as specifically disclosed in Schedule 3.09(b) or except as could not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect, (i) none of the properties currently or formerly owned, leased or operated by any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries is listed or proposed for listing on the NPL or on the CERCLIS or any analogous foreign, state, provincial or local list or is adjacent to any such property; (ii) to the knowledge of the Loan Parties, there are no, and never have been, any underground or aboveground storage tanks or any surface impoundments, septic tanks, pits, sumps or lagoons in which Hazardous Materials are being or have been treated, stored or disposed of on any property currently owned, leased or operated by any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries or, to its knowledge, on any property formerly owned or operated by any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries; (iii) to the knowledge of the Loan Parties, there is no asbestos or asbestos-containing material, the renewal or remediation of which is required by any Environmental Law, on any property currently owned or operated by any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries; and (iv) to the knowledge of the Loan Parties, Hazardous Materials have not been released, discharged or disposed of by any Person on any property currently or formerly owned, leased or operated by any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries and Hazardous Materials have not otherwise been released, discharged or disposed of by any of the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries at any other location.

(c)The properties owned, leased or operated by the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries do not contain any Hazardous Materials in amounts or concentrations which (i) constitute, or constituted a violation of, (ii) require remedial action under, or (iii) could give rise to liability under, Environmental Laws, which violations, remedial actions and liabilities, individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

(d)Except as specifically disclosed in Schedule 3.09(d), neither any Loan Party nor any of their Subsidiaries is undertaking, or has completed, either individually or together with other potentially responsible parties, any investigation or assessment or remedial or response action relating to any actual or threatened release, discharge or disposal of Hazardous Materials at any site, location or operation, either voluntarily or pursuant to the order of any Governmental Authority or the requirements of any Environmental Law except for such investigation or assessment or remedial or response action that, individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

(e)All Hazardous Materials generated, used, treated, handled or stored at, or transported to or from, any property currently or formerly owned or operated by any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries have been disposed of in a manner not reasonably expected to result, individually or in the aggregate, in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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(f)Except as would not reasonably be expected to result, individually or in the aggregate, in a Material Adverse Effect, none of the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries has contractually assumed any liability or obligation under or relating to any Environmental Law.

(g)The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby will not require any notification, registration, filing, reporting, disclosure, investigation, remediation or cleanup pursuant to any applicable Environmental Law, except for any requirement the noncompliance with which could not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect.

(h)As of the Closing Date, the Borrowers have made available to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders all material documents, studies, and reports in the possession, custody or control of the Loan Parties concerning compliance with or liability under Environmental Law, including those concerning the actual or suspected existence of Hazardous Material at Real Estate or facilities currently or formerly owned, operated, leased or used by the Loan Parties which could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

3.10Taxes.  Parents and their Subsidiaries have filed all Federal, state and other material tax returns and reports required to be filed, and have paid all federal, state and other material Taxes, assessments, fees and other governmental charges levied or imposed upon them or their properties, income or assets otherwise due and payable, except those which are being contested in good faith by appropriate actions diligently conducted and for which adequate reserves have been provided in accordance with GAAP.  There is no proposed tax assessment against the Loan Parties or any of their Subsidiaries that would, if made, have a Material Adverse Effect.  Neither any Loan Party nor any Subsidiary thereof is party to any tax sharing agreement.

3.11ERISA Compliance

(a)Each Plan is in compliance in all material respects with the applicable provisions of ERISA, the Code and other Federal or state laws.  Each Pension Plan that is intended to be a qualified plan under Section 401(a) of the Code has received a favorable determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service to the effect that the form of such Plan is qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code and the trust related thereto has been determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(a) of the Code, or an application for such a letter is currently being processed by the Internal Revenue Service.  To the best knowledge of the Loan Parties, nothing has occurred that would prevent or cause the loss of such tax-qualified status.

(b)There are no pending or, to the best knowledge of the Loan Parties, threatened claims, actions or lawsuits, or action by any Governmental Authority, with respect to any Plan that could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  There has been no prohibited transaction or violation of the fiduciary responsibility rules with respect to any Plan that has resulted or could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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(c)(i) No ERISA Event has occurred, and neither any Loan Party nor any ERISA Affiliate is aware of any fact, event or circumstance that could reasonably be expected to constitute or result in an ERISA Event with respect to any Pension Plan; (ii) each Loan Party and each ERISA Affiliate has met all applicable requirements under the Pension Funding Rules in respect of each Pension Plan, and no waiver of the minimum funding standards under the Pension Funding Rules has been applied for or obtained; (iii) as of the most recent valuation date for any Pension Plan, the funding target attainment percentage (as defined in Section 430(d)(2) of the Code) is 60% or higher and neither any Loan Party nor any ERISA Affiliate knows of any facts or circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause the funding target attainment percentage for any such plan to drop below 60% as of the most recent valuation date; (iv) neither any Loan Party nor any ERISA Affiliate has incurred any liability to the PBGC other than for the payment of premiums, and there are no premium payments which have become due that are unpaid; (v) neither any Loan Party nor any ERISA Affiliate has engaged in a transaction that could be subject to Section 4069 or Section 4212(c) of ERISA; and (vi) no Pension Plan has been terminated by the plan administrator thereof nor by the PBGC, and no event or circumstance has occurred or exists that could reasonably be expected to cause the PBGC to institute proceedings under Title IV of ERISA to terminate any Pension Plan.

(d)Neither any Loan Party nor any ERISA Affiliate maintains or contributes to, or has any unsatisfied obligation to contribute to, or liability under, any active or terminated Pension Plan other than (i) on the Closing Date, those listed on Schedule 3.11 hereto and (B) thereafter, Pension Plans not otherwise prohibited by this Agreement.

3.12Subsidiaries; Equity Interests; Investments.  As of the Closing Date, neither Borrower nor any other Loan Party has any Subsidiaries other than those specifically disclosed in Schedule 3.12, and all of the outstanding Capital Stock in their respective Subsidiaries has been validly issued, is fully paid and nonassessable and all Capital Stock owned by such Borrower or any other Loan Party is owned free and clear of all Liens except (i) those created under the Security Documents, if any, and (ii) any nonconsensual Lien that is permitted under Section 6.01.  As of the Closing Date, Schedule 3.12 (a) sets forth the name and jurisdiction of each Subsidiary, (b) sets forth the ownership interest of Parents and any other Subsidiary in each Subsidiary, including the percentage of such ownership and (c) identifies each Subsidiary that shall be a Borrower or a Guarantor on the Closing Date.  Schedule 3.12 sets forth a complete and accurate list of all Investments held by any Loan Party or any Subsidiary of a Loan Party on the date hereof, showing as of the date hereof the amount, obligor or issuer and maturity, if any, thereof.  The copy of the Organizational Documents of each Loan Party and each amendment thereto provided pursuant to Section 4.01(d) is a true and correct copy of each such document, each of which is valid and in full force and effect.

 

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3.13Use of Proceeds; Margin Regulations; Investment Company Act. 

(a)No Loan Party or Subsidiary is engaged nor will it engage, principally or as one of its important activities, in the business of purchasing or carrying Margin Stock, or extending credit for the purpose of purchasing or carrying Margin Stock and no proceeds of any Loan or drawings under any Letter of Credit will be used for the purpose of purchasing or carrying Margin Stock, or any other purpose that violates Regulation U.  The value of the Margin Stock at any time owned by the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries at any time a Credit Extension constitutes a “purpose credit” (within the meaning of Regulation U) does not exceed twenty-five percent (25.00%) of the value of the assets of either of the Borrowers only or the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries taken as a whole.

(b)Neither Parents nor any Subsidiary is or is required to be registered as an “investment company”, or is subject to regulation, under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

3.14Disclosure.  Each Loan Party has disclosed to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders all agreements, instruments and corporate or other restrictions to which it or any of its Subsidiaries is subject, and all other matters known to it, that, individually or in the aggregate, would reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.  No report, financial statement, confidential information, memorandum, certificate or other written information furnished by or on behalf of any Loan Party to any Credit Party in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby and the negotiation of this Agreement or delivered hereunder or under any other Loan Document (in each case, as modified or supplemented by other information so furnished) contains any material misstatement of fact or omits to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were, not materially misleading; provided that with respect to the Financial Performance Projections, the Loan Parties represent only that such information was prepared in good faith based upon assumptions believed to be reasonable at the time of preparation.

3.15Intellectual Property; Licenses, Etc.  Each of the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries own, license or possess the right to use, all of the trademarks, service marks, trade names, domain names, copyrights, patents, patent rights, licenses, technology, software, know-how database rights, design rights and other intellectual property rights (collectively, “IP Rights”) that are reasonably necessary for the operation of their respective businesses as currently conducted, and, without conflict with the rights of any Person, except to the extent such conflicts, either individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  No IP Rights, advertising, product, process, method, substance, part or other material used by any Loan Party or any Subsidiary in the operation of their respective businesses as currently conducted infringes upon any rights held by any Person except for such infringements, individually or in the aggregate, which could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  No claim or litigation regarding any of the IP Rights, is pending or, to the knowledge of any Loan Party, threatened against any Loan Party or Subsidiary, which, either individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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3.16Solvency.  Immediately after giving effect to the application of the proceeds of all extensions of credit (including those made on the Closing Date), (a) the fair value of the assets of each Borrower and each Parent and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, exceeds, on a consolidated basis, its/their debts and liabilities, subordinated, contingent or otherwise; (b) the present fair saleable value of the property of each Borrower and each Parent and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, is greater than the amount that will be required to pay the liability, individually or, as applicable, on a consolidated basis, of its/their debts and other liabilities, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, as such debts and other liabilities become absolute and matured; (c) each Borrower and each Parent and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, is/are able to pay its/their debts and liabilities, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, as such liabilities become absolute and matured; and (d) each Borrower and each Parent and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, is/are not engaged in, and is/are not about to engage in, business for which it has (or, as applicable, they) have unreasonably small capital.  For purposes of this Section 3.16, 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.

3.17No Casualty, Etc.  Neither the businesses nor the properties of any Loan Party or any Subsidiary thereof are affected by any fire, explosion, accident, strike, lockout or other labor dispute, drought, storm, hail, earthquake, embargo, act of God or of the public enemy or other casualty (whether or not covered by insurance) that, either individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

3.18Insurance.  The properties of each Parent and its Subsidiaries are insured with financially sound and reputable insurance companies not Affiliates of the Borrowers, in such amounts, with such deductibles and covering such risks as are customarily carried by companies engaged in similar businesses and owning similar properties in localities where such Parent or the applicable Subsidiary operates.

3.19Compliance with Laws and Agreements.  Each Loan Party is in compliance with all Applicable Law and Material Contracts, except where the failure to comply, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, each Loan Party has obtained all permits, licenses and other authorizations which are required with respect to the ownership and operations of its business, except where the failure to obtain such permits, licenses or other authorizations, individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  Each Loan Party is in compliance with all terms and conditions of all such permits, licenses, orders and authorizations, except where the failure to comply with such terms or conditions, individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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3.20Labor Matters. 

(a)There are no strikes, work stoppages, slowdowns or lockouts existing, pending (or, to the knowledge of any Loan Party, threatened) against or involving any Loan Party or any Subsidiary of any Loan Party, except for those that would not, in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  Except as set forth in Schedule 3.20, as of the Closing Date, (a) there is no collective bargaining or similar agreement with any union, labor organization, works council or similar representative covering any employee of any Loan Party or any Subsidiary of any Loan Party, (b) no petition for certification or election of any such representative is existing or pending with respect to any employee of any Loan Party or any Subsidiary of any Loan Party and (c) no such representative has sought certification or recognition with respect to any employee of any Loan Party or any Subsidiary of any Loan Party.

(b)Each of the Loan Parties is in compliance with all employment agreements, employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements and other agreements among any such Loan Party and its employees (collectively, “Labor Contracts”) and all applicable federal, state and local labor and employment laws including those related to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, labor relations, minimum wage, overtime, child labor, medical insurance continuation, worker adjustment and relocation notices, immigration controls and worker and unemployment compensation, where the failure to comply would constitute a Material Adverse Effect.  Except as would not, in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, there are no outstanding grievances, arbitration awards or appeals therefrom arising out of the Labor Contracts.

3.21Security Documents.  The Security Documents create in favor of the Administrative Agent, for the ratable benefit of the Secured Parties, a legal, valid and enforceable security interest in the Collateral described therein as security for the Obligations to the extent that a legal, valid, binding and enforceable security interest in such Collateral may be created under any Applicable Law of the United States and any states thereof, including, without limitation, the Uniform Commercial Code and the Security Documents constitute, or will upon the filing of financing statements and the obtaining of “control”, in each case, as applicable, with respect to the relevant Collateral as required under the Uniform Commercial Code, the creation of a fully perfected first priority Lien on, and security interest in, all right, title and interest of the Borrowers and each Guarantor thereunder in such Collateral, in each case prior and superior in right to any other Person (other than Permitted Encumbrances having priority under Applicable Law), except as permitted hereunder or under any other Loan Document, in each case to the extent that a security interest may be perfected by the filing of a financing statement under the UCC or by obtaining “control”.

3.22Merchantable Inventory; Compliance with FLSA.  All Inventory included in the determination of the Borrowing Base is of good and merchantable quality and free from defects, and has been produced, to the knowledge of any Loan Party, in compliance with all Applicable Laws, rules, regulations, and governmental standards, including, without limitation, the requirements of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended (29 U.S.C. §§201 et seq.), and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

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3.23OSHA Compliance.  Except as could not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect, each Loan Party has duly complied with, and its facilities, business, assets, property, leaseholds, real property and equipment are in compliance in all material respects with, the provisions of the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act.  There have been no outstanding citations, notices or orders of non-compliance issued to any Loan Party or relating to its business, assets, property, leaseholds or equipment under any such laws, rules or regulations which remain unresolved.

3.24OFAC.  No Loan Party, nor any Subsidiary, nor, to the knowledge of the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries, any director, officer, employee, agent, affiliate or representative thereof, is an individual or entity that is, or is owned or controlled by any individual or entity that is (a) currently the subject or target of any Sanctions, (b) included on OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals, HMT’s Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets and the Investment Ban List, or any similar list enforced by any other relevant sanctions authority or (c) located, organized or resident in a Designated Jurisdiction.

3.25Anti-Corruption Laws.  The Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries have conducted their businesses in compliance with the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, the UK Bribery Act 2010, and other similar anti-corruption legislation in other jurisdictions, and have instituted and maintained policies and procedures designed to promote and achieve compliance with such laws.

3.26EEA.  Neither Borrower nor any Guarantor is an EEA Financial Institution.

ARTICLE IV

Conditions

4.1Conditions to Effectiveness of Credit Agreement

The effectiveness of this Agreement and the obligation of the Lenders to make each Loan and of the Issuing Bank to issue each Letter of Credit on the Closing Date is subject to the satisfaction by the Loan Parties (or the waiver by the Lenders) of each of the following conditions precedent:

(a)The Administrative Agent (or its counsel) shall have received from each Loan Party and each Lender either (i) a counterpart of this Agreement and all other Loan Documents signed on behalf of each such party thereto or (ii) written evidence satisfactory to the Administrative Agent (which may include telecopy transmission or electronic .pdf copy of a signed signature page of this Agreement or any other relevant Loan Document) that each such party has signed a counterpart of this Agreement and all other Loan Documents to which it is a party.

 

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(b)The Administrative Agent shall have received a notice with respect to any Borrowing to be made on the Closing Date or any Letter of Credit to be issued on the Closing Date, as the case may be, as required by Article II, and in the case of the issuance of a Letter of Credit, the Issuing Bank shall have received notice with respect thereto in accordance with Section 2.11.

(c)The Administrative Agent shall have received a written opinion (addressed to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders and dated the Closing Date) of Ropes & Gray, LLP counsel for the Loan Parties, covering such matters relating to the Loan Parties, the Loan Documents or the transactions contemplated thereby as the Administrative Agent shall reasonably request.  The Loan Parties hereby request such counsel to deliver such opinions.

(d)The Administrative Agent shall have received (i) a copy of the certificate or articles of incorporation or organization (or similar organizational document), including all amendments thereto, of each Loan Party, certified, if applicable, as of a recent date by the Secretary of State of the state of its organization, and a certificate as to the good standing of each Loan Party as of a recent date, from such Secretary of State or similar Governmental Authority; (ii) a certificate of the Secretary or Assistant Secretary of each Loan Party dated the Closing Date and certifying (A) that attached thereto is a true and complete copy of the by-laws or operating (or limited liability company) agreement of such Loan Party as in effect on the Closing Date and at all times since a date prior to the date of the resolutions described in clause (B) below, (B) that attached thereto is a true and complete copy of resolutions duly adopted by the board of directors (or equivalent governing body) of such Loan Party authorizing the execution, delivery and performance of the Loan Documents to which such Person is a party, the Transactions and, in the case of the Borrowers, the borrowings hereunder, and that such resolutions have not been modified, rescinded or amended and are in full force and effect, (C) that the certificate or articles of incorporation or organization of such Loan Party have not been amended since the date of the last amendment thereto shown on the certificate of good standing furnished pursuant to clause (i) above, and (D) as to the incumbency and specimen signature of each officer executing any Loan Document or any other document delivered in connection herewith on behalf of such Loan Party; and (iii) a certificate of another officer as to the incumbency and specimen signature of the Secretary or Assistant Secretary executing the certificate pursuant to clause (ii) above.

(e)The Administrative Agent shall have received (i) the results of (x) searches of the Uniform Commercial Code filings (or equivalent filings) and (y) judgment and tax lien searches, made with respect to the Loan Parties in the states or other jurisdictions of formation of such Person and with respect to such other locations and names listed on the Perfection Certificate, together with (in the case of clause (y)) copies of the financing statements (or similar documents) disclosed by such search and (ii) the Administrative Agent shall have received evidence of the completion of all other actions, recordings and filings of or with respect to the Security Agreement that the Administrative Agent may deem necessary or desirable in order to perfect the Liens created thereby on a first priority basis, including, without limitation, proper financing statements in form appropriate for filing under the Uniform Commercial Code of all jurisdictions that the Administrative Agent may deem necessary or desirable in order to perfect the Liens created under the Security Agreement, covering the Collateral described in the Security Agreement and Blocked Account Agreements and the control agreements with respect to securities accounts, in each case required pursuant to the Loan Documents and duly executed by the appropriate parties.

 

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(f)The Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate of a Responsible Officer of each Borrower (i) either (A) attaching copies of all consents, licenses and approvals required in connection with the consummation by each Loan Party of the Transactions, the execution, delivery and performance by each Loan Party and/or the validity against each Loan Party of the Loan Documents to which it is a party, and such consents, licenses and approvals shall be in full force and effect, or (B) stating that no such consents, licenses or approvals are so required and (ii) attesting to the solvency of each Borrower, individually, and Parents and their Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis.

(g)The Administrative Agent and the Arrangers shall have (i) completed their due diligence investigation of the Borrowers and their subsidiaries, in each case, in scope, and with results, satisfactory to Administrative Agent and the Arrangers and (ii) received, and shall be satisfied with, the results of all Collateral appraisals and commercial finance examinations reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent.

(h)The Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate of a Responsible Officer of each Borrower certifying that the conditions specified in Sections 4.02(b) and (c) have been satisfied.

(i)The Administrative Agent shall have received all such financial statements and projections reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent (including, without limitation, such pro forma financial statements as may be reasonably requested, giving pro forma effect to the Transaction on the Closing Date) and the capital structure of Parents and their Subsidiaries that is satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders.

(j)The Administrative Agent shall have received evidence reasonably satisfactory to it (including calculations demonstrating) that immediately after giving effect to the Transactions, including all Credit Extensions on the Closing Date, Excess Availability shall not be less than an amount equal to 25% of the Maximum Borrowing Amount.

(k)The Administrative Agent shall have received all documentation and other information about the Loan Parties required under applicable “know your customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations, including without limitation the USA PATRIOT Act.

(l)(i) Since December 31, 2014, there shall not have occurred any Material Adverse Effect, (ii) there shall be no actions, suits, investigations, proceedings, claims or disputes pending or, to the knowledge of any Loan Party, threatened in writing or contemplated, at law, in equity, in arbitration or before any Governmental Authority, by or against any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries or against any of their properties or revenues that (x) either individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, or (y) involve any of the Loan Documents and (iii) the Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate from a Responsible Officer of each Borrower certifying as to the matters set forth in this Section 4.01(l).

 

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(m)The Administrative Agent shall have received an acceptable Borrowing Base Certificate dated the Closing Date, and executed by a Financial Officer of each Borrower.

(n)The Administrative Agent shall have received evidence of the Loan Parties’ insurance together with endorsements thereto, naming the Administrative Agent, on behalf of the Lenders, as an additional insured or loss payee, as the case may be, all as and to the extent required by the Loan Documents.

(o)The Administrative Agent shall have received evidence reasonably satisfactory to it that substantially concurrently with the making of the initial Loans hereunder, all indebtedness under that certain credit agreement between Eminent, Inc. and Bank of the West has been paid in full, all commitments to extend credit thereunder shall have terminated, all security documents entered into in connection therewith have terminated and all liens and security interests filed in connection therewith have been terminated.

(p)The Administrative Agent, the Arrangers and the Lenders shall have received all applicable fees and other amounts due and payable on or prior to the Closing Date, including, to the extent invoiced prior to the Closing Date, reimbursement or payment of all out of pocket expenses required to be reimbursed or paid by the Borrowers hereunder or under any other Loan Document.

(q)Unless waived by the Administrative Agent, the Borrowers shall have paid all fees, charges and disbursements of counsel to the Administrative Agent (directly to such counsel if requested by the Administrative Agent) to the extent invoiced prior to or on the Closing Date, plus such additional amounts of such fees, charges and disbursements as shall constitute its reasonable estimate of such fees, charges and disbursements incurred or to be incurred by it through the closing proceedings (provided that such estimate not thereafter preclude a final settling of accounts between the Borrowers and the Administrative Agent).

Without limiting the generality of clause (e) of Section 8.03, for purposes of determining compliance with the conditions specified in this Section 4.01, each Lender that has signed this Agreement shall be deemed to have consented to, approved or accepted or to be satisfied with, each document or other matter required thereunder to be consented to or approved by or acceptable or satisfactory to a Lender unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from such Lender prior to the proposed Closing Date specifying its objection thereto.

4.2Conditions Precedent to Each Credit Extension

The obligation of the Lenders to make each Loan and of the Issuing Bank to issue each Letter of Credit (or to amend, renew or extend (other than automatic renewal or extensions) of an outstanding Letter of Credit) on and after the Closing Date is subject to the satisfaction by the Loan Parties or the waiver of each of the following conditions precedent:

(a)The Administrative Agent shall have received, in the case of a Borrowing, a Borrowing Request as required by Section 2.04, and in the case of the issuance, amendment, renewal or extension of a Letter of Credit, the Issuing Bank shall have received notice with respect thereto in accordance with Section 2.11.

 

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(b)All representations and warranties contained in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents or otherwise made in writing in connection herewith or therewith shall be true and correct in all material respects with the same effect as if made on and as of such date, other than representations and warranties that relate solely to an earlier date; and

(c)Both before and after giving effect to each Credit Extension, (x) no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing and (y) Excess Availability shall not be less than zero (0).

The request by the Borrowers for, and the acceptance by the Borrowers of, each Credit Extension shall be deemed to be a representation and warranty by the Loan Parties that the conditions specified in this Section 4.02 have been satisfied at that time and that after giving effect to such extension of credit the Borrowers shall continue to be in compliance with the then Borrowing Base.  The conditions set forth in this Section 4.02 are for the sole benefit of the Administrative Agent and each other Credit Party and may be waived by the Administrative Agent (with the consent of the Required Lenders), in whole or in part, without prejudice to the rights of the Administrative Agent or any other Credit Party.

ARTICLE V

Affirmative Covenants

Until (i) the Total Commitments have expired or been terminated, (ii) the principal of and interest on each Loan and all fees and other Obligations (other than contingent indemnity obligations with respect to then unasserted claims and the Other Liabilities) shall have been paid in full, (iii) all Letters of Credit shall have expired or terminated (or been Cash Collateralized or backstopped in a manner reasonably satisfactory to the Issuing Bank) and (iv) all Letter of Credit Outstandings have been reduced to zero (or Cash Collateralized or backstopped in a manner reasonably satisfactory to the Issuing Bank), each Loan Party covenants and agrees with the Credit Parties that:

5.1Financial Statements

The Borrowers will deliver to the Administrative Agent for prompt further distribution to each Lender:

(a)as soon as available, but in any event within one-hundred twenty (120) days after the end of each Fiscal Year of Parents, (i) a Consolidated, combined balance sheet of Parents and their Subsidiaries as at the end of such Fiscal Year, and the related Consolidated, combined statements of income or operations, stockholders’ equity and cash flows for such Fiscal Year, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the previous Fiscal Year, all in reasonable detail and prepared in accordance with GAAP consistently applied, audited and accompanied by a report and opinion of Ernst & Young or any other independent registered public accounting firm that in the commercially reasonable opinion of the Administrative Agent is of nationally recognized standing, which report and opinion shall be prepared in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and shall not be subject to any “going concern” or like qualification or exception or

 

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explanatory paragraph or any qualification or exception as to the scope of such audit (other than any qualification due to the pending maturing of any Indebtedness or the prospective default of any financial covenant) and shall be to the effect that such financial statements fairly represent the financial condition and results of operations of Parents and their Subsidiaries on a combined, consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP consistently applied and (ii) a managements discussion and analysis, in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, of the financial condition and results of operations of Parents and their Subsidiaries for such Fiscal Year, as compared to amounts for the previous Fiscal Year;

(b)as soon as available, but in any event within forty-five (45) days after the end of each of the first three (3) Fiscal Quarters of each Fiscal Year of Parents, (i) a Consolidated, combined balance sheet of Parents and their Subsidiaries as at the end of such Fiscal Quarter, and the related (A) Consolidated statements of income or operations for such Fiscal Quarter and for the portion of the Fiscal Year then ended and (B) Consolidated, combined statements of cash flows for the portion of the Fiscal Year then ended, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the corresponding Fiscal Quarter of the previous Fiscal Year and the corresponding portion of the previous Fiscal Year or the previous Fiscal Year end, all in reasonable detail and certified by a Responsible Officer of each Borrower as fairly presenting in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of Parents and their Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP, subject only to normal year-end audit adjustments and the absence of footnotes and (ii) a management’s discussion and analysis, in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, of the financial condition and results of operations of Parents and their Subsidiaries for such Fiscal Quarter and the then elapsed portion of the fiscal year, as compared to the comparable periods in the previous fiscal year;

(c)as soon as available, but in any event within thirty (30) days after the end of each Fiscal Month of Parents (other than any such Fiscal Month that is also a Fiscal Quarter end), a Consolidated, combined balance sheet of Parents and their Subsidiaries as at the end of each such Fiscal Month, and the related (A) Consolidated, combined statements of income or operations for such Fiscal Month and for the portion of the Fiscal Year then ended and (B) Consolidated, combined statements of cash flows for the portion of the Fiscal Year then ended, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the previous Fiscal Year and the corresponding portion of the previous Fiscal Year, all in reasonable detail and certified by a Responsible Officer of each Borrower as fairly presenting in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of Parents and their Subsidiaries;

(d)as soon as available, and in any event no later than sixty (60) days after the commencement of each Fiscal Year of Parents, (i) a detailed Consolidated, combined budget by month for such Fiscal Year (including a projected Consolidated, combined balance sheet of Parents and their Subsidiaries, the related Consolidated, combined statements of projected cash flow and projected income and a summary of the material underlying assumptions applicable thereto), (ii) the projected Borrowing Base and (iii) Excess Availability forecasts, in each case, as of the end of each month of such Fiscal Year, and, as soon as available, significant revisions, if any, of such budget and projections with respect to such Fiscal Year (collectively, the “Projections”), which Projections shall

 

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in each case be in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and accompanied by a certificate of a Responsible Officer stating that such Projections are based on estimates, information and assumptions believed to be reasonable and that such Responsible Officer has no reason to believe that such Projections are incorrect or misleading in any material respect;

(e)As soon as available, and in any event no later than fifteen (15) Business Days after the end of each Fiscal Month, a Borrowing Base Certificate, showing the Borrowing Base as of the close of business on the last day of such Fiscal Month, provided, however, that if (A) any Event of Default has occurred and is continuing or (B) Excess Availability is less than the greater of (x) fifteen percent (15.00%) of the Maximum Borrowing Amount at such time and (y) $10,000,000, for three (3) consecutive Business Days, then such Borrowing Base Certificate shall be furnished on Wednesday of each week (or, if Wednesday is not a Business Day, on the next succeeding Business Day), as of the close of business on the immediately preceding Saturday until the date on which, in the case of clause (A) above, such Event of Default is waived or cured or, in the case of clause (B) above, Excess Availability has been greater than the greater of (I) fifteen percent (15.00%) of the Maximum Borrowing Amount and (II) $10,000,000, in each case for forty-five (45) consecutive calendar days after the occurrence of such event; and

(f)promptly upon receipt thereof, copies of all management letters from the Loan Parties’ independent certified public accountants submitted by such accountants to management in connection with their annual audit (i) commenting on any material weakness in the Loan Parties’ internal controls, and (ii) subject to the consent of such accountants (which consent the Borrowers shall in good faith seek to obtain) commenting on any other matters relating to the Loan Parties’ internal controls.

5.2Certificates; Other Information.  The Borrowers will deliver to the Administrative Agent and each Lender, in form and detail satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders:

(a)contemporaneously with the delivery of the financial statements referred to in Section 5.01(a), Section 5.01(b) and Section 5.01(c) (or the date on which such delivery is required), a duly completed Compliance Certificate signed by a Responsible Officer of each Borrower in the form of Exhibit E hereto (a “Compliance Certificate”) (i) certifying as to whether a Default or Event of Default has occurred and, if a Default or Event of Default has occurred, specifying the details thereof and any action taken or proposed to be taken with respect thereto, (ii) setting forth reasonably detailed calculations with respect to the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio for the relevant period (whether or not the Borrowers are subject to the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio in Section 6.16), (iii) detailing all Store openings and Store closings during the immediately preceding fiscal period, and stating the aggregate number of the Loan Parties’ Stores as of the first day of the current fiscal period, and (iv) setting forth in reasonable detail the status of rental payments for each of the Loan Parties’ (A) warehouses and distribution centers, and (B) other leased locations in the Landlord Lien States designated by the Administrative Agent in its commercially reasonable judgment (which, as of the Closing Date, are Washington, Pennsylvania and Virginia), and (v) stating whether any change in GAAP or in the application thereof has

 

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occurred since the date of Parents most recent audited financial statements and, if any such change has occurred, specifying the effect of such change on the financial statements accompanying such Compliance Certificate (which delivery may, unless the Administrative Agent, or a Lender requests executed originals, be by electronic communication including fax or email in .pdf format and shall be deemed to be an original authentic counterpart thereof for all purposes);

(b)promptly after the same are publicly available, copies of all annual, regular, periodic and special reports and registration statements which Parents file with the SEC or with any Governmental Authority that may be substituted therefor (other than amendments to any registration statement (to the extent such registration statement, in the form it became effective, is delivered), exhibits to any registration statement and, if applicable, any registration statement on Form S-8) and in any case not otherwise required to be delivered to the Administrative Agent pursuant hereto;

(c)promptly after the furnishing thereof, copies of any material request or material notices received by any Loan Party or any Subsidiary (other than in the ordinary course of business) or material statements or material reports furnished to any holder of Indebtedness or debt securities of any Loan Party or of any of its Subsidiaries and not otherwise required to be furnished to the Lenders pursuant to any other clause of this Section 5.02;

(d)together with the delivery of each Compliance Certificate pursuant to Section 5.02(a), a report setting forth the information required by Section 2.03(c) of the Security Agreement or confirming that there has been no change in such information since the Closing Date or the date of the last such report);

(e)The financial and collateral reports described on Schedule 5.02(e) hereto, at the times set forth in such Schedule 5.02(e);

(f)promptly when available, (i) a copy of the acquisition agreement and other acquisition documents relating to any Permitted Acquisition and (ii) updated schedules to this Agreement and the Security Agreement after giving effect to such Permitted Acquisition;

(g)at least three (3) Business Days prior to the making of any Specified Payment, a certificate of a Responsible Officer of each Borrower, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit H, certifying that the conditions specified in clauses (a), (b) and (c) of the definition of “Payment Conditions” have been satisfied (or such other conditions as may be applicable to such Specified Payment, as the case may be) and attaching reasonably detailed calculations demonstrating that the conditions specified in clauses (b) and (c) of the definition of “Payment Conditions” are satisfied (or such other conditions as may be applicable to such Specified Payment, as the case may be), with such supporting documentation as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request; and

(h)promptly, such additional information regarding the business, legal, financial or corporate affairs of any Loan Party or any Subsidiary, or compliance with the terms of the Loan Documents, as the Administrative Agent or any Lender through the Administrative Agent may from time to time reasonably request.

 

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Documents required to be delivered pursuant to Section 5.01(a), Section 5.01(b), Section 5.01(c) or Section 5.02(c) (to the extent any such documents are included in materials otherwise filed with the SEC) may be delivered electronically and if so delivered, shall be deemed to have been delivered on the date (i) on which either Borrower posts such documents, or provides a link thereto on either Borrowers website on the Internet at the website address listed on Schedule  9.02; or (ii) on which such documents are posted on either Borrowers behalf on an Internet or intranet website, if any, to which each Lender and the Administrative Agent have access (whether a commercial, third-party website or whether sponsored by the Administrative Agent); provided that: (i) each Borrower shall deliver paper copies of such documents to the Administrative Agent or any Lender upon its request to such Borrower to deliver such paper copies until a written request to cease delivering paper copies is given by the Administrative Agent or such Lender and (ii) each Borrower shall notify the Administrative Agent and each Lender by facsimile or electronic mail of the posting of any such documents and provide to the Administrative Agent by electronic mail electronic versions (i.e., soft copies) of such documents.  The Administrative Agent shall have no obligation to request the delivery of or to maintain paper copies of the documents referred to above, and in any event shall have no responsibility to monitor compliance by either Borrower with any such request by a Lender, and each Lender shall be solely responsible for requesting delivery to it or maintaining its copies of such documents.

Each Borrower hereby acknowledges that (a) the Administrative Agent and/or an Affiliate thereof may, but shall not be obligated to, make available to the Lenders and the Issuing Bank materials and/or information provided by or on behalf of the Borrowers hereunder (collectively, “Borrower Materials”) by posting the Borrower Materials on IntraLinks, SyndTrak, ClearPar, or a substantially similar electronic transmission system (the “Platform”) and (b) certain of the Lenders (each, a “Public Lender”) may have personnel who do not wish to receive material non-public information with respect to the Borrowers or their Affiliates, or the respective securities of any of the foregoing, and who may be engaged in investment and other market-related activities with respect to such Persons’ securities.  Each Borrower hereby agrees that so long as such Borrower is the issuer of any outstanding debt or equity securities that are registered or issued pursuant to a private offering or is actively contemplating issuing any such securities (w) all such Borrower Materials that are to be made available to Public Lenders shall be clearly and conspicuously marked “PUBLIC” which, at a minimum, shall mean that the word “PUBLIC” shall appear prominently on the first page thereof; (x) by marking Borrower Materials “PUBLIC,” each Borrower shall be deemed to have authorized the Administrative Agent, any Affiliate thereof, the Issuing Bank and the Lenders to treat such Borrower Materials as not containing any material non-public information (although it may be sensitive and proprietary) with respect to the Borrowers or its securities for purposes of United States Federal and state securities laws (provided, however, that to the extent such Borrower Materials constitute Information, they shall be treated as set forth in Section 9.07); (y) all Borrower Materials marked “PUBLIC” are permitted to be made available through a portion of the Platform designated “Public Side Information;” and (z) the Administrative Agent and any Affiliate thereof shall be entitled to treat any Borrower Materials that are not marked “PUBLIC” as being suitable only for posting on a portion of the Platform not designated “Public Side Information.” Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Borrowers shall be under no obligation to mark any Borrower Materials “PUBLIC”.

 

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5.3Notices.  Promptly after obtaining knowledge thereof, the Borrowers shall notify the Administrative Agent in writing:

(a)of the occurrence of any Default, specifying the nature and extent thereof and the action (if any) which is proposed to be taken with respect thereto;

(b)of any matter that has resulted or could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, including arising out of or resulting from (i) breach or non-performance of, or any default or event of default under, a contractual obligation of any Loan Party or any Subsidiary, (ii) any dispute, litigation, investigation, proceeding or suspension between any Loan Party or any Subsidiary and any Governmental Authority, (iii) the commencement of, or any material development in, any litigation or proceeding affecting any Loan Party or any Subsidiary thereof, (iv) any strikes, lockouts or slowdowns against any Loan Party, or (v) the occurrence of any ERISA Event;

(c)Any material change in any Loan Party’s financial reporting practices;

(d)The filing of any Lien for unpaid Taxes against any Loan Party in excess of $250,000.

(e)The discharge by any Loan Party of its present independent accountants or any withdrawal or resignation by such independent accountants;

(f)Any casualty or other insured damage to any portion of the Collateral included in the Borrowing Base in excess of $250,000, or the commencement of any action or proceeding for the taking of any interest in a portion of the Collateral included in the Borrowing Base in excess of $250,000 or any part thereof or interest therein under power of eminent domain or by condemnation or similar proceeding;

(g)The occurrence of any ERISA Event;

(h)Any new dispute, litigation, investigation, proceeding or suspension or the occurrence of any material development in any dispute, litigation, investigation, proceeding or suspension existing as of the Closing Date, or any judgments or determinations in any of the foregoing, at any time which would reasonably be expected to result in (x) liabilities in excess of $250,000 (excluding amounts covered by insurance, but solely to the extent the relevant independent third party insurer has not denied coverage therefor) or (y) a Material Adverse Effect;

(i)the creation, establishment or acquisition of any Subsidiary or the issuance by or to any Loan Party of any Capital Stock with respect to any Subsidiary that is not an Immaterial Subsidiary;

(j)any incurrence of Debt in excess of $500,000 or dispositions of Collateral (other than in the Ordinary Course of Business) with a fair market value in excess of $500,000 in each case, by any Loan Party;

 

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(k)As required by Section 5.14; and

(l)The receipt of any notice of default by a Loan Party under, or notice of termination of, any Lease for any of the Loan Parties’ distribution centers or warehouses.

Each notice pursuant to this Section shall be accompanied by a written statement of a Responsible Officer of each Borrower (x) that such notice is being delivered pursuant to this Section 5.03, and (y) setting forth details of the occurrence referred to therein and stating what action the Borrowers have taken and proposes to take with respect thereto.  Each notice pursuant to Section 5.03(a) shall described with particularity any and all provisions of this Agreement and any other Loan Document that have been breached.

5.4Payment of Taxes, Etc.  The Loan Parties shall pay, discharge or otherwise satisfy as the same shall become due and payable, (a) all its Indebtedness and other obligations in accordance with their terms and (b) all its obligations and liabilities in respect of Taxes, assessments and governmental charges or levies imposed upon it or upon its income or profits or in respect of its property, except, (x) in the case of either clause (a) or (b), to the extent the failure to pay, discharge or otherwise satisfy the same could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect and (y) in the case of clause (b), where the validity or amount thereof is being contested in good faith by appropriate actions and such Loan Party or such Subsidiary has set aside on its books adequate reserves with respect thereto in accordance with GAAP, and such contest effectively suspends collection of the contested obligation and enforcement of any Lien securing such obligation.

5.5Preservation of Existence, Etc.  The Loan Parties shall (a) preserve, renew and maintain in full force and effect their legal existence under the Applicable Laws of the jurisdiction of its organization except in a transaction permitted by Section 6.04 or Section 6.05, and (b) take all reasonable action to maintain all rights, privileges (including its good standing), permits, licenses and franchises necessary or desirable in the normal conduct of its business, except (i) to the extent that failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect or (ii) pursuant to a transaction permitted by Section 6.04 or Section 6.05.

5.6Maintenance of Properties.  Unless the failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, each Loan Party shall (a) maintain, preserve and protect all of its properties and equipment necessary in the operation of its business in good working order, repair and condition, ordinary wear and tear excepted and casualty or condemnation excepted, and (b) make all necessary renewals, replacements, modifications, improvements, upgrades, extensions and additions thereof or thereto in accordance with prudent industry practice.

5.7Maintenance of Insurance

(a)The Loan Parties shall maintain with financially sound and reputable insurance companies, insurance with respect to their properties and business against loss or damage of the kinds customarily insured against by Persons engaged in the same or similar business, of such types and in such amounts (after giving effect to any self-insurance reasonable and customary for similarly situated Persons engaged in the same or similar businesses as Parents and their Subsidiaries) as are customarily carried under similar circumstances by such other Persons.  The Loan Parties shall furnish to the Administrative Agent, upon written request, full information as to the insurance carried.

 

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(b)Casualty, loss, fire and extended coverage policies maintained with respect to any Collateral shall be endorsed or otherwise amended to include (i) a non-contributing mortgage clause (regarding improvements to real property) and a lenders loss payable clause (regarding personal property), in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, which endorsements or amendments shall provide that the insurer shall pay all proceeds otherwise payable to the Loan Parties under the policies directly to the Administrative Agent (provided that the Administrative Agents application of such proceeds shall be subject to Section 2.15(e)), (ii) a provision to the effect that none of the Loan Parties, Credit Parties (in their capacity as such) or any other Affiliate of a Loan Party shall be a co-insurer (the foregoing not being deemed to limit the amount of self-insured retention or deductibles under such policies, which self-insured retention or deductibles shall be consistent with business practices in effect on the Closing Date or as otherwise determined by the Responsible Officers of the Loan Parties acting reasonably in their business judgment), and (iii) such other provisions as the Administrative Agent may reasonably require from time to time to protect the interests of the Credit Parties.  Commercial general liability policies shall be endorsed to name the Administrative Agent as an additional insured.  Each endorsement to such casualty or liability policy referred to in this Section 5.07(b) shall also provide that it shall not be canceled, modified in any manner that would cause this Section 5.07 to be violated, or not renewed (i) by reason of nonpayment of premium except upon not less than ten (10) days prior written notice thereof by the insurer to the Administrative Agent (giving the Administrative Agent the right to cure defaults in the payment of premiums) or (ii) for any other reason except upon not less than thirty (30) days prior written notice thereof by the insurer to the Administrative Agent.  The Borrowers shall deliver to the Administrative Agent, prior to the cancellation, any modification or non-renewal of any such policy of insurance, a copy of a renewal or replacement policy (or other evidence of renewal of a policy previously delivered to the Administrative Agent, including an insurance binder) together with evidence satisfactory to the Administrative Agent of payment of the premium therefor.

(c)The Administrative Agent acknowledges that the insurance policies described on Schedule 5.07 are satisfactory to it as of the Closing Date and are in compliance with the provisions of this Section 5.07.

5.8Compliance with Laws and Material Contracts.  Each Loan Party shall (a) comply in all material respects with the requirements of all Applicable Laws applicable to it or to its business or property, except where the failure to comply therewith could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect and (b) perform and observe all the terms and provisions of each Material Contract to be performed or observed by it, maintain each such Material Contract in full force and effect, enforce each such Material Contract in accordance with its terms, take all such action to such end as may be from time to time requested by the Administrative Agent and, upon request of the Administrative Agent, make to each other party to each such Material Contract such demands and requests for information and reports or for action as any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries is entitled to make under such Material Contract, and cause each of its Subsidiaries to do so, other than where the failure to do so, either individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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5.9Books and Records.  Each Loan Party shall maintain proper books of record and account, in which full, true and correct in conformity with GAAP consistently applied shall be made of all financial transactions and matters involving the assets and business of Parents or their Subsidiaries, as the case may be.

5.10Inspection Rights

(a)Each Loan Party will permit any representatives and independent contractors designated by the Administrative Agent and each Lender, upon reasonable prior notice and at the expense of the Borrowers, to visit and inspect its properties, to discuss its affairs, finances and condition with its officers and to examine and make extracts from its books and records, all at such reasonable times during normal business hours and as may be reasonably requested upon reasonable advance notice to the Borrowers.  Nothing contained in this Section 5.10(a) shall be deemed to limit or modify the rights of the Administrative Agent under Section 5.10(b) hereof.

(b)Each Loan Party will from time to time upon the request of the Administrative Agent, permit the Administrative Agent or professionals (including consultants, accountants, lawyers, examiners and appraisers) retained by the Administrative Agent, on reasonable prior notice, to conduct Collateral appraisals and commercial finance examinations, including, without limitation, of (i) the Borrowers’ practices in the computation of the then Borrowing Base, and (ii) the assets included in the Borrowing Base and related financial and Collateral information such as, but not limited to, sales, gross margins, payables, accruals and reserves.  Subject to the following, the Loan Parties shall pay the reasonable out-of-pocket fees and expenses of the Administrative Agent or such professionals with respect to all such evaluations, appraisals and examinations.

(i)The Administrative Agent may conduct one (1) commercial finance examination during each twelve-month period, at the Loan Parties’ expense; provided that, if Excess Availability is less than the greater of (x) twenty percent (20.00%) of the Maximum Borrowing Amount or (y) $12,500,000, in each case, at any time during such twelve-month period, the Administrative Agent may conduct up to two (2) commercial finance examinations during such twelve-month period, each at the Loan Parties’ expense.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Administrative Agent (A) may undertake one (1) additional commercial finance examination during any twelve-month period at the expense of the Lenders, and (B) after the occurrence and during the continuance of any Event of Default, may cause such additional commercial finance examinations to be taken as the Administrative Agent, in its reasonable discretion, determines are appropriate (each, at the expense of the Loan Parties).

(ii)The Administrative Agent may conduct one (1) appraisal of the Loan Parties’ Inventory during any twelve-month period at the Loan Parties’ expense; provided that, (A) if Excess Availability is less than the greater of (x) twenty percent (20.00%) of the Maximum Borrowing Amount or (y) $12,500,000, in each case, at any time during such twelvemonth period, the Administrative Agent may conduct up to two (2) appraisals of the Loan Parties’ Inventory during such twelve-month period, each at the Loan Parties’ expense.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Administrative Agent (A) may undertake one (1) additional Inventory

 

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appraisal in each twelve-month period at the sole expense of the Lenders, (B) after the occurrence and during the continuance of any Event of Default, may cause such additional Inventory appraisals to be taken as the Administrative Agent, in its reasonable discretion, determines are appropriate (each, at the expense of the Loan Parties) and (C) may, at the expense of the Lenders, cause such additional appraisals to be conducted as the Administrative Agent, in its sole discretion, determines appropriate.

(iii)The Administrative Agent may conduct three (3) appraisals of the Loan Parties’ Intellectual Property between the Closing Date and the Maturity Date at the Loan Parties’ expense.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Administrative Agent (A) after the occurrence and during the continuance of any Event of Default, may cause such additional Inventory appraisals to be taken as the Administrative Agent, in its reasonable discretion, determines are appropriate (each, at the expense of the Loan Parties) and (B) may, at the expense of the Lenders, cause such additional appraisals to be conducted as the Administrative Agent, in its sole discretion, determines appropriate.

(c)The Loan Parties shall at all times retain independent certified public accountants that in the commercially reasonable opinion of the Administrative Agent are of national standing and shall instruct such accountants to cooperate with, and be available to, the Administrative Agent or its representatives to discuss the annual audited statements, the Loan Parties’ financial performance, financial condition, operating results, controls, and such other matters, within the scope of the retention of such accountants for such audited statements, as may be raised by the Administrative Agent, subject however, if requested by such accountants, to the execution of an access agreement by the Administrative Agent and such accountants in form reasonably satisfactory to each of them; provided that a representative of the Borrowers shall be given the opportunity to be present all such discussions.

5.11Covenant to Become a Loan Party, Give Security and Grant License.  At the Borrowers’ expense, the Loan Parties shall take all action necessary or reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent to ensure that all Persons who are obligated to become a Loan Party, including, without limitation, any Persons acquired in a Permitted Acquisition, and to grant Liens in favor of the Administrative Agent in the Collateral shall have done so, including:

(a)upon the formation or acquisition of any new direct or indirect wholly-owned Subsidiary (in each case, other than an Excluded Subsidiary) by any Loan Party:

(i)within thirty (30) days after such formation, acquisition or designation or such longer period as the Administrative Agent may agree in its discretion:

(A)cause each such Subsidiary to become a Loan Party and execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent a Joinder Agreement;

(B)cause each such Subsidiary that is required to become a Loan Party to furnish to the Administrative Agent a description of the real and immovable properties owned or leased by a Parent or such Subsidiary, as applicable, in detail reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent;

 

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(C)cause (x) each such Subsidiary that is required to become a Loan Party to duly execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent a Security Agreement, a Facility Guarantee and any other Security Document, as reasonably requested by and in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent (consistent with the Security Documents in effect on the Closing Date), in each case granting Liens to the Administrative Agent to secure the Obligations and (y) each direct or indirect parent of each such Subsidiary that is required to be a Loan Party to duly execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent a Security Agreement, a Facility Guarantee and such other Security Documents as reasonably requested by and in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent (consistent with the Security Documents in effect on the Closing Date), in each case granting Liens to the Administrative Agent to secure the Obligations;

(D)take and cause each such Subsidiary and each direct or indirect parent of such Subsidiary to take whatever action (including the filing of UCC financing statements) as may be necessary in the reasonable opinion of the Administrative Agent to vest in the Administrative Agent (or in any representative of the Administrative Agent designated by it) valid Liens to the extent required under the Loan Documents, enforceable against all third parties in accordance with their terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and by general principles of equity;

(E)with respect to any Real Estate of the Loan Parties acquired after the Closing Date which constitutes Material Real Estate, upon request by the Administrative Agent, cause the applicable Loan Parties to (x) duly execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent a Mortgage or such other Security Document, as reasonably requested by and in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, to grant Liens encumbering such Real Estate in favor of the Administrative Agent to secure the Obligations and (y) deliver each of the Mortgage Related Documents;

(ii)within thirty (30) days after the request therefor by the Administrative Agent (or such longer period as the Administrative Agent may agree in writing in its sole discretion), deliver to the Administrative Agent a signed copy of an opinion, addressed to the Administrative Agent and the other Credit Parties, of counsel for the Loan Parties reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent as to such matters set forth in this Section 5.11(a) as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request.

(b)After the Closing Date, concurrently with the acquisition of any material personal property by any Loan Party or of any personal property in connection with a Permitted Acquisition, and if such personal property shall not already be subject to a perfected Lien in favor of the Administrative Agent, the Borrowers shall give notice thereof to the Administrative Agent and promptly thereafter shall cause such assets to be subjected to a Lien to the extent required by the Loan Documents and will take, or cause the relevant Loan Party to take, such actions as shall be necessary or reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent to grant and perfect or record such Lien.

 

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5.12Compliance with Environmental Laws.  Except, in each case, to the extent that the failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect, the Loan Parties shall comply, and take all reasonable actions to cause all lessees and other Persons operating or occupying its properties to comply with all applicable Environmental Laws and permits; obtain and renew all permits necessary for its operations and properties; and, in each case to the extent required by Environmental Laws, conduct any investigation, study, sampling and testing, and undertake any cleanup, removal, remedial or other action necessary to remove and clean up all Hazardous Materials from any of its properties, in accordance with the requirements of all Environmental Laws.

5.13Further Assurances.  Each Loan Party will execute any and all further documents, financing statements, agreements and instruments, and take all such further actions (including the filing and recording of financing statements and other documents), that may be required under any Applicable Law, or which the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders may reasonably request, to effectuate the transactions contemplated by the Loan Documents or to grant, preserve, protect or perfect the Liens created or intended to be created by the Security Documents or the validity or priority of any such Lien, all at the expense of the Loan Parties.  Without limiting the foregoing, the Loan Parties shall use commercially reasonable efforts to obtain a Collateral Access Agreement from any Person from whom a Loan Party enters into a Lease after the Closing Date for a warehouse or distribution center prior to entering into such Lease.

5.14Information Regarding Loan Parties and Collateral.  The Borrowers will furnish to the Administrative Agent prompt written notice of any change in: (a) any Loan Party’s name; (b) the location of any Loan Party’s chief executive office or its principal place of business; (c) any Loan Party’s organizational structure or jurisdiction of incorporation or formation; or (d) any Loan Party’s Federal Taxpayer Identification Number or organizational identification number assigned to it by its state or province of organization.  The Loan Parties agree not to effect or permit any change referred to in the preceding sentence unless all filings, publications and registrations, have been made (or will be made in a timely fashion) under the UCC or other Applicable Law that are required in order for the Administrative Agent to continue at all times following such change to have a valid, legal and perfected first priority security interest to the extent required under the Security Documents (subject only to Permitted Encumbrances having priority under Applicable Law) in all the Collateral for its own benefit and the benefit of the other Secured Parties.

5.15Physical Inventories.  The Loan Parties, at their own expense, shall cause not less than one (1) physical count of Inventory to be undertaken in each twelve (12) month period (or alternatively, periodic cycle counts) in conjunction with the preparation of its annual audited financial statements, conducted following such methodology as is consistent with the methodology used in the immediately preceding Inventory (or cycle count) or as otherwise may be reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.  Following the completion of such Inventory count, and in any event by the next date required for the delivery of a Borrowing Base Certificate hereunder, the Borrowers shall deliver the results of such physical inventory to the Administrative Agent and shall post such results to the Loan Parties’ stock ledgers and general ledgers, as applicable.

 

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5.16Use of Proceeds of Credit Extensions.  The proceeds of all Credit Extensions will be used only (a) to refinance existing Indebtedness of the Borrowers and their Subsidiaries, (b) to pay fees and expenses incurred in connection with the Transactions, and (c) for general corporate purposes not in contravention of any Applicable Law or of any Loan Document.  No part of the proceeds of any Credit Extension will be used, whether directly or indirectly, for any purpose that entails a violation of any of the regulations of the FRB, including Regulations U and X.

5.17Pension Plans.  Each Loan Party shall cause each of its Plans to be duly qualified and administered in all respects in compliance with all Applicable Laws, and the terms of the Plans and any agreements relating thereto, except for such non-compliance as would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  Each Loan Party and each of its Subsidiaries shall use reasonable commercial efforts to ensure that it, except where failure to do so would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect: (a) has no Unfunded Pension Liability in respect of any Plan, including any Plan to be established and administered by it or them; and (b) does not cause any Plan to engage in a prohibited transaction (within the meaning of ERISA) or violate its fiduciary responsibility rules under ERISA with respect to any Plan that could reasonably be expected to result in liability.

5.18Lien Searches.  Promptly following receipt of the acknowledgment copy of any financing statements filed under the Uniform Commercial Code in any jurisdiction or any other Lien filed in any filing office in any jurisdiction (other than any Liens filed by Administrative Agent), deliver to Administrative Agent completed requests for information listing such financing statement or Lien filing and all other effective financing statements or Lien filings filed in such jurisdiction that name any Loan Party as debtor, together with copies of such other financing statements or Lien filings.

5.19Designation as Senior Indebtedness.  Designate all Obligations as “Designated Senior Indebtedness” (or such other similar term) under, and defined in, any documents, agreements or indentures relating to or evidencing any Subordinated Indebtedness and all supplements thereto.

5.20Lease Obligations.  Each Loan Party shall timely and fully pay and perform its obligations under all leases and other agreements with respect to each leased location or public warehouse where any Collateral is or may be located, except for such payments or other obligations that (i) are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings diligently conducted and (ii) for which adequate reserves in accordance with GAAP are being maintained by such Person.

5.21Anti-Corruption Laws.  Each Loan Party shall, and shall cause each Subsidiary to conduct its businesses in compliance with the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, the UK Bribery Act 2010, and other similar anti-corruption legislation in other jurisdictions, and maintain policies and procedures designed to promote and achieve compliance with such laws.

5.22Collateral Access Agreements.  The Borrowers shall use commercially reasonable efforts to cause to be delivered to the Administrative Agent, within ninety (90) days of the Closing Date, a Collateral Access Agreement with respect to each distribution center or warehouse operated by the Borrowers, exclusive of any individual distribution center or warehouse containing collateral with a value of less than $2,500,000; provided that the aggregate value of all of the collateral in all distribution centers and warehouses so excluded shall not exceed $5,000,000.

 

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5.23Factoring Arrangements.  Not later than thirty (30) days after the Closing Date (or such later date as the Administrative Agent shall agree in its sole discretion), the Borrowers shall deliver to the Administrative Agent evidence in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent that the Borrowers factoring agreement(s) and related UCC financing statement(s) shall have been modified in a manner reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent (including to clarify that the assets subject thereto do not include any credit card receivables or any other assets included in the Borrowing Base); it being agreed that, to the extent such evidence is not received by the Administrative Agent by such date, the Administrative Agent may, in its Permitted Discretion, implement Availability Reserves against the Borrowing Base or (without duplication) exclude Accounts from the Borrowing Base.

ARTICLE VI

Negative Covenants

Until (i) the Total Commitments have expired or been terminated, (ii) the principal of and interest on each Loan and all fees and other Obligations (other than contingent indemnity obligations with respect to then unasserted claims and the Other Liabilities) shall have been paid in full, (iii) all Letters of Credit shall have expired or terminated (or been Cash Collateralized or backstopped in a manner reasonably satisfactory to the Issuing Bank) and (iv) all Letter of Credit Outstandings have been reduced to zero (or Cash Collateralized or backstopped in a manner reasonably satisfactory to the Issuing Bank), each Loan Party covenants and agrees with the Credit Parties that:

6.1Liens.  No Loan Party will, nor will any Loan Party permit any Subsidiary to, create, incur, assume or suffer to exist any Lien upon any of its property, assets or revenues, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, other than the following (each a “Permitted Encumbrance”):

(a)Liens securing any Obligations;

(b)Liens existing on the Closing Date and listed on Schedule 6.01 and any modifications, replacements, renewals or extensions thereof; provided that (i) the Lien does not extend to any additional property other than (A) after-acquired property that is affixed or incorporated into the property covered by such Lien or financed by Indebtedness permitted under Section 6.03, and (B) proceeds and products thereof, (ii) the direct or any contingent obligor with respect thereto is not changed, and (iii) the renewal, extension or refinancing of the obligations secured or benefited by such Liens is permitted by Section 6.03;

(c)Liens for Taxes, assessments or governmental charges which are not required to be paid pursuant to Section 5.04;

(d)Statutory or common law Liens of landlords, sub-landlords, carriers, warehousemen, mechanics, materialmen, repairmen, construction contractors or other like Liens imposed by Applicable Law or other customary Liens (other than Liens in respect of Indebtedness) in favor of landlords, in each case, arising in the ordinary course of business which secure amounts not overdue for a period of more than thirty (30) days and no other action has been taken to enforce

 

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such Lien or which are being contested in good faith and by appropriate actions diligently conducted, if adequate reserves with respect thereto are maintained on the books of the applicable Person in accordance with GAAP and such contest effectively suspends collection of the contested obligation and enforcement of any Lien securing such obligation;

(e)(i) pledges or deposits in the ordinary course of business in connection with workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and other social security legislation, other than any Lien imposed by ERISA and (ii) pledges and deposits in the ordinary course of business 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 Borrowers or any Subsidiary;

(f)deposits to secure the performance of bids, trade contracts, governmental contracts and leases (other than Indebtedness for borrowed money), statutory obligations, surety, stay, customs and appeal bonds, performance bonds and other obligations of a like nature (including those to secure health, safety and environmental obligations) incurred in the ordinary course of business;

(g)easements, rights-of-way, restrictions, encroachments, servitudes, rights of way, licenses, protrusions, site plan agreements, development agreements, contract zoning agreements and other similar encumbrances, rights, agreements and minor title defects affecting real property which, in the aggregate, do not in any case materially interfere with the ordinary conduct of the business of Parents or any Subsidiary;

(h)Liens securing judgments for the payment of money not constituting an Event of Default under Section 7.01(h);

(i)Liens securing Indebtedness permitted under Section 6.03(e); provided that (i) such Liens attach concurrently with or within ninety (90) days after the acquisition, repair, replacement, construction or improvement (as applicable) of the property subject to such Liens and, in the case of any acquisition, the Indebtedness secured thereby does not exceed the cost or fair market value, whichever is lower, of the property being acquired on the date of acquisition, (ii) such Liens do not at any time encumber any property except for accessions, replacements or additions to such property other than the property financed by such Indebtedness and the proceeds and the products thereof and customary security deposits and, (iii) with respect to Capitalized Leases, such Liens do not at any time extend to or cover any assets (except for accessions, replacements or additions to such assets) other than the assets subject to such Capitalized Leases, and the proceeds and products thereof and customary security deposits; provided that individual financings of equipment provided by one lender may be cross collateralized to other financings of equipment provided by such lender; (iv) Liens securing any Permitted Refinancing of Indebtedness under Section 6.03(e), provided that such Liens do not extend to any property that was not subject to the Lien securing the Indebtedness being refinanced;

 

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(j)leases, licenses, subleases or sublicenses granted to others in the ordinary course of business which do not (i) interfere in any material respect with the business of any Loan Party or any Subsidiary thereof, or (ii) secure any Indebtedness;

(k)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 in the ordinary course of business which payments are not overdue and no other action has been taken to enforce such Lien or which are being contested in good faith and by appropriate actions diligently conducted, if adequate reserves with respect thereto are maintained on the books of the applicable Person in accordance with GAAP and such contest effectively suspends collection of the contested obligation and enforcement of any Lien securing such obligation;

(l)Liens (i) arising by operation of law under Article 4 of the UCC in connection with collection of items provided for therein, and (ii) in favor of a banking or other financial institution arising as a matter of law encumbering deposits or other funds maintained with a financial institution (including the right of set-off) and which are within the general parameters customary in the banking industry;

(m)Liens (i) on cash advances in favor of the seller of any property to be acquired in a Permitted Acquisition, an Investment permitted pursuant to Section 6.02(l) or to be applied against the purchase price for such Permitted Acquisition or Investment, and (ii) consisting of an agreement to dispose of any property in a Permitted Disposition, in each case, solely to the extent such Permitted Acquisition or Permitted Disposition, as the case may be, would have been permitted on the date of the creation of such Lien;

(n)Liens on property of any Foreign Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party and that does not constitute Collateral, which Liens secure Indebtedness of the applicable Foreign Subsidiary permitted under Section 6.03;

(o)Liens existing on the property (other than assets included in the Borrowing Base) of any Person at the time such Person becomes a Subsidiary after the Closing Date (other than Liens on the Capital Stock of any Person that becomes a Subsidiary); provided that (i) such Lien was not created in contemplation of such acquisition or such Person becoming a Subsidiary, and (ii) such Lien does not extend to or cover any other assets or property (other than the proceeds or products thereof and accessions or additions thereto);

(p)any interest or title (and all encumbrances and other matters affecting such interest or title) of a licensor, sublicensor, lessor or sublessor under licenses and leases entered into by the Borrowers or any of its Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business provided that no such lease or sublease shall constitute a Capitalized Lease;

(q)Liens arising out of conditional sale, title retention, consignment or similar arrangements for sale of goods entered into by the Borrowers or any of their Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business permitted by this Agreement;

 

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(r)Liens encumbering reasonable customary initial deposits and margin deposits and similar Liens attaching to commodity trading accounts or other brokerage accounts incurred in the ordinary course of business and not for speculative purposes;

(s)Liens arising from precautionary UCC filings regarding “true” operating leases or the consignment of goods to a Loan Party;

(t)Liens placed on the Capital Stock of any joint venture entity in the form of a transfer restriction, purchase option, call or similar right of a third party joint venture partner;

(u)ground leases in respect of real property on which facilities owned or leased by the Borrowers or any of its Subsidiaries are located;

(v)Liens arising by operation of law in the United States under Article 2 of the UCC in favor of a reclaiming seller of goods or buyer of goods;

(w)(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 Borrowers and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole;

(x)without duplication of, or aggregation with, any other Lien permitted under any other clause of this Section 6.01, other Liens securing Indebtedness outstanding in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $100,000 at any time outstanding;

(y)without duplication of, or aggregation with, any other Lien permitted under any other clause of this Section 6.01, other Liens securing Indebtedness outstanding in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $250,000 at any time outstanding so long as such Liens do not attach to assets included in the Borrowing Base;

(z)Liens on assets not included in the Borrowing Base which are entered into in connection with Permitted Factoring Agreements.

The designation of a Lien as a Permitted Encumbrance shall not limit or restrict the ability of the Administrative Agent to establish any Reserve relating thereto.

6.2Investments.  No Loan Party shall, nor shall any Loan Party permit any Subsidiary to, make or hold any Investments, except the following (each a “Permitted Investment”):

(a)Investments held by the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries in the form of Cash Equivalents;

 

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(b)loans or advances to officers, directors and employees of the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries in an aggregate amount not to exceed $250,000 at any time outstanding, for travel, entertainment, relocation and analogous ordinary business purposes;

(c)Investments (i) by Parents and their Subsidiaries in their respective Subsidiaries outstanding on the date hereof and set forth on Schedule 3.12, (ii) additional Investments by the Borrowers or any Subsidiary in any Loan Party (other than Parents) and (iii) additional Investments by any Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party in any other such Subsidiary that is also not a Loan Party;

(d)Investments consisting of extensions of credit in the nature of accounts receivable or notes receivable arising from the grant of trade credit in the ordinary course of business, and Investments received in satisfaction or partial satisfaction thereof from financially troubled account debtors and other credits to suppliers in the ordinary course of business;

(e)Investments by the Borrowers and their Subsidiaries consisting of Permitted Acquisitions;

(f)Investments existing on the Closing Date (other than those referred to in Section 6.02(c)(i)) and set forth on Schedule 6.02;

(g)Investments in Swap Contracts permitted under Section 6.03;

(h)promissory notes and other noncash consideration received by the Borrowers and their Subsidiaries in connection with Permitted Dispositions;

(i)Investments in the ordinary course of business consisting of endorsements for collection or deposit and customary trade arrangements with customers consistent with past practices;

(j)Investments (including debt obligations and Capital Stock) received in connection with the bankruptcy or reorganization of suppliers and customers or in settlement of delinquent obligations of, or other disputes with, customers and suppliers arising in the ordinary course of business or upon the foreclosure with respect to any secured Investment or other transfer of title with respect to any secured Investment;

(k)so long as immediately after giving effect to any such Investment, no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing and without duplication of any other clauses of this Section 6.02, Investments by the Borrowers or any Subsidiary (A) in any Foreign Subsidiary, constituting an exchange of Capital Stock of such Foreign Subsidiary for Indebtedness of such Foreign Subsidiary or (B) constituting Guarantees of Indebtedness or other monetary obligations of Foreign Subsidiaries owing to any Loan Party;

 

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(l)Investments to the extent that payment for such Investments is made solely with Capital Stock of any direct or indirect parent of the Borrowers not resulting in a Change in Control;

(m)Guarantees by the Borrowers or any Subsidiary of leases (other than Capitalized Leases) or of other obligations that do not constitute Indebtedness, in each case entered into in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practices;

(n)Investments of the Borrowers and their Subsidiaries consisting of Guarantees constituting Permitted Indebtedness;

(o)Investments (which may include Investments in any Foreign Subsidiary); provided that (i) at the time of making such Investment, and after giving effect thereto, no Default or Event of Default shall then exist and (ii) the outstanding aggregate amount of such Investments shall not exceed $2,500,000 at any time (net of any return representing a return of capital in respect of any such Investment); and

(p)other Investments of the Borrowers and their Subsidiaries, provided that (i) the Payment Conditions are satisfied at the time of such Investment and (ii) at least five (5) Business Days prior to the making of any such Investment under this Section 6.02(p), the Loan Parties shall deliver to the Administrative Agent a certificate of a Responsible Officer of each Borrower confirming compliance with clause (i) of this paragraph (o) and attaching reasonably detailed calculations demonstrating that the condition specified in clause (i) is satisfied.

6.3Indebtedness.  The Loan Parties will not, nor will any Loan Party permit any Subsidiary to, create, incur, assume or suffer to exist any Indebtedness, except the following (each “Permitted Indebtedness”):

(a)Indebtedness consisting of Obligations of the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries under the Loan Documents;

(b)Indebtedness outstanding on the Closing Date and listed on Schedule 6.03;

(c)Guarantees by the Borrowers and their Subsidiaries in respect of Indebtedness of the Borrowers or any Subsidiary otherwise permitted hereunder); provided that (A) no Guarantee by any Subsidiary of any Indebtedness shall be permitted unless such Subsidiary shall be a Borrower or a Guarantor and (B) if the Indebtedness being Guaranteed is subordinated to the Obligations, such Guarantee shall be subordinated to the Facility Guarantee of the Obligations on terms at least as favorable to the Lenders as those contained in the subordination of such Indebtedness;

(d)Indebtedness of the Borrowers or any Subsidiary of the Borrowers owing to a Borrower or any other Subsidiary of a Borrower to the extent constituting an Investment permitted by Section 6.02; provided that, all such Indebtedness of any Loan Party owed to any Person that is not, or ceases to be, a Loan Party shall be subject to the subordination terms set forth in ARTICLE VI of the Security Agreement;

 

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(e)Attributable Indebtedness and other Indebtedness (including Capitalized Leases) of the Borrowers and their Subsidiaries financing the acquisition, construction, repair, replacement or improvement of fixed or capital assets; provided that (i) such Indebtedness is incurred concurrently with or within ninety (90) days after the applicable acquisition, construction, repair, replacement or improvement, and (ii) no Default or Event of Default shall exist after giving effect to the incurrence of such Indebtedness;

(f)Indebtedness of the Borrowers and their Subsidiaries in respect of Swap Contracts designed to hedge against interest rates, foreign exchange rates or commodities pricing risks incurred in the ordinary course of business and not for speculative purposes;

(g)other unsecured Indebtedness of the Borrowers and their Subsidiaries; provided that, (i) no Event of Default then exists or would arise therefrom and (ii) the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio, on a Pro Forma Basis for the twelve Fiscal Months most recently preceding the incurrence of such Indebtedness, is equal to or greater than 1.00:1.00, (iii) to the extent such Indebtedness is to be secured by Liens on any Collateral, the Administrative Agent shall have entered into an intercreditor agreement, in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, with holders of such Indebtedness (or an agent or trustee therefor) and (iv) such debt does not mature or become due and payable prior to the Maturity Date;

(h)Indebtedness representing deferred compensation, severance, and health and welfare retirement benefits to current and former employees of the Parents, the Borrowers and their Subsidiaries incurred in the ordinary course of business or existing on the Closing Date;

(i)Indebtedness consisting of promissory notes issued by any Loan Party to current or former officers, directors , employees and consultants, their respective estates, spouses or former spouses to finance the purchase or redemption of Capital Stock of the Parents or the Borrowers or any direct or indirect parent of the Parents or the Borrowers permitted by Section 6.06;

(j)Indebtedness incurred by the Borrowers or its Subsidiaries in connection with any Permitted Acquisition, Investment or disposition expressly permitted hereunder constituting indemnification obligations or obligations in respect of purchase price (including earnouts) or other similar adjustments, provided that in the case of a disposition, the maximum assumable liability in respect of all such Indebtedness shall at no time exceed the gross proceeds including non-cash proceeds (the fair market value of such non-cash proceeds being measured at the time received and without giving effect to any subsequent changes in value) actually received by the Borrowers and its Subsidiaries in connection with such Acquisition or Investment;

(k)Indebtedness consisting of obligations of the Borrowers or its Subsidiaries under deferred compensation or other similar arrangements incurred by such Person in connection with the Transaction and Permitted Acquisitions or any other Investment expressly permitted hereunder;

 

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(l)Obligations with respect to Cash Management Services and other Indebtedness in respect of netting services, overdraft protections and similar arrangements in each case in connection with deposit accounts;

(m)As long as the Payment Conditions are satisfied, after giving effect thereto, Subordinated Indebtedness and other unsecured non-amortizing long term Indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $25,000,000.

(n)Obligations in respect of performance, bid, appeal and surety bonds and performance and completion guarantees and similar obligations provided by the Borrowers or any of its Subsidiaries or obligations in respect of letters of credit, bank guarantees or similar instruments related thereto, in each case in the ordinary course of business or consistent with past practice;

(o)Guarantees and letters of credit and surety bonds (other than Guarantees of, or letters of credit and surety bonds related to, Indebtedness) issued by the Borrowers and its Subsidiaries in connection with Permitted Acquisitions and Permitted Dispositions;

(p)Indebtedness due to any landlord in connection with the financing by such landlord of leasehold improvements;

(q)Extensions, renewals and replacements of any such Indebtedness described in clauses (b), (e), (g), and (p); provided that such Indebtedness constitutes a Permitted Refinancing; and

(r)Indebtedness under Permitted Factoring Agreements.

6.4Fundamental Changes.  No Loan Party shall, nor shall it permit any Subsidiary to, merge, amalgamate, dissolve, liquidate, wind up, consolidate with or into another Person, or dispose of (whether in one transaction or in a series of transactions) all or substantially all of its assets (whether now owned or hereafter acquired) to or in favor of any Person, except that:

(a)any Subsidiary may merge or amalgamate with (i) any Borrower (including a merger or amalgamation, the purpose of which is to reorganize such Borrower into a new jurisdiction so long as (A) such jurisdiction is one of the United States of America, (B) no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing at the time of, and after giving effect to, such merger or amalgamation, (C) the Administrative Agent shall have received not less than ten (10) Business Days written notice of such merger or amalgamation, and (D) the Administrative Agent shall have received all such documents, instruments, certificates, legal opinions, and shall have made all such filings and recordations, in each case, as it shall reasonably require in connection with such merger or amalgamation); provided that such Borrower shall be the continuing or surviving Person, or (ii) any one or more other Subsidiaries; provided that when any Subsidiary that is a Loan Party is merging or amalgamating with another Subsidiary, a Loan Party shall be the continuing or surviving Person;

 

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(b)