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

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  September 27, 2022

 

AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Maryland

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

1-12672

(Commission
File Number)

77-0404318

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

4040 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1000

Arlington, Virginia 22203

(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip code)

 

(703) 329-6300

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

¨  Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

¨  Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

¨  Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

¨  Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share   AVB   New York Stock Exchange

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

 

Emerging growth company ¨

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

 

On September 27, 2022, we entered into a $2,250,000,000 Sixth Amended and Restated Revolving Loan Agreement (the “Credit Facility”) with Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent, an issuing bank and a bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as an issuing bank, a bank and a syndication agent, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as an issuing bank, a bank and a syndication agent, the co-documentation agents named therein, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., BofA Securities, Inc., and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC as joint bookrunners and joint lead arrangers, and the other bank parties signatory thereto.

 

Under the terms of the Credit Facility, we may elect to increase the facility by up to an additional $750 million, to an aggregate size of $3.00 billion, provided that one or more banks (from the syndicate or otherwise) voluntarily agree to provide the additional commitment. No member of the syndicate of banks can prohibit such increase; such an increase in the facility will only be effective to the extent banks (from the syndicate or otherwise) choose to commit to lend additional funds. The term of the Credit Facility ends on September 27, 2026, unless we exercise our right to extend the maturity date, subject to the conditions to extension set forth in the Credit Facility. We paid customary arrangement and upfront fees to the lenders in connection with the closing of the Credit Facility. This new facility replaces our prior $1.75 billion credit facility dated as of February 28, 2019, which would have matured on February 28, 2024.

 

The Credit Facility bears interest at varying levels based on (1) the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) applicable to the period of borrowing for a particular draw of funds from the facility (e.g., one month to maturity, three months to maturity, etc.) and (2) the rating levels issued for our unsecured and unsubordinated long-term indebtedness. The stated spread over SOFR can vary from SOFR plus 0.65% to SOFR plus 1.40% based upon the rating of our unsecured and unsubordinated long-term indebtedness. The Credit Facility contains a sustainability-linked pricing component which provides for interest rate margin and commitment fee reductions or increases by meeting or missing targets related to environmental sustainability, specifically greenhouse gas emission reductions.

 

Under the Credit Facility we are subject to certain customary covenants, including, but not limited to, maintaining certain leverage and coverage ratios such as total outstanding indebtedness to capitalization value, combined EBITDA to combined debt service, secured indebtedness to capitalization value and unsecured indebtedness to unencumbered asset value. At the commencement of the Credit Facility on September 27, 2022, there were no borrowings outstanding under the Credit Facility. Approximately $6.9 million was used to provide letters of credit on that date. Accordingly, approximately $2.24 billion was available for borrowing under the Credit Facility on that date.

 

The foregoing description of the Credit Facility does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Credit Facility, attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1.

 

Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation Under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant. 

 

The information set forth under Item 1.01 of this report is incorporated herein by reference.  

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits.

 

10.1 Sixth Amended and Restated Revolving Loan Agreement, dated as of September 27, 2022.
   
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document). (Filed herewith.)

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURE

 

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

 

  AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES, INC.
     
Dated: September 29, 2022 By: /s/ Kevin P. O’Shea
    Kevin P. O’Shea
    Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

EX-10.1 2 tm2226851d1_ex10-1.htm EXHIBIT 10.1

 

Exhibit 10.1

 

 

 

SIXTH AMENDED AND RESTATED
REVOLVING LOAN AGREEMENT

 

dated as of September 27, 2022

 

among

 

AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES, INC.,
as Borrower,

 

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,
as Administrative Agent, an Issuing Bank and a Bank

 

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. and WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
as Issuing Banks, Banks and Syndication Agents,

 

BARCLAYS BANK PLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.,
GOLDMAN SACHS BANK USA, Morgan Stanley senior funding, inc.
PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION and TRUIST BANK,
as Documentation Agents,

 

THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA, BNP PARIBAS,
MIZUHO BANK, LTD., ROYAL BANK OF CANADA, TD BANK, N.A.,
and
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
as Senior Managing Agents,

 

WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, LLC,
as Sustainability Structuring Agent

 

THE OTHER BANKS SIGNATORY HERETO,
each as a Bank,

 

and

 

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., BOFA SECURITIES, INC., and
WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, LLC,
as Joint Bookrunners and Joint Lead Arrangers,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

 

        Page
         
Article I   DEFINITIONS; ETC.   1

 

Section 1.01   Definitions   1
Section 1.02   Accounting Terms   28
Section 1.03   Computation of Time Periods   29
Section 1.04   Rules of Construction   29
Section 1.05   Interest Rates   29
Section 1.06   Letter of Credit Amounts   30
Section 1.07   Times of Day   30
Section 1.08   Rounding   30

 

Article II   THE LOANS   30

 

Section 2.01   Ratable Loans; Bid Rate Loans; Purpose   30
Section 2.02   Bid Rate Loans   31
Section 2.03   Advances, Generally   35
Section 2.04   Procedures for Advances   35
Section 2.05   Interest Periods; Renewals   36
Section 2.06   Interest   36
Section 2.07   Fees   37
Section 2.08   Notes   37
Section 2.09   Prepayments   38
Section 2.10   Cancellation of Commitments   39
Section 2.11   Method of Payment   39
Section 2.12   Elections, Conversions or Continuation of Loans   39
Section 2.13   Minimum Amounts   40
Section 2.14   Certain Notices Regarding Elections, Conversions and Continuations of Loans   40
Section 2.15   Late Payment Premium   40
Section 2.16   Letters of Credit   41
Section 2.17   [Reserved]   48
Section 2.18   Extension of Maturity   49
Section 2.19   Additional Loan Commitments   49
Section 2.20   Defaulting Lenders   51

 

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Table of Contents

(continued)

 

        Page
         
Section 2.21   Sustainability Adjustments   53

 

Article III   YIELD PROTECTION; ILLEGALITY, ETC.   58

 

Section 3.01   Additional Costs   58
Section 3.02   Inability to Determine Rates   59
Section 3.03   Illegality   61
Section 3.04   Treatment of Affected Loans   62
Section 3.05   Certain Compensation   62
Section 3.06   Capital or Liquidity Adequacy   63
Section 3.07   Substitution of Banks   63
Section 3.08   Applicability   64
Section 3.09   Time for Notices   64
Section 3.10   Taxes   65
Section 3.11   Designation of a Different Lending Office   69

 

Article IV   CONDITIONS PRECEDENT   69

 

Section 4.01   Conditions Precedent to the Initial Advance   69
Section 4.02   Conditions Precedent to Each Advance   71
Section 4.03   Deemed Representations   71

 

Article V   REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES   72

 

Section 5.01   Due Organization   72
Section 5.02   Power and Authority; No Conflicts; Compliance With Laws   72
Section 5.03   Legally Enforceable Agreements   72
Section 5.04   Litigation   72
Section 5.05   Good Title to Properties   73
Section 5.06   Taxes   73
Section 5.07   ERISA   73
Section 5.08   No Default on Outstanding Judgments or Orders, Etc.   73
Section 5.09   No Defaults on Other Agreements   74
Section 5.10   Government Regulation   74
Section 5.11   Environmental Protection   74
Section 5.12   Solvency   74

 

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Table of Contents

(continued)

 

        Page
         
Section 5.13   Financial Statements   74
Section 5.14   Valid Existence of Affiliates   74
Section 5.15   Insurance   75
Section 5.16   Accuracy of Information; Full Disclosure   75
Section 5.17   OFAC   75
Section 5.18   Anti-Corruption Laws   75
Section 5.19   Affected Financial Institution   75
Section 5.20   Covered Entities   75

 

Article VI   AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS   76

 

Section 6.01   Maintenance of Existence   76
Section 6.02   Maintenance of Records   76
Section 6.03   Maintenance of Insurance   76
Section 6.04   Compliance with Laws; Payment of Taxes   76
Section 6.05   Right of Inspection   76
Section 6.06   Compliance With Environmental Laws   76
Section 6.07   Maintenance of Properties   76
Section 6.08   Payment of Costs   76
Section 6.09   Reporting and Miscellaneous Document Requirements   77
Section 6.10   Principal Prepayments as a Result of Reduction in Total Loan Commitment   80
Section 6.11   Anti-Corruption Laws   80

 

Article VII   NEGATIVE COVENANTS   80

 

Section 7.01   Mergers Etc.   80
Section 7.02   [Reserved]   80
Section 7.03   Sale of Assets   80
Section 7.04   Distributions   81
Section 7.05   Sanctions   81
Section 7.06   Anti-Corruption Laws   81

 

Article VIII   FINANCIAL COVENANTS   81

 

Section 8.01   Relationship of Total Outstanding Indebtedness to Capitalization Value   81

 

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Table of Contents

(continued)

 

        Page
         
Section 8.02   Relationship of Combined EBITDA to Combined Debt Service   81
Section 8.03   Ratio of Unsecured Indebtedness to Unencumbered Asset Value   82
Section 8.04   Relationship of Secured Indebtedness to Capitalization Value   82

 

Article IX   EVENTS OF DEFAULT   82

 

Section 9.01   Events of Default   82
Section 9.02   Remedies   85

 

Article X   ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT; RELATIONS AMONG BANKS   85

 

Section 10.01   Appointment, Powers and Immunities of Administrative Agent   85
Section 10.02   Reliance by Administrative Agent   87
Section 10.03   Defaults   87
Section 10.04   Rights of Administrative Agent as a Bank   88
Section 10.05   Indemnification of Administrative Agent   88
Section 10.06   Non-Reliance on Administrative Agent and Other Banks   88
Section 10.07   Failure of Administrative Agent to Act   89
Section 10.08   Resignation or Removal of Administrative Agent   89
Section 10.09   Amendments Concerning Agency Function   90
Section 10.10   Liability of Administrative Agent   91
Section 10.11   Transfer of Agency Function   91
Section 10.12   Non-Receipt of Funds by Administrative Agent   91
Section 10.13   [Reserved]   92
Section 10.14   [Reserved]   92
Section 10.15   Pro Rata Treatment   92
Section 10.16   Sharing of Payments Among Banks   92
Section 10.17   Possession of Documents   92
Section 10.18   No Other Duties, Etc.   93
Section 10.19   Administrative Agent May File Proofs of Claim   93
Section 10.20   Certain ERISA Matters   93
Section 10.21   Recovery of Erroneous Payments   95

 

Article XI   NATURE OF OBLIGATIONS   95

 

Section 11.01   Absolute and Unconditional Obligations   95

 

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Table of Contents

(continued)

 

        Page
         
Section 11.02   Non-Recourse to Borrower’s Principals   95

 

Article XII   MISCELLANEOUS   96

 

Section 12.01   Binding Effect of Request for Advance   96
Section 12.02   Amendments and Waivers   96
Section 12.03   Usury   97
Section 12.04   Expenses; Indemnification   97
Section 12.05   Assignment; Participation   98
Section 12.06   Documentation Satisfactory   101
Section 12.07   Notices   101
Section 12.08   Setoff   103
Section 12.09   Table of Contents; Headings   104
Section 12.10   Severability   104
Section 12.11   Counterparts   104
Section 12.12   Integration   104
Section 12.13   Governing Law   104
Section 12.14   Waivers   104
Section 12.15   Jurisdiction; Immunities   105
Section 12.16   Designated Lender   106
Section 12.17   No Bankruptcy Proceedings   106
Section 12.18   USA Patriot Act   106
Section 12.19   Transitional Arrangements   107
Section 12.20   Treatment of Certain Information; Confidentiality   107
Section 12.21   Survival of Representations and Warranties   108
Section 12.22   No Advisory or Fiduciary Responsibility   109
Section 12.23   Electronic Execution; Electronic Records; Counterparts   109
Section 12.24   Acknowledgement and Consent to Bail-In of Affected Financial Institutions   110
Section 12.25   Acknowledgement Regarding Any Supported QFCs   111

 

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EXHIBITS

 

EXHIBIT A   -   Authorization Letter
         
EXHIBIT B   -   Ratable Loan Note
         
EXHIBIT B-1   -   Bid Rate Loan Note
         
EXHIBIT C   -   [Reserved]
         
EXHIBIT D   -   Solvency Certificate
         
EXHIBIT E   -   Assignment and Acceptance
         
EXHIBIT F   -   Designation Agreement
         
EXHIBIT G-1   -   Bid Rate Quote Request
         
EXHIBIT G-2   -   Invitation for Bid Rate Quotes
         
EXHIBIT G-3   -   Bid Rate Quote
         
EXHIBIT G-4   -   Borrower’s Acceptance of Bid Rate Quote
         
EXHIBIT H   -   Acceptance Letter
         
EXHIBIT I   -   Form of Guaranty
         
EXHIBIT J-1   -   Form of U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate
         
EXHIBIT J-2   -   Form of U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate
         
EXHIBIT J-3   -   Form of U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate
         
EXHIBIT J-4   -   Form of U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate
         
EXHIBIT K   -   Ratable Loan Notice
         
EXHIBIT L   -   Form of Pricing Certificate
         

 

SCHEDULES
         
SCHEDULE 1   -   Loan Commitments; Issuing Bank Commitment Amounts
         
SCHEDULE 2.16   -   Existing Letters of Credit
         
SCHEDULE 2.21   -   Sustainability Table

 

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SIXTH AMENDED AND RESTATED REVOLVING LOAN AGREEMENT dated as of September 27, 2022 (this “Agreement”) among AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES, INC., a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Maryland (“Borrower”); JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (“JPMC”), BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. or any successor thereto (in its individual capacity and not as Administrative Agent, “Bank of America”), WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. (“WFB”), and the other lenders signatory hereto, as Banks; and BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., as administrative agent for the Banks (in such capacity, together with its successors in such capacity, “Administrative Agent”; JPMC, Bank of America, WFB, the other lenders signatory hereto, such other lenders who from time to time become Banks pursuant to Section 2.19, 3.07 or 12.05 and, if applicable, any of the foregoing lenders’ Designated Lender, each a “Bank” and collectively, the “Banks”).

 

Borrower, JPMC, WFB, Bank of America, certain of the Banks and the Administrative Agent entered into that certain Fifth Amended and Restated Revolving Loan Agreement, dated as of January 28, 2019 (the “2019 Credit Agreement”) and now desire to amend and restate the 2019 Credit Agreement in its entirety in accordance with the terms and provisions contained herein. Accordingly, in consideration of the premises and the mutual agreements, covenants and conditions hereinafter set forth, Borrower, Administrative Agent and each of the Banks agree as follows:

 

Article I

 

DEFINITIONS; ETC.

 

Section 1.01      Definitions. As used in this Agreement the following terms have the following meanings:

 

2019 Credit Agreement” has the meaning specified in the recitals.

 

Absolute Bid Rate” has the meaning specified in Section 2.02(c)(2)(iv).

 

Absolute Bid Rate Loan” means a Bid Rate Loan bearing interest at the Absolute Bid Rate.

 

Absolute Rate Auction” means a solicitation of Bid Rate Quotes setting forth Absolute Bid Rates pursuant to Section 2.02.

 

Acceptance Letter” has the meaning specified in Section 2.19.

 

Accordion Amount” means, at any time, $750,000,000.

 

Acquisition” means the acquisition by Borrower, directly or indirectly, of an interest in multi-family real estate.

 

Acquisition Asset” means any improved real property asset that has been owned by any of the Borrower, its Consolidated Businesses or any UJV for fewer than eighteen (18) months, unless the Borrower has made a one-time election (by written notice to the Administrative Agent) to no longer treat such asset as an Acquisition Asset for purposes of this Agreement.

 

Additional Costs” has the meaning specified in Section 3.01.

 

 

 

 

Administrative Agent” has the meaning specified in the preamble.

 

Administrative Agent’s Office” means Administrative Agent’s address located at Global Banking Operations - Agency Management, Mail code: CA5-705-06-35, 555 California Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104 or such other address in the United States as Administrative Agent may designate by written notice to Borrower and the Banks.

 

Administrative Questionnaire” means an administrative questionnaire in a form approved by the Administrative Agent.

 

Affected Bank” has the meaning specified in Section 3.07.

 

Affected Financial Institution” means (a) any EEA Financial Institution or (b) any UK Financial Institution.

 

Affected Loan” has the meaning specified in Section 3.04.

 

Affiliate” means, with respect to any Person (the “first Person”), any other Person (1) which directly or indirectly controls, or is controlled by, or is under common control with the first Person; or (2) 10% or more of the beneficial interest in which is directly or indirectly owned or held by the first Person. The term “control” means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power, alone, to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract, or otherwise.

 

Agent Parties” has the meaning specified in Section 12.07(c).

 

Agreement” has the meaning specified in the preamble.

 

Applicable Lending Office” means, for each Bank and for its SOFR Loan, Bid Rate Loan(s) or Base Rate Loan, as applicable, the lending office of such Bank (or of an Affiliate of such Bank) designated as such on its signature page hereof or in the applicable Assignment and Acceptance, or such other office of such Bank (or of an Affiliate of such Bank) as such Bank may from time to time specify to Administrative Agent and Borrower as the office by which its SOFR Loan, Bid Rate Loan(s) or Base Rate Loan, as applicable, is to be made and maintained.

 

Applicable Margin” means, with respect to Base Rate Loans and SOFR Loans (and for purposes of determining the Banks’ L/C Fee Rate under Section 2.16(f)), the respective rates per annum determined at any time, based on the range into which Borrower’s Credit Rating then falls, in accordance with the following table (any change in Borrower’s Credit Rating causing it to move to a different range on the table shall effect an immediate change in the Applicable Margin):

 

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Range of Borrower’s Credit Rating (S&P/Moody’s or other agency equivalent) Applicable Margin for Base Rate Loans (% per annum) Applicable Margin for SOFR Loans (% per annum)
A+/A1 or higher 0.00 0.65
A/A2 0.00 0.70
A-/A3 0.00 0.725
BBB+/Baa1 0.00 0.775
BBB/Baa2 0.00 0.85
BBB-/Baa3 0.05 1.05

Below BBB- or unrated/Below Baa3 or unrated

0.40 1.40

 

It is hereby understood and agreed that the Applicable Margin with respect to any Loans payable hereunder shall be adjusted from time to time based upon the Sustainability Rate Adjustment (to be calculated and applied as set forth in Section 2.21); provided that in no event shall the Applicable Margin with respect to Loans be less than zero.

 

Applicable Sustainability Pricing Adjustment Period” has the meaning assigned thereto in Section 2.21(a).

 

Approved Fund” has the meaning specified in Section 12.05.

 

Assignee” has the meaning specified in Section 12.05.

 

Assignment and Acceptance” means an Assignment and Acceptance, substantially in the form of EXHIBIT E, or any other form (including electronic documentation generated by use of an electronic platform) approved by the Administrative Agent pursuant to which a Bank assigns and an Assignee assumes rights and obligations in accordance with Section 12.05.

 

Authorization Letter” means a letter agreement executed by Borrower in the form of EXHIBIT A.

 

Auto-Extension Letter of Credit” has the meaning specified in Section 2.16(d).

 

Available Total Loan Commitment” has the meaning specified in Section 2.01(b).

 

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

 

Bail-In Legislation” means, (a) with respect to any EEA Member Country implementing Article 55 of Directive 2014/59/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union, the implementing law, rule, regulation or requirement for such EEA Member Country from time to time which is described in the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule, and (b) with respect to the United Kingdom, Part I of the United Kingdom Banking Act 2009 (as amended from time to time) and any other law, regulation or rule applicable in the United Kingdom relating to the resolution of unsound or failing banks, investment firms or other financial institutions or their affiliates (other than through liquidation, administration or other insolvency proceedings).

 

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Bank” and “Banks” have the respective meanings specified in the preamble; provided, however, that the term “Bank” shall exclude each Designated Lender when used in reference to a Ratable Loan, the Loan Commitments or terms relating to the Ratable Loans and the Loan Commitments.

 

Bank of America” has the meaning specified in the preamble.

 

Bank Parties” means Administrative Agent, the Issuing Banks and the Banks.

 

Bank Reply Period” has the meaning specified in Section 12.02.

 

Bank’s L/C Fee Rate” has the meaning specified in Section 2.16(f).

 

Banking Daymeans 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 Agent’s Office is located.

 

Base Ratemeans for any day a fluctuating rate per annum equal to the highest of (a) the Federal Funds 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,” (c) Term SOFR plus 1.00% and (d) 1.00%. 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. If the Base Rate is being used as an alternate rate of interest pursuant to Section 3.02 hereof, then the Base Rate shall be the greater of clauses (a), (b) and (d) above and shall be determined without reference to clause (c) above.

 

Base Rate Loan” means all or any portion (as the context requires) of a Bank’s Ratable Loan which shall accrue interest at a rate determined in relation to the Base Rate.

 

Beneficial Ownership Certification” means a certification regarding beneficial ownership required by the Beneficial Ownership Regulation.

 

Beneficial Ownership Regulation” means 31 C.F.R. § 1010.230.

 

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

 

Bid Borrowing Limit” means sixty-five percent (65%) of the Total Loan Commitment.

 

Bid Rate Loan” has the meaning specified in Section 2.01(c).

 

Bid Rate Loan Note” has the meaning specified in Section 2.08.

 

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Bid Rate Quote” means an offer by a Bank to make a Bid Rate Loan in accordance with Section 2.02.

 

Bid Rate Quote Request” has the meaning specified in Section 2.02(a).

 

Borrower” has the meaning specified in the preamble.

 

Borrower Material” has the meaning in Section 6.09.

 

Borrower’s Accountants” means Ernst & Young, or such other accounting firm(s) of nationally-recognized standing selected by Borrower and reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent.

 

Borrower’s Credit Rating” means the rating assigned from time to time to Borrower’s unsecured and unsubordinated long-term indebtedness by, respectively, S&P, Moody’s and/or one or more other nationally-recognized rating agencies reasonably approved by Administrative Agent. If such a rating is assigned by only one (1) such rating agency, it must be either S&P or Moody’s. If such a rating is assigned by two (2) such rating agencies, at least one (1) must be S&P or Moody’s, and “Borrower’s Credit Rating” shall be the higher of said ratings, except if the aforesaid ratings are greater than one (1) rating level apart, in which case “Borrower’s Credit Rating” shall be the rating one level below the higher rating. If such a rating is obtained from more than two (2) such rating agencies, “Borrower’s Credit Rating” shall be the higher of the lowest two (2) ratings, if at least one (1) of such two (2) is either S&P or Moody’s; if neither of the two (2) lowest ratings is from S&P or Moody’s, then “Borrower’s Credit Rating” shall be the lower of the ratings from S&P and Moody’s. Unless such indebtedness of Borrower is rated by either S&P or Moody’s, “Borrower’s Credit Rating” shall be considered unrated for purposes of this Agreement.

 

Borrower’s Principals” means the officers and directors of Borrower at any applicable time.

 

Borrower’s Share of UJV Combined Outstanding Indebtedness” means the sum of the indebtedness of each of the UJVs contributing to UJV Combined Outstanding Indebtedness multiplied by Borrower’s respective beneficial fractional interests in each such UJV.

 

Capitalization Value” means, as of the end of any calendar quarter, the sum, without double-counting, of (1) Combined EBITDA attributable to Wholly-Owned Assets (other than Acquisition Assets and Construction-in-Process) (less all leasing commissions and management and development fees, net of any expenses applicable thereto, contributing to such Combined EBITDA) for the period of four quarters then ended, capitalized at a rate of 5.75% per annum (i.e., divided by 5.75%), (2) Combined EBITDA attributable to Borrower’s beneficial interest in the UJVs (other than with respect to Acquisition Assets or Construction-in-Process) (less all leasing commissions and management and development fees, net of any expenses applicable thereto, contributing to such Combined EBITDA) for the period of four quarters then ended, capitalized at a rate of 5.75% per annum (i.e., divided by 5.75%), (3) such leasing commissions and management and development fees for such period of four quarters as were subtracted from Combined EBITDA pursuant to clauses (1) and (2) above, capitalized at a rate of 15% per annum (i.e., divided by 15%), (4) unrestricted Cash and Cash Equivalents of Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses, as of the end of such quarter, as reflected in Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements; provided that no such unrestricted Cash and Cash Equivalents will be added to Capitalization Value if such unrestricted Cash and Cash Equivalents have been deducted from Total Outstanding Indebtedness or Secured Indebtedness in the calculation of the financial covenants in Section 8.01 or Section 8.04, (5) the aggregate book value (on a cost basis) of land held for future development and Construction-in-Process of Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses plus Borrower’s beneficial interest in the book value (on a cost basis) of land held for future development and Construction-in-Process of the UJVs (after taking into account any impairments recognized in Borrower’s financial statements in the immediately preceding fiscal quarter), (6) the aggregate book value (on a cost basis) of Acquisition Assets of Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses plus Borrower’s beneficial interest in the book value (on a cost basis) of Acquisition Assets of the UJVs (after taking into account any impairments recognized in Borrower’s financial statements in the immediately preceding fiscal quarter), (7) the value (at the lower of cost or market in accordance with GAAP) of Performing Notes held by Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses, (8) Eligible Cash 1031 Proceeds, plus (9) without duplication of amounts included in items (2), (3), (6) and (7) that are attributable to UJVs, the aggregate book value of the Borrower’s and its Consolidated Businesses’ loans to and investments in minority interests (including preferred equity investments) in other Persons (after taking into account any impairments recognized in the Borrower’s financial statements in the immediately preceding fiscal quarter); provided that the sum of items (2), (5), (7) and (9) above shall not exceed 40% of Capitalization Value.

 

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Cash and Cash Equivalents” means (1) cash, (2) direct obligations of the United States Government, including, without limitation, treasury bills, notes and bonds, (3) interest-bearing or discounted obligations of federal agencies and government-sponsored entities or pools of such instruments offered by Approved Banks and dealers, including, without limitation, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation participation sale certificates, Government National Mortgage Association modified pass through certificates, Federal National Mortgage Association bonds and notes, and Federal Farm Credit System securities, (4) time deposits, domestic and eurodollar certificates of deposit, bankers’ acceptances, commercial paper rated at least A-1 by S&P and P-1 by Moody’s and/or guaranteed by an Aa rating by Moody’s, an AA rating by S&P or better rated credit, floating rate notes, other money market instruments and letters of credit each issued by Approved Banks, (5) obligations of domestic corporations, including, without limitation, commercial paper, bonds, debentures and loan participations, each of which is rated at least AA by S&P and/or Aa2 by Moody’s and/or guaranteed by an Aa rating by Moody’s, an AA rating by S&P or better rated credit, (6) obligations issued by states and local governments or their agencies, rated at least MIG-1 by Moody’s and/or SP-1 by S&P and/or guaranteed by an irrevocable letter of credit of an Approved Bank, (7) repurchase agreements with major banks and primary government security dealers fully secured by the United States Government or agency collateral equal to or exceeding the principal amount on a daily basis and held in safekeeping and (8) real estate loan pool participations, guaranteed by an AA rating given by S&P or an Aa2 rating given by Moody’s or better rated credit. For purposes of this definition, “Approved Bank” means a financial institution which has (x) (A) a minimum net worth of $500,000,000 and/or (B) total assets of at least $10,000,000,000 and (y) a minimum long-term debt rating of A+ by S&P or A1 by Moody’s.

 

Cash Collateral” has the meaning specified in Section 2.16(h); and “Cash Collateralize” shall mean to pledge and deposit Cash Collateral with the Administrative Agent.

 

Closing Date” means the date this Agreement has been executed by all parties and becomes effective pursuant to Section 4.01.

 

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CME” means CME Group Benchmark Administration Limited.

 

Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, including the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

Combined Debt Service” means, for any period of time, (1) Borrower’s share of total debt service (including principal) paid or payable by Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses during such period (other than (x) debt service on construction loans until completion of the relevant construction and other capitalized interest and (y) the amortization of financing fees paid in a prior period) plus a deemed annual capital expense charge of $150 per apartment unit owned by Borrower or its Consolidated Businesses plus (2) Borrower’s beneficial interest in total debt service (including principal) paid or payable by the UJVs during such period (other than (x) debt service on construction loans until completion of the relevant construction and other capitalized interest and (y) the amortization of financing fees paid in a prior period) plus a deemed annual capital expense charge of $150 per apartment unit owned by the UJVs plus (3) preferred dividends and distributions paid or payable by Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses during such period plus (4) non-cash interest expense with respect to convertible debt of the Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses during such period. For the avoidance of doubt, Combined Debt Service shall not include (1) principal repayment at maturity of existing financings, (2) principal payments resulting from refinancing, condemnation, hazard insurance or other loan payoffs, (3) imposition deposits, real estate taxes, insurance or other lender-held escrow amounts, (4) swap settlements, or (5) prepayment penalties for prepayment of financings prior to maturity.

 

Combined EBITDA” means, for any period of time, the sum, without duplication, of (1) Borrower’s share of revenues less operating expenses, general and administrative expenses and property taxes before Interest Expense, income taxes, gains or losses on the sale of real estate and/or marketable securities and depreciation and amortization for Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses, and adjusted to exclude gains and losses from extraordinary or non-recurring items, extinguishment or forgiveness of debt, write-ups or write-downs, acquisition costs for consummated acquisitions, non-cash revenue and non-cash expense attributable to straight lining of rents and (2) Borrower’s beneficial interest in revenues less operating expenses, general and administrative expenses and property taxes before Interest Expense, income taxes, gains or losses on the sale of real estate and/or marketable securities and depreciation and amortization (after eliminating appropriate intercompany amounts) applicable to each of the UJVs, and adjusted to exclude gains and losses from extraordinary or non-recurring items, extinguishment or forgiveness of debt, write-ups or write-downs, acquisition costs for consummated acquisitions, non-cash revenue and non-cash expense attributable to straight lining of rents, in all cases as reflected in Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

Communication” means this Agreement, any Loan Document and any document, any amendment, approval, consent, information, notice, certificate, request, statement, disclosure or authorization related to any Loan Document.

 

Conforming Changes” means, with respect to the use, administration of or any conventions associated with SOFR or any proposed Successor Rate, Daily SOFR, or Term SOFR, as applicable, any conforming changes to the definitions of “Base Rate”, “Daily SOFR”, “SOFR”, “Term SOFR” and “Interest Period”, timing and frequency of determining rates and making payments of interest and other technical, administrative or operational matters (including, for the avoidance of doubt, the definitions of “Banking Day” and “U.S. Government Securities Business Day”, timing of borrowing requests or prepayment, conversion or continuation notices and length of lookback periods) as may be appropriate, in the discretion of the Administrative Agent, to reflect the adoption and implementation of such applicable rate(s) and to permit the administration thereof by the Administrative Agent in a manner substantially consistent with market practice (or, if the Administrative Agent determines that adoption of any portion of such market practice is not administratively feasible or that no market practice for the administration of such rate exists, in such other manner of administration as the Administrative Agent determines is reasonably necessary in connection with the administration of this Agreement and any other Loan Document).

 

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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 Business” means, individually, each Affiliate of Borrower who is or should be included in Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with GAAP.

 

Consolidated Subsidiary” means, individually, each Subsidiary of Borrower who is or should be included in Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with GAAP.

 

Consolidated Financial Statements” means, with respect to any Person, the consolidated balance sheet and related consolidated statement of operations, accumulated deficiency in assets and cash flows, and footnotes thereto, of such Person, prepared in accordance with GAAP.

 

Consolidated Outstanding Indebtedness” means, as of any time, Borrower’s share of all indebtedness and liability for borrowed money, secured or unsecured, of Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses, including mortgage and other notes payable but excluding any indebtedness which is margin indebtedness on cash and cash equivalent securities, all as reflected in Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

Consolidated Tangible Net Worth” means, at any date, Borrower’s share of the consolidated stockholders’ equity of Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses less their consolidated Intangible Assets, all determined as of such date. For purposes of this definition, “Intangible Assets” means with respect to any such intangible assets, the amount (to the extent reflected in determining such consolidated stockholders’ equity) of (1) all write-ups (other than write-ups resulting from foreign currency translations and write-ups of assets of a going concern business made within twelve (12) months after the acquisition of such business) subsequent to September 30, 1994 in the book value of any asset (other than real property assets) owned by Borrower or a Consolidated Business and (2) all debt discount and expense, deferred charges, goodwill, patents, trademarks, service marks, trade names, anticipated future benefit of tax loss carry-forwards, copyrights, organization or developmental expenses and other intangible assets (in each case, not adjusted for depreciation).

 

Construction-in-Process” means a property on which construction of improvements (excluding non-revenue generating capital expenditures and excluding costs incurred prior to construction, all as set forth in the Consolidated Financial Statements) has commenced and is proceeding to completion in the ordinary course but has not yet been completed (as such completion shall be evidenced by a temporary or permanent certificate of occupancy permitting use of the entirety of such property). Any such property shall be treated as Construction-in-Process until 24 months from the date of completion (as evidenced by a certificate of occupancy or its equivalent permitting use of such property by the general public), unless the Borrower has made a one-time election (by written notice to the Administrative Agent) to no longer treat such property as Construction-in-Process for purposes of this Agreement.

 

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Contingent Obligations” means, without duplication, Borrower’s share of (1) any contingent obligations of Borrower or its Consolidated Businesses required to be shown on the balance sheet of Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses in accordance with GAAP and (2) any obligation required to be disclosed in the footnotes to Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements, guaranteeing partially or in whole any non-Recourse Debt, lease, dividend or other obligation, exclusive of contractual indemnities (including, without limitation, any indemnity or price-adjustment provision relating to the purchase or sale of securities or other assets) and guarantees of non-monetary obligations (other than guarantees of completion) which have not yet been called on or quantified, of Borrower or any of its Consolidated Businesses or of any other Person. The amount of any Contingent Obligation described in clause (2) shall be deemed to be (a) with respect to a guaranty of interest or interest and principal, or operating income guaranty, the net present value (using the Base Rate as a discount rate) of the sum of all payments required to be made thereunder (which in the case of an operating income guaranty shall be deemed to be equal to the debt service for the note secured thereby), through (i) in the case of an interest or interest and principal guaranty, the stated date of maturity of the obligation (and commencing on the date interest could first be payable thereunder) or (ii) in the case of an operating income guaranty, the date through which such guaranty will remain in effect and (b) with respect to all guarantees not covered by the preceding clause (a), an amount equal to the stated or determinable amount of the primary obligation in respect of which such guaranty is made or, if not stated or determinable, the maximum reasonably anticipated liability in respect thereof (assuming Borrower and/or one or more of its Consolidated Businesses is required to perform thereunder) as recorded on the balance sheet and on the footnotes to the most recent Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements required to be delivered pursuant to this Agreement. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, guarantees of completion, of environmental indemnities and relating to fraud, misappropriation, bankruptcy filings and other “bad act” indemnities shall not be deemed to be Contingent Obligations unless and until a claim for payment or performance has been made thereunder, at which time any such guaranty shall be deemed to be a Contingent Obligation in an amount equal to any such claim. Subject to the preceding sentence, (1) in the case of a joint and several guaranty given by Borrower or one of its Consolidated Businesses and another Person (but only to the extent such guaranty is recourse, directly or indirectly to Borrower), the amount of the guaranty shall be deemed to be 100% thereof unless and only to the extent that such other Person has delivered Cash and Cash Equivalents to secure all or any part of such Person’s guaranteed obligations and (2) in the case of joint and several guarantees given by a Person in which Borrower owns an interest (which guarantees are non-recourse to Borrower), to the extent the guarantees, in the aggregate, exceed 10% of Capitalization Value, the amount in excess of 10% shall be deemed to be a Contingent Obligation of Borrower. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, “Contingent Obligations” shall be deemed not to include guarantees of unadvanced funds under any indebtedness of Borrower or its Consolidated Businesses or of construction loans to the extent the same have not been drawn. All matters constituting “Contingent Obligations” shall be calculated without duplication.

 

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Continue”, “Continuation” and “Continued” refer to the continuation pursuant to Section 2.12 of a Term SOFR Loan as a Term SOFR Loan from one Interest Period to the next Interest Period.

 

Continuing Directors” has the meaning specified in Section 9.01(11).

 

Convert”, “Conversion” and “Converted” refer to a conversion pursuant to Section 2.12 of a Ratable Loan of one Type into a Ratable Loan of another Type, each of which may be accompanied by the transfer by a Bank (at its sole discretion) of all or a portion of its Ratable Loan from one Applicable Lending Office to another.

 

Covenant Finance Lease” means a Finance Lease for which the Borrower determines (a) it is reasonably certain in the future to exercise any purchase option (if applicable) set forth in such Finance Lease or (b) such Finance Lease will transfer ownership of the underlying asset to lessee by the end of the lease term.

 

Covered Entity” has the meaning specified in Section 12.25.

 

Daily Simple SOFR” with respect to any applicable determination date means the SOFR published on such date on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s website (or any successor source).

 

Daily SOFR” means the rate per annum equal to Daily Simple SOFR determined five (5) U.S. Government Securities Business Days prior to such day pursuant to the definition thereof plus the SOFR Adjustment. Any change in Daily SOFR shall be effective from and including the date of such change without further notice. If the rate as so determined would be less than zero, such rate shall be deemed to be zero for purposes of this Agreement.

 

Daily SOFR Loan” means a Ratable Loan that bears interest at a rate based on Daily SOFR.

 

Debt” means (1) indebtedness or liability for borrowed money, or for the deferred purchase price of property or services (including trade obligations); (2) obligations as lessee under Covenant Finance Leases; (3) current liabilities in respect of unfunded vested benefits under any Plan; (4) obligations in respect of letters of credit issued for the account of any Person; (5) all obligations arising under bankers’ or trade acceptance facilities; (6) all guarantees, endorsements (other than for collection or deposit in the ordinary course of business), and other contingent obligations to purchase any of the items included in this definition, to provide funds for payment, to supply funds to invest in any Person, or otherwise to assure a creditor against loss; (7) all obligations secured by any Lien on property owned by the Person whose Debt is being measured, whether or not the obligations have been assumed; and (8) all obligations under any agreement providing for contingent participation or other hedging mechanisms with respect to interest payable on any of the items described above in this definition.

 

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

 

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Default” means any event which with the giving of notice or lapse of time, or both, would become an Event of Default.

 

Default Rate” means a rate per annum equal to: (1) with respect to Base Rate Loans or Daily SOFR Loans, a variable rate 2% above the rate of interest then in effect thereon (including the Applicable Margin); and (2) with respect to Term SOFR Loans and Bid Rate Loans, a fixed rate 2% above the rate(s) of interest in effect thereon (including the Applicable Margin or the Term SOFR Bid Margin, as the case may be) at the time of Default until the end of the then current Interest Period therefor and, thereafter, a variable rate 2% above the rate of interest for a Base Rate Loan.

 

Defaulting Lender” means, subject to Section 2.20(b), any Bank that, as determined by the Administrative Agent, (a) has failed to perform any of its funding obligations hereunder, including in respect of its Loans or participations in respect of Letters of Credit, within three Banking Days of the date required to be funded by it hereunder unless such Bank notifies the Administrative Agent and the Borrower in writing that such failure is the result of such Bank’s reasonable 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, (b) has notified the Borrower, or the Administrative Agent that it does not intend to comply with its funding obligations or has made a public statement to that effect with respect to its funding obligations hereunder (unless such writing or public statement relates to such Bank’s obligation to fund a Loan hereunder and states that such position is based on such Bank’s reasonable 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 Banking Days after request by the Administrative Agent, to confirm in a manner satisfactory to the Administrative Agent that it will comply with its funding obligations (provided that such Bank shall cease to be a Defaulting Lender pursuant to this clause (c) upon receipt of such written confirmation by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower), or (d) has, or has a direct or indirect parent company that has, (i) become the subject of a proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law or the subject of a Bail-In Action, (ii) had a receiver, conservator, trustee, administrator, assignee for the benefit of creditors or similar Person charged with reorganization or liquidation of its business or a custodian appointed for it, or (iii) taken any action in furtherance of, or indicated its consent to, approval of or acquiescence in any such proceeding or appointment; provided that a Bank shall not be a Defaulting Lender solely by virtue of the ownership or acquisition of any equity interest in that Bank or any direct or indirect parent company thereof by a Governmental Authority so long as such equity interest does not result in or provide such Bank 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 Bank (or such Governmental Authority) to reject, repudiate, disavow or disaffirm any contracts or agreements made with such Bank. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in clauses (a) through (d) above, any determination by the Administrative Agent that a Bank is a Defaulting Lender under any one or more of clauses (a) through (d) above shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error, and such Bank shall be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender (subject to Section 2.20(b) upon delivery of written notice of such determination to the Borrower, the Issuing Bank, and each Bank.

 

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

 

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Designated Lender” means a special purpose corporation that (i) shall have become a party to this Agreement pursuant to Section 12.16 and (ii) is not otherwise a Bank.

 

Designating Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 12.16.

 

Designation Agreement” means an agreement in substantially the form of EXHIBIT F, entered into by a Bank and a Designated Lender and accepted by Administrative Agent.

 

Disposition” means a sale (whether by assignment, transfer, Division, or Finance Lease) of an asset.

 

Dividing Person” has the meaning assigned to it in the definition of “Division.”

 

Division” means the division of the assets, liabilities and/or obligations of a Person (the “Dividing Person”) among two or more Persons (whether pursuant to a “plan of division” or similar arrangement), which may or may not include the Dividing Person and pursuant to which the Dividing Person may or may not survive.

 

Dollars” and the sign “$” mean lawful money of the United States of America.

 

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.

 

Elect” and “Election” refer to election, if any, by Borrower pursuant to Section 2.12 to have all or a portion of an advance of the Ratable Loans be outstanding as SOFR Loans.

 

Electronic Record” and “Electronic Signature” shall have the meanings assigned to them, respectively, by 15 USC §7006, as it may be amended from time to time.

 

Eligible Cash 1031 Proceeds” means the cash proceeds held by a “qualified intermediary” from the sale of real property of Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses, which proceeds are intended to be used by such qualified intermediary to acquire one or more “replacement properties” that are of “like-kind” to such real property in an exchange that qualifies as a tax-free exchange under Section 1031 of the Code, and no portion of which proceeds Borrower or any Affiliate has the right to receive, pledge, borrow or otherwise obtain the benefits of until such time as provided under the applicable “exchange agreement” (as such terms in quotations are defined in Treasury Regulations Section 1.1031(k)-1(g)(4) (the “Regulations”)) or until such exchange is terminated. Upon the cash proceeds no longer being held by such qualified intermediary pursuant to the Regulations or otherwise no longer qualifying under the Regulations for like-kind exchange treatment, such proceeds shall cease being Eligible Cash 1031 Proceeds.

 

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Environmental Discharge” means any discharge or release of any Hazardous Materials in violation of any applicable Environmental Law.

 

Environmental Law” means any applicable Law relating to pollution or the environment, including Laws relating to noise or to emissions, discharges, releases or threatened releases of Hazardous Materials into the work place, the community or the environment, or otherwise relating to the generation, manufacture, processing, distribution, use, treatment, storage, disposal, transport or handling of Hazardous Materials.

 

Environmental Notice” means any written complaint, order, citation or notice from any Person (1) affecting or relating to Borrower’s compliance with any Environmental Law in connection with any activity or operations at any time conducted by Borrower, (2) relating to (a) the existence of any Hazardous Materials contamination or Environmental Discharges or threatened Hazardous Materials contamination or Environmental Discharges at any of Borrowers locations or facilities or (b) remediation of any Environmental Discharge or Hazardous Materials at any such location or facility or any part thereof; or (3) relating to any violation or alleged violation by Borrower of any relevant Environmental Law.

 

ERISA” means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, including the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

ERISA Affiliate” means any corporation which is a member of the same controlled group of corporations (within the meaning of Section 414(b) of the Code) as Borrower, or any trade or business which is under common control (within the meaning of Section 414(c) of the Code) with Borrower, or any organization which is required to be treated as a single employer with Borrower under Section 414(m) or 414(o) of the Code.

 

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 specified in Section 9.01.

 

Excluded Borrowing” means a borrowing of Loans which is solely refinancing an outstanding Loan and is not increasing the aggregate outstanding principal amount of Loans hereunder (including a Conversion or Continuation of Loans).

 

Excluded Taxesmeans 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 Bank, its Applicable Lending Office located in, the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (or any political subdivision thereof) or (ii) that are Other Connection Taxes, (b) in the case of a Bank, U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed on amounts payable to or for the account of such Bank with respect to an applicable interest in a Loan or Loan Commitment pursuant to a law in effect on the date on which (i) such Bank acquires such interest in the Loan or Loan Commitment (other than pursuant to an assignment request by the Borrower under Section 3.07) or (ii) such Bank changes its Applicable Lending Office, except in each case to the extent that, pursuant to Section 3.10(a) or (c), amounts with respect to such Taxes were payable either to such Bank’s assignor immediately before such Bank became a party hereto or to such Bank immediately before it changed its Applicable Lending Office, (c) Taxes attributable to such Recipient’s failure to comply with Section 3.10(e) and (d) any U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed pursuant to FATCA.

 

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Existing Banks” has the meaning specified in Section 2.19(c).

 

Existing Letters of Credit” has the meaning specified in Section 2.16(f).

 

Extension Effective Date” has the meaning specified in Section 2.18.

 

Extension Options” has the meaning specified in Section 2.18.

 

Facility Fee Rate” means the rate per annum determined, at any time, based on Borrower’s Credit Rating in accordance with the following table (any change in Borrower’s Credit Rating causing it to move into a different range on the table shall effect an immediate change in the Facility Fee Rate):

 

Borrower’s Credit Rating (S&P/Moody’s)

Facility Fee Rate (% per annum)

A+/A1 or higher 0.10
A/A2 0.10
A-/A3 0.125
BBB+/Baa1 0.15
BBB/Baa2 0.20
BBB-/Baa3 0.25

Below BBB- or unrated/Below Baa3 or unrated

0.30

 

It is hereby understood and agreed that the Facility Fee Rate payable hereunder shall be adjusted from time to time based upon the Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment (to be calculated and applied as set forth in Section 2.21); provided that in no event shall the Facility Fee Rate be less than zero.

 

FATCA” means Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code as of the date of this Agreement (or any successor provisions thereof that are substantially comparable and not materially more onerous to comply with) and any regulations (whether temporary or proposed) that are issued thereunder and official governmental interpretations thereof and any agreements entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b)(1) of the Code and any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement, treaty or convention among Governmental Authorities entered into in connection with the implementation of the foregoing.

 

Federal Funds Ratemeans, for any day, the rate per annum calculated by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York based on such day’s federal funds transactions by depository institutions (as determined in such manner as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shall set forth on its public website from time to time) and published on the next succeeding Banking Day by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as the federal funds effective rate; provided that if the Federal Funds Rate as so determined would be less than zero, such rate shall be deemed to be zero for purposes of this Agreement.

 

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Fee Letter” means the letter agreement, dated as of July 29, 2022, among the Borrower and JPMC.

 

Finance Lease” means any lease which is capitalized on the books of the lessee in accordance with GAAP.

 

Fiscal Year” means each period from January 1 to December 31.

 

Foreign Bank” means any Bank that is organized under the Laws of a jurisdiction other than the United States or any State thereof.

 

Fronting Exposure” means, at any time there is a Defaulting Lender, with respect to the Issuing Bank, such Defaulting Lender’s Pro Rata Share of the outstanding L/C Obligations other than L/C Obligations as to which such Defaulting Lender’s participation obligation has been funded by such Bank, has been reallocated to other Banks or Cash Collateralized in accordance with the terms hereof.

 

GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America as in effect from time to time, applied on a basis consistent with those used in the preparation of the financial statements referred to in Section 5.13 (except for changes concurred in by Borrower’s Accountants).

 

GHG Emissions means, with respect to any calendar year, the kilograms of CO2e per square foot GHG Scope 1 Emissions (direct) of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for such calendar year and the kilograms of CO2e per square foot GHG Scope 2 Emissions of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for such calendar year.

 

GHG Emissions Reductions” means, with respect to any calendar year, commencing with the calendar year ending December 31, 2022, the GHG Emissions for such calendar year as compared to GHG Emissions reflected in the Baseline Amount as identified on the Sustainability Table, determined in all material respects in conformity with the Standard for Sustainability Reporting and as set forth in the Pricing Certificate.

 

GHG Emissions Reductions Target” means, for any calendar year, commencing with the calendar year ending December 31, 2022, the GHG Emissions Reduction Target for such calendar year, as set forth in the Sustainability Table.

 

GHG Emissions Reductions Threshold” means, for any calendar year, commencing with the calendar year ending December 31, 2022, the GHG Emissions Reduction Threshold for such calendar year, as set forth in the Sustainability Table.

 

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GHG Scope 1 Emissions” means the intensity of direct greenhouse gas emissions from owned or controlled sources of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, as defined in the Standard for Sustainability Reporting.

 

GHG Scope 2 Emissions” means the intensity of indirect greenhouse gas emissions from electricity, steam, heat and cooling purchased or acquired by the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, as defined in the Standard for Sustainability Reporting.

 

Good Faith Contest” means the contest of an item if: (1) the item is diligently contested in good faith, and, if appropriate, by proceedings timely instituted; (2) reserves that are adequate based on reasonably foreseeable likely outcomes are established with respect to the contested item; (3) during the period of such contest, the enforcement of any contested item is effectively stayed, delayed or postponed; and (4) the failure to pay or comply with the contested item during the period of the contest is not likely to result in a Material Adverse Change.

 

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

 

Hazardous Materials” means any pollutant, effluents, emissions, contaminants, toxic or hazardous wastes or substances, as any of those terms are defined from time to time in or for the purposes of any relevant Environmental Law, including asbestos fibers and friable asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls, and any petroleum or hydrocarbon-based products or derivatives.

 

Impacted Loans” has the meaning specified in Section 3.02(a).

 

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 Borrower under any Loan Document and (b) to the extent not otherwise described in (a) above, Other Taxes.

 

Indemnitee” has the meaning specified in Section 12.04.

 

Information” has the meaning specified in Section 12.20.

 

Initial Advance” means the first advance of proceeds of the Loans.

 

Interest Expense” means, for any period of time, Borrower’s share of the consolidated interest expense (without deduction of consolidated interest income, and excluding (x) interest expense on construction loans and (y) other capitalized interest expense in respect of either construction activity or construction loans, in any such case under clauses (x) or (y), only until completion of the relevant construction, and (z) any costs, fees, unamortized deferred financing costs and/or prepayment penalties incurred in connection with the prepayment of financings) of Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses, including, without limitation or duplication (or, to the extent not so included, with the addition of), (1) the portion of any rental obligation in respect of any Covenant Finance Lease obligation allocable to interest expense in accordance with GAAP; (2) the amortization of Debt discounts; (3) the amortization of interest rate swap agreements; and (4) the interest expense and items listed in clauses (1) through (3) above applicable to each of the UJVs multiplied by Borrower’s respective beneficial interests in the UJVs, in all cases as reflected in Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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Interest Period” means, (1) with respect to any Term SOFR Loan, the period commencing on the date such Term SOFR Loan is disbursed or converted to or continued as a Term SOFR Loan and ending on the date one, three or six months thereafter, as selected by the Borrower in its Ratable Loan Notice (in the case of each requested Interest Period, subject to availability); provided that (i) any such Interest Period that would otherwise end on a day that is not a Banking Day shall be extended to the next succeeding Banking Day unless, in the case of a Term SOFR Loan, such Banking Day falls in another calendar month, in which case such Interest Period shall end on the next preceding Banking Day; (ii) any such Interest Period pertaining to a Term SOFR Loan that begins on the last Banking 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 Banking Day of the calendar month at the end of such Interest Period; and (iii) no Interest Period shall extend beyond the Maturity Date; (2) with respect to any Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan, the period commencing on the date the same is advanced and ending, as Borrower may select pursuant to Section 2.02, on the numerically corresponding day in the first, second or third calendar month thereafter, provided that each such Interest Period which commences on the last Banking Day of a calendar month (or on any day for which there is no numerically corresponding day in the appropriate subsequent calendar month) shall end on the last Banking Day of the appropriate calendar month; and (3) with respect to any Absolute Bid Rate Loan, the period commencing on the date the same is advanced and ending, as Borrower may select pursuant to Section 2.02, provided, however, that each such period shall not be less than fourteen (14) days nor more than ninety (90) days.

 

Invitation for Bid Rate Quotes” has the meaning specified in Section 2.02 (b).

 

IRS” means the Internal Revenue Service.

 

ISP” means the International Standby Practices, International Chamber of Commerce Publication No. 590 (or such later version thereof as may be in effect at the applicable time).

 

Issuing Bank” means (a) each of Bank of America, JPMC, and WFB in its capacity as issuing bank of the Letters of Credit under the Letter of Credit facility described in Section 2.16, and (b) any other Bank reasonably acceptable to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent that agrees to issue Letters of Credit pursuant to this Agreement, in its capacity as issuing bank of the Letters of Credit under the Letter of Credit facility described in Section 2.16, and, in each case, including their respective successors in such capacities. Any Issuing Bank may, in its discretion, arrange for one or more Letters of Credit to be issued by Affiliates of such Issuing Bank, in which case the term “Issuing Bank” shall include any such Affiliate with respect to Letters of Credit issued by such Affiliate. Each reference in this Agreement to the Issuing Bank shall be deemed to be a reference to the applicable Issuing Bank that has issued or is issuing, amending or extending the Letter of Credit in question or to each or all of the Issuing Banks hereunder, as the context may require.

 

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Issuing Bank Commitment Amount” means, as to any Issuing Bank, the commitment of such Issuing Bank to issue Letters of Credit hereunder. The initial amount of each Issuing Bank’s Issuing Bank Commitment Amount is set forth on Schedule 1, or if an Issuing Bank has entered into an Assignment and Assumption or has otherwise assumed an Issuing Bank Commitment Amount after the Closing Date, the amount set forth for such Issuing Bank as its Issuing Bank Commitment Amount in the Register maintained by the Administrative Agent. The Issuing Bank Commitment Amount of an Issuing Bank may be modified from time to time by agreement between such Issuing Bank and the Borrower, and notified to the Administrative Agent.

 

Joint Lead Arrangers” or “Arrangers” means the financial institutions listed on the cover page hereto as “Joint Lead Arrangers”.

 

JPMC” has the meaning specified in the preamble.

 

KPI Metric” means GHG Emissions Reductions.

 

KPI Metrics Report” means a report prepared by the Borrower that sets forth the calculations for the KPI Metric for a specific calendar year.

 

L/C Obligations” means, as at any date of determination, the sum of the aggregate amount available to be drawn under all outstanding Letters of Credit (including any automatic or scheduled increases provided for by the express terms in such Letters of Credit, determined without regard to whether any conditions to drawing could be met at that time) plus the aggregate of all unreimbursed drawings with respect to Letters of Credit. 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.

 

Law” means any federal, state or local statute, law, rule, regulation, ordinance, order, code, or rule of common law, now or hereafter in effect, and in each case as amended, and any judicial or administrative order, consent decree or judgment.

 

Lender Recipient Party” means, collectively, the Banks and the Issuing Banks.

 

Letter of Credit” has the meaning specified in Section 2.16(a).

 

Lien” means any mortgage, deed of trust, pledge, negative pledge, security interest, hypothecation, assignment for collateral purposes, deposit arrangement, lien (statutory or other), or other security agreement or charge of any kind or nature whatsoever of any third party (excluding any right of setoff but including, without limitation, any conditional sale or other title retention agreement, any financing lease having substantially the same economic effect as any of the foregoing, and the filing of any financing statement under the Uniform Commercial Code or comparable Law of any jurisdiction to evidence any of the foregoing and carriers, warehousemen, mechanics and other similar inchoate liens that have not been insured against in a manner reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent).

 

Loan” means, with respect to each Bank, collectively, its Ratable Loan and Bid Rate Loan(s).

 

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Loan Commitment” means, with respect to each Bank, the obligation to make a Ratable Loan, and to acquire participations in Letters of Credit, in the principal amount set forth in Schedule 1 (subject to change in accordance with the terms of this Agreement).

 

Loan Documents” means this Agreement, the Notes, the Authorization Letter, the Solvency Certificate and any guaranty executed and delivered pursuant to clause (y) of the definition of “Unencumbered Assets” in Section 1.01 and any amendments, modifications or supplements hereto or to any other Loan Document or waivers hereof or to any other Loan Document.

 

Material Adverse Change” means an effect resulting from any circumstance or event or series of circumstances or events, of whatever nature, which does or could reasonably be expected to, on more than an interim basis, either (1) materially and adversely impair the ability of Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses, taken as a whole, to fulfill its material obligations under the Loan Documents or (2) cause a Default or an Event of Default.

 

Maturity Date” means the later of (a) September 25, 2026 and (b) if maturity is extended pursuant to Section 2.18, such extended maturity date as determined pursuant to such Section; provided, however, that, in each case, if such date is not a Banking Day, the Maturity Date shall be the next preceding Banking Day.

 

Minimum Request” has the meaning specified in Section 2.19(a).

 

Moody’s” means Moody’s Investors Service, Inc.

 

Multiemployer Plan” means a Plan defined as such in Section 3(37) of ERISA to which contributions have been made by Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate and which is covered by Title IV of ERISA.

 

New Bank” and “New Note” have the respective meanings specified in Section 2.19.

 

Note” and “Notes” have the respective meanings specified in Section 2.08.

 

Notice to Extend” has the meaning specified in Section 2.18.

 

Obligations” means each and every obligation, covenant and agreement of Borrower, now or hereafter existing, contained in this Agreement, and any of the other Loan Documents, whether for principal, reimbursement obligations, interest, fees, expenses, indemnities or otherwise, and any amendments or supplements thereto, extensions or renewals thereof or replacements therefor, including but not limited to all indebtedness, obligations and liabilities of Borrower to Administrative Agent and any Bank now existing or hereafter incurred under or arising out of or in connection with the Notes, this Agreement, the other Loan Documents, and any documents or instruments executed in connection therewith; in each case whether direct or indirect, joint or several, absolute or contingent, liquidated or unliquidated, now or hereafter existing, renewed or restructured, whether or not from time to time decreased or extinguished and later increased, created or incurred, and including all indebtedness of Borrower, under any instrument now or hereafter evidencing or securing any of the foregoing.

 

OFAC” means the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States Department of the Treasury.

 

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

 

Other Taxes” means all present or future stamp, court or documentary, 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 3.07).

 

Outstanding Percentage” has the meaning specified in Section 2.19(c).

 

Parent” means, with respect to any Bank, any Person controlling such Bank.

 

Participant” and “Participation” have the respective meanings specified in Section 12.05.

 

Participant Register” has the meaning specified in Section 12.05.

 

Patriot Act” has the meaning specified in Section 12.18.

 

Payor” has the meaning specified in Section 10.12(a).

 

PBGC” means the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and any entity succeeding to any or all of its functions under ERISA.

 

“Performing Notes” means mortgage notes and notes receivable which are not more than thirty (30) days past due or otherwise in default.

 

Permitted Investments” means any one or more of the following “cash,” “cash items,” or “government securities” within the meaning of Section 856(c)(4)(A) of the Code: (a) direct obligations of the United States of America, or any agency thereof, or obligations fully guaranteed as to payment of principal and interest by the United States of America, or any agency thereof, provided such obligations are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States of America, and provided, however, that any such investment must have a predetermined fixed dollar amount of principal due at maturity that cannot vary or change; (b) U.S. dollar denominated time deposits in U.S. financial institutions that are either member banks of the Federal Reserve System or are state-chartered banks regulated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and (c) money market funds that are subject to regulation under the Investment Company Act of 1940, 15 U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq., and comply with the requirements of Rule 2a-7 thereof, as amended.

 

Person” means an individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, business trust, joint stock company, trust, unincorporated association, joint venture, Governmental Authority or other entity of whatever nature.

 

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Plan” means any employee benefit or other plan established or maintained, or to which contributions have been made, by Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate and which is covered by Title IV of ERISA or to which Section 412 of the Code applies.

 

Platform” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.09.

 

presence”, when used in connection with any Environmental Discharge or Hazardous Materials, means and includes presence, generation, manufacture, installation, treatment, use, storage, handling, repair, encapsulation, disposal, transportation, spill, discharge and release.

 

Pricing Certificate” means a certificate substantially in the form of EXHIBIT L executed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower and attaching a true and correct copy of the KPI Metrics Report for the most recently ended calendar year and the calculation worksheet in Annex B thereof and setting forth the Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment and the Sustainability Rate Adjustment resulting therefrom as well as the calculations of the percentage change with respect to any KPI Metric for such calendar year compared to the applicable Baseline Amount in the Sustainability Table.

 

Pricing Certificate Inaccuracy” has the meaning specified in Section 2.21(d).

 

Pro Rata Share” means, for purposes of this Agreement and with respect to each Bank, a fraction, the numerator of which is the amount of such Bank’s Loan Commitment and the denominator of which is the Total Loan Commitment.

 

Prohibited Transaction” means any transaction proscribed by Section 406 of ERISA or Section 4975 of the Code and to which no statutory or administrative exemption applies.

 

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

 

Public Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 6.09.

 

Ratable Loan” has the meaning specified in Section 2.01(b).

 

Ratable Loan Note” has the meaning specified in Section 2.08.

 

Ratable Loan Notice” means a notice of (a) a borrowing of Ratable Loans, (b) a Conversion of Ratable Loans, or (c) a Continuation of Term SOFR Loans, pursuant to Section 2.04 or Section 2.14, which shall be substantially in the form of Exhibit K 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 the Borrower.

 

Recipient” means the Administrative Agent, any Bank or the Issuing Bank.

 

Recourse Debt” means Debt, recourse for the payment of which (other than customary exceptions for fraud, misappropriation, bankruptcy filing and other “bad acts”, environmental liability and other similar and customary exceptions to non-recourse liability) is not limited to specified collateral encumbered by Liens securing such Debt (or, in the case of a Person that is a “special purpose entity”, recourse is not limited to the assets of such “special purpose entity”).

 

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Register” has the meaning specified in Section 12.05.

 

Regulation D” means Regulation D of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

 

Regulation T” means Regulation T of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

 

Regulation U” means Regulation U of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

 

Regulation X” means Regulation X of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

 

Regulatory Change” 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. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, (a) the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and all requests, rules, guidelines or directives thereunder or issued in connection therewith or in the implementation thereof and (b) 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 “Regulatory Change”, regardless of the date enacted, adopted, issued or implemented.

 

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.

 

Relevant Documents” has the meaning specified in Section 11.02.

 

Relevant Governmental Body” means the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System or the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, or a committee officially endorsed or convened by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System or the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, or any successor thereto.

 

Replacement Bank” has the meaning specified in Section 3.07.

 

Replacement Notice” has the meaning specified in Section 3.07.

 

Reportable Event” means any of the events set forth in Section 4043(c) of ERISA, other than those events as to which the thirty (30) day notice period is waived under subsections .13, .14, .16, .18, .19 or .20 of PBGC Reg. §2615.

 

Requested Increase” has the meaning specified in Section 2.19.

 

Required Banks” means at any time the Banks having Pro Rata Shares aggregating at least 51%; provided, however, if the Loan Commitments have been terminated, the “Required Banks” shall be the Banks holding at least 51% of the then aggregate unpaid principal amount of the Loans; provided that the Loan Commitment of, and the portion of the Loans held or deemed held by, any Defaulting Lender shall be excluded for purposes of making a determination of Required Banks.

 

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Required Payment” has the meaning specified in Section 10.12(a).

 

Rescindable Amount” has the meaning specified in Section 10.12(b).

 

Resolution Authority” means an EEA Resolution Authority or, with respect to any UK Financial Institution, a UK Resolution Authority.

 

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

 

Revolving Credit Exposure” means, as to any Bank at any time, the aggregate principal amount at such time of its outstanding Ratable Loans and such Bank’s participation in L/C Obligations at such time.

 

S&P” means Standard and Poor’s Financial Services LLC, a division of McGraw-Hill Financial, Inc.

 

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.

 

Scheduled Unavailability Date” has the meaning specified in Section 3.02(c).

 

Secured Indebtedness” means that portion of Total Outstanding Indebtedness that is secured by a Lien.

 

SOFR” means the Secured Overnight Financing Rate as administered by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (or a successor administrator).

 

SOFR Adjustment” with respect to Daily SOFR or Term SOFR means 0.10% (10 basis points).

 

SOFR Loan” means a Daily SOFR Loan and/or a Term SOFR Loan, as the context may require.

 

Solvency Certificate” means a certificate in the form of EXHIBIT D, to be delivered by Borrower pursuant to the terms of this Agreement.

 

Solvent” means, when used with respect to any Person, that the fair value of the property of such Person, on a going concern basis, is greater than the total amount of liabilities (including, without limitation, contingent liabilities) of such Person.

 

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Standard for Sustainability Reporting” means the GHG Protocol, the internationally recognized standard for GHG accounting of companies defining the methodologies for calculating direct and indirect emissions according to the World Resources Institute/World Business Council for Sustainable Development Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, Revised Edition (the GHG Protocol); US EPA (egrid) emission conversion factors for greenhouse gas company reporting 2020; IEA electricity emissions factors data, (2020); IEA CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion (2020), as amended from time to time.

 

Successor Rate” has the meaning specified in Section 3.02(b).

 

Supplemental Fee Letter” means, collectively, the letter agreement, dated as of September 23, 2022, among Borrower, Bank of America and BofA Securities, Inc. and the letter agreement, dated as of July 29, 2022, among Borrower, WFB, and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.

 

Supplemental Note” has the meaning specified in Section 2.19.

 

Sustainability Agent Resignation Effective Date” has the meaning assigned thereto in Section 10.08(b).

 

Sustainability Assurance Provider” means Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, or another independent global provider of environmental, social and governance reporting assurance services designated by the Borrower and reasonably satisfactory to the Sustainability Structuring Agent applying standards and reaching conclusions not materially less extensive than those commonly associated with an International Standard on Assurance Engagements 3000 assurance engagement or (with respect to GHG Emissions) ISO 14064 Part 3 verification and validation of greenhouse gas emissions reporting, other than any deviations from such standards notified by the Borrower and reasonably satisfactory to the Sustainability Structuring Agent, and publicly reported by the Borrower and published on an Internet or intranet website to which each Bank and the Administrative Agent have been granted access free of charge (or at the expense of the Borrower).

 

Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment” means, with respect to any Pricing Certificate for any calendar year, (a) positive 0.005%, if the KPI Metric for such period as set forth in the Pricing Certificate is less than the GHG Emissions Reductions Threshold for such period, (b) 0.000%, if the KPI Metric for such period as set forth in the Pricing Certificate is greater than or equal to the GHG Emissions Reductions Threshold for such period but less than the GHG Emissions Reductions Target for such period, and (c) negative 0.005%, if the KPI Metric for such period as set forth in the Pricing Certificate is greater than or equal to GHG Emissions Reductions Target for such period.

 

Sustainability Pricing Adjustment Date” has the meaning assigned thereto in Section 2.21(a)

 

Sustainability Rate Adjustment” means, with respect to any period between Sustainability Pricing Adjustment Dates, (a) positive 0.02%, if the KPI Metric for such period as set forth in the Pricing Certificate is less than the GHG Emissions Reductions Threshold for such period, (b) 0.000%, if the KPI Metric for such period as set forth in the Pricing Certificate is greater than or equal to the GHG Emissions Reductions Threshold for such period but less than the GHG Emissions Reductions Target for such period, and (c) negative 0.02%, if the KPI Metric for such period as set forth in the Pricing Certificate is greater than or equal to GHG Emissions Reductions Target for such period.

 

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Sustainability Report” means the Borrower’s annual corporate and social responsibility/environmental, social and governance report, prepared in a manner consistent with the Standard for Sustainability Reporting, publicly reported by the Borrower and published on an Internet or intranet website to which each Bank and the Administrative Agent have been granted access free of charge (or at the expense of the Borrower) as audited by the Sustainability Assurance Provider, it being understood and agreed that the audit of the Sustainability Assurance Provider will be limited to assurance of the contents of such report itself with respect to GHG Scope 1 Emissions and GHG Scope 2 Emissions and that the Sustainability Assurance Provider shall not be required to, nor shall the Borrower be required to obtain, an audit or verification of the GHG Emissions Reduction or any calculation set forth in the Pricing Certificate, including any Sustainability Rate Adjustment or Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment.

 

Sustainability Structuring Agent” means Wells Fargo Securities, LLC or any successor entity appointed to such role in accordance with Section 10.08(b).

 

Sustainability Table” means the Sustainability Table set forth in Schedule 2.21.

 

Sustainability Threshold Adjustment” has the meaning assigned thereto in Section 2.21(c).

 

Syndication Agents” means JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

 

Taxes” means all present or future taxes, levies, imposts, duties, deductions, withholdings (including backup withholding), assessments, fees or other charges in the nature of taxes imposed by any Governmental Authority, including any interest, additions to tax or penalties applicable thereto.

 

Term SOFR” means:

 

(a)            for any Interest Period with respect to a Term SOFR Loan, the rate per annum equal to the Term SOFR Screen Rate two U.S. Government Securities Business Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period with a term equivalent to such Interest Period; provided that if the rate is not published prior to 11:00 a.m. on such determination date then Term SOFR means the Term SOFR Screen Rate on the first U.S. Government Securities Business Day immediately prior thereto, in each case, plus the SOFR Adjustment for such Interest Period; and

 

(b)            for any interest calculation with respect to a Base Rate Loan on any date, the rate per annum equal to the Term SOFR Screen Rate with a term of one month commencing that day;

 

provided that if the Term SOFR determined in accordance with either of the foregoing provisions (a) or (b) of this definition would otherwise be less than zero, the Term SOFR shall be deemed zero for purposes of this Agreement.

 

Term SOFR Auction” means a solicitation of Bid Rate Quotes setting forth Term SOFR Bid Margins pursuant to Section 2.02.

 

Term SOFR Bid Margin” has the meaning specified in Section 2.02(c)(2)(iii).

 

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Term SOFR Bid Rate” means the rate per annum equal to the sum of (1) Term SOFR for the Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan and Interest Period in question and (2) the Term SOFR Bid Margin.

 

Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan” means a Bid Rate Loan bearing interest at the Term SOFR Bid Rate.

 

Term SOFR Loan” means a Ratable Loan that bears interest at a rate based on clause (a) of the definition of Term SOFR.

 

Term SOFR Screen Rate” means the forward-looking SOFR term rate administered by CME (or any successor administrator satisfactory to the Administrative Agent) and published on the applicable Reuters screen page (or such other commercially available source providing such quotations as may be designated by the Administrative Agent from time to time).

 

Total Loan Commitment” means an amount equal to the aggregate amount of all Loan Commitments (i.e., $2,250,000,000 as of the Closing Date, as the same may increase pursuant to Section 2.19 or decrease pursuant to Section 2.10).

 

Total Outstanding Indebtedness” means, at any time, the sum, without duplication, of (1) Consolidated Outstanding Indebtedness; (2) Borrower’s Share of UJV Combined Outstanding Indebtedness; and (3) Contingent Obligations.

 

Type” means, with respect to a Ratable Loan, its character as a Base Rate Loan, a Term SOFR Loan or a Daily SOFR Loan.

 

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

 

UJV Combined Outstanding Indebtedness” means, as of any time, all indebtedness and liability for borrowed money, secured or unsecured, of the UJVs, on a combined basis, including mortgage and other notes payable but excluding any indebtedness which is margin indebtedness on cash and cash equivalent securities, all as reflected in the balance sheets of each of the UJVs, prepared in accordance with GAAP.

 

UJVs” means the unconsolidated joint ventures (including general and limited partnerships) in which Borrower owns a beneficial interest and which are accounted for under the equity method in Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

UK Financial Institution” means any BRRD Undertaking (as such term is defined under the PRA Rulebook (as amended form time to time) promulgated by the United Kingdom Prudential Regulation Authority) or any person subject to IFPRU 11.6 of the FCA Handbook (as amended from time to time) promulgated by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority, which includes certain credit institutions and investment firms, and certain affiliates of such credit institutions or investment firms.

 

UK Resolution Authority” means the Bank of England or any other public administrative authority having responsibility for the resolution of any UK Financial Institution.

 

Unanimous Bank Notices” has the meaning specified in Section 9.02.

 

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Unencumbered” means, with respect to any asset, that such asset is not, and the direct or indirect interests of Borrower therein are not, subject to any negative pledge or Lien to secure all or any portion of Secured Indebtedness.

 

Unencumbered Asset Value” means, as of the end of any calendar quarter, without duplication, (1) Unencumbered Wholly-Owned Combined EBITDA for the period of four quarters then ended (4)), capitalized at a rate of 5.75% per annum (i.e., divided by 5.75%), plus (2) Unencumbered Non-Wholly-Owned Combined EBITDA for the period of four quarters then ended, capitalized at a rate of 5.75% per annum (i.e., divided by 5.75%), plus (3) the aggregate book value (on a cost basis) of Unencumbered Land and Construction-in-Process (after taking into account any impairments recognized in Borrower’s financial statements in the immediately preceding fiscal quarter), plus (4) the aggregate book value (on a cost basis) of Unencumbered Assets of Borrower and its Consolidated Business which are Acquisition Assets plus Borrower’s beneficial interest in the book value (on a cost basis) of Unencumbered Assets of the UJVs that are Acquisition Assets (and for which Borrower substantially controls the financing and sale) (after taking into account any impairments recognized in Borrower’s financial statements in the immediately preceding fiscal quarter), plus (5) unrestricted Cash and Cash Equivalents of Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses, as of the end of such quarter, as reflected in Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements, to the extent the same are Unencumbered; provided that no such unrestricted Cash and Cash Equivalents will be added to Unencumbered Asset Value if such unrestricted Cash and Cash Equivalents have been deducted from Unsecured Indebtedness in the calculation of the financial covenant in Section 8.03, plus (6) the value of all Eligible Cash 1031 Proceeds, to the extent the same are Unencumbered, plus (7) the value (at the lower of cost or market in accordance with GAAP) of Performing Notes and investments in minority interests (including preferred equity investments) in other Persons held by Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses, to the extent the same are Unencumbered; provided that the sum of clauses (2), (3) and (7) above shall not exceed 30% of Unencumbered Asset Value.

 

Unencumbered Assets” are income-producing assets, reflected on Borrower’s Consolidated Financing Statements, owned (in whole or in part), directly or indirectly by Borrower which (1) are Unencumbered and (2) have been improved by buildings or other improvements that have been issued a certificate of occupancy (or its equivalent) and are fully operational. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if an asset that would otherwise qualify as an Unencumbered Asset is owned by a Consolidated Business that has any Recourse Debt, such asset shall not constitute, and may not be treated as, an Unencumbered Asset unless and until the earlier to occur of (x) such Recourse Debt has been repaid in full in cash and all loan documents evidencing such Recourse Debt have been terminated (other than customary provisions relating to contingent obligations in such loan documents intended to survive such termination) and (y) such Consolidated Business executes and delivers to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Administrative Agent and the Banks, a guaranty of the Obligations in substantially the form of Exhibit I attached hereto.

 

Unencumbered Land and Construction-in-Process” means all land held for future development and Construction-in-Process reflected on Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements, which are wholly-owned, directly or indirectly, by Borrower and are Unencumbered.

 

Unencumbered Non-Wholly-Owned Combined EBITDA” means that portion of Combined EBITDA attributable to Unencumbered Assets that are not Unencumbered Wholly-Owned Assets but for which the Borrower substantially controls the sale or financing of such Unencumbered Asset (assuming general and administrative expense is allocated proportionately to Unencumbered Assets).

 

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Unencumbered Wholly-Owned Assets” means Unencumbered Assets which are Wholly-Owned Assets.

 

Unencumbered Wholly-Owned Combined EBITDA” means that portion of Combined EBITDA attributable to Unencumbered Wholly-Owned Assets (assuming general and administrative expense is allocated proportionately to Unencumbered Wholly-Owned Assets).

 

Unsecured Indebtedness” means that portion of Total Outstanding Indebtedness that is not secured by a Lien.

 

U.S. Government Securities Business Day” means any Banking Day, except any Banking Day on which any of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the New York Stock Exchange or the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is not open for business because such day is a legal holiday under the federal laws of the United States or the laws of the State of New York, as applicable.

 

U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate” has the meaning specified in Section 3.10(e)(ii)(B)(3).

 

WFB” has the meaning specified in the preamble.

 

Wholly-Owned Assets” means income-producing assets, which are reflected on Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements, and are wholly-owned, directly or indirectly, by Borrower.

 

Withholding Agent” means the Borrower and the Administrative Agent.

 

Write-Down and Conversion Powers” means, (a) with respect to any EEA Resolution Authority, the write-down and conversion powers of such EEA Resolution Authority from time to time under the Bail-In Legislation for the applicable EEA Member Country, which write-down and conversion powers are described in the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule, and (b) with respect to the United Kingdom, any powers of the applicable Resolution Authority under the Bail-In Legislation to cancel, reduce, modify or change the form of a liability of any UK Financial Institution or any contract or instrument under which that liability arises, to convert all or part of that liability into shares, securities or obligations of that person or any other person, to provide that any such contract or instrument is to have effect as if a right had been exercised under it or to suspend any obligation in respect of that liability or any of the powers under that Bail-In Legislation that are related to or ancillary to any of those powers.

 

Section 1.02         Accounting Terms. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, all terms of an accounting or financial nature shall be construed in accordance with GAAP, as in effect from time to time, and all financial data required to be delivered hereunder shall be prepared in accordance with GAAP; provided that, if the Borrower notifies the Administrative Agent that the Borrower requests an amendment to any provision hereof to eliminate the effect of any change occurring after the date hereof in GAAP or in the application thereof on the operation of such provision (or if the Administrative Agent notifies the Borrower that the Required Banks 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 shall have been amended in accordance herewith.

 

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Section 1.03         Computation of Time Periods. Except as otherwise provided herein, in this Agreement, in the computation of periods of time from a specified date to a later specified date, the word “from” means “from and including” and words “to” and “until” each means “to but excluding”.

 

Section 1.04         Rules of Construction. Except as provided otherwise, when used in this Agreement (1) “or” is not exclusive; (2) a reference to a Law includes any amendment, modification or supplement to, or replacement of, such Law; (3) a reference to a Person includes its permitted successors and permitted assigns; (4) all terms used in the singular shall have a correlative meaning when used in the plural and vice versa; (5) a reference to an agreement, instrument or document shall include such agreement, instrument or document as the same may be amended, modified or supplemented from time to time in accordance with its terms and as permitted by the Loan Documents; (6) all references to Articles, Sections or Exhibits shall be to Articles, Sections and Exhibits of this Agreement unless otherwise indicated; (7) “hereunder”, “herein”, “hereof” and the like refer to this Agreement as a whole; and (8) all Exhibits to this Agreement shall be incorporated into this Agreement. Any reference herein to a merger, amalgamation, consolidation, assignment, sale, disposition or transfer, or similar terms shall be deemed to apply to a division of or by a limited liability company, or an allocation of assets to a series of a limited liability company (or the unwinding of such a division or allocation), as if it were a merger, amalgamation, consolidation, assignment, sale, disposition or transfer, or similar term, as applicable, to, of or with a separate Person. Any division of a limited liability company shall constitute a separate Person hereunder (and each division of any limited liability company that is a subsidiary, joint venture or any other like term shall also constitute such a Person or entity).

 

Section 1.05         Interest Rates. 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 any reference rate referred to herein or with respect to any rate (including, for the avoidance of doubt, the selection  of such rate and any related spread or other adjustment) that is an alternative or replacement for or successor to any such rate (including, without limitation, any Successor Rate) (or any component of any of the foregoing) or the effect of any of the foregoing, or of any Conforming Changes. The Administrative Agent and its affiliates or other related entities may engage in transactions or other activities that affect any reference rate referred to herein, or any alternative, successor or replacement rate (including, without limitation, any Successor Rate) (or any component of any of the foregoing) or any related spread or other adjustments thereto, in each case, in a manner adverse to the Borrower.  The Administrative Agent may select information sources or services in its reasonable discretion to ascertain any reference rate referred to herein or any alternative, successor or replacement rate (including, without limitation, any Successor Rate) (or any component of any of the foregoing), in each case pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, and shall have no liability to the Borrower, any Bank or any other person or entity for damages of any kind, including direct or indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, costs, losses or expenses (whether in tort, contract or otherwise and whether at law or in equity), for any error or other action or omission related to or affecting the selection, determination, or calculation of any rate (or component thereof) provided by any such information source or service.

 

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Section 1.06         Letter 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, 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.

 

Section 1.07         Times of Day. Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to times of day shall be references to Eastern time (daylight or standard, as applicable).

 

Section 1.08         Rounding. Any financial ratios required to be maintained by the Borrower 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).

 

Article II

 

THE LOANS

 

Section 2.01         Ratable Loans; Bid Rate Loans; Purpose.

 

(a)           Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Banks agree to make loans to Borrower as provided in this Article II.

 

(b)           Each of the Banks severally agrees to make loans in Dollars to Borrower (each such loan by a Bank, a “Ratable Loan”) in an amount up to its Loan Commitment, pursuant to which the Bank shall from time to time advance and re-advance to Borrower an amount equal to its Pro Rata Share of the excess (the “Available Total Loan Commitment”) of the Total Loan Commitment over the sum of (1) all previous advances (including Bid Rate Loans) made by the Banks which remain unpaid and (2) the outstanding amount of all Letters of Credit and unreimbursed drawings on all Letters of Credit; provided that after giving effect to such Ratable Loan, the Revolving Credit Exposure of any Bank shall not exceed its Loan Commitment. Within the limits set forth herein, Borrower may borrow from time to time under this paragraph (b) and prepay from time to time pursuant to Section 2.09 (subject, however, to the restrictions on prepayment set forth in said Section), and thereafter re-borrow pursuant to this paragraph (b). The Ratable Loans may be outstanding as (1) Base Rate Loans; (2) Term SOFR Loans; (3) Daily SOFR Loans or (4) a combination of the foregoing, as Borrower shall elect and notify Administrative Agent in accordance with Section 2.14. Each Term SOFR Loan, Daily SOFR Loan, Bid Rate Loan and Base Rate Loan of each Bank shall be maintained at such Bank’s Applicable Lending Office.

 

(c)           In addition to Ratable Loans pursuant to paragraph (b) above, so long as Borrower’s Credit Rating is BBB- or higher by S&P or Baa3 or higher by Moody’s or an equivalent rating by another nationally-recognized rating agency, as reasonably approved by Administrative Agent, one or more Banks may, at Borrower’s request and in their sole discretion, make non-ratable loans which shall bear interest at the Term SOFR Bid Rate or the Absolute Bid Rate in accordance with Section 2.02 (such loans being referred to in this Agreement as “Bid Rate Loans”). Borrower may borrow Bid Rate Loans from time to time pursuant to this paragraph (c) in an amount up to the Available Total Loan Commitment at the time of the borrowing (taking into account any repayments of the Loans made simultaneously therewith) and shall repay such Bid Rate Loans as required by Section 2.08, and it may thereafter re-borrow pursuant to this paragraph (c); provided, however, that the aggregate outstanding principal amount of Bid Rate Loans at any particular time shall not exceed the Bid Borrowing Limit.

 

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(d)           The obligations of the Banks under this Agreement are several, and no Bank shall be responsible for the failure of any other Bank to make any advance of a Loan to be made by such other Bank. However, the failure of any Bank to make any advance of the Loan to be made by it hereunder on the date specified therefor shall not relieve any other Bank of its obligation to make any advance of its Loan specified hereby to be made on such date.

 

(e)           Borrower shall use the proceeds of the Loans for general capital and working capital requirements of Borrower and its Consolidated Businesses and UJVs (which shall include, but not be limited to, Acquisitions and/or costs incurred in connection with the development, construction or reconstruction of multi-family real estate properties). In no event shall proceeds of the Loans or Letters of Credit be used, directly or indirectly, for purchasing or carrying margin stock (within the meaning of Regulation U) or in a manner that would violate Regulation T, Regulation U, or Regulation X, or in connection with a hostile acquisition.

 

Section 2.02         Bid Rate Loans.

 

(a)           When Borrower wishes to request offers from the Banks to make Bid Rate Loans, it shall transmit to Administrative Agent by electronic mail a request signed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower (a “Bid Rate Quote Request”) substantially in the form of EXHIBIT G-1 so as to be received not later than 12:00 noon on (x) the fifth Banking Day prior to the date for funding of the Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan(s) proposed therein in the case of a Term SOFR Auction or (y) the second Banking Day prior to the date for funding of the Absolute Bid Rate Loan(s) proposed therein in the case of an Absolute Rate Auction, specifying:

 

(1)            the proposed date of funding of the Bid Rate Loan(s), which shall be a Banking Day;

 

(2)            the aggregate amount of the Bid Rate Loans requested, which shall be $5,000,000 or a larger integral multiple of $500,000;

 

(3)            the duration of the Interest Period(s) applicable thereto, subject to the provisions of the definition of “Interest Period” in Section 1.01 and the provisions of Section 2.05; and

 

(4)            whether the Bid Rate Quotes requested are to set forth a Term SOFR Bid Margin (to be used to compute the Term SOFR Bid Rate) or an Absolute Bid Rate.

 

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Borrower may request offers to make Bid Rate Loans for more than one (1) Interest Period in a single Bid Rate Quote Request; provided that no Bid Rate Quote Request shall contain a request for (i) more than one type of Bid Rate Loan (i.e., Term SOFR Bid Rate or Absolute Bid Rate) or (ii) Bid Rate Loans having more than three different Interest Periods.  Unless the Administrative Agent otherwise agrees in its sole discretion, the Borrower may not submit a Bid Rate Quote Request if it has submitted another Bid Rate Quote Request within the prior five Banking Days.

 

(b)           Promptly (the same day, if possible) upon receipt of a Bid Rate Quote Request, Administrative Agent shall send to the Banks by electronic mail an invitation (an “Invitation for Bid Rate Quotes”) substantially in the form of EXHIBIT G-2, which shall constitute an invitation by Borrower to the Banks to submit Bid Rate Quotes offering to make Bid Rate Loans to which such Bid Rate Quote Request relates in accordance with this Section.

 

(c)           (1)            Each Bank may, but is not obligated to, submit a Bid Rate Quote containing an offer or offers to make Bid Rate Loans in response to any Invitation for Bid Rate Quotes. Each Bid Rate Quote must comply with the requirements of this paragraph (c) and must be submitted to Administrative Agent by electronic mail not later than (x) 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Banking Day prior to the proposed date of the Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan(s) in the case of a Term SOFR Auction or (y) 9:30 a.m. on the Banking Day immediately preceding the proposed date of the Absolute Bid Rate Loan(s) in the case of an Absolute Rate Auction; provided that Bid Rate Quotes submitted by Administrative Agent (or any Affiliate of Administrative Agent) in its capacity as a Bank may be submitted, and may only be submitted, if Administrative Agent or such Affiliate notifies Borrower of the terms of the offer or offers contained therein not later than thirty (30) minutes prior to the deadline for the other Banks. Any Bid Rate Quote so made shall (subject to Borrower’s satisfaction of the conditions precedent set forth in this Agreement to its entitlement to an advance) be irrevocable except with the written consent of Administrative Agent given on the instructions of Borrower. Bid Rate Loans to be funded pursuant to a Bid Rate Quote may, as provided in Section 12.16, be funded by a Bank’s Designated Lender. A Bank making a Bid Rate Quote shall, if then known, specify in its Bid Rate Quote whether the related Bid Rate Loans are intended to be funded by such Bank’s Designated Lender, as provided in Section 12.16, provided, however, that whether or not the same is specified in a Bank’s Bid Rate Quote, such Bank’s Bid Rate Loan(s) may be funded by its Designated Lender at the time of funding thereof.

 

(2)          Each Bid Rate Quote shall be in substantially the form of EXHIBIT G-3 and shall in any case specify:

 

(i)            the proposed date of funding of the Bid Rate Loan(s);

 

(ii)           the principal amount of the Bid Rate Loan(s) for which each such offer is being made, which principal amount (w) may be greater than or less than the Loan Commitment of the quoting Bank, (x) must be in the aggregate $5,000,000 or a larger integral multiple of $500,000, (y) may not exceed the principal amount of Bid Rate Loans for which offers were requested and (z) may be subject to an aggregate limitation as to the principal amount of Bid Rate Loans for which offers being made by such quoting Bank may be accepted;

 

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(iii)          in the case of a Term SOFR Auction, the margin above or below the applicable Term SOFR (the “Term SOFR Bid Margin”) offered for each such Bid Rate Loan, expressed as a percentage per annum to be added to (or subtracted from) the applicable Term SOFR;

 

(iv)          in the case of an Absolute Rate Auction, the rate of interest, expressed as a percentage per annum (the “Absolute Bid Rate”), offered for each such Absolute Bid Rate Loan;

 

(v)          the applicable Interest Period; and

 

(vi)          the identity of the quoting Bank.

 

A Bid Rate Quote may set forth up to three (3) separate offers by the quoting Bank with respect to each Interest Period specified in the related Invitation for Bid Rate Quotes.

 

(3)          Any Bid Rate Quote shall be disregarded if it:

 

(i)          is not substantially in conformity with EXHIBIT G-3 or does not specify all of the information required by sub-paragraph (c)(2) above;

 

(ii)          contains qualifying, conditional or similar language (except for an aggregate limitation as provided in sub-paragraph (c)(2)(ii) above);

 

(iii)          proposes terms other than or in addition to those set forth in the applicable Invitation for Bid Rate Quotes; or

 

(iv)          arrives after the time set forth in sub-paragraph (c)(1) above.

 

(d)          Administrative Agent shall (x) not later than 3:00 p.m. on the fourth Banking Day prior to the proposed date of funding of the Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan(s) in the case of a Term SOFR Auction or (y) not later than 10:30 a.m. on the Banking Day immediately preceding the proposed date of funding of the Absolute Bid Rate Loan(s) in the case of an Absolute Rate Auction, notify Borrower in writing of the terms of any Bid Rate Quote submitted by a Bank that is in accordance with paragraph (c). In addition, Administrative Agent shall, on the Banking Day of its receipt thereof, notify Borrower in writing of any Bid Rate Quote that amends, modifies or is otherwise inconsistent with a previous Bid Rate Quote submitted by such Bank with respect to the same Bid Rate Quote Request. Any such subsequent Bid Rate Quote shall be disregarded by Administrative Agent unless such subsequent Bid Rate Quote is submitted solely to correct a manifest error in such former Bid Rate Quote. Administrative Agent’s notice to Borrower shall specify (A) the aggregate principal amount of Bid Rate Loans for which offers have been received for each Interest Period specified in the related Bid Rate Quote Request, (B) the respective principal amounts, Term SOFR Bid Margins and Absolute Bid Rates so offered and (C) if applicable, limitations on the aggregate principal amount of Bid Rate Loans for which offers in any single Bid Rate Quote may be accepted.

 

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(e)           Not later than (x) 9:30 a.m. on the third Banking Day prior to the proposed date of funding of the Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan in the case of a Term SOFR Auction or (y) 1:00 p.m. on the Banking Day immediately preceding the proposed date of funding of the Absolute Bid Rate Loan in the case of an Absolute Rate Auction, Borrower shall notify Administrative Agent of its acceptance or non-acceptance of the offers so notified to it pursuant to paragraph (d). If Borrower fails to notify Administrative Agent of its acceptance of such offers, it shall be deemed to have rejected such offers. A notice of acceptance shall be substantially in the form of EXHIBIT G-4 and shall specify the aggregate principal amount of offers for each Interest Period that are accepted. Borrower may accept any Bid Rate Quote in whole or in part; provided that:

 

(i)            the principal amount of each Bid Rate Loan may not exceed the applicable amount set forth in the related Bid Rate Quote Request or be less than $500,000 per Bank and shall be an integral multiple of $100,000;

 

(ii)           acceptance of offers with respect to a particular Interest Period may only be made on the basis of ascending Term SOFR Bid Margins or Absolute Bid Rates, as the case may be, offered for such Interest Period from the lowest effective cost; and

 

(iii)          Borrower may not accept any offer that is described in sub-paragraph (c)(3) or that otherwise fails to comply with the requirements of this Agreement.

 

(f)           If offers are made by two (2) or more Banks with the same Term SOFR Bid Margins or Absolute Bid Rates, as the case may be, for a greater aggregate principal amount than the amount in respect of which such offers are accepted for the related Interest Period, the principal amount of Bid Rate Loans in respect of which such offers are accepted shall be allocated by Administrative Agent among such Banks as nearly as possible (in multiples of $100,000, as Administrative Agent may deem appropriate) in proportion to the aggregate principal amounts of such offers. Administrative Agent shall promptly (and in any event within one (1) Banking Day after such offers are accepted) notify Borrower and each such Bank in writing of any such allocation of Bid Rate Loans. Determinations by Administrative Agent of the allocation of Bid Rate Loans shall be conclusive in the absence of manifest error.

 

(g)           In the event that Borrower accepts the offer(s) contained in one (1) or more Bid Rate Quotes in accordance with paragraph (e), the Bank(s) making such offer(s) shall make a Bid Rate Loan in the accepted amount (as allocated, if necessary, pursuant to paragraph (f)) on the date specified therefor, in accordance with the procedures specified in Section 2.04, and such Bid Rate Loan shall bear interest at the accepted Term SOFR Bid Rate or Absolute Bid Rate, as the case may be, for the applicable Interest Period.

 

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(h)           Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, each Bank shall be required to fund its Pro Rata Share of the Available Total Loan Commitment in accordance with Section 2.01(b) despite the fact that any Bank’s Loan Commitment may have been or may be exceeded as a result of such Bank’s making Bid Rate Loans.

 

(i)            A Bank who is notified that it has been selected to make a Bid Rate Loan as provided above may designate its Designated Lender (if any) to fund such Bid Rate Loan on its behalf, as described in Section 12.16. Any Designated Lender which funds a Bid Rate Loan shall on and after the time of such funding become the obligee under such Bid Rate Loan and be entitled to receive payment thereof when due. No Bank shall be relieved of its obligation to fund a Bid Rate Loan, and no Designated Lender shall assume such obligation, prior to the time the applicable Bid Rate Loan is funded.

 

(j)            Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Bank which submitted a Bid Rate Quote of Borrower’s acceptance or non-acceptance thereof. At the request of any Bank which submitted a Bid Rate Quote, Administrative Agent will promptly notify all Banks which submitted Bid Rate Quotes of (a) the aggregate principal amount of, and (b) the range of Absolute Bid Rates or Term SOFR Bid Margins of, the accepted Bid Rate Loans for each requested Interest Period.

 

Section 2.03         Advances, Generally. The Initial Advance shall be in the minimum amount of $500,000 and in integral multiples of $100,000 above such amount and shall be made upon satisfaction of the conditions set forth in Section 4.01. Subsequent advances shall be made upon satisfaction of the conditions set forth in Section 4.02. The amount of each advance subsequent to the Initial Advance shall be in the minimum amount of $500,000 (unless less than $500,000 is available for disbursement pursuant to the terms hereof at the time of any subsequent advance, in which case the amount of such subsequent advance shall be equal to such remaining availability) and in integral multiples of $100,000 above such amount. Additional restrictions on the amounts and timing of, and conditions to the making of, advances of Bid Rate Loans are set forth in Section 2.02.

 

Section 2.04         Procedures for Advances. Advances of Ratable Loans hereunder may be requested by (A) telephone, or (B) a Ratable Loan Notice; provided that any telephonic notice must be confirmed immediately by delivery to the Administrative Agent of a Ratable Loan Notice. Each Ratable Loan Notice shall state the amount requested and certifying the purpose, in general terms, for which such advance is to be used, no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) on the date, (x) in the case of advances of Base Rate Loans and Daily SOFR Loans, which is the same Banking Day as the advance is to be made, and (y), in the case of advances of Term SOFR Loans, which is three (3) Banking Days, prior to the date the advance is to be made. In the case of advances of Bid Rate Loans hereunder, Borrower shall submit a Bid Rate Quote Request at the time specified in Section 2.02, accompanied by a certification of the purpose, in general terms, for which the advance is to be used. Administrative Agent, on the Banking Day of its receipt and approval of the request for advance, will so notify the Banks either by telephone or by electronic mail. Not later than 11:00 a.m. (or 2:00 p.m. in the case of Base Rate Loans and Daily SOFR Loans) on the date of each advance, each Bank (in the case of Ratable Loans) or the applicable Bank(s) (in the case of Bid Rate Loans) shall, through its Applicable Lending Office and subject to the conditions of this Agreement, make the amount to be advanced by it on such day available to Administrative Agent, at Administrative Agent’s Office and in immediately available funds for the account of Borrower. The amount of the advance requested by the Borrower (or, if less, the portion of such requested amount that shall have been paid to the Administrative Agent by the Banks in accordance with the terms hereof) shall, subject to the conditions of this Agreement, be made available to Borrower, in immediately available funds, by Administrative Agent’s crediting an account of Borrower designated by Borrower and maintained with Administrative Agent at Administrative Agent’s Office.

 

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Section 2.05         Interest Periods; Renewals. In the case of the Term SOFR Loans and Bid Rate Loans, Borrower shall select an Interest Period of any duration in accordance with the definition of Interest Period in Section 1.01, subject to the following limitations: (1) no Interest Period may extend beyond the Maturity Date; and (2) if an Interest Period would end on a day which is not a Banking Day, such Interest Period shall be extended to the next Banking Day, unless such Banking Day would fall in the next calendar month, in which event such Interest Period shall end on the immediately preceding Banking Day. Only twenty (20) discrete segments of a Bank’s Ratable Loan bearing interest at Term SOFR, for a designated Interest Period, pursuant to a particular Election, Conversion or Continuation, may be outstanding at any one time (each such segment of each Bank’s Ratable Loan corresponding to a proportionate segment of each of the other Banks’ Ratable Loans). Upon notice to Administrative Agent as provided in Section 2.14, Borrower may Continue any Term SOFR Loan on the last day of the Interest Period of the same or different duration in accordance with the limitations provided above. If Borrower shall fail to give notice to Administrative Agent of such a Continuation, such Term SOFR Loan shall automatically become a Term SOFR Loan with an Interest Period of one (1) month on the last day of the current Interest Period. Administrative Agent shall notify each of the Banks, either by telephone or by electronic mail, at least two (2) Banking Days prior to the termination of the Interest Period in question in the event of such failure by Borrower to give such notice of Continuation. Any Daily SOFR Loans shall automatically Continue as such on each successive day until the Borrower gives notice to Administrative Agent of the Conversion of such Loan to a Term SOFR Loan or to a Base Rate Loan.

 

With respect to SOFR, Daily SOFR or Term SOFR, the Administrative Agent will have the right to make Conforming Changes from time to time and, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Loan Document, any amendments implementing such Conforming Changes will become effective without any further action or consent of any other party to this Agreement or any other Loan Document; provided that, with respect to any such amendment effected, the Administrative Agent shall post each such amendment implementing such Conforming Changes to the Borrower and the Banks reasonably promptly after such amendment becomes effective.

 

Section 2.06         Interest. Borrower shall pay interest to Administrative Agent for the account of the applicable Bank on the outstanding and unpaid principal amount of the Loans, at a rate per annum as follows: (1) for Base Rate Loans at a rate equal to the Base Rate plus the Applicable Margin; (2) for Term SOFR Loans for each Interest Period at a rate equal to the applicable Term SOFR for such Interest Period plus the Applicable Margin; (3) for Daily SOFR Loans at a rate equal to Daily SOFR plus the Applicable Margin; (4) for Term SOFR Bid Rate Loans at a rate equal to the applicable Term SOFR Bid Rate; and (5) for Absolute Bid Rate Loans at a rate equal to the applicable Absolute Bid Rate. Any principal amount not paid when due (when scheduled, at acceleration or otherwise) shall bear interest thereafter, payable on demand, at the Default Rate.

 

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The interest rate on Base Rate Loans shall change when the Base Rate changes and the interest rate on Daily SOFR Loans shall change when Daily SOFR changes. Interest on Base Rate Loans, SOFR Loans and Bid Rate Loans shall not exceed the maximum amount permitted under applicable Law. Interest shall be calculated for the actual number of days elapsed on the basis of, in the case of Base Rate Loans, three hundred sixty-five (365) or three hundred sixty-six (366) days, as the case may be, and in the case of SOFR Loans and Bid Rate Loans, three hundred sixty (360) days.

 

Accrued interest shall be due and payable in arrears upon and with respect to any payment or prepayment of principal and, (x) in the case of Base Rate Loans and Daily SOFR Loans, on the first Banking Day of each calendar month and the Maturity Date, (y) in the case of Term SOFR Loans at the expiration of the Interest Period applicable thereto, and if the Interest Period for such Term SOFR Loan exceeds three months, each other date that falls every three months after the beginning of such Interest Period, and the Maturity Date and (z) in the case of Bid Rate Loans, at the expiration of the Interest Period applicable thereto; provided, however, that interest accruing at the Default Rate shall be due and payable on demand.

 

Section 2.07         Fees.

 

(a)           Borrower agrees to pay to and for the accounts of the parties specified therein, the fees provided for in the Fee Letter and the Supplemental Fee Letters.

 

(b)           Borrower shall pay to Administrative Agent for the account of each Bank a facility fee computed on the daily Loan Commitment of such Bank (irrespective of usage) at a rate per annum equal to the daily Facility Fee Rate, calculated on the basis of a year of three hundred sixty (360) days for the actual number of days elapsed. The facility fee shall accrue for each calendar quarter (or portion thereof) and shall be due and payable quarterly in arrears on the tenth (10th) day of October, January, April and July of each year, commencing on the first such date after the Closing Date, and upon the Maturity Date (as stated or by acceleration or otherwise) or earlier termination of the Loan Commitments.

 

Section 2.08         Notes. At the request of such Bank, the Ratable Loan made by each Bank under this Agreement shall be evidenced by, and repaid with interest in accordance with, a single promissory note of Borrower in the form of EXHIBIT B duly completed and executed by Borrower, in the principal amount equal to such Bank’s Loan Commitment, payable to such Bank for the account of its Applicable Lending Office (each such note, as the same may hereafter be amended, modified, extended, severed, assigned, renewed or restated from time to time, including any new or substitute notes pursuant to Section 2.19, 3.07 or 12.05, a “Ratable Loan Note”). The Bid Rate Loans of the Banks shall be evidenced by a single global promissory note of Borrower, in the form of EXHIBIT B-1, duly completed and executed by Borrower, in the principal amount of the Bid Borrowing Limit, payable to Administrative Agent for the account of the respective Banks making Bid Rate Loans (such note, as the same may hereafter be amended, modified, extended, severed, assigned, substituted, renewed or restated from time to time, the “Bid Rate Loan Note”). A particular Bank’s Ratable Loan Note, together with its interest, if any, in the Bid Rate Loan Note, are referred to collectively in this Agreement as such Bank’s “Note”; all such Ratable Loan Notes and the Bid Rate Loan Note are referred to collectively in this Agreement as the “Notes”. The Ratable Loan Notes shall mature, and all outstanding principal and accrued interest and other sums thereunder shall be paid in full, on the Maturity Date, as the same may be accelerated. The outstanding principal amount of each Bid Rate Loan evidenced by the Bid Rate Loan Note, and all accrued interest and other sums with respect thereto, shall become due and payable to the Bank making such Bid Rate Loan at the earlier of the expiration of the Interest Period applicable thereto or the Maturity Date, as the same may be accelerated.

 

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Each Bank is hereby authorized by Borrower to endorse on the schedule attached to the Ratable Loan Note held by it, the amount of each advance and each payment of principal received by such Bank for the account of its Applicable Lending Office(s) on account of its Ratable Loan, which endorsement shall, in the absence of manifest error, be conclusive as to the outstanding balance of the Ratable Loan made by such Bank. Administrative Agent is hereby authorized by Borrower to endorse on the schedule attached to the Bid Rate Loan Note the amount of each Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan and/or Absolute Bid Rate Loan, the name of the Bank making the same, the date of the advance thereof, the interest rate applicable thereto and the expiration of the Interest Period applicable thereto (i.e., the maturity date thereof). The failure by Administrative Agent or any Bank to make such notations with respect to the Loans or each advance or payment shall not limit or otherwise affect the obligations of Borrower under this Agreement or the Notes. In case of any loss, theft, destruction or mutilation of any Bank’s Note, Borrower shall, upon its receipt of an affidavit of an officer of such Bank as to such loss, theft, destruction or mutilation and an appropriate indemnification, execute and deliver a replacement Note to such Bank in the same principal amount and otherwise of like tenor as the lost, stolen, destroyed or mutilated Note.

 

Section 2.09         Prepayments. Without prepayment premium or penalty but subject to Section 3.05, Borrower may, upon notice to Administrative Agent prior to 11:00 a.m. on the Banking Day of repayment in the case of the Base Rate Loans and Daily SOFR Loans, and at least three (3) Banking Days’ notice to Administrative Agent (who shall provide such notice, promptly upon receipt, to each of the Banks) in the case of Term SOFR Loans, prepay the Ratable Loans, provided that (1) any partial prepayment under this Section shall be in integral multiples of $500,000; (2) a Term SOFR Loan may be prepaid at any time, subject, however, to the provisions of Section 3.05; and (3) each prepayment under this Section shall include all interest accrued on the amount of principal prepaid through the date of prepayment. Prepayment of Bid Rate Loans shall not be permitted.

 

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Section 2.10         Cancellation of Commitments.

 

(a)           At any time, Borrower shall have the right, without premium or penalty, to terminate any unused Loan Commitments (i.e., to terminate Loan Commitments to the extent of the Available Total Loan Commitment), in whole or in part, from time to time, provided that: (1) Borrower shall give notice of each such termination to Administrative Agent (who shall provide such notice, promptly upon receipt, to each of the Banks) no later than 10:00 a.m. on the date which is fifteen (15) Banking Days prior to the effectiveness of such termination; (2) the Loan Commitments of each of the Banks must be terminated ratably and simultaneously with those of the other Banks; (3) each partial termination of the Loan Commitments, as a whole (and corresponding reduction of the Total Loan Commitment) shall be in an integral multiple of $1,000,000 and (4) no partial cancellation of the Loan Commitments shall reduce the Total Loan Commitment to an amount below $200,000,000.

 

(b)           The Loan Commitments, to the extent terminated, may not be reinstated.

 

Section 2.11         Method of Payment. Borrower shall make each payment under this Agreement and under the Notes not later than 11:00 a.m. on the date when due in Dollars to Administrative Agent at Administrative Agent’s Office in immediately available funds. Administrative Agent will thereafter, on the day of its receipt of each such payment, cause to be distributed to each Bank (1) such Bank’s appropriate share determined pursuant to Section 10.15 of the payments of principal and interest in like funds for the account of such Bank’s Applicable Lending Office; and (2) fees payable to such Bank in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. In the event Administrative Agent fails to pay funds received from Borrower to the Banks on the date on which Borrower is credited with payment, Administrative Agent shall pay interest on such amounts at the Federal Funds Rate until such payment to the Banks is made. Borrower hereby authorizes Administrative Agent and the Banks, if and to the extent payment by Borrower is not made when due under this Agreement or under the Notes, to charge from time to time against any account Borrower maintains with Administrative Agent or any Bank any amount so due to Administrative Agent and/or the Banks. Except to the extent provided in this Agreement, whenever any payment to be made under this Agreement or under the Notes is due on any day other than a Banking Day, such payment shall be made on the next succeeding Banking Day, and such extension of time shall in such case be included in the computation of the payment of interest and other fees, as the case may be.

 

Section 2.12         Elections, Conversions or Continuation of Loans. Subject to the provisions of Article III and Sections 2.05 and 2.13, Borrower shall have the right to Elect to have all or a portion of any advance of the Ratable Loans be Base Rate Loans, Term SOFR Loans or Daily SOFR Loans, to Convert Ratable Loans of one Type to Ratable Loans of another Type, or to Continue Term SOFR Loans as Term SOFR Loans, at any time or from time to time, provided that (1) Borrower shall give Administrative Agent notice of each such Election, Conversion or Continuation as provided in Section 2.14; and (2) a Term SOFR Loan may be Converted or Continued only on the last day of the applicable Interest Period for such Term SOFR Loan. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, each Election, Continuation and Conversion shall be applicable to each Bank’s Ratable Loan in accordance with its Pro Rata Share.

 

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Section 2.13      Minimum Amounts. With respect to the Ratable Loans as a whole, each Election and each Conversion shall be in an amount at least equal to $500,000 and in integral multiples of $100,000.

 

Section 2.14      Certain Notices Regarding Elections, Conversions and Continuations of Loans. Notices by Borrower to Administrative Agent of Elections, Conversions and Continuations of Ratable Loans shall be irrevocable, may be given by (A) telephone, or (B) a Ratable Loan Notice (provided that any telephonic notice must be confirmed immediately by delivery to the Administrative Agent of a Ratable Loan Notice) and shall be effective only if received by Administrative Agent not later than 10:30 a.m. on the number of Banking Days prior to the date of the relevant Election, Conversion or Continuation specified below:

 

   Number of Banking Days Prior Notice
Conversions of Daily SOFR Loans into Base Rate Loans or Conversions of Base Rate Loans into Daily SOFR Loans  same Banking Day
    
Conversions of Term SOFR Loans into Base Rate Loans or Daily SOFR Loans  three (3)
    
Elections of, Conversions into or Continuations as, Term SOFR Loans  three (3)

 

; provided, however, that notwithstanding the foregoing, advances of Ratable Loans shall be governed by Section 2.04. Promptly following its receipt of any such notice, and no later than the close of business on the Banking Day of such receipt, Administrative Agent shall so advise the Banks either by telephone or by electronic mail. Each such notice of Election shall specify the portion of the amount of the advance that is to be Term SOFR Loans (subject to Section 2.13) and the duration of the Interest Period applicable thereto (subject to Section 2.05); each such notice of Conversion shall specify the Term SOFR Loans, Daily SOFR Loans or Base Rate Loans to be Converted; and each such notice of Conversion or Continuation shall specify the date of Conversion or Continuation (which shall be a Banking Day), the amount thereof (subject to Section 2.13) and the duration of the Interest Period applicable thereto (subject to Section 2.05). In the event that Borrower fails to Elect to have any portion of an advance of the Ratable Loans be Term SOFR Loans, the entire amount of such advance shall constitute Base Rate Loans. In the event that Borrower fails to Continue Term SOFR Loans within the time period and as otherwise provided in this Section, such Term SOFR Loans will automatically become Term SOFR Loans with an Interest Period of one (1) month on the last day of the then current applicable Interest Period for such Term SOFR Loans. Administrative Agent shall notify each of the Banks, either by telephone or by electronic mail, at least two (2) Banking Days prior to the termination of the Interest Period in question in the event of such failure by Borrower.

 

Section 2.15      Late Payment Premium. Borrower shall, at Administrative Agent’s option or if directed by the Required Banks and upon notice to Borrower, pay to Administrative Agent for the account of the Banks a late payment premium in the amount of 4% of any payments of interest under the Loans made more than ten (10) days after the due date thereof, which shall be due with any such late payment.

 

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Section 2.16      Letters of Credit.

 

(a)            Subject to the terms and conditions of this Section 2.16, Borrower, by notice to Administrative Agent and the Issuing Bank, may request, in lieu of advances of proceeds of the Ratable Loans, that the Issuing Bank issue unconditional, irrevocable standby letters of credit or direct-pay letters of credit (each, a “Letter of Credit”) for the account of Borrower or its Consolidated Businesses, payable by sight drafts, for such beneficiaries and with such other terms as Borrower shall specify and in such form as is acceptable to Issuing Bank in its reasonable discretion. Promptly upon receipt of notice from the Issuing Bank of the issuance, amendment or extension of a Letter of Credit, Administrative Agent shall notify each of the Banks. The letters of credit listed on Schedule 2.16 attached hereto that were issued or deemed issued under the 2019 Credit Agreement (the “Existing Letters of Credit”), shall be deemed to be Letters of Credit issued under this Agreement for all purposes, and each of the Borrower and the Banks confirms and agrees that its respective obligations with respect to the Existing Letters of Credit shall be governed by this Agreement. The Borrower unconditionally and irrevocably agrees that, in connection with any Letter of Credit issued for the account of any Consolidated Business as provided in the first sentence of this paragraph, it will be fully responsible for the reimbursement of drawings under such Letters of Credit, the payment of interest thereon and the payment of fees due under Section 2.07 to the same extent as if it were the sole account party in respect of such Letter of Credit.

 

(b)            The amount of any Letter of Credit shall be limited to the lesser of (x) $125,000,000 less the aggregate amount of all Letters of Credit theretofore issued and outstanding or (y) the Available Total Loan Commitment, it being understood that the amount of each Letter of Credit issued and outstanding shall effect a reduction, by an equal amount, of the Available Total Loan Commitment (such reduction to be allocated to each Bank’s Loan Commitment ratably in accordance with the Banks’ respective Pro Rata Shares); provided that no Issuing Bank shall be obligated to issue, amend or extend any Letter of Credit that will cause (x) the aggregate amount of all Letters of Credit issued by such Issuing Bank plus the aggregate amount of all unreimbursed drawings owing to such Issuing Bank to exceed its Issuing Bank Commitment Amount or (y) the Revolving Credit Exposure of any Bank to exceed its Loan Commitment.

 

(c)            The amount of each Letter of Credit shall be in minimum amounts of $10,000. Each Letter of Credit shall be issued or amended, as the case may be, upon the written request of the Borrower signed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower and delivered to the Issuing Bank (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) (which may be transmitted by electronic communication if arrangements for doing so have been approved by such Issuing Bank). Such request must be received by the Issuing Bank and the Administrative Agent not later than 11:00 a.m. at least two Banking Days (or such later date and time as the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Bank may agree in a particular instance in their sole discretion) prior to the proposed issuance date or date of amendment, as the case may be. In the case of a request for an initial issuance of a Letter of Credit, such request shall specify in form and detail satisfactory to the Issuing Bank: (A) the proposed issuance date of the requested Letter of Credit (which shall be a Banking Day); (B) the amount thereof; (C) the expiry date thereof; (D) the name and address of the beneficiary thereof; (E) the documents to be presented by such beneficiary in case of any drawing thereunder; (F) the full text of any certificate to be presented by such beneficiary in case of any drawing thereunder; (G) the purpose and nature of the requested Letter of Credit; (H) the identity of the proposed Issuing Bank, it being agreed by the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Banks that the Letters of Credit will be issued by the Issuing Banks on a proportionate basis to the extent practicable and (I) such other matters as the Issuing Bank may require. In the case of a request for an amendment of any outstanding Letter of Credit, such request shall specify in form and detail satisfactory to the Issuing Bank (A) the Letter of Credit to be amended; (B) the proposed date of amendment thereof (which shall be a Banking Day); (C) the nature of the proposed amendment; and (D) such other matters as the Issuing Bank may require. Unless the Issuing Bank has received written notice from any Bank, the Administrative Agent or the Borrower, at least one Banking Day prior to the requested date of issuance or amendment of the applicable Letter of Credit, that one or more applicable conditions contained in Article IV shall not then be satisfied, then, subject to the terms and conditions hereof, the Issuing Bank shall, on the requested date, issue the requested Letter of Credit or the requested amendment, as the case may be, in each case in accordance with the Issuing Bank’s usual and customary business practices. Immediately upon the issuance of each Letter of Credit, each Bank shall be deemed to, and hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agrees to, purchase from the Issuing Bank a risk participation in such Letter of Credit in an amount equal to the product of such Bank’s Pro Rata Share times the amount of such Letter of Credit.

 

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(d)            Each Letter of Credit shall expire no later than fifteen (15) days prior to the Maturity Date, but may have an automatic extension clause (an “Auto-Extension Letter of Credit”) allowing for the extension of the expiration date thereof if a notice of non-extension is not given from the Issuing Bank to the Letter of Credit beneficiary by a specified date within a twelve-month period. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, if requested by the Borrower, the Issuing Bank shall issue a Letter of Credit with and/or not give notice of non-extension of an Auto-Extension Letter of Credit to Letter of Credit beneficiaries which would result in, an expiration date that is up to one (1) year after the Maturity Date, provided that no later than forty-five (45) days prior to the Maturity Date, the Borrower provides a cash deposit in the full amount available to be drawn under all Letters of Credit with expiration dates after the Maturity Date and all Auto-Extension Letters of Credit for which the Issuing Bank has not given a notice of non-extension to the Letter of Credit beneficiary. Any such additional Cash Collateral shall be held by the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Banks, in accordance with the terms of Section 2.16(h).

 

(e)            In connection with, and as a further condition to the issuance of, each Letter of Credit, Borrower shall execute and deliver to Administrative Agent and the Issuing Bank an application and reimbursement agreement (if applicable) for the Letter of Credit on the Issuing Bank’s standard form therefor, together with such other documents, opinions and assurances as Administrative Agent and the Issuing Bank shall reasonably require. In the event of any inconsistency between the terms and conditions of this Agreement and the terms and conditions of any form of letter of credit application and reimbursement agreement (if applicable) or other agreement submitted by the Borrower to, or entered into by the Borrower with, the Issuing Bank relating to any Letter of Credit, as among the parties hereto, the terms and conditions of this Agreement shall control.

 

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(f)            In connection with each Letter of Credit, Borrower hereby covenants to pay to Administrative Agent the following fees: (1) a fee, payable quarterly in arrears (on the first Banking Day of each calendar quarter following the issuance of the Letter of Credit), for the account of the Banks, computed daily on the amount of the Letter of Credit issued and outstanding at a rate per annum equal to the “Banks’ L/C Fee Rate” (as hereinafter defined) (provided, however, any letter of credit fees otherwise payable for the account of a Defaulting Lender with respect to any Letter of Credit as to which such Defaulting Lender has not provided Cash Collateral satisfactory to the Issuing Bank pursuant to this Section 2.16 shall be payable, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable Law, to the other Banks in accordance with the upward adjustments in their respective Pro Rata Shares allocable to such Letter of Credit pursuant to Section 2.20(a)(iv), with the balance of such fee, if any, payable to the Issuing Bank for its own account), and (2) a fronting fee, payable quarterly in arrears (on the last day of each calendar quarter following the issuance of the Letter of Credit), for the Issuing Bank’s account, computed daily on the amount of the Letter of Credit issued and outstanding, at a rate per annum equal to 0.125%. In addition to the fees described in the preceding sentence, the Borrower shall pay to the Issuing Bank such other customary letter of credit charges when incurred. For purposes of this Agreement, the “Banks’ L/C Fee Rate” shall mean, at any time, a rate per annum equal to the Applicable Margin for SOFR Loans (after giving effect to any then-applicable Sustainability Rate Adjustment) less 0.075% per annum. It is understood and agreed that (i) the amount of a Letter of Credit for purposes of calculating the fees in accordance with this Section 2.16(f) shall be deemed to be the stated amount of such Letter of Credit (without regard for any increases in the stated amount thereof), and (ii) the last installment of the fees provided for in this paragraph (f) with respect to any particular Letter of Credit shall be due and payable on the first day of the calendar quarter following the return, undrawn, or cancellation of such Letter of Credit to the Issuing Bank, who shall promptly provide notice to Administrative Agent of such return or cancellation, and Borrower’s receipt of notice from Administrative Agent.

 

(g)            Upon any drawing under a Letter of Credit, the Issuing Bank shall immediately provide notice to the Borrower and Administrative Agent of such drawing. The Borrower shall reimburse the Issuing Bank on the date of any drawing under a Letter of Credit. Such reimbursement shall be made with the proceeds of an advance of Loans as set forth below unless such advance cannot for any reason be made. The parties hereto acknowledge and agree that, immediately upon notice from Administrative Agent of any drawing under a Letter of Credit, each Bank shall, notwithstanding the existence of a Default or Event of Default or the non-satisfaction of any conditions precedent to the making of an advance of the Loans, advance proceeds of its Ratable Loan, in an amount equal to its Pro Rata Share of such drawing, which advance shall be made to Administrative Agent for the account of the Issuing Bank to reimburse the Issuing Bank for such drawing. Each of the Banks further acknowledges that its obligation to fund its Pro Rata Share of drawings under Letters of Credit as aforesaid shall survive the Banks’ termination of this Agreement or enforcement of remedies hereunder or under the other Loan Documents. In the event that any Ratable Loan cannot for any reason be made on the date otherwise required above (including, without limitation, as a result of the commencement of a proceeding under any applicable bankruptcy or insolvency Law with respect to Borrower), then (x) such unreimbursed drawing shall bear interest at the Default Rate and shall be due and payable on demand (together with interest) and (y) each Bank shall purchase (on or as of the date such Ratable Loan would otherwise have been made) from the Issuing Bank a participation interest in any unreimbursed drawing in an amount equal to its Pro Rata Share of such unreimbursed drawing. Until each Bank funds its Pro Rata Share to the Administrative Agent to reimburse the Issuing Bank for any amount drawn under any Letter of Credit, interest in respect of such Bank’s Pro Rata Share of such amount shall be solely for the account of the Issuing Bank. Each Bank’s obligation to reimburse the Issuing Bank for amounts drawn under Letters of Credit, as contemplated by this paragraph, 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 Bank may have against the Issuing Bank, the Borrower or any other Person for any reason whatsoever; (B) the occurrence or continuance of a Default or an Event of Default, or (C) any other occurrence, event or condition, whether or not similar to any of the foregoing. No purchase by a Bank of a participation interest in an unreimbursed drawing shall relieve or otherwise impair the obligation of the Borrower 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 any Bank fails to make available to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Issuing Bank any amount required to be paid by such Bank pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this paragraph, then, without limiting the other provisions of this Agreement, the Issuing Bank shall be entitled to recover from such Bank (acting through the Administrative Agent), on demand, such amount with interest thereon for the period from the date such payment is required to the date on which such payment is immediately available to the Issuing Bank at a rate per annum equal to the greater of the Federal Funds Rate and a rate determined by the Issuing Bank 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. If such Bank pays such amount (with interest and fees as aforesaid), the amount so paid shall constitute such Bank’s participation in such unreimbursed drawing. A certificate of the Issuing Bank submitted to any Bank (through the Administrative Agent) with respect to any amounts owing under this paragraph shall be conclusive absent manifest error. At any time after the Issuing Bank has made a payment under any Letter of Credit and has received from any Bank such Bank’s Pro Rata Share in respect of such payment in accordance with this paragraph, if the Administrative Agent receives for the account of the Issuing Bank any payment in respect of the related unreimbursed drawing or interest thereon (whether directly from the Borrower or otherwise, including proceeds of Cash Collateral applied thereto by the Administrative Agent), the Administrative Agent will distribute to such Bank its Pro Rata Share thereof in the same funds as those received by the Administrative Agent.

 

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(h)            Borrower agrees, (x) upon the occurrence of an Event of Default and at the written request of Administrative Agent or (y) if required by Section 2.16(d), (1) to deposit with Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Issuing Bank and the Banks cash collateral in the amount of all the outstanding Letters of Credit as applicable to (x) or (y) above (“Cash Collateral”), which Cash Collateral shall be held by Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Issuing Bank and the Banks as security for Borrower’s obligations in connection with the Letters of Credit and (2) to execute and deliver to Administrative Agent and the Issuing Bank such documents as Administrative Agent or the Issuing Bank reasonably requests to confirm and perfect the assignment of such Cash Collateral to Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Issuing Bank and the Banks. In addition, at any time that there shall exist a Defaulting Lender, immediately upon the request of the Administrative Agent or the Issuing Bank, the Borrower shall deliver to the Administrative Agent Cash Collateral in an amount sufficient to cover all Fronting Exposure (after giving effect to Section 2.20(a)(iv) and any Cash Collateral provided by such Defaulting Lender). All Cash Collateral (other than credit support not constituting funds subject to deposit) shall be maintained in blocked, interest bearing deposit accounts at Administrative Agent and invested solely in Permitted Investments. The Borrower, and to the extent provided by any Bank, such Bank, hereby grants to (and subjects to the control of) the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Bank and the Banks, 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 as set forth below. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, Cash Collateral provided hereunder in respect of Letters of Credit shall be held and applied to the satisfaction of the specific L/C Obligations for which the Cash Collateral was so provided. Cash Collateral (or the appropriate portion thereof) provided to reduce Fronting Exposure or 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 Bank) or (ii) the Administrative Agent’s good faith determination that there exists excess Cash Collateral; provided, however, that such Cash Collateral furnished by the Borrower to reduce Fronting Exposure shall not be released if the Borrower is required to deposit Cash Collateral in accordance with the first sentence of this Section 2.16(h).

 

(i)            The Issuing Bank shall not be under any obligation to issue any Letter of Credit if:

 

(1)            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 Law applicable 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;

 

(2)            the issuance of such Letter of Credit would violate one or more policies of the Issuing Bank applicable to letters of credit generally;

 

(3)            such Letter of Credit is to be denominated in a currency other than Dollars; or

 

(4)            any Bank 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 Borrower or such Bank to eliminate the Issuing Bank’s actual or potential Fronting Exposure (after giving effect to Section 2.20(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 L/C Obligations as to which the Issuing Bank has actual or potential Fronting Exposure, as it may elect in its sole discretion.

 

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(j)            The obligation of the Borrower to reimburse the Issuing Bank for each drawing under each Letter of Credit shall be absolute, unconditional and irrevocable, and shall be paid strictly in accordance with the terms of this Agreement under all circumstances, including the following:

 

(i)            any lack of validity or enforceability of such Letter of Credit, this Agreement, or any other Loan Document;

 

(ii)            the existence of any claim, counterclaim, setoff, defense or other right that the Borrower or any Consolidated Business 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 other Person, whether in connection with this Agreement, the transactions contemplated hereby or by such Letter of Credit or any agreement or instrument relating thereto, or any unrelated transaction;

 

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

 

(iv)            any payment by the Issuing Bank under such Letter of Credit against presentation of a draft or certificate that does not 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; or

 

(v)            any other circumstance or happening whatsoever, whether or not similar to any of the foregoing, including any other circumstance that might otherwise constitute a defense available to, or a discharge of, the Borrower or any Consolidated Business.

 

The Borrower 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 Borrower’s instructions or other irregularity, the Borrower will immediately notify the Issuing Bank. The Borrower shall be conclusively deemed to have waived any such claim against the Issuing Bank and its correspondents unless such notice is given as aforesaid.

 

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(k)            Each Bank and the Borrower agree 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 or any correspondent, participant or assignee of the Issuing Bank shall be liable to any Bank for (i) any action taken or omitted in connection herewith at the request or with the approval of the Banks or the Required Banks, as applicable; (ii) any action taken or omitted in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in a final and non-appealable judgment; or (iii) the due execution, effectiveness, validity or enforceability of any document or instrument related to any Letter of Credit. The Borrower hereby assumes all risks of the acts or omissions of any beneficiary or transferee with respect to its use of any Letter of Credit; provided, however, that this assumption is not intended to, and shall not, preclude the Borrower’s pursuing such rights and remedies as it may have against the beneficiary or transferee at law or under any other agreement. None of the Issuing Bank, the Administrative Agent, any Bank, any of their respective Related Parties nor any correspondent, participant or assignee of the Issuing Bank shall be liable or responsible for any of the matters described in clauses (i) through (v) of Section 2.16(j); provided, however, that anything in such clauses to the contrary notwithstanding, the Borrower may have a claim against the Issuing Bank, and the Issuing Bank may be liable to the Borrower, to the extent, but only to the extent, of any direct, as opposed to consequential or exemplary, damages suffered by the Borrower which the Borrower proves in a final and non-appealable judgment by a court of competent jurisdiction were caused by the Issuing Bank’s willful misconduct or gross negligence or the Issuing Bank’s willful failure to pay under any Letter of Credit (other than any willful failure that is the result of any order of any court or other Governmental Authority) 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.

 

None of the Administrative Agent, the Banks, the Issuing Bank, or any of their Related Parties shall have any liability or responsibility by reason of or in connection with the issuance or transfer of any Letter of Credit by the Issuing Bank 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, any error in translation or any consequence arising from causes beyond the control of the Issuing Bank; provided that the foregoing shall not be construed to excuse the Issuing Bank from liability to the Borrower to the extent of any direct damages (as opposed to consequential damages, claims in respect of which are hereby waived by the Borrower to the extent permitted by applicable Law) suffered by the Borrower that are caused by the Issuing Bank’s failure to exercise care when determining whether drafts and other documents presented under a Letter of Credit comply with the terms thereof. The parties hereto expressly agree that, in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of the Issuing Bank (as finally determined by a court of competent jurisdiction), the Issuing Bank shall be deemed to have exercised care in each such determination.

 

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Without limiting the foregoing, none of the Administrative Agent, the Banks, the Issuing Bank, or any of their Related Parties shall have any liability or responsibility by reason of (i) any presentation that includes forged or fraudulent documents or that is otherwise affected by the fraudulent, bad faith, or illegal conduct of the beneficiary or other Person, (ii) the Issuing Bank declining to take-up documents and make payment (A) against documents that are fraudulent, forged, or for other reasons by which that it is entitled not to honor or (B) following a Borrower’s waiver of discrepancies with respect to such documents or request for honor of such documents or (iii) the Issuing Bank retaining proceeds of a Letter of Credit based on an apparently applicable attachment order, blocking regulation, or third-party claim notified to the Issuing Bank.

 

(l)            Unless otherwise agreed by the Administrative Agent, each Issuing Bank shall, in addition to its notification obligations set forth elsewhere in this Section, provide the Administrative Agent a letter of credit report, as set forth below:

 

(i)            reasonably prior to the time that such Issuing Bank issues, amends, renews, increases or extends a Letter of Credit, the date of such issuance, amendment, renewal, increase or extension and the stated amount of the applicable Letters of Credit after giving effect to such issuance, amendment, renewal or extension (and whether the amounts thereof shall have changed);

 

(ii)            on each Banking Day on which such Issuing Bank makes a payment pursuant to a Letter of Credit, the date and amount of such payment;

 

(iii)            on any Banking Day on which the Borrower fails to reimburse a payment made pursuant to a Letter of Credit required to be reimbursed to such Issuing Bank on such day, the date of such failure and the amount of such payment;

 

(iv)            on any other Banking Day, such other information as the Administrative Agent shall reasonably request as to the Letters of Credit issued by such Issuing Bank; and

 

(v)            for so long as any Letter of Credit issued by an Issuing Bank is outstanding, such Issuing Bank shall deliver to the Administrative Agent (A) on the last Banking Day of each calendar month, (B) at all other times a letter of credit report is required to be delivered pursuant to this Agreement, and (C) on each date that (1) a Letter of Credit is issued, extended or increased, or (2) there is any expiration, cancellation and/or disbursement, in each case, with respect to any such Letter of Credit, a letter of credit report appropriately completed with the information for every outstanding Letter of Credit issued by such Issuing Bank.

 

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(m)            Unless otherwise expressly agreed by the Issuing Bank and the Borrower when a Letter of Credit is issued by it, (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 Borrower for, and the Issuing Bank’s rights and remedies against the Borrower 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 the 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.

 

(n)            The Issuing Bank shall act on behalf of the Banks with respect to any Letters of Credit issued by it and the documents associated therewith, and the Issuing Bank shall have all of the benefits and immunities (A) provided to the Administrative Agent in Article X with respect to any acts taken or omissions suffered by the Issuing Bank in connection with Letters of Credit issued by it or proposed to be issued by it as fully as if the term “Administrative Agent” as used in Article X included the Issuing Bank with respect to such acts or omissions, and (B) as additionally provided herein with respect to the Issuing Bank.

 

(o)            Any Issuing Bank may be replaced at any time by written agreement between the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the replaced Issuing Bank and the successor Issuing Bank. The Administrative Agent shall notify the Banks of any such replacement of an Issuing Bank. At the time any such replacement shall become effective, the Borrower shall pay all unpaid fees accrued for the account of the replaced Issuing Bank pursuant to Section 2.16(f). From and after the effective date of any such replacement, (i) the successor Issuing Bank shall have all the rights and obligations of an Issuing Bank under this Agreement with respect to Letters of Credit to be issued by it thereafter and (ii) references herein to the term “Issuing Bank” shall be deemed to include such successor or any previous Issuing Bank, or such successor and all previous Issuing Bank, as the context shall require. After the replacement of an Issuing Bank hereunder, the replaced Issuing Bank shall remain a party hereto and shall continue to have all the rights and obligations of an Issuing Bank under this Agreement with respect to Letters of Credit issued by it prior to such replacement, but shall not be required to issue additional Letters of Credit.

 

Section 2.17      [Reserved].

 

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Section 2.18      Extension of Maturity. Borrower shall have two (2) options (the “Extension Options”) to extend the then applicable Maturity Date for a period of six (6) months per extension. Subject to the conditions set forth below, Borrower may exercise each Extension Option by delivering a written notice to Administrative Agent (who shall provide such notice, promptly upon receipt, to each of the Banks) not more than one hundred eighty (180) days and not less than thirty (30) days prior to the then applicable Maturity Date (the “Notice to Extend”), (x) stating that Borrower has elected to extend the Maturity Date for six (6) months and (y) identifying an effective date (not less than ten (10) Banking Days following the date of the Notice to Extend) on which the extension shall become effective (the “Extension Effective Date”). Borrower’s delivery of the Notice to Extend shall be irrevocable and Borrower’s right to exercise each Extension Option shall be subject to the following terms and conditions: (i) there shall exist no Default or Event of Default on both the date Borrower delivers the Notice to Extend to Administrative Agent and on the Extension Effective Date, (ii) Borrower shall have paid to Administrative Agent for the account of each Bank for the extension an extension fee equal to 0.0625% of such Bank’s Loan Commitment on or prior to the Extension Effective Date, (iii) Borrower shall be in compliance with the covenants contained in Articles VII and VIII, as evidenced by a certificate from Borrower of the sort required by paragraph (3) of Section 6.09 (based on financial results for the most recent calendar quarter for which Borrower is required to report financial results) on both the date Borrower delivers the Notice to Extend to Administrative Agent and on the Extension Effective Date, and (iv) the Administrative Agent shall receive a certificate of the Borrower, signed by a duly authorized officer of the Borrower certifying, before and after giving effect to such extension, the representations and warranties set forth in Article V of this Agreement or the other Loan Documents are true and correct in all material respects, except to the extent that such representations and warranties specifically refer to an earlier date, in which case they are true and correct as of such earlier date (or in the case of any representation or warranty that is qualified as to “materiality”, “Material Adverse Change” or similar language, shall be true and correct in all respects as of the applicable date, after giving effect to such qualification).

 

Section 2.19      Additional Loan Commitments.

 

(a)            Borrower may, from time to time request the Banks to increase their Loan Commitments, so as to increase the Total Loan Commitment to an amount no greater than the sum of (1) the Accordion Amount plus (2) $2,250,000,000 less (3) the amount of any reduction of the Total Loan Commitment pursuant to Section 2.10. The increase in the Total Loan Commitment pursuant to any such particular request shall be at least an amount (the “Minimum Request”) equal to the lesser of (x) $50,000,000 or (y) the Accordion Amount less all previous increases in the Total Loan Commitment pursuant to this Section. Borrower shall make each such request by giving notice to Administrative Agent and Syndication Agents, which notice shall set forth the amount (which shall be no less than the Minimum Request) of the requested increase in the Total Loan Commitment (the “Requested Increase”) and such other details with respect to such increase as Administrative Agent and Syndication Agents shall reasonably request. Upon receipt of such notice, Administrative Agent shall promptly send a copy of such notice to each Bank. Administrative Agent, Syndication Agents and/or their Affiliates will use commercially reasonable efforts, with the assistance of Borrower, to arrange a syndicate of Banks with Loan Commitments (including the then-existing Loan Commitments) aggregating the then existing Total Loan Commitment plus the Requested Increase. Any Bank that is a party to this Agreement prior to such Requested Increase, at its sole discretion, may elect to increase its Loan Commitment but shall not have any obligation to so increase its Loan Commitment. In the event that each Bank does not elect to increase its Loan Commitment, Administrative Agent, Syndication Agents and/or their Affiliates shall use commercially reasonable efforts to locate additional lenders willing to hold commitments for the Requested Increase, subject to the approval of any such proposed lender by the Borrower, and the Borrower may also identify additional lenders willing to hold commitments for the Requested Increase, provided that the Administrative Agent shall have the right to approve any such additional lender, which approval will not be unreasonably withheld or delayed.

 

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(b)            In connection with increases to the Loan Commitments of some or all of the Banks as provided in paragraph (a) above, Borrower shall, at the request of the applicable Bank, execute supplemental Ratable Loan Notes (the “Supplemental Notes”) evidencing such increases, as well as such other confirmatory modifications to this Agreement as Administrative Agent shall reasonably request. In connection with the addition of lenders as a result of solicitations by Administrative Agent and Syndication Agents pursuant to paragraph (a) above (“New Banks”), Borrower, Administrative Agent and each New Bank shall execute an acceptance letter in the form of EXHIBIT H (the “Acceptance Letter”), Borrower shall execute a Ratable Loan Note to each New Bank in the amount of the New Bank’s Loan Commitment (a “New Note”) and Borrower and Administrative Agent (with the consent of only the New Banks and those Banks increasing their Loan Commitments) shall execute such confirmatory modifications to this Agreement as Administrative Agent shall reasonably request, whereupon the New Bank shall become, and have the rights and obligations of, a “Bank”, with a Loan Commitment in the amount set forth in such Acceptance Letter. The Banks shall have no right of approval with respect to a New Bank’s becoming a Bank or the amount of its Loan Commitment, provided, however, that Administrative Agent and Syndication Agents shall have such right of approval, not to be unreasonably withheld. Each Supplemental Note and New Note shall constitute “Ratable Loan Notes” for all purposes of this Agreement.

 

(c)            If at the time a New Bank becomes a Bank (or a Bank increases its Loan Commitment) pursuant to this Section there is any principal outstanding under the Ratable Loan Notes of the previously admitted Banks (the “Existing Banks”), such New Bank (or Bank increasing its Loan Commitment) shall remit to Administrative Agent an amount equal to the Outstanding Percentage (as defined below) multiplied by the Loan Commitment of the New Bank (or the amount of the increase in the Loan Commitment of a Bank increasing its Loan Commitment), which amount shall be deemed advanced under the Ratable Loan of the New Bank (or the Bank increasing its Loan Commitment). Administrative Agent shall pay such amount to the Existing Banks in accordance with the Existing Banks’ respective Pro Rata Shares (as calculated immediately prior to the admission of the New Bank (or the increase in a Bank’s Loan Commitment)), and such payment shall effect an automatic reduction of the outstanding principal balance under the respective Ratable Loan Notes of the Existing Banks. For purposes of this Section, the term “Outstanding Percentage” means the ratio of (i) the aggregate outstanding principal amount under the Ratable Notes of the Existing Banks, immediately prior to the admission of the New Bank (or the increase in the Loan Commitment of a Bank), to (ii) the aggregate of the Loan Commitments of the Existing Banks (as increased pursuant to this Section, if applicable) and the New Bank.

 

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(d)            The fees payable by the Borrower upon any increase of the Loan Commitments shall be agreed upon by the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the Syndication Agents, the New Banks and those Banks increasing their Loan Commitments. Nothing in this Section 2.19 shall constitute or be deemed to constitute an agreement or commitment by any Bank to increase its Loan Commitment hereunder.

 

Section 2.20      Defaulting Lenders. (a) Adjustments. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, if any Bank becomes a Defaulting Lender, then, until such time as that Bank is no longer a Defaulting Lender, to the extent permitted by applicable Law:

 

(i)            Waivers and Amendments. That 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 Banks” and Section 12.02.

 

(ii)            Reallocation of Payments. Any payment of principal, interest, fees or other amounts received by the Administrative Agent for the account of that Defaulting Lender (whether voluntary or mandatory, at maturity, pursuant to Article IX or otherwise, and including any amounts made available to the Administrative Agent by that Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 12.08), 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 that Defaulting Lender to the Administrative Agent hereunder; second, to the payment on a pro rata basis of any amounts owing by that Defaulting Lender to the Issuing Bank hereunder; third, if so determined by the Administrative Agent or requested by the Issuing Bank, to be held as Cash Collateral for future funding obligations of that Defaulting Lender of any participation in any Letter of Credit; fourth, as the Borrower may request (so long as no Default or Event of Default exists), to the funding of any Loan in respect of which that Defaulting Lender has failed to fund its portion thereof as required by this Agreement, as determined by the Administrative Agent; fifth, as the Borrower may request, to the release of Cash Collateral to the Borrower to the extent permitted by the last sentence of Section 2.16(h); sixth, if so determined by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, to be held in a non-interest bearing deposit account and released in order to satisfy obligations of that Defaulting Lender to fund Loans under this Agreement; seventh, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Banks or the Issuing Bank as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by any Bank or the Issuing Bank against that Defaulting Lender as a result of that Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; eighth, so long as no Default or Event of Default exists, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Borrower as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by the Borrower against that Defaulting Lender as a result of that Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; and ninth, to that 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 participations in Letters of Credit in respect of which that Defaulting Lender has not fully funded its appropriate share and (y) such Loans or participations in Letters of Credit were made 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 participations in 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 participations in Letters of Credit owed to, that Defaulting Lender. 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 2.20(a)(ii) shall be deemed paid to and redirected by that Defaulting Lender, and each Bank irrevocably consents thereto.

 

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(iii)            Certain Fees. That Defaulting Lender (x) shall be entitled to receive any facility fee pursuant to Section 2.07(b) for any period during which that Bank is a Defaulting Lender only to extent allocable to the sum of (1) the outstanding principal amount of the Loans funded by it and (2) its Pro Rata Share of the stated amount of Letters of Credit for which it has provided Cash Collateral pursuant to Section 2.16 or Section 2.20(a)(ii), as applicable (and the Borrower shall (A) be required to pay to each of the Issuing Bank, the amount of such fee allocable to its Fronting Exposure arising from that Defaulting Lender and (B) not be required to pay the remaining amount of such fee that otherwise would have been required to have been paid to that Defaulting Lender) and (y) shall be limited in its right to receive Letter of Credit fees as provided in Section 2.16(f).

 

(iv)            Reallocation of Pro Rata Shares to Reduce Fronting Exposure.

 

(A)            During any period in which there is a Defaulting Lender, for purposes of computing the amount of the obligation of each non-Defaulting Lender to acquire, refinance or fund participations in Letters of Credit pursuant to Sections 2.16, the “Pro Rata Share” of each non-Defaulting Lender shall be computed without giving effect to the Loan Commitment of that Defaulting Lender; provided, that, (i) each such reallocation shall be given effect only if, at the date the applicable Bank becomes a Defaulting Lender, the conditions set forth in Section 4.02 are satisfied at the time of such reallocation (and, unless the Borrower shall have otherwise notified the Administrative Agent at such time, the Borrower shall be deemed to have represented and warranted that such conditions are satisfied at such time); and (ii) the aggregate obligation of each non-Defaulting Lender to acquire, refinance or fund participations in Letters of Credit shall not exceed the positive difference, if any, of (1) the Loan Commitment of that non-Defaulting Lender minus (2) the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Loans of that Bank.

 

(B)            If such reallocation cannot, or can only partially, be effected, the Borrower shall within five (5) Banking Days following notice by the Administrative Agent, Cash Collateralize for the benefit of the Issuing Bank only the Borrower’s obligations corresponding to the Fronting Exposure of the Issuing Bank with respect to Letters of Credit (after giving effect to any partial reallocation described above) in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 2.16(h) for so long as such Fronting Exposure is outstanding.

 

(C)            So long as such Bank is a Defaulting Lender, the Issuing Bank shall not be required to issue, amend or increase any Letter of Credit, unless it is satisfied that the related Fronting Exposure will be 100% covered by the Loan Commitments of the non-Defaulting Lenders and/or Cash Collateral will be provided by the Borrower in accordance with Section 2.16(h) and/or Section 2.20(a)(iv), and participating interests in any newly issued or increased Letter of Credit shall be allocated among non-Defaulting Lenders in a manner consistent with the above provisions (and such Defaulting Lender shall not participate therein).

 

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(b)            Defaulting Lender Cure. If the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Bank agree in writing in their sole discretion that a Defaulting Lender should no longer be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender, the Administrative Agent will so notify the parties hereto, whereupon as of the effective date specified in such notice and subject to any conditions set forth therein (which may include arrangements with respect to any Cash Collateral), that Bank will, to the extent applicable, purchase at par that portion of outstanding Loans of the other Banks or take such other actions as the Administrative Agent may determine to be necessary to cause the Ratable Loans and funded and unfunded participations in Letters of Credit to be held on a pro rata basis by the Banks in accordance with their Pro Rata Shares (without giving effect to Section 2.20(a)(iv)), whereupon that Bank will cease to be a Defaulting Lender; provided that no adjustments will be made retroactively with respect to fees accrued or payments made by or on behalf of the Borrower while that Bank 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 Bank will constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder arising from that Bank’s having been a Defaulting Lender.

 

Section 2.21      Sustainability Adjustments.

 

(a)            Following the date on which the Borrower provides a Pricing Certificate in respect of the most recently ended calendar year (commencing with the calendar year ending December 31, 2022), (i) the Applicable Margin for purposes of calculating interest on the Loans and the Bank’s L/C Fee Rate payable under Section 2.16(f) shall be increased or decreased (or neither increased nor decreased), as applicable, pursuant to the Sustainability Rate Adjustment as set forth in such Pricing Certificate in the manner and at the times described in this Section 2.21 and the Sustainability Table (but in no event shall any adjustment result in the Applicable Margin being less than 0.00%) and (ii) the Facility Fee Rate shall be increased or decreased (or neither increased nor decreased), as applicable, pursuant to the Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment as set forth in such Pricing Certificate in the manner and at the times described in this Section 2.21 and the Sustainability Table (but in no event shall any adjustment result in the Facility Fee Rate being less than 0.00%). For purposes of the foregoing, each of the Sustainability Rate Adjustment and the Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment shall be effective as of the Banking Day following receipt by the Administrative Agent and the Sustainability Structuring Agent of a Pricing Certificate delivered pursuant to Section 6.09(13) based upon the KPI Metric set forth in such Pricing Certificate and the calculations of the Sustainability Rate Adjustment and the Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment, as applicable, therein (such day, the “Sustainability Pricing Adjustment Date”) and each change in the Applicable Margin and the Facility Fee Rate resulting from a Pricing Certificate and the Sustainability Rate Adjustment and the Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment related thereto shall be effective during the period commencing on and including the applicable Sustainability Pricing Adjustment Date and ending on the date immediately preceding the next such Sustainability Pricing Adjustment Date (or, in the case of non-delivery of a Pricing Certificate for the immediately following period, the last day such Pricing Certificate for such following period could have been delivered pursuant to the terms of Section 6.09(13)) (any such period, an “Applicable Sustainability Pricing Adjustment Period”).

 

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(b)            For the avoidance of doubt, only one Pricing Certificate may be delivered in respect of any calendar year. It is further understood and agreed that any Sustainability Rate Adjustment or Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment made for any Applicable Sustainability Pricing Adjustment Period shall only be applicable for such Applicable Sustainability Pricing Adjustment Period and any increases or reductions to the Applicable Margin resulting therefrom shall be reset to “zero” following the conclusion of such Applicable Sustainability Pricing Adjustment Period. For the avoidance of doubt, the Sustainability Rate Adjustment and the Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment shall not be cumulative year-over-year. Each applicable adjustment shall only apply until the date on which the next adjustment is due to take place.

 

(c)            It is hereby understood and agreed that if no such Pricing Certificate is delivered by the Borrower within the period set forth in Section 6.09(13), the Sustainability Rate Adjustment will be a positive amount equal to 0.02% and the Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment will be positive amount equal to 0.005% (such positive amount, collectively, the “Sustainability Threshold Adjustment”) commencing on the last day such Pricing Certificate could have been delivered pursuant to the terms of Section 6.09(13) and continuing until the Borrower delivers a Pricing Certificate to the Administrative Agent and the Sustainability Structuring Agent for the applicable calendar year.

 

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(d)            If (i)(A) the Borrower or any Bank becomes aware of any material inaccuracy in the Sustainability Rate Adjustment, the Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment, the KPI Metrics Report or the KPI Metric as reported in a Pricing Certificate (any such material inaccuracy, a “Pricing Certificate Inaccuracy”), and in the case of any Bank, such Bank delivers, not later than ten (10) Banking Days after obtaining knowledge thereof, a written notice to the Administrative Agent and the Sustainability Structuring Agent describing such Pricing Certificate Inaccuracy in reasonable detail (which description shall be shared with each Bank and the Borrower), or (B) the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Sustainability Structuring Agent agree that there was a Pricing Certificate Inaccuracy at the time of delivery of a Pricing Certificate, and (ii) a proper calculation of the Sustainability Rate Adjustment, the Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment or the KPI Metric would have resulted in an increase in the Applicable Margin for any period, the Borrower shall be obligated to pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of the applicable Banks or the applicable Issuing Banks, as the case may be, promptly on demand by the Administrative Agent (or, after the occurrence of an actual or deemed entry of an order for relief with respect to any Borrower under any Debtor Relief Law, automatically and without further action by the Administrative Agent, any Bank or any Issuing Bank), but in any event within ten (10) Banking Days after the Borrower has received written notice of, or has agreed in writing that there was a Pricing Certificate Inaccuracy, an amount equal to the excess of (1) the amount of interest and fees that should have been paid for such period over (2) the amount of interest and fees actually paid for such period (such amount, the “True-Up Amount”). If the Borrower becomes aware of any Pricing Certificate Inaccuracy and, in connection therewith, if a proper calculation of the Sustainability Rate Adjustment, the Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment or the KPI Metric would have resulted in a decrease in the Applicable Margin and the Facility Fee Rate for any period, then, upon receipt by the Administrative Agent and the Sustainability Structuring Agent of notice from the Borrower of such Pricing Certificate Inaccuracy (which notice shall include corrections to the calculations of the Sustainability Rate Adjustment, the Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment, or the KPI Metric, as applicable), commencing on the fifth Banking Day following receipt by the Administrative Agent and the Sustainability Structuring Agent of such notice, the Applicable Margin and the Facility Fee Rate shall be adjusted to reflect the corrected calculations of the Sustainability Rate Adjustment, the Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment and/or the KPI Metric, as applicable. Notwithstanding the foregoing or anything to the contrary herein, the parties agree that any such adjustment to reflect a decrease in the Applicable Margin and the Facility Fee Rate for any period shall only be effective on a prospective basis and shall not require any adjustments to amounts previously paid by the Borrower prior to the discovery of the Pricing Certificate Inaccuracy.

 

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(e)            It is understood and agreed that any Pricing Certificate Inaccuracy (and any consequences thereof) shall not constitute a Default or Event of Default; provided, that, the Borrower complies with the terms of the foregoing Section 2.21(d) and this Section 2.21(e) with respect to such Pricing Certificate Inaccuracy. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, unless such amounts shall be due upon the occurrence of an actual or deemed entry of an order for relief with respect to the Borrower under any Debtor Relief Law, (i) any additional amounts required to be paid pursuant to the immediately preceding paragraph shall not be due and payable until the date that is ten (10) Banking Days after a written demand is made for such payment by the Administrative Agent in accordance with such paragraph, (ii) any nonpayment of such additional amounts prior to or upon the date that is ten (10) Banking Days after such written demand for payment by the Administrative Agent shall not constitute a Default (whether retroactively or otherwise) and (iii) none of such additional amounts shall be deemed overdue prior to such date that is ten (10) Banking Days after such written demand or shall accrue interest at the Default Rate prior to such date that is ten (10) Banking Days after such written demand. In the event the Borrower fails to comply with Section 2.21(d) or this Section 2.21(e), the Bank’s sole recourse with respect thereto shall be limited to the True-Up Amount.

 

(f)            Each party hereto hereby agrees that neither the Administrative Agent nor any Sustainability Structuring Agent (i) shall have any responsibility for (or liability in respect of) reviewing, auditing or otherwise evaluating any calculation by the Borrower of any KPI Metric, the Sustainability Report, any Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment or any Sustainability Rate Adjustment (or any of the data or computations that are part of or related to any such calculation, including any KPI Metrics Report) set forth in any Pricing Certificate or (ii) makes any assurances whether this Agreement meets any criteria or expectations of the Borrower or any Bank or any other Person with regard to environmental or social impact and sustainability performance, or whether the credit facility evidenced by this Agreement, including the characteristics of the relevant sustainability metrics (including any environmental, social and sustainability criteria or any computation methodology) meet any industry standards for sustainability-linked credit facilities. The Administrative Agent may rely conclusively on any such Pricing Certificate, without further inquiry, including when implementing any pricing adjustment.

 

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(g)            To the extent any event occurs after the Closing Date (which would include, without limitation, a material disposition or material acquisition) which, in the opinion of the Borrower and the Sustainability Structuring Agent, acting reasonably, means that one or more of the GHG Emissions Reductions Targets or GHG Emissions Reductions Thresholds set forth in the Sustainability Table is no longer applicable given changes in the Borrower’s structure, then (i) the Borrower shall negotiate in good faith with the Sustainability Structuring Agent and the Administrative Agent to amend the GHG Emissions Reductions Targets or GHG Emissions Reductions Thresholds, the Sustainability Table and this Section 2.21 and any related schedules, exhibits or definitions referred to herein or therein in order to preserve the original intent of this Section in light of such event (such amendments to subject to the affirmative approval of the Required Banks) and (ii) if the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent and the Required Banks are unable to agree upon such an amendment, the Borrower and the Sustainability Structuring Agent will report to the Banks that such GHG Emissions Reductions Targets and GHG Emissions Reductions Thresholds will no longer apply, in which case, the Borrower will then cease to refer to the applicable KPI Metric, GHG Emissions Reductions Targets and GHG Emissions Reductions Thresholds in the Pricing Certificate and the Borrower will cease to refer to the loan facility evidenced by this Agreement as a sustainability-linked loan facility for such period.

 

(h)            To the extent the Sustainability Structuring Agent ceases to be a Bank (or an Affiliate thereof), the Borrower shall use commercially reasonable efforts to seek to appoint another Person that is a Bank to fulfill the role as Sustainability Structuring Agent, subject to Section 10.08(b) (it being understood and agreed that the provisions of Section 10.08(b) shall supersede the provisions of this clause (h) in the event of any conflict).

 

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Article III

 

YIELD PROTECTION; ILLEGALITY, ETC.

 

Section 3.01      Additional Costs. Borrower shall pay directly to each Bank and Issuing Bank from time to time on demand such amounts as may be necessary to compensate it for any increased costs incurred by it or reduction of the amount received or receivable by it which are attributable to its making, Converting, Continuing or maintaining any Loan, or its obligation to make, Convert, Continue or maintain a Loan, or its obligation to issue, maintain or participate in any Letter of Credit, or any reduction in any amount receivable by such Bank hereunder in respect of any Loan or such obligations (such increases in costs and reductions in amounts receivable being herein called “Additional Costs”), in each case resulting from any Regulatory Change which:

 

(1)            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

 

(2)            imposes or modifies any reserve, special deposit, compulsory loan, deposit insurance or assessment, minimum capital, capital ratio or similar requirements relating to any extensions of credit or other assets of, or any deposits with or other liabilities of, such Bank, or any commitment of such Bank (including such Bank’s Loan Commitment hereunder); or

 

(3)            imposes any other condition, cost or expense (other than Taxes) affecting this Agreement, the Loans or the Notes (or any of such extensions of credit or liabilities or the London interbank market).

 

Without limiting the effect of the provisions of the first paragraph of this Section, in the event that, by reason of any Regulatory Change, any Bank either (1) incurs Additional Costs based on or measured by the excess above a specified level of the amount of a category of deposits of other liabilities of such Bank which includes deposits by reference to which SOFR is determined as provided in this Agreement or a category of extensions of credit or other assets of such Bank which includes loans based on SOFR or (2) becomes subject to restrictions on the amount of such a category of liabilities or assets which it may hold, then, if such Bank so elects by notice to Borrower (with a copy to Administrative Agent), the obligation of such Bank to permit Elections of, to Continue, or to Convert Base Rate Loans into, SOFR Loans shall be suspended (in which case the provisions of Section 3.04 shall be applicable) until such Regulatory Change ceases to be in effect.

 

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Determinations and allocations by a Bank for purposes of this Section of the effect of any Regulatory Change pursuant to the first or second paragraph of this Section, on its costs or rate of return of making or maintaining its Loan or portions thereof or on amounts receivable by it in respect of its Loan or portions thereof, and the amounts required to compensate such Bank under this Section, shall be included in a calculation of such amounts given to Borrower and shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

 

Section 3.02      Inability to Determine Rates.

 

(a)            If in connection with any request for a Term SOFR Loan, Daily SOFR Loan or Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan or a conversion of Base Rate Loans or Daily SOFR Loans to Term SOFR Loans or Daily SOFR Loans or a continuation of any Term SOFR Loans, as applicable, (i) the Administrative Agent determines (which determination shall be conclusive absent manifest error) that (A) no Successor Rate has been determined in accordance with Section 3.02(b), and the circumstances under clause (i) of Section 3.02(b) or the Scheduled Unavailability Date has occurred, (B) adequate and reasonable means do not otherwise exist for determining Term SOFR for any requested Interest Period with respect to a proposed Term SOFR Loan or Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan or in connection with an existing or proposed Base Rate Loan or (C) adequate and reasonable means do not otherwise exist for determining Daily SOFR in connection with an existing or proposed Daily SOFR Loan, or (ii) the Administrative Agent or the Required Banks determine that for any reason that Term SOFR for any requested Interest Period or Daily SOFR with respect to a proposed Loan does not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Banks of funding such Loan, the Administrative Agent will promptly so notify the Borrower and each Bank.

 

Thereafter, (x) the obligation of the Banks to make or maintain Term SOFR Loans, Daily SOFR Loans or Term SOFR Bid Rate Loans, or to convert Base Rate Loans or Daily SOFR Loans to Term SOFR Loans or Daily SOFR Loans, shall be suspended (to the extent of the affected Term SOFR Loans, Daily SOFR Loans, Term SOFR Bid Rate Loans or Interest Periods), and (y) in the event of a determination described in the preceding sentence with respect to the Term SOFR component of the Base Rate, the utilization of the Term SOFR component in determining the Base Rate shall be suspended, in each case until the Administrative Agent (or, in the case of a determination by the Required Banks described in clause (ii) of this Section 3.03(a), until the Administrative Agent upon instruction of the Required Banks) revokes such notice.

 

Upon receipt of such notice, (i) the Borrower may revoke any pending request for a borrowing of, or conversion to, or continuation of Term SOFR Loans, Daily SOFR Loans, Term SOFR Bid Rate Loans (to the extent of the affected Term SOFR Loans, Daily SOFR Loans, Term SOFR Bid Rate Loans or Interest Periods) or, failing that, will be deemed to have converted such request into a request for a Ratable Loan of Base Rate Loans in the amount specified therein, (ii) any outstanding Term SOFR Loans shall be deemed to have been converted to Base Rate Loans immediately at the end of their respective applicable Interest Period and (iii) any outstanding Daily SOFR Loans shall immediately be deemed to have been converted to Base Rate Loans.

 

(b)            Replacement of SOFR or Successor Rate. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement or any other Loan Documents, if the Administrative Agent determines (which determination shall be conclusive absent manifest error), or the Borrower or Required Banks notify the Administrative Agent (with, in the case of the Required Banks, a copy to the Borrower) that the Borrower or Required Banks (as applicable) have determined, that:

 

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(i)            adequate and reasonable means do not exist for ascertaining one month, three month and six month interest periods of Term SOFR, including, without limitation, because the Term SOFR Screen Rate is not available or published on a current basis and such circumstances are unlikely to be temporary; or

 

(ii)            CME or any successor administrator of the Term SOFR Screen Rate or a Governmental Authority having jurisdiction over the Administrative Agent or such administrator with respect to its publication of Term SOFR, in each case acting in such capacity, has made a public statement identifying a specific date after which one month, three month and six month interest periods of Term SOFR or the Term SOFR Screen Rate shall or will no longer be made available, or permitted to be used for determining the interest rate of U.S. dollar denominated syndicated loans, or shall or will otherwise cease, provided that, at the time of such statement, there is no successor administrator that is satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, that will continue to provide such interest periods of Term SOFR after such specific date (the latest date on which one month, three month and six month interest periods of Term SOFR or the Term SOFR Screen Rate are no longer available permanently or indefinitely, the “Scheduled Unavailability Date”);

 

then, on a date and time determined by the Administrative Agent (any such date, the “Term SOFR Replacement Date”), which date shall be at the end of an Interest Period or on the relevant interest payment date, as applicable, for interest calculated and, solely with respect to clause (ii) above, no later than the Scheduled Unavailability Date, Term SOFR will be replaced hereunder and under any Loan Document with Daily SOFR for any payment period for interest calculated that can be determined by the Administrative Agent, in each case, without any amendment to, or further action or consent of any other party to, this Agreement or any other Loan Document (the “Successor Rate).

 

If the Successor Rate is Daily SOFR, all interest payments will be payable on a monthly basis.

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, (i) if the Administrative Agent determines that Daily SOFR is not available on or prior to the Term SOFR Replacement Date, or (ii) if the events or circumstances of the type described in Section 3.02(b)(i) or (ii) have occurred with respect to Daily SOFR or the Successor Rate then in effect, then in each case, the Administrative Agent and the Borrower may amend this Agreement solely for the purpose of replacing Term SOFR, Daily SOFR or any then current Successor Rate in accordance with this Section 3.02 at the end of any Interest Period, relevant interest payment date or payment period for interest calculated, as applicable, with an alternative benchmark rate giving due consideration to any evolving or then existing convention for similar U.S. dollar denominated credit facilities syndicated and agented in the United States for such alternative benchmark. and, in each case, including any mathematical or other adjustments to such benchmark giving due consideration to any evolving or then existing convention for similar U.S. dollar denominated credit facilities syndicated and agented in the United States for such benchmark, which adjustment or method for calculating such adjustment shall be published on an information service as selected by the Administrative Agent from time to time in its reasonable discretion and may be periodically updated. For the avoidance of doubt, any such proposed rate and adjustments, shall constitute a “Successor Rate”. Any such amendment shall become effective at 5:00 p.m. on the fifth Banking Day after the Administrative Agent shall have posted such proposed amendment to all Banks and the Borrower unless, prior to such time, Banks comprising the Required Banks have delivered to the Administrative Agent written notice that such Required Banks object to such amendment.

 

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The Administrative Agent will promptly (in one or more notices) notify the Borrower and each Bank of the implementation of any Successor Rate.

 

Any Successor Rate shall be applied in a manner consistent with market practice; provided that to the extent such market practice is not administratively feasible for the Administrative Agent, such Successor Rate shall be applied in a manner as otherwise reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent.

 

Notwithstanding anything else herein, if at any time any Successor Rate as so determined would otherwise be less than zero%, the Successor Rate will be deemed to be zero% for the purposes of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents.

 

In connection with the implementation of a Successor Rate, the Administrative Agent will have the right to make Conforming Changes from time to time and, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Loan Document, any amendments implementing such Conforming Changes will become effective without any further action or consent of any other party to this Agreement; provided that, with respect to any such amendment effected, the Administrative Agent shall post each such amendment implementing such Conforming Changes to the Borrower and the Banks reasonably promptly after such amendment becomes effective.

 

Section 3.03      Illegality. If any Bank determines that any Law has made it unlawful, or that any Governmental Authority has asserted that it is unlawful, for any Bank or its applicable Lending Office to make, maintain or fund Loans whose interest is determined by reference to SOFR, Term SOFR or Daily SOFR, or to determine or charge interest rates based upon SOFR, Term SOFR or Daily SOFR, then, upon notice thereof by such Bank to the Borrower (through the Administrative Agent), (a) any obligation of such Bank to make or continue Term SOFR Loans, Daily SOFR Loans or Term SOFR Bid Rate Loans or to convert Base Rate Loans or Daily SOFR Loans to Term SOFR Loans or Daily SOFR Loans shall be suspended, and (b) if such notice asserts the illegality of such Bank making or maintaining Base Rate Loans the interest rate on which is determined by reference to the Term SOFR component of the Base Rate, the interest rate on which Base Rate Loans of such Bank shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by the Administrative Agent without reference to the Term SOFR component of the Base Rate, in each case until such Bank notifies the Administrative Agent and the Borrower that the circumstances giving rise to such determination no longer exist. Upon receipt of such notice, (i) the Borrower shall, upon demand from such Bank (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), prepay or, if applicable, convert all Term SOFR Loans and Term SOFR Bid Rate Loans of such Bank to Base Rate Loans (the interest rate on which Base Rate Loans of such Bank shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by the Administrative Agent without reference to the Term SOFR component of the Base Rate), either on the last day of the Interest Period therefor, if such Bank may lawfully continue to maintain such Term SOFR Loan to such day, or immediately, if such Bank may not lawfully continue to maintain such Term SOFR Loan, (ii) the Borrower shall, upon demand from such Bank (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) immediately prepay, or, if applicable, convert all Daily SOFR Loans of such Bank to Base Rate Loans (the interest rate on which Base Rate Loans of such Bank shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by the Administrative Agent without reference to the Term SOFR component of the Base Rate) and (iii) if such notice asserts the illegality of such Bank determining or charging interest rates based upon SOFR, the Administrative Agent shall during the period of such suspension compute the Base Rate applicable to such Bank without reference to the Term SOFR component thereof until the Administrative Agent is advised in writing by such Bank that it is no longer illegal for such Bank to determine or charge interest rates based upon SOFR. Upon any such prepayment or conversion, the Borrower shall also pay accrued interest on the amount so prepaid or converted, together with any additional amounts required pursuant to Section 3.05.

 

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Section 3.04      Treatment of Affected Loans. If the obligations of any Bank to make or maintain a SOFR Loan or a Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan, or to permit an Election of a SOFR Loan, to Continue its Term SOFR Loan, or to Convert its Base Rate Loan into a SOFR Loan, are suspended pursuant to Sections 3.01 or 3.03 (each SOFR Loan or Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan so affected being herein called an “Affected Loan”), such Bank’s Affected Loan shall be automatically Converted into a Base Rate Loan (or, in the case of an Affected Loan that is a Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan, the interest rate thereon shall be converted to the rate applicable to Base Rate Loans) on the last day of the then current Interest Period for the Affected Loan (or, in the case of a Conversion (or conversion) required by Sections 3.01 or 3.03, on such earlier date as such Bank may specify to Borrower).

 

To the extent that such Bank’s Affected Loan has been so Converted (or the interest rate thereon so converted), all payments and prepayments of principal which would otherwise be applied to such Bank’s Affected Loan shall be applied instead to its Base Rate Loan (or to its Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan bearing interest at the converted rate) and such Bank shall have no obligation to Convert its Base Rate Loan into a SOFR Loan.

 

Section 3.05      Certain Compensation. Other than in connection with a Conversion of an Affected Loan, Borrower shall pay to Administrative Agent for the account of the applicable Bank, upon the request of such Bank through Administrative Agent which request includes a calculation of the amount(s) due, such amount or amounts as shall be sufficient (in the reasonable opinion of such Bank) to compensate it for any non-administrative, actual loss, cost or expense which such Bank reasonably determines is attributable to:

 

(1)            any payment or prepayment of a Term SOFR Loan or Bid Rate Loan made by such Bank, or any Conversion or Continuation of a Term SOFR Loan (or conversion of the rate of interest on a Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan) made by such Bank, in any such case on a date other than the last day of an applicable Interest Period, whether by reason of acceleration or otherwise; or

 

(2)            any failure by Borrower for any reason to Convert or Continue a Term SOFR Loan to be Converted or Continued by such Bank on the date specified therefor in the relevant notice under Section 2.14; or

 

(3)            any failure by Borrower to borrow (or to qualify for a borrowing of) a Term SOFR Loan or Bid Rate Loan which would otherwise be made hereunder on the date specified in the relevant Election notice under Section 2.14 or Bid Rate Quote acceptance under Section 2.02(e) given or submitted by Borrower.

 

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Without limiting the foregoing, such compensation shall include any loss incurred in obtaining, liquidating or employing deposits from third parties, but excluding loss of margin for the period after the date of such payment, prepayment, Conversion or Continuation (or failure to Convert, Continue or borrow). A determination of any Bank as to the amounts payable pursuant to this Section shall be conclusive absent manifest error. No Bank shall make any request pursuant to this Section 3.05 unless such amounts due to, and costs incurred by, such Bank are equal to or greater than $100.

 

Section 3.06      Capital or Liquidity Adequacy. If any Bank shall have determined that, after the date hereof, any Regulatory Change regarding capital or liquidity requirements has or would have the effect of reducing the rate of return on capital of such Bank (or its Parent) as a consequence of such Bank’s obligations hereunder to a level below that which such Bank (or its Parent) could have achieved but for such adoption, change, request or directive (taking into consideration its policies with respect to capital adequacy) by an amount deemed by such Bank to be material, then from time to time, within fifteen (15) days after demand by such Bank (with a copy to Administrative Agent), Borrower shall pay to such Bank such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Bank (or its Parent) for such reduction. A certificate of any Bank claiming compensation under this Section, setting forth in reasonable detail the basis therefor, shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

 

Section 3.07      Substitution of Banks. If any Bank (an “Affected Bank”) (1) makes demand upon Borrower for (or if Borrower is otherwise required to pay) Additional Costs pursuant to Section 3.01 or additional amounts under Section 3.06 or (2) is unable to make or maintain a SOFR Loan or Term SOFR Bid Rate Loan as a result of a condition described in Section 3.03, or (3) if Borrower is required to pay any Indemnified Taxes or additional amounts to any Bank, any Issuing Bank or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Bank or Issuing Bank pursuant to Section 3.10, or (4) becomes a Defaulting Lender, Borrower may, within ninety (90) days of receipt of such demand or notice (or the occurrence of such other event causing Borrower to be required to pay Additional Costs or causing said Section 3.03 to be applicable) or such Bank becoming a Defaulting Lender, as the case may be, give written notice (a “Replacement Notice”) to Administrative Agent and to each Bank of Borrower’s intention either (x) to prepay in full the Affected Bank’s Note and to terminate the Affected Bank’s entire Loan Commitment or (y) to replace the Affected Bank with another financial institution (the “Replacement Bank”) designated in such Replacement Notice. In the event Borrower opts to give the notice provided for in clause (x) above, and if the Affected Bank shall not agree within thirty (30) days of its receipt thereof to waive the payment of the Additional Costs in question or the effect of the circumstances described in Section 3.03, if applicable, then, so long as no Default or Event of Default shall exist, Borrower may (notwithstanding the provisions of clause (2) of Section 2.10(a)) terminate the Affected Bank’s entire Loan Commitment, provided that in connection therewith it pays to the Affected Bank all outstanding principal and accrued and unpaid interest under the Affected Bank’s Note, together with all other amounts, if any, due from Borrower to the Affected Bank, including all amounts properly demanded and unreimbursed under Sections 3.01 and 3.05.

 

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In the event Borrower opts to give the notice provided for in clause (y) above, and if (i) Administrative Agent shall, within thirty (30) days of its receipt of the Replacement Notice, notify Borrower and each Bank in writing that the Replacement Bank is reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent and (ii) the Affected Bank shall not, prior to the end of such thirty (30)-day period, agree to waive the payment of the Additional Costs in question or the effect of the circumstances described in Section 3.03 or clause (2) of Section 3.02, if applicable, then the Affected Bank shall, so long as no Default or Event of Default shall exist, assign its Note and all of its rights and obligations under this Agreement to the Replacement Bank, and the Replacement Bank shall assume all of the Affected Bank’s rights and obligations, pursuant to an agreement, substantially in the form of an Assignment and Acceptance, executed by the Affected Bank and the Replacement Bank. In connection with such assignment and assumption, the Replacement Bank shall pay to the Affected Bank an amount equal to the outstanding principal amount under the Affected Bank’s Note plus all interest accrued thereon, plus all other amounts, if any (other than the Additional Costs in question), then due and payable to the Affected Bank; provided, however, that prior to or simultaneously with any such assignment and assumption, Borrower shall have paid to such Affected Bank all amounts properly demanded and unreimbursed under Sections 3.01 and 3.05. Upon the effective date of such assignment and assumption, the Replacement Bank shall become a Bank party to this Agreement and shall have all the rights and obligations of a Bank as set forth in such Assignment and Acceptance, and the Affected Bank shall be released from its obligations hereunder, and no further consent or action by any party shall be required. Upon the consummation of any assignment pursuant to this Section, a substitute Ratable Loan Note shall be issued to the Replacement Bank by Borrower, in exchange for the return of the Affected Bank’s Ratable Loan Note. The obligations evidenced by such substitute note shall constitute “Obligations” for all purposes of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents. In connection with Borrower’s execution of substitute notes as aforesaid, Borrower shall deliver to Administrative Agent evidence, satisfactory to Administrative Agent, of all requisite corporate action to authorize Borrower’s execution and delivery of the substitute notes and any related documents. Each Replacement Bank shall, prior to the first date on which interest or fees are payable hereunder for its account, deliver to Borrower and Administrative Agent certification as to a reduction in or exemption from deduction or withholding of any United States federal income or withholding taxes in accordance with Section 3.10. Each Replacement Bank shall be deemed to have made the representations contained in, and shall be bound by the provisions of, Section 3.10.

 

Borrower, Administrative Agent and the Banks shall execute such modifications to the Loan Documents as shall be reasonably required in connection with and to effectuate the foregoing.

 

Section 3.08      Applicability. The provisions of this Article III shall be applied to Borrower so as not to discriminate against Borrower vis-a-vis similarly situated customers of the Banks.

 

Section 3.09      Time for Notices. No Bank shall be entitled to compensation under Section 3.01 or Section 3.06 for any costs incurred or reduction suffered with respect to any date unless such Bank shall have notified the Borrower that it will demand compensation for such costs or reduction (such notice to provide a computation of such costs or reductions) not more than one hundred twenty (120) days after such Bank has obtained actual knowledge of an event entitling it to such compensation, except that if such event giving rise to compensation is retroactive, then the one hundred twenty (120) day period referred to above shall be extended to include the period of retroactive effect.

 

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Section 3.10      Taxes.

 

(a)            Payments Free of Taxes. Any and all payments by or on account of any obligation of the Borrower hereunder or under any other Loan Document shall be made without deduction or withholding for any Taxes, except as required by applicable Law. If any applicable Law (as determined in the good faith discretion of an applicable Withholding Agent) requires the deduction or withholding of any Tax from any such payment by a Withholding Agent, then the applicable Withholding Agent shall be entitled to make such deduction or withholding and shall timely pay the full amount deducted or withheld to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable Law and, if such Tax is an Indemnified Tax, then the sum payable by the Borrower shall be increased as necessary so that after such deduction or withholding has been made (including such deductions and withholdings applicable to additional sums payable under this Section 3.10) the applicable Recipient receives an amount equal to the sum it would have received had no such deduction or withholding been made.

 

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

 

(c)            Tax Indemnifications.

 

(i)            Indemnification by Borrower. The Borrower shall indemnify each Recipient, within 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 3.10) payable or paid by such Recipient or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to such Recipient and any 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 the Borrower by a Bank (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), or by the Administrative Agent on its own behalf or on behalf of a Bank, shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

 

(ii)            Indemnification by the Banks. Each Bank shall severally indemnify (A) the Administrative Agent, within 10 days after demand therefor, for (i) any Indemnified Taxes attributable to such Bank (but only to the extent that the Borrower has not already indemnified the Administrative Agent for such Indemnified Taxes and without limiting the obligation of the Borrower to do so), (ii) any Taxes attributable to such Bank’s failure to comply with the provisions of Section 12.05 relating to the maintenance of a Participant Register and (iii) any Excluded Taxes attributable to such Bank, in each case, that are payable or paid by the Administrative Agent 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 and (B) the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, within 10 days after demand therefor, for  any Taxes attributable to such Bank’s failure to comply with Section 3.10(e) that are payable or paid by the Administrative Agent or the Borrower 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 Bank by the Administrative Agent or the Borrower shall be conclusive absent manifest error. Each Bank hereby authorizes the Administrative Agent to set off and apply any and all amounts at any time owing to such Bank under any Loan Document or otherwise payable by the Administrative Agent to the Bank from any other source against any amount due to the Administrative Agent under this clause (c)(ii).

 

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(d)            Evidence of Payments. Upon request by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, as the case may be, after any payment of Taxes by the Borrower or by the Administrative Agent to a Governmental Authority as provided in this Section 3.10, the Borrower shall deliver to the Administrative Agent or the Administrative Agent shall deliver to the Borrower, as the case may be, the original or a copy of a receipt issued by such Governmental Authority evidencing such payment, a copy of any return required by Laws to report such payment or other evidence of such payment reasonably satisfactory to the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, as the case may be.

 

(e)            Status of Banks; Tax Documentation. (i) Any Bank 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 Borrower and the Administrative Agent, at the time or times reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, or as required by applicable law, such properly completed and executed documentation reasonably requested by the 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 Bank, if reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, shall deliver such other documentation prescribed by applicable Law or reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent as will enable the Borrower or the Administrative Agent to determine whether or not such Bank 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 3.10(e)(ii)(A), (ii)(B) and (ii)(D) below) shall not be required if in the Bank’s reasonable judgment such completion, execution or submission would subject such Bank to any material unreimbursed cost or expense or would materially prejudice the legal or commercial position of such Bank.

 

 

(ii)            Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in the event that the Borrower is a U.S. Person, as defined in Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code,

 

(A)            any Bank that is a U.S. Person, as defined in Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code, shall deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent on or prior to the date on which such Bank becomes a Bank under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent), executed originals of IRS Form W-9 certifying that such Bank is exempt from U.S. federal backup withholding tax;

 

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

 

(1)            in the case of a Foreign Bank 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 originals of IRS Form W-8BEN (or IRS Form W-8BEN-E, 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 (or IRS Form W-8BEN-E, 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;

 

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

 

(3)            in the case of a Foreign Bank 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 J-1 to the effect that such Foreign Bank is not a “bank” within the meaning of Section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code, a “10-percent shareholder” of the 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 originals of IRS Form W-8BEN (or IRS Form W-8BEN-E, as applicable); or

 

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

 

(C)            any Foreign Bank shall, to the extent it is legally entitled to do so, deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent (in such number of copies as shall be requested by the recipient) on or prior to the date on which such Foreign Bank becomes a Bank under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent), executed originals 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 Borrower or the Administrative Agent to determine the withholding or deduction required to be made; and

 

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(D)            if a payment made to a Bank under any Loan Document would be subject to U.S. federal withholding Tax imposed by FATCA if such Bank 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 Bank shall deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent at the time or times prescribed by applicable Law and at such time or times reasonably requested by the 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 the Borrower or the Administrative Agent as may be necessary for the Borrower and the Administrative Agent to comply with their obligations under FATCA and to determine that such Bank has complied with such Bank’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.

 

(iii)            Each Bank agrees that if any form or certification it previously delivered expires or becomes obsolete or inaccurate in any respect, it shall update such form or certification or promptly notify Borrower 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 Bank or the Issuing Bank, or have any obligation to pay to any Bank or the Issuing Bank, any refund of Taxes withheld or deducted from funds paid for the account of such Bank or the Issuing Bank, as the case may be. If the Administrative Agent, any Bank or the Issuing Bank determines, in its sole discretion exercised in good faith, that it has received a refund of any Taxes or Other Taxes as to which it has been indemnified by the Borrower or with respect to which the Borrower has paid additional amounts pursuant to this Section 3.10 (including by the payment of additional amounts pursuant to this Section 3.10), it shall pay to the Borrower an amount equal to such refund (but only to the extent of indemnity payments made, or additional amounts paid, by the Borrower under this Section with respect to the Taxes giving rise to such refund), net of all out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Administrative Agent, such Bank or the Issuing Bank, as the case may be, and without interest (other than any interest paid by the relevant Governmental Authority with respect to such refund), provided that the Borrower, upon the request of the Administrative Agent, such Bank or the Issuing Bank, agrees to repay the amount paid over to the Borrower (plus any penalties, interest or other charges imposed by the relevant Governmental Authority) to the Administrative Agent, such Bank or the Issuing Bank in the event the Administrative Agent, such Bank or the Issuing Bank is required to repay such refund to such Governmental Authority. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this paragraph (f), in no event will the indemnified party be required to pay any amount to an indemnifying party pursuant to this paragraph (f) the amount of which would place the indemnified party in a less favorable net after-Tax position than the indemnified party 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 the Administrative Agent, any Bank or the Issuing Bank to make available its tax returns (or any other information relating to its taxes that it deems confidential) to, or to file for or pursue any refund of Taxes on behalf of, the Borrower or any other Person.

 

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(g)            Defined Terms. For purposes of this Section, the term “applicable Laws” shall include FATCA.

 

Section 3.11      Designation of a Different Lending Office. Each Bank may make any Loan to the Borrower through any Applicable Lending Office, provided that the exercise of such option shall not affect the Borrower’s obligation to repay such Loan in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. If any Bank requests compensation under Section 3.01 or 3.06, or requires the Borrower to pay any Indemnified Taxes or additional amounts to any Bank, any Issuing Bank or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Bank or any Issuing Bank pursuant to Section 3.10, then such Bank or Issuing Bank shall (at the request of the Borrower) use reasonable efforts to designate a different lending office for funding or booking its Loans hereunder or to assign its rights and obligations hereunder to another of its offices, branches or affiliates, if, in the judgment of such Bank or Issuing Bank, such designation or assignment (i) would eliminate or reduce amounts payable pursuant to Section 3.01, 3.06 or 3.10, as the case may be, in the future, and (ii) would not subject such Bank or Issuing Bank to any unreimbursed cost or expense and would not otherwise be disadvantageous to such Bank or Issuing Bank. The Borrower hereby agrees to pay all reasonable costs and expenses incurred by any Bank or any Issuing Bank in connection with any such designation or assignment.

 

Article IV

 

CONDITIONS PRECEDENT

 

Section 4.01      Conditions Precedent to the Closing Date. The effectiveness of this Agreement and the obligation of each Bank to make the Initial Advance are subject to the condition precedent that Administrative Agent shall have received and approved on or before the Closing Date each of the following documents, and each of the following requirements shall have been fulfilled:

 

(1)            Fees and Expenses. The payment of (a) all fees and expenses incurred by Syndication Agents and Administrative Agent (including, without limitation, the reasonable fees and expenses of legal counsel) and (b) those fees specified in the Fee Letter and the Supplemental Fee Letters to be paid by Borrower on or before the Closing Date;

 

(2)            Loan Agreement and Notes. This Agreement, the Ratable Loan Notes for each of the Banks signatory hereto which has requested such Note and the Bid Rate Loan Note for Administrative Agent, each duly executed by Borrower;

 

(3)            Financial Statements. Audited Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2021 and unaudited Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements as of and for the quarter ended June 30, 2022;

 

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(4)            Evidence of Formation of Borrower. Certified (as of the Closing Date) copies of Borrower’s certificate of incorporation and by-laws, with all amendments thereto, and a certificate of the Secretary of State of the jurisdiction of formation as to its good standing therein;

 

(5)            Evidence of All Corporate Action. Certified (as of the Closing Date) copies of all documents evidencing the corporate action taken by Borrower authorizing the execution, delivery and performance of the Loan Documents and each other document to be delivered by or on behalf of Borrower pursuant to this Agreement;

 

(6)            Incumbency and Signature Certificate of Borrower. A certificate (dated as of the Closing Date) of the secretary of Borrower certifying the names and true signatures of each person authorized to sign on behalf of Borrower;

 

(7)            Solvency Certificate. A duly executed Solvency Certificate;

 

(8)            Opinion of Counsel for Borrower. A favorable opinion, dated the Closing Date, of DLA Piper LLP (US), counsel for Borrower, as to such matters as Administrative Agent may reasonably request;

 

(9)            Authorization Letter. The Authorization Letter, duly executed by Borrower;

 

(10)            [Reserved];

 

(11)            Certificate. The following statements shall be true and Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate dated the Closing Date signed by a duly authorized signatory of Borrower stating, to the best of the certifying party’s knowledge, the following:

 

(a)            All representations and warranties contained in this Agreement and in each of the other Loan Documents are true and correct on and as of the Closing Date as though made on and as of such date, and

 

(b)            No Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, or could result from the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the other Loan Documents; and

 

(c)            No Material Adverse Change exists on and as of the Closing Date;

 

(12)            Fee Letters. The Fee Letter and Supplemental Fee Letters, duly executed by Borrower;

 

(13)            Covenant Compliance. A covenant compliance certificate of the sort required by paragraph (3) of Section 6.09 for the most recent calendar quarter for which Borrower is required to report financial results;

 

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(14)            Know-Your-Customer Information. (x) Upon the written request of any Bank made at least ten (10) days prior to the Closing Date, the Borrower shall have provided to such Bank the documentation and other information that such Bank reasonably determines is required by regulatory authorities under applicable “know your customer” and anti-money-laundering rules and regulations, including, without limitation, the Patriot Act, in each case at least five (5) days prior to the Closing Date and (y) at least five (5) days prior to the Closing Date, if the Borrower qualifies as a “legal entity customer” under the Beneficial Ownership Regulation, the Borrower shall have delivered, to each Bank that so requests in writing, a Beneficial Ownership Certification in relation to the Borrower (it being acknowledged by the Administrative Agent and the Banks party hereto that, as of the Closing Date, as a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the information required to be provided in the Borrower’s requisite Beneficial Ownership Certification shall be limited to the information that such Banks are required to obtain under the Beneficial Ownership Regulation in respect of such publicly traded companies); and

 

(15)            Additional Materials. Such other approvals, documents, instruments or opinions as Administrative Agent may reasonably request.

 

Section 4.02      Conditions Precedent to Each Advance. The obligation of each Bank to make each advance of the Loans, and the obligation of the Issuing Bank to issue or extend any Letter of Credit, shall be subject to satisfaction of the following conditions precedent:

 

(1)            All conditions of Section 4.01 shall have been and remain satisfied as of the date of such advance or issuance or extension;

 

(2)            No Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing as of the date of the advance or issuance or would result from the making of such advance, issuance or extension; provided however, that this condition shall not apply to an Excluded Borrowing;

 

(3)            Each of the representations and warranties contained in this Agreement (other than in the last sentence of Section 5.13) and in each of the other Loan Documents shall be true and correct in all material respects as of the date of the advance or issuance, except for representations and warranties which are expressly stated to relate to a specific earlier date, in which case such representations and warranties were true and correct in all material respects as of such earlier date (or in the case of any representation or warranty that is qualified as to “materiality”, “Material Adverse Change” or similar language, shall be true and correct in all respects as of the applicable date, after giving effect to such qualification); provided however, that this condition shall not apply to an Excluded Borrowing; and

 

(4)            Administrative Agent shall have received a request for an advance in accordance with Section 2.04 or Administrative Agent and the Issuing Bank shall have received a request for such Letter of Credit in accordance with Section 2.16.

 

Section 4.03      Deemed Representations. Each request by Borrower for, and acceptance by Borrower of, an advance of proceeds of the Loans, and each request by Borrower for, and each issuance or extension by the Issuing Bank of, a Letter of Credit, shall constitute a representation and warranty by Borrower as to the satisfaction of the conditions in clauses (2) and (3) of Section 4.02, as of both the date of such request and the date of such advance or issuance.

 

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Article V

 

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

 

Borrower represents and warrants to Administrative Agent and each Bank as follows:

 

Section 5.01      Due Organization. Borrower is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the Laws of the jurisdiction of its organization, has the power and authority to own its assets and to transact the business in which it is now engaged, and, if applicable, is duly qualified for the conduct of business and in good standing under the Laws of each other jurisdiction in which such qualification is required and where the failure to be so qualified would cause a Material Adverse Change.

 

Section 5.02      Power and Authority; No Conflicts; Compliance With Laws. The execution, delivery and performance of the obligations required to be performed by Borrower of the Loan Documents are within the Borrower’s corporate powers, have been authorized by all necessary corporate action, and do not and will not (a) require the consent or approval of its shareholders or such consent or approval has been obtained, (b) contravene either its certificate of incorporation or by-laws, (c) to the best of Borrower’s knowledge, violate any provision of, or require any filing, registration, consent or approval under, any Law (including, without limitation, Regulation U), order, writ, judgment, injunction, decree, determination or award presently in effect having applicability to it, (d) result in a breach of or constitute a default under or require any consent under any indenture or loan or credit agreement or any other agreement, lease or instrument to which it may be a party or by which it or its properties may be bound or affected except for consents which have been obtained, (e) result in, or require, the creation or imposition of any Lien, upon or with respect to any of its properties now owned or hereafter acquired or (f) to the best of Borrower’s knowledge, cause it to be in default under any such Law, order, writ, judgment, injunction, decree, determination or award or any such indenture, agreement, lease or instrument; to the best of its knowledge, Borrower is in compliance with all Laws applicable to it and its properties where failure to be in compliance with such Laws could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Change.

 

Section 5.03      Legally Enforceable Agreements. Each Loan Document has been duly executed and delivered by the Borrower and is a legal, valid and binding obligation of Borrower, enforceable against Borrower in accordance with its terms, except to the extent that such enforcement may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency and other similar Laws affecting creditors’ rights generally.

 

Section 5.04      Litigation. There are no actions, suits or proceedings pending or, to its knowledge, threatened against Borrower or any of its Affiliates before any court or arbitrator or any Governmental Authority which are reasonably likely to result in a Material Adverse Change or challenge the validity or enforceability of any of the Loan Documents.

 

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Section 5.05      Good Title to Properties. Borrower and each of its Consolidated Subsidiaries have good, marketable and legal title to all of the properties and assets each of them purports to own (including, without limitation, those reflected in the Consolidated Financial Statements referred to in Section 5.13), only with exceptions which do not materially detract from the use thereof in Borrower’s and such Consolidated Subsidiary’s business, and except to the extent that any such properties and assets have been encumbered or disposed of since the date of such financial statements without violating any of the covenants contained in Article VII or elsewhere in this Agreement. Borrower and its Consolidated Subsidiaries enjoy peaceful and undisturbed possession of all ground leased property necessary in any material respect in the conduct of their respective businesses. All such ground leases are valid and subsisting and are in full force and effect.

 

Section 5.06      Taxes. Borrower has filed all tax returns (federal, state and local) required to be filed by it and has paid all taxes, assessments and governmental charges and levies due and payable without the imposition of a penalty, including interest and penalties, except to the extent they are the subject of a Good Faith Contest. Borrower qualifies as a real estate investment trust under the Code.

 

Section 5.07      ERISA. Borrower is in compliance in all material respects with all applicable provisions of ERISA. Neither a Reportable Event nor a Prohibited Transaction has occurred with respect to any Plan which could result in liability of Borrower; no notice of intent to terminate a Plan has been filed nor has any Plan been terminated within the past five (5) years; no circumstance exists which constitutes grounds under Section 4042 of ERISA entitling the PBGC to institute proceedings to terminate, or appoint a trustee to administer, a Plan, nor has the PBGC instituted any such proceedings; Borrower and the ERISA Affiliates have not completely or partially withdrawn under Sections 4201 or 4204 of ERISA from a Multiemployer Plan; Borrower and the ERISA Affiliates have met the minimum funding requirements of Section 412 of the Code and Section 302 of ERISA of each with respect to the Plans of each and there is no material “Unfunded Current Liability” (as such quoted term is defined in ERISA) with respect to any Plan established or maintained by each; and Borrower and the ERISA Affiliates have not incurred any liability to the PBGC under ERISA (other than for the payment of premiums under Section 4007 of ERISA). No part of the funds to be used by Borrower in satisfaction of its obligations under this Agreement constitute “plan assets” of any “employee benefit plan” within the meaning of ERISA or of any “plan” within the meaning of Section 4975(e)(1) of the Code, as interpreted by the IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor in rules, regulations, releases, bulletins or as interpreted under applicable case law.

 

Section 5.08      No Default on Outstanding Judgments or Orders, Etc. Borrower and each of its Consolidated Subsidiaries have satisfied all judgments which are not being appealed or which are not fully covered by insurance, and are not in default with respect to any judgment, order, writ, injunction, decree, rule or regulation of any court, arbitrator or federal, state, municipal or other Governmental Authority, commission, board, bureau, agency or instrumentality, domestic or foreign, where the failure to satisfy such judgments or any such default thereunder (a) could reasonably be expected to cause a Material Adverse Change or (b) could reasonably be expected to cause an Event of Default under Article IX of this Agreement (without considering or giving effect to any grace periods applicable thereto).

 

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Section 5.09      No Defaults on Other Agreements. Except as disclosed to Administrative Agent in writing (who shall provide such information, promptly upon receipt, to each of the Banks), Borrower is not a party to any indenture, loan or credit agreement or any lease or other agreement or instrument or subject to any partnership, trust or other restriction which is likely to result in a Material Adverse Change. Borrower is not in default in any respect in the performance, observance or fulfillment of any of the obligations, covenants or conditions contained in any agreement or instrument which is likely to result in a Material Adverse Change. Borrower and each of its Consolidated Subsidiaries are in compliance in all material respects with all Laws applicable to it, except where no Material Adverse Change could reasonably be expected to occur as a result of such non-compliance.

 

Section 5.10      Government Regulation. Borrower is not subject to regulation under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or any statute or regulation limiting its ability to incur indebtedness for money borrowed as contemplated hereby. The Borrower is not engaged and will not engage, principally or as one of its important activities, in the business of purchasing or carrying margin stock (within the meaning of Regulation U), or extending credit for the purpose of purchasing or carrying margin stock.

 

Section 5.11      Environmental Protection. To the best of Borrower’s knowledge, none of Borrower’s or its Consolidated Subsidiaries’ properties contains any Hazardous Materials that, under any Environmental Law currently in effect, (1) would impose liability on Borrower that is likely to result in a Material Adverse Change or (2) is likely to result in the imposition of a Lien on any material assets of Borrower and its Consolidated Subsidiaries (taken as a whole), in each case if not properly handled in accordance with applicable Law or not covered by insurance or a bond, in either case reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent. To the best of Borrower’s knowledge, neither it nor any of its Consolidated Subsidiaries is in violation of, or subject to any existing, pending or threatened investigation or proceeding by any Governmental Authority under any Environmental Law, in each case, that is likely to result in a Material Adverse Change.

 

Section 5.12      Solvency. Borrower is, and upon consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, the other Loan Documents and any other documents, instruments or agreements relating thereto, will be, Solvent.

 

Section 5.13      Financial Statements. The Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements most recently delivered to the Banks pursuant to the terms of this Agreement are in all material respects complete and correct and fairly present the financial condition of the subject thereof as of the dates of and for the periods covered by such statements, all in accordance with GAAP. There has been no Material Adverse Change since the date of such most recently delivered Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

Section 5.14      Valid Existence of Consolidated Subsidiaries. Except where no Material Adverse Change could reasonably be expected to occur, each Consolidated Subsidiary is a corporation, partnership or limited liability company duly organized and existing in good standing under the Laws of the jurisdiction of its formation. Except where no Material Adverse Change could reasonably be expected to occur, each Consolidated Subsidiary has the power to own its respective properties and to carry on its respective businesses now being conducted. Each Consolidated Subsidiary is duly qualified as a foreign corporation to do business and is in good standing in every jurisdiction in which the nature of the respective businesses conducted by it or its respective properties, owned or held under lease, make such qualification necessary and where the failure to be so qualified would cause a Material Adverse Change.

 

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Section 5.15      Insurance. Borrower and each of its Consolidated Subsidiaries have in force paid insurance with financially sound and reputable insurance companies or associations, including customary self-insured retention amounts, in such amounts and covering such risks as are usually carried by companies engaged in the same type of business and similarly situated.

 

Section 5.16      Accuracy of Information; Full Disclosure. Neither this Agreement nor any documents, financial statements, reports, notices, schedules, certificates, statements or other writings furnished by or on behalf of Borrower to Administrative Agent or any Bank in connection with the negotiation of this Agreement or the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby, or required herein to be furnished by or on behalf of Borrower (other than projections which are made by Borrower in good faith), contains any untrue or misleading statement of a material fact or omits a material fact necessary to make the statements herein or therein not misleading. To the best of Borrower’s knowledge, there is no fact which Borrower has not disclosed to Administrative Agent and the Banks in writing which materially affects adversely nor, so far as Borrower can now foresee, will materially affect adversely the business affairs or financial condition of Borrower or the ability of Borrower to perform this Agreement and the other Loan Documents. As of the Closing Date, the information included in any Beneficial Ownership Certification, if applicable, is true and correct in all respects.

 

Section 5.17      OFAC. None of the Borrower, any of its Consolidated Businesses, or any of its Consolidated Subsidiaries, or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, any director, officer, employee or affiliate thereof, is an individual or entity that is, or is owned or controlled by one or more individuals or entities that are (i) currently the subject or target of any Sanctions, (ii) 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 (iii) located, organized or resident in a Designated Jurisdiction. The Borrower and its Subsidiaries have conducted their businesses in compliance in all material respects with all applicable Sanctions and have instituted and maintained policies and procedures designed to promote and achieve compliance with such Sanctions.

 

Section 5.18      Anti-Corruption Laws. The Borrower, its Consolidated Businesses and its Consolidated Subsidiaries have conducted their businesses in compliance with the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, and, to the extent the same are applicable to the Borrower and/or its Consolidated Businesses or to the extent that a Bank notifies Borrower that the same are applicable to the Loans, the UK Bribery Act 2010 and other similar anti-corruption legislation in other jurisdictions and, to the extent applicable, have instituted and maintained policies and procedures designed to promote and achieve compliance with such laws.

 

Section 5.19      Affected Financial Institution. The Borrower is not an Affected Financial Institution.

 

Section 5.20      Covered Entities. The Borrower is not a Covered Entity.

 

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Article VI

 

AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS

 

So long as any of the Loans or any other Obligations shall remain unpaid or the Loan Commitments or any Letter of Credit (other than a Letter of Credit that has been Cash Collateralized in accordance with Section 2.16(d) and remains in effect after the Loan Commitments and the Obligations have been paid, except that the Borrower shall continue to comply with its covenants in Sections 6.09(1) and (2) in such event) shall remain in effect, or any other amount is owing by Borrower to any Bank Party hereunder or under any other Loan Document, Borrower shall, and, in the case of Sections 6.01 through 6.07, inclusive, and Section 6.11, shall cause each of its Consolidated Subsidiaries to:

 

Section 6.01      Maintenance of Existence. Preserve and maintain its legal existence and good standing in the jurisdiction of its organization, and qualify and remain qualified as a foreign entity in each other jurisdiction in which such qualification is required except to the extent that failure to do any of the foregoing (other than the preservation and maintenance of Borrower’s legal existence and good standing in the jurisdiction of its organization) is not likely to result in a Material Adverse Change.

 

Section 6.02      Maintenance of Records. Keep adequate records and books of account, in which complete entries will be made reflecting all of its financial transactions, in accordance with GAAP.

 

Section 6.03      Maintenance of Insurance. At all times, maintain and keep in force insurance with financially sound and reputable insurance companies or associations, including customary self-insured retention amounts, in such amounts and covering such risks as are usually carried by companies engaged in the same type of business and similarly situated and will provide satisfactory evidence of the same as reasonably requested by Administrative Agent. In connection with the foregoing, it is understood that Borrower’s earthquake insurance coverage in place as of the Closing Date is acceptable to Administrative Agent.

 

Section 6.04      Compliance with Laws; Payment of Taxes. Comply in all material respects with all Laws applicable to it or to any of its properties or any part thereof, such compliance to include, without limitation, paying before the same become delinquent all material taxes, assessments and governmental charges imposed upon it or upon its property, except to the extent they are the subject of a Good Faith Contest.

 

Section 6.05      Right of Inspection. At any reasonable time and from time to time upon reasonable notice, permit Administrative Agent or any Bank or any agent or representative thereof to examine and make copies and abstracts from its records and books of account and visit its properties and to discuss its affairs, finances and accounts with the independent accountants of Borrower.

 

Section 6.06      Compliance With Environmental Laws. Comply in all material respects with all applicable Environmental Laws and timely pay or cause to be paid all costs and expenses incurred in connection with such compliance, except to the extent there is a Good Faith Contest.

 

Section 6.07      Maintenance of Properties. Do all things reasonably necessary to maintain, preserve, protect and keep its properties in good repair, working order and condition except where the cost thereof is not in Borrower’s best interests and the failure to do so would not result in a Material Adverse Change.

 

Section 6.08      Payment of Costs. Pay all costs and expenses required for the satisfaction of the conditions of this Agreement.

 

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Section 6.09      Reporting and Miscellaneous Document Requirements. Furnish directly to Administrative Agent (who shall provide, promptly upon receipt, to each of the Banks):

 

(1)            Annual Financial Statements. As soon as available and in any event within ninety (90) days after the end of each Fiscal Year, Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements as of the end of and for such Fiscal Year, in reasonable detail and stating in comparative form the respective figures for the corresponding date and period in the prior Fiscal Year and audited by Borrower’s Accountants (without a “going concern” or other extraordinary qualification or exception);

 

(2)            Quarterly Financial Statements. As soon as available and in any event within forty-five (45) days after the end of each calendar quarter (other than the last quarter of the Fiscal Year), the unaudited Borrower’s Consolidated Financial Statements as of the end of and for such calendar quarter, in reasonable detail and stating in comparative form the respective figures for the corresponding date and period in the prior Fiscal Year;

 

(3)            Certificate of No Default and Financial Compliance. Within ninety (90) days after the end of each Fiscal Year and within forty-five (45) days after the end of each of the first, second, and third calendar quarters, a certificate of Borrower’s chief financial officer or treasurer (a) stating that, to the best of his or her knowledge, no Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, or if a Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, specifying the nature thereof and the action which is proposed to be taken with respect thereto; (b) stating that the covenants contained in Sections 7.03 and 7.04 and in Article VIII have been complied with (or specifying those that have not been complied with) and including computations demonstrating such compliance (or non-compliance); and (c) setting forth the details of all items comprising Capitalization Value, Unencumbered Asset Value, Total Outstanding Indebtedness, Secured Indebtedness, Interest Expense and Unsecured Indebtedness (including amount, maturity, interest rate and amortization requirements with respect to all Indebtedness);

 

(4)            Certificate of Borrower’s Accountants. Simultaneously with the delivery of the annual financial statements required by paragraph (1) of this Section, (a) a statement of Borrower’s Accountants who audited such financial statements comparing the computations set forth in the financial compliance certificate required by paragraph (3) of this Section to the audited financial statements required by paragraph (1) of this Section and (b) when the audited financial statements required by paragraph (1) of this Section have a qualified auditor’s opinion, a statement of Borrower’s Accountants who audited such financial statements of whether any Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing;

 

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(5)            Notice of Litigation. Promptly after the commencement and knowledge thereof, notice of all actions, suits, and proceedings before any court or arbitrator, affecting Borrower which, if determined adversely to Borrower is likely to result in a Material Adverse Change;

 

(6)            Notices of Defaults and Events of Default. As soon as possible and in any event within ten (10) days after Borrower becomes aware of the occurrence of a material Default or any Event of Default, a written notice (which notice shall state that it is a “Notice of Default”) setting forth the details of such Default or Event of Default and the action which is proposed to be taken with respect thereto;

 

(7)            Material Adverse Change. As soon as is practicable and in any event within five (5) days after knowledge of the occurrence of any event or circumstance which is likely to result in or has resulted in a Material Adverse Change, written notice thereof;

 

(8)            Offices. Thirty (30) days’ prior written notice of any change in the chief executive office or principal place of business of Borrower;

 

(9)            Environmental and Other Notices. As soon as possible and in any event within ten (10) days after receipt, copies of all Environmental Notices received by Borrower which are not received in the ordinary course of business and which relate to a situation which is likely to result in a Material Adverse Change;

 

(10)            Insurance Coverage. Promptly, such information concerning Borrowers insurance coverage as Administrative Agent may reasonably request;

 

(11)            Proxy Statements, Etc. Promptly after the sending or filing thereof, copies of all proxy statements, financial statements and reports which Borrower or its Consolidated Subsidiaries sends to its shareholders, and copies of all regular, periodic and special reports, and all registration statements which Borrower or its Consolidated Subsidiaries files with the Securities and Exchange Commission or any Governmental Authority which may be substituted therefor, or with any national securities exchange;

 

(12)            [Reserved];

 

(13)            Pricing Certificate. During the period that is between 150 and 240 days following the end of each calendar year (commencing with the calendar year ending December 31, 2022), the Borrower shall deliver to the Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent and the Banks, a Pricing Certificate for the most recently-ended calendar year, together with a copy of the Sustainability Report and a review report of the Sustainability Assurance Provider with respect to GHG Emissions for such year; provided, that for any calendar year the Borrower may elect not to deliver a Pricing Certificate, such election shall not constitute a Default or Event of Default (but such failure to so deliver a Pricing Certificate by the end of such 150 to 240-day period shall result in the Sustainability Rate Adjustment and the Sustainability Facility Fee Adjustment being applied at the Sustainability Threshold Adjustment as set forth in Section 2.21(c)). Failure of the Borrower to deliver a Pricing Certificate within the time frame specified above shall be deemed to be an election by the Borrower to not deliver a Pricing Certificate for such period.

 

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(14)            Beneficial Ownership Updates. Promptly following any written request therefor, information and documentation as the Administrative Agent (or any Bank through the Administrative Agent) may reasonably request, as required by the Beneficial Ownership Regulation; and

 

(15)            General Information. Promptly (i) such other information respecting the condition or operations, financial or otherwise, of Borrower or any properties of Borrower as Administrative Agent may from time to time reasonably request in writing and (ii) such other information and documentation reasonably requested in writing by the Administrative Agent or any Bank for purposes of compliance with requirements under applicable “know your customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations including the Patriot Act and the Beneficial Ownership Regulation, if applicable.

 

Documents required to be delivered pursuant to Sections 6.09(1), (2) or (11) (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 the Borrower posts such documents, or provides a link thereto on the Borrower’s website on the Internet at the website address; or (ii) on which such documents are posted on the Borrower’s behalf on an Internet or intranet website, if any, to which each Bank and the Administrative Agent have access (whether a commercial, third-party website or whether sponsored by the Administrative Agent); provided that: (i) the Borrower shall deliver paper copies of such documents to the Administrative Agent or any Bank that requests the Borrower to deliver such paper copies until a written request to cease delivering paper copies is given by the Administrative Agent or such Bank and (ii) the Borrower shall notify the Administrative Agent and each Bank (by telecopier 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 or to maintain copies of the documents referred to above, and in any event shall have no responsibility to monitor compliance by the Borrower with any such request for delivery, and each Bank shall be solely responsible for requesting delivery to it or maintaining its copies of such documents.

 

The Borrower hereby acknowledges that (a) the Administrative Agent and/or the Syndication Agents will make available to the Banks materials and/or information provided by or on behalf of the Borrower hereunder (collectively, “Borrower Materials”) by posting the Borrower Materials on IntraLinks or another similar electronic system (the “Platform”) and (b) certain of the Banks may be “public-side” Banks (i.e., Banks that do not wish to receive material non-public information with respect to the Borrower or its securities) (each, a “Public Lender”). The Borrower hereby agrees that (w) all 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,” the Borrower shall be deemed to have authorized the Administrative Agent, the Syndication Agents, and the Banks to treat such Borrower Materials as not containing any material non-public information with respect to the Borrower or its securities for purposes of United States Federal and state securities laws or any confidentiality agreement entered into by any Bank; (y) all Borrower Materials marked “PUBLIC” are permitted to be made available through a portion of the Platform designated “Public Investor;” and (z) the Administrative Agent and the Syndication Agents 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 Investor.”

 

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Section 6.10      Principal Prepayments as a Result of Reduction in Total Loan Commitment. If the outstanding principal amount under the Notes at any time exceeds the Total Loan Commitment, Borrower shall, within ten (10) days of Administrative Agent’s written demand, make a payment in the amount of such excess in reduction of such outstanding principal balance.

 

Section 6.11      Anti-Corruption Laws. Conduct its businesses in compliance with the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, and to the extent the same are applicable to the Borrower and/or its Consolidated Businesses or to the extent a Bank notifies Borrower that the same are applicable to the Loans, the UK Bribery Act 2010 and other similar anti-corruption legislation in other jurisdictions and applicable Sanctions, and, to the extent applicable, maintain policies and procedures designed to promote and achieve compliance with such laws.

 

Article VII

 

NEGATIVE COVENANTS

 

So long as any of the Loans or any other Obligations shall remain unpaid, or the Loan Commitments or any Letter of Credit (other than a Letter of Credit that has been Cash Collateralized in accordance with Section 2.16(d) and remains in effect after the Loan Commitments and the Obligations have been paid) shall remain in effect, or any other amount is owing by Borrower to any Bank Party hereunder or under any other Loan Document, Borrower shall not do any or all of the following:

 

Section 7.01      Mergers Etc. Merge or consolidate with (except where Borrower is the surviving entity), or sell, assign, lease or otherwise 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).

 

Section 7.02      [Reserved].

 

Section 7.03      Sale of Assets. Effect (i) a Disposition of any of its now owned or hereafter acquired assets (including equity interests therein), including assets in which Borrower owns a beneficial interest through its ownership of interests in joint ventures, if after giving effect to such Disposition, a Default or Event of Default would exist, or (ii) the granting of a Lien on any Unencumbered Wholly-Owned Assets or Unencumbered Land and Construction-In-Process, if after granting such Lien, a Default or Event of Default would exist; provided however, that (a) the Borrower may lease or sublease its assets, as lessor or sublessor (as the case may be), in the ordinary course of its business, and (b) the Borrower or any of its subsidiaries may sell, transfer or dispose of such assets to the Borrower or to another subsidiary of the Borrower, as the case may be.

 

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Section 7.04      Distributions. During the existence of any Event of Default, make, declare or pay, directly or indirectly, any dividend or distribution to any of its equity holders in an amount greater than the minimum dividend or distribution required under the Code to maintain the real estate investment trust status of Borrower under the Code and to avoid the payment of federal income and excise taxes, as evidenced by a detailed certificate of Borrower’s chief financial officer or treasurer reasonably satisfactory in form and substance to Administrative Agent.

 

Section 7.05      Sanctions. Knowingly directly or indirectly use the proceeds of any Loan or Letter of Credit, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available such proceeds to any Consolidated Business, joint venture partner or other Person, to fund any activities of or business with any Person, or in any country or territory, that, at the time of such funding, is the subject of Sanctions, or in any other manner that will result in a violation by any Person (including any Person participating in the transaction, whether as Bank, Issuing Bank, Joint Lead Arranger, Administrative Agent or otherwise) of Sanctions.

 

Section 7.06      Anti-Corruption Laws. Directly or indirectly use the proceeds of any Loan or Letter of Credit for any purpose which would breach the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, or, to the extent the same are applicable to the Borrower and/or its Consolidated Businesses or to the extent a Bank notifies Borrower that the same are applicable to the Loans, the UK Bribery Act 2010 and other similar anti-corruption legislation in other jurisdictions.

 

Article VIII

 

FINANCIAL COVENANTS

 

So long as any of the Loans or any other Obligations shall remain unpaid, or the Loan Commitments or any Letter of Credit (other than a Letter of Credit that has been Cash Collateralized in accordance with Section 2.16(d) and remains in effect after the Loan Commitments and the Obligations have been paid) shall remain in effect, or any other amount is owing by Borrower to any Bank Party under this Agreement or under any other Loan Document, Borrower shall not permit or suffer any or all of the following:

 

Section 8.01      Relationship of Total Outstanding Indebtedness to Capitalization Value. As of the last day of any fiscal quarter, the ratio of Total Outstanding Indebtedness (net of, as of such date of determination, the amount of unrestricted Cash and Cash Equivalents to the extent that there is an equivalent amount of Total Outstanding Indebtedness that matures within twenty-four (24) months of such date of determination) to Capitalization Value to exceed 60%; provided that such ratio may exceed 60% from time to time following an acquisition by Borrower and its Affiliates of real property assets so long as (a) such ratio does not exceed 65%, (b) such ratio ceases to exceed 60% within four (4) quarters after each date such ratio first exceeded 60%, and (c) the Borrower provides a certificate of its chief financial officer or treasurer to the Administrative Agent when such ratio first exceeds 60% and when such ratio ceases to exceed 60%.

 

Section 8.02      Relationship of Combined EBITDA to Combined Debt Service. As of the last day of any fiscal quarter, the ratio of (1) Combined EBITDA to (2) Combined Debt Service (each for the twelve (12)-month period ending on such last day of such quarter), to be less than 1.50 to 1.00.

 

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Section 8.03      Ratio of Unsecured Indebtedness to Unencumbered Asset Value. As of the last day of any fiscal quarter, the ratio of (1) Unsecured Indebtedness (net of, as of such date of determination, the amount of unrestricted Cash and Cash Equivalents to the extent that there is an equivalent amount of Unsecured Indebtedness that matures within twenty-four (24) months of such date of determination) to (2) Unencumbered Asset Value to exceed 65%.

 

Section 8.04      Relationship of Secured Indebtedness to Capitalization Value. As of the last day of any fiscal quarter, Secured Indebtedness (net of, as of such date of determination, the amount of unrestricted Cash and Cash Equivalents to the extent that there is an equivalent amount of Secured Indebtedness that matures within twenty-four (24) months of such date of determination) to exceed 40% of Capitalization Value.

 

Article IX

 

EVENTS OF DEFAULT

 

Section 9.01      Events of Default. Any of the following events shall be an “Event of Default”:

 

(1)            If Borrower shall fail to pay the principal of any Loans or any reimbursement obligations with respect to a Letter of Credit as and when due, and such failure to pay shall continue unremedied for five (5) days after the due date of such amount; or fail to pay interest accruing on any Loans or reimbursement obligations as and when due, and such failure to pay shall continue unremedied for five (5) days after written notice by Administrative Agent of such failure to pay; or fail to make any payment required under Section 6.10 as and when due; or fail to pay any fee or any other amount due under this Agreement, any other Loan Document or the Fee Letter or the Supplemental Fee Letters as and when due and such failure to pay shall continue unremedied for two (2) Banking Days after written notice by Administrative Agent of such failure to pay; or

 

(2)            If any representation or warranty made by Borrower in this Agreement or in any other Loan Document or which is contained in any certificate, document, opinion, financial or other statement furnished at any time under or in connection with a Loan Document shall prove to have been incorrect in any material respect on or as of the date made; or

 

(3)            If Borrower shall fail (a) to perform or observe any term, covenant or agreement contained in Section 2.01(e), Article VII or Article VIII; or (b) to perform or observe any term, covenant or agreement contained in this Agreement (other than obligations specifically referred to elsewhere in this Section 9.01) or any Loan Document, or any other document executed by Borrower and delivered to Administrative Agent or the Banks in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby and such failure under this clause (b) shall remain unremedied for thirty (30) consecutive calendar days after notice thereof (or such shorter cure period as may be expressly prescribed in the applicable document); provided, however, that if any such default under clause (b) above cannot by its nature be cured within such thirty (30) day, or shorter, as the case may be, grace period and so long as Borrower shall have commenced cure within such thirty (30) day, or shorter, as the case may be, grace period and shall, at all times thereafter, diligently prosecute the same to completion, Borrower shall have an additional period, not to exceed sixty (60) days, to cure such default; in no event, however, is the foregoing intended to effect an extension of the Maturity Date; or

 

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(4)            If Borrower or any Consolidated Business shall fail (a) to pay any Recourse Debt of the Borrower or such Consolidated Business (other than the payment obligations described in paragraph (1) of this Section in an amount equal to or greater than $150,000,000 when due (whether by scheduled maturity, required prepayment, acceleration, demand, or otherwise) after the expiration of any applicable grace period, or (b) to perform or observe any material term, covenant, or condition under any agreement or instrument relating to any such Debt, when required to be performed or observed, if the effect of such failure to perform or observe is to accelerate, or to permit the acceleration of, after the giving of notice or the lapse of time, or both (other than in cases where, in the judgment of the Required Banks, meaningful discussions likely to result in (i) a waiver or cure of the failure to perform or observe, or (ii) otherwise averting such acceleration are in progress between Borrower and the obligee of such Debt), the maturity of such Debt, or any such Debt shall be declared to be due and payable, or required to be prepaid or repurchased (other than by a regularly scheduled or otherwise required prepayment), prior to the stated maturity thereof; or

 

(5)            If Borrower, or any Subsidiary of Borrower to which five percent (5%) or more of Capitalization Value is attributable, shall (a) generally not, or be unable to, or shall admit in writing its inability to, pay its debts as such debts become due; or (b) make an assignment for the benefit of creditors, petition or apply to any tribunal for the appointment of a custodian, receiver or trustee for it or a substantial part of its assets; or (c) commence any proceeding under any bankruptcy, reorganization, arrangement, readjustment of debt, dissolution or liquidation Law of any jurisdiction, whether now or hereafter in effect; or (d) have had any such petition or application filed or any such proceeding shall have been commenced, against it, in which an adjudication or appointment is made or order for relief is entered, or which petition, application or proceeding remains undismissed or unstayed for a period of ninety (90) days or more; or (e) be the subject of any proceeding under which all or a substantial part of its assets may be subject to seizure, forfeiture or divestiture; or (f) by any act or omission indicate its consent to, approval of or acquiescence in any such petition, application or proceeding or order for relief or the appointment of a custodian, receiver or trustee for all or any substantial part of its property; or (g) suffer any such custodianship, receivership or trusteeship for all or any substantial part of its property, to continue undischarged for a period of ninety (90) days or more; or

 

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(6)            If one or more judgments, decrees or orders for the payment of money in an amount in excess of 5% of Consolidated Tangible Net Worth (excluding any such judgments, decrees or orders which are fully covered by insurance) in the aggregate shall be rendered against Borrower or any of its Consolidated Subsidiaries, and any such judgments, decrees or orders shall continue unsatisfied and in effect for a period of thirty (30) consecutive days without being vacated, discharged, satisfied or stayed or bonded pending appeal; or

 

(7)            If any of the following events shall occur or exist with respect to Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate: (a) any Prohibited Transaction involving any Plan; (b) any Reportable Event with respect to any Plan; (c) the filing under Section 4041 of ERISA of a notice of intent to terminate any Plan or the termination of any Plan; (d) any event or circumstance which would constitute grounds for the termination of, or for the appointment of a trustee to administer, any Plan under Section 4042 of ERISA, or the institution by the PBGC of proceedings for any such termination or appointment under Section 4042 of ERISA; or (e) complete or partial withdrawal under Section 4201 or 4204 of ERISA from a Multiemployer Plan or the reorganization, insolvency, or termination of any Multiemployer Plan; and in each case above, if such event or conditions, if any, could in the reasonable opinion of any Bank subject Borrower to any tax, penalty, or other liability to a Plan, Multiemployer Plan, the PBGC or otherwise (or any combination thereof) which in the aggregate exceeds or is likely to exceed $150,000,000; or

 

(8)            If at any time Borrower is not a qualified real estate investment trust under Sections 856 through 860 of the Code or is not a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange; or

 

(9)            If at any time any portion of Borrower’s assets constitute plan assets for ERISA purposes (within the meaning of C.F.R. §2510.3-101); or

 

(10)            If, in the reasonable judgment of all of the Banks (and the basis for such determination is provided to Borrower in writing in reasonable detail), there shall occur a Material Adverse Change; or

 

(11)            If, during any period of up to twelve (12) consecutive months commencing on or after the Closing Date, individuals who were directors of Borrower at the beginning of such period (the “Continuing Directors”), plus any new directors whose election or appointment was approved by a majority of the Continuing Directors then in office, shall cease for any reason to constitute a majority of the Board of Directors of Borrower; or

 

(12)            If, through any transaction or series of related transactions, any Person (including Affiliates of such Person) shall acquire beneficial ownership, directly or indirectly, of securities of Borrower (or of securities convertible into securities of Borrower) representing 25% or more of the combined voting power of all securities of Borrower entitled to vote in the election of directors; or

 

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(13)            Any material provision of any Loan Document, at any time after its execution and delivery and for any reason other than in accordance with the terms hereof or thereof, or satisfaction in full of all the Obligations, is revoked, terminated, cancelled or rescinded, without the prior written approval of Administrative Agent and such number or percentage of Banks as shall be required hereunder; or the Borrower commences any legal proceeding at law or in equity to contest, or make unenforceable, cancel, revoke or rescind any of the Loan Documents, or any court or any other governmental or regulatory agency of competent jurisdiction shall make a determination that, or issue a judgment, order, decree or ruling to the effect that, any one or more of the Loan Documents is illegal, invalid or unenforceable as to any material terms thereof.

 

Section 9.02      Remedies. If an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing (other than an Event of Default with respect to the Borrower described in Section 9.01(5)), the Administrative Agent, at the request of the Required Banks, shall by notice to the Borrower take any or all of the following actions, at the same or different times:  (i) terminate the Loan Commitments, and thereupon the Loan Commitments shall terminate immediately, (ii) declare the Loans and other Obligations then outstanding to be due and payable in whole (or in part, in which case any principal not so declared to be due and payable may thereafter be declared to be due and payable), and thereupon the principal of the Loans and such other Obligations so declared to be due and payable, together with accrued interest thereon and all fees and other obligations of the Borrower accrued hereunder, shall become due and payable immediately, without presentment, demand, protest or other notice of any kind, all of which are hereby waived by the Borrower, (iii) require the deposit of Cash Collateral for the Letters of Credit pursuant to Section 2.16(h) and (iv) exercise any remedies provided in any of the Loan Documents or by law; and in case of any Event of Default with respect to the Borrower described in Section 9.01(5), the Loan Commitments shall automatically terminate and the principal of the Loans then outstanding, together with accrued interest thereon and all fees and other obligations of the Borrower accrued hereunder, shall automatically become due and payable, and the obligations to deliver Cash Collateral for the Letters of Credit pursuant to Section 2.16(h) shall automatically become effective, without presentment, demand, protest or other notice of any kind, all of which are hereby waived by the Borrower. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if an Event of Default under Section 9.01(10) shall occur and be continuing, Administrative Agent shall not be entitled to exercise the foregoing remedies until (1) it has received a written notice from all of the Banks (the “Unanimous Bank Notices”) (i) requesting Administrative Agent exercise such remedies and (ii) indicating each Bank’s conclusion in its reasonable judgment that a Material Adverse Change has occurred and (2) Administrative Agent has provided notice to Borrower, together with copies of all of the Unanimous Bank Notices.

 

Article X

 

ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT; RELATIONS AMONG BANKS

 

Section 10.01      Appointment, Powers and Immunities of Administrative Agent.

 

(a)            Each Bank hereby irrevocably appoints and authorizes Administrative Agent to act as its agent hereunder and under any other Loan Document with such powers as are specifically delegated to Administrative Agent by the terms of this Agreement and any other Loan Document, together with such other powers as are reasonably incidental thereto. The provisions of this Article are solely for the benefit of the Administrative Agent, the Banks and the Issuing Bank, and the Borrower shall not have rights as a third party beneficiary of any of such provisions. It is understood and agreed that the use of the term “agent” herein or in any other Loan Documents (or any other similar term) with reference to the Administrative Agent is not intended to connote any fiduciary or other implied (or express) obligations arising under agency doctrine of any applicable Law. Instead such term is used as a matter of market custom, and is intended to create or reflect only an administrative relationship between contracting parties.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Administrative Agent and the Sustainability Structuring Agent shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken by it (i) with the consent or at the request of the Required Banks (or such other number or percentage of the Banks as shall be necessary, or as the Administrative Agent shall believe in good faith shall be necessary, under the circumstances as provided in Sections 12.02 and 9.02) or (ii) in the absence of its own gross negligence or willful misconduct as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in a final and non-appealable judgment.

 

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

 

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

 

Section 10.02      Reliance by Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent and the Sustainability Structuring Agent shall be entitled to rely upon, and shall not incur any liability for relying upon, any certification, notice or other communication (including any thereof by telephone, telex, telegram, cable, electronic message, or internet or intranet website posting) believed by it to be genuine and correct and to have been signed or sent by or on behalf of the proper Person or Persons, and upon advice and statements of legal counsel, independent accountants and other experts selected by Administrative Agent. In determining compliance with any condition hereunder to the making of a Loan, or the issuance of a Letter of Credit, that by its terms must be fulfilled to the satisfaction of a Bank or the Issuing Bank, the Administrative Agent may presume that such condition is satisfactory to such Bank or the Issuing Bank unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice to the contrary from such Bank or the Issuing Bank prior to the making of such Loan or the issuance of such Letter of Credit. Administrative Agent may deem and treat each Bank as the holder of the Loan made by it for all purposes hereof and shall not be required to deal with any Person who has acquired a Participation in any Loan or Participation from a Bank. As to any matters not expressly provided for by this Agreement or any other Loan Document, Administrative Agent and the Sustainability Structuring Agent shall in all cases be fully protected in acting, or in refraining from acting, hereunder in accordance with instructions signed by the Required Banks or all Banks, as required by this Agreement, and such instructions of the Required Banks or all Banks, as the case may be, and any action taken or failure to act pursuant thereto, shall be binding on all of the Banks and any other holder of all or any portion of any Loan or Participation. The Administrative Agent and the Sustainability Structuring Agent may consult with legal counsel (who may be counsel for the Borrower), independent accountants and other experts selected by it, and shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken by it in accordance with the advice of any such counsel, accountants or experts.

 

Section 10.03      Defaults. Administrative Agent shall not be deemed to have knowledge of the occurrence of a Default or Event of Default unless Administrative Agent has received notice from a Bank or Borrower specifying such Default or Event of Default and stating that such notice is a “Notice of Default.” In the event that Administrative Agent receives such a notice of the occurrence of a Default or Event of Default, Administrative Agent shall give prompt notice thereof to the Banks. Administrative Agent, following consultation with the Banks, shall (subject to Section 10.07 and Section 12.02) take such action with respect to such Default or Event of Default which is continuing as shall be directed by the Required Banks; provided that, unless and until Administrative Agent shall have received such directions, Administrative Agent may take such action, or refrain from taking such action, with respect to such Default or Event of Default as it shall deem advisable in the best interest of the Banks; and provided further that Administrative Agent shall not send a notice of default or acceleration to Borrower without the approval of the Required Banks. In no event shall Administrative Agent be required to take any such action which it determines to be contrary to Law or to the Loan Documents. Each of the Banks acknowledges and agrees that no individual Bank may separately enforce or exercise any of the provisions of any of the Loan Documents, including, without limitation, the Notes, other than through Administrative Agent.

 

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Section 10.04      Rights of Administrative Agent as a Bank. With respect to its Loan Commitment and the Loan provided by it, Administrative Agent in its capacity as a Bank hereunder shall have the same rights and powers hereunder as any other Bank and may exercise the same as though it were not acting as Administrative Agent, and the term “Bank” or “Banks” shall, unless the context otherwise indicates, include Administrative Agent in its capacity as a Bank. Administrative Agent and its Affiliates may (without having to account therefor to any Bank) accept deposits from, lend money to (on a secured or unsecured basis), and generally engage in any kind of banking, trust or other business with Borrower (and any Affiliates of Borrower) as if it were not acting as Administrative Agent and without any duty to account therefor to the Banks.

 

Section 10.05      Indemnification of Administrative Agent. Each Bank agrees to indemnify Administrative Agent and the Sustainability Structuring Agent (to the extent not reimbursed under Section 12.04 or under the applicable provisions of any other Loan Document, but without limiting the obligations of Borrower under Section 12.04 or such provisions), for its Pro Rata Share of any and all liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, costs, expenses or disbursements of any kind and nature whatsoever which may be imposed on, incurred by or asserted against Administrative Agent or the Sustainability Structuring Agent in any way relating to or arising out of this Agreement, any other Loan Document or any other documents contemplated by or referred to herein or the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby (including, without limitation, the costs and expenses which Borrower is obligated to pay under Section 12.04) or under the applicable provisions of any other Loan Document or the enforcement of any of the terms hereof or thereof or of any such other documents or instruments; provided that no Bank shall be liable for (1) any of the foregoing to the extent they arise from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of the party to be indemnified as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in a final and non-appealable judgment, (2) any loss of principal or interest with respect to Administrative Agent’s or the Sustainability Structuring Agent’s Loan or (3) any loss suffered by Administrative Agent or the Sustainability Structuring Agent in connection with a swap or other interest rate hedging arrangement entered into with Borrower.

 

Section 10.06      Non-Reliance on Administrative Agent and Other Banks. Each Bank agrees that it has, independently and without reliance on Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, the Joint Lead Arrangers or any other Bank, and based on such documents and information as it has deemed appropriate, made its own credit analysis of Borrower and the decision to enter into this Agreement and that it will, independently and without reliance upon Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, the Joint Lead Arrangers or any other Bank, and based on such documents and information as it shall deem appropriate at the time, continue to make its own analysis and decisions in taking or not taking action under this Agreement or any other Loan Document. Administrative Agent shall not be required to keep itself informed as to the performance or observance by Borrower of this Agreement or any other Loan Document or any other document referred to or provided for herein or therein or to inspect the properties or books of Borrower. Except for notices, reports and other documents and information expressly required to be furnished to the Banks by Administrative Agent hereunder, Administrative Agent shall not have any duty or responsibility to provide any Bank with any credit or other information concerning the affairs, financial condition or business of Borrower (or any Affiliate of Borrower) which may come into the possession of Administrative Agent or any of its Affiliates. Administrative Agent shall not be required to file this Agreement, any other Loan Document or any document or instrument referred to herein or therein, for record or give notice of this Agreement, any other Loan Document or any document or instrument referred to herein or therein, to anyone.

 

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Section 10.07      Failure of Administrative Agent to Act. Except for action expressly required of Administrative Agent hereunder, Administrative Agent shall in all cases be fully justified in failing or refusing to act hereunder unless it shall have received further assurances (which may include Cash Collateral) of the indemnification obligations of the Banks under Section 10.05 in respect of any and all liability and expense which may be incurred by it by reason of taking or continuing to take any such action. If any indemnity furnished by the Banks to Administrative Agent for any purpose shall, in the reasonable opinion of Administrative Agent, be insufficient or become impaired, Administrative Agent may call for additional indemnity and cease, or not commence, to do the action indemnified against until such additional indemnity is furnished.

 

Section 10.08      Resignation or Removal of Administrative Agent. (a)  Administrative Agent hereby agrees not to unilaterally resign except (1) in the event it becomes an Affected Bank and is removed or replaced as a Bank pursuant to Section 3.07, in which event it shall have the right to resign or (2) the Administrative Agent may resign by written notice to the Borrower, the Issuing Banks and the Banks if a Default or Event of Default exists or if a regulator requires such resignation. Bank of America agrees that it may be replaced as Administrative Agent by the Required Banks if its Loan Commitment is reduced to $25,000,000 or less through assignments to Assignees. If (x) the Person serving as Administrative Agent is a Defaulting Lender pursuant to clause (d) of the definition thereof or (y) the Person serving as Administrative Agent engages in gross negligence or willful misconduct in its performance of its duties as Administrative Agent as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final and nonappealable judgment, then the Required Banks may, to the extent permitted by applicable Law, by notice in writing to the Borrower and such Person remove such Person as Administrative Agent. In the case of any removal of Administrative Agent, Borrower and the Banks shall be promptly notified thereof. Upon any such resignation or removal of Administrative Agent, the Required Banks shall have the right to appoint a successor Administrative Agent, which successor Administrative Agent, so long as it is reasonably acceptable to the Required Banks, shall be that Bank then having the greatest Loan Commitment; if two (2) or more Banks have an equal greatest Loan Commitment, the Required Banks shall select between or among them. If no successor Administrative Agent shall have been so appointed by the Required Banks and shall have accepted such appointment within thirty (30) days after the Required Banks’ removal of the retiring Administrative Agent, then the retiring Administrative Agent may, on behalf of the Banks, appoint a successor Administrative Agent, which shall be one of the Banks. The Required Banks or the retiring Administrative Agent, as the case may be, shall upon the appointment of a successor Administrative Agent promptly so notify Borrower and the other Banks. Upon the acceptance of any appointment as Administrative Agent hereunder by a successor Administrative Agent, such successor Administrative Agent shall thereupon succeed to and become vested with all the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring Administrative Agent, and the retiring Administrative Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations hereunder. After any Administrative Agent’s resignation or removal hereunder as Administrative Agent, the provisions of this Article X shall continue in effect for its benefit in respect of any actions taken or omitted to be taken by it while it was acting as Administrative Agent or after such resignation or removal for so long as it continues to act in such capacity hereunder or under the other Loan Documents.

 

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(b)            The Sustainability Structuring Agent may at any time give notice of its resignation to the Administrative Agent, the Banks, the Issuing Banks and the Borrower. Upon receipt of any such notice of resignation, the Borrower shall have the right, with the consent of the Required Banks, to appoint a successor, which shall be a bank or financial institution reasonably experienced in serving as a sustainability structuring agent (or the equivalent) on syndicated bank facilities with an office in the United States, or an Affiliate of any such bank or financial institution with an office in the United States. If no such successor shall have been so appointed by the Borrower and consented to by the Required Banks and shall have accepted such appointment within 30 days after the retiring Sustainability Structuring Agent gives notice of its resignation (or such earlier day as shall be agreed by the Required Banks) (the “Sustainability Agent Resignation Effective Date”), then the retiring Sustainability Structuring Agent may (but shall not be obligated to), on behalf of the Administrative Agent, the Banks and the Issuing Banks, appoint a successor Sustainability Structuring Agent meeting the qualifications set forth above; provided that in no event shall any such successor Sustainability Structuring Agent (or any of its Affiliates) be a Defaulting Lender. Whether or not a successor has been appointed, such resignation shall become effective in accordance with such notice on the Sustainability Agent Resignation Effective Date. With effect from the Sustainability Agent Resignation Effective Date, (i) the retiring Sustainability Structuring Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations hereunder and under the other Loan Documents and (ii) except for any indemnity payments or other amounts then owed to the retiring Sustainability Structuring Agent, all communications and determinations provided to be made by, to or through the Sustainability Structuring Agent shall instead be made by or to the Administrative Agent until such time, if any, as the Required Banks appoint and the Borrower consents to (if such consent is required hereby) a successor Sustainability Structuring Agent as provided for above. Upon the acceptance of a successor’s appointment as Sustainability Structuring Agent hereunder, such successor shall succeed to and become vested with all of the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring Sustainability Structuring Agent (other than any rights to indemnity payments or other amounts owed to the retiring Sustainability Structuring Agent as of the Sustainability Agent Resignation Effective Date), and the retiring Sustainability Structuring Agent shall be discharged from all of its duties and obligations hereunder or under the other Loan Documents. The fees payable by the Borrower to a successor Sustainability Structuring Agent shall be the same as those payable to its predecessor unless otherwise agreed between the Borrower and such successor. After the retiring Sustainability Structuring Agent’s resignation or removal hereunder and under the other Loan Documents, the provisions of this Article and Section 12.04 shall continue in effect for the benefit of such retiring Sustainability Structuring Agent, its sub-agents and their respective Related Parties in respect of any actions taken or omitted to be taken by any of them while the retiring Sustainability Structuring Agent was acting as Sustainability Structuring Agent or relating to its duties as Sustainability Structuring Agent that are carried out following its retirement.

 

Section 10.09      Amendments Concerning Agency Function. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, neither the Administrative Agent nor the Sustainability Structuring Agent shall be bound by any waiver, amendment, supplement or modification hereof or of any other Loan Document which affects its duties, rights, and/or function hereunder or thereunder unless it shall have given its prior written consent thereto.

 

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Section 10.10      Liability of Administrative Agent. Neither the Administrative Agent nor the Sustainability Structuring Agent shall have any liabilities or responsibilities to Borrower on account of the failure of any Bank to perform its obligations hereunder or to any Bank on account of the failure of Borrower to perform its obligations hereunder or under any other Loan Document.

 

Section 10.11      Transfer of Agency Function. Without the consent of Borrower or any Bank, Administrative Agent may at any time or from time to time transfer its functions as Administrative Agent hereunder to any of its offices wherever located in the United States, provided that Administrative Agent shall promptly notify Borrower and the Banks thereof.

 

Section 10.12      Non-Receipt of Funds by Administrative Agent. (a) Unless Administrative Agent shall have received notice from a Bank or Borrower (either one as appropriate being the “Payor”) prior to the date on which such Bank is to make payment hereunder to Administrative Agent of the proceeds of a Loan or participation in a Letter of Credit or Borrower is to make payment to Administrative Agent, as the case may be (either such payment being a “Required Payment”), which notice shall be effective upon receipt, that the Payor will not make the Required Payment in full to Administrative Agent, Administrative Agent may assume that the Required Payment has been made in full to Administrative Agent on such date, and Administrative Agent in its sole discretion may, but shall not be obligated to, in reliance upon such assumption, make the amount thereof available to the intended recipient on such date. If and to the extent the Payor shall not have in fact so made the Required Payment in full to Administrative Agent, the recipient of such payment shall repay to Administrative Agent forthwith on demand such amount made available to it together with interest thereon, for each day from the date such amount was so made available by Administrative Agent until the date Administrative Agent recovers such amount, at the customary rate set by Administrative Agent for the correction of errors among Banks for three (3) Banking Days and thereafter at the Base Rate.

 

(b)            With respect to any payment that the Administrative Agent makes for the account of the Banks or any Issuing Bank hereunder as to which the Administrative Agent determines (which determination shall be conclusive absent manifest error) that any of the following applies (such payment referred to as the “Rescindable Amount”): (1) the Borrower has not in fact made such payment; (2) the Administrative Agent has made a payment in excess of the amount so paid by the Borrower (whether or not then owed); or (3) the Administrative agent has for any reason otherwise erroneously made such payment; then each of the Banks or the applicable Issuing Bank, as the case may be, severally agrees to repay to the Administrative Agent forthwith on demand the Rescindable Amount so distributed to such Bank or such Issuing Bank, in immediately available funds 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 Rate and a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation. A notice of the Administrative Agent to any Bank or Issuing Bank with respect to any amount owing under this clause (b) shall be conclusive, absent manifest error.

 

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(c)            If, after Administrative Agent has paid each Bank’s share of any payment received or applied by Administrative Agent in respect of the Loan or participation in a Letter of Credit, that payment is rescinded or must otherwise be returned or paid over by Administrative Agent, whether pursuant to any bankruptcy or insolvency Law, sharing of payments clause of any loan agreement or otherwise, such Bank shall, at Administrative Agent’s request, promptly return its share of such payment or application to Administrative Agent, together with such Bank’s proportionate share of any interest or other amount required to be paid by Administrative Agent with respect to such payment or application. In addition, if a court of competent jurisdiction shall adjudge that any amount received and distributed by Administrative Agent is to be repaid, each Person to whom any such distribution shall have been made shall either repay to Administrative Agent its share of the amount so adjudged to be repaid or shall pay over to the same in such manner and to such Persons as shall be determined by such court. The provisions of this Section 10.12(c) shall survive payment in full of the Obligations and termination of this Agreement.

 

Section 10.13      [Reserved].

 

Section 10.14      [Reserved].

 

Section 10.15      Pro Rata Treatment. Except to the extent otherwise provided, (1) each advance of proceeds of the Ratable Loans and participation in a Letter of Credit shall be made by the Banks; (2) each reduction of the amount of the Total Loan Commitment under Section 2.10 shall be applied to the Loan Commitments of the Banks; and (3) each payment of the fee accruing under paragraph (b) of Section 2.07 and clause (1) of Section 2.16(f) shall be made for the account of the Banks, ratably according to the amounts of their respective Loan Commitments. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement, each payment in respect of principal or interest under the Loans shall be applied to such obligations owing to the Banks pro rata according to the respective amounts then due and owing to the Banks.

 

Section 10.16      Sharing of Payments Among Banks. If a Bank shall obtain payment of any principal of or interest on any Loan or other Obligation made by it through the exercise of any right of setoff, banker’s lien, counterclaim, or by any other means (including direct payment), and such payment results in such Bank receiving a greater payment than it would have been entitled to had such payment been paid directly to Administrative Agent for disbursement to the Banks, then such Bank shall promptly purchase for cash from the other Banks Participations in the Loans made by or other Obligations owed to the other Banks in such amounts, and make such other adjustments from time to time as shall be equitable to the end that all the Banks shall share ratably the benefit of such payment. To such end the Banks shall make appropriate adjustments among themselves (by the resale of Participations sold or otherwise) if such payment is rescinded or must otherwise be restored. Borrower agrees that any Bank so purchasing a Participation in the Loans made by or other Obligations owed to other Banks may exercise all rights of setoff, banker’s lien, counterclaim or similar rights with respect to such Participation. Nothing contained herein shall require any Bank to exercise any such right or shall affect the right of any Bank to exercise, and retain the benefits of exercising, any such right with respect to any other indebtedness of Borrower.

 

Section 10.17      Possession of Documents. Each Bank shall keep possession of its own Ratable Loan Note. Administrative Agent shall hold all the other Loan Documents and related documents in its possession and maintain separate records and accounts with respect thereto, and shall permit the Banks and their representatives access at all reasonable times to inspect such Loan Documents, related documents, records and accounts.

 

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Section 10.18      No Other Duties, Etc. Anything herein to the contrary notwithstanding, none of the Bookrunners, Arrangers, Sustainability Structuring Agent, Syndication Agents, Documentation Agents, Co-Documentation Agents, Managing Agents or Co-Agents listed on the cover page hereof shall have any powers, duties or responsibilities under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents, except in its capacity, as applicable, as the Administrative Agent, a Bank or the Issuing Bank hereunder.

 

Section 10.19      Administrative Agent May File Proofs of Claim. In case of the pendency of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law or any other judicial proceeding relative to the Borrower, the Administrative Agent (irrespective of whether the principal of any Loan or reimbursement obligation shall then be due and payable as herein expressed or by declaration or otherwise and irrespective of whether the Administrative Agent shall have made any demand on the Borrower) shall be entitled and empowered, by intervention in such proceeding or otherwise:

 

(a)            to file and prove a claim for the whole amount of the principal and interest owing and unpaid in respect of the Loans, reimbursement obligations and all other Obligations that are owing and unpaid and to file such other documents as may be necessary or advisable in order to have the claims of the Banks, the Issuing Bank and the Administrative Agent (including any claim for the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of the Banks and the Administrative Agent and their respective agents and counsel and all other amounts due the Banks, the Issuing Bank and the Administrative Agent under this Agreement) allowed in such judicial proceeding; and

 

(b)            to collect and receive any monies or other property payable or deliverable on any such claims and to distribute the same;

 

and any custodian, receiver, assignee, trustee, liquidator, sequestrator or other similar official in any such judicial proceeding is hereby authorized by each Bank and the Issuing Bank to make such payments to the Administrative Agent and, in the event that the Administrative Agent shall consent to the making of such payments directly to the Banks and the Issuing Bank, to pay to the Administrative Agent any amount due for the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of the Administrative Agent and its agents and counsel, and any other amounts due the Administrative Agent under Sections 2.07 and 12.04.

 

Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to authorize the Administrative Agent to authorize or consent to or accept or adopt on behalf of any Bank or the Issuing Bank any plan of reorganization, arrangement, adjustment or composition affecting the Obligations or the rights of any Bank or the Issuing Bank to authorize the Administrative Agent to vote in respect of the claim of any Bank or the Issuing Bank in any such proceeding.

 

Section 10.20      Certain ERISA Matters.(a)      Each Bank (x) represents and warrants, as of the date such Person became a Bank party hereto, to, and (y) covenants, from the date such Person became a Bank party hereto to the date such Person ceases being a Bank party hereto, for the benefit of, the Administrative Agent and the Joint Lead Arrangers and not, for the avoidance of doubt, to or for the benefit of the Borrower, that at least one of the following is and will be true:

 

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(i)            such Bank is not using “plan assets” (within the meaning of Section 3(42) of ERISA or otherwise) of one or more Benefit Plans with respect to such Bank’s entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans, the Letters of Credit, the Loan Commitments or this Agreement,

 

(ii)            the transaction exemption set forth in one or more PTEs, such as PTE 84-14 (a class exemption for certain transactions determined by independent qualified professional asset managers), PTE 95-60 (a class exemption for certain transactions involving insurance company general accounts), PTE 90-1 (a class exemption for certain transactions involving insurance company pooled separate accounts), PTE 91-38 (a class exemption for certain transactions involving bank collective investment funds) or PTE 96-23 (a class exemption for certain transactions determined by in-house asset managers), is applicable with respect to such Bank’s entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans, the Letters of Credit, the Loan Commitments and this Agreement,

 

(iii)            (A) such Bank is an investment fund managed by a “Qualified Professional Asset Manager” (within the meaning of Part VI of PTE 84-14), (B) such Qualified Professional Asset Manager made the investment decision on behalf of such Bank to enter into, participate in, administer and perform the Loans, the Letters of Credit, the Loan Commitments and this Agreement, (C) the entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans, the Letters of Credit, the Loan Commitments and this Agreement satisfies the requirements of sub-sections (b) through (g) of Part I of PTE 84-14 and (D) to the best knowledge of such Bank, the requirements of subsection (a) of Part I of PTE 84-14 are satisfied with respect to such Bank’s entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans, the Letters of Credit, the Loan Commitments and this Agreement, or

 

(iv)            such other representation, warranty and covenant as may be agreed in writing between the Administrative Agent, in its sole discretion, and such Bank.

 

(b)            In addition, unless either (1) sub-clause (i) in the immediately preceding clause (a) is true with respect to a Bank or (2) a Bank has provided another representation, warranty and covenant in accordance with sub-clause (iv) in the immediately preceding clause (a), such Bank further (x) represents and warrants, as of the date such Person became a Bank party hereto, to, and (y) covenants, from the date such Person became a Bank party hereto to the date such Person ceases being a Bank party hereto, for the benefit of, the Administrative Agent and the Joint Lead Arrangers and not, for the avoidance of doubt, to or for the benefit of the Borrower, that none of the Administrative Agent or the Joint Lead Arrangers is a fiduciary with respect to the assets of such Bank involved in such Bank’s entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans, the Letters of Credit, the Loan Commitments and this Agreement (including in connection with the reservation or exercise of any rights by the Administrative Agent under this Agreement, any Loan Document or any documents related hereto or thereto).

 

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Section 10.21      Recovery of Erroneous Payments. Without limitation of any other provision in this Agreement, if at any time the Administrative Agent makes a payment hereunder in error to any Lender Recipient Party, whether or not in respect of an Obligation due and owing by the Borrower at such time, where such payment is a Rescindable Amount, then in any such event, each Lender Recipient Party receiving a Rescindable Amount severally agrees to repay to the Administrative Agent forthwith on demand the Rescindable Amount received by such Lender Recipient Party in immediately available funds in the currency so received, with interest thereon, for each day from and including the date such Rescindable Amount is received by it to but excluding the date of payment to the Administrative Agent, at the greater of the Federal Funds Rate and a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation. Each Lender Recipient Party irrevocably waives any and all defenses, including any “discharge for value” (under which a creditor might otherwise claim a right to retain funds mistakenly paid by a third party in respect of a debt owed by another) or similar defense to its obligation to return any Rescindable Amount.  The Administrative Agent shall inform each Lender Recipient Party promptly upon determining that any payment made to such Lender Recipient Party comprised, in whole or in part, a Rescindable Amount.

 

Article XI

 

NATURE OF OBLIGATIONS

 

Section 11.01      Absolute and Unconditional Obligations. Borrower acknowledges and agrees that its obligations and liabilities under this Agreement and under the other Loan Documents shall be absolute and unconditional irrespective of (1) any lack of validity or enforceability of any of the Obligations, any Loan Documents, or any agreement or instrument relating thereto; (2) any change in the time, manner or place of payment of, or in any other term in respect of, all or any of the Obligations, or any other amendment or waiver of or consent to any departure from any Loan Documents or any other documents or instruments executed in connection with or related to the Obligations; (3) any exchange or release of any collateral, if any, or of any other Person from all or any of the Obligations; or (4) any other circumstances which might otherwise constitute a defense available to, or a discharge of, Borrower or any other Person in respect of the Obligations.

 

The obligations and liabilities of Borrower under this Agreement and other Loan Documents shall not be conditioned or contingent upon the pursuit by any Bank or any other Person at any time of any right or remedy against Borrower or any other Person which may be or become liable in respect of all or any part of the Obligations or against any collateral or security or guarantee therefor or right of setoff with respect thereto.

 

Section 11.02      Non-Recourse to Borrower’s Principals. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, in any of the other Loan Documents, or in any other instruments, certificates, documents or agreements executed in connection with the Loans (all of the foregoing, for purposes of this Section, hereinafter referred to, individually and collectively, as the “Relevant Documents”), no recourse under or upon any Obligation, representation, warranty, promise or other matter whatsoever shall be had against any of Borrower’s Principals and each Bank expressly waives and releases, on behalf of itself and its successors and assigns, all right to assert any liability whatsoever under or with respect to the Relevant Documents against, or to satisfy any claim or obligation arising thereunder against, any of Borrower’s Principals or out of any assets of Borrower’s Principals, provided, however, that nothing in this Section shall be deemed to (1) release Borrower from any personal liability pursuant to, or from any of its respective obligations under, the Relevant Documents, or from personal liability for its fraudulent actions or fraudulent omissions; (2) release any of Borrower’s Principals from personal liability for its or his own fraudulent actions or fraudulent omissions; (3) constitute a waiver of any obligation evidenced or secured by, or contained in, the Relevant Documents or affect in any way the validity or enforceability of the Relevant Documents; or (4) limit the right of Administrative Agent and/or the Banks to proceed against or realize upon any collateral hereafter given for the Loans or other Obligations or any and all of the assets of Borrower (notwithstanding the fact that any or all of Borrower’s Principals have an ownership interest in Borrower and, thereby, an interest in the assets of Borrower) or to name Borrower (or, to the extent that the same are required by applicable Law or are determined by a court to be necessary parties in connection with an action or suit against Borrower or any collateral hereafter given for the Loans or other Obligations, any of Borrower’s Principals) as a party defendant in, and to enforce against any collateral hereafter given for the Loans or other Obligations and/or assets of Borrower any judgment obtained by Administrative Agent and/or the Banks with respect to, any action or suit under the Relevant Documents so long as no judgment shall be taken (except to the extent taking a judgment is required by applicable Law or determined by a court to be necessary to preserve Administrative Agent’s and/or Banks’ rights against any collateral hereafter given for the Loans or other Obligations or Borrower, but not otherwise) or shall be enforced against Borrower’s Principals or their assets.

 

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Article XII

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Section 12.01      Binding Effect of Request for Advance. Borrower agrees that, by its acceptance of any advance of proceeds of the Loans under this Agreement, it shall be bound in all respects by the request for advance submitted on its behalf in connection therewith with the same force and effect as if Borrower had itself executed and submitted the request for advance and whether or not the request for advance is executed and/or submitted by an authorized person.

 

Section 12.02      Amendments and Waivers. Except as provided in Section 3.02, no amendment or waiver of any provision of this Agreement or any other Loan Document nor consent to any departure by Borrower (or, in the case of any guaranty executed and delivered pursuant to clause (y) of the definition of “Unencumbered Assets” in Section 1.01, the Subsidiary Guarantor referred to therein) therefrom, shall in any event be effective unless the same shall be in writing and signed by the Required Banks and, solely for purposes of its acknowledgment thereof, Administrative Agent, and then such waiver or consent shall be effective only in the specific instance and for the specific purpose for which given; provided, however, that no amendment, waiver or consent shall (1) increase or extend the Loan Commitment of any Bank without the written consent of such Bank; (2)  reduce the principal of, or interest on, the Loans or reimbursement obligations or any fees due hereunder or any other amount due hereunder or under any Loan Document, without the written consent of each Bank affected thereby; (3) postpone any date fixed for any payment of principal of, or interest on, the Loans or reimbursement obligations or any fees due hereunder or under any Loan Document without the written consent of each Bank affected thereby; (4) change the definition of “Required Banks”, without the written consent of each Bank; (5) amend Section 10.15, Section 10.16, this Section or any other provision requiring the consent of all the Banks, without the written consent of each Bank; (6) waive any default under paragraph (5) of Section 9.01, without the written consent of each Bank, (7) release all or substantially all of the guaranties executed and delivered pursuant to clause (y) of the definition of “Unencumbered Assets” in Section 1.01, without the written consent of each Bank, or (8) extend the expiration date of any Letter of Credit to a date more than one year after the Maturity Date, without the written consent of each Bank; provided further that no such agreement shall amend, modify or otherwise affect the rights or duties of the Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, or the Issuing Bank hereunder without the prior written consent of the Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, or the Issuing Bank, as the case may be. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, no Defaulting Lender shall have any right to approve or disapprove any amendment, waiver or consent hereunder (and any amendment, waiver or consent which by its terms requires the consent of all Banks or each affected Bank may be effected with the consent of the applicable Banks other than Defaulting Lenders), except that (x) the Loan Commitment of any Defaulting Lender may not be increased or extended without the consent of such Bank and (y) any waiver, amendment or modification requiring the consent of all Banks or each affected Bank that by its terms affects any Defaulting Lender more adversely than other affected Banks shall require the consent of such Defaulting Lender. Any advance of proceeds of the Loans made, or any Letter of Credit issued, prior to or without the fulfillment by Borrower of all of the conditions precedent thereto, whether or not known to Administrative Agent and the Banks, shall not constitute a waiver of any Default or Event of Default or a waiver of the requirement that all conditions, including the non-performed conditions, shall be required with respect to all future advances and issuances of Letters of Credit. Neither any failure or delay on the part of Administrative Agent or any Bank to exercise any right hereunder nor any single or partial exercise of any right or power hereunder or any abandonment or discontinuance of steps to enforce such right or power shall operate as a waiver thereof or preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right. The remedies herein provided are cumulative and not exclusive of any remedies provided by law. All communications from Administrative Agent to the Banks requesting the Banks’ determination, consent, approval or disapproval (i) shall be given in the form of a written notice to each Bank, (ii) shall be accompanied by a description of the matter or thing as to which such determination, approval, consent or disapproval is requested and (iii) shall include Administrative Agent’s recommended course of action or determination in respect thereof. Each Bank shall reply promptly, but in any event within ten (10) Banking Days (or five (5) Banking Days with respect to any decision to accelerate or stop acceleration of the Loans and other Obligations) after receipt of the request therefor by Administrative Agent (the “Bank Reply Period”). Unless a Bank shall give written notice to Administrative Agent that it objects to the recommendation or determination of Administrative Agent (together with a written explanation of the reasons behind such objection) within the Bank Reply Period, such Bank shall be deemed to have approved or consented to such recommendation or determination.

 

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Section 12.03      Usury. Anything herein to the contrary notwithstanding, the obligations of Borrower under this Agreement and the Loans shall be subject to the limitation that payments of interest shall not be required to the extent that receipt thereof would be contrary to provisions of Law applicable to a Bank limiting rates of interest which may be charged or collected by such Bank.

 

Section 12.04      Expenses; Indemnification. Borrower agrees (i) to reimburse Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, the Joint Lead Arrangers, and Syndication Agents on demand for all reasonable costs, expenses, and charges (including, without limitation, all reasonable fees and charges of engineers, appraisers and legal counsel) incurred by it in connection with the Loans and Letters of Credit and the preparation, execution, delivery and administration of the Loan Documents and any amendment or waiver with respect thereto, (ii) to reimburse each of the Issuing Banks for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by such Issuing Bank in connection with the issuance, amendment, renewal or extension of any Letter of Credit or any demand for payment thereunder and (iii) to reimburse each of the Banks for reasonable legal costs, expenses and charges incurred by each of the Banks in connection with the performance or enforcement of this Agreement, the Notes, or any other Loan Documents (including such costs, expenses and charges incurred during any work-out or restructuring of the Loans); provided, however, that Borrower is not responsible for costs, expenses and charges incurred by the Bank Parties in connection with the administration or syndication of the Loans (other than the fees required by the Fee Letter and the Supplemental Fee Letters). Borrower agrees to indemnify Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, each Joint Lead Arranger, and each Bank and their respective Affiliates, directors, officers, employees, advisors and agents (each such Person, an “Indemnitee”) from, and hold each of them harmless against, any and all losses, liabilities, claims, damages or expenses, except for Taxes (the indemnification for which is addressed in Section 3.10), incurred by any of them arising out of or by reason of (x) any claims by brokers due to acts or omissions by Borrower, (y) the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents (including the Indemnitee’s reliance on any Communications executed using an Electronic Signature, or in the form of an Electronic Record) or the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby or (z) any investigation or litigation or other proceedings (including any threatened investigation or litigation or other proceedings) relating to any actual or proposed use by Borrower of the proceeds of the Loans or the Letters of Credit, including without limitation, the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel incurred in connection with any such investigation or litigation or other proceedings; provided that such indemnity shall not, as to any Indemnitee, be available to the extent that such losses, claims, damages, liabilities or related expenses (x) are determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final and nonappealable judgment to have resulted from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of such Indemnitee or (y) result from a claim brought by the Borrower or any other Loan Party against an Indemnitee for breach in bad faith of such Indemnitee’s obligations hereunder or under any other Loan Document, if the Borrower or such Loan Party has obtained a final and nonappealable judgment in its favor on such claim as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction. No Indemnitee shall be liable for any damages arising from the use by unintended recipients of any information or other materials distributed by it through telecommunications, electronic or other information transmission systems in connection with this Agreement or the other Loan Documents or the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby other than for direct and actual damages resulting from such Indemnitee’s breach of Section 12.20. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the Borrower shall not assert, and hereby waives, any claim against any Indemnitee, on any theory of liability, for special, indirect, consequential or punitive damages (as opposed to direct or actual damages) arising out of, in connection with, or as a result of, this Agreement or any transaction, agreement or instrument contemplated hereby, any Loan or Letter of Credit or the use of the proceeds thereof.

 

The obligations of Borrower under this Section and under Article III shall survive the repayment of all amounts due under or in connection with any of the Loan Documents and the termination of the Loans and Letters of Credit, provided, however, that in the case of Article III, such obligations shall survive only for a period of ninety (90) days after such repayment and termination.

 

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Section 12.05      Assignment; Participation. This Agreement shall be binding upon, and shall inure to the benefit of, Borrower, Administrative Agent, the Banks and their respective successors and permitted assigns. Borrower may not assign or transfer its rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of each Bank (and any attempted assignment or transfer without such consent shall be null and void). Nothing in this Agreement, expressed or implied, shall be construed to confer upon any Person (other than the parties hereto, their respective successors and assigns permitted hereby, Indemnitees, Participants to the extent provided in this Section 12.05 and, to the extent expressly contemplated hereby, the Related Parties of each of the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Banks or the Banks) any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or by reason of this Agreement.

 

Any Bank may, without the consent of the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, or the Issuing Bank, at any time grant to one or more banks or other institutions (other than a natural person (or a holding company, investment vehicle or trust for, or owned and operated for the primary benefit of a natural person), a Defaulting Lender or the Borrower or any of the Borrower’s Affiliates or Consolidated Businesses) (each a “Participant”) participating interests in its Loan (each a “Participation”). In the event of any such grant by a Bank of a Participation to a Participant, whether or not Borrower or Administrative Agent was given notice, such Bank shall remain responsible for the performance of its obligations hereunder, and Borrower and Administrative Agent shall continue to deal solely and directly with such Bank in connection with such Bank’s rights and obligations hereunder. Any agreement pursuant to which any Bank may grant such a participating interest shall provide that such Bank shall retain the sole right and responsibility to enforce the obligations of Borrower hereunder and under any other Loan Document including, without limitation, the right to approve any amendment, modification or waiver of any provision of this Agreement or any other Loan Document; provided that such participation agreement may provide that such Bank will not agree to any modification, amendment or waiver of this Agreement described in the first proviso to Section 12.02 without the consent of the Participant. Any Participant hereunder shall have the same benefits as any Bank with respect to the yield protection, increased cost and tax provisions of Article III, but a Participant shall not be entitled to receive any greater payment than the Bank granting such Participation would have been entitled to receive. Each Bank that sells a participation shall, acting solely for this purpose as a non-fiduciary agent of the Borrower, maintain a register on which it enters the name and address of each Participant and the principal amounts (and stated interest) of each Participant’s interest in the Loans or other obligations under the Loan Documents (the “Participant Register”); provided that no Bank shall have any obligation to disclose all or any portion of the Participant Register (including the identity of any Participant or any information relating to a Participant’s interest in any commitments, loans, letters of credit or its other obligations under any Loan Document) to any Person except to the extent that such disclosure is necessary to establish that such commitment, loan, letter of credit or other obligation is in registered form under Section 5f.103-1(c) of the United States Treasury Regulations. The entries in the Participant Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and such Bank shall treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Participant Register as the owner of such participation for all purposes of this Agreement notwithstanding any notice to the contrary. For the avoidance of doubt, the Administrative Agent (in its capacity as Administrative Agent) shall have no responsibility for maintaining a Participant Register.

 

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Subject to the conditions set forth below, any Bank may assign to one or more assignees (each such assignee, an “Assignee”) all or a portion of its rights and obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Loan Commitment and the Loans at the time owing to it) with the prior written consent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed) of:

 

(i)            the Borrower, provided that no consent of the Borrower shall be required for an assignment to a Bank, an Affiliate of a Bank, an Approved Fund or, if an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, any other Assignee; provided that the Borrower shall be deemed to have consented to any such assignment unless it shall object thereto by written notice to the Administrative Agent within five (5) Banking Days after having received written notice thereof requesting the Borrower’s approval and containing a legend that states “REQUEST FOR APPROVAL - FAILURE TO OBJECT TO THIS REQUEST WITHIN FIVE (5) BANKING DAYS SHALL BE DEEMED APPROVAL”;

 

(ii)            the Administrative Agent, provided that no consent of the Administrative Agent shall be required for an assignment of any Loan Commitment to an Assignee that is a Bank with a Loan Commitment immediately prior to giving effect to such assignment; and

 

(iii)            the Issuing Bank, provided that no consent of the Issuing Bank shall be required for an assignment of any Loan Commitment to an Assignee that is a Bank with a Loan Commitment immediately prior to giving effect to such assignment.

 

Such assignments shall be subject to the following additional conditions:

 

(1)            except in the case of an assignment to a Bank or an Affiliate of a Bank or an assignment of the entire remaining amount of the assigning Bank’s Loan Commitment or Loans, the amount of the Loan Commitment or Loans of the assigning Bank subject to each such assignment (determined as of the date the Assignment and Acceptance with respect to such assignment is delivered to the Administrative Agent) shall not be less than $5,000,000 unless each of the Borrower and the Administrative Agent otherwise consent, provided that no such consent of the Borrower shall be required if an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing;

 

(2)            each partial assignment shall be made as an assignment of a proportionate part of all the assigning Bank’s rights and obligations under this Agreement;

 

(3)            the parties to each assignment shall execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent an Assignment and Acceptance, together with a processing and recordation fee of $3,500;

 

(4)            the Assignee, if it shall not be a Bank, shall deliver to the Administrative Agent an Administrative Questionnaire in which the Assignee designates one or more contacts to whom all syndicate-level information (which may contain material non-public information about the Borrower and its related parties or its securities) will be made available and who may receive such information in accordance with the Assignee’s compliance procedures and applicable laws, including Federal and state securities laws; and

 

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(5)            no such assignment shall be made (A) to the Borrower or any of the Borrower’s Affiliates or Consolidated Businesses, or (B) to any Defaulting Lender or any of its Consolidated Businesses, or any Person who, upon becoming a Bank hereunder, would constitute any of the foregoing Persons described in this clause (B), or (C) to a natural person (or a holding company, investment vehicle or trust for, or owned and operated for the primary benefit of, a natural person).

 

For the purposes of this Section 12.05, the term “Approved Fund” has the following meaning:

 

Approved Fund” means any Person (other than a natural person) that is engaged in making, purchasing, holding or investing in bank loans and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course of its business and that is administered or managed by (a) a Bank, (b) an Affiliate of a Bank or (c) an entity or an Affiliate of an entity that administers or manages a Bank.

 

Upon (i) execution and delivery of such Assignment and Acceptance, (ii) payment by such Assignee to the Bank of an amount equal to the purchase price agreed between the Bank and such Assignee and (iii) payment of the fee described in paragraph (3) above, such Assignee shall be a Bank Party to this Agreement and shall have all the rights and obligations of a Bank as set forth in such Assignment and Acceptance, and the assigning Bank shall be released from its obligations hereunder to a corresponding extent, and no further consent or action by any party shall be required. Upon the consummation of any assignment pursuant to this paragraph, substitute Ratable Loan Notes shall be issued to the assigning Bank and Assignee by Borrower, in exchange for the return of the original Ratable Loan Note. The obligations evidenced by such substitute notes shall constitute “Obligations” for all purposes of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents. In connection with Borrower’s execution of substitute notes as aforesaid, Borrower shall deliver to Administrative Agent evidence, satisfactory to Administrative Agent, of all requisite corporate action to authorize Borrower’s execution and delivery of the substitute notes and any related documents. The Assignee shall, prior to the first date on which interest or fees are payable hereunder for its account, deliver to Borrower and Administrative Agent certification as to exemption from deduction or withholding of any Taxes in accordance with Section 3.10. Each Assignee shall be deemed to have made the representations contained in, and shall be bound by the provisions of, Section 3.10.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, any Designated Lender may assign at any time to its Designating Lender, without the consents required by or other limitations set forth in the first sentence of this paragraph, any or all of the Loans it may have funded hereunder and pursuant to its Designation Agreement.

 

Any Bank may at any time pledge or assign or grant a security interest in all or any portion of its rights under this Agreement to secure obligations of such Bank, including without limitation any pledge or assignment or grant to secure obligations to a Federal Reserve Bank, and this Section 12.05 shall not apply to any such pledge or assignment or grant of a security interest; provided that no such pledge or assignment or grant of a security interest shall release a Bank from any of its obligations hereunder or substitute any such pledgee or assignee or grantee for such Bank as a party hereto.

 

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Borrower recognizes that in connection with a Bank’s selling of Participations or making of assignments, any or all documentation, financial statements, appraisals and other data, or copies thereof, relevant to Borrower or the Loans may be exhibited to and retained by any such Participant or Assignee or prospective Participant or Assignee. In connection with a Bank’s delivery of any financial statements and appraisals to any such Participant or Assignee or prospective Participant or Assignee, such Bank shall also indicate that the same are delivered on a confidential basis. Borrower agrees to provide all assistance reasonably requested by a Bank to enable such Bank to sell Participations or make assignments of its Loan as permitted by this Section. Each Bank agrees to provide Borrower with notice of all Participations sold by such Bank to other than its Affiliates. Any Bank or Participant may pledge its Loans or Participations as collateral in accordance with applicable law.

 

The Administrative Agent, acting solely for this purpose as an agent of the Borrower (and such agency being solely for tax purposes), shall maintain at the Administrative Agent’s Office a copy of each Assignment and Acceptance delivered to it (or the equivalent thereof in electronic form) and a register for the recordation of the names and addresses of the Banks, and the Loan Commitments of, and principal amounts of the Loans and L/C Obligations and any accrued and unpaid interest and any other amounts thereon, owing to, each Bank pursuant to the terms hereof from time to time (the “Register”). The entries in the Register shall be conclusive, absent manifest error, and the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Banks may treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Register pursuant to the terms hereof as a Bank hereunder for all purposes of this Agreement, notwithstanding notice to the contrary and no transfer of an interest in the Loans or L/C Obligations shall be effective unless and until recorded in the Register. In addition, the Administrative Agent shall maintain on the Register information regarding the designation, and revocation of designation, of any Bank as a Defaulting Lender. The Register shall be available for inspection by the Borrower and any Bank, at any reasonable time and from time to time upon reasonable prior notice. This paragraph shall be construed so that the Loans are at all times maintained in “registered form” for purposes of the Code and any applicable regulations (and any other relevant or successor provisions of the Code or such regulations).

 

Section 12.06      Documentation Satisfactory. All documentation required from or to be submitted on behalf of Borrower in connection with this Agreement and the documents relating hereto shall be subject to the prior approval of, and be satisfactory in form and substance to, Administrative Agent, its counsel and, where specifically provided herein, the Banks. In addition, the persons or parties responsible for the execution and delivery of, and signatories to, all of such documentation, shall be acceptable to, and subject to the approval of, Administrative Agent and its counsel and the Banks.

 

Section 12.07      Notices.

 

(a)            Unless the party to be notified otherwise notifies the other party in writing as provided in this Section, and except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, notices shall be given to Administrative Agent by telephone (to the extent permitted hereby), confirmed by writing, and to the Banks and to Borrower by electronic mail, ordinary mail or overnight courier, receipt confirmed, addressed to such party at (x) its address on the signature page of this Agreement, in the case of the Administrative Agent, an Issuing Bank or the Borrower or (y) the address, electronic mail address or telephone number specified in its Administrative Questionnaire, in the case of a Bank. Notices shall be effective (1) if by telephone, at the time of such telephone conversation, (2) if given by mail, three (3) days after mailing; and (3) if given by overnight courier, upon receipt. Notices delivered through electronic communications to the extent provided in subsection (b) below, shall be effective as provided in such subsection (b).

 

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(b)            Electronic Communications. Notices and other communications to the Banks hereunder may be delivered or furnished by electronic communication (including e-mail and internet or intranet websites) pursuant to procedures approved by the Administrative Agent, provided that the foregoing shall not apply to notices to any Bank pursuant to Section 2 if such Bank, has notified the Administrative Agent that it is incapable of receiving notices under such section by electronic communication. The Administrative Agent or the Borrower may, in its discretion, agree to accept notices and other communications to it hereunder by electronic communications pursuant to procedures approved by it, provided that approval of such procedures may be limited to particular notices or communications.

 

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

 

(c)            The Platform. THE PLATFORM (AS DEFINED IN SECTION 6.09) IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE.” THE AGENT PARTIES (AS DEFINED BELOW) DO NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE BORROWER MATERIALS (AS DEFINED IN SECTION 6.09) OR THE ADEQUACY OF THE PLATFORM, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM LIABILITY FOR ERRORS IN OR OMISSIONS FROM THE BORROWER MATERIALS. NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS OR FREEDOM FROM VIRUSES OR OTHER CODE DEFECTS, IS MADE BY ANY AGENT PARTY IN CONNECTION WITH THE BORROWER MATERIALS OR THE PLATFORM. In no event shall the Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, the Syndication Agents or any of their Related Parties (collectively, the “Agent Parties”) have any liability to Borrower, any Bank or any other Person for losses, claims, damages, liabilities or expenses of any kind (whether in tort, contract or otherwise) arising out of Borrower’s or the Administrative Agent’s or the Sustainability Structuring Agent’s or the Syndication Agents’ transmission of Borrower Materials through the internet, except to the extent that such losses, claims, damages, liabilities or expenses are determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by a final and non-appealable judgment to have resulted from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of such Agent Party; provided, however, that in no event shall any Agent Party have any liability to Borrower, any Bank or any other Person for indirect, special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages (as opposed to direct or actual damages).

 

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(d)            Change of Address, Etc. Each of the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, and each Issuing Bank may change its address, electronic mail address, telephone number for notices and other communications hereunder by written notice to the other parties hereto. Each other Bank may change its address, electronic mail address, telephone number for notices and other communications hereunder by notice to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent. In addition, each Bank agrees to notify the Administrative Agent from time to time to ensure that the Administrative Agent has on record (i) an effective address, contact name, telephone number and electronic mail address to which notices and other communications may be sent and (ii) accurate wire instructions for such Bank.

 

(e)            Reliance by Administrative Agent, Issuing Banks and Banks. Absent its gross negligence or willful misconduct as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in a final and non-appealable judgment, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Banks and the Banks shall be entitled to rely and act upon any notices (including telephonic notices and Ratable Loan Notices) purportedly given by or on behalf of the Borrower even if (i) such notices were not made in a manner specified herein, were incomplete or were not preceded or followed by any other form of notice specified herein, or (ii) the terms thereof, as understood by the recipient, varied from any confirmation thereof. The Borrower shall indemnify the Administrative Agent, each Issuing Bank, each Bank and the Related Parties of each of them from all losses, costs, expenses and liabilities resulting from the reliance by such Person on each notice purportedly given by or on behalf of the Borrower, except to the extent that a court of competent jurisdiction determines in a final and non-appealable judgment that such Person acted with gross negligence or willful misconduct. All telephonic notices to and other telephonic communications with the Administrative Agent may be recorded by the Administrative Agent, and each of the parties hereto hereby consents to such recording.

 

Section 12.08      Setoff. Borrower agrees that, in addition to (and without limitation of) any right of setoff, bankers’ lien or counterclaim a Bank may otherwise have, each Bank shall be entitled, at its option, to offset balances (general or special, time or demand, provisional or final) held by it for the account of Borrower at any of such Bank’s offices, in Dollars or in any other currency, against any amount payable by Borrower to such Bank under this Agreement or such Bank’s Note, or any other Loan Document which is not paid when due (regardless of whether such balances are then due to Borrower), in which case it shall promptly notify Borrower and Administrative Agent thereof; provided that such Bank’s failure to give such notice shall not affect the validity thereof, and provided further, that in the event that any Defaulting Lender shall exercise any such right of setoff, (x) all amounts so set off shall be paid over immediately to the Administrative Agent for further application in accordance with the provisions of Section 2.20 and, pending such payment, shall be segregated by such Defaulting Lender from its other funds and deemed held in trust for the benefit of the Administrative Agent and the Banks, and (y) the Defaulting Lender shall provide promptly to the Administrative Agent a statement describing in reasonable detail the Obligations owing to such Defaulting Lender as to which it exercised such right of setoff.

 

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Payments by Borrower hereunder or under the other Loan Documents shall be made without setoff or counterclaim.

 

Section 12.09      Table of Contents; Headings. Any table of contents and the headings and captions hereunder are for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation or construction of this Agreement.

 

Section 12.10      Severability. The provisions of this Agreement are intended to be severable. If for any reason any provision of this Agreement shall be held invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part in any jurisdiction, such provision shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such invalidity or unenforceability without in any manner affecting the validity or enforceability thereof in any other jurisdiction or the remaining provisions hereof in any jurisdiction. Without limiting the foregoing provisions of this Section 12.10, if and to the extent that the enforceability of any provisions in this Agreement relating to Defaulting Lenders shall be limited by Debtor Relief Laws, as determined in good faith by the Administrative Agent or the Issuing Bank, as applicable, then such provisions shall be deemed to be in effect only to the extent not so limited.

 

Section 12.11      Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same instrument, and any party hereto may execute this Agreement by signing any such counterpart. Delivery of an executed counterpart of a signature page of this Agreement by telecopy or other electronic imaging means shall be effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart of this Agreement.

 

Section 12.12      Integration. The Loan Documents, the Fee Letter and Supplemental Fee Letters set forth the entire agreement among the parties hereto relating to the transactions contemplated thereby and supersede any prior oral or written statements or agreements with respect to such transactions.

 

Section 12.13      Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed and enforced in accordance with, the Laws of the State of New York (without giving effect to New York’s principles of conflicts of Laws).

 

Section 12.14      Waivers. In connection with the obligations and liabilities as aforesaid, Borrower hereby waives (1) promptness and diligence; (2) notice of any actions taken by any Bank Party under this Agreement, any other Loan Document or any other agreement or instrument relating thereto except to the extent otherwise provided herein; (3) all other notices, demands and protests, and all other formalities of every kind in connection with the enforcement of the Obligations, the omission of or delay in which, but for the provisions of this Section, might constitute grounds for relieving Borrower of its obligations hereunder; (4) any requirement that any Bank Party protect, secure, perfect or insure any Lien on any collateral or exhaust any right or take any action against Borrower or any other Person or any collateral; (5) any right or claim of right to cause a marshalling of the assets of Borrower; and (6) all rights of subrogation or contribution, whether arising by contract or operation of law (including, without limitation, any such right arising under the Federal Bankruptcy Code) or otherwise by reason of payment by Borrower, either jointly or severally, pursuant to this Agreement or other Loan Documents.

 

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Section 12.15      Jurisdiction; Immunities. Borrower, Administrative Agent and each Bank hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of any New York State court sitting in New York County or the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York sitting in New York County, and any appellate court from any thereof, over any action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement, the Notes or any other Loan Document. Borrower, Administrative Agent, and each Bank irrevocably agree that all claims in respect of such action or proceeding may be heard and determined in such New York State or United States Federal court. Borrower, Administrative Agent, and each Bank irrevocably consent to the service of any and all process in any such action or proceeding by the mailing of copies of such process to Borrower, Administrative Agent or each Bank, as the case may be, at the addresses specified herein. Borrower, Administrative Agent and each Bank agree that a final judgment in any such action or proceeding shall be conclusive and may be enforced in other jurisdictions by suit on the judgment or in any other manner provided by Law. Borrower, Administrative Agent and each Bank further waive any objection to venue in the State of New York and any objection to an action or proceeding in the State of New York on the basis of forum non conveniens. Borrower, Administrative Agent and each Bank agree that any action or proceeding brought against Borrower, Administrative Agent or any Bank, as the case may be, shall be brought only in a New York State court sitting in New York County or the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York court sitting in New York County, to the extent permitted or not expressly prohibited by applicable Law.

 

Nothing in this Section shall affect the right of Borrower, Administrative Agent or any Bank to serve legal process in any other manner permitted by Law.

 

To the extent that Borrower, Administrative Agent or any Bank have or hereafter may acquire any immunity from jurisdiction of any court or from any legal process (whether from service or notice, attachment prior to judgment, attachment in aid of execution, execution or otherwise) with respect to itself or its property, Borrower, Administrative Agent and each Bank hereby irrevocably waive such immunity in respect of its obligations under this Agreement, the Notes and any other Loan Document.

 

BORROWER, ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT AND EACH BANK WAIVE ANY RIGHT EACH SUCH PARTY MAY HAVE TO JURY TRIAL IN CONNECTION WITH ANY SUIT, ACTION OR PROCEEDING BROUGHT WITH RESPECT TO THIS AGREEMENT, THE NOTES, THE OTHER LOAN DOCUMENTS, THE LOANS, THE LETTERS OF CREDIT OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY. EACH PARTY HERETO (A) CERTIFIES THAT NO REPRESENTATIVE, AGENT OR ATTORNEY OF ANY OTHER PARTY HAS REPRESENTED, EXPRESSLY OR OTHERWISE, THAT SUCH OTHER PARTY WOULD NOT, IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION, SEEK TO ENFORCE THE FOREGOING WAIVER AND (B) ACKNOWLEDGES THAT IT AND THE OTHER PARTIES HERETO HAVE BEEN INDUCED TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT BY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE MUTUAL WAIVERS AND CERTIFICATIONS IN THIS SECTION.

 

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Section 12.16      Designated Lender. Any Bank (other than a Bank who is such solely because it is a Designated Lender) (each, a “Designating Lender”) may at any time designate one (1) Designated Lender to fund Bid Rate Loans on behalf of such Designating Lender subject to the terms of this Section and the provisions in Section 12.05 shall not apply to such designation. No Bank may designate more than one (1) Designated Lender. The parties to each such designation shall execute and deliver to Administrative Agent for its acceptance a Designation Agreement. Upon such receipt of an appropriately completed Designation Agreement executed by a Designating Lender and a designee representing that it is a Designated Lender, Administrative Agent will accept such Designation Agreement and give prompt notice thereto to Borrower, whereupon, (i) from and after the “Effective Date” specified in the Designation Agreement, the Designated Lender shall become a party to this Agreement with a right to make Bid Rate Loans on behalf of its Designating Lender pursuant to Section 2.02 after Borrower has accepted the Bid Rate Quote of the Designating Lender and (ii) the Designated Lender shall not be required to make payments with respect to any obligations in this Agreement except to the extent of excess cash flow of such Designated Lender which is not otherwise required to repay obligations of such Designated Lender which are then due and payable; provided, however, that regardless of such designation and assumption by the Designated Lender, the Designating Lender shall be and remain obligated to Borrower, Administrative Agent and the Banks for each and every of the obligations of the Designating Lender and its related Designated Lender with respect to this Agreement, including, without limitation, any indemnification obligations under Section 10.05. Each Designating Lender shall serve as the administrative agent of its Designated Lender and shall on behalf of, and to the exclusion of, the Designated Lender: (i) receive any and all payments made for the benefit of the Designated Lender and (ii) give and receive all communications and notices and take all actions hereunder, including, without limitation, votes, approvals, waivers and consents under or relating to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents. Any such notice, communication, vote, approval, waiver or consent shall be signed by the Designating Lender as administrative agent for the Designated Lender and shall not be signed by the Designated Lender on its own behalf, but shall be binding on the Designated Lender to the same extent as if actually signed by the Designated Lender. Borrower, Administrative Agent and the Banks may rely thereon without any requirement that the Designated Lender sign or acknowledge the same. No Designated Lender may assign or transfer all or any portion of its interest hereunder or under any other Loan Document, other than assignments to the Designating Lender which originally designated such Designated Lender.

 

Section 12.17      No Bankruptcy Proceedings. Each of Borrower, the Banks and Administrative Agent hereby agrees that it will not institute against any Designated Lender or join any other Person in instituting against any Designated Lender any bankruptcy, reorganization, arrangement, insolvency or liquidation proceeding under any federal or state bankruptcy or similar Law, for one (1) year and one (1) day after the payment in full of the latest maturing commercial paper note issued by such Designated Lender.

 

Section 12.18      USA Patriot Act. Each Bank hereby notifies Borrower that pursuant to the requirements of the USA Patriot Act (Title III of Pub.L.107-56 (signed into law October 26, 2001)) (the “Patriot Act”), it is required to obtain, verify and record information that identifies Borrower, which information includes the name and address of Borrower and other information that will allow such Bank to identify Borrower in accordance with the Act.

 

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Section 12.19      Transitional Arrangements.

 

(a)            2019 Credit Agreement Superseded. This Agreement shall supersede the 2019 Credit Agreement in its entirety, except as provided in this Section 12.19. On the Closing Date, the rights and obligations of the parties under the 2019 Credit Agreement and the “Notes” defined therein shall be subsumed within and be governed by this Agreement and the Notes and continue as “Obligations” hereunder (except to the extent repaid on the Closing Date). The Banks’ interests in such Obligations, including participations in Existing Letters of Credit, shall be reallocated on the Closing Date in accordance with each Bank’s applicable Pro Rata Share. On the Closing Date, (A) the loan commitment of each Bank that is a party to the 2019 Credit Agreement but is not a party to this Agreement (an “Exiting Bank”) shall be terminated, all outstanding obligations owing to such Exiting Banks under the 2019 Credit Agreement on the Closing Date shall be paid in full, and each Exiting Bank shall cease to be a Bank under this Agreement; provided, however, that, notwithstanding anything else provided herein or otherwise, any rights of an Exiting Bank under the Loan Documents that are intended by their express terms to survive termination of the Loan Commitments and/or the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of obligations under any Loan Document shall survive for such Exiting Bank hereunder, and (B) each Person listed on Schedule 1 attached to this Agreement shall be a Bank under this Agreement with the Loan Commitment set forth opposite its name on such Schedule 1.

 

(b)            Return and Cancellation of Notes. Upon its receipt of the Notes to be delivered hereunder on the Closing Date, each Bank will promptly return to Borrower, marked “Cancelled” or “Replaced”, the notes of Borrower held by such Bank pursuant to the 2019 Credit Agreement.

 

(c)            Interest and Fees Under 2019 Credit Agreement. All interest and all commitment, facility and other fees and expenses owing or accruing under or in respect of the 2019 Credit Agreement shall be calculated as of the Closing Date (prorated in the case of any fractional periods), and shall be paid on the Closing Date in accordance with the methods specified in the 2019 Credit Agreement as if such agreement was still in effect.

 

Section 12.20      Treatment of Certain Information; Confidentiality. Each of the Administrative Agent, the Banks and the Issuing Bank agrees to maintain the confidentiality of the Information (as defined below), except that Information may be disclosed (a) to its Affiliates and to its and its Affiliates’ respective partners, directors, officers, employees, agents, consultants, trustees, advisors and representatives in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement (it being understood that the Persons to whom such disclosure is made will be informed of the confidential nature of such Information and instructed to keep such Information confidential), (b) to the extent requested by any regulatory authority purporting to have jurisdiction over it (including any self-regulatory authority), (c) to the extent required by applicable laws or regulations or by any subpoena or similar legal process, (d) to any other party hereto, (e) in connection with the exercise of any remedies hereunder or under any other Loan Document or any action or proceeding relating to this Agreement or any other Loan Document or the enforcement of rights hereunder or thereunder, (f) subject to an agreement containing provisions substantially the same as those of this Section, to (i) any Assignee of or Participant in, or any prospective Assignee of or Participant in, any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement or (ii) any actual or prospective counterparty (or its advisors) to any swap or derivative transaction relating to the Borrower and its obligations, (g) with the consent of the Borrower or (h) to the extent such Information (x) becomes publicly available other than as a result of a breach of this Section or (y) becomes available to the Administrative Agent, any Bank, the Issuing Bank or any of their respective Affiliates on a nonconfidential basis from a source other than the Borrower.

 

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In addition, the Administrative Agent and the Banks may disclose the existence of this Agreement and information about this Agreement to market data collectors, similar service providers to the lending industry and service providers to the Administrative Agent and the Banks in connection with the administration of this Agreement, the other Loan Documents, and the Loan Commitments.

 

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

 

Each of the Administrative Agent, the Banks and the Issuing Bank acknowledges that (a) the Information may include material non-public information concerning the Borrower or a Consolidated Business, as the case may be, (b) it has developed compliance procedures regarding the use of material non-public information and (c) it will handle such material non-public information in accordance with applicable Law, including United States Federal and state securities Laws.

 

Section 12.21      Survival of Representations and Warranties. All representations and warranties made hereunder and in any other Loan Document or other document delivered pursuant hereto or thereto or in connection herewith or therewith shall survive the execution and delivery hereof and thereof. Such representations and warranties have been or will be relied upon by the Administrative Agent and each Bank, regardless of any investigation made by the Administrative Agent or any Bank or on their behalf and notwithstanding that the Administrative Agent or any Bank may have had notice or knowledge of any Default at the time of any credit extension, and shall continue in full force and effect as long as any Loan or any other Obligation hereunder shall remain unpaid or unsatisfied or any Letter of Credit shall remain outstanding. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any representation or warranty made hereunder and specified to be made as of a certain date shall continue to be interpreted as having been made only as of such date.

 

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Section 12.22      No Advisory or Fiduciary Responsibility. In connection with all aspects of each transaction contemplated hereby (including in connection with any amendment, waiver or other modification hereof or of any other Loan Document), the Borrower acknowledges and agrees, and acknowledges its Affiliates’ understanding, that: (i) (A) the arranging and other services regarding this Agreement provided by the Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, the Arrangers, and the Banks are arm’s-length commercial transactions between the Borrower and its Affiliates, on the one hand, and the Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, the Arrangers, and the Banks, on the other hand, (B) the Borrower has consulted its own legal, accounting, regulatory and tax advisors to the extent it has deemed appropriate, and (C) the Borrower is capable of evaluating, and understands and accepts, the terms, risks and conditions of the transactions contemplated hereby and by the other Loan Documents; (ii) (A) the Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, each Arranger and each Bank is and has been acting solely as a principal and, except as expressly agreed in writing by the relevant parties, has not been, is not, and will not be acting as an advisor, agent or fiduciary for the Borrower or any of its Affiliates, or any other Person and (B) neither the Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, any Arranger nor any Bank has any obligation to the Borrower or any of its Affiliates with respect to the transactions contemplated hereby except those obligations expressly set forth herein and in the other Loan Documents; and (iii) the Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, the Arrangers and the Banks and their respective Affiliates may be engaged in a broad range of transactions that involve interests that differ from those of the Borrower and its Affiliates, and neither the Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, any Arranger, nor any Bank has any obligation to disclose any of such interests to the Borrower or its Affiliates. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Borrower hereby waives and releases any claims that it may have against the Administrative Agent, the Sustainability Structuring Agent, any Arranger or any Bank with respect to any breach or alleged breach of agency or fiduciary duty in connection with any aspect of any transaction contemplated hereby.

 

Section 12.23      Electronic Execution; Electronic Records; Counterparts. This Agreement, any Loan Document and any other Communication, including Communications required to be in writing, may be in the form of an Electronic Record and may be executed using Electronic Signatures. The Borrower and each of the Administrative Agent and the Bank Parties agrees that any Electronic Signature on or associated with any Communication shall be valid and binding on such Person to the same extent as a manual, original signature, and that any Communication entered into by Electronic Signature, will constitute the legal, valid and binding obligation of such Person enforceable against such Person in accordance with the terms thereof to the same extent as if a manually executed original signature was delivered.   Any Communication may be executed in as many counterparts as necessary or convenient, including both paper and electronic counterparts, but all such counterparts are one and the same Communication.  For the avoidance of doubt, the authorization under this paragraph may include, without limitation, use or acceptance of a manually signed paper Communication which has been converted into electronic form (such as scanned into PDF format), or an electronically signed Communication converted into another format, for transmission, delivery and/or retention. The Administrative Agent and each of the Bank Parties may, at its option, create one or more copies of any Communication in the form of an imaged Electronic Record (“Electronic Copy”), which shall be deemed created in the ordinary course of such Person’s business, and destroy the original paper document.  All Communications in the form of an Electronic Record, including an Electronic Copy, shall be considered an original for all purposes, and shall have the same legal effect, validity and enforceability as a paper record. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, neither the Administrative Agent nor any Issuing Bank is under any obligation to accept an Electronic Signature in any form or in any format unless expressly agreed to by such Person pursuant to procedures approved by it; provided, further, without limiting the foregoing, (a) to the extent the Administrative Agent and/or Issuing Bank has agreed to accept such Electronic Signature, the Administrative Agent and each of the Bank Parties shall be entitled to rely on any such Electronic Signature purportedly given by or on behalf of the Borrower and/or any Bank Party without further verification and (b) upon the request of the Administrative Agent or any Bank Party, any Electronic Signature shall be promptly followed by such manually executed counterpart.  For purposes hereof, “Electronic Record” and “Electronic Signature” shall have the meanings assigned to them, respectively, by 15 USC §7006, as it may be amended from time to time.

 

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Neither the Administrative Agent nor any Issuing Bank shall be responsible for or have any duty to ascertain or inquire into the sufficiency, validity, enforceability, effectiveness or genuineness of any Loan Document or any other agreement, instrument or document (including, for the avoidance of doubt, in connection with the Administrative Agent’s or Issuing Bank’s reliance on any Electronic Signature transmitted by telecopy, emailed .pdf or any other electronic means). The Administrative Agent and each Issuing Bank shall be entitled to rely on, and shall incur no liability under or in respect of this Agreement or any other Loan Document by acting upon, any Communication (which writing may be a fax, any electronic message, Internet or intranet website posting or other distribution or signed using an Electronic Signature) or any statement made to it orally or by telephone and believed by it to be genuine and signed or sent or otherwise authenticated (whether or not such Person in fact meets the requirements set forth in the Loan Documents for being the maker thereof).

 

The Borrower and each Bank Party hereby waives (i) any argument, defense or right to contest the legal effect, validity or enforceability of this Agreement and/or any other Loan Document based solely on the lack of paper original copies of this Agreement, such other Loan Document and (ii) waives any claim against the Administrative Agent, each Bank Party and each Related Party for any liabilities arising solely from the Administrative Agent’s and/or any Bank Party’s reliance on or use of Electronic Signatures, including any liabilities arising as a result of the failure of the Loan Parties to use any available security measures in connection with the execution, delivery or transmission of any Electronic Signature.

 

Section 12.24      Acknowledgement and Consent to Bail-In of Affected Financial Institutions. Solely to the extent any Bank or Issuing Bank that is an Affected Financial Institution is a party to this Agreement and notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any Loan Document or in any other agreement, arrangement or understanding among any such parties, each party hereto acknowledges that any liability of any Bank or Issuing Bank that is an Affected Financial Institution arising under any Loan Document, to the extent such liability is unsecured, may be subject to the Write-Down and Conversion Powers of the applicable Resolution Authority and agrees and consents to, and acknowledges and agrees to be bound by:

 

(a)            the application of any Write-Down and Conversion Powers by the applicable Resolution Authority to any such liabilities arising hereunder which may be payable to it by any Bank or Issuing Bank that is an Affected Financial Institution; and

 

(b)            the effects of any Bail-In Action on any such liability, including, if applicable:

 

(A)            a reduction in full or in part or cancellation of any such liability;

 

(B)            a conversion of all, or a portion of, such liability into shares or other instruments of ownership in such Affected Financial Institution, its parent undertaking, or a bridge institution that may be issued to it or otherwise conferred on it, and that such shares or other instruments of ownership will be accepted by it in lieu of any rights with respect to any such liability under this Agreement or any other Loan Document; or

 

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(C)            the variation of the terms of such liability in connection with the exercise of the Write-Down and Conversion Powers of the applicable Resolution Authority.

 

Section 12.25      Acknowledgement Regarding Any Supported QFCs. To the extent that the Loan Documents provide support, through a guarantee or otherwise, for any swap contract or any other agreement or instrument that is a QFC (such support, “QFC Credit Support”, and each such QFC, a “Supported QFC”), the parties acknowledge and agree as follows with respect to the resolution power of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation under the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (together with the regulations promulgated thereunder, the “U.S. Special Resolution Regimes”) in respect of such Supported QFC and QFC Credit Support (with the provisions below applicable notwithstanding that the Loan Documents and any Supported QFC may in fact be stated to be governed by the laws of the State of New York and/or of the United States or any other state of the United States):

 

(a)            In the event a Covered Entity that is party to a Supported QFC (each, a “Covered Party”) becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, the transfer of such Supported QFC and the benefit of such QFC Credit Support (and any interest and obligation in or under such Supported QFC and such QFC Credit Support, and any rights in property securing such Supported QFC or such QFC Credit Support) from such Covered Party will be effective to the same extent as the transfer would be effective under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if the Supported QFC and such QFC Credit Support (and any such interest, obligation and rights in property) were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States. In the event a Covered Party or a BHC Act Affiliate of a Covered Party becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, Default Rights under the Loan Documents that might otherwise apply to such Supported QFC or any QFC Credit Support that may be exercised against such Covered Party are permitted to be exercised to no greater extent than such Default Rights could be exercised under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if the Supported QFC and the Loan Documents were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States. Without limitation of the foregoing, it is understood and agreed that rights and remedies of the parties with respect to a Defaulting Lender shall in no event affect the rights of any Covered Party with respect to a Supported QFC or any QFC Credit Support.

 

(b)            As used in this Section 12.25, the following terms have the following meanings:

 

“BHC Act Affiliate” of a party means an “affiliate” (as such term is defined under, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. 1841(k)) of such party.

 

“Covered Entity” means any of the following: (i) a “covered entity” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 252.82(b); (ii) a “covered bank” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 47.3(b); or (iii) a “covered FSI” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 382.2(b).

 

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“Default Right” has the meaning assigned to that term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. §§ 252.81, 47.2 or 382.1, as applicable.

 

“QFC” has the meaning assigned to the term “qualified financial contract” in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. 5390(c)(8)(D).

 

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

 

  AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES, INC.
   
  By: /s/ Nika Dufour               
  Name: Nika Dufour
  Title:   Vice President, Capital Markets
   
  Address for Notices:
   
  AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
  4040 Wilson Blvd.
  Suite 1000
  Arlington, VA 22203
  Attn: Vice Presidents, Capital Markets
  Telephone: (703) 317-1014
   
  Copy to:
   
  AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
  4040 Wilson Blvd.
  Suite 1000
  Arlington, VA 22202
  Attn: Legal Department
   
  Address of principal place of business, if different than above: n/a
   
  Taxpayer Identification Number:             77-0404318

 

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  JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (as Bank, Issuing Bank and Syndication Agent)
   
  By: /s/ Nadelge Dang          
  Name: Nadelge Dang
  Title:   Executive Director

 

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  BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. (as Administrative Agent)
   
  By: /s/ Douglas Fong
  Name: Douglas Fong
  Title:   Agency Management Officer

 

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  BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. (as Bank and Issuing Bank)
   
  By: /s/ Thomas W. Nowak
  Name: Thomas W. Nowak
  Title:   Vice President

 

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  WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. (as Bank, Issuing Bank and Syndication Agent)
   
  By: /s/ Scott S. Solis
  Name: Scott S. Solis
  Title:   Managing Director

 

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  TRUIST BANK
   
  By: /s/ C. Vincent Hughes, Jr.
  Name: C. Vincent Hughes, Jr.
  Title:   Director

 

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  BARCLAYS BANK PLC
   
  By: /s/ Craig Molly
  Name: Craig Molly
  Title:   Director

 

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  DEUTSCHE BANK AG NEW YORK BRANCH
   
  By: /s/ Ming K. Chu
  Name: Ming K. Chu
  Title:   Director
   
  By: /s/ Douglas Darman
  Name: Douglas Darman
  Title:   Director

 

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  GOLDMAN SACHS BANK USA
   
  By: /s/ Jonathan Dworkin
  Name: Johnathan Dworkin
  Title:   Authorized Signatory

 

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  MORGAN STANLEY BANK, N.A.
   
  By: /s/ Michael King
  Name: Michael King
  Title:   Authorized Signatory

 

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  PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
   
  By: /s/ Katie Chowdhry
  Name: Katie Chowdhry
  Title:   Senior Vice President

 

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  ROYAL BANK OF CANADA
   
  By: /s/ Edward McKenna
  Name: Edward McKenna
  Title:   Authorized Signatory

 

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  TD BANK, N.A.
   
  By: /s/ William M. Brandt, Jr.
  Name: William M. Brandt, Jr.
  Title:   Vice President

 

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  U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
   
  By: /s/ Timothy J. Tillman
  Name: Timothy J. Tillman
  Title:   Senior Vice President

 

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  THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA
   
  By: /s/ Sacha Boxill
  Name: Sacha Boxill
  Title:   Director, Corporate Banking- U.S. Real Estate, Gaming & Leisure

 

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  BNP PARIBAS
   
  By: /s/ James Goodall
  Name: James Goodall
  Title:   Managing Director
   
  By: /s/ Kyle Fitzpatrick
  Name: Kyle Fitzpatrick
  Title:   Direct

 

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  MIZUHO BANK, LTD.
   
  By: /s/ Donna DeMagistris
  Name: Donna DeMagistris
  Title:   Executive Director

 

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  ASSOCIATED BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
   
  By: /s/ Mitchell Vega
  Name: Mitchell Vega
  Title:   Senior Vice President

 

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