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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

December 14, 2021

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

 

 

Installed Building Products, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   001-36307   45-3707650

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File No.)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

495 South High Street, Suite 50

Columbus, Ohio 43215

(Address of principal executive offices, zip code)

(614) 221-3399

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligations of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instructions A.2. below):

 

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   IBP   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 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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 December 14, 2021 (the “Closing Date”), Installed Building Products, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), as borrower, entered into a new term loan credit agreement (the “Term Loan Agreement”) with the lenders from time to time party thereto, Royal Bank of Canada as term administrative agent and term collateral agent and RBC Capital Markets, BofA Securities, Inc. and Goldman Sachs Bank USA as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners and Loop Capital Markets LLC, U.S. Bank National Association, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. and PNC Capital Markets LLC as co-managers. The Term Loan Agreement, subject to the terms and conditions set forth therein, provides for a new seven-year $500,000,000 term loan facility (the “Term Loan”).

On the Closing Date, Royal Bank of Canada, as collateral agent under the Term Loan Agreement, entered into a Lien Sharing and Priority Confirmation Joinder (the “Joinder Agreement”) to a ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement, dated as of April 13, 2017 (as amended by a First Amendment ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement dated as of June 19, 2018, by a Second Amendment ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement dated as of December 17, 2019 and a Third Amendment ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement dated as of the Closing Date (the “Third Intercreditor Amendment”) (the “Intercreditor Agreement”), among the Company, the subsidiaries of the Company named therein, Bank of America, N.A., as ABL agent, and Royal Bank of Canada, as collateral agent, under the Term Loan Agreement. The Intercreditor Agreement sets forth the relative priorities of each agent’s respective security interests and other matters relating to the administration of those respective security interests.

In connection with the Term Loan Agreement and Third Intercreditor Amendment, the Company also entered into on the Closing Date a Consent and Amendment No. 2 to Credit Agreement (“Amendment No. 2”) with respect to the Credit Agreement dated as of September 26, 2019 (the “ABL Credit Agreement”) among the Company, the financial institutions party thereto and Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent. Amendment No. 2 provides for the consent of the lenders to the Third Intercreditor Amendment, as required by the ABL Credit Agreement, and conforming updates to definitional provisions in the ABL Credit Agreement.

Proceeds from the Term Loan were used to refinance and repay in full all amounts outstanding under the Amended and Restated Term Loan Agreement, dated as of December 17, 2019 (the “2019 Term Loan Agreement”), by and among the Company, the lenders party thereto, and Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent, and to discharge and release all security and guarantees in respect thereof. The Company also intends to use the Term Loan pay for certain fees and expenses associated with the closing of the Term Loan and for general corporate purposes, including acquisitions and other growth initiatives.

Maturity, Amortization and Prepayment

The Term Loan amortizes in quarterly principal payments of $1,250,000 starting on March 31, 2022, with any remaining unpaid balances due on December 14, 2028, which is the maturity date.

Subject to certain exceptions, the Term Loan will be subject to mandatory pre-payments equal to (i) 100% of the net cash proceeds from issuances or incurrence of debt by the Company or any of its restricted subsidiaries (other than with respect to certain permitted indebtedness (excluding any refinancing indebtedness); (ii) 100% (with step-downs to 50% and 0% based on achievement of specified net leverage ratios) of the net cash proceeds from certain sales or dispositions of assets by the Company or any of its restricted subsidiaries in excess of a certain amount and subject to reinvestment provisions and certain other exceptions; and (iii) 50% (with step-downs to 25% and 0% based upon achievement of specified net leverage ratios) of excess cash flow of the Company and its restricted subsidiaries in excess of $15,000,000, subject to certain exceptions and limitations.

Security and Guarantees

Subject to certain exceptions, all of the obligations under the Term Loan will be guaranteed by all of the existing and future restricted subsidiaries of the Company (the “Guarantors”).

All obligations under the Term Loan and the guarantees of those obligations, will be secured by substantially all of the assets of the Company and the Guarantors subject to certain exceptions and permitted liens, including, a first-priority security interest in such assets that constitute Term Loan First Lien Collateral and a second-priority security interest in such assets that constitute ABL First Lien Collateral. “ABL First Lien Collateral” includes, subject to certain exceptions, substantially all presently owned and after-acquired accounts, inventory, rights of an unpaid vendor


with respect to inventory, deposit accounts, commodity accounts, securities accounts and lock boxes, investment property (other than the equity interests of the Guarantors), cash and cash equivalents, and instruments, chattel paper and certain general intangibles pertaining to the foregoing, and books and records, supporting obligations and documents and related letters of credit, commercial tort claims or other claims related to or given in exchange of any of the foregoing, and proceeds of each of the foregoing.

“Term Loan First Lien Collateral” subject to certain exceptions, consists of assets that are not ABL First Lien Collateral.

Interest Rates

Loans under the Term Loan facility will bear interest based on, at the Company’s election, either the base rate or the Eurodollar rate plus, in each case, an applicable margin (the “Applicable Margin”). The Applicable Margin in respect of loans under the Term Loan Agreement will be (A) 2.25% in the case of Eurodollar rate loans and (B) 1.25% in the case of base rate loans

In addition, the Company paid an arrangement fee of 0.68% of the Term Loan amount.

Covenants

The Term Loan Agreement contains a number of customary affirmative and negative covenants that, among other things, limit or restrict the ability of the Company and the Guarantors to: incur indebtedness; incur liens; engage in mergers or other fundamental changes; sell certain property or assets; pay dividends or other distributions; make acquisitions, investments, guarantees, loans and advances; prepay certain indebtedness; change the nature of their business; engage in certain transactions with affiliates; and incur certain restrictions on contractual obligations.

Events of Default

The Term Loan Agreement contains customary events of default, subject to certain grace periods, thresholds and materiality qualifiers. Such events of default include, without limitation: non-payment of obligations; the material inaccuracy of any representations or warranties; failure to perform or observe covenants; a default related to other material debt that could result in the acceleration of that debt; certain events of bankruptcy or insolvency; judgments for the payment of money in excess of $50,000,000 in the aggregate (subject to an insurance qualifier) that remains unpaid or unstayed and undischarged for a period of 60 consecutive days; and a change of control of the Company. The occurrence and continuance of an event of default could result in, among other things, acceleration of amounts owing under the Term Loan Agreement and termination of the Term Loan Agreement.

Under the Term Loan Agreement, if upon the occurrence and during the continuance of certain events of default, any principal of or interest on any loan under the Term Loan Agreement or any fee or other amount payable by the Company is not paid when due, whether at stated maturity, upon acceleration or otherwise, such overdue amount will bear interest at a rate per annum equal to (i) in the case of overdue principal of any loan under the Term Loan Agreement, 2.00% per annum plus the rate otherwise applicable to such loan, or (ii) in the case of any other amount, 2.00% per annum plus interest rate for base rate loans as described above.

The foregoing description of the material terms and conditions of the Term Loan facility does not purport to be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by the full text of the Term Loan Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference, and the Third Intercreditor Amendment, Joinder Agreement, the Term Collateral Agreement, the Term Guarantee Agreement and Amendment No. 2, each dated as of the Closing Date, which are attached hereto as Exhibits 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 and 10.7, respectively, and incorporated herein by reference.


Item 1.02. Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.

On the Closing Date, the Company terminated the 2019 Term Loan Agreement and repaid all outstanding obligations thereunder using proceeds from the Term Loan facility. In connection with the termination of the 2019 Term Loan Agreement, all security interests and pledges granted to the secured parties thereunder were terminated and released. The Company did not incur any early termination penalties in connection with the termination of the 2019 Term Loan Agreement. A description of the 2019 Term Loan Agreement is included in the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 17, 2019, and such description is incorporated by reference into this Item 1.02.

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

The disclosures under Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K relating to the Term Loan Agreement are also responsive to Item 2.03 of this report and are incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

On December 14, 2021, the Company issued a press release announcing the closing of the Term Loan Agreement. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report.

The information contained in this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section. Furthermore, the information contained in this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

 

Exhibit

Number

  

Description

10.1    Term Loan Credit Agreement, dated December 14, 2021, by and among Installed Building Products, Inc., the lenders party thereto from time to time, Royal Bank of Canada, as term administrative agent and term collateral agent, and RBC Capital Markets, BofA Securities, Inc. and Goldman Sachs Bank USA as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners and Loop Capital Markets LLC, U.S. Bank National Association, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. and PNC Capital Markets LLC as co-managers.(1)
10.2    ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement, dated April 13, 2017, by and among Installed Building Products, Inc., SunTrust Bank, as ABL agent, Royal Bank of Canada, as term loan agent, and each of the agents and certain of the Company’s subsidiaries from time to time party thereto (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 17, 2017).
10.3    Third Amendment to ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement, dated December 14, 2021, by and among Installed Building Products, Inc., Bank of America, N.A., as ABL agent, Royal Bank of Canada, as collateral agent and certain of the Company’s subsidiaries from time to time party thereto.
10.4    Lien Sharing and Priority Confirmation Joinder, dated December 14, 2021, among Installed Building Products, Inc., the guarantors named therein, Bank of America, N.A., as ABL agent, and Royal Bank of Canada, as collateral agent under the Term Loan Agreement.
10.5    Term Collateral Agreement, dated December 14, 2021, among Installed Building Products, Inc., certain of its subsidiaries and Royal Bank of Canada, as term collateral agent.(1)
10.6    Term Guarantee Agreement, dated December 14, 2021, among certain of Installed Building Products, Inc.’s subsidiaries and Royal Bank of Canada, as term collateral agent.(1)


10.7    Consent and Amendment No. 2 to Credit Agreement, dated December 14, 2021, by and among Installed Building Products, Inc., the financial institutions party thereto and Bank of America N.A., as administrative agent.(1)
99.1    Press Release of Installed Building Products, Inc. dated December 14, 2021.
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).

 

(1)

Exhibits and schedules have been omitted pursuant to Item 601(a)(5) of Regulation S-K and will be supplementally provided to the Securities and Exchange Commission upon request.


SIGNATURES

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

 

  INSTALLED BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC.
Date: December 14, 2021   By:  

/s/ Michael T. Miller

    Executive Vice President and
    Chief Financial Officer
EX-10.1

Exhibit 10.1

Execution Version

 

 

TERM LOAN CREDIT AGREEMENT

dated as of December 14, 2021

among

INSTALLED BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC.,

as the Borrower,

THE LENDERS FROM TIME TO TIME PARTY HERETO

and

ROYAL BANK OF CANADA,

as Term Administrative Agent and Term Collateral Agent

 

 

RBC CAPITAL MARKETS*,

BOFA SECURITIES, INC.,

and

GOLDMAN SACHS BANK USA

as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners,

and

LOOP CAPITAL MARKETS LLC,

U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,

KEYBANC CAPITAL MARKETS INC.,

and

PNC CAPITAL MARKETS LLC

as Co-Managers

 

 

 

* 

RBC Capital Markets is a brand name for the capital markets businesses of Royal Bank of Canada and its affiliates.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

         Page  
ARTICLE I

 

DEFINITIONS        1  
SECTION 1.01   Defined Terms.      1  
SECTION 1.02   Classification of Loans and Borrowings.      56  
SECTION 1.03   Terms Generally.      56  
SECTION 1.04   Accounting Terms; GAAP.      56  
SECTION 1.05   [Reserved].      57  
SECTION 1.06   Limited Condition Acquisitions.      57  
SECTION 1.07   Certain Determinations.      57  
ARTICLE II

 

THE CREDITS        58  
SECTION 2.01   Commitments.      58  
SECTION 2.02   Loans and Borrowings.      59  
SECTION 2.03   Requests for Borrowings.      59  
SECTION 2.04   [Reserved].      60  
SECTION 2.05   [Reserved].      60  
SECTION 2.06   Funding of Borrowings.      60  
SECTION 2.07   Interest Elections.      60  
SECTION 2.08   Termination of Commitments.      61  
SECTION 2.09   Repayment of Loans; Evidence of Debt.      62  
SECTION 2.10   Amortization of Term Loans.      62  
SECTION 2.11   Prepayment of Loans.      63  
SECTION 2.12   Fees.      73  
SECTION 2.13   Interest.      73  
SECTION 2.14   Alternate Rate of Interest.      74  
SECTION 2.15   Increased Costs.      78  
SECTION 2.16   Break Funding Payments.      79  
SECTION 2.17   Taxes.      79  
SECTION 2.18   Payments Generally; Pro Rata Treatment; Sharing of Setoffs.      82  
SECTION 2.19   Mitigation Obligations; Replacement of Lenders.      84  
SECTION 2.20   Incremental Credit Extensions.      84  
SECTION 2.21   Refinancing Amendments.      87  
SECTION 2.22   Defaulting Lenders.      87  
SECTION 2.23   Illegality.      88  
SECTION 2.24   Loan Modification Offers.      89  
SECTION 2.25   Inability to Determine Rates.      90  

 

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ARTICLE III

 

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES      90  
SECTION 3.01   Organization; Powers.      90  
SECTION 3.02   Authorization; Enforceability.      90  
SECTION 3.03   Governmental Approvals; No Conflicts.      90  
SECTION 3.04   Financial Condition; No Material Adverse Effect.      91  
SECTION 3.05   Properties.      91  
SECTION 3.06   Litigation and Environmental Matters.      91  
SECTION 3.07   Compliance with Laws.      92  
SECTION 3.08   Investment Company Status.      92  
SECTION 3.09   Taxes.      92  
SECTION 3.10   ERISA.      92  
SECTION 3.11   Disclosure.      92  
SECTION 3.12   Subsidiaries.      93  
SECTION 3.13   Intellectual Property; Licenses, Etc.      93  
SECTION 3.14   Solvency.      93  
SECTION 3.15   Senior Indebtedness.      93  
SECTION 3.16   Federal Reserve Regulations.      94  
SECTION 3.17   Use of Proceeds.      94  
SECTION 3.18   Insurance.      94  
SECTION 3.19   USA PATRIOT Act; FCPA; OFAC.      94  
SECTION 3.20   Labor Matters.      94  
SECTION 3.21   Security Documents.      95  
SECTION 3.22   Beneficial Ownership Certification.      95  
ARTICLE IV

 

CONDITIONS        95  
SECTION 4.01   Effective Date.      95  
ARTICLE V

 

AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS      97  
SECTION 5.01   Financial Statements and Other Information.      97  
SECTION 5.02   Notices of Material Events.      100  
SECTION 5.03   Information Regarding Collateral.      100  
SECTION 5.04   Existence; Conduct of Business.      101  
SECTION 5.05   Payment of Taxes, etc.      101  
SECTION 5.06   Maintenance of Properties.      101  
SECTION 5.07   Insurance.      101  
SECTION 5.08   Books and Records; Inspection and Audit Rights.      102  
SECTION 5.09   Compliance with Laws.      102  
SECTION 5.10   Use of Proceeds.      102  
SECTION 5.11   Additional Subsidiaries.      103  
SECTION 5.12   Further Assurances.      103  
SECTION 5.13   Designation of Subsidiaries.      104  
SECTION 5.14   Certain Post-Closing Obligations.      104  
SECTION 5.15   Maintenance of Rating of the Borrower and the Facilities.      104  

 

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ARTICLE VI

 

NEGATIVE COVENANTS      105  

SECTION 6.01

 

Indebtedness; Certain Equity Securities.

     105  

SECTION 6.02

 

Liens.

     110  

SECTION 6.03

 

Fundamental Changes.

     113  

SECTION 6.04

 

Investments, Loans, Advances, Guarantees and Acquisitions

     114  

SECTION 6.05

 

Asset Sales.

     117  

SECTION 6.06

 

Lines of Business.

     119  

SECTION 6.07

 

Restricted Payments; Certain Payments of Indebtedness.

     119  

SECTION 6.08

 

Transactions with Affiliates.

     123  

SECTION 6.09

 

Restrictive Agreements.

     124  

SECTION 6.10

 

Amendment of Restricted Debt Financing.

     125  

SECTION 6.11

 

[Reserved].

     125  

SECTION 6.12

 

Changes in Fiscal Periods.

     125  
ARTICLE VII

 

EVENTS OF DEFAULT

     126  

SECTION 7.01

 

Events of Default.

     126  

SECTION 7.02

 

Application of Proceeds.

     128  
ARTICLE VIII

 

ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT

     128  

SECTION 8.01

 

Appointment and Authority.

     129  

SECTION 8.02

 

Rights as a Lender.

     129  

SECTION 8.03

 

Exculpatory Provisions.

     129  

SECTION 8.04

 

Reliance by Term Administrative Agent.

     130  

SECTION 8.05

 

Delegation of Duties.

     130  

SECTION 8.06

 

Resignation of Term Administrative Agent.

     131  

SECTION 8.07

 

Non-Reliance on Term Administrative Agent and Other Lenders.

     132  

SECTION 8.08

 

No Other Duties, Etc.

     132  

SECTION 8.09

 

Term Administrative Agent May File Proofs of Claim.

     132  

SECTION 8.10

 

No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies; Enforcement.

     133  

SECTION 8.11

 

Withholding Taxes.

     134  

SECTION 8.12

 

Certain ERISA Matters.

     134  

SECTION 8.13

 

Erroneous Payments.

     135  
ARTICLE IX

 

MISCELLANEOUS

     138  

SECTION 9.01

 

Notices.

     138  

SECTION 9.02

 

Waivers; Amendments.

     140  

SECTION 9.03

 

Expenses; Indemnity; Damage Waiver.

     142  

SECTION 9.04

 

Successors and Assigns.

     144  

SECTION 9.05

 

Survival.

     149  

SECTION 9.06

 

Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness.

     150  

SECTION 9.07

 

Severability.

     150  

SECTION 9.08

 

Right of Setoff.

     150  

SECTION 9.09

 

Governing Law; Jurisdiction; Consent to Service of Process.

     151  

 

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SECTION 9.10   WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL.      152  
SECTION 9.11   Headings.      152  
SECTION 9.12   Confidentiality.      152  
SECTION 9.13   USA PATRIOT Act.      153  
SECTION 9.14   Release of Liens and Guarantees.      153  
SECTION 9.15   No Advisory or Fiduciary Responsibility.      154  
SECTION 9.16   Interest Rate Limitation.      155  
SECTION 9.17   Intercreditor Agreements.      155  
SECTION 9.18   [Reserved].      156  
SECTION 9.19   Acknowledgement and Consent to Bail-In of EEA Financial Institutions      156  
SECTION 9.20   Acknowledgement Regarding Any Supported QFCs      156  

 

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SCHEDULES

 

Schedule 2.01

     

    Commitments and Loans

Schedule 3.03

     

    Government Approvals / No Conflicts Schedule

Schedule 3.06

     

    Litigation and Environmental Matters Schedule

Schedule 3.12

     

    Subsidiaries

Schedule 5.14

     

    Certain Post Closing Obligations

Schedule 6.01

     

    Existing Indebtedness

Schedule 6.02

     

    Existing Liens Schedule

Schedule 6.04(e)

     

    Existing Investments

Schedule 6.08

     

    Existing Affiliate Transactions

Schedule 6.09

     

    Existing Restrictions

Schedule 9.01

     

    Notices

EXHIBITS      

Exhibit A

     

    Form of Assignment and Assumption

Exhibit B

     

    Form of Term Guarantee Agreement

Exhibit C

     

    Form of Perfection Certificate

Exhibit D

     

    Form of Term Collateral Agreement

Exhibit E

     

    Form of Closing Certificate

Exhibit F

     

    Form of Global Intercompany Note

Exhibit G

     

    Form of Specified Discount Prepayment Notice

Exhibit H

     

    Form of Specified Discount Prepayment Response

Exhibit I

     

    Form of Discount Range Prepayment Notice

Exhibit J

     

    Form of Discount Range Prepayment Offer

Exhibit K

     

    Form of Solicited Discounted Prepayment Notice

Exhibit L

     

    Form of Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer

Exhibit M

     

    Form of Acceptance and Prepayment Notice

Exhibit N-1

     

    Form of United States Tax Compliance Certificate

Exhibit N-2

     

    Form of United States Tax Compliance Certificate

Exhibit N-3

     

    Form of United States Tax Compliance Certificate

Exhibit N-4

     

    Form of United States Tax Compliance Certificate

Exhibit O

     

    Form of Term Note

Exhibit P

     

    Form of Solvency Certificate

Exhibit Q

     

    Form of Notice of Borrowing

Exhibit R

     

    Form of Prepayment Notice

Exhibit S

     

    Form of Interest Election Request

 

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TERM LOAN CREDIT AGREEMENT dated as of December 14, 2021 (this “Agreement”) among INSTALLED BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC., a Delaware corporation (the “Borrower”), the LENDERS FROM TIME TO TIME PARTY HERETO and ROYAL BANK OF CANADA (“Royal Bank”), as Term Administrative Agent and Term Collateral Agent.

The parties hereto agree as follows:

ARTICLE I

DEFINITIONS

SECTION 1.01    Defined Terms.

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

ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement” means the ABL Term Intercreditor Agreement dated as of April 13, 2017 by and among, inter alios, Bank of America, N.A., as successor to Truist Bank (f/k/a Suntrust Bank), Royal Bank and each additional representative party thereto from time to time as amended, modified, supplemented, substituted, replaced or restated, in whole or in part, from time to time.

ABL Credit Agreement” means the Credit Agreement dated as of September 26, 2019, among the Borrower, the Subsidiaries of the Borrower party thereto, Bank of America, N.A., as successor to Truist Bank (f/k/a Suntrust Bank), as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto from time to time (the “ABL Lenders”) as amended, modified, supplemented, substituted, replaced, restated or refinanced in whole or in part from time to time whether with the original administrative agent and lenders or other agents and lenders or otherwise and whether provided under the original ABL Credit Agreement or another credit agreement, indenture, instrument, other document or otherwise, unless such credit agreement indenture instrument or document expressly provides that it is not an ABL Credit Agreement.

ABL Facility” means the senior secured revolving loan facility under the ABL Credit Agreement or any amendment, supplement, modification, substitution, replacement, restatement or refinancing thereof in whole or in part from time to time including in connection with a Permitted Refinancing of the ABL Credit Agreement.

ABL Lenders” has the meaning given to such term in the definition of “ABL Credit Agreement.”

ABL Loan Documents” means collectively (a) the ABL Credit Agreement and (b) the security documents, intercreditor agreements, including the ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement, guarantees, joinders and other agreements or instruments executed in connection with the ABL Credit Agreement or such other agreements in each case as amended, modified, supplemented, substituted, replaced, restated or refinanced in whole or in part from time to time including in connection with a Permitted Refinancing of the ABL Credit Agreement.

ABL Obligations” means all Indebtedness and other obligations of the Borrower and any other Loan Parties outstanding under or pursuant to the ABL Loan Documents together with guarantees thereof that are secured or intended to be secured under the ABL Loan Documents, including any direct or indirect, absolute or contingent interest and fees that accrue after the commencement by or against the Borrower any other Loan Party or any guarantor of ABL Obligations of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Laws naming such Person as the debtor in such proceeding regardless of whether such interest and fees are allowed claims in such proceeding and any obligations under a Bank Products Document (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement) or equivalent terms that are secured pursuant to the ABL Loan Documents.


ABR” when used in reference to any Loan or Borrowing refers to whether such Loan or the Loans comprising such Borrowing are bearing interest at a rate determined by reference to the Alternate Base Rate.

Acceptable Discount” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D)(2).

Acceptable Prepayment Amount” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D)(3).

Acceptance and Prepayment Notice” means an irrevocable written notice from the Borrower accepting a Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer to make a Discounted Term Loan Prepayment at the Acceptable Discount specified therein pursuant to Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D) substantially in the form of Exhibit M.

Acceptance Date” has the meaning specified in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D)(2).

Accepting Lenders” has the meaning specified in Section 2.24(a).

Acquired EBITDA” means with respect to any Acquired Entity or Business or any Converted Restricted Subsidiary any of the foregoing a “Pro Forma Entity”) for any period as the amount for such period of Consolidated EBITDA of such Pro Forma Entity determined as if references to the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in the definition of “Consolidated EBITDA” were references to such Pro Forma Entity and its subsidiaries that will become Restricted Subsidiaries all as determined on a consolidated basis for such Pro Forma Entity.

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

Acquisition Transaction” means any acquisition by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary that either (a) is not permitted by the terms of this Agreement immediately prior to the consummation of such acquisition or (b) if permitted by the terms of this Agreement immediately prior to the consummation of such acquisition would not provide the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries with adequate flexibility under the Loan Documents for the continuation and or expansion of their combined operations following such consummation as determined by the Borrower acting in good faith.

Additional Revolving Lender” means, at any time, any bank, financial institution or other institutional lender or investor that agrees to provide any portion of any Incremental Revolving Loans pursuant to an Incremental Facility Amendment in accordance with Section 2.20; provided that each Additional Revolving Lender shall be subject to the approval of the Term Administrative Agent if such consent would be required under Section 9.04(b) for an assignment of Revolving Loans as applicable to such bank financial institution or other institutional lender or investor such approval not to be unreasonably withheld conditioned or delayed and the Borrower.

Additional Term Lender” means, at any time, any bank, financial institution or other institutional lender or investor that agrees to provide any portion of any (a) Incremental Term Loans pursuant to an Incremental Facility Amendment in accordance with Section 2.20 or (b) Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness pursuant to a Refinancing Amendment in accordance with Section 2.21; provided that each Additional Term Lender shall be subject to the approval of the Term Administrative Agent if such consent would be required under Section 9.04(b) for an assignment of Term Loans or Term Commitments as applicable to such bank financial institution or other institutional lender or investor such approval not to be unreasonably withheld conditioned or delayed and the Borrower.

 

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Adjusted LIBO Rate” means with respect to any Eurodollar Borrowing for any Interest Period, a rate per annum equal to the product of (i) the LIBO Rate as in effect at such time for such Interest Period and (ii) the Statutory Reserve Rate; provided that the Adjusted LIBO Rate for any Interest Period shall not be less than 0.50% per annum.

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

Affected Class” has the meaning specified in Section 2.24(a).

Affiliate” means with respect to a specified Person another Person that directly or indirectly Controls or is Controlled by or is under common Control with the Person specified.

Agent” means the Term Administrative Agent, the Term Collateral Agent, the Arrangers and any successors and assigns in such capacity and “Agents” means two or more of them.

Agent Parties” has the meaning given to such term in Section 9.01(c).

Agreement” has the meaning given to such term in the preliminary statements hereto.

Alternate Base Rate” means for any day a fluctuating rate per annum equal to the highest of (a) the Federal Funds Effective Rate plus 1/2 of 1%, (b) the rate of interest in effect for such day as publicly announced from time to time by Royal Bank as its “prime rate” for loans in the United States denominated in US Dollars, and (c) the Adjusted LIBO Rate for an Interest Period of one month plus 1.00%. The “prime rate” is a rate set by Royal Bank based upon various factors including Royal Bank’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 Royal Bank shall take effect at the opening of business on the day specified in the public announcement of such change and following notice to Borrower. If the Alternate Base Rate is being used as an alternate rate of interest pursuant to Section 2.14 hereof, then the Alternate Base Rate shall be the greater of clauses (a) and (b) above and shall be determined without reference to clause (c) above.

Applicable Account” means with respect to any payment to be made to the Term Administrative Agent hereunder the account specified by the Term Administrative Agent from time to time for the purpose of receiving payments of such type.

Applicable Discount” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(C)(2).

Applicable Rate” means, for any day, (a) 1.25% per annum, in the case of an ABR Loan, or (ii) 2.25% per annum, in the case of a Eurodollar Loan.

Approved Foreign Bank” has the meaning assigned to such term in the definition of “Permitted Investments.”

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

Arrangers” means each of RBC Capital Markets, BofA Securities, Inc. and Goldman Sachs Bank USA and any permitted successors and assigns thereof, in their respective capacities as joint lead arrangers

 

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and joint bookrunners hereunder and each of Loop Capital Markets LLC, U.S. Bank National Association, Keybanc Capital Markets Inc. and PNC Capital Markets LLC and any permitted successors and assigns thereof, in their respective capacities as co-managers hereunder.

Asset Sale Percentage” means, with respect to the prepayment required by Section 2.11(c), if the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio (prior to giving effect to the applicable prepayment pursuant to Section 2.11(c), but after giving effect to any voluntary prepayments made pursuant to Section 2.11(a) prior to the date of such prepayment) as of the end of the applicable reinvestment period is (a) greater than 1.75 to 1.00, 100% of such Net Proceeds, (b) greater than 1.50 to 1.00 but less than or equal to 1.75 to 1.00, 50% of such Net Proceeds and (c) less than or equal to 1.50 to 1.00, 0% of such Net Proceeds.

Assignment and Assumption” means an assignment and assumption entered into by a Lender and an Eligible Assignee with the consent of any Person whose consent is required by Section 9.04(b), substantially in the form of Exhibit A or any other form reasonably approved by the Term Administrative Agent.

Auction Agent” means (a) the Term Administrative Agent or (b) any other financial institution or advisor employed by the Borrower (whether or not an Affiliate of the Term Administrative Agent) to act as an arranger in connection with any Discounted Term Loan Prepayment pursuant to Section 2.11(a)(ii)(A); provided that the Borrower shall not designate the Term Administrative Agent as the Auction Agent without the written consent of the Term Administrative Agent (it being understood that the Term Administrative Agent shall be under no obligation to agree to act as the Auction Agent).

Available Amount” means, as of any date of determination, a cumulative amount equal to (without duplication):

(a)    the greater of $167,500,000 and 50.0% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended Test Period as of such time, plus

(b)    the sum of an amount (which amount shall not be less than zero) equal to 50% of Consolidated Net Income (or 100% of losses) of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries for the period (treated as one accounting period) from April 1, 2017 to the end of the most recently ended Test Period as of such date, plus

(c)    returns, profits, distributions and similar amounts received in cash or Permitted Investments by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on Investments made using the Available Amount hereunder or the Available Amount under, and as defined in, the Existing Credit Agreement (in each case not to exceed the amount of such Investments), plus

(d)    Investments of the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries in any Unrestricted Subsidiary made using the Available Amount that has been re-designated as a Restricted Subsidiary or that has been merged or consolidated with or into the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries (up to the lesser of (i) the fair market value determined in good faith by the Borrower of the Investments of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in such Unrestricted Subsidiary at the time of such re-designation or merger or consolidation and (ii) the fair market value determined in good faith by the Borrower of the original Investment by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in such Unrestricted Subsidiary), plus

(e)    the Net Proceeds of a sale or other Disposition of any Unrestricted Subsidiary (including the issuance of stock of an Unrestricted Subsidiary) received by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, plus

 

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(f)    to the extent not included in Consolidated Net Income, dividends or other distributions or returns on capital received by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary from an Unrestricted Subsidiary, plus

(g)    the aggregate amount of any Retained Declined Proceeds since the Effective Date.

Available Equity Amount” means a cumulative amount equal to (without duplication):

(a)    [reserved], plus

(b)    capital contributions received by the Borrower after April 13, 2017 in cash or Permitted Investments (other than (i) in respect of any Disqualified Equity Interest, (ii) to the extent constituting a Specified Equity Contribution (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement) or (iii) amounts applied pursuant to Section 6.01(a)(xiv)), plus

(c)    the net cash proceeds received by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary from Indebtedness and Disqualified Equity Interest issuances issued after April 13, 2017 and which have been exchanged or converted into Qualified Equity Interests, plus

(d)    returns, profits, distributions and similar amounts received in cash or Permitted Investments by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary on Investments made using the Available Equity Amount hereunder or the Available Equity Amount under, and as defined in, the Existing Credit Agreement (in each case not to exceed the amount of such Investments).

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

Bail-In Legislation” means, (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).

Bankruptcy Code” means Title 11 of the United States Code, as amended, or any similar federal or state law for the relief of debtors.

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.

Board of Directors” means with respect to any Person a in the case of any corporation the board of directors of such Person or any committee thereof duly authorized to act on behalf of such board b in the case of any limited liability company the board of managers board of directors manager or managing member of such Person or the functional equivalent of the foregoing or any committee thereof duly authorized to act on behalf of such board manager or managing member c in the case of any partnership the board of directors or board of managers of the general partner of such Person and d in any other case the functional equivalent of the foregoing.

 

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

Borrower” has the meaning assigned to such term in the preliminary statements hereto.

Borrower Materials” has the meaning assigned to such term in the last paragraph of Section 5.01.

Borrower Offer of Specified Discount Prepayment” means the offer by the Borrower to make a voluntary prepayment of Term Loans at a Specified Discount to par pursuant to Section 2.11(a)(ii)(B).

Borrower Solicitation of Discount Range Prepayment Offers” means the solicitation by the Borrower of offers for and the corresponding acceptance by a Term Lender of a voluntary prepayment of Term Loans at a specified range at a discount to par pursuant to Section 2.11(a)(ii)(C).

Borrower Solicitation of Discounted Prepayment Offers” means the solicitation by the Borrower of offers for and the subsequent acceptance if any by a Term Lender of a voluntary prepayment of Term Loans at a discount to par pursuant to Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D).

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

Borrowing Minimum” means (a) in the case of a Eurodollar Borrowing, $1,000,000 and (b) in the case of an ABR Borrowing, $500,000.

Borrowing Multiple” means (a) in the case of a Eurodollar Borrowing, $1,000,000 and (b) in the case of an ABR Borrowing, $500,000.

Borrowing Request” means a request by the Borrower for a Borrowing in accordance with Section 2.03.

Business Day” means any day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or other day on which commercial banks in New York City are authorized or required by law to remain closed; provided that when used in connection with a Eurodollar Loan the term “Business Day” shall also exclude any day on which banks are not open for dealings in dollar deposits in the London interbank market.

Capital Lease Obligations” of any Person means the obligations of such Person to pay rent or other amounts under any lease of or other arrangement conveying the right to use real or personal property or a combination thereof which obligations are required to be classified and accounted for as capital leases on a balance sheet of such Person under GAAP and the amount of such obligations shall be the capitalized amount thereof determined in accordance with GAAP; provided that only the obligations of any Person that were characterized as a capital lease in conformity with GAAP, or would have been so characterized if they were entered into, prior to the effectiveness of Accounting Standard Codification 842 (or any other Accounting Standards Codification or Financial Accounting Standard having a similar result or effect (and related interpretations)) shall be accounted for as a Capitalized Lease or Capital Lease Obligation for purposes of this Agreement other than financial reporting. For purposes of Section 6.02, a Capital Lease Obligation shall be deemed to be secured by a Lien on the property being leased and such property shall be deemed to be owned by the lessee.

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

 

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

Cash Management Obligations” means (a) obligations of the Borrower or any Subsidiary in respect of any overdraft and related liabilities arising from treasury depository cash pooling arrangements and cash management services or any automated clearing house transfers of funds and (b) other obligations in respect of netting services employee credit or purchase card programs and similar arrangements.

Cash Management Services” has the meaning assigned to such term in the definition of “Secured Cash Management Obligations”.

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

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

Change in Law” means (a) the adoption of any rule, regulation, treaty or other law after the date of this Agreement, (b) any change in any rule, regulation, treaty or other law or in the administration, interpretation or application thereof by any Governmental Authority after the date of this Agreement or (c) the making or issuance of any request, guideline or directive (whether or not having the force of law) of any Governmental Authority made or issued after the date of this Agreement, including, for the avoidance of doubt, (x) the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and all rules, regulations, guidelines or directives thereunder or issued in connection therewith and (y) all requests, rules, guidelines or directives promulgated by the Bank of International Settlements, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (or any successor or similar authority) or the United States or foreign regulatory authorities, in each case pursuant to Basel III, shall, in each case, be deemed to be a “Change in Law,” to the extent enacted, adopted, promulgated or issued after the date of this Agreement, but only to the extent such rules, regulations, or published interpretations or directives are applied to the Borrower and its Subsidiaries by the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender in substantially the same manner as applied to other similarly situated borrowers under comparable syndicated credit facilities, including for purposes of Section 2.15.

Change of Control” means (a) the acquisition or ownership, directly or indirectly, beneficially or of record, by any person or group, of Equity Interests representing 50% or more of the aggregate ordinary voting power represented by the issued and outstanding Equity Interests in the Borrower or (b) the occurrence of a “Change of Control” (or similar event, however denominated), as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement.

For purposes of this definition, the phrase Person or “group” is within the meaning of Section 13(d) or 14(d) of the Exchange Act, but excluding any employee benefit plan of such Person or “group” and its subsidiaries and any Person acting in its capacity as trustee, agent or other fiduciary or administrator of any such plan.

Class” when used in reference to (a) any Loan or Borrowing refers to whether such Loan or the Loans comprising such Borrowing are Incremental Revolving Loans, Term Loans, Incremental Term Loans

 

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or Other Term Loans (b) any Commitment refers to whether such Commitment is a Term Commitment or Other Term Commitment and (c) any Lender refers to whether such Lender has a Loan or Commitment with respect to a particular Class of Loans or Commitments. Other Term Commitments, Other Term Loans, and Incremental Term Loans that have different terms and conditions shall be construed to be in different Classes.

Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended from time to time.

Collateral” means any and all assets whether real or personal tangible or intangible on which Liens are purported to be granted pursuant to the Term Security Documents as security for the Secured Obligations.

Collateral and Guarantee Requirement” means at any time, the requirement that:

(a)    the Term Administrative Agent shall have received from (i) the Borrower and each of the Restricted Subsidiaries (other than any Excluded Subsidiary) either (x) a counterpart of the Term Guarantee Agreement duly executed and delivered on behalf of such Person or (y) in the case of any Person that becomes a Loan Party after the Effective Date (including by ceasing to be an Excluded Subsidiary), a supplement to the Term Guarantee Agreement, in substantially the form specified therein, duly executed and delivered on behalf of such Person and (ii) the Borrower and each Subsidiary Loan Party either (x) a counterpart of the Term Collateral Agreement duly executed and delivered on behalf of such Person or (y) in the case of any Person that becomes a Subsidiary Loan Party after the Effective Date (including by ceasing to be an Excluded Subsidiary), a supplement to the Term Collateral Agreement, in substantially the form specified therein, duly executed and delivered on behalf of such Person, in each case under this clause (a) together with, in the case of any such Loan Documents executed and delivered after the Effective Date, to the extent reasonably requested by the Term Administrative Agent, opinions and documents of the type referred to in Sections 4.01(b) and 4.01(d);

(b)    all outstanding Equity Interests of each Restricted Subsidiary that is a Material Subsidiary (other than any Equity Interests constituting Excluded Assets) owned by or on behalf of any Loan Party, shall have been pledged pursuant to the Term Collateral Agreement, and, subject to the applicable Intercreditor Agreement, the Term Administrative Agent shall have received certificates, if any, or other instruments, if any, representing all such Equity Interests to the extent constituting “certificated securities” (other than such Equity Interests constituting Excluded Assets), together with undated stock powers or other instruments of transfer with respect thereto endorsed in blank;

(c)    if any Indebtedness for borrowed money of the Borrower or any Subsidiary in a principal amount of $1,000,000 or more is owing by such obligor to any Loan Party and such Indebtedness is evidenced by a promissory note, such promissory note shall be pledged pursuant to the Term Collateral Agreement, and, subject to the applicable Intercreditor Agreement, the Term Administrative Agent shall have received all such promissory notes, together with undated instruments of transfer with respect thereto endorsed in blank; provided, however, the foregoing delivery requirement with respect to any intercompany indebtedness may be satisfied by delivery of an omnibus or global intercompany note executed by all Loan Parties as payees and all such obligors as payors;

(d)    all certificates, agreements, documents and instruments, including Uniform Commercial Code financing statements and Intellectual Property security agreements required by this Agreement, the Term Security Documents, Requirements of Law and reasonably requested by the Term Administrative Agent to be filed, delivered, registered or recorded to create the Liens intended to be created by the Term Security Documents and perfect such Liens to the extent required by, and with the priority required by, this Agreement, the Term Security Documents and the other provisions of the term “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement,” shall have been filed, registered or recorded or delivered to the Term Administrative Agent for filing, registration or recording; and

 

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(e)    the Term Administrative Agent shall have received (i) counterparts of a Mortgage with respect to each Material Real Property duly executed and delivered by the record owner of such Mortgaged Property (if the Mortgaged Property is in a jurisdiction that imposes a mortgage recording or similar tax is imposed on the amount secured by such Mortgage, then the amount secured by such Mortgage shall be limited to the book value of such Mortgaged Property, as reasonably determined by the Borrower), (ii) a policy or policies of title insurance (or marked unconditional commitment to issue such policy or policies) issued by a nationally recognized title insurance company insuring the Lien of each such Mortgage as a first priority Lien on the Mortgaged Property described therein, free of any other Liens except as expressly permitted by Section 6.02, together with such customary lender’s endorsements (other than a creditor’s rights endorsement) as the Term Administrative Agent may reasonably request to the extent available in the applicable jurisdiction at commercially reasonable rates (it being agreed that the Term Administrative Agent shall accept zoning reports from a nationally recognized zoning company in lieu of zoning endorsements to such title insurance policies), in an amount equal to the fair market value of such Mortgaged Property or as otherwise reasonably agreed by the parties; provided that in no event will the Borrower be required to obtain independent appraisals of such Mortgaged Properties, unless required by FIRREA, (iii) a completed “Life-of-Loan” Federal Emergency Management Agency standard flood hazard determination with respect to each Mortgaged Property, and if any Mortgaged Property is located in an area determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (or any successor agency) to be located in special flood hazard area, a duly executed notice about special flood hazard area status and flood disaster assistance and evidence of such flood insurance as provided in Section 5.07(b), (iv) opinions, addressed to the Term Administrative Agent and the Secured Parties, from counsel qualified to opine in each jurisdiction where a Mortgaged Property is located regarding the enforceability of the Mortgage and such other matters as may be in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent, (v) a survey or existing survey together with a no change affidavit of such Mortgaged Property, in compliance with the 2011 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys and otherwise reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent, and (vi) evidence of payment of title insurance premiums and fixture filings in appropriate county land office(s).

Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this definition or anything in this Agreement or any other Loan Document to the contrary, (a) the foregoing provisions of this definition shall not require the creation or perfection of pledges of or security interests in, or the obtaining of title insurance, legal opinions or other deliverables with respect to, particular assets of the Loan Parties, or the provision of Guarantees by any Subsidiary, if the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower reasonably agree in writing that the cost, burden, difficulty or consequence of creating or perfecting such pledges or security interests in such assets, or obtaining such title insurance, legal opinions or other deliverables in respect of such assets, or providing such Guarantees (taking into account any adverse tax consequences to the Borrower and its Affiliates (including the imposition of withholding or other material taxes)), outweighs the benefits to be obtained by the Lenders therefrom; (b) Liens required to be granted from time to time pursuant to the term “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement” shall be subject to exceptions and limitations set forth in the Term Security Documents; (c) in no event shall control agreements or other control or similar arrangements be required with respect to cash, Permitted Investments, other deposit accounts, securities and commodity accounts (including securities entitlements and related assets) (other than any such control agreements or other control or similar agreements as required by an ABL Facility and only for so long as such ABL Facility is in effect), letter of credit rights or other assets requiring perfection by control (but not, for avoidance of doubt, possession); (d) in no event shall any Loan Party be required to complete any filings or other action with respect to the perfection of security interests in any jurisdiction outside of the United States, and no actions in any non- U.S. jurisdiction or required by the laws of any non-U.S. jurisdiction shall be required to be taken to create any security interests in assets located or titled outside of the United

 

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States (including any Equity Interests of Foreign Subsidiaries and any Intellectual Property governed by or arising or existing under the laws of any jurisdiction other than the United States of America, any State thereof or the District of Columbia) or to perfect or make enforceable any security interests in any such assets (it being understood that there shall be no security agreements or pledge agreements governed under the laws of any non-U.S. jurisdiction); (e) in no event shall any Loan Party be required to complete any filings or other action with respect to perfection of security interests in assets subject to certificates of title beyond the filing of UCC financing statements; (f) other than the filing of UCC financing statements, no perfection shall be required with respect to promissory notes evidencing debt for borrowed money in a principal amount of less than $1,000,000; (g) in no event shall any Loan Party be required to complete any filings or other action with respect to security interests in Intellectual Property beyond the filing of UCC financing statements and Intellectual Property security agreements with the United States Patent and Trademark Office or the United States Copyright Office; (h) no actions shall be required to perfect a security interest in letter of credit rights (other than the filing of UCC financing statements); and (i) in no event shall the Collateral include any Excluded Assets. The Term Administrative Agent may grant extensions of time for the creation and perfection of security interests in or the obtaining of title insurance, legal opinions or other deliverables with respect to particular assets or the provision of any Guarantee by any Subsidiary (including extensions beyond the Effective Date or in connection with assets acquired, or Subsidiaries formed or acquired, after the Effective Date) and any other obligations under this definition where it determines that such action cannot be accomplished without undue effort or expense by the time or times at which it would otherwise be required to be accomplished by this Agreement or the Term Security Documents.

Commitment” means with respect to any Lender its Term Commitment, Incremental Revolving Commitment, Other Term Commitment of any Class or any combination thereof as the context requires.

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

Compliance Certificate” means the certificate required to be delivered pursuant to Section 5.01(d).

Consolidated EBITDA” means for any period Consolidated Net Income for such period plus:

(a)    without duplication and to the extent already deducted and not added back in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income, the sum of the following amounts for such period:

(i)    total interest expense and, to the extent not reflected in such total interest expense, the sum of (A) premium payments, debt discount, fees, charges and related expenses incurred in connection with borrowed money (including capitalized interest) or in connection with the deferred purchase price of assets, plus (B) the portion of rent expense with respect to such period under Capitalized Leases that is treated as interest expense in accordance with GAAP, plus (C) the implied interest component of synthetic leases with respect to such period, plus (D) any losses on hedging obligations or other derivative instruments entered into for the purpose of hedging interest rate risk, net of interest income and gains on such hedging obligations or such derivative instruments, plus (E) bank and letter of credit fees and costs of surety bonds in connection with financing activities, plus (F) any commissions, discounts, yield and other fees and charges (including any interest expense) related to any Qualified Securitization Facility, plus (G) amortization or write-off of deferred financing fees, debt issuance costs, debt discount or premium, terminated hedging obligations and other commissions, financing fees and expenses and, adjusted, to the extent included, to exclude any refunds or similar credits received in connection with the purchasing or procurement of goods or services under any purchasing card or similar program;

 

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(ii)    provision for taxes based on income, profits or capital and sales taxes, including federal, provincial, territorial, foreign, state, local, franchise, excise, and similar taxes and foreign withholding taxes paid or accrued during such period (including in respect of repatriated funds) including penalties and interest related to such taxes or arising from any tax examinations (including any additions to such taxes, and any penalties and interest with respect thereto);

(iii)    Non-Cash Charges;

(iv)    operating expenses incurred on or prior to the Effective Date attributable to (A) salary obligations paid to employees terminated prior to the Effective Date and (B) wages paid to executives in excess of the amounts the Borrower and/or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries are required to pay pursuant to their respective employment agreements;

(v)    extraordinary losses or charges in accordance with GAAP;

(vi)    unusual, non-recurring or exceptional expenses, losses or charges (including any unusual, non-recurring or exceptional operating expenses, losses or charges directly attributable to the implementation of cost savings initiatives), severance, relocation costs, integration and facilities’ opening costs and other business optimization expenses and operating improvements (including related to new product introductions), systems development and establishment costs, recruiting fees, signing costs, retention or completion bonuses, transition costs, costs related to closure/consolidation of facilities, internal costs in respect of strategic initiatives and curtailments or modifications to pension and post-retirement employee benefit plans (including any settlement of pension liabilities), contract terminations and professional and consulting fees incurred in connection with any of the foregoing;

(vii)    restructuring charges, accruals or reserves (including restructuring and integration costs related to acquisitions and adjustments to existing reserves), whether or not classified as restructuring expense on the consolidated financial statements;

(viii)    the amount of any non-controlling interest consisting of income attributable to non-controlling interests of third parties in any Non-Wholly Owned Subsidiary deducted (and not added back in such period) in calculating Consolidated Net Income;

(ix)    (A) the amount of board of directors, management, monitoring, consulting and advisory fees, indemnities and related expenses paid or accrued in such period (including any termination fees payable in connection with the early termination of management and monitoring agreements) and (B) the amount of expenses relating to payments made to option holders of the Borrower or any of its direct or indirect parent companies in connection with, or as a result of, any distribution being made to shareholders of such Person or its direct or indirect parent companies, which payments are being made to compensate such option holders as though they were shareholders at the time of, and entitled to share in, such distribution, in each case to the extent permitted in the Loan Documents;

(x)    losses, expenses or charges (including all fees and expenses or charges relating thereto) (A) from abandoned, closed, disposed or discontinued operations and any losses on disposal of abandoned, closed or discontinued operations and (B) attributable to business dispositions or asset dispositions (other than in the ordinary course of business) as determined in good faith by a Financial Officer;

 

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(xi)    any non-cash loss attributable to the mark to market movement in the valuation of any Equity Interests, and hedging obligations or other derivative instruments (in each case, including pursuant to Financial Accounting Standards Codification No. 815—Derivatives and Hedging but only to the extent the cash impact resulting from such loss has not been realized);

(xii)    any loss relating to amounts paid in cash prior to the stated settlement date of any hedging obligation that has been reflected in Consolidated Net Income for such period;

(xiii)    any gain relating to hedging obligations associated with transactions realized in the current period that has been reflected in Consolidated Net Income in prior periods and excluded from Consolidated EBITDA pursuant to clauses (c)(vi) and (c)(vii) below;

(xiv)    any costs or expenses incurred by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary pursuant to any management equity plan or stock option plan or any other management or employee benefit plan or agreement, any severance agreement or any stock subscription or shareholder agreement, to the extent that such costs or expenses are non-cash or otherwise funded with cash proceeds contributed to the capital of the Borrower or Net Proceeds of an issuance of Equity Interests of the Borrower (other than Disqualified Equity Interests);

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

(xvi)    the amount of losses on Dispositions of accounts receivable, Securitization Assets and related assets incurred in connection with a Qualified Securitization Facility;

(xvii)    [reserved];

(xviii)    earn-out and contingent consideration obligations (including to the extent accounted for as bonuses or otherwise) and adjustments thereof and purchase price adjustments, in each case in connection with acquisitions or Investments;

(xix)    charges, losses, lost profits, expenses (including litigation expenses, fee and charges) or write-offs to the extent indemnified or insured by a third party, including expenses or losses covered by indemnification provisions or by any insurance provider in connection with the Transactions, a Permitted Acquisition or any other acquisition or Investment, disposition or any Casualty Event, in each case, to the extent that coverage has not been denied and so long as such amounts are actually reimbursed in cash within one year after the related amount is first added to Consolidated EBITDA pursuant to this clause (xix) (and if not so reimbursed within one year, such amount shall be deducted from Consolidated EBITDA during the next measurement period);

(xx)    cash receipts (or any netting arrangements resulting in reduced cash expenses) not included in Consolidated EBITDA in any period to the extent non-cash gains relating to such receipts were deducted in the calculation of Consolidated EBITDA pursuant to clause (c) below for any previous period and not added back; and

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(b)    without duplication, the amount of “run rate” cost savings, operating expense reductions, other operating improvements, and synergies related to any Specified Transaction, the Transactions, any restructuring, cost saving initiative or other initiative projected by the Borrower in good faith to be realized as a result of actions taken, without duplication the amount of “run rate” cost savings operating expense reductions other operating improvements and synergies related to any Specified Transaction the Transactions any restructuring cost saving initiative or other initiative projected by the Borrower in good faith to be realized as a result of actions taken committed to be taken or planned to be taken, in each case on or prior to the date that is 24 months after the end of the relevant Test Period (including actions initiated prior to the Effective Date) (which cost savings, operating expense reductions, other operating improvements and synergies shall be added to Consolidated EBITDA until fully realized and calculated on a pro forma basis as though such cost savings, operating expense reductions, other operating improvements and synergies had been realized on the first day of the relevant period), net of the amount of actual benefits realized from such actions; provided that (A) such cost savings, operating expense reductions, other operating improvements and synergies are reasonably identifiable and quantifiable and (B) no cost savings, operating expense reductions, other operating improvements or synergies shall be added pursuant to this clause (b) to the extent duplicative of any expenses or charges relating to such cost savings, operating expense reductions, other operating improvements or synergies that are included in clauses (a)(vi) and (a)(vii) above or in the definition of “Pro Forma Adjustment” (it being understood and agreed that “run rate” shall mean the full recurring benefit that is associated with any action taken); less

(c)    without duplication and to the extent included in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income the sum of the following amounts for such period:

(i)    extraordinary or non-recurring gains;

(ii)    non cash gains excluding any non-cash gain to the extent it represents the reversal of an accrual or reserve for a potential cash item that reduced Consolidated Net Income or Consolidated EBITDA in any prior period; and

(iii)    (A) gains (including all fees and expenses or income relating thereto) attributable to business dispositions or asset dispositions other than in the ordinary course of business as determined in good faith by a Financial Officer and (B) gains or income (including all reasonable fees and expenses or charges relating thereto) from abandoned closed disposed or discontinued operations and any gains on disposal of abandoned closed or discontinued operations;

(iv)    any non-cash gain attributable to the mark to market movement in the valuation of any Equity Interests and hedging obligations or other derivative instruments (in each case including pursuant to Financial Accounting Standards Codification No. 815—Derivatives and Hedging but only to the extent the cash impact resulting from such gain has not been realized);

(v)    any gain relating to amounts received in cash prior to the stated settlement date of any hedging obligation that has been reflected in Consolidated Net Income in such period;

(vi)    any loss relating to hedging obligations associated with transactions realized in the current period that has been reflected in Consolidated Net Income in prior periods and excluded from Consolidated EBITDA pursuant to clauses (a)(xii) and (a)(xiii) above; and

(vii)    the amount of any non-controlling interest consisting of loss attributable to non-controlling interests of third parties in any Non Wholly Owned Subsidiary added and not deducted in such period to Consolidated Net Income; plus

 

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(d)    any income from investments recorded using the equity method of accounting or the cost method of accounting without duplication and to the extent not included in arriving at Consolidated Net Income except to the extent such income was attributable to income that would be deducted pursuant to clause (c) if it were income of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries; minus

(e)    any losses from investments recorded using the equity method of accounting or the cost method of accounting without duplication and to the extent not deducted in arriving at Consolidated Net Income except to the extent such loss was attributable to losses that would be added back pursuant to clauses (a) and (b) above if it were a loss of the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary; plus

(f)    an amount, with respect to investments recorded using the equity method of accounting or the cost method of accounting and without duplication of any amounts added pursuant to clause (d) above, equal to the amount attributable to each such investment that would be added to Consolidated EBITDA pursuant to clauses (a) and (b) above if instead attributable to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary, pro-rated according to the Borrower’s or the applicable Subsidiary’s percentage ownership in such investment; minus

(g)    an amount, with respect to investments recorded using the equity method of accounting or the cost method of accounting and without duplication of any amounts deducted pursuant to clause (e) above equal to the amount attributable to each such investment that would be deducted from Consolidated EBITDA pursuant to clause c above if instead attributable to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary pro-rated according to the Borrower’s or the applicable Subsidiary’s percentage ownership in such investment;

in each case as determined on a consolidated basis for the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP; provided that:

(I)    to the extent included in Consolidated Net Income there shall be excluded in determining Consolidated EBITDA currency translation gains and losses related to currency remeasurements of assets or liabilities (including the net loss or gain resulting from hedging agreements for currency exchange risk and revaluations of intercompany balances);

(II)    there shall be included in determining Consolidated EBITDA for any period without duplication (A) to the extent not included in Consolidated Net Income the Acquired EBITDA of any Person, property, business or asset or attributable to any Person property business or asset acquired by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary during such period (other than any Unrestricted Subsidiary) to the extent not subsequently sold transferred or otherwise disposed of (but not including the Acquired EBITDA of any related Person property business or assets to the extent not so acquired) (each such Person, property, business or asset acquired, including pursuant to the Transactions or pursuant to a transaction consummated prior to the Effective Date and not subsequently so disposed of, an “Acquired Entity or Business”) and the Acquired EBITDA of any Unrestricted Subsidiary that is converted into a Restricted Subsidiary during such period (each, a “Converted Restricted Subsidiary”) in each case based on the Acquired EBITDA of such Pro Forma Entity for such period (including the portion thereof occurring prior to such acquisition or conversion) determined on a historical Pro Forma Basis and (B) an adjustment in respect of each Pro Forma Entity equal to the amount of the Pro Forma Adjustment with respect to such Pro Forma Entity for such period (including the portion thereof occurring prior to such acquisition or conversion) as specified in the Pro Forma Adjustment certificate delivered to the Term Administrative Agent (for further delivery to the Lenders); provided that, with respect to any determination to be made on a Pro Forma Basis at the election of the Borrower such Acquired EBITDA or such adjustment shall not be required to be included for any Pro Forma Entity to the extent the aggregate consideration paid in connection with the acquisition of such Acquired Entity or Business or the fair market value of such Converted Restricted Subsidiary in the aggregate is less than $50,000,000;

 

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(III)    there shall be (A) to the extent included in Consolidated Net Income, excluded in determining Consolidated EBITDA for any period the Disposed EBITDA of any Person, property, business or asset (other than any Unrestricted Subsidiary) sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of, closed or classified as discontinued operations in accordance with GAAP (other than (x) if so classified on the basis that it is being held for sale unless such sale has actually occurred during such period and (y) for periods prior to the applicable sale transfer or other disposition if the Disposed EBITDA of such Person property business or asset is positive (i.e., if such Disposed EBITDA is negative, it shall be added back in determining Consolidated EBITDA for any period)) by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary during such period (each such Person, property business or asset so sold transferred or otherwise disposed of, closed or classified a “Sold Entity or Business”) and the Disposed EBITDA of any Restricted Subsidiary that is converted into an Unrestricted Subsidiary during such period (each a “Converted Unrestricted Subsidiary”), in each case based on the Disposed EBITDA of such Sold Entity or Business or Converted Unrestricted Subsidiary for such period including the portion thereof occurring prior to such sale transfer disposition closure classification or conversion determined on a historical Pro Forma Basis and (B) to the extent not included in Consolidated Net Income (included in determining Consolidated EBITDA for any period in which a Sold Entity or Business is disposed an adjustment equal to the Pro Forma Disposal Adjustment with respect to such Sold Entity or Business (including the portion thereof occurring prior to such disposal) as specified in the Pro Forma Disposal Adjustment certificate delivered to the Term Administrative Agent (for further delivery to the Lenders); and

(IV)    to the extent included in Consolidated Net Income, there shall be excluded in determining Consolidated EBITDA any expense (or income) as a result of adjustments recorded to contingent consideration liabilities relating to the Transaction or any Permitted Acquisition (or other Investment permitted hereunder).

Consolidated Net Income” means, for any period, the net income or loss of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such period determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP, excluding without duplication.

(a)    extraordinary items for such period,

(b)    the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principles during such period,

(c)    any Transaction Costs incurred during such period,

(d)    any fees and expenses (including any transaction or retention bonus or similar payment) incurred during such period or any amortization thereof for such period in connection with any acquisition non-recurring costs to acquire equipment to the extent not capitalized in accordance with GAAP, Investment, recapitalization, asset disposition, non-competition agreement, issuance or repayment of debt, issuance of equity securities, refinancing transaction or amendment or other modification of or waiver or consent relating to any debt instrument (in each case, including the Transaction Costs and any such transaction consummated prior to the Effective Date and any such transaction undertaken but not completed) and any charges or non-recurring merger costs incurred during such period as a result of any such transaction, in each case whether or not successful (including, for the avoidance of doubt, the effects of expensing all transaction related expenses in accordance with FASB Accounting Standards Codification 805 and gains or losses associated with FASB Accounting Standards Codification 460),

 

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(e)    any income (loss) (and all fees and expenses or charges relating thereto) for such period attributable to the early extinguishment of Indebtedness, hedging agreements or other derivative instruments,

(f)    accruals and reserves that are established or adjusted as a result of the Transactions or any Permitted Acquisition or other Investment not prohibited under this Agreement in accordance with GAAP (including any adjustment of estimated payouts on earn outs) or changes as a result of the adoption or modification of accounting policies during such period,

(g)    stock based award compensation expenses,

(h)    any income (loss) attributable to deferred compensation plans or trusts,

(i)    any income (loss) from Investments recorded using the equity method,

(j)    the amount of any expense required to be recorded as compensation expense related to contingent transaction consideration,

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

(l)    (i) the net income of any Person that is not a Subsidiary of such Person or is an Unrestricted Subsidiary or that is accounted for by the equity method of accounting shall be included only to the extent of the amount of dividends or distributions or other payments paid in cash (or to the extent converted into cash) to the referent person or a subsidiary thereof in respect of such period and (ii) the net income shall include any ordinary course dividend distribution or other payment in cash received from any Person in excess of the amounts included in clause (i) above.

There shall be included in Consolidated Net Income, without duplication, the amount of any cash tax benefits related to the tax amortization of intangible assets in such period. There shall be excluded from Consolidated Net Income for any period the effects from applying acquisition method accounting, including applying acquisition method accounting to inventory, property and equipment, loans and leases, software and other intangible assets and deferred revenue (including deferred costs related thereto and deferred rent) required or permitted by GAAP and related authoritative pronouncements (including the effects of such adjustments pushed down to the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries) as a result of the Transactions, any acquisition or Investment consummated prior to the Effective Date and any Permitted Acquisitions (or other Investment not prohibited hereunder) or the amortization or write off of any amounts thereof.

In addition to the extent not already included in Consolidated Net Income, Consolidated Net Income shall include the amount of proceeds received or due from business interruption insurance or reimbursement of expenses and charges that are covered by indemnification and other reimbursement provisions in connection with any acquisition or other Investment or any disposition of any asset permitted hereunder.

Consolidated Senior Secured Indebtedness” means, as of any date of determination, Consolidated Total Indebtedness as of such date that is not subordinated in right of payment to the Secured Obligations and is secured by a Lien on the Collateral securing the Loan Document Obligations.

Consolidated Senior Secured Net Leverage Ratio” means as of any date of determination the ratio, on a Pro Forma Basis, of (a) Consolidated Senior Secured Indebtedness as of such date to (b) Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently completed Test Period.

 

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Consolidated Total Indebtedness” means, as of any date of determination, the aggregate amount of Indebtedness of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries outstanding on such date, determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP (but excluding the effects of any discounting of Indebtedness resulting from the application of the acquisition method accounting in connection with the Transactions or any Permitted Acquisition (or other Investment not prohibited hereunder)) consisting only of Indebtedness for borrowed money, drawn but unreimbursed obligations under letters of credit, obligations in respect of Capitalized Leases and debt obligations evidenced by promissory notes or similar instruments, but excluding any obligations under or in respect of Qualified Securitization Facilities, minus the aggregate amount of cash and Permitted Investments (in each case, free and clear of all liens, other than Liens permitted pursuant to Section 6.02), excluding cash and Permitted Investments that are listed as “restricted” on the consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries as of such date.

Consolidated Working Capital” means, at any date, the excess of (a) the sum of all amounts (other than cash and Permitted Investments) that would, in conformity with GAAP, be set forth opposite the caption “total current assets” (or any like caption) on a consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries at such date, excluding the current portion of deferred income taxes and deferred rent balances over (b) the sum of all amounts that would, in conformity with GAAP, be set forth opposite the caption “total current liabilities” (or any like caption) on a consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on such date, including deferred revenue but excluding, without duplication, (i) the current portion of any Funded Debt, (ii) all Indebtedness consisting of Loans and obligations under letters of credit to the extent otherwise included therein, (iii) the current portion of interest and (iv) the current portion of current and deferred income taxes; provided that, for purposes of calculating Excess Cash Flow, increases or decreases in working capital (A) arising from acquisitions or dispositions by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries shall be measured from the date on which such acquisition or disposition occurred until the first anniversary of such acquisition or disposition with respect to the Person subject to such acquisition or disposition and (B) shall exclude (I) the impact of non-cash adjustments contemplated in the Excess Cash Flow calculation, (II) the impact of adjusting items in the definition of Consolidated Net Income and (III) any changes in current assets or current liabilities as a result of (x) the effect of fluctuations in the amount of accrued or contingent obligations, assets or liabilities under hedging agreements or other derivative obligations, (y) any reclassification in accordance with GAAP of assets or liabilities, as applicable, between current and noncurrent or (z) the effects of acquisition method accounting.

Contract Consideration” has the meaning assigned to such term in the definition of “Excess Cash Flow.”

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

Converted Restricted Subsidiary” has the meaning given such term in the definition of “Consolidated EBITDA.”

Converted Unrestricted Subsidiary” has the meaning given such term in the definition of “Consolidated EBITDA.”

Covered Jurisdiction” means the United States (or any state or commonwealth thereof or the District of Columbia).

Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness” means Indebtedness issued, incurred or otherwise obtained (including by means of the extension or renewal of existing Indebtedness) in exchange for, or to

 

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extend, renew, replace or refinance, in whole or part, existing Term Loans (“Refinanced Debt”); provided that such exchanging, extending, renewing, replacing or refinancing Indebtedness (a) is in an original aggregate principal amount not greater than the aggregate principal amount of the Refinanced Debt (plus any premium, accrued interest and fees and expenses incurred in connection with such exchange, extension, renewal, replacement or refinancing), (b) does not mature earlier than or have a Weighted Average Life to Maturity shorter than the Refinanced Debt, (c) shall not be guaranteed by any entity that is not a Loan Party, (d) in the case of any secured Indebtedness (i) is not secured by any assets not securing the Secured Obligations and (ii) if not comprising Other Term Loans hereunder, is subject to a Customary Intercreditor Agreement(s) and (e) otherwise has terms and conditions that shall be reasonably satisfactory to the Borrower and the lenders providing such Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness. For the avoidance of doubt, such Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness shall not be subject to any “most favored nation” pricing provisions.

Customary Intercreditor Agreement” means (a) to the extent executed in connection with the incurrence of Indebtedness secured by Liens on the Collateral which are intended to rank equal in priority to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Secured Obligations (but without regard to the control of remedies) at the option of the Borrower, either (i) an intercreditor agreement substantially in the form of the Pari Passu Intercreditor Agreement (with such modifications as may be necessary or appropriate in light of prevailing market conditions and reasonably acceptable to the Term Administrative Agent) or (ii) a customary intercreditor agreement in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower, which agreement shall provide that the Liens on the Collateral securing such Indebtedness shall rank equal in priority to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Secured Obligations (but without regard to the control of remedies) and (b) to the extent executed in connection with the incurrence of Indebtedness secured by Liens on the Collateral which are intended to rank junior to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Secured Obligations, at the option of the Borrower, either (i) an intercreditor agreement substantially in the form of the Second Lien Intercreditor Agreement (with such modifications as may be necessary or appropriate in light of prevailing market conditions and reasonably acceptable to the Term Administrative Agent) or (ii) a customary intercreditor agreement in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower, which agreement shall provide that the Liens on the Collateral securing such Indebtedness shall rank junior to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Secured Obligations. With regard to any changes in light of prevailing market conditions as set forth above in clauses (a)(i) or (b)(i) or with regard to clauses (a)(ii) or (b)(ii), such changes or agreement, as applicable, shall be posted to the Lenders not less than five (5) Business Days before execution thereof and, if the Required Lenders shall not have objected to such changes within three (3) Business Days after posting, then the Required Lenders shall be deemed to have agreed that the Term Administrative Agent’s entry into such intercreditor agreement (including with such changes) is reasonable and to have consented to such intercreditor agreement (including with such changes) and to the Term Administrative Agent’s execution thereof.

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

Default” means any event or condition that constitutes an Event of Default or that upon notice, lapse of time or both would, unless cured or waived, become an Event of Default.

Defaulting Lender” means, subject to Section 2.22(b), any Lender that (a) has failed to perform any of its funding obligations hereunder, including in respect of its Loans, within two (2) Business Days of the date required to be funded by it hereunder, (b) has notified the Borrower, the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender that it does not intend to comply with its funding obligations or has made a public

 

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statement or provided any written notification to any Person to that effect with respect to its funding obligations hereunder or under other agreements in which it commits to extend credit, (c) has failed, within three (3) Business Days after request by the Term Administrative Agent (whether acting on its own behalf or at the reasonable request of the Borrower (it being understood that the Term Administrative Agent shall comply with any such reasonable request)) to confirm in a manner satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower that it will comply with its funding obligations (provided that such Lender shall cease to be a Defaulting Lender pursuant to this clause (c) upon receipt of such written confirmation by the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower), or (d) has, or has a direct or indirect parent company that has (i) become or is insolvent, (ii) become the subject of a proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, (iii) 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, (iv) taken any action in furtherance of, or indicated its consent to, approval of or acquiescence in any such proceeding or appointment, or (v) become the subject of a Bail-In Action; provided that a Lender shall not be a Defaulting Lender solely by virtue of the ownership or acquisition of any equity interest in that Lender or any direct or indirect parent company thereof by a Governmental Authority where such ownership interest or proceeding does not result in or provide such Lender or Person with immunity from the jurisdiction of courts within the United States of America or from the enforcement of judgments or writs of attachment on its assets or permit such Lender or Person (or such Governmental Authority) to reject, repudiate, disavow or disaffirm any contracts or agreements made by such Lender or Person.

Designated Non-Cash Consideration” means the fair market value of non-cash consideration received by the Borrower or a Subsidiary in connection with a Disposition pursuant to Section 6.05(k) that is designated as Designated Non-Cash Consideration pursuant to a certificate of a Responsible Officer of the Borrower, setting forth the basis of such valuation (which amount will be reduced by the fair market value of the portion of the non-cash consideration converted to cash within 180 days following the consummation of the applicable Disposition).

Discount Prepayment Accepting Lender” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(B)(2).

Discount Range” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(C)(1).

Discount Range Prepayment Amount” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(C)(1).

Discount Range Prepayment Notice” means a written notice of a Borrower Solicitation of Discount Range Prepayment Offers made pursuant to Section 2.11(a)(ii)(C) substantially in the form of Exhibit I.

Discount Range Prepayment Offer” means the irrevocable written offer by a Term Lender, substantially in the form of Exhibit J, submitted in response to an invitation to submit offers following the Auction Agent’s receipt of a Discount Range Prepayment Notice.

Discount Range Prepayment Response Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(C)(1).

Discount Range Proration” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(C)(3).

Discounted Prepayment Determination Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D)(3).

 

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Discounted Prepayment Effective Date” means in the case of a Borrower Offer of Specified Discount Prepayment or Borrower Solicitation of Discount Range Prepayment Offer, five (5) Business Days following the receipt by each relevant Term Lender of notice from the Auction Agent in accordance with Section 2.11(a)(ii)(B), Section 2.11(a)(ii)(C) or Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D), as applicable unless a shorter period is agreed to between the Borrower and the Auction Agent.

Discounted Term Loan Prepayment” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(A).

Dispose” and “Disposition” each has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 6.05.

Disposed EBITDA” means with respect to any Sold Entity or Business or Converted Unrestricted Subsidiary for any period through (but not after) the date of such disposition the amount for such period of Consolidated EBITDA of such Sold Entity or Business or Converted Unrestricted Subsidiary (determined as if references to the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in the definition of the term “Consolidated EBITDA” (and in the component financial definitions used therein) were references to such Sold Entity or Business and its subsidiaries or to such Converted Unrestricted Subsidiary and its subsidiaries), all as determined on a consolidated basis for such Sold Entity or Business or Converted Unrestricted Subsidiary

Disqualified Equity Interest” means, with respect to any Person, any Equity Interest in such Person that by its terms (or by the terms of any security into which it is convertible or for which it is exchangeable either mandatorily or at the option of the holder thereof), or upon the happening of any event or condition:

(a)    matures or is mandatorily redeemable (other than solely for Equity Interests in such Person that do not constitute Disqualified Equity Interests and cash in lieu of fractional shares of such Equity Interests, whether pursuant to a sinking fund obligation or otherwise;

(b)    is convertible or exchangeable, either mandatorily or at the option of the holder thereof, for Indebtedness or Equity Interests (other than solely for Equity Interests in such Person that do not constitute Disqualified Equity Interests and cash in lieu of fractional shares of such Equity Interests); or

(c)    is redeemable (other than solely for Equity Interests in such Person that do not constitute Disqualified Equity Interests and cash in lieu of fractional shares of such Equity Interests) or is required to be repurchased by such Person or any of its Affiliates, in whole or in part, at the option of the holder thereof;

in each case, on or prior to the date ninety-one (91) days after the Latest Maturity Date; provided, however, that (i) an Equity Interest in any Person that would not constitute a Disqualified Equity Interest but for terms thereof giving holders thereof the right to require such Person to redeem or purchase such Equity Interest upon the occurrence of an “asset sale” or a “change of control” or similar event shall not constitute a Disqualified Equity Interest if any such requirement becomes operative only after the Termination Date and (ii) if an Equity Interest in any Person is issued pursuant to any plan for the benefit of employees of the Borrower (or any direct or indirect parent thereof) or any of its subsidiaries or by any such plan to such employees, such Equity Interest shall not constitute a Disqualified Equity Interest solely because it may be required to be repurchased by the Borrower or any of its subsidiaries in order to satisfy applicable statutory or regulatory obligations of such Person.

Disqualified Lenders” means (i) those Persons identified by the Borrower to the Term Administrative Agent in writing prior to the Effective Date as being “Disqualified Lenders,” (ii) those Persons who are competitors of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries (other than any bona fide diversified debt investment fund) identified by the Borrower to the Term Administrative Agent from time to time in writing (including by email) which designation shall become effective two (2) days after delivery of each such

 

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written supplement to the Term Administrative Agent, but which shall not apply retroactively to disqualify any Persons that have previously acquired an assignment or participation interest in any Loan, (iii) in the case of each Person identified pursuant to clauses (i) and (ii) above, any of their Affiliates that are either (x) identified in writing by the Borrower from time to time or (y) known or clearly identifiable as Affiliates on the basis of such Affiliates’ names and (iv) any Affiliate of an Arranger that is engaged as a principal primarily in private equity, mezzanine financing or venture capital. Upon inquiry by any Term Lender to the Term Administrative Agent as to whether a specified potential assignee or prospective participant is on the list of Disqualified Lenders, the Term Administrative Agent shall be permitted to disclose to such Term Lender whether such specific potential assignee or prospective participant is on the list of Disqualified Lenders.

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.

Division Successor” means any Person that, upon the consummation of a Division of a Dividing Person, holds all or any portion of the assets, liabilities and/or obligations previously held by such Dividing Person immediately prior to the consummation of such Division. A Dividing Person which retains any of its assets, liabilities and/or obligations after a Division shall be deemed a Division Successor upon the occurrence of such Division.

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

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

ECF Percentage” means, with respect to the prepayment required by Section 2.11(d) with respect to any fiscal year of the Borrower, if the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio (prior to giving effect to the applicable prepayment pursuant to Section 2.11(d), but after giving effect to any voluntary prepayments made pursuant to Section 2.11(a) prior to the date of such prepayment) as of the end of such fiscal year is (a) greater than 2.25 to 1.00, 50% of Excess Cash Flow for such fiscal year, (b) greater than 1.75 to 1.00 but less than or equal to 2.25 to 1.00, 25% of Excess Cash Flow for such fiscal year and (c) less than or equal to 1.75 to 1.00, 0% of Excess Cash Flow for such fiscal year.

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, Norway and the United Kingdom.

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.

 

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Effective Date” means December 14, 2021.

Effective Yield” means, as to any Indebtedness, the effective yield on such Indebtedness in the reasonable determination of the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower and consistent with generally accepted financial practices, taking into account the applicable interest rate margins, any interest rate floors (the effect of which floors shall be determined in a manner set forth in the proviso below) or similar devices and all fees, including upfront or similar fees or original issue discount (amortized over the shorter of (a) the remaining Weighted Average Life to Maturity of such Indebtedness and (b) the four years following the date of incurrence thereof) payable generally to lenders or other institutions providing such Indebtedness, but excluding any arrangement, syndication, commitment, prepayment, structuring, ticking or other similar fees payable in connection therewith that are not generally shared with the relevant Lenders (and, if applicable, consent fees for an amendment paid generally to consenting Lenders and, solely for purposes of determining the effective yield for purposes of Section 2.11(a)(i) any original issue discount or upfront fees payable in connection with the Loans issued on the Effective Date; provided that with respect to any Indebtedness that includes a “LIBOR floor” or “Base Rate floor,” (i) to the extent that the LIBO Rate or Alternate Base Rate (without giving effect to any floors in such definitions), as applicable, on the date that the Effective Yield is being calculated is less than such floor, the amount of such difference shall be deemed added to the interest rate margin for such Indebtedness for the purpose of calculating the Effective Yield and (ii) to the extent that the LIBO Rate or Alternate Base Rate (without giving effect to any floors in such definitions), as applicable, on the date that the Effective Yield is being calculated is greater than such floor, then the floor shall be disregarded in calculating the Effective Yield.

Eligible Assignee” means (a) a Lender, (b) an Affiliate of a Lender, (c) an Approved Fund and (d) any other Person (other than the Borrower or any of its Affiliates), other than, in each case, (i) a natural person, (ii) a Defaulting Lender or (iii) a Disqualified Lender. Notwithstanding the foregoing, each Loan Party and the Lenders acknowledge and agree that the Term Administrative Agent shall have no liability with respect to any assignment made to a Disqualified Lender unless (i) (A) the Term Administrative Agent has acted with gross negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct (in each case as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in a final and non-appealable judgment) or (B) such assignment resulted from a material breach of the Loan Documents by the Term Administrative Agent (as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in a final and non-appealable judgment) and (ii) the Borrower has not consented to such assignment or is not deemed to have consented to such assignment to the extent required by Section 9.04(b).

Engagement Letter” means the engagement letter among the Borrower and the Arrangers, dated as of December 1, 2021, together with the fee letters between the Borrower and the Arrangers, each dated as of such date.

Environmental Laws” means all applicable Requirements of Law relating to the protection of the environment, to preservation or reclamation of natural resources, to Release or threatened Release of any Hazardous Material or, to the extent relating to exposure to Hazardous Materials, to health or safety matters.

Environmental Liability” means any liability, obligation, loss, claim, action, order or cost, contingent or otherwise (including any liability for damages, costs of medical monitoring, costs of environmental remediation or restoration, administrative oversight costs, consultants’ fees, fines, penalties and indemnities) resulting from or based upon (a) any actual or alleged violation of any Environmental Law or permit, license or approval issued thereunder, (b) the generation, use, handling, transportation, storage, or treatment of any Hazardous Materials, (c) exposure to any Hazardous Materials, (d) the Release or threatened Release of any Hazardous Materials or (e) any contract, agreement or other consensual arrangement to the extent liability is assumed or imposed with respect to any of the foregoing.

 

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Equity Interests” means shares of capital stock, partnership interests, membership interests in a limited liability company, beneficial interests in a trust or other equity ownership interests in a Person.

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

ERISA Affiliate” means any trade or business (whether or not incorporated) that, together with any Loan Party, is treated as a single employer under Section 414(b) or 414(c) of the Code or, solely for purposes of Section 302 of ERISA and Section 412 of the Code, is treated as a single employer under Section 414 of the Code.

ERISA Event” means (a) any “reportable event,” as defined in Section 4043(c) of ERISA or the regulations issued thereunder with respect to a Plan (other than an event for which the 30-day notice period is waived); (b) any failure by any Plan to satisfy the minimum funding standard (within the meaning of Section 412 of the Code or Section 302 of ERISA) applicable to such Plan, in each case whether or not waived; (c) the filing pursuant to Section 412(c) of the Code or Section 302(c) of ERISA, of an application for a waiver of the minimum funding standard with respect to any Plan; (d) a determination that any Plan is, or is expected to be, in “at-risk” status (as defined in Section 303(i)(4) of ERISA or Section 430(i)(4) of the Code); (e) the incurrence by a Loan Party or any ERISA Affiliate of any liability under Title IV of ERISA (other than premiums due and not delinquent under Section 4007 of ERISA) with respect to the termination of any Plan or by application of Section 4069 of ERISA with respect to any terminated plan; (f) the receipt by a Loan Party or any ERISA Affiliate from the PBGC or a plan administrator of any notice relating to an intention to terminate any Plan or Plans or to appoint a trustee to administer any Plan, or to an intention to terminate or to appoint a trustee to administer any plan or plans in respect of which such Loan Party or ERISA Affiliate would be deemed to be an employer under Section 4069 of ERISA; (g) the incurrence by a Loan Party or any ERISA Affiliate of any liability with respect to the withdrawal or partial withdrawal from any Multiemployer Plan; (h) the receipt by a Loan Party or any ERISA Affiliate of any notice, or the receipt by any Multiemployer Plan from a Loan Party or any ERISA Affiliate of any notice, concerning the imposition of Withdrawal Liability, or the failure of a Loan Party or any ERISA Affiliate to pay when due, after the expiration of any applicable grace period, any installment payment with respect to any Withdrawal Liability; or (i) the withdrawal of a Loan Party or any ERISA Affiliate from a Plan subject to Section 4063 of ERISA during a plan year in which such entity was a “substantial employer” as defined in Section 4001(a)(2) of ERISA or a cessation of operations that is treated as such a withdrawal under Section 4062(e) of ERISA.

Erroneous Payment” has the meaning assigned to it in Section 8.13(a).

Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment” has the meaning assigned to it in Section 8.13(d).

Erroneous Payment Impacted Class” has the meaning assigned to it in Section 8.13(d).

Erroneous Payment Return Deficiency” has the meaning assigned to it in Section 8.13(d).

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.

Eurodollar” when used in reference to any Loan or Borrowing, refers to whether such Loan, or the Loans comprising such Borrowing, are bearing interest at a rate determined by reference to the Adjusted LIBO Rate.

Event of Default” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 7.01.

 

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

(a)    the sum, without duplication, of:

(i)    Consolidated Net Income for such period,

(ii)    an amount equal to the amount of all Non-Cash Charges to the extent deducted in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income,

(iii)    decreases in Consolidated Working Capital and long-term accounts receivable for such period, and

(iv)    an amount equal to the aggregate net non-cash loss on dispositions by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries during such period (other than dispositions in the ordinary course of business) to the extent deducted in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income, less:

(b)    the sum, without duplication, of:

(i)    an amount equal to the amount of all non-cash credits included in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income (including any amounts included in Consolidated Net Income of proceeds received or due from business interruption insurance or reimbursement of expenses and charges that are covered by indemnification and other reimbursement provisions in connection with any acquisition or other Investment or any disposition of any asset permitted under this Agreement to the extent such amounts are due but not received during such period) and cash charges included in clauses (a) through (j) of the definition of “Consolidated Net Income” (other than cash charges in respect of Transaction Costs paid on or about the Effective Date to the extent financed with the proceeds of Indebtedness incurred on the Effective Date or an equity investment on the Effective Date),

(ii)    without duplication of amounts deducted pursuant to clause (xii) below in prior fiscal years, the amount of capital expenditures made in cash or accrued during such period, except to the extent that such capital expenditures were financed with the proceeds of Indebtedness of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries,

(iii)    the aggregate amount of all principal payments of Indebtedness (including (1) the principal component of payments in respect of Capitalized Leases and (2) the amount of any mandatory prepayment of Loans to the extent required due to a Disposition that resulted in an increase to Consolidated Net Income and not in excess of the amount of such increase, but excluding all other prepayments of Term Loans and all prepayments of revolving loans and swingline loans) made during such period, other than (A) in respect of any revolving credit facility except to the extent there is an equivalent permanent reduction in commitments thereunder and (B) to the extent financed with the proceeds of other Indebtedness of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries,

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

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(vi)    cash payments by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries during such period in respect of long-term liabilities of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries other than Indebtedness,

(vii)    without duplication of amounts deducted pursuant to clause (xii) below in prior fiscal years, the amount of Investments (other than Investments in Permitted Investments) and acquisitions not prohibited by this Agreement to the extent that such Investments and acquisitions were financed with internally generated cash flow of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries,

(viii)    the amount of dividends and other Restricted Payments (including the amount of Tax Distributions made by the Borrower during such period, to the extent not deducted in arriving at Consolidated Net Income) paid in cash during such period, to the extent such dividends and Restricted Payments were financed with internally generated cash flow of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries,

(ix)    the aggregate amount of payments and expenditures actually made by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in cash during such period (including expenditures for the payment of financing fees) to the extent that such payments and expenditures are not expensed during such period,

(x)    cash payments by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries during such period in respect of Non-Cash Charges included in the calculation of Consolidated Net Income in any prior period,

(xi)    the aggregate amount of any premium, make-whole or penalty payments actually paid in cash by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries during such period that are required to be made in connection with any prepayment of Indebtedness,

(xii)    at the option of the Borrower, and without duplication of amounts deducted from Excess Cash Flow in prior periods, (1) the aggregate consideration required to be paid in cash by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries pursuant to binding contracts, commitments, letters of intent or purchase orders (the “Contract Consideration”), in each case, entered into prior to or during such period and (2) to the extent set forth in a certificate of a Financial Officer delivered to the Term Administrative Agent at or before the time the Compliance Certificate for the period ending simultaneously with such Test Period is required to be delivered pursuant to Section 5.01(d), the aggregate amount of cash that is reasonably expected to be paid in respect of planned cash expenditures by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries (the “Planned Expenditures”), in the case of each of clauses (1) and (2), relating to Permitted Acquisitions, other Investments (other than Investments in Permitted Investments) or capital expenditures (including Capitalized Software Expenditures or other purchases of Intellectual Property) to be consummated or made during a subsequent Test Period (and in the case of Planned Expenditures, the subsequent Test Period); provided, that to the extent the aggregate amount of internally generated cash actually utilized to finance such Permitted Acquisitions, Investments or capital expenditures during such Test Period is less than the Contract Consideration and Planned Expenditures, the amount of such shortfall shall be added to the calculation of Excess Cash Flow at the end of such Test Period, and

(xiii)    the amount of taxes (including penalties and interest) paid in cash and/or tax reserves set aside or payable (without duplication) in such period to the extent they exceed the amount of tax expense deducted in determining Consolidated Net Income for such period.

 

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Exchange Act” means the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time.

Excluded Assets” means Excluded Collateral and Excluded Equity Interests.

Excluded Collateral” has the meaning assigned to such term in the Term Collateral Agreement.

Excluded Equity Interests” has the meaning assigned to such term in the Term Collateral Agreement.

Excluded Information” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(A).

Excluded Real Property” means (a) any fee-owned real property with a purchase price (in the case of real property acquired after the Effective Date) or Fair Market Value (in the case of real property owned as of the Effective Date, with Fair Market Value determined as of the Effective Date) of less than $3,500,000 individually, (b) any real property that is subject to a Lien permitted by Sections 6.02(iv), (xix), (xxii), (xxiii), (xxviii) or (xxxi), (c) any real property with respect to which, in the reasonable judgment of the Term Administrative Agent (confirmed by notice to the Borrower) the cost (including as a result of adverse tax consequences) of providing a Mortgage shall be excessive in view of the benefits to be obtained by the Lenders, (d) any real property to the extent providing a mortgage on such real property would (i) be prohibited or limited by any applicable law, rule or regulation (but only so long as such prohibition or limitation is in effect), (ii) violate a contractual obligation to the owners of such real property (other than any such owners that are the Borrower or Affiliates of the Borrower) that is binding on or relating to such real property (other than customary non-assignment provisions which are ineffective under the Uniform Commercial Code) but only to the extent such contractual obligation was not incurred in anticipation of this provision or (iii) give any other party (other than the Borrower or a wholly-owned Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower) to any contract, agreement, instrument or indenture governing such real property the right to terminate its obligations thereunder (other than customary non-assignment provisions which are ineffective under the Uniform Commercial Code or other applicable law) and (e) any Leasehold.

Excluded Subsidiary” has the meaning assigned to such term in the Term Guarantee Agreement.

Excluded Swap Obligation” means, with respect to any Loan Guarantor at any time, any Secured Swap Obligation under any agreement, contract or transaction that constitutes a “swap” within the meaning of Section 1a(47) of the Commodity Exchange Act, if, and to the extent that, all or a portion of the guarantee of such Loan Guarantor of, or the grant by such Loan Guarantor of a security interest to secure, such Secured Swap Obligation (or any guarantee thereof) is or becomes illegal under the Commodity Exchange Act or any rule, regulation or order of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (or the application or official interpretation of any thereof) by virtue of such Loan Guarantor’s failure for any reason to constitute an “eligible contract participant,” as defined in the Commodity Exchange Act (determined after giving effect to any “Keepwell”, support or other agreement for the benefit of such Loan Guarantor, at the time such guarantee or grant of a security interest becomes effective with respect to such related Secured Swap Obligation). If a Secured Swap Obligation arises under a master agreement governing more than one swap, such exclusion shall apply only to the portion of such Secured Swap Obligation that is attributable to swaps that are or would be rendered illegal due to such guarantee or security interest.

Excluded Taxes” means, with respect to the Term Administrative Agent, any Lender or any other recipient of any payment to be made by or on account of any obligation of any Loan Party hereunder or under any other Loan Document, (a) Taxes imposed on (or measured by) such recipient’s net income (however denominated) and franchise Taxes imposed on it (in lieu of net income Taxes) by a jurisdiction (i) as a result of such recipient being organized or having its principal office or, in the case of any Lender,

 

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its applicable lending office in such jurisdiction, or (ii) as a result of any other present or former connection between such recipient and the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (other than a connection arising solely from such recipient (x) having executed, delivered, become a party to, performed its obligations or received payments under, received or perfected a security interest under or enforced any Loan Documents or engaged in any other transaction pursuant to this Agreement or (y) with respect to any Taxes imposed as a result of any Loan Party’s connection with the taxing jurisdiction, having sold or assigned an interest in any Loan Documents), (b) any branch profits tax imposed under Section 884(a) of the Code, or any similar Tax, imposed by any jurisdiction described in clause (a) above, (c) any U.S. federal withholding Tax imposed pursuant to FATCA, (d) any withholding Tax that is attributable to a Lender’s failure to comply with Section 2.17(e) and (e) except in the case of an assignee pursuant to a request by the Borrower under Section 2.19 hereto, any U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed on amounts payable to a Lender pursuant to a Requirement of Law in effect at the time such Lender becomes a party hereto (or designates a new lending office), except to the extent that such Lender (or its assignor, if any) was entitled, immediately prior to the time of designation of a new lending office (or assignment), to receive additional amounts with respect to such withholding Tax under Section 2.17(a).

Existing Credit Agreement” means the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of December 17, 2019, among the Borrower, the financial institutions from time to time party thereto, as lenders, and Bank of America, N.A., as term administrative agent, as amended, supplemented or otherwise modified prior to the Effective Date.

Fair Market Value” or “fair market value” means, with respect to any asset or group of assets on any date of determination, the value of the consideration obtainable in a sale of such asset at such date of determination assuming a sale by a willing seller to a willing purchaser dealing at arm’s length and arranged in an orderly manner over a reasonable period of time taking into account the nature and characteristics of such asset, as reasonably determined by the Borrower in good faith (which determination shall be conclusive).

FATCA” means Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code as of the date of this Agreement (or any amended or successor version that is substantively comparable thereto), any current or future Treasury Department regulations thereunder or other official administrative interpretations thereof, any agreements entered into pursuant to current Section 1471(b)(1) of the Code as of the date of this Agreement (or any amended or successor version described above) and any intergovernmental agreements implementing the foregoing.

Federal Funds Effective Rate” means, for any day, the weighted average of the rates on overnight Federal funds transactions with members of the Federal Reserve System arranged by Federal funds brokers, as published on the next succeeding Business Day by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, or, if such rate is not so published for any day that is a Business Day, the average of the quotations for such day for such transactions received by the Term Administrative Agent from three Federal funds brokers of recognized standing selected by it.

Fee Letter” means the Agency Fee Letter, dated as of the Effective Date, among the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent.

Financial Officer” means the chief financial officer, principal accounting officer, treasurer or corporate controller of the Borrower.

Financing Transactions” means (a) the execution, delivery and performance by each Loan Party of the Loan Documents to which it is to be a party and (b) the borrowing of Initial Term Loans hereunder and the use of the proceeds thereof.

 

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FIRREA” means the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989, as amended.

First Lien Indebtedness” means, as of any date of determination, Consolidated Total Indebtedness as of such date that is not subordinated in right of payment to the Secured Obligations and is secured by a Lien on the Collateral on a pari passu basis with the Loan Document Obligations.

First Lien Net Leverage Ratio” means as of any date of determination the ratio, on a Pro Forma Basis, of (a) First Lien Indebtedness as of such date to (b) Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently completed Test Period.

Flood Insurance Laws” means, collectively, (i) the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto, (ii) the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto, (iii) the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto, (iv) the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004 as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto and (v) the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto.

Foreign Prepayment Event” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(g).

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

Form Intercreditor Agreements” means (a) an intercreditor agreement substantially in the form of the Pari Passu Intercreditor Agreement and/or (b) an intercreditor agreement substantially in the form of the Second Lien Intercreditor Agreement, as applicable.

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

GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America, as in effect from time to time; provided, however, that if the Borrower notifies the Term Administrative Agent that the Borrower requests an amendment to any provision hereof to eliminate the effect of any change occurring after the Effective Date in GAAP or in the application thereof on the operation of such provision (or if the Term Administrative Agent notifies the Borrower that the Required Lenders request an amendment to any provision hereof for such purpose), regardless of whether any such notice is given before or after such change in GAAP or in the application thereof, then such provision shall be interpreted on the basis of GAAP as in effect and applied immediately before such change shall have become effective until such notice shall have been withdrawn or such provision amended in accordance herewith. Notwithstanding any other provision contained herein, (a) all terms of an accounting or financial nature used herein shall be construed, and all computations of amounts and ratios referred to herein shall be made, without giving effect to any election under FASB Accounting Standards Codification 825-Financial Instruments, or any successor thereto (including pursuant to the FASB Accounting Standards Codification), to value any Indebtedness of any subsidiary at “fair value,” as defined therein and (b) the amount of any Indebtedness under GAAP with respect to Capital Lease Obligations shall be determined in accordance with the definition of Capital Lease Obligations.

 

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Governmental Approvals” means all authorizations, consents, approvals, permits, licenses and exemptions of, registrations and filings with, and reports to, Governmental Authorities.

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

Guarantee” of or by any Person (the “guarantor”) means any obligation, contingent or otherwise, of the guarantor guaranteeing or having the economic effect of guaranteeing any Indebtedness of any other Person (the “primary obligor”) in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, and including any obligation of the guarantor, direct or indirect, (a) to purchase or pay (or advance or supply funds for the purchase or payment of) such Indebtedness or to purchase (or to advance or supply funds for the purchase of) any security for the payment thereof, (b) to purchase or lease property, securities or services for the purpose of assuring the owner of such Indebtedness of the payment thereof, (c) to maintain working capital, equity capital or any other financial statement condition or liquidity of the primary obligor so as to enable the primary obligor to pay such Indebtedness or (d) as an account party in respect of any letter of credit or letter of guaranty issued to support such Indebtedness; provided that the term Guarantee shall not include endorsements for collection or deposit in the ordinary course of business or customary and reasonable indemnity obligations in effect on the Effective Date or entered into in connection with any acquisition or disposition of assets permitted under this Agreement (other than such obligations with respect to Indebtedness). The amount of any Guarantee shall be deemed to be an amount equal to the stated or determinable amount of the related primary obligation, or portion thereof, in respect of which such Guarantee is made or, if not stated or determinable, the maximum reasonably anticipated liability in respect thereof as determined in good faith by a Financial Officer. The term “Guarantee” as a verb has a corresponding meaning.

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

Historical Financial Statements” means (i) the audited combined balance sheets of the Borrower for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2020, December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, and the related consolidated statements of income and cash flows of the Borrower for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2020, December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 and (ii) the unaudited combined balance sheet of the Borrower for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2021, and the related unaudited combined statements of income and cash flows of the Borrower for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2021.

Identified Participating Lenders” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(C)(3).

Identified Qualifying Lenders” has the meaning specified in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D)(3).

Immaterial Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary other than a Material Subsidiary.

Incremental Cap” means, as of any date of determination, (I)(a) the greater of $335,000,000 and 100% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended Test Period as of such time, plus (b) (i) the

 

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aggregate principal amount of all Term Loans voluntarily prepaid pursuant to Section 2.11(a)(i) and (ii) the aggregate amount of all Term Loans repurchased and prepaid pursuant to Section 2.11(a)(ii) or otherwise in a manner not prohibited by Section 9.04(g), in each case prior to such date (other than, in each case, prepayments, repurchases and commitment reductions with the proceeds of the incurrence of long-term Indebtedness), minus (c) the amount of all Incremental Facilities and all Incremental Equivalent Debt outstanding at such time that was incurred in reliance on the foregoing clauses (a) and/or (b), plus (II) the maximum aggregate principal amount that can be incurred without causing (a) in the case of any Incremental Facilities secured by the Collateral on a pari passu or junior basis with the Secured Obligations, after giving effect to such incurrence of any such Incremental Facility or Incremental Equivalent Debt (deducting in calculating the numerator of such Consolidated Senior Secured Net Leverage Ratio any cash proceeds thereof to the extent such proceeds are not promptly applied to the transaction financed in connection therewith) and the use of proceeds thereof, on a Pro Forma Basis and, in the case of an Incremental Revolving Facility, assuming a full draw on such Incremental Revolving Facility (but without giving effect to any simultaneous incurrence of any Incremental Facility or Incremental Equivalent Debt made pursuant to the foregoing clause (I)), the Consolidated Senior Secured Net Leverage Ratio to exceed either (x) 3.75 to 1.00 for the most recently ended four fiscal quarter period for which financial statements are available or (y) in the case of any Incremental Facility incurred to consummate a Permitted Acquisition or other Investment not prohibited by the Loan Documents, either (i) 3.75 to 1.00 on a Pro Forma Basis for the most recently ended four fiscal quarter period for which financial statements are available or (ii) the Consolidated Senior Secured Net Leverage Ratio immediately prior to the incurrence of such Incremental Facility and (b) in the case of any unsecured Incremental Facilities or Incremental Equivalent Debt, after giving effect to such incurrence of any such Incremental Facility (deducting in calculating the numerator of such Total Net Leverage Ratio any cash proceeds thereof to the extent such proceeds are not promptly applied to the transaction financed in connection therewith) and the use of proceeds thereof, on a Pro Forma Basis (but without giving effect to any simultaneous incurrence of any Incremental Facility made pursuant to the foregoing clause (I)), the Total Net Leverage Ratio to exceed either (i) 5.00 to 1.00 for the most recently ended four fiscal quarter period for which financial statements are available or (ii) in the case of any Incremental Facility incurred to consummate a Permitted Acquisition or other Investment not prohibited by the Loan Documents, either (A) 5.00 to 1.00 on a Pro Forma Basis for the most recently ended four fiscal quarter period for which financial statements are available or (B) the Total Net Leverage Ratio immediately prior to the incurrence of such Incremental Facility. Any ratio calculated for purposes of determining the “Incremental Cap” shall be calculated on a Pro Forma Basis for the most recent for the most recently ended four fiscal quarter period for which financial statements are available, at the Borrower’s option, either at the time (A) of the effectiveness of such Incremental Facility or Incremental Equivalent Debt or (B) a definitive agreement is entered into with respect to the transaction to be financed by such Incremental Facility or Incremental Equivalent Debt; provided that in connection with any subsequent calculation of the Incremental Cap prior to the earlier of the date on which such transaction to be financed by such Incremental Facility or Incremental Equivalent Debt is consummated or the date that the definitive agreement for such transaction to be financed by such Incremental Facility or Incremental Equivalent Debt is terminated or expires without consummation of such transaction, the Incremental Cap shall be calculated on a Pro Forma Basis assuming such transaction and the other transactions in connection therewith (including any incurrence of Indebtedness and the use of proceeds thereof) have been consummated. Loans may be incurred under both clauses (I) and (II), and proceeds from any such incurrence may be utilized in a single transaction by first calculating the incurrence under clause (II) above and then calculating the incurrence under clause (I) above); provided that the Borrower may redesignate any such Indebtedness originally designated as incurred pursuant to clause (I) above if, at the time of such redesignation, the Borrower would be permitted to incur under clause (II) of the Incremental Cap the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness being so redesignated (for purposes of clarity, with any such redesignation having the effect of increasing the Borrower’s ability to incur indebtedness under clause (I) above as of the date of such redesignation by the amount of such Indebtedness so redesignated).

 

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Incremental Equivalent Debt” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 6.01(a)(xx).

Incremental Facilities” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.20(a).

Incremental Facility Amendment” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.20(f).

Incremental Revolving Facilities” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.20(a).

Incremental Revolving Increase” has the meaning assigned to such term is Section 2.20(a).

Incremental Revolving Loan” means a Loan provided under any Incremental Revolving Facility.

Incremental Term Facility” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.20(a).

Incremental Term Increase” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.20(a).

Incremental Term Loan” means a Loan provided under any Incremental Term Facility.

Indebtedness” of any Person means, without duplication, (a) all obligations of such Person for borrowed money, (b) all obligations of such Person evidenced by bonds, debentures, notes or similar instruments, (c) all obligations of such Person under conditional sale or other title retention agreements relating to property acquired by such Person, (d) all obligations of such Person in respect of the deferred purchase price of property or services (excluding (x) trade accounts payable in the ordinary course of business, (y) any earn-out obligation until after 30 days of becoming due and payable, has not been paid and such obligation becomes a liability on the balance sheet of such Person in accordance with GAAP and (z) taxes and other accrued expenses), (e) all Indebtedness of others secured by (or for which the holder of such Indebtedness has an existing right, contingent or otherwise, to be secured by) any Lien on property owned or acquired by such Person, whether or not the Indebtedness secured thereby has been assumed, (f) all Guarantees by such Person of Indebtedness of others, (g) all Capital Lease Obligations of such Person, (h) all obligations, contingent or otherwise, of such Person as an account party in respect of letters of credit and letters of guaranty and (i) all obligations, contingent or otherwise, of such Person in respect of bankers’ acceptances; provided that the term “Indebtedness” shall not include (i) deferred or prepaid revenue, (ii) purchase price holdbacks in respect of a portion of the purchase price of an asset to satisfy warranty, indemnity or other unperformed obligations of the seller, (iii) any obligations attributable to the exercise of appraisal rights and the settlement of any claims or actions (whether actual, contingent or potential) with respect thereto, (iv) [reserved], (v) for the avoidance of doubt, any Qualified Equity Interests issued by the Borrower, (vi) obligations in respect of any residual value guarantees on equipment leases, (vii) any earn-out, take-or-pay or similar obligation to the extent such obligation is not shown as a liability on the balance sheet of such Person in accordance with GAAP and is not paid after becoming due and payable and (viii) asset retirement obligations and obligations in respect of reclamation and workers’ compensation (including pensions and retiree medical care). The Indebtedness of any Person shall include the Indebtedness of any other entity (including any partnership in which such Person is a general partner) to the extent such Person is liable therefor as a result of such Person’s ownership interest in or other relationship with such entity, except to the extent the terms of such Indebtedness provide that such Person is not liable therefor. The amount of Indebtedness of any Person for purposes of clause (e) above shall (unless such Indebtedness has been assumed by such Person) be deemed to be equal to the lesser of (A) the aggregate unpaid amount of such Indebtedness and (B) the fair market value of the property encumbered thereby as determined by such Person in good faith. For all purposes hereof, the Indebtedness of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries shall exclude intercompany liabilities arising from their cash management, tax, and accounting operations and intercompany loans, advances or Indebtedness having a term not exceeding 364 days (inclusive of any rollover or extensions of terms).

 

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Indemnified Taxes” means all Taxes, other than Excluded Taxes and Other Taxes.

Indemnitee” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 9.03(b).

Information” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 9.12(a).

Initial Incremental Revolving Facility” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.20(a).

Initial Revolving Loans” means the Loans made pursuant to the Initial Incremental Revolving Facility.

Initial Term Loans” means the Loans made pursuant to Section 2.01 on the Effective Date.

Insignificant Subsidiary” means, at any time, any Subsidiary of the Borrower that is not a “significant subsidiary” within the meaning of Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, in each case determined as of the most recently ended Test Period as of such time.

Intellectual Property” has the meaning assigned to such term in the Term Collateral Agreement.

Intercreditor Agreements” means the Pari Passu Intercreditor Agreement, the Second Lien Intercreditor Agreement, the ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement and any Customary Intercreditor Agreement, collectively, in each case to the extent in effect.

Interest Election Request” means a request by the Borrower to convert or continue a Term Borrowing in accordance with Section 2.07, substantially in the form of Exhibit S.

Interest Payment Date” means (a) with respect to any ABR Loan, the last Business Day of each March, June, September and December and (b) with respect to any Eurodollar Loan, the last Business Day of the Interest Period applicable to the Borrowing of which such Loan is a part and, in the case of a Eurodollar Borrowing with an Interest Period of more than three months’ duration, each day prior to the last day of such Interest Period that occurs at intervals of three months’ duration after the first day of such Interest Period.

Interest Period” means, with respect to any Eurodollar Borrowing, the period commencing on the date such Borrowing is disbursed or converted to or continued as a Eurodollar Borrowing and ending on the date that is one, three or six months thereafter as selected by the Borrower in its Borrowing Request (or, if consented to by each Lender participating therein, twelve months or such other period less than one month thereafter as the Borrower may elect); provided that (a) if any Interest Period would end on a day other than a Business Day, such Interest Period shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day unless such next succeeding Business Day would fall in the next calendar month, in which case such Interest Period shall end on the immediately preceding Business Day, (b) any Interest Period that commences on the last Business Day of a calendar month (or on a day for which there is no numerically corresponding day in the last calendar month of such Interest Period) shall end on the last Business Day of the last calendar month at the end of such Interest Period and (c) no Interest Period shall extend beyond the Term Maturity Date. For purposes hereof, the date of a Borrowing initially shall be the date on which such Borrowing is made and thereafter shall be the effective date of the most recent conversion or continuation of such Borrowing.

Investment” means, as to any Person, any direct or indirect acquisition or investment by such Person, whether by means of (a) the purchase or other acquisition of Equity Interests or debt or other securities of another Person, (b) a loan, advance or capital contribution to, Guarantee or assumption of Indebtedness of, or purchase or other acquisition of any other debt or equity participation or interest in,

 

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another Person, including any partnership or joint venture interest in such other Person (excluding, in the case of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries (i) intercompany advances arising from their cash management, tax, and accounting operations and (ii) intercompany loans, advances, or Indebtedness having a term not exceeding 364 days (inclusive of any roll-over or extensions of terms) and made in the ordinary course of business) or (c) the purchase or other acquisition (in one transaction or a series of transactions) of all or substantially all of the property and assets or business of another Person or assets constituting a business unit, line of business or division of such Person. The amount, as of any date of determination, of (a) any Investment in the form of a loan or an advance shall be the principal amount thereof outstanding on such date, minus any cash payments actually received by such investor representing interest in respect of such Investment (to the extent any such payment to be deducted does not exceed the remaining principal amount of such Investment and without duplication of amounts increasing the Available Amount or the Available Equity Amount), but without any adjustment for write-downs or write-offs (including as a result of forgiveness of any portion thereof) with respect to such loan or advance after the date thereof, (b) any Investment in the form of a Guarantee shall be equal to the stated or determinable amount of the related primary obligation, or portion thereof, in respect of which such Guarantee is made or, if not stated or determinable, the maximum reasonably anticipated liability in respect thereof, as determined in good faith by a Financial Officer, (c) any Investment in the form of a transfer of Equity Interests or other non-cash property by the investor to the investee, including any such transfer in the form of a capital contribution, shall be the fair market value (as determined in good faith by a Financial Officer) of such Equity Interests or other property as of the time of the transfer, minus any payments actually received by such investor representing a return of capital of, or dividends or other distributions in respect of, such Investment (to the extent such payments do not exceed, in the aggregate, the original amount of such Investment and without duplication of amounts increasing the Available Amount or the Available Equity Amount), but without any other adjustment for increases or decreases in value of, or write-ups, write-downs or write-offs with respect to, such Investment after the date of such Investment, and (d) any Investment (other than any Investment referred to in clause (a), (b) or (c) above) by the specified Person in the form of a purchase or other acquisition for value of any Equity Interests, evidences of Indebtedness or other securities of any other Person shall be the original cost of such Investment (including any Indebtedness assumed in connection therewith), plus (i) the cost of all additions thereto and minus (ii) the amount of any portion of such Investment that has been repaid to the investor in cash as a repayment of principal or a return of capital, and of any cash payments actually received by such investor representing interest, dividends or other distributions in respect of such Investment (to the extent the amounts referred to in clause (ii) do not, in the aggregate, exceed the original cost of such Investment plus the costs of additions thereto and without duplication of amounts increasing the Available Amount or the Available Equity Amount), but without any other adjustment for increases or decreases in value of, or write-ups, write-downs or write-offs with respect to, such Investment after the date of such Investment. For purposes of Section 6.04, if an Investment involves the acquisition of more than one Person, the amount of such Investment shall be allocated among the acquired Persons in accordance with GAAP; provided that pending the final determination of the amounts to be so allocated in accordance with GAAP, such allocation shall be as reasonably determined by a Financial Officer.

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

LCA Election” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 1.06.

LCA Test Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 1.06.

 

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Leaseholds” of any Person means all the right, title and interest of such Person as lessee or licensee in, to and under leases or licenses of land, improvements and/or fixtures.

Lenders” means the Persons listed on Schedule 2.01 and any other Person that shall have become a party hereto pursuant to an Assignment and Assumption, an Incremental Facility Amendment, a Loan Modification Agreement or a Refinancing Amendment, in each case, other than any such Person that ceases to be a party hereto pursuant to an Assignment and Assumption.

LIBO Rate” means for any Interest Period with respect to a Eurodollar Borrowing, the rate per annum equal to the London Interbank Offered Rate as administered by ICE Benchmark Administration (or any other Person that takes over the administration of such rate for U.S. Dollars for a period equal in length to such Interest Period) (“LIBOR”) as published on the applicable Bloomberg screen page (or such other commercially available source providing such quotations as may be designated by the Term Administrative Agent from time to time) at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, two Business Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period, for Dollar deposits (for delivery on the first day of such Interest Period) with a term equivalent to such Interest Period.

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

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

Lien” means, with respect to any asset, (a) any mortgage, deed of trust, lien, pledge, hypothecation, encumbrance, charge, security assignment, security transfer of title or security interest in, on or of such asset and (b) the interest of a vendor or a lessor under any conditional sale agreement, capital lease or title retention agreement (or any financing lease having substantially the same economic effect as any of the foregoing) relating to such asset.

Limited Condition Acquisition” means any acquisition, including by way of merger, by the Borrower or one or more of its Restricted Subsidiaries permitted pursuant to this Agreement whose consummation is not conditioned upon the availability of, or on obtaining, third party financing.

Loan Document Obligations” means (a) the due and punctual payment by the Borrower of (i) the principal of the Loans and all accrued and unpaid interest thereon at the applicable rate or rates provided in this Agreement (including interest accruing during the pendency of any bankruptcy, insolvency, receivership or other similar proceeding, regardless of whether allowed or allowable in such proceeding), when and as due, whether at maturity, by acceleration, upon one or more dates set for prepayment or otherwise and (ii) all other monetary obligations of the Borrower under or pursuant to this Agreement and each of the other Loan Documents, including obligations to pay fees, expenses, reimbursement obligations and indemnification obligations, whether primary, secondary, direct, contingent, fixed or otherwise (including monetary obligations incurred during the pendency of any bankruptcy, insolvency, receivership or other similar proceeding, regardless of whether allowed or allowable in such proceeding), (b) the due and punctual payment and performance of all other obligations of the Borrower under or pursuant to each of the Loan Documents and (c) the due and punctual payment and performance of all the obligations of each other Loan Party under or pursuant to this Agreement and each of the other Loan Documents (including interest and monetary obligations incurred during the pendency of any bankruptcy, insolvency, receivership or other similar proceeding, regardless of whether allowed or allowable in such proceeding).

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Agreement, the Term Collateral Agreement, the other Term Security Documents, the Pari Passu Intercreditor Agreement (if applicable), the Second Lien Intercreditor Agreement (if applicable), the ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement, any Customary Intercreditor Agreement and, except for purposes of Section 9.02, any Term Note delivered pursuant to Section 2.09(e).

Loan Guarantors” means the Borrower and the Subsidiary Loan Parties.

Loan Modification Agreement” means a Loan Modification Agreement, in form reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent, among the Borrower, the Term Administrative Agent and one or more Accepting Lenders, effecting one or more Permitted Amendments and such other amendments hereto and to the other Loan Documents as are contemplated by Section 2.24.

Loan Modification Offer” has the meaning specified in Section 2.24(a).

Loan Parties” means the Borrower and the Subsidiary Loan Parties.

Loans” means the loans made by the Lenders to the Borrower pursuant to this Agreement.

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

Majority in Interest”, when used in reference to Lenders of any Class, means, at any time, Lenders holding outstanding Term Loans of such Class representing more than 50% of all Term Loans of such Class outstanding at such time; provided that whenever there are one or more Defaulting Lenders, the total outstanding Term Loans of each Defaulting Lender shall be excluded for purposes of making a determination of the Majority in Interest.

Market Capitalization” means an amount equal to (i) the total number of issued and outstanding shares of common Equity Interests of the Borrower on the date of the declaration of a Restricted Payment permitted pursuant to Section 6.07(a)(xv) multiplied by (ii) the arithmetic mean of the closing prices per share of such common Equity Interests on the principal securities exchange on which such common Equity Interests are traded for the 30 consecutive trading days immediately preceding the date of declaration of such Restricted Payment.

Master Agreement” has the meaning assigned to such term in the definition of “Swap Agreement.”

Material Adverse Effect” means a circumstance or condition affecting the business, financial condition, or results of operations of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, that would reasonably be expected to have a materially adverse effect on (a) the ability of the Borrower and the other Loan Parties, taken as a whole, to perform their payment obligations under the Loan Documents or (b) the material rights and remedies of the Term Administrative Agent and the Lenders under the Loan Documents.

Material Indebtedness” means Indebtedness for borrowed money (other than the Loan Document Obligations), Capital Lease Obligations, unreimbursed obligations for letter of credit drawings and financial guarantees (other than ordinary course of business contingent reimbursement obligations) or obligations in respect of one or more Swap Agreements, of any one or more of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in an aggregate principal amount exceeding $50,000,000. For purposes of determining Material Indebtedness, the “principal amount” of the obligations in respect of any Swap Agreement at any time shall be the maximum aggregate amount (giving effect to any netting agreements) that the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary would be required to pay if such Swap Agreement were terminated at such time.

 

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Material Non-Public Information” means (a) if the Borrower is a public reporting company, material non-public information with respect to the Borrower or its Affiliates, or the respective securities of any of the foregoing for purposes of United States Federal and state securities laws and (b) if the Borrower is not a public reporting company, information that is (i) of the type that would be required to be made publicly available if the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries were a public reporting company and (ii) material with respect to the Borrower and its Subsidiaries or any of their respective securities for purposes of United States Federal or state securities laws.

Material Real Property” means real property (including fixtures) located in the United States and owned by any Loan Party with a Fair Market Value, as reasonably determined by the Borrower in good faith, greater than or equal to $10,000,000.

Material Subsidiary” means (i) each Wholly Owned Restricted Subsidiary that, as of the last day of the fiscal quarter of the Borrower most recently ended, had net revenues or total assets for such quarter in excess of 5.0% of the consolidated net revenues or total assets, as applicable, of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such quarter; provided that in the event that the Immaterial Subsidiaries, taken together, had as of the last day of the fiscal quarter of the Borrower most recently ended net revenues or total assets in excess of 10.0 % of the consolidated revenues or total assets, as applicable, of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such quarter, the Borrower shall designate one or more Immaterial Subsidiaries to be a Material Subsidiary as may be necessary such that the foregoing 10.0% limit shall not be exceeded, and any such Subsidiary shall thereafter be deemed to be an Material Subsidiary hereunder; provided further that the Borrower may re-designate Material Subsidiaries as Immaterial Subsidiaries so long as Borrower is in compliance with the foregoing.

Maximum Rate” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 9.16.

Moody’s” means Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and any successor to its rating agency business.

Mortgage” means a mortgage, deed of trust, hypothecation, assignment of leases and rents, leasehold mortgage, debenture, legal charge or other security document granting a Lien on any Mortgaged Property in favor of the Term Collateral Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties to secure the Secured Obligations, as the same may be amended, amended and restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time. Each Mortgage shall be in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower. For the avoidance of doubt, no Mortgage shall be required with respect to any Excluded Real Property.

Mortgaged Property” means each parcel of real property with respect to which a Mortgage is granted pursuant to the Collateral and Guarantee Requirement, Section 5.11, Section 5.12 or Section 5.14 (if any).

Multiemployer Plan” means a multiemployer plan as defined in Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA.

Net Proceeds” means, with respect to any event, (a) the proceeds received in respect of such event in cash or Permitted Investments, including (i) any cash or Permitted Investments received in respect of any non-cash proceeds (including any cash payments received by way of deferred payment of principal pursuant to a note or installment receivable or purchase price adjustment or earn-out, but excluding any interest payments), but only as and when received, (ii) in the case of a casualty, insurance proceeds that are actually received, and (iii) in the case of a condemnation or similar event, condemnation awards and similar payments that are actually received, minus (b) the sum of (i) all fees and out-of-pocket expenses paid by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in connection with such event (including attorney’s fees, investment banking fees, survey costs, title insurance premiums, and related search and recording charges,

 

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transfer taxes, deed or mortgage recording taxes, underwriting discounts and commissions, other customary expenses and brokerage, consultant, accountant and other customary fees), (ii) in the case of a sale, transfer or other disposition of an asset (including pursuant to a sale and leaseback transaction or a casualty or a condemnation or similar proceeding), (x) the amount of all payments that are permitted hereunder and are made by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries as a result of such event to repay Indebtedness (other than the Loans) secured by such asset or otherwise subject to mandatory prepayment as a result of such event, (y) the pro rata portion of net cash proceeds thereof (calculated without regard to this clause (y)) attributable to minority interests and not available for distribution to or for the account of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries as a result thereof and (z) the amount of any liabilities directly associated with such asset and retained by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary and (iii) the amount of all taxes paid (or reasonably estimated to be payable), the amount of Tax Distributions, dividends and other restricted payments that the Borrower and/or the Restricted Subsidiaries may make pursuant to Section 6.07(a)(vii)(A) or (B) as a result of such event, and the amount of any reserves established by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries to fund contingent liabilities reasonably estimated to be payable, that are directly attributable to such event, provided that (a) any reduction at any time in the amount of any such reserves (other than as a result of payments made in respect thereof) shall be deemed to constitute the receipt by the Borrower at such time of Net Proceeds in the amount of such reduction and (b) Net Proceeds shall exclude any proceeds of ABL First Lien Collateral (as defined in the ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement) so long as any ABL Facility is in effect to the extent (i) such Net Proceeds of ABL First Lien Collateral are required to be applied pursuant to the terms of such ABL Facility and (ii) such Net Proceeds are so used to repay the loans thereunder.

New Project” means (a) each facility which is either a new facility, branch or office or an expansion, relocation, remodeling or substantial modernization of an existing facility, branch or office owned by the Borrower or its Subsidiaries which in fact commences operations and (b) each creation (in one or a series of related transactions) of a business unit to the extent such business unit commences operations or each expansion (in one or a series of related transactions) of business into a new market.

Non-Accepting Lender” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.24(c).

Non-Cash Charges” means (a) any impairment charge or asset write-off or write-down, including impairment charges or asset write-offs or write-downs related to intangible assets (including goodwill), long-lived assets, and Investments in debt and equity securities or as a result of a change in law or regulation, in each case pursuant to GAAP, and the amortization of intangibles pursuant to GAAP (which, without limiting the foregoing, shall include any impairment charges resulting from the application of FASB Statements No. 142 and 144 and the amortization of intangibles arising pursuant to No. 141), (b) all losses from Investments recorded using the equity method, (c) all Non-Cash Compensation Expenses, (d) the non-cash impact of acquisition method accounting, (e) depreciation and amortization (including as they relate to acquisition accounting, amortization of deferred financing fees or costs, Capitalized Software Expenditures and amortization of unrecognized prior service costs and actuarial gains and losses related to pension and other post-employment benefits) and (f) other non-cash charges (including non-cash charges related to deferred rent) (provided, in each case, that if any non-cash charges represent an accrual or reserve for potential cash items in any future period, the cash payment in respect thereof in such future period shall be subtracted from Consolidated EBITDA to such extent, and excluding amortization of a prepaid cash item that was paid in a prior period).

Non-Cash Compensation Expense” means any non-cash expenses and costs that result from the issuance of stock-based awards, partnership interest-based awards and similar incentive based compensation awards or arrangements.

Non-Consenting Lender” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 9.02(c).

 

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Non-Wholly Owned Subsidiary” of any Person means any Subsidiary of such Person other than a Wholly Owned Subsidiary.

Not Otherwise Applied” means, with reference to the Available Amount or the Available Equity Amount, as applicable, that such amount was not previously applied pursuant to Sections 6.04(m), 6.07(a)(viii) and 6.07(b)(iv) hereunder, or pursuant to Sections 6.04(m), 6.07(a)(viii) and 6.07(b)(iv) of the Existing Credit Agreement.

Offered Amount” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D)(1).

Offered Discount” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D)(1).

Organizational Documents” means, with respect to any Person, the charter, articles or certificate of organization or incorporation and bylaws or other organizational or governing documents of such Person.

Other Taxes” means any and all present or future recording, stamp, documentary, excise, transfer, sales, property or similar Taxes, charges or levies arising from any payment made under any Loan Document or from the execution, delivery or enforcement of, or otherwise with respect to, any Loan Document.

Other Term Commitments” means one or more Classes of term loan commitments that result from a Refinancing Amendment or a Loan Modification Agreement.

Other Term Loans” means one or more Classes of Term Loans hereunder that result from a Refinancing Amendment or a Loan Modification Agreement.

Pari Passu Intercreditor Agreement” means an intercreditor agreement in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Term Collateral Agent among the Term Collateral Agent and one or more Senior Representatives for holders of Indebtedness permitted by this Agreement to be secured by the Collateral on a pari passu basis (but without regard to the control of remedies).

Participant” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 9.04(c)(i).

Participant Register” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 9.04(c)(ii).

Participating Lender” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(C)(2).

PBGC” means the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation referred to and defined in ERISA and any successor entity performing similar functions.

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

Permitted ABL Debt” means the ABL Obligations (including any additional Indebtedness permitted to be incurred under any incremental facilities potentially available under the ABL Credit Agreement as in effect on the Effective Date) permitted to be incurred and secured pursuant to the terms of the ABL Credit Agreement as in effect on the Effective Date (as may be amended in accordance with the express terms of the ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement) and any Permitted Refinancing thereof. For the avoidance of doubt, the aggregate principal amount of ABL Facilities on the Effective Date shall not exceed $250,000,000.

 

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Permitted Acquisition” means the purchase or other acquisition, by merger, consolidation or otherwise, by the Borrower or any Subsidiary of any Equity Interests in, or all or substantially all the assets of (or all or substantially all the assets constituting a business unit, division, product line or line of business of), any Person; provided that (a) in the case of any purchase or other acquisition of Equity Interests in a Person, (i) such Person, upon the consummation of such purchase or acquisition, will be a Subsidiary (including as a result of a merger, amalgamation or consolidation between any Subsidiary and such Person), or (ii) such Person is merged or amalgamated into or consolidated with a Subsidiary and such Subsidiary is the surviving entity of such merger, amalgamation or consolidation, (b) the business of such Person, or such assets, as the case may be, constitute a business permitted by Section 6.06, (c) with respect to each such purchase or other acquisition, all actions required to be taken with respect to such newly created or acquired Subsidiary (including each subsidiary thereof) or assets in order to satisfy the requirements set forth in clauses (a), (b), (c) and (d) of the definition of the term “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement” to the extent applicable shall have been taken (or arrangements for the taking of such actions after the consummation of the Permitted Acquisition shall have been made that are reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent) (unless such newly created or acquired Subsidiary is designated as an Unrestricted Subsidiary pursuant to Section 5.13 or is otherwise an Excluded Subsidiary) and (d) after giving Pro Forma Effect to any such purchase or other acquisition, no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing (except this clause (d) shall not apply with respect to any Limited Condition Acquisition).

Permitted Amendment” means an amendment to this Agreement and, if applicable, the other Loan Documents, effected in connection with a Loan Modification Offer pursuant to Section 2.24, providing for an extension of a maturity date applicable to the Loans and/or Commitments of the Accepting Lenders and, in connection therewith, (a) a change in the Applicable Rate with respect to the Loans and/or Commitments of the Accepting Lenders and/or (b) a change in the fees payable to, or the inclusion of new fees to be payable to, the Accepting Lenders and/or (c) additional covenants, events of default, and guarantees or other provisions applicable only to periods after the Latest Maturity Date at the time of such Loan Modification Offer (it being understood that to the extent that any financial maintenance covenant is added for the benefit of any such Loans and/or Commitments, no consent shall be required by the Term Administrative Agent or any of the Lenders if such financial maintenance covenant is also added for the benefit of any corresponding Loans remaining outstanding after the issuance or incurrence of such Loans and/or Commitments or only applicable after the Latest Maturity Date at the time of such Loan Modification Offer).

Permitted Encumbrances” means:

(a)    Liens for Taxes, assessments or governmental charges that are (i) not overdue for a period of the greater of (x) 30 days and (y) any applicable grace period related thereto, or otherwise not at such time required to be paid pursuant to Section 5.05 or (ii) being contested in good faith and by appropriate proceedings, if adequate reserves with respect thereto are maintained on the books of the applicable Person in accordance with GAAP (or other applicable accounting principles);

(b)    Liens with respect to outstanding motor vehicle fines and Liens imposed by law, such as carriers’, warehousemen’s, mechanics’, materialmen’s, repairmen’s or construction contractors’ Liens and other similar Liens arising in the ordinary course of business, in each case so long as such Liens do not individually or in the aggregate have a Material Adverse Effect;

(c)    Liens incurred or deposits made in the ordinary course of business (i) in connection with workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and other social security legislation or (ii) securing liability for reimbursement or indemnification obligations of (including obligations in respect of letters of credit or bank guarantees or similar instrument for the benefit of) insurance carriers providing property, casualty or liability insurance to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary or otherwise supporting the payment of items set forth in the foregoing clause (i), whether pursuant to statutory requirements, common law or consensual arrangements;

 

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(d)    Liens incurred or deposits made to secure the performance of bids, trade contracts, governmental contracts and leases, statutory obligations, surety, stay, customs and appeal bonds, performance bonds, return-of-money bonds, bankers acceptance facilities and other obligations of a like nature (including those to secure health, safety and environmental obligations) and obligations in respect of letters of credit, bank guarantees or similar instruments that have been posted to support the same, in each case incurred in the ordinary course of business or consistent with past practice, whether pursuant to statutory requirements, common law or consensual arrangements;

(e)    (i) survey exceptions, encumbrances, charges, easements, rights-of-way, restrictions, encroachments, protrusions, by-law, regulation or zoning restrictions, reservations of or rights of other Persons and other similar encumbrances and title defects or irregularities affecting real property, that, in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect and (ii) any exception on the title policies issued in connection with any Mortgaged Property;

(f)    Liens securing, or otherwise arising from, judgments, decrees or attachments not constituting an Event of Default under Section 7.01(j);

(g)    Liens on (i) goods the purchase price of which is financed by a documentary letter of credit issued for the account of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries or Liens on bills of lading, drafts or other documents of title arising by operation of law or pursuant to the standard terms of agreements relating to letters of credit, bank guarantees and other similar instruments; provided that such Lien secures only the obligations of the Borrower or such Subsidiaries in respect of such letter of credit to the extent such obligations are permitted by Section 6.01 and (ii) specific items of inventory or other goods and proceeds of any Person securing such Person’s obligations in respect of bankers’ acceptances issued or created for the account of such Person to facilitate the purchase, shipment or storage of such inventory or other goods;

(h)    Liens arising from precautionary Uniform Commercial Code financing statements or similar filings made in respect of operating leases entered into by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries;

(i)    rights of recapture of unused real property (other than any Mortgaged Property) in favor of the seller of such property set forth in customary purchase agreements and related arrangements with any Governmental Authority;

(j)    Liens in favor of deposit banks or securities intermediaries securing customary fees, expenses or charges in connection with the establishment, operation or maintenance of deposit accounts or securities accounts;

(k)    Liens in favor of obligations in respect of performance, bid, appeal and surety bonds and performance and completion guarantees and similar obligations provided by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries or obligations in respect of letters of credit, bank guarantees or similar instruments related thereto, in each case in the ordinary course of business or consistent with past practice;

(l)    Liens arising from grants of non-exclusive licenses or sublicenses of Intellectual Property made in the ordinary course of business;

(m)    rights of setoff, banker’s lien, netting agreements and other Liens arising by operation of law or by of the terms of documents of banks or other financial institutions in relation to the maintenance of administration of deposit accounts, securities accounts, cash management arrangements or in connection with the issuance of letters of credit, bank guarantees or other similar instruments;

 

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(n)    Liens arising from the right of distress enjoyed by landlords or Liens otherwise granted to landlords, in either case, to secure the payment of arrears of rent or performance of other obligations in respect of leased properties, so long as such Liens are not exercised or except where the exercise of such Liens would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect;

(o)    Liens or security given to public utilities or to any municipality or Governmental Authority when required by the utility, municipality or Governmental Authority in connection with the supply of services or utilities to the Borrower and any other Restricted Subsidiaries;

(p)    servicing agreements, development agreements, site plan agreements, subdivision agreements, facilities sharing agreements, cost sharing agreements and other agreements pertaining to the use or development of any of the assets of the Person, provided the same do not result in (i) a substantial and prolonged interruption or disruption of the business activities of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or (ii) a Material Adverse Effect;

(q)    Liens solely on any cash earnest money deposits made by the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries in connection with any letter of intent or purchase agreement permitted under this Agreement;

(r)    the rights reserved to or vested in any Person or Governmental Authority by the terms of any lease, license, franchise, grant or permit held by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries or by a statutory provision, to terminate any such lease, license, franchise, grant or permit, or to require annual or periodic payments as a condition to the continuance thereof;

(s)    restrictive covenants affecting the use to which real property may be put;

(t)    operating leases of vehicles or equipment which are entered into in the ordinary course of business;

(u)    Liens or covenants restricting or prohibiting access to or from lands abutting on controlled access highways or covenants affecting the use to which lands may be put; provided that such Liens or covenants do not interfere with the ordinary conduct of business of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary;

(v)    statutory Liens incurred or pledges or deposits made, in each case in the ordinary course of business, in favor of a Governmental Authority to secure the performance of obligations of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary under Environmental Laws to which any such Person is subject;

(w)    Liens on cash collateral that are required to be granted by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in connection with swap arrangements for gas or electricity used in the business of such Person;

(x)    receipt of progress payments and advances from customers in the ordinary course of business to the extent the same creates a Lien on the related inventory and proceeds thereof; and

(y)    Liens securing Priority Obligations;

provided that the term “Permitted Encumbrances” shall not include any Lien securing Indebtedness for borrowed money other than Liens referred to in clauses (d) and (k) above securing obligations under letters of credit or bank guarantees or similar instruments related thereto and in clause (g) above, in each case to the extent any such Lien would constitute a Lien securing Indebtedness for borrowed money.

 

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Permitted First Priority Refinancing Debt” means any secured Indebtedness incurred by the Borrower and/or any Loan Party in the form of one or more series of senior secured notes or senior secured loans; provided that (i) such Indebtedness is secured by the Collateral on a pari passu basis (but without regard to the control of remedies) with the Loan Document Obligations, (ii) such Indebtedness constitutes Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness, (iii) such Indebtedness does not have mandatory redemption features (other than customary asset sale, insurance and condemnation proceeds events, change of control offers or events of default) that could result in redemptions of such Indebtedness prior to the maturity of the Refinanced Debt and (iv) a Senior Representative acting on behalf of the holders of such Indebtedness shall have become party to a Customary Intercreditor Agreement providing that the Liens on the Collateral securing such obligations shall rank equal in priority to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Loan Document Obligations (but without regard to the control of remedies). Permitted First Priority Refinancing Debt will include any Registered Equivalent Notes issued in exchange therefor.

Permitted Investments” means any of the following, to the extent owned by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary:

(a)    dollars, euro, Canadian dollars, or such other currencies held by it from time to time in the ordinary course of business;

(b)    readily marketable obligations issued or directly and fully guaranteed or insured by the government or any agency or instrumentality of (i) the United States, (ii) the United Kingdom, (iii) Canada, (iv) Switzerland or (v) any member nation of the European Union, having average maturities of not more than 24 months from the date of acquisition thereof; provided that the full faith and credit of such country or such member nation of the European Union is pledged in support thereof;

(c)    time deposits and Eurodollar time deposits with, or certificates of deposit or bankers’ acceptances of, any commercial bank that (i) is a Lender or (ii) has combined capital and surplus of at least $250,000,000 in the case of U.S. banks and $100,000,000 (or the U.S. dollar equivalent as of the date of determination) in the case of foreign banks (any such bank in the foregoing clauses (i) or (ii) being an “Approved Bank”), in each case with average maturities of not more than 12 months from the date of acquisition thereof;

(d)    commercial paper and variable or fixed rate notes issued by an Approved Bank (or by the parent company thereof) or any commercial paper and variable or fixed rate note issued by, or guaranteed by, a corporation rated A-2 (or the equivalent thereof) or better by S&P or P-2 (or the equivalent thereof) or better by Moody’s, in each case with average maturities of not more than 12 months from the date of acquisition thereof;

(e)    repurchase agreements entered into by any Person with an Approved Bank, a bank or trust company (including any of the Lenders) or recognized securities dealer covering securities described in clauses (b) and (c) above;

(f)    marketable short-term money market and similar highly liquid funds substantially all of the assets of which are comprised of securities of the types described in clauses (b) through (e) above;

(g)    securities with average maturities of 12 months or less from the date of acquisition issued or fully guaranteed by any state, commonwealth or territory of the United States, Switzerland, a member of the European Union or by any political subdivision or taxing authority of any such state, member, commonwealth or territory having an investment grade rating from either S&P or Moody’s (or the equivalent thereof);

 

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(h)    investments with average maturities of 12 months or less from the date of acquisition in mutual funds rated AAA- (or the equivalent thereof) or better by S&P or Aaa3 (or the equivalent thereof) or better by Moody’s;

(i)    instruments equivalent to those referred to in clauses (a) through (h) above denominated in euros or any other foreign currency comparable in credit quality and tenor to those referred to above and customarily used by corporations for cash management purposes in any jurisdiction outside the United States to the extent reasonably required in connection with any business conducted by any Subsidiary organized in such jurisdiction;

(j)    investments, classified in accordance with GAAP as current assets of the Borrower or any Subsidiary, in money market investment programs that are registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or that are administered by financial institutions having capital of at least $250,000,000 or its equivalent, and, in either case, the portfolios of which are limited such that substantially all of such investments are of the character, quality and maturity described in clauses (a) through (i) of this definition;

(k)    with respect to any Subsidiary that is organized under the laws of a jurisdiction other than the United States of America, any State thereof or the District of Columbia: (i) obligations of the national government of the country in which such Subsidiary maintains its chief executive office and principal place of business; provided such country is a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in each case maturing within one year after the date of investment therein, (ii) certificates of deposit of, bankers acceptances of, or time deposits with, any commercial bank which is organized and existing under the laws of the country in which such Subsidiary maintains its chief executive office and principal place of business; provided such country is a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and whose short-term commercial paper rating from S&P is at least “A-2” or the equivalent thereof or from Moody’s is at least “P-2” or the equivalent thereof (any such bank being an “Approved Foreign Bank”), and in each case with maturities of not more than 24 months from the date of acquisition and (iii) the equivalent of demand deposit accounts which are maintained with an Approved Foreign Bank;

(l)    investments in money market funds access to which is provided as part of “sweep” accounts maintained with an Approved Bank;

(m)    investments in industrial development revenue bonds that (i) “re-set” interest rates not less frequently than quarterly, (ii) are entitled to the benefit of a remarketing arrangement with an established broker dealer and (iii) are supported by a direct pay letter of credit covering principal and accrued interest that is issued by an Approved Bank;

(n)    investments in pooled funds or investment accounts consisting of investments of the nature described in the foregoing clause (m);

(o)    Sterling bills of exchange eligible for rediscount at the Bank of England (or their dematerialized equivalent); and

(p)    investment funds investing at least 90% of their assets in securities of the types described in clauses (a) through (k) above.

 

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Permitted Refinancing” means, with respect to any Person, any modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension of any Indebtedness of such Person; provided that (a) other than with respect to a Permitted Refinancing in respect of Indebtedness permitted pursuant to Section 6.01(a)(ii),the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) thereof does not exceed the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) of the Indebtedness so modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended except by an amount equal to unpaid accrued interest and premium thereon plus other amounts paid, and fees and expenses incurred, in connection with such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension and by an amount equal to any existing commitments unutilized thereunder, (b) other than with respect to a Permitted Refinancing in respect of Indebtedness permitted pursuant to Section 6.01(a)(v), Indebtedness resulting from such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension has a final maturity date equal to or later than the final maturity date of, and has a Weighted Average Life to Maturity equal to or greater than the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of, the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended, (c) if the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended is subordinated in right of payment to the Loan Document Obligations, Indebtedness resulting from such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension is subordinated in right of payment to the Loan Document Obligations on terms at least as favorable to the Lenders as those contained in the documentation governing the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended, (d) if the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended is permitted pursuant to Section 6.01(a)(xviii) or (a)(xix), such Indebtedness complies with the Required Additional Debt Terms, (e) if the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended is permitted pursuant to Section 6.01(a)(ii), (i) the other terms and conditions of any such Permitted Refinancing shall be as agreed between the Borrower and the lenders providing any such Permitted Refinancing, (ii) the primary obligor in respect of, and/or the Persons (if any) that Guarantee, the Indebtedness resulting from such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension is the primary obligor in respect of, and/or Persons (if any) that Guaranteed the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended and (iii) the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) of the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended does not exceed the original principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) of such Indebtedness, except by an amount equal to unpaid accrued interest and premium thereon plus other amounts paid, and fees and expenses incurred, in connection with such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension and by an amount equal to any existing commitments unutilized thereunder and (f) if the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended is permitted pursuant to Section 6.01(a)(vii) or (a)(viii), the Indebtedness resulting from such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension is (x) unsecured if the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended is unsecured or (y) not secured on a more favorable basis than the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended if such Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended is secured. For the avoidance of doubt, it is understood that a Permitted Refinancing may constitute a portion of an issuance of Indebtedness in excess of the amount of such Permitted Refinancing; provided that such excess amount is otherwise permitted to be incurred under Section 6.01. For the avoidance of doubt, it is understood and agreed that a Permitted Refinancing includes successive Permitted Refinancings of the same Indebtedness.

Permitted Second Priority Refinancing Debt” means any secured Indebtedness incurred by the Borrower and/or any Loan Party in the form of one or more series of junior lien secured notes or junior lien secured loans; provided that (i) such Indebtedness is secured by the Collateral on a junior lien, subordinated basis to the Secured Obligations and the obligations in respect of any Permitted First Priority Refinancing Debt, (ii) such Indebtedness constitutes Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness, (iii) such Indebtedness does not have mandatory redemption features (other than customary asset sale, insurance and condemnation proceeds events, change of control offers or events of default) that could result in redemptions of such Indebtedness prior to the maturity of the Refinanced Debt, and (iv) a Senior Representative acting on behalf of the holders of such Indebtedness shall have become party to a Customary Intercreditor Agreement. Permitted Second Priority Refinancing Debt will include any Registered Equivalent Notes issued in exchange therefor.

 

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Permitted Unsecured Refinancing Debt” means any unsecured Indebtedness incurred by the Borrower and/or any Loan Party in the form of one or more series of senior unsecured notes or senior unsecured loans; provided that (i) such Indebtedness constitutes Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness, (ii) such Indebtedness does not have mandatory redemption features (other than customary asset sale, insurance and condemnation proceeds events, change of control offers or events of default) that could result in redemptions of such Indebtedness prior to the maturity of the Refinanced Debt, and (iii) such Indebtedness is not secured by any Lien on any property or assets of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary. Permitted Unsecured Refinancing Debt will include any Registered Equivalent Notes issued in exchange therefor.

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

Plan” means any employee pension benefit plan as such term is defined in Section 3(2) of ERISA (other than a Multiemployer Plan) subject to the provisions of Title IV of ERISA or Section 412 of the Code or Section 302 of ERISA, and in respect of which a Loan Party or any ERISA Affiliate is an “employer” as defined in Section 3(5) of ERISA.

Planned Expenditures” has the meaning assigned to such term in clause (b) of the definition of “Excess Cash Flow.”

Platform” has the meaning assigned to such term in the last paragraph of Section 5.01.

Post-Transaction Period” means, with respect to any Specified Transaction, the period beginning on the date such Specified Transaction is consummated and ending on the last day of the eighth full consecutive fiscal quarter immediately following the date on which such Specified Transaction is consummated.

Prepayment Event” means:

(a)    any non-ordinary course sale, transfer or other disposition of any property or asset of the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries permitted by Section 6.05(j) and (k) other than dispositions resulting in aggregate Net Proceeds not exceeding (A) $37,500,000 in the case of any single transaction or series of related transactions and (B) $75,000,000 for all such transactions during any fiscal year of the Borrower; or

(b)    the incurrence by the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries of any Indebtedness, other than Indebtedness permitted under Section 6.01 (other than Permitted Unsecured Refinancing Debt, Permitted First Priority Refinancing Debt, Permitted Second Priority Refinancing Debt and Other Term Loans which shall constitute a Prepayment Event to the extent required by the definition of “Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness”) or permitted by the Required Lenders pursuant to Section 9.02.

Prepayment Notice” means a written notice from the Borrower in accordance with Section 2.11(f) substantially in the form of Exhibit R.

Priority Obligation” means any obligation that is secured by a Lien on any Collateral in favor of a Governmental Authority, which Lien ranks or is capable of ranking prior to or pari passu with the Liens created thereon by the applicable Term Security Documents, including any such Lien securing amounts owing for wages, vacation pay, severance pay, employee deductions, sales tax, excise tax, other Taxes, workers compensation, governmental royalties and stumpage or pension fund obligations.

 

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Pro Forma Adjustment” means, for any Test Period that includes all or any part of a fiscal quarter included in any Post-Transaction Period with respect to the Acquired EBITDA of the applicable Pro Forma Entity or the Consolidated EBITDA of the Borrower, the pro forma increase or decrease in such Acquired EBITDA or such Consolidated EBITDA, as the case may be, projected by the Borrower in good faith as a result of (a) actions taken, prior to or during such Post-Transaction Period, for the purposes of realizing reasonably identifiable and quantifiable cost savings, or (b) any additional costs incurred prior to or during such Post-Transaction Period in connection with the combination of the operations of such Pro Forma Entity with the operations of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries; provided that (A) so long as such actions are taken prior to or during such Post-Transaction Period or such costs are incurred prior to or during such Post-Transaction Period it may be assumed, for purposes of projecting such pro forma increase or decrease to such Acquired EBITDA or such Consolidated EBITDA, as the case may be, that such cost savings will be realizable during the entirety of such Test Period, or such additional costs will be incurred during the entirety of such Test Period, (B) any Pro Forma Adjustment to Consolidated EBITDA shall be certified by a Financial Officer, the chief executive officer or president of the Borrower and (C) any such pro forma increase or decrease to such Acquired EBITDA or such Consolidated EBITDA, as the case may be, shall be without duplication for cost savings or additional costs already included in such Acquired EBITDA or such Consolidated EBITDA, as the case may be, for such Test Period.

Pro Forma Basis,” “Pro Forma Compliance” and “Pro Forma Effect” mean, with respect to compliance with any test, financial ratio or covenant hereunder required by the terms of this Agreement to be made on a Pro Forma Basis or after giving Pro Forma Effect thereto, that (a) to the extent applicable, the Pro Forma Adjustment shall have been made and (b) all Specified Transactions and the following transactions in connection therewith that have been made during the applicable period of measurement or subsequent to such period and prior to or simultaneously with the event for which the calculation is made shall be deemed to have occurred as of the first day of the applicable period of measurement in such test, financial ratio or covenant: (i) income statement items (whether positive or negative) attributable to the property or Person subject to such Specified Transaction, (A) in the case of a Disposition of all or substantially all Equity Interests in any subsidiary of the Borrower or any division, product line, or facility used for operations of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, shall be excluded and (B) in the case of a Permitted Acquisition or Investment described in the definition of “Specified Transaction,” shall be included, (ii) any retirement of Indebtedness, and (iii) any Indebtedness incurred or assumed by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries in connection therewith and if such Indebtedness has a floating or formula rate, shall have an implied rate of interest for the applicable period for purposes of this definition determined by utilizing the rate that is or would be in effect with respect to such Indebtedness as at the relevant date of determination and interest on any Indebtedness under a revolving credit facility computed on a pro forma basis shall be computed based upon the average daily balance of such Indebtedness during the applicable period; provided that, without limiting the application of the Pro Forma Adjustment pursuant to clause (a) above, the foregoing pro forma adjustments may be applied to any such test or covenant solely to the extent that such adjustments are consistent with the definition of Consolidated EBITDA and give effect to operating expense reductions that are (i) (x) directly attributable to such transaction, (y) expected to have a continuing impact on the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries and (z) factually supportable or (ii) otherwise consistent with the definition of Pro Forma Adjustment.

Pro Forma Disposal Adjustment” means, for any Test Period that includes all or a portion of a fiscal quarter included in any Post-Transaction Period with respect to any Sold Entity or Business, the pro forma increase or decrease in Consolidated EBITDA projected by the Borrower in good faith as a result of contractual arrangements between the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary entered into with such Sold Entity or Business at the time of its disposal or within the Post-Transaction Period and which represent an increase or decrease in Consolidated EBITDA which is incremental to the Disposed EBITDA of such Sold Entity or Business for the most recent Test Period prior to its disposal.

 

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Pro Forma Entity” has the meaning given to such term in the definition of “Acquired EBITDA.”

Proposed Change” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 9.02(c).

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

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

Public Lender” has the meaning assigned to such term in the last paragraph of Section 5.01.

Qualified Equity Interests” means Equity Interests of the Borrower other than Disqualified Equity Interests.

Qualified Securitization Facility” means any Securitization Facility that meets the following conditions: (a) the Borrower shall have determined in good faith that such Securitization Facility (including financing terms, covenants, termination events and other provisions) is in the aggregate economically fair and reasonable to the Borrower and the applicable Securitization Subsidiary and (b) the financing terms, covenants, termination events and other provisions thereof shall be market terms (as determined in good faith by the Borrower).

Qualifying Lender” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D)(3).

Refinanced Debt” has the meaning assigned to such term in the definition of “Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness.”

Refinancing” means the repayment in full and of outstanding principal, accrued and unpaid interest, fees, and other amounts (other than contingent indemnification obligations for which no claim has been asserted and that by their terms survive the termination of the Existing Credit Agreement) under the Existing Credit Agreement and the termination or release of any security interests and guarantees granted thereunder.

Refinancing Amendment” means an amendment to this Agreement in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower executed by each of (a) the Borrower, (b) the Term Administrative Agent and (c) each Additional Term Lender and Lender that agrees to provide any portion of the Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness being incurred pursuant thereto, in accordance with Section 2.21.

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Registered Equivalent Notes” means, with respect to any notes originally issued in a Rule 144A or other private placement transaction under the Securities Act of 1933, substantially identical notes (having the same Guarantees) issued in a dollar-for-dollar exchange therefor pursuant to an exchange offer registered with the SEC.

Related Indemnified Parties” means, with respect to any Indemnitee, means (1) any controlling person or controlled affiliate of such Indemnified Person, (2) the respective directors, officers or employees of such Indemnified Person or any of its controlling persons or controlled affiliates and (3) the respective agents of such Indemnitee or any of its controlling persons or controlled affiliates, in the case of this clause (3), acting on behalf of, or at the express instructions of, such Indemnified Person, controlling person or such controlled affiliate; provided that each reference to a controlling person, controlled affiliate, director, officer or employee in this sentence pertains to a controlling person, controlled affiliate, director, officer or employee involved in the negotiation or syndication of this Agreement or the Term Loans.

Related Parties” means, with respect to any Person, such Person’s Affiliates and the partners, shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, trustees, administrators, managers, advisors, representatives and controlling persons of such Person and of such Person’s Affiliates and permitted successors and assigns of each of the foregoing.

Release” means any release, spill, emission, leaking, dumping, injection, pouring, deposit, disposal, discharge, dispersal, leaching or migration into the environment (including ambient air, surface water, groundwater, land surface or subsurface strata), including the environment within any building or any occupied structure, facility or fixture.

Removal Effective Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 8.06.

Repricing Transaction” means (a) the incurrence by the Borrower or any guarantor of any Indebtedness in the form of long-term bank debt financing (i) for the primary purpose (as reasonably determined by the Borrower) of reducing the Effective Yield for the respective Type of such Indebtedness to less than the Effective Yield for the Term Loans of the respective equivalent Type, but excluding Indebtedness incurred in connection with (A) a Change of Control or (B) any amendment, waiver, refinancing or other reduction that involves an upsizing in connection with an Acquisition Transaction and (ii) the proceeds of which are used to prepay (or, in the case of a conversion, deemed to prepay or replace), in whole or in part, outstanding principal of Term Loans or (b) any effective reduction in the Effective Yield for the Term Loans (e.g., by way of amendment, waiver or otherwise), except for a reduction in connection with (A) a Change of Control or (B) any amendment, waiver, refinancing or other reduction that involves an upsizing in connection with an Acquisition Transaction. Any determination by the Term Administrative Agent with respect to whether a Repricing Transaction shall have occurred shall be conclusive and binding on all Lenders holding the Term Loans.

Required Additional Debt Terms” means with respect to any Indebtedness, (a) such Indebtedness does not mature earlier than the Latest Maturity Date (except in the case of customary bridge loans which subject to customary conditions (including no payment or bankruptcy event of default), would either automatically be converted into or required to be exchanged for permanent refinancing which does not mature earlier than the Latest Maturity Date), (b) such Indebtedness does not have mandatory redemption features (other than customary asset sale, insurance and condemnation proceeds events, change of control offers or events of default or, if term loans, excess cash flow prepayments applicable to periods before the Latest Maturity Date) that could result in redemptions of such Indebtedness prior to the Latest Maturity Date, (c) such Indebtedness is not guaranteed by any entity that is not a Loan Party, (d) if secured, such Indebtedness (i) is not secured by any assets not securing the Secured Obligations and (ii) is subject to a Customary Intercreditor Agreement(s) and (e) the other terms and conditions of such Indebtedness shall be as agreed between the Borrower and the lenders providing any such Indebtedness.

 

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Required Lenders” means, at any time, Lenders having Term Loans representing more than 50% of the outstanding Term Loans at such time; provided that to the extent set forth in Section 9.02 or Section 9.04 whenever there are one or more Defaulting Lenders, the total outstanding Term Loans of each Defaulting Lender shall be excluded for purposes of making a determination of Required Lenders.

Requirements of Law” means, with respect to any Person, any statutes, laws, treaties, rules, regulations, orders, decrees, writs, injunctions or determinations of any arbitrator or court or other Governmental Authority, in each case applicable to or binding upon such Person or any of its property or to which such Person or any of its property is subject.

Resignation Effective Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 8.06.

Responsible Officer” means the chief executive officer, president, vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer or assistant treasurer, or other similar officer, manager or a member of the Board of Directors of a Loan Party and with respect to certain limited liability companies or partnerships that do not have officers, any manager, sole member, managing member or general partner thereof, and as to any document delivered on the Effective Date or thereafter pursuant to paragraph (a)(i) of the definition of the term “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement,” any secretary or assistant secretary of a Loan Party. Any document delivered hereunder that is signed by a Responsible Officer of a Loan Party shall be conclusively presumed to have been authorized by all necessary corporate, partnership and/or other action on the part of such Loan Party and such Responsible Officer shall be conclusively presumed to have acted on behalf of such Loan Party.

Restricted Debt Financing” means (a) any Indebtedness (other than (i) Indebtedness under the ABL Credit Agreement, (ii) any permitted intercompany Indebtedness owing to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary or any Permitted Unsecured Refinancing Debt or (iii) any Indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $100,000,000) that is unsecured, secured by a Lien on the Collateral ranking junior to the Lien securing the Lien securing the Secured Obligations or subordinated in right of payment to the Loan Document Obligations, and (b) any Permitted Refinancing in respect of the foregoing.

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

Restricted Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary of the Borrower other than an Unrestricted Subsidiary.

Retained Declined Proceeds” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(e).

Royal Bank” has the meaning given to such term in the preamble hereto.

S&P” means Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, a Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC business, and any successor to its rating agency business.

 

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

Second Lien Intercreditor Agreement” means an intercreditor agreement in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent among the Term Administrative Agent and one or more Senior Representatives for holders of Indebtedness permitted by this Agreement to be secured by the Collateral.

Secured Cash Management Obligations” means the due and punctual payment and performance of all obligations of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in respect of any overdraft and related liabilities arising from treasury, depository, cash pooling arrangements and cash management services, corporate credit and purchasing cards and related programs or any automated clearing house transfers of funds (collectively, “Cash Management Services”) provided to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary (whether absolute or contingent and howsoever and whenever created, arising, evidenced or acquired (including all renewals, extensions and modifications thereof and substitutions therefor)) that are (a) owed to the Term Administrative Agent, a Lender or any of their respective Affiliates, (b) owed on the Effective Date to a Person that is a Lender or an Affiliate of a Lender as of the Effective Date or (c) owed to a Person that is an Agent, a Lender or an Affiliate of an Agent or Lender at the time such obligations are incurred.

Secured Obligations” means the Loan Document Obligations, the Secured Cash Management Obligations and the Secured Swap Obligations (excluding with respect to any Loan Guarantor, Excluded Swap Obligations of such Loan Guarantor).

Secured Parties” has the meaning assigned to such term in the Term Collateral Agreement.

Secured Swap Obligations” means the due and punctual payment and performance of all obligations of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries under each Swap Agreement that (a) is with a counterparty that is the Term Administrative Agent, a Lender or any of their respective Affiliates, (b) is in effect on the Effective Date with a counterparty that is a Lender, an Agent or an Affiliate of a Lender or an Agent as of the Effective Date or (c) is entered into after the Effective Date with any counterparty that is a Lender, an Agent or an Affiliate of a Lender or an Agent at the time such Swap Agreement is entered into.

Securitization Assets” means the accounts receivable, royalty and other similar rights to payment and any other assets related thereto subject to a Qualified Securitization Facility that are customarily sold or pledged in connection with securitization transactions and the proceeds thereof.

Securitization Facility” means any of one or more receivables securitization financing facilities as amended, supplemented, modified, extended, renewed, restated or refunded from time to time, the obligations of which are non-recourse (except for customary representations, warranties and indemnities made in connection with such facilities) to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary (other than a Securitization Subsidiary) pursuant to which the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary sells or grants a security interest in its accounts receivable or assets related thereto that are customarily sold or pledged in connection with securitization transactions to either (a) a Person that is not a Restricted Subsidiary or (b) a Securitization Subsidiary that in turn sells its accounts receivable to a Person that is not a Restricted Subsidiary.

Securitization Fees” means distributions or payments made directly or by means of discounts with respect to any participation interest issued or sold in connection with, and other fees paid to a Person that is not a Securitization Subsidiary in connection with, any Qualified Securitization Facility.

 

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Securitization Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary formed for the purpose of, and that solely engages only in one or more Qualified Securitization Facilities and other activities reasonably related thereto.

Senior Representative” means, with respect to any series of Indebtedness permitted by this Agreement to be secured on the Collateral on a pari passu or junior or subordinated basis, the trustee, administrative agent, collateral agent, security agent or similar agent under the indenture or agreement pursuant to which such Indebtedness is issued, incurred or otherwise obtained, as the case may be, and each of their successors in such capacities.

Settlement” means the transfer of cash or other property with respect to any credit or debit card charge, check or other instrument, electronic funds transfer, or other type of paper-based or electronic payment, transfer, or charge transaction for which a Person acts as a processor, remitter, funds recipient or funds transmitter in the ordinary course of its business.

Settlement Asset” means any cash, receivable or other property, including a Settlement Receivable, due or conveyed to a Person in consideration for a Settlement made or arranged, or to be made or arranged, by such Person or an Affiliate of such Person.

Settlement Indebtedness” means any payment or reimbursement obligation in respect of a Settlement Payment.

Settlement Lien” means any Lien relating to any Settlement or Settlement Indebtedness (and may include, for the avoidance of doubt, the grant of a Lien in or other assignment of a Settlement Asset in consideration of a Settlement Payment, Liens securing intraday and overnight overdraft and automated clearing house exposure, and similar Liens).

Settlement Payment” means the transfer, or contractual undertaking (including by automated clearing house transaction) to effect a transfer, of cash or other property to effect a Settlement.

Settlement Receivable” means any general intangible, payment intangible, or instrument representing or reflecting an obligation to make payments to or for the benefit of a Person in consideration for a Settlement made or arranged, or to be made or arranged, by such Person.

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

Solicited Discount Proration” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D)(3).

Solicited Discounted Prepayment Amount” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D)(1).

Solicited Discounted Prepayment Notice” means an irrevocable written notice of a Borrower Solicitation of Discounted Prepayment Offers made pursuant to Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D) substantially in the form of Exhibit K.

Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer” means the irrevocable written offer by each Term Lender, substantially in the form of Exhibit L, submitted following the Term Administrative Agent’s receipt of a Solicited Discounted Prepayment Notice.

 

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Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D)(1).

Specified Discount” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(B)(1).

Specified Discount Prepayment Amount” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(B)(1).

Specified Discount Prepayment Notice” means an irrevocable written notice of the Borrower of Specified Discount Prepayment made pursuant to Section 2.11(a)(ii)(B) substantially in the form of Exhibit G.

Specified Discount Prepayment Response” means the irrevocable written response by each Term Lender, substantially in the form of Exhibit H, to a Specified Discount Prepayment Notice.

Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(B)(1).

Specified Discount Proration” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(B)(3).

Specified Event of Default” means an Event of Default under Section 7.01(a), (b), (h) or (i).

Specified Representations” means the representations and warranties of the Borrower, and to the extent applicable, the Subsidiary Loan Parties (other than any Subsidiary Loan Party that is an Insignificant Subsidiary), set forth in Section 3.01, Section 3.02, Section 3.03(b)(i) (with respect to the entering into and performance of the Term Loan Documents), Section 3.08, Section 3.14, Section 3.16 (only with respect to the second sentence thereof), Section 3.19(a) (only with respect to the second sentence thereof), Section 3.19(b) (only with respect to the second clause thereof), and Section 3.21 (subject to any customary limited conditionality provision).

Specified Transaction” means, with respect to any period, any Investment, sale, transfer or other disposition of assets, incurrence or repayment of Indebtedness, Restricted Payment, subsidiary designation, New Project or other event that by the terms of the Loan Documents requires “Pro Forma Compliance” with a test or covenant hereunder or requires such test or covenant to be calculated on a Pro Forma Basis or after giving Pro Forma Effect thereto.

Statutory Reserve Rate” means a fraction (expressed as a decimal), the numerator of which is the number one and the denominator of which is the number one minus the aggregate of the maximum reserve, liquid asset or similar percentages (including any marginal, special, emergency or supplemental reserves) expressed as a decimal established by any Governmental Authority of the United States. Such reserve, liquid asset or similar percentages shall include those imposed pursuant to Regulation D of the Board of Governors. Eurodollar Loans shall be deemed to be subject to such reserve, liquid asset or similar requirements without benefit of or credit for proration, exemptions or offsets that may be available from time to time to any Lender under Regulation D of the Board of Governors or any other applicable law, rule or regulation. The Statutory Reserve Rate shall be adjusted automatically on and as of the effective date of any change in any reserve percentage.

Submitted Amount” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(C)(1).

Submitted Discount” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(a)(ii)(C)(1).

 

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subsidiary” means, with respect to any Person (the “parent”) at any date, any corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association or other entity the accounts of which would be consolidated with those of the parent in the parent’s consolidated financial statements if such financial statements were prepared in accordance with GAAP, as well as any other corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association or other entity (a) of which securities or other ownership interests representing more than 50% of the equity or more than 50% of the ordinary voting power or, in the case of a partnership, more than 50% of the general partnership interests are, as of such date, owned, controlled or held (unless parent does not Control such entity), or (b) that is, as of such date, otherwise Controlled, by the parent or one or more subsidiaries of the parent or by the parent and one or more subsidiaries of the parent.

Subsidiary” means any subsidiary of the Borrower (unless otherwise specified).

Subsidiary Loan Party” means each Subsidiary of the Borrower that is a party to the Term Guarantee Agreement.

Successor Borrower” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 6.03(a)(iv).

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

Tax Distributions” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 6.07(a)(vii)(A).

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

Term Administrative Agent” means Royal Bank, in its capacity as administrative agent hereunder and under the other Loan Documents, and its successors in such capacity as provided in Article VIII.

Term Collateral Agent” has the meaning given to such term in Section 8.01(b) and its successors in such capacity as provided in Article VIII.

Term Collateral Agreement” means the Term Collateral Agreement among the Borrower, each other Loan Party and the Term Collateral Agent, substantially in the form of Exhibit D.

Term Commitment” means, with respect to each Lender, the commitment, if any, of such Lender to make an Initial Term Loan hereunder, expressed as an amount representing the maximum principal amount of the Initial Term Loan to be made by such Lender hereunder, as such commitment may be (a) reduced from time to time pursuant to Section 2.08 and (b) reduced or increased from time to time pursuant to (i) assignments by or to such Lender pursuant to an Assignment and Assumption, or (ii) an Incremental

 

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Facility Amendment in respect of any Initial Term Loans. The amount of each Lender’s Term Commitment as of the Effective Date is set forth on Schedule 2.01 or in the Assignment and Assumption pursuant to which such Lender shall have assumed its Term Commitment, Loan Modification Agreement or Refinancing Amendment, as the case may be. As of the Effective Date, the total Term Commitment is $500,000,000.

Term Guarantee Agreement” means the Term Guarantee Agreement among the Loan Parties and the Term Administrative Agent, substantially in the form of Exhibit B.

Term Lender” means a Lender with a Term Commitment or an outstanding Term Loan.

Term Loans” means Initial Term Loans, Other Term Loans and Incremental Term Loans, as the context requires.

Term Maturity Date” means December 14, 2028 (or, with respect to any Term Lender that has the maturity date of its Term Loans pursuant to a Permitted Amendment, the extended maturity date set forth in any such Loan Modification Agreement with respect thereto).

Term Note” means a promissory note of the Borrower, substantially in the form of Exhibit O, payable to a Lender in a principal amount equal to the principal amount of the Term Loans of such Lender.

Term Security Documents” means the Term Collateral Agreement, the Mortgages and each other security agreement or pledge agreement executed and delivered pursuant to the Collateral and Guarantee Requirement, Sections 5.11, 5.12 or 5.14 to secure any of the Secured Obligations.

Termination Date” means the date on which all Commitments have expired or been terminated, all Secured Obligations have been paid in full in cash (other than (x) Secured Swap Obligations not yet due and payable, (y) Secured Cash Management Obligations not yet due and payable and (z) indemnification and other contingent obligations not yet accrued and payable).

Test Period” means, at any date of determination, the period of four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Borrower then last ended as of such time for which financial statements have been delivered pursuant to Section 5.01(a) or (b); provided that for any date of determination before the delivery of the first financial statements pursuant to Section 5.01(a) or (b), the Test Period shall be the period of four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Borrower then last ended as of such time.

Total Net Leverage Ratio” means, as of any date of determination, the ratio, on a Pro Forma Basis, of (a) Consolidated Total Indebtedness as of such date to (b) Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently completed Test Period.

Transaction Costs” means all fees, costs and expenses incurred or payable by the Borrower or any Subsidiary in connection with the Transactions.

Transactions” means (a) the Financing Transactions, (b) the Refinancing and (c) the payment of the Transaction Costs.

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

 

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UCC” or “Uniform Commercial Code” means the Uniform Commercial Code as in effect from time to time in the State of New York; provided, however, that, at any time, if by reason of mandatory provisions of law, any or all of the perfection or priority of the Term Collateral Agent’s security interest in any item or portion of the Collateral is governed by the Uniform Commercial Code as in effect in a U.S. jurisdiction other than the State of New York, the term “UCC” and “Uniform Commercial Code” shall mean the Uniform Commercial Code as in effect, at such time, in such other jurisdiction for purposes of the provisions hereof relating to such perfection or priority and for purposes of definitions relating to such provisions.

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

United States Tax Compliance Certificate” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.17(e)(ii)(C).

Unrestricted Subsidiary” means, following the Effective Date, any Subsidiary designated by the Borrower as an Unrestricted Subsidiary pursuant to Section 5.13.

USA PATRIOT Act” means the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001, as amended from time to time.

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

Wholly Owned Restricted Subsidiary” means any Restricted Subsidiary that is a Wholly Owned Subsidiary.

Wholly Owned Subsidiary” means, with respect to any Person at any date, a subsidiary of such Person of which securities or other ownership interests representing 100% of the Equity Interests (other than (a) directors’ qualifying shares and (b) nominal shares issued to foreign nationals to the extent required by applicable Requirements of Law) are, as of such date, owned, controlled or held by such Person or one or more Wholly Owned Subsidiaries of such Person or by such Person and one or more Wholly Owned Subsidiaries of such Person.

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

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

 

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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    Classification of Loans and Borrowings.

For purposes of this Agreement, Loans and Borrowings may be classified and referred to by Class (e.g., a “Term Loan”) or by Type (e.g., a “Eurodollar Loan” or “ABR Loan”) or by Class and Type (e.g., a “Eurodollar Term Loan”). Borrowings also may be classified and referred to by Class (e.g., a “Term Borrowing”) or by Type (e.g., a “Eurodollar Borrowing”) or by Class and Type (e.g., a “Eurodollar Term Borrowing”).

SECTION 1.03    Terms Generally.

The definitions of terms herein shall apply equally to the singular and plural forms of the terms defined. Whenever the context may require, any pronoun shall include the corresponding masculine, feminine and neuter forms. The words “include,” “includes” and “including” shall be deemed to be followed by the phrase “without limitation.” The word “will” shall be construed to have the same meaning and effect as the word “shall.” Unless the context requires otherwise, (a) any definition of or reference to any agreement (including this Agreement and the other Loan Documents), instrument or other document herein shall be construed as referring to such agreement, instrument or other document as from time to time amended, amended and restated, supplemented or otherwise modified (subject to any restrictions on such amendments, restatements, supplements or other modifications set forth herein), (b) any reference herein to any Person shall be construed to include such Person’s successors and assigns (subject to any restrictions on assignment set forth herein) and, in the case of any Governmental Authority, any other Governmental Authority that shall have succeeded to any or all functions thereof, (c) the words “herein,” “hereof” and “hereunder,” and words of similar import, shall be construed to refer to this Agreement in its entirety and not to any particular provision hereof, (d) all references herein to Articles, Sections, Exhibits and Schedules shall be construed to refer to Articles and Sections of, and Exhibits and Schedules to, this Agreement and (e) the words “asset” and “property” shall be construed to have the same meaning and effect and to refer to any and all tangible and intangible assets and properties, including cash, securities, accounts and contract rights.

Any reference herein to a merger, amalgamation, consolidation, assignment, sale, disposition or transfer, or similar term, 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 1.04    Accounting Terms; GAAP.

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

 

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(b)    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, for purposes of determining compliance with any test contained in this Agreement, the Total Net Leverage Ratio, the Consolidated Senior Secured Net Leverage Ratio and any other financial ratio or test shall be calculated on a Pro Forma Basis, including to give effect to all Specified Transactions that have been made during the applicable period of measurement or subsequent to such period and prior to or simultaneously with the event for which the calculation is made, and in making any determination on a Pro Forma Basis, such calculations shall be made in good faith by a Financial Officer and shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

SECTION 1.05    [Reserved].

SECTION 1.06    Limited Condition Acquisitions.

Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement or any Loan Document to the contrary, when calculating any applicable ratio, the amount or availability of the Available Amount or any other basket based on Consolidated EBITDA or total assets, or determining other compliance with this Agreement (including the determination of compliance with any provision of this Agreement which requires that no Default or Event of Default has occurred, is continuing or would result therefrom) in connection with a Specified Transaction undertaken in connection with the consummation of a Limited Condition Acquisition, the date of determination of such ratio, the amount or availability of the Available Amount or any other basket based on Consolidated EBITDA or total assets, and determination of whether any Default or Event of Default has occurred, is continuing or would result therefrom or other applicable covenant shall, at the option of the Borrower (the Borrower’s election to exercise such option in connection with any Limited Condition Acquisition, an “LCA Election”), be deemed to be the date the definitive agreements for such Limited Condition Acquisition are entered into (the “LCA Test Date”) and if, after such ratios and other provisions are measured on a Pro Forma Basis after giving effect to such Limited Condition Acquisition and the other Specified Transactions to be entered into in connection therewith (including any incurrence of Indebtedness and the use of proceeds thereof) as if they occurred at the beginning of the applicable Test Period ending prior to the LCA Test Date, the Borrower could have taken such action on the relevant LCA Test Date in compliance with such ratios and provisions, such provisions shall be deemed to have been complied with. For the avoidance of doubt, (x) if any of such ratios are exceeded as a result of fluctuations in such ratio (including due to fluctuations in Consolidated EBITDA of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries) at or prior to the consummation of the relevant Limited Condition Acquisition, such ratios and other provisions will not be deemed to have been exceeded as a result of such fluctuations solely for purposes of determining whether the Limited Condition Acquisition is permitted hereunder and (y) such ratios and other provisions shall not be tested at the time of consummation of such Limited Condition Acquisition or related Specified Transactions. If the Borrower has made an LCA Election for any Limited Condition Acquisition, then in connection with any subsequent calculation of any ratio or basket availability with respect to any other Specified Transaction on or following the relevant LCA Test Date and prior to the earlier of the date on which such Limited Condition Acquisition is consummated or the date that the definitive agreement for such Limited Condition Acquisition is terminated or expires without consummation of such Limited Condition Acquisition, any such ratio or basket shall be calculated on a Pro Forma Basis assuming such Limited Condition Acquisition and other transactions in connection therewith (including any incurrence of Indebtedness and the use of proceeds thereof) have been consummated.

SECTION 1.07    Certain Determinations.

(a)    For purposes of determining compliance with any of the covenants set forth in Article V or Article VI (including in connection with any Incremental Facility) at any time (whether at the time of incurrence or thereafter), any Lien, Investment, Indebtedness, Disposition, Restricted Payment or Affiliate transaction meets the criteria of one, or more than one, of the categories permitted pursuant to Article V or Article VI (including in connection with any Incremental Facility), the Borrower (i) shall in its

 

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sole discretion determine under which category such Lien (other than Liens with respect to the Initial Term Loans), Investment, Indebtedness (other than Indebtedness consisting of the Initial Term Loans), Disposition, Restricted Payment or Affiliate transaction (or, in each case, any portion there) is permitted and (ii) shall be permitted, in its sole discretion, to make any redetermination and/or to divide, classify or reclassify under which category or categories such Lien, Investment, Indebtedness, Disposition, Restricted Payment or Affiliate transaction is permitted from time to time as it may determine and without notice to the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender. For the avoidance of doubt, if the applicable date for meeting any requirement hereunder or under any other Loan Document falls on a day that is not a Business Day, compliance with such requirement shall not be required until noon on the first Business Day following such applicable date.

(b)    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, with respect to any amounts incurred or transactions entered into (or consummated) in reliance on a provision of this Agreement that does not require compliance with a financial ratio or test (including any Total Net Leverage Ratio, and/or Consolidated Senior Secured Net Leverage Ratio) (any such amounts, the “Fixed Amounts”) substantially concurrently with any amounts incurred or transactions entered into (or consummated) in reliance on a provision of this Agreement that requires compliance with any such financial ratio or test (any such amounts, the “Incurrence Based Amounts”), it is understood and agreed that the Fixed Amounts (and any cash proceeds thereof) shall be disregarded in the calculation of the financial ratio or test applicable to the Incurrence Based Amounts in connection with such substantially concurrent incurrence, except that incurrences of Indebtedness and Liens constituting Fixed Amounts shall be taken into account for purposes of Incurrence Based Amounts other than Incurrence Based Amounts contained in Section 6.01 or Section 6.02.

(c)    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the Form Intercreditor Agreements shall be deemed to be reasonable and acceptable to the Term Administrative Agent and the Lenders, and the Term Administrative Agent and the Lenders shall be deemed to have consented to the use of each such Form Intercreditor Agreement (and to the Term Administrative Agent’s execution thereof) in connection with any Indebtedness permitted to be incurred, issued and/or assumed by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries pursuant to Section 6.01.

ARTICLE II

THE CREDITS

SECTION 2.01    Commitments.

Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, each Term Lender agrees to make Initial Term Loans to the Borrower on the Effective Date denominated in dollars in a principal amount not exceeding such Term Lender’s Term Commitment on the Effective Date. Amounts repaid or prepaid in respect of Term Loans may not be reborrowed. The Borrower may make only one borrowing under the Term Commitments, which shall be on the Effective Date. Each Lender’s Term Commitment shall terminate immediately and without further action on the Effective Date after giving effect to the funding thereof on such date. Amounts borrowed under this Section 2.01 and repaid or prepaid may not be reborrowed. Initial Term Loans may be ABR Loans or Eurodollar Loans, as further provided herein.

 

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SECTION 2.02    Loans and Borrowings.

(a)    Each Loan shall be made as part of a Borrowing consisting of Loans of the same Class and Type made by the Lenders ratably in accordance with their respective Commitments of the applicable Class. The failure of any Lender to make any Loan required to be made by it shall not relieve any other Lender of its obligations hereunder, provided that the Commitments of the Lenders are several and no Lender shall be responsible for any other Lender’s failure to make Loans as required hereby.

(b)    Subject to Section 2.14, each Borrowing shall be comprised entirely of ABR Loans or Eurodollar Loans as the Borrower may request in accordance herewith. Each Lender at its option may make any Loan by causing any domestic or foreign branch or Affiliate of such Lender to make such Loan; provided that any exercise of such option shall not affect the obligation of the Borrower to repay such Loan in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

(c)    At the commencement of each Interest Period for any Eurodollar Borrowing, such Borrowing shall be in an aggregate amount that is an integral multiple of the Borrowing Multiple and not less than the Borrowing Minimum; provided that a Eurodollar Borrowing that results from a continuation of an outstanding Eurodollar Borrowing may be in an aggregate amount that is equal to such outstanding Borrowing. At the time that each ABR Borrowing is made, such Borrowing shall be in an aggregate amount that is an integral multiple of the Borrowing Multiple and not less than the Borrowing Minimum. Borrowings of more than one Type and Class may be outstanding at the same time; provided that there shall not at any time be more than a total of six Eurodollar Borrowings outstanding.

SECTION 2.03    Requests for Borrowings.

To request a Borrowing, the Borrower shall notify the Term Administrative Agent of such request by telephone (a) in the case of a Eurodollar Borrowing, not later than 11:00 a.m., New York City time, three (3) Business Days before the date of the proposed Borrowing (or, in the case of any Eurodollar Borrowing to be made on the Effective Date, one (1) Business Day) or (b) in the case of an ABR Borrowing, not later than 10:00 a.m., New York City time, on the date of the proposed Borrowing. Each such telephonic Borrowing Request shall be irrevocable and shall be confirmed promptly by hand delivery or facsimile to the Term Administrative Agent of a written Borrowing Request signed by the Borrower substantially in the form of Exhibit Q. Each such telephonic and written Borrowing Request shall specify the following information:

(i)    specifying the Class of the requested Borrowing;

(ii)    the aggregate amount of such Borrowing;

(iii)    the date of such Borrowing, which shall be a Business Day;

(iv)    whether such Borrowing is to be an ABR Borrowing or a Eurodollar Borrowing;

(v)    in the case of a Eurodollar Borrowing, the initial Interest Period to be applicable thereto, which shall be a period contemplated by the definition of the term “Interest Period”; and

(vi)    the location and number of the Borrower’s account to which funds are to be disbursed, which shall comply with the requirements of Section 2.06.

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Eurodollar Borrowing, then the Borrower shall be deemed to have selected an Interest Period of one month’s duration. Promptly following receipt of a Borrowing Request in accordance with this Section 2.03, the Term Administrative Agent shall advise each Lender of the applicable Class of the details thereof and of the amount of such Lender’s Loan to be made as part of the requested Borrowing.

SECTION 2.04    [Reserved].

SECTION 2.05    [Reserved].

SECTION 2.06    Funding of Borrowings.

(a)    Each Lender shall make each Loan to be made by it hereunder on the proposed date thereof by wire transfer of immediately available funds by 12:00 noon, New York City time, to the Applicable Account of the Term Administrative Agent most recently designated by it for such purpose by notice to the Lenders. The Term Administrative Agent will make such Loans available to the Borrower by promptly crediting the amounts so received, in like funds, to an account of the Borrower designated by the Borrower in the applicable Borrowing Request.

(b)    Unless the Term Administrative Agent shall have received notice from a Lender prior to the proposed date of any Borrowing that such Lender will not make available to the Term Administrative Agent such Lender’s share of such Borrowing, the Term Administrative Agent may assume that such Lender has made such share available on such date in accordance with paragraph (a) of this Section 2.06 and may, in reliance on such assumption and in its sole discretion, make available to the Borrower a corresponding amount. In such event, if a Lender has not in fact made its share of the applicable Borrowing available to the Term Administrative Agent, then the applicable Lender agrees to pay to the Term Administrative Agent an amount equal to such share on demand of the Term Administrative Agent. If such Lender does not pay such corresponding amount forthwith upon demand of the Term Administrative Agent therefor, the Term Administrative Agent shall promptly notify the Borrower, and the Borrower agrees to pay such corresponding amount to the Term Administrative Agent forthwith on demand. If such Lender pays such amount to the Term Administrative Agent, then such amount shall constitute such Lender’s Loan included in such Borrowing. The Term Administrative Agent shall also be entitled to recover from such Lender or from the Borrower interest on such corresponding amount, for each day from and including the date such amount is made available to the Borrower to but excluding the date of payment to the Term Administrative Agent, at (i) in the case of such Lender, the greater of the Federal Funds Effective Rate and a rate determined by the Term Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation, or (ii) in the case of the Borrower, the interest rate applicable to such Borrowing in accordance with Section 2.13.

(c)    The obligations of the Lenders hereunder to make Term Loans and to make payments pursuant to Section 9.03(c) are several and not joint. The failure of any Lender to make any Loan, to fund any such participation or to make any payment under Section 9.03(c) on any date required hereunder shall not relieve any other Lender of its corresponding obligation to do so on such date, and no Lender shall be responsible for the failure of any other Lender to so make its Loan, to purchase its participation or to make its payment under Section 9.03(c).

SECTION 2.07    Interest Elections.

(a)    Each Borrowing initially shall be of the Type specified in the applicable Borrowing Request or designated by Section 2.03 and, in the case of a Eurodollar Borrowing, shall have an initial Interest Period as specified in such Borrowing Request or designated by Section 2.03. Thereafter, the Borrower may elect to convert such Borrowing to a different Type or to continue such Borrowing and, in

 

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the case of a Eurodollar Borrowing, may elect Interest Periods therefor, all as provided in this Section 2.07. The Borrower may elect different options with respect to different portions of the affected Borrowing, in which case each such portion shall be allocated ratably among the Lenders holding the Loans comprising such Borrowing, and the Loans comprising each such portion shall be considered a separate Borrowing.

(b)    To make an election pursuant to this Section 2.07, the Borrower shall notify the Term Administrative Agent of such election by telephone by the time that a Borrowing Request would be required under Section 2.03 if the Borrower were requesting a Borrowing of the Type resulting from such election to be made on the effective date of such election. Each such telephonic Interest Election Request shall be irrevocable and shall be confirmed promptly by hand delivery, facsimile or other electronic transmission to the Term Administrative Agent of a written Interest Election Request signed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower.

(c)    Each telephonic and written Interest Election Request shall specify the following information in compliance with Section 2.03:

(i)    the Borrowing to which such Interest Election Request applies and, if different options are being elected with respect to different portions thereof, the portions thereof to be allocated to each resulting Borrowing (in which case the information to be specified pursuant to clauses (iii) and (iv) below shall be specified for each resulting Borrowing);

(ii)    the effective date of the election made pursuant to such Interest Election Request, which shall be a Business Day;

(iii)    whether the resulting Borrowing is to be an ABR Borrowing or a Eurodollar Borrowing; and

(iv)    if the resulting Borrowing is to be a Eurodollar Borrowing, the Interest Period to be applicable thereto after giving effect to such election, which shall be a period contemplated by the definition of the term “Interest Period.”

If any such Interest Election Request requests a Eurodollar Borrowing but does not specify an Interest Period, then the Borrower shall be deemed to have selected an Interest Period of one month’s duration.

(d)    Promptly following receipt of an Interest Election Request in accordance with this Section 2.07, the Term Administrative Agent shall advise each Lender of the applicable Class of the details thereof and of such Lender’s portion of each resulting Borrowing.

(e)    If the Borrower fails to deliver a timely Interest Election Request with respect to a Eurodollar Borrowing prior to the end of the Interest Period applicable thereto, then, unless such Borrowing is repaid as provided herein, at the end of such Interest Period such Borrowing shall be converted to an ABR Borrowing. Notwithstanding any contrary provision hereof, if an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing and the Term Administrative Agent, at the request of the Required Lenders, so notifies the Borrower, then, so long as an Event of Default is continuing (i) no outstanding Borrowing may be converted to or continued as a Eurodollar Borrowing and (ii) unless repaid, each Eurodollar Borrowing shall be converted to an ABR Borrowing at the end of the Interest Period applicable thereto.

SECTION 2.08    Termination of Commitments.

(a)    Unless previously terminated, the Term Commitments shall terminate at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the Effective Date.

 

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(b)    The Borrower may at any time terminate, or from time to time reduce, the Commitments of any Class, provided that each reduction of the Commitments of any Class shall be in an amount that is an integral multiple of $500,000 and not less than $1,000,000 unless such amount represents all of the remaining Commitments of such Class.

(c)    The Borrower shall notify the Term Administrative Agent in writing of any election to terminate or reduce the Commitments under paragraph (b) of this Section 2.08 at least five (5) Business Day prior to the effective date of such termination or reduction, specifying such election and the effective date thereof. Promptly following receipt of any such written notice, the Term Administrative Agent shall advise the Lenders of the contents thereof. Each written notice delivered by the Borrower pursuant to this Section 2.08 shall be irrevocable. Any termination or reduction of the Commitments of any Class shall be permanent. Each reduction of the Commitments of any Class shall be made ratably among the Lenders in accordance with their respective Commitments of such Class.

SECTION 2.09    Repayment of Loans; Evidence of Debt.

(a)    The Borrower hereby unconditionally promises to pay to the Term Administrative Agent for the account of each Lender the then unpaid principal amount of each Term Loan of such Lender as provided in Section 2.10.

(b)    Each Lender shall maintain in accordance with its usual practice an account or accounts evidencing the indebtedness of the Borrower to such Lender resulting from each Loan made by such Lender, including the amounts of principal and interest payable and paid to such Lender from time to time hereunder.

(c)    The Term Administrative Agent shall, in connection with maintenance of the Register in accordance with Section 9.04(b)(iv) maintain accounts in which it shall record (i) the amount of each Loan made hereunder, the Class and Type thereof and the Interest Period applicable thereto, (ii) the amount of any principal, premium, interest or fees due and payable or to become due and payable from the Borrower to each Lender hereunder and (iii) the amount of any sum received by the Term Administrative Agent hereunder for the account of the Lenders and each Lender’s share thereof.

(d)    The entries made in the accounts maintained pursuant to paragraph (b) or (c) of this Section 2.09 shall be prima facie evidence of the existence and amounts of the obligations recorded therein, provided that the failure of any Lender or the Term Administrative Agent to maintain such accounts or any error therein shall not in any manner affect the obligation of the Borrower to pay any amounts due hereunder in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. In the event of any inconsistency between the entries made pursuant to paragraphs (b) and (c) of this Section 2.09, the accounts maintained by the Term Administrative Agent pursuant to paragraph (c) of this Section 2.09 shall control.

(e)    Any Lender may request through the Term Administrative Agent that Loans of any Class made by it be evidenced by a Term Note. In such event, the Borrower shall execute and deliver to such Lender a Term Note payable to such Lender (or, if requested by such Lender, to such Lender and its registered assigns).

SECTION 2.10    Amortization of Term Loans.

(a)    Subject to adjustment pursuant to paragraph (c) of this Section 2.10, the Borrower shall repay Borrowings of Initial Term Loans on the last day of each March, June, September and December (commencing March 31, 2022) in an amount equal to 0.25% of the principal amount of Initial Term Loans as of the Effective Date; provided that if any such date is not a Business Day, such payment shall be due on the immediately preceding Business Day.

 

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(b)    To the extent not previously paid, all Initial Term Loans shall be due and payable on the Term Maturity Date.

(c)    Any prepayment of a Borrowing of any Class (i) pursuant to Section 2.11(a)(i) shall be applied to reduce the subsequent scheduled and outstanding repayments of the Term Borrowings of such Class to be made pursuant to this Section 2.10 as directed by the Borrower (and absent such direction, in direct order of maturity) and (ii) pursuant to Section 2.11(c) or 2.11(d) shall be applied to reduce the subsequent scheduled and outstanding repayments of the Term Borrowings of such Class to be made pursuant to this Section 2.10, or, except as otherwise provided in any Refinancing Amendment or Loan Modification Agreement, pursuant to the corresponding section of such Refinancing Amendment or Loan Modification Agreement, as applicable, as directed by the Borrower (and absent such direction, in direct order of maturity).

(d)    Prior to any repayment of any Borrowings of any Class hereunder, the Borrower shall select the Borrowing or Borrowings of the applicable Class to be repaid and shall notify the Term Administrative Agent by telephone (confirmed by hand delivery or facsimile) of such election not later than 2:00 p.m., New York City time, one (1) Business Day before the scheduled date of such repayment. In the absence of a designation by the Borrower as described in the preceding sentence, the Term Administrative Agent shall make such designation in its reasonable discretion with a view, but no obligation, to minimize breakage costs owing under Section 2.16. Each repayment of a Borrowing shall be applied ratably to the Loans included in the repaid Borrowing. Repayments of Term Borrowings shall be accompanied by accrued interest on the amount repaid.

SECTION 2.11    Prepayment of Loans.

(a)    (i) The Borrower shall have the right at any time and from time to time to prepay any Borrowing in whole or in part, without premium or penalty; provided that in the event that, on or prior to the date that is six months after the Effective Date, the Borrower (x) makes any prepayment of Term Loans in connection with any Repricing Transaction for the primary purpose of reducing the Effective Yield on such Term Loans or (y) effects any amendment of this Agreement resulting in a Repricing Transaction for the primary purpose of reducing the Effective Yield on the Term Loans, the Borrower shall pay to the Term Administrative Agent, for the ratable account of each of the applicable Term Lenders, (I) a prepayment premium of 1.00% of the principal amount of the Term Loans being prepaid in connection with such Repricing Transaction and (II) in the case of clause (y), an amount equal to 1.00% of the aggregate amount of the applicable Term Loans outstanding immediately prior to such amendment that are subject to an effective pricing reduction pursuant to such Repricing Transaction.

(ii)    Notwithstanding anything in any Loan Document to the contrary, so long as no Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries may offer to prepay all or a portion of the outstanding Term Loans on the following basis:

(A)    the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries shall have the right to make a voluntary prepayment of Term Loans at a discount to par (such prepayment, the “Discounted Term Loan Prepayment”) pursuant to a Borrower Offer of Specified Discount Prepayment, Borrower Solicitation of Discount Range Prepayment Offers or Borrower Solicitation of Discounted Prepayment Offers, in each case made in accordance with this Section 2.11(a)(ii); provided that the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries shall not initiate

 

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any action under this Section 2.11(a)(ii) in order to make a Discounted Term Loan Prepayment unless (I) at least ten (10) Business Days shall have passed since the consummation of the most recent Discounted Term Loan Prepayment as a result of a prepayment made by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries on the applicable Discounted Prepayment Effective Date; or (II) at least three (3) Business Days shall have passed since the date the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries were notified that no Term Lender was willing to accept any prepayment of any Term Loan and/or Other Term Loan at the Specified Discount, within the Discount Range or at any discount to par value, as applicable, or in the case of Borrower Solicitation of Discounted Prepayment Offers, the date of the Borrower’s or any of its Subsidiaries’ election not to accept any Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers and (z) each Lender participating in any Discounted Term Loan Prepayment acknowledges and agrees that in connection with such Discounted Term Loan Prepayment, (1) the Borrower then may have, and later may come into possession of, information regarding the Term Loans or the Loan Parties hereunder that is not known to such Lender and that may be material to a decision by such Lender to participate in such Discounted Term Loan Prepayment (“Excluded Information”), (2) such Lender has independently and, without reliance on the Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, the Term Administrative Agent or any of their respective Affiliates, made its own analysis and determination to participate in such Discounted Term Loan Prepayment notwithstanding such Lender’s lack of knowledge of the Excluded Information and (3) none of the Borrower, its Subsidiaries, the Term Administrative Agent, or any of their respective Affiliates shall have any liability to such Lender, and such Lender hereby waives and releases, to the extent permitted by Requirements of Law, any claims such Lender may have against the Borrower, its Subsidiaries, the Term Administrative Agent, and their respective Affiliates, under applicable laws or otherwise, with respect to the nondisclosure of the Excluded Information; provided further that any Term Loan that is prepaid will be automatically and irrevocably cancelled.

(B)    (1) Subject to the first proviso to subsection (A) above, the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries may from time to time offer to make a Discounted Term Loan Prepayment by providing the Auction Agent with three (3) Business Days’ notice in the form of a Specified Discount Prepayment Notice; provided that (I) any such offer shall be made available, at the sole discretion of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, to each Term Lender and/or each Lender with respect to any Class of Term Loans on an individual tranche basis, (II) any such offer shall specify the aggregate principal amount offered to be prepaid (the “Specified Discount Prepayment Amount”) with respect to each applicable tranche, the tranche or tranches of Term Loans subject to such offer and the specific percentage discount to par (the “Specified Discount”) of such Term Loans to be prepaid (it being understood that different Specified Discounts and/or Specified Discount Prepayment Amounts may be offered with respect to different tranches of Term Loans and, in such an event, each such offer will be treated as a separate offer pursuant to the terms of this Section), (III) the Specified Discount Prepayment Amount shall be in an aggregate amount not less than $1,000,000 and whole increments of $500,000 in excess thereof and (IV) each such offer shall remain outstanding through the Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date. The Auction Agent will promptly provide each relevant Term Lender with a copy of such Specified Discount Prepayment Notice and a form of the Specified Discount Prepayment Response to be completed and returned by each such Lender to the Auction Agent (or its delegate) by no later than 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the third Business Day after the date of delivery of such notice to the relevant Term Lenders (the “Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date”).

 

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(2)    Each relevant Term Lender receiving such offer shall notify the Auction Agent (or its delegate) by the Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date whether or not it agrees to accept a prepayment of any of its relevant then outstanding Term Loans at the Specified Discount and, if so (such accepting Term Lender, a “Discount Prepayment Accepting Lender”), the amount and the tranches of such Lender’s Term Loans to be prepaid at such offered discount. Each acceptance of a Discounted Term Loan Prepayment by a Discount Prepayment Accepting Lender shall be irrevocable. Any Term Lender whose Specified Discount Prepayment Response is not received by the Auction Agent by the Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date shall be deemed to have declined to accept the applicable Borrower Offer of Specified Discount Prepayment.

(3)    If there is at least one Discount Prepayment Accepting Lender, the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries will make prepayment of outstanding Term Loans pursuant to this paragraph (B) to each Discount Prepayment Accepting Lender in accordance with the respective outstanding amount and tranches of Term Loans specified in such Lender’s Specified Discount Prepayment Response given pursuant to subsection (2); provided that, if the aggregate principal amount of Term Loans accepted for prepayment by all Discount Prepayment Accepting Lenders exceeds the Specified Discount Prepayment Amount, such prepayment shall be made pro-rata among the Discount Prepayment Accepting Lenders in accordance with the respective principal amounts accepted to be prepaid by each such Discount Prepayment Accepting Lender and the Auction Agent (in consultation with the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries and subject to rounding requirements of the Auction Agent made in its reasonable discretion) will calculate such proration (the “Specified Discount Proration”). The Auction Agent shall promptly, and in any case within three (3) Business Days following the Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date, notify (I) the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries of the respective Term Lenders’ responses to such offer, the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date and the aggregate principal amount of the Discounted Term Loan Prepayment and the tranches to be prepaid, (II) each Term Lender of the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date, and the aggregate principal amount and the tranches of Term Loans to be prepaid at the Specified Discount on such date and (III) each Discount Prepayment Accepting Lender of the Specified Discount Proration, if any, and confirmation of the principal amount, tranche and Type of Loans of such Lender to be prepaid at the Specified Discount on such date. Each determination by the Auction Agent of the amounts stated in the foregoing notices to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries and Lenders shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes absent manifest error. The payment amount specified in such notice to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries shall be due and payable by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries on the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date in accordance with subsection (F) below (subject to subsection (J) below).

(C)    (1) Subject to the first proviso to subsection (A) above, the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries may from time to time solicit Discount Range Prepayment Offers by providing the Auction Agent with three (3) Business Days’

 

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notice in the form of a Discount Range Prepayment Notice; provided that (I) any such solicitation shall be extended, at the sole discretion of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, to each Term Lender and/or each Lender with respect to any Class of Loans on an individual tranche basis, (II) any such notice shall specify the maximum aggregate principal amount of the relevant Term Loans (the “Discount Range Prepayment Amount”), the tranche or tranches of Term Loans subject to such offer and the maximum and minimum percentage discounts to par (the “Discount Range”) of the principal amount of such Term Loans with respect to each relevant tranche of Term Loans willing to be prepaid by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries (it being understood that different Discount Ranges and/or Discount Range Prepayment Amounts may be offered with respect to different tranches of Term Loans and, in such an event, each such offer will be treated as a separate offer pursuant to the terms of this Section), (III) the Discount Range Prepayment Amount shall be in an aggregate amount not less than $1,000,000 and whole increments of $500,000 in excess thereof and (IV) each such solicitation by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries shall remain outstanding through the Discount Range Prepayment Response Date. The Auction Agent will promptly provide each relevant Term Lender with a copy of such Discount Range Prepayment Notice and a form of the Discount Range Prepayment Offer to be submitted by a responding relevant Term Lender to the Auction Agent (or its delegate) by no later than 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the third Business Day after the date of delivery of such notice to the relevant Term Lenders (the “Discount Range Prepayment Response Date”). Each relevant Term Lender’s Discount Range Prepayment Offer shall be irrevocable and shall specify a discount to par within the Discount Range (the “Submitted Discount”) at which such Term Lender is willing to allow prepayment of any or all of its then outstanding Term Loans of the applicable tranche or tranches and the maximum aggregate principal amount and tranches of such Lender’s Term Loans (the “Submitted Amount”) such Lender is willing to have prepaid at the Submitted Discount. Any Term Lender whose Discount Range Prepayment Offer is not received by the Auction Agent by the Discount Range Prepayment Response Date shall be deemed to have declined to accept a Discounted Term Loan Prepayment of any of its Term Loans at any discount to their par value within the Discount Range.

(2)    The Auction Agent shall review all Discount Range Prepayment Offers received on or before the applicable Discount Range Prepayment Response Date and shall determine (in consultation with the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries and subject to rounding requirements of the Auction Agent made in its sole reasonable discretion) the Applicable Discount and Term Loans to be prepaid at such Applicable Discount in accordance with this subsection (C) the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries agree to accept on the Discount Range Prepayment Response Date all Discount Range Prepayment Offers received by the Auction Agent by the Discount Range Prepayment Response Date, in the order from the Submitted Discount that is the largest discount to par to the Submitted Discount that is the smallest discount to par, up to and including the Submitted Discount that is the smallest discount to par within the Discount Range (such Submitted Discount that is the smallest discount to par within the Discount Range being referred to as the “Applicable Discount”) which yields a Discounted Term Loan Prepayment in an aggregate principal amount equal to the lower of (I) the Discount Range Prepayment Amount and (II) the sum of all Submitted Amounts. Each Lender that has submitted a Discount Range

 

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Prepayment Offer to accept prepayment at a discount to par that is larger than or equal to the Applicable Discount shall be deemed to have irrevocably consented to prepayment of Term Loans equal to its Submitted Amount (subject to any required proration pursuant to the following subsection (3)) at the Applicable Discount (each such Lender, a “Participating Lender”).

(3)    If there is at least one Participating Lender, the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries will prepay the respective outstanding Term Loans of each Participating Lender in the aggregate principal amount and of the tranches specified in such Lender’s Discount Range Prepayment Offer at the Applicable Discount; provided that if the Submitted Amount by all Participating Lenders offered at a discount to par greater than the Applicable Discount exceeds the Discount Range Prepayment Amount, prepayment of the principal amount of the relevant Term Loans for those Participating Lenders whose Submitted Discount is a discount to par greater than or equal to the Applicable Discount (the “Identified Participating Lenders”) shall be made pro-rata among the Identified Participating Lenders in accordance with the Submitted Amount of each such Identified Participating Lender and the Auction Agent (in consultation with the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries and subject to rounding requirements of the Auction Agent made in its sole reasonable discretion) will calculate such proration (the “Discount Range Proration”). The Auction Agent shall promptly, and in any case within five (5) Business Days following the Discount Range Prepayment Response Date, notify (I) the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries of the respective Term Lenders’ responses to such solicitation, the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date, the Applicable Discount, and the aggregate principal amount of the Discounted Term Loan Prepayment and the tranches to be prepaid, (II) each Term Lender of the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date, the Applicable Discount, and the aggregate principal amount and tranches of Term Loans to be prepaid at the Applicable Discount on such date, (III) each Participating Lender of the aggregate principal amount and tranches of such Lender to be prepaid at the Applicable Discount on such date, and (z) if applicable, each Identified Participating Lender of the Discount Range Proration. Each determination by the Auction Agent of the amounts stated in the foregoing notices to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries and Lenders shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes absent manifest error. The payment amount specified in such notice to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries shall be due and payable by such Borrower on the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date in accordance with subsection (F) below (subject to subsection (J) below).

(D)    (1) Subject to the first proviso to subsection (A) above, the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries may from time to time solicit Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers by providing the Auction Agent with three (3) Business Days’ notice in the form of a Solicited Discounted Prepayment Notice; provided that (I) any such solicitation shall be extended, at the sole discretion of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, to each Term Lender and/or each Lender with respect to any Class of Term Loans on an individual tranche basis, (II) any such notice shall specify the maximum aggregate dollar amount of the Term Loans (the “Solicited Discounted Prepayment Amount”) and the tranche or tranches of Term Loans, the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries is willing to prepay at a discount (it being understood that different Solicited Discounted Prepayment Amounts may be offered with respect to different tranches of Term Loans and, in

 

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such an event, each such offer will be treated as a separate offer pursuant to the terms of this Section), (III) the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Amount shall be in an aggregate amount not less than $1,000,000 and whole increments of $500,000 in excess thereof and (IV) each such solicitation by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries shall remain outstanding through the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date. The Auction Agent will promptly provide each relevant Term Lender with a copy of such Solicited Discounted Prepayment Notice and a form of the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer to be submitted by a responding Term Lender to the Auction Agent (or its delegate) by no later than 5:00 p.m., New York City time on the third Business Day after the date of delivery of such notice to the relevant Term Lenders (the “Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date”). Each Term Lender’s Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer shall (x) be irrevocable, (y) remain outstanding until the Acceptance Date, and (z) specify both a discount to par (the “Offered Discount”) such Term Lender is willing to allow to be applied to the prepayment of its then outstanding Term Loan and the maximum aggregate principal amount and tranches of such Term Loans (the “Offered Amount”) such Term Lender is willing to have prepaid subject to such Offered Discount. Any Term Lender whose Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer is not received by the Auction Agent by the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date shall be deemed to have declined prepayment of any of its Term Loans at any discount.

(2)    The Auction Agent shall promptly provide the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries with a copy of all Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers received on or before the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date. the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries shall review all such Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers and select the largest of the Offered Discounts specified by the relevant responding Term Lenders in the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers that is acceptable to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries (the “Acceptable Discount”), if any. If the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries elects to accept any Offered Discount as the Acceptable Discount, then as soon as practicable after the determination of the Acceptable Discount, but in no event later than by the third Business Day after the date of receipt by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries from the Auction Agent of a copy of all Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers pursuant to the first sentence of this subsection (2) (the “Acceptance Date”), the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries shall submit an Acceptance and Prepayment Notice to the Auction Agent setting forth the Acceptable Discount. If the Auction Agent shall fail to receive an Acceptance and Prepayment Notice from the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries by the Acceptance Date, the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries shall be deemed to have rejected all Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers.

(3)    Based upon the Acceptable Discount and the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers received by Auction Agent by the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date, within three (3) Business Days after receipt of an Acceptance and Prepayment Notice (the “Discounted Prepayment Determination Date”), the Auction Agent will determine (in consultation with the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries and subject to rounding requirements of the Auction Agent made in its sole reasonable discretion) the aggregate principal amount and the tranches of Term Loans (the “Acceptable Prepayment Amount”) to be prepaid by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries at the Acceptable Discount

 

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in accordance with this Section 2.11(a)(ii)(D). If the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries elects to accept any Acceptable Discount, then the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries agrees to accept all Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers received by Auction Agent by the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date, in the order from largest Offered Discount to smallest Offered Discount, up to and including the Acceptable Discount. Each Lender that has submitted a Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer with a Offered Discount that is greater than or equal to the Acceptable Discount shall be deemed to have irrevocably consented to prepayment of Term Loans equal to its Offered Amount (subject to any required pro-rata reduction pursuant to the following sentence) at the Acceptable Discount (each such Lender, a “Qualifying Lender”). The Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries will prepay outstanding Term Loans pursuant to this subsection (D) to each Qualifying Lender in the aggregate principal amount and of the tranches specified in such Lender’s Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer at the Acceptable Discount; provided that if the aggregate Offered Amount by all Qualifying Lenders whose Offered Discount is greater than or equal to the Acceptable Discount exceeds the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Amount, prepayment of the principal amount of the Term Loans for those Qualifying Lenders whose Offered Discount is greater than or equal to the Acceptable Discount (the “Identified Qualifying Lenders”) shall be made pro-rata among the Identified Qualifying Lenders in accordance with the Offered Amount of each such Identified Qualifying Lender and the Auction Agent (in consultation with the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries and subject to rounding requirements of the Auction Agent made in its sole reasonable discretion) will calculate such proration (the “Solicited Discount Proration”). On or prior to the Discounted Prepayment Determination Date, the Auction Agent shall promptly notify (I) the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries of the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date and Acceptable Prepayment Amount comprising the Discounted Term Loan Prepayment and the tranches to be prepaid, (II) each Term Lender who made a Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer of the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date, the Acceptable Discount, and the Acceptable Prepayment Amount of all Term Loans and the tranches to be prepaid at the Applicable Discount on such date, (III) each Qualifying Lender of the aggregate principal amount and the tranches of such Lender to be prepaid at the Acceptable Discount on such date, and (IV) if applicable, each Identified Qualifying Lender of the Solicited Discount Proration. Each determination by the Auction Agent of the amounts stated in the foregoing notices to such Borrower and Lenders shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes absent manifest error. The payment amount specified in such notice to such Borrower shall be due and payable by such Borrower on the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date in accordance with subsection (F) below (subject to subsection (J) below).

(E)    In connection with any Discounted Term Loan Prepayment, the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries and the Lenders acknowledge and agree that the Auction Agent may require as a condition to any Discounted Term Loan Prepayment, the payment of reasonable and customary fees and expenses from the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries in connection therewith.

(F)    If any Term Loan is prepaid in accordance with paragraphs (B) through (D) above, the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries shall prepay such Term Loans on the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date. The Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries

 

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shall make such prepayment to the Auction Agent, for the account of the Discount Prepayment Accepting Lenders, Participating Lenders, or Qualifying Lenders, as applicable, at the Term Administrative Agent’s Office in immediately available funds not later than 11:00 a.m. (New York City time) on the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date and all such prepayments shall be applied to the remaining principal installments of the relevant tranche of Term Loans on a pro rata basis across such installments. The Term Loans so prepaid shall be accompanied by all accrued and unpaid interest on the par principal amount so prepaid up to, but not including, the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date. Each prepayment of the outstanding Term Loans pursuant to this Section 2.11(a)(ii) shall be paid to the Discount Prepayment Accepting Lenders, Participating Lenders, or Qualifying Lenders, as applicable. The aggregate principal amount of the tranches and installments of the relevant Term Loans outstanding shall be deemed reduced by the full par value of the aggregate principal amount of the tranches of Term Loans prepaid on the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date in any Discounted Term Loan Prepayment.

(G)    To the extent not expressly provided for herein, each Discounted Term Loan Prepayment shall be consummated pursuant to procedures consistent with the provisions in this Section 2.11(a)(ii), established by the Auction Agent acting in its reasonable discretion and as reasonably agreed by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries.

(H)    Notwithstanding anything in any Loan Document to the contrary, for purposes of this Section 2.11(a)(ii), each notice or other communication required to be delivered or otherwise provided to the Auction Agent (or its delegate) shall be deemed to have been given upon Auction Agent’s (or its delegate’s) actual receipt during normal business hours of such notice or communication; provided that any notice or communication actually received outside of normal business hours shall be deemed to have been given as of the opening of business on the next Business Day.

(I)    Each of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries and the Lenders acknowledges and agrees that the Auction Agent may perform any and all of its duties under this Section 2.11(a)(ii) by itself or through any Affiliate of the Auction Agent and expressly consents to any such delegation of duties by the Auction Agent to such Affiliate and the performance of such delegated duties by such Affiliate. The exculpatory provisions pursuant to this Agreement shall apply to each Affiliate of the Auction Agent and its respective activities in connection with any Discounted Term Loan Prepayment provided for in this Section 2.11(a)(ii) as well as activities of the Auction Agent.

(J)    The Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries shall have the right, by written notice to the Auction Agent, to revoke in full (but not in part) its offer to make a Discounted Term Loan Prepayment and rescind the applicable Specified Discount Prepayment Notice, Discount Range Prepayment Notice or Solicited Discounted Prepayment Notice therefor at its discretion at any time on or prior to the applicable Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date, Discount Range Prepayment Response Date or Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date, as applicable (and if such offer is revoked pursuant to the preceding clauses, any failure by such Borrower to make any prepayment to a Term Lender, as applicable, pursuant to this Section 2.11(a)(ii) shall not constitute a Default or Event of Default under Section 7.01 or otherwise).

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(c)    In the event and on each occasion that any Net Proceeds are received by or on behalf of the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries in respect of any Prepayment Event, the Borrower shall (X) in the case of a Prepayment Event described in clause (a) of the definition thereof, prepay Term Loans in an aggregate amount equal to the Asset Sale Percentage of the amount of such Net Proceeds within five (5) Business Days after such Net Proceeds are received or (Y) in the case of a Prepayment Event described in clause (b) of the definition thereof, prepay Term Loans in an aggregate amount equal to 100% of the amount of such Net Proceeds on the date of such Prepayment Event; provided that, in the case of any event described in clause (a) of the definition of the term “Prepayment Event”, if the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries invest (or commit to invest) the Net Proceeds from such event (or a portion thereof) within 18 months after receipt of such Net Proceeds in the business of the Borrower and the Subsidiaries (including any acquisitions permitted under Section 6.04), then no prepayment shall be required pursuant to this paragraph in respect of such Net Proceeds in respect of such event (or the applicable portion of such Net Proceeds, if applicable) except to the extent of any such Net Proceeds therefrom that have not been so invested (or committed to be invested) by the end of such 18-month period (or if committed to be so invested within such 18-month period, have not been so invested within 24 months after receipt thereof), at which time a prepayment shall be required in an amount equal to such Net Proceeds that have not been so invested (or committed to be invested); provided further that the Borrower may use a portion of such Net Proceeds to prepay or repurchase any other Indebtedness that is secured by the Collateral on a pari passu basis with the Loans to the extent such other Indebtedness and the Liens securing the same are permitted hereunder and the documentation governing such other Indebtedness requires such a prepayment or repurchase thereof with the proceeds of such Prepayment Event, in each case in an amount not to exceed the product of (x) the amount of such Net Proceeds and (y) a fraction, the numerator of which is the outstanding principal amount of such other Indebtedness and the denominator of which is the aggregate outstanding principal amount of Term Loans and such other Indebtedness.

(d)    Following the end of each fiscal year of the Borrower, commencing with the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022, the Borrower shall prepay Term Loans in an aggregate amount equal to the ECF Percentage of Excess Cash Flow for such fiscal year in excess of $15,000,000; provided that such amount shall, at the option of the Borrower, be reduced on a dollar-for-dollar basis for such fiscal year by the aggregate amount of prepayments and repurchases of (i) Term Loans made pursuant to Section 2.11(a) or otherwise in a manner not prohibited by Section 9.04(g) and (ii) other Consolidated Senior Secured Indebtedness, in each case during such fiscal year, subject to the immediately succeeding clause (w), or after such fiscal year and prior to the 90th day after the end of such fiscal year; provided further that (w) any such voluntary prepayments that have not been applied to reduce the payments which may be due from time to time pursuant to this Section 2.11(d) shall be carried over to subsequent periods, and may reduce the payments due from time to time pursuant to this Section 2.11(d) during such subsequent periods, until such time as such voluntary prepayments reduce such payments which may be due from time to time, (x) such reduction as a result of prepayments pursuant to Section 2.11(a)(ii) or Section 9.04(g) shall be limited to the actual amount of such cash prepayment, (y) in the case of the prepayment of any revolving commitments, there is a corresponding permanent reduction in commitments and (z) such reduction shall exclude all such prepayments funded with the proceeds of other long-term Indebtedness). Each prepayment pursuant to this paragraph shall be made on or before the date that is ten (10) days after the date on which financial statements are required to be delivered pursuant to Section 5.01 with respect to the fiscal year for which Excess Cash Flow is being calculated.

(e)    Prior to any optional prepayment of Borrowings pursuant to Section 2.11(a)(i), the Borrower shall select the Borrowing or Borrowings to be prepaid and shall specify such selection in the notice of such prepayment pursuant to paragraph (f) of this Section 2.11. In the event of any mandatory prepayment of Borrowings made at a time when Borrowings of more than one Class remain outstanding, the Borrower shall select Borrowings to be prepaid so that the aggregate amount of such prepayment is allocated between Borrowings (and, to the extent provided in the Refinancing Amendment for any Class of

 

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Other Term Loans, the Borrowings of such Class) pro rata based on the aggregate principal amount of outstanding Borrowings of each such Class; provided that any Term Lender (and, to the extent provided in the Refinancing Amendment or Loan Modification Agreement for any Class of Other Term Loans, any Lender that holds Other Term Loans of such Class) may elect, by notice to the Term Administrative Agent by telephone (confirmed by facsimile) at least two (2) Business Days prior to the prepayment date, to decline all or any portion of any prepayment of its Term Loans or Other Term Loans of any such Class pursuant to this Section 2.11 (other than an optional prepayment pursuant to paragraph (a)(i) of this Section 2.11 or a mandatory prepayment as a result of the Prepayment Event set forth in clause (b) of the definition thereof, which may not be declined), in which case the aggregate amount of the prepayment that would have been applied to prepay Term Loans or Other Term Loans of any such Class but was so declined (and not used pursuant to the immediately following sentence) shall be retained by the Borrower (such amounts, “Retained Declined Proceeds”). An amount equal to any portion of a mandatory prepayment of Borrowings that is declined by the Lenders under this Section 2.11(e) may, to the extent not prohibited hereunder or under the documentation governing the Permitted First Priority Refinancing Debt or ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement, be applied by the Borrower to prepay (at the Borrower’s election) Permitted Second Priority Refinancing Debt. Optional prepayments of Borrowings shall be allocated among the Classes of Borrowings as directed by the Borrower. In the absence of a designation by the Borrower as described in the preceding provisions of this paragraph of the Type of Borrowing of any Class, the Term Administrative Agent shall make such designation in its reasonable discretion with a view, but no obligation, to minimize breakage costs owing under Section 2.16 and shall be applied in direct order of maturity; provided that, in connection with any mandatory prepayments by the Borrower of the Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.11(c) or (d), such prepayments shall be applied on a pro rata basis to the then outstanding Term Loans being prepaid irrespective of whether such outstanding Term Loans are ABR Loans or Eurodollar Loans.

(f)    The Borrower shall notify the Term Administrative Agent of any prepayment hereunder by delivery of a Prepayment Notice in writing, (i) in the case of prepayment of a Eurodollar Borrowing, not later than 11:00 a.m., New York City time, three (3) Business Days before the date of prepayment or (ii) in the case of prepayment of an ABR Borrowing, not later than 11:00 a.m., New York City time, one (1) Business Day before the date of prepayment. Each such notice shall be irrevocable and shall specify the prepayment date and the principal amount of each Borrowing or portion thereof to be prepaid and, in the case of a mandatory prepayment, a reasonably detailed calculation of the amount of such prepayment; provided that a notice of optional prepayment may state that such notice is conditional upon the effectiveness of other credit facilities or the receipt of the proceeds from the issuance of other Indebtedness or the occurrence of some other identifiable event or condition, in which case such notice of prepayment may be revoked by the Borrower (by notice to the Term Administrative Agent on or prior to the specified date of prepayment) if such condition is not satisfied. Promptly following receipt of any such notice, the Term Administrative Agent shall advise the Lenders of the contents thereof. Each partial prepayment of any Borrowing shall be in an amount that would be permitted in the case of an advance of a Borrowing of the same Type as provided in Section 2.02, except as necessary to apply fully the required amount of a mandatory prepayment. Each prepayment of a Borrowing shall be applied ratably to the Loans included in the prepaid Borrowing. Prepayments shall be accompanied by accrued interest to the extent required by Section 2.13, and subject to Section 2.11(a)(i), shall be without premium or penalty. At the Borrower’s election in connection with any prepayment pursuant to this Section 2.11, such prepayment shall not be applied to any Term Loan of a Defaulting Lender (under any of subclauses (a), (b) or (c) of the definition of “Defaulting Lender”) and shall be allocated ratably among the relevant non-Defaulting Lenders.

(g)    Notwithstanding any other provisions of Section 2.11(c) or (d), (A) to the extent that any of or all the Net Proceeds of any Prepayment Event by or Excess Cash Flow of a Foreign Subsidiary of the Borrower giving rise to a prepayment pursuant to Section 2.11(c) or (d) (a “Foreign Prepayment

 

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Event”) are prohibited or delayed by applicable local law from being repatriated to the Borrower, the portion of such Net Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow so affected will not be required to be taken into account in determining the amount to be applied to repay Term Loans at the times provided in Section 2.11(c) or (d), as the case may be, and such amounts may be retained by such Subsidiary, and once the Borrower has determined in good faith that such repatriation of any of such affected Net Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow is permitted under the applicable local law, then the amount of such Net Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow will be taken into account as soon as practicable in determining the amount to be applied (net of additional taxes payable or reserved if such amounts were repatriated) to the repayment of the Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.11(c) or (d), as applicable, (B) to the extent that and for so long as the Borrower has determined in good faith that repatriation of any of or all the Net Proceeds of any Foreign Prepayment Event or Excess Cash Flow would have a material adverse tax consequence with respect to such Net Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow, the amount of Net Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow so affected will not be required to be taken into account as soon as practicable in determining the amount to be applied to repay Term Loans at the times provided in Section 2.11(c) or Section 2.11(d), as the case may be, and such amounts may be retained by such Subsidiary; provided that when the Borrower determines in good faith that repatriation of any of or all the Net Proceeds of any Foreign Prepayment Event or Excess Cash Flow would no longer have a material adverse tax consequence with respect to such Net Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow, such Net Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow shall be taken into account in determining the amount to be applied (net of additional taxes payable or reserved against if such amounts were repatriated) to the repayment of the Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.11(c) or Section 2.11(d), as applicable, and (C) to the extent that and for so long as the Borrower has determined in good faith that repatriation of any of or all the Net Proceeds of any Foreign Prepayment Event or Excess Cash Flow would give rise to a risk of liability for the directors of such Subsidiary, the Net Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow so affected will not be required to be taken into account in determining the amount to be applied to repay Term Loans at the times provided in Section 2.11(c) or Section 2.11(d), as the case may be, and such amounts may be retained by such Subsidiary.

SECTION 2.12    Fees.

(a)    The Borrower agrees to pay to the Term Administrative Agent, for its own account, fees payable in the amounts and at the times separately agreed upon between the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent.

(b)    [reserved]

(c)    Notwithstanding the foregoing, and subject to Section 2.22, the Borrower shall not be obligated to pay any amounts to any Defaulting Lender pursuant to this Section 2.12.

SECTION 2.13    Interest.

(a)    The Loans comprising each ABR Borrowing shall bear interest at the Alternate Base Rate plus the Applicable Rate.

(b)    The Loans comprising each Eurodollar Borrowing shall bear interest at the Adjusted LIBO Rate for the Interest Period in effect for such Borrowing plus the Applicable Rate.

(c)    Notwithstanding the foregoing, if upon the occurrence and during the continuance of any Specified Event of Default any principal of or interest on any Loan or any fee or other amount payable by the Borrower hereunder is not paid when due, whether at stated maturity, upon acceleration or otherwise, such overdue amount shall bear interest, after as well as before judgment, at a rate per annum equal to (i) in the case of overdue principal of any Loan, 2.00% per annum plus the rate otherwise applicable

 

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to such Loan as provided in the preceding paragraphs of this Section 2.13 or (ii) in the case of any other amount, 2.00% per annum plus the rate applicable to ABR Loans as provided in paragraph (a) of this Section 2.13; provided that no amount shall be payable pursuant to this Section 2.13(c) to a Defaulting Lender so long as such Lender shall be a Defaulting Lender; provided, further that no amounts shall accrue pursuant to this Section 2.13(c) on any overdue amount or other amount payable to a Defaulting Lender so long as such Lender shall be a Defaulting Lender.

(d)    Accrued interest on each Loan shall be payable in arrears on each Interest Payment Date for such Loan; provided that (i) interest accrued pursuant to paragraph (c) of this Section 2.13 shall be payable on demand, (ii) in the event of any repayment or prepayment of any Loan, accrued interest on the principal amount repaid or prepaid shall be payable on the date of such repayment or prepayment and (iii) in the event of any conversion of any Eurodollar Loan prior to the end of the current Interest Period therefor, accrued interest on such Loan shall be payable on the effective date of such conversion.

(e)    All interest hereunder shall be computed on the basis of a year of 360 days, except that interest computed by reference to the Alternate Base Rate shall be computed on the basis of a year of 365 days (or 366 days in a leap year), and in each case shall be payable for the actual number of days elapsed (including the first day but excluding the last day). The applicable Alternate Base Rate or Adjusted LIBO Rate shall be determined by the Term Administrative Agent, and such determination shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

SECTION 2.14    Alternate Rate of Interest.

(a)    On March 5, 2021 the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), the regulatory supervisor of LIBOR’s administrator (“IBA”), announced in a public statement the future cessation or loss of representativeness of overnight/Spot Next, 1-month, 3-month, 6-month and 12-month LIBOR tenor settings. On the earlier of (i) the date that all Available Tenors of LIBOR have either permanently or indefinitely ceased to be provided by IBA or have been announced by the FCA pursuant to public statement or publication of information to be no longer representative and (ii) the Early Opt-in Effective Date, if the then-current Benchmark is LIBOR, the Benchmark Replacement will replace such Benchmark for all purposes hereunder and under any Loan Document in respect of any setting of such Benchmark on such day and all subsequent settings without any amendment to, or further action or consent of any other party to this Agreement or any other Loan Document. If the Benchmark Replacement is Daily Simple SOFR, all interest payments will be payable on a quarterly basis.

(b)    Upon the occurrence of a Benchmark Transition Event, the Benchmark Replacement will replace the then-current Benchmark for all purposes hereunder and under any Loan Document in respect of any Benchmark setting at or after 5:00 p.m. on the fifth (5th) Business Day after the date notice of such Benchmark Replacement is provided to the Lenders without any amendment to, or further action or consent of any other party to, this Agreement or any other Loan Document so long as the Term Administrative Agent has not received, by such time, written notice of objection to such Benchmark Replacement from Lenders comprising the Required Lenders. At any time that the administrator of the then-current Benchmark has permanently or indefinitely ceased to provide such Benchmark or such Benchmark has been announced by the regulatory supervisor for the administrator of such Benchmark pursuant to public statement or publication of information to be no longer representative of the underlying market and economic reality that such Benchmark is intended to measure and that representativeness will not be restored, the Borrowing shall be deemed to bear interest based on ABR instead of such Benchmark until Borrower receives notice from the Term Administrative Agent that a Benchmark Replacement has replaced such Benchmark. During the period referenced in the foregoing sentence, the component of ABR based upon the Benchmark will not be used in any determination of ABR.

 

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(c)    In connection with the implementation and administration of a Benchmark Replacement, the Term Administrative Agent will have the right to make Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes from time to time in consultation with the Borrower and, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Loan Document, any amendments implementing such Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes will become effective without any further action or consent of any other party to this Agreement.

(d)    The Term Administrative Agent will promptly notify the Borrower and the Lenders of (i) the implementation of any Benchmark Replacement and (ii) the effectiveness of any Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes. Any determination, decision or election that may be made by the Term Administrative Agent or the Borrower pursuant to this Section 2.14(d), including any determination with respect to a tenor, rate or adjustment or of the occurrence or non-occurrence of an event, circumstance or date and any decision to take or refrain from taking any action, will be conclusive and binding absent manifest error and may be made in its or their sole discretion and without consent from any other party hereto, except, in each case, as expressly required pursuant to this Section 2.14(d).

(e)    At any time (including in connection with the implementation of a Benchmark Replacement), (i) if the then-current Benchmark is a term rate (including Term SOFR or LIBOR), then the Term Administrative Agent may remove any tenor of such Benchmark that is unavailable or non-representative for such Benchmark (including Benchmark Replacement) settings and (ii) the Term Administrative Agent may reinstate any such previously removed tenor for such Benchmark (including Benchmark Replacement) settings.

(f)    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, if a Term SOFR Transition Event has occurred, then, effective on the date that is ten (10) days after the date a Term SOFR Notice is provided to the Lenders and the Borrower, the applicable Benchmark Replacement will replace the then-current Benchmark for all purposes hereunder or under any Loan Document in respect of such Benchmark setting and subsequent Benchmark settings, without any amendment to, or further action or consent of any other party to, this Agreement or any other Loan Document.

(g)    As used in this Section 2.14 and elsewhere in this Agreement, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:

Available Tenor” means, as of any date of determination and with respect to the then-current Benchmark, as applicable, (x) if the then-current Benchmark is a term rate, any tenor for such Benchmark that is or may be used for determining the length of an Interest Period or (y) otherwise, any payment period for interest calculated with reference to such Benchmark, as applicable, pursuant to this Agreement as of such date.

Benchmark” means, initially, LIBOR; provided that if a Benchmark Transition Event, a Term SOFR Transition Event or an Early Opt-in Election, as applicable, has occurred with respect to LIBOR or the then-current Benchmark, then “Benchmark” means the applicable Benchmark Replacement to the extent that such Benchmark Replacement has replaced such prior benchmark rate. Any reference to “Benchmark” shall include, as applicable, the published component used in the calculation thereof.

 

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Benchmark Replacement” means, for any Available Tenor:

(i)    For purposes of Section 2.14(a), the first alternative set forth below that can be determined by the Term Administrative Agent:

(A)    the sum of: (i) Term SOFR and (ii) 0.11448% (11.448 basis points) for an Available Tenor of one-month’s duration, 0.26161% (26.161 basis points) for an Available Tenor of three-months’ duration, and 0.42826% (42.826 basis points) for an Available Tenor of six-months’ duration (the “Term SOFR Benchmark Replacement”), or

(B)    the sum of: (A) Daily Simple SOFR and (B) the spread adjustment selected or recommended by the Relevant Governmental Body for the replacement of the tenor of LIBOR with a SOFR-based rate having approximately the same length as the interest payment period specified in Section 2.14(a) (the “Daily Simple SOFR Benchmark Replacement”); and

(ii)    For purposes of Section 2.14(b), the sum of (a) the alternate benchmark rate and (b) an adjustment (which may be a positive or negative value or zero), in each case, that has been selected by the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower as the replacement for such Available Tenor of such Benchmark giving due consideration to any evolving or then-prevailing market convention, including any applicable recommendations made by the Relevant Governmental Body, for U.S. dollar-denominated syndicated credit facilities at such time; and

(iii)    For purposes of Section 2.14(f), the Term SOFR Benchmark Replacement;

provided that, in the case of the Initial Term Loans, if the Benchmark Replacement as determined pursuant to clause (i), (ii) or (iii) above would be less than 0.50%, the Benchmark Replacement will be deemed to be 0.50% for the purposes of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents; and, provided, further, that, in the case of clause (a)(i), if the Term Administrative Agent determines that Term SOFR is not administratively feasible for the Term Administrative Agent, then Term SOFR will be deemed unable to be determined for purposes of this definition.

Notwithstanding the foregoing or anything contained herein to the contrary, if the Borrower has outstanding a Swap Agreement with respect to all or any portion of any Loan, which Swap Agreement is with a counterparty that is an Agent, a Lender or any of their respective Affiliates, the parties agree that the Benchmark Replacement with respect to the related Loan or such portion thereof shall be the benchmark replacement set forth in the related Swap Agreement, which shall be implemented in a manner consistent with such Swap Agreement to eliminate any basis risk between such Swap Agreement and the amounts payable hereunder.

Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes” means, with respect to any Benchmark Replacement, any technical, administrative or operational changes (including changes to the definition of “ABR,” the definition of “Alternate Base Rate,” the definition of “Business Day,” the definition of “Interest Period,” timing and frequency of determining rates and making payments of interest, timing of borrowing requests or prepayment, conversion or continuation notices, applicability and length of lookback periods, the applicability of breakage provisions, and other technical, administrative or operational matters) that the Term Administrative Agent decides may be appropriate to reflect the adoption and implementation of such Benchmark Replacement and to permit the administration thereof by the Term Administrative Agent in a manner substantially consistent with market practice (or, if the Term Administrative Agent decides that adoption of any portion of such market practice is not administratively feasible or if the Term Administrative Agent determines that no market practice for the administration of such Benchmark Replacement exists, in such other manner of administration as the Term Administrative Agent decides is reasonably necessary in connection with the administration of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents).

 

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Benchmark Transition Event” means, with respect to any then-current Benchmark other than LIBOR, the occurrence of a public statement or publication of information by or on behalf of the administrator of the then-current Benchmark, the regulatory supervisor for the administrator of such Benchmark, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, an insolvency official with jurisdiction over the administrator for such Benchmark, a resolution authority with jurisdiction over the administrator for such Benchmark or a court or an entity with similar insolvency or resolution authority over the administrator for such Benchmark, announcing or stating that (a) such administrator has ceased or will cease on a specified date to provide all Available Tenors of such Benchmark, permanently or indefinitely, provided that, at the time of such statement or publication, there is no successor administrator that will continue to provide any Available Tenor of such Benchmark or (b) all Available Tenors of such Benchmark are or will no longer be representative of the underlying market and economic reality that such Benchmark is intended to measure and that representativeness will not be restored.

Daily Simple SOFR” means, for any day, SOFR, with the conventions for this rate (which will include a lookback) being established by the Term Administrative Agent in accordance with the conventions for this rate recommended by the Relevant Governmental Body for determining “Daily Simple SOFR” for syndicated business loans; provided, that if the Term Administrative Agent decides that any such convention is not administratively feasible for the Term Administrative Agent, then the Term Administrative Agent may establish another convention in its reasonable discretion.

Early Opt-in Effective Date” means, with respect to any Early Opt-in Election, the sixth (6th) Business Day after the date notice of such Early Opt-in Election is provided to the Lenders.

Early Opt-in Election” means the occurrence of:

(1)     a notification by the Term Administrative Agent to (or the request by Borrower to the Term Administrative Agent to notify) each of the other parties hereto that at least five currently outstanding U.S. dollar-denominated syndicated credit facilities at such time contain (as a result of amendment or as originally executed) a SOFR-based rate (including SOFR, a term SOFR or any other rate based upon SOFR) as a benchmark rate (and such syndicated credit facilities are identified in such notice and are publicly available for review), and

(2)    the joint election by the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent to trigger a fallback from LIBOR and the provision by the Term Administrative Agent of written notice of such election to the Lenders.

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.

SOFR” means a rate per annum equal to the secured overnight financing rate for such Business Day published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (or a successor administrator of the secured overnight financing rate) on the website of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, currently at http://www.newyorkfed.org (or any successor source for the secured overnight financing rate identified as such by the administrator of the secured overnight financing rate from time to time).

Term SOFR” means, for the applicable corresponding tenor, the forward-looking term rate based on SOFR that has been selected or recommended by the Relevant Governmental Body.

 

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Term SOFR Notice” means a notification by the Term Administrative Agent to the Lenders and the Borrower of the occurrence of a Term SOFR Transition Event.

Term SOFR Transition Event” means the determination by the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower that (a) Term SOFR has been recommended for use by the Relevant Governmental Body, (b) the administration of Term SOFR is administratively feasible for the Term Administrative Agent and (c) the Benchmark has previously been replaced pursuant to Section 2.14(a) with a Benchmark Replacement which is based on Daily Simple SOFR.

SECTION 2.15    Increased Costs.

(a)    If any Change in Law shall:

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

(ii)    impose on any Lender or the London interbank market any other condition, cost or expense affecting this Agreement or Eurodollar Loans made by such Lender;

and the result of any of the foregoing shall be to increase the cost to such Lender of making or maintaining any Eurodollar Loan (or of maintaining its obligation to make any such Loan) or to reduce the amount of any sum received or receivable by such Lender hereunder (whether of principal, interest or otherwise), then, from time to time upon request of such Lender, the Borrower will pay to such Lender such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender for such increased costs actually incurred or reduction actually suffered.

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

(c)    A certificate of a Lender setting forth the amount or amounts necessary to compensate such Lender or its holding company in reasonable detail, as the case may be, as specified in paragraph (a) or (b) of this Section 2.15 delivered to the Borrower shall be conclusive absent manifest error. The Borrower shall pay such Lender the amount shown as due on any such certificate within 15 days after receipt thereof.

(d)    Failure or delay on the part of any Lender to demand compensation pursuant to this Section 2.15 shall not constitute a waiver of such Lender’s right to demand such compensation; provided that the Borrower shall not be required to compensate a Lender pursuant to this Section 2.15 for any increased costs incurred or reductions suffered more than 180 days prior to the date that such Lender notifies the Borrower of the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions and of such Lender’s intention to claim compensation therefor; provided further that, if the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions is retroactive, then the 180-day period referred to above shall be extended to include the period of retroactive effect thereof.

 

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SECTION 2.16    Break Funding Payments.

In the event of (a) the payment of any principal of any Eurodollar Loan other than on the last day of an Interest Period applicable thereto (including as a result of an Event of Default), (b) the conversion of any Eurodollar Loan other than on the last day of the Interest Period applicable thereto, (c) the failure to borrow, convert, continue or prepay any Term Loan on the date specified in any notice delivered pursuant hereto (regardless of whether such notice may be revoked under Section 2.11(f) and is revoked in accordance therewith) or (d) the assignment of any Eurodollar Loan other than on the last day of the Interest Period applicable thereto as a result of a request by the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.19 or Section 9.02(c), then, in any such event, the Borrower shall, after receipt of a written request by any Lender affected by any such event (which request shall set forth in reasonable detail the basis for requesting such amount), compensate each Lender for the loss, cost and expense (excluding loss of profit) actually incurred by it as a result of such event. For purposes of calculating amounts payable by the Borrowers to the Lenders under this Section 2.16, each Lender shall be deemed to have funded each Eurodollar Loan made by it at the Adjusted LIBO Rate for such Loan by a matching deposit or other borrowing in the applicable interbank eurodollar market for a comparable amount and for a comparable period, whether or not such Eurodollar Loan was in fact so funded. A certificate of any Lender setting forth in reasonable detail any amount or amounts that such Lender is entitled to receive pursuant to this Section 2.16 and the reasons therefor delivered to the Borrower shall be prima facie evidence of such amounts. The Borrower shall pay such Lender the amount shown as due on any such certificate within 15 days after receipt of such demand. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this Section 2.16 will not apply to losses, costs or expenses resulting from Taxes, as to which Section 2.17 shall govern. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no Lender shall demand compensation pursuant to this Section 2.16 if it shall not at the time be the general policy or practice of such Lender to demand such compensation in similar circumstances under comparable provisions of other credit agreements.

SECTION 2.17    Taxes.

(a)    Any and all payments by or on account of any obligation of any Loan Party under any Loan Document shall be made free and clear of and without deduction for any Taxes, except as required by applicable Requirements of Law. If the applicable withholding agent shall be required by applicable Requirements of Law (as determined in the good faith discretion of the applicable withholding agent) to deduct any Taxes from such payments, then the applicable withholding agent shall make such deductions and shall timely pay the full amount deducted to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable Requirements of Law, and if such Taxes are Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes, then the amount payable by the applicable Loan Party shall be increased as necessary so that after all such required deductions have been made (including such deductions applicable to additional amounts payable under this Section 2.17), each Lender (or, in the case of a payment made to the Term Administrative Agent for its own account, the Term Administrative Agent) receives an amount equal to the sum it would have received had no such deductions been made.

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

(c)    The Borrower shall indemnify the Term Administrative Agent and each Lender within 30 days after written demand therefor, for the full amount of any Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes paid by the Term Administrative Agent or such Lender as the case may be, on or with respect to any payment by or on account of any obligation of any Loan Party under any Loan Document and any Other Taxes paid by the Term Administrative Agent or such Lender, as the case may be (including Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes imposed or asserted on or attributable to amounts payable under this Section 2.17) and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Indemnified

 

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Taxes or Other Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority. A certificate setting forth in reasonable detail the basis and calculation of the amount of such payment or liability delivered to the Borrower by a Lender, or by the Term Administrative Agent on its own behalf or on behalf of a Lender, shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

(d)    As soon as practicable after any payment of any Taxes by a Loan Party to a Governmental Authority, the Borrower shall deliver to the Term Administrative Agent the original or a certified copy of a receipt issued by such Governmental Authority evidencing such payment, a copy of the return reporting such payment or other evidence of such payment reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent.

(e)    Each Lender shall, at such times as are reasonably requested by Borrower or the Term Administrative Agent, provide Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent with any properly completed and executed documentation prescribed by any Requirement of Law, or reasonably requested by Borrower or the Term Administrative Agent, certifying as to any entitlement of such Lender to an exemption from, or reduction in, any withholding Tax with respect to any payments to be made to such Lender under the Loan Documents. Each such Lender shall, whenever a lapse in time or change in circumstances renders any such documentation expired, obsolete or inaccurate in any respect (including any specific documentation required below in this Section 2.17(e)), deliver promptly to the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent updated or other appropriate documentation (including any new documentation reasonably requested by the applicable withholding agent) or promptly notify the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent in writing of its legal ineligibility to do so. Unless the applicable withholding agent has received forms or other documents satisfactory to it indicating that payments under any Loan Document to or for a Lender are not subject to withholding tax or are subject to Tax at a rate reduced by an applicable tax treaty, the Borrower, the Term Administrative Agent or other applicable withholding agent shall withhold amounts required to be withheld by applicable law from such payments at the applicable statutory rate.

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing:

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

(ii)    Each Lender that is not a United States person (as defined in Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code) shall deliver to the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent on or before the date on which it becomes a party to this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of the Borrower or the Term Administrative Agent) whichever of the following is applicable:

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

(B)    two properly completed and duly signed copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8ECI (or any successor forms),

 

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(C)    in the case of a Foreign Lender claiming the benefits of the exemption for portfolio interest under Section 871(h) or Section 881(c) of the Code, (x) two properly completed and duly signed certificates, substantially in the form of Exhibit N (any such certificate a “United States Tax Compliance Certificate”), and (y) two properly completed and duly signed copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8BEN or W-8BEN-E, as applicable (or any successor forms),

(D)    to the extent a Foreign Lender is not the beneficial owner (for example, where the Lender is a partnership or a participating Lender), two properly completed and duly signed copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8IMY (or any successor forms) of the Foreign Lender, accompanied by a Form W-8ECI, W-8BEN or W-8BEN-E, United States Tax Compliance Certificate, Form W-9, Form W-8IMY (or other successor forms) or any other required information from each beneficial owner that would be required under this Section 2.17 if such beneficial owner were a Lender, as applicable (provided that, if the Lender is a partnership (and not a participating Lender) and one or more direct or indirect partners are claiming the portfolio interest exemption, the United States Tax Compliance Certificate may be provided by such Lender on behalf of such direct or indirect partner(s)), or

(E)    two properly completed and duly signed copies of any other form prescribed by applicable Requirements of 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 Requirements of Law to permit the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent to determine the withholding or deduction required to be made.

(iii)    If a payment made to any Lender under any Loan Document would be subject to U.S. federal withholding tax imposed by FATCA if such Lender were to fail to comply with the applicable reporting requirements of FATCA (including those contained in Section 1471(b) or 1472(b) of the Code, as applicable), such Lender shall deliver to the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent at the time or times prescribed by law and at such time or times reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Term 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 Term Administrative Agent as may be necessary for the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent to comply with their obligations under FATCA, to determine whether such Lender has or has not complied with such Lender’s obligations under FATCA and, if necessary, to determine the amount to deduct and withhold from such payment. Solely for purposes of this clause (iii), “FATCA” shall include any amendments made to FATCA after the date of this Agreement. Notwithstanding any other provision of this clause (e), a Lender shall not be required to deliver any form that such Lender is not legally eligible to deliver.

(f)    If the Borrower determines in good faith that a reasonable basis exists for contesting any Taxes for which indemnification has been demanded hereunder, the Term Administrative Agent or the relevant Lender, as applicable, shall use commercially reasonable efforts to cooperate with the Borrower in a reasonable challenge of such Taxes if so requested by the Borrower, provided that (a) the Term Administrative Agent or such Lender determines in its reasonable discretion that it would not be subject to any unreimbursed third party cost or expense or otherwise be prejudiced by cooperating in such challenge, (b) the Borrower pays all related expenses of the Term Administrative Agent or such Lender, as applicable and (c) the Borrower indemnifies the Term Administrative Agent or such Lender, as applicable, for any liabilities or other costs incurred by such party in connection with such challenge. If the Term

 

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Administrative Agent or a Lender receives a refund of any Indemnified 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 2.17, it shall pay over such refund to the Borrower (but only to the extent of indemnity payments made, or additional amounts paid, by the Borrower under this Section 2.17 with respect to the Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes giving rise to such refund), net of all out-of-pocket expenses (including Taxes) of the Term Administrative Agent or such Lender 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 Term Administrative Agent or such Lender, agrees promptly to repay the amount paid over to the Borrower (plus any penalties, interest or other charges imposed by the relevant Governmental Authority) to the Term Administrative Agent or such Lender in the event the Term Administrative Agent or such Lender is required to repay such refund to such Governmental Authority. The Term Administrative Agent or such Lender, as the case may be, shall, at the Borrower’s request, provide the Borrower with a copy of any notice of assessment or other evidence of the requirement to repay such refund received from the relevant taxing authority (provided that the Term Administrative Agent or such Lender may delete any information therein that the Term Administrative Agent or such Lender deems confidential). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, this Section 2.17(f) shall not be construed to require the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender to make available its Tax returns (or any other information relating to Taxes which it deems confidential) to any Loan Party or any other person.

(g)    The agreements in this Section 2.17 shall survive the resignation or replacement of the Term Administrative Agent or any assignment of rights by, or the replacement of, a Lender, the termination of this Agreement and the payment of the Loans and all other amounts payable hereunder.

(h)    For purposes of this Section 2.17, the term “applicable Requirements of Law” includes FATCA.

(i)    Each Lender hereby authorizes the Term Administrative Agent to deliver to the Loan Parties and to any successor Term Administrative Agent any documentation provided by such Lender to the Term Administrative Agent pursuant to Section 2.17(e) or 2.17(f).

SECTION 2.18    Payments Generally; Pro Rata Treatment; Sharing of Setoffs.

(a)    The Borrower shall make each payment required to be made by it under any Loan Document (whether of principal, interest or fees, or of amounts payable under Section 2.15, 2.16 or 2.17, or otherwise) prior to the time expressly required hereunder or under such other Loan Document for such payment (or, if no such time is expressly required, prior to 2:00 p.m., New York City time), on the date when due, in immediately available funds, without condition or deduction for any counterclaim, recoupment or setoff. Any amounts received after such time on any date may, in the discretion of the Term Administrative Agent, be deemed to have been received on the next succeeding Business Day for purposes of calculating interest thereon. All such payments shall be made to such account as may be specified by the Term Administrative Agent, except that payments pursuant to Sections 2.15, 2.16, 2.17 and 9.03 shall be made directly to the Persons entitled thereto and payments pursuant to other Loan Documents shall be made to the Persons specified therein. The Term Administrative Agent shall distribute any such payments received by it for the account of any other Person to the appropriate recipient promptly following receipt thereof. Except as otherwise provided herein, if any payment under any Loan Document shall be due on a day that is not a Business Day, the date for payment shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day. If any payment on a Eurodollar Loan becomes due and payable on a day other than a Business Day, the maturity thereof shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day unless the result of such extension would be to extend such payment into another calendar month, in which event such payment shall be made on the immediately preceding Business Day. In the case of any payment of principal pursuant to the preceding two sentences, interest thereon shall be payable at the then applicable rate for the period of such

 

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extension. All payments or prepayments of any Loan shall be made in dollars, all payments of accrued interest payable on a Loan shall be made in dollars, and all other payments under each Loan Document shall be made in dollars.

(b)    If at any time insufficient funds are received by and available to the Term Administrative Agent to pay fully all amounts of principal, interest and fees then due hereunder, such funds shall be applied (i) first, towards payment of interest and fees then due hereunder, ratably among the parties entitled thereto in accordance with the amounts of interest and fees then due to such parties, and (ii) second, towards payment of principal then due hereunder, ratably among the parties entitled thereto in accordance with the amounts of principal then due to such parties.

(c)    If any Lender shall, by exercising any right of setoff or counterclaim or otherwise, obtain payment in respect of any principal of or interest on any of its Term Loans resulting in such Lender receiving payment of a greater proportion of the aggregate amount of its Term Loans and accrued interest thereon than the proportion received by any other Lender, then the Lender receiving such greater proportion shall purchase (for cash at face value) participations in the Term Loans of other Lenders to the extent necessary so that the benefit of all such payments shall be shared by the Lenders ratably in accordance with the aggregate amount of principal of and accrued interest on their respective Term Loans; provided that (i) if any such participations are purchased and all or any portion of the payment giving rise thereto is recovered, such participations shall be rescinded and the purchase price restored to the extent of such recovery, without interest and (ii) the provisions of this paragraph shall not be construed to apply to (A) any payment made by the Borrower pursuant to and in accordance with the express terms of this Agreement (including the application of funds arising from the existence of a Defaulting Lender), (B) any payment obtained by a Lender as consideration for the assignment of or sale of a participation in any of its Loans to any assignee or participant or (C) any disproportionate payment obtained by a Lender of any Class as a result of the extension by Lenders of the maturity date or expiration date of some but not all Loans of that Class or any increase in the Applicable Rate in respect of Loans of Lenders that have consented to any such extension. The Borrower consents to the foregoing and agrees, to the extent it may effectively do so under applicable law, that any Lender acquiring a participation pursuant to the foregoing arrangements may exercise against the Borrower’s rights of setoff and counterclaim with respect to such participation as fully as if such Lender were a direct creditor of the Borrower in the amount of such participation.

(d)    Unless the Term Administrative Agent shall have received notice from the Borrower prior to the date on which any payment is due to the Term Administrative Agent for the account of the Lenders hereunder that the Borrower will not make such payment, the Term Administrative Agent may assume that the Borrower has made such payment on such date in accordance herewith and may, in reliance upon such assumption and in its sole discretion, distribute to the Lenders the amount due. In such event, if the Borrower has not in fact made such payment, then each of the Lenders severally agrees to repay to the Term Administrative Agent forthwith on demand the amount so distributed to such Lender with interest thereon, for each day from and including the date such amount is distributed to it to but excluding the date of payment to the Term Administrative Agent, at the greater of the Federal Funds Effective Rate and a rate determined by the Term Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation.

(e)    If any Lender shall fail to make any payment required to be made by it pursuant to Section 2.06(a) or Section 2.06(b), Section 2.18(d) or Section 9.03(c), then the Term Administrative Agent may, in its discretion and in the order determined by the Term Administrative Agent (notwithstanding any contrary provision hereof), (i) apply any amounts thereafter received by the Term Administrative Agent for the account of such Lender to satisfy such Lender’s obligations under such Section until all such unsatisfied obligations are fully paid and/or (ii) hold any such amounts in a segregated account as cash collateral for, and to be applied to, any future funding obligations of such Lender under any such Section.

 

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SECTION 2.19    Mitigation Obligations; Replacement of Lenders.

(a)    If any Lender requests compensation under Section 2.15, or if the Borrower is required to pay any additional amount to any Lender or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender pursuant to Section 2.17 or any event gives rise to the operation of Section 2.23, then such Lender shall use reasonable efforts to designate a different lending office for funding or booking its Loans hereunder affected by such event, or to assign and delegate its rights and obligations hereunder to another of its offices, branches or Affiliates, if, in the judgment of such Lender, such designation or assignment and delegation (i) would eliminate or reduce amounts payable pursuant to Section 2.15 or 2.17 or mitigate the applicability of Section 2.23, as the case may be, and (ii) would not subject such Lender to any unreimbursed cost or expense reasonably deemed by such Lender to be material and would not be inconsistent with the internal policies of, or otherwise be disadvantageous in any material economic, legal or regulatory respect to, such Lender.

(b)    If (i) any Lender requests compensation under Section 2.15 or gives notice under Section 2.23, (ii) the Borrower is required to pay any additional amount to any Lender or to any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender pursuant to Section 2.17 or (iii) any Lender is a Defaulting Lender, then the Borrower may, at its sole expense and effort, upon notice to such Lender and the Term Administrative Agent, require such Lender to assign and delegate, without recourse (in accordance with and subject to the restrictions contained in Section 9.04), all its interests, rights and obligations under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to an Eligible Assignee that shall assume such obligations (which assignee may be another Lender, if a Lender accepts such assignment and delegation); provided that (A) the Borrower shall have received the prior written consent of the Term Administrative Agent to the extent such consent would be required under Section 9.04(b) for an assignment of Loans or Commitments, as applicable, which consents, in each case, shall not unreasonably be withheld or delayed, (B) such Lender shall have received payment of an amount equal to the outstanding principal of its Loans, accrued but unpaid interest thereon, accrued but unpaid fees and all other amounts payable to it hereunder from the assignee (to the extent of such outstanding principal and accrued interest and fees) or the Borrower (in the case of all other amounts), (C) the Borrower or such assignee shall have paid (unless waived) to the Term Administrative Agent the processing and recordation fee specified in Section 9.04(b)(ii) and (D) in the case of any such assignment resulting from a claim for compensation under Section 2.15, or payments required to be made pursuant to Section 2.17 or a notice given under Section 2.23, such assignment will result in a material reduction in such compensation or payments. A Lender shall not be required to make any such assignment and delegation if, prior thereto, as a result of a waiver by such Lender or otherwise (including as a result of any action taken by such Lender under paragraph (a) above), the circumstances entitling the Borrower to require such assignment and delegation cease to apply. Each party hereto agrees that an assignment required pursuant to this paragraph may be effected pursuant to an Assignment and Assumption executed by the Borrower, the Term Administrative Agent and the assignee and that the Lender required to make such assignment need not be a party thereto.

SECTION 2.20    Incremental Credit Extensions.

(a)    The Borrower may at any time or from time to time on one or more occasions after the Effective Date, by written notice delivered to the Term Administrative Agent request (i) one or more additional Classes of term loans (each, an “Incremental Term Facility”), (ii) one or more additional term loans of the same Class of any existing Class of term loans (each, an “Incremental Term Increase”), (iii) one or more tranches of cash-flow revolving credit facilities (the first of such tranches, the “Initial Incremental Revolving Facility” and, together with each such tranche thereafter, the “Incremental Revolving Facilities”) or (iv) one or more increases in the amount of any existing Class of Incremental Revolving Loans (each, an “Incremental Revolving Increase”, and together with any Incremental Term Facility, Incremental Term Increase and Incremental Revolving Facilities, the “Incremental Facilities”);

 

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provided that, after giving effect to any Incremental Facility Amendment referred to below and at the time that any such Incremental Term Loan or Incremental Revolving Loan is made or effected, (x) no Event of Default (except, in the case of the incurrence or provision of any Incremental Facility in connection with a Permitted Acquisition or other Investment not prohibited by the terms of this Agreement, for which a Specified Event of Default shall be the standard) shall have occurred and be continuing and (y) all representations and warranties in Article III shall be true and correct in all material respects on and as of the effective date of such Incremental Facility (except, in the case of the incurrence or provision of any Incremental Facility in connection with a Permitted Acquisition or other Investment not prohibited by the terms of this Agreement, for which the Specified Representations shall be true and correct in all material respects as of such date). Notwithstanding anything to contrary herein, the aggregate principal amount of the Incremental Facilities that can be incurred at any time shall not exceed the Incremental Cap at such time. Each Incremental Facility shall be in a minimum principal amount of $10,000,000 and integral multiples of $1,000,000 in excess thereof if such Incremental Facilities are denominated in dollars (unless the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent otherwise agree); provided that such amount may be less than $10,000,000 if such amount represents all the remaining availability under the aggregate principal amount of Incremental Facilities set forth above.

(b)    The Incremental Term Loans (a) shall (i) rank equal or junior in right of payment with the Term Loans, (ii) if secured, be secured only by the Collateral securing the Secured Obligations and (iii) only be guaranteed by the Loan Parties, (b) shall not mature earlier than the Term Maturity Date, (c) shall not have a shorter Weighted Average Life to Maturity than the remaining Term Loans, (d) shall have a maturity date (subject to clause (b)), an amortization schedule (subject to clause (c)), interest rates (including through fixed interest rates), “most favored nation” provisions, interest margins, rate floors, upfront fees, funding discounts, original issue discounts, financial covenants, prepayment terms and premiums and other terms and conditions as determined by the Borrower and the Additional Term Lenders thereunder; provided that, for any Incremental Term Loans that rank equal in right of payment with the Term Loans and are secured on a pari passu basis with the Collateral securing the Loan Document Obligations incurred prior to the date that is six months after the Effective Date, in the event that the Effective Yield for any such Incremental Term Loans is greater than the Effective Yield for the Term Loans by more than 0.50% per annum, then the Effective Yield for the Term Loans shall be increased to the extent necessary so that the Effective Yield for the Term Loans is equal to the Effective Yield for such Incremental Term Loans minus 0.50% per annum (provided that the “LIBOR floor” applicable to the outstanding Term Loans shall be increased to an amount not to exceed the “LIBOR floor” applicable to such Incremental Term Loans prior to any increase in the Applicable Rate applicable to such Term Loans then outstanding); and (e) may otherwise have terms and conditions different from those of the Term Loans (including currency denomination); provided that (x) to the extent the terms and documentation with respect to any Incremental Facility are not consistent with the existing Term Loans (except with respect to matters contemplated by clauses (b), (c) and (d) above) the terms, conditions and documentation of any such Incremental Facility shall be reasonably acceptable to the Term Administrative Agent. Any Incremental Term Facility or Incremental Term Increase shall be pursuant to documentation as determined by the Borrower and the Additional Term Lenders providing such Incremental Term Facility or Incremental Term Increase, subject to the restrictions and exceptions set forth above.

(c)    The Incremental Revolving Facilities shall be on terms and documentation as determined by the Borrower and the lenders providing such Incremental Revolving Facility; provided that any Incremental Revolving Facility (a) shall (i) rank equal or junior in right of payment with the Term Loans, (ii) if secured, be secured only by the Collateral securing the Secured Obligations and (iii) only be guaranteed by the Loan Parties, (b) shall not provide for scheduled amortization or mandatory commitment reductions prior to the final scheduled maturity date of the Term Loans, (c) may provide for the ability to participate with respect to borrowings and, subject to exceptions set forth in the Loan Documents, repayments on a pro rata basis or less than pro rata basis (but not greater than pro rata basis) with any other

 

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existing cash-flow revolving facility tranche, (d) may not have a final scheduled maturity date earlier than the Term Loans, (e) may provide for the ability to permanently repay and terminate the Incremental Revolving Loans on a pro rata basis, less than a pro rata basis, or greater than a pro rata basis with any existing cash-flow revolving facility tranche and (f) may otherwise have terms and conditions different from those of the Term Loans (including currency denomination); provided that (x) to the extent the terms and documentation with respect to any Incremental Revolving Facility are not consistent with the Term Loans, the terms, conditions and documentation of any such Incremental Revolving Facility shall be reasonably acceptable to the Term Administrative Agent. Any Incremental Revolving Facility or Incremental Revolving Increase shall be pursuant to documentation as determined by the Borrower and the Additional Revolving Lenders providing such Incremental Revolving Facility or Incremental Revolving Increase, subject to the restrictions and exceptions set forth above.

(d)    The Incremental Revolving Increase shall be treated the same as the Class of Incremental Revolving Loans being increased (including with respect to maturity date thereof) and shall be considered to be part of the Class of Incremental Revolving Loans being increased (it being understood that, if required to consummate an Incremental Revolving Increase, the pricing, interest rate margins, “most favored nation” provisions, rate floors and undrawn commitment fees on the Class of Incremental Revolving Loans being increased may be increased and additional upfront or similar fees may be payable to the Lenders providing the Incremental Revolving Increase (without any requirement to pay such fees to any existing Lender of Incremental Revolving Loans)). Any Incremental Revolving Increase shall be on the same terms and pursuant to the same documentation applicable to the Incremental Revolving Loans (excluding upfront fees and customary arranger fees).

(e)    Each notice from the Borrower pursuant to this Section 2.20 shall set forth the requested amount of the relevant Incremental Term Loans or Incremental Revolving Loans.

(f)    Commitments in respect of any Incremental Term Increase or Incremental Revolving Increase shall become Commitments under this Agreement pursuant to an amendment (an “Incremental Facility Amendment”) to this Agreement and, as appropriate, the other Loan Documents, executed by the Borrower, each Lender agreeing to provide such Commitment, if any, each Additional Term Lender, if any, and the Term Administrative Agent. An Incremental Facility may be provided, subject to the prior written consent of the Borrower (not to be unreasonably withheld), by any existing Lender (it being understood that no existing Lender shall have the right to participate in any Incremental Facility or, unless it agrees, be obligated to provide any Incremental Term Loans or Incremental Revolving Loans) or by any Additional Term Lender or Additional Revolving Lender. Incremental Term Loans and Incremental Revolving Loans shall be a “Loan” for all purposes of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents. The Incremental Facility Amendment may, subject to Section 2.20(b), without the consent of any other Lenders, effect such amendments to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents as may be necessary, in the reasonable opinion of the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower, to effect the provisions of this Section 2.20. The effectiveness of any Incremental Facility Amendment and the occurrence of any credit event (including the making (but not the conversion or continuation) of a Loan) pursuant to such Incremental Facility Amendment shall be subject to the satisfaction of such conditions as the parties thereto shall agree and as required by this Section 2.20. The Borrower will use the proceeds of the Incremental Term Loans or Incremental Revolving Loans for any purpose not prohibited by this Agreement.

(g)    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, this Section 2.20 shall supersede any provisions in Section 2.18 or Section 9.02 to the contrary.

 

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SECTION 2.21    Refinancing Amendments.

(a)    At any time after the Effective Date, the Borrower may obtain, from any Lender or any Additional Term Lender, Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness in respect of all or any portion of the Term Loans then outstanding under this Agreement (which for purposes of this clause (a) will be deemed to include any then outstanding Other Term Loans) in the form of Other Term Loans or Other Term Commitments pursuant to a Refinancing Amendment; provided that such Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness (i) will be unsecured or will rank pari passu or junior in right of payment and of security with the other Loans and Commitments hereunder, (ii) will have such pricing and optional prepayment terms as may be agreed by the Borrower and the Lenders thereof, and (iii) the Net Proceeds of such Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness shall be applied, substantially concurrently with the incurrence thereof, to the prepayment of outstanding Term Loans being so refinanced. The effectiveness of any Refinancing Amendment shall be subject to the satisfaction on the date thereof of the conditions as agreed between the lenders providing such Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness and the Borrower and, to the extent reasonably requested by the Term Administrative Agent, receipt by the Term Administrative Agent of legal opinions, board resolutions, officers’ certificates and/or reaffirmation agreements consistent with those delivered on the Effective Date under Section 4.01 (other than changes to such legal opinions resulting from a change in law, change in fact or change to counsel’s form of opinion reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent). Each Class of Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness incurred under this Section 2.21 shall be in an aggregate principal amount that is (x) not less than $10,000,000 in the case of Other Term Loans and (y) an integral multiple of $1,000,000 in excess thereof (in each case unless the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent otherwise agree). The Term Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Lender as to the effectiveness of each Refinancing Amendment. Each of the parties hereto hereby agrees that, upon the effectiveness of any Refinancing Amendment, this Agreement shall be deemed amended to the extent (but only to the extent) necessary to reflect the existence and terms of the Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness incurred pursuant thereto (including any amendments necessary to treat the Loans and Commitments subject thereto as Other Term Loans and/or Other Term Commitments). Any Refinancing Amendment may, without the consent of any other Lenders, effect such amendments to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents as may be necessary or appropriate, in the reasonable opinion of the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower, to effect the provisions of this Section.

(b)    This Section 2.21 shall supersede any provisions in Section 2.18 or Section 9.02 to the contrary.

SECTION 2.22    Defaulting Lenders.

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

(i)    Waivers and Amendments. Such Defaulting Lender’s right to approve or disapprove any amendment, waiver or consent with respect to this Agreement shall be restricted as set forth in Section 9.02.

(ii)    Reallocation of Payments. Subject to the last sentence of Section 2.11(f), any payment of principal, interest, fees or other amounts received by the Term Administrative Agent for the account of that Defaulting Lender (whether voluntary or mandatory, at maturity, pursuant to Article VII or otherwise, and including any amounts made available to the Term Administrative Agent by that Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 9.08), shall be applied at such time or times as may be determined by the Term Administrative Agent as follows: first, to the payment of any amounts owing by that Defaulting Lender to the Term Administrative Agent hereunder; second, as the Borrower may request (so long as no Default or Event of Default exists),

 

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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 Term Administrative Agent; third, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Lenders as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by any Lender against that Defaulting Lender as a result of that Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; fourth, so long as no Default or Event of Default exists, to the payment of any amounts owing to any Loan Party as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by any Loan Party against that Defaulting Lender as a result of that Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; and fifth, to that Defaulting Lender or as otherwise directed by a court of competent jurisdiction; provided that if such payment is a payment of the principal amount of any Loans and such Lender is a Defaulting Lender under clause (a) of the definition thereof, such payment shall be applied solely to pay the relevant Loans of the relevant non-Defaulting Lenders on a pro rata basis prior to being applied pursuant to this Section 2.22(a)(ii).

(b)    Defaulting Lender Cure. If the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent agree in writing in their sole discretion that a Defaulting Lender should no longer be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender, the Term Administrative Agent will so notify the parties hereto, whereupon as of the effective date specified in such notice and subject to any conditions set forth therein, such Lender will, to the extent applicable, purchase that portion of outstanding Loans of the other Lenders or take such actions as the Term Administrative Agent may determine to be necessary, whereupon that Lender will cease to be a Defaulting Lender; provided that no adjustments will be made retroactively with respect to fees accrued or payments made by or on behalf of the Borrower while that Lender was a Defaulting Lender; and provided further that except to the extent otherwise expressly agreed by the affected parties, no change hereunder from Defaulting Lender to Lender will constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder arising from that Lender’s having been a Defaulting Lender.

SECTION 2.23    Illegality.

If any Lender determines that any law has made it unlawful, or that any Governmental Authority has asserted that it is unlawful, for any Lender to make, maintain or fund Loans whose interest is determined by reference to the Adjusted LIBO Rate, or to determine or charge interest rates based upon the Adjusted LIBO Rate, then, on notice thereof by such Lender to the Borrower through the Term Administrative Agent, (i) any obligation of such Lender to make or continue Eurodollar Loans denominated in dollars or to convert ABR Loans denominated in dollars to Eurodollar Loans shall be suspended, and (ii) if such notice asserts the illegality of such Lender making or maintaining ABR Loans the interest rate on which is determined by reference to the Adjusted LIBO Rate component of the Alternate Base Rate, the interest rate on such ABR Loans of such Lender shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by the Term Administrative Agent without reference to the Adjusted LIBO Rate component of the Alternate Base Rate, in each case until such Lender notifies the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower that the circumstances giving rise to such determination no longer exist. Upon receipt of such notice, (x) the Borrower shall, upon three Business Days’ notice from such Lender (with a copy to the Term Administrative Agent), prepay or, if applicable, convert all Eurodollar Loans denominated in dollars of such Lender to ABR Loans (the interest rate on which ABR Loans of such Lender shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by the Term Administrative Agent without reference to the Adjusted LIBO Rate component of the Alternate Base Rate), either on the last day of the Interest Period therefor, if such Lender may lawfully continue to maintain such Eurodollar Loans to such day, or immediately, if such Lender may not lawfully continue to maintain such Eurodollar Loans, and (y) if such notice asserts the illegality of such Lender determining or charging interest rates based upon the Adjusted LIBO Rate, the Term Administrative Agent shall during the period of such suspension compute the Alternate Base Rate applicable to such Lender without reference to the Adjusted LIBO Rate component thereof until the Term Administrative Agent is advised in writing by such Lender that it is no longer illegal for such Lender to determine or charge interest rates based upon the

 

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Adjusted LIBO Rate. Each Lender agrees to notify the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower in writing promptly upon becoming aware that it is no longer illegal for such Lender to determine or charge interest rates based upon the Adjusted LIBO Rate. Upon any such prepayment or conversion, the Borrower shall also pay accrued interest on the amount so prepaid or converted.

SECTION 2.24    Loan Modification Offers.

(a)    At any time after the Effective Date, the Borrower may on one or more occasions, by written notice to the Term Administrative Agent, make one or more offers (each, a “Loan Modification Offer”) to all the Lenders of one or more Classes (each Class subject to such a Loan Modification Offer, an “Affected Class”) to effect one or more Permitted Amendments relating to such Affected Class pursuant to procedures reasonably specified by the Term Administrative Agent and reasonably acceptable to the Borrower (including mechanics to permit cashless rollovers and exchanges by Lenders). Such notice shall set forth (i) the terms and conditions of the requested Permitted Amendment and (ii) the date on which such Permitted Amendment is requested to become effective. Permitted Amendments shall become effective only with respect to the Loans and Commitments of the Lenders of the Affected Class that accept the applicable Loan Modification Offer (such Lenders, the “Accepting Lenders”) and, in the case of any Accepting Lender, only with respect to such Lender’s Loans and Commitments of such Affected Class as to which such Lender’s acceptance has been made.

(b)    A Permitted Amendment shall be effected pursuant to a Loan Modification Agreement executed and delivered by the Borrower, each applicable Accepting Lender and the Term Administrative Agent; provided that no Permitted Amendment shall become effective unless the Borrower shall have delivered to the Term Administrative Agent such legal opinions, board resolutions, secretary’s certificates, officer’s certificates and other documents as shall be reasonably requested by the Term Administrative Agent in connection therewith. The Term Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Lender as to the effectiveness of each Loan Modification Agreement. Each Loan Modification Agreement may, without the consent of any Lender other than the applicable Accepting Lenders, effect such amendments to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents as may be necessary or appropriate, in the opinion of the Term Administrative Agent, to give effect to the provisions of this Section 2.24, including any amendments necessary to treat the applicable Loans and/or Commitments of the Accepting Lenders as a new “Class” of loans and/or commitments hereunder.

(c)    If, in connection with any proposed Loan Modification Offer, any Lender declines to consent to such Loan Modification Offer on the terms and by the deadline set forth in such Loan Modification Offer (each such Lender, a “Non-Accepting Lender”) then the Borrower may, on notice to the Term Administrative Agent and the Non-Accepting Lender, (i) replace such Non-Accepting Lender in whole or in part by causing such Lender to (and such Lender shall be obligated to) assign and delegate, without recourse (in accordance with and subject to the restrictions contained in Section 9.04) all or any part of its interests, rights and obligations under this Agreement in respect of the Loans and Commitments of the Affected Class to one or more Eligible Assignees (which Eligible Assignee may be another Lender, if a Lender accepts such assignment); provided that neither the Term Administrative Agent nor any Lender shall have any obligation to the Borrower to find a replacement Lender; provided, further, that (a) the applicable assignee shall have agreed to provide Loans and/or Commitments on the terms set forth in the applicable Permitted Amendment, (b) such Non-Accepting Lender shall have received payment of an amount equal to the outstanding principal of the Loans of the Affected Class assigned by it pursuant to this Section 2.24(c), accrued interest thereon, accrued fees and all other amounts (including any amounts under Section 2.11(a)(i)) payable to it hereunder from the Eligible Assignee (to the extent of such outstanding principal and accrued interest and fees) and (c) unless waived, the Borrower or such Eligible Assignee shall have paid to the Term Administrative Agent the processing and recordation fee specified in Section 9.04(b).

 

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(d)    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, this Section 2.24 shall supersede any provisions in Section 2.18 or Section 9.02 to the contrary.

SECTION 2.25    Inability to Determine Rates.

Other than with respect to a Benchmark Transition Event or an Early Opt-in Election, if the Term Administrative Agent reasonably determines that for any reason, adequate and reasonable means do not exist for determining the Eurodollar Rate for any requested Interest Period with respect to a proposed Eurodollar Rate Loan, or is informed by the Required Lenders that the Eurodollar Rate for any requested Interest Period with respect to a proposed Eurodollar Rate Loan does not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lenders of funding such Loan, or that deposits are not being offered to banks in the relevant interbank market for the applicable amount and the Interest Period of such Eurodollar Rate Loan, the Term Administrative Agent will promptly so notify the Borrower and each Lender. Thereafter, (x) the obligation of the Lenders to make or maintain Eurodollar Rate Loans shall be suspended and (y) in the event of a determination described in the preceding sentence with respect to the Eurodollar Rate component of ABR, the utilization of the Eurodollar Rate component in determining the Alternate Base Rate shall be suspended, in each case until the Term Administrative Agent (upon the instruction of the Required Lenders) revokes such notice. Upon receipt of such notice, the Borrower may revoke any pending request for a Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans or, failing that, will be deemed to have converted such request into a request for a Borrowing of ABR Loans in the amount specified therein.

ARTICLE III

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

The Borrower represents and warrants to the Lenders that as of the Effective Date:

SECTION 3.01    Organization; Powers.

Each of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries is (a) duly organized or incorporated, validly existing and in good standing (to the extent such concept exists in the relevant jurisdictions) under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization, (b) has the corporate or other organizational power and authority to carry on its business as now conducted and to execute, deliver and perform its obligations under each Loan Document to which it is a party and (c) is qualified to do business in, and is in good standing in, every jurisdiction where such qualification is required, except in each case where the failure to do so, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 3.02    Authorization; Enforceability.

This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Borrower and constitutes, and each other Loan Document to which any Loan Party is to be a party, when executed and delivered by such Loan Party, will constitute, a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Borrower or such Loan Party, as the case may be, enforceable against it in accordance with its terms, subject to applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and subject to general principles of equity, regardless of whether considered in a proceeding in equity or at law.

SECTION 3.03    Governmental Approvals; No Conflicts.

Except as set forth on Schedule 3.03, the Financing Transactions (a) do not require any consent or approval of, registration or filing with, or any other action by, any Governmental Authority, except such as have been obtained or made and are in full force and effect and except filings necessary to perfect Liens

 

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created under the Loan Documents, (b) will not violate (i) the Organizational Documents of, or (ii) any Requirements of Law applicable to, the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, (c) will not violate or result in a default under any indenture or other agreement or instrument binding upon the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary or their respective assets, or give rise to a right thereunder to require any payment, repurchase or redemption to be made by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, or give rise to a right of, or result in, termination, cancellation or acceleration of any obligation thereunder and (d) will not result in the creation or imposition of any Lien on any asset of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, except Liens created under the Loan Documents or permitted by Section 6.02, except to the extent that the failure to obtain or make such consent, approval, registration, filing or action, or such violation, default or right, or imposition of Lien, as the case may be, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 3.04    Financial Condition; No Material Adverse Effect.

(a)    The Historical Financial Statements (i) were prepared in accordance with GAAP consistently applied throughout the period covered thereby, except as otherwise expressly noted therein and (ii) fairly present in all material respects the financial condition of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as of the respective dates thereof and their results of operations for the period covered thereby in accordance with GAAP consistently applied throughout the period covered thereby, except as otherwise expressly noted therein and subject, in the case of any unaudited Historical Financial Statements, to changes resulting from normal year-end adjustments.

(b)    Since December 31, 2020, there has been no Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 3.05    Properties.

Each of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries has good title to, or valid interests in, all its real and personal property material to its business, if any (including all of the Mortgaged Properties), (i) free and clear of all Liens except for Liens permitted by Section 6.02 and (ii) except for minor defects in title that do not interfere with its ability to conduct its business as currently conducted or as proposed to be conducted or to utilize such properties for their intended purposes, in each case, except where the failure to do so would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 3.06    Litigation and Environmental Matters.

(a)    Except as set forth on Schedule 3.06, there are no actions, suits or proceedings by or before any arbitrator or Governmental Authority pending against or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, threatened in writing against or affecting the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary that would reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

(b)    Except as set forth on Schedule 3.06, and except with respect to any other matters that, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, none of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary (i) has failed to comply with any Environmental Law or to obtain, maintain or comply with any permit, license or other approval required under any Environmental Law, (ii) has, to the knowledge of the Borrower, become subject to any Environmental Liability or (iii) has received written notice of any claim with respect to any Environmental Liability.

 

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SECTION 3.07    Compliance with Laws.

Each of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries is in compliance with all Requirements of Law applicable to it or its property, except where the failure to do so, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 3.08    Investment Company Status.

None of the Loan Parties is an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended from time to time.

SECTION 3.09    Taxes.

Except as could not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, the Borrower and each Restricted Subsidiary (a) have timely filed or caused to be filed all Tax returns and reports required to have been filed and (b) have paid or caused to be paid all Taxes levied or imposed on their properties, income or assets (whether or not shown on a Tax return) including in their capacity as tax withholding agents, except any Taxes that are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings, provided that the Borrower or such Subsidiary, as the case may be, has set aside on its books adequate reserves therefor in accordance with GAAP and applicable local standards. There is no proposed Tax assessment, deficiency or other claim against the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary that would reasonably be expected to, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 3.10    ERISA.

(a)    Except as could not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, each Plan is in compliance with the applicable provisions of ERISA, the Code and other federal or state laws.

(b)    Except as would not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect, (i) no ERISA Event has occurred during the six year period prior to the date on which this representation is made or deemed made or is reasonably expected to occur, and (ii) neither any Loan Party nor any ERISA Affiliate has engaged in a transaction that would reasonably be expected to be subject to Section 4069 or 4212(c) of ERISA.

(c)    Except as would not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect: (i) each employee benefit plan (as defined in Section 3(2) of ERISA) that is intended to be a qualified plan under Section 401(a) of the Code has received a favorable determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service to the effect that the form of such plan is qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code and the trust related thereto has been determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(a) of the Code, or an application for such a letter is currently being processed by the Internal Revenue Service, (ii) to the knowledge of the Borrower, nothing has occurred that would prevent or cause the loss of such tax-qualified status, and (iii) there are no pending or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, threatened claims, actions or lawsuits, or action by any Governmental Authority, with respect to any such plan.

SECTION 3.11    Disclosure.

As of the Effective Date, all written factual information and written factual data (other than projections and information of a general economic or industry specific nature) furnished by or on behalf of any Loan Party to the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender in connection with the negotiation of any Loan Document or delivered thereunder (as modified or supplemented by other information so furnished), when taken as a whole when furnished, does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to

 

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state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not materially misleading; provided that, with respect to projected financial information, the Borrower represents only that such information, when taken as a whole, was prepared in good faith based upon assumptions believed by it to be reasonable at the time delivered, it being understood that (i) any such projected financial information is merely a prediction as to future events and its not to be viewed as fact, (ii) such projected financial information is subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries and (iii) no assurance can be given that any particular projections will be realized and that actual results during the period or periods covered by any such projections may differ significantly from the projected results and such differences may be material.

SECTION 3.12    Subsidiaries.

As of the Effective Date, Schedule 3.12 sets forth the name of, and the ownership interest of the Borrower and each of its subsidiaries in, each subsidiary of the Borrower.

SECTION 3.13    Intellectual Property; Licenses, Etc.

Except as would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, each of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries owns, licenses or possesses the right to use all Intellectual Property that is reasonably necessary for the operation of its business substantially as currently conducted. To the knowledge of the Borrower, no Intellectual Property used by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in the operation of its business as currently conducted infringes upon the Intellectual Property of any Person except for such infringements that would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect. No claim or litigation regarding any of the Intellectual Property is pending or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, threatened against the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, which, individually or in the aggregate, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 3.14    Solvency.

Immediately after the consummation of each of the Transactions to occur on the Effective Date, after taking into account all applicable rights of indemnity and contribution, (a) the sum of the debt (including contingent liabilities) of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, does not exceed the present fair saleable value of the present assets of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, (b) the capital of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, is not unreasonably small in relation to their business as contemplated on the date hereof, (c) the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, have not incurred and do not intend to incur, or believe that they will incur, debts including current obligations, beyond their ability to pay such debts as they become due (whether at maturity or otherwise) and (d) the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, are “solvent” within the meaning given to that term and similar terms under applicable laws relating to fraudulent transfers and conveyances. For purposes of this Section 3.14, the amount of any contingent liability at any time shall be computed as the amount that, in the light of all of the facts and circumstances existing at such time, represents the amount that would reasonably be expected to become an actual or matured liability (irrespective of whether such contingent liabilities meet the criteria for accrual pursuant to Financial Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 5).

SECTION 3.15    Senior Indebtedness.

The Loan Document Obligations constitute “Senior Indebtedness” (or any comparable term) under and as defined in the documentation governing any other Restricted Debt Financing.

 

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SECTION 3.16    Federal Reserve Regulations.

Neither the Borrower nor any Restricted Subsidiary is engaged or will engage, principally or as one of its important activities, in the business of purchasing or carrying margin stock (within the meaning of Regulation U of the Board of Governors), or extending credit for the purpose of purchasing or carrying margin stock. No part of the proceeds of the Loans will be used, directly or indirectly, to purchase or carry any margin stock or to refinance any Indebtedness originally incurred for such purpose, or for any other purpose that entails a violation (including on the part of any Lender) of the provisions of Regulations U or X of the Board of Governors.

SECTION 3.17    Use of Proceeds.

The Borrower will use the proceeds of the Term Loans made on the Effective Date to directly or indirectly finance the Transactions and otherwise for general corporate purposes.

SECTION 3.18    Insurance.

Each of the Loan Parties and each of their respective Subsidiaries and their respective properties are insured with financially sound and reputable insurance companies which are not Affiliates of the Borrower, in such amounts, with such deductibles and covering such risks as are customarily carried by companies engaged in similar businesses and owning similar properties in localities where such Person operates. A true and complete listing of such insurance, including issuers, coverages and deductibles, in all material respects, has been provided to the Term Administrative Agent as of the Effective Date.

SECTION 3.19    USA PATRIOT Act; FCPA; OFAC.

(a)    To the extent applicable, each Loan Party is in compliance, in all material respects, with the (i) Trading with the Enemy Act, and each of the foreign assets control regulations of the United States Treasury Department (31 CFR, Subtitle B, Chapter V) and any other enabling legislation or executive order relating thereto, and (ii) the USA PATRIOT Act. No part of the proceeds of the Loans will be used by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, directly or indirectly, for any payments to any governmental official or employee, political party, official of a political party, candidate for political office, or anyone else acting in an official capacity, in order to obtain, retain or direct business or obtain any improper advantage, in violation of the FCPA

(b)    Neither the Borrower nor any Restricted Subsidiary nor, to the knowledge of the Borrower, any director, officer, agent, employee or Affiliate of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, (i) is a person on the list of “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” or (ii) is currently subject to any US sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury Department (“OFAC”); and neither the Borrower nor any Restricted Subsidiary will directly or indirectly use the proceeds of the Loans or otherwise knowingly make available such proceeds to any person, (x) for the purpose of financing the activities of any person currently subject to any US sanctions administered by OFAC or (y) in any manner that would result in a violation by any Secured Party or Loan Party of any sanctions administered by the federal government of the United States.

SECTION 3.20    Labor Matters.

Except as would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect: (1) there are no strikes or other labor disputes against the Borrower or the Restricted Subsidiaries pending or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, threatened in writing and (2) hours worked by and payment made based on hours worked to employees of each of the Borrower or the Restricted

 

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Subsidiaries have not been in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 or any other applicable laws dealing with wage and hour matters. As of the Effective Date, the consummation of the Transactions will not give rise to any right of termination or right of renegotiation on the part of any union under any collective bargaining agreement to which Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary is bound.

SECTION 3.21    Security Documents.

The Term Collateral Agreement and each other Term Security Document (other than any Mortgages) executed and delivered by a Loan Party is effective to create in favor of the Term Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, a legal, valid, binding and enforceable security interest in the Collateral described therein, except as enforceability may be limited by applicable Debtor Relief Laws and by general equitable principles (whether enforcement is sought by proceedings in equity or at law). Subject to the last paragraph of the Collateral and Guarantee Requirement and except as otherwise provided under applicable Requirements of Law (including the UCC), in the case of (i) the Pledged Equity Interests described in the Term Collateral Agreement, when any stock certificates representing such Pledged Equity Interests (and constituting “certificated securities” within the meaning of the UCC) and related appropriate instruments of transfer are delivered to the Term Administrative Agent, (ii) Collateral with respect to which a security interest may be perfected only by possession or control, upon the taking of possession or control by the Term Administrative Agent of such Collateral, and (iii) the other personal property Collateral described in the Security Documents, when financing statements in appropriate form are filed in the appropriate filing offices, appropriate assignments or notices are filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office or the United States Copyright Office, as applicable, and such other filings as are specified by the Term Collateral Agreement have been completed, the Lien on the Collateral created by the Term Collateral Agreement shall constitute a fully perfected Lien on, and security interest in, all right, title and interest of the Loan Parties in such Collateral, as security for the Secured Obligations, in each case prior to the Liens of any other Person (except Liens permitted under Section 6.02).

SECTION 3.22    Beneficial Ownership Certification.

As of the Effective Date, the Beneficial Ownership Certification, if applicable, is true and correct in all respects.

ARTICLE IV

CONDITIONS

SECTION 4.01     Effective Date.

The obligation of each Lender to make Loans hereunder on the Effective Date shall be subject to satisfaction of the following conditions (or waiver thereof in accordance with Section 9.02):

(a)    The Term Administrative Agent (or its counsel) shall have received from each party hereto either (i) a counterpart of this Agreement signed on behalf of such party or (ii) otherwise, written evidence satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent (which may include facsimile or other electronic transmission of a signed counterpart of this Agreement) that such party has signed a counterpart of this Agreement.

(b)    The Term Administrative Agent shall have received a written opinion (addressed to the Term Administrative Agent and the Lenders and dated the Effective Date) of each of Holland & Knight LLP and Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, in each case in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent. The Borrower hereby requests each such counsel to deliver such opinions.

 

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(c)    The Term Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate of each Loan Party, dated the Effective Date, substantially in the form of Exhibit E with appropriate insertions, or otherwise in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent, executed by any Responsible Officer of such Loan Party, and including or attaching the documents referred to in paragraph (d) of this Section 4.01.

(d)    The Term Administrative Agent shall have received a copy of (i) each Organizational Document of each Loan Party certified, to the extent applicable, as of a recent date by the applicable Governmental Authority, (ii) signature and incumbency certificates of the Responsible Officers of each Loan Party executing the Loan Documents to which it is a party, (iii) copies of resolutions of the board of directors and/or similar governing bodies of each Loan Party approving and authorizing the execution, delivery and performance of Loan Documents to which it is a party, certified as of the Effective Date by its secretary, an assistant secretary or a Responsible Officer as being in full force and effect without modification or amendment and (iv) a good standing certificate (to the extent such concept exists) from the applicable Governmental Authority of each Loan Party’s jurisdiction of incorporation, organization or formation.

(e)    The Term Administrative Agent shall have received all fees and other amounts previously agreed in writing by the Arrangers and the Borrower to be due and payable on or prior to the Effective Date, including, to the extent invoiced at least three (3) Business Days prior to the Effective Date, reimbursement or payment of all reasonable and documented out-of-pocket expenses (including reasonable fees, charges and disbursements of counsel) required to be reimbursed or paid by any Loan Party under any Loan Document.

(f)    The Collateral and Guarantee Requirement (other than in accordance with Section 5.14) shall have been satisfied and the Term Administrative Agent shall have received a completed Perfection Certificate dated the Effective Date and signed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower, together with all attachments contemplated thereby.

(g)    Since December 31, 2020, there shall not have occurred a Material Adverse Effect with respect to the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

(h)    The representations and warranties in Article III shall be true and correct in all material respects on and as of the Effective Date.

(i)    The Arrangers shall have received the Historical Financial Statements.

(j)    The Refinancing shall have been consummated, or substantially concurrently with the initial funding of Loans on the Effective Date, shall be consummated.

(k)    The Lenders shall have received a certificate from the chief financial officer of the Borrower certifying as to the solvency of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis after giving effect to the Transactions, substantially in the form of Exhibit P.

(l)    (x) The Term Administrative Agent and the Arrangers shall have received, at least three (3) Business Days prior to the Effective Date, all documentation and other information about the Loan Parties as shall have been reasonably requested in writing at least ten (10) Business Days prior to the Effective Date by the Term Administrative Agent or the Arrangers that they shall have reasonably

 

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determined is required by regulatory authorities under applicable “know your customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations, including the USA PATRIOT Act and (y) at least three (3) Business Days prior to the Effective Date, any Loan Party that qualifies as a “legal entity customer” under the Beneficial Ownership Regulation shall have delivered, to each Lender that so requests, a Beneficial Ownership Certification in relation to such Loan Party, if applicable.

(m)    An amendment to the ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement in form an substance reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent pursuant to which the Term Administrative Agent shall become a party to the ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement shall have been duly executed and delivered by Bank of America, N.A., Royal Bank and each of the other parties stated to be party thereto.

(n)    The Term Administrative Agent shall have received the Fee Letter signed on behalf of each party thereto.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the obligations of the Lenders to make Loans hereunder shall not become effective unless each of the foregoing conditions shall have been satisfied (or waived pursuant to Section 9.02) at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the Effective Date (and, in the event such conditions are not so satisfied or waived, the Commitments shall terminate at such time).

For purposes of determining whether the conditions set forth in this Section 4.01 have been satisfied, by releasing its signature page hereto or to an Assignment and Assumption, the Term Administrative Agent and each Lender party hereto shall be deemed to have consented to, approved, accepted or be satisfied with each document or other matter required hereunder to be consented to or approved by, or acceptable or satisfactory to, the Term Administrative Agent or such Lender, as the case may be.

ARTICLE V

AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS

From and after the Effective Date and until the Termination Date, the Borrower covenants and agrees with the Lenders that:

SECTION 5.01    Financial Statements and Other Information.

The Borrower will furnish to the Term Administrative Agent, on behalf of each Lender:

(a)    commencing with the financial statements for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021, on or before the date that is one hundred-twenty (120) days (or the last date on which the Borrower is required to file its 10-K for the applicable fiscal year (including any grace periods or extensions permitted by the SEC), if later) after the end of each fiscal year of the Borrower, audited consolidated balance sheet and audited consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income, shareholders’ equity and cash flows of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as of the end of and for such year, and related notes thereto, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the previous fiscal year, all reported on by Deloitte & Touche LLP or another independent public accounting firm of recognized national standing (without a “going concern” or like qualification or exception and without any qualification or exception as to the scope of such audit (other than with respect to, or resulting from, (A) an upcoming maturity date of any Indebtedness occurring within one year from the time such opinion is delivered or (B) any actual failure to satisfy a financial maintenance covenant or any potential inability to satisfy a financial maintenance covenant on a future date or in a future period)) to the effect that such consolidated financial statements

 

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present fairly in all material respects the financial condition as of the end of and for such year and results of operations and cash flows of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP consistently applied;

(b)    commencing with the financial statements for the fiscal quarter ending March 31, 2022, on or before the date that is sixty (60) days (or the last date on which the Borrower is required to file its 10-Q for the applicable fiscal quarter (including any grace periods or extensions permitted by the SEC), if later) after the end of each of the first three fiscal quarters of each fiscal year of the Borrower, unaudited consolidated balance sheet and unaudited consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income, shareholders’ equity and cash flows as of the end of and for such fiscal quarter and the then elapsed portion of the fiscal year, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the corresponding period or periods of (or, in the case of the balance sheet, as of the end of) the previous fiscal year, all certified by a Financial Officer as presenting fairly in all material respects the financial condition as of the end of and for such fiscal quarter and such portion of the fiscal year and results of operations and cash flows of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP consistently applied, subject to normal year-end audit adjustments and the absence of footnotes;

(c)    simultaneously with the delivery of each set of consolidated financial statements referred to in clauses (a) and (b) above, (i) customary management’s discussion and analysis and (ii) the related unaudited consolidating financial information reflecting adjustments necessary to eliminate the accounts of Unrestricted Subsidiaries (if any) from such consolidated financial statements;

(d)    not later than five days after any delivery of financial statements under paragraph (a) or (b) above, a certificate of a Financial Officer (i) certifying as to whether a Default then exists and, if a Default does then exist, specifying the details thereof and any action taken or proposed to be taken with respect thereto and (ii) in the case of financial statements delivered under paragraph (a) above, setting forth a reasonably detailed calculation of, beginning with the financial statements for the fiscal year of the Borrower ending December 31, 2022 of Excess Cash Flow for such fiscal year and (iii) in the case of financial statements delivered under paragraph (a) above, setting forth a reasonably detailed calculation of the Net Proceeds received during the applicable period by or on behalf of the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries in respect of any event described in clause (a) of the definition of the term “Prepayment Event” and the portion of such Net Proceeds that has been invested or are intended to be reinvested in accordance with the proviso in Section 2.11(c);

(e)    promptly after the same become publicly available, copies of all periodic and other reports, proxy statements and registration statements (other than amendments to any registration statement (to the extent such registration statement, in the form it became effective, is delivered to the Term Administrative Agent), exhibits to any registration statement and, if applicable, any registration statement on Form S-8) filed by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary with the SEC or with any national securities exchange;

(f)    promptly following any request therefor, such other information (including accountants’ letters, compliance certificates and officers’ certificates) regarding the operations, business affairs and financial condition of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, or compliance with the terms of any Loan Document, as the Term Administrative Agent on its own behalf or on behalf of any Lender may reasonably request in writing (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any information and documentation reasonably requested for purposes of compliance with applicable “know your customer” and anti-money-laundering rules and regulations, including, without limitation, the USA Patriot Act and, if applicable, the Beneficial Ownership Regulation); and

 

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(g)    at the request of the Term Administrative Agent, within ten Business Days after the required delivery of the consolidated financial statements referred to in Section 5.01(a) and (b) above, a conference call (which may be password protected) to discuss such report and the results of operations for the relevant reporting period (with the time and date of such conference call, together with all information necessary to access the call, to be provided to the Term Administrative Agent no fewer than three Business Days prior to the date of such conference call, for posting on the Platform).

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the obligations in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Section 5.01 may be satisfied with respect to financial information of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries by furnishing the Form 10-K or 10-Q (or the equivalent), as applicable, of the Borrower filed with the SEC within the applicable time periods required by applicable law and regulations; provided that to the extent such information is in lieu of information required to be provided under Section 5.01(a), such materials are accompanied by a report and opinion of an independent registered public accounting firm of nationally recognized standing, which report and opinion shall be prepared in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and shall not be subject to any “going concern” or like qualification or exception or any qualification or exception as to the scope of such audit (other than with respect to, or resulting from, (i) an upcoming maturity date of any Indebtedness occurring within one year from the time such opinion is delivered or (ii) any actual failure to satisfy a financial maintenance covenant or any potential inability to satisfy a financial maintenance covenant on a future date or in a future period).

Documents required to be delivered pursuant to Section 5.01(a), (b) or (e) (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 listed on Schedule 9.01 (or otherwise notified pursuant to Section 9.01(d)); or (ii) on which such documents are posted on the Borrower’s behalf on an Internet or intranet website, if any, to which each Lender and the Term Administrative Agent have access (whether a commercial, third-party website or whether sponsored by the Term Administrative Agent). The Term Administrative Agent shall have no obligation to request the delivery of or maintain paper copies of the documents referred to above, and each Lender shall be solely responsible for timely accessing posted documents or requesting delivery of paper copies of such documents from the Term Administrative Agent and maintaining its copies of such documents.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, neither the Borrower nor any Subsidiary shall be required to deliver, disclose, permit the inspection, examination or making of copies of or excerpts from, or any discussion of, any document, information, or other matter (i) that constitutes non-financial trade secrets or non-financial proprietary information, (ii) in respect of which disclosure to the Term Administrative Agent (or any Lender (or their respective representatives or contractors)) is prohibited by applicable law, (iii) that is subject to attorney-client or similar privilege or constitutes attorney work product, (iv) with respect to which any Loan Party owes confidentiality obligations (to the extent not created in contemplation of such Loan Party’s obligations under this Section 5.01) to any third party or (v) that relates to any investigation by any Governmental Authority to the extent (x) such information is identifiable to a particular individual and the Borrower in good faith determines such information should remain confidential or (y) the information requested is not factual in nature.

The Borrower hereby acknowledges that (a) the Term Administrative Agent and/or the Arrangers will make available to the Lenders 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 Lenders (each, a “Public Lender”) may have personnel who do not wish to receive Material Non-Public Information and who may be engaged in investment and other market-related activities with respect to the Borrower’s or its Affiliates’ securities. The Borrower hereby agrees that it will use commercially reasonable efforts to identify that portion of the

 

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Borrower Materials that may be distributed to the Public Lenders and that (w) all such Borrower Materials 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 Term Administrative Agent, the Arrangers and the Lenders to treat such Borrower Materials as not containing any Material Non-Public Information (although it may be sensitive and proprietary) (provided, however, that to the extent such Borrower Materials constitute Information, they shall be treated as set forth in Section 9.12); (y) all Borrower Materials marked “PUBLIC” are permitted to be made available through a portion of the Platform designated “Public Side Information”; and (z) the Term Administrative Agent and the Arrangers shall be entitled to treat any Borrower Materials that are not marked “PUBLIC” as being suitable only for posting on a portion of the Platform not designated “Public Side Information”; provided that the Borrower’s failure to comply with this sentence shall not constitute a Default or an Event of Default under this Agreement or the Loan Documents. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Borrower shall be under no obligation to mark any Borrower Materials as “PUBLIC”. Each Loan Party hereby acknowledges and agrees that, unless the Borrower notifies the Term Administrative Agent in advance, all financial statements and certificates furnished pursuant to Sections 5.01(a), (b), (c) and (d) above are hereby deemed to be suitable for distribution, and to be made available, to all Lenders and may be treated by the Term Administrative Agent and the Lenders as not containing any Material Non-Public Information.

SECTION 5.02    Notices of Material Events.

Promptly after any Responsible Officer of the Borrower obtains actual knowledge thereof, the Borrower will furnish to the Term Administrative Agent (for distribution to each Lender through the Term Administrative Agent) written notice of the following:

(a)    the occurrence of any Default;

(b)    to the extent permissible by Requirements of Law, the filing or commencement of any action, suit or proceeding by or before any arbitrator or Governmental Authority against or, to the knowledge of a Financial Officer or another executive officer of the Borrower or any Subsidiary, affecting the Borrower or any Subsidiary or the receipt of a written notice of an Environmental Liability, in each case that would reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect; and

(c)    the occurrence of any ERISA Event that would reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect. Each notice delivered under this Section 5.02 shall be accompanied by a written statement of a Responsible Officer of the Borrower setting forth the details of the event or development requiring such notice and any action taken or proposed to be taken with respect thereto.

SECTION 5.03    Information Regarding Collateral.

(a)    The Borrower will furnish to the Term Administrative Agent prompt (and in any event within thirty (30) days or such longer period as reasonably agreed to by the Term Administrative Agent) written notice of any change (i) in any Loan Party’s legal name (as set forth in its certificate of organization or like document), (ii) in the jurisdiction of incorporation or organization of any Loan Party or in the form of its organization or (iii) in any Loan Party’s organizational identification number to the extent that such Loan Party is organized or owns Mortgaged Property in a jurisdiction where an organizational identification number is required to be included in a UCC financing statement for such jurisdiction.

 

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(b)    Not later than five days after delivery of financial statements pursuant to Section 5.01(a), the Borrower shall deliver to the Term Administrative Agent a certificate executed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower (i) setting forth the information required pursuant to Paragraphs 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the Perfection Certificate or confirming that there has been no change in such information since the date of the Perfection Certificate delivered on the Effective Date or the date of the most recent certificate delivered pursuant to this Section 5.03, (ii) identifying any Wholly Owned Restricted Subsidiary that has become, or ceased to be, a Material Subsidiary or an Excluded Subsidiary during the most recently ended fiscal quarter and (iii) certifying that all notices required to be given prior to the date of such certificate by Section 5.03 have been given.

SECTION 5.04    Existence; Conduct of Business.

The Borrower will, and will cause each Restricted Subsidiary to, do or cause to be done all things necessary to obtain, preserve, renew and keep in full force and effect its legal existence and the rights, licenses, permits, privileges, franchises, Intellectual Property and Governmental Approvals material to the conduct of its business, except to the extent (other than with respect to the preservation of the existence of the Borrower) that the failure to do so would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; provided that the foregoing shall not prohibit any merger, consolidation, liquidation or dissolution permitted under Section 6.03 or any Disposition permitted by Section 6.05.

SECTION 5.05    Payment of Taxes, etc.

The Borrower will, and will cause each Restricted Subsidiary to, pay all Taxes (whether or not shown on a Tax return) imposed upon it or its income or properties or in respect of its property or assets, before the same shall become delinquent or in default, except where (a) the same are being contested in good faith by an appropriate proceeding diligently conducted by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries or (b) the failure to make payment would not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 5.06    Maintenance of Properties.

The Borrower will, and will cause each Restricted Subsidiary to, keep and maintain all tangible property material to the conduct of its business in good working order and condition (subject to casualty, condemnation and ordinary wear and tear), except where the failure to do so would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 5.07    Insurance.

(a)    The Borrower will, and will cause each Restricted Subsidiary to, maintain, with insurance companies that the Borrower believes (in the good faith judgment of the management of the Borrower) are financially sound and responsible at the time the relevant coverage is placed or renewed, insurance in at least such amounts (after giving effect to any self-insurance which the Borrower believes (in the good faith judgment of management of the Borrower) is reasonable and prudent in light of the size and nature of its business) and against at least such risks (and with such risk retentions) as the Borrower believes (in the good faith judgment or the management of the Borrower) are reasonable and prudent in light of the size and nature of its business, and will furnish to the Lenders, upon written request from the Term Collateral Agent, information presented in reasonable detail as to the insurance so carried. The Borrower shall cause (i) each such general liability policy of insurance (other than directors and officers policies, workers compensation policies and business interruption insurance) to name the Term Collateral Agent, on behalf of the Secured Parties, as an additional insured thereunder as its interests may appear and (ii) in the case of each casualty insurance policy, contain a loss payable clause or mortgagee endorsement that names the Term Collateral Agent, on behalf of the Secured Parties as the loss payee or mortgagee thereunder.

 

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(b)    If any portion of any Mortgaged Property is at any time located in an area identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (or any successor agency) as a special flood hazard area with respect to which flood insurance has been made available under the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (as now or hereafter in effect or successor act thereto), then the Borrower shall, or shall cause each Loan Party to (i) maintain, or cause to be maintained, with insurance companies that the Borrower believes (in the good faith judgment of the management of the Borrower) are financially sound and responsible at the time the relevant coverage is placed or renewed, flood insurance in an amount and otherwise sufficient to comply with all applicable rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to the Flood Insurance Laws and (ii) furnish to the Lenders, upon written request from the Term Collateral Agent, information presented in reasonable detail as to the flood insurance so carried.

SECTION 5.08    Books and Records; Inspection and Audit Rights.

The Borrower will, and will cause each Restricted Subsidiary to, maintain proper books of record and account in which entries that are full, true and correct in all material respects and are in conformity with GAAP (or applicable local standards) consistently applied shall be made of all material financial transactions and matters involving the assets and business of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiary, as the case may be. The Borrower will, and will cause each Restricted Subsidiary to, permit any representatives designated by the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender, upon reasonable prior notice, to visit and inspect its properties, to examine and make extracts from its books and records, and to discuss its affairs, finances and condition with its officers and independent accountants, all at such reasonable times and as often as reasonably requested; provided that, (i) such representatives shall use commercially reasonable efforts to avoid interruption of the normal business operations of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries and (ii) excluding any such visits and inspections during the continuation of an Event of Default, only the Term Administrative Agent on behalf of the Lenders may exercise visitation and inspection rights of the Term Administrative Agent and the Lenders under this Section 5.08 and the Term Administrative Agent shall not exercise such rights more often than one time during any calendar year absent the existence of an Event of Default and such time shall be at the Borrower’s expense; provided, further that (a) when an Event of Default exists, the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender (or any of their respective representatives or independent contractors) may do any of the foregoing at the expense of the Borrower at any time during normal business hours and upon reasonable advance notice and (b) the Term Administrative Agent and the Lenders shall give the Borrower the opportunity to participate in any discussions with the Borrower’s independent public accountants.

SECTION 5.09    Compliance with Laws.

The Borrower will, and will cause each Restricted Subsidiary to, comply with all Requirements of Law (including ERISA and other applicable pension laws, Environmental Laws and the USA PATRIOT Act) with respect to it, its property and operations, except where the failure to do so, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 5.10    Use of Proceeds.

The Borrower will use the proceeds of the Term Loans, together with cash on hand, to directly or indirectly finance the Transactions and for other general corporate purposes.

 

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SECTION 5.11    Additional Subsidiaries.

(a)    If (i) any additional Restricted Subsidiary is formed or acquired after the Effective Date, (ii) any Restricted Subsidiary ceases to be an Excluded Subsidiary or (iii) the Borrower, at its option, elects to cause a Domestic Subsidiary, or to the extent reasonably acceptable to the Term Administrative Agent, a Foreign Subsidiary that is not a Wholly Owned Subsidiary (including any consolidated Affiliate in which the Borrower and its Subsidiaries own no Equity Interest) to become a Subsidiary Loan Party, then, the Borrower will, within 30 days (or such longer period as may be agreed to by the Term Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion) after such newly formed or acquired Restricted Subsidiary is formed or acquired or such Restricted Subsidiary ceases to be an Excluded Subsidiary or the Borrower has made such election, notify the Term Administrative Agent thereof, and will cause such Restricted Subsidiary (unless such Restricted Subsidiary is an Excluded Subsidiary) to satisfy the Collateral and Guarantee Requirement with respect to such Restricted Subsidiary and with respect to any Equity Interest in or Indebtedness of such Restricted Subsidiary owned by or on behalf of any Loan Party within 30 days after such notice (or such longer period as the Term Administrative Agent shall reasonably agree) and the Term Administrative Agent shall have received a completed Perfection Certificate (or supplement thereto) with respect to such Restricted Subsidiary signed by a Responsible Officer, together with all attachments contemplated thereby.

(b)    Within 45 days (or such longer period as otherwise provided in this Agreement or as the Term Administrative Agent may reasonably agree) after the Borrower identifies any new Material Subsidiary pursuant to Section 5.03(b), all actions (if any) required to be taken with respect to such Subsidiary in order to satisfy the Collateral and Guarantee Requirement shall have been taken with respect to such Subsidiary, to the extent not already satisfied pursuant to Section 5.11(a).

(c)    Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event any real property would be required to be mortgaged pursuant to this Section 5.11, the Borrower shall be required to comply with the “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement” as it relates to such real property within 90 days, following the formation or acquisition of such real property or such Restricted Subsidiary or the identification of such new Material Subsidiary, or such longer time period as agreed by the Term Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion.

SECTION 5.12    Further Assurances.

(a)    Subject to the last paragraph of the definition of “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement”, the Borrower will, and will cause each Loan Party to, execute any and all further documents, financing statements, agreements and instruments, and take all such further actions (including the filing and recording of financing statements, fixture filings, mortgages, deeds of trust and other documents), that may be required under any applicable law and that the Term Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders may reasonably request, to cause the Collateral and Guarantee Requirement to be and remain satisfied, all at the expense of the Loan Parties.

(b)    If, after the Effective Date, any material assets (other than Excluded Assets), including any owned (but not leased or ground-leased) Material Real Property or improvements thereto or any interest therein, are acquired by the Borrower or any other Loan Party or are held by any Subsidiary on or after the time it becomes a Loan Party pursuant to Section 5.11 (other than assets constituting Collateral under a Term Security Document that become subject to the Lien created by such Term Security Document upon acquisition thereof or constituting Excluded Assets), the Borrower will notify the Term Administrative Agent thereof, and, if requested by the Term Administrative Agent, the Borrower will cause such assets to be subjected to a Lien securing the Secured Obligations and will take and cause the other Loan Parties to take, such actions as shall be necessary and reasonably requested by the Term

 

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Administrative Agent to grant and perfect such Liens, including actions described in paragraph (a) of this Section and as required pursuant to the “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement,” all at the expense of the Loan Parties and subject to the last paragraph of the definition of the term “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement.” In the event any Material Real Property is mortgaged pursuant to this Section 5.12(b), the Borrower or such other Loan Party, as applicable, shall be required to comply with the “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement” and paragraph (a) of this Section 5.12 within 90 days following the acquisition of such Material Real Property or such longer time period as agreed by the Term Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion.

SECTION 5.13    Designation of Subsidiaries.

The Borrower may at any time after the Effective Date designate any Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower as an Unrestricted Subsidiary or any Unrestricted Subsidiary as a Restricted Subsidiary; provided that (i) immediately after such designation on a Pro Forma Basis, no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing and (ii) no Subsidiary may be designated as an Unrestricted Subsidiary or continue as an Unrestricted Subsidiary if it is a “Restricted Subsidiary” for the purpose of any other Material Indebtedness of the Borrower. The designation of any Subsidiary as an Unrestricted Subsidiary after the Effective Date shall constitute an Investment by the Borrower therein at the date of designation in an amount equal to the fair market value of the Borrower’s or its Subsidiary’s (as applicable) investment therein. The designation of any Unrestricted Subsidiary as a Restricted Subsidiary shall constitute (i) the incurrence at the time of designation of any Investment, Indebtedness or Liens of such Subsidiary existing at such time and (ii) a return on any Investment by the Borrower in Unrestricted Subsidiaries pursuant to the preceding sentence in an amount equal to the fair market value at the date of such designation of the Borrower’s or its Subsidiary’s (as applicable) Investment in such Subsidiary.

SECTION 5.14    Certain Post-Closing Obligations.

As promptly as practicable, and in any event within the time periods after the Effective Date specified in Schedule 5.14 or such later date as the Term Administrative Agent agrees to in writing, including to reasonably accommodate circumstances unforeseen on the Effective Date, the Borrower and each other Loan Party shall deliver the documents or take the actions specified on Schedule 5.14 that would have been required to be delivered or taken on the Effective Date, in each case except to the extent otherwise agreed by the Term Administrative Agent pursuant to its authority as set forth in the definition of the term “Collateral and Guarantee Requirement.”

SECTION 5.15    Maintenance of Rating of the Borrower and the Facilities.

The Loan Parties shall use commercially reasonable efforts to maintain (i) a public corporate credit rating (but not any particular rating) from S&P and a public corporate family rating (but not any particular rating) from Moody’s, in each case in respect of the Borrower and (ii) a public rating (but not any particular rating) in respect of the Loans from each of S&P and Moody’s.

 

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ARTICLE VI

NEGATIVE COVENANTS

From and after the Effective Date and until the Termination Date, the Borrower covenants and agrees with the Lenders that:

SECTION 6.01    Indebtedness; Certain Equity Securities.

(a)    The Borrower will not, and will not permit any Restricted Subsidiary to, create, incur, assume or permit to exist any Indebtedness, except:

(i)    Indebtedness of the Borrower and any of the Restricted Subsidiaries under the Loan Documents (including any Indebtedness incurred pursuant to Section 2.20 or 2.21);

(ii)    Indebtedness outstanding on the Effective Date and listed on Schedule 6.01 and any Permitted Refinancing thereof and (y) intercompany Indebtedness outstanding on the Effective Date and any Permitted Refinancing thereof; provided that any such intercompany Indebtedness of any Loan Party owed to any Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party shall be subordinated in right of payment to the Secured Obligations;

(iii)    Guarantees by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in respect of Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary otherwise permitted hereunder; provided that (A) such Guarantee is otherwise permitted by Section 6.04, (B) no Guarantee by any Restricted Subsidiary of any Restricted Debt Financing, shall be permitted unless such Restricted Subsidiary shall have also provided a Guarantee of the Loan Document Obligations pursuant to the Term Guarantee Agreement and (C) if the Indebtedness being Guaranteed is subordinated to the Loan Document Obligations, such Guarantee shall be subordinated to the Guarantee of the Loan Document Obligations on terms at least as favorable to the Lenders as those contained in the subordination of such Indebtedness;

(iv)    Indebtedness of the Borrower owing to any Restricted Subsidiary or of any Restricted Subsidiary owing to any other Restricted Subsidiary or the Borrower, to the extent permitted by Section 6.04; provided that all such Indebtedness of any Loan Party owing to any Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party shall be subordinated to the Loan Document Obligations (to the extent any such Indebtedness is outstanding at any time after the date that is thirty (30) days after the Effective Date or such later date as the Term Administrative Agent may reasonably agree) (but only to the extent permitted by applicable law and not giving rise to adverse tax consequences) on terms (i) at least as favorable to the Lenders as those set forth in the form of intercompany note attached as Exhibit F or (ii) otherwise reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent;

(v)    (A) Indebtedness (including Capital Lease Obligations and purchase money indebtedness) incurred, issued or assumed by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to finance the acquisition, purchase, lease, construction, repair, replacement or improvement of fixed or capital property, equipment or other assets; provided that such Indebtedness is incurred concurrently with or within 270 days after the applicable acquisition, purchase, lease, construction, repair, replacement or improvement, and (B) any Permitted Refinancing of any Indebtedness set forth in the immediately preceding clause (A) (or successive Permitted Refinancings thereof); provided, further that, at the time of any such incurrence of Indebtedness and after giving Pro Forma Effect thereto and the use of the proceeds thereof, the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness that is outstanding in reliance on this clause (v) shall not exceed (A) in the case of Capital Lease Obligations, the greater of (x) $83,750,000 and (y) 25.0% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended Test Period as of such time and (B) in the case of all other Indebtedness outstanding in reliance on this clause (v), the greater of (x) $201,000,000 and (y) 60.0% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended Test Period as of such time;

 

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(vi)    Indebtedness in respect of Swap Agreements incurred in the ordinary course of business and not for speculative purposes;

(vii)    (A) Indebtedness of the Borrower, any Restricted Subsidiary or any Person that becomes a Restricted Subsidiary (or of any Person not previously a Restricted Subsidiary that is merged or consolidated with or into the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary) either (a) incurred or issued and/or (b) assumed after the Effective Date in connection with any Permitted Acquisition or any other Investment not prohibited by Section 6.04; provided that, with respect to clause (a) above, (i) to the extent such obligor or guarantor is a Loan Party, such Indebtedness is secured by the Collateral on a pari passu or junior basis (but without regard to the control of remedies) with the Secured Obligations and is subject to the terms of a Customary Intercreditor Agreement, (ii) after giving effect to each such incurrence and/or issuance of such Indebtedness on a Pro Forma Basis, the Consolidated Senior Secured Net Leverage Ratio as of such time is less than or equal to either (x) 3.75 to 1.00 or (y) the Consolidated Senior Secured Net Leverage Ratio immediately prior to such Permitted Acquisition or Investment (and related issuance and/or incurrence of Consolidated Senior Secured Indebtedness) and (iii) with respect to any such newly incurred Indebtedness, (1) such Indebtedness does not mature earlier than the Term Maturity Date as of the Effective Date (except in the case of customary bridge loans which, subject to customary conditions (including no payment or bankruptcy event of default), would either automatically be converted into or required to be exchanged for permanent refinancing which does not mature earlier than the Term Maturity Date as of the Effective Date), (2) such Indebtedness does not have a shorter Weighted Average Life to Maturity than the remaining Term Loans (except in the case of customary bridge loans which, subject to customary conditions (including no payment or bankruptcy event of default), would either automatically be converted into or required to be exchanged for permanent refinancing Indebtedness which does not have a shorter Weighted Average Life to Maturity than such remaining Term Loans) and (3) the other terms and conditions of such Indebtedness shall be as determined by the Borrower and the lenders providing such Indebtedness (subject to the restrictions and exceptions set forth above); and with respect to clause (b) above, such Indebtedness is and remains the obligation of the Person and/or such Person’s subsidiaries that are acquired and such Indebtedness was not incurred in anticipation of such Permitted Acquisition or Investment; and (B) any Permitted Refinancing of Indebtedness incurred pursuant to the foregoing subclause (A); provided further that the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness of which the primary obligor or a guarantor is a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party outstanding in reliance on subclause (A)(a) or (B) of this clause (vii) (together with the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness incurred in reliance Section 6.01(a)(viii) and outstanding of which the primary obligor or a guarantor is a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party) shall not exceed, at the time of incurrence thereof and after giving Pro Forma Effect thereto, the greater of $67,000,000 and 20.0% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended Test Period as of such time;

(viii)    (A) Indebtedness of the Borrower, any Restricted Subsidiary or any Person that becomes a Restricted Subsidiary (or any Person not previously a Restricted Subsidiary that is merged or consolidated with or into the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary) either (a) incurred or issued and/or (b) assumed after the Effective Date in connection with any Permitted Acquisition or any other Investment not prohibited by Section 6.04; provided that, with respect to clause (a) above, (i) such Indebtedness is unsecured, (ii) after giving effect to each such incurrence and/or issuance of such Indebtedness on a Pro Forma Basis, the Total Net Leverage Ratio as of such time is either (I) less than or equal to 5.00 to 1.00 or (II) less than or equal to the Total Net Leverage Ratio immediately prior to such Permitted Acquisition or Investment (and related incurrence and/or issuance of Indebtedness) and (iii) with respect to any such newly incurred Indebtedness, (1) such Indebtedness does not mature earlier than the Term Maturity Date as of the Effective Date (except

 

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in the case of customary bridge loans which, subject to customary conditions (including no payment or bankruptcy event of default), would either automatically be converted into or required to be exchanged for permanent refinancing which does not mature earlier than the Term Maturity Date as of the Effective Date), (2) such Indebtedness does not have a shorter Weighted Average Life to Maturity than the remaining Term Loans (except in the case of customary bridge loans which, subject to customary conditions (including no payment or bankruptcy event of default), would either automatically be converted into or required to be exchanged for permanent refinancing Indebtedness which does not have a shorter Weighted Average Life to Maturity than such remaining Term Loans) and (3) the other terms and conditions of such Indebtedness shall be as determined by the Borrower and the lenders providing such Indebtedness (subject to the restrictions and exceptions set forth above); and with respect to clause (b) above, such Indebtedness is and remains the obligation of the Person and/or such Person’s subsidiaries that are acquired and such Indebtedness was not incurred in anticipation of such Permitted Acquisition or Investment; and (B) any Permitted Refinancing of Indebtedness incurred pursuant to the foregoing subclause (A); provided further that the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness of which the primary obligor or a guarantor is a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party outstanding in reliance on subclause (A)(a) or (B) of this clause (viii) (solely with respect to any Permitted Refinancing of any Indebtedness incurred pursuant to clause (viii)(A)(a)) (together with the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness incurred in reliance on Section 6.01(a)(vii) and outstanding of which the primary obligor or a guarantor is a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party) shall not exceed, at the time of incurrence thereof and after giving Pro Forma Effect thereto, the greater of $67,000,000 and 20.0% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended Test Period as of such time;

(ix)    Settlement Indebtedness;

(x)    Indebtedness in respect of Cash Management Obligations and other Indebtedness in respect of netting services, automated clearinghouse arrangements, overdraft protections and similar arrangements, in each case, in connection with deposit accounts or from the honoring of a bank or other financial institution of a check, draft or similar instrument drawn against insufficient funds in the ordinary course of business;

(xi)    Indebtedness consisting of obligations under deferred compensation (including indemnification obligations, obligations in respect of purchase price adjustments, earn-outs, incentive non-competes and other contingent obligations) or other similar arrangements incurred or assumed in connection with any Permitted Acquisition, any other Investment or any Disposition, in each case, permitted under this Agreement;

(xii)    Indebtedness of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries or any Person that becomes a Restricted Subsidiary after the Effective Date (or of any Person not previously a Restricted Subsidiary that is merged or consolidated with or into the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary); provided that, at the time of the incurrence thereof and after giving Pro Forma Effect thereto, the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness outstanding in reliance on this clause (xii) shall not exceed the greater of $167,500,000 and 50.0% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended Test Period as of such time;

(xiii)    (A) unlimited Indebtedness of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries or any Person that becomes a Restricted Subsidiary after the Effective Date (or of any Person not previously a Restricted Subsidiary that is merged or consolidated with or into the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary) so long as, after giving effect to the incurrence of such Indebtedness on a Pro Forma Basis, the Total Net Leverage Ratio as of such time is less than or

 

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equal to 5.00 to 1.00 and (B) any Permitted Refinancing of Indebtedness incurred pursuant to the foregoing subclause (A); provided further that the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness of which the primary obligor or a guarantor is a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party outstanding in reliance on this clause (xiii) shall not exceed, at the time of incurrence thereof and after giving Pro Forma Effect thereto, the greater of $67,000,000 and 20.0% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended Test Period as of such time;

(xiv)    Indebtedness of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries in an aggregate principal amount not greater than the aggregate amount of cash contributions made to the capital of the Borrower or any other Restricted Subsidiary (to the extent Not Otherwise Applied) after the Effective Date; provided that (i) the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness of which the primary obligor or a guarantor is a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party outstanding in reliance on this clause (xiv) (together with the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness incurred in reliance on Section 6.01(a)(xiii) and outstanding of which the primary obligor or a guarantor is a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party) shall not exceed, at the time of incurrence thereof, the greater of $33,500,000 and 10.0% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently Test Period as of such time;

(xv)    Indebtedness consisting of (A) the financing of insurance premiums or (B) take-or-pay obligations contained in supply arrangements, in each case, in the ordinary course of business;

(xvi)    Indebtedness supported by a letter of credit, in a principal amount not to exceed the face amount of such letter of credit;

(xvii)    Indebtedness consisting of Permitted ABL Debt and any Permitted Refinancing thereof;

(xviii)    Permitted Unsecured Refinancing Debt, and any Permitted Refinancing thereof;

(xix)    Permitted First Priority Refinancing Debt and Permitted Second Priority Refinancing Debt, and any Permitted Refinancing of any of the foregoing;

(xx)    Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Subsidiary Loan Party issued in lieu of Incremental Facilities consisting of one or more series of (i) secured or unsecured bonds, notes or debentures (which bonds, notes or debentures, if secured, may be secured either by Liens pari passu with the Liens on the Collateral securing the Secured Obligations (but without regard to control of remedies) or by Liens having a junior priority relative to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Secured Obligations), or (ii) secured or unsecured loans (which loans, if secured, must be secured either by Liens pari passu with the Liens on the Collateral securing the Secured Obligations or by Liens having a junior priority relative to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Secured Obligations) (and any Registered Equivalent Notes issued in exchange therefor) (the “Incremental Equivalent Debt”); provided that (i) the aggregate principal amount of all such Indebtedness incurred pursuant to this clause shall not exceed at the time of incurrence the Incremental Cap at such time, (ii) such Indebtedness complies with the Required Additional Debt Terms and (iii) such indebtedness shall not have a shorter Weighted Average Life to Maturity than the remaining Term Loans; provided that if such Incremental Equivalent Debt is a term loan that is not subordinated in right of payment to the Loan Document Obligations and that is secured by a Lien on the Collateral that ranks pari passu in right of security with the Term Loans, the Term Loans shall be subject to the “most favored nation” pricing adjustment (if applicable) set forth in the proviso to Section 2.20(b)(d) as if such Incremental Equivalent Debt were an Incremental Term Loan or an Incremental Revolving Loan incurred hereunder;

 

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(xxi)    Indebtedness of any Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party; provided that the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness of which the primary obligor or a guarantor is a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party outstanding in reliance of this clause (xxi) shall not exceed, at the time of incurrence thereof and after giving Pro Forma Effect thereto, the greater of $33,500,000 and 10.0% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended Test Period;

(xxii)    Indebtedness incurred by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries in respect of letters of credit, bank guarantees, warehouse receipts, bankers’ acceptances or similar instruments issued or created in the ordinary course of business or consistent with past practice, including in respect of workers compensation claims, health, disability or other employee benefits or property, casualty or liability insurance or self-insurance or other reimbursement-type obligations regarding workers compensation claims;

(xxiii)    Indebtedness and obligations in respect of self-insurance and obligations in respect of performance, bid, appeal and surety bonds and performance and completion guarantees and similar obligations provided by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary or obligations in respect of letters of credit, bank guarantees or similar instruments related thereto, in each case, in the ordinary course of business or consistent with past practice;

(xxiv)    Indebtedness representing deferred compensation or stock-based compensation owed to employees, consultants or independent contractors of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries incurred in the ordinary course of business or consistent with past practice and (y) Indebtedness consisting of obligations of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries under deferred compensation to employees, consultants or independent contractors of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries or other similar arrangements incurred by such Persons in connection with the Transactions and Permitted Acquisitions or any other Investment permitted by this Agreement;

(xxv)    Indebtedness consisting of promissory notes issued by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to future, current or former officers, directors, employees, managers and consultants or their respective estates, spouses or former spouses, successors, executors, administrators, heirs, legatees or distributees, in each case to finance the purchase or redemption of Equity Interests of the Borrower to the extent permitted by Section 6.07(a);

(xxvi)    Indebtedness incurred in connection with a Qualified Securitization Facility;

(xxvii)    [reserved];

(xxviii)    [reserved];

(xxix)    Indebtedness in respect of obligations of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to pay the deferred purchase price of goods or services or progress payments in connection with such goods and services; provided that such obligations are incurred in connection with open accounts extended by suppliers on customary trade terms in the ordinary course of business and not in connection with the borrowing of money and (y) Indebtedness in respect of intercompany obligations of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in respect of accounts payable incurred in connection with goods sold or services rendered in the ordinary course of business and not in connection with the borrowing of money;

 

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(xxx)    Indebtedness to a customer to finance the acquisition of any equipment necessary to perform services for such customer; provided that the terms of such Indebtedness are consistent with those entered into with respect to similar Indebtedness prior to the Effective Date, including that (x) the repayment of such Indebtedness is conditional upon such customer ordering a specific volume of goods and (y) such Indebtedness does not bear interest or provide for scheduled amortization or maturity;

(xxxi)    Indebtedness incurred in connection with any sale-leaseback transaction; and

(xxxii)    all premiums (if any), interest (including post-petition interest), fees, expenses, charges and additional or contingent interest on obligations described in clauses (i) through (xxxi) above.

(b)    The Borrower will not, and will not permit any Restricted Subsidiary to, issue any preferred Equity Interests or any Disqualified Equity Interests, except (A) in the case of the Borrower, preferred Equity Interests that are Qualified Equity Interests and (B)(x) preferred Equity Interests issued to and held by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary and (y) preferred Equity Interests issued to and held by joint venture partners after the Effective Date; provided that in the case of this clause (y) any such issuance of preferred Equity Interests shall be deemed to be incurred Indebtedness and subject to the provisions set forth in Section 6.01(a).

SECTION 6.02    Liens.

The Borrower will not, and will not permit any Restricted Subsidiary to, create, incur, assume or permit to exist any Lien on any property or asset now owned (but not leased) or hereafter acquired (but not leased) by it, except:

(i)    Liens created under the Loan Documents;

(ii)    Permitted Encumbrances;

(iii)    Liens existing on the Effective Date; provided that any Lien securing Indebtedness or other obligations in excess of $5,000,000 individually shall only be permitted if set forth on Schedule 6.02 (unless such Lien is permitted by another clause in this Section 6.02) and any modifications, replacements, renewals or extensions thereof; provided further that such modified, replacement, renewal or extension Lien does not extend to any additional property other than (1) after-acquired property that is affixed or incorporated into the property covered by such Lien or financed by Indebtedness permitted under Section 6.01 and (2) proceeds and products thereof;

(iv)    Liens securing Indebtedness permitted under Section 6.01(a)(v); provided that (A) such Liens attach concurrently with or within 270 days after the acquisition, repair, replacement, construction or improvement (as applicable) of the property subject to such Liens, (B) such Liens do not at any time encumber any property other than the property financed by such Indebtedness except for replacements, additions, accessions and improvements to such property and the proceeds and the products thereof, and any lease of such property (including accessions thereto) and the proceeds and products thereof and customary security deposits and (C) with respect

 

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to Capital Lease Obligations, such Liens do not at any time extend to or cover any assets (except for replacements, additions, accessions and improvements to or proceeds of such assets) other than the assets subject to such Capital Lease Obligations; provided further that individual financings of equipment provided by one lender may be cross collateralized to other financings of equipment provided by such lender;

(v)    (i) easements, leases, licenses, subleases or sublicenses granted to others (including licenses and sublicenses of Intellectual Property) that do not (A) interfere in any material respect with the business of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or (B) secure any Indebtedness and (ii) any interest or title of a lessor or licensee under any lease (including financing statements regarding property subject to lease) or license entered into by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary not in violation of this Agreement; provided that with respect to this clause (ii), such Liens are only in respect of the property subject to, and secure only, the respective lease (and any other lease with the same or an affiliated lessor);

(vi)    Liens in favor of customs and revenue authorities arising as a matter of law to secure payment of customs duties in connection with the importation of goods;

(vii)    Liens (A) of a collection bank arising under Section 4-210 of the Uniform Commercial Code, or any comparable or successor provision, on items in the course of collection; (B) attaching to pooling, commodity trading accounts or other commodity brokerage accounts incurred in the ordinary course of business; or (C) in favor of a banking or other financial institution or entity, or electronic payment service provider, encumbering deposits (including the right of setoff);

(viii)    Liens (A) on cash advances or escrow deposits in favor of the seller of any property to be acquired in an Investment permitted pursuant to Section 6.04 to be applied against the purchase price for such Investment or otherwise in connection with any escrow arrangements with respect to any such Investment or any Disposition permitted under Section 6.05 (including any letter of intent or purchase agreement with respect to such Investment or Disposition), or (B) consisting of an agreement to dispose of any property in a Disposition permitted under Section 6.05, in each case, solely to the extent such Investment or Disposition, as the case may be, would have been permitted on the date of the creation of such Lien;

(ix)    Liens on property or other assets of any Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party, which Liens secure Indebtedness of such Restricted Subsidiary or another Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party, in each case permitted under Section 6.01(a);

(x)    Liens granted by a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party in favor of any Restricted Subsidiary and Liens granted by a Loan Party in favor of any other Loan Party;

(xi)    Liens existing on property or other assets at the time of its acquisition or existing on the property or other assets of any Person at the time such Person becomes a Restricted Subsidiary, in each case after the Effective Date and any modifications, replacements, renewals or extensions thereof; provided that (A) such Lien was not created in contemplation of such acquisition or such Person becoming a Restricted Subsidiary, and (B) such Lien does not extend to or cover any other assets or property (other than any replacements of such property or assets and additions and accessions thereto, the proceeds or products thereof and other than after-acquired property subject to a Lien securing Indebtedness and other obligations incurred prior to such time and which Indebtedness and other obligations are permitted hereunder that require or include, pursuant to their terms at such time, a pledge of after-acquired property, it being understood that such requirement shall not be permitted to apply to any property to which such requirement would not have applied but for such acquisition);

 

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(xii)    rights of consignors of goods, whether or not perfected by the filing of a financing statement or other registration, recording or filing;

(xiii)    Liens arising out of conditional sale, title retention, consignment or similar arrangements for sale or purchase of goods by any of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business;

(xiv)    Liens deemed to exist in connection with Investments in repurchase agreements under clause (e) of the definition of the term “Permitted Investments”;

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

(xvi)    Liens that are contractual rights of setoff (A) relating to the establishment of depository relations with banks not given in connection with the incurrence of Indebtedness, (B) relating to pooled deposit or sweep accounts to permit satisfaction of overdraft or similar obligations incurred in the ordinary course of business of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries or (C) relating to purchase orders and other agreements entered into with customers of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in the ordinary course of business;

(xvii)    ground leases in respect of real property on which facilities owned or leased by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries are located;

(xviii)    Liens on insurance policies and the proceeds thereof securing the financing of the premiums with respect thereto;

(xix)    Liens securing Indebtedness permitted under Section 6.01(a)(xix) or 6.01(a)(xx);

(xx)    Liens on real property other than the Mortgaged Properties;

(xxi)    Settlement Liens;

(xxii)    Liens securing Indebtedness permitted under Section 6.01(a)(vii), (viii) or (xii);

(xxiii)    Liens securing Indebtedness permitted under Section 6.01(a)(xiii); provided that (x) after giving effect to the incurrence of such Indebtedness on a Pro Forma Basis, the Consolidated Senior Secured Net Leverage Ratio as of such time is less than or equal to 3.75 to 1.00 and (y) such Indebtedness shall be subject to a Customary Intercreditor Agreement;

(xxiv)    Liens on cash and Permitted Investments used to satisfy or discharge Indebtedness; provided such satisfaction or discharge is permitted hereunder;

(xxv)    Receipt of progress payments and advances from customers in the ordinary course of business to the extent the same creates a Lien on the related inventory and proceeds thereof;

 

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(xxvi)    Liens on Equity Interests of any joint venture or Unrestricted Subsidiary (a) securing obligations of such joint venture or Unrestricted Subsidiary or (b) pursuant to the relevant joint venture agreement or arrangement;

(xxvii)    Liens on cash or Permitted Investments securing Swap Agreements in the ordinary course of business submitted for clearing in accordance with applicable Requirements of Law; provided that the aggregate outstanding amount of obligations secured by Liens existing in reliance on this clause (xxvii) shall not exceed $25,000,000;

(xxviii)    other Liens; provided that at the time of the granting thereof and after giving Pro Forma Effect to any such Lien and the obligations secured thereby (including the use of proceeds thereof) the lesser of (x) the aggregate outstanding face amount of obligations secured by Liens existing in reliance on this clause (xxviii) and (y) the fair market value of the assets securing such obligations shall not exceed the greater of $167,500,000 and 50.0% of Consolidated EBITDA for the Test Period then last ended;

(xxix)    Liens securing Indebtedness permitted under Section 6.01(a)(xvii) so long as such Liens are subject to a Customary Intercreditor Agreement;

(xxx)    Liens on accounts receivable, Securitization Assets and related assets incurred in connection with a Qualified Securitization Facility; and

(xxxi)    Liens in connection with sale-leaseback transactions.

SECTION 6.03    Fundamental Changes.

(a)    The Borrower will not, and will not permit any other Restricted Subsidiary to, merge into or consolidate with any other Person, or permit any other Person to merge into or consolidate with it, or liquidate or dissolve (including, in each case, pursuant to a Division) (which, for the avoidance of doubt, shall not restrict the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary from changing its organizational form), except that:

(i)    any Restricted Subsidiary may merge or consolidate with (A) the Borrower; provided that the Borrower shall be the continuing or surviving Person, or (B) any one or more other Restricted Subsidiaries; provided that when any Subsidiary Loan Party is merging or consolidating with another Restricted Subsidiary (1) the continuing or surviving Person shall be a Subsidiary Loan Party or (2) if the continuing or surviving Person is not a Subsidiary Loan Party, the acquisition of such Subsidiary Loan Party by such surviving Restricted Subsidiary is otherwise permitted under Section 6.04;

(ii)    (A) any Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party may merge or consolidate with or into any other Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party and (B) any Restricted Subsidiary may liquidate or dissolve or change its legal form if the Borrower determines in good faith that such action is in the best interests of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries and is not materially disadvantageous to the Lenders;

(iii)    any Restricted Subsidiary may make a Disposition of all or substantially all of its assets (upon voluntary liquidation or otherwise) to the Borrower or another Restricted Subsidiary; provided that if the transferor in such a transaction is a Loan Party, then (A) the transferee must be a Loan Party, (B) to the extent constituting an Investment, such Investment is a permitted Investment in a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party in accordance with

 

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Section 6.04 or (C) to the extent constituting a Disposition to a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party, such Disposition is for fair market value (as determined in good faith by the Borrower) and any promissory note or other non-cash consideration received in respect thereof is a permitted Investment in a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party in accordance with Section 6.04;

(iv)    the Borrower may merge or consolidate with (or Dispose of all or substantially all of its assets to) any other Person; provided that (A) the Borrower shall be the continuing or surviving Person or (B) if the Person formed by or surviving any such merger or consolidation is not the Borrower or is a Person into which the Borrower has been liquidated (or, in connection with a Disposition of all or substantially all of the Borrower’s assets, if the transferee of such assets) (any such Person, the “Successor Borrower”), (1) the Successor Borrower shall be an entity organized or existing under the laws of a Covered Jurisdiction, (2) the Successor Borrower shall expressly assume all the obligations of the Borrower under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which the Borrower is a party pursuant to a supplement hereto or thereto in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent, (3) each Loan Party other than the Borrower, unless it is the other party to such merger or consolidation, shall have reaffirmed, pursuant to an agreement in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Term Administrative Agent, that its Guarantee of and grant of any Liens as security for the Secured Obligations shall apply to the Successor Borrower’s obligations under this Agreement and (4) the Borrower shall have delivered to the Term Administrative Agent a certificate of a Responsible Officer and an opinion of counsel, each stating that such merger or consolidation complies with this Agreement; provided further that (y) if such Person is not a Loan Party, no Event of Default (or, to the extent related to a Permitted Acquisition or any Investment not prohibited by Section 6.04, no Specified Event of Default) shall exist after giving effect to such merger or consolidation and (z) if the foregoing requirements are satisfied, the Successor Borrower will succeed to, and be substituted for, the Borrower under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents; provided further that the Borrower will use commercially reasonable efforts to provide any documentation and other information about the Successor Borrower as shall have been reasonably requested in writing by any Lender through the Term Administrative Agent that such Lender shall have reasonably determined is required by regulatory authorities under applicable “know your customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations, including Title III of the USA PATRIOT Act;

(v)    any Restricted Subsidiary may merge, consolidate or amalgamate with any other Person in order to effect an Investment permitted pursuant to Section 6.04; provided that the continuing or surviving Person shall be the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary, which together with each of the Restricted Subsidiaries, shall have complied with the requirements of Sections 5.11 and 5.12;

(vi)    any Restricted Subsidiary may effect a merger, dissolution, liquidation consolidation or amalgamation to effect a Disposition permitted pursuant to Section 6.05; and

(vii)    (x) any Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party may consummate a Division as the Dividing Person if, immediately upon the consummation of the Division, the assets of the applicable Dividing Person are held by one or more Restricted Subsidiaries at such time and (y) any Loan Party may consummate a Division as the Dividing Person if, immediately upon the consummation of the Division, the assets of the applicable Dividing Person are held by one or more Loan Parties at such time (or, in each case, such later date as may be agreed upon by the Term Administrative Agent).

SECTION 6.04    Investments, Loans, Advances, Guarantees and Acquisitions. The Borrower will not, and will not permit any Restricted Subsidiary to, make or hold any Investment, except:

(a)    Permitted Investments at the time such Permitted Investment is made and purchases of assets, in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice;

 

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(b)    loans, advances and other credit extensions to officers, members of the Board of Directors and employees of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries (i) for reasonable and customary business-related travel, entertainment, relocation (including moving expenses and costs of replacement homes), business machines or supplies, automobiles and analogous ordinary business purposes, (ii) in connection with such Person’s purchase of Equity Interests of the Borrower (provided that the amount of such loans and advances made in cash to such Person shall be contributed to the Borrower in cash as common equity or Qualified Equity Interests) and (iii) for purposes not described in the foregoing clauses (i) and (ii), in an aggregate principal amount outstanding under this clause (iii) at any time not to exceed $40,000,000;

(c)    Investments by the Borrower in any Restricted Subsidiary and Investments by any Restricted Subsidiary in any of the Borrower or any other Restricted Subsidiary; provided that, in the case of any Investment by a Loan Party in a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party, (i) no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would result therefrom and (ii) the aggregate principal amount of such Investments outstanding at any time shall not exceed the greater of $134,000,000 and 40% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended Test Period as of such time;

(d)    Investments consisting of (i) extensions of trade credit and accommodation guarantees in the ordinary course of business and (ii) loans and advances to customers; provided that the aggregate principal amount of such loans and advances outstanding under this clause (ii) at any time shall not exceed $10,000,000;

(e)    Investments (i) existing or contemplated on the Effective Date and set forth on Schedule 6.04(e) and any modification, replacement, renewal, reinvestment or extension thereof and (ii) Investments existing on the Effective Date by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary and any modification, renewal or extension thereof; provided that the amount of the original Investment is not increased except by the terms of such Investment to the extent as set forth on Schedule 6.04(e) or as otherwise permitted by this Section 6.04;

(f)    Investments in Swap Agreements incurred in the ordinary course of business and not for speculative purposes;

(g)    promissory notes and other non-cash consideration received in connection with Dispositions permitted by Section 6.05;

(h)    Permitted Acquisitions;

(i)    the Transactions;

(j)    Investments in the ordinary course of business consisting of Uniform Commercial Code Article 3 endorsements for collection or deposit and Uniform Commercial Code Article 4 customary trade arrangements with customers in the ordinary course of business;

(k)    Investments (including debt obligations and Equity Interests) received in connection with the bankruptcy or reorganization of suppliers and customers or in settlement of delinquent obligations of, or other disputes with, customers and suppliers or upon the foreclosure with respect to any secured Investment or other transfer of title with respect to any secured Investment;

 

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(l)    loans and advances to the Borrower (x) in lieu of, and not in excess of the amount of (after giving effect to any other loans, advances or Restricted Payments in respect thereof), Restricted Payments to the extent permitted to be made to the Borrower (or such parent) in accordance with Section 6.07(a) and (y) to the extent the proceeds thereof are contributed or loaned or advanced to any Restricted Subsidiary;

(m)    additional Investments and other acquisitions; provided that at the time any such Investment or other acquisition is made, the aggregate outstanding amount of such Investment or acquisition made in reliance on this clause (m), together with the aggregate amount of all consideration paid in connection with all other Investments and acquisitions made in reliance on this clause (m) (including the aggregate principal amount of all Indebtedness assumed in connection with any such other Investment or acquisition previously made under this clause (m)), shall not exceed the sum of (A) the greater of $251,250,000 and 75.0% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended Test Period after giving Pro Forma Effect to the making of such Investment or other acquisition, plus (B) the Available Amount that is Not Otherwise Applied as in effect immediately prior to the time of making of such Investment; provided that amounts pursuant to clause (b) of the definition of “Available Amount” may only be used to fund an Investment pursuant to this clause (m)(B) to the extent that no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would result from such Investment, plus (C) the Available Equity Amount that is Not Otherwise Applied as in effect immediately prior to the time of making of such Investment;

(n)    advances of payroll payments to employees in the ordinary course of business;

(o)    Investments and other acquisitions to the extent that payment for such Investments is made with Qualified Equity Interests of the Borrower;

(p)    Investments of a Subsidiary acquired after the Effective Date or of a Person merged or consolidated with any Subsidiary in accordance with this Section 6.04 and Section 6.03 after the Effective Date or that otherwise becomes a Subsidiary (provided that if such Investment is made under Section 6.04(h), existing Investments in subsidiaries of such Subsidiary or Person shall comply with the requirements of Section 6.04(h)) to the extent that such Investments were not made in contemplation of or in connection with such acquisition, merger or consolidation and were in existence on the date of such acquisition, merger or consolidation;

(q)    receivables owing to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, if created or acquired in the ordinary course of business;

(r)    Investments (A) for utilities, security deposits, leases and similar prepaid expenses incurred in the ordinary course of business and (B) trade accounts created, or prepaid expenses accrued, in the ordinary course of business;

(s)    non-cash Investments in connection with tax planning and reorganization activities; provided that after giving effect to any such activities, the security interests of the Lenders in the Collateral, taken as a whole, would not be materially impaired;

(t)    additional Investments so long as at the time of any such Investment and after giving effect thereto, (i) no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would result therefrom and (ii) on a Pro Forma Basis, the Total Net Leverage Ratio is no greater than 4.00 to 1.00;

(u)    Investments consisting of Indebtedness, Liens, fundamental changes, Dispositions and Restricted Payments permitted (other than by reference to this Section 6.04(u)) under Sections 6.01, 6.02, 6.03, 6.05 and 6.07, respectively;

 

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(v)    contributions to a “rabbi” trust for the benefit of employees, directors, consultants, independent contractors or other service providers or other grantor trust subject to claims of creditors in the case of a bankruptcy of the Borrower;

(w)    to the extent that they constitute Investments, purchases and acquisitions of inventory, supplies, materials or equipment or purchases, acquisitions, licenses or leases of other assets, Intellectual Property, or other rights, in each case in the ordinary course of business;

(x)    any Investment in any Subsidiary or any joint venture in connection with intercompany cash management arrangements or related activities arising in the ordinary course of business;

(y)    Investments by an Unrestricted Subsidiary entered into prior to the day such Unrestricted Subsidiary is redesignated as a Restricted Subsidiary pursuant to the definition of “Unrestricted Subsidiary”;

(z)    Investments in or relating to a Securitization Subsidiary that, in the good faith determination of the Borrower are necessary or advisable to effect any Qualified Securitization Facility or any repurchase obligation in connection therewith, including Investments of funds held in accounts permitted or required by the arrangements governing such Qualified Securitization Facilities or any related Indebtedness;

(aa)    Investments in the ordinary course of business in connection with Settlements;

(bb)    Investments arising as a result of sale-leaseback transactions; and

(cc)    Investments in joint ventures and Subsidiaries that are not Subsidiary Loan Parties in an aggregate principal amount outstanding at any time not to exceed the greater of $67,000,000 and 20.0% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended Test Period as of such time.

SECTION 6.05    Asset Sales.

The Borrower will not, and will not permit any Restricted Subsidiary to, (i) voluntarily sell, transfer, lease or otherwise dispose of any asset, including any Equity Interest owned by it or (ii) permit any Restricted Subsidiary to issue any additional Equity Interest in such Restricted Subsidiary (other than issuing directors’ qualifying shares, nominal shares issued to foreign nationals to the extent required by applicable Requirements of Law and other than issuing Equity Interests to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary in compliance with Section 6.04(c)), whether effected pursuant to a Division or otherwise (each, a “Disposition” and the term “Dispose” as a verb has the corresponding meaning), except:

(a)    Dispositions of obsolete, damaged, used, surplus or worn out property, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, and Dispositions of non-core assets or property, (including assets or property no longer used or useful, or economically practicable to maintain, in the conduct of the core or principal business of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries) (including allowing any registration or application for registration of any Intellectual Property that is no longer used or useful, or economically practicable to maintain, to lapse, go abandoned, or be invalidated);

(b)    Dispositions of inventory and other assets (including Settlement Assets) in the ordinary course of business or consistent with past practice or held for sale or no longer used in the ordinary course of business and immaterial assets (considered in the aggregate) in the ordinary course of business;

 

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(c)    Dispositions of property to the extent that (i) such property is exchanged for credit against the purchase price of similar replacement property or (ii) an amount equal to Net Proceeds of such Disposition are promptly applied to the purchase price of such replacement property;

(d)    Dispositions of property to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary; provided that if the transferor in such a transaction is a Loan Party, then either (i) the transferee must be a Loan Party, (ii) to the extent constituting an Investment, such Investment must be a permitted Investment in a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party in accordance with Section 6.04 or (iii) to the extent constituting a Disposition to a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party, such Disposition is for fair market value (as determined in good faith by the Borrower) and any promissory note or other non-cash consideration received in respect thereof is a permitted investment in a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party in accordance with Section 6.04;

(e)    Dispositions permitted by Section 6.03, Investments permitted by Section 6.04, Restricted Payments permitted by Section 6.07 and Liens permitted by Section 6.02;

(f)    Dispositions of property acquired by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries pursuant to sale-leaseback transactions;

(g)    Dispositions of Permitted Investments;

(h)    Dispositions or forgiveness of accounts receivable in the ordinary course of business in connection with the collection or compromise thereof (including sales to factors or other third parties);

(i)    leases, subleases, service agreements, product sales, licenses or sublicenses (including licenses and sublicenses of Intellectual Property), in each case that do not materially interfere with the business of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole;

(j)    transfers of property subject to Casualty Events;

(k)    Dispositions of property to Persons other than Restricted Subsidiaries (including the sale or issuance of Equity Interests of a Restricted Subsidiary) for fair market value (as determined by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower in good faith) not otherwise permitted under this Section 6.05; provided that with respect to any Disposition pursuant to this clause (k) for a purchase price in excess of $50,000,000, the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary shall receive not less than 75% of such consideration in the form of cash or Permitted Investments; provided, however, that solely for the purposes of this clause (k), (A) any liabilities (as shown on the most recent balance sheet of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary or in the footnotes thereto) of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary, other than liabilities that are by their terms subordinated in right of payment to the Loan Document Obligations, that are assumed by the transferee with respect to the applicable Disposition and for which the Borrower and all of the Restricted Subsidiaries shall have been validly released by all applicable creditors in writing, shall be deemed to be cash, (B) any securities, notes or other obligations or assets received by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary from such transferee that are converted by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary into cash or Permitted Investments (to the extent of the cash or Permitted Investments received) within one hundred and eighty (180) days following the closing of the applicable Disposition, shall be deemed to be cash, (C) Indebtedness of any Restricted Subsidiary that ceases to be a Restricted Subsidiary as a result of such Disposition (other than intercompany debt owed to the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries), to the extent that the Borrower and all of the Restricted Subsidiaries (to the extent previously liable thereunder) are released from any guarantee of payment of the principal amount of such Indebtedness in connection with such Disposition, shall be deemed to be cash and (D) any Designated Non-Cash

 

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Consideration received by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary in respect of such Disposition having an aggregate fair market value (as determined by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower in good faith), taken together with all other Designated Non-Cash Consideration received pursuant to this clause (k) that is at that time outstanding, not in excess of $50,000,000 at the time of the receipt of such Designated Non-Cash Consideration, with the fair market value (as determined in good faith by the Borrower) of each item of Designated Non-Cash Consideration being measured at the time received and without giving effect to subsequent changes in value, shall be deemed to be cash;

(l)    Dispositions of Investments in joint ventures to the extent required by, or made pursuant to customary buy/sell arrangements between, the joint venture parties set forth in joint venture arrangements and similar binding arrangements;

(m)    Dispositions of any assets (including Equity Interests) (A) acquired in connection with any Permitted Acquisition or other Investment not prohibited hereunder, which assets are not used or useful to the core or principal business of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries and/or (B) made to obtain the approval of any applicable antitrust authority in connection with a Permitted Acquisition;

(n)    any Disposition of accounts receivable, Securitization Assets, any participations thereof, or related assets in connection with or any Qualified Securitization Facility;

(o)    transfers of condemned property as a result of the exercise of “eminent domain” or other similar powers to the respective Governmental Authority or agency that has condemned the same (whether by deed in lieu of condemnation or otherwise), and transfers of property arising from foreclosure or similar action or that have been subject to a casualty to the respective insurer of such real property as part of an insurance settlement; and

(p)    any Disposition of the Equity Interests of any Immaterial Subsidiary or Unrestricted Subsidiary.

SECTION 6.06    Lines of Business.

The Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, will not fundamentally and substantively alter the character of their business, taken as a whole, from the business conducted by them on the Effective Date and other business activities which are extensions thereof (including new product lines or manufacturing or distribution of product lines) or otherwise incidental, reasonably related or ancillary to any of the foregoing.

SECTION 6.07    Restricted Payments; Certain Payments of Indebtedness.

(a)    The Borrower will not, and will not permit any Restricted Subsidiary to, declare or make, or agree to pay or make, directly or indirectly, any Restricted Payment, except:

(i)    each Restricted Subsidiary may make Restricted Payments to the Borrower or any other Restricted Subsidiary; provided that in the case of any such Restricted Payment by a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Wholly Owned Subsidiary, such Restricted Payment is made to the Borrower, any Restricted Subsidiary and to each other owner of Equity Interests of such Restricted Subsidiary based on their relative ownership interests of the relevant class of Equity Interests;

(ii)    the Borrower and each Restricted Subsidiary may declare and make dividend payments or other distributions payable solely in the Equity Interests of such Person;

 

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(iii)    Restricted Payments made to consummate the Transactions;

(iv)    repurchases of Equity Interests in the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary deemed to occur upon exercise of stock options or warrants if such Equity Interests represent a portion of the exercise price or withholding taxes payable in connection with the exercise of such options or warrants or other incentive interests;

(v)    Restricted Payments to the Borrower, which the Borrower may use to redeem, acquire, retire, repurchase or settle its Equity Interests (or any options, warrants, restricted stock or stock appreciation rights or similar securities issued with respect to any such Equity Interests) or Indebtedness or to service Indebtedness incurred by the Borrower to finance the redemption, acquisition, retirement, repurchase or settlement of such Equity Interest or Indebtedness, held directly or indirectly by current or former officers, managers, consultants, members of the Board of Directors, employees or independent contractors (or their respective spouses, former spouses, successors, executors, administrators, heirs, legatees or distributees) of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, upon the death, disability, retirement or termination of employment of any such Person or otherwise in accordance with any stock option or stock appreciation rights plan, any management, director and/or employee stock ownership or incentive plan, stock subscription plan, employment termination agreement or any other employment agreements or equity holders’ agreement in an aggregate amount after the Effective Date together with the aggregate amount of loans and advances to the Borrower made pursuant to Section 6.04(m) in lieu of Restricted Payments permitted by this clause (v) not to exceed $75,000,000 in any calendar year with unused amounts in any calendar year being carried over to succeeding calendar years subject to a maximum of $150,000,000 in any calendar year (without giving effect to the following proviso); provided that such amount in any calendar year may be increased by (1) an amount not to exceed the cash proceeds of key man life insurance policies received by the Borrower or the Restricted Subsidiaries after the Effective Date, or (2) the amount of any bona fide cash bonuses otherwise payable to members of the Board of Directors, consultants, officers, employees, managers or independent contractors of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary that are foregone in return for the receipt of Equity Interests, the fair market value of which is equal to or less than the amount of such cash bonuses, which, if not used in any year, may be carried forward to any subsequent fiscal year; provided further that cancellation of Indebtedness owing to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary from members of the Board of Directors, consultants, officers, employees, managers or independent contractors (or their respective spouses, former spouses, successors, executors, administrators, heirs, legatees or distributees) of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in connection with a repurchase of Equity Interests of the Borrower will not be deemed to constitute a Restricted Payment for purposes of this Section 6.07 or any other provisions of this Agreement.

(vi)    other Restricted Payments made by the Borrower; provided that, at the time of making such Restricted Payments, (i) no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would result therefrom and (ii) on a Pro Forma Basis, the Total Net Leverage Ratio is equal to or less than 3.50 to 1.00;

(vii)    any Restricted Subsidiary may make Restricted Payments in cash to the Borrower:

(A)    as distributions by any Restricted Subsidiary to the Borrower in amounts required for the Borrower to pay with respect to any taxable period in which the Borrower and/or any of its Subsidiaries is a member of (or is a flow-through entity for U.S. federal income tax purposes owned directly or indirectly by one or more such members of)

 

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a consolidated, combined, unitary or similar tax group (a “Tax Group”) of which the Borrower is the common parent, U.S. federal, state and local and foreign taxes that are attributable to the taxable income of the Borrower and/or its Subsidiaries; provided that for each taxable period, the amount of such payments made in respect of such taxable period in the aggregate shall not exceed the amount of such taxes that the Borrower and its Subsidiaries would have been required to pay if they were a stand-alone Tax Group with the Borrower as the corporate common parent of such stand-alone Tax Group (collectively, “Tax Distributions”);

(B)    [reserved];

(C)    [reserved];

(D)    to finance any Investment made by the Borrower that, if made by the Borrower, would be permitted to be made pursuant to Section 6.04; provided that (A) such Restricted Payment shall be made substantially concurrently with the closing of such Investment and (B) the Borrower shall, immediately following the closing thereof, cause (1) all property acquired (whether assets or Equity Interests but not including any loans or advances made pursuant to Section 6.04(b)) to be contributed to the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries or (2) the Person formed or acquired to merge into or consolidate with the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries to the extent such merger or consolidation is permitted in Section 6.03) in order to consummate such Investment, in each case in accordance with the requirements of Sections 5.11 and 5.12;

(E)    the proceeds of which shall be used to pay (or to make Restricted Payments to allow the Borrower to pay) fees and expenses related to any equity or debt offering;

(F)    the proceeds of which shall be used to pay customary salary, bonus and other benefits payable to officers and employees of the Borrower to the extent such salaries, bonuses and other benefits are attributable to the ownership or operation of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries; and

(G)    the proceeds of which shall be used to make payments permitted by clause (b)(iv) and (b)(v) of Section 6.07;

(viii)    in addition to the foregoing Restricted Payments, the Borrower may make additional Restricted Payments, in an aggregate amount, when taken together with the aggregate amount of loans and advances previously made pursuant to Section 6.04(m) in lieu of Restricted Payments permitted by this clause (viii), not to exceed the sum of (A) the Available Amount that is Not Otherwise Applied as in effect immediately prior to the time of making of such Restricted Payment; provided that amounts pursuant to clause (b) of the definition of “Available Amount” may only be used to fund a Restricted Payment pursuant to this clause (viii)(A) to the extent that no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would result from such Restricted Payment, plus (B) the Available Equity Amount that is Not Otherwise Applied as in effect immediately prior to the time of making of such Restricted Payment;

(ix)    redemptions in whole or in part of any of its Equity Interests for another class of its Equity Interests or with proceeds from substantially concurrent equity contributions or issuances of new Equity Interests;

 

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(x)    payments made or expected to be made in respect of withholding or similar Taxes payable by any future, present or former employee, director, manager or consultant and any repurchases of Equity Interests in consideration of such payments including deemed repurchases in connection with the exercise of stock options and the vesting of restricted stock and restricted stock units;

(xi)    the Borrower may (a) pay cash in lieu of fractional Equity Interests in connection with any dividend, split or combination thereof or any Permitted Acquisition (or other similar Investment) and (b) honor any conversion request by a holder of convertible Indebtedness and make cash payments in lieu of fractional shares in connection with any such conversion and may make payments on convertible Indebtedness in accordance with its terms;

(xii)    payments made or expected to be made by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in respect of withholding or similar taxes payable upon exercise of Equity Interests by any future, present or former employee, director, officer, manager or consultant (or their respective controlled Affiliates or permitted transferees) and any repurchases of Equity Interests deemed to occur upon exercise of stock options or warrants if such Equity Interests represent a portion of the exercise price of such options or warrants or required withholding or similar taxes;

(xiii)    the distribution, by dividend or otherwise, of shares of Equity Interests of, or Indebtedness owed to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary by, Unrestricted Subsidiaries (other than Unrestricted Subsidiaries, the primary assets of which are Permitted Investments);

(xiv)    the declaration and payment of Restricted Payments on the Borrower’s common stock, following consummation of any public offering, of up to 6.0% per annum of the net cash proceeds of such public offering received by or contributed to the Borrower, other than public offerings registered on Form S-8;

(xv)    the declaration and payment of regular cash dividends on common stock of the Borrower in an aggregate amount not to exceed the greater of (x) $75,000,000 and (y) 2.0% of Market Capitalization per fiscal year;

(xvi)    any distributions or payments of Securitization Fees; and

(xvii)    additional Restricted Payments in an amount not to exceed the greater of $134,000,000 and 40.0% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended Test Period after giving Pro Forma Effect to the making of such Restricted Payment.

(b)    The Borrower will not, and will not permit any Restricted Subsidiary to, make or agree to pay or make, directly or indirectly, any payment or other distribution (whether in cash, securities or other property) of or in respect of principal of or interest on any Restricted Debt Financing, or any payment or other distribution (whether in cash, securities or other property), including any sinking fund or similar deposit, on account of the purchase, redemption, retirement, acquisition, cancellation or termination of any Restricted Debt Financing, or any other payment (including any payment under any Swap Agreement) that has a substantially similar effect to any of the foregoing, except:

(i)    payment of regularly scheduled interest and principal payments, mandatory offers to repay, repurchase or redeem, mandatory prepayments of principal premium and interest, and payment of fees, expenses and indemnification obligations, with respect to such Restricted Debt Financing, other than payments in respect of any Restricted Debt Financing prohibited by the subordination provisions thereof;

 

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(ii)    refinancings of Indebtedness to the extent permitted by Section 6.01;

(iii)    the conversion of any Restricted Debt Financing to Equity Interests (other than Disqualified Equity Interests) of the Borrower, and any payment that is intended to prevent any Restricted Debt Financing from being treated as an “applicable high yield discount obligation” within the meaning of Section 163(i)(1) of the Code;

(iv)    prepayments, redemptions, repurchases, defeasances and other payments in respect of Restricted Debt Financings prior to their scheduled maturity in an aggregate amount, not to exceed the sum of (A) an amount at the time of making any such prepayment, redemption, repurchase, defeasance or other payment and together with any other prepayments, redemptions, repurchases, defeasances and other payments made utilizing this subclause (A) not to exceed the greater of $134,000,000 and 40.0% of Consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended Test Period after giving Pro Forma Effect to the making of such prepayment, redemption, repurchase, defeasance or other payment plus (B) (x) the Available Amount that is Not Otherwise Applied as in effect immediately prior to the time of making of such prepayment, redemption, purchase, defeasance or other payment; provided that amounts pursuant to clause (b) of the definition of “Available Amount” may only be used to fund any such prepayment, redemption, purchase, defeasance or other payment pursuant to this clause (iv)(B)(x) to the extent that no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would result from such prepayment, redemption, purchase, defeasance or other payment plus (y) the Available Equity Amount that is Not Otherwise Applied as in effect immediately prior to the time of making of such Investment;

(v)    payments made in connection with the Transactions;

(vi)    prepayments, redemptions, purchases, defeasances and other payments in respect of Restricted Debt Financings prior to their scheduled maturity; provided that (i) no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would result therefrom and (ii) after giving effect to such prepayment, redemption, repurchase, defeasance or other payment, on a Pro Forma Basis, the Total Net Leverage Ratio is less than or equal to 3.50 to 1.00; and

(vii)    prepayments of Restricted Debt Financing owed to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary or prepayments of Permitted Refinancing of such Indebtedness with the proceeds of any other Restricted Debt Financing.

SECTION 6.08    Transactions with Affiliates.

The Borrower will not, and will not permit any Restricted Subsidiary to, sell, lease or otherwise transfer any property or assets to, or purchase, lease or otherwise acquire any property or assets from, or otherwise engage in any other transactions with, any of its Affiliates, except (i) (A) transactions between or among the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary or any entity that becomes a Restricted Subsidiary as a result of such transaction; provided that such parent entity shall have no material liabilities and no material assets other than cash, Permitted Investments and the Equity Interests of the Borrower and such merger, amalgamation or consolidation is otherwise consummated in compliance with this Agreement and (B) transactions involving aggregate payment or consideration of less than $75,000,000, (ii) on terms substantially as favorable to the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary as would be obtainable by such Person at the time in a comparable arm’s-length transaction with a Person other than an Affiliate, (iii) the payment of fees and expenses related to the Transactions, (iv) [reserved], (v) issuances of Equity Interests of the Borrower to the extent otherwise permitted by this Agreement, (vi) employment and severance arrangements between the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries and their respective officers and employees in the ordinary course of business or otherwise in connection with the Transactions (including

 

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loans and advances pursuant to Sections 6.04(b) and 6.04(n)), (vii) payments by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries pursuant to tax sharing agreements among the Borrower (and any such parent thereof) and its Restricted Subsidiaries on customary terms to the extent attributable to the ownership or operation of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, (viii) the payment of customary fees and reasonable out-of-pocket costs to, and indemnities provided on behalf of, members of the Board of Directors, officers and employees of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business to the extent attributable to the ownership or operation of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, (ix) transactions pursuant to permitted agreements in existence or contemplated on the Effective Date and set forth on Schedule 6.08 or any amendment thereto to the extent such an amendment is not adverse to the Lenders in any material respect, (x) [reserved], (xi) payments to or from, and transactions with, any joint venture in the ordinary course of business (including any cash management activities related thereto), (xii) transactions with customers, clients, suppliers, contractors, joint venture partners or purchasers or sellers of goods or services that are Affiliates, in each case in the ordinary course of business and which are fair to the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, in the reasonable determination of the Borrower, or are on terms at least as favorable as might reasonably have been obtained at such time from an unaffiliated party, (xiii) sales of accounts receivable, or participations therein, or Securitization Assets or related assets in connection with or any Qualified Securitization Facility and (xiv) any other (A) Indebtedness permitted under Section 6.01 and Liens permitted under Section 6.02; provided that such Indebtedness and Liens are on terms which are fair and reasonable to the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as determined by the majority of disinterested members of the board of directors of the Borrower or an audit committee and (B) transactions permitted under Section 6.04, Investments permitted under Section 6.03 and Restricted Payments permitted under Section 6.07.

SECTION 6.09    Restrictive Agreements.

The Borrower will not, and will not permit any Restricted Subsidiary to enter into any agreement, instrument, deed or lease that prohibits or limits the ability of any Loan Party to create, incur, assume or suffer to exist any Lien upon any of their respective properties or revenues, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, for the benefit of the Secured Parties with respect to the Secured Obligations or under the Loan Documents; provided that the foregoing shall not apply to:

(a)    restrictions and conditions imposed by (1) Requirements of Law, (2) any Loan Document, or the ABL Loan Documents, (3) any documentation governing Incremental Equivalent Debt, (4) any documentation governing Permitted Unsecured Refinancing Debt, Permitted First Priority Refinancing Debt or Permitted Second Priority Refinancing Debt, (5) any documentation governing Indebtedness incurred pursuant to Section 6.01(a)(xx), (xxi) or (xxvi) and (6) any documentation governing any Permitted Refinancing incurred to refinance any such Indebtedness referenced in clauses (1) through (5) above;

(b)    customary restrictions and conditions existing on the Effective Date and any extension, renewal, amendment, modification or replacement thereof, except to the extent any such amendment, modification or replacement expands the scope of any such restriction or condition;

(c)    restrictions and conditions contained in agreements relating to the sale of a Subsidiary or any assets pending such sale; provided that such restrictions and conditions apply only to the Subsidiary or assets that is or are to be sold and such sale is permitted hereunder;

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(e)    restrictions imposed by any agreement relating to secured Indebtedness permitted by this Agreement to the extent such restriction applies only to the property securing such Indebtedness;

(f)    any restrictions or conditions set forth in any agreement in effect at any time any Person becomes a Restricted Subsidiary (but not any modification or amendment expanding the scope of any such restriction or condition); provided that such agreement was not entered into in contemplation of such Person becoming a Restricted Subsidiary and the restriction or condition set forth in such agreement does not apply to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary;

(g)    restrictions or conditions in any Indebtedness permitted pursuant to Section 6.01 that is incurred or assumed by Restricted Subsidiaries that are not Loan Parties to the extent such restrictions or conditions are no more restrictive in any material respect than the restrictions and conditions in the Loan Documents or, in the case of Restricted Debt Financing, are market terms at the time of issuance and are imposed solely on such Restricted Subsidiary and its Subsidiaries;

(h)    restrictions on cash (or Permitted Investments) or other deposits imposed by agreements entered into in the ordinary course of business (or other restrictions on cash or deposits constituting Permitted Encumbrances);

(i)    restrictions set forth on Schedule 6.09 and any extension, renewal, amendment, modification or replacement thereof, except to the extent any such amendment, modification or replacement expands the scope of any such restriction or condition;

(j)    customary provisions in joint venture agreements and other similar agreements applicable to joint ventures permitted by Section 6.04;

(k)    customary restrictions contained in leases, subleases, licenses, sublicenses or asset sale agreements otherwise permitted hereby so long as such restrictions relate only to the assets subject thereto;

(l)    customary provisions restricting subletting or assignment of any lease governing a leasehold interest of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary; and

(m)    customary net worth provisions contained in real property leases entered into by Subsidiaries, so long as the Borrower has determined in good faith that such net worth provisions would not reasonably be expected to impair the ability of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries to meet their ongoing obligations.

SECTION 6.10    Amendment of Restricted Debt Financing.

The Borrower will not, and will not permit any Restricted Subsidiary to, amend or modify the documentation governing any Restricted Debt Financing, in each case if the effect of such amendment or modification is materially adverse to the Lenders; provided that such modification will not be deemed to be materially adverse if such Restricted Debt Financing could be otherwise incurred under this Agreement (including as Indebtedness that does not constitute a Restricted Debt Financing) with such terms as so modified at the time of such modification.

SECTION 6.11    [Reserved].

SECTION 6.12    Changes in Fiscal Periods.

The Borrower will not make any change in fiscal year; provided, however, that the Borrower may, upon written notice to the Term Administrative Agent, change its fiscal year to any other fiscal year reasonably acceptable to the Term Administrative Agent, in which case, the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent will, and are hereby authorized by the Lenders to, make any adjustments to this Agreement that are necessary to reflect such change in fiscal year.

 

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ARTICLE VII

EVENTS OF DEFAULT

SECTION 7.01    Events of Default.

If any of the following events (any such event, an “Event of Default”) shall occur:

(a)    any Loan Party shall fail to pay any principal of any Loan when and as the same shall become due and payable, whether at the due date thereof or at a date fixed for prepayment thereof or otherwise;

(b)    any Loan Party shall fail to pay any interest on any Loan or any fee or any other amount (other than an amount referred to in paragraph (a) of this Section 7.01) payable under any Loan Document, when and as the same shall become due and payable, and such failure shall continue unremedied for a period of five (5) Business Days;

(c)    any representation or warranty made or deemed made by or on behalf of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries in connection with any Loan Document or any amendment or modification thereof or waiver thereunder, or in any report, certificate, financial statement or other document furnished pursuant to or in connection with any Loan Document or any amendment or modification thereof or waiver thereunder, shall prove to have been incorrect in any material respect when made or deemed made, and such incorrect representation or warranty (if curable) shall remain incorrect for a period of 30 days after written notice thereof from the Term Administrative Agent to the Borrower;

(d)    the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries shall fail to observe or perform any covenant, condition or agreement contained in Sections 5.02, 5.04 (with respect to the existence of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiaries), 5.10, 5.14 or in Article VI (other than Section 6.12);

(e)    the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries shall fail to observe or perform any covenant, condition or agreement contained in any Loan Document (other than those specified in paragraph (a), (b) or (d) of this Section 7.01), and such failure shall continue unremedied for a period of thirty (30) days after written notice thereof from the Term Administrative Agent to the Borrower; provided that any Default or Event of Default which may occur as a result of the failure to timely meet any delivery requirements under the Loan Documents shall cease to exist upon any delivery otherwise in compliance with such requirement.

(f)    the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries shall fail to make any payment (whether of principal or interest and regardless of amount) in respect of any Material Indebtedness, when and as the same shall become due and payable (after giving effect to any applicable grace period); provided that an event of default under the ABL Credit Agreement shall not constitute an Event of Default unless and until the ABL Lenders have actually declared all such obligations under the ABL Credit Agreement to be immediately due and payable in accordance with the terms of the ABL Credit Agreement and such declaration has not been rescinded by the ABL Lenders on or before such date;

 

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(g)    any event or condition occurs that results in any Material Indebtedness becoming due prior to its scheduled maturity or that enables or permits (with all applicable grace periods having expired) the holder or holders of any Material Indebtedness or any trustee or agent on its or their behalf to cause any Material Indebtedness to become due, or to require the prepayment, repurchase, redemption or defeasance thereof, prior to its scheduled maturity, provided that this paragraph (g) shall not apply to (i) secured Indebtedness that becomes due as a result of the sale, transfer or other disposition (including as a result of a casualty or condemnation event) of the property or assets securing such Indebtedness (to the extent such sale, transfer or other disposition is not prohibited under this Agreement) or (ii) termination events or similar events occurring under any Swap Agreement that constitutes Material Indebtedness (it being understood that paragraph (f) of this Section 7.01 will apply to any failure to make any payment required as a result of any such termination or similar event); provided that an event of default under the ABL Credit Agreement shall not constitute an Event of Default unless and until the ABL Lenders have actually declared all such obligations under the ABL Credit Agreement to be immediately due and payable in accordance with the terms of the ABL Credit Agreement and such declaration has not been rescinded by the ABL Lenders on or before such date;

(h)    an involuntary proceeding shall be commenced or an involuntary petition shall be filed seeking (i) liquidation, court protection, reorganization or other relief in respect of the Borrower or any Material Subsidiary or its debts, or of a material part of its assets, under any Federal, state or foreign bankruptcy, insolvency, receivership or similar law now or hereafter in effect or (ii) the appointment of a receiver, trustee, custodian, examiner, sequestrator, conservator or similar official for the Borrower or any Material Subsidiary or for a material part of its assets, and, in any such case, such proceeding or petition shall continue undismissed and unstayed for 60 days or an order or decree approving or ordering any of the foregoing shall be entered;

(i)    the Borrower or any Material Subsidiary shall (i) voluntarily commence any proceeding or file any petition seeking liquidation, court protection, reorganization or other relief under any Federal, state or foreign bankruptcy, insolvency, receivership or similar law now or hereafter in effect, (ii) consent to the institution of, or fail to contest in a timely and appropriate manner, any proceeding or petition described in paragraph (h) of this Section 7.01, (iii) apply for or consent to the appointment of a receiver, trustee, examiner, custodian, sequestrator, conservator or similar official for the Borrower or any Material Subsidiary or for a material part of its assets, (iv) file an answer admitting the material allegations of a petition filed against it in any such proceeding or (v) make a general assignment for the benefit of creditors;

(j)    one or more enforceable judgments for the payment of money in an aggregate amount in excess of $50,000,000 (to the extent not covered by insurance as to which the insurer has been notified of such judgment or order and has not denied coverage) shall be rendered against the Borrower and any of the Restricted Subsidiaries or any combination thereof and the same shall remain undischarged for a period of 60 consecutive days during which execution shall not be effectively stayed, or any judgment creditor shall legally attach or levy upon assets of such Loan Party that are material to the businesses and operations of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, to enforce any such judgment;

(k)    an ERISA Event occurs that has resulted or would reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect;

(l)    any Lien purported to be created under any Term Security Document shall cease to be, or shall be asserted by any Loan Party not to be, a valid and perfected Lien on any material portion of the Collateral, with the priority required by the applicable Term Security Documents, except (i) as a result of the sale or other disposition of the applicable Collateral to a Person that is not a Loan Party in a transaction permitted under the Loan Documents, (ii) as a result of the Term Administrative Agent’s failure to (A) maintain possession of any stock certificates, promissory notes or other instruments delivered to it

 

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under the Term Security Documents or (B) file Uniform Commercial Code continuation statements or (iii) as to Collateral consisting of real property to the extent that such losses are covered by a lender’s title insurance policy and such insurer has not denied coverage or (iv) as a result of acts or omissions of the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender;

(m)    any material provision of any Loan Document or any Guarantee of the Loan Document Obligations shall for any reason be asserted by any Loan Party not to be a legal, valid and binding obligation of any Loan Party thereto other than as expressly permitted hereunder or thereunder;

(n)    any Guarantees of the Loan Document Obligations by any Loan Party pursuant to the Term Guarantee Agreement shall cease to be in full force and effect (in each case, other than in accordance with the terms of the Loan Documents); or

(o)    a Change of Control shall occur; then, and in every such event (other than an event with respect to the Borrower described in paragraph (h) or (i) of this Section 7.01), and at any time thereafter during the continuance of such event, the Term Administrative Agent may, and at the request of the Required Lenders shall, by notice to the Borrower, take either or both of the following actions, at the same or different times: (i) terminate the Commitments, and thereupon the Commitments shall terminate immediately, and (ii) declare the Loans 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 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; and in case of any event with respect to the Borrower described in paragraph (h) or (i) of this Section 7.01, the 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, without presentment, demand, protest or other notice of any kind, all of which are hereby waived by the Borrower.

For the avoidance of doubt, (i) any “going concern” or like qualification or exception in connection with an upcoming maturity date of any Indebtedness or any actual failure to satisfy a financial maintenance covenant or any potential inability to satisfy a financial maintenance covenant on a future date or in a future period or any projected Default or Event of Default in connection with financial statements delivered pursuant to Section 5.01(a) shall not be a Default or Event of Default and (ii) any Default or Event of Default which may have occurred shall cease to exist upon compliance with such requirement, including with respect to an Event of Default pursuant to (x) Section 7.01(a) or Section 7.01(b) upon payment of any overdue amounts and (y) the failure to timely meet any delivery requirements under the Loan Documents, upon any delivery otherwise in compliance with such requirement.

SECTION 7.02    Application of Proceeds.

After the exercise of remedies provided for in Section 7.01, any amounts received on account of the Secured Obligations shall be applied by the Term Administrative Agent in accordance with Section 4.02 of the Term Collateral Agreement and/or the similar provisions in the other Term Security Documents.

 

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ARTICLE VIII

ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT

SECTION 8.01    Appointment and Authority.

(a)    Each of the Lenders hereby irrevocably appoints Royal Bank of Canada to act on its behalf as the Term Administrative Agent and Term Collateral Agent hereunder and under the other Loan Documents and authorizes the Term Administrative Agent to take such actions on its behalf and to exercise such powers as are delegated to the Term Administrative Agent and Term Collateral Agent by the terms hereof or thereof, together with such actions and powers as are reasonably incidental thereto. The provisions of this Article are solely for the benefit of the Term Administrative Agent, the Term Collateral Agent and the Lenders, and the Borrower shall not have rights as a third party beneficiary of any of such provisions.

(b)    The Term Administrative Agent shall also act as the “Term Collateral Agent” under the Loan Documents (and, for avoidance of any doubt, the Person serving as Administrative Agent also shall be the Collateral Agent), and each of the Lenders hereby irrevocably appoints and authorizes the Term Collateral Agent to act as the agent of such Lender for purposes of acquiring, holding and enforcing any and all Liens on Collateral granted by any of the Loan Parties to secure any of the Secured Obligations, together with such powers and discretion as are reasonably incidental thereto. In this connection, the Term Collateral Agent and any co-agents, sub-agents and attorneys-in-fact appointed by the Term Administrative Agent and Term Collateral Agent pursuant to Section 8.05 for purposes of holding or enforcing any Lien on the Collateral (or any portion thereof) granted under the Term Security Documents, or for exercising any rights and remedies thereunder at the direction of the Term Administrative Agent, shall be entitled to the benefits of all provisions of this Article VIII and Article IX (including Section 9.03 as though such co-agents, sub-agents and attorneys-in-fact were the “collateral agent” under the Loan Documents) as if set forth in full herein with respect thereto. Unless otherwise required by the context thereof, all references in Section 8.02, Section 8.03, Section 8.04, Section 8.05, Section 8.06, Section 8.09 and Section 8.10 to the Term Administrative Agent shall include the Term Collateral Agent.

SECTION 8.02    Rights as a Lender.

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

SECTION 8.03    Exculpatory Provisions.

The Term Administrative 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 Term Administrative Agent:

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

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

 

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(c)    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 Term Administrative Agent or any of its Affiliates in any capacity;

(d)    shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken by it (i) with the consent or at the request of the Required Lenders (or such other number or percentage of the Lenders as shall be necessary, or as the Term Administrative Agent shall believe in good faith shall be necessary, under the circumstances as provided in Section 9.02 and in the last paragraph of Section 7.01) or (ii) in the absence of its own gross negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final and non-appealable judgment; provided that the Term Administrative Agent shall be deemed not to have knowledge of any Default unless and until written notice describing such Default is given to the Term Administrative Agent by the Borrower or a Lender; and

(e)    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 the creation, perfection or priority of any Lien purported to be created by the Term Security Documents, (v) the value or the sufficiency of any Collateral, or (vi) 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 Term Administrative Agent.

SECTION 8.04    Reliance by Term Administrative Agent.

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

SECTION 8.05    Delegation of Duties.

The Term 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 Term Administrative Agent. The Term 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

 

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the Term 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 Term Administrative Agent.

SECTION 8.06    Resignation of Term Administrative Agent.

Subject to the appointment and acceptance of a successor Term Administrative Agent as provided in this paragraph, the Term Administrative Agent may resign upon thirty (30) days’ notice to the Lenders and the Borrower. Upon receipt of any such notice of resignation, the Required Lenders shall have the right, with the Borrower’s consent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) unless a Specified Event of Default has occurred and is continuing), to appoint a successor, which shall be a bank with an office in the United States, or an Affiliate of any such bank with an office in the United States. If no such successor shall have been so appointed by the Required Lenders and shall have accepted such appointment within thirty (30) days after the retiring Term Administrative Agent gives notice of its resignation, then such resignation shall nevertheless be effective and the retiring Term Administrative Agent may (but shall not be obligated to) on behalf of the Lenders, appoint a successor Term Administrative Agent, which shall be an Approved Bank with an office in New York, New York, or an Affiliate of any such Approved Bank (the date upon which the retiring Term Administrative Agent is replaced, the “Resignation Effective Date”); provided that if the Term Administrative Agent shall notify the Borrower and the Lenders that no qualifying Person accepted such appointment, then such resignation shall nonetheless become effective in accordance with such notice.

If the Person serving as Term Administrative Agent is a Defaulting Lender pursuant to clause (d) of the definition thereof, the Required Lenders and the Borrower may, to the extent permitted by applicable law, by notice in writing to such Person remove such Person as Term Administrative Agent and, with the consent of the Borrower, appoint a successor. If no such successor shall have been so appointed by the Required Lenders and shall have accepted such appointment within thirty (30) days (the “Removal Effective Date”), then such removal shall nonetheless become effective in accordance with such notice on the Removal Effective Date.

With effect from the Resignation Effective Date or the Removal Effective Date (as applicable) (1) the retiring or removed Term Administrative Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations hereunder and under the other Loan Documents (except (i) that in the case of any collateral security held by the Term Administrative Agent on behalf of the Lenders under any of the Loan Documents, the retiring or removed Term Administrative Agent shall continue to hold such collateral security until such time as a successor Term Administrative Agent is appointed and (ii) with respect to any outstanding payment obligations) and (2) except for any indemnity payments or other amounts then owed to the retiring or removed Term Administrative Agent, all payments, communications and determinations provided to be made by, to or through the Term Administrative Agent shall instead be made by or to each Lender directly, until such time, if any, as the Required Lenders appoint a successor Term Administrative Agent as provided for above. Upon the acceptance of a successor’s appointment as Term Administrative Agent hereunder, such successor shall succeed to and become vested with all of the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring (or removed) Term Administrative Agent (other than any rights to indemnity payments or other amounts owed to the retiring or removed Term Administrative Agent as of the Resignation Effective Date or the Removal Effective Date, as applicable), and the retiring or removed Term Administrative Agent shall be discharged from all of its duties and obligations hereunder and under the other Loan Documents as set forth in this Section. The fees payable by the Borrower to a successor Term Administrative Agent shall be the same as those payable to its predecessor unless otherwise agreed between the Borrower and such successor. After the retiring or removed Term Administrative Agent’s resignation or removal hereunder and under the other Loan Documents, the provisions of this Article and Section 9.04 shall continue in effect for the benefit of such retiring or removed Term Administrative Agent, its sub-agents and their respective Related Parties in respect of any actions taken or omitted to be taken by any of them while the retiring or removed Term Administrative Agent was acting as Term Administrative Agent.

 

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SECTION 8.07    Non-Reliance on Term Administrative Agent and Other Lenders.

Each Lender acknowledges that it has, independently and without reliance upon the Term Administrative Agent or any other Lender or any of their Related Parties and based on such documents and information as it has deemed appropriate, made its own credit analysis and decision to enter into this Agreement. Each Lender also acknowledges that it will, independently and without reliance upon the Term Administrative Agent or any other Lender or any of their Related Parties and based on such documents and information as it shall from time to time deem appropriate, continue to make its own decisions in taking or not taking action under or based upon this Agreement, any other Loan Document or any related agreement or any document furnished hereunder or thereunder.

Each Lender, by delivering its signature page to this Agreement and funding its Loans on the Effective Date, or delivering its signature page to an Assignment and Assumption, Incremental Facility Amendment or Refinancing Amendment pursuant to which it shall become a Lender hereunder, shall be deemed to have acknowledged receipt of, and consented to and approved, each Loan Document and each other document required to be delivered to, or be approved by or satisfactory to, the Term Administrative Agent or the Lenders on the Effective Date.

No Lender shall have any right individually to realize upon any of the Collateral or to enforce any Guarantee of the Secured Obligations, it being understood and agreed that all powers, rights and remedies under the Loan Documents may be exercised solely by the Term Administrative Agent and Term Collateral Agent on behalf of the Lenders in accordance with the terms thereof. In the event of a foreclosure by the Term Administrative Agent or Term Collateral Agent on any of the Collateral pursuant to a public or private sale or other disposition, the Term Administrative Agent, the Term Collateral Agent or any Lender may be the purchaser or licensor of any or all of such Collateral at any such sale or other disposition, and the Term Administrative Agent or Term Collateral Agent, as agent for and representative of the Lenders (but not any Lender or Lenders in its or their respective individual capacities unless Required Lenders shall otherwise agree in writing) shall be entitled, for the purpose of bidding and making settlement or payment of the purchase price for all or any portion of the Collateral sold at any such public sale, to use and apply any of the Secured Obligations as a credit on account of the purchase price for any collateral payable by the Term Administrative Agent or Term Collateral Agent on behalf of the Lenders at such sale or other disposition. Each Lender, whether or not a party hereto, will be deemed, by its acceptance of the benefits of the Collateral and of the Guarantees of the Secured Obligations, to have agreed to the foregoing provisions.

SECTION 8.08    No Other Duties, Etc.

Anything herein to the contrary notwithstanding, neither any Arranger nor any person named on the cover page hereof as a joint bookrunner 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 Term Administrative Agent or a Lender hereunder.

SECTION 8.09    Term 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 any Loan Party, the Term Administrative Agent (irrespective of whether the principal of any Loan shall then be due and payable as herein expressed or by declaration or otherwise and irrespective of whether the Term Administrative Agent shall have made any demand on the Borrower) shall be entitled and empowered, by intervention in such proceeding or otherwise:

 

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(a)    to file and prove a claim for the whole amount of the principal and interest owing and unpaid in respect of the Loans and all other Secured 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 Lenders and the Term Administrative Agent (including any claim for the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of the Lenders and the Term Administrative Agent and their respective agents and counsel and all other amounts due the Lenders and the Term Administrative Agent under Sections 2.12 and 9.03) 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 Lender to make such payments to the Term Administrative Agent and, if the Term Administrative Agent shall consent to the making of such payments directly to the Lenders, to pay to the Term Administrative Agent any amount due for the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of the Term Administrative Agent and its agents and counsel, and any other amounts due the Term Administrative Agent under Sections 2.12 and 9.03.

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

SECTION 8.10    No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies; Enforcement.

No failure by any Lender or the Term Administrative Agent to exercise, and no delay by any such Person in exercising, any right, remedy, power or privilege hereunder or under any other Loan Document shall operate as a waiver thereof; nor shall any single or partial exercise of any right, remedy, power or privilege hereunder preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right, remedy, power or privilege. The rights, remedies, powers and privileges herein provided, and provided under each other Loan Document, are cumulative and not exclusive of any rights, remedies, powers and privileges provided by law.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein or in any other Loan Document, the authority to enforce rights and remedies hereunder and under the other Loan Documents against the Loan Parties or any of them shall be vested exclusively in, and all actions and proceedings at law in connection with such enforcement shall be instituted and maintained exclusively by, the Term Administrative Agent and the Term Collateral Agent, as applicable, for the benefit of all the Lenders; provided, however, that the foregoing shall not prohibit (a) the Term Administrative Agent from exercising on its own behalf the rights and remedies that inure to its benefit (solely in its capacity as Term Administrative Agent) hereunder and under the other Loan Documents, (b) any Lender from exercising setoff rights in accordance with Section 9.08 (subject to the terms of Section 2.18), or (c) any Lender from filing proofs of claim or appearing and filing pleadings on its own behalf during the pendency of a proceeding relative to any Loan Party under any Debtor Relief Law; and provided further that if at any time there is no Person acting as Term Administrative Agent hereunder and under the other Loan Documents, then (i) the Required Lenders shall have the rights otherwise ascribed to the Term Administrative Agent pursuant to Article VII and (ii) in addition to the matters set forth in clauses (b) and (c) of the preceding proviso and subject to Section 2.18, any Lender may, with the consent of the Required Lenders, enforce any rights and remedies available to it and as authorized by the Required Lenders.

 

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SECTION 8.11    Withholding Taxes.

To the extent required by any applicable Requirements of Law (as determined in good faith by the Term Administrative Agent), the Term Administrative Agent may deduct or withhold from any payment to any Lender an amount equivalent to any applicable withholding Tax. If the Internal Revenue Service or any other Governmental Authority of the United States or other jurisdiction asserts a claim that the Term Administrative Agent did not properly withhold Tax from amounts paid to or for the account of any Lender for any reason (including because the appropriate form was not delivered or not property executed, or because such Lender failed to notify the Term Administrative Agent of a change in circumstance that rendered the exemption from, or reduction of withholding Tax ineffective), such Lender shall indemnify and hold harmless the Term Administrative Agent (to the extent that the Term Administrative Agent has not already been reimbursed by the Loan Parties pursuant to Section 2.17 and without limiting any obligation of the Loan Parties to do so pursuant to such Section) fully for all amounts paid, directly or indirectly, by the Term Administrative Agent as Taxes or otherwise, together with all expenses incurred, including legal expenses and any other out-of-pocket expenses, whether or not such Tax was correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to any Lender by the Term Administrative Agent shall be conclusive absent manifest error. Each Lender hereby authorizes the Term Administrative Agent to set off and apply any and all amounts at any time owing to such Lender under this Agreement or any other Loan Document against any amount due to the Term Administrative Agent under this Section 8.11. The agreements in this Section 8.11 shall survive the resignation and/or replacement of the Term Administrative Agent, any assignment of rights by, or the replacement of, a Lender, the termination of this Agreement and the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all other obligations under any Loan Document.

SECTION 8.12    Certain ERISA Matters.

(b)    Each Lender (x) represents and warrants, as of the date such Person became a Lender party hereto, to, and (y) covenants, from the date such Person became a Lender party hereto to the date such Person ceases being a Lender party hereto, for the benefit of, the Term Administrative Agent and not, for the avoidance of doubt, to or for the benefit of the Borrower or any other Loan Party, that at least one of the following is and will be true:

(i)    such Lender 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 Lender’s entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans 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 Lender’s entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans and this Agreement,

(iii)    (A) such Lender 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 Lender to enter into, participate in, administer and perform the Loans and this Agreement, (C) the entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans 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 Lender, the requirements of subsection (a) of Part I of PTE 84-14 are satisfied with respect to such Lender’s entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans and this Agreement, or

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

 

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(c)    In addition, unless either (1) sub-clause (i) in the immediately preceding clause (a) is true with respect to a Lender or (2) a Lender has provided another representation, warranty and covenant in accordance with sub-clause (iv) in the immediately preceding clause (a), such Lender further (x) represents and warrants, as of the date such Person became a Lender party hereto, to, and (y) covenants, from the date such Person became a Lender party hereto to the date such Person ceases being a Lender party hereto, for the benefit of, the Term Administrative Agent and not, for the avoidance of doubt, to or for the benefit of the Borrower or any other Loan Party, that the Term Administrative Agent is not a fiduciary with respect to the assets of such Lender involved in such Lender’s entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans and this Agreement (including in connection with the reservation or exercise of any rights by the Term Administrative Agent under this Agreement, any Loan Document or any documents related hereto or thereto).

SECTION 8.13    Erroneous Payments.

(a)    If the Term Administrative Agent (x) notifies a Lender or Secured Party, or any Person who has received funds on behalf of a Lender or Secured Party (any such Lender, Secured Party or other recipient (and each of their respective successors and assigns), a “Payment Recipient”) that the Term Administrative Agent has determined in its sole discretion (whether or not after receipt of any notice under immediately succeeding clause (b)) that any funds (as set forth in such notice from the Term Administrative Agent) received by such Payment Recipient from the Term Administrative Agent or any of its Affiliates were erroneously or mistakenly transmitted to, or otherwise erroneously or mistakenly received by, such Payment Recipient (whether or not known to such Lender, Secured Party or other Payment Recipient on its behalf) (any such funds, whether transmitted or received as a payment, prepayment or repayment of principal, interest, fees, distribution or otherwise, individually and collectively, an “Erroneous Payment”) and (y) demands in writing the return of such Erroneous Payment (or a portion thereof), such Erroneous Payment shall at all times remain the property of the Term Administrative Agent pending its return or repayment as contemplated below in this Section 8.13 and such Lender or Secured Party shall (or, with respect to any Payment Recipient who received such funds on its behalf, shall cause such Payment Recipient to) promptly, but in no event later than two Business Days thereafter (or such later date as the Term Administrative Agent may, in its sole discretion, specify in writing), return to the Term Administrative Agent the amount of any such Erroneous Payment (or portion thereof) as to which such a demand was made, in same day funds (in the currency so received), together with interest thereon (except to the extent waived in writing by the Term Administrative Agent) in respect of each day from and including the date such Erroneous Payment (or portion thereof) was received by such Payment Recipient to the date such amount is repaid to the Term Administrative Agent in same day funds at the greater of the Federal Funds Effective Rate and a rate determined by the Term Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation from time to time in effect. A notice of the Term Administrative Agent to any Payment Recipient under this clause (a) shall be conclusive, absent manifest error.

(b)    Without limiting immediately preceding clause (a), each Payment Recipient agrees that if it receives a payment, prepayment or repayment (whether received as a payment, prepayment or repayment of principal, interest, fees, distribution or otherwise) from the Term Administrative Agent (or any of its Affiliates) (x) that is in a different amount than, or on a different date from, that specified in this Agreement or in a notice of payment, prepayment or repayment sent by the Term Administrative Agent (or any of its Affiliates) with respect to such payment, prepayment or repayment (a “Payment Notice”), (y) that

 

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was not preceded or accompanied by a Payment Notice or (z) that such Payment Recipient otherwise becomes aware was transmitted, or received, in error or by mistake (in whole or in part), then in each such case:

(i)    it acknowledges and agrees that (A) in the case of immediately preceding clauses (x) or (y), an error and mistake shall be presumed to have been made (absent written confirmation from the Term Administrative Agent to the contrary) or (B) an error and mistake has been made (in the case of immediately preceding clause (z)), in each case, with respect to such payment, prepayment or repayment; and

(ii)    such Payment Recipient shall (and shall use commercially reasonable efforts to cause any other recipient that receives funds on its respective behalf to) promptly (and, in all events, within one Business Day of its knowledge of the occurrence of any of the circumstances described in immediately preceding clauses (x), (y) and (z)) notify the Term Administrative Agent of its receipt of such payment, prepayment or repayment, the details thereof (in reasonable detail) and that it is so notifying the Term Administrative Agent pursuant to this Section 8.13(b).

For the avoidance of doubt, the failure to deliver a notice to the Term Administrative Agent pursuant to this Section 8.13(b) shall not have any effect on a Payment Recipient’s obligations pursuant to Section 8.13(a) or on whether or not an Erroneous Payment has been made.

(c)    Each Lender or Secured Party hereby authorizes the Term Administrative Agent to set off, net and apply any and all amounts at any time owing to such Lender or Secured Party under any Loan Document, or otherwise payable or distributable by the Term Administrative Agent to such Lender or Secured Party under any Loan Document with respect to any payment of principal, interest, fees or other amounts, against any amount that the Term Administrative Agent has demanded to be returned under immediately preceding clause (a).

(d)    In the event that an Erroneous Payment (or portion thereof) is not recovered by the Term Administrative Agent for any reason, after demand therefor in accordance with immediately preceding clause (a), from any Lender that has received such Erroneous Payment (or portion thereof) (and/or from any Payment Recipient who received such Erroneous Payment (or portion thereof) on its respective behalf) (such unrecovered amount, an “Erroneous Payment Return Deficiency”), upon the Term Administrative Agent’s notice to such Lender at any time, then effective immediately (with the consideration therefor being acknowledged by the parties hereto), (A) such Lender shall be deemed to have assigned its Loans (but not its Commitments ) of the relevant Class with respect to which such Erroneous Payment was made (the “Erroneous Payment Impacted Class”) in an amount equal to the Erroneous Payment Return Deficiency (or such lesser amount as the Term Administrative Agent may specify) (such assignment of the Loans (but not Commitments) of the Erroneous Payment Impacted Class, the “Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment”) (on a cashless basis and such amount calculated at par plus any accrued and unpaid interest (with the assignment fee to be waived by the Term Administrative Agent in such instance)), and is hereby (together with the Borrower) deemed to execute and deliver an Assignment and Assumption (or, to the extent applicable, an agreement incorporating an Assignment and Assumption by reference) with respect to such Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment, and such Lender shall deliver any Term Notes evidencing such Loans to the Borrower or the Term Administrative Agent (but the failure of such Person to deliver any such Term Notes shall not affect the effectiveness of the foregoing assignment), (B) the Term Administrative Agent as the assignee Lender shall be deemed to have acquired the Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment, (C) upon such deemed acquisition, the Term Administrative Agent as the assignee Lender shall become a Lender, as applicable, hereunder with respect to such Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment and the assigning Lender shall cease to be a Lender, as

 

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applicable, hereunder with respect to such Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment, excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, its obligations under the indemnification provisions of this Agreement and its applicable Commitments which shall survive as to such assigning Lender, (D) the Term Administrative Agent and the Borrower shall each be deemed to have waived any consents required under this Agreement to any such Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment, and (E) the Term Administrative Agent will reflect in the Register its ownership interest in the Loans subject to the Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment. For the avoidance of doubt, no Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment will reduce the Commitments of any Lender and such Commitments shall remain available in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

(i)    Subject to Section 9.04, the Term Administrative Agent may, in its discretion, sell any Loans acquired pursuant to an Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment and upon receipt of the proceeds of such sale, the Erroneous Payment Return Deficiency owing by the applicable Lender shall be reduced by the net proceeds of the sale of such Loan (or portion thereof), and the Term Administrative Agent shall retain all other rights, remedies and claims against such Lender (and/or against any recipient that receives funds on its respective behalf). In addition, an Erroneous Payment Return Deficiency owing by the applicable Lender (x) shall be reduced by the proceeds of prepayments or repayments of principal and interest, or other distribution in respect of principal and interest, received by the Term Administrative Agent on or with respect to any such Loans acquired from such Lender pursuant to an Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment (to the extent that any such Loans are then owned by the Term Administrative Agent) and (y) may, in the sole discretion of the Term Administrative Agent, be reduced by any amount specified by the Term Administrative Agent in writing to the applicable Lender from time to time.

(ii)    Each party hereto agrees that, except to the extent that the Term Administrative Agent has sold any Loans acquired pursuant to an Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment, and irrespective of whether the Term Administrative Agent may be equitably subrogated, the Term Administrative Agent shall be contractually subrogated to all the rights and interests of the applicable Payment Recipient with respect to the Erroneous Payment Return Deficiency.

(e)    To the extent permitted by applicable law, no Payment Recipient shall assert any right or claim to an Erroneous Payment, and hereby waives, and is deemed to waive, any claim, counterclaim, defense or right of set-off or recoupment with respect to any demand, claim or counterclaim by the Term Administrative Agent for the return of any Erroneous Payment received, including, without limitation, any defense based on “discharge for value” or any similar doctrine.

(f)    Each party’s obligations, agreements and waivers under this Section 8.13 shall survive the resignation or replacement of the Term Administrative Agent, any transfer of rights or obligations by, or the replacement of, a Lender, the termination of the Commitments and/or the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all Loan Document Obligations (or any portion thereof) under any Loan Document.

(g)    This Section 8.13 shall not apply to the disbursement of any proceeds of a Loan to or at the express direction of the Borrower, unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing by the Borrower, and no Erroneous Payment shall, constitute, create, increase or otherwise alter any Loan Document Obligations of the Loan Parties under the Loan Documents or otherwise.

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Payment, unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing by the Borrower and (ii) without limiting clause (e) above, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Loan Document, neither the Borrower nor any other Loan Party shall have any liability for any actions or inactions of any Payment Recipient, including any failure by any Payment Recipient to comply with the above provisions of this Section 8.13, and the Term Administrative Agent expressly agrees, on behalf of itself and its Affiliates, that, notwithstanding anything in Section 9.03 to the contrary, no Loan Party shall have any liability for losses, claims, damages, liabilities and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) arising out of, resulting from or in connection with any such actions or inactions of any Payment Recipient in respect of any Erroneous Payment. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement or in any other Loan Document, the Borrower and the Loan Parties shall have no obligations, liabilities or responsibilities for any actions, consequences or remediation (including the repayment or recovery of any amounts) contemplated by this Section 8.13 (and, for the avoidance of doubt, it is understood and agreed that if a Loan Party has paid principal, interest or any other amounts owed pursuant to a Loan Document, nothing in this Section 8.13 (or Section 9.03 (or any equivalent provision) in connection therewith) shall require any such Loan Party to pay additional amounts that are duplicative of such previously paid amounts).

ARTICLE IX

MISCELLANEOUS

SECTION 9.01    Notices.

(a)    Except in the case of notices and other communications expressly permitted to be given by telephone, all notices and other communications provided for herein shall be in writing and shall be delivered by hand or overnight courier service, mailed by certified or registered mail or sent by fax or other electronic transmission, as follows:

(i)    if to the Borrower or the Term Administrative Agent, to the address, fax number, e-mail address or telephone number specified for such Person on Schedule 9.01; and

(ii)    if to any other Lender, to it at its address (or fax number, telephone number or e-mail address) set forth in its Administrative Questionnaire (including, as appropriate, notices delivered solely to the Person designated by a Lender on its Administrative Questionnaire then in effect for the delivery of notices that may contain Material Non-Public Information relating to the Borrower).

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

(b)    Electronic Communications. Notices and other communications to the Lenders hereunder may be delivered or furnished by electronic communication (including e-mail and Internet or intranet websites) pursuant to procedures reasonably approved by the Term Administrative Agent, provided that the foregoing shall not apply to notices to any Lender pursuant to Article II if such Lender has notified the Term Administrative Agent that it is incapable of receiving notices under such Article by electronic communication.

 

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

(c)    The Platform. THE PLATFORM IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE.” THE AGENT PARTIES (AS DEFINED BELOW) DO NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE BORROWER MATERIALS 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 Term Administrative Agent or any of its Related Parties (collectively, the “Agent Parties”) have any liability to the Borrower, any Lender or any other Person for losses, claims, damages, liabilities or expenses of any kind (whether in tort, contract or otherwise) arising out of the Borrower’s or the Term Administrative Agent’s 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, bad faith or willful misconduct of such Agent Party; provided, however, that in no event shall any Agent Party have any liability to the Borrower, any Lender or any other Person for indirect, special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages (as opposed to direct or actual damages).

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

(e)    Reliance by Term Administrative Agent and Lenders. The Term Administrative Agent and the Lenders shall be entitled to rely and act upon any 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 Term Administrative Agent, each Lender and the Related Parties 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 in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct as determined in a final and non-appealable judgment by a court of competent jurisdiction. All telephonic notices to and other telephonic communications with the Term Administrative Agent may be recorded by the Term Administrative Agent and each of the parties hereto hereby consents to such recording.

 

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SECTION 9.02    Waivers; Amendments.

(a)    No failure or delay by the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender in exercising any right or power under this Agreement or any Loan Document shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any single or partial exercise of any such right or power, or any abandonment or discontinuance of steps to enforce such a right or power, preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right or power. The rights and remedies of the Term Administrative Agent and the Lenders hereunder and under the other Loan Documents are cumulative and are not exclusive of any rights or remedies that they would otherwise have. No waiver of any provision of this Agreement or any Loan Document or consent to any departure by any Loan Party therefrom shall in any event be effective unless the same shall be permitted by paragraph (b) of this Section 9.02, and then such waiver or consent shall be effective only in the specific instance and for the purpose for which given. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the making of a Loan shall not be construed as a waiver of any Default, regardless of whether the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender may have had notice or knowledge of such Default at the time. No notice or demand on the Borrower in any case shall entitle the Borrower to any other or further notice or demand in similar or other circumstances.

(b)    Except as provided in Section 2.20 with respect to any Incremental Facility Amendment, Section 2.21 with respect to any Refinancing Amendment or Section 2.24 with respect to any Permitted Amendment, neither this Agreement, any Loan Document nor any provision hereof or thereof may be waived, amended or modified except, in the case of this Agreement, pursuant to an agreement or agreements in writing entered into by the Borrower, the Term Administrative Agent (to the extent that such waiver, amendment or modification does not affect the rights, duties, privileges or obligations of the Term Administrative Agent under this Agreement, the Term Administrative Agent shall execute such waiver, amendment or other modification to the extent approved by the Required Lenders) and the Required Lenders or, in the case of any other Loan Document, pursuant to an agreement or agreements in writing entered into by the Term Administrative Agent and the Loan Party or Loan Parties that are parties thereto, in each case with the consent of the Required Lenders; provided that no such agreement shall (i) increase the Commitment of any Lender without the written consent of such Lender (it being understood that a waiver of any Default or Event of Default, mandatory prepayment or mandatory reduction of the Commitments shall not constitute an extension or increase of any Commitment of any Lender), (ii) reduce the principal amount of any Loan (it being understood that a waiver of any Default or Event of Default, mandatory prepayment or mandatory reduction of the Commitments shall not constitute a reduction or forgiveness of principal) or reduce the rate of interest thereon, or reduce any fees payable hereunder, without the written consent of each Lender directly and adversely affected thereby (it being understood that any change to the definition of “Total Net Leverage Ratio,” “Consolidated Senior Secured Net Leverage Ratio” or in the component definitions thereof shall not constitute a reduction of interest or fees), provided that only the consent of the Required Lenders shall be necessary to waive any obligation of the Borrower to pay default interest pursuant to Section 2.13(c), (iii) postpone the maturity of any Loan (it being understood that a waiver of any Default or Event of Default, mandatory prepayment or mandatory reduction of the Commitments shall not constitute a reduction or forgiveness of principal), or the date of any scheduled amortization payment of the principal amount of any Term Loan under Section 2.10 or the applicable Refinancing Amendment, or any date for the payment of any interest or fees payable hereunder, or reduce the amount of, waive or excuse any such payment, or postpone the scheduled date of expiration of any Commitment (it being understood that a waiver of any Default or Event of Default shall not constitute an extension of any maturity date, date of any scheduled amortization payment or date for payment of interest or fees), without the written consent of each Lender directly and adversely affected thereby, (iv) change any of the provisions of this Section 9.02 without the written consent of each Lender directly and adversely affected thereby; provided that any such change which is in favor of a Class of Lenders holding Loans maturing after the maturity of other Classes of Lenders (and only takes effect after the maturity of such other Classes of Loans or Commitments) will require the written consent of the Required Lenders with respect to each Class directly and adversely affected thereby, (v) change the percentage set forth in the definition of “Required Lenders” or any other provision of any Loan Document specifying the number or

 

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percentage of Lenders (or Lenders of any Class) required to waive, amend or modify any rights thereunder or make any determination or grant any consent thereunder, without the written consent of each Lender (or each Lender of such Class, as the case may be), (vi) release all or substantially all the value of the Guarantees under the Term Guarantee Agreement (except as expressly provided in the Loan Documents) without the written consent of each Lender (other than a Defaulting Lender), (vii) release all or substantially all the Collateral from the Liens of the Term Security Documents, without the written consent of each Lender (other than a Defaulting Lender), except as expressly provided in the Loan Documents or (viii) amend or modify any provisions of Section 2.18(a) or Section 7.02 hereof or Section 4.02 of the Term Collateral Agreement and/or the similar provisions in the other Term Security Documents, in each case without the consent of each Lender directly and adversely affected thereby; provided further that (A) no such agreement shall amend, modify or otherwise affect the rights or duties of the Term Administrative Agent without the prior written consent of the Term Administrative Agent, (B) any provision of this Agreement or any other Loan Document may be amended by an agreement in writing entered into by the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent to cure any ambiguity, omission, defect or inconsistency and (C) any waiver, amendment or modification of this Agreement that by its terms affects the rights or duties under this Agreement of Lenders holding Loans or Commitments of a particular Class (but not the Lenders holding Loans or Commitments of any other Class) may be effected by an agreement or agreements in writing entered into by the Borrower and the requisite percentage in interest of the affected Class of Lenders stating that would be required to consent thereto under this Section 9.02 if such Class of Lenders were the only Class of Lenders hereunder at the time. Notwithstanding the foregoing, (a) this Agreement may be amended (or amended and restated) with the written consent of the Required Lenders, the Term Administrative Agent, the Borrower (i) to add one or more additional credit facilities to this Agreement and to permit the extensions of credit from time to time outstanding thereunder and the accrued interest and fees in respect thereof to share ratably in the benefits of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents and (ii) to include appropriately the Lenders holding such credit facilities in any determination of the Required Lenders on substantially the same basis as the Lenders prior to such inclusion and (b) guarantees, Term Security Documents and related documents in connection with this Agreement may be in a form reasonably determined by the Term Administrative Agent and may be, together with this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, amended and waived with the consent of the Term Administrative Agent at the request of the Borrower without the need to obtain the consent of any other Lender if such amendment or waiver is delivered in order (i) to comply with local law or advice of local counsel, (ii) to cure ambiguities or defects, (iii) to cause such guarantee, collateral security document or other document to be consistent with this Agreement and the other Loan Documents or (iv) to integrate any Incremental Facility or Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness in a manner consistent with this Agreement and the other Loan Documents.

(c)    In connection with any proposed amendment, modification, waiver or termination (a “Proposed Change”) requiring the consent of all Lenders or all directly and adversely affected Lenders, if the consent of the Required Lenders (and, to the extent any Proposed Change requires the consent of Lenders holding Loans of any Class pursuant to clause (iv) or (v) of paragraph (b) of this Section 9.02, the consent of a Majority in Interest of the outstanding Loans of such Class) to such Proposed Change is obtained, but the consent to such Proposed Change of other Lenders whose consent is required is not obtained (any such Lender whose consent is not obtained as described in paragraph (b) of this Section 9.02 being referred to as a “Non-Consenting Lender”), then, so long as the Lender that is acting as Term Administrative Agent is not a Non-Consenting Lender, the Borrower may, at its sole expense and effort, upon notice to such Non-Consenting Lender and the Term Administrative Agent, (i) if no Specified Event of Default exists, permanently prepay all of the Loans of any Class owing by it to, and terminating any Commitments of, such Non-Consenting Lender or (ii) require such Non-Consenting Lender to assign and delegate, without recourse (in accordance with and subject to the restrictions contained in Section 9.04), all its interests, rights and obligations under this Agreement to an Eligible Assignee that shall assume such obligations (which Eligible Assignee may be another Lender, if a Lender accepts such assignment), provided that, with respect to this clause (ii), (a) the Borrower shall have received the prior written consent

 

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of the Term Administrative Agent to the extent such consent would be required under Section 9.04(b) for an assignment of Loans or Commitments, as applicable, which consent shall not unreasonably be withheld, (b) such Non-Consenting Lender shall have received payment of an amount equal to the outstanding par principal amount of its Loans, accrued interest thereon, accrued fees and all other amounts payable to it hereunder (including pursuant to Section 2.11(a)(i)) from the Eligible Assignee (to the extent of such outstanding principal and accrued interest and fees) or the Borrower (in the case of all other amounts) and (c) unless waived, the Borrower or such Eligible Assignee shall have paid to the Term Administrative Agent the processing and recordation fee specified in Section 9.04(b).

(d)    Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement or the other Loan Documents to the contrary, the Term Loans of any Lender that is at the time a Defaulting Lender shall not have any voting or approval rights under the Loan Documents and shall be excluded in determining whether all Lenders (or all Lenders of a Class), all affected Lenders (or all affected Lenders of a Class), a Majority in Interest of Lenders of any Class or the Required Lenders have taken or may take any action hereunder (including any consent to any amendment or waiver pursuant to this Section 9.02); provided that (x) the Commitment of any Defaulting Lender may not be increased or extended without the consent of such Lender and (y) any waiver, amendment or modification requiring the consent of all Lenders or each affected Lender that affects any Defaulting Lender more adversely than other affected Lenders shall require the consent of such Defaulting Lender.

SECTION 9.03    Expenses; Indemnity; Damage Waiver.

(a)    The Borrower shall pay, if the Effective Date occurs, (i) all reasonable, documented and invoiced out-of-pocket costs and expenses incurred by the Term Administrative Agent, the Arrangers and their respective Affiliates (without duplication) (limited, in the case of (x) legal fees and expenses, to the reasonable, documented and invoiced fees, charges and disbursements of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel LLP and to the extent reasonably determined by the Term Administrative Agent to be necessary, one firm of local counsel in each relevant jurisdiction (which may include a single special counsel acting in multiple jurisdictions) and, in the case of an actual conflict of interest where the Indemnitee affected by such conflict notifies the Borrower of the existence of such conflict and thereafter retains its own counsel, one additional conflicts counsel for the affected Indemnitees similarly situated and (y) the fees and expenses of any other advisor or consultant, to the reasonable, documented and invoiced fees, charges and disbursements of such advisor or consultant, but solely to the extent that such consultant or advisor has been retained with the Borrower’s consent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed)), in each case, in connection with the syndication of the credit facilities provided for herein, and the preparation, negotiation, execution, delivery and administration of the Loan Documents or any amendments, modifications or waivers of the provisions thereof and (ii) all reasonable, documented and invoiced out-of-pocket costs and expenses incurred by the Term Administrative Agent, any Arranger or any Lender, including the fees, charges and disbursements of counsel for the Term Administrative Agent, the Arrangers and the Lenders (without duplication) (limited, in the case of (x) legal fees and expenses, to the reasonable, documented and invoiced fees, charges and disbursements of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel LLP and to the extent reasonably determined by the Term Administrative Agent to be necessary, one local counsel in each relevant jurisdiction and, in the case of an actual conflict of interest where the Indemnitee affected by such conflict notifies the Borrower of the existence of such conflict and thereafter retains its own counsel, one additional conflicts counsel for the affected Indemnitees similarly situated and (y) the fees and expenses of any other advisor or consultant, to the reasonable, documented and invoiced fees, charges and disbursements of such advisor or consultant, but solely to the extent that such consultant or advisor has been retained with the Borrower’s consent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed), in connection with the enforcement or protection of any rights or remedies (A) in connection with the Loan Documents (including all such costs and expenses incurred during any legal proceeding, including any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Laws), including its rights under this Section 9.03 or (B) in connection with the Loans made hereunder, including all such out-of-pocket costs and expenses incurred during any workout, restructuring or negotiations in respect of such Loan.

 

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(b)    Without duplication of the expense reimbursement obligations pursuant to clause (a) above, the Borrower shall indemnify the Term Administrative Agent, each Lender, each Arranger, and each Related Party of any of the foregoing Persons (each such Person being called an “Indemnitee”) against, and hold each Indemnitee harmless from, any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities and reasonable, documented and invoiced out-of-pocket fees and expenses (limited, in the case of (x) legal fees and expenses, to the reasonable, documented and invoiced fees, charges and disbursements of one counsel for all Indemnitees and to the extent reasonably determined by the Term Administrative Agent to be necessary, one local counsel in each relevant jurisdiction and, in the case of an actual conflict of interest where the Indemnitee affected by such conflict notifies the Borrower of the existence of such conflict and thereafter retains its own counsel, one additional conflicts counsel for the affected Indemnitees similarly situated and (y) the fees and expenses of any other advisor or consultant, to the reasonable, documented and invoiced fees, charges and disbursements of such advisor or consultant, but solely to the extent that such consultant or advisor has been retained with the Borrower’s consent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed)), incurred by or asserted against any Indemnitee by any third party or by the Borrower or any Subsidiary or any of their respective Affiliates to the extent arising out of, in connection with, or as a result of (i) the execution or delivery of this Agreement, any Loan Document or any other agreement or instrument contemplated hereby or thereby, the performance by the parties to the Loan Documents of their respective obligations thereunder or the consummation of the Transactions or any other transactions contemplated thereby, the syndication of the credit facilities provided for herein, (ii) any Loan or the use of the proceeds therefrom, (iii) any actual or alleged presence or Release or threat of Release of Hazardous Materials on, at, to or from any Mortgaged Property or any other property currently or formerly owned or operated by the Borrower or any Subsidiary, or any other Environmental Liability related in any way to the Borrower or any Subsidiary, or (iv) any actual or prospective claim, litigation, investigation or proceeding relating to any of the foregoing, whether based on contract, tort or any other theory, whether brought by a third party or by the Borrower or any Subsidiary or their Affiliates and regardless of whether any Indemnitee is a party thereto; provided that such indemnity shall not, as to any Indemnitee, be available to the extent that such losses, claims, damages, liabilities, costs or related expenses (w) resulted from the gross negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct of such Indemnitee or its Related Indemnified Parties (as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in a final and non-appealable judgment), (x) resulted from a material breach of the Loan Documents by such Indemnitee or its Related Indemnified Parties (as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in a final and non-appealable judgment), (y) arise from disputes between or among Indemnitees (other than disputes involving claims against the Term Administrative Agent or any Arranger, in each case, in their respective capacities) that do not involve an act or omission by the Borrower or any of its Affiliates or (z) any settlement effected without the Borrower’s prior written consent, but if settled with the Borrower’s prior written consent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed), the Borrower will indemnify and hold harmless each Indemnitee from and against any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities and expenses by reason of such settlement in accordance with this paragraph; provided further that (1) the Borrower shall not, without the prior written consent of the applicable Indemnitee (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned), effect any settlement of any pending or threatened claim, litigation, investigation or proceeding in respect of which indemnity could have been sought hereunder by such Indemnitee unless (a) such settlement includes a full and unconditional release of such Indemnitee in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to such Indemnitee from all liability on claims that are the subject matter of such claim, litigation, investigation or proceeding and (b) does not include any statement as to or any admission of fault, culpability or a failure to act by or on behalf of such Indemnitee and (2) to the extent of any amounts paid to an Indemnitee in respect of this Section 9.03, such Indemnitee, by its acceptance of the benefits hereof, agrees to refund and return any and all amounts paid by the Borrower to it if, pursuant to the operation of any of the foregoing clauses (w) through (z), such Indemnitee was not entitled to receipt of such amount.

 

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(c)    To the extent that the Borrower fails to pay any amount required to be paid by it to the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender under paragraph (a) or (b) of this Section 9.03, each Lender severally agrees to pay to the Term Administrative Agent or such Lender, as the case may be, such Lender’s pro rata share (determined as of the time that the applicable unreimbursed expense or indemnity payment is sought) of such unpaid amount; provided that the unreimbursed expense or indemnified loss, claim, damage, liability or related expense, as the case may be, was incurred by or asserted against the Term Administrative Agent or such Lender in its capacity as such. For purposes hereof, a Lender’s “pro rata share” shall be determined based upon its share of the outstanding Term Loans at such time. The obligations of the Lenders under this paragraph (c) are subject to the last sentence of Section 2.02(a) (which shall apply mutatis mutandis to the Lenders’ obligations under this paragraph (c)).

(d)    To the extent permitted by applicable law, no party hereto nor any Affiliate of any party hereto, nor any officer, director, employee, agent, controlling person, advisor or other representative of the foregoing or any successor or permitted assign of any of the foregoing shall assert, and each hereby waives, any claim against any other such Person on any theory of liability for special, indirect, consequential or punitive damages (as opposed to direct or actual damages, but in any event including any loss of profits, business or anticipated savings) (whether or not the claim therefor is based on contract, tort or duty imposed by any applicable legal requirement) arising out of, in connection with, arising out of, as a result of, or in any way related to, this Agreement or any agreement or instrument contemplated hereby or referred to herein, the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby, or any act or omission or event occurring in connection therewith and each such Person further agrees not to sue upon any such claim or any such damages, whether or not accrued and whether or not known or suspected to exist in its favor; provided that the foregoing shall in no event limit the Borrower’s indemnification obligations under this Section 9.03.

(e)    In case any proceeding is instituted involving any Indemnitee for which indemnification is to be sought hereunder by such Indemnitee, then such Indemnitee will promptly notify the Borrower of the commencement of any proceeding; provided, however, that the failure to do so will not relieve the Borrower from any liability that it may have to such Indemnitee hereunder, except to the extent that the Borrower is materially prejudiced by such failure.

(f)    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, to the extent permitted by applicable law, no party hereto or an Indemnitee shall assert, and each hereby waives, any claim against any other Person for any direct or actual damages arising from the use by unintended recipients of information or other materials distributed to such unintended recipients by such Indemnitee through telecommunications, electronic or other information transmission systems (including the Internet) in connection with this Agreement or the other Loan Documents or the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby; except to the extent that such direct or actual damages are determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final, non-appealable judgment to have resulted from the gross negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct of, or a material breach of the Loan Documents by, such Indemnitee or its Related Parties.

(g)    All amounts due under this Section 9.03 shall be payable not later than ten (10) Business Days after written demand therefor; provided, however, that any Indemnitee shall promptly refund an indemnification payment received hereunder to the extent that there is a final judicial determination that such Indemnitee was not entitled to indemnification with respect to such payment pursuant to this Section 9.03.

SECTION 9.04    Successors and Assigns.

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may not assign or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of each Lender and the acknowledgement of the Term Administrative Agent (and any attempted assignment or transfer by the Borrower without such consent shall be null and void), (ii) no assignment shall be made to any Defaulting Lender or any of its Subsidiaries, or any Persons who, upon becoming a Lender hereunder, would constitute any of the foregoing Persons described in this clause (ii) and (iii) no Lender may assign or otherwise transfer its rights or obligations hereunder except in accordance with this Section 9.04. Nothing in this Agreement, expressed or implied, shall be construed to confer upon any Person (other than the parties hereto, their respective successors and assigns permitted hereby, Participants (to the extent provided in paragraph (c) of this Section 9.04), the Indemnitees and, to the extent expressly contemplated hereby, the Related Parties of each of the Term Administrative Agent and the Lenders) any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or by reason of this Agreement.

(b)    (i) Subject to the conditions set forth in paragraphs (b)(ii) and (f) below, any Lender may assign to one or more Eligible Assignees all or a portion of its rights and obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of the Loans at the time owing to it) with the prior written consent (such consent (except with respect to assignments to competitors (as described in the definition of “Disqualified Lenders”) of the Borrower) not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) of (A) the Borrower; provided that no consent of the Borrower shall be required for an assignment (w) by any Arranger (or its affiliate) to the extent that an assignment by such Arranger (or such affiliate) is made in the primary syndication to Eligible Assignees to whom the Borrower has consented or to any other Arranger (or its affiliate), (x) by a Term Lender to any Lender or an Affiliate of any Lender, (y) by a Term Lender to an Approved Fund or (z) if an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing; provided further that no assignee contemplated by the immediately preceding proviso shall be entitled to receive any greater payment under Section 2.15 or Section 2.17 than the applicable assignor would have been entitled to receive with respect to the assignment made to such assignee, unless the assignment to such assignee is made with the Borrower’s prior written consent; provided further that the Borrower shall have the right to withhold its consent to any assignment if in order for such assignment to comply with applicable law, the Borrower would be required to obtain the consent of, or make any filing or registration with, any Governmental Authority and (B) the Term Administrative Agent; provided that no consent of the Term Administrative Agent shall be required for an assignment of a Term Loan to (x) a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund or (y) subject to Section 9.04(f) and (g), an Affiliate of a Lender, the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries. Notwithstanding anything in this Section 9.04 to the contrary, if the Borrower has not given the Term Administrative Agent written notice of its objection to an assignment of Term Loans within five (5) Business Days after written notice of such assignment, the Borrower shall be deemed to have consented to such assignment.

(ii)    Assignments shall be subject to the following additional conditions: (A) except in the case of an assignment to a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund or an assignment of the entire remaining amount of the assigning Lender’s Commitment or Loans of any Class, the amount of the Commitment or Loans of the assigning Lender subject to each such assignment (determined as of the trade date specified in the Assignment and Assumption with respect to such assignment or, if no trade date is so specified, as of the date the Assignment and Assumption with respect to such assignment is delivered to the Term Administrative Agent) shall not be less than $1,000,000 (and integral multiples thereof), unless the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent otherwise consent (in each case, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed); provided that no such consent of the Borrower shall be required if an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, (B) each partial assignment shall be made as an assignment of a proportionate part of all the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement; provided that this clause (B) shall not be construed to prohibit assignment of a proportionate part of all the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations in respect of one Class of Commitments or Loans, (C) the parties to each assignment shall execute and deliver to the Term

 

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Administrative Agent an Assignment and Assumption via an electronic settlement system acceptable to the Term Administrative Agent or, if previously agreed with the Term Administrative Agent, manually execute and deliver to the Term Administrative Agent an Assignment and Assumption, and, in each case, together with a processing and recordation fee of $3,500; provided that the Term Administrative Agent, in its sole discretion, may elect to waive or reduce such processing and recordation fee; provided further that any such Assignment and Assumption shall include a representation by the assignee that the assignee is not a Disqualified Lender or, to the assignee’s knowledge, an Affiliate of a Disqualified Lender (other than any bona fide debt investment fund Affiliate of a Disqualified Lender who is disqualified solely as a result of being a competitor of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries); provided further that assignments made pursuant to Section 2.19(b) or Section 9.02(c) shall not require the signature of the assigning Lender to become effective and (D) the assignee, if it shall not be a Lender, shall deliver to the Term Administrative Agent any tax forms required by Section 2.17(e) and an Administrative Questionnaire in which the assignee designates one or more credit contacts to whom all syndicate-level information (which may contain Material Non-Public Information about the Borrower, the Loan Parties and their Related Parties or their respective 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.

(iii)    Subject to acceptance and recording thereof pursuant to paragraph (b)(v) of this Section 9.04, from and after the effective date specified in each Assignment and Assumption, the assignee thereunder shall be a party hereto and, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Assumption, have the rights and obligations of a Lender under this Agreement, and the assigning Lender thereunder shall, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Assumption, be released from its obligations under this Agreement (and, in the case of an Assignment and Assumption covering all of the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement, such Lender shall cease to be a party hereto but shall continue to be entitled to the benefits of (and subject to the obligations and limitations of) Sections 2.15, 2.16, 2.17 and 9.03 and to any fees payable hereunder that have accrued for such Lender’s account but have not yet been paid). Any assignment or transfer by a Lender of rights or obligations under this Agreement that does not comply with this Section 9.04 shall be treated for purposes of this Agreement as a sale by such Lender of a participation in such rights and obligations in accordance with paragraph (c)(i) of this Section 9.04.

(iv)    The Term Administrative Agent, acting for this purpose as an agent of the Borrower, shall maintain at one of its offices a copy of each Assignment and Assumption delivered to it and a register for the recordation of the names and addresses of the Lenders, and the Commitment of, and principal, premium, interest and fees amounts of the Loans owing to, each Lender pursuant to the terms hereof from time to time (the “Register”). The entries in the Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and the Borrower, the Term Administrative Agent and the Lenders shall treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Register pursuant to the terms hereof as a Lender hereunder for all purposes of this Agreement, notwithstanding notice to the contrary. In addition, the Term Administrative Agent shall maintain on the Register information regarding the designation, and revocation of designation, of any Lender as a Defaulting Lender. The Register shall be available for inspection by the Borrower and any Lender, at any reasonable time and from time to time upon reasonable prior notice.

(v)    Upon its receipt of a duly completed Assignment and Assumption executed by an assigning Lender and an assignee, the assignee’s completed Administrative Questionnaire and any tax forms required by Section 2.17(e) (unless the assignee shall already be a Lender hereunder), the processing and recordation fee referred to in paragraph (b) of this

 

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Section 9.04 and any written consent to such assignment required by paragraph (b) of this Section 9.04, the Term Administrative Agent shall accept such Assignment and Assumption and record the information contained therein in the Register. No assignment shall be effective for purposes of this Agreement unless it has been recorded in the Register as provided in this paragraph.

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

(c)    (i) Any Lender may, without the consent of the Borrower or the Term Administrative Agent, sell participations to one or more banks or other Persons (other than to a Person that is not an Eligible Assignee) (a “Participant”) in all or a portion of such Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and the Loans owing to it); provided that (A) such Lender’s obligations under this Agreement shall remain unchanged, (B) such Lender shall remain solely responsible to the other parties hereto for the performance of such obligations and (C) the Borrower, the Term Administrative Agent and the other Lenders shall continue to deal solely and directly with such Lender in connection with such Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement. Any agreement or instrument pursuant to which a Lender sells such a participation shall provide that such Lender shall retain the sole right to enforce this Agreement and any other Loan Documents and to approve any amendment, modification or waiver of any provision of this Agreement and any other Loan Documents; provided that such agreement or instrument may provide that such Lender will not, without the consent of the Participant, agree to any amendment, modification or waiver described in the first proviso to Section 9.02(b) that directly and adversely affects such Participant. Subject to paragraph (c)(iii) of this Section, the Borrower agrees that each Participant shall be entitled to the benefits of Sections 2.15, 2.16 and 2.17 (subject to the obligations and limitations thereof and Section 2.19, it being understood that any tax forms required by Section 2.17(e) shall be provided solely to the participating Lender) to the same extent as if it were a Lender and had acquired its interest by assignment pursuant to paragraph (b) of this Section 9.04. To the extent permitted by law, each Participant also shall be entitled to the benefits of Section 9.08 as though it were a Lender; provided that such Participant agrees to be subject to Section 2.18(c) as though it were a Lender.

(ii)    Each Lender 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 related interest amounts) of each participant’s interest in the Loans or other obligations under this Agreement (the “Participant Register”). The entries in the Participant Register shall be conclusive, absent manifest error, and the parties hereto 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. No Lender shall have any obligation to disclose all or any portion of its Participant Register to any Person (including the identity of any Participant or any information relating to a Participant’s interest in any Commitments, Loans or other obligations under the Loan Documents) except to the extent that the relevant parties, acting reasonably and in good faith, determine that such disclosure is necessary in connection with a Tax audit or other proceeding to establish that any Loan or other obligation under the Loan Documents is in registered form for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 

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(iii)    A Participant shall not be entitled to receive any greater payment under Section 2.15, 2.16 or 2.17 than the applicable Lender would have been entitled to receive with respect to the participation sold to such Participant, unless the sale of the participation to such Participant is made with the Borrower’s prior written consent (not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed).

(d)    Any Lender may, without the consent of the Borrower or the Term Administrative Agent, at any time pledge or assign a security interest in all or any portion of its rights under this Agreement to secure obligations of such Lender, including any pledge or assignment to secure obligations to a Federal Reserve Bank or other “central” bank, and this Section 9.04 shall not apply to any such pledge or assignment of a security interest, provided that no such pledge or assignment of a security interest shall release a Lender from any of its obligations hereunder or substitute any such pledgee or assignee for such Lender as a party hereto.

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

(f)    The Term Administrative Agent shall not be responsible or have any liability for, or have any duty to ascertain, inquire into, monitor or enforce, compliance with the provisions of this Agreement relating to Disqualified Lenders. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Term Administrative Agent shall not (x) be obligated to ascertain, monitor or inquire as to whether any Lender or prospective Lender is a Disqualified Lender or (y) have any liability with respect to or arising out of any assignment of Loans, or disclosure of confidential information, to any Disqualified Lender. The Term Administrative Agent shall and shall have the right, and the Borrower hereby expressly authorizes the Term Administrative Agent, to (A) post the list of Disqualified Lender provided by the Borrower and any updates thereto from time to time (collectively, the “DQ List”) on the Platform, including that portion of the Platform that is designated for “public side” Lenders or (B) provide the DQ List to each Lender requesting the same.

(g)    Any Lender may, at any time, assign all or a portion of its Term Loans to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, through (x) Dutch auctions or other offers to purchase open to all Lenders on a pro rata basis in accordance with procedures of the type described in Section 2.11(a)(ii) or other customary procedures acceptable to the Term Administrative Agent and/or (y) open market purchases on a non-pro rata basis, provided that (i) any Term Loans that are so assigned will be automatically and irrevocably cancelled and the aggregate principal amount of the tranches and installments of the relevant Term Loans then outstanding shall be reduced by an amount equal to the principal amount of such Term Loans, (ii) no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing and (iii) each Lender making such assignment to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries acknowledges and agrees that in connection with such assignment, (1) the Borrower or its Subsidiaries then may have, and later may come into possession of

 

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Material Non-Public Information, (2) such Lender has independently and, without reliance on the Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, the Term Administrative Agent or any of their respective Affiliates, made its own analysis and determination to enter into such assignment notwithstanding such Lender’s lack of knowledge of the Material Non-Public Information and (3) none of the Borrower, its Subsidiaries, the Term Administrative Agent, or any of their respective Affiliates shall have any liability to such Lender, and such Lender hereby waives and releases, to the extent permitted by Requirements of Law, any claims such Lender may have against the Borrower, its Subsidiaries, the Term Administrative Agent, and their respective Affiliates, under applicable laws or otherwise, with respect to the nondisclosure of the Material Non-Public Information. Each Lender entering into such an assignment further acknowledges that the Material Non-Public Information may not be available to the Term Administrative Agent or the other Lenders.

(h)    Notwithstanding the foregoing, no assignment may be made or participation knowingly sold to a Disqualified Lender without the prior written consent of the Borrower; provided that, upon inquiry by any Lender to the Term Administrative Agent as to whether a specified potential assignee or prospective participant is on the list of Disqualified Lenders, the Term Administrative Agent shall be permitted to disclose to such Lender whether such specific potential assignee or prospective participant is on the list of Disqualified Lenders provided further that inclusion on the list of Disqualified Lenders shall not apply retroactively to disqualify any persons that have previously acquired an assignment or participation in the Loan if such person was not included on the list of Disqualified Lenders at the time of such assignment or participation. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement or any other Loan Document to the contrary, if any Lender was a Disqualified Lender at the time of the assignment of any Loans or Commitments to such Lender, following written notice from the Borrower to such Lender and the Term Administrative Agent: (1) such Lender shall promptly assign all Loans and Commitments held by such Lender to an Eligible Assignee; provided that (A) the Term Administrative Agent shall not have any obligation to the Borrower, such Lender or any other Person to find such a replacement Lender, (B) the Borrower shall not have any obligation to such Disqualified Lender or any other Person to find such a replacement Lender or accept or consent to any such assignment to itself or any other Person subject to the Borrower’s consent in accordance with Section 9.04(b)(i) and (C) the assignment of such Loans and/or Commitments, as the case may be, shall be at par plus accrued and unpaid interest and fees; (2) such Lender shall not have any voting or approval rights under the Loan Documents and shall be excluded in determining whether all Lenders (or all Lenders of any Class), all affected Lenders (or all affected Lenders of any Class), a Majority in Interest of Lenders of any Class or the Required Lenders have taken or may take any action hereunder (including any consent to any amendment or waiver pursuant to this Section 9.02); provided that (x) the Commitment of any Disqualified Lender may not be increased or extended without the consent of such Lender and (y) any waiver, amendment or modification requiring the consent of all Lenders or each affected Lender that affects any Disqualified Lender adversely and in a manner that is disproportionate to other affected Lenders shall require the consent of such Disqualified Lender; and (3) no Disqualified Lender is entitled to receive information provided solely to Lenders by the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender or will be permitted to attend or participate in meetings attended solely by the Lenders and the Term Administrative Agent, other than the right to receive notices or Borrowings, notices or prepayments and other administrative notices in respect of its Loans or Commitments required to be delivered to Lenders pursuant to Article II.

SECTION 9.05    Survival.

All covenants, agreements, representations and warranties made by the Loan Parties in the Loan Documents and in the certificates or other instruments delivered in connection with or pursuant to any Loan Document shall be considered to have been relied upon by the other parties hereto and shall survive the execution and delivery of the Loan Documents and the making of any Loans, regardless of any investigation made by any such other party or on its behalf and notwithstanding that the Term Administrative Agent or

 

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any Lender may have had notice or knowledge of any Default or incorrect representation or warranty at the time any credit is extended hereunder, and shall continue in full force and effect until the Termination Date. The provisions of Sections 2.15, 2.16, 2.17 and 9.03 and Article VIII shall survive and remain in full force and effect regardless of the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby, the repayment of the Loans and all other amounts payable hereunder, the expiration or termination of the Commitments or the termination of this Agreement or any provision hereof.

SECTION 9.06    Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness.

This Agreement may be executed in counterparts (and by different parties hereto on different counterparts), each of which shall constitute an original, but all of which when taken together shall constitute a single contract. This Agreement, the other Loan Documents and any separate letter agreements with respect to fees payable to the Term Administrative Agent or the syndication of the Loans and Commitments constitute the entire contract among the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersede any and all previous agreements and understandings, oral or written, relating to the subject matter hereof. Except as provided in Section 4.01, this Agreement shall become effective when it shall have been executed by the Term Administrative Agent and when the Term Administrative Agent shall have received counterparts hereof that, when taken together, bear the signatures of each of the other parties hereto, and thereafter shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns. Delivery by fax or other electronic transmission of an executed counterpart of a signature page to this Agreement and each other Loan Document shall be effective as delivery of an original executed counterpart of this Agreement and such other Loan Document and the words “execution,” “execute”, “signed,” “signature,” and words of like import in or related to any document to be signed in connection with this Agreement or any other Loan Document shall be deemed to include electronic signatures, the electronic matching of assignment terms and contract formations on electronic platforms approved by the Term Administrative Agent, or the keeping of records in electronic form, each of which shall be of the same legal effect, validity or enforceability as a manually executed signature or the use of a paper based recordkeeping system, as the case may be, to the extent and as provided for in any applicable law, including the Federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, the New York State Electronic Signatures and Records Act, or any other similar state laws based on the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act. The Term Administrative Agent may, in its discretion, require that any such documents and signatures executed electronically or delivered by fax or other electronic transmission be confirmed by a manually-signed original thereof; provided that the failure to request or deliver the same shall not limit the effectiveness of any document or signature executed electronically or delivered by fax or other electronic transmission.

SECTION 9.07    Severability.

Any provision of this Agreement held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability without affecting the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions hereof; and the invalidity of a particular provision in a particular jurisdiction shall not invalidate such provision in any other jurisdiction. Without limiting the foregoing provisions of this Section 9.07, 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 Term Administrative Agent, then such provisions shall be deemed to be in effect only to the extent not so limited.

SECTION 9.08    Right of Setoff.

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deposits (general or special, time or demand, provisional or final, in whatever currency) at any time held and other obligations (in whatever currency) at any time owing by such Lender to or for the credit or the account of the Borrower (excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, any Settlement Assets except to effect Settlement Payments such Lender is obligated to make to a third party in respect of such Settlement Assets or as otherwise agreed in writing between the Borrower and such Lender) against any of and all the obligations of the Borrower then due and owing under this Agreement held by such Lender, irrespective of whether or not such Lender shall have made any demand under this Agreement and although such obligations are owed to a branch or office of such Lender different from the branch or office holding such deposit or obligated on such Indebtedness; provided 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 Term Administrative Agent for further application in accordance with the provisions of Section 2.22 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 Term Administrative Agent and the Lenders and (y) the Defaulting Lender shall provide promptly to the Term Administrative Agent a statement describing in reasonable detail the Secured Obligations owing to such Defaulting Lender as to which it exercised such right of setoff. The applicable Lender shall notify the Borrower and the Term Administrative Agent of such setoff and application; provided that any failure to give or any delay in giving such notice shall not affect the validity of any such setoff and application under this Section 9.08. The rights of each Lender under this Section 9.08 are in addition to other rights and remedies (including other rights of setoff) that such Lender may have. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no amount set off from any Loan Party (other than the Borrower) shall be applied to any Excluded Swap Obligation of such Loan Party (other than the Borrower).

SECTION 9.09    Governing Law; Jurisdiction; Consent to Service of Process.

(a)    This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of New York.

(b)    Each party hereto hereby irrevocably and unconditionally submits, for itself and its property, to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of the State of New York sitting in New York County and of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York, and any appellate court from any thereof, in any action or proceeding arising out of or relating to any Loan Document, or for recognition or enforcement of any judgment, and each of the parties hereto hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agrees that all claims in respect of any such action or proceeding may be heard and determined in such New York State or, to the extent permitted by law, in such Federal court. Each of the parties hereto agrees that a final judgment in any such action or proceeding shall be conclusive and may be enforced in other jurisdictions by suit on the judgment or in any other manner provided by law. Subject to Section 8.10, nothing in any Loan Document shall affect any right that the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender may otherwise have to bring any action or proceeding relating to any Loan Document against the Borrower or their respective properties in the courts of any jurisdiction.

(c)    Each party hereto hereby irrevocably and unconditionally waives, to the fullest extent it may legally and effectively do so, any objection that it may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to any Loan Document in any court referred to in paragraph (b) of this Section 9.09. Each of the parties hereto hereby irrevocably waives, to the fullest extent permitted by law, the defense of an inconvenient forum to the maintenance of such action or proceeding in any such court.

(d)    Each party to this Agreement irrevocably consents to service of process in the manner provided for notices in Section 9.01. Nothing in any Loan Document will affect the right of any party to this Agreement to serve process in any other manner permitted by law.

 

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SECTION 9.10    WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL.

EACH PARTY HERETO HEREBY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO ANY LOAN DOCUMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED THEREBY (WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER THEORY). 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 9.10.

SECTION 9.11    Headings.

Article and Section headings and the Table of Contents used herein are for convenience of reference only, are not part of this Agreement and shall not affect the construction of, or be taken into consideration in interpreting, this Agreement.

SECTION 9.12    Confidentiality.

(a)    Each of the Term Administrative Agent and the Lenders agrees to maintain the confidentiality of the Information (as defined below), except that Information may be disclosed (i) to its Affiliates and its and their respective directors, officers, employees, trustees and agents, including accountants, legal counsel and other agents and advisors and any numbering, administration or settlement service providers (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 and any failure of such Persons acting on behalf of the Term Administrative Agent or the relevant Lender to comply with this Section 9.12 shall constitute a breach of this Section 9.12 by the Term Administrative Agent or the relevant Lender, as applicable), (ii) to the extent requested by any regulatory authority or self-regulatory authority, required by applicable law or by any subpoena or similar legal process or in connection with the exercise of remedies hereunder or any suit, action or proceeding relating to this Agreement or the enforcement of rights hereunder; provided that (x) solely to the extent permitted by law and other than in connection with routine audits and reviews by bank accountants, regulatory and self-regulatory authorities, each Lender and the Term Administrative Agent shall notify the Borrower as promptly as practicable of any such requested or required disclosure in connection with any legal or regulatory proceeding and (y) in the case of clause (ii) only, each Lender and the Term Administrative Agent shall use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that such Information is kept confidential in connection with the exercise of such remedies, and provided further that in no event shall any Lender or the Term Administrative Agent be obligated or required to return any materials furnished by the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower, (iii) to any other party to this Agreement, (iv) subject to an agreement containing confidentiality undertakings substantially similar to those of this Section 9.12, to (A) any assignee of or Participant in, or any prospective assignee of or Participant in, any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement, (B) any actual or prospective counterparty (or its advisors) to any Swap Agreement or derivative transaction relating to any Loan Party or its Subsidiaries and its obligations under the Loan Documents or (C) any pledgee referred to in Section 9.04(d), (v) if required by any rating agency; provided that prior to any such disclosure, such rating agency shall have agreed in writing to maintain the confidentiality of such Information, (vi) to service providers providing administrative and ministerial services solely in connection with the syndication and administration of the Loan Documents and the facilities (e.g., identities of parties, maturity dates, interest rates, etc.) on a confidential basis, (vii) to the extent such Information (x) becomes

 

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publicly available other than as a result of a breach of this Section 9.12, (y) becomes available to the Term Administrative Agent, any Lender or any of their respective Affiliates on a nonconfidential basis from a source other than the Borrower or any Subsidiary, which source is not known by the recipient of such information to be subject to a confidentiality obligation or (z) is independently developed by an Arranger or (viii) for purposes of establishing a “due diligence” defense. For the purposes hereof, “Information” means all information received from or on behalf of the Borrower relating to the Borrower, any other Subsidiary or their business, other than any such information that is available to the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender on a nonconfidential basis prior to disclosure by the Borrower or any Subsidiary; provided that, in the case of information received from the Borrower or any Subsidiary after the Effective Date, 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 9.12 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. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no such information shall be disclosed to a Disqualified Lender that constitutes a Disqualified Lender at the time of such disclosure without the Borrower’s prior written consent.

(b)    EACH LENDER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT INFORMATION (AS DEFINED IN SECTION 9.12(a)) FURNISHED TO IT PURSUANT TO THIS AGREEMENT MAY INCLUDE MATERIAL NON-PUBLIC INFORMATION CONCERNING THE BORROWER, THE LOAN PARTIES AND THEIR RELATED PARTIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE SECURITIES AND CONFIRMS THAT IT HAS DEVELOPED COMPLIANCE PROCEDURES REGARDING THE USE OF MATERIAL NON-PUBLIC INFORMATION AND THAT IT WILL HANDLE SUCH MATERIAL NON-PUBLIC INFORMATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THOSE PROCEDURES AND APPLICABLE LAW, INCLUDING FEDERAL AND STATE SECURITIES LAWS.

(c)    ALL INFORMATION, INCLUDING REQUESTS FOR WAIVERS AND AMENDMENTS FURNISHED BY THE BORROWER OR THE TERM ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT PURSUANT TO, OR IN THE COURSE OF ADMINISTERING, THIS AGREEMENT, WILL BE SYNDICATE-LEVEL INFORMATION, WHICH MAY CONTAIN MATERIAL NON-PUBLIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE BORROWER, THE LOAN PARTIES AND THEIR RELATED PARTIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE SECURITIES. ACCORDINGLY, EACH LENDER REPRESENTS TO THE BORROWER AND THE TERM ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT THAT IT HAS IDENTIFIED IN ITS ADMINISTRATIVE QUESTIONNAIRE A CREDIT CONTACT WHO MAY RECEIVE INFORMATION THAT MAY CONTAIN MATERIAL NON-PUBLIC INFORMATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS COMPLIANCE PROCEDURES AND APPLICABLE LAW, INCLUDING FEDERAL AND STATE SECURITIES LAWS.

SECTION 9.13    USA PATRIOT Act.

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

SECTION 9.14    Release of Liens and Guarantees.

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by such Subsidiary Loan Party shall be automatically released, (1) upon the consummation of any transaction or designation permitted by this Agreement as a result of which such Subsidiary Loan Party ceases to be a Restricted Subsidiary (including pursuant to a permitted merger with a Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party or a designation as an Unrestricted Subsidiary) or becomes an Excluded Subsidiary or (2) upon the request of the Borrower, in connection with a transaction permitted under this Agreement, as a result of which such Subsidiary Loan Party ceases to be a Wholly Owned Subsidiary; provided that, if so required by this Agreement, the Required Lenders shall have consented to such transaction and the terms of such consent shall not have provided otherwise. Upon any sale or other transfer by any Loan Party (other than to the Borrower or any Subsidiary Loan Party) of any Collateral in a transaction permitted under this Agreement, or upon the effectiveness of any written consent to the release of the security interest created under any Term Security Document in any Collateral, the security interests in such Collateral created by the Term Security Documents shall be automatically released. Upon the release of the Borrower or any Subsidiary Loan Party from its Guarantee in compliance with this Agreement, the security interest in any Collateral owned by the Borrower or such Subsidiary created by the Term Security Documents shall be automatically released. Upon the designation of a Restricted Subsidiary as an Unrestricted Subsidiary in compliance with this Agreement, the security interest created by the Term Security Documents in the Equity Interests of such Subsidiary shall automatically be released. Upon the Termination Date, all obligations under the Loan Documents and all security interests created by the Term Security Documents shall be automatically released. In connection with any termination or release pursuant to this Section 9.14, the Term Administrative Agent or the Term Collateral Agent, as the case may be, shall execute and deliver to any Loan Party, at such Loan Party’s expense, all documents that such Loan Party shall reasonably request to evidence such termination or release so long as the Borrower or applicable Loan Party shall have provided the Term Administrative Agent or the Term Collateral Agent, as the case may be, such certifications or documents as the Term Administrative Agent or the Term Collateral Agent, as the case may be, shall reasonably request in order to demonstrate compliance with this Agreement.

(b)    The Term Administrative Agent or the Term Collateral Agent, as the case may be, will, at the Borrower’s expense, execute and deliver to the applicable Loan Party such documents as such Loan Party may reasonably request to subordinate its Lien on any property granted to or held by the Term Administrative Agent or the Term Collateral Agent, as the case may be, under any Loan Document to the holder of any Lien on such property that is permitted by Section 6.02(iv).

(c)    Each of the Lenders irrevocably authorizes the Term Administrative Agent or the Term Collateral Agent, as the case may be, to provide any release or evidence of release, termination or subordination contemplated by this Section 9.14. Upon request by the Term Administrative Agent or the Term Collateral Agent, as the case may be, at any time, the Required Lenders will confirm in writing the Term Administrative Agent’s authority or the Term Collateral Agent’s authority, as the case may be, to release or subordinate its interest in particular types or items of property, or to release any Loan Party from its obligations under any Loan Document, in each case in accordance with the terms of the Loan Documents and this Section 9.14.

SECTION 9.15    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 that (i) (A) the arranging and other services regarding this Agreement provided by the Term Administrative Agent, the Arrangers, the Lenders and each of their respective Affiliates, are arm’s-length commercial transactions between the Borrower and its Affiliates, on the one hand, and the Term Administrative Agent, the Arrangers and the Lenders 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

 

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the transactions contemplated hereby and by the other Loan Documents; (ii) (A) each of the Term Administrative Agent, the Arrangers, the Lenders and each of their respective Affiliates, 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, any of its Affiliates or any other Person and (B) none of the Term Administrative Agent, the Arrangers, the Lenders or any of their respective Affiliates 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 Term Administrative Agent, the Arrangers, the Lenders and each of 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 none of the Term Administrative Agent, the Arrangers and the Lenders has any obligation to disclose any of such interests to the Borrower or any of its Affiliates. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Borrower hereby waives and releases any claims that it may have against the Term Administrative Agent, the Arrangers, the Lenders and each of their respective Affiliates, with respect to any breach or alleged breach of agency or fiduciary duty in connection with any aspect of any transaction contemplated hereby.

SECTION 9.16    Interest Rate Limitation.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any Loan Document, the interest paid or agreed to be paid under the Loan Documents shall not exceed the maximum rate of non-usurious interest permitted by applicable law (the “Maximum Rate”). If the Term Administrative Agent or any Lender shall receive interest in an amount that exceeds the Maximum Rate, the excess interest shall be applied to the principal of the Loans or, if it exceeds such unpaid principal, refunded to the Borrower. In determining whether the interest contracted for, charged or received by the Term Administrative Agent or a Lender exceeds the Maximum Rate, such Person may, to the extent permitted by applicable law, (a) characterize any payment that is not principal as an expense, fee or premium rather than interest, (b) exclude voluntary prepayments and the effects thereof, and (c) amortize, prorate, allocate and spread in equal or unequal parts the total amount of interest throughout the contemplated term of the obligations hereunder.

SECTION 9.17    Intercreditor Agreements.

(a)    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement or in any other Loan Document: (a) the Liens granted to the Term Collateral Agent in favor of the Secured Parties pursuant to the Loan Documents and the exercise of any right related to any Collateral shall be subject, in each case, to the terms of the Customary Intercreditor Agreements, (b) in the event of any conflict between the express terms and provisions of this Agreement or any other Loan Document, on the one hand, and of the Customary Intercreditor Agreements, on the other hand, the terms and provisions of the relevant Customary Intercreditor Agreements shall control, and (c) each Lender authorizes the Term Administrative Agent and/or the Term Collateral Agent to execute any such Customary Intercreditor Agreement on behalf of such Lender, and such Lender agrees to be bound by the terms thereof.

(b)    Each Secured Party hereby agrees that the Term Administrative Agent and/or Term Collateral Agent may enter into any intercreditor agreement and/or subordination agreement pursuant to, or contemplated by, the terms of this Agreement (including with respect to Indebtedness permitted pursuant to Section 6.01 and defined terms referenced therein) on its behalf and agrees to be bound by the terms thereof and, in each case, consents and agrees to the appointment of Royal Bank of Canada (or its affiliated designee, representative or agent) on its behalf as collateral agent, respectively, thereunder. The Term Administrative Agent and Term Collateral Agent are authorized to become a party to the ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement on behalf of the Secured Parties (including, as a Term Loan Agent (as defined therein) under a Term Loan Substitute Facility (as defined therein)) for all purposes thereof on the terms set forth therein, and to be bound by the terms of the ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement as fully as if it had executed and delivered the ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement as of the date thereof.

 

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SECTION 9.18    [Reserved].

SECTION 9.19    Acknowledgement and Consent to Bail-In of EEA Financial Institutions.

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 EEA 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 an EEA 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 an EEA Resolution Authority to any such liabilities arising hereunder which may be payable to it by any party hereto that is an EEA Financial Institution; and

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

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

(ii)    a conversion of all, or a portion of, such liability into shares or other instruments of ownership in such EEA 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

(iii)    the variation of the terms of such liability in connection with the exercise of the write-down and conversion powers of any EEA Resolution Authority.

SECTION 9.20    Acknowledgement Regarding Any Supported QFCs.

To the extent that the Loan Documents provide support, through a guarantee or otherwise, for any Swap Agreement 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

 

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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 9.20, 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).

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 by their respective authorized officers as of the day and year first above written.

 

INSTALLED BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC.,
  as the Borrower
By:  

/s/ Michael T. Miller

  Name:   Michael T. Miller
  Title:   Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
ROYAL BANK OF CANADA
  as Term Administrative Agent
By:  

/s/ Susan Khokher

  Name:   Susan Khokher
  Title:   Manager, Agency
ROYAL BANK OF CANADA
  as Term Collateral Agent
By:  

/s/ Susan Khokher

  Name:   Susan Khokher
  Title:   Manager, Agency
ROYAL BANK OF CANADA
  as a Lender
By:  

/s/ Brian Hueter

  Name:   Brian Heuter
  Title:   Authorized Signatory
EX-10.3

Exhibit 10.3

THIRD AMENDMENT TO ABL/TERM LOAN INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT

THIS THIRD AMENDMENT TO ABL/TERM LOAN INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT (this “Amendment”), dated as of December 14, 2021, is entered into by and among BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., as agent for the ABL Secured Parties (in such capacity, the “ABL Agent”), ROYAL BANK OF CANADA, as collateral agent (in such capacity, the “Term Loan Agent”) under the Term Loan Substitute Facility described below, and INSTALLED BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC., a Delaware corporation (the “Borrower”), on behalf of itself and the other Grantors.

W I T N E S S E T H:

WHEREAS, the ABL Agent, the Borrower and certain other Persons are parties to that certain ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement dated as of April 13, 2017, as amended by that certain First Amendment to ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement as of June 19, 2018, and by that certain Second Amendment to ABL/Term Loan Intercreditor Agreement as of December 17, 2019 (as may be further amended, restated, supplemented, or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Intercreditor Agreement”);

WHEREAS, as of the date hereof, the Term Loan Agent, the Borrower and the lenders named therein have entered into that certain Term Loan Credit Agreement, dated as of the date hereof (as may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Term Loan Credit Agreement”);

WHEREAS, the Term Loan Credit Agreement is a Term Loan Substitute Facility, pursuant to which the Term Loan Credit Agreement, dated as of December 17, 2019, was Replaced;

WHEREAS, the ABL Agent, the Borrower and the lenders named therein have entered into that certain Credit Agreement, dated as of September 26, 2019 (as may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, the “ABL Credit Agreement”);

WHEREAS, the ABL Credit Agreement is an ABL Substitute Facility, pursuant to which the ABL Credit Agreement, dated as of April 13, 2017, was Replaced;

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 2.10 of the Intercreditor Agreement, on December 17, 2019, the Term Loan Agent became the Term Loan Agent under and as defined in the Intercreditor Agreement, and the Term Loan Credit Agreement became the Term Loan Credit Agreement under and as defined in the Intercreditor Agreement;

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 2.10 of the Intercreditor Agreement, on September 26, 2019, the ABL Agent became the ABL Agent under and as defined in the Intercreditor Agreement, and the ABL Credit Agreement became the ABL Credit Agreement under and as defined in the Intercreditor Agreement; and

WHEREAS, the ABL Agent, the Term Loan Agent, the Borrower and the other Grantors desire to further amend certain provisions of the Intercreditor Agreement as set forth herein, subject to the terms and conditions set forth below.


NOW, THEREFORE, for and in consideration of the above premises and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged by the parties hereto, the parties hereto hereby covenant and agree as follows:

SECTION 1. Definitions. Unless otherwise specifically defined herein, each term used herein (and in the recitals above) which is defined in the Intercreditor Agreement shall have the meaning assigned to such term in the Intercreditor Agreement. Each reference to “hereof,” “hereunder,” “herein,” and “hereby” and each other similar reference and each reference to “this Agreement” and each other similar reference contained in the Intercreditor Agreement shall from and after the date hereof refer to the Intercreditor Agreement as amended hereby.

SECTION 2. Amendment to Intercreditor Agreement.

(a) The following definitions in Section 1.01(c) of the Intercreditor Agreement are hereby amended so that they read, each in its entirety, as follows:

Business Day” means any day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or other day on which commercial banks in New York, New York, the State of North Carolina or the State of Ohio are authorized or required by law to remain closed.

Term Loan Agent” means the Original Term Loan Agent, and, from and after the date of execution and delivery of a Term Loan Substitute Facility, the agent, collateral agent, trustee or other representative of the lenders or holders of the obligations evidenced thereunder or governed thereby, in each case, together with its successors in such capacity. On the Third Amendment Effective Date, the Term Loan Agent shall be Royal Bank of Canada, as collateral agent under the Term Loan Credit Agreement.

Term Loan Credit Agreement” means the Term Loan Credit Agreement, dated as of the date hereof, among the Borrower, the lenders from time to time party thereto and Royal Bank of Canada, as Term Loan Agent, and any credit agreement, loan agreement, note agreement, promissory note, indenture or any other agreement or instrument evidencing or governing the terms of any Term Loan Substitute Facility, in each case (as the same may be amended, amended and restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time in each case, to the extent not prohibited by the terms hereof). On the Third Amendment Effective Date, the Term Loan Credit Agreement shall be that certain Term Loan Credit Agreement dated as of the Third Amendment Effective Date, among Royal Bank of Canada, as administrative agent and collateral agent, the lenders from time to time party thereto and Borrower, as the same may be amended, amended and restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.

Maximum ABL Facility Amount” means the greatest of (i) a principal amount of $330,000,000, (ii) an amount equal to the Intercreditor Borrowing Base at the time the applicable ABL Debt Obligations were incurred and (iii) an amount equal to the aggregate principal amount of all Qualifying ABL Debt.

Maximum Term Loan Amount” means the greater of (i) a principal amount of $835,000,000, and (ii) an amount equal to the aggregate principal amount of all Qualifying Term Loan Debt.

Qualifying ABL Debt” means the aggregate principal amount of indebtedness incurred under the ABL Credit Agreement (or any ABL Substitute Facility) that was incurred in compliance with the Term Loan Credit Agreement (and any other documents governing Additional Pari Term Loan Debt Obligations (if any)), in each case as in effect on the Third Amendment Effective Date (or any amendment or supplement thereto consented to by ABL Agent or any refinancing thereof)


(it being understood that, in order for any indebtedness to qualify as “Qualifying ABL Debt,” the Term Loan Credit Agreement (and the documents governing such Additional Pari Term Loan Debt Obligations (if any)), as the same may be amended, supplemented or refinanced as provided above, must have permitted (x) the incurrence of such indebtedness and (y) the incurrence of the Liens granted as security therefor with the priority provided for under this Agreement).

Qualifying Term Loan Debt” means the aggregate principal amount of indebtedness incurred under the Term Loan Credit Agreement (and Additional Pari Term Loan Debt Obligations (if any)) that was incurred in compliance with the ABL Credit Agreement (or any ABL Substitute Facility) as in effect on the Third Amendment Effective Date (or any amendment or supplement thereto or any refinancing thereof) (it being understood that, in order for any indebtedness to qualify as “Qualifying Term Loan Debt,” the ABL Credit Agreement (or any ABL Substitute Facility), as the same may be amended, supplemented or refinanced as provided above, must have permitted (x) the incurrence of such indebtedness and (y) the incurrence of the Liens granted as security therefor with the priority provided for under this Agreement).

(b) The following new definition is added to Section 1.01(c) in appropriate alphabetical order:

Third Amendment Effective Date” means December 14, 2021.

(c) Section 2.06(b)(i) is hereby amended by inserted the following sentence at the end of such subsection:

Term Loan Agent agrees that it shall not, and nor shall any of the Term Loan Secured Parties, directly or indirectly, provide, offer to provide, or support any Term Loan DIP Financing secured by a Lien on the ABL First Lien Collateral senior to or pari passu with the Liens thereon securing the ABL Debt Obligations.

(d) Section 2.06(b)(ii) is hereby amended by inserting the following sentence at the end of such subsection:

ABL Agent agrees that it shall not, and nor shall any of the ABL Secured Parties, directly or indirectly, provide, offer to provide, or support any ABL DIP Financing secured by a Lien on the Term Loan First Priority Collateral senior to or pari passu with the Liens thereon securing the Term Loan Debt Obligations.

(e) Section 2.06(d)(i) is hereby amended by deleting the following phrase from the first sentence thereof: “and is allowable under Section 506(b) of the Bankruptcy Code”

(f) Clause (i)(B) of Section 2.10(a) is hereby amended in its entirety to read as follows:

(B) the requirements of Section 2.10 have been satisfied, and

(g) Section 2.15 is hereby amended by deleting the second full paragraph thereof in its entirety and replacing it with the following:

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein or in the definition of ABL First Lien Collateral or Term Loan First Lien Collateral, in the event that proceeds of Collateral are received from (or are otherwise attributable to the value of) a sale or other disposition of Collateral that involves a combination of ABL First Lien Collateral and Term Loan First Lien Collateral, the portion of such proceeds that shall be allocated as proceeds of ABL First Lien Collateral for purposes of this Agreement shall be an amount equal to the net book value of such ABL First Lien Collateral


(except in the case of Accounts, Supporting Obligations with respect to such Accounts and proceeds thereof, which amount shall be equal to the face amount of such Accounts). In addition, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein or in the definition of ABL First Lien Collateral or Term Loan First Lien Collateral, to the extent proceeds of Collateral are proceeds received from (or are otherwise attributable to the value of) the sale or disposition of all or substantially all of the Capital Stock of any Subsidiary that is a Grantor or all or substantially all of the assets of any such Subsidiary, such proceeds shall constitute (a) first, in an amount equal to (i) the face amount of the Accounts (excluding any rights to payment for any property which specifically constitutes Term Loan First Lien Collateral that has been or is to be sold, leased, licensed, assigned or otherwise disposed of), (ii) the amount of cash and cash equivalents held in the deposit accounts, commodity accounts, security accounts and lockboxes of such Grantor immediately prior to the consummation of such sale, in each case constituting ABL First Lien Collateral or the proceeds thereof, and (iii) the net book value of the Inventory owned by such Subsidiary at the time of such sale, ABL First Lien Collateral, and (b) second, to the extent in excess of the amounts described in preceding clause (a), Term Loan First Lien Collateral. In the event that amounts are received in respect of Collateral consisting of Capital Stock of or intercompany loans issued to any Grantor in an Insolvency or Liquidation Proceeding, such amounts shall be deemed to be Proceeds received from a sale or disposition of ABL First Lien Collateral and Term Loan First Lien Collateral and shall be allocated as proceeds of ABL First Lien Collateral and Term Loan First Lien Collateral in proportion to the ABL First Lien Collateral and Term Loan First Lien Collateral owned at such time by the issuer of such Capital Stock (with such proportion to be determined in the same manner as is set forth in the immediately preceding sentence as it relates to a sale or disposition of Capital Stock).

(h) Section 7.01 is hereby amended by replacing subsections (a), (b) and (c) in their entirety with the following:

(i) if to the ABL Agent, to:

Bank of America

135 S. LaSalle Street

Chicago, IL 60603

Attention: Asset Manager – Installed Building Products

Fax: (312) 453-4963

with a copy to:

Goldberg Kohn Ltd.

55 East Monroe, Suite 3300

Chicago, Illinois 60603

Attention: Randall Klein

Email: Randall.klein@goldbergkohn.com

(ii) if to the Term Loan Agent, to:

Royal Bank of Canada

20 King Street West, 4th Floor

Toronto, Ontario M5H 1C4

Canada

Attention: Manager, Agency Services Group

Fax: (416) 842-4023

Email: rbcmagnt@rbccm.com


(iii) if to the Grantors, to:

Installed Building Products, Inc.

495 South High St.

Suite 50

Columbus, OH 43215

Attention: Michael Miller

Fax: (614) 961-3300

with a copy to:

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

The Calfee Building

1405 East Sixth Street

Cleveland, OH 44114-1607

Attn: Karl Beus

Telecopy No.: (216) 241-0816

SECTION 3. Condition Precedent. This Amendment shall become effective only upon the satisfaction of the following condition precedent: each of the ABL Agent’s and the Term Loan Agent’s receipt of this Amendment duly executed by each of (i) the ABL Agent, (ii) the Term Loan Agent, and (iii) the Borrower.

SECTION 4. Miscellaneous Terms.

(a) Effect of Agreement. Except as set forth expressly hereinabove, all terms of the Intercreditor Agreement shall be and remain in full force and effect, and shall constitute the legal and binding obligation of each party thereto, enforceable against such party in accordance with their respective terms.

(a) Counterparts. This Amendment may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall constitute an original but all of which when taken together shall constitute a single contract. Delivery of an executed signature page to this Amendment by facsimile transmission (or other electronic transmission) shall be as effective as delivery of a manually signed counterpart of this Amendment.