Amended And Restated Credit Agreement

AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT Dated as of ______________, 2011 Among VOC BRAZOS ENERGY PARTNERS, LP, as the Borrower, VOC Partners LLC, BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., as the Administrative Agent and the Other Lenders Party Hereto MERRILL LYNCH, PIERCE, ...

Exhibit 10.6

 
 
Published CUSIP Number: ________________
Dated as of ______________, 2011

among
VOC BRAZOS ENERGY PARTNERS, LP,
as the Borrower,
VOC Partners LLC,
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,
as the Administrative Agent
and
The Other Lenders Party Hereto
MERRILL LYNCH, PIERCE, FENNER & SMITH INCORPORATED,
as
Sole Lead Arranger and Sole Book Manager
 
 

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
         
Section   Page  
ARTICLE I. DEFINITIONS AND ACCOUNTING TERMS
    5  
1.01 Defined Terms
    5  
1.02 Other Interpretive Provisions
    24  
1.03 Accounting Terms
    25  
1.04 Rounding
    26  
1.05 Times of Day
    26  
1.06 Petroleum Terms
    26  
 
       
ARTICLE II. THE COMMITMENTS AND LOANS
    26  
2.01 Loans
    26  
2.02 Borrowings, Conversions and Continuations of Loans
    26  
2.03 Prepayments
    28  
2.04 Repayment of Loans
    28  
2.05 Interest
    29  
2.06 Fees
    29  
2.07 Computation of Interest and Fees
    29  
2.08 Evidence of Debt
    30  
2.09 Payments Generally; the Administrative Agent’s Clawback
    30  
2.10 Sharing of Payments by Lenders
    32  
2.11 Defaulting Lenders
    32  
2.12 Borrowing Base
    33  
 
       
ARTICLE III. TAXES, YIELD PROTECTION AND ILLEGALITY
    35  
3.01 Taxes
    35  
3.02 Illegality
    38  
3.03 Inability to Determine Rates
    39  
3.04 Increased Costs; Reserves on Eurodollar Rate Loans
    40  
3.05 Compensation for Losses
    41  
3.06 Mitigation Obligations; Replacement of Lenders
    42  
3.07 Survival
    42  
 
       
ARTICLE IV. CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO LOANS
    42  
4.01 Conditions of Restatement
    42  
 
       
ARTICLE V. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
    46  
5.01 Existence, Qualification and Power
    46  
5.02 Authorization; No Contravention
    46  
5.03 Governmental Authorization; Other Consents
    46  
5.04 Binding Effect
    46  
5.05 Financial Statements; No Material Adverse Effect
    46  
5.06 Litigation
    47  
5.07 No Default
    47  
5.08 Ownership of Property; Liens
    47  
5.09 Environmental Compliance
    47  
5.10 Insurance
    47  
5.11 Taxes. Each Loan Party has
    48  
5.12 ERISA Compliance
    48  

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Section   Page  
5.13 Subsidiaries; Equity Interests
    49  
5.14 Use of Proceeds; Margin Regulations; Investment Company Act
    49  
5.15 Disclosure
    49  
5.16 Compliance with Laws
    50  
5.17 Taxpayer Identification Number
    50  
5.18 Leases; Contracts; Licenses, Etc.
    50  
5.19 Sale of Production
    50  
5.20 Operation of Oil and Gas Properties
    51  
5.21 Ad Valorem and Severance Taxes; Litigation
    52  
5.22 Intellectual Property; Licenses
    52  
5.23 Solvency
    52  
5.24 Security Documents
    52  
5.25 Closing Transactions
    53  
 
       
ARTICLE VI. AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS
    53  
6.01 Financial Statements
    53  
6.02 Certificates; Other Information
    54  
6.03 Notices
    56  
6.04 Payment of Obligations
    56  
6.05 Preservation of Existence, Etc.
    56  
6.06 Maintenance of Properties
    57  
6.07 Maintenance of Insurance
    57  
6.08 Compliance with Laws
    58  
6.09 Books and Records
    58  
6.10 Inspection Rights
    58  
6.11 Use of Proceeds
    58  
6.12 Additional Guarantors
    58  
6.13 Production Proceeds
    58  
6.14 [Reserved]
    59  
6.15 Environmental Review
    59  
6.16 Security
    59  
6.17 Title Opinions
    60  
6.18 Compliance with Agreements
    60  
6.19 Operation of Properties and Equipment
    60  
6.20 Environmental Matters; Environmental Reviews
    61  
6.21 Oil Trust Documents
    62  
6.22 Required Swap Transactions
    62  
 
       
ARTICLE VII. NEGATIVE COVENANTS
    62  
7.01 Liens
    62  
7.02 Investments
    62  
7.03 Indebtedness
    63  
7.04 Fundamental Changes
    63  
7.05 Dispositions
    64  
7.06 Restricted Payments
    65  
7.07 Change in Nature of Business
    65  
7.08 Transactions with Affiliates
    65  
7.09 Burdensome Agreements
    66  
7.10 Use of Proceeds
    66  
7.11 Swap Transactions
    66  
7.12 Amendments to Organization Documents
    66  
7.13 Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio
    66  

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Section   Page  
7.14 Accounting
    66  
7.15 Limitation on Leases
    66  
 
       
ARTICLE VIII. EVENTS OF DEFAULT AND REMEDIES
    67  
8.01 Events of Default
    67  
8.02 Remedies Upon Event of Default
    69  
8.03 Application of Funds
    69  
 
       
ARTICLE IX. ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT
    70  
9.01 Appointment and Authority
    70  
9.02 Rights as a Lender
    70  
9.03 Exculpatory Provisions
    70  
9.04 Reliance by the Administrative Agent
    71  
9.05 Delegation of Duties
    71  
9.06 Resignation of the Administrative Agent
    72  
9.07 Non-Reliance on the Administrative Agent and Other Lenders
    72  
9.08 No Other Duties, Etc.
    72  
9.09 the Administrative Agent May File Proofs of Claim
    73  
9.10 Collateral and Guaranty Matters
    73  
 
       
ARTICLE X. MISCELLANEOUS
    74  
10.01 Amendments, Etc.
    74  
10.02 Notices; Effectiveness; Electronic Communication
    75  
10.03 No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies; Enforcement
    77  
10.04 Expenses; Indemnity; Damage Waiver
    78  
10.05 Payments Set Aside
    79  
10.06 Successors and Assigns
    80  
10.07 Treatment of Certain Information; Confidentiality
    83  
10.08 Right of Setoff
    84  
10.09 Interest Rate Limitation
    85  
10.10 Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness
    85  
10.11 Survival of Representations and Warranties
    85  
10.12 Severability
    85  
10.13 Replacement of Lenders
    86  
10.14 Governing Law; Jurisdiction; Etc.
    86  
10.15 Waiver of Jury Trial
    87  
10.16 No Advisory or Fiduciary Responsibility
    88  
10.17 Electronic Execution of Assignments and Certain Other Documents
    88  
10.18 USA PATRIOT Act
    88  
10.19 No General Partner’s Liability
    89  
10.20 Time of the Essence
    89  
10.21 Restatement
    89  
10.22 ENTIRE AGREEMENT
    89  
 
       
SIGNATURES
    S-1  

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SCHEDULES  
 
 
  2.01    
Commitments and Applicable Percentages
  4.01    
Security Documents
  5.05    
Supplement to Interim Financial Statements
  5.06    
Litigation
  5.09    
Environmental Matters
  5.13    
Subsidiaries; Other Equity Investments; Equity Interests in the Borrower
  5.19    
Sale of Production
  10.02    
the Administrative Agent’s Office; Certain Addresses for Notices
       
 
EXHIBITS  
 
       
Form of
       
 
  A    
Loan Notice
  B    
Note
  C    
Compliance Certificate
  D-1    
Assignment and Assumption
  D-2    
the Administrative Questionnaire
CREDIT AGREEMENT
     This AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT (“Agreement”) is entered into as of ________, 2011, among VOC BRAZOS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P., a Texas limited partnership (the “the Borrower”), VOC Partners LLC, a Kansas limited liability company (“VOC Partners”), each lender from time to time party hereto (collectively, the “Lenders” and individually, a “Lender”), and BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., as the Administrative Agent.
     WHEREAS, the Borrower, the lenders party thereto (the “Existing Lenders”) and Bank of America, N.A., as the Administrative Agent, Swing Line Lender and L/C Issuer, are parties to that certain Credit Agreement dated as of June 27, 2008 (such agreement, the “Existing Credit Agreement”) pursuant to which the Existing Lenders agreed to make revolving credit loans (therein referred to as the “Existing Loans”) to the Borrower, the Swing Line Lender agreed to make swing line loans to the Borrower, L/C Issuer agreed to issue letters of credit for the account of the Borrower, and Existing Lenders agreed to purchase participations in such swing line loans and such letters of credit;
     WHEREAS, pursuant to Contribution and Exchange Agreement dated August 30, 2010, VOC Brazos Energy Partners, L.P. (“VOC Brazos”) will acquire all of the membership interests in VOC Kansas Energy Partners, L.L.C. (“VOC Kansas”) in exchange for newly issued limited partnership interests in VOC Brazos, resulting in VOC Kansas becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOC Brazos;
     WHEREAS, Borrower desires to enter into the transactions contemplated by the Oil Trust Documents, as defined herein, and obtain the consent and agreement of the Existing Lenders thereto;

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     WHEREAS, the Borrower desires to convert, renew and extend $24,000,000 of the Existing Loans into term loans;
     WHEREAS, the Borrower desires to repay the Existing Loans in excess of $24,000,000, repay in full the letters of credit obligations and the swing line loans, and terminate the commitments to make, issue or participate in revolving credit loans, swing line loans and letters of credit, in each case under the Existing Credit Agreement;
     WHEREAS, the Lenders are willing, on the terms and subject to the conditions herein set forth to convert, renew and extend $24,000,000 of the Existing Loans into term loans and to consent and agree to the transactions contemplated by the Oil Trust Documents; and
     WHEREAS, in consideration of the sale or transfer to VOC Partners of certain units of the Oil Trust, and for other consideration, VOC Partners is willing to guaranty the indebtedness and obligations of the Borrower and become party to this Agreement;
     In consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements herein contained, the parties hereto covenant and agree as follows:
ARTICLE I.
DEFINITIONS AND ACCOUNTING TERMS
          1.01 Defined Terms. As used in this Agreement, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:
     “Administrative Agent” means Bank of America in its capacity as Administrative Agent under any of the Loan Documents, or any successor Administrative Agent.
     “Administrative Agent’s Office” means the Administrative Agent’s address and, as appropriate, account as set forth on Schedule 10.02, or such other address or account as the Administrative Agent may from time to time notify the Borrower and the Lenders.
     “Administrative Questionnaire” means an the Administrative Questionnaire in substantially the form of Exhibit D-2 or any other form approved by the Administrative Agent.
     “Affiliate” means, with respect to any Person, another Person that directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, Controls or is Controlled by or is under common Control with the Person specified.
     “Aggregate Commitments” means the Commitments of all the Lenders.
     “Agreement” means this Credit Agreement.
     “Applicable Percentage” means with respect to any Lender at any time, the percentage (carried out to the ninth decimal place) of (a) on the Closing Date, the Aggregate Commitments represented by such Lender’s Commitment at such time and (b) at any time after the Closing Date, the aggregated Loans represented by such Lender’s Loans at such time.

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     “Applicable Rate” means (i) 2.25% per annum in the case of Eurodollar Rate Loans and (ii) 1.25% in the case of Base Rate Loans.
     “Approved Fund” means any Fund that is administered or managed by (a) a Lender, (b) an Affiliate of a Lender or (c) an entity or an Affiliate of an entity that administers or manages a Lender.
     “Arranger” means Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, in its capacity as sole lead arranger and sole book manager.
     “Asset Disposition” means the sale, assignment, transfer, exchange or other disposition by (i) any Loan Party of any Oil and Gas Properties or (ii) VOC Partners of any Trust Units.
     “Assignee Group” means two or more Eligible Assignees that are Affiliates of one another or two or more Approved Funds managed by the same investment advisor.
     “Assignment and Assumption” means an assignment and assumption entered into by a Lender and an assignee (with the consent of any party whose consent is required by Section 10.06(b)), and accepted by the Administrative Agent, in substantially the form of Exhibit D-1 or any other form approved by the Administrative Agent.
     “Attributable Indebtedness” means, on any date, (a) in respect of any capital lease of any Person, the capitalized amount thereof that would appear on a balance sheet of such Person prepared as of such date in accordance with GAAP, and (b) in respect of any Synthetic Lease Obligation, the capitalized amount of the remaining lease payments under the relevant lease that would appear on a balance sheet of such Person prepared as of such date in accordance with GAAP if such lease were accounted for as a capital lease.
     “Audited Financial Statements” means (i) the audited balance sheet of the Borrower for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, and the related statements of income or operations, partners’ capital and cash flows for such fiscal year of the Borrower, including the notes thereto and (ii) the audited combined statements of historical revenues and direct operating expenses of the Borrower and VOC Kansas for fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.
     “Bank of America” means Bank of America, N.A. and its successors.
     “Base Rate means for any day a fluctuating rate per annum equal to the highest of (a) the Federal Funds Rate plus 1/2 of 1%, (b) the rate of interest in effect for such day as publicly announced from time to time by Bank of America as its “prime rate,” and (c) the Eurodollar Rate plus 1.00% The “prime rate” is a rate set by Bank of America based upon various factors including Bank of America’s costs and desired return, general economic conditions and other factors, and is used as a reference point for pricing some loans, which may be priced at, above, or below such announced rate. Any change in such prime rate announced by Bank of America shall take effect at the opening of business on the day specified in the public announcement of such change.
     “Base Rate Loan” means a Loan that bears interest based on the Base Rate.

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     “Borrower” has the meaning specified in the introductory paragraph hereto.
     “Borrower Materials” has the meaning specified in Section 6.02.
     “Borrowing” means a borrowing consisting of simultaneous Loans of the same Type and, in the case of Eurodollar Rate Loans, having the same Interest Period made by each of the Lenders pursuant to Section 2.01.
     “Borrowing Base” means, at the particular time in question, either the amount provided for in Section 2.12(a) or the amount determined by the Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders determined in accordance with the provisions of Section 2.12(b), (c) or (d).
     “Borrowing Base Deficiency” means, as of any date, the amount, if any, by which the Total Outstandings on such date exceed the Borrowing Base in effect on such date.
     “Borrowing Base Properties” means all Oil and Gas Properties of the Borrower and VOC Kansas evaluated by the Lenders for purposes of establishing the Borrowing Base, without being reduced for the burden of the Net Profits Interest. The Borrowing Base Properties on the Closing Date constitute all of the Oil and Gas Properties described in the Initial Reserve Report.
     “Business Day” means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or other day on which commercial banks are authorized to close under the Laws of, or are in fact closed in, the state where the Administrative Agent’s Office is located and, if such day relates to any Eurodollar Rate Loan, means any such day that is also a London Banking Day.
     “Cash Management Agreement” means any agreement to provide cash management services, including treasury, depository, overdraft, credit or debit card, electronic funds transfer and other cash management arrangements.
     “Cash Management Bank” means any Person that, at the time it enters into a Cash Management Agreement, is a Lender or an Affiliate of a Lender, in its capacity as a party to such Cash Management Agreement.
     “Change in Law” means the occurrence, after the date of this Agreement, of any of the following: (a) the adoption or taking effect of any law, rule, regulation or treaty, (b) any change in any law, rule, regulation or treaty or in the administration, interpretation or application thereof by any Governmental Authority or (c) the making or issuance of any request, guideline or directive (whether or not having the force of law) by any Governmental Authority.
     “Change of Control” means an event or series of events by which:
     (a) General Partner ceases to be the sole general partner of the Borrower; or
     (b) Any Person, other than J. Michael Vess or companies or trusts Controlled by or established for the benefit of such individual or his heirs at law (such as companies or trusts established for estate planning purposes), shall directly or indirectly Control the General Partner; or

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     (c) Any individual other than J. Michael Vess shall be the chief executive officer or designated representative of the manager of the General Partner or VOC Partners or shall be actively performing the duties customarily associated with such position.
     “Closing Date” means the first date all the conditions precedent in Section 4.01 are satisfied or waived in accordance with Section 10.01.
     “Closing Transactions” means (i) the contribution to the Borrower of 100% of the Equity Interests of VOC Kansas in exchange for newly issued limited partnership interests in the Borrower, resulting in VOC Kansas becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Borrower, (ii) the conveyance of net profits interest by the Borrower and VOC Kansas to the Oil Trust in exchange for Trust Units as described in or contemplated by the Oil Trust Prospectus, (iii) the offering and sale of not less than 65.2% (but not more than 75%) of the Trust Units as described in or contemplated by the Oil Trust Prospectus for cash, the repayment of the Existing Loans that exceed $24,000,000, and the payment of all fees, costs and expenses of this Agreement and of the offering and sale of Trust Units as contemplated by the Oil Trust Prospectus and the Underwriting Agreement, (iv) the sale by the Borrower of the balance of the Trust Units to VOC Partners, constituting not more than 34.82% nor less than 25% of the total Trust Units, in consideration of the VOC Partners Note, within 45 days from the Closing Date (v) the sale within 30 days from the Closing Date of Trust Units owned by VOC Partners as “Additional Units” under the Underwriting Agreement so long as after giving effect to such sale VOC Partners remains the owner of not less than 25% of the total Trust Units, (vi) the purchase of 63,750 Class B units of VAP-III, LLC, a Kansas limited liability company, 350,000 units of Vess Texas Partners, L.L.C., a Kansas limited liability company and 400 units of VAP-II, LLC, a Kansas limited liability company from CPC Brazos Energy, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership and CPC VEP, LLC, a Texas limited liability company (together “CPC”) and 11,250 Class A units of VAP-III, LLC, a Kansas limited liability company from Vess Holding Corporation (“VHC”) and the immediate resale by the Borrower of all of such units to VOC Acquisition Partners pursuant to the VOC Acquisition Partners Documents and for the same consideration given by the Borrower for such units, all within 60 days from the Closing Date, (vii) the distribution by the Borrower to non-Loan Parties not later than January 31, 2012 of the cash proceeds of sale described in clause (iii) above, less amounts used to repay the Existing Loans that exceed $24,000,000, and less all fees, costs and expenses of this Agreement and of the offering and sale of Trust Units as contemplated by the Oil Trust Prospectus and the Underwriting Agreement, (viii) the distribution not later than January 31, 2012 by VOC Partners of the cash proceeds (but not the Trust Units) from the sale described in clause (v) above after giving effect to the foregoing transactions, and (ix) the distribution within 30 days of the Closing Date of the amount shown as a distribution payable on the Audited Financial Statements; provided that, on the date of such distributions in clauses (vii), (viii), and (ix) the Borrower shall have at least $6,000,000 in unrestricted cash liquidity.
     “Closing Transaction Documents” means the Oil Trust Documents, the Contribution and Exchange Agreement dated August 30, 2010, among the Borrower, VOC Kansas and the owners of the Equity Interests in VOC Kansas, and the VOC Acquisition Partners Documents.
     “Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended

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     “Collateral” means all property of any kind which, under the terms of any Loan Document, is subject to a Lien in favor of the Administrative Agent for the benefit of Persons to whom any Obligations are owed including (a) the Borrower’s and its Subsidiaries’ proven oil and gas reserves representing at least 70% of the Present Discounted Value of the proven oil and gas reserves reviewed in determining the Borrowing Base, (b) the ownership interest in each existing and future Subsidiary of the Borrower or any other Loan Party, (c) all Trust Units owned by VOC Partners and (d) accounts receivable, inventory, intangibles and fixed assets of the Loan Parties.
     “Commitment” means, as to each Lender, its obligation to make Loans to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01, in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed the amount set forth opposite such Lender’s name on Schedule 2.01.
     “Compliance Certificate” means a certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit C.
     “Consolidated EBITDA from Operations” means, for any period, for the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, an amount equal to the net income from operations of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries (excluding extraordinary gains but including extraordinary losses) for that period plus the following to the extent deducted in calculating such net income from operations: (i) Consolidated Interest Charges for such period, (ii) the provision for Federal, state and local income taxes payable by the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for such period, and (iii) depreciation, depletion and amortization expense and other non-cash charges (including those resulting from the FASB ASC 815).
     “Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio” means, for any period, the ratio of (a) (i) Consolidated EBITDA from Operations for such period, plus (ii) the amount of the actual cash distributions by the Oil Trust during such period to VOC Partners if such amounts are actually paid by VOC Partners to the Borrower during such period, whether as a repayment of debt, contribution to capital or otherwise, less (iii) the aggregate amount of all capital expenditures for maintenance, repair or replacement of existing assets during such period to (b) the sum of (i) Consolidated Interest Charges for such period, plus (ii) the aggregate principal amount of all regularly scheduled principal payments on debt for borrowed money (including the Loans) payable during such period.
     “Consolidated Interest Charges” means, for any period, for the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, the sum of (a) all interest, premium payments, debt discount, fees, charges and related expenses of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries in connection with borrowed money (including capitalized interest) or in connection with the deferred purchase price of assets, in each case to the extent treated as interest in accordance with GAAP, and (b) the portion of rent expense of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries with respect to such period under capital leases that is treated as interest in accordance with GAAP.
     “Contractual Obligation” means, as to any Person, any provision of any security issued by such Person or of any agreement, instrument or other undertaking to which such Person is a party or by which it or any of its property is bound.

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     “Control” means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management or policies of a Person, whether through the ability to exercise voting power, by contract or otherwise. “Controlling” and “Controlled” have meanings correlative thereto.
     “Debtor Relief Laws” means the Bankruptcy Code of the United States, and all other liquidation, conservatorship, bankruptcy, assignment for the benefit of creditors, moratorium, rearrangement, receivership, insolvency, reorganization, or similar debtor relief Laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdictions from time to time in effect and affecting the rights of creditors generally.
     “Default” means any event or condition that constitutes an Event of Default or that, with the giving of any notice, the passage of time, or both, would be an Event of Default.
     “Default Rate” means an interest rate equal to (a) the Base Rate plus (b) the Applicable Rate, if any, applicable to Base Rate Loans plus (c) 2% per annum; provided, however, that with respect to a Eurodollar Rate Loan, the Default Rate shall be an interest rate equal to the interest rate (including any Applicable Rate) otherwise applicable to such Loan plus 2% per annum.
     “Defaulting Lender” means, subject to Section 2.14(b) any Lender that, as determined by the Administrative Agent, (a) has failed to perform any of its funding obligations hereunder, including in respect of its Loans or participations in respect of Letters of Credit, within three Business Days of the date required to be funded by it hereunder, (b) has notified the Borrower or the Administrative Agent that it does not intend to comply with its funding obligations or has made a public statement to that effect with respect to its funding obligations hereunder or under other agreements in which it commits to extend credit, (c) has failed, within three Business Days after request by the Administrative Agent, to confirm in a manner satisfactory to the Administrative Agent that it will comply with its funding obligations, or (d) has, or has a direct or indirect parent company that has, (i) become the subject of a proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, (ii) had a receiver, conservator, trustee, administrator, assignee for the benefit of creditors or similar Person charged with reorganization or liquidation of its business or a custodian appointed for it, or (iii) taken any action in furtherance of, or indicated its consent to, approval of or acquiescence in any such proceeding or appointment; provided that a 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.
     “Disposition” or “Dispose” means the sale, transfer, license, lease or other disposition (including any sale and leaseback transaction) of any property by any Person, including any sale, assignment, transfer or other disposal, with or without recourse, of any notes or accounts receivable or any rights and claims associated therewith.
     “Dollar” and “$” mean lawful money of the United States.
     “Eligible Assignee” means any Person that meets the requirements to be an assignee under Section 10.06(b)(iii) and (v) (subject to such consents, if any, as may be required under Section 10.06(b)(iii)).

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     “Environmental Laws” means any and all Federal, state, local, and foreign statutes, laws, regulations, ordinances, rules, judgments, orders, decrees, permits, concessions, grants, franchises, licenses, agreements or governmental restrictions relating to pollution and the protection of the environment or the release of any materials into the environment, including those related to hazardous substances or wastes, air emissions and discharges to waste or public systems.
     “Environmental Liability” means any liability, contingent or otherwise (including any liability for damages, costs of environmental remediation, fines, penalties or indemnities), of the Borrower, any other Loan Party or any of their respective Subsidiaries directly or indirectly resulting from or based upon (a) violation of any Environmental Law, (b) the generation, use, handling, transportation, storage, treatment or disposal of any Hazardous Materials, (c) exposure to any Hazardous Materials, (d) the release or threatened release of any Hazardous Materials into the environment or (e) any contract, agreement or other consensual arrangement pursuant to which liability is assumed or imposed with respect to any of the foregoing.
     “Equity Interests” means, with respect to any Person, all of the shares of capital stock of (or other ownership or profit interests in) such Person, all of the warrants, options or other rights for the purchase or acquisition from such Person of shares of capital stock of (or other ownership or profit interests in) such Person, all of the securities convertible into or exchangeable for shares of capital stock of (or other ownership or profit interests in) such Person or warrants, rights or options for the purchase or acquisition from such Person of such shares (or such other interests), and all of the other ownership or profit interests in such Person (including partnership, member or trust interests therein), whether voting or nonvoting, and whether or not such shares, warrants, options, rights or other interests are outstanding on any date of determination.
     “ERISA” means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
     “ERISA Affiliate” means any trade or business (whether or not incorporated) under common control with the Borrower within the meaning of Section 414(b) or (c) of the Code (and Sections 414(m) and (o) of the Code for purposes of provisions relating to Section 412 of the Code).
     “ERISA Event” means (a) a Reportable Event with respect to a Pension Plan; (b) the withdrawal of the Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate from a Pension Plan subject to Section 4063 of ERISA during a plan year in which such entity was a “substantial employer” (as defined in Section 4001(a)(2) of ERISA) or a cessation of operations that is treated as such a withdrawal under Section 4062(e) of ERISA; (c) a complete or partial withdrawal by the Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate from a Multiemployer Plan or notification that a Multiemployer Plan is in reorganization; (d) the filing of a notice of intent to terminate, the treatment of a Pension Plan amendment as a termination under Section 4041 or 4041A of ERISA; (e) the institution by the PBGC of proceedings to terminate a Pension Plan; (f) any event or condition which constitutes grounds under Section 4042 of ERISA for the termination of, or the appointment of a trustee to administer, any Pension Plan; (g) the determination that any Pension Plan is considered an at-risk plan or a plan in endangered or critical status within the meaning of Sections 430, 431 and 432 of the Code or Sections 303, 304 and 305 of ERISA; or (h) the imposition of any liability under

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Title IV of ERISA, other than for PBGC premiums due but not delinquent under Section 4007 of ERISA, upon the Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate.
     “Eurodollar Rate” (a) for any Interest Period with respect to a Eurodollar Rate Loan, the rate per annum equal (i) to the British Bankers Association LIBOR Rate (“BBA LIBOR”), as published by Reuters (or such other commercially available source providing quotations of BBA LIBOR as may be designated by the Administrative Agent from time to time) at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, two London Banking 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 or, (ii) if such rate is not available at such time for any reason, the rate per annum determined by the Administrative Agent to be the rate at which deposits in Dollars for delivery on the first day of such Interest Period in same day funds in the approximate amount of the Eurodollar Rate Loan being made, continued or converted and with a term equivalent to such Interest Period would be offered by Bank of America’s London Branch to major banks in the London interbank eurodollar market at their request at approximately 11:00 a.m. (London time) two London Banking Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period; and
     (b) for any interest calculation with respect to a Base Rate Loan on any date, the rate per annum equal to (i) BBA LIBOR, at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time determined two London Banking Days prior to such date for Dollar deposits being delivered in the London interbank market for a term of one month commencing that day or (ii) if such published rate is not available at such time for any reason, the rate per annum determined by the Administrative Agent to be the rate at which deposits in Dollars for delivery on the date of determination in same day funds in the approximate amount of the Base Rate Loan being made or maintained and with a term equal to one month would be offered by Bank of America’s London Branch to major banks in the London interbank Eurodollar market at their request at the date and time of determination.
     “Eurodollar Rate Loan” means a Loan that bears interest at a rate based on clause (a) of the definition of “Eurodollar Rate.”
     “Event of Default” has the meaning specified in Section 8.01.
     “Excluded Taxes” means, with respect to the Administrative Agent, any Lender or any other recipient of any payment to be made by or on account of any obligation of the Borrower hereunder, (a) taxes imposed on or measured by its overall net income (however denominated), and franchise taxes imposed on it (in lieu of net income taxes), by the jurisdiction (or any political subdivision thereof) under the Laws of which such recipient is organized or in which its principal office is located or, in the case of any Lender, in which its applicable Lending Office is located, (b) any branch profits taxes imposed by the United States or any similar tax imposed by any other jurisdiction in which the Borrower is located, (c) any backup withholding tax that is required by the Code to be withheld from amounts payable to a Lender that has failed to comply with clause (A) of Section 3.01(e)(ii), and (d) in the case of a Foreign Lender (other than an assignee pursuant to a request by the Borrower under Section 10.13), any United States withholding tax that (i) is required to be imposed on amounts payable to such Foreign Lender pursuant to the Laws in force at the time such Foreign Lender becomes a party hereto (or

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designates a new Lending Office) or (ii) is attributable to such Foreign Lender’s failure or inability (other than as a result of a Change in Law) to comply with clause (B) of Section 3.01(e)(ii), except to the extent that such Foreign Lender (or its assignor, if any) was entitled, at the time of designation of a new Lending Office (or assignment), to receive additional amounts from the Borrower with respect to such withholding tax pursuant to Section 3.01(a)(ii) or (iii).
     “Existing Credit Agreement” has the meaning given in the recitals to this Agreement.
     “Existing Loans” has the meaning given in the recitals to this Agreement.
     “FASB ASC” means the Accounting Standards Codification of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.
     “Federal Funds Rate means, for any day, the rate per annum equal to the weighted average of the rates on overnight Federal funds transactions with members of the Federal Reserve System arranged by Federal funds brokers on such day, as published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on the Business Day next succeeding such day; provided that (a) if such day is not a Business Day, the Federal Funds Rate for such day shall be such rate on such transactions on the next preceding Business Day as so published on the next succeeding Business Day, and (b) if no such rate is so published on such next succeeding Business Day, the Federal Funds Rate for such day shall be the average rate (rounded upward, if necessary, to a whole multiple of 1/100 of 1%) charged to Bank of America on such day on such transactions as determined by the Administrative Agent.
     “Fee Letter” means the letter agreement, dated April 8, 2011, among the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Arranger, as amended, supplemented or modified from time to time.
     “Foreign Lender” means any Lender that is organized under the Laws of a jurisdiction other than that in which the Borrower is resident for tax purposes. For purposes of this definition, the United States, each State thereof and the District of Columbia shall be deemed to constitute a single jurisdiction.
     “FRB” means the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System of the United States.
     “Fund” means any Person (other than a natural person) that is (or will be) engaged in making, purchasing, holding or otherwise investing in commercial loans and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course of its activities.
     “GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles in the United States set forth in the opinions and pronouncements of the Accounting Principles Board and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and statements and pronouncements of the Financial Accounting Standards Board or such other principles as may be approved by a significant segment of the accounting profession in the United States, that are applicable to the circumstances as of the date of determination, consistently applied.

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     “General Partner” means Vess Texas Partners, L.L.C., a Kansas limited liability company.
     “Governmental Authority” means the government of the United States or any other nation, or of any political subdivision thereof, whether state or local, and any agency, authority, instrumentality, regulatory body, court, central bank or other entity exercising executive, legislative, judicial, taxing, regulatory or administrative powers or functions of or pertaining to government (including any supra-national bodies such as the European Union or the European Central Bank).
     “Guarantee” means, as to any Person, (a) any obligation, contingent or otherwise, of such Person guaranteeing or having the economic effect of guaranteeing any Indebtedness or other obligation payable or performable by another Person (the “primary obligor”) in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, and including any obligation of such Person, direct or indirect, (i) to purchase or pay (or advance or supply funds for the purchase or payment of) such Indebtedness or other obligation, (ii) to purchase or lease property, securities or services for the purpose of assuring the obligee in respect of such Indebtedness or other obligation of the payment or performance of such Indebtedness or other obligation, (iii) to maintain working capital, equity capital or any other financial statement condition or liquidity or level of income or cash flow of the primary obligor so as to enable the primary obligor to pay such Indebtedness or other obligation, or (iv) entered into for the purpose of assuring in any other manner the obligee in respect of such Indebtedness or other obligation of the payment or performance thereof or to protect such obligee against loss in respect thereof (in whole or in part), or (b) any Lien on any assets of such Person securing any Indebtedness or other obligation of any other Person, whether or not such Indebtedness or other obligation is assumed by such Person (or any right, contingent or otherwise, of any holder of such Indebtedness to obtain any such Lien). The amount of any Guarantee shall be deemed to be an amount equal to the stated or determinable amount of the related primary obligation, or portion thereof, in respect of which such Guarantee is made or, if not stated or determinable, the maximum reasonably anticipated liability in respect thereof as determined by the guaranteeing Person in good faith. The term “Guarantee” as a verb has a corresponding meaning.
     “Guarantors” means, collectively, the VOC Partners and each Subsidiary of the Borrower.
     “Guaranty” means the Guaranty made by the Guarantors in favor of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, in the form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.
     “Hazardous Materials” means all explosive or radioactive substances or wastes and all hazardous or toxic substances, wastes or other pollutants, including petroleum or petroleum distillates, asbestos or asbestos-containing materials, polychlorinated biphenyls, radon gas, infectious or medical wastes and all other substances or wastes of any nature regulated pursuant to any Environmental Law.
     “Hydrocarbons” means oil, gas, casinghead gas, drip gasolines, natural gasoline, condensate, distillate, and all other liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons produced or to be produced in conjunction therewith, and all products, by-products and all other substances derived

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therefrom or the processing thereof, and all other minerals and substances, including, but not limited to, sulphur, lignite, coal, uranium, thorium, iron, geothermal steam, water, carbon dioxide, helium, and any and all other minerals, ores, or substances of value, and the products and proceeds therefrom, including, without limitation, all gas resulting from the in-situ combustion of coal or lignite.
     “Indebtedness” means, as to any Person at a particular time, without duplication, all of the following, whether or not included as indebtedness or liabilities in accordance with GAAP:
     (a) all obligations of such Person for borrowed money and all obligations of such Person evidenced by bonds, debentures, notes, loan agreements or other similar instruments;
     (b) all direct or contingent obligations of such Person arising under letters of credit (including standby and commercial), bankers’ acceptances, bank guaranties, surety bonds and similar instruments;
     (c) net obligations of such Person under any Swap Contract;
     (d) all obligations of such Person to pay the deferred purchase price of property or services (other than trade accounts payable in the ordinary course of business and, in each case, not past due for more than 60 days after the date on which such trade account payable was created);
     (e) indebtedness (excluding prepaid interest thereon) secured by a Lien on property owned or being purchased by such Person (including indebtedness arising under conditional sales or other title retention agreements), whether or not such indebtedness shall have been assumed by such Person or is limited in recourse;
     (f) capital leases and Synthetic Lease Obligations;
     (g) all obligations of such Person to purchase, redeem, retire, defease or otherwise make any payment in respect of any Equity Interest in such Person or any other Person, valued, in the case of a redeemable preferred interest, at the greater of its voluntary or involuntary liquidation preference plus accrued and unpaid dividends; and
     (h) all Guarantees of such Person in respect of any of the foregoing.
     For all purposes hereof, the Indebtedness of any Person shall include the Indebtedness of any partnership or joint venture (other than a joint venture that is itself a corporation or limited liability company) in which such Person is a general partner or a joint venturer, unless such Indebtedness is expressly made non-recourse to such Person. The amount of any net obligation under any Swap Contract on any date shall be deemed to be the Swap Termination Value thereof as of such date. The amount of any capital lease or Synthetic Lease Obligation as of any date shall be deemed to be the amount of Attributable Indebtedness in respect thereof as of such date.
     “Indemnified Taxes” means Taxes other than Excluded Taxes.

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     “Indemnitees” has the meaning specified in Section 10.04(b).
     “Information” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07.
     “Initial Reserve Report” means the engineering and economic analysis of the Oil and Gas Properties of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, prepared as of December 31, 2010 by Cawley, Gillespie & Associates, Inc.
     “Interest Payment Date” means, (a) as to any Loan other than a Base Rate Loan, the last day of each Interest Period applicable to such Loan and the Maturity Date; provided, however, that if any Interest Period for a Eurodollar Rate Loan exceeds three months, the respective dates that fall every three months after the beginning of such Interest Period shall also be Interest Payment Dates; and (b) as to any Base Rate Loan, the last Business Day of each March, June, September and December and the Maturity Date.
     “Interest Period” means as to each Eurodollar Rate Loan, the period commencing on the date such Eurodollar Rate Loan is disbursed or converted to or continued as a Eurodollar Rate Loan and ending on the date one, two, three or six months thereafter, as selected by the Borrower in its Loan Notice, or, such other period that is twelve months or less requested by the Borrower and consented to by all the Lenders; provided that:
     (i) any Interest Period that would otherwise end on a day that is not a Business Day shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day unless such Business Day falls in another calendar month, in which case such Interest Period shall end on the next preceding Business Day;
     (ii) any Interest Period that begins on the last Business Day of a calendar month (or on a day for which there is no numerically corresponding day in the calendar month at the end of such Interest Period) shall end on the last Business Day of the calendar month at the end of such Interest Period; and
     (iii) no Interest Period shall extend beyond the Maturity Date.
     “Investment” means, as to any Person, any direct or indirect acquisition or investment by such Person, whether by means of (a) the purchase or other acquisition of capital stock or other securities of another Person, (b) a loan, advance or capital contribution to, Guarantee or assumption of debt of, or purchase or other acquisition of any other debt or equity participation or interest in, another Person, including any partnership or joint venture interest in such other Person and any arrangement pursuant to which the investor Guarantees Indebtedness of such other Person, or (c) the purchase or other acquisition (in one transaction or a series of transactions) of assets of another Person that constitute a business unit. For purposes of covenant compliance, the amount of any Investment shall be the amount actually invested, without adjustment for subsequent increases or decreases in the value of such Investment.
     “Laws” means, collectively, all international, foreign, Federal, state and local statutes, treaties, rules, guidelines, regulations, ordinances, codes and administrative or judicial precedents or authorities, including the interpretation or administration thereof by any Governmental Authority charged with the enforcement, interpretation or administration thereof,

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and all applicable administrative orders, directed duties, requests, Permits of, and agreements with, any Governmental Authority, in each case whether or not having the force of law.
     “Lender” has the meaning specified in the introductory paragraph hereto.
     “Lender Counterparty” means a Lender or an Affiliate of a Lender.
     “Lender Swap Obligations” means all obligations arising from time to time under Swap Contracts entered into from time to time between either the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries and a Lender Counterparty; provided that (a) if such Lender Counterparty ceases to be a Lender hereunder or an Affiliate of a Lender hereunder, Lender Swap Obligations shall only include such obligations to the extent arising from transactions (i) in effect on the Closing Date or (ii) entered into after the Closing Date, at the time such Lender Counterparty was a Lender hereunder or an Affiliate of a Lender hereunder, and (b) for any of the forgoing to be included within “Lender Swap Obligations” hereunder, such transaction must not otherwise be prohibited under this Agreement.
     “Lending Office” means, as to any Lender, the office or offices of such Lender described as such in such Lender’s the Administrative Questionnaire, or such other office or offices as a Lender may from time to time notify the Borrower and the Administrative Agent.
     “Lien” means any mortgage, pledge, hypothecation, assignment, deposit arrangement, encumbrance, lien (statutory or other), charge, or preference, priority or other security interest or preferential arrangement in the nature of a security interest of any kind or nature whatsoever (including any conditional sale or other title retention agreement, any easement, right of way or other encumbrance on title to real property, and any financing lease having substantially the same economic effect as any of the foregoing).
     “Loan” has the meaning specified in Section 2.01.
     “Loan Documents” means this Agreement, each Note, the Fee Letter and each Security Document.
     “Loan Notice” means a notice of (a) the Borrowing, (b) a conversion of Loans from one Type to the other, or (c) a continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans, pursuant to Section 2.02(a), which, if in writing, shall be substantially in the form of Exhibit A.
     “Loan Parties” means, collectively, the Borrower, VOC Partners and each Subsidiary of the Borrower, and “Loan Party” means any one of the foregoing.
     “London Banking Day” means any day on which dealings in Dollar deposits are conducted by and between banks in the London interbank eurodollar market.
     “Material Adverse Change” means any circumstance or event that has had a Material Adverse Effect.
     “Material Adverse Effect” means (a) a material adverse change in, or a material adverse effect upon, the business, assets, properties, liabilities (actual or contingent), operations,

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condition (financial or otherwise) or prospects of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole; (b) a material impairment of the ability of any Loan Party to perform its obligations under any Loan Document to which it is a party; (c) a material adverse effect upon the legality, validity, binding effect or enforceability against any Loan Party of any Loan Document to which it is a party; or (d) a material adverse effect on the rights and/or remedies of the Administrative Agent or any Lender under any Loan Document.
     “Maturity Date” means the fifth anniversary of the Closing Date; provided, however, that if such date is not a Business Day, the Maturity Date shall be the next preceding Business Day.
     “Mortgages” means all mortgages, deeds of trust, security agreements, pledge agreements and similar documents, instruments and agreements creating, evidencing, perfecting or otherwise establishing the Liens required by Section 6.16 hereof in the Proved Oil and Gas Properties of any Loan Party as may heretofore or may hereafter be granted or assigned to the Administrative Agent to secure payment of the Obligations or any part thereof. All Mortgages shall be in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.
     “Multiemployer Plan” means any employee benefit plan of the type described in Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA, to which Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate makes or is obligated to make contributions, or during the preceding five plan years, has made or been obligated to make contributions.
     “Net Cash Proceeds” means the remainder of (a) the gross cash proceeds received by any Loan Party from any Asset Disposition or Swap Contract termination less (b) commissions, legal, accounting and other professional fees and expenses, and other usual and customary transaction costs, including indemnification and other post-closing obligations and reserves related to any such Asset Disposition or Swap Contract termination, in each case only to the extent paid or payable by a Loan Party in cash and related to such Asset Disposition or Swap Contract termination, respectively.
     “Note” means a promissory note made by the Borrower in favor of a Lender evidencing Loans made by such Lender, substantially in the form of Exhibit B.
     “Obligations” means the Lender Swap Obligations, the Permitted Letter of Credit Obligations and all advances to, and debts, liabilities, obligations, covenants and duties of, any Loan Party arising under any Loan Document or otherwise with respect to any Loan or Secured Cash Management Agreement, whether direct or indirect (including those acquired by assumption), absolute or contingent, due or to become due, now existing or hereafter arising and including interest and fees that accrue after the commencement by or against any Loan Party or any Affiliate thereof 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.
     “Oil and Gas Properties” means rights, estates, titles, and interests in and to oil and gas leases and any oil and gas interests, royalty and overriding royalty interest, production payment, net profits interests, oil and gas fee interests, and other rights therein, including any reversionary or carried interests relating to the foregoing, together with rights, titles, and interests created by

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or arising under the terms of any unitization, communitization, and pooling agreements or arrangements, and all properties, rights and interests covered thereby, whether arising by contract, by order, or by operation of Laws, which now or hereafter include all or any part of the foregoing.
     “Oil Trust” means the VOC Energy Trust as described in the VOC Energy Trust Prospectus.
     “Oil Trust Documents” means the Conveyance[s] of Net Profits Interest by the Borrower and VOC Kansas to the trustee of the Oil Trust and each other agreement in effect of the Closing Date between the Borrower or VOC Kansas and the Oil Trust, or the trustee thereof, as described in or contemplated by the Oil Trust Prospectus.
     “Oil Trust Prospectus” means the Form S-1 of the Oil Trust filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) under Registration Number 333-171474, upon being declared effective by the SEC.
     “Organization Documents” means, (a) with respect to any corporation, the certificate or articles of incorporation and the bylaws (or equivalent or comparable constitutive documents with respect to any non-U.S. jurisdiction); (b) with respect to any limited liability company, the certificate or articles of formation or organization and operating agreement; and (c) with respect to any partnership, joint venture, trust or other form of business entity, the partnership, joint venture or other applicable agreement of formation or organization and any agreement, instrument, filing or notice with respect thereto filed in connection with its formation or organization with the applicable Governmental Authority in the jurisdiction of its formation or organization and, if applicable, any certificate or articles of formation or organization of such entity.
     “Other Taxes” means all present or future stamp, intangible or documentary taxes or any other excise or property taxes, charges or similar levies arising from any payment made hereunder or under any other Loan Document or from the execution, delivery or enforcement of, or otherwise with respect to, this Agreement or any other Loan Document.
     “Participant” has the meaning specified in Section 10.06(d).
     “PBGC” means the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
     “Pension Act” means the Pension Protection Act of 2006.
     “Pension Funding Rules” means the rules of the Code and ERISA regarding minimum required contributions (including any installment payment thereof) to Pension Plans and set forth in, with respect to plan years ending prior to the effective date of the Pension Act, Section 412 of the Code and Section 302 of ERISA, each as in effect prior to the Pension Act and, thereafter, Section 412, 430, 431, 432 and 436 of the Code and Sections 302, 303, 304 and 305 of ERISA.
     “Pension Plan” means any employee pension benefit plan (including a Multiple Employer Plan or a Multiemployer Plan) that is maintained or is contributed to by the Borrower

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and any ERISA Affiliate and is either covered by Title IV of ERISA or is subject to the minimum funding standards under Section 412 of the Code.
     “Permits” means any permit, approval, authorization, license, registration, certificate, concession, grant, franchise, variance or permission from any Governmental Authority.
     “Permitted Letter of Credit Obligations” means all fee, reimbursements and other obligations in respect of letters of credit issued by a Lender for the account of the Borrower or VOC Kansas in an aggregate face amount not to exceed $1,000,000 at any time outstanding.
     “Permitted Liens” means:
          (a) statutory Liens for taxes, assessments or other governmental charges or levies which are not yet delinquent or which are being contested in good faith by appropriate action and for which adequate reserves have been maintained in accordance with GAAP;
          (b) landlords’, operators’, carriers’, warehousemen’s, repairmen’s, mechanics’, materialmen’s, or other like Liens which do not secure Indebtedness, in each case only to the extent arising in the ordinary course of business and only to the extent securing obligations which are not delinquent or which are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and for which adequate reserves have been maintained in accordance with GAAP;
          (c) minor defects and irregularities in title to any property, so long as such defects and irregularities neither secure Indebtedness nor materially impair the value of such property or the use of such property for the purposes for which such property is held;
          (d) deposits of cash or securities to secure the performance of bids, trade contracts, leases, statutory obligations and other obligations of a like nature (excluding appeal bonds) incurred in the ordinary course of business;
          (e) Liens under the Security Documents; and
          (f) with respect only to property subject to any particular Security Document, Liens burdening such property which are expressly allowed by such Security Document.
     “Permitted Tax Distributions” means, for any Fiscal Year, the product of (a) the lesser of (i) the highest combined federal and state income tax marginal rate applicable to individual residents of Kansas or (ii) forty percent (40%) (twenty percent (20%) in the case of and with respect to net long term capital gains), and (b) as applicable (i) in respect of the Borrower, the Borrower’s and its Subsidiaries’ taxable income (or taxable gain, as applicable) under the Code or (ii) in respect of VOC Partners, VOC Partners’s taxable income (or taxable gain, as applicable) under the Code.
     “Person” means any natural person, corporation, limited liability company, trust, joint venture, association, company, partnership, Governmental Authority or other entity.
     “Plan” means any “employee benefit plan” within the meaning of Section 3(3) of ERISA (including a Pension Plan), maintained for employees of the Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate or

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any such Plan to which the Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate is required to contribute on behalf of any of its employees.
     “Platform” has the meaning specified in Section 6.02.
     “Proved Oil and Gas Properties” means all Oil and Gas Properties which constitute proved reserves.
     “Proved Producing Oil and Gas Properties” means all Oil and Gas Properties which constitute proved developed producing reserves.
     “Public Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 6.02.
     “Recognized Value” means, with respect to Oil and Gas Properties, the discounted present value of the estimated net cash flow to be realized from the production of Hydrocarbons from such Oil and Gas Properties as determined by the Administrative Agent for purposes of determining the portion of the Borrowing Base which it attributes to such Oil and Gas Properties in accordance with Section 2.15 hereof.
     “Redetermination” means (i) any Scheduled Redetermination, (ii) any Special Redetermination, or (iii) any redetermination pursuant to Section 2.15(d).
     “Redetermination Date” means (a) with respect to any Scheduled Redetermination, each May 1, commencing May 1, 2012, (b) with respect to any Special Redetermination, the first day of the first month which is not less than twenty (20) Business Days following the date of a request for a Special Redetermination, and (c) with respect to any redetermination pursuant to Section 2.15(d), the date upon which any Loan Party completes any Asset Disposition or the termination of any Swap Contract.
     “Register” has the meaning specified in Section 10.06(c).
     “Related Parties” means, with respect to any Person, such Person’s Affiliates and the partners, directors, officers, employees, agents, trustees and advisors of such Person and of such Person’s Affiliates.
     “Reportable Event” means any of the events set forth in Section 4043(c) of ERISA, other than events for which the 30 day notice period has been waived.
     “Required Lenders” means Lenders having more than 50% of the Total Outstandings; provided that the portion of the Total Outstandings held or deemed held by, any Defaulting Lender shall be excluded for purposes of making a determination of the Required Lenders.
     “Reserve Report” means an unsuperseded engineering analysis of the Oil and Gas Properties owned by the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, prepared in accordance with customary and prudent practices in the petroleum engineering industry and Financial Accounting Standards Board Statement 69. Each Reserve Report required to be delivered pursuant to Section 2.12(a) that is prepared as of December 31 shall be prepared by Cawley, Gillespie & Associates, Inc. (or any

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other reputable firm of independent petroleum engineers as shall be selected by the Borrower and approved by the Administrative Agent, such approval not to be unreasonably withheld). Each other Reserve Report shall be prepared by the Borrower’s in-house staff. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in connection with any Special Redetermination requested by the Borrower, the Reserve Report shall be in form and scope mutually acceptable to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent. Until superseded, the Initial Reserve Report shall be considered a Reserve Report.
     “Responsible Officer” means the chief executive officer, president, chief financial officer, treasurer or assistant treasurer 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 Payment” means any dividend or other distribution (whether in cash, securities or other property) with respect to any capital stock or other Equity Interest of the Borrower or any Loan Party, or any payment (whether in cash, securities or other property), including any sinking fund or similar deposit, on account of the purchase, redemption, retirement, acquisition, cancellation or termination of any such capital stock or other Equity Interest, or on account of any return of capital to a Loan Party’s stockholders, partners or members (or the equivalent Person thereof).
     “Scheduled Redetermination” means any Redetermination of the Borrowing Base pursuant to Section 2.15(b).
     “Secured Cash Management Agreement” means any Cash Management Agreement that is entered into by and between the Borrower and any Cash Management Bank.
     “Secured Parties” means, collectively, the Administrative Agent, the Lenders, any Person that is owed Lender Swap Obligations or Permitted Letter of Credit Obligations, any Person that is party to a Secured Cash Management Agreement, and each co-agent or sub-agent appointed by the Administrative Agent from time to time pursuant to Section 9.05.
     “Security Documents” means the instruments listed in Schedule 4.01 and all other security agreements, deeds of trust, mortgages, chattel mortgages, pledges, Guarantees, financing statements, continuation statements, extension agreements and other agreements or instruments now, heretofore, or hereafter delivered by any Loan Party to the Administrative Agent in connection with this Agreement or any transaction contemplated hereby to secure or Guarantee the payment of any part of the Obligations or the performance of any Loan Party’s other duties and obligations under the Loan Documents, any agreement evidencing Lender Swap Obligations, a Permitted Letter of Credit Obligation or any Secured Cash Management Agreement.
     “Solvent” and “Solvency” mean, with respect to any Person on a particular date, that on such date (a) the fair value of the property of such Person is greater than the total amount of liabilities, including contingent liabilities, of such Person, (b) the present fair salable value of the assets of such Person is not less than the amount that will be required to pay the probable liability

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of such Person on its debts as they become absolute and matured, (c) such Person does not intend to, and does not believe that it will, incur debts or liabilities beyond such Person’s ability to pay such debts and liabilities as they mature, (d) such Person is not engaged in business or a transaction, and is not about to engage in business or a transaction, for which such Person’s property would constitute an unreasonably small capital, and (e) such Person is able to pay its debts and liabilities, contingent obligations and other commitments as they mature in the ordinary course of business. The amount of contingent liabilities at any time shall be computed as the amount that, in the light of all the facts and circumstances existing at such time, represents the amount that can reasonably be expected to become an actual or matured liability.
     “Special Redetermination” means any Redetermination of the Borrowing Base pursuant to Section 2.15(c).
     “Subsidiary” of a Person means a corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited liability company or other business entity of which a majority of the shares of securities or other interests having ordinary voting power for the election of directors or other governing body (other than securities or interests having such power only by reason of the happening of a contingency) are at the time beneficially owned, or the management of which is otherwise controlled, directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, or both, by such Person; provided, however, neither the Oil Trust nor VOC Acquisition Partners shall not be treated as a Subsidiary of any Loan Party. Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to a “Subsidiary” or to “Subsidiaries” shall refer to a Subsidiary or Subsidiaries of the Borrower.
     “Swap Contract” means (a) any and all rate swap transactions, basis swaps, credit derivative transactions, forward rate transactions, commodity swaps, commodity options, forward commodity contracts, equity or equity index swaps or options, bond or bond price or bond index swaps or options or forward bond or forward bond price or forward bond index transactions, interest rate options, forward foreign exchange transactions, cap transactions, floor transactions, collar transactions, currency swap transactions, cross-currency rate swap transactions, currency options, spot contracts, or any other similar transactions or any combination of any of the foregoing (including any options to enter into any of the foregoing), whether or not any such transaction is governed by or subject to any master agreement, and (b) any and all transactions of any kind, and the related confirmations, which are subject to the terms and conditions of, or governed by, any form of master agreement published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc., any International Foreign Exchange Master Agreement, or any other master agreement (any such master agreement, together with any related schedules, a “Master Agreement”), including any such obligations or liabilities under any Master Agreement.
     “Swap Termination Value” means, in respect of any one or more Swap Contracts, after taking into account the effect of any legally enforceable netting agreement relating to such Swap Contracts, (a) for any date on or after the date such Swap Contracts have been closed out and termination value(s) determined in accordance therewith, such termination value(s), and (b) for any date prior to the date referenced in clause (a), the amount(s) determined as the mark-to-market value(s) for such Swap Contracts, as determined based upon one or more mid-market or other readily available quotations provided by any recognized dealer in such Swap Contracts (which may include a Lender or any Affiliate of a Lender).

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     “Synthetic Lease Obligation” means the monetary obligation of a Person under (a) a so-called synthetic, off-balance sheet or tax retention lease, or (b) an agreement for the use or possession of property creating obligations that do not appear on the balance sheet of such Person but which, upon the insolvency or bankruptcy of such Person, would be characterized as the indebtedness of such Person (without regard to accounting treatment).
     “Taxes” means all present or future taxes, levies, imposts, duties, deductions, withholdings (including backup withholding), assessments, fees or other charges imposed by any Governmental Authority, including any interest, additions to tax or penalties applicable thereto.
     “Threshold Amount” means $250,000.
     “Total Outstandings” means, with respect to any date, the aggregate outstanding principal amount of Loans after giving effect to any borrowings and prepayments or repayments of Loans occurring on such date.
     “Trust Units” means the trust units of the Oil Trust.
     “Type” means with respect to a Loan, its character as a Base Rate Loan or a Eurodollar Rate Loan.
     “Underwriting Agreement” means the Underwriting Agreement for the sale of Trust Units contemplated by the Oil Trust Prospectus.
     “United States” and “U.S.” mean the United States of America.
     “VOC Acquisition Partners” means VOC Acquisition Partners, LLC, a Kansas limited liability company.
     “VOC Acquisition Partners Documents” means (a) that certain purchase letter agreement dated as of March 21, 2011 by and between Borrower, CPC Brazos Energy, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, CPC VEP, LLC, a Texas limited liability company, and Vess Holding Corporation, a Kansas corporation, and (b) that certain First Amendment to the Operating Agreement of VOC Acquisition Partners, LLC and Agreement to Sell Interests dated as of January 1, 2011.
     “VOC Kansas” means VOC Kansas Energy Partners, LLC, a Kansas limited liability company.
     “VOC Partners” means VOC Partners LLC, a Kansas limited liability company.
     “VOC Partners Note” means the Promissory Note of VOC Partners in an amount to be determined at the initial closing of the transactions contemplated by the Underwriting Agreement, payable as provided therein, which note shall at all times be subordinate to VOC Partners Guaranty of the Obligations on terms satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.
          1.02 Other Interpretive Provisions. With reference to this Agreement and each other Loan Document, unless otherwise specified herein or in such other Loan Document:

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     (a) The definitions of terms herein shall apply equally to the singular and plural forms of the terms defined. Whenever the context may require, any pronoun shall include the corresponding masculine, feminine and neuter forms. The words “include,” “includes” and “including” shall be deemed to be followed by the phrase “without limitation.” The word “will” shall be construed to have the same meaning and effect as the word “shall.” Unless the context requires otherwise, (i) any definition of or reference to any agreement, instrument or other document (including any Organization Document) shall be construed as referring to such agreement, instrument or other document as from time to time amended, supplemented or otherwise modified (subject to any restrictions on such amendments, supplements or modifications set forth herein or in any other Loan Document), (ii) any reference herein to any Person shall be construed to include such Person’s successors and assigns, (iii) the words “hereto,” “herein,” “hereof” and “hereunder,” and words of similar import when used in any Loan Document, shall be construed to refer to such Loan Document in its entirety and not to any particular provision thereof, (iv) all references in a Loan Document to Articles, Sections, Exhibits and Schedules shall be construed to refer to Articles and Sections of, and Exhibits and Schedules to, the Loan Document in which such references appear, (v) any reference to any law shall include all statutory and regulatory provisions consolidating, amending, replacing or interpreting such law and any reference to any law or regulation shall, unless otherwise specified, refer to such law or regulation as amended, modified or supplemented from time to time, and (vi) the words “asset” and “property” shall be construed to have the same meaning and effect and to refer to any and all tangible and intangible assets and properties, including cash, securities, accounts and contract rights.
     (b) In the computation of periods of time from a specified date to a later specified date, the word “from” means “from and including;” the words “to” and “until” each mean “to but excluding;” and the word “through” means “to and including.”
     (c) Section headings herein and in the other Loan Documents are included for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement or any other Loan Document.
          1.03 Accounting Terms. (a) Generally. All accounting terms not specifically or completely defined herein shall be construed in conformity with, and all financial data (including financial ratios and other financial calculations) required to be submitted pursuant to this Agreement shall be prepared in conformity with, GAAP applied on a consistent basis, as in effect from time to time, except as otherwise specifically prescribed herein. Notwithstanding the foregoing, for purposes of determining compliance with any covenant (including the computation of any financial covenant) contained herein, Indebtedness of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries shall be deemed to be carried at 100% of the outstanding principal amount thereof, and the effects of FASB ASC 825 on financial liabilities shall be disregarded.
     (b) Changes in GAAP. If at any time any change in GAAP would affect the computation of any financial ratio or requirement set forth in any Loan Document, and either the Borrower or the Required Lenders shall so request, the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Borrower shall negotiate in good faith to amend such ratio or requirement to preserve the original intent thereof in light of such change in GAAP (subject to the approval of the Required Lenders); provided that, until so amended, (i) such ratio or requirement shall continue to be

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computed in accordance with GAAP prior to such change therein and (ii) the Borrower shall provide to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders financial statements and other documents required under this Agreement or as reasonably requested hereunder setting forth a reconciliation between calculations of such ratio or requirement made before and after giving effect to such change in GAAP.
          1.04 Rounding. Any financial ratios required to be maintained by the Borrower pursuant to this Agreement shall be calculated by dividing the appropriate component by the other component, carrying the result to one place more than the number of places by which such ratio is expressed herein and rounding the result up or down to the nearest number (with a rounding-up if there is no nearest number).
          1.05 Times of Day. Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to times of day shall be references to Eastern time (daylight or standard, as applicable).
          1.06 Petroleum Terms. As used herein, the terms “proved reserves,” “proved developed reserves,” “proved developed producing reserves,” “proved developed non-producing reserves,” and “proved undeveloped reserves” have the meaning given such terms from time to time and at the time in question by the Society of Petroleum Engineers of the American Institute of Mining Engineers.
ARTICLE II.
THE COMMITMENTS AND LOANS
          2.01 Loans. Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, each Lender severally agrees to renew and extend the Existing Loans payable to it as a Loan hereunder to the Borrower on the Closing Date (each such loan, a “Loan”) in the amount of such Lender’s Commitment Percentage. Any Loans repaid or prepaid may not be reborrowed hereunder. Loans may be Base Rate Loans or Eurodollar Rate Loans, as further provided herein.
          2.02 Borrowings, Conversions and Continuations of Loans.
     (a) The Borrowing, each conversion of Loans from one Type to the other, and each continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans shall be made upon the Borrower’s irrevocable notice to the Administrative Agent, which may be given by telephone. Each such notice must be received by the Administrative Agent not later than 11:00 a.m. (i) three Business Days prior to the requested date of the Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans or of any conversion of Eurodollar Rate Loans to Base Rate Loans, and (ii) on the requested date of the Borrowing of Base Rate Loans; provided, however, that if the Borrower wishes to request Eurodollar Rate Loans having an Interest Period other than one, two, three or six months in duration as provided in the definition of “Interest Period,” the applicable notice must be received by the Administrative Agent not later than 11:00 a.m. four Business Days prior to the requested date of such Borrowing, conversion or continuation, whereupon the Administrative Agent shall give prompt notice to the Lenders of such request and determine whether the requested Interest Period is acceptable to all of them. Not later than 11:00 a.m., three Business Days before the requested date of such Borrowing, conversion or continuation, the Administrative Agent shall notify the Borrower (which notice may be by telephone) whether or not the requested Interest

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Period has been consented to by all the Lenders. Each telephonic notice by the Borrower pursuant to this Section 2.02(a) must be confirmed promptly by delivery to the Administrative Agent of a written Loan Notice, appropriately completed and signed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower. Each Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans shall be in a principal amount of $600,000 or a whole multiple of $200,000 in excess thereof. Except as provided in Sections 2.03(c), each Borrowing of or conversion to Base Rate Loans shall be in a principal amount of $500,000 or a whole multiple of $100,000 in excess thereof. Each Loan Notice (whether telephonic or written) shall specify (A) whether the Borrower is requesting a Borrowing, a conversion of Loans from one Type to the other, or a continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans, (B) the requested date of the Borrowing, conversion or continuation, as the case may be (which shall be a Business Day), (C) the principal amount of Loans to be borrowed, converted or continued, (D) the Type of Loans to be borrowed or to which existing Loans are to be converted, and (E) if applicable, the duration of the Interest Period with respect thereto. If the Borrower fails to specify a Type of Loan in a Loan Notice or if the Borrower fails to give a timely notice requesting a conversion or continuation, then the applicable Loans shall be made as, or converted to, Base Rate Loans. Any such automatic conversion to Base Rate Loans shall be effective as of the last day of the Interest Period then in effect with respect to the applicable Eurodollar Rate Loans. If the Borrower requests a Borrowing of, conversion to, or continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans in any such Loan Notice, but fails to specify an Interest Period, it will be deemed to have specified an Interest Period of one month.
     (b) Following receipt of a Loan Notice, the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Lender of the amount of its Applicable Percentage of the applicable Loans, and if no timely notice of a conversion or continuation is provided by the Borrower, the Administrative Agent shall notify each Lender of the details of any automatic conversion to Base Rate Loans described in the preceding subsection. In the case of a Borrowing, each Lender shall make the amount of its Loan available to the Administrative Agent in immediately available funds at the Administrative Agent’s Office not later than 1:00 p.m. on the Business Day specified in the applicable Loan Notice. Upon satisfaction of the applicable conditions set forth in Section 4.02 (and, if such Borrowing is the initial Loan, Section 4.01), the Administrative Agent shall make all funds so received available to the Borrower in like funds as received by the Administrative Agent either by (i) crediting the account of the Borrower on the books of Bank of America with the amount of such funds or (ii) wire transfer of such funds, in each case in accordance with instructions provided to (and reasonably acceptable to) the Administrative Agent by the Borrower.
     (c) Except as otherwise provided herein, a Eurodollar Rate Loan may be continued or converted only on the last day of an Interest Period for such Eurodollar Rate Loan. During the existence of a Default, no Loans may be requested as, converted to or continued as Eurodollar Rate Loans without the consent of the Required Lenders, and the Required Lenders may demand that any or all of the then outstanding Eurodollar Rate Loans be converted immediately to Base Rate Loans and Borrower agrees to pay all amounts due under Section 3.05 in accordance with the terms thereof due to any such conversion.
     (d) The Administrative Agent shall promptly notify the Borrower and the Lenders of the interest rate applicable to any Interest Period for Eurodollar Rate Loans upon determination of such interest rate. At any time that Base Rate Loans are outstanding, the Administrative

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Agent shall notify the Borrower and the Lenders of any change in Bank of America’s prime rate used in determining the Base Rate promptly following the public announcement of such change.
     (e) After giving effect to all Borrowings, all conversions of Loans from one Type to the other, and all continuations of Loans as the same Type, there shall not be more than five Interest Periods in effect with respect to Loans.
          2.03 Prepayments.
     (a) The Borrower may, upon notice to the Administrative Agent, at any time or from time to time voluntarily prepay Loans in whole or in part without premium or penalty; provided that (i) such notice must be received by the Administrative Agent not later than 11:00 a.m. (A) three Business Days prior to any date of prepayment of Eurodollar Rate Loans and (B) on the date of prepayment of Base Rate Loans; (ii) any prepayment of Eurodollar Rate Loans shall be in a principal amount of $600,000 or a whole multiple of $200,000 in excess thereof; and (iii) any prepayment of Base Rate Loans shall be in a principal amount of $500,000 or a whole multiple of $100,000 in excess thereof or, in each case, if less, the entire principal amount thereof then outstanding. Each such notice shall specify the date and amount of such prepayment and the Type(s) of Loans to be prepaid and, if Eurodollar Rate Loans are to be prepaid, the Interest Period(s) of such Loans. The Administrative Agent will promptly notify each Lender of its receipt of each such notice, and of the amount of such Lender’s Applicable Percentage of such prepayment. If such notice is given by the Borrower, the Borrower shall make such prepayment and the payment amount specified in such notice shall be due and payable on the date specified therein. Any prepayment of a Eurodollar Rate Loan shall be accompanied by all accrued interest on the amount prepaid, together with any additional amounts required pursuant to Section 3.05. Subject to Section 2.10, each such prepayment shall be applied to the Loans of the Lenders in accordance with their respective Applicable Percentages.
     (b) Except with respect to a Borrowing Base adjustment pursuant to Section 2.12(d), in the event a Borrowing Base Deficiency exists after giving effect to any Redetermination, the Borrower shall eliminate such Borrowing Base Deficiency by making a single mandatory prepayment of the Loans in an amount equal to the entire amount of such Borrowing Base Deficiency within thirty (30) days after the date on which the Borrower received notice of such Borrowing Base Deficiency.
     (c) Within one Business Day of the consummation by any Loan Party of any Asset Disposition or the termination of any Swap Contract given value in the most recently determined Borrowing Base, the Borrower shall make a mandatory prepayment of the Loans in an amount, if any, required to eliminate any Borrowing Base Deficiency existing after giving effect to such Asset Disposition or Swap Contract termination, in each case as contemplated by Section 2.12(d). Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event a Default or Event of Default is in existence on the date of the consummation of any Asset Disposition or Swap Contract termination, all Net Cash Proceeds from such Asset Disposition or Swap Contract termination shall be applied as a mandatory prepayment of the Loans.
          2.04 Repayment of Loans. The Borrower shall repay to the Lenders the aggregate principal amount of all Loans outstanding in 20 quarterly installments the first 19 of

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which shall be in the amount of $600,000 and payable on the last Business Day of each March, June, September and December of each year, beginning on the last Business Day of September 2011; and the final principal repayment installment of the Loans shall be repaid on the Maturity Date and shall be in an amount equal to the aggregate principal amount of all Loans outstanding on such date; provided further, that any prepayment of principal pursuant to Section 2.03 shall be applied to reduce such installments in inverse order of maturity.
          2.05 Interest.
     (a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (b) below, (i) each Eurodollar Rate Loan shall bear interest on the outstanding principal amount thereof for each Interest Period at a rate per annum equal to the Eurodollar Rate for such Interest Period plus the Applicable Rate; and (ii) each Base Rate Loan shall bear interest on the outstanding principal amount thereof from the applicable borrowing date at a rate per annum equal to the Base Rate plus the Applicable Rate.
     (b) (i) If any amount of principal of any Loan is not paid when due (without regard to any applicable grace periods), whether at stated maturity, by acceleration or otherwise, such amount shall thereafter bear interest at a fluctuating interest rate per annum at all times equal to the Default Rate to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Laws.
     (ii) If any amount (other than principal of any Loan) payable by Borrower under any Loan Document is not paid when due (without regard to any applicable grace periods), whether at stated maturity, by acceleration or otherwise, then upon the request of the Required Lenders, such amount shall thereafter bear interest at a fluctuating interest rate per annum at all times equal to the Default Rate to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Laws.
     (iii) Upon the request of the Required Lenders, while any Event of Default exists, Borrower shall pay interest on the principal amount of all outstanding Obligations hereunder at a fluctuating interest rate per annum at all times equal to the Default Rate to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Laws.
     (iv) Accrued and unpaid interest on past due amounts (including interest on past due interest) shall be due and payable upon demand.
     (c) Interest on each Loan shall be due and payable in arrears on each Interest Payment Date applicable thereto and at such other times as may be specified herein. Interest hereunder shall be due and payable in accordance with the terms hereof before and after judgment, and before and after the commencement of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law.
          2.06 Fees. The Borrower shall pay to the Arranger and the Administrative Agent fees in the amounts and at the times specified in the Fee Letter. Such fees shall be fully earned when paid and shall be nonrefundable for any reason whatsoever.
          2.07 Computation of Interest and Fees. All computations of interest for Base Rate Loans (including Base Rate Loans determined by reference to the Eurodollar Rate) shall be made on the basis of a year of 365 or 366 days, as the case may be, and actual days elapsed. All

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other computations of fees and interest shall be made on the basis of a 360-day year and actual days elapsed (which results in more fees or interest, as applicable, being paid than if computed on the basis of a 365-day year). Interest shall accrue on each Loan for the day on which the Loan is made, and shall not accrue on a Loan, or any portion thereof, for the day on which the Loan or such portion is paid, provided that any Loan that is repaid on the same day on which it is made shall, subject to Section 2.09(a), bear interest for one day. Each determination by the Administrative Agent of an interest rate or fee hereunder shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes, absent manifest error.
          2.08 Evidence of Debt. The Loans made by each Lender shall be evidenced by one or more accounts or records maintained by such Lender and by the Administrative Agent in the ordinary course of business. The accounts or records maintained by the Administrative Agent and each Lender shall be conclusive absent manifest error of the amount of the Loans made by the Lenders to the Borrower and the interest and payments thereon. Any failure to so record or any error in doing so shall not, however, limit or otherwise affect the obligation of the Borrower hereunder to pay any amount owing with respect to the Obligations. In the event of any conflict between the accounts and records maintained by any Lender and the accounts and records of the Administrative Agent in respect of such matters, the accounts and records of the Administrative Agent shall control in the absence of manifest error. Upon the request of any Lender made through the Administrative Agent, the Borrower shall execute and deliver to such Lender (through the Administrative Agent) a Note, which shall evidence such Lender’s Loans in addition to such accounts or records. Each Lender may attach schedules to its Note and endorse thereon the date, Type (if applicable), amount and maturity of its Loans and payments with respect thereto.
          2.09 Payments Generally; the Administrative Agent’s Clawback.
     (a) General. All payments to be made by the Borrower shall be made without condition or deduction for any counterclaim, defense, recoupment or setoff. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, all payments by the Borrower hereunder shall be made to the Administrative Agent, for the account of the respective Lenders to which such payment is owed, at the Administrative Agent’s Office in Dollars and in immediately available funds not later than 2:00 p.m. on the date specified herein. The Administrative Agent will promptly distribute to each Lender its Applicable Percentage (or other applicable share as provided herein) of such payment in like funds as received by wire transfer to such Lender’s Lending Office. All payments received by the Administrative Agent after 2:00 p.m. shall be deemed received on the next succeeding Business Day and any applicable interest or fee shall continue to accrue. If any payment to be made by the Borrower shall come due on a day other than a Business Day, payment shall be made on the next following Business Day, and such extension of time shall be reflected in computing interest or fees, as the case may be.
     (b) (i) Funding by the Lenders; Presumption by the Administrative Agent. Unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from a Lender prior to the proposed date of the Borrowing of Eurodollar Rate Loans (or, in the case of the Borrowing of Base Rate Loans, prior to 12:00 noon on the date of such Borrowing) that such Lender will not make available to the Administrative Agent such Lender’s share of such Borrowing, the Administrative Agent may assume that such Lender has made such share available on such date in accordance with Section

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2.02 (or, in the case of a Borrowing of Base Rate Loans, that such Lender has made such share available in accordance with and at the time required by Section 2.02) and may, in reliance upon such assumption, 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 Administrative Agent, then the applicable Lender and the Borrower severally agree to pay to the Administrative Agent forthwith on demand such corresponding amount in immediately available funds with interest thereon, for each day from and including the date such amount is made available to the Borrower to but excluding the date of payment to the Administrative Agent, at (A) in the case of a payment to be made by such Lender, the greater of the Federal Funds Rate and a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation, plus any administrative, processing or similar fees customarily charged by the Administrative Agent in connection with the foregoing, and (B) in the case of a payment to be made by the Borrower, the interest rate applicable to Base Rate Loans. If the Borrower and such Lender shall pay such interest to the Administrative Agent for the same or an overlapping period, the Administrative Agent shall promptly remit to the Borrower the amount of such interest paid by the Borrower for such period. If such Lender pays its share of the applicable Borrowing to the Administrative Agent, then the amount so paid shall constitute such Lender’s Loan included in such Borrowing. Any payment by the Borrower shall be without prejudice to any claim the Borrower may have against a Lender that shall have failed to make such payment to the Administrative Agent.
          (ii) Payments by the Borrower; Presumptions by the Administrative Agent. Unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from the Borrower prior to the date on which any payment is due to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Lenders that the Borrower will not make such payment, the Administrative Agent may assume that the Borrower has made such payment on such date in accordance herewith and may, in reliance upon such assumption, 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 Administrative Agent forthwith on demand the amount so distributed to such Lender, in immediately available funds with interest thereon, for each day from and including the date such amount is distributed to it to but excluding the date of payment to the Administrative Agent, at the greater of the Federal Funds Rate and a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation. A notice of the Administrative Agent to any Lender or the Borrower with respect to any amount owing under this subsection (b) shall be conclusive, absent manifest error.
     (c) Failure to Satisfy Conditions Precedent. If any Lender makes available to the Administrative Agent funds for any Loan to be made by such Lender as provided in the foregoing provisions of this Article II, and such funds are not made available to the Borrower by the Administrative Agent because the conditions to the applicable Loan set forth in Article IV are not satisfied or waived in accordance with the terms hereof, the Administrative Agent shall return such funds (in like funds as received from such Lender) to such Lender, without interest.
     (d) Obligations of Lenders Several. The obligations of the Lenders hereunder to make Loans and to make payments pursuant to Section 10.04(c) are several and not joint. The failure of any Lender to make any Loan or to make any payment under Section 10.04(c) on any date required hereunder shall not relieve any other Lender of its corresponding obligation to do

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so on such date, and no Lender shall be responsible for the failure of any other Lender to so make its Loan or to make its payment under Section 10.04(c).
     (e) Funding Source. Nothing herein shall be deemed to obligate any Lender to obtain the funds for any Loan in any particular place or manner or to constitute a representation by any Lender that it has obtained or will obtain the funds for any Loan in any particular place or manner.
          2.10 Sharing of Payments by Lenders. If any Lender shall, by exercising any right of setoff or counterclaim or otherwise, obtain payment in respect of any principal of or interest on any of the Loans made by it resulting in such Lender’s receiving payment of a proportion of the aggregate amount of such Loans and accrued interest thereon greater than its pro rata share thereof as provided herein, then the Lender receiving such greater proportion shall (a) notify the Administrative Agent of such fact, and (b) purchase (for cash at face value) participations in the Loans of the other Lenders, or make such other adjustments as shall be equitable, so that the benefit of all such payments shall be shared by the Lenders ratably in accordance with the aggregate amount of principal of and accrued interest on their respective Loans and other amounts owing them, provided that:
     (i) if any such participations 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 Section shall not be construed to apply to (x) any payment made by or on behalf of 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) or (y) 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, other than an assignment to the Borrower or any Subsidiary thereof (as to which the provisions of this Section shall apply).
     Each Loan Party consents to the foregoing and agrees, to the extent it may effectively do so under applicable law, that any Lender acquiring a participation pursuant to the foregoing arrangements may exercise against such Loan Party rights of setoff and counterclaim with respect to such participation as fully as if such Lender were a direct creditor of such Loan Party in the amount of such participation.
          2.11 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. That Defaulting Lender’s right to approve or disapprove any amendment, waiver or consent with respect to this Agreement shall be restricted as set forth in Section 10.01.

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     (ii) Reallocation of Payments. Any payment of principal, interest, fees or other amounts received by the Administrative Agent for the account of that Defaulting Lender (whether voluntary or mandatory, at maturity, pursuant to Article VIII or otherwise, and including any amounts made available to the Administrative Agent by that Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 10.08), shall be applied at such time or times as may be determined by the Administrative Agent as follows: first, to the payment of any amounts owing by that Defaulting Lender to the Administrative Agent hereunder; second, to the payment 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; seventh, so long as no Default or Event of Default exists, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Borrower as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by the Borrower against that Defaulting Lender as a result of that Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; and eighth, to that Defaulting Lender or as otherwise directed by a court of competent jurisdiction. Any payments, prepayments or other amounts paid or payable to a Defaulting Lender that are applied (or held) to pay amounts owed by a Defaulting Lender shall be deemed paid to and redirected by that Defaulting Lender, and each Lender irrevocably consents hereto.
     (b) Defaulting Lender Cure. If the Borrower and the Administrative Agent agree in writing in their sole discretion that a Defaulting Lender should no longer be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender, the Administrative Agent will so notify the parties hereto, whereupon as of the effective date specified in such notice and subject to any conditions set forth therein, that Lender will, to the extent applicable, purchase that portion of outstanding Loans of the other Lenders or take such other actions as the Administrative Agent may determine to be necessary to cause the Loans to be held on a pro rata basis by the Lenders in accordance with their Applicable Percentages (without giving effect to Section 2.11(a)(iv)), 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.
          2.12 Borrowing Base.
     (a) Reserve Report; Proposed Borrowing Base. As soon as available and in any event by March 31 of each year, commencing March 31, 2012, the Borrower shall deliver to the Administrative Agent and each Lender a Reserve Report prepared as of the immediately preceding December 31.
     (b) Scheduled Redeterminations of the Borrowing Base; Procedures and Standards. Based in part on the Reserve Reports made available to the Lenders pursuant to Section 2.12(a), the Administrative Agent shall redetermine, and the Lenders shall approve, in their sole discretion and in each case as set forth below, the Borrowing Base on or prior to the next Redetermination Date beginning with the Redetermination Date occurring on May 1, 2012 (or such date promptly thereafter as is reasonably possible based on the engineering and other

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information available to the Administrative Agent). Any Borrowing Base which becomes effective as a result of any Redetermination of the Borrowing Base shall be subject to the following restrictions: (a) such Borrowing Base shall not exceed the aggregate outstanding Loans then in effect and (b) any Borrowing Base shall be approved by the Required Lenders. Each Borrowing Base shall be determined based upon 40% of the amount that is otherwise determined as provided herein to be the loan collateral value attributable to the Borrowing Base Properties without the burden of the Net Profits Interest granted to the Oil Trust. Each Redetermination shall be made by the Lenders in accordance with their normal and customary procedures for evaluating oil and gas reserves and other related assets as such exist at that particular time and will otherwise be in their sole discretion. Without limiting such discretion, the Borrower acknowledges and agrees that each Lender may consider such credit factors as it deems appropriate which are consistent with its normal and customary procedures for evaluating oil and gas reserves. The Administrative Agent shall propose such redetermined Borrowing Base to the Lenders promptly following receipt by the Administrative Agent and each Lender of a Reserve Report pursuant to Section 2.12(a). Such proposed Borrowing Base shall be determined by the Administrative Agent (1) in accordance with its normal and customary procedures for evaluating oil and gas reserves and other related assets as such exist at that particular time, (2) in part by utilizing the arithmetic average of the Administrative Agent’s pricing forecast and discount rates established by the Administrative Agent and in existence at that particular time, adjusted to reflect the effect of the Swap Contracts, and (3) otherwise in its sole discretion. After having received notice of such proposed Borrowing Base by the Administrative Agent, the Required Lenders (or all Lenders in the event of a proposed increase) shall have fifteen (15) days to agree or disagree with such proposal. If at the end of such fifteen (15) day period, the Required Lenders (or all Lenders in the event of a proposed increase) have not communicated their approval or disapproval of the proposed Borrowing Base, then the Administrative Agent will poll the Lenders to ascertain the highest Borrowing Base then acceptable to Required Lenders and such amount shall then be the Borrowing Base. Promptly following any Redetermination of the Borrowing Base, the Administrative Agent shall notify the Borrower of the amount of the Borrowing Base as redetermined, which Borrowing Base shall be effective as of the date specified in such notice, and shall remain in effect for all purposes of this Agreement until the next Redetermination.
     (c) Special Redetermination. In addition to Scheduled Redeterminations, the Borrower and the Required Lenders shall each be permitted to make (i) Special Redeterminations pursuant to Section 5.18, and (ii) other Special Redeterminations of the Borrowing Base; provided, that, the Required Lenders shall be permitted to make only one (1) Special Redetermination pursuant to this Section 2.12(c) in any calendar year, and the Borrower shall be permitted to make only one (1) Special Redeterminations pursuant to this Section 2.12(c) in any calendar year. Any request for a Special Redetermination shall be made pursuant to a written notice to the other parties to this Agreement, and, in the case of a request by the Borrower, such notice shall be accompanied by a Reserve Report and a notification of the Borrowing Base requested by the Borrower in connection with such Special Redetermination. Any Special Redetermination shall be made by the Administrative Agent and the Lenders in accordance with the procedures and standards set forth in Section 2.12(b); provided, that, no Reserve Report will be required to be delivered to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders in connection with any Special Redetermination requested by the Required Lenders pursuant to this Section 2.12(c).

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     (d) Swap Contract and Asset Disposition Adjustment. In addition to Scheduled Redeterminations and Special Redeterminations, the Borrowing Base shall reduce simultaneously with (i) the completion by any Asset Disposition or (ii) the termination of any Swap Contract the value of which was used in the determination of the Borrowing Base, in each case by (x) portion of the Borrowing Base attributable to the Borrowing Base Properties which are subject to such Asset Disposition (which shall be 40% of the Borrowing Base value of such Borrowing Base Properties (without reduction for the value of the Net Profits Interest) assigned thereto by the Administrative Agent and approved by Required Lenders, and which, in the case of any exchange, shall be the net reduction in the Borrowing Base (40% of the value of the Borrowing Base Properties (without reduction for the value of the Net Profits Interest) realized or resulting from such exchange) or (y) the Swap Termination Value of such Swap Contract, as applicable.
     (e) Borrowing Base Deficiency. If a Borrowing Base Deficiency exists after giving effect to any Redetermination, the Borrower shall be obligated to eliminate such Borrowing Base Deficiency by making mandatory prepayments of the Loans or by taking such other action required by Section 2.03.
     (f) Initial Borrowing Base. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Borrowing Base in effect during the period commencing on the Closing Date and ending on the effective date of the first Redetermination after the Closing Date shall be $24,000,000.
ARTICLE III.
TAXES, YIELD PROTECTION AND ILLEGALITY
          3.01 Taxes.
     (a) Payments Free of Taxes; Obligation to Withhold; Payments on Account of Taxes. (i) Any and all payments by or on account of any obligation of the Borrower hereunder or under any other Loan Document shall to the extent permitted by applicable Laws be made free and clear of and without reduction or withholding for any Taxes. If, however, applicable Laws require the Borrower or the Administrative Agent to withhold or deduct any Tax, such Tax shall be withheld or deducted in accordance with such Laws as determined by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, as the case may be, upon the basis of the information and documentation to be delivered pursuant to subsection (e) below.
     (i) If the Borrower or the Administrative Agent shall be required by the Code to withhold or deduct any Taxes, including both United States Federal backup withholding and withholding taxes, from any payment, then (A) the Administrative Agent shall withhold or make such deductions as are determined by the Administrative Agent to be required based upon the information and documentation it has received pursuant to subsection (e) below, (B) the Administrative Agent shall timely pay the full amount withheld or deducted to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with the Code, and (C) to the extent that the withholding or deduction is made on account of Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes, the sum payable by the Borrower shall be increased as necessary so that after any required withholding or the making of all required

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deductions (including deductions applicable to additional sums payable under this Section) the Administrative Agent or Lender, as the case may be, receives an amount equal to the sum it would have received had no such withholding or deduction been made.
     (b) Payment of Other Taxes by the Borrower. Without limiting the provisions of subsection (a) above, the Borrower shall timely pay any Other Taxes to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable Laws.
     (c) Tax Indemnifications. (i) Without limiting the provisions of subsection (a) or (b) above, the Borrower shall, and does hereby, indemnify the Administrative Agent, each Lender, and shall make payment in respect thereof within 10 days after demand therefor, for the full amount of any Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes (including Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes imposed or asserted on or attributable to amounts payable under this Section) withheld or deducted by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent or paid by the Administrative Agent, such Lender, as the case may be, and any penalties, interest and reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority. The Borrower shall also, and does hereby, indemnify the Administrative Agent, and shall make payment in respect thereof within 10 days after demand therefor, for any amount which a Lender for any reason fails to pay indefeasibly to the Administrative Agent as required by clause (ii) of this subsection. A certificate as to the amount of any such payment or liability delivered to the Borrower by a Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), or by the Administrative Agent on its own behalf or on behalf of a Lender, shall be conclusive absent manifest error.
     (ii) Without limiting the provisions of subsection (a) or (b) above, each Lender shall, and does hereby, indemnify the Borrower and the Administrative Agent, and shall make payment in respect thereof within 10 days after demand therefor, against any and all Taxes and any and all related losses, claims, liabilities, penalties, interest and expenses (including the fees, charges and disbursements of any counsel for the Borrower or the Administrative Agent) incurred by or asserted against the Borrower or the Administrative Agent by any Governmental Authority as a result of the failure by such Lender, as the case may be, to deliver, or as a result of the inaccuracy, inadequacy or deficiency of, any documentation required to be delivered by such Lender, as the case may be, to the Borrower or the Administrative Agent pursuant to subsection (e). Each Lender hereby authorizes the Administrative Agent to set off and apply any and all amounts at any time owing to such Lender, as the case may be, under this Agreement or any other Loan Document against any amount due to the Administrative Agent under this clause (ii). The agreements in this clause (ii) shall survive the resignation and/or replacement of the Administrative Agent, any assignment of rights by, or the replacement of, a Lender, the termination of the Aggregate Commitments and the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all other Obligations.
     (d) Evidence of Payments. Upon request by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, as the case may be, after any payment of Taxes by the Borrower or by the Administrative Agent to a Governmental Authority as provided in this Section 3.01, the Borrower shall deliver to the Administrative Agent or the Administrative Agent shall deliver to the Borrower, as the

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case may be, the original or a certified copy of a receipt issued by such Governmental Authority evidencing such payment, a copy of any return required by Laws to report such payment or other evidence of such payment reasonably satisfactory to the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, as the case may be.
     (e) Status of Lenders; Tax Documentation. (i) Each Lender shall deliver to the Borrower and to the Administrative Agent, at the time or times prescribed by applicable Laws or when reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, such properly completed and executed documentation prescribed by applicable Laws or by the taxing authorities of any jurisdiction and such other reasonably requested information as will permit the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, as the case may be, to determine (A) whether or not payments made hereunder or under any other Loan Document are subject to Taxes, (B) if applicable, the required rate of withholding or deduction, and (C) such Lender’s entitlement to any available exemption from, or reduction of, applicable Taxes in respect of all payments to be made to such Lender by the Borrower pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise to establish such Lender’s status for withholding tax purposes in the applicable jurisdiction.
     (ii) Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if the Borrower is resident for tax purposes in the United States,
   (A) any Lender that is a “United States person” within the meaning of Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code shall deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent executed originals of Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 or such other documentation or information prescribed by applicable Laws or reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent as will enable the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, as the case may be, to determine whether or not such Lender is subject to backup withholding or information reporting requirements; and
   (B) each Foreign Lender that is entitled under the Code or any applicable treaty to an exemption from or reduction of withholding tax with respect to payments hereunder or under any other Loan Document shall deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent (in such number of copies as shall be requested by the recipient) on or prior to the date on which such Foreign Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the request of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, but only if such Foreign Lender is legally entitled to do so), whichever of the following is applicable:
     (I) executed originals of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8BEN claiming eligibility for benefits of an income tax treaty to which the United States is a party,
     (II) executed originals of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8ECI,
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     (IV) in the case of a Foreign Lender claiming the benefits of the exemption for portfolio interest under section 881(c) of the Code, (x) a certificate to the effect that such Foreign Lender is not (A) a “bank” within the meaning of section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code, (B) a “10 percent shareholder” of the Borrower within the meaning of section 881(c)(3)(B) of the Code, or (C) a “controlled foreign corporation” described in section 881(c)(3)(C) of the Code and (y) executed originals of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8BEN, or
     (V) executed originals of any other form prescribed by applicable Laws as a basis for claiming exemption from or a reduction in United States Federal withholding tax together with such supplementary documentation as may be prescribed by applicable Laws to permit the Borrower or the Administrative Agent to determine the withholding or deduction required to be made.
     (iii) Each Lender shall promptly (A) notify the Borrower and the Administrative Agent of any change in circumstances which would modify or render invalid any claimed exemption or reduction, and (B) take such steps as shall not be materially disadvantageous to it, in the reasonable judgment of such Lender, and as may be reasonably necessary (including the re-designation of its Lending Office) to avoid any requirement of applicable Laws of any jurisdiction that the Borrower or the Administrative Agent make any withholding or deduction for taxes from amounts payable to such Lender.
     (f) Treatment of Certain Refunds. Unless required by applicable Laws, at no time shall the Administrative Agent have any obligation to file for or otherwise pursue on behalf of a Lender, or have any obligation to pay to any Lender, any refund of Taxes withheld or deducted from funds paid for the account of such Lender, as the case may be. If the Administrative Agent, any Lender determines, in its sole discretion, that it has received a refund of any Taxes or Other Taxes as to which it has been indemnified by the Borrower or with respect to which the Borrower has paid additional amounts pursuant to this Section, it shall pay to the Borrower an amount equal to such refund (but only to the extent of indemnity payments made, or additional amounts paid, by the Borrower under this Section with respect to the Taxes or Other Taxes giving rise to such refund), net of all out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Administrative Agent, such Lender, as the case may be, and without interest (other than any interest paid by the relevant Governmental Authority with respect to such refund), provided that the Borrower, upon the request of the Administrative Agent, such Lender, agrees to repay the amount paid over to the Borrower (plus any penalties, interest or other charges imposed by the relevant Governmental Authority) to the Administrative Agent, such Lender in the event the Administrative Agent, such Lender is required to repay such refund to such Governmental Authority. This subsection shall not be construed to require the Administrative Agent, any Lender to make available its tax returns (or any other information relating to its taxes that it deems confidential) to the Borrower or any other Person.
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applicable Lending Office to make, maintain or fund Loans whose interest is determined by reference to the Eurodollar Rate, or to determine or charge interest rates based upon the Eurodollar Rate, or any Governmental Authority has imposed material restrictions on the authority of such Lender to purchase or sell, or to take deposits of, Dollars in the London interbank market, then, on notice thereof by such Lender to the Borrower through the Administrative Agent, any obligation of such Lender to make or continue Eurodollar Rate Loans or to convert Base Rate Loans to Eurodollar Rate Loans shall be suspended, and (ii) if such notice asserts the illegality of such Lender making or maintaining Base Rate Loans the interest rate on which is determined by reference to the Eurodollar Rate component of the Base Rate, the interest rate on which Base Rate Loans of such Lender shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by the Administrative Agent without reference to the Eurodollar Rate component of the Base Rate, in each case until such Lender notifies the 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 demand from such Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), prepay or, if applicable, convert all Eurodollar Rate Loans of such Lender to Base Rate Loans (the interest rate on which Base Rate Loans of such Lender shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by the Administrative Agent without reference to the Eurodollar Rate component of the Base Rate), either on the last day of the Interest Period therefor, if such Lender may lawfully continue to maintain such Eurodollar Rate Loans to such day, or immediately, if such Lender may not lawfully continue to maintain such Eurodollar Rate Loans and (y) if such notice asserts the illegality of such Lender determining or charging interest rates based upon the Eurodollar Rate, the Administrative Agent shall during the period of such suspension compute the Base Rate applicable to such Lender without reference to the Eurodollar Rate component thereof until the Administrative 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 Eurodollar Rate. Upon any such prepayment or conversion, the Borrower shall also pay accrued interest on the amount so prepaid or converted.
          3.03 Inability to Determine Rates. If the Required Lenders determine that for any reason in connection with any request for a Eurodollar Rate Loan or a conversion to or continuation thereof that (a) Dollar deposits are not being offered to banks in the London interbank eurodollar market for the applicable amount and Interest Period of such Eurodollar Rate Loan, (b) 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 (c) the Eurodollar Rate for any requested Interest Period with respect to a proposed Eurodollar Rate Loan or in connection with an existing or proposed Base Rate Loan does not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lenders of funding such Loan, the Administrative Agent will promptly so notify the Borrower and each Lender. Thereafter, (x) the obligation of the Lenders to make or maintain Eurodollar Rate Loans shall be suspended, and (y) in the event of a determination described in the preceding sentence with respect to the Eurodollar Rate component of the Base Rate, the utilization of the Eurodollar Rate component in determining the Base Rate shall be suspended, in each case until the Administrative Agent (upon the instruction of the Required Lenders) revokes such notice. Upon receipt of such notice, the 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 Base Rate Loans in the amount specified therein.

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          3.04 Increased Costs; Reserves on Eurodollar Rate Loans.
     (a) Increased Costs Generally. If any Change in Law shall:
     (i) impose, modify or deem applicable any reserve, special deposit, compulsory loan, insurance charge or similar requirement against assets of, deposits with or for the account of, or credit extended or participated in by, any Lender (except any reserve requirement contemplated by Section 3.04(e));
     (ii) subject any Lender to any tax of any kind whatsoever with respect to this Agreement or any Eurodollar Rate Loan made by it, or change the basis of taxation of payments to such Lender in respect thereof (except for Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes covered by Section 3.01 and the imposition of, or any change in the rate of, any Excluded Tax payable by such Lender); or
     (iii) impose on any Lender or the London interbank market any other condition, cost or expense affecting this Agreement or Eurodollar Rate 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 Loan the interest on which is determined by reference to the Eurodollar Rate 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 any other amount) then, 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, as the case may be, for such additional costs incurred or reduction suffered.
     (b) Capital Requirements. If any Lender determines that any Change in Law affecting such Lender or any Lending Office of such Lender or such Lender’s holding company, if any, regarding capital requirements has or would have 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, the Commitments of such Lender 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 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 suffered.
     (c) Certificates for Reimbursement. A certificate of a Lender setting forth the amount or amounts necessary to compensate such Lender or its holding company, as the case may be, as specified in subsection (a) or (b) of this Section and delivered to the Borrower shall be conclusive absent manifest error. The Borrower shall pay such Lender, as the case may be, the amount shown as due on any such certificate within 10 days after receipt thereof.
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required to compensate a Lender pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this Section for any increased costs incurred or reductions suffered more than nine months prior to the date that such Lender, as the case may be, 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 (except that, if the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions is retroactive, then the nine-month period referred to above shall be extended to include the period of retroactive effect thereof).
     (e) Reserves on Eurodollar Rate Loans. The Borrower shall pay to each Lender, as long as such Lender shall be required to maintain reserves with respect to liabilities or assets consisting of or including Eurocurrency funds or deposits (currently known as “Eurocurrency liabilities”), additional interest on the unpaid principal amount of each Eurodollar Rate Loan equal to the actual costs of such reserves allocated to such Loan by such Lender (as determined by such Lender in good faith, which determination shall be conclusive), which shall be due and payable on each date on which interest is payable on such Loan, provided the Borrower shall have received at least 10 days’ prior notice (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) of such additional interest from such Lender. If a Lender fails to give notice 10 days prior to the relevant Interest Payment Date, such additional interest shall be due and payable 10 days from receipt of such notice.
          3.05 Compensation for Losses. Upon demand of any Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) from time to time, the Borrower shall promptly compensate such Lender for and hold such Lender harmless from any loss, cost or expense incurred by it as a result of:
     (a) any continuation, conversion, payment or prepayment of any Loan other than a Base Rate Loan on a day other than the last day of the Interest Period for such Loan (whether voluntary, mandatory, automatic, by reason of acceleration, or otherwise);
     (b) any failure by the Borrower (for a reason other than the failure of such Lender to make a Loan) to prepay, borrow, continue or convert any Loan other than a Base Rate Loan on the date or in the amount notified by the Borrower; or
     (c) any assignment of a Eurodollar Rate Loan on a day other than the last day of the Interest Period therefor as a result of a request by the Borrower pursuant to Section 10.13;
including any loss of anticipated profits and any loss or expense arising from the liquidation or reemployment of funds obtained by it to maintain such Loan or from fees payable to terminate the deposits from which such funds were obtained. The Borrower shall also pay any customary administrative fees charged by such Lender in connection with the foregoing.
For purposes of calculating amounts payable by the Borrower to the Lenders under this Section 3.05, each Lender shall be deemed to have funded each Eurodollar Rate Loan made by it at the Eurodollar Rate for such Loan by a matching deposit or other borrowing in the London interbank eurodollar market for a comparable amount and for a comparable period, whether or not such Eurodollar Rate Loan was in fact so funded.

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          3.06 Mitigation Obligations; Replacement of Lenders.
     (a) Designation of a Different Lending Office. If any Lender requests compensation under Section 3.04, or 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 3.01, or if any Lender gives a notice pursuant to Section 3.02, then such Lender shall, as applicable, use reasonable efforts to designate a different Lending Office for funding or booking its Loans hereunder or to assign its rights and obligations hereunder to another of its offices, branches or affiliates, if, in the judgment of such Lender, such designation or assignment (i) would eliminate or reduce amounts payable pursuant to Section 3.01 or 3.04, as the case may be, in the future, or eliminate the need for the notice pursuant to Section 3.02, as applicable, and (ii) in each case, would not subject such Lender, as the case may be, to any unreimbursed cost or expense and would not otherwise be disadvantageous to such Lender, as the case may be. The Borrower hereby agrees to pay all reasonable costs and expenses incurred by any Lender in connection with any such designation or assignment.
     (b) Replacement of Lenders. If any Lender requests compensation under Section 3.04, 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 3.01, the Borrower may replace such Lender in accordance with Section 10.13.
          3.07 Survival. All of the Borrower’s obligations under this Article III shall survive termination of the Aggregate Commitments, repayment of all other Obligations hereunder, and resignation of the Administrative Agent.
ARTICLE IV.
CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO LOANS
          4.01 Conditions of Restatement. The effectiveness of this Agreement to amend and restate the Existing Credit Agreement, and the obligation of each Lender to make its Loan hereunder is subject to satisfaction of the following conditions precedent:
     (a) The Administrative Agent’s receipt of the following, each of which shall be originals or telecopies (followed promptly by originals) unless otherwise specified, each properly executed by a Responsible Officer of the signing Loan Party, each dated the Closing Date (or, in the case of certificates of governmental officials, a recent date before the Closing Date) and each in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and each of the Lenders:
     (i) executed counterparts of this Agreement sufficient in number for distribution to the Administrative Agent, each Lender and the Borrower;
     (ii) a Note executed by the Borrower in favor of each Lender requesting a Note;
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     (iv) such certificates of resolutions or other action, incumbency certificates and/or other certificates of Responsible Officers of each Loan Party as the Lenders may reasonably require evidencing the identity, authority and capacity of each Responsible Officer thereof authorized to act as a Responsible Officer in connection with this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which such Loan Party is a party;
     (v) such documents and certifications as the Administrative Agent may reasonably require to evidence that each Loan Party is duly organized or formed, and that each of the Borrower and the other Loan Parties is validly existing, in good standing and qualified to engage in business in each jurisdiction where its ownership, lease or operation of properties or the conduct of its business requires such qualification, except to the extent that failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect;
     (vi) favorable opinions of counsel to the Loan Parties from counsel acceptable to the Administrative Agent, addressed to the Administrative Agent and each Lender, as to the matters concerning the Loan Parties and the Loan Documents as to the matters and in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent;
     (vii) a certificate of a Responsible Officer of each Loan Party either (A) attaching copies of all consents, licenses and approvals required in connection with the execution, delivery and performance by such Loan Party and the validity against such Loan Party of the Loan Documents to which it is a party, and such consents, licenses and approvals shall be in full force and effect, or (B) stating that no such consents, licenses or approvals are so required;
     (viii) a certificate signed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower certifying (A) that the conditions specified in Sections 4.01(a) and (b) have been satisfied, and (B) that there has been no event or condition since December 31, 2010 (after giving effect to the acquisition of VOC Kansas on a pro forma basis) that has had or could be reasonably expected to have, either individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect;
     (ix) certificates evidencing that insurance has been obtained and is in effect in such types and amounts as shall be reasonably satisfactory to the Lenders, together with endorsements naming the Administrative Agent as additional insured on liability policies and loss payee from property and casualty policies;
     (x) such other assurances, certificates, documents, consents or opinions as the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders reasonably may require.
     (b) Any fees required to be paid on or before the Closing Date shall have been paid.
     (c) Unless waived by the Administrative Agent, the Borrower shall have paid all fees, charges and disbursements of counsel to the Administrative Agent (directly to such counsel if requested by the Administrative Agent) to the extent invoiced prior to or on the Closing Date, plus such additional amounts of such fees (including all filing and recording fees and taxes), charges and disbursements as shall constitute its reasonable estimate of such fees, charges and disbursements incurred or to be incurred by it through the closing proceedings (provided that

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such estimate shall not thereafter preclude a final settling of accounts between the Borrower and the Administrative Agent).
     (d) The Lenders shall have received satisfactory evidence that the Administrative Agent (on behalf of the Lenders) shall have a valid and perfected first priority Lien and security interest in Collateral including Mortgages covering Proved Oil and Gas Properties that have a Recognized Value of not less than 70% of the Recognized Value of all Proved Oil and Gas Properties owned by the Loan Parties on the Closing Date and included in the Borrowing Base in effect on the Closing Date, duly executed and delivered by the applicable Loan Parties, together with such other assignments, conveyances, agreements and other writings as may be reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent, including, without limitation, UCC financing statements and/or amendments to financing statements, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.
     (e) The Administrative Agent’s (or its counsel’s) completion of a review of title to Borrowing Base Properties representing not less than 70% of the Recognized Value of all Proved Oil and Gas Properties owned by the Loan Parties on the Closing Date, which review shall not have revealed any condition or circumstance that would reflect that the representations and warranties contained in Section 5.17 hereof are inaccurate in any material respect.
     (f) The absence of any action, suit, investigation or proceeding pending or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, threatened in any court or before any arbitrator or governmental authority that could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
     (g) The Lenders shall not have become aware after December 31, 2010 of any information or other matter affecting the Loan Parties, the Closing Transactions or the transactions contemplated hereby that is inconsistent in a material and adverse manner with any such information or other matter disclosed in writing to the Lenders prior to such date.
     (h) All material governmental and third party approvals necessary in connection with the Closing Transactions, the financing contemplated hereby and the continuing operations of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries shall have been obtained and be in full force and effect, and all applicable waiting periods shall have expired without any action being taken or threatened by any competent authority that would restrain, prevent or otherwise impose adverse conditions on the Closing Transactions or the financing thereof.
     (i) The Lenders shall have received certification as to the Solvency of the Loan Parties from the chief financial officer of the Borrower.
     (j) The legal, corporate, and capital structure of the Borrower and its subsidiaries upon the Closing Date shall be consistent with the anticipated legal, corporate, and capital structure of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries (after giving effect to the transactions on the Closing Date) as described in the Oil Trust Prospectus, with such modifications thereto that are not materially adverse to the interests of the Lenders.
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     (l) The Administrative Agent shall have received, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to it, all environmental reports, accounting reports, Reserve Reports, and such other reports, audits or certifications as it may reasonably request.
     (m) The outstanding principal balance of loans under the Existing Credit Agreement, other than the $24,000,000 of Existing Loans renewed and extended hereunder, shall have been repaid in full, all letters of credit under the Existing Credit Agreements have been terminated and all commitments under the Existing Credit Agreement have been terminated;
     (n) The cash margin posted by VOC Kansas to secure its Swap obligations shall have been released, and the intercompany loan made by the Borrower to VOC Kansas shall have been repaid in full;
     (o) After giving effect to the consummation of the Closing Transactions, the Borrower shall have demonstrated that it will have at least $6,000,000 in unrestricted cash liquidity.
     (p) The Borrower shall have delivered to the Administrative Agent true, correct and complete copies of the Closing Transaction Documents, which shall be in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent. The Closing Transactions under clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) in the definition of the Closing Transactions shall have been consummated in compliance with the terms and conditions thereof and all conditions precedent to such consummation will be fully satisfied.
     (q) The Closing Date shall have occurred on or before June__, 2011.
     (r) The representations and warranties of the Borrower and each other Loan Party contained in Article V or any other Loan Document, or which are contained in any document furnished at any time under or in connection herewith or therewith, shall be true and correct on and as of the date of the Loan.
     (s) No Default shall exist, or would result from the Loan or from the application of the proceeds thereof.
     (t) The Administrative Agent shall have received a Loan Notice in accordance with the requirements hereof.
     Without limiting the generality of the provisions of the last paragraph of Section 9.03, for purposes of determining compliance with the conditions specified in this Section 4.01, each Lender that has signed this Agreement shall be deemed to have consented to, approved or accepted or to be satisfied with, each document or other matter required thereunder to be consented to or approved by or acceptable or satisfactory to a Lender unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from such Lender prior to the proposed Closing Date specifying its objection thereto.

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ARTICLE V.
REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
     The Borrower represents and warrants to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders that:
          5.01 Existence, Qualification and Power. Each Loan Party (a) is duly organized or formed, validly existing and in good standing under the Laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation or organization, (b) has all requisite power and authority and all requisite governmental licenses, authorizations, consents and approvals to (i) own or lease its assets and carry on its business and (ii) execute, deliver and perform its obligations under the Loan Documents to which it is a party, (c) is duly qualified and is licensed and in good standing under the Laws of each jurisdiction where its ownership, lease or operation of properties or the conduct of its business requires such qualification or license and (d) is in compliance with all Laws; except in each case referred to in clause (b)(i), (c) or (d), to the extent that failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
          5.02 Authorization; No Contravention. The execution, delivery and performance by each Loan Party of each Loan Document to which such Person is party, have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate or other organizational action, and do not and will not (a) contravene the terms of any of such Person’s Organization Documents; (b) conflict with or result in any breach or contravention of, or the creation of any Lien under, or require any payment to be made under (i) any Contractual Obligation to which such Person is a party or affecting such Person or the properties of such Person or any of its Subsidiaries or (ii) any order, injunction, writ or decree of any Governmental Authority or any arbitral award to which such Person or its property is subject; or (c) violate any Law. Each Loan Party is in compliance with all Contractual Obligations referred to in clause (b)(i), except to the extent that failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
          5.03 Governmental Authorization; Other Consents. No approval, consent, exemption, authorization, or other action by, or notice to, or filing with, any Governmental Authority or any other Person is necessary or required in connection with the execution, delivery or performance by, or enforcement against, any Loan Party of this Agreement, the Closing Transactions or any other Loan Document.
          5.04 Binding Effect. This Agreement has been, and each other Loan Document, when delivered hereunder, will have been, duly executed and delivered by each Loan Party that is party thereto. This Agreement constitutes, and each other Loan Document when so delivered will constitute, a legal, valid and binding obligation of such Loan Party, enforceable against each Loan Party that is party thereto in accordance with its terms.
          5.05 Financial Statements; No Material Adverse Effect.
     (a) The Audited Financial Statements (i) were prepared in accordance with GAAP consistently applied throughout the period covered thereby, except as otherwise expressly noted therein; (ii) fairly present the financial condition of the Persons reflected therein as of the date 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

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therein; and (iii) show all material indebtedness and other liabilities, direct or contingent, of the Persons reflected therein as of the date thereof, including liabilities for taxes, material commitments and Indebtedness.
     (b) The unaudited proforma statement of historical revenues and direct operating expenses of the underlying properties as of December 31, 2010 (i) were prepared in accordance with GAAP consistently applied throughout the period covered thereby, except as otherwise expressly noted therein, and (ii) fairly present the results of operations reflected therein for the period covered thereby except as otherwise expressly noted therein.
     (c) Since December 31, 2010, there has been no event or circumstance, either individually or in the aggregate, that has had or could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
          5.06 Litigation. There are no actions, suits, proceedings, claims or disputes pending or, to the knowledge of the Borrower after due and diligent investigation, threatened or contemplated, at law, in equity, in arbitration or before any Governmental Authority, by or against any Loan Party or against any of their properties or revenues that (a) purport to affect or pertain to this Agreement or any other Loan Document, or any of the transactions contemplated hereby (including any which challenge or otherwise pertain to any Loan Party’s title to any Collateral), or (b) except as specifically disclosed in Schedule 5.06, either individually or in the aggregate, if determined adversely, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, and there has been no adverse change in the status, or financial effect on any Loan Party of the matters described in the Schedule 5.06.
          5.07 No Default. No Loan Party is in default under or with respect to any Contractual Obligation that could, either individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. No Default has occurred and is continuing or would result from the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or any other Loan Document.
          5.08 Ownership of Property; Liens. Each Loan Party has good record and marketable title in fee simple to, or valid leasehold interests in, all real property necessary or used in the ordinary conduct of its business, except for such defects in title as could not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. The property of each Loan Party is subject to no Liens, other than Liens permitted by Section 7.01.
          5.09 Environmental Compliance. The Loan Parties conduct in the ordinary course of business a review of the effect of existing Environmental Laws and claims alleging potential liability or responsibility for violation of any Environmental Law on their respective businesses, operations and properties, and as a result thereof the Borrower has reasonably concluded that, except as specifically disclosed in Schedule 5.09, such Environmental Laws and claims could not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
          5.10 Insurance. The properties of each Loan Party are insured with financially sound and reputable insurance companies not Affiliates of any Loan Party, in such amounts

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(after giving effect to any self-insurance compatible with the following standards), 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 Loan Party operates.
          5.11 Taxes. Each Loan Party has filed all Federal, state and other material tax returns and reports required to be filed, and have paid all Federal, state and other material taxes, assessments, fees and other governmental charges levied or imposed upon it or its properties, income or assets otherwise due and payable, except those which are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings diligently conducted and for which adequate reserves have been provided in accordance with GAAP. There is no proposed tax assessment against any Loan Party that would, if made, have a Material Adverse Effect. Neither any Loan Party nor any Subsidiary thereof is party to any tax sharing agreement.
          5.12 ERISA Compliance.
     (a) Each Plan is in compliance in all material respects with the applicable provisions of ERISA, the Code and other Federal or state laws. Each Pension Plan that is intended to be a qualified plan under Section 401(a) of the Code has received a favorable determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service to the effect that the form of such Plan is qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code and the trust related thereto has been determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(a) of the Code, or an application for such a letter is currently being processed by the Internal Revenue Service. To the best knowledge of the Borrower, nothing has occurred that would prevent, or cause the loss of such tax-qualified status.
     (b) There are no pending or, to the best knowledge of the Borrower, threatened claims, actions or lawsuits, or action by any Governmental Authority, with respect to any Plan that could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. There has been no prohibited transaction or violation of the fiduciary responsibility rules with respect to any Plan that has resulted or could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.
     (c) (i) No ERISA Event has occurred, and neither the Borrower nor any ERISA Affiliate is aware of any fact, event or circumstance that could reasonably be expected to constitute or result in an ERISA Event with respect to any Pension Plan; (ii) the Borrower and each ERISA Affiliate has met all applicable requirements under the Pension Funding Rules in respect of each Pension Plan, and no waiver of the minimum funding standards under the Pension Funding Rules has been applied for or obtained; (iii) as of the most recent valuation date for any Pension Plan, the funding target attainment percentage (as defined in Section 430(d)(2) of the Code) is 60% or higher and neither the Borrower nor any ERISA Affiliate knows of any facts or circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause the funding target attainment percentage for any such plan to drop below 60% as of the most recent valuation date; (iv) neither the Borrower nor any ERISA Affiliate has incurred any liability to the PBGC other than for the payment of premiums, and there are no premium payments which have become due that are unpaid; (v) neither the Borrower nor any ERISA Affiliate has engaged in a transaction that could be subject to Section 4069 Section 4212(c) of ERISA; and (vi) no Pension Plan has been terminated by the plan administrator thereof nor by the PBGC, and no event or circumstance has

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occurred or exists that could reasonably be expected to cause the PBGC to institute proceedings under Title IV of ERISA to terminate any Pension Plan.
          5.13 Subsidiaries; Equity Interests. As of the Closing Date, Loan Parties have no Subsidiaries other than those specifically disclosed in Part (a) of Schedule 5.13, and all of the outstanding Equity Interests in such Subsidiaries have been validly issued, are fully paid and nonassessable and are owned by a Loan Party in the amounts specified on Part (a) of Schedule 5.13 free and clear of all Liens. The Loan Parties has no equity investments in any other corporation or entity other than those specifically disclosed in Part(b) of Schedule 5.13. All of the outstanding Equity Interests in each Loan Party have been validly issued, and are fully paid and nonassessable.
          5.14 Use of Proceeds; Margin Regulations; Investment Company Act.
     (a) The proceeds of the Loans on the Closing Date will be used to refinance the Existing Indebtedness.
     (b) No Loan Party is engaged nor 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 issued by the FRB), or extending credit for the purpose of purchasing or carrying margin stock.
     (c) None of the Loan Parties, any Person Controlling any Loan Party, or any Subsidiary of any Loan Party is or is required to be registered as an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act of 1940.
          5.15 Disclosure. The Borrower has disclosed to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders all agreements, instruments and corporate or other restrictions to which any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries is subject, and all other matters known to it, that, individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect. No report, financial statement, certificate or other information taken as a whole, furnished (whether in writing or orally) by or on behalf of any Loan Party to the Administrative Agent or any Lender in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby and the negotiation of this Agreement or delivered hereunder or under any other Loan Document (in each case, as modified or supplemented by other information so furnished) contains any material misstatement of fact or omits to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided that, with respect to projected financial information, the Borrower represents only that such information was prepared in good faith based upon assumptions believed to be reasonable at the time.

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          5.16 Compliance with Laws. Each Loan Party is in compliance in all material respects with the requirements of all Laws and all orders, writs, injunctions and decrees applicable to it or to its properties, except in such instances in which (a) such requirement of Law or order, writ, injunction or decree is being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings diligently conducted or (b) the failure to comply therewith, either individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
          5.17 Taxpayer Identification Number. The Borrower’s true and correct U.S. taxpayer identification number is set forth on Schedule 10.02.
          5.18 Leases; Contracts; Licenses, Etc. The leases, contracts, servitudes and other agreements forming a part of the Oil and Gas Properties of the Loan Parties covered by the Initial Reserve Report and each subsequent Reserve Report are in full force and effect. No Loan Party is in default with respect to its obligations (and no Loan Party is aware of any default by any third party with respect to such third party’s obligations) under any such leases, contracts, servitudes and other agreements, or under any Permitted Liens, or otherwise attendant to the ownership or operation of any part of the Oil and Gas Properties, where such default could adversely affect the ownership or operation of any Oil and Gas Properties. No Loan Party is currently accounting for any royalties, or overriding royalties or other payments out of production, on a basis (other than delivery in kind) less favorable to such Loan Party than proceeds received by such Loan Party (calculated at the well) from sale of production, and no Loan Party has any liability (or alleged liability) to account for the same on any such less favorable basis. Each Loan Party has good and defensible title to, or valid leasehold interests in, all of the Collateral owned or leased by such Loan Party and all of its other material properties and assets necessary or used in the ordinary conduct of its business, free and clear of all Liens, encumbrances, or adverse claims other than Permitted Liens and of all impediments to the use of such properties and assets in such Loan Party’s business, except that no representation or warranty is made with respect to any oil, gas or mineral property or interest to which no proved oil or gas reserves are properly attributed. Each Loan Party owns the net interests in production attributable to the wells and units evaluated in the Initial Reserve Report. The ownership of such Properties does not in the aggregate in any material respect obligate such Loan Party to bear the costs and expenses relating to the maintenance, development and operations of such Properties in an amount materially in excess of the working interest of such Properties set forth in the Initial Reserve Reports. Upon delivery of each Reserve Report furnished to the Lenders pursuant to Sections 6.02(f) and (g), the statements made in the preceding sentences of this section shall be true with respect to such Reserve Report. Each Loan Party possesses all Permits, franchises, patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade names, and other intellectual property (or otherwise possesses the right to use such intellectual property without violation of the rights of any other Person) which are necessary to carry out its business as presently conducted and as presently proposed to be conducted hereafter, and no Loan Party is in violation in any material respect of the terms under which it possesses such intellectual property or the right to use such intellectual property.
          5.19 Sale of Production. Except as set forth in Schedule 5.19, no Oil and Gas Property is subject to any contractual or other arrangement (i) whereby payment for production is or can be deferred for a substantial period after the month in which such production is delivered (in the case of oil, not in excess of 60 days, and in the case of gas, not in excess of 90 days) or

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(ii) whereby payments are made to a Loan Party other than by checks, drafts, wire transfer advises or other similar writings, instruments or communications for the immediate payment of money. Except for production sales contracts, processing agreements, transportation agreements and other agreements relating to the marketing of production that are listed on Schedule 5.19 in connection with the Oil and Gas Properties to which such contract or agreement relates: (i) no Oil and Gas Property is subject to any contractual or other arrangement for the sale, processing or transportation of production (or otherwise related to the marketing of production) which cannot be canceled on 120 days’ (or less) notice and (ii) all contractual or other arrangements for the sale, processing or transportation of production (or otherwise related to the marketing of production) are bona fide arm’s length transactions made on the best terms available with third parties not affiliated with Loan Parties. Each Loan Party is presently receiving a price for all production from (or attributable to) each Oil and Gas Property covered by a production sales contract or marketing contract listed on Schedule 5.19 that is computed in accordance with the terms of such contract, and no Loan Party is having deliveries of production from such Oil and Gas Property curtailed substantially below such property’s delivery capacity. Except as set forth in Schedule 5.19, no Loan Party, nor any Loan Party’s predecessors in title, has received prepayments (including payments for gas not taken pursuant to “take or pay” or other similar arrangements) for any oil, gas or other hydrocarbons produced or to be produced from any Oil and Gas Properties after the date hereof. Except as set forth in Schedule 5.19, no Oil and Gas Property is subject to any “take or pay” or other similar arrangement (i) which can be satisfied in whole or in part by the production or transportation of gas from other properties or (ii) as a result of which production from any Oil and Gas Property may be required to be delivered to one or more third parties without payment (or without full payment) therefor as a result of payments made, or other actions taken, with respect to other properties. Except as set forth in Schedule 5.19, there is no Oil and Gas Property with respect to which any Loan Party, or any Loan Party’s predecessors in title, has, prior to the date hereof, taken more (“overproduced”), or less (“underproduced”), gas from the lands covered thereby (or pooled or unitized therewith) than its ownership interest in such Oil and Gas Property would entitle it to take; and Schedule 5.19 accurately reflects, for each well or unit with respect to which such an imbalance is shown thereon to exist, (i) whether such Loan Party is overproduced or underproduced and (ii) the volumes (in cubic feet or British thermal units) of such overproduction or underproduction and the effective date of such information. Except as set forth in Schedule 5.19, no Oil and Gas Property is subject to a gas balancing arrangement under which one or more third parties may take a portion of the production attributable to such Oil and Gas Property without payment (or without full payment) therefor as a result of production having been taken from, or as a result of other actions or inactions with respect to, other properties. No Oil and Gas Property is subject at the present time to any regulatory refund obligation and, to the best of Loan Party’s knowledge, no facts exist which might cause the same to be imposed.
          5.20 Operation of Oil and Gas Properties. The Oil and Gas Properties (and all properties unitized therewith) are being (and, to the extent the same could adversely affect the ownership or operation of the Oil and Gas Properties after the date hereof, have in the past been) maintained, operated and developed in a good and workmanlike manner, in accordance with prudent industry standards and in conformity in all material respects with all applicable Laws and in conformity in all material respect with all oil, gas or other mineral leases and other contracts and agreements forming a part of the Oil and Gas Property and in conformity with the Permitted Liens. No Oil and Gas Property is subject to having allowable production after the

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date hereof reduced below the full and regular allowable (including the maximum permissible tolerance) because of any overproduction (whether or not the same was permissible at the time) prior to the date hereof and (ii) none of the wells located on the Oil and Gas Properties (or properties unitized therewith) are or will be deviated from the vertical more than the maximum permitted by applicable laws, regulations, rules and orders, and such wells are bottomed under and producing from, with the well bores wholly within, the Oil and Gas Properties (or, in the case of wells located on properties unitized therewith, such unitized properties). There are no dry holes, or otherwise inactive wells currently required to be plugged and abandoned by the applicable Governmental Authority, located on the Oil and Gas Properties or on lands pooled or unitized therewith, except for wells that have been properly plugged and abandoned. Each Loan Party has all material Permits necessary or appropriate to own and operate its Oil and Gas Property, and no Loan Party has received notice of any material violations in respect of any such Permits
          5.21 Ad Valorem and Severance Taxes; Litigation. Each Loan Party has paid and discharged all ad valorem taxes assessed against its Oil and Gas Property or any part thereof and all production, severance and other taxes assessed against, or measured by, the production or the value, or proceeds, of the production therefrom, except those which are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings diligently conducted and for which adequate reserves have been provided in accordance with GAAP. There are no suits, actions, claims, investigations, inquiries, proceedings or demands pending (or, to any Loan Party’s knowledge, threatened) which might affect the Oil and Gas Property, including any which challenge or otherwise pertain to any Loan Party’s title to any Oil and Gas Property or rights to produce and sell oil and gas therefrom.
          5.22 Intellectual Property; Licenses. The Borrower and its Subsidiaries own, or possess the right to use, all of the trademarks, service marks, trade names, copyrights, patents, patent rights, franchises, licenses and other intellectual property rights that are reasonably necessary for the operation of their respective businesses, without conflict with the rights of any other Person. To the best knowledge of the Borrower, no slogan or other advertising device, product, process, method, substance, part or other material now employed, or now contemplated to be employed, by the Borrower or any Subsidiary infringes upon any rights held by any other Person. No claim or litigation regarding any of the foregoing is pending or, to the best knowledge of the Borrower, threatened, which, either individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
          5.23 Solvency. Upon giving effect to the execution of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents by each Loan Party and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, each Loan Party will be Solvent.
          5.24 Security Documents. The provisions of the Security Documents are effective to create in favor of the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties a legal, valid and enforceable first priority Lien (subject to Liens permitted by Section 7.01) on all right, title and interest of the respective Loan Parties in the Collateral described therein. Except for filings completed prior to the Closing Date and as contemplated hereby and by the Collateral Documents from time to time, no filing or other action will be necessary to perfect or protect such Liens.

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          5.25 Closing Transactions. As of the Closing Date, each of the representations and warranties made by any party in the Closing Transaction Documents is true and correct in all respects, except for any such representation or warranty that expressly applies only to a specified earlier date, in which case such representation or warranty shall have been true and correct in all respects as of such earlier date; and neither the Borrower nor any other party thereto has failed in any respect to perform any obligation or covenant required by the Closing Transaction Documents to be performed or complied with by it on or before the Closing Date. As of the Closing Date, the Closing Transactions under clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) in the definition of Closing Transactions have been consummated on or prior to the Closing Date in compliance with the terms and conditions thereof and all conditions precedent to such consummation will be fully satisfied.
ARTICLE VI.
AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS
     So long as any Lender shall have any Commitment hereunder, any Loan or other Obligation hereunder shall remain unpaid or unsatisfied, the Borrower and VOC Partners shall, and the Borrower shall (except in the case of the covenants set forth in Sections 6.01, 6.02, and 6.03) cause each of its Subsidiaries to:
          6.01 Financial Statements. Deliver to the Administrative Agent and each Lender, in form and detail satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders:
     (a) as soon as available, but in any event within 120 days after the end of each fiscal year of the Borrower, a consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as at the end of such fiscal year, and the related consolidated statements of income or operations, changes in shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for such fiscal year, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the previous fiscal year, all in reasonable detail and prepared in accordance with GAAP, such consolidated statements to be audited and accompanied by a report and opinion of an independent certified public accountant of nationally recognized standing reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, 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; and
     (b) as soon as available, but in any event within 60 days after the end of each of the first three fiscal quarters of each fiscal year of the Borrower, a consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as at the end of such fiscal quarter, the related consolidated statements of income or operations for such fiscal quarter and for the portion of the Borrower’s fiscal year then ended, and the related consolidated statements of changes in shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for the portion of the Borrower’s fiscal year then ended, in each case setting forth in comparative form, as applicable, the figures for the corresponding fiscal quarter of the previous fiscal year and the corresponding portion of the previous fiscal year, all in reasonable detail, certified by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower as fairly presenting the financial condition, results of operations, shareholders’ equity and cash flows of the Borrower

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and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP, subject only to normal year-end audit adjustments and the absence of footnotes.
As to any information contained in materials furnished pursuant to Section 6.02, the Borrower shall not be separately required to furnish such information under clause (a) or (b) above, but the foregoing shall not be in derogation of the obligation of the Borrower to furnish the information and materials described in clauses (a) and (b) above at the times specified therein.
          6.02 Certificates; Other Information. Deliver to the Administrative Agent and each Lender, in form and detail satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders:
     (a) concurrently with the delivery of the financial statements referred to in Section 6.01(a), a certificate of its independent certified public accountants certifying such financial statements and stating that in making the examination necessary therefor no knowledge was obtained of any Default under the financial covenants set forth herein or, if any such Default shall exist, stating the nature and status of such event;
     (b) concurrently with the delivery of the financial statements referred to in Sections 6.01(a) and (b), a duly completed Compliance Certificate signed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower (which delivery may, unless the Administrative Agent, or a Lender requests executed originals, be by electronic communication including fax or email and shall be deemed to be an original authentic counterpart thereof for all purposes) (i) setting forth in reasonable detail the calculations required to establish whether the Borrower was in compliance with the requirements of Section 7.13 on the date of such financial statements, and (ii) stating whether there exists on the date of such certificate any Default and, if any Default then exists, setting forth the details thereof and the action which the Loan Parties are taking or propose to take with respect thereto;
     (c) promptly after any request by the Administrative Agent or any Lender, copies of any detailed audit reports, management letters or recommendations submitted to the board of directors (or the audit committee of the board of directors) of the Borrower by independent accountants in connection with the accounts or books of the Borrower or any Subsidiary, or any audit of any of them;
     (d) by March 31 of each year, commencing March 31, 2012, a Reserve Report concerning all Oil and Gas Properties owned by any Loan Party which are located in or offshore of the United States and which have attributable to them proved oil or gas reserves prepared as of the preceding December 31. This report shall be satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, shall take into account any “over-produced” status under gas balancing arrangements, and shall contain information and analysis comparable in scope to that contained in the Initial Reserve Report. This report shall distinguish (or shall be delivered together with a certificate from an appropriate officer of the Borrower which distinguishes) those properties treated in the report which are Collateral from those properties treated in the report which are not Collateral;
     (e) as soon as available, and in any event within 60 days after the end of each calendar quarter, a report describing by lease or unit the gross volume of production and sales

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attributable to production during such quarter from the properties described in the most recent Reserve Report and describing the related severance taxes, other taxes, and leasehold operating expenses attributable thereto and incurred during such quarter;
     (f) concurrently with the delivery of the financial statements referred to in Sections 6.01(a) and (b), a report describing the Swap Contracts of the Loan Parties, in form acceptable to the Administrative Agent
     (g) promptly, such additional information regarding the business, financial or corporate affairs of the Borrower or any Subsidiary, or compliance with the terms of the Loan Documents, as the Administrative Agent or any Lender may from time to time reasonably request.
     Documents required to be delivered pursuant to Section 6.01(a) or (b) or Section 6.02(d) (to the extent any such documents are included in materials otherwise filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 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 10.02; 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 Administrative Agent have access (whether a commercial, third-party website or whether sponsored by the Administrative Agent); provided that: (i) the Borrower shall deliver paper copies of such documents to the Administrative Agent or any Lender upon its request to the Borrower to deliver such paper copies until a written request to cease delivering paper copies is given by the Administrative Agent or such Lender and (ii) the Borrower shall notify the Administrative Agent and each Lender (by telecopier or electronic mail) of the posting of any such documents and provide to the Administrative Agent by electronic mail electronic versions (i.e., soft copies) of such documents. The Administrative Agent shall have no obligation to request the delivery of or to maintain paper copies of the documents referred to above, and in any event shall have no responsibility to monitor compliance by the Borrower with any such request by a Lender for delivery, and each Lender shall be solely responsible for requesting delivery to it or maintaining its copies of such documents.
     The Borrower hereby acknowledges that (a) the Administrative Agent and/or the Arranger will make available to the Lenders materials and/or information provided by or on behalf of the Borrower hereunder (collectively, “the 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 with respect to the Borrower or its Affiliates, or the respective securities of any of the foregoing, and who may be engaged in investment and other market-related activities with respect to such Persons’ securities. The Borrower hereby agrees that (w) all the Borrower Materials that are to be made available to Public Lenders shall be clearly and conspicuously marked “PUBLIC” which, at a minimum, shall mean that the word “PUBLIC” shall appear prominently on the first page thereof; (x) by marking the Borrower Materials “PUBLIC,” the Borrower shall be deemed to have authorized the Administrative Agent, the Arranger and the Lenders to treat such the Borrower Materials as not containing any material non-public information with respect to the Borrower or its securities for purposes of United

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States Federal and state securities laws (provided, however, that to the extent such the Borrower Materials constitute Information, they shall be treated as set forth in Section 10.07); (y) all the Borrower Materials marked “PUBLIC” are permitted to be made available through a portion of the Platform designated “Public Side Information;” and (z) the Administrative Agent and the Arranger shall be entitled to treat any the Borrower Materials that are not marked “PUBLIC” as being suitable only for posting on a portion of the Platform not designated “Public Side Information.”
          6.03 Notices. Promptly notify the Administrative Agent and each Lender:
     (a) of the occurrence of any Default;
     (b) of any matter that has resulted or could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, including (i) breach or non-performance of, or any default under, a Contractual Obligation of the Borrower or any Subsidiary; (ii) any dispute, litigation, investigation, proceeding or suspension between the Borrower or any Subsidiary and any Governmental Authority; or (iii) the commencement of, or any material development in, any litigation or proceeding affecting the Borrower or any Subsidiary, including pursuant to any applicable Environmental Laws;
     (c) of the occurrence of any ERISA Event;
     (d) of any material change in accounting policies or financial reporting practices by the Borrower or any Subsidiary; and
     (e) of the occurrence of any Asset Disposition or Swap Contract termination.
     Each notice pursuant to this Section 6.03 shall be accompanied by a statement of a Responsible Officer of the Borrower setting forth details of the occurrence referred to therein and stating what action the Borrower has taken and proposes to take with respect thereto. Each notice pursuant to Section 6.03(a) shall describe with particularity any and all provisions of this Agreement and any other Loan Document that have been breached.
          6.04 Payment of Obligations. Pay and discharge as the same shall become due and payable, all its obligations and liabilities, including (a) all tax liabilities, assessments and governmental charges or levies upon it or its properties or assets, unless the same are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings diligently conducted and adequate reserves in accordance with GAAP are being maintained by the Loan Party; (b) all lawful claims which, if unpaid, would by law become a Lien upon its property; and (c) all Indebtedness, as and when due and payable, but subject to any subordination provisions contained in any instrument or agreement evidencing such Indebtedness.
          6.05 Preservation of Existence, Etc. (a) Preserve, renew and maintain in full force and effect its legal existence and good standing under the Laws of the jurisdiction of its organization except in a transaction permitted by Section 7.04 or 7.05; (b) take all reasonable action to maintain all rights, privileges, Permits and franchises necessary or desirable in the normal conduct of its business, except to the extent that failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; and (c) preserve or renew all of its registered

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patents, trademarks, trade names and service marks, the non-preservation of which could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
          6.06 Maintenance of Properties. (a) Maintain, preserve and protect all of its material properties and equipment necessary in the operation of its business in good working order and condition, ordinary wear and tear excepted; (b) make all necessary repairs thereto and renewals and replacements thereof except where the failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; and (c) use the standard of care typical in the industry in the operation and maintenance of its facilities.
          6.07 Maintenance of Insurance.
     (a) The Borrower shall at all times maintain (at its own expense), or cause to be maintained, with financially sound and reputable insurance companies, not Affiliates of the Borrower, insurance with respect to its properties and business against loss, damage and liability of the kinds customarily insured by Persons engaged in the same or similar business, of such types and in such amounts as are customarily carried under similar circumstances by Persons similarly situated. All insurance policies covering Collateral shall be endorsed (a) to provide for payment of losses to the Administrative Agent as its interests may appear, (b) to provide that such policies may not be canceled or reduced or affected in any material manner for any reason without thirty (30) days prior notice to the Administrative Agent, (c) to provide for any other matters specified in any applicable Security Document or which the Administrative Agent may reasonably require, and (d) to provide for insurance against fire, casualty and any other hazards normally insured against, in the amount of the full value (less a reasonable deductible not to exceed amounts customary in the industry for similarly situated businesses and properties) of the property insured.
     (b) Each policy for liability insurance shall provide for all losses to be paid on behalf of the Administrative Agent (for the benefit of Lenders) and Loan Parties as their respective interests may appear, and each policy insuring loss or damage to Collateral shall provide for all losses to be paid directly to the Administrative Agent. Each such policy shall in addition (A) name the appropriate Loan Party and the Administrative Agent and Lenders as insured parties thereunder (without any representation or warranty by or obligation upon the Administrative Agent or Lenders) as their interests may appear, (B) contain the agreement by the insurer that any loss thereunder shall be payable to the Administrative Agent notwithstanding any action, inaction or breach of representation or warranty by any Loan Party, (C) provide that there shall be no recourse against the Administrative Agent or Lenders for payment of premiums or other amounts with respect thereto and (D) provide that at least thirty (30) days’ prior written notice of cancellation or of lapse shall be given to the Administrative Agent by the insurer. Each Loan Party will, if so requested by the Administrative Agent, deliver to the Administrative Agent original or duplicate policies of such insurance and, as often as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request, a report of a reputable insurance broker with respect to such insurance. Each Loan Party will also, at the request of the Administrative Agent, duly execute and deliver instruments of assignment of such insurance policies and cause the respective insurers to acknowledge notice of such assignment. the Administrative Agent is hereby authorized to enforce payment under all such insurance policies and to compromise and settle any claims thereunder, in its own name or in the name of the Loan Parties.

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          6.08 Compliance with Laws. Comply in all material respects with the requirements of all Laws and all orders, writs, injunctions and decrees applicable to it or to its business or property, except in such instances in which (a) such requirement of Law or order, writ, injunction or decree is being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings diligently conducted; or (b) the failure to comply therewith could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
          6.09 Books and Records. (a) Maintain proper books of record and account, in which full, true and correct entries in conformity with GAAP consistently applied shall be made of all financial transactions and matters involving the assets and business of the Loan Parties, as the case may be.
     (b) Maintain such books of record and account in material conformity with all applicable requirements of any Governmental Authority having regulatory jurisdiction over the Loan Parties, as the case may be.
          6.10 Inspection Rights. Permit representatives and independent contractors of the Administrative Agent and each Lender to visit and inspect any of its properties, to examine its corporate, financial and operating records, and make copies thereof or abstracts therefrom, and to discuss its affairs, finances and accounts with its directors, officers, and independent public accountants, all at the expense of the Borrower and at such reasonable times during normal business hours and as often as may be reasonably desired, upon reasonable advance notice to the Borrower; provided, however, that when an Event of Default exists the 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 without advance notice.
          6.11 Use of Proceeds. Use the proceeds of the Loans as a refinancing of $24,000,000 of the Existing Loans.
          6.12 Additional Guarantors. Notify the Administrative Agent at the time that any Person becomes a Subsidiary, and promptly thereafter (and in any event within 30 days), cause such Person to (a) become a Guarantor by executing and delivering to the Administrative Agent a counterpart of the Guaranty or such other document as the Administrative Agent shall deem appropriate for such purpose, and (b) deliver to the Administrative Agent documents of the types referred to in clauses (iii) and (iv) of Section 4.01(a) and favorable opinions of counsel to such Person (which shall cover, among other things, the legality, validity, binding effect and enforceability of the documentation referred to in clause (a)), all in form, content and scope reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.
          6.13 Production Proceeds. Notwithstanding that, by the terms of the various Security Documents, Loan Parties are and will be assigning to the Administrative Agent and Lenders all of the “Production Proceeds” (as defined therein) accruing to the property covered thereby and have agreed to execute transfer orders, division orders and other instruments that may be requested by Agent or that may be required by any purchaser of any production for the purpose of effectuating payment of such Production Proceeds to Agent, so long as no Default has occurred (i) Loan Parties may continue to receive from the purchasers of production all such

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Production Proceeds, subject, however, to the Liens created under the Security Documents, which Liens are hereby affirmed and ratified and (ii) Agent will not exercise such rights contained in any Security Document to require the Borrower to execute and deliver transfer orders, division orders and other instruments effectuating payment of such Production Proceeds to Agent. Upon the occurrence of a Default, the Administrative Agent and Lenders may exercise all rights and remedies granted under the Security Documents, including the right to obtain possession of all Production Proceeds then held by Loan Parties or to receive directly from the purchasers of production all other Production Proceeds. In no case shall any failure, whether purposed or inadvertent, by the Administrative Agent or Lenders to collect directly any such Production Proceeds constitute in any way a waiver, remission or release of any of their rights under the Security Documents, nor shall any release of any Production Proceeds by the Administrative Agent or Lenders to Loan Parties constitute a waiver, remission, or release of any other Production Proceeds or of any rights of the Administrative Agent or Lenders to collect other Production Proceeds thereafter.
          6.14 [Reserved].
          6.15 Environmental Review. In connection with any acquisition of Oil and Gas Properties, provide to the Administrative Agent a report or reports in form, scope and detail reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent from environmental engineering firms reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent.
          6.16 Security.
     (a) The Obligations shall be secured by first and prior Liens (subject only to Permitted Liens) covering and encumbering (i) Oil and Gas Properties owned by the Loan Parties constituting not less than 70% of the Recognized Value of all Proved Oil and Gas Properties then owned by the Loan Parties included in the then-current Borrowing Base, (ii) all of the issued and outstanding Equity Interests directly owned by the Borrower in each existing and future Subsidiary of the Borrower, (iii) all Trust Units owned by VOC Partners, (iv) all present and future intercompany debt among the Loan Parties and (v) all of the present and future property and assets, real and personal, of the Borrower and each Guarantor, including, but not limited to, machinery and equipment, inventory and other goods, accounts receivable, owned real estate, leaseholds, fixtures, bank accounts, general intangibles, financial assets, investment property, license rights, patents, trademarks, tradenames, copyrights, chattel paper, insurance proceeds, contract rights, hedge agreements, documents, instruments, indemnification rights, tax refunds and cash. The Borrower hereby consent and authorize the Administrative Agent, and its agents, to file any and all necessary financing statements under the Uniform Commercial Code, assignments or continuation statements as necessary from time to time (in the Administrative Agent’s discretion) to perfect (or continue perfection of) the Liens granted pursuant to the Loan Documents.
     (b) On the Closing Date and on or before each Redetermination Date after the Closing Date, and at such other times as the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders shall reasonably request, the Borrower shall, and shall cause each other Loan Party that owns Borrowing Base Properties to, deliver to the Administrative Agent, for the ratable benefit of each Lender, Mortgages duly executed by such Loan Party, together with such other assignments,

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conveyances, agreements and other writings as may be reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent or the Majority Leaders, including, without limitation, UCC financing statements and/or amendments to financing statements as the Administrative Agent shall deem necessary or appropriate to grant, evidence and perfect the Liens required by Section 6.16(a) with respect to Oil and Gas Properties then held by such Loan Party which are not the subject of existing first and prior, perfected Liens securing the Obligations as required by Section 6.16(a).
     (c) Promptly upon the creation or acquisition by the Borrower of any Subsidiary required to become a Guarantor, the Borrower or the applicable Loan Party (as applicable) shall execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent an addendum to the Pledge Agreement pursuant to which the Equity Interests owned by the Borrower or such Loan Party in such Subsidiary shall be pledged to the Administrative Agent, together with (i) to the extent such Equity Interests are certificated, all certificates (or other evidence acceptable to the Administrative Agent) evidencing such Equity Interests, which shall be duly endorsed or accompanied by stock powers executed in blank (as applicable), and/or (ii) such UCC financing statements and/or amendments to financing statements as the Administrative Agent shall deem necessary or appropriate to grant, evidence and perfect the Liens required by Section 6.16(a) in such Equity Interests.
          6.17 Title Opinions. (a) At any time any Loan Party is required to execute and deliver Mortgages to the Administrative Agent pursuant to Section 6.16(a), to the extent requested by the Administrative Agent, the Borrower shall also deliver to the Administrative Agent (i) such evidence of title with respect to the Borrowing Base Properties subject to such Mortgages as the Administrative Agent shall reasonably deem necessary or appropriate to complete a review of title to such Borrowing Base Properties so that, after giving effect to such review, the Administrative Agent (or its counsel) shall have completed a review of title to Borrowing Base Properties representing not less than 70% of the Recognized Value of all Borrowing Base Properties at such time, and (ii) opinions of counsel regarding the validity and perfection of the Liens created by such Mortgages.
          6.18 Compliance with Agreements. Observe, perform or comply with any agreement with any Person or any term or condition of any instrument, if such agreement or instrument is materially significant to such Loan Party or to Loan Parties on a Consolidated basis or materially significant to any Guarantor, unless any such failure to so observe, perform or comply is remedied within the applicable period of grace (if any) provided in such agreement or instrument or unless such failure to so observe, perform or comply would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
          6.19 Operation of Properties and Equipment.
     (a) The Borrower will, and will cause each other Loan Party to, maintain, develop and operate (or cause the operator to maintain and operate to the extent any such Loan Party is not the operator) its Oil and Gas Properties in a good and workmanlike manner, and observe and comply with all of the terms and provisions, express or implied, of all oil and gas leases relating to such Oil and Gas Properties so long as such Oil and Gas Properties are capable of producing Hydrocarbons and accompanying elements in paying quantities, except to the extent the failure to so comply would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Change.

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     (b) The Borrower will, and will cause each other Loan Party to, comply with all contracts and agreements applicable to or relating to its Oil and Gas Properties or the production and sale of Hydrocarbons and accompanying elements therefrom (including all gas balancing, take or pay, production sales and advance payment arrangements), except to the extent the failure to so comply would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
     (c) The Borrower will, and will cause each other Loan Party to, at all times maintain, preserve and keep all operating equipment material to the conduct of its business in proper repair, working order and condition, ordinary wear and tear excepted, and make all necessary or appropriate repairs, renewals, replacements, additions and improvements thereto so that the efficiency of such operating equipment shall at all times be properly preserved and maintained; provided, that, no item of operating equipment need be so repaired, renewed, replaced, added to or improved if the Borrower, as applicable, shall in good faith determine that such action is not necessary or desirable for the continued efficient and profitable operation of the business of such Loan Party.
     (d) Promptly notify the Administrative Agent of any claim (or any conclusion by such Loan Party) that such Loan Party is obligated to account for any royalties, or overriding royalties or other payments out of production, on a basis (other than delivery in kind) less favorable to such Loan Party than proceeds received by Loan Party (calculated at the well) from sale of production.
     (e) Promptly perform or make reasonable and customary efforts to cause to be performed, in accordance with industry standards, the obligations required by each and all of the assignments, deeds, leases, sub-leases, contracts and agreements affecting its interests in its Oil and Gas Properties and other material Properties, except to the extent the failure to so comply would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Change.
     (f) Each Loan Party will carry out its sales of production, will operate the Oil and Gas Properties, and will otherwise deal with the Oil and Gas Properties and the production, in such a way that the representations and warranties in Sections 5.18, 5.19 and 5.20 remain true and correct at, and as of, all times that this Agreement is in effect (and not just at, and as of, the times such representations and warranties are made).
          6.20 Environmental Matters; Environmental Reviews.
     (a) Each Loan Party will comply in all material respects with all Environmental Laws now or hereafter applicable to such Loan Party, as well as all contractual obligations and agreements with respect to environmental remediation or other environmental matters, and shall obtain, at or prior to the time required by applicable Environmental Laws, all environmental, health and safety Permits and other authorizations necessary for its operations and will maintain such authorizations in full force and effect. No Loan Party will do anything or permit anything to be done which will subject any of its properties to any remedial obligations under, or result in noncompliance with applicable Permits issued under, any applicable Environmental Laws, assuming disclosure to the applicable governmental authorities of all relevant facts, conditions and circumstances. Upon the Administrative Agent’s reasonable request, at any time (but not in excess of one inspection conducted at the Borrower’s expense hereunder during any 18

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consecutive month period), the Borrower will provide at its own expense an environmental inspection of any of the Loan Parties’ material real properties and audit of their environmental compliance procedures and practices, in each case from an engineering or consulting firm approved by the Administrative Agent.
     (b) The Borrower will promptly furnish to the Administrative Agent all written notices of violation, orders, claims, citations, complaints, penalty assessments, suits or other proceedings received by any Loan Party, or of which the Borrower otherwise has notice, pending or threatened against any Loan Party by any Governmental Authority with respect to any alleged violation of or non-compliance with any Environmental Laws or any Permits or other authorizations in connection with any Loan Party’s ownership or use of its properties or the operation of its business that might result in a Loan Party being liable for $250,000 or more.
     (c) The Borrower will promptly furnish to the Administrative Agent all requests for information, notices of claim, demand letters, and other notifications, received by the Borrower in connection with any Loan Party’s ownership or use of its properties or the conduct of its business, relating to potential responsibility with respect to any investigation or clean-up of Hazardous Material at any location that might result in a Loan Party being liable for $250,000 or more.
          6.21 Oil Trust Documents. The Borrower and its Subsidiaries will at all times comply in all material respects with their respective obligations under each of the Oil Trust Documents.
          6.22 Required Swap Transactions. Maintain the Swap Contracts listed on Schedule 6.21.
ARTICLE VII.
NEGATIVE COVENANTS
     So long as any Lender shall have any Commitment hereunder, any Loan or other Obligation hereunder shall remain unpaid or unsatisfied, except for the Closing Transactions, the Borrower and VOC Partners shall not, nor shall Borrower permit any of its Subsidiary to, directly or indirectly:
          7.01 Liens. Create, incur, assume or suffer to exist any Lien upon any of its property, assets or revenues, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, other than Permitted Liens.
          7.02 Investments. Make any Investments, except:
     (a) Investments held by a Loan Party in the form of cash equivalents or short-term marketable debt securities or marketable obligations, maturing within twelve months after acquisition thereof, issued or unconditionally guaranteed by the United States of America or an instrumentality or agency thereof and entitled to the full faith and credit of the United states of America;

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     (b) advances to officers, directors and employees of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries in an aggregate amount not to exceed $100,000 at any time outstanding, for travel, entertainment, relocation and analogous ordinary business purposes;
     (c) Investments of the Borrower in any wholly-owned Subsidiary that is a Guarantor and Investments of any wholly-owned Subsidiary in the Borrower or in another wholly-owned Subsidiary;
     (d) Investments consisting of extensions of credit in the nature of accounts receivable or notes receivable arising from the grant of trade credit in the ordinary course of business, and Investments received in satisfaction or partial satisfaction thereof from financially troubled account debtors to the extent reasonably necessary in order to prevent or limit loss;
     (e) Guarantees permitted by Section 7.03; and
     (f) Investments by Borrower in the VOC Partners Note and by VOC Partners in Trust Units.
          7.03 Indebtedness. Create, incur, assume or suffer to exist any Indebtedness, except:
     (a) Indebtedness under the Loan Documents;
     (b) Indebtedness in respect of intercompany advances between the Borrower and any Subsidiary and Guarantees of the Borrower or any Subsidiary in respect of Indebtedness otherwise permitted hereunder of the Borrower or any wholly-owned Subsidiary;
     (c) obligations (contingent or otherwise) of the Borrower or any Subsidiary existing or arising under any Swap Contract, provided that (i) such obligations are (or were) entered into by such Person in the ordinary course of business for the purpose of directly mitigating risks associated with liabilities, commitments, investments, assets, or property held or reasonably anticipated by such Person, or changes in the value of securities issued by such Person, and not for purposes of speculation or taking a “market view;” (ii) such Swap Contract does not contain any provision exonerating the non-defaulting party from its obligation to make payments on outstanding transactions to the defaulting party and (iii) and such Swap Contract does not violate the terms of Section 7.11;
     (d) Permitted Letter of Credit Obligations; and
     (e) Indebtedness in respect of the VOC Partners Note.
          7.04 Fundamental Changes. Merge, dissolve, liquidate, consolidate with or into another Person, or Dispose of (whether in one transaction or in a series of transactions) all or substantially all of its assets (whether now owned or hereafter acquired) to or in favor of any Person, except that, so long as no Default exists or would result therefrom:
     (a) any Subsidiary may merge with (i) the Borrower, provided that the Borrower shall be the continuing or surviving Person, or (ii) any one or more other Subsidiaries, provided that

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when any wholly-owned Subsidiary is merging with another Subsidiary, the wholly-owned Subsidiary shall be the continuing or surviving Person; and
     (b) any Subsidiary may Dispose of all or substantially all of its assets (upon voluntary liquidation or otherwise) to the Borrower or to another Subsidiary; provided that if the transferor in such a transaction is a wholly-owned Subsidiary, then the transferee must either be the Borrower or a wholly-owned Subsidiary.
          7.05 Dispositions. Make any Disposition or enter into any agreement to make any Disposition, except:
     (a) Dispositions of obsolete or worn out property, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, in the ordinary course of business;
     (b) Dispositions of inventory in the ordinary course of business;
     (c) Dispositions of equipment to the extent that (i) such property is exchanged for credit against the purchase price of similar replacement property or (ii) the proceeds of such Disposition are reasonably promptly applied to the purchase price of such replacement property;
     (d) Dispositions of property by any Subsidiary to the Borrower;
     (e) Dispositions permitted by Section 7.04;
     (f) Dispositions of interests in oil and gas leases, or portions thereof (if released or abandoned but not otherwise sold or transferred), so long as no well situated on any such lease, or located on any unit containing all or any part thereof, is capable (or is subject to being made capable through commercially feasible operations) of producing oil, gas or other hydrocarbons or minerals in commercial quantities; and
     (g) Dispositions of Oil and Gas Properties that are sold for fair consideration to a Person who is not an Affiliate, provided that (i) the maximum aggregate amount of such sales in the period between two regular Determination Dates is limited to Oil and Gas Properties that account for no more than 10% of the Borrowing Base then in effect (“Permitted Property Sales”), (ii) at least 90% of the consideration received in connection with such Permitted Property Sales must be in cash or cash equivalents; (iii) the Borrowing Base shall be decreased by the amount specified in Section 2.12(d) and, after giving effect to any Permitted Property Sale and to the application of the proceeds to outstanding Loans, no Borrowing Base Deficiency shall exist; and (iv) after giving effect to any Permitted Property Sale no Default or Event of Default shall exist;
provided, however, that any Disposition pursuant to clauses (a) through (f) shall be for fair market value.
No Loan Party will abandon or consent to the abandonment of, any oil or gas well constituting Collateral so long as such well is capable (or is subject to being made capable through drilling, reworking or other operations which it would be commercially feasible to conduct) of producing oil, gas, or other hydrocarbons or other minerals in commercial quantities (as determined without considering the effect of any Mortgage). No Loan Party will elect not to participate in a

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proposed operation on any oil and gas property constituting Collateral where the effect of such election would be the forfeiture either temporarily (e.g., until a certain sum of money is received out of the forfeited interest) or permanently of any interest in the Collateral.
          7.06 Restricted Payments. Declare or make, directly or indirectly, any Restricted Payment, or incur any obligation (contingent or otherwise) to do so, or issue or sell any Equity Interests, except that, so long as no Default shall have occurred and be continuing at the time of any action described below or would result therefrom:
     (a) each Subsidiary may make Restricted Payments to the Borrower;
     (b) the Borrower and each Subsidiary may declare and make dividend payments or other distributions payable solely in the common stock or other common Equity Interests of such Person; and
     (c) the Borrower may purchase, redeem or otherwise acquire Equity Interests issued by it with the proceeds received from the substantially concurrent issue of new shares of its common stock or other common Equity Interests; and
     (d) so long as no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing at the time thereof, the Borrower and VOC Partners may make Permitted Tax Distributions and may make the distributions described in clauses (vii), (viii) and (ix) of the definition of the Closing Transactions.
          7.07 Change in Nature of Business. Engage in any material line of business substantially different from those lines of business conducted by VOC Partners or the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, respectively, on the date hereof or any business substantially related or incidental thereto.
          7.08 Transactions with Affiliates.
     (a) Enter into any transaction of any kind with any Affiliate of the Borrower or VOC Partners, whether or not in the ordinary course of business, other than on fair and reasonable terms substantially as favorable to the Loan Party as would be obtainable by such Loan Party at the time in a comparable arm’s length transaction with a Person other than an Affiliate, provided that the foregoing restriction shall not apply to (i) transactions between or among the Borrower and any Subsidiaries of the Borrower, (ii) transactions provided for in the Oil Trust Documents or (iii) the VOC Partners Note.
     (b) Amend, modify, cancel, sell, discharge or impair the VOC Partners Note, other than variation of principal repayments due to variations in the distributions received by VOC Partners from the Trust Units owned by it; provided, however, quarterly payments on the VOC Partners Note shall be made by VOC Partners to the Borrower from the quarterly distributions received by the VOC Partners in respect of its Trust Units in an amount (of accrued interest plus principal) of not less than 90% of such quarterly distributions, net of Permitted Tax Distributions.

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          7.09 Burdensome Agreements. Enter into any Contractual Obligation (other than this Agreement or any other Loan Document) that (a) limits the ability (i) of any Subsidiary to make Restricted Payments to the Borrower or to otherwise transfer property to the Borrower, (ii) of any Subsidiary to Guarantee the Indebtedness of the Borrower or (iii) of the Borrower or any Subsidiary to create, incur, assume or suffer to exist Liens on property of such Person; or (b) requires the grant of a Lien to secure an obligation of such Person if a Lien is granted to secure another obligation of such Person.
          7.10 Use of Proceeds. Use the proceeds of any Loan, whether directly or indirectly, and whether immediately, incidentally or ultimately, to purchase or carry margin stock (within the meaning of Regulation U of the FRB) or to extend credit to others for the purpose of purchasing or carrying margin stock or to refund indebtedness originally incurred for such purpose.
          7.11 Swap Transactions. Enter into any Swap Transactions other than Swap Transactions (a) with the purpose and effect of fixing prices on Hydrocarbon production expected to be produced no more than 60 months in the future that would not cause the volume of Hydrocarbons with respect to which a settlement payment is calculated under such Swap Transactions to exceed eighty percent (80%) of the Borrower’s and its Subsidiaries (on an aggregate basis) anticipated production from Proved Producing Oil and Gas Properties during the period from the immediately preceding settlement date (determined separately with respect to oil and natural gas) and (b) that do not require any Loan Party to put up money, assets, or other security against the event of its nonperformance prior to actual default by such Loan Party in performing its obligations thereunder, except Collateral under the Security Documents with respect to Lender Swap Obligations.
          7.12 Amendments to Organization Documents. Will or permit any other Loan Party to, enter into or permit any modification or amendment of, or waive any material right or obligation of any Person under its Organization Documents in manner materially adverse to the Lenders.
          7.13 Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio. Permit the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio for any period of four consecutive fiscal quarters to be less than 1.25 to 1.00, calculated as of the end of each fiscal quarter ending after the date of this Agreement.
          7.14 Accounting. Change its fiscal year or make any change (a) in accounting treatment or material reporting practices, except as required or permitted by GAAP and disclosed to the Administrative Agent, or (b) in tax reporting treatment, except as required or permitted by law and disclosed to the Administrative Agent.
          7.15 Limitation on Leases. Create, incur, assume or suffer to exist any obligation for the payment of rent or hire of property of any kind whatsoever (real or personal but excluding Capital Leases, leases of Oil and Gas Properties, and usual and customary operating leases), under leases or lease agreements which would cause the aggregate amount of all payments made by the Borrower and its Subsidiaries pursuant to all such leases or lease agreements, including, without limitation, any residual payments at the end of any lease, to

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exceed the Threshold Amount in any period of twelve consecutive calendar months during the life of such leases.
ARTICLE VIII.
EVENTS OF DEFAULT AND REMEDIES
          8.01 Events of Default. Any of the following shall constitute an Event of Default:
     (a) Non-Payment. The Borrower or any other Loan Party fails to pay (i) when and as required to be paid herein, any amount of principal of any Loan, or (ii) within three (3) Business Days after the same becomes due, any interest on any Loan, or any fee due hereunder, or (iii) within five days after the same becomes due, any other amount payable hereunder or under any other Loan Document; or
     (b) Specific Covenants. The Borrower or any other Loan Party fails to perform or observe any term, covenant or agreement contained in any of Section 6.03, 6.05, 6.10, 6.11, 6.12, 6.13, 6.14, 6.15 or 6.16 or Article VII; or
     (c) Other Defaults. The Borrower or any other Loan Party fails to perform or observe any other covenant or agreement (not specified in subsection (a) or (b) above) contained in any Loan Document on its part to be performed or observed and such failure continues for 30 days or any default or Event of Default occurs under any other Loan Document; or
     (d) Representations and Warranties. Any representation, warranty, certification or statement of fact made or deemed made by or on behalf of the Borrower or any other Loan Party herein, in any other Loan Document, or in any document delivered in connection herewith or therewith shall be incorrect or misleading when made or deemed made; or
     (e) Cross-Default. (i) The Borrower or any other Loan Party (A) fails to make any payment when due (whether by scheduled maturity, required prepayment, acceleration, demand, or otherwise) in respect of any Indebtedness or Guarantee (other than Indebtedness hereunder and Indebtedness under Swap Contracts) having an aggregate principal amount (including undrawn committed or available amounts and including amounts owing to all creditors under any combined or syndicated credit arrangement) of more than the Threshold Amount, or (B) fails to observe or perform any other agreement or condition relating to any such Indebtedness or Guarantee or contained in any instrument or agreement evidencing, securing or relating thereto, or any other event occurs, the effect of which default or other event is to cause, or to permit the holder or holders of such Indebtedness or the beneficiary or beneficiaries of such Guarantee (or a trustee or agent on behalf of such holder or holders or beneficiary or beneficiaries) to cause, with the giving of notice if required, such Indebtedness to be demanded or to become due or to be repurchased, prepaid, defeased or redeemed (automatically or otherwise), or an offer to repurchase, prepay, defease or redeem such Indebtedness to be made, prior to its stated maturity, or such Guarantee to become payable or cash collateral in respect thereof to be demanded; or (ii) there occurs under any Swap Contract an Early Termination Date (as defined in such Swap Contract) resulting from (A) any event of default under such Swap Contract as to which the Borrower or any Subsidiary is the Defaulting Party (as defined in such Swap Contract) or (B)

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any Termination Event (as so defined) under such Swap Contract as to which the Borrower or any Subsidiary is an Affected Party (as so defined) and, in either event, the Swap Termination Value owed by the Borrower or such Subsidiary as a result thereof is greater than the Threshold Amount; or
     (f) Insolvency Proceedings, Etc. The Borrower or any other Loan Party institutes or consents to the institution of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, or makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors; or applies for or consents to the appointment of any receiver, trustee, custodian, conservator, liquidator, rehabilitator or similar officer for it or for all or any material part of its property; or any receiver, trustee, custodian, conservator, liquidator, rehabilitator or similar officer is appointed without the application or consent of such Person and the appointment continues undischarged or unstayed for 60 calendar days; or any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law relating to any such Person or to all or any material part of its property is instituted without the consent of such Person and continues undismissed or unstayed for 60 calendar days, or an order for relief is entered in any such proceeding; or
     (g) Inability to Pay Debts; Attachment. (i) The Borrower or any other Loan Party becomes unable or admits in writing its inability or fails generally to pay its debts as they become due, or (ii) any writ or warrant of attachment or execution or similar process is issued or levied against all or any material part of the property of any such Person and is not released, vacated or fully bonded within 30 days after its issue or levy; or
     (h) Judgments. There is entered against the Borrower or any other Loan Party (i) one or more final judgments or orders for the payment of money in an aggregate amount (as to all such judgments or orders) exceeding the Threshold Amount (to the extent not covered by independent third-party insurance as to which the insurer does not dispute coverage), or (ii) any one or more non-monetary final judgments that have, or could reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect and, in either case, (A) enforcement proceedings are commenced by any creditor upon such judgment or order, or (B) there is a period of 10 consecutive days during which a stay of enforcement of such judgment, by reason of a pending appeal or otherwise, is not in effect; or
     (i) ERISA. (i) An ERISA Event occurs with respect to a Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan which has resulted or could reasonably be expected to result in liability of the Borrower under Title IV of ERISA to the Pension Plan, Multiemployer Plan or the PBGC in an aggregate amount in excess of the Threshold Amount, or (ii) the Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate fails to pay when due, after the expiration of any applicable grace period, any installment payment with respect to its withdrawal liability under Section 4201 of ERISA under a Multiemployer Plan in an aggregate amount in excess of the Threshold Amount; or
     (j) Invalidity of Loan Documents. Any Loan Document or any provision thereof, at any time after its execution and delivery and for any reason other than as expressly permitted hereunder or thereunder or satisfaction in full of all the Obligations, ceases to be in full force and effect; or any Loan Party or any other Person contests in any manner the validity or enforceability of any Loan Document or any provision thereof; or any Loan Party denies that it has any or further liability or obligation under any Loan Document or any provision thereof, or purports to revoke, terminate or rescind any Loan Document or any provision thereof; or

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     (k) Change of Control. There occurs any Change of Control; or
     (l) Material Adverse Effect. There occurs any event of circumstance that has a Material Adverse Effect.
          8.02 Remedies Upon Event of Default. If any Event of Default occurs and is continuing, the Administrative Agent shall, at the request of, or may, with the consent of, the Required Lenders, take any or all of the following actions:
     (a) declare the commitment of each Lender to make Loans to be terminated, whereupon such commitments shall be terminated;
     (b) declare the unpaid principal amount of all outstanding Loans, all interest accrued and unpaid thereon, and all other amounts owing or payable hereunder or under any other Loan Document to be immediately due and payable, without presentment, demand, protest or other notice of any kind, all of which are hereby expressly waived by the Borrower; and
     (c) exercise on behalf of itself, the Lenders all rights and remedies available to it, the Lenders under the Loan Documents;
provided, however, that upon the occurrence of an actual or deemed entry of an order for relief with respect to the Borrower under the Bankruptcy Code of the United States, the obligation of each Lender to make Loans shall automatically terminate, the unpaid principal amount of all outstanding Loans and all interest and other amounts as aforesaid shall automatically become due and payable without further act of the Administrative Agent or any Lender.
          8.03 Application of Funds. After the exercise of remedies provided for in Section 8.02 (or after the Loans have automatically become immediately due), any amounts received on account of the Obligations shall, subject to the provisions of Sections 2.12 and 2.13, be applied by the Administrative Agent in the following order:
     First, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting fees, indemnities, expenses and other amounts (including fees, charges and disbursements of counsel to the Administrative Agent (including fees and time charges for attorneys who may be employees of the Administrative Agent) and amounts payable under Article III) payable to the Administrative Agent in its capacity as such;
     Second, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting fees, indemnities and other amounts (other than principal and interest) payable to the Lenders (including fees, charges and disbursements of counsel to the respective Lenders (including fees and time charges for attorneys who may be employees of any Lender) and amounts payable under Article III), ratably among them in proportion to the respective amounts described in this clause Second payable to them;
     Third, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting accrued and unpaid interest on the Loans and other Obligations, ratably among the Lenders in proportion to the respective amounts described in this clause Third payable to them;

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     Fourth, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting unpaid principal of the Loans, ratably among the Lenders in proportion to the respective amounts described in this clause Fourth held by them; and
     Last, the balance, if any, after all of the Obligations have been indefeasibly paid in full, to the Borrower or as otherwise required by Law.
ARTICLE IX.
ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT
          9.01 Appointment and Authority.
     Each of the Lenders hereby irrevocably appoints Bank of America to act on its behalf as the Administrative Agent hereunder and under the other Loan Documents and authorizes the Administrative Agent to take such actions on its behalf and to exercise such powers as are delegated to the Administrative 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 Administrative Agent, the Lenders, and neither the Borrower nor any other Loan Party shall have rights as a third party beneficiary of any of such provisions.
          9.02 Rights as a Lender. The Person serving as the 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 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 Administrative Agent hereunder in its individual capacity. Such Person and its Affiliates may accept deposits from, 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 Administrative Agent hereunder and without any duty to account therefor to the Lenders.
          9.03 Exculpatory Provisions. The 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 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 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 Administrative Agent shall not be required to take any action that, in its opinion or the opinion of its counsel, may expose the Administrative Agent to liability or that is contrary to any Loan Document or applicable law; and

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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 Administrative Agent or any of its Affiliates in any capacity.
     The Administrative Agent shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken by it (i) with the consent or at the request of the Required Lenders (or such other number or percentage of the Lenders as shall be necessary, or as the Administrative Agent shall believe in good faith shall be necessary, under the circumstances as provided in Sections 10.01 and 8.02) or (ii) in the absence of its own gross negligence or willful misconduct. The Administrative Agent shall be deemed not to have knowledge of any Default unless and until notice describing such Default is given to the Administrative Agent by the Borrower, a Lender.
     The Administrative Agent shall not be responsible for or have any duty to ascertain or inquire into (i) any statement, warranty or representation made in or in connection with this Agreement or any other Loan Document, (ii) the contents of any certificate, report or other document delivered hereunder or thereunder or in connection herewith or therewith, (iii) the performance or observance of any of the covenants, agreements or other terms or conditions set forth herein or therein or the occurrence of any Default, (iv) the validity, enforceability, effectiveness or genuineness of this Agreement, any other Loan Document or any other agreement, instrument or document or (v) the satisfaction of any condition set forth in Article IV or elsewhere herein, other than to confirm receipt of items expressly required to be delivered to the Administrative Agent.
          9.04 Reliance by the Administrative Agent. The 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 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 Administrative Agent may presume that such condition is satisfactory to such Lender unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice to the contrary from such Lender prior to the making of such Loan. The 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.
          9.05 Delegation of Duties. The Administrative Agent may perform any and all of its duties and exercise its rights and powers hereunder or under any other Loan Document by or through any one or more sub-agents appointed by the Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent and any such sub-agent may perform any and all of its duties and exercise its rights and powers by or through their respective Related Parties. The exculpatory provisions of this Article shall apply to any such sub-agent and to the Related Parties of the Administrative Agent and any such sub-agent, and shall apply to their respective activities in connection with

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the syndication of the credit facilities provided for herein as well as activities as the Administrative Agent.
          9.06 Resignation of the Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent may at any time give notice of its resignation to the Lenders and the Borrower. Upon receipt of any such notice of resignation, the Required Lenders shall have the right, in consultation with the Borrower, 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 30 days after the retiring the Administrative Agent gives notice of its resignation, then the retiring the Administrative Agent may on behalf of the Lenders, appoint a successor the Administrative Agent meeting the qualifications set forth above; provided that if the Administrative Agent shall notify the Borrower and the Lenders that no qualifying Person has accepted such appointment, then such resignation shall nonetheless become effective in accordance with such notice and (1) the retiring the Administrative Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations hereunder and under the other Loan Documents (except that in the case of any collateral security held by the Administrative Agent on behalf of the Lenders under any of the Loan Documents, the retiring the Administrative Agent shall continue to hold such collateral security until such time as a successor the Administrative Agent is appointed) and (2) all payments, communications and determinations provided to be made by, to or through the Administrative Agent shall instead be made by or to each Lender directly, until such time as the Required Lenders appoint a successor the Administrative Agent as provided for above in this Section. Upon the acceptance of a successor’s appointment as the Administrative Agent hereunder, such successor shall succeed to and become vested with all of the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring (or retired) the Administrative Agent, and the retiring the Administrative Agent shall be discharged from all of its duties and obligations hereunder or under the other Loan Documents (if not already discharged therefrom as provided above in this Section). The fees payable by the Borrower to a successor the Administrative Agent shall be the same as those payable to its predecessor unless otherwise agreed between the Borrower and such successor. After the retiring the Administrative Agent’s resignation hereunder and under the other Loan Documents, the provisions of this Article and Section 10.04 shall continue in effect for the benefit of such retiring the 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 the Administrative Agent was acting as the Administrative Agent.
          9.07 Non-Reliance on the Administrative Agent and Other Lenders. Each Lender acknowledges that it has, independently and without reliance upon the 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 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.
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responsibilities under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents, except in its capacity, as applicable, as the Administrative Agent, a Lender hereunder.
          9.09 the 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 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 Administrative Agent shall have made any demand on the Borrower) shall be entitled and empowered, by intervention in such proceeding or otherwise
     (a) to file and prove a claim for the whole amount of the principal and interest owing and unpaid in respect of the Loans and all other Obligations that are owing and unpaid and to file such other documents as may be necessary or advisable in order to have the claims of the Lenders and the Administrative Agent (including any claim for the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of the Lenders and the Administrative Agent and their respective agents and counsel and all other amounts due the Lenders and the Administrative Agent under Sections 2.03(i) and (j), 2.08 and 10.04) 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 Administrative Agent and, in the event that the Administrative Agent shall consent to the making of such payments directly to the Lenders, to pay to the Administrative Agent any amount due for the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of the Administrative Agent and its agents and counsel, and any other amounts due the Administrative Agent under Sections 2.08 and 10.04.
     Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to authorize the Administrative Agent to authorize or consent to or accept or adopt on behalf of any Lender any plan of reorganization, arrangement, adjustment or composition affecting the Obligations or the rights of any Lender to authorize the Administrative Agent to vote in respect of the claim of any Lender in any such proceeding.
          9.10 Collateral and Guaranty Matters. The Lenders irrevocably authorize the Administrative Agent, at its option and in its discretion,
     (a) to release any Lien on any property granted to or held by the Administrative Agent under any Loan Document (i) upon termination of the Aggregate Commitments and payment in full of all Obligations (other than contingent indemnification obligations) and the expiration or termination of all Letters of Credit (other than Letters of Credit as to which other arrangements satisfactory to the Administrative Agent shall have been made), (ii) that is sold or to be sold as part of or in connection with any sale permitted hereunder or under any other Loan Document, or (iii) subject to Section 10.01, if approved, authorized or ratified in writing by the Required Lenders;

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     (b) to subordinate any Lien on any property granted to or held by the Administrative Agent under any Loan Document to the holder of any Lien on such property that is permitted by Section 7.01(i); and
     (c) to release any Guarantor from its obligations under the Guaranty if such Person ceases to be a Subsidiary as a result of a transaction permitted hereunder.
     Upon request by the Administrative Agent at any time, the Required Lenders will confirm in writing the Administrative Agent’s authority to release or subordinate its interest in particular types or items of property, or to release any Guarantor from its obligations under the Guaranty pursuant to this Section 9.10.
ARTICLE X.
MISCELLANEOUS
          10.01 Amendments, Etc. No amendment or waiver of any provision of this Agreement or any other Loan Document, and no consent to any departure by the Borrower or any other Loan Party therefrom, shall be effective unless in writing signed by the Required Lenders and the Borrower or the applicable Loan Party, as the case may be, and acknowledged by the Administrative Agent, and each such waiver or consent shall be effective only in the specific instance and for the specific purpose for which given; provided, however, that no such amendment, waiver or consent shall:
     (a) waive any condition set forth in Section 4.01(a) without the written consent of each Lender;
     (b) extend or increase the Commitment of any Lender (or reinstate any Commitment terminated pursuant to Section 8.02) without the written consent of such Lender;
     (c) postpone any date fixed by this Agreement or any other Loan Document for any payment (excluding mandatory prepayments) of principal, interest, fees or other amounts due to the Lenders (or any of them) hereunder or under any other Loan Document without the written consent of each Lender directly affected thereby;
     (d) reduce the principal of, or the rate of interest specified herein on, any Loan or (subject to clause (iii) of the second proviso to this Section 10.01) any fees or other amounts payable hereunder or under any other Loan Document without the written consent of each Lender directly affected thereby; provided, however, that only the consent of the Required Lenders shall be necessary to amend the definition of “Default Rate” or to waive any obligation of the Borrower to pay interest at the Default Rate;
     (e) amend Section 7.12 (or any defined term used therein) without the written consent of each Lender;
     (f) change Section 2.10 or Section 8.03 in a manner that would alter the pro rata sharing of payments required thereby without the written consent of each Lender;

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     (g) change any provision of this Section or the definition of “Required Lenders” or any other provision hereof specifying the number or percentage of Lenders required to amend, waive or otherwise modify any rights hereunder or make any determination or grant any consent hereunder, without the written consent of each Lender; or
     (h) release any Guarantor from the Guaranty or release the Liens on all or substantially all of the Collateral in any transaction or series of related transactions except in accordance with the terms of any Loan Document, without the written consent of each Lender;
and, provided further, that (i) no amendment, waiver or consent shall, unless in writing and signed by the Administrative Agent in addition to the Lenders required above, affect the rights or duties of the Administrative Agent under this Agreement or any other Loan Document; and (ii) the Fee Letter may be amended, or rights or privileges thereunder waived, in a writing executed only by the parties thereto. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, no Defaulting Lender shall have any right to approve or disapprove any amendment, waiver or consent hereunder (and any amendment, waiver or consent which by its terms requires the consent of all Lenders or each affected Lender may be effected with the consent of the applicable Lenders other than Defaulting Lenders), except 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 by its terms affects any Defaulting Lender more adversely than other affected Lenders shall require the consent of such Defaulting Lender.
          10.02 Notices; Effectiveness; Electronic Communication.
     (a) Notices Generally. Except in the case of notices and other communications expressly permitted to be given by telephone (and except as provided in subsection (b) below), 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 telecopier as follows, and all notices and other communications expressly permitted hereunder to be given by telephone shall be made to the applicable telephone number, as follows:
     (i) if to the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, to the address, telecopier number, electronic mail address or telephone number specified for such Person on Schedule 10.02; and
     (ii) if to any other Lender, to the address, telecopier number, electronic mail address or telephone number specified in its the Administrative Questionnaire (including, as appropriate, notices delivered solely to the Person designated by a Lender on its the 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 telecopier 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

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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 approved by the Administrative Agent, provided that the foregoing shall not apply to notices to any Lender pursuant to Article II if such Lender, as applicable, has notified the Administrative Agent that it is incapable of receiving notices under such Article by electronic communication. The Administrative Agent or the Borrower may, in its discretion, agree to accept notices and other communications to it hereunder by electronic communications pursuant to procedures approved by it, provided that approval of such procedures may be limited to particular notices or communications.
     Unless the Administrative Agent otherwise prescribes, (i) notices and other communications sent to an e-mail address shall be deemed received upon the sender’s receipt of an acknowledgement from the intended recipient (such as by the “return receipt requested” function, as available, return e-mail or other written acknowledgement), provided that if such notice or other communication is not sent during the normal business hours of the recipient, such notice or communication shall be deemed to have been sent at the opening of business on the next 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 ADMINISTRATIVE 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 ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT PARTY IN CONNECTION WITH THE BORROWER MATERIALS OR THE PLATFORM. In no event shall the Administrative Agent or any of its Related Parties (collectively, the “the Administrative 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 Administrative Agent’s transmission of the 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 nonappealable judgment to have resulted from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of such the Administrative Agent Party; provided, however, that in no event shall any the Administrative 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).
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hereunder by notice to the other parties hereto. Each other Lender may change its address, telecopier or telephone number for notices and other communications hereunder by notice to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent. In addition, each Lender agrees to notify the Administrative Agent from time to time to ensure that the Administrative Agent has on record (i) an effective address, contact name, telephone number, telecopier number and electronic mail address to which notices and other communications may be sent and (ii) accurate wire instructions for such Lender. Furthermore, each Public Lender agrees to cause at least one individual at or on behalf of such Public Lender to at all times have selected the “Private Side Information” or similar designation on the content declaration screen of the Platform in order to enable such Public Lender or its delegate, in accordance with such Public Lender’s compliance procedures and applicable Law, including United States Federal and state securities Laws, to make reference to the Borrower Materials that are not made available through the “Public Side Information” portion of the Platform and that may contain material non-public information with respect to the Borrower or its securities for purposes of United States Federal or state securities laws.
     (e) Reliance by the Administrative Agent and Lenders. The Administrative Agent and the Lenders shall be entitled to rely and act upon any notices (including telephonic Loan Notices) purportedly given by or on behalf of the Borrower even if (i) such notices were not made in a manner specified herein, were incomplete or were not preceded or followed by any other form of notice specified herein, or (ii) the terms thereof, as understood by the recipient, varied from any confirmation thereof. The Borrower shall indemnify the Administrative Agent, each Lender and the Related Parties of each of them from all losses, costs, expenses and liabilities resulting from the reliance by such Person on each notice purportedly given by or on behalf of the Borrower. All telephonic notices to and other telephonic communications with the Administrative Agent may be recorded by the Administrative Agent, and each of the parties hereto hereby consents to such recording.
          10.03 No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies; Enforcement. No failure by any Lender or the Administrative Agent to exercise, and no delay by any such Person in exercising, any right, remedy, power or privilege hereunder 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 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 Administrative Agent in accordance with Section 8.02 for the benefit of all the Lenders; provided, however, that the foregoing shall not prohibit (a) the Administrative Agent from exercising on its own behalf the rights and remedies that inure to its benefit (solely in its capacity as the Administrative Agent) hereunder and under the other Loan Documents, (b) any Lender from exercising setoff rights in accordance with Section 10.08 (subject to the terms of Section 2.10), 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

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Debtor Relief Law; and provided, further, that if at any time there is no Person acting as the Administrative Agent hereunder and under the other Loan Documents, then (i) the Required Lenders shall have the rights otherwise ascribed to the Administrative Agent pursuant to Section 8.02 and (ii) in addition to the matters set forth in clauses (b), (c) and (d) of the preceding proviso and subject to Section 2.10, 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.
          10.04 Expenses; Indemnity; Damage Waiver.
     (a) Costs and Expenses. The Borrower shall pay (i) all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Administrative Agent and its Affiliates (including the reasonable fees, charges and disbursements of counsel for the Administrative Agent), in connection with the syndication of the credit facilities provided for herein, the preparation, negotiation, execution, delivery and administration of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents or any amendments, modifications or waivers of the provisions hereof or thereof (whether or not the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby shall be consummated) and (ii) all out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Administrative Agent, any Lender (including the fees, charges and disbursements of any counsel for the Administrative Agent, any Lender), and shall pay all fees and time charges for attorneys who may be employees of the Administrative Agent, any Lender, in connection with the enforcement or protection of its rights (A) in connection with this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, including its rights under this Section, or (B) in connection with the Loans made hereunder, including all such out-of-pocket expenses incurred during any workout, restructuring or negotiations in respect of such Loans.
     (b) Indemnification by the Borrower. The Borrower shall indemnify the Administrative Agent (and any sub-agent thereof), each Lender, 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 related expenses (including the fees, charges and disbursements of any counsel for any Indemnitee), and shall indemnify and hold harmless each Indemnitee from all fees and time charges and disbursements for attorneys who may be employees of any Indemnitee, incurred by any Indemnitee or asserted against any Indemnitee by any third party or by the Borrower or any other Loan Party arising out of, in connection with, or as a result of (i) the execution or delivery of this Agreement, any other Loan Document or any agreement or instrument contemplated hereby or thereby, the performance by the parties hereto of their respective obligations hereunder or thereunder, the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby, or, in the case of the Administrative Agent (and any sub-agent thereof) and its Related Parties only, the administration of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents (including in respect of any matters addressed in Section 3.01), (ii) any Loan or the use or proposed use of the proceeds therefrom, (iii) any actual or alleged presence or release of Hazardous Materials on or from any property owned or operated by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, or any Environmental Liability related in any way to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, 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 other Loan Party, and regardless of whether any Indemnitee is a party thereto, IN ALL CASES, WHETHER OR NOT CAUSED BY OR ARISING, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, OUT OF THE COMPARATIVE, CONTRIBUTORY OR SOLE NEGLIGENCE OF THE INDEMNITEE;

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provided that such indemnity shall not, as to any Indemnitee, be available to the extent that such losses, claims, damages, liabilities or related expenses (x) are determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final and nonappealable judgment to have resulted from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of such Indemnitee or (y) result from a claim brought by the Borrower or any other Loan Party against an Indemnitee for breach in bad faith of such Indemnitee’s obligations hereunder or under any other Loan Document, if the Borrower or such other Loan Party has obtained a final and nonappealable judgment in its favor on such claim as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.
     (c) Reimbursement by Lenders. To the extent that the Borrower for any reason fails to indefeasibly pay any amount required under subsection (a) or (b) of this Section to be paid by it to the Administrative Agent (or any sub-agent thereof) or any Related Party of any of the foregoing, each Lender severally agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent (or any such sub-agent) or such Related Party, as the case may be, such Lender’s Applicable Percentage (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 Administrative Agent (or any such sub-agent) in its capacity as such, or against any Related Party of any of the foregoing acting for the Administrative Agent (or any such sub-agent) in connection with such capacity. The obligations of the Lenders under this subsection (c) are subject to the provisions of Section 2.11(d).
     (d) Waiver of Consequential Damages, Etc. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the Borrower shall not assert, and hereby waives, any claim against any Indemnitee, on any theory of liability, for special, indirect, consequential or punitive damages (as opposed to direct or actual damages) arising out of, in connection with, or as a result of, this Agreement, any other Loan Document or any agreement or instrument contemplated hereby, the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby, any Loan or the use of the proceeds thereof. No Indemnitee referred to in subsection (b) above shall be liable for any damages arising from the use by unintended recipients of any information or other materials distributed to such unintended recipients by such Indemnitee through telecommunications, electronic or other information transmission systems in connection with this Agreement or the other Loan Documents or the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby.
     (e) Payments. All amounts due under this Section shall be payable not later than ten Business Days after demand therefor.
     (f) Survival. The agreements in this Section shall survive the resignation of the Administrative Agent, the replacement of any Lender, the termination of the Aggregate Commitments and the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all the other Obligations.
          10.05 Payments Set Aside. To the extent that any payment by or on behalf of the Borrower is made to the Administrative Agent or any Lender, or the Administrative Agent or any Lender exercises its right of setoff, and such payment or the proceeds of such setoff or any part thereof is subsequently invalidated, declared to be fraudulent or preferential, set aside or required (including pursuant to any settlement entered into by the Administrative Agent or such Lender in its discretion) to be repaid to a trustee, receiver or any other party, in connection with

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any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law or otherwise, then (a) to the extent of such recovery, the obligation or part thereof originally intended to be satisfied shall be revived and continued in full force and effect as if such payment had not been made or such setoff had not occurred, and (b) each Lender severally agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent upon demand its applicable share (without duplication) of any amount so recovered from or repaid by the Administrative Agent, plus interest thereon from the date of such demand to the date such payment is made at a rate per annum equal to the Federal Funds Rate from time to time in effect. The obligations of the Lenders under clause (b) of the preceding sentence shall survive the payment in full of the Obligations and the termination of this Agreement.
          10.06 Successors and Assigns.
     (a) Successors and Assigns Generally. The provisions of this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns permitted hereby, except that neither the Borrower nor any other Loan Party may assign or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of the Administrative Agent and each Lender and no Lender may assign or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations hereunder except (i) to an assignee in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of this Section, (ii) by way of participation in accordance with the provisions of subsection (d) of this Section, or (iii) by way of pledge or assignment of a security interest subject to the restrictions of subsection (f) of this Section (and any other attempted assignment or transfer by any party hereto shall be null and void). Nothing in this Agreement, expressed or implied, shall be construed to confer upon any Person (other than the parties hereto, their respective successors and assigns permitted hereby, Participants to the extent provided in subsection (d) of this Section and, to the extent expressly contemplated hereby, the Related Parties of each of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders) any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or by reason of this Agreement.
     (b) Assignments by Lenders. Any Lender may at any time assign to one or more assignees all or a portion of its rights and obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and the Loans at the time owing to it); provided that any such assignment shall be subject to the following conditions:
     (i) Minimum Amounts.
   (A) in the case of an assignment of the entire remaining amount of the assigning Lender’s Commitment and the Loans at the time owing to it or in the case of an assignment to a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund, no minimum amount need be assigned; and
   (B) in any case not described in subsection (b)(i)(A) of this Section, the aggregate amount of the Commitment (which for this purpose includes Loans outstanding thereunder) or, if the Commitment is not then in effect, the principal outstanding balance of the Loans of the assigning Lender subject to each such assignment, determined as of the date the Assignment and Assumption with respect to such assignment is delivered to the Administrative Agent or, if “Trade Date” is specified in the Assignment and Assumption, as of the Trade Date, shall

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not be less than $5,000,000 unless each of the Administrative Agent and, so long as no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, the Borrower otherwise consents (each such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed); provided, however, that concurrent assignments to members of an Assignee Group and concurrent assignments from members of an Assignee Group to a single Eligible Assignee (or to an Eligible Assignee and members of its Assignee Group) will be treated as a single assignment for purposes of determining whether such minimum amount has been met.
     (ii) Proportionate Amounts. 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 with respect to the Loans or the Commitment assigned.
     (iii) Required Consents. No consent shall be required for any assignment except to the extent required by subsection (b)(i)(B) of this Section and, in addition:
   (A) the consent of the Borrower (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) shall be required unless (1) an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing at the time of such assignment or (2) such assignment is to a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund provided that the Borrower shall be deemed to have consented to any such assignment unless it shall object thereto by written notice to the Administrative Agent within five (5) Business Days after having received notice thereof;
   (B) the consent of the Administrative Agent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) shall be required if such assignment is to a Person that is not a Lender, an Affiliate of such Lender or an Approved Fund with respect to such Lender.
     (iv) Assignment and Assumption. The parties to each assignment shall execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent an Assignment and Assumption, together with a processing and recordation fee in the amount of $3,500; provided, however, that the Administrative Agent may, in its sole discretion, elect to waive such processing and recordation fee in the case of any assignment. The assignee, if it is not a Lender, shall deliver to the Administrative Agent an the Administrative Questionnaire.
     (v) No Assignment to Certain Persons. No such assignment shall be made to the Borrower or any of the Borrower’s Subsidiaries, or (B) to any Defaulting Lender or any of its Subsidiaries, or any Person who, upon becoming a Lender hereunder, would constitute any of the foregoing Persons described in this clause (B), or (C) to a natural person.
     (vi) Certain Additional Payments. 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 Administrative Agent in an aggregate amount sufficient, upon distribution thereof as appropriate (which

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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 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 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 and participations in Letters of Credit in accordance with its Applicable Percentage. 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.
Subject to acceptance and recording thereof by the Administrative Agent pursuant to subsection (c) of this Section, from and after the effective date specified in each Assignment and Assumption, the assignee thereunder shall be a party to this Agreement 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 Sections 3.01, 3.04, 3.05, and 10.04 with respect to facts and circumstances occurring prior to the effective date of such assignment. Upon request, the Borrower (at its expense) shall execute and deliver a Note to the assignee Lender. Any assignment or transfer by a Lender of rights or obligations under this Agreement that does not comply with this subsection 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 subsection (d) of this Section.
     (c) Register. The Administrative Agent, acting solely for this purpose as an agent of the Borrower (and such agency being solely for tax purposes), shall maintain at the Administrative Agent’s Office a copy of each Assignment and Assumption delivered to it and a register for the recordation of the names and addresses of the Lenders, and the Commitments of, and principal 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, and the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders may 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 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.
     (d) Participations. Any Lender may at any time, without the consent of, or notice to, the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, sell participations to any Person (other than a natural person, a Defaulting Lender or the Borrower or any of the Borrower’s Affiliates or Subsidiaries) (each, a “Participant”) in all or a portion of such Lender’s rights and/or obligations under this

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Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and/or the Loans owing to it); provided that (i) such Lender’s obligations under this Agreement shall remain unchanged, (ii) such Lender shall remain solely responsible to the other parties hereto for the performance of such obligations and (iii) the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the 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 to approve any amendment, modification or waiver of any provision of this Agreement; provided that such agreement or instrument may provide that such Lender will not, without the consent of the Participant, agree to any amendment, waiver or other modification described in the first proviso to Section 10.01 that affects such Participant. Subject to subsection (e) of this Section, the Borrower agrees that each Participant shall be entitled to the benefits of Sections 3.01, 3.04 and 3.05 to the same extent as if it were a Lender and had acquired its interest by assignment pursuant to subsection (b) of this Section. To the extent permitted by law, each Participant also shall be entitled to the benefits of Section 10.08 as though it were a Lender, provided such Participant agrees to be subject to Section 2.10 as though it were a Lender.
     (e) Limitations upon Participant Rights. A Participant shall not be entitled to receive any greater payment under Section 3.01 or 3.04 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. A Participant that would be a Foreign Lender if it were a Lender shall not be entitled to the benefits of Section 3.01 unless the Borrower is notified of the participation sold to such Participant and such Participant agrees, for the benefit of the Borrower, to comply with Section 3.01(e) as though it were a Lender.
     (f) Certain Pledges. Any Lender may at any time pledge or assign a security interest in all or any portion of its rights under this Agreement (including under its Note, if any) to secure obligations of such Lender, including any pledge or assignment to secure obligations to a Federal Reserve Bank; provided that no such pledge or assignment shall release such Lender from any of its obligations hereunder or substitute any such pledgee or assignee for such Lender as a party hereto.
          10.07 Treatment of Certain Information; Confidentiality. Each of the Administrative Agent, the Lenders agrees to maintain the confidentiality of the Information (as defined below), except that Information may be disclosed (a) to its Affiliates and to its and its Affiliates’ respective partners, directors, officers, employees, agents, trustees, advisors and representatives (it being understood that the Persons to whom such disclosure is made will be informed of the confidential nature of such Information and instructed to keep such Information confidential), (b) to the extent requested by any regulatory authority purporting to have jurisdiction over it (including any self-regulatory authority, such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners), (c) to the extent required by applicable laws or regulations or by any subpoena or similar legal process, (d) to any other party hereto, (e) in connection with the exercise of any remedies hereunder or under any other Loan Document or any action or proceeding relating to this Agreement or any other Loan Document or the enforcement of rights

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hereunder or thereunder, (f) subject to an agreement containing provisions substantially the same as those of this Section, to (i) any assignee of or Participant in, or any prospective assignee of or Participant in, any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement or (ii) any actual or prospective counterparty (or its advisors) to any swap or derivative transaction relating to the Borrower and its obligations, (g) with the consent of the Borrower or (h) to the extent such Information (x) becomes publicly available other than as a result of a breach of this Section or (y) becomes available to the Administrative Agent, any Lender or any of their respective Affiliates on a nonconfidential basis from a source other than the Borrower. For purposes of this Section, “Information” means all information received from the Borrower or any Subsidiary relating to the Borrower or any Subsidiary or any of their respective businesses, other than any such information that is available to the Administrative Agent, 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 date hereof, such information is clearly identified at the time of delivery as confidential. Any Person required to maintain the confidentiality of Information as provided in this Section shall be considered to have complied with its obligation to do so if such Person has exercised the same degree of care to maintain the confidentiality of such Information as such Person would accord to its own confidential information.
     Each of the Administrative Agent, the Lenders acknowledges that (a) the Information may include material non-public information concerning the Borrower or a Subsidiary, as the case may be, (b) it has developed compliance procedures regarding the use of material non-public information and (c) it will handle such material non-public information in accordance with applicable Law, including United States Federal and state securities Laws.
          10.08 Right of Setoff. If an Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, each Lender and each of their respective Affiliates is hereby authorized at any time and from time to time, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, to set off and apply any and all 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 or any such Affiliate to or for the credit or the account of the Borrower or any other Loan Party against any and all of the obligations of the Borrower or such Loan Party now or hereafter existing under this Agreement or any other Loan Document to such Lender, irrespective of whether or not such Lender shall have made any demand under this Agreement or any other Loan Document and although such obligations of the Borrower or such Loan Party may be contingent or unmatured or 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 Administrative Agent for further application in accordance with the provisions of Section 2.14 and, pending such payment, shall be segregated by such Defaulting Lender from its other funds and deemed held in trust for the benefit of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, and (y) the Defaulting Lender shall provide promptly to the Administrative Agent a statement describing in reasonable detail the Obligations owing to such Defaulting Lender as to which it exercised such right of setoff. The rights of each Lender and their respective Affiliates under this Section are in addition to other rights and remedies (including other rights of setoff) that such Lender or their respective Affiliates may have. Each Lender agrees to notify the Borrower and the Administrative Agent promptly after any such

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setoff and application, provided that the failure to give such notice shall not affect the validity of such setoff and application.
          10.09 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 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 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.
          10.10 Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts (and by different parties hereto in different counterparts), each of which shall constitute an original, but all of which when taken together shall constitute a single contract. This Agreement, and the other Loan Documents 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 Administrative Agent and when the Administrative Agent shall have received counterparts hereof that, when taken together, bear the signatures of each of the other parties hereto. Delivery of an executed counterpart of a signature page of this Agreement by telecopy or other electronic imaging means shall be effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart of this Agreement.
          10.11 Survival of Representations and Warranties. All representations and warranties made hereunder and in any other Loan Document or other document delivered pursuant hereto or thereto or in connection herewith or therewith shall survive the execution and delivery hereof and thereof. Such representations and warranties have been or will be relied upon by the Administrative Agent and each Lender, regardless of any investigation made by the Administrative Agent or any Lender or on their behalf and notwithstanding that the Administrative Agent or any Lender may have had notice or knowledge of any Default at the time of any Loan, and shall continue in full force and effect as long as any Loan or any other Obligation hereunder shall remain unpaid or unsatisfied.
          10.12 Severability. If any provision of this Agreement or the other Loan Documents is held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, (a) the legality, validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents shall not be affected or impaired thereby and (b) the parties shall endeavor in good faith negotiations to replace the illegal, invalid or unenforceable provisions with valid provisions the economic effect of which comes as close as possible to that of the illegal, invalid or unenforceable provisions. The invalidity of a provision in a particular jurisdiction shall not invalidate or render unenforceable such provision in any other jurisdiction. Without limiting the

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foregoing provisions of this Section 10.12, if and to the extent that the enforceability of any provisions in this Agreement relating to Defaulting Lenders shall be limited by Debtor Relief Laws, as determined in good faith by the Administrative Agent, then such provisions shall be deemed to be in effect only to the extent not so limited.
          10.13 Replacement of Lenders. If any Lender requests compensation under Section 3.04, 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 3.01, or if any Lender fails to consent to any increase in the Borrowing Base proposed by the Administrative Agent, is a Defaulting Lender, or if any Lender fails to agree to upon a proposed Borrowing Base pursuant to Section 2.15 that is the same as or is a decrease of the then existing Borrowing Base if Lenders constituting the Required Lenders have agreed to such proposed Borrowing Base, then the Borrower may, at its sole expense and effort, upon notice to such Lender and the Administrative Agent, require such Lender to assign and delegate, without recourse (in accordance with and subject to the restrictions contained in, and consents required by, Section 10.06), all of its interests, rights and obligations under this Agreement and the related Loan Documents to an assignee that shall assume such obligations (which assignee may be another Lender, if a Lender accepts such assignment), provided that:
     (a) the Borrower shall have paid to the Administrative Agent the assignment fee specified in Section 10.06(b);
     (b) such Lender shall have received payment of an amount equal to 100% of the outstanding principal of its Loans, accrued interest thereon, accrued fees and all other amounts payable to it hereunder and under the other Loan Documents (including any amounts under Section 3.05) 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) in the case of any such assignment resulting from a claim for compensation under Section 3.04 or payments required to be made pursuant to Section 3.01, such assignment will result in a reduction in such compensation or payments thereafter; and
     (d) such assignment does not conflict with applicable Laws.
     A Lender shall not be required to make any such assignment or delegation if, prior thereto, as a result of a waiver by such Lender or otherwise, the circumstances entitling the Borrower to require such assignment and delegation cease to apply.
          10.14 Governing Law; Jurisdiction; Etc.
     (a) GOVERNING LAW. THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY, AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, THE LAW OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
     (b) SUBMISSION TO JURISDICTION. THE BORROWER AND EACH OTHER LOAN PARTY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY SUBMITS, FOR ITSELF AND ITS PROPERTY, TO THE NONEXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OF THE COURTS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND OF THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, AND ANY APPELLATE COURT FROM ANY

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THEREOF, IN ANY ACTION OR PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY OTHER LOAN DOCUMENT, OR FOR RECOGNITION OR ENFORCEMENT OF ANY JUDGMENT, AND EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO 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 COURT OR, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE 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. NOTHING IN THIS AGREEMENT OR IN ANY OTHER LOAN DOCUMENT SHALL AFFECT ANY RIGHT THAT THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT, ANY LENDER MAY OTHERWISE HAVE TO BRING ANY ACTION OR PROCEEDING RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY OTHER LOAN DOCUMENT AGAINST THE BORROWER OR ANY OTHER LOAN PARTY OR ITS PROPERTIES IN THE COURTS OF ANY JURISDICTION.
     (c) WAIVER OF VENUE. THE BORROWER AND EACH OTHER LOAN PARTY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANY OBJECTION THAT IT MAY NOW OR HEREAFTER HAVE TO THE LAYING OF VENUE OF ANY ACTION OR PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY OTHER LOAN DOCUMENT IN ANY COURT REFERRED TO IN PARAGRAPH (B) OF THIS SECTION. EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, THE DEFENSE OF AN INCONVENIENT FORUM TO THE MAINTENANCE OF SUCH ACTION OR PROCEEDING IN ANY SUCH COURT.
     (d) SERVICE OF PROCESS. EACH PARTY HERETO IRREVOCABLY CONSENTS TO SERVICE OF PROCESS IN THE MANNER PROVIDED FOR NOTICES IN SECTION 10.02. NOTHING IN THIS AGREEMENT WILL AFFECT THE RIGHT OF ANY PARTY HERETO TO SERVE PROCESS IN ANY OTHER MANNER PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
          10.15 Waiver of Jury Trial. EACH PARTY HERETO HEREBY IRREVOCABLY 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 THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY OTHER LOAN DOCUMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY OR THEREBY (WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER THEORY). EACH PARTY HERETO (A) CERTIFIES THAT NO REPRESENTATIVE, AGENT OR ATTORNEY OF ANY OTHER PERSON HAS REPRESENTED, EXPRESSLY OR OTHERWISE, THAT SUCH OTHER PERSON 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 AND THE OTHER LOAN DOCUMENTS BY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE MUTUAL WAIVERS AND CERTIFICATIONS IN THIS SECTION.

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          10.16 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 and each other Loan Party acknowledges and agrees that: (i) (A) the arranging and other services regarding this Agreement provided by the Administrative Agent and the Arranger, are arm’s-length commercial transactions between the Borrower, each other Loan Party and their respective Affiliates, on the one hand, and the Administrative Agent and the Arranger, on the other hand, (B) each of the Borrower and the other Loan Parties has consulted its own legal, accounting, regulatory and tax advisors to the extent it has deemed appropriate, and (C) the Borrower and each other Loan Party is capable of evaluating, and understands and accepts, the terms, risks and conditions of the transactions contemplated hereby and by the other Loan Documents; (ii) (A) the Administrative Agent and the Arranger each 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 other Loan Party or any of their respective Affiliates, or any other Person and (B) neither the Administrative Agent nor the Arranger has any obligation to the Borrower, any other Loan Party or any of their respective Affiliates with respect to the transactions contemplated hereby except those obligations expressly set forth herein and in the other Loan Documents; and (iii) the Administrative Agent and the Arranger and their respective Affiliates may be engaged in a broad range of transactions that involve interests that differ from those of the Borrower, the other Loan Parties and their respective Affiliates, and neither the Administrative Agent nor the Arranger has any obligation to disclose any of such interests to the Borrower, any other Loan Party or any of their respective Affiliates. To the fullest extent permitted by law, each of the Borrower and the other Loan Parties hereby waives and releases any claims that it may have against the Administrative Agent and the Arranger with respect to any breach or alleged breach of agency or fiduciary duty in connection with any aspect of any transaction contemplated hereby.
          10.17 Electronic Execution of Assignments and Certain Other Documents. The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature,” and words of like import in any Assignment and Assumption or in any amendment or other modification hereof (including waivers and consents) 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.
          10.18 USA PATRIOT Act. Each Lender that is subject to the Act (as hereinafter defined) and the 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 (Title III of Pub. L. 107-56 (signed into law October 26, 2001)) (the “Act”), it is required to obtain, verify and record information that identifies the Borrower, which information includes the name and address of the Borrower and other information that will allow such Lender or the Administrative Agent, as applicable, to identify the Borrower in accordance with the Act. The Borrower shall, promptly following a request by the Administrative Agent or any Lender, provide all documentation and other information that the Administrative Agent or such Lender

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requests in order to comply with its ongoing obligations under applicable “know your customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations, including the Act.
          10.19 No General Partner’s Liability. The Administrative Agent and the Lenders agree for themselves and their respective successors and assigns, including any subsequent holder of any Note, that no claim under this Agreement or under any other Loan Document shall be made against the General Partner, and that no judgment, order or execution entered in any suit, action or proceeding, whether legal or equitable, hereunder or on any other Loan Document shall be obtained or enforced, against the General Partner or its assets for the purpose of obtaining satisfaction and payment of amounts owed under this Agreement or any other Loan Document.
          10.20 Time of the Essence. Time is of the essence of the Loan Documents.
          10.21 Restatement. Effective as of the Closing Date, (a) this Agreement amends and restates the Existing Credit Agreement in its entirety, and (c) the loans and all other obligations outstanding under the Existing Credit Agreement shall be outstanding under and governed by this Agreement.
          10.22 ENTIRE AGREEMENT. THIS AGREEMENT AND THE OTHER LOAN DOCUMENTS REPRESENT THE FINAL AGREEMENT AMONG THE PARTIES AND MAY NOT BE CONTRADICTED BY EVIDENCE OF PRIOR, CONTEMPORANEOUS, OR SUBSEQUENT ORAL AGREEMENTS OF THE PARTIES. THERE ARE NO UNWRITTEN ORAL AGREEMENTS AMONG THE PARTIES.

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     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be duly executed as of the date first above written.
             
    VOC BRAZOS ENERGY PARTNERS, LP    
 
           
    By: Vess Texas Partners, L.L.C., its General Partner    
 
    By: Vess Holding Corporation, its Manager    
 
           
 
  By:        
 
     
 
J. Michael Vess, Designated Representative
   

 


 

             
    BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., as    
    the Administrative Agent    
 
           
 
  By:        
 
     
 
   
 
  Name:        
 
     
 
   
 
  Title:        
 
     
 
   

 


 

             
    BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., as a Lender    
 
           
 
  By:        
 
     
 
   
 
  Name:        
 
     
 
   
 
  Title:        
 
     
 
   

 


 

             
    UNION BANK, N.A., as a Lender    
 
           
 
  By:        
 
     
 
   
 
  Name:        
 
     
 
   
 
  Title:        
 
     
 
   

 


 

SCHEDULE 2.01
COMMITMENT AND
INITIAL BORROWING BASE
                         
            Initial    
Lender   Commitment   Borrowing Base   Applicable Percentage
Bank of America, N.A.
  $ 12,000,000     $ 12,000,000       50.000000000 %
Union Bank, N.A.
  $ 12,000,000     $ 12,000,000       50.000000000 %
Total
  $ 24,000,000     $ 24,000,000       100.000000000 %

 


 

SCHEDULE 4.01
SECURITY DOCUMENTS
1.   Guaranty by VOC Kansas and VOC Partners.
 
2.   Deed of Trust, Mortgage, Assignment, Security Agreement, Fixture Filing and Financing Statement by the Borrower.
 
3.   Mortgage, Assignment, Security Agreement, Fixture Filing and Financing Statement by VOC Kansas.
 
4.   Pledge and Security Agreement covering the VOC Trust Units and other assets to be dated as of the Closing Date from the Borrower and VOC Partners in favor of Administrative Agent.
 
5.   UCC-1 financing statement naming the Borrower as debtor and Administrative Agent as secured party covering all assets of the Borrower.
 
6.   UCC-1 financing statement naming VOC Kansas as debtor and Administrative Agent as secured party covering all assets of VOC Kansas.
 
7.   UCC-1 financing statement naming VOC Partners as debtor and Administrative Agent as secured party covering all assets of VOC Partners.

 


 

DISCLOSURE SCHEDULES
     SCHEDULE 5.05 — Supplement to Interim Financial Statements
     None
     SCHEDULE 5.06 — Litigation:
     None
     SCHEDULE 5.09 — Environmental:
     None.
     SCHEDULE 5.13 — Subsidiaries and other Equity Investments:
     None prior to Closing; VOC Kansas after Closing
     SCHEDULE 5.13 Sale of Production:
     None

 


 

SCHEDULE 10.02
ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT’S OFFICE,
CERTAIN ADDRESSES FOR NOTICES
BORROWER:
VOC Brazos Energy Partners, L.P.
1700 Waterfront Parkway
Building 500
Wichita, Kansas 67206
Attn: Alan Howarter
Telephone: (316) 682-1537, x 109
Telecopier: (316) 686-3521
Electronic Mail: ahowarter@vessoil.com
Website Address: vessoil.com
OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT AND SWING LINE LENDER
Notices (other than Requests for Extensions of Credit):
Bank of America, N.A.
Attn: Kathleen Carry
CA5-701-05-19
1455 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: (415) 436-4001
Facsimile: (415) 503-5001
Electronic Mail: kathleen.carry@bankofamerica.com
With a copy to:
Attn: Adam Fey
Bank of America, N.A.
231 S. LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Tel: (312) 828-1462
Facsimile: (312) 974-4970
Electronic Mail: adam.h.fey@bankofamerica.com
For Payments and Requests for Loans:
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.
Frances Morgan
NC1-001-04-39
101 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28255-0001
Telephone: 704-386-9068

 


 

Facsimile: 704-409-0984
Electronic Mail: frances.j.morgan@bankofamerica.com
Payments:
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.
Bank of America, N.A.
New York NY
ABA # : 026009593
Acct # : _____________
Attn: Corporate Credit Services
Reference: VOC Brazos Energy Partners, L.P.

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EXHIBIT A
FORM OF LOAN NOTICE
Date: ___________, 20___
     To: Bank of America, N.A., as Administrative Agent
Ladies and Gentlemen:
     Reference is made to that certain Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of _______, 2011 (as amended, restated, extended, supplemented or otherwise modified in writing from time to time, the “Agreement;” the terms defined therein being used herein as therein defined), among VOC Brazos Energy Partners, L.P., a Texas limited partnership (the “Borrower”), VOC Partners LLC, a Kansas limited liability company, the Lenders from time to time party thereto, and Bank of America, N.A., as Administrative Agent.
     The undersigned hereby requests (select one):
     o A Borrowing of Loans     o A conversion or continuation of Loans
  1.   On _____________________ (a Business Day).
 
  2.   In the amount of $______________________.
 
  3.   Comprised of _________________________.
 [Type of Committed Loan requested]
     4. For Eurodollar Rate Loans: with an Interest Period of ______ months.
     The Borrowing, if any, requested herein complies with the provisos to the first sentence of Section 2.01 of the Agreement.
             
    VOC BRAZOS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.    
 
           
    By: Vess Texas Partners, L.L.C., its General Partner    
 
           
    By: Vess Holding Corporation, its Manager    
 
           
 
  By:        
 
     
 
   
 
      J. Michael Vess, Designated Representative    
A-1
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EXHIBIT B
FORM OF NOTE
     
$_______________________   _______________________
     FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the undersigned (the “Borrower”), hereby promises to pay to _____________________ or registered assigns (“Lender”) the principal amount of $______________, in accordance with the provisions of that certain Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of _______, 2011 (as amended, restated, extended, supplemented or otherwise modified in writing from time to time, the “Agreement;” the terms defined therein being used herein as therein defined), among the Borrower, VOC Partners LLC, the Lenders from time to time party thereto, and Bank of America, N.A., as Administrative Agent.
     The Borrower promises to pay interest on the unpaid principal amount of the Loan by such Lender from the date of such Loan until such principal amount is paid in full, at such interest rates and at such times as provided in the Agreement. All payments of principal and interest shall be made to Administrative Agent for the account of the Lender in Dollars in immediately available funds at the Administrative Agent’s Office. If any amount is not paid in full when due hereunder, such unpaid amount shall bear interest, to be paid upon demand, from the due date thereof until the date of actual payment (and before as well as after judgment) computed at the per annum rate set forth in the Agreement.
     This Note is one of the Notes referred to in the Agreement, is entitled to the benefits thereof and may be prepaid in whole or in part subject to the terms and conditions provided therein. Upon the occurrence and continuation of one or more of the Events of Default specified in the Agreement, all amounts then remaining unpaid on this Note shall become, or may be declared to be, immediately due and payable all as provided in the Agreement. Loans made by the Lender shall be evidenced by one or more loan accounts or records maintained by the Lender in the ordinary course of business.
     The Borrower, for itself, its successors and assigns, hereby waives diligence, presentment, protest and demand and notice of protest, demand, dishonor and non-payment of this Note.
     THIS NOTE SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
B-1
FORM OF NOTE

 


 

             
    VOC BRAZOS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.    
 
           
    By: Vess Texas Partners, L.L.C., its General Partner    
 
           
    By: Vess Holding Corporation, its Manager    
 
 
  By:        
 
     
 
J. Michael Vess, Designated Representative
   
B-2
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EXHIBIT C
FORM OF COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE
Financial Statement Date:______________
To: Bank of America, N.A., as Administrative Agent
Ladies and Gentlemen:
     Reference is made to that certain Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of _______, 2011 (as amended, restated, extended, supplemented or otherwise modified in writing from time to time, the “Agreement;” the terms defined therein being used herein as therein defined), among VOC Brazos Energy Partners, L.P., a Texas limited partnership (the “Borrower”), VOC Partners LLC, a Kansas limited liability company, the Lenders from time to time party thereto, and Bank of America, N.A., as Administrative Agent.
     The undersigned Responsible Officer hereby certifies as of the date hereof that he is the acting managing member of Vess Texas Partners, L.L.C., a Kansas limited liability company, which is the sole general partner of the Borrower, and that, as such, he is authorized to execute and deliver this Certificate to Administrative Agent on the behalf of the Borrower, and that:
     [Use following paragraph 1 for fiscal year-end financial statements]
     1. The Borrower has delivered the year-end audited financial statements required by Section 6.01(a) of the Agreement for the fiscal year of the Borrower ended as of the above date, together with the report and opinion of an independent certified public accountant required by such section.
     [Use following paragraph 1 for fiscal quarter-end financial statements]
     1. The Borrower has delivered the unaudited financial statements required by Section 6.01(b) of the Agreement for the fiscal quarter of the Borrower ended as of the above date. Such financial statements fairly present the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP as at such date and for such period, subject only to normal year-end audit adjustments and the absence of footnotes.
     2. The undersigned has reviewed and is familiar with the terms of the Agreement and has made, or has caused to be made under his/her supervision, a detailed review of the transactions and condition (financial or otherwise) of the Borrower during the accounting period covered by such financial statements.
     3. A review of the activities of the Borrower during such fiscal period has been made under the supervision of the undersigned with a view to determining whether during such fiscal period the Borrower performed and observed all its Obligations under the Loan Documents, and
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[select one:]
     [to the best knowledge of the undersigned during such fiscal period, the Borrower performed and observed each covenant and condition of the Loan Documents applicable to it, and no Default has occurred and is continuing.]
—or—
     [the following covenants or conditions have not been performed or observed and the following is a list of each such Default and its nature and status:]
     4. The representations and warranties of the Borrower contained in Article V of the Agreement, and/or any representations and warranties of the Borrower or any other Loan Party that are contained in any document furnished at any time under or in connection with the Loan Documents, are true and correct on and as of the date hereof, except to the extent that such representations and warranties specifically refer to an earlier date, in which case they are true and correct as of such earlier date, and except that for purposes of this Compliance Certificate, the representations and warranties contained in subsections (a) and (b) of Section 5.05 of the Agreement shall be deemed to refer to the most recent statements furnished pursuant to clauses (a) and (b), respectively, of Section 6.01 of the Agreement, including the statements in connection with which this Compliance Certificate is delivered.
     5. The financial covenant analyses and information set forth on Schedule 1 attached hereto are true and accurate on and as of the date of this Certificate.
     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has executed this Certificate as of ______________, ___________.
             
    VOC BRAZOS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.    
 
           
    By: Vess Texas Partners, L.L.C., its General Partner    
 
           
    By: Vess Holding Corporation, its Manager    
 
           
 
  By:        
 
     
 
J. Michael Vess, Designated Representative
   
C-2
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For the Quarter/Year ended __________________(“Reporting Date”)
SCHEDULE 1
to the Compliance Certificate
($ in 000’s)
         
I.      Section 7.13—Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio.
       
(A)  Consolidated EBITDA of Borrower and its Subsidiaries for the four Fiscal Quarter period ending on the Reporting Date (“Subject Period”):
       
1.  Consolidated net income from operations of Borrower and its Subsidiaries for Subject Period:
  $ ____  
2.  Consolidated Interest Charges for Subject Period* (Line I.D.3.):
  $ ____  
3.  Federal, state and local income taxes for Subject Period:*
  $ ____  
4.  Depreciation expenses for Subject Period:*
  $ ____  
5.  Amortization expenses for Subject Period:*
  $ ____  
6.  Depletion expenses for Subject Period:*
  $ ____  
7.  Other non-cash charges for Subject Period:*
  $ ____  
8.  Consolidated EBITDA from operations (Lines I.A.1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7):
  $ ____  
(B)  Cash distributions from Oil Trust Units to VOC Partners if such amounts are actually paid by VOC Partners to the Borrower during the Subject Period:
  $ ____  
(C)  Capital expenditures for maintenance, repair or replacement of existing assets during the Subject Period:
  $ ____  
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(D)  Consolidated Interest Charges:
       
1.  Interest, premium payments, debt discount, fees, charges and related expenses of Borrower and its Subsidiaries in connection with borrowed money (including capitalized interest) or in connection with the deferred purchase price of assets for Subject Period:
  $ ____  
2.  Portion of rent expense of Borrower and its Subsidiaries under capital leases for Subject Period:
  $ ____  
3.  Consolidated Interest Charges (Line I.D.1. + Line I.D.2.)
  $ ____  
(E)  Scheduled payment of principal for the Subject Period:
  $ ____  
(F)  Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio (Line I.A.8 + Line I.B – Line I C ¸ Line I.D.3 + Line I.E)
  ____ to 1
(G)  Minimum required:
    1.25 to 1  
 
*   include only to the extent that it has been deducted in calculating Consolidated Net Income
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For the Fiscal Quarter/Year ended __________________(“Reporting Date”)
Quarterly Information for Schedule 1
to the Compliance Certificate
($ in 000’s)
Consolidated EBITDA
(in accordance with the definition of Consolidated EBITDA from Operations
as set forth in the Agreement)
                                         
                                    Twelve  
Consolidated   Quarter     Quarter     Quarter     Quarter     Months  
EBITDA   Ended     Ended     Ended     Ended     Ended  
Consolidated Net Income from operations of Borrower and its Subsidiaries
                                       
+ Consolidated Interest Charges
                                       
+ Federal, state and local income taxes
                                       
+ depreciation expense
                                       
+ amortization expense
                                       
+ depletion expense
                                       
+ other non-cash charges
                                       
= Consolidated EBITDA from operations
                                       
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EXHIBIT D-1
FORM
OF
ASSIGNMENT AND ASSUMPTION
     This Assignment and Assumption (this “Assignment and Assumption”) is dated as of the Effective Date set forth below and is entered into by and between [Insert name of Assignor] (the “Assignor”) and [Insert name of Assignee] (the “Assignee”). Capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the meanings given to them in the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement identified below (the “Credit Agreement”), receipt of a copy of which is hereby acknowledged by the Assignee. The Standard Terms and Conditions set forth in Annex 1 attached hereto are hereby agreed to and incorporated herein by reference and made a part of this Assignment and Assumption as if set forth herein in full.
     For an agreed consideration, the Assignor hereby irrevocably sells and assigns to the Assignee, and the Assignee hereby irrevocably purchases and assumes from the Assignor, subject to and in accordance with the Standard Terms and Conditions and the Credit Agreement, as of the Effective Date inserted by Administrative Agent as contemplated below (i) all of the Assignor’s rights and obligations as a Lender under the Credit Agreement and any other documents or instruments delivered pursuant thereto to the extent related to the amount and percentage interest identified below of all of such outstanding rights and obligations of the Assignor under the respective facilities identified below (including, without limitation, the Letters of Credit and Swing Line Loans included in such facilities) and (ii) to the extent permitted to be assigned under applicable law, all claims, suits, causes of action and any other right of the Assignor (in its capacity as a Lender) against any Person, whether known or unknown, arising under or in connection with the Credit Agreement, any other documents or instruments delivered pursuant thereto or the loan transactions governed thereby or in any way based on or related to any of the foregoing, including, but not limited to, contract claims, tort claims, malpractice claims, statutory claims and all other claims at law or in equity related to the rights and obligations sold and assigned pursuant to clause (i) above (the rights and obligations sold and assigned pursuant to clauses (i) and (ii) above being referred to herein collectively as, the “Assigned Interest”). Such sale and assignment is without recourse to the Assignor and, except as expressly provided in this Assignment and Assumption, without representation or warranty by the Assignor.
1. Assignor: ____________________
2. Assignee: ____________________ [and is an Affiliate of [identify Lender]]
3. Borrower(s): ____________________
4. Administrative Agent: Bank of America, N. A., as the Administrative Agent under the Credit Agreement
5. Credit Agreement: Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of _______, 2011 among VOC Brazos Energy Partners, L.P., a Texas limited partnership, VOC Partners
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LLC, a Kansas limited liability company, the Lenders from time to time party thereto, Bank of America, N.A., as Administrative Agent
6. Assigned Interest:
                                 
    Aggregate Amount of     Amount of            
Facility   Commitment/Loans     Commitment/Loans     Percentage Assigned of        
Assigned   for all Lenders*     Assigned*     Commitment/Loans     CUSIP No.  
________
  $ ________     $ ________       ____ %     ____  
________
  $ ________     $ ________       ____ %     ____  
________
  $ ________     $ ________       ____ %     ____  
     [7. Trade Date: __________________]
     Effective Date: __________________, 20__ [TO BE INSERTED BY ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT AND WHICH SHALL BE THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF RECORDATION OF TRANSFER IN THE REGISTER THEREFOR.]
     The terms set forth in this Assignment and Assumption are hereby agreed to:
                 
    ASSIGNOR    
    [NAME OF ASSIGNOR]    
 
               
 
  By:        
 
        Title:        
 
               
    ASSIGNEE    
    [NAME OF ASSIGNEE]    
 
               
 
  By:        
 
        Title:        
[Consented to and] Accepted:
Bank of America, N. A., as
  Administrative Agent
         
By:
       
Title:
 
 
   
 
 
 
   
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[Consented to:]
         
By:
       
Title:
 
 
   
 
 
 
   
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ANNEX 1 TO ASSIGNMENT AND ASSUMPTION

STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR
ASSIGNMENT AND ASSUMPTION
     1. Representations and Warranties.
     1.1. Assignor. The Assignor (a) represents and warrants that (i) it is the legal and beneficial owner of the Assigned Interest, (ii) the Assigned Interest is free and clear of any lien, encumbrance or other adverse claim and (iii) it has full power and authority, and has taken all action necessary, to execute and deliver this Assignment and Assumption and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby; and (b) assumes no responsibility with respect to (i) any statements, warranties or representations made in or in connection with the Credit Agreement or any other Loan Document, (ii) the execution, legality, validity, enforceability, genuineness, sufficiency or value of the Loan Documents or any collateral thereunder, (iii) the financial condition of the Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates or any other Person obligated in respect of any Loan Document or (iv) the performance or observance by the Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates or any other Person of any of their respective obligations under any Loan Document.
     1.2. Assignee. The Assignee (a) represents and warrants that (i) it has full power and authority, and has taken all action necessary, to execute and deliver this Assignment and Assumption and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby and to become a Lender under the Credit Agreement, (ii) it meets all requirements of an Eligible Assignee under the Credit Agreement (subject to receipt of such consents as may be required under the Credit Agreement), (iii) from and after the Effective Date, it shall be bound by the provisions of the Credit Agreement as a Lender thereunder and, to the extent of the Assigned Interest, shall have the obligations of a Lender thereunder, and (iv) it has received a copy of the Credit Agreement, together with copies of the most recent financial statements delivered pursuant to Section 6.01 thereof, as applicable, and such other documents and information as it has deemed appropriate to make its own credit analysis and decision to enter into this Assignment and Assumption and to purchase the Assigned Interest on the basis of which it has made such analysis and decision independently and without reliance on Administrative Agent or any other Lender; and (b) agrees that (i) it will, independently and without reliance on Administrative Agent, the Assignor or any other Lender, and based on such documents and information as it shall deem appropriate at the time, continue to make its own credit decisions in taking or not taking action under the Loan Documents, and (ii) it will perform in accordance with their terms all of the obligations which by the terms of the Loan Documents are required to be performed by it as a Lender.
     2. Payments. From and after the Effective Date, Administrative Agent shall make all payments in respect of the Assigned Interest (including payments of principal, interest, fees and other amounts) to the Assignor for amounts which have accrued to but excluding the Effective Date and to the Assignee for amounts which have accrued from and after the Effective Date.
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     3. General Provisions. This Assignment and Assumption shall be binding upon, and inure to the benefit of, the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns. This Assignment and Assumption may be executed in any number of counterparts, which together shall constitute one instrument. Delivery of an executed counterpart of a signature page of this Assignment and Assumption by telecopy shall be effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart of this Assignment and Assumption. This Assignment and Assumption shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the law of the State of New York.
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