Credit Agreement

CREDIT AGREEMENT Among EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC., as Borrower, the Several Lenders From Time to Time Parties Hereto, DEUTSCHE BANK AG NEW YORK BRANCH, GOLDMAN SACHS LENDING PARTNERS LLC, CITIBANK, N.A., BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., BARCLAYS BANK PLC, MORGAN ...

by ESH Hospitality, Inc.
October 31st, 2013

Exhibit 10.29

 

 

 

$75,000,000

CREDIT AGREEMENT

among

EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC.,

as Borrower,

The Several Lenders from Time to Time Parties Hereto,

DEUTSCHE BANK AG NEW YORK BRANCH, GOLDMAN SACHS LENDING PARTNERS LLC,

CITIBANK, N.A., BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., BARCLAYS BANK PLC, MORGAN STANLEY

SENIOR FUNDING, INC. AND MACQUARIE CAPITAL (USA) INC.

as Syndication Agents,

and

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.,

as Administrative Agent

Dated as of             , 2013

 

 

 

J.P. MORGAN SECURITIES LLC, DEUTSCHE BANK SECURITIES, INC. AND GOLDMAN

SACHS LENDING PARTNERS LLC, as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

         Page  

SECTION 1.

 

DEFINITIONS

     1   

1.1

 

Defined Terms.

     1   

1.2

 

Other Definitional Provisions.

     30   

1.3

 

Classifications of Loans.

     30   

SECTION 2.

 

AMOUNT AND TERMS OF REVOLVING COMMITMENTS

     30   

2.1

 

Revolving Commitments.

     30   

2.2

 

Procedure for Revolving Loan Borrowing.

     31   

2.3

 

Swingline Commitment.

     31   

2.4

 

Procedure for Swingline Borrowing; Refunding of Swingline Loans.

     32   

2.5

 

Commitment Fees, etc.

     33   

2.6

 

Termination or Reduction of Revolving Commitments.

     33   

2.7

 

Repayment of Loans; Source of Funds; Evidence of Debt.

     33   

2.8

 

Optional Prepayments.

     34   

2.9

 

Mandatory Prepayments and Commitment Reductions.

     35   

2.10

 

Conversion and Continuation Options.

     35   

2.11

 

Limitations on Eurodollar Tranches.

     35   

2.12

 

Interest Rates and Payment Dates.

     36   

2.13

 

Computation of Interest and Fees.

     36   

2.14

 

Inability to Determine Interest Rate.

     36   

2.15

 

Pro Rata Treatment and Payments.

     37   

2.16

 

Sharing of Payments by Lenders.

     38   

2.17

 

Change in Law.

     38   

2.18

 

Taxes.

     39   

2.19

 

Indemnity.

     43   

2.20

 

Change of Lending Office.

     43   

2.21

 

Replacement of Lenders.

     43   

2.22

 

Extension Options; Repricing Option.

     44   

2.23

 

Defaulting Lenders.

     48   

2.24

 

Cash Collateral.

     50   

2.25

 

Trigger Event.

     51   

SECTION 3.

 

LETTERS OF CREDIT

     52   

3.1

 

L/C Commitment.

     52   

3.2

 

Procedure for Issuance of Letter of Credit.

     53   

3.3

 

Fees and Other Charges.

     53   

3.4

 

L/C Participations.

     53   

3.5

 

Reimbursement Obligation of the Borrower.

     54   

3.6

 

Obligations Absolute.

     54   

3.7

 

Letter of Credit Payments.

     55   

3.8

 

Applications.

     55   

3.9

 

Existing Letters of Credit.

     55   

 

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SECTION 4.

 

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

     55   

4.1

 

Financial Condition.

     55   

4.2

 

No Change.

     56   

4.3

 

Existence; Compliance with Law.

     56   

4.4

 

Power; Authorization; Enforceable Obligations.

     56   

4.5

 

No Legal Bar.

     56   

4.6

 

Litigation.

     56   

4.7

 

No Default.

     56   

4.8

 

Ownership of Property; Liens.

     57   

4.9

 

Intellectual Property.

     57   

4.10

 

Taxes.

     57   

4.11

 

Federal Regulations.

     57   

4.12

 

ERISA.

     57   

4.13

 

Investment Company Act; Other Regulations.

     58   

4.14

 

Subsidiaries.

     58   

4.15

 

Use of Proceeds.

     58   

4.16

 

Environmental Matters.

     58   

4.17

 

Accuracy of Information, etc.

     59   

4.18

 

Collateral Documents.

     60   

4.19

 

Insurance.

     60   

4.20

 

Anti-Corruption Laws and Sanctions.

     60   

4.21

 

Certain Documents.

     60   

SECTION 5.

 

CONDITIONS PRECEDENT

     60   

5.1

 

Conditions to Initial Extension of Credit.

     60   

5.2

 

Conditions to Each Extension of Credit.

     64   

SECTION 6.

 

AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS

     64   

6.1

 

Financial Statements.

     64   

6.2

 

Certificates; Other Information.

     65   

6.3

 

Payment of Obligations.

     66   

6.4

 

Taxes.

     66   

6.5

 

Maintenance of Existence; Compliance.

     66   

6.6

 

Maintenance of Property; Insurance.

     66   

6.7

 

Inspection of Property; Books and Records; Discussions.

     67   

6.8

 

Notices.

     67   

6.9

 

Environmental Laws.

     67   

6.10

 

Additional Collateral, etc.

     68   

6.11

 

Use of Proceeds.

     69   

6.12

 

Know Your Customer.

     69   

6.13

 

Further Assurances.

     69   

6.14

 

[Reserved].

     69   

6.15

 

Trigger Event.

     69   

6.16

 

Post-Closing Requirements.

     69   

 

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SECTION 7.

 

NEGATIVE COVENANTS

     70   

7.1

 

Financial Condition Covenants.

     70   

7.2

 

Indebtedness.

     70   

7.3

 

Liens.

     72   

7.4

 

Fundamental Changes.

     73   

7.5

 

Restricted Payments.

     73   

7.6

 

Transactions with Affiliates.

     74   

7.7

 

Amendments to Subsidiary Loan Documents.

     74   

SECTION 8.

 

EVENTS OF DEFAULT

     74   

8.1

 

Events of Default.

     74   

SECTION 9.

 

THE AGENTS

     77   

9.1

 

Appointment.

     77   

9.2

 

Delegation of Duties.

     77   

9.3

 

Exculpatory Provisions.

     77   

9.4

 

Reliance by Administrative Agent.

     78   

9.5

 

Notice of Default.

     78   

9.6

 

Non-Reliance on Agents and Other Lenders.

     78   

9.7

 

Indemnification.

     79   

9.8

 

Agent in Its Individual Capacity.

     79   

9.9

 

Successor Administrative Agent.

     79   

9.10

 

Lead Arrangers; Joint Bookrunners; Syndication Agents.

     80   

9.11

 

Agents May File Proofs of Claim.

     80   

SECTION 10.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

     81   

10.1

 

Amendments and Waivers.

     81   

10.2

 

Notices.

     82   

10.3

 

No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies.

     83   

10.4

 

Survival of Representations and Warranties.

     83   

10.5

 

Payment of Expenses; Damages Waiver.

     83   

10.6

 

Successors and Assigns; Participations and Assignments.

     85   

10.7

 

Adjustments; Set-off.

     89   

10.8

 

Counterparts.

     89   

10.9

 

Severability.

     89   

10.10

 

Integration.

     90   

10.11

 

GOVERNING LAW.

     90   

10.12

 

Submission To Jurisdiction; Waivers.

     90   

10.13

 

Acknowledgements.

     90   

10.14

 

Interest Rate Limitation.

     91   

10.15

 

Releases of Liens.

     91   

10.16

 

Confidentiality.

     91   

10.17

 

WAIVERS OF JURY TRIAL.

     92   

10.18

 

USA Patriot Act.

     92   

 

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SCHEDULES:

 

1.1A

   Revolving Commitments

1.1B

   Immaterial Subsidiaries

1.1C

   Existing Letters of Credit

4.4

   Consents, Authorizations, Filings and Notices

4.14

   Subsidiaries

4.18

   Collateral Filings

6.16

   Mortgaged Properties

7.2

   Indebtedness

7.3

   Liens

EXHIBITS:

 

A

   Form of Subsidiary Guarantee

B

   Form of Security Agreement

C

   Form of Compliance Certificate

D

   Form of Secretary’s Certificate

E

   Form of Assignment and Assumption

F

   Form of Exemption Certificates (1-4)

G

   Form of Increasing Lender Agreement

H

   Form of New Lender Agreement

I

   Form of Account Control Agreement

J

   Form of Conditional Account Control Agreement

K

   Form of Subsidiary Perfection Certificate

L

   Form of Notice to Cash Management Agent

 

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CREDIT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”), dated as of , 2013, among EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC., a Delaware corporation (the “Borrower”), the several banks and other financial institutions or entities from time to time parties to this Agreement (the “Lenders”), DEUTSCHE BANK AG NEW YORK BRANCH, GOLDMAN SACHS LENDING PARTNERS LLC, CITIBANK, N.A., BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., BARCLAYS BANK PLC, MORGAN STANLEY SENIOR FUNDING, INC. AND MACQUARIE CAPITAL (USA) INC. as syndication agents (in such capacities, the “Syndication Agents”), and JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., as administrative agent.

The parties hereto hereby agree as follows:

SECTION 1. DEFINITIONS

1.1 Defined Terms. As used in this Agreement, the terms listed in this Section 1.1 shall have the respective meanings set forth in this Section 1.1.

ABR”: for any day, a rate per annum (rounded upwards, if necessary, to the next 1/16 of 1%) equal to the greatest of (a) the Prime Rate in effect on such day, (b) the Federal Funds Effective Rate in effect on such day plus  12 of 1% and (c) the Eurodollar Rate that would be calculated as of such day (or, if such day is not a Business Day, as of the next preceding Business Day) in respect of a proposed Eurodollar Loan with a one-month Interest Period plus 1.0%. Any change in the ABR due to a change in the Prime Rate, the Federal Funds Effective Rate or such Eurodollar Rate shall be effective as of the opening of business on the day of such change in the Prime Rate, the Federal Funds Effective Rate or such Eurodollar Rate, respectively.

ABR Loans”: Loans the rate of interest applicable to which is based upon the ABR.

Accepting Lender”: as defined in Section 2.22(c)(ii).

Account”: the deposit account of the Borrower numbered [    ] located at the Account Bank.

Account Bank”: the Administrative Agent.

Account Control Agreement”: the Account Control Agreement, substantially in the form of Exhibit I.

Administrative Agent”: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as the administrative agent for the Lenders under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, together with any of its successors.

Affiliate”: as to any Person, any other Person that, directly or indirectly, is in control of, is controlled by, or is under common control with, such Person or is a director or officer of such Person or of an Affiliate of such Person. For purposes of this definition, “control” of a Person means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of management, policies or activities of a Person, whether through ownership of voting securities, by contract or otherwise.

Agents”: the collective reference to the Syndication Agents and the Administrative Agent.


Aggregate Exposure”: with respect to any Lender at any time, an amount equal to the amount of such Lender’s Revolving Commitment then in effect or, if the Revolving Commitments have been terminated, the amount of such Lender’s Revolving Extensions of Credit then outstanding.

Aggregate Exposure Percentage”: with respect to any Lender at any time, the ratio (expressed as a percentage) of such Lender’s Aggregate Exposure at such time to the Aggregate Exposure of all Lenders at such time.

Agreement”: as defined in the preamble hereto.

Anti-Corruption Laws”: all laws, rules, and regulations of any jurisdiction applicable to the Group Members concerning or relating to bribery or corruption.

Applicable Margin”: for each Type of Loan, the rate per annum set forth under the relevant column heading below, as may be modified from time to time pursuant to Section 2.22(c):

 

     ABR Loans     Eurodollar Loans  

Revolving Loans and Swingline Loans

     2.75     3.75

Application”: an application, in such form as the Issuing Lender may specify from time to time, requesting the Issuing Lender to open a Letter of Credit.

Approved Fund”: as defined in Section 10.6(b).

Assignee”: as defined in Section 10.6(b).

Assignment and Assumption”: an Assignment and Assumption, substantially in the form of Exhibit E.

Available Revolving Commitment”: as to any Lender at any time, an amount equal to the excess, if any, of (a) such Lender’s Revolving Commitment then in effect over (b) such Lender’s Revolving Extensions of Credit then outstanding; provided, that in calculating any Lender’s Revolving Extensions of Credit for the purpose of determining such Lender’s Available Revolving Commitment pursuant to Section 2.5(a), the aggregate principal amount of Swingline Loans then outstanding shall be deemed to be zero.

Award”: any compensation paid by any Governmental Authority in connection with a Condemnation in respect of all or any part of any Supplemental Property.

Benefitted Lender”: as defined in Section 10.7(a).

Board”: the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System of the United States (or any successor).

Borrower”: as defined in the preamble hereto.

Borrowing Date”: any Business Day specified by the Borrower as a date on which the Borrower requests the relevant Lenders to make Loans hereunder.

BREP”: collectively, Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI L.P., Blackstone Real Estate Partners (AIV) VI L.P., Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI.TE.1 L.P., Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI.TE.2 L.P., Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI.F L.P. and Blackstone Real Estate Holdings VI L.P., each a Delaware limited partnership, together with their respective permitted successors and/or assigns.

 

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Business”: as defined in Section 4.16(b).

Business Day”: a day other than a Saturday, Sunday or other day on which commercial banks in New York City are authorized or required by law to close, provided, that with respect to notices and determinations in connection with, and payments of principal and interest on, Eurodollar Loans, such day is also a day for trading by and between banks in Dollar deposits in the interbank eurodollar market.

Capital Expenditures”: for any period, the amount expended for items capitalized under GAAP and the Uniform System of Accounts (including expenditures for building improvements or major repairs) and non-recurring expenses associated with rebranding and repositioning (including signage, marketing, advertising and naming) relating to the Supplemental Properties.

Capital Lease Obligations”: as to any Person, the obligations of such Person to pay rent or other amounts under any lease of (or other arrangement conveying the right to use) real or personal property, or a combination thereof, which obligations are required to be classified and accounted for as capital leases on a balance sheet of such Person under GAAP and, for the purposes of this Agreement, the amount of such obligations at any time shall be the capitalized amount thereof at such time determined in accordance with GAAP; provided that Capital Lease Obligations shall not include any obligations of any Person to pay rent or other amounts under any lease (or other arrangement conveying the right to use) of real or personal property, or a combination thereof which obligations would be required to be classified and accounted for as an operating lease under GAAP as in effect on the Closing Date.

Capital Stock”: any and all shares, interests, participations or other equivalents (however designated) of capital stock of a corporation, any and all equivalent ownership interests in a Person (other than a corporation) and any and all warrants, rights or options to purchase any of the foregoing.

Cash Collateralize”: to pledge and deposit with or deliver to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of one or more of the Issuing Lender or Lenders, as collateral for L/C Obligations or obligations of Lenders to fund participations in respect of L/C Obligations, cash or deposit account balances, in each case pursuant to documentation in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Lender. “Cash Collateral” shall have a meaning correlative to the foregoing and shall include the proceeds of such cash collateral.

Cash Equivalents”: (a) marketable direct obligations issued by, or unconditionally guaranteed by, the United States Government or issued by any agency thereof and backed by the full faith and credit of the United States, in each case maturing within one year from the date of acquisition; (b) certificates of deposit, time deposits, bankers’ acceptances, eurodollar time deposits or overnight bank deposits having maturities of one year or less from the date of acquisition issued by any Lender or by any commercial bank organized under the laws of the United States or any state thereof having combined capital and surplus of not less than $500,000,000; (c) commercial paper of an issuer rated at least A-2 by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (“S&P”) or P-2 by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”), or carrying an equivalent rating by a nationally recognized rating agency, if both of the two named rating agencies cease publishing ratings of commercial paper issuers generally, and maturing within one year from the date of acquisition; (d) repurchase obligations of any Lender or of any commercial bank satisfying the requirements of clause (b) of this definition, having a term of not more than 30 days, with respect to securities issued or fully guaranteed or insured by the United States government; (e) securities with maturities of one year or less from the date of acquisition issued or fully guaranteed by any state,

 

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commonwealth or territory of the United States, by any political subdivision or taxing authority of any such state, commonwealth or territory or by any foreign government, the securities of which state, commonwealth, territory, political subdivision, taxing authority or foreign government (as the case may be) are rated at least A by S&P or A by Moody’s; (f) securities with maturities of one year or less from the date of acquisition backed by standby letters of credit issued by any Lender or any commercial bank satisfying the requirements of clause (b) of this definition; (g) money market mutual or similar funds that invest exclusively in assets satisfying the requirements of clauses (a) through (f) of this definition; or (h) money market funds that comply with the criteria set forth in SEC Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

Cash Management Agent”: the “Agent” as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Casualty”: a fire or other casualty that damages or destroys, in whole or in part, any Supplemental Property.

Centerbridge”: Centerbridge Capital Partners, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, together with its permitted successors and assigns.

Change in Law”: the occurrence, after the date of this Agreement (or with respect to any Lender, if later, the date on which such Lender becomes a Lender), 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, rules, guideline, requirement or directive (whether or not having the force of law) by any Governmental Authority; provided however, that notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, (i) the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and all requests, rules, guidelines, requirements and directives thereunder, issued in connection therewith or in implementation thereof, and (ii) all requests, rules, guidelines, requirements and directives promulgated by the Bank for International Settlements, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (or any successor or similar authority) or the United States or foreign regulatory authorities, in each case pursuant to Basel III, shall in each case be deemed to be a “Change in Law” regardless of the date enacted, adopted, issued or implemented.

Change of Control”: the occurrence of any of the following events: (a) any “person” or “group” (as such terms are used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, but excluding the Sponsor or any employee benefit plan of such person or its subsidiaries, and any person or entity acting in its capacity as trustee, agent or other fiduciary or administrator of any such plan) becomes the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, except that a person or group shall be deemed to have “beneficial ownership” of all securities that such person or group has the right to acquire, whether such right is exercisable immediately or only after the passage of time (such right, an “option right”)), directly or indirectly, of 35% or more of the equity securities of the Borrower entitled to vote for members of the board of directors or equivalent governing body of the Borrower on a fully-diluted basis (and taking into account all such securities that such person or group has the right to acquire pursuant to any option right) or (b) during any period of 12 consecutive months, a majority of the members of the board of directors or other equivalent governing body of the Borrower cease to be composed of individuals (i) who were members of that board or equivalent governing body on the first day of such period, (ii) whose election or nomination to that board or equivalent governing body was approved by individuals referred to in clause (i) above constituting at the time of such election or nomination at least a majority of that board or equivalent governing body or (iii) whose election or nomination to that board or other equivalent governing body was approved by individuals referred to in clauses (i) and (ii) above constituting at the time of such election or nomination at least a majority of that board or equivalent governing body (excluding, in the case of both clause

 

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(ii) and clause (iii), any individual whose initial nomination for, or assumption of office as, a member of that board or equivalent governing body occurs as a result of an actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents for the election or removal of one or more directors by any person or group other than a solicitation for the election of one or more directors by or on behalf of the board of directors).

Class”: when used in reference to any Loan, shall refer to whether such Loan is an Existing Loan or Extended Loan (of the same Extension Series) and, when used in reference to any Revolving Commitment, refers to whether such Revolving Commitment is an Existing Commitment or an Extended Commitment (of the same Extension Series).

Closing Date”: the date on which the conditions precedent set forth in Section 5.1 shall have been satisfied, which date is             , 2013.

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

Collateral”: all property of the Loan Parties, now owned or hereafter acquired, upon which a Lien is purported to be created by the Collateral Documents.

Collateral Documents”: collectively, the Security Agreement, the Account Control Agreement, the Conditional Account Control Agreement, and any other account control agreements, pledge agreements or other similar agreements delivered to the Administrative Agent.

Commitment Fee Rate”: (a) 0.175% per annum, if the average daily Total Unutilized Commitment for the applicable period is less than 50% of the Total Revolving Commitments, or (b) 0.35% per annum, if the average daily Total Unutilized Commitment for the applicable period is equal to or greater than 50% of the Total Revolving Commitments.

Compliance Certificate”: a certificate duly executed by a Responsible Officer substantially in the form of Exhibit C.

Component A”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Component B”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Condemnation”: a temporary or permanent taking by any Governmental Authority as the result or in lieu or in anticipation of the exercise of the right of condemnation or eminent domain, of all or any part of any Supplemental Property, or any interest therein or right accruing thereto, including any right of access thereto or any change of grade affecting such Supplemental Property or any part thereof.

Conditional Account Control Agreement”: the Conditional Account Control Agreement, substantially in the form of Exhibit J.

Conditional Controlled Account”: the deposit account of the Borrower numbered [    ] located at the Conditional Controlled Account Bank or any successor account that is subject to a Conditional Account Control Agreement executed by the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the applicable Conditional Controlled Account Bank.

Conditional Controlled Account Bank”: [    ] or such other depositary bank reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent.

 

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

Consolidated EBITDA”: for any period of four consecutive fiscal quarters (each, a “Reference Period”), the ESA Net Operating Income for such Reference Period (a) plus, without duplication, the sum of (i) any recurring cash income of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, (ii) to the extent reflected as a charge in the statement of such ESA Net Operating Income for such Reference Period, any non-cash expenses or losses and (iii) to the extent reflected as a charge in the statement of such ESA Net Operating Income for such Reference Period, any non-recurring or extraordinary expenses or losses, provided, that the amounts referred to in this clause (a)(iii) shall not exceed $100,000,000 in the aggregate after the Closing Date (net of any deductions pursuant to clause (b)(iii) below), and (b) minus the sum of (i) all actual non-property level management, marketing and other allocated general and administrative expenses of the Borrower or any Subsidiary thereof and all other expenses that appear on the income statement of the Borrower, (ii) to the extent included in the statement of such ESA Net Operating Income for such Reference Period, any non-cash income or gains, (iii) to the extent included in the statement of such ESA Net Operating Income for such Reference Period, any non-recurring or extraordinary income or gains (including, whether or not otherwise includable as a separate item in the statement of such ESA Net Operating Income for such Reference Period, gains on the sales of assets outside of the ordinary course of business), and (iv) any cash payments made during such Reference Period in respect of items described in clause (a)(iii) above subsequent to the fiscal quarter in which the relevant non-cash expenses or losses were reflected as a charge in the statement of ESA Net Operating Income, all as determined on a consolidated basis. For the purposes of calculating Consolidated EBITDA for any Reference Period pursuant to any determination of the Consolidated Leverage Ratio, (i) if at any time during such Reference Period the Borrower or any Subsidiary shall have made any Material Disposition, the Consolidated EBITDA for such Reference Period shall be reduced by an amount equal to the Consolidated EBITDA (if positive) attributable to the property that is the subject of such Material Disposition for such Reference Period or increased by an amount equal to the Consolidated EBITDA (if negative) attributable thereto for such Reference Period and (ii) if at any time during such Reference Period the Borrower or any Subsidiary shall have made a Material Acquisition, Consolidated EBITDA for such Reference Period shall be calculated after giving pro forma effect thereto as if such Material Acquisition occurred on the first day of such Reference Period. As used in this definition, “Material Acquisition” means any acquisition of property or series of related acquisitions of property that (a) constitutes assets comprising all or substantially all of an operating unit of a business or constitutes all or substantially all of the common stock of a Person and (b) involves the payment of consideration by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries in excess of $1,000,000; and “Material Disposition” means any Disposition of property or series of related Dispositions of property that yields gross proceeds to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries in excess of $1,000,000.

Consolidated Leverage Ratio”: as of the last day of any period, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Total Debt on such day to (b) Consolidated EBITDA for such period.

Consolidated Total Assets”: as of any date, the total assets of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, determined in accordance with GAAP, as set forth on the consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower as of such date.

Consolidated Total Debt”: at any date, the aggregate principal amount of all Indebtedness (other than Indebtedness under clause (f) of the definition thereof) of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries at such date, determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP.

 

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Contractual Obligation”: 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.

Debtor Relief Laws”: the Bankruptcy Code of the United States of America, 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 of America or other applicable jurisdictions from time to time in effect.

Debt Yield”: as of any date of determination, the percentage obtained by dividing:

(a) For all purposes other than those described in clause (b) of this definition:

(i) the numerator is the Net Operating Income for the trailing twelve (12) month period immediately preceding the date of determination for any Mortgage Collateral as of such date of determination as set forth in the financial statements required hereunder, without including, for purposes of calculating the Operating Expense component of Net Operating Income, (i) Management Fees incurred in connection with the operation of the Subsidiary Properties except as set forth below and (ii) amounts paid for Replacements, but including, for purposes of calculating the Operating Expense component of Net Operating Income, (A) assumed Management Fees, which include corporate overhead, non-property level management, marketing and other centrally provided general and administrative expenses, equal to eight percent (8.0%) of Gross Income from Operations in the aggregate and (B) assumed costs of Replacements equal to four percent (4%) of Gross Income from Operations; by

(ii) the sum of (i) the outstanding principal balances of (A) the Mortgage Loan and (B) the Mezzanine Loans, and, in each case, any Permitted Refinancing thereof, (ii) the aggregate Face Amount of any portion of any Mezzanine Loan repaid pursuant to a Discounted Payoff; (iii) the aggregate outstanding Total Revolving Extensions of Credit as of such date; and (iv) the aggregate outstanding ESH Total Revolving Extensions of Credit as of such date; and

(b) For purposes of calculating Debt Yield under the definitions of “Trigger Event” and “Trigger Event Cure”:

(i) the numerator is ESA Net Operating Income for the trailing twelve (12) month period immediately preceding the date of determination for any Subsidiary Properties and Supplemental Properties as of such date of determination (which, for any calculation occurring between the Closing Date and the first anniversary of the Closing Date, shall be calculated on a pro forma basis after giving effect to the Restructuring) as set forth in the financial statements required hereunder, without including, for purposes of calculating the ESA Operating Expense component of ESA Net Operating Income, amounts paid for Replacements, but including, for purposes of calculating the ESA Operating Expense component of ESA Net Operating Income, assumed costs of Replacements equal to four percent (4%) of Gross Income from Operations; by

(ii) the sum of (i) the outstanding principal balances of (A) the Mortgage Loan and (B) the Mezzanine Loans, and, in each case, any Permitted Refinancing thereof, (ii) the aggregate Face Amount of any portion of any Mezzanine Loan repaid pursuant to a Discounted Payoff; (iii) the aggregate outstanding Total Revolving Extensions of Credit as of such date; and (iv) the aggregate outstanding ESH Total Revolving Extensions of Credit as of such date.

 

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Default”: any of the events specified in Section 8, whether or not any requirement for the giving of notice, the lapse of time, or both, has been satisfied.

Defaulting Lender”: subject to Section 2.23(b), any Lender that (a) has failed to (i) fund all or any portion of its Loans within two (2) Business Days of the date such Loans were required to be funded hereunder unless such Lender notifies the Administrative Agent and the Borrower in writing that such failure is the result of such Lender’s determination that one or more conditions precedent to funding (each of which conditions precedent, together with any applicable default, shall be specifically identified in such writing) has not been satisfied, or (ii) pay to the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender, the Swingline Lender or any other Lender any other amount required to be paid by it hereunder (including in respect of its participation in Letters of Credit or Swingline Loans) within two (2) Business Days of the date when due, (b) has notified the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender or the Swingline Lender in writing that it does not intend to comply with its funding obligations hereunder, or has made a public statement to that effect (unless such writing or public statement relates to such Lender’s obligation to fund a Loan hereunder and states that such position is based on such Lender’s determination that a condition precedent to funding (which condition precedent, together with any applicable default, shall be specifically identified in such writing or public statement) cannot be satisfied), (c) has failed, within three (3) Business Days after written request by the Administrative Agent or the Borrower, to confirm in writing to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower that it will comply with its prospective funding obligations hereunder (provided that such Lender shall cease to be a Defaulting Lender pursuant to this clause (c) upon receipt of such written confirmation by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower), or (d) has, or has a direct or indirect parent company that has, (i) become the subject of a proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, or (ii) had appointed for it a receiver, custodian, conservator, trustee, administrator, assignee for the benefit of creditors or similar Person charged with reorganization or liquidation of its business or assets, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other state or federal regulatory authority acting in such a capacity; 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 so long as such ownership interest does not result in or provide such Lender with immunity from the jurisdiction of courts within the United States of America or from the enforcement of judgments or writs of attachment on its assets or permit such Lender (or such Governmental Authority) to reject, repudiate, disavow or disaffirm any contracts or agreements made with such Lender. Any determination by the Administrative Agent that a Lender is a Defaulting Lender under any one or more of clauses (a) through (d) above shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error, and such Lender shall be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender (subject to Section 2.23(b)) upon delivery of written notice of such determination to the Borrower, the Issuing Lender, the Swingline Lender and each Lender.

Deposit Account”: a “deposit account” (as defined in the Uniform Commercial Code) and also means and includes all demand, time, savings, passbook or similar accounts maintained by a Loan Party with a bank or other financial institution, whether or not evidenced by an instrument, all cash and other funds held therein and all passbooks related thereto and all certificates and instruments, if any, from time to time representing, evidencing or deposited into such deposit accounts, including without limitation the Account and the Conditional Controlled Account.

Discounted Payoff”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

 

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Disposition”: with respect to any property, any sale, lease, sale and leaseback, assignment, conveyance, transfer or other disposition thereof. The terms “Dispose” and “Disposed of” shall have correlative meanings.

Disregarded Domestic Person”: any direct or indirect Domestic Subsidiary substantially all of the assets of which consist of the equity of one or more Foreign Subsidiaries.

Dollars” and “$”: dollars in lawful currency of the United States.

Domestic Subsidiary”: any Subsidiary that is not a Foreign Subsidiary.

Environmental Laws”: any and all foreign, Federal, state, local or municipal laws, rules, orders, regulations, statutes, ordinances, codes, decrees, requirements of any Governmental Authority or other Requirements of Law (including common law) regulating, relating to or imposing liability or standards of conduct concerning protection of human health or the environment, as now or may at any time hereafter be in effect.

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

ERISA Affiliate”: any trade or business (whether or not incorporated) that, together with any Group Member, is treated as a single employer under Section 414 of the Code.

ERISA Event”: (a) any Reportable Event; (b) the existence with respect to any Plan of a Prohibited Transaction; (c) any failure by any Pension Plan to satisfy the minimum funding standards (within the meaning of Section 412 or 430 of the Code or Section 302 of ERISA) applicable to such Pension Plan), whether or not waived; (d) the filing of an application for a waiver of the minimum funding standard with respect to any Pension Plan, the failure to make by its due date a required installment under Section 430(j) of the Code with respect to any Pension Plan or the failure by any Group Member or any ERISA Affiliate to make any required contribution to a Multiemployer Plan; (e) the incurrence by any Group Member or any ERISA Affiliate of any liability under Title IV of ERISA with respect to the termination of any Pension Plan, including but not limited to the imposition of any Lien in favor of the PBGC or any Pension Plan; (f) a determination that any Pension Plan is in “at risk” status (within the meaning of Title IV of ERISA); (g) the receipt by any Group Member or any ERISA Affiliate from the PBGC or a plan administrator of any notice relating to an intention to terminate any Pension Plan or to appoint a trustee to administer any Pension Plan under Section 4042 of ERISA; (h) the incurrence by any Group Member or any ERISA Affiliate of any liability with respect to the withdrawal or partial withdrawal from any Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan; or (i) the receipt by any Group Member or any ERISA Affiliate of any notice, or the receipt by any Multiemployer Plan from a Group Member or any ERISA Affiliate of any notice, concerning the imposition of Withdrawal Liability or a determination that a Multiemployer Plan is Insolvent, in Reorganization or in endangered or critical status, within the meaning of Section 432 of the Code or Section 305 or Title IV of ERISA.

ESA Gross Income from Operations”: the sum of (i) Gross Income from Operations plus (ii) Supplemental Gross Income from Operations.

ESA Group Member”: the collective reference to the Loan Parties and their respective Subsidiaries.

ESA Net Operating Income”: for any period the amount obtained by subtracting ESA Operating Expenses for such period from ESA Gross Income from Operations for such period.

 

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ESA Operating Expenses”: the sum of (i) the Operating Expenses and (ii) the Supplemental Operating Expenses.

ESA Properties”: the facilities and properties owned, leased or operated by any ESA Group Member.

Escrow Account”: the Deposit Account of ESH REIT subject to the Escrow Agreement.

Escrow Agreement”: an escrow agreement, in form and substance acceptable to the Administrative Agent requiring that ESH REIT deposit an amount equal to the net proceeds from the Extended Stay IPO into the Escrow Account and apply such proceeds to repay the Mezzanine Loans.

Escrow Bank”: a depositary bank acceptable to the Administrative Agent at which ESH REIT will maintain the Escrow Account.

ESH Parties”: the collective reference to ESH REIT and its Subsidiaries

ESH REIT”: ESH Hospitality, Inc., a Delaware corporation.

ESH Revolving Credit Agreement”: that certain Credit Agreement, dated as of the date hereof, by and among ESH REIT, those lenders party thereto, the issuing lender party thereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent.

ESH Total Revolving Extensions of Credit”: “Total Revolving Extensions of Credit”, as defined in the ESH Revolving Credit Agreement.

Eurocurrency Reserve Requirements”: for any day as applied to a Eurodollar Loan, the aggregate (without duplication) of the maximum rates (expressed as a decimal fraction) of reserve requirements in effect on such day (including basic, supplemental, marginal and emergency reserves) under any regulations of the Board or other Governmental Authority having jurisdiction with respect thereto dealing with reserve requirements prescribed for eurocurrency funding (currently referred to as “Eurocurrency Liabilities” in Regulation D of the Board) maintained by a member bank of the Federal Reserve System.

Eurodollar Base Rate”: with respect to each day during each Interest Period pertaining to a Eurodollar Loan, the rate per annum (which shall at all times be positive) determined on the basis of the rate for deposits in Dollars for a period equal to such Interest Period commencing on the first day of such Interest Period appearing on the Reuters Screen LIBOR01 Page as of 11:00 A.M., London time, two (2) Business Days prior to the beginning of such Interest Period. In the event that such rate does not appear on such page (or otherwise on such screen), the “Eurodollar Base Rate” shall be determined by reference to such other comparable publicly available service for displaying eurodollar rates as may be selected by the Administrative Agent or, in the absence of such availability, by reference to the rate at which the Administrative Agent is offered Dollar deposits at or about 11:00 A.M., New York City time, two (2) Business Days prior to the beginning of such Interest Period in the interbank eurodollar market where its eurodollar and foreign currency and exchange operations are then being conducted for delivery on the first day of such Interest Period for the number of days comprised therein.

Eurodollar Loans”: Loans the rate of interest applicable to which is based upon the Eurodollar Rate.

 

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Eurodollar Rate”: with respect to each day during each Interest Period pertaining to a Eurodollar Loan, a rate per annum determined for such day in accordance with the following formula:

Eurodollar Base Rate

1.00 - Eurocurrency Reserve Requirements

Eurodollar Tranche”: the collective reference to Eurodollar Loans the then current Interest Periods with respect to all of which begin on the same date and end on the same later date (whether or not such Loans shall originally have been made on the same day).

Event of Default”: any of the events specified in Section 8, provided that any requirement for the giving of notice, the lapse of time, or both, has been satisfied.

Excluded Property”: (a) any fee owned real property with a value of less than $2,000,000, and all leasehold interests (including landlord waivers, estoppels and collateral access letters); (b) motor vehicles and other assets subject to certificates of title, letter of credit rights and commercial tort claims with a value of less than $2,000,000; (c) pledges and security interests prohibited by law, rule regulation in each case for so long as such prohibition remains in effect, or pursuant to any contractual obligation existing on the Closing Date (or in the case of Indebtedness existing on the Closing Date, pursuant to any Permitted Refinancing thereof); (d) equity interests of any Foreign Subsidiary (other than 65% of the outstanding voting equity interests (and 100% of the non-voting equity interests) of any first-tier Foreign Subsidiary); (e) any lease, license or other agreement or any property subject to a purchase money security interest or similar arrangement to the extent that a grant of a security interest therein would violate or invalidate such lease, license or agreement or purchase money arrangement or create a right of termination in favor of, or require the consent of, any other party thereto (other than a Loan Party) after giving effect to the applicable anti-assignment provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code (in each case for so long as such prohibition remains in effect), other than receivables and proceeds thereof, the assignment of which is expressly deemed effective under the Uniform Commercial Code notwithstanding such prohibition; (f) interests in partnerships, joint ventures and non-wholly owned Subsidiaries which cannot be pledged without the consent of one or more third parties; (g) Exempt Deposit Accounts; (h) equity interests of any Immaterial Subsidiaries; (i) those assets as to which the Administrative Agent and the Borrower reasonably determine that the burden or cost of obtaining such a security interest or perfection thereof outweighs the benefit to the Lenders of the security to be afforded thereby; and (j) assets located or titled in any non-U.S. jurisdiction.

Excluded Subsidiaries”: (a) any Domestic Subsidiary that is prohibited by law, regulation or by any contractual obligation existing on the Closing Date (or in the case of Indebtedness existing on the Closing Date, pursuant to any documentation included with respect to any Permitted Refinancing thereof) or on the date such Subsidiary is acquired (so long as such prohibition is not incurred in contemplation of such acquisition) from providing such guaranty or that would require a governmental (including regulatory) consent, approval, license or authorization in order to provide such guaranty or where the provision of such guaranty would result in material adverse tax consequences as reasonably determined by the Borrower, (b) any Subsidiary that is a Disregarded Domestic Person, (c) any Domestic Subsidiary that is a direct or indirect Subsidiary of a Foreign Subsidiary and any Domestic Subsidiary that is an indirect Subsidiary of a Disregarded Domestic Person, (d) any Immaterial Subsidiaries, (e) any subsidiary to the extent that the burden or cost of providing a guaranty outweighs the benefit afforded thereby as reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, and (f) the ESH Parties.

Excluded Taxes”: any of the following Taxes imposed on or with respect to a Recipient or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to a Recipient: (a) Taxes imposed on or measured

 

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by net income (however denominated), franchise Taxes, and branch profits Taxes, in each case, (i) imposed as a result of such Recipient being organized under the laws of, or having its principal office or, in the case of any Lender, its applicable lending office located in, the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (or any political subdivision thereof) or (ii) that are Other Connection Taxes, (b) in the case of a Lender, U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed on amounts payable to or for the account of such Lender with respect to an applicable interest in a Loan, a Revolving Commitment, or a Swingline Commitment pursuant to a law in effect on the date on which (i) such Lender acquires such interest in the Loan, Revolving Commitment, or Swingline Commitment (other than pursuant to an assignment request by the Borrower under Section 2.21) or (ii) such Lender changes its lending office, except in each case to the extent that, pursuant to Section 2.18, amounts with respect to such Taxes were payable either to such Lender’s assignor immediately before such Lender became a party hereto or to such Lender immediately before it changed its lending office, (c) Taxes attributable to such Recipient’s failure to comply with Section 2.18(f) and (d) any U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed under FATCA.

Exempt Deposit Accounts”: (i) Deposit Accounts the balance of which consists exclusively of (A) withheld income taxes and federal, state or local employment taxes in such amounts as are required in the reasonable judgment of the Borrower to be paid to the Internal Revenue Service or state or local government agencies with respect to employees of any of the Loan Parties, (B) amounts required to be paid over to an employee benefit plan pursuant to DOL Reg. Sec. 2510.3-102 on behalf of or for the benefit of employees of one or more Loan Parties and (ii) all segregated Deposit Accounts constituting (and the balance of which consists solely of funds set aside in connection with) taxes accounts, payroll accounts, trust or similar accounts and (C) other non-concentration accounts containing less than $100,000 individually and in the aggregate for all such other non-concentration accounts.

Existing Class”: as defined in Section 2.22(b)(ii).

Existing Commitments”: as defined in Section 2.22(b)(ii).

Existing Issuing Lenders”: the “Issuing Lenders”, as defined in the Existing REIT Credit Facility.

Existing Letters of Credit”: the “Letters of Credit” (as defined in the Existing REIT Credit Facility) issued under the Existing REIT Credit Facility and scheduled on Schedule 1.1C.

Existing REIT Credit Facility”: the Credit Agreement, dated as of November 30, 2012, by and among Extended Stay LLC, as borrower, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the lenders, the issuing lender and the swingline lender party thereto, as amended, restated or otherwise modified from time to time.

Extended Commitments”: as defined in Section 2.22(b)(ii).

Extended Loans”: as defined in Section 2.22(b)(ii).

Extended Stay IPO”: the initial Public Sale of Borrower and ESH REIT.

Extending Lender”: as defined in Section 2.22(b)(iii).

Extension Amendment”: as defined in Section 2.22(b)(iv).

Extension Election”: as defined in Section 2.22(b)(iii).

 

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Extension Request”: as defined in Section 2.22(b)(ii).

Extension Series”: all Extended Commitments that are established pursuant to the same Extension Amendment (or any subsequent Extension Amendment to the extent such Extension Amendment expressly provides that the Extended Commitments are intended to be a part of any previously established Extension Series) and that provide for the same interest margins, extension fees, maturity and other terms.

Face Amount”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

FATCA”: Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, as of the date of this Agreement (or any amended or successor version that is substantively comparable and not materially more onerous to comply with) and any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof and any agreements entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b)(1) of the Code.

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

Fee Payment Date”: (a) the last day of each March, June, September and December and (b) the last day of the Revolving Commitment Period.

Foreign Benefit Arrangement”: any employee benefit arrangement mandated by non-U.S. law that is maintained or contributed to by any Group Member or any ERISA Affiliate.

Foreign Lender”: any Lender that is not a U.S. Person.

Foreign Plan”: each employee benefit plan (within the meaning of Section 3(3) of ERISA, whether or not subject to ERISA) that is not subject to U.S. law and is maintained or contributed to by any Group Member or any ERISA Affiliate.

Foreign Subsidiary”: any Subsidiary that is incorporated or organized under the laws of any jurisdiction other than the United States of America, any State thereof or the District of Columbia.

Fronting Exposure”: at any time there is a Defaulting Lender, (a) with respect to the Issuing Lender, such Defaulting Lender’s Revolving Percentage of the outstanding L/C Obligations with respect to the Letters of Credit other than L/C Obligations as to which such Defaulting Lender’s participation obligation has been reallocated to other Lenders or Cash Collateralized in accordance with the terms hereof, and (b) with respect to the Swingline Lender, such Defaulting Lender’s Revolving Percentage of outstanding Swingline Loans made by such Swingline Lender other than Swingline Loans as to which such Defaulting Lender’s participation obligation has been reallocated to other Lenders.

Funding Office”: the office of the Administrative Agent specified in Section 10.2 or such other office as may be specified from time to time by the Administrative Agent as its funding office by written notice to the Borrower and the Lenders.

GAAP”: generally accepted accounting principles in the United States as in effect from time to time, except that for purposes of Section 7.1, GAAP shall be determined on the basis of such

 

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principles in effect on the date hereof and consistent with those used in the preparation of the audited financial statements referred to in Section 5.1(b)(i). In the event that any “Accounting Change” (as defined below) shall occur and such change results in a change in the method of calculation of financial covenants, standards or terms in this Agreement, then the Borrower and the Administrative Agent agree to enter into negotiations in order to amend such provisions of this Agreement so as to reflect equitably such Accounting Changes with the desired result that the criteria for evaluating the Borrower’s financial condition shall be the same after such Accounting Changes as if such Accounting Changes had not been made. Until such time as such an amendment shall have been executed and delivered by the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders, all financial covenants, standards and terms in this Agreement shall continue to be calculated or construed as if such Accounting Changes had not occurred. “Accounting Changes” refers to changes in accounting principles required by the promulgation of any rule, regulation, pronouncement or opinion by the Financial Accounting Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants or, if applicable, the SEC.

Governing Documents”: (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, if applicable, 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.

Governmental Authority”: any nation or government, any state or other political subdivision thereof, any agency, authority, instrumentality, regulatory body, court, central bank or other entity exercising executive, legislative, judicial, taxing, regulatory or administrative functions of or pertaining to government, any securities exchange and any self-regulatory organization (including the National Association of Insurance Commissioners).

Gross Income from Operations”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Group Members”: the collective reference to the Loan Parties and their respective Subsidiaries (other than the ESH Parties).

Guarantee Obligation”: as to any Person (the “guaranteeing person”), any obligation, including a reimbursement, counterindemnity or similar obligation, of the guaranteeing Person that guarantees or in effect guarantees, or which is given to induce the creation of a separate obligation by another Person (including any bank under any letter of credit) that guarantees or in effect guarantees, any Indebtedness, leases, dividends or other obligations (the “primary obligations”) of any other third Person (the “primary obligor”) in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, including any obligation of the guaranteeing person, whether or not contingent, (i) to purchase any such primary obligation or any property constituting direct or indirect security therefor, (ii) to advance or supply funds (1) for the purchase or payment of any such primary obligation or (2) to maintain working capital or equity capital of the primary obligor or otherwise to maintain the net worth or solvency of the primary obligor, (iii) to purchase property, securities or services primarily for the purpose of assuring the owner of any such primary obligation of the ability of the primary obligor to make payment of such primary obligation or (iv) otherwise to assure or hold harmless the owner of any such primary obligation against loss in respect thereof; provided, however, that the term Guarantee Obligation shall not include endorsements of instruments for deposit or collection in the ordinary course of business. The amount of any Guarantee Obligation of any guaranteeing person shall be deemed to be the lower of (a) an amount equal to the

 

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stated or determinable amount of the primary obligation in respect of which such Guarantee Obligation is made and (b) the maximum amount for which such guaranteeing person may be liable pursuant to the terms of the instrument embodying such Guarantee Obligation, unless such primary obligation and the maximum amount for which such guaranteeing person may be liable are not stated or determinable, in which case the amount of such Guarantee Obligation shall be such guaranteeing person’s maximum reasonably anticipated liability in respect thereof as determined by the Borrower in good faith.

Immaterial Subsidiary”: any Subsidiary that, as of the last day of the fiscal quarter of the Borrower most recently ended, (i) did not have assets with a value in excess of 2.5% of the Consolidated Total Assets or revenues representing in excess of 2.5% of total revenues of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis as of such date and (ii) when taken together with all other Immaterial Subsidiaries as of such date, did not have assets with a value in excess of 7.5% of the Consolidated Total Assets or revenues representing in excess of 7.5% of total revenues of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis as of such date. Each Immaterial Subsidiary as of the Closing Date shall be set forth in Schedule 1.1B.

Increasing Lender Agreement”: an Increasing Lender Agreement, substantially in the form of Exhibit G.

Increasing Repriced Lender”: as defined in Section 2.22(c)(ii).

Indebtedness”: of any Person at any date, without duplication, (a) all indebtedness of such Person for borrowed money, (b) all obligations of such Person for the deferred purchase price of property or services (other than current trade payables incurred in the ordinary course of such Person’s business), (c) all obligations of such Person evidenced by notes, bonds, debentures or other similar instruments, (d) all indebtedness created or arising under any conditional sale or other title retention agreement with respect to property acquired by such Person (other than customary reservations or retentions of title under agreements entered into in the ordinary cause of business), (e) all Capital Lease Obligations of such Person, (f) all obligations of such Person, contingent or otherwise, as an account party or applicant under or in respect of acceptances, letters of credit, surety bonds or similar arrangements, (g) the liquidation value of all redeemable preferred Capital Stock of such Person, (h) net obligations of such Person in respect of Swap Agreements, (i) all Guarantee Obligations of such Person in respect of obligations of the kind referred to in clauses (a) through (h) above, (j) all obligations of the kind referred to in clauses (a) through (i) above secured by (or for which the holder of such obligation has an existing right, contingent or otherwise, to be secured by) any Lien on property (including accounts and contract rights) owned by such Person, whether or not such Person has assumed or become liable for the payment of such obligation. The Indebtedness of any Person shall include the Indebtedness of any other entity (including any partnership in which such Person is a general partner) to the extent such Person is liable therefor as a result of such Person’s ownership interest in or other relationship with such entity, except to the extent the terms of such Indebtedness expressly provide that such Person is not liable therefor. The amount of any net obligation under any Swap Agreement on any date shall be deemed to be the Swap Termination Value thereof as of such date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Indebtedness shall not include (A) deferred compensation arrangements, (B) earn-out obligations until matured or earned or (C) non-compete or consulting obligations incurred in connection with acquisitions permitted under this Agreement.

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

Initial Revolving Termination Date”:             , 2016.

 

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Insolvency”: with respect to any Multiemployer Plan, the condition that such Plan is insolvent within the meaning of Section 4245 of ERISA.

Insolvent”: pertaining to a condition of Insolvency.

Intellectual Property”: the collective reference to all rights, priorities and privileges relating to intellectual property, whether arising under United States, multinational or foreign laws or otherwise, including copyrights, copyright licenses, patents, patent licenses, trademarks, trademark licenses, and intellectual property in technology, know-how and processes, and all rights to sue at law or in equity for any infringement or other impairment thereof, including the right to receive all proceeds and damages therefrom.

Interest Payment Date”: (a) as to any ABR Loan (other than any Swingline Loan), the last day of each March, June, September and December (or, if an Event of Default is in existence, the last day of each calendar month) to occur while such Loan is outstanding and the final maturity date of such Loan, (b) as to any Eurodollar Loan having an Interest Period of three months or less, the last day of such Interest Period, (c) as to any Eurodollar Loan having an Interest Period longer than three months, each day that is three months, or a whole multiple thereof, after the first day of such Interest Period and the last day of such Interest Period, (d) as to any Loan (other than any Revolving Loan that is an ABR Loan and any Swingline Loan), the date of any repayment or prepayment made in respect thereof and (e) as to any Swingline Loan, the day that such Loan is required to be repaid.

Interest Period”: as to any Eurodollar Loan, (a) initially, the period commencing on the borrowing or conversion date, as the case may be, with respect to such Eurodollar Loan and ending one, two, three or six months (or, if agreed to by all Lenders of the Class participating therein, such other period that is twelve months or less) thereafter, as selected by the Borrower in its notice of borrowing or notice of conversion, as the case may be, given with respect thereto; and (b) thereafter, each period commencing on the last day of the next preceding Interest Period applicable to such Eurodollar Loan and ending one, two, three or six (or, if agreed to by all Lenders of the Class participating therein, such other period that is twelve months or less) months thereafter, as selected by the Borrower by irrevocable notice to the Administrative Agent not later than 11:00 A.M., New York City time, on the date that is three (3) Business Days prior to the last day of the then current Interest Period with respect thereto; provided that, all of the foregoing provisions relating to Interest Periods are subject to the following:

(i) if any Interest Period would otherwise end on a day that is not a Business Day, such Interest Period shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day unless the result of such extension would be to carry such Interest Period into another calendar month in which event such Interest Period shall end on the immediately preceding Business Day;

(ii) the Borrower may not select an Interest Period that would extend beyond the Revolving Termination Date;

(iii) 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 a calendar month; and

(iv) the Borrower shall select Interest Periods so as not to require a payment or prepayment of any Eurodollar Loan during an Interest Period for such Loan.

 

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Issuing Lender”: each of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and any other Lender approved by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower that has agreed in its sole discretion to act as an “Issuing Lender” hereunder, or any of their respective affiliates, in each case in its capacity as issuer of any Letter of Credit. Each reference herein to “the Issuing Lender” shall be deemed to be a reference to the relevant Issuing Lender.

Joint Bookrunners”: the collective reference to J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. and Goldman Sachs Lending Partners LLC.

L/C Commitment”: $50,000,000.

L/C Obligations”: at any time, an amount equal to the sum of (a) the aggregate then undrawn and unexpired amount of the then outstanding Letters of Credit and (b) the aggregate amount of drawings under Letters of Credit that have not then been reimbursed pursuant to Section 3.5.

L/C Participants”: the collective reference to all the Lenders other than the Issuing Lender.

Lead Arrangers”: the collective reference to J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. and Goldman Sachs Lending Partners LLC.

Lease”: with the exception of (a) any occupancy agreement with hotel guests at any Supplemental Property, or (b) gas, oil or mineral rights leases with respect to any Supplemental Property provided such lease does not have a material adverse effect on the business operations or value of the applicable Supplemental Property, any lease, sublease or subsublease, letting, license, concession or other agreement (whether written or oral and whether now or hereafter in effect), including, without limitation, the Supplemental Lease, pursuant to which any Person is granted a possessory interest in, or right to use or occupy all or any portion of any space in any Supplemental Property, and every modification, amendment or other agreement relating to such lease, sublease, subsublease, or other agreement entered into in connection with such lease, sublease, subsublease, or other agreement and every guarantee of the performance and observance of the covenants, conditions and agreements to be performed and observed by the other party thereto.

Lenders”: as defined in the preamble hereto.

Letters of Credit”: as defined in Section 3.1(a).

Lien”: any mortgage, pledge, hypothecation, assignment, deposit arrangement, encumbrance, lien (statutory or other), charge or other security interest or any preference, priority or other security agreement or preferential arrangement of any kind or nature whatsoever (including any conditional sale or other title retention agreement and any capital lease having substantially the same economic effect as any of the foregoing).

Loan”: any loan made by any Lender pursuant to this Agreement.

Loan Documents”: this Agreement, the Subsidiary Guarantee, the Collateral Documents, the Notes, any Increasing Lender Agreement, any New Lender Agreement and any amendment, waiver, supplement or other modification to any of the foregoing.

Loan Parties”: the collective reference to the Borrower and the Subsidiary Guarantors.

 

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Majority in Interest”: when used in reference to Lenders of any Class, means, at any time the holders of more than 50% of the aggregate amount of the Revolving Commitments of such Class then in effect or, if the Revolving Commitments have been terminated, the aggregate amount of the Revolving Extensions of Credit of such Class outstanding at such time; provided, that the Revolving Commitments of, and the portion of the aggregate amount of the Revolving Commitments held or deemed held by, any Defaulting Lender shall be disregarded in determining Majority in Interest at any time.

Management Fees”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Material Adverse Effect”: any material adverse change to or effect on (a) the business, operations, properties or condition (financial or otherwise) of the Group Members, taken as a whole, or (b) the validity or enforceability of this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents or the rights or remedies of the Administrative Agent or the Lenders hereunder or thereunder.

Materials of Environmental Concern”: any gasoline or petroleum (including crude oil or any fraction thereof) or petroleum products or any hazardous or toxic substances, materials or wastes, defined or regulated as such in or under any Environmental Law, including asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls and urea-formaldehyde insulation.

Mezzanine Borrower”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Mezzanine Lender”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Mezzanine Loan Documents”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Mezzanine Loans”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Minimum Collateral Amount”: at any time, (i) with respect to Cash Collateral consisting of cash or deposit account balances provided to reduce or eliminate Fronting Exposure during the existence of a Defaulting Lender, an amount equal to 105% of the Fronting Exposure of the Issuing Lender with respect to Letters of Credit issued and outstanding at such time, (ii) with respect to Cash Collateral consisting of cash or deposit account balances provided in accordance with Sections 2.9(a) or (c), 2.22(c)(iv), or 2.24(a)(i), (ii) or (iii), an amount equal to 105% of the principal outstanding amount of all L/C Obligations subject to such provision and (iii) with respect to Cash Collateral consisting of cash or deposit account balances provided pursuant to the defined term “Trigger Event Cure”, in accordance with Section 2.9(b) or 2.25, or for purposes of determining the obligation of the Loan Parties to comply with the provisions of Section 7.1, an amount equal to 105% of the principal outstanding amount of all L/C Obligations.

Mortgage Collateral”: the “Collateral” as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Mortgage Loan”: the “Loan” as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Mortgage Loan Agreement”: that certain Loan Agreement, dated as of November 30, 2012 (as amended, restated, replaced, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time), among JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, German American Capital Corporation, Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp., Bank of America, N.A. and Goldman Sachs Mortgage Company, as co-lenders, the Individual Borrowers as indentified therein, ESA P Portfolio MD Trust, as the Maryland Owner, ESA Canada Administrator L.L.C., as the Signatory Trustee, ESA Canada Properties Trust, as the Canadian Trust, ESA P Portfolio Operating Lessee Inc. and ESA Canada Operating Lessee Inc., as the Operating Lessee, and New ESA P Portfolio Operating Lessee LLC and New ESA Canada Operating Lessee LLC, as the Operating Lessee Holdco.

 

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Mortgage Loan Documents”: the “Loan Documents” as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Mortgaged Properties”: the Real Properties owned in fee by the Loan Parties that are set forth on Schedule 6.16 and each additional Real Property encumbered by a Mortgage pursuant to Section 6.10.

Mortgages”: collectively, the mortgages, trust deeds, deeds of trust, deeds to secure debt, assignments of leases and rents, and other security documents delivered with respect to Mortgaged Properties, in the form to be agreed to by Administrative Agent and Borrower, as amended, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.

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

Net Operating Income”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Net Sale Proceeds”: shall mean, the excess, if any, of the sales proceeds in an arms’ length transaction over the sum of (a) actual out-of-pocket expenses (including transfer taxes, brokerage commission, and reasonable and customary transaction costs payable to unaffiliated third parties) incurred by, or on behalf of, the applicable Group Member and (b) any contractual holdbacks, escrows and similar amounts (which amounts shall constitute Net Sales Proceeds if, as and when released to the applicable Group Member), in each case in connection with the conveyance of any Supplemental Property

New Repriced Lender”: as defined in Section 2.22(c)(ii).

New Lender Agreement”: a New Lender Agreement, substantially in the form of Exhibit H.

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

Notes”: the collective reference to any promissory note evidencing Loans.

Obligations”: the unpaid principal of and interest on (including interest accruing after the maturity of the Loans and Reimbursement Obligations and interest accruing after the filing of any petition in bankruptcy, or the commencement of any insolvency, reorganization or like proceeding, relating to the Borrower, whether or not a claim for post-filing or post-petition interest is allowed in such proceeding) the Loans and all other obligations and liabilities of the Borrower to the Administrative Agent or to any Lender, whether direct or indirect, absolute or contingent, due or to become due, or now existing or hereafter incurred, which may arise under, out of, or in connection with, this Agreement, any other Loan Document, the Letters of Credit, or any other document made, delivered or given in connection herewith or therewith, whether on account of principal, interest, reimbursement obligations, fees, indemnities, costs, expenses (including all fees, charges and disbursements of counsel to the Administrative Agent or to any Lender that are required to be paid by the Borrower pursuant hereto) or otherwise.

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

 

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Operating Expense”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Operating Forecast”: with respect to any Person and any period, a detailed consolidated operating forecast for such Person and its consolidated Subsidiaries for such period (including a projected consolidated balance sheet of such Person and its consolidated Subsidiaries as of the end of such period, the related consolidated statements of projected cash flow and projected income and a description of the underlying assumptions applicable thereto).

Operating Lease”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Other Charges”: all, maintenance charges, impositions other than Taxes, and any other charges, including, without limitation, vault charges and license fees for the use of vaults, chutes and similar areas adjoining any Supplemental Property, now or hereafter levied or assessed or imposed against such Supplemental Property or any part thereof.

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

Other Taxes”: all present or future stamp, court or documentary, intangible, recording, filing or similar Taxes that arise from any payment made under, from the execution, delivery, performance, enforcement or registration of, from the receipt or perfection of a security interest under, or otherwise with respect to, any Loan Document, except any such Taxes that are Other Connection Taxes imposed with respect to an assignment (other than an assignment made pursuant to Section 2.21).

Participant”: as defined in Section 10.6(c).

Participant Register”: as defined in Section 10.6(c).

Patriot Act”: the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (Title III of Pub. L. 107-56, Oct. 26, 2001).

Paulson”: Paulson Advantage Plus Master Ltd., an Exempted Company incorporated in the Cayman Islands with limited liability, together with its successors and permitted assigns.

PBGC”: the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation established pursuant to Subtitle A of Title IV of ERISA (or any successor).

Pension Plan”: any Plan (other than a Multiemployer Plan) subject to the provisions of Title IV of ERISA or Section 412 of the Code or Section 302 of ERISA, and in respect of which any Group Member or any ERISA Affiliate is (or, if such Plan were terminated, would under Section 4069 of ERISA be deemed to be) an “employer” as defined in section 3(5) of ERISA.

Permitted Refinancing”: with respect to any Person, any modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension of any Indebtedness of such Person; provided that: (i) the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) of the modifying, refinancing, refunding, renewing or extending Indebtedness (the “Refinancing Indebtedness”) does not exceed the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) of the Indebtedness so modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed or extended (the “Refinanced

 

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Debt”) except by an amount equal to unpaid accrued interest and premium thereon plus other reasonable amount paid, and fees and expenses reasonably incurred, in connection with such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension and by an amount equal to any existing commitments unutilized thereunder; (ii) the Refinancing Indebtedness has a final maturity date equal to or later than the final maturity date of, and has a Weighted Average Life to Maturity equal to or greater than the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of, the Refinanced Indebtedness (excluding the effects of nominal amortization in an amount no greater than one percent per annum); (iii) if the Refinanced Indebtedness is subordinated to the Obligations, (A) to the extent the Refinanced Indebtedness is subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations, such Refinancing Indebtedness is subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations on terms at least as favorable to the Secured Parties as those contained in the documentation governing the Refinanced Indebtedness, and (B) to the extent Liens securing such Refinanced Debt are subordinated to Liens securing the Obligations, the Liens, if any, securing such Refinancing Indebtedness are subordinated to the Liens securing the Obligations pursuant to an intercreditor agreement (and an intercreditor agreement may be amended in a manner acceptable to the Administrative Agent to provide for such Liens to be subordinated to the Liens securing the Obligations on a basis consistent with the intercreditor agreement prior to such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension); (iv) the terms relating to principal amount, amortization, maturity and collateral (if any), and other material terms taken as a whole, of any Refinancing Indebtedness, and of any agreement entered into and of any instrument issued in connection therewith, are no less favorable in any material respect to the Loan Parties or the Lenders than the terms of any agreement or instrument governing the Refinanced Indebtedness; (v) the direct or any contingent obligor on the Refinanced Indebtedness is not changed as a result of or in connection with such modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension; and (vi) the interest rate applicable to any such Refinancing Indebtedness does not exceed the then applicable market interest rate.

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

Plan”: any employee benefit plan as defined in Section 3(3) of ERISA, including any employee welfare benefit plan (as defined in Section 3(1) of ERISA), any employee pension benefit plan (as defined in Section 3(2) of ERISA), and any plan which is both an employee welfare benefit plan and an employee pension benefit plan, and in respect of which any Group Member or any ERISA Affiliate is an “employer” as defined in Section 3(5) of ERISA.

Prime Rate”: the rate of interest per annum publicly announced from time to time by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as its prime rate in effect at its principal office in New York City (the Prime Rate not being intended to be the lowest rate of interest charged by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in connection with extensions of credit to debtors).

Prohibited Transaction”: a non-exempt prohibited transaction as defined in Section 406 of ERISA and Section 4975(f)(3) of the Code.

Properties”: as defined in Section 4.16(a).

Public Sale”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Public Vehicle”: a Person whose securities are listed and traded on a nationally or internationally recognized securities exchange or quoted on a nationally or internationally recognized automated quotation system and shall include a majority owned subsidiary of any such Person or any operating partnership through which such Person conducts all or substantially all of its business.

 

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Real Property”: collectively, all right, title and interest (including any leasehold estate) in and to any and all parcels of or interests in real property owned in fee or leased by any Loan Party, together with, in each case, all easements, hereditaments and appurtenances relating thereto, all improvements and appurtenant fixtures incidental to the ownership or lease thereof.

Recipient”: (a) the Administrative Agent, (b) any Lender, (c) the Issuing Lender and (d) the Swingline Lender, as applicable.

Refunded Swingline Loans”: as defined in Section 2.4(b).

Register”: as defined in Section 10.6(b).

Regulation U”: Regulation U of the Board as in effect from time to time.

Reimbursement Obligation”: the obligation of the Borrower to reimburse the Issuing Lender pursuant to Section 3.5 for amounts drawn under Letters of Credit.

REIT Distribution”: as defined in Section 7.5(c).

Reorganization”: with respect to any Multiemployer Plan, the condition that such plan is in reorganization within the meaning of Section 4241 of ERISA.

Replacements”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Reportable Event”: any of the events set forth in Section 4043(c) of ERISA, other than those events as to which the thirty day notice period is waived under subsections .27, .28, .29, .30, .31, .32, .34 or .35 of PBGC Reg. § 4043, with respect to a Pension Plan.

Repriced Commitments”: as defined in Section 2.22(c)(ii).

Repricing Amendment”: as defined in Section 2.22(c)(iii).

Repricing Election”: as defined in Section 2.22(c)(ii).

Repricing Request”: as defined in Section 2.22(c)(i).

Required Lenders”: at any time, the holders of more than 50% of the Total Revolving Commitments then in effect or, if the Revolving Commitments have been terminated, the Total Revolving Extensions of Credit then outstanding; provided, that the Revolving Commitments of, and the portion of the Total Revolving Extensions of Credit held or deemed held by, any Defaulting Lender shall be disregarded in determining Required Lenders at any time.

Requirement of Law”: as to any Person, the certificate of incorporation and by-laws or other organizational or Governing Documents of such Person, and any law, treaty, rule or regulation or determination of an arbitrator or a court or other Governmental Authority, in each case applicable to or binding upon such Person or any of its property or to which such Person or any of its property is subject.

Responsible Officer”: the chief executive officer, president, vice president or chief financial officer of a Person, or, with respect to a Sponsor, a director, authorized signatory, assistant secretary, managing director or assistant treasurer thereof, but in any event, with respect to financial matters, the vice president of the applicable Loan Party with financial knowledge of such Loan Party.

 

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Restoration”: the repair and restoration of an Supplemental Property after a Casualty or Condemnation as nearly as possible to the condition the Supplemental Property was in immediately prior to such Casualty or Condemnation, with such alterations as may be made in Borrower’s reasonable discretion.

Restricted Payments”: as defined in Section 7.5.

Restructuring”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement

Revolving Commitment”: as to any Lender, the obligation of such Lender, if any, to make Revolving Loans and participate in Swingline Loans and Letters of Credit in an aggregate principal and/or face amount not to exceed the amount set forth under the heading “Revolving Commitment” opposite such Lender’s name on Schedule 1.1A or in the Assignment and Assumption or the New Lender Agreement pursuant to which such Lender became a party hereto, as the same may be changed from time to time pursuant to the terms hereof. The original amount of the Total Revolving Commitments is $75,000,000 provided that the Revolving Commitment shall be reduced, pro rata among the Lenders, to $50,000,000 on the first anniversary of the Closing Date.

Revolving Commitment Period”: the period from and including the Closing Date to the Revolving Termination Date; provided, that any day on which a Trigger Event has occurred and is continuing shall be deemed not to fall within the Revolving Commitment Period.

Revolving Extensions of Credit”: as to any Lender at any time, an amount equal to the sum of (a) the aggregate principal amount of all Revolving Loans held by such Lender then outstanding, (b) such Lender’s Revolving Percentage of the L/C Obligations then outstanding and (c) such Lender’s Revolving Percentage of the aggregate principal amount of Swingline Loans then outstanding.

Revolving Loans”: as defined in Section 2.1(a).

Revolving Percentage”: as to any Lender at any time, the percentage which such Lender’s Revolving Commitment then constitutes of the Total Revolving Commitments or, at any time after the Revolving Commitments shall have expired or terminated, the percentage which the aggregate principal amount of such Lender’s Revolving Loans then outstanding constitutes of the aggregate principal amount of the Revolving Loans then outstanding, provided, that, in the event that the Revolving Loans are paid in full prior to the reduction to zero of the Total Revolving Extensions of Credit, the Revolving Percentages shall be determined in a manner designed to ensure that the other outstanding Revolving Extensions of Credit shall be held by the Lenders on a comparable basis.

Revolving Termination Date”: the earlier to occur of (a) the Initial Revolving Termination Date, as such date may be extended pursuant to Section 2.22(b), or (b) if Component A or Component B remains outstanding at the time, June 4, 2017.

Sanctioned Country”: at any time, a country or territory which is the subject or target of any Sanctions.

Sanctioned Person”: at any time, (a) any Person listed in any Sanctions-related list of designated Persons maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of State, (b) any Person operating, organized or resident in a Sanctioned Country or (c) any Person controlled by any such Person.

 

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Sanctions”: economic or financial sanctions or trade embargoes imposed, administered or enforced from time to time by the U.S. government, including those administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury or the U.S. Department of State.

SEC”: the Securities and Exchange Commission, any successor thereto and any analogous Governmental Authority.

Section 2.22(b) Additional Amendment”: as defined in Section 2.22(b)(iv).

Secured Parties”: collectively, the Administrative Agent, the Lenders, the Issuing Lender, and the other Persons the Obligations owing to which are or are purported to be secured by the Collateral under the terms of the Collateral Documents.

Security Agreement”: the Security Agreement to be executed and delivered by the Loan Parties on the Closing Date, substantially in the form of Exhibit B.

Solvent”: when used with respect to any Person, means that, as of any date of determination, (a) the amount of the “present fair saleable value” of the assets of such Person will, as of such date, exceed the amount of all “liabilities of such Person, contingent or otherwise”, as of such date, as such quoted terms are determined in accordance with applicable federal and state laws governing determinations of the insolvency of debtors, (b) the present fair saleable value of the assets of such Person will, as of such date, be greater than the amount that will be required to pay the liability of such Person on its debts as such debts become absolute and matured, (c) such Person will not have, as of such date, an unreasonably small amount of capital with which to conduct its business, and (d) such Person will be able to pay its debts as they mature. For purposes of this definition, (i) “debt” means liability on a “claim”, and (ii) “claim” means any (x) right to payment, whether or not such a right is reduced to judgment, liquidated, unliquidated, fixed, contingent, matured, unmatured, disputed, undisputed, legal, equitable, secured or unsecured or (y) right to an equitable remedy for breach of performance if such breach gives rise to a right to payment, whether or not such right to an equitable remedy is reduced to judgment, fixed, contingent, matured or unmatured, disputed, undisputed, secured or unsecured.

Specified Terms”: those terms and conditions of the Subsidiary Loan Documents that (a) are defined in the Loan Documents with reference to a definition in the Mortgage Loan Documents, and any constituent definitions component thereof, (b) relate to the definition of “Cash Trap Event” (as defined in the Mortgage Loan Document), the result of an occurrence of a Cash Trap Event including the application of funds therefrom and any constituent definitions component thereof, including, without limitation, the percentage of “Debt Yield” (as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement) used for purposes of calculating a “Debt Yield Trigger Event” (as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement), and (c) upon any amendment, supplement or modification thereof, would result in the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness under the Subsidiary Loan Documents being greater than such Indebtedness immediately prior to such amendment, supplement or modification. Notwithstanding the above, after the occurrence and during the continuation of a Trigger Event, terms and conditions of the Subsidiary Loan Documents related to the restriction on amendment, termination or other modification or waiver of the Operating Lease, including Section 5.2.12 of the Mortgage Loan Agreement shall be deemed to be “Specified Terms” for the purpose of this definition.

Sponsor”: individually or collectively, as the context may require, Centerbridge, Paulson and BREP.

Subsidiary”: as to any Person, a corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity of which shares of stock or other ownership interests having ordinary voting power (other

 

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than stock or such other ownership interests having such power only by reason of the happening of a contingency) to elect a majority of the board of directors or other managers of such corporation, partnership or other entity are at the time owned, or the management of which is otherwise controlled, directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, or both, by such Person. Unless otherwise qualified, all references to a “Subsidiary” or to “Subsidiaries” in this Agreement shall refer to a Subsidiary or Subsidiaries of the applicable Loan Party.

Subsidiary Guarantors”: each Domestic Subsidiary of the Borrower, whether existing on the Closing Date or formed or acquired thereafter, in each case, other than Excluded Subsidiaries.

Subsidiary Guarantee”: the Subsidiary Guarantee to be made by the Subsidiary Guarantors in favor of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, substantially in the form of Exhibit A.

Subsidiary Loan Documents”: collectively, the Mortgage Loan Documents and the Mezzanine Loan Documents.

Subsidiary Properties”: the “Properties” as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

Supplemental Hotel Tax”: federal, provincial, state and municipal excise, occupancy sales and use taxes collected by or on behalf of Borrower or any Subsidiary of Borrower directly from patrons or guests of the Supplemental Properties as part of or based on the sales price of any goods, services or other items, such as gross receipts, room, admission, cabaret or equivalent taxes and required to be paid to a Governmental Authority.

Supplemental Lease”: collectively those certain Leases, other than the Operating Leases, entered into from time to time, between Borrower or any Subsidiary thereof, as lessor, and the Supplemental Lessee thereunder, as lessee with respect to the Supplemental Properties.

Supplemental Lessee”: collectively, those lessees party to the Supplemental Leases from time to time.

Supplemental Gross Income from Operations”: without duplication, all income and proceeds (whether in cash or on credit, and computed on an accrual basis) received by or on behalf of Borrower, any Subsidiary of Borrower or Supplemental Lessee, or by Supplemental Property Manager on behalf of Borrower, any Subsidiary of Borrower or Supplemental Lessee for the use, occupancy or enjoyment, or license to use, occupy or enjoy the Supplemental Properties, or received by Borrower, any Subsidiary of Borrower or Supplemental Lessee, or by Supplemental Property Manager on behalf of Borrower, any Subsidiary of Borrower or Supplemental Lessee, for the sale of any goods, services or other items sold on or provided from the Collateral in the ordinary course of the operation of the Collateral, including, without limitation: (i) all income and proceeds received from rental of rooms, Leases and commercial space, meeting, conference and/or banquet space within the Supplemental Properties, if any, including parking revenue; (ii) all income and proceeds received from food and beverage operations and from catering services conducted from the Supplemental Properties, if any, even though rendered outside of the Supplemental Properties; (iii) all income and proceeds from business interruption, rental interruption and use and occupancy insurance with respect to the operation of the Supplemental Properties (after deducting therefrom all necessary costs and expenses incurred in the adjustment or collection thereof); (iv) all Awards for temporary use (after deducting therefrom all costs incurred in the adjustment or collection thereof and in Restoration of the Supplemental Properties); (v) all income and proceeds from judgments, settlements and other resolutions of disputes with respect to matters which would be includable in this definition of “Supplemental Gross Income from Operations” if received in the ordinary course of the operation of the Supplemental Properties (after deducting therefrom

 

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all necessary costs and expenses incurred in the adjustment or collection thereof); (vi) interest on credit accounts, rent concessions or credits, and other required pass-throughs and interest on any reserve funds related to such Supplemental Properties; and (vii) all other income from operation of the Supplemental Properties, including, without limitation, laundry and vending income; but excluding, (1) gross receipts received by lessees (other than Supplemental Lessee), licensees or concessionaires of the Supplemental Properties, (2) consideration received at the Supplemental Properties for hotel accommodations, goods and services to be provided at other hotels not constituting, directly or indirectly, a portion of the Supplemental Properties, although arranged by, for or on behalf of Borrower, any Subsidiary of Borrower or Supplemental Lessee or Supplemental Property Manager; (3) income and proceeds from the sale or other disposition of goods, capital assets and other items not in the ordinary course of operation of the Supplemental Properties; (4) Supplemental Hotel Taxes; (5) Awards (except to the extent provided in clause (d) above); (6) refunds of amounts not included in Supplemental Operating Expenses at any time and uncollectible accounts; (7) gratuities collected by the employees at the Supplemental Properties; (8) the proceeds of any permitted financing; (9) other income or proceeds resulting other than from the use or occupancy of the Supplemental Properties, or any part thereof, or other than from the sale of goods, services or other items sold on or provided from the Supplemental Properties in the ordinary course of business; (10) any credits or refunds made to customers, guests or patrons in the form of allowances or adjustments to previously recorded revenues; (11) rent payments made and received under the Supplemental Leases and (12) proceeds from the sale of any Supplemental Property, including Net Sales Proceeds.

Supplemental Management Agreement”: collectively, those management agreements by and among the Supplemental Property Manager, the ESA Group Members party thereto and those other parties party thereto from time to time.

Supplemental Operating Expenses”: without duplication, the sum of all costs and expenses of operating, maintaining, directing, managing and supervising the Supplemental Properties (excluding, (i) depreciation and amortization, (ii) any interest payments payable on any mortgage or mezzanine Indebtedness incurred in connection with such Supplemental Properties , (iii) any Capital Expenditures in connection with the Supplemental Properties, (iv) deposits required to be made to any reserve funds related to such Supplemental Properties, and (v) rent paid by Supplemental Lessee under the Supplemental Lease) incurred by any ESA Group Member or Supplemental Lessee (or by Supplemental Property Manager on behalf of Supplemental Lessee pursuant to the Supplemental Management Agreement, for the account of any ESA Group Member or Supplemental Lessee), or as otherwise specifically provided therein, which are properly attributable to the period under consideration under such ESA Group Member’s and/or Supplemental Property Manager’s system of accounting, including, without limitation: (a) the cost of all food and beverages sold or consumed, if any, and of all necessary chinaware, glassware, linens, flatware, uniforms, utensils and other items of a similar nature, if any, including such items bearing the name or identifying characteristics of the hotels as such ESA Group Member, Supplemental Lessee and/or Supplemental Property Manager shall reasonably consider appropriate (“Operating Equipment”) and paper supplies, cleaning materials and similar consumable items (“Operating Supplies”) placed in use (other than reserve stocks thereof in storerooms) (Operating Equipment and Operating Supplies shall be considered to have been placed in use when they are transferred from the storerooms of the Supplemental Properties to the appropriate operating departments); (b) salaries and wages of personnel of the Supplemental Properties (regardless of whether such personnel are employees of a ESA Group Member, Supplemental Lessee or Supplemental Property Manager), including costs of payroll taxes and employee benefits (which benefits may include, without limitation, a pension plan, medical insurance, life insurance, travel accident insurance and an executive bonus program) and the costs of moving (i) employees of the Supplemental Properties whose primary duties consist of the management of the Supplemental Properties or of a recognized department or division thereof or (ii) personnel (A) who customarily and regularly direct the work of five (5) or more other

 

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employees of the Supplemental Properties; (B) who have authority with reference to the hiring, firing and advancement of the employees of the Supplemental Properties; (C) who customarily and regularly exercise discretionary powers; (D) who devote at least ninety five percent (95%) of their work time to activities which are directly and closely related to the performance of the work described in clauses (A) through (C) of clause (ii) of this sentence; and (E) who are not compensated on an hourly basis (the “Executive Hotel Personnel”), their families and their belongings to the area in which the Supplemental Properties are located at the commencement of their employment at the Supplemental Properties and all other expenses not otherwise specifically referred to in this definition which are referred to as “Administrative and General Expenses” in the Uniform System of Accounts; (c) the cost of all other goods and services obtained by any ESA Group Member, Supplemental Lessee or Supplemental Property Manager in connection with its operation of the Supplemental Properties including, without limitation, heat and utilities, office supplies and all services performed by third parties, including leasing expenses in connection with telephone and data processing equipment, and all existing and any future installations necessary for the operation of the Improvements for hotel purposes (including, without limitation, heating, lighting, sanitary equipment, air conditioning, laundry, refrigerating, built-in kitchen equipment, telephone equipment, communications systems, computer equipment and elevators, if any), Operating Equipment and existing and any future furniture, furnishings, wall coverings, fixtures and hotel equipment necessary for the operation of the building for hotel purposes which shall include all equipment required for the operation of kitchens, bars, laundries, (if any) and dry cleaning facilities (if any), office equipment, cleaning and engineering equipment and vehicles; (d) the cost of repairs to and maintenance of the Supplemental Properties; (e) insurance premiums for general liability insurance, workers’ compensation insurance or insurance required by similar employee benefits acts and such business interruption or other insurance as may be provided for protection against claims, liabilities and losses arising from the operation of the Supplemental Properties (as distinguished from any property damage insurance on the Supplemental Properties building or its contents) and losses incurred on any self-insured risks of the foregoing types, provided that ESA Group Member and Supplemental Property Manager have specifically approved in advance such self-insurance or insurance is unavailable to cover such risks (premiums on policies for more than one year will be pro rated over the period of insurance and premiums under blanket policies will be allocated among properties covered); (f) all Taxes and Other Charges (other than federal, state or local income taxes and franchise taxes or the equivalent) payable by or assessed against any ESA Group Member, Supplemental Lessee or Supplemental Property Manager with respect to the operation of the Supplemental Properties; (g) without duplication of any amount paid or reimbursed under the Supplemental Management Agreement, legal fees and fees of any firm of independent certified public accounts designated from time to time by any ESA Group Member (the “Independent CPA”) for services directly related to the operation of the Supplemental Properties; (h) without duplication of any amount paid or reimbursed under the Supplemental Management Agreement, the costs and expenses of technical consultants and specialized operational experts for specialized services in connection with non-recurring work on operational, legal, functional, decorating, design or construction problems and activities; (i) without duplication of any amount paid or reimbursed under the Supplemental Management Agreement all expenses for advertising for the Supplemental Properties and all expenses of sales promotion and public relations activities; (j) without duplication of any amount paid or reimbursed under the Supplemental Management Agreement, all out-of-pocket expenses and disbursements determined by the Independent CPA to have been reasonably, properly and specifically incurred by any ESA Group Member, Supplemental Lessee or any of their Affiliates pursuant to, in the course of and directly related to, the management and operation of the Supplemental Properties under the Supplemental Management Agreement (without limiting the generality of the foregoing, such charges may include all reasonable travel, telephone, telegram, radiogram, cablegram, air express and other incidental expenses, but, shall exclude costs relating to the offices maintained by any ESA Group Member, Supplemental Lessee or any of their Affiliates other than the offices maintained at the Supplemental Property for the management of such Supplemental Property and excluding transportation costs of ESA Group Members, Supplemental Lessee or the Supplemental Property Manager related to

 

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meetings between the ESA Group Member, Supplemental Lessee and Supplemental Property Manager with respect to administration of the Supplemental Management Agreement or of the Supplemental Properties involving travel away from such party’s principal executive offices); (k) without duplication of any amount paid or reimbursed under the Supplemental Management Agreement, the cost of any reservations system, any accounting services or other group benefits, programs or services from time to time made available to Supplemental Properties in ESA Group Member’s system; (l) the cost associated with any retail Leases and all costs and expenses of owning, maintaining, conducting and supervising the operation of the Supplemental Properties to the extent such costs and expenses are not included above; and (m) any management fees, basic and incentive fees or other fees and reimbursables paid or payable to Supplemental Manager under the Supplemental Management Agreement.

Supplemental Properties”: ESA Properties other than the Subsidiary Properties.

Supplemental Property Manager”: collectively, those certain managers engaged to manage the Supplemental Properties.

Swap Agreement”: any agreement with respect to any swap, forward, future or derivative transaction or option or similar agreement involving, or settled by reference to, one or more rates, currencies, commodities, equity or debt instruments or securities, or economic, financial or pricing indices or measures of economic, financial or pricing risk or value or any similar transaction or any combination of these transactions; provided that no phantom stock or similar plan providing for payments only on account of services provided by current or former directors, officers, employees or consultants of any Loan Party or any of their respective Subsidiaries shall be a “Swap Agreement”.

Swap Termination Value”: in respect of any one or more Swap Agreements, after taking into account the effect of any legally enforceable netting agreement relating to such Swap Agreements, (a) for any date on or after the date such Swap Agreements 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 Agreements, as determined based upon one or more mid-market or other readily available quotations provided by any recognized dealer in such Swap Agreements (which may include a Lender or any Affiliate of a Lender).

Swingline Commitment”: the obligation of the Swingline Lender to make Swingline Loans pursuant to Section 2.3 in an aggregate principal amount at any one time outstanding not to exceed $20,000,000.

Swingline Lender”: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., in its capacity as the lender of Swingline Loans.

Swingline Loans”: as defined in Section 2.3.

Swingline Participation Amount”: as defined in Section 2.4(c).

Syndication Agents”: as defined in the preamble hereto.

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

 

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Total Revolving Commitments”: at any time, the aggregate amount of the Revolving Commitments then in effect.

Total Revolving Extensions of Credit”: at any time, the aggregate amount of the Revolving Extensions of Credit of the Lenders outstanding at such time.

Total Unused Commitment”: at any time, an amount equal to the remainder of (x) the Total Revolving Commitments then in effect less (y) the Aggregate Exposure at such time.

Transferee”: any Assignee or Participant.

Trigger Event”: shall have occurred if, (a) as of the last day of any calendar month ending during the period from the Closing Date until, but excluding, the first anniversary of the Closing Date, the Debt Yield is less than 11.50 % and (b) as of the last day of any calendar month ending on or after the first anniversary of the Closing Date, the Debt Yield is less than 12.00%; provided, that a Trigger Event shall cease to exist following a Trigger Event Cure with respect to such Trigger Event.

Trigger Event Cure”: with respect to any Trigger Event, the occurrence of (a) the repayment by the Borrower in full of all outstanding Loans, outstanding Reimbursement Obligations and the Cash Collateralization of all L/C Obligations in an amount not less than the Minimum Collateral Amount and (b) a Debt Yield of equal to or greater than, as of the last day of each of the three calendar months immediately succeeding the calendar month during which such Trigger Event occurred, the required percentage for such calendar month described in the next succeeding sentence. The required percentage referred to in the immediately preceding sentence for any calendar month shall be (x) for each calendar month ended prior to but excluding the first anniversary of the Closing Date, 11.50%, and (y) for each calendar month ended on or after the first anniversary of the Closing Date, 12.00%.

Type”: as to any Loan, its nature as an ABR Loan or a Eurodollar Loan.

Uniform System of Accounts”: as defined in the Mortgage Loan Agreement.

United States”: the United States of America.

U.S. Person”: any Person that in a “United States person” within the meaning of Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code.

U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate”: as defined in Section 2.18(f)(ii)(B)(3).

Voting Stock”: with respect to any Person, shares of such Person’s Capital Stock having the right to vote for the election of directors of such Person under ordinary circumstances.

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

Withdrawal Liability”: any liability to a Multiemployer Plan as a result of a complete or partial withdrawal from such Multiemployer Plan, as such terms are defined in Title IV of ERISA.

 

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1.2 Other Definitional Provisions. (a) Unless otherwise specified therein, all terms defined in this Agreement shall have the defined meanings when used in the other Loan Documents or any certificate or other document made or delivered pursuant hereto or thereto.

(b) As used herein and in the other Loan Documents, and any certificate or other document made or delivered pursuant hereto or thereto, (i) accounting terms relating to any ESA Group Member not defined in Section 1.1 and accounting terms partly defined in Section 1.1, to the extent not defined, shall have the respective meanings given to them under GAAP (provided that, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, all accounting or financial terms used herein shall be construed, and all financial computations pursuant hereto shall be made, without giving effect to any election under Statement of Financial Accounting Standards 159 (or any other Financial Accounting Standard having a similar effect) to value any Indebtedness or other liabilities of any ESA Group Member at “fair value”, as defined therein), (ii) the words “include”, “includes” and “including” shall be deemed to be followed by the phrase “without limitation”, (iii) the word “incur” shall be construed to mean incur, create, issue, assume, become liable in respect of or suffer to exist (and the words “incurred” and “incurrence” shall have correlative meanings), (iv) 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, Capital Stock, securities, revenues, accounts, leasehold interests and contract rights, and (v) references to agreements or other Contractual Obligations shall, unless otherwise specified, be deemed to refer to such agreements or Contractual Obligations as amended, supplemented, restated or otherwise modified from time to time.

(c) The words “hereof”, “herein” and “hereunder” and words of similar import, when used in this Agreement, shall refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular provision of this Agreement, and Section, Schedule and Exhibit references are to this Agreement unless otherwise specified.

(d) The meanings given to terms defined herein shall be equally applicable to both the singular and plural forms of such terms.

(e) Unless the context requires otherwise, (i) any definition of or reference to any agreement, instrument or other document (including any Governing 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 and (iii) 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.

1.3 Classifications of Loans. For purposes of this Agreement, Loans and Commitments may be classified and referred to by Class (e.g., an “Existing Loan”, “Extended Loan”, “Existing Commitment” or “Extended Commitment”) or by Type (e.g., an “ABL Loan” or “Eurodollar Loan”).

SECTION 2. AMOUNT AND TERMS OF REVOLVING COMMITMENTS

2.1 Revolving Commitments. (a) Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, each Lender severally agrees to make revolving credit loans (“Revolving Loans”) to the Borrower from time to time during the Revolving Commitment Period in an aggregate principal amount at any one time outstanding which, when added to such Lender’s Revolving Percentage of the sum of (i) the L/C

 

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Obligations then outstanding and (ii) the aggregate principal amount of the Swingline Loans then outstanding, does not exceed the amount of such Lender’s Revolving Commitment. During the Revolving Commitment Period the Borrower may use the Revolving Commitments by borrowing, prepaying the Revolving Loans in whole or in part, and reborrowing, all in accordance with the terms and conditions hereof. Subject to Section 2.14, the Revolving Loans may from time to time be Eurodollar Loans or ABR Loans, as determined by the Borrower and notified to the Administrative Agent in accordance with Sections 2.2 and 2.10.

(b) The Borrower shall repay all outstanding Revolving Loans on the Revolving Termination Date.

2.2 Procedure for Revolving Loan Borrowing. The Borrower may borrow under the Revolving Commitments during the Revolving Commitment Period on any Business Day, provided that the Borrower shall give the Administrative Agent irrevocable notice (which notice must be received by the Administrative Agent prior to 11:00 A.M., New York City time, (a) three (3) Business Days prior to the requested Borrowing Date, in the case of Eurodollar Loans, or (b) the requested Borrowing Date, in the case of ABR Loans) (provided that any such notice of a borrowing of ABR Loans to finance payments required by Section 3.5 may be given not later than 10:00 A.M., New York City time, on the date of the proposed borrowing), specifying (i) the amount, Class and Type of Revolving Loans to be borrowed, (ii) the requested Borrowing Date and (iii) in the case of Eurodollar Loans, the respective amounts of each such Type of Loan and the respective lengths of the initial Interest Period therefor. Any Revolving Loans made on the Closing Date shall initially be ABR Loans unless the Borrower has provided to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders a funding indemnity in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent. Each borrowing of Revolving Loans shall be in an amount equal to (x) in the case of ABR Loans, $500,000 or a whole multiple of $100,000 in excess thereof and (y) in the case of Eurodollar Loans, $3,000,000 or a whole multiple of $1,000,000 in excess thereof; provided, that the Swingline Lender may request, on behalf of the Borrower, borrowings of Revolving Loans that are ABR Loans in other amounts pursuant to Section 2.4. Upon receipt of any such notice from the Borrower, the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Lender of the applicable Class thereof. Each Lender of the applicable Class will make the amount of its pro rata share of each borrowing available to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Borrower at the Funding Office prior to 1:00 P.M., New York City time, on the Borrowing Date requested by the Borrower in funds immediately available to the Administrative Agent. Such borrowing will then be made available to the Borrower by the Administrative Agent crediting the account of the Borrower on the books of such office with the aggregate of the amounts made available to the Administrative Agent by the Lenders and in like funds as received by the Administrative Agent.

2.3 Swingline Commitment. (a) Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, the Swingline Lender agrees to make a portion of the credit otherwise available to the Borrower under the Revolving Commitments from time to time during the Revolving Commitment Period by making swing line loans (“Swingline Loans”) to the Borrower; provided that (i) the aggregate principal amount of Swingline Loans outstanding at any time shall not exceed the Swingline Commitment then in effect (notwithstanding that the Swingline Loans outstanding at any time, when aggregated with the Swingline Lender’s other outstanding Revolving Loans, may exceed the Swingline Commitment then in effect) and (ii) the Borrower shall not request, and the Swingline Lender shall not make, any Swingline Loan if, after giving effect to the making of such Swingline Loan, the aggregate amount of the Available Revolving Commitments would be less than zero. During the Revolving Commitment Period, the Borrower may use the Swingline Commitment by borrowing, repaying and reborrowing, all in accordance with the terms and conditions hereof. Swingline Loans shall be ABR Loans only.

(b) The Borrower shall repay to the Swingline Lender the then unpaid principal amount of each Swingline Loan on the earlier of the Revolving Termination Date and the date that is seven (7) Business Days after such Swingline Loan is made; provided that on each date that a Revolving Loan is borrowed, the Borrower shall repay all Swingline Loans then outstanding.

 

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2.4 Procedure for Swingline Borrowing; Refunding of Swingline Loans. (a) Whenever the Borrower desires that the Swingline Lender make Swingline Loans it shall give the Swingline Lender irrevocable telephonic notice confirmed promptly in writing (which telephonic notice must be received by the Swingline Lender not later than 1:00 P.M., New York City time, on the proposed Borrowing Date), specifying (i) the amount to be borrowed and (ii) the requested Borrowing Date (which shall be a Business Day during the Revolving Commitment Period). Each borrowing under the Swingline Commitment shall be in an amount equal to $500,000 or a whole multiple of $100,000 in excess thereof. Not later than 3:00 P.M., New York City time, on the Borrowing Date specified in a notice in respect of Swingline Loans, the Swingline Lender shall make available to the Administrative Agent at the Funding Office an amount in immediately available funds equal to the amount of the Swingline Loan to be made by the Swingline Lender. The Administrative Agent shall make the proceeds of such Swingline Loan available to the Borrower on such Borrowing Date by depositing such proceeds in the account of the Borrower with the Administrative Agent on such Borrowing Date in immediately available funds.

(b) The Swingline Lender, at any time and from time to time in its sole and absolute discretion may, on behalf of the Borrower (which hereby irrevocably directs the Swingline Lender to act on its behalf), on one (1) Business Day’s notice given by the Swingline Lender no later than 12:00 Noon, New York City time, request each Lender to make, and each Lender hereby agrees to make, a Revolving Loan, in an amount equal to such Lender’s Revolving Percentage of the aggregate amount of the Swingline Loans (the “Refunded Swingline Loans”) outstanding on the date of such notice, to repay the Swingline Lender. Each Lender shall make the amount of such Revolving Loan available to the Administrative Agent at the Funding Office in immediately available funds, not later than 10:00 A.M., New York City time, one (1) Business Day after the date of such notice. The proceeds of such Revolving Loans shall be immediately made available by the Administrative Agent to the Swingline Lender for application by the Swingline Lender to the repayment of the Refunded Swingline Loans. The Borrower irrevocably authorizes the Swingline Lender to charge the Borrower’s accounts with the Administrative Agent (up to the amount available in each such account) in order to immediately pay the amount of such Refunded Swingline Loans to the extent amounts received from the Lenders are not sufficient to repay in full such Refunded Swingline Loans.

(c) If prior to the time a Revolving Loan would have otherwise been made pursuant to Section 2.4(b), one of the events described in Section 8.1(g) shall have occurred and be continuing with respect to the Borrower or if for any other reason, as determined by the Swingline Lender in its sole discretion, Revolving Loans may not be made as contemplated by Section 2.4(b), each Lender shall, on the date such Revolving Loan was to have been made pursuant to the notice referred to in Section 2.4(b), purchase for cash an undivided participating interest in the then outstanding Swingline Loans by paying to the Swingline Lender an amount (the “Swingline Participation Amount”) equal to (i) such Lender’s Revolving Percentage times (ii) the sum of the aggregate principal amount of Swingline Loans then outstanding that were to have been repaid with such Revolving Loans.

(d) Whenever, at any time after the Swingline Lender has received from any Lender such Lender’s Swingline Participation Amount, the Swingline Lender receives any payment on account of the Swingline Loans, the Swingline Lender will distribute to such Lender its Swingline Participation Amount (appropriately adjusted, in the case of interest payments, to reflect the period of time during which such Lender’s participating interest was outstanding and funded and, in the case of principal and interest payments, to reflect such Lender’s pro rata portion of such payment if such payment is not

 

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sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on all Swingline Loans then due); provided, however, that in the event that such payment received by the Swingline Lender is required to be returned, such Lender will return to the Swingline Lender any portion thereof previously distributed to it by the Swingline Lender.

(e) Each Lender’s obligation to make the Loans referred to in Section 2.4(b) and to purchase participating interests pursuant to Section 2.4(c) shall be absolute and unconditional and shall not be affected by any circumstance, including (i) any setoff, counterclaim, recoupment, defense or other right that such Lender or the Borrower may have against the Swingline Lender, the Borrower or any other Person for any reason whatsoever, (ii) the occurrence or continuance of a Default or an Event of Default or the failure to satisfy any of the other conditions specified in Section 5, (iii) any adverse change in the condition (financial or otherwise) of the Borrower, (iv) any breach of this Agreement or any other Loan Document by the Borrower, any other Loan Party or any other Lender or (v) any other circumstance, happening or event whatsoever, whether or not similar to any of the foregoing.

2.5 Commitment Fees, etc. (a) The Borrower agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of each Lender a commitment fee for the period from and including the date hereof to the last day of the Revolving Commitment Period, computed at the Commitment Fee Rate on the average daily amount of the Available Revolving Commitment of such Lender during the period for which payment is made, payable quarterly in arrears on each Fee Payment Date, commencing on the first such date to occur after the date hereof. For the avoidance of doubt, each Lender’s Revolving Commitment shall be deemed to be in effect for purposes of this Section 2.5(a) regardless of the occurrence and continuance of a Trigger Event except with respect to any of such Revolving Commitment that has been permanently and irrevocable terminated pursuant to the terms hereof.

(b) The Borrower agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent the fees in the amounts and on the dates as set forth in any fee agreements with the Administrative Agent and to perform any other obligations contained therein.

2.6 Termination or Reduction of Revolving Commitments. Subject to Section 2.22(b), the Borrower shall have the right, upon not less than three (3) Business Days’ notice to the Administrative Agent, to terminate the Revolving Commitments or, from time to time, to reduce the amount of the Revolving Commitments; provided that no such termination or reduction of Revolving Commitments shall be permitted if, after giving effect thereto and to any prepayments of the Revolving Loans and Swingline Loans made on the effective date thereof, either (a) the Total Revolving Extensions of Credit would exceed the Total Revolving Commitments or (b) the aggregate amount of the Revolving Extensions of Credit with respect to any Class outstanding at such time would exceed the aggregate amount of the Revolving Commitments then in effect with respect to such Class. Any such notice may state that such notice is conditioned upon the occurrence or non-occurrence of any event specified therein (including the effectiveness of other credit facilities), in which case such notice may be revoked by the Borrower (by written notice to the Administrative Agent on or prior to the specified effective date) if such condition is not satisfied. Any such reduction shall be in an amount equal to $3,000,000, or a whole multiple of $1,000,000 in excess thereof, and shall reduce permanently the Revolving Commitments then in effect either (i) ratably among Classes or (ii) if not inconsistent with the Extension Amendment relating to Extended Commitments, first to the Revolving Commitments with respect to any Existing Commitments and second to such Extended Commitments; provided that, with respect to the Revolving Commitments of any Class, any such termination or reduction shall apply ratably to the Revolving Commitment of each Lender of such Class.

2.7 Repayment of Loans; Source of Funds; Evidence of Debt. (a) The Borrower hereby unconditionally promises to pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of each Lender the then unpaid principal amount of each Loan of such Lender on the applicable Revolving Termination Date.

 

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(b) None of the funds or assets of the Borrower that are used to pay any amount due on the Loans, Reimbursement Obligations or any other amounts due under this Agreement shall constitute funds obtained from transactions with or relating to Designated Persons or countries which are the subject of Sanctions.

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

(d) The Administrative Agent shall maintain the Register pursuant to Section 10.6(b)(iv), and a subaccount for each Lender, in which Register and subaccounts (taken together) shall be recorded (i) the amount of each Loan made hereunder, whether such Loan is a Revolving Loan or a Swingline Loan, the Type and Class of each Loan made and the Interest Period applicable thereto, (ii) the amount of any principal or interest due and payable or to become due and payable from the Borrower to each Lender, the Swingline Lender or the Administrative Agent hereunder and (iii) the amount of any sum received by the Administrative Agent hereunder from the Borrower and each Lender’s share thereof.

(e) The entries made in the Register and accounts and subaccounts maintained pursuant to paragraphs (c) and (d) of this Section 2.7 shall, to the extent permitted by applicable law, be prima facie evidence of the existence and amounts of the obligations of the Borrower therein recorded; provided, however, that the failure of any Lender or the Administrative Agent to maintain such account, such Register or such subaccount, as applicable, or any error therein, shall not in any manner affect the obligation of the Borrower to repay (with applicable interest) the Loans made to the Borrower in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

(f) Any Lender may request that Loans of any Class made by it be evidenced by a promissory note. In such event, the Borrower shall prepare, execute and deliver to such Lender a promissory note payable to such Lender (or, if requested by such Lender, to such Lender and its registered assigns) and in a form approved by the Administrative Agent. Thereafter, the Loans evidenced by such promissory note and interest thereon shall at all times (including after assignment pursuant to Section 10.6) be represented by one or more promissory notes in such form payable to the payee named therein (or, if such promissory note is a registered note, to such payee and its registered assigns).

2.8 Optional Prepayments. The Borrower may at any time and from time to time prepay the Loans, in whole or in part, without premium or penalty, upon irrevocable notice delivered to the Administrative Agent no later than 11:00 A.M., New York City time, three (3) Business Days prior thereto, in the case of Eurodollar Loans, and no later than 11:00 A.M., New York City time, on such Business Day, in the case of ABR Loans, which notice shall specify the date and amount of prepayment and whether the prepayment is of Eurodollar Loans or ABR Loans; provided, that if a Eurodollar Loan is prepaid on any day other than the last day of the Interest Period applicable thereto, the Borrower shall also pay any amounts owing pursuant to Section 2.19. Upon receipt of any such notice the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each relevant Lender thereof. If any such notice is given, the amount specified in such notice shall be due and payable on the date specified therein, together with (except in the case of Revolving Loans that are ABR Loans and Swingline Loans) accrued interest to such date on the amount prepaid. Partial prepayments of Revolving Loans shall be in an amount equal to (x) in the case of ABR Loans, $500,000 or a whole multiple of $100,000 in excess thereof and (y) in the case of Eurodollar Loans, $3,000,000 or a whole multiple of $1,000,000 in excess thereof. Partial prepayments of Swingline Loans shall be in an aggregate principal amount of $100,000 or a whole multiple thereof. Each prepayment pursuant to this Section 2.8 shall be allocated pro rata to all Lenders according to their respective Revolving Percentages.

 

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2.9 Mandatory Prepayments and Commitment Reductions. (a) If for any reason the Total Revolving Extensions of Credit at any time exceed the Total Revolving Commitments then in effect, the Borrower shall immediately prepay Loans and/or Cash Collateralize the L/C Obligations in an amount not less than the applicable Minimum Collateral Amount multiplied by such excess amount; provided, however, that, subject to Section 2.24(a), the Borrower shall not be required to Cash Collateralize the L/C Obligations pursuant to this Section 2.9(a) unless after the prepayment in full of the Loans, Total Revolving Extensions of Credit exceed the Total Revolving Commitments then in effect.

(b) If on any date a Trigger Event has occurred and is continuing, the Borrower shall prepay Loans and Cash Collateralize the L/C Obligations as set forth in Section 2.25(b).

(c) The application of any prepayment pursuant to Section 2.9 shall be made, first, to ABR Loans and, second, to Eurodollar Loans. Each prepayment of the Loans under Section 2.9 (except in the case of Revolving Loans that are ABR Loans and Swingline Loans) shall be accompanied by accrued interest to the date of such prepayment on the amount prepaid. Each prepayment and Revolving Commitment reduction shall be allocated pro rata to all Lenders according to their respective Revolving Percentages.

2.10 Conversion and Continuation Options. (a) The Borrower may elect from time to time to convert Eurodollar Loans to ABR Loans by giving the Administrative Agent prior irrevocable notice of such election no later than 11:00 A.M., New York City time, on the Business Day preceding the proposed conversion date, provided that any such conversion of Eurodollar Loans may only be made on the last day of an Interest Period with respect thereto. The Borrower may elect from time to time to convert ABR Loans to Eurodollar Loans by giving the Administrative Agent prior irrevocable notice of such election no later than 11:00 A.M., New York City time, on the third Business Day preceding the proposed conversion date (which notice shall specify the length of the initial Interest Period therefor), provided that no ABR Loan may be converted into a Eurodollar Loan when any Event of Default has occurred and is continuing. Upon receipt of any such notice the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each relevant Lender of the applicable Class thereof.

(b) Any Eurodollar Loan may be continued as such upon the expiration of the then current Interest Period with respect thereto by the Borrower giving irrevocable notice to the Administrative Agent, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the term “Interest Period” set forth in Section 1.1, of the length of the next Interest Period to be applicable to such Loans, provided that no Eurodollar Loan may be continued as such when any Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, and provided, further, that if the Borrower shall fail to give any required notice as described above in this paragraph or if such continuation is not permitted pursuant to the preceding proviso such Loans shall be automatically converted to ABR Loans on the last day of such then expiring Interest Period. Upon receipt of any such notice the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each relevant Lender of the applicable Class thereof.

2.11 Limitations on Eurodollar Tranches. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, all borrowings, conversions and continuations of Eurodollar Loans and all selections of Interest Periods shall be in such amounts and be made pursuant to such elections so that, (a) after giving effect thereto, the aggregate principal amount of the Eurodollar Loans comprising each Eurodollar Tranche shall be equal to $3,000,000 or a whole multiple of $1,000,000 in excess thereof and (b) no more than ten Eurodollar Tranches shall be outstanding at any one time.

 

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2.12 Interest Rates and Payment Dates. (a) Each Eurodollar Loan shall bear interest for each day during each Interest Period with respect thereto at a rate per annum equal to the Eurodollar Rate determined for such day plus the Applicable Margin.

(b) Each ABR Loan shall bear interest at a rate per annum equal to the ABR plus the Applicable Margin.

(c) If all or a portion of the principal amount of, or any interest payable on, any Loan or Reimbursement Obligation or any commitment fee or other amount payable hereunder or under any Loan Document shall not be paid when due (whether at the stated maturity, by acceleration or otherwise), such overdue amount shall bear interest at a rate per annum equal to (x) in the case of the Loans, the rate that would otherwise be applicable thereto pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this Section plus 2% or (y) in the case of any other amount, the rate applicable to ABR Loans plus 2%, in each case, from the date of such non-payment until such amount is paid in full (after as well as before judgment).

(d) Interest shall be payable in arrears on each Interest Payment Date, provided that interest accruing pursuant to paragraph (c) of this Section shall be payable from time to time on demand.

2.13 Computation of Interest and Fees. (a) Interest and fees payable pursuant hereto shall be calculated on the basis of a 360-day year for the actual days elapsed, except that, with respect to ABR Loans the rate of interest on which is calculated on the basis of the Prime Rate or the Federal Funds Effective Rate, the interest thereon shall be calculated on the basis of a 365- (or 366-, as the case may be) day year for the actual days elapsed. The Administrative Agent shall as soon as practicable notify the Borrower and the relevant Lenders of each determination of a Eurodollar Rate. Any change in the interest rate on a Loan resulting from a change in the ABR or the Eurocurrency Reserve Requirements shall become effective as of the opening of business on the day on which such change becomes effective. The Administrative Agent shall as soon as practicable notify the Borrower and the relevant Lenders of the effective date and the amount of each such change in interest rate.

(b) Each determination of an interest rate by the Administrative Agent pursuant to any provision of this Agreement shall be conclusive and binding on the Borrower and the Lenders in the absence of manifest error. The Administrative Agent shall, at the request of the Borrower, deliver to the Borrower a statement showing the quotations used by the Administrative Agent in determining any interest rate pursuant to Section 2.12(a).

2.14 Inability to Determine Interest Rate. If prior to the first day of any Interest Period:

(a) the Administrative Agent shall have determined (which determination shall be conclusive and binding upon the Borrower) that, by reason of circumstances affecting the relevant market, adequate and reasonable means do not exist for ascertaining the Eurodollar Rate for such Interest Period, or

(b) the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from the Majority in Interest of any Class that the Eurodollar Rate determined or to be determined for such Interest Period will not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lenders (as conclusively certified by such Lenders) of making or maintaining their affected Loans during such Interest Period,

the Administrative Agent shall give telecopy or telephonic notice thereof to the Borrower and the relevant Lenders as soon as practicable thereafter. If such notice is given (x) any Eurodollar Loans with respect to such Class requested to be made on the first day of such Interest Period shall be made as ABR Loans,

 

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(y) any Loans with respect to such Class that were to have been converted on the first day of such Interest Period to Eurodollar Loans shall be continued as ABR Loans and (z) any outstanding Eurodollar Loans with respect to such Class shall be converted, on the last day of the then-current Interest Period, to ABR Loans. Until such notice has been withdrawn by the Administrative Agent, no further Eurodollar Loans with respect to such Class shall be made or continued as such, nor shall the Borrower have the right to convert Loans to Eurodollar Loans with respect to such Class.

2.15 Pro Rata Treatment and Payments. (a) Each borrowing by the Borrower from the Lenders hereunder and each payment by the Borrower on account of any commitment fee shall be made pro rata according to the respective Revolving Percentages of the Lenders. Any reduction of the Revolving Commitments of the Lenders shall be made pro rata according to the respective Revolving Percentages of the relevant Lenders except to the extent that this Agreement provides for reductions to be disproportionately allocated to a group of Lenders with respect to a particular Class pursuant to Section 2.6, in which case each reduction shall be allocated to the Lenders in such Class pro rata according to the respective Revolving Percentages of the relevant Lenders.

(b) Each payment (including each prepayment) by the Borrower on account of principal of the Revolving Loans shall be made pro rata according to the respective outstanding principal amounts of the Revolving Loans then held by the Lenders. Each payment of interest on the Revolving Loans shall be made pro rata according to the respective outstanding principal amounts of the Revolving Loans then held by the Lenders, except to the extent that this Agreement provides that different Classes of Revolving Loans shall have different Applicable Margins, in which case each payment shall be allocated to the Lenders in such Class pro rata according to the respective Revolving Percentages of the relevant Lenders.

(c) All payments (including prepayments) to be made by the Borrower hereunder, whether on account of principal, interest, fees or otherwise, shall be made without setoff or counterclaim and shall be made prior to 12:00 Noon, New York City time, on the due date thereof to the Administrative Agent, for the account of the Lenders, at the Funding Office, in Dollars and in immediately available funds. The Administrative Agent shall distribute such payments to each relevant Lender promptly upon receipt in like funds as received, net of any amounts owing by such Lender pursuant to Section 9.7. If any payment hereunder (other than payments on the Eurodollar Loans) becomes due and payable on a day other than a Business Day, such payment shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day. If any payment on a Eurodollar Loan becomes due and payable on a day other than a Business Day, the maturity thereof shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day unless the result of such extension would be to extend such payment into another calendar month, in which event such payment shall be made on the immediately preceding Business Day. In the case of any extension of any payment of principal pursuant to the preceding two sentences, interest thereon shall be payable at the then applicable rate during such extension.

(d) Unless the Administrative Agent shall have been notified in writing by any Lender prior to a borrowing that such Lender will not make the amount that would constitute its share of such borrowing available to the Administrative Agent, the Administrative Agent may assume that such Lender is making such amount available to the Administrative Agent, and the Administrative Agent may, in reliance upon such assumption, make available to the Borrower a corresponding amount. If such amount is not made available to the Administrative Agent by the required time on the Borrowing Date therefor, such Lender shall pay to the Administrative Agent, on demand, such amount with interest thereon, at a rate equal to the greater of (i) the Federal Funds Effective Rate and (ii) a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation, for the period until such Lender makes such amount immediately available to the Administrative Agent. A certificate of the Administrative Agent submitted to any Lender with respect to any amounts owing under

 

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this paragraph shall be conclusive in the absence of manifest error. If such Lender’s share of such borrowing is not made available to the Administrative Agent by such Lender within three (3) Business Days after such Borrowing Date, the Administrative Agent shall also be entitled to recover such amount with interest thereon at the rate per annum applicable to ABR Loans, on demand, from the Borrower.

(e) Unless the Administrative Agent shall have been notified in writing by the Borrower prior to the date of any payment due to be made by the Borrower hereunder that the Borrower will not make such payment to the Administrative Agent, the Administrative Agent may assume that the Borrower is making such payment, and the Administrative Agent may, but shall not be required to, in reliance upon such assumption, make available to the Lenders their respective pro rata shares of a corresponding amount. If such payment is not made to the Administrative Agent by the Borrower within three (3) Business Days after such due date, the Administrative Agent shall be entitled to recover, on demand, from each Lender to which any amount which was made available pursuant to the preceding sentence, such amount with interest thereon at the rate per annum equal to the daily average Federal Funds Effective Rate. Nothing herein shall be deemed to limit the rights of the Administrative Agent or any Lender against the Borrower.

2.16 Sharing of Payments by Lenders. (a) If any Lender shall, by exercising any right of setoff or counterclaim or otherwise, obtain payment in respect of any principal of or interest on any of its Loans or participations in L/C Obligations or Swingline Loans held by it resulting in such Lender receiving payment of a proportion of the aggregate amount of such Loans or participations and accrued interest thereon greater than its pro rata share thereof as provided herein, then the Lender receiving such greater proportion shall (a) notify the Administrative Agent of such fact, and (b) purchase (for cash at face value) participations in the Loans and subparticipations in the L/C Obligations and Swingline 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 or subparticipations are purchased and all or any portion of the payment giving rise thereto is recovered, such participations or subparticipations shall be rescinded and the purchase price restored to the extent of such recovery, without interest; and

(ii) the provisions of this paragraph shall not be construed to apply to (x) any payment made by the Borrower pursuant to and in accordance with the express terms of this Agreement (including the application of funds arising from the existence of a Defaulting Lender), (y) the application of Cash Collateral provided for in Section 2.24 or (z) any payment obtained by a Lender as consideration for the assignment of or sale of a participation in any of its Loans or subparticipations in L/C Obligations or Swingline Loans to any assignee or participant, other than to the Borrower or any Subsidiary or Affiliate thereof (as to which the provisions of this paragraph shall apply).

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

2.17 Change in Law. (a) If any Change in Law shall:

(i) subject any Recipient to any Taxes (other than (A) Indemnified Taxes, (B) Taxes described in clauses (b) through (d) of the definition of Excluded Taxes and (C) Connection Income Taxes) on its loans, loan principal, letters of credit, commitments, or other obligations, or its deposits, reserves, other liabilities or capital attributable thereto;

 

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(ii) impose, modify or hold applicable any reserve, special deposit, compulsory loan or similar requirement against assets held by, deposits or other liabilities in or for the account of, advances, loans or other extensions of credit by, or any other acquisition of funds by, any office of such Recipient that is not otherwise included in the determination of the Eurodollar Rate; or

(iii) impose on such Recipient any other condition;

and the result of any of the foregoing is to increase the cost to such Recipient, by an amount that such Recipient deems to be material, of making, converting into, continuing or maintaining Eurodollar Loans or issuing or participating in Letters of Credit, or to reduce any amount receivable hereunder in respect thereof, then, in any such case, the Borrower shall promptly pay such Recipient, upon its demand, any additional amounts necessary to compensate such Recipient for such increased cost or reduced amount receivable. If any Recipient becomes entitled to claim any additional amounts pursuant to this paragraph, it shall promptly notify the Borrower (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) of the event by reason of which it has become so entitled.

(b) If any Lender shall have determined that any Change in Law regarding capital adequacy or liquidity or in the interpretation or application thereof or compliance by such Lender or any corporation controlling such Lender with any request or directive regarding capital adequacy or liquidity (whether or not having the force of law) from any Governmental Authority made subsequent to the date hereof shall have the effect of reducing the rate of return on such Lender’s or such corporation’s capital as a consequence of its obligations hereunder or under or in respect of any Letter of Credit to a level below that which such Lender or such corporation could have achieved but for such Change in Law (taking into consideration such Lender’s or such corporation’s policies with respect to capital adequacy) by an amount deemed by such Lender to be material, then from time to time, after submission by such Lender to the Borrower (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) of a written request therefor, the Borrower shall pay to such Lender such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender or such corporation for such reduction.

(c) A certificate as to any additional amounts payable pursuant to this Section submitted by any Lender to the Borrower (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) shall be conclusive in the absence of manifest error. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section, the Borrower shall not be required to compensate a Lender pursuant to this Section for any amounts incurred more than nine months prior to the date that such Lender notifies the Borrower of such Lender’s intention to claim compensation therefor; provided that, if the circumstances giving rise to such claim have a retroactive effect, then such nine-month period shall be extended to include the period of such retroactive effect. The obligations of the Borrower pursuant to this Section shall survive the termination of this Agreement and the payment of the Loans and all other amounts payable hereunder.

2.18 Taxes. (a) Any and all payments by or on account of any obligation of any Loan Party under any Loan Document shall be made without deduction or withholding for any Taxes, except as required by applicable law. If any applicable law (as determined in the good faith discretion of an applicable withholding agent) requires the deduction or withholding of any Tax from any such payment by a withholding agent, then the applicable withholding agent shall be entitled to make such deduction or withholding and shall timely pay the full amount deducted or withheld to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable law and, if such Tax is an Indemnified Tax, then the sum payable by the applicable Loan Party shall be increased as necessary so that after such deduction or withholding has been made (including such deductions and withholdings applicable to additional sums payable under this Section 2.18) the applicable Recipient receives an amount equal to the sum it would have received had no such deduction or withholding been made.

 

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(b) The Loan Parties shall timely pay to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable law, or at the option of the Administrative Agent timely reimburse it for, Other Taxes.

(c) As soon as practicable after any payment of Taxes by any Loan Party to a Governmental Authority pursuant to this Section 2.18, such Loan Party shall deliver to the Administrative Agent the original or a certified copy of a receipt issued by such Governmental Authority evidencing such payment, a copy of the return reporting such payment or other evidence of such payment reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

(d) The Loan Parties shall jointly and severally indemnify each Recipient, within 10 days after demand therefor, for the full amount of any Indemnified Taxes (including Indemnified Taxes imposed or asserted on or attributable to amounts payable under this Section 2.18) payable or paid by such Recipient or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to such Recipient and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Indemnified Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to the Borrower by a 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.

(e) Each Lender shall severally indemnify the Administrative Agent, within 10 days after demand therefor, for (i) any Indemnified Taxes attributable to such Lender (but only to the extent that any Loan Party has not already indemnified the Administrative Agent for such Indemnified Taxes and without limiting the obligation of the Loan Parties to do so), (ii) any Taxes attributable to such Lender’s failure to comply with the provisions of Section 10.6(c) relating to the maintenance of a Participant Register and (iii) any Excluded Taxes attributable to such Lender, in each case, that are payable or paid by the Administrative Agent in connection with any Loan Document, and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to any Lender by the Administrative Agent shall be conclusive absent manifest error. Each Lender hereby authorizes the Administrative Agent to set off and apply any and all amounts at any time owing to such Lender under any Loan Document or otherwise payable by the Administrative Agent to the Lender from any other source against any amount due to the Administrative Agent under this Section 2.18(e).

(f) (i) Any Lender that is entitled to an exemption from or reduction of withholding Tax with respect to payments made under any Loan Document shall deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent, at the time or times reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, such properly completed and executed documentation reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent as will permit such payments to be made without withholding or at a reduced rate of withholding. In addition, any Lender, if reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, shall deliver such other documentation prescribed by applicable law or reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent as will enable the Borrower or the Administrative Agent to determine whether or not such Lender is subject to backup withholding or information reporting requirements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the preceding two sentences, the completion, execution and submission of such documentation (other than such documentation set forth in Section 2.18(f)(ii)(A), (ii)(B) and (ii)(D) below) shall not be required if in the Lender’s reasonable judgment such completion, execution or submission would subject such Lender to any material unreimbursed cost or expense or would materially prejudice the legal or commercial position of such Lender.

 

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(ii) Without limiting the generality of the foregoing,

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

(B) any Foreign Lender shall, to the extent it is legally entitled to do so, deliver to the 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 reasonable request of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent), whichever of the following is applicable:

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

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

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

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

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be requested by the recipient) on or prior to the date on which such Foreign Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent), executed originals of any other form prescribed by applicable law as a basis for claiming exemption from or a reduction in U.S. federal withholding Tax, duly completed, together with such supplementary documentation as may be prescribed by applicable law to permit the Borrower or the Administrative Agent to determine the withholding or deduction required to be made; and

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

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

(g) If any party determines, in its sole discretion exercised in good faith, that it has received a refund of any Taxes as to which it has been indemnified pursuant to this Section 2.18 (including by the payment of additional amounts pursuant to this Section 2.18), it shall pay to the indemnifying party an amount equal to such refund (but only to the extent of indemnity payments made under this Section 2.18 with respect to the Taxes giving rise to such refund), net of all out-of-pocket expenses (including Taxes) of such indemnified party and without interest (other than any interest paid by the relevant Governmental Authority with respect to such refund). Such indemnifying party, upon the request of such indemnified party, shall repay to such indemnified party the amount paid over pursuant to this Section 2.18(g) (plus any penalties, interest or other charges imposed by the relevant Governmental Authority) in the event that such indemnified party is required to repay such refund to such Governmental Authority. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 2.18(g), in no event will the indemnified party be required to pay any amount to an indemnifying party pursuant to this Section 2.18(g) the payment of which would place the indemnified party in a less favorable net after-Tax position than the indemnified party would have been in if the indemnification payments or additional amounts giving rise to such refund had never been paid. This paragraph shall not be construed to require any indemnified party to make available its Tax returns (or any other information relating to its Taxes that it deems confidential) to the indemnifying party or any other Person.

(h) Each party’s obligations under this Section 2.18 shall survive the resignation or replacement of the Administrative Agent or any assignment of rights by, or the replacement of, a Lender, the termination of the Revolving Commitments and the Swingline Commitments and the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all Obligations under any Loan Document.

(i) For purposes of this Section 2.18, the term “Lender” includes the Issuing Lender and the Swingline Lender.

 

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2.19 Indemnity. The Borrower agrees to indemnify each Lender for, and to hold each Lender harmless from, any loss or expense that such Lender may sustain or incur as a consequence of (a) default by the Borrower in making a borrowing of, conversion into or continuation of Eurodollar Loans after the Borrower has given a notice requesting the same in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement, (b) default by the Borrower in making any prepayment of or conversion from Eurodollar Loans after the Borrower has given a notice thereof in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement or (c) the making of a prepayment of Eurodollar Loans on a day that is not the last day of an Interest Period with respect thereto. Such indemnification may include an amount equal to the excess, if any, of (i) the amount of interest that would have accrued on the amount so prepaid, or not so borrowed, converted or continued, for the period from the date of such prepayment or of such failure to borrow, convert or continue to the last day of such Interest Period (or, in the case of a failure to borrow, convert or continue, the Interest Period that would have commenced on the date of such failure) in each case at the applicable rate of interest for such Loans provided for herein (excluding, however, the Applicable Margin included therein, if any) over (ii) the amount of interest (as reasonably determined by such Lender) that would have accrued to such Lender on such amount by placing such amount on deposit for a comparable period with leading banks in the interbank eurodollar market. A certificate as to any amounts payable pursuant to this Section submitted to the Borrower by any Lender shall be conclusive in the absence of manifest error. This covenant shall survive the termination of this Agreement and the payment of the Loans and all other amounts payable hereunder for a period of 180 days.

2.20 Change of Lending Office. Each Lender agrees that, upon the occurrence of any event giving rise to the operation of Section 2.17 or 2.18 with respect to such Lender, it will, if requested by the Borrower, use reasonable efforts (subject to overall policy considerations of such Lender) to designate another lending office for any Loans affected by such event with the object of avoiding the consequences of such event; provided, that in the sole judgment of such Lender, such designation (i) would eliminate or reduce amounts payable pursuant to Section 2.17 or 2.18, as the case may be, in the future, and (ii) would not subject such Lender to any unreimbursed costs or expense and would not otherwise be disadvantageous to such Lender. The Borrower hereby agrees to pay all reasonable costs and expenses incurred by any Lender in connection with any such designation.

2.21 Replacement of Lenders. If any Lender (a) is entitled to additional compensation under Section 2.17 or 2.18, (b) becomes a Defaulting Lender or (c) does not consent to any proposed amendment, supplement, modification, consent or waiver of any provision of this Agreement or any other Loan Document that requires the consent of each of the Lenders or each of the Lenders affected thereby (so long as the consent of the Required Lenders has been obtained), the Borrower, at its sole expense and effort, may cause such Lender to (and, if the Borrower so demands, such Lender shall) assign all of its rights and obligations under this Agreement to one or more replacement financial institutions; provided that (i) such replacement does not conflict with any Requirement of Law, (ii) in the case of any such replacement resulting from a claim for compensation under Section 2.17 or payments required to be made pursuant to Section 2.18, such assignment will result in a reduction in such compensation or payments, (iii) the replacement financial institution shall purchase, at par, all Loans and other amounts owing to such replaced Lender on or prior to the date of replacement, (iv) the Borrower shall be liable to such replaced Lender under Section 2.19 if any Eurodollar Loan owing to such replaced Lender shall be purchased other than on the last day of the Interest Period relating thereto, (v) the replacement financial institution shall be reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, the Swingline Lender and the Issuing Lender (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld), (vi) the replaced Lender shall be obligated to make such replacement in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.6, (vii) until such time as such replacement shall be consummated, the Borrower shall pay all additional amounts (if any) required pursuant to

 

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Section 2.17 or 2.18, as the case may be, and (viii) any such replacement shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any rights that the Borrower, the Administrative Agent or any other Lender shall have against the replaced Lender. A Lender shall not be required to make any such assignment if, prior thereto, as a result of a waiver by such Lender or otherwise, the circumstances entitling the Borrower to require such assignment shall cease to apply.

2.22 Extension Options; Repricing Option.

(a) [Reserved].

(b) Extension Options. (i) The Borrower may, by written notice to the Administrative Agent (such notice, an “Initial Extension Notice”) not earlier than 60 days prior and not later than 30 days prior to the Initial Revolving Termination Date, elect to extend the Initial Revolving Termination Date for an additional twelve (12) months, subject to the terms of this Section 2.22(b). The Administrative Agent shall distribute any such Extension Notice promptly to the Lenders following its receipt thereof. As conditions precedent to such extension, the Borrowers shall, on or prior to the Initial Revolving Termination Date, satisfy each of the following requirements for such extension to become effective:

(A) the Administrative Agent shall have received an Initial Extension Notice within the period required under clause (i) above;

(B) on the date of such Initial Extension Notice and both immediately before and immediately after giving effect to such extension of the Revolving Termination Date, no Default, Event of Default or Trigger Event shall have occurred and be continuing;

(C) the Borrower shall have paid to the Administrative Agent, for the account of each Lender, an extension fee in an amount equal to 0.25% of the Revolving Commitment of such Lender on the Initial Revolving Termination Date; and

(D) each of the representations and warranties made by any Loan Party in or pursuant to the Loan Documents shall be true and correct in all material respects on and as of the date of such extension, before and after giving effect to such extension, as if made on and as of such date.

(ii) The Borrower may, from time to time, request that all or a portion of the Revolving Commitments existing at the time of such request (each, an “Existing Commitment”, and Loans related thereto, “Existing Loans”) of any Class (an “Existing Class”) be converted to extend the termination date thereof and the scheduled maturity date(s) of any payment of principal with respect to all or a portion of any principal amount of such Existing Loans (any such Existing Loans which have been so extended, “Extended Loans”, and any such Existing Commitments so extended, “Extended Commitments”), provided that any such extension may only be requested after exercise of an extension pursuant to Section 2.22(b)(i) or after the date such extension may no longer be requested. Prior to entering into any Extension Amendment with respect to any Extended Commitments, the Borrower shall provide a notice to the Administrative Agent (who shall provide a copy of such notice to each of the Lenders of the applicable Existing Class and which such request shall be offered equally to all such Lenders) (an “Extension Request”) setting forth the proposed terms of the Extended Commitments to be established thereunder, which terms shall be identical to the Revolving Commitments of the Existing Class from which they are to be extended except that (w) the scheduled final termination date of such Extended Commitments may be delayed to later dates than the scheduled final

 

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termination date of such Existing Class, (x) (A) the interest rates, interest margins, rate floors and upfront fees with respect to the Extended Commitment may be different than those for the Existing Commitments and/or (B) additional fees may be payable to the Lenders providing such Extended Commitments in addition to or in lieu of any of the items contemplated by the preceding clause (A), in each case, to the extent provided in the applicable Extension Amendment, (y) (A) the undrawn revolving commitment fee rate with respect to such Extended Commitments may be different than such rate for such Existing Commitments and (B) the Extension Amendment may provide for other covenants and terms that apply to any period after the latest Revolving Termination Date in effect prior to giving effect to such Extension Amendment, and (z) the terms of any Extended Commitments may also contain other differences from the Existing Class from which they are to be extended as are approved by the Administrative Agent, acting reasonably, so long as such differences are not material and not adverse to the Lenders of such Existing Class; provided that, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 2.22(b) or otherwise, (1) the borrowing and repayment (other than in connection with a permanent repayment and termination of commitments as set forth in Section 2.6, treatment of which may be agreed between the Borrower and the Lenders relating to an Extension Series, or upon the Revolving Termination Date of a Class of Revolving Commitments) of Loans with respect to any Extended Commitments shall be made on a pro rata basis with any borrowings and repayments of the Existing Loans of the Class of Existing Commitments from which they were extended (the mechanics for which may be implemented through the applicable Extension Amendment and may include technical changes related to the borrowing, replacement letter of credit and swingline procedures of such Class of Existing Commitments) and (2) assignments and participations of Extended Commitments and Extended Loans shall be governed by the same assignment and participation provisions applicable to Existing Classes set forth in Section 10.6. No Lender shall have any obligation to agree to have any of its Revolving Commitments of any Existing Class converted into Extended Commitments pursuant to any Extension Request. Any Extended Commitments of any Extension Series shall constitute a separate Class of Revolving Commitments from the Existing Class from which they were converted and from any other Existing Commitments.

(iii) The Borrower shall provide the applicable Extension Request at least ten (10) Business Days prior to the date on which Lenders under the applicable Existing Class or Existing Classes are requested to respond, and shall agree to such procedures, if any, as may be established by, or acceptable to, the Administrative Agent, in each case acting reasonably, to accomplish the purpose of this Section 2.22(b). Any Lender (an “Extending Lender”) wishing to have all or a portion of its Revolving Commitments of the Existing Class or Existing Classes subject to such Extension Request converted into Extended Commitments shall notify the Administrative Agent (an “Extension Election”) on or prior to the date specified in such Extension Request of the amount of its Revolving Commitments of the Existing Class or Existing Classes subject to such Extension Request that it has elected to convert into Extended Commitments (subject to any minimum denomination requirements imposed by the Administrative Agent); provided that if any Lenders of an Existing Class fail to respond, such Lenders will be deemed to have declined to extend their Revolving Commitments. In the event that the aggregate amount of Revolving Commitments of the Existing Class or Existing Classes subject to Extension Elections exceeds the amount of Extended Commitments requested pursuant to the Extension Request, Revolving Commitments of the Existing Class or Existing Classes subject to Extension Elections shall be converted to Extended Commitments on a pro rata basis based on the amount of Revolving Commitments included in each such Extension Election (subject to rounding). Notwithstanding the conversion of any Existing Commitment into an Extended Commitment, such Extended Commitment shall be treated identically to all other Revolving Commitments for purposes of the obligations of a Lender in respect of Swingline

 

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Loans under Section 2.4 and Letters of Credit under Section 3, except that the applicable Extension Amendment may provide that the date on which the Swingline Loan has to be repaid and/or the last day for issuing Letters of Credit may be extended and the related obligations to make Swingline Loans and issue Letters of Credit may be continued (pursuant to mechanics to be specified in the applicable Extension Amendment) so long as the Swingline Lender and/or the Issuing Lender, as applicable, have consented to such extensions (it being understood that no consent of any other Lender shall be required in connection with any such extension).

(iv) Extended Commitments shall be established pursuant to an amendment (an “Extension Amendment”) to this Agreement (which, except to the extent expressly contemplated by the penultimate sentence of this Section 2.22(b)(iv) and notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in Section 10.1, shall not require the consent of any Lender other than the Extending Lenders with respect to the Extended Commitments established thereby) executed by the Loan Parties, the Administrative Agent and the Extending Lenders. No Extension Amendment shall provide for any tranche of Extended Commitments in an aggregate principal amount that is less than $25,000,000. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 2.22(b) and without limiting the generality or applicability of Section 10.1 to any Section 2.22(b) Additional Amendments, any Extension Amendment may provide for additional terms and/or additional amendments other than those referred to or contemplated above (any such additional amendment, a “Section 2.22(b) Additional Amendment”) to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents; provided that such Section 2.22(b) Additional Amendments are within the requirements of Section 2.22(b)(ii) and do not become effective prior to the time that such Section 2.22(b) Additional Amendments have been consented to (including, without limitation, pursuant to consents applicable to holders of any Extended Commitments provided for in any Extension Amendment) by such of the Lenders, Loan Parties and other parties (if any) as may be required in order for such Section 2.22(b) Additional Amendments to become effective in accordance with Section 10.1. Such Extension Amendment shall provide that each of the representations and warranties made by an Loan Party in or pursuant to the Loan Documents shall be true and correct in all material respects on and as of the date of such extension, before and after giving effect to such extension, as if made on and as of such date. In connection with any Extension Amendment, the Borrower shall deliver an opinion of counsel reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent (i) as to the enforceability of such Extension Amendment, this Agreement as amended thereby, and such of the other Loan Documents (if any) as may be amended thereby (in the case of such other Loan Documents as contemplated by the immediately preceding sentence), (ii) to the effect that such Extension Amendment, including the Extended Commitments provided for therein, does not conflict with or violate the terms and provisions of Section 10.1 of this Agreement and (iii) covering such other matters as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request in connection therewith.

(c) Repricing Option. (i) The Borrower may at any time and from time to time request that the Applicable Margin be modified. In order to modify the Applicable Margin pursuant to this Section, the Borrower shall provide a notice to the Administrative Agent (who shall provide a copy of such notice to each of the Lenders) (a “Repricing Request”) setting forth the proposed new Applicable Margin to be established. No Lender shall have any obligation to agree to continue to have Revolving Commitments under this Agreement to which the new Applicable Margin shall apply.

(ii) The Borrower shall provide the applicable Repricing Request at least ten (10) Business Days prior to the date on which Lenders are requested to respond, and shall agree to such procedures, if any, as may be established by, or acceptable to, the Administrative Agent, in each case acting reasonably, to accomplish the purpose of this Section 2.22(c). Any Lender (an “Accepting Lender”) wishing to have all or a portion of its Revolving Commitments subject

 

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to such Repricing Request shall notify the Administrative Agent (a “Repricing Election”) on or prior to the date specified in such Repricing Request of the amount of its Revolving Commitments that it has elected to continue subject to the new Applicable Margin (the “Repriced Commitments”); provided that if any Lenders fail to respond, such Lenders will be deemed to have declined to continue their Revolving Commitments. In the event that the aggregate amount of Repriced Commitments is less than the Total Revolving Commitments as then in effect, the Borrower may arrange for any such shortfall to be provided by one or more Lenders (each Lender so agreeing to an increase in its Revolving Commitment, an “Increasing Repriced Lender”), and/or by one or more new banks, financial institutions or other entities (each such new bank, financial institution or other entity, a “New Repriced Lender”), increasing their existing Revolving Commitments or extending Revolving Commitments, as the case may be; provided, that (A) the amount of increased Revolving Commitment of each Increasing Repriced Lender and each New Repriced Lender shall be subject to the approval of the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender and the Swingline Lender and (B)(1) in the case of an Increasing Repriced Lender, the Loan Parties, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender, the Swingline Lender and such Increasing Repriced Lender shall have executed an Increasing Lender Agreement and (2) in the case of a New Repriced Lender, the Loan Parties, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender, the Swingline Lender and such New Repriced Lender shall have executed a New Lender Agreement. No consent of any Lender (other than the Lenders participating in such repricing) shall be required for any change in the Applicable Margin pursuant to this Section 2.22(c).

(iii) The modification of the definition of Applicable Margin shall be established pursuant to an amendment (an “Repricing Amendment”) to this Agreement (which notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in Section 10.1, shall not require the consent of any Lender other than the Accepting Lenders, Increasing Repriced Lenders and New Repriced Lenders) executed by the Loan Parties, the Administrative Agent, the Accepting Lenders, the Increasing Repriced Lenders and the New Repriced Lenders. No such Repricing Amendment shall become effective unless (w) no Default, Event of Default or Trigger Event shall have occurred and be continuing or would result after giving effect to such increase, (x) the Borrower shall have paid all fees and other amounts (including, without limitation, pursuant to Section 10.5) due and payable by the Borrower in connection with such Repricing Amendment, (y) each of the representations and warranties made by any Loan Party in or pursuant to the Loan Documents shall be true and correct in all material respects on and as of the date of such Repricing Amendment, before and after giving effect to such Repricing Amendment, as if made on and as of such date, and (z) the Administrative Agent shall have received (1) documents consistent with those delivered on the Closing Date as to the corporate power and authority of the Loan Parties to enter into the Repricing Amendment, Increasing Lender Agreement and New Lender Agreement, as applicable, and to continue perform their obligations under the Loan Documents and (2) the Borrower shall have delivered or caused to be delivered customary legal opinions as reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent in connection with any such transaction, including (i) as to the enforceability of such Repricing Amendment, this Agreement as amended thereby, and such of the other Loan Documents (if any) as may be amended thereby (in the case of such other Loan Documents as contemplated by the immediately preceding sentence), (ii) to the effect that such Repricing Amendment does not conflict with or violate the terms and provisions of Section 10.1 of this Agreement and (iii) covering such other matters as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request in connection therewith.

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Lender, Increasing Repriced Lender and New Repriced Lender shall make available to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the other Lenders, such amounts in immediately available funds as the Administrative Agent shall determine as being required in order to cause, after giving effect to such Repricing Amendment and the use of such amounts to make payments to such other Lenders, each Lender’s portion of the outstanding Revolving Loans of all the Lenders to equal its Revolving Percentage of such outstanding Revolving Loans (including, for the avoidance of doubt, the repayment in full of the principal on the Loans of any Lender that is not an Accepting Lender), (C) to the extent that the Total Revolving Extensions of Credit would exceed the Total Revolving Commitments after giving effect to any Repricing Amendment, the Borrower shall immediately prepay Loans and/or Cash Collateralize the L/C Obligations in an amount not less than the applicable Minimum Collateral Amount multiplied by such excess amount, (D) the Borrower shall be deemed to have repaid and reborrowed all outstanding Revolving Loans as of the date of any Repricing Amendment (with such reborrowing to consist of the Types of Revolving Loans, with related Interest Periods if applicable, specified in a notice delivered by the Borrower, in accordance with the requirements of Section 2.2) and (E) the participations in outstanding Letters of Credit and Swingline Loans shall be adjusted to reflect the then-applicable Revolving Percentage of each Lenders. The deemed payments made pursuant to clause (D) of the immediately preceding sentence shall be accompanied by (1) payment of all accrued interest on the amount prepaid and, in respect of each Eurodollar Loan, shall be subject to indemnification by the Borrower pursuant to the provisions of Section 2.19 if the deemed payment occurs other than on the last day of the related Interest Periods and (2) payment of all other amounts owed to any Lender that is not an Accepting Lender hereunder and under the other Loan Documents.

(v) Nothing contained in this Section 2.22(c) shall constitute, or otherwise be deemed to be, a commitment on the part of any Lender to increase its Revolving Commitment hereunder at any time.

2.23 Defaulting Lenders.

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

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

(ii) Defaulting Lender Waterfall. Any payment of principal, interest, fees or other amounts received by the Administrative Agent for the account of such Defaulting Lender (whether voluntary or mandatory, at maturity, pursuant to Section 8 or otherwise) or received by the Administrative Agent from a Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 10.7 shall be applied at such time or times as may be determined by the Administrative Agent as follows: first, to the payment of any amounts owing by such Defaulting Lender to the Administrative Agent hereunder; second, to the payment on a pro rata basis of any amounts owing by such Defaulting Lender to the Issuing Lender or to the Swingline Lender hereunder; third, to Cash Collateralize the Issuing Lender’s Fronting Exposure with respect to such Defaulting Lender in accordance with Section 2.24; fourth, as the Borrower may request (so long as no Default or Event of Default exists), to the funding of any Loan in respect of which such Defaulting Lender has failed to fund its portion thereof as required by this Agreement, as determined by the Administrative Agent; fifth, if so determined by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, to be held in a deposit

 

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account and released pro rata in order to (x) satisfy such Defaulting Lender’s potential future funding obligations with respect to Loans under this Agreement and (y) Cash Collateralize the Issuing Lender’s future Fronting Exposure with respect to such Defaulting Lender with respect to future Letters of Credit issued under this Agreement, in accordance with Section 2.24; sixth, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Lenders, the Issuing Lender or the Swingline Lender as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by any Lender, the Issuing Lender or the Swingline Lender against such Defaulting Lender as a result of such 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 such Defaulting Lender as a result of such Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; and eighth, to such Defaulting Lender or as otherwise directed by a court of competent jurisdiction; provided that if (x) such payment is a payment of the principal amount of any Loans or with respect to drawings made under Letters of Credit in respect of which such Defaulting Lender has not fully funded its appropriate share, and (y) such Loans were made or the related Letters of Credit were issued at a time when the conditions set forth in Section 5.2 were satisfied or waived, such payment shall be applied solely to pay the Loans of, and the amount of such drawings owed to, all Non-Defaulting Lenders on a pro rata basis prior to being applied to the payment of any Loans of, or the amount of such drawings owed to, such Defaulting Lender until such time as all Loans and funded and unfunded participations in L/C Obligations and Swingline Loans are held by the Lenders pro rata in accordance with the Revolving Commitments without giving effect to Section 2.23(a)(iv). Any payments, prepayments or other amounts paid or payable to a Defaulting Lender that are applied (or held) to pay amounts owed by a Defaulting Lender or to post Cash Collateral pursuant to this Section 2.23(a)(ii) shall be deemed paid to and redirected by such Defaulting Lender, and each Lender irrevocably consents hereto.

(iii) Certain Fees. (A) No Defaulting Lender shall be entitled to receive any fees under Section 2.5(a) for any period during which that Lender is a Defaulting Lender (and the Borrower shall not be required to pay any such fee that otherwise would have been required to have been paid to that Defaulting Lender).

(B) Each Defaulting Lender shall be entitled to receive fees under Section 3.3(a) for any period during which that Lender is a Defaulting Lender only to the extent allocable to its Revolving Percentage of the stated amount of Letters of Credit for which it has provided Cash Collateral pursuant to Section 2.24.

(C) With respect to any fee not required to be paid to any Defaulting Lender pursuant to clause (A) or (B) above, the Borrower shall (x) pay to each Non-Defaulting Lender that portion of any such fee otherwise payable to such Defaulting Lender with respect to such Defaulting Lender’s participation in L/C Obligations or Swingline Loans that has been reallocated to such Non-Defaulting Lender pursuant to clause (iv) below, (y) pay to the Issuing Lender and the Swingline Lender, as applicable, the amount of any such fee otherwise payable to such Defaulting Lender to the extent allocable to the Issuing Lender’s or the Swingline Lender’s Fronting Exposure to such Defaulting Lender, and (z) not be required to pay the remaining amount of any such fee.

(iv) Reallocation of Participations to Reduce Fronting Exposure. All or any part of such Defaulting Lender’s participation in L/C Obligations and Swingline Loans shall be reallocated among the Non-Defaulting Lenders in accordance with their respective Revolving Percentages (calculated without regard to such Defaulting Lender’s Revolving Commitment) but only to the extent that (x) the conditions set forth in Section 5.2 are satisfied at the time of such

 

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reallocation (and, unless the Borrower shall have otherwise notified the Administrative Agent at such time, the Borrower shall be deemed to have represented and warranted that such conditions are satisfied at such time), and (y) such reallocation does not cause the aggregate Revolving Extensions of Credit of any Non-Defaulting Lender to exceed such Non-Defaulting Lender’s Revolving Commitment. No reallocation hereunder shall constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder against a Defaulting Lender arising from that Lender having become a Defaulting Lender, including any claim of a Non-Defaulting Lender as a result of such Non-Defaulting Lender’s increased exposure following such reallocation.

(v) Cash Collateral, Repayment of Swingline Loans. If the reallocation described in clause (iv) above cannot, or can only partially, be effected, the Borrower shall, without prejudice to any right or remedy available to it hereunder or under law, (x) first, prepay Swingline Loans in an amount equal to the Swingline Lender’s Fronting Exposure and (y) second, Cash Collateralize the Issuing Lender’s Fronting Exposure in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 2.24.

(b) Defaulting Lender Cure. If the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the Swingline Lender and the Issuing Lender agree in writing that a Lender is no longer a Defaulting Lender, the Administrative Agent will so notify the parties hereto, whereupon as of the effective date specified in such notice and subject to any conditions set forth therein (which may include arrangements with respect to any Cash Collateral), that Lender will, to the extent applicable, purchase at par that portion of outstanding Loans of the other Lenders or take such other actions as the Administrative Agent may determine to be necessary to cause the Loans and funded and unfunded participations in Letters of Credit and Swingline Loans to be held pro rata by the Lenders in accordance with the Revolving Commitments under the applicable Facility (without giving effect to Section 2.23(a)(iv)), whereupon such Lender will cease to be a Defaulting Lender; provided that no adjustments will be made retroactively with respect to fees accrued or payments made by or on behalf of the 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.

(c) New Swingline Loans/Letters of Credit. So long as any Lender is a Defaulting Lender, (i) the Swingline Lender shall not be required to fund any Swingline Loans unless it is satisfied that it will have no Fronting Exposure after giving effect to such Swingline Loan and (ii) the Issuing Lender shall not be required to issue, extend, renew or increase any Letter of Credit unless it is satisfied that it will have no Fronting Exposure after giving effect thereto.

2.24 Cash Collateral.

(a) Delivery of Cash Collateral. If (i) the Issuing Lender has honored any full or partial drawing request under any Letter of Credit and such amount has not been reimbursed pursuant to Section 3.5, (ii) as of the date that is five (5) Business Days prior to the Revolving Termination Date there are any issued and outstanding Letters of Credit that have not been Cash Collateralized, (iii) the Borrower shall be required to provide Cash Collateral pursuant to Section 8, or (iv) there shall exist a Defaulting Lender, the Borrower shall immediately (in the case of clause (iii) above), or within one (1) Business Day following the written request of the Administrative Agent or the Issuing Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) (in all other cases), provide Cash Collateral in an amount not less than the applicable Minimum Collateral Amount (determined in the case of clause (iv) above after giving effect to Section 2.23(a)(iv) and any Cash Collateral provided by the applicable Defaulting Lender). In addition to the requirements pursuant to clauses (i) through (iv) above, the Borrower shall provide Cash Collateral in an amount not less than the applicable Minimum Collateral Amount on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in other provisions of this Agreement.

 

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(b) Grant of Security Interest. The Borrower, and to the extent provided by any Defaulting Lender, such Defaulting Lender, hereby grants to (and subjects to the control of) the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender and the Lenders, and agrees to maintain, a first priority security interest in all Cash Collateral as security for the obligations which such Cash Collateral may be applied pursuant to Section 2.24(c). If at any time the Administrative Agent determines that Cash Collateral is subject to any right or claim of any Person other than the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Lender as herein provided, or that the total amount of such Cash Collateral is less than the Minimum Collateral Amount, the Borrower will, promptly upon demand by the Administrative Agent, pay or provide to the Administrative Agent additional Cash Collateral in an amount sufficient to eliminate such deficiency (after giving effect to any Cash Collateral provided by the Defaulting Lender). All Cash Collateral shall be maintained in a blocked, non-interest-bearing deposit account at the Administrative Agent. The Borrower shall pay on demand therefor from time to time all customary account opening, activity and other administrative charges in connection with the maintenance and disbursement of Cash Collateral.

(c) Application. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, Cash Collateral provided in respect of Letters of Credit shall be held and applied to the satisfaction of the specific L/C Obligations, obligations to fund participations therein (including, as to Cash Collateral provided by a Defaulting Lender, any interest accrued on such obligation) and other obligations for which the Cash Collateral was so provided, prior to any other application of such property as may otherwise be provided for herein.

(d) Termination of Requirement. Cash Collateral (or the appropriate portion thereof) provided to reduce the Issuing Lender’s Fronting Exposure or to secure other obligations shall no longer be required to be held as Cash Collateral pursuant to this Section 2.24 following (i) the elimination of the applicable Fronting Exposure or other obligations giving rise thereto (including by the termination of Defaulting Lender status of the applicable Lender), or (ii) the determination by the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Lender that there exists excess Cash Collateral; provided that, subject to Section 2.23 the Person providing Cash Collateral and the Issuing Lender may agree that Cash Collateral shall be held to support future anticipated Fronting Exposure or other obligations.

2.25 Trigger Event.

(a) In the event that a Trigger Event, Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing:

(i) the Revolving Commitments and the Revolving Commitment Period shall be suspended and none of the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender, the Swingline Lender or any Lender shall make an extension of credit hereunder; and

(ii) the Administrative Agent shall direct the Conditional Controlled Account Bank to transfer any amounts on deposit in the Conditional Controlled Account, or any amounts that are deposited in the Conditional Controlled Account during such period, to the Account.

(b) In the Event that a Trigger Event or an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, the Administrative Agent is authorized by the Borrower and shall apply the amounts on deposit in the Account from time to time and all cash distributions from any of the Borrower’s direct or indirect Subsidiaries on and after the occurrence of a Trigger Event or an Event of Default, 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) payable to the Administrative Agent in its capacity as such;

 

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Second, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting accrued and unpaid fees (including pursuant to Sections 2.5 and 3.3), interest on the Loans, L/C Obligations and other Obligations, indemnities and other amounts (other than principal) payable to the Lenders, the Swingline Lender and the Issuing Lender (including fees, charges and disbursements of counsel to the respective Lenders, the Swingline Lender and the Issuing Lender), 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 unpaid principal of the Loans and Reimbursement Obligations, ratably among the Lenders, the Swingline Lender and the Issuing Lender in proportion to the respective amounts described in this clause Third held by them; and

Fourth, to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Issuing Lender, to Cash Collateralize that portion of L/C Obligations comprised of the aggregate undrawn amount of Letters of Credit to the extent not otherwise Cash Collateralized by the Borrower in an amount not less than the Minimum Collateral Amount.

(c) In the Event that a Trigger Event or an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, the Borrower shall cause each of its direct and indirect Subsidiaries (other than the ESH Parties) to make the maximum amount of cash distributions to its respective parent entity that it is not prohibited from making under the terms of the Subsidiary Loan Documents directly into the Account;

(d) Notwithstanding the foregoing in this Section 2.25, as long as no Trigger Event, Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, the Administrative Agent shall direct that all amounts in the Account be remitted to the Conditional Controlled Account.

SECTION 3. LETTERS OF CREDIT

3.1 L/C Commitment. (a) Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, the Issuing Lender, in reliance on the agreements of the other Lenders set forth in Section 3.4(a), agrees to issue letters of credit (“Letters of Credit”) for the account of the Borrower on any Business Day during the Revolving Commitment Period in such form as may be approved from time to time by the Issuing Lender; provided that the Issuing Lender shall have no obligation to issue any Letter of Credit if, after giving effect to such issuance, (i) the L/C Obligations would exceed the L/C Commitment or (ii) the aggregate amount of the Available Revolving Commitments would be less than zero. Each Letter of Credit shall (i) be denominated in Dollars and (ii) expire no later than the earlier of (x) the first anniversary of its date of issuance and (y) the date that is five (5) Business Days prior to the Revolving Termination Date, provided that any Letter of Credit with a one-year term may provide for the renewal thereof for additional one-year periods (which shall in no event extend beyond the date referred to in clause (y) above).

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exceed any limits imposed by, any applicable Requirement of Law or (ii) any Lender is at that time a Defaulting Lender, unless the Issuing Lender has entered into arrangements, including the delivery of Cash Collateral, satisfactory to the Issuing Lender (in its sole discretion) with the Borrower or such Lender to eliminate the Issuing Lender’s actual or potential Fronting Exposure (after giving effect to Section 2.23(a)(iv)) with respect to the Defaulting Lender arising from either the Letter of Credit then proposed to be issued or that Letter of Credit and all other L/C Obligations as to which the Issuing Lender has actual or potential Fronting Exposure, as it may elect in its sole discretion.

3.2 Procedure for Issuance of Letter of Credit. The Borrower may from time to time request that the Issuing Lender issue a Letter of Credit by delivering to the Issuing Lender at its address for notices specified herein an Application therefor, completed to the satisfaction of the Issuing Lender, and such other certificates, documents and other papers and information as the Issuing Lender may request. Upon receipt of any Application, the Issuing Lender will process such Application and the certificates, documents and other papers and information delivered to it in connection therewith in accordance with its customary procedures and shall promptly issue the Letter of Credit requested thereby (but in no event shall the Issuing Lender be required to issue any Letter of Credit earlier than three (3) Business Days after its receipt of the Application therefor and all such other certificates, documents and other papers and information relating thereto) by issuing the original of such Letter of Credit to the beneficiary thereof or as otherwise may be agreed to by the Issuing Lender and the Borrower. The Issuing Lender shall furnish a copy of such Letter of Credit to the Borrower promptly following the issuance thereof. The Issuing Lender shall promptly furnish to the Administrative Agent, which shall in turn promptly furnish to the Lenders, notice of the issuance of each Letter of Credit (including the amount thereof).

3.3 Fees and Other Charges. (a) The Borrower will pay a fee on all outstanding Letters of Credit at a per annum rate equal to the Applicable Margin then in effect with respect to Eurodollar Loans, shared ratably among the Lenders and payable quarterly in arrears on each Fee Payment Date after the issuance date.

(b) In addition, the Borrower shall pay to the Issuing Lender for its own account a fronting fee at a rate separately agreed between the Borrower and the Issuing Lender on the undrawn and unexpired amount of each Letter of Credit, payable quarterly in arrears on each Fee Payment Date after the issuance date.

(c) In addition to the foregoing fees, the Borrower shall pay or reimburse the Issuing Lender for such normal and customary costs and expenses as are incurred or charged by the Issuing Lender in issuing, negotiating, effecting payment under, amending or otherwise administering any Letter of Credit.

3.4 L/C Participations. (a) The Issuing Lender irrevocably agrees to grant and hereby grants to each L/C Participant, and, to induce the Issuing Lender to issue Letters of Credit, each L/C Participant irrevocably agrees to accept and purchase and hereby accepts and purchases from the Issuing Lender, on the terms and conditions set forth below, for such L/C Participant’s own account and risk an undivided interest equal to such L/C Participant’s Revolving Percentage in the Issuing Lender’s obligations and rights under and in respect of each Letter of Credit and the amount of each draft paid by the Issuing Lender thereunder. Each L/C Participant agrees with the Issuing Lender that, if a draft is paid under any Letter of Credit for which the Issuing Lender is not reimbursed in full by the Borrower in accordance with the terms of this Agreement (or in the event that any reimbursement received by the Issuing Lender shall be required to be returned by it at any time), such L/C Participant shall pay (and the Administrative Agent may apply Cash Collateral provided for this purpose) to the Issuing Lender upon demand at the Issuing Lender’s address for notices specified herein an amount equal to such L/C

 

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Participant’s Revolving Percentage of the amount that is not so reimbursed (or is so returned). Each L/C Participant’s obligation to pay such amount shall be absolute and unconditional and shall not be affected by any circumstance, including (i) any setoff, counterclaim, recoupment, defense or other right that such L/C Participant may have against the Issuing Lender, the Borrower or any other Person for any reason whatsoever, (ii) the occurrence or continuance of a Default or an Event of Default or the failure to satisfy any of the other conditions specified in Section 5, (iii) any adverse change in the condition (financial or otherwise) of the Borrower, (iv) any breach of this Agreement or any other Loan Document by the Borrower, any other Loan Party or any other L/C Participant or (v) any other circumstance, happening or event whatsoever, whether or not similar to any of the foregoing.

(b) If any amount required to be paid by any L/C Participant to the Issuing Lender pursuant to Section 3.4(a) in respect of any unreimbursed portion of any payment made by the Issuing Lender under any Letter of Credit is paid to the Issuing Lender within three (3) Business Days after the date such payment is due, such L/C Participant shall pay to the Issuing Lender on demand an amount equal to the product of (i) such amount, times (ii) the daily average Federal Funds Effective Rate during the period from and including the date such payment is required to the date on which such payment is immediately available to the Issuing Lender, times (iii) a fraction the numerator of which is the number of days that elapse during such period and the denominator of which is 360. If any such amount required to be paid by any L/C Participant pursuant to Section 3.4(a) is not made available to the Issuing Lender by such L/C Participant within three (3) Business Days after the date such payment is due, the Issuing Lender shall be entitled to recover from such L/C Participant, on demand, such amount with interest thereon calculated from such due date at the rate per annum applicable to ABR Loans. A certificate of the Issuing Lender submitted to any L/C Participant with respect to any amounts owing under this Section shall be conclusive in the absence of manifest error.

(c) Whenever, at any time after the Issuing Lender has made payment under any Letter of Credit and has received from any L/C Participant its pro rata share of such payment in accordance with Section 3.4(a), the Issuing Lender receives any payment related to such Letter of Credit (whether directly from the Borrower or otherwise, including proceeds of collateral applied thereto by the Issuing Lender), or any payment of interest on account thereof, the Issuing Lender will distribute to such L/C Participant its pro rata share thereof; provided, however, that in the event that any such payment received by the Issuing Lender shall be required to be returned by the Issuing Lender, such L/C Participant shall return to the Issuing Lender the portion thereof previously distributed by the Issuing Lender to it.

3.5 Reimbursement Obligation of the Borrower. If any draft is paid under any Letter of Credit, the Borrower shall reimburse the Issuing Lender for the amount of (a) the draft so paid and (b) any Taxes, fees, charges or other costs or expenses incurred by the Issuing Lender in connection with such payment, not later than 12:00 Noon, New York City time, on (i) the Business Day that the Borrower receives notice of such draft, if such notice is received on such day prior to 10:00 A.M., New York City time, or (ii) if clause (i) above does not apply, the Business Day immediately following the day that the Borrower receives such notice. Each such payment shall be made to the Issuing Lender at its address for notices referred to herein in Dollars and in immediately available funds. Interest shall be payable on any such amounts from the date on which the relevant draft is paid until payment in full at the rate set forth in (x) until the Business Day next succeeding the date of the relevant notice, Section 2.12(b) and (y) thereafter, Section 2.12(c).

3.6 Obligations Absolute. The Borrower’s obligations under this Section 3 shall be absolute and unconditional under any and all circumstances and irrespective of any setoff, counterclaim or defense to payment that the Borrower may have or have had against the Issuing Lender, any beneficiary of a Letter of Credit or any other Person. The Borrower also agrees with the Issuing Lender

 

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that the Issuing Lender shall not be responsible for, and the Borrower’s Reimbursement Obligations under Section 3.5 shall not be affected by, among other things, the validity or genuineness of documents or of any endorsements thereon, even though such documents shall in fact prove to be invalid, fraudulent or forged, or any dispute between or among the Borrower and any beneficiary of any Letter of Credit or any other party to which such Letter of Credit may be transferred or any claims whatsoever of the Borrower against any beneficiary of such Letter of Credit or any such transferee. The Issuing Lender shall not be liable for any error, omission, interruption or delay in transmission, dispatch or delivery of any message or advice, however transmitted, in connection with any Letter of Credit, except for errors or omissions found by a final and nonappealable decision of a court of competent jurisdiction to have resulted from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of the Issuing Lender. The Borrower agrees that any action taken or omitted by the Issuing Lender under or in connection with any Letter of Credit or the related drafts or documents, if done in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct, shall be binding on the Borrower and shall not result in any liability of the Issuing Lender to the Borrower.

3.7 Letter of Credit Payments. If any draft shall be presented for payment under any Letter of Credit, the Issuing Lender shall promptly notify the Borrower of the date and amount thereof. The responsibility of the Issuing Lender to the Borrower in connection with any draft presented for payment under any Letter of Credit shall, in addition to any payment obligation expressly provided for in such Letter of Credit, be limited to determining that the documents (including each draft) delivered under such Letter of Credit in connection with such presentment are substantially in conformity with such Letter of Credit.

3.8 Applications. To the extent that any provision of any Application related to any Letter of Credit is inconsistent with the provisions of this Section 3, the provisions of this Section 3 shall apply.

3.9 Existing Letters of Credit. On the Closing Date, without further action by any party hereto (including the delivery of a request for a Letter of Credit or any consent of, or confirmation by or to, the Administrative Agent), subject to the terms of this Section 3.9, (i) each Existing Letter of Credit issued by an Existing Issuing Lender hereunder shall become a Letter of Credit outstanding under this Agreement, shall be deemed to be Letters of Credit issued under this Agreement, on behalf of the Borrower, and shall be subject to the terms and conditions hereof (including, without limitation Section 3.4(a)) as if each such Existing Letters of Credit were issued by the applicable Issuing Lender pursuant to this Agreement and (ii) each Existing Issuing Lender that has issued an Existing Letter of Credit shall be deemed to have granted each L/C Participant, and each L/C Participant shall be deemed to have acquired from such Existing Issuing Lender, on the terms and conditions of Section 3.4 hereof, for such L/C Participant’s own account and risk, an undivided participation interest in such Existing Issuing Lender’s obligations and rights under each such Existing Letter of Credit equal to such L/C Participant’s Revolving Percentage of (x) the outstanding amount available to be drawn under such Existing Letter of Credit and (y) the aggregate amount of any outstanding reimbursement obligations in respect thereof.

SECTION 4. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

To induce the Administrative Agent and the Lenders to enter into this Agreement and to make the Loans and issue or participate in the Letters of Credit, the Loan Parties hereby jointly and severally represent and warrant to the Administrative Agent and each Lender that:

4.1 Financial Condition. The financial statements delivered pursuant to Section 5.1(b) presents fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial condition of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries or the

 

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Borrower and its Subsidiaries, as applicable, as of the date of each such financial statement. All such financial statements, including the related schedules and notes thereto, have been prepared in accordance with GAAP applied consistently throughout the periods involved, subject to year-end audit adjustments.

4.2 No Change. Since December 31, 2012, there has been no development or event that has had or could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

4.3 Existence; Compliance with Law. Each Group Member (a) is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing (to the extent such concept is applicable in the relevant jurisdiction) under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization, (b) has the power and authority, and the legal right, to own and operate its property, to lease the property it operates as lessee and to conduct the business in which it is currently engaged except for where failure to do so could not reasonable be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, (c) is duly qualified as a foreign corporation or other organization and in good standing under the laws of each jurisdiction where its ownership, lease or operation of property or the conduct of its business requires such qualification and (d) is in compliance with all Requirements of Law except to the extent that the failure to comply therewith could not, in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

4.4 Power; Authorization; Enforceable Obligations. Each Loan Party has the power and authority, and the legal right, to make, deliver and perform the Loan Documents to which it is a party and, in the case of the Borrower, to obtain extensions of credit hereunder. Each Loan Party has taken all necessary organizational action to authorize the execution, delivery and performance of the Loan Documents to which it is a party and, in the case of the Borrower, to authorize the extensions of credit on the terms and conditions of this Agreement. No consent or authorization of, filing with, notice to or other act by or in respect of, any Governmental Authority or any other Person is required in connection with the extensions of credit hereunder or with the execution, delivery, performance, validity or enforceability of this Agreement or any of the Loan Documents, except consents, authorizations, filings and notices described in Schedule 4.4, which consents, authorizations, filings and notices have been obtained or made and are in full force and effect. Each Loan Document has been duly executed and delivered on behalf of each Loan Party party thereto. This Agreement constitutes, and each other Loan Document upon execution will constitute, a legal, valid and binding obligation of each Loan Party party thereto, enforceable against each such Loan Party in accordance with its terms, except as enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar laws affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally and by general equitable principles (whether enforcement is sought by proceedings in equity or at law).

4.5 No Legal Bar. The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, the issuance of Letters of Credit, the borrowings hereunder and the use of the proceeds thereof will not violate any Requirement of Law or any material Contractual Obligation of any Group Member and will not result in, or require, the creation or imposition of any Lien on any of their respective properties or revenues pursuant to any Requirement of Law or any such Contractual Obligation (other than the Liens created by the Collateral Documents).

4.6 Litigation. No action, suit, investigation or proceeding of or before any arbitrator or Governmental Authority is pending or, to the knowledge of any Loan Party, threatened against or affecting any Loan Party or any of their respective Subsidiaries or against any of their respective property as to which there is a reasonable possibility of an adverse determination and that, if adversely determined could reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect.

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4.8 Ownership of Property; Liens. Each Group Member has title in fee simple to, or a valid leasehold interest in, all its real property, and good title to, or a valid leasehold interest in, all its other property, and none of such property is subject to any Lien except as permitted by Section 7.3.

4.9 Intellectual Property. Each Group Member owns, or is licensed to use, all Intellectual Property necessary for the conduct of its business as currently conducted, except to the extent that could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. No material claim has been asserted and is pending by any Person challenging or questioning the use of any Intellectual Property or the validity or effectiveness of any Intellectual Property, nor does any Loan Party know of any valid basis for any such claim. The use of Intellectual Property by each Group Member does not infringe on the rights of any Person except to the extent that could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

4.10 Taxes. Each Group Member has filed or caused to be filed all federal, state and other material tax returns and reports that are required to have been filed and has paid all Taxes shown to be due and payable on said returns or on any assessments made against it or any of its property, and all other material Taxes, fees or other charges imposed on it or any of its property by any Governmental Authority (other than any the amount or validity of which are currently being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and with respect to which reserves in conformity with GAAP have been provided on the books of the relevant Group Member); no Tax Lien has been filed, and, to the knowledge of the Loan Parties, no claim is being asserted, with respect to any such Taxes, fees or other charges.

4.11 Federal Regulations. No part of the proceeds of any Loans, and no other extensions of credit hereunder, will be used (a) for the purpose, whether immediate or ultimate, of “buying” or “carrying” any “margin stock” within the respective meanings of each of the quoted terms under Regulation U as now and from time to time hereafter in effect or (b) for any purpose that violates the provisions of the Regulations of the Board.

4.12 ERISA. (a) Except as could not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect: (i) each Group Member and each of their respective ERISA Affiliates is in compliance with the applicable provisions of ERISA and the provisions of the Code relating to Plans and the regulations and published interpretations thereunder; (ii) no ERISA Event has occurred or is reasonably expected to occur; (iii) all amounts required by applicable law with respect to, or by the terms of, any retiree welfare benefit arrangement maintained by any Group Member or any ERISA Affiliate or to which any Group Member or any ERISA Affiliate has an obligation to contribute have been accrued in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 106; and (iv) the present value of all accumulated benefit obligations under each Pension Plan (based on the assumptions used for purposes of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 87) did not, as of the date of the most recent financial statements reflecting such amounts, exceed by more than a material amount the fair market value of the assets of such Pension Plan allocable to such accrued benefits, and the present value of all accumulated benefit obligations of all underfunded Pension Plans (based on the assumptions used for purposes of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 87) did not, as of the date of the most recent financial statements reflecting such amounts, exceed by more than a material amount the fair market value of the assets of all such underfunded Pension Plans.

(b) Except as, in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, (i) all employer and employee contributions required by applicable law or by the terms of any Foreign Benefit Arrangement or Foreign Plan have been made, or, if applicable, accrued in accordance with normal accounting practices; (ii) the accrued benefit obligations of each Foreign Plan (based on those assumptions used to fund such Foreign Plan) with respect to all current and former participants do not exceed the assets of such Foreign Plan; (iii) each Foreign Plan that is required to be

 

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registered has been registered and has been maintained in good standing with applicable regulatory authorities; and (iv) each such Foreign Benefit Arrangement and Foreign Plan is in compliance (A) with all material provisions of applicable law and all material applicable regulations and published interpretations thereunder with respect to such Foreign Benefit Arrangement or Foreign Plan and (B) with the terms of such plan or arrangement.

4.13 Investment Company Act; Other Regulations. No Loan Party is an “investment company”, or a company “controlled” by an “investment company”, within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

4.14 Subsidiaries. Except as disclosed to the Administrative Agent by the Borrower in writing from time to time after the Closing Date, (a) Schedule 4.14 sets forth the name and jurisdiction of incorporation of each Subsidiary of a Loan Party and, as to each such Subsidiary, the percentage of each class of Capital Stock owned by any Loan Party or any Subsidiary of a Loan Party and (b) there are no outstanding subscriptions, options, warrants, calls, rights or other agreements or commitments (other than (i) stock options granted to employees or directors, (ii) directors’ qualifying shares and (iii) springing member interests held by independent managers) of any nature relating to any Capital Stock of the Borrower or any Subsidiary.

4.15 Use of Proceeds.

(a) The proceeds of the Revolving Loans and the Swingline Loans, and the Letters of Credit, shall be used for general corporate purposes; provided, that such proceeds may not be used (a) to buy back or pay down Indebtedness of any Subsidiary of any Loan Party, (b) to pay dividends to shareholders of the Borrower or (c) to make contributions to ESH REIT.

(b) The Borrower shall not, directly or indirectly, use the proceeds of the Revolving Loans, Letter of Credit or the Swingline Loans, or request any Revolving Loan, Swingline Loan or Letter of Credit the proceeds of which will be used, or loaned, contributed, or otherwise made to any Subsidiary, joint venture partner or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, other Person (i) in furtherance of an offer, payment, promise to pay, or authorization of the payment or giving of money, or anything else of value, to any Person in violation of any Anti-Corruption Law, or to fund any activities or business of or with any Sanctioned Person or in any country or territory that, at the time of such funding, is the subject of any Sanctions or (ii) in any other manner that would result in a violation of any Anti-Corruption Laws or Sanctions by any party to this Agreement, with respect to (i) and (ii) to the extent prohibited by Sanctions or Anti-Corruption Laws.

4.16 Environmental Matters. Except as, in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect:

(a) the facilities and properties owned, leased or operated by any Group Member (the “Properties”) do not contain, and have not previously contained, any Materials of Environmental Concern in amounts or concentrations or under circumstances that constitute or constituted an unresolved violation of, or would reasonably be expected to give rise now or in the future to liability under, any Environmental Law;

(b) no Group Member has received or is aware of any written notice of violation, alleged violation, non-compliance, liability or potential liability regarding matters arising under Environmental Laws or compliance with Environmental Laws with regard to any of the Properties or the business operated by any Group Member (the “Business”), nor does the Borrower have knowledge or reason to believe that any such notice will be received or is being threatened;

 

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(c) Materials of Environmental Concern have not been transported or disposed of from the Properties in violation of, or in a manner or to a location that would reasonably expected to give rise to liability under, any Environmental Law, nor have any Materials of Environmental Concern been generated, treated, stored or disposed of at, on or under any of the Properties in violation of, or in a manner that would reasonably be expected to give rise to liability under, any applicable Environmental Law;

(d) no judicial proceeding or governmental or administrative action is pending or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, threatened, under any Environmental Law to which any Group Member is or will be named as a party with respect to the Properties or the Business, nor are there any judicial decrees, consent decrees, consent orders, administrative orders or other governmental orders outstanding under any Environmental Law with respect to the Properties or the Business;

(e) there has been no release or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, threat of release of Materials of Environmental Concern at or from the Properties, or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, arising from or related to the operations of any Group Member in connection with the Properties or otherwise in connection with the Business, in violation of or in amounts or in a manner that would reasonably be expected to give rise to liability under Environmental Laws;

(f) the Properties and all operations at the Properties are in compliance, and have in the last five years been in compliance, with all applicable Environmental Laws, and there is no contamination at, under or about the Properties or violation of any Environmental Law with respect to the Properties or the Business; and

(g) no Group Member has assumed any liability of any other Person under Environmental Laws.

For purposes of this Section 4.16, “knowledge of the Borrower” includes all facts disclosed in the Phase I environmental site assessment reports prepared by EMG in 2012 for the Properties (the “EMG Reports”) to the extent such facts are specifically and explicitly stated, it being understood by the parties that the representations and warranties set forth in this Section 4.16 are not being qualified by matters or conditions which are not included in such specific facts but are being qualified only by the direct and natural consequences of the explicit factual disclosures contained in the EMG Reports. For example, the disclosure of a current or former storage tank does not have the effect of disclosing contamination which may have leaked from such storage tank unless and only to the extent that such EMG Report specifically states that the storage tank leaked contamination.

4.17 Accuracy of Information, etc. All written information contained in this Agreement, any other Loan Document or any other document, certificate or statement furnished by or on behalf of any Loan Party to the Administrative Agent or the Lenders, or any of them, for use in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the other Loan Documents, other than projections and information of a general economic or industry nature, is and will be, when furnished, complete and correct in all material respects and does not and will not, when furnished, contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements contained therein not misleading in light of the circumstances under which such statements were or are made. The projections contained in the materials referenced above are prepared in good faith based upon reasonable assumptions at the time made and at the time such projections are made, it being recognized by the Lenders that such projections are not to be viewed as facts and that actual results during the period or periods covered by any such projections may differ from the projected results, and such differences may be material. There is no fact known to any Loan Party that could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect that has not been expressly disclosed herein, in the other Loan Documents or in any other documents, certificates and statements furnished to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders for use in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby and by the other Loan Documents.

 

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4.18 Collateral Documents. The Security Agreement is effective to create in favor of the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Lenders, a legal, valid and enforceable security interest in the Collateral described therein and proceeds thereof. In the case of the Pledged Securities described in the Security Agreement, when stock certificates representing such Pledged Securities are delivered to the Administrative Agent (together with a properly completed and signed stock power or endorsement), and in the case of the other Collateral described in the Security Agreement, when financing statements and other filings specified on Schedule 4.18 in appropriate form are filed in the offices specified on Schedule 4.18, the Security Agreement shall constitute a fully perfected Lien on, and security interest in, all right, title and interest of the Loan Parties in such Collateral and the proceeds thereof, as security for the Obligations, in each case prior and superior in right to any other Person (except, in the case of Collateral other than Pledged Securities and Deposit Accounts, Liens permitted by Section 7.3).

4.19 Insurance. Each Group Member maintains with financially sound and reputable insurance companies insurance on all its property in at least such amounts and against at least such risks (but including in any event public liability, product liability and business interruption) as are usually insured against in the same general area by companies engaged in the same or a similar business.

4.20 Anti-Corruption Laws and Sanctions. The Borrower has implemented and maintains in effect policies and procedures reasonably designed to ensure compliance by the Borrower, the other Group Members and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents with Anti-Corruption Laws and applicable Sanctions, and the Borrower, the other Group Members and their respective officers and employees and, to the knowledge of the Borrower, its directors and agents, are in compliance with Anti-Corruption Laws and applicable Sanctions in all material respects. None of (a) the Borrower, any other Loan Party or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, any of their respective directors, officers or employees, or (b) to the knowledge of the Borrower, any agent of the Borrower or any other Loan Party that will act in any capacity in connection with or benefit from the credit facility established hereby, is a Sanctioned Person. No borrowing or Letter of Credit, use of proceeds or other transaction contemplated by this Agreement will violate Anti-Corruption Laws or applicable Sanctions.

4.21 Certain Documents. The Borrower has delivered to the Administrative Agent a complete and correct copy of the Subsidiary Loan Documents, including any amendments, supplements or modifications with respect to any of the foregoing.

SECTION 5. CONDITIONS PRECEDENT

5.1 Conditions to Initial Extension of Credit. The agreement of each Lender to make the initial extension of credit requested to be made by it is subject to the satisfaction, prior to or concurrently with the making of such extension of credit on the Closing Date, of the following conditions precedent:

(a) Credit Agreement; Subsidiary Guarantee and Collateral Documents. The Administrative Agent shall have received

(i) this Agreement, executed and delivered by the Administrative Agent, the Borrower and each Person listed on Schedule 1.1A,;

(ii) the Subsidiary Guarantee, executed and delivered by each of the Subsidiary Guarantors;

(iii) the Collateral Documents, executed and delivered by each of the Loan Parties party thereto.

 

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(b) Financial Statements. The Lenders shall have received (i) an unaudited consolidated income statement for the Borrower and its consolidated Subsidiaries for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 calculated on a pro forma basis after giving effect to the Restructuring and the repayment of Mezzanine Loans with the net proceeds of the Extended Stay IPO and cash on hand of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries; and (ii) unaudited interim consolidated financial statements of the Borrower and its consolidated Subsidiaries for the year-to-date period ended June 30, 2013, calculated on a pro forma basis after giving effect to the Restructuring and the repayment of Mezzanine Loans with the net proceeds of the Extended Stay IPO and cash on hand of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries (it being understood that the filing with the SEC by the Borrower of registration statements on Form S-1 (and amendments thereto) in connection with the Extended Stay IPO by the Borrower shall satisfy the related requirement of this Section 5.1(b) to the extent such registration statements include the information specified herein)

(c) Operating Forecast. The Administrative Agent shall have received satisfactory Operating Forecast of the Borrower through December 31, 2017.

(d) Lien Searches. The Administrative Agent shall have received the results of a recent Lien search with respect to each Loan Party, and such search shall reveal no Liens on any of the assets of the Loan Parties except for Liens permitted by Section 7.3 or discharged on or prior to the Closing Date pursuant to documentation satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

(e) Eurodollar Loans. The Administrative Agent shall have received not less than three (3) Business Days prior to the Closing Date, an appropriately completed request for any Eurodollar Loan to be made on the Closing Date, if any.

(f) Fees. The Lenders and the Administrative Agent shall have received all fees required to be paid, and all expenses for which invoices have been presented (including the reasonable fees and expenses of legal counsel), on or before the Closing Date. All such amounts will be reflected in the funding instructions given by the Borrower to the Administrative Agent on or before the Closing Date.

(g) Secretary’s Certificates. The Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate of each Loan Party, dated the Closing Date, substantially in the form of Exhibit D, with appropriate insertions and attachments, satisfactory in form and substance to the Administrative Agent, executed by a Responsible Officer and the Secretary or any Assistant Secretary of such Loan Party.

(h) Proceedings of the Loan Parties. The Administrative Agent shall have received a copy of the resolutions, in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, of the Board of Directors of each Loan Party authorizing (i) the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which it is a party, (ii) the borrowings contemplated hereunder and (iii) the granting by it of the Liens created pursuant to the Collateral Documents, certified by the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary of such Loan Party as of the Closing Date, which certification shall be included in the certificate delivered in respect of such Loan Party pursuant to Section 5.1(g), shall be in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and shall state that the resolutions thereby certified have not been amended, modified, revoked or rescinded.

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of such Loan Party, as applicable, executing any Loan Document, which certificate shall be included in the certificate delivered in respect of such Loan Party pursuant to Section 5.1(g), shall be satisfactory in form and substance to the Administrative Agent, and shall be executed by a Responsible Officer and the Secretary or any Assistant Secretary of such Loan Party.

(j) Governing Documents. The Administrative Agent shall have received true and complete copies of the Governing Documents of each Loan Party certified as of the Closing Date as complete and correct copies thereof by the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary of such Loan Party, which certification shall be included in the certificate delivered in respect of such Loan pursuant to Section 5.1(g) and shall be in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

(k) Good Standing Certificates. The Administrative Agent shall have received certificates dated as of a recent date from the Secretary of State or other appropriate authority evidencing the good standing of each Loan Party (i) in the jurisdiction of its organization or formation and (ii) in each other jurisdiction where its ownership, lease or operation of Property or the conduct of its business requires it to qualify as a foreign Person except, as to this subclause (ii), where the failure to so qualify could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

(l) Legal Opinions. The Administrative Agent shall have received the executed legal opinions of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, counsel to the Loan Parties, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

(m) Closing Certificates. The Administrative Agent shall have received the following certificates, dated the Closing Date, satisfactory in form and substance to the Administrative Agent:

(i) a certificate executed by a Responsible Officer of each Loan Party confirming, as of the Closing Date, that each of the representations and warranties made by such Loan Party in or pursuant to the Loan Documents to which it is a party shall be true and correct in all material respects on and as of such date as if made on and as of such date;

(ii) a certificate executed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower, confirming as of the Closing Date that no Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing on such date or would result from any extensions of credit under this Agreement requested to be made on such date;

(iii) a certificate executed by a Responsible Officer of each Loan Party, confirming as of the Closing Date that immediately before and after giving effect to the transactions expected to occur on the Closing Date, including the making of each Loan to be made on the Closing Date and the application of the proceeds thereof and the issuance of each Letter of Credit to be issued on the Closing Date, each of the Loan Parties and their respective Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, is and will be Solvent;

(iv) a certificate executed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower, confirming as of the Closing Date that there has been no event or occurrence since December 31, 2012 that has had or could reasonably be expected to have, either individually or in aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect; and

(v) a compliance certificate executed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower, confirming that immediately before and after giving effect to the transactions expected to occur on the Closing Date, including the making of each Loan to be made on the Closing Date and the

 

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application of the proceeds thereof and the issuance of each Letter of Credit to be issued on the Closing Date, that the Borrower is and will be in pro forma compliance with the covenants set forth in Section 7.1, including certification of customary supporting documentation and supplemental reporting attached thereto.

(n) Know Your Customer. The Administrative Agent shall have received, at least three (3) Business Days prior to the Closing Date, all documentation and other information required by regulatory authorities under applicable “know your customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations, including, without limitation, the Patriot Act, in each case as requested at least ten (10) Business Days prior to the Closing Date.

(o) Pledged Securities; Stock Powers; Pledged Notes. The Administrative Agent shall have received (i) the certificates representing the shares of Capital Stock pledged pursuant to the Security Agreement, together with an undated stock power for each such certificate executed in blank by a duly authorized officer of the pledgor thereof and (ii) each promissory note (if any) pledged to the Administrative Agent pursuant to the Security Agreement endorsed (without recourse) in blank (or accompanied by an executed transfer form in blank) by the pledgor thereof.

(p) Filings, Registrations and Recordings. Each document (including any Uniform Commercial Code financing statement) required by the Collateral Documents or under law or reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent to be filed, registered or recorded in order to create in favor of the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Lenders, a perfected Lien on the Collateral described therein, prior and superior in right to any other Person (other than with respect to Liens expressly permitted by Section 7.3), shall be in proper form for filing, registration or recordation.

(q) Insurance. The Administrative Agent shall have received insurance certificates satisfying the requirements of Section [    ] of the Security Agreement.

(r) The Account and the Conditional Controlled Account. The Administrative Agent shall have received (i) evidence satisfactory to it that each of the Account and the Conditional Controlled Account has been established and continues to exist, (ii) the Account Control Agreement, executed and delivered by the Administrative Agent, the Borrower and the Account Bank, (iii) the Conditional Account Control Agreement, executed and delivered by the Administrative Agent, the Borrower and the Conditional Controlled Account Bank and (iv) evidence that the Borrower has given the Cash Management Agent irrevocable direction in the form of Exhibit L that all amounts remitted to ESA Group Members shall be remitted to the Conditional Control Account.

(s) Extended Stay IPO. The Extended Stay IPO shall have been consummated no later than January 2, 2014 and at least $500,000,000 in gross proceeds shall have been raised as a result thereof.

(t) Maximum Consolidated Total Debt. The Consolidated Total Debt shall be no greater than the sum of (a) $3,600,000,000 plus (b) “Loans” and “L/C Obligations” (as each is defined in the ESH Revolving Credit Agreement) outstanding under the ESH Revolving Credit Agreement on the Closing Date plus (c) Loans and L/C Obligations under this Agreement on the Closing Date.

(u) ESH Revolving Credit Agreement. The ESH Revolving Credit Agreement shall have closed and all conditions precedent thereunder shall have been satisfied.

(v) Escrow Agreement; Escrow Account. The Administrative Agent shall have received (i) the Escrow Agreement, executed and delivered by each of ESH REIT and the Escrow Bank and (ii) evidence in form and substance acceptable to the Administrative Agent that an amount equal to the net proceeds from the Extended Stay IPO has been deposited into the Escrow Account.

(w) Existing REIT Credit Facility. The Administrative Agent shall have received evidence in form and substance acceptable to it that the Existing REIT Credit Facility has been terminated.

 

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For the purpose of determining compliance with the conditions specified in this Section 5.1, each Lender that has signed this Agreement shall be deemed to have accepted, and to be satisfied with, each document or other matter required under this Section 5.1 unless the Administrative Agent shall have received written notice from such Lender prior to the proposed Closing Date specifying its objection thereto.

5.2 Conditions to Each Extension of Credit. The agreement of each Lender to make any extension of credit requested to be made by it on any date (including its initial extension of credit) is subject to the satisfaction of the following conditions precedent:

(a) Representations and Warranties. Each of the representations and warranties made by any Loan Party in or pursuant to the Loan Documents shall be true and correct in all material respects on and as of such date, before and after giving effect to the extensions of credit requested to be made on such date and the application of the proceeds therefrom, as if made on and as of such date.

(b) No Default or Trigger Event. No Default, Event of Default or Trigger Event shall have occurred and be continuing on such date or after giving effect to the extensions of credit requested to be made on such date.

Each borrowing by and issuance of a Letter of Credit on behalf of the Borrower hereunder shall constitute a representation and warranty by the Borrower as of the date of such extension of credit that the conditions contained in this Section 5.2 have been satisfied.

SECTION 6. AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS

The Loan Parties hereby jointly and severally agree that, so long as the Revolving Commitments remain in effect, any Letter of Credit remains outstanding or any Loan or other amount is owing to any Lender or the Administrative Agent hereunder, each Loan Party shall and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries (other than the ESH Parties) to:

6.1 Financial Statements. Furnish to the Administrative Agent and each Lender:

(a) as soon as available, but in any event within 90 days after the end of each fiscal year of the Borrower, a copy of the audited consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its consolidated Subsidiaries as at the end of such year and the related audited consolidated statements of income and of cash flows for such year, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the previous year, reported on without a “going concern” or like qualification or exception, or qualification arising out of the scope of the audit (provided that such report may contain a “going concern” or like qualification or exception, or qualification arising out of the scope of the audit, if such qualification or exception is related to the (i) occurrence of the Revolving Termination Date or a (ii) a failure to satisfy financial covenants in this Agreement (whether or not such failure has occurred)), by a “Big Four” accounting firm or other independent certified public accountant acceptable to Lender in accordance with the Uniform System of Accounts (or such other accounting basis acceptable to Lender) and include such footnotes as required pursuant to GAAP (it being understood that the filing with the SEC by the Borrower of annual reports of the Borrower and its consolidated Subsidiaries on Form 10-K satisfy the related requirement of this Section 6.1(a) to the extent such annual reports include the information specified herein); and

 

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(b) as soon as available, but in any event not later than 45 days after the end of each of the first three quarterly periods of each fiscal year of the Borrower, the unaudited consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its consolidated Subsidiaries as at the end of such quarter and the related unaudited consolidated statements of income and of cash flows for such quarter and the portion of the fiscal year through the end of such quarter, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the previous year, include such footnotes as required pursuant to GAAP, certified by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower as being fairly stated in all material respects (subject to normal year-end audit adjustments) (it being understood that the filing with the SEC by the Borrower of quarterly reports of the Borrower and its consolidated Subsidiaries on Form 10-Q satisfy the related requirement of this Section 6.1(b) to the extent such quarterly reports include the information specified herein).

All such financial statements shall be complete and correct in all material respects and shall be prepared in reasonable detail and in accordance with GAAP applied (except as approved by such accountants or officer, as the case may be, and disclosed in reasonable detail therein) consistently throughout the periods reflected therein and with prior periods.

6.2 Certificates; Other Information. Furnish to the Administrative Agent and each Lender (or, in the case of clause (f), to the relevant Lender):

(a) concurrently with the delivery of the financial statements referred to in Section 6.1(a), a certificate of the independent certified public accountants reporting on such financial statements stating that in making the examination necessary therefor no knowledge was obtained of any Event of Default, except as specified in such certificate;

(b) (i) concurrently with the delivery of any financial statements pursuant to Section 6.1 and (ii) within 20 days after the end of each calendar month, (A) a certificate of a Responsible Officer of the Borrower stating that, to the best of such Responsible Officer’s knowledge, each Loan Party during such period has observed or performed all of its covenants and other agreements, and satisfied every condition contained in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which it is a party to be observed, performed or satisfied by it, and that such Responsible Officer has obtained no knowledge of any Default or Event of Default except as specified in such certificate, (B) (x) a Compliance Certificate containing all information and calculations necessary for determining compliance by each Group Member with covenants set forth on Section 7.1 as of the last day of the calendar month or fiscal quarter or fiscal year of such Loan Party, as the case may be and (B) a narrative discussion and analysis of the financial condition and results of operations of each Loan Party and its Subsidiaries for the reporting period then ended and for the period from the beginning of the then current fiscal year to the end of such period, as compared to the portion of the Projections covering such periods and to the comparable periods of the previous year, including occupancy figures and average daily rate calculations, in each case, with respect to each of the properties of any Subsidiary of a Loan Party;

(c) as soon as available, and in any event no later than 45 days after the end of each fiscal year of a Loan Party, an Operating Forecast for such Loan Party for the following fiscal year, and, as soon as available, significant revisions, if any, of such Operating Forecast, each of which such Operating Forecasts shall be accompanied by a certificate of a Responsible Officer of the applicable Loan Party stating that such Operating Forecast is based on reasonable estimates, information and assumptions and that such Responsible Officer has no reason to believe that such Operating Forecast is incorrect or misleading in any material respect;

 

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(d) within five (5) days after the same are sent, copies of all financial statements and similar reporting documents that any Group Member sends to the holders of obligations under the Subsidiary Loan Documents;

(e) promptly following receipt thereof, copies of (i) any documents described in Section 101(k) of ERISA that any Group Member or any ERISA Affiliate may request with respect to any Multiemployer Plan and (ii) any notices described in Section 101(l) of ERISA that any Group Member or any ERISA Affiliate may request with respect to any Multiemployer Plan; provided, that if the relevant Group Member or ERISA Affiliate has not requested such documents or notices from the administrator or sponsor of the applicable Multiemployer Plan, then, upon reasonable request of the Administrative Agent, such Group Member or the ERISA Affiliate shall promptly make a request for such documents or notices from such administrator or sponsor and the Borrower shall provide copies of such documents and notices promptly after receipt thereof; and

(f) promptly, such additional financial and other information as any Lender may from time to time reasonably request.

6.3 Payment of Obligations. Pay, discharge or otherwise satisfy at or before maturity or before they become delinquent, as the case may be, all its material obligations of whatever nature, except (i) where the amount or validity thereof is currently being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and reserves in conformity with GAAP with respect thereto have been provided on the books of the relevant Group Member, or (ii) where the failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

6.4 Taxes. File or cause to be filed all federal, state and other material tax returns and reports that are required to be filed and pay all Taxes shown to be due and payable on said returns or on any assessments made against it or any of its property, and all other material Taxes, fees or other charges imposed on it or any of its property by any Governmental Authority (other (i) than any the amount or validity of which are contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and with respect to which reserves in conformity with GAAP are provided on the books of the relevant Group Member or (ii) where the failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect).

6.5 Maintenance of Existence; Compliance. (a)(i) Preserve, renew and keep in full force and effect its organizational existence and (ii) take all reasonable action to maintain all rights, privileges and franchises necessary or desirable in the normal conduct of its business, except, in each case, as otherwise permitted by Section 7.4 and except, in the case of clause (ii) above, to the extent that failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; (b) comply with all Contractual Obligations and Requirements of Law except to the extent that failure to comply therewith could not, in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; and (c) maintain in effect and enforce policies and procedures reasonably designed to ensure compliance by the Borrower, the other Group Members and their respective directors, officers and employees with Anti-Corruption Laws and applicable Sanctions.

6.6 Maintenance of Property; Insurance. (a) Except where the failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect keep all property useful and necessary in its business in good working order and condition, ordinary wear and tear excepted and (b) maintain with financially sound and reputable insurance companies insurance on all its property in at least such amounts and against at least such risks (but including in any event public liability, product liability and business interruption) as are usually insured against in the same general area by companies engaged in the same or a similar business.

 

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6.7 Inspection of Property; Books and Records; Discussions. (a) Keep proper books of records and account in which full, true and correct entries in conformity with GAAP and all Requirements of Law shall be made of all dealings and transactions in relation to its business and activities and (b) permit representatives of the Administrative Agent once each calendar year upon reasonable prior notice and at a time mutually agreed with the Borrower (or, after the occurrence and during the continuation of an Event of Default, at any time or frequency) to visit and inspect its properties, to examine and make extracts from its books and records (other than materials protected by attorney-client privilege and materials which the Loan Parties or such Subsidiary thereof, as applicable, may not disclose without violation of a confidentiality agreement between the Loan Party, or such Subsidiary thereof, as applicable, and any third party) and to discuss its affairs, finances and condition with its officers, in each case, at the expense of the Borrower once each calendar year (or, after the occurrence and during the continuation of an Event of Default, at any time).

6.8 Notices. Promptly give notice to the Administrative Agent and each Lender of:

(a) the occurrence of any Default or Event of Default;

(b) any (i) default or event of default under any Contractual Obligation of any Group Member or (ii) litigation, investigation or proceeding that may exist at any time between any Group Member and any Governmental Authority, that in either case, if not cured or if adversely determined, as the case may be, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect;

(c) any action, suit, investigation or proceeding affecting any Group Member (i) that, if adversely determined, could reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect or (ii) which relates to any Loan Document;

(d) an ERISA Event, as soon as possible and in any event within 10 days after the Borrower knows or has reason to know thereof;

(e) any transaction or occurrence that results in the damage, destruction or rendering unfit for normal use any of the Property of any Group Member, that could reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect;

(f) any pending or threatened notice or claim, administrative, regulatory or judicial action, suit, judgment, demand or other written communication by any other Person alleging or asserting the liability of any Group Member for investigatory costs, clean-up costs, governmental response costs, damages to natural resources or other property, personal injuries, fines or penalties or seeking injunctive relief, in each case (i) to the extent relating to the presence, use or release of any Material of Environmental Concern or the violation, or alleged violation, of any Environmental Law, and (ii) that, if adversely determined, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect;

(g) any cancellation or receipt of threatened cancellation of any insurance required to be maintained under Section 6.6(b);

(h) any amendment or proposed amendment to any Subsidiary Loan Document; and

(i) any development or event that has had or could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

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all applicable Environmental Laws, and obtain and comply in all material respects with and maintain, and take reasonable steps to ensure that all tenants and subtenants obtain and comply in all material respects with and maintain, any and all licenses, approvals, notifications, registrations or permits required by applicable Environmental Laws; in each case, except for such compliance and failure to obtain and maintain that would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect;

(b) Except as would no reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, (i) conduct and complete all investigations, studies, sampling and testing, and all remedial, removal and other actions required under Environmental Laws and (ii) promptly comply in all material respects with all lawful orders and directives of all Governmental Authorities regarding Environmental Laws.

6.10 Additional Collateral, etc.

(a) With respect to any property acquired after the Closing Date by any Loan Party (other than (x) any property described in paragraph (b) or (c) below, (y) any property subject to a Lien expressly permitted by Section 7.3(f), and (z) Excluded Property) as to which the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Lenders, does not have a perfected Lien, promptly (and, in any event, within sixty (60) days, provided that such time period may be extended in the reasonable discretion of the Administrative Agent) (i) execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent such amendments to the Security Agreement or such other documents as the Administrative Agent deems reasonably necessary or advisable to grant to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Lenders, a security interest in such property and (ii) take all actions reasonably necessary or advisable to grant to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Lenders, a perfected first priority security interest in such property, including the filing of Uniform Commercial Code financing statements in such jurisdictions as may be required by the Security Agreement or by law or as may be requested by the Administrative Agent.

(b) With respect to any new Domestic Subsidiary (other than an Excluded Subsidiary) created or acquired after the Closing Date by any Loan Party (which, for the purposes of this paragraph (b), shall include any existing Subsidiary that ceases to be an Excluded Subsidiary), promptly (and, in any event, within sixty (60) days, provided that such time period may be extended in the reasonable discretion of the Administrative Agent) (i) execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent such amendments to the Security Agreement as the Administrative Agent deems necessary or advisable to grant to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Lenders, a perfected first priority security interest in the Capital Stock of such new Subsidiary that is owned by any Loan Party, (ii) deliver to the Administrative Agent the certificates representing such Capital Stock, together with undated stock powers, in blank, executed and delivered by a duly authorized officer of the relevant Loan Party, and (iii) cause such new Subsidiary (A) to become a party to the Subsidiary Guarantee and Security Agreement as a Subsidiary Guarantor and a Pledgor, respectively, (B) to take such actions necessary or advisable to grant to the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Lenders a perfected security interest in the Collateral described in the Security Agreement with respect to such new Subsidiary, including the filing of Uniform Commercial Code financing statements in such jurisdictions as may be required by the Security Agreement or by law or as may be requested by the Administrative Agent and (C) to deliver to the Administrative Agent a certificate of such Subsidiary, substantially in the form of Exhibit K, with appropriate insertions and attachments.

(c) With respect to any new Foreign Subsidiary (other than an Excluded Subsidiary) created or acquired after the Closing Date by any Loan Party, promptly (and, in any event, within sixty (60) days, provided that such time period may be extended in the reasonable discretion of the Administrative Agent) (i) execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent such amendments to the Security Agreement as the Administrative Agent deems necessary or advisable to grant to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Lenders, a perfected security interest in the Capital Stock of

 

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such new Subsidiary that is owned by any such Loan Party (provided that in no event shall more than 65% of the total outstanding voting Capital Stock of any such new Subsidiary be required to be so pledged), and (ii) deliver to the Administrative Agent the certificates representing such Capital Stock, together with undated stock powers, in blank, executed and delivered by a duly authorized officer of the relevant Loan Party, and take such other action as may be necessary or, in the opinion of the Administrative Agent, desirable to perfect the Administrative Agent’s security interest therein.

Notwithstanding the above, (i) no Capital Stock of any Subsidiary which is Excluded Property shall be required to be pledged as Collateral, and (ii) no Loan Party will be required to take any action in any non-U.S. jurisdiction to create any security interest in assets located or titled outside of the U.S. or to perfect any security interests in such assets.

6.11 Use of Proceeds.

(a) The proceeds of the Revolving Loans and the Swingline Loans, and the Letters of Credit, shall be used for general corporate purposes; provided, that such proceeds may not be used (a) to buy back or pay down Indebtedness of any Subsidiary of any Loan Party, (b) to pay dividends to shareholders of the Borrower or (c) to make contributions to ESH REIT.

(b) The Borrower shall not, directly or indirectly, use the proceeds of the Revolving Loans, Letters of Credit or the Swingline Loans, or request any Revolving Loan, Swingline Loan or Letter of Credit the proceeds of which will be used, or loaned, contributed, or otherwise made to any Subsidiary, joint venture partner or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, other Person (i) in furtherance of an offer, payment, promise to pay, or authorization of the payment or giving of money, or anything else of value, to any Person in violation of any Anti-Corruption Law, or to fund any activities or business of or with any Sanctioned Person or in any country or territory that, at the time of such funding, is the subject of any Sanctions or (ii) in any other manner that would result in a violation of any Anti-Corruption Laws or Sanctions by any party to this Agreement, with respect to (i) and (ii) to the extent prohibited by Sanctions or Anti-Corruption Laws.

6.12 Know Your Customer. The Borrower shall, promptly following a request by the Administrative Agent, the Swingline Lender, the Issuing Lender or any Lender, provide all documentation and other information that the Administrative Agent, the Swingline Lender, the Issuing Lender or such Lender reasonably requests in order to comply with its ongoing obligations under applicable “know your customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations, including the PATRIOT Act.

6.13 Further Assurances. The Borrower will execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent such amendments to the Collateral Documents or such other documents as the Administrative Agent deems necessary or advisable to grant to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, a legal, valid and enforceable security interest in the Collateral and proceeds thereof.

6.14 [Reserved].

6.15 Trigger Event. After the occurrence and during the continuation of a Trigger Event, the Borrower shall cause each of the Group Members to make the maximum amount of cash distributions to its respective parent entity that it is not prohibited from making under the terms of the Subsidiary Loan Documents directly into the Account.

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Agent shall have received counterparts of each Mortgage to be entered into with respect to each Mortgaged Property set forth on Schedule 6.16 duly executed and delivered by the record owner of such Mortgaged Property and suitable for recording, together with all surveys, title insurance, flood insurance, legal opinions and other documents, and take such other actions, in each case as reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent in connection therewith and in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

SECTION 7. NEGATIVE COVENANTS

Each Loan Party hereby jointly and severally agrees that, so long as the Revolving Commitments remain in effect, any Letter of Credit remains outstanding or any Loan or other amount is owing to any Lender or the Administrative Agent hereunder, each Loan Party shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries (other than the ESH Parties) to, directly or indirectly:

7.1 Financial Condition Covenants.

(a) Consolidated Leverage Ratio. Permit the Consolidated Leverage Ratio as at the last day of any period of four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Borrower ending with any fiscal quarter set forth below to exceed the ratio set forth below opposite such fiscal quarter:

 

Fiscal Quarter

   Consolidated
Leverage Ratio

Any fiscal quarter ended on or before December 31, 2015

   9.00 to 1.00

Any fiscal quarter ended on or after January 1, 2016

   8.75 to 1.00

(b) Debt Yield. Permit the Debt Yield as at the last day of any calendar month to be less than 9.00%.

7.2 Indebtedness. Create, issue, incur, assume, become liable in respect of or suffer to exist any Indebtedness, except:

(a) Indebtedness of any Loan Party pursuant to any Loan Document;

(b) Indebtedness of any Group Member in respect of the Mortgage Loan Documents outstanding on the date hereof or any Permitted Refinancing thereof;

(c) Indebtedness of any Group Member in respect of the Mezzanine Loan Documents outstanding on the date hereof or any Permitted Refinancing thereof;

(d) (i) Indebtedness of any Group Member incurred to finance the acquisition, construction or improvement of any fixed or capital assets, including Capital Lease Obligations and any Indebtedness assumed in connection with the acquisition of any such assets (provided that such Indebtedness is incurred or assumed prior to or within 90 days after such acquisition or the completion of such construction or improvement and the principal amount of such Indebtedness does not exceed the cost of acquiring, constructing or improving such fixed or capital assets) and (ii) any extension, renewal, refinancing, refunding, replacement or restructuring (or successive extensions, renewals, refinancings,

 

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refundings, replacements or restructurings) of any such Indebtedness from time to time (in whole or in part); provided, that at the time of incurrence, assumption, extension, renewal, refinancing, refunding, replacement or restructuring, as applicable, of any Indebtedness permitted by this Section 7.2(d), and after giving effect thereto, (A) no Default, Event of Default or Trigger Event shall have occurred and be continuing and (B) the Loan Parties shall be in pro forma compliance with the financial covenants contained in Section 7.1;

(e) [Reserved];

(f) [Reserved]

(g) Indebtedness incurred or arising from or in connection with any bid, performance, surety, statutory, completion, return-of-money or appeal bonds or similar obligations issued, existing or incurred in the ordinary course of business;

(h) Indebtedness arising from or in connection with accounts payable (for the deferred purchase price of property or services) in the ordinary course of business greater than 90 days past the invoice or billing date which are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and for which adequate reserves shall have been established by the applicable Group Member in conformity with GAAP;

(i) letters of credit, bank guarantees, warehouse receipts or similar instruments issued to support performance obligations and trade letters of credit (other than obligations in respect of other Indebtedness) in the ordinary course of business;

(j) Indebtedness arising from the honoring by a bank or other financial institution of a check, draft or similar instrument drawn against insufficient funds in the ordinary course of business or other cash management services in the ordinary course of business;

(k) obligations (contingent or otherwise) existing or arising under any Swap Agreement entered into in the ordinary course of business not for a speculative purpose;

(l) Indebtedness (x) of a Subsidiary of a Loan Party (other than an ESH Party) owed to a Loan Party or a Subsidiary of a Loan Party (other than an ESH Party) and (y) of a Loan Party owed to a Loan Party or a Subsidiary of a Loan Party (other than an ESH Party), and any refinancing thereof;

(m) Indebtedness of the Group Members outstanding on the Closing Date and disclosed on Schedule 7.2 and any refinancing thereof;

(n) Indebtedness consisting of Guarantee Obligations by the Group Members in respect of Indebtedness, leases and other ordinary course obligations permitted by the Loan Documents to be incurred by a Group Member;

(o) contingent liabilities in respect of any indemnification, adjustment of purchase price, non-compete, consulting, deferred Taxes and similar obligations of the Group Members incurred in connection with acquisitions or dispositions;

(p) Indebtedness owed to any Person providing property, casualty or liability insurance to the Group Member, so long as such Indebtedness shall not be in excess of the amount of the unpaid cost of, and shall be incurred only to defer the cost of, such insurance for the year in which such Indebtedness is incurred and such Indebtedness shall be outstanding only during such year;

 

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(q) Indebtedness of the Group Members not otherwise permitted by this Section 7.2 in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $10,000,000 at any time outstanding; and

(r) Indebtedness incurred in connection with sale and leaseback transactions.

7.3 Liens. Create, incur, assume or suffer to exist any Lien upon any of the property of any Loan Party, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, except:

(a) Liens for Taxes not yet due or that are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings, provided that adequate reserves with respect thereto are maintained on the books of the relevant Loan Party in conformity with GAAP;

(b) carriers’, warehousemen’s, mechanics’, materialmen’s, repairmen’s or other like Liens arising in the ordinary course of business that are not overdue for a period of more than 30 days or that are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings;

(c) pledges or deposits in connection with workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and other social security legislation;

(d) deposits to secure the performance of bids, trade contracts (other than for borrowed money), leases, statutory obligations, surety and appeal bonds, performance or payment bonds and other obligations of a like nature incurred in the ordinary course of business;

(e) easements, rights-of-way, restrictions and other similar encumbrances incurred in the ordinary course of business that, in the aggregate, are not substantial in amount and that do not in any case materially detract from the value of the property subject thereto or materially interfere with the ordinary conduct of the business of any Group Member;

(f) Liens securing Indebtedness of any Group Member incurred pursuant to Section 7.2(d) to finance the acquisition of fixed or capital assets, provided that (i) such Liens shall be created substantially simultaneously with the acquisition of such fixed or capital assets, (ii) such Liens do not at any time encumber any property other than the property financed by such Indebtedness and (iii) the amount of Indebtedness secured thereby is not increased;

(g) Liens created pursuant to the Collateral Documents;

(h) any interest or title of a lessor under any lease entered into by the Borrower in the ordinary course of its business and covering only the assets so leased;

(i) Liens existing on the Closing Date and listed on Schedule 7.3 hereto and any modifications, replacements, renewals or extensions thereof; provided that (A) the Lien does not extend to any additional property other than (x) after-acquired property that is affixed or incorporated into the property covered by such Lien or financed by Indebtedness permitted under Section 7.2 and (y) proceeds and products thereof, (B) the amount secured or benefited thereby is not increased except as contemplated by Section 7.2(m), (C) the direct or any contingent obligor with respect thereto is not changed and (D) any renewal, extension or modification of the obligations secured or benefited by such Liens is permitted by Section 7.2(m);

(j) Liens securing judgments for the payment of money not constituting an Event of Default under Section 8.1(i);

 

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(k) Liens on property of a Person existing at the time such Person is merged into or consolidated with a Loan Party; provided, that such Liens were not created in contemplation of such merger or consolidation and do not extend to any assets other than those of the Person merged into or consolidated with the relevant Loan Party, and the applicable Indebtedness secured by such Lien is permitted pursuant to this Agreement;

(l) Liens (A) of a collecting bank arising under Section 4-208 of the Uniform Commercial Code on items in the course of collection, (B) attaching to commodity trading accounts or other brokerage accounts incurred in the ordinary course of business and (C) in favor of a banking institution arising as a matter of law encumbering deposits (including the right of set-off) and which are within the general parameters customary in the banking industry;

(m) pledges or deposits of cash and Cash Equivalents securing deductibles, self-insurance, co-payment, co-insurance, retentions and similar obligations to providers of insurance in the ordinary cause of business;

(n) (A) leases, licenses, subleases or sublicenses granted to other Persons in the ordinary course of business which do not (x) interfere in any material respect with the business of a Loan Party or (y) secure any Indebtedness and (B) the rights reserved or vested in any Person by the terms of any lease, license, franchise, grant or permit held by the Loan Parties or by a statutory provision to terminate any such lease, license, franchise, grant or permit or to require periodic payments as a condition to the continuance thereof;

(o) Liens arising from precautionary Uniform Commercial Code financing statements regarding, and any interest or title of a licensor, lessor or sublessor under, operating leases permitted by this Agreement;

(p) Liens on cash and Cash Equivalents securing Swap Agreements permitted pursuant to Section 7.2(k) owing to one or more Persons; and

(q) other Liens in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $10,000,000.

7.4 Fundamental Changes. Enter into any merger, consolidation or amalgamation, or liquidate, wind up or dissolve itself (or suffer any liquidation or dissolution), or reorganize itself in any non-U.S. jurisdiction, or Dispose of all or substantially all of the property or business of the Group Member, except that any Loan Party may be merged or consolidated with, or wholly acquired by, any Person or Dispose of all or substantially all of its property or business, if (a) the surviving Person or the Person to whom such property or business was Disposed, as applicable, assumes all of the liabilities of the predecessor Loan Party, including, without limitation, under any Loan Documents to which such Loan Party is a party and (b) before and after giving effect to such merger, consolidation, acquisition or Disposition, the Loan Parties shall be in pro forma compliance with the financial covenants contained in Section 7.1.

7.5 Restricted Payments. Declare or pay any dividend (other than dividends payable solely in Capital Stock of the Person making such dividend) on, or make any payment on account of, or set apart assets for a sinking or other analogous fund for, the purchase, redemption, defeasance, retirement or other acquisition of, any Capital Stock of any Group Member, whether now or hereafter outstanding, or make any other distribution in respect thereof, either directly or indirectly, whether in cash or property or in obligations of any Group Member (collectively, “Restricted Payments”), except that:

(a) any Subsidiary of a Loan Party may make Restricted Payments to any other Group Member; and

(b) any Loan Party may make a Restricted Payment; provided, that at the time of any such Restricted Payment and after giving effect thereto, (i) no Default, Event of Default or Trigger Event shall have occurred and be continuing and (ii) the Loan Parties shall be in pro forma compliance with the financial covenants contained in Section 7.1.

 

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7.6 Transactions with Affiliates. Enter into any transaction, including any purchase, sale, lease or exchange of property, the rendering of any service or the payment of any management, advisory or similar fees, with any Affiliate (other than any Group Member) unless such transaction is (a) (i) otherwise permitted under this Agreement, (ii) in the ordinary course of business of the relevant Group Member and (iii) upon fair and reasonable terms no less favorable to the relevant Group Member than it would obtain in a comparable arm’s length transaction with a Person that is not an Affiliate, or (b) reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses of the Sponsors to the extent permitted as a Restricted Payment pursuant to Section 7.5.

7.7 Amendments to Subsidiary Loan Documents. (a) Amend, supplement or otherwise modify any of the Specified Terms of the Subsidiary Loan Documents, (b) amend, supplement or modify any provision of any Subsidiary Loan Document providing that cash distributions from any Subsidiary (other than ESH Parties) shall be made with all available funds into the Conditional Controlled Account or make any election or designation that would have the effect of making or allowing any cash distributions from any Subsidiary (other than ESH Parties) to any Person or into any account other than to the Borrower and into the Conditional Controlled Account or (c) after the occurrence and during the continuation of a Trigger Event, amend, supplement, terminate or otherwise modify any Operating Lease to the extent prohibited pursuant to Section 5.2.12 of the Mortgage Loan Agreement as in effect as of the date of such Trigger Event (without giving effect to any consent of the lender under the Mortgage Loan Agreement or any amendment, waiver or other modification of such Section 5.2.12 of the Mortgage Loan Agreement).

SECTION 8. EVENTS OF DEFAULT

8.1 Events of Default. If any of the following events shall occur and be continuing:

(a) the Borrower shall fail to pay any principal of any Loan or Reimbursement Obligation when due in accordance with the terms hereof; or the Borrower shall fail to pay any interest on any Loan or Reimbursement Obligation, or any other amount payable hereunder or under any other Loan Document, within five (5) Business Days after any such interest or other amount becomes due in accordance with the terms hereof; or

(b) any representation or warranty made or deemed made by any Loan Party herein or in any other Loan Document or that is contained in any certificate, document or financial or other statement furnished by it at any time under or in connection with this Agreement or any such other Loan Document shall prove to have been inaccurate in any material respect on or as of the date made or deemed made; or

(c) any Loan Party shall default in the observance or performance of any agreement contained in Section 2.25, Section 6.1, Section 6.2(a) through (d), Section 6.5(a), Section 6.7(b), Section 6.8(a), Section 6.11, Section 6.14 or Section 7 of this Agreement, Sections 1, 11 or 12 of the Subsidiary Guarantee or Sections 3.2 through 3.6, 4.1 through 4.4, 4.6 or 5.1 of the Security Agreement; or

 

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(d) any Loan Party shall default in the observance or performance of any other agreement contained in this Agreement or any other Loan Document (other than as provided in paragraphs (a) through (c) of this Section), and such default shall continue unremedied for a period of 30 days after notice to the Borrower from the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders; or

(e) any Group Member shall (i) default in making any payment of any principal of any Indebtedness (including any Guarantee Obligation, but excluding the Loans) on the scheduled or original due date with respect thereto; or (ii) default in making any payment of any interest on any such Indebtedness beyond the period of grace, if any, provided in the instrument or agreement under which such Indebtedness was created; or (iii) default in the observance or performance of any other agreement or condition relating to any such Indebtedness or contained in any instrument or agreement evidencing, securing or relating thereto, or any other event shall occur or condition exist, the effect of which default or other event or condition is to cause, or to permit the holder or beneficiary of such Indebtedness (or a trustee or agent on behalf of such holder or beneficiary) or, in the case of a Swap Agreement, the applicable counterparty, to cause, with the giving of notice if required, such Indebtedness to become due prior to its stated maturity or (in the case of any such Indebtedness constituting a Guarantee Obligation) to become payable or, in the case of a Swap Agreement, to cause the termination thereof; provided, that a default, event or condition described in clause (i), (ii) or (iii) of this paragraph (e) shall not at any time constitute an Event of Default unless, at such time, one or more defaults, events or conditions of the type described in clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) of this paragraph (e) shall have occurred and be continuing with respect to Indebtedness the aggregate outstanding principal amount of which (or, with respect to any Swap Agreements, the Swap Termination Value of which) is $100,000,000 or more; or

(f) any Group Member shall (i) default in making any payment of any principal of any Indebtedness (including any Guarantee Obligation) incurred under the Subsidiary Loan Documents on the scheduled or original due date with respect thereto; or (ii) default in making any payment of any interest on any such Indebtedness incurred under the Subsidiary Loan Documents beyond the period of grace, if any, provided in the Subsidiary Loan Documents; or (iii) default in the observance or performance of any other agreement or condition relating to any such Indebtedness or contained in any Subsidiary Loan Document, or any other event shall occur or condition exist, the effect of which default or other event or condition is to cause, or to permit the holder or beneficiary of such Indebtedness (or a trustee or agent on behalf of such holder or beneficiary) to cause, with the giving of notice if required, such Indebtedness to become due prior to its stated maturity or (in the case of any such Indebtedness constituting a Guarantee Obligation) to become payable;

(g) (i) any Group Member shall commence any case, proceeding or other action (A) under any existing or future law of any jurisdiction, domestic or foreign, relating to bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or relief of debtors, seeking to have an order for relief entered with respect to it, or seeking to adjudicate it a bankrupt or insolvent, or seeking reorganization, arrangement, adjustment, winding-up, liquidation, dissolution, composition or other relief with respect to it or its debts, or (B) seeking appointment of a receiver, trustee, custodian, conservator or other similar official for it or for all or any substantial part of its assets; or (ii) there shall be commenced against any Group Member any case, proceeding or other action of a nature referred to in clause (i) above that (A) results in the entry of an order for relief or any such adjudication or appointment or (B) remains undismissed or undischarged for a period of 60 days; or (iii) there shall be commenced against any Group Member any case, proceeding or other action seeking issuance of a warrant of attachment, execution, distraint or similar process against all or any substantial part of its assets that results in the entry of an order for any such relief that shall not have been vacated, discharged, or stayed or bonded pending appeal within 60 days from the entry thereof; or (iv) any Group Member shall take any action in furtherance of, or indicating its consent to, approval of, or acquiescence in, any of the acts set forth in clause (i), (ii), or (iii) above; or (v) any Group Member shall generally not, or shall be unable to, or shall admit in writing its inability to, pay its debts as they become due; or (vi) or any Group Member shall make a general assignment for the benefit of its creditors; or

 

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(h) (i) an ERISA Event shall have occurred, (ii) a trustee shall be appointed by a United States district court to administer any Pension Plan, (iii) the PBGC shall institute proceedings to terminate any Pension Plan(s), (iv) any Loan Party or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates shall have been notified by the sponsor of a Multiemployer Plan that it has incurred or will be assessed Withdrawal Liability to such Multiemployer Plan and such entity does not have reasonable grounds for contesting such Withdrawal Liability or is not contesting such Withdrawal Liability in a timely and appropriate manner or (v) any other event or condition shall occur or exist with respect to a Pension Plan; and in each case in clauses (i) through (v) above, such event or condition, together with all other such events or conditions, if any, could, in the sole judgment of the Required Lenders, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; or

(i) one or more judgments or decrees shall be entered against any Group Member involving in the aggregate a liability (not paid or fully covered by insurance as to which the relevant insurance company has acknowledged coverage) of $25,000,000 or more, and all such judgments or decrees shall not have been vacated, discharged, stayed or bonded pending appeal within 30 days from the entry thereof; or

(j) any provision of any Loan Document, 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 Group Member contests in any manner the validity or enforceability of any provision of any Loan Document; or any Loan Party denies that it has any or further liability or obligation under any Loan Document, or purports to revoke, terminate or rescind any provision of any Loan Document;

(k) any Collateral Document shall cease to create a valid and perfected Lien, with the priority required by the Collateral Documents, over any material portion of the Collateral purported to be covered thereby, subject to Liens permitted under Section 7.3, except to the extent that any such loss of perfection or priority results from the failure of the Administrative Agent to maintain possession of certificates actually delivered to it representing securities pledged under the Collateral Documents or to file Uniform Commercial Code continuation statements and except as to Collateral consisting of Real Property to the extent such losses are covered by a lender’s title insurance policy and such insurer has not denied coverage;

(l) the guarantee contained in Section 1 of the Subsidiary Guarantee shall cease, for any reason, to be in full force and effect or any Loan Party or any Affiliate of any Loan Party shall so assert; or

(m) a Change of Control;

(n) a payment default shall have occurred and be continuing beyond any applicable cure period under any Operating Lease, provided however, if the default is for the failure to pay rent under any such Operating Lease, it shall not constitute a default thereunder until thirty (30) days following the expiration of any applicable cure period under the applicable Operating Lease.

then, and in any such event, (A) if such event is an Event of Default specified in clause (i) or (ii) of paragraph (g) above with respect to the Borrower, automatically the Revolving Commitments shall immediately terminate and the Loans (with accrued interest thereon) and all other amounts owing under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents (including all amounts of L/C Obligations, whether or not

 

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the beneficiaries of the then outstanding Letters of Credit shall have presented the documents required thereunder) shall immediately become due and payable, and (B) if such event is any other Event of Default, either or both of the following actions may be taken: (i) with the consent of the Required Lenders, the Administrative Agent may, or upon the request of the Required Lenders, the Administrative Agent shall, by notice to the Borrower declare the Revolving Commitments to be terminated forthwith, whereupon the Revolving Commitments shall immediately terminate; and (ii) with the consent of the Required Lenders, the Administrative Agent may, or upon the request of the Required Lenders, the Administrative Agent shall, by notice to the Borrower, declare the Loans (with accrued interest thereon) and all other amounts owing under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents (including all amounts of L/C Obligations, whether or not the beneficiaries of the then outstanding Letters of Credit shall have presented the documents required thereunder) to be due and payable forthwith, whereupon the same shall immediately become due and payable. With respect to all Letters of Credit with respect to which presentment for honor shall not have occurred at the time of an acceleration pursuant to this paragraph, the Borrower shall at such time Cash Collateralize the L/C Obligations related thereto (in an amount equal to the Minimum Collateral Amount with respect thereto). Except as expressly provided above in this Section, presentment, demand, protest and all other notices of any kind are hereby expressly waived by the Borrower.

SECTION 9. THE AGENTS

9.1 Appointment. Each Lender hereby irrevocably designates and appoints the Administrative Agent as the agent of such Lender under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, and each such Lender irrevocably authorizes the Administrative Agent, in such capacity, to take such action on its behalf under the provisions of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents and to exercise such powers and perform such duties as are expressly delegated to the Administrative Agent by the terms of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, together with such other powers as are reasonably incidental thereto. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary elsewhere in this Agreement, the Administrative Agent shall not have any duties or responsibilities, except those expressly set forth herein, or any fiduciary relationship with any Lender, and no implied covenants, functions, responsibilities, duties, obligations or liabilities shall be read into this Agreement or any other Loan Document or otherwise exist against the Administrative Agent.

9.2 Delegation of Duties. The Administrative Agent may execute any of its duties under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents by or through agents or attorneys-in-fact and shall be entitled to advice of counsel concerning all matters pertaining to such duties. The Administrative Agent shall not be responsible for the negligence or misconduct of any agents or attorneys in-fact selected by it with reasonable care.

9.3 Exculpatory Provisions. Neither any Agent nor any of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, advisors, attorneys-in-fact or affiliates shall be (i) liable for any action lawfully taken or omitted to be taken by it or such Person under or in connection with this Agreement or any other Loan Document (except to the extent that any of the foregoing are found by a final and nonappealable decision of a court of competent jurisdiction to have resulted from its or such Person’s own gross negligence or willful misconduct) or (ii) responsible in any manner to any of the Lenders for any recitals, statements, representations or warranties made by any Loan Party or any officer thereof contained in this Agreement or any other Loan Document or in any certificate, report, statement or other document referred to or provided for in, or received by the Agents under or in connection with, this Agreement or any other Loan Document or for the value, validity, effectiveness, genuineness, enforceability or sufficiency of this Agreement or any other Loan Document or for any failure of any Loan Party a party thereto to perform its obligations hereunder or thereunder. The Agents shall not be

 

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under any obligation to any Lender to ascertain or to inquire as to the observance or performance of any of the agreements contained in, or conditions of, this Agreement or any other Loan Document, or to inspect the properties, books or records of any Loan Party.

9.4 Reliance by Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent shall be entitled to rely, and shall be fully protected in relying, upon any instrument, writing, resolution, notice, consent, certificate, affidavit, letter, telecopy or email message, statement, order or other document or conversation believed by it to be genuine and correct and to have been signed, sent or made by the proper Person or Persons and upon advice and statements of legal counsel (including counsel to any Loan Party), independent accountants and other experts selected by the Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent may deem and treat the payee of any Note as the owner thereof for all purposes unless a written notice of assignment, negotiation or transfer thereof shall have been filed with the Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent shall be fully justified in failing or refusing to take any action under this Agreement or any other Loan Document unless it shall first receive such advice or concurrence of the Required Lenders (or, if so specified by this Agreement, all Lenders) as it deems appropriate or it shall first be indemnified to its satisfaction by the Lenders against any and all liability and expense that may be incurred by it by reason of taking or continuing to take any such action. The Administrative Agent shall in all cases be fully protected in acting, or in refraining from acting, under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents in accordance with a request of the Required Lenders (or, if so specified by this Agreement, all Lenders), and such request and any action taken or failure to act pursuant thereto shall be binding upon all the Lenders and all future holders of the Loans.

9.5 Notice of Default. The Administrative Agent shall not be deemed to have knowledge or notice of the occurrence of any Default or Event of Default unless the Administrative Agent has received notice from a Lender or Loan Party referring to this Agreement, describing such Default or Event of Default and stating that such notice is a “notice of default”. In the event that the Administrative Agent receives such a notice, the Administrative Agent shall give notice thereof to the Lenders. The Administrative Agent shall take such action with respect to such Default or Event of Default as shall be reasonably directed by the Required Lenders (or, if so specified by this Agreement, all Lenders); provided that unless and until the Administrative Agent shall have received such directions, the Administrative Agent may (but shall not be obligated to) take such action, or refrain from taking such action, with respect to such Default or Event of Default as it shall deem advisable in the best interests of the Lenders.

9.6 Non-Reliance on Agents and Other Lenders. Each Lender expressly acknowledges that neither the Agents nor any of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, advisors, attorneys-in-fact or affiliates have made any representations or warranties to it and that no act by any Agent hereafter taken, including any review of the affairs of a Loan Party or any affiliate of a Loan Party, shall be deemed to constitute any representation or warranty by any Agent to any Lender. Each Lender represents to the Agents that it has, independently and without reliance upon any Agent or any other Lender, and based on such documents and information as it has deemed appropriate, made its own appraisal of and investigation into the business, operations, property, financial and other condition and creditworthiness of the Loan Parties and their affiliates and made its own decision to make its Loans hereunder and enter into this Agreement. Each Lender also represents that it will, independently and without reliance upon any Agent 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 analysis, appraisals and decisions in taking or not taking action under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, and to make such investigation as it deems necessary to inform itself as to the business, operations, property, financial and other condition and creditworthiness of the Loan Parties and their affiliates. Except for notices, reports and other documents expressly required to be furnished to the Lenders by the Administrative Agent hereunder, the Administrative Agent shall not have any duty or responsibility to provide any Lender with any credit or other information concerning the business, operations, property, condition (financial or

 

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otherwise), prospects or creditworthiness of any Loan Party or any affiliate of a Loan Party that may come into the possession of the Administrative Agent or any of its officers, directors, employees, agents, advisors, attorneys-in-fact or affiliates.

9.7 Indemnification. The Lenders agree to indemnify each Agent and its officers, directors, employees, affiliates, agents, advisors and controlling persons (each, an “Agent Indemnitee”) (to the extent not reimbursed by the Borrower and without limiting the obligation of the Borrower to do so), ratably according to their respective Aggregate Exposure Percentages in effect on the date on which indemnification is sought under this Section (or, if indemnification is sought after the date upon which the Revolving Commitments shall have terminated and the Loans shall have been paid in full, ratably in accordance with such Aggregate Exposure Percentages immediately prior to such date), from and against any and all liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, costs, expenses or disbursements of any kind whatsoever that may at any time (whether before or after the payment of the Loans) be imposed on, incurred by or asserted against such Agent Indemnitee in any way relating to or arising out of, the Revolving Commitments, this Agreement, any of the other Loan Documents or any documents contemplated by or referred to herein or therein or the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby or any action taken or omitted by such Agent Indemnitee under or in connection with any of the foregoing; provided that no Lender shall be liable for the payment of any portion of such liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, costs, expenses or disbursements that are found by a final and nonappealable decision of a court of competent jurisdiction to have resulted from such Agent Indemnitee’s gross negligence or willful misconduct. The agreements in this Section shall survive the termination of this Agreement and the payment of the Loans and all other amounts payable hereunder.

9.8 Agent in Its Individual Capacity. Each Agent and its affiliates may make loans to, accept deposits from and generally engage in any kind of business with any Loan Party as though such Agent were not an Agent. With respect to its Loans made or renewed by it and with respect to any Letter of Credit issued or participated in by it, each Agent shall have the same rights and powers under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents as any Lender and may exercise the same as though it were not an Agent, and the terms “Lender” and “Lenders” shall include each Agent in its individual capacity.

9.9 Successor Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent may resign as Administrative Agent upon 30 days’ notice to the Lenders and the Borrower. If the Administrative Agent shall resign as Administrative Agent under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, then upon any such resignation, the Required Lenders shall have the right to appoint a successor, which successor agent shall (unless an Event of Default under Section 8.1(a) or Section 8.1(g) with respect to the Borrower shall have occurred and be continuing) be subject to approval by the Borrower (which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed), whereupon such successor agent shall succeed to the rights, powers and duties of the Administrative Agent, and the term “Administrative Agent” shall mean such successor agent effective upon such appointment and approval, and the former Administrative Agent’s rights, powers and duties as Administrative Agent shall be terminated, without any other or further act or deed on the part of such former Administrative Agent or any of the parties to this Agreement or any holders of the Loans. If no successor shall have been so appointed by the Required Lenders and shall have accepted such appointment within thirty (30) days after the retiring Administrative Agent gives notice of its resignation, then the retiring Administrative Agent may, on behalf of the Lenders and the Issuing Lender, appoint a successor Administrative Agent which shall be a bank with an office in New York, New York, or an Affiliate of any such bank, which successor agent shall (unless (i) an Event of Default under Section 8.1(a) or Section 8.1(g) with respect to the Borrower shall have occurred and be continuing or (ii) such successor agent is a Lender) be subject to approval by the Borrower (which approval shall not be withheld or delayed by the Borrower except for a bona fide valid reason). Upon the acceptance of its appointment as Administrative Agent hereunder by a successor, such successor shall succeed to and

 

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become vested with all the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring Administrative Agent, and the retiring Administrative Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations hereunder. The fees payable by any Borrower to a successor Administrative Agent shall be the same as those payable to its predecessor unless otherwise agreed between such Borrower and such successor. After the Administrative Agent’s resignation hereunder, the provisions of this Article and Section 10.5 shall continue in effect for the benefit of such retiring Administrative Agent in respect of any actions taken or omitted to be taken by any of them while it was acting as Administrative Agent. If no successor agent has accepted appointment as Administrative Agent by the date that is 30 days following a retiring Administrative Agent’s notice of resignation, the retiring Administrative Agent’s resignation shall nevertheless thereupon become effective, and the Lenders shall assume and perform all of the duties of the Administrative Agent hereunder until such time, if any, as a successor agent is appointed as provided for above.

9.10 Lead Arrangers; Joint Bookrunners; Syndication Agents. No Lead Arranger, Joint Bookrunner or Syndication Agent shall have any duties or responsibilities hereunder in its capacity as such.

9.11 Agents 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 or L/C Obligation shall then be due and payable as herein expressed or by declaration or otherwise and irrespective of whether the Administrative Agent shall have made any demand on the Borrower) shall be entitled and empowered, by intervention in such proceeding or otherwise:

(a) to file and prove a claim for the whole amount of the principal and interest owing and unpaid in respect of the Loans, L/C Obligations and all other Obligations that are owing and unpaid and to file such other documents as may be necessary or advisable in order to have the claims of the Lenders, the Swingline Lender, the Issuing Lender and the Administrative Agent (including any claim for the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of the Lenders, the Swingline Lender, the Issuing Lender and the Administrative Agent and their respective agents and counsel and all other amounts due the Lenders, the Swingline Lender, the Issuing Lender and the Administrative Agent under any Loan Document) 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, the Swingline Lender and the Issuing 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, the Swingline Lender and the Issuing Lender, 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 2.5(b) and 10.5.

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, the Swingline Lender or the Issuing Lender any plan of reorganization, arrangement, adjustment or composition affecting the Obligations or the rights of any Lender, the Swingline Lender or the Issuing Lender to authorize the Administrative Agent to vote in respect of the claim of any Lender, the Swingline Lender or the Issuing Lender in any such proceeding.

 

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SECTION 10. MISCELLANEOUS

10.1 Amendments and Waivers. Neither this Agreement, any other Loan Document, nor any terms hereof or thereof may be amended, supplemented or modified except in accordance with the provisions of this Section 10.1. The Required Lenders and each Loan Party party to the relevant Loan Document may, or, with the written consent of the Required Lenders, the Administrative Agent and each Loan Party party to the relevant Loan Document may, from time to time, (a) enter into written amendments, supplements or modifications hereto and to the other Loan Documents for the purpose of adding any provisions to this Agreement or the other Loan Documents or changing in any manner the rights of the Lenders or of the Loan Parties hereunder or thereunder or (b) waive, on such terms and conditions as the Required Lenders or the Administrative Agent, as the case may be, may specify in such instrument, any of the requirements of this Agreement or the other Loan Documents or any Default or Event of Default and its consequences; provided, however, that no such waiver and no such amendment, supplement or modification shall (i) forgive the principal amount or extend the final scheduled date of maturity of any Loan, reduce the stated rate of any interest or fee payable hereunder (except (x) in connection with the waiver of applicability of any post-default increase in interest rates (which waiver shall be effective with the consent of the Required Lenders) and (y) that any amendment or modification of defined terms used in the financial covenants in this Agreement shall not constitute a reduction in the rate of interest or fees for purposes of this clause (i)) or extend the scheduled date of any payment thereof, or increase the amount or extend the expiration date of any Lender’s Revolving Commitment, in each case without the written consent of each Lender directly affected thereby; (ii) eliminate or reduce the voting rights of any Lender under this Section 10.1 without the written consent of such Lender; (iii) reduce any percentage specified in the definition of Required Lenders, consent to the assignment or transfer by the Borrower of any of its rights and obligations under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, release all or substantially all of the Collateral, release any Subsidiary Guarantor from its obligations under any Subsidiary Guarantee, in each case without the written consent of all Lenders; (iv) amend, modify or waive the definition of “Trigger Event” or any provision of Sections 2.9, 2.15, 2.16, 2.25 or 7.7 (including any definition component thereof) without the written consent of all Lenders; (v) change any provisions of any Loan Document in a manner that by its terms adversely affects the payments due to Lenders holding Loans of any Class differently than those holding Loans of any other Class, without the written consent of Lenders representing a Majority in Interest of each affected Class; (vi) amend, modify or waive any provision of Section 9 or any other provision of any Loan Document that affects the Administrative Agent without the written consent of the Administrative Agent; (vii) amend, modify or waive any provision of Section 2.3 or 2.4 without the written consent of the Swingline Lender; or (viii) amend, modify or waive any provision of Section 3 without the written consent of the Issuing Lender; provided, that any amendment, waiver or other modification of this Agreement that by its terms affects the rights or duties under this Agreement of the Lenders of a particular Class (but not the Lenders of any other Class), may be effected by an agreement or agreements in writing entered into by the Borrower and the Majority in Interest requisite number or percentage in interest of the affected Class of Lenders that would be required to consent thereto under this Section if such Class of Lenders were the only Class of Lenders hereunder at the time. Any such waiver and any such amendment, supplement or modification shall apply equally to each of the Lenders and shall be binding upon the Loan Parties, the Lenders, the Administrative Agent and all future holders of the Loans. In the case of any waiver, the Loan Parties, the Lenders and the Administrative Agent shall be restored to their former position and rights hereunder and under the other Loan Documents, and any Default or Event of Default waived shall be deemed to be cured and not continuing; but no such waiver shall extend to any subsequent or other Default or Event of Default, or impair any right consequent thereon. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the consent of the Lenders or the Required Lenders, as the case may be, shall not be required to effect the provisions of Section 2.22 in accordance with the terms thereof.

 

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10.2 Notices. All notices, requests and demands to or upon the respective parties hereto to be effective shall be in writing (including by telecopy), and, unless otherwise expressly provided herein, shall be deemed to have been duly given or made when delivered, or three (3) Business Days after being deposited in the mail, postage prepaid, or, in the case of telecopy notice, when received, addressed as follows in the case of the Borrower and the Administrative Agent, and as set forth in an administrative questionnaire delivered to the Administrative Agent in the case of the Lenders, or to such other address as may be hereafter notified by the respective parties hereto:

 

Borrower:      c/o ESA Management, LLC
     11525 North Community House Road
     Charlotte, North Carolina 28277
     Attention: Chief Legal Officer
     Facsimile No.: (980) 335-3089
     Attention: Chief Financial Officer
     Facsimile No.: (980) 345-2090
with a copy to:      Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
     375 Park Avenue
     New York, New York 10152
     Attention: William D. Rahm
     Facsimile No.: (212) 672-5001
     Attention: General Counsel and Scott Hopson
     Facsimile No.: (212) 672-4501 and (212) 672-4526
and a copy to:      Paulson & Co. Inc.
     1251 Avenue of the Americas, 50th Floor
     New York, New York 10020
     Attention: Michael Barr
     Facsimile No.: (212) 351-5892
     Attention: General Counsel
     Facsimile No.: (212) 977-9505
and a copy to:      The Blackstone Group
     345 Park Avenue
     New York, New York 10154
     Attention: A.J. Agarwal
     Facsimile No.: (212) 583-5725
     Attention: General Counsel
     Facsimile No.: (646) 253-8983
     Attention: William J. Stein
     Facsimile No.: (212) 583-5726
and a copy to:      Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
     One New York Plaza
     New York, New York 10004
     Attention: Viktor Okasmaa
     Facsimile No.: (212) 859-4000
Administrative Agent:      JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
     500 Stanton Christiana Road, Ops. 2, Floor 03
     Newark, Delaware 19713-2107

 

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     Primary Operations Contact:
     Taieshia Reefer
     Telephone No.: (302) 634-8802
     Facsimile No.: (302) 634-4733
     Email: taieshia.e.reefer@jpmorgan.com
     Secondary Operations Contact:
     John Enyam
     Telephone No.: (302) 634-8833
     Facsimile No.: (302) 634-4733
     Email: john.enyam@jpmorgan.com
with a copy to:      JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
     383 Madison Avenue, 24th Floor
     New York, New York 10179
     Attention: Kimberly Turner
     Facsimile No.: (212) 270-2157
and a copy to:      Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
     One World Financial Center
     New York, New York 10281
     Attention: William P. McInerney, Esq.
     Facsimile No.: (212) 504-6666

provided that any notice, request or demand to or upon the Administrative Agent or the Lenders shall not be effective until received.

Notices and other communications to the Lenders hereunder may be delivered or furnished by electronic communications pursuant to procedures approved by the Administrative Agent; provided that the foregoing shall not apply to notices pursuant to Section 2 unless otherwise agreed by the Administrative Agent and the applicable Lender. 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.

10.3 No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies. No failure to exercise and no delay in exercising, on the part of the Administrative Agent or any Lender, any right, remedy, power or privilege hereunder or under the other Loan Documents 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.

10.4 Survival of Representations and Warranties. All representations and warranties made hereunder, in the other Loan Documents and in any document, certificate or statement delivered pursuant hereto or in connection herewith shall survive the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the making of the Loans and other extensions of credit hereunder.

10.5 Payment of Expenses; Damages Waiver. The Borrower agrees (a) to pay or reimburse the Lead Arrangers and the Administrative Agent for all their reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses (including the reasonable fees and expenses of legal counsel which shall be limited to one

 

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primary counsel for the Administrative Agent, one local counsel in each applicable jurisdiction and, in the case of an actual or perceived conflict of interest where the Person affected by such conflict informs you of such conflict and thereafter, after receipt of your consent (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), retains its own counsel, of another firm of counsel (and local counsel, if applicable) for such affected Person) incurred in connection with the syndication, development, preparation and execution of, and any amendment, supplement or modification to, this Agreement and the other Loan Documents and any other documents prepared in connection herewith or therewith, and the consummation and administration of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, including the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel to the Administrative Agent and filing and recording fees and expenses, with statements with respect to the foregoing to be submitted to the Borrower prior to the Closing Date (in the case of amounts to be paid on the Closing Date) and from time to time thereafter on a quarterly basis or such other periodic basis as the Administrative Agent shall deem appropriate, (b) to pay or reimburse the Administrative Agent for all its costs and expenses incurred in connection with the enforcement or preservation of any rights under this Agreement, the other Loan Documents and any such other documents, including the fees and disbursements of counsel (including the allocated fees and expenses of in-house counsel) to the Administrative Agent, (c) to pay, indemnify, and hold each Lender, the Swingline Lender, the Issuing Lender and the Administrative Agent harmless from, any and all recording and filing fees and any and all liabilities with respect to, or resulting from any delay in paying, stamp, excise and other taxes, if any, that may be payable or determined to be payable in connection with the execution and delivery of, or consummation or administration of any of the transactions contemplated by, or any amendment, supplement or modification of, or any waiver or consent under or in respect of, this Agreement, the other Loan Documents and any such other documents, and (d) to pay, indemnify, and hold each Lender, each Lead Arranger, the Swingline Lender, the Issuing Lender, the Administrative Agent and their Affiliates and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, advisors and controlling persons (each, an “Indemnitee”) harmless from and against any and all other liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, costs, expenses or disbursements of any kind or nature whatsoever with respect to the syndication, execution, delivery, enforcement, performance and administration of this Agreement, the other Loan Documents (including any Increasing Lender Agreement or New Lender Agreement) and any such other documents, including any of the foregoing relating to the use of proceeds of the Loans or the violation of, noncompliance with or liability under, any Environmental Law applicable to the operations of any Group Member or any of the Properties and the reasonable fees and expenses of one primary counsel, one local counsel in each applicable jurisdiction and, in the case of an actual or perceived conflict of interest where the Indemnitee affected by such conflict informs you of such conflict and thereafter, after receipt of your consent (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), retains its own counsel, of another firm of counsel (and local counsel, if applicable) for such affected Indemnitee in connection with claims, actions or proceedings by any Indemnitee against any Loan Party under any Loan Document (all the foregoing in this clause (d), collectively, the “Indemnified Liabilities”), provided, that the Borrower shall have no obligation hereunder to any Indemnitee with respect to Indemnified Liabilities to the extent such Indemnified Liabilities (i) are found by a final and nonappealable decision of a court of competent jurisdiction to have resulted from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of such Indemnitee or (ii) arise out of any dispute brought solely by an Indemnitee against another Indemnitee, do not arise out of or relate to any request, act or omission by the Borrower, any other Loan Party or any of their respective Subsidiaries or Affiliates and do not involve the Administrative Agent, in its capacity as administrative agent, or any Lead Arranger, in its capacity as a lead arranger. Without limiting the foregoing, and to the extent permitted by applicable law, the Borrower agrees not to assert and to cause its Subsidiaries not to assert, and hereby waives and agrees to cause its Subsidiaries to waive, all rights for contribution or any other rights of recovery with respect to all claims, demands, penalties, fines, liabilities, settlements, damages, costs and expenses of whatever kind or nature, under or related to Environmental Laws, that any of them might have by statute or otherwise against any Indemnitee. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the foregoing indemnity and waiver shall specifically exclude any Indemnified Liabilities

 

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and all other liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, costs, expenses or disbursements relating to (i) Materials of Environmental Concern which are initially placed on, in or under the Property or any surrounding areas, or any violation of Environmental Laws which first occurs, or any condition first created, or any other acts which first occur, after (x) foreclosure, a deed in lieu of foreclosure or other taking of title to or Property by Lender or its designee, or (y) a foreclosure, assignment in lieu of foreclosure or other taking of title to the ownership interests of a Mezzanine Borrower by a Mezzanine Lender or its designee or (ii) the circumstances set forth in Section 10.5(d)(i)-(ii) above. All amounts due under this Section 10.5 shall be payable not later than 10 days after written demand therefor. Statements payable by the Borrower pursuant to this Section 10.5 shall be submitted to Peter Crage, c/o ESA Management, LLC, 11525 North Community House Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28277 (Telephone No. (980) 345-1653) (Telecopy No. (980) 345-2090), at the address of the Borrower set forth in Section 10.2, or to such other Person or address as may be hereafter designated by the Borrower in a written notice to the Administrative Agent. None of any Loan Party or any Indemnitee shall have any 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 or thereby, any Loan or Letter of Credit or the use of the proceeds thereof; provided, however, that nothing contained in this sentence will limit the indemnity and reimbursement obligations of the Borrower set forth in this Section. The agreements in this Section 10.5 shall survive the termination of this Agreement and the repayment of the Loans and all other amounts payable hereunder. No Indemnitee shall be liable for any damages arising from the use by unintended recipients of any information or other materials distributed by it through telecommunications, electronic or other information transmission systems in connection with this Agreement or the other Loan Documents or the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby.

10.6 Successors and Assigns; Participations and Assignments. (a) 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 (including any affiliate of the Issuing Lender that issues any Letter of Credit), except that (i) the Borrower may not assign or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of each Lender (and any attempted assignment or transfer by the Borrower without such consent shall be null and void) and (ii) no Lender may assign or otherwise transfer its rights or obligations hereunder except in accordance with this Section.

(b) (i) Subject to the conditions set forth in paragraph (b)(ii) below, any Lender may assign to one or more assignees (each, an “Assignee”) all or a portion of its rights and obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Revolving Commitments and the Loans at the time owing to it) with the prior written consent of:

(A) the Borrower (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed), provided that (i) 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 fifteen (15) Business Days after having received notice thereof (provided that a second notice shall have been sent on the tenth (10th) Business Day) and (ii) no consent of the Borrower shall be required for an assignment to a Lender, an affiliate of a Lender, an Approved Fund (as defined below) or, if an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, any other Person;

(B) the Administrative Agent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed); provided that no consent of the Administrative Agent shall be required for an assignment to a Lender, an affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund;

 

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(C) the Issuing Lender (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed); and

(D) the Swingline Lender (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed).

(ii) Assignments shall be subject to the following additional conditions:

(A) except in the case of an assignment to a Lender, an affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund or an assignment of the entire remaining amount of the assigning Lender’s Revolving Commitments (which for this purpose includes Loans outstanding thereunder) or, if the Revolving Commitments are not in effect, the entire remaining principal outstanding balance of the assigning Lender’s Loans, the amount of the Revolving Commitments (which for this purpose includes Loans outstanding thereunder) or, if the Revolving Commitments are not 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) shall not be less than $5,000,000 and in whole integral multiples of $1,000,000 in excess thereof unless each of the Borrower and the Administrative Agent otherwise consent, provided that (1) no such consent of the Borrower shall be required if an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing and (2) such amounts shall be aggregated in respect of each Lender and its affiliates or Approved Funds, if any;

(B) no assignment shall be made to (1) Sponsor, any Group Member or any Affiliate or Subsidiary of any of the foregoing, (2) any Defaulting Lender, (3) a natural Person or (4) any Person who, upon becoming a Lender hereunder, would constitute any of the Persons described in clause (1) or (2) above;

(C) 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 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, the Issuing Lender, the Swingline Lender and each other Lender hereunder (and interest accrued thereon), and (y) acquire (and fund as appropriate) its full pro rata share of all Loans and participations in L/C Obligations and Swingline Loans in accordance with its Revolving 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;

(D) (1) the parties to each assignment shall execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent an Assignment and Assumption, together with a processing and recordation fee of $3,500 and (2) the assigning Lender shall have paid in full any amounts owing by it to the Administrative Agent; and

 

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

For the purposes of this Section 10.6, “Approved Fund” means any Person (other than a natural person) that is engaged in making, purchasing, holding or investing in bank loans and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course of its business and that is administered or managed by (a) a Lender, (b) an affiliate of a Lender or (c) an entity or an affiliate of an entity that administers or manages a Lender.

(iii) Subject to acceptance and recording thereof pursuant to paragraph (b)(iv) below, from and after the effective date specified in each Assignment and Assumption the Assignee thereunder shall be a party hereto and, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Assumption, have the rights and obligations of a Lender under this Agreement, and the assigning Lender thereunder shall, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Assumption, be released from its obligations under this Agreement (and, in the case of an Assignment and Assumption covering all of the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement, such Lender shall cease to be a party hereto but shall continue to be entitled to the benefits of Sections 2.17, 2.18, 2.19 and 10.5); provided, that except to the extent otherwise expressly agreed by the affected parties, no assignment by a Defaulting Lender will constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder arising from that Lender’s having been a Defaulting Lender. Any assignment or transfer by a Lender of rights or obligations under this Agreement that does not comply with this Section 10.6 shall be treated for purposes of this Agreement as a sale by such Lender of a participation in such rights and obligations in accordance with paragraph (c) of this Section.

(iv) The Administrative Agent, acting for this purpose as a non-fiduciary agent of the Borrower, shall maintain at one of its offices a copy of each Assignment and Assumption delivered to it and a register for the recordation of the names and addresses of the Lenders, and the Revolving Commitments and Swingline Commitments of, and principal amount (and stated interest) of the Loans and L/C Obligations owing to, each Lender pursuant to the terms hereof from time to time (the “Register”). The entries in the Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender 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. The Register shall be available for inspection by the Borrower, the Issuing Lender and any Lender, at any reasonable time and from time to time upon reasonable prior notice.

(v) Upon its receipt of a duly completed Assignment and Assumption executed by an assigning Lender and an Assignee, the Assignee’s completed administrative questionnaire (unless the Assignee shall already be a Lender hereunder), the processing and recordation fee referred to in paragraph (b) of this Section and any written consent to such assignment required by paragraph (b) of this Section, the Administrative Agent shall accept such Assignment and Assumption and record the information contained therein in the Register. No assignment shall be effective for purposes of this Agreement unless it has been recorded in the Register as provided in this paragraph.

 

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(c) Any Lender may, without the consent of the Borrower, the Issuing Lender, the Swingline Lender or the Administrative Agent, sell participations to one or more banks or other entities (a “Participant”) in all or a portion of such Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Revolving Commitments and the Loans owing to it); provided that (A) such Lender’s obligations under this Agreement shall remain unchanged, (B) such Lender shall remain solely responsible to the other parties hereto for the performance of such obligations and (C) the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender, the Swingline Lender and the other Lenders shall continue to deal solely and directly with such Lender in connection with such Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement. Any agreement 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 may provide that such Lender will not, without the consent of the Participant, agree to any amendment, modification or waiver that (1) requires the consent of each Lender directly affected thereby pursuant to the proviso to the second sentence of Section 10.1 and (2) directly affects such Participant. The Borrower agrees that each Participant shall be entitled to the benefits of Sections 2.17, 2.18 and 2.19 (subject to the requirements and limitations therein, including the requirements under Section 2.18(f) (it being understood that the documentation required under Section 2.18(f) shall be delivered to the participating Lender)) to the same extent as if it were a Lender and had acquired its interest by assignment pursuant to paragraph (b) of this Section; provided that such Participant (A) agrees to be subject to the provisions of Sections 2.20 and 2.21 as if it were an assignee under paragraph (b) of this Section, and (B) shall not be entitled to receive any greater payment under Section 2.17 or 2.18, with respect to any participation, than its participating Lender would have been entitled to receive, except to the extent such entitlement to receive a greater payment results from a Change in Law that occurs after the Participant acquired the applicable participation. Each Lender that sells a participation agrees, at the Borrower’s request and expense, to use reasonable efforts to cooperate with the Borrower to effectuate the provisions of Section 2.20 with respect to any Participant. To the extent permitted by law, each Participant also shall be entitled to the benefits of Section 10.7(b) as though it were a Lender, provided such Participant shall be subject to Section 10.7(a) as though it were a Lender. Each Lender that sells a participation shall, acting solely for this purpose as a non-fiduciary agent of the Borrower, maintain a register on which it enters the name and address of each Participant and the principal amounts (and stated interest) of each Participant’s interest in the Loans or other obligations under the Loan Documents (the “Participant Register”); provided that no Lender shall have any obligation to disclose all or any portion of the Participant Register (including the identity of any Participant or any information relating to a Participant’s interest in any Revolving Commitments, Loans, Letters of Credit or its other obligations under any Loan Document) to any Person except to the extent that such disclosure is necessary to establish that such Revolving Commitment, Loan, L/C Obligations or other obligation is in registered form under Section 5f.103-1(c) of the United States Treasury Regulations. The entries in the Participant Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and such Lender shall treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Participant Register as the owner of such participation for all purposes of this Agreement notwithstanding any notice to the contrary. For the avoidance of doubt, the Administrative Agent (in its capacity as Administrative Agent) shall have no responsibility for maintaining a Participant Register.

(d) Any Lender may at any time pledge or assign a security interest in all or any portion of its rights under this Agreement to secure obligations of such Lender, including any pledge or assignment to secure obligations to a Federal Reserve Bank, and this Section shall not apply to any such pledge or assignment of a security interest; provided that no such pledge or assignment of a security interest shall release a Lender from any of its obligations hereunder or substitute any such pledgee or Assignee for such Lender as a party hereto.

(e) The Borrower, upon receipt of written notice from the relevant Lender, agrees to issue Notes to any Lender requiring Notes to facilitate transactions of the type described in paragraph (d) above.

 

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10.7 Adjustments; Set-off. (a) Except to the extent that this Agreement or a court order expressly provides for payments to be allocated to a particular Lender, if any Lender (a “Benefitted Lender”) shall receive any payment of all or part of the Obligations owing to it (other than in connection with an assignment made pursuant to Section 10.6), or receive any collateral in respect thereof (whether voluntarily or involuntarily, by set-off, pursuant to events or proceedings of the nature referred to in Section 8.1(g), or otherwise), in a greater proportion than any such payment to or collateral received by any other Lender, if any, in respect of the Obligations owing to such other Lender, such Benefitted Lender shall purchase for cash from the other Lenders a participating interest in such portion of the Obligations owing to each such other Lender, or shall provide such other Lenders with the benefits of any such collateral, as shall be necessary to cause such Benefitted Lender to share the excess payment or benefits of such collateral ratably with each of the Lenders; provided, however, that if all or any portion of such excess payment or benefits is thereafter recovered from such Benefitted Lender, such purchase shall be rescinded, and the purchase price and benefits returned, to the extent of such recovery, but without interest.

(b) In addition to any rights and remedies of the Lenders provided by law, each Lender shall have the right, without notice to the Borrower, any such notice being expressly waived by the Borrower to the extent permitted by applicable law, upon any Obligations becoming due and payable by the Borrower (whether at the stated maturity, by acceleration or otherwise), to apply to the payment of such Obligations, by setoff or otherwise, any and all deposits (general or special, time or demand, provisional or final), in any currency, and any other credits, indebtedness or claims, in any currency, in each case whether direct or indirect, absolute or contingent, matured or unmatured, at any time held or owing by such Lender, any affiliate thereof or any of their respective branches or agencies to or for the credit or the account of the Borrower; 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 2.23 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, the Issuing Lender, the Swingline Lender 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. Each Lender agrees promptly to notify the Borrower and the Administrative Agent after any such application made by such Lender, provided that the failure to give such notice shall not affect the validity of such application.

10.8 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed by one or more of the parties to this Agreement on any number of separate counterparts, and all of said counterparts taken together shall be deemed to constitute one and the same instrument. Delivery of an executed signature page of this Agreement by email or facsimile transmission shall be effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart hereof. A set of the copies of this Agreement signed by all the parties shall be lodged with the Borrower and the Administrative Agent.

10.9 Severability. Any provision of this Agreement that is prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability without invalidating the remaining provisions hereof, and any such prohibition or unenforceability in any jurisdiction shall not invalidate or render unenforceable such provision in any other jurisdiction.

 

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10.10 Integration. This Agreement and the other Loan Documents represent the entire agreement of the Loan Parties, the Administrative Agent, the Swingline Lender, the Issuing Lender and the Lenders with respect to the subject matter hereof and thereof, and there are no promises, undertakings, representations or warranties by the Administrative Agent or any Lender relative to the subject matter hereof not expressly set forth or referred to herein or in the other Loan Documents.

10.11 GOVERNING LAW. THIS AGREEMENT AND THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE PARTIES UNDER THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY, AND CONSTRUED AND INTERPRETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, THE LAW OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.

10.12 Submission To Jurisdiction; Waivers. The Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders hereby irrevocably and unconditionally:

(a) submits for itself and its property in any legal action or proceeding relating to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which it is a party, or for recognition and enforcement of any judgment in respect thereof, to the exclusive general jurisdiction of the courts of the State of New York in New York County, the courts of the United States for the Southern District of New York, and appellate courts from any thereof;

(b) consents that any such action or proceeding may be brought in such courts and waives any objection that it may now or hereafter have to the venue of any such action or proceeding in any such court or that such action or proceeding was brought in an inconvenient court and agrees not to plead or claim the same;

(c) agrees that service of process in any such action or proceeding may be effected by mailing a copy thereof by registered or certified mail (or any substantially similar form of mail), postage prepaid, to the Borrower, as the case may be at its address set forth in Section 10.2 or at such other address of which the Administrative Agent shall have been notified pursuant thereto; and

(d) agrees that nothing herein shall affect the right to effect service of process in any other manner permitted by law or shall limit the right of the Administrative Agent, the Swingline Lender, the Issuing Lender or any other Lender to sue or bring an enforcement action relating to this Agreement or any other Loan Document, including any such action or proceeding in connection with the exercise of remedies with respect to the Collateral, in any other jurisdiction.

10.13 Acknowledgements. The Borrower hereby acknowledges that:

(a) it has been advised by counsel in the negotiation, execution and delivery of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents;

(b) none of the Administrative Agent, the Swingline Lender, the Issuing Lender, any Lender, any Syndication Agent, any Lead Arranger or any Joint Bookrunner has any fiduciary relationship with or duty to any Loan Party arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents, and the relationship between Administrative Agent, the Swingline Lender, the Issuing Lender and Lenders, on one hand, and the Loan Parties, on the other hand, in connection herewith or therewith is solely that of debtor and creditor; and

(c) no joint venture is created hereby or by the other Loan Documents or otherwise exists by virtue of the transactions contemplated hereby among the Lenders or among the Loan Parties and the Lenders.

 

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10.14 Interest Rate Limitation. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, if at any time the interest rate applicable to any Loan, together with all fees, charges and other amounts that are treated as interest on such Loan under applicable law (collectively the “Charges”), shall exceed the maximum lawful rate (the “Maximum Rate”) that may be contracted for, charged, taken, received or reserved by the Lender holding such Loan in accordance with applicable law, the rate of interest payable in respect of such Loan hereunder, together with all Charges payable in respect thereof, shall be limited to the Maximum Rate and, to the extent lawful, the interest and Charges that would have been payable in respect of such Loan but were not payable as a result of the operation of this Section shall be cumulated and the interest and Charges payable to such Lender in respect of other Loans or periods shall be increased (but not above the Maximum Rate therefor) until such cumulated amount, together with interest thereon at the Federal Funds Effective Rate to the date of repayment, shall have been received by such Lender.

10.15 Releases of Liens. At such time as the Loans, the Reimbursement Obligations and the other obligations under the Loan Documents shall have been paid in full, the Revolving Commitments have been terminated and no Letters of Credit shall be outstanding, the Collateral shall be released from the Liens created by the Collateral Documents, and the Collateral Documents and all obligations (other than those expressly stated to survive such termination) of the Administrative Agent and each Loan Party under the Collateral Documents shall terminate, all without delivery of any instrument or performance of any act by any Person.

10.16 Confidentiality. Each of the Administrative Agent and each Lender agrees to keep confidential all non-public information provided to it by any Loan Party, the Administrative Agent or any Lender pursuant to or in connection with this Agreement that is designated by the provider thereof as confidential; provided that nothing herein shall prevent the Administrative Agent or any Lender from disclosing any such information (a) to the Administrative Agent, any other Lender or any affiliate thereof, (b) subject to an agreement to comply with the provisions of this Section, to any actual or prospective Transferee or any direct or indirect counterparty to any Swap Agreement (or any professional advisor to such counterparty), (c) to its employees, directors, agents, attorneys, accountants and other professional advisors or those of any of its affiliates, (d) upon the request or demand of any Governmental Authority, (e) in response to any order of any court or other Governmental Authority or as may otherwise be required pursuant to any Requirement of Law, (f) if requested or required to do so in connection with any litigation or similar proceeding, (g) that has been publicly disclosed other than as a result of a breach of this Section, (h) to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners or any similar organization or any nationally recognized rating agency that requires access to information about a Lender’s investment portfolio in connection with ratings issued with respect to such Lender, or (i) in connection with the exercise of any remedy hereunder or under any other Loan Document, (j) to another party to this Agreement or (k) if agreed by the Borrower in its sole discretion, to any other Person; provided that, except with respect to any audit or examination by bank accountants or by any governmental bank regulatory authority or other Governmental Authority exercising examination or regulatory authority, each of the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender and the Lenders shall, to the extent practicable and not prohibited by applicable law, use reasonable efforts to promptly notify the Borrower of disclosure pursuant to clauses (d), (e), (f) or (h), above.

Each Lender acknowledges that information furnished to it pursuant to this Agreement or the other Loan Documents may include material non-public information concerning the Borrower and its Affiliates and their related parties or their respective securities, and confirms that it has developed compliance procedures regarding the use of material non-public information and that it will handle such material non-public information in accordance with those procedures and applicable law, including Federal and state securities laws.

 

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All information, including requests for waivers and amendments, furnished by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent pursuant to, or in the course of administering, this Agreement or the other Loan Documents will be syndicate-level information, which may contain material non-public information about the Borrower and its Affiliates and their related parties or their respective securities. Accordingly, each Lender represents to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent that it has identified in its administrative questionnaire a credit contact who may receive information that may contain material non-public information in accordance with its compliance procedures and applicable law, including Federal and state securities laws.

10.17 WAIVERS OF JURY TRIAL. THE BORROWER, THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT AND THE LENDERS HEREBY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVE TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LEGAL ACTION OR PROCEEDING RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY OTHER LOAN DOCUMENT AND FOR ANY COUNTERCLAIM THEREIN.

10.18 USA Patriot Act. Each Lender hereby notifies the Borrower that pursuant to the requirements of the Patriot Act, it is required to obtain, verify and record information that identifies the Borrower and the other Loan Parties, which information includes the name and address of the Borrower and the other Loan Parties and other information that will allow such Lender to identify the Borrower and the other Loan Parties in accordance with the Patriot Act.

[Signature Pages Follow]

 

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

 

EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC., as the Borrower
By:  

 

  Name:
  Title:
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., as Administrative Agent, as a Lender and as an Issuing Lender
By:  

 

  Name:
  Title:
DEUTSCHE BANK AG NEW YORK BRANCH, as a Syndication Agent and as a Lender
By:  

 

  Name:
  Title:
By:  

 

  Name:
  Title:
GOLDMAN SACHS LENDING PARTNERS LLC, as a Syndication Agent and as a Lender
By:  

 

  Name:
  Title:

[Signature Page to Credit Agreement]


CITIBANK, N.A., as a Syndication Agent and as a Lender
By:  

 

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

 

  Name:
  Title:
BARCLAYS BANK PLC, as a Syndication Agent and as a Lender
By:  

 

  Name:
  Title:
MORGAN STANLEY SENIOR FUNDING, INC., as a Syndication Agent
By:  

 

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

 

  Name:
  Title:

[Signature Page to Credit Agreement]


MACQUARIE CAPITAL (USA) INC, as a Syndication Agent
By:  

 

  Name:
  Title:
By:  

 

  Name:
  Title:
MIHI LLC, as a Lender
By:  

 

  Name:
  Title:
By:  

 

  Name:
  Title:

[Signature Page to Credit Agreement]