Replacement Capital Covenant

Replacement Capital Covenant

by Scana
November 23rd, 2009

Exhibit 4.03

 

REPLACEMENT CAPITAL COVENANT

 

Replacement Capital Covenant, dated as of November 1, 2009 (this “Replacement Capital Covenant”), by SCANA Corporation, a South Carolina corporation (together with its successors and assigns, the “Corporation”), in favor of and for the benefit of each Covered Debtholder (as defined below).

 

RECITALS

 

A.            The Corporation is issuing $150,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 2009 Series A 7.70% Enhanced Junior Subordinated Notes, dated November 24, 2009 (including any additional Junior Subordinated Notes issued on or after the date hereof that may be consolidated and form a single series with such Junior Subordinated Notes issued on the date hereof, the “Notes”) pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Junior Subordinated Indenture dated as of November 1, 2009 (the “Base Indenture”), between the Corporation, as issuer, and U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee (the “Trustee”), as supplemented by a First Supplemental Indenture dated as of November 1, 2009 (the “First Supplemental Indenture”), between the Corporation and the Trustee, being executed and delivered in connection with the issuance of the Notes.

 

B.            This Replacement Capital Covenant is the “Replacement Capital Covenant” referred to in the Corporation’s Prospectus Supplement, dated November 17, 2009 (the “Prospectus Supplement”).

 

C.            The Corporation, in entering into and disclosing the content of this Replacement Capital Covenant in the manner provided below, is doing so with the intent that the covenants provided for in this Replacement Capital Covenant, including its promise and covenant set forth in Section 2, be enforceable by each Covered Debtholder against the Corporation as a promise reasonably inducing action or forbearance and that the Corporation be estopped from disregarding the covenants in this Replacement Capital Covenant, in each case to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

 

D.            The Corporation acknowledges that reliance by each Covered Debtholder upon the covenants in this Replacement Capital Covenant is reasonable and foreseeable by the Corporation and that, were the Corporation to disregard its covenants in this Replacement Capital Covenant, each Covered Debtholder would have sustained an injury as a result of its reliance on such covenants.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, the Corporation hereby covenants and agrees as follows in favor of and for the benefit of each Covered Debtholder.

 

SECTION 1. Definitions. Capitalized terms used in this Replacement Capital Covenant (including the Recitals) have the meanings set forth in Schedule I hereto.

 

SECTION 2. Limitations on Redemption, Defeasance or Purchase of Notes. The Corporation hereby promises and covenants to and for the benefit of each Covered Debtholder that the Corporation shall not redeem or purchase, or satisfy, discharge or defease any portion of the principal amount of the Notes through the deposit of money and/or U.S. government obligations pursuant to Article Twelve of the Base Indenture (such satisfaction, discharge or defeasance herein referred to as “defeasance”), and that the Corporation shall cause its majority

 



 

owned Subsidiaries not to purchase all or any part of the Notes, on or before the Termination Date except to the extent that:

 

(a)           the principal amount defeased or the applicable redemption or purchase price does not exceed the sum of the following amounts:

 

(i)            the Applicable Percentage of (A) the aggregate amount of the net cash proceeds received by the Corporation from the sale of Common Stock and Rights to acquire Common Stock, and (B) the Market Value of any Common Stock that the Corporation has (1) delivered as consideration for property or assets in an arm’s-length transaction or (2) issued in connection with the conversion into or exchange for Common Stock of any convertible or exchangeable securities, other than, in the case of the preceding clause (2), convertible or exchangeable securities for which, and to the extent that, the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries then receives equity credit from any NRSRO; plus

 

(ii)           the Applicable Percentage of the aggregate amount of net cash proceeds received by the Corporation and/or any of its Subsidiaries from the sale of Replacement Capital Securities (other than the securities set forth in clause (i) above);

 

in each case, to Persons other than the Corporation and/or its Subsidiaries (for the avoidance of doubt, persons covered by the Corporation’s dividend reinvestment plan, any direct stock purchase plan and director and employee benefit plans shall not be deemed the Corporation and/or its Subsidiaries for purposes of this Section 2) within the applicable Measurement Period (without double counting proceeds received in any prior Measurement Period); provided that the limitations in this Section 2 shall not restrict the repayment, redemption or other acquisition of any Notes that have been previously defeased or purchased in accordance with this Replacement Capital Covenant; or

 

(b)           the Notes are exchanged for consideration that includes an aggregate principal amount or liquidation preference (or, in the case of Common Stock, Market Value) of Replacement Capital Securities equal to 100% prior to the Stepdown Date, and 50% on or after the Stepdown Date (or, in the case of Common Stock, 50% prior to the Stepdown Date and 25% on or after the Stepdown Date) of the aggregate principal amount of Notes that are exchanged.

 

SECTION 3. Covered Debt.

 

(a)           The Corporation represents and warrants that the Initial Covered Debt is Eligible Debt.

 

(b)           On, or during the 30-day period immediately preceding, any Redesignation Date with respect to the Covered Debt then in effect, the Corporation shall identify the series of Eligible Debt that will become the Covered Debt on the related Redesignation Date in accordance with the following procedures:

 

(i)            the Corporation shall identify each series of its then outstanding long-term indebtedness for money borrowed that is Eligible Debt;

 

(ii)           if only one series of the Corporation’s then outstanding long-term indebtedness for money borrowed is Eligible Debt, such series shall become the Covered Debt commencing on the related Redesignation Date;

 

(iii)          if the Corporation has more than one outstanding series of long-term

 

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indebtedness for money borrowed that is Eligible Debt, then the Corporation shall identify a specific series that has the latest stated final maturity date as of the date on which the Corporation is applying the procedures in this Section 3(b) and such series shall become the Covered Debt commencing on the related Redesignation Date;

 

(iv)          the series of outstanding long-term indebtedness for money borrowed that is determined to be the Covered Debt pursuant to clause (ii) or (iii) above shall be the Covered Debt for purposes of this Replacement Capital Covenant for the period commencing on the related Redesignation Date and continuing to but not including the Redesignation Date as of which a new series of outstanding long-term indebtedness is next determined to be the Covered Debt pursuant to the procedures set forth in this Section 3(b); and

 

(v)           in connection with such identification of a new series of the Covered Debt, notice shall be given, and a Form 8-K shall be filed, as provided for in Section 3(d) within the time frame provided for in such section.

 

(c)           Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Replacement Capital Covenant, (i) if a series of Eligible Senior Debt of the Corporation has become the Covered Debt in accordance with Section 3(b), on the date on which the Corporation issues a new series of Eligible Subordinated Debt, then immediately upon such issuance such series shall become the Covered Debt and the applicable series of Eligible Senior Debt shall cease to be the Covered Debt.

 

(d)           In order to give effect to the intent of the Corporation described in Recital C, the Corporation covenants that (i) simultaneously with the execution of this Replacement Capital Covenant, or as soon as practicable after the date hereof, (A) notice shall be given to the Holders of the Initial Covered Debt, in the manner provided in the indenture or other instrument under which such Initial Covered Debt was issued, of this Replacement Capital Covenant and the rights granted to such Holders hereunder and (B) the Corporation shall file a copy of this Replacement Capital Covenant with the Commission as an exhibit to a Form 8-K; (ii) so long as the Corporation is a reporting company under the Securities Exchange Act, the Corporation will include or cause to be included in each Form 10-K by the Corporation a description of the covenant set forth in Section 2 and identify the series of long-term indebtedness for borrowed money that is Covered Debt as of the date such Form 10-K is filed with the Commission; (iii) if a series of the Corporation’s long-term indebtedness for money borrowed (A) becomes Covered Debt or (B) ceases to be Covered Debt, notice of such occurrence will be given within 30 days to the holders of such long-term indebtedness for money borrowed in the manner provided for in the indenture or other instrument under which such long-term indebtedness for money borrowed was issued and the Corporation shall report such change in a Form 8-K, which must include or incorporate by reference this Replacement Capital Covenant, and, if reported in a Form 8-K, also in the next Form 10-Q or Form 10-K, as applicable, of the Corporation; (iv) if, and only if, the Corporation ceases to be a reporting company under the Securities Exchange Act, the Corporation will (A) post on its website the information otherwise required to be included in Securities Exchange Act filings pursuant to clauses (ii) and (iii) above; and (B) cause a notice of this Replacement Capital Covenant to be posted on the Bloomberg screen for the Initial Covered Debt or any successor Bloomberg screen or, if none, a similar third-party vendor’s screen the Corporation reasonably believes is appropriate (each an “Investor Screen”) and cause a hyperlink of this Replacement Capital Covenant to be included on the Investor Screen for each series of the Covered Debt, in each case to the extent permitted by Bloomberg or such similar third-party

 

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vendor, as the case may be; and (v) promptly upon the request of any Holder of Covered Debt, the Corporation will provide such Holder with an executed copy of this Replacement Capital Covenant.

 

SECTION 4. Termination and Amendment.

 

(a)           The obligations of the Corporation pursuant to this Replacement Capital Covenant shall remain in full force and effect until the earliest date (the “Termination Date”) to occur of (i) (x) January 30, 2035 or (y) if the maturity date of the Notes shall be extended in accordance with the First Supplemental Indenture, the date which is 30 years prior to the maturity date, as extended, or if earlier, the date on which the Notes are otherwise paid, redeemed, defeased or purchased in full (in compliance with the terms of Section 2 of this Replacement Capital Covenant), (ii) the date, if any, on which the Holders of at least a majority of the outstanding principal amount of the then effective Covered Debt consent or agree in writing to the termination of the obligations of the Corporation hereunder, (iii) the date on which the Corporation ceases to have any Eligible Senior Debt or Eligible Subordinated Debt (in each case without giving effect to the rating requirement in clause (ii) of the definition of each such term), or (iv) the date on which the Notes are accelerated as a result of a default thereunder. From and after the Termination Date, the obligations of the Corporation pursuant to this Replacement Capital Covenant shall be of no further force and effect with respect to the Holders, or otherwise.

 

(b)           This Replacement Capital Covenant may be amended or supplemented from time to time by a written instrument signed only by the Corporation after obtaining the consent of the Holders of at least a majority of the outstanding principal amount of the then-effective Covered Debt; provided that this Replacement Capital Covenant may be amended or supplemented from time to time by a written instrument signed by the Corporation (and without the consent of the Holders) if any of the following apply: (i) such amendment or supplement eliminates Common Stock, Rights to acquire Common Stock, Common Equity Units and/or Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock as Replacement Capital Securities, if, in the case of this clause, after the date of this Replacement Capital Covenant, an accounting standard or interpretive guidance of an existing accounting standard issued by an organization or regulator that has responsibility for establishing or interpreting accounting standards in the United States becomes effective such that, or the Corporation has been otherwise advised in writing by a nationally recognized independent accounting firm that, there is more than an insubstantial risk that failure to eliminate Common Stock, Rights to acquire Common Stock, Common Equity Units and/or Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock as Replacement Capital Securities would result in a reduction in the Corporation’s earnings per share as calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States or International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) if then applicable to the Corporation; (ii) the sole effect of such amendment or supplement is either (A) to impose additional restrictions on the ability of (1) the Corporation to redeem, purchase or defease Notes or (2) any majority-owned Subsidiary of the Corporation to purchase Notes, or (B) to impose additional restrictions on, or to eliminate certain of, the types of securities qualifying as Replacement Capital Securities (other than securities which are covered by clause (i) above) and in each case an officer of the Corporation has delivered to the Holders of the then-effective Covered Debt in the manner provided for in the indenture or other instrument under which such Covered Debt was issued a written certificate to that effect; (iii) such amendment or supplement extends the date specified in Section 4(a)(i), the Stepdown Date or both; or (iv) such amendment or supplement is not adverse to the rights of the Holders of the then-effective Covered Debt and

 

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an officer of the Corporation has delivered to the Holders of the then-effective Covered Debt in the manner provided for in the indenture or other instrument under which such Covered Debt was issued a written certificate stating that, in his or her determination, such amendment or supplement is not adverse to the rights of the Holders of the then-effective Covered Debt. For the avoidance of doubt, an amendment or supplement that adds new types of Replacement Capital Securities or modifies the requirements of the Replacement Capital Securities described herein would not be adverse to the rights of the Holders of the Covered Debt if, following such amendment or supplement, this Replacement Capital Covenant would satisfy the definition of Explicit Replacement Covenant.

 

(c)           For purposes of Sections 4(a) and 4(b), the Holders whose consent or agreement is required to terminate, amend or supplement this Replacement Capital Covenant or the obligations of the Corporation hereunder shall be the Holders of the then effective Covered Debt as of a record date established by the Corporation that is not more than 30 days prior to the date on which the Corporation proposes that such termination, amendment or supplement becomes effective.

 

SECTION 5. Miscellaneous.

 

(a)           This Replacement Capital Covenant shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York.

 

(b)           This Replacement Capital Covenant shall be binding upon the Corporation (and its successors and assigns) and shall inure to the benefit of the Covered Debtholders as they exist from time-to-time (it being understood and agreed by the Corporation that any Person who is a Covered Debtholder shall retain its status as a Covered Debtholder for so long as the series of long-term indebtedness for borrowed money owned by such Person is Covered Debt and, if such Person initiates a claim or proceeding to enforce its rights under this Replacement Capital Covenant after the Corporation has violated its covenants in Section 2 and before the series of long-term indebtedness for money borrowed held by such Person is no longer Covered Debt, such Person’s rights under this Replacement Capital Covenant shall not terminate by reason of such series of long-term indebtedness for money borrowed no longer being Covered Debt). The Corporation agrees that, if at any time the Covered Debt is held by a trust (for example, where the Covered Debt is part of an issuance of trust preferred securities), a holder of the securities issued by such trust may enforce (including by instituting legal proceedings) this Replacement Capital Covenant directly against the Corporation as though such holder owned the Covered Debt directly, and the holders of such trust securities shall be deemed Holders of the Covered Debt for purposes of this Replacement Capital Covenant for so long as the indebtedness held by such trust remains the Covered Debt hereunder. Other than the Covered Debtholders as provided in the two previous sentences, no other Person shall have any rights under this Replacement Capital Covenant or be deemed a third party beneficiary of this Replacement Capital Covenant. In particular, no holder of the Notes is a third party beneficiary of this Replacement Capital Covenant, it being understood that such holders may have rights under the Base Indenture.

 

(c)           The Corporation acknowledges that reliance by each Covered Debtholder upon the covenants in this Replacement Capital Covenant is reasonable and foreseeable by the Corporation and that, were the Corporation to disregard its covenants in this Replacement Capital Covenant, each Covered Debtholder would have sustained an injury as a result of its reliance on such covenants.

 

(d)           All demands, notices, requests and other communications to the Corporation

 

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under this Replacement Capital Covenant shall be deemed to have been duly given and made if in writing and (i) if served by personal delivery upon the Corporation, on the day so delivered (or, if such day is not a Business Day, the next succeeding Business Day) or (ii) if delivered by registered post or certified mail, return receipt requested, or sent to the Corporation by a national or international courier service, on the date of receipt by the Corporation (or, if such date of receipt is not a Business Day, the next succeeding Business Day), or (iii) if sent by telecopier, on the day telecopied, or if not a Business Day, the next succeeding Business Day, provided that the telecopy is promptly confirmed by telephone confirmation thereof, and in each case to the Corporation at the address set forth below, or at such other address as the Corporation may thereafter post on its website as the address for notices under this Replacement Capital Covenant:

 

SCANA Corporation

Attention:  Treasurer — C101

220 Operation Way

Cayce, SC  29033-3701

Facsimile No: (803) 933-7037

Telephone No: (803) 217-7838

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Corporation has caused this Replacement Capital Covenant to be executed by a duly authorized officer as of the day and year first above written.

 

 

SCANA CORPORATION

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

Name:

 

Title:

 

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Schedule I

 

Definitions

 

“Alternative Payment Mechanism” means, with respect to any Qualifying Capital Securities, provisions in the related transaction documents that permit the issuer, in its sole discretion, to defer Distributions in whole or in part on such Qualifying Capital Securities for one or more consecutive Distribution Periods of up to ten years and that require the issuer thereof to issue (or use Commercially Reasonable Efforts to issue), in its sole discretion, one or more types of APM Qualifying Securities raising “eligible proceeds” (as defined in (a) below) at least equal to the deferred Distributions on such Qualifying Capital Securities and apply the proceeds to pay unpaid Distributions on such Qualifying Capital Securities, commencing on the earlier of (x) the first Distribution Date after commencement of a deferral period on which such issuer pays current Distributions on such Qualifying Capital Securities and (y) the fifth anniversary of the commencement of such deferral period, and that:

 

(a)           define “eligible proceeds” to mean, for purposes of such Alternative Payment Mechanism, the net proceeds (after underwriters’ or placement agents’ fees, commissions or discounts and other expenses relating to the issuance or sale of the relevant securities, where applicable, and including the fair market value of property received by the issuer or its Subsidiaries as consideration for such securities) that such issuer has received during the 180 days prior to the related Distribution Date from the issuance of APM Qualifying Securities to Persons other than the Corporation and/or its Subsidiaries, up to the Preferred Cap (as defined in (e) below) in the case of APM Qualifying Securities that are Qualifying Preferred Stock or Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock;

 

(b)           permit such issuer to pay current Distributions on any Distribution Date out of any source of funds but (x) require such issuer to pay deferred Distributions only out of eligible proceeds and (y) prohibit such issuer from paying deferred Distributions out of any source of funds other than eligible proceeds;

 

(c)           if deferral of Distributions continues for more than one year (or such shorter period as may be provided for in the terms of such securities), require such issuer or any of its Subsidiaries not to redeem or purchase any securities that rank pari passu with or junior to any APM Qualifying Securities that such issuer has issued to settle deferred Distributions in respect to that deferral period until at least one year after all deferred Distributions have been paid (a “Purchase Restriction”), other than the following (none of which shall be restricted or prohibited by a Purchase Restriction):

 

(i)           purchases, redemptions or other acquisitions of shares of Common Stock in connection with any employment or compensatory contract, compensation or benefit plan or other similar arrangement with or for the benefit of employees, officers, directors or consultants; or

 

(ii)          purchases or other acquisitions of shares of Common Stock pursuant to a contractually binding requirement to buy shares of Common Stock entered into prior to the beginning of the related deferral period, including under a contractually binding stock repurchase plan;

 

(d)           limit the obligation of such issuer to issue (or use Commercially Reasonable Efforts to issue) APM Qualifying Securities that are Common Stock or Qualifying Warrants to

 

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settle deferred Distributions pursuant to the Alternative Payment Mechanism either (i) during the first five years of any deferral period or (ii) before an anniversary of the commencement of any deferral period that is not earlier than the fifth such anniversary and not later than the ninth such anniversary (as designated in the terms of such Qualifying Capital Securities) with respect to deferred Distributions attributable to the first five years of such deferral period, either:

 

(A)          to an aggregate amount of such securities, the net proceeds from the issuance of which is equal to 2% of the product of the average of the current Market Value of the Common Stock on the ten consecutive trading days ending on the fourth trading day immediately preceding the date of issuance multiplied by the total number of issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock as of the date of the Corporation’s most recent publicly available consolidated financial statements; or

 

(B)           to a number of shares of Common Stock and shares issuable upon exercise of Qualifying Warrants, in the aggregate, not in excess of 2% of the outstanding number of shares of Common Stock as of the date of the Corporation’s most recent publicly available consolidated financial statements (the “Common Cap”);

 

(e)           limit the right of such issuer to issue (or use Commercially Reasonable Efforts to issue) APM Qualifying Securities that are Qualifying Preferred Stock or Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock, to an amount from the issuance of such Qualifying Preferred Stock and then-still outstanding Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock pursuant to the related Alternative Payment Mechanism (including, in the case of Qualifying Preferred Stock, at any point in time from all prior issuances thereof pursuant to such Alternative Payment Mechanism) equal to 25% of the initial liquidation or principal amount of the Qualifying Capital Securities that are the subject of the related Alternative Payment Mechanism (the “Preferred Cap”);

 

(f)            in the case of Qualifying Capital Securities include a Bankruptcy Claim Limitation Provision; and

 

(g)           permit such issuer, at its option, to provide that if such issuer is involved in a merger, consolidation, amalgamation, statutory share exchange, conveyance, lease or other transfer of all or substantially all of the assets to any other person or a similar transaction (a “business combination”) where immediately after the consummation of the business combination more than 50% of the surviving or resulting entity’s voting securities is owned by the equity holders of the other party to the business combination, or the entity to whom all or substantially all of such issuer’s assets are conveyed, leased or otherwise transferred, then clauses (a), (b) and (c) above will not apply to any deferral period that is terminated on the next Distribution Date following the date of consummation of the business combination;

 

provided (and it being understood) that:

 

(h)           the Alternative Payment Mechanism may at the discretion of such issuer include a share cap limiting the issuance of APM Qualifying Securities consisting of Common Stock, Qualifying Warrants and Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock, in each case to a maximum issuance cap to be set at the discretion of such issuer (a “Share Cap”); provided that such Share Cap will be subject to such issuer’s agreement to use Commercially Reasonable Efforts to increase the Share Cap when reached and (i) only to the extent it can do so and simultaneously satisfy its future fixed or contingent obligations under other securities and derivative instruments

 

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that provide for settlement or payment in Common Stock or (ii) if such issuer cannot increase the Share Cap as contemplated in the preceding clause, by requesting its board of directors to adopt a resolution for shareholder vote at the next occurring annual shareholders meeting to increase the number of shares of such issuer’s authorized Common Stock or preferred stock for purposes of satisfying its obligations to pay deferred Distributions;

 

(i)            such issuer shall not be obligated to issue (or use Commercially Reasonable Efforts to issue) APM Qualifying Securities for so long as a Market Disruption Event has occurred and is continuing;

 

(j)            if, due to a Market Disruption Event or otherwise, such issuer is able to raise and apply some, but not all, of the eligible proceeds necessary to pay all deferred Distributions on any Distribution Date, such issuer will apply an amount equal to any available eligible proceeds to pay accrued and unpaid Distributions on the applicable Distribution Date in chronological order subject to the Common Cap, the Preferred Cap, and the Share Cap (if any), as applicable; and

 

(k)           if such issuer has outstanding more than one class or series of securities under which it is obligated to sell a type of APM Qualifying Securities and apply some part of the proceeds to the payment of deferred Distributions, then on any date and for any period the amount of net proceeds received by such issuer from those sales and available for payment of deferred Distributions on such securities shall be applied to such securities on a pro rata basis up to the Common Cap, the Preferred Cap and the Share Cap (if any), as applicable, in proportion to the total amounts that are due on such securities.

 

“APM Qualifying Securities” means, with respect to any Alternative Payment Mechanism, any Debt Exchangeable for Preferred Equity or any Mandatory Trigger Provision, one or more of the following (as designated in the transaction documents for any Qualifying Capital Securities that include an Alternative Payment Mechanism or a Mandatory Trigger Provision or for any Debt Exchangeable for Preferred Equity):

 

(a)           Common Stock;

 

(b)           Qualifying Warrants;

 

(c)           Qualifying Preferred Stock; and

 

(d)           Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock

 

provided (and it being understood) that:

 

(i)            if the APM Qualifying Securities for any Alternative Payment Mechanism or Mandatory Trigger Provision includes both Common Stock and Qualifying Warrants,

 

(A)          such Alternative Payment Mechanism or Mandatory Trigger Provision may permit, but need not require, the Corporation to issue Qualifying Warrants; and

 

(B)           the Corporation may, without the consent of the holders of the Qualifying Capital Securities, amend the definition of APM Qualifying Securities to eliminate Common Stock or Qualifying Warrants (but not both) from the definition if, after the issue date, an accounting standard or

 

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interpretive guidance relating to an existing accounting standard issued by an organization or regulator that has responsibility for establishing or interpreting accounting standards followed by the Corporation becomes effective or applicable to the Corporation such that, or the Corporation has been otherwise advised in writing by a nationally recognized independent accounting firm that, there is more than an insubstantial risk that the failure to eliminate Common Stock or Qualifying Warrants from the definition of APM Qualifying Securities would result in a reduction in the Corporation’s EPS.

 

(ii)           if the APM Qualifying Securities for any Alternative Payment Mechanism or Mandatory Trigger Provision includes Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock and Common Stock and/or Qualifying Preferred Stock,

 

(A)          such Alternative Payment Mechanism or Mandatory Trigger Provision may permit, but need not require, the Corporation to issue Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock; and

 

(B)           the Corporation may, without the consent of the holders of the Qualifying Capital Securities, amend the definition of APM Qualifying Securities to eliminate Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock from the definition if, after the issue date, an accounting standard or interpretive guidance relating to an existing accounting standard issued by an organization or regulator that has responsibility for establishing or interpreting accounting standards followed by the Corporation becomes effective or applicable to the Corporation such that, or the Corporation has been otherwise advised in writing by a nationally recognized independent accounting firm that, there is more than an insubstantial risk that the failure to eliminate Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock from the definition of APM Qualifying Securities would result in a reduction in the Corporation’s EPS.

 

“Applicable Percentage” means:

 

(a)           with respect to Common Stock, Rights to acquire Common Stock and Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock, 200% prior to the Stepdown Date and 400% on or after the Stepdown Date;

 

(b)           (i) with respect to Qualifying Capital Securities described in clause (a) of the definition of that term, 100% prior to the Stepdown Date and 200% on or after the Stepdown Date, and (ii) with respect to Qualifying Capital Securities described in clause (b) of the definition of that term, 100%; and

 

(c)           with respect to Debt Exchangeable for Equity, 150% prior to the Stepdown Date and 300% on or after the Stepdown Date.

 

“Bankruptcy Claim Limitation Provision” means, with respect to any Qualifying Capital Securities that have an Alternative Payment Mechanism or a Mandatory Trigger Provision, provisions that, upon any liquidation, dissolution, winding up or reorganization or in connection with any insolvency, receivership or proceeding under any bankruptcy law with respect to the issuer, limit the claim of the holders of such Qualifying Capital Securities to Distributions that

 

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accumulate during (a) any deferral period, in the case of Qualifying Capital Securities that have an Alternative Payment Mechanism or (b) any period in which the issuer fails to satisfy one or more financial tests set forth in the terms of such securities or related transaction agreements, in the case of Qualifying Capital Securities having a Mandatory Trigger Provision, to:

 

(i)            in the case of Qualifying Capital Securities having an Alternative Payment Mechanism or Mandatory Trigger Provision with respect to which the APM Qualifying Securities do not include Qualifying Preferred Stock or Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock, 25% of the stated or principal amount of such Qualifying Capital Securities then outstanding; and

 

(ii)           in the case of any other Qualifying Capital Securities, an amount not in excess of the sum of (x) the amount of accumulated and unpaid Distributions (including compounded amounts) that relate to the earliest two years of the portion of the deferral period for which Distributions have not been paid and (y) an amount equal to the excess, if any, of the Preferred Cap over the aggregate amount of net proceeds from the sale of Qualifying Preferred Stock or Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock that the issuer has applied to pay such Distributions pursuant to the Alternative Payment Mechanism or the Mandatory Trigger Provision, provided that the holders of such Qualifying Capital Securities are deemed to agree that, to the extent the claim for deferred Distributions exceeds the amount set forth in subclause (x), the amount they receive in respect of such excess shall not exceed the amount they would have received had the claim for such excess ranked pari passu with the interests of the holders, if any, of Qualifying Preferred Stock or Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

“Base Indenture” has the meaning specified in Recital A.

 

“Board of Directors” means the Board of Directors of the Corporation or a duly constituted committee thereof.

 

“Business combination” has the meaning given such term in the definition of Alternative Payment Mechanism.

 

Business Day” means each day other than (i) a Saturday or Sunday or (ii) a day on which banking institutions in The City of New York or the Federal Reserve System are authorized or obligated by law, regulation or executive order to close.

 

“Commercially Reasonable Efforts” means, for purposes of selling APM Qualifying Securities, commercially reasonable efforts to complete the offer and sale of APM Qualifying Securities to third parties that are not the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries in public offerings or private placements. The issuer of APM Qualifying Securities shall not be considered to have made Commercially Reasonable Efforts to effect a sale of APM Qualifying Securities if it determines not to pursue or complete such sale due to pricing, coupon, dividend rate or dilution considerations.

 

“Commission” means the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

“Common Cap” has the meaning specified in the definition of Alternative Payment Mechanism.

 

“Common Equity Units” means a security or combination of securities that:

 

(a)           gives the holders (i) a beneficial interest in a fixed income security of the

 

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Corporation (including a debt security, a trust preferred security of a subsidiary trust or preferred stock) and (ii) a beneficial interest in a stock purchase contract;

 

(b)           includes a remarketing feature pursuant to which the fixed income security is required to be remarketed to new investors within four years from the date of issuance of the security; and

 

(c)           provides for the proceeds raised in the remarketing to be used to purchase Common Stock pursuant to the stock purchase contract for a determinable number of shares or within a range established at the time of issuance of the Common Equity Units, in each case subject to customary anti-dilution or similar adjustments.

 

“Common Stock” means (i) any equity securities of the Corporation (including equity securities held as treasury shares and equity securities, if any, sold pursuant to a dividend reinvestment plan, any direct stock purchase plan or director or employee benefit plan) that have no preference in the payment of dividends or amounts payable upon the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation (including any security that tracks the performance of, or relates to the results of, a business, unit or division of the Corporation), and (ii) any other securities that have no preference in the payment of dividends or amounts payable upon the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, and are issued in exchange for securities described in (i) above in connection with a merger, consolidation, binding share exchange, business combination, recapitalization or other similar event.

 

“Corporation” has the meaning specified in the introduction to this instrument.

 

“Covered Debt” means (i) at the date of this Replacement Capital Covenant and continuing to but not including the first Redesignation Date, the Initial Covered Debt, and (ii) thereafter, commencing with each Redesignation Date and continuing to but not including the next succeeding Redesignation Date, the Eligible Debt identified pursuant to Section 3(b) as the Covered Debt for such period.

 

“Covered Debtholder” means each Person (whether a Holder or a beneficial owner holding through a participant in a clearing agency) that buys, holds or sells long-term indebtedness for money borrowed of the Corporation during the period that such long-term indebtedness for money borrowed is the Covered Debt, provided that a Person who has sold all its right, title and interest in the Covered Debt shall cease to be a Covered Debtholder at the time of such sale if, at such time, the Corporation has not breached or repudiated, or threatened to breach or repudiate, its obligations hereunder.

 

“Debt Exchangeable for Equity” means Common Equity Units or Debt Exchangeable for Preferred Equity.

 

“Debt Exchangeable for Preferred Equity” means a security or combination of securities (together in this definition, “such securities”) that:

 

(a)           gives the holder a beneficial interest in (i) subordinated debt securities of the Corporation (in this definition, the “issuer”), permitting the issuer to defer Distributions in whole or in part on such securities for one or more Distribution Periods of up to at least seven years without any remedies other than Permitted Remedies and that are the most junior subordinated debt of the issuer (or rank pari passu with the most junior subordinated debt of the issuer) (in this definition, “subordinated debt”) and (ii) a fractional interest in a stock purchase contract for a share or shares of Qualifying Preferred Stock of the Corporation that ranks pari

 

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passu with or junior to all other preferred stock of the Corporation (in this definition, “preferred stock”);

 

(b)           provides that the holders directly or indirectly grant to the Corporation a security interest in such subordinated debt and their proceeds (including any substitute collateral permitted under the transaction documents) to secure the holders’ direct or indirect obligation to purchase preferred stock of the Corporation pursuant to such stock purchase contracts;

 

(c)           includes a remarketing feature pursuant to which the subordinated debt of the Corporation is remarketed to new investors commencing not later than the first Distribution Date that is at least five years after the date of issuance of such securities or earlier in the event of an early settlement event based on: (i) the dissolution of the issuer of such securities or (ii) one or more financial tests set forth in the terms of the instrument governing such securities;

 

(d)           provides for the proceeds raised in the remarketing of the subordinated debt to be used to purchase preferred stock of the Corporation under the stock purchase contracts and, if there has not been a successful remarketing by the first Distribution Date that is six years after the date of issuance of such securities, provides that the stock purchase contracts will be settled by the Corporation exercising its remedies as a secured party with respect to its subordinated debt or other collateral directly or indirectly pledged by the holders of such securities;

 

(e)           is subject to an Explicit Replacement Covenant that will apply to such securities and preferred stock of the Corporation, and will not include Debt Exchangeable for Equity as a Replacement Capital Security; and

 

(f)            if applicable, after the issuance of such preferred stock of the Corporation, provides the holders of such securities with a beneficial interest in such preferred stock of the Corporation.

 

“Defeasance” has the meaning specified in Section 2.

 

“Distribution Date” means, as to any security or combination of securities, the dates on which periodic Distributions on such securities are scheduled to be made.

 

“Distribution Period” means, as to any security or combination of securities, each period from and including a Distribution Date (or from and including the date of issuance with respect to the period prior to the initial Distribution Date) for such securities to but not including the next succeeding Distribution Date for such securities.

 

“Distributions” means, as to a security or combination of securities, dividends, interest payments or other income distributions to the holders thereof that are not Subsidiaries of the Corporation.

 

“Eligible Debt” means, at any time, Eligible Subordinated Debt or, if no Eligible Subordinated Debt is then outstanding, Eligible Senior Debt. The Notes shall not be considered “Eligible Debt” for purposes of this Replacement Capital Covenant.

 

“Eligible Proceeds” has the meaning specified in the definition of Alternative Payment Mechanism.

 

“Eligible Senior Debt” means, at any time in respect of any issuer, each series of the issuer’s then outstanding unsecured long-term indebtedness for money borrowed that (i) upon a bankruptcy, liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the issuer, ranks most senior among the

 

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issuer’s then outstanding classes of unsecured indebtedness for money borrowed, (ii) is then assigned a rating by at least one NRSRO (provided that this clause (ii) shall apply on a Redesignation Date only if on such date the issuer has outstanding senior long-term indebtedness for money borrowed that satisfies the requirements of clauses (i), (iii) and (iv) that is then assigned a rating by at least one NRSRO), (iii) has an outstanding principal amount of not less than $100,000,000, and (iv) was issued through or with the assistance of a commercial or investment banking firm or firms acting as underwriters, initial purchasers or placement or distribution agents. For purposes of this definition as applied to securities with a CUSIP number, each issuance of long-term indebtedness for money borrowed that has (or, if such indebtedness is held by a trust or other intermediate entity established directly or indirectly by the issuer, the securities of such intermediate entity that have) a separate CUSIP number shall be deemed to be a series of the issuer’s long-term indebtedness for money borrowed that is separate from each other series of such indebtedness.

 

“Eligible Subordinated Debt” means, at any time in respect of any issuer, each series of the issuer’s then outstanding unsecured long-term indebtedness for money borrowed that (i) upon a bankruptcy, liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the issuer, ranks senior to the Notes and subordinate to the issuer’s then outstanding series of unsecured indebtedness for money borrowed that ranks most senior, (ii) is then assigned a rating by at least one NRSRO (provided that this clause (ii) shall apply on a Redesignation Date only if on such date the issuer has outstanding subordinated long-term indebtedness for money borrowed that satisfies the requirements of clauses (i), (iii) and (iv) that is then assigned a rating by at least one NRSRO), (iii) has an outstanding principal amount of not less than $100,000,000, and (iv) was issued through or with the assistance of a commercial or investment banking firm or firms acting as underwriters, initial purchasers or placement or distribution agents. For purposes of this definition as applied to securities with a CUSIP number, each issuance of long-term indebtedness for money borrowed that has (or, if such indebtedness is held by a trust or other intermediate entity established directly or indirectly by the issuer, the securities of such intermediate entity have) a separate CUSIP number shall be deemed to be a series of the issuer’s long-term indebtedness for money borrowed that is separate from each other series of such indebtedness.

 

“EPS” means earnings per share as calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States or IFRS, if then applicable to the Corporation.

 

“Explicit Replacement Covenant” means, as to any security or combination of securities, (i) a covenant substantially similar to this Replacement Capital Covenant or (ii) a replacement capital covenant that the Board of Directors, acting in good faith and in its reasonable discretion and reasonably construing the definitions and other terms of this Replacement Capital Covenant, has determined operates to the effect that the issuer will redeem, defease or purchase such securities, and any Subsidiaries of the issuer will purchase such securities, only if and to the extent that the applicable percentage of the amount raised within the 180-day period preceding the applicable redemption, defeasance or purchase date by issuing specified replacement capital securities having terms and provisions at the time of redemption, defeasance or purchase that are as much or more equity-like than the securities then being redeemed, defeased or purchased, is at least equal to the principal amount of the securities being defeased or the applicable redemption or purchase price, provided that the board of directors of the issuer has determined that such covenant is binding on the issuer for the benefit of one or more series of the long-term

 

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indebtedness for money borrowed of the issuer (or an affiliate of the issuer, if the covenant so provides) to the same extent as this Replacement Capital Covenant is binding on the Corporation for the benefit of the Holders of the Initial Covered Debt.

 

“First Supplemental Indenture” has the meaning specified in Recital A.

 

“Form 8-K” means a Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission under the Securities Exchange Act, and any successor report.

 

“Form 10-K” means an Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission under the Securities Exchange Act, and any successor report.

 

“Form 10-Q” means a Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Commission under the Securities Exchange Act, and any successor report.

 

“Holder” means, as to the Covered Debt then in effect, each holder of such Covered Debt as reflected on the securities register maintained by or on behalf of the Corporation with respect to such Covered Debt.

 

“IFRS” has the meaning specified in Section 4(b).

 

“Initial Covered Debt” means the $250,000,000 principal amount Medium Term Notes issued by the Corporation on March 12, 2008 (CUSIP No. 80589MAB8), scheduled to mature on April 1, 2020.

 

“Intent-Based Replacement Disclosure” means, as to any security or combination of securities issued, directly or indirectly, that the issuer has publicly stated its intention, either in the prospectus or other offering or purchase document under which such security or combination of securities were initially offered for sale or in filings with the Commission made by the issuer or an affiliate under the Securities Exchange Act prior to or contemporaneously with the issuance of such securities, that the issuer will redeem, purchase or defease or its Subsidiaries will purchase, such securities only with the Applicable Percentage of the amounts raised within the 180-day period preceding the applicable redemption, purchase or defeasance date from the issuance of specified replacement capital securities that have terms and provisions at the time of redemption, defeasance or purchase that are as much or more equity like than the securities then being redeemed, defeased or purchased.

 

“Investor Screen” has the meaning specified in Section 3(d).

 

“Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock” means cumulative preferred stock or Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock of the Corporation with (a) no prepayment obligation on the part of the issuer thereof, whether at the election of the holders or otherwise, and (b) a requirement that the preferred stock convert into Common Stock of the issuer within three years from the date of its issuance for a determinable number of shares or within a range established at the time of issuance of the cumulative preferred stock or the Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, subject to customary anti-dilution or similar adjustments.

 

“Mandatory Trigger Provision” means, as to any security or combination of securities, provisions in the terms thereof or in the related transaction agreements that (A) require, or at its option in the case of perpetual Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock permit, the issuer of such security or combination of securities to make payment of Distributions on such securities within two years after a failure to satisfy one or more financial tests set forth in the terms of such securities or related transaction agreements only if payment of such Distributions during that

 

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two-year period is made in connection with the issuance and sale of APM Qualifying Securities (for the avoidance of doubt, payment of such Distributions with cash from any source other than APM Qualifying Securities is not permitted during such two-year period immediately following the failure of the issuer to satisfy such financial test(s)), such payment to be in an amount not exceeding the amount of the net proceeds of such sale at least equal to the amount of unpaid Distributions on such securities (including without limitation all deferred and accumulated amounts) and in either case requires the application of the net proceeds of such sale to pay such unpaid Distributions; provided that (i) such Mandatory Trigger Provision shall limit the issuance and sale of Common Stock and Qualifying Warrants the proceeds of which may be applied to pay such Distributions pursuant to such provision to the Common Cap, unless the Mandatory Trigger Provision requires such issuance and sale within one year of such failure, and (ii) the amount of Qualifying Preferred Stock and still outstanding Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock the net proceeds of which the issuer may apply to pay such Distributions pursuant to such provision may not exceed the Preferred Cap, (B) in the case of securities other than perpetual Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, prohibit the issuer from purchasing any APM Qualifying Securities, or any securities that rank pari passu with or junior to APM Qualifying Securities, the proceeds of which were used to settle deferred interest during the relevant deferral period, prior to the date six months after the issuer applies the net proceeds of the sales described in clause (A) to pay such unpaid Distributions in full, (C) in the case of securities other than perpetual Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, include a Bankruptcy Claim Limitation Provision and (D) if deferral of Distributions continues for more than one year (or such shorter period as may be provided for in the terms of such securities), prohibit the issuer of such securities from redeeming or purchasing any of its securities ranking upon the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the issuer junior to or pari passu with any APM Qualifying Securities the proceeds of which were used to settle deferred Distributions during the relevant deferral period until at least one year after all deferred Distributions have been paid. For purposes of this definition of Mandatory Trigger Provision, (i) the issuer will not be obligated to issue (or use Commercially Reasonable Efforts to issue) any such APM Qualifying Securities for so long as a Market Disruption Event has occurred and is continuing; (ii) if, due to a Market Disruption Event or otherwise, the issuer is able to raise and apply some, but not all, of the eligible proceeds necessary to pay all deferred Distributions on any Distribution Date, the issuer will apply an amount equal to any available eligible proceeds to pay accrued and unpaid Distributions on the applicable Distribution Date in chronological order subject to the Common Cap, the Preferred Cap and the Share Cap (if any), as applicable; and (iii) if the issuer has outstanding more than one class or series of securities under which it is obligated to sell a type of any such APM Qualifying Securities and applies some part of the proceeds to the payment of deferred Distributions, then on any date and for any period the amount of net proceeds received by the issuer from those sales and available for payment of deferred Distributions on such securities shall be applied to such securities on a pro rata basis up to the Common Cap, the Preferred Cap and the Share Cap (if any), as applicable, in proportion to the total amounts of deferred Distributions that are due on such securities. No remedy other than Permitted Remedies will arise by the terms of such securities or related transaction agreements in favor of the holders of such securities as a result of the issuer’s failure to pay Distributions because of the Mandatory Trigger Provision or as a result of the issuer’s exercise of its right under an Optional Deferral Provision until Distributions have been deferred for one or more Distribution Periods that total together at least ten years.

 

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“Market Disruption Event” means the occurrence or existence of any of the following events or sets of circumstances:

 

(a)           trading in securities generally, or in the securities of the issuer (or any affiliate of the issuer that may issue securities in settlement of an Alternative Payment Mechanism) specifically, on The New York Stock Exchange or any other national securities exchange or over-the-counter market on which such securities are then listed or traded shall have been suspended or the settlement of such trading generally shall have been materially disrupted or minimum prices shall have been established on any such exchange or market by the Commission, by the relevant exchange or by any other regulatory body or governmental body having jurisdiction, and the establishment of such minimum prices materially disrupts or otherwise has a material adverse effect on trading in, or the issuance and sale of, such securities;

 

(b)           the issuer (or an affiliate as specified in clause (a) of this defined term) would be required to obtain the consent or approval of its shareholders (or the shareholders of an affiliate as specified in said clause (a)) or a regulatory body (including, without limitation, any securities exchange) or governmental authority to issue APM Qualifying Securities or Qualifying Capital Securities and the issuer (or an affiliate as specified in said clause (a)) fails to obtain that consent or approval notwithstanding the commercially reasonable efforts of the issuer (or an affiliate as specified in said clause (a)) to obtain that consent or approval or a regulatory authority instructs the issuer (or an affiliate as specified in said clause (a)) not to sell or offer for sale such securities;

 

(c)           a banking moratorium shall have been declared by the federal or state authorities of the United States and such moratorium materially disrupts or otherwise has a material adverse effect on trading in, or the issuance and sale of, APM Qualifying Securities;

 

(d)           a material disruption shall have occurred in commercial banking or securities settlement or clearance services in the United States and such disruption materially disrupts or otherwise has a material adverse effect on trading in, or the issuance and sale of, APM Qualifying Securities;

 

(e)           the United States shall have become engaged in hostilities, there shall have been an escalation in hostilities involving the United States, there shall have been a declaration of a national emergency or war by the United States or there shall have occurred any other national or international calamity or crisis and such event materially disrupts or otherwise has a material adverse effect on trading in, or the issuance and sale of, APM Qualifying Securities;

 

(f)            there shall have occurred such a material adverse change in general domestic or international economic, political or financial conditions, including without limitation as a result of terrorist activities, and such change materially disrupts or otherwise has a material adverse effect on trading in, or the issuance and sale of, APM Qualifying Securities;

 

(g)           an event occurs and is continuing as a result of which the offering document for the offer and sale of the APM Qualifying Securities or Qualifying Capital Securities would, in the reasonable judgment of the issuer (or an affiliate as specified in clause (a) of this defined term), contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated in that offering document or necessary to make the statements in that offering document not misleading and either (i) the disclosure of that event at such time, in the reasonable judgment of the issuer (or an affiliate as specified in said clause (a)), would have a

 

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material adverse effect on the business of the issuer (or an affiliate as specified in said clause (a)) or (ii) the disclosure relates to a previously undisclosed proposed or pending material business transaction, the disclosure of which would impede the ability of the issuer or any affiliate to consummate that transaction, provided that no single suspension period contemplated by this clause (g) shall exceed 90 consecutive days and multiple suspension periods contemplated by this clause (g) shall not exceed an aggregate of 180 days in any 360-day period; or

 

(h) the issuer (or an affiliate as specified in clause (a) of this defined term) reasonably believes, for reasons other than those referred to in paragraph (g) above, that the offering document for such offer and sale of APM Qualifying Securities would not be in compliance with a rule or regulation of the Commission and the issuer (or an affiliate as specified in said clause (a)) is unable to comply with such rule or regulation or such compliance is unduly burdensome, provided that no single suspension period contemplated by this clause (h) shall exceed 90 consecutive days and multiple suspension periods contemplated by this clause (h) shall not exceed an aggregate of 180 days in any 360-day period.

 

The definition of “Market Disruption Event” or similar words as used in any securities or combination of securities that constitute Replacement Capital Securities may include less than all of the numbered clauses specified above in this definition, as determined by the issuer thereof at the time of issuance of such securities and, in the case of numbered clauses (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) in this definition, as applicable to a circumstance where the issuer would otherwise endeavor to issue preferred stock, shall be limited to circumstances affecting markets in which the issuer’s preferred stock trades or in which a listing for its trading is being sought.

 

“Market Value” means, on any date, the closing sale price per share of Common Stock (or if no closing sale price is reported, the average of the bid and ask prices or, if more than one in either case, the average of the average bid and the average ask prices) on that date as reported in composite transactions by The New York Stock Exchange or, if the Common Stock is not then listed on The New York Stock Exchange, as reported by the principal U.S. securities exchange on which the Common Stock is traded or quoted; if the Common Stock is not either listed or quoted on any U.S. securities exchange on the relevant date, the Market Value will be the average of the mid-point of the bid and ask prices for the Common Stock on the relevant date submitted by at least three nationally recognized independent investment banking firms selected by the Corporation for this purpose.

 

“Measurement Period” means, with respect to any redemption, purchase or defeasance of Notes, the period (i) beginning on the date that is 180 days prior to the date of delivery of notice of such redemption (such date of delivery, the “notice date”) or the date of such purchase or defeasance and (ii) ending on such notice date or the date of such purchase or defeasance. Measurement Periods cannot run concurrently.

 

“Most Junior Subordinated Debt” means debt securities of the Corporation that rank upon the Corporation’s liquidation, dissolution or winding-up junior to all of the Corporation’s other long-term indebtedness for money borrowed (other than the Corporation’s long-term indebtedness for money borrowed from time to time outstanding that by its terms ranks pari passu with such securities) and pari passu with the claims of the issuer’s trade creditors. As of the date hereof, the term “Most Junior Subordinated Debt” shall include the Notes.

 

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elect not to make any number of periodic Distributions without any remedy arising under the terms of the securities or related transaction agreements in favor of the holders of such securities as a result of such issuer’s failure to pay Distributions, other than one or more Permitted Remedies. Securities that include an Alternative Payment Mechanism shall also be deemed to be Non-Cumulative for all purposes of this Replacement Capital Covenant except in the definition of “Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock.”

 

Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock” means preferred or preference stock which is Non-Cumulative.

 

“Notes” has the meaning specified in Recital A.

 

“NRSRO” means a nationally recognized statistical rating organization within the meaning of Section 3(a)(62) of the Securities Exchange Act.

 

“Optional Deferral Provision” means, as to any security or combination of securities, a provision in the terms thereof or of the related transaction agreements, to the effect that the issuer thereof may, in its sole discretion, defer in whole or in part payment of Distributions on such securities for one or more consecutive Distribution Periods of up to ten years without any remedy other than Permitted Remedies as a result of such issuer’s failure to pay Distributions.

 

“Permitted Remedies” means, as to any security or combination of securities, any one or more of (i) rights in favor of the holders thereof permitting such holders to elect one or more directors of the issuer or its direct or indirect parent company (including any such rights required by the listing requirements of any stock or securities exchange on which such securities may be listed or traded), (ii) complete or partial prohibitions on the issuer paying Distributions on or repurchasing Common Stock or other securities that rank pari passu with or junior as to Distributions to such securities for so long as Distributions on such securities, including deferred Distributions, have not been paid in full or to such lesser extent as may be specified in the terms of such securities or any related transaction agreements, and (iii) provisions obligating the issuer to cause such unpaid Distributions to be paid in full pursuant to an Alternative Payment Mechanism.

 

“Person” means any individual, corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, limited liability company or other legal entity, unincorporated organization or government or any agency or political subdivision thereof.

 

“Preferred Cap” has the meaning specified in the definition of Alternative Payment Mechanism.

 

“Prospectus Supplement” has the meaning specified in Recital B.

 

“Purchase Restriction” has the meaning specified in the definition of Alternative Payment Mechanism.

 

“Qualifying Capital Securities” means securities (other than Common Stock, Rights to acquire Common Stock, Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock and Debt Exchangeable for Equity) that rank pari passu with or junior to the Most Junior Subordinated Debt of the Corporation upon its liquidation, dissolution or winding up and, in the determination of the Board of Directors reasonably construing the definitions and other terms of this Replacement Capital Covenant, meet one of the following criteria:

 

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prior to the Stepdown Date:

 

(i)            securities issued by the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries that (A) have no maturity or a maturity of at least 55 years and (B) either (1) are subject to an Explicit Replacement Covenant and are Non-Cumulative or (2) have a Mandatory Trigger Provision and an Optional Deferral Provision and are subject to Intent-Based Replacement Disclosure;

 

(ii)           securities issued by the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries that (A) have no maturity or a maturity of at least 35 years, (B) are subject to an Explicit Replacement Covenant, (C) have an Optional Deferral Provision and (D) have a Mandatory Trigger Provision;

 

(iii)          securities issued by the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries that (A) have no maturity or a maturity of at least 55 years, (B) are subject to an Explicit Replacement Covenant and (C) have an Optional Deferral Provision;

 

(iv)          securities issued by the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries that (A) have no maturity or a maturity of at least 55 years and (B) are subject to Intent-Based Replacement Disclosure and (C) are Non-Cumulative;

 

(v)           securities issued by the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries that (A) have no maturity or a maturity of at least 55 years, (B) have an Optional Deferral Provision and (C) have a Mandatory Trigger Provision;

 

(vi)          securities issued by the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries that (A) have no maturity or a maturity of at least 35 years, (B) are subject to an Explicit Replacement Covenant and (C) are Non-Cumulative;

 

(vii)         securities issued by the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries that (A) either (1) have no maturity or a maturity of at least 35 years and are subject to Intent-Based Replacement Disclosure or (2) have no maturity or a maturity of at least 25 years and are subject to an Explicit Replacement Covenant, (B) have an Optional Deferral Provision and (C) have a Mandatory Trigger Provision; or

 

(viii)        any other preferred stock issued by the Corporation that (A) has no prepayment obligation on the part of the issuer thereof, whether at the election of the holders or otherwise, (B) has no maturity or a maturity of at least 55 years and (C) is subject to an Explicit Replacement Covenant; or

 

(b)                               in connection with any redemption, defeasance or purchase of the Notes after the Stepdown Date:

 

(i)            all securities described under clause (a) of this definition;

 

(ii)           securities issued by the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries that (A) have no maturity or a maturity of at least 55 years, (B) are subject to Intent-Based Replacement Disclosure and (C) have an Optional Deferral Provision;

 

(iii)          securities issued by the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries that (A) have no maturity or a maturity of at least 35 years, (B) are subject to an Explicit Replacement Covenant and (C) have an Optional Deferral Provision;

 

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either (1) have no maturity or a maturity of at least 35 years and are subject to Intent-Based Replacement Disclosure or (2) have no maturity or a maturity of at least 25 years and are subject to an Explicit Replacement Covenant and (B) are Non-Cumulative;

 

(v)           securities issued by the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries that (A) have no maturity or a maturity of at least 25 years, (B) are subject to Intent-Based Replacement Disclosure, (C) have an Optional Deferral Provision and (D) have a Mandatory Trigger Provision; or

 

(vi)          any other preferred stock issued by the Corporation that (A) has no prepayment obligation on the part of the issuer thereof, whether at the election of the holders or otherwise and (B) either (1) has no maturity or a maturity of at least 55 years and is subject to Intent-Based Replacement Disclosure or (2) has no maturity or a maturity of at least 35 years and is subject to an Explicit Replacement Covenant.

 

“Qualifying Preferred Stock” means Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock of the Corporation that (i) ranks pari passu with or junior to other preferred stock of the issuer, (ii) is perpetual with no prepayment obligation on the part of the issuer thereof, whether at the election of the holders or otherwise, and (iii) either (A) is subject to an Explicit Replacement Capital Covenant or (B) is subject to Intent-Based Replacement Disclosure and has a provision that prohibits the issuer thereof from paying any dividends thereon upon its failure to satisfy one or more financial tests set forth in the terms of such securities or related transaction agreements.

 

“Qualifying Warrants” means net share settled warrants to purchase Common Stock that have an exercise price at the date the issuer agrees to issue such warrants that is greater than the current Market Value of the issuer’s Common Stock as of their date of issuance, and do not entitle the issuer to redeem such warrants for cash and the holders of such warrants are not entitled to require the issuer to repurchase such warrants for cash in any circumstance; provided that the issuer states in the prospectus or other offering or purchase document for any Qualifying Capital Securities that include an Alternative Payment Mechanism or Mandatory Trigger Provision its intention that any Qualifying Warrants issued in accordance with such Alternative Payment Mechanism or Mandatory Trigger Provision will have exercise prices at least 10% above the current Market Value of the issuer’s Common Stock on the date of issuance of such Qualifying Warrants.

 

“Redesignation Date” means, as to the then effective Covered Debt, the earliest of (i) the date that is two years prior to the final maturity date of such Covered Debt, (ii) if the issuer elects to redeem or defease, or the Corporation or a majority owned Subsidiary of the Corporation elects to purchase, such Covered Debt either in whole or in part with the consequence that after giving effect to such redemption, defeasance or purchase the outstanding principal amount of such Covered Debt is less than $100,000,000, the applicable redemption, defeasance or purchase date and (iii) if the then outstanding Covered Debt is not Eligible Subordinated Debt, the date on which the Corporation issues long-term indebtedness for money borrowed that is Eligible Subordinated Debt.

 

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“Replacement Capital Securities” means (i) Common Stock and/or (ii) securities that constitute one or more of the following (as determined by the Board of Directors reasonably construing the definitions and other terms of this Replacement Capital Covenant):

 

(a)           Rights to acquire Common Stock;

 

(b)           Debt Exchangeable for Equity

 

(c)           Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock; and

 

(d)           Qualifying Capital Securities.

 

“Rights to acquire Common Stock” includes any right to acquire Common Stock, including any right to acquire Common Stock pursuant to a stock purchase plan or employee benefit plan. Rights to acquire Common Stock shall include Qualifying Warrants.

 

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

 

“Share Cap” has the meaning specified in the definition of Alternative Payment Mechanism.

 

“Stepdown Date” means the earliest to occur of either (i) the date that is 50 years prior to the maturity date of the Notes, as such maturity date of the Notes is extended pursuant to the First Supplemental Indenture or (ii) the date of initial application to the Notes by an NRSRO of a new methodology for assigning equity credit to the Notes implemented subsequent to the date hereof that results in a reduction in the equity credit ascribed to the Notes by such NRSRO on the date of initial issuance of the Notes.

 

Subsidiary” means, at any time, any Person the shares of stock or other ownership interests of which having ordinary voting power to elect a majority of the board of directors or other managers of such Person are at the time owned, or the management or policies of which are otherwise at the time controlled, directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries (including other Subsidiaries) or both, by another Person.

 

“Termination Date” has the meaning specified in Section 4(a).

 

“Trustee” has the meaning specified in Recital A.

 

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