Amendment To Term Loan Agreement

First Amendment to Term Loan Agreement



THIS FIRST AMENDMENT TO TERM LOAN AGREEMENT (this "Amendment") is entered into as of September 9, 2015 among PNM RESOURCES, INC., a New Mexico corporation (the "Borrower"), the Lenders party hereto and WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as Administrative Agent for the Lenders (in such capacity, the "Administrative Agent"). Capitalized terms used herein and not otherwise defined shall have the meanings ascribed thereto in the Loan Agreement (as defined below).
R E C I T A L S
WHEREAS, the Borrower, the Lenders party thereto and the Administrative Agent are parties to that certain Term Loan Agreement, dated as of March 9, 2015 (as amended or modified from time to time, the "Loan Agreement");
WHEREAS, the Borrower has requested a modification to the Loan Agreement as described below; and
WHEREAS, the Lenders party hereto are willing to agree to such modification, subject to the terms set forth herein as more fully set forth below.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants contained herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto agree as follows:
A G R E E M E N T
1.    Amendments to Loan Agreement.
(a)The first sentence of the definition of “Applicable Percentage” in Section 1.1 of the Loan Agreement is hereby amended to read as follows:
Applicable Percentage” means, for Eurodollar Loans, Base Rate Loans and Commitment Fees, the appropriate applicable percentages, in each case (subject to the exception indicated below), corresponding to the Debt Rating of the Borrower in effect as of the most recent Calculation Date as shown below:
(b)    The following definition in Section 1.1 of the Loan Agreement is amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:
Debt Rating” means, with respect to any Person, the long term, senior, unsecured non-credit enhanced debt rating of such Person by S&P or Moody’s, as applicable; provided, however, that if neither S&P nor Moody’s issues a long term, senior, unsecured non-credit enhanced rating of such Person, then (a) the Debt Rating shall be such Person’s issuer corporate credit rating by S&P or Moody’s, as applicable, and (b) for purposes of determining the applicable pricing level in the definition of Applicable Percentage, the Debt Rating of the Borrower shall be deemed to be the lesser of (x) the actual Debt Rating of the Borrower and (y) one level lower than the Debt Rating of PSNM (e.g., if the Debt Rating of PSNM by S&P is BBB then the Debt Rating of the Borrower by S&P pursuant to this clause (b) can be no greater than BBB-).






2.    Effectiveness; Conditions Precedent.

This Amendment shall be effective on the date upon receipt by the Administrative Agent of copies of this Amendment duly executed by the Borrower and the Required Lenders.

3.    Ratification of Loan Agreement. The term "Loan Agreement" as used in each of the Loan Documents shall hereafter mean the Loan Agreement as amended and modified by this Amendment. Except as herein specifically agreed, the Loan Agreement, as amended by this Amendment, is hereby ratified and confirmed and shall remain in full force and effect according to its terms. Each party hereto acknowledges and consents to the modifications set forth herein and agrees that, other than as explicitly set forth in Section 1 above, this Amendment does not impair, reduce or limit any of its obligations under the Loan Documents (including, without limitation, the indemnity obligations set forth therein) and that, after the date hereof, this Amendment shall constitute a Loan Document. The execution, delivery and effectiveness of this Amendment shall not, except as expressly provided herein, operate as a waiver of any right, power or remedy of any Lender or the Administrative Agent under any of the Loan Documents or constitute a waiver of any provision of any of the Loan Documents.

4.    Authority/Enforceability. The Borrower represents and warrants as follows:
(a)    It has taken all necessary action to authorize the execution, delivery and performance of this Amendment.
(b)    This Amendment has been duly executed and delivered by the Borrower and constitutes the Borrower’s legal, valid and binding obligations, enforceable in accordance with its terms, except as such enforceability may be subject to (i) bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, fraudulent conveyance or transfer, moratorium or similar laws affecting creditors' rights generally and (ii) general principles of equity (regardless of whether such enforceability is considered in a proceeding at law or in equity).
(c)    No consent, approval, authorization or order of, or filing, registration or qualification with, any court or governmental authority or third party is required in connection with the execution, delivery or performance by the Borrower of this Amendment.
5.    Representations and Warranties. The Borrower represents and warrants to the Lenders that (a) the representations and warranties of the Borrower set forth in Section 6 of the Loan Agreement are true and correct as of the date hereof, unless they specifically refer to an earlier date, (b) no event has occurred and is continuing which constitutes a Default or an Event of Default, and (c) it has no claims, counterclaims, offsets, credits or defenses to its obligations under the Loan Documents, or to the extent it has any, they are hereby released in consideration of the Lenders party hereto entering into this Amendment.
6.    No Conflicts. The Borrower represents and warrants that the execution and delivery of this Amendment, the consummation of the transactions contemplated herein and in the Loan Agreement (before and after giving effect to this Amendment), and the performance of and compliance with the terms and provisions hereof by the Borrower will not (a)  violate, contravene or conflict with any provision of its articles or certificate of incorporation, bylaws or other organizational or governing document, (b) violate, contravene or conflict with any law, rule, regulation (including, without limitation, Regulation U and Regulation X), order, writ, judgment, injunction, decree or permit applicable to the Borrower, (c) violate, contravene or conflict with contractual provisions of, or cause an event of default under, any indenture, loan agreement, mortgage, deed of trust, contract or other agreement or instrument

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to which the Borrower is a party or by which it or its properties may be bound, the violation of which would have or would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect or (d) result in or require the creation of any Lien upon or with respect to the Borrower's properties.
7.    Counterparts/Telecopy. This Amendment may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which when so executed and delivered shall be an original, but all of which shall constitute one and the same instrument. Delivery of executed counterparts by telecopy or by electronic format (pdf) shall be effective as an original.
8.    GOVERNING LAW. THIS AMENDMENT AND THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE PARTIES HEREUNDER SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED AND INTERPRETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
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Each of the parties hereto has caused a counterpart of this Amendment to be duly executed and delivered as of the date first above written.
BORROWER:

PNM RESOURCES, INC.,
a New Mexico corporation
By:    /s/ Elisabeth Eden            
Name:     Elisabeth Eden            
Title:     Vice President & Treasurer        


                    




ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT:

WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
as Administrative Agent and a Lender
By:    /s/ Gregory R. Gredvig            
Name:     Gregory R. Gredvig            
Title:     Vice President            






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LENDERS:
ROYAL BANK OF CANADA,
as a Lender


By:    /s/ Ben Thomas                
Name:     Ben Thomas                
Title:     Authorized Signatory        


SUNTRUST BANK,
as a Lender


By:____________________________________
Name:__________________________________
Title:___________________________________


U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
as a Lender


By:____________________________________
Name:__________________________________
Title:___________________________________



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LENDERS:
ROYAL BANK OF CANADA,
as a Lender


By:____________________________________
Name:__________________________________
Title:___________________________________


SUNTRUST BANK,
as a Lender


By:    /s/ Andrew Johnson            
Name:     Andrew Johnson            
Title:     Director                


U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
as a Lender


By:____________________________________
Name:__________________________________
Title:___________________________________






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