Revolving Line Of Credit Note

2009 Revolving Line of Credit Note

Exhibit 10.1






Dated: August 10, 2009


Lime Energy Co., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), for value received, promises to pay to Richard P. Kiphart (“Noteholder”), the principal amount of Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00) (the “Maximum Principal Amount”), or so much thereof as may be advanced and be outstanding, together with interest thereon, to be computed on each advance from the date of its disbursement as set forth herein.  This Note is issued pursuant to that certain 2009 Note Issuance Agreement (“Issuance Agreement”) dated of even date herewith, by and between the Company and Noteholder, and the obligation of the Noteholder to make advances is subject to the Company’s compliance with the conditions set forth in the Issuance Agreement.


Noteholder authorizes the Company to record on the grid sheet accompanying this Note (the “Grid Sheet”) all advances, repayments, prepayments and the unpaid principal balance from time to time.  Noteholder agrees that, in the absence of manifest error, the record kept by the Company on the Grid Sheet shall be conclusive evidence of the matters recorded, provided that the failure of the Company to record or correctly record any amount or date shall not affect the obligation of the Company to pay the outstanding principal balance of the advances and the interest thereon in accordance with this Note.


The following is a statement of the rights of Noteholder and the conditions to which this Note is subject, and to which Noteholder, by the acceptance of this Note, agrees:


1.                                       Payment of Principal and Interest.


1.1                                 Interest.  The outstanding principal balance hereunder shall bear interest at the rate of seventeen percent (17%) per annum with twelve percent (12%) per annum payable in cash (the “Current Interest”) and the remaining five percent (5%) per annum to be capitalized (the “Capitalized Interest”).  The Current Interest shall be payable on the first day of each calendar quarter, commencing on October 1, 2009, and continuing until the principal balance hereunder shall have been paid in full.  The Capitalized Interest shall be added to the then outstanding principal balance of this Note on the first calendar day of each calendar quarter that this Note remains outstanding (the “Capitalized Interest”) and shall be due and payable on the Maturity Date (as hereinafter defined) or on such other date as may be required hereby.  As used herein, references to the “principal balance” shall include Capitalized Interest.  For the avoidance of doubt, Capitalized Interest shall bear interest at the same interest rate and shall be payable on the same terms as principal advanced by the Noteholder.  Capitalized Interest and Current Interest shall be calculated based on a 365-day year for the actual number of days elapsed.  Without limiting the foregoing, the Company shall be obligated to pay a minimum of three (3) months’ Current Interest and Capitalized Interest on the principal amount of each advance from the date of its disbursement to the Company unless such advance shall be repaid in three (3) months or more from the date of its disbursement.


1.2                                 Principal.  The entire outstanding principal balance and all accrued and unpaid interest shall be immediately due and payable on February 10, 2010 (the “Maturity Date”).


1.3                                 Borrowing and Repayment.  The Company may from time to time during the term of this Note borrow, partially or wholly, repay its outstanding borrowings, and reborrow, subject to all of the limitations, terms and conditions of this Note; provided, however, that the total outstanding borrowings under this Note shall not at any time exceed the Maximum Principal Amount. The outstanding principal balance of



this Note, together with all accrued but unpaid interest, including, without limitation, all Capitalized Interest, shall be due and payable in full on the Maturity Date.


1.4                                 Business Purpose: Usury Savings Clause.  This Note is being issued for business purposes.  The Company and Noteholder intend to comply at all times with applicable usury laws.  If at any time such laws would render usurious any amounts due under this Note under applicable law, then it is the Company’s and Noteholder’s express intention that the Company not be required to pay interest on this Note at a rate in excess of the maximum lawful rate, that the provisions of this Section 1.4 shall control over all other provisions of this Note which may be in apparent conflict hereunder, that such excess amount shall be immediately credited to the principal balance of this Note (or, if this Note has been fully paid, refunded by Noteholder to the Company), and the provisions hereof shall be immediately reformed and the amounts thereafter decreased, so as to comply with the then applicable usury law, but so as to permit the payment of the maximum amount otherwise due under this Note.


1.5                                 Application of Payments.  Payments by the Company shall be applied first to any and all accrued interest through the payment date and second to the unpaid principal balance.


2.                                       Unused Funds Fee.  The Company agrees to pay to Noteholder a fee (the “Unused Funds Fee”) calculated by multiplying (a) seven percent (7%) times (b) the daily amount by which the Maximum Principal Amount exceeds the outstanding advances made to the Company, excluding Capitalized Interest, dividing the product by (c) 365 and then multiplying the quotient by (d) the number of days in such calendar quarter.  The Unused Funds Fee shall be payable quarterly in arrears on the first Business Day (as hereinafter defined) of each calendar quarter for the immediately preceding calendar quarter commencing on the first such date following the date hereof, with a final payment on the Maturity Date or any earlier date on which all amounts payable hereunder become due pursuant to the terms hereof.  Any Unused Funds Fee that shall not be paid by the tenth (10th) day of each calendar quarter shall accrue interest at the rate of seventeen percent (17%) per annum until paid in full together with such accrued interest.  “Business Day” shall mean any day, other than a Saturday, Sunday, a day that is a legal holiday under the laws of the State of Illinois or any other day on which banking institutions located in Chicago, Illinois are authorized or required by law or other governmental action to close.


3.                                       Termination Fee.  In the event, and on the date (the “Termination Date”), that the Company delivers written notice to Noteholder terminating the lending relationship evidenced by this Note prior to the Maturity Date, the Company agrees to pay a termination fee to the Noteholder (the “Termination Fee”) equal to the difference (if positive) between (i) Seventy Thousand Dollars ($70,000.00), and (ii) the sum of the aggregate Unused Funds Fee and the amount of Current Interest and Capitalized Interest actually received by Noteholder determined as of the Termination Date.


4.                                       [Intentionally Omitted].


5.                                       Events of Default.


5.1                                 Definition.  For purposes of this Note, an “Event of Default” shall be deemed to have occurred if:


(a)                                  the Company fails to pay within ten (10) days after written demand the Current Interest or Unused Funds Fee then due and payable on this Note; or



(b)                                 the Company fails to pay in full the principal balance (including, without limitation, the Capitalized Interest) outstanding together with accrued but unpaid interest thereon on the Maturity Date; or


(c)                                  the Company fails to pay the Termination Fee on the Termination Date; or


(d)                                 the Company makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors or admits in writing its inability to pay its debts generally as they become due; or an order, judgment or decree is entered adjudicating the Company bankrupt or insolvent; or any order for relief with respect to the Company is entered under the Federal Bankruptcy Code; or the Company petitions or applies to any tribunal for the appointment of a custodian, trustee, receiver or liquidator of the Company, or of any substantial part of the assets of the Company, or commences any proceeding relating to the Company under bankruptcy reorganization, arrangement, insolvency, readjustment of debt, dissolution or liquidation law of any jurisdiction; or any such petition or application is filed, or any such proceeding is commenced, against the Company and such petition, application or proceeding is not dismissed within sixty (60) days, or


(e)                                  the Company sells all or substantially all of its assets.


5.2                                 Consequences of an Event of Default.  If any Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, Noteholder may declare all or any portion of the outstanding principal balance of this Note (together with all accrued interest and all other amounts due and payable with respect to this Note) to be immediately due and payable and may demand, by written notice delivered to the Company, immediate payment of all or any portion of the outstanding principal balance of this Note (together with all such other amounts then due and payable under this Note).


6.                                       Waiver.  The Company waives presentment, demand for performance, notice of nonperformance, protest, notice of protest, and notice of dishonor.  No delay on the part of Noteholder in exercising any right hereunder shall operate as a waiver of such right under this Note.


7.                                       Collection.  If the indebtedness represented by this Note or any part thereof is collected at law or in equity or in bankruptcy, receivership or other judicial proceedings or if this Note is placed in the hands of attorneys for collection after default, the Company agrees to pay, in addition to the principal and interest payable hereon, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by Noteholder.


8.                                       Security.  The Company’s obligations under this Note are secured by that certain 2009 Security Agreement dated as of the date hereof made by the Company in favor of the Noteholder.


9.                                       General Provisions.


9.1                                 Notices.  Any notice, request, demand or other communication required or permitted hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given (a) three (3) days after being sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, or (b) on the first Business Day after being deposited with a nationally recognized overnight delivery service for next Business Day delivery, or (c) when personally delivered, in each case with all postage and fees prepared and addressed, as the case may be, to Noteholder c/o William Blair & Co. LLC, 222 West Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois 60606, or to the Company at the address below its name on the signature page hereof, or to such other person or address as either party shall designate to the other from time to time in writing delivered in like manner.


9.2                                 Amendment.  The provisions of this Note may be amended only by written agreement of the Company and Noteholder.



9.3                                 Severability; Headings.  In case any provision of this Note shall be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be effected or impaired thereby, unless to do so would deprive Noteholder or the Company of a substantial part of its bargain.  AH headings used herein are used for convenience only and shall not be used to construe or interpret this Note.


9.4                                 Entire Agreement: Changes.  This Note contains the entire agreement between the parties hereto superseding and replacing any prior agreement or understanding relating to the subject matter hereof.  Neither this Note nor any term hereof may be changed, waived, discharged or terminated orally but, except as provided in Section 9.2 above, only by an instrument in writing signed by the party against which enforcement of the change, waiver, discharge or termination is sought.


9.5                                 Successors and Assigns.  This Note shall be binding upon the Company’s successors and assigns.


9.6                                 Remedies Cumulative.  The Noteholder’s rights and remedies set forth in this Note are not intended to be exhaustive and the exercise by Noteholder of any right or remedy does not preclude the exercise of any other rights or remedies that may now or subsequently exist in law or in equity or by statute or otherwise.


9.7                                 Governing Law.  This Note shall be construed and enforced in accordance with, and governed by, the internal laws of the State of Illinois, excluding that body of law applicable to conflicts of law.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this Note to be signed in its name as of the date first written above.



LIME ENERGY CO., a Delaware corporation







/s/ Jeffrey R. Mistarz



Jeffrey R. Mistarz



Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer



1280 Landmeier Road
Elk Grove, Illinois 60007
Attn: Chief Financial Officer
Facsimile: (847) 437-4969










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