Amendment

Incremental Amendment No. 1

Exhibit 10.2

EXECUTION VERSION

INCREMENTAL AMENDMENT NO. 1

INCREMENTAL AMENDMENT NO. 1, dated as of June 16, 2014 (this “Incremental Amendment”), among American Tire Distributors, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Borrower”), American Tire Distributors Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Holdings”), the other Guarantors party hereto, the New 2014 Term Lenders (as hereinafter defined) and Bank of America, N.A., as Administrative Agent.

WHEREAS, reference is hereby made to the Credit Agreement, dated as of March 28, 2014 (as amended, restated, amended and restated, supplemented, extended, refinanced or otherwise modified prior to giving effect to this Incremental Amendment, the “Credit Agreement”), among Holdings, the Borrower, each Guarantor from time to time party thereto, Bank of America, N.A., as Administrative Agent and the Lenders from time to time party thereto;

WHEREAS, as of the date hereof, the Borrower, Holdings, the other Guarantors party hereto, the Administrative Agent and the New 2014 Term Lenders desire to amend the Credit Agreement pursuant to amendments authorized by Section 2.12(f) of the Credit Agreement to permit the borrowing of the New 2014 Term Loans (as hereinafter defined) pursuant to this Incremental Amendment and to designate such New 2014 Term Loans as “Initial Term Loans” for all purposes under the Credit Agreement;

WHEREAS, the Borrower desires to obtain New 2014 Term Loans in an aggregate principal amount of up to $420,000,000, consisting of up to $340,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of New 2014 Initial Term Loans and up to $80,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans;

WHEREAS, each New 2014 Term Lender has agreed to provide such New 2014 Term Loans in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in this Incremental Amendment and in the Amended Credit Agreement (as hereinafter defined);

WHEREAS, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (the “Arranger”) has agreed to act in the role and pursuant to the title set forth in the Engagement Letter (as hereinafter defined) in respect of this Incremental Amendment;

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and agreements, provisions and covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:

Section 1. Defined Terms; References. (a) Unless otherwise specifically defined herein, each term used herein which is defined in the Credit Agreement has the meaning assigned to such term in the Amended Credit Agreement. The rules of construction and other interpretive provisions specified in Sections 1.02, 1.05 and 1.06 of the Amended Credit Agreement shall apply to this Incremental Amendment, including terms defined in the preamble and recitals hereto.

 

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(b) As used in this Incremental Amendment, the following terms have the meanings specified below:

Amended Credit Agreement” shall mean the Credit Agreement, as amended by this Incremental Amendment.

Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date” shall have the meaning provided in Section 8 hereof.

New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2 hereof.

New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment” shall mean, in the case of each Lender, the amount set forth opposite such Lender’s name on Schedule 1 to this Incremental Amendment as such Lender’s “New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment”. The aggregate principal amount of all New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitments as of the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date is $80,000,000.

New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Lender” shall mean a Lender with a New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment.

New 2014 Initial Term Loan” shall have the meaning provided in Section 2 hereof.

New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitment” shall mean, in the case of each Lender, the amount set forth opposite such Lender’s name on Schedule 1 to this Incremental Amendment as such Lender’s “New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitment”. The aggregate principal amount of all New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitments as of the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date is $340,000,000.

New 2014 Initial Term Loan Lender” shall mean a Lender with a New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitment.

New 2014 Term Lender” shall mean a New 2014 Initial Term Loan Lender or a New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Lender.

New 2014 Term Loan” shall mean a New 2014 Initial Term Loan or a New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan.

Section 2. New 2014 Term Loans.

(a) (i) On the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date, subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein and in the Amended Credit Agreement, each New 2014 Initial Term Lender, severally and not jointly, shall make a loan or loans (each, a “New 2014 Initial Term Loan”) to the Borrower in accordance with this Section 2(a)(i) and Section 2.01 of the Amended Credit Agreement in an amount equal to its New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitment; and (ii)

 

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on the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date (as defined in the Amended Credit Agreement), subject to the terms set forth herein and in the Amended Credit Agreement and solely on the conditions set forth in Section 9 hereof, each New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Lender, severally and not jointly, shall make a loan or loans (each, a “New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan”) to the Borrower in accordance with this Section 2(a)(ii) and Section 2.01 of the Amended Credit Agreement in an amount equal to its New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment.

(b) Each New 2014 Term Lender hereby consents to the following Interest Periods:

(i) in connection with its New 2014 Initial Term Loans, an Interest Period beginning on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date and ending on the last days of the Interest Periods then in effect with respect to any outstanding Initial Term Loans, in amounts pro rata across such Interest Periods with the other Term Loans outstanding on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date, in respect of the Eurodollar Borrowing of New 2014 Term Loans incurred on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date; and

(ii) in connection with any New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans incurred on the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date, an Interest Period beginning on the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date and ending on the last days of the Interest Periods then in effect with respect to any outstanding Initial Term Loans, in amounts pro rata across such Interest Periods with the other Term Loans outstanding on the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date, in respect of the Eurodollar Borrowing of New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans incurred on the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date.

Section 3. Amendment; Borrowings on Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date. (a) Each of the parties hereto agrees that, effective on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date and immediately prior to the borrowing of the New 2014 Initial Term Loans, the Credit Agreement shall be amended to delete the stricken text (indicated textually in the same manner as the following example: stricken text) and to add the double-underlined text (indicated textually in the same manner as the following example: double-underlined text) as set forth in the pages of the Credit Agreement attached as Exhibit A hereto.

(b) With effect from the effectiveness of this Incremental Amendment, each New 2014 Initial Term Loan made on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date and each New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan made on the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date, in each case, in accordance with Section 2(a) hereof and the applicable provisions of the Amended Credit Agreement shall constitute, for all purposes of the Amended Credit Agreement, a Term Loan made pursuant to the Amended Credit Agreement and this Incremental Amendment; provided that pursuant to this Incremental Amendment, each such New 2014 Term Loan shall constitute an “Initial Term Loan” for all purposes of the Amended Credit Agreement, and all provisions of the Amended Credit Agreement applicable to Initial Term Loans shall be applicable to such New 2014 Term Loans.

 

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(c) The New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitments provided for hereunder shall terminate on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date immediately upon the borrowing of the New 2014 Initial Term Loans pursuant to Section 2(a)(i) hereof. The New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitments provided for hereunder shall terminate on the earlier of (i) the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date immediately upon the borrowing of the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans pursuant to Section 2(a)(ii) hereof and (ii) 5:00 p.m. (New York City time) on the New 2014 Delayed Draw End Date (as defined in the Amended Credit Agreement).

Section 4. Effect of Amendment; Reaffirmation; Etc. Except as expressly set forth herein or in the Amended Credit Agreement, this Incremental Amendment shall not by implication or otherwise limit, impair, constitute a waiver of or otherwise affect the rights and remedies of the Lenders or the Agents under the Credit Agreement or under any other Loan Document and shall not alter, modify, amend or in any way affect any of the terms, conditions, obligations, covenants or agreements contained in the Credit Agreement or any other provision of the Credit Agreement or of any other Loan Document, all of which are ratified and affirmed in all respects and shall continue in full force and effect. Without limiting the foregoing, (i) each Loan Party acknowledges and agrees that (A) each Loan Document to which it is a party is hereby confirmed and ratified and shall remain in full force and effect according to its respective terms (in the case of the Credit Agreement, as amended hereby) and (B) the Collateral Documents do, and all of the Collateral does, and in each case shall continue to, secure the payment of all Obligations (including, for the avoidance of doubt, the New 2014 Initial Term Loans made on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date and the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans made on the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date) on the terms and conditions set forth in the Collateral Documents, and hereby ratifies the security interests granted by it pursuant to the Collateral Documents and (ii) each Guarantor hereby confirms and ratifies its continuing unconditional obligations as Guarantor under the Guaranty with respect to all of the Obligations (including, for the avoidance of doubt, the New 2014 Initial Term Loans made on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date and the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans made on the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date). On and as of the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date, each reference in the Credit Agreement to “this Agreement”, “hereof”, “hereunder”, “herein” and “hereby” and each other similar reference, and each reference in any other Loan Document to “the Credit Agreement”, “thereof”, “thereunder”, “therein” or “thereby” or any other similar reference to the Credit Agreement shall refer to the Credit Agreement as amended hereby.

Section 5. Representations of Loan Parties. Each of the Loan Parties hereby represents and warrants that as of the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date, immediately prior to and immediately after giving effect to the transactions contemplated by this Incremental Amendment on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date, including the borrowing of any New 2014 Initial Term Loans provided for herein:

(a) the representations and warranties set forth in Article V of the Amended Credit Agreement and in each other Loan Document shall be true and correct in all material respects on and as of the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date with the same effect as though made

 

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on and as of such date, except to the extent such representations and warranties specifically relate to an earlier date, in which case they shall be true and correct in all material respects as of such earlier date; provided that any such representation and warranty that is qualified by “materiality”, “material adverse effect” or similar language shall be true and correct in all respects (after giving effect to such qualification therein) on and as of the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date with the same effect as though made on and as of such date or such earlier date, as applicable;

(b) no Default or Event of Default shall exist or would result from the transactions contemplated by this Incremental Amendment, including the borrowing of New 2014 Initial Term Loans;

(c) this Incremental Amendment is an “Incremental Amendment” under and as defined in Section 2.12(f) of the Credit Agreement and after giving pro forma effect to the incurrence of the New 2014 Initial Term Loans, the Secured Net Leverage Ratio for the Test Period most recently ended is less than or equal to 4.00 to 1.00 (calculating the Secured Net Leverage Ratio without netting the cash proceeds from the New 2014 Initial Term Loans); and

(d) on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date, after giving effect to all of the transactions contemplated hereby (including the incurrence of the New 2014 Initial Term Loans): (i) the fair value of the assets of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, at a fair valuation, will exceed the debts and liabilities, direct, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis; (ii) the present fair saleable value of the property of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, will be greater than the amount that will be required to pay the probable liability of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, on their debts and other liabilities, direct, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, as such debts and other liabilities become absolute and matured; (iii) the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, will be able to pay their debts and liabilities, direct, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, as such debts and liabilities become absolute and matured; and (iv) the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, will not have unreasonably small capital with which to conduct the businesses in which they are engaged as such businesses are now conducted and are proposed to be conducted following the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date.

Section 6. Governing Law. THIS INCREMENTAL AMENDMENT AND THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE PARTIES HEREUNDER SHALL BE GOVERNED BY, AND CONSTRUED AND INTERPRETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, THE LAW OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.

Section 7. Counterparts. This Incremental Amendment may be executed in counterparts (and by different parties hereto on different counterparts), each of which shall constitute an original but all of which when taken together shall constitute a single contract. Delivery of an executed signature page to this Incremental Amendment by facsimile or electronic transmission shall be as effective as delivery of a manually signed counterpart of this Incremental Amendment.

 

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Section 8. Effectiveness. This Incremental Amendment, and the obligation of each New 2014 Initial Term Lender to make the New 2014 Initial Term Loan to be made by it pursuant to Section 2(a)(i) hereof, shall become effective on the date (the “Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date”) when each of the following conditions shall have been satisfied:

(a) the Administrative Agent shall have received counterparts of this Incremental Amendment executed and delivered by a duly authorized officer of each of (i) the Loan Parties, (ii) the Administrative Agent and (iii) the New 2014 Term Lenders;

(b) the Borrower shall have paid all fees due and payable to the Arranger pursuant to that certain engagement letter, dated as of June 3, 2014 (the “Engagement Letter”), among the Borrower, the Arranger and TPG Capital BD, LLC;

(c) the Administrative Agent and the Arranger shall have received all reasonable and documented costs and expenses required to be paid or reimbursed under Section 10.04 of the Credit Agreement or the Engagement Letter for which invoices have been presented three Business Days prior to the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date;

(d) the representations and warranties set forth in Section 5 hereof shall be true and correct;

(e) the Administrative Agent shall have received:

(i) a certificate of each Loan Party, dated the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date, executed by two Responsible Officers of such Loan Party, substantially in the form of the certificates delivered on the Closing Date pursuant to Section 4.01(a)(v) of the Credit Agreement (together with the attachments described therein);

(ii) a certificate of good standing (to the extent such concept exists) from the applicable secretary of state of the state of organization of each Loan Party;

(iii) a copy of the resolutions of the board of directors or other governing body, as applicable, of each Loan Party (or a duly authorized committee thereof) authorizing (a) the execution, delivery and performance of this Incremental Amendment (and any agreements relating thereto) to which it is a party and (b) in the case of the Borrower, the borrowings of the New 2014 Term Loans contemplated hereunder;

(iv) a customary legal opinion of (w) Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, special New York counsel to Holdings, the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, (x) Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, special Ohio counsel to Holdings, the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, (y) Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, special Connecticut counsel to Holdings, the Borrower and its Subsidiaries and (z) K&L Gates LLP, special New Jersey

 

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and Washington counsel to Holdings, the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, in each case substantially in the form of the respective opinions delivered on the Closing Date pursuant to Section 4.01(a)(vi) of the Credit Agreement;

(v) a solvency certificate from the chief financial officer of the Borrower, dated the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date, substantially in the form of Exhibit G to the Credit Agreement;

(vi) a Term Note duly executed and delivered by the Borrower in favor of each New 2014 Term Lender, if any, requesting the same; and

(vii) a Committed Loan Notice in accordance with Section 2.02(a) of the Amended Credit Agreement; and

(f) the incurrence of the New 2014 Initial Term Loans on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date shall comply with the requirements of Section 2.12 of the Credit Agreement.

Section 9. Funding of New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Incremental Amendment or the Amended Credit Agreement, the obligation of each New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Lender to make the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan to be made by it pursuant to Section 2(a)(ii) hereof shall be subject solely to the following conditions:

(a) the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date shall have occurred;

(b) the representations and warranties set forth in Section 5 hereof shall be true and correct (except that for purposes of this Section 9(b), the references therein to the “New 2014 Initial Term Loans” shall be replaced by references to the “New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans” and the references therein to the “Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date” shall be replaced by references to the “Delayed Draw Borrowing Date”);

(c) no Default or Event of Default shall exist or would result from the borrowing of the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans;

(d) the Borrower shall have paid to the Administrative Agent for the account of each New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Lender on the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date, the Delayed Draw Commitment Fee, if any, payable pursuant to Section 2.07(b) of the Amended Credit Agreement;

(e) the Administrative Agent and the Arranger shall have received all reasonable and documented costs and expenses required to be paid or reimbursed under Section 10.04 of the Credit Agreement or the Engagement Letter for which invoices have been presented three Business Days prior to the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date;

 

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(f) the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans shall be made on or prior to 5:00 p.m. (New York City Time) on the New 2014 Delayed Draw End Date;

(g) the Administrative Agent shall have received a Committed Loan Notice in accordance with Section 2.02(a) of the Amended Credit Agreement; and

(h) the incurrence of the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans on the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date shall comply with the requirements of Section 2.12 of the Credit Agreement.

[SIGNATURE PAGES FOLLOW]

 

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

 

AMERICAN TIRE DISTRIBUTORS HOLDINGS, INC.,

as Holdings and as a Guarantor

By:  

/s/ J. Michael Gaither

Name:   J. Michael Gaither
Title:   Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

AMERICAN TIRE DISTRIBUTORS, INC.,

as Borrower

By:  

/s/ J. Michael Gaither

Name:   J. Michael Gaither
Title:   Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

 

Each of the other Guarantors listed on Annex A hereto:
        By:  

/s/ J. Michael Gaither

        Name:   J. Michael Gaither
        Title:   Secretary

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 1 to Credit Agreement]


Annex A

AM-PAC TIRE DIST. INC.

THE HERCULES TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY

HERCULES ASIA PACIFIC, LLC

TIRE WHOLESALERS, INC.

TERRY’S TIRE TOWN HOLDINGS, INC.

T & Z TIRE WHOLESALERS, INC.

TERRY’S TIRE TOWN, INC.

TERRY’S TIRE TOWN VIRGINIA, LTD.

TERRY’S TIRE TOWN BALTIMORE, LTD.

SUMMIT TIRES NORTHEAST, LLC

ENGLEWOOD TIRE WHOLESALE, INC.

 

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BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., as

    Administrative Agent

By  

/s/ Laura Call

Name:  

Laura Call

Title:   Assistant Vice President

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 1 to Credit Agreement]


New 2014 Term Lenders:

 

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., as

    New 2014 Term Lender

By  

/s/ Douglas M. Ingram

Name:   Douglas M. Ingram
Title:   Managing Director

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 1 to Credit Agreement]


Schedule 1

New 2014 Term Loan Commitments

 

Lender    New 2014 Initial Term
Loan Commitment
     New 2014 Delayed
Draw Term Loan
Commitment
 

Bank of America, N.A.

   $ 340,000,000       $ 80,000,000   

Total:

   $ 340,000,000       $ 80,000,000   


Exhibit A

[Amendments to Credit Agreement attached]


EXECUTION VERSIONEXHIBIT A

CONFORMED TO REFLECT AMENDMENT NO. 1

Published Deal CUSIP Number: 03021BAA2

 

 

 

$300,000,000

CREDIT AGREEMENT

Dated as of March 28, 2014

among

AMERICAN TIRE DISTRIBUTORS, INC.,

as Borrower,

AMERICAN TIRE DISTRIBUTORS HOLDINGS, INC.,

as Holdings,

each GUARANTOR from time to time party hereto,

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,

as Administrative Agent,

and

THE OTHER LENDERS PARTY HERETO

 

 

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,

as Sole Lead Arranger and Sole Bookrunner

 

 

 

REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE LIEN SUBORDINATION AND INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT, DATED AS OF MAY 28, 2010 (AS AMENDED, SUPPLEMENTED OR OTHERWISE MODIFIED FROM TIME TO TIME, THE “INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT”), AMONG BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., AS ABL AGENT (AS DEFINED IN THE INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT) FOR THE ABL SECURED PARTIES REFERRED TO THEREIN; THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, N.A., AS NOTEHOLDER COLLATERAL AGENT (AS DEFINED IN THE INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT); AMERICAN TIRE DISTRIBUTORS HOLDINGS, INC.; AMERICAN TIRE DISTRIBUTORS, INC.; AM-PAC TIRE DIST. INC.; AND THE OTHER SUBSIDIARIES OF AMERICAN TIRE DISTRIBUTORS, INC. NAMED THEREIN. EACH LENDER HEREUNDER, BY MAKING A LOAN TO THE BORROWER, (ACONSENTS TO THE SUBORDINATION OF LIENS PROVIDED FOR IN THE INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT, (BAGREES THAT IT WILL BE BOUND BY, AND WILL TAKE NO ACTIONS CONTRARY TO, THE PROVISIONS OF THE INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT AND (CAUTHORIZES AND INSTRUCTS THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT TO ENTER INTO THE INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT AS NOTEHOLDER COLLATERAL AGENT ON BEHALF OF SUCH LENDER. THE FOREGOING PROVISIONS ARE INTENDED AS AN INDUCEMENT TO THE LENDERS TO EXTEND CREDIT TO THE BORROWER AND SUCH LENDERS ARE INTENDED THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES OF SUCH PROVISIONS AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT.


Table of Contents

 

         Page  
ARTICLE I   
Definitions and Accounting Terms   

SECTION 1.01

 

Defined Terms

     1   

SECTION 1.02

 

Other Interpretive Provisions

     64   

SECTION 1.03

 

Accounting Terms

     64   

SECTION 1.04

 

Rounding

     64   

SECTION 1.05

 

References to Agreements, Laws, Etc.

     64   

SECTION 1.06

 

Times of Day and Timing of Payment and Performance

     65   

SECTION 1.07

 

Pro Forma and Other Calculations

     65   

SECTION 1.08

 

Available Amount Transaction

     66   

SECTION 1.09

 

Currency Generally

     66   

SECTION 1.10

 

Limited Condition Acquisitions

     67   
ARTICLE II   
The Commitments and Borrowings   

SECTION 2.01

 

Term Borrowings

     68   

SECTION 2.02

 

Borrowings, Conversions and Continuations of Loans

     68   

SECTION 2.03

 

Prepayments

     70   

SECTION 2.04

 

Termination of Commitments

     79   

SECTION 2.05

 

Repayment of Loans

     79   

SECTION 2.06

 

Interest

     80   

SECTION 2.07

 

Fees

     80   

SECTION 2.08

 

Computation of Interest and Fees

     80   

SECTION 2.09

 

Evidence of Indebtedness

     81   

SECTION 2.10

 

Payments Generally

     81   

SECTION 2.11

 

Sharing of Payments

     83   

SECTION 2.12

 

Incremental Facilities

     83   

SECTION 2.13

 

Refinancing Amendments

     86   

SECTION 2.14

 

Extensions of Loans

     87   

SECTION 2.15

 

Prepayment Premium

     89   
ARTICLE III   
Taxes, Increased Costs Protection and Illegality   

SECTION 3.01

 

Taxes

     89   

SECTION 3.02

 

Illegality

     91   

SECTION 3.03

 

Inability to Determine Rates

     92   

SECTION 3.04

 

Increased Cost and Reduced Return; Capital Adequacy; Reserves on Eurodollar Rate Loans

     92   

SECTION 3.05

 

Funding Losses

     93   

SECTION 3.06

 

Matters Applicable to All Requests for Compensation

     93   

SECTION 3.07

 

Replacement of Lenders under Certain Circumstances

     94   

SECTION 3.08

 

Survival

     95   

 

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ARTICLE IV   
Conditions Precedent to Credit Extension   

SECTION 4.01

 

Conditions to Borrowing

     95   
ARTICLE V   
Representations and Warranties   

SECTION 5.01

 

Existence, Qualification and Power; Compliance with Laws

     98   

SECTION 5.02

 

Authorization; Enforceability

     98   

SECTION 5.03

 

Governmental Authorization; No Conflict

     98   

SECTION 5.04

 

Insurance

     98   

SECTION 5.05

 

Financial Statements; No Material Adverse Effect

     98   

SECTION 5.06

 

Litigation

     99   

SECTION 5.07

 

Labor Matters

     99   

SECTION 5.08

 

Ownership of Property; Liens

     99   

SECTION 5.09

 

Environmental Matters

     100   

SECTION 5.10

 

Taxes

     100   

SECTION 5.11

 

ERISA Compliance

     100   

SECTION 5.12

 

Subsidiaries

     100   

SECTION 5.13

 

Federal Reserve Regulations; Investment Company Act

     100   

SECTION 5.14

 

Disclosure

     100   

SECTION 5.15

 

Intellectual Property; Licenses, Etc.

     101   

SECTION 5.16

 

Solvency

     101   

SECTION 5.17

 

Subordination of Junior Financing

     101   

SECTION 5.18

 

USA Patriot Act and OFAC

     101   

SECTION 5.19

 

Collateral Documents

     101   
ARTICLE VI   
Affirmative Covenants   

SECTION 6.01

 

Financial Statements

     102   

SECTION 6.02

 

Certificates; Other Information

     103   

SECTION 6.03

 

Notices

     104   

SECTION 6.04

 

Payment of Obligations

     105   

SECTION 6.05

 

Preservation of Existence, Etc.

     105   

SECTION 6.06

 

Maintenance of Properties

     105   

SECTION 6.07

 

Maintenance of Insurance

     105   

SECTION 6.08

 

Compliance with Laws

     105   

SECTION 6.09

 

Books and Records

     105   

SECTION 6.10

 

Inspection Rights

     106   

SECTION 6.11

 

Covenant to Give Security

     106   

SECTION 6.12

 

Compliance with Environmental Laws

     106   

SECTION 6.13

 

Further Assurances and Post-Closing Covenant

     106   

SECTION 6.14

 

Use of Proceeds

     106   

SECTION 6.15

 

Maintenance of Ratings

     107   
ARTICLE VII   
Negative Covenants   

SECTION 7.01

 

Liens

     107   

SECTION 7.02

 

[Reserved]

     107   

 

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SECTION 7.03

 

Indebtedness

     107   

SECTION 7.04

 

Fundamental Changes

     108   

SECTION 7.05

 

Dispositions

     109   

SECTION 7.06

 

Restricted Payments

     111   

SECTION 7.07

 

Change in Nature of Business

     116   

SECTION 7.08

 

Transactions with Affiliates

     116   

SECTION 7.09

 

Burdensome Agreements

     118   

SECTION 7.10

 

Accounting Changes

     120   

SECTION 7.11

 

Modification of Terms of Junior Financing

     120   

SECTION 7.12

 

Limitation on Guarantees of Indebtedness by Restricted Subsidiaries

     120   

SECTION 7.13

 

Impairment of Security Interests

     120   
ARTICLE VIII   
Events of Default and Remedies   

SECTION 8.01

 

Events of Default

     121   

SECTION 8.02

 

Remedies upon Event of Default

     123   

SECTION 8.03

 

Application of Funds

     123   
ARTICLE IX   
Administrative Agent and Other Agents   

SECTION 9.01

 

Appointment and Authorization of the Administrative Agent

     124   

SECTION 9.02

 

Rights as a Lender

     124   

SECTION 9.03

 

Exculpatory Provisions

     124   

SECTION 9.04

 

Lack of Reliance on the Administrative Agent

     125   

SECTION 9.05

 

Certain Rights of the Administrative Agent

     125   

SECTION 9.06

 

Reliance by the Administrative Agent

     126   

SECTION 9.07

 

Delegation of Duties

     126   

SECTION 9.08

 

Indemnification

     126   

SECTION 9.09

 

The Administrative Agent in Its Individual Capacity

     127   

SECTION 9.10

 

Holders

     127   

SECTION 9.11

 

Resignation by the Administrative Agent

     127   

SECTION 9.12

 

Collateral Matters

     128   

SECTION 9.13

 

Delegation of Duties

     128   

SECTION 9.14

 

Administrative Agent May File Proofs of Claim

     128   

SECTION 9.15

 

Appointment of Supplemental Administrative Agents

     129   

SECTION 9.16

 

Intercreditor Agreements

     130   

SECTION 9.17

 

Withholding Tax

     130   
ARTICLE X   
Miscellaneous   

SECTION 10.01

 

Amendments, Etc.

     131   

SECTION 10.02

 

Notices and Other Communications; Facsimile Copies

     134   

SECTION 10.03

 

No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies

     135   

SECTION 10.04

 

Costs and Expenses

     136   

SECTION 10.05

 

Indemnification by the Borrower

     136   

SECTION 10.06

 

Marshaling; Payments Set Aside

     137   

SECTION 10.07

 

Successors and Assigns

     137   

SECTION 10.08

 

Confidentiality

     143   

SECTION 10.09

 

Setoff

     144   

SECTION 10.10

 

Interest Rate Limitation

     145   

 

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SECTION 10.11

 

Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness

     145   

SECTION 10.12

 

Electronic Execution of Assignments and Certain Other Documents

     145   

SECTION 10.13

 

Survival of Representations and Warranties

     145   

SECTION 10.14

 

Severability

     145   

SECTION 10.15

 

GOVERNING LAW

     145   

SECTION 10.16

 

WAIVER OF RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY

     146   

SECTION 10.17

 

Binding Effect

     146   

SECTION 10.18

 

Lender Action

     146   

SECTION 10.19

 

Use of Name, Logo, Etc.

     146   

SECTION 10.20

 

USA PATRIOT Act

     147   

SECTION 10.21

 

Service of Process

     147   

SECTION 10.22

 

No Advisory or Fiduciary Responsibility

     147   
ARTICLE XI   
Guaranty   

SECTION 11.01

 

Guaranty

     147   

SECTION 11.02

 

Limitation on Guarantor Liability

     148   

SECTION 11.03

 

Execution and Delivery

     149   

SECTION 11.04

 

Subrogation

     149   

SECTION 11.05

 

Benefits Acknowledged

     149   

SECTION 11.06

 

Release of Guaranty by Guarantors

     149   
ARTICLE XII   
Collateral Documents   

SECTION 12.01

 

Collateral and Collateral Documents

     150   

SECTION 12.02

 

[Reserved]

     151   

SECTION 12.03

 

Release of Collateral

     151   

SECTION 12.04

 

Permitted Releases Not To Impair Lien

     152   

SECTION 12.05

 

[Reserved]

     152   

SECTION 12.06

 

Suits To Protect the Collateral

     152   

SECTION 12.07

 

Authorization of Receipt of Funds by the Administrative Agent Under the Collateral Documents

     153   

SECTION 12.08

 

Purchaser Protected

     153   

SECTION 12.09

 

Powers Exercisable by Receiver or Administrative Agent

     153   

SECTION 12.10

 

Release Upon Termination of the Borrower’s Obligations

     153   

SECTION 12.11

 

Collateral Agent

     153   

SECTION 12.12

 

Designations

     156   

SECTION 12.13

 

Additional Collateral

     156   

 

SCHEDULES   
1.01    Closing Date Guarantors
1.01A    Closing Date Security Documents
2.01    Commitments
4.01(a)(vi)    Local Counsel
5.12    Subsidiaries and Other Equity Investments
7.01    Existing Liens
7.03    Existing Indebtedness
7.06    Existing Investments
7.08    Transactions with Affiliates
7.09    Existing Restrictions
10.02    Administrative Agent’s Office, Certain Addresses for Notices

 

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EXHIBITS

Form of

A    Committed Loan Notice
B    Term Loan Note
C    Compliance Certificate
D-1    Assignment and Assumption
D-2    Affiliated Lender Assignment and Assumption
E    Guarantor Joinder Agreement
F    United States Tax Compliance Certificates
G    Solvency Certificate
H    Discount Range Prepayment Notice
I    Discount Range Prepayment Offer
J    Solicited Discounted Prepayment Notice
K    Acceptance and Prepayment Notice
L    Specified Discount Prepayment Notice
M    Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer
N    Specified Discount Prepayment Response
O    Mortgage

 

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CREDIT AGREEMENT

This CREDIT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”) is entered into as of March 28, 2014 among AMERICAN TIRE DISTRIBUTORS HOLDINGS, INC., a Delaware corporation (“Holdings”; as hereinafter further defined), AMERICAN TIRE DISTRIBUTORS, INC., a Delaware corporation (the “Borrower”), the GUARANTORS from time to time party hereto, BANK OF AMERICA, N.A, as administrative agent (in such capacity, including any successor thereto, the “Administrative Agent”) under the Loan Documents, and each lender from time to time party hereto (collectively, the “Lenders” and individually, a “Lender”).

PRELIMINARY STATEMENTS

Pursuant to the Acquisition Agreement, the Borrower will acquire (the “Acquisition”), directly or indirectly, the Equity Interests of Terry’s Tire Town Holdings, Inc. (the “Acquired Company”) on the Closing Date.

In connection therewith, it is intended that (a) the Borrower will obtain an initial aggregate principal amount of $300,000,000 of Initial Term Loans pursuant to this Agreement, (b) the Borrower will borrow revolving loans under the ABL Credit Agreement in an aggregate principal amount of approximately $60,000,000 and (c) the proceeds of the Initial Term Loans and ABL Revolving Loans will be used to pay the consideration and other amounts owing in connection with the Acquisition under the Acquisition Agreement, to repay certain existing indebtedness and hedging obligations of the Acquired Company and its Subsidiaries and to pay all fees, costs and expenses incurred in connection with the Transactions and related transactions (including to fund any original issue discount and upfront fees).

In consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements herein contained, the parties hereto covenant and agree as follows:

ARTICLE I

Definitions and Accounting Terms

SECTION 1.01 Defined Terms. As used in this Agreement, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:

ABL Agent” means Bank of America, N.A., in its capacity as “Agent” under the ABL Facility, and any successor thereto in such capacity.

ABL Collateral” has the meaning ascribed to “ABL Facility Collateral” in the Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement.

ABL Credit Agreement” means that certain Sixth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of November 30, 2012, as amended by the First Amendment thereto dated as of March 21, 2013 and as further amended by the Second Amendment thereto dated as of January 31, 2014, among the financial institutions party thereto as lenders, Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent and collateral agent, Holdings, the Borrower and each other Subsidiary of the Borrower party thereto.

ABL Credit Documents” means the ABL Credit Agreement and all other instruments, agreements and other documents evidencing the ABL Credit Agreement or providing for any Guarantee, Lien or other right in respect thereof.

ABL Revolving Loans” means revolving credit loans made to the Borrower or its Affiliates pursuant to the ABL Credit Agreement.

Acceptable Discount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D)(2).

[Credit Agreement]


Acceptable Prepayment Amount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D)(3).

Acceptance and Prepayment Notice” means a notice of the Borrower’s acceptance of the Acceptable Discount in substantially the form of Exhibit K.

Acceptance Date” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D)(2).

Acquired Company” has the meaning specified in the introductory paragraph to this Agreement.

Acquisition” has the meaning specified in the preliminary statements to this Agreement.

Acquisition Agreement” means that certain Stock Purchase Agreement dated as of February 17, 2014 between the Borrower and TTT Holdings, Inc.

Acquisition Consideration” means an amount equal to the total funds required to consummate the Acquisition as set forth in the Acquisition Agreement.

Additional Lender” means, at any time, any bank, other financial institution or institutional lender or investor that, in any case, is not an existing Lender and that agrees to provide any portion of any (a) Incremental Term Loan in accordance with Section 2.12, (b) Other Term Loans pursuant to a Refinancing Amendment in accordance with Section 2.13 or (c) Replacement Loans pursuant to Section 10.01; provided that each Additional Lender shall be subject to the approval of the Administrative Agent, such approval not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed, to the extent that any such consent would be required from the Administrative Agent under Section 10.07(b)(iii)(B) for an assignment of Loans to such Additional Lender.

Administrative Agent” has the meaning specified in the introductory paragraph to this Agreement.

Administrative Agent’s Office” means the Administrative Agent’s address and, as appropriate, account as set forth on Schedule 10.02, or such other address or account as the Administrative Agent may from time to time notify the Borrower and the Lenders.

Administrative Questionnaire” means an Administrative Questionnaire in a form supplied by the Administrative Agent.

Affiliate” of any specified Person means any other Person directly or indirectly controlling or controlled by or under direct or indirect common control with such specified Person. For purposes of this definition, “control” (including, with correlative meanings, the terms “controlling,” “controlled by” and “under common control with”), as used with respect to any Person, shall mean the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management or policies of such Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by agreement or otherwise.

Affiliate Transaction” has the meaning specified in Section 7.08.

Affiliated Lender” means the Sponsor or any Affiliate of the Sponsor other than (a) Holdings, the Borrower or any Subsidiary of Holdings, (b) any Debt Fund Affiliate and (c) any natural person.

Affiliated Lender Assignment and Assumption” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07(h)(vi).

Affiliated Lender Cap” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07(h)(iv).

After-Acquired Property” means any and all assets or property (other than Excluded Assets) acquired after the Closing Date, including any property or assets acquired by the Borrower or a Subsidiary Guarantor from another Subsidiary Guarantor, which in each case constitutes Collateral or would have constituted Collateral had such assets and property been owned by the Borrower or a Subsidiary Guarantor on the Closing Date.

 

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Agent Parties” has the meaning specified in Section 10.02(d).

Agent-Related Persons” means the Agents, together with their respective Affiliates and controlling Persons, and their respective officers, directors, employees, partners, agents and other representatives of such Persons and of such Persons’ Affiliates and their respective successors and assigns.

Agents” means, collectively, the Administrative Agent and the Supplemental Administrative Agents (if any).

Aggregate Commitments” means the Commitments of all the Lenders.

Agreement” means this Credit Agreement.

All-In Yield” means, as to any Indebtedness, the yield thereof, whether in the form of interest rate, margin, OID, upfront fees, a Eurodollar Rate floor (with such increased amount being determined in the manner described in the final proviso of this definition), or otherwise, in each case, incurred or payable by the Borrower generally to all lenders of such Indebtedness; provided that OID and upfront fees shall be equated to interest rate assuming a 4-year life to maturity (or, if less, the stated life to maturity at the time of incurrence of the applicable Indebtedness); provided, further, that “All-In Yield” shall not include arrangement fees, structuring fees, commitment fees, underwriting fees and similar fees (regardless of whether paid in whole or in part to any or all lenders) or other fees not generally paid to all lenders of such Indebtedness or, if applicable, ticking fees accruing prior to the funding of such Indebtedness or consent fees for an amendment paid generally to consenting lenders; provided further that, with respect to any Loans of an applicable Class that includes a Eurodollar Rate floor, (1) to the extent that the Reference Rate on the date that the All-In Yield is being calculated is less than such floor, the amount of such difference shall be deemed added to the Applicable Rate for such Loans of such Class for the purpose of calculating the All-In Yield and (2) to the extent that the Reference Rate on the date that the All-In Yield is being calculated is greater than such floor, then the floor shall be disregarded in calculating the All-In Yield.

Annual Financial Statements” means the audited consolidated balance sheets of Acquired Company and its Subsidiaries as of the fiscal years ended December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, and the related statements of operations, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for the fiscal years then ended.

Applicable Discount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(C)(2).

Applicable Rate” means a percentage per annum equal to: (i) until delivery of financial statements for the first full fiscal quarter ending after the Closing Date pursuant to Section 6.01, (a) 4.75% for Eurodollar Rate Loans and (b) 3.75% for Base Rate Loans, and (ii) thereafter, the following percentages per annum, based upon the Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio as specified in the most recent Compliance Certificate received by the Administrative Agent pursuant to Section 6.02(a):

 

Pricing

Level

  

Consolidated

Net Leverage Ratio

   Eurodollar Rate     Base Rate  
1    ³ 4.50 to 1.00      4.75     3.75
2    < 4.50 to 1.00      4.50     3.50

Any increase or decrease in the Applicable Rate resulting from a change in the Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio shall become effective as of the first Business Day immediately following the date a Compliance Certificate is delivered pursuant to Section 6.02(a); provided that “Pricing Level 1” (as set forth above) shall apply as of (x) the first Business Day after the date on which a Compliance Certificate was required to have been delivered but was not delivered, and shall continue to so apply to and including the date on which such Compliance Certificate is so delivered (and thereafter the pricing level otherwise determined in accordance with this definition shall apply)

 

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and (y) at the option of the Administrative Agent or the Required Facility Lenders under the Term Facility in respect of the Initial Term Loans, the first Business Day after an Event of Default under Section 8.01(a) shall have occurred and be continuing, and shall continue to so apply to but excluding the date on which such Event of Default is cured or waived (and thereafter the pricing level otherwise determined in accordance with this definition shall apply).

Appropriate Lender” means, at any time, with respect to Loans of any Class, the Lenders of such Class.

Approved Fund” means, with respect to any Lender, any Person (other than a natural person) that is primarily engaged in making, purchasing, holding or otherwise investing in commercial loans and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course of its activities and is administered, advised or managed by (a) such Lender, (b) an Affiliate of such Lender or (c) an entity or an Affiliate of an entity that administers, advises or manages such Lender.

Arranger” means Bank of America, N.A. in its capacity as sole lead arranger under this Agreement.

Assignee Group” means two or more Eligible Assignees that are Affiliates of one another or two or more Approved Funds managed by the same investment advisor.

Assignment and Assumption” means an Assignment and Assumption substantially in the form of Exhibit D-1 or any other form approved by the Administrative Agent.

Attorney Costs” means all reasonable fees, expenses and disbursements of any law firm or other external legal counsel, to the extent documented and invoiced.

Auction Agent” means (a) the Administrative Agent or (b) any other financial institution or advisor engaged by the Borrower (whether or not an Affiliate of the Administrative Agent) to act as an arranger in connection with any Discounted Term Loan Prepayment pursuant to Section 2.03(a)(iv); provided that the Borrower shall not designate the Administrative Agent as the Auction Agent without the written consent of the Administrative Agent (it being understood that the Administrative Agent shall be under no obligation to agree to act as the Auction Agent); provided, further, that neither the Borrower nor any of its Affiliates may act as the Auction Agent.

Available Amount” means, at any time, the sum of (without duplication) of:

(a) $50,000,000; plus

(b) 50.0% of the Consolidated Net Income of the Borrower for the period (taken as one accounting period) beginning on the first day of the fiscal quarter in which the Closing Date occurs to the end of the Borrower’s most recently ended fiscal quarter for which internal financial statements are available at such time, or, in the case such Consolidated Net Income for such period is a deficit, minus 100.0% of such deficit; plus

(c) 100.0% of the aggregate net cash proceeds and the fair market value of marketable securities or other property received by the Borrower since immediately after the Closing Date (other than net cash proceeds to the extent such net cash proceeds have been used to incur Indebtedness pursuant to clause (m)(i) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness”) from the issue or sale of:

(i) (A) Equity Interests of the Borrower, including Treasury Capital Stock, but excluding cash proceeds and the fair market value of marketable securities or other property received from the sale of:

(x) Equity Interests to any future, present or former employees, directors, officers, managers, distributors or consultants (or their respective Controlled Investment Affiliates or Immediate Family Members) of the Borrower, any Parent Entity of the

 

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Borrower or the Borrower’s Subsidiaries after the Closing Date to the extent such amounts have been applied to Restricted Payments made in accordance with Section 7.06(b)(iv);

(y) Designated Preferred Stock;

and (B) to the extent such net cash proceeds are actually contributed to the Borrower, Equity Interests of any Parent Entity of the Borrower (excluding contributions of the proceeds from the sale of Designated Preferred Stock of such Person or contributions to the extent such amounts have been applied to Restricted Payments made in accordance with Section 7.06(b)(iv)); or

(ii) debt securities of the Borrower that have been converted into or exchanged for such Equity Interests of the Borrower;

provided that this clause (c) shall not include the proceeds from (W) Refunding Capital Stock, (X) Equity Interests or convertible debt securities of the Borrower sold to a Restricted Subsidiary, (Y) Disqualified Stock or debt securities that have been converted into Disqualified Stock or (Z) Excluded Contributions; plus

(d) 100.0% of the aggregate amount of cash and the fair market value of marketable securities or other property contributed to the capital of the Borrower following the Closing Date (other than net cash proceeds to the extent such net cash proceeds have been used to incur Indebtedness pursuant to clause (m)(i) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness”) (other than by a Restricted Subsidiary and other than any Excluded Contributions); plus

(e) 100.0% of the aggregate amount received in cash and the fair market value of marketable securities or other property received by means of:

(i) the sale or other disposition (other than to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary) of Restricted Investments made by the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary and repurchases and redemptions of such Restricted Investments from the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary (other than by the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary) and repayments of loans or advances, which constitute Restricted Investments made by the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary, in each case after the Closing Date; or

(ii) the sale (other than to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary) of the stock of an Unrestricted Subsidiary or a distribution from an Unrestricted Subsidiary (only to the extent the Investment in such Unrestricted Subsidiary was a Restricted Investment) or a dividend from an Unrestricted Subsidiary after the Closing Date; plus

(f) in the case of the redesignation of an Unrestricted Subsidiary as a Restricted Subsidiary after the Closing Date, the fair market value of the Investment in such Unrestricted Subsidiary at the time of the redesignation of such Unrestricted Subsidiary as a Restricted Subsidiary to the extent the Investment in such Unrestricted Subsidiary was a Restricted Investment; plus

(g) the aggregate amount of Declined Proceeds accumulated since the Closing Date.

Available Incremental Amount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.12(d)(iii).

Bankruptcy Code” has the meaning specified in Section 8.02.

Base Rate” means for any day a fluctuating rate per annum equal to the highest of (a) the Federal Funds Rate plus 1/2 of 1%, (b) the rate of interest in effect for such day as publicly announced from time to time by the Administrative Agent as its “prime rate” and (c) the Eurodollar Rate on such day for an Interest Period of one (1)

 

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month plus 1.00% (or, if such day is not a Business Day, the immediately preceding Business Day). The “prime rate” is a rate set by the Administrative Agent based upon various factors including the Administrative Agent’s costs and desired return, general economic conditions and other factors, and is used as a reference point for pricing some loans, which may be priced at, above, or below such announced rate. Any change in such rate announced by the Administrative Agent shall take effect at the opening of business on the day specified in the public announcement of such change.

Base Rate Loan” means a Loan that bears interest based on the Base Rate.

Big Boy Letter” means a letter from a Lender acknowledging that (1) an Affiliated Lender may have information regarding the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, their ability to perform the Obligations or any other material information that has not previously been disclosed to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders (“Excluded Information”), (2) the Excluded Information may not be available to such Lender, (3) such Lender has independently and without reliance on any other party made its own analysis and determined to assign Term Loans to an Affiliated Lender pursuant to Section 10.07(h) notwithstanding its lack of knowledge of the Excluded Information and (4) such Lender waives and releases any claims it may have against the Administrative Agent, such Affiliated Lender, Holdings, the Borrower and the Subsidiaries of the Borrower with respect to the nondisclosure of the Excluded Information; or otherwise in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to such Affiliated Lender and assigning Lender.

Borrower” has the meaning specified in the introductory paragraph to this Agreement.

Borrower Materials” has the meaning specified in Section 6.02.

Borrower Offer of Specified Discount Prepayment” means the offer by a Borrower Party to make a voluntary prepayment of Loans at a specified discount to par pursuant to Section 2.03(a)(iv)(B).

Borrower Parties” means the collective reference to Holdings, the Borrower and each Subsidiary of the Borrower and “Borrower Party” means any one of them.

Borrower Solicitation of Discount Range Prepayment Offers” means the solicitation by a Borrower Party of offers for, and the corresponding acceptance by a Lender of, a voluntary prepayment of Loans at a specified range of discounts to par pursuant to Section 2.03(a)(iv)(C).

Borrower Solicitation of Discounted Prepayment Offers” means the solicitation by a Borrower Party of offers for, and the subsequent acceptance, if any, by a Lender of, a voluntary prepayment of Loans at a discount to par pursuant to Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D).

Borrowing” means a borrowing consisting of Loans of the same Class and Type made, converted or continued on the same date and, in the case of Eurodollar Rate Loans, having the same Interest Period.

Borrowing Base” means, as of any date, an amount equal to the sum of:

(i) 85% of the aggregate book value of all accounts receivable of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries; and

(ii) 70% of the aggregate book value of all inventory owned by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries,

all calculated on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP.

Business Day” means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or other day on which commercial banks are authorized to close under the Laws of, or are in fact closed in, the jurisdiction where the Administrative Agent’s Office is located and if such day relates to any interest rate settings as to a Eurodollar Rate Loan, any fundings, disbursements, settlements and payments in respect of any such Eurodollar Rate Loan, or any other

 

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dealings to be carried out pursuant to this Agreement in respect of any such Eurodollar Rate Loan, means any such day on which dealings in deposits in Dollars are conducted by and between banks in the London interbank eurodollar market.

“Canadian Dollars” means the lawful currency of Canada.

Capital Expenditures” means, for any period, the aggregate of all expenditures (whether paid in cash or accrued as liabilities and including in all events all amounts expended or capitalized under Capitalized Lease Obligations) by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries during such period that, in conformity with GAAP, are or are required to be included as capital expenditures on the consolidated statement of cash flows of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries.

Capital Stock” means:

(a) in the case of a corporation, corporate stock;

(b) in the case of an association or business entity, any and all shares, interests, participations, rights or other equivalents (however designated) of corporate stock;

(c) in the case of a partnership or limited liability company, partnership or membership interests (whether general or limited); and

(d) any other interest or participation that confers on a Person the right to receive a share of the profits and losses of, or distributions of assets of, the issuing Person but excluding from all of the foregoing any debt securities convertible into Capital Stock, whether or not such debt securities include any right of participation with Capital Stock.

Capitalized Lease Obligation” means, at the time any determination thereof is to be made, the amount of the liability in respect of a capital lease that would at such time be required to be capitalized and reflected as a liability on a balance sheet (excluding the footnotes thereto) prepared in accordance with GAAP; provided that all obligations of any Person that are or would be characterized as operating lease obligations in accordance with GAAP on the Closing Date (whether or not such operating lease obligations were in effect on such date) shall continue to be accounted for as operating lease obligations (and not as Capitalized Lease Obligations) for purposes of this Agreement regardless of any change in GAAP following the Closing Date that would otherwise require such obligations to be recharacterized (on a prospective or retroactive basis or otherwise) as Capitalized Lease Obligations.

Capitalized Software Expenditures” means, for any period, the aggregate of all expenditures (whether paid in cash or accrued as liabilities) by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries during such period in respect of licensed or purchased software or internally developed software and software enhancements that, in conformity with GAAP, are or are required to be reflected as capitalized costs on the consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries.

Cash Collateral Account” means an account held at, and subject to the sole dominion and control of, the Collateral Agent.

Cash Equivalents” means:

(a) Dollars;

(b) (i) Canadian Dollars, Pounds, euros or any national currency of any participating member state of the EMU; or

(ii) in the case of any Foreign Subsidiary that is a Restricted Subsidiary or any jurisdiction in which the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries conduct business, such local currencies held by it from time to time in the ordinary course of business;

 

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(c) securities issued or directly and fully and unconditionally guaranteed or insured by the U.S. government or any agency or instrumentality thereof the securities of which are unconditionally guaranteed as a full faith and credit obligation of such government with maturities of 12 months or less from the date of acquisition;

(d) certificates of deposit, time deposits and eurodollar time deposits with maturities of 12 months or less from the date of acquisition, demand deposits, bankers’ acceptances with maturities not exceeding one year and overnight bank deposits, in each case with any domestic or foreign commercial bank having capital and surplus of not less than $500,000,000 in the case of U.S. banks and $100,000,000 (or the U.S. dollar equivalent as of the date of determination) in the case of non-U.S. banks;

(e) repurchase obligations for underlying securities of the types described in clauses (c), (d) and (h) entered into with any financial institution or recognized securities dealer meeting the qualifications specified in clause (d) above;

(f) commercial paper rated at least P-2 by Moody’s or at least A-2 by S&P (or, if at any time neither Moody’s nor S&P shall be rating such obligations, an equivalent rating from another Rating Agency) and in each case maturing within 24 months after the date of creation or acquisition thereof and Indebtedness or Preferred Stock issued by Persons with a rating of “A” or higher from S&P or “A-2” or higher from Moody’s with maturities of 24 months or less from the date of acquisition;

(g) marketable short-term money market and similar funds having a rating of at least P-2 or A-2 from either Moody’s or S&P, respectively (or, if at any time neither Moody’s nor S&P shall be rating such obligations, an equivalent rating from another Rating Agency);

(h) readily marketable direct obligations issued by any state, commonwealth or territory of the United States or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof having an Investment Grade Rating from either Moody’s or S&P (or, if at any time neither Moody’s nor S&P shall be rating such obligations, an equivalent rating from another Rating Agency) with maturities of 24 months or less from the date of acquisition;

(i) readily marketable direct obligations issued by any foreign government or any political subdivision or public instrumentality thereof, in each case having an Investment Grade Rating from either Moody’s or S&P (or, if at any time neither Moody’s nor S&P shall be rating such obligations, an equivalent rating from another Rating Agency) with maturities of 24 months or less from the date of acquisition;

(j) Investments with average maturities of 12 months or less from the date of acquisition in money market funds rated AAA- (or the equivalent thereof) or better by S&P or Aaa3 (or the equivalent thereof) or better by Moody’s (or, if at any time neither Moody’s nor S&P shall be rating such obligations, an equivalent rating from another Rating Agency); and

(k) investment funds investing at least 90.0% of their assets in securities of the types described in clauses (a) through (j) above.

In the case of Investments by any Foreign Subsidiary that is a Restricted Subsidiary or Investments made in a country outside the United States of America, Cash Equivalents shall also include (a) investments of the type and maturity described in clauses (a) through (h) and clauses (j) and (k) above of foreign obligors, which Investments or obligors (or the parents of such obligors) have ratings described in such clauses or equivalent ratings from comparable foreign rating agencies and (b) other short-term investments utilized by Foreign Subsidiaries that are Restricted Subsidiaries in accordance with normal investment practices for cash management in investments analogous to the foregoing investments in clauses (a) through (k) and in this paragraph.

 

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Notwithstanding the foregoing, Cash Equivalents shall include amounts denominated in currencies other than those set forth in clauses (a) and (b) above, provided that such amounts are converted into any currency listed in clauses (a) and (b) as promptly as practicable and in any event within ten (10) Business Days following the receipt of such amounts.

Cash Management Agreement” means any agreement entered into from time to time by Holdings, the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in connection with cash management services for collections, other Cash Management Services and for operating, payroll and trust accounts of such Person, including automatic clearing house services, controlled disbursement services, electronic funds transfer services, information reporting services, lockbox services, stop payment services and wire transfer services.

Cash Management Bank” means any Person that was an Agent, a Lender or an Affiliate of an Agent or Lender at the time it entered into a Cash Management Agreement, whether or not such Person subsequently ceases to be an Agent, a Lender or an Affiliate of an Agent or Lender.

Cash Management Obligations” means obligations owed by Holdings, the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to any Cash Management Bank in connection with, or in respect of, any Cash Management Services.

Cash Management Services” means (a) commercial credit cards, merchant card services, purchase or debit cards, including non-card e-payables services, (b) treasury management services (including controlled disbursement, overdraft, automatic clearing house fund transfer services, return items and interstate depository network services) and (c) any other demand deposit or operating account relationships or other cash management services, including under any Cash Management Agreements.

Casualty Event” means any event that gives rise to the receipt by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary of any insurance proceeds or condemnation awards in respect of any equipment, fixed assets or real property (including any improvements thereon) to replace or repair such equipment, fixed assets or real property.

CFC” means a “controlled foreign corporation” within the meaning of Section 957(a) of the Code.

Change in Law” means the occurrence, after the Closing Date, of any of the following: (a) the adoption of any law, rule, regulation or treaty (excluding the taking effect after the Closing Date of a law, rule, regulation or treaty adopted prior to the Closing Date), (b) any change in any law, rule, regulation or treaty or in the administration, interpretation or application thereof by any Governmental Authority or (c) the making or issuance of any request, guideline or directive (whether or not having the force of law) by any Governmental Authority. It is understood and agreed that (i) the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Public Law 111-203, H.R. 4173), all Laws relating thereto and all interpretations and applications thereof and (ii) all requests, rules, guidelines or directives promulgated by the Bank for International Settlements, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (or any successor or similar authority) or the United States regulatory authorities, in each case pursuant to Basel III, shall, for the purpose of this Agreement, be deemed to be adopted subsequent to the Closing Date.

Change of Control” means the earliest to occur (after the Closing Date) of (and excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, the Transactions):

(a) except as permitted by Section 7.04, the sale, lease or transfer, in one or a series of related transactions, of all or substantially all of the assets of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, to any Person other than a Permitted Holder; or

 

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(b) the Borrower becomes aware of (by way of a report or any other filing pursuant to Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act, proxy, vote, written notice or otherwise) the acquisition by any Person or group (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or Section 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act, or any successor provision), including any group acting for the purpose of acquiring, holding or disposing of securities (within the meaning of Rule 13d-5(b)(1) under the Exchange Act), other than one or more Permitted Holders, in a single transaction or in a related series of transactions, by way of merger, amalgamation, consolidation or other business combination or purchase of beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act, or any successor provision) of 50.0% or more of the total voting power of the Voting Stock of the Borrower or any of its direct or indirect parent companies.

Class” (a) when used with respect to Lenders, refers to whether such Lenders have Loans or Commitments with respect to a particular Class of Loans or Commitments, (b) when used with respect to Commitments, refers to whether such Commitments are Term B Commitments, New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitments, New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitments, Incremental Term Commitments, or Commitments in respect of any Class of Replacement Loans or a Class of Loans to be made pursuant to a given Term Loan Extension Series or Other Term Loan Commitments of a given Class of Other Term Loans, in each case not designated part of another existing Class and (c) when used with respect to Loans or a Borrowing, refers to whether such Loans, or the Loans comprising such Borrowing, are Initial Term Loans, Incremental Term Loans, Replacement Loans, Extended Term Loans or Other Term Loans, in each case not designated part of another existing Class. Commitments (and, in each case, the Loans made pursuant to such Commitments) that have different terms and conditions shall be construed to be in different Classes. Commitments (and, in each case, the Loans made pursuant to such Commitments) that have identical terms and conditions shall be construed to be in the same Class.

Closing Date” means the first date on which all the conditions precedent in Section 4.01 are satisfied or waived in accordance with Section 10.01, which date was March 28, 2014.

Closing Date Material Adverse Effect” means a “Material Adverse Effect” as defined in the Acquisition Agreement.

Closing Date Release” means the termination and release of all obligations of the Acquired Company and its Subsidiaries in respect of all Indebtedness for borrowed money set forth in Section 2.3(d)(iii) of the Disclosure Schedule (as defined in the Acquisition Agreement) of the Acquisition Agreement (including any amendments or modifications to or refinancing of such Indebtedness), including the termination and release of all security interests and guaranties in connection therewith, or provision therefor reasonably acceptable to the Arranger.

Code” means the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

Collateral” means the “Collateral” as defined in the Security Agreement.

Collateral Agent” means Bank of America, N.A.

Collateral Documents” means, collectively, the Security Agreement, security agreements, pledge agreements, mortgages, collateral assignments, deeds of trust and all other pledges, agreements, financing statements, patent, trademark or copyright filings, mortgages or other filings or documents that create or purport to create a Lien in the Collateral in favor of the Collateral Agent and/or the Administrative Agent (for the benefit of the Collateral Agent, the Administrative Agent and the Secured Parties) and the Intercreditor Agreements, in each case as they may be amended from time to time, and any instruments of assignment, control agreements, lockbox letters or other instruments or agreements executed pursuant to the foregoing.

Commercial and Retread Business” means the collective reference to the commercial and retread businesses of (a) Premier Bandag #8, Inc., an Ohio corporation, located at 2300 West Main Street, Alliance, OH 44601 and (b) Terry’s Tire Town, Inc., an Ohio corporation located at (i) 1615 Perry Drive SW, Canton, OH, (ii) 1658 Highland Road, units 8-10, Twinsburg, OH 44087 and (iii) 39 Ohio Machinery, Girard, OH 44601.

 

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Commitment” means a Term B Commitment, Incremental Term Commitment, Other Term Loan Commitment, Extended Term Loan Commitment of a given Term Loan Extension Series, or any commitment in respect of Replacement Loans, as the context may require.

Committed Loan Notice” means a notice of (a) a Borrowing with respect to a given Class of Loans, (b) a conversion of Loans of a given Class from one Type to the other, or (c) a continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans of a given Class, pursuant to Section 2.02(a), which, if in writing, shall be substantially in the form of Exhibit A.

Compensation Period” has the meaning specified in Section 2.10(c)(ii).

Compliance Certificate” means a certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit C and which certificate shall in any event be a certificate of a Financial Officer of the Borrower (a) certifying as to whether a Default has occurred and is continuing and, if applicable, specifying the details thereof and any action taken or proposed to be taken with respect thereto, (b) setting forth reasonably detailed calculations, in the case of financial statements delivered under Section 6.01(a), beginning with the financial statements for the fiscal year of the Borrower ending December 31, 2014, of Excess Cash Flow for such fiscal year (or the relevant portion thereof in the case of the 2014 fiscal year), (c) in the case of financial statements delivered under Section 6.01(a), beginning with the financial statements for the fiscal year of the Borrower ending December 31, 2014, setting forth a reasonably detailed calculation of the Net Cash Proceeds received during the applicable period by, or on behalf of, the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in respect of any Disposition subject to prepayment pursuant to Section 2.03(b)(ii)(A) and the portion of such Net Cash Proceeds that has been invested or are intended to be reinvested in accordance with Section 2.03(b)(ii)(B) and (d) commencing with the certificate delivered pursuant to Section 6.02(a) for the first full fiscal quarter ending after the Closing Date, if the Secured Net Leverage Ratio as of the last day of the most recent Test Period would result in a change in the applicable “Pricing Level” as set forth in the definition of “Applicable Rate,” setting forth a calculation of such Secured Net Leverage Ratio.

Consolidated Current Assets” means, as at any date of determination, the total assets of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis that may properly be classified as current assets in conformity with GAAP, excluding cash and Cash Equivalents, amounts related to current or deferred taxes based on income or profits, assets held for sale, loans (permitted) to third parties, pension assets, deferred bank fees, derivative financial instruments and any assets in respect of Hedging Obligations, and excluding the effects of adjustments pursuant to GAAP resulting from the application of recapitalization accounting or purchase accounting, as the case may be, in relation to the Transactions, the Hercules Transactions or any consummated acquisition.

Consolidated Current Liabilities” means, as at any date of determination, the total liabilities of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis that may properly be classified as current liabilities in conformity with GAAP, excluding (A) the current portion of any Funded Debt, (B) the current portion of interest, (C) accruals for current or deferred taxes based on income or profits, (D) accruals of any costs or expenses related to restructuring reserves or severance, (E) revolving credit loans, swingline loans and letter of credit obligations under the ABL Credit Agreement or any other revolving loans, swingline loans and letter of credit obligations under any other revolving credit facility, (F) the current portion of any Capitalized Lease Obligation, (G) deferred revenue arising from cash receipts that are earmarked for specific projects, (H) liabilities in respect of unpaid earn-outs, (I) the current portion of any other long-term liabilities, (J) accrued litigation settlement costs and (K) any liabilities in respect of Hedging Obligations, and, furthermore, excluding the effects of adjustments pursuant to GAAP resulting from the application of recapitalization accounting or purchase accounting, as the case may be, in relation to the Transactions, the Hercules Transactions or any consummated acquisition.

Consolidated Depreciation and Amortization Expense” means with respect to any Person for any period, the total amount of depreciation and amortization expense of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries, including the amortization of deferred financing fees, debt issuance costs, commissions, fees and expenses and Capitalized Software Expenditures of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such period on a consolidated basis and otherwise determined in accordance with GAAP.

 

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Consolidated Interest Expense” means, with respect to any Person for any period, without duplication, the sum of:

(a) consolidated interest expense in respect of Indebtedness of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such period, to the extent such expense was deducted (and not added back) in computing Consolidated Net Income (including (i) amortization of original issue discount resulting from the issuance of Indebtedness at less than par, (ii) all commissions, discounts and other fees and charges owed with respect to letters of credit or bankers acceptances, (iii) non-cash interest payments (but excluding any non-cash interest expense attributable to the movement in the mark to market valuation of Hedging Obligations or other derivative instruments pursuant to GAAP), (iv) the interest component of Capitalized Lease Obligations, and (v) net payments, if any, made (less net payments, if any, received), pursuant to interest rate Hedging Obligations with respect to Indebtedness, and excluding (t) any expense resulting from the discounting of any Indebtedness in connection with the application of recapitalization accounting or, if applicable, purchase accounting in connection with the Transactions, the Hercules Transactions or any acquisition, (u) penalties and interest relating to taxes and any other financing fees related to the Transactions, the Hercules Transactions or any acquisition (or purchase of assets) after the Closing Date, (v) any “additional interest” or “liquidated damages” with respect to other securities for failure to timely comply with registration rights obligations, (w) amortization of deferred financing fees, debt issuance costs, commissions, fees and expenses and discounted liabilities, (x) any expensing of bridge, commitment and other financing fees, (y) commissions, discounts, yield and other fees and charges (including any interest expense) related to any Qualified Securitization Facility and (z) any accretion of accrued interest on discounted liabilities); plus

(b) consolidated capitalized interest of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such period, whether paid or accrued; less

(c) interest income of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such period.

For purposes of this definition, interest on a Capitalized Lease Obligation shall be deemed to accrue at an interest rate reasonably determined by such Person to be the rate of interest implicit in such Capitalized Lease Obligation in accordance with GAAP.

Consolidated Net Income” means, with respect to any Person for any period, the aggregate of the Net Income attributable to such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such period, on a consolidated basis, and otherwise determined in accordance with GAAP; provided that, without duplication:

(a) the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principles (effected either through cumulative effect adjustment, restructuring or a retroactive application, in each case, in accordance with GAAP) and changes as a result of the adoption or modification of accounting policies during such period shall be excluded;

(b) any net after-tax effect of gains or losses attributable to asset dispositions or abandonments (including any disposal of abandoned or discontinued operations) or the sale or other disposition of any Capital Stock of any Person other than in the ordinary course of business as determined in good faith by the Borrower shall be excluded;

(c) the Net Income for such period of any Person that is an Unrestricted Subsidiary or, any Person that is not the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary or that is accounted for by the equity method of accounting, shall be excluded; provided that Consolidated Net Income of the Borrower shall be increased by the amount of dividends or distributions or other payments that are actually paid in cash or Cash Equivalents (or to the extent converted into cash or Cash Equivalents) to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary thereof in respect of such period and the net losses of any such Person shall only be included to the extent funded with cash from the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary;

(d) solely for the purpose of determining clause (b) of the Available Amount, the Net Income for such period of any Restricted Subsidiary (other than any Subsidiary Guarantor) shall be excluded to the extent that the declaration or payment of dividends or similar distributions by that Restricted Subsidiary of its Net Income is not at the date of determination permitted without any prior governmental approval (which has not been obtained) or, directly or indirectly, by the operation of the terms of its charter or any

 

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agreement, instrument, judgment, decree, order, statute, rule, or governmental regulation applicable to that Restricted Subsidiary or its stockholders, unless such restriction with respect to the payment of dividends or similar distributions has been legally waived, provided that Consolidated Net Income of the Borrower will be increased by the amount of dividends or other distributions or other payments actually paid in cash (or to the extent converted into cash or Cash Equivalents) to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary thereof in respect of such period, to the extent not already included therein;

(e) effects of adjustments (including the effects of such adjustments pushed down to the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries) in the inventory, property and equipment, software, goodwill, other intangible assets, in-process research and development, deferred revenue, debt line items and other noncash charges in such Person’s consolidated financial statements pursuant to GAAP resulting from the application of recapitalization accounting or, if applicable, purchase accounting in relation to the Transactions, the Hercules Transactions or any consummated acquisition or the amortization or write-off or write-down of any amounts thereof, net of taxes, shall be excluded;

(f) any net after-tax effect of income (loss) from the early extinguishment or conversion of (a) Indebtedness, (b) Hedging Obligations or (c) other derivative instruments shall be excluded;

(g) any impairment charge or asset write-off or write-down, including impairment charges or asset write-offs or write-downs related to intangible assets, long-lived assets, investments in debt and equity securities or as a result of a change in law or regulation, in each case, pursuant to GAAP, and the amortization of intangibles arising pursuant to GAAP shall be excluded;

(h) any non-cash compensation charge or expense, including any such charge or expense arising from the grants of stock appreciation or similar rights, stock options, restricted stock or other rights or equity incentive programs, shall be excluded, and any cash charges associated with the rollover, acceleration, or payout of Equity Interests by management of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries or any Parent Entity of the Borrower in connection with the Transactions, shall be excluded;

(i) any fees, expenses or charges incurred during such period, or any amortization thereof for such period, in connection with any acquisition, Investment, Disposition, incurrence or repayment of Indebtedness (including such fees, expenses or charges related to any Loan Document, Senior Notes Document, Senior Subordinated Notes Document or ABL Credit Document), issuance of Equity Interests, Refinancing transaction or amendment or modification of any debt instrument (including any amendment or other modification of any Loan Document, Senior Notes Document, Senior Subordinated Notes Document or ABL Credit Document) and including, in each case, any such transaction whether consummated on, after or prior to the Closing Date and any such transaction undertaken but not completed, and any charges or non-recurring merger costs incurred during such period as a result of any such transaction, in each case whether or not successful or consummated (including, for the avoidance of doubt, the effects of expensing all transaction related expenses in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification Topic No. 805, Business Combinations) shall be excluded;

(j) accruals and reserves that are established within twelve months after the Closing Date that are so required to be established as a result of the Transactions (or within twelve months after the closing of any acquisition (including the Hercules Acquisition) that are so required to be established as a result of such acquisition) in accordance with GAAP shall be excluded;

(k) any expenses, charges or losses that are covered by indemnification or other reimbursement provisions in connection with any investment, acquisition or any sale, conveyance, transfer or other disposition of assets permitted hereunder, to the extent actually indemnified or reimbursed, or, so long as the Borrower has made a determination that a reasonable basis exists for indemnification or reimbursement and only to the extent that such amount is (i) not denied by the applicable carrier (without any right of appeal thereof) within 180 days and (ii) in fact indemnified or reimbursed within 365 days of such determination (with a deduction in the applicable future period for any amount so added back to the extent not so indemnified or reimbursed within such 365 days), shall be excluded;

 

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(l) to the extent covered by insurance and actually reimbursed, or, so long as the Borrower has made a determination that there exists reasonable evidence that such amount shall in fact be reimbursed by the insurer and only to the extent that such amount is in fact reimbursed within 365 days of the date of such determination (with a deduction in the applicable future period for any amount so added back to the extent not so reimbursed within such 365 day period), expenses, charges or losses with respect to liability or casualty events or business interruption shall be excluded;

(m) any net unrealized gain or loss (after any offset) resulting in such period from Hedging Obligations and the application of Accounting Standards Codification 815 shall be excluded;

(n) any net unrealized gain or loss (after any offset) resulting in such period from currency translation and transaction gains or losses including those related to currency remeasurements of Indebtedness (including any net loss or gain resulting from Hedging Obligations for currency exchange risk) and any other monetary assets and liabilities shall be excluded; and

(o) effects of adjustments to accruals and reserves during a prior period relating to any change in the methodology of calculating reserves for returns, rebates and other chargebacks (including government program rebates) shall be excluded.

In addition, to the extent not already included in the Consolidated Net Income of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the foregoing, Consolidated Net Income shall include the amount of proceeds received from business interruption insurance and reimbursements of any expenses and charges that are covered by indemnification or other reimbursement provisions in connection with any Investment permitted hereunder or any sale, conveyance, transfer or other disposition of assets permitted hereunder.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, for the purpose of determining the Available Amount (other than clause (e) of such definition), there shall be excluded from Consolidated Net Income any income arising from any sale or other disposition of Restricted Investments made by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, any repurchases and redemptions of Restricted Investments from the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, any repayments of loans and advances which constitute Restricted Investments by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, any sale of the stock of an Unrestricted Subsidiary or any distribution or dividend from an Unrestricted Subsidiary, in each case only to the extent such amounts increase the Available Amount pursuant to clause (e) thereof.

Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio” means, as of any date of determination, the ratio of (a) the Consolidated Total Indebtedness of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries as of the last day of the Test Period most recently ended on or prior to such date of determination to (b) EBITDA of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries for such Test Period.

Consolidated Total Indebtedness” means, as at any date of determination, an amount equal to (a) the sum of (1) the aggregate principal amount of all outstanding Indebtedness of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis consisting of Indebtedness for borrowed money, purchase money Indebtedness and obligations in respect of Capitalized Lease Obligations and debt obligations evidenced by promissory notes and similar instruments as determined in accordance with GAAP (excluding for the avoidance of doubt all undrawn amounts under revolving credit facilities, all letters of credit, bank guarantees and performance or similar bonds and all obligations under Qualified Securitization Facilities and all Hedging Obligations) and (2) the aggregate amount of all outstanding Disqualified Stock of the Borrower and all Preferred Stock of its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, with the amount of such Disqualified Stock and Preferred Stock equal to the greater of their respective voluntary or involuntary liquidation preferences and maximum fixed repurchase prices, in each case determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP minus (b) the aggregate amount of cash and Cash Equivalents of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries on such date that would not appear as “restricted” on a consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries. The U.S. dollar-equivalent principal amount of any Indebtedness denominated in a foreign currency will reflect the currency translation effects, determined in accordance with GAAP, of Hedging Obligations for currency exchange risks with respect to the applicable currency in effect on the date of determination of the U.S. dollar-equivalent principal amount of such Indebtedness. For purposes hereof, the “maximum fixed repurchase price” of any Disqualified Stock or Preferred

 

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Stock that does not have a fixed repurchase price shall be calculated in accordance with the terms of such Disqualified Stock or Preferred Stock as if such Disqualified Stock or Preferred Stock were purchased on any date on which Consolidated Total Indebtedness shall be required to be determined pursuant to this Agreement, and if such price is based upon, or measured by, the fair market value of such Disqualified Stock or Preferred Stock, such fair market value shall be determined reasonably and in good faith by the Borrower.

Consolidated Working Capital” means, as at any date of determination, the excess of Consolidated Current Assets over Consolidated Current Liabilities.

Contingent Obligations” means, with respect to any Person, any obligation of such Person guaranteeing any leases, dividends or other monetary obligations that do not constitute Indebtedness (“primary obligations”) of any other Person (the “primary obligor”) in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, including, without limitation, any obligation of such Person, whether or not contingent:

(a) to purchase any such primary obligation or any property constituting direct or indirect security therefor;

(b) to advance or supply funds;

(i) for the purchase or payment of any such primary obligation; or

(ii) to maintain working capital or equity capital of the primary obligor or otherwise to maintain the net worth or solvency of the primary obligor; or

(c) to purchase property, securities or services primarily for the purpose of assuring the owner of any such primary obligation of the ability of the primary obligor to make payment of such primary obligation against loss in respect thereof.

Contract Consideration” has the meaning specified in clause (b)(xi) of the definition of “Excess Cash Flow.”

Contractual Obligation” means, as to any Person, any provision of any security issued by such Person or of any agreement, instrument or other undertaking to which such Person is a party or by which it or any of its property is bound.

Controlled Investment Affiliate” means, as to any Person, any other Person, other than the Sponsor, which directly or indirectly is in control of, is controlled by, or is under common control with such Person and is organized by such Person (or any Person controlling such Person) primarily for making direct or indirect equity or debt investments in the Borrower and/or other companies.

Corrective Extension Amendment” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(e).

Credit Agreement Refinanced Debt” has the meaning assigned to such term in the definition of “Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness.”

Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness” means (a) Permitted Equal Priority Refinancing Debt, (b) Permitted Junior Priority Refinancing Debt or (c) Permitted Unsecured Refinancing Debt; provided that, in each case, such Indebtedness is issued, incurred or otherwise obtained (including by means of the extension or renewal of existing Indebtedness) to Refinance, in whole or in part, existing Loans (or, if applicable, unused Commitments under any Incremental Facility) or any then-existing Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness (“Credit Agreement Refinanced Debt”); provided, further, that (i) the covenants, events of default and guarantees of any such Indebtedness in the form of bonds, notes or debentures or which Refinances, in whole or in part, existing Loans (excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, interest rates (including through fixed interest rates), interest margins, rate floors, fees, funding discounts, original issue discounts and prepayment or redemption premiums and terms) (when taken as a whole) are no more restrictive on the Borrower than those applicable to the Credit Agreement

 

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Refinanced Debt (when taken as a whole) (other than covenants or other provisions applicable only to periods after the Latest Maturity Date at the time of incurrence, issuance or obtainment of such Indebtedness) (provided that such terms shall not be deemed to be “more restrictive” solely as a result of the inclusion in the documentation governing such Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness of a Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant so long as the Administrative Agent shall be given prompt written notice thereof and this Agreement is amended to include such Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant for the benefit of each Facility (provided however, that if (x) the Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness that includes a Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant consists of a revolving credit facility (whether or not the documentation therefor includes any other facilities) and (y) the applicable Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant is a “springing” financial maintenance covenant, the Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant shall not be required to be included in this Agreement for the benefit of any Term Facility hereunder and such Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness shall not be deemed to be “more restrictive” solely as a result of such Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant benefiting only such revolving credit facilities), (ii) any such Indebtedness in the form of bonds, notes or debentures or which Refinances, in whole or in part, existing Loans shall have a maturity date that is no earlier than the Credit Agreement Refinanced Debt and a Weighted Average Life to Maturity equal to or greater than the Credit Agreement Refinanced Debt (without giving effect to any amortization or prepayments thereof prior to the time of such Refinancing) as of the date of determination, (iii) except to the extent otherwise permitted under this Agreement (subject to a dollar for dollar usage of any other basket set forth in the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness,” if applicable), such Indebtedness shall not have a greater principal amount (or shall not have a greater accreted value, if applicable) than the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) of the Credit Agreement Refinanced Debt plus accrued interest, fees and premiums (including tender premium) and penalties (if any) thereon and fees, expenses, original issue discount and upfront fees incurred in connection with such Refinancing, (iv) such Credit Agreement Refinanced Debt shall be repaid, defeased or satisfied and discharged, and all accrued interest, fees and premiums (if any) in connection therewith shall be paid, substantially concurrently with the date such Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness is issued, incurred or obtained with the Net Cash Proceeds received from the incurrence or issuance of such Indebtedness and (v) in the case of any such Indebtedness in the form of bonds, notes or debentures or which Refinances, in whole or in part, existing Loans, shall not require any mandatory repayment, redemption, repurchase or defeasance (other than (x) in the case of bonds, notes or debentures, customary change of control, asset sale event or casualty or condemnation event offers and customary acceleration any time after an event of default and (y) in the case of any term loans, mandatory prepayments (including redemptions or repurchases or offers to prepay, redeem or repurchase based on excess cash flow) that are on terms no more restrictive on the Borrower than those applicable to the Credit Agreement Refinanced Debt) prior to the 91st day after the maturity date of the Credit Agreement Refinanced Debt; and, provided, further, that “Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness” may be incurred in the form of a bridge or other interim credit facility intended to be Refinanced with long-term indebtedness (and such bridge or other interim credit facility shall be deemed to satisfy clause (ii) of the second proviso in this definition so long as (x) such credit facility includes customary “rollover” provisions and (y) assuming such credit facility were to be extended pursuant to such “rollover” provisions, such extended credit facility would comply with clause (ii) above), provided that, on or prior to the first anniversary of the incurrence of such “bridge” or other credit facility, clause (v) of the second proviso in this definition shall not prohibit the inclusion of customary terms for “bridge” facilities, including customary mandatory prepayment, repurchase or redemption provisions.

Credit Facilities” means, with respect to the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries, one or more debt facilities, including the ABL Credit Agreement, or other financing arrangements (including, without limitation, commercial paper facilities or indentures) providing for revolving credit loans, term loans, letters of credit or other long-term indebtedness, including any notes, mortgages, guarantees, collateral documents, instruments and agreements executed in connection therewith, and any amendments, supplements, modifications, extensions, renewals, restatements or refundings thereof and any indentures or credit facilities or commercial paper facilities that replace, refund or refinance any part of the loans, notes, other credit facilities or commitments thereunder, including any such replacement, refunding or refinancing facility or indenture that increases the amount permitted to be borrowed thereunder or alters the maturity thereof (provided that such increase in borrowings is permitted under Section 7.03 hereof) or adds Restricted Subsidiaries as additional borrowers or guarantors thereunder and whether by the same or any other agent, lender or group of lenders.

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York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as Noteholder Collateral Agent, Holdings, the Borrower, Am-Pac Tire Dist. Inc., each Subsidiary of the Borrower party thereto and each additional representative party thereto from time to time (as amended, amended and restated or otherwise supplemented).

Customary Intercreditor Agreement” means (a) to the extent executed in connection with the incurrence of secured Indebtedness the Liens on the Collateral securing which are intended to rank equal in priority to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Obligations (but without regard to the control of remedies), at the option of the Borrower and the Administrative Agent acting together in good faith, either (i) the Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement or (ii) a customary intercreditor agreement in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, which agreement shall provide that the Liens on the Collateral securing such Indebtedness shall rank equal in priority to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Obligations (but without regard to the control of remedies), (b) to the extent executed in connection with the incurrence of secured Indebtedness the Liens on the Collateral securing which are intended to rank equal in priority to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Obligations and junior in priority to the Liens on the ABL Collateral, at the option of the Borrower and the Administrative Agent acting together in good faith, either (i) the Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement or (ii) a customary intercreditor agreement in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, which agreement shall provide that the Liens on the Collateral securing such Indebtedness shall rank equal in priority to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Obligations and junior in priority to the Liens on the ABL Collateral and (c) to the extent executed in connection with the incurrence of secured Indebtedness the Liens on the Collateral securing which are intended to rank junior in priority to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Obligations and junior in priority to the Liens on the ABL Collateral, at the option of the Borrower and the Administrative Agent acting together in good faith, enter into a customary intercreditor agreement in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, which agreement shall provide that the Liens on the Collateral securing such Indebtedness shall rank junior in priority to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Obligations and junior in priority to the Liens on the ABL Collateral.

Debt Fund Affiliate” means any Affiliate of the Sponsor that is a bona fide debt fund that is not (a) a natural person or (b) Holdings, the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower.

Debtor Relief Laws” means the Bankruptcy Code of the United States, and all other liquidation, conservatorship, bankruptcy, assignment for the benefit of creditors, moratorium, rearrangement, receivership, insolvency, reorganization, or similar debtor relief Laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdictions from time to time in effect and affecting the rights of creditors generally.

Declined Proceeds” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(b)(v).

Default” means any event or condition that constitutes an Event of Default or that, with the giving of any notice, the passage of time, or both, would be an Event of Default.

Default Rate” means an interest rate equal to (a) the Base Rate plus (b) the Applicable Rate applicable to Base Rate Loans plus (c) 2.00% per annum; provided that with respect to the outstanding principal amount of any Loan, the Default Rate shall be an interest rate equal to the interest rate (including any Applicable Rate) otherwise applicable to such Loan (giving effect to Section 2.02(c)) plus 2.00% per annum, in each case, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Laws.

Delayed Draw Borrowing Date” has the meaning provided in Section 2.01.

Delayed Draw Commitment Fee” has the meaning provided in Section 2.07(b).

Designated Non-Cash Consideration” means the fair market value of non-cash consideration received by the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary in connection with a Disposition pursuant to Section 7.05(j) that is so designated as Designated Non-Cash Consideration pursuant to a certificate of a Responsible Officer, setting forth the basis of such valuation, less the amount of cash or Cash Equivalents received in connection with a subsequent sale, redemption or repurchase of or collection or payment on such Designated Non-Cash Consideration.

 

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Designated Preferred Stock” means Preferred Stock of the Borrower or any Parent Entity thereof (in each case other than Disqualified Stock) that is issued for cash (other than to a Restricted Subsidiary or an employee stock ownership plan or trust established by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries) and is so designated as Designated Preferred Stock, pursuant to a certificate of a Responsible Officer, on or promptly after the issuance date thereof, the cash proceeds of which are excluded from the calculation of the Available Amount.

Discount Prepayment Accepting Lender” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(B)(2).

Discount Range” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(C)(1).

Discount Range Prepayment Amount” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(C)(1).

Discount Range Prepayment Notice” means a written notice of a Borrower Solicitation of Discount Range Prepayment Offers made pursuant to Section 2.03(a)(iv)(C) substantially in the form of Exhibit H.

Discount Range Prepayment Offer” means the written offer by a Lender, substantially in the form of Exhibit I, submitted in response to an invitation to submit offers following the Auction Agent’s receipt of a Discount Range Prepayment Notice.

Discount Range Prepayment Response Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(C)(1).

Discount Range Proration” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(C)(3).

Discounted Prepayment Determination Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D)(3).

Discounted Prepayment Effective Date” means in the case of a Borrower Offer of Specified Discount Prepayment, Borrower Solicitation of Discount Range Prepayment Offer or Borrower Solicitation of Discounted Prepayment Offer, five (5) Business Days following the Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date, the Discount Range Prepayment Response Date or the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date, as applicable, in accordance with Section 2.03(a)(iv)(B), Section 2.03(a)(iv)(C) or Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D), respectively, unless a shorter period is agreed to between the Borrower and the Auction Agent.

Discounted Term Loan Prepayment” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(A).

Disposition” or “Dispose” means the sale, transfer, license, lease or other disposition (including any Sale and Lease-Back Transaction and any sale of Equity Interests in a Restricted Subsidiary) of any property by any Person, including any sale, assignment, transfer or other disposal, with or without recourse, of any notes or accounts receivable or any rights and claims associated therewith.

Disqualified Institution” means any competitor of the Borrower or its Subsidiaries that is an operating company and any Affiliate thereof (other than any financial investor that is not an operating company or an Affiliate of an operating company and other than any Affiliate that is a bona fide diversified debt fund) identified in writing by (x) Holdings or the Sponsor to the Arranger prior to the launch of general syndication, or (y) following the Closing Date, the Borrower to the Administrative Agent.

Disqualified Stock” means, with respect to any Person, any Capital Stock of such Person which, by its terms, or by the terms of any security into which it is convertible or for which it is putable or exchangeable, or upon the happening of any event, matures or is mandatorily redeemable (other than for any Equity Interests that are not Disqualified Stock and other than solely as a result of a change of control, asset sale or casualty or condemnation event) pursuant to a sinking fund obligation or otherwise, or is redeemable at the option of the holder thereof (other

 

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than solely as a result of a change of control, asset sale or casualty or condemnation event), in whole or in part, in each case prior to the date 91 days after the earlier of the then Latest Maturity Date or the date the Loans are no longer outstanding; provided that any Capital Stock issued to any plan for the benefit of, or held by, any future, current or former employee, director, officer, manager or consultant (or their respective Controlled Investment Affiliates (excluding TPG Capital, L.P. (but not excluding any future, current or former employee, director, officer, manager or consultant)) or Immediate Family Members), of the Borrower, any Subsidiaries of the Borrower, any Parent Entity of the Borrower or any other entity in which the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary has an Investment and is designated in good faith as an “affiliate” by the board of directors of the Borrower (or the compensation committee thereof), in each case pursuant to any stock subscription or shareholders’ agreement, management equity plan or stock option plan or any other management or employee benefit plan or agreement shall not constitute Disqualified Stock solely because it may be required to be repurchased by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries or in order to satisfy applicable statutory or regulatory obligations or as a result of such employee’s, director’s, officer’s, manager’s or consultant’s termination, death or disability. For the purposes hereof, the aggregate principal amount of Disqualified Stock shall be deemed to be equal to the greater of its voluntary or involuntary liquidation preference and maximum fixed repurchase price, determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP, and the “maximum fixed repurchase price” of any Disqualified Stock that does not have a fixed repurchase price shall be calculated in accordance with the terms of such Disqualified Stock as if such Disqualified Stock were purchased on any date on which the Consolidated Total Indebtedness shall be required to be determined pursuant to this Agreement, and if such price is based upon, or measured by, the fair market value of such Disqualified Stock, such fair market value shall be determined reasonably and in good faith by the Borrower.

Dollar” and “$” mean lawful money of the United States.

Domestic Subsidiary” means any direct or indirect Subsidiary of the Borrower that is organized under the Laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia (other than any such Subsidiary that is treated as a disregarded entity for United States Federal income tax purposes and substantially all of whose assets consist (directly or indirectly through disregarded entities) of the Equity Interests and/or Indebtedness of one or more CFCs).

EBITDA” means, with respect to any Person for any period, the Consolidated Net Income of such Person for such period:

(a) increased (without duplication) by the following, in each case (other than clauses (ix) and (xii)) to the extent deducted (and not added back) in determining Consolidated Net Income for such period:

(i) provision for taxes based on income or profits or capital, including, without limitation, federal, state, provincial, franchise, excise and similar taxes and foreign withholding taxes (including any future taxes or other levies which replace or are intended to be in lieu of such taxes and any penalties and interest related to such taxes or arising from tax examinations) and the net tax expense associated with any adjustments made pursuant to clauses (a) through (o) of the definition of “Consolidated Net Income”; plus

(ii) Fixed Charges of such Person for such period (including (x) net losses on Hedging Obligations or other derivative instruments entered into for the purpose of hedging interest rate risk, net of interest income and gains with respect to such obligations, (y) costs of surety bonds in connection with financing activities and (z) amounts excluded from Consolidated Interest Expense as set forth in clauses (a)(t) through (z) in the definition thereof); plus

(iii) Consolidated Depreciation and Amortization Expense of such Person for such period; plus

(iv) the amount of any restructuring charges, accruals or reserves; plus

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expense, (C) losses on sales, disposals or abandonment of, or any impairment charges or asset write-down or write-off related to, intangible assets, long-lived assets and investments in debt and equity securities and (D) all losses from investments recorded using the equity method (provided that if any such non-cash charges represent an accrual or reserve for potential cash items in any future period, the cash payment in respect thereof, in such future period shall be subtracted from EBITDA to such extent, and excluding amortization of a prepaid cash item that was paid in a prior period) (collectively, “Non-Cash Charges”); plus

(vi) the amount of any minority interest expense consisting of Subsidiary income attributable to minority equity interests of third parties in any non-Wholly Owned Subsidiary; plus

(vii) the amount of management, monitoring, consulting and advisory fees (including termination and transaction fees) and related indemnities and expenses paid or accrued in such period under the Management Fee Agreement or otherwise to investors to the extent otherwise permitted under Section 7.08; plus

(viii) the amount of extraordinary, nonrecurring or unusual losses (including all fees and expenses relating thereto) or expenses, Transaction Expenses, integration costs, transition costs, pre-opening, opening, consolidation and closing costs for facilities, costs incurred in connection with any strategic initiatives, costs or accruals or reserves incurred in connection with acquisitions after the Closing Date, other business optimization expenses (including costs and expenses relating to business optimization programs and new systems design and implementation costs), restructuring costs (including those incurred in connection with cost-savings pursuant to clause (ix) below and under Section 1.07) and curtailments or modifications to pension and postretirement employee benefit plans; plus

(ix) the amount of “run-rate” cost savings and synergies projected by the Borrower in good faith to result from actions either taken or expected to be within 12 months after the end of such period (which cost savings and synergies shall be subject only to certification by management of the Borrower and calculated on a pro forma basis as though such cost savings and synergies had been realized on the first day of such period), net of the amount of actual benefits realized from such actions (it is understood and agreed that “run-rate” means the full recurring benefit that is associated with any action taken or expected to be taken; provided that some portion of such benefit is expected to be realized within 12 months of taking such action) (which adjustments may be incremental to pro forma cost savings adjustments made pursuant to Section 1.07); plus

(x) the amount of loss on sale of receivables, Securitization Assets and related assets to any Securitization Subsidiary in connection with a Qualified Securitization Facility; plus

(xi) any costs or expense incurred by the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary pursuant to any management equity plan or stock option plan or any other management or employee benefit plan, agreement or any stock subscription or shareholder agreement, to the extent that such cost or expenses are funded with cash proceeds contributed to the capital of the Borrower or net cash proceeds of an issuance of Equity Interest of the Borrower (other than Disqualified Stock) solely to the extent that such net cash proceeds are excluded from the calculation of the Available Amount; plus

(xii) cash receipts (or any netting arrangements resulting in reduced cash expenditures) not representing EBITDA or Consolidated Net Income in any period to the extent non-cash gains relating to such income were deducted in the calculation of EBITDA pursuant to clause (b) below for any previous period and not added back; plus

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(b) decreased (without duplication) by the following, in each case to the extent included in determining Consolidated Net Income for such period:

(i) non-cash gains increasing Consolidated Net Income of such Person for such period, excluding any non-cash gains to the extent they represent the reversal of an accrual or reserve for a potential cash item that reduced EBITDA in any prior period; plus

(ii) any non-cash gains with respect to cash actually received in a prior period unless such cash did not increase EBITDA in such prior period; plus

(iii) any net income from disposed or discontinued operations; plus

(iv) extraordinary gains and unusual or non-recurring gains (less all fees and expenses relating thereto); and

(c) increased or decreased (without duplication) by, as applicable, any adjustments resulting from the application of FASB Accounting Standards Codification 460, Guarantees.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, for purposes of determining EBITDA under this Agreement for any period that includes any of the fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2013, June 30, 2013, September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2013, consolidated EBITDA for such fiscal quarters shall be $54,771,000, $75,111,000, $85,215,000 and $103,861,000, respectively, in each case, as may be subject to add-backs and adjustments (without duplication) with respect to acquisitions and Dispositions occurring prior to, on and following the Closing Date as contemplated pursuant to clauses (a)(viii) and (a)(ix) of this definition for the applicable Test Period. For the avoidance of doubt, EBITDA shall be calculated, including pro forma adjustments, in accordance with Section 1.07.

ECF Percentage” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(b)(i).

Eligible Assignee” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07(a).

EMU” means the economic and monetary union as contemplated in the Treaty on European Union.

Environment” means ambient air, indoor air, surface water, groundwater, drinking water, soil, surface and sub-surface strata, and natural resources such as wetlands, flora and fauna.

Environmental Laws” means all applicable laws, rules, regulations, codes, ordinances, orders, decrees, judgments, injunctions, notices or binding agreements issued, promulgated or entered into by any Governmental Authority, relating to the protection of the environment, the preservation or reclamation of natural resources, the management, transportation, disposal, Release or threatened Release of any Hazardous Material or to health and safety matters (to the extent related to the exposure to any Hazardous Material).

Environmental Liability” means any liability, contingent or otherwise (including any liability for damages, costs of environmental remediation, fines, penalties or indemnities), of the Borrower or any Subsidiary directly or indirectly resulting from or based upon (a) violation of any Environmental Law, (b) the generation, use, handling, transportation, storage, treatment or disposal of any Hazardous Materials, (c) exposure to any Hazardous Materials, (d) the release or threatened release of any Hazardous Materials into the environment or (e) any contract, agreement or other consensual arrangement in writing pursuant to which liability is assumed or imposed with respect to any of the foregoing.

Environmental Permit” means any permit, approval, identification number, license or other authorization required under any Environmental Law.

 

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Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement” means that certain Intercreditor and Collateral Agency Agreement dated as of May 28, 2010 among Holdings, the Borrower and The Bank of New York Mellon, as collateral agent and trustee with respect to the Senior Notes.

Equity Interests” means Capital Stock and all warrants, options or other rights to acquire Capital Stock, but excluding any debt security that is convertible into, or exchangeable for, Capital Stock.

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

ERISA Affiliate” means any trade or business (whether or not incorporated) that together with any Loan Party is treated as a single employer within the meaning of Section 414 of the Code or Section 4001 of ERISA.

ERISA Event” means (a) a Reportable Event with respect to a Pension Plan; (b) a withdrawal by any Loan Party or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates from a Pension Plan subject to Section 4063 of ERISA during a plan year in which it was a substantial employer (as defined in Section 4001(a)(2) of ERISA) or a cessation of operations that is treated as a termination under Section 4062(e) of ERISA; (c) a complete or partial withdrawal by any Loan Party or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates from a Multiemployer Plan, written notification of any Loan Party or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates concerning the imposition of withdrawal liability or written notification that a Multiemployer Plan is insolvent or is in reorganization within the meaning of Title IV of ERISA; (d) the filing under Section 4041(c) of ERISA of a notice of intent to terminate a Pension Plan, the treatment of a Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan amendment as a termination under Sections 4041 or 4041A of ERISA, or the commencement in writing of proceedings by the PBGC to terminate a Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan; (e) the imposition of any liability under Title IV of ERISA with respect to the termination of any Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan, other than for the payment of plan contributions or PBGC premiums due but not delinquent under Section 4007 of ERISA, upon any Loan Party or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates; (f) an event or condition which constitutes grounds under Section 4042 of ERISA for the termination of, or the appointment of a trustee to administer, any Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan; (g) a failure to satisfy the minimum funding standard (within the meaning of Section 302 of ERISA or Section 412 of the Code) with respect to a Pension Plan, whether or not waived; (h) the application for a minimum funding waiver under Section 302(c) of ERISA with respect to a Pension Plan, (i) the imposition of a lien under Section 303(k) of ERISA or Section 412(c) of the Code with respect to any Pension Plan; (j) a determination that any Pension Plan is in “at risk” status (within the meaning of Section 303 of ERISA or Section 430 of the Code); or (k) the occurrence of a nonexempt prohibited transaction with respect to any Pension Plan maintained or contributed to by any Loan Party or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates (within the meaning of Section 4975 of the Code or Section 406 of ERISA) which could result in liability to any Loan Party.

euro” means the single currency of participating member states of the EMU.

Eurodollar Rate” means:

(a) for any Interest Period with respect to a Eurodollar Rate Loan, the rate per annum equal to (i) the Ice Benchmark Administration Limited LIBOR Rate (“LIBOR”) or a comparable or successor rate, which rate is approved by the Administrative Agent, as published on the applicable Reuters screen page (or such other commercially available source providing such quotations as may be designated by the Administrative Agent from time to time) at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, two (2) Business Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period, for Dollar deposits (for delivery on the first day of such Interest Period) with a term equivalent to such Interest Period, or (ii) if such rate is not available at such time for any reason, the rate per annum determined by the Administrative Agent to be the rate at which deposits in Dollars for delivery on the first day of such Interest Period in Same Day Funds in the approximate amount of the Eurodollar Rate Loan being made, continued or converted and with a term equivalent to such Interest Period would be offered by the Administrative Agent’s London Branch to major banks in the London interbank eurodollar market at their request at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, two (2) Business Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period; and

 

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(b) for any interest calculation with respect to a Base Rate Loan on any date, the rate per annum equal to (i) LIBOR, at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, determined two (2) Business Days prior to such date for Dollar deposits being delivered in the London interbank market for a term of one month commencing that day or (ii) if such published rate is not available at such time for any reason, the rate per annum determined by the Administrative Agent to be the rate at which deposits in Dollars for delivery on the date of determination in Same Day Funds in the approximate amount of the Base Rate Loan being made or maintained and with a term equal to one month would be offered by the Administrative Agent’s London Branch to major banks in the London interbank eurodollar market at their request at the date and time of determination;

provided that in no event shall the Eurodollar Rate for the Initial Term Loans that bear interest at a rate based on clauses (a) and (b) of this definition be less than 1.00%.

Eurodollar Rate Loan” means a Loan that bears interest at a rate based on clause (a) of the definition of “Eurodollar Rate.”

Event of Default” has the meaning specified in Section 8.01.

Excess Cash Flow” means, for any period, an amount equal to the excess of:

(a) the sum, without duplication, of:

(i) Consolidated Net Income of the Borrower for such period,

(ii) an amount equal to the amount of all Non-Cash Charges (including depreciation and amortization) to the extent deducted in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income, but excluding any such Non-Cash Charges representing an accrual or reserve for potential cash items in any future period and excluding amortization of a prepaid cash item that was paid in a prior period,

(iii) decreases in Consolidated Working Capital (except as a result of the reclassification of items from short-term to long-term or vice versa) for such period (other than any such decreases arising from acquisitions or Dispositions outside the ordinary course of assets, business units or property by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary completed during such period or the application of recapitalization or purchase accounting),

(iv) an amount equal to the aggregate net non-cash loss on Dispositions by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries during such period (other than Dispositions in the ordinary course of business) to the extent deducted in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income,

(v) the amount deducted as tax expense in determining Consolidated Net Income to the extent in excess of cash taxes paid in such period, and

(vi) cash receipts in respect of Hedging Obligations during such fiscal year to the extent not otherwise included in such Consolidated Net Income; over

(b) the sum, without duplication, of:

(i) an amount equal to the amount of all non-cash credits included in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income (but excluding any non-cash credit to the extent representing the reversal of an accrual or reserve described in clause (a)(ii) above) and cash losses, charges, expenses, costs and fees excluded by virtue of clauses (a) through (o) of the definition of “Consolidated Net Income,”

 

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(ii) without duplication of amounts deducted pursuant to clause (xi) below in prior fiscal years, the amount of Capital Expenditures, Capitalized Software Expenditures or acquisitions of intellectual property accrued or made in cash during such period, in each case except to the extent financed with the proceeds of Funded Debt (other than any Indebtedness under any revolving credit facilities) of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary,

(iii) the aggregate amount of all principal payments of Indebtedness of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries (including (A) the principal component of payments in respect of Capitalized Lease Obligations, (B) all scheduled principal repayments of Loans, Senior Notes, Senior Subordinated Notes (or any Indebtedness representing Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof in accordance with the corresponding provisions of the governing documentation thereof), Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt and Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness, in each case to the extent such payments are permitted hereunder and actually made and (C) the amount of any scheduled repayment of Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.05 and mandatory prepayment of Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.03(b)(ii), Senior Notes, Senior Subordinated Notes (or any Indebtedness representing Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof in accordance with the corresponding provisions of the governing documentation thereof), and any mandatory redemption, repurchase, prepayment or defeasance of Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt or Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness pursuant to the corresponding provisions of the governing documentation thereof, in each case, to the extent required due to a Disposition or Casualty Event that resulted in an increase to Consolidated Net Income for such period and not in excess of the amount of such increase, but excluding (X) all other prepayments of Term Loans, (Y) all prepayments in respect of the ABL Credit Agreement or any other revolving credit facility, except to the extent there is an equivalent permanent reduction in commitments thereunder and (Z) payments on any Junior Financing, except in each case to the extent permitted to be paid pursuant to Section 7.06) made during such period, in each case, except to the extent financed with the proceeds of Funded Debt (other than any Indebtedness under any revolving credit facilities) of the Borrower or the Restricted Subsidiaries,

(iv) an amount equal to the aggregate net non-cash gain on Dispositions by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries during such period (other than Dispositions in the ordinary course of business) to the extent included in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income and the net cash loss on Dispositions to the extent otherwise added to arrive at Consolidated Net Income,

(v) increases in Consolidated Working Capital (except as a result of the reclassification of items from short term to long-term or vice versa) for such period (other than any such increases arising from acquisitions or Dispositions outside the ordinary course by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries during such period or the application of recapitalization or purchase accounting),

(vi) cash payments by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries during such period in respect of long-term liabilities of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries (other than Indebtedness) to the extent such payments are not expensed during such period or are not deducted in calculating Consolidated Net Income,

(vii) without duplication of amounts deducted pursuant to clauses (viii) and (xi) below in prior fiscal years, the amount of Investments made in cash pursuant to clauses (c), (e), (k), (l), (m), (n), (o), (x), (y) and (aa) of the definition of “Permitted Investments” and pursuant to Section 7.06(a), (b)(x) and (b)(xv) during such period, except to the extent such Investments were financed with the proceeds of Funded Debt (other than any Indebtedness under any revolving credit facilities) of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary,

(viii) the amount of Restricted Payments paid in cash during such period pursuant to Section 7.06(a) and clauses (i), (ii), (iv), (v), (vi), (vii), (viii), (ix), (x), (xi), (xii) and (xiv) of Section 7.06(b), except to the extent such Restricted Payments were financed with the proceeds of Funded Debt (other than any Indebtedness under any revolving credit facilities) of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary,

 

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(ix) the aggregate amount of expenditures actually made by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries from internally generated cash flow of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries during such period (including expenditures for the payment of financing fees) to the extent that such expenditures are not expensed during such period or are not deducted in calculating Consolidated Net Income,

(x) the aggregate amount of any premium, make-whole or penalty payments actually paid in cash by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries during such period that are made in connection with any prepayment or redemption of Indebtedness to the extent such payments are not expensed during such period or are not deducted in calculating Consolidated Net Income and such payments reduced Excess Cash Flow pursuant to clause (b)(iii) above or reduced the mandatory prepayment required by Section 2.03(b)(i),

(xi) without duplication of amounts deducted from Excess Cash Flow in prior periods, and at the option of the Borrower, the aggregate consideration required to be paid in cash by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries pursuant to binding contracts (the “Contract Consideration”) entered into prior to or during such period relating to Permitted Investments or other Investments permitted by Section 7.06, capital expenditures or acquisitions of intellectual property to be consummated or made during the period of four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Borrower following the end of such period; provided that, to the extent the aggregate amount of internally generated cash flow actually utilized to finance such Permitted Investments or other Investments permitted by Section 7.06, capital expenditures or acquisitions of intellectual property during such period of four consecutive fiscal quarters is less than the Contract Consideration, the amount of such shortfall shall be added to the calculation of Excess Cash Flow at the end of such period of four consecutive fiscal quarters,

(xii) the amount of cash taxes paid or tax reserves set aside or payable (without duplication) in such period to the extent they exceed the amount of tax expense deducted in determining Consolidated Net Income for such period,

(xiii) cash expenditures in respect of Hedging Obligations during such fiscal year to the extent not deducted in arriving at such Consolidated Net Income, and

(xiv) any fees, expenses or charges incurred during such period (including, for purposes of the Excess Cash Flow payment to be calculated in respect of each full fiscal quarter in the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014 occurring after the Closing Date, any Transaction Expenses and expenses related to the Hercules Transactions incurred on and after the Closing Date), or any amortization thereof for such period, in connection with any acquisition, Investment, Disposition, incurrence or repayment of Indebtedness, issuance of Equity Interests, refinancing transaction or amendment or modification of any debt instrument (including any amendment or other modification of this Agreement, the other Loan Documents, the ABL Credit Documents, the Senior Notes Documents and the Senior Subordinated Notes Documents) and including, in each case, any such transaction consummated prior to the Closing Date and any such transaction undertaken but not completed, and any charges or non-recurring merger costs incurred during such period as a result of any such transaction, in each case whether or not successful.

Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the SEC promulgated thereunder.

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Excluded Capital Stock” means (a) any Capital Stock with respect to which the Borrower and the Administrative Agent have reasonably determined that the costs (including any costs resulting from material adverse tax consequences) of pledging such Equity Interests shall be excessive in view of the benefits to be obtained by the Secured Parties therefrom, (b) solely in the case of any pledge of Capital Stock of any Foreign Subsidiary to secure the Obligations, any Capital Stock that is voting Capital Stock of such Foreign Subsidiary in excess of 65% of the outstanding voting Capital Stock of such class, (c) any Capital Stock to the extent the pledge thereof would be prohibited by any applicable law, rule or regulation or contractual obligation, (d) the Capital Stock of any Subsidiary that is not wholly owned by the Borrower and its Subsidiaries at the time such Subsidiary becomes a Subsidiary (for so long as such Subsidiary remains a non-wholly owned Subsidiary), (e) the Capital Stock of any Subsidiary whose assets, as reflected on their most recent balance sheet prepared in accordance with GAAP, and revenues for the twelve-month period ending on the last day of the most recent fiscal quarter for which financial statements are available, do not exceed $1,000,000, (f) the Capital Stock of any Subsidiary of a Foreign Subsidiary and (g) the Capital Stock of any Unrestricted Subsidiary. Notwithstanding anything in this definition to the contrary, the Capital Stock of the Borrower, Am-Pac and Tire Pros Francorp. shall not be deemed “Excluded Capital Stock” under this Agreement or the Collateral Documents.

Excluded Contract” means at any date any rights or interest of the Borrower or any Guarantor in any property or assets or under any agreement, contract, license, lease, instrument, document or other general intangible or, in the case of any investment property, under any applicable equity holder or similar agreement (referred to solely for purposes of this definition as a “Contract”) to the extent that such Contract by the terms of a restriction in favor of a Person who is not the Borrower or any Guarantor, or any requirement of law, prohibits, or requires any consent or establishes any other condition for or could our would be terminated, abandoned, invalidated, rendered unenforceable, or would be breached or defaulted under because of an assignment thereof or a grant of a security interest therein by the Borrower or a Guarantor; provided that: (i) rights to payment under any such Contract otherwise constituting an Excluded Contract by virtue of this definition shall be included in the Collateral to the extent permitted thereby or by Section 9-406 or Section 9-408 of the Uniform Commercial Code and (ii) all proceeds paid or payable to any of the Borrower or any Guarantor from any sale, transfer or assignment of such contract and all rights to receive such proceeds shall be included in the Collateral.

Excluded Contribution” means net cash proceeds, marketable securities or Qualified Proceeds received by the Borrower after the Closing Date from:

(a) contributions to its common equity capital; and

(b) the sale (other than to a Subsidiary of the Borrower or to any management equity plan or stock option plan or any other management or employee benefit plan or agreement of the Borrower) of Capital Stock (other than Disqualified Stock and Designated Preferred Stock) of the Borrower;

in each case designated as Excluded Contributions pursuant to a certificate executed by a Financial Officer of the Borrower on the date such capital contributions are made or the date such Equity Interests are sold, as the case may be, which are excluded from the calculation of the Available Amount.

Excluded Equipment” means at any date any equipment or other assets or property of the Borrower or any Guarantor which is subject to, or secured by, a Capitalized Lease Obligation or a purchase money obligation if and to the extent that (i) a restriction in favor of a Person who is not the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary or has been incurred pursuant to clause (e) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness” contained in the agreements or documents granting or governing such Capitalized Lease Obligation or purchase money obligation or other obligation under clause (e) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness” prohibits, or requires any consent or establishes any other conditions for or would or could be terminated, abandoned, invalidated, rendered unenforceable, or would be breached or defaulted under such agreement or document because of an assignment thereof, or a grant of a security interest therein, by the Borrower or any Guarantor and (ii) such restriction relates only to the asset or assets acquired by the Borrower or any Guarantor with the proceeds of such Capitalized Lease Obligation or purchase money obligation or other obligation under clause (e) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness” and attachments and accessions thereto, improvements thereof or substitutions therefor; provided that all proceeds paid or payable to any of the Borrower or any Guarantor from any sale, transfer or assignment or other voluntary or involuntary disposition of such assets and all rights to receive such proceeds shall be included in the

 

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Collateral to the extent not otherwise required to be paid to the holder of any Capitalized Lease Obligations or purchase money obligations or other obligations under clause (e) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness” secured by such assets.

Excluded Information” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Big Boy Letter.”

Excluded Proceeds” means the proceeds of long-term Indebtedness (other than revolving credit facilities) or the Net Cash Proceeds of the issuance of Equity Interests or other amounts not included in the calculation of Excess Cash Flow.

Excluded Taxes” means, with respect to each Agent and each Lender, (i) any tax on such Agent or Lender’s net income or profits (or franchise tax in lieu of such tax on net income or profits) imposed by a jurisdiction as a result of such Agent or Lender being organized or having its principal office or applicable Lending Office located in such jurisdiction or as a result of any other present or former connection between such Agent or Lender and the jurisdiction (including as a result of such Agent or Lender carrying on a trade or business, having a permanent establishment or being a resident for tax purposes in such jurisdiction, other than a connection arising solely from such Agent or Lender having executed, delivered, enforced, become a party to, performed its obligations under, received payments under, received or perfected a security interest under, engaged in any other transaction pursuant to, or sold or assigned an interest in any Loan or Loan Document, any Loan Documents), (ii) any branch profits tax under Section 884(a) of the Code, or any similar tax, imposed by any other jurisdiction described in clause (i), (iii) other than any Foreign Lender becoming a party hereto pursuant to the Borrower’s request under Section 3.07, any U.S. federal withholding tax that is imposed on amounts payable to a Foreign Lender pursuant to a Law in effect at the time such Foreign Lender becomes a party hereto (or designates a new Lending Office) (or where the Foreign Lender is a partnership for U.S. federal income tax purposes, pursuant to a law in effect on the later of the date on which such Foreign Lender becomes a party hereto or the date on which the affected partner becomes a partner of such Foreign Lender), except, in the case of a Foreign Lender that designates a new Lending Office or is an assignee, to the extent that such Foreign Lender (or its assignor, if any) was entitled, immediately prior to the time of designation of a new Lending Office (or assignment), to receive additional amounts from a Loan Party with respect to such U.S. federal withholding tax pursuant to Section 3.01, (iv) any withholding tax attributable to a Lender’s failure to comply with Section 3.01(c), or (v) any U.S. federal withholding tax imposed under FATCA and (vi) any interest, additions to taxes and penalties with respect to any taxes described in clauses (i) through (v) of this definition.

Existing Term Loan Class” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(a).

Extended Term Loan Commitment” means a Commitment to provide an Extended Term Loan.

Extended Term Loans” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(a).

Extending Term Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(b).

Extension” means the establishment of an Term Loan Extension Series by amending a Loan pursuant to Section 2.14 and the applicable Extension Amendment.

Extension Amendment” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(c).

Extension Election” has the meaning specified in Section 2.14(b).

Facility” means the Initial Term Loans, a given Class of Other Term Loans, a given Term Loan Extension Series of Extended Term Loans, a given Class of Incremental Term Loans or a given Class of Replacement Loans, as the context may require.

fair market value” means, with respect to any asset or liability, the fair market value of such asset or liability as determined by the Borrower in good faith.

 

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FATCA” means Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code as in effect on the date hereof or any amended or successor version thereof that is substantively comparable and not materially more onerous to comply with (and, in each case, any regulations promulgated thereunder or official interpretations thereof), and any agreements entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b)(1) of the Code.

Federal Funds Rate” means, for any day, the rate per annum equal to the weighted average of the rates on overnight federal funds transactions with members of the Federal Reserve System arranged by Federal funds brokers on such day, as published by the Federal Reserve Bank on the Business Day next succeeding such day; provided that (a) if such day is not a Business Day, the Federal Funds Rate for such day shall be such rate on such transactions on the next preceding Business Day as so published on the next succeeding Business Day, and (b) if no such rate is so published on such next succeeding Business Day, the Federal Funds Rate for such day shall be the average rate (rounded upward, if necessary, to a whole multiple of 1/100 of 1%) charged to the Administrative Agent on such day on such transactions as determined by the Administrative Agent.

Financial Officer” means, with respect to a Person, the chief financial officer, accounting officer, treasurer, controller or other senior financial or accounting officer of such Person.

First Lien Obligations” means the Obligations, the obligations under the Senior Notes Documents, any Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt (other than any Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt that is unsecured or is secured by a Lien on the Collateral ranking junior to the Lien on the Collateral securing the Obligations (but without regard to control of remedies)) and any Permitted Equal Priority Refinancing Debt, collectively.

Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio” means, with respect to the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries for any period, the ratio of EBITDA of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries for such period to the Fixed Charges of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries for such period.

Fixed Charges” means, with respect to any Person for any period, the sum of, without duplication:

(a) Consolidated Interest Expense of such Person for such period;

(b) all cash dividends or other cash distributions paid (excluding items eliminated in consolidation) on any series of Preferred Stock during such period; and

(c) all dividends or other distributions paid or accrued (excluding items eliminated in consolidation) on any series of Disqualified Stock during such period.

Flood Insurance Laws” means, collectively, (i) the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto, (ii) the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto, (iii) the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto and (iv) the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004 as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto.

Foreign Casualty Event” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(b)(vi).

Foreign Disposition” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(b)(vi).

Foreign Lender” means a Lender that is not a United States person within the meaning of Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code.

Foreign Plan” means any employee benefit plan, program or agreement maintained or contributed to by, or entered into with, the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower with respect to employees employed outside the United States (other than benefit plans, programs or agreements that are mandated by applicable Laws).

 

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Foreign Subsidiary” means any direct or indirect Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower that is not a Domestic Subsidiary.

Fund” means any Person (other than a natural person) that is primarily engaged in making, purchasing, holding or otherwise investing in commercial loans and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course of its activities.

Funded Debt” means all Indebtedness of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries for borrowed money that matures more than one year from the date of its creation or matures within one year from such date that is renewable or extendable, at the option of such Person, to a date more than one year from such date or arises under a revolving credit or similar agreement that obligates the lender or lenders to extend credit during a period of more than one year from such date, including Indebtedness in respect of the Loans.

GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, as in effect on May 28, 2010; provided, however, that if the Borrower notifies the Administrative Agent that the Borrower request an amendment to any provision hereof to eliminate the effect of any change occurring after the Closing Date in GAAP or in the application thereof (including through the adoption of IFRS) on the operation of such provision (or if the Administrative Agent notifies the Borrower that the Required Lenders request an amendment to any provision hereof for such purpose), regardless of whether any such notice is given before or after such change in GAAP or in the application thereof (including through the adoption of IFRS), then such provision shall be interpreted on the basis of GAAP as in effect and applied immediately before such change shall have become effective until such notice shall have been withdrawn or such provision amended in accordance herewith.

Governmental Authority” means the government of the United States or any other nation, or of any political subdivision thereof, whether state or local, and any agency, authority, instrumentality, regulatory body, court, central bank or other entity exercising executive, legislative, judicial, taxing, regulatory or administrative powers or functions of or pertaining to government (including any supra-national bodies such as the European Union or the European Central Bank).

Granting Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07(g).

guarantee” means a guarantee (other than by endorsement of negotiable instruments for collection in the ordinary course of business), direct or indirect, in any manner (including letters of credit and reimbursement agreements in respect thereof), of all or any part of any Indebtedness or other obligations.

Guarantee” means, as to any Person, without duplication, (a) any obligation, contingent or otherwise, of such Person guaranteeing or having the economic effect of guaranteeing any Indebtedness or other monetary obligation payable or performable by another Person (the “primary obligor”) in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, and including any obligation of such Person, direct or indirect, (i) to purchase or pay (or advance or supply funds for the purchase or payment of) such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation, (ii) to purchase or lease property, securities or services for the purpose of assuring the obligee in respect of such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation of the payment or performance of such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation, (iii) to maintain working capital, equity capital or any other financial statement condition or liquidity or level of income or cash flow of the primary obligor so as to enable the primary obligor to pay such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation, or (iv) entered into for the purpose of assuring in any other manner the obligee in respect of such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation of the payment or performance thereof or to protect such obligee against loss in respect thereof (in whole or in part), or (b) any Lien on any assets of such Person securing any Indebtedness or other monetary obligation of any other Person, whether or not such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation is assumed by such Person (or any right, contingent or otherwise, of any holder of such Indebtedness to obtain any such Lien); provided that the term “Guarantee” shall not include endorsements for collection or deposit, in either case in the ordinary course of business, or customary and reasonable indemnity obligations in effect on the Closing Date or entered into in connection with any acquisition or disposition of assets permitted under this Agreement (other than such obligations with respect to Indebtedness). The amount of any Guarantee shall be deemed to be an amount equal to the stated or determinable amount of the related primary obligation, or portion thereof, in respect of which such Guarantee is made or, if not stated or determinable, the maximum reasonably anticipated liability in respect thereof as determined by the guaranteeing Person in good faith. The term “Guarantee” as a verb has a corresponding meaning.

 

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Guarantor” means Holdings and each Subsidiary Guarantor (which, on the Closing Date, shall include each Subsidiary of the Borrower listed on Schedule 1.01).

Guarantor Joinder Agreement” means a Guarantor Joinder Agreement substantially in the form of Exhibit E or any other form approved by the Administrative Agent.

Guaranty” means the guaranty made by Holdings and the Subsidiary Guarantors in favor of the Administrative Agent on behalf of the Secured Parties pursuant to Article XI.

Hazardous Materials” means all explosive or radioactive substances or wastes, and all other substances, wastes, pollutants and contaminants and chemicals in any form including petroleum or petroleum distillates, asbestos or asbestos-containing materials, polychlorinated biphenyls, radon gas and infectious or medical wastes, to the extent any of the foregoing are regulated pursuant to any Environmental Law.

Hedging Obligations” means, with respect to any Person, the obligations of such Person under any interest rate swap agreement, interest rate cap agreement, interest rate collar agreement, commodity swap agreement, commodity cap agreement, commodity collar agreement, foreign exchange contract, currency swap agreement or similar agreement or other derivative (including equity derivative agreements) for the purpose of transferring or mitigating interest rate, currency, commodity risks or equity risks either generally or under specific contingencies.

Hercules Acquisition” means, the merger of ATD Merger Sub II LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and wholly-owned Subsidiary of the Borrower, with and into Hercules Holdings and the subsequent merger of Hercules Holdings with and into the Borrower, with the Borrower as the surviving legal entity of such merger.

Hercules Holdings” means Hercules Tire Holdings LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.

Hercules Transactions” means, collectively, (a) the Hercules Acquisition, (b) the effectiveness and/or funding of additional revolving commitments under the ABL Credit Agreement on the date of the consummation of the Hercules Acquisition and the related amendments to the ABL Credit Agreement, (c) the issuance of Senior Subordinated Notes in an aggregate principal amount of $225,000,000 and the related amendments to the Senior Subordinated Notes Documents, (d) consummation of any other transactions in connection with the foregoing, and (e) the payment of the fees and expenses incurred in connection with any of the foregoing.

Holdings” means (a) Holdings (as defined in the introductory paragraph to this Agreement or (b) any of the following Persons: (i) Holdings and its direct Subsidiaries, if any, on the Closing Date that are not the Borrower, (ii) any Successor Holdings or (iii) any other Person or Persons (the “New Holdings”), other than the Borrower, that is a Subsidiary of (or are Subsidiaries of) an the Borrower (or the previous New Holdings, as the case may be) and a direct parent of the Borrower (the “Previous Holdings”); provided that (A) such New Holdings directly or indirectly owns 100% of the Equity Interests of the Borrower, (B) the New Holdings shall expressly assume all the obligations of the Previous Holdings under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents pursuant to a supplement hereto or thereto in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, (C) the New Holdings shall have delivered to the Administrative Agent a certificate of a Responsible Officer stating that such substitution and any supplements to the Loan Documents preserve the enforceability of the Guaranty and the perfection and priority of the Liens under the Collateral Documents, (D) if reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent, an opinion of counsel in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent shall be delivered by the Borrower to the Administrative Agent to the effect that, without limitation, such substitution does not violate this Agreement or any other Loan Document, (E) the Capital Stock of the Borrower owned by, and substantially all of the other assets of, the Previous Holdings are contributed or otherwise transferred to such New Holdings or other Holdings and pledged to secure the Obligations and (F) Event of Default has

 

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occurred and is continuing at the time of such substitution and such substitution does not result in any Event of Default or material tax liability; provided, further, that if each of the foregoing is satisfied, the Previous Holdings shall be automatically released from all its obligations under the Loan Documents and any reference to “Holdings” in the Loan Documents shall be meant to refer to the “New Holdings.”

Identified Participating Lenders” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(C)(3).

Identified Qualifying Lenders” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D)(3).

IFRS” means international accounting standards as promulgated by the International Accounting Standards Board.

Immediate Family Members” means with respect to any individual, such individual’s child, stepchild, grandchild or more remote descendant, parent, stepparent, grandparent, spouse, former spouse, qualified domestic partner, sibling, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law and daughter-in-law (including adoptive relationships) and any trust, partnership or other bona fide estate-planning vehicle the only beneficiaries of which are any of the foregoing individuals or any private foundation or fund that is controlled by any of the foregoing individuals or any donor-advised fund of which any such individual is the donor.

Incremental Amendment” has the meaning specified in Section 2.12(f).

Incremental Amendment No. 1” means Incremental Amendment No. 1 to this Agreement, dated as of June [16], 2014, among the Borrower, Holdings, the other Guarantors party thereto, the New 2014 Term Lenders and the Administrative Agent.

Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date” shall have the meaning provided in Incremental Amendment No. 1.

Incremental Facility Closing Date” has the meaning specified in Section 2.12(d).

Incremental Loan Request” has the meaning specified in Section 2.12(a).

Incremental Term Commitments” has the meaning specified in Section 2.12(a).

Incremental Term Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 2.12(c).

Incremental Term Loan” has the meaning specified in Section 2.12(b).

Indebtedness” means, with respect to any Person, without duplication:

(a) any indebtedness (including principal and premium) of such Person, whether or not contingent:

(i) in respect of borrowed money;

(ii) evidenced by bonds, notes, debentures or similar instruments or letters of credit or bankers’ acceptances (or, without duplication, reimbursement agreements in respect thereof);

(iii) representing the balance deferred and unpaid of the purchase price of any property (including Capitalized Lease Obligations) due more than twelve months after such property is acquired, except (i) any such balance that constitutes an obligation in respect of a commercial letter of credit, a trade payable or similar obligation to a trade creditor, in each case accrued in the ordinary course of business and (ii) any earn-out obligations until such obligation becomes a liability on the balance sheet of such Person in accordance with GAAP and is not paid after becoming due and payable; or

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if and to the extent that any of the foregoing Indebtedness (other than letters of credit and Hedging Obligations) would appear as a liability upon a balance sheet (excluding the footnotes thereto) of such Person prepared in accordance with GAAP; provided that Indebtedness of any Parent Entity of the Borrower appearing upon the balance sheet of the Borrower solely by reason of push-down accounting under GAAP shall be excluded;

(b) to the extent not otherwise included, any obligation by such Person to be liable for, or to pay, as obligor, guarantor or otherwise, on the obligations of the type referred to in clause (a) of this definition of a third Person (whether or not such items would appear upon the balance sheet of the such obligor or guarantor), other than by endorsement of negotiable instruments for collection in the ordinary course of business; and

(c) to the extent not otherwise included, the obligations of the type referred to in clause (a) of this definition of a third Person secured by a Lien on any asset owned by such first Person, whether or not such Indebtedness is assumed by such first Person;

provided that notwithstanding the foregoing, Indebtedness shall be deemed not to include (a) Contingent Obligations incurred in the ordinary course of business or (b) obligations under or in respect of Qualified Securitization Facilities.

Indemnified Liabilities” has the meaning specified in Section 10.05.

Indemnitees” has the meaning specified in Section 10.05.

Information” has the meaning specified in Section 10.08.

Initial Term Loans” means the Term Loans made by the Lenders on the Closing Date to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01.(i) prior to the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date, the Term Loans made by the Lenders on the Closing Date to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01, (ii) from and including the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date to but excluding the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date (or, if the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date does not occur, from and after the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date), the Term Loans made by the Lenders on the Closing Date to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01 and the New 2014 Initial Term Loans made by the New 2014 Initial Term Loan Lenders on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01 (as amended by Incremental Amendment No. 1) and Incremental Amendment No. 1 and (iii) from and after the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date, the Term Loans made by the Lenders on the Closing Date to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01, the New 2014 Initial Term Loans made by the New 2014 Initial Term Loan Lenders on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01 (as amended by Incremental Amendment No. 1) and Incremental Amendment No. 1 and the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans made by the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Lenders on the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01 (as amended by Incremental Amendment No. 1) and Incremental Amendment No. 1. All loans described in clauses (ii) or (iii), as applicable, of the preceding sentence shall constitute a single Class hereunder.

Intercompany Note” means the Intercompany Note dated as of May 28, 2010 executed by Holdings, the Borrower and each Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower party thereto.

Intercreditor Agreements” means the Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement, the Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement and any Customary Intercreditor Agreement.

Interest Payment Date” means, (a) as to any Loan of any Class other than a Base Rate Loan, the last day of each Interest Period applicable to such Loan and the applicable Maturity Date of the Loans of such Class; provided that if any Interest Period for a Eurodollar Rate Loan exceeds three months, the respective dates that fall every three months after the beginning of such Interest Period shall also be Interest Payment Dates; and (b) as to any Base Rate Loan of any Class, the last Business Day of each March, June, September and December and the applicable Maturity Date of the Loans of such Class.

 

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Interest Period” means, as to each Eurodollar Rate Loan, the period commencing on the date such Eurodollar Rate Loan is disbursed or converted to or continued as a Eurodollar Rate Loan and ending on the date one, two, three or six months thereafter, or to the extent consented to by each applicable Lender, nine or twelve months (or such period of less than one month as may be consented to by each applicable Lender), as selected by the Borrower in its Committed Loan Notice; provided that:

(a) any Interest Period that would otherwise end on a day that is not a Business Day shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day unless such Business Day falls in another calendar month, in which case such Interest Period shall end on the immediately preceding Business Day;

(b) any Interest Period (other than an Interest Period having a duration of less than one month) that begins on the last Business Day of a calendar month (or on a day for which there is no numerically corresponding day in the calendar month at the end of such Interest Period) shall end on the last Business Day of the calendar month at the end of such Interest Period; and

(c) no Interest Period shall extend beyond the applicable Maturity Date for the Class of Loans of which such Eurodollar Rate Loan is a part.

Investment Grade Rating” means a rating equal to or higher than Baa3 (or the equivalent) by Moody’s and BBB- (or the equivalent) by S&P or, if the applicable instrument is not then rated by Moody’s or S&P, an equivalent rating by any other Rating Agency.

Investment Grade Securities” means:

(a) securities issued or directly and fully guaranteed or insured by the United States government or any agency or instrumentality thereof (other than Cash Equivalents);

(b) debt securities or debt instruments with an Investment Grade Rating, but excluding any debt securities or instruments constituting loans or advances among the Borrower and their Subsidiaries;

(c) investments in any fund that invests exclusively in investments of the type described in clauses (a) and (b) which fund may also hold immaterial amounts of cash pending investment or distribution; and

(d) corresponding instruments in countries other than the United States customarily utilized for high quality investments.

Investments” means, with respect to any Person, all investments by such Person in other Persons (including Affiliates) in the form of loans (including guarantees), advances or capital contributions (excluding accounts receivable, credit card and debit card receivables, trade credit, advances to customers and distributors, commission, travel and similar advances to employees, directors, officers, managers, distributors and consultants in each case made in the ordinary course of business), and purchases or other acquisitions for consideration of Indebtedness, Equity Interests or other securities issued by any other Person. For purposes of the definitions of “Permitted Investments” and “Unrestricted Subsidiary” and Section 7.06:

(a) “Investments” shall include the portion (proportionate to the Borrower’s Equity Interest in such Subsidiary) of the fair market value of the net assets of a Subsidiary of the Borrower at the time that such Subsidiary is designated an Unrestricted Subsidiary; provided that upon a redesignation of such Subsidiary as a Restricted Subsidiary, the Borrower shall be deemed to continue to have a permanent “Investment” in an Unrestricted Subsidiary in an amount (if positive) equal to:

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(ii) the portion (proportionate to the Borrower’s Equity Interest in such Subsidiary) of the fair market value of the net assets of such Subsidiary at the time of such redesignation; and

(b) any property transferred to or from an Unrestricted Subsidiary shall be valued at its fair market value at the time of such transfer.

The amount of any Investment outstanding at any time shall be the original cost of such Investment, reduced by any dividend, distribution, interest payment, return of capital, repayment or other amount received in cash by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in respect of such Investment.

IP Rights” has the meaning specified in Section 5.15.

IRS” means Internal Revenue Service of the United States.

Junior Financing” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Restricted Payment.”

Junior Financing Documentation” means any documentation governing any Junior Financing.

Latest Maturity Date” means, at any date of determination, the latest maturity or expiration date applicable to any Loan or Commitment hereunder at such time, including the latest maturity or expiration date of any Initial Term Loan, any Incremental Term Loan, any Other Term Loan, any Replacement Loan or any Extended Term Loan, in each case as extended in accordance with this Agreement from time to time.

Laws” means, collectively, all international, foreign, federal, state and local statutes, treaties, rules, guidelines, regulations, ordinances, codes and administrative or judicial precedents or authorities and executive orders, including the interpretation or administration thereof by any Governmental Authority charged with the enforcement, interpretation or administration thereof, and all applicable administrative orders, directed duties, requests, licenses, authorizations and permits of, and agreements with, any Governmental Authority.

LCA Election” has the meaning specified in Section 1.10.

LCA Test Date” has the meaning specified in Section 1.10.

Lender” has the meaning specified in the introductory paragraph to this Agreement and, as context requires, includes their respective successors and assigns as permitted hereunder, each of which is referred to herein as a “Lender.” For avoidance of doubt, each Additional Lender is a Lender to the extent any such Person has executed and delivered a Refinancing Amendment, an Incremental Amendment (including Incremental Amendment No. 1) or an amendment in respect of Replacement Loans, as the case may be, and to the extent such Refinancing Amendment, Incremental Amendment or amendment in respect of Replacement Loans shall have become effective in accordance with the terms hereof and thereof, and each Extending Term Lender shall continue to be a Lender. As of the Closing Date, Schedule 2.01 sets forth the name of each Lender.

Lending Office” means, as to any Lender, the office or offices of such Lender described as such in such Lender’s Administrative Questionnaire, or such other office or offices as a Lender may from time to time notify the Borrower and the Administrative Agent.

LIBOR” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Eurodollar Rate.”

Lien” means, with respect to any asset, any mortgage, lien (statutory or otherwise), pledge, hypothecation, charge, security interest, preference, priority or encumbrance of any kind in respect of such asset, whether or not filed, recorded or otherwise perfected under applicable law, including any conditional sale or other title retention agreement, any lease in the nature thereof, any option or other agreement to sell or give a security

 

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interest in and any filing of or agreement to give any financing statement under the Uniform Commercial Code (or equivalent statutes) of any jurisdiction; provided that in no event shall an operating lease be deemed to constitute a Lien.

Limited Condition Acquisition” means any acquisition by one or more of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries of any assets, business or Person permitted by this Agreement whose consummation is not conditioned on the availability of, or on obtaining, third party financing.

Loan” means an extension of credit under Article II by a Lender to the Borrower in the form of a Term Loan.

Loan Documents” means, collectively, (a) this Agreement, (b) the Term Notes, (c) any Refinancing Amendment, Incremental Amendment (including Incremental Amendment No. 1), Extension Amendment or amendment in respect of Replacement Loans, (d) the Guaranty, (e) the Collateral Documents and (f) the Intercreditor Agreements.

Loan Parties” means, collectively, (a) Holdings, (b) the Borrower and (c) each Subsidiary Guarantor.

Management Fee Agreement” means, collectively, (a) the transaction and monitoring fee letter agreement between the Borrower and the Sponsor dated as of May 28, 2010, pursuant to which the Sponsor agrees to provide certain advisory services to Holdings and the Borrower in exchange for certain fees and (b) the indemnification agreement among Accelerate Holdings Corp., Holdings, the Borrower and the Sponsor dated as of May 28, 2010.

Management Stockholders” means, means the management officers or employees of the Borrower or its Subsidiaries who are investors in Holdings or any Parent Entity thereof.

Margin Stock” has the meaning set forth in Regulation U of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System, or any successor thereto.

Material Adverse Effect” means a material adverse effect on (a) the business, assets, operations or financial condition of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, (b) the ability of the Borrower and the other Loan Parties (taken as a whole) to perform their obligations under the Loan Documents or (c) the rights of, or remedies available to the Agents or the Lenders under the Loan Documents.

Material Subsidiary” means, as of the Closing Date and thereafter at any date of determination, each Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower (a) whose Total Assets as of the last day of the Test Period most recently ended on or prior to such date of determination were equal to or greater than 5.00% of Total Assets at such date or (b) whose gross revenues for such Test Period were equal to or greater than 5.00% of the consolidated gross revenues of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries for such Test Period, in each case determined in accordance with GAAP; provided that if at any time Restricted Subsidiaries that are Domestic Subsidiaries but not Guarantors solely because they do not meet the thresholds set forth in clauses (a) or (b) comprise in the aggregate more than 5.00% of Total Assets as of the last day of the Test Period most recently ended on or prior to such date of determination or more than 5.00% of the consolidated gross revenues of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries for such Test Period, then the Borrower shall, not later than forty-five (45) days after the date by which financial statements for such quarter are required to be delivered pursuant to this Agreement (or such longer period as the Administrative Agent may agree in its reasonable discretion), (i) designate in writing to the Administrative Agent one or more of such Restricted Subsidiaries that are Domestic Subsidiaries as “Material Subsidiaries” to the extent required such that the foregoing condition ceases to be true and (ii) comply with the provisions of Section 6.11 applicable to such Subsidiary.

Maturity Date” means (i) with respect to the Initial Term Loans that have not been extended pursuant to Section 2.14, June 1, 2018 (the “Original Term Loan Maturity Date”), (ii) with respect to any Class of Extended Term Loans, the final maturity date as specified in the applicable Extension Amendment, (iii) with respect

 

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to any Other Term Loans, the final maturity date as specified in the applicable Refinancing Amendment, (iv) with respect to any Class of Replacement Loans, the final maturity date as specified in the applicable amendment to this Agreement in respect of such Replacement Loans and (v) with respect to any Incremental Loan, the final maturity date as specified in the applicable Incremental Amendment; provided, in each case, that if such day is not a Business Day, the applicable Maturity Date shall be the Business Day immediately succeeding such day.

Maximum ABL Facility Amount” means the sum of (i) the Revolving Commitments (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement) under the ABL Credit Agreement as in effect on the Closing Date plus (ii) any additional Revolving Commitment Increases (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement) permitted to be incurred pursuant to Section 2.23 of the ABL Credit Agreement as in effect on the Closing Date.

Maximum Rate” has the meaning specified in Section 10.10.

MNPI” has the meaning specified in Section 6.02.

Moody’s” means Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and any successor to its rating agency business.

Mortgage Policies” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Real Property Collateral Requirements”.

Mortgaged Properties” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Real Property Collateral Requirement.”

Mortgages” means collectively, means any mortgage, deed of trust or other agreement entered into by the owner of a Mortgaged Property and the Collateral Agent, which conveys or evidences a Lien in favor of the Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Lenders, on such Mortgaged Property, substantially in the form of Exhibit O (with such changes thereto as may be necessary to account for local law matters) or otherwise in such form as agreed between the Borrower and the Collateral Agent.

Multiemployer Plan” means any multiemployer plan as defined in Section 3(37) or Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA in respect of which a Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate is an “employer” (as defined in Section 3(5) of ERISA.

Net Cash Proceeds” means:

(a) with respect to the Disposition of any asset by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries or any Casualty Event, the excess, if any, of (i) the sum of gross cash proceeds received in connection with such Disposition or Casualty Event (including any cash and Cash Equivalents received by way of deferred payment pursuant to, or by monetization of, a note receivable or otherwise, but only as and when so received and, with respect to any Casualty Event, any insurance proceeds or condemnation awards in respect of such Casualty Event actually received by or paid to or for the account of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries) over (ii) the sum of (A) the principal amount, premium or penalty, if any, interest, breakage costs and other amounts on any Indebtedness that is secured by the asset subject to such Disposition or Casualty Event and required to be repaid in connection with such Disposition or Casualty Event (other than Indebtedness under the Loan Documents, the Senior Notes Documents, Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness and Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt), (B) the out-of-pocket fees and expenses (including attorneys’ fees, accountants’ fees, investment banking fees, survey costs, title insurance premiums, and related search and recording charges, transfer taxes, deed or mortgage recording taxes, other customary expenses and brokerage, consultant and other customary fees) actually incurred by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary in connection with such Disposition or Casualty Event (other than those payable to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary), (C) taxes or distributions made pursuant to Section 7.06(b)(xiii)(A) or Section 7.06(b)(xiii)(B) paid or reasonably estimated to be payable in connection therewith (including taxes imposed on the distribution or repatriation of any such Net Cash Proceeds), (D) in the case of any Disposition or Casualty Event by a non-wholly owned Restricted

 

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Subsidiary, the pro rata portion of the Net Cash Proceeds thereof (calculated without regard to this clause (D)) attributable to minority interests and not available for distribution to or for the account of the Borrower or a wholly owned Restricted Subsidiary as a result thereof, and (E) any reserve for adjustment in respect of (x) the sale price of such asset or assets established in accordance with GAAP and (y) any liabilities associated with such asset or assets and retained by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary after such sale or other disposition thereof, including pension and other post-employment benefit liabilities and liabilities related to environmental matters or against any indemnification obligations associated with such transaction, it being understood that “Net Cash Proceeds” shall include the amount of any reversal (without the satisfaction of any applicable liabilities in cash in a corresponding amount) of any reserve described in this clause (E); provided that (x) no net cash proceeds calculated in accordance with the foregoing realized in a single transaction or series of related transactions shall constitute Net Cash Proceeds unless such net cash proceeds shall exceed $15,000,000 and (y) no such net cash proceeds shall constitute Net Cash Proceeds under this clause (a) in any fiscal year until the aggregate amount of all such net cash proceeds in such fiscal year shall exceed $25,000,000 (and thereafter only net cash proceeds in excess of such amount shall constitute Net Cash Proceeds under this clause (a)); and

(b) (i) with respect to the incurrence or issuance of any Indebtedness by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary or any Permitted Equity Issuance by the Borrower or any Parent Entity of the Borrower, the excess, if any, of (A) the sum of the cash and Cash Equivalents received in connection with such incurrence or issuance over (B) all taxes paid or reasonably estimated to be payable, and all fees (including investment banking fees, underwriting fees and discounts), commissions, costs and other out-of-pocket expenses and other customary expenses incurred, by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary in connection with such incurrence, sale or issuance and (ii) with respect to any Permitted Equity Issuance by any Parent Entity of the Borrower, the amount of cash from such Permitted Equity Issuance contributed to the capital of the Borrower.

Net Income” means, with respect to any Person, the net income (loss) of such Person, determined in accordance with GAAP and before any reduction in respect of Preferred Stock dividends.

New 2014 Delayed Draw End Date” has meaning provided for such term in the definition of “New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Availability Period”.

New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan has the meaning provided for such term in Incremental Amendment No. 1.

New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Availability Period means the period commencing on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date and ending on the date that is 60 days after the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date (or such later date as may be agreed among the Administrative Agent, the Borrower and the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Lenders) (the “New 2014 Delayed Draw End Date”).

New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment” has the meaning provided for such term in Incremental Amendment No. 1. The initial aggregate amount of the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitments as of the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date is $80,000,000.

New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Lender” has the meaning provided for such term in Incremental Amendment No. 1.

New 2014 Initial Term Loan” has the meaning provided for such term in Incremental Amendment No. 1.

New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitment” has the meaning provided for such term in Incremental Amendment No. 1. The initial aggregate amount of the New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitments as of the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date is $340,000,000.

 

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New 2014 Initial Term Loan Lender” has the meaning provided for such term in Incremental Amendment No. 1.

New 2014 Term Lenders” means the New 2014 Initial Term Loan Lenders and the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Lenders.

New 2014 Term Loans” means the New 2014 Initial Term Loans and the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans.

Non-Cash Charges” has the meaning specified in the definition of “EBITDA.”

Non-Consenting Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 3.07.

Non-Excluded Taxes” means all Taxes other than Excluded Taxes imposed on or with respect to any payment made by or on account of any obligation of any Loan Party under any Loan Document.

Non-Loan Party” means any Subsidiary of the Borrower that is not a Loan Party.

Notes Collateral” has the meaning ascribed to “Collateral” in the Senior Notes Indenture.

Obligations” means all advances to, and debts, liabilities, obligations, covenants and duties of, any Loan Party arising under any Loan Document or otherwise with respect to any Loan, whether direct or indirect (including those acquired by assumption), absolute or contingent, due or to become due, now existing or hereafter arising and including interest and fees that accrue after the commencement by or against any Loan Party of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Laws naming such Person as the debtor in such proceeding, regardless of whether such interest and fees are allowed claims in such proceeding. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Obligations of the Loan Parties under the Loan Documents (and any of their Subsidiaries to the extent they have obligations under the Loan Documents) include the obligation (including guarantee obligations) to pay principal, interest, reimbursement obligations, charges, expenses, fees, Attorney Costs, indemnities and other amounts payable by any Loan Party under any Loan Document.

OFAC” has the meaning specified in Section 5.18.

Offered Amount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D)(1).

Offered Discount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D)(1).

OID” means original issue discount.

Organizational Documents” means (a) with respect to any corporation, the certificate or articles of incorporation and the bylaws (or equivalent or comparable constitutive documents with respect to any non-U.S. jurisdiction); (b) with respect to any limited liability company, the certificate or articles of formation or organization and operating agreement; and (c) with respect to any partnership, joint venture, trust or other form of business entity, the partnership, joint venture or other applicable agreement of formation or organization and any agreement, instrument, filing or notice with respect thereto filed in connection with its formation or organization with the applicable Governmental Authority in the jurisdiction of its formation or organization and, if applicable, any certificate or articles of formation or organization of such entity.

Original Term Loan Maturity Date” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Maturity Date.”

Other Applicable Indebtedness” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(b)(ii)(A).

 

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Other Taxes” means any and all present or future stamp or documentary Taxes or any other similar excise or property Taxes arising from any payment made under any Loan Document or from the execution, delivery or enforcement of, or otherwise with respect to, any Loan Document.

Other Term Loan Commitments” means one or more Classes of Term Loan commitments hereunder that result from a Refinancing Amendment.

Other Term Loans” means one or more Classes of Term Loans that result from a Refinancing Amendment.

Outstanding Amount” means as of any date, the outstanding principal amount of Term Loans after giving effect to any borrowings and prepayments or repayments thereof occurring on such date.

Overnight Rate” means, for any day, the greater of (a) the Federal Funds Rate and (b) an overnight rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation.

Parent Entity” means any Person that is a direct or indirect parent (which may be organized as, among other things, a partnership) of Holdings and/or the Borrower (for the avoidance of doubt, in the case of the Borrower, including Holdings), as applicable.

Participant” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07(d).

Participant Register” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07(e).

Participating Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(C)(2).

PBGC” means the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Pension Plan” means any “employee pension benefit plan” (as such term is defined in Section 3(2) of ERISA), other than a Multiemployer Plan, that is subject to Title IV of ERISA and is sponsored or maintained by any Loan Party or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates or to which any Loan Party or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates contributes or has an obligation to contribute, or in the case of a multiple employer or other plan described in Section 4064(a) of ERISA, has made contributions at any time in the preceding five plan years.

Perfection Certificate” has the meaning specified in the Security Agreement.

Permitted Acquisition” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Permitted Investments.”

Permitted Equal Priority Refinancing Debt” means any secured Indebtedness incurred by the Borrower and/or any Guarantor in the form of one or more series of senior secured notes, bonds or debentures (and, if applicable, any Registered Equivalent Notes issued in exchange therefor); provided that (i) such Indebtedness is secured by Liens on all or a portion of the Collateral on a basis that is equal in priority to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Obligations (but without regard to the control of remedies) and is not secured by any property or assets of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary other than the Collateral, (ii) such Indebtedness satisfies the applicable requirements set forth in the provisos to the definition of “Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness,” (iii) such Indebtedness is not at any time guaranteed by any Subsidiary of the Borrower other than Subsidiaries that are Guarantors and (iv) the Borrower, the holders of such Indebtedness (or their Senior Representative) and the Administrative Agent and/or Collateral Agent shall be party to a Customary Intercreditor Agreement providing that the Liens on the Collateral securing such obligations shall rank equal in priority to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Obligations (but without regard to the control of remedies).

Permitted Equity Issuance” means any sale or issuance of any Equity Interests (other than Disqualified Stock) of the Borrower or any Parent Entity thereof, in each case to the extent permitted hereunder.

 

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Permitted Holder” means any of (a) the Sponsor, (b) the Management Stockholders and (c) any group (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or Section 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act or any successor provision) of which any of the foregoing are members; provided that, in the case of such group and without giving effect to the existence of such group or any other group, such Sponsor and Management Stockholders, collectively, have beneficial ownership of more than 50.0% of the total voting power of the Voting Stock of the Borrower or any of its direct or indirect parent companies.

Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt” means Indebtedness issued, incurred or otherwise obtained by the Borrower and/or any Guarantor in respect of one or more series of senior unsecured notes, senior secured equal priority or junior priority notes or subordinated notes (in each case issued in a public offering, Rule 144A or other private placement or bridge financing in lieu of the foregoing (and any Registered Equivalent Notes issued in exchange therefor)), junior lien or unsecured loans or secured or unsecured mezzanine Indebtedness that, in each case, if secured, will be secured by Liens on the Collateral that rank on an equal priority or junior priority basis with the Liens on Collateral securing the Obligations, and that are issued or made in lieu of Incremental Term Commitments; provided that (i) the aggregate principal amount of all Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt shall not exceed the Available Incremental Amount, (ii) such Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt shall not be subject to any Guaranty by any Person other than a Loan Party, (iii) in the case of Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt that is secured, the obligations in respect thereof shall not be secured by any Lien on any asset of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary other than any asset constituting Collateral, (iv) if such Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt is secured, such Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt shall be subject to an applicable Customary Intercreditor Agreement, (v) the terms of such Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt do not provide for any scheduled amortization or mandatory repayment, mandatory redemption, mandatory offer to purchase or sinking fund obligation prior to the date that is 91 days after the Latest Maturity Date at the time of incurrence, issuance or obtainment of such Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt, other than customary prepayments, repurchases or redemptions of or offers to prepay, redeem or repurchase upon a change of control, asset sale event or casualty or condemnation event, customary prepayments, redemptions or repurchases or offers to prepay, redeem or repurchase based on excess cash flow (in the case of loans) and customary acceleration rights upon an event of default and (vi) notwithstanding clause (i) above, any Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt which is to be unsecured shall not be required to comply with the test set forth in Section 2.12(d)(iii)(B), but rather shall not exceed an amount such that the Senior Net Leverage Ratio does not exceed 4.00 to 1.00 or in the case of any Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt which is to be secured such that the Secured Net Leverage Ratio does not exceed 4.00 to 1.00, in each case, as of the end of the Test Period most recently ended on or prior to such date of issuance, incurrence or obtaining after giving pro forma effect to such Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt and any Incremental Term Commitments (assuming the cash proceeds of any Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt are not netted in the calculation of Consolidated Total Indebtedness for purposes of calculating the Senior Net Leverage Ratio or Secured Net Leverage Ratio, as applicable); and, provided, further, that “Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt” may be incurred in the form of a bridge or other interim credit facility intended to be refinanced or replaced with long-term indebtedness (so long as such credit facility includes customary “rollover provisions”), in which case, on or prior to the first anniversary of the incurrence of such “bridge” or other credit facility, clause (v) of the first proviso in this definition shall not prohibit the inclusion of customary terms for “bridge” facilities, including customary mandatory prepayment, repurchase or redemption provisions.

Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt Documents” means any document or instrument (including any guarantee, security agreement or mortgage and which may include any or all of the Loan Documents) issued or executed and delivered with respect to any Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt by any Loan Party.

Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt Obligations” means, if any secured Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt has been incurred or issued and is outstanding, all advances to, and debts, liabilities, obligations, covenants and duties of, any Loan Party arising under any applicable Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt Documents, whether direct or indirect (including those acquired by assumption), absolute or contingent, due or to become due, now existing or hereafter arising and including interest and fees that accrue after the commencement by or against any Loan Party of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Laws naming such Person as the debtor in such proceeding, regardless of whether such interest and fees are allowed claims in such proceeding.

Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt Secured Parties” means the holders from time to time of any secured Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt Obligations (and any Senior Representative on their behalf).

 

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Permitted Indebtedness” means:

(a) [Reserved];

(b) the incurrence of Indebtedness pursuant to the Loan Documents;

(c) the incurrence of Indebtedness pursuant to:

(i) Credit Facilities; provided that the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness outstanding pursuant to this clause (c)(i) does not exceed an amount equal to the greater of (A) the Maximum ABL Facility Amount and (B) the Borrowing Base at the time such debt is incurred,

(ii) the Senior Notes Documents;

(iii) the Senior Subordinated Notes Documents; and

(iv) any Refinancing Indebtedness incurred, issued or otherwise obtained to Refinance (in whole or in part) Indebtedness described in clauses (i) through (iii) above (and any Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof);

(d) Indebtedness of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries in existence on the Closing Date and set forth on Schedule 7.03 and any Refinancing Indebtedness incurred, issued or otherwise obtained to Refinance (in whole or in part) such Indebtedness (and any Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof);

(e) Indebtedness (including Capitalized Lease Obligations) incurred or issued by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to finance the purchase, lease or improvement of property (real or personal), equipment or other assets, including assets that are used or useful in a Similar Business, whether through the direct purchase of assets or the Capital Stock of any Person owning such assets in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed (as of the date such Indebtedness is issued, incurred or otherwise obtained) the greater of (A) $65,000,000 and (B) 2.50% of Total Assets, and any Refinancing Indebtedness incurred, issued or otherwise obtained to Refinance (in whole or in part) such Indebtedness (and any Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof);

(f) Indebtedness incurred by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary constituting reimbursement obligations with respect to letters of credit, bank guarantees, banker’s acceptances, warehouse receipts, or similar instruments issued or created in the ordinary course of business, including letters of credit in respect of workers’ compensation claims, health, disability or other employee benefits or property, casualty or liability insurance or self-insurance or other Indebtedness with respect to reimbursement type obligations regarding workers’ compensation claims, health, disability or other employee benefits or property, casualty or liability insurance or self-insurance; provided that upon the drawing of such letters of credit or the incurrence of such Indebtedness, such obligations are reimbursed within 30 days following such drawing or incurrence;

(g) Indebtedness arising from agreements of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary providing for indemnification, adjustment of purchase price, earnouts or similar obligations, in each case, incurred or assumed in connection with the disposition of any business, assets or a Subsidiary, other than guarantees of Indebtedness incurred by any Person acquiring all or any portion of such business, assets or a Subsidiary for the purpose of financing such acquisition;

(h) Indebtedness of the Borrower owing to a Restricted Subsidiary; provided that any such Indebtedness owing to any Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party is expressly subordinated to the Obligations pursuant to the Intercompany Note; provided, further, that any subsequent issuance or transfer of any Capital Stock or any other event which results in any such Restricted Subsidiary ceasing to be a Restricted Subsidiary or any other subsequent transfer of any such Indebtedness (except to the Borrower or

 

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another Restricted Subsidiary or any pledge of such Indebtedness constituting a Permitted Lien (but not foreclosure thereon)) shall be deemed, in each case, to be an incurrence of such Indebtedness not permitted by this clause (h);

(i) Indebtedness of a Restricted Subsidiary owing to the Borrower or another Restricted Subsidiary to the extent constituting a Permitted Investment or an Investment otherwise permitted by Section 7.06; provided that any such Indebtedness owing by a Loan Party to a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party is expressly subordinated to the Obligations pursuant to the Intercompany Note; provided, further, that any subsequent issuance or transfer of any Capital Stock or any other event which results in any such Restricted Subsidiary that is the lender ceasing to be a Restricted Subsidiary or any other subsequent transfer of any such Indebtedness (except to the Borrower or another Restricted Subsidiary or any pledge of such Indebtedness constituting a Permitted Lien (but not foreclosure thereon)) shall be deemed, in each case, to be an incurrence of such Indebtedness not permitted by this clause (i);

(j) [Reserved];

(k) Hedging Obligations (excluding Hedging Obligations entered into for speculative purposes) for the purpose of (i) limiting interest rate risk with respect to any Indebtedness permitted to be incurred hereunder, (ii) fixing or hedging currency exchange rate risk with respect to any currency exchanges, or (iii) fixing or hedging commodity price risk with respect to any commodity purchases or sales;

(l) obligations in respect of self-insurance and obligations in respect of performance, bid, appeal and surety bonds and performance and completion guarantees and similar obligations provided by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary or obligations in respect of letters of credit, bank guarantees or similar instruments related thereto, in each case in the ordinary course of business, including (but not limited to) those incurred to secure health, safety and environmental obligations in the ordinary course of business;

(m) (i) Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in an aggregate principal amount up to 100.0% of the Net Cash Proceeds received by the Borrower since immediately after the Closing Date from the issue or sale of Equity Interests of the Borrower or cash contributed to the capital of the Borrower (in each case, other than proceeds of Disqualified Stock or sales of Equity Interests to the Borrower or any Subsidiary thereof) as determined in accordance with clause (c) of the definition of “Available Amount” to the extent such Net Cash Proceeds or cash have not been applied pursuant to such clause to make Restricted Payments or to make other Investments, payments or exchanges permitted by Section 7.06 or to make Permitted Investments (other than Permitted Investments specified in clauses (a), (b) and (c) of the definition thereof) and Refinancing Indebtedness incurred, issued or otherwise obtained to Refinance (in whole or in part) such Indebtedness, and (ii) Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary not otherwise permitted hereunder in an aggregate principal amount that, when aggregated with the principal amount of all other Indebtedness then outstanding and incurred pursuant to this clause (m)(ii), does not exceed (as of the date such Indebtedness is issued, incurred or otherwise obtained) the greater of (A) $70,000,000 and (B) 4.75% of Total Assets, and Refinancing Indebtedness incurred, issued or otherwise obtained to Refinance (in whole or in part) such Indebtedness (and any Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof) (it being understood that any Indebtedness incurred pursuant to this clause (m) shall cease to be deemed incurred or outstanding for purposes of this clause (m) but shall be deemed incurred for the purposes of clause (bb) below from and after the first date on which the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary could have incurred such Indebtedness under Section 7.03 without reliance on this clause (m));

(n) Vendor Debt, advances and similar financings in a an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $50,000,000;

(o) Indebtedness constituting Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt and any Refinancing Indebtedness incurred, issued or otherwise obtained to Refinance (in whole or in part) such Indebtedness (and any Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof);

 

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(p) Indebtedness arising from the honoring by a bank or other financial institution of a check, draft or similar instrument drawn against insufficient funds in the ordinary course of business, provided that such Indebtedness is extinguished within five Business Days of its incurrence;

(q) Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary supported by a letter of credit that is incurred under clause (c)(i) of this definition, in a principal amount not in excess of the stated amount of such letter of credit;

(r) (i) any guarantee by the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary of Indebtedness of any Restricted Subsidiary so long as the incurrence of such Indebtedness incurred by such Restricted Subsidiary is permitted under Section 7.03, Section 7.06 or the definition of “Permitted Investments” and (ii) any guarantee by a Restricted Subsidiary of Indebtedness of the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary;

(s) Indebtedness issued by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to future, present or former employees, directors, officers, managers and consultants thereof, their respective Controlled Investment Affiliates or Immediate Family Members, in each case to finance the purchase or redemption of Equity Interests of the Borrower or any Parent Entity thereof to the extent described in Section 7.06(b)(iv);

(t) customer deposits and advance payments received in the ordinary course of business from customers for goods purchased in the ordinary course of business;

(u) Indebtedness in respect of Cash Management Obligations, Cash Management Services and other Indebtedness in respect of netting services, automatic clearing house arrangements, employees’ credit or purchase cards, overdraft protections and similar arrangements in each case incurred in the ordinary course of business;

(v) Indebtedness incurred by a Restricted Subsidiary in connection with bankers’ acceptances, discounted bills of exchange or the discounting or factoring of receivables for credit management purposes, in each case incurred or undertaken in the ordinary course of business on arm’s length commercial terms on a recourse basis;

(w) Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary consisting of (a) the financing of insurance premiums or (b) take-or-pay obligations contained in supply arrangements in each case, incurred in the ordinary course of business;

(x) (A) the incurrence of Indebtedness of the Foreign Subsidiaries of the Borrower in an amount not to exceed (as of the date such Indebtedness is incurred or committed) the greater of (i) $35,000,000 and (ii) 1.50% of Total Assets and (B) the incurrence of Indebtedness of the Foreign Subsidiaries of the Borrower in an amount not to exceed at any one time outstanding the Borrowing Base of such Foreign Subsidiaries, and any Refinancing Indebtedness incurred, issued or otherwise obtained to Refinance (in whole or in part) such Indebtedness (and any Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof);

(y) (i) Indebtedness incurred, issued or assumed in connection with any Permitted Acquisition or other acquisition in an amount not to exceed the sum of (A) $20,000,000 and (B) an additional amount such that that after giving pro forma effect to such Permitted Acquisition or other acquisition and the assumption, incurrence or issuance of such Indebtedness incurred pursuant to this clause (y):

(A) at least $1.00 of Permitted Ratio Debt would be permitted to be incurred; or

(B) the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio (following such Permitted Acquisition or other acquisition and the assumption, incurrence or issuance of such Indebtedness) would be equal to or greater than the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio in effect immediately prior to such Permitted Acquisition or other acquisition and such assumption, incurrence or issuance of such Indebtedness; or

 

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(C) the Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio (following such Permitted Acquisition or other acquisition and the assumption, incurrence or issuance of such Indebtedness) (x) would not exceed 5.00 to 1.00 or (y) would be less than the Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio immediately prior to such Permitted Acquisition or other acquisition and such assumption, incurrence or issuance of such Indebtedness; and

(ii) any Refinancing Indebtedness incurred, issued or otherwise obtained to Refinance (in whole or in part) such Indebtedness (and any Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof);

(z) Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary undertaken in connection with cash management and related activities with respect to any Subsidiary or joint venture in the ordinary course of business;

(aa) Indebtedness constituting Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness and any Refinancing Indebtedness incurred, issued or otherwise obtained to Refinance (in whole or in part) such Indebtedness;

(bb) Indebtedness constituting Permitted Ratio Debt and any Refinancing Indebtedness incurred, issued or otherwise obtained to Refinance (in whole or in part) such Indebtedness (and any Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof);

(cc) Indebtedness consisting of obligations of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary under deferred compensation or other similar arrangements with employees incurred by such Person in connection with the Transactions, the Hercules Transactions, any Permitted Acquisition or any other Investment or other acquisition permitted hereunder; and

(dd) Indebtedness representing deferred compensation to employees of the Borrower (or any Parent Entity thereof) or any Restricted Subsidiary incurred in the ordinary course of business.

Permitted Investments” means:

(a) any Investment (i) in any Loan Party, (ii) by any Restricted Subsidiary that is a Non-Loan Party in any other Restricted Subsidiary that is a Non-Loan Party and (iii) by any Loan Party in any Restricted Subsidiary that is a Non-Loan Party; provided that the aggregate amount of Investments (other than as a result of the transfer of Equity Interests or Indebtedness of any Restricted Subsidiary that is a Non-Loan Party to any other Restricted Subsidiary that is a Non-Loan Party) outstanding at any time pursuant to the immediately preceding subclause (iii), together with, but without duplication of, Investments made by any Loan Party in any Non-Loan Party pursuant to clause (c) below, shall not exceed the greater of (x) $35,000,000 and (y) 1.50% of Total Assets;

(b) any Investment in, or that at the time of making such Investment was, Cash Equivalents or Investment Grade Securities;

(c) any Investment (each such Investment, a “Permitted Acquisition”) by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in a Person that is engaged in a business permitted pursuant to Section 7.07 if as a result of such Investment: (a) such Person becomes a Restricted Subsidiary; or (b) such Person, in one transaction or a series of related transactions, is amalgamated, merged or consolidated with or into, or transfers or conveys substantially all of its assets (or assets constituting a business unit, a line of business or a division of such Person) to, or such Person is liquidated into, the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary provided, that the aggregate amount of Investments made by Loan Parties in Persons that do not become Loan Parties pursuant to this clause (c), together with, but without duplication of, Investments by any Loan

 

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Party in any Non-Loan Party pursuant to clause (a) above, shall not exceed an aggregate amount outstanding from time to time equal to the greater of $35,000,000 and 1.50% of Total Assets; and, in each case, any Investment held by such Person; provided further, that such Investment was not acquired by such Person in contemplation of such acquisition, merger, amalgamation, consolidation or transfer; provided further that with respect to each Permitted Acquisition described in this clause (c):

(A) the Borrower shall comply with Section 6.11 and Section 7.12 to the extent applicable;

(B) immediately before and immediately after giving pro forma effect to any such Investment under this clause (c), no Event of Default under Section 8.01(a) or (f) shall have occurred and be continuing at the time of entry into the definitive documentation pursuant to which the Permitted Acquisition was consummated; and

(C) the Borrower shall have delivered to the Administrative Agent a certificate of a Responsible Officer of the Borrower, on behalf of the Borrower, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, certifying that all of the requirements set forth in this clause (c) have been satisfied or will be satisfied on or prior to the consummation of such purchase or other acquisition;

(d) any Investment in securities or other assets not constituting Cash Equivalents or Investment Grade Securities and received in connection with a Disposition made pursuant to Section 7.05 or any other disposition of assets not constituting a Disposition;

(e) any Investment existing, or contemplated, on the Closing Date or made pursuant to binding commitments in effect on the Closing Date, in each of the foregoing cases, as set forth on Schedule 7.06, or an Investment consisting of any extension, replacement, reinvestment, modification or renewal of any such Investment or binding commitment existing, or contemplated, on the Closing Date; provided that the amount of any such Investment may be increased in such extension, replacement, reinvestment, modification or renewal only (a) as required by the terms of such Investment or binding commitment as in existence, or contemplated, on the Closing Date (including as a result of the accrual or accretion of interest or original issue discount or the issuance of pay-in-kind securities) or (b) as otherwise permitted under this Agreement;

(f) any Investment acquired by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary:

(i) consisting of extensions of credit in the nature of accounts receivable or notes receivable arising from the grant of trade credit in the ordinary course of business;

(ii) in exchange for any other Investment, accounts receivable or indorsements for collection or deposit held by the Borrower or any such Restricted Subsidiary in connection with or as a result of a bankruptcy, workout, reorganization or recapitalization of, or settlement of delinquent accounts and disputes with or judgments against, the issuer of such other Investment, accounts receivable or endorsements for collection or deposit (including any trade creditor or customer);

(iii) in satisfaction of judgments against other Persons;

(iv) as a result of a foreclosure by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary with respect to any secured Investment or other transfer of title with respect to any secured Investment in default; or

(v) as a result of the settlement, compromise or resolution of litigation, arbitration or other disputes with Persons who are not Affiliates;

 

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(g) Hedging Obligations permitted under Section 7.03;

(h) Investments the payment for which consists of Equity Interests (other than Disqualified Stock) of the Borrower or any Parent Entity thereof; provided that the proceeds from such Equity Interests will not increase the Available Amount;

(i) guarantees of Indebtedness of the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary permitted under Section 7.03, performance guarantees and Contingent Obligations (other than in respect of Indebtedness) incurred in the ordinary course of business and the creation of Liens on the assets of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in compliance with Section 7.01;

(j) any transaction to the extent it constitutes an Investment that is permitted by and made in accordance with the provisions of Section 7.08 (except transactions described in clause (b) of the first proviso in such Section);

(k) Investments consisting of (i) purchases or other acquisitions of inventory, supplies, material or equipment or (ii) the licensing or contribution of intellectual property pursuant to joint marketing arrangements with other Persons;

(l) [Reserved];

(m) Investments in or relating to a Securitization Subsidiary that, in the good faith determination of the Borrower are necessary or advisable to effect any Qualified Securitization Facility or any repurchase obligation in connection therewith;

(n) loans and advances to, or guarantees of Indebtedness of, employees, directors, officers, managers, distributors and consultants not in excess of $25,000,000 outstanding at any one time, in the aggregate;

(o) loans and advances to employees, directors, officers, managers, distributors and consultants for business-related travel expenses, moving expenses and other similar expenses or payroll advances, in each case incurred in the ordinary course of business or consistent with past practices or to any future or present employee, director, officer, manager or consultant (or their respective Controlled Investment Affiliates or Immediate Family Members) of the Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries or any of its Parent Entities to fund such Person’s purchase of Equity Interests of any Parent Entity;

(p) advances, loans or extensions of trade credit in the ordinary course of business by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary and any leases, licenses, subleases or sublicenses granted to others in the ordinary course of business which do not (i) interfere in any material respect with the business of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or (ii) secure any Indebtedness;

(q) any Investment in any Subsidiary or any joint venture in connection with intercompany cash management arrangements or related activities arising in the ordinary course of business;

(r) Investments consisting of purchases and acquisitions of assets or services in the ordinary course of business;

(s) Investments made in the ordinary course of business in connection with obtaining, maintaining or renewing client contacts and loans or advances made to distributors in the ordinary course of business;

(t) Investments in prepaid expenses, negotiable instruments held for collection and lease, utility and workers compensation, performance and similar deposits entered into as a result of the operations of the business in the ordinary course of business;

 

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(u) Investments in the ordinary course of business consisting of Uniform Commercial Code Article 3 endorsements for collection of deposit and Article 4 customary trade arrangements with customers consistent with past practices;

(v) guarantees by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary of obligations of any Restricted Subsidiary in the ordinary course of business;

(w) Investments made by any Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party to the extent that such Investments are financed with the proceeds received by such Restricted Subsidiary from an Investment in such Restricted Subsidiary permitted by this Agreement;

(x) other Investments in an aggregate amount taken together with all other Investments made pursuant to this clause (x) not to exceed at any one time outstanding (as of the date such Investment is made) the greater of (a) $100,000,000 and (b) 5.00% of Total Assets;

(y) other Investments so long as immediately after giving effect to any Investment pursuant to this clause (y), the Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio as of the last day of the Test Period most recently ended on or prior to the date such Investment is made would be less than or equal to 4.50 to 1.00;

(z) Investments resulting from the Transactions and the Hercules Transactions; and

(aa) Investments in a Similar Business taken together with all other Investments made pursuant to this clause (aa) that are that time outstanding, not to exceed the greater of $50,000,000 and 2.00% of Total Assets.

Permitted Junior Priority Refinancing Debt” means secured Indebtedness incurred by the Borrower and/or any Guarantor in the form of one or more series of junior lien secured notes, bonds or debentures or junior lien secured loans (and, if applicable, any Registered Equivalent Notes issued in exchange therefor); provided that (i) such Indebtedness is secured by a Lien on all or a portion of the Collateral ranking on a junior priority basis to the Liens on Collateral securing the Obligations and any other First Lien Obligations and is not secured by any property or assets of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary other than the Collateral, (ii) such Indebtedness satisfies the applicable requirements set forth in the provisos in the definition of “Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness” (provided that such Indebtedness may be secured by a Lien on Collateral that ranks junior to the Liens on Collateral securing the Obligations and any other First Lien Obligations, notwithstanding any provision to the contrary contained in the definition of “Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness”), (iii) the holders of such Indebtedness (or their Senior Representative) shall be party to a Customary Intercreditor Agreement providing that the Liens on Collateral securing such obligations shall rank junior to the Liens on Collateral securing the Obligations, and (iv) such Indebtedness is not at any time guaranteed by any Subsidiary of the Borrower other than Subsidiaries that are Guarantors.

Permitted Liens” means, with respect to any Person:

(a) pledges, deposits or security by such Person under workers’ compensation laws, unemployment insurance, employers’ health tax, and other social security laws or similar or other insurance related obligations (including, but not limited to, in respect of deductibles, self-insured retention amounts and premiums and adjustments thereto) or indemnification obligations of (including obligations in respect of letters of credit or bank guarantees for the benefit of) insurance carriers providing property, casualty or liability insurance, or good faith deposits in connection with bids, tenders, contracts (other than for the payment of Indebtedness) or leases to which such Person is a party, or deposits to secure public or statutory obligations of such Person or deposits of cash or U.S. government bonds to secure surety or appeal bonds to which such Person is a party, or deposits as security for contested taxes or import duties or for the payment of rent, in each case incurred in the ordinary course of business;

(b) Liens imposed by law, such as landlords’, carriers’, warehousemen’s, materialmen’s, repairmen’s and mechanics’ Liens, in each case for sums not yet overdue for a period of more than 30 days

 

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or being contested in good faith by appropriate actions and other Liens arising out of or securing judgments or awards against such Person (including for payment of money not constituting an Event of Default under Section 8.01(g)) with respect to which such Person shall then be proceeding with an appeal or other proceedings for review if such Liens are adequately bonded or adequate reserves with respect thereto are maintained on the books of such Person in accordance with GAAP;

(c) Liens for Taxes, assessments or other governments charges not yet overdue for a period of more than 30 days or not yet payable or subject to penalties for nonpayment or which are being contested in good faith by appropriate actions diligently conducted, if adequate reserves with respect thereto are maintained on the books of such Person in accordance with GAAP;

(d) Liens in favor of issuers of performance, surety, bid, indemnity, warranty, release, appeal or similar bonds or with respect to other regulatory requirements or letters of credit or bankers’ acceptances issued, and completion guarantees provided for, in each case, issued pursuant to the request of and for the account of such Person in the ordinary course of its business or consistent with past practice prior to the Closing Date;

(e) (i) minor survey exceptions, minor encumbrances, ground leases, easements or reservations of, or rights of others for, licenses, rights-of-way, servitudes, sewers, electric lines, drains, telegraph, telephone and cable television lines and other similar purposes, or zoning, building codes or other restrictions (including minor defects and irregularities in title and similar encumbrances) as to the use of real properties or Liens incidental to the conduct of the business of such Person or to the ownership of its properties which were not incurred in connection with Indebtedness and which do not in the aggregate materially impair their use in the operation of the business of such Person and (ii) all matters shown on the Mortgage Policies (if any);

(f) Liens securing obligations relating to any Indebtedness permitted to be incurred pursuant to clause (e), (m)(ii), (x) or (y) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness”; provided that (a) Liens securing obligations relating to any Refinancing Indebtedness permitted to be incurred pursuant to clauses (e), (m)(ii) and (y) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness” relate only to obligations relating to Refinancing Indebtedness that (x) is secured by Liens on the same assets as the assets securing the Refinanced Indebtedness (other than after-acquired property that is (A) affixed or incorporated into the property covered by such Lien, (B) after-acquired property subject to a Lien securing such Indebtedness, the terms of which Indebtedness require or include a pledge of after-acquired property (it being understood that such requirement shall not be permitted to apply to any property to which such requirement would not have applied but for such acquisition) and (C) the proceeds and products thereof) or (y) Refinances Indebtedness issued under clause (e) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness,” (b) Liens securing obligations relating to Indebtedness permitted to be incurred pursuant to clause (x) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness” extend only to the assets of Foreign Subsidiaries, (c) Liens securing obligations relating to any Indebtedness permitted to be incurred pursuant to clause (y) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness” are solely on acquired property or the assets of the acquired entity (other than after-acquired property that is (A) affixed or incorporated into the property covered by such Lien, (B) after-acquired property subject to a Lien securing such Indebtedness, the terms of which Indebtedness require or include a pledge of after-acquired property (it being understood that such requirement shall not be permitted to apply to any property to which such requirement would not have applied but for such acquisition) and (C) the proceeds and products thereof), (d) Liens securing obligations relating to any Indebtedness to be incurred pursuant to clause (e) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness” extend only to the assets so purchased, leased or improved and any accessions or extensions thereof and customary security deposits and (e) in the case of consensual Liens on Collateral securing obligations under clause (m)(ii) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness,” at the election of the Borrower, the secured parties in respect of such Indebtedness (or a Senior Representative thereof on behalf of such holders) shall have entered into a Customary Intercreditor Agreement;

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(h) Liens on property or shares of stock or other assets of a Person at the time such Person becomes a Subsidiary; provided that such Liens are not created or incurred in connection with, or in contemplation of, such other Person becoming such a Subsidiary; provided, further, that such Liens may not extend to any other property or other assets owned by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary (other than after-acquired property that is (A) affixed or incorporated into the property covered by such Lien, (B) except in the case of a Loan Party, after-acquired property subject to a Lien securing such Indebtedness, the terms of which Indebtedness require or include a pledge of after-acquired property (it being understood that such requirement shall not be permitted to apply to any property to which such requirement would not have applied but for such acquisition) and (C) the proceeds and products thereof);

(i) Liens on property or other assets at the time the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary acquired the property or such other assets, including any acquisition by means of a merger, amalgamation or consolidation with or into the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary; provided that such Liens are not created or incurred in connection with, or in contemplation of, such acquisition, amalgamation, merger or consolidation; provided, further, that the Liens may not extend to any other property owned by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary (other than after-acquired property that is (A) affixed or incorporated into the property covered by such Lien and (B) the proceeds and products thereof);

(j) Liens securing obligations relating to any Indebtedness or other obligations of a Restricted Subsidiary owing to the Borrower or another Restricted Subsidiary permitted to be incurred in accordance with Section 7.03;

(k) Liens securing Hedging Obligations; provided that, with respect to Hedging Obligations relating to Indebtedness, such Indebtedness is secured by a Lien on the same property securing such Hedging Obligations;

(l) Liens on specific items of inventory or other goods (other than tire inventory) and proceeds of any Person securing such Person’s accounts payable or similar trade obligations in respect of bankers’ acceptances or trade letters of credit issued or created for the account of such Person to facilitate the purchase, shipment or storage of such inventory or other goods;

(m) leases, sub-leases, licenses or sub-licenses granted to others in the ordinary course of business which do not (i) interfere in any material respect with the business of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or (ii) secure any Indebtedness;

(n) Liens arising from Uniform Commercial Code (or equivalent statute) financing statement filings regarding operating leases or consignments entered into by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in the ordinary course of business;

(o) Liens in favor of any Loan Party;

(p) Liens on accounts receivable, Securitization Assets and related assets incurred in connection with a Qualified Securitization Facility;

(q) Liens to secure any Refinancing (or successive Refinancing) as a whole, or in part, of any Indebtedness secured by any Lien referred to in the foregoing clauses (g), (h) and (i); provided that (a) such new Lien shall be limited to all or part of the same property that secured the original Lien (plus accessions, additions and improvements on such property (and after-acquired property that is (A) affixed or incorporated into the property covered by such Lien, (B) after-acquired property subject to a Lien securing such Indebtedness, the terms of which Indebtedness require or include a pledge of after-acquired property (it being understood that such requirement shall not be permitted to apply to any property to which such requirement would not have applied but for such acquisition) and (C) the proceeds and products thereof)), and (b) the Indebtedness secured by such Lien at such time is not increased by any amount greater than an amount necessary to pay any fees and expenses, including premiums and accrued and unpaid interest, related to such Refinancing;

 

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(r) deposits made or other security provided in the ordinary course of business to secure liability to insurance carriers;

(s) other Liens securing obligations in an aggregate amount not to exceed (as of the date any such Lien is incurred) the greater of (a) $35,000,000 and (b) 2.50% of Total Assets; provided that such Liens are subordinated to the Liens securing the Obligations in accordance with, and are otherwise subject to, the terms of the Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement or such other Customary Intercreditor Agreement which subordinates such Liens on the Collateral to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Obligations;

(t) Liens created in connection with Vendor Debt that encumber all or any part of the inventory supplied by such vendor and any books and records, documents and instruments, letter of credit rights and supporting obligations and any proceeds or products relating to such inventory, in each case existing on the Closing Date or hereafter created and existing;

(u) Liens in favor of customs and revenue authorities arising as a matter of law to secure payment of customs duties in connection with the importation of goods in the ordinary course of business;

(v) Liens (a) of a collection bank arising under Section 4-210 of the Uniform Commercial Code on items in the course of collection, (b) attaching to commodity trading accounts or other commodity brokerage accounts incurred in the ordinary course of business, and (c) in favor of banking institutions arising as a matter of law or under general terms and conditions encumbering deposits (including the right of set-off) and which are within the general parameters customary in the banking industry;

(w) Liens deemed to exist in connection with Investments in repurchase agreements permitted under Section 7.06; provided that such Liens do not extend to any assets other than those that are the subject of such repurchase agreement;

(x) Liens encumbering reasonable customary deposits and margin deposits and similar Liens attaching to commodity trading accounts or other brokerage accounts incurred in the ordinary course of business and not for speculative purposes;

(y) Liens that are contractual rights of set-off (a) relating to the establishment of depository relations with banks not given in connection with the issuance of Indebtedness, (b) relating to pooled deposit or sweep accounts of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to permit satisfaction of overdraft or similar obligations incurred in the ordinary course of business of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries or (c) relating to purchase orders and other agreements entered into with customers of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in the ordinary course of business;

(z) Liens securing obligations owed by Holdings, the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to any lender, agent, arranger or any other Person under the Credit Facilities and the Senior Notes Documents (including, in either case, any Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof) or any Affiliate of such a lender, agent, arranger or other Person in respect of any Cash Management Obligations or Cash Management Services or Hedging Obligations, which Liens shall be subject to (i) in the case of Liens under Senior Notes Documents, the Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement and (ii) in the case of Liens under Credit Facilities, the Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement;

(aa) any encumbrance or restriction (including put and call arrangements) with respect to Capital Stock of any joint venture or similar arrangement pursuant to any joint venture or similar agreement;

(bb) Liens arising out of conditional sale, title retention, consignment or similar arrangements with vendors for the sale or purchase of goods (other than tire inventory) entered into by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in the ordinary course of business;

 

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(cc) Liens solely on any cash earnest money deposits made by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in connection with any letter of intent or purchase agreement;

(dd) ground leases in respect of real property on which facilities owned or leased by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries are located;

(ee) Liens on insurance policies and the proceeds thereof securing the financing of the premiums with respect thereto;

(ff) Liens on Capital Stock of an Unrestricted Subsidiary that secure Indebtedness or other obligations of such Unrestricted Subsidiary;

(gg) Liens on the assets of Restricted Subsidiaries that are not Loan Parties securing Indebtedness of such Subsidiaries that is permitted by Section 7.03;

(hh) Liens arising solely from precautionary UCC financing statements or similar filings;

(ii) Liens securing obligations under: (i) the Loan Documents to secure the Obligations or permitted in respect of any Mortgaged Property by the terms of the applicable Mortgage (including any Refinancing Indebtedness incurred, issued or otherwise obtained to Refinance (in whole or in part) the Indebtedness incurred under the Loan Documents (and any Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof), (ii) (x) Indebtedness outstanding pursuant to clause (c)(i) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness” so long as such Liens are subject to the terms of the Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement or an applicable Customary Intercreditor Agreement and (y) Indebtedness outstanding pursuant to clause (c)(ii) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness” so long as such Liens are subject to the terms of the Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement or an applicable Customary Intercreditor Agreement (including any Refinancing Indebtedness incurred, issued or otherwise obtained to Refinance (in whole or in part) Indebtedness described in clauses (x) and (y) above (and any Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof)), (iii) the documentation (including any Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt Documents) governing any Indebtedness permitted to be incurred under clause (o) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness” (provided that such Liens do not extend to any assets that are not Collateral) and (iv) the documentation governing any Indebtedness permitted to be incurred pursuant to clause (aa) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness” (provided that such Liens do not extend to any assets that are not Collateral); provided that, (A) in the case of Liens on Collateral securing Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt Obligations or Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness that constitute First Lien Obligations pursuant to subclause (iii) or (iv) above, the applicable Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt Secured Parties or parties to such Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness (or a Senior Representative thereof on behalf of such holders) shall have entered into the Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement or a Customary Intercreditor Agreement which agreement shall provide that the Liens on Collateral securing such Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt Obligations or Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness shall rank equal in priority to the Liens on Collateral securing the Obligations (but without regard to control of remedies) and (B) in the case of Liens on Collateral securing Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt Obligations or Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness pursuant to subclause (iii) or (iv) above that rank junior to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Obligations and the Liens on the ABL Collateral, the applicable Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt Secured Parties or parties to such Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness (or a Senior Representative thereof on behalf of such holders) shall have entered into a Customary Intercreditor Agreement described in clause (c) of the definition thereof;

(jj) Liens to secure Indebtedness incurred pursuant to clause (bb) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness”; provided that the Secured Net Leverage Ratio for the Test Period most recently ended on or prior to such date of determination, calculated on a pro forma basis after giving effect to the incurrence of such Lien (and without netting any cash received from the incurrence of such Indebtedness), the related Indebtedness and the application of net proceeds therefrom would be no greater than 4.00 to 1.00; provided further that, (A) in the case of Liens on Collateral securing such Indebtedness that constitutes First Lien Obligations, the applicable parties to such Indebtedness (or a Senior Representative thereof on behalf of such holders) shall have entered into the Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement or a

 

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Customary Intercreditor Agreement which agreement shall provide that the Liens on Collateral securing such Indebtedness shall rank equal in priority to the Liens on Collateral securing the Obligations (but without regard to control of remedies) and (B) in the case of Liens on Collateral securing such Indebtedness that rank junior to the Liens on the Collateral securing the Obligations and the Liens on the ABL Collateral, the applicable parties to such Indebtedness (or a Senior Representative thereof on behalf of such holders) shall have entered into a Customary Intercreditor Agreement described in clause (c) of the definition thereof. Without any further consent of the Lenders, the Administrative Agent and the Collateral Agent shall be authorized to negotiate, execute and deliver on behalf of the Secured Parties any intercreditor agreement or any amendment (or amendment and restatement) to the Collateral Documents or a Customary Intercreditor Agreement to effect the provisions contemplated by this clause (jj);

(kk) Liens arising pursuant to Section 107(l) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act or similar provision of any Environmental Law, unless (i) such Lien, by the action of the lienholder, or by operation of law, takes priority over any Lien filed pursuant to this Agreement or any other Loan Document on the property upon which it is a Lien, and (ii) the cost to the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, of satisfying such Lien, in the aggregate with any other such Liens, would reasonably be expected to exceed $15,000,000, except to the extent the obligations relating to such Liens are not yet due and payable or such Liens are being contested in good faith by appropriate actions diligently conducted, if adequate reserves with respect thereto are maintained on the books of such Person in accordance with GAAP; and

(ll) Liens consisting of an agreement to Dispose of any property in a Disposition permitted under Section 7.05 to the extent such Disposition would have been permitted on the date of the creation of such Lien;

For purposes of this definition, the term “Indebtedness” shall be deemed to include interest on such Indebtedness.

Permitted Ratio Debt” means, at any time, Indebtedness incurred or issued by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary if the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio for the Test Period most recently ended on or prior to such time would have been at least 2.00 to 1.00, determined on a pro forma basis (including a pro forma application of the net proceeds therefrom); provided, that Restricted Subsidiaries that are Non-Loan Parties may not incur or issue Indebtedness pursuant to this definition if, after giving pro forma effect to such incurrence or issuance as described above, the aggregate amount of Indebtedness of Non-Loan Parties incurred or issued pursuant to this definition then outstanding would exceed (as of the date such Indebtedness is issued, incurred or otherwise obtained) the greater of (x) $40,000,000 and (y) 1.75% of Total Assets.

Permitted Unsecured Refinancing Debt” means unsecured Indebtedness incurred by the Borrower and/or the Guarantors in the form of one or more series of senior unsecured notes, bonds or debentures or loans (and, if applicable, any Registered Equivalent Notes issued in exchange therefor); provided that (i) such Indebtedness satisfies the applicable requirements set forth in the provisos in the definition of “Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness” and (ii) such Indebtedness is not at any time guaranteed by any Subsidiary of the Borrower other than Subsidiaries that are Guarantors.

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

Plan” means any material “employee benefit plan” (as such term is defined in Section 3(3) of ERISA), other than a Foreign Plan, established or maintained by any Loan Party or, with respect to any such plan that is subject to Section 412 of the Code or Title IV of ERISA, any of their respective ERISA Affiliates.

Platform” has the meaning specified in Section 6.02.

Pounds” shall mean the lawful currency of the United Kingdom.

 

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Preferred Stock” means any Equity Interest with preferential rights of payment of dividends or upon liquidation, dissolution, or winding up.

Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant” means, at any time (x) any financial maintenance covenant that is not included in this Agreement at such time and (y) any financial maintenance covenant that is included in this Agreement at such time but with covenant levels and component definitions (to the extent relating to such financial maintenance covenant) in this Agreement that are less restrictive on the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries than those in the applicable Incremental Amendment, Refinancing Amendment, Extension Amendment or amendment in respect of Replacement Loans or any documents relating to Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness or Refinancing Indebtedness.

Pro Forma Balance Sheet” has the meaning specified in Section 5.05(a)(ii).

Pro Forma Financial Statements” has the meaning specified in Section 5.05(a)(ii).

Pro Rata Share” means, with respect to each Lender at any time a fraction (expressed as a percentage, carried out to the ninth decimal place), the numerator of which is the amount of the Commitments and, if applicable and without duplication, Term Loans of such Lender under the applicable Facility or Facilities at such time and the denominator of which is the amount of the Aggregate Commitments under the applicable Facility or Facilities and, if applicable and without duplication, Term Loans under the applicable Facility or Facilities at such time.

Projections” has the meaning specified in Section 6.01(c).

Public Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 6.02.

Qualified Proceeds” means the fair market value of assets that are used or useful in, or Capital Stock of any Person engaged in, a Similar Business.

Qualified Securitization Facility” means any Securitization Facility that meets the following conditions: (a) the board of directors of the Borrower shall have determined in good faith that such Securitization Facility (including financing terms, covenants, termination events and other provisions) is in the aggregate economically fair and reasonable to the Borrower and the applicable Securitization Subsidiary, (b) all sales and/or contributions of Securitization Assets and related assets to the applicable Securitization Subsidiary are made at fair market value (as determined in good faith by the Borrower) and (c) the financing terms, covenants, termination events and other provisions thereof shall be market terms (as determined in good faith by the Borrower).

Qualifying IPO” means the issuance by the Borrower, or any Parent Entity thereof, of its common Equity Interests in an underwritten primary public offering (other than a public offering pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-8) pursuant to an effective registration statement filed with the SEC in accordance with the Securities Act (whether alone or in connection with a secondary public offering).

Qualifying Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D)(3).

Quarterly Financial Statements” means the unaudited consolidated balance sheets and the related statements of operations and cash flows for the fiscal quarters then ended, together with the notes of the Acquired Company and its Subsidiaries as of each fiscal quarter subsequent to December 31, 2013 and ended at least 45 days prior to the Closing Date.

Rating Agencies” means Moody’s and S&P or if Moody’s or S&P or both shall not make a rating on the relevant obligations publicly available, a nationally recognized statistical rating agency or agencies, as the case may be, selected by the Borrower which shall be substituted for Moody’s or S&P or both, as the case may be.

 

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Real Property Collateral Requirements” means, with respect to each owned real property of the Borrower or any Subsidiary Guarantor, including each other parcel of real property and improvements thereto, for which a Mortgage is granted pursuant to Section 12.13 (each a “Mortgaged Property”), each of the following, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Collateral Agent:

(a) a Mortgage on such Mortgaged Property;

(b) evidence that a counterpart of the Mortgage has been recorded or delivered to the appropriate title insurance company subject to arrangements reasonably satisfactory to the Collateral Agent for the prompt recording thereof;

(c) an ALTA or other mortgagee’s title policy or amendment thereto (or a marked unconditional binder thereof insuring the Lien of the Mortgage at ordinary rates) (the “Mortgage Policies”);

(d) an opinion of counsel in the state in which such Mortgaged Property is located as to the recordability and enforceability of the applicable Mortgage in the relevant jurisdiction; and

(e) a flood zone certificate in favor of the Collateral Agent, and, if any Mortgaged Property with improvements located thereon is being identified as being within a special flood hazard area, flood insurance in an amount required by applicable law.

Reference Rate” means with respect to the calculation of the All-In Yield in the case of Loans of an applicable Class that includes a Eurodollar Rate floor, an interest rate per annum equal to the rate per annum equal to LIBOR, as published by Reuters (or such other commercially available source providing quotations of LIBOR as may be designated by the Administrative Agent from time to time) at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, on such day for Dollar deposits with a term of three months, or if such rate is not available at such time for any reason, the rate per annum determined by the Administrative Agent to be the rate at which deposits in Dollars for delivery on such day with a term of three months would be offered by the Administrative Agent’s London Branch to major banks in the London interbank eurodollar market at their request at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, on such date.

Refinance,” “Refinancing” and “Refinanced” shall have the meanings provided in the definition of the term “Refinancing Indebtedness.”

Refinanced Indebtedness” has the meaning provided in the definition of the term “Refinancing Indebtedness.”

Refinanced Loans” has the meaning specified in Section 10.01.

Refinancing Amendment” means an amendment to this Agreement in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower executed by each of (a) the Borrower, (b) the Administrative Agent and (c) each Additional Lender and Lender that agrees to provide any portion of the Other Term Loans or Other Term Loan Commitments being incurred or provided pursuant thereto, in accordance with Section 2.13.

Refinancing Indebtedness” means, with respect to any Indebtedness (the “Refinanced Indebtedness”), any Indebtedness issued, incurred or otherwise obtained in exchange for or as a replacement of (including by entering into alternative financing arrangements in respect of such exchange or replacement (in whole or in part), including by adding or replacing lenders, creditors, agents, borrowers and/or guarantors, and including in each case, but not limited to, after the original instrument giving rise to such Indebtedness has been terminated and including, in each case, by entering into any credit agreement, loan agreement, note purchase agreement, indenture or other agreement), or the net proceeds of which are to be used for the purpose of modifying, extending, refinancing, renewing, replacing, redeeming, repurchasing, defeasing, amending, supplementing, restructuring, repaying or refunding (collectively to “Refinance” or a “Refinancing” or “Refinanced”), such Refinanced

 

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Indebtedness (or previous refinancing thereof constituting Refinancing Indebtedness); provided that (A) except to the extent otherwise permitted under this Agreement (subject to a dollar for dollar usage of any other basket set forth in the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness,” if applicable), the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) of any such Refinancing Indebtedness does not exceed the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) of the Refinanced Indebtedness outstanding immediately prior to such Refinancing except by an amount equal to the unpaid accrued interest and premium (including any tender premiums) and penalties (if any) thereon plus other amounts paid and fees and expenses incurred in connection with such Refinancing plus an amount equal to any existing commitment unutilized and letters of credit undrawn thereunder, (B) if the Indebtedness being Refinanced is Indebtedness permitted by clauses (c), (d) and (o) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness,” the direct and contingent obligors with respect to such Refinancing Indebtedness are not changed (except that any Loan Party may be added as an additional direct or contingent obligor in respect of such Refinancing Indebtedness), (C) other than with respect to a Refinancing in respect of Indebtedness permitted pursuant to clause (e) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness,” such Refinancing Indebtedness shall have a final maturity date equal to or later than the final maturity date of, and shall have a Weighted Average Life to Maturity equal to or greater than the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of, the Refinanced Indebtedness (without giving effect to any amortization or prepayments thereof prior to the time of such Refinancing) as of the date of determination, and (D) if the Indebtedness being Refinanced is Indebtedness permitted by clauses (d) and (o) of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness,” the terms and conditions of any such Refinancing Indebtedness, taken as a whole, are no “more restrictive” on the Borrower than the terms and conditions of the Refinanced Indebtedness being Refinanced (including, if applicable, as to collateral priority and subordination, but excluding as to interest rates (including through fixed exchange rates), interest rate margins, rate floors, fees, funding discounts, original issue discount and redemption or prepayment terms and premiums (provided that such terms and conditions shall not be deemed to be “more restrictive” on the Borrower solely as a result of the inclusion in the documentation governing such Refinancing Indebtedness of a Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant so long as the Administrative Agent shall have been given prompt written notice thereof and this Agreement is amended to include such Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant for the benefit of each Facility (provided, however, that if (x) the documentation governing the Refinancing Indebtedness that includes a Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant consists of a revolving credit facility (whether or not the documentation therefor includes any other facilities) and (y) such Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant is a “springing” financial maintenance covenant, the Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant shall not be required to be included in this Agreement for the benefit of any Term Facility hereunder and such Refinancing Indebtedness shall not be deemed “less favorable” to the Lenders solely as a result of such Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant benefiting only such revolving credit facilities); provided that a certificate of a Responsible Officer of the Borrower delivered to the Administrative Agent at least five Business Days prior to the incurrence of such Indebtedness, together with a reasonably detailed description of the material terms and conditions of such Indebtedness or drafts of the documentation relating thereto, stating that the Borrower has determined in good faith that such terms and conditions satisfy the foregoing requirement in clause (D) shall be conclusive evidence that such terms and conditions satisfy the foregoing requirement unless the Administrative Agent notifies the Borrower within such five Business Day period that it disagrees with such determination (including a reasonable description of the basis upon which it disagrees).

Refunding Capital Stock” has the meaning specified in Section 7.06(b)(ii).

Register” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07(c).

Registered Equivalent Notes” means, with respect to any notes originally issued in a Rule 144A or other private placement transaction under the Securities Act, substantially identical notes (having the same Guarantees) issued in a dollar-for-dollar exchange therefor pursuant to an exchange offer registered with the SEC.

Rejection Notice” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(b)(v).

Related Indemnified Person” of an Indemnitee means (1) any controlling Person or controlled Affiliate of such Indemnitee, (2) the respective directors, officers, or employees of such Indemnitee or any of its controlling Persons or controlled Affiliates and (3) the respective agents of such Indemnitee or any of its controlling Persons or controlled Affiliates, in the case of this clause (3), acting at the instructions of such Indemnitee, controlling Person or such controlled Affiliate; provided that each reference to a controlled Affiliate or controlling Person in this definition pertains to a controlled Affiliate or controlling Person involved in the negotiation of this

 

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Agreement or the syndication of the Facilities. For purposes of this definition, “control” (including, with correlative meanings, the terms “controlling,” “controlled by” and “under common control with”), as used with respect to any Person, shall mean the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management or policies of such Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by agreement or otherwise.

Related Person” means, with respect to any Person, (a) any Affiliate of such Person and (b) the respective directors, officers, employees, agents and other representatives of such Person or any of its Affiliates.

Release” means any release, spill, emission, discharge, deposit, disposal, leaking, pumping, pouring, dumping, emptying, injection or leaching into the Environment.

Replacement Loans” has the meaning specified in Section 10.01.

Reportable Event” means, with respect to any Pension Plan, any of the events set forth in Section 4043(c) of ERISA or the regulations issued thereunder, other than events for which the thirty (30) day notice period has been waived.

Required Facility Lenders” means, as of any date of determination, with respect to one or more Facilities, Lenders having more than 50% of the sum of (a) the Total Outstandings under such Facility or Facilities and (b) the aggregate unused Commitments under such Facility or Facilities; provided that, to the same extent specified in Section 10.07(i) with respect to determination of Required Lenders, the Loans of any Affiliated Lender shall in each case be excluded for purposes of making a determination of Required Facility Lenders unless the action in question affects such Affiliated Lender in a disproportionately adverse manner than its effect on the other Lenders.

Required Lenders” means, as of any date of determination, Lenders having more than 50% of the sum of the (a) Total Outstandings and (b) aggregate unused Term Commitments; provided that the Loans of any Affiliated Lender shall in each case be excluded for purposes of making a determination of Required Lenders unless the action in question affects such Affiliated Lender in a disproportionately adverse manner than its effect on the other Lenders.

Responsible Officer” means, with respect to a Person, the chief executive officer, chief operating officer, president, vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer or assistant treasurer or other similar officer or Person performing similar functions, of such Person. With respect to any document delivered by a Loan Party on the Closing Date, Responsible Officer includes any secretary or assistant secretary of such Loan Party. Any document delivered hereunder that is signed by a Responsible Officer of a Loan Party shall be conclusively presumed to have been authorized by all necessary corporate, partnership and/or other action on the part of such Loan Party and such Responsible Officer shall be conclusively presumed to have acted on behalf of such Loan Party. Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to a “Responsible Officer” shall refer to a Responsible Officer of the Borrower.

Restricted Investment” means any Investment other than any “Permitted Investments.”

Restricted Payment” means (i) any dividend or other distribution (whether in cash, securities or other property) with respect to any Equity Interest of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary (in each case, solely in such Person’s capacity as holder of such Equity Interests) other than dividends or distributions (A) solely in Equity Interests (other than Disqualified Stock) of the Borrower or (B) by a Restricted Subsidiary so long as, in the case of any dividend or distribution payable on or in respect of any class or series of securities issued by a Restricted Subsidiary other than a wholly owned Restricted Subsidiary, the applicable Loan Party or Restricted Subsidiary receives at least its pro rata share of such dividend or distribution in accordance with its Equity Interests in such class or series of securities, or any payment (other than a payment constituting a Permitted Investment) (whether in cash, securities or other property), including any sinking fund or similar deposit, on account of the purchase, redemption, retirement, defeasance, acquisition, cancellation or termination of any such Equity Interest, or on account of any return of capital to the Borrower’s or any Restricted Subsidiary’s stockholders, partners or members

 

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(or the equivalent Persons thereof), (ii) any prepayment, redemption, purchase, defeasance or other satisfaction prior to the scheduled maturity thereof in any manner (it being understood that payments of regularly scheduled principal, interest and mandatory prepayments shall be permitted) of obligations under the Senior Subordinated Note Documents and any Refinancing thereof (other than Indebtedness constituting First Lien Obligations) or any other Subordinated Indebtedness of any Borrower or any Subsidiary Guarantor (collectively, “Junior Financing”) and (iii) any Restricted Investment.

Restricted Subsidiary” means, at any time, any direct or indirect Subsidiary of the Borrower (including any Foreign Subsidiary) that is not then an Unrestricted Subsidiary; provided that upon an Unrestricted Subsidiary ceasing to be an Unrestricted Subsidiary, such Subsidiary shall be included in the definition of “Restricted Subsidiary.”

S&P” means Standard & Poor’s, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., and any successor to its rating agency business.

Sale and Lease-Back Transaction” means any arrangement providing for the leasing by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary of any real or tangible personal property, which property has been or is to be sold or transferred by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary to a third Person in contemplation of such leasing.

Same Day Funds” means disbursements and payments in immediately available funds.

SEC” means the Securities and Exchange Commission, or any Governmental Authority succeeding to any of its principal functions.

Secured Indebtedness” means any Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary secured by a Lien.

Secured Net Leverage Ratio” means the Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio but excluding from the numerator all Indebtedness described in clause (a)(1) of the definition of “Consolidated Total Indebtedness” other than Secured Indebtedness.

Secured Parties” means, collectively, the Administrative Agent, the Lenders, each Supplemental Administrative Agent and each co-agent or sub-agent appointed by the Administrative Agent from time to time pursuant to Section 9.01 or 9.07.

Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the SEC promulgated thereunder.

Securitization Assets” means the accounts receivable, royalty and other similar rights to payment and any other assets related thereto subject to a Qualified Securitization Facility and the proceeds thereof.

Securitization Facility” means any of one or more receivables securitization financing facilities as amended, supplemented, modified, extended, renewed, restated or refunded from time to time, the Obligations of which are non-recourse (except for customary representations, warranties, covenants and indemnities made in connection with such facilities) to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary (other than a Securitization Subsidiary) pursuant to which the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary sells or grants a security interest in its accounts receivable or assets related thereto to either (a) a Person that is not a Restricted Subsidiary or (b) a Securitization Subsidiary that in turn sells its accounts receivable to a Person that is not a Restricted Subsidiary.

Securitization Fees” means distributions or payments made directly or by means of discounts with respect to any participation interest issued or sold in connection with, and other fees paid to a Person that is not a Securitization Subsidiary in connection with, any Qualified Securitization Facility.

Securitization Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary formed for the purpose of, and that solely engages only in one or more Qualified Securitization Facilities and other activities reasonably related thereto.

 

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Security Agreement” means, collectively, that certain Security Agreement dated as of the date hereof among the Collateral Agent and the grantors party thereto, together with supplements or joinders thereto executed and delivered pursuant to Section 6.11.

Senior Net Leverage Ratio” means the Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio but excluding from the numerator all Indebtedness described in clause (a)(1) of the definition of “Consolidated Total Indebtedness” other than Indebtedness of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries that is not Subordinated Indebtedness.

Senior Notes” means the Borrower’s 9.750% Senior Secured Fixed Rate Notes due 2017, in an initial aggregate principal amount of $250,000,000.

Senior Notes Documents” means the Senior Notes Indenture and all other instruments, agreements and other documents evidencing the Senior Notes or providing for any Guarantee or other right in respect thereof.

Senior Notes Indenture” means the indenture under which the Senior Notes are issued.

Senior Representative” means, with respect to any series of Indebtedness, the trustee, administrative agent, collateral agent, security agent or similar agent under the indenture or agreement pursuant to which such Indebtedness is issued, incurred or otherwise obtained, as the case may be, and each of their successors in such capacities.

Senior Subordinated Notes” means the Borrower’s 11.50% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2018, in an initial aggregate principal amount of $425,000,000.

Senior Subordinated Notes Documents” means the Senior Subordinated Notes Indenture and all other instruments, agreements and other documents evidencing the Senior Subordinated Notes or providing for any Guarantee or other right in respect thereof.

Senior Subordinated Notes Indenture” means the indenture under which the Senior Subordinated Notes are issued.

Similar Business” means (1) any business engaged in by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary on the Closing Date, and (2) any business or other activities that are reasonably similar, ancillary, complementary or related to, or a reasonable extension, development or expansion of, the businesses in which the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries are engaged on the Closing Date.

Solicited Discount Proration” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D)(3).

Solicited Discounted Prepayment Amount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D)(1).

Solicited Discounted Prepayment Notice” means a written notice of the Borrower’s Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers made pursuant to Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D) substantially in the form of Exhibit J.

Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer” means the written offer by each Lender, substantially in the form of Exhibit M, submitted following the Administrative Agent’s receipt of a Solicited Discounted Prepayment Notice.

Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D)(1).

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Specified Acquisition Agreement Representations” means such of the representations and warranties made by or with respect to the Acquired Company and its Subsidiaries in the Acquisition Agreement as are material to the interests of the Lenders, but only to the extent that the Borrower has the right to, pursuant to the Acquisition Agreement, terminate its obligations under the Acquisition Agreement or decline to consummate the Acquisition as a result of a breach of such representations and warranties.

Specified Discount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(B)(1).

Specified Discount Prepayment Amount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(B)(1).

Specified Discount Prepayment Notice” means a written notice of the Borrower’s Offer of Specified Discount Prepayment made pursuant to Section 2.03(a)(iv)(B) substantially in the form of Exhibit L.

Specified Discount Prepayment Response” means the written response by each Lender, substantially in the form of Exhibit N, to a Specified Discount Prepayment Notice.

Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(B)(1).

Specified Discount Proration” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(B)(3).

Specified Representations” means those representations and warranties made by the Borrower in Sections 5.01(a) (with respect to the organizational existence of the Loan Parties only (other than the Acquired Company and its Subsidiaries acquired in the Acquisition)), 5.01(b)(ii), 5.02, 5.03(b), 5.03(c) (for purposes of this definition, replacing the reference at the end of Section 5.03 to “Material Adverse Effect” with a reference to “Closing Date Material Adverse Effect”), 5.13, 5.16, 5.18 (with respect to the incurrence of the Term Loans on the Closing Date only and the use of the proceeds thereof) and 5.19.

Specified Transaction” means, with respect to any period, any acquisition, Investment, sale, transfer or other Disposition of assets or property other than in the ordinary course, incurrence, issuance, obtaining, assumption, Refinancing, prepayment, redemption, repurchase, defeasance, extinguishment, retirement or repayment of Indebtedness (other than Indebtedness incurred or repaid under any revolving credit facility or line of credit unless such Indebtedness has been permanently repaid and not replaced), Restricted Payment, Subsidiary designation, Incremental Term Loan, provision of Incremental Term Commitment or other event that by the terms of the Loan Documents requires pro forma compliance with a test or covenant hereunder or requires such test or covenant to be calculated on a pro forma basis.

Sponsor” means any of TPG Capital, L.P., TPG Advisors VI, Inc., TPG Convoy Holdings, L.P., TPG Convoy Holdings II, L.P. and any of their respective Affiliates and funds or partnerships managed or advised by any of them or any of their respective Affiliates, but not including, however, any portfolio company of any of the foregoing.

Submitted Amount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(C)(1).

Submitted Discount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.03(a)(iv)(C)(1).

Subordinated Indebtedness” means any Indebtedness of any Loan Party that is by its terms subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations of such Loan Party arising under the Loans or the Guaranty of the Loans.

Subsidiary” means, with respect to any Person:

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shares of Capital Stock entitled (without regard to the occurrence of any contingency) to vote in the election of directors, managers or trustees thereof is at the time of determination owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by such Person or one or more of the other Subsidiaries of that Person or a combination thereof; and

(b) any partnership, joint venture, limited liability company or similar entity of which:

(i) more than 50.0% of the capital accounts, distribution rights, total equity and voting interests or general or limited partnership interests, as applicable, are owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by such Person or one or more of the other Subsidiaries of that Person or a combination thereof whether in the form of membership, general, special or limited partnership or otherwise, and

(ii) such Person or any Restricted Subsidiary of such Person is a controlling general partner or otherwise controls such entity.

Subsidiary Guarantor” means each Subsidiary of the Borrower, if any, that provides a Guaranty of the Obligations in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

Successor Borrower” has the meaning specified in Section 7.04(d).

Successor Holdings” has the meaning specified in Section 7.04(e).

Supplemental Administrative Agent” and “Supplemental Administrative Agents” have the meanings specified in Section 9.15(a).

Tax” means any present or future tax, levy, impost, duty, assessment, charge, fee, deduction or withholding of any nature and whatever called, imposed by any Governmental Authority, including any interest, additions to tax and penalties applicable thereto.

Tax Distributions” means Restricted Payments in an amount intended to enable any direct and indirect equity owners of the Borrower to pay income Taxes incurred by such direct and indirect equity owners in any taxable period which are attributable to the income and/or gain of the Borrower (but only for so long as the Borrower is classified as a disregarded entity, partnership or other pass-through entity for U.S. federal income tax purposes); provided that any such Restricted Payment: (A) shall be in an amount determined by multiplying the higher of the maximum combined U.S. federal and state ordinary income tax rate applicable to individuals or corporations, in each case resident in the state of California, (without taking into account the deductibility of state taxes in computing U.S. federal income taxes) by the amount of the net income and/or gain attributable to such direct or indirect equity owner; (B) shall only be made to the extent that the amount described in clause (A) exceeds the amount of distributions made to the applicable direct or indirect equity owner in or with respect to such taxable period, other than any distributions made pursuant to the provisions of Section 7.06 (other than Section 7.06(b)(xiii)(B)); and (C) shall be reduced by any cumulative net loss attributable to such direct or indirect equity owner with respect to all prior taxable periods beginning after the Closing Date, but only to the extent such loss has not previously reduced any Restricted Payment by reason of this clause (C); provided, further, that the Borrower will provide to the Administrative Agent promptly following a request therefor calculations supporting the amount of any Tax Distributions made pursuant to Section 7.06(b)(xiii)(B)(ii).

Tax Group” has the meaning specified in Section 7.06(b)(xiii)(B).

Tax Indemnitee” as defined in Section 3.01(e).

Term B Commitments” means, (a) as to each Term Lender that is a Lender on the Closing Date, its obligation to make an Initial Term Loan to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01 in an aggregate amount not to exceed the amount specified opposite such Lender’s name under on Schedule 2.01 under the caption “Term B Commitment” or, (b) as to each New 2014 Initial Term Loan Lender that is a New 2014 Initial Term Loan Lender

 

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on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date, its obligation to make a New 2014 Initial Term Loan to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01 (as amended by Incremental Amendment No. 1) and Incremental Amendment No. 1 in an aggregate amount not to exceed the amount specified opposite such Lender’s name on Schedule 1 of Incremental Amendment No. 1 under the caption “New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitment”, (c) as to each New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Lender that is a New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Lender on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date, its obligation to make a New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01 (as amended by Incremental Amendment No. 1) and Incremental Amendment No. 1 in an aggregate amount not to exceed the amount specified opposite such Lender’s name on Schedule 1 of Incremental Amendment No. 1 under the caption “New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment” or (d) in the Assignment and Assumption (or Affiliated Lender Assignment and Assumption) pursuant to which such Term Lender becomes a party hereto, as applicable, as such amount may be adjusted from time to time in accordance with this Agreement (including pursuant to Section 2.12, 2.13 or 2.14). The initial aggregate amount of the Term B Commitments as of the Closing Date is $300,000,000.

Term Borrowing” means a Borrowing of any Term Loans.

Term Commitment” means, as to each Term Lender, its obligation to make a Term Loan to the Borrower hereunder, expressed as an amount representing the maximum principal amount of the Term Loan to be made by such Term Lender under this Agreement, as such commitment may be (a) reduced from time to time pursuant to this Agreement and (b) reduced or increased from time to time pursuant to (i) assignments by or to such Term Lender pursuant to an Assignment and Assumption, (ii) an Incremental Amendment (including Incremental Amendment No. 1), (iii) a Refinancing Amendment, (iv) an Extension Amendment or (v) an amendment in respect of Replacement Loans. The initial amount of each Term Lender’s Term Commitment is specified on Schedule 2.01 under the caption “Term B Commitment” or, otherwise, in the Assignment and Assumption (or Affiliated Lender Assignment and Assumption), Incremental Amendment (including Incremental Amendment No. 1), Refinancing Amendment, Extension Amendment or amendment in respect of Replacement Loans pursuant to which such Lender shall have assumed its Commitment, as the case may be.

Term Facility” means any Facility consisting of Term Loans and/or Term Commitments.

Term Lender” means, at any time, any Lender that has a Term Commitment or a Term Loan at such time.

Term Loan” means any Initial Term Loan, Incremental Term Loan, Other Term Loan, Extended Term Loan or Replacement Loan, as the context may require.

Term Loan Extension Request” has the meaning provided in Section 2.14(a).

Term Loan Extension Series” has the meaning provided in Section 2.14(a).

Term Loan Increase” has the meaning specified in Section 2.12(a).

Term Note” means a promissory note of the Borrower payable to any Term Lender or its registered assigns, in substantially the form of Exhibit B hereto, evidencing the aggregate Indebtedness of the Borrower(s) to such Term Lender resulting from the Term Loans made by such Term Lender.

Test Period” in effect at any time means the most recent period of four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Borrower ended on or prior to such time (taken as one accounting period) in respect of which, subject to Section 1.07(a), internal financial statements of the Borrower are available (as determined in the good faith of the Borrower); provided that, prior to the first date that internal financial statements of the Borrower are available, the Test Period in effect shall be the period of four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Borrower ended December 31, 2013.

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Total Assets” means, at any time, the total assets of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP, as shown on the then most recent balance sheet of the Borrower or such other Person as may be expressly stated.

Total New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitment” means the sum of the New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitments of all the New 2014 Initial Term Loan Lenders.

Total New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment” means the sum of the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitments of all the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Lenders.

Total Outstandings” means the aggregate Outstanding Amount of all Loans.

Transaction Expenses” means any fees or expenses incurred or paid by Holdings and Parent Entities thereof, the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary or the Sponsor in connection with the (i) Transactions and (ii) the Hercules Transactions, including payments to officers, employees and directors as change of control payments, severance payments, special or retention bonuses and charges for repurchase or rollover of, or modifications to, stock options.

Transactions” means, collectively, (a) the Acquisition, (b) the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the funding of the Initial Term Loans and ABL Revolving Loans on the Closing Date, (c) the Closing Date Release, (d) the consummation of any other transactions in connection with the Acquisition Agreements, and (e) the payment of the fees and expenses incurred in connection with any of the foregoing.

Treasury Capital Stock” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 7.06(b)(ii).

Type” means, with respect to a Loan, its character as a Base Rate Loan or a Eurodollar Rate Loan.

Uniform Commercial Code” or “UCC” means the Uniform Commercial Code or any successor provision thereof as the same may from time to time be in effect in the State of New York or the Uniform Commercial Code or any successor provision thereof (or similar code or statute) of another jurisdiction, to the extent it may be required to apply to any item or items of Collateral.

United States” and “U.S.” mean the United States of America.

United States Tax Compliance Certificate” has the meaning specified in Section 3.01(c)(ii)(C).

Unrestricted Subsidiary” means:

(a) any Subsidiary of the Borrower which at the time of determination is an Unrestricted Subsidiary (as designated by the Borrower, as provided below); and

(b) any Subsidiary of an Unrestricted Subsidiary.

The Borrower may designate any Subsidiary of the Borrower to be an Unrestricted Subsidiary unless such Subsidiary or any of its Subsidiaries owns any Equity Interests or Indebtedness of, or owns or holds any Lien on, any property of, the Borrower or any Subsidiary thereof (other than solely any Subsidiary of the Subsidiary to be so designated); provided that:

(a) any Unrestricted Subsidiary must be an entity of which the Equity Interests entitled to cast at least a majority of the votes that may be cast by all Equity Interests having ordinary voting power for the election of directors or Persons performing a similar function are owned, directly or indirectly, by the Borrower;

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(c) each of (a) the Subsidiary to be so designated and (b) its Subsidiaries has not, at the time of designation, and does not thereafter, create, incur, issue, assume, guarantee or otherwise become directly or indirectly liable with respect to any Indebtedness pursuant to which the lender has recourse to any of the assets of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary;

(d) no Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing at the time of such designation; and

(e) if the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio for the Test Period most recently ended calculated on a pro forma basis after giving effect to any such designation does not exceed 2.00 to 1.00, then (x) Total Assets of such designated Subsidiary determined as of the last day of the Test Period most recently ended on or prior to the date of such designation shall not exceed $10,000,000, (y) the EBITDA of such designated Subsidiary determined as of the last day of the Test Period most recently ended on or prior to the date of such designation shall not exceed $5,000,000 and (z) the EBITDA of all Unrestricted Subsidiaries determined as of the last day of the Test Period most recently ended on or prior to the date of such designation shall not exceed $50,000,000 in the aggregate.

Any such designation by the Borrower shall be notified by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower to the Administrative Agent by promptly filing with the Administrative Agent a copy of the resolution of the board of directors of the Borrower or any committee thereof giving effect to such designation and a certificate of such Responsible Officer certifying that such designation complied with the foregoing provisions.

U.S. Lender” means any Lender that is not a Foreign Lender.

USA PATRIOT Act” means The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (Title III of Public Law No. 107-56 (signed into law October 26, 2001)), as amended or modified from time to time.

Vendor Debt” means any Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Subsidiary to any vendor of tires.

Voting Stock” of any Person as of any date means the Capital Stock of such Person that is at the time entitled to vote in the election of the board of directors of such Person.

Weighted Average Life to Maturity” means, when applied to any Indebtedness, at any date, the quotient obtained by dividing:

(a) the sum of the products of the number of years (calculated to the nearest one-twelfth) from the date of determination to the date of each successive scheduled principal payment of such Indebtedness multiplied by the amount of such payment; by

(b) the sum of all such payments.

wholly owned” means, with respect to a Subsidiary of a Person, a Subsidiary of such Person all of the outstanding Equity Interests of which (other than (x) director’s qualifying shares and (y) nominal shares issued to foreign nationals to the extent required by applicable Law) are owned by such Person and/or by one or more wholly owned Subsidiaries of such Person.

Withdrawal Liability” means the liability to a Multiemployer Plan as a result of a complete or partial withdrawal from such Multiemployer Plan, as such term is defined in Part I of Subtitle E of Title IV of ERISA.

 

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SECTION 1.02 Other Interpretive Provisions. With reference to this Agreement and each other Loan Document, unless otherwise specified herein or in such other Loan Document:

(a) The meanings of defined terms are equally applicable to the singular and plural forms of the defined terms.

(b) The words “herein,” “hereto,” “hereof” and “hereunder” and words of similar import when used in any Loan Document shall refer to such Loan Document as a whole and not to any particular provision thereof.

(c) References in this Agreement to an Exhibit, Schedule, Article, Section, clause or sub-clause refer (A) to the appropriate Exhibit or Schedule to, or Article, Section, clause or sub-clause in this Agreement or (B) to the extent such references are not present in this Agreement, to the Loan Document in which such reference appears.

(d) The term “including” is by way of example and not limitation.

(e) The term “documents” includes any and all instruments, documents, agreements, certificates, notices, reports, financial statements and other writings, however evidenced, whether in physical or electronic form.

(f) In the computation of periods of time from a specified date to a later specified date, the word “from” means “from and including”; the words “to” and “until” each mean “to but excluding”; and the word “through” means “to and including”.

(g) Section headings herein and in the other Loan Documents are included for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement or any other Loan Document.

(h) For purposes of determining compliance with any Section of Article VII, in the event that any Lien, Investment, Indebtedness, Disposition, Restricted Payment, Affiliate Transaction, Contractual Obligation, or prepayment of Indebtedness meets the criteria of one or more of the categories of transactions permitted pursuant to any clause of such Sections, such transaction (or portion thereof) at any time, shall be permitted under one or more of such clauses as determined by the Borrower in its sole discretion at such time.

SECTION 1.03 Accounting Terms. All accounting terms not specifically or completely defined herein shall be construed in conformity with, and all financial data (including financial ratios and other financial calculations) required to be submitted pursuant to this Agreement shall be prepared in conformity with, GAAP, except as otherwise specifically prescribed herein.

SECTION 1.04 Rounding. Any financial ratios required to be satisfied in order for a specific action to be permitted under this Agreement shall be calculated by dividing the appropriate component by the other component, carrying the result to one place more than the number of places by which such ratio is expressed herein and rounding the result up or down to the nearest number (with a rounding-up if there is no nearest number).

SECTION 1.05 References to Agreements, Laws, Etc. Unless otherwise expressly provided herein, (a) references to Organizational Documents, agreements (including the Loan Documents, the ABL Credit Documents, the Senior Notes Documents and the Senior Subordinated Notes Documents) and other contractual instruments shall be deemed to include all subsequent amendments, restatements, extensions, supplements and other modifications thereto, but only to the extent that such amendments, restatements, extensions, supplements and other modifications are permitted by any Loan Document; and (b) references to any Law shall include all statutory and regulatory provisions consolidating, amending, replacing, supplementing or interpreting such Law.

 

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SECTION 1.06 Times of Day and Timing of Payment and Performance. Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to times of day shall be references to New York time (daylight or standard, as applicable). When the payment of any obligation or the performance of any covenant, duty or obligation is stated to be due or performance required on a day which is not a Business Day, the date of such payment (other than as described in the definition of “Interest Period”) or performance shall extend to the immediately succeeding Business Day.

SECTION 1.07 Pro Forma and Other Calculations.

(a) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, financial ratios and tests, including the Senior Net Leverage Ratio, the Secured Net Leverage Ratio, the Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio and the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio shall be calculated in the manner prescribed by this Section 1.07; provided that, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in clauses (b), (c), (d) or (e) of this Section 1.07, when calculating the Senior Net Leverage Ratio for purposes of (i) the definition of “Applicable Rate,” and (ii) Section 2.03(b)(i), the events described in this Section 1.07 that occurred subsequent to the end of the applicable Test Period shall not be given pro forma effect; provided however that voluntary prepayments made pursuant to Section 2.03(a) during any fiscal year (without duplication of any prepayments in such fiscal year that reduced the amount of Excess Cash Flow required to be repaid pursuant to Section 2.03(b)(i) for any prior fiscal year) shall be given pro forma effect after such fiscal year-end and prior to the time such prepayment pursuant to Section 2.03(b)(i) is due but shall not be given pro forma effect thereafter. In addition, whenever a financial ratio or test is to be calculated on a pro forma basis, the reference to “Test Period” for purposes of calculating such financial ratio or test shall be deemed to be a reference to, and shall be based on, the most recently ended Test Period for which internal financial statements of the Borrower are available (as determined in good faith by the Borrower).

(b) For purposes of calculating any financial ratio or test (or Total Assets), Specified Transactions (with any incurrence or repayment of any Indebtedness in connection therewith to be subject to clause (d) of this Section 1.07) that have been made (i) during the applicable Test Period or (ii) subsequent to such Test Period and prior to or simultaneously with the event for which the calculation of any such ratio is made shall be calculated on a pro forma basis assuming that all such Specified Transactions (and any increase or decrease in EBITDA and the component financial definitions used therein attributable to any Specified Transaction) had occurred on the first day of the applicable Test Period (or, in the case of Total Assets, on the last day of the applicable Test Period). If since the beginning of any applicable Test Period any Person that subsequently became a Restricted Subsidiary or was merged, amalgamated or consolidated with or into the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary since the beginning of such Test Period shall have made any Specified Transaction that would have required adjustment pursuant to this Section 1.07, then such financial ratio or test (or Total Assets) shall be calculated to give pro forma effect thereto in accordance with this Section 1.07.

(c) Whenever pro forma effect is to be given to a Specified Transaction, the pro forma calculations shall be made in good faith by a Financial Officer of the Borrower and may include, for the avoidance of doubt, the amount of “run-rate” cost savings, operating expense reductions and synergies projected by the Borrower in good faith to result from or relating to any Specified Transaction (including the Transactions) which is being given pro forma effect that have been realized or are expected to be realized and for which the actions necessary to realize such cost savings, operating expense reductions and synergies are taken, committed to be taken or with respect to which substantial steps have been taken or are expected to be taken (in the good faith determination of the Borrower) (calculated on a pro forma basis as though such cost savings, operating expense reductions and synergies had been realized on the first day of such period and as if such cost savings, operating expense reductions and synergies were realized during the entirety of such period and “run-rate” means the full recurring benefit for a period that is associated with any action taken, committed to be taken or with respect to which substantial steps have been taken or are expected to be taken (including any savings expected to result from the elimination of a public target’s compliance costs with public company requirements) net of the amount of actual benefits realized during such period from such actions, and any such adjustments shall be included in the initial pro forma calculations of such financial ratios or tests and during any subsequent Test Period in which the effects thereof are expected to be realized) relating to such Specified Transaction; provided that (A) such amounts are reasonably identifiable and factually supportable in the good faith judgment of the Borrower, (B) such actions are taken, committed to be taken or with respect to which substantial steps have been taken or are expected to be taken no later than twelve (12) months after the date of such Specified Transaction and (C) no amounts shall be added to the extent duplicative of any amounts that are otherwise added back in computing EBITDA (or any other components thereof), whether through a pro forma adjustment or otherwise, with respect to such period.

 

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(d) In the event that the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary incurs (including by assumption or guarantees), issues or repays (including by redemption, repurchase, repayment, retirement or extinguishment) any Indebtedness (other than Indebtedness incurred or repaid under any revolving credit facility or line of credit unless such Indebtedness has been permanently repaid and not replaced), in each case included in the calculations of any financial ratio or test, (i) during the applicable Test Period or (ii) subsequent to the end of the applicable Test Period and prior to or simultaneously with the event for which the calculation of any such ratio is made, then such financial ratio or test shall be calculated giving pro forma effect to such incurrence, issuance, repayment or redemption of Indebtedness, in each case to the extent required, as if the same had occurred on the last day of the applicable Test Period (except in the case of the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio (or similar ratio), in which case such incurrence, assumption, guarantee, issuance, redemption, repurchase, repayment, retirement or extinguishment of Indebtedness will be given effect, as if the same had occurred on the first day of the applicable Test Period).

(e) If any Indebtedness bears a floating rate of interest and is being given pro forma effect, the interest on such Indebtedness shall be calculated as if the rate in effect on the date of the event for which the calculation of the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio is made had been the applicable rate for the entire period (taking into account any interest hedging arrangements applicable to such Indebtedness). Interest on a Capitalized Lease Obligation shall be deemed to accrue at an interest rate reasonably determined by a Financial Officer of the Borrower to be the rate of interest implicit in such Capitalized Lease Obligation in accordance with GAAP. Interest on Indebtedness that may optionally be determined at an interest rate based upon a factor of a prime or similar rate, a eurocurrency interbank offered rate, or other rate, shall be determined to have been based upon the rate actually chosen, or if none, then based upon such optional rate chosen as the Borrower or applicable Restricted Subsidiary may designate. For purposes of making the computations referred to above, interest on any Indebtedness under a revolving credit facility computed on a pro forma basis shall be computed based upon the average daily balance of such Indebtedness during the applicable period. Interest on Indebtedness that may optionally be determined at an interest rate based upon a factor of a prime or similar rate, a eurocurrency interbank offered rate, or other rate, shall be deemed to have been based upon the rate actually chosen, or, if none, then based upon such optional rate chosen as the Borrower may designate.

(f) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 1.07 or in any classification under GAAP of any Person, business, assets or operations in respect of which a definitive agreement for the Disposition thereof has been entered into as discontinued operations, no pro forma effect shall be given to any discontinued operations (and the EBITDA attributable to any such Person, business, assets or operations shall not be excluded for any purposes hereunder) until such Disposition shall have been consummated.

(g) Any determination of Total Assets shall be made by reference to the last day of the Test Period most recently ended on or prior to the relevant date of determination.

SECTION 1.08 Available Amount Transaction. If more than one action occurs on any given date the permissibility of the taking of which is determined hereunder by reference to the amount of the Available Amount immediately prior to the taking of such action, the permissibility of the taking of each such action shall be determined independently and in no event may any two or more such actions be treated as occurring simultaneously, i.e., each transaction must be permitted under the Available Amount as so calculated.

SECTION 1.09 Currency Generally.

(a) For purposes of determining compliance with Sections 7.01, 7.03 and 7.06 and the definition of “Permitted Investments” with respect to any amount of Indebtedness or Investment in a currency other than Dollars, no Default shall be deemed to have occurred solely as a result of changes in rates of currency exchange occurring after the time such Indebtedness or Investment is incurred (so long as such Indebtedness or Investment, at the time incurred, made or acquired, was permitted hereunder).

 

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(b) For purposes of determining the Secured Net Leverage Ratio, the Senior Net Leverage Ratio and the Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio, the amount of Indebtedness shall reflect the currency translation effects, determined in accordance with GAAP, of Hedging Obligations permitted hereunder for currency exchange risks with respect to the applicable currency in effect on the date of determination of the Dollar equivalent of such Indebtedness.

SECTION 1.10 Limited Condition Acquisitions.

(a) In connection with any action being taken in connection with a Limited Condition Acquisition, for purposes of determining compliance with any provision of this Agreement which requires that no Default, Event of Default or specified Event of Default, as applicable, has occurred, is continuing or would result from any such action, as applicable, such condition shall, at the option of the Borrower, be deemed satisfied, so long as no Default, Event of Default or specified Event of Default, as applicable, exists on the date into which the definitive agreements for such Limited Condition Acquisition are entered. For the avoidance of doubt, if the Borrower has exercised its option under the first sentence of this clause (a), and any Default or Event of Default occurs following the date the definitive agreements for the applicable Limited Condition Acquisition were entered into and prior to the consummation of such Limited Condition Acquisition, any such Default or Event of Default shall be deemed to not have occurred or be continuing for purposes of determining whether any action being taken in connection with such Limited Condition Acquisition is permitted hereunder.

(b) In connection with any action being taken in connection with a Limited Condition Acquisition, for purposes of:

(i) determining compliance with any provision of this Agreement which requires the calculation of the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio, the Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio, Secured Net Leverage Ratio or the Senior Net Leverage Ratio; or

(ii) testing baskets set forth in this Agreement (including baskets measured as a percentage of Total Assets);

in each case, at the option of the Borrower (the Borrower’s election to exercise such option in connection with any Limited Condition Acquisition, an “LCA Election”), the date of determination of whether any such action is permitted hereunder shall be deemed to be the date on which the definitive agreements for such Limited Condition Acquisition are entered into (the “LCA Test Date”), and if, after giving pro forma effect to the Limited Condition Acquisition and the other transactions to be entered into in connection therewith (including (i) any incurrence of Indebtedness and the use of proceeds thereof) as if they had occurred at the beginning of the most recent Test Period ended prior to the LCA Test Date for which consolidated financial statements of the Borrower are available, the Borrower could have taken such action on the relevant LCA Test Date in compliance with such ratio or basket, such ratio or basket shall be deemed to have been complied with. For the avoidance of doubt, if the Borrower has made an LCA Election and any of the ratios or baskets for which compliance was determined or tested as of the LCA Test Date are exceeded as a result of fluctuations in any such ratio or basket, including due to fluctuations in consolidated EBITDA or Total Assets of the Borrower or the Person subject to such Limited Condition Acquisition, at or prior to the consummation of the relevant transaction or action, such baskets or ratios will not be deemed to have been exceeded as a result of such fluctuations. If the Borrower has made an LCA Election for any Limited Condition Acquisition, then in connection with any subsequent calculation of any ratio availability with respect to the incurrence of Indebtedness or Liens, or the making of Restricted Payments, Dispositions, mergers, the conveyance, lease or other transfer of all or substantially all of the assets of the Borrower or the designation of an Unrestricted Subsidiary on or following the relevant LCA Test Date and prior to the earlier of the date on which such Limited Condition Acquisition is consummated or the definitive agreement for such Limited Condition Acquisition is terminated or expires without consummation of such Limited Condition Acquisition, any such ratio shall be calculated on a pro forma basis assuming such Limited Condition Acquisition and other transactions in connection therewith (including any incurrence of Indebtedness and the use of proceeds thereof) have been consummated.

 

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ARTICLE II

The Commitments and Borrowings

SECTION 2.01 Term Borrowings. Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, each Term Lender severally agrees to make to the Borrower on the Closing Date one or more Initial Term Loans denominated in Dollars in an aggregate principal amount equal to such Term Lender’s Term B Commitment on the Closing Date. Amounts borrowed under this Section 2.01 and repaid or prepaid may not be reborrowed. The Initial Term Loans may be Base Rate Loans or Eurodollar Rate Loans, as further provided herein. Subject to and upon the terms and conditions set forth in Incremental Amendment No. 1, on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date, each Lender having a New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitment severally agrees to make a loan or loans to the Borrower in a single drawing denominated in Dollars, which New 2014 Initial Term Loans (i) shall not exceed, for any such Lender, the New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitment of such Lender and (ii) shall not exceed, in the aggregate, the Total New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitment. Subject to and upon the terms and conditions set forth in Incremental Amendment No. 1, on a single Business Day (the “Delayed Draw Borrowing Date”) during the 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Availability Period, each Lender having a New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment severally agrees to make a loan or loans to the Borrower in a single drawing denominated in Dollars, which New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans (i) shall not exceed, for any such Lender, the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment of such Lender and (ii) shall not exceed, in the aggregate, the Total New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment. The Initial Term Loans and New 2014 Term Loans may be Base Rate Loans or Eurodollar Rate Loans, as further provided herein. Amounts borrowed under this Section 2.01 and repaid or prepaid may not be reborrowed.

SECTION 2.02 Borrowings, Conversions and Continuations of Loans.

(a) Each Term Borrowing, each conversion of Term Loans from one Type to the other, and each continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans shall be made upon the Borrower’s irrevocable notice to the Administrative Agent (provided that the notice in respect of the Initial Term Loans or in connection with any Permitted Acquisition or other acquisition permitted under this Agreement, may be conditioned on the closing of the Acquisition or such Permitted Acquisition or other acquisition, as applicable), which may be given by telephone. Each such notice must be received by the Administrative Agent not later than 12:00 p.m., New York time, (i) three (3) Business Days prior to the requested date of any Borrowing or continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans or any conversion of Base Rate Loans to Eurodollar Rate Loans, and (ii) on the requested date of any Borrowing of Base Rate Loans; provided, that the notice referred to in subclause (i) above may be delivered (x) no later than one (1) Business Day prior to the Closing Date in the case of the Initial Term Loans (other than the New 2014 Term Loans), (y) no later than one (1) Business Day prior to the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date in the case of New 2014 Initial Term Loans and (z) no later than one (1) Business Day prior to the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date in the case of the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans. Each telephonic notice by the Borrower pursuant to this Section 2.02(a) must be confirmed promptly by delivery to the Administrative Agent of a written Committed Loan Notice, appropriately completed and signed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower. Except as provided in Sections 2.12, 2.13 and 2.14, each Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans shall be in a principal amount of $5,000,000 or a whole multiple of $1,000,000 in excess thereof. Except as provided in Sections 2.12, 2.13 and 2.14, each Borrowing of or conversion to Base Rate Loans shall be in a principal amount of $1,000,000 or a whole multiple of $500,000 in excess thereof. Each Committed Loan Notice (whether telephonic or written) shall specify (i) whether the Borrower is requesting a Term Borrowing, a conversion of Term Loans from one Type to the other or a continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans, (ii) the requested date of the Borrowing, conversion or continuation, as the case may be (which shall be a Business Day), (iii) the principal amount of Loans to be borrowed, converted or continued, (iv) the Class and Type of Loans to be borrowed or to which existing Term Loans are to be converted, (v) if applicable, the duration of the Interest Period with respect thereto and (vi) wire instructions of the account(s) to which funds are to be disbursed. If the Borrower fails to specify a Type of Loan to be made in a Committed Loan Notice, then the applicable Loans shall be made as Eurodollar Rate Loans with an Interest Period of one (1) month. If the Borrower fails to give a timely notice requesting a conversion or continuation, then the applicable Loans shall be made or continued as the same Type of Loan, which if a Eurodollar Rate Loan, shall have a one-month Interest Period. Any such automatic continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans shall be effective as of the last day of the Interest Period then in effect with respect to the applicable Eurodollar Rate Loans. If the Borrower requests a Borrowing of, conversion to, or continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans in any such Committed Loan Notice, but fails to specify an Interest Period, it will be deemed to have specified an Interest Period of one (1) month.

 

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(b) Following receipt of a Committed Loan Notice, the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Lender of the amount of its Pro Rata Share or other applicable share provided for under this Agreement of the applicable Class of Loans, and if no timely notice of a conversion or continuation is provided by the Borrower, the Administrative Agent shall notify each Lender of the details of any automatic continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans or continuation of Loans described in Section 2.02(a). In the case of each Borrowing, each Appropriate Lender shall make the amount of its Loan available to the Administrative Agent in Same Day Funds at the Administrative Agent’s Office not later than, in the case of Borrowings on the Closing Date, the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date and the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date, 10:00 a.m., New York time, and otherwise 2:00 p.m., New York time, on the Business Day specified in the applicable Committed Loan Notice. Upon satisfaction of (i) the applicable conditions set forth in Section 4.01 for the Borrowing on the Closing Date, (ii) the applicable conditions set forth in Section 8 of Incremental Amendment No. 1 for the Borrowing of New 2014 Initial Term Loans on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date or (iii) the applicable conditions set forth in Section 9 of Incremental Amendment No. 1 for the Borrowing of New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans on the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date, as applicable, the Administrative Agent shall make all funds so received available to the Borrower in like funds as received by the Administrative Agent either by (i) crediting the account(s) of the Borrower on the books of the Administrative Agent with the amount of such funds or (ii) wire transfer of such funds, in each case in accordance with instructions provided by the Borrower to (and reasonably acceptable to) the Administrative Agent.

(c) Except as otherwise provided herein, a Eurodollar Rate Loan may be continued or converted only on the last day of an Interest Period for such Eurodollar Rate Loan, unless the Borrower pays the amount due, if any, under Section 3.05 in connection therewith. Upon the occurrence and during the continuation of an Event of Default, the Administrative Agent or the Required Facility Lenders under the applicable Facility may require by notice to the Borrower that no Loans may be converted to or continued as Eurodollar Rate Loans.

(d) The Administrative Agent shall promptly notify the Borrower and the Lenders of the interest rate applicable to any Interest Period for Eurodollar Rate Loans upon determination of such interest rate. The determination of the Eurodollar Rate by the Administrative Agent shall be conclusive in the absence of manifest error. At any time when Base Rate Loans are outstanding, the Administrative Agent shall notify the Borrower and the Lenders of any change in the Administrative Agent’s prime rate used in determining the Base Rate promptly following the public announcement of such change.

(e) After giving effect to all Term Borrowings, all conversions of Term Loans from one Type to the other, and all continuations of Term Loans as the same Type, there shall not be more than five (5) Interest Periods in effect unless otherwise agreed between the Borrower and the Administrative Agent; provided that after the establishment of any new Class of Loans pursuant to an Incremental Amendment, a Refinancing Amendment, an Extension Amendment or an amendment in respect of Replacement Loans, the number of Interest Periods otherwise permitted by this Section 2.02(e) shall increase by three (3) Interest Periods for each applicable Class so established.

(f) The failure of any Lender to make the Loan to be made by it as part of any Borrowing shall not relieve any other Lender of its obligation, if any, hereunder to make its Loan on the date of such Borrowing, but no Lender shall be responsible for the failure of any other Lender to make the Loan to be made by such other Lender on the date of any Borrowing.

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Borrower severally agrees to repay to the Administrative Agent forthwith on demand such corresponding amount together with interest thereon, for each day from the date such amount is made available to the Borrower until the date such amount is repaid to the Administrative Agent at (i) in the case of the Borrower, the interest rate applicable at the time to the Loans comprising such Borrowing and (ii) in the case of such Lender, the Overnight Rate plus any administrative, processing, or similar fees customarily charged by the Administrative Agent in accordance with the foregoing. A certificate of the Administrative Agent submitted to any Lender with respect to any amounts owing under this Section 2.02(g) shall be conclusive in the absence of manifest error. If the Borrower and such Lender shall pay such interest to the Administrative Agent for the same or an overlapping period, the Administrative Agent shall promptly remit to the Borrower the amount of such interest paid by the Borrower for such period. If such Lender pays its share of the applicable Borrowing to the Administrative Agent, then the amount so paid shall constitute such Lender’s Loan included in such Borrowing. Any payment by the Borrower shall be without prejudice to any claim the Borrower may have against a Lender that shall have failed to make such payment to the Administrative Agent.

SECTION 2.03 Prepayments.

(a) Optional.

(i) The Borrower may, upon notice to the Administrative Agent by the Borrower, at any time or from time to time voluntarily prepay any Class or Classes of Term Loans in whole or in part without premium (except as set forth in Section 2.15) or penalty; provided that (1) such notice must be received by the Administrative Agent not later than 12:00 p.m., New York time, (A) three (3) Business Days prior to any date of prepayment of Eurodollar Rate Loans and (B) on the date of prepayment of Base Rate Loans; (2) any partial prepayment of Eurodollar Rate Loans shall be in a principal amount of $2,000,000 or a whole multiple of $500,000 in excess thereof or, if less, the entire principal amount thereof then outstanding; and (3) any prepayment of Base Rate Loans shall be in a principal amount of $1,000,000 or a whole multiple of $100,000 in excess thereof or, if less, the entire principal amount thereof then outstanding. Each such notice shall specify the date and amount of such prepayment and the Class(es) and Type(s) of Loans to be prepaid. The Administrative Agent will promptly notify each Appropriate Lender of its receipt of each such notice, and of the amount of such Lender’s Pro Rata Share or other applicable share provided for under this Agreement of such prepayment. Any prepayment of a Eurodollar Rate Loan shall be accompanied by all accrued interest thereon, together with any additional amounts required pursuant to Section 3.05. In the case of each prepayment of the Loans pursuant to this Section 2.03(a), the Borrower may in its sole discretion select the Borrowing or Borrowings (and the order of maturity of principal payments) to be repaid, and such payment shall be paid to the Appropriate Lenders in accordance with their respective Pro Rata Shares or other applicable share provided for under this Agreement.

(ii) [Reserved].

(iii) Voluntary prepayments of any Class of Term Loans permitted hereunder shall be applied to the remaining scheduled installments of principal thereof pursuant to Section 2.05 (or pursuant to the applicable Extension Amendment, Incremental Amendment, Refinancing Amendment, amendment in respect of any Replacement Loans or otherwise) in a manner determined at the discretion of the Borrower and specified in the notice of prepayment (and absent such direction, in direct order of maturity). Each prepayment in respect of any Term Loans pursuant to this Section 2.03 may be applied to any Class of Term Loans as directed by the Borrower. For the avoidance of doubt, the Borrower may (i) prepay Term Loans of an Existing Term Loan Class pursuant to this Section 2.03 without any requirement to prepay Extended Term Loans that were converted or exchanged from such Existing Term Loan Class and (ii) prepay Extended Term Loans pursuant to this Section 2.03 without any requirement to prepay Term Loans of an Existing Term Loan Class that were converted or exchanged for such Extended Term Loans. In the event that the Borrower does not specify the order in which to apply prepayments to reduce scheduled installments of principal or as between Classes of Term Loans, the Borrower shall be deemed to have elected that such proceeds be applied to reduce the scheduled installments of principal in direct order of maturity on a pro-rata basis among Term Loan Classes.

 

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(iv) Notwithstanding anything in any Loan Document to the contrary, so long as no Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, any Borrower Party may (i) purchase outstanding Term Loans on a non-pro rata basis through open market purchases or (ii) prepay the outstanding Term Loans, which shall, in each case, for the avoidance of doubt, be automatically and permanently canceled immediately upon acquisition by the Borrower Parties, and in the case of this clause (ii) only, which shall be prepaid on the following basis:

(A) The Borrower Party shall have the right to make a voluntary prepayment of Loans at a discount to par pursuant to a Borrower Offer of Specified Discount Prepayment, Borrower Solicitation of Discount Range Prepayment Offers or Borrower Solicitation of Discounted Prepayment Offers (any such prepayment, the “Discounted Term Loan Prepayment”), in each case made in accordance with this Section 2.03(a)(iv); provided that no Borrower Party shall initiate any action under this Section 2.03(a)(iv) in order to make a Discounted Term Loan Prepayment unless (I) at least ten (10) Business Days shall have passed since the consummation of the most recent Discounted Term Loan Prepayment as a result of a prepayment made by a Borrower Party on the applicable Discounted Prepayment Effective Date; or (II) at least three (3) Business Days shall have passed since the date the Borrower Party was notified that no Term Lender was willing to accept any prepayment of any Term Loan at the Specified Discount, within the Discount Range or at any discount to par value, as applicable, or in the case of Borrower Solicitation of Discounted Prepayment Offers, the date of the Borrower Party’s election not to accept any Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers.

(B) (1) Subject to the proviso to subsection (A) above, the Borrower Party may from time to time offer to make a Discounted Term Loan Prepayment by providing the Auction Agent with five (5) Business Days’ notice in the form of a Specified Discount Prepayment Notice; provided that (I) any such offer shall be made available, at the sole discretion of the Borrower Party, to (x) each Term Lender and/or (y) each Term Lender with respect to any Class of Term Loans on an individual Class basis, (II) any such offer shall specify the aggregate principal amount offered to be prepaid (the “Specified Discount Prepayment Amount”) with respect to each applicable Class, the Class or Classes of Term Loans subject to such offer and the specific percentage discount to par (the “Specified Discount”) of such Term Loans to be prepaid (it being understood that different Specified Discounts and/or Specified Discount Prepayment Amounts may be offered with respect to different Classes of Term Loans and, in such event, each such offer will be treated as a separate offer pursuant to the terms of this Section 2.03(a)(iv)(B)), (III) the Specified Discount Prepayment Amount shall be in an aggregate amount not less than $5,000,000 and whole increments of $1,000,000 in excess thereof and (IV) each such offer shall remain outstanding through the Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date. The Auction Agent will promptly provide each Appropriate Lender with a copy of such Specified Discount Prepayment Notice and a form of the Specified Discount Prepayment Response to be completed and returned by each such Term Lender to the Auction Agent (or its delegate) by no later than 5:00 p.m., New York time, on the third Business Day after the date of delivery of such notice to such Lenders (the “Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date”).

(2) Each Term Lender receiving such offer shall notify the Auction Agent (or its delegate) by the Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date whether or not it agrees to accept a prepayment of any of its applicable then outstanding Term Loans at the Specified Discount and, if so (such accepting Lender, a “Discount Prepayment Accepting Lender”), the amount and the Classes of such Lender’s Term Loans to be prepaid at such offered discount. Each acceptance of a Discounted Term Loan Prepayment by a Discount Prepayment Accepting Lender shall be irrevocable. Any Term Lender whose Specified Discount Prepayment Response is not received by the Auction Agent by the Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date shall be deemed to have declined to accept the applicable Borrower Offer of Specified Discount Prepayment.

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paragraph (B) to each Discount Prepayment Accepting Lender in accordance with the respective outstanding amount and Classes of Term Loans specified in such Lender’s Specified Discount Prepayment Response given pursuant to subsection (2) above; provided that, if the aggregate principal amount of Term Loans accepted for prepayment by all Discount Prepayment Accepting Lenders exceeds the Specified Discount Prepayment Amount, such prepayment shall be made pro rata among the Discount Prepayment Accepting Lenders in accordance with the respective principal amounts accepted to be prepaid by each such Discount Prepayment Accepting Lender and the Auction Agent (in consultation with such Borrower Party and subject to rounding requirements of the Auction Agent made in its reasonable discretion) will calculate such proration (the “Specified Discount Proration”). The Auction Agent shall promptly, and in any case within three (3) Business Days following the Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date, notify (I) the relevant Borrower Party of the respective Term Lenders’ responses to such offer, the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date and the aggregate principal amount of the Discounted Term Loan Prepayment and the Classes to be prepaid, (II) each Term Lender of the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date, and the aggregate principal amount and the Classes of Term Loans to be prepaid at the Specified Discount on such date and (III) each Discount Prepayment Accepting Lender of the Specified Discount Proration, if any, and confirmation of the principal amount, Class and Type of Term Loans of such Lender to be prepaid at the Specified Discount on such date. Each determination by the Auction Agent of the amounts stated in the foregoing notices to the Borrower Party and such Term Lenders shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes absent manifest error. The payment amount specified in such notice to the Borrower Party shall be due and payable by such Borrower Party on the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date in accordance with subsection (F) below (subject to subsection (J) below).

(C) (1) Subject to the proviso to subsection (A) above, the Borrower Party may from time to time solicit Discount Range Prepayment Offers by providing the Auction Agent with five (5) Business Days’ notice in the form of a Discount Range Prepayment Notice; provided that (I) any such solicitation shall be extended, at the sole discretion of such Borrower Party, to (x) each Term Lender and/or (y) each Term Lender with respect to any Class of Term Loans on an individual Class basis, (II) any such notice shall specify the maximum aggregate principal amount of the relevant Term Loans (the “Discount Range Prepayment Amount”), the Class or Classes of Term Loans subject to such offer and the maximum and minimum percentage discounts to par (the “Discount Range”) of the principal amount of such Term Loans with respect to each relevant Class of Term Loans willing to be prepaid by such Borrower Party (it being understood that different Discount Ranges and/or Discount Range Prepayment Amounts may be offered with respect to different Classes of Term Loans and, in such event, each such offer will be treated as separate offer pursuant to the terms of this Section 2.03(a)(iv)(C)), (III) the Discount Range Prepayment Amount shall be in an aggregate amount not less than $5,000,000 and whole increments of $1,000,000 in excess thereof and (IV) each such solicitation by the Borrower Party shall remain outstanding through the Discount Range Prepayment Response Date. The Auction Agent will promptly provide each Appropriate Lender with a copy of such Discount Range Prepayment Notice and a form of the Discount Range Prepayment Offer to be submitted by a responding Term Lender to the Auction Agent (or its delegate) by no later than 5:00 p.m., New York time, on the third Business Day after the date of delivery of such notice to such Lenders (the “Discount Range Prepayment Response Date”). Each Term Lender’s Discount Range Prepayment Offer shall be irrevocable and shall specify a discount to par within the Discount Range (the “Submitted Discount”) at which such Lender is willing to allow prepayment of any or all of its then outstanding Term Loans of the applicable Class or Classes and the maximum aggregate principal amount and Classes of such Lender’s Term Loans (the “Submitted Amount”) such Term Lender is willing to have prepaid at the Submitted Discount. Any Term Lender whose Discount Range Prepayment Offer is not received by the Auction Agent by the Discount Range Prepayment Response Date shall be deemed to have declined to accept a Discounted Term Loan Prepayment of any of its Term Loans at any discount to their par value within the Discount Range.

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Date and shall determine (in consultation with such Borrower Party and subject to rounding requirements of the Auction Agent made in its sole reasonable discretion) the Applicable Discount and Term Loans to be prepaid at such Applicable Discount in accordance with this subsection (C). The relevant Borrower Party agrees to accept on the Discount Range Prepayment Response Date all Discount Range Prepayment Offers received by Auction Agent by the Discount Range Prepayment Response Date, in the order from the Submitted Discount that is the largest discount to par to the Submitted Discount that is the smallest discount to par, up to and including the Submitted Discount that is the smallest discount to par within the Discount Range (such Submitted Discount that is the smallest discount to par within the Discount Range being referred to as the “Applicable Discount”) which yields a Discounted Term Loan Prepayment in an aggregate principal amount equal to the lower of (I) the Discount Range Prepayment Amount and (II) the sum of all Submitted Amounts. Each Term Lender that has submitted a Discount Range Prepayment Offer to accept prepayment at a discount to par that is larger than or equal to the Applicable Discount shall be deemed to have irrevocably consented to prepayment of Term Loans equal to its Submitted Amount (subject to any required proration pursuant to the following subsection (3)) at the Applicable Discount (each such Term Lender, a “Participating Lender”).

(3) If there is at least one Participating Lender, the relevant Borrower Party will prepay the respective outstanding Term Loans of each Participating Lender in the aggregate principal amount and of the Classes specified in such Lender’s Discount Range Prepayment Offer at the Applicable Discount; provided that if the Submitted Amount by all Participating Lenders offered at a discount to par greater than the Applicable Discount exceeds the Discount Range Prepayment Amount, prepayment of the principal amount of the relevant Term Loans for those Participating Lenders whose Submitted Discount is a discount to par greater than or equal to the Applicable Discount (the “Identified Participating Lenders”) shall be made pro rata among the Identified Participating Lenders in accordance with the Submitted Amount of each such Identified Participating Lender and the Auction Agent (in consultation with such Borrower Party and subject to rounding requirements of the Auction Agent made in its sole reasonable discretion) will calculate such proration (the “Discount Range Proration”). The Auction Agent shall promptly, and in any case within five (5) Business Days following the Discount Range Prepayment Response Date, notify (I) the relevant Borrower Party of the respective Term Lenders’ responses to such solicitation, the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date, the Applicable Discount, and the aggregate principal amount of the Discounted Term Loan Prepayment and the Classes to be prepaid, (II) each Term Lender of the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date, the Applicable Discount, and the aggregate principal amount and Classes of Term Loans to be prepaid at the Applicable Discount on such date, (III) each Participating Lender of the aggregate principal amount and Classes of such Term Lender to be prepaid at the Applicable Discount on such date, and (IV) if applicable, each Identified Participating Lender of the Discount Range Proration. Each determination by the Auction Agent of the amounts stated in the foregoing notices to the relevant Borrower Party and Term Lenders shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes absent manifest error. The payment amount specified in such notice to the Borrower Party shall be due and payable by such Borrower Party on the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date in accordance with subsection (F) below (subject to subsection (J) below).

(D) (1) Subject to the proviso to subsection (A) above, the Borrower Party may from time to time solicit Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers by providing the Auction Agent with five (5) Business Days’ notice in the form of a Solicited Discounted Prepayment Notice; provided that (I) any such solicitation shall be extended, at the sole discretion of such Borrower Party, to (x) each Term Lender and/or (y) each Lender with respect to any Class of Term Loans on an individual Class basis, (II) any such notice shall specify the maximum aggregate amount of the Term Loans (the “Solicited Discounted Prepayment Amount”) and the Class or Classes of Term Loans the applicable Borrower Party is willing to prepay at a discount (it being understood that different Solicited Discounted Prepayment Amounts may be offered with respect to different Classes of Term Loans and, in such event, each such offer will be treated as separate offer pursuant to the terms of this Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D)), (III) the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Amount shall be in an aggregate amount not less than $5,000,000 and whole

 

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increments of $1,000,000 in excess thereof and (IV) each such solicitation by the Borrower Party shall remain outstanding through the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date. The Auction Agent will promptly provide each Appropriate Lender with a copy of such Solicited Discounted Prepayment Notice and a form of the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer to be submitted by a responding Lender to the Auction Agent (or its delegate) by no later than 5:00 p.m., New York time, on the third Business Day after the date of delivery of such notice to such Term Lenders (the “Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date”). Each Term Lender’s Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer shall (x) be irrevocable, (y) remain outstanding until the Acceptance Date, and (z) specify both a discount to par (the “Offered Discount”) at which such Term Lender is willing to allow prepayment of its then outstanding Term Loan and the maximum aggregate principal amount and Classes of such Term Loans (the “Offered Amount”) such Term Lender is willing to have prepaid at the Offered Discount. Any Term Lender whose Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer is not received by the Auction Agent by the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date shall be deemed to have declined prepayment of any of its Term Loans at any discount.

(2) The Auction Agent shall promptly provide the relevant Borrower Party with a copy of all Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers received on or before the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date. Such Borrower Party shall review all such Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers and select the largest of the Offered Discounts specified by the relevant responding Term Lenders in the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers that is acceptable to the Borrower Party (the “Acceptable Discount”), if any. If the Borrower Party elects to accept any Offered Discount as the Acceptable Discount, then as soon as practicable after the determination of the Acceptable Discount, but in no event later than by the third Business Day after the date of receipt by such Borrower Party from the Auction Agent of a copy of all Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers pursuant to the first sentence of this subsection (2) (the “Acceptance Date”), the Borrower Party shall submit an Acceptance and Prepayment Notice to the Auction Agent setting forth the Acceptable Discount. If the Auction Agent shall fail to receive an Acceptance and Prepayment Notice from the Borrower Party by the Acceptance Date, such Borrower Party shall be deemed to have rejected all Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers.

(3) Based upon the Acceptable Discount and the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers received by Auction Agent by the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date, within three (3) Business Days after receipt of an Acceptance and Prepayment Notice (the “Discounted Prepayment Determination Date”), the Auction Agent will determine (in consultation with such Borrower Party and subject to rounding requirements of the Auction Agent made in its sole reasonable discretion) the aggregate principal amount and the Classes of Term Loans (the “Acceptable Prepayment Amount”) to be prepaid by the relevant Borrower Party at the Acceptable Discount in accordance with this Section 2.03(a)(iv)(D). If the Borrower Party elects to accept any Acceptable Discount, then the Borrower Party agrees to accept all Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offers received by Auction Agent by the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Response Date, in the order from largest Offered Discount to smallest Offered Discount, up to and including the Acceptable Discount. Each Term Lender that has submitted a Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer with an Offered Discount that is greater than or equal to the Acceptable Discount shall be deemed to have irrevocably consented to prepayment of Term Loans equal to its Offered Amount (subject to any required pro-rata reduction pursuant to the following sentence) at the Acceptable Discount (each such Lender, a “Qualifying Lender”). The Borrower Party will prepay outstanding Term Loans pursuant to this subsection (D) to each Qualifying Lender in the aggregate principal amount and of the Classes specified in such Lender’s Solicited Discounted Prepayment Offer at the Acceptable Discount; provided that if the aggregate Offered Amount by all Qualifying Lenders whose Offered Discount is greater than or equal to the Acceptable Discount exceeds the Solicited Discounted Prepayment Amount, prepayment of the principal amount of the Term Loans for those Qualifying Lenders whose Offered Discount is greater than or equal to the Acceptable Discount (the “Identified Qualifying Lenders”) shall be made pro rata among the Identified Qualifying Lenders in accordance with the Offered Amount of each such Identified Qualifying Lender and the Auction Agent (in consultation with such

 

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Borrower Party and subject to rounding requirements of the Auction Agent made in its sole reasonable discretion) will calculate such proration (the “Solicited Discount Proration”). On or prior to the Discounted Prepayment Determination Date, the Auction Agent shall promptly notify (I) the relevant Borrower Party of the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date and Acceptable Prepayment Amount comprising the Discounted Term Loan Prepayment and the Classes to be prepaid, (II) each Term Lender of the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date, the Acceptable Discount, and the Acceptable Prepayment Amount of all Term Loans and the Classes to be prepaid to be prepaid at the Applicable Discount on such date, (III) each Qualifying Lender of the aggregate principal amount and the Classes of such Term Lender to be prepaid at the Acceptable Discount on such date, and (IV) if applicable, each Identified Qualifying Lender of the Solicited Discount Proration. Each determination by the Auction Agent of the amounts stated in the foregoing notices to such Borrower Party and Term Lenders shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes absent manifest error. The payment amount specified in such notice to such Borrower Party shall be due and payable by such Borrower Party on the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date in accordance with subsection (F) below (subject to subsection (J) below).

(E) In connection with any Discounted Term Loan Prepayment, the Borrower Parties and the Term Lenders acknowledge and agree that the Auction Agent may require as a condition to any Discounted Term Loan Prepayment, the payment of customary fees and expenses from a Borrower Party in connection therewith.

(F) If any Term Loan is prepaid in accordance with subsections (B) through (D) above, a Borrower Party shall prepay such Term Loans on the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date. The relevant Borrower Party shall make such prepayment to the Administrative Agent, for the account of the Discount Prepayment Accepting Lenders, Participating Lenders, or Qualifying Lenders, as applicable, at the Administrative Agent’s Office in immediately available funds not later than 12:00 p.m., New York time, on the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date and all such prepayments shall be applied to the remaining principal installments of the relevant Class(es) of Loans on a pro rata basis across such installments. The Term Loans so prepaid shall be accompanied by all accrued and unpaid interest on the par principal amount so prepaid up to, but not including, the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date. Each prepayment of the outstanding Term Loans pursuant to this Section 2.03(a)(iv) shall be paid to the Discount Prepayment Accepting Lenders, Participating Lenders, or Qualifying Lenders, as applicable, and shall be applied to the relevant Term Loans of such Lenders in accordance with their respective Pro Rata Share or other applicable share provided for under this Agreement. The aggregate principal amount of the Classes and installments of the relevant Term Loans outstanding shall be deemed reduced by the full par value of the aggregate principal amount of the Classes of Term Loans prepaid on the Discounted Prepayment Effective Date in any Discounted Term Loan Prepayment. In connection with each prepayment pursuant to this Section 2.03(a)(iv), the relevant Borrower Party shall make a customary representation to the assigning or assignee Term Lenders, as applicable, that it does not possess material non-public information (or material information of the type that would not be public if the Borrower or any Parent Entity were a publicly-reporting company) with respect to the Borrower and its Subsidiaries that either (1) has not been disclosed to the Term Lenders generally (other than Term Lenders that have elected not to receive such information) or (2) if not disclosed to the Term Lenders, would reasonably be expected to have a material effect on, or otherwise be material to (A) a Term Lender’s decision to participate in any such Discounted Term Loan Prepayment or (B) the market price of such Term Loans (for the avoidance of doubt, no such representation will be required in the case of open market purchases by Affiliated Lenders, which may possess such material non-public information), or shall make a statement that such representation cannot be made.

(G) To the extent not expressly provided for herein, each Discounted Term Loan Prepayment shall be consummated pursuant to procedures consistent with the provisions in this Section 2.03(a)(iv), established by the Auction Agent acting in its reasonable discretion and as reasonably agreed by the Borrower.

 

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(H) Notwithstanding anything in any Loan Document to the contrary, for purposes of this Section 2.03(a)(iv), each notice or other communication required to be delivered or otherwise provided to the Auction Agent (or its delegate) shall be deemed to have been given upon Auction Agent’s (or its delegate’s) actual receipt during normal business hours of such notice or communication; provided that any notice or communication actually received outside of normal business hours shall be deemed to have been given as of the opening of business on the next Business Day.

(I) Each of the Borrower Parties and the Term Lenders acknowledge and agree that the Auction Agent may perform any and all of its duties under this Section 2.03(a)(iv) by itself or through any Affiliate of the Auction Agent and expressly consents to any such delegation of duties by the Auction Agent to such Affiliate and the performance of such delegated duties by such Affiliate. The exculpatory provisions pursuant to this Agreement shall apply to each Affiliate of the Auction Agent and its respective activities in connection with any Discounted Term Loan Prepayment provided for in this Section 2.03(a)(iv) as well as activities of the Auction Agent.

(J) The Borrower Party shall have the right, by written notice to the Auction Agent, to revoke in full (but not in part) its offer to make a Discounted Term Loan Prepayment and rescind the applicable Specified Discount Prepayment Notice, Discount Range Prepayment Notice or Solicited Discounted Prepayment Notice therefor at its discretion at any time on or prior to the applicable Specified Discount Prepayment Response Date (and if such offer is revoked pursuant to the preceding clauses, any failure by such Borrower Party to make any prepayment to a Lender, as applicable, pursuant to this Section 2.03(a)(iv) shall not constitute a Default or Event of Default under Section 8.01 or otherwise).

(b) Mandatory.

(i) Within five (5) Business Days after financial statements have been delivered pursuant to Section 6.01(a) (commencing with financial statements for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014; provided that the Excess Cash Flow for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014 shall be calculated solely with respect to each full fiscal quarter therein occurring after the Closing Date) and the related Compliance Certificate has been delivered pursuant to Section 6.02(a), the Borrower shall, subject to clauses (b)(v) and (vi) of this Section 2.03, prepay, or cause to be prepaid, an aggregate principal amount of Term Loans equal to (A) 50% (such percentage as it may be reduced as described below, the “ECF Percentage”) of Excess Cash Flow, if any, for the fiscal year (or the relevant portion thereof in the case of the 2013 fiscal year) covered by such financial statements minus (B) the sum of all voluntary prepayments of Term Loans made pursuant to Section 2.03(a)(i) or 2.03(a)(iv) (in an amount, in the case of prepayments pursuant to Section 2.03(a)(iv), equal to the discounted amount actually paid in respect of the principal amount of such Term Loans and only to the extent that such Loans have been cancelled) and voluntary prepayments of the Senior Notes and (ii) all voluntary prepayments of loans under the ABL Credit Agreement and any other revolving facility that is secured, in whole or in part (in each case, to the extent accompanied by a permanent reduction in the corresponding revolving commitments), in the case of each of the immediately preceding clauses (i) and (ii), made during such fiscal year (without duplication of any prepayments in such fiscal year that reduced the amount of Excess Cash Flow required to be repaid pursuant to this Section 2.03(b)(i) for any prior fiscal year) or after such fiscal year-end and prior to the time such prepayment pursuant to this Section 2.03(b)(i) is due and to the extent such prepayments are not funded with Excluded Proceeds; provided that (x) the ECF Percentage shall be 25% if the Secured Net Leverage Ratio as of the end of the fiscal year covered by such financial statements was less than or equal to 3.25 to 1.00 and greater than 2.75 to 1.00 and (y) the ECF Percentage shall be 0% if the Secured Net Leverage Ratio as of the end of the fiscal year covered by such financial statements was less than or equal to 2.75 to 1.00.

(ii) (A) If (x) the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary Disposes of any property or assets (other than any Disposition of any property or assets permitted by Section 7.05(a), (b), (c), (d) (to the extent constituting a Disposition to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary that is a Guarantor), (e), (g),

 

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(h), (i), (k), (l), (m), (n), (o), (p), (q), (r), (s) or (t) or the Disposition of the Commercial and Retread Business) or (y) any Casualty Event occurs, which results in the realization or receipt by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary of Net Cash Proceeds, the Borrower shall prepay, or cause to be prepaid, on or prior to the date which is ten (10) Business Days after the date of the realization or receipt by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary of such Net Cash Proceeds, subject to clause (B) of this Section 2.03(b)(ii) and clauses (b)(v) and (vi) of this Section 2.03, an aggregate principal amount of Term Loans equal to 100% of all Net Cash Proceeds realized or received; provided, that if at the time that any such prepayment would be required, the Borrower (or any Restricted Subsidiary) are required to offer to repurchase the Senior Notes or Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt or any Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness secured on an equal priority basis with the Obligations (or any Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof that is secured on an equal priority basis with the Obligations) pursuant to the terms of the documentation governing such Indebtedness with the net proceeds of such Disposition or Casualty Event (such Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt and Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness secured on an equal priority basis with the Obligations (or such Refinancing Indebtedness in respect of any of the foregoing that is secured on an equal priority basis with the Obligations) required to be offered to be so repurchased, “Other Applicable Indebtedness”), then the Borrower (or any Restricted Subsidiary) may apply such Net Cash Proceeds on a pro rata basis (determined on the basis of the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Term Loans and Other Applicable Indebtedness at such time; provided that the portion of such net proceeds allocated to the Other Applicable Indebtedness shall not exceed the amount of such net proceeds required to be allocated to the Other Applicable Indebtedness pursuant to the terms thereof, and the remaining amount, if any, of such net proceeds shall be allocated to the Term Loans in accordance with the terms hereof) to the prepayment of the Term Loans and to the repurchase or prepayment of Other Applicable Indebtedness, and the amount of prepayment of the Term Loans that would have otherwise been required pursuant to this Section 2.03(b)(ii)(A) shall be reduced accordingly; provided, further, that to the extent the holders of Other Applicable Indebtedness decline to have such indebtedness repurchased or prepaid, the declined amount shall promptly (and in any event within ten (10) Business Days after the date of such rejection) be applied to prepay the Term Loans in accordance with the terms hereof; provided, further, that no prepayment shall be required pursuant to this Section 2.03(b)(ii)(A) with respect to such portion of such Net Cash Proceeds that the Borrower shall have, on or prior to such date, given written notice to the Administrative Agent of its intent to reinvest (or entered into a binding commitment to reinvest) in accordance with Section 2.03(b)(ii)(B).

(B) With respect to any Net Cash Proceeds realized or received with respect to any Disposition (other than any Disposition specifically excluded from the application of Section 2.03(b)(ii)(A)) or any Casualty Event, at the option of the Borrower, the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries may reinvest all or any portion of such Net Cash Proceeds in assets useful for their business within (x) twelve (12) months following receipt of such Net Cash Proceeds or (y) if the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary enters into a legally binding commitment to reinvest such Net Cash Proceeds within twelve (12) months following receipt thereof, within the later of (1) twelve (12) months following receipt thereof and (2) one hundred eighty (180) days of the date of such legally binding commitment; provided, that if any Net Cash Proceeds are no longer intended to be or cannot be so reinvested at any time after delivery of a notice of reinvestment election, and subject to clauses (v) and (vi) of this Section 2.03(b), an amount equal to any such Net Cash Proceeds shall be applied within five (5) Business Days after the Borrower reasonably determines that such Net Cash Proceeds are no longer intended to be or cannot be so reinvested to the prepayment of the Term Loans as set forth in this Section 2.03.

(iii) If the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary incurs or issues any Indebtedness (A) not expressly permitted to be incurred or issued pursuant to Section 7.03 or (B) that constitutes Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness or Other Term Loans, the Borrower shall prepay, or cause to be prepaid, an aggregate principal amount of Term Loans of Class or Classes being refinanced (in each case, as directed by the Borrower) equal to 100% of all Net Cash Proceeds received therefrom on or prior to the date which is five (5) Business Days after the receipt by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary of such Net Cash Proceeds.

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(ii) and (iii)(A) shall be allocated to the Classes of Term Loans outstanding based upon the then outstanding principal amounts of the respective Classes of Term Loans, pro rata, based upon the applicable remaining scheduled installments of principal due in respect of each such Class of Term Loans, shall be applied pro rata to Term Lenders within each Class, based upon the outstanding principal amounts owing to each such Term Lender under each such Class of Term Loans and shall be applied to reduce such remaining scheduled installments of principal within each such Class in direct order of maturity; provided that with respect to the allocation of such prepayments under this clause (A) between an Existing Term Loan Class and Extended Term Loans of the same Term Loan Extension Series, the Borrower may allocate such prepayments as the Borrower may specify, subject to the limitation that the Borrower shall not allocate to Extended Term Loans of any Term Loan Extension Series any such mandatory prepayment unless such prepayment under this clause (A) is accompanied by at least a pro rata prepayment, based upon the applicable remaining scheduled installments of principal due in respect thereof, of the Term Loans of the Existing Term Loan Class, if any, from which such Extended Term Loans were converted or exchanged (or such Term Loans of the Existing Term Loan Class have otherwise been repaid in full) and (B) each prepayment of Term Loans required by Section 2.03(b)(iii)(B) shall be allocated to any Class or Classes of Term Loans outstanding as directed by the Borrower (subject to the requirement that the proceeds shall be applied to prepay or repay the applicable Refinanced Indebtedness), shall be applied pro rata to Term Lenders within each such Class, based upon the outstanding principal amounts owing to each such Term Lender under each such Class or Classes of Term Loans and shall be applied to reduce such remaining scheduled installments of principal within each such Class or Classes in direct order of maturity.

(v) The Borrower shall notify the Administrative Agent in writing of any mandatory prepayment of Term Loans required to be made pursuant to clauses (i) through (iii) of this Section 2.03(b) at least three (3) Business Days prior to the date of such prepayment. Each such notice shall specify the date of such prepayment and provide a reasonably detailed calculation of the aggregate amount of such prepayment to be made by the Borrower. The Administrative Agent will promptly notify each Appropriate Lender of the contents of the Borrower’s prepayment notice and of such Appropriate Lender’s Pro Rata Share of the prepayment or other applicable share provided for under this Agreement. Each Term Lender may reject all or a portion of its Pro Rata Share, or other applicable share provided for under this Agreement, of any mandatory prepayment (such declined amounts, the “Declined Proceeds”) of Term Loans required to be made pursuant to clauses (i) and (ii) of this Section 2.03(b) by providing written notice (each, a “Rejection Notice”) to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower no later than 5:00 p.m., New York time, two (2) Business Days after the date of such Lender’s receipt of notice from the Administrative Agent regarding such prepayment. Each Rejection Notice from a given Lender shall specify the principal amount of the mandatory repayment of Term Loans to be rejected by such Lender. If a Term Lender fails to deliver a Rejection Notice to the Administrative Agent within the time frame specified above or such Rejection Notice fails to specify the principal amount of the Term Loans to be rejected, any such failure will be deemed an acceptance of the total amount of such mandatory prepayment of Term Loans. Subject to the terms of the ABL Credit Documents, any Declined Proceeds remaining shall be retained by the Borrower.

(vi) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section 2.03(b), (A) to the extent that any or all of the Net Cash Proceeds of any Disposition by a Foreign Subsidiary giving rise to a prepayment event pursuant to Section 2.03(b)(ii) (a “Foreign Disposition”), the Net Cash Proceeds of any Casualty Event from a Foreign Subsidiary (a “Foreign Casualty Event”), or Excess Cash Flow are prohibited or delayed by applicable local law from being repatriated to the United States, the portion of such Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow so affected will not be required to be applied to repay Term Loans at the times provided in this Section 2.03(b) but may be retained by the applicable Foreign Subsidiary so long, but only so long, as the applicable local law will not permit repatriation to the United States (the Borrower hereby agreeing to cause the applicable Foreign Subsidiary to promptly take all actions reasonably required by the applicable local law to permit such repatriation), and once such repatriation of any of such affected Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow is permitted under the applicable local law, such repatriation will be promptly effected and an amount equal to such repatriated Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow will be promptly (and in any event not later than two (2) Business Days after such repatriation) applied (net of additional taxes payable or reserved against as a result thereof) to the repayment of the Term Loans pursuant to this Section 2.03(b) to the extent otherwise provided herein

 

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and (B) to the extent that the Borrower has determined in good faith that repatriation of any of or all the Net Cash Proceeds of any Foreign Disposition, any Foreign Casualty Event or Excess Cash Flow would have a material adverse tax cost consequence (taking into account any foreign tax credit or benefit actually realized in connection with such repatriation) with respect to such Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow, the Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow so affected may be retained by the applicable Foreign Subsidiary.

(c) Interest, Funding Losses, Etc. All prepayments under this Section 2.03 shall be accompanied by all accrued interest thereon, together with, in the case of any such prepayment of a Eurodollar Rate Loan on a date prior to the last day of an Interest Period therefor, any amounts owing in respect of such Eurodollar Rate Loan pursuant to Section 3.05.

Notwithstanding any of the other provisions of this Section 2.03, so long as no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, if any prepayment of Eurodollar Rate Loans is required to be made under this Section 2.03 prior to the last day of the Interest Period therefor, in lieu of making any payment pursuant to this Section 2.03 in respect of any such Eurodollar Rate Loan prior to the last day of the Interest Period therefor, the Borrower may, in their sole discretion, deposit an amount sufficient to make any such prepayment otherwise required to be made thereunder together with accrued interest to the last day of such Interest Period into a Cash Collateral Account until the last day of such Interest Period, at which time the Administrative Agent shall be authorized (without any further action by or notice to or from the Borrower or any other Loan Party) to apply such amount to the prepayment of such Loans in accordance with this Section 2.03. Upon the occurrence and during the continuance of any Event of Default, the Administrative Agent shall also be authorized (without any further action by or notice to or from the Borrower or any other Loan Party) to apply such amount to the prepayment of the outstanding Loans in accordance with the relevant provisions of this Section 2.03. Such deposit shall be deemed to be a prepayment of such Loans by the Borrower for all purposes under this Agreement.

SECTION 2.04 Termination of Commitments.The Term B Commitment of each Term Lender on the Closing Date shall be automatically and permanently reduced to $0 upon the making of such Lender’s Initial Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.01. The New 2014 Initial Term Loan Commitment of each New 2014 Initial Term Loan Lender shall be automatically and permanently reduced to $0 upon the making of such New 2014 Initial Term Loan Lender’s New 2014 Initial Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.01 (as amended by Incremental Amendment No. 1) and Incremental Amendment No. 1 on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date. The New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment of each New 2014 Initial Term Loan Lender shall be automatically and permanently reduced to $0 upon the earlier of (i) the making of such New 2014 Initial Term Loan Lender’s New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.01 (as amended by Incremental Amendment No. 1) and Incremental Amendment No. 1 on the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date and (ii) the New 2014 Delayed Draw End Date.

SECTION 2.05 Repayment of Loans. The Borrower shall repay to the Administrative Agent for the ratable account of the Appropriate Lenders (i) on the last Business Day of each March, June, September and December, commencing with the last Business Day of June, 2014, (x) at any time prior to the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date (or if the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date does not occur), an aggregate principal amount equal to 0.25% of the aggregate principal amount of all Initial Term Loans outstanding on the Closing Date (which payments shall to $1,600,000 and (y) at any time on or after the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date, (A) to the extent the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date occurs prior to the last Business Day of June, 2014 and the entire principal amount of the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment is borrowed by the Borrower, an aggregate principal amount equal to $1,800,000 or (B) to the extent the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date occurs on or after the last Business Day of June, 2014 and the entire principal amount of the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment is borrowed by the Borrower, an aggregate principal amount equal to $1,800,501.25 (provided that such payments shall in each case be reduced as a result of the application of prepayments in accordance with the order of priority set forth in Section 8.03; and provided, further, that in the case of clauses (y)(A) and (y)(B) above, to the extent the entire principal amount of the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment is not borrowed by the Borrower, such payments shall be reduced to reflect the actual amount of New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans actually borrowed) and (ii) on the Maturity Date for the Initial Term Loans, the aggregate principal amount of all Initial Term Loans outstanding on such date. For the avoidance of doubt, the New 2014 Initial Term Loans made on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date and New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans made on the

 

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Delayed Draw Borrowing Date shall each (x) constitute Initial Term Loans for all purposes of this Agreement, (y) mature and become due and payable on the Maturity Date for the Initial Term Loans and (z) be repaid in quarterly installments in accordance with this Section 2.05.

SECTION 2.06 Interest.

(a) Subject to the provisions of Section 2.06(b), (i) each Eurodollar Rate Loan shall bear interest on the outstanding principal amount thereof for each Interest Period at a rate per annum equal to the Eurodollar Rate for such Interest Period plus the Applicable Rate and (ii) each Base Rate Loan shall bear interest on the outstanding principal amount thereof from the applicable Borrowing date at a rate per annum equal to the Base Rate plus the Applicable Rate.

(b) During the continuance of an Event of Default under Section 8.01(a), the Borrower shall pay interest on past due amounts hereunder at a fluctuating interest rate per annum at all times equal to the Default Rate to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Laws. Accrued and unpaid interest on past due amounts (including interest on past due interest) shall be due and payable upon demand.

(c) Interest on each Loan shall be due and payable in arrears on each Interest Payment Date applicable thereto and at such other times as may be specified herein. Interest hereunder shall be due and payable in accordance with the terms hereof before and after judgment, and before and after the commencement of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law.

SECTION 2.07 Fees.

(a) The Borrower shall pay to the Agents such fees as shall have been separately agreed upon in writing in the amounts and at the times so specified. Such fees shall be fully earned when paid and shall not be refundable for any reason whatsoever (except as expressly agreed between the Borrower and the applicable Agent).

(b) The Borrower agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of each Lender holding a New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment a delayed draw commitment fee (the “Delayed Draw Commitment Fee”) in Dollars that shall accrue daily on the Total New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment for the period from and including the date that is 30 days after the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date to but excluding the date the Total New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitment is reduced to zero (which includes, for the avoidance of doubt, the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date) at a rate per annum equal to 100% of the Applicable Rate for Eurodollar Rate Loans at such time. The Delayed Draw Commitment Fee (if any) shall be payable on the date the Total New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loan Commitments are reduced to zero (which includes, for the avoidance of doubt, the Delayed Draw Borrowing Date).

SECTION 2.08 Computation of Interest and Fees. (a) All computations of interest for Base Rate Loans shall be made on the basis of a year of 365 days or 366 days, as the case may be, and actual days elapsed. All other computations of fees and interest shall be made on the basis of a 360 day year and actual days elapsed (which results in more fees or interest, as applicable, being paid than if computed on the basis of a 365-day year). Interest shall accrue on each Loan for the day on which the Loan is made, and shall not accrue on a Loan, or any portion thereof, for the day on which the Loan or such portion is paid; provided that any Loan that is repaid on the same day on which it is made shall, subject to Section 2.10(a), bear interest for one day. Each determination by the Administrative Agent of an interest rate or fee hereunder shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes, absent manifest error.

(b) If, as a result of any restatement of or other adjustment to the financial statements of any Restricted Subsidiary or for any other reason, the Borrower, Holdings or the Lenders determine that (i) the Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries as calculated by the Borrower or Holdings as of any applicable date was inaccurate and (ii) a proper calculation of such Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio would have resulted in a higher Applicable Rate for such period, the Borrower shall immediately and retroactively be obligated to pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of the applicable Lenders on demand by the Administrative Agent within ten Business Days (or, after the occurrence of an actual or deemed entry of an

 

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order for relief with respect to the Borrower under the Bankruptcy Code, automatically and without further action by the Administrative Agent or any Lender), an amount equal to the excess of the amount of interest and fees that should have been paid for such period over the amount of interest and fees actually paid for such period. This paragraph shall not limit the rights of the Administrative Agent or any Lender, as the case may be, under Article VIII.

SECTION 2.09 Evidence of Indebtedness.

(a) The Borrowings extended by each Lender shall be evidenced by one or more accounts or records maintained by such Lender and evidenced by one or more entries in the Register maintained by the Administrative Agent, acting solely for purposes of Treasury Regulation Section 5f.103-1(c), as agent for the Borrower, in each case in the ordinary course of business. The accounts or records maintained by the Administrative Agent and each Lender shall be prima facie evidence absent manifest error of the amount of the Borrowings extended by the Lenders to the Borrower and the interest and payments thereon. Any failure to so record or any error in doing so shall not, however, limit or otherwise affect the obligation of the Borrower hereunder to pay any amount owing with respect to the Obligations. In the event of any conflict between the accounts and records maintained by any Lender and the accounts and records of the Administrative Agent, as set forth in the Register, in respect of such matters, the accounts and records of the Administrative Agent shall control in the absence of manifest error. Upon the request of any Lender made through the Administrative Agent, the Borrower shall execute and deliver to such Lender (through the Administrative Agent) a Term Note payable to such Lender, which shall evidence such Lender’s Loans in addition to such accounts or records. Each Lender may attach schedules to its Term Note and endorse thereon the date, Type (if applicable), amount and maturity of its Loans and payments with respect thereto.

(b) In the event of any conflict between the accounts and records maintained by the Administrative Agent and the accounts and records of any Lender in respect of such matters, the accounts and records of the Administrative Agent shall control in the absence of manifest error.

(c) Entries made in good faith by the Administrative Agent in the Register pursuant to Sections 2.09(a) and (b), and by each Lender in its account or accounts pursuant to Sections 2.09(a) and (b), shall be prima facie evidence of the amount of principal and interest due and payable or to become due and payable from the Borrower to, in the case of the Register, each Lender and, in the case of such account or accounts, such Lender, under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, absent manifest error; provided that the failure of the Administrative Agent or such Lender to make an entry, or any finding that an entry is incorrect, in the Register or such account or accounts shall not limit or otherwise affect the obligations of the Borrower under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents.

SECTION 2.10 Payments Generally.

(a) All payments to be made by the Borrower shall be made without condition or deduction for any counterclaim, defense, recoupment or setoff. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, all payments by the Borrower hereunder shall be made to the Administrative Agent, for the account of the respective Lenders to which such payment is owed, at the applicable Administrative Agent’s Office for payment and in Same Day Funds not later than 2:00 p.m., New York time, on the date specified herein. The Administrative Agent will promptly distribute to each Appropriate Lender its Pro Rata Share (or other applicable share as provided herein) of such payment in like funds as received by wire transfer to such Lender’s Lending Office. Any payments under this Agreement that are made later than 2:00 p.m., New York time, shall be deemed to have been made on the next succeeding Business Day (but the Administrative Agent may extend such deadline for purposes of computing interest and fees (but not beyond the end of such day) in its sole discretion whether or not such payments are in process).

(b) If any payment to be made by the Borrower shall come due on a day other than a Business Day, payment shall be made on the next following Business Day, and such extension of time shall be reflected in computing interest or fees, as the case may be.

 

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(c) Unless the Borrower or any Lender has notified the Administrative Agent, prior to the date, or in the case of any Borrowing of Base Rate Loans, prior to 1:00 p.m. on the date of such Borrowing, any payment is required to be made by it to the Administrative Agent hereunder (in the case of the Borrower, for the account of any Lender hereunder or, in the case of the Lenders, for the account of the Borrower), that the Borrower or such Lender, as the case may be, will not make such payment, the Administrative Agent may assume that the Borrower or such Lender, as the case may be, has timely made such payment and may (but shall not be so required to), in reliance thereon, make available a corresponding amount to the Person entitled thereto. If and to the extent that such payment was not in fact made to the Administrative Agent in Same Day Funds, then:

(i) if the Borrower failed to make such payment, each Lender shall forthwith on demand repay to the Administrative Agent the portion of such assumed payment that was made available to such Lender in Same Day Funds, together with interest thereon in respect of each day from and including the date such amount was made available by the Administrative Agent to such Lender to the date such amount is repaid to the Administrative Agent in Same Day Funds at the applicable Overnight Rate from time to time in effect; and

(ii) if any Lender failed to make such payment, such Lender shall forthwith on demand pay to the Administrative Agent the amount thereof in Same Day Funds, together with interest thereon for the period from the date such amount was made available by the Administrative Agent to the Borrower to the date such amount is recovered by the Administrative Agent (the “Compensation Period”) at a rate per annum equal to the applicable Overnight Rate from time to time in effect. When such Lender makes payment to the Administrative Agent (together with all accrued interest thereon), then such payment amount (excluding the amount of any interest which may have accrued and been paid in respect of such late payment) shall constitute such Lender’s Loan included in the applicable Borrowing. If such Lender does not pay such amount forthwith upon the Administrative Agent’s demand therefor, the Administrative Agent may make a demand therefor upon the Borrower, and the Borrower shall pay such amount, or cause such amount to be paid, to the Administrative Agent, together with interest thereon for the Compensation Period at a rate per annum equal to the rate of interest applicable to the applicable Borrowing. Nothing herein shall be deemed to relieve any Lender from its obligation to fulfill its Commitment or to prejudice any rights which the Administrative Agent or the Borrower may have against any Lender as a result of any default by such Lender hereunder. A notice of the Administrative Agent to any Lender or the Borrower with respect to any amount owing under this Section 2.10(c) shall be conclusive, absent manifest error.

(d) If any Lender makes available to the Administrative Agent funds for any Loan to be made by such Lender as provided in the foregoing provisions of this Article II, and such funds are not made available to the Borrower by the Administrative Agent because the conditions to the applicable Borrowing set forth in Section 4.01 are not satisfied or waived in accordance with the terms hereof, the Administrative Agent shall return such funds (in like funds as received from such Lender) to such Lender, without interest.

(e) The obligations of the Lenders hereunder to make Loans are several and not joint. The failure of any Lender to make any Loan on any date required hereunder shall not relieve any other Lender of its corresponding obligation to do so on such date, and no Lender shall be responsible for the failure of any other Lender to so make its Loan.

(f) Nothing herein shall be deemed to obligate any Lender to obtain the funds for any Loan in any particular place or manner or to constitute a representation by any Lender that it has obtained or will obtain the funds for any Loan in any particular place or manner.

(g) Whenever any payment received by the Administrative Agent under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents is insufficient to pay in full all amounts due and payable to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders under or in respect of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents on any date, such payment shall be distributed by the Administrative Agent and applied by the Administrative Agent and the Lenders in the order of priority set forth in Section 8.03 (or otherwise expressly set forth herein). If the Administrative Agent receives funds for application to the Obligations of the Loan Parties under or in respect of the Loan Documents under circumstances for which the Loan Documents do not specify the manner in which such funds are to be applied, the Administrative Agent may, but shall not be obligated to, elect to distribute such funds to each of

 

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the Lenders in accordance with such Lender’s Pro Rata Share or other applicable share provided for under this Agreement of the sum of the Outstanding Amount of all Loans outstanding at such time, in repayment or prepayment of such of the outstanding Loans or other Obligations then owing to such Lender.

SECTION 2.11 Sharing of Payments. If, other than as expressly provided elsewhere herein, any Lender shall obtain payment in respect of any principal of or interest on account of the Loans made by it (whether voluntary, involuntary, through the exercise of any right of setoff, or otherwise) in excess of its ratable share (or other share contemplated hereunder) thereof, such Lender shall immediately (a) notify the Administrative Agent of such fact, and (b) purchase from the other Lenders such participations in the Loans of such Class made by them as shall be necessary to cause such purchasing Lender to share the excess payment in respect of any principal of or interest on such Loans of such Class pro rata with each of them; provided that if all or any portion of such excess payment is thereafter recovered from the purchasing Lender under any of the circumstances described in Section 10.06 (including pursuant to any settlement entered into by the purchasing Lender in its discretion), such purchase shall to that extent be rescinded and each other Lender shall repay to the purchasing Lender the purchase price paid therefor, together with an amount equal to such paying Lender’s ratable share (according to the proportion of (i) the amount of such paying Lender’s required repayment to (ii) the total amount so recovered from the purchasing Lender) of any interest or other amount paid or payable by the purchasing Lender in respect of the total amount so recovered, without further interest thereon. For avoidance of doubt, the provisions of this Section 2.11 shall not be construed to apply to (A) any payment made by the Borrower pursuant to and in accordance with the express terms of this Agreement as in effect from time to time or (B) any payment obtained by a Lender as consideration for the assignment of or sale of a participation in any of its Loans to any assignee or participant permitted hereunder. The Borrower agrees that any Lender so purchasing a participation from another Lender may, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Law, exercise all its rights of payment (including the right of setoff, but subject to Section 10.09) with respect to such participation as fully as if such Lender were the direct creditor of the Borrower in the amount of such participation. The Administrative Agent will keep records (which shall be conclusive and binding in the absence of manifest error) of participations purchased under this Section 2.11 and will in each case notify the Lenders following any such purchases or repayments. Each Lender that purchases a participation pursuant to this Section 2.11 shall from and after such purchase have the right to give all notices, requests, demands, directions and other communications under this Agreement with respect to the portion of the Obligations purchased to the same extent as though the purchasing Lender were the original owner of the Obligations purchased.

SECTION 2.12 Incremental Facilities.

(a) Incremental Loan Request. The Borrower may at any time or from time to time after the Closing Date, by notice to the Administrative Agent (an “Incremental Loan Request”), request one or more new commitments which may be of the same Class as any outstanding Term Loans (a “Term Loan Increase”) or a new Class of term loans (collectively with any Term Loan Increase, the “Incremental Term Commitments”), whereupon the Administrative Agent shall promptly deliver a copy to each of the Lenders. Each Incremental Loan Request from the Borrower pursuant to this Section 2.12 shall set forth the requested amount and proposed terms of the relevant Incremental Term Commitments.

(b) Incremental Term Loans. Any Incremental Term Loans effected through the establishment of one or more new term loans made on an Incremental Facility Closing Date (other than a Term Loan Increase) shall be designated a separate Class of Incremental Term Loans for all purposes of this Agreement. On any Incremental Facility Closing Date on which any Incremental Term Commitments of any Class are effected (including through any Term Loan Increase), subject to the satisfaction of the terms and conditions in this Section 2.12, (i) each Incremental Term Lender of such Class shall make a Loan to the Borrower (an “Incremental Term Loan”) in an amount equal to its Incremental Term Commitment of such Class and (ii) each Incremental Term Lender of such Class shall become a Lender hereunder with respect to the Incremental Term Commitment of such Class and the Incremental Term Loans of such Class made pursuant thereto. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Incremental Term Loans may have identical terms to any of the Term Loans and be treated as the same Class as any of such Term Loans.

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Term Loan), nor will the Borrower have any obligation to approach any existing Lenders to provide any Incremental Term Commitment (or Incremental Term Loan)) or by any Additional Lender (each such existing Lender or Additional Lender providing such Loan or Commitment, an “Incremental Term Lender”); provided that (i) the Administrative Agent shall have consented to such Additional Lender’s making such Incremental Term Loans to the extent such consent, if any, would be required under Section 10.07(b) for an assignment of Loans to such Additional Lender and (ii) with respect to Incremental Term Commitments, any Affiliated Lender providing an Incremental Term Commitment shall be subject to the same restrictions set forth in Section 10.07(h) as they would otherwise be subject to with respect to any purchase by or assignment to such Affiliated Lender of Term Loans.

(d) Effectiveness of Incremental Amendment. The effectiveness of any Incremental Amendment shall be subject to the satisfaction on the date thereof (the “Incremental Facility Closing Date”) of each of the following conditions:

(i) no Default or Event of Default shall exist after giving effect to such Incremental Term Commitments; provided that, with respect to any Incremental Amendment the primary purpose of which is to finance an acquisition permitted by this Agreement, the requirement pursuant to this clause (d)(i) shall be that no Event of Default under Section 8.01(a) or (f) shall exist after giving effect to such Incremental Term Commitments (in the case of an acquisition which is a Limited Condition Acquisition, such determination to be subject to Section 1.10);

(ii) each Incremental Term Commitment shall be in an aggregate principal amount that is not less than $10,000,000 and shall be in an increment of $1,000,000 (provided that such amount may be less than $10,000,000 if such amount represents all remaining availability under the limit set forth clause (iii) of this Section 2.12(d)); and

(iii) the aggregate principal amount of Incremental Term Loans together with the aggregate principal amount of Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt, calculated on a pro forma basis after giving effect to any such incurrence, shall not result in a Secured Net Leverage Ratio for the Test Period most recently ended in excess of 4.00 to 1.00 (calculating the Secured Net Leverage Ratio without netting the cash proceeds from such Incremental Term Loans) (the “Available Incremental Amount”).

(e) Required Terms. The terms, provisions and documentation of the Incremental Term Loans and Incremental Term Commitments of any Class and any Term Loan Increase shall be as agreed between the Borrower and the applicable Incremental Term Lenders providing such Incremental Term Commitments, and except as otherwise set forth herein, to the extent not identical to the Term Loans existing on the Incremental Facility Closing Date, shall be reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent; provided that the documentation governing any Incremental Term Loans may include any Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant so long as the Administrative Agent shall have been given prompt written notice thereof and this Agreement is amended to include such Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant for the benefit of each Facility; provided, further, that in the case of a Term Loan Increase, the terms, provisions and documentation of such Term Loan Increase shall be identical (other than with respect to upfront fees, OID or similar fees, it being understood that, if required to consummate such Term Loan Increase transaction, the interest rate margins and rate floors may be increased and additional upfront or similar fees may be payable to the lenders providing the Term Loan Increase) to the applicable Term Loans being increased, in each case, as existing on the Incremental Facility Closing Date. In any event:

(i) the Incremental Term Loans:

(A) shall rank equal in priority in right of payment and of security with the Initial Term Loans,

(B) shall not mature earlier than the Original Term Loan Maturity Date,

(C) shall have a Weighted Average Life to Maturity not shorter than the remaining Weighted Average Life to Maturity of the Initial Term Loans on the date of incurrence of such Incremental Term Loans (without giving effect to any amortization or prepayment of Term Loans prior to the time of such incurrence),

 

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(D) shall have an Applicable Rate and, subject to clauses (e)(i)(B) and (e)(i)(C) above and clause (e)(ii) below, amortization determined by the Borrower and the applicable Incremental Term Lenders, and

(E) may participate on a pro rata basis or less than pro rata basis (but, except as otherwise permitted by this Agreement, not on a greater than pro rata basis) in any mandatory prepayments of Term Loans under Section 2.03(b)(i), (ii) or (iii)(A), as specified in the applicable Incremental Amendment.

(ii) the amortization schedule applicable to any Incremental Term Loans and the All-In Yield applicable to the Incremental Term Loans of each Class shall be determined by the Borrower and the applicable Incremental Term Lenders and shall be set forth in each applicable Incremental Amendment; provided, however, that with respect to any Loans made under Incremental Term Commitments within twelve (12) months after the Closing Date, the All-In Yield applicable to such Incremental Term Loans shall not be greater than the applicable All-In Yield payable pursuant to the terms of this Agreement as amended through the date of such calculation with respect to Initial Term Loans plus 50 basis points per annum unless the interest rate (together with, as provided in the proviso below, the Eurodollar Rate floor) with respect to the Initial Term Loans is increased so as to cause the then applicable All-In Yield under this Agreement on the Initial Term Loans to equal the All-In Yield then applicable to the Incremental Term Loans minus 50 basis points; provided that any increase in All-In Yield on the Initial Term Loans due to the application of a Eurodollar Rate floor on any Incremental Term Loan shall be effected solely through an increase in (or implementation of, as applicable) the Eurodollar Rate floor applicable to such Loans.

(f) Incremental Amendment. Commitments in respect of Incremental Term Loans shall become Commitments, under this Agreement pursuant to an amendment (an “Incremental Amendment”) to this Agreement and, as appropriate, the other Loan Documents, executed by the Borrower, each Incremental Term Lender providing such Incremental Term Commitments and the Administrative Agent. The Incremental Amendment may, without the consent of any other Loan Party, Agent or Lender, effect such amendments to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents as may be necessary or appropriate, in the reasonable opinion of the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, to effect the provisions of this Section 2.12. For the avoidance of doubt, unless otherwise required by the Incremental Term Lenders, the effectiveness of any Incremental Amendment shall not be subject to the bring-down of the representations and warranties of the Borrower and each other Loan Party contained in this Agreement or any other Loan Document on and as of the date of such Borrowing of Incremental Term Loans; provided, however, that with respect to any Incremental Term Loans to finance an acquisition permitted by this Agreement, the condition to the availability or borrowing of such Incremental Term Loans that the Specified Representations as they relate to the target of such acquisition (conformed as necessary for such acquisition) be true and correct in all material respects as of the date of such Borrowing, may not be waived without the consent of the Required Lenders. In connection with any Incremental Amendment, the Borrower shall, if reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent, deliver customary reaffirmation agreements and/or such amendments to the Collateral Documents as may be reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent in order to ensure that such Incremental Term Loans are provided with the benefit of the applicable Loan Documents. The Borrower will use the proceeds of the Incremental Term Loans for any purpose not prohibited by this Agreement. No Lender shall be obligated to provide any Incremental Term Commitments or Incremental Term Loans unless it so agrees.

(g) This Section 2.12 shall supersede any provisions in Section 2.10, 2.11 or 10.01 to the contrary. For the avoidance of doubt, any of the provisions of this Section 2.12 may be amended with the consent of the Required Lenders. For the avoidance of doubt, no Incremental Amendment shall effect any amendments that would require the consent of each affected Lender or all Lenders pursuant to the proviso in the first paragraph of Section 10.01, unless each such Lender has, or all such Lenders have, as the case may, given its or their consent to such amendment.

 

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SECTION 2.13 Refinancing Amendments.

(a) At any time after the Closing Date, the Borrower may obtain, from any Lender or any Additional Lender, Other Term Loans to refinance all or any portion of the applicable Class or Classes of Loans then outstanding under this Agreement which will be made pursuant to Other Term Loan Commitments, pursuant to a Refinancing Amendment; provided that such Other Term Loans (i) may rank equal in priority in right of payment and of security with the other Loans and Commitments hereunder, (ii)(A) will have interest rates (including through fixed interest rates), interest margins, rate floors, upfront fees, funding discounts, original issue discounts and prepayment terms and premiums as may be agreed by the Borrower and the Lenders thereof and/or (B) additional fees and/or premiums may be payable to the Lenders providing such Other Term Loans in addition to any of the items contemplated by the preceding clause (A), in each case, to the extent provided in the applicable Refinancing Amendment, (iii) may have optional prepayment terms (including call protection and prepayment terms and premiums) as may be agreed between the Borrower and the Lenders thereof, (iv) will have a final maturity date no earlier than, and will have a Weighted Average Life to Maturity equal to or greater than, the Loans being refinanced (except by virtue of amortization or prepayment of the Loans prior to the time of such refinancing) and (v) will have such other terms and conditions (other than as provided in foregoing clauses (ii) through (iv)) that are identical in all material respects to, or (taken as a whole) are no more restrictive on the Borrower than those applicable to the Loans being refinanced (provided that such terms shall not be deemed to be “more restrictive” solely as a result of the inclusion in the documentation governing such Other Term Loan Commitments and Other Term Loans of a Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant so long as the Administrative Agent shall be given prompt written notice thereof and this Agreement is amended to include such Previously Absent Financial Maintenance Covenant for the benefit of each Facility); provided, further, that the terms and conditions applicable to such Other Term Loan Commitments and Other Term Loans may provide for any additional or different financial or other covenants or other provisions that are agreed between the Borrower and the Lenders thereof and applicable only during periods after the Latest Maturity Date in respect of Term Loans that is in effect immediately prior to the date in respect of the Class of Loans being refinanced that is in effect on the date such Other Term Loan Commitments and Other Term Loans are incurred or obtained. Any Other Term Loans may participate on a pro rata basis or on a less than pro rata basis (but, except as otherwise permitted by this Agreement, not on a greater than pro rata basis) in any mandatory prepayments under Section 2.03(b)(i), (ii) or (iii)(A), as specified in the applicable Refinancing Amendment. In connection with any Refinancing Amendment, the Borrower shall, if reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent, deliver customary reaffirmation agreements and/or such amendments to the Collateral Documents as may be reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent in order to ensure that such Other Term Loans are provided with the benefit of the applicable Loan Documents.

(b) Each Class of Other Term Loan Commitments and Other Term Loans incurred under this Section 2.13 shall be in an aggregate principal amount that is not less than $20,000,000 (or such lesser amount as the Administrative Agent may determine in its sole discretion). The Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Lender as to the effectiveness of each Refinancing Amendment. Each of the parties hereto hereby agrees that, upon the effectiveness of any Refinancing Amendment, this Agreement shall be deemed amended to the extent (but only to the extent) necessary to reflect the existence and terms of the Other Term Loan Commitments and Other Term Loans incurred pursuant thereto (including any amendments necessary to treat the Other Term Loans and/or Other Term Loan Commitments as Loans and Commitments). Any Refinancing Amendment may, without the consent of any other Lenders, effect such amendments to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents as may be necessary or appropriate, in the reasonable opinion of the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, to effect the provisions of this Section 2.13.

(c) This Section 2.13 shall supersede any provisions in Section 2.10, 2.11 or 10.01 to the contrary. For the avoidance of doubt, any of the provisions of this Section 2.13 may be amended with the consent of the Required Lenders. For the avoidance of doubt, no Refinancing Amendment shall effect any amendments that would require the consent of each affected Lender or all Lenders pursuant to the proviso in the first paragraph of Section 10.01, unless each such Lender has, or all such Lenders have, as the case may be, given its or their consent to such amendment. No Lender shall be under any obligation to provide any Other Term Loan Commitment unless such Lender executes a Refinancing Amendment.

 

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SECTION 2.14 Extensions of Loans.

(a) Extension of Term Loans. The Borrower, at any time and from time to time request that all or a portion of the Term Loans of any Class (each, an “Existing Term Loan Class”) be converted or exchanged to extend the scheduled Maturity Date(s) of any payment of principal with respect to all or a portion of any principal amount of such Term Loans (any such Term Loans which have been so extended, “Extended Term Loans”) and to provide for other terms consistent with this Section 2.14. Prior to entering into any Extension Amendment with respect to any Extended Term Loans, the Borrower shall provide written notice to the Administrative Agent (who shall provide a copy of such notice to each of the Lenders under the applicable Existing Term Loan Class, with such request offered equally to all such Lenders of such Existing Term Loan Class) (each, a “Term Loan Extension Request”) setting forth the proposed terms of the Extended Term Loans to be established, which terms shall be identical in all material respects to the Term Loans of the Existing Term Loan Class from which they are to be extended except that (i) the scheduled final maturity date shall be extended and all or any of the scheduled amortization payments, if any, of all or a portion of any principal amount of such Extended Term Loans may be delayed to later dates than the scheduled amortization, if any, of principal of the Term Loans of such Existing Term Loan Class (with any such delay resulting in a corresponding adjustment to the scheduled amortization payments reflected in the Extension Amendment, the Incremental Amendment, the Refinancing Amendment or any other amendment, as the case may be, with respect to the Existing Term Loan Class from which such Extended Term Loans were extended, in each case as more particularly set forth in Section 2.14(b) below), (ii)(A) the interest rates (including through fixed interest rates), interest margins, rate floors, upfront fees, funding discounts, original issue discounts and voluntary prepayment terms and premiums with respect to the Extended Term Loans may be different than those for the Term Loans of such Existing Term Loan Class and/or (B) additional fees and/or premiums may be payable to the Lenders providing such Extended Term Loans in addition to any of the items contemplated by the preceding clause (A), in each case, to the extent provided in the applicable Extension Amendment, (iii) the Extended Term Loans may have optional prepayment terms (including call protection and prepayment terms and premiums) as may be agreed between the Borrower and the Lenders thereof, (iv) any Extended Term Loans may participate on a pro rata basis or less than a pro rata basis (but, except as otherwise permitted by this Agreement, not greater than a pro rata basis) in any mandatory prepayments under Section 2.03(b)(i), (ii) or (iii)(A), in each case as specified in the respective Term Loan Extension Request, and (v) the Extension Amendment may provide for other covenants and terms that apply to any period after the Latest Maturity Date in respect of Term Loans that is in effect immediately prior to the establishment of such Extended Term Loans. No Lender shall have any obligation to agree to have any of its Term Loans of any Existing Term Loan Class converted into Extended Term Loans pursuant to any Term Loan Extension Request. Any Extended Term Loans extended pursuant to any Term Loan Extension Request shall be designated a series (each, a “Term Loan Extension Series”) of Extended Term Loans for all purposes of this Agreement and shall constitute a separate Class of Loans from the Existing Term Loan Class from which they were extended; provided that any Extended Term Loans amended from an Existing Term Loan Class may, to the extent provided in the applicable Extension Amendment, be designated as an increase in any previously established Term Loan Extension Series with respect to such Existing Term Loan Class.

(b) Extension Request. The Borrower shall provide the applicable Term Loan Extension Request to the Administrative Agent at least five (5) Business Days (or such shorter period as the Administrative Agent may determine in its sole discretion) prior to the date on which Lenders under the applicable Existing Term Loan Class are requested to respond. Any Lender holding a Term Loan under an Existing Term Loan Class (each, an “Extending Term Lender”) wishing to have all or a portion of its Term Loans of an Existing Term Loan Class or Existing Term Loan Classes, as applicable, subject to such Term Loan Extension Request converted or exchanged into Extended Term Loans shall notify the Administrative Agent (each, an “Extension Election”) on or prior to the date specified in such Term Loan Extension Request of the amount of its Term Loans which it has elected to convert or exchange into Extended Term Loans. In the event that the aggregate principal amount of Term Loans subject to Extension Elections exceeds the amount of Extended Term Loans requested pursuant to the Term Loan Extension Request, Term Loans subject to Extension Elections shall be converted or exchanged into Extended Term Loans on a pro rata basis (subject to such rounding requirements as may be established by the Administrative Agent) based on the aggregate principal amount of Term Loans included in each such Extension Election or as may be otherwise agreed to in the applicable Extension Amendment.

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contemplated by the penultimate sentence of this Section 2.14(c) and notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in Section 10.01, shall not require the consent of any Lender other than the Extending Term Lenders with respect to the Extended Term Loans established thereby, as the case may be) executed by the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Extending Term Lenders. Each request for a Term Loan Extension Series of Extended Term Loans proposed to be incurred under this Section 2.14 shall be in an aggregate principal amount that is not less than $20,000,000 (or such lesser amount as the Administrative Agent may determine in its sole discretion) (it being understood that the actual principal amount thereof provided by the applicable Lenders may be lower than such minimum amount). In addition to any terms and changes required or permitted by Section 2.14(a), each of the parties hereto agrees that this Agreement and the other Loan Documents may be amended pursuant to an Extension Amendment, without the consent of any other Lenders, to the extent necessary to (i) in respect of each Extension Amendment in respect of Extended Term Loans, amend the scheduled amortization payments pursuant to Section 2.05 or the applicable Incremental Amendment, Extension Amendment, Refinancing Amendment or other amendment, as the case may be, with respect to the Existing Term Loan Class from which the Extended Term Loans were exchanged to reduce each scheduled repayment amount for the Existing Term Loan Class in the same proportion as the amount of Term Loans of the Existing Term Loan Class is to be reduced pursuant to such Extension Amendment (it being understood that the amount of any repayment amount payable with respect to any individual Term Loan of such Existing Term Loan Class that is not an Extended Term Loan shall not be reduced as a result thereof); (ii) reflect the existence and terms of the Extended Term Loans incurred pursuant thereto; (iii) modify the prepayments set forth in Section 2.03 to reflect the existence of the Extended Term Loans and the application of prepayments with respect thereto and (iv) effect such other amendments to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents as may be necessary or appropriate, in the reasonable opinion of the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, to effect the provisions of this Section 2.14, and the Lenders hereby expressly authorize the Administrative Agent to enter into any such Extension Amendment. In connection with any Extension Amendment, the Borrower shall, if reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent, deliver customary reaffirmation agreements and/or such amendments to the Collateral Documents as may be reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent in order to ensure that such Extended Term Loans are provided with the benefit of the applicable Loan Documents.

(d) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, on any date on which any Existing Term Loan Class and is converted or exchanged to extend the related scheduled maturity date(s) in accordance with paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Section 2.14, in the case of the existing Term Loans of each Extending Term Lender, the aggregate principal amount of such existing Loans shall be deemed reduced by an amount equal to the aggregate principal amount of Extended Term Loans so converted or exchanged by such Lender on such date, and the Extended Term Loans shall be established as a separate Class of Loans (together with any other Extended Term Loans so established on such date), except as otherwise provided under Section 2.14(a).

(e) In the event that the Administrative Agent determines in its sole discretion that the allocation of Extended Term Loans of a given Term Loan Extension Series to a given Lender was incorrectly determined as a result of manifest administrative error in the receipt and processing of an Extension Election timely submitted by such Lender in accordance with the procedures set forth in the applicable Extension Amendment, then the Administrative Agent, the Borrower and such affected Lender may (and hereby are authorized to), in their sole discretion and without the consent of any other Lender, enter into an amendment to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents (each, a “Corrective Extension Amendment”) within 15 days following the effective date of such Extension Amendment, as the case may be, which Corrective Extension Amendment shall (i) provide for the conversion or exchange and extension of Term Loans under the Existing Term Loan Class, in such amount as is required to cause such Lender to hold Extended Term Loans of the applicable Term Loan Extension Series into which such other Term Loans were initially converted or exchanged, as the case may be, in the amount such Lender would have held had such administrative error not occurred and had such Lender received the minimum allocation of the applicable Loans or Commitments to which it was entitled under the terms of such Extension Amendment, in the absence of such error, (ii) be subject to the satisfaction of such conditions as the Administrative Agent, the Borrower and such Lender may agree, and (iii) effect such other amendments of the type (with appropriate reference and nomenclature changes) described in the penultimate sentence of Section 2.14(c).

(f) No conversion or exchange of Loans or Commitments pursuant to any Extension Amendment in accordance with this Section 2.14 shall constitute a voluntary or mandatory payment or prepayment for purposes of this Agreement.

 

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(g) This Section 2.14 shall supersede any provisions in Section 2.10, 2.11 or 10.01 to the contrary. For the avoidance of doubt, any of the provisions of this Section 2.14 may be amended with the consent of the Required Lenders. For the avoidance of doubt, no Extension Amendment shall effect any amendments that would require the consent of each affected Lender or all Lenders pursuant to the proviso in the first paragraph of Section 10.01, unless each such Lender has, or all such Lenders have, as the case may be, given its or their consent to such amendment.

SECTION 2.15 Prepayment Premium.

In the event that, on or prior to the first anniversary of the Closing Date, the Borrower make any prepayment of Initial Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.03(a)(i) or 2.03(b)(iii), the Borrower shall pay to the Administrative Agent, for the ratable account of each applicable Lender, a prepayment premium of 1.00% of the aggregate principal amount of the Initial Term Loans being prepaid.

ARTICLE III

Taxes, Increased Costs Protection and Illegality

SECTION 3.01 Taxes.

(a) Except as required by applicable Law, any and all payments by any Loan Party to or for the account of any Agent or any Lender under any Loan Document shall be made free and clear of and without deduction for any Taxes.

(b) If any Loan Party or any other applicable withholding agent is required by applicable Law to make any deduction or withholding on account of any Taxes from any sum paid or payable by any Loan Party to any Lender or Agent under any of the Loan Documents: (i) the applicable Loan Party shall notify the Administrative Agent of any such requirement or any change in any such requirement as soon as such Loan Party becomes aware of it; (ii) the applicable Loan Party or other applicable withholding agent shall make such deduction or withholding and pay to the relevant Governmental Authority any such Tax before the date on which penalties attach thereto, such payment to be made (if the liability to pay is imposed on any Loan Party) for its own account or (if that liability is imposed on the Lender or Agent) on behalf of and in the name of the Lender or Agent (as applicable); (iii) if the Tax in question is a Non-Excluded Tax or Other Tax, the sum payable to such Lender or Agent (as applicable) shall be increased by such Loan Party to the extent necessary to ensure that, after the making of any required deduction or withholding for Non-Excluded Taxes or Other Taxes (including any deductions or withholdings for Non-Excluded Taxes or Other Taxes attributable to any payments required to be made under this Section 3.01), the Lender or the Agent (as applicable), receives on the due date a net sum equal to what it would have received had no such deduction or withholding been required or made; and (iv) within thirty days after paying any sum from which it is required by Law to make any deduction or withholding, and within thirty days after the due date of payment of any Tax which it is required by clause (ii) above to pay, the Borrower making such payments shall deliver to the Administrative Agent evidence reasonably satisfactory to the other affected parties of such deduction or withholding and of the remittance thereof to the relevant Governmental Authority.

(c) Status of Lender. Each Lender shall, at such times as are reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, provide the Borrower and the Administrative Agent with any documentation prescribed by Laws or reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent certifying as to any entitlement of such Lender to an exemption from, or reduction in, withholding Tax with respect to any payments to be made to such Lender under any Loan Document. Each such Lender shall, whenever a lapse in time or change in circumstances renders such documentation (including any specific documentation required below in this Section 3.01(c)) obsolete, expired or inaccurate in any material respect, deliver promptly to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent updated or other appropriate documentation (including any new documentation reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent) or promptly notify the Borrower and Administrative Agent of its inability to do so.

 

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Without limiting the foregoing:

(i) Each U.S. Lender shall deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent on or before the date on which it becomes a party to this Agreement two properly completed and duly signed copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 certifying that such Lender is exempt from U.S. federal backup withholding.

(ii) Each Foreign Lender shall deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent on or before the date on which it becomes a party to this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the request of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent) whichever of the following is applicable:

(A) two properly completed and duly signed copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8BEN (or any successor forms) claiming eligibility for the benefits of an income tax treaty to which the United States is a party, and such other documentation as required under the Code,

(B) two properly completed and duly signed copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8ECI (or any successor forms),

(C) in the case of a Foreign Lender claiming the benefits of the exemption for portfolio interest under Section 871(h) or Section 881(c) of the Code, (A) two properly completed and duly signed certificates substantially in the form of Exhibit F (any such certificate, a “United States Tax Compliance Certificate”) and (B) two properly completed and duly signed copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8BEN (or any successor forms),

(D) to the extent a Foreign Lender is not the beneficial owner (for example, where the Foreign Lender is a partnership or a participating Lender), Internal Revenue Service Form W-8IMY (or any successor forms) of the Foreign Lender, accompanied by a Form W-8ECI, W-8BEN, United States Tax Compliance Certificate, Form W-9, Form W-8IMY or any other required information (or any successor forms) from each beneficial owner that would be required under this Section 3.01(c) if such beneficial owner were a Lender, as applicable (provided that, if one or more beneficial owners are claiming the portfolio interest exemption, the United States Tax Compliance Certificate may be provided by such Foreign Lender on behalf of such beneficial owner), or

(E) two properly completed and duly signed copies of any other form prescribed by applicable U.S. federal income tax laws (including the Treasury Regulations) as a basis for claiming a complete exemption from, or a reduction in, United States federal withholding tax on any payments to such Lender under the Loan Documents.

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

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(d) In addition to the payments by a Loan Party required by Section 3.01(b), the Borrower shall pay any Other Taxes to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable law.

(e) The Loan Parties shall, jointly and severally, indemnify a Lender or Agent (each a “Tax Indemnitee”), within 10 days after written demand therefor, for the full amount of any Non-Excluded Taxes paid or payable by such Tax Indemnitee on or attributable to any payment under or with respect to any Loan Document, and any Other Taxes payable by such Tax Indemnitee (including Non-Excluded Taxes or Other Taxes imposed on or attributable to amounts payable under this Section 3.01), whether or not such Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the Governmental Authority. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability prepared in good faith and delivered by the Tax Indemnitee or by the Administrative Agent on its own behalf or on behalf of another Tax Indemnitee, shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

(f) If and to the extent that a Tax Indemnitee, in its sole discretion (exercised in good faith), determines that it has received a refund of any Non-Excluded Taxes or Other Taxes in respect of which it has received additional payments under this Section 3.01, then such Tax Indemnitee shall pay to the relevant Loan Party the amount of such refund, net of all out-of-pocket expenses of the Tax Indemnitee (including any Taxes imposed with respect to such refund), and without interest (other than any interest paid by the relevant Governmental Authority with respect to such refund), provided that the Loan Party, upon the request of the Tax Indemnitee, agrees to repay the amount paid over to the Loan Party (plus any penalties, interest or other charges imposed by the relevant Governmental Authority) to the Tax Indemnitee if the Tax Indemnitee is required to repay such refund to such Governmental Authority. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this paragraph (f), in no event will the Tax Indemnitee be required to pay any amount to a Loan Party pursuant to this paragraph (f) the payment of which would place the Tax Indemnitee in a less favorable net after-Tax position than the Tax Indemnitee would have been in if the Tax subject to indemnification and giving rise to such refund had not been deducted, withheld or otherwise imposed and the indemnification payments or additional amounts with respect to such Tax had never been paid. This subsection shall not be construed to require a Tax Indemnitee to make available its Tax returns (or any other information relating to its Taxes that it deems confidential) to any Loan Party or any other Person.

(g) The agreements in this Section 3.01 shall survive the termination of this Agreement and the payment of the Loans and all other amounts payable hereunder.

SECTION 3.02 Illegality. If any Lender reasonably determines that any Change in Law has made it unlawful, or that any Governmental Authority has asserted that it is unlawful, for such Lender or its applicable Lending Office to make, maintain or fund Loans whose interest is determined by reference to the Eurodollar Rate, or to determine or charge interest rates based upon the Eurodollar Rate, or any Governmental Authority has imposed material restrictions on the authority of such Lender to purchase or sell, or to take deposits of, Dollars in the London interbank market, then, on written notice thereof by such Lender to the Borrower through the Administrative Agent, (i) any obligation of such Lender to make or continue Eurodollar Rate Loans or to convert Base Rate Loans to Eurodollar Rate Loans shall be suspended, and (ii) if such notice asserts the illegality of such Lender making or maintaining Base Rate Loans the interest rate on which is determined by reference to the Eurodollar Rate component of the Base Rate, the interest rate on which Base Rate Loans of such Lender shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by the Administrative Agent without reference to the Eurodollar Rate component of the Base Rate, in each case until such Lender notifies the Administrative Agent and the Borrower that the circumstances giving rise to such determination no longer exist. Upon receipt of such notice, (x) the Borrower may revoke any pending request for a Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans and shall, upon demand from such Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), prepay or, if applicable, convert all Eurodollar Rate Loans of such Lender to Base Rate Loans (the interest rate on which Base Rate Loans of such Lender shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by the Administrative Agent without reference to the Eurodollar Rate component of the Base Rate), either on the last day of the Interest Period therefor, if such Lender may lawfully continue to maintain such Eurodollar Rate Loans to such day, or immediately, if such Lender may not lawfully continue to maintain such Eurodollar Rate Loans and (y) if such notice asserts the illegality of such Lender determining or charging interest rates based upon the Eurodollar Rate component of the Base Rate with respect to any Base Rate Loans, the Administrative Agent shall during the period of such suspension compute the Base Rate applicable to such Lender without reference to the Eurodollar Rate component thereof until the Administrative Agent is advised in writing by such Lender that it is no longer illegal for such Lender to determine or charge interest rates based upon the Eurodollar Rate. Upon any such prepayment or conversion, the Borrower shall also pay accrued interest on the amount so prepaid or converted.

 

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SECTION 3.03 Inability to Determine Rates. If the Required Lenders reasonably determine that for any reason in connection with any request for a Eurodollar Rate Loan or a conversion to or continuation thereof that (a) Dollar deposits are not being offered to banks in the London interbank eurodollar market for the applicable amount and Interest Period of such Eurodollar Rate Loan, (b) adequate and reasonable means do not exist for determining the Eurodollar Rate for any requested Interest Period with respect to a proposed Eurodollar Rate Loan or in connection with an existing or proposed Base Rate Loan, or (c) the Eurodollar Rate for any requested Interest Period with respect to a proposed Eurodollar Rate Loan does not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lenders of funding such Loan, the Administrative Agent will promptly so notify the Borrower and each Lender. Thereafter, (x) the obligation of the Lenders to make or maintain Eurodollar Rate Loans shall be suspended, and (y) in the event of a determination described in the preceding sentence with respect to the Eurodollar Rate component of the Base Rate, the utilization of the Eurodollar Rate component in determining the Base Rate shall be suspended, in each case until the Administrative Agent (upon the instruction of the Required Lenders) revokes such notice. Upon receipt of such notice, the Borrower may revoke any pending request for a Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans or, failing that, will be deemed to have converted such request into a request for a Borrowing of Base Rate Loans in the amount specified therein.

SECTION 3.04 Increased Cost and Reduced Return; Capital Adequacy; Reserves on Eurodollar Rate Loans.

(a) Increased Costs Generally. If any Change in Law shall:

(i) impose, modify or deem applicable any reserve, special deposit, compulsory loan, insurance charge or similar requirement against assets of, deposits with or for the account of, or credit extended or participated in by, any Lender (except any reserve requirement contemplated by Section 3.04(d));

(ii) subject any Lender to any Tax of any kind whatsoever with respect to this Agreement or any Eurodollar Rate Loan made by it, or change the basis of taxation of payments to such Lender in respect thereof (except for Non-Excluded Taxes or Other Taxes covered by Section 3.01 and any Excluded Taxes); or

(iii) impose on any Lender or the London interbank market any other condition, cost or expense affecting this Agreement or Eurodollar Rate Loans made by such Lender that is not otherwise accounted for in the definition of “Eurodollar Rate” or this clause (a);

and the result of any of the foregoing shall be to increase the cost to such Lender of making or maintaining any Loan the interest on which is determined by reference to the Eurodollar Rate (or of maintaining its obligation to make any such Loan), or to increase the cost to such Lender, or to reduce the amount of any sum received or receivable by such Lender (whether of principal, interest or any other amount) then, from time to time within fifteen (15) days after demand by such Lender setting forth in reasonable detail such increased costs (with a copy of such demand to the Administrative Agent), the Borrower will pay to such Lender such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender for such additional costs incurred or reduction suffered; provided that such amounts shall only be payable by the Borrower to the applicable Lender under this Section 3.04(a) so long as it is such Lender’s general policy or practice to demand compensation in similar circumstances under comparable provisions of other financing agreements.

(b) Capital Requirements. If any Lender reasonably determines that any Change in Law affecting such Lender or any Lending Office of such Lender or such Lender’s holding company, if any, regarding capital requirements has or would have the effect of reducing the rate of return on such Lender’s capital or on the capital of such Lender’s holding company, if any, as a consequence of this Agreement, the Commitments of such Lender or the Loans made by it to a level below that which such Lender or such Lender’s holding company, as the case may be, could have achieved but for such Change in Law (taking into consideration such Lender’s policies and the policies of such Lender’s holding company with respect to capital adequacy), then from time to time upon

 

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demand of such Lender setting forth in reasonable detail the charge and the calculation of such reduced rate of return (with a copy of such demand to the Administrative Agent), the Borrower will pay to such Lender additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender or such Lender’s holding company for any such reduction suffered; provided that such amounts shall only be payable by the Borrower to the applicable Lender under this Section 3.04(b) so long as it is such Lender’s general policy or practice to demand compensation in similar circumstances under comparable provisions of other financing agreements.

(c) Certificates for Reimbursement. A certificate of a Lender setting forth the amount or amounts necessary to compensate such Lender or its holding company, as the case may be, as specified in subsection (a) or (b) of this Section 3.04 and delivered to the Borrower shall be conclusive absent manifest error. The Borrower shall pay such Lender, as the case may be, the amount shown as due on any such certificate within fifteen (15) days after receipt thereof.

(d) Reserves on Eurodollar Rate Loans. The Borrower shall pay to each Lender, as long as such Lender shall be required to maintain reserves with respect to liabilities or assets consisting of or including Eurocurrency funds or deposits (currently known as “Eurocurrency liabilities”), additional interest on the unpaid principal amount of each Eurodollar Rate Loan equal to the actual costs of such reserves allocated to such Loan by such Lender (as determined by such Lender in good faith, which determination shall be conclusive), which shall be due and payable on each date on which interest is payable on such Loan, provided the Borrower shall have received at least 10 days’ prior notice (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) of such additional interest from such Lender. If a Lender fails to give notice 10 days prior to the relevant Interest Payment Date, such additional interest shall be due and payable 10 days from receipt of such notice.

SECTION 3.05 Funding Losses. Upon written demand of any Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) from time to time, which demand shall set forth in reasonable detail the basis for requesting such amount, the Borrower shall promptly compensate such Lender for and hold such Lender harmless from any loss, cost or expense actually incurred by it as a result of:

(a) any continuation, conversion, payment or prepayment of any Eurodollar Rate Loan on a day prior to the last day of the Interest Period for such Loan (whether voluntary, mandatory, automatic, by reason of acceleration, or otherwise);

(b) any failure by the Borrower (for a reason other than the failure of such Lender to make a Loan) to prepay, borrow, continue or convert any Eurodollar Rate Loan on the date or in the amount notified by the Borrower; or

(c) any assignment of a Eurodollar Rate Loan on a day prior to the last day of the Interest Period therefor as a result of a request by the Borrower pursuant to Section 3.07;

including any loss or expense (excluding loss of anticipated profits or margin) actually incurred by reason of the liquidation or reemployment of funds obtained by it to maintain such Eurodollar Rate Loan or from fees payable to terminate the deposits from which such funds were obtained.

SECTION 3.06 Matters Applicable to All Requests for Compensation.

(a) Designation of a Different Lending Office. If any Lender requests compensation under Section 3.04, or the Borrower is required to pay any additional amount to any Lender or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender pursuant to Section 3.01, or if any Lender gives a notice pursuant to Section 3.02, then such Lender shall use reasonable efforts to designate a different Lending Office for funding or booking its Loans hereunder or to assign its rights and obligations hereunder to another of its offices, branches or affiliates, if, in the good faith judgment of such Lender such designation or assignment (i) would eliminate or reduce amounts payable pursuant to Section 3.01 or 3.04, as the case may be, in the future, or eliminate the need for the notice pursuant to Section 3.02, as applicable, and (ii) in each case, would not subject such Lender to any unreimbursed cost or expense and would not otherwise be disadvantageous to such Lender in any material economic, legal or regulatory respect.

 

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(b) Suspension of Lender Obligations. If any Lender requests compensation by the Borrower under Section 3.04, the Borrower may, by notice to such Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), suspend the obligation of such Lender to make or continue Eurodollar Rate Loans from one Interest Period to another Interest Period, or to convert Base Rate Loans into Eurodollar Rate Loans, until the event or condition giving rise to such request ceases to be in effect (in which case the provisions of Section 3.06(c) shall be applicable); provided that such suspension shall not affect the right of such Lender to receive the compensation so requested.

(c) Conversion of Eurodollar Rate Loans. If any Lender gives notice to the Borrower (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) that the circumstances specified in Section 3.02, 3.03 or 3.04 hereof that gave rise to the conversion of such Lender’s Eurodollar Rate Loans no longer exist (which such Lender agrees to do promptly upon such circumstances ceasing to exist) at a time when Eurodollar Rate Loans made by other Lenders are outstanding, such Lender’s Base Rate Loans shall be automatically converted, on the first day(s) of the next succeeding Interest Period(s) for such outstanding Eurodollar Rate Loans, to the extent necessary so that, after giving effect thereto, all Loans of a given Class held by the Lenders of such Class holding Eurodollar Rate Loans and by such Lender are held pro rata (as to principal amounts, interest rate basis, and Interest Periods) in accordance with their respective Pro Rata Shares.

(d) Delay in Requests. Failure or delay on the part of any Lender to demand compensation pursuant to the foregoing provisions of Sections 3.01 or 3.04 shall not constitute a waiver of such Lender’s right to demand such compensation; provided that the Borrower shall not be required to compensate a Lender pursuant to the foregoing provisions of Section 3.01 or 3.04 for any increased costs incurred or reductions suffered more than one hundred and eighty (180) days prior to the date that such Lender notifies the Borrower of the event giving rise to such claim and of such Lender’s intention to claim compensation therefor (except that, if the circumstance giving rise to such increased costs or reductions is retroactive, then the 180-day period referred to above shall be extended to include the period of retroactive effect thereof).

SECTION 3.07 Replacement of Lenders under Certain Circumstances. If (i) any Lender requests compensation under Section 3.04 or ceases to make Eurodollar Rate Loans as a result of any condition described in Section 3.02 or Section 3.04, (ii) the Borrower is required to pay any additional amount to any Lender or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender pursuant to Section 3.01 or 3.04, (iii) any Lender is a Non-Consenting Lender or (iv) any other circumstance exists hereunder that gives the Borrower the right to replace a Lender as a party hereto, then the Borrower may, at its sole expense and effort, upon notice to such Lender and the Administrative Agent, (x) require such Lender to assign and delegate, without recourse (in accordance with and subject to the restrictions contained in, and consents required by, Section 10.07), all of its interests, rights and obligations under this Agreement (or, with respect to clause (iii) above, all of its interests, rights and obligations with respect to the Class of Loans or Commitments that is the subject of the related consent, waiver, or amendment, as applicable) and the related Loan Documents to one or more Eligible Assignees that shall assume such obligations (any of which assignee may be another Lender, if a Lender accepts such assignment), provided that:

(a) the Borrower shall have paid to the Administrative Agent the assignment fee specified in Section 10.07(b)(iv);

(b) such Lender shall have received payment of an amount equal to the applicable outstanding principal of its Loans, accrued interest thereon, accrued fees and all other amounts payable to it hereunder and under the other Loan Documents (including any amounts under Section 3.05 and any “prepayment premium” pursuant to Section 2.15 that would otherwise be owed in connection therewith) from the assignee (to the extent of such outstanding principal and accrued interest and fees) or the Borrower (in the case of all other amounts);

(c) such Lender being replaced pursuant to this Section 3.07 shall (i) execute and deliver an Assignment and Assumption with respect to all, or a portion, as applicable, of such Lender’s Commitment and outstanding Loans, and (ii) deliver any Term Notes evidencing such Loans to the Borrower or Administrative Agent (or a lost or destroyed note indemnity in lieu thereof); provided that the failure of any such Lender to execute an Assignment and Assumption or deliver such Term Notes shall not render such sale and purchase (and the corresponding assignment) invalid and such assignment shall be recorded in the Register and the Term Notes shall be deemed to be canceled upon such failure;

 

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(d) the Eligible Assignee shall become a Lender hereunder and the assigning Lender shall cease to constitute a Lender hereunder with respect to such assigned Loans, Commitments and participations, except with respect to indemnification and confidentiality provisions under this Agreement, which shall survive as to such assigning Lender;

(e) in the case of any such assignment resulting from a claim for compensation under Section 3.04 or payments required to be made pursuant to Section 3.01, such assignment will result in a reduction in such compensation or payments thereafter;

(f) such assignment does not conflict with applicable Laws; and

(g) the Lender that acts as Administrative Agent cannot be replaced in its capacity as Administrative Agent other than in accordance with Section 9.06,

or (y) terminate the Commitment of such Lender and repay all Obligations of the Borrower owing to such Lender relating to the Loans and participations held by such Lender as of such termination date (including any “prepayment premium” pursuant to Section 2.15 that would otherwise be owed in connection therewith); provided that in the case of any such termination of the Commitment of a Non-Consenting Lender such termination shall be sufficient (together with all other consenting Lenders) to cause the adoption of the applicable consent, waiver or amendment of the Loan Documents and such termination shall, with respect to clause (iii) above, be in respect of all of its interests, rights and obligations with respect to the Class of Loans or Commitments that is the subject of the related consent, waiver and amendment.

In the event that (i) any of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent has requested that the Lenders consent to a departure or waiver of any provisions of the Loan Documents or agree to any amendment thereto, (ii) the consent, waiver or amendment in question requires the agreement of each Lender, all affected Lenders or all the Lenders or all affected Lenders with respect to a certain Class or Classes of the Loans/Commitments and (iii) the Required Lenders or Required Facility Lenders, as applicable, have agreed to such consent, waiver or amendment, then any Lender who does not agree to such consent, waiver or amendment shall be deemed a “Non-Consenting Lender.”

A Lender shall not be required to make any such assignment or delegation if, prior thereto, as a result of a waiver by such Lender or otherwise, the circumstances entitling the Borrower to require such assignment and delegation cease to apply.

SECTION 3.08 Survival. All of the Borrower’s obligations under this Article III shall survive termination of the Aggregate Commitments, repayment of all other Obligations hereunder and resignation of the Administrative Agent.

ARTICLE IV

Conditions Precedent to Credit Extension

SECTION 4.01 Conditions to Borrowing. The obligation of each Lender to make a Borrowing available hereunder on the Closing Date is subject to satisfaction of the following conditions precedent:

(a) The Administrative Agent’s receipt of the following, each of which shall be originals, facsimiles or copies in .pdf format (followed promptly by originals) unless otherwise specified, each properly executed by a Responsible Officer of the signing Loan Party each in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and its legal counsel:

(i) a Committed Loan Notice;

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(iii) (A) an executed certificate from a Responsible Officer of the Borrower stating its intention to incur the Term Loans as “Additional Secured Debt” pursuant to Section 2.10(b)(i) of the Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement, together with any joinder required thereunder; and

(B) an executed certificate from a Responsible Officer of the Borrower stating its intention to incur the Term Loans as “Additional Senior Secured Debt” pursuant to Section 7.03(d) of the Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement, together with any joinder required thereunder;

(iv) each Collateral Document set forth on Schedule 1.01A required to be executed on the Closing Date as indicated on such schedule, duly executed by each Loan Party thereto, together with:

(A) certificates, if any, representing the Collateral that is certificated equity of the Acquired Company (to the extent required pursuant to Section 6.11 and Article XII) accompanied by undated stock powers executed in blank; and

(B) evidence that all UCC-1 financing statements in the jurisdictions of organization of the Acquired Company and its Subsidiaries that the Administrative Agent and the Collateral Agent may deem reasonably necessary to satisfy the requirements set forth in Section 6.11 shall have been provided for, and arrangements for the filing thereof in a manner reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent shall have been made;

(v) certificates of good standing from the secretary of state of the state of organization of each Loan Party (to the extent such concept exists in such jurisdiction), customary certificates of resolutions or other action, incumbency certificates and/or other certificates of Responsible Officers of each Loan Party evidencing the identity, authority and capacity of each Responsible Officer thereof authorized to act as a Responsible Officer in connection with this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which such Loan Party is a party or is to be a party on the Closing Date;

(vi) a customary legal opinion from (x) Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York counsel to the Loan Parties, and (y) each local counsel to the Loan Parties, if any, listed on Schedule 4.01(a)(vi) in the jurisdictions indicated on such schedule;

(vii) a solvency certificate from a Financial Officer of the Borrower (after giving effect to the Transactions) substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit G; and

(viii) evidence that all insurance required to be maintained pursuant to the Loan Documents has been obtained and is in effect and that the Administrative Agent has been named as loss payee and/or additional insured, as applicable, under each insurance policy with respect to such insurance as to which the Administrative Agent shall have reasonably requested to be so named.

(b) The Arranger shall have received (i) the Annual Financial Statements and (ii) the Quarterly Financial Statements.

(c) The Arranger shall have received the Pro Forma Financial Statements.

(d) The Administrative Agent shall have received at least three (3) days prior to the Closing Date all documentation and other information in respect of the Acquired Company and its Subsidiaries required under applicable “know your customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations, including the USA PATRIOT Act, that has been requested in writing by it at least ten (10) Business Days prior to the Closing Date.

 

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(e) The Specified Representations and the Specified Acquisition Agreement Representations shall be true and correct in all material respects on and as of the Closing Date; provided that to the extent such representations and warranties specifically refer to an earlier date, they shall be true and correct in all material respects as of such earlier date; provided further that the condition precedent in this clause (e) with respect to Specified Acquisition Agreement Representations shall fail to be satisfied only to the extent a breach of such Specified Acquisition Agreement Representations provides the Borrower with the right to, pursuant to the Acquisition Agreement, terminate its obligations under the Acquisition Agreement or decline to consummate the Acquisition as a result of the breach of such Specified Acquisition Agreement Representations.

(f) All fees and expenses required to be paid hereunder and invoiced at least three (3) Business Days before the Closing Date shall have been paid in full in cash.

(g) Prior to or substantially concurrently with the Borrowing on the Closing Date, the Acquisition shall have been consummated and the Acquisition Agreement shall not have been amended or waived in any material respect by the Borrower, and the Borrower shall not have granted any consents under the Acquisition Agreement, in each case, in a manner materially adverse to the Lenders party hereto as of the Closing Date (in their capacities as such) without the consent of the Arranger (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned (it being agreed by the Arranger that, with respect to any consent to any such amendment, consent or waiver, their consent shall be deemed to have been given if the Arranger does not object in writing to a written request for such consent within four (4) Business Days after such request for consent is delivered to the Arranger by the Borrower); provided, that any amendment of the definition of “Material Adverse Effect” in the Acquisition Agreement shall be deemed materially adverse to the Lenders and shall require the consent of the Arranger; provided, further, that any change in the amount of consideration required to consummate the Acquisition shall be deemed not to be materially adverse to the Lenders so long as any reduction shall be applied to reduce the Initial Term Loans funded on the Closing Date.

(h) Prior to or substantially concurrently with the Borrowing on the Closing Date, the Closing Date Release shall have occurred.

(i) Except as set forth in, or qualified by any matter set forth in, the Disclosure Schedule (as defined in the Acquisition Agreement) (it being understood that any disclosure set forth in any particular Section (as defined in the Acquisition Agreement) of the Disclosure Schedule will be deemed disclosed for the purpose of the corresponding Section or subsection of the Acquisition Agreement and for the purpose of any other Section or subsection of the Acquisition Agreement, where the application or relevance of such disclosure as an exception to (or a disclosure for purposes of) such other Section is reasonably apparent on the face of such disclosure), since December 31, 2013 through the date of the Acquisition Agreement, there has not been any event, circumstance, condition, occurrence, effect or change that has had or could reasonably be expected to have, either individually or in the aggregate (taking into account all other events, circumstances, conditions, occurrences, effects or changes), a Closing Date Material Adverse Effect. Since the date of the Acquisition Agreement through the Closing Date, there shall not have occurred any Closing Date Material Adverse Effect, nor shall any event or events have occurred that, individually or in the aggregate, with or without the lapse of time, that could reasonably be expected to result in a Closing Date Material Adverse Effect.

Without limiting the generality of the provisions of the last paragraph of Section 9.03, for purposes of determining compliance with the conditions specified in this Section 4.01, each Lender that has signed this Agreement shall be deemed to have consented to, approved or accepted or to be satisfied with, each document or other matter required thereunder to be consented to or approved by or acceptable or satisfactory to a Lender unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from such Lender prior to the proposed Closing Date specifying its objection thereto.

 

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ARTICLE V

Representations and Warranties

Each of Holdings and the Borrower represents and warrant to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders on the Closing Date:

SECTION 5.01 Existence, Qualification and Power; Compliance with Laws. (a) Each of the Loan Parties and each of its Subsidiaries is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization, (b) each of the Loan Parties and each of its Subsidiaries has all requisite power and authority to (i) own its property and assets and to carry on its business as now conducted and, except where the failure to do so, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, is qualified to do business in, and is in good standing in, every jurisdiction where such qualification is required and (ii) in the case of the Loan Parties, execute, deliver and perform its obligations under the Loan Documents to which it is a party and (c) each Loan Party is in compliance with all Law applicable to it or its property, except where the failure to be so in compliance, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 5.02 Authorization; Enforceability.

The execution, delivery and performance by each of the Loan Parties of each of the Loan Documents to which it is a party, the borrowing of Term Loans and the use of the proceeds thereof are, to the extent applicable, within each applicable Loan Party’s organizational powers and have been duly authorized by all necessary organizational and, if required, equityholder action of such Loan Party. Each Loan Document to which each Loan Party is a party has been duly executed and delivered by such Loan Party and is a legal, valid and binding obligation of such Loan Party, enforceable in accordance with its terms, subject to applicable bankruptcy, insolvency or similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and to general principles of equity.

SECTION 5.03 Governmental Authorization; No Conflict. The execution, delivery and performance by each of the Loan Parties of each of the Loan Documents to which it is a party, the borrowing of Loans and the use of the proceeds thereof (a) do not require any consent or approval of, registration or filing with, or any other action by, any Governmental Authority, except (i) such as have been obtained or made and are in full force and effect and (ii) for filings necessary to perfect Liens created pursuant to the Loan Documents, (b) will not violate any Law applicable to any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries, (c) will not contravene the terms of any of such Person’s Organizational Documents, (d) will not violate or result in a default under any indenture, agreement or other instrument binding upon any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries or its assets, or give rise to a right thereunder to require any payment to be made by any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries, and (e) will not result in the creation or imposition of any Lien on any asset of any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries, except Liens created pursuant to the Loan Documents, the Senior Notes Documents and the ABL Credit Documents; except, in each case other than with respect to the creation of Liens, to the extent that any such violation, default or right, or any failure to obtain such consent or approval or to take any such action, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 5.04 Insurance. All insurance required by Section 6.07 is in full force and effect and all premiums in respect of such insurance have been duly paid. The Borrower believes that the insurance maintained by or on behalf of the Borrower and the Subsidiaries is adequate and is in accordance with normal industry practice.

SECTION 5.05 Financial Statements; No Material Adverse Effect.

(a) (i) The Annual Financial Statements and the Quarterly Financial Statements fairly present in all material respects the financial position of the Acquired Company and its Subsidiaries as of the dates thereof and the results of operations of the Acquired Company and its Subsidiaries for the period covered thereby in accordance with GAAP consistently applied throughout the periods covered thereby, (A) except as otherwise expressly noted therein and (B) subject, in the case of the Quarterly Financial Statements, to changes resulting from normal year-end adjustments and the absence of footnotes.

 

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(ii) The unaudited pro forma consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower (the “Pro Forma Balance Sheet”) and the related unaudited pro forma consolidated statement of income of the Borrower and its consolidated Subsidiaries as of and for the most recently completed four fiscal quarter period ending at least 45 days (or 90 days in the case that the last day of such four fiscal quarter period is the end of the Borrower’s fiscal year) prior to the Closing Date (such date, the “Pro Forma Balance Sheet Date”), prepared after giving effect to the Transactions as if the Transactions had occurred at the beginning of such period (together with the Pro Forma Balance Sheet, the “Pro Forma Financial Statements”), copies of which have heretofore been furnished to the Administrative Agent, has been prepared giving effect (as if such events had occurred on such date) to the consummation of the Transactions. The Pro Forma Financial Statements have been prepared in good faith based upon assumptions believed to be reasonable as of the date thereof, and presents fairly on a pro forma basis the estimated financial position of the Borrower its consolidated Subsidiaries as at the Pro Forma Balance Sheet Date, assuming that the events specified in the preceding sentence had actually occurred at such date.

(b) Since December 31, 2013, there has been no event or circumstance, either individually or in the aggregate, that has had or would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 5.06 Litigation. There are no actions, suits or proceedings by or before any arbitrator or Governmental Authority pending against or, to the knowledge of any Loan Party, threatened against or affecting the Loan Parties or any of their Subsidiaries (i) as to which there is a reasonable possibility of an adverse determination and that, if adversely determined, would reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect or (ii) that involve any Loan Documents.

SECTION 5.07 Labor Matters. Except as, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect: (a) there are no strikes, lockouts or slowdowns against any Loan Party pending or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, threatened, (b) the hours worked by and payments made to employees of the Loan Parties and the Subsidiaries have not been in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act or any other applicable federal, state, provincial, local or foreign law dealing with such matters and (c) all payments due from any Loan Party or any Subsidiary, on account of wages and employee health and welfare insurance and other benefits, have been paid or accrued as a liability on the books of the Loan Party or such Subsidiary to the extent required by GAAP. Except as, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect the consummation of the Transactions will not give rise to a right of termination or right of renegotiation on the part of any union under any collective bargaining agreement to which any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries (or any predecessor) is a party or by which any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries (or any predecessor) is bound.

SECTION 5.08 Ownership of Property; Liens. Each Loan Party and each of its Restricted Subsidiaries has good and insurable fee simple title to, or valid leasehold interests in, or easements or other limited property interests in, all its real properties and has good and marketable title to its personal property and assets, in each case, except for defects in title that do not materially interfere with its ability to conduct its business as currently conducted or to utilize such properties and assets for their intended purposes and except where the failure to have such title would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect. All such properties and assets are free and clear of Liens, other than Liens (i) permitted by Section 7.01 or (ii) arising by operation of law (which Liens, in the case of this clause (ii) do not materially interfere with the ability of any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries to carry on its business as now conducted or to utilize the affected properties or assets for their intended purposes).

 

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SECTION 5.09 Environmental Matters. Except for matters that, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect (i) no Loan Party nor any of its Subsidiaries has received written notice of any claim with respect to any Environmental Liability and (ii) no Loan Party nor any of its Subsidiaries (1) has failed to comply with any Environmental Law or to obtain, maintain or comply with any permit, license or other approval required under any Environmental Law or (2) has become subject to any Environmental Liability.

SECTION 5.10 Taxes. Each Loan Party and its Subsidiaries has timely filed or caused to be filed all Tax returns and reports required to have been filed and has paid or caused to be paid all Taxes required to have been paid by it, except (a) Taxes that are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and for which such Loan Party or such Subsidiary, as applicable, has set aside on its books adequate reserves in accordance with GAAP or (b) to the extent that the failure to do so, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 5.11 ERISA Compliance. No ERISA Event has occurred in the five year period prior to the date on which this representation is made or deemed made and is continuing or is reasonably expected to occur that, when taken together with all other such ERISA Events for which liability is reasonably expected to occur, would reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect. Except as would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, the present value of all accumulated benefit obligations under all Plans (based on the assumptions used for purposes of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 87) did not, as of the date of the most recent financial statements reflecting such amounts, exceed the fair market value of the assets of such Plans, in the aggregate.

SECTION 5.12 Subsidiaries. As of the Closing Date, Schedule 5.12 sets forth (a) a correct and complete list of the name and relationship to the Borrower of each and all of the Borrower’s Subsidiaries, (b) a true and complete listing of each class of the Borrower’s and each Subsidiary’s authorized Equity Interests, of which all of such issued shares are validly issued, outstanding, fully paid and non-assessable, and owned beneficially and of record by the Persons identified on Schedule 5.12, and (c) the type of entity of the Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries. All of the issued and outstanding Equity Interests of the Subsidiaries owned by any Loan Party have been (to the extent such concepts are relevant with respect to such ownership interests) duly authorized and issued and are fully paid and non-assessable free and clear of all Liens (other than Liens permitted pursuant to Section 7.01). As of the Closing Date, there are no outstanding purchase options, warrants, subscription rights, agreements to issue or sell, convertible interests or powers of attorney granted by the Borrower or a Subsidiary of the Borrower relating to Equity Interests of the Borrower or any Subsidiary.

SECTION 5.13 Federal Reserve Regulations; Investment Company Act.

(a) On the Closing Date, none of the Collateral is Margin Stock. No Loan Party nor any of its Subsidiaries is engaged principally, or as one of its important activities, in the business of extending credit for the purpose of buying or carrying Margin Stock. No part of the proceeds of any Loan will be used, whether directly or indirectly, and whether immediately, incidentally or ultimately for any purpose that entails a violation of, or that is inconsistent with, the provisions of Regulation T, U or X.

(b) No Loan Party is an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

SECTION 5.14 Disclosure.

(a) All written information (other than the Projections, the pro forma financial statements and estimates and information of a general economic or general industry nature) concerning the Borrower, the Transactions and any other transactions contemplated hereby prepared by or on behalf of the foregoing or their representatives and made available to any Lender or the Agent in connection with the Transactions on or before the date hereof (the “Information”), when taken as a whole, as of the date such Information was furnished to the Lenders and as of the Closing Date, did not contain any untrue statement of a material fact as of any such date or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements contained therein not misleading in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made (giving effect to all supplements and updates).

 

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(b) The Projections, pro forma financial statements and estimates prepared by or on behalf of the Borrower or any of its representatives and that have been made available to any Lender or the Agent in connection with the Transactions on or before the date hereof (the “Other Information”) (i) have been prepared in good faith based upon assumptions believed to be reasonable as of the date thereof (it being recognized that such Other Information is as to future events and is not to be viewed as a fact, the Other Information is subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries, that no assurance can be given that any particular projections will be realized and that actual results during the period or periods covered by any such Other Information may differ from the projected results and such differences may be material), and (ii) as of the Closing Date, have not been modified in any material respect by the Loan Parties.

SECTION 5.15 Intellectual Property; Licenses, Etc. Each Loan Party owns or has the lawful right to use all material intellectual property used in the conduct of its business (collectively, “IP Rights”), without conflict with any intellectual property rights of others, except as, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. Except as, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, there is no pending or, to any Borrower’s knowledge, threatened claim that any Loan Party’s ownership, use, marketing, sale or distribution of any inventory or other product violates another Person’s intellectual property rights.

SECTION 5.16 Solvency. As of the Closing Date, and immediately after giving effect to the Transactions: (i) the fair value of the assets of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, at a fair valuation, will exceed the debts and liabilities, direct, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis; (ii) the present fair saleable value of the property of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, will be greater than the amount that will be required to pay the probable liability of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, on their debts and other liabilities, direct, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, as such debts and other liabilities become absolute and matured; (iii) the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, will be able to pay their debts and liabilities, direct, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, as such debts and liabilities become absolute and matured; and (iv) the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, will not have unreasonably small capital with which to conduct the businesses in which they are engaged as such businesses are now conducted and are proposed to be conducted following the Closing Date.

SECTION 5.17 Subordination of Junior Financing. The Obligations for principal, interest (including, to the extent legally permitted, all interest accrued thereon after the commencement of any insolvency or liquidation proceeding at the rate, including any applicable post-default rate, specified in the applicable agreement), premium (if any), fees, indemnifications, reimbursements, expenses, damages and other liabilities payable under the Loan Documents constitute “Senior Indebtedness” under and as defined in the Senior Notes Documents.

SECTION 5.18 USA Patriot Act and OFAC. To the extent applicable, none of the Borrower or any other Loan Party will use the proceeds of the Term Loans or otherwise make available such proceeds to any person for use in any manner that will result in a violation of (i) the USA PATRIOT Act and (ii) the Trading with the Enemy Act, as amended, and each of the foreign assets control regulations of the United States Treasury Department (31 C.F.R. Subtitle B, Chapter V, as amended) and any other enabling legislation or executive order relating thereto. Neither the Borrower nor any Restricted Subsidiary nor, to the knowledge of the Borrower, any director, officer or employee of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, is subject as of the Closing Date to any U.S. sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department (“OFAC”) or a person on the list of “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons.” The proceeds of the Term Loans will not, to the knowledge of the Borrower, be made available to any Person for the purpose of financing the activities of any Person currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by OFAC.

SECTION 5.19 Collateral Documents. The provisions of the Collateral Documents are effective to create legal and valid Liens on the applicable Collateral described therein in favor of the Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, the Lenders and the other Secured Parties (in each case, to the extent such matter is governed by the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction therein) and upon the taking of all actions described in the Loan Documents (but subject to the limitations set forth therein), including, without limitation, the filing of UCC financing statements covering the appropriate Collateral in the jurisdiction of

 

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organization of each Loan Party and the filings of short form agreements or other applicable documents or notices in respect of registered and applied for United States federal intellectual property owned by each Loan Party, such Liens will constitute perfected Liens on the Collateral, securing the applicable Obligations, enforceable against the applicable Loan Party, and having priority over all other Liens on the Collateral except in the case of (a) Permitted Liens and other Liens permitted under Section 7.01, to the extent any such Permitted Liens or such Liens would have priority over the Liens in favor of the Agent pursuant to any applicable law or otherwise, (b) Liens perfected only by possession (including possession of any certificate of title) to the extent the Agent has not obtained or does not maintain possession of such Collateral and (c) subject to and as provided for under the terms of the Intercreditor Agreements, the Liens granted on the Collateral under the Senior Notes Documents and the ABL Credit Documents.

ARTICLE VI

Affirmative Covenants

So long as any Lender shall have any Commitment hereunder or any Loan or other Obligation hereunder (other than contingent indemnification obligations as to which no claim has been asserted) shall remain unpaid or unsatisfied, the Borrower shall, and shall (except in the case of the covenants set forth in Section 6.01, 6.02 and 6.03) cause each of the Restricted Subsidiaries to:

SECTION 6.01 Financial Statements. Deliver to the Administrative Agent for prompt further distribution to each Lender each of the following and shall take the following actions:

(a) within ninety (90) days after the end of each fiscal year of the Borrower, its audited consolidated balance sheet and related statements of earnings, shareholders’ equity and cash flows as of the end of and for such year, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the previous fiscal year, all reported on by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP or other independent public accountants of recognized national standing (whose opinion shall not be qualified as to scope of audit or as to the status of the Borrower and its consolidated Subsidiaries as a going concern) to the effect that such consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Borrower and its consolidated Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP;

(b) within forty-five (45) days after the end of each of the first three fiscal quarters of each fiscal year of the Borrower, its consolidated balance sheet and related statements of earnings, shareholders’ equity and cash flows as of the end of and for such fiscal quarter and the then elapsed portion of the fiscal year, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the corresponding period or periods of (or, in the case of the balance sheet, as of the end of) the previous fiscal year, all certified by one of its Financial Officers as presenting fairly, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations and cash flows of the Borrower and its consolidated Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP, subject to normal year-end audit adjustments and the absence of footnotes;

(c) within ninety (90) days after the beginning of each fiscal year, a detailed consolidated budget of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries by month for such fiscal year (including a projected consolidated balance sheet and the related consolidated statements of projected cash flows and projected income of the Borrower and its consolidated Subsidiaries for each quarter of such fiscal year) (collectively, the “Projections”);

(d) simultaneously with the delivery of each set of consolidated financial statements referred to in Sections 6.01(a) and 6.01(b), the related unaudited consolidating financial statements reflecting the adjustments necessary to eliminate the accounts of Unrestricted Subsidiaries (if any) from such consolidated financial statements; and

(e) (i) quarterly, at a time mutually agreed with the Administrative Agent that is promptly after the delivery of the information referred to in Section 6.01(b), commencing with the delivery of information with respect to the fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2014, either (x) use commercially reasonable efforts to participate in a conference call for Lenders to discuss the financial position and results of operations of the Borrower and their respective Subsidiaries or (y) deliver a customary Management’s

 

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Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, in each case for the most recently-ended period for which financial statements have been delivered and (ii) commencing with the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015, promptly after the delivery of the information referred to in Section 6.01(a), deliver a customary Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations with respect to the fiscal year most recently ended.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the obligations referred to in Section 6.01(a) and 6.01(b) may be satisfied with respect to financial information of the Borrower and their respective Subsidiaries by furnishing (A) the applicable financial statements of any Parent Entity of the Borrower or (B) the Borrower’s or such Parent Entity’s Form 10-K or 10-Q, as applicable, filed with the SEC; provided that, with respect to each of clauses (A) and (B), (i) to the extent such information relates to a parent of the Borrower such information is accompanied by consolidating information that explains in reasonable detail the differences between the information relating to such Parent Entity, on the one hand, and the information relating to the Borrower and the consolidated Restricted Subsidiaries on a standalone basis, on the other hand and (ii) to the extent such information is in lieu of information required to be provided under Section 6.01(a), such materials are accompanied by a report and opinion of an independent registered public accounting firm of nationally recognized standing, which report and opinion shall not be subject to any “going concern” or like qualification or any qualification as to the scope of such audit.

Any financial statements required to be delivered pursuant to Sections 6.01(a) or 6.01(b) shall not be required to contain all purchase accounting adjustments relating to the Transactions or the Hercules Transactions to the extent it is not practicable to include any such adjustments in such financial statements.

SECTION 6.02 Certificates; Other Information. Deliver to the Administrative Agent for prompt further distribution to each Lender:

(a) no later than five (5) days after the delivery of the financial statements referred to in Sections 6.01(a) and (b) (commencing with such delivery for the fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2014), a duly completed Compliance Certificate signed by a Financial Officer of the Borrower;

(b) promptly after the same are publicly available, copies of all annual, regular, periodic and special reports, proxy statements and registration statements which the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary files with the SEC or with any Governmental Authority that may be substituted therefor or with any national securities exchange, as the case may be (other than amendments to any registration statement (to the extent such registration statement, in the form it became effective, is delivered to the Administrative Agent), exhibits to any registration statement and, if applicable, any registration statement on Form S-8), and in any case not otherwise required to be delivered to the Administrative Agent pursuant to any other clause of this Section 6.02;

(c) promptly after the furnishing thereof, copies of any notices of default to any holder of any class or series of debt securities of any Loan Party having an aggregate outstanding principal amount greater than the Threshold Amount or pursuant to the terms of the ABL Credit Documents, the Senior Notes Documents or the Senior Subordinated Notes Documents so long as the aggregate outstanding principal amount thereunder is greater than the Threshold Amount (in each case, other than in connection with any board observer rights) and not otherwise required to be furnished to the Administrative Agent pursuant to any other clause of this Section 6.02;

(d) together with the delivery of the financial statements pursuant to Section 6.01(a) (commencing with such delivery for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014), (i) a report setting forth the information required by Sections 1(a) and 2 of the Perfection Certificate (or confirming that there has been no change in such information since the Closing Date or the last date of disclosure of any such information to the Administrative Agent) and (ii) a list of each Subsidiary of the Borrower that identifies each Subsidiary as a Restricted Subsidiary or an Unrestricted Subsidiary as of the date of delivery of such list or a confirmation that there is no change in such information since the later of the Closing Date and the last date of disclosure of any such information to the Administrative Agent; and

 

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(e) promptly, but subject to the limitations set forth in Section 6.10 and Section 10.08, such additional information regarding the business and financial affairs of any Loan Party or any Material Subsidiary, or compliance with the terms of the Loan Documents, as the Administrative Agent may from time to time on its own behalf or on behalf of any Lender reasonably request in writing from time to time.

Documents required to be delivered pursuant to Section 6.01(a) or (b) or Section 6.02(b) may be delivered electronically and if so delivered, shall be deemed to have been delivered on the date (i) on which the Borrower posts such documents, or provides a link thereto on the Borrower’s (or any Parent Entity’s) website on the Internet at the website address listed on Schedule 10.02 hereto; or (ii) on which such documents are posted on the Borrower’s behalf on SyndTrak or another relevant website, if any, to which each Lender and the Administrative Agent have access (whether a commercial, third-party website or whether sponsored by the Administrative Agent); provided that: (i) upon written request by the Administrative Agent, the Borrower shall deliver paper copies of such documents to the Administrative Agent for further distribution to each Lender until a written request to cease delivering paper copies is given by the Administrative Agent and (ii) the Borrower shall notify (which may be by facsimile or electronic mail) the Administrative Agent of the posting of any such documents and provide to the Administrative Agent by electronic mail electronic versions (i.e., soft copies) of such documents. Each Lender shall be solely responsible for timely accessing posted documents or requesting delivery of paper copies of such documents from the Administrative Agent and maintaining its copies of such documents.

The Borrower hereby acknowledges that (a) the Administrative Agent will make available to the Lenders materials and/or information provided by or on behalf of the Borrower hereunder (collectively, the “Borrower Materials”) by posting the Borrower Materials on SyndTrak or another similar electronic system (the “Platform”) and (b) certain of the Lenders may be “public-side” Lenders (i.e., Lenders that do not wish to receive information that is (i) of a type that would be publicly available (or could be derived from publicly available information) if the Borrower were public reporting companies and (ii) material with respect to the Borrower or any of their respective securities for purposes of foreign, United States Federal and state securities laws (all such information described in the foregoing, “MNPI”)) (each, a “Public Lender”). The Borrower hereby agree that (w) at the Administrative Agent’s request, all Borrower Materials that are to be made available to Public Lenders shall be clearly and conspicuously marked “PUBLIC” which, at a minimum, shall mean that the word “PUBLIC” shall appear prominently on the first page thereof; (x) by marking Borrower Materials “PUBLIC,” the Borrower shall be deemed to have authorized the Administrative Agent and the Lenders to treat such Borrower Materials as not containing any MNPI (provided, however, that to the extent such Borrower Materials constitute Information, they shall be treated as set forth in Section 10.08); (y) all Borrower Materials marked “PUBLIC” are permitted to be made available through a portion of the Platform designated as “Public Side Information”; and (z) the Administrative Agent and the Arranger shall treat the Borrower Materials that are not marked “PUBLIC” as being suitable only for posting on a portion of the Platform not marked as “Public Side Information.” Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Borrower shall be under no obligation to mark the Borrower Materials “PUBLIC.”

SECTION 6.03 Notices. Promptly after a Responsible Officer obtains actual knowledge thereof, notify the Administrative Agent:

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

(b) of (i) the filing or commencement of, or any written threat or notice of intention of any person to file or commence, any action, suit or proceeding, whether at law or in equity or by or before any Governmental Authority or in arbitration, against any Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries as to which an adverse determination is reasonably probable and which, if adversely determined, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect or (ii) the occurrence of any ERISA Event that, together with all other ERISA Events that have occurred and are continuing, would reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Each notice pursuant to this Section 6.03 shall be accompanied by a written statement of a Responsible Officer of the Borrower (x) that such notice is being delivered pursuant to Section 6.03(a) or (b) (as applicable) and (y) setting forth details of the occurrence referred to therein and stating what action the Borrower has taken and propose to take with respect thereto.

 

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SECTION 6.04 Payment of Obligations. Timely pay, discharge or otherwise satisfy, as the same shall become due and payable, all of its obligations and liabilities in respect of Taxes imposed upon it or upon its income or profits or in respect of its property, except, in each case, to the extent (i) any such Tax is being contested in good faith and by appropriate actions for which appropriate reserves have been established in accordance with GAAP or (ii) the failure to pay or discharge the same would not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 6.05 Preservation of Existence, Etc.

(a) Preserve, renew and maintain in full force and effect its legal existence under the Laws of the jurisdiction of its organization; and

(b) take all reasonable action to obtain, preserve, renew and keep in full force and effect its rights, licenses, permits, privileges, franchises, and IP Rights material to the conduct of its business,

except in the case of clause (a) or (b) to the extent (other than with respect to the preservation of the existence of the Borrower) that failure to do so would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect or pursuant to any merger, consolidation, liquidation, dissolution or Disposition permitted by Article VII.

SECTION 6.06 Maintenance of Properties. Except if the failure to do so would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect, maintain, preserve and protect all of its material properties and equipment used in the operation of its business in good working order, repair and condition, ordinary wear and tear excepted and casualty or condemnation excepted.

SECTION 6.07 Maintenance of Insurance. (a) Maintain with insurance companies that the Borrower believes (in the good faith judgment of its management) are financially sound and reputable at the time the relevant coverage is placed or renewed, insurance with respect to the Borrower’s and the Restricted Subsidiaries’ properties and business against loss or damage of the kinds customarily insured against by Persons engaged in the same or similar business, of such types and in such amounts (after giving effect to any self-insurance reasonable and customary for similarly situated Persons engaged in the same or similar businesses as the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries) as are customarily carried under similar circumstances by such other Persons, and will furnish to the Lenders, upon written request from the Administrative Agent, information presented in reasonable detail as to the insurance so carried; provided that, notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event shall the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary be required to obtain or maintain insurance that is more restrictive than its normal course of practice. Each such policy of insurance shall as appropriate, (i) name the Collateral Agent, on behalf of the Secured Parties, as an additional insured thereunder as its interests may appear and/or (ii) in the case of each casualty insurance policy, contain an additional loss payable clause or endorsement that names the Collateral Agent, on behalf of the Secured Parties, as the additional loss payee thereunder.

(b) If any portion of any Mortgaged Property is within a special flood hazard area, then the Borrower shall, or shall cause each Loan Party to, (i) maintain, or cause to be maintained, with a financially sound and reputable insurer, flood insurance in an amount and otherwise sufficient to comply with all applicable rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to the Flood Insurance Laws and (ii) deliver to the Collateral Agent evidence of such compliance in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Collateral Agent.

SECTION 6.08 Compliance with Laws. Comply in all material respects with the requirements of all Laws and all orders, writs, injunctions and decrees of any Governmental Authority applicable to it or to its business or property, except if the failure to comply therewith would not reasonably be expected individually or in the aggregate to have a Material Adverse Effect.

SECTION 6.09 Books and Records. Maintain proper books of record and account, in which entries that are full, true and correct in all material respects and are in conformity with GAAP shall be made of all material financial transactions and matters involving the assets and business of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary, as the case may be (it being understood and agreed that certain Foreign Subsidiaries maintain individual

 

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books and records in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in their respective countries of organization and that such maintenance shall not constitute a breach of the representations, warranties or covenants hereunder).

SECTION 6.10 Inspection Rights. Permit representatives and independent contractors of the Administrative Agent and each Lender to visit and inspect any of its properties, to examine its corporate, financial and operating records, and make copies thereof or abstracts therefrom and to discuss its affairs, finances and accounts with its directors, officers, and independent public accountants (subject to such accountants’ customary policies and procedures), all at the reasonable expense of the Borrower and at such reasonable times during normal business hours and as often as may be reasonably desired, upon reasonable advance notice to the Borrower; provided that, only the Administrative Agent on behalf of the Lenders may exercise rights of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders under this Section 6.10 and the Administrative Agent shall not exercise such rights more often than two (2) times during any calendar year absent the existence of an Event of Default and only one (1) such time shall be at the Borrower’s expense; provided, further, that when an Event of Default exists, the Administrative Agent (or any of its representatives or independent contractors) may do any of the foregoing at the expense of the Borrower at any time during normal business hours and upon reasonable advance notice. The Administrative Agent shall give the Borrower the opportunity to participate in any discussions with the Borrower’s independent public accountants. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 6.10, none of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries will be required to disclose, permit the inspection, examination or making copies or abstracts of, or discussion of, any document, information or other matter that (a) constitutes non-financial trade secrets or non-financial proprietary information, (b) in respect of which disclosure to the Administrative Agent or any Lender (or their respective representatives or contractors) is prohibited by Law or any binding agreement or (c) is subject to attorney-client or similar privilege or constitutes attorney work product.

SECTION 6.11 Covenant to Give Security. Promptly following the acquisition by the Borrower or any Subsidiary Guarantor of any After-Acquired Property (but subject to the limitations, if applicable, described in Article XII and the Collateral Documents), execute and deliver such mortgages, deeds of trust, security instruments, financing statements and, in the case of interests in real property, certificates and opinions of counsel, as shall be reasonably necessary to vest in the Collateral Agent a perfected security interest in such After-Acquired Property and to have such After-Acquired Property added to the Notes Collateral or the ABL Collateral, as applicable, and thereupon all provisions of this Agreement relating to the Notes Collateral or the ABL Collateral, as applicable, shall be deemed to relate to such After-Acquired Property to the same extent and with the same force and effect.

SECTION 6.12 Compliance with Environmental Laws. Except, in each case, to the extent that the failure to do so would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect, (a) comply, and take all reasonable actions to cause any lessees and other Persons operating or occupying its properties to comply, with all applicable Environmental Laws and Environmental Permits; (b) obtain and renew all Environmental Permits necessary for its operations and properties; and (c) in each case to the extent required by applicable Environmental Laws, conduct any investigation, study, sampling and testing, and undertake any cleanup, removal, remedial or other action necessary to remove and clean up all Hazardous Materials from any of its properties, in accordance with the applicable requirements of Environmental Laws.

SECTION 6.13 Further Assurances and Post-Closing Covenant. Subject to the limitations set forth in the Collateral Documents, the Borrower and each of the Guarantors shall execute any and all further documents, financing statements, agreements and instruments, and take all further action that may be reasonably required under applicable law, or that the Collateral Agent may reasonably request, in order to grant, preserve, protect and perfect the validity and priority of the security interests and Liens created or intended to be created by the Collateral Documents in the Collateral.

SECTION 6.14 Use of Proceeds. The proceeds of the Initial Term Loans (other than, for the avoidance of doubt, the New 2014 Term Loans made pursuant to Section 2.01 (as amended by Incremental Amendment No. 1) and Incremental Amendment No. 1), together with the proceeds of the ABL Revolving Loans drawn on the Closing Date will be used (i) to pay for the Closing Date Release, (ii) to pay the Acquisition Consideration and (iii) to pay the Transaction Expenses. The proceeds of the New 2014 Initial Term Loans made on the Incremental Amendment No. 1 Effective Date pursuant to Section 2.01 (as amended by Incremental Amendment

 

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No. 1) and Incremental Amendment No. 1 shall be used, together with cash on hand at the Borrower and its Subsidiaries (i) to redeem all or a portion of the Senior Notes and (ii) for working capital requirements and other general corporate purposes of the Borrower or its Subsidiaries, including the financing of acquisitions, other Investments and Restricted Payments and other distributions on account of the Capital Stock of the Borrower (or any Parent Entity thereof), in each case permitted hereunder. The proceeds of the New 2014 Delayed Draw Term Loans made pursuant to Section 2.01 (as amended by Incremental Amendment No. 1) and Incremental Amendment No. 1 shall be used for working capital requirements and other general corporate purposes of the Borrower or its Subsidiaries, including the financing of acquisitions, other Investments and Restricted Payments and other distributions on account of the Capital Stock of the Borrower (or any Parent Entity thereof), in each case permitted hereunder.

SECTION 6.15 Maintenance of Ratings. Use commercially reasonable efforts to maintain (i) a public corporate credit rating (but not any specific rating) from S&P and a public corporate family rating (but not any specific rating) from Moody’s, in each case in respect of the Borrower, and (ii) a public rating (but not any specific rating) in respect of each Facility as of the Closing Date from each of S&P and Moody’s.

ARTICLE VII

Negative Covenants

So long as any Lender shall have any Commitment hereunder or any Loan or other Obligation hereunder (other than contingent indemnification obligations as to which no claim has been asserted) shall remain unpaid or unsatisfied, the Borrower shall not, nor shall the Borrower permit any Restricted Subsidiary to:

SECTION 7.01 Liens. Create, incur, assume or suffer to exist any Lien upon any of its property, assets or revenues, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, other than Permitted Liens.

SECTION 7.02 [Reserved].

SECTION 7.03 Indebtedness.

(a) Create, incur, issue, assume or suffer to exist any Indebtedness, other than Permitted Indebtedness.

(b) For purposes of determining compliance with this Section 7.03:

(i) in the event that an item of Indebtedness (or any portion thereof) meets the criteria of more than one of the categories of Permitted Indebtedness described in the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness,” the Borrower, in its sole discretion, will classify or reclassify such item of Indebtedness (or any portion thereof) and will only be required to include the amount and type of such Indebtedness in one of such clauses; and

(ii) the Borrower will be entitled to divide and classify an item of Indebtedness in more than one clause of the definition of “Permitted Indebtedness.”

(c) Accrual of interest, the accretion of accreted value, the accretion or amortization of original issue discount and the payment of interest in the form of additional Indebtedness will not be deemed to be an incurrence or issuance of Indebtedness for purposes of this Section 7.03.

(d) For purposes of determining compliance with any U.S. dollar-denominated restriction on the incurrence of Indebtedness, the U.S. dollar-equivalent principal amount of Indebtedness denominated in a foreign currency shall be calculated based on the relevant currency exchange rate in effect on the date such Indebtedness was incurred, in the case of term debt, or first committed or first incurred (whichever yields the lower U.S. dollar-equivalent), in the case of revolving credit debt; provided that if such Indebtedness is incurred to Refinance other Indebtedness denominated in a foreign currency, and such Refinancing would cause the applicable

 

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U.S. dollar-denominated restriction to be exceeded if calculated at the relevant currency exchange rate in effect on the date of such Refinancing, such U.S. dollar-denominated restriction shall be deemed not to have been exceeded so long as the principal amount of such Refinancing Indebtedness does not exceed (i) the principal amount of such Indebtedness being Refinanced plus (ii) the aggregate amount of accrued interest, fees, underwriting discounts, premiums (including tender premiums) and penalties (if any) thereon and other costs and expenses (including OID, upfront fees or similar fees) incurred in connection with such Refinancing.

(e) Subject to the proviso to Section 7.03(d), the principal amount of any Indebtedness incurred to Refinance other Indebtedness, if incurred in a different currency from the Indebtedness being Refinanced, shall be calculated based on the currency exchange rate applicable to the currencies in which such respective Indebtedness is denominated that is in effect on the date of such Refinancing.

SECTION 7.04 Fundamental Changes. Merge, dissolve, liquidate, consolidate with or into another Person, or Dispose of (whether in one transaction or in a series of transactions) all or substantially all of its assets (whether now owned or hereafter acquired) to or in favor of any Person (other than as part of the Transactions), except that:

(a) any Restricted Subsidiary may merge or consolidate with the Borrower (including a merger, the purpose of which is to reorganize the Borrower into a new jurisdiction); provided that (x) the Borrower shall be the continuing or surviving Person and (y) such merger or consolidation does not result in the Borrower ceasing to be organized under the Laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia or any territory thereof;

(b) (i) any Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower that is not a Loan Party may merge or consolidate with or into any other Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower that is not a Loan Party, (ii) any Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower may merge or consolidate with or into any other Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower that is a Loan Party, (iii) any merger the sole purpose of which is to reincorporate or reorganize a Loan Party in another jurisdiction in the United States shall be permitted and (iv) any Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower may liquidate or dissolve or change its legal form if the Borrower determines in good faith that such action is in the best interests of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries and is not materially disadvantageous to the Lenders; provided that, in the case of clause (iv), the Person who receives the assets of any dissolving or liquidated Restricted Subsidiary that is a Guarantor shall be a Loan Party or such disposition shall otherwise be permitted under Section 7.06 or the definition of “Permitted Investments”;

(c) any Restricted Subsidiary may Dispose of all or substantially all of its assets (upon voluntary liquidation or otherwise) to the Borrower or another Restricted Subsidiary;

(d) so long as no Event of Default (or, to the extent relating to a Permitted Acquisition, no Event of Default under Section 8.01(a) or (f)) exists or would result therefrom (in each case, in the case of a Permitted Acquisition which is a Limited Condition Acquisition, such determination to be subject to Section 1.10), the Borrower may merge or consolidate with (or Dispose of all or substantially all of its assets to) any other Person; provided that (i) the Borrower shall be the continuing or surviving corporation or (ii) if the Person formed by or surviving any such merger or consolidation is not the Borrower (or, in connection with a Disposition of all or substantially all of the Borrower’s assets, is the transferee of such assets) (any such Person, a “Successor Borrower”), (A) the Successor Borrower shall be an entity organized or existing under the laws of the United States, any state thereof, the District of Columbia or any territory thereof, (B) the Successor Borrower shall expressly assume all the obligations of the Borrower under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which the Borrower is a party pursuant to supplements hereto or thereto in form reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, (C) immediately after giving pro forma effect to any such transaction and any related financing transaction, as if such transactions had occurred at the beginning of the applicable four-quarter period, (1) the Successor Borrower would be permitted to incur at least $1.00 of Permitted Ratio Debt, or (2) the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio for the Borrower would be greater than the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio for the Borrower immediately prior to such transaction, (D) each Guarantor, unless it is the other party to such merger or consolidation, shall have by a supplement to the Guaranty (or in another form reasonably satisfactory to the

 

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Administrative Agent) confirmed that its Guaranty of the Obligations shall apply to the Successor Borrower’s obligations under this Agreement, (E) each Loan Party, unless it is the other party to such merger or consolidation, shall have by a supplement to the Security Agreement (or in another form reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent) confirmed that its obligations thereunder shall apply to the Successor Borrower’s obligations under this Agreement, (F) if reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent, each mortgagor of a Mortgaged Property, unless it is the other party to such merger or consolidation, shall have by an amendment to or restatement of the applicable Mortgage (or other instrument reasonably satisfactory to the Collateral Agent) confirmed that its obligations thereunder shall apply to the Successor Borrower’s obligations under this Agreement, and (G) the Successor Borrower shall have delivered to the Administrative Agent an officer’s certificate and an opinion of counsel, each stating that such merger or consolidation and such supplement to this Agreement or any Collateral Document comply with this Agreement; provided, further, that if the foregoing are satisfied, the Successor Borrower will succeed to, and be substituted for, the Borrower under this Agreement;

(e) so long as no Event of Default (or, to the extent relating to a Permitted Acquisition, no Event of Default under Section 8.01(a) or (f)) exists or would result therefrom, Holdings may merge or consolidate with (or Dispose of all or substantially all of its assets to) any other Person; provided that (A) a new Holdings shall be the continuing or surviving Person or (B) if (i) the Person formed by or surviving any such merger or consolidation is not a Holdings entity, (ii) a Holdings entity is not the Person into which the applicable previous Holdings has been liquidated or (iii) in connection with a Disposition of all or substantially all of a Holdings entity’s assets, the Person that is the transferee of such assets is not a Holdings entity (any such Person, a “Successor Holdings”), (1) the Successor Holdings shall be an entity organized or existing under the laws of the United States, any state thereof, the District of Columbia or any territory thereof, (2) the Successor Holdings shall expressly assume all the obligations of Holdings under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which Holdings is a party pursuant to a supplement hereto or thereto in form reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and (3) if reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent, the Borrower shall have delivered to the Administrative Agent an officer’s certificate and an opinion of counsel, each stating that such merger or consolidation and such supplement to this Agreement or any Collateral Document comply with this Agreement; provided, further, that if the foregoing are satisfied, the Successor Holdings will succeed to, and be substituted for, the applicable Holdings under this Agreement;

(f) any Restricted Subsidiary may merge or consolidate with (or Dispose of all or substantially all of its assets to) any other Person in order to effect a Permitted Investment or other Investment permitted pursuant to Section 7.06; provided, that, solely in the case of a merger or consolidation involving a Loan Party, no Event of Default (or, to the extent relating to a Permitted Acquisition, no Event of Default under Section 8.01(a) or (f)) exists or would result therefrom; provided, further, that the continuing or surviving Person shall be the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary, which together with each of its Restricted Subsidiaries, shall have complied with the applicable requirements of Section 6.11 and Article XII;

(g) a merger, dissolution, liquidation, consolidation or Disposition, the purpose of which is to effect a Disposition permitted pursuant to Section 7.05 (other than Section 7.05(e)); and

(h) the Loan Parties and the Restricted Subsidiaries may consummate the Transactions.

SECTION 7.05 Dispositions. Make any Disposition (other than as part of or in connection with the Transactions) except:

(a) Dispositions of obsolete, damaged, worn out, used or surplus property, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, in the ordinary course of business and Dispositions of property no longer used or useful in the conduct of the business of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries;

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(c) Dispositions of property to the extent that (i) such property is exchanged for credit against the purchase price of similar replacement property or (ii) the proceeds of such Disposition are promptly applied to the purchase price of such replacement property;

(d) Dispositions of property to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary;

(e) Dispositions constituting Permitted Investments (other than pursuant to clause (d) thereof) or otherwise permitted by Section 7.06, Dispositions permitted by Section 7.04 (other than clause (g) thereof) and Liens permitted by Section 7.01;

(f) Dispositions of property pursuant to Sale and Lease-Back Transactions;

(g) Dispositions of cash, Cash Equivalents and Investment Grade Securities;

(h) leases, subleases, service agreements, product sales, licenses or sublicenses (including agreements involving the provision of software in copy or as a service, and related data and services), in each case in the ordinary course of business and which do not materially interfere with the business of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole;

(i) transfers of property subject to Casualty Events;

(j) Dispositions of property, whether tangible or intangible, for fair market value; provided that (i) at the time of such Disposition (other than any such Disposition made pursuant to a legally binding commitment entered into at a time when no Event of Default exists), no Event of Default shall exist or would result from such Disposition; (ii) with respect to any Disposition pursuant to this clause (j) for a purchase price in excess of $15,000,000, the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary shall receive not less than 75% of such consideration in the form of cash or Cash Equivalents; provided, however, that for the purposes of this clause (ii), all of the following shall be deemed to be cash: (A) any liabilities (as shown on the Borrower’s or such Restricted Subsidiary’s most recent balance sheet or in the footnotes thereto) of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary that are (i) assumed by the transferee with respect to the applicable Disposition or (ii) that are otherwise cancelled or terminated in connection with the transaction with such transferee and, in each case, for which the Borrower and all of the Restricted Subsidiaries (to the extent previously liable thereunder) shall have been validly released by all applicable creditors in writing, (B) any securities, notes or other obligations or assets received by the Borrower or Restricted Subsidiary from such transferee that are converted by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary into cash or Cash Equivalents (to the extent of the cash or Cash Equivalents received) within one hundred and eighty (180) days following the closing of the applicable Disposition, (C) Indebtedness of any Restricted Subsidiary that ceases to be a Restricted Subsidiary as a result of such Disposition (other than intercompany debt owed to the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries), to the extent that the Borrower and all of the Restricted Subsidiaries (to the extent previously liable thereunder) are released from any guarantee of payment of the principal amount of such Indebtedness in connection with such Disposition and (D) any Designated Non-Cash Consideration received in respect of such Disposition having an aggregate fair market value, taken together with all other Designated Non-Cash Consideration received pursuant to this clause (D) that is at that time outstanding, not in excess (as of the date of the receipt of such Designated Non-Cash Consideration) of the greater of $50,000,000 and 2.50% of Total Assets, with the fair market value of each item of Designated Non-Cash Consideration being measured at the time received and without giving effect to subsequent changes in value; and (iii) the Net Cash Proceeds thereof are applied to prepay the Loans to the extent required by Section 2.03(b)(ii);

(k) Dispositions of Investments in joint ventures to the extent required by, or made pursuant to customary buy/sell arrangements between, the joint venture parties set forth in joint venture arrangements and similar binding arrangements;

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(m) any issuance or sale of Equity Interests in, or sale of Indebtedness or other securities of, an Unrestricted Subsidiary;

(n) to the extent allowable under Section 1031 of the Code (or comparable or successor provision), any exchange of like property (excluding any boot thereon permitted by such provision) for use in any business conducted by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries that is not in contravention of Section 7.07;

(o) the unwinding of any Hedging Obligations;

(p) any Disposition of Securitization Assets to a Securitization Subsidiary;

(q) abandon, or cease to maintain or cease to enforce intellectual property rights in each case in the ordinary course of business and where the loss of which does not materially interfere with the business of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole;

(r) the licensing or sub-licensing of intellectual property or other general intangibles in the ordinary course of business;

(s) any surrender or waiver of contract rights or the settlement, release or surrender of contract rights or other litigation claims in the ordinary course of business; and

(t) the issuance of directors’ qualifying shares and shares issued to foreign nationals as required by applicable law.

To the extent any Collateral is Disposed of as expressly permitted by this Section 7.05 to any Person other than a Loan Party, such Collateral shall be sold free and clear of the Liens created by the Loan Documents, and, if requested by the Administrative Agent, upon the certification by the Borrower that such Disposition is permitted by this Agreement, the Administrative Agent shall be authorized to take any actions deemed appropriate in order to effect the foregoing.

SECTION 7.06 Restricted Payments.

(a) Declare or make, directly or indirectly, any Restricted Payment unless, at the time of and immediately after giving effect to such Restricted Payment, such Restricted Payment, together with the aggregate amount of all other Restricted Payments (including the fair market value of any non-cash amount) made by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries after the Closing Date (including Restricted Payments permitted by Sections 7.06(b)(i), (ii) (with respect to the payment of dividends on Refunding Capital Stock pursuant to clause (c) thereof), (vi)(C) and (ix), but excluding all other Restricted Payments permitted by Section 7.06(b) (and for the avoidance of doubt, all other Permitted Investments)), is less than the Available Amount at such time; provided to the extent such Restricted Payment is to be made out of amounts under clause (b) of the definition of “Available Amount,” (x) no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would occur as a consequence thereof and (y) at least $1.00 of Permitted Ratio Debt would be permitted to be incurred.

(b) The provisions of Section 7.06(a) will not prohibit:

(i) the payment of any dividend or other distribution or the consummation of any irrevocable redemption within 60 days after the date of declaration of the dividend or other distribution or giving of the redemption notice, as the case may be, if at the date of declaration or notice, the dividend or other distribution or redemption payment would have complied with the provisions of this Section 7.06;

(ii) (a) the redemption, repurchase, retirement or other acquisition of any Equity Interest, including any accrued and unpaid dividends thereon (“Treasury Capital Stock”), or Subordinated Indebtedness, of any Loan Party or any Equity Interest of any Parent Entity of the Borrower, in exchange for, or out of the proceeds of, the substantially concurrent sale or issuance (other than to a Restricted

 

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Subsidiary) of, Equity Interests of the Borrower or any Parent Entity thereof to the extent contributed to the Borrower (in each case, other than any Disqualified Stock) (“Refunding Capital Stock”), (b) the declaration and payment of dividends on Treasury Capital Stock out of the proceeds of the substantially concurrent sale or issuance (other than to a Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower or to an employee stock ownership plan or any trust established by the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries) of Refunding Capital Stock, and (c) if immediately prior to the retirement of Treasury Capital Stock, the declaration and payment of dividends thereon was permitted under clause (vi) of this Section 7.06(b), the declaration and payment of dividends on the Refunding Capital Stock (other than Refunding Capital Stock the proceeds of which were used to redeem, repurchase, retire or otherwise acquire any Equity Interests of any Parent Entity of the Borrower) in an aggregate amount per year no greater than the aggregate amount of dividends per annum that were declarable and payable on such Treasury Capital Stock immediately prior to such retirement;

(iii) the defeasance, redemption, repurchase, exchange or other acquisition or retirement of (1) Junior Financing of the Borrower or a Subsidiary Guarantor made by exchange for, or out of the proceeds of a sale made within 90 days of, new Indebtedness of the Borrower or a Subsidiary Guarantor or (2) Disqualified Stock made by exchange for, or out of the proceeds of a sale made within 90 days of, Disqualified Stock of the Borrower or a Subsidiary Guarantor that, in each case, is incurred in compliance with Section 7.03;

(iv) a Restricted Payment to pay for the repurchase, retirement or other acquisition or retirement for value of Equity Interests (other than Disqualified Stock) of the Borrower or any Parent Entity thereof held by any future, present or former employee, director, officer, manager or consultant (or their respective Controlled Investment Affiliates or Immediate Family Members) of the Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries or any of its Parent Entities pursuant to any management equity plan or stock option plan or any other management or employee benefit plan or agreement, or any equity subscription or equity holder agreement (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any principal and interest payable on any notes issued by the Borrower or any Parent Entity thereof in connection with such repurchase, retirement or other acquisition), including any Equity Interest rolled over by management of the Borrower or any Parent Entity thereof in connection with the Transactions; provided that the aggregate amount of Restricted Payments made under this Section 7.06(b)(iv) does not exceed $10,000,000 in any fiscal year (which amount shall be increased to $20,000,000 following the consummation of a Qualifying IPO) (with unused amounts in any fiscal year being carried over to the succeeding fiscal years); provided, further, that each of the amounts in any fiscal year under this clause may be increased by an amount not to exceed:

(A) the cash proceeds from the sale of Equity Interests (other than Disqualified Stock) of the Borrower and, to the extent contributed to the Borrower, the cash proceeds from the sale of Equity Interests of any Parent Entity of the Borrower, in each case to any future, present or former employees, directors, officers, managers, or consultants (or their respective Controlled Investment Affiliates or Immediate Family Members) of the Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries or any of its Parent Entities that occurs after the Closing Date, to the extent the cash proceeds from the sale of such Equity Interests are excluded from the calculation of the Available Amount; plus

(B) the cash proceeds of life insurance policies received by the Borrower, the Restricted Subsidiaries or, to the extent such proceeds are contributed to a Loan Party, any Parent Entity of the Borrower, in each case, after the Closing Date; less

(C) the amount of any Restricted Payments previously made with the cash proceeds described in clauses (A) and (B) of this clause (iv);

and provided, further, that cancellation of Indebtedness owing to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary from any future, present or former employees, directors, officers, managers, or consultants (or their respective Controlled Investment Affiliates or Immediate Family Members) of the Borrower, any Parent Entity of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in connection with a repurchase of Equity Interests of the Borrower or any Parent Entities thereof will not be deemed to constitute a Restricted Payment for purposes of this Section 7.06 or any other provision of this Agreement;

 

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(v) the declaration and payment of dividends or distributions to holders of any class or series of Disqualified Stock of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary issued in accordance with Section 7.03 or any class or series of Preferred Stock of any Restricted Subsidiary to the extent such dividends or distributions are included in the definition of “Fixed Charges”;

(vi) (A) the declaration and payment of dividends or distributions to holders of any class or series of Designated Preferred Stock (other than Disqualified Stock) issued by the Borrower after the Closing Date;

(B) the declaration and payment of dividends or distributions to any Parent Entity of the Borrower, the proceeds of which will be used to fund the payment of dividends or distributions to holders of any class or series of Designated Preferred Stock (other than Disqualified Stock) issued by such Parent Entity after the Closing Date, provided that the amount of dividends and distributions paid pursuant to this Section 7.06(b)(vi)(B) shall not exceed the aggregate amount of cash actually contributed to the Borrower from the sale of such Designated Preferred Stock; or

(C) the declaration and payment of dividends on Refunding Capital Stock that is Preferred Stock in excess of the dividends declarable and payable thereon pursuant to Section 7.06(b)(ii);

provided, in the case of each of Sections 7.06(b)(vi)(A), (B) and (C), that for the most recently ended four full fiscal quarters for which internal financial statements are available immediately preceding the date of issuance of such Designated Preferred Stock or the declaration of such dividends on Refunding Capital Stock that is Preferred Stock, after giving effect to such issuance or declaration on a pro forma basis, at least $1.00 of Permitted Ratio Debt would be permitted to be incurred;

(vii) Investments in Unrestricted Subsidiaries taken together with all other Investments made pursuant to this clause (vii) that are at the time outstanding, without giving effect to the sale of an Unrestricted Subsidiary to the extent the proceeds of such sale do not consist of cash or marketable securities, not to exceed the greater of (a) $35,000,000 and (b) 1.50% of Total Assets;

(viii) payments made or expected to be made by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in respect of withholding or similar taxes payable upon exercise of Equity Interests by any future, present or former employee, director, officer, manager or consultant (or their respective Controlled Investment Affiliates or Immediate Family Members) of the Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries or any of its Parent Entities and any repurchases of Equity Interests deemed to occur upon exercise of stock options, warrants or similar rights if such Equity Interests represent a portion of the exercise price of such options, warrants or similar rights or required withholding or similar taxes;

(ix) the declaration and payment of dividends on the Borrower’s common stock (or the payment of dividends to any Parent Entity of the Borrower to fund a payment of dividends on such company’s common stock), following the first public offering of the Borrower’s common stock or the common stock of any Parent Entity of the Borrower after the Closing Date, of up to 6.0% per annum of the net cash proceeds received by or contributed to the Borrower in or from any such public offering, other than public offerings with respect to the Borrower’s common stock registered on Form S-4 or Form S-8 and other than any public sale constituting an Excluded Contribution;

(x) Restricted Payments in an aggregate amount taken together with all other Restricted Payments made pursuant to this clause (x) not to exceed at any one time outstanding (as of the date any such Restricted Payment is made) the sum of (a) the greater of (1) $50,000,000 and (2) 2.50% of Total Assets and (b) an amount equal to the amount of Excluded Contributions previously received by the Borrower;

 

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(xi) distributions or payments of Securitization Fees;

(xii) any Restricted Payment made in connection with the Transactions, the Hercules Transactions and the fees and expenses related thereto or owed to Affiliates, in each case, with respect to any Restricted Payment made to an Affiliate, to the extent permitted by Section 7.08;

(xiii) the declaration and payment of dividends or distributions by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to, or the making of loans or advances to, the Borrower or any Parent Entity thereof in amounts required for any Parent Entity of the Borrower to pay, in each case without duplication,

(A) franchise, excise and similar taxes and other fees and expenses required to maintain their corporate or other legal existence;

(B) (i) for any taxable period in which the Borrower is a member of a consolidated, combined or similar income tax group for U.S. federal and/or applicable foreign, state or local income tax purposes of which a Parent Entity of the Borrower is the common parent (a “Tax Group”), to pay the portion of any U.S. federal, foreign, state and local income taxes of such Tax Group for such taxable period that are attributable to the taxable income of the Borrower and/or its Subsidiaries; provided, that for each taxable period, (A) the amount of such payments made in respect of such taxable period in the aggregate shall not exceed the amount that the Borrower and/or its Subsidiaries, as applicable, would have been required to pay as stand-alone taxpayers or a stand-alone Tax Group and (B) the amount of such payments made in respect of an Unrestricted Subsidiary shall be permitted only to the extent that cash distributions were made by such Unrestricted Subsidiary to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary for such purpose; and (ii) any Tax Distribution;

(C) customary salary, bonus, severance and other benefits payable to, and indemnities provided on behalf of, employees, directors, officers and managers of any Parent Entity of the Borrower, and any payroll, social security or similar taxes thereof, to the extent such salaries, bonuses and other benefits are attributable to the ownership or operation of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, including, if applicable, the Borrower’s proportionate share of such amounts relating to such Parent Entity being a public company;

(D) general corporate operating, administrative, compliance and overhead costs and expenses of any Parent Entity of the Borrower to the extent such costs and expenses are attributable to the ownership or operation of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, including, if applicable, the Borrower’s proportionate share of such amounts relating to such Parent Entity being a public company;

(E) fees and expenses of the Borrower related to any successful or unsuccessful equity or debt offering of such Parent Entity;

(F) amounts payable pursuant to the Management Fee Agreement (including any amendments, modifications or waivers thereto so long as any such amendment is not materially disadvantageous in the good faith judgment of the Borrower, when taken as a whole, as compared to the Management Fee Agreement in effect on the Closing Date), solely to the extent such amounts are not paid directly by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries;

(G) cash payments in lieu of issuing fractional shares in connection with the exercise of warrants, options or other securities convertible into or exchangeable for Equity Interests of the Borrower or any Parent Entity thereof;

(H) interest and/or principal on Indebtedness the proceeds of which have been contributed to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary and that has been guaranteed by, or is otherwise considered Indebtedness of, the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary incurred in accordance with Section 7.03;

 

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(I) to finance Investments that would otherwise be permitted to be made pursuant to this Section 7.06 if made by the Borrower; provided that (A) such Restricted Payment shall be made substantially concurrently with the closing of such Investment, (B) such Parent Entity shall, immediately following the closing thereof, cause (1) all property acquired (whether assets or Equity Interests) to be contributed to the capital of the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary or (2) the merger, consolidation, amalgamation or sale of the Person formed or acquired into the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary (to the extent not prohibited by Section 7.04) in order to consummate such Investment, (C) such Parent Entity and its Affiliates (other than the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary) receives no consideration or other payment in connection with such transaction except to the extent the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary could have given such consideration or made such payment in compliance with this Section 7.06 and (D) any property received by the Borrower shall not increase the Available Amount; and

(J) amounts that would be permitted to be paid by the Borrower under clauses (d), (k), (l) and (m) of Section 7.08; provided that the amount of any dividend or distribution under this clause (xiii)(J) to permit such payment shall reduce Consolidated Net Income of the Borrower to the extent, if any, that such payment would have reduced Consolidated Net Income of the Borrower if such payment had been made directly by the Borrower and increase (or, without duplication of any reduction of Consolidated Net Income, decrease) EBITDA to the extent, if any, that Consolidated Net Income is reduced under this clause (xiii)(J) and such payment would have been added back to (or, to the extent excluded from Consolidated Net Income, would have been deducted from) EBITDA if such payment had been made directly by the Borrower, in each case, in the period such payment is made;

(xiv) the distribution, by dividend or otherwise, or other transfer or disposition of shares of Capital Stock of, or Indebtedness owed to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary by, Unrestricted Subsidiaries (other than Unrestricted Subsidiaries, the primary assets of which are Cash Equivalents);

(xv) other Restricted Payments so long as immediately after giving effect to any Restricted Payment pursuant to this clause (xv), the Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio for the Test Period most recently ended on or prior to the date of any such Restricted Payment would be less than or equal to 4.50 to 1.00;

(xvi) (A) the refinancing of any Junior Financing with the Net Cash Proceeds of, or in exchange for, any Refinancing Indebtedness, (B) the conversion of any Junior Financing to Equity Interests (other than Disqualified Stock) of the Borrower or any Parent Entity thereof, (C) the prepayment of Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary owed to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary or the prepayment of Refinancing Indebtedness with the proceeds of any other Junior Financing otherwise permitted by Section 7.03, (D) prepayments, redemptions, purchases, defeasances and other payments in respect of Junior Financings prior to their scheduled maturity in an aggregate amount, not to exceed (as of the date any such prepayment, redemption, purchase, defeasance or other payment is made) the greater of $25,000,000 and 1.00% of Total Assets, and (E) prepayments, redemptions, purchases, defeasances and other payments in respect of Junior Financings from the Net Cash Proceeds of any Permitted Equity Issuance; and

(xvii) to the extent constituting Restricted Payments, the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries may enter into and consummate transactions permitted by any provision of Section 7.01, 7.03, 7.04 or 7.08 (other than Section 7.08(b)).

provided that at the time of, and after giving effect to, any Restricted Payment permitted under clause (x)(a) of this Section 7.06(b), no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would occur as a consequence thereof.

 

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For the avoidance of doubt, this Section 7.06 shall not restrict the making of any “AHYDO catch-up payment” with respect to, and required by the terms of, any Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary permitted to be incurred under Section 7.03 hereof.

SECTION 7.07 Change in Nature of Business. Engage in any material line of business substantially different from those lines of business conducted by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries on the Closing Date or any business or any other activities that are reasonably similar, ancillary, incidental, complimentary or related to, or a reasonable extension, development or expansion of, the business conducted or proposed to be conducted by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries on the Closing Date.

SECTION 7.08 Transactions with Affiliates. Make any payment to, or sell, lease, transfer or otherwise dispose of any of its properties or assets to, or purchase any property or assets from, or enter into or make or amend any transaction, contract, agreement, understanding, loan, advance or guarantee with, or for the benefit of, any Affiliate of the Borrower (each of the foregoing, an “Affiliate Transaction”) involving aggregate payments or consideration in excess of $20,000,000, unless such Affiliate Transaction is on terms that are not materially less favorable to the Borrower or its relevant Restricted Subsidiary than those that would have been obtained in a comparable transaction by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary with an unrelated Person on an arm’s-length basis; provided that the foregoing restriction shall not apply to:

(a) transactions between or among Holdings, the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary or any entity that becomes a Restricted Subsidiary as a result of such transaction;

(b) Restricted Payments permitted by Section 7.06 (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any Permitted Investments);

(c) the payment of management, consulting, monitoring, advisory and other fees (including any transaction fee) and related expenses (including indemnification and other similar amounts) pursuant to the Management Fee Agreement (plus any unpaid management, consulting, monitoring, advisory and other fees and related expenses (including indemnification and similar amounts) accrued in any prior year) and any one-time payment under the Management Fee Agreement of a termination fee to the Sponsor in the event of either a Change of Control or the completion of a Qualifying IPO, in each case, without giving effect to amendments, modifications, or waivers of the Management Fee Agreement after the Closing Date that are, when taken as a whole, materially adverse to the Lenders compared to the Management Fee Agreement in effect on the Closing Date;

(d) the payment of reasonable and customary fees and compensation paid to, and indemnities and reimbursements and employment and severance arrangements provided on behalf of or for the benefit of, current or former employees, directors, officers, managers, distributors or consultants of the Borrower or any of its Parent Entities or any Restricted Subsidiary;

(e) any agreement as in effect as of the Closing Date and set forth on Schedule 7.08, or any amendment thereto (so long as any such amendment is not disadvantageous in any material respect in the good faith judgment of the Borrower to the Lenders when taken as a whole as compared to the applicable agreement as in effect on the Closing Date);

(f) the existence of, or the performance by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary of its obligations under the terms of, any stockholders agreement (including any registration rights agreement or purchase agreement related thereto) to which it is a party as of the Closing Date and any similar agreements which it may enter into thereafter; provided that the existence of, or the performance by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary of obligations under any future amendment to any such existing agreement or under any similar agreement entered into after the Closing Date shall only be permitted by this clause (f) to the extent that the terms of any such amendment or new agreement are not disadvantageous in any material respect in the good faith judgment of the Borrower to the Lenders when taken as a whole;

 

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(g) the Transactions and the Hercules Transactions and the payment of all fees and expenses related to the Transactions and the Hercules Transactions, including Transaction Expenses;

(h) transactions with customers, clients, suppliers, contractors, joint venture partners or purchasers or sellers of goods or services that are Affiliates, in each case in the ordinary course of business and which are fair to the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, in the reasonable determination of the Borrower, or are on terms at least as favorable as might reasonably have been obtained at such time from an unaffiliated party;

(i) the issuance of Equity Interests (other than Disqualified Stock) of the Borrower to any Parent Entity or to any Permitted Holder or to any employee, director, officer, manager, distributor or consultant (or their respective Controlled Investment Affiliates or Immediate Family Members) of the Borrower, any Parent Entity thereof or any Restricted Subsidiary;

(j) sales of accounts receivable, or participations therein, or Securitization Assets or related assets in connection with or any Qualified Securitization Facility;

(k) payments by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to the Sponsor made for any (x) financial advisory, financing, underwriting or placement services or in respect of other investment banking activities, including, without limitation, in connection with acquisitions or divestitures which payments are approved by a majority of the board of directors of the Borrower in good faith, (y) consulting services relating to product management, working capital management or operational improvements and (z) procurement, sourcing and back-office services;

(l) payments and Indebtedness (and cancellation of any thereof) of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries and Preferred Stock (and cancellation of any thereof) of any Restricted Subsidiary to any future, current or former employee, director, officer, manager or consultant (or their respective Controlled Investment Affiliates or Immediate Family Members) of the Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries or any of its Parent Entities pursuant to any management equity plan or stock option plan or any other management or employee benefit plan or agreement or any stock subscription or shareholder agreement; and any employment agreements, stock option plans and other compensatory arrangements (and any successor plans thereto) and any supplemental executive retirement benefit plans or arrangements with any such employees, directors, officers, managers or consultants (or their respective Controlled Investment Affiliates or Immediate Family Members) that are, in each case, approved by the Borrower in good faith;

(m) investments by any Permitted Holder in securities of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary (and payment of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by any such Permitted Holder in connection therewith) so long as (a) the investment is being offered generally to other investors on the same or more favorable terms and (b) the investment constitutes less than 5.0% of the proposed or outstanding issue amount of such class of securities;

(n) payments to or from, and transactions with, any joint venture in the ordinary course of business (including, without limitation, any cash management activities related thereto);

(o) payments by the Borrower (and any Parent Entity thereof) and its Subsidiaries pursuant to tax sharing agreements among Holdings (and any Parent Entity) and its Subsidiaries; provided that in each case the amount of such payments in any fiscal year does not exceed the amount described in Section 7.06(b)(xiii)(B);

(p) any lease entered into between the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, as lessee and any Affiliate of the Borrower, as lessor, which is approved by a majority of the disinterested members of the board of directors of the Borrower in good faith; and

(q) intellectual property licenses and sublicenses, product sales, and service agreements in the ordinary course of business.

 

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SECTION 7.09 Burdensome Agreements.

Enter into or permit to exist any Contractual Obligation (other than this Agreement or any other Loan Document) that prohibits, restricts, imposes any condition on or limits the ability of (a) any Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party to make Restricted Payments to (directly or indirectly) or to make or repay loans or advances to any Loan Party or to Guarantee the Obligations of any Loan Party under the Loan Documents or (b) any Loan Party to create, incur, assume or suffer to exist Liens on property of such Person for the benefit of the Lenders with respect to the Obligations under the Loan Documents; provided that the foregoing clauses (a) and (b) shall not apply to Contractual Obligations that:

(i) (x) exist on the Closing Date and (to the extent not otherwise permitted by this Section 7.09) are listed on Schedule 7.09 and (y) to the extent Contractual Obligations permitted by clause (x) are set forth in an agreement evidencing Indebtedness, are set forth in any agreement evidencing any permitted modification, replacement, renewal, extension or refinancing of such Indebtedness so long as such modification, replacement, renewal, extension or refinancing does not expand the scope of the restrictions described in the foregoing clauses (a) and (b) in such Contractual Obligation,

(ii) are binding on a Restricted Subsidiary at the time such Restricted Subsidiary first becomes a Restricted Subsidiary, so long as such Contractual Obligations were not entered into solely in contemplation of such Person becoming a Restricted Subsidiary,

(iii) represent Indebtedness of a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party that is permitted by Section 7.03,

(iv) are restrictions that arise in connection with (including Indebtedness and other agreements entered into in connection therewith) (x) any Lien permitted by Section 7.01 and relate to the property subject to such Lien or (y) any Disposition permitted by Section 7.05 applicable pending such Disposition solely to the assets subject to such Disposition,

(v) are customary provisions in joint venture agreements and other similar agreements applicable to joint ventures permitted under Section 7.06 or, for the avoidance of doubt, constituting Permitted Investments, and applicable solely to such joint venture,

(vi) are negative pledges and restrictions on Liens in favor of any holder of Indebtedness permitted under Section 7.03 but solely to the extent any negative pledge relates to the property financed by or the subject of such Indebtedness and the proceeds and products thereof and, in the case of the ABL Credit Agreement, Senior Notes, Senior Subordinated Notes and Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness, permit the Liens securing the Obligations without restriction (subject to the Intercreditor Agreements),

(vii) are customary restrictions on leases, subleases, service agreements, product sales, licenses or asset sale agreements otherwise permitted hereby so long as such restrictions relate to the assets subject thereto,

(viii) are customary provisions restricting subletting or assignment of any lease governing a leasehold interest of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary,

(ix) are customary provisions restricting assignment of any agreement entered into in the ordinary course of business,

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(xi) are customary restrictions contained in the ABL Credit Documents, Senior Notes Documents, Senior Subordinated Notes Documents, any Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt and any Refinancing Indebtedness of any of the foregoing (to the extent such restrictions do not prohibit the Liens securing the Obligations),

(xii) arise in connection with cash or other deposits permitted under Section 7.01 or the definition of “Permitted Investments,”

(xiii) comprise restrictions imposed by any agreement governing Indebtedness entered into after the Closing Date and permitted under Section 7.03 that are, taken as a whole, in the good faith judgment of the Borrower, no more restrictive with respect to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary than customary market terms for Indebtedness of such type (and, in any event, are no more restrictive than the restrictions contained in this Agreement), so long as the Borrower shall have determined in good faith that such restrictions will not affect their obligation or ability to make any payments required hereunder,

(xiv) arise in connection with purchase money obligations for property acquired in the ordinary course of business or Capitalized Lease Obligations;

(xv) are imposed by applicable Law;

(xvi) arise in connection with any agreement or other instrument of a Person acquired by or merged or consolidated with or into the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries in existence at the time of such acquisition or at the time it merges with or into the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries or assumed in connection with the acquisition of assets from such Person (but, in any such case, not created in contemplation thereof), which encumbrance or restriction is not applicable to any Person, or the properties or assets of any Person, other than the Person so acquired and its Subsidiaries, or the property or assets of the Person so acquired and its Subsidiaries or the property or assets so acquired;

(xvii) arise in connection with contracts for the sale of assets, including customary restrictions with respect to a Subsidiary of the Borrower pursuant to an agreement that has been entered into for the sale or disposition of all or substantially all of the Capital Stock or assets of such Subsidiary;

(xviii) arise in connection with other Indebtedness permitted to be incurred subsequent to the Closing Date pursuant to the provisions of Section 7.03 hereof;

(xix) are restrictions created in connection with any Qualified Securitization Facility that, in the good faith determination of the Borrower are necessary or advisable to effect such Qualified Securitization Facility;

(xx) are restrictions or conditions contained in any trading, netting, operating, construction, service, supply, purchase, sale or other agreement to which the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries is a party entered into in the ordinary course of business; provided that such agreement prohibits the encumbrance of solely the property or assets of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary that are the subject to such agreement, the payment rights arising thereunder or the proceeds thereof and does not extend to any other asset or property of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary or the assets or property of another Restricted Subsidiary;

(xxi) are any encumbrances or restrictions of the type referred to in clauses (a) and (b) above imposed by any amendments, modifications, restatements, renewals, increases, supplements, refundings, replacements or refinancings of the contracts, instruments or obligations referred to in clauses (i) through (xx) of this Section 7.09; provided that such amendments, modifications, restatements, renewals, increases, supplements, refundings, replacements or

 

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refinancings are, in the good faith judgment of the Borrower, no more restrictive in any material respect with respect to such encumbrance and other restrictions taken as a whole than those prior to such amendment, modification, restatement, renewal, increase, supplement, refunding, replacement or refinancing.

SECTION 7.10 Accounting Changes. Make any change in fiscal year; provided, however, that the Borrower may, upon written notice from the Borrower to the Administrative Agent, change their fiscal year to any other fiscal year reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, in which case, the Borrower and the Administrative Agent will, and are hereby authorized by the Lenders to, make any adjustments to this Agreement that are necessary to reflect such change in fiscal year.

SECTION 7.11 Modification of Terms of Junior Financing.

Amend, modify or change in any manner materially adverse to the interests of the Lenders, as determined in good faith by the Borrower, any term or condition of any Junior Financing Documentation in respect of any Junior Financing having an aggregate outstanding principal amount greater than the Threshold Amount (other than as a result of any Refinancing Indebtedness in respect thereof) without the consent of the Administrative Agent (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed); provided, however, that no amendment, modification or change of any term or condition of any Junior Financing Documentation permitted by any Intercreditor Agreement in respect thereof shall be deemed to be materially adverse to the interests of the Lenders.

SECTION 7.12 Limitation on Guarantees of Indebtedness by Restricted Subsidiaries. The Borrower shall not permit any of its wholly-owned Subsidiaries that are Restricted Subsidiaries (and non-wholly-owned Subsidiaries if such non-wholly-owned Subsidiaries guarantee capital markets debt securities of the Borrower or any Subsidiary Guarantor), other than a Subsidiary Guarantor, a Foreign Subsidiary (except any Foreign Subsidiary that guarantees any Indebtedness of the Borrower under the ABL Facility or capital markets debt securities of the Borrower or any Subsidiary Guarantor) or a Securitization Subsidiary, to guarantee the payment of any Indebtedness of the Borrower or any other Guarantor unless:

(i) such Restricted Subsidiary, within 30 days after the guarantee of such Indebtedness, executes and delivers a Guarantor Joinder Agreement, providing for a Guaranty by such Restricted Subsidiary, except that with respect to a guarantee of Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Subsidiary Guarantor, if such Indebtedness is by its express terms subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations or such Subsidiary Guarantor’s Guaranty, any such guarantee by such Restricted Subsidiary with respect to such Indebtedness shall be subordinated in right of payment to such Guaranty substantially to the same extent as such Indebtedness is subordinated to the Obligations; and

(ii) such Restricted Subsidiary waives and shall not in any manner whatsoever claim or take the benefit or advantage of, any rights of reimbursement, indemnity or subrogation or any other rights against the Borrower or any other Restricted Subsidiary as a result of any payment by such Restricted Subsidiary under its Guaranty;

provided that this Section 7.12 shall not be applicable to (i) any guarantee of any Restricted Subsidiary that existed at the time such Person became a Restricted Subsidiary and was not incurred in connection with, or in contemplation of, such Person becoming a Restricted Subsidiary and (ii) guarantees of any Qualified Securitization Facility by any Restricted Subsidiary. The Borrower may elect, in its sole discretion, to cause any Subsidiary that is not otherwise required to be a Guarantor to become a Guarantor, in which case such Subsidiary shall not be required to comply with the 30 day period described in clause (i) above.

SECTION 7.13 Impairment of Security Interests. Subject to the rights of the holders of Permitted Liens, neither the Borrower nor any of the Guarantors shall take any action, or knowingly or negligently omit to take any action, which action or omission might or would or could be reasonably expected to have the result of materially impairing the security interest with respect to the Collateral for the benefit of the Collateral Agent and the Lenders in contravention of the provisions of this Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Collateral Agent and the Lenders acknowledge and agree that any release of the Liens pursuant to this Agreement and the Collateral Documents shall not be deemed to impair the security under this Agreement and that any Person may rely on such provision in delivering a certificate requesting release so long as all other provisions of this Agreement with respect to such release have been complied with.

 

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ARTICLE VIII

Events of Default and Remedies

SECTION 8.01 Events of Default. Each of the events referred to in clauses (a) through (k) of this Section 8.01 shall constitute an “Event of Default”:

(a) Non-Payment. The Borrower fails to pay (i) when and as required to be paid herein, any amount of principal of any Loan, or (ii) within five (5) Business Days after the same becomes due, any interest on any Loan or any other amount payable hereunder or with respect to any other Loan Document; or

(b) Specific Covenants. The Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary fails to perform or observe any term, covenant or agreement contained in any of Section 6.03(a) or 6.05(a) (solely with respect to the Borrower) or Article VII; or

(c) Other Defaults. Any Loan Party fails to perform or observe any other covenant or agreement (not specified in Section 8.01(a) or (b) above) contained in any Loan Document on its part to be performed or observed and such failure continues for thirty (30) days after receipt by the Borrower of written notice thereof from the Administrative Agent; or

(d) Representations and Warranties. Any representation, warranty, certification or statement of fact made or deemed made by any Loan Party herein, in any other Loan Document, or in any document required to be delivered in connection herewith or therewith shall be untrue in any material respect when made or deemed made; or

(e) Cross-Default. Any Loan Party or any Restricted Subsidiary (A) fails to make any payment beyond the applicable grace period, if any, whether by scheduled maturity, required prepayment, acceleration, demand, or otherwise, in respect of any Indebtedness (other than Indebtedness hereunder) having an aggregate outstanding principal amount (individually or in the aggregate with all other Indebtedness as to which such a failure shall exist) of not less than the Threshold Amount, or (B) fails to observe or perform any other agreement or condition relating to any such Indebtedness, or any other event occurs (other than, with respect to Indebtedness consisting of Hedging Obligations, termination events or equivalent events pursuant to the terms of such Hedging Obligations and not as a result of any default thereunder by any Loan Party), the effect of which default or other event is to cause, or to permit the holder or holders of such Indebtedness (or a trustee or agent on behalf of such holder or holders or beneficiary or beneficiaries) to cause, with the giving of notice if required, such Indebtedness to become due or to be repurchased, prepaid, defeased or redeemed (automatically or otherwise), or an offer to repurchase, prepay, defease or redeem such Indebtedness to be made, prior to its stated maturity; provided that such failure is unremedied and is not waived by the holders of such Indebtedness prior to any termination of the Commitments or acceleration of the Loans pursuant to Section 8.02; provided, further, that this clause (e)(B) shall not apply to (x) secured Indebtedness that becomes due as a result of the voluntary sale or transfer of the property or assets securing such Indebtedness, if such sale or transfer is permitted hereunder and under the documents providing for such Indebtedness and (y) any Indebtedness permitted to exist or be incurred under the terms of this Agreement that is required to be repurchased, prepaid, defeased or redeemed (or as to which an offer to repurchase, prepay, defease or redeem is required to be made) in connection with any asset sale event, casualty or condemnation event, change of control (without limiting the rights of the Agents and the Lenders under Section 8.02 below), excess cash flow or other customary provision in such Indebtedness giving rise to such requirement to offer or prepay in the absence of any default thereunder; provided, further, that such failure is unremedied and is not waived by the holders of such Indebtedness; or

 

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(f) Insolvency Proceedings, Etc. The Borrower, Holdings or Restricted Subsidiary that is a Material Subsidiary institutes or consents to the institution of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, or makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors; or applies for or consents to the appointment of any receiver, trustee, custodian, conservator, liquidator, rehabilitator, administrator, administrative receiver or similar officer for it or for all or any material part of its property; or any receiver, trustee, custodian, conservator, liquidator, rehabilitator, administrator, administrative receiver or similar officer is appointed without the application or consent of such Person and the appointment continues undischarged or unstayed for sixty (60) calendar days; or any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law relating to any such Person or to all or any material part of its property is instituted without the consent of such Person and continues undismissed or unstayed for sixty (60) calendar days, or an order for relief is entered in any such proceeding; or

(g) Judgments. There is entered against any Loan Party or any Material Subsidiary (or any group of Restricted Subsidiaries that together would constitute a Material Subsidiary) a final judgment and order for the payment of money in an aggregate amount exceeding the Threshold Amount (to the extent not covered by independent third-party insurance as to which the insurer has been notified of such judgment or order and has not denied coverage thereof) and such judgment or order shall not have been satisfied, vacated, discharged or stayed or bonded pending an appeal for a period of sixty (60) consecutive days; or

(h) ERISA. (i) An ERISA Event occurs with respect to a Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan which has resulted or would reasonably be expected to result in liability of any Loan Party or their respective ERISA Affiliates in an aggregate amount which would reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, (ii) any Loan Party or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates fails to pay when due, after the expiration of any applicable grace period, any installment payment with respect to its Withdrawal Liability under Section 4201 of ERISA under a Multiemployer Plan in an aggregate amount which would reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, (iii) any Loan Party or an ERISA Affiliate is notified in writing by the sponsor of a Multiemployer Plan that such Multiemployer Plan is or is expected to be, in reorganization (within the meaning of Section 4242 of ERISA), insolvent (within the meaning of Section 4245 of ERISA) or in “endangered” or critical status (within the meaning of Section 432 of the Code or Section 305 of ERISA) except as would not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect or (iv) with respect to a Foreign Plan a termination, withdrawal or noncompliance with applicable Law or plan terms that would reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect; or

(i) Invalidity of Loan Documents. Any material provision of any Loan Document, at any time after its execution and delivery and for any reason other than as expressly permitted hereunder or thereunder (including as a result of a transaction permitted under Section 7.04 or 7.05 or as a result of acts or omissions by an Agent or any Lender hereunder) or prior to the satisfaction in full of all the Obligations (other than any contingent obligations not then due), ceases to be in full force and effect; or any Loan Party contests in writing the validity or enforceability of any provision of any Loan Document; or any Loan Party denies in writing that it has any or further liability or obligation under any Loan Document (other than as a result of repayment in full of the Obligations (other than any contingent obligations not then due)), or purports in writing to revoke or rescind any Loan Document; or

(j) Collateral Documents. (i) Any Collateral Document after delivery thereof pursuant to Section 4.01, 6.11, 6.13 or Article XII shall for any reason (other than pursuant to the terms hereof or thereof including as a result of a transaction not prohibited under this Agreement) cease to create, or any Lien purported to be created by any Collateral Document shall be asserted in writing by any Loan Party not to be, a valid and perfected lien with the priority required by the Collateral Document (or other security purported to be created on the applicable Collateral) on and security interest in any material portion of the Collateral purported to be covered thereby, subject to Liens permitted under Section 7.01, except to the extent that any such perfection or priority is not required pursuant to Section 6.11 or 6.13 or Article XII or results from the failure of the Collateral Agent or the trustee under the Senior Notes Indenture to maintain possession of Collateral actually delivered to it and pledged under the Collateral Documents or to file Uniform Commercial Code amendments relating to a Loan Party’s change of name or jurisdiction of formation (solely to the extent that the Borrower provides the Collateral Agent written notice thereof in

 

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accordance with the Loan Documents, and the Collateral Agent and the Borrower have agreed that the Collateral Agent will be responsible for filing such amendments) and continuation statements and except as to Collateral consisting of real property to the extent that such losses are covered by a lender’s title insurance policy and such insurer has not denied coverage, or (ii) any of the Equity Interests of the Borrower ceasing to be pledged pursuant to the Security Agreement free of Liens other than Liens subject to the Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement, the Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement, any other Customary Intercreditor Agreement or any nonconsensual Liens arising solely by operation of Law; or

(k) Change of Control. There occurs any Change of Control.

SECTION 8.02 Remedies upon Event of Default. If any Event of Default occurs and is continuing, the Administrative Agent may with the consent of the Required Lenders and shall, at the request of the Required Lenders, take any or all of the following actions:

(a) declare the unpaid principal amount of all outstanding Loans, all interest accrued and unpaid thereon, and all other amounts owing or payable hereunder or under any other Loan Document to be immediately due and payable, without presentment, demand, protest or other notice of any kind, all of which are hereby expressly waived by the Borrower; and

(b) exercise on behalf of itself and the Lenders all rights and remedies available to it and the Lenders under the Loan Documents or applicable Law;

provided that upon the occurrence of an actual or deemed entry of an order for relief with respect to the Borrower under Title 11 of the United States Code entitled “Bankruptcy,” as now or hereafter in effect, or any successor thereto (the “Bankruptcy Code”), the Commitments of each Lender shall automatically terminate and the unpaid principal amount of all outstanding Loans and all interest and other amounts as aforesaid shall automatically become due and payable, in each case without further act of the Administrative Agent or any Lender.

SECTION 8.03 Application of Funds. After the exercise of remedies provided for in Section 8.02 (or after the Loans have automatically become immediately due and payable as set forth in the proviso to Section 8.02), subject to the Intercreditor Agreements any amounts received on account of the Obligations shall be applied by the Administrative Agent in the following order:

First, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting fees, indemnities, expenses and other amounts (other than principal and interest, but including Attorney Costs payable under Section 10.04 and amounts payable under Article III) payable to the Administrative Agent in its capacity as such;

Second, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting fees, indemnities and other amounts (other than principal and interest, but including Attorney Costs payable under Section 10.04 and amounts payable under Article III) payable to the Lenders, ratably among them in proportion to the amounts described in this clause Second payable to them;

Third, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting accrued and unpaid interest on the Loans, ratably among the Lenders in proportion to the respective amounts described in this clause Third payable to them;

Fourth, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting unpaid principal of the Loans, ratably among the Secured Parties in proportion to the respective amounts described in this clause Fourth held by them;

Fifth, to the payment of all other Obligations of the Loan Parties that are due and payable to the Administrative Agent and the other Secured Parties on such date, ratably based upon the respective aggregate amounts of all such Obligations owing to the Administrative Agent and the other Secured Parties on such date; and

Last, the balance, if any, after all of the Obligations have been paid in full, to the Borrower or as otherwise required by Law.

 

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ARTICLE IX

Administrative Agent and Other Agents

SECTION 9.01 Appointment and Authorization of the Administrative Agent. Each Lender hereby irrevocably appoints Bank of America, N.A., to act on its behalf as the Administrative Agent hereunder and under the other Loan Documents and authorizes the Administrative Agent to take such actions on its behalf and to exercise such powers as are delegated to the Administrative Agent by the terms hereof or thereof, together with such actions and powers as are reasonably incidental thereto. The provisions of this Article IX (other than Sections 9.09, 9.10, 9.11, 9.12 and 9.16) are solely for the benefit of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, and the Borrower shall not have rights as a third party beneficiary of any such provision.

SECTION 9.02 Rights as a Lender. Any Person serving as an Agent (including as Administrative Agent) hereunder shall have the same rights and powers in its capacity as a Lender as any other Lender and may exercise the same as though it were not an Agent and the term “Lender” or “Lenders” shall, unless otherwise expressly indicated or unless the context otherwise requires, include each Person serving as an Agent hereunder in its individual capacity. Such Person and its Affiliates may accept deposits from, lend money to, act as the financial advisor or in any other advisory capacity for and generally engage in any kind of business with the Borrower or any Subsidiary or other Affiliate thereof as if such Person were not an Agent hereunder and without any duty to account therefor to the Lenders. The Lenders acknowledge that, pursuant to such activities, any Agent or its Affiliates may receive information regarding any Loan Party or any of its Affiliates (including information that may be subject to confidentiality obligations in favor of such Loan Party or such Affiliate) and acknowledge that no Agent shall be under any obligation to provide such information to them.

SECTION 9.03 Exculpatory Provisions. The Administrative Agent and the Arranger shall not have any duties or obligations except those expressly set forth in this Agreement and in the other Loan Documents, and such duties hereunder shall be administrative in nature. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, an Agent (including the Administrative Agent) and an Arranger:

(a) shall not be subject to any fiduciary or other implied duties, regardless of whether a Default has occurred and is continuing and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the use of the term “agent” herein and in the other Loan Documents with reference to any Agent or Arranger is not intended to connote any fiduciary or other implied (or express) obligations arising under agency doctrine of any applicable Law and instead, such term is used merely as a matter of market custom, and is intended to create or reflect only an administrative relationship between independent contracting parties;

(b) shall not have any duty to take any discretionary action or exercise any discretionary powers, except discretionary rights and powers expressly contemplated hereby or by the other Loan Documents that such Agent or Arranger is required to exercise as directed in writing by the Required Lenders (or such other number or percentage of the Lenders as shall be expressly provided for herein or in the other Loan Documents), provided that no Agent shall be required to take any action that, in its opinion or the opinion of its counsel, may expose such Agent or Arranger to liability or that is contrary to any Loan Document or applicable law, including for the avoidance of doubt any action that may be in violation of the automatic stay under any Debtor Relief Law; and

(c) shall not, except as expressly set forth herein and in the other Loan Documents, have any duty to disclose, and shall not be liable for the failure to disclose, any information relating to the Borrower or any of their Affiliates that is communicated to or obtained by any Person serving as an Agent, Arranger or any of their Affiliates in any capacity.

Neither the Administrative Agent nor any of its Related Persons shall be liable for any action taken or not taken by it (i) with the consent or at the request of the Required Lenders (or such other number or percentage of the Lenders as shall be necessary, or as the Administrative Agent shall believe in good faith shall be

 

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necessary, under the circumstances as provided in Sections 10.01 and 8.02) or (ii) in the absence of its own gross negligence or willful misconduct as determined by the final and non-appealable judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction, in connection with its duties expressly set forth herein. The Administrative Agent shall be deemed not to have knowledge of any Default unless and until notice describing such Default is given to the Administrative Agent by the Borrower or a Lender.

No Agent-Related Person shall be responsible for or have any duty to ascertain or inquire into (i) any recital, statement, warranty or representation made in or in connection with this Agreement or any other Loan Document, (ii) the contents of any certificate, report or other document delivered hereunder or thereunder or in connection herewith or therewith, (iii) the performance or observance of any of the covenants, agreements or other terms or conditions set forth herein or therein or the occurrence of any Default, (iv) the validity, enforceability, effectiveness or genuineness of this Agreement, any other Loan Document or any other agreement, instrument or document, or the creation, perfection or priority of any Lien purported to be created by the Collateral Documents, (v) the value or the sufficiency of any Collateral, or (vi) the satisfaction of any condition set forth in Article IV or elsewhere herein, other than to confirm receipt of items expressly required to be delivered to the Administrative Agent, or to inspect the properties, books or records of any Loan Party or any Affiliate thereof. The duties of the Administrative Agent shall be mechanical and administrative in nature; the Administrative Agent shall not have by reason of this Agreement or any other Loan Document a fiduciary relationship in respect of any Lender or the holder of any Term Note; and nothing in this Agreement or in any other Loan Document, expressed or implied, is intended to or shall be so construed as to impose upon the Administrative Agent any obligations in respect of this Agreement or any other Loan Document except as expressly set forth herein or therein.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement or any provision of any other Loan Document, each Arranger is named as such for recognition purposes only, and in its capacity as such shall have no powers, duties, responsibilities or liabilities with respect to this Agreement or the other Loan Documents or the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby; it being understood and agreed that each Arranger shall be entitled to all indemnification and reimbursement rights in favor of the Administrative Agent as, and to the extent, provided for under Section 10.05. Without limitation of the foregoing, each Arranger shall not, solely by reason of this Agreement or any other Loan Documents, have any fiduciary relationship in respect of any Lender or any other Person.

SECTION 9.04 Lack of Reliance on the Administrative Agent. Independently and without reliance upon the Administrative Agent, each Lender and the holder of each Term Note, to the extent it deems appropriate, has made and shall continue to make (i) its own independent investigation of the financial condition and affairs of Holdings, the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries in connection with the making and the continuance of the Loans and the taking or not taking of any action in connection herewith and (ii) its own appraisal of the creditworthiness of Holdings, the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries and, except as expressly provided in this Agreement, the Administrative Agent shall not have any duty or responsibility, either initially or on a continuing basis, to provide any Lender or the holder of any Term Note with any credit or other information with respect thereto, whether coming into its possession before the making of the Loans or at any time or times thereafter. The Administrative Agent shall not be responsible to any Lender or the holder of any Term Note for any recitals, statements, information, representations or warranties herein or in any document, certificate or other writing delivered in connection herewith or for the execution, effectiveness, genuineness, validity, enforceability, perfection, collectability, priority or sufficiency of this Agreement or any other Loan Document or the financial condition of Holdings, the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries or be required to make any inquiry concerning either the performance or observance of any of the terms, provisions or conditions of this Agreement or any other Loan Document, or the financial condition of Holdings, the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries or the existence or possible existence of any Default or Event of Default.

SECTION 9.05 Certain Rights of the Administrative Agent. If the Administrative Agent requests instructions from the Required Lenders with respect to any act or action (including failure to act) in connection with this Agreement or any other Loan Document, the Administrative Agent shall be entitled to refrain from such act or taking such action unless and until the Administrative Agent shall have received instructions from the Required Lenders; and the Administrative Agent shall not incur liability to any Lender by reason of so refraining. Without limiting the foregoing, neither any Lender nor the holder of any Term Note shall have any right of action whatsoever against the Administrative Agent as a result of the Administrative Agent acting or refraining from acting hereunder or under any other Loan Document in accordance with the instructions of the Required Lenders.

 

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SECTION 9.06 Reliance by the Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent shall be entitled to rely upon, and shall not incur any liability for relying upon, any notice, request, certificate, consent, statement, instrument, document or other writing (including any electronic message, Internet or intranet website posting or other distribution) believed by it to be genuine and to have been signed, sent or otherwise authenticated by the proper Person. The Administrative Agent also may rely upon any statement made to it orally or by telephone and believed by it to have been made by the proper Person, and shall not incur any liability for relying thereon. With respect to all legal matters pertaining to this Agreement and any other Loan Document and its duties hereunder and thereunder, upon advice of counsel selected by the Administrative Agent. In determining compliance with any condition hereunder to the making of a Loan, that by its terms must be fulfilled to the satisfaction of a Lender, the Administrative Agent may presume that such condition is satisfactory to such Lender unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice to the contrary from such Lender prior to the making of such Loan. The Administrative Agent may consult with legal counsel (who may be counsel for the Borrower), independent accountants and other experts selected by it, and shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken by it in accordance with the advice of any such counsel, accountants or experts.

SECTION 9.07 Delegation of Duties. The Administrative Agent may perform any and all of its duties and exercise its rights and powers hereunder or under any other Loan Documents by or through any one or more sub agents appointed by the Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent and any such sub agent may perform any and all of its duties and exercise its rights and powers by or through their respective Agent-Related Persons. The exculpatory provisions of this Article IX shall apply to any such sub agent and to the Agent-Related Persons of the Administrative Agent and any such sub agent, and shall apply to their respective activities in connection with the syndication of the credit facilities provided for herein as well as activities as Administrative Agent.

SECTION 9.08 Indemnification. Whether or not the transactions contemplated hereby are consummated, to the extent the Administrative Agent or any other Agent-Related Person (solely to the extent any such Agent-Related Person was performing services on behalf of the Administrative Agent) is not reimbursed and indemnified by the Borrower, the Lenders will reimburse and indemnify the Administrative Agent or any other Agent-Related Person (solely to the extent any such Agent-Related Person was performing services on behalf of the Administrative Agent) in proportion to their respective “percentage” as used in determining the Required Lenders from and against any and all liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, claims, actions, judgments, costs, expenses or disbursements of whatsoever kind or nature which may be imposed on, asserted against or incurred by the Administrative Agent or any other Agent-Related Person (solely to the extent any such Agent-Related Person was performing services on behalf of the Administrative Agent) in performing its duties hereunder or under any other Loan Document or in any way relating to or arising out of this Agreement or any other Loan Document; provided that no Lender shall be liable for any portion of such liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, claims, actions, judgments, suits, costs, expenses or disbursements resulting from the Administrative Agent’s or any other Agent-Related Person’s gross negligence or willful misconduct (as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in a final and non-appealable decision). In the case of any investigation, litigation or proceeding giving rise to any Indemnified Liabilities, this Section 9.08 applies whether any such investigation, litigation or proceeding is brought by any Lender or any other Person. Without limitation of the foregoing, each Lender shall reimburse the Administrative Agent upon demand for its ratable share of any costs or out-of-pocket expenses (including Attorney Costs) incurred by the Administrative Agent in connection with the preparation, execution, delivery, administration, modification, amendment or enforcement (whether through negotiations, legal proceedings or otherwise) of, or legal advice in respect of rights or responsibilities under, this Agreement, any other Loan Document, or any document contemplated by or referred to herein, to the extent that the Administrative Agent is not reimbursed for such expenses by or on behalf of the Borrower, provided that such reimbursement by the Lenders shall not affect the Borrower’s continuing reimbursement obligations with respect thereto, provided, further, that the failure of any Lender to indemnify or reimburse the Administrative Agent shall not relieve any other Lender of its obligation in respect thereof. The undertaking in this Section 9.08 shall survive termination of the Aggregate Commitments, the payment of all other Obligations and the resignation of the Administrative Agent.

 

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SECTION 9.09 The Administrative Agent in Its Individual Capacity. With respect to its obligation to make Loans under this Agreement, the Administrative Agent shall have the rights and powers specified herein for a “Lender” and may exercise the same rights and powers as though it were not performing the duties specified herein; and the term “Lender,” “Required Lenders” or any similar terms shall, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, include the Administrative Agent in its respective individual capacities. The Administrative Agent and its affiliates may accept deposits from, lend money to, and generally engage in any kind of banking, investment banking, trust or other business with, or provide debt financing, equity capital or other services (including financial advisory services) to any Loan Party or any Affiliate of any Loan Party (or any Person engaged in a similar business with any Loan Party or any Affiliate thereof) as if they were not performing the duties specified herein, and may accept fees and other consideration from any Loan Party or any Affiliate of any Loan Party for services in connection with this Agreement and otherwise without having to account for the same to the Lenders. The Lenders acknowledge that, pursuant to such activities, any Agent or its Affiliates may receive information regarding any Loan Party or any of its Affiliates (including information that may be subject to confidentiality obligations in favor of such Loan Party or such Affiliate) and acknowledge that no Agent shall be under any obligation to provide such information to them.

SECTION 9.10 Holders. The Administrative Agent may deem and treat the payee of any Term Note as the owner thereof for all purposes hereof unless and until a written notice of the assignment, transfer or endorsement thereof, as the case may be, shall have been filed with the Administrative Agent. Any request, authority or consent of any Person who, at the time of making such request or giving such authority or consent, is the holder of any Term Note shall be conclusive and binding on any subsequent holder, transferee, assignee or endorsee, as the case may be, of such Term Note or of any Term Note or Term Notes issued in exchange therefor.

SECTION 9.11 Resignation by the Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent may resign from the performance of all its respective functions and duties hereunder and/or under the other Loan Documents at any time by giving 30 Business Days prior written notice to the Lenders and the Borrower. If the Administrative Agent is in material breach of its obligations hereunder as Administrative Agent, then the Administrative Agent may be removed as the Administrative Agent at the reasonable request of the Required Lenders. Such resignation or removal shall take effect upon the appointment of a successor Administrative Agent as provided below.

Upon any such notice of resignation by, or notice of removal of, the Administrative Agent, the Required Lenders shall appoint a successor Administrative Agent hereunder or thereunder who shall be a commercial bank or trust company reasonably acceptable to the Borrower, which acceptance shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed (provided that the Borrower’s approval shall not be required if an Event of Default under Section 8.01(a) or, solely with respect to the Borrower, Section 8.01(f) has occurred and is continuing).

If a successor Administrative Agent shall not have been so appointed within such 30 Business Day period, the Administrative Agent, with the consent of the Borrower (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed, provided that the Borrower’s consent shall not be required if an Event of Default under Section 8.01(a) or, solely with respect to the Borrower, Section 8.01(f) has occurred and is continuing), shall then appoint a successor Administrative Agent who shall serve as Administrative Agent hereunder or thereunder until such time, if any, as the Required Lenders appoint a successor Administrative Agent as provided above.

If no successor Administrative Agent has been appointed pursuant to the foregoing by the 35th Business Day after the date such notice of resignation was given by the Administrative Agent or such notice of removal was given by the Required Lenders or the Borrower, as applicable, the Administrative Agent’s resignation shall nonetheless become effective and the Required Lenders shall thereafter perform all the duties of the Administrative Agent hereunder and/or under any other Loan Document until such time, if any, as the Required Lenders appoint a successor Administrative Agent as provided above. The retiring Administrative Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations hereunder and under the other Loan Documents (except that in the case of any collateral security held by the Administrative Agent on behalf of the Lenders under any of the Loan Documents, the retiring Administrative Agent shall continue to hold such collateral security until such time as a successor Administrative Agent is appointed) and all payments, communications and determinations provided to be made by, to or through the Administrative Agent shall instead be made by or to each Lender directly, until such time as the Required Lenders appoint a successor Administrative Agent as provided for above in this Section 9.11.

 

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Upon the acceptance of a successor’s appointment as Administrative Agent hereunder and upon the execution and filing or recording of such financing statements, or amendments thereto, and such amendments or supplements to the Mortgages, and such other instruments or notices, as may be necessary or desirable, or as the Required Lenders may request, in order to (i) continue the perfection of the Liens granted or purported to be granted by the Collateral Documents or (ii) otherwise ensure that requirements of Section 6.11, 6.13 and Article XII are satisfied, such successor shall succeed to and become vested with all of the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring (or retired) Administrative Agent, and the retiring Administrative Agent shall be discharged from all of its duties and obligations hereunder or under the other Loan Documents (if not already discharged therefrom as provided above in this Section 9.11).

The fees payable by the Borrower to a successor Administrative Agent shall be the same as those payable to its predecessor unless otherwise agreed between the Borrower and such successor. After the retiring Administrative Agent’s resignation hereunder and under the other Loan Documents, the provisions of this Article IX and Sections 10.04 and 10.05 shall continue in effect for the benefit of such retiring Administrative Agent, its sub-agents and their respective Agent-Related Persons in respect of any actions taken or omitted to be taken by any of them while the retiring Administrative Agent was acting as Administrative Agent.

Upon a resignation of the Administrative Agent pursuant to this Section 9.11, the Administrative Agent (i) shall continue to be subject to Section 10.08 and (ii) shall remain indemnified to the extent provided in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents and the provisions of this Article IX (and the analogous provisions of the other Loan Documents) shall continue in effect for the benefit of the Administrative Agent for all of its actions and inactions while serving as the Administrative Agent.

SECTION 9.12 Collateral Matters. Each Lender irrevocably authorizes and directs the Collateral Agent to take the actions to be taken by them as set forth in Article XII, in cash case subject to the terms of the Intercreditor Agreements, as applicable.

SECTION 9.13 Delegation of Duties. The Administrative Agent may perform any and all of its duties and exercise its rights and powers hereunder or under any other Loan Documents by or through any one or more sub agents appointed by the Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent and any such sub agent may perform any and all of its duties and exercise its rights and powers by or through their respective Agent-Related Persons. The exculpatory provisions of this Article IX shall apply to any such sub agent and to the Agent-Related Persons of the Administrative Agent and any such sub agent, and shall apply to their respective activities in connection with the syndication of the credit facilities provided for herein as well as activities as Administrative Agent.

SECTION 9.14 Administrative Agent May File Proofs of Claim. In case of the pendency of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law or any other judicial proceeding relative to any Loan Party, the Administrative Agent (irrespective of whether the principal of any Loan shall then be due and payable as herein expressed or by declaration or otherwise and irrespective of whether the Administrative Agent shall have made any demand on the Borrower) shall be entitled and empowered, by intervention in such proceeding or otherwise:

(a) to file and prove a claim for the whole amount of the principal and interest owing and unpaid in respect of the Loans and all other Obligations that are owing and unpaid and to file such other documents as may be necessary or advisable in order to have the claims of the Lenders and the Administrative Agent (including any claim for the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of the Lenders and the Administrative Agent and their respective agents and counsel and all other amounts due the Lenders and the Administrative Agent under Sections 2.07 and 10.04) allowed in such judicial proceeding; and

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and any custodian, receiver, assignee, trustee, liquidator, sequestrator or other similar official in any such judicial proceeding is hereby authorized by each Lender to make such payments to the Administrative Agent and, in the event that the Administrative Agent shall consent to the making of such payments directly to the Lenders, to pay to the Administrative Agent any amount due for the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of the Agents and their respective agents and counsel, and any other amounts due the Administrative Agent under Sections 2.07 and 10.04.

Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to authorize the Administrative Agent to authorize or consent to or accept or adopt on behalf of any Lender any plan of reorganization, arrangement, adjustment or composition affecting the Obligations or the rights of any Lender or to authorize the Administrative Agent to vote in respect of the claim of any Lender in any such proceeding.

The Secured Parties hereby irrevocably authorize the Administrative Agent, at the direction of the Required Lenders, to credit bid all or any portion of the Obligations (including accepting some or all of the Collateral in satisfaction of some or all of the Obligations pursuant to a deed in lieu of foreclosure or otherwise) and in such manner purchase (either directly or through one or more acquisition vehicles) all or any portion of the Collateral (a) at any sale thereof conducted under the provisions of the Bankruptcy Code of the United States, including under Sections 363, 1123 or 1129 of the Bankruptcy Code of the United States, or any similar Laws in any other jurisdictions to which a Loan Party is subject, (b) at any other sale or foreclosure or acceptance of collateral in lieu of debt conducted by (or with the consent or at the direction of) the Administrative Agent (whether by judicial action or otherwise) in accordance with any applicable Law. In connection with any such credit bid and purchase, the Obligations owed to the Secured Parties shall be entitled to be, and shall be, credit bid on a ratable basis (with Obligations with respect to contingent or unliquidated claims receiving contingent interests in the acquired assets on a ratable basis that would vest upon the liquidation of such claims in an amount proportional to the liquidated portion of the contingent claim amount used in allocating the contingent interests) in the asset or assets so purchased (or in the Equity Interests or debt instruments of the acquisition vehicle or vehicles that are used to consummate such purchase). In connection with any such bid (i) the Administrative Agent shall be authorized to form one or more acquisition vehicles to make a bid, (ii) to adopt documents providing for the governance of the acquisition vehicle or vehicles (provided that any actions by the Administrative Agent with respect to such acquisition vehicle or vehicles, including any disposition of the assets or Equity Interests thereof shall be governed, directly or indirectly, by the vote of the Required Lenders, irrespective of the termination of this Agreement and without giving effect to the limitations on actions by the Required Lenders contained in clauses (a) through (g) of Section 10.01 of this Agreement, (iii) the Administrative Agent shall be authorized to assign the relevant Obligations to any such acquisition vehicle pro rata by the Lenders, as a result of which each of the Lenders shall be deemed to have received a pro rata portion of any Equity Interests and/or debt instruments issued by such an acquisition vehicle on account of the assignment of the Obligations to be credit bid, all without the need for any Secured Party or acquisition vehicle to take any further action, and (iv) to the extent that Obligations that are assigned to an acquisition vehicle are not used to acquire Collateral for any reason (as a result of another bid being higher or better, because the amount of Obligations assigned to the acquisition vehicle exceeds the amount of debt credit bid by the acquisition vehicle or otherwise), such Obligations shall automatically be reassigned to the Lenders pro rata and the Equity Interests and/or debt instruments issued by any acquisition vehicle on account of the Obligations that had been assigned to the acquisition vehicle shall automatically be cancelled, without the need for any Secured Party or any acquisition vehicle to take any further action.

SECTION 9.15 Appointment of Supplemental Administrative Agents.

(a) It is the purpose of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents that there shall be no violation of any Law of any jurisdiction denying or restricting the right of banking corporations or associations to transact business as agent or trustee in such jurisdiction. It is recognized that in case of litigation under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents, and in particular in case of the enforcement of any of the Loan Documents, or in case the Administrative Agent deems that by reason of any present or future Law of any jurisdiction it may not exercise any of the rights, powers or remedies granted herein or in any of the other Loan Documents or take any other action which may be desirable or necessary in connection therewith, the Administrative Agent is hereby authorized to appoint an additional individual or institution selected by the Administrative Agent in its sole discretion as a separate trustee, co-trustee, administrative agent, collateral agent, administrative sub-agent or administrative co-agent (any such additional individual or institution being referred to herein individually as a “Supplemental Administrative Agent” and collectively as “Supplemental Administrative Agents”).

 

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(b) In the event that the Administrative Agent appoints a Supplemental Administrative Agent with respect to any Collateral, (i) each and every right, power, privilege or duty expressed or intended by this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents to be exercised by or vested in or conveyed to the Administrative Agent with respect to such Collateral shall be exercisable by and vest in such Supplemental Administrative Agent to the extent, and only to the extent, necessary to enable such Supplemental Administrative Agent to exercise such rights, powers and privileges with respect to such Collateral and to perform such duties with respect to such Collateral, and every covenant and obligation contained in the Loan Documents and necessary to the exercise or performance thereof by such Supplemental Administrative Agent shall run to and be enforceable by either the Administrative Agent or such Supplemental Administrative Agent, and (ii) the provisions of this Article IX and of Sections 10.04 and 10.05 that refer to the Administrative Agent shall inure to the benefit of such Supplemental Administrative Agent and all references therein to the Administrative Agent shall be deemed to be references to the Administrative Agent and/or such Supplemental Administrative Agent, as the context may require.

(c) Should any instrument in writing from any Loan Party be reasonably required by any Supplemental Administrative Agent so appointed by the Administrative Agent for more fully and certainly vesting in and confirming to him or it such rights, powers, privileges and duties, the Borrower shall, or shall cause such Loan Party to, execute, acknowledge and deliver any and all such instruments reasonably acceptable to it promptly upon request by the Administrative Agent. In case any Supplemental Administrative Agent, or a successor thereto, shall die, become incapable of acting, resign or be removed, all the rights, powers, privileges and duties of such Supplemental Administrative Agent, to the extent permitted by Law, shall vest in and be exercised by the Administrative Agent until the appointment of a new Supplemental Administrative Agent.

SECTION 9.16 Intercreditor Agreements. The Administrative Agent is hereby authorized to enter into any Intercreditor Agreement to the extent contemplated by the terms hereof, and the parties hereto acknowledge that such Intercreditor Agreement is binding upon them. Each Lender (a) hereby agrees that it will be bound by and will take no actions contrary to the provisions of the Intercreditor Agreements, (b) hereby authorizes and instructs the Administrative Agent to enter into the Intercreditor Agreements and to subject the Liens on the Collateral securing the Obligations to the provisions thereof and (c) without any further consent of the Lenders, hereby authorizes and instructs the Administrative Agent to negotiate, execute and deliver on behalf of the Secured Parties any intercreditor agreement or any amendment (or amendment and restatement) to the Collateral Documents or a Customary Intercreditor Agreement to effect the provisions contemplated by clause (ii) of the definition of “Permitted Liens.” In addition, each Lender hereby authorizes the Administrative Agent to enter into (i) any amendments to any Intercreditor Agreements, and (ii) any other intercreditor arrangements, in the case of clauses (i), and (ii) to the extent required to give effect to the establishment of intercreditor rights and privileges as contemplated and required or permitted by Section 7.01 of this Agreement. Each Lender acknowledges and agrees that any of the Administrative Agent (or one or more of their respective Affiliates) may (but are not obligated to) act as the “Senior Representative” or like term for the holders of Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness under the security agreements with respect thereto and/or under the Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement, the Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement or other Customary Intercreditor Agreement. Each Lender waives any conflict of interest, now contemplated or arising hereafter, in connection therewith and agrees not to assert against any Agent or any of its affiliates any claims, causes of action, damages or liabilities of whatever kind or nature relating thereto.

SECTION 9.17 Withholding Tax. To the extent required by any applicable Laws, the Administrative Agent may withhold from any payment to any Lender an amount equivalent to any applicable withholding Tax. Without limiting or expanding the provisions of Section 3.01, each Lender shall indemnify and hold harmless the Administrative Agent against, and shall make payable in respect thereof within 10 days after demand therefor, any and all Taxes and any and all related losses, claims, liabilities and expenses (including fees, charges and disbursements of any counsel for the Administrative Agent) incurred by or asserted against the Administrative Agent by the IRS or any other Governmental Authority as a result of the failure of the Administrative Agent to properly withhold Tax from amounts paid to or for the account of such Lender for any reason (including, without limitation, because the appropriate form was not delivered or not properly executed, or because such Lender failed to notify the Administrative Agent of a change in circumstance that rendered the exemption from, or reduction of withholding Tax ineffective). A certificate as to the amount of such payment or

 

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liability delivered to any Lender by the Administrative Agent shall be conclusive absent manifest error. Each Lender hereby authorizes the Administrative Agent to set off and apply any and all amounts at any time owing to such Lender under this Agreement or any other Loan Document against any amount due the Administrative Agent under this Section 9.17. The agreements in this Section 9.17 shall survive the resignation and/or replacement of the Administrative Agent, any assignment of rights by, or the replacement of, a Lender, the termination of the Commitments and the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all other Obligations.

ARTICLE X

Miscellaneous

SECTION 10.01 Amendments, Etc. Except as otherwise set forth in this Agreement, no amendment or waiver of any provision of this Agreement or any other Loan Document, and no consent to any departure by the Borrower or any other Loan Party therefrom, shall be effective unless in writing signed by the Required Lenders (other than with respect to any amendment or waiver contemplated in clause (g) below (in the case of clause (g), to the extent permitted by Section 2.12), which shall only require the consent of the Required Facility Lenders under the applicable Facility or Facilities, as applicable) (or by the Administrative Agent with the consent of the Required Lenders) and the Borrower or the applicable Loan Party, as the case may be, and acknowledged by the Administrative Agent, and the Administrative Agent hereby agrees to acknowledge any such waiver, consent or amendment that otherwise satisfies the requirements of this Section 10.01 as promptly as possible, however, to the extent the final form of such waiver, consent or amendment has been delivered to the Administrative Agent at least one Business Day prior to the proposed effectiveness of the consents by the Lenders party thereto, the Administrative Agent shall acknowledge such waiver, consent or amendment (i) immediately, in the case of any amendment which does not require the consent of any existing Lender under this Agreement or (ii) otherwise, within two hours of the time copies of the Required Lender consents or other applicable Lender consents required by this Section 10.01 have been provided to the Administrative Agent; and each such waiver or consent shall be effective only in the specific instance and for the specific purpose for which given; provided, that no such amendment, waiver or consent shall:

(a) extend or increase the Commitment of any Lender without the written consent of such Lender (it being understood that a waiver of any condition precedent set forth in Section 4.01 or the waiver of any Default, mandatory prepayment or mandatory reduction of the Commitments shall not constitute extension or increase of any Commitment of any Lender);

(b) postpone any date scheduled for, or reduce the amount of, any payment of principal or interest under Section 2.05 or 2.06 (other than pursuant to Section 2.06(b)) or any payment of fees or premiums hereunder or under any Loan Document with respect to payments to any Lender without the written consent of such Lender, it being understood that the waiver of (or amendment to the terms of) any mandatory prepayment of the Loans shall not constitute a postponement of any date scheduled for the payment of principal or interest and it being further understood that any change to the definition of “Senior Net Leverage Ratio,” “Secured Net Leverage Ratio,” “Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio” or “Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio” or, in each case, in the component definitions thereof shall not constitute a reduction in any amount of interest;

(c) reduce the principal of, or the rate of interest specified herein on, any Loan, or (subject to clause (iii) of the proviso immediately succeeding clause (g) of this Section 10.01) any fees or other amounts payable hereunder or under any other Loan Document to any Lender without the written consent of such Lender, it being understood that any change to the definition of “Senior Net Leverage Ratio,” “Secured Net Leverage Ratio,” “Consolidated Net Leverage Ratio” or “Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio” or, in each case, in the component definitions thereof shall not constitute a reduction in any rate of interest; provided that only the consent of the Required Lenders shall be necessary to amend the definition of “Default Rate” or to waive any obligation of the Borrower to pay interest at the Default Rate;

(d) except as contemplated by clause (c) in the sentence immediately after the proviso immediately succeeding clause (g) of this Section 10.01, change any provision of this Section 10.01 or the definition of “Required Lenders,” “Required Facility Lenders” or any other provision specifying the number of Lenders or portion of the Loans or Commitments required to take any action under the Loan Documents, without the written consent of each Lender directly and adversely affected thereby;

 

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(e) other than in a transaction permitted under Section 7.04 or Section 7.05, release all or substantially all of the Collateral in any transaction or series of related transactions, without the written consent of each Lender;

(f) other than in a transaction permitted under Section 7.04 or Section 7.05, release all or substantially all of the aggregate value of the Guaranty, without the written consent of each Lender;

(g) amend, waive or otherwise modify any term or provision (including the availability and conditions to funding under Section 2.12 with respect to Incremental Term Loans and the rate of interest applicable thereto) which directly affects Lenders of one or more Incremental Term Loans and does not directly affect Lenders under any other Facility, in each case, without the written consent of the Required Facility Lenders under such applicable Incremental Term Loans (and in the case of multiple Facilities which are affected, such Required Facility Lenders shall consent together as one Facility); provided, however, that, to the extent permitted under Section 2.12, the waivers described in this clause (g) shall only require the consent of the Required Facility Lenders under such applicable Incremental Term Loans;

and provided, further, that (i) no amendment, waiver or consent shall, unless in writing and signed by the Administrative Agent in addition to the Lenders required above, affect the rights or duties of, or any fees or other amounts payable to, the Administrative Agent under this Agreement or any other Loan Document; (ii) Section 10.07(g) may not be amended, waived or otherwise modified without the consent of each Granting Lender all or any part of whose Loans are being funded by an SPC at the time of such amendment, waiver or other modification; and (iii) the consent of the applicable Required Facility Lenders shall be required with respect to any amendment that by its terms adversely affects the rights of Lenders under one or more Term Facilities (and in the case of multiple Term Facilities which are so adversely affected, such Required Facility Lenders shall consent together as one Term Facility) in respect of payments hereunder in a manner different than such amendment affects other Term Facilities.

Notwithstanding the foregoing,

(a) no Lender consent is required to effect any amendment or supplement to the Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement, the Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement or any other Customary Intercreditor Agreement (i) that is for the purpose of adding the holders of Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt, Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness, Permitted Ratio Debt or any other Permitted Indebtedness that is Secured Indebtedness (or a Senior Representative with respect thereto) as parties thereto, as expressly contemplated by the terms of such Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement, such Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement or such other Customary Intercreditor Agreement, as applicable (it being understood that any such amendment, modification or supplement may make such other changes to the applicable Intercreditor Agreement as, in the good faith determination of the Administrative Agent, are required to effectuate the foregoing and provided, that such other changes are not adverse, in any material respect, to the interests of the Lenders) or (ii) that is expressly contemplated by the Crossing Lien Intercreditor Agreement (or the comparable provisions, if any, of the Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement or other Customary Intercreditor Agreement); provided further that no such agreement shall amend, modify or otherwise affect the rights or duties of the Administrative Agent or the Collateral Agent hereunder or under any other Loan Document without the prior written consent of the Administrative Agent or the Collateral Agent, as applicable;

(b) this Agreement may be amended (or amended and restated) with the written consent of the Required Lenders, the Administrative Agent and the Borrower (i) to add one or more additional credit facilities to this Agreement and to permit the extensions of credit from time to time outstanding thereunder and the accrued interest and fees in respect thereof to share ratably in the benefits of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents with the Term Loans and the accrued interest and fees in respect thereof and (ii) to include appropriately the Lenders holding such credit facilities in any determination of the Required Lenders;

 

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(c) (i) any waiver, amendment or modification of this Agreement that by its terms affects the rights or duties under this Agreement of Lenders holding Loans or Commitments of a particular Class (but not the Lenders holding Loans or Commitments of any other Class) may be effected by an agreement or agreements in writing entered into by the Borrower and the requisite percentage in interest of the affected Class of Lenders that would be required to consent thereto under this Section 10.01 if such Class of Lenders were the only Class of Lenders hereunder at the time, (ii) any provision of this Agreement or any other Loan Document may be amended by an agreement in writing entered into by the Borrower and the Administrative Agent to cure any ambiguity, omission, defect or inconsistency (including, without limitation, amendments, supplements or waivers to any of the Collateral Documents, guarantees, intercreditor agreements or related documents executed by any Loan Party or any other Subsidiary in connection with this Agreement if such amendment, supplement or waiver is delivered in order to cause such Collateral Documents, guarantees, intercreditor agreements or related documents to be consistent with this Agreement and the other Loan Documents) so long as, in each case, the Lenders shall have received at least five Business Days’ prior written notice thereof and the Administrative Agent shall not have received, within five Business Days of the date of such notice to the Lenders, a written notice from the Required Lenders stating that the Required Lenders object to such amendment; provided that the consent of the Lenders or the Required Lenders, as the case may be, shall not be required to make any such changes necessary to be made in connection with any borrowing of Incremental Term Loans, any borrowing of Other Term Loans, any Extension or any borrowing of Replacement Loans and otherwise to effect the provisions of Section 2.12, 2.13 or 2.14 or the immediately succeeding paragraph of this Section 10.01, respectively, and (C) the Borrower and the Administrative Agent may, without the input or consent of the other Lenders, (i) effect changes to any Mortgage as may be necessary or appropriate in the opinion of the Collateral Agent and (ii) effect changes to this Agreement that are necessary and appropriate to provide for the mechanics contemplated by the offering process set forth in Section 2.03(a)(iv).

In addition, notwithstanding the foregoing, this Agreement may be amended with the written consent of the Administrative Agent, the Borrower and the Lenders providing the Replacement Loans (as defined below) to permit the refinancing of all outstanding Term Loans of any Class (“Refinanced Loans”) with replacement term loans (“Replacement Loans”) hereunder; provided that (a) the aggregate principal amount of such Replacement Loans shall not exceed the aggregate principal amount of such Refinanced Loans, plus accrued interest, fees, premiums (if any) and penalties thereon and reasonable fees and expenses incurred in connection with such refinancing of Refinanced Loans with such Replacement Loans, (b) the All-In Yield with respect to such Replacement Loans (or similar interest rate spread applicable to such Replacement Loans) shall not be higher than the All-In Yield for such Refinanced Loans (or similar interest rate spread applicable to such Refinanced Loans) immediately prior to such refinancing, (c) the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of such Replacement Loans shall not be shorter than the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of such Refinanced Loans at the time of such refinancing (except by virtue of amortization or prepayment of the Refinanced Loans prior to the time of such incurrence) and (d) all other terms applicable to such Replacement Loans shall be substantially identical to, or less favorable to the Lenders providing such Replacement Loans than, those applicable to such Refinanced Loans, except to the extent necessary to provide for covenants and other terms applicable to any period after the Latest Maturity Date of the Loans in effect immediately prior to such refinancing. Each amendment to this Agreement providing for Replacement Loans may, without the consent of any other Lenders, effect such amendments to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents as may be necessary or appropriate, in the reasonable opinion of the Administrative Agent and the Borrower to effect the provisions of this paragraph, and for the avoidance of doubt, this paragraph shall supersede any other provisions in this Section 10.01 to the contrary.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Section 10.01, the Guaranty, the Collateral Documents and related documents executed by Subsidiaries in connection with this Agreement and the other Loan Documents may be in a form reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent and may be, together with this Agreement, amended and waived with the consent of the Administrative Agent at the request of the Borrower without the need to obtain the consent of any other Lender if such amendment or waiver is delivered in order (i) to comply with local Law or advice of local counsel, (ii) to cure ambiguities or defects or (iii) to cause the Guaranty, Collateral Documents or other document to be consistent with this Agreement and the other Loan Documents (including by adding additional parties as contemplated herein).

 

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If the Administrative Agent and the Borrower shall have jointly identified an obvious error (including, but not limited to, an incorrect cross-reference) or any error or omission of a technical or immaterial nature, in each case, in any provision of this Agreement or any other Loan Document (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any exhibit, schedule or other attachment to any Loan Document), then the Administrative Agent (acting in its sole discretion) and the Borrower or any other relevant Loan Party shall be permitted to amend such provision and such amendment shall become effective without any further action or consent of any other party to any Loan Document.

SECTION 10.02 Notices and Other Communications; Facsimile Copies.

(a) General. Except in the case of notices and other communications expressly permitted to be given by telephone (and except as provided in subsection (b) below), all notices and other communications provided for herein shall be in writing and shall be delivered by hand or overnight courier service, mailed by certified or registered mail or sent by facsimile as follows, and all notices and other communications expressly permitted hereunder to be given by telephone shall be made to the applicable telephone number, as follows:

(i) if to Holdings, the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, to the address, facsimile number, electronic mail address or telephone number specified for such Person on Schedule 10.02; and

(ii) if to any other Lender, to the address, facsimile number, electronic mail address or telephone number specified in its Administrative Questionnaire.

Notices and other communications sent by hand or overnight courier service, or mailed by certified or registered mail, shall be deemed to have been given when received; notices and other communications sent by facsimile shall be deemed to have been given when sent (except that, if not given during normal business hours for the recipient, shall be deemed to have been given at the opening of business on the next Business Day for the recipient). Notices and other communications delivered through electronic communications to the extent provided in subsection (b) below shall be effective as provided in such subsection (b).

(b) Electronic Communication. Notices and other communications to the Lenders hereunder may be delivered or furnished by electronic communication (including e-mail and Internet or intranet websites) pursuant to procedures approved by the Administrative Agent, provided that the foregoing shall not apply to notices to any Lender pursuant to Article II if such Lender, as applicable, has notified the Administrative Agent that it is incapable of receiving notices under such Article II by electronic communication. The Administrative Agent or the Borrower may, in its discretion, agree to accept notices and other communications to it hereunder by electronic communications pursuant to procedures approved by it, provided that approval of such procedures may be limited to particular notices or communications.

(c) Unless the Administrative Agent otherwise prescribes, (i) notices and other communications sent to an e-mail address shall be deemed received upon the sender’s receipt of an acknowledgement from the intended recipient (such as by the “return receipt requested” function, as available, return e-mail or other written acknowledgement), provided that if such notice or other communication is not sent during the normal business hours of the recipient, such notice or communication shall be deemed to have been sent at the opening of business on the next Business Day for the recipient, and (ii) notices or communications posted to an Internet or intranet website shall be deemed received upon the deemed receipt by the intended recipient at its e-mail address as described in the foregoing clause (i) of notification that such notice or communication is available and identifying the website address therefor.

(d) The Platform. THE PLATFORM IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE.” THE AGENT PARTIES (AS DEFINED BELOW) DO NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE BORROWER MATERIALS OR THE ADEQUACY OF THE PLATFORM, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM LIABILITY FOR ERRORS IN OR OMISSIONS FROM THE BORROWER MATERIALS. NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS OR FREEDOM FROM VIRUSES OR OTHER CODE DEFECTS, IS MADE BY

 

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ANY AGENT PARTY IN CONNECTION WITH THE BORROWER MATERIALS OR THE PLATFORM. In no event shall the Administrative Agent or any of its Agent-Related Persons or any Arranger (collectively, the “Agent Parties”) have any liability to Holdings, the Borrower, any Lender, or any other Person for losses, claims, damages, liabilities or expenses of any kind (whether in tort, contract or otherwise) arising out of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent’s transmission of Borrower Materials through the Internet, except to the extent that such losses, claims, damages, liabilities or expenses are determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by a final and non-appealable judgment to have resulted from the gross negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct of such Agent Party; provided, however, that in no event shall any Agent Party have any liability to Holdings, the Borrower, any Lender or any other Person for indirect, special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages (as opposed to direct or actual damages).

(e) Change of Address. Holdings, the Borrower and the Administrative Agent may change its address, facsimile or telephone number for notices and other communications hereunder by written notice to the other parties hereto. Each other Lender may change its address, facsimile or telephone number for notices and other communications hereunder by written notice to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent. In addition, each Lender agrees to notify the Administrative Agent from time to time to ensure that the Administrative Agent has on record (i) an effective address, contact name, telephone number, facsimile number and electronic mail address to which notices and other communications may be sent and (ii) accurate wire instructions for such Lender. Furthermore, each Public Lender agrees to cause at least one individual at or on behalf of such Public Lender to at all times have selected the “Private Side Information” or similar designation on the content declaration screen of the Platform in order to enable such Public Lender or its delegate, in accordance with such Public Lender’s compliance procedures and applicable Law, including United States Federal and state securities Laws, to make reference to Borrower Materials that are not made available through the “Public Side Information” portion of the Platform and that may contain material non-public information with respect to the Borrower or its securities for purposes of United States Federal or state securities laws.

(f) Reliance by the Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent and the Lenders shall be entitled to rely and act upon any notices (including telephonic Committed Loan Notices) purportedly given by or on behalf of the Borrower even if (i) such notices were not made in a manner specified herein, were incomplete or were not preceded or followed by any other form of notice specified herein, or (ii) the terms thereof, as understood by the recipient, varied from any confirmation thereof. The Borrower shall indemnify the Administrative Agent, each Lender and the Agent-Related Persons of each of them from all losses, costs, expenses and liabilities resulting from the reliance by such Person on each notice purportedly given by or on behalf of the Borrower. All telephonic notices to and other telephonic communications with the Administrative Agent may be recorded by the Administrative Agent, and each of the parties hereto hereby consents to such recording.

SECTION 10.03 No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies. No failure by any Lender or the Administrative Agent to exercise, and no delay by any such Person in exercising, any right, remedy, power or privilege hereunder or under any other Loan Document shall operate as a waiver thereof; nor shall any single or partial exercise of any right, remedy, power or privilege hereunder preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right, remedy, power or privilege. The rights, remedies, powers and privileges herein provided, and provided under each other Loan Document, are cumulative and not exclusive of any rights, remedies, powers and privileges provided by Law.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein or in any other Loan Document, the authority to enforce rights and remedies hereunder and under the other Loan Documents against the Loan Parties or any of them shall be vested exclusively in, and all actions and proceedings at law in connection with such enforcement shall be instituted and maintained exclusively by, the Administrative Agent in accordance with Section 8.02 for the benefit of all the Lenders; provided, however, that the foregoing shall not prohibit (a) the Administrative Agent from exercising on its own behalf the rights and remedies that inure to its benefit (solely in its capacity as Administrative Agent) hereunder and under the other Loan Documents, (b) any Lender from exercising setoff rights in accordance with Section 10.09 (subject to the terms of Section 2.11), or (c) any Lender from filing proofs of claim or appearing and filing pleadings on its own behalf during the pendency of a proceeding relative to any Loan Party under any Debtor Relief Law; and provided, further, that if at any time there is no Person acting as Administrative Agent hereunder and under the other Loan Documents, then (i) the Required Lenders shall have the rights otherwise ascribed to the Administrative Agent pursuant to Section 8.02 and (ii) in addition to the matters set forth in clauses (b) and (c) of the preceding proviso and subject to Section 2.11, any Lender may, with the consent of the Required Lenders, enforce any rights and remedies available to it and as authorized by the Required Lenders.

 

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SECTION 10.04 Costs and Expenses. The Borrower agrees (a) if the Closing Date occurs, to pay or reimburse the Administrative Agent and the Arranger for all reasonable and documented out-of-pocket costs and expenses of the Administrative Agent and the Arranger (promptly following a written demand therefor, together with backup documentation supporting such reimbursement request) incurred in connection with the preparation, negotiation, syndication, execution, delivery and administration of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents and any amendment, waiver, consent or other modification of the provisions hereof and thereof (whether or not the transactions contemplated thereby are consummated), and the consummation and administration of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, including all Attorney Costs of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and, if necessary, a single local counsel in each relevant material jurisdiction, and (b) upon presentation of a summary statement, together with any supporting documentation reasonably requested by the Borrower, to pay or reimburse the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, taken as a whole, promptly following a written demand therefor for all reasonable and documented out-of-pocket costs and expenses incurred in connection with the enforcement of any rights or remedies under this Agreement or the other Loan Documents (including all such costs and expenses incurred during any legal proceeding, including any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, and including all Attorney Costs of one counsel to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders taken as a whole (and, if necessary, one local counsel in any relevant material jurisdiction and solely in the case of a conflict of interest, one additional counsel in each relevant jurisdiction to each group of affected Lenders similarly situated taken as a whole)). The agreements in this Section 10.04 shall survive the termination of the Aggregate Commitments and repayment of all other Obligations. All amounts due under this Section 10.04 shall be paid promptly following receipt by the Borrower of an invoice relating thereto setting forth such expenses in reasonable detail. If any Loan Party fails to pay when due any costs, expenses or other amounts payable by it hereunder or under any Loan Document, such amount may be paid on behalf of such Loan Party by the Administrative Agent in its sole discretion.

SECTION 10.05 Indemnification by the Borrower. The Borrower shall indemnify and hold harmless the Agents, each Lender, the Arranger and their respective Related Persons (collectively, the “Indemnitees”) from and against any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities or expenses (including Attorney Costs and Environmental Liability) to which any such Indemnitee may become subject arising out of, resulting from or in connection with (but limited, in the case of legal fees and expenses, to the reasonable and documented out-of-pocket fees, disbursements and other charges of one counsel to all Indemnitees taken as a whole and, if reasonably necessary, a single local counsel for all Indemnitees taken as a whole in each relevant jurisdiction, and solely in the case of a conflict of interest, one additional counsel in each relevant jurisdiction to each group of affected Indemnitees similarly situated taken as a whole) any actual or threatened claim, litigation, investigation or proceeding relating to the Transactions or to the execution, delivery, enforcement, performance and administration of this Agreement, the other Loan Documents, the Loans or the use, or proposed use of the proceeds therefrom, whether based on contract, tort or any other theory (including any investigation of, preparation for, or defense of any pending or threatened claim, litigation, investigation or proceeding), and regardless of whether any Indemnitee is a party thereto (all the foregoing, collectively, the “Indemnified Liabilities”); provided that such indemnity shall not, as to any Indemnitee, be available to the extent that such losses, claims, damages, liabilities or expenses resulted from (x) the gross negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct of such Indemnitee or any of its Related Indemnified Persons as determined by a final, non-appealable judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction, (y) a material breach of any obligations under any Loan Document by such Indemnitee or any of its Related Indemnified Persons as determined by a final, non-appealable judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction or (z) any dispute solely among Indemnitees other than any claims against an Indemnitee in its capacity or in fulfilling its role as an administrative agent or arranger or any similar role under any Loan Document and other than any claims arising out of any act or omission of the Borrower or any of their Affiliates (as determined by a final, non-appealable judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction). To the extent that the undertakings to indemnify and hold harmless set forth in this Section 10.05 may be unenforceable in whole or in part because they are violative of any applicable law or public policy, the Borrower shall contribute the maximum portion that they are permitted to pay and satisfy under applicable law to the payment and satisfaction of all Indemnified Liabilities incurred by the Indemnitees or any of them. No Indemnitee shall be liable for any damages arising from the use by others of any information or other materials obtained through SyndTrak or other similar information transmission systems in connection with this Agreement (except to the extent such damages are found in a final non-appealable judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction to have resulted from the willful misconduct, bad faith or gross negligence of such Indemnitee), nor shall any

 

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Indemnitee or any Loan Party have any liability for any special, punitive, indirect or consequential damages relating to this Agreement or any other Loan Document or arising out of its activities in connection herewith or therewith (whether before or after the Closing Date) (other than, in the case of any Loan Party, in respect of any such damages incurred or paid by an Indemnitee to a third party for which such Indemnitee is otherwise entitled to indemnification pursuant to this Section 10.05). In the case of an investigation, litigation or other proceeding to which the indemnity in this Section 10.05 applies, such indemnity shall be effective whether or not such investigation, litigation or proceeding is brought by any Loan Party, its directors, stockholders or creditors or an Indemnitee or any other Person, whether or not any Indemnitee is otherwise a party thereto and whether or not any of the transactions contemplated hereunder or under any of the other Loan Documents is consummated. All amounts due under this Section 10.05 shall be paid within twenty (20) Business Days after written demand therefor. The agreements in this Section 10.05 shall survive the resignation of the Administrative Agent, the replacement of any Lender, the termination of the Aggregate Commitments and the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all the other Obligations. This Section 10.05 shall not apply to Taxes, except any Taxes that represent losses or damages arising from any non-Tax claim. Notwithstanding the foregoing, each Indemnitee shall be obligated to refund and return promptly any and all amounts paid by the Borrower, Holdings, the Sponsor or any of their Affiliates under this Section 10.05 to such Indemnitee for any such fees, expenses or damages to the extent such Indemnitee is not entitled to payment of such amounts in accordance with the terms hereof.

SECTION 10.06 Marshaling; Payments Set Aside. None of the Administrative Agent or any Lender shall be under any obligation to marshal any assets in favor of the Loan Parties or any other party or against or in payment of any or all of the Obligations. To the extent that any payment by or on behalf of the Borrower is made to any Agent or any Lender, or any Agent or any Lender exercises its right of setoff, and such payment or the proceeds of such setoff or any part thereof is subsequently invalidated, declared to be fraudulent or preferential, set aside or required (including pursuant to any settlement entered into by such Agent or such Lender in its discretion) to be repaid to a trustee, receiver or any other party, in connection with any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law or otherwise, then (a) to the extent of such recovery, the obligation or part thereof originally intended to be satisfied shall be revived and continued in full force and effect as if such payment had not been made or such setoff had not occurred, and (b) each Lender severally agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent upon demand its applicable share of any amount so recovered from or repaid by any Agent, plus interest thereon from the date of such demand to the date such payment is made at a rate per annum equal to the applicable Overnight Rate from time to time in effect.

SECTION 10.07 Successors and Assigns.

(a) The provisions of this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and registered assigns permitted hereby, except that neither Holdings nor the Borrower may, except as permitted by Section 7.04, assign or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of the Administrative Agent and each Lender and no Lender may assign or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations hereunder (including, without limitation, to existing Lenders and their Affiliates) except (i) to an assignee in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.07(b) (such an assignee, an “Eligible Assignee”) and (A) in the case of any Eligible Assignee that, immediately prior to or upon giving effect to such assignment, is an Affiliated Lender, Section 10.07(h), (B) in the case of any Eligible Assignee that is Holdings, the Borrower or any Subsidiary thereof, Section 10.07(l) or (C) in the case of any Eligible Assignee that, immediately prior to or upon giving effect to such assignment, is a Debt Fund Affiliate, Section 10.07(k), (ii) by way of participation in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.07(d), (iii) by way of pledge or assignment of a security interest subject to the restrictions of Section 10.07(f), or (iv) to an SPC in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.07(g) (and any other attempted assignment or transfer by any party hereto shall be null and void). Nothing in this Agreement, expressed or implied, shall be construed to confer upon any Person (other than the parties hereto, their respective successors and assigns permitted hereby, Participants to the extent provided in Section 10.07(d) and, to the extent expressly contemplated hereby, Indemnitees and Related Persons of each of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders) any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or by reason of this Agreement.

 

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(b) Assignments by Lenders. Any Lender may at any time assign to one or more assignees all or a portion of its rights and obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and the Loans at the time owing to it); provided that any such assignment shall be subject to the following conditions:

(i) Minimum Amounts.

(A) in the case of an assignment of the entire remaining amount of the assigning Lender’s Commitment and the Loans at the time owing to it or in the case of an assignment to a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund, no minimum amount need be assigned; and

(B) in any case not described in subsection (b)(i)(A) of this Section 10.07, the aggregate amount of the Commitment or, the principal outstanding balance of the Loans of the assigning Lender subject to each such assignment, determined as of the date the Assignment and Assumption with respect to such assignment is delivered to the Administrative Agent or, if “Trade Date” is specified in the Assignment and Assumption, as of the Trade Date, shall not be less than $1,000,000 unless each of the Administrative Agent and, so long as no Event of Default under Section 8.01(a) or, solely with respect to the Borrower, Section 8.01(f) has occurred and is continuing, the Borrower otherwise consents (each such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed); provided, however, that concurrent assignments to members of an Assignee Group and concurrent assignments from members of an Assignee Group to a single Eligible Assignee (or to an Eligible Assignee and members of its Assignee Group) will be treated as a single assignment for purposes of determining whether such minimum amount has been met.

(ii) Proportionate Amounts. Each partial assignment shall be made as an assignment of a proportionate part of all the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement with respect to the Loans or the Commitment assigned.

(iii) Required Consents. No consent shall be required for any assignment except to the extent required by Section 10.07(b)(i)(B) and, in addition:

(A) the consent of the Borrower (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) shall be required unless (1) an Event of Default under Section 8.01(a) or, solely with respect to the Borrower, Section 8.01(f) has occurred and is continuing at the time of such assignment determined as of the date the Assignment and Assumption with respect to such assignment is delivered to the Administrative Agent or, if a “Trade Date” is specified in the Assignment and Assumption, as of the Trade Date or (2) in respect of an assignment of all or a portion of the Term Loans only, such assignment is to a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund; provided, that the Borrower shall be deemed to have consented to any assignment of all or a portion of the Term Loans unless it shall have objected thereto by written notice to the Administrative Agent within ten (10) Business Days after having received notice of a failure to respond to such request for assignment; provided, further, that no consent of the Borrower shall be required for an assignment of all or a portion of the Loans pursuant to Section 10.07(h), (k) or (l); and

(B) the consent of the Administrative Agent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) shall be required if such assignment is to a Person that is not a Lender, an Affiliate of such Lender or an Approved Fund with respect to such Lender; provided that no consent of the Administrative Agent shall be required for an assignment (i) of all or a portion of the Loans pursuant to Section 10.07(g), (h), (k) or (l), or (ii) from an Agent to its Affiliate.

(iv) Assignment and Assumption. The parties to each assignment shall execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent an Assignment and Assumption via an electronic settlement system acceptable to the Administrative Agent (or, if previously agreed with the Administrative Agent, manually), and shall pay to the Administrative Agent a processing and recordation fee of $3,500 (which fee may be waived or reduced in the sole discretion of the Administrative Agent). Other than in the case of assignments pursuant to Section 10.07(l), the Eligible Assignee, if it shall not be a Lender, shall deliver to the Administrative Agent an Administrative Questionnaire.

 

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(v) No Assignments to Certain Persons. No such assignment shall be made (A) to Holdings, the Borrower or any of the Borrower’s Subsidiaries except as permitted under Section 2.03(a)(iv), (B) subject to Sections 10.07(h), (k) and (l) below, to any Affiliate of the Borrower, (C) to a natural person or (D) to any Disqualified Institution. In no event shall the Administrative Agent be obligated to ascertain, monitor or inquire as to whether any prospective assignee is a Disqualified Institution or have any liability in connection therewith.

This Section 10.07(b) shall not prohibit any Lender from assigning all or a portion of its rights and obligations among separate Facilities on a non-pro rata basis among such Facilities.

Subject to acceptance and recording thereof by the Administrative Agent pursuant to clause (c) of this Section 10.07 (and, in the case of an Affiliated Lender or a Person that, after giving effect to such assignment, would become an Affiliated Lender, to the requirements of clause (h) of this Section 10.07), from and after the effective date specified in each Assignment and Assumption, other than in connection with an assignment pursuant to Section 10.07(l), (x) the assignee thereunder shall be a party to this Agreement and, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Assumption, have the rights and obligations of a Lender under this Agreement, and (y) the assigning Lender thereunder shall, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Assumption, be released from its obligations under this Agreement (and, in the case of an Assignment and Assumption covering all of the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement, such Lender shall cease to be a party hereto but shall continue to be entitled to the benefits of Sections 3.01, 3.04, 3.05, 10.04 and 10.05 with respect to facts and circumstances occurring prior to the effective date of such assignment), but shall in any event continue to be subject to Section 10.08. Upon request, and the surrender by the assigning Lender of its Term Note, the Borrower (at its expense) shall execute and deliver a Term Note to the assignee Lender. Any assignment or transfer by a Lender of rights or obligations under this Agreement that does not comply with this subsection shall be treated for purposes of this Agreement as a sale by such Lender of a participation in such rights and obligations in accordance with Section 10.07(d).

(c) The Administrative Agent, acting solely for this purpose as an agent of the Borrower, shall maintain at the Administrative Agent’s Office a copy of each Assignment and Assumption delivered to it, each Affiliated Lender Assignment and Assumption delivered to it, each notice of cancellation of any Loans delivered by the Borrower pursuant to subsections (h) or (l) below, and a register for the recordation of the names and addresses of the Lenders, and the Commitments of, and principal amounts (and related interest amounts) of the Loans and amounts owing to each Lender pursuant to the terms hereof from time to time (the “Register”). The entries in the Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and the Borrower, the Agents and the Lenders shall treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Register pursuant to the terms hereof as a Lender hereunder for all purposes of this Agreement, notwithstanding notice to the contrary. The Register shall be available for inspection by the Borrower, any Agent and, with respect to its own Loans, any Lender, at any reasonable time and from time to time upon reasonable prior notice. This Section 10.07(c) and Section 2.09 shall be construed so that all Loans are at all times maintained in “registered form” within the meaning of Sections 163(f), 871(h)(2) and 881(c)(2) of the Code and any related Treasury regulations (or any other relevant or successor provisions of the Code or of such Treasury regulations). Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event shall the Administrative Agent be obligated to ascertain, monitor or inquire as to whether any Lender is an Affiliated Lender, nor shall the Administrative Agent be obligated to monitor the aggregate amount of the Term Loans or Incremental Term Loans held by Affiliated Lenders.

(d) Any Lender may at any time, without the consent of, or notice to, the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, sell participations to any Person (other than a natural person, the Borrower or any Affiliate or Subsidiary of the Borrower or a Disqualified Institution) (each, a “Participant”) in all or a portion of such Lender’s rights and/or obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and/or the Loans owing to it); provided that (i) such Lender’s obligations under this Agreement shall remain unchanged, (ii) such Lender shall remain solely responsible to the other parties hereto for the performance of such obligations and (iii) the Borrower, the Agents and the other Lenders shall continue to deal solely and directly with such Lender in connection with such Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement. Any agreement or instrument pursuant to which a Lender sells such a participation shall provide that such Lender shall retain the sole right to enforce this

 

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Agreement and the other Loan Documents and to approve any amendment, modification or waiver of any provision of this Agreement or any other Loan Document; provided that such agreement or instrument may provide that such Lender will not, without the consent of the Participant, agree to any amendment, waiver or other modification described in the first proviso to Section 10.01 (other than clauses (d) and (g) thereof) that directly affects such Participant. Subject to subsection (e) of this Section 10.07, the Borrower agree that each Participant shall be entitled to the benefits of Sections 3.01 (subject to the requirements of Section 3.01 (including subsections (b), (c) and/or (d), as applicable as though it were a Lender)), Section 3.04 and 3.05 (through the applicable Lender) to the same extent as if it were a Lender and had acquired its interest by assignment pursuant to subsection (b) of this Section 10.07. To the extent permitted by applicable Law, each Participant also shall be entitled to the benefits of Section 10.09 as though it were a Lender; provided that such Participant agrees to be subject to Section 2.11 as though it were a Lender.

(e) Limitations upon Participant Rights. A Participant shall not be entitled to receive any greater payment under Section 3.01, 3.04 or 3.05 than the applicable Lender would have been entitled to receive with respect to the participation sold to such Participant, unless the sale of the participation to such Participant is made with the Borrower’s prior written consent or such entitlement to a greater payment results from a Change in Law after the sale of the participation takes place. Each Lender that sells a participation shall (acting solely for this purpose as a non-fiduciary agent of the Borrower) maintain a register complying with the requirements of Sections 163(f), 871(h) and 881(c)(2) of the Code and the Treasury regulations issued thereunder on which is entered the name and address of each Participant and the principal amounts (and stated interest) of each Participant’s interest in the Loans or other obligations under this Agreement (the “Participant Register”). The entries in the Participant Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and such Lender and the Borrower shall treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Participant Register as the owner of such participation for all purposes of this Agreement notwithstanding any notice to the contrary; provided that no Lender shall have the obligation to disclose all or a portion of the Participant Register (including the identity of the Participant or any information relating to a Participant’s interest in any commitments, loans, letters of credit or other obligations under any Loan Document) to any Person except to the extent such disclosure is necessary to establish that any such commitments, loans, letters of credit or other obligations are in registered form for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

(f) Any Lender may at any time pledge or assign a security interest in all or any portion of its rights under this Agreement (including under its Term Note, if any) to secure obligations of such Lender, including any pledge or assignment to secure obligations to a Federal Reserve Bank or any other central bank; provided that no such pledge or assignment shall release such Lender from any of its obligations hereunder or substitute any such pledgee or assignee for such Lender as a party hereto.

(g) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, any Lender (a “Granting Lender”) may grant to a special purpose funding vehicle identified as such in writing from time to time by the Granting Lender to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower (an “SPC”) the option to provide all or any part of any Loan that such Granting Lender would otherwise be obligated to make pursuant to this Agreement; provided that (i) nothing herein shall constitute a commitment by any SPC to fund any Loan, (ii) if an SPC elects not to exercise such option or otherwise fails to make all or any part of such Loan, the Granting Lender shall be obligated to make such Loan pursuant to the terms hereof and (iii) such SPC and the applicable Loan or any applicable part thereof shall be appropriately reflected in the Participant Register. Each party hereto hereby agrees that (i) neither the grant to any SPC nor the exercise by any SPC of such option shall increase the costs or expenses or otherwise increase or change the obligations of the Borrower under this Agreement (including its obligations under Section 3.01, 3.04 or 3.05), (ii) no SPC shall be liable for any indemnity or similar payment obligation under this Agreement for which a Lender would be liable, and (iii) the Granting Lender shall for all purposes, including the approval of any amendment, waiver or other modification of any provision of any Loan Document, remain the Lender hereunder. The making of a Loan by an SPC hereunder shall utilize the Commitment of the Granting Lender to the same extent, and as if, such Loan were made by such Granting Lender. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, any SPC may (i) with notice to, but without prior consent of the Borrower and the Administrative Agent and with the payment of a processing fee of $3,500 (which processing fee may be waived by the Administrative Agent in its sole discretion), assign all or any portion of its right to receive payment with respect to any Loan to the Granting Lender and (ii) disclose on a confidential basis any non-public information relating to its funding of Loans to any rating agency, commercial paper dealer or provider of any surety or Guarantee or credit or liquidity enhancement to such SPC.

 

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(h) Any Lender may at any time, assign all or a portion of its rights and obligations with respect to Term Loans under this Agreement to a Person who is or will become, after such assignment, an Affiliated Lender through (x) Dutch auctions or other offers to purchase or take by assignment open to all Lenders on a pro rata basis in accordance with procedures of the type described in Section 2.03(a)(iv) or (y) open market purchase on a non-pro rata basis, in each case subject to the following limitations:

(i) Affiliated Lenders will not receive information provided solely to Lenders by the Administrative Agent or any Lender and will not be permitted to attend or participate in conference calls or meetings attended solely by the Lenders and the Administrative Agent, other than the right to receive notices of prepayments and other administrative notices in respect of its Loans or Commitments required to be delivered to Lenders pursuant to Article II;

(ii) each Affiliated Lender that purchases any Term Loans pursuant to clause (x) above shall represent and warrant to the selling Term Lender (other than any other Affiliated Lender) that it does not possess material non-public information (or material information of the type that would not be public if the Borrower or any Parent Entity were a publicly-reporting company) with respect to the Borrower and its Subsidiaries that either (1) has not been disclosed to the Term Lenders generally (other than Term Lenders that have elected not to receive such information) or (2) if not disclosed to the Term Lenders, would reasonably be expected to have a material effect on, or otherwise be material to (A) a Term Lender’s decision to participate in any such assignment or (B) the market price of such Term Loans, or shall make a statement that such representation cannot be made;

(iii) each Lender (other than any other Affiliated Lender) that assigns any Term Loans to an Affiliated Lender pursuant to clause (y) above shall deliver to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower a customary Big Boy Letter (unless such Affiliated Lender is willing, in its sole discretion, to make the representation and warranty contemplated by the foregoing clause (ii));

(iv) the aggregate principal amount of Term Loans of any Class under this Agreement held by Affiliated Lenders at the time of any such purchase or assignment shall not exceed 25% of the aggregate principal amount of Term Loans of such Class outstanding at such time under this Agreement (such percentage, the “Affiliated Lender Cap”); provided that to the extent any assignment to an Affiliated Lender would result in the aggregate principal amount of all Term Loans of any Class held by Affiliated Lenders exceeding the Affiliated Lender Cap, the assignment of such excess amount will be void ab initio;

(v) as a condition to each assignment pursuant to this subsection (h), the Administrative Agent and the Borrower shall have been provided a notice in connection with each assignment to an Affiliated Lender or a Person that upon effectiveness of such assignment would constitute an Affiliated Lender pursuant to which such Affiliated Lender shall waive any right to bring any action in connection with such Term Loans against the Administrative Agent, in its capacity as such; and

(vi) the assigning Lender and the Affiliated Lender purchasing such Lender’s Term Loans shall execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent an assignment agreement substantially in the form of Exhibit D-2 hereto (an “Affiliated Lender Assignment and Assumption”).

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, any Affiliated Lender that has purchased Term Loans pursuant to this subsection (h) may, in its sole discretion, contribute, directly or indirectly, the principal amount of such Term Loans or any portion thereof, plus all accrued and unpaid interest thereon, to the Borrower for the purpose of cancelling and extinguishing such Term Loans. Upon the date of such contribution, assignment or transfer, (x) the aggregate outstanding principal amount of Term Loans shall reflect such cancellation and extinguishing of the Term Loans then held by the Borrower and (y) the Borrower shall promptly provide notice to the Administrative Agent of such contribution of such Term Loans, and the Administrative Agent, upon receipt of such notice, shall reflect the cancellation of the applicable Term Loans in the Register.

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notify the Administrative Agent and the Borrower promptly (and in any event within ten (10) Business Days) if it becomes an Affiliated Lender. The Administrative Agent may conclusively rely upon any notice delivered pursuant to the immediately preceding sentence and/or pursuant to clause (v) of this subsection (h) and shall not have any liability for any losses suffered by any Person as a result of any purported assignment to or from an Affiliated Lender.

(i) Notwithstanding anything in Section 10.01 or the definition of “Required Lenders,” or “Required Facility Lenders” to the contrary, for purposes of determining whether the Required Lenders and Required Facility Lenders (in respect of a Class of Term Loans) have (i) consented (or not consented) to any amendment, modification, waiver, consent or other action with respect to any of the terms of any Loan Document or any departure by any Loan Party therefrom, or subject to Section 10.07(j), any plan of reorganization pursuant to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, (ii) otherwise acted on any matter related to any Loan Document, or (iii) directed or required the Administrative Agent or any Lender to undertake any action (or refrain from taking any action) with respect to or under any Loan Document, no Affiliated Lender shall have any right to consent (or not consent), otherwise act or direct or require the Administrative Agent or any Lender to take (or refrain from taking) any such action and:

(i) all Term Loans held by any Affiliated Lenders shall be deemed to be not outstanding for all purposes of calculating whether the Required Lenders and Required Facility Lenders (in respect of a Class of Term Loans) have taken any actions; and

(ii) all Term Loans held by Affiliated Lenders shall be deemed to be not outstanding for all purposes of calculating whether all Lenders have taken any action unless the action in question affects such Affiliated Lender in a disproportionately adverse manner than its effect on other Lenders.

(j) Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement or the other Loan Documents to the contrary, each Affiliated Lender hereby agrees that, and each Affiliated Lender Assignment and Assumption shall provide a confirmation that, if a proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law shall be commenced by or against the Borrower or any other Loan Party at a time when such Lender is an Affiliated Lender, such Affiliated Lender irrevocably authorizes and empowers the Administrative Agent to vote on behalf of such Affiliated Lender with respect to the Term Loans held by such Affiliated Lender in any manner in the Administrative Agent’s sole discretion, unless the Administrative Agent instructs such Affiliated Lender to vote, in which case such Affiliated Lender shall vote with respect to the Term Loans held by it as the Administrative Agent directs; provided that such Affiliated Lender shall be entitled to vote in accordance with its sole discretion (and not in accordance with the direction of the Administrative Agent) in connection with any plan of reorganization to the extent any such plan of reorganization proposes to treat any Obligations held by such Affiliated Lender in a disproportionately adverse manner than the proposed treatment of similar Obligations held by Term Lenders that are not Affiliated Lenders.

(k) Although Debt Fund Affiliates shall be Eligible Assignees and shall not be subject to the provisions of Section 10.07(h), (i) or (j), any Lender may, at any time, assign all or a portion of its rights and obligations with respect to Term Loans under this Agreement to a Person who is or will become, after such assignment, a Debt Fund Affiliate only through (x) Dutch auctions or other offers to purchase or take by assignment open to all Lenders on a pro rata basis in accordance with procedures of the type described in Section 2.03(a)(iv) (for the avoidance of doubt, without requiring any representation as to the possession of material non-public information by such Affiliate) or (y) open market purchase on a non-pro rata basis. Notwithstanding anything in Section 10.01 or the definition of “Required Lenders” to the contrary, for purposes of determining whether the Required Lenders have (i) consented (or not consented) to any amendment, modification, waiver, consent or other action with respect to any of the terms of any Loan Document or any departure by any Loan Party therefrom, (ii) otherwise acted on any matter related to any Loan Document or (iii) directed or required the Administrative Agent or any Lender to undertake any action (or refrain from taking any action) with respect to or under any Loan Document, all Term Loans held by Debt Fund Affiliates, in the aggregate, may not account for more than 49.9% of the Term Loans of consenting Lenders included in determining whether the Required Lenders have consented to any action pursuant to Section 10.01.

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(i) (x) if the assignee is Holdings or a Subsidiary of the Borrower, upon such assignment, transfer or contribution, the applicable assignee shall automatically be deemed to have contributed or transferred the principal amount of such Term Loans, plus all accrued and unpaid interest thereon, to the Borrower; or (y) if the assignee is the Borrower (including through contribution or transfers set forth in clause (x)), (a) the principal amount of such Term Loans, along with all accrued and unpaid interest thereon, so contributed, assigned or transferred to any the Borrower shall be deemed automatically cancelled and extinguished on the date of such contribution, assignment or transfer, (b) the aggregate outstanding principal amount of Term Loans of the remaining Lenders shall reflect such cancellation and extinguishing of the Term Loans then held by the Borrower and (c) the Borrower shall promptly provide notice to the Administrative Agent of such contribution, assignment or transfer of such Term Loans, and the Administrative Agent, upon receipt of such notice, shall reflect the cancellation of the applicable Term Loans in the Register; and

(ii) each Person that purchases any Term Loans pursuant to clause (x) of this subsection (l) shall represent and warrant to the selling Term Lender (other than any Affiliated Lender) that it does not possess material non-public information (or material information of the type that would not be public if the Borrower or any Parent Entity were a publicly-reporting company) with respect to the Borrower and its Subsidiaries that either (1) has not been disclosed to the Term Lenders generally (other than Term Lenders that have elected not to receive such information) or (2) if not disclosed to the Term Lenders, would reasonably be expected to have a material effect on, or otherwise be material to (A) a Term Lender’s decision to participate in any such assignment or (B) the market price of such Term Loans, or shall make a statement that such representation cannot be made.

(m) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, without the consent of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, (1) any Lender may in accordance with applicable Law create a security interest in all or any portion of the Loans owing to it and the Term Note, if any, held by it and (2) any Lender that is a Fund may create a security interest in all or any portion of the Loans owing to it and the Term Note, if any, held by it to the trustee for holders of obligations owed, or securities issued, by such Fund as security for such obligations or securities; provided that unless and until such trustee actually becomes a Lender in compliance with the other provisions of this Section 10.07, (i) no such pledge shall release the pledging Lender from any of its obligations under the Loan Documents and (ii) such trustee shall not be entitled to exercise any of the rights of a Lender under the Loan Documents even though such trustee may have acquired ownership rights with respect to the pledged interest through foreclosure or otherwise.

SECTION 10.08 Confidentiality. Each of the Agents, the Arranger and the Lenders agrees to maintain the confidentiality of the Information in accordance with its customary procedures (as set forth below), except that Information may be disclosed (a) to its Affiliates and to its and its Affiliates’ respective partners, directors, officers, employees, legal counsel, independent auditors, agents, trustees, advisors and representatives (it being understood that the Persons to whom such disclosure is made will be informed of the confidential nature of such Information and instructed to keep such Information confidential, with such Affiliate being responsible for such Person’s compliance with this Section 10.08; provided, however, that such Agent, Arranger or Lender, as applicable, shall be principally liable to the extent this Section 10.08 is violated by one or more of its Affiliates or any of its or their respective employees, directors or officers), (b) to the extent requested by any regulatory authority purporting to have jurisdiction over it (including any self-regulatory authority, such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners); provided, however, that each Agent, each Arranger and each Lender to seek confidential treatment with respect to any such disclosure, (c) to the extent required by applicable laws or regulations or by any subpoena or otherwise as required by applicable Law or regulation or as requested by a governmental authority; provided that such Agent, such Arranger or such Lender, as applicable, agrees (x) that it will notify the Borrower as soon as practicable in the event of any such disclosure by such Person (except in connection with any request as part of any audit or examination conducted by bank accountants or any regulatory authority ) unless such notification is prohibited by law, rule or regulation and (y) to seek confidential treatment with respect to any such disclosure, (d) to any other party hereto, (e) subject to an agreement containing provisions at least as restrictive as those of this

 

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Section 10.08, to (i) any assignee of or Participant in, or any prospective assignee of or Participant in, any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement or any Eligible Assignee (or its agent) invited to be an Additional Lender or (ii) with the prior consent of the Borrower, any actual or prospective direct or indirect counterparty (or its advisors) to any swap or derivative transaction relating to the Borrower or any of their Subsidiaries or any of their respective obligations; provided that such disclosure shall be made subject to the acknowledgment and acceptance by such prospective Lender, Participant or Eligible Assignee that such Information is being disseminated on a confidential basis (on substantially the terms set forth in this paragraph or as is otherwise reasonably acceptable to the Borrower, the Agents and the Arranger, including, without limitation, as set forth in any confidential information memorandum or other marketing materials) in accordance with the standard syndication process of the Agents and the Arranger or market standards for dissemination of such type of information which shall in any event require “click through” or other affirmative action on the part of the recipient to access such confidential information, (f) for purposes of establishing a “due diligence” defense, (g) with the consent of the Borrower or (h) to the extent such Information (x) becomes publicly available other than as a result of a breach by any Person of this Section 10.08 or any other confidentiality provision in favor of any Loan Party, (y) becomes available to any Agent, any Arranger, any Lender or any of their respective Affiliates on a nonconfidential basis from a source other than Holdings, the Borrower or any Subsidiary thereof, and which source is not known by such Agent, such Lender or the applicable Affiliate to be subject to a confidentiality restriction in respect thereof in favor of Holdings, the Borrower or any Affiliate of the Borrower or (z) is independently developed by the Agents, the Lenders, the Arranger or their respective Affiliates, in each case, so long as not based on information obtained in a manner that would otherwise violate this Section 10.08.

For purposes of this Section 10.08, “Information” means all information received from any Loan Party or any Subsidiary thereof relating to any Loan Party or any Subsidiary or Affiliate thereof or their respective businesses, other than any such information that is available to any Agent, any Lender on a nonconfidential basis prior to disclosure by any Loan Party or any Subsidiary thereof; it being understood that all information received from Holdings, the Borrower or any Subsidiary or Affiliate thereof after the date hereof shall be deemed confidential unless such information is clearly identified at the time of delivery as not being confidential. Any Person required to maintain the confidentiality of Information as provided in this Section 10.08 shall be considered to have complied with its obligation to do so in accordance with its customary procedures if such Person has exercised the same degree of care to maintain the confidentiality of such Information as such Person would accord to its own confidential information.

Each Agent, each Arranger, each Lender acknowledges that (a) the Information may include trade secrets, protected confidential information, or material non-public information concerning the Borrower or a Subsidiary, as the case may be, (b) it has developed compliance procedures regarding the use of such information and (c) it will handle such information in accordance with applicable Law, including United States Federal and state securities Laws and to preserve its trade secret or confidential character.

The respective obligations of the Agents, the Arranger and the Lenders under this Section 10.08 shall survive, to the extent applicable to such Person, (x) the payment in full of the Obligations and the termination of this Agreement, (y) any assignment of its rights and obligations under this Agreement and (z) the resignation or removal of any Agent.

SECTION 10.09 Setoff. If an Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, each Lender is hereby authorized at any time and from time to time, after obtaining the prior written consent of the Administrative Agent, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, to set off and apply any and all deposits (general or special, time or demand, provisional or final, in whatever currency) at any time held and other obligations (in whatever currency) at any time owing by such Lender to or for the credit or the account of any Loan Party against any and all of the obligations of such Loan Party then due and payable under this Agreement or any other Loan Document to such Lender, irrespective of whether or not such Lender shall have made any demand under this Agreement or any other Loan Document. The rights of each Lender under this Section 10.09 are in addition to other rights and remedies (including other rights of setoff) that such Lender may have. Each Lender agrees to notify the Borrower and the Administrative Agent promptly after any such setoff and application, provided that the failure to give such notice shall not affect the validity of such setoff and application.

 

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SECTION 10.10 Interest Rate Limitation. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any Loan Document, the interest paid or agreed to be paid under the Loan Documents shall not exceed the maximum rate of non-usurious interest permitted by applicable Law (the “Maximum Rate”). If any Agent or any Lender shall receive interest in an amount that exceeds the Maximum Rate, the excess interest shall be applied to the principal of the Loans or, if it exceeds such unpaid principal, refunded to the Borrower. In determining whether the interest contracted for, charged, or received by an Agent or a Lender exceeds the Maximum Rate, such Person may, to the extent permitted by applicable Law, (a) characterize any payment that is not principal as an expense, fee, or premium rather than interest, (b) exclude voluntary prepayments and the effects thereof, and (c) amortize, prorate, allocate, and spread in equal or unequal parts the total amount of interest throughout the contemplated term of the Obligations hereunder.

SECTION 10.11 Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts (and by different parties hereto in different counterparts), each of which shall constitute an original, but all of which when taken together shall constitute a single contract. This Agreement and the other Loan Documents constitute the entire contract among the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersede any and all previous agreements and understandings, oral or written, relating to the subject matter hereof. Except as provided in Section 4.01, this Agreement shall become effective when it shall have been executed by the Administrative Agent and when the Administrative Agent shall have received counterparts hereof that, when taken together, bear the signatures of each of the other parties hereto. Delivery of an executed counterpart of a signature page of this Agreement by facsimile or other electronic imaging (including in .pdf format) means shall be effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart of this Agreement.

SECTION 10.12 Electronic Execution of Assignments and Certain Other Documents. The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature,” and words of like import in any Assignment and Assumption or in any amendment or other modification hereof (including waivers and consents) shall be deemed to include electronic signatures or the keeping of records in electronic form, each of which shall be of the same legal effect, validity or enforceability as a manually executed signature or the use of a paper-based recordkeeping system, as the case may be, to the extent and as provided for in any applicable law, including the Federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, the New York State Electronic Signatures and Records Act, or any other similar state laws based on the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.