XXXXX & STEERS REIT AND UTILITY INCOME FUND, INC.
AUCTION AGENCY AGREEMENT
dated as of , 2007
to Auction Preferred
XXXXX & STEERS REIT AND UTILITY INCOME FUND, INC.
THE BANK OF NEW YORK
as Auction Agent
This Auction Agency Agreement (this “Agreement”), dated as of
, 2007, is between XXXXX & STEERS REIT AND UTILITY INCOME FUND, INC. (the “Fund”) and The Bank of New
York, a New York banking corporation.
The Fund proposes to issue a series of preferred shares, par value $.001 per share, designated
Series Taxable Auction Preferred Shares, liquidation preference $25,000 per share (the “Series
Preferred Shares”), pursuant to the Fund’s Articles Supplementary (as defined below).
The Fund desires that The Bank of New York perform certain duties as agent in connection with each Auction (as defined below) of Series
Preferred Shares (in such capacity, the “Auction Agent”), and as the transfer agent, registrar, dividend paying agent and redemption agent with respect to the
Series Preferred Shares (in such capacity, the “Paying Agent”), upon the terms and conditions of this Agreement, and the Fund hereby appoints The Bank of New
York as said Auction Agent and Paying Agent in accordance with those terms and conditions (hereinafter generally referred to as the “Auction Agent,” except in Sections 3 and 4 below).
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants contained herein, the Fund and the Auction Agent agree as follows:
I. DEFINITIONS AND RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.
Defined by Reference to the Articles Supplementary.
Capitalized terms not defined herein shall have the respective meanings specified
in the Articles Supplementary.
1.2 Certain Defined Terms.
As used herein, the following terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context otherwise requires:
(a) “Agent Member” of any Person shall mean such Person’s agent member of a participant in the Securities Depository that will act on
behalf of a Bidder.
(b) “Articles Supplementary” shall mean the Articles Supplementary dated
, 2007 specifying the powers, preferences and rights of the Series
Preferred Shares attached as Appendix B to the Statement of Additional Information relating to the Series Preferred Shares dated
“Auction” shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.1 hereof.
(d) “Auction Procedures” shall mean the Auction
Procedures that are set forth in Part II of the Articles Supplementary.
(e) “Authorized Officer” shall mean each Vice
President, Assistant Vice President and Assistant Treasurer of the Auction Agent and every other officer or employee of the Auction Agent designated as an “Authorized Officer” for purposes hereof in a written communication from the Auction
Agent to the Fund.
(f) “Broker-Dealer Agreement” shall mean each agreement between the Auction Agent and a broker-dealer
substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A.
(g) “Closing” shall mean the date the Fund consummates the transactions for the issuance and
sale of the Series Preferred Shares.
(h) “Fund Officer” shall mean the
Chairman, the President, each Vice President (whether or not designated by a number or word or words added before or after the title “Vice President”), the Secretary, the Treasurer, each Assistant Secretary and each Assistant Treasurer of
the Fund and every other officer or employee of the Fund designated as a “Fund Officer” for purposes hereof in a written notice from the Fund to the Auction Agent.
(i) “Holder” shall be a holder of record of one or more Series Preferred Shares, listed
as such in the share register maintained by the Paying Agent pursuant to Section 4.6 hereof.
(j) “Interest Equivalent”
means a yield on a 360-day basis of a discount basis security which is equal to the yield on an equivalent interest-bearing security.
Rules of Construction.
Unless the context or use indicates another or different meaning or intent, the following rules shall apply
to the construction of this Agreement:
(a) Words importing the singular number shall include the plural number and vice versa.
(b) The captions and headings herein are solely for convenience of reference and shall not constitute a part of this Agreement nor shall they affect
its meaning, construction or effect.
(c) The words “hereof,” “herein,” “hereto,” and other words of similar
import refer to this Agreement as a whole.
(d) All references herein to a particular time of day shall be to New York City time.
II. THE AUCTION.
Incorporation by Reference of Auction Procedures.
(a) The Articles Supplementary provides that the Applicable Rate on the Series
Preferred Shares for each Dividend Period therefor after the initial Dividend Period shall be the rate per annum that a commercial bank, trust company or other financial institution appointed
by the Fund advises results from the implementation of the Auction Procedures. The Board of Directors of the Fund has adopted a resolution appointing The Bank of New York as Auction Agent for purposes of the Auction Procedures. The Auction Agent
hereby accepts such appointment and agrees that, on each Auction Date, it shall follow the procedures set forth in this Section 2 and the Auction Procedures for the purpose of determining the Applicable Rate for the Series
Preferred Shares for the next Dividend Period. Each periodic operation of such procedures is hereinafter referred to as an “Auction.”
(b) All of the provisions contained in the Auction Procedures are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety and shall be deemed to be a part
hereof to the same extent as if such provisions were set forth fully herein.
2.2 Preparation for Each Auction; Maintenance of Registry
of Existing Holders.
(a) As of the date hereof, the Fund shall provide the Auction Agent with a list of the Broker-Dealers previously
approved by the Auction Agent and shall cause to be delivered to the Auction
Agent for execution by the Auction Agent a Broker-Dealer Agreement signed by each such Broker-Dealer. The Auction Agent shall keep such list current and
accurate based upon information provided to it by Broker-Dealers and shall indicate thereon, or on a separate list, the identity of each Existing Holder, if any, whose most recent Order was submitted by a Broker-Dealer on such list and resulted in
such Existing Holder continuing to hold or purchase Series Preferred Shares. Not later than five Business Days prior to any Auction Date for which any change in such list of Broker-Dealers is
to be effective, the Fund shall notify the Auction Agent in writing of such change and, if any such change is the addition of a Broker-Dealer to such list, the Fund shall cause to be delivered to the Auction Agent for execution by the Auction Agent
a Broker-Dealer Agreement signed by such Broker-Dealer. The Auction Agent shall have entered into a Broker-Dealer Agreement with each Broker-Dealer prior to the participation of any such Broker-Dealer in any Auction.
(b) The provisions contained in Section 4 of Part I of the Articles Supplementary concerning Special Dividend Periods and the notification of a
Special Dividend Period will be followed by the Fund and, to the extent applicable, the Auction Agent, and the provisions contained therein are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety and shall be deemed to be a part of this Agreement to
the same extent as if such provisions were set forth fully herein.
(c) The Applicable Percentage and the Applicable Spread on the date of
the Agreement are those rates as determined by the Fund and provided to the Auction Agent on the date even herewith. If there is any change in the credit rating of Series Preferred Shares by
the rating agency (or substitute or successor rating agencies) referred to in the definition of “Applicable Percentage” and “Applicable Spread” resulting in any change in the Applicable Percentage or Applicable Spread for Series
Preferred Shares after the date given herewith, the Fund shall notify the Auction Agent in writing of such change in the Applicable Percentage or Applicable Spread prior to 12:00 Noon on the
Business Day prior to the next Auction Date for any series of Series Preferred Shares succeeding such change. In determining the Maximum Rate for any series of Series
Preferred Shares on any Auction Date as set forth in 2.5(a)(i) hereof, the Auction Agent shall be entitled to rely on the last Applicable Percentage and Applicable Spread for Series
Preferred Shares of which it has most recently received notice from the Fund (or, in the absence of such notice, the percentage or spread determined by reference to the definition of Applicable
Percentage and Applicable Spread, respectively).
(d)(i) On each Auction Date, the Auction Agent shall determine the dividend rate and the
Maximum Rate. If any Treasury Index Rate is not quoted on an interest or bond equivalent, as the case may be, basis, the Auction Agent shall convert the quoted rate to the interest or bond equivalent thereof as set forth in the definition of such
rate in the Articles Supplementary if the rate obtained by the Auction Agent is quoted on a discount basis, or if such rate is quoted on a basis other than an interest or bond equivalent or discount basis the Auction Agent shall convert the quoted
rate to an interest or bond equivalent rate after consultation with the Fund as to the method of such conversion.
(ii) If any LIBOR Rate
is to be determined by reference to Moneyline’s Telerate Page 3750 or by rate quotations provided by LIBOR Dealer(s), as the case may be, and Moneyline’s Telerate Page 3750 is unavailable or the LIBOR Dealer(s) fail to provide rate
quotations, as the case may be (as described in the Articles Supplementary), then the Auction Agent shall immediately notify the Fund so that the Fund can determine whether to select a Substitute LIBOR Dealer(s) to provide such rate quotation(s) not
(iii) If any Treasury Index Rate is to be based on rates supplied by U.S. Government Securities Dealers and one or more
of the U.S. Government Securities Dealers shall not provide a quotation for the determination of such Treasury Index Rate, the Auction Agent shall immediately notify the Fund so that the Fund can determine whether to select a substitute U.S.
Government Securities Dealer or substitute U.S. Government Securities Dealers to provide the quotation or quotations not being supplied by any U.S.
Government Securities Dealer or U.S. Government Securities Dealers. The Fund shall promptly advise the Auction Agent of any such selection.
(e)(i) The Auction Agent shall maintain a current registry of the Existing Holders of the Series Preferred Shares based upon information provided to it by Broker-Dealers for purposes
of each individual Auction. The Fund shall use commercially reasonable efforts to provide or cause to be provided to the Auction Agent within ten Business Days following the date of the Closing a list of the initial Existing Holders of Series
Preferred Shares, and the Broker-Dealer of each such Existing Holder through which such Existing Holder purchased such shares. The Auction Agent may conclusively rely upon, as evidence of the
identities of the Existing Holders, such list, the results of each Auction and notices from any Existing Holder, the Agent Member of any Existing Holder or the Broker-Dealer of any Existing Holder with respect to such Existing Holder’s transfer
of any Series Preferred Shares to another Person.
(ii) In the event of any
partial redemption of Series Preferred Shares, upon notice in writing by the Fund to the Auction Agent of such partial redemption, the Auction Agent promptly shall request the Securities
Depository to notify the Auction Agent in writing of the identities of the Agent Members (and the respective numbers of shares) from the accounts of which shares have been called for redemption and the person or department at such Agent Member to
contact regarding such redemption. At least two Business Days prior to the Auction preceding the date of redemption, the Auction Agent shall request each Agent Member so identified to disclose to the Auction Agent (upon selection by such Agent
Member of the Existing Holders whose shares are to be redeemed) the number of Series Preferred Shares of each such Existing Holder, if any, to be redeemed by the Fund, provided that the Auction
Agent has been furnished with the name and telephone number of a person or department at such Agent Member from which it is to request such information. In the absence of receiving any such information with respect to an Existing Holder, from such
Existing Holder’s Agent Member or otherwise, the Auction Agent may continue to treat such Existing Holder as having ownership of the number of Series Preferred Shares shown in the Auction
Agent’s registry of Existing Holders.
(iii) The Auction Agent shall register a transfer of the ownership of Series
Preferred Shares from an Existing Holder to another Existing Holder, or to another Person if permitted by the Fund, only if (A) such transfer is made pursuant to an Auction or (B) if
such transfer is made other than pursuant to an Auction, the Auction Agent has been notified of such transfer in writing, in a notice substantially in the form of Exhibit A-3 to the Broker-Dealer Agreement, by such Existing Holder or by the
Agent Member of such Existing Holder. The Auction Agent is not required to accept any notice of transfer delivered for an Auction unless it is received by the Auction Agent by 3:00 p.m. on the Business Day next preceding the Auction Date. The
Auction Agent shall rescind a transfer made on the registry of the Existing Holders of any Series Preferred Shares if the Auction Agent has been notified in writing, in a notice substantially
in the form of Exhibit A-4 to the Broker-Dealer Agreement, by the Agent Member or the Broker-Dealer of any Person that (i) purchased any Series Preferred Shares and the seller
failed to deliver such shares or (ii) sold any Series Preferred Shares and the purchaser failed to make payment to such Person upon delivery to the purchaser of such shares.
(f) The Auction Agent may, but shall not be obligated to, request that the Broker Dealers, as set forth in Section 3.2(b) of the Broker-Dealer
Agreements, provide the Auction Agent with a list of their respective customers that such Broker-Dealers believe are Beneficial Owners of Series Preferred Shares. The Auction Agent shall keep
confidential any such information and shall not disclose any such information so provided to any Person other than the relevant Broker-Dealer and the Fund; provided, however, that the Auction Agent reserves the right and is authorized to disclose
any such information if (a) it is ordered to do so by a court of competent jurisdiction or a regulatory body, judicial
or quasi-judicial agency or authority having the authority to compel such disclosure, (b) it is advised by its counsel that its failure to do so would
be unlawful or (c) failure to do so would expose the Auction Agent to loss, liability, claim, damage or expense for which it has not received indemnity or security satisfactory to it.
2.3 Auction Schedule.
Agent shall normally conduct Auctions every 7 days after the first Auction, in the case of the Series Preferred Shares, in accordance with the schedule set forth below. Such schedule may be
changed by the Auction Agent with the consent of the Fund, which consent shall not be withheld unreasonably. The Auction Agent shall give notice of any such change to each Broker-Dealer. Such notice shall be received prior to the first Auction Date
on which any such change shall be effective.
|By 9:30 am.
||Auction Agent shall advise the Fund and the Broker-Dealers of Maximum Rate as set forth in Section 2.2(c)(i) hereof.|
|9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
||Auction Agent shall assemble information communicated to it by Broker-Dealers as provided in Section 3(a) of Part II of the Articles Supplementary. Submission deadline is 1:00
|Not earlier than 1:00p.m.
||Auction Agent shall make determinations pursuant to Section 4(a) of Part II of the Articles Supplementary.|
|By approximately 3:30 p.m.
Auction Agent shall advise the Fund of the results of the Auction as provided in Section 4(b) of Part II of the Articles Supplementary.
Submitted Bid Orders and Submitted Sell Orders will be accepted and rejected in whole or in part and Series __ Preferred Shares will be allocated as provided in
Section 5 of Part II of the Articles Supplementary. Auction Agent shall give notice of the Auction results as set forth in Section 2.4 hereof.
The Auction Agent will follow the Bond Market Association’s Market Practice U.S. Holiday
Recommendations for shortened trading days for the bond markets (the “BMA Recommendation”) unless the Auction Agent is instructed otherwise. In the event of a BMA Recommendation on an Auction Date, the Submission Deadline will be 11:30
a.m., instead of 1:00 p.m., and as a result the notice set forth in Section 2.4 will occur earlier.
2.4 Notice of Auction
On each Auction Date, the Auction Agent shall notify Broker-Dealers of the results of the Auction held on such date by
telephone or other electronic means acceptable to the parties.
(a) Not later than 12:00 noon on each Auction Date, the Fund shall pay to the Auction Agent in Federal Funds or similar same-day funds an amount in cash
equal to (i) in the case of any Auction Date immediately preceding a seven day Dividend Period, the product of (A) a fraction the numerator of which is the number of days in such Dividend Period (calculated by counting the first day of
such Dividend Period but excluding the last day thereof) and the denominator of which is 360, times (B) 1/4 of 1%, times (C) $25,000 times (D) the sum of the aggregate number of outstanding Series
Preferred Shares for which the Auction is conducted and (ii) in the case of any Special Dividend Period, the amount determined by mutual consent of the
Fund and the Broker-Dealers pursuant to Section 3.5 of the Broker-Dealer Agreements. The Auction Agent shall apply such moneys as set forth in Section 3.5 of the Broker-Dealer Agreements and shall thereafter remit to the Fund any remaining
funds paid to the Auction Agent pursuant to this Section 2.5(a).
(b) The Fund shall not designate any Person to act as a
Broker-Dealer, or permit an Existing Holder or a Potential Beneficial Owner to participate in Auctions through any Person other than a Broker-Dealer, without the prior written approval of the Auction Agent, which approval shall not be withheld
unreasonably. The Fund may designate an Affiliate or to act as a Broker-Dealer.
(c) The Auction Agent shall terminate any Broker-Dealer Agreement as set forth therein if so directed in writing by the Fund.
(d) Subject to Section 2.5(b) hereof, the Auction Agent from time to time shall enter into such Broker-Dealer Agreements as the Fund shall request
(e) The Auction Agent shall maintain a list of Broker-Dealers.
2.6 Ownership of Series Preferred Shares and Submission of Bids by the Fund and Its Affiliates.
Neither the Fund nor any Affiliate of the Fund may submit any Sell Order or Bid, directly or indirectly, in any Auction, except that an
Affiliate of the Fund that is a Broker-Dealer may submit a Sell Order or Bid on behalf of a Beneficial Owner or a Potential Beneficial Owner. The Fund shall notify the Auction Agent in writing if the Fund or, to the best of the Fund’s
knowledge, any Affiliate of the Fund becomes a Beneficial Owner of any Series Preferred Shares. Any Series Preferred Shares redeemed,
purchased or otherwise acquired (i) by the Fund shall not be reissued, except in accordance with the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”) or (ii) by its Affiliates shall not be transferred
(other than to the Fund). The Auction Agent shall have no duty or liability with respect to enforcement of this Section 2.6.
Access to and Maintenance of Auction Records.
The Auction Agent shall afford to the Fund, its agents, independent public accountants
and counsel, access at reasonable times during normal business hours to review and make extracts or copies (at the Fund’s sole cost and expense) of all books, records, documents and other information concerning the conduct and results of
Auctions, provided that any such agent, accountant or counsel shall furnish the Auction Agent with a letter from the Fund requesting that the Auction Agent afford such person access at least one Business Day prior to the date of such access. The
Auction Agent shall maintain records relating to any Auction for a period of at least two years after such Auction (unless requested in writing by the Fund to maintain such records for such longer period not in excess of four years, then for such
longer period), and such records, in reasonable detail, shall accurately and fairly reflect the actions taken by the Auction Agent hereunder. The Fund agrees to keep confidential any information regarding the customers of any Broker-Dealer received
from the Auction Agent in connection with this Agreement or any Auction, and shall not disclose such information or permit the disclosure of such information without the prior written consent of the applicable Broker-Dealer to anyone except such
agent, accountant or counsel engaged to audit or review the results of Auctions as permitted by this Section 2.7. The Fund reserves the right to disclose any such information if it is advised by its counsel that its failure to do so would
(i) be unlawful or (ii) expose it to liability, unless the Broker-Dealer shall have offered
indemnification satisfactory to the Fund. Any such agent, accountant or counsel, before having access to such information, shall agree to keep such
information confidential and not to disclose such information or permit disclosure of such information without the prior written consent of the applicable Broker-Dealer, provided that such agent, accountant or counsel may reserve the right to
disclose any such information if it is advised by its counsel that its failure to do so would (i) be unlawful or (ii) expose it to liability, unless the Broker-Dealer shall have offered indemnification satisfactory to such agent,
accountant or counsel. The Auction Agent shall have no responsibility for, and shall have no liability in connection with, the Fund’s performance of its duties under this Section 2.7.
III. THE AUCTION AGENT AS PAYING AGENT.
3.1 The Paying
The Board of Directors of the Fund has adopted a resolution appointing The Bank of New York as Auction Agent and Paying Agent.
The Paying Agent hereby accepts such appointment and agrees to act in accordance with its standard procedures and the provisions of the Articles Supplementary which are specified herein with respect to the Series
Preferred Shares and as set forth in this Section 3.
3.2 The Fund’s
Notices to the Paying Agent.
Whenever any Series Preferred Shares are to be
redeemed, the Fund promptly shall deliver to the Paying Agent a Notice of Redemption, which will be mailed by the Paying Agent to each Holder at least five Business Days prior to the date such Notice of Redemption is required to be mailed pursuant
to the Articles Supplementary. The Paying Agent shall have no responsibility to confirm or verify the accuracy of any such Notice.
The Fund to Provide Funds for Dividends and Redemptions.
(a) Not later than 12:00 noon on each Dividend Payment Date, the Fund shall
deposit with the Paying Agent an aggregate amount of Federal Funds or similar same-day funds equal to the declared dividends to be paid to Holders on such Dividend Payment Date, and shall give the Paying Agent irrevocable written instructions to
apply such funds to the payment of such dividends on such Dividend Payment Date.
(b) If the Fund shall give a Notice of Redemption, then
by noon of the date fixed for redemption, the Fund shall deposit in trust with the Paying Agent an aggregate amount of Federal Funds or similar same-day funds sufficient to redeem such Series
Preferred Shares called for redemption and shall give the Paying Agent irrevocable written instructions and authority to pay the redemption price to the Holders of Series Preferred Shares
called for redemption upon surrender of the certificate or certificates therefor.
3.4 Disbursing Dividends and Redemption Price.
After receipt of the Federal Funds or similar same-day funds and instructions from the Fund described in Section 3.3 above, the Paying
Agent shall pay to the Holders (or former Holders) entitled thereto (i) on each Dividend Payment Date, dividends on the Series Preferred Shares, and (ii) on any date fixed for
redemption, the redemption price of any shares of Series Preferred Shares called for redemption. The amount of dividends for any Dividend Period to be paid by the Paying Agent to Holders will
be determined by the Fund as set forth in Section 2 of Part I of the Articles Supplementary. The redemption price to be paid by the Paying Agent to the Holders of any shares of Series
Preferred Shares called for redemption will be determined as set forth in Section 3 of Part I of the Articles
Supplementary. The Paying Agent shall have no duty to determine the redemption price and may rely on the amount thereof set forth in the Notice of
IV. THE PAYING AGENT AS TRANSFER AGENT AND REGISTRAR.
4.1 Original Issue of Share Certificates.
On the Date of Original Issue of the Series
Preferred Shares, one certificate for the series of Series Preferred Shares shall be issued by the Fund and registered in the name
of Cede & Co., as nominee of the Securities Depository, and countersigned by the Paying Agent.
4.2 Registration of Transfer or
Exchange of Shares.
Except as provided in this Section 4.2, the Series
Preferred Shares shall be registered solely in the name of the Securities Depository or its nominee. If the Securities Depository shall give notice of its intention to resign as such, and if the Fund shall not have selected a substitute Securities
Depository acceptable to the Paying Agent prior to such resignation, then upon such resignation the Series Preferred Shares, at the Fund’s request, may be registered for transfer or
exchange, and a new certificate thereupon shall be issued in the name of the designated transferee or transferees, upon surrender of the old certificate in form deemed by the Paying Agent to be properly endorsed for transfer with (a) all
necessary endorsers’ signatures guaranteed in such manner and form and by such guarantor as the Paying Agent may reasonably require, (b) such assurances as the Paying Agent shall deem necessary or appropriate to evidence the genuineness
and effectiveness of each necessary endorsement and (c) satisfactory evidence of compliance with all applicable laws relating to the collection of taxes in connection with any registration of transfer or exchange or funds necessary for the
payment of such taxes. If the certificate for the Series Preferred Shares is not held by the Securities Depository or its nominee, payments upon transfer of shares in an Auction shall be made
in Federal Funds or similar same-day funds to the Auction Agent against delivery of certificates therefor.
4.3 Removal of Legend.
Any request for removal of a legend indicating a restriction on transfer from a certificate evidencing Series
Preferred Shares shall be accompanied by an opinion of counsel stating that such legend may be removed and such shares may be transferred free of the restriction described in such legend, said
opinion to be delivered under cover of a letter from a Fund Officer authorizing the Paying Agent to remove the legend on the basis of said opinion.
4.4 Lost, Stolen or Destroyed Shares Certificates.
The Paying Agent shall issue and register a replacement certificate for
a certificate represented to have been lost, stolen or destroyed, upon the fulfillment of such requirements as shall be deemed appropriate by the Fund and by the Paying Agent, subject at all times to provisions of law, the Articles Supplementary
governing such matters and resolutions adopted by the Fund with respect to lost, stolen or destroyed securities. The Paying Agent may issue a new certificate in exchange for and upon the cancellation of a mutilated certificate. Any request by the
Fund to the Paying Agent to issue a replacement or new certificate pursuant to this Section 4.4 shall be deemed to be a representation and warranty by the Fund to the Paying Agent that such issuance will comply with provisions of applicable law
and the Articles Supplementary and resolutions of the Fund.
4.5 Disposition of Canceled Certificates: Record Retention.
The Paying Agent shall retain stock certificates which have been canceled in transfer or in exchange and accompanying documentation in accordance with
applicable rules and regulations of the
Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) for at least two calendar years from the date of such cancellation. The Paying Agent, upon
written request by the Fund, shall afford to the Fund, its agents and counsel access at reasonable times during normal business hours to review and make extracts or copies (at the Fund’s sole cost and expense) of such certificates and
accompanying documentation. Upon written request by the Fund at any time within the six month period commencing immediately after the expiration of this two-year period, the Paying Agent shall deliver to the Fund the canceled certificates and
accompanying documentation. The Fund, at its expense, shall retain such records for a minimum additional period of at least four calendar years from the date of delivery of the records to the Fund and shall make such records available during this
period at any time, or from time to time, for reasonable periodic, special, or other examinations by representatives of the Commission. The Fund also shall undertake to furnish to the Commission, upon demand, either at its principal office or at any
regional office, complete, correct and current hard copies of any and all such records.
4.6 Stock Register.
The Paying Agent shall maintain the stock register, which shall contain a list of the Holders, the number of shares held by each Holder and the address of
each Holder. The Paying Agent shall record in the stock register any change of address of a Holder upon written notice by such Holder. In case of any written request or demand for the inspection of the share register or any other books of the Fund
in the possession of the Paying Agent, the Paying Agent will notify the Fund and secure instructions as to permitting or refusing such inspection. The Paying Agent reserves the right, however, to exhibit the stock register or other records to any
person in case it is advised by its counsel that its failure to do so would (i) be unlawful or (ii) expose it to liability, unless the Fund shall have offered indemnification satisfactory to the Paying Agent.
4.7 Return of Funds.
deposited with the Paying Agent by the Fund for any reason (other than for the payment of amounts due to the Paying Agent) under this Agreement, including for the payment of dividends or the redemption of Series
Preferred Shares, that remain with the Paying Agent after 12 months shall be repaid to the Fund upon written request by the Fund.
V. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES.
5.1 Representations and Warranties of the Fund.
The Fund represents and warrants to the Auction Agent that:
(i) the Fund is duly organized and is validly existing as a corporation under the laws of the State of Maryland, and has full power to execute and deliver this Agreement and to authorize, create and issue the Series
(ii) the Fund is registered with the Commission under the 1940
Act as a closed-end, non-diversified, management investment company;
(iii) this Agreement has been duly and validly authorized, executed
and delivered by the Fund and constitutes the legal, valid and binding obligation of the Fund, enforceable against the Fund in accordance with its terms, subject to bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization and other laws of general applicability
relating to or affecting creditors’ rights and to general equitable principles;
(iv) the form of the certificate evidencing the
Series Preferred Shares complies with all applicable laws of the State of Maryland;
(v) the Series Preferred Shares have been duly
and validly authorized by the Fund and, upon completion of the initial sale of the Series Preferred Shares and receipt of payment therefor, will be validly issued by the Fund, fully paid and
(vi) at the time of the offering of the Series Preferred Shares,
the shares offered will be registered under the Securities Act and no further action by or before any governmental body or authority of the United States or of any state thereof is required in connection with the execution and delivery of this
Agreement or will be required in connection with the issuance of shares of the Series Preferred Shares, except such action as required by applicable state securities laws;
(vii) the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the issuance and delivery of the Series
Preferred Shares do not and will not conflict with, violate, or result in a breach of the terms, conditions or provisions of, or constitute a default under, the Articles of Incorporation, any order or decree of any court or public authority having
jurisdiction over the Fund, or any mortgage, indenture, contract, agreement or undertaking to which the Fund is a party or by which it is bound; and
(viii) no taxes are payable upon or in respect of the execution of this Agreement or will be payable upon or in respect of the issuance of the Series Preferred
5.2 Representations and Warranties of the Auction Agent.
The Auction Agent represents and warrants to the Fund that:
(i) the Auction Agent is duly organized and is validly existing as a banking corporation in good standing under the laws of the State of New York and has the corporate power to enter into and perform its obligations
under this Agreement; and
(ii) this Agreement has been duly and validly authorized, executed and delivered by the Auction Agent and
constitutes the legal, valid and binding obligation of the Auction Agent, enforceable against the Auction Agent in accordance with its terms, subject to bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization and other laws of general applicability relating to or
affecting creditors’ rights and to general equitable principles.
VI. THE AUCTION AGENT.
6.1 Duties and Responsibilities.
The Auction Agent is acting solely as agent for the Fund hereunder and owes no fiduciary duties to any Person.
(b) The Auction Agent
undertakes to perform such duties and only such duties as are set forth specifically in this Agreement, and no implied covenants or obligations shall be read into this Agreement against the Auction Agent.
(c) In the absence of willful misconduct or gross negligence on its part, the Auction Agent shall not be liable for any action taken, suffered or omitted
by it or for any error of judgment made by it in the performance of its duties under this Agreement.
(d) In no event shall the Auction
Agent be liable for special, punitive, indirect or consequential loss or damage of any kind whatsoever (including, but not limited to, lost profits), even if the Auction Agent has been advised of the likelihood of such loss or damage and regardless
of the form of action.
||Rights of the Auction Agent. |
(a) The Auction Agent
may conclusively rely upon, and shall be fully protected in acting or refraining from acting upon, any communication authorized hereby and any written instruction, notice, request, direction, consent, report, certificate, share certificate or other
instrument, paper or document reasonably believed by it to be genuine. The Auction Agent shall not be liable for acting or refraining from acting upon any telephone communication authorized hereby which the Auction Agent reasonably believes in good
faith to have been given by the Fund or by a Broker-Dealer. The Auction Agent may record telephone communications with the Fund or with the Broker-Dealers or with both.
(b) The Auction Agent may consult with counsel of its choice, and the advice of such counsel shall be full and complete authorization and protection in respect of any action taken, suffered or omitted by it hereunder
in good faith and in reasonable reliance thereon.
(c) The Auction Agent shall not be required to advance, expend or risk its own funds or
otherwise incur or become exposed to financial liability in the performance of its duties hereunder. The Auction Agent shall be under no liability for interest on any money received by it hereunder except as otherwise agreed in writing with the
(d) The Auction Agent may perform its duties and exercise its rights hereunder either directly or by or through agents or attorneys
and, in the absence of willful misconduct or gross negligence on the part of any such agent or attorney, shall not be responsible for the conduct on the part of any such agent or attorney appointed by it with due care.
(e) The Auction Agent shall not be liable for any error of judgment made in good faith unless the Auction Agent shall have been grossly negligent in
ascertaining the pertinent facts necessary to make such judgment. In no event shall the Auction Agent be liable for special, indirect or consequential loss or damages of any kind whatsoever (including, but not limited to, loss of profits), even if
the Auction Agent has been advised of the likelihood of such loss or damages and regardless of the form of action, except in the event of willful misconduct or gross negligence on the part of the Auction Agent.
(f) The Auction Agent shall not be required to and shall make no representations and have no responsibilities as to the validity, accuracy, value or
genuineness of any signatures or endorsements, other than its own. The Auction Agent makes no representations as to and shall have no liability with respect to the correctness of the recitals in, or the validity, accuracy or adequacy of this
Agreement, any Broker-Dealer Agreement, any offering material used in connection with the offer and sale of the Series Preferred Shares or any other agreement or instrument executed in
connection with the transactions contemplated herein or in any thereof. The Auction Agent shall have no obligation or liability in respect of the registration or exemption therefrom of the Series
Preferred Shares under federal or state securities laws in respect of the sufficiency or the conformity of any transfer of the Series
Preferred Shares pursuant to the terms of the Auction Agency Agreement, any Broker Dealer Agreement, or any other document contemplated thereby or related thereto.
(g) Whenever in the administration of the provisions of this Agreement the Auction Agent shall deem it necessary or desirable that a matter be proved or established prior to taking or suffering any action to be taken
hereunder, such matter (unless other evidence in respect thereof be herein specifically prescribed) may, in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of the Auction Agent, be deemed to be conclusively proved and established
by a certificate signed by the Fund or the Broker-Dealer, and delivered to the Auction Agent and such certificate, in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of the Auction Agent, shall be full warrant to the Auction Agent
for any action taken or omitted by it under the provisions of this Agreement upon the faith thereof.
(h) The Auction Agent shall not be bound to make any investigation into the facts or matters stated in
any resolution, certificate, statement, instrument, opinion, report, notice, request, consent, entitlement order, approval or other paper or document furnished by Fund or the Broker-Dealer, except to the extent that such failure to investigate would
be deemed grossly negligent.
(i) Any corporation into which the Auction Agent may be merged or converted or with which it may be
consolidated, or any corporation resulting from any merger, conversion or consolidation to which the Auction Agent shall be a party, or any corporation succeeding to the Dealing and Trading business of the Auction Agent shall be the successor of the
Auction Agent hereunder, with the consent of the Fund but without the execution of filing any paper with any party hereto or any further act on the part of any of the parties hereto, except where any instrument of transfer or assignment is required
by law to effect such succession, anything herein to the contrary notwithstanding.
6.3 Compensation, Expenses and Indemnification.
(a) The Fund shall pay to the Auction Agent from time to time reasonable compensation for all services rendered by it under this Agreement
and under the Broker-Dealer Agreements as shall be set forth in a separate writing signed by the Fund and the Auction Agent, subject to adjustments if the Series Preferred Shares no longer are
held of record by the Securities Depository or its nominee or if there shall be such other change as shall increase or decrease materially the Auction Agent’s obligations hereunder or under the Broker-Dealer Agreements.
(b) The Fund shall reimburse the Auction Agent upon its request for all reasonable expenses, disbursements and advances incurred or made by the Auction
Agent in accordance with any provision of this Agreement and of the Broker-Dealer Agreements (including the reasonable compensation, expenses and disbursements of its agents and counsel), except any expense, disbursement or advance attributable to
its gross negligence or willful misconduct.
(c) The Fund shall indemnify the Auction Agent and its officers, directors, employees and
agents for, and hold it harmless against, any loss, liability or expense incurred without gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of the Auction Agent arising out of or in connection with its agency under this Agreement and under the
Broker-Dealer Agreements, including the costs and expenses of defending itself against any claim of liability in connection with its exercise or performance of any of its duties hereunder and thereunder, except such as may result from its gross
negligence or willful misconduct.
6.4 Force Majeure
The Auction Agent shall not be responsible for or liable for any failure or delay in the performance of its obligations under this Agreement arising out of or caused, directly or indirectly, by circumstances beyond
its reasonable control, including, without limitation, acts of God; earthquakes; fires; floods; wars; civil or military disturbances; sabotage; epidemics; riots; acts of terrorism; interruptions, loss or malfunctions of utilities; computer (hardware
or software) or communications services; accidents; labor disputes; acts of civil or military authority or governmental actions; it being understood that the Auction Agent shall use reasonable efforts which are consistent with accepted practices in
the banking industry to resume performance as soon as practicable under the circumstances.
7.1 Term of Agreement.
(a) The term of this Agreement is unlimited unless it shall be terminated as provided in this
Section 7.1. The Fund may terminate this Agreement at any time by so notifying the Auction Agent in writing, provided that, if any Series Preferred Shares remain outstanding, the Fund
shall have entered into an agreement with a successor auction agent. The Auction Agent may terminate this Agreement upon prior notice to the Fund on the date specified in such notice, which date shall be no earlier than 60 days after delivery of
such notice. The Auction Agent may resign after 30 days following the delivery of notice to the Fund that the Auction Agent has not been paid amounts due to it. If the Auction Agent terminates this Agreement while any Series
Preferred Shares remains outstanding, the Fund shall use its best efforts to enter into an agreement with a successor auction agent containing substantially the same terms and conditions as
(b) Except as otherwise provided in this Section 7.1(b), the respective rights and duties of the Fund and the Auction
Agent under this Agreement shall cease upon termination of this Agreement. The Fund’s representations, warranties, covenants and obligations to the Auction Agent under Sections 5.1 and 6.3 hereof shall survive the termination hereof. Upon
termination of this Agreement, the Auction Agent shall (i) resign as Auction Agent under the Broker-Dealer Agreements, (ii) at the Fund’s written request, deliver promptly to the Fund copies of all books and records maintained by it
in connection with its duties hereunder, and (iii) at the written request of the Fund, transfer promptly to the Fund or to any successor auction agent any funds deposited by the Fund with the Auction Agent (whether in its capacity as Auction
Agent or as Paying Agent) pursuant to this Agreement which have not been distributed previously by the Auction Agent in accordance with this Agreement.
Except for (i) communications authorized to be made by telephone pursuant
to this Agreement or the Auction Procedures and (ii) communications in connection with Auctions (other than those expressly required to be in writing), all notices, requests and other communications to any party hereunder shall be in writing
(including telecopy or similar writing) and shall be given to such party at its address or telecopier number set forth below:
If to the Fund,
Xxxxx & Steers REIT and Utility Income Fund, Inc.
Attn: Xxxx X. Xxxxxxxx
000 Xxxx Xxxxxx
Xxx Xxxx, Xxx
Telecopier No.: (000) 000-0000
Telephone No.: (000)
|If to the Auction Agent, addressed to:
The Bank of New York
000 Xxxxxxx Xxxxxx, Xxxxx 0X
Xxx Xxxx, Xxx
Phone (000) 000-0000
or such other address or telecopier number as such parry hereafter may specify for such purpose by notice to the other
party. Each such notice, request or communication shall be effective when delivered at the address specified herein. Communications shall be given on behalf of the Fund by a Fund Officer and on behalf of the Auction Agent by an Authorized Officer.
7.3 Entire Agreement.
This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof, and there are no other representations, endorsements, promises, agreements or understandings, oral, written or implied, between the
parties relating to the subject matter hereof, except for written agreements relating to the compensation of the Auction Agent.
Nothing herein, express or implied, shall give to any Person, other than the Fund, the Auction Agent and their respective
successors and assigns, any benefit of any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim hereunder.
7.5 Amendment; Waiver.
(a) This Agreement shall not be deemed or construed to be modified, amended, rescinded, canceled or waived, in whole or in part, except by a written
instrument signed by a duly authorized representative of the party to be charged. The Fund shall notify the Auction Agent in writing of any change in the Articles Supplementary prior to the effective date of any such change. If any such change in
the Articles Supplementary materially increases the Auction Agent’s obligations hereunder, the Fund shall obtain the written consent of the Auction Agent prior to the effective date of such change.
(b) Failure of either party hereto to exercise any right or remedy hereunder in the event of a breach hereof by the other party shall not constitute a
waiver of any such right or remedy with respect to any subsequent breach.
7.6 Successors and Assigns.
This Agreement shall be binding upon, inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable by, the respective successors and permitted assigns of each of the Fund
and the Auction Agent. This Agreement may not be assigned by either party hereto absent the prior written consent of the other party, which consent shall not be withheld unreasonably.
If any clause,
provision or section hereof shall be ruled invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity or unenforceability of such clause, provision or section shall not affect any of the remaining clauses, provisions or sections
7.8 Execution in Counterparts.
This Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, each of which shall be an original and all of which shall constitute but one and the same instrument.
7.9 Governing Law.
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York applicable to agreements made and to be performed in said state.
The parties agree
that all actions and proceedings arising out of this Auction Agency Agreement or any of the transactions contemplated hereby shall be brought in the County of New York, and, in connection with any such action or proceeding, submit to the
jurisdiction of, and venue in, such County. Each of the parties hereto also irrevocably waives all right to trial by jury in any action, proceeding or counterclaim arising out of this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby.
[Signature pages follow]
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be duly executed and delivered by
their proper and duly authorized officers as of the date first above written.
|XXXXX & STEERS REIT AND UTILITY INCOME FUND, INC.|
|THE BANK OF NEW YORK, As Auction Agent|