REGISTRATION RIGHTS AGREEMENT
REGISTRATION RIGHTS AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”)
dated as of January 31, 2007 by and between BALDOR ELECTRIC COMPANY, a Missouri corporation (the “Company”), and ROCKWELL AUTOMATION OF OHIO, INC., an Ohio corporation (the “Stockholder”).
W I T N E S S E T H:
WHEREAS, the Company and the Stockholder are parties to the Purchase Agreement, dated as of November 6, 2006, as amended (the “Purchase
Agreement”), by and among Rockwell Automation, Inc., the Stockholder, Rockwell Automation Canada Control Systems, Grupo Industrias Reliance S.A. de C.V., Rockwell Automation GmbH (formerly known as Rockwell International GmbH) and the
WHEREAS, pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, the Stockholder will receive shares of Common Stock, par value $.10 per share,
and associated preferred share purchase rights, of the Company (“Company Common Stock”);
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration
of the premises, the mutual agreements hereinafter contained and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the Company and the Stockholder hereby agree as follows:
1. Definitions. Unless otherwise provided in this Agreement, capitalized terms used herein shall have the following meanings:
“Agreement” has the meaning set forth in the preamble to this Agreement.
“Closing” has the meaning set forth in the Purchase Agreement.
“Company Common Stock” has the meaning set forth in the recitals to this Agreement.
“Company” has the meaning set forth in the preamble to this Agreement.
“Demand Registration” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.1.
“Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
“Market Price” means, on any trading day, the volume weighted average price per share of Company Common Stock trading on a “regular
way” basis on the New York Stock Exchange (or if Company Common Stock is not then listed on the New York Stock Exchange, such other securities exchange and/or quotation system on which Company Common Stock is then listed and/or quoted).
“Offer” has the meaning set forth in Section 10.
“Offered Securities” has the meaning set forth in Section 10.
“Person” means any individual, partnership, joint venture, corporation, limited
liability entity, trust, joint venture, unincorporated organization or other entity (including a governmental entity).
Registration” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1.
“Purchase Agreement” has the meaning set
forth in the recitals to this Agreement.
“Qualified Holders” means the holders of a majority of the Registrable
Securities then outstanding.
“Registrable Securities” means (a) the Shares and (b) any shares of Company Common
Stock issued or issuable with respect to any of the Shares by way of a stock dividend or stock split or in connection with a combination of shares, recapitalization, merger, consolidation or other reorganization or similar transaction. As to any
particular Registrable Securities, such securities shall cease to be Registrable Securities when (i) they have been distributed to the public pursuant to an offering registered under the Securities Act, (ii) they have been sold to the
public through a broker, dealer or market maker in compliance with Rule 144 or (iii) all Registrable Securities are then eligible for resale in a single sale without registration and without being limited to any volume, time or manner of
sale limitations under Rule 144.
“Registration Request” has the meaning set forth in Section 10.
“Rule 144” means Rule 144 under the Securities Act (or any successor rule then in effect).
“Rule 145” means Rule 145 under the Securities Act (or any successor rule then in effect).
“SEC” means the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
“Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
means the shares of Company Common Stock to be issued to the Stockholder pursuant to the Purchase Agreement.
Registration” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.1.
“Stockholder” has the meaning set forth in
the preamble to this Agreement.
“Suspension Period” has the meaning set forth in Section 5.2.
“Violation” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.1.
2. Demand Registrations.
Requests for Registration. At any time following the Closing, the Qualified Holders may, subject to the terms hereof, including Section 2.2, Section 2.4, Section 4.1 and
Section 10, request registration under the Securities Act of all or any portion of their Registrable Securities (a “Demand
Registration”). Each request for a Demand Registration shall specify the approximate number of Registrable Securities requested to be registered and the intended method of distribution. Within ten days after receipt of any such request, the
Company shall give written notice of such requested registration to all other holders of Registrable Securities and, subject to Section 2.3, shall include as part of such Demand Registration all Registrable Securities with respect to
which the Company has received written requests for inclusion therein within 15 days after the receipt of the Company’s notice by such holders. If the Company is eligible to file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-3 (or any
successor form), the holders of a majority of the Registrable Securities which are included in a Demand Registration may require the Company to file such Demand Registration with the SEC for an offering on a delayed or continuous basis in accordance
with and pursuant to Rule 415 promulgated under the Securities Act (or any successor rule then in effect) (a “Shelf Registration”).
2.2. Limitations on Demand Registrations. The holders of the Registrable Securities shall be entitled to request two Demand Registrations with respect to Registrable Securities; provided, however,
that a Demand Registration requested pursuant to this Agreement shall not be deemed to have been effected for purposes of this Section 2.2 unless (i) it has been declared effective by the SEC (or becomes automatically effective upon
filing with the SEC), (ii) it has remained effective for the period set forth in Section 5.2, (iii) holders of Registrable Securities included in such registration have not withdrawn sufficient Registrable Securities from such
registration such that the remaining holders of Registrable Securities requesting registration would not have been able to request registration under the provisions of Section 2.1, and (iv) the offering of Registrable Securities
pursuant to such registration is not subject to any stop order, injunction or other order or requirement of the SEC or other applicable governmental entity.
2.3. Priority on Demand Registrations. The Company shall not include in any Demand Registration any securities that are not Registrable Securities without the prior written consent of the Qualified Holders. If
a Demand Registration is an underwritten offering and the managing underwriters advise the Company in writing that in their opinion the number of Registrable Securities requested to be included in such offering, and if permitted hereunder, other
securities requested to be included in such offering, exceeds the number of securities which can be sold therein without adversely affecting the marketability of the offering and within a price range acceptable to the holders of a majority of the
Registrable Securities requested to be registered, the Company shall first include in such registration, prior to the inclusion of any securities which are not Registrable Securities, the Registrable Securities requested to be included which in the
opinion of such underwriters can be sold without adversely affecting the marketability of the offering, pro rata among the respective holders thereof on the basis of the amount of Registrable Securities owned by each such requesting holder.
2.4. Restrictions on Registration. The Company shall not be obligated to effect any Demand Registration within 90 days after the
effective date of a previous Demand Registration. The Company may postpone for up to 45 days the filing or the effectiveness of a registration statement for a Demand Registration if the Company furnishes to the Qualified Holders a certificate of the
Company signed by the Chief Financial Officer of the Company stating that such Demand Registration would reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on
any proposal or plan by the Company to engage in any material financing, acquisition of assets (other than in the ordinary course of business) or any merger,
consolidation, tender offer, reorganization or other significant transaction; provided, that, in such event, the holders of Registrable Securities initially requesting such Demand Registration shall be entitled to withdraw such request and,
if such request is withdrawn, such Demand Registration shall not count as one of the permitted Demand Registrations hereunder; and provided, further, that the Company may not exercise this deferral right more than once in any 12-month
2.5. Selection of Underwriters. The holders of a majority of the Registrable Securities included in any Demand Registration
shall have the right to select the investment banker(s) and/or manager(s) to administer the offering in connection with any Demand Registration, subject to the approval of the Company (which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed).
3. Piggyback Registrations.
3.1. Right to Piggyback. Whenever the Company proposes to register any of its securities under the Securities Act (for its own account or for the account of any other holder of its securities) under the Securities Act (other than
pursuant to (i) a Demand Registration which shall be governed by Section 2, (ii) a registration related solely to employee benefit plans or a Rule 145 transaction or (iii) a registration relating to an offering
occurring within 90 days after the Closing, substantially all the proceeds of which are used to finance the cash purchase price under the Purchase Agreement), and the registration form to be used may be used for the registration of Registrable
Securities (a “Piggyback Registration”), the Company shall give prompt written notice to all holders of Registrable Securities of its intention to effect such a registration and, subject to the terms hereof, including
Section 10, shall include in such registration all Registrable Securities with respect to which the Company has received written requests for inclusion therein within 21 days after such holders receive the Company’s notice.
3.2. Priority on Primary Registrations. If a Piggyback Registration is an underwritten primary registration on behalf of the
Company, and the managing underwriters advise the Company in writing that in their opinion the number of securities requested to be included in such registration exceeds the number of securities which can be sold therein without adversely affecting
the marketability of the offering, the Company shall include in such registration (a) first, the securities that the Company proposes to sell, (b) second, the Registrable Securities requested to be included in such registration, pro
rata among the respective holders thereof on the basis of the amount of Registrable Securities owned by each such requesting holder and (c) third, other securities requested to be included in such registration. Notwithstanding the
foregoing, the holders of Registrable Securities shall be entitled to include in any such registration of the Company’s securities at least 20% of the aggregate amount of securities registered in such registration.
3.3. Priority on Other Registrations. If a Piggyback Registration is an underwritten secondary registration on behalf of holders of the
Company’s securities other than holders of Registrable Securities, and the managing underwriters advise the Company in writing that in their opinion the number of securities requested to be included in such registration exceeds the number of
securities which can be sold in such offering without adversely affecting the
marketability of the offering, the Company shall include in such registration (a) first, the securities requested to be included therein by the holders
requesting such registration and the Registrable Securities requested to be included in such registration, pro rata among the holders of all such securities (including the securities of the requesting holders and the holders of Registrable
Securities) on the basis of the number of securities of the Company owned by each such holder and (b) second, other securities requested to be included in such registration; provided, however, that in no event shall the Company
grant to any third party, after the date hereof, registration rights that have a higher priority than the demand and piggyback registration rights applicable to Registrable Securities.
3.4. Selection of Underwriters. The Company shall have the right to select the investment banker(s) and/or manager(s) to administer the offering
in connection with any Piggyback Registration.
4. Lock-Up Arrangements.
4.1. Holders of Registrable Securities. No holder of Registrable Securities shall effect any public sale or distribution (including sales pursuant
to Rule 144) of equity securities of the Company, or any securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for such securities, during (i) the 180-day period beginning on the date of the Closing (except as part of a Piggyback
Registration pursuant to this Agreement) and (ii) the 90-day period beginning on the effective date of any Piggyback Registration in which Registrable Securities are included (except as part of such registration), unless (x) the
underwriters managing the registered public offering, in the case of an underwritten public offering, or (y) the Company, in the case of a non-underwritten public offering, otherwise agree; provided, that no holder of Registrable
Securities shall be subject to the restrictions of clause (ii) of this Section 4.1 unless all of the Company’s executive officers and directors and all holders holding in excess of 5% of its outstanding equity securities are
subject to restrictions no less restrictive than those referred to in this Section 4.1.
4.2. The Company. The Company
shall not effect any public sale or distribution of its equity securities, or any securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for such securities, during the period beginning on the effective date of any registration statement in
which the holders of Registrable Securities are participating and ending on the earlier of (x) the date on which all Registrable Securities registered on such registration statement are sold and (y) 90 days after the effective date of
such registration statement, unless in each case (x) the underwriters managing the registered public offering, in the case of an underwritten public offering, or (y) the holders of a majority of the Registrable Securities participating in
such public offering, in the case of a non-underwritten public offering, otherwise agree.
5. Registration Procedures. Whenever the
holders of Registrable Securities have requested that any Registrable Securities be registered pursuant to this Agreement, the Company shall effect the registration and the sale of such Registrable Securities in accordance with the intended method
of disposition thereof, and pursuant thereto the Company shall as expeditiously as possible:
5.1. prepare and file (not later than, in the case of a request for a Demand Registration, 30 days
following such request) with the SEC a registration statement and such amendments and supplements as may be necessary with respect to such Registrable Securities and use its commercially reasonable efforts to cause such registration statement to
become effective; provided that before filing a registration statement or prospectus or any amendments or supplements thereto, the Company shall furnish to counsel selected by the holders of a majority of the Registrable Securities being
registered copies of such documents proposed to be filed with an adequate opportunity for review and comment by such counsel;
each holder of Registrable Securities of the effectiveness of each registration statement filed hereunder and prepare and file with the SEC such amendments and supplements to such registration statement and the prospectus used in connection
therewith as may be necessary to keep such registration statement effective for a period of not less than 180 days (or until the distribution described in the registration statement has been completed) (or, in the case of a Shelf Registration, a
period ending on the earlier of the date on which all Registrable Securities covered by such registration statement (i) have been sold or (ii) are then eligible for resale in a single sale without registration and without being limited to
any volume, time or manner of sale limitations under Rule 144) and to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act with respect to the disposition of securities covered by such registration statement during such period in accordance with
the intended methods of disposition by the sellers thereof set forth in such registration statement; provided, however, that at any time, upon written notice to the participating holders of Registrable Securities and for a period not
to exceed forty-five (45) days thereafter (the “Suspension Period”), the Company may suspend the use or effectiveness of any registration statement (and the holders of Registrable Securities participating in such offering shall
not offer or sell any Registrable Securities pursuant to such registration statement during the Suspension Period) if the Company reasonably believes that the Company may, in the absence of such suspension hereunder, be required under state or
federal securities laws to disclose any corporate development the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect upon the Company, its stockholders, a significant transaction or event involving the Company, or any
negotiations, discussions, or proposals directly relating thereto. No more than two (2) such Suspension Periods shall be permitted to occur in any twelve (12) month period. In the event that the Company shall exercise its rights hereunder
to effect a Suspension Period, the applicable time period during which the registration statement is to remain effective shall be extended by a period of time equal to the duration of the Suspension Period;
5.3. furnish to each seller of Registrable Securities such number of copies of such registration statement, each amendment and supplement thereto, the
prospectus included in such registration statement (including each preliminary prospectus) and such other documents as such seller may reasonably request in order to facilitate the disposition of the Registrable Securities owned by such seller;
5.4. register or qualify such Registrable Securities under such other securities or blue sky laws of such jurisdictions as the holders of
Registrable Securities shall reasonably request and do any and all other acts and things that may be necessary or reasonably advisable to enable such seller to consummate the disposition in such jurisdictions of the Registrable Securities
owned by such seller; provided, however, that the Company shall not be required to (a) qualify generally to do business in any
jurisdiction where it would not otherwise be required to qualify but for this subsection, (b) subject itself to taxation in any such jurisdiction or (c) consent to general service of process in any such jurisdiction;
5.5. promptly notify each seller of such Registrable Securities, at any time when a prospectus relating thereto is required to be delivered under the
Securities Act, of the happening of any event as a result of which the prospectus included in the registration statement relating to such Registrable Securities contains an untrue statement of a material fact or omits to state any material fact
necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, and, at the request of any such seller, the Company shall prepare a reasonable number of copies of a supplement or amendment to such prospectus so that, as thereafter delivered to the sellers
of such Registrable Securities, such prospectus shall not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, in which event the period mentioned in
Section 5.2 shall be extended by the length of the period from and including the date when each seller of such Registrable Securities shall have received such notice to the date on which each such seller has received the copies of the
supplemented or amended prospectus contemplated under this Section 5.5;
5.6. cause all such Registrable Securities to be
listed on each securities exchange and/or quotation system on which similar securities issued by the Company are then listed and/or quoted;
5.7. provide a transfer agent and registrar for all such Registrable Securities not later than the effective date of such registration statement;
5.8. enter into such customary agreements (including underwriting agreements in customary form) and take all such other actions as the underwriters, if any, reasonably request in order to expedite or facilitate the
disposition of such Registrable Securities;
5.9. make available for inspection by any seller of Registrable Securities, any underwriter
participating in any disposition pursuant to such registration statement, and any attorney, accountant or other agent retained by any such seller or underwriter, all financial and other records, pertinent corporate documents and properties of the
Company, and cause the Company’s officers, directors, employees and independent accountants to supply all information reasonably requested by any such seller, underwriter, attorney, accountant or agent in connection with such registration
statement, in each case as is necessary or reasonably advisable (in the reasonable judgment of the requesting party) to enable such seller or underwriter to exercise their due diligence responsibilities and defenses under the Securities Act;
5.10. otherwise comply with all applicable rules and regulations of the SEC, and make available to its security holders, as soon as
reasonably practicable, an earnings statement covering the period of at least twelve months beginning with the first day of the Company’s first full calendar quarter after the effective date of the registration statement, which earnings
statement shall satisfy the provisions of Section 11(a) of the Securities Act and Rule 158 thereunder;
5.11. in the event of the issuance of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of a registration
statement, or of any order suspending or preventing the use of any related prospectus or suspending the qualification of any securities included in such registration statement for sale in any jurisdiction, the Company shall use its commercially
reasonable efforts promptly to obtain the withdrawal of such order;
5.12. obtain a cold comfort letter from the Company’s independent
accountants in customary form and covering such matters of the type customarily covered by cold comfort letters as a seller of Registrable Securities or the underwriters, if any, may reasonably request;
5.13. furnish, at the request of any underwriter on the date the Registrable Securities are delivered to the underwriters for sale pursuant to such
registration, an opinion, dated such date, of counsel representing the Company for the purposes of such registration, addressed to the underwriters covering such legal matters with respect to the registration in respect of which such opinion is
being given as the underwriters may reasonably request and are customarily included in such opinions;
5.14. use its commercially
reasonable efforts to cause such Registrable Securities covered by such registration statement to be registered with or approved by such other governmental entities or authorities as may be necessary to enable the sellers thereof to consummate the
disposition of such Registrable Securities; and
5.15. take such other actions as are necessary or reasonably advisable in order to
facilitate and/or expedite the registration and disposition of any Registrable Securities pursuant to the terms of this Agreement.
Registration Expenses. All expenses incident to the Company’s performance of or compliance with this Agreement (whether with respect to a Demand Registration or Piggyback Registration), including, without limitation, all registration and
filing fees (including the fees of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. and the SEC’s registration fees), fees of any transfer agent and registrar, fees and expenses of compliance with securities or blue sky laws, printing
expenses, “road show” or other marketing expenses, fees and disbursements of counsel for the Company, fees and disbursements of one counsel chosen by the holders of a majority of the Registrable Securities included in such registration,
fees and expenses of the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm (including the fees and expenses of any comfort letters required by or incident to the performance and compliance with this Agreement), fees and expenses of
underwriters (excluding discounts and commissions attributable to the Registrable Securities included in such registration), the Company’s internal expenses and the expenses and fees for listing the securities to be registered on each
securities exchange or quotation system on which similar securities issued by the Company are then listed or quoted, shall be borne by the Company.
7.1. In connection with any Demand Registration or Piggyback Registration, the Company agrees to
indemnify, to the extent permitted by law, each holder of Registrable Securities, the partners or officers, employees, directors and representatives of such holder, and
each Person who controls (within the meaning of the Securities Act) such holder against all losses, claims, damages, liabilities and expenses incurred by
such party arising out of, based upon or caused by any of the following statements, omissions or violations (each, a “Violation”): (i) any untrue or alleged untrue statement of material fact contained in any registration
statement, prospectus or preliminary prospectus or any amendment thereof or supplement thereto, (ii) any omission or alleged omission of a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the
circumstances in which they were made, not misleading, or (iii) any violation or alleged violation by the Company of the Securities Act, the Exchange Act, any state securities laws or any rule or regulation promulgated under the Securities Act,
the Exchange Act or any state securities laws; and the Company will reimburse each such holder, each of its partners, officers, employees, directors and representatives, and each Person controlling such holder for any legal or other expenses
reasonably incurred, as such expenses are incurred, by any of them in connection with investigating or defending any such loss, claim, damage, liability or action; provided, however, that the Company shall not be liable in any such
case for any such loss, claim, damage, liability or action to the extent that it is caused by a Violation that is based on, and occurs in reliance upon and in conformity with, any information furnished in writing to the Company by such holder stated
to be specifically for use in such registration. In connection with an underwritten offering, the Company shall indemnify such underwriters, their partners, officers, directors, employees, representatives and each Person who controls (within the
meaning of the Securities Act) such underwriters to the same extent as provided above with respect to the indemnification of the holders of Registrable Securities.
7.2. In connection with any Demand Registration or Piggyback Registration in which a holder of Registrable Securities is participating, each such holder shall indemnify, to the extent permitted by law, the Company,
its directors, officers, any other holder selling securities in such Demand Registration or Piggyback Registration, and each Person who controls (within the meaning of the Securities Act) the Company against all losses, claims, damages, liabilities
and expenses caused by any Violation, but only to the extent that such Violation is based on, and occurs in reliance upon and in conformity with, any information furnished in writing by such holder to the Company stated to be specifically for use in
such registration; and such holder will reimburse the Company and each such Person for any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred, as such expenses are incurred, by any of them in connection with investigating or defending any such loss, claim,
damage, liability or expense; provided, that, the obligation to indemnify shall be individual, not joint and several, for each holder.
7.3. Any Person entitled to indemnification hereunder shall (a) give prompt written notice to the indemnifying party of any claim with respect to which it seeks indemnification (provided that the failure to give
prompt notice shall not impair any Person’s right to indemnification hereunder to the extent such failure has not materially prejudiced the indemnifying party’s ability to defend such claim), and (b) unless in the reasonable judgment
of any indemnified party a conflict of interest between such indemnified and indemnifying parties exists with respect to such claim, permit such indemnifying party to assume the defense of such claim with counsel reasonably satisfactory to the
indemnified party. If such defense is assumed, the indemnifying party shall not be subject to any liability for any settlement made by the indemnified party without the indemnifying party’s consent (but such consent shall not be unreasonably
withheld). An indemnifying party who is not entitled to, or elects not to, assume
the defense of a claim shall be obligated to pay the fees and expenses of one counsel (but not more than one) for all parties indemnified by such
indemnifying party with respect to such claim, unless in the reasonable judgment (with advice of counsel) of any indemnified party a conflict of interest may exist between such indemnified party and any other of such indemnified parties with respect
to such claim. No indemnifying party shall, without the consent of such indemnified party (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld), effect any settlement of any pending or threatened proceeding in respect of which such indemnified party is
a party and indemnity has been sought hereunder by such indemnified party, unless such settlement includes an unconditional release of such indemnified party and its affiliates from all liability for claims that are the subject matter of such
7.4. The indemnification provided for under this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect regardless of any
investigation made by or on behalf of any indemnified party or any partner, officer, employee, director, representative or controlling Person of such indemnified party and shall survive the transfer of Registrable Securities.
7.5. If the indemnification provided for under this Agreement is unavailable to an indemnified party hereunder in respect of any losses, liabilities,
claims, damages and expense referred to herein, then the indemnifying party, in lieu of indemnifying such indemnified party, shall contribute to the amount paid or payable by such indemnified party as a result of such losses, claims, damages,
liabilities or expenses in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative fault of the indemnifying party and indemnified parties in connection with the actions which resulted in such losses, claims, damages, liabilities or expenses, as
well as any other relevant equitable considerations. The relative fault of such indemnifying party and indemnified parties shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether any Violation has been committed by, or relates to
information supplied by, such indemnifying party or indemnified parties, and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such Violation. The amount paid or payable by a party as a result
of the losses, claims, damages, liabilities and expenses referred to above shall be deemed to include any legal or other fees or expenses reasonably incurred by such party in connection with any investigation or proceeding.
7.6. The parties agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this Section 7 were determined solely by pro
rata allocation or any other method of allocation that does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to in the immediately preceding paragraph. No person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation (within the meaning of
Section 11(f) of the Securities Act) shall be entitled to contribution from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation.
7.7. Notwithstanding anything in this Section 7 to the contrary, in connection with any Demand Registration or Piggyback Registration, the indemnity and contribution obligations and liabilities of each
holder of Registrable Securities shall be limited to the net amount of proceeds received by such holder pursuant to such registration.
Participation in Underwritten Registrations. No Person may participate in any registration hereunder which is underwritten unless such Person (a) agrees to sell such Person’s securities on the basis provided in any underwriting
arrangements approved by holders of a
majority of the Registrable Securities being registered in such registration and (b) completes and executes all questionnaires, powers of attorney and
other documents reasonably required under the terms of such underwriting arrangements; provided, that, no holder of Registrable Securities included in any underwritten registration shall be required to make any representations or
warranties to the Company or the underwriters (other than representations and warranties regarding such holder and such holder’s intended method of distribution) or to undertake any indemnification obligations to the Company or the underwriters
with respect thereto, except to the extent of the indemnification provided in Section 7.
9. Rule 144 Reporting. With a
view to making available the benefits of certain rules and regulations of the SEC which may at any time permit the sale of any Registrable Securities to the public without registration, the Company agrees to use commercially reasonable efforts to:
9.1. file, as and when applicable, with the SEC in a timely manner all reports and other documents required of the Company under the
9.2. if the Company is not required to file reports pursuant to the Exchange Act, upon the request of any holder of
Registrable Securities, the Company shall make publicly available the information specified in subparagraph (c)(2) of Rule 144; and
so long as a holder owns any Registrable Securities, to furnish to the holder, upon request, a written statement by the Company as to its compliance with the reporting requirements of Rule 144 and such other reports and documents of the Company and
other information in the possession of or reasonably obtainable by the Company as the holder may reasonably request in availing itself of any rule or regulation of the SEC allowing the holder to sell any such securities without registration.
10. Repurchase Right. Each request by a holder of Registrable Securities for, or to be included in, a Demand Registration or a
Piggyback Registration hereunder (a “Registration Request”) shall also constitute an offer by such holder to sell (an “Offer”) to the Company all (but not less than all) of the shares of Registrable Securities that
are subject to such Registration Request (the “Offered Securities”). The Company shall have the option, which must be exercised in a writing delivered to such holder within two business days after delivery of the Registration
Request, to purchase all (but not less than all) of the Offered Securities at a price per share equal to the average of the Market Prices for the 10 trading days preceding the date of the Registration Request. If the Company accepts an Offer under
this Section 10, the closing of the purchase of the Offered Securities by the Company shall occur within five business days after acceptance of the Offer by the Company, at which closing the purchase price for the Offered Securities
shall be paid in full by the Company to such holder by wire transfer of immediately available U.S. dollars to an account designated by such holder. If the Company elects to purchase and pays for any Offered Securities in accordance with this
Section 10, the Company shall have no further obligation hereunder to effect a Demand Registration or a Piggyback Registration, as the case may be, with respect to such Offered Securities.
11.1. No Inconsistent Agreements. The Company shall not hereafter enter into any agreement with respect to its securities which is inconsistent with or violates the rights granted to the holders of Registrable
Securities in this Agreement.
11.2. Remedies. Any Person having rights under any provision of this Agreement shall be entitled to
enforce such rights specifically, to recover damages caused by reason of any breach of any provision of this Agreement and to exercise all other rights granted by law. The parties agree and acknowledge that money damages are not an adequate remedy
for any breach of the provisions of this Agreement and that any party may apply for specific performance and for other injunctive relief in order to enforce or prevent violation of the provisions of this Agreement.
11.3. Amendments and Waivers. Except as otherwise provided herein, the provisions of this Agreement may be amended or waived only upon the prior
written consent of (a) the Company and (b) the holders of a majority of the Registrable Securities then outstanding.
Successors, Assigns and Subsequent Holders. (a) All covenants and agreements in this Agreement by or on behalf of any of the parties shall bind and inure to the benefit of the respective successors and the permitted assigns of the
(b) The rights to cause the Company to register Registrable Securities pursuant to this Agreement may be assigned (but only with
all related obligations) by a holder of Registrable Securities to a transferee of such securities.
(c) No assignment or transfer pursuant
to this Section 11.4 shall be effective unless and until (i) the Company is furnished with written notice of the name and address of such transferee or assignee and the securities with respect to which such registration rights are
being assigned and (ii) such transferee or assignee agrees in writing to be bound by and subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
11.5. Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and this Agreement supersedes all prior negotiations, agreements or
understandings of the parties of any nature, whether oral or written, relating thereto.
11.6. Severability. If any term or
provision of this Agreement or the application thereof to any Person or circumstance shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining provisions hereof, or the application of
such term or provision to Persons or circumstances other than those as to which it has been held invalid, illegal or unenforceable, will remain in full force and effect and will in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated thereby.
11.7. Notices. All notices, requests, claims, demands and other communications required or
permitted to be given hereunder will be in writing and will be delivered by hand or telecopied, e-mailed or sent, postage prepaid, by registered, certified or express mail or reputable overnight courier service (and will be deemed duly given when so
delivered by hand or telecopied, when e-mail confirmation is received if delivered by e-mail, or if mailed, three days after mailing (one business day in the case of express mail or overnight courier service)). All such notices, requests, claims,
demands or other communications will be addressed as set forth below:
If to the Company:
Baldor Electric Company
0000 X.X. Xxxxxxx, Xx. Xxxxxx
Xxxx Xxxxx, Xxxxxxxx 00000
President, Chief Financial Officer and
with a copy to:
Xxxxxxxx Xxxxxx LLP
Xxx X.X. Xxxx Xxxxx
Xx. Xxxxx, Xxxxxxxx 00000
||Xxxxxx X. Xxxxxx, Esq.|
If to the Stockholder:
Rockwell Automation, Inc.
0000 Xxxxx Xxxxxx Xxxxxx
Xxxxxxxxx, Xxxxxxxxx 00000
||Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx, Esq. Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary|
with a copy to:
Xxxxxxxxxx & Xxxxx LLP
00 Xxxxxxxxxxx Xxxxx
Xxx Xxxx, Xxx Xxxx 00000
||Xxxxx X. Xxxxxx, Esq.|
or in any case to such other address or addresses as hereafter shall be furnished as provided in this
Section 11.7 by either party to the other party.
11.8. Governing Law. This Agreement will be governed by and construed
in accordance with the internal laws of the State of New York applicable to contracts made and to be performed entirely within such State, without regard to the conflicts of law principles of such State.
11.9. Dispute Resolution. In the event that any dispute, claim or controversy arises with respect to the transactions contemplated hereby, this
Agreement, any provision hereof or the breach, performance, enforcement or validity or invalidity of this Agreement or any provision hereof (collectively, a “Dispute”), designees of the Company and the holders of a majority of the
Registrable Securities will meet to attempt a good faith resolution of such Dispute within thirty days after either party notifies the other of a Dispute. During the period between such notification of a Dispute and thirty days after such meeting,
each party shall be entitled to make any reasonable investigation of the claims or issues underlying such Dispute that such party deems reasonably necessary or desirable and, in connection with such investigation, each party agrees to make available
to the other party and its representatives the information reasonably requested by the other party in connection therewith. If the Dispute is not resolved within thirty days of such meeting, either party may make a written demand to the other for
formal dispute resolution, which demand will specify the nature of the Dispute. Within thirty days of such written demand, or such other time as the parties may agree, the parties will attempt in good faith to resolve such Dispute by mediation in
accordance with the then-existing CPR Model Procedure for Mediation of Business Disputes, promulgated by the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, in New York City. If such mediation is unsuccessful within thirty days after commencement thereof,
either party may pursue any other remedies available to it, subject to Section 11.10.
11.10. Consent to Jurisdiction.
Subject to Section 11.9, each of the parties irrevocably and unconditionally submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of (i) the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County and (ii) the United States District Court for
the Southern District of New York for the purposes of any suit, action or other proceeding arising out of or relating to the transactions contemplated hereby, this Agreement, any provision hereof or the breach, performance, enforcement or validity
or invalidity of this Agreement or any provision hereof (and agrees not to commence any action, suit or proceeding relating thereto except in such courts). Each of the parties further agrees that service of any process, summons, notice or document
hand delivered or sent by U.S. registered mail to such party’s respective address set
forth in Section 11.7 will be effective service of process for any action, suit or proceeding in any such courts with respect to any matters to
which it has submitted to jurisdiction as set forth in the immediately preceding sentence. Each of the parties irrevocably and unconditionally waives any objection to the laying of venue of any action, suit or proceeding arising out of or relating
to the transactions contemplated hereby, this Agreement, any provision hereof or the breach, performance, enforcement or validity or invalidity of this Agreement or any provision hereof in (i) the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New
York County or (ii) the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and hereby further irrevocably and unconditionally waives and agrees not to plead or claim in any such court that any such action, suit or proceeding
brought in any such court has been brought in an inconvenient forum. Notwithstanding the foregoing, each party agrees that a final judgment in any action or proceeding so brought shall be conclusive and may be enforced by suit on the judgment in any
jurisdiction or in any other manner provided in law or in equity.
11.11. WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. EACH OF THE PARTIES HEREBY
IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVES ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY ACTION, SUIT, PROCEEDING OR COUNTERCLAIM (WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY, THIS AGREEMENT, ANY
PROVISION HEREOF OR THE BREACH, PERFORMANCE, ENFORCEMENT OR VALIDITY OR INVALIDITY OF THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY PROVISION HEREOF.
Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which will be deemed an original, but all of which together will constitute a single instrument.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Registration Rights Agreement to be executed the
day and year first above written.
|BALDOR ELECTRIC COMPANY|
||/s/ Xxxxxx X. Xxxxxx|
||Xxxxxx X. Xxxxxx|
||President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary|
|ROCKWELL AUTOMATION OF OHIO, INC.|
||/s/ Xxxxxx Xxxxxxxxxx|