Form 8-K
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

Current Report

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): February 9, 2024 (February 7, 2024)

 

 

NEWELL BRANDS INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   1-9608   36-3514169

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification Number)

6655 Peachtree Dunwoody Road

Atlanta, Georgia 30328

(Address of principal executive offices including zip code)

(770) 418-7000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

TITLE OF EACH CLASS

 

TRADING

SYMBOL

 

NAME OF EXCHANGE

ON WHICH REGISTERED

Common stock, $1 par value per share   NWL   Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

 

 


Item 1.01.

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On February 7, 2024, Newell Brands Inc. (the “Company”), certain of its subsidiaries, as subsidiary borrowers (the “Subsidiary Borrowers”), and certain of its subsidiaries, as subsidiary guarantors, entered into a second amendment to the five-year revolving credit agreement (the “Second Amendment”) with a syndicate of banks led by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent. The Second Amendment amends the Company’s existing revolving credit agreement, dated as of August 31, 2022, among the Company, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the other agents and lenders party thereto (as amended, including by the Second Amendment, the “Revolving Credit Agreement”). Capitalized terms used herein shall have the meanings in the Revolving Credit Agreement.

The Second Amendment, among other things, (i) reduces the Commitments of the Lenders from $1.5 billion to $1 billion, (ii) replaces the Company’s existing Total Indebtedness to Total Capitalization and Interest Coverage Ratio financial covenants with new financial covenants testing the Company’s Collateral Coverage Ratio and Total Net Leverage Ratio (each as further described below), (iii) requires the Company and certain of the Company’s domestic and foreign subsidiaries (collectively, the “Guarantors”) to guarantee all obligations under the Revolving Credit Agreement including, without limitation, obligations in respect of extensions of credit to any of the Borrowers, certain hedging obligations, certain cash management obligations, and certain supply chain financing obligations (collectively, the “Secured Obligations”) and (iv) requires the Company and the other Guarantors to grant a lien and security interest in certain of its assets consisting of eligible accounts receivable, eligible inventory, eligible equipment and eligible intellectual property, and all products and proceeds of the foregoing (collectively, the “Collateral”).

The Total Net Leverage Ratio is defined as the ratio of (a) Consolidated Net Debt as of such date to (b) Consolidated EBITDA for the period of four consecutive fiscal quarters ending on or most recently prior to such date. The maximum Total Net Leverage Ratio will be set at (i) 7.50:1.00 for the fiscal quarters ending March 31, 3024 through and including the fiscal quarter ending September 30, 2024, (ii) 7.25:1.00 for the fiscal quarters ending December 31, 2024 through and including the fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2025, (iii) 6.50:1.00 for the fiscal quarters ending September 30, 2025 through and including the fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2026, and (iv) 5.25:1.00 for the fiscal quarter ending September 30, 2026 and for each fiscal quarter ending thereafter during the term of the Revolving Credit Agreement.

The Collateral Coverage Test requires the Company to maintain a minimum ratio of Pledged Collateral Value to Total Revolving Credit Exposure of 1.05:1.00. The definition of Pledged Collateral Value sets forth the formula by which the value of the Collateral will be included for the Collateral Coverage Test, by reference to certain appraisal reports and, in the case of eligible inventory and eligible accounts receivable, the Company’s most recently delivered financial statements.

The foregoing summary of the Second Amendment is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Second Amendment, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 hereto, and is incorporated herein by reference.

Some of the potential lenders under the Second Amendment and the Revolving Credit Agreement (and their respective subsidiaries or affiliates) have in the past provided, and may in the future provide, investment banking, underwriting, lending, commercial banking, trust and other advisory services to the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates. These parties have received, and may in the future receive, customary compensation from the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates for such services.

 

Item 2.03

Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.

The information provided in Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.


Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit
No.

  

Exhibit Description

10.1    Amendment No. 2, dated February 7, 2024, to the Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of August 31, 2022, among Newell Brands Inc., the Subsidiary Borrowers party thereto, the Guarantors from time to time party thereto, the Lenders party thereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent.*
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the document).

 

*

Certain schedules and exhibits have been omitted pursuant to Item 601(a)(5) of Regulation S-K. The Company will furnish supplementally a copy of any omitted exhibits or schedules to the Securities and Exchange Commission upon request.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

      NEWELL BRANDS INC.
Dated: February 9, 2024     By:  

/s/ Bradford R. Turner

      Bradford R. Turner
     

Chief Legal & Administrative Officer

and Corporate Secretary

EX-10.1

Exhibit 10.1

EXECUTION VERSION

AMENDMENT NO. 2 TO

THIRD AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT

THIS AMENDMENT NO. 2 (this “Amendment”) is made as of February 7, 2024, among Newell Brands Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), the other Loan Parties party hereto, the Lenders party hereto, the Joinder Guarantors (as defined below) party hereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent, and amends that certain Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of August 31, 2022, among the Company, the Subsidiary Borrowers from time to time party thereto, the Guarantors from time to time party thereto, the Lenders from time to time party thereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent (as amended by that certain Amendment No. 1, dated as of March 27, 2023, and as further amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time prior to the date hereof, the “Existing Credit Agreement”; the Existing Credit Agreement as amended by this Amendment, the “Amended Credit Agreement”). Capitalized terms used herein and not otherwise defined herein shall have the respective meanings given to them in the Amended Credit Agreement.

RECITALS:

A. The parties hereto are parties to the Existing Credit Agreement, and the Company has requested certain amendments thereto as more fully set forth herein.

B. The Lenders party hereto (which, for the avoidance of doubt, constitute all Lenders under the Existing Credit Agreement) and the Administrative Agent have agreed so to amend the Existing Credit Agreement on the terms and conditions set forth herein.

C. In connection with this Amendment, the Company desires to voluntarily reduce the aggregate Commitments from $1,500,000,000 to $1,000,000,000 pursuant to Section 2.09 of the Existing Credit Agreement.

D. Now, therefore, in consideration of the premises set forth above, the terms and conditions contained herein, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto hereby agree as follows:

Section 1. Amendments to the Credit Agreement. In each case with effect on and after the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date (as defined below), the parties hereto agree that the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended:

 

  (a)

to delete the stricken text (indicated textually in the same manner as the following example: stricken text) and to add the double-underlined text (indicated textually in the same manner as the following example: double-underlined text) as set forth in the pages of the Amended Credit Agreement attached as Annex I hereto;

 

  (b)

to amend and restate Schedule 2.01A thereto as set forth in Annex III attached hereto; and

 

  (c)

to add a new Schedule 3.17 and Schedule 3.18 thereto as set forth in Annex IV attached hereto.


Section 2. Conditions to Amendment No. 2 Effective Date. This Amendment shall become effective as of the date hereof (the “Amendment No. 2 Effective Date”) upon satisfaction of the following conditions precedent:

(a) The Administrative Agent shall have received counterparts of this Amendment duly executed by the Loan Parties, the Lenders (which constitute all Lenders immediately prior to giving effect to the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date) and the Administrative Agent.

(b) The Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate, dated the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date and signed by a Responsible Officer of the Company, certifying (i) that the representations and warranties contained in Article 3 of the Existing Credit Agreement are true and correct in all material respects (or in all respects if the applicable representation or warranty is qualified by Material Adverse Effect or other materiality qualifier) on and as of such date, except to the extent such representations and warranties expressly relate to an earlier date (in which case such representations and warranties were true and correct in all material respects (or in all respects if the applicable representation or warranty is qualified by Material Adverse Effect or other materiality qualifier) as of such earlier date), and (ii) that no Event of Default or Default has occurred and is continuing as of such date.

(c) The Administrative Agent shall have received counterparts of the Security Agreement duly executed by the Company, the other Pledgor Loan Parties party thereto, and the Administrative Agent, together with (i) the applicable UCC financing statements under the laws of all necessary or appropriate jurisdictions, and (ii) duly executed intellectual property security agreements coving all Collateral consisting of United States federally registered intellectual property.

(d) The Administrative Agent shall have received a favorable written opinion in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent (addressed to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders and dated the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date) of (i) Jones Day, counsel for the Loan Parties, (ii) Stewart McKelvey, Canadian counsel for Newell Brands Canada ULC, (iii) Matheson LLP, Irish counsel for the Administrative Agent and (iv) Jones Day, Hong Kong counsel for the Loan Parties.

(e) The Administrative Agent shall have received such certificates of resolutions or other action and incumbency certificates of Responsible Officers of each Loan Party as the Administrative Agent may require evidencing the authorization of this Amendment and the identity, authority and capacity of each Responsible Officer thereof authorized to act as a Responsible Officer in connection with this Amendment and the other Loan Documents, copies of the organizational documents of each of the Loan Parties certified by a Responsible Officer of each such Loan Party as being true and complete, and certificates as of a recent date of the good standing of each Loan Party under the laws of its jurisdictions of organization or the equivalent thereof pursuant to the Applicable Laws and practices of any relevant foreign jurisdiction (including, with respect to Newell Brands APAC Treasury Limited, a certificate of continuing registration), all in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and its counsel.

(f) The Administrative Agent shall have received all fees and other amounts due and payable on or prior to the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date, including, to the extent invoiced, reimbursement or payment of all out-of-pocket expenses required to be reimbursed or paid by the Company hereunder.

 

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(g) The Administrative Agent shall have received the most recent audited consolidated financial statements and unaudited interim consolidated financial statements of the Company, in each case as required under the Existing Credit Agreement.

(h) The Administrative Agent shall have received the five-year financial projections of the Company (with a quarter-by-quarter breakdown for the first year of such financial projections).

(i) The Administrative Agent or such Lender, as the case may be, shall have received, at least three (3) Business Days prior to the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date, all documentation and other information required by regulatory authorities under AML Laws and (ii) to the extent any Borrower qualifies as a “legal entity customer” under the Beneficial Ownership Regulation, at least three (3) Business Days prior to the Effective Date, any Lender that has requested, in a written notice to such Borrower at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the Effective Date, a Beneficial Ownership Certification in relation to such Borrower shall have received such Beneficial Ownership Certification.

Section 3. Post-Closing Covenants. (i) on or before the date that is ninety (90) days following the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date (or such later date as the Administrative Agent shall agree in its sole discretion), the Company will, and will cause certain of its Foreign Subsidiaries to be mutually agreed between the Company and the Administrative Agent to, take such actions and execute and deliver such documents (including, without limitation, the delivery of such Collateral Documents and related joinder documents as reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent) as the Administrative Agent shall reasonably request in order to grant to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, valid, enforceable and perfected (or the equivalent thereof in any foreign jurisdiction) Liens on the Eligible Accounts, Eligible Inventory, Eligible Equipment and Eligible IP owned by such Subsidiaries and (ii) on or before the date that is fifteen (15) days following the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date (or such later date as the Administrative Agent shall agree in its sole discretion), the Company will, and will cause certain of the Pledgor Loan Parties to execute and deliver a Trademark Security Agreement (as defined in the Security Agreement) reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent.

Section 4. Representations and Warranties of the Borrowers. Each Borrower hereby represents and warrants as follows:

(a) This Amendment has been duly executed and delivered by each Loan Party, and each of this Amendment and the Amended Credit Agreement as modified hereby constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of each Loan Party party hereto and thereto, as applicable, enforceable in accordance with its terms, subject to applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and subject to general principles of equity, regardless of whether considered in a proceeding in equity or at law.

(b) As of the date hereof and after giving effect to the terms of this Amendment, (i) no Event of Default or Default has occurred and is continuing and (ii) the representations and warranties of such Borrower set forth in Article 3 of the Amended Credit Agreement are true and correct in all material respects (or in all respects if the applicable representation or warranty is qualified by Material Adverse Effect or other materiality qualifier), except to the extent such representations and warranties expressly relate to an earlier date (in which case such representations and warranties shall be true and correct in all material respects (or in all respects if the applicable representation or warranty is qualified by Material Adverse Effect or other materiality qualifier) as of such earlier date).

 

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Section 5. Reference to and Effect on the Existing Credit Agreement.

(a) Upon the effectiveness hereof, each reference to the Existing Credit Agreement in the Amended Credit Agreement or any other Loan Document shall mean and be a reference to the Amended Credit Agreement.

(b) Each Loan Document and all other documents, instruments and agreements executed and/or delivered in connection therewith shall remain in full force and effect and are hereby ratified and confirmed. The Company hereby confirms that the Obligations of each of the Borrowers under the Amended Credit Agreement and the other Loan Documents are entitled to the benefit of the Guarantee of the Company set forth in the relevant Loan Documents and reaffirms the terms and conditions therein.

(c) Except as expressly set forth in the Amendment, the execution, delivery and effectiveness of this Amendment shall not operate as a waiver of any right, power or remedy of the Administrative Agent or the Lenders, nor constitute a waiver of any provision of the Existing Credit Agreement or the Amended Credit Agreement, the Loan Documents or any other documents, instruments and agreements executed and/or delivered in connection therewith.

(d) This Amendment is a Loan Document under (and as defined in) the Amended Credit Agreement.

Section 6. No Novation. This Amendment shall not extinguish the obligations for the payment of money outstanding under the Existing Credit Agreement. Nothing herein contained shall be construed as a substitution or novation of the obligations outstanding under the Existing Credit Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect, except to any extent expressly modified hereby or by instruments executed concurrently herewith and except to the extent repaid as provided herein. Nothing implied in this Amendment or in any other document contemplated hereby shall be construed as a release or other discharge of any of the Loan Parties under any Loan Document from any of its obligations and liabilities as a borrower, guarantor or pledgor under any of the Loan Documents.

Section 7. Guarantor Joinder. In accordance with Section 5.10(b) of the Amended Credit Agreement, the Company designates each entity on Annex II (each a “Joinder Guarantor”) as a Guarantor and, upon execution of the Guarantor Joinder Agreement, each Joinder Guarantor hereby acknowledges and agrees that (x) it shall be a party to the Amended Credit Agreement and shall constitute a “Guarantor” for all purposes thereunder and under each other Loan Document with the same force and effect as if originally named in the Existing Credit Agreement as a Guarantor, (y) each reference to the “Guarantors” or the “Loan Parties” in the Amended Credit Agreement and in all other Loan Documents shall, from the date hereof, subject to Section 10.19 of the Amended Credit Agreement, be deemed to include each Joinder Guarantor, and (z) each Joinder Guarantor hereby shall be bound by, and perform and comply with, all the obligations of a Guarantor under the Amended Credit Agreement and all the other Loan Documents, as applicable. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, each Joinder Guarantor hereby (i) makes and undertakes, as the case may be, each covenant, waiver, representation and warranty made by the other Guarantors pursuant to the Amended Credit Agreement and any other Loan Document, as applicable, each of which is hereby incorporated by reference, and agrees to be bound by all

 

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covenants, waivers, agreements and obligations of the other Guarantors pursuant to the Amended Credit Agreement and any other Loan Document, as applicable, and (ii) represents and warrants that each Joinder Guarantor has duly executed and delivered this Amendment and that this Amendment constitutes its legal, valid and binding obligations, enforceable in accordance with its terms, subject to applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and subject to general principles of equity, regardless of whether considered in a proceeding in equity or at law.

Section 8. Governing Law; Jurisdiction. The provisions of Sections 10.09 and 10.10 of the Amended Credit Agreement are incorporated herein, mutatis mutandis, and are deemed to apply to this Amendment as if set forth herein in full.

Section 9. Headings. Section headings in this Amendment are included herein for convenience of reference only and shall not constitute a part of this Amendment for any other purpose.

Section 10. Counterparts. This Amendment may be executed by one or more of the parties hereto on any number of separate counterparts, and all of said counterparts taken together shall be deemed to constitute one and the same instrument. Delivery of an executed counterpart of a signature page of this Amendment that is an Electronic Signature transmitted by telecopy, emailed pdf, or any other electronic means that reproduces an image of an actual executed signature page shall be effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart of this Amendment. The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature,” “delivery,” and words of like import in or relating to this Amendment shall be deemed to include Electronic Signatures, deliveries or the keeping of records in any electronic form (including deliveries by telecopy, emailed pdf, or any other electronic means that reproduces an image of an actual executed signature page), each of which shall be of the same legal effect, validity or enforceability as a manually executed signature, physical delivery thereof or the use of a paper-based recordkeeping system, as the case may be.

[Signature Pages Follow]

 

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

 

NEWELL BRANDS INC.,

as the Company

By:  

/s/ Robert Westreich

Name:   Robert Westreich
Title:   Senior Vice President, Treasurer & Chief Tax Officer

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


NEWELL BRANDS CANADA ULC,

as a Subsidiary Borrower

By:  

/s/ Robert Westreich

Name:   Robert Westreich
Title:   Senior Vice President, Treasurer & Chief Tax Officer

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


NEWELL BRANDS APAC TREASURY LIMITED,

as a Subsidiary Borrower

By:  

/s/ Bradford Turner

Name:   Bradford Ryan Turner
Title:   Director

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


NEWELL BRANDS IRELAND SERVICES DAC,

as a Subsidiary Borrower

By:  

/s/ Robert Westreich

Name:   Robert Westreich
Title:   Director

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


MARMOT MOUNTAIN, LLC,
SMITH MOUNTAIN INDUSTRIES,
INC., THE YANKEE CANDLE
COMPANY, INC.,
RUBBERMAID COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS
LLC, THE COLEMAN COMPANY, INC.,
RUBBERMAID INCORPORATED,
NEWELL BRANDS DISTRIBUTION LLC,
NEWELL RUBBERMAID DEVELOPMENT
LLC, BABY JOGGER, LLC,
GRACO CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS
INC., SUNBEAM PRODUCTS, INC.,
BEROL CORPORATION,
each as a Loan Party
By:  

/s/ Robert Westreich

Name:   Robert Westreich
Title:   Senior Vice President, Treasurer and
  Chief Tax Officer
SANFORD, L.P., as a Loan Party
By:   Sanford Holding LLC, its general partner
By:  

/s/ Robert Westreich

Name:   Robert Westreich
Title:   Senior Vice President,
  Treasurer and Chief Tax Officer

NEWELL BRANDS INDUSTRIES LLC,

as a Loan Party

By:  

/s/ Bradford Turner

Name:   Bradford R. Turner
Title:   Chief Legal Officer and Administrative Officer Corporate Secretary

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.,

as Administrative Agent, as a Lender and as an Issuing Bank

By:  

/s/ Sean Bodkin

Name:   Sean Bodkin
Title:   Executive Director

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,

as a Lender and Issuing Bank

By:  

/s/ Ryan Van Stedum

Name:   Ryan Van Stedum
Title:   Vice President

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


CITIBANK, N.A.,

as a Lender and Issuing Bank

By:  

/s/ Tom Vajda

Name:   Tom Vajda
Title:   Director

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


HSBC BANK USA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,

as a Lender and Issuing Bank

By:  

/s/ Jack Kelly

Name:   Jack Kelly
Title:   Senior Vice President #23204

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


ROYAL BANK OF CANADA,

as a Lender and Issuing Bank

By:  

/s/ Michael Santana-Mondo

Name:   Michael Santana-Mondo
Title:   Authorized Signatory

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,

as a Lender and Issuing Bank

By:  

/s/ Walker Higgins

Name:   Walker Higgins
Title:   Director

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


BARCLAYS BANK, PLC,

as a Lender

By:  

/s/ Christopher M. Aitkin

Name:   Christopher M. Aitkin
Title:   Vice President

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


CREDIT SUISSE AG, NEW YORK BRANCH,

as a Lender

By:  

/s/ Mikhail Faybusovich

Name:   Mikhail Faybusovich
Title:   Authorize Signatory
By:  

/s/ Andrew Senicki

Name:   Andrew Senicki
Title:   Authorize Signatory

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


GOLDMAN SACHS BANK USA,

as a Lender

By:  

/s/ Priyankush Goswami

Name:   Priyankush Goswami
Title:   Authorized Signatory

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,

as a Lender

By:  

/s/ Larry D. Jackson

Name:   Larry D. Jackson
Title:   Senior Vice President

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


ING BANK N.V., DUBLIN BRANCH,

as a Lender

By:   /s/ Cormac Langford

Name:

  Cormac Langford

Title:

  Director
By:   /s/ Sean Hassett

Name:

  Sean Hassett

Title:

  Director

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


THE NORTHERN TRUST COMPANY,

as a Lender

By:   /s/ Eric Siebert
Name:   Eric Siebert

Title:

  SVP

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,

as a Lender

By:   /s/ Peter Hale

Name:

  Peter Hale

Title:

  Vice President

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 2]


ANNEX 1

 

 

 

THIRD AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT

dated as of

August 31, 2022

among

NEWELL BRANDS INC.,

as the Company,

The SUBSIDIARY BORROWERS Party Hereto,

The GUARANTORS from Time to Time Party Hereto,

The Lenders Party Hereto

and

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.,

as Administrative Agent

 

 

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.,

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,

CITIBANK, N.A.,

HSBC SECURITIES (USA) INC.,

ROYAL BANK OF CANADA

and

WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, LLC

as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners

 

 

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,

CITIBANK, N.A.,

HSBC SECURITIES (USA) INC.,

ROYAL BANK OF CANADA

and

WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

as Syndication Agents

 

 

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

     PAGE  
ARTICLE 1

 

DEFINITIONS

     1  

Section 1.01.  Defined Terms

     1  

Section 1.02.  Classification of Loans and Borrowings

     3650  

Section 1.03.  [Reserved].

     3750  

Section 1.04.  Terms Generally

     3750  

Section 1.05.  Accounting Terms; GAAP

     3751  

Section 1.06.  Interest Rates; Benchmark Notification

     3851  

Section 1.07.  Currencies; Currency Equivalents.

     3852  

Section 1.08.  Divisions

     3953  

Section 1.09.  Quebec Matters

     53  
ARTICLE 2

 

THE CREDITS

     39  

Section 2.01.  Commitments

     3954  

Section 2.02.  Loans and Borrowings

     4054  

Section 2.03.  Requests for Revolving Borrowings

     4055  

Section 2.04.  [Reserved].

     4256  

Section 2.05.  Designation of Additional Borrowers

     4256  

Section 2.06.  Letters of Credit

     4559  

Section 2.07.  Funding of Borrowings

     5064  

Section 2.08.  Interest Elections

     5164  

Section 2.09.  Termination and Reduction of Commitments.

     5266  

Section 2.10.  Repayment of Loans; Evidence of Debt

     5366  

Section 2.11.  Prepayment of Loans

     5467  

Section 2.12.  Fees

     5669  

Section 2.13.  Interest.

     5770  

Section 2.14.  Alternate Rate of Interest

     5871  

Section 2.15.  Increased Costs

     6276  

Section 2.16.  Break Funding Payments

     6477  

Section 2.17.  Taxes

     6478  

Section 2.18.  Payments Generally; Pro Rata Treatment; Sharing of Set-offs.

     7084  

Section 2.19.  Mitigation Obligations; Replacement of Lenders.

     7286  

Section 2.20.  Defaulting Lenders

     7387  

Section 2.21.  Increase in Commitments

     7690  

Section 2.22.  Extension of Maturity Date

     7791  
ARTICLE 3

 

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

     79  

Section 3.01.  Corporate Existence; Powers

     8093  

Section 3.02.  Corporate Action; Enforceability

     8093  

Section 3.03.  Governmental Approvals; No Conflicts

     8093  

Section 3.04.  Financial Condition; No Material Adverse Change

     8094  

Section 3.05.  Litigation and Environmental Matters

     8194  

 

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Section 3.06.  Compliance with Laws and Agreements

     8194  

Section 3.07.  Investment Company Status

     8194  

Section 3.08.  Taxes

     8195  

Section 3.09.  ERISA and Canadian Pension Plans

     8295  

Section 3.10.  Disclosure

     8295  

Section 3.11.  Use of Credit

     8295  

Section 3.12.  Subsidiary Borrower Approvals

     8295  

Section 3.13.  AML, Anti-Corruption Laws and Sanctions

     8396  

Section 3.14.  Center of Main Interests and Establishment

     8396  

Section 3.15.  Properties

     96  

Section 3.16.  Collateral Documents

     96  

Section 3.17.  Insurance

     97  

Section 3.18.  Pledgor Loan Parties

     97  
ARTICLE 4

 

CONDITIONS

     83  

Section 4.01.  Effective Date

     8397  

Section 4.02.  Each Credit Event

     8598  
ARTICLE 5

 

AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS

     85  

Section 5.01.  Financial Statements; Ratings Change and Other Information

     8599  

Section 5.02.  Notices of Material Events

     87101  

Section 5.03.  Existence; Conduct of Business

     87101  

Section 5.04.  Payment of Obligations

     87101  

Section 5.05.  Maintenance of Properties; Insurance.

     88102  

Section 5.06.  Books and Records; Inspection Rights

     88102  

Section 5.07.  Compliance with Laws

     88102  

Section 5.08.  Use of Proceeds and Letters of Credit

     88103  

Section 5.09.  Accuracy of Information

     89103  

Section 5.10.  Guarantors 89; Pledged Loan Parties

     103  

Section 5.11.  Collateral

     104  

Section 5.12.  Appraisal Reports

     104  

Section 5.13.  Casualty and Condemnation

     105  
ARTICLE 6

 

NEGATIVE COVENANTS

     89  

Section 6.01.  Subsidiary Indebtedness

     90105  

Section 6.02.  Liens

     90106  

Section 6.03.  Fundamental Changes

     91107  

Section 6.04.  Transactions with Affiliates

     92107  

Section 6.05.  Total Indebtedness to Total Capital 92 Collateral Coverage Ratio

     108  

Section 6.06.  Interest Coverage Total Net Leverage Ratio

     93108  

Section 6.07.  Asset Sales

     108  

Section  6.076.08.  Use of Proceeds

     93108  

 

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ARTICLE 7

 

GUARANTEE

     93  

Section 7.01.  Guarantee

     93109  

Section 7.02.  Obligations Unconditional

     94109  

Section 7.03.  Reinstatement

     94110  

Section 7.04.  Subrogation

     95110  

Section 7.05.  Remedies

     95110  

Section 7.06.  Instrument for the Payment of Money

     95110  

Section 7.07.  Continuing Guarantee

     95111  

Section 7.08.  General Limitation on Guarantee Obligations

     95111  

Section 7.09.  Keepwell

     111  
ARTICLE 8

 

EVENTS OF DEFAULT

     96  

Section 8.01.  Events of Default

     96111  

Section 8.02.  Application of Payments

     98114  

Section 8.03.  Cure

     116  
ARTICLE 9

 

THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT

     99  

Section 9.01.  Authorization and Action.

     99116  

Section 9.02.  Administrative Agent’s Reliance, Indemnification, Etc.

     101118  

Section 9.03.  Posting of Communications

     102119  

Section 9.04.  The Administrative Agent Individually

     104120  

Section 9.05.  Successor Administrative Agent

     104121  

Section 9.06.  Acknowledgements of Lenders and Issuing Banks

     105122  

Section 9.07.  Certain ERISA Matters

     107124  

Section 9.08.  Collateral Matters

     125  

Section 9.09.  Credit Bidding

     126  
ARTICLE 10

 

MISCELLANEOUS

     108  

Section 10.01.  Notices.

     108127  

Section 10.02.  Waivers; Amendments.

     109128  

Section 10.03.  Expenses; Indemnity; Damage Waiver

     111130  

Section 10.04.  Successors and Assigns.

     114132  

Section 10.05.  Survival

     118136  

Section 10.06.  Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness

     118136  

Section 10.07.  Severability

     120137  

Section 10.08.  Right of Setoff

     120138  

Section 10.09.  Governing Law; Jurisdiction; Consent to Service of Process

     120138  

Section 10.10.  WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL

     122139  

Section 10.11.  Headings

     122140  

Section 10.12.  Confidentiality

     122140  

Section 10.13.  No Fiduciary Duty, etc

     123141  

Section 10.14.  Payments Set Aside

     124142  

 

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Section 10.15.  AML Laws

     125142  

Section 10.16.  Interest Rate Limitation

     125142  

Section 10.17.  Interest Act (Canada)

     125143  

Section 10.18.  Judgment Currency

     126143  

Section 10.19.  Release of Guarantors and Collateral

     126144  

Section 10.20.  Bifurcation

     127145  

Section 10.21.  Affected Financial Institutions

     127145  

Section 10.22.  Acknowledgement Regarding Any Supported QFCs

     128146  

Section 10.23.  Effect of the Amendment and Restatement of the Existing Credit Agreement

     128146  

Section 10.24.  Collateral Limitations

     147  

Section 10.25.  Agreement Among Lenders Regarding Collateral

     148  

 

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SCHEDULES:

 

Schedule 2.01A       Commitments
Schedule 2.01B       [Reserved]
Schedule 2.01C       Applicable LC Fronting Sublimit
Schedule 2.06       Existing Letters of Credit
Schedule 3.17       Insurance
Schedule 3.18       Capitalization and Subsidiaries
Schedule 6.01       Existing Indebtedness
Schedule 6.02(b)       Existing Liens
EXHIBITS:      
Exhibit A       Form of Assignment and Assumption
Exhibit B       Form of Guarantor Joinder Agreement
Exhibit C       Form of Subsidiary Borrower Joinder Agreement
Exhibit D-1       U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate (For Non-U.S. Lenders that are not Partnerships for U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes)
Exhibit D-2       U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate (For Non-U.S. Lenders that are Partnerships for U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes)
Exhibit D-3       U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate (For Non-U.S. Participants that are not Partnerships for U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes)
Exhibit D-4       U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate (For Non-U.S. Participants that are Partnerships for U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes)
Exhibit E       Form of Promissory Note

 

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THIRD AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT dated as of August 31, 2022 among NEWELL BRANDS INC., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), the SUBSIDIARY BORROWERS from time to time party hereto, the GUARANTORS from time to time party hereto, the LENDERS from time to time party hereto and JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., as Administrative Agent.

WITNESSETH THAT:

WHEREAS, the Company is party to that certain Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of December 12, 2018 (the “Existing Credit Agreement”) among, among others, the Company, the subsidiary borrowers from time to time party thereto, the guarantors from time to time party thereto, the lenders from time to time party thereto (the “Existing Lenders”) and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent for the Existing Lenders;

WHEREAS, subject to and upon the terms and conditions set forth herein, the parties hereto wish to amend and restate the Existing Credit Agreement in its entirety in the form of this Agreement.

NOW, THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration, the receipt and adequacy of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto hereby agree that, on the Effective Date (such term and each other capitalized term used and not otherwise defined herein having the meaning assigned to it in Article 1), the Existing Credit Agreement shall be and is hereby amended and restated as follows:

ARTICLE 1

DEFINITIONS

Section 1.01. Defined Terms. As used in this Agreement, the following terms have the meanings specified below:

2014 Indenture” means the Indenture, dated as of November 19, 2014, between the Company, as issuer, and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee, as further supplemented, amended or modified from time to time prior to the date hereofAmendment No. 2 Effective Date.

2014 Indenture Liens Basket” means clause (a)(xiii) of Section 1007 of the 2014 Indenture.

2014 Indenture Liens Covenant” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.24.

ABR”, when used in reference to any Loan or Borrowing, refers to whether such Loan, or the Loans comprising such Borrowing, are denominated in Dollars and bear interest at a rate determined by reference to the Alternate Base Rate.

Account” has the meaning assigned to such term in the Security Agreement.

Additional Commitment Lender” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.22.

Additional Obligations” means Secured Hedging Obligations, Secured Cash Management Obligations and Secured Supply Chain Financing Obligations.


Adjusted Daily Simple RFR” means, (i) with respect to any RFR Borrowing denominated in Pounds Sterling, an interest rate per annum (rounded upwards, if necessary, to the next 1/16 of 1%) equal to the Daily Simple RFR for Pounds Sterling and (ii) with respect to any RFR Borrowing denominated in Dollars, an interest rate per annum equal to (a) the Daily Simple RFR for Dollars, plus (b) 0.10% and (iii) with respect to any RFR Borrowing denominated in Canadian Dollars, an interest rate per annum equal to (a) the Daily Simple RFR for Canadian Dollars, plus (b) 0.29547%; provided that if the Adjusted Daily Simple RFR Rate as so determined would be less than the Floor, such rate shall be deemed to be equal to the Floor for the purposes of this Agreement.

Adjusted EURIBOR Rate” means, with respect to any Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in euros for any Interest Period, an interest rate per annum (rounded upwards, if necessary, to the next 1/16 of 1%) equal to (a) the EURIBOR Rate for such Interest Period multiplied by (b) the Statutory Reserve Rate.

Adjusted Term CORRA Rate” means, for purposes of any calculation, the rate per annum equal to (a) Term CORRA for such calculation plus (b) 0.29547% for a one month interest period or 0.32138% for a three month interest period; provided, that if the Adjusted Term CORRA Rate shall ever be less than the Floor, then the Adjusted Term CORRA Rate shall be deemed to be the Floor.

Adjusted Term SOFR Rate” means, with respect to any Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Dollars for any Interest Period, an interest rate per annum (rounded upwards, if necessary, to the next 1/16 of 1%) equal to (a) the Term SOFR Rate for such Interest Period, plus (b) 0.10%; provided that if the Adjusted Term SOFR Rate as so determined would be less than the Floor, such rate shall be deemed to be equal to the Floor for the purposes of this Agreement.

Administrative Agent” means JPMCB, in its capacity as administrative agent and collateral agent for the Lenders hereunder.

Administrative Agent’s Office” means the Administrative Agent’s office and, as appropriate, account or accounts in respect of each relevant Currency, as designated from time to time by the Administrative Agent in a notice to the Company and the Lenders.

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

Affected Financial Institution” means (a) any EEA Financial Institution or (b) any UK Financial Institution.

Affiliate” means, with respect to a specified Person, another Person that directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, Controls or is Controlled by or is under common Control with the Person specified.

Agent Indemnitee” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.03(c).

Agreed Currency” means Dollars and each Agreed Foreign Currency.

Agreed Foreign Currency” means, at any time, any of euros, Pounds Sterling, Canadian Dollars and, with the agreement of each Lender and the Administrative Agent (and

 

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each Issuing Bank, as to any Letter of Credit requested to be issued by it), any other Foreign Currency, so long as, in respect of any such specified Currency or other Foreign Currency, at such time (a) such Currency is a lawful Currency that is readily available, freely transferable and not restricted and able to be converted into Dollars and (b) no central bank or other governmental authorization in the country of issue of such Currency (including, in the case of the euro, any authorization by the European Central Bank) is required to permit use of such Currency by any Lender for making any Revolving Loan hereunder and/or to permit any Applicable Borrower to borrow and repay the principal thereof and to pay the interest thereon and/or, in the case of any Letter of Credit denominated in any such Currency, to permit the applicable Issuing Bank to issue such Letter of Credit or make any disbursement with respect thereto hereunder and/or to permit any Applicable Borrower to reimburse the applicable Issuing Bank for any such disbursement or pay interest thereon and/or to permit any Lender to acquire a participation interest therein or make any payment to the applicable Issuing Bank in consideration thereof, unless, in each case, such authorization has been obtained and is in full force and effect.

Agreement” means this Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, as modified, supplemented, restated, amended and restated, extended or renewed from time to time.

Alternate Base Rate” means, for any day, a rate per annum equal to the greatest of (a) the Prime Rate in effect on such day, (b) the NYFRB Rate in effect on such day plus 12 of 1% and (c) the Adjusted Term SOFR Rate for a one month Interest Period as published two U.S. Government Securities Business Days prior to such day (or if such day is not a U.S. Government Securities Business Day, the immediately preceding U.S. Government Securities Business Day) plus 1%; provided that for the purpose of this definition, the Adjusted Term SOFR Rate for any day shall be based on the Term SOFR Reference Rate at approximately 5:00 a.m. Chicago time on such day (or any amended publication time for the Term SOFR Reference Rate, as specified by the CME Term SOFR Administrator in the Term SOFR Reference Rate methodology). Any change in the Alternate Base Rate due to a change in the Prime Rate, the NYFRB Rate or the Adjusted Term SOFR Rate shall be effective from and including the effective date of such change in the Prime Rate, the NYFRB Rate or the Adjusted Term SOFR Rate, respectively. If the Alternate Base Rate is being used as an alternate rate of interest pursuant to Section 2.14 (for the avoidance of doubt, only until the Benchmark Replacement has been determined pursuant to Section 2.14(b)), then the Alternate Base Rate shall be the greater of clauses (a) and (b) above and shall be determined without reference to clause (c) above. For the avoidance of doubt, if the Alternate Base Rate as determined pursuant to the foregoing would be less than 1.00%, such rate shall be deemed to be 1.00% for purposes of this Agreement.

Alternative Pledged Collateral Value Period” means the period beginning on the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date and ending on the earlier of (x) the date that is ninety (90) days following the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date (or such later date as the Administrative Agent may agree in its sole discretion) and (y) the date of receipt by the Administrative Agent of all documentation referenced in Section 3 of the Amendment No. 2 in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

Amendment No. 1” means that certain Amendment No. 1, dated as of March 27, 2023, among the Company, the Subsidiary Borrowers from time to time party thereto, the Guarantors from time to time party thereto and the Administrative Agent.

 

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Amendment No. 1 Effective Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Amendment No. 1.

Amendment No. 2” means that certain Amendment No. 2 dated as of February 7, 2024, among the Company, the Subsidiary Borrowers party thereto, the Guarantors party thereto, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders party thereto.

Amendment No. 2 Effective Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Amendment No. 2.

AML Laws” means all laws, rules and regulations of any jurisdiction applicable to the Borrowers or any of their Subsidiaries from time to time, concerning or relating to anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing or “know your customer” requirements, including the PATRIOT Act, the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (Canada), and Parts II.1, XII.2 and Section 354 of the Criminal Code (Canada).

Ancillary Document” has the meaning assigned to such term in 10.06(b).

Anti-Corruption Laws” means all laws, rules, and regulations of any jurisdiction applicable to the Borrowers or any of their Subsidiaries from time to time concerning or relating to bribery or corruption.

Applicable Borrowers” means the Company and each Subsidiary designated to be a Subsidiary Borrower for such purpose pursuant to Section 2.05 (so long as such Subsidiary shall remain a Subsidiary Borrower hereunder). References herein to “the Applicable Borrower” shall refer to each particular Applicable Borrower which is (or shall be) the Borrower in respect of the relevant Loans or Letters of Credit.

Applicable LC Fronting Sublimit” means (a) with respect to each Issuing Bank on the Effective Date, the amount set forth opposite such Issuing Bank’s name on Schedule 2.01C and (b) with respect to any other Person that becomes an Issuing Bank after the Effective Date, such amount as agreed to in writing by the Company and such Person at the time such Person becomes an Issuing Bank, as each of the foregoing amounts may be decreased or increased from time to time with the written consent of the Company and each applicable Issuing Bank.

Applicable Parties” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 9.03(c).

Applicable Percentage” means, with respect to any Lender, the percentage of the total Commitments of all of the Lenders represented by such Lender’s Commitment; provided that in the case of Section 2.20 when a Defaulting Lender shall exist, “Applicable Percentage” shall mean the percentage of the total Commitments of all of the Lenders (disregarding any Defaulting Lender’s Commitment) represented by such Lender’s Commitment. If the Commitments have terminated or expired, the Applicable Percentages shall be determined based upon the Commitments most recently in effect, giving effect to any assignments and to any Lender’s status as a Defaulting Lender at the time of determination.

Applicable Rate” means, for any day, with respect to any ABR Loan, Canadian Prime Rate Loan, Term Benchmark Revolving Loan or RFR Revolving Loan, the applicable rate per annum set forth below under the caption “ABR Spread”, “Canadian Prime Rate Spread”, “Term

 

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Benchmark Spread”, “RFR Spread” or “Facility Fee Rate”, as the case may be, based upon the ratings by Moody’s and S&P, respectively, applicable on such date to the Index Debt:

 

    

Index Debt Ratings
Moody’s/S&P

   ABR
Spread
    Canadian
Prime Rate
Spread
    Term
Benchmark
Spread
    RFR
Spread
    Facility Fee
Rate
 

Category 1

   Baa1/BBB+ or better      0.000     0.000     0.900     0.900     0.100

Category 2

   Baa2/BBB      0.000     0.000     1.000     1.000     0.125

Category 3

   Baa3/BBB-      0.075     0.075     1.075     1.075     0.175

Category 4

   Ba1/BB+      0.275     0.275     1.275     1.275     0.225

Category 5

   Ba2/BB or lower      0.500     0.500     1.500     1.500     0.250

For purposes of the foregoing, (i) if at any time the Company has ratings for the Index Debt from the Rating Agencies that fall within the same Category, the Applicable Rate shall be based on such Category; (ii) if at any time a Rating Agency shall not have in effect a rating for the Index Debt (other than by reason of the circumstances referred to in the last sentence of this definition), the relevant Category for purposes of determining the Applicable Rate shall be Category 5; (iii) if the ratings established or deemed to have been established by Moody’s and S&P for the Index Debt shall each fall within different Categories from each other, the Applicable Rate shall be based on the higher of the two ratings unless one of the ratings is two or more categories lower than the other rating, in which case the Applicable Rate shall be determined by reference to the Category next below that of the higher of the two ratings, and (iv) if the ratings established or deemed to have been established by any Rating Agency for the Index Debt shall be changed (other than as a result of a change in the rating system of such Rating Agency), such change shall be effective as of the date on which it is first announced by such Rating Agency, irrespective of when notice of such change shall have been furnished by the Company to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders pursuant to Section 5.01 or otherwise. Each change in the Applicable Rate shall apply during the period commencing on the effective date of such change and ending on the date immediately preceding the effective date of the next such change. If the rating system of Moody’s or S&P shall change, or if Moody’s or S&P shall cease to be in the business of rating corporate debt obligations, the Company and the Lenders shall negotiate in good faith to amend this definition to reflect such changed rating system or the unavailability of ratings from such Rating Agency and, pending the effectiveness of any such amendment, the Applicable Rate shall be determined by reference to the rating of such Rating Agency most recently in effect prior to such change or cessation.

Appraisal Report” means (a) the Initial Appraisal Report and (b) any other appraisal prepared by an Appraiser, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, which certifies, at the time of determination, the Appraised Value of the Appraised Collateral described therein.

Appraised Collateral” means Eligible IP and Eligible Equipment constituting Collateral included in an Appraisal Report.

Appraised Value” means, as of any date of determination, the fair market value of the Appraised Collateral as reflected in the most recent Appraisal Report obtained in respect of such Collateral in accordance with this Agreement.

Appraiser ” means such appraisal firm or firms as may be retained by the Administrative Agent and the Company from time to time.

 

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Approved Electronic Platform” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 9.03(a).

Approved Fund” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.04(b).

Assignment and Assumption” means an assignment and assumption entered into by a Lender and an assignee (with the consent of any party whose consent is required by Section 10.04), and accepted by the Administrative Agent, in the form of Exhibit A or any other form (including electronic records generated by the use of an electronic platform) approved by the Administrative Agent.

Availability Period” means the period from and including the Effective Date to but excluding the earlier of the Maturity Date and the date of termination of the Commitments.

Available Tenor” means, as of any date of determination and with respect to the then-current Benchmark for any Agreed Currency, as applicable, any tenor for such Benchmark (or component thereof) or payment period for interest calculated with reference to such Benchmark (or component thereof), as applicable, that is or may be used for determining the length of an Interest Period for any term rate or otherwise, for determining any frequency of making payments of interest calculated pursuant to this Agreement as of such date and not including, for the avoidance of doubt, any tenor for such Benchmark that is then-removed from the definition of “Interest Period” pursuant to clause (e) of Section 2.14.

Bail-In Action” means the exercise of any Write-Down and Conversion Powers by the applicable Resolution Authority in respect of any liability of an Affected Financial Institution.

Bail-In Legislation” means (a) with respect to any EEA Member Country implementing Article 55 of Directive 2014/59/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union, the implementing law, regulation rule or requirement for such EEA Member Country from time to time which is described in the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule and (b) with respect to the United Kingdom, Part I of the United Kingdom Banking Act 2009 (as amended from time to time) and any other law, regulation or rule applicable in the United Kingdom relating to the resolution of unsound or failing banks, investment firms or other financial institutions or their affiliates (other than through liquidation, administration or other insolvency proceedings).

Bankruptcy Code” means Title 11 of the United States Code entitled “Bankruptcy”, as now and hereafter in effect, or any successor statute.

Bankruptcy Event” means, with respect to any Person, such Person becomes the subject of a bankruptcy or insolvency proceeding, or has had a receiver, examiner, process adviser, conservator, trustee, administrator, custodian, assignee for the benefit of creditors or similar Person charged with the reorganization or liquidation of its business appointed for it, or, in the good faith determination of the Administrative Agent, has taken any action in furtherance of, or indicating its consent to, approval of, or acquiescence in, any such proceeding or appointment, provided that a Bankruptcy Event shall not result solely by virtue of (i) any ownership interest, or the acquisition of any ownership interest, in such Person by a Governmental Authority or instrumentality thereof or (ii) in the case of a solvent Lender, the precautionary appointment of an administrator, guardian, custodian or other similar official by a

 

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Governmental Authority or instrumentality thereof under or based on the law of the country where such Lender is subject to home jurisdiction supervision if applicable law requires that such appointment not be publicly disclosed, provided, further, in each case that such ownership interest or appointment does not result in or provide such Person with immunity from the jurisdiction of courts within the United States or from the enforcement of judgments or writs of attachment on its assets or permit such Person (or such Governmental Authority or instrumentality) to reject, repudiate, disavow or disaffirm any contracts or agreements made by such Person.

Benchmark” means, initially, with respect to any (i) RFR Borrowing in any Agreed Currency, the applicable Relevant Rate for such Agreed Currency or (ii) Term Benchmark Borrowing in any Agreed Currency, the Relevant Rate for such Agreed Currency; provided that if a Benchmark Transition Event or a Term CORRA Reelection Event, and the related Benchmark Replacement Date have occurred with respect to the applicable Relevant Rate or the then-current Benchmark for such Agreed Currency, then “Benchmark” means the applicable Benchmark Replacement to the extent that such Benchmark Replacement has replaced such prior benchmark rate pursuant to clause (b) of Section 2.14.

Benchmark Replacement” means, for any Available Tenor, the first alternative set forth in the order below that can be determined by the Administrative Agent for the applicable Benchmark Replacement Date; provided that, in the case of any Loan denominated in an Agreed Foreign Currency, “Benchmark Replacement” shall mean the alternative set forth in (2) below:

(1) in the case of any Loan denominated in Dollars, the Adjusted Daily Simple RFR applicable to Dollars and/or in the case of any Loan denominated in Canadian Dollars, the Adjusted Daily Simple RFR for Canadian Dollars;

(2) the sum of: (a) the alternate benchmark rate that has been selected by the Administrative Agent and the Company as the replacement for the then-current Benchmark for the applicable Corresponding Tenor giving due consideration to (i) any selection or recommendation of a replacement benchmark rate or the mechanism for determining such a rate by the Relevant Governmental Body or (ii) any evolving or then-prevailing market convention for determining a benchmark rate as a replacement for the then-current Benchmark for syndicated credit facilities denominated in the applicable Agreed Currency at such time in the United States and (b) the related Benchmark Replacement Adjustment.

provided that notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement or in any other Loan Document, upon the occurrence of a Term CORRA Reelection Event, and the delivery of a Term CORRA Notice, on the applicable Benchmark Replacement Date the “Benchmark Replacement” shall revert to and shall be deemed to be the Adjusted Term CORRA Rate.

If the Benchmark Replacement as determined pursuant to clause (1) or (2) above would be less than the Floor, the Benchmark Replacement will be deemed to be the Floor for the purposes of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents.

 

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Benchmark Replacement Adjustment” means, with respect to any replacement of the then-current Benchmark with an Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement for any applicable Interest Period and Available Tenor for any setting of such Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement, the spread adjustment, or method for calculating or determining such spread adjustment(which may be a positive or negative value or zero) that has been selected by the Administrative Agent and the Company for the applicable Corresponding Tenor giving due consideration to (i) any selection or recommendation of a spread adjustment, or method for calculating or determining such spread adjustment, for the replacement of such Benchmark with the applicable Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement by the Relevant Governmental Body on the applicable Benchmark Replacement Date and/or (ii) any evolving or then-prevailing market convention for determining a spread adjustment, or method for calculating or determining such spread adjustment, for the replacement of such Benchmark with the applicable Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement for syndicated credit facilities denominated in the applicable Agreed Currency at such time.

Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes” means, with respect to any Benchmark Replacement and/or any Term Benchmark Loan denominated in Dollars, any technical, administrative or operational changes (including changes to the definition of “Alternate Base Rate”, the definition of “Business Day”, the definition of “U.S. Government Securities Business Day”, the definition of “RFR Business Day”, the definition of “Interest Period”, timing and frequency of determining rates and making payments of interest, timing of borrowing requests or prepayment, conversion or continuation notices, length of lookback periods, the applicability of breakage provisions, and other technical, administrative or operational matters) that the Administrative Agent decides may be appropriate to reflect the adoption and implementation of such Benchmark and to permit the administration thereof by the Administrative Agent in a manner substantially consistent with market practice (or, if the Administrative Agent decides that adoption of any portion of such market practice is not administratively feasible or if the Administrative Agent determines that no market practice for the administration of such Benchmark exists, in such other manner of administration as the Administrative Agent decides is reasonably necessary in connection with the administration of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents).

Benchmark Replacement Date” means, with respect to any Benchmark, the earliest to occur of the following events with respect to such then-current Benchmark:

(1) in the case of clause (1) or (2) of the definition of “Benchmark Transition Event”, the later of (a) the date of the public statement or publication of information referenced therein and (b) the date on which the administrator of such Benchmark (or the published component used in the calculation thereof) permanently or indefinitely ceases to provide all Available Tenors of such Benchmark (or such component thereof); or

(2) in the case of clause (3) of the definition of “Benchmark Transition Event,” the first date on which such Benchmark (or the published component used in the calculation thereof) has been determined and announced by the regulatory supervisor for the administrator of such Benchmark (or such component thereof) to be no longer representative; provided, that such non-representativeness will be determined by reference to the most recent statement or publication referenced in such clause (3) and even if any Available Tenor of such Benchmark (or such component thereof) continues to be provided on such date.; or

 

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(3) in the case of a Term CORRA Reelection Event, the date that is thirty (30) days after the date a Term CORRA Notice (if any) is provided to the Lenders and the Company pursuant to Section 2.14(c).

For the avoidance of doubt, (i) if the event giving rise to the Benchmark Replacement Date occurs on the same day as, but earlier than, the Reference Time in respect of any determination, the Benchmark Replacement Date will be deemed to have occurred prior to the Reference Time for such determination and (ii) the “Benchmark Replacement Date” will be deemed to have occurred in the case of clause (1) or (2) with respect to any Benchmark upon the occurrence of the applicable event or events set forth therein with respect to all then-current Available Tenors of such Benchmark (or the published component used in the calculation thereof).

Benchmark Transition Event” means, with respect to any Benchmark, the occurrence of one or more of the following events with respect to such then-current Benchmark:

(1) a public statement or publication of information by or on behalf of the administrator of such Benchmark (or the published component used in the calculation thereof) announcing that such administrator has ceased or will cease to provide all Available Tenors of such Benchmark (or such component thereof), permanently or indefinitely, provided that, at the time of such statement or publication, there is no successor administrator that will continue to provide any Available Tenor of such Benchmark (or such component thereof);

(2) a public statement or publication of information by the regulatory supervisor for the administrator of such Benchmark (or the published component used in the calculation thereof), the Federal Reserve Board, the NYFRB, the CME Term SOFR Administrator, the central bank for the Agreed Currency applicable to such Benchmark, an insolvency official with jurisdiction over the administrator for such Benchmark (or such component), a resolution authority with jurisdiction over the administrator for such Benchmark (or such component) or a court or an entity with similar insolvency or resolution authority over the administrator for such Benchmark (or such component), in each case, which states that the administrator of such Benchmark (or such component) has ceased or will cease to provide all Available Tenors of such Benchmark (or such component thereof) permanently or indefinitely; provided that, at the time of such statement or publication, there is no successor administrator that will continue to provide any Available Tenor of such Benchmark (or such component thereof); or

(3) a public statement or publication of information by the regulatory supervisor for the administrator of such Benchmark (or the published component used in the calculation thereof) announcing that all Available Tenors of such Benchmark (or such component thereof) are no longer, or as of a specified future date will no longer be, representative.

For the avoidance of doubt, a “Benchmark Transition Event” will be deemed to have occurred with respect to any Benchmark if a public statement or publication of information set forth above has occurred with respect to each then-current Available Tenor of such Benchmark (or the published component used in the calculation thereof).

 

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Benchmark Unavailability Period” means, with respect to any Benchmark, the period (if any) (x) beginning at the time that a Benchmark Replacement Date pursuant to clauses (1) or (2) of that definition has occurred if, at such time, no Benchmark Replacement has replaced such then-current Benchmark for all purposes hereunder and under any Loan Document in accordance with Section 2.14 and (y) ending at the time that a Benchmark Replacement has replaced such then-current Benchmark for all purposes hereunder and under any Loan Document in accordance with Section 2.14.

Beneficial Ownership Certification” means a certification regarding beneficial ownership as required by the Beneficial Ownership Regulation.

Beneficial Ownership Regulation” means 31 C.F.R. § 1010.230.

Benefit Plan” means any of (a) an “employee benefit plan” (as defined in Section 3(3) of ERISA) that is subject to Title I of ERISA, (b) a “plan” as defined in Section 4975 of the Code to which Section 4975 of the Code applies, and (c) any Person whose assets include (for purposes of the Plan Asset Regulations or otherwise for purposes of Title I of ERISA or Section 4975 of the Code) the assets of any such “employee benefit plan” or “plan”.

BHC Act Affiliate” of a party means an “affiliate” (as such term is defined under, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. 1841(k)) of such party.

Blocking Regulation” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 3.13.

Borrowers” means the Company and each Subsidiary Borrower.

Borrowing” means Revolving Loans of the same Type and Currency to any Applicable Borrower that are made, converted or continued on the same date and, in the case of Term Benchmark Loans, as to which a single Interest Period is in effect.

Borrowing Request” means a request by the Applicable Borrower for a Revolving Borrowing in accordance with Section 2.03.

Business Day” means any day (a) that is not (i) a Saturday or a Sunday, (ii) any other day on which commercial banks in New York City are authorized or required by law to remain closed or (iii) any day on which interbank payments cannot be effected through the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Fedwire System and (b) if such day relates to a borrowing of, a payment or prepayment of principal of or interest on, a continuation or conversion of or into, or the Interest Period for, a Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Dollars, that is also a U.S. Government Securities Business Day and (c) if such day relates to a borrowing of, a payment or prepayment of principal of or interest on, or conversion of or into, an RFR Borrowing, that is also an RFR Business Day and (d) if such day relates to a borrowing or continuation of, a payment or prepayment of principal of or interest on, or the Interest Period for, any Canadian Prime Rate Loan or Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Canadian Dollars (or any notice with respect thereto), or to the issuance or payment under any Letter of Credit denominated in Canadian Dollars (or any notice with respect thereto), that is also a day on which commercial banks in Toronto, Canada are open for business and (e) if such day relates to a borrowing or continuation of, a payment or prepayment of principal of or interest on, or the Interest Period for, any Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in euro (or any notice with respect thereto), or to

 

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the issuance or payment under any Letter of Credit denominated in euro or Pounds Sterling (or any notice with respect thereto), that is also (i) a day on which banks are open for general business in London and (ii) a TARGET Day.

Canadian Dollars” or “CAD$” refers to the lawful money of Canada.

Canadian Pension Event” means, with respect to any Canadian Pension Plan, (a) the existence of unfunded liabilities in excess of the amount permitted under any applicable law; (b) the failure to make the required contributions or payments under any applicable law on or before the due date for such contributions or payments; (c) the receipt of notice from a Governmental Authority relating to its intention to terminate in whole or in part any such Canadian Pension Plan or to appoint a trustee or similar official to administer any such Canadian Pension Plan, or alleging the insolvency of any such Canadian Pension Plan; (d) the incurrence of any liability by any Loan Party or any Subsidiary under any applicable law on account of the complete or partial termination of such Canadian Pension Plan or the complete or partial withdrawal of any participating employer therein; or (e) the occurrence of any transaction that is prohibited under any applicable law and that would reasonably be expected to result in the incurrence of any liability by any Loan Party or any Subsidiary, or the imposition on any Loan Party or any Subsidiary, any fine, excise tax or penalty resulting from any noncompliance with any applicable law.

Canadian Pension Plan” means any “registered pension plan”, as defined in Section 248(1) of the ITA, or any other pension plan that is subject to minimum pension standards legislation in any jurisdiction of Canada, which is maintained or contributed to by, or to which there is or may be an obligation to contribute by, a Loan Party or any Subsidiary operating in Canada in respect of any Person’s employment in Canada with such Loan Party or Subsidiary, but excluding any statutory benefit plans, such as the Canada and Québec Pension Plans.

Canadian Prime Rate Loanshall mean each Loan denominated in Canadian Dollars and bearing interest based on the Canadian Prime Rate.

Canadian Prime Rate shall meanmeans, on any day, the rate determined by the Administrative Agent to be the higher of (a) the rate equal to the PRIMCAN Index rate that appears on the Bloomberg screen at 10:15 a.m. Toronto time on such day (or, in the event that the PRIMCAN Index is not published by Bloomberg, any other information services that publishes such index from time to time, as selected by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion) and (b) the average rate for 30 day Canadian Dollar-denominated bankers’ acceptances displayed and identified as such on the “Reuters Screen CDOR Page” as defined in the International Swap Dealer Association, Inc. definitions, as modified and amended from time to time (or, in the event such rate does not appear on such page or screen, on any successor or substitute page or screen that displays such rate, or on the appropriate page of such other information service that publishes such rate from time to time, as selected by the Administrative Agent’s in its reasonable discretion) as of 10:15 a.m. Toronto local time on such day and, if such day is not a Business Day, then on the immediately preceding Business Day (as adjusted by the Administrative Agent after 10:15 a.m. Toronto local time to reflect any error in the posted rate of interest or in the posted average annual rate of interest), plus 1.00% per annum; provided that if any the above ratessuch rate shall be less than 1.00%, such rate shall be deemed to be 1.00% for purposes of this Agreement. Any change in the Canadian Prime Rate due to a change in the PRIMCAN Index or in the average rate for 30 day Canadian Dollar-denominated bankers’ 

 

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acceptances displayed and identified as such on the “Reuters Screen CDOR Page” shall be effective from and including the effective date of such change in the PRIMCAN Index or in the 30 day Canadian Dollar-denominated bankers’ acceptances displayed and identified as such on the “Reuters Screen CDOR Page”, respectively.

Canadian Prime Rate Loanmeans each Loan denominated in Canadian Dollars and bearing interest based on the Canadian Prime Rate.

Capital Lease Obligations” of any Person means the obligations of such Person to pay rent or other amounts under any lease of (or other arrangement conveying the right to use) real or personal property, or a combination thereof, which obligations are required to be classified and accounted for as capital leases or financing leases on a balance sheet of such Person under GAAP, and the amount of such obligations shall be the capitalized amount thereof determined in accordance with GAAP.

Cash Collateralize” means to pledge and deposit with or deliver to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Administrative Agent or the Issuing Banks (as applicable) and the Lenders, as collateral for LC Exposure or obligations of Lenders to fund participations in respect thereof (as the context may require), cash or deposit account balances or, if any Issuing Bank benefitting from such collateral agrees in its sole discretion, other credit support, in each case pursuant to documentation in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and/or each applicable Issuing Bank, as applicable (which documents are hereby consented to by the Lenders). “Cash Collateral” shall have a meaning correlative to the foregoing and shall include the proceeds of such cash collateral and other credit support.

Cash Management Bank” has the meaning assigned to it in the definition of “Secured Cash Management Obligations”.

Cash Management Reserves” means all Reserves which the Administrative Agent from time to time establishes in its Permitted Discretion for Cash Management Services then provided or outstanding.

Cash Management Services” means cash management services for collections, treasury management services (including controlled disbursement, overdraft, automated clearing house fund transfer services, return items and interstate depository network services), any demand deposit, payroll, trust or operating account relationships, commercial credit cards, merchant card, purchase or debit cards, non-card e-payables services, and other cash management services, including electronic funds transfer services, lockbox services, stop payment services and wire transfer services.

CBR Loan” means a Loan that bears interest at a rate determined by reference to the Central Bank Rate.

CBR Spread” means the Applicable Rate, applicable to such Loan that is replaced by a CBR Loan.

CDOR Rate” means, with respect to any Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Canadian Dollars for any Interest Period, the annual rate of interest equal to the average rate applicable to Canadian Dollar Canadian bankers’ acceptances for the applicable period that

 

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appears on the “Reuters Screen CDOR Page” as defined in the International Swap Dealer Association, Inc. definitions, as modified and amended from time to time (or, in the event such rate does not appear on such page or screen, on any successor or substitute page or screen that displays such rate, or on the appropriate page of such other information service that publishes such rate from time to time, as selected by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion), rounded to the nearest 1/100th of 1% (with .005% being rounded up), as of 10:15 a.m. Toronto local time on the first day of such Interest Period and, if such day is not a Business Day, then on the immediately preceding Business Day (as adjusted by Administrative Agent after 10:15 a.m. Toronto local time to reflect any error in the posted rate of interest or in the posted average annual rate of interest). If the CDOR Rate shall be less than the Floor, the CDOR Rate shall be deemed to be equal to the Floor for purposes of this Agreement.

Central Bank Rate” means, the greater of (I)(A) for any Loan denominated in (a) Pounds Sterling, the Bank of England (or any successor thereto)’s “Bank Rate” as published by the Bank of England (or any successor thereto) from time to time, (b) euro, one of the following three rates as may be selected by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion: (1) the fixed rate for the main refinancing operations of the European Central Bank (or any successor thereto), or, if that rate is not published, the minimum bid rate for the main refinancing operations of the European Central Bank (or any successor thereto), each as published by the European Central Bank (or any successor thereto) from time to time, (2) the rate for the marginal lending facility of the European Central Bank (or any successor thereto), as published by the European Central Bank (or any successor thereto) from time to time or (3) the rate for the deposit facility of the central banking system of the Participating Member States, as published by the European Central Bank (or any successor thereto) from time to time and (c) any other Agreed Foreign Currency determined after the Effective Date, a central bank rate as determined by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion; plus (B) the applicable Central Bank Rate Adjustment and (II) the Floor.

Central Bank Rate Adjustment” means, for any day, for any Loan denominated in (a) euro, a rate equal to the difference (which may be a positive or negative value or zero) of (i) the average of the Adjusted EURIBOR Rate for the five most recent Business Days preceding such day for which the EURIBOR Screen Rate was available (excluding, from such averaging, the highest and the lowest Adjusted EURIBOR Rate applicable during such period of five Business Days) minus (ii) the Central Bank Rate in respect of euro in effect on the last Business Day in such period, (b) Pounds Sterling, a rate equal to the difference (which may be a positive or negative value or zero) of (i) the average of Adjusted Daily Simple RFR for Borrowings denominated in Pounds Sterling for the five most recent RFR Business Days preceding such day for which Adjusted Daily Simple RFR for Borrowings denominated in Pounds Sterling was available (excluding, from such averaging, the highest and the lowest such Adjusted Daily Simple RFR applicable during such period of five RFR Business Days) minus (ii) the Central Bank Rate in respect of Pounds Sterling in effect on the last RFR Business Day in such period and (c) any other Agreed Foreign Currency determined after the Effective Date, a Central Bank Rate Adjustment as determined by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion. For purposes of this definition, (x) the term Central Bank Rate shall be determined disregarding clause (B) of the definition of such term and (y) the EURIBOR Rate on any day shall be based on the EURIBOR Screen Rate, on such day at approximately the time referred to in the definition of such term for deposits in euro for a maturity of one month.

 

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Centre of Main Interests” means the “centre of main interests” for the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2015/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2015 on insolvency proceedings (recast), as amended.

CFC Holding Company” means a Domestic Subsidiary substantially all of the assets of which consist of Equity Interests or indebtedness of one or more “controlled foreign corporations” within the meaning of Section 957 of the Code and/or other such Domestic Subsidiaries.

Change in Control” means (a) the acquisition of ownership, directly or indirectly, beneficially or of record, by any Person or group (within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act and the rules of the SEC thereunder as in effect on the date hereof), of Equity Interests representing more than 35% of the aggregate ordinary voting power represented by the issued and outstanding Equity Interests of the Company; or (b) the acquisition of direct or indirect Control of the Company by any Person or group. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any such acquisition shall not constitute a change of control if (i) the Company becomes a direct or indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of a holding company, (ii)(A) the direct or indirect holders of the voting Equity Interests of such holding company immediately following such transaction are substantially the same as the holders of the Company’s voting Equity Interests immediately prior to such transaction or (B) immediately following such transaction no Person or group (within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act and the rules of the SEC thereunder as in effect on the date hereof) (other than a holding company satisfying the requirements of this sentence) is the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, beneficially or of record of more than 35% of the aggregate ordinary voting power represented by the issued and outstanding voting Equity Interests of such holding company and (iii) no Person or group other than such holding company shall have acquired Control of the Company.

Change in Law” means the occurrence, after the date of this Agreement or (with respect to any Lender) such later date on which such Lender becomes a party to this Agreement, of: (a) the adoption of or taking effect of any law, rule, regulation or treaty, (b) any change in any law, rule, regulation or treaty or in the administration, interpretation or application thereof by any Governmental Authority or (c) the compliance by any Lender or any Issuing Bank (or, for purposes of Section 2.15(b), by any lending office of such Lender or by such Lender’s or such Issuing Bank’s holding company, if any) with any request, guideline or directive (whether or not having the force of law) of any Governmental Authority made or issued after the date of this Agreement; provided that, notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, (i) the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and all requests, rules, guidelines or directives thereunder or issued in connection therewith and (ii) all requests, rules, guidelines or directives promulgated by the Bank for International Settlements, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (or any successor or similar authority) or the United States or foreign regulatory authorities shall in each case pursuant to Basel III be deemed to be a “Change in Law”, regardless of the date enacted, adopted or issued.

Charges” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.16.

Class”, when used in reference to any Loan or Borrowing, refers to whether such Loan, or the Loans comprising such Borrowing, are Revolving Loans. As of the Effective Date, all Loans are Revolving Loans.

 

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CME Term SOFR Administrator” means CME Group Benchmark Administration Limited as administrator of the forward-looking term Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) (or a successor administrator).

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

Collateral ” all property in which Administrative Agent, on behalf of itself and the Lenders and other Secured Parties, is granted a Lien under the Collateral Documents, all property described in any of the Collateral Documents as security for any Obligations, and all other property which now or hereafter secures (or is intended to secure) any Obligations.

Collateral Documents” means, collectively, the Security Agreement and any other agreements, instruments, deeds and documents executed in connection with this Agreement that are intended to create, perfect or evidence Liens to secure the Obligations.

Collateral Coverage Ratio” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 6.05.

Collateral Coverage Test” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 6.05.

Collateral Release Date” means the date (if any) upon which all of the following conditions are simultaneously met: (i) a Ratings Upgrade Event has occurred, (ii) immediately prior to such release, no Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing as a result of a failure by the Company or any Subsidiary to observe or perform any covenant, condition or agreement contained in this Agreement and in effect immediately except during any Collateral Release Period, (iii) after giving effect to such release, no Default or Event of Default would have occurred and be continuing as a result of a failure by the Company or any Subsidiary to observe or perform any covenant, condition or agreement contained in this Agreement that would be in effect after the occurrence of the Collateral Release Date, (iv) the Company shall be in (a) compliance with the Section 6.06, (b) pro forma compliance with Section 6.05 for the Company’s then most recent quarterly reporting date and (c) pro forma compliance with Section 6.02, (v) the Secured Obligation Aggregate Amount does not exceed the Secured Obligations Maximum Amount and (vi) the Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate of the Company signed by a Responsible Officer, in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, certifying as to the existence of the foregoing conditions.

Collateral Release Period” means the period (if any) beginning with the Collateral Release Date and ending with the first date thereafter on which the Company shall have failed to maintain an Investment Grade Rating for 15 consecutive days.

Commitment” means, with respect to each Lender, the amount set forth on Schedule 2.01 opposite such Lender’s name, or in the Assignment and Assumption or other documentation or record (as such term is defined in Section 9-102(a)(70) of the New York Uniform Commercial Code) as provided in Section 10.04(b)(ii)(C), pursuant to which such Lender shall have assumed its Commitment, as applicable, and giving effect to (a) any reduction in such amount from time to time pursuant to Section 2.09 and (b) any reduction or increase in such amount from time to time pursuant to assignments by or to such Lender pursuant to Section 10.04; provided, that at no time shall (i) the Revolving Credit Exposure of any Lender exceed its Commitment and (ii) the sum of the Total Revolving Credit Exposure exceed the aggregate amount of all Lenders’ Commitments. The initial aggregate amount of the Lenders’ Commitments as of the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date is $1,500,000,0001,000,000,000 .

 

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Commitment Increase Effective Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.21(d).

Communications ” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 9.03(c).

Company” has the meaning set forth in the introductory paragraph hereto.

Connection Income Taxes” means Other Connection Taxes that are imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated) or that are franchise Taxes or branch profits Taxes.

Consolidated EBITDA” means, for any period, Consolidated Net Income for such period plus, without duplication and to the extent deducted in determining such Consolidated Net Income for such period, the sum of (a) income tax expense, (b) interest expense, amortization or write-off of debt discount and debt issuance costs and commissions, discounts and other fees and charges associated with Indebtedness (including the Loans) and other debt extinguishment charges, (c) depreciation and amortization expense, (d) amortization of intangibles (including, but not limited to, goodwill) and organization costs, (e) non-cash extraordinary, unusual or non-recurring charges (including impairment charges), expenses or losses (including, without limitation, restructuring and other charges related to the sale, disposition or other transfer or winding down of any business or assets), (f) cash charges, expenses or losses (including, without limitation, restructuring, and other charges related to the sale, disposition or other transfer or winding down of any business or assets) (collectively, “Cash Charges”) not exceeding $200,000,000 in the aggregate incurred on or after the Effective Date (provided that for any fiscal quarter during any consecutive four fiscal quarter period, in the event that the Company elects not to add back any Cash Charges for any fiscal quarter immediately following such fiscal quarter, the Company may still elect to add back such Cash Charges for such fiscal quarter during any period within such four consecutive fiscal quarter period) and (g) non-cash expenses resulting from the grant of stock, stock units and stock options (including, without limitation, restricted stock units) as compensation to directors, officers, employees or consultants of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries pursuant to a written plan or agreement or the treatment of such options under variable plan accounting, and minus, to the extent included in determining such Consolidated Net Income for such period, the sum of (a) interest income, (b) non-cash extraordinary, unusual or non-recurring income or gains (including, whether or not otherwise includable as a separate item in the statement of such Consolidated Net Income for such period, gains on the sales of assets outside of the ordinary course of business) and (c) any other non-cash income, all as determined on a consolidated basis.

Consolidated Interest Expense” means, for any period and without duplication, total interest expense (including that attributable to Capital Lease Obligations) of the Company and its Subsidiaries for such period with respect to all outstanding Indebtedness of the Company and its Subsidiaries accrued or capitalized during such period (whether or not actually paid during such period) (including all commissions, discounts and other fees and charges owed with respect to standby letters of credit and bankers’ acceptance financing and net costs under SwapHedging Agreements in respect of interest rates to the extent such net costs are allocable to such period in accordance with GAAP), but excluding (i) any interest expense for such period relating to

 

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quarterly or monthly income preferred securities, quarterly income capital securities or other similar securities, and (ii) amortization of debt discount and debt issuance costs and commissions, and other fees and charges associated with Indebtedness and other debt extinguishment charges.

Consolidated Net Debt” means, on any date, an amount equal to Total Indebtedness minus (x) 100% of the amount of Unrestricted Cash maintained with any Lender or its affiliates in the United States and (y) 65% of the amount of Unrestricted Cash maintained with any Lenders or its affiliates in any jurisdiction other than in the United States.

Consolidated Net Income” means, for any period, the consolidated net income (or loss) of the Company and its Subsidiaries, determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP; provided that, there shall be excluded (a ) the income (or deficit) of any Person accrued prior to the date it becomes a Subsidiary of the Company or is merged into or consolidated with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (b) the income (or deficit) of any Person (other than a Subsidiary of the Company) in which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has an ownership interest, except to the extent that any such income is actually received by the Company or such Subsidiary in the form of dividends or similar distributions and (c) the undistributed earnings of any Subsidiary of the Company to the extent that the declaration or payment of dividends or similar distributions by such Subsidiary is not at the time permitted by the terms of any security issued by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or of any agreement, instrument or other undertaking to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party or by which any of them or their respective property is bound (other than under the Loan Documents) or Requirement of Law applicable to such Subsidiary.

Consolidated Net Tangible Assets” means, on any date, an amount equal to (i) Total Consolidated Assets less (ii) all intangible assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries, including goodwill, intellectual property and research and development costs and (iii) any other identifiable intangibles of the Company and its Subsidiaries, in each case determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP.

Control” means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management or policies of a Person, whether through the ability to exercise voting power, by contract or otherwise. “Controlling” and “Controlled” have meanings correlative thereto.

CORRA ” means the Canadian Overnight Repo Rate Average administered and published by the Bank of Canada (or any successor administrator).

CORRA Administrator” means the Bank of Canada (or any successor administrator).

CORRA Determination Date” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Daily Simple CORRA”.

CORRA Rate Day” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Daily Simple CORRA”.

Corresponding Tenor” with respect to any Available Tenor means, as applicable, either a tenor (including overnight) or an interest payment period having approximately the same length (disregarding business day adjustment) as such Available Tenor.

 

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Covered Party” has the meaning assigned to it in Section 10.22.

Currency” means the lawful currency of a countryCure Amount” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 8.03.

Cure Expiration Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 8.03.

Cure Quarter” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 8.03.

Currency Valuation Notice” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.11(b)(ii).

Daily Simple CORRA” means, for any day (a “CORRA Rate Day”), a rate per annum equal to CORRA for the day (such day “CORRA Determination Date”) that is five (5) RFR Business Days prior to (i) if such CORRA Rate Day is an RFR Business Day, such CORRA Rate Day or (ii) if such CORRA Rate Day is not an RFR Business Day, the RFR Business Day immediately preceding such CORRA Rate Day, in each case, as such CORRA is published by the CORRA Administrator on the CORRA Administrator’s website. Any change in Daily Simple CORRA due to a change in CORRA shall be effective from and including the effective date of such change in CORRA without notice to the Borrower. If by 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on any given CORRA Determination Date, CORRA in respect of such CORRA Determination Date has not been published on the CORRA Administrator’s website and a Benchmark Replacement Date with respect to the Daily Simple CORRA has not occurred, then CORRA for such CORRA Determination Date will be CORRA as published in respect of the first preceding RFR Business Day for which such CORRA was published on the CORRA Administrator’s website, so long as such first preceding RFR Business Day is not more than five (5) Business Days prior to such CORRA Determination Date.

Daily Simple RFR” means, for any day (an “RFR Interest Day”), an interest rate per annum equal to, for any RFR Loan denominated in (i) Pounds Sterling, Daily Simple SONIA  and, (ii) Dollars, Daily Simple SOFR and (iii) Canadian Dollars, Daily Simple CORRA.

Daily Simple SOFR” means, for any day (a “SOFR Rate Day”), a rate per annum equal to, for any RFR Loan denominated in Dollars, SOFR for the day (such day “SOFR Determination Date”) that is five (5) RFR Business Days prior to (i) if such SOFR Rate Day is an RFR Business Day, such SOFR Rate Day or (ii) if such SOFR Rate Day is not an RFR Business Day, the RFR Business Day immediately preceding such SOFR Rate Day, in each case, as such SOFR is published by the SOFR Administrator on the SOFR Administrator’s Website. Any change in Daily Simple SOFR due to a change in SOFR shall be effective from and including the effective date of such change in SOFR without notice to any Borrower.

Daily Simple SONIA” means, for any RFR Interest Day, an interest rate per annum equal to, for any RFR Loan denominated in Pounds Sterling, SONIA for the day that is five (5) RFR Business Days prior to (i) if such RFR Interest Day is an RFR Business Day, such RFR Interest Day or (ii) if such RFR Interest Day is not an RFR Business Day, the RFR Business Day immediately preceding such RFR Interest Day.

 

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

Default” means any event or condition which constitutes an Event of Default or which upon notice, lapse of time or both would, unless cured or waived, become an Event of Default.

Default Rate” means (a) in the case of overdue principal of any Loan, 2% plus the rate otherwise applicable to such Loan as provided in Section 2.13, (b) in the case of any other amount (other than Letter of Credit fees), an interest rate equal to (i) the Alternate Base Rate plus (ii) the Applicable Rate applicable to ABR Loans plus (iii) 2.00% per annum and (c) in the case of Letter of Credit fees, a rate equal to the Applicable Rate applicable to Term Benchmark Revolving Loans plus 2.00% per annum.

Default Right” has the meaning assigned to that term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. §§ 252.81, 47.2 or 382.1, as applicable.

Defaulting Lender” means any Lender that (a) has failed, within two Business Days of the date required to be funded or paid, to (i) fund any portion of its Loans, (ii) fund any portion of its participations in Letters of Credit or (iii) pay over to the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Bank or any Lender any other amount required to be paid by it hereunder, unless, in the case of clause (i) above, such Lender notifies the Administrative Agent in writing that such failure is the result of such Lender’s good faith determination that a condition precedent to funding (specifically identified and including the particular default, if any) has not been satisfied, (b) has notified the Company or the Administrative Agent in writing, or has made a public statement to the effect, that it does not intend or expect to comply with any of its funding obligations under this Agreement (unless such writing or public statement indicates that such position is based on such Lender’s good faith determination that a condition precedent (specifically identified and including the particular default, if any) to funding a loan under this Agreement cannot be satisfied) or generally under other agreements in which it commits to extend credit, (c) has failed, within three Business Days after request by the Administrative Agent, acting in good faith, to provide a certification in writing from an authorized officer of such Lender that it will comply with its funding obligations hereunder (including in respect of Letters of Credit), provided that such Lender shall cease to be a Defaulting Lender pursuant to this clause (c) upon the Administrative Agent’s receipt of such certification in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to it (and the Administrative Agent shall promptly furnish a copy thereof to the Company), or (d) has become the subject of a Bankruptcy Event or a Bail-In Action.

Disposition ” or “Dispose” means the sale, transfer, license, lease or other disposition (in one transaction or in a series of transactions and whether effected pursuant to a Division or otherwise) of any property by any Person (including any sale and leaseback transaction and any issuance of Equity Interests by a Subsidiary of such Person), including any sale, assignment, transfer or other disposal, with or without recourse, of any notes or accounts receivable or any rights and claims associated therewith; provided, that in no event shall the licensing or sub-licensing of Intellectual Property constitute a Disposition.

Dividing Person” has the meaning assigned to it in the definition of “Division.

 

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Division ” means the division of the assets, liabilities and/or obligations of a Person (the “Dividing Person”) among two or more Persons (whether pursuant to a “plan of division” or similar arrangement), which may or may not include the Dividing Person and pursuant to which the Dividing Person may or may not survive.

Dollar Equivalent” means, for any amount, at the time of determination thereof, (a) if such amount is expressed in Dollars, such amount, (b) if such amount is expressed in an Agreed Foreign Currency, the equivalent of such amount in Dollars determined by using the rate of exchange for the purchase of dollars with the Agreed Foreign Currency last provided (either by publication or otherwise provided to the Administrative Agent) by the applicable Thomson Reuters Corp. (“Reuters”) source on the Business Day (New York City time) immediately preceding the date of determination or if such service ceases to be available or ceases to provide a rate of exchange for the purchase of dollars with the Agreed Foreign Currency, as provided by such other publicly available information service which provides that rate of exchange at such time in place of Reuters chosen by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion (or if such service ceases to be available or ceases to provide such rate of exchange, the equivalent of such amount in Dollars as determined by the Administrative Agent using any method of determination it deems appropriate in its reasonable discretion and to the extent practicable in consultation with the Company) and (c) if such amount is denominated in any other currency, the equivalent of such amount in Dollars as determined by the Administrative Agent using any method of determination it deems appropriate in its reasonable discretion and to the extent practicable in consultation with the Company.

Dollars” or “$” refers to lawful money of the United States of America.

Domestic Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary of the Company that is incorporated under the laws of the United States of America or any State thereof or the District of Columbia.

EEA Financial Institution” means (a) any credit institution or investment firm established in any EEA Member Country which is subject to the supervision of an EEA Resolution Authority, (b) any entity established in an EEA Member Country which is a parent of an institution described in clause (a) of this definition, or (c) any financial institution established in an EEA Member Country which is a subsidiary of an institution described in clauses (a) or (b) of this definition and is subject to consolidated supervision with its parent.

EEA Member Country” means any of the member states of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.

EEA Resolution Authority” means any public administrative authority or any person entrusted with public administrative authority of any EEA Member Country (including any delegee) having responsibility for the resolution of any EEA Financial Institution.

Effective Date” means the date on which the conditions specified in Section 4.01 are satisfied (or waived in accordance with Section 10.02).

Electronic Signature” means an electronic sound, symbol, or process attached to, or associated with, a contract or other record and adopted by a Person with the intent to sign, authenticate or accept such contract or record.

 

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Eligible Accounts” means a Pledgor Loan Party’s accounts receivable pledged under the Collateral Documents as reflected on the most recently delivered financial statements pursuant to Section 5.01(a) or (b); provided that without limiting the Administrative Agent’s discretion provided herein, Eligible Accounts shall not include any account of any Loan Party, (a) which is not subject to a first priority (subject only to Permitted Liens) perfected (or the equivalent thereof in any foreign jurisdiction) security interest in favor of the Administrative Agent or (b) which is not free and clear of any other Lien of any nature whatsoever (except Permitted Liens).

Eligible Assignee” means any Person (other than any Ineligible Person) that meets the requirements to be an assignee under Section 10.04(b)(i) (subject to such consents, if any, as may be required thereunder).

Eligible Equipment” means the Equipment owned by a Pledgor Loan Party and pledged under the Collateral Documents meeting each of the following requirements:

(a) such Loan Party has good title to such Equipment;

(b) such Loan Party has the right to subject such Equipment to a Lien in favor of the Administrative Agent; such Equipment is subject to a perfected (or the equivalent thereof in any foreign jurisdiction) Lien in favor of the Administrative Agent and is free and clear of all other Liens of any nature whatsoever (except for Permitted Liens);

(c) the full purchase price for such Equipment has been paid by such Loan Party;

(d) such Equipment is located on premises either owned or leased by such Loan Party;

(e) such Equipment is in good working order and condition (ordinary wear and tear excepted) and is used or held for use by such Loan Party in the ordinary course of business of such Borrower;

(f) such Equipment (i) is not subject to any agreement which restricts the ability of such Borrower to use, sell, transport or dispose of such Equipment or which restricts the Administrative Agent’s ability to take possession of, sell or otherwise dispose of such Equipment and (ii) has not been purchased from a Sanctioned Person; and

(g) such Equipment does not constitute a “Fixture” under the applicable laws of the jurisdiction in which such Equipment is located.

Eligible Inventory” means a Pledgor Loan Party’s inventory pledged under the Collateral Documents, as reflected on the most recently delivered financial statements pursuant to Section 5.01(a) or (b); provided that inventory that constitutes “work-in-progress” shall be excluded from Eligible Inventory; provided further that without limiting the Administrative Agent’s discretion provided herein, Eligible Inventory shall not include any inventory of any Loan Party, (a) which is not subject to a first priority (subject only to Permitted Liens) perfected (or the equivalent thereof in any foreign jurisdiction) security interest in favor of the Administrative Agent or (b) which is not free and clear of any other Lien of any nature whatsoever (except Permitted Liens).

 

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Eligible IP” means, on any date of determination of the Pledged Collateral Value, all of the Intellectual Property owned by a Pledgor Loan Party and pledged under the Collateral Documents as to which (i) such Loan Party has good title and (ii) such Intellectual Property is subject to a first priority (subject only to Permitted Liens) perfected (or the equivalent thereof in any foreign jurisdiction) Lien in favor of the Administrative Agent, on behalf of the Secured Parties, and is free and clear of any other Lien of any nature whatsoever (except Permitted Liens).

Eligible Jurisdiction” means the United States, Canada, England and Wales, Australia, Ireland and other jurisdictions as mutually agreed between the Company and the Administrative Agent.

Entitled Person” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.18.

Environmental Laws” means all laws, rules, regulations, codes, ordinances, orders, decrees, judgments, injunctions, notices or binding agreements issued, promulgated or entered into by any Governmental Authority, relating in any way to the environment, preservation or reclamation of natural resources, the management, release or threatened release of any Hazardous Material or to health and safety matters.

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

Equal and Ratable Clause” has the meaning set forth in Section 10.24.

Equipment” has the meaning assigned to such term in the Security Agreement.

Equity Interests” means shares of capital stock, partnership interests, membership interests in a limited liability company, beneficial interests in a trust or other equity ownership interests in a Person, and any warrants, options or other rights entitling the holder thereof to purchase or acquire any such equity interest, but excluding any debt securities convertible into any of the foregoing.

ERISA” means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended from time to time, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

ERISA Affiliate” means any trade or business (whether or not incorporated) that, together with the Company, is treated as a single employer under Section 414(b) or (c) of the Code or, solely for purposes of Section 302 of ERISA and Section 412 of the Code, is treated as a single employer under Section 414 of the Code.

 

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ERISA Event” means (a) any “reportable event”, as defined in Section 4043 of ERISA or the regulations issued thereunder with respect to a Plan (other than an event for which the 30-day notice period is waived); (b) the failure by any Plan to meet the minimum funding standard of Sections 412 and 430 of the Code or Sections 302 and 303 of ERISA, in each case, whether or not waived; (c) the filing pursuant to Section 412(c) of the Code or Section 302(c) of ERISA of an application for a waiver of the minimum funding standard with respect to any Plan; (d) the incurrence by the Company or any of its ERISA Affiliates of any liability under Title IV of ERISA with respect to the termination of any Plan; (e) the receipt by the Company or any ERISA Affiliate from the PBGC or a plan administrator of any notice relating to an intention to terminate any Plan or Plans or to appoint a trustee to administer any Plan; (f) the incurrence by the Company or any of its ERISA Affiliates of any liability with respect to the withdrawal or partial withdrawal from any Plan or Multiemployer Plan; or (g) the receipt by the Company or any ERISA Affiliate of any notice, or the receipt by any Multiemployer Plan from the Company or any ERISA Affiliate of any notice, concerning the imposition of Withdrawal Liability or a determination that a Multiemployer Plan is, or is expected to be, insolvent within the meaning of Title IV of ERISA.

EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule” means the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule published by the Loan Market Association (or any successor person), as in effect from time to time.

EURIBOR Rate” means, with respect to any Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in euros and for any Interest Period, the EURIBOR Screen Rate, two TARGET Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period; provided that if the EURIBOR Rate shall be less than the Floor, such rate shall be deemed to be equal to the Floor for purposes of this Agreement.

EURIBOR Screen Rate” means, for any Interest Period, the euro interbank offered rate administered by the European Money Markets Institute (or any other person which takes over the administration of that rate) for the relevant period displayed (before any correction, recalculation or republication by the administrator) on page EURIBOR01 of the Thomson Reuters screen (or any replacement Thomson Reuters page which displays that rate) or on the appropriate page of such other information service which publishes that rate from time to time in place of Thomson Reuters as published at approximately 11:00 a.m. Brussels time two TARGET Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period. If such page or service ceases to be available for any reason other than the occurrence of a Benchmark Transition Event, the Administrative Agent may specify another page or service displaying the relevant rate after consultation with the Company.

euro” means the single currency of Participating Member States of the European Union.

Event of Default” has the meaning assigned to such term in Article 8.

examiner ” means an examiner or interim examiner appointed pursuant to the Irish Companies Act and examinership shall be construed accordingly.

Excluded Foreign Subsidiary” means any Foreign Subsidiary or Subsidiary thereof and any CFC Holding Companyprovided, however, that (x) with respect to which the Administrative Agent and the Company may agree that, notwithstanding the foregoing, any such Foreign Subsidiary shall not be an “Excluded Foreign Subsidiary” and (y)have agreed that the provision of a Guarantee by such Person of the Obligations of the Company or any Domestic

 

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Subsidiary under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents would result in material adverse tax consequences; provided, however, that no such Foreign Subsidiary, Subsidiary thereof or any CFC Holding Company shall be an “Excluded Foreign Subsidiary” if such Foreign Subsidiary, Subsidiary thereof or any CFC Holding Company, as applicable, has provided a Guarantee with respect to any debt for borrowed money of the Company or any of its Domestic Subsidiaries. For the avoidance of doubt, Newell Brands Canada ULC, Newell Brands Ireland Services DAC and Newell Brands APAC Treasury Limited shall be considered Excluded Foreign Subsidiaries (other than the Obligations).

Excluded Hedging Obligation” means, with respect to any Guarantor, any Secured Hedging Obligation if, and to the extent that, all or a portion of the Guarantee of such Guarantor of, or the grant by such Guarantor of a security interest to secure, such Secured Hedging Obligation (or any Guarantee thereof) is or becomes illegal under the Commodity Exchange Act or any rule, regulation or order of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (or the application or official interpretation of any thereof) by virtue of such Guarantor’s failure for any reason to constitute an ECP at the time the Guarantee of such Guarantor or the grant of such security interest becomes or would become effective with respect to such Secured Hedging Obligation. If a Secured Hedging Obligation arises under a master agreement governing more than one swap, such exclusion shall apply only to the portion of such Secured Hedging Obligation that is attributable to swaps for which such Guarantee or security interest is or becomes illegal.

Excluded Taxes” means any of the following Taxes imposed on or with respect to a Recipient or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to a Recipient, (a) Taxes imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated), franchise Taxes, and branch profits Taxes, in each case, (i) imposed as a result of such Recipient being organized or incorporated under the laws of, or having its principal office or, in the case of any Lender, its applicable lending office located in, the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (or any political subdivision thereof) or (ii) that are Other Connection Taxes, (b) in the case of a Lender, withholding Taxes imposed on amounts payable to or for the account of such Lender with respect to an applicable interest in a Loan or Commitment pursuant to a law in effect on the date on which (i) such Lender acquires such interest in the Loan or Commitment (other than pursuant to an assignment request by the Company under Section 2.19(b)) or (ii) such Lender changes its lending office, except in each case to the extent that, pursuant to Section 2.17, amounts with respect to Taxes were payable either to such Lender’s assignor immediately before such Lender acquired the applicable interest in a Loan or Commitment or to such Lender immediately before it changed its lending office, (c) Taxes attributable to such Recipient’s failure to comply with Section 2.17(f), (d) in respect of Loans to an Irish Borrower: (i) a Tax Deduction which arises solely because the Lender, or Participant as applicable, is not or has ceased to be a Qualifying Lender, other than as a result of a change in law or in the interpretation, administration, or application of any law or Tax Treaty, any published practice or published concession of any relevant tax authority happening after the date a Lender acquires the interest under this Agreement or (ii) any Tax Deduction that is imposed on payments of interest made to a Lender, or Participant as applicable, if at the time the payment falls due the relevant Lender, or Participant as applicable, is a Treaty Lender and the Lender, or Participant as applicable, has failed to comply with its obligations under Section 2.17(g), and (e) any Taxes imposed under FATCA.

Existing Credit Agreement” has the meaning set forth in the first recital to this Agreement.

 

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Existing Factoring Facility” means the Receivables Purchase Agreement dated as of June 18, 2019, among the Company, as administrative servicer, the various Subsidiaries of the Company party thereto, as sellers, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as purchaser, as supplemented, amended or modified from time to time prior to the date hereof.

Existing Lenders” has the meaning set forth in the first recital to this Agreement.

Existing Maturity Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.22.

Existing Notes” means, collectively, the following debt instruments of the Company: (a) 3.850% Notes due 2023, issued pursuant to the 2014 Indenture; (b) 4.000% Notes due 2024, issued pursuant to the 2014 Indenture; (c) 3.900% Notes due 2025, issued pursuant to the 2014 Indenture; (d) 4.200% Notes due 2026, issued pursuant to the 2014 Indenture; (e) 5.375% Notes due 2036, issued pursuant to the 2014 Indenture; and (f) 5.500% Notes due 2046, issued pursuant to the 2014 Indenture.

Existing Receivables Facility” means the Amended and Restated Loan and Servicingreceivables facility evidenced by (i) the Receivables Purchase Agreement, dated as of October 2, 20192023 , among Jarden Receivables, LLC, as borrower, the Company, as servicer, the commercial paper conduits from time to timethe various purchasers and group agents party thereto as conduit lenders, the financial institutions from time to time party thereto as managing agents,, and Royal Bank of Canada, as issuing lender, PNC Bank, National Association, as administrative agent, and PNC Capital Markets LLC, as structuring agent, as supplemented, amended or modified from time to time prior to the date hereof. and (ii) the Receivables Sale Agreement, dated as of October 2, 2023, among Jarden Receivables, LLC and the various originators party thereto.

Extending Lender” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.22.

Extension Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.22.

Extension Request” means a written request from the Company to the Administrative Agent requesting an extension of the Maturity Date pursuant to Section 2.22.

Facility Fee” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.12(a).

FATCA” means current Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code and any amended or successor version of such Sections that is substantially comparable to such Sections, any regulations with respect thereto or official administrative interpretations thereof, any agreements entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b)(1) of the Code, any applicable intergovernmental agreements with respect to the implementation of the foregoing, and any official interpretations thereof.

Federal Funds Effective Rate” means, for any day, the rate calculated by the NYFRB based on such day’s federal funds transactions by depositary institutions, as determined in such manner as the NYFRB shall set forth on its public website from time to time, and published on the next succeeding Business Day by the NYFRB as the effective federal funds rate; provided that if the Federal Funds Effective Rate as so determined would be less than zero, such rate shall be deemed to be zero for purposes of this Agreement.

 

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Federal Reserve Board” means the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System of the United States of America.

Finance Party” means the Lender, or Participant as applicable, or the Administrative Agent.

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

Fixtures ” has the meaning assigned to such term in the Security Agreement.

Floor” means the benchmark rate floor, if any, provided in this Agreement initially (as of the execution of this Agreement, the modification, amendment or renewal of this Agreement or otherwise) with respect to the Adjusted Term SOFR Rate, EURIBOR Rate, CDORthe Adjusted Term CORRA Rate, each Adjusted Daily Simple RFR or the Central Bank Rate, as applicable. For the avoidance of doubt the initial Floor for each of Adjusted Term SOFR Rate, EURIBOR Rate, CDORthe Adjusted Term CORRA Rate, each Adjusted Daily Simple RFR or the Central Bank Rate shall be zero.

Foreign Currency” means any Currency other than Dollars.

Foreign Currency Equivalent” means, with respect to any amount in Dollars, the amount of any Foreign Currency that could be purchased with such amount of Dollars using the reciprocal of the foreign exchange rate(s) specified in the definition of the term “Dollar Equivalent”, as determined by the Administrative Agent.

Foreign Lender” means (a) if any Borrower is a U.S. Person, a Lender, with respect to such Borrower, that is not a U.S. Person, and (b) if any Borrower is not a U.S. Person, a Lender, with respect to such Borrower, that is resident, incorporated or organized under the laws of a jurisdiction other than that in which such Borrower is resident for tax purposes.

Foreign Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary of the Company that is not a Domestic Subsidiary.

GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America.

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

Guarantee” of or by any Person (the “guarantor”) means any obligation, contingent or otherwise, of the guarantor guaranteeing or having the economic effect of guaranteeing any Indebtedness or other obligation of any other Person (the “primary obligor”) in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, and including any obligation of the guarantor, direct or indirect, (a) to purchase or pay (or advance or supply funds for the purchase or payment of) such Indebtedness or other obligation or to purchase (or to advance or supply funds for the purchase of) any security for the payment thereof, (b) to purchase or lease property, securities or services for the purpose of

 

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assuring the owner of such Indebtedness or other obligation of the payment thereof, (c) to maintain working capital, equity capital or any other financial statement condition or liquidity of the primary obligor so as to enable the primary obligor to pay such Indebtedness or other obligation or (d) as an account party in respect of any letter of credit or letter of guaranty issued to support such Indebtedness or obligation; provided that the term Guarantee shall not include endorsements for collection or deposit in the ordinary course of business. The amount of any Guarantee of any guarantor shall be deemed to be the lower of (i) an amount equal to the stated or determinable amount of the primary obligation in respect of which such Guarantee is made and (ii) the maximum amount for which such guarantor may be liable pursuant to the terms of the instrument embodying such Guarantee, unless such primary obligation and the maximum amount for which such guarantor may be liable are not stated or determinable, in which case the amount of such Guarantee shall be such guarantor’s maximum reasonably anticipated liability in respect thereof as determined by the Company in good faith.

Guaranteed Obligations” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 7.01.

Guarantor” means (i) subject to Section 10.19, each Person that has provided a Guarantee in respect of the Guaranteed Obligations, in each case from the date on which such Person has delivered to the Administrative Agent an executed counterpart of this Agreement, a Guarantor Joinder Agreement or comparable guaranty documentation reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, as the case may be, and (ii) solely with respect to Obligations of each Subsidiary Borrower, the Company. For the avoidance of doubt, “Guarantor” shall include any Pledgor Loan Party that is a Guarantor.

Guarantor Joinder Agreement” means a Guarantor Joinder Agreement among the Company, each applicable Guarantor and the Administrative Agent substantially in the form of Exhibit B (and with such changes thereto as shall be necessary or appropriate as reasonably agreed to by the Administrative Agent and the Company).

Hazardous Materials” means all explosive or radioactive substances or wastes and all hazardous or toxic substances, wastes or other pollutants, including petroleum or petroleum distillates, asbestos or asbestos containing materials, polychlorinated biphenyls, radon gas, infectious or medical wastes, and all other substances or wastes of any nature regulated pursuant to any Environmental Law.

ITA” means the Income Tax Act (Canada), as amended form time to time, the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, and any successors thereto.

Hedging Agreement” means any agreement with respect to any swap, forward, future or derivative transaction, or any option or similar agreement, involving, or settled by reference to, one or more rates, currencies, commodities, equity or debt instruments or securities, or economic, financial or pricing indices or measures of economic, financial or pricing risk or value or any similar transaction or any combination of the foregoing transactions; provided that no phantom stock or similar plan providing for payments only on account of services provided by current or former directors, officers, employees or consultants of the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company shall be a Hedging Agreement.

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relating to such Hedging Agreement, (a) for any date on or after the date such Secured Hedging Obligations have been closed out and termination value(s) determined in accordance therewith, such termination value(s), and (b) for any date prior to the date referenced in clause (a), the amount(s) determined as the net mark-to-market value(s) for such Secured Hedging Obligations, as reflected in the most recently delivered financial statements under Section 5.01(a) or (b), as applicable.

Indebtedness” means, as to any Person at any date (without duplication): (a) indebtedness created, issued, incurred or assumed by such Person for borrowed money or evidenced by bonds, debentures, notes or similar instruments; (b) all obligations of such Person to pay the deferred purchase price of property or services, excluding, however, trade accounts payable (other than for borrowed money) in the ordinary course of business; (c) all Indebtedness of others secured by a Lien on any asset of such Person, whether or not such Indebtedness is assumed by such Person (it being understood that, unless such Person shall have assumed or become liable for the payment of such Indebtedness, the amount of such Indebtedness shall be the lesser of (A) the fair market value of the asset securing such Indebtedness and (B) the stated principal amount of such Indebtedness); (d) all Indebtedness of others guaranteed by such Person; (e) all Capital Lease Obligations; (f) reimbursement obligations of such Person (whether contingent or otherwise) in respect of bankers acceptances, surety or other bonds and similar instruments (other than commercial, standby or performance letters of credit); (g) unpaid reimbursement obligations of such Person (other than contingent obligations) in respect of commercial, standby or performance letters of credit; and (h) debt securities or obligations (including preferred debt securities) issued in connection with Permitted Securitizations included as indebtedness in accordance with GAAP on a consolidated balance sheet of such Person.

Indemnified Taxes” means (a) Taxes, other than Excluded Taxes, imposed on or with respect to any payment made by or on account of any obligation of any Loan Party under any Loan Document and (b) to the extent not otherwise described in (a), Other Taxes.

Indemnitee” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.03(b).

Index Debt” means senior, unsecured, long-term Indebtedness for borrowed money of the Company that is not guaranteed by any other Person or subject to any other credit enhancement.

Ineligible Person” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.04(b).

Information” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.12.

Interest Coverage Ratio” means, as at any date of determination thereof, the ratio of (a) Consolidated EBITDA for the period of four consecutive fiscal quarters ending on or most recently ended prior to such date to (b) Consolidated Interest Expense for such period.

Initial Appraisal Report” means the first Appraisal Report delivered following the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

Intellectual Property” means all intellectual property rights, including the following intellectual property rights, and both statutory and common law rights, if applicable: (a)

 

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copyrights, registrations and applications for registration thereof, (b) trademarks, (c) patents and industrial designs, as well as any reissued and reexamined patents and industrial designs and extensions corresponding to the patents and industrial designs and any patent and industrial design applications, together with all rights to claim priority under the Paris Convention with respect to any and all such patents, as well as any related continuation, continuation in part and divisional applications and patents issuing therefrom and (d) trade secrets and confidential information, including ideas, designs, concepts, compilations of information, methods, techniques, procedures, processes and other know-how, whether or not patentable.

Interest Election Request” means a request by the Applicable Borrower to convert or continue a Revolving Borrowing in accordance with Section 2.08.

Interest Payment Date” means (a) with respect to any ABR Loan or Canadian Prime Rate Loan, the last day of each March, June, September and December and the Maturity Date, (b) with respect to any RFR Loan, (1) each date that is on the numerically corresponding day in each calendar month that is one month after the Borrowing of such Loan (or, if there is no such numerically corresponding day in such month, then the last day of such month) and (2) the Maturity Date and (c) with respect to any Term Benchmark Loan, the last day of each Interest Period applicable to the Borrowing of which such Loan is a part and, in the case of a Term Benchmark Borrowing with an Interest Period of more than three months’ duration, each day prior to the last day of such Interest Period that occurs at intervals of three months’ duration after the first day of such Interest Period and the Maturity Date.

Interest Period” means with respect to any Term Benchmark Borrowing, (x) in a Currency other than Canadian Dollars, the period commencing on the date of such Borrowing and ending on the numerically corresponding day in the calendar month that is one, three or six months thereafter (in each case, subject to the availability for the Benchmark applicable to the relevant Loan or Commitment for any Agreed Currency), as the Company may elect or (y) in Canadian Dollars, the period commencing on the date of such Borrowing and ending on the numerically corresponding day in the calendar month that is one or three months thereafter (in each case, subject to the availability for the Benchmark applicable to the relevant Loan or Commitment for the Agreed Currency), as the Company may elect; provided that (i) if any Interest Period would end on a day other than a Business Day, such Interest Period shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day unless such next succeeding Business Day would fall in the next calendar month, in which case such Interest Period shall end on the next preceding Business Day, (ii) any Interest Period that commences on the last Business Day of a calendar month (or on a day for which there is no numerically corresponding day in the last calendar month of such Interest Period) shall end on the last Business Day of the last calendar month of such Interest Period and (iii) no tenor that has been removed from this definition pursuant to Section 2.14(e) shall be available for specification in such Borrowing Request or Interest Election Request. For purposes hereof, the date of a Borrowing initially shall be the date on which such Borrowing is made and, in the case of a Revolving Borrowing, thereafter shall be the effective date of the most recent conversion or continuation of such Borrowing.

Inventory ” has the meaning assigned to such term in the Security Agreement.

Investment Grade Rating” means, for the Company, that the Company has a corporate family rating or a rating for its unsecured debt without third-party credit enhancement, of both (i) Baa3 (stable) or higher from Moody’s and (ii) BBB- (stable) or higher from S&P. If the rating

 

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system of Moody’s or S&P shall change, or if any such Rating Agency shall cease to be in the business of rating corporate issuers, the Company and the Administrative Agent (in consultation with the Lenders) shall negotiate in good faith to amend this definition to reflect such changed rating system or the unavailability of ratings from such Rating Agency.

Ireland” means Ireland, exclusive of Northern Ireland.

Irish Borrower” means any Subsidiary Borrower which is a tax resident of Ireland.

Irish Companies Act” means the Irish Companies Act 2014 (as amended).

IRS” means the United States Internal Revenue Service.

Issuing Bank” means (a) each of JPMCB, Bank of America, N.A., Citibank, N.A., HSBC Bank USA, National Association, Royal Bank of Canada and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association (provided that, unless such Issuing Bank shall have specifically consented in writing thereto in a given instance, none of the Issuing Banks nor any of their respective Affiliates shall be obligated to issue any trade Letters of Credit (and each Issuing Bank and their respective Affiliates shall be obligated to issue only standby Letters of Credit)), (b) each other Lender selected from time to time by the Company to be an Issuing Bank hereunder (provided that such Lender shall be reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent and shall have agreed to be an Issuing Bank hereunder in a writing satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, executed by such Lender, the Company and the Administrative Agent) and (c) [reserved], each in its capacity as an issuer of Letters of Credit hereunder, or any successor issuer of Letters of Credit hereunder. An Issuing Bank may, in its discretion, arrange for one or more Letters of Credit to be issued by Affiliates of such Issuing Bank, in which case the term “Issuing Bank” shall include any such Affiliate with respect to any Letter of Credit issued by such Affiliate.

ITA” means the Income Tax Act (Canada), as amended from time to time, the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, and any successors thereto.

JPMCB” means JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

LC Application” means an application and agreement for the issuance or amendment of a Letter of Credit in the form from time to time in use by an Issuing Bank.

LC Disbursement” means a payment made by an Issuing Bank pursuant to a Letter of Credit.

LC Documents” means, with respect to any Letter of Credit, each LC Application and any other document, agreement and instrument entered into by an Issuing Bank and the Applicable Borrower (and/or the Company, as applicable) in favor of such Issuing Bank and relating to such Letter of Credit.

LC Exposure” means, at any time, the sum of (a) the aggregate undrawn amount of all outstanding Letters of Credit at such time plus (b) the aggregate amount of all LC Disbursements that have not yet been reimbursed by or on behalf of the Applicable Borrowers at such time; provided that with respect to any Letter of Credit that, by its terms or the terms of any document related thereto, provides for one or more automatic increases in the stated amount thereof, the amount of such Letter of Credit shall be deemed to be the maximum stated amount of such Letter

 

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of Credit after giving effect to all such increases, whether or not such maximum stated amount is in effect at such time. The LC Exposure of any Lender at any time shall be its Applicable Percentage of the total LC Exposure at such time.

LC Sublimit” means, at any time, the lesser of (a) $150,000,000 and (b) the total Commitments.

Lead Arrangers” means the Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners listed on the cover page of this Agreement.

Lender Parent” means, with respect to any Lender, any Person as to which such Lender is, directly or indirectly, a subsidiary.

Lenders” means the Persons listed on Schedule 2.01 and any other Person that shall have become a party hereto pursuant to an Assignment and Assumption or any other agreement entered into hereunder pursuant to which such Person becomes a Lender, other than any such Person that ceases to be a party hereto pursuant to an Assignment and Assumption. Unless the context otherwise requires, the term “Lenders” includes the Issuing Banks.

Letter of Credit” means any letter of credit issued or deemed issued pursuant to this Agreement.

Liabilities ” means any losses, claims (including intraparty claims), demands, damages or liabilities of any kind.

Lien” means, with respect to any asset, (a) any mortgage, deed of trust, deemed trust (statutory or other), lien, pledge, hypothec, hypothecation, encumbrance, charge or security interest in, on or of such asset and (b) the interest of a vendor or a lessor under any conditional sale agreement, capital lease or title retention agreement (or any financing lease having substantially the same economic effect as any of the foregoing) relating to such asset.

Loan Documents” means this Agreement, the promissory notes (if any) issued pursuant to Section 2.10, the LC Documents, each Subsidiary Borrower Joinder Agreement and, each Guarantor Joinder Agreement, the Security Agreement, each Security Agreement Joinder Agreement and the other Collateral Documents.

Loan Parties” means the Borrowers and the Guarantors.

Loans” means the loans made by the Lenders to the Applicable Borrowers pursuant to this Agreement.

Local Time” means (a) in the case of Loans or Letters of Credit denominated in any Agreed Foreign Currency (other than Canadian Dollars), London time, (b) in the case of Loans or Letters of Credit denominated in Canadian Dollars, Toronto time and (c) in all other cases, New York time.

Margin Stock” means margin stock within the meaning of Regulations T, U and X.

Material Adverse Effect” means a material adverse effect on (a) the business, assets, operations or financial condition of the Company and the Subsidiaries taken as a whole, (b) the

 

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ability of the Company and the Loan Parties taken as a whole to perform any of their material obligations under the Loan Documents or (c) the validity or enforceability of the rights of or benefits available to Administrative Agent, the Issuing Banks and the Lenders under the Loan Documents, taken as a whole.

Material Disposition” means any Disposition or series of related Dispositions with respect to which the Pledged Collateral Value attributable to the assets Disposed of (as determined by the Company in good faith) exceeds or would exceed (x) $200,000,000 in any single transaction or (y) $200,000,000 in the aggregate for the preceding twelve month period measured as of the time of such Material Disposition.

Material Indebtedness” means Indebtedness (other than the Loans and Letters of Credit), or obligations in respect of one or more SwapHedging Agreements, of any one or more of the Company and its Subsidiaries in an aggregate principal amount exceeding $150,000,000125,000,000 . For purposes of determining Material Indebtedness, the “principal amount” of the obligations of the Company or any Subsidiary in respect of any SwapHedging Agreement at any time shall be the maximum aggregate amount (giving effect to any netting agreements) that the Company or such Subsidiary would be required to pay if such Swap Agreement were terminated at such timeHedge Termination Value.

Maturity Date” means August 31, 2027 (or, if such day is not a Business Day, the Maturity Date shall be the next preceding Business Day); provided that, with respect to any Extending Lender, if maturity is extended pursuant to Section 2.22, “Maturity Date” for such Lender shall mean such extended maturity date for such as determined pursuant to such Section.

Maximum Rate” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.16.

Moody’s” means Moody’s Investors Service, Inc.

Multiemployer Plan” means a multiemployer plan as defined in Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA.

Net Orderly Liquidation Value Percentage” means, with respect to Eligible Inventory, Eligible Equipment or Eligible IP of any Person, the orderly liquidation value thereof as determined in a manner acceptable to the Administrative Agent by an appraiser acceptable to the Administrative Agent, net of all costs of liquidation thereof.

Net Worth” means, at any time, the consolidated Equity Interests of the Company and its Subsidiaries determined on a consolidated basis without duplication in accordance with GAAP.

Non-Extending Lender” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.22.

Notice Date” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.22.

NYFRB” means the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

NYFRB Rate” means, for any day, the greater of (a) the Federal Funds Effective Rate in effect on such day and (b) the Overnight Bank Funding Rate in effect on such day (or for any day that is not a Business Day, for the immediately preceding Business Day); provided that if

 

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none of such rates are published for any day that is a Business Day, the term “NYFRB Rate” means the rate for a federal funds transaction quoted at 11:00 a.m., New York time, on such day received by the Administrative Agent from a Federal funds broker of recognized standing selected by it; provided, further, that if any of the aforesaid rates as so determined less than zero, such rate shall be deemed to be zero for purposes of this Agreement.

Obligations” means, collectively, (i) all of the Indebtedness, liabilities and obligations of any Loan Party (including, for the avoidance of doubt, and in the case of the Company, as Guarantor under Article 7) to the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and/or the Issuing Banks arising under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents (including all reimbursement obligations in respect of Letters of Credit), in each case whether fixed, contingent (including the obligations incurred as a guarantor), now existing or hereafter arising, created, assumed, incurred or acquired, and whether before or after the occurrence of any Event of Default under clause (h) or (i) of Article 8 and including any obligation or liability in respect of any breach of any representation or warranty and all post-petition interest and funding losses, whether or not allowed as a claim in any proceeding arising in connection with such an event. and (ii) all Additional Obligations; provided, however, that the definition of “Obligations” shall not create any guarantee by any Guarantor of (or grant of security interest by any Guarantor to support, as applicable) any Excluded Hedging Obligations of such Guarantor for purposes of determining any obligations of any Guarantor.

Other Connection Taxes” means, with respect to any Recipient, Taxes imposed as a result of a present or former connection between such Recipient and the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (other than connections arising from such Recipient having executed, delivered, become a party to, performed its obligations under, received payments under, received or perfected a security interest under, engaged in any other transaction pursuant to or enforced any Loan Document, or sold or assigned an interest in any Loan or any Loan Document).

Other Taxes” means all present or future stamp, court or documentary, intangible, recording, filing or similar Taxes that arise from any payment made under, from the execution, delivery, performance, enforcement or registration of, from the receipt or perfection of a security interest under, or otherwise with respect to, any Loan Document, except any such Taxes that are Other Connection Taxes imposed with respect to an assignment (other than an assignment made pursuant to Section 2.19(b)).

Overnight Bank Funding Rate” means, for any day, the rate comprised of both overnight federal funds and overnight eurodollar borrowings by U.S.-managed banking offices of depository institutions (as such composite rate shall be determined by the NYFRB as set forth on its public website from time to time) and published on the next succeeding Business Day by the NYFRB as an overnight bank funding rate.

Participant” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.04.

Participant Register” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.04(c).

Participating Member State” means any member state of the European Union that adopts or has adopted the euro as its lawful currency in accordance with the legislation of the European Union relating to the European Monetary Union.

 

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Patriot Act” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.15.

Payment ” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 9.06(c)(i).

Payment Notice” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 9.06(c)(ii).

PBGC” means the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation referred to and defined in ERISA and any successor entity performing similar functions.

Periodic Term CORRA Determination Day” has the meaning assigned to such term in the definition of “Term CORRA”.

Permitted Discretion” means a determination made in good faith and in the exercise of reasonable (from the perspective of a secured asset-based lender) business judgment.

Permitted Encumbrances” means:

(a) Liens imposed by law for Taxes that are not yet due or are being contested in compliance with Section 5.04;

(b) carriers’, warehousemen’s, landlords’, mechanics’, materialmen’s, repairmen’s and other like Liens imposed by law, arising in the ordinary course of business and securing obligations that are not overdue by more than 30 days or are being contested in compliance with Section 5.04;

(c) pledges and deposits made in the ordinary course of business in compliance with workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and other social security laws or regulations; or any lien arising mandatorily by law;

(d) deposits to secure the performance of bids, trade contracts, leases, statutory obligations, surety, customs, reclamation and appeal bonds, performance bonds and other obligations of a like nature, in each case in the ordinary course of business;

(e) to the extent constituting a Lien, the licensing or sub-licensing of Intellectual Property;

(ef) judgment Liens in respect of judgments that do not constitute an Event of Default under clause (k) of Article 8; and

(fg) easements, zoning restrictions, rights-of-way and similar encumbrances on real property imposed by law or arising in the ordinary course of business that do not secure any monetary obligations and do not materially detract from the value of the affected property or interfere with the ordinary conduct of business of the Company or any Subsidiary;

provided that the term “Permitted Encumbrances” shall not include any Lien securing Indebtedness.

Permitted Lien” means any lien permitted by Section 6.02.

 

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Permitted Securitization” means one or more accounts receivable facilities, the obligations in respect of which are non-recourse (except for customary representations, warranties, covenants and indemnities made in connection with such facilities) to the Company and its Subsidiaries (other than a Receivables Subsidiary), pursuant to which the Company or a Subsidiary sells its accounts receivable to either (a) a Person that is not a Subsidiary or (b) a Receivables Subsidiary that in turn funds such purchase by purporting to sell its accounts receivable to a Person that is not a Subsidiary or by borrowing from such a Person or from another Receivables Subsidiary that in turn funds itself by borrowing from such a Person, in each case as amended, supplemented, amended and restated or otherwise modified from time to time.

Person” means any natural person, corporation, limited liability company, trust, joint venture, association, company, partnership, Governmental Authority or other entity.

Plan” means any employee pension benefit plan (other than a Multiemployer Plan) subject to the provisions of Title IV of ERISA or Section 412 of the Code or Section 302 of ERISA, and in respect of which the Company or any ERISA Affiliate is (or, if such plan were terminated, would under Section 4069 of ERISA be deemed to be) an “employer” as defined in Section 3(5) of ERISA.

Plan Asset Regulations” means 29 CFR § 2510.3-101, as modified by Section 3(42) of ERISA, as amended from time to time.

Pledged Collateral Value” means, at any time, the aggregate amount determined for all Pledgor Loan Parties equal to the sum of (a) 85% of the value of the Loan Party’s Eligible Accounts at such time (valued in accordance with GAAP) as reflected in the most recently delivered financial statements delivered pursuant to Section 5.01(a) or (b), plus (b) the product of 85% multiplied by the Net Orderly Liquidation Value Percentage identified in the most recent Appraisal Report multiplied by the book value of each Pledgor Loan Party’s Eligible Inventory at such time (valued in accordance with GAAP) as reflected in the most recently delivered financial statements delivered pursuant to Section 5.01(a) or (b), plus (c) the product of 85% multiplied by the Net Orderly Liquidation Value Percentage identified in the most recent Appraisal Report multiplied by the value of each Pledgor Loan Party’s Eligible Equipment plus (d) the product of 65% multiplied by the Net Orderly Liquidation Value Percentage identified in the most recent Appraisal Report multiplied by the value of each Pledgor Loan Party’s Eligible IP, minus (e) Reserves related to each Pledgor Loan Party. The Administrative Agent may, in its Permitted Discretion, adjust Reserves. Notwithstanding the foregoing calculation of “Pledged Collateral Value”, in no event shall the sum of the value of Eligible Equipment and Eligible IP included therein and determined in accordance with the foregoing account for more than 50% of the Pledged Collateral Value (and such amounts if and as so determined shall be reduced accordingly in determining Pledged Collateral Value). The Pledged Collateral Value attributable to clauses (a) and (b) above shall be set quarterly based on the most recently delivered financial statements, and the Pledged Collateral Value attributable to clauses (c) and (d) above shall be set based on the most recently completed field exam and/or Appraisal Report, as applicable, setting forth the Appraised Value of the Appraised Collateral. Notwithstanding the forgoing, during the Alternative Pledged Collateral Value Period, the Pledged Collateral Value shall be deemed to be $1,050,000,000.

 

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Pledgor Loan Party” means any Loan Party that (x) is organized or incorporated in an Eligible Jurisdiction and (y) owns assets that are included in determination of Pledged Collateral Value.

Pounds Sterling” means the lawful currency of the United Kingdom.

Prime Rate” means the rate of interest last quoted by The Wall Street Journal as the “Prime Rate” in the U.S. or, if The Wall Street Journal ceases to quote such rate, the highest per annum interest rate published by the Federal Reserve Board in Federal Reserve Statistical Release H.15 (519) (Selected Interest Rates) as the “bank prime loan” rate or, if such rate is no longer quoted therein, any similar rate quoted therein (as reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent) or any similar release by the Federal Reserve Board (as reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent). Each change in the Prime Rate shall be effective from and including the date such change is publicly announced or quoted as being effective.

Principal Financial Center” means, with respect to any Currency, the principal financial center where such Currency is cleared and settled, as determined by the Administrative Agent.

Projections” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 5.01(d).

PTE” means a prohibited transaction class exemption issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, as any such exemption may be amended from time to time.

QFC” has the meaning assigned to the term “qualified financial contract” in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. 5390(c)(8)(D).

QFC Credit Support” has the meaning assigned to it in Section 10.22.

Qualified ECP Guarantor” means, in respect of any Secured Hedging Obligation, each Loan Party that has total assets exceeding $10,000,000 at the time the relevant Guarantee or grant of the relevant security interest becomes or would become effective with respect to such Secured Hedging Obligation or such other person as constitutes an “eligible contract participant” under the Commodity Exchange Act or any regulations promulgated thereunder and can cause another person to qualify as an “eligible contract participant” at such time by entering into a keepwell under Section 1a(18)(A)(v)(II) of the Commodity Exchange Act.

“Qualifying Jurisdiction” means:

(a) a member state of the European Communities other than Ireland;

(b) a jurisdiction with which Ireland has entered into a Tax Treaty that has the force of law; or

(c) a jurisdiction with which Ireland has entered into a Tax Treaty where that treaty will (on completion of necessary procedures) have the force of law.

Qualifying Lender” means a Lender, or Participant as applicable, which is beneficially entitled to the interest payable to that Lender, or Participant as applicable, in respect of an advance under a Loan Document and is:

 

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  (a)

a bank which is authorised or licensed pursuant to section 9 or section 9A of the Central Bank Act of Ireland to carry on banking business in Ireland and which is carrying on a bona fide banking business in Ireland;

 

  (b)

a building society (within the meaning of section 256(1) TCA) which is carrying on a bona fide banking business in Ireland;

 

  (c)

an authorised credit institution (under the terms of Directive 2013/36/EU) which has duly established a branch in Ireland, having made all necessary notifications to its home state competent authorities (as required under Directive 2013/36/EU and, where applicable, under Council Regulation No 1024/2013) in relation to its intention to carry on banking business in Ireland, and such credit institution is carrying on a bona fide banking business in Ireland;

 

  (d)

a body corporate:

 

  (i)

which, by virtue of the law of a Qualifying Jurisdiction, is resident in the Qualifying Jurisdiction for the purposes of tax and that jurisdiction imposes a tax that generally applies to interest receivable in that jurisdiction by companies from sources outside that jurisdiction;

 

  (ii)

which is a US corporation which is incorporated in the United States and is taxed in the United States on its worldwide income;

 

  (iii)

which is a US limited liability company where (I) the ultimate recipients of the interest would themselves be Qualifying Lenders under sub-paragraphs (i), (ii) or (iv) of this paragraph (d), and (II) business is conducted through the US limited liability company for market reasons and not for tax avoidance purposes; or

 

  (iv)

where the interest:

 

  (1)

is exempted from the charge to Irish income tax under a Tax Treaty in force on the date the interest is paid; or

 

  (2)

would be exempted from the charge to Irish income tax if a Tax Treaty which has been signed but is not yet in force had the force of law on the date the interest is paid,

except where, in respect of each of sub-paragraphs (i) to (iv), interest payable to that body corporate in respect of an advance under this Agreement is paid in connection with a trade or business which is carried on in Ireland by that body corporate through a branch or agency;

 

  (e)

a body corporate which advances money in the ordinary course of a trade which includes the lending of money where the interest on the advance under this Agreement is taken into account in computing the trading income of such body corporate and such body corporate has complied with the notification requirements under section 246(5) TCA;

 

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  (f)

a qualifying company (within the meaning of section 110 TCA);

 

  (g)

an investment undertaking (within the meaning of section 739B TCA); or

 

  (h)

a Treaty Lender.

Quarterly Dates” means the last Business Day of March, June, September and December in each year, the first of which shall be the first such day after the date hereof.

Rating Agency” means Moody’s or S&P.

Ratings Upgrade Event” means that, at the time of determination, the Company has in effect Investment Grade Ratings, or better, with stable outlooks from both of the Rating Agencies for thirty (30) consecutive days.

Receivables Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary formed for the purpose of facilitating or entering into one or more Permitted Securitizations and that in each case engages only in activities reasonably related or incidental thereto; provided that the Equity Interests of each Receivables Subsidiary shall at all times be 100% owned, directly or indirectly, by a Loan Party.

Recipient” means (a) the Administrative Agent, (b) any Lender and (c) any Issuing Bank, as applicable.

Reference Time” with respect to any setting of the then-current Benchmark means (a) if such Benchmark is the Term SOFR Rate, 5:00 a.m. (Chicago time) on the day that is two U.S. Government Securities Business Days preceding the date of such setting, (b) if such Benchmark is EURIBOR Rate, 11:00 a.m. Brussels time two TARGET Days preceding the date of such setting, (c) if such Benchmark is CDORthe Adjusted Term CORRA Rate, 10:15 a.m1:00 p.m. Toronto time on the day that is two Business Days preceding the date of such setting (or if such date is not a Business Day, on the immediately preceding Business Day), (d) if, (d) if, following a Benchmark Transition Event and Benchmark Replacement Date with respect to Term CORRA, the RFR for such Benchmark is SONIADaily Simple CORRA, then four RFR Business Days prior to such setting, (e) if the RFR for such Benchmark is SONIA, then four RFR Business Days prior to such setting, (f) if the RFR for such Benchmark is Daily Simple SOFR, then four RFR Business Days prior to such setting or (fg) if such Benchmark is none of the Term SOFR Rate, the EURIBOR Rate, the CDORAdjusted Term CORRA Rate, SONIA, Daily Simple CORRA or Daily Simple SOFR, the time determined by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion.

Register” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.04.

Regulation D” means Regulation D of the Federal Reserve Board, as in effect from time to time and all official rulings and interpretations thereunder or thereof.

Regulation T” means Regulation T of the Federal Reserve Board, as in effect from time to time and all official rulings and interpretations thereunder or thereof.

Regulation U” means Regulation U of the Federal Reserve Board, as in effect from time to time and all official rulings and interpretations thereunder or thereof.

 

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Regulation X” means Regulation X of the Federal Reserve Board, as in effect from time to time and all official rulings and interpretations thereunder or thereof.

Related Parties” means, with respect to any specified Person, such Person’s Affiliates and the respective directors, officers, employees, agents and advisors of such Person and such Person’s Affiliates.

Relevant Governmental Body” means (a) with respect to a Benchmark Replacement in respect of Loans denominated in Dollars, the Federal Reserve Board and/or the NYFRB, or a committee officially endorsed or convened by the Federal Reserve Board and/or the NYFRB or, in each case, any successor thereto, (b) with respect to a Benchmark Replacement in respect of Loans denominated in Pounds Sterling, the Bank of England, or a committee officially endorsed or convened by the Bank of England or, in each case, any successor thereto, (c) with respect to a Benchmark Replacement in respect of Loans denominated in euros, the European Central Bank, or a committee officially endorsed or convened by the European Central Bank or, in each case, any successor thereto, (d) with respect to a Benchmark Replacement in respect of Loans denominated in Canadian Dollars, the Bank of Canada, or a committee officially endorsed or convened by the Bank of Canada or, in each case, any successor thereto and (e) with respect to a Benchmark Replacement in respect of Loans denominated in any other currency, (i) the central bank for the currency in which such Benchmark Replacement is denominated or any central bank or other supervisor which is responsible for supervising either (1) such Benchmark Replacement or (2) the administrator of such Benchmark Replacement or (ii) any working group or committee officially endorsed or convened by (1) the central bank for the currency in which such Benchmark Replacement is denominated, (2) any central bank or other supervisor that is responsible for supervising either (A) such Benchmark Replacement or (B) the administrator of such Benchmark Replacement, (3) a group of those central banks or other supervisors or (4) the Financial Stability Board or any part thereof.

Relevant Party” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.17(k)(ii).

Relevant Rate” means (i) with respect to any Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Dollars, the Adjusted Term SOFR Rate, (ii) with respect to any Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in euros, the Adjusted EURIBOR Rate, (iii) with respect to any Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Canadian Dollars, the CDOR RateTerm CORRA or (iv) with respect to any RFR Borrowing denominated in Pounds Sterling or Dollars, the applicable Adjusted Daily Simple RFR, as applicable.

Relevant Screen Rate” means (i) with respect to any Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Dollars, the Term SOFR Reference Rate, (ii) with respect to any Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in euros, the EURIBOR Screen Rate or (iii) with respect to any Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Canadian Dollars, the CDOR RateTerm CORRA.

Report” means reports prepared by the Administrative Agent or another Person showing the results of appraisals, field examinations or audits pertaining to the assets of the Loan Parties from information furnished by or on behalf of the Borrowers, after the Administrative Agent has exercised its rights of inspection pursuant to this Agreement, which Reports may be distributed to the Lenders by the Administrative Agent.

 

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representative member” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.17(k)(iv).

Required Lenders” means, subject to Section 2.20, at any time, Lenders having Revolving Credit Exposures and Unfunded Commitments representing more than 50% of the sum of the Total Revolving Credit Exposure and Unfunded Commitments at such time; provided that for purposes of declaring the Loans to be due and payable pursuant to Section 8.01, and for all purposes after the Loans become due and payable pursuant to Section 8.01 or the Commitments expire or terminate, then, as to each Lender, the Unfunded Commitment of each Lender shall be deemed to be zero; provided further that for the purpose of determining the Required Lenders needed for any waiver, amendment, modification or consent, any Lender that is the Company or an Affiliate of the Company shall be disregarded.

Requirement of Law” means, as to any Person, the Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws or other constitutional, organizational or governing documents of such Person, and any law, treaty, rule or regulation or determination of an arbitrator or a court or other Governmental Authority, in each case applicable to or binding upon such Person or any of its property or to which such Person or any of its property is subject.

Reserves ” means any and all reserves which the Administrative Agent deems necessary, in its Permitted Discretion, to maintain (including, without limitation, an availability reserve, reserves for accrued and unpaid interest on the Obligations, Cash Management Reserves, volatility reserves, reserves for rent at locations leased by any Loan Party and for consignee’s, warehousemen’s and bailee’s charges, reserves for dilution of Accounts, reserves for Inventory shrinkage, reserves for customs charges and shipping charges related to any Inventory in transit, reserves for Secured Hedging Obligations, reserves for contingent liabilities of any Loan Party, reserves for uninsured losses of any Loan Party, reserves for uninsured, underinsured, un-indemnified or under-indemnified liabilities or potential liabilities with respect to any litigation and reserves for taxes, fees, assessments, and other governmental charges, with respect to the Collateral or any Loan Party. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Administrative Agent may, in its Permitted Discretion, establish, increase or decrease Reserves, without duplication, against the Pledged Collateral Value. To the extent that an event, condition or matter as to any Eligible Accounts, Eligible Inventory, Eligible IP or Eligible Equipment is addressed pursuant to the treatment thereof within the applicable definition of such terms, the Administrative Agent shall not also establish a reserve to address the same event, condition or matter. The amount of any Reserve established by the Administrative Agent shall have a reasonable relationship to the event, condition, other circumstance, or fact that is the basis for such Reserve and shall not be duplicative of any other Reserve established and currently maintained. The Administrative Agent will provide notice to the Company three (3) Business Days prior to the establishment of or increase or decrease in Reserves, except that, the Administrative Agent shall have the right to establish or increase a Reserve without such notice to the Company in response to the occurrence of an Event of Default and shall provide notice thereof to the Company as soon as practicable thereafter. After the Administrative Agent has provided the Company with notice of any increase in reserves, the Company may not disregard such reserve in calculating the Pledged Collateral Value in connection with any Borrowing during the three Business Days period between notice of the Reserve and the effectiveness of the Reserve. Upon the establishment or increase in any Reserve, the Administrative Agent agrees to make itself available to discuss the Reserve or increase, and the Loan Parties may take such action as may be required so that the event, condition, circumstance, or fact that is the basis for such Reserve or increase no longer exists, in a manner and to the extent reasonably satisfactory to

 

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the Administrative Agent in the exercise of its Permitted Discretion. In no event shall such opportunity limit the right of the Administrative Agent to establish or change such Reserves, unless the Administrative Agent shall have determined, in its Permitted Discretion, that the event, condition, other circumstance, or fact that was the basis for such Reserves or such change no longer exists or has otherwise been adequately addressed by the Loan Parties.

Resolution Authority” means an EEA Resolution Authority or, with respect to any UK Financial Institution, a UK Resolution Authority.

Responsible Officer” means, with respect to any Person, the chief executive officer, president, any executive vice president, (in the case of Newell Brands APAC Treasury Limited) a director or any Financial Officer of such Person and, for purposes of the delivery of (i) incumbency certificates pursuant to Section 4.01 and (ii) certificates with respect to the corporate documentation required pursuant to Sections 4.01(c) and 5.01(b), the secretary or any assistant secretary of the applicable Loan Party. Any document delivered hereunder that is signed by a Responsible Officer of any Person shall be conclusively presumed to have been authorized by all necessary corporate, partnership and/or other action on the part of such Person and such Responsible Officer shall be conclusively presumed to have acted on behalf of such Person.

Revenue Commissioners” means the Revenue Commissioners of Ireland.

Revolving Credit Exposure” means, with respect to any Lender at any time, the sum of the outstanding principal amount of such Lender’s Revolving Loans and its LC Exposure at such time.

Revolving Loan” means a Loan made pursuant to Section 2.03.

RFR” means, for any RFR Loan denominated in (a) Pounds Sterling, SONIA and, (b) Dollars, Daily Simple SOFR and (c) Canadian Dollars, Daily Simple CORRA.

RFR Administrator” means the SONIA Administrator or the SOFR Administrator.

RFR Borrowing” means, as to any Borrowing, the RFR Loans comprising such Borrowing.

RFR Business Day” means, for any Loan denominated in (a) Pounds Sterling, any day except for (i) a Saturday, (ii) a Sunday or (iii) a day on which banks are closed for general business in London and, (b) Dollars, a U.S. Government Securities Business Day and (c) Canadian Dollars, any day except for (i) a Saturday, (ii) a Sunday or (iii) a day on which commercial banks in Toronto are authorized or required by law to remain closed.

RFR Interest Day” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Daily Simple RFR”.

RFR Loan” means a Loan that bears interest at a rate based on the Adjusted Daily Simple RFR.

S&P” means Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, a Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC business, and its successors and assigns.

 

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Sanctioned Country” means, at any time, a country, region or territory which is itself the subject of comprehensive Sanctions (which, as of the Effective Date, include only the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic, the Crimea Region of Ukraine, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria).

Sanctioned Person” means, at any time, (a) any Person listed in any Sanctions-related list of designated Persons maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of State, or by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, any EU member state, or Canada (b) any Person located, organized or resident in a Sanctioned Country or (c) any Person 50% or more owned, directly or indirectly, by any such Person or group of such Persons described in the foregoing clause (a) or (b).

Sanctions” means economic or financial sanctions or trade embargoes imposed, administered or enforced from time to time by (a) the U.S. government, including those administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury or the U.S. Department of State, or (b) the United Nations Security Council, the European Union or any member state thereof, HerHis Majesty’s Treasury of the United Kingdom or Canada.

SEC” means the United States Securities and Exchange Commission or any successor agency.

Second Currency” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.18.

Secured Cash Management Obligations” means, to the extent designated as Secured Cash Management Obligations hereunder pursuant to this definition, any and all obligations of the Company or any Subsidiary (whether absolute or contingent and however and whenever created, arising, evidenced or acquired (including all renewals, extensions and modifications thereof and substitutions therefor)) arising in respect of Cash Management Services that (a) are owed to the Administrative Agent or an Affiliate thereof, or to any Person that, at the time such obligations were incurred, was the Administrative Agent or an Affiliate thereof, (b) are owed on the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date to a Person that is a Lender or an Affiliate of a Lender as of the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date or (c) are owed to a Person that is a Lender or an Affiliate of a Lender at the time such obligations are incurred (any such Person, a “Cash Management Bank”); provided that such obligations shall not constitute Secured Cash Management Obligations unless they are designated by the Company and the applicable Cash Management Bank as “Secured Cash Management Obligations” under this Agreement in a writing delivered to the Administrative Agent.

Secured Hedging Obligations” means any and all obligations of the Company or any Subsidiary (whether absolute or contingent and however and whenever created, arising, evidenced or acquired (including all renewals, extensions and modifications thereof and substitutions therefor)) arising in respect of Hedging Agreements that (a) are owed to the Administrative Agent or an Affiliate thereof, or any Person that, at the time such Hedging Agreements were entered into, was the Administrative Agent or an Affiliate thereof, (b) are in effect on the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date with a counterparty that is a Lender or an Affiliate of a Lender as of the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date or (c) are owed to a Person that is a Lender or an Affiliate of a Lender at the time such Hedging Agreements were entered into (any such Person, a “Hedge Bank”); provided that any Hedging Agreement may at any time be designated in writing by the Company and the applicable Hedge Bank to the Administrative

 

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Agent not to be included as Secured Hedging Obligations. Notwithstanding the foregoing, “Secured Hedging Obligations” shall not include Excluded Hedging Obligations. The amount of Secured Hedging Obligations as of any date of determination shall be the Hedge Termination Value as of such date.

Secured Obligation Aggregate Amount” means the aggregate amount of Obligations secured by the Collateral.

Secured Obligations Maximum Amount” has the meaning set forth in Section 10.24.

Secured Parties” has the meaning assigned to such term in the Security Agreement.

Secured Supply Chain Financing Obligations” means (a) any and all obligations of the Company or any Subsidiary arising under each Supply Chain Financing that is with HSBC Bank USA, National Association (or any of its Affiliates), as in effect on the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date and (b) to the extent designated as Secured Supply Chain Financing Obligations hereunder pursuant to this definition, any and all obligations of the Company or any Subsidiary arising under each Supply Chain Financing that (i) is with a Person that is the Administrative Agent or an Affiliate thereof, or any Person that, at the time such Supply Chain Financing was entered into, was the Administrative Agent or an Affiliate thereof, (ii) is in effect on the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date with a Person that is a Lender or an Affiliate of a Lender as of the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date or (iii) is entered into after the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date with a Person that is a Lender or an Affiliate of a Lender at the time such Supply Chain Financing is entered into (any such Person, a “Supply Chain Bank”); provided that (x) such obligations arising under clause (a) above may at any time be designated in writing by the Company and the applicable Supply Chain Bank to the Administrative Agent not to be included as Secured Supply Chain Financing Obligations, (y) such obligations arising under clause (b) above shall not constitute Secured Supply Chain Financing Obligations unless they are designated by the Company and the applicable Supply Chain Bank as “Secured Supply Chain Financing Obligations” under this Agreement in a writing delivered to the Administrative Agent and (z) the aggregate outstanding amount of Secured Supply Chain Financing Obligations shall not at any time exceed $100,000,000.

Securities Exchange Act” means Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

Security Agreement” means that certain Security Agreement, dated as of February 7, 2024, among the Pledgor Loan Parties from time to time party thereto and the Administrative Agent.

Security Agreement Joinder Agreement” has the meaning given such term in the Security Agreement.

Significant Subsidiary” means, at any time, (a) any Subsidiary Borrower or (b) any other Subsidiary of the Company if the revenues of such Subsidiary and its Subsidiaries for the four consecutive fiscal quarters of such Subsidiary most recently ended (determined on a consolidated basis without duplication in accordance with GAAP and whether or not such Person was a Subsidiary of the Company during all or any part of the fiscal period of the Company referred to below) exceed an amount equal to 5% of the total revenues of the Company and its Subsidiaries for the four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Company most recently ended

 

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(determined on a consolidated basis without duplication in accordance with GAAP and including such Subsidiary and its Subsidiaries on a pro forma basis if such Subsidiary was not a Subsidiary of the Company).

SOFR” means a rate equal to the secured overnight financing rate as administered by the SOFR Administrator.

SOFR Administrator” means the NYFRB (or a successor administrator of the secured overnight financing rate).

SOFR Administrator’s Website” means the NYFRB’s website, currently at http://www.newyorkfed.org, or any successor source for the secured overnight financing rate identified as such by the SOFR Administrator from time to time.

SOFR Determination Date” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Daily Simple SOFR”.

SOFR Rate Day” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Daily Simple SOFR”.

SONIA” means, with respect to any Business Day, a rate per annum equal to the Sterling Overnight Index Average for such Business Day published by the SONIA Administrator on the SONIA Administrator’s Website on the immediately succeeding Business Day.

SONIA Administrator” means the Bank of England (or any successor administrator of the Sterling Overnight Index Average).

SONIA Administrator’s Website” means the Bank of England’s website, currently at http://www.bankofengland.co.uk, or any successor source for the Sterling Overnight Index Average identified as such by the SONIA Administrator from time to time.

Specified Currency” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.18.

Specified Place” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.18.

Statutory Reserve Rate” means a fraction (expressed as a decimal), the numerator of which is the number one and the denominator of which is the number one minus the aggregate of the maximum reserve percentage (including any marginal, special, emergency or supplemental reserves) expressed as a decimal established by the Federal Reserve Board to which the Administrative Agent is subject with respect to the Adjusted EURIBOR Rate, for eurocurrency funding (currently referred to as “eurocurrency liabilities” in Regulation D) or any other reserve ratio or analogous requirement of any central banking or financial regulatory authority imposed in respect of the maintenance of the Commitments or the funding of the Loans. Such reserve percentage shall include those imposed pursuant to Regulation D. Term Benchmark Loans for which the associated Benchmark is adjusted by reference to the Statutory Reserve Rate (per the related definition of such Benchmark) shall be deemed to constitute eurocurrency funding and to be subject to such reserve requirements without benefit of or credit for proration, exemptions or offsets that may be available from time to time to any Lender under Regulation D or any comparable regulation. The Statutory Reserve Rate shall be adjusted automatically on and as of the effective date of any change in any reserve percentage.

 

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subsidiary” means, with respect to any Person (the “parent”) at any date, any corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity of which at least a majority of the outstanding shares of stock or other ownership interests having by the terms thereof ordinary voting power to elect a majority of the board of directors or other persons performing similar functions of such corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity (irrespective of whether or not at the time stock or other ownership interests of any other class or classes of such corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity shall have or might have voting power by reason of the happening of any contingency) is at the time directly or indirectly owned or Controlled by such Person and/or one or more of the subsidiaries of such Person. “Wholly-Owned Subsidiary” means any such corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity of which all such shares or other ownership interests, other than directors’ qualifying shares or shares held by nominees to satisfy any requirement as to minimum number of shareholders, are so owned or Controlled.

Subsidiary” means any subsidiary of the Company.

Subsidiary Borrower” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.05(b).

Subsidiary Borrower Joinder Agreement” means a Subsidiary Borrower Joinder Agreement between the Company, the applicable Subsidiary Borrower and the Administrative Agent, substantially in the form of Exhibit C (and with such changes thereto as shall be necessary or appropriate as agreed to by the Administrative Agent).

Supported QFCSupplier” has the meaning assigned to itsuch term in Section 10.222.17(k)(ii).

Swap AgreementSupply Chain Financing” means any agreement with respect to any swap, forward, future or derivative transaction or option or similar agreement involving, or settled by reference to, one or more rates, currencies, commodities, equity or debt instruments or securities, or economic, financial or pricing indices or measures of economic, financial or pricing risk or value or any similar transaction or any combination of these transactions;  provided that no phantom stock or similar plan providing for payments only on account of services provided by current or former directors, officers, employees or consultants of the Company or the Subsidiaries shall be a Swap Agreement.under which any bank, financial institution or other Person may from time to time provides any financial accommodation to any of the Company or any Subsidiary in connection with trade payables of the Company or any Subsidiary (including the acquisition of the receivables corresponding to such trade payables pursuant to “supply chain” or other similar financing).

Supported QFC” has the meaning assigned to it in Section 10.22.

Syndication Agents” means the Syndication Agents listed on the cover page of this Agreement.

TARGET Day” means any day on which the Trans-European Automated Real time Gross Settlement Express Transfer payment system (or any successor settlement system as determined by the Administrative Agent) is open for the settlement of payments in euro.

 

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Tax Deduction” means a deduction or withholding for or on account of Irish Tax from a payment under a Loan Document, other than a FATCA deduction.

Tax Treaty” means a double taxation treaty into which Ireland has entered which contains an article dealing with interest or income from debt claims.

Taxes” means all present or future taxes, levies, imposts, duties, deductions, withholdings (including backup withholding), assessments, fees or other charges imposed by any Governmental Authority, including any interest, additions to tax or penalties applicable thereto.

TCA” means the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 of Ireland.

Term Benchmark” when used in reference to any Loan or Borrowing, refers to whether such Loan, or the Loans comprising such Borrowing, are bearing interest at a rate determined by reference to the Adjusted Term SOFR Rate, the Adjusted EURIBOR Rate or the CDORAdjusted Term CORRA Rate.

Term CORRA ” means, with respect to any Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Canadian Dollars, the Term CORRA Reference Rate for a tenor comparable to the applicable Interest Period on the day (such day, the “Periodic Term CORRA Determination Day”) that is two (2) Business Days prior to the first day of such Interest Period, as such rate is published by the Term CORRA Administrator; provided, however, that if as of 1:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on any Periodic Term CORRA Determination Day the Term CORRA Reference Rate for the applicable tenor has not been published by the Term CORRA Administrator and a Benchmark Replacement Date with respect to the Term CORRA Reference Rate has not occurred, then Term CORRA will be the Term CORRA Reference Rate for such tenor as published by the Term CORRA Administrator on the first preceding Business Day for which such Term CORRA Reference Rate for such tenor was published by the Term CORRA Administrator so long as such first preceding Business Day is not more than five (5) Business Days prior to such Periodic Term CORRA Determination Day.

Term CORRA Administrator” means Candeal Benchmark Administration Services Inc., TSX Inc., or any successor administrator.

Term CORRA Notice” means a notification by the Administrative Agent to the Lenders of the occurrence of a Term CORRA Reelection Event.

Term CORRA Reelection Event” means the determination by the Administrative Agent that (a) Term CORRA has been recommended for use by the Relevant Governmental Body, (b) the administration of Term CORRA is administratively feasible for the Administrative Agent and (c) a Benchmark Transition Event, has previously occurred resulting in a Benchmark Replacement in accordance with Section 2.14(a) that is not Term CORRA.

Term CORRA Reference Rate” means the forward-looking term rate based on CORRA.

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Term SOFR Rate” means, with respect to any Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Dollars and for any tenor comparable to the applicable Interest Period, the Term SOFR Reference Rate at approximately 5:00 a.m., Chicago time, two U.S. Government Securities Business Days prior to the commencement of such tenor comparable to the applicable Interest Period, as such rate is published by the CME Term SOFR Administrator.

Term SOFR Reference Rate” means, for any day and time (such day, the “Term SOFR Determination Day”), with respect to any Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Dollars and for any tenor comparable to the applicable Interest Period, the rate per annum published by the CME Term SOFR Administrator and identified by the Administrative Agent as the forward-looking term rate based on SOFR. If by 5:00 pm (New York City time) on such Term SOFR Determination Day, the “Term SOFR Reference Rate” for the applicable tenor has not been published by the CME Term SOFR Administrator and a Benchmark Replacement Date with respect to the Term SOFR Rate has not occurred, then, so long as such day is otherwise a U.S. Government Securities Business Day, the Term SOFR Reference Rate for such Term SOFR Determination Day will be the Term SOFR Reference Rate as published in respect of the first preceding U.S. Government Securities Business Day for which such Term SOFR Reference Rate was published by the CME Term SOFR Administrator, so long as such first preceding U.S. Government Securities Business Day is not more than five (5) U.S. Government Securities Business Days prior to such Term SOFR Determination Day.

Total Capital” means the sum of (a) Net Worth plus (b) Total Indebtedness.

Total Consolidated Assets” means, at any time, the total assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries determined on a consolidated basis without duplication in accordance with GAAP and based upon the total of all assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries at such time appearing on the most recent consolidated balance sheet of the Company furnished to the Lenders pursuant to Section 3.04, Section 5.01(a) or Section 5.01(b), as the case may be.

Total Indebtedness” means, as at any time, the total Indebtedness of the Company and its Subsidiaries determined on a consolidated basis without duplication.

Total Net Leverage Ratio” means, at any time, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Net Debt as of such date to (b) Consolidated EBITDA for the period of four consecutive fiscal quarters ending on or most recently prior to such date.

Total Revolving Credit Exposure” means, the sum of the outstanding principal amount of all Lenders’ Revolving Loans and their LC Exposure at such time.

Transactions” means the execution, delivery and performance by each Loan Party of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which it is a party, the borrowing of Loans, the use of the proceeds thereof and the issuance of Letters of Credit hereunder.

Treaty Lender” means a Lender, or Participant as applicable, which:

 

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is treated as a resident of a Treaty State for the purposes of a Tax Treaty which makes provision for full exemption from tax imposed by Ireland on interest or income from debt claims;

 

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does not carry on a business in Ireland through a permanent establishment with which that Lender’s, or Participant’s as applicable, participation in the Loans is effectively connected; and

 

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fulfils all conditions of the Tax Treaty which must be fulfilled for residents of that Treaty State to be paid interest without the deduction of Irish Tax subject to completion of any necessary procedural formalities.

Treaty State” means a jurisdiction which has entered into a Tax Treaty with Ireland which has the force of law.

Type”, when used in reference to any Loan or Borrowing, refers to whether the rate of interest on such Loan, or on the Loans comprising such Borrowing, is determined by reference to the Adjusted Term SOFR Rate, the Adjusted EURIBOR Rate, the CDORAdjusted Term CORRA Rate, the Alternate Base Rate, the Canadian Prime Rate or the Adjusted Daily Simple RFR.

UCC” or “Uniform Commercial Code” means the Uniform Commercial Code as in effect from time to time in the State of New York or any other state the laws of which are required to be applied in connection with the issue of perfection of security interests.

UK Financial Institutions” means any BRRD Undertaking (as such term is defined under the PRA Rulebook (as amended from time to time) promulgated by the United Kingdom Prudential Regulation Authority) or any person falling within IFPRU 11.6 of the FCA Handbook (as amended from time to time) promulgated by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority, which includes certain credit institutions and investment firms, and certain affiliates of such credit institutions or investment firms.

UK Resolution Authority” means the Bank of England or any other public administrative authority having responsibility for the resolution of any UK Financial Institution.

Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement” means the applicable Benchmark Replacement excluding the related Benchmark Replacement Adjustment.

Unfunded Commitment” means, with respect to each Lender, the Commitment of such Lender less its Revolving Credit Exposure.

Unrestricted Cash” means, as of any date of determination, the aggregate amount of unrestricted and unencumbered cash and cash equivalents held by the Company and its Subsidiaries.

U.S. Government Securities Business Day” means any day except for (i) a Saturday, (ii) a Sunday or (iii) a day on which the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association recommends that the fixed income departments of its members be closed for the entire day for purposes of trading in United States government securities.

U.S. Person” means a “United States person” within the meaning of Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code.

U.S. Special Resolution Regime” has the meaning assigned to it in Section 10.22.

 

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U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.17(f)(ii)(B)(3).

VAT” means:

(a) value added tax as provided for in VATCA;

(b) any tax imposed in compliance with the Council Directive of 28 November 2006 on the common system of value added tax (EC Directive 2006/112); and 

(c) value added tax as imposed by the UK Value Added Tax Act 1994; and

(cd) any other tax of a similar nature, whether imposed in a member state of the European Union or the United Kingdom in substitution for, or levied in addition to, such tax referred to in paragraphs (a)  and, (b) and (c) above, or imposed elsewhere.

VAT Group” means a group or unity or fiscal unity for VAT purposes within the meaning of section 15 of VATCA, and otherwise as applicable a group or unity or fiscal unity for VAT purposes under any applicable law implementing Article 11 of Council Directive of 28 November 2006 on the common system of value added tax (EC Directive 2006/112).

VATCA” means the Value-Added Tax Consolidation Act 2010 of Ireland (as amended).

Wholly-Owned Subsidiary” shall have the meaning assigned to such term in the definition of “subsidiary”.

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

Withholding Agent” means any Loan Party and the Administrative Agent.

Write-Down and Conversion Powers” means, (a) with respect to any EEA Resolution Authority, the write-down and conversion powers of such EEA Resolution Authority from time to time under the Bail-In Legislation for the applicable EEA Member Country, which write-down and conversion powers are described in the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule, and (b) with respect to the United Kingdom, any powers of the applicable Resolution Authority under the Bail-In Legislation to cancel, reduce, modify or change the form of a liability of any UK Financial Institution or any contract or instrument under which that liability arises, to convert all or part of that liability into shares, securities or obligations of that person or any other person, to provide that any such contract or instrument is to have effect as if a right had been exercised under it or to suspend any obligation in respect of that liability or any of the powers under that Bail-In Legislation that are related to or ancillary to any of those powers.

Section 1.02. Classification of Loans and Borrowings. For purposes of this Agreement, Loans may be classified and referred to by Class (e.g., a “Revolving Loan”) or by Type (e.g., a “Term Benchmark Loan”, “RFR Loan”, “Adjusted Term SOFR Rate Loan”, “Adjusted EURIBOR Rate Loan”, “CDORAdjusted CORRA Rate Loan” or “Adjusted Daily Simple RFR Loan”) or by Class and Type (e.g., a “Term Benchmark Revolving Loan

 

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or “RFR Revolving Loan”). Borrowings also may be classified and referred to by Class (e.g., a “Revolving Borrowing”) or by Type (e.g., a “Term Benchmark Borrowing”, “RFR Borrowing”, “Adjusted Term SOFR Rate Borrowing”, “Adjusted EURIBOR Rate Borrowing”, “CDORAdjusted CORRA Rate Borrowing” or “Adjusted Daily Simple RFR Borrowing”) or by Class and Type (e.g., a “Term Benchmark Revolving Borrowing” or “RFR Revolving Borrowing”).

Section 1.03. [Reserved].

Section 1.04. Terms Generally. The definitions of terms herein shall apply equally to the singular and plural forms of the terms defined. Whenever the context may require, any pronoun shall include the corresponding masculine, feminine and neuter forms. The words “include”, “includes” and “including” shall be deemed to be followed by the phrase “without limitation”. The word “will” shall be construed to have the same meaning and effect as the word “shall”. Unless the context requires otherwise (a) any definition of or reference to any agreement, instrument or other document herein shall be construed as referring to such agreement, instrument or other document as from time to time amended, supplemented or otherwise modified (subject to any restrictions on such amendments, supplements or modifications set forth herein), (b) any reference herein to any Person shall be construed to include such Person’s successors and assigns, (c) the words “herein”, “hereof” and “hereunder”, and words of similar import, shall be construed to refer to this Agreement in its entirety and not to any particular provision hereof, (d) all references herein to Articles, Sections, Exhibits and Schedules shall be construed to refer to Articles and Sections of, and Exhibits and Schedules to, this Agreement, (e) any reference to any law, rule or regulation herein shall, unless otherwise specified, refer to such law, rule or regulation as amended, modified or supplemented from time to time and (f) the words “asset” and “property” shall be construed to have the same meaning and effect and to refer to any and all tangible and intangible assets and properties, including cash, securities, accounts and contract rights.

Section 1.05. Accounting Terms; GAAP. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, all terms of an accounting or financial nature shall be construed in accordance with GAAP, as in effect from time to time; provided that, if the Company notifies the Administrative Agent that the Company requests an amendment to any provision hereof to eliminate the effect of any change occurring after the date hereof in GAAP or in the application thereof on the operation of such provision (or if the Administrative Agent notifies the Company that the Required Lenders request an amendment to any provision hereof for such purpose), regardless of whether any such notice is given before or after such change in GAAP or in the application thereof, then such provision shall be interpreted on the basis of GAAP as in effect and applied immediately before such change shall have become effective until such notice shall have been withdrawn or such provision amended in accordance herewith. For the avoidance of doubt, it is agreed that for all purposes under this Agreement, Capital Lease Obligations shall be calculated in accordance with GAAP as of December 14, 2018 unless otherwise agreed by the Company and the Required Lenders.

Section 1.06. Interest Rates; Benchmark Notification. The interest rate on a Loan denominated in an Agreed Currency may be derived from an interest rate benchmark that may be discontinued or is, or may in the future become, the subject of regulatory reform. Upon the occurrence of a Benchmark Transition Event or a Term CORRA Reelection Event, Section 2.14(b) provides a mechanism for determining an alternative rate of interest. The Administrative

 

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Agent does not warrant or accept any responsibility for, and shall not have any liability with respect to, the administration, submission, performance or any other matter related to any interest rate used in this Agreement, or with respect to any alternative or successor rate thereto, or replacement rate thereof, including without limitation, whether the composition or characteristics of any such alternative, successor or replacement reference rate will be similar to, or produce the same value or economic equivalence of, the existing interest rate being replaced or have the same volume or liquidity as did any existing interest rate prior to its discontinuance or unavailability. The Administrative Agent and its affiliates and/or other related entities may engage in transactions that affect the calculation of any interest rate used in this Agreement or any alternative, successor or alternative rate (including any Benchmark Replacement) and/or any relevant adjustments thereto, in each case, in a manner adverse to the Borrowers. The Administrative Agent may select information sources or services in its reasonable discretion to ascertain any interest rate used in this Agreement, any component thereof, or rates referenced in the definition thereof, in each case pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, and shall have no liability to any Loan Party, any Lender or any other person or entity for damages of any kind, including direct or indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, costs, losses or expenses (whether in tort, contract or otherwise and whether at law or in equity), for any error or calculation of any such rate (or component thereof) provided by any such information source or service.

Section 1.07. Currencies; Currency Equivalents.

(a) At any time, any reference in the definition of the term “Agreed Foreign Currency” or in any other provision of this Agreement to the Currency of any particular nation means the lawful currency of such nation at such time whether or not the name of such Currency is the same as it was on the date hereof. Except as provided in the last sentence of Section 2.18(a), for purposes of determining (i) whether the amount of any Borrowing or Letter of Credit, together with all other Borrowings then outstanding or to be borrowed thereunder at the same time as such Borrowing, would exceed the total Commitments, (ii) the aggregate unutilized amount of the Commitments, (iii) the Revolving Credit Exposure, (iv) the LC Exposure and (v) whether the face amount of outstanding Letters of Credit issued by any Issuing Bank exceeds such Issuing Bank’s Applicable LC Fronting Sublimit, the outstanding principal or undrawn face amount of any Borrowing or Letter of Credit that is denominated in any Foreign Currency shall be deemed to be the Dollar Equivalent of the amount of Foreign Currency of such Borrowing determined as of the date of such Borrowing (determined in accordance with the last sentence of the definition of the term “Interest Period”) or of such Letter of Credit determined as of the date of the issuance thereof, as the case may be.

(b) Wherever in this Agreement in connection with a Borrowing or Loan an amount, such as a required minimum or multiple amount, is expressed in Dollars, but such Borrowing or Loan is denominated in a Foreign Currency, such amount shall be the relevant Foreign Currency Equivalent of such Dollar amount (rounded to the nearest 1,000 units of such Foreign Currency).

(c) Each obligation hereunder of any party hereto that is denominated in a Currency of a country that is not a Participating Member State on the date hereof shall, effective from the date on which such country becomes a Participating Member State, be redenominated in euro in accordance with the legislation of the European Union applicable to the European Monetary Union; provided that, if and to the extent that any such legislation provides that any such obligation of any such party payable within such Participating Member State by crediting an

 

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account of the creditor can be paid by the debtor either in euro or such Currency, such party shall be entitled to pay or repay such amount either in euro or in such Currency. If the basis of accrual of interest or fees expressed in this Agreement with respect to an Agreed Foreign Currency of any country that becomes a Participating Member State after the date on which such Currency becomes an Agreed Foreign Currency shall be inconsistent with any convention or practice in the interbank market for the basis of accrual of interest or fees in respect of the euro, such convention or practice shall replace such expressed basis effective as of and from the date on which such country becomes a Participating Member State; provided that, with respect to any Borrowing denominated in such Currency that is outstanding immediately prior to such date, such replacement shall take effect at the end of the Interest Period therefor. Without prejudice to the respective liabilities of the Loan Parties to the Lenders and the Issuing Banks and of the Lenders and the Issuing Banks to the Loan Parties under or pursuant to this Agreement, each provision of this Agreement shall be subject to such reasonable changes of construction as the Administrative Agent may from time to time reasonably specify in writing to the Company to be necessary or appropriate to reflect the introduction or changeover to the euro in any country that becomes a Participating Member State after the date hereof.

Section 1.08. Divisions. For all purposes under the Loan Documents, in connection with any division or plan of division under Delaware law (or any comparable event under a different jurisdiction’s laws): (a) if any asset, right, obligation or liability of any Person becomes the asset, right, obligation or liability of a different Person, then it shall be deemed to have been transferred from the original Person to the subsequent Person, and (b) if any new Person comes into existence, such new Person shall be deemed to have been organized on the first date of its existence by the holders of its Equity Interests at such time.

Section 1.09. Quebec Matters. For purposes of any assets, liabilities or entities located in the Province of Quebec and for all other purposes pursuant to which the interpretation or construction of the Loan Documents may be subject to the laws of the Province of Quebec or a court or tribunal exercising jurisdiction in the Province of Quebec, (a) “personal property” shall include “movable property”, (b) “real property” or “real estate” shall include “immovable property”, (c) “tangible property” shall include “corporeal property”, (d) “intangible property” shall include “incorporeal property”, (e) “security interest”, “mortgage” and “lien” shall include a “hypothec”, “right of retention”, “prior claim”, “reservation of ownership” and a resolutory clause, (f) all references to filing, perfection, priority, remedies, registering or recording under a Personal Property Security Act shall include publication under the Civil Code of Quebec, (g) all references to “perfection” of or “perfected” liens or security interest shall include a reference to an “opposable” or “set up” hypothec as against third parties, (h) any “right of offset” or similar expression shall include a “right of compensation”, (i) “goods” shall include “corporeal movable property” other than chattel paper, documents of title, instruments, money and securities, (j) an “agent” shall include a “mandatary” as well a “hypothecary representative” within the meaning of Article 2692 of the Civil Code of Quebec, (k) “construction liens” or “mechanics, materialmen, repairmen, construction contractors or other like liens” shall include “legal hypothecs” and “legal hypothecs in favour of persons having taken part in the construction or renovation of an immovable”, (l) “joint and several” shall include “solidary”, (m) “gross negligence or wilful misconduct” shall be deemed to be “intentional or gross fault”, (n) “beneficial ownership” shall include “ownership on behalf of another as mandatary”, (o) “easement” shall include “servitude”, (p) “priority” shall include “rank” or “prior claim”, as applicable (q) “survey” shall include “certificate of location

 

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and plan”, (r) “state” shall include “province”, (s) “fee simple title” shall include “absolute ownership” and “ownership” (including ownership under a right of superficies), (t) “accounts” shall include “claims”, (u) “legal title” shall include “holding title on behalf of an owner as mandatary or prete-nom”, (v) “ground lease” shall include “emphyteusis” or a “lease with a right of superficies, as applicable, (w) “leasehold interest” shall include a “valid lease”, (x) “lease” shall include a “leasing contract” and (y) “guarantee” and “guarantor” shall include “suretyship” and “surety”, respectively. The parties hereto confirm that it is their wish that this Agreement and any other document executed in connection with the transactions contemplated herein be drawn up in the English language only and that all other documents contemplated thereunder or relating thereto, including notices, may also be drawn up in the English language only. Les parties aux présentes confirment que c’est leur volonté que cette convention et les autres documents de crédit soient rédigés en langue anglaise seulement et que tous les documents, y compris tous avis, envisagés par cette convention et les autres documents peuvent être rédigés en langue anglaise seulement.

ARTICLE 2

THE CREDITS

Section 2.01. Commitments. Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, each Lender agrees to make Revolving Loans in Dollars or any Agreed Foreign Currency to any Applicable Borrower from time to time during the Availability Period in an aggregate principal amount that will not result in (a) such Lender’s Revolving Credit Exposure exceeding such Lender’s Commitment or (b) the Total Revolving Credit Exposure exceeding the total Commitments. Within the foregoing limits and subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, each Applicable Borrower may borrow, prepay and reborrow Revolving Loans.

Section 2.02. Loans and Borrowings.

(a) Obligations of Lenders. Each Revolving Loan shall be made as part of a Borrowing consisting of Revolving Loans made by the Lenders ratably in accordance with their respective Commitments. The failure of any Lender to make any Loan required to be made by it shall not relieve any other Lender of its obligations hereunder; provided that the Commitments of the Lenders are several and no Lender shall be responsible for any other Lender’s failure to make Loans as required.

(b) Types of Loans. Subject to Section 2.14, each Revolving Borrowing (i) denominated in Dollars shall be comprised entirely of ABR Loans or Adjusted Term SOFR Rate Loans as the Applicable Borrower may request in accordance herewith; provided that ABR Loans shall only be denominated in Dollars and may only be requested by the Company or a Subsidiary Borrower that is a Domestic Subsidiary, (ii) denominated in euros shall be comprised entirely of Adjusted EURIBOR Rate Loans, (iii) denominated in Canadian Dollars shall be comprised entirely of CDORAdjusted CORRA Rate Loans and (iv) denominated in Pounds Sterling shall be comprised entirely of Adjusted Daily Simple RFR Loans. Each Lender at its option may make any Loan to a Subsidiary Borrower by causing any domestic or foreign branch or Affiliate of such Lender to make such Loan; provided that any exercise of such option shall not affect the obligation of the Applicable Borrower to repay such Loan in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

 

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(c) Minimum Amounts; Limitation on Number of Borrowings. At the commencement of each Interest Period for any Term Benchmark Revolving Borrowing, such Borrowing shall be in an aggregate amount that is an integral multiple of the Dollar Equivalent of $1,000,000 and not less than the Dollar Equivalent of $5,000,000. At the time that each ABR Revolving Borrowing and/or RFR Borrowing is made, such Borrowing shall be in an aggregate amount that is an integral multiple of the Dollar Equivalent of $1,000,000 and not less than the Dollar Equivalent of $5,000,000; provided that an ABR Revolving Borrowing may be in an aggregate amount that is equal to the entire unused balance of the total Commitments or that is required to finance the reimbursement of an LC Disbursement as contemplated by Section 2.06(e). Borrowings of more than one Type and Class may be outstanding at the same time; provided that there shall not at any time be more than a total of 15 Term Benchmark Revolving Borrowings or RFR Revolving Borrowings outstanding.

(d) Limitation on Interest Periods. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, no Applicable Borrower shall be entitled to request, or to elect to convert or continue, any Borrowing if the Interest Period requested with respect thereto would end after the Maturity Date.

Section 2.03. Requests for Revolving Borrowings. To request a Revolving Borrowing, the Applicable Borrower shall notify the Administrative Agent of such request by submitting a Borrowing Request by telephone or electronic mail (a)(x) in the case of a Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Dollars, not later than 11:00 a.m., New York City time, three U.S. Government Securities Business Days before the date of the proposed Borrowing and (y) in the case of an RFR Borrowing denominated in Dollars pursuant to Section 2.14, not later than 11:00 a.m., New York City time, five RFR Business Days before the date of the proposed Borrowing, (b) in the case of a Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Canadian Dollars, not later than 12:00 p.m., New York City time, three Business Days before the date of the proposed Borrowing or (y) in the case of an RFR Borrowing denominated in Canadian Dollars, not later than 12:00 p.m., New York City time, five (5) RFR Business Days before the date of the proposed Borrowing, (c) in the case of a Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in a Foreign Currency (other than Canadian Dollars), not later than 11:00 a.m., Local Time, four Business Days before the date of the proposed Borrowing, (c) (d) in the case of an ABR Borrowing, not later than 1:00 p.m., New York City time, on the date of the proposed Borrowing (which shall be a Business Day); provided that any such notice of an ABR Revolving Borrowing to finance the reimbursement of an LC Disbursement as contemplated by Section 2.06(e) may be given not later than 10:00 a.m., New York City time, on the date of the proposed Borrowing, and (de) in the case of an RFR Borrowing denominated in Pounds Sterling, not later than 11:00 a.m., New York City time, five RFR Business Days before the date of the proposed Borrowing. Each such telephonic Borrowing Request shall be irrevocable and shall be confirmed promptly by delivery to the Administrative Agent of written Borrowing request which shall be signed by the Applicable Borrower. Each such telephonic and written Borrowing Request shall specify the following information in compliance with Section 2.02:

(i) the Applicable Borrower;

(ii) the aggregate amount and Agreed Currency of such Borrowing;

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(iv) in the case of a Borrowing denominated in Dollars, whether such Borrowing is to be an ABR Borrowing or a Term Benchmark Borrowing;

(v) in the case of a Term Benchmark Borrowing, the initial Interest Period to be applicable thereto, which shall be a period contemplated by the definition of the term “Interest Period”; and

(vi) the location and number of such Borrower’s account to which funds are to be disbursed, which shall comply with the requirements of Section 2.07.

If no election as to the Currency of a Revolving Borrowing is specified, then the requested Revolving Borrowing shall be denominated in Dollars. If no election as to the Type of Revolving Borrowing is specified, then the requested Revolving Borrowing shall be an ABR Borrowing unless an Agreed Foreign Currency has been specified, in which case the requested Revolving Borrowing shall be (x) in the case of a Revolving Borrowing denominated in Pounds Sterling, an RFR Revolving Borrowing and (y) in the case of a Revolving Borrowing denominated in any other Agreed Foreign Currency, a Term Benchmark Revolving Borrowing denominated in such Agreed Foreign Currency. If no Interest Period is specified with respect to any requested Term Benchmark Revolving Borrowing, (i) if the Currency specified for such Revolving Borrowing is Dollars (or if no Currency has been so specified), the requested Borrowing shall be made instead as an ABR Revolving Borrowing, and (ii) if the Currency specified for such Borrowing is an Agreed Foreign Currency, the Applicable Borrower shall be deemed to have selected an Interest Period of one-month’s duration. Promptly following receipt of a Borrowing Request in accordance with this Section, the Administrative Agent shall advise each Lender of the details thereof and of the amount of such Lender’s Loan to be made as part of the requested Borrowing. For the avoidance of doubt, in no event shall a Borrower be permitted to request pursuant to this Section 2.03, a Canadian Prime Rate Loan, a CBR Loan or, prior to a Benchmark Transition Event and Benchmark Replacement Date with respect to the Term SOFR Rate, an RFR Loan denominated in Dollars (it being understood and agreed that the Canadian Prime Rate, a Central Bank Rate and Daily Simple SOFR shall only apply to the extent provided in Section 2.14).

Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event shall any Borrower be permitted to request pursuant to this Section 2.03, a CBR Loan or, prior to a Benchmark Transition Event and Benchmark Replacement Date with respect to (x) the Term SOFR Rate, an RFR Loan bearing interest based on Daily Simple SOFR or (y) Term CORRA, an RFR Loan bearing interest based on Daily Simple CORRA (it being understood and agreed that a Central Bank Rate, the Canadian Prime Rate, Daily Simple SOFR and Daily Simple CORRA shall only apply to the extent provided in Sections 2.08(e), 2.14(a) and 2.14(f)), as applicable).

Section 2.04. [Reserved].

Section 2.05. Designation of Additional Borrowers.

(a) Designation. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Section, the Company may, at any time or from time to time after the Effective Date upon not less than 5 Business Days’ notice (or such shorter period which is reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent) to the Administrative Agent (which shall promptly notify the Lenders thereof), request the designation of a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary as a Borrower hereunder, provided that only a Domestic Subsidiary may be designated to borrow ABR Loans and to request the issuance of

 

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Letters of Credit hereunder. Each such notice shall specify (i) the name of applicable Subsidiary, (ii) its jurisdiction of organization and (iii) such other information with respect to such Subsidiary as the Administrative Agent shall reasonably request in connection therewith. As of the Effective Date, the Company designates Newell Brands Canada ULC, Newell Brands Ireland Services DAC and Newell Brands APAC Treasury Limited as a Borrower hereunder.

(b) Designation. Upon the satisfaction of the conditions specified in paragraph (c) of this Section, the applicable designated Subsidiary (each a “Subsidiary Borrower”) shall become a party to this Agreement as a Borrower hereunder and shall be entitled, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, and (i) in the case of a Domestic Subsidiary so designated, such Subsidiary shall be entitled to borrow Revolving Loans or request the issuance of Letters of Credit hereunder and (ii) in the case of any Foreign Subsidiary so designated, as applicable, such Subsidiary shall be entitled to request and borrow Revolving Loans (other than ABR Loans) or request the issuance of Letters of Credit hereunder (and, in each case, such Subsidiary shall have and shall assume all of the obligations of a Borrower hereunder, subject to Section 10.20). The Administrative Agent shall promptly notify the Lenders of the effectiveness of any such designation. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, a Subsidiary Borrower that is a Foreign Subsidiary may not be designated to, and shall not be entitled to, borrow ABR Loans.

(c) Conditions to Designation. In addition to satisfaction with the other requirements set forth in this Section, the designation by the Company of any Subsidiary to become a Subsidiary Borrower shall be subject to the satisfaction of the following conditions (including delivery to the Administrative Agent of the following documents, each of which shall be reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent in form and substance or may be waived by the Administrative Agent in its sole discretion) and such designation shall become effective on the date on which all such conditions are satisfied (or so waived):

(i) immediately prior to and after giving effect to such designation, no Default shall have occurred and be continuing;

(ii) the Administrative Agent shall have received a Subsidiary Borrower Joinder Agreement, duly completed and executed by the Company, such Subsidiary and the Administrative Agent;

(iii) the Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate of a Responsible Officer of the Company to the effect that the conditions to such designation set forth in this Section shall be satisfied;

(iv) the Administrative Agent shall have received such proof of corporate or other action, incumbency of officers, opinion and other documents as are consistent with those delivered by the Loan Parties pursuant to Section 4.01 on the Effective Date as the Administrative Agent shall reasonably request, all in form, content and scope reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent; and

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(d) Company as Agent. Each Subsidiary of the Company that becomes a Subsidiary Borrower pursuant to this Section hereby irrevocably appoints the Company as its agent for all purposes relevant to this Agreement and each of the other Loan Documents, including (i) the giving and receipt of notices, (ii) the execution and delivery of all documents, instruments and certificates contemplated herein and all modifications hereto, (iii) the receipt of the proceeds of any Loans made by the Lenders to any such Subsidiary Borrower hereunder and (iv) in the case of any such Subsidiary that is a Foreign Subsidiary, service of process. The Company hereby accepts such appointment. Any acknowledgment, consent, direction, certification or other action which might otherwise be valid or effective only if given or taken by all Borrowers, or by each Borrower acting singly, shall be valid and effective if given or taken only by the Company, whether or not any such other Borrower joins therein. Any notice, demand, consent, acknowledgement, direction, certification or other communication delivered to the Company in accordance with the terms of this Agreement shall be deemed to have been delivered to each such Subsidiary.

(e) Termination of Subsidiary Borrowers. Subject to the terms and conditions of this paragraph (e) (provided that no Default shall exist), the Company may, upon at least five Business Days’ notice to the Administrative Agent (in form reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent) at any time at which no Loans, Letters of Credit or any other amounts under this Agreement or any other Loan Document shall be outstanding to a Subsidiary Borrower, remove such Subsidiary Borrower as a Borrower hereunder, which notice shall specify the applicable Subsidiary Borrower to be removed as a Borrower and the effective date thereof. The Administrative Agent shall, promptly upon receipt of such notice, notify the Lenders thereof. Effective upon the effective date specified in such notice, all commitments of the Lenders to make Loans to, or of the Issuing Banks to issue Letters of Credit for the account of, such Subsidiary Borrower shall terminate, such Subsidiary Borrower’s rights hereunder shall terminate and such Subsidiary Borrower shall cease to be a Borrower hereunder. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the removal of any Subsidiary Borrower as a Borrower hereunder shall not terminate or discharge any obligation of such Subsidiary Borrower that remains unpaid at the time of such removal or the obligations of the Guarantor with respect to any such unpaid obligations under Article 7. Upon the occurrence of any event described in clause (h) or (i) of Article 8 (or any event which under the laws of any jurisdiction is analogous to any such event) with respect to a Subsidiary Borrower, (i) all Commitments of the Lenders to make Loans to, and participate in Letters of Credit (and of the Issuing Banks to issue Letters of Credit) for the account of, such Subsidiary Borrower and all of the rights of such Subsidiary Borrower hereunder shall automatically terminate and such Subsidiary Borrower shall immediately cease to be a Borrower hereunder, (ii) the principal amount then outstanding of, and the accrued interest on, the Loans (if any) made to such Subsidiary Borrower and all other amounts payable by such Subsidiary Borrower under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which it is a party shall automatically become immediately due and payable and (iii) if any Letters of Credit are then outstanding under which such Subsidiary Borrower is the account party, the Company shall provide Cash Collateral in Dollars in an amount equal to the LC Exposure in respect of all such Letters of Credit, as provided in Section 2.06(j), in each case, without presentment, demand, protest or other formalities of any kind, all of which are hereby expressly waived by such Subsidiary Borrower and the Company.

(f) Inability to Lend. If (a) by reason of the fact that a Subsidiary Borrower is organized or incorporated in, or conducts business in, a jurisdiction outside the United States (including, for purposes of this Section 2.05(f), Puerto Rico), it is unlawful, in the sole

 

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determination of any Lender, for such Lender (or its applicable lending office) to make or maintain Loans to such Subsidiary Borrower, (b) on or after the date hereof, it becomes unlawful for any Lender (or its applicable lending office) to perform any of its obligations as contemplated by this Agreement or make, maintain or fund any of its Loans to a Borrower or (c) on or after the date hereof, a Lender ceases to be exempt from any licensing requirement to make or maintain Loans to a Borrower (it being understood that no Lender shall be required to seek to obtain or to obtain any license in order to make or maintain Loans to such Borrower), and such Lender shall so notify the Administrative Agent, the Administrative Agent shall forthwith give notice thereof to the other Lenders and the Company, whereupon until such Lender notifies the Company and the Administrative Agent that the circumstances giving rise to such suspension no longer exist, the obligation of such Lender to make or maintain Loans to such Subsidiary Borrower shall be suspended. If such notice is given, each Loan of such Lender then outstanding to such Subsidiary Borrower shall be prepaid either (a) in the case of a Term Benchmark Loan, on the last day of the then current Interest Period applicable thereto if such Lender may lawfully continue to maintain such Loan to such day or (b) immediately if clause (a) does not apply.

Section 2.06. Letters of Credit.

(a) General. Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, at the request of any Applicable Borrower each Issuing Bank agrees at any time and from time to time during the Availability Period to issue, subject to and in accordance with such Issuing Bank’s policies and procedures, Letters of Credit denominated in Dollars or any Agreed Foreign Currency for the account of the Company in such form as is acceptable to such Issuing Bank in its reasonable determination, or to amend, renew or extend any previously issued such Letter of Credit, in an aggregate amount that will not result, after giving effect thereto, in (i) any Lender’s Revolving Credit Exposure exceeding such Lender’s Commitment, (ii) the Total Revolving Credit Exposure exceeding the total Commitments, (iii) the total LC Exposure of the Issuing Banks (determined for these purposes without giving effect to the participations therein of the Lenders pursuant to this Section 2.06) exceeding the LC Sublimit, (iv) the face amount of outstanding Letters of Credit issued by any Issuing Bank exceeding such Issuing Bank’s Applicable LC Fronting Sublimit or (v) any adverse change in the relevant exchange rates or in the availability of the relevant Agreed Foreign Currency to the Borrowers or in the relevant currency markets generally. Letters of Credit issued hereunder shall constitute utilization of the Commitments. Immediately upon the issuance of each Letter of Credit each Lender shall be deemed to, and hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agrees to, purchase from the applicable Issuing Bank a participation in such Letter of Credit in an amount equal to such Lender’s Applicable Percentage of the amount of such Letter of Credit.

(b) Notice of Issuance, Amendment, Renewal, Extension. To request the issuance of a Letter of Credit (or the amendment, renewal or extension of an outstanding Letter of Credit), the Applicable Borrower shall hand deliver or telecopy (or transmit by electronic communication, if arrangements for doing so have been approved by the applicable Issuing Bank) to the applicable Issuing Bank and the Administrative Agent (reasonably in advance of the requested date of issuance, amendment, renewal or extension, but in any event no less than five Business Days) a notice requesting the issuance of a Letter of Credit, or identifying the Letter of Credit to be amended, renewed or extended, and specifying the date of issuance, amendment, renewal or extension (which shall be a Business Day), the date on which such Letter of Credit is to expire (which shall comply with paragraph (c) of this Section), the currency of such Letter of Credit, the amount of such Letter of Credit, the name and address of the beneficiary thereof and such other

 

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information as shall be necessary to prepare, amend, renew or extend such Letter of Credit. If requested by the applicable Issuing Bank, the Applicable Borrower also shall submit an LC Application on such Issuing Bank’s standard form in connection with any request for a Letter of Credit. In the event of any inconsistency between the terms and conditions of this Agreement and the terms and conditions of any form of LC Application or other agreement submitted by the Applicable Borrower to, or entered into by such Borrower with, the applicable Issuing Bank relating to any Letter of Credit, the terms and conditions of this Agreement shall control.

(c) Expiration Date. Each Letter of Credit shall expire (or be subject to termination by notice from the applicable Issuing Bank to the beneficiary thereof) at or prior to the close of business on the earlier of (i) the date one year after the date of the issuance of such Letter of Credit (or, in the case of any renewal or extension thereof, one year after such renewal or extension) and (ii) the date that is five Business Days prior to the Maturity Date (or, if there are different Maturity Dates hereunder, the then earliest scheduled Maturity Date); provided that any Letter of Credit may provide for the automatic renewal thereof for additional one-year periods so long as such automatic renewal does not extend the expiration thereof beyond the date specified in clause (ii) above; provided, further that, if at any time there are different Maturity Dates hereunder, any Letter of Credit may expire after the date specified in such clause (ii) (but in no event later than the date that is five Business Days prior to the next earliest scheduled Maturity Date at such time) so long as, on the date of issuance, amendment, renewal or extension thereof and after giving effect thereto, (x) the total Revolving Credit Exposure would not exceed the total Commitments of the Extending Lenders (including Additional Commitment Lenders) and (y) the total LC Exposure of the Issuing Banks (determined for these purposes without giving effect to the participations therein of the Lenders pursuant to this Section) with respect to Letters of Credit that have an expiry date after the then earliest scheduled Maturity Date would not exceed the LC Sublimit.

(d) Participations. By the issuance of a Letter of Credit (or an amendment to a Letter of Credit increasing the amount thereof) and without any further action on the part of the applicable Issuing Bank or applicable Lenders, such Issuing Bank hereby grants to each Lender, and each such Lender hereby acquires from such Issuing Bank, a participation in such Letter of Credit equal to such Lender’s Applicable Percentage of the aggregate amount available to be drawn under such Letter of Credit. In consideration and in furtherance of the foregoing, each Lender hereby absolutely and unconditionally agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent, for the account of the applicable Issuing Bank, such Lender’s Applicable Percentage of each LC Disbursement made by such Issuing Bank and not reimbursed by the Applicable Borrower on the date due as provided in paragraph (e) of this Section, or of any reimbursement payment required to be refunded to the Applicable Borrower for any reason. Each Lender acknowledges and agrees that its obligation to acquire participations pursuant to this paragraph in respect of Letters of Credit is absolute and unconditional and shall not be affected by any circumstance whatsoever, including any amendment, renewal or extension of any Letter of Credit or the occurrence and continuance of a Default or reduction or termination of the Commitments, and that each such payment shall be made without any offset, abatement, withholding or reduction whatsoever.

(e) Reimbursement. If any Issuing Bank shall make any LC Disbursement in respect of a Letter of Credit, the Applicable Borrower shall reimburse such LC Disbursement by paying to the Administrative Agent an amount equal to such LC Disbursement in the applicable Currency (except to the extent the penultimate sentence of this paragraph (e) permits payments in Dollars) not later than 12:00 noon, New York City time, on the date that such LC Disbursement is

 

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made, if the Applicable Borrower shall have received notice of such LC Disbursement prior to 10:00 a.m., New York City time, on such date, or, if such notice has not been received by the Applicable Borrower prior to such time on such date, then not later than 12:00 noon, New York City time, on (i) the Business Day that the Applicable Borrower receives such notice, if such notice is received prior to 10:00 a.m., New York City time, on the day of receipt, or (ii) the Business Day immediately following the day that the Applicable Borrower receives such notice, if such notice is not received prior to such time on the day of receipt; provided that, in the case of any such reimbursement in Dollars, the Applicable Borrower may, subject to the conditions to borrowing set forth herein, request in accordance with Section 2.03 that such payment be financed with an ABR Revolving Borrowing in an equivalent amount and, to the extent so financed, the Applicable Borrower’s obligation to make such payment shall be discharged and replaced by the resulting ABR Revolving Borrowing. In the case of a Letter of Credit denominated in an Agreed Foreign Currency, the Applicable Borrower shall reimburse the applicable Issuing Bank in such Agreed Foreign Currency, unless (A) such Issuing Bank (at its option) shall have specified in such notice that it will require reimbursement in Dollars, or (B) in the absence of any such requirement for reimbursement in Dollars, the Applicable Borrower shall have notified such Issuing Bank promptly following receipt of the notice of drawing that the Applicable Borrower will reimburse such Issuing Bank in Dollars. In the case of any such reimbursement in Dollars of a drawing under a Letter of Credit denominated in an Agreed Foreign Currency, the applicable Issuing Bank shall notify the Applicable Borrower of the Dollar Equivalent of the amount of the drawing promptly following the determination thereof.

If the Applicable Borrower fails to make such payment when due, the Administrative Agent shall notify each applicable Lender of the applicable LC Disbursement (expressed in Dollars in the amount of the Dollar Equivalent thereof in the case of a Letter of Credit denominated in an Agreed Foreign Currency), the payment then due from such Borrower in respect thereof and such Lender’s Applicable Percentage. Promptly following receipt of such notice, each Lender shall pay to the Administrative Agent its Applicable Percentage of the payment then due from the Applicable Borrower, in the same manner as provided in Section 2.07 with respect to Loans made by such Lender (and Section 2.07 shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to the payment obligations of the Lenders), and the Administrative Agent shall promptly pay to the applicable Issuing Bank the amounts so received by it from the Lenders. Promptly following receipt by the Administrative Agent of any payment from the Applicable Borrower pursuant to this paragraph, the Administrative Agent shall distribute such payment to such Issuing Bank or, to the extent that Lenders have made payments pursuant to this paragraph to reimburse such Issuing Bank, then to such Lenders and such Issuing Bank as their interests may appear. Any payment made by a Lender pursuant to this paragraph to reimburse such Issuing Bank for any LC Disbursement (other than the funding of ABR Revolving Loans as contemplated above) shall not constitute a Loan and shall not relieve the Applicable Borrower of its obligation to reimburse such LC Disbursement.

(f) Obligations Absolute. The Applicable Borrowers’ obligations to reimburse LC Disbursements as provided in paragraph (e) of this Section shall be absolute, unconditional and irrevocable, and shall be performed strictly in accordance with the terms of this Agreement under any and all circumstances whatsoever and irrespective of (i) any lack of validity or enforceability of any Letter of Credit or this Agreement, or any term or provision therein, (ii) any draft or other document presented under a Letter of Credit proving to be forged, fraudulent or invalid in any respect or any statement therein being untrue or inaccurate in any respect, (iii) payment by any Issuing Bank under a Letter of Credit against presentation of a draft or other document that does

 

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not comply with the terms of such Letter of Credit, or (iv) any other event or circumstance whatsoever, whether or not similar to any of the foregoing, that might, but for the provisions of this Section, constitute a legal or equitable discharge of, or provide a right of setoff against, the Applicable Borrowers’ obligations hereunder. Neither the Administrative Agent, the Lenders nor any Issuing Bank, nor any of their Related Parties, shall have any liability or responsibility by reason of or in connection with the issuance or transfer of any Letter of Credit or any payment or failure to make any payment thereunder (irrespective of any of the circumstances referred to in the preceding sentence), or any error, omission, interruption, loss or delay in transmission or delivery of any draft, notice or other communication under or relating to any Letter of Credit (including any document required to make a drawing thereunder), any error in interpretation of technical terms or any consequence arising from causes beyond the control of any Issuing Bank; provided that the foregoing shall not be construed to excuse any Issuing Bank from liability to any Applicable Borrower to the extent of any direct damages (as opposed to special, indirect, consequential or punitive damages, claims in respect of which are hereby waived by the Applicable Borrowers to the extent permitted by applicable law) suffered by the Applicable Borrowers that are caused by such Issuing Bank’s failure to exercise care when determining whether drafts and other documents presented under a Letter of Credit comply with the terms thereof. The parties hereto expressly agree that, in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of any Issuing Bank (as finally determined by a court of competent jurisdiction), such Issuing Bank shall be deemed to have exercised care in each such determination. In furtherance of the foregoing and without limiting the generality thereof, the parties agree that, with respect to documents presented which appear on their face to be in substantial compliance with the terms of a Letter of Credit, each Issuing Bank may, in its sole discretion, either accept and make payment upon such documents without responsibility for further investigation, regardless of any notice or information to the contrary, or refuse to accept and make payment upon such documents if such documents are not in strict compliance with the terms of such Letter of Credit.

(g) Disbursement Procedures. The applicable Issuing Bank shall, promptly following its receipt thereof, examine all documents purporting to represent a demand for payment under a Letter of Credit. The applicable Issuing Bank shall promptly notify the Administrative Agent and the Applicable Borrower by telephone (confirmed by telecopy or electronic mail) of such demand for payment and whether such Issuing Bank has made or will make an LC Disbursement thereunder; provided that any failure to give or delay in giving such notice shall not relieve the Applicable Borrower of its obligation to reimburse such Issuing Bank and the Lenders with respect to any such LC Disbursement.

(h) Interim Interest. If any Issuing Bank shall make any LC Disbursement, then, unless the Applicable Borrower shall reimburse such LC Disbursement in full on the date such LC Disbursement is made, the unpaid amount thereof shall bear interest, for each day from and including the date such LC Disbursement is made to but excluding the date that the Applicable Borrower reimburses such LC Disbursement, at the rate per annum then applicable to ABR Revolving Loans; provided that, if the Applicable Borrower fails to reimburse such LC Disbursement when due pursuant to paragraph (e) of this Section, such unpaid amount shall bear interest at the applicable Default Rate. Interest accrued pursuant to this paragraph shall be for the account of the applicable Issuing Bank, except that interest accrued on and after the date of payment by any Lender pursuant to paragraph (e) of this Section to reimburse such Issuing Bank shall be for the account of such Lender to the extent of such payment.

 

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(i) Replacement of Issuing Banks. An Issuing Bank may be replaced at any time by written agreement among the Company, the Administrative Agent, the replaced Issuing Bank and the successor Issuing Bank. The Administrative Agent shall notify the Lenders of any such replacement of any Issuing Bank. At the time any such replacement shall become effective, the Company shall pay all unpaid fees accrued for the account of the replaced Issuing Bank pursuant to Section 2.12(b). From and after the effective date of any such replacement, (i) the successor Issuing Bank shall have all the rights and obligations of an Issuing Bank under this Agreement with respect to Letters of Credit to be issued thereafter and (ii) references herein to the term “Issuing Bank” shall be deemed to refer to such successor or to any previous Issuing Bank, or to such successor and all previous Issuing Banks, as the context shall require. After the replacement of an Issuing Bank hereunder, the replaced Issuing Bank shall remain a party hereto and shall continue to have all the rights and obligations of an Issuing Bank under this Agreement with respect to Letters of Credit issued by it prior to such replacement, but shall not be required to issue additional Letters of Credit.

(j) Cash Collateralization. If (i) any Event of Default shall occur and be continuing, on the Business Day that the Company receives notice from the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders (or, if the maturity of the Loans has been accelerated, Lenders with LC Exposure representing greater than 50% of the total LC Exposure) demanding the deposit of cash collateral pursuant to this paragraph or (ii) the Applicable Borrowers shall be required to provide Cash Collateral pursuant to Section 2.11(b), the Company shall deposit in an account with the Administrative Agent, in the name of the Administrative Agent and for the benefit of the Lenders, an amount in cash equal to (x) in the case of an Event of Default, the LC Exposure as of such date plus any accrued and unpaid interest thereon and (y) in the case of Cash Collateral required pursuant to Section 2.11(b), the amount required thereunder; provided that the obligation to deposit such cash collateral shall become effective immediately, and such deposit shall become immediately due and payable, without demand or other notice of any kind, upon the occurrence of any Event of Default with respect to the Company described in clause (h) or (i) of Article 8Such deposit shall be held by the Administrative Agent as collateral for the payment and performance of the obligations of the Applicable Borrowers under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents. The Administrative Agent shall have exclusive dominion and control, including the exclusive right of withdrawal, over such account. Other than any interest earned on the investment of such deposits, which investments shall be made at the option and sole discretion of the Administrative Agent and at the Company’s risk and expense, such deposits shall not bear interest. Interest or profits, if any, on such investments shall accumulate in such account. Moneys in such account shall be applied by the Administrative Agent to reimburse the applicable Issuing Bank for LC Disbursements for which it has not been reimbursed and, to the extent not so applied, shall be held for the satisfaction of the reimbursement obligations of the Company for the LC Exposure at such time or, if the maturity of the Loans has been accelerated (but subject to the consent of Lenders with LC Exposure representing greater than 50% of the total LC Exposure), be applied to satisfy other obligations of the Applicable Borrowers under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents. If the Company is required to provide an amount of cash collateral hereunder as a result of the occurrence of an Event of Default or pursuant to Section 2.11(b), such amount (to the extent not applied as aforesaid) shall be returned to the Company within three Business Days after all Events of Default have been cured or waived or after the circumstances giving rise to the requirement for Cash Collateral under Section 2.11(b) shall no longer exist, as the case may be.

 

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(k) Existing Letters of Credit. On the Effective Date, each letter of credit issued or deemed to be issued under the Existing Credit Agreement listed on Schedule 2.06, to the extent outstanding, shall automatically and without further action by the parties thereto (and without payment of any fees otherwise due upon the issuance of a Letter of Credit) be deemed converted into Letters of Credit issued pursuant to this Section 2.06 and subject to the provisions hereof.

Section 2.07. Funding of Borrowings.

(a) Funding by Lenders. Each Lender shall make each Loan to be made by it hereunder on the proposed date thereof by wire transfer of immediately available funds by (x) 12:00 noon, Local Time, in the case of Term Benchmark Loans or RFR Loans or (y) 3:00 p.m., New York City time, in the case of ABR Loans, in each case to the Administrative Agent at the Administrative Agent’s Office most recently designated by it for such purpose by notice to the Lenders. Except in the respect of the provisions of this Agreement covering the reimbursement of Letters of Credit, the Administrative Agent will make such Loans available to the Applicable Borrower by promptly crediting the amounts so received, in like funds, to an account of the Applicable Borrower maintained with the Administrative Agent in New York City or London, as applicable, or otherwise in accordance with such Borrower’s instructions, in each case as set forth in the applicable Borrowing Request; provided that ABR Revolving Loans made to finance the reimbursement of an LC Disbursement as provided in Section 2.06(e) shall be remitted by the Administrative Agent to the applicable Issuing Bank.

(b) Presumption by Administrative Agent. Unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from a Lender prior to the proposed date of any Borrowing that such Lender will not make available to the Administrative Agent such Lender’s share of such Borrowing, the Administrative Agent may assume that such Lender has made such share available on such date in accordance with paragraph (a) of this Section and may, in reliance upon such assumption, make available to the Applicable Borrower a corresponding amount. In such event, if a Lender has not in fact made its share of the applicable Borrowing available to the Administrative Agent, then the applicable Lender and the Applicable Borrower severally agree to pay to the Administrative Agent forthwith on demand such corresponding amount with interest thereon, for each day from and including the date such amount is made available to the Applicable Borrower to but excluding the date of payment to the Administrative Agent, at (i) in the case of such Lender, the greater of the NYFRB Rate and a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation or (ii) in the case of the Applicable Borrower, the interest rate applicable to ABR Loans. If such Lender pays such amount to the Administrative Agent, then such amount shall constitute such Lender’s Loan included in such Borrowing.

Section 2.08. Interest Elections.

(a) Elections by Applicable Borrowers for Revolving Borrowings. Each Revolving Borrowing initially shall be of the Type and Agreed Currency specified in the applicable Borrowing Request and, in the case of a Term Benchmark Revolving Borrowing, shall have an initial Interest Period as specified in such Borrowing Request. Thereafter, the Applicable Borrower may elect to convert such Borrowing to a different Type or to continue such Borrowing and, in the case of a Term Benchmark Revolving Borrowing, may elect Interest Periods therefor, all as provided in this Section; provided that (i) a Revolving Borrowing denominated in one Currency may not be continued as, or converted to, a Revolving Borrowing in a different

 

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Currency, (ii) no Term Benchmark Revolving Borrowing denominated in a Foreign Currency may be continued if, after giving effect thereto, the Total Revolving Credit Exposure would exceed the total Commitments and (iii) a Term Benchmark Revolving Borrowing denominated in a Foreign Currency may not be converted to a Borrowing of a different Type. The Applicable Borrower may elect different options with respect to different portions of the affected Borrowing, in which case each such portion shall be allocated ratably among the Lenders holding the Loans comprising such Borrowing, and the Loans comprising each such portion shall be considered a separate Borrowing.

(b) Notice of Elections. To make an election pursuant to this Section, the Applicable Borrower shall notify the Administrative Agent of such election by telephone or electronic mail by the time that a Borrowing Request would be required under Section 2.03 if the Applicable Borrower were requesting a Revolving Borrowing of the Type resulting from such election to be made on the effective date of such election. Each such telephonic Interest Election Request shall be irrevocable and shall be confirmed promptly by delivery to the Administrative Agent of a written Interest Election Request in a form approved by the Administrative Agent and signed by a Responsible Officer of the Applicable Borrower.

(c) Content of Interest Election Requests. Each telephonic and written Interest Election Request shall specify the following information in compliance with Section 2.02:

(i) the Borrowing to which such Interest Election Request applies and, if different options are being elected with respect to different portions thereof, the portions thereof to be allocated to each resulting Borrowing (in which case the information to be specified pursuant to clauses (iii) and (iv) below shall be specified for each resulting Borrowing);

(ii) the effective date of the election made pursuant to such Interest Election Request, which shall be a Business Day;

(iii) in the case of a Borrowing denominated in Dollars, whether the resulting Borrowing is to be an ABR Borrowing or a Term Benchmark Borrowing; and

(iv) if the resulting Borrowing is a Term Benchmark Borrowing, the Interest Period to be applicable thereto after giving effect to such election, which shall be a period contemplated by the definition of the term “Interest Period”.

If any such Interest Election Request requests a Term Benchmark Borrowing but does not specify an Interest Period, then the Company shall be deemed to have selected an Interest Period of one month’s duration. For the avoidance of doubt, in no event shall a Borrower be permitted to request pursuant to this Section 2.08(c), a Canadian Prime Rate Loan, a CBR Loan or, prior to a Benchmark Transition Event and Benchmark Replacement Date with respect to the Term SOFR Rate, an RFR Loan denominated in Dollars (it being understood and agreed that the Canadian Prime Rate, a Central Bank Rate and Daily Simple SOFR shall only apply to the extent provided in Section 2.14).

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(e) If the Applicable Borrower fails to deliver a timely Interest Election Request with respect to a Term Benchmark Revolving Borrowing prior to the end of the Interest Period applicable thereto, then, unless such Borrowing is repaid as provided herein, (i) if such Borrowing is denominated in Dollars, at the end of such Interest Period such Borrowing shall be converted to an ABR Revolving Borrowing and (ii) if such Borrowing is denominated in a Foreign Currency, such Borrower shall be deemed to have selected an Interest Period of one month’s duration. Notwithstanding any contrary provision hereof, if an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing and the Administrative Agent, at the request of the Required Lenders, so notifies the Applicable Borrower, then, so long as an Event of Default is continuing (A) no outstanding Revolving Borrowing may be converted to or continued as a Term Benchmark Borrowing, and (B) unless repaid, (x) each Term Benchmark Borrowing and RFR Borrowing, in each case denominated in Dollars shall be converted to an ABR Borrowing at the end of the Interest Period applicable thereto, (y) each Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in a Foreign Currency (other than Canadian Dollars) may not have an Interest Period of more than one month’s duration, and (z) each Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Canadian Dollars shall be converted to a Canadian Prime Rate Borrowing at the end of the Interest Period applicable thereto.

Section 2.09. Termination and Reduction of Commitments.

(a) Scheduled Termination. Unless previously terminated, the Commitments shall terminate on the Maturity Date.

(b) Voluntary Termination or Reduction. The Company may at any time terminate, or from time to time reduce, the Commitments; provided that (i) each reduction of the Commitments shall be in an amount that is an integral multiple of $5,000,000 and not less than $5,000,000 and (ii) the Company shall not terminate or reduce the Commitments if, after giving effect to any concurrent prepayment of the Loans in accordance with Section 2.11, the Total Revolving Credit Exposure would exceed the total Commitments.

(c) Notice of Voluntary Termination or Reduction. The Company shall notify the Administrative Agent of any election to terminate or reduce the Commitments under paragraph (b) of this Section at least three Business Days prior to the effective date of such termination or reduction, specifying such election and the effective date thereof. Promptly following receipt of any notice, the Administrative Agent shall advise the applicable Lenders of the contents thereof. Each notice delivered by the Company pursuant to this Section shall be irrevocable; provided that a notice of termination or reduction of the Commitments delivered by the Company may state that such notice is conditioned upon the occurrence of a specified event, in which case such notice may be revoked by the Company (by notice to the Administrative Agent on or prior to the specified effective date) if such condition is not satisfied. Any termination or reduction of the Commitments shall be permanent. Each reduction of the Commitments shall be made ratably among the Lenders in accordance with their respective Commitments.

Section 2.10. Repayment of Loans; Evidence of Debt.

(a) Repayment. Each Applicable Borrower hereby unconditionally promises to pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of each Lender the then unpaid principal amount of each Revolving Loan made to such Borrower on the Maturity Date.

 

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(b) Maintenance of Records by Lenders. Each Lender shall maintain in accordance with its usual practice an account or accounts evidencing the indebtedness of the Applicable Borrower to such Lender resulting from each Loan made by such Lender, including the amounts of principal and interest payable and paid to such Lender from time to time hereunder.

(c) Maintenance of Records by Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent shall maintain accounts in which it shall record (i) the applicable Commitments, the amount and Currency of each Loan made hereunder and the Applicable Borrower, the Class and Type thereof and the Interest Period applicable thereto, (ii) the amount and Currency of any principal or interest due and payable or to become due and payable from the Applicable Borrower to each Lender hereunder and (iii) the amount and Currency of any sum received by the Administrative Agent hereunder for the account of the applicable Lenders and each such Lender’s share thereof.

(d) Effect of Entries. The entries made in the accounts maintained pursuant to paragraph (b) or (c) of this Section shall be prima facie evidence of the existence and amounts of the obligations recorded therein; provided that the failure of any Lender or the Administrative Agent to maintain such accounts or any error therein shall not in any manner affect the obligation of the Applicable Borrower to repay the Loans in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

(e) Promissory Notes. Any Lender may request that Loans made by it be evidenced by a promissory note. In such event, the Applicable Borrower shall prepare, execute and deliver to such Lender a promissory note payable to such Lender and its registered assigns, in substantially the form of Exhibit E (with such changes thereto as shall be approved by the Administrative Agent); provided, however, that no Lender shall be entitled to receive any such promissory note under this Agreement unless and until it shall have returned to the Company the original promissory note (or such Lender shall have made other arrangements reasonably satisfactory to the Company), if any, issued to such Lender as an Existing Lender under the Existing Credit Agreement. Thereafter, the Loans evidenced by such promissory note and interest thereon shall at all times (including after assignment pursuant to Section 10.04) be represented by one or more promissory notes in such form payable to the payee named therein and its registered assigns.

Section 2.11. Prepayment of Loans. In each case, subject to Section 10.20:

(a) Optional Prepayments. Each Applicable Borrower shall have the right at any time and from time to time to prepay any Borrowing made by it in whole or in part, subject to prior notice in accordance with paragraph (bc) of this Section.

(b) Mandatory Prepayments of Revolving Credit Exposure.

(i) Generally. If on any date the Total Revolving Credit Exposure exceeds the total Commitments,  eachEach Applicable Borrower shall immediately (or such longer period as provided for in Section 8.03, as applicable) prepay, its Revolving Loans and (after all Revolving Loans have been repaid) provide Cash Collateral in respect of its LC Exposure in accordance with Section 2.06(j), (x) if on any date the Total Revolving Credit Exposure exceeds the total Commitments, in an amount sufficient to eliminate such excess and (y) except during a Collateral Release Period, in amounts necessary to comply with Section 6.05.

 

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(ii) Currency Fluctuations. On the last Business Day of each month prior to the Maturity Date and promptly upon the receipt by the Administrative Agent of a Currency Valuation Notice (as defined below), the Administrative Agent shall determine the aggregate outstanding principal or face amount of all Revolving Loans and Letters of Credit denominated in Foreign Currencies. For the purpose of this determination, the outstanding principal or face amount of any Revolving Loan or Letter of Credit, as the case may be, denominated in a Foreign Currency shall be deemed to be the Dollar Equivalent of such Revolving Loan or Letter of Credit determined as of such date or, in the case of a Currency Valuation Notice received by the Administrative Agent prior to 10:00 a.m., New York City time, on a Business Day, on such Business Day or, in the case of a Currency Valuation Notice otherwise received, on the first Business Day after such Currency Valuation Notice is received. Upon making such determination, the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify the Lenders and the Applicable Borrowers thereof. For purposes hereof, “Currency Valuation Notice” means a notice given by the Required Lenders to the Administrative Agent stating that such notice is a “Currency Valuation Notice” and requesting that the Administrative Agent determine the Dollar Equivalent of the then outstanding Revolving Loans and Letters of Credit denominated in Foreign Currencies. The Administrative Agent shall not be required to make more than one valuation determination pursuant to Currency Valuation Notices within any month. If, on the date of such determination, the total Revolving Credit Exposure (including the Dollar Equivalent of the Revolving Credit Exposure denominated in Foreign Currencies) exceeds 103% of the total Commitments, each Applicable Borrower shall, if requested by the Required Lenders (through the Administrative Agent), immediately prepay its Revolving Loans (whether denominated in Dollars or Foreign Currencies) in an amount sufficient to eliminate such excess. If, on the date of such determination, the LC Exposure (including the Dollar Equivalent of the LC Exposure denominated in Foreign Currencies) exceeds the LC Sublimit, each Applicable Borrower shall, if requested by the Required Lenders (through the Administrative Agent), provide Cash Collateral in Dollars in respect of the LC Exposure in accordance with Section 2.06(j) in an amount at least equal to such excess. Without duplication of any Cash Collateral provided pursuant to the immediately preceding sentence, if, on the date of such determination, the face amount of outstanding Letters of Credit (including the Dollar Equivalent of any such face amount denominated in Foreign Currencies) issued by any Issuing Bank exceeds such Issuing Bank’s Applicable LC Fronting Sublimit, each Applicable Borrower shall provide Cash Collateral in Dollars in an amount at least equal to such excess.

(iii) Collateral and Secured Obligation Limitations. Except during a Collateral Release Period, if on any day (x) the Secured Obligation Aggregate Amount is greater than the Secured Obligations Maximum Amount or (y) the Pledged Collateral Value is less than 105% of the Total Revolving Credit Exposure under the Loan Documents, each Applicable Borrower shall prepay, within ten (10) Business Days of such date or such longer period as provided for in Section 8.03, as applicable, Revolving Loans and/or LC Exposure or provide Cash Collateral in respect of the Obligations in accordance with Section 2.06(j), as applicable, in an aggregate amount such that neither the condition in clause (x) nor (y) continues to exist.

 

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(c) Notices, Etc. The Applicable Borrower shall notify the Administrative Agent by telephone (confirmed by telecopy or electronic mail) of any prepayment hereunder:

(i) in the case of prepayment of a Term Benchmark Revolving Borrowing denominated in Dollars, not later than 11:00 a.m., New York City time, three Business Days before the date of prepayment;

(ii) in the case of prepayment of a Term Benchmark Revolving Borrowing denominated in any Agreed Foreign Currency, not later than 11:00 a.m., Local Time, four Business Days before the date of prepayment;

(iii) in the case of prepayment of an ABR Revolving Borrowing or Canadian Prime Rate Borrowing, not later than 12:00 noon, New York City time, on the Business Day of prepayment; or

(iv) in the case of prepayment of an RFR Revolving Borrowing, not later than 11:00 a.m., New York City time, five Business Days before the date of prepayment.

Each such notice shall be irrevocable and shall specify the prepayment date and the principal amount of each Borrowing or portion thereof to be prepaid; provided that, if a notice of prepayment is given in connection with a conditional notice of termination of the Commitments as contemplated by Section 2.09, then such notice of prepayment may be revoked if such notice of termination is revoked in accordance with Section 2.09. Promptly following receipt of any such notice relating to a Revolving Borrowing, the Administrative Agent shall advise the Lenders of the contents thereof. Each partial prepayment of any Revolving Borrowing shall be in an amount that would be permitted in the case of an advance of a Revolving Borrowing of the same Type as provided in Section 2.02, except as necessary to apply fully the required amount of a prepayment under paragraph (b) of this Section 2.11. Each prepayment of a Revolving Borrowing shall be applied ratably to the Loans included in the prepaid Borrowing. Prepayments shall be accompanied by accrued interest to the extent required by Section 2.13 and any break funding payments required by Section 2.16.

The application of any prepayment pursuant to paragraph (b) of this Section 2.11 shall be made, first, to ABR Revolving Loans (if applicable) and, second, ratably to Term Benchmark Revolving Loans and RFR Revolving Loans. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, any mandatory prepayment of the Revolving Loans pursuant to paragraph (b) of this Section shall not result in a mandatory reduction of the Commitments.

Section 2.12. Fees.

(a) Facility Fee. The Company agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of each Lender a facility fee (the “Facility Fee”), which shall accrue at the Facility Fee Rate on the daily amount of the Commitment of such Lender (whether used or unused) during the period from and including the Effective Date but excluding the date on which such Commitment terminates; provided that, if such Lender continues to have any Revolving Credit Exposure after its Commitment terminates, then such facility feeFacility Fee shall continue to accrue on the daily principal amount of such Lender’s Revolving Credit Exposure from and including the date on which its Commitment terminates to but excluding the date on which such Lender ceases to have any Revolving Credit Exposure. Facility Fees accrued through and including each Quarterly Date shall be payable in arrears on the last Business Day of such Quarterly Date and on the date on which the Commitments terminate, commencing on the first such date to occur after the date hereofas provided in clause (d) below; provided that any Facility Fees accruing

 

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after the date on which the Commitments terminate shall be payable on demand. All Facility Fees shall be computed on the basis of a year of 360 days and shall be payable for the actual number of days elapsed (including the first day but excluding the last day).

(b) Letter of Credit Fees. The Applicable Borrower agrees to pay (i) to the Administrative Agent for the account of each Lender a participation fee with respect to its participations in Letters of Credit, which shall accrue at the same Applicable Rate applicable to Term Benchmark Revolving Loans on the average daily amount of such Lender’s LC Exposure (excluding any portion thereof attributable to unreimbursed LC Disbursements) during the period from and including the Effective Date to but excluding the later of the date on which such Lender’s Commitment terminates and the date on which such Lender ceases to have any LC Exposure, and (ii) to each applicable Issuing Bank a fronting fee, which shall accrue at a rate per annum equal to 0.125% (or such other rate as shall be agreed by the Company and the applicable Issuing Bank) of the daily face amount of each outstanding Letter of Credit issued by such Issuing Bank during the period from and including the Effective Date to but excluding the later of the date of termination of the Commitments and the date on which there ceases to be any LC Exposure, as well as such Issuing Bank’s standard fees with respect to the issuance, amendment, renewal or extension of any Letter of Credit or processing of drawings thereunder. Participation fees and fronting fees accrued through and including the last day of March, June, September and December of each year shall be payable on the third Business Day following such last day, commencing on the first such date to occur after the Effective Dateas provided in clause (d) below; provided that all such fees shall be payable on the date on which the Commitments terminate and any such fees accruing after the date on which the Commitments terminate shall be payable on demand. Any other fees payable to the Issuing Banks pursuant to this paragraph shall be payable within 10 days after demand. All participation fees and fronting fees shall be computed on the basis of a year of 360 days and shall be payable for the actual number of days elapsed (including the first day).

(c) Administrative Agent’s Fees. The Company agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent, for its own account, fees payable in the amounts and at the times separately agreed upon between the Company and the Administrative Agent.

(d) Payment of Fees. All fees payable hereunderunder clauses (a) and (b) of this Section 2.12(d) shall be paid on the dates duedate that is the fifteenth (15th) day following such last day of each of the Company’s fiscal quarter, in Dollars and in immediately available funds, to the Administrative Agent (or to any Issuing Bank, in the case of fees payable to it) for distribution, in the case of facility fees and participation fees, to the applicable Lenders. Fees paid, to the extent due and payable under any Loan Document, shall not be refundable under any circumstances.

Section 2.13. Interest.

(a) ABR Loans. The Loans comprising each ABR Revolving Borrowing shall bear interest at the Alternate Base Rate plus the Applicable Rate.

(b) Term Benchmark Loans. The Loans comprising each Term Benchmark Borrowing shall bear interest in the case of a Term Benchmark Revolving Loan, at the Relevant Rate for the applicable Currency and Interest Period in effect for such Term Benchmark Borrowing plus the Applicable Rate.

 

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(c) RFR Loans. The RFR Loans shall bear interest at the applicable Adjusted Daily Simple RFR plus the Applicable Rate.

(d) Canadian Prime Rate Loans. The Loans comprising Canadian Prime Rate Revolving Borrowing shall bear interest at the Canadian Prime Rate plus the Applicable Rate.

(e) Default Interest. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if any principal of or interest on any Loan or any fee or other amount payable by the Applicable Borrower hereunder is not paid when due, whether at stated maturity, upon acceleration or otherwise, such overdue amount shall bear interest, after as well as before judgment, at the applicable Default Rate.

(f) Payment of Interest. Accrued interest on each Loan shall be payable in arrears on each Interest Payment Date for such Loan and, in the case of Revolving Loans, upon termination of the Commitments; provided that (i) interest accrued pursuant to paragraph (e) of this Section shall be payable on demand, (ii) in the event of any repayment or prepayment of any Loan (other than a prepayment of an ABR Revolving Loan or Canadian Prime Rate Revolving Loan prior to the end of the Availability Period), accrued interest on the principal amount repaid or prepaid shall be payable on the date of such repayment or prepayment and (iii) in the event of any conversion of any Term Benchmark Revolving Loan prior to the end of the current Interest Period therefor, accrued interest on such Loan shall be payable on the effective date of such conversion.

(g) Computation. Interest computed by reference to the Term SOFR Rate or Daily Simple SOFR or the EURIBOR Rate, and the Alternate Base Rate (except when based on the Prime Rate) hereunder shall be computed on the basis of a year of 360 days. Interest computed by reference to the Daily Simple RFR with respect to Pounds Sterling, the CDOR Rate,Term CORRA, Daily Simple CORRA, the Canadian Prime Rate or the Alternate Base Rate only at times when the Alternate Base Rate is based on the Prime Rate shall be computed on the basis of a year of 365 days (or 366 days in a leap year). In each case interest shall be payable for the actual number of days elapsed (including the first day but excluding the last day). All interest hereunder on any Loan shall be computed on a daily basis based upon the outstanding principal amount of such Loan as of the applicable date of determination. A determination of the applicable Alternate Base Rate, Adjusted Term SOFR Rate, Term SOFR Rate, Daily Simple SOFR, Daily Simple SONIA, Adjusted EURIBOR Rate, EURIBOR Rate, CDORthe Adjusted Term CORRA Rate, the Term CORRA Canadian Prime Rate, Adjusted Daily Simple RFR or Daily Simple RFR shall be determined by the Administrative Agent, and such determination shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

Section 2.14. Alternate Rate of Interest. (a) Subject to clauses (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) of this Section 2.14, if:

(i) the Administrative Agent determines (which determination shall be conclusive absent manifest error), or the Company or Required Lenders notify the Administrative Agent (with, in the case of the Required Lenders, a copy to the Company) that the Company or Required Lenders (as applicable) have determined, (A) prior to the commencement of any Interest Period for any Term Benchmark Borrowing in any Currency, that adequate and reasonable means do not exist for ascertaining the Adjusted Term SOFR Rate, the Adjusted EURIBOR Rate or the CDORAdjusted Term CORRA Rate, as applicable, for the applicable Currency and such Interest Period, including,

 

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without limitation, because the Relevant Screen Rate is not available or published on a current basis, for the applicable Currency for such Interest Period or (B) at any time, that adequate and reasonable means do not exist for ascertaining the applicable Adjusted Daily Simple RFR for the applicable Currency; or

(ii) the Administrative Agent is advised by the Required Lenders that (A) prior to the commencement of any Interest Period for a Term Benchmark Borrowing, the Adjusted Term SOFR Rate, the Adjusted EURIBOR Rate or the CDORAdjusted Term CORRA Rate, as applicable, for the applicable Currency and such Interest Period will not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lenders of making or maintaining their Loans included in such Borrowing for the applicable Currency and such Interest Period or (B) at any time, the applicable Adjusted Daily Simple RFR for the applicable Currency will not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lenders of making or maintaining their Loans included in such Borrowing for the applicable Currency;

then the Administrative Agent shall give notice thereof to the Company and the Lenders by telephone, telecopy or electronic mail as promptly as practicable thereafter and, until (x) the Administrative Agent notifies the Company and the Lenders that the circumstances giving rise to such notice no longer exist with respect to the relevant Benchmark and (y) the Company delivers a new Interest Election Request in accordance with the terms of Section 2.08 or a new Borrowing Request in accordance with the terms of Section 2.03, (A) for Loans denominated in Dollars, (1) any Interest Election Request that requests the conversion of any Revolving Borrowing to, or continuation of any Revolving Borrowing as, a Term Benchmark Borrowing and any Borrowing Request that requests a Term Benchmark Borrowing in Dollars shall, in each case, be deemed to be an Interest Election Request or a Borrowing Request, as applicable, for (x) an RFR Borrowing denominated in Dollars so long as the Adjusted Daily Simple RFR for Dollar Borrowings is not also the subject of Section 2.14(a)(i) or (ii) above or (y) an ABR Borrowing if the Adjusted Daily Simple RFR for Dollar Borrowings also is the subject of Section 2.14(a)(i) or (ii) above and (2) any Borrowing Request that requests an RFR Borrowing shall instead be deemed to be a Borrowing Request for an ABR Borrowing, (B) for Loans denominated in Canadian Dollars, any Interest Election Request that requests the conversion of any Revolving Borrowing to, or continuation of any Revolving Borrowing as, a Term Benchmark Borrowing and any Borrowing Request that requests a Term Benchmark Borrowing in Canadian Dollars shall, in each case, be deemed to be an Interest Election Request or a Borrowing Request, as applicable, for a Canadian Prime Rate Loan and (C) for Loans denominated in an Agreed Foreign Currency (other than Canadian Dollars), any Interest Election Request that requests the conversion of any Revolving Borrowing to, or continuation of any Revolving Borrowing as, a Term Benchmark Borrowing and any Borrowing Request that requests a Term Benchmark Borrowing or an RFR Borrowing, in each case, for the relevant Benchmark, shall be ineffective; provided that if the circumstances giving rise to such notice affect only one Type of Borrowings, then the other Type of Borrowings shall be permitted.

Furthermore, if any Term Benchmark Loan or RFR Loan in any Agreed Currency is outstanding on the date of the Company’s receipt of the notice from the Administrative Agent referred to in this Section 2.14(a) with respect to a Relevant Rate applicable to such Term Benchmark Loan or RFR Loan, then until (x) the Administrative Agent notifies the Company and the Lenders that the circumstances giving rise to such notice no longer exist with respect to the relevant Benchmark and (y) the Applicable Borrower delivers a new Interest Election Request in accordance with the terms of Section 2.08 or a new Borrowing Request in accordance with the terms of Section 2.03,

 

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(A) for Loans denominated in Dollars, (1) any Term Benchmark Loan shall on the last day of the Interest Period applicable to such Loan, be converted by the Administrative Agent to, and shall constitute, (x) an RFR Borrowing denominated in Dollars so long as the Adjusted Daily Simple RFR for Dollar Borrowings is not also the subject of Section 2.14(a)(i) or (ii) above or (y) an ABR Loan if the Adjusted Daily Simple RFR for Dollar Borrowings also is the subject of Section 2.14(a)(i) or (ii) above, on such day, and (2) any RFR Loan shall on and from such day be converted by the Administrative Agent to, and shall constitute an ABR Loan, (B) for Loans denominated in Canadian Dollars, any Term Benchmark Loan shall on the last day of the Interest Period applicable to such Loan, be converted by the Administrative Agent to, and shall constitute, a Canadian Prime Rate Loan, and (C) for Loans denominated in an Agreed Foreign Currency (other than Canadian Dollars), (1) any Term Benchmark Loan shall, on the last day of the Interest Period applicable to such Loan bear interest at the Central Bank Rate for the applicable Agreed Foreign Currency plus the CBR Spread; provided that, if the Administrative Agent determines (which determination shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error) that the Central Bank Rate for the applicable Agreed Foreign Currency cannot be determined, any outstanding affected Term Benchmark Loans denominated in any Agreed Foreign Currency (other than Canadian Dollars) shall, at the Applicable Borrower’s election prior to such day: (A) be prepaid by the Applicable Borrower on such day or (B) solely for the purpose of calculating the interest rate applicable to such Term Benchmark Loan, such Term Benchmark Loan denominated in any Agreed Foreign Currency (other than Canadian Dollars) shall be deemed to be a Term Benchmark Loan denominated in Dollars and shall accrue interest at the same interest rate applicable to Term Benchmark Loans denominated in Dollars at such time and (2) any RFR Loan shall bear interest at the Central Bank Rate for the applicable Agreed Foreign Currency plus the CBR Spread; provided that, if the Administrative Agent determines (which determination shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error) that the Central Bank Rate for the applicable Agreed Foreign Currency cannot be determined, any outstanding affected RFR Loans denominated in any Agreed Foreign Currency (other than Canadian Dollars), at the Applicable Borrower’s election, shall either (A) be converted into ABR Loans denominated in Dollars (in an amount equal to the Dollar Equivalent of such Agreed Foreign Currency) immediately or (B) be prepaid in full immediately.

(b) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, if a Benchmark Transition Event and its related Benchmark Replacement Date have occurred prior to the Reference Time in respect of any setting of the then-current Benchmark, then (x) if a Benchmark Replacement is determined in accordance with clause (1) of the definition of “Benchmark Replacement” with respect to Dollars and/or Canadian Dollars for such Benchmark Replacement Date, such Benchmark Replacement will replace such Benchmark for all purposes hereunder and under any Loan Document in respect of such Benchmark setting and subsequent Benchmark settings without any amendment to, or further action or consent of any other party to, this Agreement and (y) if a Benchmark Replacement is determined in accordance with clause (2) of the definition of “Benchmark Replacement” with respect to any Agreed Currency for such Benchmark Replacement Date, such Benchmark Replacement will replace such Benchmark for all purposes hereunder in respect of any Benchmark setting at or after 5:00 p.m. (New York City time) on the fifth (5th) Business Day after the date notice of such Benchmark Replacement is provided to the Lenders without any amendment to, or further action or consent of any other party to, this Agreement or any other Loan Document so long as the Administrative Agent has not received, by such time, written notice of objection to such Benchmark Replacement from Lenders comprising the Required Lenders.

 

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(c)(i) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Loan Document, the Administrative Agent will have the right to make Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes from time to time and, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Loan Document, any amendments implementing such Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes will become effective without any further action or consent of any other party to this Agreement or any other Loan Document. (ii) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Loan Document and subject to the proviso below in this paragraph, with respect to a Loan denominated in Canadian Dollars, if a Term CORRA Reelection Event and its related Benchmark Replacement Date have occurred prior to the Reference Time in respect of any setting of the then-current Benchmark, then the applicable Benchmark Replacement will replace the then-current Benchmark for all purposes hereunder or under any Loan Document in respect of such Benchmark setting and subsequent Benchmark settings, without any amendment to, or further action or consent of any other party to, this Agreement or any other Loan Document; provided that, this clause (c)(ii) shall not be effective unless the Administrative Agent has delivered to the Lenders a Term CORRA Notice. For the avoidance of doubt, the Administrative Agent shall not be required to deliver a Term CORRA Notice after the occurrence of a Term CORRA Reelection Event and may do so in its sole discretion.

(d) The Administrative Agent will promptly notify the Company and the Lenders of (i) any occurrence of a Benchmark Transition Event, (ii) the implementation of any Benchmark Replacement, (iii) the effectiveness of any Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes, (iv) the removal or reinstatement of any tenor of a Benchmark pursuant to clause (f) below and (v) the commencement or conclusion of any Benchmark Unavailability Period. Any determination, decision or election that may be made by the Administrative Agent or, if applicable, the Required Lenders pursuant to this Section 2.14, including any determination with respect to a tenor, rate or adjustment or of the occurrence or non-occurrence of an event, circumstance or date and any decision to take or refrain from taking any action or any selection, will be conclusive and binding absent manifest error and may be made in its or their sole discretion and without consent from any other party to this Agreement or any other Loan Document, except, in each case, as expressly required pursuant to this Section 2.14.

(e) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Loan Document, at any time (including in connection with the implementation of a Benchmark Replacement), (i) if the then-current Benchmark is a term rate and either (A) any tenor for such Benchmark is not displayed on a screen or other information service that publishes such rate from time to time as selected by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion or (B) the regulatory supervisor for the administrator of such Benchmark has provided a public statement or publication of information announcing that any tenor for such Benchmark is or will be no longer representative, then the Administrative Agent may modify the definition of “Interest Period” for any Benchmark settings at or after such time to remove such unavailable or non-representative tenor and (ii) if a tenor that was removed pursuant to sub-clause (i) above either (A) is subsequently displayed on a screen or information service for a Benchmark (including a Benchmark Replacement) or (B) is not, or is no longer, subject to an announcement that it is or will no longer be representative for a Benchmark (including a Benchmark Replacement), then the Administrative Agent may modify the definition of “Interest Period” for all Benchmark settings at or after such time to reinstate such previously removed tenor.

 

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(f) Upon the Company’s receipt of notice of the commencement of a Benchmark Unavailability Period, the Company or any other Borrower may revoke any request for a Term Benchmark Borrowing or RFR Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of Term Benchmark Loans to be made, converted or continued during any Benchmark Unavailability Period and, failing that, either (x) the Applicable Borrower will be deemed to have converted any request for (1) a Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Dollars into a request for a Borrowing of or conversion to (A) an RFR Borrowing denominated in Dollars so long as the Adjusted Daily Simple RFR for Dollar Borrowings is not the subject of a Benchmark Transition Event or (B) an ABR Borrowing if the Adjusted Daily Simple RFR for Dollar Borrowings is the subject of a Benchmark Transition Event, (y) the Applicable Borrower will be deemed to have converted any request for a Term Benchmark Borrowing denominated in Canadian Dollars into a request for a Borrowing of or conversion to a Canadian Prime Rate Loan or (z) any Term Benchmark Borrowing or RFR Borrowing denominated in an Agreed Foreign Currency (other than Canadian Dollars) shall be ineffective. During any Benchmark Unavailability Period or at any time that a tenor for the then-current Benchmark is not an Available Tenor, the component of ABR or the Canadian Prime Rate, as applicable, based upon the then-current Benchmark or such tenor for such Benchmark, as applicable, will not be used in any determination of ABR or the Canadian Prime Rate, as applicable. Furthermore, if any Term Benchmark Loan or RFR Loan in any Agreed Currency is outstanding on the date of the Company’s receipt of notice of the commencement of a Benchmark Unavailability Period with respect to a Relevant Rate applicable to such Term Benchmark Loan or RFR Loan, then until such time as a Benchmark Replacement for such Agreed Currency is implemented pursuant to this Section 2.14, (A) for Loans denominated in Dollars (1) any Term Benchmark Loan shall on the last day of the Interest Period applicable to such Loan be converted by the Administrative Agent to, and shall constitute, (x) an RFR Borrowing denominated in Dollars so long as the Adjusted Daily Simple RFR for Dollar Borrowings is not the subject of a Benchmark Transition Event or (y) an ABR Loan if the Adjusted Daily Simple RFR for Dollar Borrowings is the subject of a Benchmark Transition Event, on such day and (2) any RFR Loan shall on and from such day be converted by the Administrative Agent to, and shall constitute an ABR Loan, (B) for Loans denominated in Canadian Dollars, any Term Benchmark Loan shall on the last day of the Interest Period applicable to such Loan be converted by the Administrative Agent to, and shall constitute, a Canadian Prime Rate Loan, and (C) for Loans denominated in an Agreed Foreign Currency (other than Canadian Dollars), (1) any Term Benchmark Loan shall, on the last day of the Interest Period applicable to such Loan bear interest at the Central Bank Rate for the applicable Agreed Foreign Currency plus the CBR Spread; provided that, if the Administrative Agent determines (which determination shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error) that the Central Bank Rate for the applicable Agreed Foreign Currency cannot be determined, any outstanding affected Term Benchmark Loans denominated in any Agreed Foreign Currency shall, at the Applicable Borrower’s election prior to such day: (A) be prepaid by the Applicable Borrower on such day or (B) solely for the purpose of calculating the interest rate applicable to such Term Benchmark Loan, such Term Benchmark Loan denominated in any Agreed Foreign Currency (other than Canadian Dollars) shall be deemed to be a Term Benchmark Loan denominated in Dollars and shall accrue interest at the same interest rate applicable to Term Benchmark Loans denominated in Dollars at such time and (2) any RFR Loan shall bear interest at the Central Bank Rate for the applicable Agreed Foreign Currency plus the CBR Spread; provided that, if the Administrative Agent determines (which determination shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error)

 

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that the Central Bank Rate for the applicable Agreed Foreign Currency cannot be determined, any outstanding affected RFR Loans denominated in any Agreed Foreign Currency, at the Applicable Borrower’s election, shall either (A) be converted into ABR Loans denominated in Dollars (in an amount equal to the Dollar Equivalent of such Agreed Foreign Currency) immediately or (B) be prepaid in full immediately.

Section 2.15. Increased Costs.

(a) Increased Costs Generally. If any Change in Law shall:

(i) impose, modify or deem applicable any reserve, special deposit or similar requirement (including any compulsory loan requirement, insurance charge or other assessment) against assets of, deposits with or for the account of, or credit extended by, any Lender (except any such reserve requirement reflected in the Adjusted EURIBOR Rate or Adjusted Term CORRA Rate, as applicable) or any Issuing Bank; or

(ii) impose on any Lender or any Issuing Bank or the applicable offshore interbank market for the applicable Agreed Currency any other condition, cost or expense (other than Taxes) affecting this Agreement or Loans made by such Lender or any Letter of Credit or participation therein; or

(iii) subject any Recipient to any Taxes (other than (A) Indemnified Taxes, (B) Taxes described in clauses (b) through (d) of the definition of Excluded Taxes and (C) Connection Income Taxes) on its loans, loan principal, letters of credit, commitments, or other obligations, or its deposits, reserves, other liabilities or capital attributable thereto;

and the result of any of the foregoing shall be to increase the cost to such Lender or such other Recipient of making or maintaining any Loan (or, in the case of clause (iii) above, any Loan) (or of maintaining its obligation to make any such Loan) or to increase the cost to such Lender, such Issuing Bank or such other Recipient of participating in, issuing or maintaining any Letter of Credit or to reduce the amount of any sum received or receivable by such Lender, such Issuing Bank or such other Recipient hereunder (whether of principal, interest or otherwise), then the Applicable Borrower will pay to such Lender, such Issuing Bank or such other Recipient, as the case may be, such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender, such Issuing Bank or such other Recipient, as the case may be, for such additional costs incurred or reduction suffered.

(b) Capital Requirements. If any Lender or any Issuing Bank determines that any Change in Law regarding capital or liquidity requirements has or would have the effect of reducing the rate of return on such Lender’s or such Issuing Bank’s capital or on the capital of such Lender’s or such Issuing Bank’s holding company, if any, as a consequence of this Agreement or the Loans made by, or participations in Letters of Credit held by, such Lender, or the Letters of Credit issued by any Issuing Bank, to a level below that which such Lender or such Issuing Bank or such Lender’s or such Issuing Bank’s holding company could have achieved but for such Change in Law (taking into consideration such Lender’s or such Issuing Bank’s policies and the policies of such Lender’s or such Issuing Bank’s holding company with respect to capital adequacy), then from time to time the Applicable Borrower will pay to such Lender or such Issuing Bank, as the case may be, such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender or such Issuing Bank or such Lender’s or such Issuing Bank’s holding company for any such reduction suffered.

 

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(c) Certificates from Lenders. A certificate of a Lender or an Issuing Bank setting forth in reasonable detail the basis for the claim and the computation of the amount or amounts necessary to compensate such Lender or such Issuing Bank or its holding company, as the case may be, as specified in paragraph (a) or (b) of this Section shall be delivered to the Applicable Borrower and shall be conclusive absent manifest error. The Applicable Borrower shall pay such Lender or such Issuing Bank, as the case may be, the amount shown as due on any such certificate within 10 days after receipt thereof.

(d) Delay in Requests. Failure or delay on the part of any Lender or any Issuing Bank to demand compensation pursuant to this Section shall not constitute a waiver of such Lender’s or such Issuing Bank’s right to demand such compensation; provided that the Applicable Borrower shall not be required to compensate a Lender or an Issuing Bank pursuant to this Section for any increased costs or reductions incurred more than 90 days prior to the date that such Lender or such Issuing Bank, as the case may be, notifies the Applicable Borrower of the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions and of such Lender’s or such Issuing Bank’s intention to claim compensation therefor; provided further that, if the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions is retroactive, then the 90-day period referred to above shall be extended to include the period of retroactive effect thereof.

Section 2.16. Break Funding Payments. In the event of (i) the payment of any principal of any Term Benchmark Loan other than on the last day of an Interest Period applicable thereto (including as a result of an Event of Default), (ii) the conversion of any Term Benchmark Revolving Loan other than on the last day of the Interest Period applicable thereto, (iii) the failure to borrow, convert, continue or prepay any Term Benchmark Loan on the date specified in any notice delivered pursuant hereto (regardless of whether such notice may be revoked under Section 2.11(c) and is revoked in accordance therewith), (iv) [reserved], or (v) the assignment of any Term Benchmark Loan other than on the last day of the Interest Period applicable thereto as a result of a request by the Company pursuant to Section 2.19, then, in any such event, the Applicable Borrower (or, in the case of clause (v) above, the Company) shall compensate each Lender for the loss, cost and expense attributable to such event. In the case of a Term Benchmark Loan, such loss, cost or expense to any Lender shall be deemed to include an amount determined by such Lender to be the excess, if any, of (x) the amount of interest which would have accrued on the principal amount of such Loan had such event not occurred, at the Relevant Rate, as applicable, that would have been applicable to such Loan, for the period from the date of such event to the last day of the then current Interest Period therefor (or, in the case of a failure to borrow, convert or continue, for the period that would have been the Interest Period for such Loan), over (y) the amount of interest which would accrue on such principal amount for such period at the interest rate which such Lender would bid were it to bid, at the commencement of such period, for deposits in the relevant Currency of the affected Term Benchmark Loan of a comparable amount and period from other banks in the applicable interbank market. A certificate of any Lender setting forth in reasonable detail the basis for the claim and the computation of any amount or amounts that such Lender is entitled to receive pursuant to this Section shall be delivered to the Company and shall be conclusive absent manifest error. The Applicable Borrower (or, the Company, as applicable) shall pay such Lender the amount shown as due on any such certificate within 10 days after receipt thereof.

 

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Section 2.17. Taxes.

(a) Payments Free of Taxes. Any and all payments by or on account of any obligation of any Loan Party under any Loan Document shall be made without deduction or withholding for any Taxes, except as required by applicable law. If any applicable law (as determined in the good faith discretion of an applicable Withholding Agent) requires the deduction or withholding of any Tax from any such payment by a Withholding Agent, then the applicable Withholding Agent shall be entitled to make such deduction or withholding and shall timely pay the full amount deducted or withheld to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable law and, if such Tax is an Indemnified Tax, then the sum payable by the applicable Loan Party shall be increased as necessary so that after such deduction or withholding has been made (including such deductions and withholdings applicable to additional sums payable under this Section) the applicable Recipient receives an amount equal to the sum it would have received had no such deduction or withholding been made.

(b) Payment of Other Taxes. Each applicable Loan Party shall timely pay to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable law, or at the option of the Administrative Agent timely reimburse it for, Other Taxes.

(c) Evidence of Payments. As soon as practicable after any payment of Taxes by the relevant Loan Party to a Governmental Authority pursuant to this Section, such Loan Party shall deliver to the Administrative Agent the original or a certified copy of a receipt issued by such Governmental Authority evidencing such payment, a copy of the return reporting such payment or other evidence of such payment reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

(d) Indemnification by Loan Parties. With respect to each Loan, the applicable Loan Parties shall jointly and severally indemnify, subject to Section 10.20, each Recipient, within 10 days after demand therefor, for the full amount of any Indemnified Taxes (including Indemnified Taxes imposed or asserted on or attributable to amounts payable under this Section) payable or paid by such Recipient or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to such Recipient and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Indemnified Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority. A certificate setting forth in reasonable detail the basis for the claim and the computation of the amount of such payment or liability delivered to the Company by a Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), or by the Administrative Agent on its own behalf or on behalf of a Lender, shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

(e) Indemnification by Lenders. Each Lender shall severally indemnify the Administrative Agent, within 10 days after demand therefor, for (i) any Indemnified Taxes attributable to such Lender (but only to the extent that the applicable Loan Party has not already indemnified the Administrative Agent for such Indemnified Taxes and without limiting the obligation of such Loan Party to do so), (ii) any Taxes attributable to such Lender’s failure to comply with the provisions of Section 10.04(c) relating to the maintenance of a Participant Register and (iii) any Excluded Taxes attributable to such Lender, in each case, that are payable or paid by the Administrative Agent in connection with any Loan Document, and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to any Lender by the Administrative Agent shall be conclusive absent manifest error. Each Lender hereby authorizes the Administrative Agent to set

 

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off and apply any and all amounts at any time owing to such Lender under any Loan Document or otherwise payable by the Administrative Agent to the Lender from any other source against any amount due to the Administrative Agent under this paragraph (e).

(f) Status of Lenders. (i) Any Lender that is entitled to an exemption from or reduction of withholding Tax with respect to payments made under any Loan Document shall deliver to the Company and the Administrative Agent, at the time or times reasonably requested by the Company or the Administrative Agent, and at the time or times prescribed by applicable law, such properly completed and executed documentation reasonably requested by the Company or the Administrative Agent, or prescribed by applicable law, as will permit such payments to be made without withholding or at a reduced rate of withholding. In addition, any Lender, if reasonably requested by the Company or the Administrative Agent, shall deliver such other documentation prescribed by applicable law or reasonably requested by the Company or the Administrative Agent as will enable the Company or the Administrative Agent to determine whether or not such Lender is subject to backup withholding or information reporting requirements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the preceding two sentences, the completion, execution and submission of such documentation (other than such documentation set forth in Sections 2.17(f)(ii)(A), (ii)(B) and (ii)(D) below) shall not be required if in the applicable Lender’s reasonable judgment such completion, execution or submission would subject such Lender to any material unreimbursed cost or expense or would materially prejudice the legal or commercial position of such Lender.

(ii) Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in the event that any Loan Party is a U.S. Person,

(A) any Lender that is a U.S. Person shall deliver to the Company and the Administrative Agent on or prior to the date on which such Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of the Company or the Administrative Agent), executed copies of IRS Form W-9 certifying that such Lender is exempt from U.S. Federal backup withholding Tax;

(B) any Foreign Lender shall, to the extent it is legally entitled to do so, deliver to the Company and the Administrative Agent (in such number of copies as shall be requested by the recipient) on or prior to the date on which such Foreign Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of the Company or the Administrative Agent), whichever of the following is applicable:

(1) in the case of a Foreign Lender claiming the benefits of an income tax treaty to which the United States is a party (x) with respect to payments of interest under any Loan Document, executed copies of IRS Form W-8BEN or W-8BEN-E (as applicable, or applicable successor form) establishing an exemption from, or reduction of, U.S. Federal withholding Tax pursuant to the “interest” article of such tax treaty and (y) with respect to any other applicable payments under any Loan Document, IRS Form W-8BEN or W-8BEN-E (as applicable, or applicable successor form) establishing an exemption from, or reduction of, U.S. Federal withholding Tax pursuant to the “business profits” or “other income” article of such tax treaty;

 

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(2) executed copies of IRS Form W-8ECI (or applicable successor form);

(3) in the case of a Foreign Lender claiming the benefits of the exemption for portfolio interest under Section 881(c) of the Code, (x) a certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit D-1 to the effect that such Foreign Lender is not a “bank” within the meaning of Section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code, a “10 percent shareholder” of the Company within the meaning of Section 881(c)(3)(B) of the Code, or a “controlled foreign corporation” described in Section 881(c)(3)(C) of the Code (a “U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate”) and (y) executed copies of IRS Form W-8BEN or W-8BEN-E (as applicable, or applicable successor form); or

(4) to the extent a Foreign Lender is not the beneficial owner, executed copies of IRS Form W-8IMY, accompanied by IRS Form W-8ECI, IRS Form W-8BEN or W-8BEN-E, a U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit D-2 or Exhibit D-3, IRS Form W-9, in each case, as applicable or applicable successor form, and/or other certification documents from each beneficial owner, as applicable; provided that if the Foreign Lender is a partnership and one or more direct or indirect partners of such Foreign Lender are claiming the portfolio interest exemption, such Foreign Lender may provide a U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit D-4 on behalf of each such direct and indirect partner;

(C) any Foreign Lender shall, to the extent it is legally entitled to do so, deliver to the Company and the Administrative Agent (in such number of copies as shall be requested by the recipient) on or prior to the date on which such Foreign Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of the Company or the Administrative Agent), executed copies of any other form prescribed by applicable law as a basis for claiming exemption from or a reduction in U.S. Federal withholding Tax, duly completed, together with such supplementary documentation as may be prescribed by applicable law to permit the applicable Loan Party or the Administrative Agent to determine the withholding or deduction required to be made; and

(D) if a payment made to a Lender under any Loan Document would be subject to U.S. Federal withholding Tax imposed by FATCA if such Lender were to fail to comply with the applicable reporting requirements of FATCA (including those contained in Section 1471(b) or 1472(b) of the Code, as applicable), such Lender shall deliver to the Company and the Administrative Agent at the time or times prescribed by law and at such time or times reasonably requested by the Company or the Administrative Agent such

 

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documentation prescribed by applicable law (including as prescribed by Section 1471(b)(3)(C)(i) of the Code) and such additional documentation reasonably requested by the Company or the Administrative Agent as may be necessary for the applicable Loan Party and the Administrative Agent to comply with their obligations under FATCA and to determine that such Lender has complied with such Lender’s obligations under FATCA or to determine the amount to deduct and withhold from such payment. Solely for purposes of this clause (D), “FATCA” shall include any amendments made to FATCA after the date of this Agreement.

Each Lender agrees that if any form or certification it previously delivered expires or becomes obsolete or inaccurate in any respect, it shall update such form or certification or promptly notify the Company and the Administrative Agent in writing of its legal inability to do so.

(g) Qualifying Lender:

(i) Each Lender which becomes a Finance Party on the day on which this Agreement is entered into, or on the day on which it becomes a party hereunder, confirms that, on such date, it is a Qualifying Lender. A Lender shall promptly notify the BorrowerCompany if: (i) there is any change in their position as a Qualifying Lender; or (ii) a Participant is not a Qualifying Lender.

(ii) Any Lender, or Participant as applicable, to which interest may be paid free of withholding tax due to such Lender, or Participant as applicable shall provide to a Borrower such information as is necessary to enable thesuch Borrower to comply with its reporting obligations under Sections 891A, 891E, 891F and 891G of the TCA and any regulations made pursuant to those sections.

(iii) A Treaty Lender and a Borrower making a payment to which the Treaty Lender is entitled shall co-operate in completing any procedural formalities available and necessary for that Borrower to obtain authorisation to make that payment without a Tax Deduction.

(h) Treatment of Certain Refunds. If any party determines, in its sole discretion exercised in good faith, that it has received a refund of any Taxes as to which it has been indemnified pursuant to this Section (including by the payment of additional amounts pursuant to this Section), it shall pay to the indemnifying party an amount equal to such refund (but only to the extent of indemnity payments made under this Section with respect to the Taxes giving rise to such refund), net of all out-of-pocket expenses (including Taxes) of such indemnified party and without interest (other than any interest paid by the relevant Governmental Authority with respect to such refund). Such indemnifying party, upon the request of such indemnified party, shall repay to such indemnified party the amount paid over pursuant to this paragraph (gh) (plus any penalties, interest or other charges imposed by the relevant Governmental Authority) in the event that such indemnified party is required to repay such refund to such Governmental Authority. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this paragraph (gh), in no event will the indemnified party be required to pay any amount to an indemnifying party pursuant to this paragraph (gh) the payment of which would place the indemnified party in a less favorable net after-Tax position

 

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than the indemnified party would have been in if the indemnification payments or additional amounts giving rise to such refund had never been paid. This paragraph shall not be construed to require any indemnified party to make available its Tax returns (or any other information relating to its Taxes that it deems confidential) to the indemnifying party or any other Person.

(i) Survival. Each party’s obligations under this Section shall survive the resignation or replacement of the Administrative Agent or any assignment of rights by, or the replacement of, a Lender, the termination of the Commitments and the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all obligations under any Loan Document.

(j) Issuing Bank. For purposes of this Section, the term “Lender” includes any Issuing Bank.

(k) VAT:

(i) All amounts expressed to be payable under a Loan Document by any Partyparty to a Finance Party which (in whole or in part) constitute the consideration for any supply for VAT purposes are deemed to be exclusive of any VAT which is chargeable on that supply, and accordingly, subject to paragraph (ii) below, if VAT is or becomes chargeable on any supply made by any Finance Party to any Party under a Loan Document and such Finance Party is required to account to the relevant tax authority for the VAT, that Party must pay to such Finance Party (in addition to and at the same time as paying any other consideration for such supply) an amount equal to the amount of the VAT (and such Finance Party must promptly provide an appropriate VAT invoice to that Party).

(ii) If VAT is or becomes chargeable on any supply made by any Finance Party (the “Supplier”) to any other Finance Party (the “Recipient”) under a Loan Document, and any Party other than the Recipient (the “Relevant Party”) is required by the terms of a Loan Document to pay an amount equal to the consideration for that supply to the Supplier (rather than being required to reimburse or indemnify the Recipient in respect of that consideration):

(A)(where the Supplier is the person required to account to the relevant tax authority for the VAT) the Relevant Party must also pay to the Supplier (at the same time as paying that amount) an additional amount equal to the amount of the VAT. The Recipient must (where this paragraph (A) applies) promptly pay to the Relevant Party an amount equal to any credit or repayment the Recipient receives from the relevant tax authority which the Recipient reasonably determines relates to the VAT chargeable on that supply; and

(B)(where the Recipient is the person required to account to the relevant tax authority for the VAT) the Relevant Party must promptly, following demand from the Recipient, pay to the Recipient an amount equal to the VAT chargeable on that supply but only to the extent that the Recipient reasonably determines that it is not entitled to credit or repayment from the relevant tax authority in respect of that VAT.

 

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(iii) Where a Loan Document requires any Party to reimburse or indemnify a Finance Party for any cost or expense, that Party shall reimburse or indemnify (as the case may be) such Finance Party for the full amount of such cost or expense, including such part thereof as represents VAT, save to the extent that such Finance Party reasonably determines that it is entitled to credit or repayment in respect of such VAT from the relevant tax authority.

(iv) Any reference in this Section 2.17(k) to any Party shall, at any time when such Party is treated as a member of a VAT Group, include (where appropriate and unless the context otherwise requires) a reference to the representative member of such group at such time (the term “representative member” to have the same meaning, in Ireland, as the group member notified by the Revenue Commissioners in accordance with section 15(1)(a) VATCA as being the member responsible for complying with the provisions of that Act in respect of the VAT Group or the equivalent meaning under relevant VAT legislation where such legislation uses a term other than “representative member”).

(v) In relation to any supply made by a Finance Party to any Party under a Loan Document, if reasonably requested by such Finance Party, that Party must promptly provide such Finance Party with details of that Party’s VAT registration (if applicable) and such other information as is reasonably requested in connection with such Finance Party’s VAT reporting requirements in relation to such supply.

Section 2.18. Payments Generally; Pro Rata Treatment; Sharing of Set-offs.

(a) Payments. Each Loan Party shall make each payment required to be made by it hereunder (whether of principal, interest, fees or reimbursement of LC Disbursements, or of amounts payable under Section 2.15, 2.16 or 2.17, or otherwise) prior to 12:00 noon, Local Time, on the date when due, in immediately available funds, without setoff or counterclaim. Any amounts received after such time on any date may, in the discretion of the Administrative Agent, be deemed to have been received on the next succeeding Business Day for purposes of calculating interest thereon. All such payments shall be made to the Administrative Agent at the Administrative Agent’s Office, except payments to be made directly to the applicable Issuing Bank as expressly provided herein and except that payments pursuant to Sections 2.15, 2.16, 2.17 and 10.03 shall be made directly to the Persons entitled thereto. The Administrative Agent shall distribute any such payments received by it for the account of any other Person to the appropriate recipient promptly following receipt thereof. If any payment hereunder shall be due on a day that is not a Business Day, the date for payment shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day, and, in the case of any payment accruing interest, interest thereon shall be payable for the period of such extension. All amounts owing under this Agreement (including Facility Fees, payments required under Section 2.15, and payments required under Section 2.16 relating to any Loan denominated in Dollars, but not including principal of, and interest on, any Loan denominated in any Foreign Currency or payments relating to any such Loan required under Section 2.16, which are payable in such Foreign Currency) or under any other Loan Document (except to the extent otherwise provided therein) are payable in Dollars. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if any Borrower shall fail to pay any principal of any Loan when due (whether at stated maturity, by acceleration, by mandatory prepayment or otherwise) or shall fail to pay any reimbursement obligation in respect of any LC Disbursement when due, the unpaid portion of such Loan or reimbursement obligation shall, if such Loan or reimbursement obligation is not denominated in Dollars, automatically be redenominated in Dollars on the due date thereof (or, in

 

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the case of any such Loan, if such due date is a day other than the last day of the Interest Period therefor, on the last day of such Interest Period) in an amount equal to the Dollar Equivalent thereof on the date of such redenomination and such principal or reimbursement obligation shall be payable on demand; and if any Borrower shall fail to pay any interest on any Loan or LC Disbursement that is not denominated in Dollars, such interest shall automatically be redenominated in Dollars on the due date therefor (or, in the case of any such Loan, if such due date is a day other than the last day of the Interest Period therefor, on the last day of such Interest Period) in an amount equal to the Dollar Equivalent thereof on the date of such redenomination and such interest shall be payable on demand.

(b) Application of Insufficient Payments. At any time that payments are not required to be applied in the manner required by Section 8.02, if at any time insufficient funds are received by and available to the Administrative Agent to pay fully all amounts of principal, unreimbursed LC Disbursements, interest and fees then due hereunder, such funds shall be applied (i) first, towards payment of interest and fees then due hereunder, ratably among the parties entitled thereto in accordance with the amounts of interest and fees then due to such parties, and (ii) second, towards payment of principal and unreimbursed LC Disbursements then due hereunder, ratably among the parties entitled thereto in accordance with the amounts of principal and unreimbursed LC Disbursements then due to such parties.

(c) Sharing of Payments by Lenders. If any Lender shall, by exercising any right of setoff or counterclaim or otherwise, obtain payment in respect of any principal of or interest on any of its Revolving Loans or participations in LC Disbursements resulting in such Lender receiving payment of a greater proportion of the aggregate amount of its Revolving Loans and participations in LC Disbursements and accrued interest thereon than the proportion received by any other Lender, then the Lender receiving such greater proportion shall purchase (for cash at face value) participations in the Revolving Loans and participations in LC Disbursements of other Lenders to the extent necessary so that the benefit of all such payments shall be shared by the Lenders ratably in accordance with the aggregate amount of principal of and accrued interest on their respective Revolving Loans and participations in LC Disbursements; provided that (i) if any such participations are purchased and all or any portion of the payment giving rise thereto is recovered, such participations shall be rescinded and the purchase price restored to the extent of such recovery, without interest, and (ii) the provisions of this paragraph shall not be construed to apply to any payment made by any Borrower pursuant to and in accordance with the express terms of this Agreement or any payment obtained by a Lender as consideration for the assignment of or sale of a participation in any of its Loans or participations in LC Disbursements to any assignee or participant, other than to the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate thereof (as to which the provisions of this paragraph shall apply). Any Lender acquiring a participation pursuant to the foregoing arrangements may exercise against the Applicable Borrower rights of set-off and counterclaim with respect to such participation as fully as if such Lender were a direct creditor of such Borrower in the amount of such participation.

(d) Presumptions of Payment. Unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from the Company prior to the date on which any payment is due to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Lenders or the Issuing Banks hereunder that such Borrower will not make such payment, the Administrative Agent may assume that such Borrower has made such payment on such date in accordance herewith and may, in reliance upon such assumption, distribute to the Lenders or the applicable Issuing Bank, as the case may be, the amount due. In such event, if such Borrower has not in fact made such payment, then each of the Lenders or the

 

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applicable Issuing Banks, as the case may be, severally agrees to repay to the Administrative Agent forthwith on demand the amount so distributed to such Lender or Issuing Bank with interest thereon, for each day from and including the date such amount is distributed to it to but excluding the date of payment to the Administrative Agent, at the greater of the NYFRB Rate and a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation.

Section 2.19. Mitigation Obligations; Replacement of Lenders.

(a) Designation of Different Lending Office. If any Lender requests compensation under Section 2.15, or if any Borrower is required to pay any Indemnified Taxes or additional amounts to any Lender or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender pursuant to Section 2.17, then such Lender shall use reasonable efforts to designate a different lending office for funding or booking its Loans hereunder or to assign its rights and obligations hereunder to another of its offices, branches or affiliates, if, in the judgment of such Lender, such designation or assignment (i) would eliminate or reduce amounts payable pursuant to Section 2.15 or 2.17, as the case may be, in the future and (ii) would not subject such Lender to any unreimbursed cost or expense and would not otherwise be disadvantageous to such Lender. The Company hereby agrees to pay all reasonable costs and expenses incurred by any Lender in connection with any such designation or assignment.

(b) Replacement of Lenders. If any Lender requests compensation under Section 2.15, or if any Borrower is required to pay any Indemnified Taxes or additional amounts to any Lender or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender pursuant to Section 2.17, or if any Lender becomes a Defaulting Lender, then the Company may, at its sole expense and effort, upon notice to such Lender and the Administrative Agent, require such Lender to assign and delegate, without recourse (in accordance with and subject to the restrictions contained in Section 10.04), all its interests, rights (other than its existing rights to payments pursuant to Section 2.15 or 2.17) and obligations under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to an Eligible Assignee that shall assume such obligations (which Eligible Assignee may be another Lender, if a Lender accepts such assignment); provided that (i) the Administrative Agent and each Issuing Bank shall have consented to such Eligible Assignee to the extent consent would be required under the terms of Section 10.04(b) in connection with an assignment to such Eligible Assignee (which consents shall not be unreasonably withheld), (ii) such Lender shall have received payment of an amount equal to the outstanding principal of its Loans and participations in LC Disbursements, accrued interest thereon, accrued fees and all other amounts payable to it hereunder, from the assignee (to the extent of such outstanding principal and accrued interest and fees) or the Company (in the case of all other amounts) and (iii) in the case of any such assignment resulting from a claim for compensation under Section 2.15 or payments required to be made pursuant to Section 2.17 such assignment will result in a reduction in such compensation or payments. A Lender shall not be required to make any such assignment and delegation if, prior thereto, as a result of a waiver by such Lender or otherwise, the circumstances entitling the Company to require such assignment and delegation cease to apply. Each party hereto agrees that (i) an assignment required pursuant to this paragraph may be effected pursuant to an Assignment and Assumption executed by the Company, the Administrative Agent and the assignee (or, to the extent applicable, an agreement incorporating an Assignment and Assumption by reference pursuant to an Approved Electronic Platform as to which the Administrative Agent and such parties are participants), and (ii) the Lender required to make such assignment need not be a party thereto in order for such assignment to be effective and shall be deemed to have consented to and be bound by the terms thereof;

 

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provided that, following the effectiveness of any such assignment, the other parties to such assignment agree to execute and deliver such documents necessary to evidence such assignment as reasonably requested by the applicable Lender; provided that any such documents shall be without recourse to or warranty by the parties thereto.

Section 2.20. Defaulting Lenders. Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, if any Lender becomes a Defaulting Lender, then the following provisions shall apply for so long as such Lender is a Defaulting Lender:

(a) fees shall cease to accrue on the Commitment of such Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 2.12(a);

(b) any payment of principal, interest, fees or other amounts received by the Administrative Agent for the account of such Defaulting Lender (whether voluntary or mandatory, at maturity, pursuant to Section 8.02 or otherwise) or received by the Administrative Agent from a Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 10.08 shall be applied at such time or times as may be determined by the Administrative Agent as follows: first, to the payment of any amounts owing by such Defaulting Lender to the Administrative Agent hereunder; second, to the payment on a pro rata basis of any amounts owing by such Defaulting Lender to any Issuing Bank hereunder; third, to cash collateralize the Issuing Banks’ LC Exposure with respect to such Defaulting Lender in accordance with this Section; fourth, as any Borrower may request (so long as no Default or Event of Default exists), to the funding of any Loan in respect of which such Defaulting Lender has failed to fund its portion thereof as required by this Agreement, as determined by the Administrative Agent; fifth, if so determined by the Administrative Agent and the Company, to be held in a deposit account and released pro rata in order to (x) satisfy such Defaulting Lender’s potential future funding obligations with respect to Loans under this Agreement and (y) cash collateralize the Issuing Banks’ future LC Exposure with respect to such Defaulting Lender with respect to future Letters of Credit issued under this Agreement, in accordance with this Section; sixth, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Lenders, the Issuing Banks as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by any Lender, the Issuing Banks against such Defaulting Lender as a result of such Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement or under any other Loan Document; seventh, so long as no Default or Event of Default exists, to the payment of any amounts owing to any Borrower as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by such Borrower against such Defaulting Lender as a result of such Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement or under any other Loan Document; and eighth, to such Defaulting Lender or as otherwise directed by a court of competent jurisdiction; provided that if (x) such payment is a payment of the principal amount of any Loans or LC Disbursements in respect of which such Defaulting Lender has not fully funded its appropriate share, and (y) such Loans were made or the related Letters of Credit were issued at a time when the conditions set forth in Section 4.02 were satisfied or waived, such payment shall be applied solely to pay the Loans of, and LC Disbursements owed to, all non-Defaulting Lenders on a pro rata basis prior to being applied to the payment of any Loans of, or LC Disbursements owed to, such Defaulting Lender until such time as all Loans and funded and unfunded participations in such Borrower’s obligations corresponding to such Defaulting Lender’s LC Exposure are held by the Lenders pro rata in accordance with the Commitments without giving effect to clause (d) below. Any payments, prepayments or other amounts paid or payable to a Defaulting Lender that are applied (or held) to pay amounts owed by a Defaulting Lender or to post cash collateral pursuant to this Section shall be deemed paid to and redirected by such Defaulting Lender, and each Lender irrevocably consents hereto.;

 

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(c) the Commitment and Revolving Credit Exposure of such Defaulting Lender shall not be included in determining whether the Required Lenders have taken or may take any action hereunder (including any consent to any amendment, waiver or other modification pursuant to Section 10.02), except that (i) the Commitment(s) of any Defaulting Lender may not be increased or extended, or the maturity of any of its Loans may not be extended, the rate of interest on any of its Loans may not be reduced and the principal amount of any of its Loans may not be forgiven, in each case without the consent of such Defaulting Lender and (ii) any amendment, waiver or consent requiring the consent of all the Lenders or each affected Lender that by its terms affects any Defaulting Lender more adversely than the other affected Lenders shall require the consent of such Defaulting Lender;

(d) if any LC Exposure exists at the time such Lender becomes a Defaulting Lender then:

(i) all or any part of the LC Exposure of such Defaulting Lender shall be reallocated among the non-Defaulting Lenders in accordance with their respective Applicable Percentages but only to the extent that (x) the conditions set forth in Section 4.02 are satisfied at the time of such reallocation (and, unless the Company shall have otherwise notified the Administrative Agent at such time, the Company shall be deemed to have represented and warranted that such conditions are satisfied at such time) and (y) such reallocation does not cause the aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure of any non-Defaulting Lender to exceed such non-Defaulting Lender’s Commitment.;

(ii) if the reallocation described in clause (i) above cannot, or can only partially, be effected, the Company shall within one Business Day following notice by the Administrative Agent Cash Collateralize for the benefit of the Issuing Banks only the Applicable Borrower’s obligations corresponding to such Defaulting Lender’s LC Exposure (after giving effect to any partial reallocation pursuant to clause (i) above in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 2.06(j)) for so long as such LC Exposure is outstanding;

(iii) if the Company Cash Collateralizes any portion of such Defaulting Lender’s LC Exposure pursuant to clause (ii) above, the Applicable Borrower shall not be required to pay any fees to such Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 2.12(b) with respect to such Defaulting Lender’s LC Exposure during the period such Defaulting Lender’s LC Exposure is Cash Collateralized;

(iv) if the LC Exposure of the non-Defaulting Lenders is reallocated pursuant to clause (i) above, then the fees payable to the Lenders pursuant to Section 2.12(b) shall be adjusted in accordance with such non-Defaulting Lenders’ Applicable Percentages; and

(v) if all or any portion of such Defaulting Lender’s LC Exposure is neither reallocated nor Cash Collateralized pursuant to clause (i) or (ii) above, then, without prejudice to any rights or remedies of any Issuing Bank or any Lender hereunder, all facility fees that otherwise would have been payable to such Defaulting Lender pursuant

 

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to Section 2.12(a) (solely with respect to the portion of such Defaulting Lender’s Commitment that was utilized by such LC Exposure) and letter of credit fees payable under Section 2.12(b) with respect to such Defaulting Lender’s LC Exposure shall be payable to the applicable Issuing Bank until and to the extent that such LC Exposure is reallocated and/or Cash Collateralized; and

(e) so long as such Lender is a Defaulting Lender, no Issuing Bank shall be required to issue, amend or increase any Letter of Credit, unless it is satisfied that the related exposure and the Defaulting Lender’s then outstanding LC Exposure will be 100% covered by the Commitments of the non-Defaulting Lenders and/or Cash Collateral will be provided by the Company in accordance with Section 2.20(c), and/or participating interests in any newly issued or increased Letter of Credit shall be allocated among non-Defaulting Lenders in a manner consistent with Section 2.20(c)(i) (and such Defaulting Lender shall not participate therein).

In the event that the Administrative Agent, the Company and each Issuing Bank agree in writing that a Defaulting Lender has adequately remedied all matters that caused such Lender to be a Defaulting Lender, then the LC Exposure of the Lenders shall be readjusted to reflect the inclusion of such Lender’s Commitment and on such date such Lender shall purchase at par such of the Loans of the other Lenders as the Administrative Agent shall determine may be necessary in order for such Lender to hold such Loans in accordance with its Applicable Percentage.

Section 2.21. Increase in Commitments. (a) Request for Increase. Provided that no Default exists, upon notice to the Administrative Agent (which shall promptly notify the Lenders), the Company may from time to time request an increase in the Commitments by an amount such that, immediately after giving effect to such increase, the total Commitments hereunder shall not exceed $2,000,000,0001,500,000,000 ; provided that any such request for an increase shall be in a minimum amount of $50,000,000 or a larger multiple of $1,000,000. At the time of delivery of such notice, the Company (in consultation with the Administrative Agent) shall specify the time period within which each Lender is requested to respond (which shall be at least five Business Days after the date of delivery of such notice to the Lenders and at least 30 days prior to the Maturity Date).

(b) Lender Elections to Increase. Each Lender shall notify the Administrative Agent within such time period whether or not it agrees to increase its Commitment and, if so, whether by an amount equal to, greater than, or less than its Applicable Percentage of such requested increase. Any Lender not responding within such time period shall be deemed to have declined to increase its Commitment. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, no Lender shall have any obligation to agree to increase its Commitment hereunder and any election to do so shall be in the sole discretion of each Lender.

(c) Notification by Administrative Agent; Additional Lenders. The Administrative Agent shall notify the Company of the Lenders’ responses to each request made hereunder. To achieve the full amount of a requested increase, the Company may also invite additional Persons which are Eligible Assignees that are not then Lenders to become Lenders; provided that the Commitment of each such Person shall equal to at least $50,000,000. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, each Lender participating in such increase (including each such Person) shall be subject to the consent of the Administrative Agent and each Issuing Bank (such consent in each case not to be unreasonably withheld) to the extent consent would be required under the terms of Section 10.04(b) in connection with an assignment to such Lender or Person.

 

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(d) Effective Date and Allocations. If the Commitments are increased in accordance with this Section, the Administrative Agent and the Company shall determine the effective date (the “Commitment Increase Effective Date”) and the final allocation of such increase. The Administrative Agent shall promptly notify the Company and the Lenders of the final allocation of such increase and the relevant Commitment Increase Effective Date and record the relevant information for such increase in the Register.

(e) Conditions to Effectiveness of Increase. As a condition precedent to such increase, the Administrative Agent shall have received (i) a certificate of each Borrower dated as of the Commitment Increase Effective Date signed by a Responsible Officer of such Borrower (A) certifying and attaching the resolutions adopted by such Borrower approving or consenting to such increase and (B) in the case of the Company, certifying that, before and after giving effect to such increase, (x) the representations and warranties of the Loan Parties in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents are true and correct in all material respects (except in the case of such representations and warranties that are qualified by materiality, which shall be true and correct in all respects) on and as of the relevant Commitment Increase Effective Date as if made on and as of such date (or, if any such representation or warranty is expressly stated to have been made as of a specific date, as of such specific date), and except that, for purposes of this Section, the representations and warranties contained in Section 3.04(a) shall be deemed to refer to the most recent statements furnished pursuant to Section 5.01(a) or and 5.01(b), as applicable, and (y) no Default shall have occurred and be continuing; and (ii) a joinder or other agreement, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, from each Lender (including each Person (if any) that will become a Lender as part of such increases) pursuant to which such Lender shall, effective as of such Commitment Increase Effective Date, undertake a Commitment as part of such increase (and, if any such Lender is already a Lender, its Commitment shall be in addition to such Lender’s Commitment hereunder on such date), executed by each such Lender and each Borrower (which shall be acknowledged by the Administrative Agent). On each Commitment Increase Effective Date, each Applicable Borrower shall prepay on a nonratable basis any Revolving Loans required to be paid by it and outstanding on such date (and pay any additional amounts required pursuant to Section 2.16), and/or borrow on a nonratable basis from each Lender which is providing a new Commitment as part of such increase on such date, such that, after giving effect thereto, all outstanding Revolving Loans shall be held by the Lenders in accordance with their respective revised Applicable Percentages arising as a result of any nonratable increase in the Commitments under this Section.

(f) Conflicting Provisions. This Section shall supersede any provisions in Section 2.18(c) or Section 10.02 to the contrary.

Section 2.22. Extension of Maturity Date. (a) Requests for Extension. The Company may, by delivering an Extension Request to the Administrative Agent (who shall promptly deliver a copy to each of the Lenders) request that the Lenders extend the Maturity Date then in effect (the “Existing Maturity Date”) to the first anniversary of such Existing Maturity Date; provided that (i) no more than two Extension Requests may be delivered pursuant to this Section 2.22, (ii) no such Extension Request shall be permitted to be delivered during the twelve-month period immediately prior to the Existing Maturity Date and (iii) after giving effect to such extension, the Maturity Date shall not be later than the fifth anniversary of the Extension Date. Subject to the provisions in this Section 2.22, such extension shall become effective on the date specified in the Extension Request (such date, the “Extension Date”).

 

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(b) Lender Elections to Extend. Each Lender, acting in its sole and individual discretion, shall, by notice to the Administrative Agent given not later than the 20th day (or such later date as shall be acceptable to the Company and the Administrative Agent) (the “Notice Date”) following the date of the Company’s notice, advise the Company and the Administrative Agent whether or not such Lender agrees to such extension, and each Lender that determines not to so extend its Maturity Date (a “Non-Extending Lender”) shall notify the Company and the Administrative Agent of such fact promptly after such determination (but in any event no later than the Notice Date) and any Lender that does not so advise the Administrative Agent on or before the Notice Date shall be deemed to be a Non Extending Lender. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, no Lender shall have any obligation to agree to extend such Lender’s Maturity Date and any election to do so shall be in the sole discretion of each Lender, and the election of any Lender to agree to such extension shall not obligate any other Lender to so agree.

(c) Additional Commitment Lenders. The Company shall have the right to replace each Non Extending Lender at any time with, and add as “Lenders” under this Agreement in place thereof, one or more Persons that are Eligible Assignees and/or one or more existing Lenders (each, an “Additional Commitment Lender”); provided that each of such Additional Commitment Lenders shall enter into an Assignment and Assumption or a joinder or other agreement, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, as applicable, pursuant to which such Additional Commitment Lender shall, effective as of the Extension Date, undertake a Commitment (and, if any such Additional Commitment Lender is already a Lender, its Commitment shall be in addition to such Lender’s Commitment hereunder on such date). Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, each Lender (including each Eligible Assignee that shall become an Additional Commitment Lender) undertaking such a Commitment shall be subject to the consent of the Administrative Agent and each Issuing Bank to the extent consent would be required under the terms of Section 10.04(b) in connection with an assignment to such Lender or Eligible Assignee (which consents shall not be unreasonably withheld).

(d) Minimum Extension Requirement. If (and only if) the total of the Commitments of the Lenders that have agreed so to extend their Existing Maturity Date (each, an “Extending Lender”) and the additional Commitments of the Additional Commitment Lenders shall be more than 50% of the aggregate amount of the Commitments in effect immediately prior to the Extension Date, then, effective as of the Extension Date, the Maturity Date of each Extending Lender and of each Additional Commitment Lender shall be extended to the date falling one year after the Existing Maturity Date (except that, if such date is not a Business Day, such Maturity Date as so extended shall be the next preceding Business Day) and each Additional Commitment Lender (if it is not already a Lender) shall thereupon become a “Lender” for all purposes of this Agreement.

(e) Conditions to Effectiveness of Extensions. As a condition precedent to such extension, the Administrative Agent shall have received (i) a certificate of each Borrower dated as of the Extension Date signed by a Responsible Officer of such Borrower (A) certifying and attaching the resolutions adopted by such Borrower approving or consenting to such extension and (B) in the case of the Company, certifying that, before and after giving effect to such extension, (x) the representations and warranties of the Loan Parties in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents are true and correct in all material respects (except in the case of such representations and warranties that are qualified by materiality, which shall be true and correct in all respects) on and as of the relevant Commitment Increase Effective Date as if made on and as

 

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of such date (or, if any such representation or warranty is expressly stated to have been made as of a specific date, as of such specific date), and except that, for purposes of this Section, the representations and warranties contained in Section 3.04(a) shall be deemed to refer to the most recent statements furnished pursuant to Section 5.01(a) or and 5.01(b), as applicable, and (y) no Default shall have occurred and be continuing; and (ii) a joinder or other agreement referred to in paragraph (c) of this Section from each Additional Commitment Lender pursuant to which such Lender shall, effective as of the Extension Date, undertake a Commitment, executed by each such Lender and the Company (which shall be acknowledged by the Administrative Agent). On each Extension Date (or any other date thereafter on which a Non-Extending Lender shall be replaced pursuant to paragraph (c) of this Section), each Applicable Borrower shall prepay on a nonratable basis any Revolving Loans required to be paid by it and outstanding on such date (and pay any additional amounts required pursuant to Section 2.16), and/or borrow on a nonratable basis from each Additional Commitment Lender which is providing a new Commitment on such date, such that, after giving effect thereto, all outstanding Revolving Loans shall be held by the Lenders in accordance with their respective revised Applicable Percentages.

(f) Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, with respect to the Commitment of any Lender that has not agreed to extend its Existing Maturity Date, the Maturity Date shall remain unchanged.

(g) Conflicting Provisions. This Section shall supersede any provisions in Section 2.18(c) or Section 10.02 to the contrary.

ARTICLE 3

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

The Company and (with respect only to Sections 3.01, 3.02, 3.03 and 3.12) each Subsidiary Borrower represents and warrants to the Lenders that:

Section 3.01. Corporate Existence; Powers. Each of the Company and its Significant Subsidiaries and each other Loan Party is duly incorporated, organized or formed, validly existing and in good standing (to the extent such concept is recognized in such jurisdiction) under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization or incorporation, has all requisite power and authority to carry on its business as now conducted and, except where the failure to do so, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, is qualified to do business in, and is in good standing in, every jurisdiction where such qualification is required.

Section 3.02. Corporate Action; Enforceability. The Transactions are within each Loan Party’s corporate or other organizational powers and have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate or other organizational and, if required, stockholder action. This Agreement and each other Loan Document has been duly executed and delivered by each Loan Party hereto and constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of the respective Loan Party, enforceable in accordance with its terms, subject to applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and subject to general principles of equity, regardless of whether considered in a proceeding in equity or at law.

 

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Section 3.03. Governmental Approvals; No Conflicts. The execution, delivery and performance of the Loan Documents by the Applicable Borrowers (a) do not require any consent or approval of, registration or filing with, or any other action by, any Governmental Authority, except such as have been obtained or made and are in full force and effect, and except as would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, (b) will not violate any applicable law or regulation or any order of any Governmental Authority, except any such violation that, either individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, (c) will not violate any charter, by-laws or other organizational or constitutional documents of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (d) will not violate or result in a default under any indenture, agreement or other instrument binding upon the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or its assets and evidencing Material Indebtedness, or give rise to a right thereunder to require any payment to be made by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, and (e) will not result in the creation or imposition of any Lien (other than a Lien otherwise permitted hereunder) on any asset of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, except any such Lien that would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 3.04. Financial Condition; No Material Adverse Change.

(a) Financial Condition. The Company has heretofore furnished to the Lenders its consolidated balance sheet and statements of operations, stockholders equity and cash flows (i) as of and for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, reported on by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, independent public accountants, and (ii) as of and for the fiscal quarter and the portion of the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022 certified by its chief financial officer. Such financial statements present fairly the financial position and results of operations and cash flows of the Company and its consolidated Subsidiaries as of such dates and for such periods in accordance with GAAP, subject to year-end audit adjustments and the absence of footnotes in the case of the statements referred to in clause (ii) above.

(b) No Material Adverse Change. Since December 31, 2021, there has been no material adverse change in the business, assets, operations or financial condition, of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

Section 3.05. Litigation and Environmental Matters.

(a) Actions, Suits and Proceedings. Except as disclosed in the Company’s periodic reports filed prior to the date hereof under the Securities Exchange Act, there are no actions, suits or proceedings by or before any arbitrator or Governmental Authority pending against or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened in writing against or affecting the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (i) as to which there is a reasonable possibility of an adverse determination and that, if adversely determined, would reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect or (ii) that involve this Agreement or the execution, delivery or performance thereof by the Applicable Borrowers.

(b) Environmental Matters. Except with respect to any matters that, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries (i) has failed to comply with any Environmental Law or to obtain, maintain or comply with any permit, license or other approval required under any Environmental Law, (ii) to the knowledge of the Company, has become subject to any Environmental Liability or (iii) has received written notice of any claim with respect to any Environmental Liability.

 

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Section 3.06. Compliance with Laws and Agreements. Each of the Company and its Subsidiaries is in compliance with all laws, regulations and orders of any Governmental Authority applicable to it or its property and all indentures, agreements and other instruments binding upon it or its property, except where the failure to do so, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect. No Default has occurred and is continuing.

Section 3.07. Investment Company Status. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is an “investment company” as defined in, or subject to regulation under, the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Section 3.08. Taxes.

(a) Each of the Company and its Subsidiaries has timely filed or caused to be filed all Tax returns and reports required to have been filed and has paid or caused to be paid all Taxes required to have been paid by it, except (i) Taxes that are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and for which the Company or such Subsidiary, as applicable, has set aside on its books adequate reserves or (ii) to the extent that the failure to do so would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

(b) Neither any transaction contemplated by the Loan Documents, nor any transaction to be carried out in connection with any transaction contemplated thereby, meets any hallmark set out in Annex IV of the Council Directive of 25 May 2018 (2018/822/EU) amending Directive 2011/16/EU.

Section 3.09. ERISA and Canadian Pension Plans. No ERISA Event or Canadian Pension Event has occurred or is reasonably expected to occur that, when taken together with all other such ERISA Events or Canadian Pension Events for which liability is reasonably expected to occur, would reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 3.10. Disclosure. (a) The Company has disclosed to the Lenders all agreements, instruments and corporate or other restrictions to which it or any of its Subsidiaries is subject, and all other matters known to it, that, individually or in the aggregate, would reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect. None of the reports, financial statements, certificates or other information furnished by or on behalf of the Company to the Administrative Agent or any Lender in connection with the negotiation of this Agreement or delivered hereunder (as modified or supplemented by other information so furnished or any contained in any public filings made in the past year with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the Exchange Act) contains any material misstatement of fact or omits to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, when taken as a whole, not misleading; provided that, with respect to projected financial information, the Company represents only that such information was prepared in good faith based upon assumptions believed to be reasonable at the time, and that actual results during the period or periods covered by any such projections may materially differ from the projected results.

(b) (b) As of the Effective Date, to the best knowledge of the Company, the information included in the Beneficial Ownership Certification provided on or prior to the Effective Date to any Lender in connection with this Agreement is true and correct in all respects.

 

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Section 3.11. Use of Credit. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is engaged, nor will it or any of them engage, principally or as one of its important activities, in the business of purchasing or carrying Margin Stock, or extending credit for the purpose of purchasing or carrying Margin Stock, and no part of the proceeds of any Loan will be used, whether directly or indirectly, for any purpose that entails a violation of any of the Regulations of the Federal Reserve Board, including RegulationsRegulation T, Regulation U and Regulation X.

Section 3.12. Subsidiary Borrower Approvals. No authorizations, approvals or consents of, and no filings or registrations with, any Governmental Authority that have not been obtained by the time any Subsidiary of the Company becomes a Subsidiary Borrower are necessary for the execution, delivery or performance by such Subsidiary Borrower of the Subsidiary Borrower Joinder Agreement or any other Loan Documents to which it is party or for the validity or enforceability of any thereof or for the borrowing by such Subsidiary Borrower hereunder.

Section 3.13. AML, Anti-Corruption Laws and Sanctions. The Company has implemented and maintains in effect policies and procedures designed to promote compliance by the Company, its Subsidiaries and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents with AML Laws, Anti-Corruption Laws and applicable Sanctions. The Company, its Subsidiaries and their respective officers and, to the knowledge of the Company, its and its Subsidiaries’ respective directors, employees and agents, are in compliance with Anti-Corruption Laws and applicable Sanctions in all material respects. None of (a) the Company, any Subsidiary, or (b) to the knowledge of the Company, any directors, officers or employees of the Company or any Subsidiary, or any agent of the Company or any Subsidiary that will act in any capacity in connection with or benefit from the credit facility established hereby, is a Sanctioned Person. The foregoing representations in this Section 3.13 will not apply to any party hereto to which Council Regulation (EC) 2271/96 (the “Blocking Regulation”) applies, if and to the extent that such representations are or would be unenforceable by or in respect of that party pursuant to, or would otherwise result in a breach and/or violation of, (i) any provision of the Blocking Regulation (or any law or regulation implementing the Blocking Regulation in any member state of the European Union), (ii) any similar blocking or anti-boycott law in the United Kingdom or (iii) the Foreign Extraterritorial Measures (United States) Order, 1992 in Canada.

Section 3.14. Center of Main Interests and Establishment.

The Centre of Main Interests of the Borrowers incorporated in Ireland is situated in Ireland which corresponds to its jurisdiction of original incorporation and it has no establishment in any other jurisdiction.

Section 3.15. Properties.

(a) The Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, have good title to, or valid leasehold interests in, all of their real and personal property material to their business, except for minor defects in title that do not interfere in any material respect with their ability to conduct its business as currently conducted or to utilize such properties for their intended purposes.

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infringe upon the rights of any other Person, except for any such infringements that, individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Section  3.16. Collateral Documents. Subject to the limitations, exceptions and filing requirements otherwise set forth in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, the Collateral Documents are effective to create in favor of the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, legal, valid and enforceable Liens on, and security interests and hypothecs in, the Collateral described therein to the extent required thereby, except as such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, or similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and by general principles of equity (regardless of whether enforcement is sought in a proceeding in equity or at law).

Section  3.17. Insurance. Schedule 3.17 sets forth a description of all insurance maintained by or on behalf of the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries as of the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date. As of the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date, all premiums in respect of such insurance have been paid. Each Borrower maintains, and has caused each Subsidiary to maintain, with financially sound and reputable insurance companies, insurance on all their real and personal property in such amounts, subject to such deductibles and self-insurance retentions and covering such properties and risks as are adequate and customarily maintained by companies engaged in the same or similar businesses operating in the same or similar locations.

Section  3.18. Pledgor Loan Parties. Schedule 3.18 sets forth, as of the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date, (a) a correct and complete list of the name and relationship to the Company of each and all of its Subsidiaries that are (i) Pledgor Loan Parties or (ii) contemplated to become Pledgor Loan Parties on or prior to the date required by Section 3 of Amendment No. 2 and (b) the type of entity of the Company and such other Pledgor Loan Parties.

ARTICLE 4

CONDITIONS

Section 4.01. Effective Date. The obligations of the Lenders to make Loans and of the Issuing Banks to issue Letters of Credit hereunder shall not become effective until the date on which each of the following conditions is satisfied (or waived in accordance with Section 10.02):

(a) Executed Counterparts. The Administrative Agent (or its counsel) shall have received from each party hereto (including any Person required to become a Guarantor on the Effective Date) either (i) a counterpart of this Agreement signed on behalf of such party or (ii) written evidence satisfactory to the Administrative Agent (which may include telecopy transmission of a signed signature page of this Agreement) that such party has signed a counterpart of this Agreement.

(b) Opinions of Counsel to the Loan Parties. The Administrative Agent shall have received a favorable written opinion in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent (addressed to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders and dated the Effective Date) of (i) Jones Day, counsel for the Loan Parties (including any Person required to become a Guarantor on the Effective Date), (ii) Stewart McKelvey, Canadian counsel for the Loan Parties, (iii) Jones Day, Hong Kong counsel for the Loan Parties and (iv) Matheson LLP, Irish counsel for the Administrative Agent, in each case in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent (and such Loan Parties hereby request such counsel to deliver such opinions).

 

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(c) Corporate Documents. The Administrative Agent shall have received such certificates of resolutions or other action and incumbency certificates of Responsible Officers of each Loan Party (including any Person required to become a Guarantor on the Effective Date) as the Administrative Agent may require evidencing the authorization of this Agreement and the identity, authority and capacity of each Responsible Officer thereof authorized to act as a Responsible Officer in connection with this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, copies of the constitutional or organizational documents of each of the Loan Parties certified by a Responsible Officer of each such Loan Party as being true and complete, and certificates as of a recent date of the good standing of each Loan Party under the laws of its jurisdictions of organization or the equivalent thereof pursuant to the Applicable Laws and practices of any relevant foreign jurisdiction (including, with respect to Newell Brands APAC Treasury Limited, a certificate of continuing registration, or with respect to Newell Brands Ireland Services DAC, its certificate of incorporation), all in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and its counsel.

(d) Certain Conditions; Officer’s Certificate. As of the Effective Date, the conditions set forth in paragraphs (a) and (b) of Section 4.02 (excluding, however, the first parenthetical clause in such paragraph (a)) shall be satisfied; and the Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate, dated the Effective Date and signed by a Responsible Officer of the Company, confirming compliance with such conditions.

(e) Payment of Fees, Etc. The Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Lead Arrangers shall have received all fees and other amounts due and payable by the Company in connection herewith on or prior to the Effective Date, in each case including, to the extent invoiced at least three Business Days prior to the Effective Date, reimbursement or payment of all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses required to be reimbursed or paid by the Company under the Existing Credit Agreement or this Agreement, as the case may be.

(f) Financial Statements. The Administrative Agent and the Lenders shall have received the most recent financial statements, certificates, reports, notices and other information required to be delivered pursuant to Section 5.01 of the Existing Credit Agreement, subject to the terms thereof.

(g) Patriot Act, Etc. (i) To the extent requested by the Administrative Agent or any Lender at least ten Business Days prior to the Effective Date, the Administrative Agent or such Lender, as the case may be, shall have received, at least three Business Days prior to the Effective Date, all documentation and other information required by regulatory authorities under AML Laws and (ii) to the extent any Borrower qualifies as a “legal entity customer” under the Beneficial Ownership Regulation, at least three Business Days prior to the Effective Date, any Lender that has requested, in a written notice to such Borrower at least ten calendar days prior to the Effective Date, a Beneficial Ownership Certification in relation to such Borrower shall have received such Beneficial Ownership Certification (provided that, upon the execution and delivery by such Lender of its signature page to this Agreement, the condition set forth in this clause (ii) shall be deemed to be satisfied).

 

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(h) The Administrative Agent shall notify the Company and the Lenders of the Effective Date, and such notice shall be conclusive and binding.

Section 4.02. Each Credit Event. The obligation of each Lender to make a Loan on the occasion of any Borrowing, and of any Issuing Bank to issue, amend, renew or extend any Letter of Credit, is subject to the satisfaction of the following conditions:

(a) Representations and Warranties. The representations and warranties of the Loan Parties set forth in this Agreement (other than, at any time after the Effective Date, Sections 3.04(b), 3.05(a), 3.05(b) and 3.08(b)) and the other Loan Documents shall be true and correct in all material respects (except in the case of such representations and warranties that are qualified by materiality, which shall be true and correct in all respects) on and as of the date of such Borrowing or the date of issuance, amendment, renewal or extension of such Letter of Credit, as applicable (or, if any such representation or warranty is expressly stated to have been made as of an earlier date, as of such earlier date).

(b) Defaults. At the time of and immediately after giving effect to such Borrowing or the issuance, amendment, renewal or extension of such Letter of Credit, as applicable, no Default shall have occurred and be continuing.

(c) Financial Covenant Compliance. At the time of and immediately after giving effect to such Borrowing or the issuance, amendment, renewal or extension of such Letter of Credit, as applicable, the Company shall be in pro forma compliance with Sections 6.05 and 6.06.

(d) Collateral Cap. At the time of and immediately after giving effect to such Borrowing or the issuance, amendment, renewal or extension of such Letter of Credit, as applicable, the Secured Obligation Aggregate Amount shall not exceed the Secured Obligations Maximum Amount.

Each Borrowing and each issuance, amendment, renewal or extension of a Letter of Credit shall be deemed to constitute a representation and warranty by the Loan Parties on the date thereof as to the matters specified in paragraphs (a) andthrough (bd) of this Section.

ARTICLE 5

AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS

Until the Commitments have expired or been terminated and all Obligations have been paid in full and all Letters of Credit have expired or terminated (in each case, without any pending draw thereunder), the Company covenants and agrees with the Lenders and the Issuing Banks that:

Section 5.01. Financial Statements; Ratings Change and Other Information. The Company will furnish to the Administrative Agent, each Lender and each Issuing Bank:

(a) within 90 days after the end of each fiscal year of the Company, its audited consolidated balance sheet and related statements of operations, stockholders’ equity and cash flows as of the end of and for such year, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the previous fiscal year, all reported on by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP or other independent public accountants of recognized national standing (without a “going concern” or like

 

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qualification, commentary or exception arising out of the scope of the audit, and without any qualification or exception as to the scope of such audit) to the effect that such consolidated financial statements present fairly in all material respects the financial condition and results of operations of the Company and its consolidated Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP consistently applied;

(b) within 60 days after the end of each of the first three fiscal quarters of each fiscal year of the Company, its consolidated balance sheet and related statements of operations, stockholders’ equity and cash flows as of the end of and for such fiscal quarter and the then elapsed portion of the fiscal year, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the corresponding period or periods of (or, in the case of the balance sheet, as of the end of) the previous fiscal year, all certified by a Financial Officer of the Company as presenting fairly in all material respects the financial condition and results of operations of the Company and its consolidated Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP consistently applied, subject to normal year-end audit adjustments and the absence of footnotes;

(c) concurrently with any delivery of financial statements under clause (a) or (except with respect to subclause (iv) below) clause (b) above, a certificate of a Financial Officer of the Company (i)(i) certifying as to whether a Default has occurred and, if a Default has occurred, specifying the details thereof and any action taken or proposed to be taken with respect thereto, (ii)(ii) setting forth reasonably detailed calculations (including, without limitation, updated valuation information in respect of Eligible Accounts) demonstrating compliance with Sections(x) except during a Collateral Release Period prior to Collateral Release Date, Section 6.05 and (y) Section 6.06, (iii)(iii) stating whether any change in GAAP or in the application thereof has occurred since the date of the audited financial statements referred to in Section 3.04 and, if any such change has occurred, specifying the effect of such change on the financial statements accompanying such certificate and (iv)(iv) listing all Significant Subsidiaries as of the end of the relevant fiscal year;

(d) [reserved];

(d) except during any Collateral Release Period, as soon as available but in any event no later than 60 days after the end of each fiscal year of the Company, a copy of the plan and forecast (including a projected consolidated and consolidating balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement and quarter-by-quarter breakdown for the first year of such financial projection in form substantially similar to the projected consolidated and consolidating balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement delivered to the Administrative Agent on the Amendment No. 2 Effective Date) of the Company and its Subsidiaries of the upcoming three fiscal years (the “Projections”) in form reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent;

(e) promptly after the same become publicly available, copies of all periodic reports (including reports on Form 8-K), proxy statements and other non-routine filings, reports or statements filed by the Company or any Subsidiary with the SEC or any Governmental Authority succeeding to any or all of the functions of the SEC, or distributed by the Company to its shareholders generally, or any non-routine reports, statements or filings made with any national securities exchange;

 

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(f) promptly after any Rating Agency shall have announced a change in the rating established or deemed to have been established for the Index Debt, written notice of such rating change; and

(g) promptly following any request therefor, (x) such other information regarding the operations, business affairs and financial condition of the Company or any Subsidiary, or compliance with the terms of this Agreement, as the Administrative Agent or any Lender may reasonably request and (y) information and documentation reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent or any Lender (through the Administrative Agent) for purposes of compliance with applicable AML Laws (including the Beneficial Ownership Regulation).

Notwithstanding the foregoing and the immediately succeeding sentence, the Company’s obligations to deliver documents or information required under any of clauses (a), (b) and (e) above shall be deemed to be satisfied upon the relevant documents or information being publicly available on the Company’s website or other publicly available electronic medium (such as EDGAR) within the time period required by such clause and thereafter being continuously so available. Documents required to be delivered pursuant to this Section 5.01 shall be deemed to have been delivered if such information, or one or more annual or quarterly reports containing such information, shall have been posted by the Administrative Agent on SyndTrak, IntraLinks or a similar site to which Lenders have been granted access. Each Lender shall be solely responsible for timely accessing posted documents and maintaining copies of such documents.

Section 5.02. Notices of Material Events. The Company will furnish to the Administrative Agent, each Lender and each Issuing Bank prompt written notice of the following:

(a) the occurrence of any Default;

(b) the filing or commencement of any action, suit or proceeding by or before any arbitrator or Governmental Authority against or affecting a Loan Party or any Significant Subsidiary thereof that would reasonably be expected to be adversely determined, and if so adversely determined, as the case may be, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect;

(c) to the knowledge of the Company, the occurrence of any ERISA Event or any Canadian Pension Event that would reasonably be expected to result in liability of the Company and its Subsidiaries that would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; and

(d) any other development that results in, or would reasonably be expected to result in, a Material Adverse Effect.

Each notice delivered under this Section shall be accompanied by a statement of a Responsible Officer of the Company setting forth the details of the event or development requiring such notice and any action taken or proposed to be taken with respect thereto.

Section 5.03. Existence; Conduct of Business. The Company will, and will cause each of its Significant Subsidiaries to, do or cause to be done all things necessary to preserve, renew and keep in full force and effect its legal existence and the rights, licenses, permits and franchises material to the normal conduct of its business, except where failure to do so would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; provided that the foregoing shall not prohibit any merger, consolidation, transaction, liquidation or dissolution permitted under Section 6.03.

 

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Section 5.04. Payment of Obligations. The Company will, and will cause each of its Significant Subsidiaries to, pay its obligations, including Tax liabilities, that, if not paid, would reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect before the same shall become delinquent or in default, except where (a) the validity or amount thereof is being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings, (b) the Company, such Subsidiary or such other Borrower has set aside on its books adequate reserves with respect thereto in accordance with GAAP and (c) the failure to make payment pending such contest would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 5.05. Maintenance of Properties; Insurance.

(a) The Company will, and will cause each of its Significant Subsidiaries to, keep and maintain all property material to the conduct of its business in good working order and condition, ordinary wear and tear excepted except where the failure to do so would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

(b) The Company will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, maintain, with financially sound and reputable insurance companies, insurance in such amounts and against such risks as are customarily maintained by companies engaged in the same or similar businesses operating in the same or similar locations.

Section 5.06. Books and Records; Inspection Rights. The Company will, and will cause each of its Significant Subsidiaries to, keep proper books of record and account in which true and correct in all material respects entries are made of all material dealings and transactions in relation to its business and activities. The Company will, and will cause each of its Significant Subsidiaries to, permit any representatives designated byprovide the Administrative Agent, any Lender (to the extent concurrent with any visit or inspections by the Administrative Agent) or any Issuing Bank, upon reasonable prior written notice, to and its respective representatives and advisors reasonable access to all such books and records, as well as any appraisals of the Collateral and to visit and inspect its properties, to examine and make extracts from its books and records, and to discuss its affairs, finances and condition with its officers and independent accountants, allduring regular business hours, in order that the Administrative Agent may upon reasonable prior notice and at suchwith reasonable times during normal business hours and as often as reasonably requested (not to exceed one per calendar year unless a Default orfrequency, but in any event, so long as no Event of Default shall havehas occurred and beis continuing and then such inspections shall be limited to two per calendar year and shall not require reasonable prior notice)., no more than one (1) time per year, examine and make abstracts from such books, accounts, records, appraisals and other papers, and permit the Administrative Agent and its respective representatives and advisors to confer with the officers of the Company and representatives (provided that the Company shall be given the right to participate in such discussions with such representatives) of the Company, all for the purpose of verifying the accuracy of the various reports delivered by the Company to the Administrative Agent or the Lenders pursuant to this Agreement or for otherwise ascertaining compliance with this Agreement; and at any reasonable time and from time to time during regular business hours, upon reasonable notice to the Company, permit the Administrative Agent and any

 

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agents or representatives (including, without limitation, appraisers) thereof to visit the properties of the Company and to conduct examinations of and to monitor the Collateral at the expense of the Company (provided that the Company shall not be required to pay the expenses of more than one (1) such visit per year unless an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing). Each Loan Party acknowledges that the Administrative Agent, after exercising its rights of inspection, may prepare and distribute to the Lenders certain Reports pertaining to such Loan Party’s assets for internal use by the Administrative Agent and the Lenders. All rights under this Section 5.06 shall, in each case, be subject to requirements under any confidentiality obligations, if applicable.

Section 5.07. Compliance with Laws. The Company will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, comply with all laws, rules, regulations and orders of any Governmental Authority applicable to it or its property, except where the failure to do so, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect. The Company will maintain in effect and enforce policies and procedures designed to promote compliance by the Company, its Subsidiaries and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents with AML Laws, Anti-Corruption Laws and applicable Sanctions.

Section 5.08. Use of Proceeds and Letters of Credit. The proceeds of the Loans, and the Letters of Credit issued hereunder, will be used only for general corporate purposes of the Company and its Subsidiaries (including, without limitation, acquisitions), each of which uses shall be in compliance with all applicable law and regulatory requirements (including that no part of the proceeds of any Loan will be used, whether directly or indirectly, for any purpose that entails a violation of any of the Regulations of the Federal Reserve Board, including RegulationsRegulation T, Regulation U and Regulation X). Following the application of the proceeds of each Loan or drawing under each Letter of Credit, not more than 25% of the value of the assets either of the Company only or of Company and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis will be Margin Stock.

Section 5.09. Accuracy of Information. The Company will ensure that any information, including financial statements or other documents, furnished to the Administrative Agent, the Lenders or the Issuing Banks in connection with this Agreement or any amendment or modification hereof or waiver hereunder contains no material misstatement of fact or omits to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, when taken as a whole, not materially misleading.

Section 5.10. Guarantors; Pledged Loan Parties.

(a) On the Effective Date, the Company shall cause each of its Subsidiaries (other than Excluded Foreign Subsidiaries) that is or is required as of such date to be a borrower, issuer or guarantor in respect of any of the Existing Notes or any other Material Indebtedness for borrowed money of the Company to become a Guarantor hereunder by delivering an executed counterpart of this Agreement.

(b) Subject to paragraph (a) above, if, at any time following the Effective Date, (i) any Subsidiary of the Company (other than an Excluded Foreign Subsidiary) either becomes or becomes required to be a borrower, issuer or guarantor in respect of any of the Existing Notes or any other Material Indebtedness for borrowed money of the Company or (ii) the Company desires to include the assets of any Subsidiary of the Company in the determination of the Pledged Collateral Value, then (A) in each case the Company shall cause such Person to become a

 

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Guarantor hereunder by delivering an executed counterpart of a Guarantor Joinder Agreement or comparable guaranty documentation reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent within ten (10) Business Days following such occurrence in the case of clause (i) above (or such longer time period agreed to by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion) (it being understood that such Guarantor Joinder Agreement or comparable guaranty documentation shall be accompanied by documentation with respect thereto substantially consistent with the documentation delivered pursuant to Section 4.01(c)) and (B) in the case of clause (ii) above, the Company shall cause such Person to become a Pledgor Loan Party hereunder by delivering an executed counterpart of a Security Agreement Joinder Agreement or comparable Collateral Document reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, together with other documentation or actions required hereunder or under any other Loan Document. If requested by the Administrative Agent, the Administrative Agent shall receive an opinion or opinions of counsel (which may be from in-house counsel, provided that such opinion is in respect of New York law) for the Company in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent in respect of matters reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent relating to any such Guarantor Joinder Agreement  or, comparable guaranty documentation, Security Agreement Joinder Agreement or comparable Collateral Document, as applicable, delivered pursuant to this Section 5.10, dated as of the date of such Guarantor Joinder Agreement or, comparable guaranty documentation, Security Agreement Joinder Agreement or comparable Collateral Document, as applicable.

Section  5.11. Collateral. Except during any Collateral Release Period and to the extent required in order to comply with Section 6.05, the Company shall, and shall cause each of its applicable Subsidiaries to, execute any and all documents and instruments, and take all actions, that may be required or advisable under applicable law, and that the Administrative Agent may reasonably request, in order to create, grant, establish, preserve and perfect the validity, perfection and first priority (subject only to Permitted Liens) of the Liens and security interests on the Collateral included in the Collateral Coverage Test, including, without limitation (A) entering into, or amending, amending and restating, supplementing, assigning or otherwise modifying, renewing or replacing, a Collateral Document or other agreements, instruments or documents relating thereto, in each case as may be reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent, in order to (i) create interests as contemplated and permitted hereunder or under the applicable Collateral Document and (ii) create, grant, establish, preserve and perfect the Liens in favor of the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties to the extent otherwise required under the Loan Documents, including, where necessary, the subordination of other rights or interests and (B)(x) filings of Uniform Commercial Code financing statements in such jurisdictions as may be required by the Security Agreement or by law, filings with the United States Copyright Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and all other actions reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent or as may be requested by the Administrative Agent and (y) if reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent, delivery to the Administrative Agent of legal opinions relating to the matters described above, which opinions shall be in form and substance, and from counsel, reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement or the Collateral Documents, (i) no perfection actions or steps will be required to be taken in any jurisdiction other than an Eligible Jurisdiction and (ii) no Collateral Document governed by the laws of a jurisdiction other than an Eligible Jurisdiction will be required.

 

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Section  5.12. Appraisal Reports. Except during any Collateral Release Period, furnish or cause to be furnished to the Administrative Agent one or more Appraisal Reports establishing the Appraised Value of the Appraised Collateral, in each case at the expense of the Company, (a) on or prior to the date of delivery of the financial statements pursuant to Section 5.01(a) (or such later date as the Administrative Agent may reasonably consent to), (b) on or prior to the date upon which any Appraised Collateral is to be included in the calculation of Pledged Collateral Value, but only with respect to such additional Appraised Collateral, (c) no later than forty-five (45) days (or such longer time as the Administrative Agent may reasonably consent to) following any involuntary disposition of Collateral (including any casualty event relating thereto or condemnation thereof) having a fair market value (as determined in good faith by the Company on the basis of the most recently delivered Appraisal Report) of at least $200,000,000, (d) promptly (but in any event within forty-five (45) days or such longer time as the Administrative Agent may reasonably consent to) at the request of the Administrative Agent upon the occurrence and during the continuation of an Event of Default, and (e) no later than forty-five (45) days (or such longer time as the Administrative Agent may reasonably consent to) following any Change in Law with respect to any Collateral, which change could reasonably be expected to result in the Company’s failure to maintain the Collateral Coverage Test.

Section  5.13. Casualty and Condemnation. Except during any Collateral Release Period, the Company will furnish to the Administrative Agent prompt written notice of any casualty or other insured damage to any material portion of the Collateral or the commencement of any action or proceeding for the taking of any material portion of the Collateral or interest therein under power of eminent domain or by condemnation or similar proceeding.

ARTICLE 6

NEGATIVE COVENANTS

Until the Commitments have expired or terminated and all Obligations have been paid in full and all Letters of Credit have expired or terminated (in each case, without any pending draw thereunder), the Company covenants and agrees with the Lenders and the Issuing Banks that:

Section 6.01. Subsidiary Indebtedness. The Company will not permit any Subsidiary to, create, incur, assume or permit to exist any Indebtedness, except:

(a) Indebtedness created hereunder;

(b) Indebtedness existing on the date hereof and, in the case of such any Indebtedness exceeding $50,000,000, set forth in Schedule 6.01 (including any Indebtedness incurred after the date hereof under any instrument or agreement in effect on the date hereof and set forth in such schedule), including any extensions, renewals or replacements of any such Indebtedness that do not increase the outstanding principal amount thereof;

(c) Indebtedness of any Subsidiary owing to the Company or any other Subsidiary (including Guarantees by any Subsidiary in respect of Indebtedness of the Company or any other Subsidiary);

(d) Indebtedness of any Subsidiary incurred to finance the acquisition, construction or improvement of any fixed or capital assets, including Capital Lease Obligations and any Indebtedness assumed in connection with the acquisition of any such assets or secured by a Lien on any such assets prior to the acquisition thereof, and extensions, renewals and replacements of any such Indebtedness that do not increase the outstanding principal amount thereof; provided

 

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that (i) such Indebtedness is incurred prior to or within 180 days after such acquisition or the completion of such construction or improvement and (ii) the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness permitted by this clause (d) shall not exceed 5% of Total Consolidated Assets at any time outstanding;

(e) Indebtedness of any Person that becomes a Subsidiary after the date hereof; provided that such Indebtedness exists at the time such Person becomes a Subsidiary and is not created in contemplation of or in connection with such Person becoming a Subsidiary;

(f) a Permitted Securitization (including, for the avoidance of doubt, the Existing Receivables Facility and the Existing Factoring Facility), in an aggregate amount outstanding not to exceed, together with the aggregate amount outstanding under any Permitted Securitizations permitted pursuant to clause (b) above, (x) $950,000,000975,000,000 plus (y) additional amounts to the extent permitted under clause (g) below; and

(g) other Indebtedness of Subsidiaries in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed, together with any Indebtedness secured by Liens incurred in reliance on Section 6.02(g), 10% of Consolidated Net Tangible Assets at any time outstanding.

Section 6.02. Liens. The Company will not, and will not permit any Subsidiary to, create, incur, assume or permit to exist any Lien on any property or asset now owned or hereafter acquired by it, or assign or sell any income or revenues (including accounts receivable) or rights in respect of any thereof, except:

(a) Permitted Encumbrances;

(b) any Lien on any property or asset of the Company or any Subsidiary existing on the date hereof and set forth in Schedule 6.02(b); provided that (i) such Lien shall not apply to any other property or asset of the Company or any Subsidiary and (ii) such Lien shall secure only those obligations which it secures on the date hereof;

(c) any Lien existing on any property or asset prior to the acquisition thereof by the Company or any Subsidiary or existing on any property or asset of any Person that becomes a Subsidiary after the date hereof prior to the time such Person becomes a Subsidiary; provided that (i) such Lien is not created in contemplation of or in connection with such acquisition or such Person becoming a Subsidiary, as the case may be, (ii) such Lien shall not apply to any other property or assets of the Company or any Subsidiary and (iii) such Lien shall secure only those obligations which it secures on the date of such acquisition or the date such Person becomes a Subsidiary, as the case may be;

(d) Liens on fixed or capital assets acquired, constructed or improved by the Company or any Subsidiary; provided that (i) such security interests secure Indebtedness permitted by clause (d) of Section 6.01, (ii) such security interests and the Indebtedness secured thereby are incurred prior to or within 180 days after such acquisition or the completion of such construction or improvement, (iii) the Indebtedness secured thereby does not exceed 100% of the cost of acquiring, constructing or improving such fixed or capital assets and (iv) such security interests shall not apply to any other property or assets of the Company or any Subsidiary;

 

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(e) Liens arising in connection with any Permitted Securitization and any amendment, renewal, increase or extension thereof; provided that such Liens shall only apply to the receivables of the Company or any Subsidiary, as applicable, subject to the Permitted Securitization, and any assets related thereto (including, without limitation, deposit accounts solely into which the proceeds of such receivables subject to such Permitted Securitization are deposited), as applicable;

(f) Liens securing obligations of (i) any Subsidiary to the Company, (ii) any Loan Party to another Loan Party or (iii) without limiting the Liens permitted under subclauses (i) and (ii) of this clause (f), any Subsidiary to another Subsidiary so long as the obligations secured by the Liens permitted by this subclause (iii) do not at any time exceed $100,000,000 in the aggregate; and

(g)(i) Liens securing the Obligations and (ii) other Liens securing Indebtedness and other obligations, together with any Indebtedness incurred in reliance on Section 6.01(g), in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding 10% of Consolidated Net Tangible Assets at any one time outstanding.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, the Company will not, nor will it permit any Subsidiary to, directly or indirectly, create, incur, assume or permit to exist any Liens securing Indebtedness or other obligations in reliance on the 2014 Indenture Liens Basket if the creation, incurrence, assumption, or existence of any such Lien would require application of the Equal and Ratable Clause.

Section 6.03. Fundamental Changes. The Company will not, and will not permit any Subsidiary or operating divisions to:

(i) merge into or amalgamate or consolidate with any other Person, or permit any other Person to merge into or amalgamate or consolidate with it;

(ii) sell, transfer, lease or otherwise dispose of (in one transaction or in a series of related transactions) all or substantially all of the assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, to any other Person;

(iii) liquidate or dissolve;

provided that, so long as both before and after giving effect thereto, no Default shall have occurred and be continuing:

(A) any Person may merge into or amalgamate with the Company in a transaction in which the Company is the surviving entity;

(B) any Person (other than the Company) may merge into or amalgamate with any Subsidiary, and any Subsidiary may merge into or amalgamate with any other Person (other than the Company), in each case in a transaction in which the surviving entity or resulting entity is a Subsidiary;

 

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(C) any Subsidiary (other than a Loan Party) may consummate a merger the purpose of which is to effect a disposition that is not otherwise prohibited hereunder;

(D) any Subsidiary or operating divisions may sell, transfer, lease or otherwise dispose of its assets to the Company, to another Subsidiary or operating division of the Company or any Subsidiary (or to any Person that becomes, as part of such transfer, a Subsidiary or an operating division of the Company or any Subsidiary); and

(E) any Subsidiary may liquidate or dissolve if the Company determines in good faith that such liquidation or dissolution is in the best interests of the Company and is not materially disadvantageous to the Lenders.

Section 6.04. Transactions with Affiliates. The Company will not, and will not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, sell, lease or otherwise transfer any property or assets to, or purchase, lease or otherwise acquire any property or assets from, or otherwise engage in any other transactions with, any of its Affiliates, except (a) at prices and on terms and conditions not less favorable in any material respect to the Company or such Subsidiary than could be obtained on an arm’s-length basis from unrelated third parties and (b) transactions between or among the Company and its Subsidiaries not involving any other Affiliate.

Section 6.05. Total Indebtedness to Total Capital. The Company shall not permit the ratio of Total Indebtedness to Total Capital as of the last day of any fiscal quarter ending on or after the Effective Date, to be greater than 0.60 to 1.00; provided in each case that (i) in calculating Total Capital, goodwill, intangible and other asset impairment charges taken pursuant to the FASB’s Accounting Standards Codification 350 and 360 (and any predecessor thereof) shall be disregarded to the extent such charges (x) were incurred prior to the Effective Date and (y) do not exceed $250,000,000 in the aggregate for all such charges incurred on or after the Effective Date, and (ii) in calculating such ratio, quarterly income preferred securities, quarterly income capital securities, monthly income preferred securities or other similar securities will be treated as part of “Total Capital” and not “Total Indebtedness” and (iii) Total Capital will be calculated to exclude the impact of all of the following (after netting income and gains against losses, and whether representing net aggregate income, gain or loss): (a) the component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) consisting of foreign currency translation income (loss), (b) the cumulative foreign exchange gains or losses incurred since January 1, 2015, arising due to the appreciation or depreciation of non-Dollar currencies versus Dollars in regards to foreign entities in highly inflationary economies pursuant to the FASB’s Accounting Standards Codification 830 and (c) the cumulative gains or losses incurred since January 1, 2015, resulting from the deconsolidation of a foreign entity pursuant to the FASB’s Accounting Standards Codification 810.

Section  6.05. Collateral Coverage Ratio. Except during any Collateral Release Period, the Company shall not permit, as of the last day of the Company’s fiscal quarter ending on March 31, 2024 and on the last day of each of the Company’s fiscal quarters thereafter, the ratio (the

 

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“Collateral Coverage Ratio”) of the Pledged Collateral Value to the Total Revolving Credit Exposure then outstanding (other than Obligations that have been Cash Collateralized in accordance with Section 2.06(j)) to be less than 1.05 to 1.00 (the “Collateral Coverage Test”).

Section 6.06. Interest CoverageTotal Net Leverage Ratio. The Company shall not permit the Interest CoverageTotal Net Leverage Ratio to be lessgreater than:(x) as of the last day of the Company’s fiscal quartersquarter ending on or about June 30, 2023, September 30, 2023, December 31, 2023 and March 31, 2024, 3.007.50 to 1.00; and (y) as of the last day of any other fiscal quarter of the Company, 3.50 to 1.00. ending after March 31, 2024, the applicable ratio corresponding to the relevant fiscal quarter as set forth below:

 

Last Day of Fiscal
Quarter Ending

   Ratio  

June 30,  2024

     7.50:1.00  

September 30,  2024

     7.50:1.00  

December 31,  2024

     7.25:1.00  

March 31, 2025

     7.25:1.00  

June 30, 2025

     7.25:1.00  

September 30,  2025

     6.50:1.00  

December 31,  2025

     6.50:1.00  

March 31, 2026

     6.50:1.00  

June 30, 2026

     6.50:1.00  

September 30,  2026

     5.25:1.00  

December 31,  2026

     5.25:1.00  

March 31, 2027

     5.25:1.00  

June 30, 2027

     5.25:1.00  

Section  6.07. Asset Sales. The Company will not, and will not permit any Subsidiary to, Dispose of any Collateral pursuant to a Material Disposition unless the Company would be in pro forma compliance with the Collateral Coverage Test (as determined by the Company in good faith based on reasonable adjustments to the then-existing Pledged Collateral Value after giving effect to such Disposition) both immediately before and immediately after giving effect to such Disposition (such Disposition, a “Permitted Disposition”).

Section 6.08. Section 6.07. Use of Proceeds. Each Applicable Borrower will not directly, or to its knowledge, indirectly, use the proceeds of any Borrowing or Letter of Credit (A) in furtherance of a payment or authorization of the payment or giving of money, or anything else of value to any Person in violation of any AML Laws or Anti-Corruption Laws, (B) for the purpose of funding or financing any activities, business or transaction of or with any Sanctioned Person, or in any Sanctioned Country, to the extent such activities, business or transaction would be prohibited by Sanctions if conducted by a corporation incorporated in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom or in a European Union member state or (C) in any manner that would result in the violation of any Sanctions by any party hereto.

 

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ARTICLE 7

GUARANTEE

Section 7.01. Guarantee. Each Guarantor hereby guarantees to each Lender, each Issuing Bank and the Administrative Agent and their respective successors and assigns the prompt payment in full when due (whether at stated maturity, by acceleration, by optional prepayment or otherwise) of the Obligations of each Borrower strictly in accordance with the terms thereof, subject to Section 10.20 (such obligations being herein collectively called the “Guaranteed Obligations”). Each Guarantor hereby further agrees that if any Borrower shall fail to pay in full when due (whether at stated maturity, by acceleration, by optional prepayment or otherwise) any of the Guaranteed Obligations, such Guarantor will promptly pay the same, subject to Section 10.20, without any demand or notice whatsoever, and that in the case of any extension of time of payment or renewal of any of the Guaranteed Obligations, the same will be promptly paid in full when due (whether at extended maturity, by acceleration or otherwise) in accordance with the terms of such extension or renewal.

Section 7.02. Obligations Unconditional. The obligations of each Guarantor under Section 7.01 are absolute and unconditional irrespective of the value, genuineness, validity, regularity or enforceability of the Guaranteed Obligations under this Agreement, the other Loan Documents or any other agreement or instrument referred to herein, or any substitution, release or exchange of any other guarantee of or security for any of the Guaranteed Obligations, and, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, irrespective of any law of any jurisdiction or any other event affecting any term of any Guaranteed Obligation or any other circumstance whatsoever that might otherwise constitute a legal or equitable discharge or defense of a surety or guarantor, it being the intent of this Article that the obligations of each Guarantor hereunder shall be absolute and unconditional under any and all circumstances. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, it is agreed that the occurrence of any one or more of the following shall not alter or impair the liability of any Guarantor hereunder, which shall remain absolute and unconditional as described above:

(a) at any time or from time to time, without notice to such Guarantor, the time for any performance of or compliance with any of the Guaranteed Obligations shall be extended, or such performance or compliance shall be waived;

(b) any of the acts mentioned in any of the provisions of this Agreement, the other Loan Documents or any other agreement or instrument referred to herein shall be done or omitted; or

(c) the maturity of any of the Guaranteed Obligations shall be accelerated, or any of the Guaranteed Obligations shall be modified, supplemented or amended in any respect, or any right under this Agreement, the other Loan Documents or any other agreement or instrument referred to herein shall be waived or any other guarantee of any of the Guaranteed Obligations or any security therefor shall be released or exchanged in whole or in part or otherwise dealt with.

Each Guarantor hereby expressly waives diligence, presentment, demand of payment, protest and all notices whatsoever, and any requirement that the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Bank or any Lender exhaust any right, power or remedy or proceed against any Borrower under this Agreement, the other Loan Documents or any other agreement or instrument referred to herein, or against any other Person under any other guarantee of, or security for, any of the Guaranteed Obligations.

 

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Section 7.03. Reinstatement. The obligations of each Guarantor under this Article shall be automatically reinstated if and to the extent that for any reason any payment by or on behalf of any Borrower in respect of the Guaranteed Obligations is rescinded or must be otherwise restored by any holder of any of the Guaranteed Obligations, whether as a result of any proceedings in bankruptcy or reorganization or otherwise, and each Guarantor agrees that it will indemnify the Administrative Agent, each Issuing Bank and each Lender and on demand for all reasonable costs and expenses (including, without limitation, fees of counsel) incurred by the Administrative Agent, such Issuing Bank and such Lender in connection with such rescission or restoration, including any such costs and expenses incurred in defending against any claim alleging that such payment constituted a preference, fraudulent transfer or similar payment under any Debtor Relief Law.

Section 7.04. Subrogation. Each Guarantor hereby agrees that, until the payment and satisfaction in full of all Guaranteed Obligations, the expiration and termination of the Commitments of the Lenders under this Agreement, payment and satisfaction in full of all Obligations and expiration or termination of all Letters of Credit (in each case, without any pending draw thereunder), it shall not exercise any right or remedy arising by reason of any performance by it of the Guarantee in Section 7.01, whether by subrogation or otherwise, against any Borrower or any other guarantor of any of the Guaranteed Obligations or any security for any of the Guaranteed Obligations.

Section 7.05. Remedies. Each Guarantor agrees that, as between such Guarantor on the one hand and the Lenders, the Issuing Banks and the Administrative Agent on the other hand, the obligations of any Borrower under this Agreement may be declared to be forthwith due and payable as provided in Article 8 (and shall be deemed to have become automatically due and payable in the circumstances provided in Article 8) for purposes of Section 7.01 notwithstanding any stay, injunction or other prohibition preventing such declaration (or such obligations from becoming automatically due and payable) as against such Borrower and that, in the event of such declaration (or such obligations being deemed to have become automatically due and payable), such obligations (whether or not due and payable by such Borrower) shall forthwith become due and payable (subject to Section 10.20) by such Guarantor for purposes of Section 7.01.

Section 7.06. Instrument for the Payment of Money. Each Guarantor hereby acknowledges that the Guarantee in Section 7.01 constitutes an instrument for the payment of money, and consents and agrees that the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Bank, in each case at its sole option, in the event of a dispute by such Guarantor in the payment of any moneys due hereunder, shall have the right to bring a motion/action under New York CPLR Section 3213.

Section 7.07. Continuing Guarantee. The Guarantee in this Article 7 is a continuing guarantee and shall apply to all Guaranteed Obligations whenever arising.

Section 7.08. General Limitation on Guarantee Obligations. In any action or proceeding involving any state corporate, limited partnership or limited liability company law, or any applicable Debtor Relief Law, if the obligations of any Guarantor (other than the Company) under Section 7.01 would otherwise be held or determined to be void, voidable, invalid or unenforceable, or subordinated to the claims of any other creditors, on account of the amount of

 

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its liability under Section 7.01, then, notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary, the amount of such liability shall, without any further action by such Guarantor, any other Loan Party or any other Person, be automatically limited and reduced to the highest amount that is valid and enforceable and not subordinated to the claims of other creditors as determined in such action or proceeding.

Section  7.09. Keepwell. Each Qualified ECP Guarantor hereby jointly and severally absolutely, unconditionally and irrevocably undertakes to provide such funds or other support as may be needed from time to time by each other Loan Party to honor all of its obligations under this Guarantee in respect of a Secured Hedging Obligation (provided, however, that each Qualified ECP Guarantor shall only be liable under this Section 7.09 for the maximum amount of such liability that can be hereby incurred without rendering its obligations under this Section 7.09 or otherwise under this Guarantee voidable under applicable law relating to fraudulent conveyance or fraudulent transfer, and not for any greater amount). Except as otherwise provided herein, the obligations of each Qualified ECP Guarantor under this Section 10.13 shall remain in full force and effect until the termination of all Secured Hedging Obligation. Each Qualified ECP Guarantor intends that this Section 10.13 constitute, and this Section 10.13 shall be deemed to constitute, a “keepwell, support, or other agreement” for the benefit of each other Loan Party for all purposes of Section 1a(18)(A)(v)(II) of the Commodity Exchange Act.

ARTICLE 8

EVENTS OF DEFAULT

Section 8.01. Events of Default. If any of the following events (“Events of Default”) shall occur:

(a) any Borrower shall fail to pay any principal of any Loan or any reimbursement obligation in respect of any LC Disbursement when and as the same shall become due and payable, whether at the due date thereof or at a date fixed for prepayment thereof or otherwise;

(b) any Borrower shall fail to pay any interest on any Loan or any fee or any other amount (other than an amount referred to in clause (a) of this Article) payable under this Agreement or any other Loan Document, when and as the same shall become due and payable, and such failure shall continue unremedied for a period of five days;

(c) any representation or warranty made or deemed made by or on behalf of the Loan Parties herein or in any other Loan Document, any amendment or modification hereof or thereof or waiver hereunder or thereunder or, to the extent in writing, in connection herewith or therewith, or in any certificate or other document furnished pursuant hereto or to any other Loan Document or any amendment or modification hereof or thereof or waiver hereunder or thereunder, shall prove to have been false when made or deemed made in any material respect;

(d) the Company shall fail to observe or perform any covenant, condition or agreement contained in Section 5.02(a), 5.03 (solely with respect to any Loan Party’s existence) or 5.08 or in Article 6; provided, that, any Event of Default under this Section 8.01(d) resulting from a breach of Section 6.05 shall be subject to cure pursuant to Section 8.03;

 

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(e) the Company or any other Loan Party shall fail to observe or perform any covenant, condition or agreement contained in this Agreement (other than those specified in clause (a), (b) or (d) of this Article) or any other Loan Document, and such failure shall continue unremedied for a period of 30 days after notice thereof from the Administrative Agent to the Company (which notice will be given at the request of any Lender);

(f) the Company or any Subsidiary shall fail to make any payment (whether of principal or interest and regardless of amount) in respect of any Material Indebtedness, when and as the same shall become due and payable (beyond any applicable grace period expressly set forth in the governing documents);

(g) any event or condition occurs that results in any Material Indebtedness becoming due prior to its scheduled maturity or that, after giving effect to any applicable grace or cure period, enables or permits the holder or holders of any Material Indebtedness or any trustee or agent on its or their behalf to cause any Material Indebtedness to become due, or to require the prepayment, repurchase, redemption or defeasance thereof, prior to its scheduled maturity; provided that this clause (g) shall not apply to secured Indebtedness that becomes due as a result of the voluntary sale or transfer of the property or assets securing such Indebtedness;

(h) an involuntary proceeding shall be commenced or an involuntary petition shall be filed seeking (i) liquidation, reorganization or other relief in respect of the Company or any Significant Subsidiary or its debts, or of a substantial part of its assets, under any Debtor Relief Law now or hereafter in effect or (ii) the appointment of a receiver, examiner, process adviser, trustee, custodian, sequestrator, conservator or similar official for the Company or any Significant Subsidiary or for a substantial part of its assets, and, in any such case, such proceeding or petition shall continue undismissed for 60 days or an order or decree approving or ordering any of the foregoing shall be entered;

(i) the Company or any Significant Subsidiary shall (i) voluntarily commence any proceeding or file any petition seeking liquidation, reorganization or other relief under any Debtor Relief Law now or hereafter in effect, (ii) consent to the institution of, or fail to contest in a timely and appropriate manner, any proceeding or petition described in clause (h) of this Article, (iii) apply for or consent to the appointment of a receiver, examiner, process adviser, trustee, custodian, sequestrator, conservator or similar official for the Company or any Significant Subsidiary or for a substantial part of its assets, (iv) file an answer admitting the material allegations of a petition filed against it in any such proceeding, (v) make a general assignment for the benefit of creditors or (vi) take any action for the purpose of effecting any of the foregoing;

(j) the Company or any Significant Subsidiary shall become unable, admit in writing its inability or fail generally to pay its debts as they become due;

(k) one or more judgments for the payment of money in an aggregate amount in excess of $150,000,000 (excluding amounts covered by insurance to the extent the relevant independent third-party insurer has not denied coverage therefor) shall be rendered against the Company, any Subsidiary or any combination thereof and the same shall remain undischarged for a period of 60 consecutive days during which execution shall not be effectively stayed, or any action shall be legally taken by a judgment creditor to attach or levy upon any assets of the Company or any Subsidiary to enforce any such judgment;

 

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(l) an ERISA Event or Canadian Pension Event shall have occurred that, in the opinion of the Required Lenders, when taken together with all other ERISA Events or Canadian Pension Events that have occurred, would result in a Material Adverse Effect;

(m) a Change in Control shall occur; or

(n) except as permitted pursuant to Section 10.19, the guarantee of the Guarantors under Article 7 shall for whatever reason be terminated or cease to be in full force and effect, or the validity or enforceability thereof shall be contested by the Company;

(o) except during any Collateral Release Period: (i) any Collateral Document shall for any reason fail to create a valid security interest in any Collateral purported to be covered thereby or shall fail to remain in full force or effect or any action shall be taken to discontinue or to assert the invalidity or unenforceability of any Collateral Document; or (ii) any material provision of any Collateral Document for any reason ceases to be valid, binding and enforceable in accordance with its terms (or any Loan Party shall challenge the enforceability of any Collateral Document or shall assert in writing, or engage in any action or inaction that evidences its assertion, that any provision of any of the Loan Documents has ceased to be or otherwise is not valid, binding and enforceable in accordance with its terms).

then, and in every such event (other than an event with respect to the Company described in clause (h) or (i) of this Article), and at any time thereafter during the continuance of such event, the Administrative Agent may, and at the request of the Required Lenders shall, by notice to the Company, take any or all of the following actions, at the same or different times: (i) terminate the Commitments, and thereupon the Commitments shall terminate immediately, (ii) declare the Loans then outstanding to be due and payable in whole (or in part, in which case any principal not so declared to be due and payable may thereafter be declared to be due and payable), and thereupon the principal of the Loans so declared to be due and payable, together with accrued interest thereon and all fees and other obligations of the Borrowers accrued hereunder, shall become due and payable immediately, (iii) require that the Borrowers Cash Collateralize the LC Exposure as provided in Section 2.06(j) and (iv) exercise on behalf of itself, the Lenders and the Issuing Banks all rights and remedies available to it, the Lenders and the Issuing Banks under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents and/or applicable law, in each case, without presentment, demand, protest or other notice of any kind, all of which are hereby waived by the Borrowers; and in case of any event with respect to the Company described in clause (h) or (i) of this Article, the Commitments shall automatically terminate and the principal of the Loans then outstanding, together with accrued interest thereon and all fees and other Obligations of the Borrowers accrued hereunder, shall automatically become due and payable, and the obligation of the Borrowers to Cash Collateralize the LC Exposure as provided in clause (iii) above shall automatically become effective, in each case without presentment, demand, protest or other notice of any kind, all of which are hereby waived by the Borrowers.

In addition to any other rights and remedies granted to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders in the Loan Documents, the Administrative Agent on behalf of the Lenders may exercise all rights and remedies of a secured party under the Uniform Commercial Code or any other applicable law. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Administrative Agent, without demand of performance or other demand, presentment, protest, advertisement or notice of any kind (except any notice required by law referred to below) to or upon any Loan Party or any other Person (all and each of which demands, defenses, advertisements and notices are hereby

 

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waived by each Loan Party on behalf of itself and its respective subsidiaries), may in such circumstances forthwith collect, receive, appropriate and realize upon the Collateral, or any part thereof, or consent to the use by any Loan Party of any cash collateral arising in respect of the Collateral on such terms as the Administrative Agent deems reasonable, and/or may forthwith sell, lease, assign give an option or options to purchase or otherwise dispose of and deliver, or acquire by credit bid on behalf of the Lenders, the Collateral or any part thereof (or contract to do any of the foregoing), in one or more parcels at public or private sale or sales, at any exchange, broker’s board or office of the Administrative Agent or any Lender or elsewhere, upon such terms and conditions as it may deem advisable and at such prices as it may deem best, for cash or on credit or for future delivery, all without assumption of any credit risk. The Administrative Agent or any Lender shall have the right upon any such public sale or sales, and, to the extent permitted by law, upon any such private sale or sales, to purchase the whole or any part of the Collateral so sold, free of any right or equity of redemption in any Loan Party, which right or equity is hereby waived and released by each Loan Party on behalf of itself and its respective subsidiaries. Each Loan Party further agrees on behalf of itself and its respective subsidiaries, at the Administrative Agent’s request, to assemble the Collateral and make it available to the Administrative Agent at places which the Administrative Agent shall reasonably select, whether at the premises of the Company, another Loan Party or elsewhere. The Administrative Agent shall apply the net proceeds of any action taken by it pursuant to this Article 8, after deducting all reasonable costs and expenses of every kind incurred in connection therewith or incidental to the care or safekeeping of any of the Collateral or in any other way relating to the Collateral or the rights of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders hereunder, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and disbursements, to the payment in whole or in part of the Obligations, in such order as the Administrative Agent may elect, and only after such application and after the payment by the Administrative Agent of any other amount required by any provision of law, including Section 9-615(a)(3) of the New York Uniform Commercial Code, need the Administrative Agent account for the surplus, if any, to any Loan Party. To the extent permitted by applicable law, each Loan Party on behalf of itself and its Subsidiaries waives all Liabilities it may acquire against the Administrative Agent or any Lender arising out of the exercise by them of any rights hereunder. If any notice of a proposed sale or other disposition of Collateral shall be required by law, such notice shall be deemed reasonable and proper if given at least 10 days before such sale or other disposition.

Section 8.02. Application of Payments. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, following the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default, and notice thereof to the Administrative Agent by the Company or the Required Lenders, all payments received on account of the Obligations shall, subject to Section 2.20 and Section 10.20, be applied by the Administrative Agent as follows:

(i) first, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting fees, indemnities, expenses and other amounts payable to the Administrative Agent (including fees and disbursements and other reasonable charges of counsel to the Administrative Agent payable under Section 10.03 and amounts pursuant to Section 2.12(c) payable to the Administrative Agent in its capacity as such);

(ii) second, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting fees, expenses, indemnities and other amounts (other than (x) amounts related to Additional Obligations and (y) principal, reimbursement obligations in respect of LC Disbursements, interest and Letter of Credit fees) payable to the Lenders and the Issuing Banks

 

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(including fees and disbursements and other reasonable charges of counsel to the Lenders and the Issuing Banks payable under Section 9.03) arising under the Loan Documents, ratably among them in proportion to the respective amounts described in this clause (ii) payable to them;

(iii) third, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting accrued and unpaid Letter of Credit fees and charges and interest on the Loans and unreimbursed LC Disbursements, ratably among the Lenders and the Issuing Banks in proportion to the respective amounts described in this clause (iii) payable to them;

(iv) fourth, (A) to payment of that portion of the Obligations (other than Additional Obligations) constituting unpaid principal of the Loans and unreimbursed LC Disbursements and (B) to cash collateralize that portion of LC Exposure comprising the undrawn amount of Letters of Credit to the extent not otherwise cash collateralized by the Company pursuant to Section 2.06 or 2.20, ratably among the Lenders and the Issuing Banks in proportion to the respective amounts described in this clause (iv) payable to them; provided that (x) any such amounts applied pursuant to subclause (B) above shall be paid to the Administrative Agent for the ratable account of the applicable Issuing Banks to cash collateralize Obligations in respect of Letters of Credit, (y) subject to Section 2.06 or 2.20, amounts used to cash collateralize the aggregate amount of Letters of Credit pursuant to clause (iv) shall be used to satisfy drawings under such Letters of Credit as they occur and (z) upon the expiration of any Letter of Credit (without any pending drawings), the pro rata share of cash collateral shall be distributed to the other Obligations, if any, in the order set forth in this Section 2.06;

(v) fifth, to the payment in full of all other Obligations (other than Additional Obligations), in each case ratably among the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Issuing Banks based upon the respective aggregate amounts of all such Obligations owing to them in accordance with the respective amounts thereof then due and payable; and

(vi) sixth, to payment of the Additional Obligations payable to the Hedge Banks, Lenders or its Affiliates (including fees, expenses, indemnities and other amounts payable to the Lenders or its Affiliates), ratably among them in proportion to the respective amounts described in this clause (vi); and

(vii)(vi) finally, the balance, if any, after all Obligations have been indefeasibly paid in full, to the Borrowers or as otherwise required by law.

If any amount remains on deposit as cash collateral after all Letters of Credit have either been fully drawn or expired (without any pending drawings), such remaining amount shall be applied to the other Obligations, if any, in the order set forth above.

Section 8.03. Cure. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in Section 8.01, solely for the purpose of determining whether an Event of Default has occurred as a result of a breach of the Collateral Coverage Test set forth in Section 6.05 as of any applicable test date (such date, a “Test Date”), the Company shall have the right to prepay the outstanding Revolving Loans in accordance with Section 2.11 (or Cash Collateralize Letters of Credit in accordance with Section 2.06(j)) in an amount sufficient to cause the Company to be in compliance with the

 

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Collateral Coverage Test as of such Test Date (such amount, the “Cure Amount”) on or after such Test Date and on or prior to the fifteenth day after the date on which financial statements are required to be delivered pursuant to Section 5.01(a) or Section 5.01(b), as applicable, with respect to such Test Date (the “Cure Expiration Date”). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in Section 8.01, (A) upon such prepayment (or Cash Collateralization) of Obligations, the Collateral Coverage Test under Section 6.05 shall be deemed satisfied and complied with as of the applicable Test Date with the same effect as though there had been no failure to comply with the Collateral Coverage Test under Section 6.05, and any Default or Event of Default related to any failure to comply with the Collateral Coverage Test shall be deemed not to have occurred for purposes of the Loan Documents, (B) the Borrowers shall not be permitted to borrow Revolving Loans and/or renew Letters of Credit unless and until the Cure Amount is paid and (C) if the Cure Amount is not paid on or before the Cure Expiration Date, such Event of Default shall be deemed to have occurred on the Cure Expiration Date.

ARTICLE 9

THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT

Section 9.01. Authorization and Action.

(a) Each of the Lenders and the Issuing Banks hereby irrevocably appoints the entity named as Administrative Agent in the heading of this Agreement and its successors and assigns to serve as administrative agent and collateral agent under the Loan Documents and authorizes the Administrative Agent to take such actions as agent on its behalf and to exercise such powers under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents as are delegated to the Administrative Agent by the terms hereof, together with such actions and powers as are reasonably incidental thereto. The Person serving as the Administrative Agent hereunder shall have the same rights and powers in its capacity as a Lender as any other Lender and may exercise the same as though it were not the Administrative Agent, and such bank and its Affiliates may accept deposits from, lend money to and generally engage in any kind of business with the Company or any Subsidiary or other Affiliate thereof as if it were not the Administrative Agent hereunder.

(b) The Administrative Agent shall not have any duties or obligations except those expressly set forth herein. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, (a) the Administrative Agent shall not be subject to any fiduciary or other implied duties, regardless of whether a Default has occurred and is continuing, (b) the Administrative Agent shall not have any duty to take any discretionary action or exercise any discretionary powers, except discretionary rights and powers expressly contemplated hereby that the Administrative Agent is required to exercise in writing as directed by the Required Lenders (or such other number or percentage of the Lenders as shall be necessary under the circumstances as provided in Section 10.02), and (c) except as expressly set forth herein, the Administrative Agent shall not have any duty to disclose, and shall not be liable for the failure to disclose, any information relating to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that is communicated to or obtained by the bank serving as Administrative Agent or any of its Affiliates in any capacity. The Administrative Agent shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken by it with the consent or at the request of the Required Lenders (or such other number or percentage of the Lenders as shall be necessary under the circumstances as provided in Section 10.02) or in the absence of its own gross negligence or willful misconduct. The Administrative Agent shall be deemed not to have knowledge of any Default unless and until written notice thereof is given to the Administrative Agent by the Company or a Lender, and the Administrative Agent shall not be responsible for or have any duty to ascertain or inquire into (i)

 

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any statement, warranty or representation made in or in connection with this Agreement, (ii) the contents of any certificate, report or other document delivered hereunder or in connection herewith, (iii) the performance or observance of any of the covenants, agreements or other terms or conditions set forth herein, (iv) the validity, enforceability, effectiveness or genuineness of this Agreement or any other agreement, instrument or document, or (v) the satisfaction of any condition set forth in Article 4 or elsewhere herein, other than to confirm receipt of items expressly required to be delivered to the Administrative Agent.

(c) The Administrative Agent shall be entitled to rely upon, and shall not incur any liability for relying upon, any notice, request, certificate, consent, statement, instrument, document or other writing believed by it to be genuine and to have been signed or sent by the proper Person. The Administrative Agent also may rely upon any statement made to it orally or by telephone and believed by it to be made by the proper Person, and shall not incur any liability for relying thereon. The Administrative Agent may consult with legal counsel (who may be counsel for the Company), independent accountants and other experts selected by it, and shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken by it in accordance with the advice of any such counsel, accountants or experts.

(d) The Administrative Agent may perform any and all of its duties and exercise its rights and powers hereunder or under any other Loan Document by or through any one or more sub-agents appointed by the Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent and any such sub-agent may perform any of their respective duties and exercise their respective rights and powers through their respective Related Parties. The exculpatory provisions of this Article shall apply to any such sub-agent and to the Related Parties of the Administrative Agent and any such sub-agent, and shall apply to their respective activities pursuant to this Agreement. The Administrative Agent shall not be responsible for the negligence or misconduct of any sub-agent except to the extent that a court of competent jurisdiction determines in a final and non-appealable judgment that the Administrative Agent acted with gross negligence or willful misconduct in the selection of such sub-agent.

(e) Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, none of the Lead Arrangers, the Syndication Agents or the Documentation Agents named on the cover page of this Agreement shall have obligations or duties whatsoever in such capacity under this Agreement or any other Loan Document and shall incur no liability hereunder or thereunder in such capacity, but all such persons shall have the benefit of the indemnities provided for hereunder.

(f) For the purposes of holding any Collateral Document granted by the Loan Parties or any other Person pursuant to the laws of the Province of Quebec to secure payment of the Obligations, each of the Lenders and the Issuing Banks hereby irrevocably appoints and authorizes the Administrative Agent to act as hypothecary representative (in such capacity, the “Hypothecary Representative”) pursuant to article 2692 of the Civil Code of Québec and to enter into, take and hold on their behalf, and for their benefit, any Collateral Document. Each Secured Party will be entitled to the benefits of any Collateral Document, the whole in accordance with the terms hereof. The Hypothecary Representative shall have the sole and exclusive right and authority to exercise all rights and remedies given to the Hypothecary Representative with respect to the Collateral Documents. Each Person who is or becomes a Lender shall be deemed to ratify the appointment of the Administrative Agent as the Hypothecary Representative. The Administrative Agent agrees to act in such capacity.

 

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Section 9.02. Administrative Agent’s Reliance, Indemnification, Etc. (a) Neither the Administrative Agent nor any of its Related Parties shall be (i) liable for any action taken or omitted to be taken by such party, the Administrative Agent or any of its Related Parties under or in connection with this Agreement or the other Loan Documents (x) with the consent of or at the request of the Required Lenders (or such other number or percentage of the Lenders as shall be necessary, or as the Administrative Agent shall believe in good faith to be necessary, under the circumstances as provided in the Loan Documents) or (y) in the absence of its own gross negligence or willful misconduct (such absence to be presumed unless otherwise determined by a court of competent jurisdiction) or (ii) responsible in any manner to any of the Lenders for any recitals, statements, representations or warranties made by any Loan Party or any officer thereof contained in this Agreement or any other Loan Document or in any certificate, report, statement or other document referred to or provided for in, or received by the Administrative Agent under or in connection with, this Agreement or any other Loan Document or for the value, validity, effectiveness, genuineness, enforceability or sufficiency of this Agreement or any other Loan Document (including, for the avoidance of doubt, in connection with the Administrative Agent’s reliance on any Electronic Signature transmitted by telecopy, emailed pdf. or any other electronic means that reproduces an image of an actual executed signature page) or for any failure of any Loan Party to perform its obligations hereunder or thereunder.

(b) The Administrative Agent shall be deemed not to have knowledge of any Default unless and until written notice thereof (stating that it is a “notice of default”) is given to the Administrative Agent by the Company, a Lender or an Issuing Bank, and the Administrative Agent shall not be responsible for or have any duty to ascertain or inquire into (i) any statement, warranty or representation made in or in connection with any Loan Document, (ii) the contents of any certificate, report or other document delivered thereunder or in connection therewith, (iii) the performance or observance of any of the covenants, agreements or other terms or conditions set forth in any Loan Document or the occurrence of any Default, (iv) the sufficiency, validity, enforceability, effectiveness or genuineness of any Loan Document or any other agreement, instrument or document, or (v) the satisfaction of any condition set forth in Article 4 or elsewhere in any Loan Document, other than to confirm receipt of items expressly required to be delivered to the Administrative Agent or satisfaction of any condition that expressly refers to the matters described therein being acceptable or satisfactory to the Administrative Agent or (vi) the creation, perfection or priority of Liens on the Collateral. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Administrative Agent shall not be liable for, or be responsible for any loss, cost or expense suffered by the Company, any Subsidiary, any Lender or any Issuing Bank as a result of, any determination of the Revolving Credit Exposure, any of the component amounts thereof or any portion thereof attributable to each Lender or Issuing Bank, or any Foreign Currency Equivalent or Dollar Equivalent.

(c) Without limiting the foregoing, the Administrative Agent (i) may treat the payee of any promissory note as its holder until such promissory note has been assigned in accordance with Section 10.04, (ii) may rely on the Register to the extent set forth in Section 10.04(b), (iii) may consult with legal counsel (including counsel to the Company), independent public accountants and other experts selected by it, and shall not be liable for any action taken or omitted to be taken in good faith by it in accordance with the advice of such counsel, accountants or experts, (iv) makes no warranty or representation to any Lender or Issuing Bank and shall not be

 

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responsible to any Lender or Issuing Bank for any statements, warranties or representations made by or on behalf of any Loan Party in connection with this Agreement or any other Loan Document, (v) in determining compliance with any condition hereunder to the making of a Loan, or the issuance of a Letter of Credit, that by its terms must be fulfilled to the satisfaction of a Lender or an Issuing Bank, may presume that such condition is satisfactory to such Lender or Issuing Bank unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice to the contrary from such Lender or Issuing Bank sufficiently in advance of the making of such Loan or the issuance of such Letter of Credit and (vi) shall be entitled to rely on, and shall incur no liability under or in respect of this Agreement or any other Loan Document by acting upon, any notice, consent, certificate or other instrument or writing (which writing may be a fax, any electronic message, Internet or intranet website posting or other distribution) or any statement made to it orally or by telephone and believed by it to be genuine and signed or sent or otherwise authenticated by the proper party or parties (whether or not such Person in fact meets the requirements set forth in the Loan Documents for being the maker thereof).

Section 9.03. Posting of Communications. (a) The Company agrees that the Administrative Agent may, but shall not be obligated to, make any Communications available to the Lenders and the Issuing Banks by posting the Communications on IntraLinks™, DebtDomain, Merrill Datasite, SyndTrak, ClearPar or any other electronic platform chosen by the Administrative Agent and approved in writing by the Company to be its electronic transmission system (the “Approved Electronic Platform”).

(b) Although the Approved Electronic Platform and its primary web portal are secured with generally-applicable security procedures and policies implemented or modified by the Administrative Agent from time to time (including, as of the Effective Date, a user ID/password authorization system) and the Approved Electronic Platform is secured through a per-deal authorization method whereby each user may access the Approved Electronic Platform only on a deal-by-deal basis, each of the Lenders, each of the Issuing Banks and the Company acknowledges and agrees that the distribution of material through an electronic medium is not necessarily secure, that the Administrative Agent is not responsible for approving or vetting the representatives or contacts of any Lender that are added to the Approved Electronic Platform, and that there may be confidentiality and other risks associated with such distribution. Each of the Lenders, each of the Issuing Banks and the Company hereby approves distribution of the Communications through the Approved Electronic Platform and understands and assumes the risks of such distribution.

(c) THE APPROVED ELECTRONIC PLATFORM AND THE COMMUNICATIONS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE”. THE APPLICABLE PARTIES (AS DEFINED BELOW) DO NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE COMMUNICATIONS, OR THE ADEQUACY OF THE APPROVED ELECTRONIC PLATFORM AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM LIABILITY FOR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE APPROVED ELECTRONIC PLATFORM AND THE COMMUNICATIONS. NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS OR FREEDOM FROM VIRUSES OR OTHER CODE DEFECTS, IS MADE BY THE APPLICABLE PARTIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE COMMUNICATIONS OR THE APPROVED ELECTRONIC PLATFORM. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT, ANY LEAD ARRANGER, ANY DOCUMENTATION AGENT, ANY

 

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SYNDICATION AGENT OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE RELATED PARTIES (COLLECTIVELY, “APPLICABLE PARTIES”) HAVE ANY LIABILITY TO ANY LOAN PARTY, ANY LENDER, ANY ISSUING BANK OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT OR INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOSSES OR EXPENSES (WHETHER IN TORT, CONTRACT OR OTHERWISE) ARISING OUT OF ANY LOAN PARTY’S OR THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT’S TRANSMISSION OF COMMUNICATIONS THROUGH THE INTERNET OR THE APPROVED ELECTRONIC PLATFORM.

Communications” means, collectively, any notice, demand, communication, information, document or other material provided by or on behalf of any Loan Party pursuant to any Loan Document or the transactions contemplated therein which is distributed by the Administrative Agent, any Lender or any Issuing Bank by means of electronic communications pursuant to this Section, including through an Approved Electronic Platform.

(d) Each Lender and each Issuing Bank agrees that notice to it (as provided in the next sentence) specifying that Communications have been posted to the Approved Electronic Platform shall constitute effective delivery of the Communications to such Lender for purposes of the Loan Documents. Each Lender and Issuing Bank agrees (i) to notify the Administrative Agent in writing (which could be in the form of electronic communication) from time to time of such Lender’s or Issuing Bank’s (as applicable) email address to which the foregoing notice may be sent by electronic transmission and (ii) that the foregoing notice may be sent to such email address.

(e) Each of the Lenders, each of the Issuing Banks and the Company agrees that the Administrative Agent may, but (except as may be required by applicable law) shall not be obligated to, store the Communications on the Approved Electronic Platform in accordance with the Administrative Agent’s generally applicable document retention procedures and policies.

(f) Nothing herein shall prejudice the right of the Administrative Agent, any Lender or any Issuing Bank to give any notice or other communication pursuant to any Loan Document in any other manner specified in such Loan Document.

Section 9.04. The Administrative Agent Individually. With respect to its Commitment, Loans, Letter of Credit Commitments and Letters of Credit, the Person serving as the Administrative Agent shall have and may exercise the same rights and powers hereunder and is subject to the same obligations and liabilities as and to the extent set forth herein for any other Lender or Issuing Bank, as the case may be. The terms “Issuing Banks”, “Lenders”, “Required Lenders” and any similar terms shall, unless the context clearly otherwise indicates, include the Administrative Agent in its individual capacity as a Lender, Issuing Bank or as one of the Required Lenders, as applicable. The Person serving as the Administrative Agent and its Affiliates may accept deposits from, lend money to, own securities of, act as the financial advisor or in any other advisory capacity for and generally engage in any kind of banking, trust or other business with, the Company, any Subsidiary or any Affiliate of any of the foregoing as if such Person was not acting as the Administrative Agent and without any duty to account therefor to the Lenders or the Issuing Banks.

 

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Section 9.05. Successor Administrative Agent. (a) The Administrative Agent may resign at any time by giving 30 days’ prior written notice thereof to the Lenders, the Issuing Banks and the Company, whether or not a successor Administrative Agent has been appointed. Upon any such resignation, the Required Lenders shall have the right to appoint a successor Administrative Agent. If no successor Administrative Agent shall have been so appointed by the Required Lenders, and shall have accepted such appointment, within 30 days after the retiring Administrative Agent’s giving of notice of resignation, then the retiring Administrative Agent may, on behalf of the Lenders and the Issuing Banks, appoint a successor Administrative Agent, which shall be a bank with an office in New York, New York or an Affiliate of any such bank. In either case, such appointment shall be subject to the prior written approval of the Company (which approval may not be unreasonably withheld and shall not be required while an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing). Upon the acceptance of any appointment as Administrative Agent by a successor Administrative Agent, such successor Administrative Agent shall succeed to, and become vested with, all the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring Administrative Agent. Upon the acceptance of appointment as Administrative Agent by a successor Administrative Agent, the retiring Administrative Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents. Prior to any retiring Administrative Agent’s resignation hereunder as Administrative Agent, the retiring Administrative Agent shall take such action as may be reasonably necessary to assign to the successor Administrative Agent its rights as Administrative Agent under the Loan Documents.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this Section, in the event no successor Administrative Agent shall have been so appointed and shall have accepted such appointment within 30 days after the retiring Administrative Agent gives notice of its intent to resign, the retiring Administrative Agent may give notice of the effectiveness of its resignation to the Lenders, the Issuing Banks and the Company, whereupon, on the date of effectiveness of such resignation stated in such notice, (i) the retiring Administrative Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations hereunder and under the other Loan Documents; provided that, solely for purposes of maintaining any security interest granted to the Administrative Agent under any Collateral Document for the benefit of the Secured Parties, the retiring Administrative Agent shall continue to be vested with such security interest as collateral agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties, and continue to be entitled to the rights set forth in such Collateral Document and Loan Documents, and, in the case of any Collateral in the possession of the Administrative Agent, shall continue to hold such Collateral, in each case until such time as a successor Administrative Agent is appointed and accepts such appointment in accordance with this Section (it being understood and agreed that the retiring Administrative Agent shall have no duty or obligation to take any further action under any Collateral Document, including any action required to maintain the perfection of any such security interest), and (ii) the Required Lenders shall succeed to and become vested with all the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring Administrative Agent; provided that (A) all payments required to be made hereunder or under any other Loan Document to the Administrative Agent for the account of any Person other than the Administrative Agent shall be made directly to such Person and (B) all notices and other communications required or contemplated to be given or made to the Administrative Agent shall directly be given or made to each Lender and each Issuing Bank. Following the effectiveness of the Administrative Agent’s resignation from its capacity as such, the provisions of this Article and Section 10.03, as well as any exculpatory, reimbursement and indemnification provisions set forth in any other Loan Document, shall continue in effect for the benefit of such retiring Administrative Agent, its sub-agents and their respective Related Parties in respect of any actions taken or omitted to be taken by any of them while the retiring Administrative Agent was acting as Administrative Agent and in respect of the matters referred to in the proviso under clause (i) above.

 

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Section 9.06. Acknowledgements of Lenders and Issuing Banks. (a) Each Lender, and Issuing Bank represents that it is engaged in making, acquiring or holding commercial loans in the ordinary course of its business and that it has, independently and without reliance upon the Administrative Agent, any Arranger, any Syndication Agent, any Documentation Agent or any other Lender, or any of the Related Parties of any of the foregoing, and based on such documents and information as it has deemed appropriate, made its own credit analysis and decision to enter into this Agreement as a Lender or Issuing Bank and to make, acquire or hold Loans hereunder. Each Lender also acknowledges that it will, independently and without reliance upon the Administrative Agent, any Arranger, any Syndication Agent, any Documentation Agent or any other Lender, or any of the Related Parties of any of the foregoing, and based on such documents and information (which may contain material, non-public information within the meaning of the United States securities laws concerning the Company and its Affiliates) as it shall from time to time deem appropriate, continue to make its own decisions in taking or not taking action under or based upon this Agreement, any other Loan Document or any related agreement or any document furnished hereunder or thereunder.

(b) Each Lender and Issuing Bank by delivering its signature page to this Agreement on the Effective Date, or delivering its signature page to an Assignment and Assumption or any other Loan Document pursuant to which it shall become a Lender hereunder, shall be deemed to have acknowledged receipt of, and consented to and approved, each Loan Document and each other document required to be delivered to, or be approved by or satisfactory to, the Administrative Agent or the Lenders on the Effective Date.

(c) (i) Each Lender and Issuing Bank hereby agrees that (x) if the Administrative Agent notifies such Lender or Issuing Bank that the Administrative Agent has determined in its sole discretion that any funds received by such Lender or Issuing Bank from the Administrative Agent or any of its Affiliates (whether as a payment, prepayment or repayment of principal, interest, fees or otherwise; individually and collectively, a “Payment”) were erroneously transmitted to such Lender or Issuing Bank (whether or not known to such Lender), and demands the return of such Payment (or a portion thereof), such Lender or Issuing Bank shall promptly, but in no event later than one Business Day thereafter, return to the Administrative Agent the amount of any such Payment (or portion thereof) as to which such a demand was made in same day funds, together with interest thereon in respect of each day from and including the date such Payment (or portion thereof) was received by such Lender or Issuing Bank to the date such amount is repaid to the Administrative Agent at the greater of the NYFRB Rate and a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation from time to time in effect, and (y) to the extent permitted by applicable law, such Lender or Issuing Bank shall not assert, and hereby waives, as to the Administrative Agent, any claim, counterclaim, defense or right of set-off or recoupment with respect to any demand, claim or counterclaim by the Administrative Agent for the return of any Payments received, including without limitation any defense based on “discharge for value” or any similar doctrine. A notice of the Administrative Agent to any Lender or Issuing Bank under this Section 9.06(c) shall be conclusive, absent manifest error.

(ii) Each Lender and Issuing Bank hereby further agrees that if it receives a Payment from the Administrative Agent or any of its Affiliates (x) that is in a different amount than, or on a different date from, that specified in a notice of payment sent by the Administrative Agent (or any of its Affiliates) with respect to such Payment (a “Payment Notice”) or (y) that was not preceded or accompanied by a Payment Notice, it shall be on

 

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notice, in each such case, that an error has been made with respect to such Payment. Each Lender and Issuing Bank agrees that, in each such case, or if it otherwise becomes aware a Payment (or portion thereof) may have been sent in error, such Lender or Issuing Bank shall promptly notify the Administrative Agent of such occurrence and, upon demand from the Administrative Agent, it shall promptly, but in no event later than one Business Day thereafter, return to the Administrative Agent the amount of any such Payment (or portion thereof) as to which such a demand was made in same day funds, together with interest thereon in respect of each day from and including the date such Payment (or portion thereof) was received by such Lender or Issuing Bank to the date such amount is repaid to the Administrative Agent at the greater of the NYFRB Rate and a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation from time to time in effect.

(iii) Each Borrower and each other Loan Party hereby agree that (x) in the event an erroneous Payment (or portion thereof) are not recovered from any Lender or Issuing Bank that has received such Payment (or portion thereof) for any reason, the Administrative Agent shall be subrogated to all the rights of such Lender or Issuing Bank with respect to such amount and (y) an erroneous Payment shall not pay, prepay, repay, discharge or otherwise satisfy any Obligations owed by the Borrowers or any other Loan Party; provided that, for the avoidance of doubt, the immediately preceding clauses (x) and (y) shall not apply to the extent any such erroneous Payment is, and solely with respect to the amount of such erroneous Payment that is, comprised of funds received by the Administrative Agent from any Borrower or any other Loan Party for the purpose of a payment on the Obligations.

(iv) Each party’s obligations under this Section 9.06(c) shall survive the resignation or replacement of the Administrative Agent or any transfer of rights or obligations by, or the replacement of, a Lender or an Issuing Bank, the termination of the Commitments or the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all Obligations under any Loan Document.

Section 9.07. Certain ERISA Matters. (a) Each Lender (x) represents and warrants, as of the date such Person became a Lender party hereto, to, and (y) covenants, from the date such Person became a Lender party hereto to the date such Person ceases being a Lender party hereto, for the benefit of, the Administrative Agent, each Lead Arranger and their respective Affiliates, and not, for the avoidance of doubt, to or for the benefit of the Company or any other Loan Party, that at least one of the following is and will be true:

(i) such Lender is not using “plan assets” (within the meaning of the Plan Asset Regulations) of one or more Benefit Plans with respect to such Lender’s entrance into, participation in, administrative of and performance of the Loans, the Letters of Credit or the Commitments,

(ii) the transaction exemption set forth in one or more PTEs, such as PTE 84-14 (a class exemption for certain transactions determined by independent qualified professional asset managers), PTE 95-60 (a class exemption for certain transactions involving insurance company general accounts), PTE 90-1 (a class exemption for certain transactions involving insurance company pooled separate accounts), PTE 91-38 (a class exemption for certain transactions involving bank collective investment funds) or PTE

 

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96-23 (a class exemption for certain transactions determined by in-house asset managers), is applicable with respect to such Lender’s entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans, the Letters of Credit, the Commitments and this Agreement,

(iii)(A) such Lender is an investment fund managed by a “Qualified Professional Asset Manager” (within the meaning of Part VI of PTE 84-14), (B) such Qualified Professional Asset Manager made the investment decision on behalf of such Lender to enter into, participate in, administer and perform the Loans, the Letters of Credit, the Commitments and this Agreement, (C) the entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans, the Letters of Credit, the Commitments and this Agreement satisfies the requirements of sub-sections (b) through (g) of Part I of PTE 84-14 and (D) to the best knowledge of such Lender, the requirements of subsection (a) of Part I of PTE 84-14 are satisfied with respect to such Lender’s entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans, the Letters of Credit, the Commitments and this Agreement, or

(iv) such other representation, warranty and covenant as may be agreed in writing between the Administrative Agent, in its sole discretion, and such Lender.

(b) In addition, unless sub-clause (i) in the immediately preceding clause (a) is true with respect to a Lender or such Lender has not provided another representation, warranty and covenant as provided in sub-clause (iv) in the immediately preceding clause (a), such Lender further (x) represents and warrants, as of the date such Person became a Lender party hereto, to, and (y) covenants, from the date such Person became a Lender party hereto to the date such Person ceases being a Lender party hereto, for the benefit of, the Administrative Agent, and each Lead Arranger and their respective Affiliates, and not, for the avoidance of doubt, to or for the benefit of the Company or any other Loan Party, that none of the Administrative Agent, or any Lead Arranger, any Syndication Agent, any Documentation Agent or any of their respective Affiliates is a fiduciary with respect to the assets of such Lender involved in such Lender’s entrance into, participation in, administrative of and performance of the Loans, the Letters of Credit, the Commitments and this Agreement (including in connection with the reservation or exercise of any rights by the Administrative Agent under this Agreement, any Loan Document or any documents related to hereto or thereto).

Section  9.08. Collateral Matters. (a) Except with respect to the exercise of setoff rights in accordance with Section 10.08 or with respect to a Secured Party’s right to file a proof of claim in an insolvency proceeding, no Secured Party shall have any right individually to realize upon any of the Collateral or to enforce any Guarantee of the Obligations, it being understood and agreed that all powers, rights and remedies under the Loan Documents may be exercised solely by the Administrative Agent on behalf of the Secured Parties in accordance with the terms thereof.

(b) The Secured Parties irrevocably authorize the Administrative Agent, at its option and in its discretion:

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responsible for or have a duty to ascertain or inquire into any representation or warranty regarding the existence, value or collectability of the Collateral, the existence, priority or perfection of the Administrative Agent’s Lien thereon or any certificate prepared by any Loan Party in connection therewith, nor shall the Administrative Agent be responsible or liable to the Lenders or any other Secured Party for any failure to monitor or maintain any portion of the Collateral;

(ii) to determine that the cost to the Borrowers is disproportionate to the benefit to be realized by the Secured Parties by perfecting a Lien in a given asset or group of assets included in the Collateral and that should not be required to perfect such Lien in favor of the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties; and

(iii) to enter into the other Loan Documents on terms acceptable to the Administrative Agent and to perform its respective obligations thereunder to enter into any other agreements reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent granting Liens to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, on any assets of the Loan Parties to secure the Obligations.

(c) The Lenders hereby irrevocably authorize the Administrative Agent to release any Liens granted to the Administrative Agent by the Loan Parties on any Collateral (i) upon the termination of all the Commitments, payment in full of the principal of and interest on each Loan and all fees payable hereunder, expiration or termination of all Letters of Credit without any pending draw (or otherwise subject to cash collateralization or other arrangements reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and the Issuing Banks), and reimbursement of all LC Disbursements, (ii) under any circumstance described in Section 10.19, or (iii) as required to effect any sale or other disposition of such Collateral in connection with any exercise of remedies of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders pursuant to Article 8. Any such release shall not in any manner discharge, affect, or impair the Obligations or any Liens (other than those expressly being released) upon (or obligations of the Loan Parties in respect of) all interests retained by the Loan Parties, including the proceeds of any sale, all of which shall continue to constitute part of the Collateral.

Section  9.09. Credit Bidding. The Secured Parties hereby irrevocably authorize the Administrative Agent, at the direction of the Required Lenders, to credit bid all or any portion of the Obligations (including by accepting some or all of the Collateral in satisfaction of some or all of the Obligations pursuant to a deed in lieu of foreclosure or otherwise) and in such manner purchase (either directly or through one or more acquisition vehicles) all or any portion of the Collateral (a) at any sale thereof conducted under the provisions of the Bankruptcy Code, including under Sections 363, 1123 or 1129 of the Bankruptcy Code, or any similar laws in any other jurisdictions to which a Loan Party is subject, or (b) at any other sale, foreclosure or acceptance of collateral in lieu of debt conducted by (or with the consent or at the direction of) the Administrative Agent (whether by judicial action or otherwise) in accordance with any applicable law. In connection with any such credit bid and purchase, the Obligations owed to the Secured Parties shall be entitled to be, and shall be, credit bid by the Administrative Agent at the direction of the Required Lenders on a ratable basis (with Obligations with respect to contingent or unliquidated claims receiving contingent interests in the acquired assets on a ratable basis that shall vest upon the liquidation of such claims in an amount proportional to the liquidated portion of the contingent claim amount used in allocating the contingent interests) for the asset or assets so purchased (or for the equity interests or debt instruments of the acquisition vehicle or vehicles

 

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that are issued in connection with such purchase). In connection with any such bid, (i) the Administrative Agent shall be authorized to form one or more acquisition vehicles and to assign any successful credit bid to such acquisition vehicle or vehicles, (ii) each of the Secured Parties’ ratable interests in the Obligations which were credit bid shall be deemed without any further action under this Agreement to be assigned to such vehicle or vehicles for the purpose of closing such sale, (iii) the Administrative Agent shall be authorized to adopt documents providing for the governance of the acquisition vehicle or vehicles (provided that any actions by the Administrative Agent with respect to such acquisition vehicle or vehicles, including any disposition of the assets or equity interests thereof, shall be governed, directly or indirectly, by, and the governing documents shall provide for, control by the vote of the Required Lenders or their permitted assignees under the terms of this Agreement or the governing documents of the applicable acquisition vehicle or vehicles, as the case may be, irrespective of the termination of this Agreement and without giving effect to the limitations on actions by the Required Lenders contained in Section 10.02 of this Agreement), (iv) the Administrative Agent on behalf of such acquisition vehicle or vehicles shall be authorized to issue to each of the Secured Parties, ratably on account of the relevant Obligations which were credit bid, interests, whether as equity, partnership interests, limited partnership interests or membership interests, in any such acquisition vehicle and/or debt instruments issued by such acquisition vehicle, all without the need for any Secured Party or acquisition vehicle to take any further action, and (v) to the extent that Obligations that are assigned to an acquisition vehicle are not used to acquire Collateral for any reason (as a result of another bid being higher or better, because the amount of Obligations assigned to the acquisition vehicle exceeds the amount of Obligations credit bid by the acquisition vehicle or otherwise), such Obligations shall automatically be reassigned to the Secured Parties pro rata with their original interest in such Obligations and the equity interests and/or debt instruments issued by any acquisition vehicle on account of such Obligations shall automatically be cancelled, without the need for any Secured Party or any acquisition vehicle to take any further action. Notwithstanding that the ratable portion of the Obligations of each Secured Party are deemed assigned to the acquisition vehicle or vehicles as set forth in clause (ii) above, each Secured Party shall execute such documents and provide such information regarding the Secured Party (and/or any designee of the Secured Party which will receive interests in or debt instruments issued by such acquisition vehicle) as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request in connection with the formation of any acquisition vehicle, the formulation or submission of any credit bid or the consummation of the transactions contemplated by such credit bid.

ARTICLE 10

MISCELLANEOUS

Section 10.01. Notices.

(a) Notices Generally. Except in the case of notices and other communications expressly permitted to be given by telephone (and subject to paragraph (b) of this Section), all notices and other communications provided for herein shall be in writing and shall be delivered by hand or overnight courier service, mailed by certified or registered mail or sent by telecopy, as follows:

(i) if to the Company or any other Loan Party, to Newell Brands Inc., 6655 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA 30328, Attention: Brad Turner, General Counsel (Telephone No. (770) 418-7000; email: bradford.turner@newellco.com);

 

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(ii) if to the Administrative Agent, to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., 500 Stanton Christiana Rd, NCC5, Floor 1, Newark, DE 19713-2107, Attention of Cianna Green (Telephone No. (302) 634-1529; Facsimile No. (302) 634-8459); Email: Cianna.Green@chase.com, with a copy to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., 500 Stanton Christiana Rd, NCC5, Floor 1, Newark, DE 19713-2107, Attention of Keenen Goodwin-Nalls (Telephone No. (302) 634-1527; Facsimile No. (302) 634-8459; Email: Keenen.Goodwin-Nalls@chase.com); and, if such notice or other communication relates to borrowings of, or payments or prepayments of, or the duration of Interest Periods for Loans borrowed by Ireland-based borrowers, to JPMorgan Securities PLC, 25 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, Floor 6, London E14 5JP United Kingdom, Attention of Belinda Lucas (Telephone No. (44) 207-134-8188; Facsimile No. (44) 207-777-2360);

(iii) if to JPMCB as an Issuing Bank, to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., 10420 Highland Manor Dr., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33610, Attention of Standby LC Unit (Telephone No. (800) 634-1969; Facsimile No. (856) 294-5267; Email: gts.ib.standby@jpmchase.com) with a copy to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., 383 Madison Avenue, New York 10179, Attention of Tony Yung (Telephone No. (212) 270-0586; Facsimile No. (212) -270-3279);

(iv) if to any other Lender or Issuing Bank, to it at its address (or telecopy number) set forth in its Administrative Questionnaire.

(b) Electronic Communications. Notices and other communications to the Lenders hereunder may be delivered or furnished by electronic communications pursuant to procedures approved by the Administrative Agent; provided that the foregoing shall not apply to notices pursuant to Article 2 unless otherwise agreed by the Administrative Agent and the applicable Lender. The Administrative Agent or the Company may, in its discretion, agree to accept notices and other communications to it hereunder by electronic communications pursuant to procedures approved by it; provided that approval of such procedures may be limited to particular notices or communications. Unless the Administrative Agent otherwise prescribes, (i) notices and other communications sent to an e-mail address shall be deemed received upon the sender’s receipt of an acknowledgement from the intended recipient (such as by the “return receipt requested” function, as available, return e-mail or other written acknowledgement), and (ii) notices or communications posted to an Internet or intranet website shall be deemed received upon the deemed receipt by the intended recipient, at its e-mail address as described in the foregoing clause (i), of notification that such notice or communication is available and identifying the website address therefor; provided that, for both clauses (i) and (ii) above, if such notice, email or other communication is not sent during the normal business hours of the recipient, such notice or communication shall be deemed to have been sent at the opening of business on the next business day for the recipient.

(c) Change of Address, Etc. Any party hereto may change its address or telecopy number for notices and other communications hereunder by notice to the other parties hereto. All notices and other communications given to any party hereto in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement shall be deemed to have been given on the date of receipt.

 

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Section 10.02. Waivers; Amendments.

(a) No Deemed Waivers; Remedies Cumulative. No failure or delay by the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Bank or any Lender in exercising any right or power hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any single or partial exercise of any such right or power, or any abandonment or discontinuance of steps to enforce such a right or power, preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right or power. The rights and remedies of the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Banks and the Lenders hereunder are cumulative and are not exclusive of any rights or remedies that they would otherwise have. No waiver of any provision of this Agreement or consent to any departure by any Loan Party therefrom shall in any event be effective unless the same shall be permitted by paragraph (b) of this Section, and then such waiver or consent shall be effective only in the specific instance and for the purpose for which given. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the making of a Loan, or issuance of a Letter of Credit shall not be construed as a waiver of any Default, regardless of whether the Administrative Agent, any Lender or any Issuing Bank may have had notice or knowledge of such Default at the time.

(b) Amendments. Subject to Section 2.15(b) and Section 10.02(c) below, except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, neither this Agreement nor any provision hereof may be waived, amended or modified except pursuant to an agreement or agreements in writing entered into by the Loan Parties and the Required Lenders or by the Loan Parties and the Administrative Agent with the consent of the Required Lenders; provided that no such agreement shall:

(i) increase the Commitment of any Lender without the written consent of such Lender;

(ii) reduce the principal amount of any Loan or LC Disbursement or reduce the rate of interest thereon, or reduce any fees payable hereunder, without the written consent of each Lender affected thereby;

(iii) postpone the scheduled date of payment of the principal amount of any Loan or LC Disbursement, or any interest thereon, or any fees payable hereunder, or reduce the amount of, waive or excuse any such payment, or postpone the scheduled date of expiration of any Commitment, without the written consent of each Lender affected thereby;

(iv) change Section 2.09(c) or 2.18(b) or (c) in a manner that would alter the ratable reduction of Commitments or the pro rata sharing of payments required thereby, without the written consent of each Lender affected thereby;

(v) change the payment waterfall provisions of Section 2.20(b) or 8.02 without the written consent of each Lender;

(vi) change any of the provisions of this Section or the definition of “Required Lenders” or any other provision hereof specifying the number or percentage of Lenders required to waive, amend or modify any rights hereunder or make any determination or grant any consent hereunder, without the written consent of each Lender;

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(viii) except as permitted pursuant to Section 10.19, release all or substantially all of the value of the Guarantees made by the Guarantors in respect of the Guaranteed Obligations without the written consent of each Lender.

provided further that no such agreement shall amend, modify or otherwise affect the rights or duties of the Administrative Agent or any Issuing Bank hereunder without the prior written consent of the Administrative Agent or such Issuing Bank, as the case may be (and in no event shall any such agreement amend, modify or waive any provision of Section 2.20 without the prior written consent of the Administrative Agent and each Issuing Bank).

(c) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the Administrative Agent may, with the consent of the Company only, amend, modify or supplement this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents to (x) cure any ambiguity, omission, mistake, defect or inconsistency so long as, in each case, the Lenders (and, if such amendment, modification or supplement would amend, modify or otherwise affect the rights or duties of any Issuing Bank hereunder, each applicable Issuing Bank) shall have received at least five (5) Business Days’ prior written notice thereof and the Administrative Agent shall not have received, within five (5) Business Days of the date of such notice to the Lenders (and to each applicable Issuing Bank, as the case may be), a written notice from the Required Lenders (or, if such amendment, modification or supplement would amend, modify or otherwise affect the rights or duties of any Issuing Bank hereunder, from such Issuing Bank) stating that the Required Lenders (or such Issuing Bank, as the case may be) object to such amendment and (y) to add provisions reasonably deemed necessary or desirable by the Administrative Agent in connection with statutory or other applicable law of any relevant jurisdiction in connection with the designation of any Subsidiary Borrowers after the Effective Date.

Section 10.03. Expenses; Indemnity; Damage Waiver.

(a) Costs and Expenses. The Company shall pay (i) all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Administrative Agent, the Lead Arrangers and their respective Affiliates, including the reasonable fees, charges and disbursements of one counsel for the Administrative Agent and the Lead Arrangers (and, if necessary, of a single firm of local counsel in each appropriate jurisdiction (which may include a single firm of special counsel acting in multiple jurisdictions) for such affected person), in connection with the syndication of the credit facilities provided for herein, the preparation and administration of this Agreement or any amendments, modifications or waivers of the provisions hereof or thereof (whether or not the Transactions contemplated hereby or thereby shall be consummated), (ii) all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by any Issuing Bank in connection with the issuance, amendment, renewal or extension of any Letter of Credit or any demand for payment thereunder and (iii) all out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Bank or any Lender, including the fees, charges and disbursements of counsel for the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Bank or any Lender (limited to one firm of counsel and a single firm of local counsel in each relevant jurisdiction, in each case acting for the foregoing collectively, plus in the case of an actual or perceived conflict of interest where the person affected by such conflict informs the Company of such conflict and thereafter retains its own counsel, of another firm of counsel for such affected person and, if necessary, of a single firm of local counsel in each appropriate jurisdiction (which may include a single firm of special counsel acting in multiple jurisdictions) for such affected person)), in connection with the enforcement or protection of its rights in connection with this Agreement, including its rights under this Section, or in connection with the

 

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Loans made or Letters of Credit issued hereunder, including all such out-of-pocket expenses incurred during any workout, restructuring or negotiations in respect of such Loans or Letters of Credit.

(b) Indemnification by Company. The Company shall indemnify the Administrative Agent, each Lead Arranger, each Issuing Bank and each Lender, and each Related Party of any of the foregoing Persons (each such Person being called an “Indemnitee”) against, and hold each Indemnitee harmless from, any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities and related expenses, including the fees, charges and disbursements of counsel for any Indemnitee (limited to one firm of counsel and a single firm of local counsel in each relevant jurisdiction, in each case acting for the foregoing collectively, plus in the case of an actual or perceived conflict of interest where the person affected by such conflict informs the Company of such conflict and thereafter retains its own counsel, of another firm of counsel for such affected person and, if necessary, of a single firm of local counsel in each appropriate jurisdiction (which may include a single firm of special counsel acting in multiple jurisdictions) for such affected person)), incurred by or asserted against any Indemnitee arising out of, in connection with, or as a result of (i) the execution or delivery of this Agreement or any agreement or instrument contemplated hereby, the performance by the parties hereto of their respective obligations hereunder or the consummation of the Transactions or any other transactions contemplated hereby, (ii) any Loan or Letter of Credit or the use of the proceeds therefrom (including any refusal by any Issuing Bank to honor a demand for payment under a Letter of Credit if the documents presented in connection with such demand do not strictly comply with the terms of such Letter of Credit), (iii) any actual or alleged presence or release of Hazardous Materials on or from any property owned or operated by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or any Environmental Liability related in any way to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or (iv) any actual or prospective claim, litigation, investigation or proceeding relating to any of the foregoing, whether based on contract, tort or any other theory and regardless of whether any Indemnitee is a party thereto and whether or not any such claim, litigation, investigation or proceeding is brought by the Company, its Affiliates or any other Person; provided that such indemnity shall not, as to any Indemnitee, be available to the extent that such losses, claims, damages, liabilities or related expenses are determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final and nonappealable judgment to have resulted from the (i) gross negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct of such Indemnitee, (ii) any material breach of the obligations of such Indemnitee under this Agreement or (iii) any dispute among Indemnitees that does not involve an act or omission by the Company (other than claims against the Administrative Agent in their capacity as such). This paragraph (b) shall not apply with respect to Taxes other than any Taxes that represent claims, losses or damages arising from any non-Tax claim.

(c) Indemnification by Lenders. Each Lender severally agrees to pay any amount required to be paid by the Company under paragraph (a) or (b) of this Section 10.03 to the Administrative Agent and each Issuing Bank, and each Related Party of any of the foregoing Persons (each, an “Agent Indemnitee”) (to the extent not reimbursed by the Company and without limiting the obligation of the Company to do so), ratably according to their respective Applicable Percentage in effect on the date on which indemnification is sought under this Section (or, if indemnification is sought after the date upon which the Commitments shall have terminated and the Loans shall have been paid in full, ratably in accordance with such Applicable Percentage immediately prior to such date), from and against any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities and related expenses, including the fees, charges and disbursements of any kind whatsoever that may at any time (whether before or after the payment of the Loans) be imposed on, incurred by or asserted against such Agent Indemnitee in any way relating to or arising out of

 

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the Commitments, this Agreement, any of the other Loan Documents or any documents contemplated by or referred to herein or therein or the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby or any action taken or omitted by such Agent Indemnitee under or in connection with any of the foregoing; provided that the unreimbursed expense or indemnified loss, claim, damage, liability or related expense, as the case may be, was incurred by or asserted against such Agent Indemnitee in its capacity as such; provided further that no Lender shall be liable for the payment of any portion of such liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, costs, expenses or disbursements that are found by a final and nonappealable decision of a court of competent jurisdiction to have resulted from such Agent Indemnitee’s gross negligence or willful misconduct. The agreements in this Section shall survive the termination of this Agreement and the payment of the Loans and all other amounts payable hereunder.

(d) Waiver of Consequential Damages, Etc. To the extent permitted by applicable law (i) the Company shall not assert, and the Company hereby waives, any claim against any Indemnitee for any damages arising from the use by others of information or other materials obtained through telecommunications, electronic or other information transmission systems (including the Internet) (other than to the extent resulting from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of, or material breach of any Loan Document by such Indemnitee), and (ii) no party hereto shall assert, and each such party hereby waives, any claim against any other party hereto, on any theory of liability, for special, indirect, consequential or punitive damages (as opposed to direct or actual damages) arising out of, in connection with, or as a result of, this Agreement, any other Loan Documents or any agreement or instrument contemplated hereby or thereby, the Transactions, any Loan or Letter of Credit or the use of the proceeds thereof; provided that, nothing in this clause (d)(ii) shall relieve the Company of any obligation it may have to indemnify an Indemnitee against special, indirect, consequential or punitive damages asserted against such Indemnitee by a third party.

(e) Payments. All amounts due under this Section shall be payable promptly after written demand therefor.

Section 10.04. Successors and Assigns.

(a) Assignments Generally. The provisions of this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns permitted hereby (including any Affiliate of an Issuing Bank that issues any Letter of Credit), except that (i) no Loan Party may assign or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of each Lender and each Issuing Bank (and any attempted assignment or transfer by any Loan Party without such consent shall be null and void) and (ii) no Lender or Issuing Bank may assign or otherwise transfer its rights or obligations hereunder except in accordance with this Section. Nothing in this Agreement, expressed or implied, shall be construed to confer upon any Person (other than the parties hereto, their respective successors and assigns permitted hereby (including any Affiliate of an Issuing Bank that issues any Letter of Credit), Participants (to the extent provided in paragraph (c) of this Section) and, to the extent expressly contemplated hereby, the Related Parties of each of the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Banks and the Lenders) any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or by reason of this Agreement.

 

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(b) Assignments by Lenders.

(i) Assignments Generally. Subject to the conditions set forth in paragraph (b)(ii) below, any Lender may assign to one or more Persons (other than an Ineligible Person) all or a portion of its rights and obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and the Loans at the time owing to it) with the prior written consent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) of:

(A) the Company; provided that the Company shall be deemed to have consented to an assignment unless it shall have objected thereto by written notice to the Administrative Agent within ten Business Days after having received notice thereof; provided, further, that no consent of the Company shall be required for an assignment to a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender, an Approved Fund or, if an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, any other assignee;

(B) the Administrative Agent; provided that no consent of the Administrative Agent shall be required for an assignment of all or any Commitments or Revolving Loans to a Lender with a Commitment immediately prior to such assignment or an Affiliate of a Lender;

(C) [reserved]; and

(D) each Issuing Bank.

(ii) Certain Conditions to Assignments. Assignments shall be subject to the following additional conditions:

(A) except in the case of an assignment to a Lender or an Affiliate of a Lender or an assignment of the entire remaining amount of the assigning Lender’s Commitment or Loans of any Class, the amount of the Commitment or Loans of the assigning Lender subject to each such assignment (determined as of the date the Assignment and Assumption with respect to such assignment is delivered to the Administrative Agent) shall not be less than $5,000,000 unless each of the Company and the Administrative Agent otherwise consent, provided that no such consent of the Company shall be required if an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing;

(B) each partial assignment shall be made as an assignment of a proportionate part of all the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement, provided that this clause shall not be construed to prohibit the assignment of a proportionate part of all the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations in respect of one Class of Commitments or Loans;

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(D) the assignee, if it shall not be a Lender, shall deliver to the Administrative Agent an Administrative Questionnaire in which the assignee designates one or more credit contacts to whom all syndicate-level information (which may contain material non-public information about the Company, the other Borrowers and their related parties or their respective securities) will be made available and who may receive such information in accordance with the assignee’s compliance procedures and applicable laws, including Federal and state securities laws.

For the purposes of this Section 10.04(b), the following terms shall have the following respective meanings:

Approved Fund” means any Person (other than a natural person) that is engaged in making, purchasing, holding or investing in bank loans and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course of its business and that is administered or managed by (a) a Lender, (b) an Affiliate of a Lender or (c) an entity or an Affiliate of an entity that administers or manages a Lender.

Ineligible Person” means (a) a natural person; (b) the Company or any of its Affiliates; (c) any Defaulting Lender or any of its Subsidiaries, or any Person who, upon becoming a Lender hereunder, would constitute any of the foregoing Persons described in this clause (c); provided that, such company, investment vehicle or trust shall not constitute an Ineligible Person if it (i) has not been established for the primary purpose of acquiring any Loans or Commitments, (ii) is managed by a professional advisor, who is not such natural person or a relative thereof, having significant experience in the business of making or purchasing commercial loans and (iii) has assets greater than $25,000,000 and a significant part of its activities consist of making or purchasing commercial loans and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course of its business.

(iii) Effectiveness of Assignments. Subject to acceptance and recording thereof pursuant to paragraph (b)(iv) of this Section, from and after the effective date specified in each Assignment and Assumption the assignee thereunder shall be a party hereto and, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Assumption, have the rights and obligations of a Lender under this Agreement, and the assigning Lender thereunder shall, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Assumption, be released from its obligations under this Agreement (and, in the case of an Assignment and Assumption covering all of the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement, such Lender shall cease to be a party hereto but shall continue to be entitled to the benefits of Sections 2.15, 2.16, 2.17 and 10.03 (subject to the requirements and limitations therein, including the requirements under Section 2.17(f))). Any assignment or transfer by a Lender of rights or obligations under this Agreement that does not comply with this Section shall be treated for purposes of this Agreement as a sale by such Lender of a participation in such rights and obligations in accordance with paragraph (c) of this Section.

(iv) Maintenance of Register. The Administrative Agent, acting for this purpose as a non-fiduciary agent of the Borrowers, shall maintain at one of its offices a copy of each Assignment and Assumption delivered to it and a register for the recordation of the names and addresses of the Lenders, and the Commitment of, and

 

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principal amount (and stated interest) of the Loans and LC Disbursements owing to, each Lender pursuant to the terms hereof from time to time (the “Register”). The entries in the Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and the Borrowers, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Banks and the Lenders shall treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Register pursuant to the terms hereof as a Lender hereunder for all purposes of this Agreement, notwithstanding notice to the contrary. The Register shall be available for inspection by the Borrowers, any Issuing Bank and any Lender (with respect to its own interests only), at any reasonable time and from time to time upon reasonable prior notice.

(v) Acceptance of Assignments by Administrative Agent. Upon its receipt of a duly completed Assignment and Assumption executed by an assigning Lender and an assignee, the assignee’s completed Administrative Questionnaire (unless the assignee shall already be a Lender hereunder), the processing and recordation fee referred to in paragraph (b) of this Section and any written consent to such assignment required by paragraph (b) of this Section, the Administrative Agent shall accept such Assignment and Assumption and record the information contained therein in the Register; provided that if either the assigning Lender or the assignee shall have failed to make any payment required to be made by it pursuant to Section 2.06(d) or (e), 2.07(b), 2.18(d) or 10.03(c), the Administrative Agent shall have no obligation to accept such Assignment and Assumption and record the information therein in the Register unless and until such payment shall have been made in full, together with all accrued interest thereon. No assignment shall be effective for purposes of this Agreement unless it has been recorded in the Register as provided in this paragraph.

(c) Participations. Any Lender may, without the consent of the Company, any other Loan Party, the Administrative Agent or any Issuing Bank, sell participations to one or more banks or other entities (a “Participant”), other than an Ineligible Person, in all or a portion of such Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and the Loans owing to it); provided that (A) such Lender’s obligations under this Agreement shall remain unchanged, (B) such Lender shall remain solely responsible to the other parties hereto for the performance of such obligations and (C) the Company, the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Banks and the Lenders shall continue to deal solely and directly with such Lender in connection with such Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement. Any agreement or instrument pursuant to which a Lender sells such a participation shall provide that such Lender shall retain the sole right to enforce this Agreement and to approve any amendment, modification or waiver of any provision of this Agreement; provided that such agreement or instrument may provide that such Lender will not, without the consent of the Participant, agree to any amendment, modification or waiver described in the first proviso to Section 10.02(b) that affects such Participant. The Borrowers agree that each Participant shall be entitled to the benefits of Sections 2.15, 2.16 and 2.17 (subject to the requirements and limitations therein, including the requirements under Section 2.17(f) (it being understood that the documentation required under Section 2.17(f) shall be delivered to the participating Lender)) to the same extent as if it were a Lender and had acquired its interest by assignment pursuant to paragraph (b) of this Section; provided that such Participant (A) agrees to be subject to the provisions of Section 2.19 as if it were an assignee under paragraph (b) of this Section; and (B) shall not be entitled to receive any greater payment under Section 2.15 or 2.17, with respect to any participation, than its participating Lender would have been entitled to receive, except to the extent such entitlement to receive a greater payment results from a Change in Law that occurs after the Participant acquired

 

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the applicable participation. Each Lender that sells a participation agrees, at the Company’s request and expense, to use reasonable efforts to cooperate with the Company to effectuate the provisions of Section 2.19(b) with respect to any Participant. To the extent permitted by law, each Participant also shall be entitled to the benefits of Section 10.08 as though it were a Lender; provided that such Participant agrees to be subject to Section 2.18(c) as though it were a Lender. Each Lender that sells a participation shall, acting solely for this purpose as a non-fiduciary agent of the Borrowers, maintain a register on which it enters the name and address of each Participant and the principal amounts (and stated interest) of each Participant’s interest in the Loans or other obligations under the Loan Documents (the “Participant Register”); provided that no Lender shall have any obligation to disclose all or any portion of the Participant Register (including the identity of any Participant or any information relating to a Participant’s interest in any Commitment, Loan, Letter of Credit or its other obligations under any Loan Document) to any Person except to the extent that such disclosure is necessary to establish that such Commitment, Loan, Letter of Credit or other obligation is in registered form under Section 5f.103-1(c) of the United States Treasury Regulations. The entries in the Participant Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and such Lender shall treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Participant Register as the owner of such participation for all purposes of this Agreement notwithstanding any notice to the contrary. For the avoidance of doubt, the Administrative Agent (in its capacity as Administrative Agent) shall have no responsibility for maintaining a Participant Register.

(d) Certain Pledges. Any Lender may at any time pledge or assign a security interest in all or any portion of its rights under this Agreement to secure obligations of such Lender, including any pledge or assignment to secure obligations to a Federal Reserve Bank or any central bank having jurisdiction over such Lender, and this Section shall not apply to any such pledge or assignment of a security interest; provided that no such pledge or assignment of a security interest shall release a Lender from any of its obligations hereunder or substitute any such pledgee or assignee for such Lender as a party hereto.

Section 10.05. Survival. All covenants, agreements, representations and warranties made by the Borrowers herein and in the other Loan Documents and in the certificates or other instruments delivered in connection with or pursuant to this Agreement or any other Loan Documents shall be considered to have been relied upon by the other parties hereto and shall survive the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the making of any Loans and issuance of any Letters of Credit, regardless of any investigation made by any such other party or on its behalf and notwithstanding that the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Bank or any Lender may have had notice or knowledge of any Default or incorrect representation or warranty at the time any credit is extended hereunder, and shall continue in full force and effect as long as the principal of or any accrued interest on any Loan or any fee or any other amount payable under this Agreement is outstanding and unpaid or any Letter of Credit is outstanding and so long as the Commitments have not expired or terminated. The provisions of Sections 2.15, 2.16, 2.17 and 10.03 and Article 9 shall survive and remain in full force and effect regardless of the consummation of the Transactions contemplated hereby, the payment of the Obligations, the expiration or termination of the Letters of Credit and the Commitments or the termination of this Agreement or any provision hereof.

Section 10.06. Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness. (a) This Agreement may be executed in counterparts (and by different parties hereto on different counterparts), each of which shall constitute an original, but all of which when taken together shall constitute a single contract.

 

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This Agreement and any separate letter agreements with respect to fees payable to the Administrative Agent constitute the entire contract among the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersede any and all previous agreements and understandings, oral or written, relating to the subject matter hereof. Except as provided in Section 4.01, this Agreement shall become effective when it shall have been executed by the Administrative Agent and when the Administrative Agent shall have received counterparts hereof which, when taken together, bear the signatures of each of the other parties hereto, and thereafter shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns. Delivery of an executed counterpart of a signature page of this Agreement by telecopy or any other electronic means that reproduces an image of the actual executed signature page shall be effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart of this Agreement.

(b) Delivery of an executed counterpart of a signature page of (x) this Agreement, (y) any other Loan Document and/or (z) any document, amendment, approval, consent, information, notice (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any notice delivered pursuant to Section 10.01), certificate, request, statement, disclosure or authorization related to this Agreement, any other Loan Document and/or the transactions contemplated hereby and/or thereby (each an “Ancillary Document”) that is an Electronic Signature transmitted by telecopy, emailed pdf. or any other electronic means that reproduces an image of an actual executed signature page shall be effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart of this Agreement, such other Loan Document or such Ancillary Document, as applicable. The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature,” “delivery,” and words of like import in or relating to this Agreement, any other Loan Document and/or any Ancillary Document shall be deemed to include Electronic Signatures, deliveries or the keeping of records in any electronic form (including deliveries by telecopy, emailed pdf. or any other electronic means that reproduces an image of an actual executed signature page), each of which shall be of the same legal effect, validity or enforceability as a manually executed signature, physical delivery thereof or the use of a paper-based recordkeeping system, as the case may be; provided that nothing herein shall require the Administrative Agent to accept Electronic Signatures in any form or format without its prior written consent and pursuant to procedures approved by it; provided, further, without limiting the foregoing, (i) to the extent the Administrative Agent has agreed to accept any Electronic Signature, the Administrative Agent and each of the Lenders and Issuing Banks shall be entitled to rely on such Electronic Signature purportedly given by or on behalf of the Company or any other Loan Party without further verification thereof and without any obligation to review the appearance or form of any such Electronic signature and (ii) upon the request of the Administrative Agent, any Lender or any Issuing Bank, any Electronic Signature shall be promptly followed by a manually executed counterpart. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Company and each other Loan Party hereby (A) agrees that, for all purposes, including without limitation, in connection with any workout, restructuring, enforcement of remedies, bankruptcy proceedings or litigation among the Administrative Agent, the Lenders, the Issuing Banks, the Company and the other Loan Parties, Electronic Signatures transmitted by telecopy, emailed pdf. or any other electronic means that reproduces an image of an actual executed signature page and/or any electronic images of this Agreement, any other Loan Document and/or any Ancillary Document shall have the same legal effect, validity and enforceability as any paper original, (B) the Administrative Agent, each of the Lenders and each of the Issuing Banks may, at its option, create one or more copies of this Agreement, any other Loan Document and/or any Ancillary Document in the form of an imaged electronic record in any format, which shall be deemed created in the ordinary course of such Person’s business, and destroy the original paper document (and all such electronic records shall be considered an original for all purposes and shall have the same legal effect, validity and

 

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enforceability as a paper record), (C) waives any argument, defense or right to contest the legal effect, validity or enforceability of this Agreement, any other Loan Document and/or any Ancillary Document based solely on the lack of paper original copies of this Agreement, such other Loan Document and/or such Ancillary Document, respectively, including with respect to any signature pages thereto and (D) waives any claim against the Administrative Agent, any Lender or any Issuing Bank or any of their respective Related Parties for any losses, claims (including intraparty claims), demands, damages or liabilities of any kind arising solely from the Administrative Agent’s, any Lender’s and/or any Issuing Bank’s reliance on or use of Electronic Signatures and/or transmissions by telecopy, emailed pdf. or any other electronic means that reproduces an image of an actual executed signature page, including any losses, claims (including intraparty claims), demands, damages or liabilities of any kind arising as a result of the failure of the Company and/or any other Loan Party to use any available security measures in connection with the execution, delivery or transmission of any Electronic Signature.

Section 10.07. Severability. Any provision of this Agreement held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability without affecting the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions hereof; and the invalidity of a particular provision in a particular jurisdiction shall not invalidate such provision in any other jurisdiction.

Section 10.08. Right of Setoff. If an Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, each Lender, each Issuing Bank, and each of their respective Affiliates is hereby authorized at any time and from time to time, to the fullest extent permitted by law, to setoff and apply any and all deposits (general or special, time or demand, provisional or final) at any time held, and other obligations at any time owing, by such Lender, such Issuing Bank or any such Affiliate, to or for the credit or the account of the Company against any and all of the obligations of the Company now or hereafter existing under this Agreement or any other Loan Document to such Lender, or such Issuing Bank or their respective Affiliates, irrespective of whether or not such Lender, such Issuing Bank or Affiliate shall have made any demand under this Agreement or any other Loan Document and although such obligations of the Company may be contingent or unmatured or are owed to a branch office or Affiliate of such Lender, or such Issuing Bank different from the branch office or Affiliate holding such deposit or obligated on such indebtedness; provided that in the event that any Defaulting Lender shall exercise any such right of setoff, (x) all amounts so setoff shall be paid over immediately to the Administrative Agent for further application in accordance with the provisions of Section 2.20 and, pending such payment, shall be segregated by such Defaulting Lender from its other funds and deemed held in trust for the benefit of the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Banks, and the Lenders, and (y) the Defaulting Lender shall provide promptly to the Administrative Agent a statement describing in reasonable detail the Obligations owing to such Defaulting Lender as to which it exercised such right of setoff. The rights of each Lender, each Issuing Bank and their respective Affiliates under this Section are in addition to other rights and remedies (including other rights of setoff) that such Lender, such Issuing Bank or their respective Affiliates may have. Each Lender and Issuing Bank agrees to notify the Company and the Administrative Agent promptly after any such setoff and application; provided that the failure to give such notice shall not affect the validity of such setoff and application.

 

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Section 10.09. Governing Law; Jurisdiction; Consent to Service of Process.

(a) Governing Law. This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the law of the State of New York.

(b) Each of the Lenders and the Administrative Agent hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agrees that, notwithstanding the governing law provisions of any applicable Loan Document, any claims brought against the Administrative Agent by any Lender or Secured Party relating to this Agreement, any other Loan Document, the Collateral or the consummation or administration of the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the law of the State of New York.

(c) Submission to Jurisdiction. Each of the parties hereto hereby irrevocably and unconditionally submits, for itself and its property, to the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York sitting in the Borough of Manhattan (or if such court lacks subject matter jurisdiction, the Supreme Court of the State of New York sitting in the Borough of Manhattan), and any appellate court from any thereof, in any action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or any other Loan Document or the transactions relating hereto or thereto, or for recognition or enforcement of any judgment, and each of the parties hereto hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agrees that all claims in respect of any such action or proceeding may (and any such claims, cross-claims or third party claims brought against the Administrative Agent or any of its Related Parties may only) be heard and determined in such Federal (to the extent permitted by law) or New York State court. Each of the parties hereto agrees that a final judgment in any such action or proceeding shall be conclusive and may be enforced in other jurisdictions by suit on the judgment or in any other manner provided by law. Nothing in this Agreement or in any other Loan Document shall affect any right that the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Bank or any Lender may otherwise have to bring any action or proceeding relating to this Agreement against any Loan Party or its properties in the courts of any jurisdiction.

(d) Waiver of Venue. Each of the parties hereto hereby irrevocably and unconditionally waives, to the fullest extent it may legally and effectively do so, any objection which it may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or any other Loan Document in any court referred to in paragraph (c) of this Section. Each of the parties hereto hereby irrevocably waives, to the fullest extent permitted by law, the defense of an inconvenient forum to the maintenance of such action or proceeding in any such court.

(e) Service of Process. Each party to this Agreement irrevocably consents to service of process in the manner provided for notices in Section 10.01. Nothing in this Agreement will affect the right of any party to this Agreement to serve process in any other manner permitted by law.

(f) Waiver of Immunity. To the extent that any Subsidiary Borrower may be or become entitled, in any jurisdiction in which judicial proceedings may at any time be commenced with respect to this Agreement or any other Loan Document, to claim for itself or its properties or revenues any immunity from suit, court jurisdiction, attachment prior to judgment, attachment in aid of execution of a judgment, execution of a judgment or from any other legal process or remedy relating to its obligations under this Agreement or any other Loan Document, and to the extent that in any such jurisdiction there may be attributed such an immunity (whether or not claimed), such Borrower hereby irrevocably agrees not to claim and hereby irrevocably waives such immunity to the fullest extent permitted by the laws of such jurisdiction.

 

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Section 10.10. WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. EACH PARTY HERETO HEREBY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY (WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER THEORY). EACH PARTY HERETO (A) CERTIFIES THAT NO REPRESENTATIVE, AGENT OR ATTORNEY OF ANY OTHER PARTY HAS REPRESENTED, EXPRESSLY OR OTHERWISE, THAT SUCH OTHER PARTY WOULD NOT, IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION, SEEK TO ENFORCE THE FOREGOING WAIVER AND (B) ACKNOWLEDGES THAT IT AND THE OTHER PARTIES HERETO HAVE BEEN INDUCED TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT BY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE MUTUAL WAIVERS AND CERTIFICATIONS IN THIS SECTION.

Section 10.11. Headings. Article and Section headings and the Table of Contents used herein are for convenience of reference only, are not part of this Agreement and shall not affect the construction of, or be taken into consideration in interpreting, this Agreement.

Section 10.12. Confidentiality. (a) Each of the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Banks and the Lenders agrees to maintain the confidentiality of the Information (as defined below), except that Information may be disclosed (i) to its and its Affiliates’ directors, officers, employees and agents, including accountants, legal counsel and other advisors (it being understood that the Persons to whom such disclosure is made will be informed of the confidential nature of such Information and instructed to keep such Information confidential), (ii) to the extent requested by any regulatory authority, (iii) to the extent required by applicable laws or regulations or by any subpoena or similar legal process, (iv) to any other party to this Agreement, (v) in connection with the exercise of any remedies hereunder or under any other Loan Document or any suit, action or proceeding relating to this Agreement or the enforcement of rights hereunder or under any other Loan Document, (vi) subject to an agreement containing provisions substantially the same as those of this Section, to (x) any assignee of or Participant in, or any prospective assignee of or Participant in, any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement or (y) any actual or prospective counterparty (or its advisors) to any swap or derivative transaction relating to the Company and its Subsidiaries and their obligations, (vii) with the consent of the Company, (viii) on a confidential basis, to (1) any rating agency in connection with rating the Company or its Subsidiaries or the credit facilities provided for herein or (2) the CUSIP Service Bureau or any similar entity in connection with the issuance or monitoring of identification numbers with respect to the Loans, (ix) to the extent such Information (x) becomes publicly available other than as a result of a breach of this Section or (y) becomes available to the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Bank or any Lender on a nonconfidential basis from a source other than the Company, (x) to market data collectors, similar services providers to the lending industry, and service providers to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders in connection with the administration and management of this Agreement, (xi) to the extent that such information was already in the Administrative Agent’s or such Lender’s possession or is independently developed by the Administrative Agent or such Lender or (xii) for purposes of establishing a “due diligence” defense. For the purposes of this Section, “Information” means all information received from the Company relating to the Company or its business, other than any such information that is available to the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Bank or any Lender on a

 

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nonconfidential basis prior to disclosure by the Company; provided that, in the case of information received from the Company after the date hereof, such information is clearly identified at the time of delivery as confidential. Any Person required to maintain the confidentiality of Information as provided in this Section shall be considered to have complied with its obligation to do so if such Person has exercised the same degree of care to maintain the confidentiality of such Information as such Person would accord to its own confidential information.

(b) EACH LENDER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT INFORMATION FURNISHED TO IT PURSUANT TO THIS AGREEMENT MAY INCLUDE MATERIAL NON-PUBLIC INFORMATION CONCERNING THE LOAN PARTIES AND THEIR RELATED PARTIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE SECURITIES, AND CONFIRMS THAT IT HAS DEVELOPED COMPLIANCE PROCEDURES REGARDING THE USE OF MATERIAL NON-PUBLIC INFORMATION AND THAT IT WILL HANDLE SUCH MATERIAL NON-PUBLIC INFORMATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THOSE PROCEDURES AND APPLICABLE LAW, INCLUDING FEDERAL AND STATE SECURITIES LAWS.

(c) ALL INFORMATION, INCLUDING REQUESTS FOR WAIVERS AND AMENDMENTS, FURNISHED BY THE COMPANY OR THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT PURSUANT TO, OR IN THE COURSE OF ADMINISTERING, THIS AGREEMENT WILL BE SYNDICATE-LEVEL INFORMATION, WHICH MAY CONTAIN MATERIAL NON-PUBLIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE LOAN PARTIES AND THEIR RELATED PARTIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE SECURITIES. ACCORDINGLY, EACH LENDER REPRESENTS TO THE COMPANY AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT THAT IT HAS IDENTIFIED IN ITS ADMINISTRATIVE QUESTIONNAIRE A CREDIT CONTACT WHO MAY RECEIVE INFORMATION THAT MAY CONTAIN MATERIAL NON-PUBLIC INFORMATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS COMPLIANCE PROCEDURES AND APPLICABLE LAW.

Section 10.13. No Fiduciary Duty, etc. (a) The Company acknowledges and agrees, and acknowledges its Subsidiaries’ understanding, that the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Lead Arrangers will not have any obligations except those obligations expressly set forth herein and in the other Loan Documents and the Administrative Agent, each Lender and each Lead Arranger is acting solely in the capacity of an arm’s length contractual counterparty to the Company with respect to the Loan Documents and the transactions contemplated herein and therein and not as a financial advisor or a fiduciary to, or an agent of, the Company or any other person. The Company agrees that it will not assert any claim against the Administrative Agent, any Lender and any Lead Arranger based on an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by such party in connection with this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby. Additionally, the Company acknowledges and agrees that the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Lead Arrangers are not advising the Company as to any legal, tax, investment, accounting, regulatory or any other matters in any jurisdiction. The Company shall consult with its own advisors concerning such matters and shall be responsible for making its own independent investigation and appraisal of the transactions contemplated herein or in the other Loan Documents, and the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Lead Arrangers shall have no responsibility or liability to the Company with respect thereto.

 

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(b) The Company further acknowledges and agrees, and acknowledges its Subsidiaries’ understanding, that the Administrative Agent, each Lender and each Lead Arranger, together with their respective Affiliates, is a full service securities or banking firm engaged in securities trading and brokerage activities as well as providing investment banking and other financial services. In the ordinary course of business, the Administrative Agent, any Lender and any Lead Arranger may provide investment banking and other financial services to, and/or acquire, hold or sell, for its own accounts and the accounts of customers, equity, debt and other securities and financial instruments (including bank loans and other obligations) of, the Company and other companies with which the Company may have commercial or other relationships. With respect to any securities and/or financial instruments so held by the Administrative Agent, any Lender and any Lead Arranger or any of its customers, all rights in respect of such securities and financial instruments, including any voting rights, will be exercised by the holder of the rights, in its sole discretion.

(c) In addition, the Company acknowledges and agrees, and acknowledges its Subsidiaries’ understanding, that the Administrative Agent, each Lender and each Lead Arranger and its affiliates may be providing debt financing, equity capital or other services (including financial advisory services) to other companies in respect of which the Company may have conflicting interests regarding the transactions described herein and otherwise. The Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Lead Arrangers will not use confidential information obtained from the Company by virtue of the transactions contemplated by the Loan Documents or its other relationships with the Company in connection with the performance by the Administrative Agent, such Lender and such Lead Arranger of services for other companies, and the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Lead Arrangers will not furnish any such information to other companies. The Company also acknowledges that the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Lead Arrangers have no any obligation to use in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Loan Documents, or to furnish to the Company, confidential information obtained from other companies.

Section 10.14. Payments Set Aside. To the extent that any payment by or on behalf of any Loan Party is made to the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Bank or any Lender, or the Administrative Agent, any Issuing Bank or any Lender exercises its right of setoff, and such payment or the proceeds of such setoff or any part thereof is subsequently invalidated, declared to be fraudulent or preferential, set aside or required (including pursuant to any settlement entered into by the Administrative Agent, such Issuing Bank or such Lender in its discretion) to be repaid to a trustee, receiver or any other party, in connection with any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law or otherwise, then (a) to the extent of such recovery, the obligation or part thereof originally intended to be satisfied shall be revived and continued in full force and effect as if such payment had not been made or such setoff had not occurred, and (b) each Lender and each Issuing Bank severally agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent upon demand its applicable share (without duplication) of any amount so recovered from or repaid by the Administrative Agent, plus interest thereon from the date of such demand to the date such payment is made at a rate per annum equal to the NYFRB Rate from time to time in effect.

Section 10.15. AML Laws. Each Lender hereby notifies the Borrowers that pursuant to the requirements of the USA PATRIOT Act (Title III of Pub. L. 107 56 (signed into law October 26, 2001)) (the “Patriot Act”) and other AML Laws, such Lender may be required to obtain, verify and record information that identifies the Borrowers, which information includes the name and address of the Borrowers and other information that will allow such Lender to identify the Borrowers in accordance with such AML Laws.

 

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Section 10.16. Interest Rate Limitation. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, if at any time the interest rate applicable to any Loan, together with all fees, charges and other amounts which are treated as interest on such Loan under applicable law (collectively the “Charges”), shall exceed the maximum lawful rate (the “Maximum Rate”) which may be contracted for, charged, taken, received or reserved by the Lender holding such Loan in accordance with applicable law, the rate of interest payable in respect of such Loan hereunder, together with all Charges payable in respect thereof, shall be limited to the Maximum Rate and, to the extent lawful, the interest and Charges that would have been payable in respect of such Loan but were not payable as a result of the operation of this Section shall be cumulated and the interest and Charges payable to such Lender in respect of other Loans or periods shall be increased (but not above the Maximum Rate therefor) until such cumulated amount, together with interest thereon at the NYFRB Rate to the date of repayment, shall have been received by such Lender.

Section 10.17. Interest Act (Canada).

(a) For the purposes of this Agreement, whenever interest to be paid hereunder is to be calculated on the basis of 360 days or any other period of time that is less than a calendar year, the yearly rate of interest to which the rate determined pursuant to such calculation is equivalent is the rate so determined multiplied by the actual number of days in the calendar year in which the same is to be ascertained and divided by 360 or such other number of days in such period, as the case may be.

(b) Each of the Loan Parties confirms that it fully understands and is able to calculate the rate of interest applicable to the Loans based on the methodology for calculating per annum rates provided for in this Agreement. Each of the Lenders agree that if requested in writing by the Borrowers it will calculate the nominal and effective per annum rate of interest on the Loans outstanding at the time of such request and provide such information to the Borrowers promptly following such request; provided that any error in any such calculation, or any failure to provide such information on request, shall not relieve the Borrowers or any other Loan Party of any of its obligations under this Agreement or any other Loan Document, nor result in any liability to the Lenders. Each Loan Party hereby irrevocably agrees not to plead or assert, whether by way of defense or otherwise, in any proceeding relating to the Loan Documents, that the interest payable under the Loan Documents and the calculation thereof has not been adequately disclosed to the Loan Parties.

Section 10.18. Judgment Currency. This is an international loan transaction in which the specification of Dollars or any Foreign Currency, as the case may be (the “Specified Currency”), and payment in New York City or the country of the Specified Currency, as the case may be (the “Specified Place”), is of the essence, and the Specified Currency shall be the Currency of account in all events relating to Loans denominated in the Specified Currency. The payment obligations of the Loan Parties under this Agreement shall not be discharged or satisfied by an amount paid in another Currency or in another place, whether pursuant to a judgment or otherwise, to the extent that the amount so paid on conversion to the Specified Currency and transfer to the Specified Place under normal banking procedures does not yield the amount of the Specified Currency at the Specified Place due hereunder. If for the purpose of obtaining

 

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judgment in any court it is necessary to convert a sum due hereunder in the Specified Currency into another Currency (the “Second Currency”), the rate of exchange that shall be applied shall be the rate at which in accordance with normal banking procedures the Administrative Agent could purchase the Specified Currency with the Second Currency on the Business Day next preceding the day on which such judgment is rendered. The obligations of the Loan Parties in respect of any such sum due from it to the Administrative Agent or any Lender hereunder or under any other Loan Document (in this Section called an “Entitled Person”) shall, notwithstanding the rate of exchange actually applied in rendering such judgment, be discharged only to the extent that on the Business Day following receipt by such Entitled Person of any sum adjudged to be due hereunder in the Second Currency such Entitled Person may in accordance with normal banking procedures purchase and transfer to the Specified Place the Specified Currency with the amount of the Second Currency so adjudged to be due; and each applicable Loan Party hereby, as a separate obligation and notwithstanding any such judgment, agrees to indemnify such Entitled Person against, and to pay such Entitled Person on demand, in the Specified Currency, the amount (if any) by which the sum originally due to such Entitled Person in the Specified Currency hereunder exceeds the amount of the Specified Currency so purchased and transferred.

Section 10.19. Release of Guarantors and Collateral.

(a) Section 10.19. Release of Guarantors. If at any time (a)(i) in compliance with the terms and provisions of this Agreement, all or substantially all of the equity interests of any Guarantor (other than the Company) are sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of in a transaction permitted hereunder to a Person other than the Company or its Subsidiaries (so that such Guarantor is no longer a “Subsidiary” at such time), (b)(ii) a Guarantor (other than the Company) becomes an Excluded Foreign Subsidiary or (c), (iii) a Guarantor (other than the Company) ceases to be (or substantially simultaneously with its release as a Guarantor hereunder will cease to be) a borrower, issuer or guarantor in respect of any of the Existing Notes or any other Material Indebtedness for borrowed money of the Company (so that such Guarantor is a borrower, issuer or guarantor of none of the foregoing Indebtedness at such time) or (iv) solely with respect to any Guarantor that is a Pledgor Loan Party, a Collateral Release Date has occurred, then in each case such Guarantor may, and in the discretion of the Company upon notice in writing to the Administrative Agent specifying the reason for such release shall, be released from its Guarantee in respect of the Guaranteed Obligations and all of its obligations under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which it is a party