8-K
Petco Health & Wellness Company, Inc. false 0001826470 0001826470 2021-03-04 2021-03-04

 

 

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): March 4, 2021

 

 

Petco Health and Wellness Company, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   001-39878   81-1005932

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

10850 Via Frontera

San Diego, California 92127

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

(858) 453-7845

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

 

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:

 

 

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 210.14d-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(s)

 

Name of each exchange

on which registered

Class A common stock,

par value $0.001 per share

  WOOF   The 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 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).

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.

The information described below under “Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant” is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 1.01.

 

Item 1.02.

Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.

In connection with entry into the First Lien Credit Agreement described below under under “Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant,” Petco Health and Wellness Company, Inc. (the “Company,” “we” or “our”) repaid in full all outstanding term loans under our amended term loan agreement, dated January 26, 2016. In connection with entry into the ABL Revolving Credit Agreement described below under under “Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant,” we terminated our $500 million amended revolving credit agreement, dated as of January 26, 2016.

 

Item 2.03.

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

First Lien Credit Agreement

On March 4, 2021, we entered into a first lien credit agreement (the “First Lien Credit Agreement”) for a seven-year, secured, term loan credit facility with the lenders named in the First Lien Credit Agreement and Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent and collateral agent. Under the First Lien Credit Agreement, we borrowed $1,700 million of first lien term loans. Borrowings under the First Lien Credit Agreement amortize in equal quarterly installments in an amount equal to 0.25% per quarter of the principal amount.

Borrowings under the First Lien Credit Agreement bear interest at a rate per annum equal to an applicable margin, plus, at our option, either a base rate or a London Inter-bank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) rate. The applicable margin is 2.25% for base rate borrowings and 3.25% for LIBOR rate borrowings.

We may voluntarily prepay loans or reduce commitments under the First Lien Credit Agreement, in whole or in part, subject to minimum amounts, with prior notice but without premium or penalty (other than a 1.00% premium on any prepayment in connection with a repricing transaction prior to the date that is six months after the date we entered into the First Lien Credit Agreement).

We will be required to prepay the term loans under the First Lien Credit Agreement with 100% of the net cash proceeds of certain asset sales (such percentage subject to reduction based on the achievement of specific first lien net leverage ratios) and subject to certain reinvestment rights, 100% of the net cash proceeds of certain debt issuances and 50% of excess cash flow (such percentage subject to reduction based on the achievement of specific first lien net leverage ratios).

The First Lien Credit Agreement contains covenants that, among other things, limit our ability to: grant liens on our assets; enter into certain investments; incur indebtedness; consummate fundamental change transactions; dispose of our assets; make certain restricted payments; enter into certain transactions with affiliates; enter into certain restrictive agreements; make prepayments on and amendments to certain types of junior indebtedness; and make changes to our fiscal year. Each of these limitations are subject to various conditions.


All obligations under the First Lien Credit Agreement are guaranteed on a senior secured basis by our wholly owned domestic subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions, and secured, subject to permitted liens and other exceptions, by a first-priority security interest in our fixed asset collateral and a second priority interest in our current asset collateral.

The First Lien Credit Agreement also contains certain affirmative covenants and events of default, including an event of default upon a change in control.

The foregoing description of the terms of the First Lien Credit Agreement does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by, the full text of the First Lien Credit Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

ABL Revolving Credit Agreement

On March 4, 2021, we entered into a revolving credit agreement (the “ABL Revolving Credit Agreement”) for a five-year, secured, asset-based revolving credit facility with the lenders named in the ABL Revolving Credit Agreement and Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent and collateral agent. The ABL Revolving Credit Agreement provides for non-amortizing revolving loans in an aggregate principal amount of up to $500 million, subject to a borrowing base consisting of, among other things, inventory and sales receivables (subject to certain reserves).

Borrowings under the ABL Revolving Credit Agreement bear interest at a rate per annum equal to an applicable margin, plus, at our option, either a base rate or a LIBOR rate. The applicable margin is generally determined based on our average specified excess availability during the immediately preceding fiscal quarter as a percentage of the maximum borrowing amount under the facility, and is between 0.25% and 0.75% for base rate loans and between 1.25% and 1.75% for LIBOR loans. We will also be required to pay a commitment fee of between 0.25% and 0.375% in respect of the undrawn portion of the commitments, which is generally based on average daily usage of the facility during the immediately preceding fiscal quarter.

The ABL Revolving Credit Agreement contains covenants that, among other things, limit our ability to: grant liens on our assets, enter into certain investments, incur indebtedness, consummate fundamental change transactions, dispose of our assets, make certain restricted payments, enter into certain transactions with affiliates, enter into certain restrictive agreements, make prepayments on and amendments to certain types of junior indebtedness and make changes to our fiscal year. Each of these limitations are subject to various conditions. In addition, the ABL Revolving Credit Agreement requires us to maintain a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio of 1.0:1.0 if specified excess availability under the facility is less than the greater of 10% of the maximum borrowing amount and $31.25 million for a certain period of time.

All obligations under the ABL Revolving Credit Agreement are guaranteed on a senior secured basis by our wholly owned domestic subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions, and secured, subject to permitted liens and other exceptions, by a perfected first-priority security interest our current asset collateral and second-priority interests in our fixed asset collateral.

The ABL Revolving Credit Agreement also contains certain affirmative covenants and events of default, including an event of default upon a change in control.


The foregoing description of the terms of the ABL Revolving Credit Agreement does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by, the full text of the ABL Revolving Credit Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.2 and incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 7.01.

Regulation FD Disclosure.

On March 4, 2021, the Company issued a press release announcing its entry into the First Lien Credit Agreement and the ABL Revolving Credit Agreement. A copy of the press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and incorporated herein by reference.

In accordance with General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, Exhibit 99.1 is being furnished and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any of the Company’s filings under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, whether made before or after the date hereof and regardless of any general incorporation language in such filings, except to the extent expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

 

Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit
No.
  

Description

10.1    First Lien Credit Agreement, dated March 4, 2021, by and among Petco Health and Wellness Company, Inc., the lenders party thereto and Citibank, N.A., as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent
10.2    ABL Revolving Credit Agreement, dated March 4, 2021, by and among Petco Health and Wellness Company, Inc., the lenders party thereto and Citibank, N.A., as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent
99.1    Press Release, dated March 5, 2021
 104    The cover page from this Current Report on Form 8-K, formatted in Inline XBRL


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.

 

  Dated: March 5, 2021     Petco Health and Wellness Company, Inc.
    By:  

/s/ Ilene Eskenazi

      Ilene Eskenazi
      Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
EX-10.1

Exhibit 10.1

Execution Version

 

 

FIRST LIEN CREDIT AGREEMENT

dated as of March 4, 2021

by and among

PETCO HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMPANY, INC.,

as Borrower

CITIBANK, N.A.,

as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent,

and

THE LENDERS PARTY HERETO

 

 

CITIBANK, N.A.,

GOLDMAN SACHS BANK USA,

BOFA SECURITIES, INC.,

CREDIT SUISSE LOAN FUNDING LLC,

UBS SECURITIES LLC

and

WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, LLC

as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners

 

 

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

         Page  

Article I.

  

Definitions and Accounting Terms

  

Section 1.01

  Defined Terms      1  

Section 1.02

  Other Interpretive Provisions      77  

Section 1.03

  Accounting and Finance Terms; Accounting Periods; Unrestricted Subsidiaries; Determination of Fair Market Value      78  

Section 1.04

  Rounding      78  

Section 1.05

  References to Agreements, Laws, Etc.      79  

Section 1.06

  Times of Day      79  

Section 1.07

  Available Amount Transactions      79  

Section 1.08

  Pro Forma Calculations; Limited Condition Acquisitions; Basket and Ratio Compliance      79  

Section 1.09

  Currency Equivalents Generally      83  

Section 1.10

  Co-Borrowers      84  

Article II.

  

The Commitments and Borrowings

  

Section 2.01

  Term Loans      85  

Section 2.02

  Conversion/Continuation      86  

Section 2.03

  Availability      87  

Section 2.04

  Prepayments      88  

Section 2.05

  Termination or Reduction of Commitments      94  

Section 2.06

  Repayment of Loans      95  

Section 2.07

  Interest      95  

Section 2.08

  Fees      96  

Section 2.09

  Computation of Interest and Fees      97  

Section 2.10

  Evidence of Indebtedness      97  

Section 2.11

  Payments Generally      97  

Section 2.12

  Sharing of Payments, Etc.      99  

Section 2.13

  Incremental Borrowings      100  

Section 2.14

  Refinancing Amendments      103  

Section 2.15

  Extensions of Loans      103  

Section 2.16

  Defaulting Lenders      105  

Section 2.17

  Judgment Currency      106  

Article III.

  

Taxes, Increased Costs Protection and Illegality

  

Section 3.01

  Taxes      106  

Section 3.02

  Illegality      111  

Section 3.03

  Inability to Determine Rates      112  

Section 3.04

  Increased Cost and Reduced Return; Capital Adequacy; Reserves on Eurocurrency Rate Loans      113  

Section 3.05

  Funding Losses      114  

Section 3.06

  Matters Applicable to All Requests for Compensation      115  

 

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Section 3.07

  Replacement of Lenders Under Certain Circumstances      115  

Section 3.08

  Survival      117  

Article IV.

  

Conditions Precedent to Borrowings

  

Section 4.01

  Conditions to Initial Borrowing      117  

Section 4.02

  Conditions to Extensions after the Closing Date      119  

Article V.

  

Representations and Warranties

  

Section 5.01

  Existence, Qualification and Power; Compliance with Laws      120  

Section 5.02

  Authorization; No Contravention      120  

Section 5.03

  Governmental Authorization      121  

Section 5.04

  Binding Effect      121  

Section 5.05

  Financial Statements; No Material Adverse Effect      121  

Section 5.06

  Litigation      122  

Section 5.07

  [Reserved]      122  

Section 5.08

  Ownership of Property; Liens; Insurance      122  

Section 5.09

  Environmental Matters      122  

Section 5.10

  Taxes      122  

Section 5.11

  ERISA Compliance      123  

Section 5.12

  Subsidiaries      123  

Section 5.13

  Margin Regulations; Investment Company Act      123  

Section 5.14

  Disclosure      123  

Section 5.15

  Intellectual Property; Licenses, Etc.      124  

Section 5.16

  Solvency      124  

Section 5.17

  USA PATRIOT Act, FCPA and OFAC      124  

Section 5.18

  Collateral Documents      125  

Section 5.19

  Use of Proceeds      125  

Article VI.

  

Affirmative Covenants

  

Section 6.01

  Financial Statements      125  

Section 6.02

  Certificates; Other Information      126  

Section 6.03

  Notices      128  

Section 6.04

  Payment of Certain Taxes      128  

Section 6.05

  Preservation of Existence, Etc.      128  

Section 6.06

  Maintenance of Properties      129  

Section 6.07

  Maintenance of Insurance      129  

Section 6.08

  Compliance with Laws      130  

Section 6.09

  Books and Records      130  

Section 6.10

  Inspection Rights      130  

Section 6.11

  Covenant to Guarantee Obligations and Give Security      131  

Section 6.12

  Further Assurances      132  

Section 6.13

  Designation of Subsidiaries      133  

Section 6.14

  Maintenance of Ratings      133  

Section 6.15

  Post-Closing Matters      134  

Section 6.16

  Use of Proceeds      134  

 

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Section 6.17

  Change in Nature of Business      134  

Article VII.

  

Negative Covenants

  

Section 7.01

  Liens      134  

Section 7.02

  Investments      140  

Section 7.03

  Indebtedness      144  

Section 7.04

  Fundamental Changes      148  

Section 7.05

  Dispositions      150  

Section 7.06

  Restricted Payments      153  

Section 7.07

  Transactions with Affiliates      156  

Section 7.08

  Negative Pledge      158  

Section 7.09

  Junior Debt Prepayments; Amendments to Junior Financing Documents      160  

Section 7.10

  [Reserved]      162  

Section 7.11

  Changes in Fiscal Year      162  

Article VIII.

  

Events of Default and Remedies

  

Section 8.01

  Events of Default      162  

Section 8.02

  Remedies upon Event of Default      164  

Section 8.03

  Application of Funds      165  

Article IX.

  

Administrative Agent and Other Agents

  

Section 9.01

  Appointment and Authority of the Administrative Agent      166  

Section 9.02

  Rights as a Lender      167  

Section 9.03

  Exculpatory Provisions      167  

Section 9.04

  Reliance by the Agents      170  

Section 9.05

  Delegation of Duties      170  

Section 9.06

  Non-Reliance on Agents and Other Lenders; Disclosure of Information by Agents      171  

Section 9.07

  Indemnification of Agents      172  

Section 9.08

  No Other Duties; Other Agents, Lead Arranger, Managers, Etc.      173  

Section 9.09

  Resignation of Administrative Agent or Collateral Agent      173  

Section 9.10

  Administrative Agent May File Proofs of Claim; Credit Bidding      174  

Section 9.11

  Collateral and Guaranty Matters      176  

Section 9.12

  Appointment of Supplemental Administrative Agents      180  

Section 9.13

  Intercreditor Agreements      181  

Section 9.14

  Cash Management Agreements and Secured Hedge Agreements      181  

Section 9.15

  Withholding Taxes      182  

Section 9.16

  Certain ERISA Matters      182  

Article X.

  

Miscellaneous

  

Section 10.01

  Amendments, Waivers, Etc.      183  

Section 10.02

  Notices and Other Communications; Facsimile Copies      188  

Section 10.03

  No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies      190  

 

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Section 10.04

  Attorney Costs and Expenses      191  

Section 10.05

  Indemnification by the Borrower      192  

Section 10.06

  Marshaling; Payments Set Aside      193  

Section 10.07

  Successors and Assigns      194  

Section 10.08

  Confidentiality      202  

Section 10.09

  Set-off      204  

Section 10.10

  Interest Rate Limitation      204  

Section 10.11

  Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness      205  

Section 10.12

  Electronic Execution of Assignments and Certain Other Documents      205  

Section 10.13

  Survival      205  

Section 10.14

  Severability      205  

Section 10.15

  GOVERNING LAW      205  

Section 10.16

  WAIVER OF RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY      206  

Section 10.17

  Limitation of Liability      207  

Section 10.18

  Use of Name, Logo, Etc.      207  

Section 10.19

  USA PATRIOT Act Notice      208  

Section 10.20

  Service of Process      208  

Section 10.21

  No Advisory or Fiduciary Responsibility      208  

Section 10.22

  Binding Effect      209  

Section 10.23

  Obligations Several; Independent Nature of Lender’s Rights      209  

Section 10.24

  Headings      209  

Section 10.25

  Acknowledgement and Consent to Bail-In of Affected Financial Institutions      209  

Section 10.26

  Acknowledgment Regarding Any Supported QFCs      209  

Section 10.27

  Disqualified Lenders and Net Short Positions      210  

 

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SCHEDULES   
2.01    Commitments
5.06    Litigation
5.11(a)    ERISA Compliance
5.11(b)    ERISA Compliance
5.12    Subsidiaries
6.15    Post-Closing Matters
10.02    Administrative Agent’s Office, Certain Addresses for Notices
EXHIBITS

Form of

A-1    Committed Loan Notice
A-2    Conversion/Continuation Notice
B-1    Term Loan Note
C    Compliance Certificate
D-1    Assignment and Assumption
D-2    Affiliate Assignment Notice
E    Guaranty
F    Security Agreement
G    Non-Bank Certificate
H    Global Intercompany Note
I    Solvency Certificate
J    Prepayment Notice
K    Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement
L    Auction Procedures
M    Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement

 

 

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FIRST LIEN CREDIT AGREEMENT

This FIRST LIEN CREDIT AGREEMENT is entered into as of March 4, 2021, by and among Petco Health and Wellness Company, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Borrower”), Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent under the Loan Documents (in such capacity, including any successor thereto, the “Administrative Agent”), Citibank, N.A., as collateral agent under the Loan Documents (in such capacity, including any successor thereto, the “Collateral Agent”), Citibank, N.A., Goldman Sachs Bank USA, BofA Securities, Inc., Credit Suisse Loan Funding LLC, UBS Securities LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners (the “Lead Arrangers” and “Joint Bookrunners”), and each lender from time to time party hereto (collectively, the “Lenders” and, individually, a “Lender”). Capitalized terms used herein are defined as set forth in Section 1.01.

PRELIMINARY STATEMENTS

The Borrower has requested that upon satisfaction (or waiver) of the conditions precedent set forth in Article IV, the Lenders extend credit to the Borrower in the form of Initial Term Loans in an aggregate principal amount of $1,700,000,000 pursuant to the terms of this Agreement.

On the Closing Date, the Borrower intends to enter into the ABL Credit Agreement pursuant to which it will obtain commitments in an aggregate principal amount of up to $500,000,000.

The proceeds of the Initial Term Loans and proceeds from the issuance of other secured indebtedness concurrent therewith will be used on the Closing Date to (a) refinance certain outstanding debt of the Borrower and/or its subsidiaries, including Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Petco Animal Supplies”) and its subsidiaries (the “Existing Indebtedness”), and (b) pay fees and expenses in connection with the Transactions.

On the Closing Date, the Borrower will repay (or cause to be repaid) the Existing Indebtedness under, terminate any commitments under, and cause to be released any contractual Liens securing obligations under the Existing Indebtedness Documents (such repayment, termination and release, collectively, the “Closing Date Refinancing”).

The applicable Lenders have indicated their willingness to make Loans on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein.

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

ARTICLE I.

DEFINITIONS AND ACCOUNTING TERMS

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

ABL Credit Agreement” means that certain ABL Revolving Credit Agreement, dated as of the Closing Date, by and among the Borrower, the lenders party thereto, Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent and as collateral agent, and the other parties thereto, as the same may be amended, restated, modified, supplemented, extended, renewed, refunded, replaced or refinanced from time to time in one or more agreements (in each case with the same or new lenders, institutional investors or agents), including any agreement extending the maturity thereof or otherwise restructuring all or any portion of the Indebtedness thereunder or increasing the amount loaned or issued thereunder or altering the maturity thereof.


ABL Credit Facility” means the senior secured asset-based revolving loan facility and any term loan facilities made pursuant to the ABL Credit Agreement.

ABL Loan Documents” means the ABL Credit Agreement and the other “Loan Documents” as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement, as each such document may be amended, restated, supplemented and/or otherwise modified.

ABL Obligations” means the “Obligations” as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement.

ABL Priority Collateral” means the “ABL Collateral” as defined in the Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement.

Acquisition Transaction” means the purchase or other acquisition (in one transaction or a series of transactions, including by merger, amalgamation or otherwise) by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary of all or substantially all the property, assets or business of another Person, or assets constituting a business unit, line of business or division of, any Person, or of a majority of the outstanding Equity Interests of any Person (including any Investment which serves to increase the Borrower’s or any Restricted Subsidiary’s respective equity ownership in any Joint Venture (other than an Unrestricted Subsidiary) or other Person to an amount in excess (or further in excess) of the majority of the outstanding Equity Interests of such Joint Venture or other Person).

Additional Lender” means, at any time, any bank, other financial institution or institutional investor that, in any case, is not an existing Lender and that agrees to provide any portion of any,

(a) Incremental Loan in accordance with Section 2.13; or

(b) Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness pursuant to a Refinancing Amendment in accordance with Section 2.14;

provided that each Additional Lender (other than any Person that is a Lender, an Affiliate or branch of a Lender or an Approved Fund of a Lender at such time) shall be subject to the approval of the Administrative Agent (such approval not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), in each case to the extent any such consent would be required from the Administrative Agent under Section 10.07(b)(iii)(B), for an assignment of Loans to such Additional Lender.

Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate” means, with respect to any Borrowing of Eurocurrency Rate Loans for any Interest Period, an interest rate per annum equal to, (x) with respect to Eurocurrency Rate Loans denominated in Dollars, the Eurocurrency Rate based on clause (a) of the definition of “Eurocurrency Rate” for such Interest Period multiplied by the Statutory Reserve Rate, and (y) with respect to Eurocurrency Rate Loans denominated in an Alternative Currency, the Eurocurrency Rate based on clause (c) of the definition of “Eurocurrency Rate” for such Interest Period; provided that, notwithstanding the foregoing, the “Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate” shall in no event be less than 0.75% per annum with respect to (a) Initial Term Loans made to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01(a) and (b) all other Term Loans unless an alternate Eurocurrency Rate floor is specifically noted in the documentation with respect to such other Term Loans or such documentation with respect to such other Term Loans specifically provides that there shall be no Eurocurrency Rate floor. The Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate with respect to Eurocurrency Rate Loans denominated in Dollars will be adjusted automatically as to all Borrowings of Eurocurrency Rate Loans then outstanding as of the effective date of any change in the Statutory Reserve Rate.

 

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

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

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

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

Affiliate” means, with respect to any 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. As used in this definition, “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, and “Controlled” has the meaning correlative thereto. For the avoidance of doubt, none of the Lead Arrangers, the Agents, or their respective lending affiliates shall be deemed to be an Affiliate of the Loan Parties or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries.

Affiliated Debt Fund” means,

(a) any Affiliate of a Sponsor that is a bona fide bank, debt fund, distressed asset fund, hedge fund, mutual fund, insurance company, financial institution or an investment vehicle that is engaged in the business of investing in, acquiring or trading commercial loans, bonds and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course of business, in each case, that is not organized primarily for the purpose of making equity investments with respect to which the relevant Sponsor does not possess the power to make investment decisions for such entity and either,

(i) information barriers are in place restricting the sharing of information between it and such Sponsor, or

(ii) its managers have fiduciary duties to the investors in such fund that are independent of their fiduciary duties to investors in such Sponsor, and

(b) any investment fund or account of a Permitted Investor managed by third parties (including by way of a managed account, a fund or an index fund in which a Permitted Investor has invested) that is not organized or used primarily for the purpose of making equity investments.

Affiliated Lender” means, at any time, any Lender that is either a Sponsor or an Affiliate of a Sponsor (including other Affiliates of the Borrower), at such time, excluding in any case, (a) the Borrower, (b) any Subsidiary of the Borrower and (c) any natural person.

Affiliated Lender Term Loan Cap” has the meaning specified in Section 10.07(h)(iii).

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

Agent-Related Persons” means the Agents, together with their respective Affiliates and branches, and the officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents, attorney-in-fact, partners, trustees, advisors and other representatives of such Persons and of such Persons’ Affiliates and branches.

 

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Agents” means, collectively, the Administrative Agent, the Collateral Agent, the Supplemental Administrative Agents (if any), the Joint Bookrunners and the Lead Arrangers.

Aggregate Commitments” means the Commitments of all the Lenders.

Agreement” means this First Lien Credit Agreement, as amended, restated, amended and restated, modified or supplemented from time to time in accordance with the terms hereof.

Agreement Currency” has the meaning specified in Section 2.17(b).

AHYDO Catch Up Payment” has the meaning specified in Section 7.09(a)(viii).

All-In Yield” means, as to any Indebtedness or Loans of any Class, the yield thereof, whether in the form of interest rate, margin, OID, upfront fees, a Eurocurrency Rate floor or Base Rate floor to the extent greater than the highest Eurocurrency Rate floor or Base Rate floor applicable to the Loans (with such increased amount being equated to interest margins for purposes of determining any increase to the Applicable Rate); provided that (a) OID and upfront fees shall be equated to interest rate assuming a 4-year life to maturity (or, if less, the stated life to maturity at the time of its incurrence of the applicable Indebtedness) and (b) “All-In Yield” shall not include any arrangement fees, structuring fees, underwriting fees, commitment fees, amendment fees, ticking fees, prepayment fees or premiums, interest paid in kind, or any other fees similar to the foregoing (regardless of how such fees are computed or to whom paid).

Alternative Currencies” means Euros and, in the case of any Incremental Facility or Refinancing Loans, any currency agreed to by the Administrative Agent, the Borrower and each Lender providing such Incremental Facility or Refinancing Loans (in its sole discretion); provided that, in each case, each such other currency is a lawful currency that is readily available, freely transferable and not restricted and able to be converted into Dollars in the London interbank deposit market.

Annual Financial Statements” means the audited consolidated balance sheets of Petco Health and Wellness Company, Inc., a Delaware corporation, as of February 1, 2020, and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ equity and cash flows for Petco Health and Wellness, Company, Inc. for the fiscal year then ended.

Applicable Creditor” has the meaning specified in Section 2.17(b).

Applicable Decimal Place” has the meaning specified in Section 1.04.

Applicable Indebtedness” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Weighted Average Life to Maturity.”

Applicable Rate” means,

(a) with respect to Initial Term Loans, a percentage per annum equal to (i) for Eurocurrency Rate Loans, 3.25% and (ii) for Base Rate Loans, 2.25%; and

(b) with respect any Term Loans (other than Initial Term Loans) or other Incremental Loans, as specified in the applicable Incremental Amendment, Extension Amendment or Refinancing Amendment.

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

 

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Approved Fund” means, with respect to any Lender, any Fund that is administered, advised or managed by (a) such Lender, (b) an Affiliate or branch of such Lender or (c) an entity or an Affiliate of an entity that administers, advises or manages such Lender.

Asset Sale Prepayment Percentage” means,

(a) 100.00%, if the Borrower’s First Lien Net Leverage Ratio at the end of the immediately preceding fiscal year equals or exceeds the Closing Date First Lien Net Leverage Ratio less 0.50 to 1.00;

(b) 50.00%, if such First Lien Net Leverage Ratio is less than the Closing Date First Lien Net Leverage Ratio less 0.50 to 1.00, but equals or exceeds the Closing Date First Lien Net Leverage Ratio less 1.00 to 1.00; and

(c) 0.00%, if such First Lien Net Leverage Ratio is less than the Closing Date First Lien Net Leverage Ratio less 1.00 to 1.00,

in each case, calculated excluding the cash proceeds of any such Disposition or Casualty Event for purposes of netting (i.e., such cash proceeds shall not reduce the Borrower’s Consolidated Net Debt or Consolidated Secured Net Debt pursuant to clause (b) of the definition of such terms).

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

Attorney Costs” means all reasonable and documented in reasonable detail fees, expenses, charges and disbursements of any law firm or other external legal counsel.

Attributable Indebtedness” means, on any date, in respect of any Capitalized Lease of any Person, the capitalized amount thereof that would appear on a balance sheet of such Person prepared as of such date in accordance with GAAP.

Available Amount” means, as of any date of determination (such date, the “Reference Date”), with respect to the applicable Available Amount Reference Period, a cumulative amount equal to the sum of, without duplication:

(a) the greater of (A) 25.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 25.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination; plus

(b) an amount equal to 50.00% of cumulative Consolidated Net Income for such Available Amount Reference Period; provided that when measuring such amount (i) Consolidated Net Income will be deemed not to be less than zero in any fiscal year and (ii) Consolidated Net Income for any fiscal quarter or year will be deemed to be zero until the financial statements required to be delivered pursuant to Section 6.01(a) or (b) for such fiscal quarter, and the related Compliance Certificate required to be delivered pursuant to Section 6.02(a) for such fiscal quarter or year, have been received by the Administrative Agent; provided further that, with respect to any Restricted Payment or Junior Debt Repayment utilizing the Available Amount under this clause (b), the Total Net Leverage Ratio (after giving Pro Forma Effect to the incurrence of such Restricted Payment or Junior Debt Repayment) for the most recently ended Test Period shall be less than or equal to the Closing Date Total Net Leverage Ratio; plus

(c) Permitted Equity Issuances, during the period from and including the Business Day immediately following the Closing Date through and including the Reference Date and, to the extent Not Otherwise Applied; plus

 

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(d) to the extent not reflected as a return of capital with respect to such Investment for purposes of determining the amount of such Investment pursuant to Section 7.02, the aggregate amount of all cash dividends and other cash distributions received by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary from any Minority Investments or Unrestricted Subsidiaries during the period from and including the Business Day immediately following the Closing Date through and including the Reference Date; plus

(e) to the extent not reflected as a return of capital with respect to such Investment for purposes of determining the amount of such Investment pursuant to Section 7.02, the Investments of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in any Unrestricted Subsidiary that has been re-designated as a Restricted Subsidiary or that has been merged, amalgamated or consolidated with or into the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries (up to the lesser of (i) the fair market value of such Investments of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in such Unrestricted Subsidiary at the time of such re-designation or merger, amalgamation or consolidation and (ii) the fair market value of such Investments by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in such Unrestricted Subsidiary at the time they were made); plus

(f) to the extent not reflected as a return of capital with respect to such Investment for purposes of determining the amount of such Investment or required to be applied to prepay Term Loans in accordance with Section 2.04(b)(ii), the aggregate amount of all Net Cash Proceeds received by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in connection with the Disposition of its ownership interest in any Minority Investment or Unrestricted Subsidiary during the period from and including the Business Day immediately following the Closing Date through and including the Reference Date (up to the fair market value of the Investments made in such Minority Investment or Unrestricted Subsidiary at the time such Investments were made); plus

(g) to the extent (i) not reflected as a return of capital with respect to such Investment for purposes of determining the amount of such Investment pursuant to Section 7.02 and (ii) not in excess of the fair market value of such Investment at the time it was made, the returns (including repayments of principal and payments of interest), profits, distributions and similar amounts received in cash or Cash Equivalents by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries on Investments made by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in reliance on the Available Amount; plus

(h) (i) any amount of mandatory prepayments of Term Loans required to be prepaid pursuant to Section 2.04(b) that have been declined by Lenders and retained by the Borrower in accordance with Section 2.04(b)(vi) and (ii) any amount of mandatory prepayments of Pari Passu Lien Debt of the Borrower (and any Permitted Refinancing (as defined below) of the foregoing), to the extent such amount was required to be applied to offer to repurchase or otherwise prepay such Indebtedness and the holders of such Pari Passu Lien Debt declined such repurchase or prepayment; plus

(i) any amount of Net Cash Proceeds from Dispositions or Casualty Events not required to be applied to a mandatory prepayment pursuant to Section 2.04(b)(ii) as a result of an Asset Sale Prepayment Percentage that is less than 100.00%; minus

(j) the aggregate amount of any Investments made pursuant to Section 7.02(hh)(i), any Restricted Payments made pursuant to Section 7.06(o)(i) and any Junior Debt Repayment made pursuant to Section 7.09(a)(x)(A) during the period commencing on the Closing Date and ending on the applicable date of determination (and, for purposes of this clause (j), without taking account of the intended usage of the Available Amount on such applicable date of determination in the contemplated transaction).

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to the extent any Excess Cash Flow is not applied to make a prepayment pursuant to Section 2.04(b)(i) by virtue of the application of Section 2.04(b)(v), such Excess Cash Flow shall not under any circumstances increase the Available Amount.

 

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Available Amount Reference Period” means, with respect to any applicable date of measurement of the Available Amount, the period commencing on (i) with respect to the calculation of clause (b) of the definition of “Available Amount”, the first day of the first full fiscal quarter in which the Closing Date occurs and ending on the last day of the most recent fiscal quarter for which internal financial statements are available and (ii) with respect to the calculation of “Available Amount” (other than clause (b) of the definition thereof) the day after the Closing Date through and including the date of measurement.

Available Tenor” means, as of any date of determination and with respect to the then-current Benchmark, as applicable, any tenor for such Benchmark or payment period for interest calculated with reference to such Benchmark, as applicable, that is or may be used for determining the length of an Interest Period 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 Section 10.01(f)(iv).

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, rule, regulation 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” shall mean Title 11 of the United States Code (11 U.S.C. §101, et seq.), as amended from time to time.

Base Rate” means for any day a fluctuating rate per annum equal to the highest of (a) the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.50%, (b) the rate of interest in effect for such day as publicly announced from time to time by the Administrative Agent as its “prime rate”, and (c) the Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate for Loans denominated in Dollars on such day for an Interest Period of one month plus 1.00% (or, if such day is not a Business Day, the immediately preceding Business Day); provided that, notwithstanding the foregoing, the “Base Rate” shall in no event be less than 1.75% per annum. The “prime rate” is a rate set by the Administrative Agent based upon various factors including the Administrative Agent’s costs and desired return, general economic conditions and other factors, and is used as a reference point for pricing some loans, which may be priced at, above, or below such announced rate. Any change in such prime rate announced by the Administrative Agent shall take effect at the opening of business on the day specified in the public announcement of such change.

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

Benchmark” means, initially with respect to any amounts denominated in Dollars, USD LIBOR; provided that if a Benchmark Transition Event or an Early Opt-in Election, as applicable, and its related Benchmark Replacement Date have occurred with respect to the then-current Benchmark, then “Benchmark” means the applicable Benchmark Replacement to the extent that such Benchmark Replacement has replaced such prior benchmark rate pursuant to Section 10.01(f)(i).

 

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Benchmark Replacement” means, for any Available Tenor, the first alternative set forth below and (where applicable) in the order set forth below for the currency that can be determined by the Administrative Agent for the applicable Benchmark Replacement Date:

(a) For Dollars:

(1) the sum of: (a) Term SOFR and (b) the related Benchmark Replacement Adjustment;

(2) the sum of: (a) Daily Simple SOFR and (b) the related Benchmark Replacement Adjustment;

(3) the sum of: (a) the alternate benchmark rate that has been selected by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower 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 Dollars denominated syndicated credit facilities at such time and (b) the related Benchmark Replacement Adjustment; provided that, in the case of clause (1), such Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement is 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.

(b) For all Non-Hardwired Currencies, the sum of: (a) the alternate benchmark rate that has been selected by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower 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 such currency at such time in the U.S. syndicated loan market and (b) the related Benchmark Replacement Adjustment.

If the Benchmark Replacement as determined pursuant to clauses (a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3) or (b) above would be less than the Floor for the applicable Benchmark, the Benchmark Replacement will be deemed to be the Floor applicable to such Benchmark for the purposes of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents.

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:

(1) for purposes of clauses (a)(1) and (a)(2) of the definition of “Benchmark Replacement,” the first alternative set forth in the order below that can be determined by the Administrative Agent: (a) the spread adjustment, or method for calculating or determining such spread adjustment, (which may be a positive or negative value or zero) as of the Reference Time such Benchmark Replacement is first set for such Interest Period that has been selected or recommended by the Relevant Governmental Body for the replacement of such Benchmark with the applicable Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement for the applicable Corresponding Tenor or (b) the spread adjustment (which may be a positive or negative value or zero) as of the Reference Time such Benchmark Replacement is first set for such Interest Period that would apply to the fallback rate for a derivative transaction referencing the ISDA Definitions to be effective upon an index cessation event with respect to such Benchmark for the applicable Corresponding Tenor; and

 

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(2) for purposes of clause (a)(3) or (b) of the definition of “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 Borrower for the applicable Corresponding Tenor and currency 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 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 in the U.S. syndicated loan market; provided that, in the case of clause (1) above, such adjustment is displayed on a screen or other information service that publishes such Benchmark Replacement Adjustment from time to time as selected by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion.

Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes” means, with respect to any Benchmark Replacement, any technical, administrative or operational changes (including changes to the definition of “Base Rate,” the definition of “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, the formula for calculating any successor rates identified pursuant to the definition of “Benchmark Replacement” (including whether such formula shall be cumulative or non-cumulative), the formula, methodology or convention for applying the successor Floor to the successor Benchmark Replacement and other technical, administrative or operational matters) that the Administrative Agent decides may be appropriate to reflect the adoption and implementation of such Benchmark Replacement 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 Replacement 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 the earliest to occur of the following events with respect to the 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);

(2) in the case of clause (3) of the definition of “Benchmark Transition Event,” the date of the public statement or publication of information referenced therein; or

(3) in the case of an Early Opt-in Election, the sixth (6th) Business Day after the date notice of such Early Opt-in Election is provided to the Lenders, so long as the Administrative Agent has not received, by 5:00 p.m. (New York City time) on the fifth (5th) Business Day after the date notice of such Early Opt-in Election is provided to the Lenders, written notice of objection to such Early Opt-in Election from Lenders comprising the Required Lenders.

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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 the 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), for USD LIBOR the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System or the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 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), 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 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).

Benchmark Unavailability Period” means, with respect to any then-current 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 the then-current Benchmark for all purposes hereunder and under any Loan Document in accordance with Section 10.01(f) and (y) ending at the time that a Benchmark Replacement has replaced the then-current Benchmark for all purposes hereunder and under any Loan Document in accordance with Section 10.01(f).

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 ERISA) that is subject to Title I of ERISA, (b) a “plan” as defined in and subject to Section 4975 of the Code or (c) any Person

 

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whose assets include (for purposes of ERISA Section 3(42) 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.

Board of Directors” means, as to any Person, the board of directors, board of managers or other governing body of such Person, or if such Person is owned or managed by a single entity, the board of directors, board of managers or other governing body of such entity, and the term “directors” means members of the Board of Directors.

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

Borrower Materials” has the meaning specified in Section 6.02.

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

Borrowing Base” means as of any date, an amount equal to (A) the sum of (i) 90% of eligible credit card account receivables, 90% of the net orderly liquidation value of eligible inventory and (iii) 100% of qualified cash, in each case, of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, minus (B) the amount of all reserves then in effect.

Business Day” means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or other day on which commercial banks are authorized to close under the Laws of, or are in fact closed in, the jurisdiction where the Administrative Agent’s Office is located (which, as of the date of this Agreement, is New York, New York) and

(i) if such day relates to any interest rate settings as to a Eurocurrency Rate Loan denominated in Dollars, any fundings, disbursements, settlements and payments in respect of any such Eurocurrency Rate Loan, or any other dealings to be carried out pursuant to this Agreement in respect of any such Eurocurrency Rate Loan, means any such day on which dealings in deposits in Dollars are conducted by and between banks in the London interbank eurodollar market and

(ii) if such day relates to any interest rate settings as to a Eurocurrency Rate Loan denominated in Euros, any fundings, disbursements, settlements and payments in respect of any such Eurocurrency Rate Loan, or any other dealings to be carried out pursuant to this Agreement in respect of any such Eurocurrency Rate Loan, means any such day that is also a TARGET Day.

Capital Expenditures” means, for any period, the aggregate of all expenditures (whether paid in cash or accrued as liabilities and including in all events all amounts expended or capitalized under Capitalized Leases) by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries during such period that, in conformity with GAAP, are or are required to be included as capital expenditures on the consolidated statement of cash flows of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries; provided that Capital Expenditures will not include:

(a) expenditures to the extent they are made with proceeds of the issuance of Equity Interests of, or a cash capital contribution to, the Borrower after the Closing Date;

(b) expenditures with proceeds of insurance settlements, condemnation awards and other settlements in respect of lost, destroyed, damaged or condemned assets, equipment or other property to the extent such expenditures are made to replace or repair such lost, destroyed, damaged or condemned assets,

 

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equipment or other property or otherwise to acquire, maintain, develop, construct, improve, upgrade or repair assets or properties useful in the business of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries;

(c) interest capitalized during such period;

(d) expenditures that are accounted for as capital expenditures of such Person and that actually are paid for by a third party (excluding the Borrower and any Restricted Subsidiary) and for which none of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary has provided or is required to provide or incur, directly or indirectly, any consideration or obligation to such third party or any other Person (whether before, during or after such period) (it being understood that notwithstanding the foregoing, landlord financed improvements to leased real properties shall be excluded from “Capital Expenditures” pursuant to this clause (d));

(e) the book value of any asset owned by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary prior to or during such period to the extent that such book value is included as a Capital Expenditure during such period as a result of such Person reusing or beginning to reuse such asset during such period without a corresponding expenditure actually having been made in such period; provided that any expenditure necessary in order to permit such asset to be reused will be included as a Capital Expenditure during the period that such expenditure is actually made;

(f) the purchase price of equipment purchased during such period to the extent the consideration therefor consists of any combination of (i) used or surplus equipment traded in at the time of such purchase or (ii) the proceeds of a concurrent sale of used or surplus equipment, in each case, in the ordinary course of business;

(g) Investments in respect of a Permitted Acquisition;

(h) the purchase of property, plant or equipment to the extent purchased with the proceeds of Dispositions that are not applied to prepay Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.04(b); or

(i) expenditures used for acquisitions of fee-owned real property, up to the greater of (A) 5.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 5.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA on a Pro Forma Basis as of the applicable date of determination during any fiscal year, so long as (i) the Borrower demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Administrative Agent a viable plan that provides for a Sale Leaseback Transaction within one year of acquisition and (ii) the Administrative Agent approves of the exclusion of such expenditures in their reasonable discretion, provided if the Borrower and its Subsidiaries fail to complete such Sale Leaseback Transaction within such one-year period, expenditures used for such acquisition shall be included as Capital Expenditures in the fiscal year in which such one-year period expires.

Capitalized Lease Obligation” means, at the time any determination thereof is to be made, the amount of the liability in respect of a Capitalized Lease that would at such time be required to be capitalized and reflected as a liability on a balance sheet (excluding the footnotes thereto) prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Capitalized Leases” means all financing leases that have been or are required to be, in accordance with GAAP as in effect on the Closing Date (including the Borrower’s adoption of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842)), recorded as financing leases; provided that (i) for all purposes hereunder the amount of obligations under any Capitalized Lease shall be the amount thereof accounted for as a liability in accordance with GAAP as in effect on the Closing Date (including the Borrower’s adoption of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842)) and (ii) in

 

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no event shall an operating lease or a lease that would have been an operating lease prior to the adoption of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) be considered a Capitalized Lease.

Captive Insurance Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary of the Borrower that is subject to regulation as an insurance company (or any Subsidiary thereof).

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

Cash Collateralize” means, in respect of an Obligation, to provide and pledge (as a first priority perfected security interest) cash collateral in Dollars, at a location and pursuant to documentation in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent (and “Cash Collateralization” has a corresponding meaning). “Cash Collateral” shall have a meaning correlative to the foregoing and shall include the proceeds of such cash collateral and other credit support.

Cash Equivalents” means any of the following types of Investments (including for the avoidance of doubt, cash), to the extent owned by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary:

(a) Dollars and each Alternative Currency;

(b) local currencies held by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary from time to time in the ordinary course of business and not for speculation;

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

(d) certificates of deposit, time deposits and eurodollar time deposits with maturities of one year or less from the date of acquisition, demand deposits, bankers’ acceptances with maturities not exceeding one year and overnight bank deposits, in each case with any domestic or foreign commercial bank having capital and surplus of not less than $500,000,000 (or the foreign currency equivalent thereof as of the date of such investment);

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

(f) commercial paper rated at least P-2 by Moody’s or at least A-2 by S&P (or, if at any time neither Moody’s nor S&P shall be rating such obligations, an equivalent rating from another nationally recognized statistical rating agency) and in each case maturing within 12 months after the date of creation thereof;

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

(h) readily marketable direct obligations issued by any state, commonwealth or territory of the United States, or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof, in each case having an Investment Grade Rating from either Moody’s or S&P (or, if at any time neither Moody’s nor S&P shall be rating such

 

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obligations, an equivalent rating from another nationally recognized statistical rating agency) with maturities of 12 months or less from the date of acquisition;

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

(j) investment funds investing substantially all of their assets in securities of the types described in clauses (a) through (i) above; and

(k) solely with respect to any Captive Insurance Subsidiary, any investment that a Captive Insurance Subsidiary is not prohibited to make in accordance with applicable Law.

In the case of Investments by any Foreign Subsidiary that is a Restricted Subsidiary or Investments made in a jurisdiction outside the United States of America, Cash Equivalents shall also include (i) investments of the type and maturity described in clauses (a) through (k) above in foreign obligors, which Investments or obligors (or the parents of such obligors) have ratings described in such clauses or equivalent ratings from comparable foreign rating agencies and (ii) other short-term investments in accordance with normal investment practices for cash management in investments analogous to the foregoing investments in clauses (a) through (k) above and in this paragraph. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Cash Equivalents shall include amounts denominated in currencies other than those set forth in clause (a) or (b) above; provided that such amounts, except amounts used to pay obligations of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary denominated in any currency other than Dollars or an Alternative Currency in the ordinary course of business, are converted into Dollars or an Alternative Currency as promptly as practicable and in any event within ten Business Days following the receipt of such amounts.

Cash Management Bank” means,

(i) any Person that is a Lender or Agent or an Affiliate or branch of a Lender or Agent (a) on the Closing Date (with respect to any Cash Management Services entered into prior to the Closing Date), (b) at the time it initially provides any Cash Management Services to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, or (c) at the time that the Person to whom the Cash Management Services are provided is merged or amalgamated with the Borrower or becomes or is merged or amalgamated with a Restricted Subsidiary (with respect to any Cash Management Services entered into prior to the date of such merger or amalgamation or such Person becoming a Restricted Subsidiary), in each case whether or not such Person subsequently ceases to be a Lender or Agent or an Affiliate or branch of a Lender or Agent or

(ii) any other Person designated by the Borrower to the Administrative Agent in writing and so long as such Person (a) agrees to appoint the Administrative Agent as its agent under the applicable Loan Documents and (b) agrees to be bound by the provisions of the applicable Loan Documents as a Cash Management Bank.

Cash Management Obligations” means obligations owed by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to any Cash Management Bank in respect of or in connection with any Cash Management Services and designated by the Cash Management Bank and the Borrower in writing to the Administrative Agent as “Cash Management Obligations” (but only if such Cash Management Services have not been designated as “Cash Management Obligations” under the ABL Credit Agreement).

 

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Cash Management Services” means any agreement or arrangement to provide cash management services, including treasury, depository, overdraft, credit card processing, credit or debit card, purchase card, electronic funds transfer and other cash management arrangements.

Casualty Event” means any event that gives rise to the receipt by a Loan Party of any property or casualty insurance proceeds or any condemnation or expropriation awards, in each case, in respect of any equipment, fixed assets or real property (including any improvements thereon) to replace or repair such equipment, fixed assets or real property.

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

Change in Law” means the occurrence, after the date of this Agreement, of any of the following:

(a) the adoption or taking effect of any law, rule, regulation or treaty (excluding the taking effect after the date of this Agreement of a law, rule, regulation or treaty adopted prior to the date of this Agreement);

(b) any change in any law, rule, regulation or treaty or in the administration, interpretation or application thereof by any Governmental Authority; or

(c) the making or issuance of any request, guideline or directive (whether or not having the force of law) by any Governmental Authority.

It is understood and agreed that (i) the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Pub. L. 111-203, H.R. 4173), all Laws relating thereto, all interpretations and applications thereof and any compliance by a Lender with any and all requests, rules, guidelines, requirements and directives thereunder or issued in connection therewith or in implementation thereof or relating thereto and (ii) all requests, rules, guidelines, requirements or directives issued by any United States or foreign regulatory authority in connection with the implementation of the recommendations of the Bank for International Settlements or the Basel Committee on Banking Regulations and Supervisory Practices (or any successor or similar authority) in each case pursuant to Basel III, shall, for the purposes of this Agreement, be deemed to be adopted subsequent to the date hereof and a Change in Law regardless of the date enacted, adopted, issued, promulgated or implemented. Notwithstanding the foregoing, FATCA (as defined below) shall not be considered a “Change in Law.”

Change of Control” means the earliest to occur of:

(a) any Person (other than a Permitted Holder) or Persons (other than one or more Permitted Holders) constituting a “group” (as such term is used in Section 13(d) and Section 14(d) of the Exchange Act, but excluding any employee benefit plan of such Person and its Subsidiaries, and any Person acting in its capacity as trustee, agent or other fiduciary or administrator of any such plan), becoming the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rules 13(d)-3 and 13(d)-5 under such Act), directly or indirectly, of Equity Interests representing more than forty percent (40.00%) of the aggregate ordinary voting power represented by the then issued and outstanding Equity Interests of the Borrower (or Successor Borrower, if applicable) and the percentage of aggregate ordinary voting power so held is greater than the percentage of the aggregate ordinary voting power represented by the Equity Interests of the Borrower (or Successor Borrower, if applicable) beneficially owned (as defined in Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, in the aggregate by the Permitted Holders, unless the Permitted Holders have, at such time, the right or the ability by voting power, contract or otherwise to elect or designate for election 50.00% or more of the Board of Directors of the Borrower (or Successor Borrower, if applicable); and

 

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(b) a Change of Control or similar event occurring under the ABL Credit Agreement.

Class” when used in reference to,

(a) any Loan or Borrowing, refers to whether such Loan, or the Loans comprising such Borrowing, are Initial Term Loans, Incremental Term Loans, Refinancing Term Loans, or Extended Term Loans;

(b) any Commitment, refers to whether such Commitment is (i) a Commitment in respect of Initial Term Loans, (ii) a Refinancing Term Commitment (and, in the case of a Refinancing Term Commitment, the Class of Loans to which such commitment relates), or (iii) a Commitment in respect of a Class of Loans to be made pursuant to an Incremental Amendment or an Extension Amendment; and

(c) any Lender, refers to whether such Lender has a Loan or Commitment with respect to a particular Class of Loans or Commitments.

Refinancing Term Commitments, Refinancing Term Loans, Incremental Term Loans and Extended Term Loans that have different terms and conditions shall be construed to be in different Classes.

Closing Date” means the first date on which all of the conditions precedent in Section 4.01 are satisfied or waived in accordance with Section 10.01 and the Initial Term Loans are made to the Borrower pursuant to the first sentence of Section 2.01(a).

Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement” means that certain Intercreditor Agreement, dated as of the Closing Date, by and among the Collateral Agent, each Debt Representative under the ABL Credit Agreement, and each additional representative from time to time party thereto, as acknowledged by the Loan Parties, as amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time in accordance with the terms thereof.

Closing Date EBITDA” means $543,000,000.

Closing Date First Lien Net Leverage Ratio” means 3.00 to 1.00.

Closing Date Refinancing” has the meaning specified in the preliminary statements to this Agreement.

Closing Date Secured Net Leverage Ratio” means 3.00 to 1.00.

Closing Date Total Net Leverage Ratio” means 3.00 to 1.00.

Closing Fee” has the meaning specified in Section 2.08(b).

Co-Borrower” has the meaning specified in Section 1.10.

Co-Borrower Effective Date” has the meaning specified in Section 1.10.

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

Collateral” means all the “Collateral” (or equivalent term, including “hypothecated property”) as defined in any Collateral Document and all other property that is subject or purported to be subject to any Lien in favor of the Collateral Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties pursuant to any Collateral Document, but in any event excluding all Excluded Assets.

 

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

Collateral Documents” means, collectively, the Security Agreement, the Intellectual Property Security Agreements, the Security Agreement Supplements, security agreements, or other similar agreements delivered to the Agents and the Lenders pursuant to Sections 4.01(a), 6.11, 6.12 or 6.15, and each of the other agreements, instruments or documents that creates or purports to create a Lien in favor of the Collateral Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties.

Commitments” means the Term Loan Commitments.

Committed Loan Notice” means a notice of a Borrowing pursuant to Article II, which, if in writing, shall be substantially in the form of Exhibit A-1 or such other form as may be approved by the Administrative Agent (including any form on an electronic platform or electronic transmission system as shall be approved by the Administrative Agent)

Commodity Exchange Act” means the Commodity Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. § 1 et seq.), as amended from time to time, and any successor statute.

Company Person” means any future, current or former officer, director, manager, member, member of management, employee, consultant or independent contractor of the Borrower or any Subsidiary.

Compliance Certificate” means a certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit C.

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

(a) increased, without duplication, by the following items (solely to the extent deducted (and not excluded) in calculating Consolidated Net Income, other than in respect of the proviso in clause (i) below and clauses (ii)(B), (xi), (xix) and (xx) below) of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such Test Period determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP:

(i) interest expense, including

(A) imputed interest on Capitalized Lease Obligations and Attributable Indebtedness (which, in each case, will be deemed to accrue at the interest rate reasonably determined by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower to be the rate of interest implicit in such Capitalized Lease Obligations or Attributable Indebtedness),

(B) commissions, discounts and other fees, charges and expenses owed with respect to letters of credit, bankers’ acceptance financing, surety and performance bonds and receivables financings,

(C) amortization and write-offs of deferred financing fees, debt issuance costs, debt discounts, commissions, fees, premium and other expenses, as well as expensing of bridge, commitment or financing fees,

 

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(D) payments made in respect of hedging obligations or other derivative instruments entered into for the purpose of hedging interest rate risk,

(E) cash contributions to any employee stock ownership plan or similar trust to the extent such contributions are used by such plan or trust to pay interest or fees to any Person (other than such Person or a wholly-owned Restricted Subsidiary) in connection with Indebtedness incurred by such plan or trust,

 

  (F)

all interest paid or payable with respect to discontinued operations,

 

  (G)

the interest portion of any deferred payment obligations, and

 

  (H)

all interest on any Indebtedness that is

(x) Indebtedness of others secured by any Lien on property owned or acquired by such Person or its Restricted Subsidiaries, whether or not the obligations secured thereby have been assumed, but limited to the fair market value of such property,

(y) contingent obligations in respect of Indebtedness; provided that such interest expense shall be calculated after giving effect to Hedge Agreements related to interest rates (including associated costs), but excluding unrealized gains and losses with respect to such Hedge Agreements or

(z) fee and expenses paid to the Administrative Agent (in its capacity as such and for its own account) pursuant to the Loan Documents and fees and expenses paid to the administrative agent, the collateral agent, trustee or other similar Persons for any other Indebtedness permitted by Section 7.03;

provided further that, when determining such interest expense in respect of any Test Period ending prior to the first anniversary of the Closing Date, such interest expense will be calculated by multiplying the aggregate amount of such interest expense accrued since the Closing Date by 365 and then dividing such product by the number of days from and including the Closing Date to and including the last day of such Test Period; plus

(ii) taxes based on gross receipts, income, profits or revenue or capital, franchise, excise, property, commercial activity, sales, use, unitary or similar taxes, and foreign withholding taxes, including penalties and interest; plus

(iii) depreciation expense and amortization expense (including amortization and similar charges related to goodwill, customer relationships, trade names, databases, technology, software, internal labor costs, deferred financing fees or costs and other intangible assets); plus

(iv) non-cash items (provided that if any such non-cash item represents an accrual or reserve for potential cash items in any future period,

(x) the Borrower may determine not to add back such non-cash item in the current Test Period,

 

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(y) to the extent the Borrower decides to add back such non-cash expense or charge, the cash payment in respect thereof in such future period will be subtracted from Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA in such future period), including the following:

(A) non-cash expenses in connection with, or resulting from, stock option plans, employee benefit plans or agreements or post-employment benefit plans or agreements, or grants or sales of stock, stock appreciation or similar rights, stock options, restricted stock, preferred stock or other similar rights,

(B) non-cash currency translation losses related to changes in currency exchange rates (including re-measurements of Indebtedness (including intercompany Indebtedness) and any net non-cash loss resulting from hedge agreements for currency exchange risk),

(C) non-cash losses, expenses, charges or negative adjustments attributable to the movement in the mark-to-market valuation of hedge agreements or other derivative instruments, including the effect of FASB Accounting Standards Codification 815 and International Accounting Standard No. 9 and their respective related pronouncements and interpretations,

(D) non-cash charges for deferred tax asset valuation allowances,

(E) any non-cash impairment charge or asset write-off or write-down related to intangible assets (including goodwill), long-lived assets, and Investments in debt and equity securities,

(F) any non-cash charges or losses resulting from any purchase accounting adjustment or any step-ups with respect to re-valuing assets and liabilities in connection with the Transactions or any Investments either existing or arising after the Closing Date,

(G) all non-cash losses from Investments either existing or arising after the Closing Date recorded using the equity method and

(H) the excess of GAAP rent expense over actual cash rent paid during such period due to the use of straight line rent for GAAP purposes and

(z) any non-cash interest expense; plus

(v) unusual, extraordinary, infrequent or non-recurring items, whether or not classified as such under GAAP; plus

(vi) charges, costs, losses, expenses or reserves related to:

(A) restructuring (including restructuring charges or reserves, whether or not classified as such under GAAP), severance, relocation, consolidation, integration or other similar items,

(B) strategic and/or business initiatives, business optimization (including costs and expenses relating to business optimization programs, which, for the avoidance of doubt, shall include, without limitation, implementation of operational and reporting

 

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systems and technology initiatives; strategic initiatives; retention; severance; systems establishment costs; systems conversion and integration costs; contract termination costs; recruiting and relocation costs and expenses; costs, expenses and charges incurred in connection with curtailments or modifications to pension and post-retirement employee benefits plans; costs to start-up, pre-opening, opening, closure, transition and/or consolidation of distribution centers, operations, officers, stores, pet care centers and other facilities) including in connection with any Permitted Investment, any acquisition or other investment consummated prior to or after the Closing Date and new systems design and implementation, as well as consulting fees and any one-time expense relating to enhanced accounting function,

(C) business or facilities (including greenfield facilities) start-up, opening, transition, consolidation, shut-down and closing,

(D) signing, retention and completion bonuses,

(E) severance, relocation or recruiting,

(F) public company registration, listing, compliance, reporting and related expenses,

(G) charges and expenses incurred in connection with litigation (including threatened litigation), any investigation or proceeding (or any threatened investigation or proceeding) by a regulatory, governmental or law enforcement body (including any attorney general), and

(H) expenses incurred in connection with casualty events or asset sales outside the ordinary course of business; plus

(vii) all

(A) costs, fees and expenses relating to the Transactions,

(B) costs, fees and expenses (including diligence and integration costs) incurred in connection with

(x) investments in any Person, acquisitions of the Equity Interests of any Person, acquisitions of all or a material portion of the assets of any Person or constituting a line of business of any Person, and financings related to any of the foregoing or to the capitalization of any Loan Party or any Restricted Subsidiary or

(y) other transactions that are out of the ordinary course of business of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries

(in each case of clause (x) and (y), including transactions considered or proposed but not consummated), including Permitted Equity Issuances, Investments, acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations, mergers, amalgamations, option buyouts and the incurrence, modification or repayment of Indebtedness (including all consent fees, premium and other amounts payable in connection therewith) and

 

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(C) non-operating professional fees, costs and expenses; plus

(viii) items reducing Consolidated Net Income to the extent

(A) covered by a binding indemnification or refunding obligation or insurance to the extent actually paid or reasonably expected to be paid,

(B) paid or payable (directly or indirectly) by a third party that is not a Loan Party or a Restricted Subsidiary (except to the extent such payment gives rise to reimbursement obligations) or with the proceeds of a contribution to equity capital of such Person by a third party that is not a Loan Party or a Restricted Subsidiary or

(C) such Person is, directly or indirectly, reimbursed for such item by a third party; plus

(ix) the amount of management, monitoring, consulting, transaction and advisory fees (including termination fees) and related indemnities and expenses paid, payable or accrued in such Test Period (including any termination fees payable in connection with the early termination of management and monitoring agreements); plus

(x) the effects of purchase accounting, fair value accounting or recapitalization accounting (including the effects of adjustments pushed down to such Person and its Subsidiaries) and the amortization, write-down or write-off of any such amount; plus

(xi) proceeds of business interruption insurance actually received (to the extent not counted in any prior period in anticipation of such receipt) or, to the extent not counted in any prior period, reasonably expected to be received; plus

(xii) minority interest expense consisting of income attributable to Equity Interests held by third parties in any non-wholly-owned Restricted Subsidiary; plus

(xiii) all charges, costs, expenses, accruals or reserves in connection with the rollover, acceleration or payout of Equity Interests held by officers or employees and all losses, charges and expenses related to payments made to holders of options or other derivative Equity Interests of such Person or any direct or indirect parent thereof in connection with, or as a result of, any distribution being made to equity holders of such Person or any direct or indirect parent thereof, including (A) payments made to compensate such holders as though they were equity holders at the time of, and entitled to share in, such distribution, and (B) all dividend equivalent rights owed pursuant to any compensation or equity arrangement; plus

(xiv) expenses, charges and losses resulting from the payment or accrual of indemnification or refunding provisions, earn-outs and contingent consideration obligations; bonuses and other compensation paid to employees, directors or consultants; and payments in respect of dissenting shares and purchase price adjustments; in each case, made in connection with a Permitted Investment or other transactions disclosed in the documents referred to in clause (xix) below; plus

(xv) any losses from abandoned, closed, disposed or discontinued operations or operations that are anticipated to become abandoned, closed, disposed or discontinued; plus

 

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(xvi) (A) any costs or expenses (including any payroll taxes) incurred by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in such Test Period as a result of, in connection with or pursuant to any management equity plan, profits interest or stock option plan or any other management or employee benefit plan or agreement, any pension plan (including (1) any post-employment benefit scheme to which the relevant pension trustee has agreed, (2) as a result of curtailments or modifications to pension and post-retirement employee benefit plans and (3) without limitation, compensation arrangements with holders of unvested options entered into in connection with a permitted Restricted Payment), any stock subscription, stockholders or partnership agreement, any payments in the nature of compensation or expense reimbursement made to independent board members, any employee benefit trust, any employee benefit scheme or any similar equity plan or agreement (including any deferred compensation arrangement), including any payment made to option holders in connection with, or as a result of, any distribution being made to, or share repurchase from, a shareholder, which payments are being made to compensate option holders as though they were shareholders at the time of, and entitled to share in, such distribution or share repurchase and

(B) any costs or expenses incurred in connection with the rollover, acceleration or payout of Equity Interests held by management of the Borrower (and/or any Restricted Subsidiary); plus

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

(xviii) the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principles; plus

(xix) addbacks of the type reflected in (A) the lender presentation used in connection with the syndication of the Facility or (B) any quality of earnings report prepared by a nationally recognized accounting firm and furnished to the Administrative Agent, in connection with any Permitted Investment or other Investment consummated after the Closing Date; plus

(xx) at the Borrower’s option, in each case, the amount of “run rate” cost savings, operating expense reductions and other cost synergies that are projected by the Borrower in good faith to result from actions taken, committed to be taken or expected to be taken no later than 24 months after the end of such Test Period (which amounts will be determined by the Borrower in good faith and calculated on a pro forma basis as though such amounts had been realized on the first day of the Test Period for which Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA is being determined), net of the amount of actual benefits realized during such Test Period from such actions; provided that, in the good faith judgment of the Borrower such cost savings are reasonably identifiable, reasonably anticipated to be realized and factually supportable (it being agreed such determinations need not be made in compliance with Regulation S-X or other applicable securities law); plus

(xxi) to the extent not included in Consolidated Net Income for such period, cash actually received (or any netting arrangement resulting in reduced cash expenditures) during such period so long as the non-cash gain relating to the relevant cash receipt or netting arrangement was deducted in the calculation of Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA for any previous period and not added back; plus

(xxii) all costs and expenses in connection with pre-opening and opening of stores, distribution centers and other facilities that were not already excluded in calculating such Consolidated Net Income; plus

 

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(xxiii) the amount of any contingent payments in connection with the licensing of intellectual property or other assets; plus

(xxiv) [reserved]; plus

(xxv) [reserved]; plus

(xxvi) any net pension or other post-employment benefit costs representing amortization of unrecognized prior service costs, actuarial losses, including amortization or such amounts arising in prior periods, amortization of the unrecognized net obligation (and loss or cost) existing at the date of initial application of FASB Accounting Standards Codification 715, and any other items of a similar nature; plus

(xxvii) payments made pursuant to Earnouts and Unfunded Holdbacks; and

(b) decreased, without duplication, by the following items of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries for such Test Period determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP (solely to the extent increasing Consolidated Net Income):

(i) any amount which, in the determination of Consolidated Net Income for such period, has been included for any non-cash income or non-cash gain, all as determined in accordance with GAAP (provided that if any non-cash income or non-cash gain represents an accrual or deferred income in respect of potential cash items in any future period, such Person may determine not to deduct the relevant non-cash gain or income in the then-current period); plus

(ii) the amount of any cash payment made during such period in respect of any non-cash accrual, reserve or other non-cash charge that is accounted for in a prior period and that was added to Consolidated Net Income to determine Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA for such prior period and that does not otherwise reduce Consolidated Net Income for the current period; plus

(iii) the excess of actual cash rent paid over rent expense during such period due to the use of straight-line rent for GAAP purposes; plus

(iv) the amount of any income or gain associated with any Restricted Subsidiary that is attributable to any non-controlling interest and/or minority interest of any third party; plus

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

(vi) any unusual, extraordinary, infrequent or non-recurring gains.

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

Consolidated Current Liabilities” means, as at any date of determination, the total liabilities of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis that may properly be classified as current liabilities in conformity with GAAP, excluding

 

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(a) the current portion of any Funded Debt,

(b) the current portion of interest,

(c) accruals for current or deferred taxes based on income or profits,

(d) accruals of any costs or expenses related to restructuring reserves,

(e) any revolving facility,

(f) the current portion of any Capitalized Lease Obligation,

(g) deferred revenue arising from cash receipts that are earmarked for specific projects,

(h) liabilities in respect of unpaid earn-outs and

(i) the current portion of any other long-term liabilities, and, furthermore, excluding the effects of adjustments pursuant to GAAP resulting from the application of recapitalization accounting or purchase accounting, as the case may be, in relation to the Transaction or any consummated acquisition.

Consolidated Interest Expense” means, for any Test Period, the sum of:

(a) cash interest expense (including that attributable to Capitalized Leases), net of cash interest income, of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries with respect to all outstanding Indebtedness of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, including all commissions, discounts and other fees and charges owed with respect to letters of credit and bankers’ acceptance financing and net costs under hedging agreements, plus

(b) non-cash interest expense resulting solely from the amortization of original issue discount from the issuance of Indebtedness of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries (excluding Indebtedness borrowed under this Agreement and the ABL Credit Agreement in connection with and to finance the Transactions) at less than par, plus

(c) pay-in-kind interest expense of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries payable pursuant to the terms of the agreements governing such debt for borrowed money;

but excluding, for the avoidance of doubt,

(i) amortization of deferred financing costs, debt issuance costs, commissions, fees and expenses and any other amounts of non-cash interest other than referred to in clause (b) above (including as a result of the effects of acquisition method accounting or pushdown accounting),

(ii) non-cash interest expense attributable to the movement of the mark-to-market valuation of obligations under hedging agreements or other derivative instruments pursuant to FASB Accounting Standards Codification No. 815-Derivatives and Hedging,

(iii) any one-time cash costs associated with breakage in respect of hedging agreements for interest rates,

(iv) commissions, discounts, yield, make whole premium and other fees and charges (including any interest expense) incurred in connection with any receivables financing (including any Qualified Securitization Financing),

 

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(v) any “additional interest” owing pursuant to a registration rights agreement with respect to any securities,

(vi) any payments with respect to make-whole premiums or other breakage costs of any Indebtedness, including any Indebtedness issued in connection with the Transactions,

(vii) penalties and interest relating to taxes,

(viii) accretion or accrual of discounted liabilities not constituting Indebtedness,

(ix) [reserved],

(x) any expense resulting from the discounting of Indebtedness in connection with the application of recapitalization or purchase accounting and

(xi) any interest expense attributable to the exercise of appraisal rights and the settlement of any claims or actions (whether actual, contingent or potential) with respect thereto and with respect to any Acquisition Transaction or other Investment, all as calculated on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP.    

For the avoidance of doubt, interest expense shall be determined after giving effect to any net payments made or received by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries in respect of Swap Contracts relating to interest rate protection.

Consolidated Net Debt” means, as of any date of determination, (a) Consolidated Total Debt minus (b) the aggregate amount of cash and Cash Equivalents of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries as of such date that is not Restricted.

Consolidated Net Income” means, with respect to any Person for any Test Period, the Net Income of such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP; provided that there shall be excluded from such consolidated net income (to the extent otherwise included therein), without duplication:

(a) the Net Income for such Test Period of any Person that is not a Subsidiary, or is an Unrestricted Subsidiary, or that is accounted for by the equity method of accounting; provided that (i) the Borrower’s or any Restricted Subsidiary’s equity in the Net Income of such Person shall be included in the Consolidated Net Income of the Borrower for such Test Period up to the aggregate amount of dividends or distributions or other payments in respect of such equity that are actually distributed or could have been distributed, in each case, in cash (or to the extent converted into cash), by such Person to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary, in each case, in such Test Period, to the extent not already included therein (subject in the case of dividends, distributions or other payments in respect of such equity made to a Restricted Subsidiary to the limitations contained in clause (b) below) and (ii) without duplication, the Borrower’s or any Restricted Subsidiary’s equity in the Net Income of such Person that is a Joint Venture shall be included in the Consolidated Net Income of the Borrower for such Test Period up to the ownership percentage of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in such Joint Venture;

(b) solely with respect to the calculation of Available Amount and Excess Cash Flow, the Net Income of any Restricted Subsidiary of such Person, any Person that is not a Subsidiary, or is an Unrestricted Subsidiary, or that is accounted for by the equity method of accounting, during such Test Period to the extent that the declaration or payment of dividends or similar distributions by such Restricted Subsidiary of that income is not permitted by operation of the terms of its Organization Documents or any

 

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agreement, instrument or requirement of Law applicable to such Person during such Test Period; provided that Consolidated Net Income of such Person shall be increased, to the extent constituting internally generated funds of such distributing entity, by the amount of dividends or distributions or other payments that are actually paid in cash to such Person or its Restricted Subsidiaries in respect of such Test Period;

(c) any gain (or loss), together with any related provisions for taxes on any such gain (or the tax effect of any such loss), realized by such Person or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries during such Test Period upon any asset sale or other disposition of any Equity Interests of any Person (other than any dispositions in the ordinary course of business) by such Person or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries;

(d) gains and losses due solely to fluctuations in currency values and the related tax effects determined in accordance with GAAP for such Test Period;

(e) earnings (or losses), including any impairment charge, resulting from any reappraisal, revaluation or write-up (or write-down) of assets during such Test Period;

(f) (i) unrealized gains and losses with respect to Hedge Agreements for such Test Period and the application of Accounting Standards Codification 815 (Derivatives and Hedging), (ii) unrealized gains and losses resulting from mark-to-market adjustments for Investments in marketable securities for such Test Period and (iii) any after-tax effect of income (or losses) for such Test Period that result from the early extinguishment of (A) Indebtedness, (B) obligations under any Hedge Agreements or (C) other derivative instruments;

(g) any extraordinary, infrequent, non-recurring or unusual gain (or extraordinary, infrequent, non-recurring or unusual loss), together with any related provision for taxes on any such gain (or the tax effect of any such loss), recorded or recognized by such Person or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries during such Test Period;

(h) the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principles and changes as a result of the adoption or modification of accounting policies during such Test Period;

(i) after-tax gains (or losses) on disposal of disposed, abandoned or discontinued operations for such Test Period;

(j) effects of adjustments (including the effects of such adjustments pushed down to such Person and its Restricted Subsidiaries) in the inventory, property and equipment, software, goodwill, other intangible assets, in-process research and development, deferred revenue, debt and unfavorable or favorable lease line items in such Person’s consolidated financial statements pursuant to GAAP for such Test Period resulting from the application of purchase accounting in relation to the Transactions or any acquisition consummated prior to the Closing Date and any Permitted Acquisition or other Investment or the amortization or write-off of any amounts thereof, net of taxes, for such Test Period;

(k) any non-cash compensation charge or expense for such Test Period, including any such charge or expense arising from the grants of stock appreciation or similar rights, stock options, restricted stock or other rights and any cash charges or expenses associated with the rollover, acceleration or payout of Equity Interests by, or to, management of such Person or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries in connection with the Transactions;

(l) (i) Transaction Expenses incurred during such Test Period and (ii) any fees and expenses incurred during such Test Period, or any amortization thereof for such Test Period, in connection with any acquisition, Investment, disposition, issuance or repayment of Indebtedness, issuance of Equity Interests

 

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(including the Borrower’s initial public offering and any follow-on offering of its Equity Interests), refinancing transaction or amendment or modification of any debt or equity instrument (in each case, including any such transaction whether consummated on, after or prior to the Closing Date and any such transaction undertaken but not completed) and any charges or non-recurring costs incurred during such Test Period as a result of any such transaction;

(m) any expenses, charges or losses for such Test Period that are covered by indemnification or other reimbursement provisions in connection with any Investment, Permitted Acquisition or any sale, conveyance, transfer or other disposition of assets permitted under this Agreement, to the extent actually reimbursed, or, so long as the Borrower has made a determination that a reasonable basis exists for indemnification or reimbursement and only to the extent that such amount is in fact indemnified or reimbursed within 365 days of such determination (with a deduction in the applicable future period for any amount so added back to the extent not so indemnified or reimbursed within such 365 days); and

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

Consolidated Secured Net Debt” means, as of any date of determination, Consolidated Net Debt that is secured by a Lien on the Collateral outstanding as of such date, other than Capitalized Lease Obligations.

Consolidated Total Debt” means, as of any date of determination, the aggregate principal amount of third party Indebtedness of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries outstanding on such date, determined on a consolidated basis and as reflected on the face of a balance sheet prepared in accordance with GAAP (but excluding the effects of the application of purchase accounting in connection with the Transactions, any Permitted Acquisition or any other Investment permitted hereunder), consisting of Indebtedness for borrowed money, unreimbursed obligations in respect of drawn letters of credit (to the extent not cash collateralized), and obligations in respect of Capitalized Leases and purchase money obligations and debt obligations evidenced by promissory notes or debentures; provided that Consolidated Total Debt will not include Indebtedness in respect of

(a) any Qualified Securitization Financing,

(b) any letter of credit, except to the extent of unreimbursed obligations in respect of drawn letters of credit (provided that any unreimbursed amount under commercial letters of credit will not be counted as Consolidated Total Debt until three Business Days after such amount is drawn (it being understood that any borrowing, whether automatic or otherwise, to fund such reimbursement will be counted)),

(c) obligations under Hedge Agreements,

(d) obligations in respect of cash management obligations,

(e) purchase money obligations incurred in the ordinary course, trade payable and earn outs and similar obligations,

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(g) any lease obligations other than in respect of Capitalized Leases.

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

Contract Consideration” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Excess Cash Flow.”

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

Contribution Indebtedness” means Indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount at the time of the incurrence thereof not to exceed an amount equal to 100.00% of the amount of any Permitted Equity Issuances during the period from and including the Business Day immediately following the Closing Date through and including the reference date that are Not Otherwise Applied.

Control” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Affiliate.”

Conversion/Continuation Notice” means a notice of (a) a conversion of Loans from one Type to another or (b) a continuation of Eurocurrency Rate Loans, pursuant to Article II, which, if in writing, shall be substantially in the form of Exhibit A-2.

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.

Covered Entity” means any of the following:

(a) a “covered entity” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 252.82(b);

(b) a “covered bank” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R § 47.3(b); or

(c) a “covered FSI” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 382.2(b).

Covered Party” has the meaning specified in Section 10.26(b).

Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness” means Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in the form of term loans or notes or revolving commitments; provided that:

(a) such Indebtedness is incurred or otherwise obtained (including by means of the extension or renewal of existing Indebtedness) in exchange for, or to extend, renew, replace, or refinance, in whole or part, Indebtedness that is either Term Loans or other Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness (together, “Refinanced Debt”);

(b) such Indebtedness is in an original aggregate principal amount not greater than the principal amount of the Refinanced Debt being exchanged, extended, renewed, replaced or refinanced (plus (i) the amount of all unpaid, accrued, or capitalized interest, penalties, premiums (including tender premiums) and other amounts payable with respect to the Refinanced Debt and (ii) underwriting discounts, fees,

 

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commissions, costs, expenses and other amounts payable with respect to such Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness);

(c) except for Indebtedness incurred pursuant to the Inside Maturity Exception, (i) the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of such Indebtedness is equal to or longer than the remaining Weighted Average Life to Maturity of the Refinanced Debt, and (ii) the final maturity date of such Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness may not be earlier than the final maturity date of the Refinanced Debt;

(d) any mandatory prepayments (and with respect to any Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness comprising revolving loans, to the extent commitments thereunder are permanently terminated) of,

(i) any Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness that comprises notes or term loans that are either secured by Liens that are junior in priority to Liens securing Term Loans or are not secured by Liens on any Collateral may not be made, except to the extent that prepayments are (A) permitted hereunder and (B) to the extent required hereunder, first made or offered to the Loans on a pro rata basis; and

(ii) any Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness that is Pari Passu Lien Debt shall be made on a pro rata basis or less than pro rata basis with any corresponding mandatory prepayment required hereunder of the Term Loans (but not greater than a pro rata basis); provided this clause (ii) will not prohibit any repayment of such Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness at maturity or with the proceeds of other Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness;

(e) such Indebtedness is not guaranteed by any Subsidiary other than a Subsidiary Guarantor (including any Subsidiary that becomes a Subsidiary Guarantor in connection therewith); and

(f) if such Indebtedness is secured:

(i) such Indebtedness is not secured by a Lien on any assets or property of a Loan Party that does not constitute Collateral (except (1) customary cash collateral in favor of an agent, letter of credit issuer or similar “fronting” lender, (2) Liens on property or assets applicable only to periods after the Latest Maturity Date of the Term Loans at the time of incurrence, (3) any Liens on property or assets to the extent that a Lien on such property or asset is also added for the benefit of the Lenders under the Term Loans and (4) Excluded Assets);

(ii) to the extent the Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness is required to be subject to the provisions of the Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement, a Debt Representative acting on behalf of the holders of such Indebtedness has become party to, or is otherwise subject to the provisions of the Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement or any other intercreditor agreement that may be executed from time to time and reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent;

(iii) a Debt Representative acting on behalf of the holders of such Indebtedness has become party to, or is otherwise subject to the provisions of, (A) if such Indebtedness is Pari Passu Lien Debt, an Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement or (B) if such Indebtedness is Junior Lien Debt, a Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement.

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CVC” means any funds or limited partnerships managed or advised by CVC Advisors (U.S.) Inc., CVC Capital Partners SICAV-FIS S.A. or any of their respective Affiliates or direct or indirect Subsidiaries or any investors in such funds as of the Closing Date or limited partnerships excluding, in each case, any portfolio companies in which such funds or limited partnerships hold an investment other than those through which such funds or limited partnership hold their investment in the Borrower and excluding, in each case, any funds or entities managed or advised by CVC Credit Partners Group Holding Foundation (or any of its direct or indirect Subsidiaries engaged in the same or a similar business to CVC Credit Partners Group Holding Foundation) who are investors in such funds or limited partnerships as of the Closing Date, investing directly or indirectly in the Borrower.

Daily Simple SOFR” means, for any day, SOFR, with the conventions for this rate (which will include a lookback) being established by the Administrative Agent in accordance with the conventions for this rate selected or recommended by the Relevant Governmental Body for determining “Daily Simple SOFR” for syndicated business loans; provided, that if the Administrative Agent decides that any such convention is not administratively feasible for the Administrative Agent, then the Administrative Agent may establish another convention in its reasonable discretion.

Debt Representative” means, with respect to any series of Indebtedness secured by a Lien that is subject to an Intercreditor Agreement, or is subordinated in right of payment to all or any part of the Obligations, the trustee, administrative agent, collateral agent, security agent or similar agent under the indenture or agreement pursuant to which such Indebtedness is issued, incurred or otherwise obtained, as the case may be, and each of their successors in such capacities.

Debtor Relief Laws” means the Bankruptcy Code and all other liquidation, conservatorship, bankruptcy, assignment for the benefit of creditors, moratorium, arrangement, rearrangement, receivership, insolvency, reorganization, or similar debtor relief Laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdictions from time to time in effect and affecting the rights of creditors generally, including any applicable corporations legislation to the extent the relief sought under such corporations legislation relates to or involves the compromise, settlement, adjustment or arrangement of debt.

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

Default Rate” means an interest rate equal to (a) the Base Rate plus (b) the Applicable Rate applicable to Base Rate Loans plus (c) 2.00% per annum; provided that with respect to the outstanding principal amount of any Loan not paid when due, the Default Rate shall be an interest rate equal to the interest rate (including any Applicable Rate) otherwise applicable to such Loan (giving effect to Section 2.02(c)) plus 2.00% per annum, in each case, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Laws.

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, subject to Section 2.16(b), any Lender that,

(a) has failed to (i) fund all or any portion of its Loans within two Business Days of the date such Loans were required to be funded hereunder unless such Lender notifies the Administrative Agent and the Borrower in writing that such failure is the result of such Lender’s determination that one or more conditions precedent to funding (which conditions precedent, together with the applicable default, if any, shall be specifically identified in such writing) has not been satisfied, or (ii) pay to the Administrative Agent or any other Lender any other amount required to be paid by it hereunder within two Business Days of the date when due;

 

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(b) has notified the Borrower, the Administrative Agent or any Lender in writing that it does not intend to comply with its funding obligations hereunder, or has made a public statement to that effect (unless such writing or public statement relates to such Lender’s obligation to fund a Loan hereunder and states that such position is based on such Lender’s determination that a condition precedent to funding (which condition precedent, together with the applicable default, if any, shall be specifically identified in such writing or public statement) cannot be satisfied);

(c) has failed, within three Business Days after written request by the Administrative Agent or the Borrower, to confirm in writing to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower that it will comply with its prospective funding obligations hereunder; provided that such Lender shall cease to be a Defaulting Lender pursuant to this clause (c) upon receipt of such written confirmation by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower; or

(d) the Administrative Agent or the Borrower has received notification that such Lender is, or has a direct or indirect parent entity that is,

(i) insolvent, or is generally unable to pay its debts as they become due, or admits in writing its inability to pay its debts as they become due, or makes a general assignment for the benefit of its creditors,

(ii) other than via an Undisclosed Administration, the subject of a bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, liquidation or similar proceeding, or a receiver, trustee, conservator, intervenor or sequestrator, administrator, assignee for the benefit of creditors or similar Person charged with reorganization or liquidation of its business or assets, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other Federal or state regulatory authority acting in such a capacity or the like has been appointed for such Lender or its direct or indirect parent entity, or such Lender or its direct or indirect parent entity has taken any action in furtherance of or indicating its consent to or acquiescence in any such proceeding or appointment or

(iii) become the subject of a Bail-In Action;

provided that a Lender shall not be a Defaulting Lender solely by virtue of the ownership or acquisition of any Equity Interest in that Lender or any direct or indirect parent entity thereof by a Governmental Authority so long as such ownership interest does not result in or provide such Lender 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 Lender (or such Governmental Authority or instrumentality) to reject, repudiate, disavow or disaffirm any contracts or agreements made with such Lender.

Any determination by the Administrative Agent or the Borrower that a Lender is a Defaulting Lender under clauses (a) through (d) above shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and such Lender shall be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender (subject to Section 2.16) upon delivery of written notice of such determination to the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and each Lender.

Deliverable Obligation” means each obligation of the Loan Parties that would constitute a “Deliverable Obligation” under a market standard credit default swap transaction documented under the ISDA CDS Definitions and specifying any of the Loan Parties as a Reference Entity. Each capitalized term used but not defined in the preceding sentence has the meaning specified in the ISDA CDS Definitions, as applicable.

Derivative Instrument” means with respect to a Person, any contract or instrument to which such Person is a party (whether or not requiring further performance by such Person), the value and/or cash flows

 

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of which (or any portion thereof) are based on the value and/or performance of the Loans and/or any Deliverable Obligations or “Obligations” (as defined in the ISDA CDS Definitions) with respect to the Loan Parties; provided that a “Derivative Instrument” will not include any contract or instrument that is entered into pursuant to bona fide market-making activities.

Designated Jurisdiction” means any country or territory to the extent that such country or territory is the subject of any Sanctions.

Designated Non-Cash Consideration” means the fair market value of any non-cash consideration received by the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary in connection with a Disposition pursuant to the General Asset Sale Basket that is designated as Designated Non-Cash Consideration pursuant to a certificate of a Responsible Officer (which amount will be reduced by the fair market value of the portion of the non-cash consideration converted to cash within one hundred eighty days following the consummation of the applicable Disposition).

Disposition” or “Dispose” means the sale, transfer, license, lease or other disposition (excluding Liens and any sale of Equity Interests in, or issuance of Equity Interests by, a Restricted Subsidiary, but including, for the avoidance of doubt, any Division) of any property by any Person.

Disqualified Equity Interests” means any Equity Interest that, by its terms (or by the terms of any security or other Equity Interests into which it is convertible or for which it is exchangeable), or upon the happening of any event or condition,

(a) matures or is mandatorily redeemable (other than solely for Qualified Equity Interests), pursuant to a sinking fund obligation or otherwise (except as a result of a change of control or asset sale, as long as any rights of the holders thereof upon the occurrence of a change of control or asset sale event is subject to the prior repayment in full of the Loans and all other Obligations that are accrued and payable and the termination of the Commitments);

(b) is redeemable at the option of the holder thereof (other than solely for Qualified Equity Interests), in whole or in part;

(c) provides for the scheduled payments of dividends that are required to be made only in cash; or

(d) is or becomes convertible into or exchangeable for Indebtedness or any other Equity Interests that would constitute Disqualified Equity Interests;

in each case, prior to the Latest Maturity Date of the Loans at the time of issuance; provided that if such Equity Interests are issued pursuant to a plan for the benefit of one or more Company Persons or by any such plan to one or more Company Persons, such Equity Interests shall not constitute Disqualified Equity Interests solely because they may be required to be repurchased by the Borrower or the Restricted Subsidiaries in order to satisfy applicable statutory or regulatory obligations or as a result of a Company Person’s termination, death or disability.

Disqualified Lender” means,

(a) the competitors of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries identified in writing by or on behalf of the Borrower (i) to the Lead Arrangers on or prior to the Closing Date, or (ii) to the Administrative Agent, from time to time on or after the Closing Date;

 

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(b) (i) any Persons that are engaged as principals primarily in private equity or venture capital (other than a bona fide debt fund affiliate of any of the Lead Arrangers) and (ii) those particular banks, financial institutions, other institutional lenders and other Persons, in the case of each of clauses (i) and (ii), to the extent identified in writing by or on behalf of the Borrower to the Lead Arrangers on or prior to the Closing Date; and

(c) any Affiliate of a Person described in the preceding clauses (a) or (b) that (in each case with respect to clause (a) above, other than any Affiliates that are banks, financial institutions, bona fide debt funds or investment vehicles that are engaged in making, purchasing, holding or otherwise investing in commercial loans, bonds and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course), in each case, is either reasonably identifiable as such on the basis of its name or is identified as such in writing by or on behalf of the Borrower (i) to the Lead Arrangers on or prior to the Closing Date, or (ii) to the Administrative Agent from time to time on or after the Closing Date.

The Borrower may, in its discretion, make the list of Disqualified Lenders available to any Lender, Participant, or any prospective Lender or Participant, upon request by such Lender, Participant or prospective Lender or Participant, as applicable. The Borrower shall, upon request of any Lender, identify whether any Person identified by such Lender as a proposed assignee or Participant is a Disqualified Lender. To the extent Persons are identified as Disqualified Lenders after the Closing Date pursuant to clauses (a) or (c) above, the inclusion of such Persons as Disqualified Lenders shall not retroactively apply to prior assignments or participations made in compliance with Section 10.07 hereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the list of Disqualified Lenders has not been made available to such Lender and, after such Lender’s written request, the Borrower refuses to identify (or declines to identify after two Business Days) whether such proposed assignee or participant is on the list of Disqualified Lenders, then the list of Disqualified Lenders shall not apply to such assignment or participation to be entered into at such time; provided that in no event will the Borrower be required to identify to any Lender whether such proposed assignee or participant is on the list of Disqualified Lenders more than once (the “Disqualified Lender Provisions”).

Division” has the meaning specified in Section 1.02(d).

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

Dollar Amount” means, at any time:

(a) with respect to any Loan denominated in Dollars, the principal amount thereof then outstanding (or in which such participation is held); and

(b) with respect to any other amount (i) if denominated in Dollars, the amount thereof, or (ii) if denominated in any currency other than Dollars, the equivalent amount thereof in Dollars as determined by the Administrative Agent on the basis of the Exchange Rate (determined in respect of the most recent relevant date of determination) for the purchase of Dollars with such currency.

Domestic Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary that is organized under the Laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia.

Early Opt-in Election” means if the then-current Benchmark is a LIBOR, the occurrence of the following on or after December 31, 2020:

(1) (a) with respect to Dollars, a notification by the Administrative Agent to (or the request by the Borrower to the Administrative Agent to notify) each of the other parties hereto that at least five

 

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currently outstanding Dollar denominated syndicated credit facilities in the U.S. syndicated loan market at such time contain (as a result of amendment or as originally executed) a SOFR-based rate (including SOFR, a term SOFR or any other rate based upon SOFR) as a benchmark rate (and such syndicated credit facilities are identified in such notice and are publicly available for review); or (b) with respect to a Non-Hardwired Currency utilizing a LIBOR, a notification by the Administrative Agent to (or the request by the Borrower to the Administrative Agent to notify) each of the other parties hereto that at least five currently outstanding syndicated credit facilities which include such Non-Hardwired Currency at such time in the U.S. syndicated loan market contain or are being executed or amended, as applicable, to incorporate or adopt a new benchmark interest rate to replace the then current Benchmark with respect to such Non-Hardwired Currency as a benchmark rate (and such syndicated credit facilities are identified in such notice and are publicly available for review), and

(2) in each case, the joint election by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower to trigger a fallback from the applicable then-current Benchmark and the provision by the Administrative Agent of written notice of such election to the Lenders.

Earnouts” means (a) all earnout payments or other contingent payments in connection with any Permitted Investment and (b) Existing Earnouts and Unfunded Holdbacks.

ECF Prepayment Percentage” means,

(a) 50.00%, if the Borrower’s First Lien Net Leverage Ratio at the end of the immediately preceding fiscal year equals or exceeds the Closing Date First Lien Net Leverage Ratio less 0.25 to 1.00;

(b) 25.00%, if such First Lien Net Leverage Ratio is less than the Closing Date First Lien Net Leverage Ratio less 0.25 to 1.00, but equals or exceeds the Closing Date First Lien Net Leverage Ratio less 0.50 to 1.00; and

(c) 0.00%, if such First Lien Net Leverage Ratio is less than the Closing Date First Lien Net Leverage Ratio less 0.50 to 1.00.

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.

Eligible Assignee” means any Person that meets the requirements to be an assignee under Section 10.07(b)(v); provided that the following Persons shall not be Eligible Assignees: (a) any Defaulting Lender, (b) any Person that is Disqualified Lender and (c) unless approved by the Borrower in its sole discretion (for the avoidance of doubt, without giving effect to the proviso set forth in Section 10.07(b)(iii)(A), if applicable), any prospective Lender or Participant that would be a Net Short

 

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Lender immediately after giving effect to the assignment or participation pursuant to which such prospective Lender or Participant would become an actual Lender or Participant, as applicable.

Environmental Claim” means any and all administrative, regulatory or judicial actions, suits, demands, demand letters, claims, liens, notices of noncompliance or violation, investigations by any Governmental Authority, or proceedings with respect to any Environmental Liability or pursuant to Environmental Law, including those (a) by any Governmental Authority for enforcement, cleanup, removal, response, remedial or other actions or damages pursuant to any Environmental Law and (b) by any Person seeking damages, contribution, indemnification, cost recovery, compensation or injunctive relief pursuant to any Environmental Law.

Environmental Laws” means any and all Laws relating to the protection of the environment or, to the extent relating to exposure to Hazardous Materials, human health.

Environmental Liability” means any liability, contingent or otherwise (including any liability for damages, costs of environmental remediation, fines, penalties or indemnities), of any Loan Party or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries, 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.

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

Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement” means an intercreditor agreement, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit M (as the same may be modified in a manner satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, the Collateral Agent and the Borrower), or, if requested by the providers of Indebtedness permitted hereunder to be Pari Passu Lien Debt, another pari passu intercreditor arrangement reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, the Collateral Agent and the Borrower, in each case as amended, restated, amended and restated, modified or supplemented from time to time in accordance with the terms hereof and thereof. Upon the request of the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Collateral Agent will execute and deliver an Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement with one or more Debt Representatives for Pari Passu Lien Debt permitted hereunder.

Equity Interests” means, with respect to any Person, all of the shares, interests, rights, participations or other equivalents (however designated) of capital stock of (or other ownership or profit interests or units in, including any limited or general partnership interest and any limited liability company membership interest) such Person and all of the warrants, options or other rights for the purchase, acquisition or exchange from such Person of any of the foregoing (but excluding any debt convertible into Equity Interests).

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 any Loan Party is treated as a single employer within the meaning of Section 414 of the Code or Section 4001 of ERISA. For the avoidance of doubt, when any provision of this Agreement relates to a past event or period of time, the term “ERISA Affiliate” includes any Person who was, as to the time of such past event or period of time, an ERISA Affiliate within the meaning of the preceding sentence.

 

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ERISA Event” means

(a) a Reportable Event with respect to a Pension Plan;

(b) a withdrawal by any Loan Party or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates from a Pension Plan subject to Section 4063 of ERISA during a plan year in which it was a substantial employer (as defined in Section 4001(a)(2) of ERISA) or a cessation of operations that is treated as such a withdrawal under Section 4062(e) of ERISA;

(c) a complete or partial withdrawal by any Loan Party or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates from a Multiemployer Plan, written notification of any Loan Party or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates concerning the imposition of Withdrawal Liability or written notification that a Multiemployer Plan is insolvent within the meaning of Title IV of ERISA;

(d) the filing under Section 4041(c) of ERISA of a notice of intent to terminate a Pension Plan, the treatment of a Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan amendment as a termination under Sections 4041 or 4041A of ERISA, or the commencement of proceedings by the PBGC to terminate a Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan;

(e) the imposition of any liability under Title IV of ERISA, other than for the payment of plan contributions or PBGC premiums due but not delinquent under Section 4007 of ERISA, upon any Loan Party or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates;

(f) the failure to satisfy the minimum funding standards (within the meaning of Section 412 of the Code or Section 302 of ERISA) with respect to any Pension Plan;

(g) the application for a minimum funding waiver under Section 302(c) of ERISA with respect to a Pension Plan;

(h) the imposition of a lien under Section 303(k) of ERISA with respect to any Pension Plan or

(i) a determination that any Pension Plan is in “at risk” status (within the meaning of Section 303 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.

Eurocurrency Rate” means:

(a) for any Interest Period with respect to a Eurocurrency Rate Loan denominated in Dollars, the rate per annum equal to

(i) the ICE LIBOR Rate (“ICE LIBOR”), as published on the applicable Thomson Reuters screen page (or such other commercially available source providing quotations of ICE LIBOR as may be designated by the Administrative Agent from time to time) at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, two Business Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period, for Dollar deposits (for delivery on the first day of such Interest Period) with a term equivalent to such Interest Period or

 

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(ii) if such rate is not available at such time for any reason, the rate per annum determined by the Administrative Agent to be the rate at which deposits in Dollars for delivery on the first day of such Interest Period in Same Day Funds in the approximate amount of the Eurocurrency Rate Loan being made, continued or converted and with a term equivalent to such Interest Period would be offered by the Administrative Agent to major banks in the London interbank eurodollar market at their request at approximately 11:00 a.m. (London time) two Business Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period;

(b) [reserved];

(c) for any Interest Period with respect to a Eurocurrency Rate Loan denominated in an Alternative Currency, the rate per annum equal to

(i) the rate, as published on the applicable Thomson Reuters screen page (or such other commercially available source providing quotations of LIBOR as may be designated by the Administrative Agent from time to time) at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, two Business Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period, for deposits in such Alternative Currency (for delivery on the first day of such Interest Period) with a term equivalent to such Interest Period or

(ii) if such rate is not available at such time for any reason, the rate per annum determined by the Administrative Agent to be the rate at which deposits in such Alternative Currency for delivery on the first day of such Interest Period in Same Day Funds in the approximate amount of the Eurocurrency Rate Loan being made, continued or converted and with a term equivalent to such Interest Period would be offered by the Administrative Agent to major banks in the London interbank market at their request at approximately 11:00 a.m. (London time) two Business Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period; and

(d) for any interest calculation with respect to a Base Rate Loan on any date, the rate per annum equal to

(i) ICE LIBOR, at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time determined two Business Days prior to such date for Dollar deposits being delivered in the London interbank market for a term of one month commencing that day or

(ii) if such published rate is not available at such time for any reason, the rate per annum determined by the Administrative Agent to be the rate at which deposits in Dollars for delivery on the date of determination in Same Day Funds in the approximate amount of the Base Rate Loan being made or maintained and with a term equal to one month would be offered by the Administrative Agent to major banks in the London interbank eurodollar market at their request at the date and time of determination.

Eurocurrency Rate Loan” means a Loan, whether denominated in Dollars or any Alternative Currency, that bears interest at a rate based on clause (a), (b) or (c), as applicable, of the definition of “Eurocurrency Rate.

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

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

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(i) Consolidated Net Income of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries for such period, plus

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

(iii) decreases in Consolidated Working Capital for such period (other than any such decreases arising from acquisitions or Dispositions by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries completed during such period, the application of purchase accounting or the reclassification of items from short term to long term or vice versa), plus

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

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

(vi) cash receipts in respect of Hedge Agreements during such period to the extent not otherwise included in such Consolidated Net Income; over

(b) the sum, without duplication, of:

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

(ii) without duplication of amounts deducted pursuant to clause (b)(xi) below or this clause (b)(ii) in prior periods, and any amounts deducted pursuant to Section 2.04(b)(i)(B), the amount of Capital Expenditures or acquisitions of intellectual property accrued or made in cash during such period to the extent not financed with the proceeds of Funded Debt, plus

(iii) the aggregate amount of all principal payments of Indebtedness (including the principal component of payments in respect of Capitalized Leases) of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries to the extent such prepayments or repayments are not funded with the proceeds of Funded Debt, excluding

(A) all payments of Indebtedness described in Section 2.04(b)(i)(B)(I)-(V) to the extent such payments reduce the repayment of Term Loans that would otherwise be required by Section 2.04(b)(i),

(B) all payments of Indebtedness pursuant to and in accordance with Section 7.09(a)(x)(A), and

 

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(C) any prepayment of revolving loans to the extent there is not an equivalent permanent reduction in commitments thereunder, plus

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

(v) increases in Consolidated Working Capital for such period (other than any such increases arising from acquisitions or Dispositions by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries completed during such period, the application of purchase accounting or the reclassification of items from short term to long term or vice versa), plus

(vi) cash payments by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries actually made during such period to the extent not financed with the proceeds of Funded Debt in respect of any purchase price holdbacks, earn-out obligations, long-term liabilities of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries (other than Indebtedness) to the extent such payments are not expensed during such period or are not deducted in calculating Consolidated Net Income for such period (and so long as there has not been any reduction in respect of such payments in arriving at Consolidated Net Income for such fiscal year), plus

(vii) [reserved], plus

(viii) [reserved], plus

(ix) [reserved], plus

(x) to the extent such were not deducted in calculating Consolidated Net Income for such period, the aggregate amount of any premium, make-whole or penalty payments actually paid in cash by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries during such period that are made in connection with any prepayment of any principal of Indebtedness to the extent such prepayment of principal reduced Excess Cash Flow pursuant to clause (b)(iii) above or reduced the mandatory prepayment required by Section 2.04(b)(i), plus

(xi) without duplication of amounts deducted from Excess Cash Flow in prior periods, the aggregate consideration required to be paid in cash by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries pursuant to binding contracts, commitments, or binding purchase orders (to the extent not financed with the proceeds of Funded Debt, the “Contract Consideration”) entered into prior to or during such period relating to Permitted Acquisitions (or Investments similar to those made for Permitted Acquisitions) Capital Expenditures or acquisitions of intellectual property to be consummated; provided that, to the extent the aggregate amount actually utilized to finance such Permitted Acquisitions (or Investments similar to those made for Permitted Acquisitions), Capital Expenditures or acquisitions of intellectual property during any period is less than the Contract Consideration that reduced Excess Cash Flow for the prior period, the amount of such shortfall shall be added to the calculation of Excess Cash Flow for such period, plus

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

 

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(xiii) cash expenditures in respect of Hedge Agreements during such period to the extent not deducted in calculating Consolidated Net Income; plus

(xiv) any amount related to items that were added to or not deducted from Net Income in calculating Consolidated Net Income or were added to or not deducted from Consolidated Net Income, in each case to the extent such items represented a cash payment which had not reduced Excess Cash Flow upon the accrual thereof in a prior Test Period, or an accrual for a cash payment, by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries or did not represent cash received by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, in each case on a consolidated basis during such Test Period;

provided that, at the option of the Borrower, any item that meets the criteria of any sub-clause of this clause (b) after the end of the applicable period and prior to the applicable date of calculation of Excess Cash Flow for such period may, at the Borrower’s option, be included in the applicable period, but not in any calculation pursuant to this clause (b) for the subsequent calculation period if such election is made.

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

Exchange Rate” means, on any date with respect to any currency, the rate at which such currency may be exchanged into any other currency, as set forth at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, on such date on the applicable Bloomberg page for such currency. In the event that such rate does not appear on any Bloomberg page, the Exchange Rate shall be determined by reference to such other publicly available service for displaying the exchange rates as may be selected by the Administrative Agent, or, in the event no such service is selected, such Exchange Rate shall instead be the arithmetic average of the spot rates of exchange of the Administrative Agent in the market where its foreign currency exchange operations in respect of such currency are then being conducted, at or about 10:00 a.m., local time, on such date for the purchase of the relevant currency for delivery two Business Days later; provided that, if at the time of any such determination, for any reason no such spot rate is being quoted, the Administrative Agent, after consultation with the Borrower, may use any reasonable method that it deems appropriate to determine such rate, and such determination shall be presumed correct absent manifest error.

Excluded Asset” has the meaning specified in the Security Agreement.

Excluded Equity Interests” has the meaning specified in the Security Agreement.

Excluded Incremental Facility” means any Incremental Facility or Incremental Equivalent Debt

(a) incurred after the date that is six months after the Closing Date,

(b) in an original aggregate principal amount less than the greater of (A) 50.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 50.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA,

(c) incurred in connection with Permitted Investments,

(d) incurred in reliance on the Ratio Amount,

(e) with a final maturity date later than the date that is eight years after the Closing Date,

(f) that is not a syndicated “term loan b” facility or

(g) not denominated in Dollars.

 

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Excluded Subsidiary” means:

(a) any Subsidiary that is not a wholly owned Subsidiary of a Loan Party;

(b) any Foreign Subsidiary of the Borrower or of any direct or indirect Domestic Subsidiary or Foreign Subsidiary;

(c) any FSHCO;

(d) any Domestic Subsidiary that is a direct or indirect Subsidiary of a Foreign Subsidiary that is a CFC;

(e) any Subsidiary that is prohibited or restricted by applicable Law from providing a Guaranty or by a binding contractual obligation existing on the Closing Date or at the time of the acquisition of such Subsidiary (and not incurred in contemplation of such acquisition) from providing a Guaranty (provided that such contractual obligation is not entered into by the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries principally for the purpose of qualifying as an “Excluded Subsidiary” under this definition) or if such Guaranty would require governmental (including regulatory) or third party (other than the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary) consent, approval, license or authorization, unless such consent, approval, license or authorization has been obtained;

(f) any special purpose securitization vehicle (or similar entity) including any Securitization Subsidiary created pursuant to a transaction permitted under this Agreement;

(g) any Subsidiary that is a not-for-profit organization;

(h) any Captive Insurance Subsidiary;

(i) any other Subsidiary with respect to which, as reasonably determined by the Borrower in good faith and in consultation with the Administrative Agent, the cost or other consequences (including any material adverse tax consequences) of providing the Guaranty shall be excessive in view of the benefits to be obtained by the Lenders therefrom;

(j) any other Subsidiary to the extent the provision of a Guaranty by such Subsidiary would result in material adverse tax consequences to the Borrower, the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries as reasonably determined by the Borrower in good faith in consultation with the Administrative Agent;

(k) any Unrestricted Subsidiary; and

(l) any Immaterial Subsidiary;

provided that the Borrower, in its sole discretion, may cause any Restricted Subsidiary that is a Domestic Subsidiary that qualifies as an Excluded Subsidiary under clauses (a) through (l) above to become a Guarantor in accordance with the definition thereof (subject to completion of any requested “know your customer” and similar requirements of the Administrative Agent) and thereafter such Subsidiary shall not constitute an “Excluded Subsidiary” (unless and until the Borrower elects, in its sole discretion, to designate such Persons as an Excluded Subsidiary).

Excluded Swap Obligation” means, with respect to any Guarantor, any Swap Obligation if, and to the extent that, all or a portion of the Guaranty of such Guarantor of, or the grant by such Guarantor of a

 

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security interest to secure, such Swap Obligation (or any Guaranty 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 “eligible contract participant” as defined in the Commodity Exchange Act (determined after giving effect to any keepwell, support or other agreement for the benefit of such Guarantor and any and all guarantees of such Guarantor’s Swap Obligations by other Loan Parties) at the time the Guaranty of such Guarantor, or a grant by such Guarantor of a security interest, becomes effective with respect to such Swap Obligation. If a Swap Obligation arises under a master agreement governing more than one swap, such exclusion shall apply only to the portion of such Swap Obligation that is attributable to swaps for which such Guaranty or security interest is or becomes excluded in accordance with the first sentence of this definition.

Excluded Taxes” has the meaning specified in Section 3.01(a).

Existing Earnouts and Unfunded Holdbacks” means those earnouts and unfunded holdbacks existing on the Closing Date.

Existing Indebtedness” has the meaning specified in the Recitals.

Existing Indebtedness Documents” means

(i) that certain Term Loan Credit Agreement, dated as of January 26, 2016 among Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. (f/k/a Pet Acquisition Merger Sub LLC, a Delaware limited liability company) as successor borrower, the lenders party thereto from time to time and Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent and as collateral agent (as amended by the First Amendment Agreement dated as of June 17, 2016 and the Second Amendment Agreement dated as of January 27, 2017, and as further amended, amended and restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Existing First Lien Credit Agreement”) and

(ii) that certain Revolving Credit Agreement, dated as of January 26, 2016, among Petco Animal Supplies, the lenders party thereto and Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent and collateral agent (as may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Existing ABL Credit Agreement”).

Extended Loans” means Extended Term Loans.

Extended Term Commitments” means the Term Loan Commitments held by an Extending Lender.

Extended Term Loans” means the Term Loans made pursuant to Extended Term Commitments.

Extending Lender” means each Lender accepting an Extension Offer.

Extension” has the meaning specified in Section 2.15(a).

Extension Amendment” has the meaning specified in Section 2.15(b).

Extension Offer” has the meaning specified in Section 2.15(a).

 

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Facility” means the Term Loans made by the Lenders to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01(a) (including the Initial Term Loans), any Extended Term Loans any Incremental Term Loans, or any Refinancing Term Loans, as the context may require.

FATCA” means Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, as of the date of this Agreement (or any amended or successor version that is substantively comparable and not materially more onerous to comply with), any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, any agreements entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b)(1) of the Code, and intergovernmental agreements entered into in connection with the foregoing, and any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement, treaty or convention among Governmental Authorities implementing such Sections of the Code.

FCPA” means the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended or modified from time to time.

Federal Funds Rate” means, for any day, the rate calculated by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York based on such day’s federal funds transactions by depository institutions (as determined in such manner as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shall set forth on its public website from time to time) and published on the next succeeding Business Day by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as the federal funds effective rate; provided that if the Federal Funds Rate for any day is less than zero, the Federal Funds Rate for such day will be deemed to be zero.

Financial Covenant” has the meaning specified in Section 8.01(e).

First Lien Net Leverage Ratio” means, with respect to any Test Period, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Secured Net Debt under (i) this Agreement, (ii) any Pari Passu Lien Debt, (iii) the ABL Credit Facility and (iv) Indebtedness secured on a pari passu basis with the ABL Credit Facility on the ABL Priority Collateral, in each case, outstanding as of the last day of such Test Period to (b) Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of the Borrower for such Test Period.

Fitch” means Fitch Ratings, Inc., and any successor thereto.

Fixed Incremental Amount” means, as of the date of measurement, the sum of:

(a) the greater of (A) 100.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 100.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination; plus

(b) the aggregate principal amount of any voluntary prepayments, redemptions and repurchases (including amounts paid pursuant to “yank-a-bank” provisions with credit given to the amount actually paid in cash, if acquired below par) of (1) Term Loans, (2) other Pari Passu Lien Debt, (3) the ABL Credit Facility or (4) Indebtedness secured on a pari passu basis with the ABL Credit Facility on the ABL Priority Collateral, in each case except to the extent such prepayments were funded with the proceeds of long-term indebtedness of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries (and in the case of any revolving commitments, as long as there is a permanent reduction in such commitments); minus

(c) without duplication of any amounts incurred in reliance on this definition, the aggregate amount of any Incremental Equivalent Debt incurred and then outstanding in reliance on the Fixed Incremental Amount.

 

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Floor” means the benchmark rate floor, if any, provided in this Agreement initially (as of the date of execution of this Agreement, the modification, amendment or renewal of this Agreement or otherwise) with respect to any applicable Benchmark.

Foreign Casualty Event” has the meaning specified in Section 2.04(b)(v)(A).

Foreign Disposition” has the meaning specified in Section 2.04(b)(v)(A).

Foreign Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 3.01(b).

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

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

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

FSHCO” means any direct or indirect Subsidiary of the Borrower (including a disregarded entity) substantially all of the assets of which consist of equity Interests and/or Indebtedness (including any debt or other instrument treated as equity for U.S. federal income tax purposes) of one or more Foreign Subsidiaries that are CFCs or other FSHCOs.

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

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

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

General Asset Sale Basket” has the meaning specified in Section 7.05(j).

Global Intercompany Note” means a promissory note substantially in the form of Exhibit H executed by the Borrower and each wholly owned Restricted Subsidiary.

 

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

Grant Event” means the occurrence of any of the following:

(a) the formation or acquisition by a Loan Party of a new wholly owned Subsidiary (other than an Excluded Subsidiary);

(b) the designation in accordance with Section 6.13 of a wholly owned Subsidiary (other than an Excluded Subsidiary) of any Loan Party as a Restricted Subsidiary;

(c) any Person (other than an Excluded Subsidiary) becoming a wholly owned Subsidiary of a Loan Party;

(d) any wholly owned Restricted Subsidiary of a Loan Party ceasing to be an Excluded Subsidiary; or

(e) the designation of any Restricted Subsidiary as a Guarantor pursuant to the proviso in the definition of “Excluded Subsidiary”.

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

Guarantee” means, as to any Person, without duplication,

(a) any obligation, contingent or otherwise, of such Person guaranteeing or having the economic effect of guaranteeing any Indebtedness or other monetary obligation payable or performable by another Person (the “Primary Obligor”) in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, and including any obligation of such Person, direct or indirect,

(i) to purchase or pay (or advance or supply funds for the purchase or payment of) such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation,

(ii) to purchase or lease property, securities or services for the purpose of assuring the obligee in respect of such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation of the payment or performance of such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation,

(iii) to maintain working capital, equity capital or any other financial statement condition or liquidity or level of income or cash flow of the Primary Obligor so as to enable the Primary Obligor to pay such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation, or

(iv) entered into for the purpose of assuring in any other manner the obligee in respect of such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation of the payment or performance thereof or to protect such obligee against loss in respect thereof (in whole or in part), or

(b) any Lien (other than a Permitted Lien) on any assets of such Person securing any Indebtedness or other monetary obligation of any other Person, whether or not such Indebtedness or other monetary obligation is assumed by such Person (or any right, contingent or otherwise, of any holder of such Indebtedness to obtain any such Lien);

 

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provided that the term “Guarantee” shall not include endorsements for collection or deposit, in either case in the ordinary course of business or customary, Permitted Liens, and reasonable indemnity obligations in effect on the Closing Date or entered into in connection with any acquisition or disposition of assets permitted under this Agreement (other than such obligations with respect to Indebtedness). The amount of any Guarantee shall be deemed to be an amount equal to the stated or determinable amount of the related primary obligation, or portion thereof, in respect of which such Guarantee is made or, if not stated or determinable, the maximum reasonably anticipated liability in respect thereof as determined by the guaranteeing Person in good faith. The term “Guarantee” as a verb has a corresponding meaning.

Guarantors” means each Restricted Subsidiary of the Borrower that executed a counterpart to the Guaranty (or a joinder thereto) on the Closing Date or thereafter pursuant to Section 6.11, in each case, other than any Excluded Subsidiaries.

Guaranty” means (a) the guaranty made by the Guarantors in favor of the Administrative Agent on behalf of the Secured Parties substantially in the form of Exhibit E and (b) each other guaranty and guaranty supplement delivered pursuant to Section 6.11.

Guaranty Release Event” has the meaning specified in Section 9.11(a)(i)(I).

Guaranty Supplement” means the “First Lien Guarantee Supplement” as defined in the Guaranty.

Hazardous Materials” means any hazardous or toxic chemicals, materials, substances or waste which is listed, classified or regulated by any Governmental Authority as “hazardous substances,” “hazardous wastes,” “hazardous materials,” “extremely hazardous wastes,” “restricted hazardous wastes,” “toxic substances,” “toxic wastes,” “contaminants” or “pollutants,” or words of similar import, under any Environmental Law, including petroleum or petroleum products (including gasoline, crude oil or any fraction thereof), asbestos or asbestos-containing materials, polychlorinated biphenyls, radon gas and urea formaldehyde.

Hedge Agreement” means any agreement with respect to

(a) any and all rate swap transactions, basis swaps, credit derivative transactions, forward rate transactions, commodity swaps, commodity options, forward commodity contracts, equity or equity index swaps or options, bond or bond price or bond index swaps or options or forward bond or forward bond price or forward bond index transactions, interest rate options, forward foreign exchange transactions, cap transactions, floor transactions, collar transactions, currency swap transactions, cross-currency rate swap transactions, currency options, spot contracts, or any other similar transactions or any combination of any of the foregoing (including any options to enter into any of the foregoing), whether or not any such transaction is governed by or subject to any master agreement, and

(b) any and all transactions of any kind, and the related confirmations, which are subject to the terms and conditions of, or governed by, any form of master agreement published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc., any International Foreign Exchange Master Agreement, or any other master agreement (any such master agreement, together with any related schedules, a “Master Agreement”), including any such obligations or liabilities under any Master Agreement.

Hedge Bank” means (i) any Person that is an Agent, a Lender, a Lead Arranger or an Affiliate or branch of any of the foregoing on the Closing Date (with respect to any Secured Hedge Agreement entered into on or prior to the Closing Date) or at the time it enters into a Secured Hedge Agreement, in its capacity as a party thereto, whether or not such Person subsequently ceases to be an Agent, a Lender, a Lead Arranger

 

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or an Affiliate or branch of any of the foregoing or (ii) any other Person designated by the Borrower to the Administrative Agent in writing and so long as such Person (a) agrees to appoint the Administrative Agent as its agent under the applicable Loan Documents and (b) agrees to be bound by the provisions of the applicable Loan Documents as a Hedge Bank.

HMT” means Her Majesty’s Treasury of the United Kingdom.

ICE LIBOR” means the London Interbank Offered Rate set by ICE Benchmark Administration Limited.

Identified Transaction” has the meaning specified in Section 9.11(b).

IFRS” means International Financial Reporting Standards and applicable accounting requirements set by the International Accounting Standards Board or any successor thereto (or the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the Accounting Principles Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, or any successor to either such Board, or the SEC, as the case may be), as in effect from time to time.

Immaterial Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary of the Borrower other than a Material Subsidiary.

Incremental Amendment” has the meaning specified in Section 2.13(e).

Incremental Amount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.13(c).

Incremental Equivalent Debt” means Indebtedness; provided that at the time of incurrence thereof:

(a) the aggregate principal amount of all Incremental Equivalent Debt on any date such Indebtedness is incurred (or commitments with respect thereto are made) shall not, together with any Incremental Term Facilities then outstanding, exceed the Incremental Amount;

(b) any Incremental Equivalent Debt (i) that is Pari Passu Lien Debt incurred as term facilities shall not mature prior to the Latest Maturity Date of, and shall not have a Weighted Average Life to Maturity shorter than the remaining Weighted Average Life to Maturity of, the Initial Term Loans, or (ii) that is Junior Lien Debt or Indebtedness that is not secured by a Lien on any Collateral and incurred as term facilities shall not mature, or have scheduled amortization, prior to the date that is 91 days following the Latest Maturity Date of the Initial Term Loans; provided that this clause (b) shall not apply to the incurrence of any such Indebtedness pursuant to the Inside Maturity Exception;

(c) except for Indebtedness incurred pursuant to the Inside Maturity Exception, any mandatory prepayments of any Incremental Equivalent Debt:

(i) that is Pari Passu Lien Debt shall be made on a pro rata basis or less than pro rata basis with any corresponding mandatory prepayment of the Loans and any Pari Passu Lien Debt (but not on a greater than pro rata basis, except for (A) any repayment of such Incremental Equivalent Debt at maturity and (B) any greater than pro rata repayment of such Incremental Equivalent Debt with the proceeds of a refinancing thereof); and

(ii) that comprises Junior Lien Debt or Indebtedness that is not secured by a Lien on all or any portion of the Collateral may not be made unless, to the extent required hereunder, such

 

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prepayments are first made or offered to the Loans and any Pari Passu Lien Debt on a pro rata basis.

(d) if such Incremental Equivalent Debt is in the form of floating rate term loans denominated in Dollars and is Pari Passu Lien Debt (other than an Excluded Incremental Facility), then the provisions of Section 2.13(h) shall apply as if such Incremental Equivalent Debt was Incremental Term Loans;

(e) (i) to the extent secured by the assets of any Loan Party, such Incremental Equivalent Debt shall not be secured by any Lien on any property or asset of any Loan Party that does not also secure the Initial Term Loans at the time of such incurrence (except (1) customary cash collateral in favor of an agent, letter of credit issuer or similar “fronting” lender, (2) Liens on property or assets applicable only to periods after the Latest Maturity Date of the Initial Term Loans at the time of incurrence and (3) any Liens on property or assets to the extent that a Lien on such property or asset is also added for the benefit of the Lenders under the Term Loans) and

(ii) to the extent incurred or guaranteed by any Loan Party, such Incremental Equivalent Debt shall not be incurred or guaranteed by any Loan Party other than the Borrower and the Guarantors (including any Person required to be a Guarantor) (except (1) for guarantees by other Persons that are applicable only to periods after the Latest Maturity Date of the Term Loans at the time of incurrence and (2) any such Person incurring or guaranteeing such Incremental Term Facilities that also guarantees the Term Loans); and

(f) the aggregate principal amount of Incremental Equivalent Debt incurred by Non-Loan Parties, together with the aggregate principal amount of Permitted Ratio Debt incurred by Non-Loan Parties, shall not exceed, in the aggregate, the greater of (A) 50.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 50.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination.

Incremental Equivalent Debt will be deemed to include any Registered Equivalent Notes issued in exchange therefor.

Incremental Facility” has the meaning specified in Section 2.13(a).

Incremental Loans” has the meaning specified in Section 2.13(a).

Incremental Term Facilities” has the meaning specified in Section 2.13(a).

Incremental Term Loan Commitment” means the commitment of a Lender to make or otherwise fund an Incremental Term Loan and “Incremental Term Loan Commitments” means such commitments of all Lenders in the aggregate.

Incremental Term Loan Exposure” means, with respect to any Lender, as of any date of determination, the outstanding principal amount of the Incremental Term Loans of such Lenders; provided, at any time prior to the making of the Incremental Term Loans, the Incremental Term Loan Exposure of any Lender shall be equal to such Lender’s Incremental Term Loan Commitment.

Incremental Term Loans” has the meaning specified in Section 2.13(a).

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

(a) any indebtedness (including principal or premium) of such Person in respect of borrowed money; any indebtedness evidenced by bonds, notes, debentures, loan agreements or similar instruments;

 

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letters of credit or bankers’ acceptances (or, without double counting, reimbursement agreements in respect thereof), and Capitalized Lease Obligations or the balance deferred and unpaid of the purchase price of any property to the extent that the same would be required to be shown as a long-term liability on the balance sheet for such Person prepared in accordance with GAAP;

(b) (i) to the extent not otherwise included, any guarantee obligation by such Person of the obligations of the type referred to in clause (a) of another Person (whether or not such items would appear upon the balance sheet of such obligor or guarantor), other than by endorsement of negotiable instruments for collection in the ordinary course of business and

(ii) to the extent not otherwise included, the obligations of the type referred to in clause (a) of another Person secured by a Lien (other than a Permitted Lien) on any property owned by such Person, whether or not such obligations are assumed by such Person and whether or not such obligations would appear upon the balance sheet of such Person; provided that the amount of such Indebtedness for purposes of this clause (ii) will be the lesser of the fair market value of such property at such date of determination and the amount of Indebtedness so secured;

(c) net obligations of such Person under any Hedge Agreement to the extent such obligations would appear as a net liability on a balance sheet of such Person (other than in the footnotes) prepared in accordance with GAAP; and

(d) all obligations of such Person in respect of Disqualified Equity Interests;

provided that, notwithstanding the foregoing, Indebtedness will be deemed not to include (1) contingent obligations incurred in the ordinary course of business unless and until such obligations are non-contingent, (2) trade payables, (3) customary purchase money obligations incurred in the ordinary course, (4) earn-outs, purchase price holdbacks or similar obligations, (5) intercompany liabilities in the ordinary course of business, (6) Permitted Liens, (7) loans and advances made by Loan Parties having a term not exceeding 364 days (inclusive of any roll over or extension of terms (such loans and advances, “Short Term Advances”)), (8) Indebtedness of any direct or indirect parent company appearing on the balance sheet of such Person solely by reason of push down accounting under GAAP and (9) lease obligations other than in respect of a Capitalized Lease. The amount of any net obligation under any Hedge Agreement on any date shall be deemed to be the Swap Termination Value thereof as of such date.

Indemnified Liabilities” has the meaning specified in Section 10.05.

Indemnitees” has the meaning specified in Section 10.05.

Independent Financial Advisor” means an accounting, appraisal, investment banking firm or consultant of nationally recognized standing that is, in the good faith judgment of the Borrower, qualified to perform the task for which it has been engaged and that is independent of the Borrower and its Affiliates.

Information” has the meaning specified in Section 10.08.

Initial Term Loan Commitment” means, as to each Lender, its obligation to make an Initial Term Loan to the Borrower hereunder on the Closing Date, expressed as an amount representing the maximum principal amount of the Initial Term Loans to be made by such Lender under this Agreement, as such commitment may be (a) reduced from time to time pursuant to Section 2.05 and (b) reduced or increased from time to time pursuant to (i) assignments by or to such Lender pursuant to an Assignment and Assumption, (ii) a Refinancing Amendment or (iii) an Extension. The initial amount of each Lender’s Initial Term Loan Commitment is set forth on Schedule 2.01 under the caption “Initial Term Loan

 

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Commitment” or, otherwise, in the Assignment and Assumption or Refinancing Amendment pursuant to which such Lender shall have assumed its Initial Term Loan Commitment, as the case may be. The aggregate amount of the Initial Term Loan Commitments is $1,700,000,000.

Initial Term Loans” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.01(a).

Inside Maturity Exception means Indebtedness consisting of, at the Borrower’s option, any combination of Incremental Facilities, Incremental Equivalent Debt, Credit Agreement Refinancing Debt and any Permitted Refinancing of the foregoing, in each case, that is (a) in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed the greater of (I) 50.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (II) 50.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination or (b) not a syndicated “term loan b” facility.

Intellectual Property” has the meaning specified in the Security Agreement.

Intellectual Property Security Agreements” has the meaning specified in the Security Agreement.

Intercreditor Agreements” means the Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement, any Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement, any Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement and any other intercreditor agreement governing lien priority, in each case that may be executed by the Collateral Agent from time to time pursuant to the terms hereof.

Interest Coverage Ratio” means, as of any date, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA to (b) Consolidated Interest Expense, in each case for the Test Period as of such date.

Interest Payment Date” means,

(a) as to any Eurocurrency Rate Loan, the last day of each Interest Period applicable to such Eurocurrency Rate Loan and the applicable Maturity Date; provided that if any Interest Period for a Eurocurrency Rate Loan exceeds three months, the respective dates that fall every three months after the beginning of such Interest Period shall also be Interest Payment Dates,

(b) as to any Base Rate Loan, the last Business Day of each calendar quarter and the applicable Maturity Date and

(c) to the extent necessary to create a fungible tranche of Term Loans, the date of the incurrence of any Incremental Term Loans.

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

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

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corresponding day in the calendar month at the end of such Interest Period) shall end on the last Business Day of the calendar month at the end of such Interest Period; and

(c) no Interest Period shall extend beyond the applicable Maturity Date.

Investment” means, as to any Person, any direct or indirect acquisition or investment by such Person, by means of

(a) the purchase or other acquisition (including by merger, amalgamation or otherwise) of Equity Interests or debt or other securities of another Person;

(b) a loan, advance or capital contribution to, Guarantee or assumption of Indebtedness of, or purchase or other acquisition of any other debt or equity participation or interest in, another Person, including any partnership or joint venture interest in such other Person, but excluding any Short Term Advances; or

(c) the purchase or other acquisition (in one transaction or a series of transactions, including by merger, amalgamation or otherwise) of all or substantially all of the property and assets or business of another Person or assets constituting a business unit, line of business or division of another Person;

provided that none of the following shall constitute an Investment (i) intercompany advances between and among the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries relating to their cash management, tax and accounting operations in the ordinary course of business and (ii) intercompany loans, advances or Indebtedness between and among the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries having a term not exceeding 364 days and made in the ordinary course of business.

Investment Grade Rating” means a rating equal to or higher than Baa3 (or the equivalent) by Moody’s and BBB- (or the equivalent) by S&P, or an equivalent rating by any other nationally recognized statistical rating agency selected by the Borrower.

IRS” means Internal Revenue Service of the United States.

ISDA Definitions” means the 2006 ISDA Definitions published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. or any successor thereto, as amended or supplemented from time to time, or any successor definitional booklet for interest rate derivatives published from time to time by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. or such successor thereto.

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

Joint Venture” means (a) any Person which would constitute an “equity method investee” of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries and (b) any Person in whom the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries beneficially owns any Equity Interest that is not a Restricted Subsidiary.

Joint Venture Investments” means Investments in any Joint Venture (other than an Unrestricted Subsidiary) (a) in an aggregate amount not to exceed the greater of (I) 25.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (II) 25.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination and (b) so long as the Total Net Leverage Ratio (after giving Pro Forma Effect to the incurrence of such Investment) shall be equal to or less than the Closing Date Total Net Leverage Ratio; provided that, in the case of any such Investment, no Specified Event of Default has occurred or is continuing or would result therefrom.

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Junior Debt Repayment” has the meaning specified in Section 7.09(a).

Junior Financing” means any Material Indebtedness that is contractually subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations expressly by its terms.

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

Junior Lien Debt” means any Indebtedness that is intended by the Borrower to be secured by a Lien on all or any portion of the Collateral that has a priority that is contractually (or otherwise) junior in priority to the Lien on such Collateral that secure the Obligations (other than the ABL Obligations).

Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement” means an intercreditor agreement, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit K (as the same may be modified in a manner satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, the Collateral Agent and the Borrower), or, if requested by the providers of Indebtedness permitted hereunder to be Junior Lien Debt, another lien subordination arrangement reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, the Collateral Agent and the Borrower, in each case as amended, restated, amended and restated, modified or supplemented from time to time in accordance with the terms hereof and thereof. Upon the request of the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Collateral Agent will execute and deliver a Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement with one or more Debt Representatives for secured Indebtedness that is permitted to be incurred hereunder as Junior Lien Debt.

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

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

LCA Election” has the meaning specified in Section 1.08(f).

LCA Test Date” has the meaning specified in Section 1.08(f).

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

Lender” has the meaning specified in the introductory paragraph to this Agreement (and, for the avoidance of doubt, includes each Term Loan Lender), and their respective successors and assigns as permitted hereunder, each of which is referred to herein as a “Lender.” Each Additional Lender shall be a Lender to the extent any such Person has executed and delivered a Refinancing Amendment or an Incremental Amendment, as the case may be, and to the extent such Refinancing Amendment or Incremental Amendment shall have become effective in accordance with the terms hereof and thereof, and each Extending Lender shall continue to be a Lender. As of the Closing Date, Schedule 2.01 sets forth the name of each Lender.

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

 

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LIBOR” means USD LIBOR.

Lien” means any mortgage, pledge, hypothecation, assignment, deposit arrangement, encumbrance, lien (statutory, deemed or other), charge, or preference, priority or other security interest or preferential arrangement of any kind or nature whatsoever (including any conditional sale or other title retention agreement, any easement, right of way or other encumbrance on title to real property, and any Capitalized Lease having substantially the same economic effect as any of the foregoing); provided that in no event shall an operating lease in and of itself be deemed a Lien.

Lien Release Event” has the meaning specified in Section 9.11(a)(i).

Limited Condition Acquisition” means any Acquisition Transaction or other Investment by the Borrower or one or more of its Restricted Subsidiaries whose consummation is not conditioned on the availability of, or on obtaining, third party financing.

Loan” means a Term Loan made by a Lender to the Borrower under a Loan Document.

Loan Documents” means, collectively, (a) this Agreement, (b) the Notes, (c) any Refinancing Amendment, Incremental Amendment or Extension Amendment, (d) the Guaranty, (e) the Collateral Documents, (f) the Intercreditor Agreements, and (g) the Global Intercompany Note.

Loan Parties” means, collectively, the Borrower and the Guarantors.

Management Stockholders” means (a) any Company Person who is an investor in the Borrower, (b) family members of any of the individuals identified in the foregoing clause (a), (c) trusts, partnerships or limited liability companies for the benefit of any of the individuals identified in the foregoing clause (a) or (b), and (d) heirs, executors, estates, successors and legal representatives of the individuals identified in the foregoing clause (a) or (b).

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

Market Capitalization” means an amount equal to (i) the total number of issued and outstanding shares of Equity Interests of the Borrower (or any successor of the Borrower) on the date of the declaration or making of the relevant Restricted Payment multiplied by (ii) the arithmetic mean of the closing prices per share of such Equity Interests for the 30 consecutive trading days immediately preceding the date of declaration or making of such Restricted Payment.

Master Agreement” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Hedge Agreement.”

Material Adverse Effect” means any event, circumstance or condition that has had a materially adverse effect on (a) the business, operations, assets, liabilities (actual or contingent) or financial condition of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, and (b) the ability of the Loan Parties (taken as a whole) to perform their respective payment obligations under the Loan Documents.

Material Indebtedness” means, as of any date, Indebtedness for borrowed money on such date of any Loan Party in an aggregate principal amount exceeding the Threshold Amount; provided that in no event shall any of the following be Material Indebtedness (a) Indebtedness under a Loan Document, (b) obligations in respect of a Qualified Securitization Financing, (c) Capitalized Lease Obligations, (d) Indebtedness held by a Loan Party or any Indebtedness held by an Affiliate of a Loan Party and (e) Indebtedness under Hedge Agreements.

 

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Material Subsidiary” means, as of the Closing Date and thereafter at any date of determination, each of the Borrower’s Domestic Subsidiaries, (a) whose total assets at the last day of the most recent Test Period (when taken together with the total assets of the Restricted Subsidiaries of such Domestic Subsidiary at the last day of the most recent Test Period) were equal to or greater than 5.00% of the consolidated total assets of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries as of the last day of such Test Period, in each case determined in accordance with GAAP or (b) whose revenues for such Test Period (when taken together with the revenues of the Restricted Subsidiaries of such Domestic Subsidiary for such Test Period) were equal to or greater than 5.00% of the consolidated revenues of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries for such Test Period, in each case determined in accordance with GAAP; provided that if, at any time and from time to time after the date which is 30 days after the Closing Date (or such longer period as the Administrative Agent may agree in its sole discretion), Domestic Subsidiaries that are not Guarantors solely because they do not meet the thresholds set forth in clause (a) or (b) comprise in the aggregate more than (when taken together with the total assets of the Restricted Subsidiaries of such Domestic Subsidiaries at the last day of the most recent Test Period) 10.00% of the total consolidated assets of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries that are Domestic Subsidiaries as of the end of the most recently ended Test Period or more than (when taken together with the revenues of the Restricted Subsidiaries of such Domestic Subsidiaries for such Test Period) 10.00% of the consolidated revenues of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries that are Domestic Subsidiaries for such Test Period (or, in each case, on any date when re-designated as an Excluded Subsidiary pursuant to the definition of “Excluded Subsidiary”), then the Borrower shall, not later than sixty days after the date by which financial statements for such Test Period were required to be delivered pursuant to this Agreement or on the date of such re-designation, as applicable (or, in each case, such longer period as the Administrative Agent may agree in its reasonable discretion), (i) designate in writing to the Administrative Agent one or more of such Domestic Subsidiaries as “Material Subsidiaries” to the extent required such that the foregoing condition ceases to be true and (ii) comply with the provisions of Section 6.11 with respect to any such Subsidiaries.

Materiality Threshold Amount” means an amount equal to the greater of (A) 5.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 5.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA.

Maturity Date” means:

(a) with respect to the Initial Term Loans that have not been extended pursuant to Section 2.15, the date that is the earlier of (i) seven years after the Closing Date and (ii) the date such Term Loans are declared due and payable pursuant to Section 8.02;

(b) with respect to any tranche of Extended Term Loans, the earlier of (i) the final maturity date as specified in the applicable Extension Amendment and (ii) the date such tranche of Extended Term Loans are terminated and/or declared due and payable pursuant to Section 8.02;

(c) with respect to any Refinancing Term Loans, the earlier of (i) the final maturity date as specified in the applicable Refinancing Amendment and (ii) the date such Refinancing Term Loans are declared due and payable pursuant to Section 8.02; and

(d) with respect to any Incremental Term Loans, the earlier of (i) the final maturity date as specified in the applicable Incremental Amendment and (ii) the date such Incremental Term Loans are declared due and payable pursuant to Section 8.02;

provided, in each case, that if such day is not a Business Day, the applicable Maturity Date shall be the Business Day immediately preceding such day.

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Minority Investment” means any Person other than a Subsidiary in which the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary owns any Equity Interests.

Moodys” means Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and any successor thereto.

Multiemployer Plan” means any multiemployer plan as defined in Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA and subject to Title IV of ERISA, to which any Loan Party or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates makes or is obligated to make contributions, or during the preceding five plan years, has made or been obligated to make contributions.

Net Cash Proceeds” means, with respect to:

(a) the Disposition of any asset by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary or any Casualty Event, the excess, if any, of:

(i) the sum of cash and Cash Equivalents received in connection with such Disposition or Casualty Event (including any cash and Cash Equivalents received by way of deferred payment pursuant to, or by monetization of, a note receivable or otherwise, but only as and when so received and, with respect to any Casualty Event, any insurance proceeds or condemnation awards in respect of such Casualty Event actually received by or paid to or for the account of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries), over

(ii) the sum of,

(A) the principal amount, premium or penalty, if any, interest, breakage costs and other amounts on any Indebtedness that is secured by the asset subject to such Disposition or Casualty Event and required to be repaid in connection with such Disposition or Casualty Event (other than Indebtedness under the Loan Documents, Pari Passu Lien Debt or Junior Lien Debt),

(B) the out-of-pocket fees and expenses (including attorneys’ fees, accountants’ fees, investment banking fees, survey costs, title insurance premiums, and related search and re-cording charges, transfer taxes, deed or mortgage recording taxes, other customary expenses and brokerage, consultant and other customary fees) actually incurred by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary in connection with such Disposition or Casualty Event and restoration costs following a Casualty Event,

(C) taxes paid or reasonably estimated to be payable in connection therewith (including taxes imposed on the distribution or repatriation of any such Net Cash Proceeds),

(D) in the case of any Disposition or Casualty Event by a non-wholly owned Restricted Subsidiary, the pro rata portion of the Net Cash Proceeds thereof (calculated without regard to this clause (D)) attributable to minority interests and not available for distribution to or for the account of the Borrower or a wholly owned Restricted Subsidiary as a result thereof, and

(E) any reserve for adjustment in respect of (1) the sale price of such asset or assets established in accordance with GAAP and (2) any liabilities associated with such asset or assets and retained by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary after such sale or other disposition thereof, including pension and other post-employment benefit liabilities

 

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and liabilities related to environmental matters or against any indemnification obligations associated with such transaction, it being understood that “Net Cash Proceeds” shall include the amount of any reversal (without the satisfaction of any applicable liabilities in cash in a corresponding amount) of any reserve described in this clause (E);

provided that (I) no net cash proceeds calculated in accordance with the foregoing realized in a single transaction or series of related transactions shall constitute Net Cash Proceeds unless such amount exceeds $13,257,000 and (II) no such net cash proceeds shall constitute Net Cash Proceeds under this clause (a) in any fiscal year until the aggregate amount of all such net cash proceeds in such fiscal year exceeds $27,150,000 (and thereafter only net cash proceeds in excess of such amount shall constitute Net Cash Proceeds under this clause (a)); and

(b) the sale, incurrence or issuance of any Indebtedness by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, the excess, if any, of:

(i) the sum of the cash and Cash Equivalents received in connection with such incurrence or issuance over

(ii) taxes paid or reasonably estimated to be payable as a result thereof, fees (including investment banking fees, attorneys’ fees, accountants’ fees, underwriting fees and discounts), commissions, costs and other out-of-pocket expenses and other customary expenses, incurred by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary in connection with such sale, incurrence or issuance.

Net Income” means, with respect to any Person, the net income (loss) of such Person, determined in accordance with GAAP (determined, for the avoidance of doubt, on an unconsolidated basis) and before any reduction in respect of preferred stock dividends.

Net Short Lender” means at any date of determination, each Lender that has a Net Short Position as of such date; provided that, for all purposes of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, Unrestricted Lenders shall at all times be deemed not to be Net Short Lenders.

Net Short Position” means, with respect to a Lender (other than an Unrestricted Lender), as of a date of determination, the net positive position, if any, held by such Lender that is remaining after deducting any long position that the Lender holds (i.e., a position (whether as an investor, lender or holder of Loans, debt obligations and/or Derivative Instruments) where the Lender is exposed to the credit risk of the Loan Parties) from any short positions (i.e., a position as described above, but where the Lender has a negative exposure to the credit risk described above).

For purposes of determining whether a Lender (other than an Unrestricted Lender) has a Net Short Position on any date of determination:

(a) Derivative Instruments shall be counted at the notional amount (in Dollars) of such Derivative Instrument; provided that, subject to clause (e) below, the notional amount of Derivative Instruments referencing an index that includes any of the Loan Parties or any bond or loan obligation issued or guaranteed by any Loan Party shall be determined in proportionate amount and by reference to the percentage weighting of the component which references any Loan Party or any bond or loan obligation issued or guaranteed by any Loan Party that would be a “Deliverable Obligation” or an “Obligation” (as defined in the ISDA CDS Definitions) of the Loan Parties;

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applicable; provided that if not otherwise provided in such Derivative Instrument, such conversion shall be made in a commercially reasonable manner consistent with generally accepted financial practices and based on the prevailing conversion rate determined (on a mid-market basis) by such Lender, acting in a commercially reasonable manner, on the date of determination;

(c) Derivative Instruments that incorporate either the 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions or the 2003 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions, in each case as supplemented (or any successor definitions thereto, collectively, the “ISDA CDS Definitions”) shall be deemed to create a short position with respect to the Loans if such Lender is a protection buyer or the equivalent thereof for such Derivative Instrument and (A) the Loans are a ‘Reference Obligation’ under the terms of such Derivative Instrument (whether specified by name in the related documentation, included as a ‘Standard Reference Obligation’ on the most recent list published by Markit, if ‘Standard Reference Obligation’ is specified as applicable in the relevant documentation or in any other manner) or (B) the Loans would be a ‘Deliverable Obligation’ or an ‘Obligation’ (as defined in the ISDA CDS Definitions) of the Loan Parties under the terms of such Derivative Instrument;

(d) credit derivative transactions or other Derivative Instruments which do not incorporate the ISDA CDS Definitions shall be counted for purposes of the Net Short Position determination if, with respect to the Loans, such transactions are functionally equivalent to a transaction that offers such Lender protection in respect of the Loans; and

(e) Derivative Instruments in respect of an index that includes any of the Loan Parties or any instrument issued or guaranteed by any of the Loan Parties shall not be deemed to create a short position, so long as (A) such index is not created, designed, administered or requested by such Lender and (B) the Loan Parties, and any Deliverable Obligation of the Loan Parties, collectively, shall represent less than 5.00% of the components of such index.

Net Short Representation” means, with respect to any Lender (other than an Unrestricted Lender) at any time, a representation (including any deemed representation, as the case may be) from such Lender to the Borrower that it is not (x) a Net Short Lender at such time or (y) knowingly and intentionally acting in concert with any of its Affiliates or branches for the express purpose of creating (and in fact creating) the same economic effect with respect to the Loan Parties as though such Lender were a Net Short Lender at such time.

Netted Tax Amount” has the meaning specified in Section 2.04(b)(v).

Non-Bank Certificate” has the meaning specified in Section 3.01(b).

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

Non-Defaulting Lender” means, at any time, each Lender that is not a Defaulting Lender at such time.

Non-Hardwired Currencies” means all Alternative Currencies other than Dollars.

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

Not Otherwise Applied” means, with reference to the amount of any Permitted Equity Issuances that is proposed to be applied to a particular use or transaction, that such amount was not previously applied in determining the permissibility of a transaction under the Loan Documents (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any use of such amount to increase the Available Amount, to fund a Specified Equity Contribution

 

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or to incur Contribution Indebtedness) where such permissibility was (or may have been) contingent on the receipt or availability of such amount, it being agreed that the incurrence of secured debt shall be deemed one use transaction for purposes of this definition.

Note” means each of the Term Loan Notes.

Obligations” means all,

(a) advances to, and debts, liabilities, obligations, covenants and duties of, any Loan Party arising under any Loan Document or otherwise with respect to any Loan, whether direct or indirect (including those acquired by assumption), absolute or contingent, due or to become due, now existing or hereafter arising and including interest, fees and expenses that accrue after the commencement by or against any Loan Party of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Laws naming such Person as the debtor in such proceeding, regardless of whether such interest, fees and expenses are allowed claims in such proceeding;

(b) obligations of any Loan Party arising under any Secured Hedge Agreement; and

(c) Cash Management Obligations;

provided that “Obligations” of any Guarantor shall exclude any Excluded Swap Obligations. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Obligations of the Loan Parties under the Loan Documents (and any of their Subsidiaries to the extent they have obligations under the Loan Documents) include the obligation (including guarantee obligations) to pay principal, interest, reimbursement obligations, charges, expenses, fees, Attorney Costs, indemnities and other amounts payable by any Loan Party and to provide Cash Collateral under any Loan Document.

OFAC” means the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department.

OID” means original issue discount.

Organization Documents” means,

(a) with respect to any corporation, the certificate and/or articles of incorporation and the bylaws (or equivalent or comparable constitutive documents with respect to any non-U.S. jurisdiction);

(b) with respect to any limited liability company, the certificate or articles of formation or organization and operating agreement; and

(c) with respect to any partnership, joint venture, trust or other form of business entity, the partnership, joint venture or other applicable agreement of formation or organization and any agreement, instrument, filing or notice with respect thereto filed in connection with its formation or organization with the applicable Governmental Authority in the jurisdiction of its formation or organization and, if applicable, any certificate or articles of formation or organization of such entity.

Other Applicable ECF Indebtedness” has the meaning specified in Section 2.04(b)(i).

Other Applicable Indebtedness” has the meaning specified in Section 2.04(b)(ii)(B).

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

 

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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 Loan Document).

Other Taxes” has the meaning specified in Section 3.01(f).

Overnight Rate” means, for any day, (a) with respect to any amount denominated in Dollars, the greater of (x) the Federal Funds Rate and (y) an overnight rate reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with bank industry rules on interbank compensation and (b) with respect to any amount denominated in any Alternative Currency, the rate of interest per annum reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent to be its cost of funding such amount.

Pari Passu Lien Debt” means any Indebtedness that is intended by the Borrower to be secured by Liens on all or any portion of the Collateral that are pari passu in priority with the Liens on Collateral that secure the Obligations. For the avoidance of doubt, “Pari Passu Lien Debt” includes the Initial Term Loans as of the Closing Date.

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

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

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

Payment Conditions” has the meaning assigned to such term in the ABL Credit Agreement.

PBGC” means the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation or any successor thereto.

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

Permitted Acquisition” means an Acquisition Transaction together with other Investments undertaken to consummate such Acquisition Transaction; provided that:

(a) after giving Pro Forma Effect to any such Acquisition Transaction or Investment, at the applicable time determined in accordance with Section 1.08(f), no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing;

(b) the business of such Person, or such assets, as the case may be, constitute a business permitted by the Loan Documents; and

(c) with respect to each such purchase or other acquisition, all actions required to be taken with respect to any such newly created or acquired Subsidiary (including each Subsidiary thereof that constitutes a Restricted Subsidiary) or assets in order to satisfy the requirements set forth in Section 6.11 to the extent applicable shall have been taken (or shall be taken), to the extent required by such section (or arrangements for the taking of such actions after the consummation of the Permitted Acquisition shall have been made) (unless such newly created or acquired Subsidiary constitutes an Excluded Subsidiary or is designated as an Unrestricted Subsidiary).

 

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Permitted Equity Issuance” means any,

(a) public or private sale or issuance of any Qualified Equity Interests of the Borrower (other than a Specified Equity Contribution);

(b) contribution to the equity capital of the Borrower or any other Loan Party (other than (i) a Specified Equity Contribution or (ii) in exchange for Disqualified Equity Interests); or

(c) sale or issuance of Indebtedness of the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary (other than intercompany Indebtedness) that have been converted into or exchanged for Qualified Equity Interests of the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary;

provided that the amount of any Permitted Equity Issuance will be the amount of cash and Cash Equivalents received by a Loan Party or Restricted Subsidiary in connection with such sale, issuances or contribution, and the fair market value of any other property received in connection with such sale, issuance or contribution, (measured at the time made), without adjustment for subsequent changes in the value.

Permitted Holders” means:

(a) the Sponsors;

(b) the Management Stockholders; and

(c) any group (within the meaning of Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Exchange Act) of which the Persons described in clauses (a) or (b) above are members; provided that, without giving effect to the existence of such group or any other group, the Persons described in clauses (a) and (b) above, collectively, beneficially own (as defined in Rules 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act) Equity Interests representing at least a majority of the aggregate ordinary voting power represented by the issued and outstanding Equity Interest of the Borrower (or any Successor Borrower, if applicable) then held by such group

Permitted Investment” means (a) any Permitted Acquisition, (b) any Acquisition Transaction and/or (c) any other Investment or acquisition permitted hereunder.

Permitted Investors” means (a) a Sponsor, (b) each of the Affiliates and investment managers of a Sponsor, (c) any fund or account managed by any of the persons described in clause (a) or (b) of this definition, (d) any employee benefit plan of the Borrower or any of its subsidiaries and any person or entity acting in its capacity as trustee, agent or other fiduciary or administrator of any such plan, and (e) investment vehicles of members of management of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries.

Permitted Junior Secured Refinancing Debt” means any Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness that is Junior Lien Debt.

Permitted Lien” means any Lien not prohibited by Section 7.01.

Permitted Pari Passu Secured Refinancing Debt” means any Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness that is Pari Passu Lien Debt.

Permitted Ratio Debt” means Indebtedness; provided that, at the time of incurrence thereof:

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(i) in the case of any Pari Passu Lien Debt, the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio for the applicable Test Period is equal to or less than (A) the Closing Date First Lien Net Leverage Ratio or (B) with respect to Indebtedness that is incurred in connection with a Permitted Investment, the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio immediately prior to such incurrence;

(ii) in the case of any Junior Lien Debt, the Secured Net Leverage Ratio for the applicable Test Period is equal to or less than (A) the Closing Date Secured Net Leverage Ratio or (B) with respect to Indebtedness that is incurred in connection with a Permitted Investment, the Secured Net Leverage Ratio immediately prior to such incurrence; and

(iii) in the case of any Indebtedness that is not secured by a Lien on any Collateral, either:

(A) the Total Net Leverage Ratio for the applicable Test Period is equal to or less than (A) the Closing Date Total Net Leverage Ratio or (B) with respect to Indebtedness that is incurred in connection with a Permitted Investment, the Total Net Leverage Ratio immediately prior to such incurrence, or

(B) the Interest Coverage Ratio for the applicable Test Period is equal to or greater than (A) 2.00 to 1.00 or (B) with respect to Indebtedness that is incurred in connection with a Permitted Investment, the Interest Coverage Ratio immediately prior to such incurrence;

in each case, after giving Pro Forma Effect to the incurrence of such Indebtedness and any use of proceeds thereof and measured as of and for the Test Period immediately preceding the issuance, incurrence or assumption of such Indebtedness for which internal financial statements are available; provided, that the aggregate principal amount of Permitted Ratio Debt incurred by Non-Loan Parties, together with the aggregate principal amount of Incremental Equivalent Debt incurred by Non-Loan Parties, shall not exceed, in the aggregate, the greater of (I) 50.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (II) 50.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination;

(b) to the extent such Permitted Ratio Debt is required to be subject to the provisions of the Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement, a Debt Representative acting on behalf of the holders of such Indebtedness has become party to, or is otherwise subject to the provisions of the Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement or any other intercreditor agreement that may be executed from time to time and reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent;

(c) if such Indebtedness is intended to be Pari Passu Lien Debt or Junior Lien Debt, a Debt Representative acting on behalf of the holders of such Permitted Ratio Debt has become party to, or is otherwise subject to the provisions of the Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement and (i) if such Permitted Ratio Debt is intended to be Pari Passu Lien Debt, an Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement or (ii) if such Permitted Ratio Debt is intended to be Junior Lien Debt, a Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement; and

(d) if such Permitted Ratio Debt is in the form of floating rate term loans and is Pari Passu Lien Debt (other than an Excluded Incremental Facility), then the provisions of Section 2.13(h) shall apply as if such Permitted Ratio Debt was in the form of Incremental Term Loans.

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Permitted Refinancing means, with respect to any Person, any modification, refinancing, refunding, replacement, renewal or extension of any Indebtedness of such Person; provided that

(a) the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) thereof does not exceed the principal amount (or accreted value, if applicable) of the Indebtedness so modified, refinanced, refunded, replaced, renewed or extended except by an amount equal to unpaid accrued interest and premium (including tender premiums) thereon, plus OID and upfront fees plus other fees and expenses reasonably incurred, in connection with such modification, refinancing, refunding, replacement, renewal or extension and by an amount equal to any existing commitments unutilized thereunder,

(b) other than with respect to a Permitted Refinancing in respect of Indebtedness permitted pursuant to Section 7.03(c) or Section 7.03(d), such modification, refinancing, refunding, replacement, renewal or extension has a final maturity date equal to or later than the final maturity date of, and has a Weighted Average Life to Maturity equal to or greater than the remaining Weighted Average Life to Maturity of, the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, replaced, renewed or extended,

(c) such Indebtedness shall not be incurred or guaranteed by any Loan Party or Restricted Subsidiary other than a Loan Party or Restricted Subsidiary that was an obligor of the Indebtedness being exchanged, extended, renewed, replaced or refinanced and no additional Loan Parties or Restricted Subsidiaries shall become liable for such Indebtedness;

(d) if such Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, replaced, renewed, or extended is Junior Financing or Junior Lien Debt,

(i) to the extent such Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, replaced, renewed, or extended is subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations, such modification, refinancing, refunding, replacement, renewal, or extension is subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations on terms at least as favorable to the Lenders as those contained in the documentation governing the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, replaced, renewed or extended,

(ii) to the extent such Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, replaced, renewed, or extended is unsecured, such modification, refinancing, refunding, replacement, renewal or extension is either (A) unsecured or (B) secured only by Permitted Liens (provided that such incurrence will thereafter count in the calculation of any remaining basket capacity thereunder, while such Indebtedness remains outstanding); and

(iii) to the extent such Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, replaced, renewed, or extended is secured by Liens,

(A) such modification, refinancing, refunding, replacement, renewal or extension is either (1) unsecured or (2) secured only by Permitted Liens, provided that if such Indebtedness is Pari Passu Lien Debt or Junior Lien Debt,

(x) to the extent such Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, refunded, replaced, renewed, or extended is required to be subject to the provisions of the Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement, a Debt Representative acting on behalf of the holders of such Indebtedness has become party to, or is otherwise subject to the provisions of the Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement or any other intercreditor agreement that may be executed from time to time and reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent and

 

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(y) a Debt Representative acting on behalf of the holders of such Indebtedness has become party to, or is otherwise subject to the provisions of (1) if such Indebtedness is Pari Passu Lien Debt, an Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement or (2) if such Indebtedness is Junior Lien Debt, a Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement and

(B) to the extent that such Liens are subordinated to the Liens securing the Obligations, such modification, refinancing, refunding, replacement, renewal or extension is secured by Liens that are subordinated to the Liens securing the Obligations on terms at least as favorable to the Lenders as those contained in the documentation (including any intercreditor or similar agreements) governing the Indebtedness being modified, refinanced, replaced, refunded, replaced, renewed or extended;

(e) if such Indebtedness is secured by assets of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary:

(i) such Indebtedness shall not be secured by Liens on any assets of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary that are not also subject to, or would be required to be subject to pursuant to the Loan Documents, a Lien securing the Obligations (except (1) Liens on property or assets applicable only to periods after the Latest Maturity Date at the time of incurrence, (2) any Liens on property or assets to the extent that a Lien on such property or asset is also added for the benefit of the Lenders, (3) any Liens on property or assets under the Indebtedness being exchanged, extended, renewed, replaced or refinanced and (4) with respect to Indebtedness of Non-Loan Parties, Liens on assets of any Non-Loan Party); and

(ii) if such Indebtedness is Pari Passu Lien Debt or Junior Lien Debt, a Debt Representative acting on behalf of the holders of such Indebtedness has become party to, or is otherwise subject to the provisions of (A) if such Indebtedness is Pari Passu Lien Debt, an Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement or (B) if such Indebtedness is Junior Lien Debt, a Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement;

(f) in the case of any Permitted Refinancing in respect of any Permitted Pari Passu Secured Refinancing Debt or any Permitted Junior Secured Refinancing Debt, in each case, such Permitted Refinancing is secured by Liens on assets of Loan Parties that are subject to an Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement or Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement, as applicable; and

(g) in the case of any Permitted Refinancing in respect of any Incremental Equivalent Debt, such Permitted Refinancing shall be subject to the terms of clause (c) of the definition of “Incremental Equivalent Debt” as if such Permitted Refinancing were also Incremental Equivalent Debt.

Permitted Refinancing will be deemed to include any Registered Equivalent Notes issued in exchange therefor.

Permitted Reorganization” means any transaction (a) undertaken to effect a corporate reorganization (or similar transaction or event) for operational or efficiency purposes or (b) related to tax planning or tax reorganization, in each case, as determined in good faith by the Borrower and entered into after the Closing Date; provided that, (i) no Event of Default is continuing immediately prior to such transaction and immediately after giving effect thereto and (ii) after giving effect to such transactions, the security interests of the Lenders in the Collateral (taken as a whole) and the Guarantees of the Obligations (taken as a whole), in each case, would not be materially impaired as a result thereof, and such transaction will not materially adversely affect the Borrower’s ability to make anticipated payments with respect to the Obligations as and when they become due (as determined in good faith by the Borrower).

 

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

Petco Animal Supplies” has the meaning specified in the Recitals.

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

Platform” has the meaning specified in Section 6.02.

Pledged Debt” has the meaning specified in the Security Agreement.

Pledged Equity” has the meaning specified in the Security Agreement.

Prepayment Date” has the meaning specified in Section 2.04(b)(vi).

Prepayment Notice” means a written notice made pursuant to Section 2.04(a)(i) substantially in the form of Exhibit J.

Primary Obligor” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Guarantee.”

Private-Side Information” means any information with respect to the Borrower and its Subsidiaries that is not Public-Side Information.

Pro Forma Basis” and “Pro Forma Effect” mean, with respect to compliance with any test or covenant or calculation hereunder, the determination or calculation of such test, covenant or ratio (including in connection with Specified Transactions) in accordance with Section 1.08.

Pro Rata Share” means,

(a) with respect to all payments, computations and other matters relating to the Term Loan of a given Class of any Lender at any time a fraction (expressed as a percentage, carried out to the ninth decimal place), the numerator of which is the amount of the Term Loan Exposure of such Class of such Lender at such time and the denominator of which is the aggregate Term Loan Exposure of such Class of all Lenders at such time; and

(b) with respect to all payments, computations and other matters relating to the Incremental Term Loans of any Lender at any time a fraction (expressed as a percentage, carried out to the ninth decimal place), the numerator of which is the amount of the Incremental Term Loan Exposure of such Lender at such time and the denominator of which is the aggregate Incremental Term Loan Exposure of all Lenders at such time.

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.

Public Lenders” means Lenders that do not wish to receive Private-Side Information.

Public-Side Information” means information that does not constitute material non-public information (within the meaning of United States federal, state or other applicable securities laws) with respect to the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective securities.

 

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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 specified in Section 10.26(a).

Qualified Equity Interests” means any Equity Interests that are not Disqualified Equity Interests.

Qualified Professional Asset Manager” has the meaning specified in Section 9.16(a)(iii).

Qualified Securitization Financing” means any Securitization Financing of a Securitization Subsidiary that meets the following conditions:

(a) such Qualified Securitization Financing (including financing terms, covenants, termination events and other provisions) is in the aggregate economically fair and reasonable to the Borrower and the Securitization Subsidiary, as determined by the Borrower in good faith;

(b) all sales, transfers and/or contributions of Securitization Assets and related assets to the Securitization Subsidiary are made at fair market value; and

(c) the financing terms, covenants, termination events and other provisions thereof, including any Standard Securitization Undertakings, shall be market terms, as determined by the Borrower in good faith.

Ratio Amount” means an aggregate principal amount that, after giving Pro Forma Effect to the incurrence thereof, would not result in:

(a) with respect to an Incremental Facility or Incremental Equivalent Debt to be incurred as Pari Passu Lien Debt, the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio for the applicable Test Period being greater than (i) the Closing Date First Lien Net Leverage Ratio or (ii) with respect to Indebtedness that is incurred in connection with a Permitted Investment, the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio immediately prior to such incurrence;

(b) with respect to any Incremental Facility or Incremental Equivalent Debt to be incurred as Junior Lien Debt, the Secured Net Leverage Ratio for the applicable Test Period being greater than (i) the Closing Date Secured Net Leverage Ratio or (ii) with respect to Indebtedness that is incurred in connection with a Permitted Investment, the Secured Net Leverage Ratio immediately prior to such incurrence;

(c) with respect to any Incremental Facility or Incremental Equivalent Debt that is not secured by a Lien on any Collateral, either:

(i) the Total Net Leverage Ratio for the applicable Test Period being greater than (A) the Closing Date Total Net Leverage Ratio or (B) with respect to Indebtedness that is incurred in connection with a Permitted Investment, the Total Net Leverage Ratio immediately prior to such incurrence; or

(ii) the Interest Coverage Ratio for the applicable Test Period being (A) less than 2.00 to 1.00 or (B) with respect to Indebtedness that is incurred in connection with a Permitted Investment, the Interest Coverage Ratio immediately prior to such incurrence.

Recipient” means (a) the Administrative Agent or (b) any Lender, as applicable.

 

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Reference Date” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Available Amount.”

Reference Time” with respect to any setting of the then-current Benchmark means (1) if such Benchmark is USD LIBOR, 11:00 a.m. (London time) on the day that is two London banking days preceding the date of such setting, and (2) if such Benchmark is not USD LIBOR, the time determined by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion.

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

Refinanced Loans” has the meaning specified in Section 10.01(e)(ii).

Refinancing Amendment” means an amendment to this Agreement executed by each of (a) the Borrower, (b) the Administrative Agent and (c) each Additional Lender and Lender that agrees to provide any portion of the Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness being incurred pursuant thereto, in accordance with Section 2.14.

Refinancing Commitments” means any Refinancing Term Commitments.

Refinancing Loans” means any Refinancing Term Loans.

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

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

Refunding Equity Interests” has the meaning specified in Section 7.06(o).

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

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

Regulated Entity” means

(a) any swap dealer registered with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission or security-based swap dealer registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as applicable; or

(b) any commercial bank with a consolidated combined capital and surplus of at least $5,000,000,000 that is

(i) a U.S. depository institution the deposits of which are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation;

(ii) a corporation organized under section 25A of the U.S. Federal Reserve Act of 1913;

 

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(iii) a branch, agency or commercial lending company of a foreign bank operating pursuant to approval by and under the supervision of the Board under 12 C.F.R. part 211;

(iv) a non-U.S. branch of a foreign bank managed and controlled by a U.S. branch referred to in clause (iii); or

(v) any other U.S. or non-U.S. depository institution or any branch, agency or similar office thereof supervised by a bank regulatory authority in any jurisdiction.

Related Indemnified Person” of an Indemnitee means (a) any controlling person or controlled affiliate of such Indemnitee, (b) the respective directors, officers, or employees of such Indemnitee or any of its controlling persons or controlled affiliates and (c) the respective agents of such Indemnitee or any of its controlling persons or controlled affiliates, in the case of this clause (c), acting at the instructions of such Indemnitee, controlling person or such controlled affiliate; provided that each reference to a controlled affiliate or controlling person in this definition shall pertain to a controlled affiliate or controlling person involved in the negotiation or syndication of the Facility.

Release Actions” has the meaning specified in Section 9.11(b).

Release Certificate” has the meaning specified in Section 9.11(b).

Release Date” has the meaning specified in Section 9.11(b).

Release/Subordination Event” has the meaning specified in Section 9.11(a)(i)(H).

Relevant Governmental Body means (i) with respect to a Benchmark or Benchmark Replacement in respect of any Benchmark applicable to Dollars, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System or the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, or a committee officially endorsed or convened by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System or the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, or any successor thereto, and (ii) with respect to a Benchmark Replacement for any Benchmark applicable to a currency other than Dollars, (a) the central bank for the applicable currency or any central bank or other supervisor which is responsible for supervising (1) such Benchmark or Benchmark Replacement for such currency or (2) the administrator of such Benchmark or Benchmark Replacement for such currency or (b) any working group or committee officially endorsed or convened by: (1) the central bank for such currency, (2) any central bank or other supervisor that is responsible for supervising either (x) such Benchmark or Benchmark Replacement for such currency or (y) the administrator of such Benchmark or Benchmark Replacement for such currency, or (3) the Financial Stability Board, or a committee officially endorsed or convened by the Financial Stability Board, or any successor thereto.

Replacement Loans” has the meaning specified in Section 10.01(e)(ii).

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

Repricing Event” means:

(a) the incurrence by the Borrower or any other Loan Party of any Indebtedness in the form of a syndicated term loan (including any new or additional Term Loans under this Agreement, whether incurred directly or by way of the conversion of the Initial Term Loans into a new tranche of replacement Term Loans under this Agreement) (i) having an All-In Yield that is less than the All-In Yield for the Initial

 

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Term Loans, and (ii) the proceeds of which are used to prepay (or, in the case of a conversion, deemed to prepay or replace), in whole or in part, the outstanding principal of the Initial Term Loans; or

(b) any effective reduction in the All-In Yield applicable to the Initial Term Loans (e.g., by way of amendment, waiver or otherwise);

provided that a Repricing Event shall not include any event described in clause (a) or (b) above that (i) is not consummated for the primary purpose of lowering the All-In Yield applicable to the Initial Term Loans (as determined in good faith by the Borrower), or (ii) that is consummated in connection with a Change of Control or Transformative Acquisition.

Required Facility Lenders” means, with respect to any Facility on any date of determination, Lenders having or holding more than 50.00% of the sum of (a) the aggregate principal amount of outstanding Loans under such Facility and (b) the aggregate unused Commitments under such Facility; provided that (i) any determination of Required Facility Lenders shall be subject to the limitations set forth in Section 10.07(i) with respect to Affiliated Lenders and (ii) the portion of outstanding Loans and the unused Commitments of such Facility, as applicable, held or deemed held by any Defaulting Lender shall be excluded for purposes of making a determination of Required Facility Lenders.

Required Lenders” means, as of any date of determination, Lenders having or holding more than 50.00% of the sum of the aggregate Term Loan Exposure of all Lenders; provided that (a) any determination of Required Lenders shall be subject to the limitations set forth in Section 10.07(h) with respect to Affiliated Lenders and (b) the aggregate Term Loan Exposure of or held by any Defaulting Lender shall be excluded for purposes of making a determination of Required Lenders.

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

Responsible Officer” means the executive chairman, chief executive officer, president, senior vice president, senior vice president (finance), vice president, chief financial officer, chief operating officer, treasurer, manager of treasury activities or assistant treasurer, secretary, assistant secretary or other similar officer or Person performing similar functions of a Loan Party and, solely for purposes of notices given pursuant to Article II, any other officer or employee of the applicable Loan Party so designated by any of the foregoing officers in a notice to the Administrative Agent or any other officer or employee of the applicable Loan Party designated in or pursuant to an agreement between the applicable Loan Party and the Administrative Agent. Any document delivered hereunder that is signed by a Responsible Officer of a Loan Party shall be conclusively presumed to have been authorized by all necessary corporate, partnership and/or other action on the part of such Loan Party and such Responsible Officer shall be conclusively presumed to have acted on behalf of such Loan Party. Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to a “Responsible Officer” shall refer to a Responsible Officer of the Borrower.

Restricted” means, when referring to cash or Cash Equivalents of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries, that such cash or Cash Equivalents appear (or would be required to appear) as “restricted” on a consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary (unless such appearance is related to a restriction in favor of, the Administrative Agent, the Collateral Agent or any Lender).

Restricted Payment” means any dividend or other distribution (whether in cash, securities or other property) with respect to any Equity Interest of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries (in each case, solely to a holder of Equity Interests in such Person’s capacity as a holder of such Equity Interests other than dividends or distributions payable solely in Equity Interests (other than Disqualified Equity

 

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Interests) of the Borrower), or any payment (whether in cash, securities or other property), including any sinking fund or similar deposit, on account of the purchase, redemption, retirement, defeasance, acquisition, cancellation or termination of any such Equity Interest, or on account of any return of capital to the Borrower’s stockholders, partners or members (or the equivalent Persons thereof). For the avoidance of doubt, the payment of any Contractual Obligation that is based on, or measured with respect to the value of an Equity Interest, including any such Contractual Obligations constituting compensation arrangements, shall not be considered a Restricted Payment. The amount of any Restricted Payment not made in cash or Cash Equivalents shall be the fair market value of the securities or other property distributed by dividend or other otherwise.

Restricted Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary of the Borrower other than an Unrestricted Subsidiary.

S&P” means Standard & Poor’s, a division of S&P Global Inc., and any successor thereto.

Sale Leaseback Transaction” means a sale leaseback transaction with respect to all or any portion of any real property, equipment or capital assets owned by a Loan Party or other property customarily included in such transactions.

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

Sanctions” means any sanction administered or enforced by the United States government (including OFAC), the United Nations Security Council, the European Union or HMT.

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

Secured Hedge Agreement” means any Hedge Agreement that is entered into by and between any Loan Party and any Hedge Bank and designated in writing by the Hedge Bank and the Borrower to the Administrative Agent as a “Secured Hedge Agreement” (but only if such Hedge Agreement has not been designated as a “Secured Hedge Agreement” under the ABL Credit Agreement)

Secured Net Leverage Ratio” means, with respect to any Test Period, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Secured Net Debt outstanding as of the last day of such Test Period to (b) Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of the Borrower for such Test Period.

Secured Parties” means, collectively, the Administrative Agent, the Collateral Agent, the Lenders, each Hedge Bank party to a Secured Hedge Agreement, each Cash Management Bank party to an agreement governing Cash Management Obligations, the Supplemental Administrative Agent and each co-agent or sub-agent appointed by the Administrative Agent from time to time pursuant to Section 9.05 and Section 9.12.

Securities Act” means the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Securitization Assets” means the accounts receivable, royalty or other revenue streams, other rights to payment (including with respect to rights of payment pursuant to the terms of Joint Ventures) subject to a Qualified Securitization Financing and the proceeds thereof.

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

 

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Securitization Financing” means any transaction or series of transactions that may be entered into by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries pursuant to which the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries may sell, convey or otherwise transfer to (a) a Securitization Subsidiary (in the case of a transfer by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries) or (b) any other Person (in the case of a transfer by a Securitization Subsidiary), or may grant a security interest or Lien in or on, any Securitization Assets of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, and any assets related thereto, including all collateral securing such Securitization Assets, all contracts and all guarantees or other obligations in respect of such Securitization Assets, proceeds of such Securitization Assets and other assets that are customarily transferred or in respect of which security interests are customarily granted in connection with asset securitization transactions involving Securitization Assets as determined by the Borrower in good faith.

Securitization Repurchase Obligation” means any obligation of a seller or transferor of Securitization Assets in a Qualified Securitization Financing to repurchase Securitization Assets arising as a result of a breach of a Standard Securitization Undertaking, including as a result of a receivable or portion thereof becoming subject to any asserted defense, dispute, offset or counterclaim of any kind as a result of any action taken by, any failure to take action by or any other event relating to the seller.

Securitization Subsidiary” means a wholly owned Subsidiary of the Borrower (or another Person formed for the purposes of engaging in a Qualified Securitization Financing in which the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower makes an Investment and to which the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower transfers Securitization Assets and related assets) that engages in no activities other than in connection with the financing of Securitization Assets of the Borrower or its Subsidiaries, all proceeds thereof and all rights (contingent and other), collateral and other assets relating thereto, and any business or activities incidental or related to such business, and which is designated by the Board of Directors of the Borrower or such other Person (as provided below) as a Securitization Subsidiary, and

(a) no portion of the Indebtedness or any other obligation (contingent or otherwise) of which

(i) is guaranteed by the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower, other than another Securitization Subsidiary (excluding guarantees of obligations (other than the principal of, and interest on, Indebtedness) pursuant to Standard Securitization Undertakings),

(ii) is recourse to or obligates the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower, other than another Securitization Subsidiary, in any way other than pursuant to Standard Securitization Undertakings or

(iii) subjects any property or asset of the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower, other than another Securitization Subsidiary, directly or indirectly, contingently or otherwise, to the satisfaction thereof, other than pursuant to Standard Securitization Undertakings;

(b) with which none of the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower, other than another Securitization Subsidiary, has any material contract, agreement, arrangement or understanding other than on terms which the Borrower reasonably believes to be no less favorable to the Borrower or such Subsidiary than those that might be obtained at the time from Persons that are not Affiliates of the Borrower; and

(c) to which none of the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower, other than another Securitization Subsidiary, has any obligation to maintain or preserve such entity’s financial condition or cause such entity to achieve certain levels of operating results;

 

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it being agreed that a Securitization Asset consisting of an obligation of or to any Affiliate of a Loan Party (other than another Loan Party or Restricted Subsidiary, unless otherwise permitted by Section 7.05) shall not result non-compliance with any of the foregoing provisions.

Security Agreement” means, collectively, the Security Agreement executed by the Loan Parties, substantially in the form of Exhibit F, together with each Security Agreement Supplement executed and delivered pursuant to Section 6.11.

Security Agreement Supplement” has the meaning specified in the Security Agreement.

Short Term Advances” has the meaning specified in the definition of “Indebtedness.”

Similar Business” means any business, the majority of whose revenues are derived from (a) business or activities conducted by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries on the Closing Date, (b) any business that is a natural outgrowth or reasonable extension, development or expansion of any such business or any business similar, reasonably related, incidental, complementary or ancillary to any of the foregoing or (c) any business that in the Borrower’s good faith business judgment constitutes a reasonable diversification of businesses conducted by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries.

SOFR means, with respect to any Business Day, a rate per annum equal to the secured overnight financing rate for such Business Day published by the SOFR Administrator on the SOFR Administrator’s Website on the immediately succeeding Business Day.

SOFR Administrator” means the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (or a successor administrator of the secured overnight financing rate).

SOFR Administrators Website” means the website of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 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.

Solvent” and “Solvency” mean, with respect to any Person on any date of determination, that on such date (a) the fair value of the assets of such Person, on a consolidated basis with its Subsidiaries, exceeds its debts and liabilities, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, on a consolidated basis, (b) the present fair saleable value of the property of such Person, on a consolidated basis with its Subsidiaries, is greater than the amount that will be required to pay the probable liability of its debts and other liabilities, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, on a consolidated basis, as such debts and other liabilities become absolute and matured, (c) such Person, on a consolidated basis with its Subsidiaries, is able to pay its debts and liabilities, subordinated, contingent or otherwise, on a consolidated basis, as such liabilities become absolute and matured and (d) such Person, on a consolidated basis with its Subsidiaries, is not engaged in, and is not about to engage in, business for which it has unreasonably small capital. The amount of any contingent liability at any time shall be computed as the amount that would reasonably be expected to become an actual and matured liability.

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

Specified Equity Contribution” has the meaning assigned to such term in the ABL Credit Agreement.

Specified Event of Default means an Event of Default pursuant to Section 8.01(a) or an Event of Default pursuant to Section 8.01(f) with respect to the Borrower.

 

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Specified Representations” means those representations and warranties made by the Borrower in Sections 5.01(a) (with respect to organizational existence only), 5.01(b)(ii), 5.02(a), 5.02(b)(i), 5.04, 5.13, 5.16, 5.17 and 5.18.

Specified Transaction” means any of the following identified by the Borrower as a “Specified Transaction” in the Borrower’s sole discretion:

(a) transaction or series of related transactions, including Investments and Acquisition Transactions, that results in a Person becoming a Restricted Subsidiary,

(b) any designation of a Subsidiary as a Restricted Subsidiary or an Unrestricted Subsidiary,

(c) any transaction or series of related transactions, including Dispositions, that results in a Restricted Subsidiary ceasing to be a Subsidiary of the Borrower,

(d) any acquisition or disposition of assets constituting a business unit, line of business or division of another Person or a facility,

(e) any material acquisition or disposition,

(f) any restructuring of the business of the Borrower, whether by merger, consolidation, amalgamation or otherwise,

(g) any incurrence or repayment of Indebtedness (other than Indebtedness incurred or repaid under any revolving credit facility in the ordinary course of business for working capital purposes),

(h) any Restricted Payment and

(i) transactions of the type given pro forma effect in any quality of earnings report prepared by a nationally recognized accounting firm and furnished to the Administrative Agent in connection with the Transactions or an Acquisition Transaction or other Investment consummated after the Closing Date.

Specified Transaction Adjustments” has the meaning specified in Section 1.08(c).

Sponsor” means,

(a) (x) any funds, limited partnerships or co-investment vehicles managed or advised by CVC, (y) Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (or any funds, limited partnerships or co-investment vehicles managed or advised by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board) or any Affiliates of any of the foregoing Person(s) or (z) any direct or indirect Subsidiaries of any of the foregoing Person(s) (or jointly managed by any such Person(s) or over which any such Person(s) exercise governance rights) and

(b) any investors (including limited partners) in the Persons identified in clause (a) who are investors (including limited partners) in such Persons as of the Closing Date, and from time to time, invest directly or indirectly in the Borrower (but, in each case, excluding any portfolio companies of any of the foregoing).

Standard Securitization Undertakings” means representations, warranties, covenants and indemnities entered into by the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower that are customary in a Securitization Financing.

 

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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 percentages (including any marginal, special, emergency or supplemental reserves) expressed as a decimal established by the FRB to which the Administrative Agent is subject with respect to the Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate, for Eurocurrency Rate funding (currently referred to as “Eurocurrency Liabilities” in Regulation D of the FRB). Such reserve percentages shall include those imposed pursuant to such Regulation D. Eurocurrency Rate Loans 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 such 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.

Subsidiary” means, with respect to any Person, any corporation, partnership, limited liability company, unlimited liability company or other entity of which

(a) the Equity Interests having ordinary voting power (other than Equity Interests having such power only by reason of the happening of a contingency) to elect a majority of the Board of Directors of such corporation, partnership, limited liability company, unlimited liability company or other entity are at the time owned by such Person or

(b) more than 50.00% of the Equity Interests are at the time owned by such Person. Unless otherwise indicated in this Agreement, all references to Subsidiaries will mean Subsidiaries of the Borrower. No Person shall be considered a Subsidiary of the Borrower unless the Borrower has the ability to Control such Subsidiary.

Subsidiary Guarantor” or “Subsidiary Loan Party” means any Subsidiary (other than an Excluded Subsidiary) that is required to be a Guarantor pursuant to the terms of the Loan Documents.

Successor Borrower” has the meaning specified in Section 7.04(e) together with such Person’s subsequent successors and assigns permitted hereunder.

Supplemental Administrative Agent” and “Supplemental Administrative Agents” have the meanings specified in Section 9.12(a).

Supported QFC” has the meaning specified in Section 10.26(a).

Swap Obligations” means with respect to any Guarantor any obligation to pay or perform under any agreement, contract or transaction that constitutes a “swap” within the meaning of Section 1a(47) of the Commodity Exchange Act.

Swap Termination Value” means, in respect of any one or more Hedge Agreements, after taking into account the effect of any legally enforceable netting agreement relating to such Hedge Agreements,

(a) for any date on or after the date such Hedge Agreements 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 mark-to-market value(s) for such Hedge Agreements, as determined based upon one or more mid-market or other readily available quotations provided by any recognized dealer in such Hedge Agreements (which may include a Lender or any Affiliate or branch of a Lender).

 

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TARGET2” means the Trans-European Automated Real-time Gross Settlement Express Transfer payment system which utilizes a single shared platform and which was launched on November 19, 2007.

TARGET Day” means any day on which TARGET2 (or, if such payment system ceases to be operative, such other payment system, if any, determined by the Administrative Agent to be a suitable replacement) is open for the settlement of payments in euros.

Taxes” has the meaning specified in Section 3.01(a).

Term Loan” means the term loans made by the Lenders on the Closing Date to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01(a). The term “Term Loan” shall be deemed to also include Initial Term Loans, Incremental Term Loans, Extended Term Loans and Refinancing Term Loans, to the extent not otherwise indicated and as the context may require.

Term Loan Commitment” means, as to each Lender, its obligation to make a Term Loan to the Borrower hereunder (including any Initial Term Loan Commitment), expressed as an amount representing the maximum principal amount of the Term Loans to be made by such Lender under this Agreement, as such commitment may be

(a) reduced from time to time pursuant to Section 2.05,

(b) reduced or increased from time to time pursuant to (i) assignments by or to such Lender pursuant to an Assignment and Assumption, (ii) a Refinancing Amendment or (iii) an Extension and

(c) increased from time to time pursuant to an Incremental Amendment.

Term Loan Exposure” means, with respect to any Lender, as of any date of determination, the outstanding principal Dollar Amount of the Term Loans of such Lender; provided, at any time prior to the making of the Term Loans, the Term Loan Exposure of any Lender shall be equal to the Dollar Amount such Lender’s Term Loan Commitment, or, with regard to any Incremental Amendment at any time prior to the making of the applicable Incremental Term Loans thereunder, the Term Loan Exposure of any Lender with respect to such Incremental Term Facility shall be equal to such Lender’s Incremental Term Loan Commitment thereunder.

Term Loan Lender” means a Lender having a Term Loan Commitment or other Term Loan Exposure.

Term Loan Note” means a promissory note of the Borrower payable to any Lender or its registered assigns, in substantially the form of Exhibit B-1 hereto, evidencing the aggregate Indebtedness of the Borrower to such Lender resulting from the Term Loans made by such Lender.

Term SOFR means, for the applicable Corresponding Tenor as of the applicable Reference Time, the forward-looking term rate based on SOFR that has been selected or recommended by the Relevant Governmental Body.

Termination Conditions” means, collectively, (a) the payment in full in cash of the Obligations (other than (i) contingent indemnification obligations as to which no claim has been asserted, (ii) Obligations under Secured Hedge Agreements as to which alternative arrangements acceptable to the Hedge Bank thereunder have been made and (iii) Cash Management Obligations) and (b) the termination of the Commitments.

 

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Test Period” in effect at any time means the most recent period of four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Borrower ended on or prior to such time (taken as one accounting period) in respect of which financial statements for each quarter or fiscal year in such period are available (which may be internal financial statements except to the extent this Agreement otherwise expressly states that the Test Period is specified in a Compliance Certificate, in which case such financial statements shall have been delivered pursuant to Section 6.01(a) or (b) for the Test Period set forth in such Compliance Certificate). A Test Period may be designated by reference to the last day thereof (i.e., the ‘January 31st Test Period’ of a particular year refers to the period of four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Borrower ended on or about January 31st of such year), and a Test Period shall be deemed to end on the last day thereof.

Threshold Amount” means the greater of (A) 25.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 25.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA.

Total Net Leverage Ratio” means, with respect to any Test Period, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Net Debt as of the last day of such Test Period to (b) Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of the Borrower for such Test Period.

Transaction Expenses” means any fees or expenses incurred or paid by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries in connection with the Transactions, this Agreement and the other Loan Documents and the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, including any amortization thereof in any period, including any amortization thereof in any period.

Transactions” means, collectively, the funding of the Initial Term Loans, the receipt of commitments under the ABL Credit Facility and the funding of the initial borrowings thereunder, the Closing Date Refinancing, and the payment of the Transaction Expenses.

Transformative Acquisition” means any acquisition that is not permitted by the terms of any Loan Document immediately prior to the consummation of such acquisition.

Treasury Equity Interests” has the meaning specified in Section 7.06(o).

TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA” means, as of any date of determination, the Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, determined on a Pro Forma Basis, for the most recent Test Period.

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

UK Financial Institution” 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 subject to 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.

U.S. Lender” has the meaning specified in Section 3.01(e).

U.S. Special Resolution Regimes” has the meaning specified in Section 10.26(a).

 

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

Undisclosed Administration” means, in relation to a Lender or its direct or indirect parent entity, the appointment of an administrator, provisional liquidator, conservator, receiver, trustee, custodian, or other similar official by a supervisory authority or regulator under or based on the law in the country where such Lender or such parent entity is subject to home jurisdiction supervision, if applicable law requires that such appointment not be disclosed.

Unfunded Advances/Participations” means with respect to the Administrative Agent, the aggregate amount, if any (i) made available to the Borrower on the assumption that each Lender has made available to the Administrative Agent such Lender’s share of the applicable Borrowing available to the Administrative Agent as contemplated by Section 2.01(b)(ii) and (ii) with respect to which a corresponding amount shall not in fact have been returned to the Administrative Agent by the Borrower or made available to the Administrative Agent by any such Lender.

Unfunded Holdbacks” means any contingent purchase price payment obligations in connection with any Permitted Investment.

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

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

Unrestricted Lender” means any Regulated Entity, any Lead Arranger or any of their respective Affiliates or branches.

Unrestricted Subsidiary” means (a) each Securitization Subsidiary and (b) any Subsidiary of the Borrower designated by the Board of Directors of the Borrower as an Unrestricted Subsidiary pursuant to Section 6.13 subsequent to the date hereof and each Subsidiary of such Subsidiary, in each case, until such Person ceases to be an Unrestricted Subsidiary of the Borrower in accordance with Section 6.13 or ceases to be a Subsidiary of the Borrower.

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

USD LIBOR” means the London Interbank Offered Rate for Dollars.

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

(a) the sum of the products obtained by multiplying (i) the amount of each then remaining installment, sinking fund, serial maturity or other required payments of principal, including payment at final maturity, in respect thereof, by (ii) the number of years (calculated to the nearest one-twelfth) that will elapse between such date and the making of such payment, by

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provided that for purposes of determining the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of (i) any Refinanced Debt or Permitted Refinancing, (ii) any Indebtedness that is being modified, refinanced, refunded, renewed, replaced or extended, or (iii) any Term Loans for purposes of incurring any other Indebtedness (in any such case, the “Applicable Indebtedness”), the effects of any amortization payments or other prepayments made on such Applicable Indebtedness (including the effect of any prepayment on remaining scheduled amortization) prior to the date of the applicable modification, refinancing, refunding, renewal, replacement, extension or incurrence shall be disregarded.

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

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

Withholding Agent” means the Borrower, any Guarantor or 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 Other Interpretive Provisions. With reference to this Agreement and each other Loan Document, unless otherwise specified herein or in such other Loan Document:

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

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

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

(iii) the term “including” is by way of example and not limitation;

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

 

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(v) the phrase “permitted by” and the phrase “not prohibited by” shall be synonymous, and any transaction not specifically prohibited by the terms of the Loan Documents shall be deemed to be permitted by the Loan Documents;

(vi) the phrase “commercially reasonable efforts” shall not require the payment of a fee or other amount to any third party or the incurrence of any expense or liability by a Loan Party (or Affiliate) outside its ordinary course of its business;

(vii) the phrase “in good faith” when used with respect to a determination made by a Loan Party shall mean that such determination was made in the prudent exercise of its commercial judgment and shall be deemed to be conclusive if fully disclosed in writing (in reasonable detail) to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders and neither the Administrative Agent nor the Required Lenders have objected to such determination within ten Business Days of such disclosure to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders;

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

(ix) term “continuing” means, with respect to a Default or Event of Default, that it has not been cured (including by performance) or waived.

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

(d) 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 “Division”), if (a) 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) 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 1.03 Accounting and Finance Terms; Accounting Periods; Unrestricted Subsidiaries; Determination of Fair Market Value. All accounting terms, financial terms or components of such terms not specifically or completely defined herein shall be construed in conformity with GAAP to the extent GAAP defines such term or a component of such term. To the extent GAAP does not define any such term or a component of any such term, such term shall be calculated by the Borrower in good faith. For purposes of calculating any consolidated amounts necessary to determine compliance by any Person and, if applicable, its Restricted Subsidiaries with any ratio or other financial covenant in this Agreement, Unrestricted Subsidiaries shall be excluded. Unless the context indicates otherwise, any reference to a “fiscal year” shall refer to a fiscal year of the Borrower ending on or about January 31 and any reference to a “fiscal quarter” shall refer to a fiscal quarter of the Borrower ending on or about April 30, July 31, October 31 or January 31. All determinations of fair market value under a Loan Document shall be made by the Borrower in good faith and, if such determination is consistent with a valuation or opinion of an Independent Financial Advisor, such determination shall be conclusive for all purposes under the Loan Documents or related to the Obligations.

Section 1.04 Rounding. Any financial ratios required to be satisfied in order for a specific action to be permitted under this Agreement shall be calculated by dividing the appropriate component by the other component, carrying the result to one decimal place more than the number of decimal places by

 

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which such ratio is expressed herein (the “Applicable Decimal Place”) and rounding the result up or down to the Applicable Decimal Place.

Section 1.05 References to Agreements, Laws, Etc. Unless otherwise expressly provided herein, (a) references to Organization Documents, agreements (including the Loan Documents) and other contractual instruments shall be deemed to include all subsequent amendments, restatements, extensions, supplements and other modifications thereto, but only to the extent that such amendments, restatements, extensions, supplements and other modifications are permitted by this Agreement (including by way of amendment and/or waiver); and (b) references to any Law shall include all statutory and regulatory provisions consolidating, amending, replacing, supplementing or interpreting such Law.

Section 1.06 Times of Day. Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to times of day shall be references to New York City time (daylight or standard, as applicable).

Section 1.07 Available Amount Transactions. If more than one action occurs on any given date the permissibility of the taking of which is determined hereunder by reference to the amount of the Available Amount immediately prior to the taking of such action, the permissibility of the taking of each such action shall be determined independently, but in no event may any two or more such actions be treated as occurring simultaneously, i.e., each transaction must be permitted under the Available Amount as so calculated.

Section 1.08 Pro Forma Calculations; Limited Condition Acquisitions; Basket and Ratio Compliance.

(a) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio, the Secured Net Leverage Ratio, the Total Net Leverage Ratio and the Interest Coverage Ratio shall be calculated in the manner prescribed by this Section 1.08; provided that notwithstanding anything to the contrary in clauses (b), (c) or (d) of this Section 1.08, when calculating the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio for purposes of Section 2.04(b)(i) and the Asset Sale Prepayment Percentage, the events described in this Section 1.08 that occurred subsequent to the end of the applicable Test Period shall not be given pro forma effect.

(b) For purposes of calculating the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio, the Secured Net Leverage Ratio, the Total Net Leverage Ratio and the Interest Coverage Ratio, Specified Transactions identified by the Borrower that have been made (i) during the applicable Test Period or (ii) subsequent to such Test Period and prior to or simultaneously with the event for which the calculation of any such ratio is made shall be calculated on a pro forma basis assuming that all such Specified Transactions (and any increase or decrease in Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA and the component financial definitions used therein attributable to any Specified Transaction) had occurred on the first day of the applicable Test Period. If since the beginning of any applicable Test Period any Person that subsequently became a Restricted Subsidiary or was merged, amalgamated or consolidated with or into the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries since the beginning of such Test Period shall have consummated any Specified Transaction identified by the Borrower that would have required adjustment pursuant to this Section 1.08, then the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio, the Secured Net Leverage Ratio, the Total Net Leverage Ratio and the Interest Coverage Ratio shall be calculated to give pro forma effect thereto in accordance with this Section 1.08.

(c) Whenever pro forma effect is to be given to a Specified Transaction, the pro forma calculations shall be made in good faith by a Responsible Officer and may include, for the avoidance of doubt, the amount of cost savings, operating expense reductions; synergies, material changes to amounts to be paid by or received by Loan Parties projected by the Borrower in good faith to be realized as a result of specified actions taken, committed to be taken or expected to be taken (calculated on a pro forma basis as

 

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though amounts had been realized on the first day of such Test Period and as if any such cost savings, operating expense reductions and synergies were realized during the entirety of such period) relating to such Specified Transaction, net of the amount of actual benefits realized during such period from such actions (such amounts, “Specified Transaction Adjustments”); provided that

(i) such Specified Transaction Adjustments are reasonably identifiable and quantifiable in the good faith judgment of the Borrower,

(ii) such actions are taken, committed to be taken or expected to be taken no later than twenty-four months after the date of such Specified Transaction, and

(iii) no amounts shall be included pursuant to this clause (c) to the extent duplicative of any amounts that are otherwise included in calculating Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA, whether through a pro forma adjustment or otherwise, with respect to any Test Period.

(d) In the event that the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary incurs (including by assumption or guarantees) or repays (including by redemption, repayment, retirement or extinguishment) any Indebtedness included in the calculations of the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio, the Secured Net Leverage Ratio, the Total Net Leverage Ratio and the Interest Coverage Ratio, as the case may be (in each case, other than Indebtedness incurred or repaid under any revolving credit facility in the ordinary course of business for working capital purposes), (i) during the applicable Test Period or (ii) subsequent to the end of the applicable Test Period and prior to or simultaneously with the event for which the calculation of any such ratio is made, then the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio, the Secured Net Leverage Ratio, the Total Net Leverage Ratio and the Interest Coverage Ratio shall be calculated giving pro forma effect to such incurrence or repayment of Indebtedness, to the extent required, as if the same had occurred on the last day of the applicable Test Period with respect to leverage ratios or the first day of such Test Period with respect to the Interest Coverage Ratio.

(e) Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement or any Loan Document to the contrary,

(i) the Borrower may rely on more than one basket or exception within any Section (including both ratio-based and non-ratio based baskets and exceptions, and including partial reliance on different baskets that, collectively, permit the entire proposed transaction) at the time of any proposed transaction, and the Borrower may, in its sole discretion, at any later time divide, classify or reclassify such transaction (or any portion thereof) in any manner that complies with the available baskets and exceptions under such Section at such later time (provided that with respect to reclassification of Indebtedness and Liens, any such reclassification shall be subject to the parameters of Sections 7.01 and 7.03, as applicable);

(ii) unless the Borrower elects otherwise, if the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries in connection with any transaction or series of such related transaction

(A) incurs Indebtedness, creates Liens, makes Dispositions, makes Investments, designates any Subsidiary as restricted or unrestricted or repays any Indebtedness or takes any other action under or as permitted by a ratio-based basket and

(B) incurs Indebtedness, creates Liens, makes Dispositions, makes Investments, designates any Subsidiary as restricted or unrestricted or repays any Indebtedness or takes any other action under a non-ratio-based basket (which shall occur within five Business Days of the events in clause (A) above), then the applicable ratio will be calculated with respect to any such action under the applicable ratio-based basket

 

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without regard to any such action under such non-ratio-based basket made in connection with such transaction or series of related transactions;

(iii) if the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries enters into any revolving, delayed draw or other committed debt facility, the Borrower may elect to determine compliance of such debt facility (including the incurrence of Indebtedness and Liens from time to time in connection therewith) with this Agreement and each other Loan Document on the date commitments with respect thereto are first received, assuming the full amount of such facility is incurred (and any applicable Liens are granted) on such date, in which case such committed amount may thereafter be borrowed or reborrowed, in whole or in part, from time to time, without further compliance with the Loan Documents, in lieu of determining such compliance on any subsequent date (including any date on which Indebtedness is incurred pursuant to such facility); provided that, in each case, any future calculation of any such ratio based basket shall only include amounts borrowed and outstanding as of such date of determination; and

(iv) if the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary incurs Indebtedness under a ratio-based basket, such ratio-based basket (together with any other ratio-based basket utilized in connection therewith, including in respect of other Indebtedness, Liens, Dispositions, Investments, Restricted Payments or payments in respect of Junior Financing) will be calculated excluding the cash proceeds of such Indebtedness for netting purposes (i.e., such cash proceeds shall not reduce the Borrower’s Consolidated Net Debt or Consolidated Secured Net Debt pursuant to clause (b) of the definition of such terms), provided that the actual application of such proceeds may reduce Indebtedness for purposes of determining compliance with any applicable ratio.

For example, if the Borrower incurs Indebtedness under the Fixed Incremental Amount on the same date that it incurs Indebtedness under the Ratio Amount, then the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio and any other applicable ratio will be calculated with respect to such incurrence under the Ratio Amount without regard to any incurrence of Indebtedness under the Fixed Incremental Amount. Unless the Borrower elects otherwise, each Incremental Facility (or Incremental Equivalent Debt) shall be deemed incurred first under the Ratio Amount to the extent permitted (and calculated prior to giving effect to any substantially simultaneous incurrence of any Indebtedness based on a basket or exception that is not based on a financial ratio, including under the ABL Credit Facility, any revolving facility and/or the Fixed Incremental Amount), with any balance incurred under the Fixed Incremental Amount. For purposes of determining compliance with Section 2.13, in the event that any Incremental Facility or Incremental Equivalent Debt (or any portion thereof) meets the criteria of Ratio Amount or Fixed Incremental Amount, the Borrower may, in its sole discretion, at the time of incurrence, divide, classify or reclassify, or at any later time divide, classify or reclassify, such Indebtedness (or any portion thereof) in any manner that complies with Section 2.13 on the date of such classification or any such reclassification, as applicable.

(f) Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement or any Loan Document to the contrary, when,

(i) calculating any applicable ratio in connection with the incurrence of Indebtedness, the creation of Liens, the making of any Disposition, the making of an Investment, the making of a Restricted Payment, the designation of a Subsidiary as restricted or unrestricted, the repayment of Indebtedness or for any other purpose;

(ii) determining the accuracy of any representation or warranty;

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(iv) determining compliance with any other condition precedent to any action or transaction;

in each case of clauses (i) through (iv) in connection with a Limited Condition Acquisition, the date of determination of such ratio, the accuracy of such representation or warranty (but taking into account any earlier date specified therein), whether any Default or Event of Default has occurred, is continuing or would result therefrom, or the satisfaction of any other condition precedent shall, at the option of the Borrower (the Borrower’s election to exercise such option in connection with any Limited Condition Acquisition, an “LCA Election”), be deemed to be the date the definitive agreements for such Limited Condition Acquisition are entered into (the “LCA Test Date”). If on a Pro Forma Basis after giving effect to such Limited Condition Acquisition and the other transactions to be entered into in connection therewith (including any incurrence of Indebtedness and the use of proceeds thereof) such ratios, representations and warranties, absence of defaults, satisfaction of conditions precedent and other provisions are calculated as if such Limited Condition Acquisition or other transactions had occurred at the beginning of the most recent Test Period ending prior to the LCA Test Date for which financial statements are available, the Borrower could have taken such action on the relevant LCA Test Date in compliance with the applicable ratios or other provisions, such provisions shall be deemed to have been complied with, unless a Specified Event of Default is continuing on the date on which such Limited Condition Acquisition is consummated. For the avoidance of doubt,

(i) if any of such ratios, representations and warranties, absence of defaults, satisfaction of conditions precedent or other provisions are exceeded or breached as a result of fluctuations in such ratio (including due to fluctuations in Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA), a change in facts and circumstances or other provisions at or prior to the consummation of the relevant Limited Condition Acquisition, such ratios, representations and warranties, absence of defaults, satisfaction of conditions precedent and other provisions will not be deemed to have been exceeded, breached, or otherwise failed as a result of such fluctuations or changed circumstances solely for purposes of determining whether the Limited Condition Acquisition and any related transactions is permitted hereunder and

(ii) such ratios and compliance with such conditions shall not be tested at the time of consummation of such Limited Condition Acquisition or related Specified Transactions.

If the Borrower has made an LCA Election for any Limited Condition Acquisition, then in connection with any subsequent calculation of any ratio or basket availability with respect to any other Specified Transaction or otherwise on or following the relevant LCA Test Date and prior to the earlier of the date on which such Limited Condition Acquisition is consummated or the date that the definitive agreement for such Limited Condition Acquisition is terminated or expires without consummation of such Limited Condition Acquisition, any such ratio or basket shall be calculated on a Pro Forma Basis assuming such Limited Condition Acquisition and other transactions in connection therewith (including any incurrence of Indebtedness and the use of proceeds thereof) have been consummated. For purposes of any calculation pursuant to this clause (f) of the Interest Coverage Ratio, Consolidated Interest Expense may be calculated using an assumed interest rate for the Indebtedness to be incurred in connection with such Limited Condition Acquisition based on the indicative interest margin contained in any financing commitment documentation with respect to such Indebtedness or, if no such indicative interest margin exists, as reasonably determined by the Borrower in good faith.

(g) For purposes of calculating the Ratio Amount, Permitted Ratio Debt and Section 7.01(i) (including for purposes of Section 7.03(l)(ii)), the phrase “immediately prior to such incurrence” shall be construed to apply only if, at the time of such determination, on a Pro Forma Basis for such incurrence of Indebtedness and/or Liens (and for any related Permitted Investment, if applicable),

 

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(i) the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio would be greater than the Closing Date First Lien Net Leverage Ratio,

(ii) the Secured Net Leverage Ratio would be greater than the Closing Date Secured Net Leverage Ratio,

(iii) the Total Net Leverage Ratio would be greater than the Closing Date Total Net Leverage Ratio or

(iv) the Interest Coverage Ratio would be less than 2.00 to 1.00.

(h) For purposes of determining the maturity date of any Indebtedness, bridge loans that are subject to customary conditions (as determined by the Borrower in good faith, including conditions requiring no payment or bankruptcy event of default) that would either automatically be extended as, converted into or required to be exchanged for permanent refinancing shall be deemed to have the maturity date as so extended, converted or exchanged.

Section 1.09 Currency Equivalents Generally.

(a) No Default or Event of Default shall be deemed to have occurred under a Loan Document solely as a result of changes in rates of currency exchange occurring after the time any applicable action (including any incurrence of a Lien or Indebtedness or the making of an Investment) so long as such action (including any incurrence of a Lien or Indebtedness or the making of an Investment) was permitted hereunder when made.

(b) For purposes of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, where the permissibility of a transaction or determinations of required actions or circumstances depend upon compliance with, or are determined by reference to, amounts stated in Dollars, any requisite currency translation (i) with respect to Loans or Commitments, shall be based on the Exchange Rate and (ii) with respect to any other amounts, shall be based on the rate of exchange between the applicable currency and Dollars as reasonably determined by the Borrower, in each case in effect on the Business Day immediately preceding the date of such transaction or determination (subject to clauses (c) and (d) below) and shall not be affected by subsequent fluctuations in exchange rates.

(c) For purposes of determining compliance with any Dollar-denominated restriction on the incurrence of Indebtedness, the Dollar-equivalent principal amount of Indebtedness denominated in a foreign currency shall be calculated based on the Exchange Rate in effect on the date such Indebtedness was incurred, in the case of term debt, or first committed, in the case of revolving credit debt (or, in the case of an LCA Election, on the date of the applicable LCA Test Date); provided that, if such Indebtedness is incurred to refinance other Indebtedness denominated in a foreign currency, and such refinancing would cause the applicable Dollar-denominated restriction to be exceeded if calculated at the Exchange Rate in effect on the date of such refinancing, such Dollar-denominated restriction shall be deemed not to have been exceeded so long as the principal amount of such Indebtedness so refinanced does not exceed the principal amount of such Indebtedness being refinanced. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the principal amount of any Indebtedness incurred to refinance other Indebtedness, if incurred in a different currency from the Indebtedness being refinanced, shall be calculated based on the Exchange Rate that is in effect on the date of such refinancing.

(d) For purposes of determining the First Lien Net Leverage Ratio, the Secured Net Leverage Ratio, the Total Net Leverage Ratio and the Interest Coverage Ratio, including Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA when calculating such ratios, all amounts denominated in a currency other than Dollars will be

 

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converted to Dollars for any purpose (including testing the any financial maintenance covenant) at the effective rate of exchange in respect thereof reflected in the consolidated financial statements of the Borrower for the applicable Test Period for which such measurement is being made, and will reflect the currency translation effects, determined in accordance with GAAP, of Hedge Agreements permitted hereunder for currency exchange risks with respect to the applicable currency in effect on the date of determination of the Dollar equivalent of such Indebtedness.

Section 1.10 Co-Borrowers. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Borrower, upon 15 Business Days prior written notice to the Administrative Agent (or such shorter period as reasonably agreed by the Administrative Agent), may cause any Loan Party on or after the Closing Date by written election to the Administrative Agent to become a borrower (each such Loan Party, a “Co-Borrower”, and, together with the Borrower, the “Co-Borrowers”) under each of the Facilities hereunder on a joint and several basis (such date, the “Co-Borrower Effective Date”); provided that such Loan Party shall:

(i) execute a joinder to this Agreement in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent assuming all obligations of a Co-Borrower hereunder,

(ii) at least three Business Days prior to such Co-Borrower Effective Date, provide to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders all documentation and other information required by United States regulatory authorities under applicable “know your customer” and anti-money laundering Laws, including without limitation Title III of the USA Patriot Act, that shall be reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent in writing at least 10 Business Days prior to the consummation of such joinder,

(iii) provide to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, if such Loan Party qualifies as a “legal entity customer” under the Beneficial Ownership Regulation, a Beneficial Ownership Certification,

(iv) be a domestic Subsidiary Guarantor wholly owned by the Borrower and

(v) not cause any Lender to be in violation of Law as a result of becoming a Co-Borrower.

The Lenders hereby irrevocably authorize the Administrative Agent to enter into any amendment to this Agreement or to any other Loan Document as may be necessary or appropriate in order to establish any additional Borrower pursuant to this Section 1.10 and such technical amendments, and other customary amendments with respect to provisions of this Agreement relating to taxes for borrowers, in each case as may be necessary or appropriate in the reasonable opinion of the Administrative Agent and the Borrower in connection therewith.

Upon the later of execution and delivery of a joinder to this Agreement by a Co-Borrower and the countersignature of the Administrative Agent thereto, each Co-Borrower agrees that it is jointly and severally liable for the obligations of each other Co-Borrower hereunder with respect to any Class of Loans on an individual tranche basis, including with respect to the payment of principal of and interest on all Loans on an individual tranche basis and the payment of fees and indemnities and reimbursement of costs and expenses. Each Co-Borrower is accepting joint and several liability hereunder in consideration of the financial accommodations to be provided by the Administrative Agent, the Collateral Agent and the Lenders under this Agreement, for the mutual benefit, directly and indirectly, of each of the Co-Borrowers and in consideration of the undertakings of each of the Co-Borrowers to accept joint and several liability for the obligations of each of them. Each Co-Borrower, jointly and severally, hereby irrevocably and

 

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unconditionally accepts, as a co-debtor, joint and several liability with each other Co-Borrower, with respect to the payment and performance of all of the Obligations, it being the intention of the parties hereto that all Obligations shall be the joint and several obligations of all of the Co-Borrowers without preferences or distinction among them. If and to the extent that any of the Co-Borrowers shall fail to make any payment with respect to any of the Obligations as and when due or to perform any of such Obligations in accordance with the terms thereof, then in each such event each other Borrower will make such payment with respect to, or perform, such Obligations. Each Co-Borrower further agrees that the Borrower will be such Co-Borrower’s agent for administrative, mechanical, and notice provisions in this Agreement and any other Loan Document and the Lenders and the Administrative Agent hereby agree that each Co-Borrower will have the same rights under the Loan Documents as if it is the Borrower and for any other purposes under the provisions of this Agreement, including the affirmative and negative covenants, each such Co-Borrower will be treated as a Restricted Subsidiary that is a Subsidiary Guarantor.

ARTICLE II.

THE COMMITMENTS AND BORROWINGS

Section 2.01 Term Loans.

(a) Term Loan Commitments. Subject only to the conditions set forth in Section 4.01, each Lender with an Initial Term Loan Commitment severally agrees to make to the Borrower on the Closing Date a term loan denominated in Dollars equal to such Lender’s Initial Term Loan Commitment (the “Initial Term Loans”). Initial Term Loans may be Base Rate Loans or Eurocurrency Rate Loans, as further provided herein. Amounts borrowed under this Section 2.01(a) and repaid or prepaid may not be reborrowed.

(b) Borrowing Mechanics for Term Loans.

(i) Subject to Section 4.01(a)(i) and Section 2.13(a), each Borrowing of Term Loans shall be made upon the Borrower’s notice to the Administrative Agent, which may only be given in writing. Each such notice must be received by the Administrative Agent not later than (A) 1:00 p.m. three Business Days prior to the requested date of any Borrowing of Eurocurrency Rate Loans and (B) 12:00 noon one Business Day prior to the requested date of any Borrowing of Base Rate Loans; provided however that:

(1) if the Borrower wishes to request Eurocurrency Rate Loans having an Interest Period other than one, three or six months in duration as provided in the definition of “Interest Period,” the applicable notice must be received by the Administrative Agent not later than 11:00 a.m. four Business Days prior to the requested date of such Borrowing (or such shorter period as reasonably agreed by the Administrative Agent), conversion or continuation, whereupon the Administrative Agent shall give prompt notice to the applicable Lenders of such request and determine whether the requested Interest Period is acceptable to all of them and not later than 11:00 a.m., three Business Days before the requested date of such Borrowing, conversion or continuation, the Administrative Agent shall notify the Borrower (which notice may be by telephone) whether or not the requested Interest Period has been consented to by all the applicable Lenders and

(2) any (I) such notice delivered in connection with the initial Borrowing of Term Loans on the Closing Date must be received by the Administrative Agent no later than 1:00 p.m. on the Closing Date and (II) such notices may be conditioned on the occurrence of the Closing Date or, with respect to an Incremental Facility, may be

 

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conditioned on the occurrence of any transaction anticipated to occur in connection with such Incremental Facility.

(ii) Each notice by the Borrower pursuant to this Section 2.01(b) must be delivered to the Administrative Agent in the form of a Committed Loan Notice, appropriately completed and signed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower. Each Committed Loan Notice shall specify:

 

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that the Borrower is requesting a Term Loan Borrowing,

 

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the requested date of the Borrowing (which shall be a Business Day),

 

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the principal amount of Term Loans to be borrowed,

 

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the Type of Term Loans to be borrowed and

 

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if applicable, the duration of the Interest Period with respect thereto.

If the Borrower fails to specify a Type of Term Loan in a Committed Loan Notice, then (x) in the case of Term Loans denominated in Dollars, the applicable Term Loans shall be made as Base Rate Loans and (y) in the case of Term Loans denominated in an Alternative Currency, the applicable Term Loans shall be made as Eurocurrency Rate Loans with an Interest Period of one month. If the Borrower requests a Borrowing of Eurocurrency Rate Loans in any such Committed Loan Notice, but fails to specify an Interest Period, for such Eurocurrency Rate Loans, the Borrower will be deemed to have specified an Interest Period of one month.

(iii) Borrowings of more than one Type may be outstanding at the same time; provided that the total number of Interest Periods for Eurocurrency Rate Loans outstanding under this Agreement at any time shall comply with Section 2.07(d).

(iv) Following receipt of a Committed Loan Notice, the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Lender of the amount of its Pro Rata Share of the applicable tranche of Term Loans. In the case of each Borrowing, each Appropriate Lender shall make the amount of its Term Loan available to the Administrative Agent in Same Day Funds at the Administrative Agent’s Office not later than 1:00 p.m., on the Business Day specified in the applicable Committed Loan Notice. Upon satisfaction of the applicable conditions to such Borrowing, the Administrative Agent shall make all funds so received available to the Borrower in like funds as received by the Administrative Agent either by (A) crediting the account of the Borrower on the books of the Administrative Agent with the amount of such funds or (B) wire transfer of such funds, in each case in accordance with instructions provided to (and reasonably acceptable to) the Administrative Agent by the Borrower.

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

Section 2.02 Conversion/Continuation.

(a) Each conversion of Loans from one Type to another, and each continuation of Eurocurrency Rate Loans shall be made upon the Borrower’s irrevocable notice to the Administrative Agent, which may only be given in writing. Each such notice must be received by the Administrative Agent

 

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not later than 1:00 p.m. (New York City time in the case of Loans denominated in Dollars, or London time in the case of any Borrowing denominated in Euros or another Alternative Currency) on the requested date of any conversion of Eurocurrency Rate Loans to Base Rate Loans and not later than 2:00-p.m. three Business Days prior to the requested date of continuation of any Eurocurrency Rate Loans or any conversion of Base Rate Loans to Eurocurrency Rate Loans denominated in Dollars. Each notice by the Borrower pursuant to this Section 2.02(a) must be delivered to the Administrative Agent in the form of a Conversion/Continuation Notice, appropriately completed and signed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower. Each conversion to or continuation of Eurocurrency Rate Loans shall be in a principal amount of $500,000 or a whole multiple of $100,000 in excess thereof. Each conversion to Base Rate Loans shall be in a principal amount of $500,000 or a whole multiple of $100,000 in excess thereof. Each Conversion/Continuation Notice shall specify (i) whether the Borrower is requesting a conversion of Loans from one Type to the other, or a continuation of Eurocurrency Rate Loans, (ii) the requested date of the conversion or continuation, as the case may be (which shall be a Business Day), (iii) the principal amount of Loans to be converted or continued, (iv) the Class of Loans to be converted or continued, (v)-the Type of Loans to which such existing Loans are to be converted, if applicable, and (vi) if applicable, the duration of the Interest Period with respect thereto. If (x) with respect to any Eurocurrency Rate Loans denominated in Dollars, the Borrower fails to give a timely notice requesting a conversion or continuation, then the applicable Loans shall be converted to Base Rate Loans or (y) with respect to any Eurocurrency Rate Loans denominated in any Alternative Currency, the Borrower fails to give a timely notice requesting a conversion or continuation, then the applicable tranche of Term Loans shall be converted to, a Eurocurrency Rate Loan with an Interest Period of one month. Any such automatic conversion or continuation pursuant to the immediately preceding sentence shall be effective as of the last day of the Interest Period then in effect with respect to the applicable Eurocurrency Rate Loans. If the Borrower requests a conversion to, or continuation of Eurocurrency Rate Loans in any such Conversion/Continuation Notice, but fails to specify an Interest Period, it will be deemed to have specified an Interest Period of one month.

(b) Following receipt of a Conversion/Continuation Notice, the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each applicable Lender of its Pro Rata Share of the applicable Class of Loans, and if no timely notice of a conversion or continuation is provided by the Borrower, the Administrative Agent shall notify each Lender of the details of any automatic conversion to Base Rate Loans or continuation of Loans described in Section 2.02(a).

(c) Except as otherwise provided herein, a Eurocurrency Rate Loan may be continued or converted only on the last day of an Interest Period for such Eurocurrency Rate Loan. Upon the occurrence and during the continuation of an Event of Default, the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders may require by notice to the Borrower that no Loans denominated in Dollars may be converted to or continued as Eurocurrency Rate Loans.

Section 2.03 Availability. Unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from a Lender prior to the date of any Borrowing that such Lender will not make available to the Administrative Agent such Lender’s Pro Rata Share of such Borrowing, the Administrative Agent may assume that such Lender has made such Pro Rata Share available to the Administrative Agent on the date of such Borrowing, and the Administrative Agent may, in reliance upon such assumption, make available to the Borrower on such date a corresponding amount. If the Administrative Agent shall have so made funds available, then, to the extent that such Lender shall not have made such portion available to the Administrative Agent, each of such Lender and the Borrower severally agrees to repay to the Administrative Agent forthwith on demand such corresponding amount together with interest thereon, for each day from the date such amount is made available to the Borrower until the date such amount is repaid to the Administrative Agent at (a) in the case of the Borrower, the interest rate applicable at the time to the applicable Loans comprising such Borrowing and (b) in the case of such Lender, the Overnight Rate plus any administrative, processing, or similar fees customarily charged by the Administrative Agent in accordance with the foregoing. A certificate of the

 

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Administrative Agent submitted to any Lender with respect to any amounts owing under this Section 2.03 shall be conclusive in the absence of manifest error. If the Borrower and such Lender shall pay such interest to the Administrative Agent for the same or an overlapping period, the Administrative Agent shall promptly remit to the Borrower the amount of such interest paid by the Borrower for such period. If such Lender pays its share of the applicable Borrowing to the Administrative Agent, then the amount so paid shall constitute such Lender’s applicable Loan included in such Borrowing. Any payment by the Borrower shall be without prejudice to any claim the Borrower may have against a Lender that shall have failed to make such payment to the Administrative Agent. A notice of the Administrative Agent to any Lender or the Borrower with respect to any amount owing under this Section 2.03 shall be conclusive, absent manifest error.

Section 2.04 Prepayments.

(a) Optional.

(i) The Borrower may, upon notice to the Administrative Agent in the form of a Prepayment Notice, at any time or from time to time, voluntarily prepay the Loans in whole or in part without premium or penalty, subject to clause (D) below; provided that:

(A) such Prepayment Notice must be received by the Administrative Agent (1) not later than 1:00 p.m. (New York City time in the case of Loans denominated in Dollars, or London time in the case of Loans denominated in an Alternative Currency) three Business Days prior to any date of prepayment of Eurocurrency Rate Loans and (2) not later than 1:00 p.m. one Business Day prior to any date of prepayment of Base Rate Loans;

(B) any prepayment of Eurocurrency Rate Loans shall be in a principal amount of $1,000,000 or a whole multiple of $100,000 in excess thereof or, if less, the entire principal amount thereof then outstanding;

(C) any prepayment of Base Rate Loans shall be in a principal amount of $1,000,000 or a whole multiple of $100,000 in excess thereof or, if less, the entire principal amount thereof then outstanding (it being understood that Base Rate Loans shall be denominated in Dollars only); and

(D) any prepayment of Initial Term Loans made on or prior to the date that is six months after the Closing Date shall be accompanied by the payment of the fee described in Section 2.08(d), if applicable.

Each Prepayment Notice shall specify the date and amount of such prepayment and the Class(es) and Type(s) of Loans to be prepaid, and the payment amount specified in each Prepayment Notice shall be due and payable on the date specified therein. The Administrative Agent will promptly notify each Appropriate Lender of its receipt of a Prepayment Notice and of the amount of such Lender’s Pro Rata Share of such prepayment; provided, “non-consenting” Lenders may be repaid on a non-pro rata basis in connection with an Extension Offer or a Refinancing Amendment and Disqualified Lenders or Net Short Lenders may be repaid on non-pro rata basis. Any prepayment of Loans shall be subject to Section 2.04(c).

(ii) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, the Borrower may rescind, in whole or in part, any notice of prepayment under Section 2.04(a)(i), if such prepayment would have resulted from a refinancing of all or a portion of the applicable Facility which refinancing shall not be consummated or shall otherwise be delayed.

 

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(iii) Voluntary prepayments of Term Loans permitted hereunder shall be applied in a manner determined at the discretion of the Borrower and specified in the notice of prepayment (and absent such direction, in direct order of maturity) and may be applied to any Class or Classes of Term Loans at the sole discretion of the Borrower.

(iv) Notwithstanding anything in any Loan Document to the contrary (including Section 2.12), the Borrower may prepay Term Loans of one or more Classes below par on a non-pro rata basis in accordance with the auction procedures set forth on Exhibit L;

provided that, in each case, no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing or would result therefrom and if the proceeds of loans under the ABL Credit Facility are used to finance such prepayment, immediately after giving effect to such prepayment and on a Pro Forma Basis for such prepayment, the Payment Conditions have been satisfied.

(b) Mandatory.

(i) Excess Cash Flow. Within five Business Days after financial statements have been delivered or are required to be delivered pursuant to Section 6.01(a) and the related Compliance Certificate has been delivered or is required to be delivered pursuant to Section 6.02(a), in each case, commencing with the first full fiscal year ending after the Closing Date, the Borrower shall, subject to Section 2.04(b)(iv) and Section 2.04(b)(v), prepay an aggregate principal amount of Initial Term Loans and any other Term Loans (unless such prepayment is not required pursuant to the terms of such other Term Loans) equal to,

(A) the ECF Prepayment Percentage of Excess Cash Flow, if any, for the fiscal year covered by such financial statements, minus

(B) the sum, without duplication, of,

(I) all voluntary prepayments of Term Loans and any other Pari Passu Lien Debt (including (A) those made through debt buybacks and in the case of below-par repurchases in an amount equal to the discounted amount actually paid in cash in respect of such below-par repurchase, (B) cash payments by the Borrower pursuant to Section 3.07 or other applicable “yank-a-bank” provisions (solely to the extent the applicable Term Loans or other Pari Passu Lien Debt is retired instead of assigned) and (C) prepayments of Loans and Participations held by Disqualified Lenders or Net Short Lenders);

(II) all voluntary payments and prepayments of loans under the ABL Credit Facility and any other revolving loans, in each case to the extent accompanied by a corresponding permanent reduction in commitments;

(III) all voluntary prepayments of Junior Lien Debt (including those made through debt buybacks and in the case of below-par repurchases in an amount equal to the discounted amount actually paid in cash in respect of such below-par repurchase);

(IV) all voluntary prepayments of Indebtedness secured by Liens on Excluded Assets (including those made through debt buybacks and in the case of below-par repurchases in an amount equal to the discounted amount actually paid in cash in respect of such below-par repurchase);

 

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(V) all voluntary prepayments of Indebtedness of the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary that is unsecured or secured by Liens on assets that are not Collateral (including those made through debt buybacks and in the case of below-par repurchases in an amount equal to the discounted amount actually paid in cash in respect of such below-par repurchase);

(VI) without duplication of amounts deducted pursuant to clause (VII) below and the definition of “Excess Cash Flow” herein in prior periods, the amount of Permitted Investments, including Acquisition Transactions (in each case, including costs and expenses related thereto), made during such period pursuant to Section 7.02 (excluding Section 7.02(hh)(i)) to the extent that such Permitted Investments were not financed with the proceeds of Funded Debt;

(VII) without duplication of amounts deducted pursuant to the definition of “Excess Cash Flow”, the amount of Restricted Payments actually paid (and permitted to be paid) during such period pursuant to Section 7.06 (excluding Section 7.06(a) and 7.06(s)(i)) to the extent such Restricted Payments were not financed with the proceeds of Funded Debt; and

(VIII) the aggregate amount of expenditures actually made by the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries to the extent not financed with the proceeds of Funded Debt during such period (including expenditures for the payment of financing fees) to the extent that such expenditures are not expensed during such fiscal year or are not deducted in calculating Consolidated Net Income (and so long as there has not been any reduction in respect of such expenditures in arriving at Consolidated Net Income for such period);

in each case,

(I) during such fiscal year or following the end of such fiscal year and prior to the date of such calculation (provided that, with respect to any such amount following the end of such fiscal year, such amount is not included in any calculation pursuant to this Section 2.04(b)(i) for the subsequent fiscal year),

(II) to the extent such prepayments are not funded with the proceeds of Funded Debt and

(III) including, for the avoidance of doubt, assignments of such Indebtedness to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary (and prepayments of such Indebtedness below par) to the extent of the amount paid in connection with such assignment (or prepayment);

provided that no such payment shall be required if such amount is equal to or less than the greater of (A) 10.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 10.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA and only amounts in excess of such minimum will be subject to the repayment provisions of this Section 2.04(b); provided further that if at the time that any such prepayment would be required, the Borrower is required to repay or repurchase or to offer to repurchase or repay Pari Passu Lien Debt pursuant to the terms of the documentation governing such Indebtedness with all or a portion of such Excess Cash Flow (such Pari Passu Lien Debt required to be repaid or repurchased or to be offered to be so repaid or repurchased, “Other Applicable ECF Indebtedness”), then the Borrower may apply such Excess Cash Flow on a pro rata basis to the prepayment of the Term Loans and to the repayment or re-purchase of Other Applicable ECF Indebtedness, and the amount

 

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of prepayment of the Term Loans that would have otherwise been required pursuant to this Section 2.04(b)(i) shall be reduced accordingly (for purposes of this proviso pro rata basis shall be determined on the basis of the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Term Loans and Other Applicable ECF Indebtedness at such time, with it being agreed that the portion of Excess Cash Flow allocated to the Other Applicable ECF Indebtedness shall not exceed the amount of such Excess Cash Flow required to be allocated to the Other Applicable ECF Indebtedness pursuant to the terms thereof, and the remaining amount, if any, of such net proceeds shall be allocated to the Term Loans in accordance with the terms hereof).

(ii) Asset Sales; Casualty Events. If the Borrower or any Loan Party,

(A) Disposes of any property or assets constituting Collateral pursuant to the General Asset Sale Basket (other than Dispositions of obsolete or worn out property, dispositions in the ordinary course of business and dispositions of assets no longer determined by the Borrower to be used or useful in its business), or

(B) any Casualty Event occurs with respect to property or assets constituting Collateral,

which, in either case, results in the realization or receipt by the Borrower or such Loan Party of Net Cash Proceeds, the Borrower shall prepay on or prior to the date which is ten Business Days after the date of the realization or receipt of such Net Cash Proceeds in excess of the greater of (I) 2.50% of Closing Date EBITDA and (II) 2.50% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA for any transaction or series of related transactions, subject to Sections 2.04(b)(iv) and 2.04(b)(v), an aggregate principal amount of Initial Term Loans and any other Term Loans (unless such prepayment is not required pursuant to the terms of such other Term Loans) equal to the Asset Sale Prepayment Percentage of such Net Cash Proceeds realized or received; provided that if at the time that any such prepayment would be required, the Borrower is required to repay or repurchase or to offer to repurchase or repay Pari Passu Lien Debt pursuant to the terms of the documentation governing such Indebtedness with the proceeds of such Disposition or Casualty Event (such Pari Passu Lien Debt required to be repaid or repurchased or to be offered to be so repaid or repurchased, “Other Applicable Indebtedness”), then the Borrower may apply such Net Cash Proceeds on a pro rata basis to the prepayment of the Term Loans and to the repayment or repurchase of Other Applicable Indebtedness, and the amount of prepayment of the Term Loans that would have otherwise been required pursuant to this Section 2.04(b)(ii) shall be reduced accordingly (for purposes of this proviso pro rata basis shall be determined on the basis of the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Term Loans and Other Applicable Indebtedness at such time, with it being agreed that the portion of such net proceeds allocated to the Other Applicable Indebtedness shall not exceed the amount of such net proceeds required to be allocated to the Other Applicable Indebtedness pursuant to the terms thereof, and the remaining amount, if any, of such net proceeds shall be allocated to the Term Loans in accordance with the terms hereof); provided further that to the extent the holders of Other Applicable Indebtedness decline to have such indebtedness repurchased or prepaid, the declined amount shall promptly (and in any event within ten Business Days after the date of such rejection) be applied to prepay the Term Loans in accordance with the terms hereof; provided further that no prepayment shall be required pursuant to this Section 2.04(b)(ii) with respect to such portion of such Net Cash Proceeds that the Borrower intends to or may reinvest in accordance with this Section 2.04(b)(ii).

With respect to any Net Cash Proceeds realized or received with respect to any Disposition or any Casualty Event that, in either case, is subject to the application of the foregoing provisions of this Section 2.04(b)(ii), at the option of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries, the

 

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Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries may (in lieu of making a prepayment pursuant to the foregoing provisions) elect to reinvest an amount equal to all or any portion of such Net Cash Proceeds in any assets used or useful for the business of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries within eighteen months following receipt of such Net Cash Proceeds or if the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries enters into a legally binding commitment to reinvest such Net Cash Proceeds within eighteen months following receipt of such Net Cash Proceeds, no later than one hundred and eighty days after the end of such eighteen month period; provided that if any portion of such amount is not so reinvested by such dates, subject to Section 2.04(b)(iv) and Section 2.04(b)(v), an amount equal to the Asset Sale Prepayment Percentage of any such Net Cash Proceeds shall be applied within five Business Days after such dates to the prepayment of the Term Loans and Other Applicable Indebtedness as set forth above.

(iii) Indebtedness. If any of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary incurs or issues any Funded Debt that is not expressly permitted to be incurred or issued pursuant to Section 7.03 (other than Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness), the Borrower shall prepay an aggregate principal amount of Initial Term Loans and any other Term Loans (unless such prepayment is not required pursuant to the terms of such other Term Loans) equal to 100.00% of all Net Cash Proceeds received therefrom on or prior to the date which is five Business Days after the receipt of such Net Cash Proceeds.

(iv) Application of Payments.

(A) Except as may otherwise be set forth in any Refinancing Amendment, Extension Amendment or any Incremental Amendment, each prepayment of Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.04(b)(i), (ii) or (iii) shall be applied ratably to each Class of Term Loans then outstanding,

(B) with respect to each Class of Loans, each prepayment pursuant to clauses (i) through (iii) of this Section 2.04(b) shall be applied to remaining scheduled installments of principal thereof following the date of prepayment as directed by the Borrower and specified in the notice of prepayment (and absent such direction, in direct order of maturity of the remaining installments under the applicable Class of Loans), and

(C) each such prepayment shall be paid to the Lenders in accordance with their respective Pro Rata Shares of such prepayment.

(v) Foreign and Tax Considerations. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section 2.04(b),

(A) to the extent that any or all of the Net Cash Proceeds of any Disposition by a Foreign Subsidiary giving rise to a prepayment event pursuant to Section 2.04(b)(ii) (a “Foreign Disposition”), the Net Cash Proceeds of any Casualty Event from a Foreign Subsidiary (a “Foreign Casualty Event”) or Excess Cash Flow of a Foreign Subsidiary are prohibited or delayed by applicable local law from being repatriated to the United States, the portion of such Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow so affected will not be required to be applied to repay Term Loans at the times provided in this Section 2.04(b) but may be retained by the applicable Foreign Subsidiary so long as the applicable local law will not permit repatriation to the United States (the Borrower hereby agreeing to cause the applicable Foreign Subsidiary to use its commercially reasonable efforts to promptly take all actions reasonably required by the applicable local law to permit such repatriation) and, if within 12 months of the applicable prepayment event, such repatriation of any of

 

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such affected Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow is permitted under the applicable local law, such repatriation will be immediately effected and such repatriated Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow will be promptly (and in any event not later than ten Business Days after such repatriation) applied (net of additional taxes payable or reserved against as a result thereof) to the repayment of the Term Loans pursuant to this Section 2.04(b) to the extent provided herein, and

(B) to the extent that the Borrower has determined in good faith and in consultation with the Administrative Agent that repatriation to the United States of any or all of the Net Cash Proceeds of any Foreign Disposition or any Foreign Casualty Event or any or all of the Excess Cash Flow of a Foreign Subsidiary would have material adverse tax consequences (relative to the relevant Foreign Disposition, Foreign Casualty Event or Excess Cash Flow and taking into account any foreign tax credit or benefit actually realized in connection with such repatriation) with respect to such Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow, the Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow so affected may be retained by the applicable Foreign Subsidiary; provided that, in the case of this clause (B), on or before the date on which any Net Cash Proceeds so retained would otherwise have been required to be applied to reinvestments or prepayments pursuant to this Section 2.04(b) (or such Excess Cash Flow would have been required to be applied to prepayments pursuant to this Section 2.04(b)),

(1) the Borrower applies an amount equal to such Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow to such reinvestments or prepayments (in the case of Net Cash Proceeds) and to such prepayments (in the case of Excess Cash Flow) as if such Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow had been received by the Borrower rather than such Foreign Subsidiary, less the amount (the “Netted Tax Amount”) of additional taxes that would have been payable or reserved against it if such Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow had been repatriated to the United States by such Foreign Subsidiary; provided that, in the case of this clause (1), to the extent that within 12 months of the applicable prepayment event, the repatriation of any Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow from such Foreign Subsidiary would no longer have material adverse tax consequences (relative to the relevant Foreign Disposition, Foreign Casualty Event or Excess Cash Flow), such Foreign Subsidiary shall promptly repatriate an amount equal to the Netted Tax Amount to the Administrative Agent, which amount shall be applied to the pro rata prepayment of the Loans and Commitments pursuant to Section 2.04(d) or

(2) such Net Cash Proceeds or Excess Cash Flow are applied to the repayment of Indebtedness of a Foreign Subsidiary.

(vi) Mandatory Prepayment Procedures; Declining Lenders. The Borrower shall give notice to the Administrative Agent of any mandatory prepayment of the Loans pursuant to Section 2.04(b) by 11:00 a.m. at least three Business Days (or such shorter period as reasonably agreed by the Administrative Agent) prior to the date on which such payment is due. Such notice shall state that the Borrower is offering to make or will make such mandatory prepayment on or before the date specified in Section 2.04(b), as the case may be (each, a “Prepayment Date”). Once given, such notice shall be irrevocable (provided that the Borrower may rescind any notice of prepayment if such prepayment would have resulted from a refinancing of all or any portion of the applicable Facility or been made in connection with a Disposition, which refinancing or Disposition shall not be consummated or shall otherwise be delayed) and all amounts subject to such notice shall be due and payable on the Prepayment Date (except as otherwise provided in

 

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Section 2.04(b)(v) and in the last sentence of this Section 2.04(b)(vi)). Upon receipt by the Administrative Agent of such notice, the Administrative Agent shall immediately give notice to each Lender of the prepayment, the Prepayment Date and of such Lender’s Pro Rata Share of the prepayment. Each Lender may elect (in its sole discretion) to decline all (but not less than all) of its Pro Rata Share of any mandatory prepayment by giving notice of such election in writing to the Administrative Agent by 11:00 a.m., on the date that is one Business Day after the date of such Lender’s receipt of notice from the Administrative Agent regarding such prepayment. If a Lender fails to deliver a notice of election declining receipt of its Pro Rata Share of such mandatory prepayment to the Administrative Agent within the time frame specified above, any such failure will be deemed to constitute an acceptance of such Lender’s Pro Rata Share of the total amount of such mandatory prepayment of Term Loans. Upon receipt by the Administrative Agent of such notice, the Administrative Agent shall immediately notify the Borrower of such election. Any amount so declined by any Lender shall be retained by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries and/or applied by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries in any manner not inconsistent with the terms of this Agreement.

(c) Interest, Funding Losses, Etc. All prepayments under this Section 2.04 shall be accompanied by all accrued interest thereon, together with, in the case of any such prepayment of a Eurocurrency Rate Loan on a date prior to the last day of an Interest Period therefor, any amounts owing in respect of such Eurocurrency Rate Loan pursuant to Section 3.05.

(d) Application of Prepayment Amounts. In the event that the obligation of the Borrower to prepay the Loans shall arise pursuant to Section 2.04(b), the Borrower shall prepay the outstanding principal amount of the Term Loans in the amount of such prepayment obligation within the applicable time periods specified in Section 2.04(b), with such prepayment to be applied in the manner set forth in Section 2.04(b)(iv).

Each payment or prepayment pursuant to the provisions of Section 2.04(b) shall be applied ratably among the Lenders of each Class holding the Loans being prepaid, in proportion to the principal amount held by each, and shall be applied as among the Term Loans being prepaid, (A) first, to prepay all Base Rate Loans and (B) second, to the extent of any excess remaining after application as provided in clause (A) above, to prepay all Eurocurrency Rate Loans (and as among Eurocurrency Rate Loans, (1) first to prepay those Eurocurrency Rate Loans, if any, having Interest Periods ending on the date of such prepayment, and (2) thereafter, to the extent of any excess remaining after application as provided in clause (1) above, to prepay any Eurocurrency Rate Loans in the order of the expiration dates of the Interest Periods applicable thereto).

Section 2.05 Termination or Reduction of Commitments.

(a) Optional. The Borrower may, upon written notice to the Administrative Agent, terminate the unused Commitments of any Class, or from time to time permanently reduce the unused Commitments of any Class, in each case without premium or penalty; provided that (i) any such notice shall be received by the Administrative Agent one Business Day prior to the date of termination or reduction and (ii) any such partial reduction shall be in an aggregate amount of $1,000,000 or any whole multiple of $500,000 in excess thereof or, if less, the entire amount thereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Borrower may rescind or postpone any notice of termination of the Commitments if such termination would have resulted from a refinancing of all or a portion of the applicable Facility, which refinancing shall not be consummated or otherwise shall be delayed.

(b) Mandatory. The Initial Term Loan Commitment of each Lender shall be automatically and permanently reduced to $0.00 upon the making of such Lender’s Initial Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.01(a).

 

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(c) Effect of Termination or Reduction. Any termination or reduction of the Commitments of any Class shall be permanent. Each reduction of Commitments of any Class shall be made ratably among the Lenders in accordance with their respective Pro Rata Share of Commitments of such Class.

Section 2.06 Repayment of Loans.

(a) The Borrower shall repay to the Administrative Agent for the ratable account of the Appropriate Lenders

(i) on the last Business Day of each calendar quarter (commencing with the first full calendar quarter ending after the Closing Date) an aggregate principal amount equal to 0.25% of the aggregate principal amount of all Initial Term Loans outstanding on the Closing Date (which payments shall be reduced as a result of the application of prepayments in accordance with the order of priority set forth in Section 2.04); provided that at the election of the Borrower (A) this clause (i) shall be amended, as it relates to any then-existing tranche of Term Loans to increase the amortization with respect thereto, in connection with the Borrowing of any Incremental Term Loans that constitute Pari Passu Lien Debt if and to the extent necessary so that such Incremental Term Loans and the applicable existing Term Loans form the same Class of Term Loans and to the extent possible, a “fungible” tranche, in each case, without the consent of any party hereto, and (B) such amendments shall not decrease any amortization payment to any Lender that would have otherwise been payable to such Lender prior thereto, and

(ii) on the Maturity Date for each Class of Term Loans, the aggregate principal amount of all such Term Loans outstanding on such date.

Section 2.07 Interest.

(a) Subject to the provisions of Section 2.07(a)(i),

(i) each Eurocurrency Rate Loan shall bear interest on the outstanding principal amount thereof for each Interest Period at a rate per annum equal to the Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate for such Interest Period plus the Applicable Rate; and

(ii) each Base Rate Loan shall bear interest on the outstanding principal amount thereof from the applicable Borrowing date at a rate per annum equal to the Base Rate plus the Applicable Rate.

(b) If any amount of principal of any Loan is not paid when due (without regard to any applicable grace periods), whether at stated maturity, by acceleration or otherwise, such amount shall thereafter bear interest at a fluctuating interest rate per annum at all times equal to the Default Rate to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Laws.

(c) If any amount (other than principal of any Loan) payable by the Borrower under any Loan Document is not paid when due (without regard to any applicable grace periods), whether at stated maturity, by acceleration or otherwise, then upon the request of the Required Lenders (or, after the occurrence of an actual or deemed entry of an order for relief with respect to the Borrower under the Bankruptcy Code or any other Debtor Relief Law, automatically and without further action by the Administrative Agent or any Lender) such amount shall thereafter bear interest at a fluctuating interest rate per annum at all times equal to the Default Rate to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Laws.

 

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(d) Accrued and unpaid interest on the principal amount of all outstanding past due Obligations (including interest on past due interest) shall be due and payable upon demand (or, after the occurrence of an actual or deemed entry of an order for relief with respect to the Borrower under the Bankruptcy Code or any other Debtor Relief Law, automatically and without further action by the Administrative Agent or any Lender).

(e) Interest on each Loan shall be due and payable (i) with respect to Base Rate Loans, in arrears on each Interest Payment Date applicable thereto and at such other times as may be specified herein and (ii) with respect to Eurocurrency Rate Loans, on each Interest Payment Date, and, in any event, every three months. Interest hereunder shall be due and payable in accordance with the terms hereof before and after judgment, and before and after the commencement of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law.

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

(g) After giving effect to all Borrowings, all conversions of Loans from one Type to the other, and all continuations of Loans as the same Type, there shall not be more than ten Interest Periods in effect unless otherwise agreed between the Borrower and the Administrative Agent; provided that after the establishment of any new Class of Loans pursuant to a Refinancing Amendment or Extension, the number of Interest Periods otherwise permitted by this Section 2.07(d) shall increase by three Interest Periods for each applicable Class so established.

Section 2.08 Fees.

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

(b) The Borrower agrees to pay on the Closing Date to each Lender party to this Agreement on the Closing Date, as fee compensation for the funding of such Lender’s Initial Term Loan, a closing fee (the “Closing Fee”) in an amount equal to 0.25% of the stated principal amount of such Lender’s Term Loan made on the Closing Date. The Closing Fee will be in all respects fully earned, due and payable on the Closing Date and non-refundable and non-creditable thereafter and the Closing Fee may be netted against Initial Term Loans (in the form of OID) made by such Lender.

(c) The Borrower agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent for its own account the fees payable in the amounts and at the times separately agreed upon.

(d) At the time of the effectiveness of any Repricing Event that is consummated during the period commencing on the Closing Date and ending on the day immediately prior to the date that is six months after the Closing Date, the Borrower agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent, for the ratable account of each lender with Initial Term Loans that are either repaid, converted or subjected to a pricing reduction in connection with such Repricing Event (including each Lender that withholds its consent to such Repricing Event and is replaced as a Non-Consenting Lender under Section 3.07), a fee in an amount

 

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equal to 1.00% of (i) in the case of a Repricing Event described in clause (a) of the definition thereof, the aggregate principal amount of all Initial Term Loans prepaid (or converted) in connection with such Repricing Event and (ii) in the case of a Repricing Event described in clause (b) of the definition thereof, the aggregate principal amount of all Initial Term Loans outstanding on such date that are subject to an effective pricing reduction pursuant to such Repricing Event. Such fees shall be earned, due and payable upon the date of the effectiveness of such Repricing Event. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Loan Documents, each Lender hereby agrees to waive any amounts payable by the Borrower pursuant to Section 3.05 that would have resulted from a refinancing of this Agreement or a Repricing Event.

Section 2.09 Computation of Interest and Fees. All computations of Base Rate Loans shall be made on the basis of a year of 365 days or 366 days. All other computations of fees and interest shall be made on the basis of a 360-day year and actual days elapsed (which results in more fees or interest, as applicable, being paid than if computed on the basis of a 365-day year). Interest shall accrue on each Loan for the day on which the Loan is made, and shall not accrue on a Loan, or any portion thereof, for the day on which the Loan or such portion is paid; provided that any Loan that is repaid on the same day on which it is made shall, subject to Section 2.07(a), bear interest for one day. Each determination by the Administrative Agent of an interest rate or fee hereunder shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes, absent manifest error.

Section 2.10 Evidence of Indebtedness.

(a) The Borrowings made by each Lender shall be evidenced by one or more accounts or records maintained by such Lender and evidenced by one or more entries in the Register maintained by the Administrative Agent, acting solely for purposes of Treasury Regulation Section 5f.103-1(c) or Proposed Treasury Regulation Section 1.163-5(b) (or, in each case, any amended or successor version), as non-fiduciary agent for the Borrower, in each case in the ordinary course of business. The accounts or records maintained by the Administrative Agent and each Lender shall be prima facie evidence absent manifest error of the amount of the Borrowings made by the Lenders to the Borrower and the interest and payments thereon. Any failure to so record or any error in doing so shall not, however, limit or otherwise affect the obligation of the Borrower hereunder to pay any amount owing with respect to the Obligations. In the event of any conflict between the accounts and records maintained by any Lender and the accounts and records of the Administrative Agent in respect of such matters, the accounts and records of the Administrative Agent shall control in the absence of manifest error.

(b) Upon the request of any Lender made through the Administrative Agent, the Borrower shall execute and deliver to such Lender (through the Administrative Agent) a Note payable to such Lender, which shall evidence the relevant Class of such Lender’s Loans in addition to such accounts or records. Each Lender may attach schedules to its Note and endorse thereon the date, Type (if applicable), amount and maturity of its Loans and payments with respect thereto.

(c) Entries made in good faith by the Administrative Agent in the Register pursuant to Section 2.10(a), and by each Lender in its account or accounts pursuant to Section 2.10(a), shall be prima facie evidence of the amount of principal and interest due and payable or to become due and payable from the Borrower to, in the case of the Register, each Lender and, in the case of such account or accounts, such Lender, under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, absent manifest error; provided that the failure of the Administrative Agent or such Lender to make an entry, or any finding that an entry is incorrect, in the Register or such account or accounts shall not limit or otherwise affect the obligations of the Borrower under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents.

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(a) All payments to be made by the Borrower shall be made on the date when due, in immediately available funds without condition or deduction for any counterclaim, defense, recoupment or setoff. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, all payments by the Borrower hereunder shall be made to the Administrative Agent, for the account of the respective Lenders to which such payment is owed, at the applicable Administrative Agent’s Office for payment and in Same Day Funds not later than 1:00 p.m. (New York City time) in the case of any payment in Dollars and not later than 1:00 p.m. (London time) in the case of any payment in an Alternative Currency, in each case, on the date specified herein. The Administrative Agent will promptly distribute to each Appropriate Lender its Pro Rata Share (or other applicable share as provided herein) of such payment in like funds as received by wire transfer to such Lender’s Lending Office. All payments received by the Administrative Agent (i) after 1:00 p.m. (New York City time) in the case of payments in Dollars, (ii) after 1:00 p.m. (London time) in the case of payments in an Alternative Currency, shall, in each case, shall in each case be deemed received on the next succeeding Business Day and any applicable interest or fee shall continue to accrue.

(b) If any payment to be made by the Borrower shall come due on a day other than a Business Day, payment shall be made on the next following Business Day, and such extension of time shall be reflected in computing interest or fees, as the case may be.

(c) Unless the Borrower has notified the Administrative Agent, prior to the date any payment is required to be made by it to the Administrative Agent hereunder for the account of any Lender that the Borrower will not make such payment, the Administrative Agent may assume that the Borrower has timely made such payment and may (but shall not be so required to), in reliance thereon, make available a corresponding amount to such Lender. If and to the extent that such payment was not in fact made to the Administrative Agent in Same Day Funds, then such Lender shall forthwith on demand repay to the Administrative Agent the portion of such assumed payment that was made available to such Lender in Same Day Funds, together with interest thereon in respect of each day from and including the date such amount was made available by the Administrative Agent to such Lender to the date such amount is repaid to the Administrative Agent in Same Day Funds at the applicable Overnight Rate from time to time in effect.

(d) If any Lender makes available to the Administrative Agent funds for any Loan to be made by such Lender as provided in the foregoing provisions of this Article II, and such funds are not made available to the Borrower by the Administrative Agent because the conditions to the Borrowing set forth in Article IV are not satisfied or waived in accordance with the terms hereof, the Administrative Agent shall return such funds (in like funds as received from such Lender) to such Lender, without interest.

(e) The obligations of the Lenders hereunder to make Loans and to make payments pursuant to Section 9.07 are several and not joint. The failure of any Lender to make any Loan on any date required hereunder shall not relieve any other Lender of its corresponding obligation to do so on such date, and no Lender shall be responsible for the failure of any other Lender to so make its Loan or purchase its participation.

(f) Nothing herein shall be deemed to obligate any Lender to obtain the funds for any Loan in any particular place or manner or to constitute a representation by any Lender that it has obtained or will obtain the funds for any Loan in any particular place or manner.

(g) Whenever any payment received by the Administrative Agent under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents is insufficient to pay in full all amounts due and payable to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders under or in respect of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents on any date, such payment shall be distributed by the Administrative Agent and applied by the Administrative Agent and the Lenders in the order of priority set forth in Section 8.03. If the Administrative Agent receives funds for application to the Obligations of the Loan Parties under or in respect of the Loan Documents under

 

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circumstances for which the Loan Documents do not specify the manner in which such funds are to be applied, the Administrative Agent may, but shall not be obligated to, elect to distribute such funds to each of the Lenders in accordance with such Lender’s Pro Rata Share of such of the outstanding Loans or other Obligations then owing to such Lender. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to the extent the Administrative Agent receives a payment or other amount after the date such payment or other amount is due, the Administrative Agent, in its sole discretion, may distribute such payment or other amount to the relevant Lender of record (or other Person of record entitled to such payment) as of the date such payment or other amount is received by the Administrative Agent.

(h) If any Lender shall fail to make any payment required to be made by it pursuant to Section 2.03, Section 2.12 or Section 9.07, then the Administrative Agent may, in its discretion and notwithstanding any contrary provision hereof, (i) apply any amounts thereafter received by the Administrative Agent for the account of such Lender for the benefit of the Administrative Agent, as applicable, to satisfy such Lender’s obligations to such Persons until all such unsatisfied obligations are fully paid and/or (ii) hold any such amounts in a segregated account as cash collateral for, and application to, any future funding obligations of such Lender under any such Section, in the case of each of clauses (i) and (ii) above, in any order as determined by the Administrative Agent in its discretion.

(i) If a payment is made by the Administrative Agent (or its Affiliates) in error (whether known to the recipient or not) or if a Lender or another recipient of funds is not otherwise entitled to receive such funds under the provisions of this agreement at such time, in such amount or from the Administrative Agent (or its Affiliates) (as determined by the Administrative Agent in its sole discretion), then such Lender or recipient shall forthwith on demand repay to the Administrative Agent the portion of such payment that was made in error (or otherwise not intended to be received) (as determined by the Administrative Agent in its sole discretion) in Same Day Funds, together with interest thereon in respect of each day from and including the date such amount was made available by the Administrative Agent (or its Affiliate) to such Lender or recipient to the date such amount is repaid to the Administrative Agent (or its Affiliate) in Same Day Funds at the applicable Overnight Rate from time to time in effect. Each Lender and other Person party hereto waives any claim of discharge for value or any other claim of entitlement to any portion of a payment that the Administrative Agent, in its sole discretion, determines was made in error.

Section 2.12 Sharing of Payments, Etc. If, other than as expressly provided elsewhere herein, any Lender shall obtain payment in respect of any principal of or interest on account of the Loans of a particular Class made by it (whether voluntary, involuntary, through the exercise of any right of setoff, or otherwise) in excess of its ratable share (or other share contemplated hereunder) thereof, such Lender shall immediately (a) notify the Administrative Agent of such fact, and (b) purchase from the other Lenders such participations in the Loans made by them, as the case may be, as shall be necessary to cause such purchasing Lender to share the excess payment in respect of such Loans or such participations, as the case may be, pro rata with each of them; provided that if all or any portion of such excess payment is thereafter recovered from the purchasing Lender under any of the circumstances described in Section 10.06 (including pursuant to any settlement entered into by the purchasing Lender in its discretion), such purchase shall to that extent be rescinded and each relevant Lender shall repay to the purchasing Lender the purchase price paid therefor, together with an amount equal to such paying Lender’s ratable share (according to the proportion of (i) the amount of such paying Lender’s required repayment to (ii) the total amount so recovered from the purchasing Lender) of any interest or other amount paid or payable by the purchasing Lender in respect of the total amount so recovered, without further interest thereon. The provisions of this paragraph shall not be construed to apply to:

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(B) any payment obtained by a Lender as consideration for the assignment of or sale of a participation in any of its Loans to any assignee or participant permitted hereunder or

(C) any payment received by such Lender not in its capacity as a Lender.

The Borrower agrees that any Lender so purchasing a participation from another Lender may, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Law, exercise all its rights of payment (including the right of setoff, but subject to Section 10.09) with respect to such participation as fully as if such Lender were the direct creditor of the Borrower in the amount of such participation. The Administrative Agent will keep records (which shall be conclusive and binding in the absence of manifest error) of participations purchased under this Section 2.12 and will in each case notify the Lenders following any such purchases or repayments. Each Lender that purchases a participation pursuant to this Section 2.12 shall from and after such purchase have the right to give all notices, requests, demands, directions and other communications under this Agreement with respect to the portion of the Obligations purchased to the same extent as though the purchasing Lender were the original owner of the Obligations purchased.

Section 2.13 Incremental Borrowings.

(a) Notice. At any time and from time to time, on one or more occasions, the Borrower may, by notice to the Administrative Agent, increase the aggregate principal amount of any outstanding tranche of Term Loans or add one or more additional tranches of term loans under the Loan Documents (the “Incremental Term Facilities” and the term loans made thereunder, the “Incremental Term Loans” each such increase or tranche, an “Incremental Facility” and the loans or other extensions of credit made thereunder, the “Incremental Loans”).

(b) Ranking. Incremental Facilities (i) may rank either pari passu or junior in right of payment with Term Loans (including the Initial Term Loans), (ii) may either be unsecured or secured by a Permitted Lien (including secured by Liens that secure the Facilities on a pari passu or junior basis) and (iii) may be guaranteed by the Loan Parties (or Persons that become Loan Parties substantially concurrently with the incurrence of such Incremental Facility).

(c) Size and Currency. The aggregate principal amount of Incremental Facilities on any date Indebtedness thereunder is first incurred (or commitments with respect thereto are received in the case of a revolving or delayed draw facility), together with the aggregate principal amount of Incremental Equivalent Debt and other Incremental Facilities outstanding on such date, will not exceed, an amount equal to,

(i) the Fixed Incremental Amount, plus

(ii) the Ratio Amount,

(the sum of the Fixed Incremental Amount and the Ratio Amount, the “Incremental Amount”). Calculation of the Incremental Amount shall be made on Pro Forma Basis and evidenced by a certificate from a Responsible Officer of the Borrower demonstrating such calculation in reasonable detail. Each Incremental Facility will be in an integral multiple of $1,000,000 and in an aggregate principal amount that is not less than $10,000,000 (or such lesser minimum amount approved by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion); provided that such amount may be less than such minimum amount or integral multiple amount if such amount represents all the remaining availability under the Incremental Amount at such time. Any Incremental Facility may be denominated in Dollars or in any Alternative Currency (and in the case of any Alternative Currency, the Dollar Amount thereof as of the date of incurrence (or, in the case of an LCA Election, as of the applicable LCA Test Date) shall be controlling for purposes of determining compliance with the Incremental Amount, and the minimum amount and integral multiples shall be a Dollar

 

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Amount of $10,000,000 or $1,000,000, respectively (or, in each case, such lesser minimum amount approved by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion)).

(d) Incremental Lenders. Incremental Facilities may be provided by any existing Lender (it being understood that no existing Lender shall have an obligation to make, or provide commitments with respect to, an Incremental Loan) or by any Additional Lender. While existing Lenders may (but are not obligated to unless invited to and so elect) participate in any syndication of an Incremental Facility and may (but are not obligated to unless invited to and so elect) become lenders with respect thereto, the existing Lenders will not have any right to participate in any syndication of, and will not have any right of first refusal or other right to provide all or any portion of, any Incremental Facility or Incremental Loan except to the extent the Borrower and the arrangers thereof, if any, in their discretion, choose to invite or include any such existing Lender (which may or may not apply to all existing Lenders and may or may not be pro rata among existing Lenders). Final allocations in respect of Incremental Facilities will be made by the Borrower together with the arrangers thereof, if any, in their discretion, on the terms permitted by this Section 2.13; provided that the lenders providing the Incremental Facilities will be reasonably acceptable to (i) the Borrower and (ii) the Administrative Agent (except that, in the case of clause (ii), only to the extent such Person otherwise would have a consent right to an assignment of such loans or commitments to such lender, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed). For the avoidance of doubt, any Affiliated Lender that provides any Incremental Loans shall be subject to the limitations on Affiliated Lenders set forth in Section 10.07(h) (including the Affiliated Lender Term Loan Cap, as applicable).

(e) Incremental Facility Amendments; Use of Proceeds. Each Incremental Facility will become effective pursuant to an amendment (each, an “Incremental Amendment”) to this Agreement and, as appropriate, the other Loan Documents, executed by the Borrower and each Person providing such Incremental Facility and the Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent will promptly notify each Lender as to the effectiveness of each Incremental Amendment. Incremental Amendments may, without the consent of any other Lenders, effect such amendments to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents as may be necessary, advisable or appropriate, in the reasonable opinion of the Borrower in consultation with the Administrative Agent, to effect the provisions of this Section 2.13 and, to the extent practicable, to make an Incremental Loan fungible (including for Tax purposes) with other Loans (subject to the limitations under sub-clause (g) of this Section). Without limiting the foregoing, an Incremental Amendment may (i) extend or add “call protection” to any existing tranche of Term Loans and (ii) amend the schedule of amortization payments relating to any existing tranche of Term Loans, including amendments to Section 2.06(a) (provided that any such amendment shall not decrease any amortization payment to any Lender that would have otherwise been payable to such Lender prior to the effectiveness of the applicable Incremental Amendment), in the case of each clause (i) and (ii), so that such Incremental Term Loans and the applicable existing Term Loans form the same Class of Term Loans. Each of the parties hereto hereby agrees that, upon the effectiveness of any Incremental Amendment, this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, as applicable, will be amended to the extent necessary to reflect the existence and terms of the Incremental Facility and the Incremental Term Loans evidenced thereby. This Section 2.13 shall supersede any provisions in Section 2.12 or Section 10.01 to the contrary. The Borrower may use the proceeds of the Incremental Loans for any purpose not prohibited by this Agreement.

(f) Conditions. The availability of Incremental Facilities under this Agreement will be subject solely to the following conditions, subject, for the avoidance of doubt, to Section 1.08, measured on the date of the initial borrowing under such Incremental Facility (or in the case of a delayed draw or revolving facility, the receipt of commitments thereunder):

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(other than with respect to Specified Events of Default) by the Persons providing such Incremental Facilities if the proceeds of the initial Borrowings under such Incremental Facilities will be used to finance, in whole or in part, a Permitted Investment or other Acquisition Transaction; and

(ii) the representations and warranties in the Loan Documents will be true and correct in all material respects (except for representations and warranties that are already qualified by materiality, which representations and warranties will be true and correct in all respects) immediately prior to, and after giving effect to, the incurrence of such Incremental Facility; provided that the condition set forth in this clause (ii) may be waived or not required (other than with respect to the Specified Representations) by the Persons providing such Incremental Facilities if the proceeds of the initial Borrowings under such Incremental Facilities will be used to finance, in whole or in part, a Permitted Investment.

(g) Terms. Each Incremental Amendment will set forth the amount and terms of the relevant Incremental Facility. The terms of each Incremental Facility will be as agreed between the Borrower and the Persons providing such Incremental Facility; provided that:

(i) the final maturity date of any such Incremental Term Loans will be no earlier than the Latest Maturity Date of the Initial Term Loans; provided that this clause shall not apply to the incurrence of any Incremental Term Loans pursuant to the Inside Maturity Exception;

(ii) the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of any such Incremental Term Loans will be no shorter than the remaining Weighted Average Life to Maturity of the Initial Term Loans; provided that this clause shall not apply to the incurrence of any Incremental Term Loans pursuant to the Inside Maturity Exception;

(iii) any mandatory prepayment of such Incremental Term Loans may participate on a pro rata basis or a less than pro rata basis in any corresponding required mandatory repayments of the Initial Term Loans, but not on a greater than pro rata basis to the Initial Term Loans (other than (A) any repayment of such Incremental Term Loans at maturity and (B) any greater than pro rata repayment of such Incremental Term Loans with the proceeds of Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness);

(iv) (A) to the extent secured, such Incremental Facilities shall not be secured by any Lien on any property or asset of the Borrower or any Guarantor that does not also secure the Initial Term Loans at the time of such incurrence (except (1) customary cash collateral in favor of an agent, letter of credit issuer or similar “fronting” lender, (2) Liens on property or assets applicable only to periods after the Latest Maturity Date of the Term Loans at the time of incurrence and (3) any Liens on property or assets to the extent that a Lien on such property or asset is also added for the benefit of the Lenders under the Term Loans) and

(B) to the extent guaranteed, such Incremental Facilities shall not be incurred or guaranteed by any Loan Party other than the Borrower and the Guarantors (including any Person required to be a Guarantor) (except (1) for guarantees by other Persons that are applicable only to periods after the Latest Maturity Date of the Term Loans at the time of incurrence and (2) any such Person incurring or guaranteeing such Incremental Term Facilities that also guarantees the Term Loans); and

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Incremental Term Facility; provided that the operational and agency provisions contained in such documentation shall be reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

(h) Pricing. The interest rate, fees and OID for any Incremental Term Loans will be as determined by the Borrower and the Persons providing such Incremental Term Loans; provided that in the event that the All-In Yield applicable to any floating-rate Incremental Term Loans (other than any Excluded Incremental Facility) that are secured on a pari passu basis with the Initial Term Loans exceeds the All-In Yield (taking into account the leverage-based pricing grid therein and any comparable leverage-based pricing grid applicable to such Incremental Term Loans) for the Initial Term Loans by more than 75 basis points, then the interest rate margins for the Initial Term Loans shall be increased to the extent necessary so that the All-In Yield for such Term Loans is equal to the All-In Yield for such Incremental Term Loans minus 75 basis points.

(i) The Administrative Agent and the Lenders hereby agree that the minimum borrowing, pro rata borrowing and pro rata payment requirements contained elsewhere in this Agreement shall not apply to the transactions effected pursuant to Section 2.13.

Section 2.14 Refinancing Amendments.

(a) Refinancing Loans. The Borrower may obtain, from any Lender or any Additional Lender, Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness in respect of all or any portion of the Term Loans, in the form of Refinancing Loans or Refinancing Commitments made pursuant to a Refinancing Amendment; provided that, for the avoidance of doubt Liens securing Refinancing Loans may be (and must only be) Permitted Liens.

(b) Refinancing Amendments. The effectiveness of any Refinancing Amendment will be subject only to the satisfaction on the date thereof of such conditions as may be requested by the providers of applicable Refinancing Loans. The Administrative Agent will promptly notify each Lender as to the effectiveness of each Refinancing Amendment. Each of the parties hereto hereby agrees that, upon the effectiveness of any Refinancing Amendment, this Agreement will be deemed amended to the extent (but only to the extent) necessary to reflect the existence and terms of the Refinancing Loans incurred pursuant thereto (including any amendments necessary to treat the Term Loans subject thereto as Refinancing Term Loans).

(c) Required Consents. Any Refinancing Amendment may, without the consent of any Person other than the Administrative Agent, the Borrower and the Persons providing the applicable Refinancing Loans, effect such amendments to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents as may be necessary, advisable or appropriate, in the reasonable opinion of the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, to effect the provisions of this Section 2.14. This Section 2.14 supersedes any provisions in Section 2.12 or Section 10.01 to the contrary.

(d) Providers of Refinancing Loans. Refinancing Loans may be provided by any existing Lender (it being understood that no existing Lender shall have an obligation to make all or any portion of any Refinancing Loan) or by any Additional Lender (subject to Section 10.07(h)). The lenders providing the Refinancing Loans will be reasonably acceptable to the (i) Borrower and (ii) the Administrative Agent, only to the extent such Person otherwise would have a consent right to an assignment of such loans or commitments to such lender, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed.

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(a) Extension Offers. Pursuant to one or more offers (each, an “Extension Offer”) made from time to time by the Borrower to all Lenders holding Loans and/or Commitments of a particular Class with a like Maturity Date, the Borrower may extend such Maturity Date and otherwise modify the terms of such Loans and/or Commitments pursuant to the terms set forth in an Extension Offer (each, an “Extension”). Each Extension Offer will specify the minimum amount of Loans and/or Commitments with respect to which an Extension Offer may be accepted, which with respect to Loans or commitments denominated in Dollars, will be an integral multiple of $1,000,000 and an aggregate principal amount that is not less than $10,000,000, or, if less (i) the aggregate principal amount of such Class of Loans outstanding or (ii) such lesser minimum amount as is approved by the Administrative Agent, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed. Extension Offers will be made on a pro rata basis to all Lenders holding Loans and/or Commitments of a particular Class with a like Maturity Date. If the aggregate outstanding principal amount of such Loans (calculated on the face amount thereof) and/or Commitments in respect of which Lenders have accepted an Extension Offer exceeds the maximum aggregate principal amount of Loans and/or Commitments offered to be extended pursuant to such Extension Offer, then the Loans and/or Commitments of such Lenders will be extended ratably up to such maximum amount based on the respective principal amounts (but not to exceed actual holdings of record) with respect to which such Lenders have accepted such Extension Offer. There is no requirement that any Extension Offer or Extension Amendment (defined as follows) be subject to any “most favored nation” pricing provisions. The terms of an Extension Offer shall be determined by the Borrower, and Extension Offers may contain one or more conditions to their effectiveness as determined by the Borrower, including a condition that a minimum amount of Loans and/or Commitments of any or all applicable tranches be tendered.

(b) Extension Amendments. The Lenders hereby irrevocably authorize the Administrative Agent to enter into amendments to this Agreement and the other Loan Documents (an “Extension Amendment”) as may be necessary, advisable or appropriate in order to establish new tranches in respect of Extended Loans and such amendments as permitted by clause (c) below as may be necessary, advisable or appropriate in the reasonable opinion of the Borrower, in consultation with the Administrative Agent, in connection with the establishment of such new tranches of Loans. This Section 2.15 shall supersede any provisions in Section 2.12 or Section 10.01 to the contrary. Except as otherwise set forth in an Extension Offer, there will be no conditions to the effectiveness of an Extension Amendment. Extensions will not constitute a voluntary or mandatory payment or prepayment for purposes of this Agreement.

(c) Terms of Extension Offers and Extension Amendments. The terms of any Extended Loans will be set forth in an Extension Offer and as agreed between the Borrower and the Extending Lenders accepting such Extension Offer; provided that:

(i) the final maturity date of such Extended Loans will be no earlier than the Latest Maturity Date applicable to the Loans and/or Commitments subject to such Extension Offer;

(ii) the Weighted Average Life to Maturity of any Extended Loans that are Term Loans will be no shorter than the remaining Weighted Average Life to Maturity of the Term Loans subject to such Extension Offer; and

(iii) any Extended Loans that are Term Loans may participate on a pro rata basis or a less than pro rata basis (but not greater than a pro rata basis) in any corresponding mandatory repayments or prepayments of Term Loans other than any repayment of such Extended Loans at maturity or with the proceeds of Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness.

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(d) Required Consents. No consent of any Lender or any other Person will be required to effectuate any Extension, other than the consent of the Administrative Agent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned), the Borrower and the applicable Extending Lender. The transactions contemplated by this Section 2.15 (including, for the avoidance of doubt, payment of any interest, fees or premium in respect of any Extended Loans on such terms as may be set forth in the relevant Extension Offer) will not require the consent of any other Lender or any other Person, and the requirements of any provision of this Agreement or any other Loan Document that may otherwise prohibit any such Extension or any other transaction contemplated by this Section 2.15 will not apply to any of the transactions effected pursuant to this Section 2.15.

Section 2.16 Defaulting Lenders.

(a) Defaulting Lender Adjustments. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, if any Lender becomes a Defaulting Lender, then, until such time as such Lender is no longer a Defaulting Lender, to the extent permitted by applicable law:

(i) Defaulting Lender Waterfall. 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 Article VIII or otherwise) or received by the Administrative Agent from a Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 10.09 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; next, as the Borrower may request (so long as no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing), 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;

next, if so determined by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, to be held in a Cash Collateral Account and released pro rata in order to satisfy such Defaulting Lender’s potential future funding obligations with respect to Loans under this Agreement;

next, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Lenders as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by any Lender against such Defaulting Lender as a result of such Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; next, so long as no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Borrower as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by the Borrower against such Defaulting Lender as a result of such Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; and

next, to such Defaulting Lender or as otherwise directed by a court of competent jurisdiction;

provided that if (1) such payment is a payment of the principal amount of any Loans in respect of which such Defaulting Lender has not fully funded its appropriate share, and (2) such Loans were made at a time when the conditions set forth in Article IV were satisfied or waived, such payment shall be applied solely to pay the Loans of all Non-Defaulting Lenders on a pro rata basis prior to being applied to the payment of any Loans of such Defaulting Lender until such time as all Loans funded are held by the Lenders pro rata in accordance with the applicable Commitments. Any payments, prepayments or other amounts paid or payable to a Defaulting Lender that are applied

 

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(or held) to pay amounts owed by a Defaulting Lender shall be deemed paid to and redirected by such Defaulting Lender, and each Lender irrevocably consents hereto.

(b) Defaulting Lender Cure. If the Borrower and the Administrative Agent agree in writing that a Lender is no longer a Defaulting Lender, the Administrative Agent will so notify the parties hereto, whereupon as of the effective date specified in such notice and subject to any conditions set forth therein (which may include arrangements with respect to any Cash Collateral), that Lender will, to the extent applicable, purchase at par that portion of outstanding Loans of the other Lenders or take such other actions as the Administrative Agent may determine to be necessary to cause the Loans to be held pro rata by the Lenders in accordance with the applicable Commitments whereupon such Lender will cease to be a Defaulting Lender; provided that no adjustments will be made retroactively with respect to fees accrued or payments made by or on behalf of the Borrower while that Lender was a Defaulting Lender; provided further, that except to the extent otherwise expressly agreed by the affected parties, no change hereunder from Defaulting Lender to Lender will constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder arising from that Lender having been a Defaulting Lender.

Section 2.17 Judgment Currency.

(a) If, for the purpose of obtaining judgment in any court, it is necessary to convert a sum owing hereunder or under any other Loan Document in one currency into another currency, each party hereto and each Loan Party (and by its acceptance of its appointment in such capacity, each Lead Arranger) agrees, to the fullest extent that it may effectively do so, that the rate of exchange used shall be that at which, in accordance with normal banking procedures in the relevant jurisdiction, the first currency could be purchased with such other currency on the Business Day immediately preceding the day on which final judgment is given.

(b) The obligations of the Loan Parties in respect of any sum due to any party hereto or under any other Loan Document or any holder of the obligations owing hereunder or under any other Loan Document (the “Applicable Creditor”) shall, notwithstanding any judgment in a currency (the “Judgment Currency”) other than the currency in which such sum is stated to be due hereunder (the “Agreement Currency”), be discharged only to the extent that, on the Business Day following receipt by the Applicable Creditor of any sum adjudged to be so due in the Judgment Currency, the Applicable Creditor may in accordance with normal banking procedures in the relevant jurisdiction purchase the Agreement Currency with the Judgment Currency; if the amount of the Agreement Currency so purchased is less than the sum originally due to the Applicable Creditor in the Agreement Currency, the Borrower and each other Loan Party, as a separate obligation and notwithstanding any such judgment, agrees to indemnify the Applicable Creditor against such loss. The obligations of the Loan Parties contained in this Section shall survive the termination of this Agreement and the payment of all other amounts owing hereunder.

ARTICLE III.

TAXES, INCREASED COSTS PROTECTION AND ILLEGALITY

Section 3.01 Taxes.

(a) Except as required by applicable Law, any and all payments by the Borrower or any Guarantor to or for the account of any Agent or any Lender under any Loan Document shall be made free and clear of and without deduction for any and all present or future taxes, duties, levies, imposts, deductions, assessments, fees, withholdings or similar charges imposed by any Governmental Authority, and all

 

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liabilities (including additions to tax, penalties and interest) with respect thereto (“Taxes”). The following shall be “Excluded Taxes” in the case of each Agent and each Lender,

(i) Taxes imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated, and including branch profits and similar Taxes), and franchise or similar Taxes, in each case, that are (A) imposed by the jurisdiction (or political subdivision thereof) under the laws of which it is organized or in which its principal office is located or, in the case of any Lender, in which its applicable Lending Office is located, or (B) Other Connection Taxes;

(ii) any U.S. federal Tax that is (or would be) required to be withheld with respect to amounts payable hereunder in respect of an Eligible Assignee (pursuant to an assignment under Section 10.07) on the date it becomes an assignee to the extent such Tax is in excess of the Tax that would have been applicable had such assigning Lender not assigned its interest arising under any Loan Document (unless such assignment is at the express written request of the Borrower);

(iii) U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed on amounts payable to or for the account of a Lender or Agent with respect to an applicable interest in a Loan or Commitment pursuant to a Law in effect on the date on which (A) such Lender or Agent acquires such interest in the Loan or applicable Commitment or, to the extent a Lender acquires an interest in a Loan not funded pursuant to a prior Commitment, acquires such interest in such Loan (other than pursuant to an assignment request by the Borrower under Section 3.07) or (B) such Lender changes its Lending Office (other than at the written request of the Borrower to change such Lending Office), except in each case to the extent that pursuant to Section 3.01, amounts with respect to such Taxes were payable to such Lender’s or Agent’s assignor immediately before such Lender or Agent became a party hereto, or to such Lender immediately before it changed its Lending Office;

(iv) any Taxes imposed as a result of the failure of any Lender or Agent to comply with the provisions of Sections 3.01(b), 3.01(c) and 3.01(d) (in the case of any Foreign Lender, as defined below) or the provisions of Section 3.01(e) (in the case of any U.S. Lender, as defined below);

(v) [reserved]; and

(vi) any withholding Taxes imposed under FATCA.

If an applicable Withholding Agent is required to withhold or deduct any Taxes or Other Taxes (as defined below) from or in respect of any sum payable under any Loan Document to any Lender or Agent, (A) except in the case of Excluded Taxes, the sum payable shall be increased as necessary so that after making all required withholding or deductions (including withholding or deductions applicable to additional sums payable under this Section 3.01(a)), each of such Lender or Agent receives an amount equal to the sum it would have received had no such withholding or deductions been made, (B) the applicable Withholding Agent shall make such withholding or deductions, (C) the applicable Withholding Agent shall pay the full amount withheld or deducted to the relevant taxing authority, and (D) within thirty days after the date of any such payment by the Borrower or any Guarantor (or, if receipts or evidence are not available within thirty days, as soon as practicable thereafter), the Borrower or applicable Guarantor shall furnish to such Lender or Agent (as the case may be) the original or a facsimile copy of a receipt evidencing payment thereof to the extent such a receipt has been made available to the Borrower or applicable Guarantor (or other evidence of payment reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent). If the Borrower or Guarantor fails to pay any Taxes or Other Taxes when due to the appropriate taxing authority, then the Borrower or applicable Guarantor shall indemnify such Lender or Agent for any incremental Taxes that may become payable by such Lender or Agent arising out of such failure.

 

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(b) To the extent it is legally able to do so, each Lender or Agent (including an Eligible Assignee to which a Lender assigns its interest in accordance with Section 10.07, unless such Eligible Assignee is already a Lender hereunder) that is not a “United States person” within the meaning of Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code (each, a “Foreign Lender”) agrees to complete and deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent on or prior to the date on which the Foreign Lender becomes a party hereto (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent), two accurate, complete and signed copies of whichever of the following is applicable: (i) IRS Form W-8BEN or Form W-8BEN-E certifying that it is entitled to benefits under an income tax treaty to which the United States is a party; (ii) IRS Form W-8ECI certifying that the income receivable pursuant to any Loan Document is effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States; (iii) if the Foreign Lender is not (A) a bank described in Section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code, (B) a 10-percent shareholder of the Borrower described in Section 871(h)(3)(B) of the Code, or (C) a controlled foreign corporation related to the Borrower within the meaning of Section 864(d)(4) of the Code, a certificate to that effect in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit G (a “Non-Bank Certificate”) and an IRS Form W-8BEN or Form W-8BEN-E, certifying that the Foreign Lender is not a United States person; (iv) to the extent a Foreign Lender is not the beneficial owner for U.S. federal income tax purposes, an IRS Form W-8IMY (or any successor forms) of the Foreign Lender, accompanied by, as and to the extent applicable, an IRS Form W-8BEN, Form W-8BEN-E, Form W-8ECI, Non-Bank Certificate, Form W-9, Form W-8IMY (or other successor forms) and any other required supporting information from each beneficial owner (it being understood that a Foreign Lender need not provide certificates or supporting documentation from beneficial owners if (A) the Foreign Lender is a “qualified intermediary” or “withholding foreign partnership” for U.S. federal income tax purposes and (B) such Foreign Lender is as a result able to establish, and does establish, that payments to such Foreign Lender are, to the extent applicable, entitled to an exemption from or, if an exemption is not available, a reduction in the rate of, U.S. federal withholding Taxes without providing such certificates or supporting documentation); or (v) any other form prescribed by applicable requirements of U.S. federal income tax 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 requirements of law to permit the Borrower and the Administrative Agent to determine the withholding or deduction required to be made.

(c) In addition, each such Foreign Lender shall, to the extent it is legally entitled to do so, (i) promptly submit to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent two accurate, complete and signed copies of such other or additional forms or certificates (or such successor forms or certificates as shall be adopted from time to time by the relevant taxing authorities) as may then be applicable or available to secure an exemption from or reduction in the rate of U.S. federal withholding Tax (1) on or before the date that such Foreign Lender’s most recently delivered form, certificate or other evidence expires or becomes obsolete or inaccurate in any material respect, (2) after the occurrence of a change in the Foreign Lender’s circumstances requiring a change in the most recent form, certificate or evidence previously delivered by it to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent, and (3) from time to time thereafter if reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, and (ii) promptly notify the Borrower and the Administrative Agent of any change in the Foreign Lender’s circumstances that would modify or render invalid any claimed exemption or reduction. This Section 3.01(c) shall not apply to any reporting requirements under FATCA.

(d) If a payment made to a Lender under any Loan Document would be subject to 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 Borrower and the Administrative Agent at the time or times prescribed by Law and at such time or times reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent such documentation prescribed by applicable Law (including as prescribed by Section 1471(b)(3)(C)(i) of the Code) and such additional documentation reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent as may be

 

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necessary for the Borrower and the Administrative Agent to comply with their obligations under FATCA and to determine whether such Foreign Lender has complied with such Foreign Lender’s obligations under FATCA or to determine the amount to deduct and withhold from such payment. Solely for purposes of this Section 3.01(d), “FATCA” shall include any amendments made to FATCA after the date of this Agreement.

(e) Each Lender or Agent that is a “United States person” (within the meaning of Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code) (each, a “U.S. Lender”) agrees to complete and deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent two copies of accurate, complete and signed IRS Form W-9 or successor form certifying that such U.S. Lender is not subject to U.S. federal backup withholding Tax (i) on or prior to the Closing Date (or on or prior to the date it becomes a party to this Agreement), (ii) on or before the date that such form expires or becomes obsolete or inaccurate in any material respect, (iii) after the occurrence of a change in the U.S. Lender’s circumstances requiring a change in the most recent form previously delivered by it to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent, and (iv) from time to time thereafter if reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent.

(f) The Borrower agrees to pay, without duplication of its obligations under Section Section 3.01(a), any and all present or future stamp, court or documentary Taxes and any other excise (in the nature of a documentary or similar Tax), property, intangible, filing or mortgage recording Taxes or charges or similar levies imposed by any Governmental Authority that arise from any payment made under any Loan Document or from the execution, delivery, performance, enforcement or registration of, or otherwise with respect to, any Loan Document (including additions to Tax, penalties and interest related thereto) excluding, in each case, such amounts that are Other Connection Taxes imposed in connection with an Assignment and Assumption, grant of a participation, transfer or assignment to or designation of a new applicable Lending Office or other office for receiving payments under any Loan Document, except to the extent that any such change is requested in writing by the Borrower (all such non-excluded Taxes described in this Section 3.01(f) being hereinafter referred to as “Other Taxes”).

(g) If any Taxes or Other Taxes are directly asserted against any Lender or Agent with respect to any payment received by such Lender or Agent in respect of any Loan Document, such Lender or Agent may pay such Taxes or Other Taxes and, without duplication of its obligations under Section Section 3.01(a), the Borrower will promptly indemnify and hold harmless such Lender or Agent for the full amount of such Taxes (other than Excluded Taxes) and Other Taxes (and any Taxes (other than Excluded Taxes) and Other Taxes imposed on amounts payable under this Section 3.01), and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Taxes or Other Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted. Payments under this Section 3.01(g) shall be made within ten days after the date the Borrower receives written demand for payment from such Lender or Agent.

(h) Except as provided in Section 10.07(e), a Participant shall not be entitled to receive any greater payment under this Section 3.01 than the applicable Lender would have been entitled to receive with respect to the participation sold to such Participant.

(i) If any Lender or Agent determines, in its sole discretion, exercised in good faith, that it has received a refund in respect of any Taxes or Other Taxes as to which it has been indemnified by the Borrower or any Guarantor, as the case may be, or with respect to which the Borrower or any Guarantor, as the case may be, has paid additional amounts pursuant to this Section 3.01, it shall promptly pay to the indemnifying party an amount equal to such refund (but only to the extent of indemnity payments made, or additional amounts paid, by the Borrower or any Guarantor under this Section 3.01 with respect to the Taxes or Other Taxes giving rise to such refund), net of all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses (including Taxes) incurred by such Lender or Agent and without interest (other than any interest paid by the relevant Governmental Authority with respect to such refund), provided that the Borrower or applicable Guarantor, as the case may be, upon the request of such Lender or Agent, agrees to repay the amount paid over to the

 

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Borrower or applicable Guarantor, as the case may be (plus any penalties, interest or other charges imposed by the relevant Governmental Authority) to such Lender or Agent in the event such Lender or Agent is required to repay such refund to such Governmental Authority. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 3.01(i), in no event will such Lender or Agent be required to pay any amount to the Borrower or applicable Guarantor pursuant to this Section 3.01(i) the payment of which would place such Lender or Agent in a less favorable net after-Tax position than the indemnified party would have been in if the Tax or Other Tax subject to indemnification and giving rise to such refund had not been deducted, withheld or otherwise imposed and the indemnification payments or additional amounts with respect to such Tax or Other Tax had never been paid. Such Lender or Agent, as the case may be, shall provide the Borrower upon request with a copy of any notice of assessment or other evidence reasonably available of the requirement to repay such refund received from the relevant Governmental Authority (provided that such Lender or Agent may delete any information therein that such Lender or Agent deems confidential or not relevant to such refund in its reasonable discretion). This subsection shall not be construed to require any Lender or Agent to make available its tax returns (or any other information relating to its Taxes that it reasonably deems confidential) to the Borrower, any Guarantor or any other Person.

(j) Each Lender agrees that, upon the occurrence of any event giving rise to the operation of Section 3.01(a) or (g) with respect to such Lender, it will, if requested by the Borrower in writing, use commercially reasonable efforts (subject to legal and regulatory restrictions) to mitigate the effect of any such event, including by designating another Lending Office for any Loan affected by such event and by completing and delivering or filing any Tax-related forms that such Lender is legally able to deliver and that would reduce or eliminate any amount of Taxes or Other Taxes required to be deducted or withheld or paid by the Borrower; provided that such efforts are made at the Borrower’s expense and are on terms that, in the reasonable judgment of such Lender, do not cause such Lender or any of its Lending Offices to suffer any economic, legal or regulatory disadvantage, and provided further that nothing in this Section 3.01(j) shall affect or postpone any of the Obligations of the Borrower or the rights of such Lender pursuant to Section 3.01(a) or (g).

(k) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Borrower and the Administrative Agent may deduct and withhold any Taxes required by any Laws (including, for the avoidance of doubt, FATCA) to be deducted and withheld from any payment under any of the Loan Documents, subject to the provisions of this Section 3.01.

(l) Each Agent or Lender, as applicable, shall severally indemnify the Administrative Agent, within ten days after demand therefor, for (i) any Taxes attributable to such Agent or Lender (but only to the extent that the Borrower has not already indemnified the Administrative Agent for such Taxes and without limiting the obligation of the Borrower to do so), (ii) any Taxes attributable to such Lender’s failure to comply with the provisions of Section 10.07(e) relating to the maintenance of a Participant Register and (iii) any Excluded Taxes attributable to such Agent or 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 Agent or Lender by the Administrative Agent shall be conclusive absent manifest error. Each Agent and Lender hereby authorizes the Administrative Agent to set off and apply any and all amounts at any time owing to such Agent or Lender under any Loan Document or otherwise payable by the Administrative Agent to such Agent or Lender from any other source against any amount due to the Administrative Agent under this Section 3.01(l).

(m) Each Lender authorizes the Administrative Agent to deliver to the Borrower and to any successor Administrative Agent any documentation provided by the Lender to the Administrative Agent pursuant to paragraph (b), (c), (d), or (e) of this Section 3.01.

 

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(n) The agreements in this Section 3.01 shall survive the resignation or replacement of the Administrative Agent, termination of this Agreement and the payment of the Loans and all other amounts payable hereunder and any assignment of rights by, or replacement of, any Lender.

Section 3.02 Illegality. If any Lender reasonably determines that any Law has made it unlawful, or that any Governmental Authority has asserted that it is unlawful, for any Lender or its applicable Lending Office to make, maintain or fund Loans whose interest is determined by reference to the Eurocurrency Rate, or to determine or charge interest rates based upon the Eurocurrency Rate, or any Governmental Authority has imposed material restrictions on the authority of such Lender to purchase or sell, or to take deposits of, Dollars or any Alternative Currency in the London interbank market, then, on notice thereof by such Lender to the Borrower through the Administrative Agent, (i) with respect to any Loans denominated in Dollars, any obligation of such Lender to make or continue Eurocurrency Rate Loans or to convert Base Rate Loans to Eurocurrency Rate Loans, shall be suspended, and (ii) if such notice asserts the illegality of such Lender making or maintaining Base Rate Loans the interest rate on which is determined by reference to the Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate component of the Base Rate, the interest rate on which Base Rate Loans of such Lender shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by the Administrative Agent without reference to the Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate component of the Base Rate, in each case until such Lender notifies the Administrative Agent and the Borrower that the circumstances giving rise to such determination no longer exist. Upon receipt of such notice,

(A) with respect to Borrowings denominated in Dollars, the Borrower may revoke any pending request for a Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of Eurocurrency Rate Loans and shall, upon demand from such Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), prepay or, if applicable, convert all Eurocurrency Rate Loans of such Lender to Base Rate Loans (the interest rate on which Base Rate Loans of such Lender shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by the Administrative Agent without reference to the Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate component of the Base Rate), either on the last day of the Interest Period therefor, if such Lender may lawfully continue to maintain such Eurocurrency Rate Loans to such day, or immediately, if such Lender may not lawfully continue to maintain such Eurocurrency Rate Loans,

(B) with respect to Borrowings denominated in an Alternative Currency, the Borrower may revoke any pending request for a Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of such Eurocurrency Rate Loans and shall, upon demand from such Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), prepay or, if applicable, convert all Eurocurrency Rate Loans of such Lender to a Loan bearing interest at an alternative rate mutually acceptable to the Borrower and the applicable Lenders, either on the last day of the Interest Period therefor, if such Lender may lawfully continue to maintain such Eurocurrency Rate Loans to such day, or immediately, if such Lender may not lawfully continue to maintain such Eurocurrency Rate Loans; provided, however, that if the Borrower and the applicable Lenders cannot agree within a reasonable time on an alternative rate for such Loans, the Borrower may, at its discretion, either (x) prepay such Loans or (y) maintain such Loans outstanding, in which case, the interest rate payable to the applicable Lender on such Loans will be the rate determined by the Administrative Agent as its cost of funds to fund a Borrowing of such Loans with maturities comparable to the Interest Period applicable thereto plus the Applicable Rate or

(C) if such notice asserts the illegality of such Lender determining or charging interest rates based upon the Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate component of the Base Rate with respect to any Base Rate Loans, the Administrative Agent shall during the period of such suspension compute the Base Rate applicable to such Lender without reference to the Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate component thereof until the Administrative Agent is advised in writing by such Lender that it is no

 

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longer illegal for such Lender to determine or charge interest rates based upon the Eurocurrency Rate.

Upon any such prepayment or conversion, the Borrower shall also pay accrued interest on the amount so prepaid or converted.

Section 3.03 Inability to Determine Rates.

If the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders reasonably determine that for any reason in connection with any request for a Eurocurrency Rate Loan or a conversion to or continuation thereof that

(a) deposits are not being offered to banks in the London interbank eurodollar market for the applicable amount and Interest Period of such Eurocurrency Rate Loan,

(b) adequate and reasonable means do not exist for determining the Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate for any requested Interest Period with respect to a proposed Eurocurrency Rate Loan or in connection with an existing or proposed Base Rate Loan (in each case with respect to clauses (a) and (b), “Impacted Loans”) or

(c) the Eurocurrency Rate for any requested Interest Period with respect to a proposed Eurocurrency Rate Loan does not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lenders of funding such Loan,

the Administrative Agent will promptly so notify the Borrower and each Lender. Thereafter, (i) the obligation of the Lenders to make or maintain such Eurocurrency Rate Loans shall be suspended, and (ii) in the event of a determination described in the preceding sentence with respect to the Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate component of the Base Rate, the utilization of the Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate component in determining the Base Rate shall be suspended, in each case until the Administrative Agent (upon the instruction of the Required Lenders) revokes such notice. Upon receipt of such notice, (i) with respect to Borrowings denominated in Dollars, the Borrower may revoke any pending request for a Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of Eurocurrency Rate Loans or, failing that, will be deemed to have converted such request into a request for a Borrowing of Base Rate Loans in the amount specified therein or (ii) with respect to Borrowings denominated in an Alternative Currency, the Borrower may revoke any pending request for a Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of Eurocurrency Rate Loans and shall convert all such Eurocurrency Rate Loans of such Lender to a Loan bearing interest at an alternative rate mutually acceptable to the Borrower and the applicable Lenders; provided however, that if the Borrower and the applicable Lenders cannot agree within a reasonable time on an alternative rate for such Loans, the Borrower may, at its discretion, either (A) prepay such Loans or (B) maintain such Loans outstanding, in which case, the interest rate payable to the applicable Lender on such Loans will be the rate determined by the Administrative Agent as its cost of funds to fund a Borrowing of such Loans with maturities comparable to the Interest Period applicable thereto plus the Applicable Rate.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Administrative Agent has made the determination described in clause (a) or (b) of the foregoing paragraph, the Administrative Agent, in consultation with the Borrower, may establish an alternative interest rate for such Loans, in which case, such alternative rate of interest shall apply with respect to such Loans until

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(ii) the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders notify the Administrative Agent and the Borrower that such alternative interest rate does not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lenders of funding the Impacted Loans, or

(iii) any Lender determines that any law has made it unlawful, or that any Governmental Authority has asserted that it is unlawful, for such Lender or its applicable Lending Office to make, maintain or fund Loans whose interest is determined by reference to such alternative rate of interest or to determine or charge interest rates based upon such rate or any Governmental Authority has imposed material restrictions on the authority of such Lender to do any of the foregoing and provides the Administrative Agent and the Borrower written notice thereof.

Section 3.04 Increased Cost and Reduced Return; Capital Adequacy; Reserves on Eurocurrency Rate Loans.

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

(i) impose, modify or deem applicable any reserve, special deposit, compulsory loan, insurance charge or similar requirement against assets of, deposits with or for the account of, or credit extended or participated in by, any Lender;

(ii) subject any Lender or Agent to any tax of any kind whatsoever with respect to this Agreement, any Loans or Commitments made by it, or change the basis of taxation of payments to such Lender or Agent, as applicable, in respect thereof (except, in each case, for (A) Taxes with respect to which the Borrower is obligated to pay additional amounts or indemnity payments pursuant to Section 3.01, (B) any Taxes and other amounts described in clauses (ii) through (iv) of the second sentence of Section 3.01(a) that are imposed with respect to payments to or for the account of any Lender or Agent under any Loan Document, (C) Connection Income Taxes, and (D) Other Taxes); or

(iii) impose on any Lender or the London interbank market any other condition, cost or expense affecting this Agreement or Eurocurrency Rate Loans made by such Lender (other than with respect to Taxes) that is not otherwise accounted for in the definition of “Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate” or this clause (a);

and the result of any of the foregoing shall be to increase the cost to such Lender or Agent of making or maintaining any Loan the interest on which is determined by reference to the Eurocurrency Rate or, in the case of a Change in Law with respect to Taxes, making or maintaining any Loan (or of maintaining its obligation to make any such Loan), or to reduce the amount of any sum received or receivable by such Lender or Agent (whether of principal, interest, or any other amount), then, from time to time within ten days after demand by such Lender or Agent setting forth in reasonable detail such increased costs (with a copy of such demand to the Administrative Agent) (provided that such calculation will not in any way require disclosure of confidential or price-sensitive information or any other information the disclosure of which is prohibited by law), the Borrower will pay to such Lender or Agent such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender or Agent for such additional costs incurred or reduction suffered. No Lender shall request that the Borrower pay any additional amount pursuant to this Section 3.04(a) unless it shall concurrently make similar requests to other borrowers similarly situated and affected by such Change in Law and from whom such Lender is entitled to seek similar amounts.

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regarding liquidity or capital requirements has or would have the effect of reducing the rate of return on such Lender’s capital or on the capital of such Lender’s holding company, if any, as a consequence of this Agreement, the Commitments of such Lender or the Loans made by it to a level below that which such Lender or such Lender’s holding company could have achieved but for such Change in Law (taking into consideration such Lender’s policies and the policies of such Lender’s holding company with respect to liquidity or capital adequacy), then from time to time upon demand of such Lender setting forth in reasonable detail the charge and the calculation of such reduced rate of return (with a copy of such demand to the Administrative Agent) (provided that such calculation will not in any way require disclosure of confidential or price-sensitive information or any other information the disclosure of which is prohibited by law), the Borrower will pay to such Lender such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender or such Lender’s holding company for any such reduction suffered.

(c) Certificates for Reimbursement. A certificate of a Lender setting forth the amount or amounts necessary to compensate such Lender or its holding company, as the case may be, as specified in subsection (a) or (b) of this Section 3.04 and delivered to the Borrower shall be conclusive absent manifest error. The Borrower shall pay such Lender, as the case may be, the amount shown as due on any such certificate within ten days after receipt thereof.

(d) Delay in Requests. Failure or delay on the part of any Lender to demand compensation pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this Section 3.04 shall not constitute a waiver of such Lender’s right to demand such compensation, provided that the Borrower shall not be required to compensate a Lender pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this Section 3.04 for any increased costs incurred or reductions suffered more than one hundred and eighty days prior to the date that such Lender notifies the Borrower of the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions and of such Lender’s intention to claim compensation therefor (except that, if the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions is retroactive, then the 180-day period referred to above shall be extended to include the period of retroactive effect thereof).

(e) Reserves on Eurocurrency Rate Loans. The Borrower shall pay to each Lender, as long as such Lender shall be required to maintain reserves with respect to liabilities or assets consisting of or including Eurocurrency Rate funds or deposits (currently known as “Eurocurrency Liabilities” in Regulation D of the FRB), additional interest on the unpaid principal amount of each Eurocurrency Rate Loan equal to the actual costs of such reserves allocated to such Loan by such Lender (as determined by such lender in good faith, which determination shall be conclusive), which shall be due and payable on each date on which interest is payable on such Loan made to the Borrower; provided the Borrower shall have received at least 10 days’ prior notice (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) of such additional interest from such Lender. If a Lender fails to give notice 10 days prior to the relevant Interest Payment Date, such additional interest shall be due and payable 10 days from receipt of such notice.

Section 3.05 Funding Losses. Upon written demand of any Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) from time to time, which demand shall set forth in reasonable detail the basis for requesting such amount (provided that such calculation will not in any way require disclosure of confidential or price-sensitive information or any other information the disclosure of which is prohibited by law), the Borrower shall promptly compensate such Lender for and hold such Lender harmless from any loss, cost, liability or expense (excluding loss of anticipated profits or margin) actually incurred by it as a result of:

(a) any continuation, conversion, payment or prepayment of any Loan other than a Base Rate Loan on a day prior to the last day of the Interest Period for such Loan (whether voluntary, mandatory, automatic, by reason of acceleration, or otherwise);

 

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(b) any failure by the Borrower (for a reason other than the failure of such Lender to make a Loan) to prepay, borrow, continue or convert any Loan other than a Base Rate Loan on the date or in the amount notified by the Borrower; or

(c) any assignment of a Eurocurrency Rate Loan on a day prior to the last day of the Interest Period therefor as a result of a request by the Borrower pursuant to Section 3.07;

including any loss or expense (excluding loss of anticipated profits or margin) actually incurred by reason of the liquidation or reemployment of funds obtained by it to maintain such Loan or from fees payable to terminate the deposits from which such funds were obtained. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no Lender may make any demand under this Section 3.05 (i) with respect to the “floor” specified in the parenthetical in the first sentence of the definition of Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate or (ii) in connection with any prepayment of interest on Term Loans.

Section 3.06 Matters Applicable to All Requests for Compensation.

(a) Designation of a Different Lending Office. If any Lender requests compensation under Section 3.04, or the Borrower is required to pay any additional amount to any Lender or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender pursuant to Section 3.01, or if any Lender gives a notice pursuant to Section 3.02, then such Lender shall use reasonable efforts to designate a different Lending Office for funding or booking its Loans hereunder or to assign its rights and obligations hereunder to another of its offices, branches or affiliates, if, in the judgment of such Lender, such designation or assignment (i) would eliminate or reduce amounts payable pursuant to Section 3.01 or 3.04, as the case may be, in the future, or eliminate the need for the notice pursuant to Section 3.02, as applicable, and (ii) in each case, would not subject such Lender to any unreimbursed cost or expense and would not otherwise be disadvantageous to such Lender in any material economic, legal or regulatory respect.

(b) Suspension of Lender Obligations. If any Lender requests compensation by the Borrower under Section 3.04, the Borrower may, by notice to such Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), suspend the obligation of such Lender to make or continue Eurocurrency Rate Loans from one Interest Period to another Interest Period, or to convert Base Rate Loans into Eurocurrency Rate Loans, until the event or condition giving rise to such request ceases to be in effect (in which case the provisions of Section 3.06(c) shall be applicable); provided that such suspension shall not affect the right of such Lender to receive the compensation so requested.

(c) Conversion of Eurocurrency Rate Loans. If any Lender gives notice to the Borrower (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) that the circumstances specified in Section 3.02, 3.03 or 3.04 hereof that gave rise to the conversion of such Lender’s Eurocurrency Rate Loans no longer exist (which such Lender agrees to do promptly upon such circumstances ceasing to exist) at a time when Eurocurrency Rate Loans made by other Lenders are outstanding, such Lender’s Base Rate Loans shall be automatically converted, on the first day(s) of the next succeeding Interest Period(s) for such outstanding Eurocurrency Rate Loans, to the extent necessary so that, after giving effect thereto, all Loans of a given Class held by the Lenders of such Class holding Eurocurrency Rate Loans and by such Lender are held pro rata (as to principal amounts, interest rate basis, and Interest Periods) in accordance with their respective Pro Rata Shares.

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(i) any Lender requests compensation under Section 3.04 or ceases to make Eurocurrency Rate Loans as a result of any condition described in Section 3.02 or Section 3.04,

(ii) the Borrower is required to pay any Taxes or additional amounts to any Lender or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender pursuant to Section 3.01 and such Lender has declined or is unable to designate a different Lending Office in accordance with Section 3.01(j),

(iii) any Lender is a Non-Consenting Lender,

(iv) any Lender does not accept an Extension Offer,

(v) (A) any Lender shall become and continue to be a Defaulting Lender and

(B) such Defaulting Lender shall fail to cure the default pursuant to Section 2.16(b) within five Business Days after the Borrower’s request that it cure such default or

(vi) any other circumstance exists hereunder that gives the Borrower the right to replace a Lender (other than a Disqualified Lender or Net Short Lender) as a party hereto,

then the Borrower 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, and consents required by, Section 10.07), all of its interests, rights and obligations under this Agreement and the related Loan Documents (other than its existing rights to payments pursuant to Section 3.01 or 3.04) to one or more Eligible Assignees that shall assume such obligations (any of which assignee may be another Lender, if a Lender accepts such assignment), provided that:

(a) the Borrower shall have paid to the Administrative Agent the assignment fee specified in Section 10.07(b)(iv);

(b) such Lender shall have received payment of an amount equal to the outstanding principal of its Loans, accrued interest thereon, accrued fees and all other amounts payable to it hereunder and under the other Loan Documents (including any amounts payable under Section 3.05) from the assignee (to the extent of such outstanding principal and accrued interest and fees) or the Borrower (in the case of all other amounts);

(c) such Lender being replaced pursuant to this Section 3.07 shall (i) execute and deliver an Assignment and Assumption with respect to such Lender’s Commitment and outstanding Loans, and (ii) deliver any Notes evidencing such Loans to the Borrower or Administrative Agent (or a lost or destroyed note indemnity in lieu thereof); provided that the failure of any such Lender to execute an Assignment and Assumption or deliver such Notes shall not render such sale and purchase (and the corresponding assignment) invalid and such assignment shall be recorded in the Register and the Notes shall be deemed to be canceled upon such failure;

(d) the Eligible Assignee shall become a Lender hereunder and the assigning Lender shall cease to constitute a Lender hereunder with respect to such assigned Loans, Commitments and participations, except with respect to indemnification provisions under this Agreement, which shall survive as to such assigning Lender;

 

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(e) in the case of any such assignment resulting from a claim for compensation under Section 3.04 or payments required to be made pursuant to Section 3.01, such assignment will result in a reduction in such compensation or payments thereafter;

(f) in the case of any such assignment resulting from a Lender being a Non-Consenting Lender, the Eligible Assignee shall consent, at the time of such assignment, to each matter in respect of which such Lender being replaced was a Non-Consenting Lender; and

(g) such assignment does not conflict with applicable Laws.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained above, the Lender that acts as the Administrative Agent may not be replaced hereunder except in accordance with the terms of Section 9.09.

In the event that

(i) the Borrower or the Administrative Agent has requested that the Lenders consent to a departure or waiver of any provisions of the Loan Documents or agree to any amendment thereto,

(ii) the consent, waiver or amendment in question requires the agreement of each Lender, all affected Lenders or all the Lenders or all affected Lenders with respect to a certain Class or Classes of the Loans and

(iii) the Required Lenders or Required Facility Lenders, as applicable, have agreed to such consent, waiver or amendment,

then any Lender who does not agree to such consent, waiver or amendment shall be deemed a “Non-Consenting Lender.

A Lender shall not be required to make any such assignment or delegation if, prior thereto, as a result of a waiver by such Lender or otherwise, the circumstances entitling the Borrower to require such assignment and delegation cease to apply.

Section 3.08 Survival. All of the Borrower’s obligations under this Article III shall survive termination of the Aggregate Commitments, repayment of all other Obligations hereunder and resignation of the Administrative Agent or the Collateral Agent.

ARTICLE IV.

CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO BORROWINGS

Section 4.01 Conditions to Initial Borrowing.

The obligation of each Lender to extend credit to Borrower on the Closing Date is subject only to the satisfaction, or waiver in accordance with Section 10.01, of each of the following conditions precedent, except as otherwise agreed between the Borrower and the Required Lenders:

(a) The Administrative Agent’s receipt of the following, each of which may be originals, facsimiles or copies in .pdf format, unless otherwise specified:

 

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(i) a Committed Loan Notice duly executed by the Borrower delivered as set forth in Section 2.01(b), which (if delivered prior to the Closing Date) shall be deemed to be conditioned on the consummation of the Transactions;

(ii) this Agreement duly executed by each Loan Party;

(iii) the Guaranty and the Security Agreement, in each case, duly executed by each applicable Loan Party;

(iv) certificates, if any, representing the Pledged Equity of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries that constitute Collateral, in each case, (A) to the extent the issuer of such certificate is a corporation or has “opted into” Article 8 of the UCC and (B) accompanied by undated stock powers executed in blank and evidence that all other actions required under the terms of the Security Agreement to perfect the security interests created by the Security Agreement have been taken except as specified in Section 6.15 hereof and the Security Agreement; provided, however, that, each of the foregoing requirements, including the delivery of documents and instruments required pursuant to the terms of the Collateral Documents (other than to the extent that a Lien on such Collateral may be perfected (x) by the filing of a financing statement or financing change statement under the Uniform Commercial Code or (y) by the delivery of stock certificates of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries), shall not constitute conditions precedent to the Borrowing on the Closing Date after the Borrower’s use of commercially reasonable efforts to provide such items on or prior to the Closing Date if the Borrower agrees to deliver, or cause to be delivered, such documents and instruments, or take or cause to be taken such other actions as may be required to perfect such security interests within ninety (90) days after the Closing Date (subject to extensions approved by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion);

(v) (A) certificates of good standing, or its equivalent, from the secretary of state or other applicable office of the jurisdiction of organization or formation of the Borrower and each other Loan Party, (B) resolutions or other applicable action of the Borrower and each other Loan Party and (C) an incumbency certificate and/or other certificate of Responsible Officers of the Borrower and each other Loan Party, evidencing the identity, authority and capacity of each Responsible Officer thereof authorized to act as a Responsible Officer in connection with this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which it is a party or is to be a party on the Closing Date;

(vi) an opinion from the following special counsel to the Loan Parties (or certain of the Loan Parties): Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, with respect to matters of New York and certain aspects of Delaware law and California law;

(vii) a certificate from the chief financial officer or other officer with equivalent duties of the Borrower as to the Solvency (after giving effect to the Transactions on the Closing Date) of the Borrower substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit I;

(viii) a certificate from a Responsible Officer of the Borrower certifying as to the satisfaction of the conditions in clauses (f), (g) and (h) below;

(b) all fees and expenses required to be paid hereunder on the Closing Date and, with respect to expenses and legal fees, to the extent invoiced in reasonable detail at least two Business Days before the Closing Date (except as otherwise reasonably agreed to by the Borrower) shall have been paid in full, it being agreed that such fees and expenses may be paid with the proceeds of the initial funding of one or more of the Facilities;

 

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(c) the (i) Loan Documents and (ii) the ABL Loan Documents, required to be executed on the Closing Date shall have been duly executed and delivered by each Loan Party thereto;

(d) the Lenders shall have received at least three Business Days prior to the Closing Date (i) all documentation and other information about the Loan Parties required under applicable “know your customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations, including the USA PATRIOT Act, and (ii) to the extent the Borrower qualifies as a “legal entity customer” a Beneficial Ownership Certification, that in each case has been requested in writing at least ten Business Days prior to the Closing Date;

(e) confirmation from the Borrower (in the form of an officer’s certificate) that prior to or substantially simultaneously with the initial Borrowing on the Closing Date, the Closing Date Refinancing shall have been or will be consummated;

(f) on the Closing Date, no Default or Event of Default shall exist, or would result from the proposed Borrowing or from the application of the proceeds therefrom on the Closing Date.

(g) since February 1, 2020, there has been no event or circumstance, either individually or in the aggregate, that has resulted in, or is reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect;

(h) the representations and warranties of the Loan Parties contained in Article V or any other Loan Document shall be true and correct in all material respects on and as of the Closing Date; provided that to the extent that such representations and warranties specifically refer to an earlier date, they shall be true and correct in all material respects as of such earlier date; provided further that any representation and warranty that is qualified as to “materiality,” “Material Adverse Effect” or similar language shall be true and correct (after giving effect to any qualification therein) in all respects on such respective dates; and

(i) the Lead Arrangers shall have received the Annual Financial Statements; provided that the Lead Arrangers hereby acknowledge receipt of the foregoing Annual Financial Statements.

Without limiting the generality of the provisions of the last paragraph of Section 10.01, for purposes of determining compliance with the conditions specified in this Section 4.01, each Lender that has signed this Agreement or funded Loans hereunder shall be deemed to have consented to, approved or accepted or to be satisfied with, each document or other matter required under this Section 4.01 to be consented to or approved by or acceptable or satisfactory to a Lender, unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from such Lender prior to the proposed Closing Date specifying its objection thereto.

Section 4.02 Conditions to Extensions after the Closing Date. The obligation of each Lender to extend credit to Borrower (other than a Committed Loan Notice requesting only a conversion of Loans to the other Type, a continuation of Eurodollar Rate Loans or a Borrowing pursuant to any Incremental Amendment) after the Closing Date is subject only to the satisfaction, or waiver in accordance with Section 10.01, of each of the following conditions precedent:

(a) the representations and warranties of the Loan Parties contained in Article V or any other Loan Document (except with respect to a Limited Condition Acquisition, in such case only the Specified Representations) shall be true and correct in all material respects on and as of the date of such Extension; provided that to the extent that such representations and warranties specifically refer to an earlier date, they shall be true and correct in all material respects as of such earlier date; provided further that any representation and warranty that is qualified as to “materiality,” “Material Adverse Effect” or similar language shall be true and correct (after giving effect to any qualification therein) in all respects on such respective dates;

 

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(b) no Default or Event of Default shall exist, or would result from such proposed Borrowing or from the application of the proceeds therefrom; and

(c) the Administrative Agent shall have received a Committed Loan Notice duly executed by the Borrower delivered as set forth in Section 2.01(b).

Without limiting the generality of the provisions of the last paragraph of Section 10.01, for purposes of determining compliance with the conditions specified in this Sections 4.02, each Lender that has signed this Agreement (and/or Assignment and Assumption) shall be deemed to have consented to, approved or accepted or to be satisfied with, each document or other matter required thereunder to be consented to or approved by or acceptable or satisfactory to a Lender unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from such Lender prior to the date of the proposed borrowing, specifying its objection thereto in writing.

ARTICLE V.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

The Borrower represents and warrants each of the following to the Lenders, the Administrative Agent and the Collateral Agent, in each case, to the extent and, unless otherwise specifically agreed by the Borrower, only on the dates required by Section 2.13 or Article IV, as applicable.

Section 5.01 Existence, Qualification and Power; Compliance with Laws. Each Loan Party and each Restricted Subsidiary that is a Material Subsidiary,

(a) is duly organized or formed, validly existing and in good standing under the Laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation or organization (to the extent such concepts exist in such jurisdiction);

(b) has all corporate or other organizational power and authority to (i) own its assets and carry on its business as currently conducted and (ii) in the case of the Loan Parties, execute, deliver and perform its obligations under the Loan Documents to which it is a party and consummate the Transactions;

(c) is duly qualified and in good standing (to the extent such concepts exist in such jurisdiction) under the Laws of each jurisdiction where its ownership, lease or operation of properties or the conduct of its business requires such qualification;

(d) is in compliance with all applicable Laws; and

(e) has all requisite governmental licenses, authorizations, consents and approvals to operate its business as currently conducted;

(f) except in each case referred to in clauses (c), (d) or (e), to the extent that failure to do so has not resulted in, or is not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 5.02 Authorization; No Contravention.

(a) The execution, delivery and performance by each Loan Party of each Loan Document to which it is a party has been duly authorized by all necessary corporate or other organizational action.

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(i) contravene the terms of any of its Organization Documents;

(ii) result in any breach or contravention of, or the creation of any Lien (other than a Permitted Lien) upon any assets of such Loan Party or any Restricted Subsidiary, under (A) any Contractual Obligation relating to Material Indebtedness or (B) any order, injunction, writ or decree of any Governmental Authority or any arbitral award to which such Loan Party or its property is subject;

(iii) violate any applicable Law; or

(iv) require any approval of stockholders, members or partners or any approval or consent of any Person under any Contractual Obligation relating to Material Indebtedness, except for such approvals or consents which will be obtained on or before the Closing Date;

except with respect to any breach, contravention or violation (but not creation of Liens) referred to in clauses (ii), (iii) and (iv), to the extent that such breach, contravention or violation has not resulted in, or is not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 5.03 Governmental Authorization. No material approval, consent, exemption, authorization, or other action by, or notice to, or filing with, any Governmental Authority is necessary or required in connection with the execution, delivery or performance by any Loan Party of this Agreement or any other Loan Document, except for,

(a) filings necessary to perfect the Liens on the Collateral granted by the Loan Parties in favor of the Secured Parties;

(b) the approvals, consents, exemptions, authorizations, actions, notices and filings that have been duly obtained, taken, given or made and are in full force and effect (except to the extent not required to be obtained, taken, given or made or in full force and effect pursuant to the Collateral Documents); and

(c) those approvals, consents, exemptions, authorizations or other actions, notices or filings, the failure of which to obtain or make has not resulted in, or is not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 5.04 Binding Effect. This Agreement and each other Loan Document has been duly executed and delivered by each Loan Party that is party hereto and thereto. This Agreement and each other Loan Document constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of each Loan Party, enforceable against each Loan Party that is party thereto in accordance with its terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by applicable Debtor Relief Laws and by general principles of equity and principles of good faith and fair dealing.

Section 5.05 Financial Statements; No Material Adverse Effect.

(a) The Annual Financial Statements fairly present in all material respects the financial condition of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as of the dates thereof and their results of operations for the period covered thereby in accordance with GAAP (as in effect on the Closing Date (or the date of preparation)) consistently applied throughout the periods covered thereby, except as otherwise expressly noted therein.

 

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(b) Since February 1, 2020, there has been no event or circumstance, either individually or in the aggregate, that has resulted in, and is reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

(c) The forecasts of consolidated balance sheets and statements of comprehensive income (loss) of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries which have been furnished to the Administrative Agent prior to the Closing Date, when taken as a whole, have been prepared in good faith on the basis of the assumptions stated therein, which assumptions were believed to be reasonable at the time made and at the time the forecasts are delivered, it being understood that (i) no forecasts are to be viewed as facts, (ii) any forecasts are subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Loan Parties or any Sponsor, (iii) no assurance can be given that any particular forecasts will be realized and (iv) actual results may differ and such differences may be material.

Section 5.06 Litigation. Except as set forth in Schedule 5.06, there are no actions, suits, proceedings, claims or disputes pending or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, overtly threatened in writing, at law, in equity, in arbitration or before any Governmental Authority, by or against the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries that has resulted in, or is reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in Material Adverse Effect.

Section 5.07 [Reserved].

Section 5.08 Ownership of Property; Liens; Insurance. Each Loan Party and each Restricted Subsidiary has good and valid record title in fee simple to, or valid leasehold interests in, or easements or other limited property interests in, all real property necessary in the ordinary conduct of its business, free and clear of all Liens except for Permitted Liens and except where the failure to have such title or other interest has not resulted in, or is not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect. The properties of each Loan Party and each Restricted Subsidiary are insured with financially sound and reputable insurance companies not Affiliates of the Borrower, in such amounts, with such deductibles and covering such risks as are customarily carried by companies engaged in similar businesses and owning similar properties in localities where the Borrower or the applicable Restricted Subsidiary operates.

Section 5.09 Environmental Matters.

(a) Except as has not resulted in, or is not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect, (i) the Loan Parties and the Restricted Subsidiaries are in compliance with all applicable Environmental Laws (including having obtained all Environmental Permits) and (ii) none of the Loan Parties or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries is subject to any pending, or to the knowledge of the Loan Parties, threatened Environmental Claim or any other Environmental Liability or is aware of any basis for any Environmental Liability.

(b) None of the Loan Parties or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries has used, released, treated, stored, transported or disposed of Hazardous Materials, at or from any currently or formerly owned or operated real estate or facility relating to its business, in a manner that has resulted in, or is reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 5.10 Taxes. Except as has not resulted in, or is not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect, the Borrower and its Subsidiaries have (i) timely filed all foreign, U.S. federal and state and other tax returns and reports required to be filed, and (ii) timely paid all foreign, U.S. federal and state and other Taxes, assessments, fees and other governmental charges (including satisfying their withholding Tax obligations) levied or imposed on their properties, income or

 

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assets or otherwise due and payable, except those which are being contested in good faith by appropriate actions diligently conducted and for which adequate reserves have been provided in accordance with GAAP.

Section 5.11 ERISA Compliance.

(a) Except as set forth on Schedule 5.11(a) or has not resulted in, or is not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect, each Plan is in compliance with the applicable provisions of ERISA, the Code and other federal or state, provincial, territorial and foreign Laws.

(b) Except as set forth on Schedule 5.11(b) or, with respect to each of the below clauses of this Section 5.11(b), as has not resulted in, or is not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in Material Adverse Effect,

(i) no ERISA Event has occurred or is reasonably expected to occur;

(ii) neither the Borrower, nor any Subsidiary Guarantor nor any of their respective ERISA Affiliates has engaged in a transaction that is subject to Sections 4069 or 4212(c) of ERISA; and

(iii) neither the Borrower, nor any Subsidiary Guarantor nor any ERISA Affiliate has been notified by the sponsor of a Multiemployer Plan that such Multiemployer Plan is insolvent (within the meaning of Section 4245 of ERISA) or has been determined to be in “endangered” or “critical” status (within the meaning of Section 432 of the Code or Section 305 of ERISA) and no such Multiemployer Plan is expected to be insolvent or in endangered or critical status.

Section 5.12 Subsidiaries. As of the Closing Date, all of the outstanding Equity Interests in the Borrower and each Material Subsidiary have been validly issued and are fully paid and (if applicable) non-assessable, and all Equity Interests owned by the Borrower or any Subsidiary Guarantor in any of their respective direct Material Subsidiaries are owned free and clear of all Liens (other than Permitted Liens) of any Person. As of the Closing Date, Schedule 5.12 (i) sets forth the name and jurisdiction of each Subsidiary, (ii) sets forth the ownership interest of the Borrower and each Subsidiary in each Subsidiary, including the percentage of such ownership and (iii) identifies each Subsidiary that is a Subsidiary the Equity Interests of which are required to be pledged on the Closing Date pursuant to the Collateral Documents.

Section 5.13 Margin Regulations; Investment Company Act.

(a) As of the Closing Date, none of the Collateral is Margin Stock. No Loan Party is engaged nor will it engage, principally or as one of its important activities, in the business of purchasing or carrying Margin Stock (within the meaning of Regulation U issued by the FRB), or extending credit for the purpose of purchasing or carrying Margin Stock, and no proceeds of any Borrowings will be used for any purpose that violates Regulation U.

(b) Neither the Borrower nor any Guarantor is an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Section 5.14 Disclosure. As of the Closing Date, none of the written information and written data heretofore or contemporaneously furnished by or on behalf of any Loan Party or a Sponsor to any Agent or any Lender on or prior to the Closing Date in connection with the Transactions and the negotiation of this Agreement or delivered hereunder or any other Loan Document on or prior to the Closing Date,

 

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when taken as a whole, contains any material misstatement of fact or omits to state any material fact necessary to make such written information and written data taken as a whole, in the light of the circumstances under which it was delivered, not materially misleading (after giving effect to all modifications and supplements to such written information and written data, in each case, furnished after the date on which such written information or such written data was originally delivered and prior to the Closing Date); it being understood that for purposes of this Section 5.14, such written information and written data shall not include projections, pro forma financial information, financial estimates, forecasts or other forward-looking information or information of a general economic or general industry nature or prepared by the Lead Arrangers.

Section 5.15 Intellectual Property; Licenses, Etc. The Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries own or have a valid right to use, all the Intellectual Property necessary for the operation of their respective businesses as currently conducted, except where the failure to have any such rights, has not resulted in, or is not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect. To the knowledge of the Borrower, the operation of the respective businesses of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries as currently conducted does not infringe upon, misappropriate or violate any Intellectual Property rights held by any Person except for such infringements, misappropriations or violations that have not resulted in, or are not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in, a Material Adverse Effect. No claim or litigation regarding any Intellectual Property owned by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries is pending or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, threatened against the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, that, has resulted in, or is reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 5.16 Solvency. On the Closing Date after giving effect to the Transactions, the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, are Solvent.

Section 5.17 USA PATRIOT Act, FCPA and OFAC.

(a) To the extent applicable, each of the Loan Parties and the Restricted Subsidiaries is in compliance, in all material respects, with (a) the Trading with the Enemy Act, as amended, and each of the foreign assets control regulations of the United States Treasury Department (31 CFR, Subtitle B, Chapter V, as amended) and any other enabling legislation or executive order relating thereto and (b) the USA PATRIOT Act and other similar anti-money laundering rules and regulations.

(b) Each of the Loan Parties and the Restricted Subsidiaries, and their respective officers, directors and employees, and to the Borrower’s knowledge, their respective agents, affiliates and representatives, have conducted their businesses in compliance in all material respects with the FCPA, the UK Bribery Act 2010 and other similar anti-corruption legislation in other jurisdictions. The Borrower will not directly, or to its knowledge indirectly, use the proceeds of the Loans in violation of the FCPA, the UK Bribery Act 2010 or other similar anti-corruption legislation in other jurisdictions.

(c) None of the Loan Parties or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries, nor, to the knowledge of the Borrower, any director, officer, agent, employee or Affiliate or representative thereof, is an individual or entity that is, or is owned or controlled by any individual or entity that is, (a) the subject or target of any Sanctions, (b) included on OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals, HMT’s Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets, the Investment Ban List or any other Sanctions list, or (c) located, organized or resident in a Designated Jurisdiction. The Borrower will not directly, or to its knowledge indirectly, use the proceeds of the Loans or otherwise knowingly make available such proceeds to any Person, for the purpose of financing the activities of any Person that, at the time of such financing, is (a) the subject or target of any Sanctions, (b) included on OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals, HMT’s

 

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Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets, the Investment Ban List or any other Sanctions list, or (c) located, organized or resident in a Designated Jurisdiction.

Section 5.18 Collateral Documents. Except as otherwise contemplated hereby or under any other Loan Documents, the provisions of the Collateral Documents, together with such filings and other actions required to be taken hereby or by the applicable Collateral Documents or contemplated by the Collateral Documents (including the delivery to Collateral Agent of any Pledged Debt and any Pledged Equity required to be delivered pursuant to the applicable Collateral Documents), are effective to create in favor of the Collateral Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties a legal, valid and enforceable perfected Lien (subject to Permitted Liens) on all right, title and interest of the Borrower and the applicable Subsidiary Guarantors, respectively, in the Collateral described therein.

Section 5.19 Use of Proceeds. The Borrower has used the proceeds of the Loans only in compliance (and not in contravention of) applicable Laws and each Loan Document.

ARTICLE VI.

AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS

So long as the Termination Conditions have not been satisfied, the Borrower shall, and shall (except in the case of the covenants set forth in Sections 6.01, 6.02 and 6.03) cause each of the Restricted Subsidiaries to:

Section 6.01 Financial Statements. Deliver to the Administrative Agent for prompt further distribution by the Administrative Agent to each Lender each of the following:

(a) Audited Annual Financial Statements. Within the time period required by the SEC (or, in the event that the Borrower is no longer a public filer with the SEC, within one hundred and twenty (120) days after the end of each fiscal year of the Borrower), a consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as at the end of each fiscal year, and the related consolidated statements of comprehensive income (loss), stockholders’ equity and cash flows for such fiscal year together with related notes thereto, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the previous fiscal year (if ending after the Closing Date), prepared in accordance with GAAP, audited and accompanied by a report and opinion of the Borrower’s auditor on the Closing Date or any other accounting firm of nationally or regionally recognized standing or another accounting firm reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, which report and opinion shall be prepared in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and shall not be subject to any explanatory statement as to the Borrower’s ability to continue as a “going concern” or like qualification or exception (excluding any “emphasis of matter” paragraph), other than any such statement, qualification or exception resulting from or relating to (i) an actual or anticipated breach of a Financial Covenant, (ii) an upcoming maturity date, (iii) activities, operations, financial results or liabilities of any Person other than the Loan Parties and the Restricted Subsidiaries or (iv) changes in accounting principles or practices.

(b) Quarterly Financial Statements. Within the time period required by the SEC (or, in the event that the Borrower is no longer a public filer with the SEC, as soon as available, but in any event within sixty (60) days after the end of each of the first three fiscal quarter of each fiscal year of the Borrower) (i) a condensed consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as at the end of each of the first three fiscal quarters of each fiscal year, (ii) the related condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income (loss) for such fiscal quarter and for the portion of the fiscal year then ended and (iii) the related condensed consolidated statement of cash flows for the portion of the fiscal year then ended, setting forth, in each case of clauses (ii) and (iii), in comparative form, the figures for the corresponding fiscal quarter of the previous fiscal year and the corresponding portion of the previous fiscal year, in each

 

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case if ended after the Closing Date, certified by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower as fairly presenting in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries in material compliance with GAAP, subject to year-end adjustments and the absence of footnotes.

(c) Lender Calls. The Borrower shall conduct quarterly conference calls with management of the Borrower (which conference calls may be combined with any conference calls for the holders of the Borrower’s securities) and the Lenders, and in each case, subject to the requirements of this covenant, to discuss the financial performance of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries for the most recently ended fiscal year or fiscal quarter, as the case may be, for which financial statements have been delivered pursuant to clauses (a) or (b) above.

(d) Unrestricted Subsidiaries. Simultaneously with the delivery of each set of consolidated financial statements referred to in Section 6.01(a) and Section 6.01(b) above, such information (which need not be audited or reviewed by the auditors) reasonably sufficient to identify the Indebtedness and Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA attributable to all Unrestricted Subsidiaries (if any).

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the obligations in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Section 6.01 may be satisfied with respect to financial information of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries by furnishing the Borrower’s Form 10-K or 10-Q, as applicable, filed with the SEC; provided that, to the extent such information is in lieu of information required to be provided under Section 6.01(a), so long as a report and opinion of the Borrower’s auditor is not included therein, such materials are accompanied by a report and opinion of the Borrower’s auditor on the Closing Date, any other accounting firm of nationally or regionally recognized standing or another accounting firm reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, which report and opinion shall be prepared in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and shall not be subject to any explanatory statement as to the Borrower’s ability to continue as a “going concern” or like qualification or exception (excluding any “emphasis of matter” paragraph), other than any such statement, qualification or exception resulting from or relating to (i) an actual or anticipated breach of a Financial Covenant, (ii) an upcoming maturity date, (iii) activities, operations, financial results or liabilities of any Person other than the Loan Parties and the Restricted Subsidiaries or (iv) changes in accounting principles or practices. Any financial statements required to be delivered pursuant to this Section 6.01 shall not be required to contain purchase accounting adjustments to the extent it is not practicable to include any such adjustments in such financial statements.

Section 6.02 Certificates; Other Information. Deliver to the Administrative Agent for prompt further distribution by the Administrative Agent to each Lender each of the following:

(a) Compliance Certificate. No later than five Business Days after the delivery of the financial statements referred to in Sections 6.01(a) and 6.01(b), a duly completed Compliance Certificate.

(b) SEC Filings. Promptly after the same are publicly available, copies of all annual, regular, periodic and special reports, proxy statements and registration statements which the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary files with the SEC (other than amendments to any registration statement (to the extent such registration statement, in the form it became effective, is delivered to the Administrative Agent), exhibits to any registration statement and, if applicable, any registration statement on Form S-8), and in any case not otherwise required to be delivered to the Administrative Agent pursuant to any other clause of this Section 6.02; provided that notwithstanding the foregoing, the obligations in this Section 6.02(b) may be satisfied by causing such information to be publicly available on the SEC’s EDGAR website or another publicly available reporting service.

 

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(c) Information Regarding Collateral. The Borrower agrees to notify the Collateral Agent within forty-five calendar days of such event of any change (or such later date as the Collateral Agent may agree in its reasonable discretion),

(i) in the legal name of any Loan Party or any Person required to be a Loan Party;

(ii) in the identity or type of organization of any Loan Party or any Person required to be a Loan Party;

(iii) in the jurisdiction of organization of any Loan Party or any Person required to be a Loan Party; or

(iv) in the location (within the meaning of Section 9-307 of the UCC) of any Loan Party or any Person required to be a Loan Party under the UCC.

(d) Other Information. Such additional information as may be reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent or any Lender through the Administrative Agent (i) for purposes of compliance with applicable “know your customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations, including the USA PATRIOT Act and the Beneficial Ownership Regulation and (ii) regarding the business, financial, legal or corporate affairs of the Borrower or any of its Restricted Subsidiaries.

Documents required to be delivered pursuant to Section 6.01 or Section 6.02 may be delivered electronically and if so delivered, shall be deemed to have been delivered on the date (i) on which the Borrower posts such documents, or provides a link thereto, on the Borrower’s website on the Internet at the website addresses listed on Schedule 10.02, or (ii) on which such documents are posted on the Borrower’s behalf on Merrill Datasite One, Intralinks/Intra Agency, Syndtrak or another relevant website, if any, to which each Lender and the Administrative Agent have access (whether a commercial, third-party website or whether sponsored by the Administrative Agent); provided that: other than with respect to documents that are filed with the SEC, the Borrower shall notify (which may be by facsimile or electronic mail) the Administrative Agent of the posting of any such documents and provide to the Administrative Agent by electronic mail electronic versions (i.e., soft copies) of such documents. Each Lender shall be solely responsible for timely accessing posted documents and maintaining its copies of such documents.

The Borrower hereby acknowledges that

(a) the Administrative Agent and/or the Lead Arrangers will make available to the Lenders materials and/or information provided by or on behalf of the Borrower hereunder (collectively, “Borrower Materials”) by posting the Borrower Materials on Merrill Datasite One, Intralinks/Intra Agency, Syndtrak or another similar electronic system (the “Platform”) and

(b) certain of the Lenders may have personnel who do not wish to receive any information with respect to the Borrower or its Subsidiaries, or the respective securities of any of the foregoing, that is not Public-Side Information, and who may be engaged in investment and other market-related activities with respect to such Person’s securities.

The Borrower hereby agrees that

(i) all Borrower Materials that are to be made available to Public Lenders shall be clearly and conspicuously marked “PUBLIC” which, at a minimum, shall mean that the word “PUBLIC” shall appear prominently on the first page thereof (and by doing so shall be deemed to have represented that such information contains only Public-Side Information);

 

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(ii) by marking Borrower Materials “PUBLIC,” the Borrower shall be deemed to have authorized the Administrative Agent, the Lead Arrangers and the Lenders to treat such Borrower Materials as containing only Public-Side Information (provided however, that to the extent such Borrower Materials constitute Information, they shall be treated as set forth in Section 10.08);

(iii) all Borrower Materials marked “PUBLIC” are permitted to be made available through a portion of the Platform designated “Public-Side Information”; and

(iv) the Administrative Agent and/or the Lead Arrangers shall be entitled to treat any Borrower Materials that are not marked “PUBLIC” as being suitable only for posting on a portion of the Platform not designated “Public-Side Information.

For the avoidance of doubt, the foregoing shall be subject to the provisions of Section 10.08.

Section 6.03 Notices. Promptly after a Responsible Officer obtains actual knowledge thereof, notify the Administrative Agent for prompt further notification by the Administrative Agent to each Lender of:

(a) the occurrence of any (i) Default or Event of Default or (ii) “Default” or “Event of Default” under and as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement; and

(b)         (i) any dispute, litigation, investigation or proceeding between the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary and any arbitrator or Governmental Authority or

(ii) the filing or commencement of, or any material development in, any litigation or proceeding affecting the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, or

(iii) the occurrence of any ERISA Event

that, in any such case referred to in clause (i) through (iii), has resulted, or is reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Each notice pursuant to this Section 6.03 shall be accompanied by a written statement of a Responsible Officer of the Borrower setting forth a summary description of the occurrence referred to therein and stating what action the Borrower has taken and proposes to take with respect thereto. For the avoidance of doubt, the foregoing shall be subject to the provisions of Section 10.08.

Section 6.04 Payment of Certain Taxes. Timely pay, discharge or otherwise satisfy, as the same shall become due and payable, all obligations and liabilities in respect of Taxes, assessments and governmental charges or levies imposed upon it or upon its income or profits or in respect of its property, except, in each case, to the extent (a) any such Tax, assessment, charge or levy is being contested in good faith and by appropriate actions diligently conducted and for which appropriate reserves have been established in accordance with GAAP or (b) the failure to pay, discharge or otherwise satisfy the same has not resulted in, or is not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 6.05 Preservation of Existence, Etc.

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(b) take all reasonable action to preserve, renew and keep in full force and effect those of its rights (including with respect to Intellectual Property), licenses, permits, privileges, and franchises, that are material to the conduct of the business of the Loan Parties taken as a whole;

except in the case of clause (a) or (b), (i) in connection with a transaction permitted by the Loan Documents (including transactions permitted by Section 7.04 or Section 7.05), (ii) with respect to any Immaterial Subsidiary, or (iii) except with respect to the Borrower’s compliance with clause (a), to the extent that failure to do so has not resulted in, or is not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 6.06 Maintenance of Properties. Maintain, preserve and protect all of its material properties and equipment used in the operation of its business in good working order, repair and condition (ordinary wear and tear excepted and casualty or condemnation excepted), except to the extent the failure to do so has not resulted in, or is not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 6.07 Maintenance of Insurance.

(a) Except when the failure to do so has not resulted in, or is not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect, maintain or cause to be maintained with insurance companies that the Borrower believes (in the good faith judgment of its management) are financially sound and reputable at the time the relevant coverage is placed or renewed or with a Captive Insurance Subsidiary, insurance with respect to its properties and business against loss or damage of the kinds customarily insured against by Persons engaged in the same or similar business and of such types and in such amounts (after giving effect to any self-insurance) as are customarily carried under similar circumstances by such other Persons, and furnish to the Administrative Agent, which, absent a continuing Event of Default, shall not be made more than once in any twelve month period, upon reasonable written request from the Administrative Agent, information presented in reasonable detail as to the insurance so carried.

(b) Subject to Section 6.15, each such policy of insurance shall as appropriate and is customary,

(i) name the Collateral Agent, on behalf of the Secured Parties, as an additional insured thereunder (with respect to liability insurance), or

(ii) to the extent covering Collateral in the case of property insurance, contain a loss payable clause or endorsement that names the Collateral Agent, on behalf of the Secured Parties, as the lenders’ loss payee thereunder;

provided that

(A) absent a Specified Event of Default that is continuing, any proceeds of any such insurance shall be delivered by the insurer(s) to the Borrower or one of its Subsidiaries and may be applied in accordance with (or, if this Agreement does not provide for application of such proceeds, in a manner that is not prohibited by) this Agreement and

(B) this Section 6.07(b) shall not be applicable to

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(2) policies to the extent the Collateral Agent cannot have an insurable interest therein or is unable to be named as an additional insured or lenders’ loss payee thereunder or

(3) the extent unavailable from the relevant insurer after the Borrower’s use of its commercially reasonable efforts; provided, further, that no insurance shall be required in any jurisdiction outside of the United States.

Section 6.08 Compliance with Laws.

(a) Comply with the requirements of all Laws (including applicable ERISA-related laws and all Environmental Laws) and all orders, writs, injunctions and decrees of any Governmental Authority applicable to it or to its business or property, except to the extent the failure to comply therewith has not resulted in, or is not reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect and

(b) comply in all material respects with the requirements of the USA PATRIOT Act, FCPA, OFAC, UK Bribery Act of 2010 and other anti-terrorism, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering Laws; provided that the requirements set forth in this Section 6.08, as they pertain to compliance by any Foreign Subsidiary with the USA PATRIOT ACT, FCPA, OFAC and UK Bribery Act of 2010 are subject to and limited by any Law applicable to such Foreign Subsidiary in its relevant local jurisdiction.

Section 6.09 Books and Records. Maintain proper books of record and account in which entries that are full, true and correct in all material respects shall be made of all material financial transactions and material matters involving the assets and business of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary, as the case may be (it being understood and agreed that Foreign Subsidiaries may maintain individual books and records in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in their respective countries of organization or operations and that such maintenance shall not constitute a breach of the representations, warranties or covenants hereunder), in each case, to the extent necessary to prepare the financial statements described in Sections 6.01(a) and 6.01(b).

Section 6.10 Inspection Rights. Permit representatives of the Administrative Agent and Required Lenders to visit and inspect any of its properties, to examine its corporate, financial and operating records, and make copies thereof or abstracts therefrom and to discuss its affairs, finances and accounts with its directors, officers and independent public accountants (subject to such accountants’ policies and procedures), all at the reasonable expense of the Borrower and at such reasonable times during normal business hours and as often as may be reasonably desired, upon reasonable advance notice to the Borrower; provided that:

(a) excluding any such visits and inspections during the continuation of an Event of Default, only the Administrative Agent on behalf of the Lenders may exercise rights under this Section 6.10 and the Administrative Agent shall not exercise such rights more often than two times during any calendar year absent the continuation of an Event of Default and only one such time shall be at the Borrower’s expense and

(b) when an Event of Default is continuing, the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders (or any of their respective representatives) may do any of the foregoing at the expense of the Borrower at any time during normal business hours and upon reasonable advance notice.

 

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The Administrative Agent shall give the Borrower the opportunity to participate in any discussions with the Borrower’s independent public accountants. For the avoidance of doubt, the foregoing shall be subject to the provisions of Section 10.08.

Section 6.11 Covenant to Guarantee Obligations and Give Security. At the Borrower’s expense, subject to any applicable limitation in any Loan Document (including Section 6.12), take the following actions:

(a) within ninety days of the occurrence of any Grant Event (or such longer period as the Administrative Agent may agree in its reasonable discretion),

(i) cause the Restricted Subsidiary subject of the Grant Event to execute and deliver the Guaranty (or a joinder thereto), which may be accomplished by executing a Guaranty Supplement;

(ii) cause the Restricted Subsidiary subject of the Grant Event to execute and deliver the Security Agreement (or a supplement thereto) which may be accomplished by executing a Security Agreement Supplement;

(iii) cause the Restricted Subsidiary subject of the Grant Event to execute and deliver any applicable Intellectual Property Security Agreements with respect to its registered or applied for Intellectual Property constituting Collateral;

(iv) cause the Restricted Subsidiary subject of the Grant Event to execute and deliver an acknowledgement of the Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement and any other applicable Intercreditor Agreement;

(v) cause the Restricted Subsidiary subject of the Grant Event (and any Loan Party of which such Restricted Subsidiary is a direct Subsidiary) to

(1) if such Restricted Subsidiary is a corporation or has “opted into” Article 8 of the Uniform Commercial Code, deliver any and all certificates representing its Equity Interests (to the extent certificated) that constitute Collateral and are required to be delivered pursuant to the Security Agreement accompanied by undated stock powers or other appropriate instruments of transfer executed in blank (or any other documents customary under local law),

(2) execute and deliver a counterparty signature page to the Global Intercompany Note (or a joinder thereto),

(3) deliver all instruments evidencing Indebtedness held by such Restricted Subsidiary that constitute Collateral and are required to be delivered pursuant to the Security Agreement endorsed in blank, to the Collateral Agent, and

(4) if such Restricted Subsidiary is a Foreign Subsidiary, deliver such additional security documents and enter into additional collateral arrangements in the jurisdiction of such Foreign Subsidiary reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent;

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Restricted Subsidiary that is required to become a Subsidiary Guarantor pursuant to this Agreement that directly holds Equity Interests in such Restricted Subsidiary to take such customary actions as may be necessary in the reasonable opinion of the Administrative Agent to vest in the Collateral Agent (or in any representative of the Collateral Agent designated by it) perfected Liens (subject to Permitted Liens) in the Equity Interests of such Restricted Subsidiary and the personal property and fixtures of such Restricted Subsidiary to the extent required by the Loan Documents, enforceable against all third parties in accordance with their terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by applicable Debtor Relief Laws and by general principles of equity (regardless of whether enforcement is sought in equity or at law);

(vii) upon request of the Administrative Agent deliver to the Administrative Agent a signed copy of a customary opinion, addressed to the Administrative Agent and the other Secured Parties, of counsel for the Loan Parties as to such matters set forth in this Section 6.11(a) as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request; provided that such matters are not inconsistent with those addressed in opinions delivered on the Closing Date or customary market practice;

provided that without limiting the obligations set forth above, the Administrative Agent and the Collateral Agent will consult in good faith with the Borrower to reduce any stamp, filing or similar taxes imposed as a result of the actions described in the foregoing provisions.

Section 6.12 Further Assurances. Subject to Section 6.11 and any applicable limitations in any Collateral Document, and in each case at the expense of the Borrower, promptly upon the reasonable request by the Administrative Agent or Collateral Agent (a) correct any material defect or error that may be discovered in the execution, acknowledgment, filing or recordation of any Collateral Document or other document or instrument relating to any Collateral and (b) do, execute, acknowledge, deliver, record, re-record, file, re-file, register and re-register any and all such further acts, deeds, certificates, assurances and other instruments as the Administrative Agent or Collateral Agent may reasonably request from time to time in order to carry out more effectively the purposes of the Collateral Documents.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any Loan Document, other than with respect to the Equity Interests and assets of any Foreign Subsidiary that becomes a Loan Party, neither the Borrower nor any Restricted Subsidiary will be required to, nor will the Administrative Agent or the Collateral Agent be authorized,

(a) to perfect security interests in the Collateral other than by,

(i) “all asset” filings pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code in the office of the secretary of state (or similar central filing office) of the relevant state(s);

(ii) filings in (A) the United States Patent and Trademark Office with respect to any U.S. issued or applied for patents and registered or applied for trademarks and (B) the United States Copyright Office of the Library of Congress with respect to material copyright registrations, in the case of each of clauses (A) and (B), constituting Collateral; and

(iii) delivery to the Administrative Agent or Collateral Agent (or a bailee of the Administrative Agent or Collateral Agent) to be held in its possession of all Collateral consisting of (A) certificates representing Pledged Equity and (B) promissory notes and other instruments constituting Collateral, in each case, in the manner provided in the Collateral Documents; provided that promissory notes and instruments having an aggregate principal amount equal to or less than the Materiality Threshold Amount need not be delivered to the Collateral Agent;

 

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(b) except with respect to the Blocked Accounts (as defined under the ABL Credit Agreement), to enter into any control agreement, lockbox or similar arrangement with respect to any deposit account, securities account, commodities account or other bank account, or otherwise take or perfect a security interest with control;

(c) [reserved]; or

(d) to take any action with respect to perfecting a Lien with respect to letters of credit, letter of credit rights, commercial tort claims, chattel paper or assets subject to a certificate of title or similar statute (in each case, other than the filing of customary “all asset” UCC-1 financing statements) or to deliver landlord lien waivers, estoppels, bailee letters or collateral access letters, in each case, unless required by the terms of the Security Agreement or the relevant Collateral Document.

Further, the Loan Parties shall not be required to perform any periodic collateral reporting, if any, with any frequency greater than once per fiscal year (provided that this clause shall not limit the obligation of the Loan Parties to comply with Section 6.02(c) or Section 6.11).

Section 6.13 Designation of Subsidiaries. The Borrower may at any time designate any Restricted Subsidiary as an Unrestricted Subsidiary or designate (or re-designate, as the case may be) any Unrestricted Subsidiary as a Restricted Subsidiary; provided that:

(a) immediately before and after such designation (or re-designation), no Specified Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing;

(b) the Investment resulting from the designation of such Restricted Subsidiary as an Unrestricted Subsidiary as described above is permitted by Section 7.02; and

(c) no Subsidiary may be designated as an Unrestricted Subsidiary unless it is also designated as an “unrestricted subsidiary” under the ABL Credit Agreement.

The designation of any Subsidiary as an Unrestricted Subsidiary shall constitute an Investment by the Borrower therein at the date of designation in an amount equal to the fair market value of the Borrower’s or its Restricted Subsidiary’s (as applicable) Investment(s) to date therein. The designation of any Unrestricted Subsidiary as a Restricted Subsidiary shall constitute the incurrence at the time of designation of any Indebtedness and Liens of such Subsidiary existing at such time and a return on any Investment by the Borrower in Unrestricted Subsidiaries pursuant to the preceding sentence in an amount equal to the fair market value at the date of such designation of the Borrower’s or its Restricted Subsidiary’s (as applicable) Investment in such Subsidiary. Except as set forth in this paragraph, no Investment will be deemed to exist or have been made, and no Indebtedness or Liens shall be deemed to have been incurred or exist, by virtue of a Subsidiary becoming an Excluded Subsidiary or an Excluded Subsidiary becoming a Restricted Subsidiary. For all purposes hereunder, the designation of a Subsidiary as an Unrestricted Subsidiary shall be deemed to constitute a concurrent designation of any Subsidiary of such Subsidiary as an Unrestricted Subsidiary.

Section 6.14 Maintenance of Ratings. Use commercially reasonable efforts to maintain (a) a public corporate credit rating or public corporate family rating, as applicable, from Moody’s and either S&P or Fitch, in each case, in respect of the Borrower (but not a specific rating), and (b) a public rating in respect of the Initial Term Loans from Moody’s and either S&P or Fitch (but not a specific rating).

 

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Section 6.15 Post-Closing Matters. The Borrower will, and will cause each of its Restricted Subsidiaries to, take each of the actions set forth on Schedule 6.15 within the time period prescribed therefor on such schedule (as such time period may be extended by the Administrative Agent).

Section 6.16 Use of Proceeds. The proceeds of the Initial Term Loans will be used on the Closing Date to finance, in part, the Transactions.

Section 6.17 Change in Nature of Business. Engage only in material lines of business that are substantially consistent with those lines of business conducted by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries on the Closing Date and lines of business that are reasonably similar, corollary, ancillary, incidental, synergistic, complementary or related to, or a reasonable extension, development or expansion of, the businesses conducted or proposed to be conducted by the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries on the Closing Date, in each case as determined by the Borrower in good faith.

ARTICLE VII.

NEGATIVE COVENANTS

So long as the Termination Conditions are not satisfied, the Borrower shall not, nor shall the Borrower permit any Restricted Subsidiary to:

Section 7.01 Liens. Create, incur, assume or suffer to exist any Lien upon any of its property, assets or revenues, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, that secures Indebtedness other than the following:

(a) Liens securing obligations in respect of Indebtedness incurred pursuant to Section 7.03(a), including obligations under any Loan Document, Incremental Loans and Extended Loans;

(b) Liens securing obligations in respect of Indebtedness incurred pursuant to Section 7.03(b), including obligations with respect to the ABL Credit Facility;

(c) Liens existing on the Closing Date (other than Liens incurred under Sections 7.01(a) and 7.01(b));

(d) Liens securing obligations in respect of Indebtedness permitted under Section 7.03(d), including in respect to Attributable Indebtedness, Capitalized Lease Obligations, and Indebtedness financing the acquisition, construction, repair, replacement or improvement of fixed or capital assets; provided that

(i) such Liens attach concurrently with or within two hundred and seventy days after completion of the acquisition, construction, repair, replacement or improvement (as applicable) of the property subject to such Liens and

(ii) such Liens do not at any time extend to or cover any assets (except for additions and accessions to such assets, replacements and products thereof and customary security deposits) other than the assets subject to, or acquired, constructed, repaired, replaced or improved with the proceeds of such Indebtedness; provided that individual financings of equipment provided by one lender may be cross collateralized to other financings of equipment provided by such lender or its affiliates or branches;

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(f) Liens securing

(i) Obligations in respect of any Secured Hedge Agreement,

(ii) obligations in respect of any Secured Hedge Agreement (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement) and

(iii) other Indebtedness permitted by Section 7.03(f);

(g) Liens on assets of Non-Loan Parties securing obligations of such Non-Loan Parties and Liens on Excluded Assets;

(h) Liens securing obligations in respect of Permitted Pari Passu Secured Refinancing Debt or Permitted Junior Secured Refinancing Debt and any Permitted Refinancing of any of the foregoing incurred pursuant to Section 7.03(h);

(i) Liens securing obligations in respect of Incremental Equivalent Debt (with the lien priority permitted in such definition and other than to the extent such Indebtedness is only permitted to be incurred as unsecured Indebtedness);

(j) Liens securing obligations in respect of Permitted Ratio Debt (with the lien priority permitted in such definition and other than to the extent such Indebtedness is only permitted to be incurred as unsecured Indebtedness);

(k) Liens on property or assets contributed to capital of the Borrower or a Subsidiary Guarantor or received in exchange for Equity Interests of the Borrower made after the Closing Date solely to the extent Not Otherwise Applied;

(l) (i) Liens existing on property at the time of (and not in contemplation of) its acquisition or existing on the property of any Person or on Equity Interests of any Person, in each case, at the time such Person becomes (and not in contemplation of such Person becoming) a Restricted Subsidiary, in each case after the Closing Date; provided that

(A) such Lien does not extend to or cover any other assets or property (other than (1) after-acquired property covered by any applicable grant clause, (2) property that is affixed or incorporated into the property covered by such Lien and (3) proceeds and products of assets covered by such Liens),

(B) such Lien does not encumber any assets of the Borrower or its Restricted Subsidiaries other than the assets acquired in such transaction and

(C) the Indebtedness secured thereby is permitted under Section 7.03,

(ii) Liens on any cash earnest money deposits made by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries in connection with any letter of intent or purchase agreement relating to an Investment and

(iii) Liens incurred in connection with escrow arrangements or other agreements relating to an Acquisition Transaction or Investment permitted hereunder;

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(i) on cash advances in favor of the seller of any property to be acquired in an Investment permitted pursuant to Section 7.02 to be applied against the purchase price for such Investment or

(ii) consisting of an agreement to Dispose of any property in a Disposition, in each case, solely to the extent such Investment or Disposition, as the case may be, would have been permitted on the date of the creation of such Lien;

(n)     (i) pledges or deposits in the ordinary course of business in connection with workers’ compensation, health, disability or employee benefits, unemployment insurance and other social security laws or similar legislation or regulation or other insurance-related obligations (including in respect of deductibles, self-insured retention amounts and premiums and adjustments thereto) and

(ii) pledges and deposits in the ordinary course of business securing liability for reimbursement or indemnification obligations of (including obligations in respect of letters of credit or bank guarantees for the benefit of) insurance carriers providing property, casualty or liability insurance to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiaries;

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

(ii) Liens on cash securing obligations to insurance companies with respect to insurable liabilities incurred in the ordinary course of business;

(p) deposits to secure the performance of bids, trade contracts, governmental contracts and leases (other than Indebtedness for borrowed money), statutory obligations, surety, stay, customs and appeal bonds, performance bonds and other obligations of a like nature (including those to secure health, safety and environmental obligations) incurred in the ordinary course of business;

(q) Liens on the Securitization Assets arising in connection with a Qualified Securitization Financing;

(r) Liens in respect of the cash collateralization of letters of credit;

(s) Liens

(i) of a collection bank arising under Section 4-208 or 4-210 of the Uniform Commercial Code on the items in the course of collection,

(ii) attaching to commodity trading accounts or other commodities brokerage accounts incurred in the ordinary course of business and not for speculative purposes and

(iii) in favor of a banking or other financial institution arising as a matter of law encumbering deposits or other funds maintained with a financial institution (including the right of setoff) and that are within the general parameters customary in the banking industry;

(t) Liens securing Cash Management Obligations and Cash Management Obligations (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement), in each case, as permitted by Section 7.03;

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(i) relating to the establishment of depository relations with banks or other deposit-taking financial institutions in the ordinary course of business (and, for the avoidance of doubt, not given in connection with the issuance of Indebtedness),

(ii) relating to pooled deposit or sweep accounts of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries to permit satisfaction of overdraft or similar obligations incurred in the ordinary course of business or

(iii) relating to purchase orders and other agreements entered into with customers of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business;

(v) statutory or common law Liens of landlords, carriers, warehousemen, mechanics, materialmen, repairmen, construction contractors or other like Liens, or other customary Liens (other than in respect of Indebtedness) in favor of landlords, so long as, in each case, such Liens arise in the ordinary course of business and secure amounts not overdue for a period of more than sixty days or, if more than sixty days overdue, are unfiled and no other action has been taken to enforce such Lien or that are being contested in good faith and by appropriate actions, if adequate reserves with respect thereto are maintained on the books of the applicable Person in accordance with GAAP;

(w) any interest or title of a lessor, sublessor, licensor or sublicensor or secured by a lessor’s, sublessor’s, licensor’s or sublicensor’s interest under leases or licenses entered into by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries as lessee or licensee in the ordinary course of business;

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

(y) any zoning or similar law or right reserved to or vested in any Governmental Authority to control or regulate the use of any real property that does not materially interfere with the ordinary conduct of the business of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole;

(z) deposits of cash with the owner or lessor of premises leased and operated by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business to secure the performance of the Borrower’s or a Restricted Subsidiary’s obligations under the terms of the lease for such premises;

(aa)     (i) Liens for taxes, assessments or governmental charges that are not overdue for a period of more than sixty days or that are being contested in good faith and by appropriate actions diligently conducted and for which appropriate reserves have been established in accordance with GAAP or that are not expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect and

(ii) Liens for property taxes on property the Borrower or its Subsidiaries has decided to abandon if the sole recourse for such tax, assessment or charge is to such property;

(bb) easements, rights-of-way, restrictions (including zoning restrictions), encroachments, protrusions and other similar encumbrances and title defects affecting real property that, in the aggregate, do not in any case materially interfere with the ordinary conduct of the business of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries taken as a whole, or the use of the property for its intended purpose;

(cc) Liens arising from judgments or orders for the payment of money not constituting an Event of Default under Section 8.01(g);

 

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(dd) leases, licenses, subleases or sublicenses granted to others in the ordinary course of business (including any other agreement under which the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary has granted rights to end users to access and use the Borrower’s or any Restricted Subsidiary’s products, technologies, facilities or services) which do not interfere in any material respect with the business of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole;

(ee) Liens

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

(ii) on specific items of inventory or other goods and proceeds thereof of any Person securing such Person’s obligations in respect of bankers’ acceptances or documentary letters of credit issued or created for the account of such Person to facilitate the purchase, shipment or storage of such inventory or such other goods in the ordinary course of business;

(ff) Liens arising out of conditional sale, title retention, consignment or similar arrangements for sale of goods entered into by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business;

(gg) Liens imposed by law or incurred pursuant to customary reservations or retentions of title (including contractual Liens in favor of sellers and suppliers of goods) incurred in the ordinary course of business for sums not constituting borrowed money that are not overdue for a period of more than sixty days or that are being contested in good faith by appropriated proceedings and for which adequate reserves have been established in accordance with GAAP (if so required);

(hh) Liens deemed to exist in connection with Investments in repurchase agreements and reasonable customary initial deposits and margin deposits and similar Liens attaching to commodity trading accounts or other brokerage accounts maintained in the ordinary course of business and not for speculative purposes;

(ii) Liens on cash and Cash Equivalents earmarked to be used to satisfy or discharge Indebtedness where such satisfaction or discharge of such Indebtedness is not otherwise prohibited by this Agreement;

(jj) purported Liens evidenced by the filing of precautionary Uniform Commercial Code financing statements or similar public filings;

(kk) the modification, replacement, renewal or extension of any Lien permitted by this Section 7.01; provided that

(i) the Lien does not extend to any additional property, other than (A) after-acquired property covered by any applicable grant clause, (B) property that is affixed or incorporated into the property covered by such Lien and (C) proceeds and products of assets covered by such Liens, and

(ii) the renewal, extension or refinancing of the obligations secured or benefited by such Liens is permitted by Section 7.03;

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(i) a Permitted Refinancing of Indebtedness; provided that:

(A) such Indebtedness was permitted by Section 7.03 and was secured by a Permitted Lien;

(B) such Permitted Refinancing is permitted by Section 7.03; and

(C) the Lien does not extend to any additional property, other than (A) after-acquired property covered by any applicable grant clause, (B) property that is affixed or incorporated into the property covered by such Lien and (C) proceeds and products of assets covered by such Liens; and

(ii) Guarantees permitted by Section 7.03 to the extent that the underlying Indebtedness subject to such Guarantee is permitted to be secured by a Lien;

(mm) Liens securing Pari Passu Lien Debt and/or Junior Lien Debt; provided that:

(i) such Indebtedness is incurred pursuant to clause (a)(i) or (a)(ii) of the definition of “Permitted Ratio Debt”; and

(ii) such Liens (other than with respect to purchase money and similar obligations) are, in each case,

(x) to the extent such Indebtedness is required to be subject to the provisions of the Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement, a Debt Representative acting on behalf of the holders of such Indebtedness has become party to, or is otherwise subject to the provisions of the Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement or any other intercreditor agreement that may be executed from time to time and reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent and

(y) subject to an Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement or Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement, as applicable;

(nn) Liens securing Indebtedness or other obligations in an aggregate principal amount as of the date such Indebtedness is incurred not to exceed the greater of (A) 50.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 50.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination, in each case, determined as of the date such Indebtedness is incurred (or commitments with respect thereto are received); provided that it is agreed that Liens incurred pursuant to this clause (nn) may be pari passu with the Liens securing the Facilities under this Agreement;

(oo) Liens in respect of the cash collateralization of corporate credit card programs; provided that the aggregate amount of such cash securing such obligations shall not exceed $15,000,000;

(pp) Liens securing obligations in respect of Indebtedness incurred pursuant to Section 7.03(k); and

(qq) Liens securing obligations in respect of Indebtedness incurred pursuant to Section 7.03(x).

For purposes of determining compliance with this Section 7.01, in the event that any Lien (or any portion thereof) meets the criteria of more than one of the categories set forth above, the Borrower may, in its sole discretion, at the time of incurrence, divide, classify or reclassify, or at any later time divide, classify

 

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or reclassify, such Lien (or any portion thereof) in any manner that complies with this covenant on the date such Lien is incurred or such later time, as applicable; provided that all Liens securing Indebtedness under (a) the Loan Documents will be deemed to have been incurred in reliance on the exception in Section 7.01(a) and (b) the ABL Credit Agreement on the Closing Date will be deemed incurred in reliance on the exception in Section 7.01(b), and shall not be permitted to be reclassified pursuant to this paragraph.

Any Lien incurred in compliance with this Section 7.01 after the Closing Date that is intended to be secured on a pari passu basis with the Obligations will be subject to an Equal Priority Intercreditor Agreement, and any Lien incurred in compliance with this Section 7.01 on or after the Closing Date that is intended by the Borrower to be secured on a contractually junior basis will be subject to a Junior Lien Intercreditor Agreement and all such Liens, to the extent required to be subject to the provisions of the Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement, will be subject to the Closing Date ABL Intercreditor Agreement or any other intercreditor agreement that may be executed from time to time and reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent.

Section 7.02 Investments. Make or hold any Investments, except:

(a) Investments,

(i) by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary; and

(ii) by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in a Person, if as a result of such Investment (A) such Person becomes a Restricted Subsidiary or (B) such Person is merged, consolidated or amalgamated with or into, or transfers or conveys substantially all of its assets to, or is liquidated into, the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary;

(b) Investments existing on the Closing Date or made pursuant to legally binding written contracts in existence on the Closing Date and any modification, replacement, renewal, reinvestment or extension of any of the foregoing; provided that the amount of any Investment permitted pursuant to this Section 7.02(b) is not increased from the amount of such Investment on the Closing Date except pursuant to the terms of such Investment as of the Closing Date or as otherwise permitted by another clause of this Section 7.02;

(c) Permitted Acquisitions;

(d) Investments

(i) held by a Restricted Subsidiary acquired after the Closing Date or of a Person merged, amalgamated or consolidated with or into the Borrower or merged, amalgamated or consolidated with or into a Restricted Subsidiary (or committed to be made by any such Person) to the extent that, in each case, such Investments or any such commitments were not made in contemplation of or in connection with such acquisition, merger, amalgamation or consolidation and were in existence on the date of such acquisition, merger, amalgamation or consolidation and

(ii) held by Persons that become Restricted Subsidiaries after the Closing Date, including Investments by Unrestricted Subsidiaries made or acquired (or committed to be made or acquired), to the extent that such Investments were not made or acquired (or committed to be made or acquired) in contemplation of, or in connection with, such Person becoming a Restricted Subsidiary or such designation as applicable;

 

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(e) Investments in Similar Businesses that do not exceed in the aggregate the greater of (A) 25.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 25.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination; provided that if any Investment pursuant to this clause (e) is made in any Person that is not the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary on the date of such Investment (prior to giving effect thereto) and such Person subsequently becomes the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary, the Investment initially made in such Person pursuant to this clause (e) shall thereupon be deemed to have been made pursuant to clause (a)(i) hereof and to not have been made pursuant to this clause (e) for so long as such Person continues to be the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary;

(f) Investments in Unrestricted Subsidiaries in an aggregate amount which does not exceed the greater of (A) 25.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 25.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination; provided that, in the case of any such Investment, no Specified Event of Default has occurred or is continuing or would result therefrom;

(g) Investments to the extent that payment for such Investments is made solely with Qualified Equity Interests of the Borrower or the proceeds from the issuance thereof;

(h) Joint Venture Investments;

(i) [Reserved];

(j) loans or advances to any Company Person;

(i) for reasonable and customary business-related travel, entertainment, relocation and analogous ordinary business purposes;

(ii) in connection with such Person’s purchase of Equity Interests of the Borrower; provided that, to the extent such loans or advances are made in cash, the amount of such loans and advances used to acquire such Equity Interests shall be contributed to the Borrower in cash; and

(iii) for any other purpose;

provided that either (A) no cash or Cash Equivalents are advanced in connection with such Investment or (B) the aggregate principal amount outstanding under this clause (iii)(B) shall not exceed the greater of (I) 10.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (II) 10.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination;

(k) Investments in Hedge Agreements;

(l) promissory notes and other Investments received in connection with Dispositions or any other transfer of assets not constituting a Disposition;

(m) Investments in assets that are cash or Cash Equivalents or were Cash Equivalents when made;

(n) Investments consisting of extensions of trade credit or otherwise made in the ordinary course of business, including Investments consisting of endorsements for collection or deposit and trade arrangements with customers, vendors, suppliers, licensors and licensees;

 

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(o) Investments consisting of Liens, Indebtedness (including Guarantees), fundamental changes, Dispositions and Restricted Payments permitted under Sections 7.01, 7.03, 7.04 (other than clause (f) thereof), 7.05 (other than clause (e) thereof) and 7.06 (other than clause (d) hereof), respectively;

(p) Investments

(i) received in connection with the bankruptcy, workout, recapitalization or reorganization of, or in settlement of delinquent obligations of, or other disputes with, any other Person who is not an Affiliate of the Borrower,

(ii) received in connection with the foreclosure of any secured Investment or other transfer of title with respect to any secured Investment,

(iii) in satisfaction of judgments against other Persons who are not Affiliates of the Borrower,

(iv) as a result of the settlement, compromise or resolutions of litigation, arbitration or other disputes with Persons who are not Affiliates of the Borrower and

(v) received in satisfaction or partial satisfaction of trade credit and other credit extended in the ordinary course of business, including to vendors and suppliers;

(q) advances of payroll or other payments to any Company Person;

(r) Investments consisting of purchases and acquisitions of inventory, supplies, material, services or equipment or the licensing or contribution of Intellectual Property pursuant to joint marketing arrangements with other Persons;

(s) Investments made in connection with obtaining, maintaining or renewing client contracts and loans or advances made to distributors, vendors, suppliers, licensors and licensees;

(t) Guarantees of leases (other than Capitalized Leases) or of other obligations that do not constitute Indebtedness;

(u) Investments in connection with any Permitted Reorganization and the transactions relating thereto or contemplated thereby;

(v) Investments in connection with any deferred compensation plan or arrangement or other compensation plan or arrangement, including to a “rabbi” trust or to any grantor trust claims of creditors;

(w) in the event that the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary makes any Investment after the Closing Date in any Person that is not a Restricted Subsidiary and such Person subsequently becomes a Restricted Subsidiary, additional Investments in an amount equal to the fair market value of such Investment as of the date on which such Person becomes a Restricted Subsidiary to the extent Investment capacity is not otherwise increased hereunder by such Person becoming a Restricted Subsidiary (including by way of reclassification);

(x) any Investments held by or committed to by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary on the Closing Date;

 

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(y) unfunded pension fund and other employee benefit plan obligations and liabilities to the extent that such obligations and/or liabilities, as applicable, are permitted to remain unfunded under applicable law;

(z) Investments in connection with intercompany cash management services, treasury arrangements and any related activities;

(aa) Investments consisting of (i) the licensing or contribution of Intellectual Property pursuant to joint marketing, collaborations or other similar arrangements with other Persons and/or (ii) minority equity interests in customers received as part of fee arrangements or other commercial arrangements;

(bb) the conversion to Qualified Equity Interests of any Indebtedness owed by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary;

(cc) (i) Investments in a Securitization Subsidiary or any Investment by a Securitization Subsidiary in any other Person in connection with a Qualified Securitization Financing; provided however, that any such Investment in a Securitization Subsidiary is of Securitization Assets or equity, and

(ii) distributions or payments of Securitization Fees and purchases of Securitization Assets pursuant to a Securitization Repurchase Obligation in connection with a Qualified Securitization Financing;

(dd) Investments in any Captive Insurance Subsidiary in the ordinary course of business and consistent with market practice for Captive Insurance Subsidiaries of similar nature, size and type;

(ee) [reserved];

(ff) [reserved];

(gg) Investments; provided that the Total Net Leverage Ratio (after giving Pro Forma Effect to the incurrence of such Investment) for the Test Period immediately preceding the making of such Investment shall be less than or equal to the Closing Date Total Net Leverage Ratio less 0.25 to 1.00; provided that no Specified Event of Default has occurred or is continuing or would result therefrom;

(hh) Investments that do not exceed in the aggregate at any time outstanding the sum of:

(i) the Available Amount that is Not Otherwise Applied at such time; provided that no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would result therefrom; and

(ii) the greater of (A) 75.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 75.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination.

If any Investment is made in any Person that is not a Restricted Subsidiary on the date of such Investment and such Person subsequently becomes a Restricted Subsidiary, such Investment shall thereupon be deemed to have been made pursuant to Section 7.02(a)(i) and to not have been made pursuant to any other clause set forth above.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, in no event shall the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary (a) consummate any disposition of any material intellectual property to any Unrestricted Subsidiary, (b) contribute or otherwise make any Investment of any material intellectual property to or in any Unrestricted Subsidiary or (c) designate any Subsidiary as an Unrestricted Subsidiary

 

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if such Subsidiary owns any material intellectual property; provided that the foregoing clauses (a), (b) and (c) shall not apply to transactions that have a bona fide business purpose so long as such transactions are not undertaken to facilitate a financing (including a debtor in possession financing) or a Restricted Payment or undertaken in connection with a liability management transaction.

For purposes of determining compliance with this Section 7.02, in the event that any Investment (or any portion thereof) meets the criteria of more than one of the categories set forth above, the Borrower may, in its sole discretion, at the time such Investment is made, divide, classify or reclassify, or at any later time divide, classify or reclassify, such Investment (or any portion thereof) in any manner that complies with this covenant on the date such Investment is made or such later time, as applicable.

The amount of any Investment at any time shall be the amount of cash and the fair market value of other property actually invested (measured at the time made), without adjustment for subsequent changes in the value of such Investment at the Borrower’s option, net of any return, whether a return of capital, interest, dividend or otherwise, with respect to such Investment. To the extent any Investment in any Person is made in compliance with this Section 7.02 in reliance on a category above that is subject to a Dollar-denominated restriction on the making of Investments and, subsequently, such Person returns to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary all or any portion of such Investment (in the form of a dividend, distribution, liquidation or otherwise, but excluding intercompany Indebtedness), such return shall be deemed to be credited to the Dollar-denominated category against which the Investment is then charged. To the extent the category subject to a Dollar-denominated restriction is also subject to a percentage of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA restriction which, at the date of determination, produces a numerical restriction that is greater than such Dollar Amount, then such Dollar equivalent shall be deemed to be substituted in lieu of the corresponding Dollar Amount in the foregoing sentence for purposes of determining such credit.

For purposes of determining compliance with any Dollar-denominated (or percentage of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA, if greater) restriction on the making of Investments, the Dollar equivalent amount of the Investment denominated in a foreign currency shall be calculated based on the relevant currency exchange rate in effect on the date such Investment was made.

Section 7.03 Indebtedness. Create, incur or assume any Indebtedness, other than:

(a) Indebtedness under the Loan Documents (including Incremental Loans and Extended Loans);

(b) Indebtedness in respect of

(i) [reserved];

(ii) (A) (i) Indebtedness incurred pursuant to the ABL Loan Documents in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed the greater of (x) $715,000,000 and (y) the Borrowing Base, measured at the time of the incurrence of such Indebtedness, and (ii) Indebtedness supported by a Letter of Credit (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement), in a principal amount not in excess of the stated amount of such Letter of Credit and

(B) any Permitted Refinancing in respect of the foregoing clause (A);

(c) Indebtedness existing on the Closing Date (other than Indebtedness under the ABL Credit Agreement) and any Permitted Refinancing thereof, including any intercompany Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary outstanding on the Closing Date;

 

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(d) (i) (A) Attributable Indebtedness relating to any transaction,

(B) Capitalized Leases and other Indebtedness financing the acquisition, construction, repair, replacement or improvement of fixed or capital assets, whether through the direct purchase of assets or the Equity Interests of any Person owning such assets, so long as such Indebtedness is incurred concurrently with, or within two-hundred and seventy days after, the applicable acquisition, construction, repair, replacement or improvement and

(C) Indebtedness arising from the conversion of obligations of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary under or pursuant to any “synthetic lease” transactions to Indebtedness of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary;

provided that the aggregate principal amount of such Indebtedness at the time any such Indebtedness is incurred pursuant to this Section 7.03(d) shall not exceed the greater of (I) 40.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (II) 40.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination, in each case determined at the time of incurrence,

(ii) Attributable Indebtedness incurred in connection with a Sale Leaseback Transaction otherwise permitted hereunder and

(iii) any Permitted Refinancing of any Indebtedness incurred under this Section 7.03(d);

provided that for the purposes of determining compliance with this Section 7.03(d), any lease that is not treated under GAAP as a capital lease at the time such lease is executed but is subsequently treated under GAAP as a capitalized lease as the result of a change in GAAP (or interpretations thereof) after the Closing Date shall not be treated as Indebtedness;

(e) Indebtedness of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries owing to the Borrower or any other Restricted Subsidiary; provided that all such Indebtedness of any Loan Party owed to any Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party shall be subject to the Global Intercompany Note (but only to the extent permitted by applicable law);

(f) Indebtedness in respect of

(i) Obligations under Secured Hedge Agreements,

(ii) obligations under Secured Hedge Agreements (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement) and

(iii) Hedge Agreements designed to hedge against the Borrower’s or any Restricted Subsidiary’s exposure to interest rates, foreign exchange rates or commodities pricing risks,

in each case of clauses (i) through (iii), incurred not for speculative purposes, and Guarantees thereof;

(g) (i) Indebtedness incurred by a Non-Loan Party in an aggregate amount which does not exceed the greater of (A) 30.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 30.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination and

 

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(ii) Indebtedness that is recourse only to Excluded Assets in an aggregate amount which does not exceed the fair market value of such Excluded Assets at the time such Indebtedness is incurred;

(h) Credit Agreement Refinancing Indebtedness and any Permitted Refinancing thereof;

(i) Incremental Equivalent Debt and any Permitted Refinancing thereof;

(j) Permitted Ratio Debt and any Permitted Refinancing thereof;

(k) Contribution Indebtedness and any Permitted Refinancing thereof;

(l) Indebtedness,

(i) of any Person that becomes a Restricted Subsidiary after the Closing Date pursuant to an Investment or other Acquisition Transaction permitted hereunder, which Indebtedness is existing at the time such Person becomes a Restricted Subsidiary and is not incurred in contemplation of such Person becoming a Restricted Subsidiary that is non-recourse to (and is not assumed by any of) the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary (other than any Subsidiary of such Person that is a Subsidiary on the date such Person becomes a Restricted Subsidiary after the Closing Date) and is either (A) unsecured or (B) secured only by the assets of such Restricted Subsidiary by Liens permitted under Section 7.01;

(ii) any Permitted Refinancing of the foregoing;

(m) Indebtedness incurred in connection with a Permitted Acquisition, Acquisition Transaction or Investment expressly permitted hereunder or any Disposition, in each case to the extent constituting indemnification obligations or obligations in respect of purchase price (including earn-outs, seller notes and purchase price adjustments) or other similar adjustments;

(n) Indebtedness representing deferred compensation to employees of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries incurred in the ordinary course of business;

(o) Indebtedness consisting of obligations of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries under deferred compensation or other similar arrangements with employees incurred by such Person in connection with the Transactions, Permitted Acquisitions, Acquisition Transaction or any Investment expressly permitted hereunder (other than pursuant to Section 7.02(o));

(p) Indebtedness to current or former officers, directors, managers, consultants, and employees, their respective estates, spouses or former spouses to finance the purchase or redemption of Equity Interests of the Borrower permitted by Section 7.06;

(q) Indebtedness in respect of letters of credit, bank guarantees, bankers’ acceptances, warehouse receipts or similar instruments issued or created in the ordinary course of business, including such Indebtedness or other obligations that is consistent with past practices in respect of workers compensation claims, health, disability or other employee benefits or property, casualty or liability insurance or self-insurance or other Indebtedness with respect to reimbursement-type obligations regarding workers compensation claims and letters of credit that are cash collateralized;

(r) Indebtedness consisting of (i) the financing of insurance premiums or (ii) take-or-pay obligations contained in supply arrangements, in each case, incurred in the ordinary course of business;

 

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(s) obligations in respect of performance, bid, appeal and surety bonds and performance and completion guarantees and similar obligations provided by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries or obligations in respect of letters of credit, bank guarantees or similar instruments related thereto, in each case, in the ordinary course of business or consistent with past practices;

(t) Indebtedness incurred by a Securitization Subsidiary in a Qualified Securitization Financing that is not recourse (except for Standard Securitization Undertakings) to the Borrower or any other Loan Party;

(u) (i) Indebtedness in respect of letters of credit issued for the account of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary so long as (A) such Indebtedness is not secured by any Lien on Collateral other than Permitted Liens and (B) the aggregate face amount of such letters of credit does not exceed the greater of (I) 10.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (II) 10.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA, determined at the time of issuance of such letter of credit and

(ii) Indebtedness in respect of letters of credit that are fully cash collateralized;

(v) (i) obligations in respect of Cash Management Obligations,

(ii) Cash Management Obligations (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement) and

(iii) other Indebtedness in respect of netting services, automatic clearinghouse arrangements, overdraft protections, employee credit card programs and other cash management and similar arrangements,

in each case of clauses (i) through (iii), incurred in the ordinary course of business or consistent with past practices and any Guarantees thereof;

(w) Guarantees in respect of Indebtedness of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries otherwise permitted hereunder; provided that

(A) no Guarantee by any Restricted Subsidiary of any Junior Financing shall be permitted unless such Restricted Subsidiary shall have also provided a Guarantee of the Obligations substantially on the terms set forth in the Guaranty and

(B) if the Indebtedness being guaranteed is subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations, such Guarantee shall be subordinated to the Guaranty in right of payment on terms at least as favorable to the Lenders as those contained in the subordination terms with respect to such Indebtedness;

(x) Indebtedness incurred on behalf of, or representing Guarantees of Indebtedness of, any Joint Ventures in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed the greater of (A) 25.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 25.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination, determined at the time of incurrence, and any Permitted Refinancing of the foregoing;

(y) Indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount at any time outstanding not to exceed the sum of the greater of (A) 50.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 50.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination, determined at the time of incurrence, and any Permitted Refinancing of the foregoing; and

 

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(z) all premiums (if any), interest (including post-petition interest), fees, expenses, charges and additional or contingent interest on obligations described in clauses (a) through (y) above.

For purposes of determining compliance with this Section 7.03, in the event that an item of Indebtedness (or any portion thereof) meets the criteria of more than one of the categories set forth above, the Borrower may, in its sole discretion, at the time of incurrence, divide, classify or reclassify, or at any later time divide, classify or reclassify, such item of Indebtedness (or any portion thereof) in any manner that complies with this covenant on the date such Indebtedness is incurred or such later time, as applicable; provided that all Indebtedness under (a) the Loan Documents will be deemed to have been incurred in reliance on the exception in Section 7.03(a) and (b) the ABL Credit Agreement on the Closing Date will be deemed incurred in reliance on the exception in Section 7.03(b), and shall not be permitted to be reclassified pursuant to this paragraph.

For purposes of determining compliance with any Dollar-denominated (or percentage of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA, if greater) restriction on the incurrence of Indebtedness, the Dollar equivalent principal amount of Indebtedness denominated in a foreign currency shall be calculated based on the relevant currency exchange rate in effect on the date such Indebtedness was incurred, in the case of term debt, or first committed or first incurred (whichever yields the lower Dollar equivalent), in the case of revolving credit debt; provided that if such Indebtedness is incurred to refinance other Indebtedness denominated in a foreign currency, and such refinancing would cause the applicable Dollar-denominated (or percentage of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA, if greater) restriction to be exceeded if calculated at the relevant currency exchange rate in effect on the date of such refinancing, such Dollar-denominated (or percentage of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA, if greater) restriction will be deemed not to have been exceeded so long as the principal amount of such refinancing Indebtedness does not exceed the principal amount of such Indebtedness being refinanced (plus unpaid accrued interest and premium (including tender premiums) thereon and underwriting discounts, defeasance costs, fees, commissions and expenses in connection therewith).

The accrual of interest and the accretion of accreted value and the payment of interest in the form of additional Indebtedness shall not be deemed to be an incurrence of Indebtedness for purposes of this Section 7.03 or Section 2.13. The principal amount of any non-interest bearing Indebtedness or other discount security constituting Indebtedness at any date shall be the principal amount thereof that would be shown on a balance sheet of the Borrower dated such date prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Section 7.04 Fundamental Changes. Merge, dissolve, liquidate, consolidate or amalgamate with or into another Person, or effect a Division, except that:

(a) Any Restricted Subsidiary may merge, amalgamate or consolidate with the Borrower (including a merger or amalgamation, the purpose of which is to reorganize the Borrower into a new jurisdiction); provided that:

(i) the Borrower shall be the continuing or surviving Person; and

(ii) such merger, amalgamation or consolidation does not result in the Borrower ceasing to be organized under the Laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia; and

(b) any Restricted Subsidiary may merge, amalgamate or consolidate with or into any other Restricted Subsidiary or liquidate or dissolve;

 

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(c) any merger or amalgamation the purpose of which is to reincorporate or reorganize a Restricted Subsidiary in another jurisdiction shall be permitted;

(d) any Restricted Subsidiary may liquidate or dissolve or change its legal form; provided (i) no Event of Default shall result therefrom and (ii) the surviving Person (or the Person who receives the assets of such dissolving or liquidated Restricted Subsidiary) shall be a Restricted Subsidiary;

(e) so long as no Default exists or would result therefrom, the Borrower may merge, amalgamate or consolidate with any other Person; provided that:

(i) the Borrower shall be the continuing or surviving corporation; or

(ii) if the Person formed by or surviving any such merger, amalgamation or consolidation is not the Borrower (any such Person, the “Successor Borrower”);

(A) the Successor Borrower shall be an entity organized or existing under the laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia;

(B) the Successor Borrower shall expressly assume all the obligations of the Borrower under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which the Borrower is a party pursuant to a supplement hereto or thereto in form reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent;

(C) each Guarantor, unless it is the other party to such merger, amalgamation or consolidation, shall have by a supplement to the Guaranty confirmed that its Guarantee of the Obligations shall apply to the Successor Borrower’s obligations under this Agreement;

(D) each Loan Party, unless it is the other party to such merger, amalgamation or consolidation, shall have by a supplement to the Security Agreement confirmed that its obligations thereunder shall apply to the Successor Borrower’s obligations under this Agreement and the direct parent of such Person shall pledge 100.00% of the Equity Interests of such Person to the Administrative Agent as Collateral to secure the Obligations; and

(E) the Borrower shall have delivered to the Administrative Agent an officer’s certificate and an opinion of counsel, each stating that such merger, amalgamation or consolidation and such supplement to this Agreement or any Collateral Document comply with this Agreement, and, with respect to such opinion of counsel only, including customary organization, due execution, no conflicts and enforceability opinions to the extent reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent;

it being agreed that if the foregoing are satisfied, the Successor Borrower will succeed to, and be substituted for, the Borrower under this Agreement;

(f) any Restricted Subsidiary may merge, amalgamate or consolidate with any other Person in order to effect an Investment, Acquisition Transaction or other transaction not prohibited by the Loan Documents (other than any transaction pursuant to Section 7.02(o));

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(i) if a Division is conducted by the Borrower, then each surviving or resulting Person shall constitute a “Borrower” for all purposes of the Loan Documents (unless the Administrative Agent otherwise consents in its reasonable discretion) and shall remain jointly and severally liable for all Obligations (other than Excluded Swap Obligations, where applicable) of the Borrower immediately prior to such Division and otherwise comply with Section 7.04(e);

(ii) [reserved]; and

(iii) if a Division is conducted by a Loan Party other than the Borrower, then each surviving or resulting Person of such Division shall also be a Loan Party unless and to the extent any such surviving or resulting Loan Party is the subject of a Disposition permitted pursuant to Section 7.05 (other than Section 7.05(e)) or otherwise would constitute an Excluded Subsidiary; provided further that such surviving or resulting Person not becoming a Loan Party and the assets and property of such surviving or resulting Person not becoming Collateral shall, in each case, be treated as an Investment and shall be permitted under this Section 7.04(g)(iii) solely to the extent permitted under Section 7.02; and

(h) as long as no Default exists or would result therefrom, a merger, amalgamation, dissolution, liquidation, consolidation or Disposition, the purpose of which is to effect a Disposition permitted pursuant to Section 7.05 (other than Section 7.05(e)).

Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, in the event of any merger, dissolution, liquidation, consolidation, amalgamation or Division of any Loan Party or a Restricted Subsidiary effected in accordance with this Section 7.04, the Borrower shall or shall cause, with respect to each surviving or continuing Restricted Subsidiary

(a) promptly deliver or cause to be delivered to the Administrative Agent for further distribution by the Administrative Agent to each Lender (i) such information and documentation reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent or any Lender in order to comply with applicable “know your customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations, including the USA PATRIOT Act and (ii) a Beneficial Ownership Certification and

(b) do, execute, acknowledge, deliver, record, re-record, file, re-file, register and re-register any and all such further acts, deeds, certificates, assurances and other instruments as the Administrative Agent or Collateral Agent may reasonably request in order to perfect or continue the perfection of the Liens granted or purported to be granted by the Collateral Documents in accordance with Section 6.11 and as promptly as practicable.

Section 7.05 Dispositions. Make any Disposition, except:

(a) Dispositions of obsolete, damaged, worn out, used or surplus property (including for purposes of recycling), whether now owned or hereafter acquired and Dispositions of property of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries that is no longer used or useful in the conduct of the business or economically practicable or commercially desirable to maintain;

(b) Dispositions of property in the ordinary course of business;

(c) Dispositions of property to the extent that (i) such property is exchanged for credit against the purchase price of similar replacement property or (ii) the proceeds of such Disposition are promptly applied to the purchase price of such replacement property; provided that to the extent the property being transferred constitutes Collateral such replacement property shall constitute Collateral;

 

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(d) Dispositions of property to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary;

(e) Dispositions permitted by Section 7.02 (other than Section 7.02(o)), Section 7.04 (other than Section 7.04(h)) and Section 7.06 (other than Section 7.06(d)) and Permitted Liens;

(f) Dispositions of property pursuant to Sale Leaseback Transactions; provided that (i) no Event of Default exists or would result therefrom (other than any such Disposition made pursuant to a legally binding commitment entered into at a time when no Event of Default exists) and (ii) such Disposition shall be for no less than the fair market value of such property at the time of such Disposition;

(g) Dispositions of Cash Equivalents; provided that such Disposition shall be for no less than the fair market value of such property at the time of such Disposition;

(h) leases, subleases, licenses or sublicenses (including the provision of software under an open source license), which do not materially interfere with the business of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries, taken as a whole; provided that such Disposition shall be for no less than the fair market value of such property at the time of such Disposition;

(i) Dispositions of property subject to Casualty Events upon receipt of the Net Cash Proceeds of such Casualty Event;

(j) Dispositions; provided that:

(i) at the time of such Disposition (other than any such Disposition made pursuant to a legally binding commitment entered into at a time when no Default exists), no Default shall exist or would result from such Disposition;

(ii) with respect to any Disposition pursuant to this clause (j) for a purchase price in excess of the greater of (A) 10.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 10.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the date of the Disposition, the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries shall receive not less than 75.00% of such consideration in the form of cash or Cash Equivalents; provided, however, that for the purposes of this clause (ii) each of the following shall be deemed to be cash;

(A) any liabilities (as shown on the Borrower’s or such Restricted Subsidiary’s most recent balance sheet provided hereunder or in the footnotes thereto) of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary, other than liabilities that are by their terms subordinated to the payment in cash of the Obligations, that are assumed by the transferee with respect to the applicable Disposition and for which the Borrower and all of the Restricted Subsidiaries shall have been validly released by all applicable creditors in writing;

(B) any securities received by such Borrower or Restricted Subsidiary from such transferee that are converted by such Borrower or Restricted Subsidiary into cash or Cash Equivalents (to the extent of the cash or Cash Equivalents received) within one hundred and eighty days following the closing of the applicable Disposition; and

(C) any Designated Non-Cash Consideration received in respect of such Disposition having an aggregate fair market value, taken together with all other Designated Non-Cash Consideration received pursuant to this clause (C) that is at that time outstanding, not in excess of the greater of (I) 20.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (II) 20.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the date of the Disposition, with

 

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the fair market value of each item of Designated Non-Cash Consideration being measured at the time received and without giving effect to subsequent changes in value;

(iii) such Disposition shall be for no less than the fair market value of such property at the time of such Disposition

(this clause (j), the “General Asset Sale Basket”);

(k) Dispositions of Investments in Joint Ventures to the extent required by, or made pursuant to customary buy/sell arrangements between, the Joint Venture parties set forth in joint venture arrangements and similar binding arrangements;

(l) Dispositions or discounts of accounts receivable and related assets in connection with the collection, compromise or factoring thereof;

(m) Dispositions (including issuances or sales) of Equity Interests in, or Indebtedness owing to, or of other securities of, an Unrestricted Subsidiary;

(n) Dispositions to the extent of any exchange of like property (excluding any boot thereon permitted by such provision) for use in any business conducted by the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries to the extent allowable under Section 1031 of the Code (or comparable or successor provision);

(o) Dispositions in connection with the unwinding of any Hedge Agreement;

(p) Dispositions by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary of assets in connection with the closing or sale of a facility in the ordinary course of business of the Borrower and its Restricted Subsidiaries, which consist of fee or leasehold interests in the premises of such facility, the equipment and fixtures located at such premises and the books and records relating exclusively and directly to the operations of such facility; provided that as to each and all such sales and closings, (i) no Event of Default shall result therefrom and (ii) such sale shall be on commercially reasonable prices and terms in a bona fide arm’s-length transaction;

(q) Dispositions (including bulk sales) of the inventory of a Loan Party not in the ordinary course of business in connection with facility closings, at arm’s length;

(r) Disposition of Securitization Assets to a Securitization Subsidiary in connection with a Qualified Securitization Financing; provided that such Disposition shall be for no less than the fair market value of such property at the time of such Disposition;

(s) the lapse, abandonment or discontinuance of the use or maintenance of any Intellectual Property if previously determined by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary in its reasonable business judgment that such lapse, abandonment or discontinuance is desirable in the conduct of its business;

(t) Disposition of any property or asset with a and for fair market value not to exceed the greater of (A) 15.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 15.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of measurement in any fiscal year in the aggregate for all such transactions in any fiscal year, with unused amounts in any fiscal year being carried over to succeeding fiscal years;

(u) Disposition of assets acquired in a Permitted Acquisition or other Investment permitted hereunder that the Borrower determines will not be used or useful in the business of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries;

 

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(v) Dispositions of Excluded Assets by Non-Loan Parties and Dispositions of Excluded Assets by Loan Parties for fair market value; and

(w) Disposition of Equity Interests in A Place for Rover, Inc., or any successor thereto.

To the extent any Collateral is Disposed of as expressly permitted by this Section 7.05 to any Person other than a Loan Party, such Collateral shall be sold free and clear of the Liens created by the Loan Documents, and, if requested by the Administrative Agent, upon the certification by the Borrower that such Disposition is permitted by this Agreement, and without limiting the provisions of Section 9.11 the Administrative Agent shall be authorized to, and shall, take any actions reasonably requested by the Borrower in order to effect the foregoing (and the Lenders hereby authorize and direct the Administrative Agent to conclusively rely on any such certification by the Borrower in performing its obligations under this sentence).

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, in no event shall the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary (a) consummate any disposition of any material intellectual property to any Unrestricted Subsidiary, (b) contribute or otherwise make any Investment of any material intellectual property to or in any Unrestricted Subsidiary or (c) designate any Subsidiary as an Unrestricted Subsidiary if such Subsidiary owns any material intellectual property; provided that the foregoing clauses (a), (b) and (c) shall not apply to transactions that have a bona fide business purpose so long as such transactions are not undertaken to facilitate a financing (including a debtor in possession financing) or a Restricted Payment or undertaken in connection with a liability management transaction.

Section 7.06 Restricted Payments. Make, directly or indirectly, any Restricted Payment, except:

(a) each Restricted Subsidiary may make Restricted Payments to the Borrower and to any other Restricted Subsidiaries (and, in the case of a Restricted Payment by a non-wholly owned Restricted Subsidiary, to the Borrower or any such other Restricted Subsidiaries and to each other owner of Equity Interests of such Restricted Subsidiary ratably according to their relative ownership interests of the relevant class of Equity Interests or as otherwise required by the applicable Organization Documents);

(b) the Borrower and each of the Restricted Subsidiaries may declare and make Restricted Payments payable in the form of Equity Interests (other than Disqualified Equity Interests not otherwise permitted to be incurred under Section 7.03) of such Person;

(c) [Reserved];

(d) to the extent constituting Restricted Payments, the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries may enter into and consummate transactions expressly permitted by any provision of Section 7.02 (other than Section 7.02(o)), 7.04 (other than a merger, amalgamation or consolidation involving the Borrower) or 7.07 (other than Section 7.07(a), (j) or (k));

(e) Restricted Payments in respect of the repurchase of Equity Interests in the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary that occur upon or in connection with the exercise of stock options or warrants or similar rights if such Restricted Payments represent a portion of the exercise price of such options or warrants or similar rights or tax withholding obligations with respect thereto;

(f) Restricted Payments of Equity Interests in, Indebtedness owing from and/or other securities of or Investments in, any Unrestricted Subsidiaries (other than any Unrestricted Subsidiaries the assets of

 

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which consist solely of cash or Cash Equivalents received from an Investment by the Borrower and/or any Restricted Subsidiary into it);

(g) the Borrower may pay for the repurchase, retirement or other acquisition or retirement for value of Equity Interests of the Borrower held by any Management Stockholder, including pursuant to any employee or director equity plan, employee or director stock option or profits interest plan or any other employee or director benefit plan or any agreement (including any separation, stock subscription, shareholder or partnership agreement) with any employee, director, consultant or distributor of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries; provided, the aggregate Restricted Payments made pursuant to this Section 7.06(g) after the Closing Date together with the aggregate amount of loans and advances to the Borrower made pursuant to Section 7.02(j) in lieu of Restricted Payments permitted by this clause (g) shall not exceed:

(i) the greater of (A) 20.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 20.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of measurement in any calendar year, with unused amounts in any calendar year being carried over to the next two succeeding calendar years; plus

(ii) an amount not to exceed the cash proceeds of key man life insurance policies received by the Borrower or the Restricted Subsidiaries after the Closing Date; plus

(iii) to the extent contributed in cash to the common Equity Interests of the Borrower and Not Otherwise Applied, the proceeds from the sale of Equity Interests of the Borrower to a Person that is or becomes a Management Stockholder that occurs after the Closing Date; plus

(iv) the amount of any cash bonuses or other compensation otherwise payable to any future, present or former Company Person that are foregone in return for the receipt of Equity Interests of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary; plus

(v) payments made in respect of withholding or other similar taxes payable upon repurchase, retirement or other acquisition or retirement of Equity Interests of the Borrower or its Subsidiaries or otherwise pursuant to any employee or director equity plan, employee or director stock option or profits interest plan or any other employee or director benefit plan or any agreement;

(h) [Reserved];

(i) Restricted Payments (i) made in connection with the payment cash in lieu of fractional Equity Interests in connection with any dividend, split or combination thereof or any Permitted Acquisition or other transaction permitted by the Loan Documents or (ii) to honor any conversion request by a holder of convertible Indebtedness and to make cash payments in lieu of fractional shares in connection therewith;

(j) the declaration and payment of dividends on the Borrower’s common stock, not to exceed an amount per annum equal to the greater of (A) the sum of (i) 6.00% of the net proceeds of the Borrower’s initial public offering and (ii) any follow on primary offering received by the Borrower and (B) an amount equal to 7.00% of the Market Capitalization of the Borrower;

(k) repurchases of Equity Interests (i) deemed to occur on the exercise of options by the delivery of Equity Interests in satisfaction of the exercise price of such options or (ii) in consideration of withholding or similar Taxes payable by any future, present or former employee, director, manager or consultant (or any spouses, former spouses, successors, executors, administrators, heirs, legatees or

 

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distributees of any of the foregoing), including deemed repurchases in connection with the exercise of stock options or the vesting of any equity awards;

(l) payments or distributions to satisfy dissenters rights (including in connection with or as a result of the exercise of appraisal rights and the settlement of any claims or actions, whether actual, contingent or potential) pursuant to or in connection with a merger, amalgamation, consolidation, transfer of assets or other transaction permitted by the Loan Documents;

(m) payments or distributions of a Restricted Payment within 60 days after the date of declaration thereof if at the date of declaration such Restricted Payment would have been permitted hereunder;

(n) Restricted Payments (not consisting of cash or Cash Equivalents) made in lieu of fees or expenses (including by way of discount), in each case in connection with any Qualified Securitization Financing;

(o) the Borrower may (i) redeem, repurchase, retire or otherwise acquire in whole or in part any Equity Interests of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary (“Treasury Equity Interests”), in exchange for, or with the proceeds (to the extent contributed to the Borrower substantially concurrently) of the sale or issuance (other than to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary) of, other Equity Interests or rights to acquire its Equity Interests (“Refunding Equity Interests”) and (ii) declare and pay dividends on any Treasury Equity Interests out of any such proceeds;

(p) redemptions in whole or in part of any of its Equity Interests for another class of its Equity Interests (other than Disqualified Equity Interests, except to the extent issued by the Borrower to a Restricted Subsidiary) or with proceeds from substantially concurrent equity contributions or issuances of new Equity Interests (and in no event shall such contribution or issuance so utilized increase the Available Amount) (other than Disqualified Equity Interests, except to the extent issued by the Borrower to a Restricted Subsidiary);

(q) Restricted Payments constituting or otherwise made in connection with or relating to any Permitted Reorganization; provided that if immediately after giving Pro Forma Effect to any such Permitted Reorganization and the transactions to be consummated in connection therewith, any distributed asset ceases to be owned by the Borrower or another Restricted Subsidiary (or any entity ceases to be a Restricted Subsidiary), the applicable portion of such Restricted Payment must be otherwise permitted under another provision of this Section 7.06 (and constitute utilization of such other Restricted Payment exception or capacity);

(r) Restricted Payments; provided that the Total Net Leverage Ratio (after giving Pro Forma Effect to such Restricted Payment) for the Test Period immediately preceding the making of such Restricted Payment shall be less than or equal to the Closing Date Total Net Leverage Ratio less 0.50 to 1.00; provided that no Specified Event of Default has occurred or is continuing or would result therefrom;

(s) the Borrower may make Restricted Payments (the proceeds of which may be utilized by the Borrower to make additional Restricted Payments) in an aggregate amount not to exceed the sum of,

(i) the Available Amount that is Not Otherwise Applied as in effect immediately prior to the time of such Restricted Payment; provided, that no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would result therefrom and

 

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(ii) the greater of (A) 25.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 25.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination; provided that no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would result therefrom; and

The amount set forth in Section 7.06(s)(ii) may, in lieu of Restricted Payments, be utilized by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to (i) make or hold any Investments without regard to Section 7.02 or (ii) prepay, repay redeem, purchase, defease or otherwise satisfy prior to the scheduled maturity thereof any Junior Financing without regard to Section 7.09(a).

The amount of any Restricted Payment at any time shall be the amount of cash and the fair market value of other property subject to the Restricted Payment at the time such Restricted Payment is made. For purposes of determining compliance with this Section 7.06, in the event that any Restricted Payment (or any portion thereof) meets the criteria of more than one of the categories set forth above, the Borrower may, in its sole discretion, at the time of such Restricted Payment is made, divide, classify or reclassify, or at any later time divide, classify, or reclassify, such Restricted Payment (or any portion thereof) in any manner that complies with this covenant on the date such Restricted Payment is made or such later time, as applicable.

Section 7.07 Transactions with Affiliates. Enter into any transaction of any kind with any Affiliate of the Borrower, other than:

(a) transactions between or among the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries or any entity that becomes a Restricted Subsidiary as a result of such transaction;

(b) transactions on terms substantially as favorable to the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary as would be obtainable by the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary at the time in a comparable arm’s-length transaction with a Person other than an Affiliate (as determined by the Borrower in good faith);

(c) the Transactions and the payment of fees and expenses (including the Transaction Expenses) related to the Transactions on or about the Closing Date to the extent such fees and expenses are disclosed to the Administrative Agent prior to the Closing Date;

(d) the issuance or transfer of Equity Interests of the Borrower to any Affiliate of the Borrower or any former, current or future officer, director, manager, employee or consultant (or any spouses, former spouses, successors, executors, administrators, heirs, legatees or distributees of any of the foregoing) of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries;

(e) [reserved];

(f) employment and severance arrangements and confidentiality agreements among the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries and their respective officers and employees in the ordinary course of business and transactions pursuant to stock option, profits interest and other equity plans and employee benefit plans and arrangements;

(g) the licensing of trademarks, copyrights or other Intellectual Property in the ordinary course of business to permit the commercial exploitation of intellectual property between or among Affiliates and Subsidiaries of the Borrower;

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Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business to the extent attributable to the ownership or operation of the Borrower and the Restricted Subsidiaries;

(i) any agreement, instrument or arrangement as in effect as of the Closing Date or any amendment thereto (so long as any such amendment is not adverse to the Lenders in any material respect as compared to the applicable agreement as in effect on the Closing Date);

(j) Restricted Payments permitted under Section 7.06 and Investments permitted under Section 7.02;

(k) so long as no Specified Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would result therefrom, customary payments by the Borrower and any of the Restricted Subsidiaries to the Sponsors made for any financial advisory, financing, underwriting or placement services or in respect of other investment banking activities (including in connection with acquisitions or divestitures), which payments are approved by a majority of the members of the Board of Directors of the Borrower in good faith or a majority of the disinterested members of the Board of Directors of the Borrower in good faith; provided that payments that would otherwise be permitted to be made under this Section 7.07(k) but for a Specified Event of Default may accrue during the continuance of such Event of Default and be paid when such Event of Default is no longer continuing;

(l) transactions in which the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries, as the case may be, delivers to the Administrative Agent a letter from an Independent Financial Advisor stating that such transaction is fair to the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary from a financial point of view or meets the requirements of clause (b) of this Section 7.07 (without giving effect to the parenthetical phrase at the end thereof);

(m) any transaction with consideration valued at less than the greater of (A) 10.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 10.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as of the applicable date of determination;

(n) investments by a Sponsor in securities of the Borrower or Indebtedness of the Borrower or any of the Restricted Subsidiaries so long as (A) the investment is being offered generally to other investors on the same or more favorable terms and (B) the investment constitutes less than 5.00% of the proposed or outstanding issue amount of such class of securities; provided, that any investments in debt securities by any Affiliated Debt Funds shall not be subject to the limitation in this clause (B);

(o) payments to or from, and transactions with, Joint Ventures in the ordinary course of business;

(p) any Disposition of Securitization Assets or related assets in connection with any Qualified Securitization Financing;

(q) the payment of reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses relating to registration rights and indemnities provided to shareholders of the Borrower pursuant to the stockholders agreement or the registration and participation rights agreement entered into on the Closing Date in connection therewith;

(r) the payment of any dividend or distribution within sixty days after the date of declaration thereof, if at the date of declaration (i) such payment would have complied with the provisions of this Agreement and (ii) no Event of Default occurred and was continuing;

 

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(s) transactions between the Borrower or any of the Subsidiaries and any Person, a director of which is also a director of the Borrower (subject to the bona fide related party transaction policies of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries);

(t) payments, loans (or cancellation of loans) or advances to employees or consultants that are (i) approved by a majority of the disinterested members of the Board of Directors of the Borrower in good faith, (ii) made in compliance with applicable law and (iii) otherwise permitted under this Agreement; and

(u) transactions

(i) with the Borrower in its capacity as a party to any Loan Document or to any agreement, document or instrument governing or relating to (A) any Indebtedness permitted to be incurred pursuant to Section 7.03 (including Permitted Refinancings thereof) or (B) any other agreements contemplated thereby or any agreement, document or instrument governing or relating to any Permitted Acquisition (whether or not consummated) and

(ii) with any Affiliate or branch in its capacity as a Lender party to any Loan Document or party to any agreement, document or instrument governing or relating to any Indebtedness permitted to be incurred pursuant to Section 7.03 (including Permitted Refinancings thereof) to the extent such Affiliate or branch is being treated no more favorably than all other Lenders or lenders thereunder.

Section 7.08 Negative Pledge. Enter into or permit to exist any Contractual Obligation (other than this Agreement or any other Loan Document) that prohibits or restricts the ability of any Restricted Subsidiary (other than an Excluded Subsidiary) (i) that is not a Loan Party, to make dividends or distributions to (directly or indirectly), or to make or repay loans or advances to, any Loan Party or (ii) to create, incur, assume or suffer to exist Liens on property of such Person (other than Excluded Assets) for the benefit of the Lenders to secure the Obligations under the Loan Documents (other than Incremental Facilities that are not intended to be secured on a first lien basis);

provided that the foregoing shall not apply to Contractual Obligations that:

(a) exist on the Closing Date, including Contractual Obligations governing Indebtedness incurred on the Closing Date to finance the Transactions and any Permitted Refinancing thereof or other Contractual Obligations executed on the Closing Date in connection with the Transactions;

(b) are binding on a Restricted Subsidiary at the time such Restricted Subsidiary first becomes a Restricted Subsidiary, so long as such Contractual Obligations were not entered into in contemplation of such Person becoming a Restricted Subsidiary or binding with respect to any asset at the time such asset was acquired;

(c) are Contractual Obligations of a Restricted Subsidiary that is not a Loan Party or to the extent applicable only to Excluded Assets;

(d) are customary restrictions that arise in connection with (A) any Lien permitted by Section 7.01 and relate to the property subject to such Lien or (B) any Disposition permitted by Section 7.05 applicable pending such Disposition solely to the assets (including Equity Interests) subject to such Disposition;

(e) are joint venture agreements and other similar agreements applicable to Joint Ventures and applicable solely to such Joint Venture;

 

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(f) are negative pledges and restrictions on Liens in favor of any holder of Indebtedness permitted under Section 7.03 but solely to the extent any negative pledge relates to the property financed by or the subject of or that secures such Indebtedness and the proceeds and products thereof;

(g) are restrictions in leases, subleases, licenses, sublicenses or agreements governing a disposition of assets, trading, netting, operating, construction, service, supply, purchase, sale or other agreements entered into in the ordinary course of business so long as such restrictions relate to the assets subject thereto;

(h) comprise restrictions imposed by any agreement relating to secured Indebtedness permitted pursuant to Section 7.03 to the extent that such restrictions apply only to the property or assets securing such Indebtedness;

(i) are customary provisions restricting subletting or assignment of any lease governing a leasehold interest;

(j) are customary provisions restricting assignment of any agreement entered into in the ordinary course of business;

(k) are restrictions on cash or other deposits imposed by customers or trade counterparties under contracts entered into in the ordinary course of business;

(l) arise in connection with cash or other deposits permitted under Section 7.01;

(m) comprise restrictions that are, taken as a whole, in the good faith judgment of the Borrower

(i) no more restrictive with respect to the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary than customary market terms for Indebtedness of such type, or

(ii) no more restrictive than the restrictions contained in this Agreement, or not reasonably anticipated to materially and adversely affect the Loan Parties’ ability to make any payments required hereunder;

(n) apply by reason of any applicable Law, rule, regulation or order or are required by any Governmental Authority having jurisdiction over the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary;

(o) customary restrictions contained in Indebtedness permitted to be incurred pursuant to Section 7.03(h), (i), (j), (k), (l), (m), (x) or (y);

(p) Contractual Obligations that are subject to the applicable override provisions of the UCC;

(q) customary provisions (including provisions limiting the Disposition, distribution or encumbrance of assets or property) included in sale leaseback agreements or other similar agreements;

(r) net worth provisions contained in agreements entered into by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary, so long as the Borrower has determined in good faith that such net worth provisions would not reasonably be expected to impair the ability of the Borrower or such Restricted Subsidiary to meet its ongoing obligations;

 

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(s) restrictions arising in any agreement relating to (i) any Cash Management Obligation to the extent such restrictions relate solely to the cash, bank accounts or other assets or activities subject to the applicable Cash Management Services, (ii) any treasury arrangements and (iii) any Hedge Agreement;

(t) restrictions on the granting of a security interest in Intellectual Property contained in licenses, sublicenses or cross-licenses by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary of such Intellectual Property, which licenses, sublicenses and cross-licenses were entered into in the ordinary course of business; and

(u) other restrictions or encumbrances imposed by any amendment, modification, restatement, renewal, increase, supplement, refunding, replacement or refinancing of the contracts, instruments or obligations referred to in the preceding clauses of this Section 7.08; provided that no such amendment, modification, restatement, renewal, increase, supplement, refunding, replacement or refinancing is, in the good faith determination of the Borrower, materially more restrictive with respect to such encumbrances and other restrictions, taken as a whole, than those in effect prior to the relevant amendment, modification, restatement, renewal, increase, supplement, refunding, replacement or refinancing.

Section 7.09 Junior Debt Prepayments; Amendments to Junior Financing Documents.

(a) Prepayments of Junior Financing. Prepay, repay, redeem, purchase, defease or otherwise satisfy prior to the date that is one year before the scheduled maturity thereof any Junior Financing (any such prepayment, repayment, redemption, purchase, defeasance or satisfaction, a “Junior Debt Repayment”), except:

(i) Junior Debt Repayments with the proceeds of, or in exchange for, any (A) Permitted Refinancing or (B) other Junior Financing or Junior Lien Debt secured by Permitted Liens (provided that such incurrence will thereafter count in the calculation of any remaining basket capacity thereunder, while such Indebtedness remains outstanding);

(ii) Junior Debt Repayments (A) made with Qualified Equity Interests of the Borrower, with the proceeds of an issuance of any such Equity Interests or with the proceeds of a contribution to the capital of the Borrower after the Closing Date that is Not Otherwise Applied or (B) consisting of the conversion of any Junior Financing to Equity Interests;

(iii) Junior Debt Repayments of Indebtedness of the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary owed to the Borrower or a Restricted Subsidiary;

(iv) Junior Debt Repayments of Indebtedness of any Person that becomes a Restricted Subsidiary after the Closing Date in connection with a transaction not prohibited by the Loan Documents;

(v) Junior Debt Repayments within 60 days of giving notice thereof if at the date of such notice, such payment would have been permitted hereunder;

(vi) [reserved];

(vii) Junior Debt Repayments consisting of the payment of regularly scheduled interest and principal payments, payments of fees, expenses, penalty interest and indemnification obligations when due, other than payments prohibited by any applicable subordination provisions;

 

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(viii) Junior Debt Repayments consisting of a payment to avoid the application of Section 163(e)(5) of the Code (an “AHYDO Catch Up Payment”);

(ix) Junior Debt Repayments; provided that the Total Net Leverage Ratio (after giving Pro Forma Effect to such Junior Debt Repayment) for the Test Period immediately preceding the making of such Junior Debt Repayment shall be less than or equal to the Closing Date Total Net Leverage Ratio less 0.50 to 1.00; provided that no Specified Event of Default has occurred or is continuing or would result therefrom; and

(x) Junior Debt Repayments in an aggregate amount not to exceed the sum of:

(A) the Available Amount that is Not Otherwise Applied at such time; provided that no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would result therefrom; and

(B) the greater of (A) 25.00% of Closing Date EBITDA and (B) 25.00% of TTM Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA on a Pro Forma Basis as of the applicable date of determination.

provided, however, that each of the following shall be permitted: payments of regularly scheduled principal and interest on Junior Financing, payments of closing and consent fees related to Junior Financing, indemnity and expense reimbursement payments in connection with Junior Financing, and mandatory prepayments, mandatory redemptions and mandatory purchases, in each case pursuant to the terms of Junior Financing Documentation.

The amount set forth in Section 7.09(a)(x)(A) may, in lieu of Junior Debt Repayments be utilized by the Borrower or any Restricted Subsidiary to make or hold any Investments without regard to Section 7.02.

The amount of any Junior Debt Repayment at any time shall be the amount of cash and the fair market value of other property used to make the Junior Debt Repayment at the time such Junior Debt Repayment is made. For purposes of determining compliance with this Section 7.09(a), in the event that any prepayment, repayment, redemption, purchase, defeasance or satisfaction (or any portion thereof) meets the criteria of more than one of the categories set forth above, the Borrower may, in its sole discretion, at the time of such prepayment, repayment, redemption, purchase, defeasance or satisfaction is made, divide, classify, or reclassify, or at any later time divide, classify or reclassify, such prepayment, repayment, redemption, purchase, defeasance or satisfaction (or any portion thereof) in any manner that complies with this covenant on the date it was made or such later time, as applicable.

(b) Amendments to Junior Financing Documents. Amend, modify or change in any manner without the consent of the Administrative Agent, any Junior Financing Documentation unless (i) such amendment, modification or change is permitted pursuant to any applicable intercreditor or subordination agreement or (ii) the Borrower determines in good faith that the effect of such amendment, modification or waiver is not, taken as a whole, materially adverse to the interests of the Lenders, in each case, other than as a result of a Permitted Refinancing thereof; provided that, in each case, a certificate of the Borrower delivered to the Administrative Agent at least five Business Days prior to such amendment or other modification, together with a reasonably detailed description of such amendment or modification, stating that the Borrower has reasonably determined in good faith that such terms and conditions satisfy such foregoing requirement shall be conclusive evidence that such terms and conditions satisfy such foregoing requirement unless the Administrative Agent notifies the Borrower in writing within such five Business

 

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Day period that it disagrees with such determination (including a reasonably detailed description of the basis upon which it disagrees).

Section 7.10 [Reserved].

Section 7.11 Changes in Fiscal Year. Make any change in the fiscal year of the Borrower; provided, however, that the Borrower may, upon written notice to the Administrative Agent, change its fiscal year to any other fiscal year reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, in which case, the Borrower and the Administrative Agent will, and are hereby authorized by the Lenders to, make any adjustments to this Agreement that are necessary to reflect such change in fiscal year.

ARTICLE VIII.

EVENTS OF DEFAULT AND REMEDIES

Section 8.01 Events of Default. Each of the events referred to in clauses (a) through (j) of this Section 8.01 constitutes an “Event of Default”:

(a) Non-Payment. Any Loan Party fails to pay (i) when and as required to be paid pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, any amount of principal of any Loan, or (ii) within five Business Days after the same becomes due, any interest on any Loan or any fee payable pursuant to the terms of a Loan Document;

(b) Specific Covenants. The Borrower or any Subsidiary Guarantor fails to perform or observe any covenant contained in Section 6.03(a), Section 6.05(a) (solely with respect to the Borrower) or Article VII; or

(c) Other Defaults. The Borrower or any Subsidiary Guarantor fails to perform or observe any other covenant (not specified in Section 8.01(a) or Section (b)) contained in any Loan Document on its part to be performed or observed and such failure continues for thirty days after receipt by the Borrower of written notice thereof from the Administrative Agent; or

(d) Representations and Warranties. Any representation or warranty made or deemed by any Loan Party in any Loan Document, or in any document required to be delivered pursuant to the terms of a Loan Document shall be untrue in any material respect (or, with respect to any representation or warranty qualified by materiality or “Material Adverse Effect,” shall be untrue in any respect) when made or deemed made; provided that in the case of any representation and warranty made or deemed made after the Closing Date that is capable of being cured, such representation or warranty shall remain untrue (in any material respect or in any respect, as applicable) or uncorrected for a period of thirty days after written notice thereof from the Administrative Agent to the Borrower; or

(e) Cross-Default. The Borrower or any Subsidiary Guarantor:

(i) fails to make any payment of any principal or interest beyond the applicable grace period, if any, whether by scheduled maturity, required prepayment, acceleration, demand or otherwise, in respect of its Material Indebtedness; or

(ii) fails to perform or observe any covenant contained in an agreement governing its Material Indebtedness, or any other event occurs, the effect of which failure or other event is to cause such Material Indebtedness to become due prior to its stated maturity, in each case pursuant to its terms;

 

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provided that

(A) this Section 8.01(e) shall not apply to any failure if it has been remedied, cured or waived, in accordance with the terms of such Material Indebtedness and

(B) Section 8.01(e)(ii) shall not apply

(1) to any secured Indebtedness that becomes due as a result of the sale, transfer or other disposition (including as a result of a casualty or condemnation event) of the property or assets securing such Indebtedness;

(2) to the failure to observe or perform any covenant that requires compliance with any measurement of financial or operational performance (including any leverage, interest coverage or fixed charge ratio or minimum EBITDA, a “Financial Covenant”) unless and until the holders of such Indebtedness have terminated all commitments (if any) and accelerated all obligations with respect thereto;

(3) to the conversion of, or the satisfaction of any condition to the conversion of, any Indebtedness that is convertible or exchangeable for Equity Interests;

(4) to a customary “change of control” put right in any indenture governing any such Indebtedness in the form of notes; or

(5) to a refinancing of Indebtedness permitted by this Agreement; or

(f) Insolvency Proceedings, Etc.

(i) Any Loan Party (A) institutes or consents to the institution of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, (B) makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors or (C) applies for or consents to the appointment of any receiver, interim receiver, receiver and manager, monitor, trustee, custodian, conservator, liquidator, rehabilitator, administrator, administrative receiver or similar officer for it or for all or any material part of its property;

(ii) any receiver, interim receiver, receiver and manager, monitor, trustee, custodian, conservator, liquidator, rehabilitator, administrator, administrative receiver or similar officer is appointed for a Loan Party without the application or consent of such Loan Party and the appointment continues undischarged or unstayed for sixty calendar days;

(iii) any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law relating to a Loan Party is instituted without the consent of such Loan Party and continues undismissed or unstayed for sixty calendar days or

(iv) an order for relief is entered in any such proceeding; or

(g) Judgments. There is entered against a Loan Party a final, enforceable and non-appealable judgment by a court of competent jurisdiction for the payment of money in an aggregate amount exceeding the Threshold Amount (to the extent not covered by independent third-party insurance or another indemnity obligation) and such judgment or order is not satisfied, vacated, discharged or stayed or bonded for a period of sixty consecutive days; or

 

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(h) Invalidity of Loan Documents. The material provisions of the Loan Documents, taken as a whole, at any time after their execution and delivery and for any reason cease to be in full force and effect, except

(i) as permitted by, or as a result of a transaction permitted by, the Loan Documents (including as a result of a transaction permitted under Section 7.04 or Section 7.05),

(ii) as a result of the Termination Conditions or

(iii) resulting from acts or omissions of a Secured Party or the application of applicable law; or

(i) Collateral Documents and Guarantee. Any:

(i) Collateral Document with respect to a material portion of the Collateral with a fair market value exceeding the Threshold Amount after its execution and delivery shall for any reason cease to create a valid and perfected Lien, except

(A) as otherwise permitted by the Loan Documents,

(B) resulting from the failure of the Administrative Agent or the Collateral Agent or any of their agents or bailees to maintain possession or control of Collateral,

(C) resulting from the failure to make a filing of a continuation statement, under the Uniform Commercial Code or

(D) resulting from acts or omissions of a Secured Party; or

(ii) Guarantee with respect to a Guarantor that is the Borrower or a Material Subsidiary (other than an Excluded Subsidiary) shall for any reason cease to be in full force and effect, except

(A) as otherwise permitted by the Loan Documents,

(B) upon the Termination Conditions,

(C) upon the release of such Guarantor as provided for under the Loan Document or in accordance with its terms or

(D) resulting from acts or omissions of a Secured Party or the application of applicable law; or

(j) Change of Control. There occurs any Change of Control.

Section 8.02 Remedies upon Event of Default.

(a) General. If (and only if) any Event of Default occurs and is continuing, the Administrative Agent may, and shall at the request of the Required Lenders, take any or all of the following actions upon notice to the Borrower:

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(ii) declare the unpaid principal amount of all outstanding Loans, all interest and premium accrued and unpaid thereon, and all other amounts owing or payable hereunder or under any other Loan Document to be immediately due and payable, without presentment, demand, protest or other notice of any kind, all of which are hereby expressly waived by the Borrower and each Guarantor;

provided that upon the occurrence of an actual or deemed entry of an order for relief with respect to the Borrower under any Debtor Relief Law, the Commitments of each Lender shall automatically terminate, the unpaid principal amount of all outstanding Loans and all interest and other amounts as aforesaid shall automatically become due and payable, in each case without further act of the Administrative Agent or any Lender.

(b) Limitations on Remedies; Cures.

(i) Net Short Representations. Any notice of Default, Event of Default or acceleration provided to the Borrower by the Administrative Agent on behalf of one or more Lenders that have expressly requested that such notice be given to the Borrower must be accompanied by a written Net Short Representation from any such Lender (other than an Unrestricted Lender) delivered to the Borrower (with a copy to the Administrative Agent); provided that:

(A) in the absence of any such written Net Short Representation, each such Lender shall be deemed to have represented and warranted to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent that it is not a Net Short Lender (it being understood and agreed that the Borrower and the Administrative Agent shall be entitled to rely conclusively on each such representation and deemed representation) and

(B) no Net Short Representation shall be required to be delivered during the pendency of a Default or Event of Default caused by a bankruptcy or similar insolvency proceeding.

(ii) [Reserved]; and

(iii) Cures. Any Default or Event of Default resulting from failure to provide notice pursuant to Section 6.03(a) shall be deemed not to be “continuing” or “existing” and shall be deemed cured upon delivery of such notice unless the Borrower knowingly fails to give timely notice of such Default or Event of Default as required hereunder.

(iv) Administrative Agent Notice. Upon, or prior to, taking any of the actions set forth in Section 8.02(a) or (b), other than as set forth in the proviso of Section 8.02(a), the Administrative Agent shall, on behalf of the Required Lenders deliver a notice of Default, Event of Default o