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Section 1: 8-K (8-K ATM REFRESH)

 

 

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): July 27, 2018

 

CUBESMART
CUBESMART, L.P.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

Maryland

 

 

 

 

(CubeSmart)

 

001-32324

 

20-1024732

 

Delaware

 

 

 

 

(CubeSmart, L.P.)

 

000-54462

 

34-1837021

(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)

 

(Commission File Number)

 

(IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

5 Old Lancaster Road
Malvern, PA 19355
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

 

(610) 535-5000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.405) or Rule 12b-2 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.12b-2).

 

Emerging growth company (CubeSmart) o

 

Emerging growth company (CubeSmart, L.P.) o

 

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.

 

CubeSmart o

 

CubeSmart, L.P. o

 

 

 



 

Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

 

On July 27, 2018, CubeSmart, a Maryland real estate investment trust (the “Company”), and CubeSmart, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the “Operating Partnership”), entered into separate Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreements (collectively, the “Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreements”) with each of Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, BMO Capital Markets Corp., Jefferies LLC, RBC Capital Markets, LLC and Barclays Capital Inc. (collectively, the “Sales Agents”) providing for the sale by the Company of up to 11,614,282 common shares of beneficial interest of the Company, $0.01 par value per share (the “Common Shares”), from time to time, through the Sales Agents in connection with the Company’s “at-the-market” offering program (the “Offering”).  The Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreements replace the Company’s original equity distribution agreements with the Sales Agents, dated May 7, 2013 or December 30, 2015, as applicable, as amended by Amendments Nos. 1-4 to the original equity distribution agreements (collectively, the “Original Distribution Agreements”). Prior to the date hereof, the Company sold 38,385,718 common shares pursuant to the Original Distribution Agreements.

 

The Common Shares are being offered and sold pursuant to the Company’s automatic shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (Registration No. 333-216768) (the “Shelf Registration Statement”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 17, 2017, which became effective immediately upon filing. A prospectus supplement relating to the Offering has been filed today with the SEC.

 

From time to time during the term of the Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreements, the Company may deliver a placement notice to one of the Sales Agents specifying the length of the selling period, the amount of Common Shares to be sold, any limitation on the number of shares that may be sold in any one trading day and the minimum price below which sales may not be made.  Upon its acceptance of the placement notice from the Company, the applicable Sales Agent will use its commercially reasonable efforts consistent with its normal trading and sales practices to solicit offers to purchase Common Shares, under the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the applicable Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreement, by means of ordinary brokers’ transactions on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”), in negotiated transactions or in transactions that are deemed to be “at the market” offerings as defined in Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), including sales made to or through a market maker other than on an exchange, in block transactions or by any other method permitted by law, at prices related to the prevailing market prices or at negotiated prices subject to certain minimum prices.  The Company may instruct the Sales Agents not to sell Common Shares if the sales cannot be effected at or above the price designated by the Company in any placement notice.  The Company or any of the Sales Agents may suspend the offering of the Common Shares at any time upon proper notice and subject to other conditions.

 

The Company will pay each Sales Agent a commission for its services in acting as agent in the sale of Common Shares.  Each Sales Agent will be entitled to compensation in an amount not to exceed one and one-half percent (1.5%) of the gross sales price of all of the Common Shares sold through it under the applicable Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreement.

 

Under the terms of each Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreement, the Company also may sell Common Shares to each of the Sales Agents, as principal for its own account, at a price to be agreed upon at the time of sale.  If the Company sells Common Shares to any of the Sales Agents, as principal, it will enter into a separate sales agreement with such Sales Agent and the Company will describe such agreement in a separate prospectus supplement or pricing supplement.

 

The Offering of Common Shares pursuant to the Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreements will terminate upon the earlier of (1) the sale of all Common Shares subject to the Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreements or (2) termination of the Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreements.  The Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreements may be terminated by each of the respective Sales Agents or the Company at any time upon three days’ notice, and by the respective Sales Agent at any time in certain circumstances, including suspension of trading of Common Shares on the NYSE or the occurrence of a material adverse change in the Company’s business.

 

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The Company made certain customary representations, warranties and covenants concerning the Company, the Operating Partnership and the Common Shares in the Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreements and also agreed to indemnify the Sales Agents against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act.

 

The legal opinion of Pepper Hamilton LLP relating to the legality of the Common Shares offered by the prospectus supplement and the legal opinion of Pepper Hamilton with respect to certain tax matters are attached as Exhibit 5.1 and Exhibit 8.1, respectively, to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

 

The Company intends to contribute the net proceeds from the Offering to the Operating Partnership in exchange for partnership units of the Operating Partnership. The Operating Partnership intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering for general business purposes, including, without limitation, repayment of outstanding debt, store acquisitions, developments, joint ventures, capital expenditures, working capital and other general corporate purposes.

 

The Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreements are filed as Exhibits 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6 hereto and incorporated herein by reference.  The description of the material terms of the Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreements is qualified in its entirely by reference to such Exhibits.

 

This Current Report on Form 8-K shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

 

Item 3.02 Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities.

 

The information about the issuance by the Operating Partnership of additional partnership units under Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference into this Item 3.02.

 

Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d)                                 Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

 

 

 

1.1

 

Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreement, dated July 27, 2018, by and among CubeSmart, CubeSmart, L.P. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.

 

 

 

1.2

 

Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreement, dated July 27, 2018, by and among CubeSmart, CubeSmart, L.P. and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.

 

 

 

1.3

 

Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreement, dated July 27, 2018, by and among CubeSmart, CubeSmart, L.P. and BMO Capital Markets Corp.

 

 

 

1.4

 

Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreement, dated July 27, 2018, by and among CubeSmart, CubeSmart, L.P. and Jeffries LLC.

 

 

 

1.5

 

Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreement, dated July 27, 2018, by and among CubeSmart, CubeSmart, L.P. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC.

 

 

 

1.6

 

Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreement, dated July 27, 2018, by and among CubeSmart, CubeSmart, L.P. and Barclays Capital Inc.

 

 

 

5.1

 

Opinion of Pepper Hamilton LLP regarding the legality of the shares offered.

 

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Exhibit No.

 

Description

 

 

 

8.1

 

Opinion of Pepper Hamilton LLP with respect to certain tax matters.

 

 

 

23.1

 

Consent of Pepper Hamilton LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).

 

 

 

23.2

 

Consent of Pepper Hamilton LLP (included in Exhibit 8.1).

 

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Signatures

 

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

 

 

 

CubeSmart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Jeffrey P. Foster

 

 

Jeffrey P. Foster

 

 

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CubeSmart, L.P.

 

 

 

 

By: CubeSmart, its general partner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Jeffrey P. Foster

 

 

Jeffrey P. Foster

 

 

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary

 

 

 

 

Date:  July 27, 2018

 

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Section 2: EX-1.1 (EX-1.1)

Exhibit 1.1

 

EXECUTION VERSION

 

CUBESMART

 

AMENDED AND RESTATED

 

EQUITY DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

 

July 27, 2018

 

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

375 Park Avenue

New York, New York 10152

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

CubeSmart, a Maryland real estate investment trust (the “Company”), and CubeSmart, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the “Operating Partnership” and together with the Company, the “Transaction Entities”), confirm their agreement to amend and restate the Equity Distribution Agreement, dated May 7, 2013, by and among the Transaction Entities and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (the “Manager”) (the “Initial Agreement”), as amended by Amendment No. 1 to the Initial Agreement, dated May 5, 2014, Amendment No. 2 to the Initial Agreement, dated October 2, 2014, Amendment No. 3 to the Initial Agreement, dated December 30, 2015, and Amendment No. 4 to the Initial Agreement, dated March 17, 2017 (collectively, the “Prior Agreement”), on the terms and conditions described below in this Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreement (this “Agreement”) with the Manager, as follows:

 

1.                                      Issuance and Sale of Shares. The Company agrees that, from time to time during the term of this Agreement, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein, it may issue and sell through the Manager, acting as agent and/or principal, up to 11,614,282 shares (the “Maximum Amount”) of the Company’s common shares of beneficial interest, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Shares” and, such Common Shares available for issuance and sale under this Agreement, the “Shares”), which Shares exclude, for the avoidance of doubt, the Common Shares sold by the Company prior to the date hereof pursuant to the Prior Agreement and the Prior Alternative Distribution Agreements (as defined below). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the parties hereto agree that compliance with the limitations set forth in this Section 1 regarding the number of Shares issued and sold under this Agreement shall be the sole responsibility of the Company, and the Manager shall have no obligation in connection with such compliance. The issuance and sale of Shares through the Manager will be effected pursuant to the Registration Statement (as defined below) filed by the Company and which became effective upon filing, although nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as requiring the Company to use the Registration Statement to issue and sell the Shares.

 

The Company has filed, in accordance with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder (collectively, the “Securities Act”), with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) a registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-216768), including a base prospectus, relating to certain securities, including the Shares to be issued from time to time by the Company, and which incorporates by reference documents that the Company has filed or will file in accordance with the provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder

 



 

(collectively, the “Exchange Act”). The Company has prepared a prospectus supplement specifically relating to the Shares (the “Prospectus Supplement”) to the base prospectus included as part of such registration statement. The Company has furnished to the Manager, for use by the Manager, copies of the prospectus included as part of such registration statement, as supplemented by the Prospectus Supplement, relating to the Shares. Except where the context otherwise requires, such registration statement, as amended when it became effective, including all documents filed as part thereof or incorporated by reference therein, and including any information contained in a Prospectus (as defined below) subsequently filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act or deemed to be a part of such registration statement pursuant to Rule 430B or 462(b) of the Securities Act, is herein called the “Registration Statement.” The base prospectus, including all documents incorporated therein by reference, included in the Registration Statement, as it may be supplemented by the Prospectus Supplement, in the form in which such prospectus and/or Prospectus Supplement have most recently been filed by the Company with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act is herein called the “Prospectus.” Any reference herein to the Registration Statement, the Prospectus or any amendment or supplement thereto shall be deemed to refer to and include the documents incorporated by reference therein, and any reference herein to the terms “amend,” “amendment” or “supplement” with respect to the Registration Statement or the Prospectus shall be deemed to refer to and include the filing after the execution hereof of any document with the Commission deemed to be incorporated by reference therein. For purposes of this Agreement, all references to the Registration Statement, the Prospectus or to any amendment or supplement thereto shall be deemed to include any copy filed with the Commission pursuant to either the Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval System or Interactive Data Electronic Applications (collectively “EDGAR”).

 

To the extent that the Registration Statement is not available for the sales of the Shares as contemplated by this Agreement or the Company is not a Well-Known Seasoned Issuer or otherwise is unable to make the representations set forth in Section 6(a) at any time when such representations are required, the Company shall file a new registration statement with respect to any additional Shares necessary to complete the sale of the Maximum Amount and shall cause such registration statement to become effective as promptly as practicable. After the effectiveness of any such registration statement, all references to “Registration Statement” included in this Agreement shall be deemed to include such new registration statement, including all documents incorporated by reference therein pursuant to Item 12 of Form S-3, and all references to “base prospectus” included in this Agreement shall be deemed to include the final form of prospectus, including all documents incorporated therein by reference, included in any such registration statement at the time such registration statement became effective.

 

The Transaction Entities have also entered into separate amended and restated equity distribution agreements, dated as of even date herewith (each an “Alternative Distribution Agreement” and, collectively, the “Alternative Distribution Agreements”) with each of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, BMO Capital Markets Corp., Jefferies LLC, Barclays Capital Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC (each an “Alternative Manager” and collectively, the “Alternative Managers”), which Alternative Distribution Agreements amend and restate the initial equity distribution agreements, as amended, by and among the Transaction Entities and the Alternative Managers (the “Prior Alternative Distribution Agreements”).

 

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2.                                      Placements.

 

(a)                                 Each time that the Company wishes to issue and sell the Shares hereunder (each, a “Placement”), it will notify the Manager by email notice (or other method mutually agreed to in writing by the parties) (a “Placement Notice”) containing the parameters in accordance with which it desires the Shares to be sold, which shall at a minimum include the number of Shares to be issued (the “Placement Shares”), the time period during which sales are requested to be made, any limitation on the number of Shares that may be sold (which may, but is not required to, be expressed as a percentage of volume) in any one Trading Day (as defined in Section 3) and any minimum price below which sales may not be made, a form of which containing such minimum sales parameters necessary is attached hereto as Schedule 1. The Placement Notice shall originate from any of the individuals from the Company set forth on Schedule 2 with a copy to each of the other individuals from the Company listed on such schedule), and shall be addressed to each of the individuals from the Manager set forth on Schedule 2 as such Schedule 2 may be amended from time to time. If the Manager wishes to accept such proposed terms included in the Placement Notice (which it may decline to do so for any reason in its sole discretion) or, following discussion with the Company, wishes to accept amended terms, the Manager will, within a reasonable period of time after such Placement Notice is delivered to the Manager, issue to the Company a notice by email (or other method mutually agreed to in writing by the parties) addressed to all of the individuals from the Company and the Manager set forth on Schedule 2) setting forth the terms that the Manager is willing to accept. Where the terms provided in the Placement Notice are amended as provided for in the immediately preceding sentence, such terms will not be binding on the Company or the Manager until the Company delivers to the Manager an acceptance by email (or other method mutually agreed to in writing by the parties) of all of the terms of such Placement Notice, as amended (the “Acceptance”), which email shall be addressed to all of the individuals from the Company and the Manager set forth on Schedule 2. The Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) shall be effective upon receipt by the Company of the Manager’s acceptance of the terms of the Placement Notice or upon receipt by the Manager of the Company’s Acceptance, as the case may be, unless and until (i) the entire amount of the Placement Shares has been sold, (ii) in accordance with the notice requirements set forth in the second sentence of this paragraph, the Company terminates the Placement Notice, (iii) the Company issues a subsequent Placement Notice with parameters superseding those on the earlier dated Placement Notice, (iv) this Agreement has been terminated under the provisions of Section 11 or (v) either party shall have suspended the sale of the Placement Shares in accordance with Section 4 below. The amount of any discount, commission or other compensation to be paid by the Company to the Manager in connection with the sale of the Placement Shares shall be calculated in accordance with the terms set forth in Schedule 3. It is expressly acknowledged and agreed that neither the Company nor the Manager will have any obligation whatsoever with respect to a Placement or any Placement Shares unless and until the Company delivers a Placement Notice to the Manager and either (A) the Manager accepts the terms of such Placement Notice or (B) where the terms of such Placement Notice are amended, the Company accepts such amended terms by means of an Acceptance pursuant to the terms set forth above, and then only upon the terms specified in the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) and herein. In the event of a conflict between the terms of this Agreement and the terms of a Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), the terms of the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding

 

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Acceptance, if applicable) will control. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the procedures, requirements and other conditions set forth in this Section 2(a) may be modified, from time to time, upon mutual agreement between the Company and the Manager.

 

(b)                                 Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Company shall not offer, sell or deliver under this Agreement or any Alternative Distribution Agreement, or request the offer or sale of any Shares under this Agreement or any Alternative Distribution Agreement and, by notice to the Manager given by telephone (confirmed promptly by telecopy or email), shall cancel any instructions for the offer or sale of any Shares under this Agreement, and the Manager shall not be obligated to offer or sell any Shares under this Agreement, (i) during any period in which the Company is, or could be deemed to be, in possession of material non-public information or (ii) except as provided in paragraph (c) below, at any time from and including the date (each, an “Announcement Date”) on which the Company shall issue a press release containing, or shall otherwise publicly announce, its earnings, revenues or other results of operations (each, an “Earnings Announcement”) through and including the time that is 24 hours after the time that the Company files (a “Filing Time”) a Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or an Annual Report on Form 10-K that includes consolidated financial statements as of and for the same period or periods, as the case may be, covered by such Earnings Announcement.

 

(c)                                  If the Company wishes to offer, sell or deliver Shares at any time during the period from and including an Announcement Date through and including the time that is 24 hours after the corresponding Filing Time, the Company shall (i) prepare and deliver to the Manager (with a copy to counsel to the Manager) a Current Report on Form 8-K, which shall include substantially the same financial and related information as was set forth in the relevant Earnings Announcement (other than any earnings projections, similar forward-looking data and officer’s quotations) (each, an “Earnings 8-K”), in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Manager, and obtain the consent of the Manager to the filing thereof (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld), (ii) provide the Manager with the officer’s certificate, accountants’ letter and opinions and letters of counsel called for by Section 8 hereof, (iii) afford the Manager the opportunity to conduct a due diligence review in accordance with Section 7(l) hereof and (iv) file such Earnings 8-K with the Commission. Upon satisfaction of the requirements of this Section 2(c), the provisions of clause (ii) of Section 2(b) shall not be applicable for the period from and after the time at which the foregoing conditions shall have been satisfied (or, if later, the time that is 24 hours after the time that the relevant Earnings Announcement was first publicly released) through and including the time that is 24 hours after the Filing Time of the relevant Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Annual Report on Form 10-K, as the case may be. For purposes of clarity, the parties hereto agree that (A) the delivery of any officer’s certificate, accountants’ letter and opinions and letters of counsel pursuant to this Section 2(c) shall not relieve the Company from any of its obligations under this Agreement with respect to any Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Annual Report on Form 10-K, as the case may be, including, without limitation, the obligation to deliver officer’s certificates, accountants’ letters and legal opinions and letters as provided in Section 8 hereof and (B) this Section 2(c) shall in no way affect or limit the operation of the provisions of clause (i) of Section 2(b), which shall have independent application.

 

3.                                      Sale of Placement Shares by the Manager. Subject to the provisions of Section 2(a), the Manager, for the period specified in the Placement Notice, will use its

 

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commercially reasonable efforts consistent with its normal trading and sales practices and applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations and the rules of the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”), to sell such Placement Shares up to the amount specified, and otherwise in accordance with the terms of such Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable). The Manager will provide written confirmation to the Company (including by email correspondence to each of the individuals of the Company set forth on Schedule 2, if receipt of such correspondence is actually acknowledged by any of the individuals to whom the notice is sent, other than via auto-reply) no later than the opening of the Trading Day immediately following the Trading Day on which it has made sales of Placement Shares hereunder setting forth the number of Placement Shares sold on such day, the compensation payable by the Company to the Manager pursuant to Section 2 with respect to such sales, and the Net Proceeds (as defined below) payable to the Company, with an itemization of the deductions made by the Manager (as set forth in Section 5(a)) from the gross proceeds that it receives from such sales. After consultation with the Company and subject to the terms of the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), the Manager may sell Placement Shares by any method permitted by law deemed to be an “at the market” offering as defined in Rule 415 of the Securities Act, including, without limitation, sales made directly on the NYSE, on any other existing trading market for the Shares or to or through a market maker. After consultation with, and agreement of, the Company and subject to the terms of the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), the Manager may also sell Placement Shares by any other method permitted by law, including but not limited to in privately negotiated transactions. The Company acknowledges and agrees that (i) there can be no assurance that the Manager will be successful in selling Placement Shares, and (ii) the Manager will incur no liability or obligation to the Company or any other person or entity if it does not sell Placement Shares for any reason other than a failure by the Manager to use its commercially reasonable efforts consistent with its normal trading and sales practices to sell such Placement Shares as required under this Section 3. For the purposes hereof, “Trading Day” means any day on which the Shares are purchased and sold on the principal market on which the Shares are listed or quoted. The Company agrees that any offer to sell, any solicitation of an offer to buy, or any sales of Shares pursuant to this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements shall be effected by or through only one of the Manager or the Alternative Managers on any single given day, but in no event by more than one, and the Company shall in no event request that the Manager and the Alternative Managers sell Shares on the same day.

 

4.                                      Suspension of Sales. The Company or the Manager may, upon notice to the other party in writing (including by email correspondence to each of the individuals of the other party set forth on Schedule 2, if receipt of such correspondence is actually acknowledged by any of the individuals to whom the notice is sent, other than via auto-reply) or by telephone (confirmed immediately by verifiable facsimile transmission or email correspondence to each of the individuals of the other party set forth on Schedule 2), suspend any sale of Placement Shares; provided, however, that such suspension shall not affect or impair either party’s obligations with respect to any Placement Shares sold hereunder prior to the receipt of such notice. Each of the Parties agrees that no such notice under this Section 4 shall be effective against the other unless it is made to one of the individuals named on Schedule 2 hereto, as such schedule may be amended from time to time.

 

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5.                                      Settlement.

 

(a)                                 Settlement of Placement Shares. Unless otherwise specified in the applicable Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), settlement for sales of Placement Shares will occur on the second (2nd) Trading Day (or such earlier day as is industry practice for regular-way trading) following the date on which such sales are made (each, a “Settlement Date” and the first such settlement date, the “First Delivery Date”). The amount of proceeds to be delivered to the Company on a Settlement Date against receipt of the Placement Shares sold (the “Net Proceeds”) will be equal to the aggregate sales price received by the Manager at which such Placement Shares were sold, after deduction for (i) the Manager’s commission, discount or other compensation for such sales payable by the Company pursuant to Section 2 hereof, (ii) any other amounts due and payable by the Company to the Manager hereunder pursuant to Section 7(h) (Expenses) hereof, and (iii) any transaction fees imposed by any governmental or self-regulatory organization in respect of such sales.

 

(b)                                 Delivery of Placement Shares. On or before each Settlement Date, the Company will, or will cause its transfer agent to, electronically transfer the Placement Shares being sold by crediting the Manager’s or its designee’s account (provided the Manager shall have given the Company written notice of such designee prior to the Settlement Date) at The Depository Trust Company through its Deposit and Withdrawal at Custodian System or by such other means of delivery as may be mutually agreed upon by the parties hereto which in all cases shall be freely tradeable, transferable, registered shares in good deliverable form. On each Settlement Date, the Manager will deliver the related Net Proceeds in same-day funds to an account designated by the Company on, or prior to, the Settlement Date. The Company agrees that if the Company, or its transfer agent (if applicable), defaults in its obligation to deliver Placement Shares on a Settlement Date, the Company agrees that in addition to and in no way limiting the rights and obligations set forth in Section 9(a) (Indemnification and Contribution) hereto, it will (i) defend and hold the Manager harmless against any loss, claim, damage, or expense (including reasonable legal fees and expenses), as incurred, arising out of or in connection with such default by the Company and (ii) pay to the Manager any commission, discount, or other compensation to which it would otherwise have been entitled absent such default.

 

(c)                                  Limitations on Offering Size. Under no circumstances shall the Company cause or request the offer or sale of any Shares, if after giving effect to the sale of such Shares, the aggregate amount of the Shares sold pursuant to this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements would exceed the lesser of (i) the Maximum Amount, (ii) the amount available for offer and sale under the currently effective Registration Statement, (iii) the amount authorized from time to time to be issued and sold under this Agreement by the Company and notified to the Manager in writing and (iv) the number of authorized but unissued Common Shares under the declaration of trust of the Company. Under no circumstances shall the Company cause or request the offer or sale of any Shares pursuant to this Agreement at a price lower than the minimum price authorized from time to time by the Company and notified to the Manager in writing. Further, under no circumstances shall the aggregate amount of Shares sold pursuant to this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements, including any separate underwriting or similar agreement covering principal transactions described in Section 1 of this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements, exceed the Maximum Amount.

 

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6.                                      Representations and Warranties of the Transaction Entities. The Transaction Entities jointly and severally represent and warrant to, and agree with, the Manager that as of each Applicable Time (as defined in Section 6(c)(i)):

 

(a)                                 Status as a Well-Known Seasoned Issuer. (i) At the respective times the Registration Statement or any amendments thereto were filed with the Commission, (ii) at the time of the most recent amendment to the Registration Statement for the purposes of complying with Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act (whether such amendment was by post-effective amendment, incorporated report filed pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act or form of prospectus), (iii) at any time the Transaction Entities or any person acting on their behalf (within the meaning, for this clause only, of Rule 163(c)) of the Securities Act made any offer relating to the Shares in reliance on the exemption of Rule 163 of the Securities Act and (iv) at the date hereof, the Company was and is a “well-known seasoned issuer” as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act, including not having been and not being an “ineligible issuer” as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act (without taking into account any determination made by the Commission pursuant to paragraph (2) of the definition of such term in Rule 405 of the Securities Act). The Registration Statement is an “automatic shelf registration statement,” as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act and the Shares, since their registration on the Registration Statement, have been and remain eligible for registration by the Transaction Entities on such an “automatic shelf registration statement.” The Transaction Entities have not received from the Commission any notice pursuant to Rule 401(g)(2) of the Securities Act objecting to the use of the automatic shelf registration statement form. Any written communication that was an offer relating to the Shares made by the Transaction Entities or any person acting on their behalf (within the meaning, for this sentence only, of Rule 163(c) of the Securities Act) prior to the filing of the Registration Statement has been filed with the Commission in accordance with Rule 163 of the Securities Act and otherwise complied with the requirements of Rule 163 of the Securities Act, including, without limitation, the legending requirement, to qualify such offer for the exemption from Section 5(c) of the Securities Act provided by Rule 163 of the Securities Act.

 

(b)                                 Compliance with Registration Requirements. The Transaction Entities meet the requirements for use of Form S-3 under the Securities Act and the Shares have been duly registered under the Securities Act pursuant to the Registration Statement. The Registration Statement and any post-effective amendments thereto have become effective under the Securities Act and no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement has been issued under the Securities Act and no proceedings for that purpose have been instituted or are pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, are contemplated by the Commission, and any request on the part of the Commission for additional information has been complied with. The Registration Statement was initially filed with the Commission and became effective under the Securities Act on March 17, 2017.

 

(c)                                  Registration Statement, Prospectus and Disclosure at Time of Sale. At the respective times that the Registration Statement and any amendments thereto became effective, and at each deemed effective date with respect to the Manager pursuant to Rule 430B(f)(2) of the Securities Act, the Registration Statement and any amendments to the Registration Statement complied and will comply in all material respects with the requirements of the Securities Act and did not and will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or

 

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omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading.

 

(i)                                     At the respective times that the Prospectus or any amendment or supplement thereto was filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act or issued, at each Applicable Time, at each Settlement Date, and at any time when a prospectus is required (or, but for the provisions of Rule 172 of the Securities Act, would be required) by applicable law to be delivered in connection with sales of Shares (whether to meet the requests of purchasers pursuant to Rule 173(d) of the Securities Act or otherwise), neither the Prospectus nor any amendments or supplements thereto included or will include an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted or will omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. For purposes of this Agreement “Applicable Time” means the time of each sale of any Shares pursuant to this Agreement.

 

(ii)                                  The representations and warranties in Section 6(c) and Section 6(d) do not apply to statements in or omissions from the Registration Statement or the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus (defined below) or any amendment or supplement to any of the foregoing made in reliance upon and in conformity with the Agent Content (as hereinafter defined). “Issuer Free Writing Prospectus” means any “issuer free writing prospectus,” as defined in Rule 433 of the Securities Act, relating to the Shares that (i) is required to be filed with the Commission by the Company, (ii) is a “road show” that is a “written communication” within the meaning of Rule 433(d)(8)(i) of the Securities Act, whether or not required to be filed with the Commission, or (iii) is exempt from filing pursuant to Rule 433(d)(5)(i) of the Securities Act because it contains a description of the Shares or of the offering that does not reflect the final terms, in each case, in the form furnished (electronically or otherwise) to the Manager for use in connection with the offering of the Shares.

 

(iii)                               Each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus relating to the Shares, as of its issue date and as of each Applicable Time and Settlement Date, did not, does not and will not include any information that conflicted, conflicts or will conflict with the information contained in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus, including any incorporated document deemed to be a part thereof that has not been superseded or modified, or included, includes or will include an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted, omits or will omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances, prevailing at that subsequent time, not misleading.

 

(iv)                              The copies of the Registration Statement and any amendments to any of the foregoing and the copies of each preliminary prospectus, each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus that is required to be filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 433 of the Securities Act and the Prospectus and any amendments or supplements to any of the foregoing, that have been or subsequently are delivered to the Manager in connection with the offering of the Shares (whether to meet the

 

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request of purchasers pursuant to Rule 173(d) of the Securities Act or otherwise) were and will be identical to the electronically transmitted copies thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR, except to the extent permitted by Regulation S-T. For purposes of this Agreement, references to the “delivery” or “furnishing” of any of the foregoing documents to the Manager, and any similar terms, include, without limitation, electronic delivery.

 

(d)                                 Incorporated Documents. The documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, at the respective times when they became or hereafter become effective or at the respective times they were or hereafter are filed with the Commission, complied and will comply in all material respects with the requirements of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, as applicable, and did not and will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading.

 

(e)                                  REIT Status. The Company has been organized and has operated in conformity with the requirements for qualification and taxation as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) for each taxable year commencing with its taxable year ended December 31, 2004 and through its taxable year ended December 31, 2017, and its current and proposed organization and method of operation (as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus) will enable the Company to continue to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a real estate investment trust under the Code for its taxable year ending December 31, 2018 and thereafter.

 

(f)                                   Distribution of Offering Material by the Company. Any offer that is a written communication relating to the Shares made prior to the initial filing of the Registration Statement by the Company or any person acting on its behalf (within the meaning, for this paragraph only, of Rule 163(c) of the Securities Act) has been filed with the Commission in accordance with the exemption provided by Rule 163 of the Securities Act and otherwise complied with the requirements of Rule 163 of the Securities Act, including without limitation, the legending requirement.

 

(g)                                  The Agreement. This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by each of the Transaction Entities.

 

(h)                                 Authorization of the Shares. The Shares to be sold by the Company pursuant to this Agreement have been duly authorized for issuance and sale to the Manager pursuant to this Agreement and, when issued and delivered by the Company pursuant to this Agreement against payment of the consideration set forth herein, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable; no holder of the Shares is or will be subject to personal liability by reason of being such a holder; the issuance and sale of the Shares to be sold by the Company pursuant to this Agreement is not subject to any preemptive rights, rights of first refusal or other similar rights of any securityholder of the Company or any other person; and the delivery of the Shares being sold by the Company against payment therefor pursuant to the terms of this Agreement will pass valid title to the Shares being sold by the Company, free and clear of any claim, encumbrance or defect in title, and without notice of any lien, claim or encumbrance. The certificates used by the Company to evidence the Shares are in valid and sufficient form.

 

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(i)                                     No Material Adverse Change. Except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, subsequent to the respective dates as of which information is given in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus: (i) there has been no material adverse change, or any development that could reasonably be expected to result in a material adverse change, in the condition, financial or otherwise, or in the earnings, business, properties, operations or prospects, whether or not arising from transactions in the ordinary course of business, of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries, considered as one entity (any such change is called a “Material Adverse Change”); (ii) the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries, considered as one entity, have not incurred any material liability or obligation, indirect, direct or contingent, nor entered into any material transaction or agreement; and (iii) there has been no dividend or distribution of any kind declared, paid or made by either of the Transaction Entities or, except for dividends paid to either of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries or joint ventures, any of their subsidiaries or joint ventures on any class of capital shares or repurchase or redemption by either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or joint ventures of any class of capital shares.

 

(j)                                    Independent Accountants. KPMG LLP, who has certified the financial statements (which term as used in this Agreement includes the related notes thereto and any schedules) included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and included or incorporated by reference in the Prospectus, is an independent registered public accounting firm with respect to the Transaction Entities as required by the Securities Act and the Exchange Act.

 

(k)                                 Preparation of the Financial Statements. The financial statements filed with the Commission as a part of or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and included or incorporated by reference in the Prospectus present fairly the consolidated financial position of each of the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries as of and at the dates indicated and the results of their operations and cash flows for the periods specified. The supporting schedules included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus present fairly the information required to be stated therein. Such financial statements comply as to form with the applicable accounting requirements of the Securities Act and have been prepared in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) applied on a consistent basis throughout the periods involved, except as may be expressly stated in the related notes thereto. No other financial statements or supporting schedules are required under applicable law or the rules and regulations of the Commission to be included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. The selected historical operating and financial data set forth in or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus fairly presents the information set forth therein on a basis consistent with that of the audited financial statements contained in, or incorporated by reference in, the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. The pro forma financial statements and the related notes thereto included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus present fairly the information shown therein, have been prepared in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines with respect to pro forma financial statements and have been properly compiled on the bases described therein, and the assumptions used in the preparation thereof are reasonable and the adjustments used therein are appropriate to give effect to the transactions and circumstances referred to therein. Except as included therein, no pro forma financial statements or supporting schedules are required to be included or incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement or the Prospectus. Each of the Transaction Entities’ ratios of earnings to

 

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fixed charges set forth or incorporated by reference in the Prospectus and in Exhibit 12 to the Registration Statement have been calculated in compliance with Item 503(d) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act. The interactive data in eXtensible Business Reporting Language incorporated by reference in to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus fairly presents the information called for in all material respects and has been prepared in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines applicable thereto.

 

(l)                                     Formation and Good Standing of the Company and its Subsidiaries. (i) Each of the Company and its subsidiaries has been duly formed or organized and is validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its formation or organization, except with respect to any subsidiaries as would not have a Material Adverse Effect (as defined below), and (ii) the Company and each of its subsidiaries is duly qualified to transact business as a foreign entity and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which such qualification is required, whether by reason of the ownership or leasing of property or the conduct of business, except in each case where the failure to so qualify or be in good standing would not, individually or in the aggregate, result in a material adverse effect on the condition, financial or otherwise, or on the earnings, business, properties, operations or prospects, whether or not arising from transactions in the ordinary course of business, of the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries, considered as one entity (a “Material Adverse Effect”). Each of the Company and its subsidiaries has the entity power and authority to own or lease, as the case may be, and operate its properties and to conduct its business as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and, in the case of the Company, to enter into, execute, deliver and perform all of its obligations under this Agreement and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby to be consummated on its part. All of the issued and outstanding shares of beneficial interest and/or capital stock of each subsidiary have been duly authorized and validly issued, are fully paid and non-assessable and are owned by the Company, directly or through subsidiaries, free and clear of any security interest, mortgage, pledge, lien, encumbrance or claim. The Company does not own or control, directly or indirectly, any corporation, association or other entity other than the subsidiaries and joint ventures listed on Schedule 4 attached hereto.

 

(m)                             Formation and Good Standing of the Operating Partnership. The Operating Partnership has been duly formed and is validly existing as a limited partnership in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware, is duly qualified to do business and is in good standing as a foreign limited partnership in each jurisdiction in which its ownership or lease of property and other assets or the conduct of its business requires such qualification, except where the failure to so qualify or be in good standing, individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, and has all partnership power and authority necessary to own or hold its properties and other assets, to conduct the business in which it is engaged and to enter into, execute and deliver and perform all of its obligations under this Agreement and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby to be consummated on its part. The Company is the sole general partner of the Operating Partnership and, as of the date of this Agreement, owns a 98.9% interest in the Operating Partnership.

 

(n)                                 Capitalization and Other Capital Share Matters. The Company’s authorized and issued capitalization is as set forth in the documents incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and has not changed, except for subsequent issuances, if any, pursuant to this Agreement or the Alternative Distribution Agreements or

 

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pursuant to reservations, agreements, benefit plans, outstanding options, warrants or convertibles securities, rights or other plans and arrangements referred to in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. The Shares conform in all material respects to the description thereof contained or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. All of the issued and outstanding capital shares of the Company have been duly authorized and validly issued, are fully paid and non-assessable and have been issued in compliance with all federal and applicable state securities laws. None of the outstanding capital shares of the Company were issued in violation of any preemptive rights, rights of first refusal or other similar rights to subscribe for or purchase securities of the Company. There are no authorized or outstanding options, warrants, preemptive rights, rights of first refusal or other rights to purchase, or equity or debt securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for, any shares of beneficial interest of the Company or any of its subsidiaries other than those described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus or as provided in the declaration of trust of the Company. The description of the Company’s stock option, stock bonus and other stock plans or arrangements, and the options or other rights granted thereunder, set forth or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus accurately present the information required to be shown with respect to such plans, arrangements, options and rights and all such plans have been approved or adopted in accordance with applicable law, rule or regulations, including without limitation, the rules of the NYSE. All of the issued and outstanding limited partnership units of the Operating Partnership (“Units”) have been duly authorized and validly issued, and have been offered and sold in compliance with all applicable laws (including, without limitation, federal or state securities laws). The terms of the Units conform in all material respects to the descriptions thereof contained in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus or as provided in the partnership agreement of the Operating Partnership, (i) no Units are reserved for any purpose, (ii) there are no outstanding securities convertible into or exchangeable for any Units, and (iii) there are no outstanding options, rights (preemptive or otherwise) or warrants to purchase or subscribe for Units or any other securities of the Operating Partnership.

 

(o)                                 Non-Contravention of Existing Instruments. Neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries is (i) in violation or in default (or, with the giving of notice or lapse of time, would be in default) (“Default”) under its declaration of trust, charter, certificate of limited partnership, by-laws, limited partnership agreement or other organizational documents, as the case may be, (ii) in Default under any indenture, mortgage, loan or credit agreement, deed of trust, note, contract, franchise, lease or other agreement, obligation, condition, covenant or instrument to which such Transaction Entity or subsidiary is a party or by which it may be bound, or to which any of the property or assets of a Transaction Entity or any of its subsidiaries is subject (each, an “Existing Instrument”) or (iii) in violation of any statute, law, rule, regulation, judgment, order or decree of any court, regulatory body, administrative agency, governmental body, arbitrator or other authority having jurisdiction over a Transaction Entity or subsidiary or any of its properties, as applicable, except with respect to clauses (ii) and (iii), for such Defaults or violations as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(p)                                 No Further Authorizations or Approvals Required. The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by each of the Transaction Entities and consummation of the transactions contemplated herein by the Transaction Entities, by the

 

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Registration Statement and by the Prospectus (i) have been duly authorized by all necessary trust or partnership action, as applicable, and will not result in any Default under the declaration of trust or by-laws of the Company, the certificate of limited partnership or agreement of limited partnership of the Operating Partnership or any organizational document of any subsidiary thereof, (ii) will not conflict with or constitute a breach of, or Default or a Debt Repayment Triggering Event (as defined below) under, or result in the creation or imposition of any lien, charge or encumbrance upon any property or assets of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries pursuant to, or require the consent of any other party to, any Existing Instrument, except for such conflicts, breaches, defaults or Debt Repayment Triggering Event or liens, charges or encumbrances that could not result in a Material Adverse Effect, and (iii) will not result in any violation of any statute, law, rule, regulation, judgment, order or decree applicable to the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries of any court, regulatory body, administrative agency, governmental body, arbitrator or other authority having jurisdiction over the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or any of their properties. No consent, approval, authorization or other order of, or registration or filing with, any court or other governmental or regulatory authority or agency is required for the execution and delivery by each of the Transaction Entities of, and the performance by each of the Transaction Entities of its respective obligations under the Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby, except for (A) those that have been obtained or made by each of the Transaction Entities and are in full force and effect under the Securities Act, (B) as may be made or obtained under the Securities Act, applicable state securities or blue sky laws and from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) or (C) any additional listing application for the Shares on the NYSE. As used herein, a “Debt Repayment Triggering Event” means any event or condition which gives, or with the giving of notice or lapse of time would give, the holder of any note, debenture or other evidence of indebtedness (or any person acting on such holder’s behalf) the right to require the repurchase, redemption or repayment of all or a portion of such indebtedness by either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries.

 

(q)                                 No Material Actions or Proceedings. Except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, there are no legal or governmental actions, suits or proceedings pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened against or affecting the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries, (i) which has as the subject thereof any officer, director or trustee of, or property owned or leased by, the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or (ii) relating to environmental or discrimination matters, where in either such case, (A) there is a reasonable possibility that such action, suit or proceeding might be determined adversely to such Transaction Entity or subsidiary, or any officer, director or trustee of, or property owned or leased by, the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries and (B) any such action, suit or proceeding, if so determined adversely, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect or adversely affect the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

 

(r)                                    Labor Matters. No labor problem or dispute with the employees of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries exists or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, is threatened or imminent, and neither of the Transaction Entities is aware of any existing, threatened or imminent labor disturbance by the employees of any of its or its

 

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subsidiaries’ principal suppliers, contractors or customers, that could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(s)                                   Intellectual Property Rights. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries own, possess, license or have other rights to use, or can acquire on reasonable terms, all patents, patent applications, trade and service marks, trade and service mark registrations, trade names, copyrights, licenses, inventions, trade secrets, technology, know-how and other intellectual property (collectively, the “Intellectual Property”) necessary for the conduct of the Transaction Entities’ business as now conducted or as proposed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus to be conducted. Except as set forth in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, no party has been granted an exclusive license to use any portion of such Intellectual Property owned by the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries. There is no (i) to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, infringement by third parties of any such Intellectual Property owned by or exclusively licensed to the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries, (ii) pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened action, suit, proceeding or claim by others challenging the Transaction Entities’ or their subsidiaries’ rights in or to any Intellectual Property, and the Transaction Entities are unaware of any facts that would form a reasonable basis for any such claim, (iii) no pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened action, suit, proceeding or claim by others challenging the validity or scope of any such Intellectual Property, and the Transaction Entities are unaware of any facts that would form a reasonable basis for any such claim, and (iv) no pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened action, suit, proceeding or claim by others that either of the Transaction Entities’ business as now conducted infringes or otherwise violates any patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret or other proprietary rights of others, and the Transaction Entities are unaware of any other fact that would form a reasonable basis for any such claim, except in each case, any such action, suit, proceeding or claim that would not, individually or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(t)                                    All Necessary Permits, etc. The Transaction Entities and each of their subsidiaries possess such valid and current licenses, certificates, authorizations or permits issued by the appropriate state, federal or foreign regulatory agencies or bodies necessary to conduct their respective businesses, as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, except where failure to possess any such licenses, certificates, authorizations or permits would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect, and neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries has received any notice of proceedings relating to the revocation or modification of, or non-compliance with, any such license, certificate, authorization or permit which, singly or in the aggregate, if the subject of an unfavorable decision, ruling or finding, would have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(u)                                 Title to Properties. The Transaction Entities and each of their subsidiaries have good and marketable title to all the properties and assets reflected as owned in the financial statements of the Transaction Entities that are incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement (or otherwise described in the Prospectus) (collectively, the “Properties”), in each case free and clear of any security interests, mortgages, liens, encumbrances, equities, claims and other defects, except (i) as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus or (ii) those which do not, singly or in the aggregate, materially affect the value of such Property and do not interfere with the use made or proposed to

 

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be made of such Property by the Transaction Entities, any subsidiary or a joint venture entity in which either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries owns a minority interest. The real property, improvements, equipment and personal property held under lease by the Transaction Entities or any subsidiary are held under valid and enforceable leases, with such exceptions as are not material and do not materially interfere with the use made or proposed to be made of such real property, improvements, equipment or personal property by the Transaction Entities or such subsidiary. The Operating Partnership or a subsidiary thereof has obtained title insurance on the fee interest in each of the Properties, in an amount that is commercially reasonable for each Property, but at least equal to the purchase price of each such Property. All such policies of insurance are in full force and effect.

 

(v)                                 Tax Law Compliance. The Transaction Entities and their consolidated subsidiaries have filed all necessary federal, state, local and foreign income and franchise tax returns in a timely manner and have paid all taxes required to be paid by any of them and, if due and payable, any related or similar assessment, fine or penalty levied against any of them, except for (i) any taxes, assessments, fines or penalties as may be being contested in good faith and by appropriate proceedings and (ii) any tax returns or taxes where failure to file or pay would not have a Material Adverse Effect. Each of the Transaction Entities has made appropriate provisions in its respective financial statements that are incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement (or otherwise described in the Prospectus) in respect of all federal, state, local and foreign income and franchise taxes for all current or prior periods as to which the tax liability of the respective Transaction Entity or any of its consolidated subsidiaries has not been finally determined, except to the extent of any inadequacy that would not result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(w)                               Tax Classification of the Operating Partnership. The Operating Partnership has been properly classified either as a partnership or as an entity disregarded as separate from the Company for federal tax purposes throughout the period from its formation through the date hereof.

 

(x)                                 Company Not an “Investment Company”. Neither of the Transaction Entities is, and after receipt of payment for the Shares and the application of the proceeds thereof as contemplated under the caption “Use of Proceeds” in the Prospectus, neither of the Transaction Entities will be required to register as, an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

(y)                                 Compliance with Reporting Requirements. Each of the Transaction Entities is subject to and in compliance in all material respects with the reporting requirements of Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act.

 

(z)                                  Insurance. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries are insured by recognized, financially sound and reputable institutions with policies in such amounts and with such deductibles and covering such risks as are generally deemed adequate and customary for their businesses. To the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, all policies of insurance and fidelity or surety bonds insuring the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or their respective businesses, assets, employees, officers, directors and trustees are in full force and effect; the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries are in compliance with the terms of such

 

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policies and instruments in all material respects and there are no material claims by the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries under any such policy or instrument as to which any insurance company is denying liability or defending under a reservation of rights clause; and neither of the Transaction Entities nor any such subsidiary has been refused any insurance coverage sought or applied for. Neither of the Transaction Entities has any reason to believe that it or any of its subsidiaries will not be able (i) to renew its existing insurance coverage as and when such policies expire or (ii) to obtain comparable coverage from similar institutions as may be necessary or appropriate to conduct its business as now conducted and at a cost that would not have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(aa)                          No Restrictions on Dividends or Other Distributions. No subsidiary of the Transaction Entities is currently prohibited, directly or indirectly, from paying any dividends or other distributions to the Transaction Entities, from making any other distribution on such subsidiary’s capital stock, from repaying to the Transaction Entities any loans or advances to such subsidiary from the Transaction Entities or from transferring any of such subsidiary’s property or assets to the Transaction Entities or any other subsidiary of the Transaction Entities, except as described in or contemplated by the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.

 

(bb)                          No Price Stabilization or Manipulation; Actively Traded Security. The Transaction Entities have not taken and will not take, directly or indirectly, any action designed to or that might be reasonably expected to cause or result in stabilization or manipulation of the price of the Shares to facilitate the sale or resale of the Shares. The Shares are an “actively traded security” excepted from the requirements of Rule 101 of Regulation M under the Exchange Act by subsection (c)(1) of such rule.

 

(cc)                            Related Party Transactions. There are no business relationships or related-party transactions involving either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or any other person required to be described in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus that have not been described, or incorporated by reference, as required.

 

(dd)                          No Material Weakness in Internal Controls. Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, or in any document incorporated by reference therein, since the end of the Transaction Entities’ most recent audited fiscal year for the Transaction Entities, there has been (i) no material weakness in the Transaction Entities’ internal control over financial reporting (whether or not remediated) and (ii) no change in the Transaction Entities’ internal control over financial reporting that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Transaction Entities’ internal control over financial reporting.

 

(ee)                            Disclosure Controls. Each of the Transaction Entities maintains an effective system of “disclosure controls and procedures” (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act) that is designed to ensure that information relating to such Transaction Entity and its consolidated subsidiaries and required to be disclosed by such Transaction Entity in reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms, including controls and procedures designed to ensure that such information is accumulated and communicated to such Transaction Entity’s management as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required

 

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disclosure. Each Transaction Entity has carried out evaluations of the effectiveness of its disclosure controls and procedures as required by Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act.

 

(ff)                              Internal Controls and Procedures. Each Transaction Entity maintains (i) effective internal control over financial reporting as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act, and (ii) a system of internal accounting controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurance that (A) transactions are executed in accordance with management’s general or specific authorizations; (B) transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP and to maintain asset accountability; (C) access to assets is permitted only in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization; (D) the recorded accountability for assets is compared with the existing assets at reasonable intervals and appropriate action is taken with respect to any differences; and (E) the interactive data in eXtensible Business Reporting Language incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus fairly presents the information called for in all material respects and is prepared in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines applicable thereto.

 

(gg)                            Stock Options. With respect to the stock options (the “Stock Options”) granted pursuant to the stock-based compensation plans of the Company (the “Company Stock Plans”), (i) each Stock Option designated by the Company at the time of grant as an “incentive stock option” under Section 422 of the Code, so qualifies, (ii) each grant of a Stock Option was duly authorized no later than the date on which the grant of such Stock Option was by its terms to be effective (the “Grant Date”) by all necessary corporate action, including, as applicable, approval by the board of trustees of the Company (or a duly constituted and authorized committee thereof) and any required shareholder approval by the necessary number of votes or written consents, and the award agreement governing such grant (if any) was duly executed and delivered by each party thereto, (iii) each such grant was made in accordance with the terms of the Company Stock Plans, the Exchange Act and all other applicable laws and regulatory rules or requirements, including the rules of the NYSE, (iv) the per share exercise price of each Stock Option was equal to or greater than the fair market value of a Common Share on the applicable Grant Date and (v) each such grant was properly accounted for in accordance with GAAP in the consolidated financial statements (including the related notes) of the Company and disclosed in the Company’s filings with the Commission in accordance with the Exchange Act and all other applicable laws. The Company has not knowingly granted, and there is no and has been no policy or practice of the Company or any of its subsidiaries of granting, Stock Options prior to, or otherwise coordinating the grant of Stock Options with, the release or other public announcement of material information regarding the Company or its results of operations or prospects.

 

(hh)                          No Unlawful Contributions or Other Payments. Neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of the Company, any director, trustee, officer, agent, employee or affiliate of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries is aware of or has taken any action, directly or indirectly, that would result in a violation by such persons of the FCPA (as defined herein), including, without limitation, making use of the mails or any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce corruptly in furtherance of an offer, payment, promise to pay or authorization of the payment of any money, or other property, gift, promise to give, or authorization of the giving of anything of value to any “foreign official” (as such term is defined in the FCPA) or any foreign political party or official thereof or

 

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any candidate for foreign political office, in contravention of the FCPA, and the Transaction Entities, their subsidiaries and, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, their affiliates have conducted their businesses in compliance with the FCPA and have instituted and maintain policies and procedures designed to ensure, and which are reasonably expected to continue to ensure, continued compliance therewith. “FCPA” means the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder.

 

(ii)                                  No Conflict with Money Laundering Laws. The operations of the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries are and have been conducted at all times in compliance with applicable financial recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended, the money laundering statutes of all applicable jurisdictions, the rules and regulations thereunder and any related or similar rules, regulations or guidelines issued, administered or enforced by any governmental agency (collectively, the “Money Laundering Laws”) and no action, suit or proceeding by or before any court or governmental agency, authority or body or any arbitrator involving the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries with respect to the Money Laundering Laws is pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened.

 

(jj)                                No Conflict with OFAC Laws. Neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of the Company, any director, trustee, officer, agent, employee or affiliate of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries is currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department (“OFAC”); and the Transaction Entities will not directly or indirectly use the proceeds of the offering, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available such proceeds, to any subsidiary, joint venture partner or other person or entity, for the purpose of financing the activities of any person currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by OFAC.

 

(kk)                          Compliance with Laws. (i) Neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries knows of any violation of any municipal, state or federal law, rule or regulation (including those pertaining to environmental matters) concerning any Properties or any part thereof which could have a Material Adverse Effect; (ii) each of the Properties complies with all applicable zoning laws, ordinances, regulations and deed restrictions or other covenants in all material respects and, if and to the extent there is a failure to comply, such failure does not materially impair the value of any of the Properties and will not result in a forfeiture or reversion of title; (iii) neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries have received from any governmental authority any written notice of any condemnation of or zoning change affecting the Properties or any part thereof, and neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries knows of any such condemnation or zoning change which is threatened and which if consummated could have a Material Adverse Effect; (iv) all liens, charges, encumbrances, claims, or restrictions on or affecting the properties and assets (including the Properties) of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries that are required to be described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus are disclosed therein; (v) no lessee of any portion of any of the Properties is in default under any of the leases governing such properties and there is no event which, but for the passage of time or the giving of notice or both would constitute a default under any of such leases, except such defaults that could not have a Material Adverse Effect; (vi) all water, stormwater, sanitary sewer, electricity and telephone service are available at the property lines of each Property over duly dedicated streets or

 

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perpetual easements of record benefiting the applicable Property other than as could not have a Material Adverse Effect; and (vii) no tenant under any lease pursuant to which the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries leases the Properties has an option or right of first refusal to purchase the premises leased thereunder or the building of which such premises are a part, except as such options or rights of first refusal which, if exercised, could not have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(ll)                                  Compliance with Environmental Laws. Except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, (i) neither the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries is in violation of any federal, state, local or foreign law, regulation, order, permit or other requirement relating to pollution or protection of human health or the environment (including, without limitation, ambient air, surface water, groundwater, land surface or subsurface strata) or wildlife, including, without limitation, laws and regulations relating to emissions, discharges, releases of chemicals, pollutants, contaminants, wastes, toxic substances, hazardous substances, petroleum and petroleum products (collectively, “Materials of Environmental Concern”), or otherwise relating to the manufacture, processing, distribution, use, treatment, storage, disposal, transport or handling of Materials of Environmental Concern (collectively, “Environmental Laws”), which violation includes, but is not limited to, noncompliance with any permits or other governmental authorizations required for the operation of the business of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus under applicable Environmental Laws, or noncompliance with the terms and conditions thereof, nor have the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries received any written communication that alleges that either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries is in violation of any Environmental Law, except in each case as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect; (ii) there is no claim, action or cause of action filed with a court or governmental authority, no investigation with respect to which either of the Transaction Entities has received written notice, and no written notice by any person or entity alleging potential liability for investigatory costs, cleanup costs, governmental responses costs, natural resources damages, property damages, personal injuries, attorneys’ fees or penalties arising out of, based on or resulting from the presence, or release into the environment, of any Material of Environmental Concern at any location owned, leased or operated by the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries, now or in the past (collectively, “Environmental Claims”), pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened against the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or any person or entity whose liability for any Environmental Claim the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries has retained or assumed either contractually or by operation of law, except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect; (iii) to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, there are no past, present or anticipated future actions, activities, circumstances, conditions, events or incidents, including, without limitation, the release, emission, discharge, presence or disposal of any Material of Environmental Concern, that reasonably could result in a violation of any Environmental Law, require expenditures to be incurred pursuant to Environmental Law, or form the basis of a potential Environmental Claim against the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or against any person or entity whose liability for any Environmental Claim the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries has retained or assumed either contractually or by operation of law, except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect; and (iv) neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries is subject to any pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened proceeding under

 

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Environmental Law to which a governmental authority is a party and which is reasonably likely to result in monetary sanctions of $100,000 or more.

 

(mm)                  Periodic Review of Costs of Environmental Compliance. In the ordinary course of its business, the Transaction Entities conduct a periodic review of the effect of Environmental Laws on the business, operations and properties of the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries, in the course of which they identify and evaluate associated costs and liabilities (including, without limitation, any capital or operating expenditures required for clean-up, closure of properties or compliance with Environmental Laws or any permit, license or approval, any related constraints on operating activities and any potential liabilities to third parties). On the basis of such review and the amount of their established reserves, the Transaction Entities reasonably concluded that such associated costs and liabilities would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect, except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.

 

(nn)                          ERISA Compliance. Each of the Transaction Entities and its subsidiaries is in compliance with all presently applicable provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, including the regulations and published interpretations thereunder (“ERISA”); no “reportable event” (as defined in ERISA) has occurred with respect to any “pension plan” (as defined in ERISA) for which either of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries would have any liability; neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries has incurred and reasonably expects to incur liability under (i) Title IV of ERISA with respect to termination of, or withdrawal from, any “pension plan” or (ii) Section 412 or 4971 of the Code, including the regulations and published interpretations thereunder; and each “pension plan” for which either of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries would have any liability that is intended to be qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code has received a favorable determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service that such plan is so qualified and, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, nothing has occurred, whether by action or by failure to act, which would cause the loss of such qualification, except in each case where such non-compliance, reportable events, liabilities or failure to be so qualified could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(oo)                          Brokers. Except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, there is no broker, finder or other party that is entitled to receive from either of the Transaction Entities any brokerage or finder’s fee or other fee or commission as a result of any transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

 

(pp)                          No Outstanding Loans or Other Indebtedness. There are no outstanding loans, advances (except normal advances for business expenses in the ordinary course of business) or guarantees or indebtedness by either of the Transaction Entities to or for the benefit of any of the officers, trustees or partners of the Company or the Operating Partnership, as applicable, or any of the members of any of their families, except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.

 

(qq)                          Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance. There is and has been no failure on the part of the Transaction Entities and any of the Company’s trustees or the Transaction Entities’ officers, in their capacities as such, to comply in all material respects with any provision of the

 

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Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules and regulations promulgated in connection therewith (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”), including Section 402 related to loans and Sections 302 and 906 related to certifications.

 

(rr)                                Statistical and Market Related Data. Nothing has come to the attention of the Transaction Entities that has caused the Transaction Entities to believe that the statistical and market-related data included in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus is not based on or derived from sources that are reliable and accurate in all material respects.

 

(ss)                              Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Each of the Properties is in compliance with all presently applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, except for such failures to comply as could not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(tt)                                NYSE Compliance. The Company is in compliance with the rules and regulations of the NYSE, including, without limitation, the requirements for continued listing of the Shares on the NYSE, and there are no actions, suits or proceedings pending, threatened or, to the Company’s knowledge, contemplated, and the Company has not received any notice from the NYSE, regarding the revocation of such or otherwise regarding the delisting of the Shares from the NYSE.

 

(uu)                          FINRA Compliance. To the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, no trustee or officer of the Company has any association with any FINRA member

 

(vv)                          Forward-Looking Statements. Each financial or operational projection or other “forward-looking statement” (as defined by Section 27A of the Securities Act or Section 21E of the Exchange Act) regarding such financial or operational projection contained in any Prospectus Supplement or the Prospectus was so included by the Company in good faith and with reasonable basis after due consideration by the Company of the underlying assumptions, estimates and other applicable facts and circumstances as reasonably determined by the Company.

 

(ww)                      Purchase and Sale of Shares by the Manager. The Company acknowledges and agrees to the Manager trading in the Common Shares, subject to the requirements of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, for the Manager’s own account and for the account of its clients at the same time as sales of the Shares occur pursuant to this Agreement or any agreement entered into pursuant to this Agreement, provided that the Company shall not be deemed to have authorized, instructed or directed any such trading by the Manager.

 

(xx)                          Officer’s Certificates. Any certificate signed by an officer of the Company and delivered to the Manager or to counsel for the Manager shall be deemed to be a representation and warranty by the Company to the Manager as to the matters set forth therein.

 

(yy)                          Opinions. The Transaction Entities acknowledge that the Manager and, for purposes of the opinions to be delivered pursuant to Section 7 hereof, counsel to the Company and counsel to the Manager, will rely upon the accuracy and truthfulness of the foregoing representations and hereby consent to such reliance.

 

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7.                                      Covenants of the Transaction Entities. The Transaction Entities, jointly and severally, covenant and agree with the Manager that:

 

(a)                                 Registration Statement Amendments; Payment of Fees. After the date of this Agreement and during any period in which a Prospectus relating to any Placement Shares is required to be delivered by the Manager under the Securities Act (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act); (i) the Company will notify the Manager promptly of the time when any subsequent amendment to the Registration Statement, other than documents incorporated by reference, has been filed with the Commission and/or has become effective or any subsequent supplement to the Prospectus has been filed and of any comment letter from the Commission or any request by the Commission for any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement or Prospectus or for additional information; (ii) the Company will prepare and file with the Commission, promptly upon the Manager’s request, any amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement or Prospectus that, in the Manager’s reasonable opinion, may be necessary or advisable in connection with the distribution of the Placement Shares by the Manager (provided, however, that the failure of the Manager to make such request shall not relieve the Company of any obligation or liability hereunder, or affect the Manager’s right to rely on the representations and warranties made by the Transaction Entities in this Agreement); (iii) the Company will not file any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement or Prospectus, other than documents incorporated by reference, relating to the Placement Shares or a security convertible into the Placement Shares unless a copy thereof has been submitted to the Manager within a reasonable period of time before the filing and the Manager has not reasonably objected thereto (provided, however, that the failure of the Manager to make such objection shall not relieve the Company of any obligation or liability hereunder, or affect the Manager’s right to rely on the representations and warranties made by the Company in this Agreement) and the Company will furnish to the Manager at the time of filing thereof a copy of any document that upon filing is deemed to be incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement or Prospectus, except for those documents available via EDGAR; and (iv) the Company will cause each amendment or supplement to the Prospectus, other than documents incorporated by reference, to be filed with the Commission as required pursuant to the applicable paragraph of Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act (without reliance on Rule 424(b)(8) of the Securities Act).

 

(b)                                 Notice of Commission Stop Orders. The Company will advise the Manager, promptly after it receives notice or obtains knowledge thereof, of the issuance or threatened issuance by the Commission of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or any other order preventing or suspending the use of the Prospectus, of the suspension of the qualification of the Placement Shares for offering or sale in any jurisdiction, or of the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for any such purpose or any examination pursuant to Section 8(e) of the Securities Act, or if the Company becomes the subject of a proceeding under Section 8A of the Securities Act in connection with the offering of the Shares; and it will promptly use its commercially reasonable efforts to prevent the issuance of any stop or other order or to obtain its withdrawal if such a stop or other order should be issued.

 

(c)                                  Delivery of Prospectus; Subsequent Changes. During any period in which a Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares is required to be delivered by the Manager

 

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under the Securities Act with respect to a pending sale of the Placement Shares (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), the Company will comply with all requirements imposed upon it by the Securities Act, as from time to time in force, and file on or before their respective due dates all reports and any definitive proxy or information statements required to be filed by the Company with the Commission pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14, 15(d) or any other provision of or under the Exchange Act. If during such period any event occurs as a result of which the Prospectus as then amended or supplemented would include an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances then existing, not misleading, or if during such period it is necessary to amend or supplement the Registration Statement or Prospectus to comply with the Securities Act, the Company will promptly notify the Manager to suspend the offering of Placement Shares during such period and the Company will promptly amend or supplement the Registration Statement or Prospectus (at the expense of the Company) so as to correct such statement or omission or effect such compliance.

 

(d)                                 Listing of Placement Shares. During any period in which the Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares is required to be delivered by the Manager under the Securities Act with respect to a pending sale of the Placement Shares (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), the Company will use its commercially reasonable efforts to cause the Placement Shares to be listed on the NYSE and to qualify the Placement Shares for sale under the securities laws of such jurisdictions as the Manager reasonably designates and to continue such qualifications in effect so long as required for the distribution of the Placement Shares; provided, however, that the Company shall not be required in connection therewith to qualify as a foreign entity or dealer in securities or file a general consent to service of process in any jurisdiction.

 

(e)                                  Filings with the NYSE. The Company will timely file with the NYSE all material documents and notices required by the NYSE of companies that have or will issue securities that are traded on the NYSE.

 

(f)                                   Delivery of Registration Statement and Prospectus. The Company will furnish to the Manager and its counsel (at the expense of the Company) copies of the Registration Statement, the Prospectus (including all documents incorporated by reference therein) and all amendments and supplements to the Registration Statement or Prospectus that are filed with the Commission during any period in which a Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares is required to be delivered under the Securities Act (including all documents filed with the Commission during such period that are deemed to be incorporated by reference therein), in each case as soon as reasonably practicable and in such quantities as the Manager may from time to time reasonably request and, at the Manager’s request, will also furnish copies of the Prospectus to each exchange or market on which sales of the Placement Shares may be made. The copies of the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and any supplements or amendments thereto furnished to the Manager will be identical to the electronically transmitted copies thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR, except to the extent permitted by Regulation S-T. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company will not be required to furnish any document (other than the Prospectus) to the Manager to the extent such document is available on EDGAR.

 

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(g)                                  Earnings Statement. The Company will make generally available to its security holders as soon as practicable, but in any event not later than 15 months after the end of the Company’s current fiscal quarter, an earnings statement covering a 12-month period that satisfies the provisions of Section 11(a) and Rule 158 of the Securities Act. “Earnings statement” and “make generally available” will have the meanings contained in Rule 158 under the Securities Act.

 

(h)                                 Expenses. The Company will pay all expenses incident to the performance of its obligations under this Agreement, including (i) the preparation, printing and filing of the Registration Statement (including financial statements and exhibits) as originally filed and of each amendment and supplement thereto, (ii) the word processing, printing and delivery to the Manager of this Agreement and such other documents as may be required in connection with the offering, purchase, sale, issuance or delivery of the Placement Shares, (iii) the preparation, issuance and delivery of the certificates for the Placement Shares to the Manager, including any stock or other transfer taxes and any capital duties, stamp duties or other duties or taxes payable upon the sale, issuance or delivery of the Placement Shares to the Manager, (iv) the fees and disbursements of the counsel, accountants and other advisors to the Company, (v) the qualification or exemption of the Placement Shares under securities laws, including filing fees and the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for the Manager in connection therewith and in connection with the preparation of the Blue Sky Survey and any supplements thereto, (vi) the printing and delivery to the Manager of copies of any permitted Issuer Free Writing Prospectus and the Prospectus and any amendments or supplements thereto and any costs associated with electronic delivery of any of the foregoing by the Manager to investors, (vii) the preparation, printing and delivery to the Manager of copies of the Blue Sky Survey and any Canadian “wrapper” and any supplements thereto, (viii) the fees and expenses of The Depository Trust Company and the transfer agent and registrar for the Shares, (ix) the filing fees incident to, and the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel to the Manager in connection with, the review by FINRA of the terms of the sale of the Shares (in an amount not to exceed $10,000) and (x) the fees and expenses incurred in connection with the listing of the Placement Shares on the NYSE.

 

(i)                                     Use of Proceeds. The Company will apply the net proceeds from the sale of the Shares to be sold by it hereunder in accordance in all material respects with the statements under the caption “Use of Proceeds” in the Prospectus.

 

(j)                                    Notice of Other Sales. During the pendency of any Placement Notice given hereunder, the Company shall provide the Manager with prior written notice as promptly as reasonably possible before it offers to sell, contracts to sell, sells, grants any option to sell or otherwise disposes of any Shares or securities convertible into or exchangeable for Shares, warrants or any rights to purchase or acquire Shares; provided, that such notice shall not be required in connection with the (i) issuance, grant or sale of Shares, options to purchase Shares or Shares issuable upon the exercise of options or other equity awards pursuant to any stock option, stock bonus or other stock or compensatory plan or arrangement described in the Prospectus, (ii) the issuance of securities in connection with an acquisition, merger or sale or purchase of assets described in the Prospectus, (iii) the issuance or sale of Shares pursuant to any dividend reinvestment plan that the Company may adopt from time to time provided the implementation of such is disclosed to the Manager in advance, (iv) any Shares issuable upon the

 

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redemption of outstanding Units in accordance with the Second Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of the Operating Partnership, as amended, or (v) the issuance of Shares to be offered and sold through the Manager pursuant to this Agreement or the Alternative Managers pursuant to an Alternative Distribution Agreement or pursuant to any terms agreement entered into pursuant to this Agreement or the Alternative Distribution Agreements.

 

(k)                                 Change of Circumstances. The Company will, at any time during a fiscal quarter in which the Company intends to tender a Placement Notice or sell Placement Shares, advise the Manager promptly after it shall have received notice or obtained knowledge thereof, of any information or fact that would alter or affect in any material respect any opinion, certificate, letter or other document provided to the Manager pursuant to this Agreement.

 

(l)                                     Due Diligence Cooperation. The Transaction Entities will cooperate with any reasonable due diligence review conducted by the Manager or its agents in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby, including, without limitation, providing information and making available documents and senior officers, during regular business hours and at the Company’s principal offices, as the Manager may reasonably request.

 

(m)                             Required Filings Relating to Placement of Placement Shares. The Company agrees that on such dates as the Securities Act shall require, the Company will (i) file a prospectus supplement with the Commission under the applicable paragraph of Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act, which prospectus supplement will set forth, within the relevant period, the amount of Placement Shares sold through the Manager, the Net Proceeds to the Company and the compensation payable by the Company to the Manager with respect to such Placement Shares, and (ii) deliver such number of copies of each such prospectus supplement to each exchange or market on which such sales were effected as may be required by the rules or regulations of such exchange or market.

 

(n)                                 Representation Dates; Certificate. On or prior to the date that the first Shares are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and (i) each time the Company (A) files a Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares or amends or supplements the Registration Statement or the Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares (other than a prospectus supplement filed in accordance with Section 7(m) of this Agreement) by means of a post-effective amendment, sticker, or supplement but not by means of incorporation of documents by reference into the Registration Statement or the Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares; (B) files an Annual Report on Form 10-K under the Exchange Act; (C) files a Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q under the Exchange Act; or (D) files a Current Report on Form 8-K containing amended financial information (other than an earnings release, to “furnish” information pursuant to Items 2.02 or 7.01 of Form 8-K or to provide disclosure pursuant to Item 8.01 of Form 8-K relating to the reclassifications of certain properties as discontinued operations in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 144) under the Exchange Act or (ii) at any other time reasonably requested by the Manager (each date of filing of one or more of the documents referred to in clauses (A) through (D) shall be a “Representation Date”); the Company shall furnish the Manager with a certificate, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n) within three (3) Trading Days of any Representation Date. The requirement to provide a certificate under this Section 7(n) shall be deemed automatically waived for any Representation

 

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Date occurring at a time at which no Placement Notice is pending, which waiver shall continue until the earlier to occur of the date the Company delivers a Placement Notice hereunder (which for such calendar quarter shall be considered a Representation Date) and the next occurring Representation Date, at which time such automatic waiver shall apply again if no Placement Notice is pending at that time; provided, however, that such waiver shall not apply for any Representation Date on which the Company files an Annual Report on Form 10-K. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Company subsequently decides to sell Placement Shares following a Representation Date when the Company relied on such waiver and did not provide the Manager with a certificate under this Section 7(n), then before the Company delivers the Placement Notice or the Manager sells any Placement Shares, the Company shall provide the Manager with a certificate, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n), dated the date of the Placement Notice.

 

(o)                                 Legal Opinion of Company Counsel. On or prior to the date that the first Shares are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and within three (3) Trading Days of each Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n) for which no waiver is applicable, the Company shall cause to be furnished to the Manager written opinions of Pepper Hamilton LLP (“Company Counsel”), or other counsel satisfactory to the Manager, in form and substance satisfactory to the Manager and its counsel, dated the date that the opinion is required to be delivered, substantially similar to the forms attached hereto as Exhibit 7(o)(1) and Exhibit 7(o)(2), respectively, modified, as necessary, to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus as then amended or supplemented; provided, however, that in lieu of such opinions for subsequent Representation Dates, counsel may furnish the Manager with a letter (a “Reliance Letter”) to the effect that the Manager may rely on a prior opinion delivered under this Section 7(o) to the same extent as if it were dated the date of such letter (except that statements in such prior opinion shall be deemed to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus as amended or supplemented at such Representation Date).

 

(p)                                 Legal Opinion of the Manager’s Counsel. On or prior to the date that the first Shares are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and within three (3) Trading Days of each Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n) for which no waiver is applicable, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. shall deliver to the Manager a written opinion, in form and substance satisfactory to the Manager, dated the date that the opinion is required to be delivered; provided, however, that in lieu of such opinions for subsequent Representation Dates, counsel may furnish the Manager with a letter (a “Reliance Letter”) to the effect that the Manager may rely on a prior opinion delivered under this Section 7(p) to the same extent as if it were dated the date of such letter (except that statements in such prior opinion shall be deemed to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus as amended or supplemented at such Representation Date).

 

(q)                                 Comfort Letter. On or prior to the date that the first Shares are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and within three (3) Trading Days of each Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n) for which no waiver is applicable, the Company shall cause its independent accountants (and any other independent accountants whose report is included in

 

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the Registration Statement or the Prospectus), to furnish the Manager letters (the “Comfort Letters”) in form and substance satisfactory to the Manager, (i) confirming that they are an independent registered public accounting firm within the meaning of the Securities Act, the Exchange Act and the PCAOB, (ii) stating, as of such date, the conclusions and findings of such firm with respect to the financial information and other matters ordinarily covered by accountants’ “comfort letters” to underwriters in connection with registered public offerings (the first such letter, the “Initial Comfort Letter”) and (iii) updating the Initial Comfort Letter with any information that would have been included in the Initial Comfort Letter had it been given on such date and modified as necessary to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, as amended and supplemented to the date of such letter.

 

(r)                                    Market Activities. The Company will not, directly or indirectly, (i) take any action designed to cause or result in, or that constitutes or might reasonably be expected to constitute, the stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company to facilitate the sale or resale of the Shares or (ii) sell, bid for, or purchase the Shares to be issued and sold pursuant to this Agreement, or pay anyone any compensation for soliciting purchases of the Shares to be issued and sold pursuant to this Agreement other than the Manager or an Alternative Manager; provided, however, that the Company may bid for and purchase its Shares in accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act; and provided further, that (A) no such bids or purchases shall be made by the Company during the three (3) Trading Days before or after any sale of any Shares pursuant to this Agreement and (B) the Company agrees to suspend any pending Placement Notice and to promptly provide notice of the same to the Manager upon determining to make such bids or purchases in accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act.

 

(s)                                   Insurance. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries shall maintain, or caused to be maintained, insurance in such amounts and covering such risks as is reasonable and customary for companies engaged in similar businesses in similar industries.

 

(t)                                    Compliance with Laws. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries shall maintain, or cause to be maintained, all material environmental permits, licenses and other authorizations required by federal, state and local law in order to conduct their businesses as described in the Prospectus, and the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries shall conduct their businesses, or cause their businesses to be conducted, in substantial compliance with such permits, licenses and authorizations and with applicable environmental laws, except where the failure to maintain or be in compliance with such permits, licenses, authorizations and applicable laws could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(u)                                 Regulation M. If the Company has reason to believe that the exemptive provisions set forth in Rule 101(c)(1) of Regulation M under the Exchange Act are not satisfied with respect to the Company or the Shares, it shall promptly notify the Manager and sales of the Placement Shares under this Agreement shall be suspended until that or other exemptive provisions have been satisfied in the reasonable judgment of each party.

 

(v)                                 REIT Treatment. The Company currently intends to continue to qualify as a REIT under the Code and will use all reasonable efforts to enable the Company to continue to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a REIT under the Code for subsequent

 

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tax years that include any portion of the term of this Agreement; unless the Company’s board of trustees in good faith determines by resolution that it is in the best interests of the Company’s shareholders not to meet such requirements.

 

(w)                               Investment Company Act. The Company is familiar with the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder, and will in the future use its reasonable best efforts to ensure that the Transaction Entities will not be an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder.

 

(x)                                 Securities Act and Exchange Act. The Company will use its best efforts to comply with all requirements imposed upon it by the Securities Act and the Exchange Act as from time to time in force, so far as necessary to permit the continuance of sales of, or dealings in, the Placement Shares as contemplated by the provisions hereof and the Prospectus.

 

(y)                                 No Offer to Sell. Other than a Free Writing Prospectus (as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act) approved in advance in writing by the Company and the Manager in its capacity as principal or agent hereunder, neither the Manager nor the Company (including its agents and representatives, other than the Manager or the Alternative Managers, each in its capacity as such) will, directly or indirectly, make, use, prepare, authorize, approve or refer to any Free Writing Prospectus relating to the Shares to be sold by the Manager as principal or agent hereunder.

 

(z)                                  Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries will maintain and keep accurate books and records reflecting their assets and maintain internal accounting controls in a manner designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with GAAP and including those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company, (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit the preparation of the Company’s consolidated financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, (iii) that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with management’s and the Company’s trustees’ authorization, and (iv) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the Company’s assets that could have a material effect on its financial statements. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries will maintain such controls and other procedures, including, without limitation, those required by Sections 302 and 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the applicable regulations thereunder that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms, including, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including its Chief Executive Officer and principal financial officer, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure and to ensure that material information relating to the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries is made

 

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known to them by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which such periodic reports are being prepared. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries will use their best efforts to comply with all effective applicable provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

 

(aa)                          The Company shall maintain, at its expense, a registrar and transfer agent for the Shares.

 

(bb)                          The Company will use its reasonable best efforts to maintain the listing of its Common Shares (including the Shares) on the NYSE.

 

8.                                      Conditions to the Manager’s Obligations. The obligations of the Manager hereunder with respect to a Placement will be subject to the continuing accuracy and completeness of the representations and warranties made by the Transaction Entities herein, to the due performance by the Transaction Entities of their respective obligations hereunder, to the completion by the Manager of a due diligence review satisfactory to the Manager in its reasonable judgment, and to the continuing satisfaction (or waiver by the Manager in its sole discretion) of the following additional conditions:

 

(a)                                 Registration Statement Effective. The Registration Statement shall be effective and shall be available for (i) all sales of Placement Shares issued pursuant to all prior Placement Notices and (ii) the sale of all Placement Shares contemplated to be issued by any Placement Notice.

 

(b)                                 No Material Notices. None of the following events shall have occurred and be continuing: (i) receipt by the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries of any request for additional information from the Commission or any other federal or state governmental authority during the period of effectiveness of the Registration Statement, the response to which would require any post-effective amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement or the Prospectus; (ii) the issuance by the Commission or any other federal or state governmental authority of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or the initiation of any proceedings for that purpose; (iii) receipt by the Company of any notification with respect to the suspension of the qualification or exemption from qualification of any of the Placement Shares for sale in any jurisdiction or the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for such purpose; (iv) the occurrence of any event that makes any material statement made in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or any material document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated therein by reference untrue in any material respect or that requires the making of any changes in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus, or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or such documents so that, in the case of the Registration Statement, it will not contain any materially untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading and, that in the case of the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, it will not contain any materially untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

 

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(c)                                  No Misstatement or Material Omission. The Manager shall not have advised the Company that the Registration Statement or Prospectus, or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, contains an untrue statement of fact that in the Manager’s reasonable opinion is material, or omits to state a fact that in the Manager’s opinion is material and is required to be stated therein or is necessary to make the statements therein not misleading.

 

(d)                                 Material Changes. Except as contemplated in the Prospectus, or disclosed in the Company’s reports filed with the Commission, there shall not have been any material adverse change, on a consolidated basis, in the authorized shares of beneficial interest of the Company or the Operating Partnership or result in a Material Adverse Effect, or any development that could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, or any downgrading in or withdrawal of the rating assigned to any of the Company’s or the Operating Partnership’s securities (other than asset backed securities) by any rating organization or a public announcement by any rating organization that it has under surveillance or review its rating of any of the Company’s or the Operating Partnership’s securities (other than asset backed securities), the effect of which, in the case of any such action by a rating organization described above, in the reasonable judgment of the Manager (without relieving the Company or the Operating Partnership of any obligation or liability it may otherwise have), is so material as to make it impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the offering of the Placement Shares on the terms and in the manner contemplated in the Prospectus.

 

(e)                                  Legal Opinions. The Manager shall have received the opinions of (i) Company Counsel required to be delivered pursuant Section 7(o) and (ii) Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. required to be delivered pursuant Section 7(p), in each case on or before the date on which such delivery of such opinion is required pursuant to Section 7(o) and Section 7(p), respectively.

 

(f)                                   Comfort Letter. The Manager shall have received the Comfort Letter required to be delivered pursuant Section 7(q) on or before the date on which such delivery of such opinion is required pursuant to Section 7(q).

 

(g)                                  Representation Certificate. The Manager shall have received the certificate required to be delivered pursuant to Section 7(n) on or before the date on which delivery of such certificate is required pursuant to Section 7(n).

 

(h)                                 No Suspension. Trading in the Common Shares shall not have been suspended on the NYSE.

 

(i)                                     Other Materials. On each date on which the Company is required to deliver a certificate pursuant to Section 7(n), the Transaction Entities shall have furnished to the Manager such appropriate further information, certificates and documents as the Manager may have reasonably requested. All such opinions, certificates, letters and other documents shall have been in compliance with the provisions hereof. The Transaction Entities shall have furnished the Manager with such conformed copies of such opinions, certificates, letters and other documents as the Manager shall have reasonably requested.

 

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(j)                                    Securities Act Filings Made. All filings with the Commission required by Rule 424 under the Securities Act to have been filed prior to the issuance of any Placement Notice hereunder shall have been made within the applicable time period prescribed for such filing by Rule 424 under the Securities Act.

 

(k)                                 Approval for Listing. The Placement Shares shall either have been (i) approved for listing on the NYSE, subject only to notice of issuance, or (ii) the Company shall have filed an application for listing of the Placement Shares on the NYSE at, or prior to, the issuance of any Placement Notice.

 

(l)                                     No Termination Event. There shall not have occurred any event that would permit the Manager to terminate this Agreement pursuant to Section 11.

 

9.                                      Indemnification and Contribution.

 

(a)                                 Company and Operating Partnership Indemnification. The Company and Operating Partnership, on a joint and several basis, agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Manager and each person, if any, who controls the Manager within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act as follows:

 

(i)                                     against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense whatsoever, as incurred, arising out of any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), or the omission or alleged omission therefrom of a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, or arising out of any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact included in any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto), or the omission or alleged omission therefrom of a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading;

 

(ii)                                  against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense whatsoever, as incurred, to the extent of the aggregate amount paid in settlement of any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or of any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue statement or omission, or any such alleged untrue statement or omission; provided that (subject to Section 9(d) below) any such settlement is effected with the written consent of the Company or the Operating Partnership; and

 

(iii)                               against any and all expense whatsoever, as incurred (including the fees and disbursements of counsel), reasonably incurred in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue statement or omission, or any such alleged untrue statement or omission, to the extent that any such expense is not paid under (i) or (ii) above,

 

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provided, however, that this indemnity agreement shall not apply to any loss, liability, claim, damage or expense to the extent arising out of any untrue statement or omission or alleged untrue statement or omission made in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company by the Manager expressly for use in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), or in any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto).

 

(b)                                 The Manager Indemnification. The Manager agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Transaction Entities, each of their directors and/or trustees, each of their officers who signed the Registration Statement, and each person, if any, who controls the Transaction Entities within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense described in the indemnity contained in subsection (a) of this Section 9, as incurred, but only with respect to untrue statements or omissions, or alleged untrue statements or omissions, made in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company by the Manager expressly for use therein (the “Agent Content”).

 

(c)                                  Actions Against Parties; Notification. Each indemnified party shall give notice as promptly as reasonably practicable to each indemnifying party of any action commenced against it in respect of which indemnity may be sought hereunder, but failure to so notify an indemnifying party shall not relieve such indemnifying party from any liability hereunder to the extent it is not materially prejudiced as a result thereof and in any event shall not relieve it from any liability which it may have otherwise than on account of this indemnity agreement. Counsel to the indemnified parties shall be selected as follows: counsel to the Manager and each person, if any, who controls the Manager within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act shall be selected by the Manager; and counsel to the Transaction Entities, each of their directors and/or trustees, each of their officers who signed the Registration Statement and each person, if any, who controls the Transaction Entities within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act shall be selected by the Company. In case any such action is brought against any indemnified party and such indemnified party seeks or intends to seek indemnification from any indemnifying party, the indemnifying party will be entitled to participate in and, to the extent that it shall elect, jointly and with all other indemnifying parties similarly notified, by written notice to the indemnified person promptly after receiving the aforesaid notice from such indemnified person, to assume the defense thereof; provided, however, that counsel to the indemnifying party shall not (except with the consent of the indemnified party) also be counsel to the indemnified party. In no event shall the indemnifying parties be liable for the fees and expenses of more than one counsel (in addition to any local counsel) separate from their own counsel for the Manager and each person, if any, who controls the Manager within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act, and the fees and expenses of more than one counsel (in addition to any local counsel) separate from their own counsel for the Company, its directors, each of its officers who signed the Registration Statement and each person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act, in each case in connection with any one action or separate but similar or related actions in the same jurisdiction arising out of the same general allegations

 

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or circumstances. No indemnifying party shall, without the prior written consent of the indemnified parties, settle or compromise or consent to the entry of any judgment with respect to any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever in respect of which indemnification or contribution could be sought under this Section 9 (whether or not the indemnified parties are actual or potential parties thereto), unless such settlement, compromise or consent (i) includes an unconditional release of each indemnified party from all liability arising out of such litigation, investigation, proceeding or claim and (ii) does not include a statement as to or an admission of fault, culpability or a failure to act by or on behalf of any indemnified party.

 

(d)                                 Settlement Without Consent if Failure to Reimburse. If at any time an indemnified party shall have requested an indemnifying party to reimburse the indemnified party for fees and expenses of counsel as contemplated by this Section 9, such indemnifying party agrees that it shall be liable for any settlement of the nature contemplated by Section 9(a)(ii) effected without its written consent if (i) such settlement is entered into more than 45 days after receipt by such indemnifying party of the aforesaid request, (ii) such indemnifying party shall have received notice of the terms of such settlement at least 30 days prior to such settlement being entered into and (iii) such indemnifying party shall not have reimbursed such indemnified party in accordance with such request prior to the date of such settlement.

 

(e)                                  Contribution. If the indemnification provided for in Section 9 hereof is for any reason unavailable to or insufficient to hold harmless an indemnified party in respect of any losses, liabilities, claims, damages or expenses referred to therein, then each indemnifying party shall contribute to the aggregate amount of such losses, liabilities, claims, damages and expenses incurred by such indemnified party, as incurred, (i) in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefits received by the Transaction Entities, on the one hand, and the Manager, on the other hand, from the offering of the Shares pursuant to this Agreement or (ii) if the allocation provided by clause (i) is not permitted by applicable law, in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect not only the relative benefits referred to in clause (i) above but also the relative fault of the Transaction Entities, on the one hand, and of the Manager, on the other hand, in connection with the statements or omissions, which resulted in such losses, liabilities, claims damages or expenses, as well as any other relevant equitable considerations.

 

The relative benefits received by the Transaction Entities, on the one hand, and the Manager, on the other hand, in connection with the offering of the Shares pursuant to this Agreement shall be deemed to be in the same respective proportions as the total net proceeds from the offering of the Shares pursuant to this Agreement (before deducting expenses) received by the Company and the total commissions received by the Manager, bear to the aggregate public offering price of the Shares.

 

The relative fault of the Transaction Entities, on the one hand, and the Manager, on the other hand, shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether any such untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact or omission or alleged omission to state a material fact relates to information supplied by the Company or by the Manager and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such statement or omission.

 

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The Company, the Operating Partnership and the Manager agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this Section 9(e) were determined by pro rata allocation or by any other method of allocation which does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to above in this Section 9(e). The aggregate amount of losses, liabilities, claims, damages and expenses incurred by an indemnified party and referred to above in this Section 9(e) shall be deemed to include any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by such indemnified party in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission.

 

Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 9(e), the Manager shall not be required to contribute any amount in excess of the amount by which the total compensation received by it under this Agreement exceeds the amount of any damages which the Manager has otherwise been required to pay by reason of any such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission.

 

No person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation (within the meaning of Section 11(f) of the Securities Act) shall be entitled to contribution from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation.

 

For purposes of this Section 9(e), each person, if any, who controls the Manager within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act shall have the same rights to contribution as the Manager, and each director and/or trustee of the Transaction Entities, each officer of the Transaction Entities who signed the Registration Statement, and each person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act shall have the same rights to contribution as the Company.

 

10.                               Representations and Agreements to Survive Delivery. The indemnity and contribution agreements contained in Section 9 of this Agreement and all representations and warranties of the Transaction Entities herein or in certificates delivered pursuant hereto shall survive, as of their respective dates, regardless of (a) any investigation made by or on behalf of the Manager, any controlling persons, or the Company or the Operating Partnership (or any of their respective officers, trustees, partners or controlling persons), (b) delivery and acceptance of the Placement Shares and payment therefor or (c) any termination of this Agreement.

 

11.                               Termination.

 

(a)                                 Termination; General. The Manager may terminate this Agreement, by notice to the Company, as hereinafter specified at any time (i) if there has been, since the time of execution of this Agreement or since the date as of which information is given in the Prospectus, any Material Adverse Change, or (ii) if there has occurred any material adverse change in the financial markets in the United States or the international financial markets, any outbreak of hostilities or escalation thereof or other calamity or crisis or any change or development involving a prospective change in national or international political, financial or economic conditions, in each case the effect of which is such as to make it, in the judgment of the Manager, impracticable or inadvisable to market the Shares or to enforce contracts for the sale of the

 

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Shares, or (iii) if trading in the Placement Shares has been suspended or materially limited by the Commission or the NYSE, or if trading generally on the NYSE American, the NYSE or the Nasdaq Global Market has been suspended or materially limited, or minimum or maximum prices for trading have been fixed, or maximum ranges for prices have been required, by any of said exchanges or by order of the Commission, FINRA or any other governmental authority, or a material disruption has occurred in commercial banking or securities settlement or clearance services in the United States or in Europe, or (iv) if a banking moratorium has been declared by either Federal or New York authorities.

 

(b)                                 Termination by the Company. The Company shall have the right, by giving three (3) days’ notice as hereinafter specified, to terminate this Agreement in its sole discretion at any time after the date of this Agreement.

 

(c)                                  Termination by the Manager. The Manager shall have the right, by giving three (3) days’ notice as hereinafter specified, to terminate this Agreement in its sole discretion at any time after the date of this Agreement.

 

(d)                                 Automatic Termination. Unless earlier terminated pursuant to this Section 11, this Agreement shall automatically terminate upon the issuance and sale of the Maximum Amount of Shares through (i) the Manager on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein or any Placement Notice or (ii) the Alternative Managers through the Alternative Distribution Agreements on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein or any Placement Notice.

 

(e)                                  Continued Force and Effect. This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect unless terminated pursuant to Sections 11(a), (b), (c), or (d) above or otherwise by mutual agreement of the parties.

 

(f)                                   Effectiveness of Termination. Any termination of this Agreement shall be effective on the date specified in such notice of termination; provided, however, that such termination shall not be effective until the close of business on the date of receipt of such notice or on the date specified in such notice, as applicable, by the Manager or the Company, as the case may be. If such termination shall occur prior to the Settlement Date for any sale of Placement Shares, such Placement Shares shall settle in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement.

 

(g)                                  Liabilities. If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to this Section 11, such termination shall be without liability of any party to any other party except as provided in Section 7(h) hereof, and except that, in the case of any termination of this Agreement, Sections 6, 9, 10, 16, 17 and 18 hereof shall survive such termination and remain in full force and effect.

 

12.                               Notices. All notices or other communications required or permitted to be given by any party to any other party pursuant to the terms of this Agreement shall be in writing, unless otherwise specified in this Agreement, and if sent to the Manager, shall be delivered to the Manager at Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, 375 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10152, Fax No. (212) 214-5914, Attention of Equity Syndicate Department, with a copy to ECM Legal, and with a copy to (which shall not constitute notice) Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., 2200 Pennsylvania

 

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Avenue NW, Suite 500 West, Washington, D.C. 20037, Facsimile: (202) 879-8941, Attention:  Christopher C. Green; or if sent to the Company or the Operating Partnership, shall be delivered to CubeSmart, 5 Old Lancaster Road, Malvern, PA 19355, Attention: Jeffrey Foster, Chief Legal Officer, fax no. (610) 293-5720 (with such fax to be confirmed by telephone to (610) 293-5700), with a copy to (which shall not constitute notice) Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, Eighteenth and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2799, fax no. (215) 981-4750, Attention: Michael Friedman. Each party to this Agreement may change such address for notices by sending to the parties to this Agreement written notice of a new address for such purpose. Each such notice or other communication shall be deemed given (i) when delivered personally or by verifiable facsimile transmission (with an original to follow) on or before 4:30 p.m., New York City time, on a Business Day (as defined below) or, if such day is not a Business Day, on the next succeeding Business Day, (ii) on the next Business Day after timely delivery to a nationally-recognized overnight courier and (iii) on the Business Day actually received if deposited in the U.S. mail (certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid). For purposes of this Agreement, “Business Day” shall mean any day on which the NYSE and commercial banks in the City of New York are open for business.

 

13.                               Successors and Assigns. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Company, the Operating Partnership and the Manager and their respective successors and the affiliates, controlling persons, officers and trustees referred to in Section 9 hereof. References to any of the parties contained in this Agreement shall be deemed to include the successors and permitted assigns of such party. Nothing in this Agreement, express or implied, is intended to confer upon any party other than the parties hereto or their respective successors and permitted assigns any rights, remedies, obligations or liabilities under or by reason of this Agreement, except as expressly provided in this Agreement. Neither party may assign its rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other party; provided, however, that the Manager may assign its rights and obligations hereunder to an affiliate of the Manager without obtaining the Company’s consent.

 

14.                               Adjustments for Share Splits. The parties acknowledge and agree that all share-related numbers contained in this Agreement shall be adjusted to take into account any share split, share dividend or similar event effected with respect to the Shares.

 

15.                               Entire Agreement; Amendment; Severability. This Agreement (including all schedules and exhibits attached hereto and Placement Notices issued pursuant hereto) constitutes the entire agreement and supersedes all other prior and contemporaneous agreements and undertakings, both written and oral, among the parties hereto with regard to the subject matter hereof. Neither this Agreement nor any term hereof may be amended except pursuant to a written instrument executed by the Transaction Entities and the Manager. In the event that any one or more of the provisions contained herein, or the application thereof in any circumstance, is held invalid, illegal or unenforceable as written by a court of competent jurisdiction, then such provision shall be given full force and effect to the fullest possible extent that it is valid, legal and enforceable, and the remainder of the terms and provisions herein shall be construed as if such invalid, illegal or unenforceable term or provision was not contained herein, but only to the extent that giving effect to such provision and the remainder of the terms and provisions hereof shall be in accordance with the intent of the parties as reflected in this Agreement.

 

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16.                               Applicable Law. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the internal laws of the State of New York without regard to the principles of conflicts of laws (except Sections 5-1401 and 5-1402 of the New York General Obligations Law). Each party hereby irrevocably submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts sitting in the City of New York, borough of Manhattan, for the adjudication of any dispute hereunder or in connection with any transaction contemplated hereby, and hereby irrevocably waives, and agrees not to assert in any suit, action or proceeding, any claim that it is not personally subject to the jurisdiction of any such court, that such suit, action or proceeding is brought in an inconvenient forum or that the venue of such suit, action or proceeding is improper. Each party hereby irrevocably waives personal service of process and consents to process being served in any such suit, action or proceeding by mailing a copy thereof (certified or registered mail, return receipt requested) to such party at the address in effect for notices to it under this Agreement and agrees that such service shall constitute good and sufficient service of process and notice thereof. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to limit in any way any right to serve process in any manner permitted by law.

 

17.                               Waiver of Jury Trial. The Company, the Operating Partnership and the Manager each hereby irrevocably waives any right it may have to a trial by jury in respect of any claim based upon or arising out of this Agreement or any transaction contemplated hereby.

 

18.                               Absence of Fiduciary Relationship. The Transaction Entities jointly and severally acknowledge and agree that:

 

(a)                                 the Manager has been retained solely to act as underwriter in connection with the sale of the Shares and that no fiduciary, advisory or agency relationship between the Company or the Operating Partnership and the Manager has been created in respect of any of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, irrespective of whether the Manager has advised or is advising either of the Transaction Entities on other matters;

 

(b)                                 each of the Transaction Entities is capable of evaluating and understanding and understand and accept the terms, risks and conditions of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement;

 

(c)                                  each of the Transaction Entities has been advised that the Manager and its affiliates are engaged in a broad range of transactions which may involve interests that differ from those of the Company or the Operating Partnership and that the Manager has no obligation to disclose such interests and transactions to the Company or the Operating Partnership by virtue of any fiduciary, advisory or agency relationship; and

 

(d)                                 each of the Transaction Entities waives, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any claims it may have against the Manager, for breach of fiduciary duty or alleged breach of fiduciary duty and agrees that the Manager shall have no liability (whether direct or indirect) to the Company or the Operating Partnership in respect to such fiduciary claim or to any person asserting a fiduciary duty claim on behalf of or in right of the Company or the Operating Partnership, including shareholders, partners, employees or creditors of the Company or the Operating Partnership.

 

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19.                               Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. Delivery of an executed Agreement by one party to the other may be made by facsimile or e-mail transmission.

 

[Signature Page Follows.]

 

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If the foregoing correctly sets forth the understanding among the parties hereto, please so indicate in the space provided below for that purpose, whereupon this letter shall constitute a binding agreement among the parties hereto.

 

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

 

 

CUBESMART

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Timothy M. Martin

 

 

Name: Timothy M. Martin

 

 

Title: Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUBESMART, L.P.

 

 

 

 

By:

CubeSmart, its general partner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Timothy M. Martin

 

 

Name: Timothy M. Martin

 

 

Title: Chief Financial Officer

 

[Signature Page — Equity Distribution Agreement]

 



 

ACCEPTED as of the date first-above written:

 

 

 

WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, LLC

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Elizabeth Alvarez

 

 

Name:

Elizabeth Alvarez

 

 

Title:

Managing Director

 

 

[Signature Page — Equity Distribution Agreement]

 



 

SCHEDULE 1

 

FORM OF PLACEMENT NOTICE

 

From:               [                                            ]

Cc:                             [                                            ]

To:                             [                                            ]

 

Subject:                                                   Equity Distribution—Placement Notice

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Pursuant to the terms and subject to the conditions contained in the Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreement between CubeSmart (the “Company”), CubeSmart, L.P. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (“Wells”) dated July 27, 2018 (the “Agreement”), I hereby request on behalf of the Company that Wells sell, during the period commencing [·], 201_ and ending [·], 201_, up to [·] of the Company’s common shares of beneficial ownership, par value $.01 per share, at a minimum market price of $[·] per share.

 

Schedule 1-1



 

SCHEDULE 2

 

WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, LLC

 

CUBESMART

 

Schedule 2-1



 

SCHEDULE 3

 

COMPENSATION

 

The Manager shall be paid compensation in an amount up to 1.5% of the gross proceeds from the sales of the Shares.

 

Schedule 3-1



 

SCHEDULE 4

 

SCHEDULE OF SUBSIDIARIES

 

 

Entity Name

 

 

12250 El Dorado Parkway, LLC

 

 

1575 NORTH BLAIRS BRIDGE ROAD, LLC

 

 

186 Jamaica Ave TRS, LLC

 

 

186 JAMAICA AVE, LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE 2 LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE BORDEAUX SUB, LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE CHATTANOOGA SUB, LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE FL SUB LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE GA SUB LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE GOODLETTSVILLE I SUB, G.P.

 

 

191 III CUBE GOODLETTSVILLE II SUB, G.P.

 

 

191 III CUBE GRANDVILLE SUB, LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE KNOXVILLE I SUB, G.P.

 

 

191 III CUBE KNOXVILLE II SUB, G.P.

 

 

191 III CUBE KNOXVILLE III SUB, G.P.

 

 

191 III Cube LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE MA SUB LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE MI SUB LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE MURFREESBORO SUB, LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE NC SUB LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE NEW BEDFORD SUB, LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE OLD HICKORY SUB, LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE SC SUB LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 1 LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 2 LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 3 LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 4 LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 5 LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 6 LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 7 LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 8 LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE TN SUB LLC

 

 

191 III CUBE TRINITY SUB, LLC

 

 

191 IV CUBE LLC

 

 

2225 46TH ST, LLC

 

 

2301 TILLOTSON AVE, LLC

 

 

251 JAMAICA AVE, LLC

 

 

2880 Exterior St, LLC

 

 

Schedule 4-1



 

 

295 E. Ocotillo Road, LLC

 

 

3068 CROPSEY AVENUE, LLC

 

 

3103 N. Decatur Road, LLC

 

 

38300 North Gantzel Road, LLC

 

 

430 1ST AVENUE SOUTH, LLC

 

 

444 55TH STREET HOLDINGS TRS, LLC

 

 

444 55TH STREET HOLDINGS, LLC

 

 

444 55TH STREET VENTURE, LLC

 

 

444 55TH STREET, LLC

 

 

4441 Alma Road, LLC

 

 

5 Old Lancaster Associates, LLC

 

 

5505 Maple Ave, LLC

 

 

7205 Vanderbilt Way, LLC

 

 

8552 BAYMEADOWS ROAD, LLC

 

 

9641 Annapolis Road, LLC

 

 

CONSHOHOCKEN GP II, LLC

 

 

CS 1158 MCDONALD AVE, LLC

 

 

CS 160 EAST 22ND ST, LLC

 

 

CS ANNAPOLIS HOLDINGS, LLC

 

 

CS ANNAPOLIS, LLC

 

 

CS CAPITAL INVESTORS, LLC

 

 

CS FLORIDA AVENUE, LLC

 

 

CS SDP EVERETT BORROWER, LLC

 

 

CS SDP Everett, LLC

 

 

CS SDP Newtonville, LLC

 

 

CS SDP WALTHAM BORROWER, LLC

 

 

CS SDP WALTHAM, LLC

 

 

CS SJM E 92ND STREET OWNER, LLC

 

 

CS SJM E 92ND STREET, LLC

 

 

CS SNL NEW YORK AVE, LLC

 

 

CS SNL OPERATING COMPANY, LLC

 

 

CS VENTURE I, LLC

 

 

CUBE HHF Limited Partnership

 

 

CUBE HHF NORTHEAST CT, LLC

 

 

CUBE HHF NORTHEAST MA, LLC

 

 

CUBE HHF NORTHEAST RI, LLC

 

 

CUBE HHF NORTHEAST SUB HOLDINGS LLC

 

 

CUBE HHF NORTHEAST TRS, LLC

 

 

CUBE HHF NORTHEAST VENTURE LLC

 

 

CUBE HHF NORTHEAST VT, LLC

 

 

CUBE HHF TRS, LLC

 

 

CUBE III TN ASSET MANAGEMENT, LLC

 

 

CUBE III TRS 2 LLC

 

 

Schedule 4-2



 

 

CUBE III TRS LLC

 

 

CUBE IV TRS LLC

 

 

CUBE VENTURE GP, LLC

 

 

CubeSmart

 

 

CubeSmart Asset Management, LLC

 

 

CUBESMART BARTOW, LLC

 

 

CUBESMART BOSTON ROAD, LLC

 

 

CUBESMART CLINTON, LLC

 

 

CUBESMART CYPRESS, LLC

 

 

CUBESMART EAST 135TH, LLC

 

 

CubeSmart Management, LLC

 

 

CUBESMART SOUTHERN BLVD, LLC

 

 

CUBESMART SWISS AVE, LLC

 

 

CUBESMART TEMPLE HILLS, LLC

 

 

CUBESMART TIMONIUM BORROWER, LLC

 

 

CubeSmart Timonium, LLC

 

 

CubeSmart TRS, Inc.

 

 

CubeSmart, L.P.

 

 

EAST COAST GP, LLC

 

 

EAST COAST STORAGE PARTNERS, L.P.

 

 

FREEHOLD MT, LLC

 

 

LANGHORNE GP II, LLC

 

 

Lantana Property Owner’s Association, Inc.

 

 

MONTGOMERYVILLE GP II, LLC

 

 

Old Lancaster Venture, L.P.

 

 

PSI Atlantic Austin TX, LLC

 

 

PSI Atlantic Brockton MA, LLC

 

 

PSI Atlantic Cornelius NC, LLC

 

 

PSI Atlantic Haverhill MA, LLC

 

 

PSI Atlantic Holbrook NY, LLC

 

 

PSI Atlantic Humble TX, LLC

 

 

PSI Atlantic Lawrence MA, LLC

 

 

PSI Atlantic Lithia Springs GA, LLC

 

 

PSI Atlantic Nashville TN, LLC

 

 

PSI Atlantic NPB FL, LLC

 

 

PSI Atlantic Pineville NC, LLC

 

 

PSI Atlantic REIT, Inc.

 

 

PSI Atlantic Surprise AZ, LLC

 

 

PSI Atlantic TRS, LLC

 

 

PSI Atlantic Villa Rica GA, LLC

 

 

PSI Atlantic Villa Rica Parcel Owner, LLC

 

 

R STREET STORAGE ASSOCIATES, LLC

 

 

SHIRLINGTON RD II, LLC

 

 

Schedule 4-3



 

 

SHIRLINGTON RD TRS, LLC

 

 

SHIRLINGTON RD, LLC

 

 

SOMERSET MT, LLC

 

 

STORAGE PARTNERS OF CONSHOHOCKEN, L.P.

 

 

Storage Partners of Freehold II, LLC

 

 

Storage Partners of Langhorne II, LP

 

 

STORAGE PARTNERS OF MONTGOMERYVILLE, L.P.

 

 

STORAGE PARTNERS OF SOMERSET, LLC

 

 

UNITED-HSRE I, L.P.

 

 

U-Store-It Development LLC

 

 

U-Store-It Trust Luxembourg S.ar.l.

 

 

Wider Reach, LLC

 

 

YSI HART TRS, INC

 

 

YSI I LLC

 

 

YSI II LLC

 

 

YSI X GP LLC

 

 

YSI X LP

 

 

YSI X LP LLC

 

 

YSI XV LLC

 

 

YSI XX GP LLC

 

 

YSI XX LP

 

 

YSI XX LP LLC

 

 

YSI XXX LLC

 

 

YSI XXXI, LLC

 

 

YSI XXXIII, LLC

 

 

YSI XXXIIIA, LLC

 

 

YSI XXXVII, LLC

 

 

Schedule 4-4



 

Exhibit 7(n)

 

FORM OF

 

OFFICER CERTIFICATE

 



 

Exhibit 7(o)(1)

 

MATTERS TO BE COVERED BY INITIAL COMPANY COUNSEL OPINION
(Corporate Opinion)

 

Exhibit 7(o)(1)-1



 

Exhibit 7(o)(2)

 

MATTERS TO BE COVERED BY INITIAL COMPANY COUNSEL OPINION

 

(Tax Opinion)

 

Exhibit 7(o)(2)-1


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Section 3: EX-1.2 (EX-1.2)

Exhibit 1.2

 

EXECUTION VERSION

 

CUBESMART

 

AMENDED AND RESTATED

 

EQUITY DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

 

July 27, 2018

 

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith

Incorporated

One Bryant Park, 30th Floor

New York, New York 10036

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

CubeSmart, a Maryland real estate investment trust (the “Company”), and CubeSmart, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the “Operating Partnership” and together with the Company, the “Transaction Entities”), confirm their agreement to amend and restate the Equity Distribution Agreement, dated May 7, 2013, by and among the Transaction Entities and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (the “Manager”) (the “Initial Agreement”), as amended by Amendment No. 1 to the Initial Agreement, dated May 5, 2014, Amendment No. 2 to the Initial Agreement, dated October 2, 2014, Amendment No. 3 to the Initial Agreement, dated December 30, 2015, and Amendment No. 4 to the Initial Agreement, dated March 17, 2017 (collectively, the “Prior Agreement”), on the terms and conditions described below in this Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreement (this “Agreement”) with the Manager, as follows:

 

1.             Issuance and Sale of Shares. The Company agrees that, from time to time during the term of this Agreement, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein, it may issue and sell through the Manager, acting as agent and/or principal, up to 11,614,282 shares (the “Maximum Amount”) of the Company’s common shares of beneficial interest, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Shares” and, such Common Shares available for issuance and sale under this Agreement, the “Shares”), which Shares exclude, for the avoidance of doubt, the Common Shares sold by the Company prior to the date hereof pursuant to the Prior Agreement and the Prior Alternative Distribution Agreements (as defined below). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the parties hereto agree that compliance with the limitations set forth in this Section 1 regarding the number of Shares issued and sold under this Agreement shall be the sole responsibility of the Company, and the Manager shall have no obligation in connection with such compliance. The issuance and sale of Shares through the Manager will be effected pursuant to the Registration Statement (as defined below) filed by the Company and which became effective upon filing, although nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as requiring the Company to use the Registration Statement to issue and sell the Shares.

 

The Company has filed, in accordance with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder (collectively, the “Securities Act”), with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) a registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-216768), including a base prospectus, relating to certain securities, including the Shares to be issued from time to time by the Company, and which incorporates by

 



 

reference documents that the Company has filed or will file in accordance with the provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder (collectively, the “Exchange Act”). The Company has prepared a prospectus supplement specifically relating to the Shares (the “Prospectus Supplement”) to the base prospectus included as part of such registration statement. The Company has furnished to the Manager, for use by the Manager, copies of the prospectus included as part of such registration statement, as supplemented by the Prospectus Supplement, relating to the Shares. Except where the context otherwise requires, such registration statement, as amended when it became effective, including all documents filed as part thereof or incorporated by reference therein, and including any information contained in a Prospectus (as defined below) subsequently filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act or deemed to be a part of such registration statement pursuant to Rule 430B or 462(b) of the Securities Act, is herein called the “Registration Statement.” The base prospectus, including all documents incorporated therein by reference, included in the Registration Statement, as it may be supplemented by the Prospectus Supplement, in the form in which such prospectus and/or Prospectus Supplement have most recently been filed by the Company with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act is herein called the “Prospectus.” Any reference herein to the Registration Statement, the Prospectus or any amendment or supplement thereto shall be deemed to refer to and include the documents incorporated by reference therein, and any reference herein to the terms “amend,” “amendment” or “supplement” with respect to the Registration Statement or the Prospectus shall be deemed to refer to and include the filing after the execution hereof of any document with the Commission deemed to be incorporated by reference therein. For purposes of this Agreement, all references to the Registration Statement, the Prospectus or to any amendment or supplement thereto shall be deemed to include any copy filed with the Commission pursuant to either the Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval System or Interactive Data Electronic Applications (collectively “EDGAR”).

 

To the extent that the Registration Statement is not available for the sales of the Shares as contemplated by this Agreement or the Company is not a Well-Known Seasoned Issuer or otherwise is unable to make the representations set forth in Section 6(a) at any time when such representations are required, the Company shall file a new registration statement with respect to any additional Shares necessary to complete the sale of the Maximum Amount and shall cause such registration statement to become effective as promptly as practicable. After the effectiveness of any such registration statement, all references to “Registration Statement” included in this Agreement shall be deemed to include such new registration statement, including all documents incorporated by reference therein pursuant to Item 12 of Form S-3, and all references to “base prospectus” included in this Agreement shall be deemed to include the final form of prospectus, including all documents incorporated therein by reference, included in any such registration statement at the time such registration statement became effective.

 

The Transaction Entities have also entered into separate amended and restated equity distribution agreements, dated as of even date herewith (each an “Alternative Distribution Agreement” and, collectively, the “Alternative Distribution Agreements”) with each of Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, BMO Capital Markets Corp., Jefferies LLC, Barclays Capital Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC (each an “Alternative Manager” and collectively, the “Alternative Managers”), which Alternative Distribution Agreements amend and restate the initial equity

 

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distribution agreements, as amended, by and among the Transaction Entities and the Alternative Managers (the “Prior Alternative Distribution Agreements”).

 

2.             Placements.

 

(a)           Each time that the Company wishes to issue and sell the Shares hereunder (each, a “Placement”), it will notify the Manager by email notice (or other method mutually agreed to in writing by the parties) (a “Placement Notice”) containing the parameters in accordance with which it desires the Shares to be sold, which shall at a minimum include the number of Shares to be issued (the “Placement Shares”), the time period during which sales are requested to be made, any limitation on the number of Shares that may be sold (which may, but is not required to, be expressed as a percentage of volume) in any one Trading Day (as defined in Section 3) and any minimum price below which sales may not be made, a form of which containing such minimum sales parameters necessary is attached hereto as Schedule 1. The Placement Notice shall originate from any of the individuals from the Company set forth on Schedule 2 with a copy to each of the other individuals from the Company listed on such schedule), and shall be addressed to each of the individuals from the Manager set forth on Schedule 2 as such Schedule 2 may be amended from time to time. If the Manager wishes to accept such proposed terms included in the Placement Notice (which it may decline to do so for any reason in its sole discretion) or, following discussion with the Company, wishes to accept amended terms, the Manager will, within a reasonable period of time after such Placement Notice is delivered to the Manager, issue to the Company a notice by email (or other method mutually agreed to in writing by the parties) addressed to all of the individuals from the Company and the Manager set forth on Schedule 2) setting forth the terms that the Manager is willing to accept. Where the terms provided in the Placement Notice are amended as provided for in the immediately preceding sentence, such terms will not be binding on the Company or the Manager until the Company delivers to the Manager an acceptance by email (or other method mutually agreed to in writing by the parties) of all of the terms of such Placement Notice, as amended (the “Acceptance”), which email shall be addressed to all of the individuals from the Company and the Manager set forth on Schedule 2. The Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) shall be effective upon receipt by the Company of the Manager’s acceptance of the terms of the Placement Notice or upon receipt by the Manager of the Company’s Acceptance, as the case may be, unless and until (i) the entire amount of the Placement Shares has been sold, (ii) in accordance with the notice requirements set forth in the second sentence of this paragraph, the Company terminates the Placement Notice, (iii) the Company issues a subsequent Placement Notice with parameters superseding those on the earlier dated Placement Notice, (iv) this Agreement has been terminated under the provisions of Section 11 or (v) either party shall have suspended the sale of the Placement Shares in accordance with Section 4 below. The amount of any discount, commission or other compensation to be paid by the Company to the Manager in connection with the sale of the Placement Shares shall be calculated in accordance with the terms set forth in Schedule 3. It is expressly acknowledged and agreed that neither the Company nor the Manager will have any obligation whatsoever with respect to a Placement or any Placement Shares unless and until the Company delivers a Placement Notice to the Manager and either (A) the Manager accepts the terms of such Placement Notice or (B) where the terms of such Placement Notice are amended, the Company accepts such amended terms by means of an Acceptance pursuant to the terms set forth above, and then only upon the terms specified in the Placement Notice (as amended by the

 

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corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) and herein. In the event of a conflict between the terms of this Agreement and the terms of a Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), the terms of the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) will control. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the procedures, requirements and other conditions set forth in this Section 2(a) may be modified, from time to time, upon mutual agreement between the Company and the Manager.

 

(b)           Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Company shall not offer, sell or deliver under this Agreement or any Alternative Distribution Agreement, or request the offer or sale of any Shares under this Agreement or any Alternative Distribution Agreement and, by notice to the Manager given by telephone (confirmed promptly by telecopy or email), shall cancel any instructions for the offer or sale of any Shares under this Agreement, and the Manager shall not be obligated to offer or sell any Shares under this Agreement, (i) during any period in which the Company is, or could be deemed to be, in possession of material non-public information or (ii) except as provided in paragraph (c) below, at any time from and including the date (each, an “Announcement Date”) on which the Company shall issue a press release containing, or shall otherwise publicly announce, its earnings, revenues or other results of operations (each, an “Earnings Announcement”) through and including the time that is 24 hours after the time that the Company files (a “Filing Time”) a Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or an Annual Report on Form 10-K that includes consolidated financial statements as of and for the same period or periods, as the case may be, covered by such Earnings Announcement.

 

(c)           If the Company wishes to offer, sell or deliver Shares at any time during the period from and including an Announcement Date through and including the time that is 24 hours after the corresponding Filing Time, the Company shall (i) prepare and deliver to the Manager (with a copy to counsel to the Manager) a Current Report on Form 8-K, which shall include substantially the same financial and related information as was set forth in the relevant Earnings Announcement (other than any earnings projections, similar forward-looking data and officer’s quotations) (each, an “Earnings 8-K”), in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Manager, and obtain the consent of the Manager to the filing thereof (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld), (ii) provide the Manager with the officer’s certificate, accountants’ letter and opinions and letters of counsel called for by Section 8 hereof, (iii) afford the Manager the opportunity to conduct a due diligence review in accordance with Section 7(l) hereof and (iv) file such Earnings 8-K with the Commission. Upon satisfaction of the requirements of this Section 2(c), the provisions of clause (ii) of Section 2(b) shall not be applicable for the period from and after the time at which the foregoing conditions shall have been satisfied (or, if later, the time that is 24 hours after the time that the relevant Earnings Announcement was first publicly released) through and including the time that is 24 hours after the Filing Time of the relevant Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Annual Report on Form 10-K, as the case may be. For purposes of clarity, the parties hereto agree that (A) the delivery of any officer’s certificate, accountants’ letter and opinions and letters of counsel pursuant to this Section 2(c) shall not relieve the Company from any of its obligations under this Agreement with respect to any Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Annual Report on Form 10-K, as the case may be, including, without limitation, the obligation to deliver officer’s certificates, accountants’ letters and legal opinions and letters as provided in Section 8 hereof and (B) this Section 2(c) shall in no way affect or limit the operation of the provisions of clause (i) of Section 2(b), which shall have independent application.

 

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3.             Sale of Placement Shares by the Manager. Subject to the provisions of Section 2(a), the Manager, for the period specified in the Placement Notice, will use its commercially reasonable efforts consistent with its normal trading and sales practices and applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations and the rules of the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”), to sell such Placement Shares up to the amount specified, and otherwise in accordance with the terms of such Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable). The Manager will provide written confirmation to the Company (including by email correspondence to each of the individuals of the Company set forth on Schedule 2, if receipt of such correspondence is actually acknowledged by any of the individuals to whom the notice is sent, other than via auto-reply) no later than the opening of the Trading Day immediately following the Trading Day on which it has made sales of Placement Shares hereunder setting forth the number of Placement Shares sold on such day, the compensation payable by the Company to the Manager pursuant to Section 2 with respect to such sales, and the Net Proceeds (as defined below) payable to the Company, with an itemization of the deductions made by the Manager (as set forth in Section 5(a)) from the gross proceeds that it receives from such sales. After consultation with the Company and subject to the terms of the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), the Manager may sell Placement Shares by any method permitted by law deemed to be an “at the market” offering as defined in Rule 415 of the Securities Act, including, without limitation, sales made directly on the NYSE, on any other existing trading market for the Shares or to or through a market maker. After consultation with, and agreement of, the Company and subject to the terms of the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), the Manager may also sell Placement Shares by any other method permitted by law, including but not limited to in privately negotiated transactions. The Company acknowledges and agrees that (i) there can be no assurance that the Manager will be successful in selling Placement Shares, and (ii) the Manager will incur no liability or obligation to the Company or any other person or entity if it does not sell Placement Shares for any reason other than a failure by the Manager to use its commercially reasonable efforts consistent with its normal trading and sales practices to sell such Placement Shares as required under this Section 3. For the purposes hereof, “Trading Day” means any day on which the Shares are purchased and sold on the principal market on which the Shares are listed or quoted. The Company agrees that any offer to sell, any solicitation of an offer to buy, or any sales of Shares pursuant to this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements shall be effected by or through only one of the Manager or the Alternative Managers on any single given day, but in no event by more than one, and the Company shall in no event request that the Manager and the Alternative Managers sell Shares on the same day.

 

4.             Suspension of Sales. The Company or the Manager may, upon notice to the other party in writing (including by email correspondence to each of the individuals of the other party set forth on Schedule 2, if receipt of such correspondence is actually acknowledged by any of the individuals to whom the notice is sent, other than via auto-reply) or by telephone (confirmed immediately by verifiable facsimile transmission or email correspondence to each of the individuals of the other party set forth on Schedule 2), suspend any sale of Placement Shares; provided, however, that such suspension shall not affect or impair either party’s obligations with respect to any Placement Shares sold hereunder prior to the receipt of such notice. Each of the Parties agrees that no such notice under this Section 4 shall be effective against the other unless

 

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it is made to one of the individuals named on Schedule 2 hereto, as such schedule may be amended from time to time.

 

5.             Settlement.

 

(a)           Settlement of Placement Shares. Unless otherwise specified in the applicable Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), settlement for sales of Placement Shares will occur on the second (2nd) Trading Day (or such earlier day as is industry practice for regular-way trading) following the date on which such sales are made (each, a “Settlement Date” and the first such settlement date, the “First Delivery Date”). The amount of proceeds to be delivered to the Company on a Settlement Date against receipt of the Placement Shares sold (the “Net Proceeds”) will be equal to the aggregate sales price received by the Manager at which such Placement Shares were sold, after deduction for (i) the Manager’s commission, discount or other compensation for such sales payable by the Company pursuant to Section 2 hereof, (ii) any other amounts due and payable by the Company to the Manager hereunder pursuant to Section 7(h) (Expenses) hereof, and (iii) any transaction fees imposed by any governmental or self-regulatory organization in respect of such sales.

 

(b)           Delivery of Placement Shares. On or before each Settlement Date, the Company will, or will cause its transfer agent to, electronically transfer the Placement Shares being sold by crediting the Manager’s or its designee’s account (provided the Manager shall have given the Company written notice of such designee prior to the Settlement Date) at The Depository Trust Company through its Deposit and Withdrawal at Custodian System or by such other means of delivery as may be mutually agreed upon by the parties hereto which in all cases shall be freely tradeable, transferable, registered shares in good deliverable form. On each Settlement Date, the Manager will deliver the related Net Proceeds in same-day funds to an account designated by the Company on, or prior to, the Settlement Date. The Company agrees that if the Company, or its transfer agent (if applicable), defaults in its obligation to deliver Placement Shares on a Settlement Date, the Company agrees that in addition to and in no way limiting the rights and obligations set forth in Section 9(a) (Indemnification and Contribution) hereto, it will (i) defend and hold the Manager harmless against any loss, claim, damage, or expense (including reasonable legal fees and expenses), as incurred, arising out of or in connection with such default by the Company and (ii) pay to the Manager any commission, discount, or other compensation to which it would otherwise have been entitled absent such default.

 

(c)           Limitations on Offering Size. Under no circumstances shall the Company cause or request the offer or sale of any Shares, if after giving effect to the sale of such Shares, the aggregate amount of the Shares sold pursuant to this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements would exceed the lesser of (i) the Maximum Amount, (ii) the amount available for offer and sale under the currently effective Registration Statement, (iii) the amount authorized from time to time to be issued and sold under this Agreement by the Company and notified to the Manager in writing and (iv) the number of authorized but unissued Common Shares under the declaration of trust of the Company. Under no circumstances shall the Company cause or request the offer or sale of any Shares pursuant to this Agreement at a price lower than the minimum price authorized from time to time by the Company and notified to the Manager in writing. Further, under no circumstances shall the aggregate amount of Shares sold

 

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pursuant to this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements, including any separate underwriting or similar agreement covering principal transactions described in Section 1 of this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements, exceed the Maximum Amount.

 

6.             Representations and Warranties of the Transaction Entities. The Transaction Entities jointly and severally represent and warrant to, and agree with, the Manager that as of each Applicable Time (as defined in Section 6(c)(i)):

 

(a)           Status as a Well-Known Seasoned Issuer. (i) At the respective times the Registration Statement or any amendments thereto were filed with the Commission, (ii) at the time of the most recent amendment to the Registration Statement for the purposes of complying with Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act (whether such amendment was by post-effective amendment, incorporated report filed pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act or form of prospectus), (iii) at any time the Transaction Entities or any person acting on their behalf (within the meaning, for this clause only, of Rule 163(c)) of the Securities Act made any offer relating to the Shares in reliance on the exemption of Rule 163 of the Securities Act and (iv) at the date hereof, the Company was and is a “well-known seasoned issuer” as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act, including not having been and not being an “ineligible issuer” as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act (without taking into account any determination made by the Commission pursuant to paragraph (2) of the definition of such term in Rule 405 of the Securities Act). The Registration Statement is an “automatic shelf registration statement,” as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act and the Shares, since their registration on the Registration Statement, have been and remain eligible for registration by the Transaction Entities on such an “automatic shelf registration statement.” The Transaction Entities have not received from the Commission any notice pursuant to Rule 401(g)(2) of the Securities Act objecting to the use of the automatic shelf registration statement form. Any written communication that was an offer relating to the Shares made by the Transaction Entities or any person acting on their behalf (within the meaning, for this sentence only, of Rule 163(c) of the Securities Act) prior to the filing of the Registration Statement has been filed with the Commission in accordance with Rule 163 of the Securities Act and otherwise complied with the requirements of Rule 163 of the Securities Act, including, without limitation, the legending requirement, to qualify such offer for the exemption from Section 5(c) of the Securities Act provided by Rule 163 of the Securities Act.

 

(b)           Compliance with Registration Requirements. The Transaction Entities meet the requirements for use of Form S-3 under the Securities Act and the Shares have been duly registered under the Securities Act pursuant to the Registration Statement. The Registration Statement and any post-effective amendments thereto have become effective under the Securities Act and no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement has been issued under the Securities Act and no proceedings for that purpose have been instituted or are pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, are contemplated by the Commission, and any request on the part of the Commission for additional information has been complied with. The Registration Statement was initially filed with the Commission and became effective under the Securities Act on March 17, 2017.

 

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effective, and at each deemed effective date with respect to the Manager pursuant to Rule 430B(f)(2) of the Securities Act, the Registration Statement and any amendments to the Registration Statement complied and will comply in all material respects with the requirements of the Securities Act and did not and will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading.

 

(i)            At the respective times that the Prospectus or any amendment or supplement thereto was filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act or issued, at each Applicable Time, at each Settlement Date, and at any time when a prospectus is required (or, but for the provisions of Rule 172 of the Securities Act, would be required) by applicable law to be delivered in connection with sales of Shares (whether to meet the requests of purchasers pursuant to Rule 173(d) of the Securities Act or otherwise), neither the Prospectus nor any amendments or supplements thereto included or will include an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted or will omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. For purposes of this Agreement “Applicable Time” means the time of each sale of any Shares pursuant to this Agreement.

 

(ii)           The representations and warranties in Section 6(c) and Section 6(d) do not apply to statements in or omissions from the Registration Statement or the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus (defined below) or any amendment or supplement to any of the foregoing made in reliance upon and in conformity with the Agent Content (as hereinafter defined).Issuer Free Writing Prospectus” means any “issuer free writing prospectus,” as defined in Rule 433 of the Securities Act, relating to the Shares that (i) is required to be filed with the Commission by the Company, (ii) is a “road show” that is a “written communication” within the meaning of Rule 433(d)(8)(i) of the Securities Act, whether or not required to be filed with the Commission, or (iii) is exempt from filing pursuant to Rule 433(d)(5)(i) of the Securities Act because it contains a description of the Shares or of the offering that does not reflect the final terms, in each case, in the form furnished (electronically or otherwise) to the Manager for use in connection with the offering of the Shares.

 

(iii)          Each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus relating to the Shares, as of its issue date and as of each Applicable Time and Settlement Date, did not, does not and will not include any information that conflicted, conflicts or will conflict with the information contained in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus, including any incorporated document deemed to be a part thereof that has not been superseded or modified, or included, includes or will include an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted, omits or will omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances, prevailing at that subsequent time, not misleading.

 

(iv)          The copies of the Registration Statement and any amendments to any of the foregoing and the copies of each preliminary prospectus, each Issuer

 

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Free Writing Prospectus that is required to be filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 433 of the Securities Act and the Prospectus and any amendments or supplements to any of the foregoing, that have been or subsequently are delivered to the Manager in connection with the offering of the Shares (whether to meet the request of purchasers pursuant to Rule 173(d) of the Securities Act or otherwise) were and will be identical to the electronically transmitted copies thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR, except to the extent permitted by Regulation S-T. For purposes of this Agreement, references to the “delivery” or “furnishing” of any of the foregoing documents to the Manager, and any similar terms, include, without limitation, electronic delivery.

 

(d)           Incorporated Documents. The documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, at the respective times when they became or hereafter become effective or at the respective times they were or hereafter are filed with the Commission, complied and will comply in all material respects with the requirements of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, as applicable, and did not and will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading.

 

(e)           REIT Status. The Company has been organized and has operated in conformity with the requirements for qualification and taxation as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) for each taxable year commencing with its taxable year ended December 31, 2004 and through its taxable year ended December 31, 2017, and its current and proposed organization and method of operation (as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus) will enable the Company to continue to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a real estate investment trust under the Code for its taxable year ending December 31, 2018 and thereafter.

 

(f)            Distribution of Offering Material by the Company. Any offer that is a written communication relating to the Shares made prior to the initial filing of the Registration Statement by the Company or any person acting on its behalf (within the meaning, for this paragraph only, of Rule 163(c) of the Securities Act) has been filed with the Commission in accordance with the exemption provided by Rule 163 of the Securities Act and otherwise complied with the requirements of Rule 163 of the Securities Act, including without limitation, the legending requirement.

 

(g)           The Agreement. This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by each of the Transaction Entities.

 

(h)           Authorization of the Shares. The Shares to be sold by the Company pursuant to this Agreement have been duly authorized for issuance and sale to the Manager pursuant to this Agreement and, when issued and delivered by the Company pursuant to this Agreement against payment of the consideration set forth herein, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable; no holder of the Shares is or will be subject to personal liability by reason of being such a holder; the issuance and sale of the Shares to be sold by the Company pursuant to this Agreement is not subject to any preemptive rights, rights of first refusal or other similar rights of any securityholder of the Company or any other person; and the delivery of the

 

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Shares being sold by the Company against payment therefor pursuant to the terms of this Agreement will pass valid title to the Shares being sold by the Company, free and clear of any claim, encumbrance or defect in title, and without notice of any lien, claim or encumbrance. The certificates used by the Company to evidence the Shares are in valid and sufficient form.

 

(i)            No Material Adverse Change. Except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, subsequent to the respective dates as of which information is given in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus: (i) there has been no material adverse change, or any development that could reasonably be expected to result in a material adverse change, in the condition, financial or otherwise, or in the earnings, business, properties, operations or prospects, whether or not arising from transactions in the ordinary course of business, of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries, considered as one entity (any such change is called a “Material Adverse Change”); (ii) the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries, considered as one entity, have not incurred any material liability or obligation, indirect, direct or contingent, nor entered into any material transaction or agreement; and (iii) there has been no dividend or distribution of any kind declared, paid or made by either of the Transaction Entities or, except for dividends paid to either of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries or joint ventures, any of their subsidiaries or joint ventures on any class of capital shares or repurchase or redemption by either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or joint ventures of any class of capital shares.

 

(j)            Independent Accountants. KPMG LLP, who has certified the financial statements (which term as used in this Agreement includes the related notes thereto and any schedules) included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and included or incorporated by reference in the Prospectus, is an independent registered public accounting firm with respect to the Transaction Entities as required by the Securities Act and the Exchange Act.

 

(k)           Preparation of the Financial Statements. The financial statements filed with the Commission as a part of or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and included or incorporated by reference in the Prospectus present fairly the consolidated financial position of each of the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries as of and at the dates indicated and the results of their operations and cash flows for the periods specified. The supporting schedules included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus present fairly the information required to be stated therein. Such financial statements comply as to form with the applicable accounting requirements of the Securities Act and have been prepared in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) applied on a consistent basis throughout the periods involved, except as may be expressly stated in the related notes thereto. No other financial statements or supporting schedules are required under applicable law or the rules and regulations of the Commission to be included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. The selected historical operating and financial data set forth in or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus fairly presents the information set forth therein on a basis consistent with that of the audited financial statements contained in, or incorporated by reference in, the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. The pro forma financial statements and the related notes thereto included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus present fairly the information shown therein, have been prepared in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines with respect to pro forma financial statements and have been properly

 

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compiled on the bases described therein, and the assumptions used in the preparation thereof are reasonable and the adjustments used therein are appropriate to give effect to the transactions and circumstances referred to therein. Except as included therein, no pro forma financial statements or supporting schedules are required to be included or incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement or the Prospectus. Each of the Transaction Entities’ ratios of earnings to fixed charges set forth or incorporated by reference in the Prospectus and in Exhibit 12 to the Registration Statement have been calculated in compliance with Item 503(d) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act. The interactive data in eXtensible Business Reporting Language incorporated by reference in to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus fairly presents the information called for in all material respects and has been prepared in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines applicable thereto.

 

(l)                                     Formation and Good Standing of the Company and its Subsidiaries. (i) Each of the Company and its subsidiaries has been duly formed or organized and is validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its formation or organization, except with respect to any subsidiaries as would not have a Material Adverse Effect (as defined below), and (ii) the Company and each of its subsidiaries is duly qualified to transact business as a foreign entity and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which such qualification is required, whether by reason of the ownership or leasing of property or the conduct of business, except in each case where the failure to so qualify or be in good standing would not, individually or in the aggregate, result in a material adverse effect on the condition, financial or otherwise, or on the earnings, business, properties, operations or prospects, whether or not arising from transactions in the ordinary course of business, of the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries, considered as one entity (a “Material Adverse Effect”). Each of the Company and its subsidiaries has the entity power and authority to own or lease, as the case may be, and operate its properties and to conduct its business as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and, in the case of the Company, to enter into, execute, deliver and perform all of its obligations under this Agreement and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby to be consummated on its part. All of the issued and outstanding shares of beneficial interest and/or capital stock of each subsidiary have been duly authorized and validly issued, are fully paid and non-assessable and are owned by the Company, directly or through subsidiaries, free and clear of any security interest, mortgage, pledge, lien, encumbrance or claim. The Company does not own or control, directly or indirectly, any corporation, association or other entity other than the subsidiaries and joint ventures listed on Schedule 4 attached hereto.

 

(m)                             Formation and Good Standing of the Operating Partnership. The Operating Partnership has been duly formed and is validly existing as a limited partnership in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware, is duly qualified to do business and is in good standing as a foreign limited partnership in each jurisdiction in which its ownership or lease of property and other assets or the conduct of its business requires such qualification, except where the failure to so qualify or be in good standing, individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, and has all partnership power and authority necessary to own or hold its properties and other assets, to conduct the business in which it is engaged and to enter into, execute and deliver and perform all of its obligations under this Agreement and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby to be consummated on its part. The Company is the sole general partner of the Operating Partnership and, as of the date of this Agreement, owns a 98.9% interest in the Operating Partnership.

 

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(n)                                 Capitalization and Other Capital Share Matters. The Company’s authorized and issued capitalization is as set forth in the documents incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and has not changed, except for subsequent issuances, if any, pursuant to this Agreement or the Alternative Distribution Agreements or pursuant to reservations, agreements, benefit plans, outstanding options, warrants or convertibles securities, rights or other plans and arrangements referred to in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. The Shares conform in all material respects to the description thereof contained or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. All of the issued and outstanding capital shares of the Company have been duly authorized and validly issued, are fully paid and non-assessable and have been issued in compliance with all federal and applicable state securities laws. None of the outstanding capital shares of the Company were issued in violation of any preemptive rights, rights of first refusal or other similar rights to subscribe for or purchase securities of the Company. There are no authorized or outstanding options, warrants, preemptive rights, rights of first refusal or other rights to purchase, or equity or debt securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for, any shares of beneficial interest of the Company or any of its subsidiaries other than those described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus or as provided in the declaration of trust of the Company. The description of the Company’s stock option, stock bonus and other stock plans or arrangements, and the options or other rights granted thereunder, set forth or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus accurately present the information required to be shown with respect to such plans, arrangements, options and rights and all such plans have been approved or adopted in accordance with applicable law, rule or regulations, including without limitation, the rules of the NYSE. All of the issued and outstanding limited partnership units of the Operating Partnership (“Units”) have been duly authorized and validly issued, and have been offered and sold in compliance with all applicable laws (including, without limitation, federal or state securities laws). The terms of the Units conform in all material respects to the descriptions thereof contained in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus or as provided in the partnership agreement of the Operating Partnership, (i) no Units are reserved for any purpose, (ii) there are no outstanding securities convertible into or exchangeable for any Units, and (iii) there are no outstanding options, rights (preemptive or otherwise) or warrants to purchase or subscribe for Units or any other securities of the Operating Partnership.

 

(o)                                 Non-Contravention of Existing Instruments. Neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries is (i) in violation or in default (or, with the giving of notice or lapse of time, would be in default) (“Default”) under its declaration of trust, charter, certificate of limited partnership, by-laws, limited partnership agreement or other organizational documents, as the case may be, (ii) in Default under any indenture, mortgage, loan or credit agreement, deed of trust, note, contract, franchise, lease or other agreement, obligation, condition, covenant or instrument to which such Transaction Entity or subsidiary is a party or by which it may be bound, or to which any of the property or assets of a Transaction Entity or any of its subsidiaries is subject (each, an “Existing Instrument”) or (iii) in violation of any statute, law, rule, regulation, judgment, order or decree of any court, regulatory body, administrative agency, governmental body, arbitrator or other authority having jurisdiction over a Transaction Entity or subsidiary or any of its properties, as applicable, except with respect to clauses (ii) and (iii), for such Defaults or violations as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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(p)                                 No Further Authorizations or Approvals Required. The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by each of the Transaction Entities and consummation of the transactions contemplated herein by the Transaction Entities, by the Registration Statement and by the Prospectus (i) have been duly authorized by all necessary trust or partnership action, as applicable, and will not result in any Default under the declaration of trust or by-laws of the Company, the certificate of limited partnership or agreement of limited partnership of the Operating Partnership or any organizational document of any subsidiary thereof, (ii) will not conflict with or constitute a breach of, or Default or a Debt Repayment Triggering Event (as defined below) under, or result in the creation or imposition of any lien, charge or encumbrance upon any property or assets of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries pursuant to, or require the consent of any other party to, any Existing Instrument, except for such conflicts, breaches, defaults or Debt Repayment Triggering Event or liens, charges or encumbrances that could not result in a Material Adverse Effect, and (iii) will not result in any violation of any statute, law, rule, regulation, judgment, order or decree applicable to the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries of any court, regulatory body, administrative agency, governmental body, arbitrator or other authority having jurisdiction over the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or any of their properties. No consent, approval, authorization or other order of, or registration or filing with, any court or other governmental or regulatory authority or agency is required for the execution and delivery by each of the Transaction Entities of, and the performance by each of the Transaction Entities of its respective obligations under the Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby, except for (A) those that have been obtained or made by each of the Transaction Entities and are in full force and effect under the Securities Act, (B) as may be made or obtained under the Securities Act, applicable state securities or blue sky laws and from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) or (C) any additional listing application for the Shares on the NYSE. As used herein, a “Debt Repayment Triggering Event” means any event or condition which gives, or with the giving of notice or lapse of time would give, the holder of any note, debenture or other evidence of indebtedness (or any person acting on such holder’s behalf) the right to require the repurchase, redemption or repayment of all or a portion of such indebtedness by either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries.

 

(q)                                 No Material Actions or Proceedings. Except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, there are no legal or governmental actions, suits or proceedings pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened against or affecting the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries, (i) which has as the subject thereof any officer, director or trustee of, or property owned or leased by, the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or (ii) relating to environmental or discrimination matters, where in either such case, (A) there is a reasonable possibility that such action, suit or proceeding might be determined adversely to such Transaction Entity or subsidiary, or any officer, director or trustee of, or property owned or leased by, the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries and (B) any such action, suit or proceeding, if so determined adversely, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect or adversely affect the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

 

(r)                                    Labor Matters. No labor problem or dispute with the employees of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries exists or, to the knowledge of the Transaction

 

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Entities, is threatened or imminent, and neither of the Transaction Entities is aware of any existing, threatened or imminent labor disturbance by the employees of any of its or its subsidiaries’ principal suppliers, contractors or customers, that could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(s)                                   Intellectual Property Rights. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries own, possess, license or have other rights to use, or can acquire on reasonable terms, all patents, patent applications, trade and service marks, trade and service mark registrations, trade names, copyrights, licenses, inventions, trade secrets, technology, know-how and other intellectual property (collectively, the “Intellectual Property”) necessary for the conduct of the Transaction Entities’ business as now conducted or as proposed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus to be conducted. Except as set forth in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, no party has been granted an exclusive license to use any portion of such Intellectual Property owned by the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries. There is no (i) to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, infringement by third parties of any such Intellectual Property owned by or exclusively licensed to the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries, (ii) pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened action, suit, proceeding or claim by others challenging the Transaction Entities’ or their subsidiaries’ rights in or to any Intellectual Property, and the Transaction Entities are unaware of any facts that would form a reasonable basis for any such claim, (iii) no pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened action, suit, proceeding or claim by others challenging the validity or scope of any such Intellectual Property, and the Transaction Entities are unaware of any facts that would form a reasonable basis for any such claim, and (iv) no pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened action, suit, proceeding or claim by others that either of the Transaction Entities’ business as now conducted infringes or otherwise violates any patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret or other proprietary rights of others, and the Transaction Entities are unaware of any other fact that would form a reasonable basis for any such claim, except in each case, any such action, suit, proceeding or claim that would not, individually or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(t)                                    All Necessary Permits, etc. The Transaction Entities and each of their subsidiaries possess such valid and current licenses, certificates, authorizations or permits issued by the appropriate state, federal or foreign regulatory agencies or bodies necessary to conduct their respective businesses, as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, except where failure to possess any such licenses, certificates, authorizations or permits would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect, and neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries has received any notice of proceedings relating to the revocation or modification of, or non-compliance with, any such license, certificate, authorization or permit which, singly or in the aggregate, if the subject of an unfavorable decision, ruling or finding, would have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(u)                                 Title to Properties. The Transaction Entities and each of their subsidiaries have good and marketable title to all the properties and assets reflected as owned in the financial statements of the Transaction Entities that are incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement (or otherwise described in the Prospectus) (collectively, the “Properties”), in each case free and clear of any security interests, mortgages, liens, encumbrances, equities, claims and other defects, except (i) as otherwise disclosed in the

 

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Registration Statement and the Prospectus or (ii) those which do not, singly or in the aggregate, materially affect the value of such Property and do not interfere with the use made or proposed to be made of such Property by the Transaction Entities, any subsidiary or a joint venture entity in which either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries owns a minority interest. The real property, improvements, equipment and personal property held under lease by the Transaction Entities or any subsidiary are held under valid and enforceable leases, with such exceptions as are not material and do not materially interfere with the use made or proposed to be made of such real property, improvements, equipment or personal property by the Transaction Entities or such subsidiary. The Operating Partnership or a subsidiary thereof has obtained title insurance on the fee interest in each of the Properties, in an amount that is commercially reasonable for each Property, but at least equal to the purchase price of each such Property. All such policies of insurance are in full force and effect.

 

(v)                                 Tax Law Compliance. The Transaction Entities and their consolidated subsidiaries have filed all necessary federal, state, local and foreign income and franchise tax returns in a timely manner and have paid all taxes required to be paid by any of them and, if due and payable, any related or similar assessment, fine or penalty levied against any of them, except for (i) any taxes, assessments, fines or penalties as may be being contested in good faith and by appropriate proceedings and (ii) any tax returns or taxes where failure to file or pay would not have a Material Adverse Effect. Each of the Transaction Entities has made appropriate provisions in its respective financial statements that are incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement (or otherwise described in the Prospectus) in respect of all federal, state, local and foreign income and franchise taxes for all current or prior periods as to which the tax liability of the respective Transaction Entity or any of its consolidated subsidiaries has not been finally determined, except to the extent of any inadequacy that would not result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(w)                               Tax Classification of the Operating Partnership. The Operating Partnership has been properly classified either as a partnership or as an entity disregarded as separate from the Company for federal tax purposes throughout the period from its formation through the date hereof.

 

(x)                                 Company Not an “Investment Company”. Neither of the Transaction Entities is, and after receipt of payment for the Shares and the application of the proceeds thereof as contemplated under the caption “Use of Proceeds” in the Prospectus, neither of the Transaction Entities will be required to register as, an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

(y)                                 Compliance with Reporting Requirements. Each of the Transaction Entities is subject to and in compliance in all material respects with the reporting requirements of Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act.

 

(z)                                  Insurance. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries are insured by recognized, financially sound and reputable institutions with policies in such amounts and with such deductibles and covering such risks as are generally deemed adequate and customary for their businesses. To the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, all policies of insurance and fidelity or surety bonds insuring the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or their

 

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respective businesses, assets, employees, officers, directors and trustees are in full force and effect; the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries are in compliance with the terms of such policies and instruments in all material respects and there are no material claims by the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries under any such policy or instrument as to which any insurance company is denying liability or defending under a reservation of rights clause; and neither of the Transaction Entities nor any such subsidiary has been refused any insurance coverage sought or applied for. Neither of the Transaction Entities has any reason to believe that it or any of its subsidiaries will not be able (i) to renew its existing insurance coverage as and when such policies expire or (ii) to obtain comparable coverage from similar institutions as may be necessary or appropriate to conduct its business as now conducted and at a cost that would not have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(aa)                          No Restrictions on Dividends or Other Distributions. No subsidiary of the Transaction Entities is currently prohibited, directly or indirectly, from paying any dividends or other distributions to the Transaction Entities, from making any other distribution on such subsidiary’s capital stock, from repaying to the Transaction Entities any loans or advances to such subsidiary from the Transaction Entities or from transferring any of such subsidiary’s property or assets to the Transaction Entities or any other subsidiary of the Transaction Entities, except as described in or contemplated by the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.

 

(bb)                          No Price Stabilization or Manipulation; Actively Traded Security. The Transaction Entities have not taken and will not take, directly or indirectly, any action designed to or that might be reasonably expected to cause or result in stabilization or manipulation of the price of the Shares to facilitate the sale or resale of the Shares. The Shares are an “actively traded security” excepted from the requirements of Rule 101 of Regulation M under the Exchange Act by subsection (c)(1) of such rule.

 

(cc)                            Related Party Transactions. There are no business relationships or related-party transactions involving either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or any other person required to be described in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus that have not been described, or incorporated by reference, as required.

 

(dd)                          No Material Weakness in Internal Controls. Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, or in any document incorporated by reference therein, since the end of the Transaction Entities’ most recent audited fiscal year for the Transaction Entities, there has been (i) no material weakness in the Transaction Entities’ internal control over financial reporting (whether or not remediated) and (ii) no change in the Transaction Entities’ internal control over financial reporting that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Transaction Entities’ internal control over financial reporting.

 

(ee)                            Disclosure Controls. Each of the Transaction Entities maintains an effective system of “disclosure controls and procedures” (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act) that is designed to ensure that information relating to such Transaction Entity and its consolidated subsidiaries and required to be disclosed by such Transaction Entity in reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms, including controls and procedures designed to ensure that such information is accumulated and communicated to such

 

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Transaction Entity’s management as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. Each Transaction Entity has carried out evaluations of the effectiveness of its disclosure controls and procedures as required by Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act.

 

(ff)                              Internal Controls and Procedures. Each Transaction Entity maintains (i) effective internal control over financial reporting as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act, and (ii) a system of internal accounting controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurance that (A) transactions are executed in accordance with management’s general or specific authorizations; (B) transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP and to maintain asset accountability; (C) access to assets is permitted only in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization; (D) the recorded accountability for assets is compared with the existing assets at reasonable intervals and appropriate action is taken with respect to any differences; and (E) the interactive data in eXtensible Business Reporting Language incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus fairly presents the information called for in all material respects and is prepared in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines applicable thereto.

 

(gg)                            Stock Options. With respect to the stock options (the “Stock Options”) granted pursuant to the stock-based compensation plans of the Company (the “Company Stock Plans”), (i) each Stock Option designated by the Company at the time of grant as an “incentive stock option” under Section 422 of the Code, so qualifies, (ii) each grant of a Stock Option was duly authorized no later than the date on which the grant of such Stock Option was by its terms to be effective (the “Grant Date”) by all necessary corporate action, including, as applicable, approval by the board of trustees of the Company (or a duly constituted and authorized committee thereof) and any required shareholder approval by the necessary number of votes or written consents, and the award agreement governing such grant (if any) was duly executed and delivered by each party thereto, (iii) each such grant was made in accordance with the terms of the Company Stock Plans, the Exchange Act and all other applicable laws and regulatory rules or requirements, including the rules of the NYSE, (iv) the per share exercise price of each Stock Option was equal to or greater than the fair market value of a Common Share on the applicable Grant Date and (v) each such grant was properly accounted for in accordance with GAAP in the consolidated financial statements (including the related notes) of the Company and disclosed in the Company’s filings with the Commission in accordance with the Exchange Act and all other applicable laws. The Company has not knowingly granted, and there is no and has been no policy or practice of the Company or any of its subsidiaries of granting, Stock Options prior to, or otherwise coordinating the grant of Stock Options with, the release or other public announcement of material information regarding the Company or its results of operations or prospects.

 

(hh)                          No Unlawful Contributions or Other Payments. Neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of the Company, any director, trustee, officer, agent, employee or affiliate of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries is aware of or has taken any action, directly or indirectly, that would result in a violation by such persons of the FCPA (as defined herein), including, without limitation, making use of the mails or any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce corruptly in furtherance of an offer, payment, promise to pay or authorization of the payment of any money, or other property, gift, promise to give, or authorization of the giving of anything of value to any “foreign

 

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official” (as such term is defined in the FCPA) or any foreign political party or official thereof or any candidate for foreign political office, in contravention of the FCPA, and the Transaction Entities, their subsidiaries and, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, their affiliates have conducted their businesses in compliance with the FCPA and have instituted and maintain policies and procedures designed to ensure, and which are reasonably expected to continue to ensure, continued compliance therewith. “FCPA” means the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder.

 

(ii)                                  No Conflict with Money Laundering Laws. The operations of the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries are and have been conducted at all times in compliance with applicable financial recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended, the money laundering statutes of all applicable jurisdictions, the rules and regulations thereunder and any related or similar rules, regulations or guidelines issued, administered or enforced by any governmental agency (collectively, the “Money Laundering Laws”) and no action, suit or proceeding by or before any court or governmental agency, authority or body or any arbitrator involving the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries with respect to the Money Laundering Laws is pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened.

 

(jj)                                No Conflict with OFAC Laws. Neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of the Company, any director, trustee, officer, agent, employee or affiliate of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries is currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department (“OFAC”); and the Transaction Entities will not directly or indirectly use the proceeds of the offering, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available such proceeds, to any subsidiary, joint venture partner or other person or entity, for the purpose of financing the activities of any person currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by OFAC.

 

(kk)                          Compliance with Laws. (i) Neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries knows of any violation of any municipal, state or federal law, rule or regulation (including those pertaining to environmental matters) concerning any Properties or any part thereof which could have a Material Adverse Effect; (ii) each of the Properties complies with all applicable zoning laws, ordinances, regulations and deed restrictions or other covenants in all material respects and, if and to the extent there is a failure to comply, such failure does not materially impair the value of any of the Properties and will not result in a forfeiture or reversion of title; (iii) neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries have received from any governmental authority any written notice of any condemnation of or zoning change affecting the Properties or any part thereof, and neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries knows of any such condemnation or zoning change which is threatened and which if consummated could have a Material Adverse Effect; (iv) all liens, charges, encumbrances, claims, or restrictions on or affecting the properties and assets (including the Properties) of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries that are required to be described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus are disclosed therein; (v) no lessee of any portion of any of the Properties is in default under any of the leases governing such properties and there is no event which, but for the passage of time or the giving of notice or both would constitute a default under any of such leases, except such defaults that could not have a Material Adverse Effect; (vi) all water, stormwater, sanitary sewer, electricity and telephone

 

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service are available at the property lines of each Property over duly dedicated streets or perpetual easements of record benefiting the applicable Property other than as could not have a Material Adverse Effect; and (vii) no tenant under any lease pursuant to which the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries leases the Properties has an option or right of first refusal to purchase the premises leased thereunder or the building of which such premises are a part, except as such options or rights of first refusal which, if exercised, could not have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(ll)                                  Compliance with Environmental Laws. Except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, (i) neither the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries is in violation of any federal, state, local or foreign law, regulation, order, permit or other requirement relating to pollution or protection of human health or the environment (including, without limitation, ambient air, surface water, groundwater, land surface or subsurface strata) or wildlife, including, without limitation, laws and regulations relating to emissions, discharges, releases of chemicals, pollutants, contaminants, wastes, toxic substances, hazardous substances, petroleum and petroleum products (collectively, “Materials of Environmental Concern”), or otherwise relating to the manufacture, processing, distribution, use, treatment, storage, disposal, transport or handling of Materials of Environmental Concern (collectively, “Environmental Laws”), which violation includes, but is not limited to, noncompliance with any permits or other governmental authorizations required for the operation of the business of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus under applicable Environmental Laws, or noncompliance with the terms and conditions thereof, nor have the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries received any written communication that alleges that either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries is in violation of any Environmental Law, except in each case as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect; (ii) there is no claim, action or cause of action filed with a court or governmental authority, no investigation with respect to which either of the Transaction Entities has received written notice, and no written notice by any person or entity alleging potential liability for investigatory costs, cleanup costs, governmental responses costs, natural resources damages, property damages, personal injuries, attorneys’ fees or penalties arising out of, based on or resulting from the presence, or release into the environment, of any Material of Environmental Concern at any location owned, leased or operated by the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries, now or in the past (collectively, “Environmental Claims”), pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened against the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or any person or entity whose liability for any Environmental Claim the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries has retained or assumed either contractually or by operation of law, except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect; (iii) to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, there are no past, present or anticipated future actions, activities, circumstances, conditions, events or incidents, including, without limitation, the release, emission, discharge, presence or disposal of any Material of Environmental Concern, that reasonably could result in a violation of any Environmental Law, require expenditures to be incurred pursuant to Environmental Law, or form the basis of a potential Environmental Claim against the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or against any person or entity whose liability for any Environmental Claim the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries has retained or assumed either contractually or by operation of law, except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect; and (iv) neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries is subject

 

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to any pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened proceeding under Environmental Law to which a governmental authority is a party and which is reasonably likely to result in monetary sanctions of $100,000 or more.

 

(mm)                  Periodic Review of Costs of Environmental Compliance. In the ordinary course of its business, the Transaction Entities conduct a periodic review of the effect of Environmental Laws on the business, operations and properties of the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries, in the course of which they identify and evaluate associated costs and liabilities (including, without limitation, any capital or operating expenditures required for clean-up, closure of properties or compliance with Environmental Laws or any permit, license or approval, any related constraints on operating activities and any potential liabilities to third parties). On the basis of such review and the amount of their established reserves, the Transaction Entities reasonably concluded that such associated costs and liabilities would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect, except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.

 

(nn)                          ERISA Compliance. Each of the Transaction Entities and its subsidiaries is in compliance with all presently applicable provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, including the regulations and published interpretations thereunder (“ERISA”); no “reportable event” (as defined in ERISA) has occurred with respect to any “pension plan” (as defined in ERISA) for which either of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries would have any liability; neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries has incurred and reasonably expects to incur liability under (i) Title IV of ERISA with respect to termination of, or withdrawal from, any “pension plan” or (ii) Section 412 or 4971 of the Code, including the regulations and published interpretations thereunder; and each “pension plan” for which either of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries would have any liability that is intended to be qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code has received a favorable determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service that such plan is so qualified and, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, nothing has occurred, whether by action or by failure to act, which would cause the loss of such qualification, except in each case where such non-compliance, reportable events, liabilities or failure to be so qualified could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(oo)                          Brokers. Except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, there is no broker, finder or other party that is entitled to receive from either of the Transaction Entities any brokerage or finder’s fee or other fee or commission as a result of any transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

 

(pp)                          No Outstanding Loans or Other Indebtedness. There are no outstanding loans, advances (except normal advances for business expenses in the ordinary course of business) or guarantees or indebtedness by either of the Transaction Entities to or for the benefit of any of the officers, trustees or partners of the Company or the Operating Partnership, as applicable, or any of the members of any of their families, except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.

 

(qq)                          Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance. There is and has been no failure on the part of the Transaction Entities and any of the Company’s trustees or the Transaction Entities’

 

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officers, in their capacities as such, to comply in all material respects with any provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules and regulations promulgated in connection therewith (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”), including Section 402 related to loans and Sections 302 and 906 related to certifications.

 

(rr)                                Statistical and Market Related Data. Nothing has come to the attention of the Transaction Entities that has caused the Transaction Entities to believe that the statistical and market-related data included in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus is not based on or derived from sources that are reliable and accurate in all material respects.

 

(ss)                              Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Each of the Properties is in compliance with all presently applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, except for such failures to comply as could not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(tt)                                NYSE Compliance. The Company is in compliance with the rules and regulations of the NYSE, including, without limitation, the requirements for continued listing of the Shares on the NYSE, and there are no actions, suits or proceedings pending, threatened or, to the Company’s knowledge, contemplated, and the Company has not received any notice from the NYSE, regarding the revocation of such or otherwise regarding the delisting of the Shares from the NYSE.

 

(uu)                          FINRA Compliance. To the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, no trustee or officer of the Company has any association with any FINRA member

 

(vv)                          Forward-Looking Statements. Each financial or operational projection or other “forward-looking statement” (as defined by Section 27A of the Securities Act or Section 21E of the Exchange Act) regarding such financial or operational projection contained in any Prospectus Supplement or the Prospectus was so included by the Company in good faith and with reasonable basis after due consideration by the Company of the underlying assumptions, estimates and other applicable facts and circumstances as reasonably determined by the Company.

 

(ww)                      Purchase and Sale of Shares by the Manager. The Company acknowledges and agrees to the Manager trading in the Common Shares, subject to the requirements of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, for the Manager’s own account and for the account of its clients at the same time as sales of the Shares occur pursuant to this Agreement or any agreement entered into pursuant to this Agreement, provided that the Company shall not be deemed to have authorized, instructed or directed any such trading by the Manager.

 

(xx)                          Officer’s Certificates. Any certificate signed by an officer of the Company and delivered to the Manager or to counsel for the Manager shall be deemed to be a representation and warranty by the Company to the Manager as to the matters set forth therein.

 

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Company and counsel to the Manager, will rely upon the accuracy and truthfulness of the foregoing representations and hereby consent to such reliance.

 

7.                                      Covenants of the Transaction Entities. The Transaction Entities, jointly and severally, covenant and agree with the Manager that:

 

(a)                                 Registration Statement Amendments; Payment of Fees. After the date of this Agreement and during any period in which a Prospectus relating to any Placement Shares is required to be delivered by the Manager under the Securities Act (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act); (i) the Company will notify the Manager promptly of the time when any subsequent amendment to the Registration Statement, other than documents incorporated by reference, has been filed with the Commission and/or has become effective or any subsequent supplement to the Prospectus has been filed and of any comment letter from the Commission or any request by the Commission for any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement or Prospectus or for additional information; (ii) the Company will prepare and file with the Commission, promptly upon the Manager’s request, any amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement or Prospectus that, in the Manager’s reasonable opinion, may be necessary or advisable in connection with the distribution of the Placement Shares by the Manager (provided, however, that the failure of the Manager to make such request shall not relieve the Company of any obligation or liability hereunder, or affect the Manager’s right to rely on the representations and warranties made by the Transaction Entities in this Agreement); (iii) the Company will not file any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement or Prospectus, other than documents incorporated by reference, relating to the Placement Shares or a security convertible into the Placement Shares unless a copy thereof has been submitted to the Manager within a reasonable period of time before the filing and the Manager has not reasonably objected thereto (provided, however, that the failure of the Manager to make such objection shall not relieve the Company of any obligation or liability hereunder, or affect the Manager’s right to rely on the representations and warranties made by the Company in this Agreement) and the Company will furnish to the Manager at the time of filing thereof a copy of any document that upon filing is deemed to be incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement or Prospectus, except for those documents available via EDGAR; and (iv) the Company will cause each amendment or supplement to the Prospectus, other than documents incorporated by reference, to be filed with the Commission as required pursuant to the applicable paragraph of Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act (without reliance on Rule 424(b)(8) of the Securities Act).

 

(b)                                 Notice of Commission Stop Orders. The Company will advise the Manager, promptly after it receives notice or obtains knowledge thereof, of the issuance or threatened issuance by the Commission of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or any other order preventing or suspending the use of the Prospectus, of the suspension of the qualification of the Placement Shares for offering or sale in any jurisdiction, or of the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for any such purpose or any examination pursuant to Section 8(e) of the Securities Act, or if the Company becomes the subject of a proceeding under Section 8A of the Securities Act in connection with the offering of the Shares; and it will promptly use its commercially reasonable efforts to prevent the issuance of any stop or other order or to obtain its withdrawal if such a stop or other order should be issued.

 

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(c)                                  Delivery of Prospectus; Subsequent Changes. During any period in which a Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares is required to be delivered by the Manager under the Securities Act with respect to a pending sale of the Placement Shares (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), the Company will comply with all requirements imposed upon it by the Securities Act, as from time to time in force, and file on or before their respective due dates all reports and any definitive proxy or information statements required to be filed by the Company with the Commission pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14, 15(d) or any other provision of or under the Exchange Act. If during such period any event occurs as a result of which the Prospectus as then amended or supplemented would include an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances then existing, not misleading, or if during such period it is necessary to amend or supplement the Registration Statement or Prospectus to comply with the Securities Act, the Company will promptly notify the Manager to suspend the offering of Placement Shares during such period and the Company will promptly amend or supplement the Registration Statement or Prospectus (at the expense of the Company) so as to correct such statement or omission or effect such compliance.

 

(d)                                 Listing of Placement Shares. During any period in which the Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares is required to be delivered by the Manager under the Securities Act with respect to a pending sale of the Placement Shares (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), the Company will use its commercially reasonable efforts to cause the Placement Shares to be listed on the NYSE and to qualify the Placement Shares for sale under the securities laws of such jurisdictions as the Manager reasonably designates and to continue such qualifications in effect so long as required for the distribution of the Placement Shares; provided, however, that the Company shall not be required in connection therewith to qualify as a foreign entity or dealer in securities or file a general consent to service of process in any jurisdiction.

 

(e)                                  Filings with the NYSE. The Company will timely file with the NYSE all material documents and notices required by the NYSE of companies that have or will issue securities that are traded on the NYSE.

 

(f)                                   Delivery of Registration Statement and Prospectus. The Company will furnish to the Manager and its counsel (at the expense of the Company) copies of the Registration Statement, the Prospectus (including all documents incorporated by reference therein) and all amendments and supplements to the Registration Statement or Prospectus that are filed with the Commission during any period in which a Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares is required to be delivered under the Securities Act (including all documents filed with the Commission during such period that are deemed to be incorporated by reference therein), in each case as soon as reasonably practicable and in such quantities as the Manager may from time to time reasonably request and, at the Manager’s request, will also furnish copies of the Prospectus to each exchange or market on which sales of the Placement Shares may be made. The copies of the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and any supplements or amendments thereto furnished to the Manager will be identical to the electronically transmitted copies thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR, except to the extent permitted by Regulation S-T. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company will not be required to furnish any

 

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document (other than the Prospectus) to the Manager to the extent such document is available on EDGAR.

 

(g)                                  Earnings Statement. The Company will make generally available to its security holders as soon as practicable, but in any event not later than 15 months after the end of the Company’s current fiscal quarter, an earnings statement covering a 12-month period that satisfies the provisions of Section 11(a) and Rule 158 of the Securities Act. “Earnings statement” and “make generally available” will have the meanings contained in Rule 158 under the Securities Act.

 

(h)                                 Expenses. The Company will pay all expenses incident to the performance of its obligations under this Agreement, including (i) the preparation, printing and filing of the Registration Statement (including financial statements and exhibits) as originally filed and of each amendment and supplement thereto, (ii) the word processing, printing and delivery to the Manager of this Agreement and such other documents as may be required in connection with the offering, purchase, sale, issuance or delivery of the Placement Shares, (iii) the preparation, issuance and delivery of the certificates for the Placement Shares to the Manager, including any stock or other transfer taxes and any capital duties, stamp duties or other duties or taxes payable upon the sale, issuance or delivery of the Placement Shares to the Manager, (iv) the fees and disbursements of the counsel, accountants and other advisors to the Company, (v) the qualification or exemption of the Placement Shares under securities laws, including filing fees and the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for the Manager in connection therewith and in connection with the preparation of the Blue Sky Survey and any supplements thereto, (vi) the printing and delivery to the Manager of copies of any permitted Issuer Free Writing Prospectus and the Prospectus and any amendments or supplements thereto and any costs associated with electronic delivery of any of the foregoing by the Manager to investors, (vii) the preparation, printing and delivery to the Manager of copies of the Blue Sky Survey and any Canadian “wrapper” and any supplements thereto, (viii) the fees and expenses of The Depository Trust Company and the transfer agent and registrar for the Shares, (ix) the filing fees incident to, and the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel to the Manager in connection with, the review by FINRA of the terms of the sale of the Shares (in an amount not to exceed $10,000) and (x) the fees and expenses incurred in connection with the listing of the Placement Shares on the NYSE.

 

(i)                                     Use of Proceeds. The Company will apply the net proceeds from the sale of the Shares to be sold by it hereunder in accordance in all material respects with the statements under the caption “Use of Proceeds” in the Prospectus.

 

(j)                                    Notice of Other Sales. During the pendency of any Placement Notice given hereunder, the Company shall provide the Manager with prior written notice as promptly as reasonably possible before it offers to sell, contracts to sell, sells, grants any option to sell or otherwise disposes of any Shares or securities convertible into or exchangeable for Shares, warrants or any rights to purchase or acquire Shares; provided, that such notice shall not be required in connection with the (i) issuance, grant or sale of Shares, options to purchase Shares or Shares issuable upon the exercise of options or other equity awards pursuant to any stock option, stock bonus or other stock or compensatory plan or arrangement described in the Prospectus, (ii) the issuance of securities in connection with an acquisition, merger or sale or

 

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purchase of assets described in the Prospectus, (iii) the issuance or sale of Shares pursuant to any dividend reinvestment plan that the Company may adopt from time to time provided the implementation of such is disclosed to the Manager in advance, (iv) any Shares issuable upon the redemption of outstanding Units in accordance with the Second Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of the Operating Partnership, as amended, or (v) the issuance of Shares to be offered and sold through the Manager pursuant to this Agreement or the Alternative Managers pursuant to an Alternative Distribution Agreement or pursuant to any terms agreement entered into pursuant to this Agreement or the Alternative Distribution Agreements.

 

(k)                                 Change of Circumstances. The Company will, at any time during a fiscal quarter in which the Company intends to tender a Placement Notice or sell Placement Shares, advise the Manager promptly after it shall have received notice or obtained knowledge thereof, of any information or fact that would alter or affect in any material respect any opinion, certificate, letter or other document provided to the Manager pursuant to this Agreement.

 

(l)                                     Due Diligence Cooperation. The Transaction Entities will cooperate with any reasonable due diligence review conducted by the Manager or its agents in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby, including, without limitation, providing information and making available documents and senior officers, during regular business hours and at the Company’s principal offices, as the Manager may reasonably request.

 

(m)                             Required Filings Relating to Placement of Placement Shares. The Company agrees that on such dates as the Securities Act shall require, the Company will (i) file a prospectus supplement with the Commission under the applicable paragraph of Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act, which prospectus supplement will set forth, within the relevant period, the amount of Placement Shares sold through the Manager, the Net Proceeds to the Company and the compensation payable by the Company to the Manager with respect to such Placement Shares, and (ii) deliver such number of copies of each such prospectus supplement to each exchange or market on which such sales were effected as may be required by the rules or regulations of such exchange or market.

 

(n)                                 Representation Dates; Certificate. On or prior to the date that the first Shares are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and (i) each time the Company (A) files a Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares or amends or supplements the Registration Statement or the Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares (other than a prospectus supplement filed in accordance with Section 7(m) of this Agreement) by means of a post-effective amendment, sticker, or supplement but not by means of incorporation of documents by reference into the Registration Statement or the Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares; (B) files an Annual Report on Form 10-K under the Exchange Act; (C) files a Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q under the Exchange Act; or (D) files a Current Report on Form 8-K containing amended financial information (other than an earnings release, to “furnish” information pursuant to Items 2.02 or 7.01 of Form 8-K or to provide disclosure pursuant to Item 8.01 of Form 8-K relating to the reclassifications of certain properties as discontinued operations in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 144) under the Exchange Act or (ii) at any other time reasonably requested by the Manager (each date of filing of one or more of the documents referred to in clauses (A) through (D) shall be a “Representation Date”); the

 

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Company shall furnish the Manager with a certificate, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n) within three (3) Trading Days of any Representation Date. The requirement to provide a certificate under this Section 7(n) shall be deemed automatically waived for any Representation Date occurring at a time at which no Placement Notice is pending, which waiver shall continue until the earlier to occur of the date the Company delivers a Placement Notice hereunder (which for such calendar quarter shall be considered a Representation Date) and the next occurring Representation Date, at which time such automatic waiver shall apply again if no Placement Notice is pending at that time; provided, however, that such waiver shall not apply for any Representation Date on which the Company files an Annual Report on Form 10-K. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Company subsequently decides to sell Placement Shares following a Representation Date when the Company relied on such waiver and did not provide the Manager with a certificate under this Section 7(n), then before the Company delivers the Placement Notice or the Manager sells any Placement Shares, the Company shall provide the Manager with a certificate, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n), dated the date of the Placement Notice.

 

(o)                                 Legal Opinion of Company Counsel. On or prior to the date that the first Shares are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and within three (3) Trading Days of each Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n) for which no waiver is applicable, the Company shall cause to be furnished to the Manager written opinions of Pepper Hamilton LLP (“Company Counsel”), or other counsel satisfactory to the Manager, in form and substance satisfactory to the Manager and its counsel, dated the date that the opinion is required to be delivered, substantially similar to the forms attached hereto as Exhibit 7(o)(1) and Exhibit 7(o)(2), respectively, modified, as necessary, to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus as then amended or supplemented; provided, however, that in lieu of such opinions for subsequent Representation Dates, counsel may furnish the Manager with a letter (a “Reliance Letter”) to the effect that the Manager may rely on a prior opinion delivered under this Section 7(o) to the same extent as if it were dated the date of such letter (except that statements in such prior opinion shall be deemed to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus as amended or supplemented at such Representation Date).

 

(p)                                 Legal Opinion of the Manager’s Counsel. On or prior to the date that the first Shares are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and within three (3) Trading Days of each Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n) for which no waiver is applicable, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. shall deliver to the Manager a written opinion, in form and substance satisfactory to the Manager, dated the date that the opinion is required to be delivered; provided, however, that in lieu of such opinions for subsequent Representation Dates, counsel may furnish the Manager with a letter (a “Reliance Letter”) to the effect that the Manager may rely on a prior opinion delivered under this Section 7(p) to the same extent as if it were dated the date of such letter (except that statements in such prior opinion shall be deemed to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus as amended or supplemented at such Representation Date).

 

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Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n) for which no waiver is applicable, the Company shall cause its independent accountants (and any other independent accountants whose report is included in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus), to furnish the Manager letters (the “Comfort Letters”) in form and substance satisfactory to the Manager, (i) confirming that they are an independent registered public accounting firm within the meaning of the Securities Act, the Exchange Act and the PCAOB, (ii) stating, as of such date, the conclusions and findings of such firm with respect to the financial information and other matters ordinarily covered by accountants’ “comfort letters” to underwriters in connection with registered public offerings (the first such letter, the “Initial Comfort Letter”) and (iii) updating the Initial Comfort Letter with any information that would have been included in the Initial Comfort Letter had it been given on such date and modified as necessary to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, as amended and supplemented to the date of such letter.

 

(r)                                    Market Activities. The Company will not, directly or indirectly, (i) take any action designed to cause or result in, or that constitutes or might reasonably be expected to constitute, the stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company to facilitate the sale or resale of the Shares or (ii) sell, bid for, or purchase the Shares to be issued and sold pursuant to this Agreement, or pay anyone any compensation for soliciting purchases of the Shares to be issued and sold pursuant to this Agreement other than the Manager or an Alternative Manager; provided, however, that the Company may bid for and purchase its Shares in accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act; and provided further, that (A) no such bids or purchases shall be made by the Company during the three (3) Trading Days before or after any sale of any Shares pursuant to this Agreement and (B) the Company agrees to suspend any pending Placement Notice and to promptly provide notice of the same to the Manager upon determining to make such bids or purchases in accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act.

 

(s)                                   Insurance. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries shall maintain, or caused to be maintained, insurance in such amounts and covering such risks as is reasonable and customary for companies engaged in similar businesses in similar industries.

 

(t)                                    Compliance with Laws. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries shall maintain, or cause to be maintained, all material environmental permits, licenses and other authorizations required by federal, state and local law in order to conduct their businesses as described in the Prospectus, and the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries shall conduct their businesses, or cause their businesses to be conducted, in substantial compliance with such permits, licenses and authorizations and with applicable environmental laws, except where the failure to maintain or be in compliance with such permits, licenses, authorizations and applicable laws could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(u)                                 Regulation M. If the Company has reason to believe that the exemptive provisions set forth in Rule 101(c)(1) of Regulation M under the Exchange Act are not satisfied with respect to the Company or the Shares, it shall promptly notify the Manager and sales of the Placement Shares under this Agreement shall be suspended until that or other exemptive provisions have been satisfied in the reasonable judgment of each party.

 

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(v)                                 REIT Treatment. The Company currently intends to continue to qualify as a REIT under the Code and will use all reasonable efforts to enable the Company to continue to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a REIT under the Code for subsequent tax years that include any portion of the term of this Agreement; unless the Company’s board of trustees in good faith determines by resolution that it is in the best interests of the Company’s shareholders not to meet such requirements.

 

(w)                               Investment Company Act. The Company is familiar with the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder, and will in the future use its reasonable best efforts to ensure that the Transaction Entities will not be an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder.

 

(x)                                 Securities Act and Exchange Act. The Company will use its best efforts to comply with all requirements imposed upon it by the Securities Act and the Exchange Act as from time to time in force, so far as necessary to permit the continuance of sales of, or dealings in, the Placement Shares as contemplated by the provisions hereof and the Prospectus.

 

(y)                                 No Offer to Sell. Other than a Free Writing Prospectus (as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act) approved in advance in writing by the Company and the Manager in its capacity as principal or agent hereunder, neither the Manager nor the Company (including its agents and representatives, other than the Manager or the Alternative Managers, each in its capacity as such) will, directly or indirectly, make, use, prepare, authorize, approve or refer to any Free Writing Prospectus relating to the Shares to be sold by the Manager as principal or agent hereunder.

 

(z)                                  Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries will maintain and keep accurate books and records reflecting their assets and maintain internal accounting controls in a manner designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with GAAP and including those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company, (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit the preparation of the Company’s consolidated financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, (iii) that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with management’s and the Company’s trustees’ authorization, and (iv) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the Company’s assets that could have a material effect on its financial statements. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries will maintain such controls and other procedures, including, without limitation, those required by Sections 302 and 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the applicable regulations thereunder that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms, including, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including

 

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its Chief Executive Officer and principal financial officer, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure and to ensure that material information relating to the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries is made known to them by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which such periodic reports are being prepared. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries will use their best efforts to comply with all effective applicable provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

 

(aa)                          The Company shall maintain, at its expense, a registrar and transfer agent for the Shares.

 

(bb)                          The Company will use its reasonable best efforts to maintain the listing of its Common Shares (including the Shares) on the NYSE.

 

8.                                      Conditions to the Manager’s Obligations. The obligations of the Manager hereunder with respect to a Placement will be subject to the continuing accuracy and completeness of the representations and warranties made by the Transaction Entities herein, to the due performance by the Transaction Entities of their respective obligations hereunder, to the completion by the Manager of a due diligence review satisfactory to the Manager in its reasonable judgment, and to the continuing satisfaction (or waiver by the Manager in its sole discretion) of the following additional conditions:

 

(a)                                 Registration Statement Effective. The Registration Statement shall be effective and shall be available for (i) all sales of Placement Shares issued pursuant to all prior Placement Notices and (ii) the sale of all Placement Shares contemplated to be issued by any Placement Notice.

 

(b)                                 No Material Notices. None of the following events shall have occurred and be continuing: (i) receipt by the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries of any request for additional information from the Commission or any other federal or state governmental authority during the period of effectiveness of the Registration Statement, the response to which would require any post-effective amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement or the Prospectus; (ii) the issuance by the Commission or any other federal or state governmental authority of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or the initiation of any proceedings for that purpose; (iii) receipt by the Company of any notification with respect to the suspension of the qualification or exemption from qualification of any of the Placement Shares for sale in any jurisdiction or the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for such purpose; (iv) the occurrence of any event that makes any material statement made in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or any material document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated therein by reference untrue in any material respect or that requires the making of any changes in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus, or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or such documents so that, in the case of the Registration Statement, it will not contain any materially untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading and, that in the case of the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, it will not contain any materially untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make

 

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the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

 

(c)                                  No Misstatement or Material Omission. The Manager shall not have advised the Company that the Registration Statement or Prospectus, or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, contains an untrue statement of fact that in the Manager’s reasonable opinion is material, or omits to state a fact that in the Manager’s opinion is material and is required to be stated therein or is necessary to make the statements therein not misleading.

 

(d)                                 Material Changes. Except as contemplated in the Prospectus, or disclosed in the Company’s reports filed with the Commission, there shall not have been any material adverse change, on a consolidated basis, in the authorized shares of beneficial interest of the Company or the Operating Partnership or result in a Material Adverse Effect, or any development that could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, or any downgrading in or withdrawal of the rating assigned to any of the Company’s or the Operating Partnership’s securities (other than asset backed securities) by any rating organization or a public announcement by any rating organization that it has under surveillance or review its rating of any of the Company’s or the Operating Partnership’s securities (other than asset backed securities), the effect of which, in the case of any such action by a rating organization described above, in the reasonable judgment of the Manager (without relieving the Company or the Operating Partnership of any obligation or liability it may otherwise have), is so material as to make it impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the offering of the Placement Shares on the terms and in the manner contemplated in the Prospectus.

 

(e)                                  Legal Opinions. The Manager shall have received the opinions of (i) Company Counsel required to be delivered pursuant Section 7(o) and (ii) Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. required to be delivered pursuant Section 7(p), in each case on or before the date on which such delivery of such opinion is required pursuant to Section 7(o) and Section 7(p), respectively.

 

(f)                                   Comfort Letter. The Manager shall have received the Comfort Letter required to be delivered pursuant Section 7(q) on or before the date on which such delivery of such opinion is required pursuant to Section 7(q).

 

(g)                                  Representation Certificate. The Manager shall have received the certificate required to be delivered pursuant to Section 7(n) on or before the date on which delivery of such certificate is required pursuant to Section 7(n).

 

(h)                                 No Suspension. Trading in the Common Shares shall not have been suspended on the NYSE.

 

(i)                                     Other Materials. On each date on which the Company is required to deliver a certificate pursuant to Section 7(n), the Transaction Entities shall have furnished to the Manager such appropriate further information, certificates and documents as the Manager may have reasonably requested. All such opinions, certificates, letters and other documents shall have been in compliance with the provisions hereof. The Transaction Entities shall have furnished the

 

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Manager with such conformed copies of such opinions, certificates, letters and other documents as the Manager shall have reasonably requested.

 

(j)                                    Securities Act Filings Made. All filings with the Commission required by Rule 424 under the Securities Act to have been filed prior to the issuance of any Placement Notice hereunder shall have been made within the applicable time period prescribed for such filing by Rule 424 under the Securities Act.

 

(k)                                 Approval for Listing. The Placement Shares shall either have been (i) approved for listing on the NYSE, subject only to notice of issuance, or (ii) the Company shall have filed an application for listing of the Placement Shares on the NYSE at, or prior to, the issuance of any Placement Notice.

 

(l)                                     No Termination Event. There shall not have occurred any event that would permit the Manager to terminate this Agreement pursuant to Section 11.

 

9.                                      Indemnification and Contribution.

 

(a)                                 Company and Operating Partnership Indemnification. The Company and Operating Partnership, on a joint and several basis, agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Manager and each person, if any, who controls the Manager within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act as follows:

 

(i)                                     against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense whatsoever, as incurred, arising out of any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), or the omission or alleged omission therefrom of a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, or arising out of any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact included in any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto), or the omission or alleged omission therefrom of a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading;

 

(ii)                                  against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense whatsoever, as incurred, to the extent of the aggregate amount paid in settlement of any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or of any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue statement or omission, or any such alleged untrue statement or omission; provided that (subject to Section 9(d) below) any such settlement is effected with the written consent of the Company or the Operating Partnership; and

 

(iii)                               against any and all expense whatsoever, as incurred (including the fees and disbursements of counsel), reasonably incurred in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue statement or omission, or any such

 

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alleged untrue statement or omission, to the extent that any such expense is not paid under (i) or (ii) above,

 

provided, however, that this indemnity agreement shall not apply to any loss, liability, claim, damage or expense to the extent arising out of any untrue statement or omission or alleged untrue statement or omission made in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company by the Manager expressly for use in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), or in any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto).

 

(b)                                 The Manager Indemnification. The Manager agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Transaction Entities, each of their directors and/or trustees, each of their officers who signed the Registration Statement, and each person, if any, who controls the Transaction Entities within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense described in the indemnity contained in subsection (a) of this Section 9, as incurred, but only with respect to untrue statements or omissions, or alleged untrue statements or omissions, made in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company by the Manager expressly for use therein (the “Agent Content”).

 

(c)                                  Actions Against Parties; Notification. Each indemnified party shall give notice as promptly as reasonably practicable to each indemnifying party of any action commenced against it in respect of which indemnity may be sought hereunder, but failure to so notify an indemnifying party shall not relieve such indemnifying party from any liability hereunder to the extent it is not materially prejudiced as a result thereof and in any event shall not relieve it from any liability which it may have otherwise than on account of this indemnity agreement. Counsel to the indemnified parties shall be selected as follows: counsel to the Manager and each person, if any, who controls the Manager within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act shall be selected by the Manager; and counsel to the Transaction Entities, each of their directors and/or trustees, each of their officers who signed the Registration Statement and each person, if any, who controls the Transaction Entities within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act shall be selected by the Company. In case any such action is brought against any indemnified party and such indemnified party seeks or intends to seek indemnification from any indemnifying party, the indemnifying party will be entitled to participate in and, to the extent that it shall elect, jointly and with all other indemnifying parties similarly notified, by written notice to the indemnified person promptly after receiving the aforesaid notice from such indemnified person, to assume the defense thereof; provided, however, that counsel to the indemnifying party shall not (except with the consent of the indemnified party) also be counsel to the indemnified party. In no event shall the indemnifying parties be liable for the fees and expenses of more than one counsel (in addition to any local counsel) separate from their own counsel for the Manager and each person, if any, who controls the Manager within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act, and the fees and expenses of more than one counsel (in addition to any local counsel) separate from their own counsel for the Company, its directors, each of its officers who signed the Registration Statement and each

 

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person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act, in each case in connection with any one action or separate but similar or related actions in the same jurisdiction arising out of the same general allegations or circumstances. No indemnifying party shall, without the prior written consent of the indemnified parties, settle or compromise or consent to the entry of any judgment with respect to any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever in respect of which indemnification or contribution could be sought under this Section 9 (whether or not the indemnified parties are actual or potential parties thereto), unless such settlement, compromise or consent (i) includes an unconditional release of each indemnified party from all liability arising out of such litigation, investigation, proceeding or claim and (ii) does not include a statement as to or an admission of fault, culpability or a failure to act by or on behalf of any indemnified party.

 

(d)                                 Settlement Without Consent if Failure to Reimburse. If at any time an indemnified party shall have requested an indemnifying party to reimburse the indemnified party for fees and expenses of counsel as contemplated by this Section 9, such indemnifying party agrees that it shall be liable for any settlement of the nature contemplated by Section 9(a)(ii) effected without its written consent if (i) such settlement is entered into more than 45 days after receipt by such indemnifying party of the aforesaid request, (ii) such indemnifying party shall have received notice of the terms of such settlement at least 30 days prior to such settlement being entered into and (iii) such indemnifying party shall not have reimbursed such indemnified party in accordance with such request prior to the date of such settlement.

 

(e)                                  Contribution. If the indemnification provided for in Section 9 hereof is for any reason unavailable to or insufficient to hold harmless an indemnified party in respect of any losses, liabilities, claims, damages or expenses referred to therein, then each indemnifying party shall contribute to the aggregate amount of such losses, liabilities, claims, damages and expenses incurred by such indemnified party, as incurred, (i) in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefits received by the Transaction Entities, on the one hand, and the Manager, on the other hand, from the offering of the Shares pursuant to this Agreement or (ii) if the allocation provided by clause (i) is not permitted by applicable law, in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect not only the relative benefits referred to in clause (i) above but also the relative fault of the Transaction Entities, on the one hand, and of the Manager, on the other hand, in connection with the statements or omissions, which resulted in such losses, liabilities, claims damages or expenses, as well as any other relevant equitable considerations.

 

The relative benefits received by the Transaction Entities, on the one hand, and the Manager, on the other hand, in connection with the offering of the Shares pursuant to this Agreement shall be deemed to be in the same respective proportions as the total net proceeds from the offering of the Shares pursuant to this Agreement (before deducting expenses) received by the Company and the total commissions received by the Manager, bear to the aggregate public offering price of the Shares.

 

The relative fault of the Transaction Entities, on the one hand, and the Manager, on the other hand, shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether any such untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact or omission or alleged omission to state a material fact relates to information supplied by the Company or by the Manager and the parties’ relative

 

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intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such statement or omission.

 

The Company, the Operating Partnership and the Manager agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this Section 9(e) were determined by pro rata allocation or by any other method of allocation which does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to above in this Section 9(e). The aggregate amount of losses, liabilities, claims, damages and expenses incurred by an indemnified party and referred to above in this Section 9(e) shall be deemed to include any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by such indemnified party in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission.

 

Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 9(e), the Manager shall not be required to contribute any amount in excess of the amount by which the total compensation received by it under this Agreement exceeds the amount of any damages which the Manager has otherwise been required to pay by reason of any such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission.

 

No person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation (within the meaning of Section 11(f) of the Securities Act) shall be entitled to contribution from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation.

 

For purposes of this Section 9(e), each person, if any, who controls the Manager within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act shall have the same rights to contribution as the Manager, and each director and/or trustee of the Transaction Entities, each officer of the Transaction Entities who signed the Registration Statement, and each person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act shall have the same rights to contribution as the Company.

 

10.                               Representations and Agreements to Survive Delivery. The indemnity and contribution agreements contained in Section 9 of this Agreement and all representations and warranties of the Transaction Entities herein or in certificates delivered pursuant hereto shall survive, as of their respective dates, regardless of (a) any investigation made by or on behalf of the Manager, any controlling persons, or the Company or the Operating Partnership (or any of their respective officers, trustees, partners or controlling persons), (b) delivery and acceptance of the Placement Shares and payment therefor or (c) any termination of this Agreement.

 

11.                               Termination.

 

(a)                                 Termination; General. The Manager may terminate this Agreement, by notice to the Company, as hereinafter specified at any time (i) if there has been, since the time of execution of this Agreement or since the date as of which information is given in the Prospectus, any Material Adverse Change, or (ii) if there has occurred any material adverse change in the financial markets in the United States or the international financial markets, any outbreak of hostilities or escalation thereof or other calamity or crisis or any change or development

 

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involving a prospective change in national or international political, financial or economic conditions, in each case the effect of which is such as to make it, in the judgment of the Manager, impracticable or inadvisable to market the Shares or to enforce contracts for the sale of the Shares, or (iii) if trading in the Placement Shares has been suspended or materially limited by the Commission or the NYSE, or if trading generally on the NYSE American, the NYSE or the Nasdaq Global Market has been suspended or materially limited, or minimum or maximum prices for trading have been fixed, or maximum ranges for prices have been required, by any of said exchanges or by order of the Commission, FINRA or any other governmental authority, or a material disruption has occurred in commercial banking or securities settlement or clearance services in the United States or in Europe, or (iv) if a banking moratorium has been declared by either Federal or New York authorities.

 

(b)                                 Termination by the Company. The Company shall have the right, by giving three (3) days’ notice as hereinafter specified, to terminate this Agreement in its sole discretion at any time after the date of this Agreement.

 

(c)                                  Termination by the Manager. The Manager shall have the right, by giving three (3) days’ notice as hereinafter specified, to terminate this Agreement in its sole discretion at any time after the date of this Agreement.

 

(d)                                 Automatic Termination. Unless earlier terminated pursuant to this Section 11, this Agreement shall automatically terminate upon the issuance and sale of the Maximum Amount of Shares through (i) the Manager on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein or any Placement Notice or (ii) the Alternative Managers through the Alternative Distribution Agreements on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein or any Placement Notice.

 

(e)                                  Continued Force and Effect. This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect unless terminated pursuant to Sections 11(a), (b), (c), or (d) above or otherwise by mutual agreement of the parties.

 

(f)                                   Effectiveness of Termination. Any termination of this Agreement shall be effective on the date specified in such notice of termination; provided, however, that such termination shall not be effective until the close of business on the date of receipt of such notice or on the date specified in such notice, as applicable, by the Manager or the Company, as the case may be. If such termination shall occur prior to the Settlement Date for any sale of Placement Shares, such Placement Shares shall settle in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement.

 

(g)                                  Liabilities. If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to this Section 11, such termination shall be without liability of any party to any other party except as provided in Section 7(h) hereof, and except that, in the case of any termination of this Agreement, Sections 6, 9, 10, 16, 17 and 18 hereof shall survive such termination and remain in full force and effect.

 

12.                               Notices. All notices or other communications required or permitted to be given by any party to any other party pursuant to the terms of this Agreement shall be in writing, unless otherwise specified in this Agreement, and if sent to the Manager, shall be delivered to the

 

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Manager at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, One Bryant Park, New York, New York 10036, Attention of Thomas J. Opladen Jr. and Chris Porter, with a copy to ECM Legal, and with a copy to (which shall not constitute notice) Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 500 West, Washington, D.C. 20037, Facsimile: (202) 879-8941, Attention:  Christopher C. Green; or if sent to the Company or the Operating Partnership, shall be delivered to CubeSmart, 5 Old Lancaster Road, Malvern, PA 19355, Attention: Jeffrey Foster, Chief Legal Officer, fax no. (610) 293-5720 (with such fax to be confirmed by telephone to (610) 293-5700), with a copy to (which shall not constitute notice) Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, Eighteenth and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2799, fax no. (215) 981-4750, Attention: Michael Friedman. Each party to this Agreement may change such address for notices by sending to the parties to this Agreement written notice of a new address for such purpose. Each such notice or other communication shall be deemed given (i) when delivered personally or by verifiable facsimile transmission (with an original to follow) on or before 4:30 p.m., New York City time, on a Business Day (as defined below) or, if such day is not a Business Day, on the next succeeding Business Day, (ii) on the next Business Day after timely delivery to a nationally-recognized overnight courier and (iii) on the Business Day actually received if deposited in the U.S. mail (certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid). For purposes of this Agreement, “Business Day” shall mean any day on which the NYSE and commercial banks in the City of New York are open for business.

 

13.                               Successors and Assigns. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Company, the Operating Partnership and the Manager and their respective successors and the affiliates, controlling persons, officers and trustees referred to in Section 9 hereof. References to any of the parties contained in this Agreement shall be deemed to include the successors and permitted assigns of such party. Nothing in this Agreement, express or implied, is intended to confer upon any party other than the parties hereto or their respective successors and permitted assigns any rights, remedies, obligations or liabilities under or by reason of this Agreement, except as expressly provided in this Agreement. Neither party may assign its rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other party; provided, however, that the Manager may assign its rights and obligations hereunder to an affiliate of the Manager without obtaining the Company’s consent. For the avoidance of doubt, this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon BofAML Securities, Inc. as an assignee to the Manager without the prior written consent of any party.

 

14.                               Adjustments for Share Splits. The parties acknowledge and agree that all share-related numbers contained in this Agreement shall be adjusted to take into account any share split, share dividend or similar event effected with respect to the Shares.

 

15.                               Entire Agreement; Amendment; Severability. This Agreement (including all schedules and exhibits attached hereto and Placement Notices issued pursuant hereto) constitutes the entire agreement and supersedes all other prior and contemporaneous agreements and undertakings, both written and oral, among the parties hereto with regard to the subject matter hereof. Neither this Agreement nor any term hereof may be amended except pursuant to a written instrument executed by the Transaction Entities and the Manager. In the event that any one or more of the provisions contained herein, or the application thereof in any circumstance, is held invalid, illegal or unenforceable as written by a court of competent jurisdiction, then such provision shall be given full force and effect to the fullest possible extent that it is valid, legal

 

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and enforceable, and the remainder of the terms and provisions herein shall be construed as if such invalid, illegal or unenforceable term or provision was not contained herein, but only to the extent that giving effect to such provision and the remainder of the terms and provisions hereof shall be in accordance with the intent of the parties as reflected in this Agreement.

 

16.                               Applicable Law. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the internal laws of the State of New York without regard to the principles of conflicts of laws (except Sections 5-1401 and 5-1402 of the New York General Obligations Law). Each party hereby irrevocably submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts sitting in the City of New York, borough of Manhattan, for the adjudication of any dispute hereunder or in connection with any transaction contemplated hereby, and hereby irrevocably waives, and agrees not to assert in any suit, action or proceeding, any claim that it is not personally subject to the jurisdiction of any such court, that such suit, action or proceeding is brought in an inconvenient forum or that the venue of such suit, action or proceeding is improper. Each party hereby irrevocably waives personal service of process and consents to process being served in any such suit, action or proceeding by mailing a copy thereof (certified or registered mail, return receipt requested) to such party at the address in effect for notices to it under this Agreement and agrees that such service shall constitute good and sufficient service of process and notice thereof. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to limit in any way any right to serve process in any manner permitted by law.

 

17.                               Waiver of Jury Trial. The Company, the Operating Partnership and the Manager each hereby irrevocably waives any right it may have to a trial by jury in respect of any claim based upon or arising out of this Agreement or any transaction contemplated hereby.

 

18.                               Absence of Fiduciary Relationship. The Transaction Entities jointly and severally acknowledge and agree that:

 

(a)                                 the Manager has been retained solely to act as underwriter in connection with the sale of the Shares and that no fiduciary, advisory or agency relationship between the Company or the Operating Partnership and the Manager has been created in respect of any of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, irrespective of whether the Manager has advised or is advising either of the Transaction Entities on other matters;

 

(b)                                 each of the Transaction Entities is capable of evaluating and understanding and understand and accept the terms, risks and conditions of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement;

 

(c)                                  each of the Transaction Entities has been advised that the Manager and its affiliates are engaged in a broad range of transactions which may involve interests that differ from those of the Company or the Operating Partnership and that the Manager has no obligation to disclose such interests and transactions to the Company or the Operating Partnership by virtue of any fiduciary, advisory or agency relationship; and

 

(d)                                 each of the Transaction Entities waives, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any claims it may have against the Manager, for breach of fiduciary duty or alleged breach of fiduciary duty and agrees that the Manager shall have no liability (whether direct or indirect)

 

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to the Company or the Operating Partnership in respect to such fiduciary claim or to any person asserting a fiduciary duty claim on behalf of or in right of the Company or the Operating Partnership, including shareholders, partners, employees or creditors of the Company or the Operating Partnership.

 

19.                               Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. Delivery of an executed Agreement by one party to the other may be made by facsimile or e-mail transmission.

 

[Signature Page Follows.]

 

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If the foregoing correctly sets forth the understanding among the parties hereto, please so indicate in the space provided below for that purpose, whereupon this letter shall constitute a binding agreement among the parties hereto.

 

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

 

CUBESMART

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Timothy M. Martin

 

 

Name: Timothy M. Martin

 

 

Title: Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

CUBESMART, L.P.

 

 

 

 

By:

CubeSmart, its general partner

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Timothy M. Martin

 

 

Name: Timothy M. Martin

 

 

Title: Chief Financial Officer

 

[Signature Page — Equity Distribution Agreement]

 



 

ACCEPTED as of the date first-above written:

 

MERRILL LYNCH, PIERCE, FENNER & SMITH

INCORPORATED

 

By:

/s/ Chris Porter

 

 

Name: Chris Porter

 

 

Title: Managing Director, Investment Banking

 

 

[Signature Page — Equity Distribution Agreement]

 



 

SCHEDULE 1

 

FORM OF PLACEMENT NOTICE

 

From:               [                                            ]

 

Cc:                             [                                            ]

 

To:                             [                                            ]

 

Subject:                                                   Equity Distribution—Placement Notice

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Pursuant to the terms and subject to the conditions contained in the Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreement between CubeSmart (the “Company”), CubeSmart, L.P. and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“BAML”) dated July 27, 2018 (the “Agreement”), I hereby request on behalf of the Company that BAML sell, during the period commencing [•], 201_ and ending [·], 201_, up to [·] of the Company’s common shares of beneficial ownership, par value $.01 per share, at a minimum market price of $[·] per share.

 

Schedule 1-1



 

SCHEDULE 2

 

MERRILL LYNCH, PIERCE, FENNER & SMITH

INCORPORATED

 

CUBESMART

 

Schedule 2-1



 

SCHEDULE 3

 

COMPENSATION

 

The Manager shall be paid compensation in an amount up to 1.5% of the gross proceeds from the sales of the Shares.

 

Schedule 3-1



 

SCHEDULE 4

SCHEDULE OF SUBSIDIARIES

 

Entity Name

12250 El Dorado Parkway, LLC

1575 NORTH BLAIRS BRIDGE ROAD, LLC

186 Jamaica Ave TRS, LLC

186 JAMAICA AVE, LLC

191 III CUBE 2 LLC

191 III CUBE BORDEAUX SUB, LLC

191 III CUBE CHATTANOOGA SUB, LLC

191 III CUBE FL SUB LLC

191 III CUBE GA SUB LLC

191 III CUBE GOODLETTSVILLE I SUB, G.P.

191 III CUBE GOODLETTSVILLE II SUB, G.P.

191 III CUBE GRANDVILLE SUB, LLC

191 III CUBE KNOXVILLE I SUB, G.P.

191 III CUBE KNOXVILLE II SUB, G.P.

191 III CUBE KNOXVILLE III SUB, G.P.

191 III Cube LLC

191 III CUBE MA SUB LLC

191 III CUBE MI SUB LLC

191 III CUBE MURFREESBORO SUB, LLC

191 III CUBE NC SUB LLC

191 III CUBE NEW BEDFORD SUB, LLC

191 III CUBE OLD HICKORY SUB, LLC

191 III CUBE SC SUB LLC

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 1 LLC

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 2 LLC

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 3 LLC

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 4 LLC

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 5 LLC

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 6 LLC

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 7 LLC

191 III CUBE SUB HOLDINGS 8 LLC

191 III CUBE TN SUB LLC

191 III CUBE TRINITY SUB, LLC

191 IV CUBE LLC

2225 46TH ST, LLC

2301 TILLOTSON AVE, LLC

251 JAMAICA AVE, LLC

2880 Exterior St, LLC

 

Schedule-4-1



 

295 E. Ocotillo Road, LLC

3068 CROPSEY AVENUE, LLC

3103 N. Decatur Road, LLC

38300 North Gantzel Road, LLC

430 1ST AVENUE SOUTH, LLC

444 55TH STREET HOLDINGS TRS, LLC

444 55TH STREET HOLDINGS, LLC

444 55TH STREET VENTURE, LLC

444 55TH STREET, LLC

4441 Alma Road, LLC

5 Old Lancaster Associates, LLC

5505 Maple Ave, LLC

7205 Vanderbilt Way, LLC

8552 BAYMEADOWS ROAD, LLC

9641 Annapolis Road, LLC

CONSHOHOCKEN GP II, LLC

CS 1158 MCDONALD AVE, LLC

CS 160 EAST 22ND ST, LLC

CS ANNAPOLIS HOLDINGS, LLC

CS ANNAPOLIS, LLC

CS CAPITAL INVESTORS, LLC

CS FLORIDA AVENUE, LLC

CS SDP EVERETT BORROWER, LLC

CS SDP Everett, LLC

CS SDP Newtonville, LLC

CS SDP WALTHAM BORROWER, LLC

CS SDP WALTHAM, LLC

CS SJM E 92ND STREET OWNER, LLC

CS SJM E 92ND STREET, LLC

CS SNL NEW YORK AVE, LLC

CS SNL OPERATING COMPANY, LLC

CS VENTURE I, LLC

CUBE HHF Limited Partnership

CUBE HHF NORTHEAST CT, LLC

CUBE HHF NORTHEAST MA, LLC

CUBE HHF NORTHEAST RI, LLC

CUBE HHF NORTHEAST SUB HOLDINGS LLC

CUBE HHF NORTHEAST TRS, LLC

CUBE HHF NORTHEAST VENTURE LLC

CUBE HHF NORTHEAST VT, LLC

CUBE HHF TRS, LLC

CUBE III TN ASSET MANAGEMENT, LLC

CUBE III TRS 2 LLC

 

Schedule-4-2



 

CUBE III TRS LLC

CUBE IV TRS LLC

CUBE VENTURE GP, LLC

CubeSmart

CubeSmart Asset Management, LLC

CUBESMART BARTOW, LLC

CUBESMART BOSTON ROAD, LLC

CUBESMART CLINTON, LLC

CUBESMART CYPRESS, LLC

CUBESMART EAST 135TH, LLC

CubeSmart Management, LLC

CUBESMART SOUTHERN BLVD, LLC

CUBESMART SWISS AVE, LLC

CUBESMART TEMPLE HILLS, LLC

CUBESMART TIMONIUM BORROWER, LLC

CubeSmart Timonium, LLC

CubeSmart TRS, Inc.

CubeSmart, L.P.

EAST COAST GP, LLC

EAST COAST STORAGE PARTNERS, L.P.

FREEHOLD MT, LLC

LANGHORNE GP II, LLC

Lantana Property Owner’s Association, Inc.

MONTGOMERYVILLE GP II, LLC

Old Lancaster Venture, L.P.

PSI Atlantic Austin TX, LLC

PSI Atlantic Brockton MA, LLC

PSI Atlantic Cornelius NC, LLC

PSI Atlantic Haverhill MA, LLC

PSI Atlantic Holbrook NY, LLC

PSI Atlantic Humble TX, LLC

PSI Atlantic Lawrence MA, LLC

PSI Atlantic Lithia Springs GA, LLC

PSI Atlantic Nashville TN, LLC

PSI Atlantic NPB FL, LLC

PSI Atlantic Pineville NC, LLC

PSI Atlantic REIT, Inc.

PSI Atlantic Surprise AZ, LLC

PSI Atlantic TRS, LLC

PSI Atlantic Villa Rica GA, LLC

PSI Atlantic Villa Rica Parcel Owner, LLC

R STREET STORAGE ASSOCIATES, LLC

SHIRLINGTON RD II, LLC

 

Schedule-4-3



 

SHIRLINGTON RD TRS, LLC

SHIRLINGTON RD, LLC

SOMERSET MT, LLC

STORAGE PARTNERS OF CONSHOHOCKEN, L.P.

Storage Partners of Freehold II, LLC

Storage Partners of Langhorne II, LP

STORAGE PARTNERS OF MONTGOMERYVILLE, L.P.

STORAGE PARTNERS OF SOMERSET, LLC

UNITED-HSRE I, L.P.

U-Store-It Development LLC

U-Store-It Trust Luxembourg S.ar.l.

Wider Reach, LLC

YSI HART TRS, INC

YSI I LLC

YSI II LLC

YSI X GP LLC

YSI X LP

YSI X LP LLC

YSI XV LLC

YSI XX GP LLC

YSI XX LP

YSI XX LP LLC

YSI XXX LLC

YSI XXXI, LLC

YSI XXXIII, LLC

YSI XXXIIIA, LLC

YSI XXXVII, LLC

 

Schedule-4-4



 

Exhibit 7(n)

 

FORM OF

 

OFFICER CERTIFICATE

 



 

Exhibit 7(o)(1)

 

MATTERS TO BE COVERED BY INITIAL COMPANY COUNSEL OPINION
(Corporate Opinion)

 

 

Exhibit 7(o)(1)-1



 

Exhibit 7(o)(2)

 

MATTERS TO BE COVERED BY INITIAL COMPANY COUNSEL OPINION

 

(Tax Opinion)

 

Exhibit 7(o)(2)-1


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Section 4: EX-1.3 (EX-1.3)

Exhibit 1.3

 

EXECUTION VERSION

 

CUBESMART

 

AMENDED AND RESTATED

 

EQUITY DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

 

July 27, 2018

 

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

3 Times Square

New York, New York 10036

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

CubeSmart, a Maryland real estate investment trust (the “Company”), and CubeSmart, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the “Operating Partnership” and together with the Company, the “Transaction Entities”), confirm their agreement to amend and restate the Equity Distribution Agreement, dated May 7, 2013, by and among the Transaction Entities and BMO Capital Markets Corp. (the “Manager”) (the “Initial Agreement”), as amended by Amendment No. 1 to the Initial Agreement, dated May 5, 2014, Amendment No. 2 to the Initial Agreement, dated October 2, 2014, Amendment No. 3 to the Initial Agreement, dated December 30, 2015, and Amendment No. 4 to the Initial Agreement, dated March 17, 2017 (collectively, the “Prior Agreement”), on the terms and conditions described below in this Amended and Restated Equity Distribution Agreement (this “Agreement”) with the Manager, as follows:

 

1.                                      Issuance and Sale of Shares. The Company agrees that, from time to time during the term of this Agreement, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein, it may issue and sell through the Manager, acting as agent and/or principal, up to 11,614,282 shares (the “Maximum Amount”) of the Company’s common shares of beneficial interest, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Shares” and, such Common Shares available for issuance and sale under this Agreement, the “Shares”), which Shares exclude, for the avoidance of doubt, the Common Shares sold by the Company prior to the date hereof pursuant to the Prior Agreement and the Prior Alternative Distribution Agreements (as defined below). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the parties hereto agree that compliance with the limitations set forth in this Section 1 regarding the number of Shares issued and sold under this Agreement shall be the sole responsibility of the Company, and the Manager shall have no obligation in connection with such compliance. The issuance and sale of Shares through the Manager will be effected pursuant to the Registration Statement (as defined below) filed by the Company and which became effective upon filing, although nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as requiring the Company to use the Registration Statement to issue and sell the Shares.

 

The Company has filed, in accordance with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder (collectively, the “Securities Act”), with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) a registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-216768), including a base prospectus, relating to certain securities, including the Shares to be issued from time to time by the Company, and which incorporates by reference documents that the Company has filed or will file in accordance with the provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder

 



 

(collectively, the “Exchange Act”). The Company has prepared a prospectus supplement specifically relating to the Shares (the “Prospectus Supplement”) to the base prospectus included as part of such registration statement. The Company has furnished to the Manager, for use by the Manager, copies of the prospectus included as part of such registration statement, as supplemented by the Prospectus Supplement, relating to the Shares. Except where the context otherwise requires, such registration statement, as amended when it became effective, including all documents filed as part thereof or incorporated by reference therein, and including any information contained in a Prospectus (as defined below) subsequently filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act or deemed to be a part of such registration statement pursuant to Rule 430B or 462(b) of the Securities Act, is herein called the “Registration Statement.” The base prospectus, including all documents incorporated therein by reference, included in the Registration Statement, as it may be supplemented by the Prospectus Supplement, in the form in which such prospectus and/or Prospectus Supplement have most recently been filed by the Company with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act is herein called the “Prospectus.” Any reference herein to the Registration Statement, the Prospectus or any amendment or supplement thereto shall be deemed to refer to and include the documents incorporated by reference therein, and any reference herein to the terms “amend,” “amendment” or “supplement” with respect to the Registration Statement or the Prospectus shall be deemed to refer to and include the filing after the execution hereof of any document with the Commission deemed to be incorporated by reference therein. For purposes of this Agreement, all references to the Registration Statement, the Prospectus or to any amendment or supplement thereto shall be deemed to include any copy filed with the Commission pursuant to either the Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval System or Interactive Data Electronic Applications (collectively “EDGAR”).

 

To the extent that the Registration Statement is not available for the sales of the Shares as contemplated by this Agreement or the Company is not a Well-Known Seasoned Issuer or otherwise is unable to make the representations set forth in Section 6(a) at any time when such representations are required, the Company shall file a new registration statement with respect to any additional Shares necessary to complete the sale of the Maximum Amount and shall cause such registration statement to become effective as promptly as practicable. After the effectiveness of any such registration statement, all references to “Registration Statement” included in this Agreement shall be deemed to include such new registration statement, including all documents incorporated by reference therein pursuant to Item 12 of Form S-3, and all references to “base prospectus” included in this Agreement shall be deemed to include the final form of prospectus, including all documents incorporated therein by reference, included in any such registration statement at the time such registration statement became effective.

 

The Transaction Entities have also entered into separate amended and restated equity distribution agreements, dated as of even date herewith (each an “Alternative Distribution Agreement” and, collectively, the “Alternative Distribution Agreements”) with each of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Jefferies LLC, Barclays Capital Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC (each an “Alternative Manager” and collectively, the “Alternative Managers”), which Alternative Distribution Agreements amend and restate the initial equity distribution agreements, as amended, by and among the Transaction Entities and the Alternative Managers (the “Prior Alternative Distribution Agreements”).

 

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2.                                      Placements.

 

(a)                                 Each time that the Company wishes to issue and sell the Shares hereunder (each, a “Placement”), it will notify the Manager by email notice (or other method mutually agreed to in writing by the parties) (a “Placement Notice”) containing the parameters in accordance with which it desires the Shares to be sold, which shall at a minimum include the number of Shares to be issued (the “Placement Shares”), the time period during which sales are requested to be made, any limitation on the number of Shares that may be sold (which may, but is not required to, be expressed as a percentage of volume) in any one Trading Day (as defined in Section 3) and any minimum price below which sales may not be made, a form of which containing such minimum sales parameters necessary is attached hereto as Schedule 1. The Placement Notice shall originate from any of the individuals from the Company set forth on Schedule 2 with a copy to each of the other individuals from the Company listed on such schedule), and shall be addressed to each of the individuals from the Manager set forth on Schedule 2 as such Schedule 2 may be amended from time to time. If the Manager wishes to accept such proposed terms included in the Placement Notice (which it may decline to do so for any reason in its sole discretion) or, following discussion with the Company, wishes to accept amended terms, the Manager will, within a reasonable period of time after such Placement Notice is delivered to the Manager, issue to the Company a notice by email (or other method mutually agreed to in writing by the parties) addressed to all of the individuals from the Company and the Manager set forth on Schedule 2) setting forth the terms that the Manager is willing to accept. Where the terms provided in the Placement Notice are amended as provided for in the immediately preceding sentence, such terms will not be binding on the Company or the Manager until the Company delivers to the Manager an acceptance by email (or other method mutually agreed to in writing by the parties) of all of the terms of such Placement Notice, as amended (the “Acceptance”), which email shall be addressed to all of the individuals from the Company and the Manager set forth on Schedule 2. The Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) shall be effective upon receipt by the Company of the Manager’s acceptance of the terms of the Placement Notice or upon receipt by the Manager of the Company’s Acceptance, as the case may be, unless and until (i) the entire amount of the Placement Shares has been sold, (ii) in accordance with the notice requirements set forth in the second sentence of this paragraph, the Company terminates the Placement Notice, (iii) the Company issues a subsequent Placement Notice with parameters superseding those on the earlier dated Placement Notice, (iv) this Agreement has been terminated under the provisions of Section 11 or (v) either party shall have suspended the sale of the Placement Shares in accordance with Section 4 below. The amount of any discount, commission or other compensation to be paid by the Company to the Manager in connection with the sale of the Placement Shares shall be calculated in accordance with the terms set forth in Schedule 3. It is expressly acknowledged and agreed that neither the Company nor the Manager will have any obligation whatsoever with respect to a Placement or any Placement Shares unless and until the Company delivers a Placement Notice to the Manager and either (A) the Manager accepts the terms of such Placement Notice or (B) where the terms of such Placement Notice are amended, the Company accepts such amended terms by means of an Acceptance pursuant to the terms set forth above, and then only upon the terms specified in the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) and herein. In the event of a conflict between the terms of this Agreement and the terms of a Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), the terms of the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding

 

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Acceptance, if applicable) will control. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the procedures, requirements and other conditions set forth in this Section 2(a) may be modified, from time to time, upon mutual agreement between the Company and the Manager.

 

(b)                                 Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Company shall not offer, sell or deliver under this Agreement or any Alternative Distribution Agreement, or request the offer or sale of any Shares under this Agreement or any Alternative Distribution Agreement and, by notice to the Manager given by telephone (confirmed promptly by telecopy or email), shall cancel any instructions for the offer or sale of any Shares under this Agreement, and the Manager shall not be obligated to offer or sell any Shares under this Agreement, (i) during any period in which the Company is, or could be deemed to be, in possession of material non-public information or (ii) except as provided in paragraph (c) below, at any time from and including the date (each, an “Announcement Date”) on which the Company shall issue a press release containing, or shall otherwise publicly announce, its earnings, revenues or other results of operations (each, an “Earnings Announcement”) through and including the time that is 24 hours after the time that the Company files (a “Filing Time”) a Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or an Annual Report on Form 10-K that includes consolidated financial statements as of and for the same period or periods, as the case may be, covered by such Earnings Announcement.

 

(c)                                  If the Company wishes to offer, sell or deliver Shares at any time during the period from and including an Announcement Date through and including the time that is 24 hours after the corresponding Filing Time, the Company shall (i) prepare and deliver to the Manager (with a copy to counsel to the Manager) a Current Report on Form 8-K, which shall include substantially the same financial and related information as was set forth in the relevant Earnings Announcement (other than any earnings projections, similar forward-looking data and officer’s quotations) (each, an “Earnings 8-K”), in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Manager, and obtain the consent of the Manager to the filing thereof (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld), (ii) provide the Manager with the officer’s certificate, accountants’ letter and opinions and letters of counsel called for by Section 8 hereof, (iii) afford the Manager the opportunity to conduct a due diligence review in accordance with Section 7(l) hereof and (iv) file such Earnings 8-K with the Commission. Upon satisfaction of the requirements of this Section 2(c), the provisions of clause (ii) of Section 2(b) shall not be applicable for the period from and after the time at which the foregoing conditions shall have been satisfied (or, if later, the time that is 24 hours after the time that the relevant Earnings Announcement was first publicly released) through and including the time that is 24 hours after the Filing Time of the relevant Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Annual Report on Form 10-K, as the case may be. For purposes of clarity, the parties hereto agree that (A) the delivery of any officer’s certificate, accountants’ letter and opinions and letters of counsel pursuant to this Section 2(c) shall not relieve the Company from any of its obligations under this Agreement with respect to any Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Annual Report on Form 10-K, as the case may be, including, without limitation, the obligation to deliver officer’s certificates, accountants’ letters and legal opinions and letters as provided in Section 8 hereof and (B) this Section 2(c) shall in no way affect or limit the operation of the provisions of clause (i) of Section 2(b), which shall have independent application.

 

3.                                      Sale of Placement Shares by the Manager. Subject to the provisions of Section 2(a), the Manager, for the period specified in the Placement Notice, will use its

 

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commercially reasonable efforts consistent with its normal trading and sales practices and applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations and the rules of the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”), to sell such Placement Shares up to the amount specified, and otherwise in accordance with the terms of such Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable). The Manager will provide written confirmation to the Company (including by email correspondence to each of the individuals of the Company set forth on Schedule 2, if receipt of such correspondence is actually acknowledged by any of the individuals to whom the notice is sent, other than via auto-reply) no later than the opening of the Trading Day immediately following the Trading Day on which it has made sales of Placement Shares hereunder setting forth the number of Placement Shares sold on such day, the compensation payable by the Company to the Manager pursuant to Section 2 with respect to such sales, and the Net Proceeds (as defined below) payable to the Company, with an itemization of the deductions made by the Manager (as set forth in Section 5(a)) from the gross proceeds that it receives from such sales. After consultation with the Company and subject to the terms of the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), the Manager may sell Placement Shares by any method permitted by law deemed to be an “at the market” offering as defined in Rule 415 of the Securities Act, including, without limitation, sales made directly on the NYSE, on any other existing trading market for the Shares or to or through a market maker. After consultation with, and agreement of, the Company and subject to the terms of the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), the Manager may also sell Placement Shares by any other method permitted by law, including but not limited to in privately negotiated transactions. The Company acknowledges and agrees that (i) there can be no assurance that the Manager will be successful in selling Placement Shares, and (ii) the Manager will incur no liability or obligation to the Company or any other person or entity if it does not sell Placement Shares for any reason other than a failure by the Manager to use its commercially reasonable efforts consistent with its normal trading and sales practices to sell such Placement Shares as required under this Section 3. For the purposes hereof, “Trading Day” means any day on which the Shares are purchased and sold on the principal market on which the Shares are listed or quoted. The Company agrees that any offer to sell, any solicitation of an offer to buy, or any sales of Shares pursuant to this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements shall be effected by or through only one of the Manager or the Alternative Managers on any single given day, but in no event by more than one, and the Company shall in no event request that the Manager and the Alternative Managers sell Shares on the same day.

 

4.                                      Suspension of Sales. The Company or the Manager may, upon notice to the other party in writing (including by email correspondence to each of the individuals of the other party set forth on Schedule 2, if receipt of such correspondence is actually acknowledged by any of the individuals to whom the notice is sent, other than via auto-reply) or by telephone (confirmed immediately by verifiable facsimile transmission or email correspondence to each of the individuals of the other party set forth on Schedule 2), suspend any sale of Placement Shares; provided, however, that such suspension shall not affect or impair either party’s obligations with respect to any Placement Shares sold hereunder prior to the receipt of such notice. Each of the Parties agrees that no such notice under this Section 4 shall be effective against the other unless it is made to one of the individuals named on Schedule 2 hereto, as such schedule may be amended from time to time.

 

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5.                                      Settlement.

 

(a)                                 Settlement of Placement Shares. Unless otherwise specified in the applicable Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), settlement for sales of Placement Shares will occur on the second (2nd) Trading Day (or such earlier day as is industry practice for regular-way trading) following the date on which such sales are made (each, a “Settlement Date” and the first such settlement date, the “First Delivery Date”). The amount of proceeds to be delivered to the Company on a Settlement Date against receipt of the Placement Shares sold (the “Net Proceeds”) will be equal to the aggregate sales price received by the Manager at which such Placement Shares were sold, after deduction for (i) the Manager’s commission, discount or other compensation for such sales payable by the Company pursuant to Section 2 hereof, (ii) any other amounts due and payable by the Company to the Manager hereunder pursuant to Section 7(h) (Expenses) hereof, and (iii) any transaction fees imposed by any governmental or self-regulatory organization in respect of such sales.

 

(b)                                 Delivery of Placement Shares. On or before each Settlement Date, the Company will, or will cause its transfer agent to, electronically transfer the Placement Shares being sold by crediting the Manager’s or its designee’s account (provided the Manager shall have given the Company written notice of such designee prior to the Settlement Date) at The Depository Trust Company through its Deposit and Withdrawal at Custodian System or by such other means of delivery as may be mutually agreed upon by the parties hereto which in all cases shall be freely tradeable, transferable, registered shares in good deliverable form. On each Settlement Date, the Manager will deliver the related Net Proceeds in same-day funds to an account designated by the Company on, or prior to, the Settlement Date. The Company agrees that if the Company, or its transfer agent (if applicable), defaults in its obligation to deliver Placement Shares on a Settlement Date, the Company agrees that in addition to and in no way limiting the rights and obligations set forth in Section 9(a) (Indemnification and Contribution) hereto, it will (i) defend and hold the Manager harmless against any loss, claim, damage, or expense (including reasonable legal fees and expenses), as incurred, arising out of or in connection with such default by the Company and (ii) pay to the Manager any commission, discount, or other compensation to which it would otherwise have been entitled absent such default.

 

(c)                                  Limitations on Offering Size. Under no circumstances shall the Company cause or request the offer or sale of any Shares, if after giving effect to the sale of such Shares, the aggregate amount of the Shares sold pursuant to this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements would exceed the lesser of (i) the Maximum Amount, (ii) the amount available for offer and sale under the currently effective Registration Statement, (iii) the amount authorized from time to time to be issued and sold under this Agreement by the Company and notified to the Manager in writing and (iv) the number of authorized but unissued Common Shares under the declaration of trust of the Company. Under no circumstances shall the Company cause or request the offer or sale of any Shares pursuant to this Agreement at a price lower than the minimum price authorized from time to time by the Company and notified to the Manager in writing. Further, under no circumstances shall the aggregate amount of Shares sold pursuant to this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements, including any separate underwriting or similar agreement covering principal transactions described in Section 1 of this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements, exceed the Maximum Amount.

 

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6.                                      Representations and Warranties of the Transaction Entities. The Transaction Entities jointly and severally represent and warrant to, and agree with, the Manager that as of each Applicable Time (as defined in Section 6(c)(i)):

 

(a)                                 Status as a Well-Known Seasoned Issuer. (i) At the respective times the Registration Statement or any amendments thereto were filed with the Commission, (ii) at the time of the most recent amendment to the Registration Statement for the purposes of complying with Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act (whether such amendment was by post-effective amendment, incorporated report filed pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act or form of prospectus), (iii) at any time the Transaction Entities or any person acting on their behalf (within the meaning, for this clause only, of Rule 163(c)) of the Securities Act made any offer relating to the Shares in reliance on the exemption of Rule 163 of the Securities Act and (iv) at the date hereof, the Company was and is a “well-known seasoned issuer” as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act, including not having been and not being an “ineligible issuer” as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act (without taking into account any determination made by the Commission pursuant to paragraph (2) of the definition of such term in Rule 405 of the Securities Act). The Registration Statement is an “automatic shelf registration statement,” as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act and the Shares, since their registration on the Registration Statement, have been and remain eligible for registration by the Transaction Entities on such an “automatic shelf registration statement.” The Transaction Entities have not received from the Commission any notice pursuant to Rule 401(g)(2) of the Securities Act objecting to the use of the automatic shelf registration statement form. Any written communication that was an offer relating to the Shares made by the Transaction Entities or any person acting on their behalf (within the meaning, for this sentence only, of Rule 163(c) of the Securities Act) prior to the filing of the Registration Statement has been filed with the Commission in accordance with Rule 163 of the Securities Act and otherwise complied with the requirements of Rule 163 of the Securities Act, including, without limitation, the legending requirement, to qualify such offer for the exemption from Section 5(c) of the Securities Act provided by Rule 163 of the Securities Act.

 

(b)                                 Compliance with Registration Requirements. The Transaction Entities meet the requirements for use of Form S-3 under the Securities Act and the Shares have been duly registered under the Securities Act pursuant to the Registration Statement. The Registration Statement and any post-effective amendments thereto have become effective under the Securities Act and no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement has been issued under the Securities Act and no proceedings for that purpose have been instituted or are pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, are contemplated by the Commission, and any request on the part of the Commission for additional information has been complied with. The Registration Statement was initially filed with the Commission and became effective under the Securities Act on March 17, 2017.

 

(c)                                  Registration Statement, Prospectus and Disclosure at Time of Sale. At the respective times that the Registration Statement and any amendments thereto became effective, and at each deemed effective date with respect to the Manager pursuant to Rule 430B(f)(2) of the Securities Act, the Registration Statement and any amendments to the Registration Statement complied and will comply in all material respects with the requirements of the Securities Act and did not and will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or

 

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omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading.

 

(i)                                     At the respective times that the Prospectus or any amendment or supplement thereto was filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act or issued, at each Applicable Time, at each Settlement Date, and at any time when a prospectus is required (or, but for the provisions of Rule 172 of the Securities Act, would be required) by applicable law to be delivered in connection with sales of Shares (whether to meet the requests of purchasers pursuant to Rule 173(d) of the Securities Act or otherwise), neither the Prospectus nor any amendments or supplements thereto included or will include an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted or will omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. For purposes of this Agreement “Applicable Time” means the time of each sale of any Shares pursuant to this Agreement.

 

(ii)                                  The representations and warranties in Section 6(c) and Section 6(d) do not apply to statements in or omissions from the Registration Statement or the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus (defined below) or any amendment or supplement to any of the foregoing made in reliance upon and in conformity with the Agent Content (as hereinafter defined). “Issuer Free Writing Prospectus” means any “issuer free writing prospectus,” as defined in Rule 433 of the Securities Act, relating to the Shares that (i) is required to be filed with the Commission by the Company, (ii) is a “road show” that is a “written communication” within the meaning of Rule 433(d)(8)(i) of the Securities Act, whether or not required to be filed with the Commission, or (iii) is exempt from filing pursuant to Rule 433(d)(5)(i) of the Securities Act because it contains a description of the Shares or of the offering that does not reflect the final terms, in each case, in the form furnished (electronically or otherwise) to the Manager for use in connection with the offering of the Shares.

 

(iii)                               Each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus relating to the Shares, as of its issue date and as of each Applicable Time and Settlement Date, did not, does not and will not include any information that conflicted, conflicts or will conflict with the information contained in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus, including any incorporated document deemed to be a part thereof that has not been superseded or modified, or included, includes or will include an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted, omits or will omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances, prevailing at that subsequent time, not misleading.

 

(iv)                              The copies of the Registration Statement and any amendments to any of the foregoing and the copies of each preliminary prospectus, each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus that is required to be filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 433 of the Securities Act and the Prospectus and any amendments or supplements to any of the foregoing, that have been or subsequently are delivered to the Manager in connection with the offering of the Shares (whether to meet the

 

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request of purchasers pursuant to Rule 173(d) of the Securities Act or otherwise) were and will be identical to the electronically transmitted copies thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR, except to the extent permitted by Regulation S-T. For purposes of this Agreement, references to the “delivery” or “furnishing” of any of the foregoing documents to the Manager, and any similar terms, include, without limitation, electronic delivery.

 

(d)                                 Incorporated Documents. The documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, at the respective times when they became or hereafter become effective or at the respective times they were or hereafter are filed with the Commission, complied and will comply in all material respects with the requirements of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, as applicable, and did not and will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading.

 

(e)                                  REIT Status. The Company has been organized and has operated in conformity with the requirements for qualification and taxation as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) for each taxable year commencing with its taxable year ended December 31, 2004 and through its taxable year ended December 31, 2017, and its current and proposed organization and method of operation (as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus) will enable the Company to continue to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a real estate investment trust under the Code for its taxable year ending December 31, 2018 and thereafter.

 

(f)                                   Distribution of Offering Material by the Company. Any offer that is a written communication relating to the Shares made prior to the initial filing of the Registration Statement by the Company or any person acting on its behalf (within the meaning, for this paragraph only, of Rule 163(c) of the Securities Act) has been filed with the Commission in accordance with the exemption provided by Rule 163 of the Securities Act and otherwise complied with the requirements of Rule 163 of the Securities Act, including without limitation, the legending requirement.

 

(g)                                  The Agreement. This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by each of the Transaction Entities.

 

(h)                                 Authorization of the Shares. The Shares to be sold by the Company pursuant to this Agreement have been duly authorized for issuance and sale to the Manager pursuant to this Agreement and, when issued and delivered by the Company pursuant to this Agreement against payment of the consideration set forth herein, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable; no holder of the Shares is or will be subject to personal liability by reason of being such a holder; the issuance and sale of the Shares to be sold by the Company pursuant to this Agreement is not subject to any preemptive rights, rights of first refusal or other similar rights of any securityholder of the Company or any other person; and the delivery of the Shares being sold by the Company against payment therefor pursuant to the terms of this Agreement will pass valid title to the Shares being sold by the Company, free and clear of any claim, encumbrance or defect in title, and without notice of any lien, claim or encumbrance. The certificates used by the Company to evidence the Shares are in valid and sufficient form.

 

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(i)                                     No Material Adverse Change. Except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, subsequent to the respective dates as of which information is given in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus: (i) there has been no material adverse change, or any development that could reasonably be expected to result in a material adverse change, in the condition, financial or otherwise, or in the earnings, business, properties, operations or prospects, whether or not arising from transactions in the ordinary course of business, of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries, considered as one entity (any such change is called a “Material Adverse Change”); (ii) the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries, considered as one entity, have not incurred any material liability or obligation, indirect, direct or contingent, nor entered into any material transaction or agreement; and (iii) there has been no dividend or distribution of any kind declared, paid or made by either of the Transaction Entities or, except for dividends paid to either of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries or joint ventures, any of their subsidiaries or joint ventures on any class of capital shares or repurchase or redemption by either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or joint ventures of any class of capital shares.

 

(j)                                    Independent Accountants. KPMG LLP, who has certified the financial statements (which term as used in this Agreement includes the related notes thereto and any schedules) included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and included or incorporated by reference in the Prospectus, is an independent registered public accounting firm with respect to the Transaction Entities as required by the Securities Act and the Exchange Act.

 

(k)                                 Preparation of the Financial Statements. The financial statements filed with the Commission as a part of or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and included or incorporated by reference in the Prospectus present fairly the consolidated financial position of each of the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries as of and at the dates indicated and the results of their operations and cash flows for the periods specified. The supporting schedules included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus present fairly the information required to be stated therein. Such financial statements comply as to form with the applicable accounting requirements of the Securities Act and have been prepared in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) applied on a consistent basis throughout the periods involved, except as may be expressly stated in the related notes thereto. No other financial statements or supporting schedules are required under applicable law or the rules and regulations of the Commission to be included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. The selected historical operating and financial data set forth in or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus fairly presents the information set forth therein on a basis consistent with that of the audited financial statements contained in, or incorporated by reference in, the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. The pro forma financial statements and the related notes thereto included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus present fairly the information shown therein, have been prepared in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines with respect to pro forma financial statements and have been properly compiled on the bases described therein, and the assumptions used in the preparation thereof are reasonable and the adjustments used therein are appropriate to give effect to the transactions and circumstances referred to therein. Except as included therein, no pro forma financial statements or supporting schedules are required to be included or incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement or the Prospectus. Each of the Transaction Entities’ ratios of earnings to

 

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fixed charges set forth or incorporated by reference in the Prospectus and in Exhibit 12 to the Registration Statement have been calculated in compliance with Item 503(d) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act. The interactive data in eXtensible Business Reporting Language incorporated by reference in to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus fairly presents the information called for in all material respects and has been prepared in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines applicable thereto.

 

(l)                                     Formation and Good Standing of the Company and its Subsidiaries. (i) Each of the Company and its subsidiaries has been duly formed or organized and is validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its formation or organization, except with respect to any subsidiaries as would not have a Material Adverse Effect (as defined below), and (ii) the Company and each of its subsidiaries is duly qualified to transact business as a foreign entity and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which such qualification is required, whether by reason of the ownership or leasing of property or the conduct of business, except in each case where the failure to so qualify or be in good standing would not, individually or in the aggregate, result in a material adverse effect on the condition, financial or otherwise, or on the earnings, business, properties, operations or prospects, whether or not arising from transactions in the ordinary course of business, of the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries, considered as one entity (a “Material Adverse Effect”). Each of the Company and its subsidiaries has the entity power and authority to own or lease, as the case may be, and operate its properties and to conduct its business as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and, in the case of the Company, to enter into, execute, deliver and perform all of its obligations under this Agreement and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby to be consummated on its part. All of the issued and outstanding shares of beneficial interest and/or capital stock of each subsidiary have been duly authorized and validly issued, are fully paid and non-assessable and are owned by the Company, directly or through subsidiaries, free and clear of any security interest, mortgage, pledge, lien, encumbrance or claim. The Company does not own or control, directly or indirectly, any corporation, association or other entity other than the subsidiaries and joint ventures listed on Schedule 4 attached hereto.

 

(m)                             Formation and Good Standing of the Operating Partnership. The Operating Partnership has been duly formed and is validly existing as a limited partnership in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware, is duly qualified to do business and is in good standing as a foreign limited partnership in each jurisdiction in which its ownership or lease of property and other assets or the conduct of its business requires such qualification, except where the failure to so qualify or be in good standing, individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, and has all partnership power and authority necessary to own or hold its properties and other assets, to conduct the business in which it is engaged and to enter into, execute and deliver and perform all of its obligations under this Agreement and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby to be consummated on its part. The Company is the sole general partner of the Operating Partnership and, as of the date of this Agreement, owns a 98.9% interest in the Operating Partnership.

 

(n)                                 Capitalization and Other Capital Share Matters. The Company’s authorized and issued capitalization is as set forth in the documents incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and has not changed, except for subsequent issuances, if any, pursuant to this Agreement or the Alternative Distribution Agreements or

 

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pursuant to reservations, agreements, benefit plans, outstanding options, warrants or convertibles securities, rights or other plans and arrangements referred to in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. The Shares conform in all material respects to the description thereof contained or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. All of the issued and outstanding capital shares of the Company have been duly authorized and validly issued, are fully paid and non-assessable and have been issued in compliance with all federal and applicable state securities laws. None of the outstanding capital shares of the Company were issued in violation of any preemptive rights, rights of first refusal or other similar rights to subscribe for or purchase securities of the Company. There are no authorized or outstanding options, warrants, preemptive rights, rights of first refusal or other rights to purchase, or equity or debt securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for, any shares of beneficial interest of the Company or any of its subsidiaries other than those described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus or as provided in the declaration of trust of the Company. The description of the Company’s stock option, stock bonus and other stock plans or arrangements, and the options or other rights granted thereunder, set forth or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus accurately present the information required to be shown with respect to such plans, arrangements, options and rights and all such plans have been approved or adopted in accordance with applicable law, rule or regulations, including without limitation, the rules of the NYSE. All of the issued and outstanding limited partnership units of the Operating Partnership (“Units”) have been duly authorized and validly issued, and have been offered and sold in compliance with all applicable laws (including, without limitation, federal or state securities laws). The terms of the Units conform in all material respects to the descriptions thereof contained in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus or as provided in the partnership agreement of the Operating Partnership, (i) no Units are reserved for any purpose, (ii) there are no outstanding securities convertible into or exchangeable for any Units, and (iii) there are no outstanding options, rights (preemptive or otherwise) or warrants to purchase or subscribe for Units or any other securities of the Operating Partnership.

 

(o)                                 Non-Contravention of Existing Instruments. Neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries is (i) in violation or in default (or, with the giving of notice or lapse of time, would be in default) (“Default”) under its declaration of trust, charter, certificate of limited partnership, by-laws, limited partnership agreement or other organizational documents, as the case may be, (ii) in Default under any indenture, mortgage, loan or credit agreement, deed of trust, note, contract, franchise, lease or other agreement, obligation, condition, covenant or instrument to which such Transaction Entity or subsidiary is a party or by which it may be bound, or to which any of the property or assets of a Transaction Entity or any of its subsidiaries is subject (each, an “Existing Instrument”) or (iii) in violation of any statute, law, rule, regulation, judgment, order or decree of any court, regulatory body, administrative agency, governmental body, arbitrator or other authority having jurisdiction over a Transaction Entity or subsidiary or any of its properties, as applicable, except with respect to clauses (ii) and (iii), for such Defaults or violations as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(p)                                 No Further Authorizations or Approvals Required. The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by each of the Transaction Entities and consummation of the transactions contemplated herein by the Transaction Entities, by the

 

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Registration Statement and by the Prospectus (i) have been duly authorized by all necessary trust or partnership action, as applicable, and will not result in any Default under the declaration of trust or by-laws of the Company, the certificate of limited partnership or agreement of limited partnership of the Operating Partnership or any organizational document of any subsidiary thereof, (ii) will not conflict with or constitute a breach of, or Default or a Debt Repayment Triggering Event (as defined below) under, or result in the creation or imposition of any lien, charge or encumbrance upon any property or assets of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries pursuant to, or require the consent of any other party to, any Existing Instrument, except for such conflicts, breaches, defaults or Debt Repayment Triggering Event or liens, charges or encumbrances that could not result in a Material Adverse Effect, and (iii) will not result in any violation of any statute, law, rule, regulation, judgment, order or decree applicable to the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries of any court, regulatory body, administrative agency, governmental body, arbitrator or other authority having jurisdiction over the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or any of their properties. No consent, approval, authorization or other order of, or registration or filing with, any court or other governmental or regulatory authority or agency is required for the execution and delivery by each of the Transaction Entities of, and the performance by each of the Transaction Entities of its respective obligations under the Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby, except for (A) those that have been obtained or made by each of the Transaction Entities and are in full force and effect under the Securities Act, (B) as may be made or obtained under the Securities Act, applicable state securities or blue sky laws and from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) or (C) any additional listing application for the Shares on the NYSE. As used herein, a “Debt Repayment Triggering Event” means any event or condition which gives, or with the giving of notice or lapse of time would give, the holder of any note, debenture or other evidence of indebtedness (or any person acting on such holder’s behalf) the right to require the repurchase, redemption or repayment of all or a portion of such indebtedness by either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries.

 

(q)                                 No Material Actions or Proceedings. Except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, there are no legal or governmental actions, suits or proceedings pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened against or affecting the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries, (i) which has as the subject thereof any officer, director or trustee of, or property owned or leased by, the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or (ii) relating to environmental or discrimination matters, where in either such case, (A) there is a reasonable possibility that such action, suit or proceeding might be determined adversely to such Transaction Entity or subsidiary, or any officer, director or trustee of, or property owned or leased by, the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries and (B) any such action, suit or proceeding, if so determined adversely, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect or adversely affect the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

 

(r)                                    Labor Matters. No labor problem or dispute with the employees of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries exists or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, is threatened or imminent, and neither of the Transaction Entities is aware of any existing, threatened or imminent labor disturbance by the employees of any of its or its

 

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subsidiaries’ principal suppliers, contractors or customers, that could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(s)                                   Intellectual Property Rights. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries own, possess, license or have other rights to use, or can acquire on reasonable terms, all patents, patent applications, trade and service marks, trade and service mark registrations, trade names, copyrights, licenses, inventions, trade secrets, technology, know-how and other intellectual property (collectively, the “Intellectual Property”) necessary for the conduct of the Transaction Entities’ business as now conducted or as proposed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus to be conducted. Except as set forth in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, no party has been granted an exclusive license to use any portion of such Intellectual Property owned by the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries. There is no (i) to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, infringement by third parties of any such Intellectual Property owned by or exclusively licensed to the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries, (ii) pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened action, suit, proceeding or claim by others challenging the Transaction Entities’ or their subsidiaries’ rights in or to any Intellectual Property, and the Transaction Entities are unaware of any facts that would form a reasonable basis for any such claim, (iii) no pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened action, suit, proceeding or claim by others challenging the validity or scope of any such Intellectual Property, and the Transaction Entities are unaware of any facts that would form a reasonable basis for any such claim, and (iv) no pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened action, suit, proceeding or claim by others that either of the Transaction Entities’ business as now conducted infringes or otherwise violates any patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret or other proprietary rights of others, and the Transaction Entities are unaware of any other fact that would form a reasonable basis for any such claim, except in each case, any such action, suit, proceeding or claim that would not, individually or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(t)                                    All Necessary Permits, etc. The Transaction Entities and each of their subsidiaries possess such valid and current licenses, certificates, authorizations or permits issued by the appropriate state, federal or foreign regulatory agencies or bodies necessary to conduct their respective businesses, as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, except where failure to possess any such licenses, certificates, authorizations or permits would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect, and neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries has received any notice of proceedings relating to the revocation or modification of, or non-compliance with, any such license, certificate, authorization or permit which, singly or in the aggregate, if the subject of an unfavorable decision, ruling or finding, would have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(u)                                 Title to Properties. The Transaction Entities and each of their subsidiaries have good and marketable title to all the properties and assets reflected as owned in the financial statements of the Transaction Entities that are incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement (or otherwise described in the Prospectus) (collectively, the “Properties”), in each case free and clear of any security interests, mortgages, liens, encumbrances, equities, claims and other defects, except (i) as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus or (ii) those which do not, singly or in the aggregate, materially affect the value of such Property and do not interfere with the use made or proposed to

 

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be made of such Property by the Transaction Entities, any subsidiary or a joint venture entity in which either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries owns a minority interest. The real property, improvements, equipment and personal property held under lease by the Transaction Entities or any subsidiary are held under valid and enforceable leases, with such exceptions as are not material and do not materially interfere with the use made or proposed to be made of such real property, improvements, equipment or personal property by the Transaction Entities or such subsidiary. The Operating Partnership or a subsidiary thereof has obtained title insurance on the fee interest in each of the Properties, in an amount that is commercially reasonable for each Property, but at least equal to the purchase price of each such Property. All such policies of insurance are in full force and effect.

 

(v)                                 Tax Law Compliance. The Transaction Entities and their consolidated subsidiaries have filed all necessary federal, state, local and foreign income and franchise tax returns in a timely manner and have paid all taxes required to be paid by any of them and, if due and payable, any related or similar assessment, fine or penalty levied against any of them, except for (i) any taxes, assessments, fines or penalties as may be being contested in good faith and by appropriate proceedings and (ii) any tax returns or taxes where failure to file or pay would not have a Material Adverse Effect. Each of the Transaction Entities has made appropriate provisions in its respective financial statements that are incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement (or otherwise described in the Prospectus) in respect of all federal, state, local and foreign income and franchise taxes for all current or prior periods as to which the tax liability of the respective Transaction Entity or any of its consolidated subsidiaries has not been finally determined, except to the extent of any inadequacy that would not result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(w)                               Tax Classification of the Operating Partnership. The Operating Partnership has been properly classified either as a partnership or as an entity disregarded as separate from the Company for federal tax purposes throughout the period from its formation through the date hereof.

 

(x)                                 Company Not an “Investment Company”. Neither of the Transaction Entities is, and after receipt of payment for the Shares and the application of the proceeds thereof as contemplated under the caption “Use of Proceeds” in the Prospectus, neither of the Transaction Entities will be required to register as, an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

(y)                                 Compliance with Reporting Requirements. Each of the Transaction Entities is subject to and in compliance in all material respects with the reporting requirements of Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act.

 

(z)                                  Insurance. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries are insured by recognized, financially sound and reputable institutions with policies in such amounts and with such deductibles and covering such risks as are generally deemed adequate and customary for their businesses. To the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, all policies of insurance and fidelity or surety bonds insuring the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or their respective businesses, assets, employees, officers, directors and trustees are in full force and effect; the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries are in compliance with the terms of such

 

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policies and instruments in all material respects and there are no material claims by the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries under any such policy or instrument as to which any insurance company is denying liability or defending under a reservation of rights clause; and neither of the Transaction Entities nor any such subsidiary has been refused any insurance coverage sought or applied for. Neither of the Transaction Entities has any reason to believe that it or any of its subsidiaries will not be able (i) to renew its existing insurance coverage as and when such policies expire or (ii) to obtain comparable coverage from similar institutions as may be necessary or appropriate to conduct its business as now conducted and at a cost that would not have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(aa)                          No Restrictions on Dividends or Other Distributions. No subsidiary of the Transaction Entities is currently prohibited, directly or indirectly, from paying any dividends or other distributions to the Transaction Entities, from making any other distribution on such subsidiary’s capital stock, from repaying to the Transaction Entities any loans or advances to such subsidiary from the Transaction Entities or from transferring any of such subsidiary’s property or assets to the Transaction Entities or any other subsidiary of the Transaction Entities, except as described in or contemplated by the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.

 

(bb)                          No Price Stabilization or Manipulation; Actively Traded Security. The Transaction Entities have not taken and will not take, directly or indirectly, any action designed to or that might be reasonably expected to cause or result in stabilization or manipulation of the price of the Shares to facilitate the sale or resale of the Shares. The Shares are an “actively traded security” excepted from the requirements of Rule 101 of Regulation M under the Exchange Act by subsection (c)(1) of such rule.

 

(cc)                            Related Party Transactions. There are no business relationships or related-party transactions involving either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or any other person required to be described in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus that have not been described, or incorporated by reference, as required.

 

(dd)                          No Material Weakness in Internal Controls. Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, or in any document incorporated by reference therein, since the end of the Transaction Entities’ most recent audited fiscal year for the Transaction Entities, there has been (i) no material weakness in the Transaction Entities’ internal control over financial reporting (whether or not remediated) and (ii) no change in the Transaction Entities’ internal control over financial reporting that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Transaction Entities’ internal control over financial reporting.

 

(ee)                            Disclosure Controls. Each of the Transaction Entities maintains an effective system of “disclosure controls and procedures” (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act) that is designed to ensure that information relating to such Transaction Entity and its consolidated subsidiaries and required to be disclosed by such Transaction Entity in reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms, including controls and procedures designed to ensure that such information is accumulated and communicated to such Transaction Entity’s management as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required

 

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disclosure. Each Transaction Entity has carried out evaluations of the effectiveness of its disclosure controls and procedures as required by Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act.

 

(ff)                              Internal Controls and Procedures. Each Transaction Entity maintains (i) effective internal control over financial reporting as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act, and (ii) a system of internal accounting controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurance that (A) transactions are executed in accordance with management’s general or specific authorizations; (B) transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP and to maintain asset accountability; (C) access to assets is permitted only in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization; (D) the recorded accountability for assets is compared with the existing assets at reasonable intervals and appropriate action is taken with respect to any differences; and (E) the interactive data in eXtensible Business Reporting Language incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus fairly presents the information called for in all material respects and is prepared in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines applicable thereto.

 

(gg)                            Stock Options. With respect to the stock options (the “Stock Options”) granted pursuant to the stock-based compensation plans of the Company (the “Company Stock Plans”), (i) each Stock Option designated by the Company at the time of grant as an “incentive stock option” under Section 422 of the Code, so qualifies, (ii) each grant of a Stock Option was duly authorized no later than the date on which the grant of such Stock Option was by its terms to be effective (the “Grant Date”) by all necessary corporate action, including, as applicable, approval by the board of trustees of the Company (or a duly constituted and authorized committee thereof) and any required shareholder approval by the necessary number of votes or written consents, and the award agreement governing such grant (if any) was duly executed and delivered by each party thereto, (iii) each such grant was made in accordance with the terms of the Company Stock Plans, the Exchange Act and all other applicable laws and regulatory rules or requirements, including the rules of the NYSE, (iv) the per share exercise price of each Stock Option was equal to or greater than the fair market value of a Common Share on the applicable Grant Date and (v) each such grant was properly accounted for in accordance with GAAP in the consolidated financial statements (including the related notes) of the Company and disclosed in the Company’s filings with the Commission in accordance with the Exchange Act and all other applicable laws. The Company has not knowingly granted, and there is no and has been no policy or practice of the Company or any of its subsidiaries of granting, Stock Options prior to, or otherwise coordinating the grant of Stock Options with, the release or other public announcement of material information regarding the Company or its results of operations or prospects.

 

(hh)                          No Unlawful Contributions or Other Payments. Neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of the Company, any director, trustee, officer, agent, employee or affiliate of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries is aware of or has taken any action, directly or indirectly, that would result in a violation by such persons of the FCPA (as defined herein), including, without limitation, making use of the mails or any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce corruptly in furtherance of an offer, payment, promise to pay or authorization of the payment of any money, or other property, gift, promise to give, or authorization of the giving of anything of value to any “foreign official” (as such term is defined in the FCPA) or any foreign political party or official thereof or

 

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any candidate for foreign political office, in contravention of the FCPA, and the Transaction Entities, their subsidiaries and, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, their affiliates have conducted their businesses in compliance with the FCPA and have instituted and maintain policies and procedures designed to ensure, and which are reasonably expected to continue to ensure, continued compliance therewith. “FCPA” means the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder.

 

(ii)                                  No Conflict with Money Laundering Laws. The operations of the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries are and have been conducted at all times in compliance with applicable financial recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended, the money laundering statutes of all applicable jurisdictions, the rules and regulations thereunder and any related or similar rules, regulations or guidelines issued, administered or enforced by any governmental agency (collectively, the “Money Laundering Laws”) and no action, suit or proceeding by or before any court or governmental agency, authority or body or any arbitrator involving the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries with respect to the Money Laundering Laws is pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened.

 

(jj)                                No Conflict with OFAC Laws. Neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of the Company, any director, trustee, officer, agent, employee or affiliate of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries is currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department (“OFAC”); and the Transaction Entities will not directly or indirectly use the proceeds of the offering, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available such proceeds, to any subsidiary, joint venture partner or other person or entity, for the purpose of financing the activities of any person currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by OFAC.

 

(kk)                          Compliance with Laws. (i) Neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries knows of any violation of any municipal, state or federal law, rule or regulation (including those pertaining to environmental matters) concerning any Properties or any part thereof which could have a Material Adverse Effect; (ii) each of the Properties complies with all applicable zoning laws, ordinances, regulations and deed restrictions or other covenants in all material respects and, if and to the extent there is a failure to comply, such failure does not materially impair the value of any of the Properties and will not result in a forfeiture or reversion of title; (iii) neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries have received from any governmental authority any written notice of any condemnation of or zoning change affecting the Properties or any part thereof, and neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries knows of any such condemnation or zoning change which is threatened and which if consummated could have a Material Adverse Effect; (iv) all liens, charges, encumbrances, claims, or restrictions on or affecting the properties and assets (including the Properties) of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries that are required to be described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus are disclosed therein; (v) no lessee of any portion of any of the Properties is in default under any of the leases governing such properties and there is no event which, but for the passage of time or the giving of notice or both would constitute a default under any of such leases, except such defaults that could not have a Material Adverse Effect; (vi) all water, stormwater, sanitary sewer, electricity and telephone service are available at the property lines of each Property over duly dedicated streets or

 

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perpetual easements of record benefiting the applicable Property other than as could not have a Material Adverse Effect; and (vii) no tenant under any lease pursuant to which the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries leases the Properties has an option or right of first refusal to purchase the premises leased thereunder or the building of which such premises are a part, except as such options or rights of first refusal which, if exercised, could not have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(ll)                                  Compliance with Environmental Laws. Except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, (i) neither the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries is in violation of any federal, state, local or foreign law, regulation, order, permit or other requirement relating to pollution or protection of human health or the environment (including, without limitation, ambient air, surface water, groundwater, land surface or subsurface strata) or wildlife, including, without limitation, laws and regulations relating to emissions, discharges, releases of chemicals, pollutants, contaminants, wastes, toxic substances, hazardous substances, petroleum and petroleum products (collectively, “Materials of Environmental Concern”), or otherwise relating to the manufacture, processing, distribution, use, treatment, storage, disposal, transport or handling of Materials of Environmental Concern (collectively, “Environmental Laws”), which violation includes, but is not limited to, noncompliance with any permits or other governmental authorizations required for the operation of the business of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus under applicable Environmental Laws, or noncompliance with the terms and conditions thereof, nor have the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries received any written communication that alleges that either of the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries is in violation of any Environmental Law, except in each case as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect; (ii) there is no claim, action or cause of action filed with a court or governmental authority, no investigation with respect to which either of the Transaction Entities has received written notice, and no written notice by any person or entity alleging potential liability for investigatory costs, cleanup costs, governmental responses costs, natural resources damages, property damages, personal injuries, attorneys’ fees or penalties arising out of, based on or resulting from the presence, or release into the environment, of any Material of Environmental Concern at any location owned, leased or operated by the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries, now or in the past (collectively, “Environmental Claims”), pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened against the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or any person or entity whose liability for any Environmental Claim the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries has retained or assumed either contractually or by operation of law, except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect; (iii) to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, there are no past, present or anticipated future actions, activities, circumstances, conditions, events or incidents, including, without limitation, the release, emission, discharge, presence or disposal of any Material of Environmental Concern, that reasonably could result in a violation of any Environmental Law, require expenditures to be incurred pursuant to Environmental Law, or form the basis of a potential Environmental Claim against the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries or against any person or entity whose liability for any Environmental Claim the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries has retained or assumed either contractually or by operation of law, except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect; and (iv) neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries is subject to any pending or, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, threatened proceeding under

 

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Environmental Law to which a governmental authority is a party and which is reasonably likely to result in monetary sanctions of $100,000 or more.

 

(mm)                  Periodic Review of Costs of Environmental Compliance. In the ordinary course of its business, the Transaction Entities conduct a periodic review of the effect of Environmental Laws on the business, operations and properties of the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries, in the course of which they identify and evaluate associated costs and liabilities (including, without limitation, any capital or operating expenditures required for clean-up, closure of properties or compliance with Environmental Laws or any permit, license or approval, any related constraints on operating activities and any potential liabilities to third parties). On the basis of such review and the amount of their established reserves, the Transaction Entities reasonably concluded that such associated costs and liabilities would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect, except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.

 

(nn)                          ERISA Compliance. Each of the Transaction Entities and its subsidiaries is in compliance with all presently applicable provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, including the regulations and published interpretations thereunder (“ERISA”); no “reportable event” (as defined in ERISA) has occurred with respect to any “pension plan” (as defined in ERISA) for which either of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries would have any liability; neither of the Transaction Entities nor any of their subsidiaries has incurred and reasonably expects to incur liability under (i) Title IV of ERISA with respect to termination of, or withdrawal from, any “pension plan” or (ii) Section 412 or 4971 of the Code, including the regulations and published interpretations thereunder; and each “pension plan” for which either of the Transaction Entities or their subsidiaries would have any liability that is intended to be qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code has received a favorable determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service that such plan is so qualified and, to the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, nothing has occurred, whether by action or by failure to act, which would cause the loss of such qualification, except in each case where such non-compliance, reportable events, liabilities or failure to be so qualified could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(oo)                          Brokers. Except as otherwise disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, there is no broker, finder or other party that is entitled to receive from either of the Transaction Entities any brokerage or finder’s fee or other fee or commission as a result of any transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

 

(pp)                          No Outstanding Loans or Other Indebtedness. There are no outstanding loans, advances (except normal advances for business expenses in the ordinary course of business) or guarantees or indebtedness by either of the Transaction Entities to or for the benefit of any of the officers, trustees or partners of the Company or the Operating Partnership, as applicable, or any of the members of any of their families, except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.

 

(qq)                          Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance. There is and has been no failure on the part of the Transaction Entities and any of the Company’s trustees or the Transaction Entities’ officers, in their capacities as such, to comply in all material respects with any provision of the

 

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Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules and regulations promulgated in connection therewith (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”), including Section 402 related to loans and Sections 302 and 906 related to certifications.

 

(rr)                                Statistical and Market Related Data. Nothing has come to the attention of the Transaction Entities that has caused the Transaction Entities to believe that the statistical and market-related data included in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus is not based on or derived from sources that are reliable and accurate in all material respects.

 

(ss)                              Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Each of the Properties is in compliance with all presently applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, except for such failures to comply as could not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(tt)                                NYSE Compliance. The Company is in compliance with the rules and regulations of the NYSE, including, without limitation, the requirements for continued listing of the Shares on the NYSE, and there are no actions, suits or proceedings pending, threatened or, to the Company’s knowledge, contemplated, and the Company has not received any notice from the NYSE, regarding the revocation of such or otherwise regarding the delisting of the Shares from the NYSE.

 

(uu)                          FINRA Compliance. To the knowledge of the Transaction Entities, except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, no trustee or officer of the Company has any association with any FINRA member

 

(vv)                          Forward-Looking Statements. Each financial or operational projection or other “forward-looking statement” (as defined by Section 27A of the Securities Act or Section 21E of the Exchange Act) regarding such financial or operational projection contained in any Prospectus Supplement or the Prospectus was so included by the Company in good faith and with reasonable basis after due consideration by the Company of the underlying assumptions, estimates and other applicable facts and circumstances as reasonably determined by the Company.

 

(ww)                      Purchase and Sale of Shares by the Manager. The Company acknowledges and agrees to the Manager trading in the Common Shares, subject to the requirements of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, for the Manager’s own account and for the account of its clients at the same time as sales of the Shares occur pursuant to this Agreement or any agreement entered into pursuant to this Agreement, provided that the Company shall not be deemed to have authorized, instructed or directed any such trading by the Manager.

 

(xx)                          Officer’s Certificates. Any certificate signed by an officer of the Company and delivered to the Manager or to counsel for the Manager shall be deemed to be a representation and warranty by the Company to the Manager as to the matters set forth therein.

 

(yy)                          Opinions. The Transaction Entities acknowledge that the Manager and, for purposes of the opinions to be delivered pursuant to Section 7 hereof, counsel to the Company and counsel to the Manager, will rely upon the accuracy and truthfulness of the foregoing representations and hereby consent to such reliance.

 

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7.                                      Covenants of the Transaction Entities. The Transaction Entities, jointly and severally, covenant and agree with the Manager that:

 

(a)                                 Registration Statement Amendments; Payment of Fees. After the date of this Agreement and during any period in which a Prospectus relating to any Placement Shares is required to be delivered by the Manager under the Securities Act (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act); (i) the Company will notify the Manager promptly of the time when any subsequent amendment to the Registration Statement, other than documents incorporated by reference, has been filed with the Commission and/or has become effective or any subsequent supplement to the Prospectus has been filed and of any comment letter from the Commission or any request by the Commission for any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement or Prospectus or for additional information; (ii) the Company will prepare and file with the Commission, promptly upon the Manager’s request, any amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement or Prospectus that, in the Manager’s reasonable opinion, may be necessary or advisable in connection with the distribution of the Placement Shares by the Manager (provided, however, that the failure of the Manager to make such request shall not relieve the Company of any obligation or liability hereunder, or affect the Manager’s right to rely on the representations and warranties made by the Transaction Entities in this Agreement); (iii) the Company will not file any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement or Prospectus, other than documents incorporated by reference, relating to the Placement Shares or a security convertible into the Placement Shares unless a copy thereof has been submitted to the Manager within a reasonable period of time before the filing and the Manager has not reasonably objected thereto (provided, however, that the failure of the Manager to make such objection shall not relieve the Company of any obligation or liability hereunder, or affect the Manager’s right to rely on the representations and warranties made by the Company in this Agreement) and the Company will furnish to the Manager at the time of filing thereof a copy of any document that upon filing is deemed to be incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement or Prospectus, except for those documents available via EDGAR; and (iv) the Company will cause each amendment or supplement to the Prospectus, other than documents incorporated by reference, to be filed with the Commission as required pursuant to the applicable paragraph of Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act (without reliance on Rule 424(b)(8) of the Securities Act).

 

(b)                                 Notice of Commission Stop Orders. The Company will advise the Manager, promptly after it receives notice or obtains knowledge thereof, of the issuance or threatened issuance by the Commission of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or any other order preventing or suspending the use of the Prospectus, of the suspension of the qualification of the Placement Shares for offering or sale in any jurisdiction, or of the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for any such purpose or any examination pursuant to Section 8(e) of the Securities Act, or if the Company becomes the subject of a proceeding under Section 8A of the Securities Act in connection with the offering of the Shares; and it will promptly use its commercially reasonable efforts to prevent the issuance of any stop or other order or to obtain its withdrawal if such a stop or other order should be issued.

 

(c)                                  Delivery of Prospectus; Subsequent Changes. During any period in which a Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares is required to be delivered by the Manager

 

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under the Securities Act with respect to a pending sale of the Placement Shares (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), the Company will comply with all requirements imposed upon it by the Securities Act, as from time to time in force, and file on or before their respective due dates all reports and any definitive proxy or information statements required to be filed by the Company with the Commission pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14, 15(d) or any other provision of or under the Exchange Act. If during such period any event occurs as a result of which the Prospectus as then amended or supplemented would include an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances then existing, not misleading, or if during such period it is necessary to amend or supplement the Registration Statement or Prospectus to comply with the Securities Act, the Company will promptly notify the Manager to suspend the offering of Placement Shares during such period and the Company will promptly amend or supplement the Registration Statement or Prospectus (at the expense of the Company) so as to correct such statement or omission or effect such compliance.

 

(d)                                 Listing of Placement Shares. During any period in which the Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares is required to be delivered by the Manager under the Securities Act with respect to a pending sale of the Placement Shares (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), the Company will use its commercially reasonable efforts to cause the Placement Shares to be listed on the NYSE and to qualify the Placement Shares for sale under the securities laws of such jurisdictions as the Manager reasonably designates and to continue such qualifications in effect so long as required for the distribution of the Placement Shares; provided, however, that the Company shall not be required in connection therewith to qualify as a foreign entity or dealer in securities or file a general consent to service of process in any jurisdiction.

 

(e)                                  Filings with the NYSE. The Company will timely file with the NYSE all material documents and notices required by the NYSE of companies that have or will issue securities that are traded on the NYSE.

 

(f)                                   Delivery of Registration Statement and Prospectus. The Company will furnish to the Manager and its counsel (at the expense of the Company) copies of the Registration Statement, the Prospectus (including all documents incorporated by reference therein) and all amendments and supplements to the Registration Statement or Prospectus that are filed with the Commission during any period in which a Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares is required to be delivered under the Securities Act (including all documents filed with the Commission during such period that are deemed to be incorporated by reference therein), in each case as soon as reasonably practicable and in such quantities as the Manager may from time to time reasonably request and, at the Manager’s request, will also furnish copies of the Prospectus to each exchange or market on which sales of the Placement Shares may be made. The copies of the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and any supplements or amendments thereto furnished to the Manager will be identical to the electronically transmitted copies thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR, except to the extent permitted by Regulation S-T. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company will not be required to furnish any document (other than the Prospectus) to the Manager to the extent such document is available on EDGAR.

 

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(g)                                  Earnings Statement. The Company will make generally available to its security holders as soon as practicable, but in any event not later than 15 months after the end of the Company’s current fiscal quarter, an earnings statement covering a 12-month period that satisfies the provisions of Section 11(a) and Rule 158 of the Securities Act. “Earnings statement” and “make generally available” will have the meanings contained in Rule 158 under the Securities Act.

 

(h)                                 Expenses. The Company will pay all expenses incident to the performance of its obligations under this Agreement, including (i) the preparation, printing and filing of the Registration Statement (including financial statements and exhibits) as originally filed and of each amendment and supplement thereto, (ii) the word processing, printing and delivery to the Manager of this Agreement and such other documents as may be required in connection with the offering, purchase, sale, issuance or delivery of the Placement Shares, (iii) the preparation, issuance and delivery of the certificates for the Placement Shares to the Manager, including any stock or other transfer taxes and any capital duties, stamp duties or other duties or taxes payable upon the sale, issuance or delivery of the Placement Shares to the Manager, (iv) the fees and disbursements of the counsel, accountants and other advisors to the Company, (v) the qualification or exemption of the Placement Shares under securities laws, including filing fees and the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for the Manager in connection therewith and in connection with the preparation of the Blue Sky Survey and any supplements thereto, (vi) the printing and delivery to the Manager of copies of any permitted Issuer Free Writing Prospectus and the Prospectus and any amendments or supplements thereto and any costs associated with electronic delivery of any of the foregoing by the Manager to investors, (vii) the preparation, printing and delivery to the Manager of copies of the Blue Sky Survey and any Canadian “wrapper” and any supplements thereto, (viii) the fees and expenses of The Depository Trust Company and the transfer agent and registrar for the Shares, (ix) the filing fees incident to, and the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel to the Manager in connection with, the review by FINRA of the terms of the sale of the Shares (in an amount not to exceed $10,000) and (x) the fees and expenses incurred in connection with the listing of the Placement Shares on the NYSE.

 

(i)                                     Use of Proceeds. The Company will apply the net proceeds from the sale of the Shares to be sold by it hereunder in accordance in all material respects with the statements under the caption “Use of Proceeds” in the Prospectus.

 

(j)                                    Notice of Other Sales. During the pendency of any Placement Notice given hereunder, the Company shall provide the Manager with prior written notice as promptly as reasonably possible before it offers to sell, contracts to sell, sells, grants any option to sell or otherwise disposes of any Shares or securities convertible into or exchangeable for Shares, warrants or any rights to purchase or acquire Shares; provided, that such notice shall not be required in connection with the (i) issuance, grant or sale of Shares, options to purchase Shares or Shares issuable upon the exercise of options or other equity awards pursuant to any stock option, stock bonus or other stock or compensatory plan or arrangement described in the Prospectus, (ii) the issuance of securities in connection with an acquisition, merger or sale or purchase of assets described in the Prospectus, (iii) the issuance or sale of Shares pursuant to any dividend reinvestment plan that the Company may adopt from time to time provided the implementation of such is disclosed to the Manager in advance, (iv) any Shares issuable upon the

 

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redemption of outstanding Units in accordance with the Second Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of the Operating Partnership, as amended, or (v) the issuance of Shares to be offered and sold through the Manager pursuant to this Agreement or the Alternative Managers pursuant to an Alternative Distribution Agreement or pursuant to any terms agreement entered into pursuant to this Agreement or the Alternative Distribution Agreements.

 

(k)                                 Change of Circumstances. The Company will, at any time during a fiscal quarter in which the Company intends to tender a Placement Notice or sell Placement Shares, advise the Manager promptly after it shall have received notice or obtained knowledge thereof, of any information or fact that would alter or affect in any material respect any opinion, certificate, letter or other document provided to the Manager pursuant to this Agreement.

 

(l)                                     Due Diligence Cooperation. The Transaction Entities will cooperate with any reasonable due diligence review conducted by the Manager or its agents in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby, including, without limitation, providing information and making available documents and senior officers, during regular business hours and at the Company’s principal offices, as the Manager may reasonably request.

 

(m)                             Required Filings Relating to Placement of Placement Shares. The Company agrees that on such dates as the Securities Act shall require, the Company will (i) file a prospectus supplement with the Commission under the applicable paragraph of Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act, which prospectus supplement will set forth, within the relevant period, the amount of Placement Shares sold through the Manager, the Net Proceeds to the Company and the compensation payable by the Company to the Manager with respect to such Placement Shares, and (ii) deliver such number of copies of each such prospectus supplement to each exchange or market on which such sales were effected as may be required by the rules or regulations of such exchange or market.

 

(n)                                 Representation Dates; Certificate. On or prior to the date that the first Shares are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and (i) each time the Company (A) files a Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares or amends or supplements the Registration Statement or the Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares (other than a prospectus supplement filed in accordance with Section 7(m) of this Agreement) by means of a post-effective amendment, sticker, or supplement but not by means of incorporation of documents by reference into the Registration Statement or the Prospectus relating to the Placement Shares; (B) files an Annual Report on Form 10-K under the Exchange Act; (C) files a Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q under the Exchange Act; or (D) files a Current Report on Form 8-K containing amended financial information (other than an earnings release, to “furnish” information pursuant to Items 2.02 or 7.01 of Form 8-K or to provide disclosure pursuant to Item 8.01 of Form 8-K relating to the reclassifications of certain properties as discontinued operations in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 144) under the Exchange Act or (ii) at any other time reasonably requested by the Manager (each date of filing of one or more of the documents referred to in clauses (A) through (D) shall be a “Representation Date”); the Company shall furnish the Manager with a certificate, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n) within three (3) Trading Days of any Representation Date. The requirement to provide a certificate under this Section 7(n) shall be deemed automatically waived for any Representation

 

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Date occurring at a time at which no Placement Notice is pending, which waiver shall continue until the earlier to occur of the date the Company delivers a Placement Notice hereunder (which for such calendar quarter shall be considered a Representation Date) and the next occurring Representation Date, at which time such automatic waiver shall apply again if no Placement Notice is pending at that time; provided, however, that such waiver shall not apply for any Representation Date on which the Company files an Annual Report on Form 10-K. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Company subsequently decides to sell Placement Shares following a Representation Date when the Company relied on such waiver and did not provide the Manager with a certificate under this Section 7(n), then before the Company delivers the Placement Notice or the Manager sells any Placement Shares, the Company shall provide the Manager with a certificate, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n), dated the date of the Placement Notice.

 

(o)                                 Legal Opinion of Company Counsel. On or prior to the date that the first Shares are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and within three (3) Trading Days of each Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n) for which no waiver is applicable, the Company shall cause to be furnished to the Manager written opinions of Pepper Hamilton LLP (“Company Counsel”), or other counsel satisfactory to the Manager, in form and substance satisfactory to the Manager and its counsel, dated the date that the opinion is required to be delivered, substantially similar to the forms attached hereto as Exhibit 7(o)(1) and Exhibit 7(o)(2), respectively, modified, as necessary, to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus as then amended or supplemented; provided, however, that in lieu of such opinions for subsequent Representation Dates, counsel may furnish the Manager with a letter (a “Reliance Letter”) to the effect that the Manager may rely on a prior opinion delivered under this Section 7(o) to the same extent as if it were dated the date of such letter (except that statements in such prior opinion shall be deemed to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus as amended or supplemented at such Representation Date).

 

(p)                                 Legal Opinion of the Manager’s Counsel. On or prior to the date that the first Shares are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and within three (3) Trading Days of each Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n) for which no waiver is applicable, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. shall deliver to the Manager a written opinion, in form and substance satisfactory to the Manager, dated the date that the opinion is required to be delivered; provided, however, that in lieu of such opinions for subsequent Representation Dates, counsel may furnish the Manager with a letter (a “Reliance Letter”) to the effect that the Manager may rely on a prior opinion delivered under this Section 7(p) to the same extent as if it were dated the date of such letter (except that statements in such prior opinion shall be deemed to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus as amended or supplemented at such Representation Date).

 

(q)                                 Comfort Letter. On or prior to the date that the first Shares are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and within three (3) Trading Days of each Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 7(n) for which no waiver is applicable, the Company shall cause its independent accountants (and any other independent accountants whose report is included in

 

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the Registration Statement or the Prospectus), to furnish the Manager letters (the “Comfort Letters”) in form and substance satisfactory to the Manager, (i) confirming that they are an independent registered public accounting firm within the meaning of the Securities Act, the Exchange Act and the PCAOB, (ii) stating, as of such date, the conclusions and findings of such firm with respect to the financial information and other matters ordinarily covered by accountants’ “comfort letters” to underwriters in connection with registered public offerings (the first such letter, the “Initial Comfort Letter”) and (iii) updating the Initial Comfort Letter with any information that would have been included in the Initial Comfort Letter had it been given on such date and modified as necessary to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, as amended and supplemented to the date of such letter.

 

(r)                                    Market Activities. The Company will not, directly or indirectly, (i) take any action designed to cause or result in, or that constitutes or might reasonably be expected to constitute, the stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company to facilitate the sale or resale of the Shares or (ii) sell, bid for, or purchase the Shares to be issued and sold pursuant to this Agreement, or pay anyone any compensation for soliciting purchases of the Shares to be issued and sold pursuant to this Agreement other than the Manager or an Alternative Manager; provided, however, that the Company may bid for and purchase its Shares in accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act; and provided further, that (A) no such bids or purchases shall be made by the Company during the three (3) Trading Days before or after any sale of any Shares pursuant to this Agreement and (B) the Company agrees to suspend any pending Placement Notice and to promptly provide notice of the same to the Manager upon determining to make such bids or purchases in accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act.

 

(s)                                   Insurance. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries shall maintain, or caused to be maintained, insurance in such amounts and covering such risks as is reasonable and customary for companies engaged in similar businesses in similar industries.

 

(t)                                    Compliance with Laws. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries shall maintain, or cause to be maintained, all material environmental permits, licenses and other authorizations required by federal, state and local law in order to conduct their businesses as described in the Prospectus, and the Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries shall conduct their businesses, or cause their businesses to be conducted, in substantial compliance with such permits, licenses and authorizations and with applicable environmental laws, except where the failure to maintain or be in compliance with such permits, licenses, authorizations and applicable laws could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(u)                                 Regulation M. If the Company has reason to believe that the exemptive provisions set forth in Rule 101(c)(1) of Regulation M under the Exchange Act are not satisfied with respect to the Company or the Shares, it shall promptly notify the Manager and sales of the Placement Shares under this Agreement shall be suspended until that or other exemptive provisions have been satisfied in the reasonable judgment of each party.

 

(v)                                 REIT Treatment. The Company currently intends to continue to qualify as a REIT under the Code and will use all reasonable efforts to enable the Company to continue to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a REIT under the Code for subsequent

 

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tax years that include any portion of the term of this Agreement; unless the Company’s board of trustees in good faith determines by resolution that it is in the best interests of the Company’s shareholders not to meet such requirements.

 

(w)                               Investment Company Act. The Company is familiar with the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder, and will in the future use its reasonable best efforts to ensure that the Transaction Entities will not be an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder.

 

(x)                                 Securities Act and Exchange Act. The Company will use its best efforts to comply with all requirements imposed upon it by the Securities Act and the Exchange Act as from time to time in force, so far as necessary to permit the continuance of sales of, or dealings in, the Placement Shares as contemplated by the provisions hereof and the Prospectus.

 

(y)                                 No Offer to Sell. Other than a Free Writing Prospectus (as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act) approved in advance in writing by the Company and the Manager in its capacity as principal or agent hereunder, neither the Manager nor the Company (including its agents and representatives, other than the Manager or the Alternative Managers, each in its capacity as such) will, directly or indirectly, make, use, prepare, authorize, approve or refer to any Free Writing Prospectus relating to the Shares to be sold by the Manager as principal or agent hereunder.

 

(z)                                  Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries will maintain and keep accurate books and records reflecting their assets and maintain internal accounting controls in a manner designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with GAAP and including those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company, (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit the preparation of the Company’s consolidated financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, (iii) that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with management’s and the Company’s trustees’ authorization, and (iv) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the Company’s assets that could have a material effect on its financial statements. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries will maintain such controls and other procedures, including, without limitation, those required by Sections 302 and 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the applicable regulations thereunder that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms, including, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including its Chief Executive Officer and principal financial officer, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure and to ensure that material information relating to the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries is made

 

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known to them by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which such periodic reports are being prepared. The Transaction Entities and their subsidiaries will use their best efforts to comply with all effective applicable provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

 

(aa)                          The Company shall maintain, at its expense, a registrar and transfer agent for the Shares.

 

(bb)                          The Company will use its reasonable best efforts to maintain the listing of its Common Shares (including the Shares) on the NYSE.

 

8.                                      Conditions to the Manager’s Obligations. The obligations of the Manager hereunder with respect to a Placement will be subject to the continuing accuracy and completeness of the representations and warranties made by the Transaction Entities herein, to the due performance by the Transaction Entities of their respective obligations hereunder, to the completion by the Manager of a due diligence review satisfactory to the Manager in its reasonable judgment, and to the continuing satisfaction (or waiver by the Manager in its sole discretion) of the following additional conditions:

 

(a)                                 Registration Statement Effective. The Registration Statement shall be effective and shall be available for (i) all sales of Placement Shares issued pursuant to all prior Placement Notices and (ii) the sale of all Placement Shares contemplated to be issued by any Placement Notice.

 

(b)                                 No Material Notices. None of the following events shall have occurred and be continuing: (i) receipt by the Transaction Entities or any of their subsidiaries of any request for additional information from the Commission or any other federal or state governmental authority during the period of effectiveness of the Registration Statement, the response to which would require any post-effective amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement or the Prospectus; (ii) the issuance by the Commission or any other federal or state governmental authority of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or the initiation of any proceedings for that purpose; (iii) receipt by the Company of any notification with respect to the suspension of the qualification or exemption from qualification of any of the Placement Shares for sale in any jurisdiction or the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for such purpose; (iv) the occurrence of any event that makes any material statement made in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or any material document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated therein by reference untrue in any material respect or that requires the making of any changes in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus, or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or such documents so that, in the case of the Registration Statement, it will not contain any materially untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading and, that in the case of the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, it will not contain any materially untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

 

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(c)                                  No Misstatement or Material Omission. The Manager shall not have advised the Company that the Registration Statement or Prospectus, or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, contains an untrue statement of fact that in the Manager’s reasonable opinion is material, or omits to state a fact that in the Manager’s opinion is material and is required to be stated therein or is necessary to make the statements therein not misleading.

 

(d)                                 Material Changes. Except as contemplated in the Prospectus, or disclosed in the Company’s reports filed with the Commission, there shall not have been any material adverse change, on a consolidated basis, in the authorized shares of beneficial interest of the Company or the Operating Partnership or result in a Material Adverse Effect, or any development that could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, or any downgrading in or withdrawal of the rating assigned to any of the Company’s or the Operating Partnership’s securities (other than asset backed securities) by any rating organization or a public announcement by any rating organization that it has under surveillance or review its rating of any of the Company’s or the Operating Partnership’s securities (other than asset backed securities), the effect of which, in the case of any such action by a rating organization described above, in the reasonable judgment of the Manager (without relieving the Company or the Operating Partnership of any obligation or liability it may otherwise have), is so material as to make it impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the offering of the Placement Shares on the terms and in the manner contemplated in the Prospectus.

 

(e)                                  Legal Opinions. The Manager shall have received the opinions of (i) Company Counsel required to be delivered pursuant Section 7(o) and (ii) Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. required to be delivered pursuant Section 7(p), in each case on or before the date on which such delivery of such opinion is required pursuant to Section 7(o) and Section 7(p), respectively.

 

(f)                                   Comfort Letter. The Manager shall have received the Comfort Letter required to be delivered pursuant Section 7(q) on or before the date on which such delivery of such opinion is required pursuant to Section 7(q).

 

(g)                                  Representation Certificate. The Manager shall have received the certificate required to be delivered pursuant to Section 7(n) on or before the date on which delivery of such certificate is required pursuant to Section 7(n).

 

(h)                                 No Suspension. Trading in the Common Shares shall not have been suspended on the NYSE.

 

(i)                                     Other Materials. On each date on which the Company is required to deliver a certificate pursuant to Section 7(n), the Transaction Entities shall have furnished to the Manager such appropriate further information, certificates and documents as the Manager may have reasonably requested. All such opinions, certificates, letters and other documents shall have been in compliance with the provisions hereof. The Transaction Entities shall have furnished the Manager with such conformed copies of such opinions, certificates, letters and other documents as the Manager shall have reasonably requested.

 

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(j)                                    Securities Act Filings Made. All filings with the Commission required by Rule 424 under the Securities Act to have been filed prior to the issuance of any Placement Notice hereunder shall have been made within the applicable time period prescribed for such filing by Rule 424 under the Securities Act.

 

(k)                                 Approval for Listing. The Placement Shares shall either have been (i) approved for listing on the NYSE, subject only to notice of issuance, or (ii) the Company shall have filed an application for listing of the Placement Shares on the NYSE at, or prior to, the issuance of any Placement Notice.

 

(l)                                     No Termination Event. There shall not have occurred any event that would permit the Manager to terminate this Agreement pursuant to Section 11.

 

9.                                      Indemnification and Contribution.

 

(a)                                 Company and Operating Partnership Indemnification. The Company and Operating Partnership, on a joint and several basis, agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Manager and each person, if any, who controls the Manager within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act as follows:

 

(i)                                     against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense whatsoever, as incurred, arising out of any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), or the omission or alleged omission therefrom of a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, or arising out of any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact included in any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto), or the omission or alleged omission therefrom of a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading;

 

(ii)                                  against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense whatsoever, as incurred, to the extent of the aggregate amount paid in settlement of any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or of any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue statement or omission, or any such alleged untrue statement or omission; provided that (subject to Section 9(d) below) any such settlement is effected with the written consent of the Company or the Operating Partnership; and

 

(iii)                               against any and all expense whatsoever, as incurred (including the fees and disbursements of counsel), reasonably incurred in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue statement or omission, or any such alleged untrue statement or omission, to the extent that any such expense is not paid under (i) or (ii) above,

 

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provided, however, that this indemnity agreement shall not apply to any loss, liability, claim, damage or expense to the extent arising out of any untrue statement or omission or alleged untrue statement or omission made in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company by the Manager expressly for use in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), or in any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto).

 

(b)                                 The Manager Indemnification. The Manager agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Transaction Entities, each of their directors and/or trustees, each of their officers who signed the Registration Statement, and each person, if any, who controls the Transaction Entities within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense described in the indemnity contained in subsection (a) of this Section 9, as incurred, but only with respect to untrue statements or omissions, or alleged untrue statements or omissions, made in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company by the Manager expressly for use therein (the “Agent Content”).

 

(c)                                  Actions Against Parties; Notification. Each indemnified party shall give notice as promptly as reasonably practicable to each indemnifying party of any action commenced against it in respect of which indemnity may be sought hereunder, but failure to so notify an indemnifying party shall not relieve such indemnifying party from any liability hereunder to the extent it is not materially prejudiced as a result thereof and in any event shall not relieve it from any liability which it may have otherwise than on account of this indemnity agreement. Counsel to the indemnified parties shall be selected as follows: counsel to the Manager and each person, if any, who controls the Manager within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act shall be selected by the Manager; and counsel to the Transaction Entities, each of their directors and/or trustees, each of their officers who signed the Registration Statement and each person, if any, who controls the Transaction Entities within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act shall be selected by the Company. In case any such action is brought against any indemnified party and such indemnified party seeks or intends to seek indemnification from any indemnifying party, the indemnifying party will be entitled to participate in and, to the extent that it shall elect, jointly and with all other indemnifying parties similarly notified, by written notice to the indemnified person promptly after receiving the aforesaid notice from such indemnified person, to assume the defense thereof; provided, however, that counsel to the indemnifying party shall not (except with the consent of the indemnified party) also be counsel to the indemnified party. In no event shall the indemnifying parties be liable for the fees and expenses of more than one counsel (in addition to any local counsel) separate from their own counsel for the Manager and each person, if any, who controls the Manager within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act, and the fees and expenses of more than one counsel (in addition to any local counsel) separate from their own counsel for the Company, its directors, each of its officers who signed the Registration Statement and each person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act, in each case in connection with any one action or separate but similar or related actions in the same jurisdiction arising out of the same general allegations

 

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or circumstances. No indemnifying party shall, without the prior written consent of the indemnified parties, settle or compromise or consent to the entry of any judgment with respect to any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever in respect of which indemnification or contribution could be sought under this Section 9 (whether or not the indemnified parties are actual or potential parties thereto), unless such settlement, compromise or consent (i) includes an unconditional release of each indemnified party from all liability arising out of such litigation, investigation, proceeding or claim and (ii) does not include a statement as to or an admission of fault, culpability or a failure to act by or on behalf of any indemnified party.

 

(d)                                 Settlement Without Consent if Failure to Reimburse. If at any time an indemnified party shall have requested an indemnifying party to reimburse the indemnified party for fees and expenses of counsel as contemplated by this Section 9, such indemnifying party agrees that it shall be liable for any settlement of the nature contemplated by Section 9(a)(ii) effected without its written consent if (i) such settlement is entered into more than 45 days after receipt by such indemnifying party of the aforesaid request, (ii) such indemnifying party shall have received notice of the terms of such settlement at least 30 days prior to such settlement being entered into and (iii) such indemnifying party shall not have reimbursed such indemnified party in accordance with such request prior to the date of such settlement.

 

(e)                                  Contribution. If the indemnification provided for in Section 9 hereof is for any reason unavailable to or insufficient to hold harmless an indemnified party in respect of any losses, liabilities, claims, damages or expenses referred to therein, then each indemnifying party shall contribute to the aggregate amount of such losses, liabilities, claims, damages and expenses incurred by such indemnified party, as incurred, (i) in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefits received by the Transaction Entities, on the one hand, and the Manager, on the other hand, from the offering of the Shares pursuant to this Agreement or (ii) if the allocation provided by clause (i) is not permitted by applicable law, in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect not only the relative benefits referred to in clause (i) above but also the relative fault of the Transaction Entities, on the one hand, and of the Manager, on the other hand, in connection with the statements or omissions, which resulted in such losses, liabilities, claims damages or expenses, as well as any other relevant equitable considerations.

 

The relative benefits received by the Transaction Entities, on the one hand, and the Manager, on the other hand, in connection with the offering of the Shares pursuant to this Agreement shall be deemed to be in the same respective proportions as the total net proceeds from the offering of the Shares pursuant to this Agreement (before deducting expenses) received by the Company and the total commissions received by the Manager, bear to the aggregate public offering price of the Shares.

 

The relative fault of the Transaction Entities, on the one hand, and the Manager, on the other hand, shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether any such untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact or omission or alleged omission to state a material fact relates to information supplied by the Company or by the Manager and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such statement or omission.

 

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The Company, the Operating Partnership and the Manager agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this Section 9(e) were determined by pro rata allocation or by any other method of allocation which does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to above in this Section 9(e). The aggregate amount of losses, liabilities, claims, damages and expenses incurred by an indemnified party and referred to above in this Section 9(e) shall be deemed to include any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by such indemnified party in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission.

 

Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 9(e), the Manager shall not be required to contribute any amount in excess of the amount by which the total compensation received by it under this Agreement exceeds the amount of any damages which the Manager has otherwise been required to pay by reason of any such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission.

 

No person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation (within the meaning of Section 11(f) of the Securities Act) shall be entitled to contribution from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation.

 

For purposes of this Section 9(e), each person, if any, who controls the Manager within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act shall have the same rights to contribution as the Manager, and each director and/or trustee of the Transaction Entities, each officer of the Transaction Entities who signed the Registration Statement, and each person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act shall have the same rights to contribution as the Company.

 

10.                               Representations and Agreements to Survive Delivery. The indemnity and contribution agreements contained in Section 9 of this Agreement and all representations and warranties of the Transaction Entities herein or in certificates delivered pursuant hereto shall survive, as of their respective dates, regardless of (a) any investigation made by or on behalf of the Manager, any controlling persons, or the Company or the Operating Partnership (or any of their respective officers, trustees, partners or controlling persons), (b) delivery and acceptance of the Placement Shares and payment therefor or (c) any termination of this Agreement.

 

11.                               Termination.

 

(a)                                 Termination; General. The Manager may terminate this Agreement, by notice to the Company, as hereinafter specified at any time (i) if there has been, since the time of execution of this Agreement or since the date as of which information is given in the Prospectus, any Material Adverse Change, or (ii) if there has occurred any material adverse change in the financial markets in the United States or the international financial markets, any outbreak of hostilities or escalation thereof or other calamity or crisis or any change or development involving a prospective change in national or international political, financial or economic conditions, in each case the effect of which is such as to make it, in the judgment of the Manager, impracticable or inadvisable to market the Shares or to enforce contracts for the sale of the

 

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Shares, or (iii) if trading in the Placement Shares has been suspended or materially limited by the Commission or the NYSE, or if trading generally on the NYSE American, the NYSE or the Nasdaq Global Market has been suspended or materially limited, or minimum or maximum prices for trading have been fixed, or maximum ranges for prices have been required, by any of said exchanges or by order of the Commission, FINRA or any other governmental authority, or a material disruption has occurred in commercial banking or securities settlement or clearance services in the United States or in Europe, or (iv) if a banking moratorium has been declared by either Federal or New York authorities.

 

(b)                                 Termination by the Company. The Company shall have the right, by giving three (3) days’ notice as hereinafter specified, to terminate this Agreement in its sole discretion at any time after the date of this Agreement.

 

(c)                                  Termination by the Manager. The Manager shall have the right, by giving three (3) days’ notice as hereinafter specified, to terminate this Agreement in its sole discretion at any time after the date of this Agreement.

 

(d)                                 Automatic Termination. Unless earlier terminated pursuant to this Section 11, this Agreement shall automatically terminate upon the issuance and sale of the Maximum Amount of Shares through (i) the Manager on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein or any Placement Notice or (ii) the Alternative Managers through the Alternative Distribution Agreements on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein or any Placement Notice.

 

(e)                                  Continued Force and Effect. This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect unless terminated pursuant to Sections 11(a), (b), (c), or (d) above or otherwise by mutual agreement of the parties.

 

(f)                                   Effectiveness of Termination. Any termination of this Agreement shall be effective on the date specified in such notice of termination; provided, however, that such termination shall not be effective until the close of business on the date of receipt of such notice or on the date specified in such notice, as applicable, by the Manager or the Company, as the case may be. If such termination shall occur prior to the Settlement Date for any sale of Placement Shares, such Placement Shares shall settle in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement.

 

(g)                                  Liabilities. If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to this Section 11, such termination shall be without liability of any party to any other party except as provided in Section 7(h) hereof, and except that, in the case of any termination of this Agreement, Sections 6, 9, 10, 16, 17 and 18 hereof shall survive such termination and remain in full force and effect.

 

12.                               Notices. All notices or other communications required or permitted to be given by any party to any other party pursuant to the terms of this Agreement shall be in writing, unless otherwise specified in this Agreement, and if sent to the Manager, shall be delivered to the Manager at BMO Capital Markets Corp., 3 Times Square, 25th Floor, New York, New York 10036, Fax No. (212) 702-1205, Attention: Legal Department, and with a copy to (which shall not constitute notice) Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 500 West,

 

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Washington, D.C. 20037, Facsimile: (202) 879-8941, Attention:  Christopher C. Green; or if sent to the Company or the Operating Partnership, shall be delivered to CubeSmart, 5 Old Lancaster Road, Malvern, PA 19355, Attention: Jeffrey Foster, Chief Legal Officer, fax no. (610) 293-5720 (with such fax to be confirmed by telephone to (610) 293-5700), with a copy to (which shall not constitute notice) Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, Eighteenth and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2799, fax no. (215) 981-4750, Attention: Michael Friedman. Each party to this Agreement may change such address for notices by sending to the parties to this Agreement written notice of a new address for such purpose. Each such notice or other communication shall be deemed given (i) when delivered personally or by verifiable facsimile transmission (with an original to follow) on or before 4:30 p.m., New York City time, on a Business Day (as defined below) or, if such day is not a Business Day, on the next succeeding Business Day, (ii) on the next Business Day after timely delivery to a nationally-recognized overnight courier and (iii) on the Business Day actually received if deposited in the U.S. mail (certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid). For purposes of this Agreement, “Business Day” shall mean any day on which the NYSE and commercial banks in the City of New York are open for business.

 

13.                               Successors and Assigns. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Company, the Operating Partnership and the Manager and their respective successors and the affiliates, controlling persons, officers and trustees referred to in Section 9 hereof. References to any of the parties contained in this Agreement shall be deemed to include the successors and permitted assigns of such party. Nothing in this Agreement, express or implied, is intended to confer upon any party other than the parties hereto or their respective successors and permitted assigns any rights, remedies, obligations or liabilities under or by reason of this Agreement, except as expressly provided in this Agreement. Neither party may assign its rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other party; provided, however, that the Manager may assign its rights and obligations hereunder to an affiliate of the Manager without obtaining the Company’s consent.

 

14.                               Adjustments for Share Splits. The parties acknowledge and agree that all share-related numbers contained in this Agreement shall be adjusted to take into account any share split, share dividend or similar event effected with respect to the Shares.

 

15.                               Entire Agreement; Amendment; Severability. This Agreement (including all schedules and exhibits attached hereto and Placement Notices issued pursuant hereto) constitutes the entire agreement and supersedes all other prior and contemporaneous agreements and undertakings, both written and oral, among the parties hereto with regard to the subject matter hereof. Neither this Agreement nor any term hereof may be amended except pursuant to a written instrument executed by the Transaction Entities and the Manager. In the event that any one or more of the provisions contained herein, or the application thereof in any circumstance, is held invalid, illegal or unenforceable as written by a court of competent jurisdiction, then such provision shall be given full force and effect to the fullest possible extent that it is valid, legal and enforceable, and the remainder of the terms and provisions herein shall be construed as if such invalid, illegal or unenforceable term or provision was not contained herein, but only to the extent that giving effect to such provision and the remainder of the terms and provisions hereof shall be in accordance with the intent of the parties as reflected in this Agreement.

 

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16.                               Applicable Law. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the internal laws of the State of New York without regard to the principles of conflicts of laws (except Sections 5-1401 and 5-1402 of the New York General Obligations Law). Each party hereby irrevocably submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts sitting in the City of New York, borough of Manhattan, for the adjudication of any dispute hereunder or in connection with any transaction contemplated hereby, and hereby irrevocably waives, and agrees not to assert in any suit, action or proceeding, any claim that it is not personally subject to the jurisdiction of any such court, that such suit, action or proceeding is brought in an inconvenient forum or that the venue of such suit, action or proceeding is improper. Each party hereby irrevocably waives personal service of process and consents to process being served in any such suit, action or proceeding by mailing a copy thereof (certified or registered mail, return receipt requested) to such party at the address in effect for notices to it under this Agreement and agrees that such service shall constitute good and sufficient service of process and notice thereof. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to limit in any way any right to serve process in any manner permitted by law.

 

17.                               Waiver of Jury Trial. The Company, the Operating Partnership and the Manager each hereby irrevocably waives any right it may have to a trial by jury in respect of any claim based upon or arising out of this Agreement or any transaction contemplated hereby.

 

18.                               Absence of Fiduciary Relationship. The Transaction Entities jointly and severally acknowledge and agree that:

 

(a)                                 the Manager has been retained solely to act as underwriter in connection with the sale of the Shares and that no fiduciary, advisory or agency relationship between the Company or the Operating Partnership and the Manager has been created in respect of any of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, irrespective of whether the Manager has advised or is advising either of the Transaction Entities on other matters;

 

(b)                                 each of the Transaction Entities is capable of evaluating and understanding and understand and accept the terms, risks and conditions of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement;

 

(c)                                  each of the Transaction Entities has been advised that the Manager and its affiliates are engaged in a broad range of transactions which may involve interests that differ from those of the Company or the Operating Partnership and that the Manager has no obligation to disclose such interests and transactions to the Company or the Operating Partnership by virtue of any fiduciary, advisory or agency relationship; and

 

(d)                                 each of the Transaction Entities waives, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any claims it may have against the Manager, for breach of fiduciary duty or alleged breach of fiduciary duty and agrees that the Manager shall have no liability (whether direct or indirect) to the Company or the Operating Partnership in respect to such fiduciary claim or to any person asserting a fiduciary duty claim on behalf of or in right of the Company or the Operating Partnership, including shareholders, partners, employees or creditors of the Company or the Operating Partnership.

 

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19.                               Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. Delivery of an executed Agreement by one party to the other may be made by facsimile or e-mail transmission.

 

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If the foregoing correctly sets forth the understanding among the parties hereto, please so indicate in the space provided below for that purpose, whereupon this letter shall constitute a binding agreement among the parties hereto.

 

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

 

CUBESMART

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Timothy M. Martin

 

 

Name: Timothy M. Martin

 

 

Title: Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUBESMART, L.P.